Saturday, March 8

Easy Homemade Reese's

This is a fun treat for when you're craving chocolate but are trying to be somewhat healthy


Easy Homemade Reese's
recipe adapted from creatingnaturally.com

1/2 cup coconut oil (The flavored kind is good in this recipe. I buy mine at Costco!)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup mild honey
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Prepare a muffin pan with 10-12 muffin liners. 
Blend all ingredients in a mixer or food processor until well blended (I use my kitchenaid with the wisk attachment).
Pour the liquid fudge into the prepared muffin liners, filling to about 1/2 inch high.
Place the muffin pan in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes (or the freezer for about 10 if you just can't wait!).
Remove the muffin liners from the pan and enjoy! Store in the refrigerator. 

 
I've been wondering if these might be awesome with crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy. If you try it you'll have to let me know what you think!

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

This is an amazing recipe. We make these whenever we want a fun breakfast, and serve them with a little drizzle of maple syrup or applesauce on top (you don't need much more sweetness).
But honestly, I really prefer these pancakes as leftovers, after they've cooled down! They are a lot like a cookie. I always make sure we have extra, and the kids love it when I send them to school in their lunches instead of a sandwich. (Pancakes for lunch? How cool is that!?)



Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes

2 really ripe bananas, mashed up (microwave them for 10 seconds or so if you don't have ripe ones)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup applesauce/yogurt/sour cream (I normally do plain applesauce but once I used greek yogurt and it was awesome.)
3/4 cup milk (I like skim.)
1/4 cup melted butter (I like to use coconut oil instead-- melt in the microwave at only 60% power. I've heard that ensures it retains it's healthy properties)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup old fashioned oats (I like mine blended into a powder first in a food processor or blender)
1 cup flour (sometimes I use part whole wheat flour to make it healthier)
3/4 cup raisins/dried cranberries/chocolate chips (I like raisins best, but dried cranberries are also good. I've never tried chocolate chips in these.)

Be aware that these cook a little strange. They are done on one side when they've started to bubble (and the bubbles pop) around the edges, BUT when you try to flip them, they are a little tricky. You have to be quick at getting the spatula under them, and you might think they aren't done. But once you get them turned over you'll see that they have indeed browned. I've never messed one up so badly that I didn't still want to eat it. :)

 Enjoy!



Monday, February 3

Sweet Lemon Bread

This delicious sweet bread is guaranteed to be 
LOVE at first bite.

It's an old fashioned recipe from my old recipe box. 
No electric appliances needed... just a WHISK and a rubber SPATULA.

It is amazingly good.

Give it a try... then let us know what you think!


Sweet Lemon Bread


1 1/2 cups  flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter melted
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon Glaze:
      Juice of 1 large lemon
      1/3 cup sugar


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan; dust with flour.

WHISK the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder and lemon peel together in a large bowl; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until light and creamy.
Add the milk, lemon juice, vanilla and finally the melted butter, whisking well after each ingredient is added. This will take on an almost pudding texture.

Add this egg mixture to the dry ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until well blended.
Pour batter into the greased and floured loaf pan.

Bake until golden brown or when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 to 50 minutes. (Leave the bread in the pan.)

Lemon Glaze: While the bread is baking, combine lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan, stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Do not bring to a boil.

After removing the bread from the oven, while still in the pan, use a wooden skewer to poke holes in the hot bread, piercing all the way to the bottom. Slowly drizzle the hot glaze over the bread a little bit at a time, gently basting the top, allowing the glaze to soak in. Repeat several times until the bread is completely covered with glaze. 

Let the bread cool in a pan on a wire rack until glaze is set, about 20 minutes, then carefully remove from the pan and allow to cool completely on a rack. IF YOU SKIP THIS STEP and don't allow the bread to completely cool before cutting, THE BREAD WILL BECOME A CRUMBLY MESS. I know, it will be hard to wait, but don't the best things in life require patience?

 After the bread has completely cooled, give it a light dusting of powdered sugar to give it a bit of flair.

       Up next at Our Sweet Lemons... a Lemon Lover's favorite tool.

Saturday, April 27

Baked Chicken Taquitos

Pic from "Mel's Kitchen Cafe"
These are fantastic and easy!  Try them and you'll love them, that's all I need to say...

INGREDIENTS:
3 oz cream cheese
1/4 C salsa(I prefer "Herdez")
1 T lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
3 T chopped cilantro
2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepperjack cheese
1/2 C Black Beans(drained and rinsed)
12 Flour Tortillas(Tortilla Land brand is the best!)
cooking spray

Directions:
Heat oven to 425.
Cook your tortillas and set aside.
Spray Baking Sheet with cooking spray.

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it’s soft and easy to stir.
Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic.
Stir to combine and then add cilantro. Add chicken, black beans, and cheese, and combine well.

Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture down the middle of a tortilla and roll up tightly. 
Place seam side down on baking sheet. 
Brush olive oil or spray cooking spray on the tops of your rolled tortillas.
Bake 15-20 minutes, until the ends begin to turn golden brown.

Serve with Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole. This Dressing is my favorite thing to serve them with.
(Recipe adapted from Our Best Bites and Mel's Kitchen Cafe.)

 

Sunday, January 20

Garlic Chicken Alfredo


This dish has fit into my dinner rotation so many times now that I must share it!  Chicken pasta is my favorite, and this Alfredo sauce is delicious.  Much better than if you were to just open up a jar, and almost as easy.

INGREDIENTS:
2 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic pressed through a garlic press
4 ounces cream cheese softened
1 cup milk(I use 1%)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt(more if needed)
*Makes about 2 cups of Sauce
Additional Ingredients:
1 cup Diced Chicken
1/2 cup frozen peas

DIRECTIONS:
In a skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 
Add cream cheese, whisk until mixture is smooth(about 2-3 minutes). You should have a smooth, creamy paste.
Add milk gradually, whisking quickly and constantly until incorporated into the sauce.
Stir in Parmesan cheese, pepper and salt. Stir until cheese is melted and the sauce is desired consistency.
Add your chicken and peas if desired.
Serve immediately over cooked pasta.
(recipe adapted from here)

Sometimes I add peas to this dish which makes for a great meal for my toddler, and gets my husband to eat more vegetables as well!  Just add about 1/2 cup of frozen peas to the pasta about 2 minutes before you drain it.  I usually serve this with KellyAnne's Bread Sticks.  If you haven't tried them yet, you really should!
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