Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl

I recently made a Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl… it was amazing, so I want to share the recipe with you!  I’m sure you’ll love this Weight Watchers meal, with seasoned chicken, bell peppers, onion, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro and fresh lime juice on a bed of brown rice.
Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl / The Grateful Girl Cooks! You'll love this Weight Watchers meal, with seasoned chicken, bell peppers, onion, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro and fresh lime juice on a bed of brown rice.

My favorite type of food is Mexican food, so you can imagine how excited I was to try this dish from Weight Watchers (with a few minor tweaks of my own!).  The best part? Knowing that an absolutely healthy meal can also be loaded with wonderful flavor, as this chicken fajita rice bowl is. It’s an entire meal in one bowl! We truly LOVED this dinner.

Seasoned chicken breast, grilled onions and bell peppers, avocado, pico de gallo, cilantro and a  squeeze of fresh lime juice on a bed of brown rice really puts this one over the top! Yum! The salad has a few steps in the process, but can be easily shortened by using leftover chicken breast and store bought salsa (in place of the homemade pico de gallo), if needed. Here’s how to make this delicious meal:

Lightly spray a skillet with non-stick spray.  Saute the bell pepper and onion on medium-high heat; cook for 4-5 minutes, or until tender.

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Prepare brown rice according to package directions and set aside.

Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Mix spices for chicken in a small bowl (chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper). Sprinkle evenly over chicken slices, and toss to coat.

Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in skillet on medium heat. When oil is very hot, add chicken.  Cook chicken 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until done and nicely browned. Transfer chicken to a plate. Set aside.

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Prepare pico de gallo (if making homemade or NOT using salsa). I made some very easily by chopping tomatoes, brown onion, cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Looking to save a little time? Simply use store-bought chunky salsa.

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So everything should be ready to assemble the salad… grilled peppers and onions, pan-seared chicken, brown rice, pico de gallo (or chunky salsa), avocado, cilantro, diced green chiles, and lime!

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Assemble bowls like this:  1) Divide brown rice between two bowls. 2) Top each with half the bell pepper and onions, and 1/4 of the avocado chunks. 3) Top each bowl with half the chicken and 1 teaspoon chopped green chiles. 4) Garnish each bowl with pico de gallo (or salsa), a couple lime wedges, and a couple sprigs fresh cilantro.

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That’s it!  Serve immediately and enjoy this amazing tasting dinner entree!

Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

It’s even better knowing that this is a fairly low calorie one bowl meal, with chicken, rice and veggies! If you follow a Weight Watchers plan, this Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl (when prepared as written) has a Smart Point total of 7! You can’t beat that, especially when you see and taste how fantastic this dish really is!

Hope you enjoy it… we sure did.

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Recipe Adapted From:  https://cmx.weightwatchers.com/nui/explore/details2/WWRECIPE:58c0753485fb70cc179c5fb6

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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 large boneless, skinless chicken breast, halved horizontally, then cut into thin strips
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
Spices For Chicken:
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
For Salad:
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced brown onion
  • ¼ cup EACH uncooked red and green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ Hass avocado, diced
  • 2 teaspoons diced green chiles
  • ½ medium fresh lime, cut into 4 wedges
  • ½ cup pico de gallo OR fresh salsa
  • 4 sprigs fresh cilantro
Directions
  1. Lightly spray a skillet with non-stick spray. Saute the bell pepper and onion on medium-high heat; cook for 4-5 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Mix spices for chicken in a small bowl (chili powder, paprika, garlic powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper). Sprinkle evenly over chicken slices, and toss to coat. Heat a teaspoon of olive oil in skillet on medium heat. When oil is very hot, add chicken. Cook chicken 4-5 minutes, turning occasionally, until done and nicely browned. Transfer chicken to a plate. Set aside.
  3. Prepare pico de gallo (if making homemade or NOT using salsa). I made some very easily by chopping tomatoes, brown onion, cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, and seasoned with salt and pepper. Looking to save a little time? Simply use store-bought chunky salsa.
  4. Assemble bowls like this: 1) Divide brown rice between two bowls. 2) Top each with half the bell pepper and onions, and ½ of the avocado chunks. 3) Top each bowl with half the chicken and 1 teaspoon chopped green chiles. 4) Garnish each bowl with pico de gallo (or salsa), a couple lime wedges, and a couple sprigs fresh cilantro.
Notes
If you follow a Weight Watchers plan, this Chicken Fajita Rice Bowl (when prepared as written) has a Smart Point total of 7!

