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Taco Enchilada Casserole
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Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts
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French Fry Casserole
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Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Moist Jalapeno Cornbread
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Lemon Glazed Zucchini Bread
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Creamy Beef Stroganoff
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Monkey Bread Muffins
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White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup
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15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam
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Easy Kale Pesto
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LUNA Bar Love + Giveaway
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Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie
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Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos
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Candy Corn Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Green Pepper Cheese Bake
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Watermelon & Strawberry Lime Mint Popsicles
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Cauliflower Casserole
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EASY BAKED Onion Rings
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National Can-It-Forward Day + Ball Canning Giveaway

Taco Enchilada Casserole

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Enchilada Casserole

I really like tacos and I really like casseroles so when I’m able to put them together it’s like sweet magic recipe worlds combined.

For example there’s my go to Taco Casserole,  Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos, Crockpot Chicken Tacos, Cauliflower Pizza Casserole.   Tacos? Yes, please.  Casserole? Goodness, yes, please.

Say hi to Enchilada Taco Casserole!

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

I really love this casserole because it stays set when serving, it almost feels like you are having taco lasagna.   There’s 2 layers of corn tortillas, salsa, green peppers, black beans, corn and plenty of ooey gooey cheese to keep the cheese lovers happy (I’m in that club).  

May I recommend some Jalapeno Cornbread on the side too?

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Enchilada Casserole Recipe Ingredients:

You will need:

ground beef
enchilada sauce
salsa
black beans
green pepper
corn
tortillas
cheddar cheese
cilantro

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
I could pretty much eat these vegetables with a spoon and that’s totally what I did when noone was looking.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Here’s your ground beef, enchilada sauce and salsa.  I could totally eat this with a spoon and that’s totally what I did when noone was looking.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Essy approved of all the smells. But honestly, what won’t Essy (AKA: “Big Mom”) eat?  

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Here all the steps to make it.  This is a quick casserole to put together.

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And when it comes out of the oven, hello cheesy Enchilada Taco Casserole!

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The smell will make you swoon.  But don’t swoon because we have to eat this first.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Oh please, put it on a plate already! I can’t wait anymore.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
I’m just going to sigh.

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And then eat this and come back for seconds.

Enjoy!

Taco Enchilada Casserole

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchilada casserole, enchiladas with ground beef, taco casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 10 oz can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 large bell pepper - chopped
  • 2 cups cooked corn
  • 12 6 inch corn tortillas
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • handful of cilantro - chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a skillet, brown ground beef. Stir in enchilada sauce and salsa. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine your black beans, chopped pepper, corn and cilantro.
  4. In a 13x9 baking pan place 6 tortillas.
  5. Cover with 1/2 of the meat mixture.
  6. Cover with 1/2 of the corn, beans, pepper mixture.
  7. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese on top.
  8. Place remaining 6 tortillas on top.
  9. Cover with 1/2 of the meat mixture.
  10. Cover with 1/2 of the corn, beans, pepper mixture.
  11. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese on top.
  12. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts

BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Stop the presses.

Stop them please.

BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

I had something else set to run today, a yummy cheesy casserole, but that has got to be put on hold.  After I made these donuts I skipped happily to my computer (with a donut in my mouth – don’t do this, it’s a choking hazard) to change the post.  I had to show you these.

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you might know I got a donut pan a few days ago.  A donut pan is one of those baking items I tell myself I need about 8x a month but then I never buy it.  Even if it’s only $12, I see it a a investment piece.  How often will I really make donuts?  Do I really need it?  Maybe I should buy $12 worth of things I don’t need instead.  In reality, buy the donut pan and bake donuts until your heart is content. 

Enter, donut pan in my life.  

BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

So what was the first donut in my life?  Well I already had a Pinterest board full of inspiration but I wanted pumpkin.  But really, when don’t I want pumpkin?  Also I wanted sugar.  But really, when don’t I want sugar?  I wish I could say something like when don’t I want a salad? But that’s never true because I really don’t want a salad ever.     Give me donuts.  Give me Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Donuts, please!

BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Here’ the scoop about these donuts:
They’re pumpkin.  I used our homemade pumpkin puree.   I am the happiest in the world when I get to do this.

BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

These are cakey.  We’re talking cake donuts.  We’re talking moist.  We’re talking fluffy.  We’re talking donut ecstasy.

 
BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

They are cinnamon sugar coated.  I was going to go the route of a glaze but then decided to keep it simple.

BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

You will eat these by the end of the day.  I’m warning you.
Enjoy these Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts, but trust me, they won’t last long!

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BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts

BAKED, Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft and delicious Pumpkin Sugar Donuts! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Ingredients

For the donuts

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the sugar coating

  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray donut pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Mix together oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, salt, baking powder and vanilla until combined.
  4. Stir in flour and continue to mix until smooth.
  5. Fill the donut pans up about 3/4 of the way.
  6. Bake donuts for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes, then remove donuts from pan.
  8. Combine sugar and cinnamon in large plastic bag.
  9. One at a time, put your donuts in bag and shake lightly to cover.
  10. Remove from bag and let cool completely.
  11. Store in container.

Recipe Notes

Recipe makes (12) 3 inch donuts, or (6) large donuts.

French Fry Casserole

CHEESY French Fry Casserole! This easy baked casserole recipe is made with frozen french fries and shredded cheddar cheese. Your entire family is going to love this loaded dinner casserole!

French Fries,  I have a real big crush on you.  I love you straight. I love you crinkled. I love you curly.  I love you covered in cheese.  And chili.  And beans. 

Are you like me and stock up on certain items but don’t notice until you open your freezer and multiple bags of frozen french fries are staring at you?  I’m that way for a few things.  When Goya  is on sale I think I need 8 cans of hominy or pinto beans.  Pasta, yes, let’s buy 10 boxes.  Ketchup, well maybe I will have a cookout, better buy a few bottles.  That 20 pound bag of rice is super cheap, what a deal, better buy it.  Whenever French Fries are on sale, usually 2 bags for $5, I better get them too.

A few nights ago I was going through the process of “What to make for dinner”.  There were a few rules:
-I wanted french fries.  
-I wanted to use up heavy creamy which was close to it’s end date.
-I needed to use some type of garden vegetable.
-I wanted to prepare it quickly. This means frozen french fries.
-I wanted it to be delicious.

