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Nutella Boutique + Nutella Giveaway!
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Crispy Peanut Butter Fudge
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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole
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Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts
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Peanut Butter & Co Giveaway!
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Vegetable Garden Salsa
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4 Ingredient Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Brownies
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The Best Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce
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Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce
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1 Pint Blueberry Jam
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Homemade Tomato Paste Cubes
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Creamy Chocolate Nutella Fudgsicle Popsicle
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Turkey Kale Meatball Sub
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Half Sour Pickles
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Fudgy Chocolate Avocado Brownies
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Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole
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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
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CHINESE TAKEOUT Chicken and Broccoli
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Creamy Lettuce Soup

Nutella Boutique + Nutella Giveaway!

I am pretty sure I have shared this in the past (multiple times) but I love Nutella.  I love Nutella in that I buy a giant jar and about 1/4 of it gets used for baking and the other 3/4 of it gets eaten with a spoon.  Why can’t I just say yes to 1 spoonful?  Why is it so delicious?  Why is it so perfect?  Why must I have 6 spoonfuls?  Oh Nutella, let’s run away together.  I imagine this is how I look at 4AM in the morning, standing in a dark kitchen with my Nutella jar.  We have a deep love.  

Did you know Nutella has a boutique where you can satisfy your everyday cravings and show your love for this beloved hazelnut spread by wearing it on a t-shirt or messenger bag (that can hold 9 jars of Nutella!)? I mean you can also hold your usual purse items in the bag too… but if I saw someone open up their bag and they had 9 jars of Nutella in it I would grab their hand and declare forever friendship right there.

Better yet – why not have a iPhone phone case so when a telemarketer calls just pretend you are talking to Nutella (yes, I just personified Nutella – they are a wonderful person) and the conversation will go much smoother (get it? smoother? good one, i know).   And best of all, my favorite item in the boutique is the coin bank that I’m going to save up my own pennies to buy.  I love the vintage look of it… it would look perfect sitting on my kitchen counter!

Best of all, the prices are pretty amazing.  T-shirts are $12.00, while items such as a phone case or messenger bag are priced at $6.50 and $16.00.  

To find out more and shop the Nutella Boutique, visit Boutique.NutellaUSA.com.  Also, make sure to β€œLIKE” the Nutella USA Facebook page

To celebrate the love for all things Nutella, Brooklyn Farm Girl is giving away this t-shirt to one lucky reader!  How cool would you look walking down the street with this t-shirt on?   You’re going to cause the world to smile!   People are going to cheer for you, give you high 5’s, puppies and kitties are going to give you wet nose kisses.  

To Win This Amazing Shirt:
Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite way to enjoy Nutella is.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you follow Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 
Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Tuesday August 20th, 2013. 

And don’t forget to hop on over and get the recipe for my Creamy Chocolate Nutella Fudgsicle Popsicles.  They are still being requested nightly for dessert!  
Stay tuned for more Nutella recipes.. I have some yummy ones up my short sleeves.  

Good luck!

To Win This Amazing Shirt:
Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite way to enjoy Nutella is.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you follow Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 
Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Tuesday August 20th, 2013. 

Crispy Peanut Butter Fudge

You might have seen on Twitter, but I was demanding that people remove this fudge from me.   Demanding as in “Please take this fudge away from me!”.  I told Matthew “Get it out of here”, so he tried and I held the fudge pan so tight with tears in my eyes moaning “Don’t take the fudge from me”.  So he didn’t, and I ate more.  And then I said “Please take this fudge away from me!”.  This cycle happens every single night.

Last night after a yummy green pepper lasagna it was dessert time.  So we got out the fudge pan.  Matthew passed me a piece of fudge when innocent little me proclaimed “That’s way too big, please cut it in half”. Oh look at  me, I’m so dainty.   2 minutes later, I was exclaiming “Where’s that other half! Add the crumbs too! I see crumbs on the bottom of the pan! Put them on top! Shovel it in my mouth!”.  From proper to monstrous in 2 minutes, that’s what this fudge will do for you.

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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole

EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother’s famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It’s filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

Growing up one of my Mother’s favorite meals to make was stuffed peppers.  She sure loved making those.  Whenever I go back to visit my father I always ask him to think of a meal or two he wants me to make for him and usually always one of his favorites are stuffed peppers.  What isn’t there to love about stuffed peppers?  Fresh peppers, meat, tomato sauce, rice and mozzarella cheese.   Yes, please!  

EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother's famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It's filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

With so many green peppers growing in the garden I wanted to take my usual stuffed pepper recipe but turn it into Stuffed Pepper Casserole.  I wanted it have the original taste, but I wanted to throw some more greens in there like spinach.  That’s the best thing about casseroles, because they get baked and because no one can really see inside, you can throw so many healthy vegetables in there and noone really seems to notice.  I would assume if you have kids this is a great thing!  This casserole is a real winner in our kitchen.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

 
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Here’s my green peppers.  Aren’t they beauties?  I’m sorry, I say that all the time.  But I’m really in love with them.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

I usually chop them up into quarters first.


Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.Then I cut them into little size pieces.

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.Grab your spinach leaves.  This is my bag of wrinkly spinach leaves that I try to throw in every meal.  This recipe calls for 12 spinach leaves, but feel free to use more if you’d like. Double it! Or triple it! 

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.Ground beef and garlic, all cooked. I love the smell of this don’t you?

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.Now let’s stat adding the ingredients.. Spinach.. Seasonings..

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.Rice, Tomatoes..

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Sauce, Broth.. Everything! Except the cheese!

Cook for 1 hour, covered.
Then take out, sprinkle cheese on top and bake for 5 more minutes..

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.
And this masterpiece will come out of your oven and you will sit down and stare at it because it’s so darn pretty!

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.Spoon some onto your plate and enjoy this Stuffed Pepper Casserole! It’s hard not to go back for seconds. πŸ™‚

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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother's famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It's filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

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Stuffed Pepper Casserole

EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother's famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It's filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large green peppers chopped
  • 12 spinach leaves ripped
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice uncooked
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, add your garlic and ground beef and cook until browned.
  2. Transfer your beef and garlic into a casserole baking dish.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  5. Take out of the oven, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake 5 minutes more.
  6. Enjoy!

Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts

Homemade HEALTHY Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts that taste just like Corn Nuts you buy in the store!  This DIY recipe is easy to make and only uses 4 ingredients!  Bake them in the oven for 30 minutes for a healthy, perfect snack! 

Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts are big in this house. When we first started buying them months ago a bag would be gobbled away in 2-3 nights. These are Matthew’s go to favorite snack to nibble on in bed while reading. The thing I didn’t really like about them was the price and some of the additional ingredients on the bag that I couldn’t pronounce. A small bag of roasted kernels from the grocery store runs us about 4 bucks and that is easily 1.5 serving (even if the bag says 4 servings, it’s just not happening), that is way too expensive in my opinion. So I set off on trying to make my own.

