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Blackberry Soda

Did you know it’s EASY to make your own Blackberry Soda with just a few simple ingredients?Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks! It's EASY to make your own, using a few simple ingredients!
I saw a recipe recently with instructions on “how” to make Blackberry soda using fresh blackberries, club soda, and a small amount of sugar.  Sounded interesting to me, especially since I have been picking wild blackberries in our backyard all summer long.  I figured it would be “fun” to make my own flavored soda using nature’s bounty of fresh berries!
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The recipe is so very simple; the soda is not too sugary (although if you want it sweeter, just add some more or a sugar substitute, to your taste!), and really pops with fresh berry taste!

Here’s how easy it is to make this soda:  Start off by placing fresh blackberries (you can substitute frozen unsweetened blackberries that have been thawed), granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup of tap water into a blender.  Process this mixture on high speed until completely blended and smooth.  This is what it looked like when done…

Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The next step is to place a sieve on top of a large bowl.  Pour the berry mixture (I did this in 2 batches) into the sieve.  Press the blackberries down and through the sieve using the back of a spoon.

The seeds will stay in the sieve, and the thick blackberry sauce will drain into the bowl beneath.  I found it helpful to use a spatula to “scrape” the sauce from the bottom of the sieve into the bowl.

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Once all the blackberry sauce has gone through the sieve, discard the seed remnants left in the sieve.  For each 8 ounce cup, place 3 heaping Tablespoons of blackberry sauce (or more, to suit your taste). Add ice cubes, then fill the rest of the cup with club soda or sparkling soda.

Give the soda a good stir, then taste. If you wish the soda to be sweeter, simply add a bit more sugar (or artificial sweetener), and stir to dissolve.  Serve cold; sit back and enjoy this refreshing and unique blackberry soda!

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The amount of sauce this recipes makes is 5-6 servings worth.  If you have any unused blackberry sauce, it can be stored (in a covered container) in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.  It’s convenient to have the blackberry syrup base handy, for a quick and tasty beverage!

I sure hope you will try this simple method for making a fresh blackberry soda. It tastes really yummy on a HOT day… trust me!  Have a wonderful day, friends.

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Recipe Source:  http://www.peanutbutterandpeppers.com/2016/07/25/blackberry-soda/

Blackberry Soda
 
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Serves: 5-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries (can substitute frozen, unsweetened, and thawed berries)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup tap water
  • Club soda (1 liter bottle)
Directions
  1. Place fresh blackberries, granulated sugar, and ¼ cup of tap water into a blender. Process this mixture on high speed until completely blended and smooth.
  2. The next step is to place a sieve on top of a large bowl. Pour the berry mixture (I did this in 2 batches) into sieve. Press blackberries down and through the sieve using the back of a spoon. The seeds will stay in sieve, and thick blackberry sauce will drain into the bowl beneath. I found it helpful to use a spatula to "scrape" the sauce from bottom of sieve into the bowl.
  3. Once all the blackberry sauce has gone through the sieve, discard the seeds IN the sieve. For each 8 ounce cup, place 3 heaping Tablespoons of blackberry sauce (or more, to suit your taste). Add ice cubes, then fill the rest of the cup with club soda or sparkling soda. Give the soda a stir, then taste. If you wish the soda to be sweeter, add a bit more sugar (or artificial sweetener), and stir to dissolve. Serve cold; sit back and enjoy a refreshing blackberry soda! (store unused sauce in covered container in refrigerator for 4-5 days).
Notes
Fresh berries are best, however frozen berries may be used, if unsweetened and thawed completely.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Blackberry Soda / The Grateful Girl Cooks! It's EASY to make your own, using a few simple ingredients!

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Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

I LOVE the flavor combination of chocolate and peanut butter, so making a breakfast smoothie using those ingredients was a fabulous idea! Yes… it WAS! This Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie was absolutely AMAZING!Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I love making smoothies, and love to experiment and try different flavor combos!  This one is extra creamy, thick, and cold, thanks to the addition of a frozen banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter, Greek vanilla yogurt (gotta have that protein), and a bit of milk. I’m not kidding… it is amazing and tastes like a milkshake! Using a pre-frozen banana eliminates the need to add ice (which waters down the smoothie a bit!).