So French Fry Casserole was born!  

french fry casserole

When I took this out of the oven, I pulled back the foil and I wish I had a video to document Matthew’s reaction.  It was pure excitement for this casserole.  

If you like cheese fries then you’re going to love this casserole because it’s basically glorified chili cheese fries that we can call dinner and everyone will be ok with it because we added the word casserole to the end.  

The chili comes from chili beans which I could eat out of the can with a spoon.  On top is also a green pepper chopped up, this gives the casserole a great crunch and it just makes me happy to use anything we grow in the garden with french fries.

French Fry Casserole – perfect main or side dish!

We ate this casserole as a main dish and it was extra filling. There is no meat in this, but you could add chicken, ground beef, or bacon bits to the top if you choose to.  

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Here are the steps to prepare this casserole quickly.
casserole step by step photos

This cheesy casserole is gorgeous when it comes out of the oven!
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I love the little kick the chili beans provide on top.
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Serve yourself and enjoy! Then start diving into those cheesy fries..! Enjoy this french fry casserole everyone!
cheese fry on fork

Looking for more recipes? Check out my stuffed pepper casserole!

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CHEESY French Fry Casserole! This easy baked casserole recipe is made with frozen french fries and shredded cheddar cheese. Your entire family is going to love this loaded dinner casserole!

French Fry Casserole

CHEESY French Fry Casserole! This easy baked casserole recipe is made with frozen french fries and shredded cheddar cheese. Your entire family is going to love this loaded dinner casserole!

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 32 oz bag frozen french fries
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 bell pepper - chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with frozen french fries.
  3. Pour your heavy cream on top.
  4. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
  5. Put chili beans and bell peppers on top.
  6. Cover with foil and poke a fork or knife through the foil 3 times - this helps the steam escape.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

 

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

EASY to make Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are crunchy and ready to eat in 15 minutes!    They’re so good your kids won’t even mind the vegetables in their cookies!

Hello Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies!

EASY to make Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are crunchy and ready to eat in 15 minutes!    They're so good your kids won't even mind the vegetables in their cookies!

These are yummy chocolate chip cookies, but I like to consider them healthy because whenever I add a vegetable in they immediately should be declared healthy.  Look ma, I’m eating my vegetables (wrapped up in brown sugar, butter and chocolate chips, but still..)!

In all honesty though, they’re a great way to add a little bit of vegetable to your regular cookie!

Zucchini Cookies Recipe

Did you know that you can bake with zuccchini? It’s true! You can make these delicious zucchini cookies! You can also make zucchini bread

Also, I really love the appearance of these cookies because even though at first glance they look like regular chocolate chip cookies, when you look closer you can see the green specks of zucchini.   I think they’re gorgeous!

Delicious Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are beautiful with specks of green zucchini!

These chocolate chip cookies are crunchy and the entire family is going to love them!   They’re easy to pack and go, sometimes I love taking 2 for the road for “breakfast on the go!”. 

Delicious Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are beautiful with specks of green zucchini!

Ingredients for Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients for these cookies are basic, you probably have everything you need in your baking cabinet already! The cookies have a little bit of cinnamon and cloves in them that gives them a touch of a taste of a Fall cookie.

You’ll also need 1 cup of grated zucchini!

How to Ship Cookies

This year I plan on lots of baking for holiday presents to friends and family.  I have been looking for ways to ship baked goods the best way possible to prevent cookie breakage (and heart breakage).  

I found that if you use plastic pint containers (even better, just reuse your takeout pint containers after washing out) and layer each level with parchment paper, your cookies stay safe in the mail! I will be using this method for various sandwich pies and cookies during the holiday season. Delicious Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are beautiful with specks of green zucchini!

I hope you all enjoy these Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cookies!


Delicious Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are beautiful with specks of green zucchini!

I dare you to only eat one!


Delicious Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are beautiful with specks of green zucchini! Ok, I dare you to only eat two.

Enjoy!

Looking for more zucchini recipes?  Try my Zucchini Bread and Zucchini Tots recipe!

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EASY to make Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are crunchy and ready to eat in 15 minutes!    They're so good your kids won't even mind the vegetables in their cookies!

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

EASY to make Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. These cookies are crunchy and ready to eat in 15 minutes!    They're so good your kids won't even mind the vegetables in their cookies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter – softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated zucchini
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl stir together your butter and sugars until creamy.
  3. Add your egg and zucchini and stir to combine.
  4. Add flour, vanilla, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and cloves and continue to stir till everything is mixed good.
  5. Add your chocolate chips and stir.
  6. Drop cookie dough on parchment lined or greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 11-13 minutes until bottoms are slightly browned.
  8. Let cool and enjoy!

Moist Jalapeno Cornbread

EASY, MOIST Jalapeno Cornbread! This Southern recipe uses buttermilk to make the cornbread extra soft! The Jalapenos give it a little Mexican taste! I always serve homemade cornbread with dinner casseroles!

Cornbread.   I love you.  

Jalapeno Cornbread, I especially love you.

I love how moist you are. I love how brown your edges stay.  I love the kick of the jalepenos.    

EASY, MOIST Jalapeno Cornbread! This Southern recipe uses buttermilk to make the cornbread extra soft! The Jalapenos give it a little Mexican taste! I always serve homemade cornbread with dinner casseroles!

Cornbread is such a comfort food.  It’s always a dinner favorite on the side to soak up the juices, gravy or just devour by itself.  When I found myself craving some cornbread to go along with BBQ ribs I whipped up this recipe.  This cornbread is a winner, and for those that love a spicy kick you will love it.  This recipe uses 3 tablespoons of diced jalapeno peppers which makes it spicy enough to give it that extra pop, but not too hot that you can’t eat 6 pieces of cornbread in a row.  That’s real talk y’all. 

Buttermilk Cornbread

This recipe asks for 1 cup of buttermilk which makes it as soft as a cloud.  I didn’t have buttermilk but I learned how to make some quickly with ingredients you have in your kitchen.  For 1 cup of buttermilk you need 1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice.  That’s it!   Place your tablespoon of lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup.  Add your milk to fill up to the 1 cup mark.  Then let stand for 5 minutes, you will see it will start to thicken up.  Boom, buttermilk! It’s that easy!

Next time you’re looking for a quick cornbread, look away from your usual box mix and make some homemade cornbread.  It’s well worth it.

EASY, MOIST Jalapeno Cornbread! This Southern recipe uses buttermilk to make the cornbread extra soft! The Jalapenos give it a little Mexican taste! I always serve homemade cornbread with dinner casseroles!

