Sunday, April 22, 2018

Simple Lemon Cake

This lemon cake is incredibly simple, but don't let that fool you! It's supremely moist and bursting with springtime lemon flavor. This is the perfect cake for a spring or summer potluck!

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This lemon cake is incredibly simple, but don't let that fool you! It's supremely moist and bursting with springtime lemon flavor.

You'll never need another lemon cake recipe again.

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • Pour the glaze over the cake immediately once it comes out of the oven! This way it soaks into every little crevice, making it extra moist and extra delicious. As the cake cools, the glaze will form a really yummy crackly layer on top (my favorite part!).
  • Just use a normal fork to poke the holes in the cake. This isn't a poke cake that needs giant holes for a thick mixture to fill. We're just pouring a very thin liquid onto the cake, so small holes are better for saturating every bit of the cake while keeping the surface intact.
  • Don't sub sugar-free Jell-O. For all intents and purposes in this recipe, sugar free will not work the same way as regular Jell-O.
  • You can eat this cake warm, room temp, or chilled. I've tried it all three ways and can't pick a favorite-- they're all different and delicious! 
This lemon cake is incredibly simple, but don't let that fool you! It's supremely moist and bursting with springtime lemon flavor.

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Lemon Jell-O Cake

This lemon cake is incredibly simple, but don't let that fool you! It's supremely moist and bursting with springtime lemon flavor. This is the perfect cake for a spring or summer potluck!

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 30 MINStotal time: 45 mins

ingredients

  • For the Cake:
  • • 1 lemon cake mix
  • • 3 ounce package lemon Jell-O (just the DRY mix)
  • • 4 eggs
  • • 1 1/3 cup water
  • • 2/3 cup oil

For the Glaze:
  • • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • • 1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar

instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Prepare a 9x13 baking pan by lightly spraying with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk together all cake ingredients: cake mix, lemon Jell-O mix, eggs, water, and oil.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes.

4. Towards the end of baking time, make the glaze: whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth.

5. Remove the cake from the oven, and while it is still warm: poke little holes over the entire top of the cake using a fork, and pour the glaze over the cake.

Serve warm or chilled or anywhere in between! 

notes

Calories 304 | Total Fat 11g | Saturated Fat 2g | Carbohydrates 47g | Fiber 0g | Sugars 33g | Protein 3g
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This lemon cake is incredibly simple, but don't let that fool you! It's supremely moist and bursting with springtime lemon flavor.

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Perfect Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls were perfectly golden on top and pillow soft in the middle. Plus, this recipe makes a BIG batch, which I think is a must in a dinner roll recipe!

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These dinner rolls were perfectly golden on top and pillow soft in the middle. Plus, this recipe makes a BIG batch, which I think is a must in a dinner roll recipe!

Looking for the perfect dinner roll recipe? You've found it.

A fEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • It's very important that these rolls get two FULL rises. What constitutes a "full" rise? The dough needs to double in size. The first time in the bowl and the second time after it's been divided into rolls and is rising on the pan just before baking. This is the only way to get that supremely soft and fluffy center!
  • After the first rise, don't knead the dough any more. Turn the bowl upside down over a floured surface (I like to sprinkle flour over a kitchen towel so that I minimize the mess on my countertop) and let the dough fall out of the bowl. This allows you to keep as many air bubbles as possible trapped in the dough, creating more softness in the final product.
  • You can speed up the rise process by placing the bowl or the pan on a heating pad. I do this often and get the exact same results in about 30-40 minutes as I do when I let the dough rise for hours at room temp.
  • I made 16 rolls with this dough, but it could easily make more rolls than that. My 16 rolls were HUGE. But if you do make more than 16 rolls, they'll be a little smaller so be sure to adjust the baking time-- they'll need less time in the oven!

These dinner rolls were perfectly golden on top and pillow soft in the middle. Plus, this recipe makes a BIG batch, which I think is a must in a dinner roll recipe!

These dinner rolls were perfectly golden on top and pillow soft in the middle. Plus, this recipe makes a BIG batch, which I think is a must in a dinner roll recipe!