The recipe, as written, makes one 12 ounce smoothie.  Here’s how easy it is to make:

Place a frozen medium banana, milk, Greek vanilla yogurt, peanut butter, and cocoa into a blender. (*Note: if you use PLAIN Greek yogurt, you might want to sweeten the smoothie up a bit with honey). Blend ingredients until fully smooth and thick.

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Pour smoothie into a tall glass. I made this smoothie for breakfast on a morning when it was 36 degrees outside, but added a fancy umbrella straw so my brain would think I was in a sunny warm and tropical location. Mind over matter and no brain-freeze, right? This would also be a great afternoon treat for the kids (divided into smaller serving sizes, of course)!

I used low-fat milk and yogurt, so the total calorie count came in just around 300 calories, which is not bad for a large smoothie used as a meal replacement. The recipe can easily be doubled OR the smoothie can be divided into TWO or THREE smaller sized servings.

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Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

The smoothie is really nice and thick, and super creamy… and boy, is it GOOD! Hope you will give it a try! I think you will LOVE it!

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Super Creamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
 
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Cold, creamy and filled with chocolate, peanut butter, Greek yogurt and a frozen banana, this smoothie will help start your day off with a burst of deliciousness!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 1 medium banana, FROZEN (see note section)
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • ½ cup light Greek vanilla flavored yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 2-3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (I used 3)
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender.
  2. Cover blender and blend for a minute or so, until all ingredients are fully combined and mixture is smooth and thick.
  3. Pour into a 12 ounce glass, and enjoy!
Notes
I like to peel ripe bananas, cut them in half, and store them in re-sealable bags in my freezer. That way, it's very easy to grab a pre-frozen banana any time I need one for a smoothie!
*If using PLAIN Greek yogurt, you may want to add a bit of honey to help sweeten the smoothie.

 

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Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher

Looking for a great tasting, bubbly beverage everyone can enjoy during the upcoming holidays?  How about a Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher? This non-alcoholic beverage also contains apple juice… the recipe comes from one of my Cooking Light cookbooks… and I think you will really enjoy it!Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
The recipe is absolutely simple to prepare (ready in 3 minutes!), and makes eight 1 cup servings.  I found the recipe in a cookbook I own called “Cooking Light – Fresh Food Superfast”, changed the recipe up just a bit, and REALLY enjoyed it!  The cookbook got it right – a pitcher of this certainly IS superfast to prepare!

If you want to make a festive beverage that everyone can enjoy (including the kids), consider making this refreshing drink during the holidays.  You can add fresh or frozen raspberries and/or frozen cranberries to each drink, and garnish each glass with a lime wedge to make it even more festive looking!

Sure hope you enjoy this colorful, bubbly and flavorful drink! We sure did.

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Recipe Adapted from: The cookbook called “Cooking Light – Fresh Food Superfast”, page 150, published 2011, Time Home Entertainment, Inc.

Lime, Cranberry & Raspberry Refresher
 
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Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cranberry-raspberry juice
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups lime flavored sparkling water
  • Ice cubes (optional, but recommended)
  • Fresh raspberries or frozen cranberries (optional)
  • Thin lime wedges (as garnish for glass-optional)
Directions
  1. Pour the cranberry-raspberry juice and apple juice into a large pitcher. Stir in 2 cups sparkling LIME water, until combined.
  2. Serve spritzer over ice cubes.
  3. Add frozen cranberries OR fresh or frozen raspberries to each glass (for decoration).
  4. Garnish glass with a thin lime wedge, if desired.
  5. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
If you wish to make this up ahead of serving time, mix cranberry/raspberry juice and apple juice in pitcher. Cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, add cold lime sparkling water to pitcher. Serve over ice, and other garnishes.

 

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Pineapple, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca

I recently tried a recipe for Pineapple, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca that I found in a Cooking Light cookbook I bought a few months back. Guess what? It tasted GREAT!Pineapple, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca / The Grateful Girl Cooks!  Make this refreshing beverage in 5 minutes, with fresh pineapple, lime, mint, and water!!

