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Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

Well, the day has finally arrived.  The last night of summer.  Tomorrow I go back to school, back into the classroom, to prepare for another year of 7th grade.  As I sit here typing this, my chest is a little tight with anticipation and anxiety about the school year to come.  I’ll meet my students on Monday, and summer vacation will soon be just a distant memory for us all.  It’s kind of sad and bittersweet.  I love my job–don’t get me wrong–but summer passing so quickly each year makes me realize how time just slips away so fast.  

Anyway, enough waxing poetic for this evening. Sometimes when I’m really bored, I wander the aisles of the grocery store in search of inspiration.  I love finding new and different ingredients and challenging myself to create a recipe around them.  Since it’s time for me to go back to work, I’m in need of easy, healthy snack foods.  One of my favorite go-to snack recipes is homemade granola bars.  They’re so easy to make and taste SO good.  I love that they don’t have a ton of sugar and that I can control exactly what goes in them.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

 A couple weeks ago at Trader Joe’s I came across a bag of dried sweet baby pineapple.  I’m a huge pineapple lover, and baby pineapple–how cute is that? I have a bit of a pineapple obsession going on right now, so of COURSE I had to buy a bag. I thought they’d make some really different and delicious granola bars. And I was totally right.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

 

I combined the pineapple with some coconut for a little extra tropical flavor, and some mini dark chocolate chips for a little sweetness.  I love eating dark chocolate–it cures my sweet tooth and the antioxidants are good for you too!

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

One thing I love about making granola bars at home is that you can customize them however you want.  The basic formula is pretty easy.  You need a binder and a sweetener (like applesauce and honey), some spices (like cinnamon and vanilla), and oats, and then you can customize the rest to your own tastes.  You can add nuts for some crunch, all kinds of dried fruit, and even chocolate.  

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

These granola bars are also gluten free, which is really cool for people like my sister who are gluten intolerant.  She has such a hard time finding reliable, edible, and delicious gluten free snacks, so I kind of designed these with her in mind.  Just keep in mind, when making gluten free granola or granola bars, make sure you get certified gluten free oats, because lots of them can have cross-contaminants.  I always buy my oats at Trader Joe’s, since they have the gluten-free seal on them.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack  

Feel free to adapt this recipe however you see fit. If you like milk chocolate, go for it.  Want to add a different fruit? Cool! Need some nuts for a little saltiness and added crunch? Go crazy.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Pineapple Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 + ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped, dried sweet baby pineapple
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper (I used an oval Corningware pan–it works but your bars will be a little bit funky shaped!).

2. In bowl, whisk together the honey, applesauce, cinnamon and vanilla.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

 

3.  Add the oats. Make sure to mix thoroughly, coating all of the oats with the wet ingredients.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

4. Add the pineapple, unsweetened coconut, and chocolate.  Mix to combine.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan.  Use a spatula to pat it down tightly and smooth out the top.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

4. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove from the oven and cool in the freezer until the bars are firm, about 1 hour. Remove from the pan and cut into bars. You’ll want to store these in an airtight container at room temperature; they’ll last for about one week.

Dark Chocolate Pineapple Granola Bars #glutenfree #healthysnack

I like to wrap these individually in foil at the beginning of each week.  When I pack my lunch in the morning, I just grab a bar and toss it into my lunch bag.  Easy and fast.  Once you taste these homemade granola bars, you’ll never go back to the store-bought ones again!

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Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

 

Every city has their own special style of hot dog.  New York has their Dirty Water Dogs, Chicago has those dogs covered in tomato, picked, relish, and whatnot, and LA–well, we have the bacon wrapped LA street dog. Some call it an Alley Dog, some call it a Danger Dog, but whatever you call it–it’s still delicious.

You won’t find our hot dog in an actual restaurant. You can’t order it from a sit-down joint at all, in fact.  The best hot dog in LA is sold on the street, cooked on a food truck… or more than likely, a little push cart with a makeshift grill on top.

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

Sound a little scary? Well, of course it is. It’s LA–we like to live dangerously.

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Okay, okay. Truth be told? I never had the guts to try a street dog until year before last… and I grew up here in LA.  I visit downtown LA quite often, where the bacon wrapped street dog can be found on every corner.  I’d pass by cart after cart, smelling the delicious grilled peppers and onions, and my mouth would start watering.  I’d never try them though.  Food off the street? Never!

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

A couple of years ago though, on a trip downtown to buy fabric, I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try.  I mean, I’d eaten quite a few NYC street dogs over the years, and I’m still alive and kicking, so that was a good sign.

