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Strawberry Zucchini Brownies

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Eating healthy is a main focus of our family; however, we like to indulge every now and then with something decadent.  So when I find something that is a delicious treat, and a little healthier, I get pretty excited…

 

Nestle Toll House now has NEW Brownies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers; and Cookies & More Baking Mix, with Chocolate Morsels or Butterfingers… made just a little healthier— NO preservatives and NO artificial colors or flavors.  As a consumer— and a mother of three boys— I love to know that I am giving the very best quality ingredients to my family.

 

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies | Money Savvy Living

 

So when I found out these new Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes were free of preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, I was ready to try them all! However, when we got to Target, not all of the baking mixes were in stock (they are available online though). So if they aren’t available in your area, you can always order it online and get free shipping and save 5% off your purchase if you use a Target Red card. I’m always looking to save a little extra money, so when I got to the checkout and was done paying, along with my receipt, I got an in-store Target coupon to save $0.75 on my next purchase of two Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes. And right now, you can save even more and join Ibotta and get an additional rebate of $0.75 on this product!

 

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies | Money Savvy Living

 

Once we got home, we then had to figure out which baking mix to use first… and that was a hard decision… but, after much deliberation, we decided to go with the Nestle Toll House Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix.  (Plus, I knew that I could sneak some fruits and vegetables into the chocolate mix without it even being noticed by my kids… shhhh, don’t tell them my secret!)

 

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies | Money Savvy Living

 

Usually, if you want to avoid the preservatives and artificial ingredients, you need to whip up something from scratch… and that’s another reason that I love these new baking mixes… just like homemade, but quicker and easier!

 

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I love the fact that these new Nestle Toll House Baking mixes do not contain preservatives, artificial colors, or flavors. And I also love to try to sneak in a few extra fruits and vegetables into my kids when I can… so adding in some strawberries and zucchini gives this “healthier” brownie mix even more of a boost— yet still tastes so good, the kids don’t even realize that they are eating zucchini!

 

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies | Money Savvy Living

 

The boys got to spend the day with some of their cousins for my nephew’s birthday and take a little break for brownies.  They certainly look like they enjoyed them!

Strawberry Zucchini Brownies, featuring NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More Chocolate Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ shredded zucchini
  • ¼ strawberries, diced and crushed
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray 7-inch X 11-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Stir brownie mix, egg, and oil in bowl until blended. Add crushed strawberries and shredded zucchini. Stir in ¾ cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
  3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle ¼ cup morsels on top of batter and lightly press into batter.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Cool completely before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar.

 

For more creative recipes like this one, you can find more Nestle Toll House recipes and be inspired to bake the very best for your family… how will you “sneak” some extra fruits and vegetables into your family?  How will you use these #mixinmoments baking mixes to create special moments in your life?

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Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger | Money Savvy Living

 

I love a good, juicy burger.  But I don’t love the guilt that I feel after partaking in this indulgence…

 

I have tried healthier versions, such as veggie burgers or turkey burgers to try to find a good substitute for the traditional {delicious, mouth-watering} beef burger, but none have satisfied… until now.

 

Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Juice Burger | Money Savvy Living

 

I have recently discovered a wonderful little product from Kitchen Accomplice Wicked Juicy Burger Turkey concentrate, specifically formulated to be added to ground turkey.  This definitely enhanced the ground turkey and gave it a much more appealing taste for me.  Honestly, I actually even found that my burger didn’t taste that much different than a regular beef burger {big win!}, but I knew that it was much healthier… so no feeling guilty for indulging in this big, juicy burger!

 

I mean, this is the whole point of healthy cooking to me.  I don’t want to just eat something that’s good for me, I want it to actually taste good too and be enjoyable to eat.  I have bought food that is “healthy” for me, but tasted terrible and walk away from the table feeling full, but not satisfied, so I strive very hard to take all the types of foods that I love and just try to make them healthier.  I want to enjoy life, not deprive myself.

