4/7/19

10 Inspiring Spring Salads

With Spring comes a craving for healthy crunchy fresh salads of all kinds! Here is a collection of the best new spring salad recipes to inspire! From Main Dishes, to side dishes, pasta salads, to fruit salads, we never get tired of having new recipes on hand to add to our menus.


Salad Recipes

by  Jolene's Recipe Journal
(love her citrus & honey dressing over this peppers & asparagus salad) 


by Simple & Savory
(Her Maple- oil & vinegar dressing.. divine)



by Cooking with Carlee
(Not your average taco salad! Love her ingredients + her homemade catalina dressing!) 




by The Baking Fairy
(This just screams Summer! Perfect for potlucks!)




by 4 Son's "R" Us
(I love the Asiago Cheese surprise ingredient in this!)



by Caroline's Cooking
(Oh mylanta.. this is seriously addictive! and perfect potluck material!)



By Palatable Pastime
(Seriously.. Potatoes, Bacon & Vidalia Dressing? Yes, please!)



By Crumb Top Baking
(Um..Where has this been all my life? It's almost too pretty to eat!)


by Blogghetti 

(Perfect potluck for any kind of "diet". My husband has 5 coworkers on Keto, 1 WW, and 2 Paleo's. This is a go to everytime) 

by Savory Moments
(love this new fruit salad idea using grapes! Perfect for weeknight dinners or take alongs!)


3/28/19

Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits are perfect for brunch , dessert or a snacks. With layers of raspberry infused yogurt, delicate sweet whipped cream, sunshine infused lemon curd, along with surprise layers of crunchy nutrition boosts too!

It's  Spring Sweets Week and we are sharing all things Spring! These light parfaits are bursting with  the colors and tastes of spring with bright lemon and raspberries. Layering parfaits are great for an easy dessert, or breakfast, or snack, so add this to your Spring holiday brunch menu!  Plus these are quick to pull together so it makes an extra plus in my busy life!

Sponsor Shoutout: Barleans Supplements for healthy living supplied me with product for recipe development for Spring Sweets Week. They sent me their fantastic Total Omega oil in orange creme. It tastes like an orange creamsicle and is a great way to get your fish oil, without those gross fish oil pills! Mix this right into smoothies, yogurts, protein shakes and more! I love that! They also sent me one of their nutritional seed blends. They have a variety of blends to choose from and they sent me the energy blend, with a mix of flax, chia, coconut fibers, and panax ginseng. (No it doesn't taste like coconut!) It is amazing and I used it in today's recipe! I love mixing this into smoothies and protein shakes, and also when I make my homemade granola and high protein granola bars! I will be purchasing  their digestive blend. I have a chronic autoimmune disorder, and I need all the help I can get!

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Are we ready to start making this lovely parfait?


Yield: 2 Servings

Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits

Lemon Raspberry Yogurt Parfaits are perfect for brunch , dessert or a snacks. With layers of raspberry infused yogurt, delicate sweet whipped cream, sunshine infused lemon curd, along with surprise layers of crunchy nutrition boosts too!
prep time: 5 minscook time: 5 minstotal time: 10 mins

ingredients:

  • 1 (8 oz) cup Rapberry Yogurt
  • 1 cup Lemon Curd 
  • 1 1/2  cups Whipped creme
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries Divided 
  • 1/8 cup chopped pecans reserving 1 teaspoon aside
  • 1/8 cup Barleans Nutritinional Seed Blends reserving 1 teaspoon aside

instructions

  1. Chop 1/4 cup of the raspberries and mix into the yogurt. Divide the yogurt evenly between to tall clear glasses.
  2. Top each with 1/4 cup whipped cream, smooth the  top layer.
  3. Sprinkle all but 1 teaspoon of the chopped pecans on top of the whipped cream. (You'll use the last teaspoon for later).
  4. Repeat step with the Barleans nutritional seeds,, reserving 1 teaspoon for later.
  5. Spread 1/2 cup of lemon curd into each glass , on top of the pecan layer, smoothing the layer out.
  6. Layer remaining raspberries on top of lemon curd.
  7. Top with remaining whipped creme.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining pecans and nutitional seeds.
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3/27/19

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.




