Easy Peasy 4 Ingredient Berry Cobbler

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I have to admit, I am not one for sweets.  I really prefer salty snacks over baked sweets or ice cream treats , but the other day I found myself rummaging through my kitchen freezer and came across half a bag of frozen blueberries, half a bag of frozen strawberries and half a container of vanilla frozen yogurt.

I knew these ingredients had potential for some deliciousness, but upon doing a little research, I came across one of the most simplest, most appealing recipes to use them up and the result was the easiest and most delicious desserts I have ever made.

And as you might have guessed it…my brood ate it up with no complaints.

4 INGREDIENT BERRY COBBLER

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups berries (fresh or frozen) ex: blueberries;strawberries;medley, etc.

1/2 cup sugar

1 box yellow cake mix (lemon is great too for a nice switch up!)

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

2. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together the berries & sugar. Spread the berry/sugar mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Whisk together the cake mix & melted butter; sprinkle over the berries.

3. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

4. Serve warm or room temperature with or without ice cream or whipped topping.

Try it yourself and tell me what you think.

4 Ingredient Berry Cobbler
Serves 8
Ridiculously simple berry cobbler the whole family will love.
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453 calories
68 g
32 g
19 g
3 g
8 g
154 g
433 g
16 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
154g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453
Calories from Fat 170
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g
30%
Saturated Fat 8g
42%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 32mg
11%
Sodium 433mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 68g
23%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
61%
Calcium
10%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups berries (fresh or frozen) ex: blueberries;strawberries;medley, etc.
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 1 box yellow cake mix (lemon is great too for a nice switch up!)
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Mix together the berries & sugar. Spread the berry/sugar mixture into the bottom of your baking dish. Whisk together the cake mix & melted butter; sprinkle over the berries.
  3. 3.Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.
Notes
  1. Great served warm with your favorite ice cream.
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Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

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by Liz

I have received a few emails regarding my breakfast sandwiches, so I thought I would share with you my ingredient list and process for this super easy, money saver.

Just by comparing a couple of lower priced store alternatives, compared to making these breakfast sandwiches at home, you can save quite a bit of money and make yourself a hearty, healthy start to any day.

Aldi breakfast sandwich, 4 ct. for $2.99 = 75 cents a sandwich.

Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sandwich 8 ct for $10.79 =1.35 a sandwich (Wal-Mart)

Homemade sandwich = 39 cents a sandwich

(All prices below are from Aldi)

Eggs .70/12= .06

Bagels $1.00/6= .17

Cheese $2.49/24= .10

Ham $2.99/50= .06

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Ingredients:

1 package of 6 bagels (your choice of flavor)

½ dozen large eggs

Salt and pepper

12 thinly sliced pieces of deli ham

6 processed cheese slices (such as Kraft, Borden or store brand)

Directions:

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1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, open and spread out bagels to ensure even toasting. 

2. Toast bagels in oven 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. (You don’t want a dark toast on these, just a very light toast) Set aside and let cool.

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3. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, you want to cook your eggs. Lightly salt and pepper your eggs while in the pan and cook to desired consistency. Set aside and let cool.

4. Add 1 slice of deli ham to each piece of bagel until each piece is covered.

5. Add 1 slice of cheese to one ½ of each sandwich and then add 1 egg to other half.

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6. Close sandwich, wrap individually and store in fridge up to a week or freezer for up to 3 months.