 

And I promise, you won’t feel deprived with this burger!

 

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce | Money Savvy Living

 

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger (with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce)

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger with Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2-3 tablespoons Wicked Juicy Burger, turkey concentrate
  • ¾ cup gluten-free panko bread crumbs (my favorite are the 4 Crumbs Italian seasoned GF panko)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (you can go easy on the salt because the turkey concentrate already has salt in it)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • finely chopped chives to taste

 

Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated.  Go ahead and get your hands in there… you are going to need to form the burger patties anyways!

Grill burger patties until cooked completely (no pink).

 

Wicked Juicy Turkey Burger | Money Savvy Living

 

While it is much easier to buy pre-formed burger patties from the grocery store, I do like to make my own because I find that I don’t really need a true quarter-pounder… that’s a bit too much for me, so being able to make a burger a bit smaller for the kids and myself, and maybe adding a bit extra for my husband, still leaves plenty of extra ground turkey that I will use for meatballs… but that is a different post…

 

So, as part of my journey to make traditional fattening foods that I love a bit more healthy, I decided to plant my own little herb garden this year. I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year (I planted them in pots so I can take them inside in case of a harsh winter), they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking. Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store. But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year! So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year. Well worth the initial investment!

 

Herb Garden | Money Savvy Living

Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc. Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop. Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

Since I have all of these beautiful herbs right in my backyard, I decided to make a Creamy Avocado & Mint Sauce to compliment my turkey burger.

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile. It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too! However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

However you decide to top your burger, I think you will enjoy the better, richer taste of this wicked juicy burger.

 

 

 

 

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Blueberry Chia Smoothie

 

Blueberry Chia Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

Need breakfast on the go?  Well, it doesn’t get any easier than this.  And that is one of the reasons that I love to make smoothies for breakfast… quick, easy, and healthy.

 

This smoothie is packed with protein and healthy antioxidants.  Besides the whole foods based protein powder, blueberries provide many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, reducing belly fat, preserving vision, and improving heart and brain function.  Top it off with some chia seeds, which are also packed with antioxidants, high in omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, and may even be helpful with weight loss, and you will have a complete, healthy meal.

 

Blueberry Chia Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Blueberry Chia Smoothie

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

**Smoothie tip** using a frozen banana gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

 

Blueberry Chia Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

 

 

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

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When ever you make a veggie tray to take to a party, you always serve it with dip, right?  It definitely tastes more appealing to eat vegetables when smothered in some sort of ranch or French Onion dip.  However, I always feel a bit guilty because I know that the benefit of eating all those good, fresh veggies was most likely just cancelled out by the artery-clogging fat of the dip.

 

I’m not alone in this feeling, am I?

 

So this year, I decided to plant my own little herb garden.  I figure, they are perennials, so they should come back next year, they will look nice, and I can actually use them throughout the summer and early autumn in my cooking.  Now if you don’t have your own herbs, it could get pretty expensive to buy all of this at the grocery store.  But, I have probably spent around $15 for all of these herb plants (probably about what it would cost to buy fresh herbs at the grocery store for just this recipe!) and I can use them all summer long… and hopefully, they will make it through the winter and grow again next year!  So making this will literally cost just a few cents by the time I average it out over everything I will use these herbs for this year.  Well worth the initial investment!

 

Herb Garden | Money Savvy Living

Top: peppermint, spearmint, mojito Middle: dill, basil, thyme Bottom: lavender, chives

 

If you are new to gardening, here are some pointers on starting your own herb garden that are important to know, such as how to prepare the soil, where to plant your herbs, etc.  Or, if you have limited space, or live in an apartment, you pay even want to consider a tower container garden, which is compact enough to go on a balcony or rooftop.  Tower gardens are also especially good for very dry areas because they use less water as well…

 

So now, instead of eating a fattening pre-made dip with preservatives and who-knows-what in it, this fresh dip is a much healthier alternative:

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

And the best thing about this dip is that it is so versatile.  It can be used on sandwiches, burgers, even on pasta… so I guess, it really is a sauce too!  However you choose to use it…. healthy, fresh, delicious!

