Posts tagged with "recipes"

Apple Honey Butter Crescents

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I don’t know about you, but fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the food, fun and activities that surround this time of the year. These Apple Honey Butter Crescents are definitely fall in a bite and they couldn’t be easier to make! If you are looking for a fun and easy recipe to make this weekend, give these a try!

Apple Honey Butter Crescents

Ingredients:

1 can Pillsbury honey butter crescent rolls

1 can apple pie filling (may opt to use homemade filling)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Unroll the crescent dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a spoonful of the apple pie mixture into each crescent and roll the dough. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until crescent is golden on the outside.

Enjoy! These would also be good with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream!

Easy Roasted Broccoli

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One of our favorite veggies to enjoy as a family is definitely broccoli. Thankfully, my boys would eat it every day! I love to make it a variety of different ways to kind of mix things up a bit. One of our favorite ways to eat broccoli is to roast it in the oven until it gets nice and golden brown and has a nutty flavor. Do you have a favorite way to make broccoli? I would love to hear!

Ingredients: 

1 large head of broccoli

2 -3 tablespoons olive oil

Sea salt

 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Break the head of broccoli up into smaller bite sized pieces.

Place on a large cookie sheet pan.

Cover the broccoli with the olive oil. Make sure to coat all the broccoli so it gets cooked all over.

Season with salt.

Place in the oven to bake for around 15-20 minutes. At the halfway point of cooking, I like to take the broccoli out of the oven to shake it around a bit for even cooking.

You will know the broccoli is done when it has a nice brown crispy texture.

You can even add some Parmesan cheese at the end of the cooking process if you prefer.

Serve and enjoy! Yumm! Your entire family will love this!

How to Make the Perfect Acaí Bowl at Home!

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If you have been following my FASTer Way to Fat Loss journey, (you can see those posts HERE and HERE) then you know that I love Acaí Bowls! These yummy bowls are a great way to get in good carbs on a regular macro day. Acaí is also filled with so many antioxidants and omegas and is SO good for you!

If you have purchased these bowls at specialty shops, you know that they can be very pricey. I have found that making Acaí Bowls at home requires a bit of a learning curve, but I feel that I have found the perfect technique and they turn out perfect every time. Not only can I enjoy my favorite treat at home, but I am saving myself so much money in the long run! I thought that it would be helpful to share this recipe since so many people are into the Acaí Bowl and Smoothie Bowl craze these days!

INGREDIENTS:

1 Sambazon Acaí Packet (I usually buy mine at BJ’s, but you can also find them at any grocery store in the frozen section)

1 banana (keep half of the banana whole, then slice the remaining portion)

Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/2 cup frozen fruit blend (any will do)

1/4 cup blueberries

1/4 cup sliced strawberries

1 serving of your favorite granola

1 tablespoon of almond butter or peanut butter

optional – I often add a few scoops of collagen powder to help me hit my protein levels for the day. I am currently using this one, but there are lots of great options out there!

DIRECTIONS: 

Place the Sambazon Acaí Packet in a blender (I highly recommend this blender!)

Add half of the banana and the frozen fruit.

Add just a splash of the unsweetened almond milk.

Turn the blender on and begin mixing.

Check the consistency of the mixture. Your goal is for it to be silky and smooth. I only add a splash of almond milk at the beginning then you can go from there and add more if you need to. You do not want to add too much liquid or the mixture will become more like a beverage.

Pour the Acaí mixture from the blender into a bowl.

Now comes the fun part! Start layering all of your delicious fruit! Layer the sliced banana, strawberries, blueberries and granola. Drizzle with peanut butter or almond butter and enjoy!

These Acaí Bowls are so versatile and you can add any fruit. You can even add things like sliced almonds or shaved coconut. The possibilities are endless!

What are your favorite Acaí Bowl toppings? I would love to hear!

Cowboy Caviar – The Perfect Appetizer for Any Occasion!

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If you need a fun, yet delicious recipe for all of your summer barbecues, Cowboy Caviar is going to be your new favorite appetizer! This delicious “salad” is comprised of some of my favorite items and is full of freshness in every bite! There are many variations of how Cowboy Caviar can be made, but this recipe is my version. Feel free to add some heat with a jalapeño, or you can omit the avocados. It really is super versatile and can be made to your liking! I am calling this an appetizer, but really you could add this on top of grilled chicken or pork and it would be the perfect compliment as well — The possibilities are endless!

