Everybody needs a good healthy Date Bran Muffins Recipe! These are sort of, like, ‘in disguise’ and no one will know they are healthy muffins. If you leave out the word bran then you can even trick the kids. I do not know why bran is not used more often. I am going to make that my mission. Bring bran to the masses. Unite the nations! Make everybody happy! This is my first step. I also love the sweetness that dates bring to recipes. These little gems are so good when they are served warm with or without any sort of topping. I like mine plain. Just delicious as you are sipping your morning beverage.
Three little words that mean so much. No, not that! Although those three little words are quite wonderful I am talking about Slow Cooker Salsa! A refreshing salsa that is versatile enough to go into and on top of just about any savory recipe you can think of. Roma Tomatoes and shallots are used and that gives an extra depth of flavor to your chips, tacos, sandwiches, soups and much more. It is as easy as 1-2-3 to get a wonderful salsa you can be proud to serve.
It is time to enjoy the weather so heat up the grill and let’s get going. Another great thing is that even if it is snowing outside you can still make these wonderfully fresh and healthy Foil Wrapped Grilled Vegetables. There are so many really cool stove top grill pans out there that you can pretend the temps are in the 70′s all year round. I have ‘grilled’ these veggies both ways and both are great. All the veggies are sliced thin – either julienned or in disc shapes. Wrapped up in a little package along with herbs, spices and butter (vegan) and you have the freshest cooked vegetables imaginable.
Date Pecan Cornbread is a special cornbread loaf that is so simple to make because it starts with a packaged mix. It seems like I make everything from scratch but once in a while I give myself a break and get a little extra help. Isn’t it nice to have options? There is a new cornbread mix out there that tastes just like homemade – with the ‘made from scratch’ quality. The mix is almost a pound too so you get a nice amount and it is so simple – you just mix and bake! I added dates and pecans because I like to feel creative and see what I can come up with. This time I got a beautiful cornbread that is healthy enough for breakfast and sweet enough for a snack.
Pina Colada Crumb Bars are layers of sweet goodness that just happen to have a fun name too. For some reason I think bars can be for breakfast, snacks or a dessert. I mean wouldn’t three layers with the middle layer being a pineapple coconut filling be perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning? Normally breakfast bars are packed full of granolas and other wonderful ingredients but, hey, once in a while you can go a little crazy … and these do have oats, you know. If I like appetizers for dinner then you know I like snacks for breakfast. If you cook these with the intention of freezing them for quick snacks – have no fear. The bars freeze perfectly so it is one of those things that you can grab right out of the freezer as you are running out the door. They defrost in no time so they are wonderful for a grab and go.
It’s Party time! More than that – Slow Cooker Creamy Chili Dip is so good it can also act as a lunch for yourself and family especially when served with veggies and crackers. First of all it is cooked in the crockpot and in a few short hours you have a warm creamy dip all ready for yourself or company. Next, it is equally as good with fresh veggies as it is with chips. Cauliflower and red or green bell peppers would be perfect served alongside. There is a spicy flavor to the mix and is not like any other dip I have had. Pinto beans, salsa and black olives are combined with other flavorful ingredients to make this a 5 star recipe.
Welcome to popsicle land! That is what my kitchen looks like. Especially today with lots of Cranberry Cherry Popsicles getting pulled out of the freezer. Even while this is going down I am working on filing up more molds with Pineapple Coconut Popsicles. That recipe is going on the blog within a couple of weeks and I will link to it here … but … today’s recipe is all about the fruity sweet cherry and getting some relief from the hot summer. There are only three ingredients in this easy to make popsicle and they couldn’t taste finer. The only thing I wish could happen is that the freezer could freeze faster. Easy, cool and fruity!