The recipe took less than 5 minutes to whip up, and before I knew it, was chilling in my refrigerator!  The end result was a cold and delicious, family-friendly pineapple infused beverage, with a touch of lime and fresh mint, for added flavor!

Here’s how you make it (enough for 4 one cup servings):  Place fresh chunks of pineapple, cold water, a smidge of sugar, and fresh lime juice into a blender.

Pineapple, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Blend the ingredients on high for about a minute until fully mixed and smooth.

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Hold a sieve over the serving pitcher. Strain the liquid through the sieve, directly into the pitcher. I used a spoon to help push the liquid through. Once all liquid has been strained through, discard any solids remaining in the sieve.

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Add chopped fresh mint leaves to the mixture.  Give the mixture a good stir, then cover the pitcher, and refrigerate until you are ready to serve! Serve when it is good and cold!

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Pour cold drink over ice into serving glasses.  If desired, garnish with a pineapple wedge and/or a sprig of fresh mint! Serve, and enjoy!

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This refreshing drink is super easy to make! My husband and I enjoyed it very much, especially since the day I made it our temps hit 90 degrees!  Hope you’ll give it a try!

Have a great day – seek to bring out the very best in everyone you meet. You could be THE ONE who makes someones day a little bit better!

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Recipe Source: The cookbook “Cooking Light Fresh Food Superfast”, Published by Time Home Entertainment, Inc., 2011, page 144

Pineapple, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca
 
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Refreshing family-friendly drink made with fresh pineapple, lime juice and mint! Delicious!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 3 cups fresh pineapple, cut into cubes
  • 2 cups COLD water
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh mint, chopped
Directions
  1. Place the pineapple cubes, cold water, sugar, and fresh lime juice into a blender. Blend on high for about a minute, until mixture is fully combined and smooth.
  2. Pour liquid through a sieve (to strain) directly into a pitcher. When done, discard any solids remaining in sieve.
  3. Stir chopped mint into liquid. Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap or a lid. Refrigerate the liquid until it is really cold and you are ready to serve!
  4. To serve, pour beverage over ice cubes, and place a garnish (if desired) of a pineapple wedge and/or a mint sprig on rim of glass.

 

 

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer

Have you ever made homemade coffee creamer? I make creamers occasionally (mostly when I want to try a new flavor). I recently made a delicious Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer. Yum! It was the perfect addition to make my beloved coffee NOT taste like coffee!Cinnamon Roll Cofee Creamer / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I found this particular recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try as I am a HUGE fan of cinnamon rolls. And coffee. Seriously… how could you go wrong mixing the two tastes together… in an easy to prepare coffee creamer?

Here’s how to make this: Combine milk and half and half in a saucepan. Whisk in the brown sugar. Heat this up a little bit on LOW heat, but DO NOT BOIL.  Remove from heat.

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Add the cinnamon and vanilla extract to the slightly heated milk mixture. Whisk to combine. (The cinnamon will incorporate itself better into the creamer when the milk is warm).

Cinnamon Roll Cofee Creamer / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once mixture has cooled slightly, you can add it to your cup of coffee or store in refrigerator until ready to use.  To store, pour the mixture into a covered container. I like using empty, clean creamer bottles. This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of creamer, which fills a standard size creamer bottle up about half way.

Cinnamon Roll Cofee Creamer / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Creamer can be stored in refrigerator for 5-6 days once prepared. Give the bottle a little shake to mix ingredients back up before each use.

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The original recipe called for heavy cream, and I tried it that way the first time I made this. The next time I ended up replacing the heavy cream with half and half, because I didn’t care for the way the whipping cream thickened over time from shaking the bottle each time before adding it to my coffee. Guess what? This creamer tastes great with half and half! Hope you’ll give it a try!