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Perfect Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls were perfectly golden on top and pillow soft in the middle. Plus, this recipe makes a BIG batch, which I think is a must in a dinner roll recipe!

prep time: cook time: 12 MINStotal time: 12 mins

ingredients

  • 1½ tablespoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ cup warm water
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4¾ cups flour 
  • 2 teaspoons salt



instructions

Stir the yeast and the teaspoon of sugar in the warm water (think bath water) and let rest for about 5 minutes or until foamy.
In a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Mix in the eggs one at a time.
Add the milk, 4 cups of the flour, the salt, and the yeast mixture. Use the bread hook to knead and mix the dough until it is pulling away from the edges of the bowl (add more flour as needed).
Once a smooth, elastic dough has formed, cover it with a damp towel and place in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size.
Transfer the dough to a well floured surface and divide into 16-20 balls of dough. Place on a greased baking sheet, spread evenly apart.
Cover with towel and once again allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350ºF. Bake the rolls for 12-14 minutes, until golden on top.
Optional: brush the tops with more butter while warm.

notes

Calories 268 | Total Fat 12g | Saturated Fat 7g | Carbohydrates 33g | Fiber 1 | Sugars 8g | Protein 5g

Nutrition calculated for 16 rolls per recipe.
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These dinner rolls were perfectly golden on top and pillow soft in the middle. Plus, this recipe makes a BIG batch, which I think is a must in a dinner roll recipe!


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Healthy & Instant Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Ice cream that just takes a few minutes and is good for you!

Healthy & Instant Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Spring is upon us and summer is right around the corner. That being said we can't have enough cooling and refreshing recipes in our arsenal to help us get through the heat. I honestly dread summer. I hate the heat and try to avoid it like the plague. I know many people differ with me on that aspect (especially my wife), but I look for any and all relief from the heat and when I say heat, I mean 80° and above.

So I am hot a good chunk of the year and I seek out solutions to cool me down. Whether that's investing in a cooling pillow, finding any sliver of shade available, swimming, enjoying a good lemonade, etc., I try to utilize them all.
This recipe is perfect for subsiding the effects of the heat and crazy easy and quick. This ice cream is also made up of a few healthy and simple ingredients. I love homemade ice cream but the time it takes to make it sometimes frustrates me. That's one reason I love this recipe. You throw those few ingredients into the food processor, blend for a little bit, and your ice cream is then ready for you. 

Healthy & Instant Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Ice Cream

This ice cream is creamy, smooth, and refreshining. Do yourself a favor this heat season and cool yourself down in a healthy way! Enjoy!

Keaton

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Soft & Fluffy Protein Waffles

These Soft & Fluffy Protein Waffles are a delicious and nutrition-packed way to start the day! Two BIG waffles with 15g of protein and practically melt in your mouth.

I'm not always following a Weight Watchers plan, but I do love following lots of WW instagram accounts just to scope out new recipes and fun products. One of my favorite WW accounts is @mudhustler, creator of the Big A** Waffle, which is a waffle made out of Quest protein powder, pancake mix, and an egg white. It's an awesome way to get your protein in while feeling like you're eating a treat! I'm sharing a modified version that I like even better.

These Soft & Fluffy Protein Waffles are a delicious and nutrition-packed way to start the day! Two BIG waffles with 15g of protein and practically melt in your mouth.

These are the BEST protein waffles on the internet!

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • If you go to Mudhustler's original recipe, he calls for Kodiak Cakes pancake mix. However, I'm switching that up and using a regular pancake mix instead. That's the key to making these just as soft and fluffy as regular waffles, and it doesn't change the nutrition all that drastically. I used Great Value Complete Pancake Mix from Walmart-- but any just add water pancake mix should do the trick!
  • Just like Mudhustler suggests, I used Quest Salted Caramel Protein Powder. However, I've used different brands and flavors in the past, and it worked out just fine. Quest has a vanilla powder that I want to try in this recipe next. But I will say that the Salted Caramel powder makes these waffles smell AMAZING while they are cooking!
  • This recipe will make TWO waffles, but it's just ONE serving. Make sense? Because I'm subbing out the kodiak cakes, there is a lot more leavening in this recipe than in Mudhuster's original recipe. Which means the batter gets a LOT bigger-- which means it overflows if you put it all in the waffle iron at once. So be patient and make two, and then eat them both :)
  • My waffle maker is similar to this Cuisinart Belgian waffle maker. I don't know how this recipe will cook up in other types of waffle makers, so you'll have to experiment a little to find what works if you're not using something similar to mine.
These Soft & Fluffy Protein Waffles are a delicious and nutrition-packed way to start the day! Two BIG waffles with 15g of protein and practically melt in your mouth.

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Soft & Fluffy Protein Waffles

These Soft & Fluffy Protein Waffles are a delicious and nutrition-packed way to start the day! Two BIG waffles with 15g of protein and practically melt in your mouth.