I am SO glad that I gave in and gave the LA street dog a try.  The grilled peppers and onions are amazing paired with the crispy bacon surrounding the hot dog.  As if that weren’t good (bad?) enough, the hot dog comes with all the fixings too–mustard, ketchup, AND mayo, and from some places, a grilled jalapeno and pico de gallo salsa upon request.  It’s definitely a heart attack waiting to happen, but boy it is GOOD every now and then. I eat one every time I visit downtown–and it’s the highlight of my trip.

If you can’t get to LA to experience the bacon wrapped street dog first hand, don’t worry–I’ve got you covered.  They’re super easy to make at home and take very little time to prepare.

The Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dog

Ingredients:

  • 4 jumbo beef hot dogs
  • 1 package thick-cut bacon
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 white onion
  • vegetable or canola oil
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • pinch of sugar
  • hot dog buns
  • mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

1.  Slice the onions and bell peppers into thin strips.  Remove the seeds and veins from the jalapeno, then dice into small pieces.

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

2.  Wrap two slices of bacon around each hot dog.

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

3.  Brush some oil (about 2 tablespoons) onto an indoor griddle.  Heat to medium high heat and place the veggies on top.  

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, and add a pinch of sugar (The sugar will help to caramelize the onions quicker.)

Use a pair of tongs to toss the veggies around to coat them in the seasonings and oil.  Let the peppers and onions cook until they are slightly charred and blackened.

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

3.  In a skillet, heat another tablespoon of oil over medium heat.  Add the bacon wrapped hot dogs.  

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

Cook until the bacon is crispy and browned, turning the hot dogs several times to evenly cook the bacon.

4.  Remove the hot dogs to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.  Using the tongs, move the veggies into the skillet and toss in the bacon drippings (I know it sounds strange, but this is an important step to getting the authentic street dog flavor! Normally, the hot dogs and veggies are grilled side by side, mingling all the yummy flavors.) Place the hot dogs onto the griddle pan and get them a little bit blackened and charred.  

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

5.  Place the hot dog buns on a cookie sheet, and place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, until toasted.

 

To serve, place one hot dog into each bun.  Top with ketchup, mustard, mayo, and lots of grilled peppers and onions.

Bacon Wrapped LA Street Dogs

 

Enjoy!

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Edible Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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It has been WAY. TOO. HOT. here in California lately.  Normally in the summer we’ll have hot weather, sometimes as hot as over 100 degrees.  But lately, not only has it been 105 degrees for days at a time, it’s HUMID too.  I just can’t stand it.  I don’t want to go outside, I don’t want to move, and I definitely can’t stand to turn the stove on.  This is a problem when you are craving chocolate chip cookies like nobody’s business at 12:30 in the middle of the night.  What’s a girl to do? Make this edible eggless chocolate chip cookie dough, that’s what!

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I really love chocolate chip cookie dough, but I know it’s definitely not safe to eat it raw.  Leaving the eggs out means I can eat a couple spoonfuls and not worry about getting sick from eating raw egg.  

The great thing about this is that it takes just a few minutes to mix together, and it keeps well in the fridge.  You can eat this eggless chocolate chip cookie dough as is, or you can use it as a cookie dough mix-in for ice cream, a topping for cookie dough brownies, or even a dip for graham crackers (ultimate dessert lover snack alert!).

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The best part about this cookie dough is that you don’t have to turn on the oven.  You get the yummy flavor of chocolate chip cookies without heating the house up.  I’m all about that right now!Edible Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Edible Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter, softened 
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I actually used dark chocolate chips because they’re my favorite!)

1.  In a bowl, use your electric mixer to cream together the butter and the brown sugar.  

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2.  Add in the vanilla and the salt and mix to combine.

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3.  Mix in the flour.  At this point, the dough will be very crumbly (and you’ll think all hope is lost), but don’t worry! You’re on your way.

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4.  Mix in the 2 tablespoons of milk.  Now the dough will look like regular cookie dough! Fold in the chocolate chips with a spatula. 

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Ta-da! Ready to eat cookie dough!

Now, I’ve read there is a small risk in eating raw flour, so consume this at your own risk.  I have eaten it plenty of times with no problem, but as with all foods these days, contamination can be a potential problem.

Keep your eggless chocolate chip cookie dough in a sealed container in the fridge.  You can also freeze it for up to 3 months, so you can have a little treat whenever you’re up for it!

Happy snacking!