7. Reheat in microwave 20 to 30 seconds.

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Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches
Yields 6
Make yourself a hearty and healthy breakfast for on the go at a fraction of the price.
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643 calories
60 g
449 g
26 g
40 g
11 g
294 g
1639 g
1 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
294g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 643
Calories from Fat 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 11g
55%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 449mg
150%
Sodium 1639mg
68%
Total Carbohydrates 60g
20%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 1g
Protein 40g
Vitamin A
17%
Vitamin C
4%
Calcium
29%
Iron
22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of 6 bagels (your choice of flavor)
  2. ½ dozen large eggs
  3. Salt and pepper
  4. 12 thinly sliced pieces of deli ham
  5. 6 processed cheese slices (such as Kraft, Borden or store brand)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, open and spread out bagels to ensure even toasting.
  2. Toast bagels in oven 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. (You don’t want a dark toast on these, just a very light toast) Set aside and let cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, over medium heat, you want to cook your eggs. Lightly salt and pepper your eggs while in the pan and cook to desired consistency. Set aside and let cool.
  4. Add 1 slice of deli ham to each piece of bagel until each piece is covered.
  5. Add 1 slice of cheese to one ½ of each sandwich and then add 1 egg to other half.
  6. Close sandwich, wrap individually and store in fridge up to a week or freezer for up to 3 months.
  7. Reheat in microwave 20 to 30 seconds.
Lower calorie option
  1. Swap out regular bagels for thinly sliced bagels or low calorie English muffins.
  2. Use egg whites (make sure you save your yolks in fridge or freezer for future use).
  3. Use only ½ a processed cheese slice per sandwich.
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** A few notes:

 As for the bread component for these sandwiches, you can use whatever you like, bagels, English muffins, rolls, sandwich buns, Texas toast, etc… I don’t recommend thinly sliced sandwich bread as it tends to break easily and just makes a mess.

This goes for your meat option as well, ham slices are the cheapest, however, you can easily swap it out for bacon or sausage.

When it comes to cooking the eggs; personally, when eating fried eggs, I enjoy a runny yolk, but that really tends to get messy when eating this sandwich so I recommend breaking your yolks during the cooking process or cooking them to over hard. 

When choosing cheese slices for your sandwiches; I would not generally recommend processed cheese slices for many recipes, unlike real cheese, but the processed stuff seems to melt the best giving you a nice creamy flavor and texture.

Finally, if you choose to freeze your breakfast sandwiches, I highly recommend that a night or two before eating, you thaw what you need in the fridge. I have tried to reheat these sandwiches straight from the freezer and it takes almost 2 minutes, thereby; re-cooking some of the components and it makes the flavor and texture of the sandwich less than desirable.

***EXTRA NOTE:

If you are watching your calories, like me, simply swap out regular bagels for thinly sliced bagels or low calorie English muffins.

Use egg whites (make sure you save your yolks in fridge or freezer for future use).

Use only ½ a processed cheese slice per sandwich.

Sheppard’s Pie

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Growing up, I was finally introduced to this New England menu staple quite some time after my family had moved from New York to Massachusetts, however, it did not take long for it to become one of my mom’s most popular dishes. I am happy to say that, this classic dish remains popular with my own crew as they ask for it often.

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds of potatoes, boiled and drained

¾ cup of milk

¼ cup margarine

1 teaspoon of salt

½ teaspoon of pepper

½ tablespoon garlic powder

1 pound ground turkey or beef

½ cup onion, diced

1-14 ounce can of creamed corn

1-12 ounce bag of frozen corn

Directions:

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1. In a large, non-stick skillet, add diced onion and saute on medium to high heat until translucent, about 3 minutes.

2. Add turkey or beef  to onions and cook until browned. Use a fork to mash occasionally, to help the meat crumble and incorporate the onions.

3. Turn off heat and set aside.

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4. In a large bowl, add potatoes, and then break up potatoes with a potato masher until well smashed.

5. Add margarine, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder to potatoes and stir until well combined and the margarine has melted.

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6. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non cooking spray and add meat mixture to baking dish.

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7. Gently spread creamed corn on top of the meat mixture, then layer the frozen corn on top of the creamed corn.

8. Spread mashed potato mixture on top of all and spread to coat entire baking dish.

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9. Bake, covered with foil in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

10. Uncover and cook additional 20 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.

11. Serve hot.

Once it came out of the oven, my crew had attacked it so unfortunately, there are no pictures finished product.
Enjoy the printable recipe card below.