Moist Jalapeno Cornbread recipe

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Here’s the mix with our homemade buttermilk added in.  I don’t think I’ll ever buy store bought buttermilk again!

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Here’s your diced jalapeno.  You can use red or green, whatever you prefer.

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I did mostly red with a few green pieces thrown in.  This would be super cute for Christmas!

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Before and after baking.  

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The top of this cornbread is just purrrrrrrfect.

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Let the bread cool then cut into pieces.  Try not to eat them all at once. 

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A little brown on the top..

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And brown on the sides…

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And perfectly moist inside!

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Moist Jalapeno Cornbread, I love you.

Enjoy!

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EASY, MOIST Jalapeno Cornbread! This Southern recipe uses buttermilk to make the cornbread extra soft! The Jalapenos give it a little Mexican taste! I always serve homemade cornbread with dinner casseroles!

 

Moist Jalapeno Cornbread

EASY, MOIST Jalapeno Cornbread recipe! This Southern recipe uses buttermilk to make the cornbread extra soft! The Jalapenos give it a little Mexican taste! I always serve homemade cornbread with dinner casseroles!

Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk see notes for homemade if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a bowl whisk together butter and sugar. Add in eggs, buttermilk and baking soda. Stir to combine.
  3. Add flour, cornmeal, jalapeno peppers and salt. Continue to stir to combine.
  4. Spray a 8x8 pan with non stick spray. Pour cornbread mixture into pan.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes.
  6. Let cool for 20 minutes then cut into slices.

Recipe Notes

For 1 cup of buttermilk you need 1 cup of milk + 1 tablespoon lemon juice. That's it! Place your tablespoon of lemon juice in a 1 cup measuring cup. Add your milk to fill up to the 1 cup mark. Then let stand for 5 minutes, you will see it will start to thicken up. Boom, buttermilk! It's that easy!

Looking for more jalapeno recipes?

Try my…

Candied Jalapenos

Jalapeno Poppers

Cheesy Jalapeno Omelet

 

Lemon Glazed Zucchini Bread

RECIPE for the BEST fluffy and moist Lemon Glazed Zucchini Bread!   There’s 2 cups of grated fresh zucchini baked into this easy to make beautiful bread. On top there’s a lemon powdered sugar glaze frosting!

Zucchini Bread Recipe

Do you grow zucchini in the garden? If you do, you might be thinking “What new recipe should I try?”.  Well look no further, you need to make this Lemon Glazed Zucchini Bread!
The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

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Creamy Beef Stroganoff

“Beef Stroganoff” is whispered in my ear while I sleep.

“Beef Stroganoff” is written on a Post-It on my keyboard when I wake up in the morning.

“Beef Stroganoff” is said to me with a wink while passing by each other.

“Beef Stroganoff” is written on the mirror from the steam of the shower.

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Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stroganoff.   I’ve had this word written in my “to do” page for months now because Matthew has been craving Beef Stroganoff.  How bad has he been craving it?  See above for hints.  So finally I made the first step, I bought sour cream.  This is a pretty big step for me considering sour cream scares me beyond belief.  The texture of sour cream reminds me of my archnemesis, mayonnaise.  I know they taste nothing alike but I worry the mayonnaise companies might be following me, watching me when I shop (how embarrassing) and then sneak mayonnaise into my sour cream tub instead.  Can you imagine the nightmares I would have?   Actually there is a mayo dream I have had a few times but that’s for another time entirely…

Beef Stroganoff.   So I made it, with sour cream.  And onions.  Are you shocked?   I pretty much am.  When Matthew saw me frying onions up with the beef I think he nearly fainted with surprise.  Look at me, throwing onions in a pan, buying sour cream,  life changing actions right here folks!  And get this, I absolutely loved it.  It was creamy, moist and delicious.  Give me mushrooms in a creamy sauce and you have one happy girl!  Beef Stroganoff – thanks for a great dinner!

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Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast or beef sirloin steak
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 onion cut up into slices
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 12 oz mushrooms canned or fresh
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. Remove any fat from your beef and cut into pieces that are about 1/2 inch thick and 2-3 inches long.
  2. Season meat with salt and pepper, rub so all meat is evenly coated.
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter and garlic. Add the beef and cook until browned. Add onion slices and continue to stir for 3 minutes.
  4. Place beef broth in small bowl and add cornstarch slowly, continuing to stir.
  5. Add beef broth/cornstarch mixture to beef and onion skillet, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add in ground mustard and worcestershire sauce. Stir until combined.
  6. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  7. When your 1 hour is up, remove lid and stir in mushrooms and sour cream.
  8. Once heated, serve over egg noodles or rice.
  9. Add parsley to garnish on top.
First, I would like to give a shout out to the ever changing Sun that enters our loft around 5:30PM and blinds me until about 7PM.  The light is dramatic, feels great on the skin, but it’s all over the place for pictures.    

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Here’s your list of ingredients.   I  always use bouillon cubes to make broth, so much cheaper.

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Here’s your mushrooms. I use whatever I have, fresh or canned, whole or cut up.  Go mushroom crazy in my opinion. Also, I see you creeping behind the mushrooms Sour Cream.  Don’t even think about it, my eye is on you like a hawk.

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Getting the beef ready, a little salt and pepper..

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Do you know how good this was already smelling?  Essy showed up and tried to jump from the table to the counter, which is a enormous jump that her 19 year old body would have never made.  She had her eye on the prize (the beef) and her nose knew it was nearby.

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Start to cook the meat until browned..

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Add your onions, your place is going to smell like a Stroganoff paradise starting now. Once you add your broth, mustard and worcestershire sauce then you’ll let simmer for 1 hour.

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Almost done! Once you add your sour cream and mushrooms….oh goodness!

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Serve over egg noodles, or rice, or even roasted vegetables.  

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I always like to sprinkle a little fresh parsley on top.  It’s great for color and flavor.

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This is a keeper of a meal, I’m already laminating the recipe sheet and covering with stickers that say “YUM!”, “YEAH!”, “HOLY COW!”.

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Enjoy your dinner!

Monkey Bread Muffins

EASY Monkey Bread Muffins recipe made with refrigerated biscuits!  You’re going to love how easy these are! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form! WARNING: They are addictive because they’re so good!