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Portobello Bleu Cheese Burger

Looking for a “meatless” burger FULL of flavor? Try this delicious Portobello Bleu Cheese Burger! This sandwich features a marinated portobello mushroom with grilled onions, bleu cheese crumbles and a Dijon herb sauce! “Meatless Mondays” will never be the same!Portobello Bleu Cheese Burger / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Now I have to start this blog post by saying that I have never had a portobello burger before. Ever. I’ve had my fair share of of meatless burgers, like black bean  (thanks to one of our sons who is a vegetarian), but never a burger patty made out of a huge portobello mushroom.  I love portobello mushrooms, and yes, they are known for their “meaty” taste, but until I tried this recipe, the concept had eluded me. Until now.

I found the recipe on Pinterest for the basic burger part of the recipe, then tweaked the recipe a bit to let me marinate the mushroom before cooking, which gave it additional flavor!  I’m a traditional beef burger girl all the way, but was open to trying a meatless version.  The result? A tasty burger, which my husband and I really enjoyed!  Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you will enjoy this flavor-filled sandwich.

Here’s how to make these delicious “meatless” burgers: First thing to do is to make a sauce for the finished burgers.  In a small bowl, combine plain Greek yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic cloves, dijon mustard, dried basil, parsley and salt. Mix well, then refrigerate until ready to use.

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Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp cloth. Remove stems and gills from underside of mushroom. Clean the gills out by carefully running a small spoon around the underside of the mushroom. Discard gills. This is what they looked like before marinating. Each mushroom is about 4 inches wide (which is perfect size to fit on a hamburger bun)!

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Make a simple marinade for the mushrooms by mixing together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried basil, garlic powder, onion powder, and a pinch of salt. Pour the marinade over prepared portobello mushrooms, turning to cover, and let them sit in the marinade for 20 minutes (with mushroom top face down in the marinade most of the time).

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Heat a skillet on medium-high.  Lightly brush the skillet with the olive oil. Add mushrooms and red onion slices to the hot skillet.  Cook mushrooms 4 minutes per side, until they are tender and juices begin to be released.  Cook onions until tender and lightly browned.

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While mushrooms cook, split and lightly butter each half of hamburger buns. Grill them, butter side down in a skillet, until toasted and lightly browned.

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To assemble burgers, spread a Tablespoon of the herb sauce on the bottom side of a toasted bun. Top with cooked red onion, then put the cooked mushroom on top of the onions with the top (smooth side) down. Sprinkle with bleu cheese crumbles, then cover with lettuce leaf. Top with bun, and it’s ready to eat!

Portobello Bleu Cheese Burger / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Portobello Bleu Cheese Burger / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Portobello Bleu Cheese Burger / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Hope you enjoy this delicious burger. It is a tasty alternative to a traditional beef burger, and we really enjoyed it and were pleasantly surprised by it’s great flavor! Have a great day.

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Recipe Adapted From: https://www.cleaneatingmag.com/recipes/grilled-portobello-burgers-with-blue-cheese-creamy-dijon

Portobello Bleu Cheese Burger
 
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Meatless Monday never tasted so good with this vegetarian burger!
As Prepared By:
Recipe type: Vegetarian
Serves: 2 burgers
Ingredients
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms (wiped clean, stems and gills removed)
  • 2 slices red onion
  • 1½ Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 kaiser rolls (or hamburger buns)
  • Butter (for toasting buns)
  • ¼ cup bleu cheese (crumbled)
  • 2 Romaine lettuce leaves
For Mushroom Marinade:
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ⅛ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
For Burger Sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1½ cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • Pinch of salt
Directions
  1. Make the sauce for the finished burgers. In a small bowl, combine plain Greek yogurt, olive oil, minced garlic cloves, dijon mustard, dried basil and salt. Mix well, then refrigerate (covered) until ready to use.
  2. Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp cloth. Remove stems and gills from underside of mushroom. Clean the gills out by carefully running a small spoon around the underside of the mushroom. Discard gills. Make marinade for mushrooms by mixing together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, dried basil, garlic powder and a pinch of salt. Pour marinade over prepared portobello mushrooms, turning to cover; let them sit in marinade for 20 minutes (with mushroom top face down in marinade most of the time).
  3. Heat a skillet on medium-high. Lightly brush skillet with the olive oil. Add mushrooms and red onion slices to hot skillet. Cook mushrooms 4 minutes per side, until tender. Cook onions until tender and lightly browned.
  4. While mushrooms cook, split and lightly butter each cut side of hamburger buns. Grill them, butter side down in a skillet, until toasted and lightly browned.
  5. To assemble burgers, spread a Tablespoon of the dijon sauce on the bottom side of a toasted bun. Top with cooked red onion, then put the cooked mushroom on top of onions with the top (smooth side) down. Sprinkle with bleu cheese crumbles, then cover with lettuce leaf. Top with bun, and it's ready to eat!

