Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Good Mornin Fruit Smoothie (with video)

 
Watch this video for a quick, easy, delicious and healthy breakfast for the family.
 
All you need are  frozen strawberries, a banana, some OJ, yogurt. This makes a thick smoothie. To thin, add a little milk or more juice. Also, I ended up adding a full cup of frozen berries for more berry flavor.
 
Enjoy!
 
 
 

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Strawberry Topped Suzi Q Cake


If you want to WOW someone special, try this show-stopper recipe (actually, after you serve this one, no one will remember there even WAS a show!) This is one of my most requested desserts.
PERFECT for your VALENTINE, or any special occasion.
The basic Suzi-Q cake recipe can be found here, but don't despair--it starts with a cake mix. (Or use your own chocolate cake recipe if you have the time and energy). After preparing the cake, for the topping I dipped fresh strawberries in melted chocolate (a bag of Kroger brand semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted in the microwave). Be sure to wash and DRY the berries well before dipping.) I finished it off with chocolate syrup drizzle.

*The original recipe called for Milk Chocolate frosting on the sides. I used WHIPPED chocolate frosting for this one. 

Here is a video of me preparing this wonderful cake. Give it a try!


Enjoy!

Friday, December 6, 2013

PEPPERMINT PUNCH



The gorgeous photo and delicious punch was found on tasteofhome.com, so I made it to serve in the teacher's lounge at my school. LOTS of recipe requests for this refreshing and festive punch.

2 liters of lemon-lime soda
1 10 oz. jar of strawberry jelly
2 quarts peppermint ice cream (I used Kroger brand)
candy canes *Optional

Heat jelly in 2 cups of the soda on stove till jelly is melted. Set aside to cool.
When cooled, add to punch bowl, along with ice cream and soda--stir well.

You can place candy canes on the side of the bowl, and/or on the side of the cup it's served in, like I did in this photo.

YUM!

Friday, November 22, 2013

SUPER KALE SALAD for a crowd



Since I work at an elementary school, I have my summers free. Since I have more time on my hands, I like to try new recipes or food  that I've never tried before, and I've been doing that  lately.

With summertime heat and humidity in full swing here in southern Illinois, I  also like to find as many recipes that  I can that don't  require any or much cooking time using the  added heat from the stove or oven.We grill often in the summer, and we also eat lots of salads.

As I you know, I DON'T like diet food, but I do enjoy natural ,healthy food and try to balance my splurges, with plenty of good-for-me food too.  This salad is just that; no-cook, healthy, interesting and VERY tasty!

I have NEVER used kale  before, if you can believe that. I thought I'd give this recipe a try, since it received rave reviews on ALLRECIPES.COM. A full 5stars, and now I know why. (When my hubs who is NOT of fan of healthy says, "this is GOOD!", you  know you have a keeper--The recipe AND the hubs!)

Change things up a bit and give this one a try-- you'll be glad you did.

I call this  SUPER SALAD because it is FILLED with THE most nutritious ingredients-- KALE topping the list as one of the best foods out there! Unusually high in Fiber (great for dieters), full of Calcium, Vitamin A & C, just to name a few nutrients.  You can click here for more KALE info. It's impressive!

Check out the rest of the ingredients, and you'll see more super foods included.  Always remember to at least TRY to purchase organic fruits and vegetables, so you don't cancel out their benefits by the pesticides sprayed on them  that are nearly impossible to wash off.

This recipe makes a crunchy, sweet/tart blend for at least 10 or more guests.

 ENJOY!


You will need:

3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp.  pepper
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Mix dressing well, and set aside.



I bunch of Kale
1/4 red onion, sliced thin (I used green onion)
1 cup carrots, shredded (I diced mine)
2/3 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup Craisins (or raisins)
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
8 oz.  frozen  shelled edamame, thawed and drained

Mix altogether and pour 1/2 of the dressing over salad and mix well and let set at least 4 hours (even overnight)  before serving. You can serve it sooner, but the longer it sets, the flavors blend perfectly and the kale because softer.

When ready to serve, you can add the rest of the dressing on the side.







Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My Big, Fat, Mexican Salad


Last night I decided to throw together a huge Mexican Salad. My daughter-n-law Sol said it was her second favorite recipe that I make (second only to my Mexican Soup!).


Unlike many salad entrees, this one was VERY filling, as it was filled to the brim with ingredients that blend nicely while sticking to your ribs.

It was a bit expensive to make because of so many ingredients, but it is a breeze to put together. And if you grill your chicken instead of cooking in the skillet like I did, you won't have to heat up your kitchen making it a perfect summer supper!




I served it will black tortilla chips (Sol's favorite) and some Mexican rice on the side. Give it a try!

YOU WILL NEED:

*1 package boneless, skinless chicken strips.
*Chili powder, ground cumin, garlic salt, crushed red pepper (sprinkling generously over the chicken to taste)
*Canola oil (about 2-3 T. for cooking chicken)

*Greens of your choice (iceberg or romaine lettuce) chopped
*Bunch of Cilantro (I'm heavy handed with this) chopped
*1 Avocado diced
*3 Roma tomatoes, diced
*1/2 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
*1/2 can whole kernel corn, drained (even better if you grilled corn)
*1 green onion (slice using greens and bulb)
* Sliced Jalapenos
*1-2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
*Juice from 1 lime

*Chipotle Ranch dressing (prepared)


Sprinkle  both sides of chicken with seasonings and cook in oil till done. Set aside. When cool, dice into cubes.

Crisp lettuce and chop finely.  Add all other ingredients and chicken and chill (about an hour if you want it all cold).

Serve with Chipotle Ranch dressing,  sprinkle with lime juice and some Mexican Rice and tortilla chips on the side.


OLE'!





Saturday, July 13, 2013

Double Decker Cheese Melt

This recipe can  fill you up for the main dish at lunch, or  as a great side to a soup or salad.



It is simple to prepare and is oh, so creamy--ooey, gooey-- just like a cheese recipe should be.

You will need:

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 egg
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. onion salt
6 slices bread
Paprika

In a food processor, blend cheese and butter. Add egg and onion and garlic salts; process one minute or until creamy.

 Spread 2 T. on each slice of bread., cheese side up. for each sandwich; sprinkle with paprika.  Cut in half diagonally.  Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes until bubbly and golden.  YIELD: 6 servings.

ENJOY!