Archive for April, 2015

Cinco de Mayo Crockpot Favorite Recipes

Break out your green, red, and white for a Cinco de Mayo celebration! Mexicans have honored this occasion for over a hundred years, when Mexico defeated French forces. Help Mexico celebrate this special day with your own fiesta, and don’t forget to add some incredible Mexican food to the menu. Get out your slow cooker for some amazing beans and deliciously tender meat. We’ve found 7 Cinco de Mayo slow cooker recipes that will give your party some serious spice!

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1. Carne Asada Tacos

Transform beef into moist, tender, and flavorful meat in your slow cooker. Make your Cinco de Mayo celebration a success with these out-of-this-world delicious loaded carne asada tacos. Learn how to make these amazing loaded tacos at HALF BAKED HARVEST.

7 Cinco de Mayo Crockpot Favorites

2. Cheesy Cinco Dip

This creamy, cheesy dip is the perfect way to get your Cinco de Mayo festivities started. Toss your ingredients in the slow cooker and you’ll have and an easy, tasty appetizer that feeds a crowd. Find this simple recipe at I HEART NAPTIME.

7 Cinco de Mayo Crockpot Favorites

3. Chicken Enchiladas

These chicken enchiladas will quickly become a family favorite. Slow cook your chicken in enchilada sauce for incredible flavor and tenderness. Head over to ADD A PINCH for this wonderful weeknight recipe.

7 Cinco de Mayo Crockpot Favorites

4. Chipotle-Style Black Beans and Rice

Serve these slow cooker chipotle style black beans over rice or add them to tacos or burritos. These authentic slow-cooked beans beat canned beans anyday! Learn how to make authentic black beans at JEANETTE’S HEALTHY LIVING.

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5. Cinco de Mayo Steak Fajita

Fajitas are a Cinco de Mayo staple, and these crock pot steak fajitas take little effort for an amazing meal. A unique blend of sauces and spices give these fajitas incredible flavor. Find this Cinco de Mayo favorite at MANTITLEMENT.

Cinco De Mayo Chili 

6. Chicken Taco Soup

This chicken taco soup is a great way to feed a crowd on Cinco de Mayo. You’ll get all the goodness of a taco in a handy bowl of soup! Head to THE GIRL WHO ATE EVERYTHING for this amazing recipe.

7 Cinco de Mayo Crockpot Favorites

7. Chili Colorado

Chile Colorado calls for beef stewed in red sauce, and the slow cooker makes easy work of these smothered chile Colorado burritos. Spice up your Cinco de Mayo with these delicious burritos! Get instructions at CHEF IN TRAINING.

Set an Authentic Cinco de Mayo Table 

Authentic Restaurant-Style Salsa Bowl from GoodCook.comServe up a fiesta with this authentic Mexican restaurant-style plastic salsa dish for salsas, guacamole, dips, sauces, and snacks. This salsa dish is an ideal serving piece for picnics, parties, and large gatherings. Click here learn more!

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asparagus risotto GOOD

Just like risotto but so much simpler! Orzo pasta cooks up like rice, in half the time, without any of those finicky instructions you need while cooking risotto. Mixed together with a simple, creamy sauce and vibrant spring flavors—asparagus, mushrooms, lemon, and peas—this recipe is a quick and easy side dish, perfect for pairing with chicken, fish, shrimp, and grilling. Or enjoy it as a quick and simple vegetarian dinner that can be made in just a matter of minutes. 

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Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies--Healthy & Delicious!
Make yourself a big batch of cookies–and enjoy them for breakfast every day this week! This quick and easy recipe makes big, blueberry muffin flavored cookies that will keep you feeling full all morning long!

Perfect with a glass of milk or mug of coffee, these cookies are a great way to start your day. They can be mixed with a spoon in a bowl–no electric beater needed. The dough is soft and mildly sweet, made with protein-packed almond flour and heart-healthy hemp. If you’re looking for a way to upgrade from storebought energy bars, this dish is it!

Make These Blueberry Muffin Cookies--HEALTHY ENOUGH FOR BREAKFAST!

 

Blueberry Muffin Breakfast Cookies

Preparation 10 Serves 25     adjust servings

Quick and healthy, these delicious cookies are ideal for breakfast. Sweetened with honey, instead of sugar and full of plant-based protein, you'll feel full for hours!

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 3/4 cup hemp seed hearts
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Mix everything together in a big bowl. 3. Spoon giant scoops onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. 4. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or just until the bottom of the cookies is golden 5. Cool. Remove from pan. 6. Eat. Enjoy with coffee early in the morn.