I’ve been hearing alot about Monkey Bread on all the blogs but I never really knew what Monkey Bread was.  When I first heard of it I was expecting something that looked like a monkey, but I didn’t see anything that looked like a primate.  So I looked up where the word Monkey Bread comes from and here is what Wikipedia told me: 

The origin of the term “monkey bread” is uncertain.

Thanks alot.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

Facts about monkey bread

Monkey bread is  also called monkey puzzle bread, sticky bread, African coffee cake, golden crown, pinch-me cake, pluck-it cake, bubbleloaf and monkey brains. 
It first appeared in cookbooks in the 1950s.
It’s mostly popular in the United States.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

Ok what about about the name?  Most of my results were helpless, but here’s what I could put together.
There is a African tree called the Monkey Bread tree that has an exceedingly thick trunk and an edible pulp.  Some people think that Monkey Bread is named after the tree as it slightly resembles it.    Squint, do you see a hot baked good?
Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Some people believe Monkey Bread gets its name from monkeys.  When eating monkey bread, people usually tear it apart with their fingers, much like how monkeys eat.   Note: This is a pretty accurate expression of how I look when I eat monkey bread, pure happiness.
Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

So did I solve where the name comes from? Probably not, but I tried!

 Monkey Bread Muffins recipe

So with hearing all about Monkey Bread, I was on the mission to make it for the first time! I gathered all the supplies, got my apron on, looked at some pictures and then realized they were all made with bundt cake pans, which I don’t have.  I shook my fist to the ceiling, slumped to the floor and sighed.  And then like Aaliyah sung, I dusted myself off and tried again, because I thought – what about Monkey Bread Muffins?  

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

This rules for many reasons, but most being that I can physically tell myself only to eat one.  With a entire cake, I can slide the knife and make a slice really big, but with individual servings, there’s really no excuse for my behavior when I am throwing 4 of them in my mouth.  And within one bite of the first one I realized this was a fantastic idea because my life has been changed forever and I would love to eat 4 of these at once.  

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

So to summarize I have no idea where the word Monkey Bread comes from,  but I’m in love with Monkey Bread Muffins.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

How to make Monkey Bread Muffins


Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!Here is your biscuits.  I know it says on the package never to eat the raw dough but does anyone ever listen to this? To be honest I just realized last year it said this. 

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Spray your muffin sheet.  Spray it good, bottom and sides.  Then pour in your butter and brown sugar mixture.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Rip each biscuit into 6 pieces, you don’t have to be exact with sizes, just make them about even.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Get your cinnamon sugar mixture in a bag.  Then put the ripped up biscuits inside and shake to coat evenly.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Then start to fill each muffin cup up with about 8-10 pieces. Into the oven it goes..

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
And out of the oven comes this magic!

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
OOOOH!

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
AHHHH!

Now here’s the scary part.  We need to flip these upside down.  I know, you’re already scared, trust me I was too.  I thought about this in my head about 6x since I read multiple reviews that said they would fall apart.  That’s why it’s really important you spray your muffin sheet good with nonstick spray.

So you turn your muffin cup sheet upside down.  Take a minute to breathe.  Take a minute to hope.   Then slowly lift the muffin sheet up…

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Yes! Perfect! None fell apart.  I grabbed Essy the cat and danced with her.  She rumbled her belly so I put her down.
Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

Goodness gracious. I’m not sure I can say more.  I think I’m just going to say that a few more times.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Goodness gracious.

Goodness gracious.

Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!
Serve these monkey bread muffins immediately and enjoy!
Delicious Monkey Bread Muffins are easy to make with refrigerated biscuits! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form!

 

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EASY Monkey Bread Muffins recipe made with refrigerated biscuits!  You're going to love how easy these are! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form! WARNING: They are addictive because they're so good!

Monkey Bread Muffins

EASY Monkey Bread Muffins recipe made with refrigerated biscuits!  You're going to love how easy these are! They are a single serving alternative to Monkey Bread in muffin form! WARNING: They are addictive because they're so good!

Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cans of 7.5 oz Pillsbury refrigerated biscuits or other brand
  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a dozen muffin cup sheet with nonstick spray. 

  3. Mix melted butter and brown sugar together in small bowl, spoon 1 tablespoon into each muffin cup.
  4. Mix white sugar and cinnamon in a plastic bag.
  5. Take each biscuit and rip it up into 6 pieces. Put the biscuit pieces in bag and shake to coat evenly.
  6. Place 8-10 pieces of biscuits into each muffin cup to evenly fill them up. If you have any sugar left in the bag, sprinkle on top of the muffins.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool for 1 minute.
  9. Turn upside down, the muffins should fall right out.
  10. Serve warm, enjoy!

 

White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup

I am loving this soup.  I am loving this weather.  I am loving this soup in this weather. 

Reasons why I love this White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup:
It’s quick.
It’s easy.
It has white white beans which I love.
It has kale pesto which I love, but you can use any type of pesto.
It uses roasted peppers which I’m officially in love with and can’t stop thinking about.  
It’s perfect on a chilly night.  
It’s healthy!
It will make you happy!

I was a bit worried how this soup would turn out, it was a new soup adventure but I was so happy with the results.  There were leftovers I kept warm for Matthew to eat after he came home later and he kept exclaiming how great this soup was as usually if there is no meat involved  it’s not always a favorite, but this was a homerun out of the soup ballpark.

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White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Kale Pesto Or any type of pesto you prefer.
  • 2.5 cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 15 oz cans of Great Northern Beans
  • 3/4 cup of Roasted Peppers
  • 2 Tablespoons Parmesan grated
  • pinch of black pepper

Instructions

To roast the peppers

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and wash 3-4 medium size bell peppers (any color you want). Leave the stems on. Place the peppers on a aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the oven. Every 20 minutes turn the peppers using the stems you left on until 1 hour is up. At this time you should see that all your pepper skins have wrinkled and turned blackish. Take peppers out and cool them for 20 minutes so you can touch them. Once cool peel the peppers so the skin comes off easily. Make sure all seeds are removed from the peppers and disregard them. You should have now have slippery beautiful peppers. Cut them up into small pieces to have 3/4 cup for this recipe.

Directions

  1. Pour your chicken stock into a pot at medium-high heat.
  2. Add beans and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and add your pesto, roasted peppers and pinch of black pepper. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add Parmesan cheese and stir soup.
  5. Serve in bowls. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can substitute Vegetable Broth for Chicken Broth instead.

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Hi,  my name is Pamela and I am in love with Roasted Peppers.  Oh goodness  I just love them! Don’t they just smell amazing?