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 1 MINStotal time: 6 mins

ingredients

1/4 cup pancake mix (any kind that says "just add water")
1 scoop Quest Nutrition Salted Caramel Protein Powder
1 egg white
2/3 cup water

instructions

Preheat your waffle iron and grease generously with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk together all of the ingredients. Pour half of the batter into the prepared waffle iron and cook until golden brown (about 1 minute 15 seconds for mine). Repeat with remaining batter.

notes

Calories 222 | Fat 1g | Saturated Fat 0g | Carbohydrates 24g | Fiber 2g | Sugar 2g | Protein 28g
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These Soft & Fluffy Protein Waffles are a delicious and nutrition-packed way to start the day! Two BIG waffles with 15g of protein and practically melt in your mouth.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Healthy Chickpea Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies with a chickpea base that result in moist, chewy, delicious cookies!
Healthy Chickpea Gluten Free Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies
My wife kept showing me that she saw there were these cookies made from chick peas and they looked so good! She likes plain roasted chickpeas so her credibility was shot for me in the chickpea category (I think plain chickpeas are disgusting). She finally had enough one day and despite my skepticism she went ahead and made a batch

She told me they turned out just ok, and she liked them, but thought I'd had them. WRONG. They were amazing and I found myself eating one after another and asking for another batch. The only critique we had on the first batch was we wanted them a little crispier and we were able to achieve that after some experimenting.

Healthy Chickpea Gluten Free Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies
The chickpea base makes this cookie moist, but also almost seemingly uncooked (still delicious this way) without a little bit of extra time.

This cookie is gluten free, eggless, and good for you. It is so good to hear of a cookie that is good for you. There isn't much more exciting news to hear in life than that! Something else great about this recipe is how easy it is to make. You throw several ingredients into a food processor, form it into dough, and bake and then you're done. That simple!

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Long story short, this cookie has an amazing flavor profile with the texture of that close to a chewy chips ahoy cookie. Please do yourself a favor and make this cookie instead of the traditional sugar and butter packed cookie!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Kielbasa Tortellini Alfredo

A recipe for tortellini and kielbasa with a homemade, creamy alfredo sauce. Add this pasta dish to your weeknight dinner rotation!

Pasta-holics, this tortellini masterpiece is for YOU! It's rich and creamy, and you'll feel satisfied sooner than you think. The kielbasa adds yummy texture and depth of flavor to really kick the alfredo up a notch!

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A recipe for tortellini and kielbasa with a homemade, creamy alfredo sauce. Add this pasta dish to your weeknight dinner rotation!

Kielbasa Tortellini Alfredo is an easy dinner recipe the whole family will love!

A FEW THINGS TO NOTE ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

  • A nonstick pot or skillet is the best option for this dish. Otherwise the kielbasa will stick and burn to the bottom of the dish. 
  • I used turkey kielbasa. You don't have to use turkey, but the nutrition information I'm providing will be based on using turkey kielbasa (just FYI).
  • If you don't have heavy cream, you can sub half and half or even just plain milk (but I wouldn't recommend using almond milk or other non-dairy substitutes).
A recipe for tortellini and kielbasa with a homemade, creamy alfredo sauce. Add this pasta dish to your weeknight dinner rotation!

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Kielbasa Tortellini Alfredo

A recipe for tortellini and kielbasa with a homemade, creamy alfredo sauce. Add this pasta dish to your weeknight dinner rotation!

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins

ingredients

9 ounces tortellini (any flavor)
approximately 13 ounces kielbasa, sliced
2 tbsp butter
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream, half and half, or milk
2 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste

instructions

Cook the tortellini according to the directions on the package. Drain in a colander and set aside.
Add a little olive oil or nonstick cooking spray to the pot and cook the kielbasa over medium heat (kielbasa is already technically cooked, so you're really just looking to nicely brown the meat).
Remove the kielbasa from the pot and add to the tortellini in the colander.
Return the pot to the heat (leave the juices and bits from the kielbasa) and add the butter.
When the butter has melted, add the garlic and red pepper. Stir for about 30 seconds, careful not to burn the garlic.
Whisk in the flour. Stir for about 30 seconds, until starting to brown.
Add the milk and cream very slowly, whisking continually until mixture is smooth and thick.
Mix in the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper.
Remove from heat and add the tortellini and kielbasa back in. Toss to coat.
Serve immediately.

notes

© Keat's Eats 2018

calories

666

fat (grams)

39

sat. fat (grams)

21

carbs (grams)

41

protein (grams)

39

sugar (grams)

5
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