With Spring Celebrations comes the gathering together with family and friends. This usually means making sweet treats! These Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies are a nice twist on traditional brownies, with it's rich chocolate brownie bottom, a light strawberry cheesecake like middle and then topped with a chocolate glaze and cute spring candy sprinkles, Sure to be a crowd pleaser at any gathering you bring it to!


It's #SpringSweetsWeek and time to celebrate those spring treats. Don't forget to checkout all the recipes and the giveaway at the bottom of the post.




Sponsor Shoutout: We have great sponsors for Spring Sweets Week! For today's recipe I used 3 great sponsors to create this recipe!


Adam's Extract: They provided me with their Adams Best, Vanilla, Lemon Extract and my favorite: Their all natural food coloring, to be used in recipes this week. Today I used Adams Best Vanilla and their all natural food coloring in today's recipe. I love their Vanilla, and their all natural food coloring. My daughter cannot consume synthetic red food dye, and when we first found Adams natural food coloring it changed everything in our baking! I just trust Adams Extract!


Nancy's Yogurt: Is a company with a simply motto: local milk, real ingredients, and live cultures- all crafted with care, from our family to yours. They provided me with free products for recipe development. I used their cream cheese. They also have yogurts, cottage cheese, and sour cream products. I love that they are loaded with probiotics too!
Sprinkle Pop: Has THE cutest and most varied and tempting line of candy sprinkles hands down! I just have the hardest time choosing which ones to choose from everytime I shop with them!! Today I am using their Sprinkles called CottonTail Confetti. but I also picked up a packet of their Green Tea Sprinkle Mix which has a wonderful blend of spring colors in just a beautiful hue!




FOR HEALTH

It’s simple: local milk, real ingredients, and live cultures—all crafted with care, from our family to yours.



Yield: 24 small squares

Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies

These Strawberry Cheesecake Brownies are a nice twist on traditional brownies, with it's rich chocolate brownie bottom, a light strawberry cheesecake like middle and then topped with a chocolate glaze and cute spring candy sprinkles, Sure to be a crowd pleaser at any gathering you bring it to!

ingredients:

Brownies
  • 1 box favorite brownie mix (for 9x9 inch pan) 
  • plus ingredients listed on box
Strawberry Cream Cheese Filling
  • 1 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1 14 oz can . sweetened condensed milk 
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup quality seedless strawberry jam
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1=2 drops red food coloring
Topping
  • 1 3.5 oz bar of good quality dark chocolate coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter

instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Generously grease a 9 inch square pan. Line pan with parchment paper or foil leaving an overhang to help lift the brownies out of the pan. If using foil, generously spray the foil. 
Brownies
  1. In a medium bowl mix together all of the brownie ingredients according to package directions. once mixed, spread evenly into prepared pan.
Filling:
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream the cream cheese on medium speed until it's fluffy. Add the condensed milk, constarch, jam , egg, vanilla, and food coloring , blend well. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie layer. 
  2. Place the pan on the lower rack of the oven.  bake for 40 minute or until set.  the top should be mainly pink but is ok if the edges are browned a little.
  3. Remove from oven, and cool on wire rack till it reaches room temperature. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes , overnight is best. 
Topping
  1. melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave or in a double broiler. Once mixed and smooth,  spread over the top of the strawberry cheese cake layer, be sure to work quickly , since the brownies were chilled the chocolate will set quickly. 
  2. If using any candy sprinkles, sprinkle them on top of chocolate topping before it sets up.
  3. Once it sets, use the paper or foil  overhang flaps to carefully lift from pan and place on cutting board. peel back lining, and carefully cut into small squares or rectangles. Serve at room temperature, but store leftovers in the refrigerator.
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3/26/19

Orange Ricotta Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.





Orange Ricotta Cake is not quite a cheesecake. is a lovely, not too sweet almond cake baked with ricotta,as well as a kiss of honey and orange zest. It is a lovely, light cake and is best made a day or two before serving to give the citrus flavors time to bloom within the cake.

I got this recipe from my local newspaper, a year ago, when they featured it for an Easter dinner collection of recipes in the food section. I instantly knew that one was a keeper!


Sponsor Shout out! Dixie Crystals Sugar supplied me with sugar to help me in the creation of recipes for sweets week! It is being showcased in this recipe!