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Turkey Taco Flatbread

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I hope I haven’t fooled you too much, dear reader.  What I mean is, some nights, the cooking situation in our house is pretty much nonexistent.  You and I both know that there are days when making dinner is the LAST thing anyone wants to do.  This meal is the perfect solution for those kinds of nights.  All it takes is a little chopping up veggies, browning meat, and opening a couple cans.  Best part about it? This Turkey Taco Flatbread is a lightened up version of my favorite Mexican dishes, with a pizza-like twist!

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I made these flatbreads a couple of weeks ago, and they were a huge hit.  It’s like pizza and tacos got all smooshed together.  It’s got the thin crust of a pizza, with the fillings of a taco–lettuce, tomato, green onions, hot sauce… yum.  

The secret is the Flatout flatbreads that become the crust:

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These are so perfect–they make amazing wraps when filled with turkey, cheese, lettuce,  tomato–whatever–and when crisped up in the oven, they also make perfect pizza.  The best part? It’s only 90 calories for one wrap (I think that’s the part I like the best).  

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You can adapt these flatbreads to whatever your tastes are.  Change your toppings depending on what you’ve got on hand, add more of your favorites, subtract the stuff you don’t like… they’re super flexible. Add a little spinach on top for an extra healthy punch. You can also change out the turkey for beef, chicken, or pork, or change out the refried beans for black beans.  The options are really endless.

 The greatest part of this meal is that it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.  If you’ve been running around all day, on your feet for hours, exhausted beyond belief, you can still throw this meal together and avoid the drive thru line.  Your health will thank you.  

Turkey Taco Flatbread

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded + deveined, finely minced
  • 1 can diced mild green chiles
  • Taco Seasoning (1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon minced onion, 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper)
  • 4 Flatout Flatbreads
  • 1/2 can fat-free refried beans
  • shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomatoes
  • 3-4 sliced green onions
  • finely minced cilantro
  • plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • hot sauce (or salsa)

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1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion, jalapeno, and green chiles and cook for 4-5 minutes, until onions are translucent.

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2.  Add the ground turkey and cook until no pink remains.

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3.  Add the taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water.  Stir until the meat is covered in seasoning, and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed.

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4.  Place the flatbreads on a cookie sheet.  Cover with refried beans and 1/4 of the turkey mixture each.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Place in the oven for about 7 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the flatbreads are crispy.

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5.  Add all of the toppings–lettuce, tomato, cilantro, green onions, Greek yogurt, and hot sauce.

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Voila! Enjoy.

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Perfect Picnic Layered Salad

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I have a confession to make, dear reader: I may or may not have a mild obsession with The Pioneer Woman.  I seriously, seriously love her blog and her recipes.  If you aren’t familiar with Ree, go. NOW.  Cuz we can’t be friends anymore if you don’t know who she is.  (Just kidding… but really, go.) I love reading her recipes and watching her show–she has such a great and funny way of telling her stories.  More than that, she has some killer delicious recipes.  Her mashed potatoes have become my go-to for every holiday, and her Big Fat Bacon Sliders inspired my recent Bacon Wrapped Dr Pepper BBQ Cheeseburger Sliders.  Another one of my favorite Pioneer Woman recipes is this Layered Salad, which is perfect for summer BBQs or picnics or even weeknight dinner side.  

You might think it’s funny that a Southern California born and bred girl is so obsessed with southern, country food.  I often joke with people that I’m Southern by association.  You see, my dad is from West Virginia, and spent most of his childhood in South Carolina.  He still has that twangy southern accent, and he still loves his southern comfort food favorites–ham salad (yeah, I can’t get on that train), fried chicken, mashed potatoes, pies… you name it. His southern roots have had a huge influence on me… and I’m totally allowed to say y’all because of it.

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My dad’s mom, Climmie, also lived with us for most of my childhood.  From age 4 to age 12, she was the official cook of our family.  There never was a Southern Belle as Southern as my grandma.  She was prim and proper, all about manners, and her Southern drawl could out drawl Scarlett O’Hara.  She met me at the school bus every day at 3:00 and served me a homecooked dinner every day at 3:30.

My Grandma

 

Most people who knew my grandma say I’m just like her, down to my blue eyes and dirty blonde hair, my ability to read 10 books in a week, my love of learning, my sarcastic attitude, and my dislike of people.  (Okay, just kidding on that last one, but sometimes…) I really am so much like her–and there you have why I claim my Southern roots in the same sentence that I claim my Southern California-ness.

Since I’ve become the unofficial cook of every family get-together, my dad quite often likes to ask me to recreate his childhood favorites and the Pioneer Woman has become my go-to to find recipes that he’ll like.  I made this Layered Salad last Christmas, and it has become a huge favorite in our family since then.