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Here’s the slimy peppers with their skin off.  I then cut them up into bite size pieces.

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Here’s the main ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry.  Here’s my kale pesto recipe if you’d like to use it, or use another pesto if you’d like!

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This soup is done so quick.  If you have the roasted peppers done ahead of time, even better!  I’m going to freeze a bunch up so I can make this all winter long for quick dinners!

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I just love seeing the specks of the pesto.. yum!

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The roasted peppers really make this special too!  


This is totally going to be my Fall soup, I’m already planning on making it again soon! 

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I hope you enjoy this with a blanket on your lap!  Relax and enjoy!

 

15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin!  This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more.  I love canning this recipe too!

Strawberry Jam

Today we are making Strawberry Peach Jam.  I am a believer in never letting fruits or vegetables go to waste, I will find something to do with them always.   I had a peach that had a short life span but you better believe it – this peach was not going to waste! (Sadly I didn’t have enough to make my favorite Peach Cake!)

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

So instead of making my usual strawberry jam, I decided to give it a peach twist!  The outcome is delicious!  And the smell! It smells like Summer!  

Strawberry Peach Jam Recipe

My favorite jam recipes are quick. I don’t like hanging out over the stove for 2 hours stirring jam in the Summer.  This recipe is quick and is ready in 15 minutes including preparing and cooking.

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

Berries that have exotic colors are usually rich in antioxidants, and strawberries are no exception to that! Strawberries are proven to help eye care, they boost the immune system (hi Vitamin C!) and brain function and reduce inflammation!

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

This 15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam makes 8 oz of jam.  Eat all of it.  Give some to a friend. Eat all of it. Eat all of it. Eat all of it.   Enjoy!

More Jam Recipes

1 Pint Blueberry Jam 

Homemade Watermelon Jam

Raspberry Jam

Need more Summer recipes? Try my Peach Cake and Strawberry Soup!

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Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin!  This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more.  I love canning this recipe too!

Servings 8 ounces

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries - hulled
  • 1 small peach - cut up into slices peach pit removed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Put strawberries and peach slices into a food processor and pulse about 10 times until it's a consistency that is slightly chunky.
  2. Transfer into saucepan, add lemon juice and honey. Bring to a light boil on medium-high heat.
  3. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring often so it does not burn. Once it's reached a jam texture, remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Put into jar and store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Makes 8 oz of jam.

 

Easy Kale Pesto

Happy Thursday everyone! 
How’s the weather where you are?  Let me tell you yesterday was not pretty! And by not pretty I mean melting hot in the mid to high 90’s!  The good news is that after today there is nothing in the 10 day forecast above 80 degrees!  That means the air conditioning can shut off while we sleep!  I need the hum of something while I sleep so if the air conditioner is not on, the fan is, and last week we had 2 chilly nights where we slept with the fan on and I got some deep sleeps! I hardly woke up, slept in and overall was a great sleep.  Who doesn’t love a deep sleep?  

Also who doesn’t love waking up to a cat under the blanket on your belly, a cat on top of your pillow curled into your head, and a cat sleeping next to the bed so it can be the first one to rub against your ankles?   I love my babies.. but that’s another post!   Note to self: Start making more cat posts.  They are necessary for a healthy life! 

Can I tell you something about this kale pesto below?  It’s delicious.  Can I tell you something else?  I didn’t know what pesto was until I was in my 20’s.  Noone back at home in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains every muttered the word “pesto”.  We  never had it n my house, friends parents never made it when I was over at their house, it was never offered at the deli counter to dip your crackers in.  So you can imagine how amazed I was to find many years later what pesto was and how good it was.  That is my excuse for the amount of pesto I eat, to catch up on all those years lost!  And I can eat pesto! I can eat it all day!

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LUNA Bar Love + Giveaway

I love LUNA Bars.  Do you? If not, I’m here to hopefully change that because when I find something good I just need to share it! And stick with me to the end where one lucky reader will win a box full! It’s worth it.. trust me!

LUNA Bars come in 3 varieties:  Regular LUNA Bars, Protein Bars, Fiber Bars.  I am a huge fan of the regular bars and protein bars!  How big of a fan? This is my fridge any day that you open it up:

I am alway stocked! I have a container full of bars to grab and go, and always a box in the back just in case I run out! Can you imagine how sad I would be?   You totally don’t have to put them in the fridge, but in the summertime I always prefer them a bit chilled.    My favorite regular LUNA flavors are Chocolate Dipped Coconut, Peanut Honey Pretzel (I’ve made friends now addicted to this) and get ready.. Carrot Cake! It totally tastes like Carrot Cake too, you will love it!  I love them so much that once in Target I got down on the ground, practically on  my stomach as the Carrot Cake bars were on the lowest shelf and rooted my hands around trying to find if there was any left in stock while people walked down the aisle asking me if I was ok. I didn’t look ok. I looked crazed.  I needed my Carrot Cake LUNA Bars!


And if we’re talking delicious, the Chocolate Dipped Coconut bars taste just like Samoa Girl Scout Cookies.  I’m not lying to you, I would never lie about such a  serious subject! These bars are perfect for a quick breakfast in the morning, just grab and eat!

My other favorite are LUNA Protein Bars.  Here are some facts about them:

  • 12 grams of soy and whey protein, 3 grams of fiber
  • Each bar is between 170-190 calories
  • Gluten free
  • Contains the CORE 4 vitamins and minerals essential to women’s health – calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamin D
  • Low glygemic
  • LUNA Protein bars come in 5 delicious flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Cherry Almond, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookie Dough and Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Available for $1.39/bar at natural food stores nationwide and at lunabar.com 

My favorite? The Cookie Dough! No the Chocolate Peanut Butter! No the Mint Chocolate Chip!  My, oh my, I love them all!

Whenever I’m on the go, I always have a Protein bar in my bookbag.  I always carry a book bag by the way.  There’s never books in it though, just a change purse that constantly spills out coins (including non US coins that I never remove from a trip), chapstick that always loses the cap and so many reusable grocery bags you wouldn’t know what to do.   Enough about my messy book bag, back to the Protein bars, I always have them for a pick me up which I often need in the afternoon when out in the city.  


They are great while waiting for a taxi cab to stop for you.


They are great while waiting in never ending lines at Target.  Shopping wears me out!


They are great for a lonely elevator ride up. 


