Tested: Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo and Energy Bites

Double post! I was busy the last couple of days šŸ™‚

First up, the Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo. Now, I am not a fan of alfredo sauce. You’d think I would be since I don’t really like red sauce, but I think it has a weird taste. But when I saw this recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Alfredo on Pinterest, I had to give it a shot. Cheese and red peppers with pasta? Yes, please.

I did modify the recipe a little bit… it calls for half and half and goat cheese. I never buy half and half because I never use it. However, due to my super-Googling skills, I discovered that you can substitute evaporated milk for half and half. Done. I also used Boursin (garlic and herb) cheese instead of goat cheese. Reason one for that: they didn’t have garlic and herb goat cheese at my store. Reason two: hubby doesn’t really like goat cheese. Since I was messing with sauce and pasta (you never mess with an Italian’s pasta), I thought I’d use something he would still potentially like and not be mad!

This stuff was freaking delicious. Kinda messy to make between the roasting, sauteeing, boiling and mixing – but so good. I also had to substitute my blender for a food processor. I’m not fancy enough to have a food processor, but hey, the blender worked just fine. I’m also not anywhere NEAR fancy enough to have an immersion blender like Lauren’s Latest used!!

The recipe says to use one half pound of pasta for the sauce – I made a full box and there was more then enough sauce for all of it.

Image from Lauren’s Latest

Once again, I forgot to take a picture while cooking and while it was on my plate. So you get the leftover tupperware version.

My version – our leftovers

On to the Energy Bites…

These are super fast to make and really good. I usually make a batch and store it in the freezer to eat whenever I need a little something sweet. The great thing about these is that you can pretty much use whatever ingredients you have on had and they will taste amazing. There’s a lot of different recipes out there for these, but I really think the one from Food Doodles is the best!

For mine, I used peanut butter, honey, shredded coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, mini chocolate chips and chopped nuts. I use a melon ball scooper to make them – they all come out at a good snack size. Make sure to leave the mix in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before rolling them… they get mushy fast when they’re out too long!

Image from Food Doodles

Another tupperware version. But this is how I store them in the freezer!!

My version all ready for the freezer

Get to cooking people.

Tested: Peanut Butter Granola

Peanut butter. Possibly my favorite condiment. Too bad it doesn’t go with hamburgers or pizza.

So when I saw this on Pinterest, clicked on the link and it proclaimed that it was a healthy peanut butter recipe, I had to give it a shot. Thanks Shape: 10 Healthy Peanut Butter Recipes.

It also seemed pretty easy… mix up some peanut butter, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and oats. Bake. Eat. I can do that.

Image from Shape

It smelled great while it was in the oven. When I took it out though, it wasn’t a clumped together real pretty like – as their picture shows. It was all pretty much separated into a one-piece-of-an-oat-at-a-time type of deal. But it still tasted good. Although I was hoping it would be crunchier. And more peanut-buttery. I’ll make this again, but I’ll doctor it up a bit.

My version. Not as pretty.

I was going to put it in a container and make it spill out all over some fancy tablecloth like their picture, but who cares? It’s in a bowl and I was eating it.

Sloppy Joes

Does anyone else hear the Adam Sandler song Lunch Lady when they think about having sloppy joes?

I found this recipe on SparkRecipes and they’re called Diet Coke Sloppy Joes. My mom used to make sloppy joes all the time and I remember always thinking they tasted too “tomatoey” – so when I saw this recipe and it only had a little bit of ketchup and then other stuff, I figured it was worth a shot.

I have the SparkRecipes app on my phone so that when I’m bored I can browse through recipes that are supposed to be healthy. Always be prepared for dinner is my motto. This recipeĀ said that one serving was only 162.5 calories and 4.5g of fat. Of course, it didn’t give me a serving size, so I had to estimate. And of course, I always estimate on the larger side…

Everything turned out super tasty. The recipe says you can add onion and peppers if you want – to jazz it up – so of course I did that. I put onions and peppers in everything it seems. I also used apple cider vinegar instead of white. And only half the amount called for. White vinegar does not appeal to me and I don’t think I can put it in my food. Oh, and I added a bunch of montreal steak seasoning as well.

The directions say to simmer on low for about 30 minutes for the sauce to thicken. Yeah, that didn’t happen. You have to give it way more time than a half an hour. I know they’re supposed to be messy, but I don’t want to eat soup on a sandwich. So I think I had it simmering (on a temp more then low) for at least an hour or an hour and 20 minutes. The sauce thickened enough to where it was still considered sloppy, but not soup.

Then I served it all up on a whole wheat sandwich thin… hubby had to eat some the next night because he wasn’t home. But reheated, it was just as good. Verdict? Make again.

The results of Diet Coke Sloppy Joes