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How to Make Hasselback Caprese Salad

 Hasselback Caprese

Learn how to make this clever Hasselback Caprese Salad using the freshest Mozzarella and Roma tomatoes! This tutorial will help turn up the dial on your next salad- prep with a unique spin on an Old World Mediterranean classic! Make this as an easy and healthy lunch for yourself or “Wow” friends and family at the next outdoor gathering with a salad that’s sure to get any party started! 

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Hasselback Caprese

Preparation 5 Serves 2     adjust servings

A fresh way to enjoy the flavors of classic caprese.

Ingredients

  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes
  • 1 medium-sized ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

With a sharp knife, gently cut tomatoes into several slices, with each slice going just 2/3 of the way through. Gently press mozzarella slices and fresh basil leaves intro each slice of the tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and vinegar. Salt and pepper, if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Find more great video tutorials from Caroline at Salsa Pie.

Add a Bold Splash of Color to Your Kitchen

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Crispy Asparagus and Prosciutto with Creamy Lemon Thyme Sauce

As we were preparing this Crispy Asparagus and Prosciutto, wrapping each asparagus spear and drizzling it with olive oil, my kids remained skeptical. We don’t like asparagus they kept saying, even as they helped me trim the ends of each piece. I reassured them that this asparagus recipe was different, knowing that a little prosciutto and a delicious lemon thyme sauce would transform this ordinary green vegetable. I kept my fingers crossed as I slid the pan into the oven. 

Sure enough, as soon as we pulled a sheet pan of this roasted asparagus wrapped in thin slices of crispy prosciutto, the kids were all in! I served them with a simple fresh herb flavored Creamy Lemon Thyme Sauce and I don’t think they said a word for the next fifteen minutes as they dipped and crunched and munched. Now that is some good cooking and another green vegetable victory for this mom! 

Crispy Asparagus and Prosciutto with Lemon Thyme Sauce

Adults, on the other hand, shouldn’t be nearly so difficult to convince when it comes to a tasty, roasted side dish like this one. Before they are even out of the oven, the aroma alone will have everyone anxiously anticipating every crunchy bite.  These flavorful little asparagus bundles, however, are so good that although they may just be the appetizer, they really can steal the whole show. 

You can eat this prosciutto wrapped asparagus alone and it will taste really good. Adding the Lemon Thyme Sauce, however, really takes it up a notch. The sauce, with freshly squeezed lemon juice (this handy tool, the Citrus Squeezer, makes the job really easy and ensures you won’t find any seeds in your sauce!), and fresh thyme, adds a bright, creamy burst of flavor to the salty prosciutto and asparagus. It’s a perfect match! 

Crispy Asparagus and Prosciutto with Lemon Thyme Sauce

To make this perfect spring appetizer, look for the best spears of asparagus. Good asparagus will be bright green in color with firm stalks and mostly closed tips. Before you begin, make sure you trim the woody ends off of each asparagus spear so only the most tender, tasty bites remain. Then, wrap them in prosciutto, per the recipe below, and get ready to eat your veggies! 

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Find more recipes from Allison at Some the Wiser.

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Bacon, Jalapeno and Pepper Succotash!

If you like traditional succotash, with lima beans, corn, and peppers, you’re going to love this confetti-colored mix of veggies. The addition of fiery jalapeno, salty bacon, and butter-fried shrimp makes this side dish hearty enough for a meal! Serve with rice and salad for a quick weeknight dinner, or bring to a picnic or potluck as a jazzed-up side dish!

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How to Make French Toast Rollups!
French Toast Roll Ups – Bring breakfast to a whole new level with these roll ups.  French toast filled with strawberries and chocolate hazelnut spread!

French toast is one of my favorite breakfasts. It is a family tradition that we have it every year on Christmas. Usually thick cut French toast with maple syrup and sausage is our traditional breakfast. For whatever reason, we hardly ever have it the rest of the year. I used to make a couple slices for my son at least one a week, but even that is rare these days. His favorite way to eat French toast is topped with diced strawberries and maple syrup. Which got me to thinking about a fun twist I could put on French toast for him.

French Toast Roll Ups - Bring breakfast to a whole new level with these roll ups.  French toast filled with strawberries and chocolate hazelnut spread

These French Toast Roll Ups are filled chocolate hazelnut spread and diced strawberries. Two of his favorite things in one little bite, I knew he would be thrilled! French toast roll ups are great for little kids, because they can eat them with their hands. Fun for them to just pick up and dunk in maple syrup. Plus you can fill them with just about anything that your family likes. Peanut butter? Go for it, it will be like peanut butter & jelly for breakfast! Want it savory? Use sausage links! So easy to switch up and make everyone happy.

French toast rolls ups are a fun new twist on a classic.  Filled with chocolate hazelnut spread and strawberries these are sure to please!