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Recipe Adapted From:  http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/homemade-cinnamon-rolls-coffee-creamer-recipe-card/

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Quick and easy recipe for making you own coffee creamer with the flavor of a great cinnamon roll!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use pure vanilla extract for the best taste!)
  • 4 Tablespoons packed brown sugar (light or dark-I used dark)
Directions
  1. Pour the milk and half and half into a medium sized pan; add the brown sugar. Whisk to combine ingredients. Warm up the milk mixture on low, but do NOT let it come to a boil. When milk mixture is heated through, but NOT boiling, remove pan from heat.
  2. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract; whisk these into the milk mixture until fully integrated. Let creamer cool to room temperature, then pour into a large bottle or jar (I used an old, clean and empty "store bought" creamer container). Make sure the container you select has a lid.
  3. Cover the bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  4. Before using, give the bottle a little shake each time to redistribute the ingredients. Enjoy!
Notes
*You MAY substitute heavy whipped cream for the Half and Half for a "creamier" creamer. I also tried it that way first, but found I didn't like the way the cream eventually "firmed or clumped up" after being shaken each time before using.

 

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Orange Julius (copycat)

When I was growing up, a treat my parents would buy for us occasionally was an Orange Julius, at the local Mall. I loved the cold, thick, frothy orange drink… it was a great “smoothie” before smoothies became the rage! This Orange Julius (copycat) version I found online comes pretty close to the original, and makes 4 generous servings!Orange Julius (copycat) / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I discovered from searching it’s history that the original Orange Julius was created by a small business owner named Julius Freed in 1926. He opened an orange juice stand in Los Angeles. A friend (who happened to be a chemist) suggested a way to make the orange juice more frothy and thick, and once Mr. Freed began making drinks that way, sales skyrocketed. The rest is history!

There are many copycat versions online (the original recipe for the powdered thickening compound is still a secret), many which use egg products (raw, pasteurized or egg substitute). This recipe uses no egg products, but it is delicious just the same! The recipe makes 4 eight ounce servings. Hope you enjoy it!

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Recipe Source: http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2010/06/copycat-orange-julius.html

Orange Julius (copycat)
 
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Cold, thick, and frothy orange beverage, very similar to an Orange Julius.
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups ice cubes
Directions
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend on high until all ingredients are fully incorporated and mixture is smooth, thick and frothy!
  2. Pour yourself a glass, and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiced Tea Mix

One of the Christmas memories I hold dear is the Spiced Tea Mix my Mom makes to give to friends and family! It’s so easy to make! Sitting in front of our Christmas tree, enjoying the lights and ornaments, while sipping a mug of this hot, fragrant orange-cinnamon-clove spiced tea is something I always enjoy!Spiced Tea Mix / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Spiced Tea Mix is perfect for gift giving during the holidays or just sipping a cup of this orange-cinnamon-clove spiced tea by the Christmas tree!
This recipe makes approximately 36 ounces of spiced tea mix. I filled 3 pint sized jars… 1 jar to keep, and 2 jars to give away as gifts. I’ve heard it called “Russian Tea” before, but have NO CLUE why… Maybe people are “rushin” to drink it? (Get it? My complete fail at a joke). My apologies… Whatever you call this tea… make it. It’s delicious!

Here are the ingredients before mixing…(Tang, Lemonade, Instant Tea, Sugar, Cinnamon and Cloves).

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Here are the ingredients after mixing…

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Here is what the mix looks like, once poured into jars… it looks pretty cool.

Spiced Tea Mix / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I enjoy giving his simple, homemade with love, Spiced Tea Mix as a gift to friends…

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But here’s how I most enjoy it… 2 Tablespoons Spiced Tea Mix, stirred into a mug of boiling water…perfect! The mug in this photo belonged to my mother-in-law and is special to me, as she went to her heavenly home a few years ago. She is missed during the holidays, but thought of often, especially when I enjoy a hot drink out of her coffee mug.

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I really wish you could smell AND taste this spiced Tea. It’s so delicious! Hope you will consider making up a batch for your family and friends this holiday season!

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Recipe Source: My Mom (years and years and years ago)

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This delicious Spiced Tea Mix, featuring the flavors of orange, cinnamon and cloves is something you will enjoy drinking and/or giving to friends!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 36 ounces
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. 11 oz. Tang Instant Orange Drink Powder
  • 3 oz. Powdered Lemonade Mix
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup instant tea granules
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
Directions
To Make The Mix:
  1. Stir all ingredients together in large bowl until completely mixed.
  2. Store in covered container.
To Make Tea:
  1. Place 2 rounded Tablespoons mix into a mug of boiling water. Stir well. Enjoy!