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Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing

This delicious creamy, lemon salad dressing is easy to make from scratch in a couple minutes, with only a few pantry ingredients!
Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing / The Grateful Girl Cooks! This delicious, creamy lemon salad dressing is easy to make from scratch in a couple minutes, with only a few pantry ingredients!

I’ve made this salad dressing too many times to count since first receiving it from a parent of a student who attended a school I worked at many years ago. Vickie brought a salad for our staff during Teacher Appreciation days and I LOVED the dressing on it.  When I asked her what kind of dressing it was, she told me it was homemade!

Well, I loved it so much that I asked her for her recipe, and thankfully she was kind enough to give it to me.  In fact I still have her original recipe handwritten on a piece of yellow legal paper.  The salad dressing compliments a variety of mixed green salads, but the one I enjoy it on most is my recipe for Mixed Greens, Cranberries, Feta and Pecans. Amazing!  Here’s how easy it is to make:

Gather a few simple ingredients from your pantry… you will need a lemon, finely ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil mayonnaise, and real maple syrup. That’s it!

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In a small bowl, combine all ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE MAYONNAISE.  Mix them very well, until fully blended.

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Add mayonnaise to salad dressing.

Creamy Lemon Salad Dressing / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Whisk mayonnaise in, until completely blended into dressing

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Place salad dressing into a covered, airtight container and refrigerate until ready to serve. TIP** This dressing can be used right when you are done whisking it together, but if refrigerated for several hours (or longer), the flavors really have time to mingle, and the dressing will have even better flavor!

Right before serving, give the container a good shake or stir the dressing to re-mix ingredients.

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That’s it… see how easy it is to make this yummy salad dressing?  Hope you have the opportunity to make this, so you can see for yourself just how delicious this dressing is on a mixed green salad!  Have a great day!

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Recipe Source: Vickie Spracklen

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This delicious creamy, lemon flavored salad dressing only takes a few pantry ingredients and a couple minutes to make!
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Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: approx. ¾ cup
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 2 dashes finely ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup real mayonnaise
Directions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, maple syrup and finely ground black pepper. Mix or whisk well, to fully blend ingredients.
  2. Add mayonnaise to blended salad dressing. Whisk salad dressing well, until smooth.
  3. Place salad dressing in an airtight, covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve. The longer salad dressing is refrigerated, the better the flavors can develop.
  4. Right before using, give the salad dressing a good stir or shake to re-mix ingredients.
  5. Enjoy this delicious salad dressing!

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Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup

On a cool Fall day, nothing warms you up better than a hearty bowl of Chicken, Wild Rice and Bacon Soup!  Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling soup!Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this easy, delicious, creamy and filling soup!

I found this recipe in a cookbook I bought for my friend Shari last Christmas!  I gave her the cookbook (she LOVES to cook), and cringed just a bit when she said her son had given her the exact same cookbook, so she gave it back to me and told me to keep it. Gadzooks!  Of course, I did (it was a sacrifice… ha ha), and I have loved finding new soup recipes for our family in it, including THIS one.  My husband and I loved this amazing soup!

The soup has a rather long cook time (60 minutes) in order to soften the wild rice, but other than that (and that really wasn’t a big deal), it was a simple soup to prepare. I recommend this recipe (AND the cookbook) whole-heartedly, and hope you will consider trying it!  Here’s how to make the soup:

Cook bacon pieces in a large, heavy pot.  *TIP: I cut the bacon into 1″ strips with kitchen scissors before cooking, because it cooks faster. Simply stack the bacon, then cut through strips with scissors (or sharp knife). Cook bacon on medium-high heat until crisp (takes about 5-7 minutes). When done, transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Set aside. Leave bacon grease in pot.

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Place butter, chopped carrot and onion into the pot. Cook on medium-high, stirring often, until carrot begins to soften (about 5-6 minutes).

