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If you are looking for a great homemade barbecue sauce, then you will love how simple this Crock Pot Simple Barbecue Sauce Recipe is! I don’t know about you, but homemade always tastes better to me, and this crock pot simple barbecue sauce recipe is no exception! It’s great to make in big batches and freeze for later use as well! This is a vinegar based barbecue sauce so it’s nice and tangy and has a great flavor! It’s also a “set it and forget it” recipe, so that is great if you are making other items for a barbecue! This would also be a great DIY gift for the cook in you life!Continue reading
Ever just get that craving for something sweet late at night but you don’t want to spend the time making something (or eat so many calories late at night)? Me too! Some of you know that I love my Instapot, mostly for easy weeknight dinners, but as I have recently discovered it’s easy to make super awesome desserts in it too! My little family loves all things apples. Applesauce, apple slices, apple pie, all of it. So naturally I had to try out some Instant Pot Baked Apples! It’s the easy and fast way to make baked apples, and man-oh-man are they tasty. The best part? It takes 8 minutes to make 6 of them. (Yes, really).
Lately because of all the snow my little one has been home with me more than normal. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with that little girl, but trying to find something for her to eat for lunch besides a sandwich can prove difficult when I’m still trying to get some work done. Recently our family has started doing Weight Watchers so I wanted to make sure I could make something for lunch that we would both enjoy, but not undo our day. Mac and Cheese is my daughters favorite thing to have no matter the time of day so I went in search of a Weight Watchers Mac and Cheese Recipe and found one that was easy to make and tastes exactly like “normal” Mac and Cheese.
Your kids will love it and at only 4 Weight Watchers Points you will too! You can also make some Weight Watchers Berry Cobbler Cake to serve as a treat.
And since I’m loving my pressure cooker these days, I decided to make my Power Pressure Cooker XL version of my Weight Watchers Mac and Cheese Recipe. The result is amazing! This Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese Recipe is my new comfort food. The macaroni is perfectly cooked and is so flavorful.
Stuffed peppers is a simple dish that’s so filling and perfect for lunch or dinner. It’s my favorite dish to serve during spring or summer because everyone loves it. You can serve it for a cookout or for potlucks. You can even customize your stuffed peppers recipe into whatever filling that you want such as ground pork, beef, seafood or even vegetarian. But what to serve with stuffed peppers recipe? Well, I have some great suggestions of what goes good as a side dish with stuffed peppers that’s perfect this season. You can see my list below but before that here are my favorite, no-fail delicious and easy stuffed bell peppers recipes.
Around here one of the surest signs of summer is when one of the kids comes back into the house with a purple face and purple hands! That is when I know the mulberry tree is loaded with ripe fruit and summer has arrived! So here are my Mulberry Recipe Ideas.
I love that my kids will always have the memory of climbing into the mulberry tree and eating their fill of berries in the warm sunshine. I love eating them myself. Usually eating berries from the tree is about all we ever get to do with the berries. There have not been an abundance of berries in year’s past. But for some reason, the mulberry tree this year is loaded with berries. Big beautiful black mulberries! More than we could ever eat! So I tried to figure out what to do with all these berries. First I attempted to make jam. Let’s just say that did not turn out the way I expected. Moving on…everyone I talked to about mulberry recipes suggested that I make muffins. So I dug my favorite muffing recipe out and gave it a shot! Yes! Success!
The muffins were moist and delicious with just the right amount of sweetness. In fact, they were so good I made 3 more batches and will freeze them for an easy breakfast all summer long!
I am sharing my favorite all time muffin recipe. You can make any variety of muffins starting with this basic recipe. For the mulberry recipe I reduced the amount of fruit to 1 cup. Mulberries are bigger than my typical add ins (blueberries or chocolate chips) amd they also have more seeds.
