Let’s Get Cookin’: Savory Baked French Toast Casserole

July 20, 2015
Savory Baked French Toast Casserole - a quick and easy one-dish dinner for busy nights that comes packed with flavor from goat cheese, pesto, and veggies galore, plus an awesome use for a stale loaf of bread! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Mondays always seem to call for anything that makes life a little easier, which is exactly where quick one-dish dinners come into play.  This casserole is precisely that kind of dish – a super-simple meal you can prep in minutes and have ready to throw in the oven when dinner time rolls around. It might not […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: One-Pot Chile & Carrot Lentils {Vegan}

February 23, 2015
One-Pot Chile & Carrot Lentils - an easy, healthy, warm, and hearty dish packed with flavor. {Vegan}| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I am ALL for easy meals. I’ll go all-out for a stunner cake every once in a while, but when it comes to actual food – like the stuff we survive on ;) – easy is pretty much the only language I speak. The truth is, I’ll be more than happy if you want to cook […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Spinach & Tomato Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce

January 17, 2015
Spinach & Tomato Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m admitting it right here, right now: this is a little bit of a cheater’s pizza and I don’t care at all. The side of me that would usually insist on doing things from scratch got squashed by the temptation to make things quick and easy, and this one time, I just don’t feel guilty about […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Lightened-Up Shrimp and Grits Casserole

January 8, 2015
Lightened-Up Shrimp and Grits Casserole - total comfort food for all year round - with less guilt! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I haven’t really made any “official” resolutions this year, but I’m trying to treat it like a blank canvas and start better habits that will make life in general easier. The thing is that while in some ways I’m a pretty organized person, I also tend to be all over the place; it’s a bit […]

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Warm Pear Crumble {for two} {Dairy-Free}

November 19, 2014
Warm Pear Crumble {for two} - a simple, small-batch crumble recipe with a spiced pear filling.

I kinda like the idea of a recipe made for two, don’t you? There’s one for you and one for someone else (or one for you and another for you; I’m not judging!) without a bunch of extras that have to stick around and keep you eating the same thing day after day. Now, don’t get me wrong, […]

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Fluffy Buttermilk Scones

September 30, 2014
Fluffy Buttermilk Scones - simple, lightly sweetened scones, perfect with butter and jam on a lazy morning. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

When I went to Paris a few summers ago, I fell in love with the simple perfection of plain scones. It’s funny because in the US, we mostly do scones with all kinds of flavor combinations – which I totally love as well – but in Europe, scones seem to take on a different role […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Restaurant-Style Salsa

July 23, 2014
Restaurant-Style Salsa - a classic spicy salsa perfect for dipping or serving alongside a Mexican-inspired meal.  | www.brighteyedbaker.com

First things first: today’s recipe involves no cooking what-so-ever. That is to say, “Let’s Get Cookin’” doesn’t make total sense here and should really be something like, “Let’s Get the Blender Out and Pretend we’re Cooking”, but you get the point. We’re taking a break from the baking and going the savory route, if for […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction

January 31, 2014
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Balsamic Reduction - sweet, rich and tender dates stuffed with cheese and wrapped in crispy, smoky bacon with bits of caramelized brown sugar. Say hello to an easy and tasty appetizer!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is ironic, to say the least. Here I am, the girl who refused to eat any form of pork up until a few months ago, officially pushing the publish button on the first ever non-vegetarian recipe on the blog which includes BACON. Not only that, but it combines bacon with dates, which I now […]

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DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt}

January 14, 2014
DIY Almond Butter {with Vanilla Bean & Sea Salt} - a naturally sweet and healthy nut butter that you can whip up in minutes. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Truth: If I had to pick between peanut butter and almond butter, I’d pick peanut butter any day of the week. Frankly, sometimes almond butter just feels boring to me. BUT, there are times when I’ll whip out the almond butter to make something healthy, and by whip it out, I mean whip it up. […]

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Magic Bars + a Video!

December 13, 2013
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Magic Bars Recipe - a peanut butter graham cracker cookie base layered with sweet and gooey sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. A fast, easy, addicting dessert! | brighteyedbaker.com

I feel like I’ve just rediscovered how incredible peanut butter is, for the umpteenth time in my life. I mean, I KNOW it’s good, but sometimes it just takes a heavy swirl of nutella or a solid helping of dark chocolate to remind me how much I love peanut butter. Anyhow, I’m officially loving peanut […]

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