Author: Cory

Banana Date Smoothie

Banana Date Smoothie

This banana date smoothie is a great, healthy choice for weekday mornings. It’s an easy breakfast meal to eat on the go, but also is a meal that I don’t have to feel bad about. It’s chocolatey and delicious while also giving great proteins, fats, and nutrients to fill me up and last until lunch time.

Crown Vanilla Whiskey Cocktail with Cranberry

Crown Vanilla Whiskey Cocktail with Cranberry

This is such an easy whiskey cocktail for fall or winter; you can mix up a drink for yourself or for a friend in a matter of seconds. Or scale up this recipe and make a big batch to share with friends or for a party.

Chili Lime Popcorn

Chili Lime Popcorn

Using only 3 ingredients, this savory treat is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Pop up a batch to use as snacks or in lunches throughout the week, or pop up a big bowl before settling down for movie night with your partner or with the family. Have some available as an after work or after school bite, or make extra for board game night. It would make a great addition to tailgate parties and game days as well!

Garlic Herb Nut Mix

Garlic Herb Nut Mix

This nut mix recipe is so simple and so tasty. It features minimal ingredients (3 ingredients plus whatever nuts you’re using), is prepped and ready in 40 minutes or less, and makes an awesome savory snack or lunch addition. We use common, easy to find ingredients so you don’t have to go searching for stuff to make this; you can likely make this with things you already have on hand.

Habanero Pineapple Salsa

Habanero Pineapple Salsa

This Habanero Pineapple Salsa is fresh and fruity with a nice kick of heat at the end. It’s a great summer snack or appetizer, either to hog all for yourself or to take to parties and get-togethers. You can easily adjust the heat level up or down for your preference, based on how many habaneros you use.

Spiced Date Breakfast Smoothie

Spiced Date Breakfast Smoothie

This smoothie is really easy to throw together and tastes amazing. Nut milk and bananas form a base that is kicked up with sesame seeds, cardamom, star anise, vanilla, and cinnamon and then sweetened with dates.

Banana Nut Butter Breakfast Toast

Banana Nut Butter Breakfast Toast

These Banana Nut Butter Breakfast Toasts are a new favorite of ours for healthy, decadent AM meals. They go together in a matter of minutes, use only 6 ingredients, and feel like a real treat without having to feel guilty about what you’re putting into your body.

Spaghetti Squash Vegetable Curry

Spaghetti Squash Vegetable Curry

This Spaghetti Squash Vegetable Curry is simple to throw together, requires minimal hands-on time, and is full of delicious vegetables. Red curry and coconut milk come together for a rich, creamy base that is full of flavor with just the right amount of kick. It’s a tasty, guilt-free lunch or dinner that’s perfect to warm you up on cool nights or just as a meal with a kick.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Simple stovetop cooked oatmeal is brightened up with cinnamon, cloves, and maple syrup as a base for this wonderful fall dish. Then top it with gooey cinnamon apples and golden raisins to ramp up the apple pie flavor. Finish it with toasted pecans, a splash of nut milk, and a drizzle of maple syrup for a breakfast that is sure to be a hit!

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie – A Tropical Dreamsicle Twist

Orange Creamsicle Smoothie – A Tropical Dreamsicle Twist

Blend up this delicious Orange Creamsicle Smoothie today! It’s a deliciously refreshing twist on the classic orange creamsicle flavors, adding pineapple and bright, sweet goji berries. This smoothie makes the perfect breakfast or snack; it tastes like a dream(sicle)!

BBQ Almonds – A Smoky Savory Snack

BBQ Almonds – A Smoky Savory Snack

Check out this delicious BBQ Almonds recipe! Sweet, Smoky, Spiced, and perfectly roasted, these simple treats are great for snacks, parties, and more. I really like Smokehouse Almonds, and decided it was time to make some Smoky BBQ Almonds for myself.

Jalapeno Bacon Chicken Pizza

Jalapeno Bacon Chicken Pizza

This pizza starts with a delicious creamy vegan garlic sauce as its base. It then is loaded up with chicken, bacon, red onions, jalapenos, and non-dairy mozzarella cheeze. Bake it up and enjoy every bite. And no judgement if/when you eat the entire pizza in one sitting. Better yet, buy the two packs of crusts and make an extra pizza!

Pineapple Ancho Margarita-Refreshing with a Kick

Pineapple Ancho Margarita-Refreshing with a Kick

This Pineapple Ancho Margarita makes wonderful use of the sweet heat from the chile liqueur, pairing it with a silver tequila, and pineapple juice for a perfectly cool summer drink. Make up a batch to enjoy while hanging with friends, while grilling up some delicious summer meals, or just to have a drink because you can.

Chipotle Salsa- The Perfect Smoky, Spicy Dip

Chipotle Salsa- The Perfect Smoky, Spicy Dip

This simple salsa brings smokiness to the forefront while packing good heat at the end; it’ll keep you reaching for chip after chip until your bowl is empty (and I won’t judge if you lick the bowl clean). Canned chipotles in adobo provide this great, complex flavor and are readily available in most grocery stores. We add red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt to the mix to round out a fantastic salsa that’s great with chips or as a condiment for other meals.

