One of my favorite breakfasts is whole grain granola with yogurt and fruit. It’s something that I never get tired of, and granola is easy to take with me. It’s a great snack and perfect for a healthy breakfast when I’m traveling if I’m not sure whether or not the breakfast is something I can eat – you can almost always get yogurt. I like to add fresh fruit to it, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, peaches – whatever I happen to have on hand. In less than 5 minutes I’ve got a delicious breakfast that’s full of protein fiber and healthy fats. One of my favorite granolas is a gluten free one from Van’s foods. I love it because it’s soft and chewy, but it’s also expensive. This granola recipe is just as good, cheaper to make and something I can whip up in no time! I keep a very close eye on mine so that I don’t overcook it. It’s fine when it’s crunchy, but my preference is the soft and chewy granola, so I don’t cook mine for very long. If you prefer a little crunchier granola, just cook it a little longer. This is perfect for breakfast or a snack, it’s filled with essential fats and has 3 grams of fiber per serving!
Wendy’s on a one dish kick right now (who can blame her, nobody likes dishes, and these are fabulous recipes), and I’m back to finding new recipes to use ripe bananas for. Since bananas are only eaten fresh in our house if they’re still green, sometimes we have an overabundance of bananas to use. These muffins hit the spot. It’s a very simple recipe, all you need is a blender or food processor to mix it in, and you’re ready to go. It doesn’t even require flour since it uses oats that are ground up while you’re mixing up the batter. The yogurt gives it protein and a delicious richness. These muffins are seriously fabulous. I’m going to have a hard time eating just one, I think my husband might have to hide the rest!
My husband and I recently went tuna fishing with his parents. It wasn’t the best fishing trip. I don’t have the patience for fishing (it’s so boring), and the seas were a bit rough, so half of us got seasick. We also didn’t catch anything. What it did do, was give me the desire to have some grilled tuna. The first recipe I wanted to try was this one with mango salsa. Fish and fruit go well together since the fish is usually mild and the sweet and juicy fruit sets it off nicely. This is really wonderful and so simple to make. Just make sure you don’t over cook the tuna. It’s easy to do, and it’ll turn out really dry. The center of the tuna should be a little pink still. Give this tuna and mango salsa a try. It’s perfect for a date night with your significant other – add some grilled vegetables and you’ve got an elegant and delicious meal.
What’s better on a lazy weekend that brunch with some pancakes? These blueberry pancakes hit the spot. They’re simple and delicious with whole wheat flour and blueberries. You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in these pancakes – whichever you have on hand. I used frozen blueberries, so I poured each pancake onto the griddle and then dropped the blueberries into the batter. Making these pancakes with whole grain flour adds nutrients, including fiber to these pancakes. If you’re not so sure about using whole wheat flour, the trick is to make sure it’s finely ground. If the flour is finely ground, it won’t be grainy. Some whole wheat flours are also lighter than others, so if you have a picky eater, use a lighter whole wheat flour – they’ll never know! Give these delicious pancakes a try, they’ll be a family favorite after the first breakfast. They’re perfect with a little butter, syrup or just some plain yogurt on top.
It’s now apple season, so it’s a perfect time to try out new apple recipes. These apple roses are just the thing. They are simple to make, especially since they use ready-to-bake puff pastry. But they turn out so beautiful every time! The bright red apple peel creates a beautiful rose but the puff pastry holds it all together. Dipping apples in lemon juice prevents them from turning brown. This works with apples or bananas, just dip them in any citrus juice (lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit works just as well). The best apples for this are slightly tart, since the apricot preserves is a little sweet so the balance is just perfect. Give these apple roses a try – they’re simple and easy but beautiful and delicious.
I love to have fruit in my oatmeal. It’s a much better way to sweeten oatmeal without actually adding sugar. I ran across this overnight oatmeal recipe recently and just had to try it. You don’t even have to cook it, there’s no crockpot involved or anything. Just mix it up and stick it in the fridge. I doubled the recipe, but if you make just one portion, all you have to do is just stick the ingredients into the pint jar and shake it up. The next morning, add the fruit and eat! You can add the raspberries (or any type of fruit you’d like) the night before, or the morning you eat it. Since I added bananas, I added all my fruit right before I ate it so the bananas wouldn’t be gross. I’m in love with this recipe, it’s so easy and delicious! It’s one that’s perfect for busy nights and days, and everyone (even the kids) will love it.