Sheppard's Pie
Serves 8
A classic New England staple that you and your family will love.
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311 calories
26 g
61 g
16 g
19 g
4 g
223 g
407 g
4 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
223g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311
Calories from Fat 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
24%
Saturated Fat 4g
19%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 61mg
20%
Sodium 407mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 4g
Protein 19g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
13%
Calcium
7%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ pounds of potatoes, boiled and drained
  2. ¾ cup of milk
  3. ¼ cup margarine
  4. 1 teaspoon of salt
  5. ½ teaspoon of pepper
  6. ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  7. 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  8. ½ cup onion, diced
  9. 1-14 ounce can of creamed corn
  10. 1-12 ounce bag of frozen corn
Instructions
  1. In a large, non-stick skillet, add diced onion and sauté on medium to high heat until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add turkey or beef to onions and cook until browned. Use a fork to mash occasionally, to help the meat crumble and incorporate the onions.
  3. Turn off heat and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add potatoes, and then break up potatoes with a potato masher until well smashed.
  5. Add margarine, milk, salt, pepper and garlic powder to potatoes and stir until well combined and the margarine has melted.
  6. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with non cooking spray and add meat mixture to baking dish.
  7. Gently spread creamed corn on top of the meat mixture, then layer the frozen corn on top of the creamed corn.
  8. Spread mashed potato mixture on top of all and spread to coat entire baking dish.
  9. Bake, covered with foil in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.
  10. Uncover and cook additional 20 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.
  11. Serve hot.
Notes
  1. I used ground turkey for my recipe but you can certainly use ground beef as well, however, you may need to drain the beef, before adding it to your baking pan.
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Rosemary and Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

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By Liz

In our house, we have never met a potato we did not like. While baked and mashed are a huge hit with my crew, whenever I make roasted potatoes, there is never a crumb left. I am sharing with you, one of my family’s favorite roasted potato recipes; give it a try sometime, I am sure it will become one of your family’s favorites as well!

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Ingredients:

2 pounds potatoes, cubed into 1” pieces

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon kosher salt

½ tablespoon ground black pepper

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped

¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

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2. Under cool running water, scrub and clean potatoes.  Pat dry and dice into 1” (or close as you can) pieces and place in large bowl.

3. Add olive oil, salt, pepper and toss until well combined . You are just looking for your potatoes to be lightly coated.

4. Add in chopped rosemary and cheese and toss again until well coated.

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5. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a foil lined sheet pan (this makes for an easy clean up) that has been sprayed with non-stick coating.

6. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until desired crispness has been achieved.

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7. Serve hot and enjoy!




Rosemary Parmesan Potatoes
Serves 8
An easy and tasty potato recipe the whole family will enjoy.
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161 calories
21 g
2 g
8 g
3 g
1 g
126 g
933 g
1 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
126g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161
Calories from Fat 67
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 2mg
1%
Sodium 933mg
39%
Total Carbohydrates 21g
7%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
5%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds potatoes, cubed into 1” pieces
  2. ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  4. ½ tablespoon ground black pepper
  5. 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  6. ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Under cool running water, scrub and clean potatoes. Pat dry and dice into 1” (or close as you can) pieces and place in large bowl.
  3. Add olive oil, salt, pepper and toss until well combined . You are just looking for your potatoes to be lightly coated.
  4. Add in chopped rosemary and cheese and toss again until well coated.
  5. Spread potatoes in a single layer on a foil lined sheet pan (this makes for an easy clean up) that has been sprayed with non-stick coating.
  6. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes or until desired crispness has been achieved.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy!
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carbs
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Simple Strawberry Dip

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By Liz
This is the easiest strawberry dip you will ever make and is wonderful to serve during strawberry season.

There is no shortage of summer seasonal produce in New England, and when I lived there, every summer I would take the kids strawberry picking at one of the local farms. Needless to say, we would wind up with an abundance of strawberries.

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Even after making several containers of strawberry freezer jam, strawberry muffins, strawberry shortcakes, strawberry pancakes, it always seemed like we would barely put a dent in this wonderful, summer fruit and I would have to eventually throw out this summer splendor.

