Thursday, November 15, 2018

Ain't It Sweet Potato Mini Pies

This is a great alternative to pumpkin pie.

This perfect for fall and the holidays.

I've used sugar but you can use your favorite sweetener if desired, instead.

I've used a reduced fat milk and butter but you can use vegan options instead if desired. 

2 - 3 large sweet potatoes quartered and peeled
1/4 - 1/3 c. each: low fat milk, butter
1//4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp salt (optional)
1 /8 - 1/4 c. sugar (optional)
Non stick cooking spray
1 - 2 egg
1 pkg. pie crusts
1/8 - 1/3 c. flour (enough to dust work board and rolling pin)

Preheat oven to 375 F'.

Spray muffin tin with non stick cooking spray 

Rinse, peel and quarter sweet potatoes. 

Place potatoes and salt in pot with water and boil for 20 - 30 minutes or until tender. 

While sweet pototoes are cooking, with clean hands sprinkle some flour on work board and rolling pin. 

Roll dough out to desired thickness. Put the rim of a large clean glass on pie crusts to cut out 12 circles. Place crusts in each of the muffin tins.

Drain water from potatoes in colander or strainer. Transfer potatoes back to pot.

Crack two egg in bowl, beat slightly. 

Mash with potato masher or ricer. While mashing add butter, salt, sugar, pumpkin spice, milk, eggs. Mix with a clean fork.

 Divide sweet potato mixture into each of the muffin tins. 

Place in oven and bake for 20 - 40 min. or until done.

Serves 4 - 6 approx. ( 2 - 3 mini pies each).

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pumpkin Pie Spice, Oh So Nice

Tis the season for anything pumpkin pie spice.

You can adjust amount of each spice, as desired.

1 - 2 T. each: ground cinnamon, ground allspice, ground ginger, ground clove
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

In a small clean bowl combine spices.

With a clean spoon, mix spices.

Using a clean funnel, spoon spices into a clean empty salt shaker or spice jar.

Put lid on salt shaker.

Serves 8.

Friday, November 2, 2018

South Of The Border Hot Chocolate

This is great for after raking leaves, celebrating the El Dia De Los Muertos or anytime.

I've used cocoa powder, but you can also use chocolate chips too.

4 c. reduced fat milk
1/4 - 1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 - 2 T. regular or diatetic sugar
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch each: nutmeg, cayanne pepper (optional)

Heat a saucepan over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low.

Add ingredients and simmer for 5 - 8 minutes or until done.

Ladle into heat proof mugs.

Serves 4.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Hubble, Double. Cocktail For Your Trouble

You don't need a magic potion to conjure up a tasty cocktail.

This is great for parties, watching a horror flick, after passing out halloween candy or anytime.

I've used green food coloring for this recipe but if you don't have it you can use what you like.

For kiddos: omit tequila and triple sec.
Add 1 drop of green food coloring to lemon lime soda.

4 - 6 oz. Tequila
1/8 - 1/4 c. regular or diatetic sugar (enough to coat glasses)
1 - 2 oz. Triple sec
3 - 4 c. Lemon lime soda
Green food coloring

In a clean dish sprinkle sugar, add 1 - 2 drops food coloring. Mix with a clean fork to coat sugar. 

Pour triple sec in a small clean glass.
Squeeze 1 - 2 drops of green food coloring in triple sec. Stir triple sec with a clean fork to mix, set aside.

Wet the rims of 4 martini glasses with a wet napkin. 

Place a glass rim side down on dish to coat. Repeat process with remaining glasses.

Place glasses in freezer to chill for a few minutes.

In a pitcher combine: tequila, ice, soda, triple sec, mix well. Place pitcher in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve. 

Remove glasses from freezer and pour cocktail into garnished glasses.

Serves 4.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Raspberry Margarita

This is perfect for watching the Michigan 
vs. Michigan State game, girls night or anytime.

1 1/2 - 2 c margarita mix
1 c. each: ice, fresh or frozen raspberries
4 - 6 oz. tequila (optional)
1 oz. triple sec
1 - 2 tsp. regular or dietetic sugar
1 lime cut into wedges
Salt for rim of glass

Wet a napkin slightly, rub around rim of glasses to wet. 

Put salt on small dish. 

Put mouth of glasses face down on plate to coat rim of glasses with salt.

Set glasses aside in freezer for a few minutes to chill, if desired.

Rinse fresh raspberries, if needed.

Combine ingredients in blender. Blend for 20 - 30 sec. or until blended. 

Remove glasses from freezer, garnish with lime wedges.

Pour margaritas into garnished glasses.

Serves 4.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Lone Star Beef

Beef is big in Texas.

This roast will remind you of the Lone Star State.

2 - 4 lb. beef roast
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. each: salt, pepper, granulated garlic
1 T. brown sugar
pinch each: cayanne pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, turmeric, paprika
1/2 c. beer
1 large onion peeled and quartered
30 - 40 baby carrots
Non stick cooking spray

Preheat slow cooker to 350 F'.

Peel, rinse, quarter onions.

Rinse carrots.

Remove roast from refrigerator, let it set out for a few minutes.

Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.

Place roast in slow cooker.

Sprinkle half of brown sugar and seasonings over roast.

Turn roast over. Pour remainder of the sugar and spices over other side of roast.

Pour beer in bottom of slow cooker.

Add carrots and onions to slow cooker.  

Put lid on slow cooker and cook for 1 - 2 hrs. approx or until desired doneness. 

Serves 4 - 6.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Chicken Wraps

This is great for lunch, watching the game, after a late night barhopping or anytime.

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs
1- 2 T. oil (olive or canola)
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. salt (optional)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic (crushed and chopped)
8 flour tortillas (fajita size)


1c. shredded lettuce
1 c. cup chopped tomatoes
1 c. sour cream or yogurt
1/2 c. shredded cheese

Cut chicken into strips, place in a bowl.

In small mixing bowl combine: Worcestershire Sauce, garlic, salt, pepper.

Pour over chicken to marinate for several hours or overnight.

Heat skillet or grill pan on medium high heat, add oil.

Add chicken and cook for 6 -10 minutes or until done.

Heat tortillas in microwave for 10 -15 seconds.

You can also heat tortillas by warming them on the grill pan for 10 - 15 seconds.

To assemble wraps: Spoon some of the chicken in tortillas. 

Top with your favorite fixings. Roll to secure filling and enjoy.

Serves 4  (2 snack wraps each).

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