They are perfect for a Sunday walk.


Look at that Cookie Dough! YUM!

Can you tell I’m slightly obsessed?

Also how cool is this?  LUNA launched the “Feed Your Strength…At Work!” contest earlier this year and selected two winners – 4Moms and Yurbuds – to receive a LUNA-fied vending machine and nutrition counseling sessions from LUNA’s in-house nutrition team. Both were selected based on their submission that showed what they were doing as a company to stay happy and healthy in the workplace.  Can you imagine having a LUNA vending machine at your workplace? I’d get to work early for that!

 The “Feed Your Strength…at Work” contest is part of LUNA Bar’s larger “Feed Your Strength” initiative, which launched earlier this year and encourages women to share how they empower themselves in their daily lives. The initiative kicked off with a webisode series called “Debunking the Diet,” which tackles common diet myths and provides women with sound, relatable nutrition advice. The webisodes can be viewed on the LUNA YouTube page.

So what I’m saying is you aren’t already in love with LUNA Bars, I hope this post makes you go try them because they really are a favorite of mine.

If you love them already, or have never tried them – either way, you’re in luck!  LUNA will be giving away one box of Protein Bars to a lucky Brooklyn Farm Girl reader! 

Ways to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling me what LUNA Protein bar flavor you’d like to try:  Chocolate, Chocolate Cherry Almond, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookie Dough or Mint Chocolate Chip
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 September 16th, 2013. 

 

*The giveaway and some products in this post were provided by LUNA. All opinions are my own.*

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie

HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER!  All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe.  You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season.  This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn’t use milk) and great for weightloss.  

This recipe screams SUMMER!  It includes fresh watermelon and strawberries with a touch of lime to create a delicious Summer time smoothie!  Throw everything your blender and you have a fresh Smoothie ready in less than a minute!

HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe. You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season of season. This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Bonus points if you are using fruit from your garden!   If you can’t though, don’t worry,  pick up some watermelon and berries from the farmers market.  If they’re out of season, you can still enjoy this smoothie –  head to the freezer section of your grocery store and pick up frozen watermelon and berries there.

HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe. You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season of season. This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.

I’m going to leave this recipe post short and sweet and let the Smoothie speak for itself.  Enjoy this Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie!
HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe. You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season of season. This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.

Looking for more Smoothie recipes?  Try my Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie and Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie!

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HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER!  All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe.  You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season.  This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.  

 

Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie

HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER!  All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe.  You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season.  This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.  

Course Drinks
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon frozen or fresh
  • 1.5 cups strawberries frozen or fresh – hulled
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ¼ cup water
  • 5 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. If using frozen watermelon and strawberries, defrost in your microwave for 1 minute until slightly soft. If using fresh watermelon and strawberries, defrosting isn’t needed.
  2. Add all fruit, lime juice, mint and water in blender. Blend for about 30 seconds-1 minute until it’s smooth.
  3. Add your ice cubes and blend for about 10 seconds more.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

 And if you liked that recipe, I think you’ll like my Watermelon & Strawberry Lime Mint Popsicles.
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Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family’s favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family's favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!

Who doesn’t like tacos?  Good, I am glad we all love them!

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

I could probably have tacos every single day. There’s so many varieties, so many things I can put on them, so many side dishes that go perfectly (like cilantro lime rice!).  Oh tacos, how are you so great? One of my favorite recipes is Crockpot Chicken Tacos so I was interested in trying other Crockpot taco recipes because let’s be honest, I’m in love with my crockpot (or slow cooker if you must call  it that too).  

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Slow Cooked Pepper Steak Tacos were born!   I was especially happy with these tacos because I got to use garden grown green peppers, onions (are you proud of me?), stewed tomatoes that I made from our tomatoes and then our tomato salsa on top!   These tacos were so fresh! 

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

We were both in love with these tacos when we had them for dinner and since it’s 2 pounds of beef, it’s enough for leftovers – so 2 taco nights in a row?  Yes please!


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This pepper steak is so great smelling!  Just thinking about the smell makes my belly grown with hunger and love.
I dare you to not just take one piece and eat it right away.

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Throw some pepper steak on a tortilla, then add some salsa on top if you’d like.  I added my Garden Tomato Salsa!
Oh, can you wait  to eat these? I cannot!

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family's favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!
I highly suggest taking some of the juices from the crockpot and pouring it on top. This just makes it MORE PERFECT!
Happy Taco Dinner Time!

What’s your favorite toppings for tacos? 

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family's favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword crockpot tacos, pepper steak recipes, slow cooker pepper steak tacos, slow cooker tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 green peppers - chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 14 oz of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cut your beef sirloin into about 2 inch strips.
  2. In a skillet over medium high heat, add your vegetable oil then beef strips. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon garlic powder on top. Brown sirloin strips, then transfer to crockpot.
  3. Mix your beef bouillon cube with the hot water so it dissolves. Then add cornstarch and stir until it's dissolved. Pour this wet mixture into the crockpot.
  4. Add in all the rest of your ingredients.
  5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  6. Serve on flour tortillas or hard shells, garnish with salsa, avocado or whatever else you'd like!

Candy Corn Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious White Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Candy Corn Oreos.  They are perfect for a Halloween seasonal cookie!  These cookies are high on the addictive scale, I dare you to eat just one! 

So let me tell you a secret, maybe it’s not a secret.   Around Halloween  Oreo releases limited edition Candy Corn Oreo Cookies.  They might only be sold at Target, I’m not sure, but that’s the only place I know that sells them.  Last year I went to Target 3 times a week for the entire month of October and they were sold out every single time.  The employees told me people were buying multiple packs. I could not get one.  I was devastated.  So imagine my incredible happiness when I saw them in Target last week.  I started crying in the cookie aisle.  I slid to the ground, cookies in my arm, hugging them tightly, crying out loudly “I LOVE YOU!”.  Target asked me to leave, but first I bought the cookies.  Even the cashier saw the cookies and gave me a look like “girl”.  And I gave her a look back that said “girl”.   That’s a good look by the way.  

Delicious White Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Candy Corn Oreos.  They are perfect for a Halloween seasonal cookie!  These cookies are high on the addictive scale, I dare you to eat just one!

So if you are reading this post, I ask you to PLEASE find these cookies.  Set your goal for the next 2 months to find these Oreo cookies.  They should be very high up there on the priority list.  Actually they should be top priority.  Bills, education, kids, work, whatever.  CANDY CORN OREO COOKIES = #1.