Then I came up with this recipe when I was hosting one of my kid’s birthday parties at the house and thankfully, it was a huge hit with kids and adults and just like that…the rest of my strawberries disappeared.

Don’t be fooled by the name though, you could use this dip with any berry: raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, or any combination of those mentioned.

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So here is my simple and delicious recipe:
1 cup Marshmallow Fluff
1 cup whipped cream cheese

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1. Combine both ingredients in a medium bowl and blend until well combined.
2. Chill, serve and enjoy!

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You could also use this recipe, spread on some graham crackers and sprinkle on your favorite fruit, serve open faced or sandwich style.  Please enjoy the printable recipe card below.

Simple Strawberry Dip
Serves 12
The easiest and most delicious fruit dip you will ever want to make.
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26 calories
4 g
4 g
1 g
0 g
1 g
9 g
4 g
3 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
9g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 26
Calories from Fat 10
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 4mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 4g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of Marshmallow Fluff
  2. 1 cup of whipped cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Combine both ingredients in a medium bowl and blend until well combined.
  2. Chill and serve.
Notes
  1. Use with any kind of summer berry or summer berry medley.
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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon

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By Liz

This is a light and easy side dish that will go great with any meal.

Ingredients:

lemon-cauliflower-011 head of cauliflower, rinsed

1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Grated Parmesan cheese, optional

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Directions:

1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.

2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.

3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.

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4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).

5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.

6. Discard lemon wedges; serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

Enjoy the printable recipe card below.

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Sauteed Cauliflower with Lemon
Serves 6
A light and easy side dish, bursting with flavor.
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75 calories
7 g
1 g
5 g
2 g
1 g
125 g
69 g
2 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
125g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 75
Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 69mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 7g
2%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
97%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 head of cauliflower, rinsed
  2. 1 – 2 small lemons rinsed and cut into ¼ size wedges
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Grated Parmesan cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Rinse and core the head of cauliflower.
  2. Rough cut cauliflower into large bite size chunks.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium to high heat.
  4. Add cauliflower and saute until edges are slightly browned on all sides, stirring occasionally, about 15 to 20 minutes or until cauliflower is fork tender (if cauliflower starts to stick to pan add ½ teaspoon of water to loosen it up).
  5. Add lemon wedges and salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to let the juices and oils release from the lemons.
  6. Discard lemon wedges before serving.
Notes
  1. Serve hot with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
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Hearty Rustic Pork Ragu

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This hearty and delicious recipe is packed with vibrant flavors and is a great way to sneak vegetables in if you have picky eaters.

Not only is this meal great for those cold chilly days, but it is also great for the summer when you’re cooking for a crowd and don’t want to heat your kitchen up by turning on the oven.

This is one of those great meals you can assemble in the morning and don’t have to touch until it is time to be served and on busy days…who doesn’t love that?

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Ingredients:

2-3 pounds pork roast or tenderloin

1 large onion, chopped

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped

3 ribs of celery, rinsed and chopped

1 medium bell pepper, chopped

4 -5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

3 cups spaghetti sauce

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Directions:

1. Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.

2. Rough cut all the vegetables into bite size pieces and place on the bottom of the slow cooker add seasonings.

3. Add pork roast on top of the bed of vegetables add an additional sprinkle of salt and pepper over the pork.

4. Pour spaghetti sauce over pork and vegetables (do not stir).

5. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.

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6. Remove pork and break pork into bite size pieces or shred; then add back to pot and stir.

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7. Serve hot, over desired cooked pasta or over bread.

This is a favorite in our house and even though we have a large family, believe it or not, we always have leftovers with this  hearty meal and no one seems to mind having it for lunch the following day. So the next time you are looking for a crowd pleasing, satisfying easy dish to make, give this one a try and enjoy the recipe card below.