Homemade HEALTHY Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts that taste just like Corn Nuts you buy in the store! This DIY recipe is easy to make and only uses 4 ingredients! Bake them in the oven for 30 minutes for a healthy, perfect snack!

The rules:
Easy.
Cheap.
As healthy as possible.

The results:
Besides soaking the corn overnight, these are quick and easy to make.
A 16 oz bag of corn runs about $2.50 in the store, other ingredients like seasonings I always have on hand.
Instead of vegetable oil, I use coconut oil. Coconut oil is starting to become a favorite in so many ways I cook and bake.

I actually like these corn nuts better than the packaged kind because they aren’t so hard on my teeth. Also I like the simple seasoning of salt and sugar. Matthew thought these were a big hit and what I thought would be a bedtime snack just changed because he stole a handful and walked away with them to his desk.

The challenge was to find the right kind of corn for this. Popcorn kernels were way too tiny, but I am blessed with a wonderful selection of Goya products in the Mexican aisle at my grocery store so I found Goya brand Giant White Corn which works perfect for this recipe!

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Here’s the corn soaked overnight.  I like to soak 12-14 hours.   Rinse and drain, and it’s ready to go.

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Put your corn in a bowl, then add your salt.

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Then your sugar.

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Then your coconut oil.  You can use vegetable oil or sunflower oil if you’d like here instead.

Now bake and keep a eye on them.  Stir them around every 10 minutes.  I repeat, keep a eye on them.  The corn burns quick so when it’s turning brown it will be done quick!  Mine took closer to the 40 minute mark to be done, but I would start to really monitor it at 20 minutes depending on oven and corn variety.

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And when it’s done, you will have beautiful roasted corn kernel nuts!

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Grab a bowl, this is going to be a great snack!

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Feel free to play around with other seasonings too, I have some ideas in mind to try next time!

Store in mason jar or bag, but let’s be honest this is going to be gone super quick!  This recipe fills up about 1 and a half mason jars (32 oz size), so it’s a good amount to snack on.

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Snack on! And enjoy these homemade corn nuts!

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Homemade HEALTHY Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts that taste just like Corn Nuts you buy in the store!  This DIY recipe is easy to make and only uses 4 ingredients!  Bake them in the oven for 30 minutes for a healthy, perfect snack! 

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Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts

Homemade HEALTHY Roasted Corn Kernel Nuts that taste just like Corn Nuts you buy in the store!  This DIY recipe is easy to make and only uses 4 ingredients!  Bake them in the oven for 30 minutes for a healthy, perfect snack! 

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of 14 oz Giant White Corn also labeled as Maiz Mote Pelado
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Soak your giant white corn overnight, for approximately 12-14 hours. Rinse and Drain.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Toss corn with oil, sugar and salt.
  4. Put on a non stick baking sheet in a single layer. You can put parchment paper down first if you'd like to make it a easier cleanup.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until slightly browned. Every 10 minutes stir corn on baking sheet. Keep a eye on them and remove immediately when they are brown, they can burn quickly.
  6. Let cool, enjoy!

 

Peanut Butter & Co Giveaway!

*The contest has ended – congrats to Susie for winning! Enjoy your jars of Peanut Butter & Co!*

Can we just take a minute to thank peanut butter for how good it is?  Peanut butter has gotten me through some rough times and it’s also created some great times, I’d like to think of it as a special friend.

We love peanut butter in our house, every single day we have a slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter on around 5PM, it’s a midday pick me up.  At night I often can be found eating some crackers with peanut butter on top in bed.   At 4AM I can be found in the shadows scooping peanut butter out of the jar directly into my  mouth because my subconscious tells me I need to eat peanut butter while I sleep.  And don’t forget all the treats it provides! The list is endless.

Peanut Butter & Co are hands down my go to brand for peanut butter. Years ago I tried their brand and it was impossible to switch back.  I’m crazy so I buy it in bulk because goodness gracious, can you imagine if we were to run out? The madness that would ensure would not be worth it, so we need to be peanut butter equipped at all times!  Actually if you looked into my peanut butter cabinet (What, you don’t have a cabinet dedicated to peanut butter?), you would either be happy or worried for me.  So don’t open that cabinet up unless you are prepared!  Best yet, their peanut butter is all natural.  It’s also  kosher, gluten-free and vegan (except for The Bee’s Knees which is vegetarian).  I love the range from Smooth Operator to The Heat Is On, you can get such a variety of flavors, but every single one is delicious.

To celebrate my love for Peanut Butter & Co,  I’m having a giveaway! One lucky peanut butter loving reader will receive these 4 jars of peanut butter from Peanut Butter Co.
My favorite ways to use each:
The Heat Is On: (Always sing this before you open the jar)  Spread lightly on crackers, snack away. This is spicy, it has a devil on the front for even more exclamation on that!
The Bee’s Knees: My current favorite, peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Every single day!
Mighty Maple: In your waffle mix! 
Smooth Operator: Best for sandwiches and any brownies, cookies, oatmeal recipe calling for peanut butter. It’s so creamy and smooth! 
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Ways to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to eat peanut butter.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you followed Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 

Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Monday August 12th, 2013. 

In the meantime, be sure to check out some of my recipes I have made with Peanut Butter & Co:
Fudgy Avocado Peanut Butter Chocolate Brownies

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Overnight Cookie Dough Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Don’t forget to enter!

Ways to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to eat peanut butter.
Leave a comment below telling me you liked Brooklyn Farm Girl on Facebook
Leave a comment below telling me you follow Brooklyn Farm Girl on Twitter.

That means you can enter 3 times if you do all 3 – amazing! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each one! 

Winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Monday August 12th, 2013. 

Now go eat some peanut butter! πŸ™‚

 

Vegetable Garden Salsa

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This right here is my go to salsa.  It wins hearts, it makes bellies happy, it makes you friends.  It’s a win win situation.  We make this salsa all the time to snack on, it’s also one of my most requested recipes to make to bring to get togethers.   I think one of the main reasons why people love it so much because it’s so fresh.  Every single vegetable in this recipe comes straight from the garden.  I also try not to pick the tomatoes, peppers and onions until the day of or the day before to really make it fresh.  Nothing beats the taste of home grown tomatoes!

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This salsa took me some time to get right.  Sometimes I would make it and it would be too runny, too chunky, the peppers would be too mushy, the tomatoes would be too whole, the tomatoes would be too smooth.  But after summers of practice, I got it.  And when I did, the clouds parted and a smiling red tomato shined down on me and said “you go girl”.

The magic touch here is to cut up the tomatoes slightly, then throw them in the food processor to get them just right.  They aren’t too whole, they aren’t too runny.  They are perfect!  So that’s my salsa story. After many batches, this is it.  This is the salsa champion.  Raise your hands and dance with me, “Salsa, Salsa, Salsa”. 

