Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It’s thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!
Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It's thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!

Do you enjoy chili? We sure do. Every couple of months I make my Mom’s old-fashioned chili, and it is my absolute favorite “go to” chili recipe. One of our sons and his girlfriend are vegetarians, and my sister-in-law is a vegan. When they come over for a chili dinner, I make my traditional chili recipe and simply leave the meat out. I am always on the “hunt” for vegetarian recipes I can fix for them.

However, sometimes ya just gotta try new recipes, and for me, the thrill of the hunt for a “new” recipe is exciting. I found this yummy, meatless chili recipe on the app called My Fitness Pal. It’s a fiber and protein-filled dish, and is another GREAT alternative for anyone looking for a meatless chili, with all the flavors you know and love.

It’s also low-calorie, easy to make, and I know my vegetarian and vegan family members will love it. I can’t wait for them to try it, too! Here’s how to make this yummy black bean butternut squash chili (a printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post):

How To Prepare The Butternut Squash

The first thing you will need to do is prepare the butternut squash. I prefer to use fresh, but you can substitute frozen butternut squash, if necessary. Preparing the fresh squash is not difficult at all (but it will take 4-5 minutes). HINT: You won’t need to use the entire squash for your chili. Perhaps you would enjoy using the leftover squash to make Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash for another meal’s side dish?

Use a vegetable peeler to remove the outer peel from the butternut squash. Once peeled, carefully slice off both ends of the squash. Slice the squash in half horizontally. Scoop out the seeds and “stringy pith” from the cavity of the squash, and discard.

Slice the squash into half-moon shaped rings (1″ thickness), and then cut the rings into bite-sized cubes of butternut squash. Try to keep them around 1″, because they will cook faster than large chunks.

Use a vegetable peeler to peel the butternut squash.Cut butternut squash in half length-wise, and remove seeds.Slice the squash, then cut into small cubes before cooking.

Make The Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

Now it’s time to get the black bean butternut squash chili ready to cook. No worries… it’s simple! Place all the ingredients into a large stock pot. Add the water and give the chili a good stir, to fully combine ingredients. See how easy that is? Now the chili is ready to cook!

The ingredients for the black bean butternut squash chili in a large stockpot.Water is added to the soup pot and then chili is cooked.

Cook The Chili

Cook the black bean butternut squash chili on medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes. Cover the pot of chili for the first 15 minutes, then uncover the pot for the rest of the cooking time.

You will know it is done when the cubes of butternut squash become tender. Take a bite of the squash at the 30 minute mark, then continue cooking, if necessary until the squash is softened. The chili will thicken as the water reduces during the cooking time. Take a small sample bite, and add salt, if desired, to suit your taste.

After cooking, the chili will thicken and butternut squash will be tender.

Serve The Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

Once your chili is done cooking, it is ready to serve! Ladle the black bean butternut squash chili into serving bowls, and if desired, garnish each bowl of chili with a dollop of sour cream and/or fresh cilantro, for a pop of color and added flavor.

A bowl of black bean butternut squash chili garnished with cilantro and sour cream.

Hope you enjoy a nice hot bowl of this delicious black bean butternut squash chili.  The black beans and butternut squash provide a nice dose of fiber, which helps to fill the old tummy up! Plus, it really does taste wonderful, and I am confident you will really enjoy it.

Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili, ready to enjoy!

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Recipe adapted from: https://blog.myfitnesspal.com/butternut-squash-black-bean-chili-recipe/

Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It's thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!

Category: Entree, Soup
Cuisine: Southwestern
Keyword: black bean butternut squash chili
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 224 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 30 ounces canned black beans (2 cans) , rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups butternut squash , peeled, cut into 1" cubes
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes , including juice
  • 1 cup corn kernels , fresh or frozen
  • 1 medium red onion , diced
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups water
  • salt, to taste
  • Sour cream, cilantro (OPTIONAL for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Remove peel from squash. Carefully slice off both ends; cut squash in half horizontally. Scoop out seeds and stringy pith; discard. Slice into half-moon shaped rings (1" thickness); cut rings into 1" bite-sized cubes, for a total of 2 cups. (you won't use the whole squash).

  2. Place ingredients into a large stock pot; stir well. Cook on medium-low heat for 30-40 minutes. **Cover pot of chili for the first 15 minutes, then uncover for the rest of the cooking time**. Taste a bite of squash after 30 minutes. If soft and tender, chili is done. If not, continue cooking until tender. Chili will thicken as water reduces while cooking. Taste; season with salt, as desired.