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Add minced garlic and dried thyme. Cook for one minute, stirring, so the garlic doesn’t burn. Pour in the white wine. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often to scrape up any bacon “bits” from bottom of pan (these will add flavor to soup).

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Now add chicken broth and wild rice to pot. Stir to combine. Turn heat down to Low, put a lid on the pot and cook for 60 minutes or until rice is tender.

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Once rice is tender, add cooked bacon and chicken to soup. By the way, I quickly cooked the chicken while the soup was cooking, so it was ready to go once the rice was tender. You can also use rotisserie chicken or leftover baked or boiled chicken to save time, as well!

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Add the heavy whipping cream. Stir to combine. Return the soup to a low simmer; cook soup, uncovered for 5 more minutes, until heated through, and soup has thickened a bit.

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Once soup has heated through, season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Now it’s ready to serve!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

This is how it looked when I ladled it into our soup bowls… doesn’t it look yummy?  Guess what… it TASTES yummy, too! Serve the soup with some crusty french bread, and enjoy!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I really hope you will consider trying this soup!  I know it’s hard to look at a picture and wonder if it actually tastes good… but it does!  The kitchen smelled incredibly good, too, while this was cooking!

The leftovers were good for lunch the next day, as well.  You will notice with the leftovers (IF you have any leftovers… wink, wink) that the rice absorbs more of the broth if refrigerated overnight.  Simply add a bit more broth when you reheat the soup, and it will be as good as the first night you made it! Have a great day… and make some SOUP!

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Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook “Williams-Sonoma Soup Of The Day”, published by Weldon Owen, Inc. and Williams-Sonoma, Inc., 2011, page 61.

Chicken Wild Rice and Bacon Soup
 
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Chicken, chewy wild rice, thick-cut bacon, carrots, onions and spices are the backdrop for this delicious, creamy and filling soup!
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 6-7 slices thick cut bacon, cut into 1" strips (use kitchen scissors or sharp knife to cut)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 yellow onion (medium), chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 chicken breast (skinless, boneless), cooked and chopped (1" chunks)
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
Directions
  1. Cut bacon into 1" strips with kitchen scissors. (stack bacon, then cut through strips with scissors or sharp knife). Cook bacon pieces in a large, heavy pot on medium-high heat until crisp (takes about 5-7 minutes). When done, transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. Set aside. Leave bacon grease in pot.
  2. Place butter, chopped carrot and onion into the pot. Cook on medium-high, stirring often, until carrot begins to soften (about 5-6 minutes). Add minced garlic and dried thyme. Cook for an additional minute, stirring, so the garlic doesn't burn. Add wine. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often to scrape up any bacon "bits" from bottom of pan (these add flavor to soup). Add chicken broth and wild rice to pot. Stir to combine. Turn heat down to Low, put a lid on the pot and cook for 60 minutes or until rice is tender.
  3. Once rice is tender, add cooked bacon and chicken to soup. Add heavy whipping cream. Stir to combine. Return soup to a low simmer; cook soup, uncovered, for 5 minutes, until heated through, and soup has thickened a bit. Once soup is heated through, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve, and enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Fall is in the air… time to decorate pumpkins! How about making some EASY, cute and tasty Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in about 20 minutes?Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!

I found a recipe on Pinterest for these cute little pumpkins and knew I had to make them! I thought they were the perfect Fall treat.  I love Rice Krispie treats, so a peanut butter flavored one that LOOKED like a cute little Halloween pumpkin… yes, please! They were incredibly EASY to make, taste delicious, and you really can’t mess them up! Here’s how to make them:

Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won’t stick to it as much).

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Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispie cereal. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.

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Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just “guesstimate” – you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball. Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of “pumpkin” to act as the stem. (*TIP: Having 12 tootsie rolls unwrapped before beginning makes it so much faster!)

Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot Rice Krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking “stem”. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins.

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Once pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, candy eyes, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting).

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

These Fall-themed treats are a whimsical way to celebrate the season!  They are delicious, and what could be more fun than to decorate a peanut butter flavored rice krispie treat pumpkin?! All ages will love them (I took some to a friends house for her kids!). Sure hope you enjoy them!

