The green monster (aka – Elphaba juice)

Okay so I was super hesitant about this – it looks like that slime from those hilarious 90s Nickelodeon shows like Double Dare. Ridiculous.

But I gave it a shot because the post said it didn’t taste like healthy goop. Good thing I’m a trusting person. And she was right! For a juice made of spinach and peanut butter and yogurt- was actually pretty dang good!!


Green Monster Juice. Or Elphaba Juice.

  • 1 slides banana, frozen or not
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (or one to go cup) Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups baby spinach (more or less)
  1. Blend banana and peanut butter
  2. Add yogurt and milk- blend that all together
  3. Fill the rest of your blender with baby spinach and, you guessed it, blend!!

Taste Rating: 8.5/10

Other than the green appearance, this juice tastes really good! You can’t taste the spinach, so it mostly just tastes like banana and peanut butter – although I’d add more peanut butter next time 🙂 And I expected it to be more of a smoothie consistency, so I may try adding ice or freezing my banana if I make this again. But it’s a great way to force me to eat spinach. I also have a reeeeeeeally hard time with the consistency of Greek yogurt (I know, I know. I’m so not trendy) but this was great! No weird yogurt consistency.

Ease of Cooking: 9.5/10

Seriously. It’s just a blender. Great for a quick breakfast or after workout boost. And yummy 🙂

The hardest part was washing out the blender.

Thanks to Iowa Girl Eats for the recipe!


Pizza Factory Breadsticks

Being away from Utah and away from Pizza Factory has been a sad sad thing.

Luckily, these are spot on when it comes to those yummy breadstick twists. And for those of you who’ve never partaken of this blessing – you’d better make these ASAP.

… Also this is apparently carb week. Sorry to everyone’s diet in advance.


Pizza Factory Breadsticks

  • Rhodes rolls–2 per breadstick (or make your own homemade bread dough! lots of easy recipes online- third comment down on this site is the one I used)
  • 2-3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dill weed
  • 18″ bamboo skewers (or some kind of long skinny skewers)
  1. Let dough rise. Then knead two rolls together and roll into a thin rope.
  2. Twist the rope around the skewer and balance them across the width of a cake pan (you can place them on a greased cookie sheet, but they’ll have flat marks on the bottom when they’re done baking).
  3. Let twists rise till doubled.
  4. While they are baking, combine the glaze ingredients so the flavors will blend.
  5. Bake twists at 375 for about 12-15 minutes or till golden brown.
  6. Remove from oven and brush with the butter glaze.

Taste Rating: 9.5/10

These breadsticks are seriously soooooooooooooo yummy and super addicting. I dare you to try to eat just one. Pretty sure it’s impossible. Even my fitness-saint mother couldn’t help herself. I made them when I was home and my family ate the entire batch! And the dill – dill is a weird-ish thing to have (at least for me), but find a friend with some dill that you can borrow and trade them for a finished breadstick. They will be so so so happy. The dill is what makes these so divine.

Ease of Cooking: 8.5/10

Twisting the dough onto the skewer was kind of tricky, but once you’ve done a few, you get into a rhythm and it gets easier. Everything else was cake-sauce easy peasy.

Gah. Now I’m craving these again.

Thanks to recipe exchange!

English Muffin Bread

This was seriously YUMMIEST bread I’ve ever had!! I was so proud that I made this!

Now — I have never in my whole entire life made bread before, but I’ve wanted to try for a while. I couldn’t believe how easy this was!! It’s sooooo yummy toasted with butter and jam- I could just die. I really almost ate the whole loaf tonight. I feel quite sick but it was totally worth it.


English Muffin Bread

  • 5 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 packages RAPID RISE yeast (You can use regular yeast, but you will need to let is rise TWICE. Once in the bowl, til it reaches the top…and then again in the pans, til it reaches the top. With the RAPID RISE you only need to let it rise once in the pans.)
  • 2 Tablespoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 11 cups flour
  1. Mix altogether, then spoon into (4) well greased loaf pans.
  2. Let dough rise in pans until dough reaches the top of the pans, and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown. (keep an eye on it for the last 10-15 minutes though.)
  3. 10 minutes before done, brush with melted butter. Makes 4 loaves.
  4. Bread will be moist at first. Allow to cool COMPLETELY before cutting.

taste rating: 10/10
like I said before, best bread I’ve ever had. no joke. it’s different than normal bread — it really is the consistency of English muffins. that being said, I don’t know if I ever want regular homemade bread again. especially when this was so stinkin easy!

ease of cooking: 9/10
this was a very very simple recipe — just throw everything in your mixer and be done with it. the only bummer was not having rapid rise yeast so I had to wait twice before I could get this goodness in the oven. even then, it was just a matter of patience, not a complicated recipe.

Special thanks to One Good Thing for this amazing recipe.