Cinnamon Roll Protein Mug Cake [Recipe]

Cinnamon rolls kill me.

That smell in the mall… Pavlovian response.

It’s been years since I’ve gotten one, but walking past a certain cinnamon roll chain had me craving a cinnamon roll.  I swear they put crack in those things.

In my shipment from About Time, I received a few proteins to sample.  I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a little mug cake experiment!  Mug cakes may seem normal to many of you… but to the “normal” world I think it qualified as strange.  But good. 😉

Cinnamon Roll Protein Mug Cake… 

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Breakfast for Lunch Tacos

3 bloggers can get a little strange.

Meghan’s husband can attest to this.

Lucie AND Meghan are in town (and Meghan’s husband who shall not be named or pictured).  We’ve been touring San Diego and causing general shenanigans.

Afternoon beers, anyone?

Culture beer

Culture Brewery

We’ve also been cooking.  All of us in the kitchen is a strange but good heaven.

(Vegas reminded me where the fire extinguisher was.) … 

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Baseball is Hard

Have you ever tried to explain a sport to someone?

When you say it out loud, it sounds so ridiculous.

Like baseball.  You hit a ball with a stick and run around a diamond.  If you can make it to one of the white squares before they can throw the ball at you, you’re safe.

There there’s the matter of explaining foul balls (that’s what she said), strikes, walks, home runs, stealing… it all happened this weekend when Vegas and I took Lucie to the Padres game.

(For those who don’t know already, Lucie is my friend from Switzerland.  She writes a blog and she’s awesome.  I visited/met her last year in Switzerland.) 

Lucie's tri-tip sandwich

Lucie’s tri-tip sandwich (I stole her pic – she’s a better photog.)

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Kabocha Bacon Drop Biscuits [Recipe]

Kabocha and bacon are two of my favorite things.

Vegas and chocolate are also on that list.

Speaking of Vegas, these were Vegas-approved!  I always consider that an accomplishment – my pasta-loving lady gives me the side-eye if I try to get *too* healthy on her.  However, She can always be won over with bacon.

These muffins were inspired by the bacon grease I had leftover from breakfast at this past weekend.  I always save it for cooking; you can use it in place of butter to grease a pan.  It may sound strange, but why not use bacon grease in place of butter in baked goods too?  It really is good!

Kabocha Bacon Drop Biscuit dough

Dropped and ready to bake!

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Asian Shrimp and Noodle Salad [Recipe]

Asian food is addicting.

Even without the MSG.

I am a sucker for Italian food.  And Mexican.  I could eat them every day.  Asian food… I don’t crave it daily but when I want it, I need my fix NOW.

When I got Skinny Noodles’ new kale shirataki noodles in the mail, I knew they called for a good Asian dish!

Skinny Noodles Kale Shirataki… 

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Spring into Strange (But Good)

I always look forward to spring.

Except the pollen.  Who knew San Diego had pollen?!

Spring food is the best.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a roasted winter squash and the orange glow that comes with it.  The lighter, fresh spring fare has my heart though.

Today’s #strangebutgood is a round up of some of my favorite spring recipes.  Some stranger than others.  All good.  In my not-so-humble opinion.

Berry Chia Pudding

Berry Chia Pudding… 

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Grand Marnier Cranberry Cookies [Recipe]

One of my favorite parts about living in California is the food.

My inner fat kid is in heaven.

Aside from all of the restaurants we’ve been trying, I’ve also loved all the produce.  Citrus is amazing here!  These protein lemon squares didn’t last long in my kitchen… but the cookies I’m sharing today disappeared almost immediately!

I had a bunch of oranges left over from our citrus picking adventure and was trying to think of a fun way to use it.  Naturally, I turned to cookies and booze.  Boozy cookies might seem a bit strange, but they are amazingly good.

Grand Marnier Cranberry Cookies

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Protein Lemon Squares with Cheesecake Frosting [Recipe]

Lemon squares are a totally normal thing.

Until I get ahold of them.

Vegas and I absconded from our citrus-picking adventure last weekend with a few samples.  Lemons, oranges, and sweet lemons.  Yes, sweet lemons are a thing.  No, it’s not just a Meyer lemon.  They’re so sweet you can sit down and eat a whole one!  Strange and incredibly good.  The bright citrus flavor is perfect for spring.

I immediately wanted to bake a treat using the sweet lemons.  If you don’t have sweet lemons, simply add more sugar (think lemonade).  Also of note is the coconut flour.  It makes these incredibly moist (that’s right – I said it); reminiscent of lemon bars.

Protein Lemon Bars with frosting… 

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Peanut Sriracha Noodle Bowl [Recipe]

I’m convinced you can put peanut butter on anything.

It’s even good on bacon.

There’s not bacon in this peanut sauce, but now that I think of it… there night be next time!  This was strange enough for round 1 though, particularly when you add kelp noodles.

Don’t be scared of kelp noodles – they don’t really taste like anything and, for those that are concerned, they are gluten-free and nearly calorie-free.  The weirdest part about these noodles is the texture; they’re almost crunchy!  You could use this sauce with any noodle though.  And you could top it with anything.  I chose the tasty Sizzlefish Thai Salmon.

Sriracha Peanut Sauce Noodle Bowl

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Spaghetti Fritters. Sort Of.

I’m full of good ideas.

Or maybe just ideas…

We had leftover spaghetti and bison red sauce from when Vegas cooked the other night.  I wasn’t about to eat it like a “normal” person.  Surprised?

I decided they’d be great as fritters if I added zucchini noodles and some egg to bind it.  A bit strange, but really when is pasta and sauce not good?

Spaghetti Fritters… 

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