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I love how easy this layered salad is to throw this together.  You just chop up all the veggies and eggs, grate the cheese, and top it with dressing, and you’re done. You can make it up to 8 hours ahead and keep it in the refrigerator while you’re getting the rest of your meal ready.   The layering makes it so pretty, it’s perfect for a party or BBQ. 

You can definitely switch up the combination of veggies in this salad to fit your tastes.  Leave out the tomatoes or eggs, switch it up for some red onion–it’s cool.  You could give it a Southwestern spin with some chiles and some pepper jack cheese; you could do make it an Asian chicken salad with some crispy rice noodles on top, some mandarin oranges, and maybe even a layer of shredded chicken.  The possibilities are endless.  But–do me a favor? Try it this way at least once! I promise it’s delicious and totally worth it.

Perfect Picnic Layered Salad

adapted from The Pioneer Woman

Ingredients:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce
  • 2 cups baby spinach; washed, dried, and torn into small pieces
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 8 eggs; hardboiled and roughly chopped
  • 16 slices bacon; cooked + crumbled
  • 4 tomatoes; diced
  • 6 green onions; sliced
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese; grated (please, PLEASE grate it off the block! It’s sooo much better)
  • 1 bag (10 oz) frozen peas; slightly defrosted

For the dressing:

  • 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

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In a big glass bowl, place the ingredients in the order they appear above.

First, romaine lettuce (btw, you can cheat this and use one bag of pre-washed, pre-chopped romaine if you’re in a hurry):

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Then layer the spinach and sprinkle salad with a little salt and some fresh cracked black pepper.

Add the eggs and bacon, concentrating the ingredients around the edges of the bowl.  

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Perfect Picnic Layered Salad @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #salad #bbq #summe

Fill the center with a little extra spinach if needed to even out the layers:

Perfect Picnic Layered Salad @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #salad #bbq #summe

 

Add the layer of tomatoes, then sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper:

Perfect Picnic Layered Salad @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #salad #bbq #summe

Concentrate your ingredients around the edges so the layers show through the glass.  Remember: you can always add spinach to the center to even the layers up:

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Next, add the green onions:

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The cheddar:

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And top with the peas:

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In a separate bowl, mix together the dressing ingredients:

Perfect Picnic Layered Salad @ Ya Gotta Have a Hobby #salad #bbq #summe

Top the peas with the dressing, using a spatula to spread it into an even layer, sealing the salad:

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And there you have it!

Place it into the refrigerator for at least an hour to let it get thoroughly chilled and set up.  Just before serving, use two large forks to mix it up.

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Perfect Picnic Layered Salad
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  2. 2 cups baby spinach, washed and torn into small pieces
  3. salt + pepper to taste
  4. 8 eggs, hardboiled and roughly chopped
  5. 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  6. 4 tomatoes, diced
  7. 6 green onions, sliced
  8. 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  9. 1 bag (10 oz.) frozen peas, slightly defrosted
For the dressing
  1. 1-1/2 cups mayonnaise
  2. 1-1/2 cups sour cream
  3. 2 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a large glass bowl in the order listed above. Concentrate all ingredients on the sides of the bowl, filling the center with lettuce if needed to even the layers.
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl, then spread over the top of the salad with a spatula, sealing in the edges.
  3. Refrigerate for up to 8 hours, and at least one hour. Toss salad just before serving.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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Easy Father’s Day Dessert: Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs

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Since the weather is getting hotter, and summer is clearly on its way, I thought I’d share a delicious and super easy dessert with you today that you can enjoy all summer long! It’s also perfect for Father’s Day grilling.  If you missed it, this week I’ve shared three other awesome grilling ideas for Father’s Day: Guinness Marinated Grilled Steaks with Blue Cheese Romaine Wedges, Grilled BBQ Turkey Cheeseburger Skewers, AND Green Tea Marinated Beef Skewers.  Whew.  I’ve been a grilling fool lately, and I thought  it would be really fun to have a grilled dessert, too.  One of my favorites in the summer is strawberry shortcake–gotta love those fresh, Farmer’s Market berries–so today I give you my Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs.

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These Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs take all the flavors you expect in your strawberry shortcake, and just up the ante a bit.  I used triangles of poundcake, some sliced white peaches, halved strawberries, and a yummy cinnamon-ginger glaze to cook these up in less than 15 minutes.

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I love the fact that this dessert takes just seconds to throw together.  It’s perfect for a mid-week summer treat or even a special holiday occasion.  The grill caramelizes the sugars in the fruit, making it extra sweet and super addicting.  I may have saved a couple and eaten them for breakfast the next morning.  Don’t judge me.

