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Light Night Veggie Sandwiches

The other night my husband and I were weighed down by some heavy food. We wanted something light and fresh! So we whipped these babies up. Make these on a night when you don’t want to cook, but want something wholesome.

What You Will Need:

2 rolls, whole wheat
fat free cream cheese, 1/4 cup
avocado, 1 small
tomato, medium, sliced
cucumber, 1/2 sliced
alpha sprouts
spinach leaves
salt & pepper
italian seasoning
cheddar cheese, optional

1. In a bowl, whip the cream cheese until light and spreadable.

2. Add the avocado and continue to whip until smooth with salt and pepper.

3. Spread on one half of bread.

4. Top with beautiful toppings!

5. Spring with seasoning.

6. Chomp!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pretzel Oatmeal Cookies (Oh yeah!)

I got a little creative in the kitchen this weekend, and man oh man – these came out excellent! My husband and I just adore these cookies. They are like a candy bar in cookie form. Simply heavenly and so easy.

What You Will Need:

flour, 3/4 cup
baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon
baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon
sea salt, dash
soften margarine, 1/2 cup
creamy peanut butter, 1/2 cup
sugar, 1/2 cup
brown sugar, 1/2 cup
egg, 1
vanilla extract, big splash
instant oats, 1 cup
rolled oats, 1/2 cup
mini pretzels, crushed, 1 cup
chocolate chips, 3/4 cup

1. Cream margarine, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and sugars in a bowl. Add egg and beat in well.

2. Add flour through salt and combine.

3. Add oats, flour, pretzels, and chocolate chips. Stir in well.

4. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for around 10 minutes. So delish!

These are phenomenal! Make them right now!


 

Super Easy Baked Pasta

This is a great meal to make with the crockpot tomato sauce I made the other night. Super fast and super easy!


W
hat You Will Need:

pasta, 1 1/2 pounds cooked
tomato sauce
ricotta cheese, 1 container
italian seasoning, 1/2 tablesppon
grated parm, 1/4 cup
salt & pepper
garlic powder, 1 teaspoon
chili powder, 1 teaspoon
parm, shredded

1. Mix together ricotta cheese mixture of everything from ricotta cheese to garlic powder.


2. Put cooked pasta in a large baking dish. Put in red sauce.

3. Mix in a few scoops of the ricotta slightly.

4. Put a few ricotta dollops on top with shredded parm cheese.

5. Bake in 350 degree until cheese is melty.

A perfect weeknight meal!

Slowcooker Tomato Sauce (Take 2)

I didn’t have wine on me for my sisters excellent crock-pot fresh tomato sauce, so here is my version of an easy homemade sauce.

What You Will Need:

tomatoes, diced, 4 1/2 pounds
onion, medium, diced
tomato paste, one small can
dried basil, 1 tablespoon
dried italian seasoning, 1 1/2 tablespoons
fresh oregano, 1 tablespoond
fresh basil, 1 tablespoon
dried parsley, 1/2 tablespoon
sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons
salt & pepper
olive oil, 1 tablespoon

1. Get your crockpot ready, put in the oil.

2. Put the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot.

3. Cook on low for 5 – 6 hours.

4. Immersion blend the mixture.

5. Cook for an additional hour.

6. Portion and freeze until you are ready to eat!

Perfect Spinach Walnut Pesto

My husband and I just love our pesto. We will buy it at CostCo. every now and then; but nothing beats our favorite homemade recipe. You can substitute any nut in the recipe, we love almonds as well – but you can also use original pine nuts or pistachios.

What You Will Need:

basil leaves, 2 cups
spinach leaves, 6 cups
garlic cloves, 8-10 whole
walnuts, toasted, 1 heaping cup
parm cheese, 2/3 cup
lemon zest, 1 teaspoon
lemon juice, 1 lemon
olive oil, until pesto is smooth
salt & pepper, to taste

1. This recipe is really easy. Toast the nuts in a pan, usually until you can smell them.

Toss the nuts a few times to toast evenly.

2. Put everything in food processor.

3. Pour in olive oil while blending until smooth. This will…

…turn into this!

4. Put it on everything! Pasta, grilled cheese, vegetables…it’s great on just about anything.

Super Easy Mini Handpies

Make these on the fly when you have guests over or if you want a simple, sweet treat at the end of your day!

What You Will Need:

pie crust
applesauce
blueberries (or other fruit)

1. Roll out your dough.

2. Fill it with applesauce and your favorite fruit. Fold it over and bake it in your oven at 400 degrees.

3. Cook until golden brown and caramelized!

These are not the prettiest, ’cause I really did make them on the fly. But with a little TLC – these puppies would be precious and classy to serve at a party.

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Tarts

These are so cute and so easy! The flavors mesh so well and are heavenly together.

What You Will Need:

pie crust (I made mine in the food processor)
black beans, 1 can drained and rinsed
sweet potato, 1 cup cubed and soft (you can do this in the microwave)
peppers, roasted red & fresh green, chopped
onion, 1/4 cup finely chopped
cilantro, 1 tablespoon
cumin, 1/2 tablespoon
chili powder, 1/2 tablespoon
hot sauce, a hefty squeeze
garlic powder, 1 tablespoon
olives, 1/4 cup whole, then sliced
salt & pepper

1. In a bowl, heat the sweet potato until soft. Add all the ingredients except pie crust and mash with the back of a fork or potato masher until slightly mixed.

2. Roll out pie crust, and using a knife cut squares. Place them in muffin liners.

3. Fill the crusts and fold the corners in.

4. Cut extra pie crust into ribbons to make a crosshair on the top of each tart.

5. Bake in 400 degree oven until golden brown, about 20 to 30 minutes. Serve with cheese and my favorite sauce, 2 tablespoons ranch dressing + 1/2 tablespoon saracha hot sauce. Spicy and creamy on top!

A hearty meal and so adorable!

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