Chocolate Smoothie

Chocolate Smoothie
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This is my absolutely favorite breakfast right now. I am totally addicted to it!! It is like eating a huge bowl of ice cream for breakfast, but it is loaded with vitamins and nutrition! It is high in protein and fiber, so it is a great way to start your day! You can make this into 1 serving (which is what I do) or share it with someone else as a snack or part of a larger breakfast. This recipe actually makes 2 glasses of this smoothie. And trust me, you don't taste the spinach or kale at all!!! The entire recipe contains: 330 calories 12 g. fiber 5 g. fat 22 g. protein lots of potassium, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron As always, you can change the recipe to your liking. Substitute milk for the water, leave out the cottage cheese, change up the fruits, use frozen sweet cherries if you don't like the seedy texture of the berries, use a different (or no) protein powder.... I combine the frozen items (spinach, kale, berries, pineapple and banana) and freeze them in quart ziploc bags. Then I combine the dry ingredients and store those in small jelly jars. Then when I get ready to make it in the morning, I just need to combine the 2 containers, add water and cottage cheese, and blend. It is very quick!
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1 serving 10 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
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Chocolate Smoothie
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This is my absolutely favorite breakfast right now. I am totally addicted to it!! It is like eating a huge bowl of ice cream for breakfast, but it is loaded with vitamins and nutrition! It is high in protein and fiber, so it is a great way to start your day! You can make this into 1 serving (which is what I do) or share it with someone else as a snack or part of a larger breakfast. This recipe actually makes 2 glasses of this smoothie. And trust me, you don't taste the spinach or kale at all!!! The entire recipe contains: 330 calories 12 g. fiber 5 g. fat 22 g. protein lots of potassium, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron As always, you can change the recipe to your liking. Substitute milk for the water, leave out the cottage cheese, change up the fruits, use frozen sweet cherries if you don't like the seedy texture of the berries, use a different (or no) protein powder.... I combine the frozen items (spinach, kale, berries, pineapple and banana) and freeze them in quart ziploc bags. Then I combine the dry ingredients and store those in small jelly jars. Then when I get ready to make it in the morning, I just need to combine the 2 containers, add water and cottage cheese, and blend. It is very quick!
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
0 minutes 0 minutes
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. If you like it thinner, add more water or milk.
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Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake
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16 servings
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16 servings
Chocolate Cream Cheese Pound Cake
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16 servings
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16 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine 1 T. melted butter and 1 T. flour in small bowl. Brush onto inside of Bundt cake pan.
  3. Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla.
  4. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and cocoa. Add about half the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat well. Add remaining flour mixture and beat well for about 2 minutes.
  5. Pour batter into Bundt cake pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done.
  6. Glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 3-4 T. buttermilk or whole milk 1/8 tsp. vanilla
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Instant Pot Caramel Flan

Instant Pot Caramel Flan
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 15 minutes
Instant Pot Caramel Flan
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Servings Prep Time
12 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
14 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a heavy saucepan, cook and stir sugar over medium-low heat until melted and golden, about 20 minutes. (This photo was taken about 10 minutes into the stirring time.)
  2. Pour into 8" round cake pan with at least 2" sides and cover bottom of pan.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly blended.
  5. Add remaining ingredients, mixing well.
  6. Pour into pan over caramel base.
  7. Put 1 1/2 cups of water into Instant Pot insert. Layer an Instant Pot sling, the trivet, the baking pan and a lid (or foil).
  8. Place into Instant Pot and close lid, making sure valve is in the "sealing" position. Set on high pressure for 14 minutes. When time is up, turn Instant Pot off, but leave lid in place.
  9. Let pressure natural release completely. When the pin has dropped, remove lid and remove the sling with the flan. Let cool on rack for awhile until cool enough to refrigerate.
  10. Refrigerate until cool. Slide a knife around edge of pan to release. Place a plate with a lip or a slope over pan and quickly turn over to remove flan onto serving plate.
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Rice Pudding

This is just slightly sweet if you use the 1/2 cup of sugar called for the recipe, which is the way we like it.  If you like it sweeter, use 2/3 of a cup.  Our grandson said it tasted like candy that way!

You don’t want to overcook it, or it won’t be as creamy when it is chilled.  I find that 30 minutes of simmering is just right.  If serving it warm, you might want to let it sit for a few minutes to thicken up first.