  3. Serve chili with a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro, if desired (optional, but good). Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: I use fresh corn kernels (cut off one cob) and fresh butternut squash, but you can substitute frozen corn kernels or butternut squash, if necessary. If using frozen butternut squash, your cooking time may vary, as it might take less time to become tender.

Nutrition Facts
Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 224 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 740mg32%
Potassium 1014mg29%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 7091IU142%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 133mg13%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili is a hearty meatless dish, with all the flavor of a traditional chili. It's thick, delicious, and simple to prepare!

Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Make a dozen delicious fresh strawberry muffins for those you love. They are cinnamon-sugar topped, and bursting with FRESH, juicy strawberries.
Make a dozen delicious fresh strawberry muffins for those you love. They are cinnamon-sugar topped, and bursting with FRESH, juicy strawberries.

We love muffins for breakfast in our home! I probably make muffins about twice a month! That might not sound like a lot to you, but since there are only TWO of us at home these days, a dozen muffins go pretty far! I typically like to freeze some OR give a few to family members or friends, in order to spread out the “muffin love”.

Strawberry muffins always taste wonderful, and I’ve made several different recipe versions over the years. Recently I tried a NEW (to me) recipe, and it was so good, I decided to post it here. I happily shared several of these muffins with our neighbors, so we didn’t have to eat the entire dozen by ourselves (nobody needs THAT)!

Use FRESH Strawberries

This muffin recipe is very straightforward, and simple to prepare. One catch is that you will need to use FRESH strawberries! Frozen strawberries become mushy once thawed, and produce too much syrup for this light batter, so using fresh fruit is necessary.

This year has been a bumper crop for our little raised garden bed of strawberries in the backyard! I went out and picked a large amount (in photo below) over the course of two mornings, just to make these delicious, fresh strawberry muffins. Here’s how to make them: (NOTE: there is also a printable recipe card at the very bottom of this post)

Fresh strawberries from our garden will be added to muffin batter.

Make The Muffin Batter

Making the muffin batter is very easy. The first thing you will need to do is cream softened butter with granulated sugar (using an electric or stand mixer) for a couple of minutes. Add a large egg, and then continue mixing until fully combined.

Butter and sugar are creamed using a mixer, and then an egg is added to batter.The batter is fully mixed together before adding dry ingredients and milk.

In a medium bowl, sift together all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Add a little bit of flour mixture to the batter, alternating it with some milk. Continue to add flour mixture, then some milk, beating a little bit at a time until blended. Add vanilla extract to the batter, and blend.

Dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) are slowly added to muffin batter in batches..Milk is added to muffin batter in batches (alternating with dry ingredients).

Add Strawberries – GENTLY!

Now it’s time to add chopped fresh strawberries to the batter. This is where you need to be careful. The strawberries must be gently stirred or folded into the batter.

By gently folding in the strawberries, it will help prevent the muffin batter from turning red (or pink), or possibly looking like a murder scene. Be Gentle. Stir/Fold only until the strawberries are worked into the batter.

Chopped fresh strawberries are added to the bowl of muffin batter.The fresh strawberries are GENTLY mixed into the muffin batter.

Preparing Fresh Strawberry Muffins For Baking

This recipe will yield 12 muffins. Spray a standard, 12 cup muffin tin (each cup) with non-stick spray OR line each cup with paper muffin liners. TIP: I even lightly spray the paper liners. A co-worker (whose hubby was a professional baker) told me over 25 years ago that he always lightly sprayed paper liners, so I’ve done it ever since, to prevent sticking! Evenly divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups (they’ll be about 2/3 of the way full). Use a scoop or large spoon to do this.

In a small bowl, mix 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar with 3/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Sprinkle this cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of each muffin, dividing the mixture evenly. Once they’re all topped with cinnamon-sugar, your fresh strawberry muffins are ready to bake!

Batter is placed into greased paper liners in muffin tin.A cinnamon sugar mixture is sprinkled over top of fresh strawberry muffins before baking.

Ready For The Oven

Bake the fresh strawberry muffins in a preheated 400°F oven. The muffins will take between 20-25 minutes to bake. Because ovens can vary widely in temperature settings (and run hot), it is wise to check the muffins for done-ness at the 20 minute mark.

TIP: You can place a large piece of aluminum foil directly under the muffin tin while baking. If any strawberry juice oozes out and over the edges of the muffin tin, you’ll have an easier cleanup. Mine did not do this, but “just in case”, you might want to consider this useful tip.

