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Roasted Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

Pasta is a definite go to dinner in our house just about each week.  Although I LOVE it, the same ol’ version gets tired fast.  My husband adores brussels sprouts and I’m learning to love them so I thought this might be a great dish to try out.  I like the change up from a typical marinara sauce.  The only thing we may alter is the use of heavy whipping cream that it calls for and use cashew cream instead.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Carbonara Pasta – visit Closet Cooking for full recipe.

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Easter “Carrots” Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate covered strawberries are big in my family.  My wife has been making them for years, and always has to make the for every occasion.  I am super excited to show her these to make for Easter this year!  Such a cool idea, and they come out looking so fun!  The easy instructions below are my own modified version of a recipe found on Food.com, and the photo is from Harry and David.  In the Food.com recipe, they use Wilton orange colored melting chocolate, but you can use white chocolate and ad a few drops at a time of orange food coloring to the melted chocolate.

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1 Wash and dry strawberries leaving top on. (note make sure they are absolutely dry or the chocolate will get wrecked)
2 Melt chocolate in a double broiler. (if using white chocolate ad food coloring once all of the chocolate has melted)
3 Dip strawberries holding top and cover as much as possible.
4 Dry on wax paper lined cookie sheet, when almost dry.
5 Take a spoonful of chocolate when they are almost dry, and drizzle the lines on to make it look like a carrot — dry completely.
You can also use a microwave to melt the chocolate.  See my notes on how to do that in my post about Inside out Chocolate Strawberries.

Chocolate Covered Kiwi Lolipops

I always get excited when I find a recipe that looks and tastes like a delicious naughty treat, but is actually a cleverly disguised healthy treat!  These dark chocolate covered kiwis do just that.  I found this recipe on ShowFoodChef.com, and they remind us that One serving of KIWI:
* contains the same amount of fiber as a BOWL of bran cereal.
* contains the same amount of potassium as a banana
* provides the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C
and…
Folate (good for pregnant women), Lutein (helps prevent age-related blindness), Zinc (healthy hair, skin, teeth), Vitamin E (antioxidant and immune system booster)

This recipe is extremely easy to make, and can be done in just a few minutes of active making time.  The only delay is in the freezing of the kiwis.  Here is the method.

1) Kiwi – peeled and cut in 1 inch thick rounds, with a popsicle stick in each round. Freeze on a tray in the freezer.

  • The best way to peel and cut a kiwi is to slice off both ends of the kiwi, then take a thin spoon, like a cereal spoon, and slide it in between the kiwi skin and the meat, then just slide it around the kiwi, and the fruit should just pop right our of the skin!

2) 1 cup Chopped dark chocolate and 1/2 cup Coconut oil – melted over a double boiler, then cooled to room temp.

3) Dip each Kiwi-pop into the chocolate mixture (it will immediately turn crispy) and place on a tray to refreeze or pass around right now.

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Ice Pop Characters

I am so excited by this product!  What an amazing way to make a healthy summer time treat for the kids.  This is especially exciting because I already have a Zoku Pop Maker.  My sister-in-law gave it to my wife a few years ago, and it is really cool.  You can make ice pops from just about any liquid in just about 7 minutes.  You can ad chunks of fruit, you can make layers, really there are so many fun ways to make ice pops with this thing.  But now, with this $15 kit, you can take it to a whole new level!  The kit basically gives you little cookie cutters that you can make little characters to go into the pops!  Check out some of the examples below.

To buy the pop maker for $39.99 go here: Zoku Pop maker

To buy the Character Kit for $14.99 go here: Zoku Character Kit

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Info on character kit:

  • Create animals, faces, and fun characters of your own design using stenciled fruit slices, or follow Zoku’s designs included in the instruction booklet
  • The kit includes 14 stencils, 1 faceplate, 1 stand for holding the Pop Maker steady, a pusher tool for removing fruit slices from the stencils, instructions, and sample character designs to get started
  • Never before have pops been so much fun or easy to make
  • Bring your Quick Pops to life with the Zoku Character Kit! Works with both the original Zoku and the Duo
  • BPA and Phthalate Free

Info on Pop Maker:

  • Create your own customized frozen pops, including cream-filled varieties, in as little as 7 minutes
  • Makes up to nine 2 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ pops (three 2-oz. pops at a time) before refreezing is required
  • Nonstick cast-aluminum molds have a proprietary solution sealed inside their bases to enable rapid, uniform freezing
  • Special drip guards promote tidy eating
  • Includes base, remover tool, six reusable pop sticks and six reusable drip guards

St. Patty’s Day Cocktails

If drinking green beer doesn’t do it for you, here are a couple of cocktails from Cosmopolitan to whet your whistle!