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

 

Garden Harvest Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 pounds of roma tomatoes
  2. 1 small onion
  3. 1 small green pepper
  4. 3 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  7. 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Chop your tomatoes up into small pieces.
  2. Put your tomatoes in your food processor and pulse 8 times. Depending on the size of your food processor you might have to do this in 2 batches. Transfer to a bowl once processed.
  3. Chop up your green pepper and onion with knife.
  4. Add your green pepper, onion and all seasonings to the tomatoes in bowl.
  5. Stir so all ingredients are combined evenly.
  6. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This makes 32 ounces of salsa.
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Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!I wanted to show you this page out of my recipe book I keep.  This is the salsa page.  It has no amounts at all, it has no directions.  It’s just a horrible picture in black and white that I printed out.   This is one of the recipes I have  made so  many times I just know how much and what to do.   Do you have any recipes like that?


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Here is the gorgeous cast of characters for this salsa, straight from our garden.  Prettiest guys ever. 


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!I cut each roma tomato up into about 12-16 pieces.  I do it quick and throw them in a bowl. 

Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!
Then I throw the tomatoes in the food processor and pulse 8 times.  You can pulse 6 times and then check to see if the consistency is good enough for you.  But I really like 8 pulses.  This is just right for us. 


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Chop up your pepper and onion with a knife. I would suggest not putting this in a food processor as I find they become too liquidy and mushy quick and lose their crunch.  


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Now throw all your ingredients in a bowl… the tomatoes, the pepper, the onion, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and cilantro.  I’m going to tell you something here and it’s kinda a secret but I often use frozen cilantro for my salsa.   Frozen cilantro is great because it lasts forever and you won’t be making salsa and think “I forgot to buy cilantro!”.  If I have fresh on hand I will use it, but if not, frozen cubes work amazing.  Just throw them in the microwave for 10 seconds and ta-da.  You’re cilantro set!

Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!
Then mix it all together.  Boom! Bam! Wam! Tada! Salsa is done!


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Enjoy however you want! Serve it with some chips! Serve on some tacos.  Serve on some chicken.  Serve it with a spoon directly into your mouth.


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Enjoy this Vegetable Garden Salsa everyone!

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

4 Ingredient Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Brownies

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

So far this week it looks like Fall on Brooklyn Farm Girl,  first pumpkins, then apples, I know I know… but I’m very excited for Fall, I love it!

Did you know I love pumpkins? Read this post in case you didn’t know.

The first thing I had to make with our fresh pumpkin harvest from the garden was pumpkin pie brownies.   I had such a great success with my avocado peanut butter chocolate brownies that pumpkin brownies were next on the list!


Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

This recipe is so easy because it only involves 4 ingredients: brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips.    If you notice there’s no butter, eggs or vegetable oil in these brownies.  The pumpkin puree takes care of all of that! The pumpkin adds moisture to your brownies so there’s no need to add those other fattening ingredients.    Pumpkin puree is healthy too!  1 cup of pure pumpkin is 49 calories!   Pumpkin is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins (vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E).    Did I mention it’s delicious too? Because it really is!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

These brownies are super fudgy. Warning:  If you love pumpkin pie and chocolate, once you eat one of these brownies you will enter a magical  world.    I also find that people who aren’t huge pumpkin fans also love these brownies due to how moist and chocolatey they are.  They really are a hit all around for the brownie crowd.

I love you pumpkins, I love you!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

4 Ingredient Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Brownies
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Ingredients
  1. Family Size Brownie Mix (I used Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix)
  2. 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree (if not fresh, 15 oz can will work)
  3. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 8x8 pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Mix your Brownie Mix, Chocolate Chips and 1 1/2 cup of your pumpkin puree together in a bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the 1/2 cup of your remaining pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice together.
  5. Spread 3/4 of your brownie mix mixture into your pan.
  6. Spread your pumpkin puree mixture on top.
  7. Spread your remaining brownie mix on the very top.
  8. Then with a knife gently swirl around the top layer of the brownie so it gets mixed up with the pumpkin puree.
  9. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: If you want your brownies more firm, store in the refrigerator.
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Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Here are your ingredients.  Simple, right?


Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!Mix your brownie mix, chocolate chips and 1 1/2  cup of pumpkin puree together.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
It will look something like this. I demand (nicely) you take a spoon right away!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Then mix your remaining 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice together.

Now let’s begin layering these brownies..

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
First 3/4 of your brownie mix goes into your pan.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Then your pumpkin mixture goes on top.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Then your remaining brownie mixture on the very top.  Swirl with a  knife so it blends nicely with the pumpkin below it.

Throw it in the oven…

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
In the mean time, clean your bowl.  With a spoon and your tongue. Have no shame!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
When the time is up, your pumpkin brownies will emerge from the oven with a delicious smell..  Leave cool to set.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Cut up into pieces, I usually do 9 brownies per 8×8 tray.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
The edges remain firm to keep the brownies in tact.


Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!But the middles are pure ooey gooey fudgy delight.  

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Enjoy! These won’t last for long…

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

The Best Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce

The BEST Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce recipe! This is my FAVORITE homemade apple picking recipe that’s so easy to make! All you need is apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice! It’s quick to make and tastes delicious! I love eating this as a snack and baking bread with it! It’s great for canning too!

“Best”. I know that’s pretty bold, but this applesauce is just that good. After eating the first spoonful I nearly fell to the floor in tears. Where has this applesauce been my entire life? The recipe is pretty basic with just apples, sugar, cinnamon and a little bit of lemon juice. You can have this in your belly in about 15 minutes which adds bonus points to the process. After I made this applesauce I’m finding it hard to ever go back to the jarred version, it’s just so rich and fresh. After you eat it, life will be better. You will start to smile more, you will dance a little bit, you will pick up your pets and hug them, you will yell to your neighbor who you never talked to across the street “Have a great day beautiful!”. It’s that good.

I made this applesauce with  my nifty new toy, my Weston food strainer.  It’s life changing.  It peels, core sand deseeds for you, I love it dearly.  Food mill if you are reading this, I love you.  I bought it specifically for tomato season since every single year I question why I don’t have one, so I bit the bullet and bought it on Amazon on Saturday night and Monday morning at 8AM the Fedex man buzzed up and told me it was here.  How did it get here so quick?  So I did what you would expect me to do with a food mill I bought specifically for tomatoes, I made applesauce.  I could not resist myself! I have  a million (ok not that many, but alot) ideas on what to do with it next! There’s blueberry jam, mashed potatoes (I heard these are the best with the food strainer) and so many tomato inspired recipes!  The strainer makes everything taste “smoother”,  I’m head in heels IN LOVE with it. 
The BEST Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce recipe! This is my FAVORITE homemade apple picking recipe that's so easy to make! All you need is apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice! It's quick to make and tastes delicious! I love eating this as a snack and baking bread with it! You can can the applesauce too!
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In this recipe I included the instructions for a food strainer and without.  If you’ve never used a food strainer and often make sauces, jams, baby food or juices, this is going to save you so much time!   Use whatever kind of apples you want for this recipe.  I used Red Delicious but in my opinion it’s hard to find a apple that doesn’t work for applesauce.  

