Healthy Cookie Dough You Can Eat Right From the Container? YES, PLEASE


photo: P.S. Snacks via Instagram

Ahh, cookie dough. If it weren’t for the raw eggs and the ridiculous caloric content, we’d eat it after every meal (or instead of!). But wait! Now we can, thanks to gluten-free foodie Nikki Azzara of P.S. Snacks, who perfected a chickpea-based cookie dough that tastes like the real thing and spares you the guilt (and possible food poisoning).

P.S. Snacks Cookie Dough comes in three flavors — chocolate chip, peanut butter and fudge brownie — all of which contain no eggs, no refined sugar and no flour. They’re also all gluten-free and made from all-natural ingredients. The dough also only has about 3 grams of fat per 2 tablespoon serving.

photo: P.S. Snacks via Instagram

If you’ve got the will power to hold off eating it all right from the container, you can still cook the dough like any old batter to make cookies. Or, follow a few of Azzara’s recipes to use the dough creatively in snacks and meals.

Here’s the bad news: The dreamy dough is only available at these shops in and around Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. However, the company hopes to bring it to more stores, soon.

How much do you want this in your nearest supermarket? Tell us in the comments below. 

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One-Pot Black Bean Enchilada Pasta


If you’re pressed for time, this dinner recipe from Savory Nothings is a lifesaver—it comes together in less than half an hour. And since you only need one pot, cleaning up will be a breeze, leaving more time to enjoy the meal with your family.

Ingredients
4 cups small pasta shapes
1 can black beans
1 yellow pepper diced
1 red pepper diced
1 cup sweet corn
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup enchilada sauce
1-2 tbsp taco seasoning
4 cups water or broth
1/2 cup shredded cheddar plus extra to top (optional)
Cilantro, cherry tomatoes, lime wedges to serve (optional)

Method
1. Place all ingredients except for the cheese and garnishes in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover and simmer until pasta is done, about 15 minutes.

2. Stir in cheese, and add more on top if you like. Serve with cilantro, diced tomatoes and lime wedges.

This recipe and photo come courtesy of Nora from Savory Nothings. Hop over to Nora’s blog to discover more simple recipes that your family will gobble up.



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Taco Dogs


We like to keep a stash of hot dogs in the freezer for those times when cooking up an elaborate meal isn’t in the cards. This twist on chili dogs from Mama Gourmand is the perfect way to make an old favorite new again—and it’s a guaranteed kid-pleaser too.

Ingredients
1 lb. ground sirloin or chuck
1 tbsp. chili powder
½ cup salsa
8 hot dogs
8 hot dog buns, regular or gluten free buns
toppings: cheddar cheese, avocado, sour cream, lettuce, green onions, Fritos or crushed tortilla chips

Method
1. In a large nonstick skillet, cook ground beef with chili powder until cooked through. Drain fat if using ground chuck. Add salsa to meat and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Set aside to grill or cook hot dogs.

2. Spoon meat over hot dogs and top with desired toppings.

“Like” this story if you plan to make this recipe. And, then tell us how it turned out in the comments below.

This recipe and photo come courtesy of Melissa, a mother and food blogger who shares simple, family-friendly recipes at Mama Gourmand. Hop over to her website to find more recipes to fit your lifestyle.



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Skinny Cow’s New High Protein Ice Cream Will Make You Want to Serve It for Dinner


Skinny Cow’s New High Protein Ice Cream Will Make You Want to Serve It for Dinner

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Don’t you sometimes just wish you could skip the meal prep and just pop open a pint of ice cream for dinner? Well, now it’s not such a terrible idea (just don’t let your kids see you!) as long as you’re dining on Skinny Cow’s new line of “enlightened” ice cream. The diet-friendly dessert company’s newest creation is low-fat and contains a whopping 22 grams of protein (that’s as much protein as is in a single hamburger) per pint-sized serving, according to this article on Delish.

There are four different flavors —  Mint Chip Mashup, Oh Fudge Cookie, Oh My! Vanilla Bean and Fudgetastic Java — and they all contain about 350 calories per package (compare that to Ben & Jerry’s nearly 1,000 calories per pint!).

So, yes, you can eat the whole pint!

For some mysterious reason, the new ice cream isn’t yet listed on the Skinny Cow website, but you can expect to see it on the shelves soon at stores including Publix, Hannaford, Target and Kroger, Delish said.

Guilt-free desserts are nothing new for Skinny Cow (hence the name). The company, a part of Nestle USA, already has a pretty good hold on the low-cal frozen desserts market with their killer low-fat popsicles, ice cream cones, candy and ice cream sandwiches.

What’s your favorite kind of low-cal ice cream? Tell us in the comments below. 

Related article:
The Most Popular Ice Cream in America Is Also Low-Cal!



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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos


For a hearty meal that the whole family will love, you’ve got to try this delish slow cooker meal courtesy of Jessica from Lanc Foodie Girl. It only takes three ingredients, but you can also jazz the tacos up with your favorite toppings. Jessica recommends using chicken thighs since they stay moist, and you don’t even need to defrost them before popping them in the slow cooker.