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Here they are, in all their glory.  This is how many was left by the time I got to this recipe.   I’m just going to warn you right now.  I am a crazy Oreo addict when it comes to limited edition like Candy Corn, Gingerbread (omg dont even get me started) and Birthday Cake.  I will eat them all in 1 day.  I am horrible.  I tell Matthew sometimes when he leaves the house to take them with him (seriously).  Or I tell him to hide them.  Then when he leaves I tear the apartment apart to find them.  They make me crazy.  So if you have these cookies in your house, you might go crazy. I mean in a good “these are so delicious I’m going to cry” crazy way. 

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Cream together butter and sugars.

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Stir in your white chocolate chips.  You can use regular chocolate chips if you’d like but I don’t think the appearance of the cookie will be as cute as the brown will be too overwhelming.

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Then break up your Oreo cookies and eat it with a spoon.  HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.  Ok, just take a quick spoonful!

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Then mix the cookies and chocolate chips up good.   Eat it with a spoon.  HAHAHAHAHAH just kidding.  HAHAHAHAHA not kidding at all.    Ok, just take a quick spoonful! I’m sorry, I am a really bad influence.

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Warning, these cookies expand!  Just like they will expand your heart (and other things)  they will get bigger.  This was before..

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This was after baking.  See, how they grew.  I let them cool and then easily ran a knife through to cut them up.  Worked perfect.

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So please make these.  

Thank you Oreo Cookies for all the comfort you’ve given me over the years.
I love you forever,
Pamela

Candy Corn Oreo White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 15 Candy Corn Oreo Cookies - broken up
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together softened butter, sugar, brown sugar.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and continue to mix until all creamed together.
  4. Mix flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  5. Add wet ingredients to flour mixture slowly, mix until well combined.
  6. Stir in broken up Oreo cookies and white chocolate chips until combined.
  7. Place tablespoons of cookie batter on parchment covered baking sheet. Bake for 10-14 minutes, until bottoms are slightly browned.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Eat and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 24 cookies.

Delicious White Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Candy Corn Oreos.  They are perfect for a Halloween seasonal cookie!  These cookies are high on the addictive scale, I dare you to eat just one!

Green Pepper Cheese Bake

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I know you all used to watch Full House.  And I know you all remember Uncle Jessie.  So I know you all know the phrase “Have Mercy.”

So you can imagine my amusement when I pulled this green pepper cheese bake out of the oven and muttered “Have Mercy”.  And then I laughed.  And then I looked around to make sure none of the cats were judging me.  The coast was clear.  I put this green pepper dish on the counter, took a step back and repeated “Have Mercy”.  This right here is a looker, a real beauty, a real head turner.  You get the idea.  It’s glorious.

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I mean, come on, seriously.  Don’t you just want to marry this dish? I do!

The best part of this dish besides the cheese and the cream (haha) is that it’s all vegetables! It’s full of 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach.   It’s like your own vegetable garden that will live in your belly!

This can be a side dish, or a meatless dinner! We had it as our main dinner with garlic bread on the side.  You will need a little bread to soak up that creamy goodness at the bottom, trust me.  You will want it.  

Please (takes your hand) make this dish.  You deserve it.  The world deserves it.  

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!I know, I know, you know it, I love my peppers.  I made this video while taking this picture.  I’m totally sane.


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!Your wonderland of vegetables we’ll be using for this recipe!


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!And to tell you straight up, this corn/tomato/spinach mixture is a great side dish by itself.  I took like 6 spoonfuls before it even went into the casserole dish.


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!Here’s all the steps to get to the top of bake.   Into the oven.. you ready?  Are you sure?

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
HAVE MERCY!

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
This is going in the “YES” section of my recipe book I keep.  

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
And when you have your first bite, I hope you’re sitting! If not, have pillows on the floor!

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
Green Pepper Cheese Bake, I love you.  Dearly.  Truly. Forever.  

Have a great weekend everyone! 

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

Looking for more pepper recipes? Try my stuffed green pepper casserole!

Green Pepper Cheese Bake Casserole

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green peppers - cut up into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups corn kernels -fresh cooked or from a can (not frozen)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 1 cup spinach - chopped up
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in pan over medium heat. Once melted add your tomatoes, spinach and corn and saute to coat everything. Season with salt + pepper.
  2. In a oven safe casserole dish, start to assemble the bake.
  3. Put half of your green peppers at the bottom of the dish.
  4. Put 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  5. Spread your tomatoes/corn/spinach mixture on top.
  6. Put 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  7. Put the remaining half of your green peppers on top.
  8. Put the last 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  9. In a bowl beat eggs, heavy cream and salt + pepper to taste.
  10. Pour this mixture over the top of your bake evenly.
  11. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
  12. Turn your oven down to 350 and bake for 25 more minutes.
  13. Enjoy!

Watermelon & Strawberry Lime Mint Popsicles

I am kinda in love with these popsicles.  And because they are healthy, I can totally eat as many as I want a day with no regrets!  Isn’t that the best?

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These popsicles have watermelon, strawberry, lime and mint in them.  As a sweetener you can leave as is or you can add a little honey (that’s what I did).  With the fruit already sweet, you don’t’ need much additional  honey – a little goes a long way.   And can we talk about how easy they are?  You just throw the ingredients in a food processor, pulse it, pour into popsicle molds and freeze.  Boom, done!   Amazing!

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Cauliflower Casserole

CHEDDAR CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

Ok, we have the 3 C’s here.  Let’s talk about them.

Cheesy – who doesn’t love cheesy dishes (hello Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes!)?  Mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan are my favorites for recipes.  And this recipe has 2 of them in!
Cauliflower – beautiful cauliflower, fresh from the garden, I love you.  You can’t go wrong with cauliflower, you just can’t!
Casserole – I love casseroles.   You put them inside the oven and magic happens.  That’s the only way I can describe it.

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

We love this casserole, especially when we can pick the cauliflower straight from the garden.   We usually have it as our  dinner main dish because it’s pretty filling, especially if you add a piece of crusty bread on the side.   You can also serve the casserole a side dish,  it would be great paired with a meat at the holiday table.  

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

Hope you enjoy!

Update: This recipe now has a video to go along with it! If you like the recipe please share on Facebook!