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The simple glaze–made from melted butter, honey, a pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of ginger–tastes amazing too! It would be good on just about any kind of fruit if you wanted to use whatever fruit you have on hand.  It also makes the plain poundcake taste like some sort of fancy donut.  I am seriously in love.  I might be caught dipping my finger in and eating in straight from the mixing bowl.  I told you–don’t judge me.

I hope you’ll give these delicious and super easy Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs a try–they are SO worth it.

Grilled Peach Strawberry Shortcake Kebobs

Makes approximately 15 kebobs.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 white peaches (slightly firm works best), sliced
  • 1 small carton strawberries, hulled and halved
  • 1 package (8 total) poundcake dessert cups, cut into quarters

**Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 20 minutes before threading with fruit and grilling, to avoid charring on the grill.

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1.  Combine butter and honey in a small microwaveable bowl.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, until butter is melted.  Stir butter and honey to combine, then add cinnamon and ginger.  Stir to mix in the spices, set aside.

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2.  Thread poundcake, strawberries, and peaches onto skewers, repeating twice per skewer.

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3.  Brush the cinnamon-ginger glaze generously onto each skewer.

Heat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.  If using a grill pan, spray with nonstick cooking spray before heating.  Place skewers onto grill.

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4.  Cook skewers for approximately 3-4 minutes per side, or until grill marks are visible.

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That’s all, folks!

Could it really be any simpler? I don’t think so! Have a wonderful and hopefully delicious Father’s Day weekend!

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Coconut Key Lime Pie Energy Bites

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In my quest to be healthier this year, I knew one of the areas I needed a major overhaul in were my snacks.   I’ve always relied on snacks like pretzels, tortilla chips, crackers, and maybe a piece of cheese every now and then.  As you can probably tell, I am really bad at eating balanced snacks–I usually carb it up! I made it one of my goals to eat healthier, more balanced snacks–now I never have a snack that’s JUST carbs, it has to be paired with a protein.  On top of that, I decided to try to avoid processed snacks as much as possible.  This means I have to take some time each week to make fresh, homemade snacks, but it’s been totally worth it! My search for easy, homemade, balanced, and energizing snacks led me to make these Coconut Key Lime Energy Bites!

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One day while I was home sick, I asked my mom to pick me up a bag of limes (I am addicted to EVERYTHING lime flavored–I like to slice them and add them to my water every day).  Not knowing the difference, she brought me home a HUGE bag of key limes.  They’re slightly more tart and have a stronger taste than regular limes, but they still work the same. I really loved the taste, but putting them in water wasn’t enough for me–otherwise half the bag was going to go bad! I searched the web for lots of different key lime recipes, and this one from Spoonful of Flavor definitely caught my eye.

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One of the best parts of this recipe is that it comes together in about five minutes in the food processor.  It basically takes no time at all, and you have a great snack ready to nibble on all week.

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These really do give you energy, especially because they’re a great balance of fruit (a healthy carb), sugar, and protein.  I love to grab a few of these as a snack before my Zumba class to pump me up, or as a post-workout snack to help replace my energy.  Either way, they’re perfect for snacking during the day. I bet kids would love them too!

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I love how easy these energy bites are, too.  You combine pitted dates, almonds, cashews, coconut, key lime juice and zest, and a little salt in your food processor, whirl it together, shape them into little balls, and roll them in coconut. I mean, really, could it be any easier?

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Coconut Key Lime Energy Balls

Makes about 24 bites.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup coconut, plus extra for rolling
  • 4 key limes, zested and juiced
  • Pinch of salt

In a food processor, add dates:

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Nuts:

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Lime zest and juice, salt, and coconut:

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Pulse until ingredients start to come together.  Scoop the mixture out one spoonful at a time, and roll into 1 inch balls with your fingers.  

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Roll bites in remaining coconut.  Store in a sealed ziploc bag or container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Enjoy!

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Time for Father’s Day Grilling: Green Tea Marinated Beef Skewers and Pomegranate Tea Summer Sangria with Bigelow Tea #AmericasTea

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Father’s Day is just around the corner, and you know one thing that dads love? That’s right–grilling! Today I’ve got two unique and delicious recipes that will liven up your Father’s Day grilling, with the help of Bigelow Tea.

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I know you’re probably thinking, tea and grilling?!? They aren’t necessarily two words you think of that go together.  When it comes to tea, maybe you just enjoy a tall glass of iced tea at a BBQ or some sweet tea on the patio while you’re grilling up a delicious family dinner.