Hearty Rustic Pork Ragu
Serves 8
A crowd pleasing, hearty, delicious and thrifty dinner for anytime of the year.
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320 calories
13 g
114 g
11 g
41 g
3 g
311 g
802 g
8 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
311g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 320
Calories from Fat 95
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
16%
Saturated Fat 3g
15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 114mg
38%
Sodium 802mg
33%
Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 8g
Protein 41g
Vitamin A
84%
Vitamin C
41%
Calcium
6%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2-3 pounds pork roast or tenderloin
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  4. 3 ribs of celery, rinsed and chopped
  5. 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  6. 4 -5 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced
  7. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  8. 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  9. ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  10. 3 cups spaghetti sauce
Instructions
  1. Spray a 6 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray.
  2. Rough cut all the vegetables into bite size pieces and place on the bottom of the slow cooker add seasonings.
  3. Add pork roast on top of the bed of vegetables add an additional sprinkle of salt and pepper over the pork.
  4. Pour spaghetti sauce over pork and vegetables (do not stir).
  5. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours.
  6. Remove pork and break pork into bite size pieces or shred; then add back to pot and stir.
Notes
  1. Serve hot, over desired cooked pasta or over bread.
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Drunken Strawberries for Two

drunken-strawberries-01By Liz

So what to do with all of those strawberries this summer? Here is a decadent recipe if you will be entertaining (recipe can easily scaled for more than 2 people) or if you just want a nice, uncomplicated dessert for the just the two of you.

*Please note, this recipe is not recommended for anyone under the age of 21.

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Ingredients:

½ pound of strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced in half

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon Grand Marnier

1 ½ teaspoon Imperial Granulated Sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoons Confectioners Sugar

1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract or Almond Extract

Fresh lemon or orange zest, optional

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Directions:

1. In a medium sized bowl, combine strawberries, lemon juice, Grand Marnier and sugar.

2. Gently toss to coat evenly, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours (gently tossing occasionally).

3. While chilling prepare the whip cream. Pour the cream into a well-chilled bowl and add the sugar and vanilla. Using an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk beat the cream to the desired consistency.

4. When ready to serve, using slotted spoon to retrieve strawberries,  spoon an  even amount into 2 cups, bowls or glasses. Top with approximately 2 tablespoons of whip cream on top of each and garnish with fresh lemon or orange zest.

* Note: the key to really good whip cream that holds its consistency is that it needs to be really cold. I highly recommend pre chilling the bowl you will be using to whip it in and make sure the cream has been sufficiently chilled.

Drunken Strawberries for Two
Serves 2
A light, simple and elegant dessert.
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306 calories
23 g
82 g
22 g
2 g
14 g
221 g
26 g
16 g
0 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
221g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306
Calories from Fat 197
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g
35%
Saturated Fat 14g
69%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 82mg
27%
Sodium 26mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 3g
12%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
138%
Calcium
6%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. ½ pound of strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced in half
  2. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  3. 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  4. 1 ½ teaspoon granulated sugar
  5. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  6. 1 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  7. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  8. Fresh lemon or orange zest, optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine strawberries, lemon juice, Grand Marnier and sugar.
  2. Gently toss to coat evenly, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes but no longer than 24 hours (gently tossing occasionally).
  3. While chilling prepare the whip cream. Pour the cream into a well-chilled bowl and add the sugar and vanilla. Using an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk beat the cream to the desired consistency.
  4. When ready to serve, using slotted spoon to retrieve strawberries, spoon an even amount into 2 cups, bowls or glasses. Top with approximately 2 tablespoons of whip cream on top of each and garnish with fresh lemon or orange zest.
Notes
  1. Not intended for anyone under 21 years of age.
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protein
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Savory Green Onion and Garlic Quinoa

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By Liz

I have to admit, it took me awhile to get on board with the quinoa craze. Unfortunately when it first hit the scene many of the brands that were offering this healthy grain up to the masses had very crude or rustic packaging and every time I would look at a bag in the store, I would just immediately feel like millennial hippies were trying to pass off dirt as a food source.