Things you can do with applesauce:
Eat plain.  (my favorite way!)
Throw fruits on top, like blueberries (yum) or strawberries.
Add to your meatloaf, it makes it extra moist.
Bake with it – brownies and cookies especially!
Add it to your smoothie. (Additionally, you can freeze applesauce in ice cube trays too!)
Add to your oatmeal. 
Peanut butter and applesauce sandwich!

I cannot wait to go apple picking this Fall!

The BEST Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce recipe! This is my FAVORITE homemade apple picking recipe that's so easy to make! All you need is apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice! It's quick to make and tastes delicious! I love eating this as a snack and baking bread with it! You can can the applesauce too!
Start out with you apples quartered.  I was hoarding these apples to stay fresh in the fridge for much longer than I would like to admit.  Applesauce, you saved the day!
The BEST Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce recipe! This is my FAVORITE homemade apple picking recipe that's so easy to make! All you need is apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice! It's quick to make and tastes delicious! I love eating this as a snack and baking bread with it! You can can the applesauce too!

Steam until soft… then off to the food strainer they go.  

The strainer peels and cores it for you.  Isn’t it amazing?  The strainer does a better job at using much more of the apple if I was doing it by  hand instead too!

Look a this delicious Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce! It’s so smooth!

I love eating this as a snack and using it in recipes, especially apple bread! It also cans great!


I hope you enjoy this Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce! I can’t get enough of it!

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The Best Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce

The BEST Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce recipe! This is my FAVORITE homemade apple picking recipe that's so easy to make! All you need is apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice! It's quick to make and tastes delicious! I love eating this as a snack and baking bread with it!  It's great for canning too!

Ingredients

  • 4 apples any kind - quartered
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Cut your apples into quarters. (If you are not using a food strainer, peel and core them.)
  2. Steam your apples on the stove until soft (about 15 minutes). Drain.
  3. Process apples through food strainer. I like to run the apple peels through twice. If you are not using a food strainer, mash your apples with a fork.
  4. Add sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and stir around.
  5. Serve immediately or put into refrigerator to chill.

Recipe Notes

This makes 1 cup applesauce.

The BEST Cinnamon Sugar Applesauce recipe! This is my FAVORITE homemade apple picking recipe that's so easy to make! All you need is apples, cinnamon, sugar and lemon juice! It's quick to make and tastes delicious! I love eating this as a snack and baking bread with it! You can can the applesauce too!

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce is a sweet and creamy tomato sauce recipe using cherry tomatoes.

My life has officially been taken over by tomatoes.   Is there anything else to talk about except tomatoes right now?    Tomato this, tomato that, do the tomato dance.

Do you know how many cherry tomatoes are in this big bowl below? 16 cups! And there’s a few plants that need to be picked… so double that or more.  And that’s just cherry tomatoes!

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I love cherry tomatoes and they work great for snacking and halved in pasta, but what about tomato sauce?  Cherry tomatoes aren’t usually the first choice  to use for homemade tomato sauce but I’m out to change that.  Cherry tomatoes can result in a creamy tasty sauce which will knock your red socks off (red because it’s tomato season – what, you don’t match your socks to your harvest?).    The key to this recipe is first we oven roast the tomatoes – oh yeah, baby.  Then after that we throw them in a food processor with some fresh basil and season them.  Then it’s made!  It’s that easy.   This homemade sauce doesn’t require you to simmer over the stove for 2 hours.   I really love this creamy sauce over pasta, with lasagna, stuffed shells.  It’s also pretty fantastic to add to pizza as a creamy sauce.    

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So when you pick your cherry tomatoes,  change it up a bit and make some sauce.   Bonus: You can freeze this sauce, throw in the freezer and defrost it months later for a spaghetti dinner in February.  

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Gather your tomatoes, make sure to take the stems off.

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Put them in a pan, single layer.  I was making a few batches so I had multiple pans.

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Drizzle your olive oil over the tomatoes.  Take a picture and completely miss the olive oil coming out of the bottle.

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Sprinkle your onion powder over the tomatoes.  Take a picture and completely miss the onion powder being sprinkled. 

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Bake for 35 minutes until your tomatoes are all wrinkly.

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Let them cool then put them in the food processor with your other ingredients.  Fresh basil – doesn’t it smell great?

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Give it a few pulses, it doesn’t take much.

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And you are left with some creamy, amazing smelling cherry tomato sauce!

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This makes 3 cups of sauce.  Feel free to use immediately after, put in the fridge for tomorrow, or freeze (in a freezer bag) for a few months later.

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Whenever I freeze sauce, puree, diced/stewed tomatoes, I always put in a freezer bag and lay flat while pressing it out, so it’s as thin as possible.  Then once it’s frozen, I stand it up.  This saves space and lets you have a better organized freezer.

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To defrost it I throw the bag into a pot of hot tap water.  It defrosts pretty quickly.  Then into a saucepan it goes to heat up.

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Enjoy! This sauce is a favorite. πŸ™‚

Update: This recipe finally has a video to go along with it!  Hope this helps when making it!  Please share on Facebook so other people can enjoy!

 

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Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce is a sweet and creamy tomato sauce recipe using cherry tomatoes.  

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of tomatoes cherry tomatoes stems off
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spread tomatoes single layer in a pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with your onion powder.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, your tomatoes should be wrinkly.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes, then put tomatoes in food processor.
  5. Add fresh basil, garlic powder and salt + pepper to taste in food processor.
  6. Blend to smooth and creamy.
  7. Use it right away, or throw it in the fridge to use tomorrow, or freeze it for next month.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 3 cups of sauce.

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce is a sweet and creamy tomato sauce recipe using cherry tomatoes.

1 Pint Blueberry Jam

HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning.   This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!    

We’re jammin’, I wanna jam it wid you. We’re jammin’, jammin’, And I hope you like blueberry jammin’, too.  

I was craving fresh blueberry jam but I didn’t want to make a big batch of it, in fact I wanted to make jam with just 1 pint of blueberries. Maybe you’ll pick fresh blueberries from your garden or maybe you’ll pick up a pint of blueberries from the farmers market, either way you can enjoy this easy and quick recipe.  
HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

I love spreading this blueberry jam on toast, muffins, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pancakes, french toast or more.  It’s also delicious served over ice cream!  However you serve it – I hope you enjoy it!
HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!
HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

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Ingredients
  1. 1 pint blueberries
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  4. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a saucepan and stir.
  2. Bring to boil, then simmer for 30-35 minutes until jam consistency.
  3. Keep in jar refrigerated.
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HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

Homemade Tomato Paste Cubes

This is the beginning of many tomato posts to come in the next few weeks.   Right now we’re handling Tomato Season 2013 so I’m constantly looking for new tomato ideas to both use our harvest, but also preserve so we can enjoy it until next summer!

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A great way to use up lots of tomatoes you have is to make homemade tomato paste.  Tomato paste is a great ingredient to have on hand to thicken up sauce and soups.  Not to mention it’s a great base to make some yummy marinara sauce.  I love this specific recipe because we are going to freeze them in ice cube trays which means you can use a little bit  at a time. No more using one of those tomato paste cans that you only need 2 tablespoons for.   By using ice cube tray size you use what you need, nothing goes to waste.  

