Mexican Corn Dip

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This time last year: Crispy Butterfinger Cookies (2012)

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Sometimes it is cold outside and you just need something warm and delicious in your belly.

Today is one of those days.

The leaves have turned here in Atlanta, and fall has officially made its’ appearance. However, fall was ushered in along with two straight days of cold rain, chilling all of us southerners to the bone.

Thus, my weekly lunch needed a little pick-me up, and this recipe is the perfect amount of warmth and kick to make your head-down, windy, rain soaked walk a little bit warmer 🙂

Happy cooking, and come back soon!

Love, A Rented Kitchen

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 5 ears corn, shucked and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled cotija cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or more, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • Juice of 1 lime

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over high heat.
  2. Add the corn and the jalapeño to the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly charred. (About 8-10 minutes).
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, and serve warm!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Damn Delicious
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Strawberry Caprese Salad

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This time last year: Marinated and Roasted Eggplant with Smoked Almonds & Goat Cheese (2013)

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It is hard to believe summer is coming to a close! This happens to me every year. One day I’m perusing my cook books- picking out recipes that are in season with the summer heat, and the next second it’s fall and I’ve still got strawberry and watermelon recipes to post! Woops.

This recipe, a delicious variation on the classic tomato and mozzarella caprese salad, is a perfect summer side dish. The fact that it is served room temperature or chilled makes it ideal for that summer heat, and the addition of strawberries and walnuts makes it a creative crowd pleaser!

It may not be quite time for pumpkin and cider, but time is flying before our eyes. So, while the nights are still long, give this dish a try, in honor of summer. I promise you will not regret it.

Come back soon!

xo A Rented Kitchen

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rinsed, sliced strawberries
  • 1 bunch chopped basil
  • 1 cup bocconcini (mozzarella balls)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • Sea Salt (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Combine the strawberries, basil, mozzarella, and walnuts in a bowl. Toss gently.
  2. In a separate dish or jar, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt to taste.
  3. Drizzle the strawberry salad with the dressing and serve!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Edible San Fransisco
  • Store chilled
  • Like this recipe? Try these other scrumptious and healthy dishes from A Rented Kitchen! (Recipe links found below:)

Gluten Free Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

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On this day last year: Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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I am fortunate enough to be food-allergy free. I recognize that to be a true gift, because this day and age, food allergies are becoming more and more the norm. Thankfully, our society has grown increasingly sensitive to such food allergies, and restaurants and grocery stores are offering more and more items.

I too want to be more sensitive to food allergy concerns, and thus thought it was time I post a gluten free muffin recipe! This recipe was so delicious, I can promise it will not be the last gluten free muffin recipe!

This recipe is the ideal gluten free muffin recipe because it is incredibly moist and soft, unlike many firm and dry gluten free recipes out there. I took these muffins to a potluck and no one was able to recognize the absence of flour. I consider that a success!

If you are someone who is looking for gluten free recipes, I hope you will find this site helpful! In addition to the recipe I have dozens of other gluten free recipe options found under the ‘Gluten Free’ heading on the Recipe page. For example, last year’s Gluten- Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza.

Happy Eating and cooking! Come back and see me!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chocolate hazelnut butter blend*
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (squeeze excess water out of the shredded zucchini)
  • ¾ cup gluten free flour mix (you can use a mix of your own choosing, or sub in your favorite gluten free flour alternative. I like oat flour and rice flour, personally)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F, and line two muffin tins with baking cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, using a hand held mixer, beat the butter, eggs, syrup, vanilla, and sea salt together for two minutes.
  3. Add the baking soda and vinegar and beat for an additional 30 seconds. (The vinegar might fizz some!)
  4. Stir in the shredded zucchini and four mix until well blended.
  5. Spoon the batter into the lined muffin tins, and sprinkle the tops with a few mini chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for about 25 minutes, testing that a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean, before removing.

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Notes and Tips!:

  • If you are following a Paleo diet, you can replace the butter blend with almond butter sweetened with 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup and 1-2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder!
  • Adapted from: Whole Lifestyle Nutrition
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious bread recipes from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (Recipe links found below!):

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Hello Wonderful People!

If you are reading this it is either because:

  1. You’re my friend and thought you’d look into how I have been spending all my free time this week. (Haiiiii guys)
  2. You really love pumpkin and found this page courtesy of social media or a search engine. (I love pumpkin too! Linger a while- I got some yummy recipes headed your way!)
  3. You’re lost. (Look at all the chocolate though! Why leave now?)

Regardless of the reason, I’m glad you’re here and reading this page. Today brings us to day three of Pumpkin Week, which means yet another delicious pumpkin recipe to add to your collection.

I made this pumpkin dip over the weekend and somehow managed to kill an entire box of ginger snaps and two apples with this dip- All. By. Myself.

Wooooops.

I share this confessional to attribute to how absolutely incredible this dip is! You are going to become addicted- I’m warning you! Perfect for potlucks, holiday parties, or a healthy snack with an apple, I highly suggest adding this to your regular collection of recipes! With only one mixing bowl, a few minutes of your time, and an incredible flavor- you’ve got nothing to loose!

Dig in! And Come back tomorrow for more of A Rented Kitchen’s Pumpkin Week!

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Pumpkin Week

Day One- Pumpkin Recipe Review!

Day Two- Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Day Three- Pumpkin Pie Dip

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 can (15oz) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 4 oz Cool Whip
  • Serve with ginger snaps and apple slices!

Directions: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until smooth and blended.
  2. Refrigerate for one hour to allow the flavors to blend.
  3. Serve with apple slices, graham crackers, and ginger snaps!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Shugary sweets
  • Stores well in a refrigerated air-tight container for several days!
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other delicious treats from ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (Recipe links found below photos):

 

Greek Yogurt Fruit Bites

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It is amazing how much ice cream I am capable of consuming in the summer- an absurd and embarrassing amount. I suppose it’s not really rocket science in Kansas City’s 90 degree days.

I believe the math goes something like this:

90˚ F + a sweet tooth the size of Texas = copious amount of ice cream

In an effort to be slightly healthier however, I have started concocting these sweet, yet refreshing snacks. For all you sweet tooths out there, I have good news! These Greek Yogurt fruit bites are just as sweet and refreshing as ice cream in flavor, however are much healthier for you, serving as an excellent source of protein and a much more natural source of sugar.

AKA- Dig in! It all adds up- delicious flavor, healthier choices, what’s not to love?

Happy Snacking!

Love, your sweet tooth friend,

A Rented Kitchen

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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon agave
  • 2 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
  • I mango, diced
  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

  1. Rinse, peel, and dice the mango.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the agave and yogurt, stirring thoroughly. Fold in the fruit.
  3. Transfer into two ice trays, and freeze for 3-4 hours, or until thoroughly frozen.
  4. Transfer into ziplock baggies and save for an on the go snack! Enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • If you do not have agave you can use ½ cup powdered sugar, however agave is a much healthier and natural option.
  • Feel free to have fun with this recipe! Not a fan of mango or blueberries? Sub out those fruits and replace with pomegranate seeds, kiwi and strawberries, or make a patriotic snack with blueberries and strawberries!
  • If you like this recipe, check out these other fun and healthy snacks from ‘A Rented Kitchen’! (recipe links found below):