Friday, January 29, 2016

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Soup

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Soup | Cooking on the Front Burner

As January is starting to come to a close, there are still two things I've been pursuing this month.  One is trying to stay warm (hmmm, no brainer as I live in Minnesota!) and the other is continuing to eat on the healthier side.  I've been doing pretty good and hope to continue into the next month and beyond.  It's a habit I want to keep in 2016!  So today I'm sharing a new healthy Sweet Potato & Black Bean soup as part of the Eat Healthy 16 series where several bloggers have been posting healthier recipes all month - Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes (where you will find this recipe),  Brianne from Cupcakes and Kale Chips, and Jenny from The Melrose Family.  Eating lighter doesn't mean you need to skip on flavor and this soup has it all!  We are also giving away an awesome gift of  a Blendtec 725 (Valued over $750)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti

White Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti | Cooking on the Front Burner

Ok, drop whatever you are doing (really!) and take time for a coffee (or tea or cocoa) break!  We all need a little relaxation in our day and what could be better than having a warm beverage with a little sweet treat to go along with it!  These crispy White Chocolate Cherry Almond Biscotti is that sweet treat to keep on hand that you need in your life.  They are baked to perfection and make the perfect "dunker" without falling apart.  So do you want one dunk or two?  You make the coffee and I'll be over with the treat!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fruity Power Smoothie

Fruity Power Smoothie | Cooking on the Front Burner

It's the most wonderful time of the year ... for smoothies!  They seem to be all the rage now and I'm jumping on the bandwagon with these high calcium, fruit infused, and tasty power smoothies.  These would be a perfect way to start your day or any time you need a pick-me-up.  Just whip out your blender, add all the ingredients, and give it a whirl.  In under a minute, you will be fueling your body with a healthy drink and ready to tackle the world! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

White Chocolate Creme Brulee

White Chocolate Creme Brulee | Cooking on the Front Burner

We interrupt your healthy eating habits to bring you a little dessert!  But don't worry it is on the lighter calorie side so it would be totally fine if you indulged in one of these tasty treats (plus I would never tell anyone!)  Creme Brulee is one of my go to sweets when we go out to dinner.  We have a couple fantastic restaurants in town that are known for these dinner ending desserts.  While I'm sure theirs are made with a lot more calories, this version didn't seem to skim on texture or flavor.

Have you been intimidated to try and make it at home?  Well don't be, this White Chocolate Creme Brulee takes about 20 minutes to assemble and trust me, it is not hard to do.  So, who's with me for taking a little detour from our resolutions?  What happens on the blog, stays on the blog!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pecan Orange Basmati Rice

Pecan Orange Basmati Rice Dish | Cooking on the Front Burner

When I grew up my mom made complete meals for every dinner with some sort of protein, a side dish and veggies. Unless of course if it was pasta night (yum) but even then we had meat from the sauce and a side salad with pasta being the main attraction.  So it is ingrained in my brain to try to have 3 items for each meal.  I have to admit that I sometimes struggle with a side dish.  We would mostly have potatoes whether they would be fried, baked or mashed.  I don't think my dad was one who liked to venture out from that.  As I grew older and realized that we COULD have something else, it was like a new world opened up to me.  I'm always on the lookout for something to compliment the meal and jazz it up a bit!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Cinnamon roll pancakes are a sweet treat in the morning! This easy pancake recipe is perfect for a weekend brunch! These pancakes will disappear before your eyes, and the glaze is to die for!

Cinnamon roll pancakes are a sweet treat in the morning! This easy pancake recipe is perfect for a weekend brunch! These pancakes will disappear before your eyes, and the glaze is to die for!

Breakfast is served today with these 12 pancakes recipes from the #12 blogger 2016 group.  It's our first post of the year, and if you are new to this concept, I'll explain what we are all about. 
We are 12 bloggers who on the 12th of each month will create a recipe with 12 ingredients or less, based on a theme one of us has selected.  I really enjoyed being part of the group last year and definitely wanted to continue. 

Seeing that it is our first recipe of the year, I'm glad we started with a breakfast recipe (the most important meal of the day, right?) I really need to amp up my usual breakfast offerings - English muffins, toast and cereal, which are great during the week, but on the weekend it's a good to get away from the same old same old. 

Grab a fork as I'm serving up these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes to take your breakfast from so-so to great!  Be sure to keep reading to see the other eleven pancake recipes, too.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Chopped Spinach Pomegranate Salad

Chopped Spinach Pomegranate Salad | Cooking on the Front Burner

Happy Thursday!  Hang in there, the first full week of January is about over and the weekend is coming.  Were you moving kind of slow this week or did you hit the ground running?  I had off about a week from work and was actually looking forward to getting back into a schedule.  Crazy I know but I'm kind of like that! (Though I do miss sleeping in.) While I was off I created this new salad recipe that I'm nicknaming sunshine in a bowl!  What do you think?  Doesn't it just make you smile and want to reach in and grab a forkful?  There are so many good ingredients in this Chopped Spinach Pomegranate Salad including a touch of mango, tangy gorgonozola and a pomegranate vinaigrette.  Are you hooked yet?   I encourage you to start the year off right and eat your veggies!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Salads Galore!

A collection of 13 "lucky" salads to start eating back on track!

Captain's Chef's log day 1.  Well, it's time!  The new year has begun and if you are like me, you might want to be eating a bit on the lighter side.  Sure the holidays are all fun and games until you go back to work and your slacks fit a bit snugger... ouch!  Yes, I admit, I enjoyed everything the holiday season brought - cookies, appetizers, tasty beverages, dinners, lunches, etc.  You name it and I probably gave it a sampling.  So what's a gal to do now?  I have a plan - I pretty much purged the house this past weekend by cleaning out the pantry, fridge, freezer and even tossed out the last couple of sweets (don't tell the DIY Guy!)  I'm ready to get back on track by taking my lunch to work and preparing dinners with healthier choices.  Are you with me?