Ingredients
4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tbsp. taco seasoning
1 jar salsa
Fire roasted green chiles (optional)
Optional toppings: limes, guacamole, Mexican cheese, chopped red onion, sour cream

Method
1. Dump chicken, taco seasoning and salsa into your slow cooker. Set it to low and cook for 8-10 hours.  

2. Before serving, with 2 forks, shred the chicken right in your slow cooker. If desired, mix in the fire roasted green chiles. Serve immediately.

This recipe and photo come courtesy of Jessica, who works in corporate America by day and shares delicious recipes on her blog Lanc Foodie Girl by night. Check out her website for more drool-worthy ideas.



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It’s Official, Starbucks Has Just Launched Pumpkin Spice Season in Your Grocery Store


It’s Official, Starbucks Has Just Launched Pumpkin Spice Season in Your Grocery Store

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Back-to-school time is in full effect, which only means one thing: pumpkin spice season is just around the corner. If you just can’t wait to indulge in that latte, however, drop the kids off and head to your grocery store, where Starbucks has kicked off the fun a little early this year.

photo: Starbucks

It might not even be September yet, but Starbucks has just launched its Pumpkin Spice product line in grocery stores across the country. Shoppers can choose from two new pumpkin offerings in addition to the items they’ve already featured in past years, like Pumpkin Spice Caffe Latte K-Cup Pods and Iced Espresso Classics Pumpkin Spice Latte. The two new selections are a Pumpkin Spice Flavored Ground Coffee and a ready-to-drink Pumpkin Spice Latte, which comes in a screw top bottle and can be found in the refrigerated section.

photo: Starbucks

These items are seasonal and only available for a limited time, so if you’re a big pumpkin spice fan, ignore the summer heat and head to your grocery store stat. Starbucks promises that there will be more seasonal drink items on the way in the ready-to-drink Iced Latte line. We can only assume that means Peppermint Mochas will arrive just in time to deck the halls.

Are you excited for Pumpkin Spice season? Tell us in the comments below. 



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How to Get Free Ice Cream Every Friday for the Rest of Summer


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Did someone say, “free ice cream?” OMG yes! Get your Uber app open, because the car service has partnered with McDonald’s to offer free ice cream every Friday, today until the end of summer — that is, if you’re lucky enough to snag one of the free cones before they’re gone.

The promotion is part of Uber’s 6th Annual Ice Cream Day. Here’s how it works:

1. Open the Uber App

2. Select UberICECREAM

3. Click “request”

If you are matched with a truck, it will head to you and give you a delicious cone of McDonald’s soft-serve ice cream for you and up to four other people. And that’s not all: your ice cream will come in a reusable silicone cup that will allow you to go to McDonald’s for a free refill of yumminess every Friday until September 22 (the official first day of fall).

The promotion is available in all participating cities, including Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, Miami, Toronto, Seattle, Atlanta, and Dallas. But hurry and get ordering, because supplies are limited.

Are you planning to snag a free cone from Uber? Already got one? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.



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Scientists Invent Ice Cream That Never Melts


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If you’re tired of having to clean your kids’ arms, legs and face after every ice cream outing, you might be happy to know that ice cream’s pesky habit of melting may be a problem, solved!

Scientists at Japan’s Biotherapy Development Research Center in Kanazawa appear to have invented ice cream that doesn’t melt, according to a recent article in the Japanese newspaper, The Asahi Shimbun. The makers of the chilly concoction say that it “will remain almost the same even if exposed to the hot air from a dryer.”

“When heat from a dryer was applied in an air-conditioned room, a vanilla popsicle that was purchased from a regular shop began melting around the edges almost instantly,” said the article. “But the Kanazawa Ice retained its original shape even after five minutes. It also tasted cool.”

What’s the secret? Tomihisa Ota, professor emeritus of pharmacy at Kanazawa University told the press that the ice cream is made with a polyphenol liquid extracted from strawberries. This extract makes it hard for water and oil to separate, which means frozen desserts (researchers tested popsicles, too) containing the ingredient will retain their shape for longer and be harder to melt.

The discovery was made by accident after researchers were tasked with creating a dessert with the polyphenol extract as a way to help strawberry farmers, who suffered after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in eastern Japan.

For now, the dessert, called “Kanazawa Ice” after its place of origin, is only available in Japan.

Would you try this non-melting ice cream? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.



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10 Great Bento Box Kids Lunch Ideas


Packing up school lunches just got a whole lot more exciting because no matter what’s going in it, a bento box scores major points with kids. From fruits and veggies to yummy snacks, the tiny compartments and adorable designs will make your little one the coolest kid in the cafeteria. Check out some of the hottest and newest bento box styles for fall below!

A Boxed Set

The recently released Packit Bento Box Set not only comes with a three-compartment reusable plastic container but also a reusable sleeve that keeps food cool without needing an ice pack. An exterior pocket is perfect for storing utensils and napkins. The actual bento box is dishwasher, microwaveable, and freezer safe.

Available at packit.com, $19.99.

What’s your child’s favorite bento box filler? Tell us in a Comment. 

Editor’s Note: Upon publication, all items were available for purchase.

All images courtesy retailers. 

— Felissa Allard



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