The first time I tried it, I had followed the directions on the package.  I did not add anything to it, as I wanted to have a discernible base. To my surprise, I enjoyed the texture, it was very close to couscous and the even though, somewhat unappealing without flavoring, the quinoa was light and neutral enough that I knew it would easily take on the flavors of any other ingredients I would add, very similar to cooking rice.

On a side note, like rice, the grain expands, so if you have leftovers,  this grain can easily be frozen.

Here is my recipe for a savory quinoa, which can be served as a side dish as is or sprinkled with your favorite cheese, added to soup or used to make a lunch or dinner bowl by adding some veggies, beans, avocados, grilled chicken, etc…

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Green Onion and Garlic Quinoa

Ingredients:

1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained

1 ½ tsp. chicken base or 2 cups Chicken Broth

2 cups water (omit if using chicken broth)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 stalks of green onion, thinly sliced

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. pepper

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Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, add water, chicken base, garlic and onion.

2. Bring to a boil.

3. Add quinoa, salt and pepper.

4. Stir well to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds.

5. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

6. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.

7. Serve warm.

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Enjoy the simple recipe card below.

Savory Green Onion & Garlic Quinoa
Serves 8
A healthy and nutritious side dish or base.
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82 calories
14 g
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1 g
3 g
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86 g
152 g
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1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
86g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 82
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
2%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 152mg
6%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 0g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
2%
Calcium
2%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  2. 1 ½ tsp. chicken base or 2 cups chicken broth
  3. 2 cups water (omit if using chicken broth)
  4. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 2 stalks of green onion, thinly sliced
  6. ½ tsp. salt
  7. ½ tsp. pepper
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, add water, chicken base, garlic and onion.
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add quinoa, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir well to combine all ingredients, about 30 seconds.
  5. Lower heat to simmer, cover and cook 15 to 20 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  6. 6. Remove from heat and fluff with fork.
  7. . Serve warm.
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Proper

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By Liz

This article is really a miscellaneous article for me, because, let’s face it…it’s peanut butter and jelly, who doesn’t know how to make this age old, beloved sandwich?

I had recently gathered one evening with a group at my church that gets together once a month to make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter. I watched this well oiled machine of about 20 people make up almost a five hundred sandwiches in about 20 minutes. One of the sandwiches they make is PB &J, I noticed however, they were not making this simple sandwich correctly.



When I came home that evening I happened to be watching the news and during one of the breaks was a commercial for a kitchen design store…I think, and the well, cinematographed ad depicted a girl in this beautiful kitchen making a PB &J sandwich for her mother. As the camera looked down on her making the sandwich, I noticed again, it was being made incorrectly.

This may sound like rantings of a crazy woman, who has nothing better to do with her time than obsess over how one makes a PB &J sandwich, but in today’s world of “foodies” and endless streams of reality cooking shows, I figure the least society can do is learn to make a proper Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.

What you need:

A clean, dry flat surface.

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Two clean butter knives.  You don’t want to “cross contaminate” your condiments.

Your favorite creamy peanut butter.  You could use chunky, but it tends to be harder to spread and you are more apt to rip the bread while spreading.

Your favorite jelly. Grape is best and the most traditional, but you could use strawberry as well.

Sandwich bread. Plain old white bread is customary. Wheat, sandwich bread is acceptable too, but please, no tortillas, bagels or any fancy shmancy artisanal bread, let’s not re-invent the wheel here people…it’s PB&J for pity’s sake!

Directions:

1. Place 2 slices of bread on your clean, flat surface.

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2. Take 1 clean butter knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and spread on one slice of bread. Repeat with other slice of bread. (This creates a barrier so the jelly won’t soak through the bread, making your sandwich really soggy, really quickly).

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3. Take the other clean knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of jelly and spread on which ever slice of bread you desire.

4. Close sandwich by marrying the condiment sides together.

5. Eat, and enjoy this childhood favorite!

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And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen; Peanut Butter and Jelly Proper.

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*Just a side note to my New England peeps…the same application is to be applied to a Fluffernutter sandwich as well. Just replace Marshmallow Fluff for the jelly.