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These delicious no bake cookies are exploding with wonderful peanut butter and chocolate flavor. They’re healthy, simple to make, and a great source of protein. Make a batch for desserts or for mid-morning and/or afternoon snacks. Pack them for meals on the go, take them to work or school, or eat them as a light breakfast!

Green Chile Popcorn

Green Chile Popcorn

Popcorn is a the perfect snack. It tastes wonderful, can be made in so many flavors (including spicy!), can be eaten on the go, and compliments movies perfectly. I love popping up a batch of popcorn and curling up with Joelle for a movie night or grabbing a tub of the stuff to enjoy when we’re at the theater. It’s one of those snacks that you can always eat and can never seem to stop eating.

Easy Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

Easy Sweet and Salty Trail Mix

This trail mix is a fantastic choice for on-the-go eating, fueling those long mornings or afternoons, and even for taking with you on trips. It packs a fantastic flavor with chocolate, dried fruit, roasted nuts, and coconut coming together for the perfect blend of salty and sweet that will satisfy any craving.

Mango Jalapeno Salsa

Mango Jalapeno Salsa

This salsa features one of my favorite combinations in food: sweet and spicy. The fresh mango gives a wonderful brightness and sweetness that’s followed at the end by a delicious warmth and spice from the jalapenos. Whip up a batch for your next get-together, party, or just to enjoy throughout the week!

Clean out the Pantry Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Clean out the Pantry Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup

Knowing that our motivation for cooking and, well, anything involving effort, wanes quickly with the setting sun this time of year, we’ve been thinking about super simple meal ideas that take minimal effort and still manage to check that elusive “healthy eating” box. Enter this delicious ham and bean soup.

Festive Cranberry Mango Smoothie

Festive Cranberry Mango Smoothie

Need a simple smoothie to throw together for Thanksgiving morning that will tide you over until the big meal or a quick blender breakfast to fuel your pre-holiday cooking extravaganza? Look no further than this 5-ingredient Cranberry Mango Smoothie; It’s bursting with delicious fruits and bright flavors that will satisfy your AM cravings!

Simple Roasted Poblano Hummus

Simple Roasted Poblano Hummus

Roasting up poblanos and blending them in with the chickpeas when making hummus lends a wonderful smoky flavor to this recipe and just a hint of warmth. This simple addition really elevates your typical hummus; what a fantastic way to Spice up a simple dip!

Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Quick and Easy Roasted Vegetable Pizza

Isn’t pizza just like the best go-to dinner for nights where you don’t feel like cooking anything or for those times when you feel like vegging out in front of the TV? We here at Our Sweetly Spiced Life, however, struggle with the fact that carryout or frozen pizzas aren’t always the healthiest options and don’t always leave us feeling great. Instead, let’s make a healthier pizza, all in the time it would take for carryout/delivery!

Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

Roasted Hatch Chile Peach Salsa

This time of year is Hatch chile season (it’s like another holiday for Chile heads!). Whenever these big green beauties hit the produce sections of the stores, we always buy up a bunch like the crazy pepper hoarding addicts we are! Named for the town in New Mexico in which they’re grown, these Anaheim chile variations are absolutely fantastic. If you haven’t tried them before, make plans now to go out and get some, mild and/or hot, to use in this fresh salsa!

Strawberry Cherry Apple Chia Bars

Strawberry Cherry Apple Chia Bars

These chia fruit bars are packed with delicious, ripe fruits and loaded up with protein, fiber, and fats (omega-3 included) from chia seeds. They’re perfect for a quick snack at home or for fueling up between meals while out and about. They are great healthy munchies for hiking or car trips, delicious pick-me-ups during a marathon day of shopping, and are perfect to grab a quick bite at school between classes when I just can’t make it until my lunch break.

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Roasted Beets with Candied Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Mint

Growing up beets never appealed to me; it wasn’t until I was older that I discovered roasted beets, and I immediately fell in love with these gems. They require minimal hands-on time, no fancy ingredients, and comes out tasting amazing. Goat cheese is a perfect match in this dish, offering a nice tanginess to compliment the earthiness and richness of the roasted beets. Glazed pecans add some sweetness and spice to the dish, as well as making it a bit heartier.

Pineapple Berry Smoothie

Pineapple Berry Smoothie

Filled with summer berries, sweetened only with fruit and coconut water, and with a little zing from fresh, juicy pineapple, this smoothie makes an easy, healthy breakfast on the go! Perfect for kids and teens too, this clean eating smoothie comes together quickly or can be prepped ahead and stored in fridge or freezer until ready to blend!

Habanero-Infused Whiskey with Mango and Lime

Habanero-Infused Whiskey with Mango and Lime

Crown Royal Whiskey gets quick-infused with habanero to add a subtle kick, and then mango nectar is added to accentuate the habanero’s sweetness. The drink is rounded out with lime juice and a few drops of bitters. Guard it closely, or make a pitcher because your friends might just steal it!