Orange mug cake

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater’s Holiday Orange Mug Cake

Hey! You know what I haven’t done in literally two years? A cheater’s recipe! Since I’m sure you don’t remember because how could you possibly, my cheater’s recipes are so called because they’re barely recipes at all. I’m a cheerful baker, but an indifferent cook. So they’re really more like assembly instructions, usually. Ideas for things that can be slapped together with minimal effort. Effort so minimal it feels like cheating! Get it? What inspired me to return to the format after so long away? Well, thanks to many twists of fate, I have been spending an inordinate amount...

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Terry loves yogurt

In Which Jenn Invents Peanut Butter Yogurt, Maybe?

Say, I haven’t done a Cheater’s Recipe in a while! And this one is, like, really cheat-y. I mean, it’s not even really a recipe as such. Well, it kind of is. My point is PEANUT BUTTER YOGURT IS DELICIOUS AND YOU MUST TRY IT. To back up – I am a breakfast person. I like breakfast. I want breakfast. Ninety-five percent of the time I get out of bed ready for breakfast. But it isn’t always easy to put together a delicious, filling breakfast that can easily come to work with me and keep me full until lunch time. I’m still...

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Scrubs smoothie

In Which Jenn Invents A WDW-Inspired Smoothie Recipe

I am always impressed by the industrious bloggers who are constantly coming up with their own unique recipes. Even the smoothies are themed – strawberry cheesecake smoothies! Pumpkin pie smoothies! THE ULTIMATE GREEN SMOOTHIE RAAAAAAAAR!!! Me, I was just trying to put together a high-protein smoothie to drink after my morning runs that kept me full until lunch and tasted okay. By some miracle, I did that. But then I got greedy. I thought, how come I can’t put together a fancy-pants smoothie with a legit flavor profile? Why can’t I theme it to Disney??? And so I did. Fire...

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Goofy sandwich

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater’s Avocado Sushi Bagel

Hey, remember my Cheater’s Recipe series? I haven’t done one in quite awhile, but I’m resurrecting it now! For those who may not remember: Cheater’s Recipes are barely recipes. They’re more like assembly instructions, really. They’re for people who are low on time or materials or are just not feeling ACTUAL cooking. Ultimate Example: grilled cheese using a pop-up toaster and microwave. Yeah. Anyway: here’s a new lunch option for you! This Cheater’s Recipe goes out to that time the office kitchen was out of salt. The Cheater’s Avocado Sushi Bagel You will need: A bagel (although two slices of...

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Psych delicious flavor

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater’s Warm Leftover Salad

The cheater’s recipe I am about to impart to you may sound gross. In fact, it could BE gross, depending on the decisions you make. But if you proceed correctly, it will be a PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH. A little background: my roommate hosted a Friendsgiving celebration on Saturday, and due to a recipe that lied through its text about the number of servings, she wound up with enough stuffing for the turkey AND two full casserole dishes. And since it was hosted at our apartment, the end result was that we now have two full casserole dishes full...

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Garlic bread

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater’s Garlic Bread

This is so freakin’ easy it’s barely even a recipe. And also, I know it’s not REALLY garlic bread. But it takes, like, 90 seconds to make (which is mostly toaster time) and it can be ready practically whenever you want it with any bread you happen to have on hand. The one thing I must insist on, though, is butter. I mean, if you’re vegan or you have an allergy or lactose intolerance or whatever, ignore me, but if you’re just afraid of butter, STOP IT. Julia Child wants you to know that you need some fat in...

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Grapefruit Mickey

In Which Jenn Cheats With Frozen Fruit

This cheater’s recipe is also a cheaper recipe. Basically I want to talk to you about frozen fruit. I know this is terrible sacrilege but I… don’t really like a lot of raw fruit. Apples? Bake them in a pie and come back to me. Pears? A little better but I’m still not super into it. Bananas? Talk to me after you’ve frozen them or topped them with peanut butter. I’m on board with raspberries and melons but they’re way more expensive and peaches seem to be truly in season for like three days in the summer at most....

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Goofy sandwich

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater’s Veggie Sandwich

For this cheater’s recipe, you don’t even have to use a microwave. In fact, in the spirit of my IKEA assembly instruction foods, I’m essentially going to tell you: make a caprese sandwich. Only a little better. With More Veggies, you can feel More Healthy, plus More Fueled with carbs from the bread and protein from the cheese. You can add the pesto spread back in for the bread if you want, but I swapped in olive oil and spices for heart-healthy fats. Hotcha! The Cheater’s Veggie Sandwich You will need: Two slices of good mozzarella One tomato One...

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Stir Fry

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater’s Stir Fry

I bring you another cheater’s recipe! This one earns the title because you make everything in two pots/pans total, thus minimizing cleanup later. Otherwise, it’s SO simple I almost didn’t make this post for fear of being met with a resounding DUH. But I also made it recently and found that it kept me full much longer – and I had a pretty good run later that day. The science? Or, okay, the theoretical science? It’s got brown rice for carbs and tons of protein from the chicken sausage AND egg. Let’s proceed. The Cheater’s Stir Fry You will...

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Egg sandwich

In Which Jenn Makes The Cheater’s Egg Sandwich

I am a mean baker. You should be so lucky as to have me make you a birthday cake. Current plan for my roommate’s: yellow cake, three layers, cream cheese frosting on the outside, crunchy Biscoff spread on the inside. See? Evil genius. I have also been known to dabble in chocolate cream cheese, pumpkin yogurt, and cheesecake fluff fillings. My culinary skills, however, are pretty rudimentary. Unless I set my mind to a particular recipe, I’m more throwing things together than I am really cooking per se. And on that note, here’s another one of my “recipes” –...

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