Cream Cheese Garlic Dip

This is like what you pay extra for to go with your breadsticks when you order pizza, only better!  Super easy and only 4 ingredients!

Cream Cheese Garlic Dip
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Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 5 minutes
Cream Cheese Garlic Dip
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Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 1/4 cups 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients with mixer and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve with breadsticks or crackers.
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Fruit, Nut and Seed Granola

You can change this to include your favorite granola ingredients.  The grandkids and I love this recipe!  It makes a healthy snack that is quite filling.  This will be a great snack to take with us on vacation.

Fruit, Nut and Seed Granola
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Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Fruit, Nut and Seed Granola
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Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pour the oats, nuts, seeds, fruit and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the almond butter and honey. Mix well. Combine the almond butter mixture with the oat mixture, and stir until well combined.
  3. Pour the granola mixture onto the parchment paper lined pan, and spread out evenly. Bake for 1/2 hour or so, stirring halfway through.
  4. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool in the pan for an hour or two until it dries out. Store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

I found a bag of dried fruit & raw nuts at Costco.  It contained all the fruits and nuts that I needed for this recipe.  I just used 1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds and 1 3/4 cup of this mixture.

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Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Sesame Seeds

These carrots are roasted until they become sweetly caramalized.  Add garlic and sesame seeds for a delicious treat!

Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Sesame Seeds
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Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Roasted Carrots with Garlic and Sesame Seeds
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Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 10 minutes
Cook Time
35 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400. Peel and cut carrots into 2-3" lengths. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Add sesame seeds. Bake for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, coarsely chop the garlic. After the carrots have baked for 30 minutes, remove from oven and add garlic. Stir to combine. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.
Recipe Notes

We buy peeled garlic from Costco in a large bag.  Then it can be put in freezer and used as needed.

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Roasted Sweet Onion & Garlic Dip

This is great served with a veggie tray, tortilla chips, potato chips or pita chips!

Roasted Sweet Onion & Garlic Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Roasted Sweet Onion & Garlic Dip
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Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
2 1/2 cups 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Remove papery skin from garlic head, but do not peel or separate cloves. Place on a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in foil and place on a baking sheet.
  2. Place each onion on a piece of foil, cut side down. Drizzle with olive oil, but do not wrap with foil. Place on baking sheet with garlic and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and wrap onions with foil. Return to oven for another 30 minutes.
  3. After onions and garlic have cooled awhile, separate garlic cloves and squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard the skins. Put all ingredients in food processor. Process until it is well mixed and a smooth consistency.
Recipe Notes

You can also use the garlic cloves that are already peeled.  We buy a large bag from Costco and freeze them.  Then we just take out whatever amount we need and use it.  For this recipe, just put a handful on the piece of foil and continue as described.  No need to extract garlic pulp from the skins this way!

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Irish Soda Bread

This is much faster and easier than making bread from yeast, but is very delicious!  Total time for preparation and baking is about 35 minutes if you are using buttermilk.  This is a moist, tender bread rather than the crusty bread that I usually make.  This is wonderful for sandwiches, but also makes good toast.

If you desire sesame seeds, poppy seeds, or caraway seeds on the bread, that is an option.  If you want to add 1 cup of raisins or cranberries, you can do that too!  This is very versatile!

I like to brush the top of my loaf with one of these choices:  egg wash (makes a crustier bread), butter or milk.  These will help make the crust a pretty brown.  However, it is totally up to you whether you do this or not!

Irish Soda Bread
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Irish Soda Bread
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. If you are not using buttermilk: In a cup or small bowl, stir together the milk and vinegar. Let stand for 10 minutes, or until curdled.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder. Stir in the buttermilk and honey until smooth.
  3. Scrape the dough out of the bowl onto a floured surface, and shape into a disc. Place the disc into a cast iron skillet. (Mine is 9 1/2" and was plenty big enough for a batch and a half.) Lightly cut a cross in the top of the loaf. Brush top of loaf with egg wash, milk, or butter (opt.) Now would be the time to add sesame seeds, poppy seeds, caraway seeds, etc.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the crust feels firm to the touch.
Recipe Notes

Although spelt is actually a type of wheat flour, most people with wheat allergies can digest spelt flour with no problem.  Obviously, you should not eat spelt if it is a problem for you.

The first instruction image was my first attempt at this bread.  It tasted great, but was pretty ugly because I did not brush the crust with any milk, butter or egg.  The other images were my second attempt.  I made a batch and a half and baked it for 30 minutes.  I forgot to cut the cross in the top of the loaf, but brushed it with butter before baking and shaped it better with my hands.  It is a much prettier loaf.

I made a double batch, used the same medium sized cast iron skillet and baked it for 35 minutes.  It was perfectly done!

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Pork Carnitas

These are even better the second day!

Pork Carnitas
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Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Pork Carnitas
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Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Combine the cumin, oregano, black pepper, and salt. Rub all over the pork roast. Place the pork in slow cooker (fat side up); spread onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic and cilantro all around it. Combine orange juice concentrate and lime juice and pour around the roast. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or on high for 6 hours. The meat should be very tender and falling apart. Remove from the crock pot and let cool. Shred the pork using an electric mixer. Place meat back into juices and refrigerate until the next day (for best results). Reheat the following day in the juices and use as desired.
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Chocolate Almond Granola

This is not at all sweet, but my husband loves it!  Of course, if you prefer it sweeter, add more brown sugar or honey!

Chocolate Almond Granola
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chocolate Almond Granola
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in large bowl. Combine liquid ingredients and add to dry ingredients. Stir to mix. Spread onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir. Return to oven and bake for another 10 minutes without stirring. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Break into large clusters. Store in covered container at room temperature.
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Stir Fried Veggies

This is actually the start of my Breakfast Skillet (http://www.cherylsrecipes.net/recipe/breakfast-skillet/), but without the eggs and cheese.  I make this often when I want a quick, healthy lunch.  If you are watching your carbs, you can leave the potato out, although this is a very small potato anyway.

Stir Fried Veggies
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Stir Fried Veggies
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat cast iron skillet on stove. Add avocado oil. Add potatoes and onions to skillet.
  2. Let that cook while you prep the other veggies.
  3. Add remaining veggies to skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until they are cooked as desired.
  4. I like to add roasted black sesame seeds to mine for extra flavor and nutrition.
Recipe Notes

Each serving contains 271 calories, 15 g fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 1131 mg potassium (32%), 31 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 6 g protein, 44% vitamin A, 180% vitamin C, 9% calcium, 19% iron

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