Bittersweet chocolate is perfect for this raspberry torte. Since it’s not overly sweet, it’s not too rich or overpowering. It’s also a mild chocolate, so it’s not too much for those who aren’t big chocolate fans. The cake is light and delicious and is paired with sweet and succulent fresh raspberries with raspberry jam. Even though there is a little all purpose flour, it’s easy to make this gluten free by just substituting the all purpose flour for an all purpose gluten free flour. There isn’t a lot of flour in this cake, and there isn’t any baking powder, but the beaten eggs work as a perfect leavening agent. The resulting cake is light and tender. You can also make this cake in one cake pan, if you don’t have two (or if you don’t want to wash two pans). Just slice the finished cake in half and then add the raspberry jam for filing. While you can make this without the butter in the cake, adding butter (or lard or shortening) to the chocolate when it melts helps it to melt more evenly. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler if you’re not pressed for time and have patience. Otherwise, just use a glass bowl or measuring cup in the microwave, making sure to stir frequently. This delicious cake will definitely become a household favorite with the delicious chocolate and sweet, fresh raspberries on top.
A pork roast is a great meal. You can feed a lot of people with a single cut of meat that is easy to prepare. It a great meat to put in the crockpot and have a tender and moist meal ready to go in the evening. This pork roast is delicious. It’s basted with a black tea reduction to keep it moist. While the recipe calls for baking it, the roast could also be cooked in a slow cooker crock pot with the glaze. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can brine the pork loin and then grill it (making sure to baste it with the glaze every 10 minutes). Brining the pork helps it to keep moist and tender when grilling. Another great thing about pork is that it is mild enough that something dark and full of flavor like this blackberry sweet tea sauce is perfect – it’s not overpowering but it adds a delicious flavor.
Cheesecake is a classic in our house. It’s one of my husband’s favorite desserts. In fact, we had cheesecake at our wedding. It’s not something that I make all that often, however, because the two of us have to eat the whole thing. While I don’t mind eating the whole thing, it’s not good for either of us. The answer is these delicious mini cheesecakes. I use foil muffin cups and don’t even bother with a muffin pan. Then, we keep a couple out for dessert and freeze the rest. Simple defrost them in the fridge (or pop them in the microwave for a few seconds) and add your favorite topping. While these ones have blueberry topping, you can have plain cheesecake, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, caramel apple…the list is endless. If you don’t want to make all of that topping, just make the cheesecakes and then top with a dollop of your favorite jam before you eat it. These are really easy to make and really delicious. The individual portion sizes makes it easy to get enough to satisfy without going overboard.
It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to vegetables. Whether it’s having the same vegetables over and over, or fixing them the same way every time. These Brussels sprouts are definitely different and delicious. They are lightly roasted, just enough to be tender, and then tossed with pomegranate seeds and walnuts. If you like a little more pomegranate flavor, you can add 3 tablespoons of pomegranate syrup to the salad. It makes it even more delicious, but the syrup can be a little difficult to find. Don’t worry, it’s still incredible as it is. This is a salad that’s perfect for a side dish. It’s easy and beautiful, but without too many points. It’s also great for someone who is watching their carb intake, since it’s so low in carbohydrates but high in fiber. All in all, it’s a delicious combination – tasty and healthy!
Fresh fruit is one of the best things about summer. Peaches were particularly good this year, and I just had some that were really wonderful – juicy and ripe. I just had to try these peach crisp. Typically I make apple or rhubarb crisp and peach cobber, so I thought I’d change it up with this peach crisp. It’s just as delicious as apple crisp or peach cobbler. It is so simple to make that dessert is ready in no time. Depending on how sweet your peaches are depends on how much sugar you’ll add to the fruit. Since peaches are a zero points plus food, it make this a delicious dessert. It’s sweet and hits the spot without breaking the points bank. Also, if you’re new to peeling peaches, there’s an easy way to do it. Just dunk the peaches in boiling water for about 30-45 seconds then submerge in ice water. The skins should just slide right off. It helps make this a perfect recipe for a quick and easy dessert.
Healthy Chinese fast food recipes are always popular in my house. The kids love them, the husband loves them, and I love them. So, I’m often experimenting with making lighter and healthier versions of our restaurant favorites. This Orange Beef recipe is a great one to try! The sauce is rich, fresh and flavorful, yet still very light. If I’m making it for just me and my husband, I’ll add in some crushed red pepper flakes to give it a spicy kick. It also works nicely with some bell pepper strips and or zucchini chunks – which is a great way to bulk it up some more, too. Served over fresh steamed brown rice, this is one seriously satisfying meal.