Basic Muffin Recipe:
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your muffins
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup mulberries, remove stems, rinse, and sprinkle with a little sugar
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners
2. In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, slat, and nutmeg. In a second bowl whisk together the milk, butter, egg, and vanilla.
3. Add fruit or any other add ins to the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and combine with as few strokes as possible.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each cup to 1/2 to 2/3 full.
5. Bake until golden brown, 15-20 min. Brush with melted butter and serve warm.
Make a mulberry yogurt parfait. Layer vanilla yogurt and mulberries and even granola if you like.
Make mulberry smoothies. Blend up mulberries, strawberries, and bananas with vanilla yogurt to make a quick healthy breakfast. Mulberries are full of antioxidants and vitamins.
Got Mulberries? Now you know what to do with them!
I hope you are hungry and you want a healthy stuffed pepper because I have a treat for you. These are so good my kids ask me to make them. I know it is hard to believe but when you make them not only will you look like a gourmet cook but you will fall in love with stuffed peppers.
It gets even better not only can you make stuffed pepper in your oven. I will tell you how to make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker.
These healthy stuffed peppers make a great quick dinner or a Freezer meal in a jiffy. I loved that I was able to use Jimmy Deans Sausage Crumbles. They really sped up my prep time and increased the flavor factor to an out of control “YUM!” Jimmy Dean was kind enough to send me free products coupons which were a good thing because I made several batches to freeze for those nights when I want something healthy and hearty but I do not want to actually “cook”. I am a pop it in the oven kind of gal. These also look amazing when you have a party and serve them. I am spoiling my secret sharing how easy they are to make especially since Jimmy Dean cooked the meat and that is usually the hardest and most time-consuming part.
You will need the following ingredients for your very own quick, healthy, and easy to prepare meals. Yes, you can freeze this just put it together and do not cook it until you are ready to eat it.
1 bag of Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles or sausage
2 cups of Spanish rice (cook it according to directions on the box, can, or bag)
5 Bell Peppers with the seeds removed
Salsa ( I used Peach Salsa)
Cheddar Cheese or a Mexican blend
Cut the pepper and remove the top
Remove the seeds from the pepper
Add the Spanish rice that you cooked per the recipe on the box, bag, or can
Now add in the Jimmy Dean Sausage crumbles….. and pretend you cooked for hours..
I add in a mango salsa but your favorite salsa will do nicely
Another layer of our secret ingredient the Jimmy Dean pork sausage crumbles
Another layer of the Spanish rice
Add another layer of salsa and then fill your dish up 50% of the way with water. This will help keep the peppers tender. I put in a tablespoon of olive oil into the water.
Bake for 20 minutes and then bake the cheese until it is melted.
It is hard to imagine these tasty ingredients created this gourmet meal in minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat the peppers with olive oil and pour in some water into the pan to keep them moist then roast in a baking dish about 20-25 minutes just until cooked thru. Remove the peppers from the oven and allow to cool until you can handle them.
If you chose to freeze them do so before cooking, then you will then need to do the above instructions, but you will have to cook them for an additional 10 minutes.
*Remove from the oven and top with fresh cilantro
This is how you make stuffed peppers in the Pressure Cooker.
*** Use your stuffed pepper recipe and follow these cooking instructions.
Place 1 cup of water in the bottom of your pressure cooker make sure that your pan is in there. I know a lot of people forget that part and ruin their unit. Then place a steamer or ramekins in the pressure cooker.
You will then place your stuff peppers in the Pressure cooker.
If your pepper is stuffed with precooked meat, then you will cook them for just 5 minutes.
If your stuffed pepper has uncooked hamburger meat in it, then you will need to cook your peppers for 15 minutes with a 10-minute natural release. Natural release means to open the vent and let your stuffed peppers sit in the pot.
I found that the ramekins help the peppers keep their shape.
These are a couple of my must-have accessories for your pressure cooker.
Now that you have two ways to make healthy stuffed peppers. You will need to know What Goes Good With Stuffed Peppers