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But today I’ve got two recipes that use tea in some different but delicious ways: spicy, Asian-influenced Green Tea Marinated Beef Skewers, and a non-alcoholic, sangria-inspired tea spritzer–Pomegranate Tea Summer Sangria.

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I picked up Bigelow’s Original Green Tea at my local Walmart to add flavor to my grilled skewers.  Walmart has several different varieties of Bigelow’s green tea, but I find the original tea the best for this recipe.

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While there, I also picked up Bigelow’s new Pomegranate Black Tea, which I used as the base of my nonalcoholic sangria.

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Bigelow’s tea is the perfect choice for a Father’s Day celebration.  It’s a three-generation family owned American company that produces quality tea.  Their foil pouches keep tea fresh and delicious, and ready to add flavor to these delicious recipes.  I know the dad in your life will love them!

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Both of these recipes need to be started the night before your Father’s Day celebration.  The beef needs at least 24 hours to marinate, while the sangria tastes best after the fruit and tea have melded at least overnight in the fridge.

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The result is a spicy, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth beef skewer, and a sweet, fruity, and refreshing sparkling tea.  The sangria is the perfect way to cool off after a day of celebrating.  It’s full of summer’s most delicious fruit, paired with Bigelow’s delicious new Pomegranate Black Tea and some club soda for a little sparkle.  It’s also perfect to cool down after these spicy Asian kabobs. They get their flavor from chili oil, soy sauce, jalapeno, ginger, garlic, sriracha, and of course–green tea (yes, just the leaves!).

I think you–and the dad in your life–will love these tea-flavored recipes for Father’s Day!

Green Tea Marinated Beef Skewers

Makes about 10 skewers

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lb beef roast (I used a chuck roast), cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sesame chili oil
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • zest & juice of 1 medium lemon (about a tablespoon of zest and 1/4 c of juice)
  • 2 green tea bags, opened
  • 1 jalapeno chile, minced, with seeds and veins removed
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 large red onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 yellow squash, cut in half and sliced
  • 1 zucchini, cut in half and sliced
  • 1 small container cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • nonstick cooking spray

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1.  Combine first nine ingredients together in a large, resealable plastic bag.  Shake thoroughly to mix and coat beef cubes. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours (or at least overnight).

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2.  Before grilling, place your wooden skewers in cold water for about 20 minutes, to keep them from burning on the grill.

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3.  Just before grilling, season veggies with salt and pepper to taste.

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4.  Thread meat and veggies onto skewers, alternating beef cubes with tomatoes, squash, zucchini, and onion.  I used about 4 cubes of beef per skewer.

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I also put the remaining veggies on their own skewers, to serve alongside the beef skewers.

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5.  Spray grill with nonstick cooking spray, then heat to medium heat. Place skewers on the grill and cook for 10-15 minutes, or until beef reaches your desired color of pink (I like mine well-done with NO pink!).

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Serve skewers alongside grilled veggies and brown rice if desired.

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Pomegranate Tea Summer Sangria

Makes 10-12 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Bigelow Pomegranate Black Tea Bags
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 2 cups water + 4 cups cold water
  • ice
  • 1 large orange, half juiced, the other half cut into wedges
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 nectarine, cut into slices
  • 1 peach, cut into slices
  • 2 plums, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup fresh sliced strawberries
  • 1 liter club soda

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**For a step-by-step picture guide to making perfect sweet tea, check out my Perfect Sweet Tea tutorial here.

1.  Make the sweet tea base: Bring two cups water to a boil in a saucepan.  Meanwhile, combine sugar and baking soda in a large glass measuring cup.  Also, place 4 cups cold water into a large pitcher.  When water boils, add the tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.  Add tea bags to the cold water, then pour the hot tea into the sugar mixture.  Stir to dissolve sugar and baking soda, then fill the measuring cup to the top with ice.  Add the iced tea to the pitcher and stir to combine. Remove tea bags. Voila!

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2.  Add all the fruit except the strawberries to the pitcher, and refrigerate overnight.

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3.  Before serving, add the strawberries and the club soda to the pitcher and gently stir to combine.

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When serving, use a spoon to hold the fruit back as your pour, then scoop some fruit out on the top of the glass.  Garnish with a lime wedge (and a fun paper straw!).

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Bigelow Tea fits perfectly into your Father’s Day grilling plans. I hope you’ll give these Green Tea Marinated Beef Skewers and this Pomegranate Tea Summer Sangria a try. I know you’ll love it!