You can tell when the muffins are done by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean (free of batter), the muffins are finished baking. The muffins will be a light golden brown in color. Remove the pan from the oven, and let the muffins rest (still in the pan) for 2-3 minutes.

Baked fresh strawberry muffins, hot from the oven.

The Fresh Strawberry Muffins Are Ready To Eat!

Transfer the fresh strawberry muffins to a wire rack, and let them cool a bit. We prefer to eat these muffins just slightly warm, or at room temperature. The flavor of the strawberries seems to be more prevalent when not served totally smokin’ hot.

The strawberry muffins cooling on a wire rack.One of the fresh strawberry muffins, cut in half, buttered, and ready to eat!

I sure hope you have the opportunity to try these yummy fresh strawberry muffins. If you store them in an airtight container, they will keep for 2-3 days.They also freeze well (for 1-2 months), IF you have any leftovers. They are so good, you might not have any leftovers. Amen.

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Recipe adapted from: Monica, at: oldermommystillyummy.com/strawberry-muffins/

Fresh Strawberry Muffins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Make a dozen delicious fresh strawberry muffins for those you love. They are cinnamon-sugar topped, and bursting with FRESH, juicy strawberries.

Category: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh strawberry muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories Per Serving: 214 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter , softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar (for topping)
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon (for topping)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray a standard 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray, or insert paper liners into each muffin cup.

  2. Use electric mixer to cream softened butter with granulated sugar (1-2 minutes). Add egg; continue mixing until fully combined.

  3. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Add flour mixture and milk to the batter, a little at a time (alternating between the two), beating after each addition. Add vanilla extract, and mix well. Remove mixer. Gently stir or fold chopped strawberries into batter. Stir only until strawberries are incorporated into the batter. Evenly divide batter between 12 prepared muffin cups (they will be about 2/3 of the way full).

  4. In a small bowl, combine 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar with ¾ teaspoon cinnamon. Sprinkle this cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of each muffin, dividing mixture evenly between the 12 muffins.

  5. Bake muffins in preheated 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes. Check for done-ness at the 20 minute mark, by inserting a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean (free of batter), muffins are done. Muffins will be light golden brown in color. Remove pan from oven; let muffins cool (still in pan) for 2-3 minutes. Transfer muffins to a wire rack to finish cooling before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Strawberry Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 36mg12%
Sodium 176mg8%
Potassium 138mg4%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 278IU6%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Make a dozen delicious fresh strawberry muffins for those you love. They are cinnamon-sugar topped, and bursting with FRESH, juicy strawberries.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts

Fire up your BBQ and make delicious, grilled lemon chicken breasts! A flavorful lemon marinade coats the chicken, then it’s grilled until done. EASY!
Fire up your BBQ and make delicious, grilled lemon chicken breasts! A flavorful lemon marinade coats the chicken, then it's grilled until done. EASY!

Summer is officially here in Oregon, and the temperatures have been slowly climbing upward. I don’t know about you, but we grill a lot of our dinners outside during the summer, to avoid heating up our kitchen. This recipe for grilled lemon chicken breasts is a fantastic, light and easy main dish, and I know you will love it like we do!

The recipe itself is super easy. I found it on a pellet grill/smoker blog, but decided instead of cooking it on our Traeger, to grill them on our trusty old charcoal-grill Weber. The good news? You only need to make a simple lemon marinade and let the chicken soak in it, before grilling. The bad news? YOU NEED TO PLAN AHEAD! The chicken breasts will need to marinate for 3-4 hours to soak up all that yummy flavor!

Since the marinade only takes a few minutes to make, it is easy to mix it up early in the day, and then toss chicken breasts in for a long swim, until you’re ready to grill them! See how easy it is? Here’s the “How-To’s”:

Make The Lemon Marinade

Making the lemon marinade is EASY. Combine lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, salt, pepper, fresh thyme leaves, and coarsely chopped fresh garlic in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking continuously as you add it in, until completely incorporated into the other ingredients.

Honey, Lemon juice and zest, garlic, and spices are mixed for the marinade.Olive oil is whisked into the lemon marinade until incorporated.

Marinade The Chicken

Place the chicken breasts in a LARGE zip-loc bag OR place in a single layer in a large container with a lid. Give the marinade a good stir, and then pour it over the chicken. If using a bag, gently massage the bag until chicken breasts are fully covered with marinade. If using a container (as I did), turn to fully coat the chicken with the marinade.