 

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Rise n’ Shine Juice

The other day I wanted a healthy, filling, and BIG blended juice for my breakfast. I ended up juicing a ruby red grapefruit, mandarin oranges, valencia oranges, half a lemon, and then… if that wasn’t enough, I added apples, carrots, fresh ginger, half a frozen banana, and a handful of crushed ice into the mix. I called it “Rise n’ Shine Juice”! YUM!Rise n' Shine Juice / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I juiced the citrus fruits, strained out the pulp, then added the juice, along with sliced raw carrots, a small knob of fresh ginger, 2 sliced apples, and half a frozen banana into my food processor (we don’t own a juicing machine).

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That’s a lot of citrus pulp strained out of the juice…

I blended all the ingredients up, then added a small handful of ice to get it really cold, and mixed that in, as well. The beauty of it is that it actually tasted good, after completely pulverizing it! The result was a delicious, slightly thicker than normal juice (thanks to the apple and carrots).  I liked it, certainly got my fruit requirement for the day in, it filled me up, and I froze the leftovers (recipe makes enough for 2!) for another day! Hope you enjoy it!

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Rise n' Shine Juice
 
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This delicious, citrus-based juice will really help you to "Rise n' Shine"!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 Ruby red grapefruit
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 2 small apples, peeled, seeded, cored, and sliced
  • 6-7 mini-carrots, sliced
  • ½ banana (frozen)
  • 1" knob of fresh ginger
  • handful of ice
Directions
  1. Juice the grapefruit, oranges, and mandarin oranges. Pour juice through a strainer to remove pulp. Pour juice into food processor (or heavy duty blender).
  2. Add apple slices, sliced carrots, frozen banana and ginger to processor. Process for several minutes until almost all of the apples and carrots have broken down.
  3. Add a handful of crushed ice to the processor. Process again, until ice is fully incorporated into liquid.
  4. Pour into serving glasses. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.
  5. Enjoy your fruit fix for the day!

 

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Peach Crumble Smoothie

It was a dark, cold, and stormy morning…and believe it or not… I wanted an ice cold fruit smoothie for breakfast! Not just any old smoothie… I wanted a Peach Crumble Smoothie!Peach Crumble Smoothie / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
I love making smoothies, especially during the hot summer months, but found a recipe from Samantha at Five Heart Home on Pinterest at the beginning of January that caught my attention. It had finely ground up oats in it, so I knew that it would not only taste good, but would be very filling.  I think the fact that I also like Peach Cobblers, Peach Crisps, Peach Crumbles, etc. played a part in trying this smoothie, so that fact alone pushed all my “Now I’m Curious” buttons.

I happened to have a huge bag of sliced peaches left in my freezer from my picking adventure last summer at a U-Pick farm, so I grabbed the ingredients and made myself a smoothie for breakfast! Guess what? It was GOOD. It was THICK. It was FILLING! The recipe made 2 smoothies, so I froze half; I thawed it the next day for another smoothie for yours truly! It’s important to use frozen peaches, which eliminates the need for ice.

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I sure hope you’ll give this recipe a try. It kind of tastes like you’re drinking a piece of peach cobbler, AND I’m pretty sure it will keep your tummy full until lunch time.  Whoa!

Peach Crumble Smoothie / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe Adapted From: http://www.fivehearthome.com/2015/01/01/healthy-oat-smoothies-recipe-blueberry-muffin-smoothie-peach-cobbler-smoothie/

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This peach smoothie is full of flavor (think peach cobbler), and has finely ground oats in it, which will help you to feel very full.
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups frozen peach slices
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Additional milk, if needed, to thin out the smoothie
Directions
  1. Place the oats into a blender. Blend/grind the oats until they become a fine powder.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend until mixture becomes smooth. If necessary, add additional milk, to thin the smoothie out to your liking (it's pretty thick).
  3. Pour into 2 large glasses and serve. Enjoy!