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#ad Easy Grilling Ideas with Tyson: Cinco De Mayo Wings Three Ways

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Summer is almost here, which means it’s time for grilling! I love cooking outside on the grill when it’s warm and sunny.  One of our first big cookout days of the year will be here in less than a week–Cinco De Mayo! Being born and raised in California, I am a big fan of Mexican cuisine–I eat something Mexican-inspired at least three or four times a week.  Today I’ve combined my love of grilling and my love of Mexican food with three easy grilling ideas, thanks to Tyson’s Grillin’ Wings.  I’ve got three different twists on grilled chicken wings: Spicy Southwestern, Chile Lime, and Mexican Mole.  You’re gonna love these Cinco De Mayo Chicken Wings, Three Ways.

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I picked up Tyson Grillin’ Wings in the frozen section of my local Sam’s Club.  You can find them right in the freezer with all of Tyson’s other chicken products.  These are really so cool–they’re fully cooked and seasoned “Smokehouse style,” which gives them tons of flavor, even just on their own.  (I might have eaten a few right off the grill!)

Even better, these Tyson wings are  super easy to make: just pop them on the grill for 12-15 minutes, and they’re done in no time.  If you’ve got a stovetop grill pan or outdoor grill, you’ll have appetizers or a quick meal in no time.

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Even better for those of us who want to eat healthily AND have tasty meals, these Tyson Grillin’ Wings make any grilled chicken recipe super easy and fast!

These chicken wing recipes are perfect for any Cinco De Mayo or summertime outdoor grilling get-together.  They come together super fast–the sauces and rub can be made ahead and reheated  the day of your party–which means less time in the kitchen, and more time to party! Serve these alongside other grilled favorites like chile lime corn, grilled smashed potatoes, or grilled peaches with whipped cream for dessert, and you’ll have a stellar meal in no time. Add icy drinks (a margarita maybe?), and you’re really good to go!

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I’ve got three great ideas for Mexican style chicken wings that I know you’re going to love.  The Spicy Southwestern wings are encrusted with spices like cumin, coriander, paprika, and chili powder, then quickly grilled to seal in the flavor. If you like a little spicy kick, these are going to be the wings for you!

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The Mexican Mole wings are grilled, then simmered for a few minutes in a quick version of traditional mole sauce, flavored with chocolate and cinnamon.  It sounds like a crazy combination of ingredients–but these are my absolute favorite! They’re unique, but they’re also a total crowd pleaser.  The chocolate and cinnamon just make you say “Hmm, what IS that?” as you’re savoring the amazing flavor. You can serve them alongside extra sauce for dipping, too!

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Lastly, my Chile Lime wings are a riff on my summertime favorite street food, Grilled Corn with Chile and Lime.  I created a creamy dip with Greek yogurt, mayo, fresh lime juice, chili powder, garlic and coriander, which came together in the blender in seconds flat.  (I am all about convenience–the less chopping I have to do, the better!) I grilled the wings “naked,” arranged them on a platter, and served the sauce alongside.  So good, and super simple!

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You can choose one favorite recipe, or make them all for an easy Cinco de Mayo grilling party that will keep you part of the party, instead of a slave to the kitchen.  I love how easy Tyson’s Grillin’ Wings made my Cinco De Mayo platter.

 

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While I was at Sam’s Club, I also picked up some Country Time Lemonade–the perfect addition for your Cinco de Mayo grilling party.  It’s so easy to throw together a big pitcher with ice to cool your guests down.  I added some festive paper straws with shredded crepe paper on the ends–like mini pinata sticks!  Just snip fringe out of your crepe paper with scissors, roll the paper around one end of the straw, and attach with washi tape (or another craft tape).  Fluff the edges, and you’ve got Insta-Cinco De Mayo flair.

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Cinco De Mayo Chicken Wings–Three Ways

I used ONE bag of Tyson Grillin’ Wings, Smokehouse style for my platter you see above.  This makes approximately 40-50 wings (the bags are sold by weight, not pieces).  I divided my bag into approximately 15 wings per recipe.  You could feed about 6-8 people with this platter.  Or, make one bag with each recipe for a larger get together!

Spicy Southwestern Wings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne (decrease this if you don’t like your wings TOO spicy)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper

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Place all the spices in a large, resealable plastic baggie.  Shake to combine thoroughly.

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Place chicken wings inside bag with spices.  Shake to coat thoroughly.

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Heat your outdoor grill or stovetop grill pan to medium heat.  Remove wings from baggie, shaking as you do to remove the excess.  Place the wings on the grill.

