Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pear Almond Bread

I had some pears I needed to use up...and I've also been meeting with a health coach and she told me to eat more protein so this had greek yogurt and almonds in it so that helps bump up the health factors!

Pear Almond Bread-Will Cook for Smiles
2 pears grated, and lightly squeezed
1 cup almonds, chopped
1 1/4 cup flour(I used white whole wheat)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease loaf pan.

In a large bowl mix together the dry ingredients including the almonds. In another bowl, whisk eggs and add in the melted butter(make sure it's not hot!) Whisk in yogurt and vanilla. Add in pear. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ones.  Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 mins until a toothpick comes out clean.

**This bread is very moist and flavorful. The almonds added a nice crunch to it as well. I tried to get a picture of this...but we ate it all before I had a chance to!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tasty Tuesday-9/27

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Muffins-Taste and Tell
Cheddar Chili Cornbread Pasta Bake-How Sweet It Is
Homemade White Chocolate Chips-Heavenly Homemakers
Cheesy Stuffed Meatball Sliders-How Sweet It Is
Rosemary Olive Oil Potato Bread-What Megan's Making
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna-Gina's Skinny Dish
Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers-Sweet Luvin in the Kitchen

Monday, September 26, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Here's the menu for the week...I do have a church bake sale this weekend but I'm having a hard time deciding what to make. I think I'm going to at least make some pumpkin or apple cake pops, IF I can borrow the church's freezer as mine is STUFFED full!

-Cottage Cheese Waffles
-Protein Bars
-Egg McMuffins
-Cake Pops(not sure if I'll do red velvet or a yellow/funfetti cake yet)

-Mini BBQ Cheesy  Meatloaf, cheesy chive potatoes, mixed veggies
- Almond Chicken, Barley with Apples and Raisins, Green bean almondine
-Steak Fajita Salad, Garlic Bread
-Beer Battered Pizza
-Chili and corn muffins

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Crispy Honey Lime Tilapia

 We are trying to get more fish into our diet and we recently discovered Tilapia...we also like cod. This sounded delicious when I found the recipe and couldn't wait to try it!

Crispy Honey Lime Tilapia-How Sweet It Is
1 lb tilapia filets, patted dry
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp lime zest
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
1/3 cup flour
2 tbsp olive oil
honey and lime zest for garnish

Place 2 tbsp oil, honey, lime juice, zest, and garlic into resealable bag. Place fish inside and marinate for one hour.

Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in pan until hot. Season fish with salt and pepper and dredge in flour. Once oil is hot add fish and fry until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook on other side. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel. Drizzle with additional honey and lime zest.

*This was BY FAR THE BEST FISH I've ever had! I can't wait to have it again. It was flavorful and crispy on the outside! YUM-O

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nutella Dip

I was looking for a new kind of fruit dip and I found this one night so I knew we had to try it! I made it for my pampered chef party over the weekend and it was a HIT! It was also very easy to make.

Nutella Dip-The Family Kitchen
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1/2 cup nutella

Mix together and chill until ready to use! I served it with strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, pretzels, and graham crackers.

**Everyone LOVED this dip! I was so glad to see there was some leftover! This will be made again at least the nutella had nice healthy dose of protein with the yogurt!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Apple Cider Punch

(Picture courtesy of Eat Drink Pretty)
Roaming around on Pinterest I discovered this recipe for a punch. I liked that it didn't have "fake" or sugary juice in it. I'm always looking for delcious punch recipes for something different to serve at get togethers and this fit the bill!

Apple Cider Punch-Eat Drink Pretty 
6 cups apple cider
2 cups orange juice,cranberry raspberry juice, orange mango juice(I used mango/peach/orange)
1 bottle sparlking white grape juice(or sparkling wine)
1/2 cup lemon juice(omitted)

Start with cold ingredients. Add to serving container and stir. Enjoy!

**When I first tasted this I thought it was too sweet/strong so I added in some club soda. It worked perfectly and it was delicious! It was a hit with the adults and kids alike.