French toast rolls ups are quick and easy to make. All you have to do is use a rolling pin to flatten slices of bread. Then spread chocolate hazelnut spread over each slice and sprinkle on a few strawberries. After you roll them up, just dip in the same egg/milk mixture you would when you make traditional French toast. Great for a special breakfast or even an after school snack. I made these for my son for his birthday breakfast. He was pretty excited, and now thinks they need to be a regular occurrence. Can’t say I blame him, anything with chocolate hazelnut spread has my heart.

[yumprint-recipe id=’12’]Find more delicious recipes from Erin at Dishes, Dinners, and Desserts.

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Easy and Adorable Earth Day Treats for Everyone!

Don’t overlook Earth Day this year! Have a celebration in honor of our wonderful planet, and be sure to serve some Earth-inspired goodies. Whether you throw a party or spend the day with your kids, make sure to include nature and Earth themed treats. We’ve found 7 adorable Earth Day treats which will make the day fun and memorable as you teach your kids about being good global citizens in the sweetest way possible!

 Easy Earth Day Treats

1. Bug Cupcake Cones

Choose edible ice cream cones over cupcake wrappers for these delightful bug cupcake cones. Your kids will love decorating the tops with creative candy bugs. Learn how to make these cute cones at HOOSIER HOMEMADE.

Easy, Adorable Earth Day Treats

2. Earth Day Peanut Butter Cups

Celebrate Earth Day with these yummy chocolate peanut butter cups. If you’re looking for vegan, gluten-free treats, these amazing earth-inspired goodies are perfect! Find this tasty recipe on SPA BETTIE.

Easy, Adorable Earth Day Treats

3. Butterfly Pretzel Pops

Teach kids about fascinating butterfly migrations while they munch on this fun snack. Fruit roll-ups give these rainbow pretzel butterflies a beautiful, edible stained glass effect.  Find the instructions on TABLESPOON

Easy, Adorable Earth Day Treats

4. Earth Day Dirt Cups

Kids will love to dig in to these Earth Day dirt cups. Lucky for them, it’s a mixture of chocolate pudding and crushed Oreos!  Learn how to make these delicious dirt cups on MARCI COOMBS.

Easy, Adorable Earth Day Treats

5. Earth Day Cake Pops

 You can’t mistake these Earth Day cake pops for any other planet! These brilliant cake pops are perfect for passing around at your Earth Day celebration. Get the deets on how to make these Earth pops on VANILLA AND LACE

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6. Earth Day Pretzel Trees

Use Earth food as a teaching moment for kids to learn the importance of trees. They’ll love to chomp on these yummy trees as they learn about deforestation and saving our trees. Get instructions and a free printable on JACKS AND KATE.

Easy, Adorable Earth Day Treats

7. We Heart Earth Cupcakes

Spread the love on Earth Day with these incredible cupcakes. We all heart the Earth, and this is a great way to show it! Find out how to make these yummy cupcakes on TABLESPOON.

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Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

These lemon scented blueberry pancakes are so fluffy and light. They highlight what is best about the warmer months – fresh berries and lots of bright citrus. You can easily use raspberries or strawberries in place of the blueberries, but blueberries are my favorite in a pancake. I think that they hold up better to heat than delicate red berries.

The secret ingredient for these delectable pancakes is sour cream. It adds an extra layer of tang and a little lift to make them even fluffier.

I like to top mine with some uncooked blueberries, pure maple syrup, and extra butter.

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Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

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 In another bowl, whisk together sour cream, milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, melted butter, egg, and vanilla.

Gently fold in blueberries. (I like to reserve some uncooked ones for serving.)

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Now it’s time to heat a skillet over medium heat. Melt a tablespoon of butter and pour about ¼ cup of batter onto hot griddle pan.

Cook until the pancake begins to bubble around the edges. Carefully flip, and cook the other side until cooked through.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

 Serve with fresh blueberries, maple syrup, and and extra butter. Enjoy!

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7 Unexpected Things to Make Out of Plastic Easter Eggs

Gather up all those plastic Easter eggs hiding under the couch and behind the bookcase. Once Easter has come and gone, that pile of plastic eggs is just begging to be used again. Instead of filling up the landfill with your leftover plastic eggs, put them to good use. We’ve found 7 unexpected ways to use plastic Easter eggs that are quick, simple, and fun for the whole family!

Clever Ways to Use Plastic Easter Eggs

1. Throw and Easter Egg Picnic

Use your leftover plastic Easter eggs for a picnic lunch. Kid-approved goodies fit perfectly in each little egg, and you’ll be amazed at how willing your kids will be to munch even the healthy offerings! Find our how to create this cute lunch idea at KAILO CHIC.