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Recipe Source: https://www.savoryexperiments.com/peanut-butter-rice-krispie-treat-pumpkins/

Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins
 
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Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) mini-marshmallows
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 13 drops red food coloring
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring
  • 12 Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • Optional- Prepared frosting for decorating (I used 1 cup powdered sugar, several drops of water and black food coloring-mixed them together to form a fairly thick frosting that wouldn't run)
Directions
  1. Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won't stick as much).
  2. Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.
  3. Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispies. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.
  4. Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just guesstimate-you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball. Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of "pumpkin" to act as the stem. Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot rice krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking "stem".
  5. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins. Once pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting). Enjoy!

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Smothered Pork Chops

Smothered Pork Chops… how I love thee! Pan-seared, bone-in pork chops… baked until tender, and smothered in a rich, thick onion gravy… how could I NOT love you?Smothered Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Pan-seared, bone-in pork chops... baked until tender, and smothered in a rich thick onion gravy.

I found this recipe in a cookbook I got for my birthday.  The photo in the cookbook LOOKED really good, and the recipe sounded wonderful, so I gave it a try.  Wow… were the finished pork chops YUMMY!  Tender and packed with flavor, this dinner was a winner!

There are a few steps involved in making this, but it’s actually easy to prepare if you prep everything before beginning, and you will LOVE the finished dish! The recipe, as written, serves two, but is EASILY doubled.  Here’s how to make this delicious pork dish:

Preheat oven to 300° F.  While oven is preheating, mix paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.  Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel, then rub both sides with spice mix, to evenly cover meat.

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Place the oil in an ovenproof 10 inch skillet. Heat oil on medium-high heat until it just begins to smoke.  Place chops into skillet and cook each side 3-5 minutes until well browned. Transfer the chops to a plate and keep warm. Do NOT clean out skillet.

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Add butter to skillet and melt (on medium heat).  Add onion slices; cook for 8-10 minutes until well browned.

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Once onions have browned fully, stir the thyme and minced garlic into the skillet.  Cook, stirring constantly for 30 seconds.

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Add 1/2 cup beef broth (reserve the remaining Tablespoon of broth called for in recipe) and the bay leaf to the skillet. Stir well, making sure to scrape up all those browned bits from the bottom of the skillet (flavor-packed!). Bring this liquid mixture to a simmer.

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Place the chops (and any juices that have accumulated on the plate) back into the skillet. Spoon a bit of the sauce over the chops. Cover the skillet, and place into the preheated oven.  Bake for 1½ hours, until the pork is tender.

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When pork chops are done, carefully remove hot skillet from oven.  Place the chops onto a serving platter; cover with foil to keep warm. Pour the liquid from the skillet through a strainer into a medium bowl. Throw away the bay leaf, then place the remaining onions into a small bowl. (As you can see from the photo, those are the onions in the strainer, and the liquid has been strained through, into the bowl below the strainer)

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Let the liquid settle for a couple minutes, then remove any accumulated fat from the surface of the liquid with a large spoon.  Measure out 1/3 cup of the liquid and put it back into the (still hot) skillet. Bring this to a low simmer.

In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining Tablespoon of beef broth and the cornstarch until smooth. Add this mixture to the skillet, and whisk to combine. The sauce will thicken slightly as you continue to cook and stir, for about a minute. Once slightly thickened, add the onions to the sauce, then season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

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Smothered Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spoon the sauce over the pork chops, and serve!  The meat should be extremely tender, and incredibly flavorful!

Smothered Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you will consider making this recipe. We absolutely LOVED it!  Don’t be put off by the low and slow baking time… this is what makes the chops so very tender!  I was able to get the dishes cleaned up and make the side dishes while it baked, with no time constraints! I’m very grateful to have found this recipe, and thankful to be able to share it with YOU!

Smothered Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook: “The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook, Published 2014 by The Editors at America’s Test Kitchen, pages 151-152.