The best type of tomatoes for paste is roma or plum tomatoes (think elongated in shape) because they have the least amount of seeds.  In this recipe, we don’t take the skin off or deseed the tomatoes, we just cut them in half.   Tomato paste is super easy to make, it just takes a little patience until it’s done.  It’s made by cooking the tomatoes on the stove for hours to the point of where you boil away all the liquid, causing a very concentrate form of tomatoes, which turns into “paste”.     By the time the hours are over, you are going to have beautiful tomato paste.. and a house that smells wonderful!  You will be hungry after smelling this on the stove.. πŸ™‚  These cubes last a very long time, months. I could easily throw a cube in some tomato sauce in January that I make this week.   I love these tomato paste cubes because when it’s snowing out and I reach for one, I get to remember the good garden days had months prior.. and that just makes me smile!

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Homemade Tomato Paste
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 pounds of roma or plum tomatoes
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 3 cloves garlic
Instructions
  1. Slice tomatoes in half.
  2. Put tomatoes and garlic in food processor (in batches), pulse until smooth.
  3. Put your tomatoes in a pot, add salt and stir.
  4. Turn your stove on to medium high heat and bring the tomatoes to a boil.
  5. Turn your stove down to low medium heat to keep them at a constant low simmering boil.
  6. Cover and cook for 3 hours, stirring once in a while, until tomatoes turn into a paste and liquid is gone.
  7. Put your paste in ice cube trays and freeze.
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Here’s your beautiful roma tomatoes.  

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Slice them in half and take the stems off if there are any.

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Throw in food processor and pulse until liquid smooth.  Then it goes onto the stove.. in a few hours all that liquid tomato  will turn into…

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Great smelling tomato paste!

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Fill up your ice cube trays and throw in the freezer.

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Pop a tomato paste cube out whenever you need one!

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Easy and fresh, does it get any better?

Creamy Chocolate Nutella Fudgsicle Popsicle

Do I need to say anything else when you read a title like that?
I mean there’s chocolate, there’s Nutella, they are in popsicle form. They will melt, they will run all over you, you will need to lick yourself clean. It’s a great situation to be in.

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After posting about the sweltering heat a few days ago I decided to make some popsicles with these cute popsicle molds I bought a few summers ago. I was going to make a fruit popsicle, lemon or lime.. but then I had a chocolate craving (shocking). Remember Fudgesicles? They were great. So what happens when we take the idea of a fudgy popsicle and add creamy Nutella to it? You get a popsicle that will cause you to fall in love.

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(Nutella – I love you). 

Fact: We first ate these for dessert over the weekend. Minutes later Matthew and I were in a complete popsicle trance. We used plates below incase they melted (it’s really hot out) and then I noticed we both licked our plates clean. We’re meant for each other. We’re meant to be with these popsicles. Chocolate Nutella popsicles, I love you guys. Get in my belly.

The other wonderful thing is I used fat free milk so these came out to 150 calories a popsicle. I think that’s a pretty great deal as these are major for chocolate lovers. They will hit the spot. Your craving will be fulfilled. You will be very very very very happy.

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Creamy Chocolate Nutella Popsicles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup milk (I used fat free)
  2. 1/4 cup Nutella
  3. 1/4 cup melted chocolate chips
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Instructions
  1. Mix all your ingredients together with a spoon or blender until smooth.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This makes 4 popsicles.
  2. When ready to eat, run the popsicle mold under warm water or just hold with hands on a hot day to get the mold off.
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Here’s all the ingredients in the molds.  I like when the cocoa powder isn’t fully mixed in and is still visible, it adds a nice texture to the top and the inside of the popsicle once frozen.

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Molds go into the freezer.  I let them sit overnight so they’re completely frozen.  But again, it’s a million degrees here.

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And when it’s time, get your popsicle on!  YUM YUM YUM!

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Enjoy! These really are something special! πŸ™‚

 

Turkey Kale Meatball Sub

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Who doesn’t like a good meatball sub?  It’s quick, it’s hearty, it’s sloppy, you get to eat it with your fingers.  It’s meat, cheese and tomato sauce – how can you go wrong? But with this one we’re going to mix it up a little bit and add some kale to get your greens in!  Don’t be alarmed by the combination of kale and meat together in this sub – once everything is mixed together, it just works. My husband is a Midwest boy who loves his hearty dinners and this sub is A+ in his book!

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

This meatball sub is based on my kale meatballs recipe which I first made last summer and fell in love with.  These meatballs are great over spaghetti, yummy grilled as a finger food on a stick, but they are delicious on a sub roll!

 A meatball sub isn’t finished until it’s slathered in tomato sauce and then American cheese is melted on top – then it’s ready to eat!

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Enjoy one of my all time favorite sandwiches, Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  

HEALTHY Ground Turkey and Kale Meatball Sub! These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on asub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it! Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich! 

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HEALTHY Ground Turkey and Kale Meatball Sub! These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on asub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it! Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

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Healthy Turkey Kale Meatball Sub

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked chopped fresh kale
  • Pinch of dried rosemary parsley, oregano, thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • Sub Rolls
  • American cheese slices
  • Tomato Sauce

Instructions

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add kale and spices. Cook until your kale is wilted.
  2. Put kale mixture and garlic into a food processor to mince. Add your turkey and egg and pulse until it’s all combined.
  3. Form this mixture into 2 inch balls.
  4. Use your same pan (its already greased) and heat to medium high.
  5. Add your meatballs and cook until browned on all sides (make sure to flip them), about 10-15 minutes.

For the sub

  1. Cut your sub rolls down the middle.
  2. Add meatballs on sub roll to fit.
  3. Add 2 slices of American cheese slices on top of the meatballs. Melt cheese in microwave or toaster oven if needed.
  4. Spoon tomato sauce on top.

Recipe Notes

Servings: 3-4

 

Half Sour Pickles

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they’re so popular!

If  I could stand on top of a mountain I would yell “I love pickles!”.  I really do.   They’re pretty, they’re crunchy, they’re full of flavor, they hit the right spot in the afternoon when you need a snack, they’re great on a burger, they’re great at 4AM standing in front of the refrigerator.  Pickles, they’re just really good.

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is! These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles. No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days! Make them to find out why they're so popular!

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!

With the cucumber plants in full producing mode right now we have been picking  (and pickling!) quite a few kirby cucumbers.  We currently have 6 mason jars full of pickles in the refrigerator!  If you are in Brooklyn and are in need of a pickle, I’m your girl!  I have been trying to get the perfect half sour pickles after years  of swooning at all the NYC pickle places.  Finally, I got it just right!  

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!