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip | Money Savvy Living

 

 

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

Creamy Avocado & Mint Dip

  • ½ cup shredded cucumber (squeeze liquid out)
  • 3 cups fresh mint leaves (I use a mixture of peppermint, spearmint, & mojito)
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • ½ avocado (you can add the entire avocado if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Put all ingredients into a food processor, except for the olive oil.  Start to pulse the food processor and blend ingredients, drizzling in the olive oil slowly.

 

I love to add herbs and ingredients by taste, so you may want to start with this recipe and then tweak it a bit by adding more of any ingredients of the flavors that you want to bring out…

 

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*This post contains direct links to my JP+/TG Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

A smoothie from Orange Julius is one of my favorite treats! I remember the taste of an Orange Julius as a kid and thinking that it tasted like a creamsicle in the form of a drink—so good! Well, over the years, it has gotten even better and now there are several flavors to choose from. My absolute favorite now is the Strawberry Banana Smoothie.

So even though these are a low-fat, relatively healthy treat, it can get pretty expensive to buy them very often, so I had figured out a way to get a very similar, frothy drink right at home!  This way I can save a bit of money, and add a little “protein boost” to it as well…

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie

In a blender, add the following:

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

Orange Julius Copycat Strawberry Banana Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

 

 

Homemade Summer Salsa for Canning

Summer Salsa | Money Savvy Living

 

Now that spring is here, I am ready for my garden and all the delicious foods that come out of it!  But, of course, it will be a few months before I will get much from it… anyways, I am already thinking ahead to all the wonderful garden fresh recipes that I can make!  Any time that I can use vegetables from my own garden, I know it is healthier—and saves money too!  It literally costs a few dollars to buy the seeds and plants and I can make several jars of salsa from just a few plants.

 

While I love to eat fresh tomatoes, I love to make salsa with all those beautiful tomatoes, especially at the end of the season when they all ripen at once and I have to do something with them before they go bad… plus, I just prefer the taste of homemade to store-bought salsa… and making homemade salsa is easier than you may think!

 

Summer Salsa | Money Savvy Living

 

I like to put my tomatoes in the food processor because I like my salsa to be more of a smooth consistency, so just roughly chop any type of tomatoes that you have (remove some of the seeds or else it will get too runny) and the food processor will do the rest.  If you like a thicker, chunkier salsa, just dice to the size that you prefer and skip using the food processor.

 

Summer Salsa | Money Savvy Living

 

Add some peppers, onions, and garlic.  This is where you can really branch out and make it what you want.  I use sweet peppers and jalapenos, but sometimes, I add some pablano peppers if I have them.  If you like it hotter, add more jalapenos, or whatever other hot peppers you like.  I don’t have it in this recipe, but I often add some mangos or peaches to give the salsa a sweet flavor along with the spiciness.

 

Summer Salsa | Money Savvy Living

 

 

Homemade Summer Salsa

Homemade Summer Salsa

  • 10-12 cups chopped tomatoes, remove some of the seeds
  • 1-2 green peppers
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2-4 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 Tbsp cumin powder
  • Chop in food processor *Optional*  If you like chunkier salsa, just dice ingredients to the size you want.
  • Put in stock pot, bring to boil.  Cook for about 5 min.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Squeeze 3 Tbsp of lime juice into each pint canning jar
  • Pour salsa into each jar with lime juice, leaving ½ – 1 inch at the top of the jar.
  • Make sure each jar is clean and dry at the top.  Place lids and rings on jars tightly.
  • Boil in water for 30 minutes.  Make sure the water completely covers the jars.
  • Allow to cool for several hours, lids should be sealed (the lid should not pop up or move when you press on it) before storage.

 

 

*if you have a canner, you will not need to boil in water for 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

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Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey cinnamon roll?!  That is one of my favorite breakfast treats.  Of course, I don’t love all the fat and calories that are packed into those decadent pastries.