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DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Steam your cauliflower for 3 minutes, drain.
  3. Add cauliflower into casserole baking dish.
  4. In a bowl stir together your Cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, dried sage, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour everything in your bowl over cauliflower and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
  8. Enjoy!

 

EASY BAKED Onion Rings

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Let’s talk onion rings. We have harvested so many onions our kitchen looks like a onion shop (if that exists).   So after Matthew threw me so many onion ring hints, I took them and promised him onion rings would be made.  These onion rings are so easy to make and so delicious to eat! 

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

This recipe uses creole spice mix which I include in the ingredients list to make your own.  This seasoning is great for meat rubs, rice dishes and soups too.   You can also buy this seasoning mix already made, but you probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen.  If you made this seasoning and put it into mason jars it would be make a awesome gift for fellow cooking lovers.  

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

 

 EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 
Beautiful garden onions.  You guys are very pretty.

Slice them into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Here’s your 3 bowls you need. Regular flour, flour batter mixture and bread crumbs.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Step 1: Dip the onions into flour.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Step 2: Into wet flour mixture. This is very important: Make sure to let them drip to get all the excess off. If you don’t, your bread crumb mixture is going to become clumpy and a mess very quick.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 


Step 3: Dip into bread crumbs.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Into the oven they go…
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

You want to keep a eye on them so they don’t burn. Mine took 16 minutes.  Also you want to flip them midway, I say at the 8 minute mark is good.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

And out of the oven they come. All crispy and brown and gorgeous!
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 


Grab a few Easy Baked Onion Rings and enjoy!  

EASY BAKED Onion Rings

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions - sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon creole spice mix
  • salt + pepper to taste

creole spice mix

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place half or your flour into a bowl.
  3. Mix the other half of flour with milk and beaten egg. Mix in breadcrumbs, creole spice mix, salt + pepper.
  4. One by one, dip your onion into the plain flour mixture.
  5. Next, dip your onion into the flour batter mixture. Let excess batter drip off before moving to the next step.
  6. Next, dip your onion into breadcrumbs so covered.
  7. Put onion slices on parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Cook until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through baking, flip each onion ring so it's baked evenly.

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

 

National Can-It-Forward Day + Ball Canning Giveaway

*The contest has ended – congrats to Jaclyn for winning! Enjoy your canning kit!*

Ball are my favorite mason jars in the entire world.   They are probably your favorite too.  You see the jars all over my recipes, you see them all over my house. The truth is I have a entire shelf dedicated to mason jars. I get so excited when I get a new one.  Each jar might even have a name, I might or might not be kidding.   Leave it to Ball to create the great holiday of National Can-It-Forward Day!  That’s today!  Happy National Can-It-Forward Day everyone!   National Can-It-Forward Day lets everyone share the joy of fresh preserving. Whether you’re new to canning, a Master Canner, or curious to see else you can make with Ball jars,  they have recipes and tips and tricks to help make fresh preserving easy, fun, and creative!  Keep reading because there’s a giveaway for a Ball Canning Discovery  Kit below!

(My favorite half sour pickles!)

If you have a garden then you know how important it is to preserve.   You just grew those tomatoes that took months of love, running trips to the garden in pouring down rain to protect them, and hours of pruning, supporting and picking your tomatoes.  Your goal: Don’t  let one tomato go bad.   Trust me, I know the feeling of picking so many pounds of vegetables in a week that although very exciting,  is also very frightening. What are you going to do with all these fresh and beautiful vegetables that you took care of?  We’re going to preserve it so we can enjoy these tomatoes until next harvest. Fresh spaghetti sauce in December? Sure!  Salsa in January? Sure!  Stewed tomatoes in March? Yes!   Salsas, Jellies, Sauces, Chutneys, Pie Fillings – you can preserve all of this to make your garden seem like it lasts all year!

Canning.   If I had a nickle for every time said they were scared to can, I would have alot of nickles.    There are  2  types of canning, Waterbath Canning and Pressure Canning.  Waterbath Canning can be used to preserve everything I listed above and it’s great for beginners.   Pressure Canning is more advanced and can be used to preserve meats, poultry, vegetables, chili, fish and other low acid foods. My friend sent me a pressure canner as a gift and honestly I was terrified of it   I’m pretty sure she sent it to me because she was terrified of it too.  How many generations before her? I bet this canner is hundreds of years old!  I was told too many stories from Grandmas that said I would lose a eye. I didn’t want to lose a eye.  I have blue eyes, which is becoming rare, only 8% of the world’s population have blue eyes.    Guys, I didn’t lose a eye.  

Waterbath canning is where the magic is at.   There is no need to be scared to waterbath can, it’s easy and you can do it!  It has 3 steps, Prep, Pick, Preserve.  Who doesn’t love the letter P? Who doesn’t love alliteration?    

A leader in home canning, the Ball brand canning has been making fresh preserving products for over 125 years.  To teach cooks the simplicity of canning, Ball brand canning is hosting the third annual National Can-It-Forward Day on Saturday, August 17 (that’s today!).  National Can-It-Forward Day allows home cooks to connect via a national circuit of canning parties and social media activities. New and experienced canners can participate in a live webcast of canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time.  This year renowned chef and Food Network star Ted Allen will be live on site demoing his favorite canning recipes for viewers!   You can find information about how to participate in Can-It-Forward Day at www.FreshPreserving.com. Canners can also join the conversation on 8/17 via Twitter using the hashtag #canitforward.

Please head over to  www.freshpreserving.com to watch the live canning webcast.  I will be tuned in all day to this!   So what are you waiting for? Let’s can it forward! 

The broadcast will begin on Saturday, August 17th at 10am EDT. 
10:00am-10:45am: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper 
10:45am-11:00am: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank 
11:00am-11:45am: Pickles Demo by Rick Fields  
11:45am-12:00pm: Craft Corner with Jordan DeFrank 
12:00pm-1:00pm: Special Guest Host Ted Allen canning and cooking demo 
1:00pm-1:15pm: Cocktails in Ball Jars hosted by Mason Jar NYC Restaurant 
1:15pm-2:00pm: Jam making and water bath canning demo by Jessica Piper 

One lucky reader will receive Ball’s Canning Discovery Kit which is designed to demystify the home canning process and make fresh preserving accessible for even the most novice canner. You’ll also receive some other getting started items!  How awesome is that?  

To enter:

Leave a comment below telling me what you’d like to can.
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! 
Giveaway is only open to US residents.  Contest ends  Monday August 26th, 2013. 

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