A few notes about these  half sour beauties:

-These don’t have vinegar in them.  You see I have a fear of the smell of vinegar, I just get freaked out.  So I have been desperately trying to figure out how to make delicious pickles with seasonings to make up for the lack of vinegar. THIS IS IT!  In this one instead  of using vinegar  we use sea salt water! 
-I would leave these  in your refrigerator  at least 4  days before you bite  into one.    After that, good luck not finishing  the jar in a day or 2.  If you have  control of your fingers going in the pickle jar though, these last for weeks.
-Kirby cucumbers are the best for pickles.
The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
-If you don’t have Kirbies, that’s totally ok, but I recommend if you are using big cucumbers to  cut them up  into spears first (they will fit better into the jar most likely too).
-Please don’t skip on the seasonings.  These pickles soak alongside delicious garlic, fresh dill, peppercorns, coriander seeds, mustard seeds and bay leaves.
-This recipe uses a half gallon mason jar.   The ingredients and amount of water to salt ratio in this recipe is for this sized jar.  
-If your pickles are soft and not crunchy when done, please check out Ball Pickle Crisp.  It works great to keep that fresh crunch!
The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
Fresh kirby cucumbers just picked from the garden!  

 The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
One of the yummy herbs in this recipe is coriander seeds.  If you have a cilantro plant and you neglect it, it will turn into coriander seeds. Awesome,  right?   I always  do this every year so I get fresh coriander to last until next harvest season. 

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!


You can  use a mortar and pestle to crush your dry ingredients  or you can be like me and  just use a tool (I don’t know the name of this so let’s  just go with “tool”) to bash  it all together. A rolling pin works great too.  So does a hammer. 

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
Put your cucumbers in the jar, then add your garlic.


The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
Then your crushed dry ingredients.

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
Pick a few  pieces of fresh dill. Doesn’t it smell great?


The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
Then add your salt water  and fresh dill.The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
Keep filling your jar with water until your cucumbers are completely covered.  In  the  jar above, a little bit  of the salt water still needs to be added.

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
Now it’s  the hard  part.. waiting for a few days to eat them!

But when it’s time… it will be worth it!

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!
If you are making batches as you harvest, and you use similar jars sometimes it gets confusing to keep track of the ones that have been sitting the longest.  To do this I use chalk or a Sharpie and write on the lid.  #1 = eat first, #2 = eat next, #3 = eat next next.. etc.

Half Sour Pickles Recipe

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Half Sour Pickles

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they're so popular!

Ingredients

  • 5 kirby cucumbers or however many you can fit into your jar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • few pieces of fresh dill
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 6 cups water
  • additional whole coriander seeds and peppercorns to add on top

Instructions

  1. Wash your cucumbers.
  2. Dissolve your sea salt in the water.
  3. Grind up all the dry ingredients (coriander, mustard seeds, peppercorns, 2 bay leaves). If you don’t have a mortar/pestle, throw it in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to crush them.
  4. Put the cucumbers in your jar.
  5. Put the minced garlic in the jar, then ground up spices, then pour the salt water mixture on top. If you have any water left, disregard it.
  6. Add a few pieces of fresh dill on top.
  7. Add in your additional coriander seeds, peppercorns and bay leaf.
  8. Make sure your cucumbers are completely covered in water and close the jar.
  9. Put in the refrigerator. Let them sit for at least 4 days before eating.
  10. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This recipe is for a half gallon jar. Please make sure you are using this size as it's important for the salt to water ratio.
For a crunchy pickle add 1/4 teaspoon Ball Pickle Crisp Granules at the end.

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is! These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles. No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days! Make them to find out why they're so popular!

 

Fudgy Chocolate Avocado Brownies

THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family’s favorite!  They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!  

I stock up sometimes in the supermarket with avocados because my mind is racing with so many ideas.   Usually though I come home with multiple avocados and only use them for soup (this soup to be specific – it rules).  With the heat on this July soup isn’t really in the cards, but my avocados were turning ripe quickly.

One problem, my beloved Matthew doesn’t like avocados.   I’m a bad girl.  A very bad girl.  I apologize in advance.  

I made these while he was working on the computer.  I did it pretty secretly incase he would walk by. I hid my avocado pits and skin under the compost. I cleaned my bowls quickly.  I sprayed gingerbread spray in the kitchen incase he would smell the avocado (I’m crazy).  Once I had it mushed up a good bit, I was in the clear so I quickly covered it with the other ingredients to where it appeared like the usual brownie mix.  Then I was brave.  I needed a tester for my brownie mix so I held out a spoon to him.  He ate it.  I stared at him (too much).  “Is it good?” I asked.  He shook his head yes.  “And than ate another spoonful. 

I just lied to my other half.  I’m sorry. I had to do it.  Please forgive me.   Sometimes you have to sacrifice things in a relationship and this is one of them.  

Anyways – these brownies are amazing! They’re super fudgy and filled with avocado, chocolate and peanut butter!  They are now a family favorite in my house – even if my family sometimes doesn’t know there’s avocado in them!

THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!  

Fudgy Chocolate Avocado Brownies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 avocado inside - all mashed up
  2. 1/4 cup salted butter - melted
  3. 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  8. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  9. 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8x8 pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Mash your avocado up with a fork or spoon, as creamy as you can get it.
  3. Add your peanut butter, melted butter, egg, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add your cocoa powder and chocolate chips. Stir all together.
  5. Pour into pan, smooth top with spatula.
  6. Cook for 30-35 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.
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THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies! The chocolate chips are a key to this recipe because you put them into the mixture whole – not melted.  As the brownies bake, the chocolate chips will melt which cause a intense decadence. 


THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!

When they come out of the oven, let them cool. I know this is really hard to do because you just want to eat them but because they are so fudgy they need to cool off or they will fall apart.   They are so fudgy delicious and definitely worth the wait!
THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!
So eat one, go for it.  You deserve it.  Eat it with a fork.  Eat it with a spoon.  Eat it plain.  Throw ice cream on top.  Throw whip cream on top.  Throw sprinkles on top.  Just throw it in your mouth already.
THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!

Enjoy! 

THE BEST Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies! These delicious brownies are my family's favorite! They are easy to make and the avocado makes them more healthy than regular brownies!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Hershey’s Peanut Butter Cups.  Let me take a minute to swoon. 

What isn’t there to love about them? It’s peanut butter, it’s chocolate, it’s bite size, it makes me happy when I am sad, it is a dear friend.

Where did this obsession start?  Well first, I am from Pennsylvania so trips to Hershey Park, a amusement park,  were had every summer.  And there at Hershey’s Park there are chocolate bars that walk around and hug you.   Thanks Hershey’s for making me emotionally attached to chocolate, ever since I was a child.   
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Not only is Hershey Park a amusement park but it’s also home to CHOCOLATE WORLD, which is a “ride” where you sit down and are taken into darkness and shown a simulation of the chocolate making process.  It’s air conditioned, it smells heavily of chocolate, when you finish you get a free Hershey’s bar, and then you can go buy a huggable size Hershey Kiss plush (I totally did).  Hershey Park, it’s a good place, check it out if you are ever in the area.