 

Every now and then, I do allow myself to have a cinnamon roll (maybe a few times a year!)  But now, I can have some of those ooey, gooey delicious cinnamon roll flavors any time that I want in my breakfast smoothie.

 

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free:

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1½ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • cinnamon to taste
  • splash of pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

**Smoothie tip** using a frozen banana gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!)

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

 

 

 

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

 

Creamy Macaroni & Cheese | Money Savvy Living

 

Macaroni and cheese is one of those comfort foods that you really just never outgrow.

Of course, the cheesy Velveeta macaroni and cheese is a childhood favorite, but this creamy, cheesy recipe is sure to be a hit with the adults…and kids!  You won’t even miss the processed cheese—I promise!

I also love to make this recipe with gluten free elbow macaroni and low fat milk, to make it a bit healthier.

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni (use gluten-free rice pasta)
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
½ cup sour cream
1 (10¾ ounce) can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1 cup milk (I use 2%, but you could use whole milk to make it a bit creamier)
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly butter (or spray with cooking spray) 8”x 8” baking dish.
Boil the macaroni in water per package directions. Drain.
In a medium saucepan, mix butter and cheese on low to medium heat. Stir until the cheese melts.
To the cheese and butter mixture, add the beaten egg, sour cream, cheese soup, milk, dry mustard, pepper, and salt. Add the drained macaroni and stir again.
Top with bread crumbs and/or additional cheese, if desired.
Bake for 35 minutes, until bubbling and slightly golden.
Let the macaroni and cheese stand for 15 minutes before serving.

 

Enjoy!

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

I absolutely love to start my day with a smoothie.  I have never been really interested in eating a big breakfast.  I was one of those kids that literally had to gag down breakfast before going to school each day.  Although, if I don’t eat breakfast at all, I am sooo hungry by mid-morning.  So, for me, drinking a smoothie is an easy way to get the nutrition that I need without having to eat a huge breakfast.

 

But having the exact same smoothie everyday can get a bit boring, so I like to change it up with different seasonal fruits and flavors.  However, I do like to freeze fresh fruit when it is in season and use it in my smoothies in the winter…  I must admit that adding in frozen fruit gives my smoothie a much creamier texture (almost like a milkshake!), so sometimes I use a frozen banana or add a few ice cubes just to give it that creaminess!

 

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 strawberries
  • handful of raspberries
  • 1 scoop of plain or greek yogurt
  • 1½  cup almond milk
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ¼ cup Vanilla Juice Plus+ Complete protein

 

Blend until smooth…and enjoy!

 

**Add less milk if you want a thicker consistency.

 

*You can use any protein powder that you like, but I prefer the Juice Plus+ Complete because it provides hidden veggies as it is a whole food based protein shake!

 

Very Berry Banana Yogurt Smoothie | Money Savvy Living

 

*This post contains direct links to my JP+ Virtual Franchise. Should you choose to buy a product through here, I would receive a commission.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

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Even though I try very hard to eat healthy and feed my family healthy foods, sometimes, I just have a sweet tooth.  I don’t want to feel like I am depriving myself, so having a treat now and then is good…

But what if I could have a treat that is relatively healthy too?  That’s a win-win!

A friend had shared a recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with chickpeas (I would have probably never thought to do that!), but I tried it and liked it, so I decided to put my own little twist on it:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living #glutenfree #healthy

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

 

  • 1 can chickpeas, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • ½ cup natural cream peanut butter (or any nut butter you like)
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. agave necter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 Tbsp. gluten free all-purpose baking mix
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Mix all ingredients in food processor, except for chocolate chips.  Blend until smooth.  At this point, stir in chocolate chips. Now, you can either roll into 1 inch balls and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, slightly flatten; or you can simply spoon-drop them on and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

 

Easy, right?

And so good, you won’t even know that they’re healthy too!

 

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies | Money Savvy Living  #glutenfree #healthy

ENJOY!

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