INGREDIENTS:

4 roma tomatoes, diced

1/2  yellow pepper, halved and diced

1/2 red pepper, halved and diced

1/2 red onion diced

2 avocados, diced

1 bunch of fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1 15oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 15oz. can black beans drained and rinsed

1 can sweet corn drained

You will also make a sweet and savory dressing to immerse the Cowboy Caviar with. When you add this to this mix of veggies and beans, it sets the delicious factor over the top!

DRESSING:

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 Tablespoon lime juice

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup sugar

1 Teaspoon onion powder

1 Teaspoon oregano

Salt/Pepper for taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large bowl, combine all of the salad ingredients together except for the avocados. (corn, tomatoes, beans, cilantro, bell peppers, and red onion). 

In a smaller bowl, whisk together ingredients for dressing and pour over the salad mixture.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving so that the flavors can combine together. Just before serving add in the diced avocado.

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips or veggies and enjoy! It is so addicting, you will have a hard time eating just a few bites!

Easy Avocado Egg Salad Bites

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I am always looking for quick and healthy lunch ideas. This recipe for Easy Avocado Egg Salad Bites is one of my favorites lately and is also great for those of you who are following a low-carb or keto diet. I love that it combines both egg salad and avocado into one delicious bite!

INGREDIENTS:

6 eggs, hard-boiled

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 cucumber sliced into round, bite size pieces

1 large ripe avocado mashed

Everything But the Bagel Seasoning for sprinkling on the top of the bites. (You can also use this one from Walmart)

DIRECTIONS:

Peel and dice the hard boiled eggs. (If don’t have one of these Dash Rapid Egg Cookers, you are totally missing out! it will hard boil your eggs in just minutes and they will peel like a dream!) Add them to a mixing bowl.

Cut avocado in half lengthwise and remove pit. Add the avocado mixture to the mixing bowl with the eggs.

Add in the mayonnaise and a few sprinkles of the Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.

Mix everything together. I personally like to leave some chunks of avocado and egg in my salad, but if you prefer it smoother that is fine as well.

Place the Avocado Egg Salad onto the sliced cucumbers and sprinkle some more Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.

Enjoy! These are so refreshing and you can even serve these as an appetizer if you wish for your next picnic or potluck! I was thinking that these would be so yummy with the addition of bacon bites on them as well!

Meatball Pizza Flatbreads

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I love to stock up on meatballs at BJ’s Wholesale Club or when Publix has them on sale BOGO. I always have several bags in in my freezer at all times as you can really do so much with them! Have you tried my Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour meatball recipe? That is a delicious and easy recipe that my family loves!

Over the weekend we made Meatball Pizza Flatbreads and they were so delicious! This recipe requires very few ingredients, and the end result is amazing! If you love pizza, then you will love these flatbreads! It is a nice change from regular pizza!

INGREDIENTS:

1 twin-count package of pizza crusts- these are more of a flatbread consistency/texture than pizza crust. (I found mine at BJ’s Wholesale Club, but I have seen these at other stores as well)

1 jar of sweet basil pasta sauce (I used Classico-it was on sale BOGO this week. TIP: I always stock up and add several jars to my pantry when it is on sale to have on hand for quick dinners.)

3 cups of shredded, mozzarella cheese

1/2 container of plum tomatoes, halved (this is optional. I only used tomatoes on one of the flatbreads)

14-15 fully cooked meatballs, halved

Half container of fresh basil, chiffonade

Italian seasoning for taste

Olive Oil for drizzling (I used this delicious Garlic infused variety from Fody Foods that I found at Sprouts last week)

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spread the pasta sauce evenly between the two pizza crusts. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese, then add the tomatoes, and meatballs. Sprinkle Italian Seasoning over both crusts and drizzle with olive oil to give the crusts a nice golden brown texture and crunch. Bake at 350 degrees for around 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Place the fresh basil over the top of each Meatball Pizza Flatbread.

Serve and Enjoy! There won’t be leftovers, I promise!