Yield: one 9 inch cake

Orange Ricotta Cake

A lovely, not too sweet almond cake baked with ricotta,as well as a kiss of honey and orange zest. It is a lovely, light cake and is best made a day or two before serving to give the citrus flavors time to bloom within the cake.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (whole milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 cup PLUS 1 1/2 Tablespoons sugar divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • powdered sugar for serving

instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Liberally grease a spring form pan with a cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl combine ricotta, honey, and orange zest.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter with 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs one at a time blending well. Add in almond extract. 
  4. With the mixer running on low, add in flour, baking powder, and salt. mix just until combined- do not over mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared spring form pan.
  6. Using a spoon, drop dollops of the ricotta mixture on top of the cake batter. Push gently into the cake batter with the back of the spoon. 
  7. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/2 Tablespoons of sugar.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cake edges are lightly browned and the middle is set. The ricotta mixture may look slightly wet- it'll  set further as it cools.
  9. Cool slightly before releasing it from pan. Top with powdered sugar before serving, if desired. 
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3/25/19

Peach Blueberry Upside Down Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Peach Blueberry Upside Down Cake is light airy, flavorful cake with a colorful fruit and brown sugar glaze baked right in.

Upside Down Cake Recipe
Upside Cakes get their name,by putting the glaze and fruits on the bottom of the pan, then the cake batter. After baking you carefully flip the cake out onto the serving platter to reveal the fruit & glaze topping.


A traditional upside cake is pineapple with cherries, but I wanted to put a fresh springtime spin on it and use peaches and blueberries. The cake itself is absolutley delightful. It is a lightly sweet cake which balances the brown sugar and sweetness of the peaches and blueberries perfectly. It is a super soft, moist, and airy texture that your fork just slides through like butter, This one is totally a keeper.

Sponsor shoutout: Swiss Diamond provided me with this amazing 2.3 quart  XD induction nonstick Casserole pan. I am a huge fan of Swiss Diamond's XD nonstick coating, which now has 20% more diamond crystals- increasing it's durability and nonstick properties! It just stands up to daily use and cleaning so much better! This pan can go from stovetop, to oven to table! I am actually going to get rid of my collection of saucepans and just use this one pan! It is so versatile!
Today I made my cake right in this pan. from melting the butter and brown sugar glaze on the stove top, to then adding the batter and finish  baking it in the oven all in one pan! It turned out perfect!



Grab a good vanilla ice cream to serve along side this cake if you like, it would be a great addition.
Also, the recipe calls for almond extract which I  love, but I bet a lemon extract would also be a refreshing addition with the blueberries also. What about some fresh apricot halves instead of the peaches? feel free to play around with this recipe just a bit!

Now.. let's get baking!





Yield: 8 -10 Servings

Peach Blueberry Upside Cake

prep time: 5 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 45 mins
Peach Blueberry Upside Down Cake is light airy, flavorful cake with a colorful fruit and brown sugar glaze baked right in.

ingredients:

  • Topping: 
  • 1 stick ( 8 tablespoons) unsalted butter 
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ( 15 oz) can sliced peaches drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • Cake:
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons ) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon vinegar

instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Topping:
In an ovenproof non stick skillet (at least 2 inches deep) or well seasoned 10 inch cast iron skillet, Heat the butter over moderate heat until melted.  Reduce heat to low and sprinkle brown sugar over the butter. Cook without stirring for 3 minutes. Not all the sugar will be melted.
Removed from heat.  and arrange peaches on top of sugar mixture. Arrange blueberries decoratively around peaches. Set aside.
Cake:
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl, whisk to combine, set aside.
Add in butter, sugar, eggs, and extracts until creamy.  Add in milk and vinegar.
Gently spoon batter over the fruit and spread evenly, being careful not to disturb or move the fruit around.
Bake 40 mins or until cake is golden brown and springy to the touch, or till a wooden skewer inserted in center comes out clean.
 Let cake cool in pan on a rack for 15 minutes.
Run a knife along edges of pan. Invert a serving platter on top of pan, keeping platter and pan firmly pressed together, invert cake onto platter. '
Carefully lift pan from cake. Serve warm, with ice cream (if desired). 
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