Place the sealed bag or container in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, turning the bag (or the chicken) over occasionally to keep the chicken coated. Letting the chicken fully marinade helps enfuse the meat with the delicious flavors of lemon, honey, garlic, and spices.

Chicken breasts are coated with the marinade, then refrigerated.Marinated chicken breasts are refrigerated for 3-4 hours before grilling.

Time To Make Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts!

After the chicken is done marinating, it’s time to cook them. Prepare your bbq per manufacturer instructions. Once the coals or heat source is at a medium-high level, remove the chicken from the marinade (letting excess drip back into container). Place on hot grill and let them cook, flipping them to the other side half way through cooking time. If desired, baste the chicken while it cooks with some of the remaining marinade to keep it moist. Discard the rest.

The chicken (approx. 6 ounce pieces) will typically take between 20-30 minutes to fully cook through to a safe internal temperature of 165°F. Larger or smaller pieces of chicken will obviously require more OR less cooking time, because the weight of chicken breasts will vary. The temperatures on different types of bbq’s can vary widely as well.

Check the chicken for done-ness towards the end of the cooking time. A couple of our chicken breasts were much larger and thicker than the others (11 ounces), and took 35 minutes to reach 165°F.

Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts cooking over hot coals on BBQ.The chicken is turned half way through grilling to brown both sides.

Serve The Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts

If you would like to garnish the finished chicken with grilled lemon wedges (it looks good!), you can. Simply cut a whole lemon into 4 wedges, and place on the grill, cut side down, for the last 5 minutes of cooking time for the chicken, to quickly char it on all cut sides. (See photo below).

Serve the grilled lemon chicken breasts with the charred lemon quarters and a sprig or two of fresh thyme or rosemary, as a beautiful presentation. You can squeeze more lemon juice from the charred wedges over the chicken, if desired.

We enjoyed this delicious chicken along with some home-canned green beans from our garden, and some scrumptious candied sweet potatoes (recipe coming soon). It was a delicious dinner (and I will use our leftover chicken with pasta, or on top of a mixed green salad).

Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts are served, garnished with charred lemon wedges and rosemary sprigs.Sweet potatoes, & green beans served with grilled lemon chicken breasts.

I really hope you enjoy this recipe for grilled lemon chicken breasts. We LOVE it (especially the EASY part!), and hope you have the opportunity to make it for those you love. A complete, printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post, for your convenience.

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Original recipe source: https://www.traegergrills.com/recipes/lemon-chicken-breast

Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Marinating Time (inactive)
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 40 mins
 

Fire up your BBQ and make delicious, grilled lemon chicken breasts! A flavorful lemon marinade coats the chicken, then it's grilled until done. EASY!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grilled lemon chicken breasts
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 286 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 large lemon (juice + zest)
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic large clove, coarsely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme leaves , strip leaves from stems
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil , can substitute vegetable oil
  • 6 medium chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) approx. 6 ounces per chicken breast
For Garnish:
  • 1 large lemon , cut in 4 wedges, grilled for garnish (optional)
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme or rosemary
Instructions
  1. Combine lemon juice, zest, honey, salt, pepper, thyme leaves, and chopped fresh garlic in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking continuously as you add it, until incorporated into other ingredients.

  2. Place chicken in a LARGE zip-loc bag OR in a single layer in a large container with a lid. Pour marinade over chicken. If using sealed bag, gently massage bag until chicken is fully covered with marinade. If using a container, turn to fully coat chicken with marinade. Place bag or covered container in refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours.

  3. Prepare BBQ grill per manufacturer instructions. Once coals or heat source is at a medium-high temperature, remove chicken from marinade. Place chicken directly on hot grill grate and cook without moving them. Half way through cooking time, turn chicken to the other side. If desired, baste chicken with remaining marinade while grilling. Discard leftover marinade. Chicken (approx. 6 ounces per piece) will typically take between 20-30 minutes to fully cook through to a safe internal temperature of 165°F. This time can vary, due to sizes/weight/thickness of chicken pieces, bbq temperature, etc. Be sure to check internal temperature of chicken towards end of cooking time. When done (165°F), remove from grill; let chicken rest for 3-4 minutes before serving, to allow internal juices to redistribute throughout meat.