Low Carb Chicken Bacon Broccoli Alfredo Bake #LowCarb #Keto

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I recently made this Low Carb Chicken Bacon Broccoli Alfredo Bake for my family and it was quite the hit! If you are eating a low carb or keto-friendly diet, then this dish would be a great dinner idea to add into your menu rotation. It is so easy to prepare and great to make if you need a quick meal for those busy weeknights!

Low Carb Chicken Bacon Broccoli Alfredo Bake

Ingredients:

Cube Chicken into bite size pieces from a Rotisserie Chicken

1 bag of Steam Fresh Broccoli Florets

1 15oz. Jar of Bertolli Alfredo Sauce (you could make your own, but I have found that this brand only has 2 net carbs per serving)

4-5 slices of pre-cooked bacon, chopped into bite-sized pieces

Grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt/Pepper to taste

1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the Broccoli according to microwave directions. I like to cook under by just a couple of minutes since this will be going in the oven.

On the stovetop, in a large skillet over medium high, add the chicken, broccoli and bacon pieces. Mix in the jar of Alfredo sauce and combine together just until warmed through. Add in salt/pepper to taste and the garlic powder.

Add into a baking dish and top with Grated Parmesan Cheese. (add as much or as little as you prefer) Bake at 350 degrees for around 30 or until golden brown and bubbly.

Serve with salad or another vegetable and enjoy!

Low Carb Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf

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If you are trying to watch your carb intake and eat healthier this new year, I have a delicious new twist on meatloaf for you! This recipe actually began as an accident. I asked my hubby Keith to get Ground Turkey when he went to BJ’s, but instead, he came home with Ground Chicken. That mistake, actually turned out to be a delicious recipe that I couldn’t wait to share with you! I came up with this Low Carb Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf and my entire family loved it!

One of my tips for helping to keep this low carb was to use jarred pizza sauce instead of a traditional spaghetti sauce which can be higher in carbs. I have found that the Walmart brand of pizza sauce has 3 net carbs for 1/4 cup. I like to use this for my meatloaves and stuffed peppers since you are not needing much sauce anyway. It is also very delicious over zoodles (zucchini noodles, and much less in carbs than a traditional jarred spaghetti sauce!)

As far as carbs per serving, I am not certain of that; however, it can’t be much, because I used the low carb sauce, the ground chicken and cheese are not much and the veggies are not much if any. I was able to get 8 very large pieces out of this meatloaf as you can see from the photo above. I was only able to eat one piece as it was very filling, and we had leftovers.

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs. ground chicken

2 cloves minced garlic

1 red pepper (you could use whichever color that you choose. That is what I had on hand)

1/3 onion

salt/pepper to taste

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1 jar of Walmart Pizza Sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese for melting

Instructions:

Sauté the onion, pepper and garlic in butter over low heat just until softened.

In a medium bowl add the onion, pepper and garlic mixture with the ground chicken. Add in the grated parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir together just until everything is combined.

Take the mixture and place in slow cooker to form a loaf. Pour the jar of pizza sauce over your meatloaf and cook on low for 4-6 hours. I like to sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese on top while it is cooking as well.

Test to check for doneness as it is cooking. Everyone’s slow cooker will vary. In the last 10 minutes of cooking time, sprinkle 1-1/1/2 of shredded mozzarella cheese on top to melt. You can also sprinkle extra Italian seasoning. Fresh Basil would also be delicious! Serve with your favorite salad or vegetable!

I hope that you enjoy this as much as we did! You will not believe how moist that this is!

Low Carb Protein Coffee Drink

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If you are following a low carb or keto diet, I am sure that you are looking for new ways to incorporate more protein into your diet. I have seen this low carb protein coffee drink floating around Instagram for quite some time now and decided to give it a try this week. I am hooked! It is great for those mornings or afternoons that you are in a hurry. Just keep a protein shake in your purse and head through the drive thru at Starbucks! And, believe it or not, this is very budget-friendly!

Here is how to get your delicious and filling Low Carb Protein Coffee Drink:

☕️ At Starbucks ask for a double shot of espresso over ice in a Venti cup. (at my store this is only $2.45)

☕️ Add in a Premier Protein Shake and stir until the Espresso is mixed in. I have only tried the Chocolate variety, but I think the Caramel would be SO yummy as well!