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

2.Create Easter Egg Maracas

All you need are leftover plastic Easter eggs, plastic spoons, dried rice, and washi tape to make festive, fun maracas. Kids will love to help out with this project, and the fun keeps going long after this project is complete!  Learn how to make these awesome shakers at KIWI CRATE.

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

3. Make Your Own Easter Egg Tealights

Turn plastic eggs into a repurposed tealight holder. Place in front of the fireplace or use as a sleek table centerpiece. Get instructions at TAYLOR MADE.

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

4. Decorate with Glow-in-the-Dark Easter Egg Cupcakes

Every kid’s play kitchen needs these plastic egg cupcakes. Supercharge them with battery operated tealights for an incredibly fun tea party! Find out how to make these cute cupcakes at CLUB CHICA CIRCLE.

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

5. Go Modern with Easter Egg Decor

Get your craft on with twine and plastic eggs to create stylish, budget-friendly décor for you home. Give your room a bit of rustic charm with this simple DIY. Learn how to make these simple eggs at DOMESTICALLY SPEAKING.

What to Do with Leftover Easter Eggs

6. Make Easter Egg Teacups

Quirky, whimsical teacups are made with craft supplies you already have around the house. Reuse your plastic eggs while you and your kids spend an afternoon together getting crafty. Find out how to make these adorable teacups at CREATIVITY IN PROGRESS.

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7. Create Fizzy Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Leftover plastic eggs become molds for homemade bath bombs. Gift these fizzy little beauties to friends and family, all while reusing what you have around your house. Get instructions at BITZ N GIGGLES.

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   4-Ingredient Robin's Egg Fudge

It’s here, you guys. 

No, I’m not talking about Spring! Nope, not talking about Easter, either. 

I’m talking about Candy Season. 

Yeah, it’s a thing. A totally delicious thing. 

One would think that Halloween would be the candy capital of the year, but in my house it’s this time of year. 

Simple white chocolate that's loaded with Easter candies!

We have egg hunts at the church, egg hunts at both grandmas’ houses and, of course, the Easter Bunny drops by and hides a few candy-filled eggs. So, yeah. We will be drowning in pastel colored candy any time now! And, to be perfectly honest, I can’t wait. Especially for the peanut butter eggs. Is anyone else just straight addicted to those guys? 

As much as I love to sit around and down handfuls of candy while watching Netflix, I try to be a little more responsible. And by responsible, I mean that I add handfuls of candy to other sugary things and call it dessert. Seems legit, right? Being a grown up is the best.

I went ahead and grabbed a bag of the mini Robin Eggs while I was at the grocery store this week and stuck them in the easiest ever fudge recipe. 

Simple white chocolate that's loaded with Easter candies!

The thing is, I’m not usually very good at fudge. It turns out soupy or it turns out grainy or it turns out like a rock. This fudge recipe, though? Nope. Can’t mess it up, even if you try! You have to give it a shot.

This easy white chocolate fudge is made from a base of powdered sugar, cream cheese, and melted white chocolate. You won’t even need a candy thermometer for this one! Don’t you love recipes that aren’t super fussy?

Once you’ve got your fudge all mixed up, you just chop up a handful of Robin Eggs and stir those right in. Spread it all out into a foil lined 8×8 baking dish, refrigerate for at least 4 hours, cut it into colorful little squares, and you have the most fun, Springiest treat ever! 

Feel free to swap in your favorite pastel colored candy here! You could even stir in some sprinkles if you really wanted to get fancy.

Simple white chocolate that's loaded with Easter candies!

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For more delicious recipes from Karly, visit her Buns in My Oven blog.

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How to Make Easy Asparagus Caprese
 

Believe it or not, Spring is here. And with it comes a bounty of fresh produce. We’ve waited all winter for stalks of asparagus to show their flowered heads. Why wait to enjoy them any longer? We’ve already rounded up 7 Favorite New Asparagus Recipes for Spring, but wanted to share one of the simplest, easiest ways to prepare asparagus. Whether you’re looking for a warm Spring salad, or a simple side dish for Easter dinner, this easy recipe for Roasted Asparagus Caprese is sure to please. 

Stalks of asparagus are seasoned with fresh garlic and quick-roasted with olive oil and cherry tomatoes. Once cooked until crisp-tender, the asparagus is transferred to a platter and sprinkled with fresh, salt feta. If desired, you can also use creamy Queso Fresco and add a sprinkling of basil. This flavor swap will deliver the classic Caprese taste with warm and earthy asparagus toss in there, too. 

Grab a Good Cook Baking Sheet, line with parchment, then prepare this dish tonight. It’s fresh, simple, and absolutely delicious–a perfect way to welcome Spring!

How to Make Simple Asparagus Caprese

 

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