Healthy Fried Pickles

Happy Sunday! It’s about a 115 degrees out today. So we have been staying in the a/c all day. What’s a better excuse to cook than being stuck inside all day? So today’s recipe is inspired by one of our favorite appetizers, fried pickles. Instead of making regular fried pickles I wanted to try to make a healthier version. So instead of frying the pickles I baked them. Using plain panko bread crumbs helps lower the amount of sodium since this is a low sodium food. I also always use pickles that don’t have added salt or sugar. It’s better to add flavor with other seasonings than to have all those extra addictives in the food already. They are really simple and delicious! Let’s give them a try! 

Ingredients:

  • 20-30 Sliced Pickles
  • 1/2 cup Plain Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a cooking sheet with olive oil. 
  2. Add all seasonings and panko together and mix well.
  3. Place pickles on a paper towel and pat dry. 
  4. Place pickles in beaten eggs and then into panko. Cover completely and evenly, then place on the cooking sheet. 
  5. Place in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. 
  6. Let cool and serve with ranch or desired dipping sauce. 

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Taco Pizza

Happy Taco Tuesday! The best day of the week in my book. ๐Ÿ˜ Instead of regular tacos I turned it into a pizza. Two of the best things, together? I know. Your taste buds will thank you I promise. So let’s get started! 

Ingredients: 

  • I pre-made pizza crust (my favorite is the ones from Costco) 
  • 5 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons green chilies, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fire roasted tomatoes, diced 
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning 
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican style cheese
  • Hot sauce to top

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium skillet, cook ground beef until browned. Drain. Add seasoning and stir until well mixed. 
  2. Place pizza crust on a pizza pan. Spread sour cream evenly on crust. Sprinkle cheese and top with cooked meat, onion, chilies, and tomatoes. 
  3. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. After 10 minutes, place pizza directly on oven rack and broil for 5 minutes. 
  4. Remove pizza and let cool slightly. Drizzle hot sauce and serve! 

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Turkey Meatball Sub

Hi everyone! 

It’s been a busy few weeks with moving and getting settled! But we are finally unpacked and I’m back in the kitchen cooking. The other night I had no idea what I wanted to make for dinner. This is usually when I come up with a recipe because I just find random things in the pantry and throw them together! This one I just threw together a few of my recipes. I don’t usually eat red meat so I made these with ground turkey instead. This is an easy recipe but makes about 4-5 servings. Perfect for a family dinner! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 sleeve crushed ritz crackers
  • 1/4 cup Dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 4 tablespoons granulated garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sandwhich bread rolls
  • Marinara sauce 
  • Swiss cheese (or cheese of your choice to top) 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a cooking sheet with non stick cooking spray. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine ground turkey, Parmesan cheese, ritz, onion, seasonings, and mustard. Mix until well combined. Roll into desirezed meatball size. 
  3. Place in cooking sheet about a 1/2 inch apart from each other. 
  4. Bake 15 minutes. Flip meatballs and bale another 15 minutes. Once done baking set aside and let cool. 
  5. In a medium sauce pan combined marinara sauce and meatballs. Cover and let simmer 15-20 minutes. 
  6. On a sandwhich roll place meatballs and cover with cheese. Let cheese melt and serve! 

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Pink Lemonade Sangria

This is a perfect Sangria for this hot summer weather. Lemons are one of my favorites to cook with, because you can make food or drinks with them! This Sangria is a tangy and sweet lemonade that tastes as good as it looks! 


Ingredients:

  • 1 liter Cranberry Ginger Ale 
  • 1 bottle Reisling 
  • 2 liters fresh Lemonade
  • 2 cups diced strawberrys 
  • 1 1/2 cup raspberries 

Directions: 

  1. In a large pitcher combine all ingredients and stir.
  2. Let sit in fridge 3-4 hours
  3. Serve chilled and top with fresh lemon slice. 
  4. Enjoy! 

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S’mores Chocolate Bark

I’m not a big chocolate or sugar fan but I have so many family members and friends that are! And as long as it is in moderation, I’ll make it for them! So I took my normal chocolate Bark recipe and added some classic ingredients to create this easy no bake s’mores Bark. Takes about 5 minutes to make and only 20 minutes to set! Can it get any easier? So, make this as a quick dessert or a special treat for a friend or neighbor ๐Ÿ˜Š 


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup marshmallows 
  • 2 cups chocolate chips 
  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

Directions:

  1. Melt chocolate chips at 30 second intervals, stirring in between. Once fully melted, stir in 1/4 cup marshmallows and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined. 
  2. In a wax paper covered dish spread chocolate mixture evenly. 
  3. Sprinkle remaining marshmellows and crushed graham crackers. 
  4. Place in fridge for 20 minutes to set. 
  5. Cut into desired size and enjoy! 

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Spinach & Artichoke Flatbread Pizza

Lazy Sunday is here once again! Spinach and artichoke dip is one of my favorites so I thought I’d put a spin on it and turn it into a flatbread. Warning: this recipe is amazing. It’s also so simple to make! In under 20 minutes you will have 4 flatbreads that feed 4-5 people! Who doesn’t love that?! Let’s get started: 


Ingredients: 

  • 5 oz. fresh spinach
  • 1/2 tsp minced Garlic
  • Marinated Artichoke hearts (I found these at the grocery store in a jar)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup alfredo sauce
  • 4 pre-made naan flatbreads 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Feta cheese, to top pizzas

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add spinach and cook until wilted. Add alfredo sauce and Parmesan cheese. Stir until well combined. 
  3. Spoon a small amount of alfredo sauce on flatbreads. Spoon spinach mixture onto flatbread. Sprinkle feta on top. Sprinkle Artichoke on top as well. 
  4. Place on a cooking sheet and cook for 3-5 minutes. 
  5. Cut and enjoy! 

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Mini Cheesecake Fruit Cups

Cheesecake is our favorite and I’ve been trying so many different things with it so that it isn’t the same. This is one of the best so far. It’s easy to make and so tasty!! I made them twice in three days because people loved them so much. Perfect for a party!! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 package of sugar cookie dough (24 count) 
  • 2 packages of 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon 
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Kiwi, sliced
  • Blueberries to top. 

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. 
  2. Flatten cookie dough and place into each opening of the tray. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Once done, place in freezer for 3-5 minutes to cool quicker. 
  3. In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract, and lemon juice until smooth. 
  4. Spoon in cheesecake mixture into each cookie cup. Place slices of strawberries and kiwis, top with a blueberry. 
  5. Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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