☕️ Drink and enjoy! It is very filling! In fact, this keeps me full until my next meal!

You can find the Premier Protein Shakes at places like Amazon, Sam’s Club or Costco. The best deal is a warehouse club as you get more bang for your buck. For example, Sam’s sells the 12 pack for $16.66 which is a fantastic deal!

Let me know if you try this and what you think! You could also add coffee if don’t like Espresso.

Orange Chicken With Asian Bean Salad “Stir Fry” #PaisleyFarm #PaisleyFarmFresh #Kroger

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One of our favorite cuisines as a family is definitely anything with Asian flare. In fact, any time that we ask our boys where they would like to eat out, it is usually somewhere that has Asian food. When Paisley Farm sent me several of their delicious products to create a recipe for a blogger challenge, I knew right away that I wanted to use the Asian Bean Salad!

First of all, I want to let you know about the Paisley Farm brand and the delicious products that they offer. You can find them at stores likes Kroger, Walmart, Ralph’s, Fred Meyer, Smith’s and more. You can also find them online at PaisleyFarmFoods.com. I would also suggest that you follow them on FacebookInstagram and Twitter as they often share delicious recipes, news, promotional offers and more! Paisley Farm makes their products out of the freshest ingredients, delivered with the most exciting and flavorful taste combinations imaginable. From Asian Bean Salad to Sweet Cauliflower and Dilled Brussel Sprouts, they have something for everyone! You can see the entire Paisley Farm product list HERE

Now on to my delicious recipe! Orange Chicken With Asian Bean Salad “Stir Fry” is sure to please anyone! It is packed full of flavor with every bite! I love how the sweet Asian Bean Salad pairs perfectly with the Gingery Orange Chicken! I have been experimenting with a lot of recipes and this is what I came up with. My family loved it!

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons orange juice

3 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons soy sauce (you can also use coconut aminos if you prefer)

1 1/2 cups water

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger

2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic

2 tablespoons minced green onion

1 tablespoon of fresh grated orange zest

1 1/2 lbs. of boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1/2 inch cubes

salt and pepper for taste

3 tablespoons of cornstarch

2 tablespoons of water

1 cup of flour

sesame seeds for garnish

1 jar of drained Paisley Farm Asian Bean Salad

2 cups hot cooked rice

Instructions:

  1. Cut the chicken up into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. In a small pan, mix together the orange juice, lemon juice, rice wine vinegar, water and soy sauce over low to medium high heat. Stir in the orange zest, green onion, ginger, garlic and brown sugar and bring to a boil. Set aside and let cool for 10 minutes
  3. In the meantime, place the chicken pieces in a plastic storage bag.
  4. In another storage bag, place the flour and salt/pepper.
  5. After the Orange Sauce mixture has cooled, place 1 1/2 cups in the plastic storage bag with the chicken and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (longer if possible. I think that the longer you can marinate the better with this dish) Reserve the remaining sauce.
  6. Now that your chicken has marinated, you will add it to the bag that has the flour mixture to get dredged.
  7. In a large wok, add 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook the chicken in batches and set aside. (Do not overcrowd or it will not cook evenly)
  8. Wipe out the wok and place the reserved orange sauce mixture. You will want to make sure that this is set to medium high heat. While this is heating up, take 3 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of cold water to make a paste. (Make sure that the water is cold or it will not form correctly) Add to the sauce mixture until it thickens. Bring to a boil. I like to grate in fresh orange zest in the sauce to give it even more orange taste.
  9. When the sauce is finished, add the chicken back into the dish so that it can absorb those yummy flavors. This is also where I add in the jar of drained Paisley Farm Asian Bean Salad for the “stir fry” part of the dish. You want to add this in at the very end so the vegetables don’t get overly mushy. You want them to soak up that delicious orange and ginger flavor though that the rest of the dish has. I can’t begin to tell you how delicious that the Asian Bean Salad is paired with the ginger and citrus. So delish!
  10. Serve over hot cooked rice in bowls and garnish with more orange zest and sesame seeds.
  11. Enjoy!