 

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Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce

My husband and I love salmon. I’ve been preparing salmon the same way for quite a while (creatures of habit, but we like it), but finally decided to branch out, and start trying some new salmon recipes this year. Enter this delicious entree: Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce. Seriously delicious.Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
If I’m telling the truth I would tell you that I had to be on my best behavior not to “sample” the sauce multiple times until it was gone (somebody has to do Quality Control, right?). Yeah. The sauce is pretty amazing… not gonna lie! An extra benefit to making this at home versus ordering something like this at a restaurant is the cost factor. It’s so much less expensive to create this easy, but elegant salmon dish at home! I really like that!

I found the recipe on Pinterest, and decided to give it a try! I slightly modified the recipe as far as cooking the salmon goes… original recipe calls for grilling the salmon fillets. Since it was cold and damp outside (February in the Northwest), I pan-seared the fillets, then topped them with the sauce. Fantastic! The sauce (with butter, white wine, lemon juice, and herbs) only takes about 10 minutes to pull together, and the salmon only takes about 4-5 minutes per side to cook, so all in all, this was a very quick and elegant dish to prepare. I will absolutely make this again… can’t wait until it warms up a bit here in the Pacific Northwest… I’m anxious to fire up the ol’ Weber grill and try this recipe with grilled salmon.

Sure hope you will give this recipe a try. I think you will LOVE it!

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White wine, lemon juice and green onions are cooked until liquid has reduced down considerably…

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COLD butter is added, a little at a time, and blended into sauce.

Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Dill, fresh chopped chives, and black pepper are added into Lemon-Butter Sauce…

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Sauce is done! Boy, does it taste amazing!

Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Boneless skinless salmon fillets are brushed on all sides with a lemon juice/olive oil mixture before putting them into a hot, oiled skillet.

Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Salmon fillets are placed into a hot skillet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray AND has olive oil in it to prevent sticking. Salmon is cooked on both sides (approx. 4-5 minutes per side), until done, and can be flaked with a fork.

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Once salmon is done, carefully put it onto individual serving plates, and spoon the Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce over the top. Serve, and enjoy!

Salmon in a Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce / The Grateful Girl Cooks!Recipe slightly adapted from: http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/grilled-salmon-with-lemon-herb-butter-sauce/8a8b4611-8bb4-430b-bf23-6aaddcce21a5?_szp=100295&_szi=23

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Grilled or pan-seared salmon, enhanced with a light, lemon-butter herb sauce is a delicious, simple elegant looking entree.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
For Lemon-Butter Herb Sauce:
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped green onions (shallots)
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 6 Tablespoons COLD butter
  • 1 Tablespoon dill (dried or fresh), chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped chives
  • ⅛ teaspoon pepper
For salmon:
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • salmon (4 boneless, skinless fillets)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
Directions
  1. Prepare the sauce: Place the finely chopped green onions, lemon juice and wine in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce heat to medium and cook for 7-8 minutes, or until liquid has reduced to about 2-3 Tablespoons. Remove from heat. Add butter, 1 Tablespoon at a time, stirring continuously, until all butter has been melted and incorporated into sauce. Add dill, chopped chives and black pepper. Mix to combine. Set sauce aside while you cook the salmon.
  2. To cook salmon:
  3. In a small dish, combine 1 (ONE) Tablespoon of olive oil and 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice. Using a pastry brush, coat all sides of the salmon with this mixture.
  4. Spray a skillet with non-stick spray, then place the other 2 Tablespoons of olive oil into pan. Heat until VERY hot (but not smoking). When skillet is very hot, add the salmon fillets. It should sizzle when you add them to skillet. Cook salmon for about 4 minutes without moving them. After 4 minutes, carefully turn the salmon to the other side and continue cooking. Add 1 Tablespoon butter. As the butter melts, continuously spoon the melted butter onto the salmon as it cooks. Salt and pepper the salmon lightly. In about 3-4 minutes, the salmon should be done. Make sure the salmon is done, and flakes easily (due to differing thicknesses of salmon, you need to keep an eye on the salmon for done-ness).
  5. Reheat lemon-butter sauce if necessary right before the salmon is done.
  6. To serve, place salmon fillet on individual plate, then spoon some of the warm sauce over the top. Enjoy!
Notes
Salmon can also be grilled outside on a BBQ. Remember to coat it with olive oil and lemon juice mixture before adding it to the grill.

 

 

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