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This dinner for two features pan-seared, bone-in pork chops... baked until tender, and smothered in a rich thick onion gravy.
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon (each) salt and pepper
  • ⅛ teapoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 (8-10 ounce) bone-in pork chops (about ¾-1 inch thick)
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 brown onion, halved (top to bottom), sliced thin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme OR ⅛ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon beef broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¾ teaspoon cornstarch
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 300° F. Mix paprika, onion powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Pat pork chops dry with a paper towel, then rub both sides with spice mix, to evenly cover meat.
  2. Heat oil in an ovenproof 10 inch skillet on medium-high heat until it barely begins to smoke. Place chops into skillet and cook each side 3-5 minutes until well browned. Transfer chops to a plate; keep warm. Do NOT clean out skillet.
  3. Add butter to same skillet; melt using medium heat. Add onion slices; cook for 8-10 minutes until well browned. Once browned, stir thyme and garlic into skillet. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Add ½ cup beef broth (reserve remaining Tablespoon broth called for in recipe) and bay leaf to skillet. Stir well, scraping browned bits from bottom of skillet (flavor-packed!). Bring to a simmer.
  4. Place chops (and any juices accumulated on plate) back into skillet. Spoon sauce over chops. Cover skillet, and place into oven. Bake for 1½ hours, until pork is tender.
  5. When done, carefully remove hot skillet from oven. Place chops onto a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Pour the liquid from skillet through a strainer into a medium bowl. Throw away the bay leaf, then place onions into a small bowl. Let liquid in bowl settle a couple minutes, then remove any accumulated fat from surface with a spoon.
  6. Measure out ⅓ cup of the liquid; put it back into skillet. Bring to a low simmer. In a small bowl, whisk the reserved Tablespoon of beef broth and cornstarch until smooth. Add this to skillet, and whisk to combine. The sauce will thicken slightly as you cook and stir, for about a minute. Once slightly thickened, stir onions back into to sauce; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place chops on plate, and spoon sauce over the top. Serve, and enjoy!

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Smothered Pork Chops / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Pan-seared, bone-in pork chops... baked until tender, and smothered in a rich thick onion gravy.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies

Buttery, soft, and filled with the flavor of cinnamon, these yummy Cinnamon Chip Cookies are so incredibly easy to make, you won’t believe it!Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!
Recently I found a recipe for cookies that sounded easy and delicious in one of my old cookbooks.  The original recipe called for using chocolate cake mix and white chocolate chips to make a fast, delicious and easy cookie.  I decided to tweak the recipe just a bit, and that’s how I came up with this recipe for yummy cinnamon chip cookies!

The cookies are so EASY to make, because a boxed cake mix is used as the base.  The prep time is only about 5 minutes, so you can have fresh baked, soft and delicious cinnamon chip cookies in the oven in under 10 minutes!  Here’s how to make these scrumptious cinnamon-filled treats:

In a large mixing bowl, place cake mix powder, vegetable oil, water and an egg.  Stir well (or use electric mixer), until ingredients are fully combined.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add the cinnamon chips, and stir into batter.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray.  Drop cookie batter by rounded Tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one. (Note: Quantity using Tablespoons = approx. 4 dozen cookies. I used large HEAPING Tablespoons of batter, so my quantity was reduced to 2 dozen).

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the batter is set and the tops of the cookies have a crackled appearance. (If making larger sized cookies, the cooking time will need to be increased!)

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!

When cookies are done, remove cookie sheets from oven. Important: Let cookies stand on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes, BEFORE transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Super easy to make, delicious cinnamon-y cookies!

Once the cookies have completely cooled, they are ready to eat!  Hope you enjoy these cinnamon-filled cookies, and how simple they are to make!  They really taste good!

Cinnamon Chip Cookies / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From: The cookbook “Christmas Gifts From The Kitchen”, Published by Company’s Coming Publishing Limited, 2006, page 11 (“Friendship Cookies”)

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Delicious, soft, cinnamon chip drop cookies are a cinch to make!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: approx. 4 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 box of yellow cake mix (any kind, 2 layer size)
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cinnamon chips
Directions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, place cake mix powder, vegetable oil, water and an egg. Stir well (or use electric mixer), until ingredients are fully combined.
  2. Add the cinnamon chips, and stir into batter. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray. Drop cookie batter by rounded Tablespoons onto cookie sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each one.
  3. Bake cookies in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until the batter is set and the tops of the cookies have a crackled appearance. (If making larger sized cookies, the cooking time will need to be increased!)
  4. When cookies are done, remove cookie sheets from oven. Important: Let cookies stand on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes, before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Once the cookies have completely cooled, they are ready to eat!

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Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts

If you’re looking for a light chicken recipe, you should try these Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts! Marinated, grilled, and served with a lemon glaze (made from the marinade), this simple yet delicious chicken dish is sure to impress!Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Marinated, grilled, and served with a lemon glaze, this low calorie and delicious recipe is sure to impress!
I found this recipe on the Weight Watchers website, and decided to give it a try.  The recipe is incredibly easy to make, and the chicken (when prepared as written) counts as 4 WW Smart Points per serving!  My husband and I loved this dish!  Low in calories, yet full of flavor, thanks to the incredible marinade and glaze!