Lately I have been craving Peanut Butter Cups.  Like really bad.  I had some Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream which usually does the trick (oh so good), but no, I wanted more. I wanted the real deal.  Then I saw Joy put up a Peanut Butter Cups post .. and it got me thinking… and more thinking.. and more.. until I stopped my day and rushed to the kitchen, could I really make homemade Peanut Butter Cups?    The answer is YES!  Not only can you make homemade Peanut Butter Cups, but they are easy to make! And they taste real good.  REAL REAL GOOD.  If you could see the smile on my face you would understand my happiness and enthusiasm (and you would be slightly creeped out).   The best thing about these Peanut Butter Cups is the peanut butter has grit, which we owe to the graham cracker crumbs.  It’s not crunchy but it has that slight gritty taste that your beloved Reese’s cup has.  

Give these  a try next time you have a Peanut Butter Cup craving! 

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Here’s a full walk through:

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Here’s all your ingredients you need.  Pretty basic, right?

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To get graham cracker crumbs we do it the old fashioned way, putting it in a bag and beating it up.

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It’s a good stress reliever.

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Get your mini muffin cups and double them up.   We double them up because usually they are pretty thin and this will help hold up the weight of the peanut butter cup.

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Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave.  Careful, this is hot.

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Fill up your muffin cups about 1/5 of the way with the melted chocolate.  I also made one white chocolate one because I wanted to show you that you can make it that way too!

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Now gather your peanut butter ingredients.  Powdered sugar, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter?  Yes, please.

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Stir it up until it has a gritty texture.

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Then with your fingers (because we are fancy like that) roll them into little balls.

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You want the balls to be the size to fit in the middle of each muffin cup but not touch the sides.  We are eventually going to pour chocolate over and we want that to go down into the sides.  This is like making a moat and the peanut butter is the castle.   Great comparison, I know.

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Then pour your chocolate on top of the peanut butter, making sure it goes down the sides.  

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If you have to push any of the chocolate down, use your fingers.  This is a great excuse to eat more chocolate.

Then into the refrigerator they go,  at least 1 hour until firm.  I like to chill mine personally for a few hours, especially in the summer time.

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And when it’s time.. you have chilly, firm, delicious Peanut Butter Cups!

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When you unwrap them sometimes you will get a perfect chocolate one all the way around…

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Sometimes you will get a peanut butter swirl one (I love how this looks).

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And if you make it with white chocolate this is how it will look… tastes equally delicious!

So go ahead, make some Peanut Butter Cups! Enjoy!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  2. 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  4. 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  5. 24 mini muffin cups
Instructions
  1. Take your 24 mini muffin cups and double them up. You want your cups doubled up to hold the weight of the peanut butter cup.
  2. Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, microwave for another 10 seconds.
  3. Place a small amount of chocolate at the bottom of each muffin cup (about 1/5 of the cup).
  4. Mix your graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter together until you get a grainy mixture you can roll in your hands.
  5. Make a mini peanut butter ball in your fingers and place on top of the chocolate in each cup. You want to make sure that the peanut butter ball is in the middle of the chocolate, it should still have a slight space around it where we can pour chocolate in.
  6. Take the rest of your milk chocolate and pour on top of each peanut butter ball, getting the chocolate to go down into the edges.
  7. Put in your refrigerator for at least 1 hour or until completely firm.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can substitute white chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate chips if you'd like!
  2. It helps if you put the muffin cups in a muffin pan, this will help with form.
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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

You’ll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.  

Who doesn’t like pizza?  I love it.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Who doesn’t like cauliflower? I love it.    

Cauliflower pizza casserole is born!

When I first found a great cauliflower pizza casserole recipe it called for pureed cauliflower, but pureeing cauliflower that we grew seemed like a absolute sin to me.  I can’t give so much energy and love to our garden cauliflower and then just blend it up, that would be the saddest thing ever.  If we were ever to sell produce commercially I would put on every single package a (cute) warning sign that says “YOU MAY NOT PUREE ME, IT WILL MAKE PAMELA VERY SAD, PLEASE LOVE CAULIFLOWER WHOLE.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH”.  So in my recipe, we cut it into small bite size pieces.  I prefer it this way as well as the cheese will get in all the nooks and crannies of the cauliflower.    And who doesn’t’ like cheese?    Especially with cauliflower.  This is a absolute win situation.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cauliflower.  Mine happens to talk.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cream, butter and garlic mixture.  Pizza always needs a little garlic.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And here’s your pepperoni.  I quartered each slice.  Do this with scissors, a knife or just tear it apart with your hands.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.This is step 1 of the casserole, your cauliflower/butter mixture/pepperoni are all mixed up. 



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 2: Add your pizza sauce.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 3: Add your cheese!  Be brave, cover this sucker.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 4:  Pepperoni time.  Feel free to eat a few slices too, I won’t tell anyone.

Then into the oven it goes…



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And out of the oven it comes! Mamma-Mia!



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.The cheese is melted, a little bubbly, a little brown. I have pure joy right now.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Then take a few whole basil leave and put it on top.  I love pizza with fresh basil. 

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole, it’s like having your own garden pizzeria!  Major winner here – enjoy!

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large cauliflower head - cut up into small bite size pieces
  2. 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  3. 1 tablespoon butter - melted
  4. 2 cloves garlic - minced
  5. 15 slices of pepperoni - quartered
  6. 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
For on top of the casserole
  1. 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  2. 12 slices pepperoni
  3. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  4. fresh basil to garnish
Instructions
  1. Chop your clean cauliflower into small bite size pieces. Steam for 2 minutes, drain. Put into casserole dish.
  2. In a bowl mix your butter, heavy cream and garlic.
  3. Pour butter mixture over cauliflower.
  4. Add quartered pepperoni slices, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella on top of your cauliflower.
  5. Mix everything up so cauliflower is coated.
  6. Spread your pizza sauce evenly on top of your cauliflower.
  7. Pour your 1 cup shredded mozzarella evenly on top.
  8. Put your sliced pepperoni on top.
  9. Cook at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  10. Garnish with basil when it comes out of the oven.
  11. Enjoy!
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 You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

 

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I have a few rules for lunch.

-It has to be yummy.
-It has to be easy.
-It can’t use the oven.  

Every single day when I eat lunch I sit in front of my computer, usually catching up on email or going through my blog reader to see what all my great recipe/garden friends are up to.   You know lunch is exceptional when you plan to do this, but the only thing you can do is turn your monitor on before you devour your entire lunch without touching the keyboard or mouse once.    This lunch time experience was just me and the stuffed pepper and it was a good one.

These stuffed peppers are:
-Yummy.  Very.
-Quick and easy.  The thing that takes the most time is making the quinoa.
-It doesn’t use the oven.  It uses the stove top and the microwave.  
-Fresh!  Garden pepper and spinach, yum!

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Here’s all your beautiful ingredients.  Such a pretty lunch we’ll be having!

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Hello Mr. Pepper!  You are huge, beautiful and delicious. I love you dearly.

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Here’s your quinoa with chopped up spinach and garlic.   The way I make my quinoa is 1/4 cup dry  quinoa with 1/2 cup water.  Bring to boil, then simmer and cover for 15 minutes.  