Rice Pudding
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Rice Pudding
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan , except butter. You will want at least a 4 qt. saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the rice is soft and creamy. Stir occasionally to make sure that the mixture doesn't stick to the pan.
  3. When the rice is tender, add the butter and stir to melt. Remove from heat.
  4. You can serve this warm or chill it first. I like it just like this. My husband puts cinnamon and sugar on his.
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Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

This is just as easy as the traditional Rice Krispie treats, but uses caramel in place of marshmallows and tastes much richer!!  You can buy the caramel in 5 lb. blocks.  I get mine at a Mennonite store, but it is also sold on Amazon.

Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Caramel Rice Krispie Treats
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Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5 minutes 15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut caramel into slabs for easier melting and place into deep sided pan with butter and milk or half & half. Melt over medium low heat. Stir in cereal. Spread into greased 9" square pan and let cool.
  2. If you would like, you can melt the chocolate chips over low heat and drizzle over the top. Refrigerate to set.
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Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits

These actually have more the consistency of muffins, but they are wonderful, regardless!  I make them for me and our grandsons with raisins, but substitute chocolate chips for the raisins for my husband.

Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Cinnamon Sour Cream Biscuits
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12 minutes
Ingredients
Glaze
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If you are using a baking stone, place that in the oven. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Cut in butter. You can make up a large batch and store it at this point, in the freezer or refrigerator.
  3. Add sour cream, milk and raisins or chocolate chips, stirring just until combined.
  4. If you are not using a baking stone, line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Scoop out onto baking sheet (I use a 2 oz. scoop). Bake for 12 minutes. Cool slightly, then drizzle with glaze.
  5. This will make 11-12 mini muffins. Just use a 1 oz. scoop and bake in the mini muffin maker for 5 minutes.
Recipe Notes

The biscuit ingredients before adding the milk, sour cream, and raisins or chocolate chips measures 1 3/4 cups and weighs about 236 grams, so if you want to, you can mix up a big batch of the flour mixture, store in the refrigerator or freezer, then measure out just what you need and continue with the recipe.

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Fruit & Yogurt Parfait

This is my new favorite breakfast and snack!  I love the crunch of the homemade healthy granola with the creaminess and the tang of the yogurt and the freshness of the fruit!  And it is very healthy and simple to make!  In fact, it is not really even a recipe, but just photos and ingredients.  You can make it however you like.  Our grandsons (ages 9 and 11) tried it yesterday, and they loved it!

I make my own granola in a big batch and it keeps for a long time in a tightly sealed container.  Here is the recipe:

Easy Homemade Healthy Granola

If you choose to buy your granola instead, watch for any food allergens you may have.  Most of them contain gluten.

Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Fruit & Yogurt Parfait
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Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Layer all ingredients in a glass
  2. Use whatever fruits you like! Use whatever proportions you prefer.
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Fred for 60 people

This was a recipe that the cooks used to make at our church camp.  They didn’t have a name for it, so when someone asked, they would say “Fred”.  Super easy and good!

Fred for 60 people
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Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Fred for 60 people
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Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
60 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make graham cracker crust with graham cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press crust into bottom of large sheet cake pan. Bake at 325 for 10 minutes.
  2. Spread pudding over crust. Then top with whipped topping and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Serve!
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Apple Crisp

This recipe originally came from an old Betty Crocker cookbook that I got for a shower gift when I got married.

Apple Crisp
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Apple Crisp
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Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Peel, core and slice apples to make about 5 cups. Place apples in 10x6x2" baking dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Pieces of butter should be the size of coarse crumbs. Sprinkle mixture over apples.
  3. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until fruit tests done with a fork. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
Recipe Notes

Crock Pot Recipe:  Grease crock.  Put apples slices in crock pot.  Spread topping over apples.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours.

Peach Crisp:  Substitute 2 1/2 lb. peaches (about 10 medium) for the apples.

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Apple Crisp for 120 people

I am actually not sure about the baking time for this dish.  The original recipe made 6 servings and baked for 40 minutes.  I never wrote down what the cooking time was for the larger batch.  So just keep an eye on it and let me know if you make it how long it took.

Apple Crisp for 120 people
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Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Apple Crisp for 120 people
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Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Servings
120 servings
Cook Time
40-60 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Combine oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in mixing bowl. Cut in butter until crumbly (should be the size of coarse crumbs).
  2. Peel apples. Half, core and slice fruit. Place in bottom of pans. Sprinkle oat topping over the fruit.
  3. Bake in 350 degree oven about 40-60 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.
Recipe Notes

Peach Crisp:  Substitute 2 1/2 lb. peaches (about 10 medium) for the apples.

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