This recipe calls for thin chicken cutlets or tenderloins. If you don’t have those handy (which I did not), you can easily substitute a thick boneless, skinless chicken breast cut it in half lengthwise horizontally, OR take a thick chicken breast, and cut it in half vertically, then pound it out thin between two pieces of plastic wrap (see photo below).

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a medium-sized bowl, place olive oil, lemon zest, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, white wine and the chicken broth. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Add chicken breasts to marinade. Turn them over to coat all sides.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate chicken in marinade for at least 6 hours.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When ready to cook, generously spray a grill or grill pan with non-stick cooking spray (off the heat). Preheat the grill (or grill pan) to medium-high. Once grill is hot, transfer chicken pieces from marinade onto hot grill (Importantsave remaining marinade sauce). Cook chicken 3-5 minutes per side, or until chicken is done and reaches internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

While chicken is cooking, use the remaining marinade to make a glaze. To make the glaze, combine remaining marinade with 1/2 cup chicken broth in a small saucepan. Heat the sauce on high heat. Bring to a boil, and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, until glaze has reduced slightly, and thickened a bit.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

When chicken is done, drizzle the glaze over the cooked chicken, and serve!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

I hope you will consider trying this delicious recipe!  I marinated the chicken EARLY in the day, so that when dinner time came around, all I had to do was grill the chicken and make the quick glaze while the chicken was cooking.  By doing it that way, it was EASY and quick to prepare our evening meal!

Have a fantastic day.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe:  https://cmx.weightwatchers.com/nui/explore/details2/WWRECIPE:5626a646a6d5b396107020a6

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Enjoy these flavorful, (yet light in calories) lemon and rosemary marinated, grilled chicken breasts! Weight Watcher member? Only 4 Smart Points per serving!
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dry white wine
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast (thin cutlets OR tenderloins)
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • ½ cup chicken broth (for glaze)
Directions
  1. In a medium-sized bowl, place olive oil, lemon zest, minced garlic, rosemary, thyme, white wine and the chicken broth. Stir well, to combine ingredients.
  2. Add chicken breasts to marinade. Turn them over to coat all sides. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate chicken in marinade for at least 6 hours.
  3. When ready to cook, generously spray a grill or grill pan with non-stick cooking spray (off the heat). Preheat the grill (or grill pan) to medium-high. Once grill is hot, transfer chicken pieces from marinade onto hot grill (save remaining marinade sauce). Cook 3-5 minutes per side, until chicken is done, and reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  4. Use the remaining marinade to make a glaze while the chicken is cooking. To make the glaze, combine the remaining marinade with ½ cup chicken broth in a small saucepan. Heat the sauce on high heat. Bring glaze to a boil, and continue cooking for about 5 minutes, until glaze has reduced slightly, and thickened a bit.
  5. When chicken is done, drizzle the glaze over the cooked chicken, and serve!
Notes
Recipe calls for thin cutlets or tenderloins. If you don't have those handy, you can substitute a thick boneless, skinless chicken breast and cut it in half horizontally lengthwise, OR take a thick chicken breast, and cut it in half vertically, then pound it out thin between two pieces of plastic wrap.

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Cod with Hoisin Glaze

Looking for a new seafood dish that is full of flavor, yet low in calories and is easy to make? Well this recipe for Cod with Hoisin Glaze may be just what you’re looking for!Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Easy, quick, delicious and low in calories! (Weight Watchers 2 Smart Points)
I found the recipe on the Weight Watchers website, and decided to try it (to use up some frozen cod in my freezer).  The original recipe made 4 servings, but since I was only feeding my hubby and myself, I adapted the recipe to make 2 servings (which is reflected in the printable recipe below).  I’m really glad I tried this cod recipe, because it had lots of great Asian flavors thanks to the sauce, but was really low in calories (or if you’re a WW member… 2 Smart Points).

Here’s how simple it is to make this dish:  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Rinse fish, then pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.

Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

In a medium sized bowl, mix together hoisin sauce, sesame oil, finely grated fresh ginger, and garlic chili paste. Stir until sauce is smooth. By the way, if you need hoisin sauce, try my recipe for Homemade Hoisin Sauce, and make your own!

Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add cod, one piece at a time to the bowl of sauce. Gently turn fish over and coat both sides with sauce, covering all exposed areas.

Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray. Place fish in dish, single layer. Bake at 425 degrees between 8-12 minutes, until fish is cooked through and is no longer translucent looking in the very center.  Baking times will vary based on the thickness of the fish you are using, so check it at 8 minutes, then keep an eye on it until finished cooking through.

Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once fish is done baking, remove dish from oven. Transfer cod on serving plates, drizzle with additional sauce if desired, then garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve, and enjoy!

Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

See how quick and easy that was?  You can have a delicious, healthy main course on the table in just slightly over 20 minutes from start to finish!

I really hope you enjoy this simple, yet wonderful tasting Cod with Hoisin Glaze! The recipe is so easy to make, and better yet, it’s very low in calories!  Have a great day!

Cod with Hoisin Glaze / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Adapted From:  https://cmx.weightwatchers.com/nui/explore/details2/WWRECIPE:5626a63af79cf9120df3b2c3

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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 ling cod fillets, uncooked, rinsed and patted dry (each approx. 4 ounces)
Sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic chili paste (or hot sauce)
Garnish:
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro
  • ¾ teaspoon sesame seeds
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Rinse fish, pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, mix together hoisin sauce, sesame oil, finely grated fresh ginger, and garlic chili paste. Stir until sauce is smooth.
  3. Add cod, one piece at a time to the bowl of sauce. Gently turn fish over and coat both sides with sauce, covering all exposed areas.
  4. Spray a baking pan with non-stick spray. Place fish in dish, single layer. Bake at 425 degrees between 8-12 minutes, until fish is cooked through and is no longer translucent looking in the very center. Baking times will vary based on the thickness of the fish you are using, so check it at 8 minutes, then keep an eye on it until finished cooking through.
  5. Remove dish from oven. Place fish on serving plates, then garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Serve, and enjoy!
Notes
On Weight Watchers? When prepared as written, one serving has a Smarts Points value of 2 points.

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How To Make Lemon Curd

Do you know how to make lemon curd?  Tart, sweet, and bursting with flavor, this thick lemon curd tastes great in tarts, on waffles and pancakes, and in many desserts.How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks! Thick tart and sweet lemon sauce tastes great on pancakes, waffles, in tarts and other desserts!
I first tried lemon curd years ago at a breakfast get together at a friends home.  My friend Sandy offered me some of her homemade Lemon Curd to put on my waffle, I think I must have said something like… “Okay, but what IS lemon curd?”  I anticipated it was like the curds you find in cottage cheese. Silly me.  The lemon curd was absolutely amazing, and once I tried it, I was hooked!

The first time I decided to make homemade lemon curd (for a dessert recipe I was making), I assumed it was going to be quite difficult to make. Boy… was I wrong! It was very simple, and the results were fantastic!  Here’s how to make your own lemon curd:

In a small saucepan (over medium heat), combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk these together well.  Once mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the salt.

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking.

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Keep whisking until the lemon curd has thickened…

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once curd has thickened, remove pan from heat and let the curd cool to room temperature. While curd is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes. Once lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in refrigerator. The lemon curd will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours). Lemon curd can be stored in a covered container in refrigerator and will keep for up to 5-6 days.

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Lemon curd is very versatile and can be used in many recipes, such as lemon tarts, as a topping for waffles and in other desserts!  I used it in a recipe for Lemon Curd Filled Won Ton Cups! Aren’t they cute? Yummy!

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!I might also mention that it is hard to not eat this amazing lemon curd right out of the pan with a spoon… just sayin’!  It’s soooo good.  Hope you’ll give it a try. You’re gonna love it!

How To Make Lemon Curd / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Recipe Source:  http://www.littlemisscelebration.com/2013/06/16/lemon-lime-curd-in-sugared-wonton-cups/

How To Make Lemon Curd
 
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Recipe type: Dessert Sauce
Serves: approx. 1½ cups
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 8 Tablespoon cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 6 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan (over medium heat), combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar. Whisk these together well.
  2. Once mixed, whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and the salt.
  3. Add butter to the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until butter has melted and the curd has thickened. This will take approx. 3-4 minutes. DO NOT LET THE MIXTURE BOIL! Just keep on whisking.
  4. Once curd has thickened, remove pan from heat and let the curd cool to room temperature. While curd is cooling, give it a good stir every few minutes. Once lemon curd has cooled to room temp, cover the pan with plastic wrap and put it in refrigerator. The lemon curd will need to be well chilled prior to serving (at least 3-4 hours).

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