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After I melt the cheese, I put the pepper top back on.  More pepper to eat makes me a happy girl!

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If you have any quinoa that can’t fit in your pepper, I just put it on the side.  Also, I always put extra tomato sauce on top. I love tomato sauce. When it’s time to start picking tomatoes from the garden this will all be fresh. I can’t wait!

Lunch Time Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. 1 green pepper - seeds removed and top cut off (but keep the top!)
  2. 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  3. 4 spinach leaves - chopped
  4. 1 clove garlic - minced
  5. 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. tomato sauce - amount depends on your preference
Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa as instructed on box.
  2. Cook green pepper in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, set aside.
  3. When quinoa is done, add spinach and garlic and mix around.
  4. Fill pepper with quinoa mixture. Add a spoonful of sauce on top, then cover with your mozzarella cheese.
  5. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until your cheese is melted.
  6. Add another spoonful of tomato sauce on top.
  7. Put your green pepper top on.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can add additional tomato sauce all over the pepper as desired.
  2. This recipe is for one 1 pepper, if you want 2 peppers, duplicate it and so on.
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CHINESE TAKEOUT Chicken and Broccoli

CHINESE TAKEOUT Chicken and Broccoli. Homemade, healthy and easy recipe that tastes just like your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Your entire family is going to love how delicious this is, and you’re going to love how simple it is to make!

When I get Chinese takeout I usually order:

Chicken & Broccoli
Broccoli & Garlic Sauce
Shrimp & Broccoli
Lo Mein with Added Broccoli

Do you see the broccoli love?

I have been trying to perfect a takeout restaurant version of chicken and broccoli for many years.   I was close but the broccoli was never perfectly crunchy, the sauce was too thick, the sauce was too thin, the taste was off.  But finally, finally!  I shake my fist at you chinese chicken and broccoli recipe because I did it!  chinese chicken broccoli

It was a great moment sitting down at dinner to eat this and hear the cheers from both my and Matthew’s mouths.  It’s really good.  I don’t think I can ever order takeout again if I know it’s this easy (and much more healthier) to make at home.  

If you love Chinese Takeout Chicken and Broccoli, you will love this recipe!

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Oh garden greens, I love you.   I picked some fresh broccoli, green peppers and sugar snap peas.  You can omit the sugar snap peas if you want to, but I would highly recommend keeping them in. It gives it a great additional crunch!   

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You want your chicken to be cut up into bite size pieces, and then you let them marinate for a bit until you are ready to move on to the next step with them.

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This is the magic sauce that holds everything together.  It’s the sauce I have fought with to get just right.  It was a glorious moment!

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The sauce turned out so well due to these 3 great ingredients.  I’ve really come to love sesame oil in cooking the past few years.  PS. Make sure you use low sodium or lite soy sauce, we want to cut back on the salt in this recipe.

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And when it’s all done you will have one beautiful skillet full of chicken and broccoli.  
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Dive right in,  this CHINESE TAKEOUT Chicken and Broccoli is delicious!

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CHINESE TAKEOUT Chicken and Broccoli. Homemade, healthy and easy recipe that tastes just like your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Your entire family is going to love how delicious this is, and you're going to love how simple it is to make!

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CHINESE TAKEOUT Chicken and Broccoli

CHINESE TAKEOUT Chicken and Broccoli. Homemade, healthy and easy recipe that tastes just like your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Your entire family is going to love how delicious this is, and you're going to love how simple it is to make!

Ingredients

Vegetables

  • 1 head of broccoli cut up into florets
  • 1 small green pepper - cut up into small slices
  • 3/4 cup sugar snap peas - chopped into thirds

For the chicken marinade

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts - cut up into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon rice cooking wine
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Additionally

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to fry in
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Mix your marinade ingredients in a bowl - add your bite size chicken pieces and stir. Set aside.
  2. Mix your sauce ingredients in a bowl - set aside.
  3. Steam broccoli for 3 minutes, drain - set aside.
  4. Heat up 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken, it's marinade and 1/2 of the sauce mixture. Keep cooking until chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Add steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas, green pepper and remaining sauce with 1/2 cup water.
  6. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until sauce thickens up.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Creamy Lettuce Soup

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce.  Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner – even kids love it!

Hi,

Do you want to come in?

I’m going to make us some soup.  It will be delicious.

Oh, what kind of soup you ask?

*LOCKS DOOR, REALLY QUICK*

Lettuce soup.

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!  

That is how I feel everytime I bring up lettuce soup.  Most people are frightened of it, the idea of lettuce pureed into a creamy soup doesn’t sound that appetizing to most.  And I will be honest, when I first heard about it I was like eh?  When I told Matthew I was making lettuce soup for dinner, first he asked “Is that is?”, then after he smelled what was going on in the pot he asked “What is that great smell?”.    Lettuce soup does that to you.  It turns your frown upside down.  It makes your fears turn into smiles.  It holds you tightly.  It kisses your bruises.  I don’t know where I’m going with this.

But here’s what I’m saying.  You should give this a try.   Not only is it a truly pretty soup (the lettuce + the cream makes it a lovely light green), but it’s full of taste.   Not only are we adding lettuce, but we’re adding broth and lots of spices.     So next time you have a head of lettuce and you’re not sure what to do.. lettuce soup!

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!

 
Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!This is when your lettuce starts to wilt, the smell of it with the spices will be real good.  Just keep stirring it until completed wilted.

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!
This is your soup pureed in a blender.  Be careful when using a blender, hot liquids will shoot up, so do it in batches with smaller amounts.  I learned the hard way with some tomato soup one summer, had to wear a bandage for weeks!

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!
And when it’s all done, you’ll  be surprised by how creamy it is.  I like to add some additional cream on top because who doesn’t like more cream?  Serve alongside crunchy Asian noodles or crusty Italian bread!  Hope you enjoy this lettuce soup!  
Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!

PS.  If you’re looking for ways to keep your lettuce fresher longer – check out my post on how to make it last for weeks!

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Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce. Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!

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Creamy Lettuce Soup

Creamy Lettuce Soup is a delicious, healthy recipe that uses 1 head of lettuce.  Combined with heavy cream, chicken broth and spices, this is a great way to add lettuce to your diet! I love using Bibb lettuce in this recipe but Romaine and Iceberg work good too! Who knew cooked lettuce could taste so yummy for dinner - even kids love it!

Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1 head lettuce 12-16 oz head, leaves separated and lightly chopped. Any lettuce works, but Bibb is best.
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream + additional to garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil on medium heat in medium sized pot.
  2. When hot, add the garlic until slightly brown.
  3. Add your lettuce, parsley and oregano and stir until lettuce is wilted.
  4. Add your chicken broth and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer in batches to blender or use immersion blender to puree soup. If using a blender do this in batches and be careful as the liquid will be very hot.
  6. Transfer back to pot.
  7. Add your heavy cream, salt and pepper and stir until all heated (about 5 minutes).
  8. Serve, garnish with additional heavy cream on top if desired.

 

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