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Cook for 12-15 minutes total, turning as necessary to evenly grill all sides.  The spice mixture should start to look “baked in” when the wings are ready.

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Mexican Mole Wings

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8oz.)
  • 1/2 can water (use the tomato sauce can)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter (or peanut butter)

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Place chicken wings on the grill for 12-15 minutes, until heated through.  Turn every few minutes to ensure even grill marks.

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In a medium saucepan, add the vegetable oil and heat over medium high heat.  Add the garlic, chili powder, cinnamon, and cumin and stir for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.

Add the can of tomato sauce, half a can of water (use the tomato sauce can), and chicken broth, and stir until combined.

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Stir in the chocolate chips and cocoa powder.

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Add the almond butter and a generous pinch of salt.  Bring the sauce to a slow boil, then turn down to a simmer.

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When the wings are finished grilling, add them to the saucepan with the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes, until slightly thickened and all wings are coated. Remove the wings to a platter, and pour extra sauce into a ramekin for dipping.

Chile Lime Wings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • pinch of salt

In a blender, combine all ingredients.

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Pulse blender until all ingredients are thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides with a spatula a few times to ensure everything is mixed together.

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Place the wings on your grill or grill pan for 12-15 minutes, turning to ensure even grilling and heating.

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Remove chicken to a platter.  You’ve got two options here: drizzle the sauce over the chicken before serving, or serve alongside your platter in a ramekin and allow your guests to pour their own sauce–up to you! (I prefer the self-serve method).

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And there you have it, folks! Three delicious Cinco De Mayo Chicken Wing recipes, made quick and easy thanks to Tyson‘s Grillin’ Wings.  These will make your Cinco de Mayo the best opening to the summer season yet! Head to Sam’s Club ASAP to get your summertime grilling season started right (the EASY way, am I right?!?).

Right now, Sam’s Club is offering an awesome deal for Tyson Grillin’ Wings fans.  Purchase one bag of participating Grillin’ Wings at Sam’s Club between 5/1 and 6/1, and you’ll receive a $5 Sam’s Club gift card! Just scan your receipt at send it to [email protected] via text or email.You’ll receive a validation code via email or text to use at tysonwings.com to receive your $5 Sam’s Club gift card. You’ll also be automatically entered to win a brand new grill from Sam’s Club! For more info, please visit www.drvsusa.com/wings.

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Farro with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Apples

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I consider this dinner a meeting of fate.  It was meant to be.  It just so happened that I was roaming the aisles of my local Trader Joe’s, shopping for quinoa, when I found a new product–10 minute farro.  It also just so happened that I had been reading my monthly issues of Rachael Ray and Cooking Light, and BOTH had features on incorporating new whole grains into your diet.  And it also just so happened that I didn’t use the pound of turkey sausage I had bought earlier in the week for my normal Turkey Sausage and Veggie Muffins.  All of these events combined to help me create this delicious creation–Farro with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Apples.

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I was a little apprehensive about trying farro.  Sometimes I get super excited about trying new ingredients, only to be severely disappointed in the way they taste–I think I get an idea in my head about what they must taste like, and when they taste differently, it’s just… disappointing.  I have no problems with farro though.  It’s like brown rice’s chewier, thicker, more delicious cousin.

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Farro has just enough bite to it that it almost reminds me of pasta.  It made this dish extra hearty–ultimate comfort food.  The combination of turkey sausage, spinach, and apples reminded me of a Thanksgiving stuffing. So good.

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Not only is farro really, really, really good–it’s good FOR you.  It’s got four times more fiber than white rice, plus magnesium and B vitamins.  Plus, since its a complex carb, it breaks down slowly, keeping your blood levels even and keeping your energy up.  Add to that the iron and vitamins from the spinach and apples–and you’ve got one fantastic meal.

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If you’re looking for a way to include more whole grains in your diet and you’re not sure where to start–this dinner’s for you! I promise that you’ll love it.

Farro with Turkey Sausage, Spinach, and Apples

Ingredients:

  • 1 package TJ’s 10 min farro,
  • 1 lb turkey sausage links-casings removed
  • 1 medium onion-diced
  • 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped
  • 2 small apples–diced
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 c chicken stock

Directions:

1.  Bring a pot of water to a boil; add farro and cook 10-12 mins. Drain and set aside.

2.  In a deep skillet, brown sausage in 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, about 5 mins. Add onion, garlic, apples, and spices. Cook about 5 mins more, until onion is translucent.

3.  Add spinach and cook until wilted.

4.  Add chicken stock and stir to scrape up browned bits from pan. Add farro and simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed, about ten mins. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Voilà!

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