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Crostinis….because they sound fancy, right?

And who doesn’t like being a little fancy??????

With the holidays approaching rapidly, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite quick appetizers that you can serve at your holiday gatherings. I’f you’re like me and swamped during the holiday season, the quicker and easier the app the better, especially if you are entertaining and making a variety of foods to serve.

I recently made this appetizer for a luncheon I was going to with some friends and had to share the recipe with you all. To be honest, I was also going through a peach kick and kept buying them in excess, and this is perfect with peaches. However, with the winter months around the corner, we all know (especially those of you in Ohio) that produce can be a little iffy when the cold weather hits, so don’t be afraid to change up the fruit you use here. I’ve made this same recipe with strawberries, blackberries, and even blueberries.

                                                          Katie’s Peach Crostini

Ingredients:
– 10 oz goat cheese
-2 oz whipped cream cheese
-1 french baguette, sliced
-1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
-2 Tbl EVOO
-2 peaches, sliced
-1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped

Begin by laying the baguette slices on a baking sheet, drizzling with olive oil. Do not overlap slices or stack. Bake for about 7 minutes at 375 degrees or until lightly browned. In a saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar to a simmer over medium heat. Allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes until the balsamic has a thicker syrup-like consistency. Remove from heat, and set aside, allowing to thicken slightly more.

For the whipped goat cheese, place goat cheese in food processor with the cream cheese, as well as salt and pepper to taste. Pulse until combined and mixture is smooth.

To assemble, place a spoonful of whipped goat cheese on each baguette slice, then top with one peach slice and some fresh basil. Drizzle some of the balsamic syrup over and serve.

***A few tips…….

-If your local grocery store doesn’t have baguettes on their floor, ask for them. I purchase mine from Giant Eagle, and I have learned they typically keep them frozen in the back. You also want to make sure they are the mini baguettes and not full size (unlike you want super big appetizers).

-Chop your basil into strips. I feel this not only looks better for presentation purposes but ensures you get some basil in each bite of the crostini.

-Do not use canned peaches. The excess juice in the fruit itself can make this soggy.

Enjoy!

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Tacos are Life.

Guys, my love for tacos….it is a deep, deep love. They are right up there with pizza when it comes to my favorite foods.

One thing I pride myself on is finding a way to balance the things I love with living a healthy life. This is so so so important! No lifestyle should have you completely eliminating everything you love; that is just setting you up for failure.

Tacos are one of those foods that YOU have the power to make healthy. I brown ground beef all the time and use a taco seasoning (my favorite is the Southwestern mix from the 21 Day Fix plan) and serve on healthy taco salads, as tacos, or, in this case, as taco cups!

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Super easy….super quick…super delicious.

Here are a few ways you can make your tacos a little healthier:

1. Use corn tortillas. These are actually gluten free and a tasty alternative.

2. Swap out sour cream and use Greek yogurt instead.

3. Utilize ingredients such as black beans and corn.

4. Opt for cheese that is grassfed…stay away from the bagged shredded cheese! Do you know that bagged cheese includes powdered wood pulp (on the bag it says CELLULOSE), which prevents it from clumping? Gross! If you can’t find grassfed, buy a block of cheese and grate it yourself. Wood pulp doesn’t fit into any meal plan….sorry to break the news.

5. Use lettuce as a taco shell or top with as much lettuce as you can!

This week’s meal plan featured my incredibly easy and delicious taco cup recipe, and I had to share for my fellow taco lovers! This is a recipe that is great for kids and adults, can be easily transported, and can also serve as a great, healthy appetizer for events.

                                                           Katie’s Taco Cups

What you need:

-Corn tortillas
-Ground turkey or beef
-Taco Seasoning or Fix Southwest Seasoning
-Greek yogurt
-Guacamole
-Cheese

What you need to do:

Coat a muffin tin (or two depending on how many you are making) with coconut oil or nonstick cooking spray.

Brown the meat and mix in the taco seasoning, just as if you were making regular tacos.

Cut the tortillas into squares. (I take the excess and make homemade cinnamon chips with them to pair with fruit salsa….I can share that recipe later!) Place one square in each muffin cup, spooning some of the meat mixture into each cup. I use between 1-2 tablespoons in each. Top with a sprinkle of cheese. If you prefer, you can top with chess AFTER baking; it’s up to you!

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Ready for some cheese!

Bake at 375 for about 20 minutes…but keep an eye on them. Every oven is different!

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Watch your shells…no one likes a burnt taco!

Top your taco cups with whatever you want….I use a small dollop of greek yogurt and another of guacamole!

If you are following the fix meal plan, I usually count three cups as one serving, but it all depends how much meat you are using.

Store in fridge and heat before serving! Enjoy!

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Hope you love them!

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Move over Buffalo Wings…there’s a new kid in town!

I am forever trying to find healthier alternatives to favorites in the food department. Buffalo chicken anything is one of my top picks, so imagine my delight when awhile back I stumbled across a recipe for Buffalo Cauliflower Bites!

Hmm….a veggie that had my beloved buffalo sauce (see ya Wing cravings) AND could be worked into my meal plan without guilt? Yes, please!

I shared that I made this recipe on my Facebook page the other day and was immediately flooded with messages asking for the recipe.

Here ya go folks….it is so super easy!

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Want them more wingy? I have an alternate recipe that involves panko crumbs that I can share, too!

                                                  EASY BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER BITES

You will need:
-6 cups of cauliflower florets
-3/4 cup Frank’s Buffalo Sauce
-1 tablespoon butter, melted
-2 tsp garlic powder

****You can use Frank’s Hot Sauce in place of the Buffalo if you prefer!

How to make:

Mix all ingredients minus the cauliflower in a bowl. After cutting up cauliflower, place in a large gallon sized Ziploc bag. Pour buffalo mixture into bag and shake until cauliflower is completely covered.

Spread on a baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with light ranch or bleu cheese dressing. You can serve hot or cold!

Here’s a look at the rest of my meal plan for the week! A new challenge group begins tomorrow, and I can’t wait to get back into a groove with my challengers! The cauliflower bites are an evening snack for me.

Hope you all have a fantastic, healthy week full of sparkle!

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It’s a Ghostbusters themed group…naturally my meal planner will be the same!

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