Shamrock Shaker

1½ oz.  Reposado Tequila
½ oz. sour apple liqueur
¼ oz. agave nectar
2 oz. lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, strain into a martini glass, and garnish with thinly-sliced green apples.

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Celtic Sea Breeze
2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
2½ oz. Medea Vodka
Splash of club soda
Basil
Garnish: mint
 

Add lime juice, simple syrup, Medea Vodka, and basil into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain and pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Add a splash of club soda, and garnish with two mint leaves.

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The Shamrock-arita

1 oz. Sauza Blue Gold Tequila
½ oz. melon liqueur
2 oz. lime juice
1 oz. simple syrup
 

To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice, shake, and strain the ingredients into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Emerald Isle

2 oz. Barrymore Pinot Grigio
4 cucumber chunks
5 mint leaves
¾ oz. lime juice
¾ oz. simple syrup
1 oz. soda water
Garnish: 3 mint sprigs and a cucumber sliceTo make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. In a cocktail shaker, muddle cucumber and mint leaves. Fill shaker with ice and add lime juice, simple syrup, and wine. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice and garnish with three mint sprigs and a cucumber slice.

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Frozen Yogurt Covered Berries

I am always on the lookout for a good satisfying after dinner sweet treat.  After dinner I just need a little something sweet to balance out the salty dinner.  This is a great way to satisfy that sweet craving without the consumption of unneeded calories.  This is the perfect treat for a hot summer night.  Frozen Greek yogurt covered berries.  I have seen a couple of different posts about this particular dish, and they all seem to have a similar technique.  Here it is:

  1. Empty non fat Greek yogurt into mixing bowl.  (Vanilla seems to make the most sense)
  2. Use a tooth pick to dunk each berry into the yogurt
  3. Use a second toothpick to slide the berry off of the toothpick and onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper
  4. Freeze until hard
  5. Enjoy!

This process does seem a little labor intensive.  I would suggest simply dumping the berries into the yogurt, mixing it all up, and then scooping them out with a slotted spoon.  Then just push each one off of the spoon onto the wax paper coated baking sheet, and freezing.  You can use all kinds of berries for this.  But, if you are using strawberries, I would definitely cut them into quarters.  I full sized frozen strawberry is not very easy to eat.

Another thing I have seen is using a bamboo skewer and loading up a bunch of berries like a kabob, and then coating that with yogurt, and freezing the whole skewer.  That would be fun too!  Any way you do it, it will be delicious, healthy, and low calorie.

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Photo Courtesy of Laalosh.com

 

No Bake Lemon Coconut Bars

I’m all about simple and easy!  These No Bake Lemon & Coconut Bars certainly fit that bill.  Not only are they no-bake, but they only have 5 ingredients….I’m sold.  Oh and of course I love both lemon and coconut so this recipe is a no brainer for me!

What you’ll need:

  • Graham Crackers (7 oz)
  • Shredded Coconut (1 c.)
  • Finely Grated Lemon Rind (from one lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3.5 oz butter (I’ll be substituting this for either Coconut Oil or Earth Balance)
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk (I will likely substitute this for coconut milk with some honey or agave added to it)

For the full recipe please visit Butter Baking.

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Guinness Chocolate Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze

St. Patty’s Day and chocolate cake…..for this Irish girl, that’s a perfect combo!  Additionally making a bundt is soooooo darn simple that you could do this for a crowd without much hassle.  I have to say, the best part to me looks like the salted caramel glaze!

For full recipe and instructions please visit The Hungry Housewife.

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