Friday, July 21, 2017

35+ Not Your Average Pancake Recipes

From Glaze Donut Pancakes to Maple Bacon Pancake, you will find almost any pancake recipe you need right here!


Not Your Average Pancake Recipes
Not Your Average Pancake Recipes

I would easily make any of these recipes! There are so many different pancake recipes. Too many to choose from, and just choosing one leaves you with disappointment for not making any of the others! Try some out!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Carne Asada Fries

Homemade french fries with delicious, Mexican flavored steak and favorite Latin American sides on top!


Homemade french fries with delicious, Mexican flavored steak and sides on top!

This dish is honestly in my top 5 favorite foods of all time. It is the perfect blend of flavors and textures to me. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't love fries, cheese, beautifully flavored steak, and Mexican crema??? I love all those things individually, but when you put them together with a few other choice ingredients, I mean what beats that combination? Not much for me.

For this recipe I marinated some thin cut steak over night, baked my favorite homemade extra crispy fries you can access by clicking this link, grilled my steak, and topped my fries with a few of my favorite simple but flavorful Latin American sides and toppings such as avocado, lime zest, and Mexican crema.

Seriously one of my favorite foods of all time. I consider it a meal instead of an appetizer and I'm sure if you have tried something like this before you can see where I'm coming from! Seriously hope you try this one out for your own personal meal or to share with friends and family as an appetizer!!! Its a winner,

Keaton

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Chocolate Chip Banana Zucchini Bread

It's hard to believe this indulgent chocolate chip bread is full of fruits and vegetables!

It's hard to believe this indulgent chocolate chip bread is full of fruits and vegetables!

My mom has made the same recipe for banana bread for as long as I can remember, and it's a solid part of the memories from my childhood and teen years. I can even remember my mom sticking a wrapped loaf of her bread in my backpack as she put me on a plane to head out West for college. 

Her banana bread is home to all of us kids. I think it will always be my favorite food to find sitting on her countertop when I go sniffing around for a treat at her house.

Today's recipe is a spin-off of that special recipe. To my mom's banana bread, I simply added one medium zucchini (shredded, of course) and an extra dash of nutmeg. It's still her famous bread, but with an extra serving of vegetables that no one will ever suspect!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have :)

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Sour Patch Frozen Grapes

A delicious, healthy snack that's way better than eating candy!

A delicious, healthy snack that's way better than eating candy!

I went back and forth over whether or not to post this recipe. Because in all honesty, it's so simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe. But in the end, I decided that it's just too good not to share.

I thought everyone had heard of sour patch frozen grapes by now-- I've been seeing them on Pinterest for years. But my husband took some to work, and he said people were totally thrown by the concept. And my mother-in-law recently visited and said she'd never heard of them either.

So, since it appears there are still people in the world who have never tried this freakishly good healthy treat, allow me to introduce you to my newest snack addiction:

A delicious, healthy snack that's way better than eating candy!

All you're looking at is a pile of grapes that have been rinsed, tossed in jello mix, and frozen.

That's it!

But let me tell you-- these are GOOD. Like amazing good. Like, I don't even miss my ice cream and cookies at night kind of good.

A delicious, healthy snack that's way better than eating candy!

Do they taste "just like candy," as I've seen so often claimed on Pinterest?? No. They don't.

They don't taste like sour patch kids at all. Rather, they get their name from the different flavors of Jell-O you can use to coat them (similar flavors to sour patch kids candy, and they have a similar granular look).

But that doesn't mean they aren't incredible. They are. In fact, I think these are way BETTER than sour patch kids. I'd categorize their taste as more of like a slushy, which makes these the perfect summer time treat!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do :)  PS- if you're on Weight Watchers, these are ZERO points! Woot!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Extra Crispy Oven Baked French Fries

The crispiness you like from your fried fries without the grease and mess of frying!


The crispiness you like from your fried fries without the grease and mess of frying!

A little while ago I posted this crispy oven baked sweet potato recipe. That is a recipe that has been circulating around our family ever since with much frequency for good reason. My wife and I have made homemade french fries ever since we married but have had a hard time ever getting them to the level of crispiness we would like. After making those sweet potato fries though, I figured it would work possibly, even more effectively with normal potatoes. Hence, this recipe.

The crispiness you like from your fried fries without the grease and mess of frying!

Its almost identical to the sweet potato fries recipe with a few minor adjustments in order to make them even crispier.

A few keys I have found to be of most importance when trying to get your fries crispy include a coat of corn starch, spreading the fries apart from each other on the baking pan, baking on parchment paper, and after the baking is done, shutting the oven off but leaving the fries in for an additional 20 - 20 minutes with the door cracked open.


The crispiness you like from your fried fries without the grease and mess of frying!

I know, I know. These steps might be a little tedious and ridiculous but they actually work! If you want some crispy oven baked fries, I'm telling you how! I went way too long with below par, soggy, oven baked fries because I didn't believe these ridiculous steps were worth the time....W-R-O-N-G! So worth the time. Won't ever make them any other way now!  Enjoy,

Keaton

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