  4. If you want grilled lemon wedges for serving with the grilled chicken, simply cut a whole lemon into 4 wedges, and place on the grill, cut side down, for the last 5 minutes of the chicken's grilling time, to quickly char it on all cut sides. Serve chicken breasts with charred lemon quarters on top and 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary, for a beautiful presentation. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Note: Caloric calculation was made using HALF the amount of marinade required for the recipe. This is because MOST of the marinade will be discarded AFTER marinating the chicken, and will not be consumed.

Nutrition Facts
Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 586mg25%
Potassium 667mg19%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 67IU1%
Vitamin C 17mg21%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Fire up your BBQ and make delicious, grilled lemon chicken breasts! A flavorful lemon marinade coats the chicken, then it's grilled until done. EASY!

Coconut Pineapple Smoothie

Enjoy a simple, delicious Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, made w/ coconut Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (or other refrigerated milk).
Enjoy a simple, delicious Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, made w/ coconut Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (or other refrigerated milk).

Well, well, well… Summer is almost here! I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot outside, I enjoy a cold fruit smoothie for breakfast or a snack.  Thick, cold and creamy, and full of flavor, this coconut pineapple smoothie with only 4 ingredients is a personal favorite of mine!

One of the other COOL things about this smoothie is that it can also be FROZEN, to enjoy later in the day as a frozen (like ice cream) treat. YUMMO. You can read about that further down in this post.  Here’s how to make this delicious smoothie:

What’s IN This Smoothie?

This coconut pineapple smoothie only has 4 basic ingredients, plus an optional garnish. They are: frozen pineapple chunks, a frozen banana, coconut-flavored Greek yogurt, and milk. I love to use refrigerated coconut milk (not the canned kind), but any milk that you enjoy or have on hand will do the trick.

Ingredients for the smoothie are yogurt, pineapple, banana and milk.

Let’s Get This Blending Party Started

Making the smoothie is a cinch. We ALL KNOW it is not rocket science to make a smoothie, but here’s what ya need to do. Pour the milk into a blender. Add the frozen pineapple chunks, coconut yogurt and banana (peeled and still frozen). By using frozen banana and pineapple, you will NOT need to add ice (which could water down the drink a bit).

Mix on high speed (pulsing if needed), until the mixture is completely blended, creamy and smooth. TIP: You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a couple of times to make sure the ingredients fully combine. This usually takes only 1-2 minutes. Once fully blended, your coconut pineapple smoothie is ready to serve.

All four ingredients are placed in a blender, and mixed until smooth.Once the ingredients are fully blended, the coconut pineapple smoothie is ready.

Ready To Serve The Coconut Pineapple Smoothie!

The recipe will make enough for two medium sized servings, but if you’re really hungry, then by all means go for it, and make it one huge smoothie! It will be really cold, due to the addition of that frozen pineapple and banana.

Here is a coconut pineapple smoothie, served with a straw.

One of my FAVORITE ways to enjoy this smoothie is to add a small pinch of ground cinnamon to the top of the drink before serving. I love the little hint of cinnamon flavor. This is absolutely optional, but I highly recommend it, because it looks good and tastes good.

The coconut pineapple smoothie has a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top for garnish.

You Can Freeze The Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, Too!

Another way I enjoy this, is to only drink half of the finished smoothie. Then I take the other serving and place it in a sealed freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for 1 hour or more. This will become an amazing afternoon snack!

Once it has frozen most of the way through, remove it from the freezer, grab a spoon and dig in. It will “feel” like you are eating coconut pineapple ice cream. When partially frozen, it will have the texture of thick frozen yogurt. Leave it in the freezer longer than a couple hours, and it will become very firm, so you need to let it sit out for 10 minutes or so to soften it up before scooping.

Freezing a portion of the smoothie is a great way to enjoy it in another form, like ice cream You can also freeze it for another day, then let it defrost to drinking consistency, and enjoy round #2 of the smoothie as a beverage.

The smoothie can also be frozen to be eaten later like ice cream.After freezing for an hour, the smoothie "ice cream" is ready to scoop and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this delicious fruit smoothie recipe, perfect for any time of the day, or any time of the year! Thanks for stopping by. Take care, and have a wonderful day, full of love, hope, and joy.

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Coconut Pineapple Smoothie
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
3 mins
 

Enjoy a simple, delicious Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, made w/ coconut Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (or other refrigerated milk).

Category: Beverage, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: All Cuisines
Keyword: coconut pineapple smoothie
Servings: 2
Calories Per Serving: 150 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 5.3 ounces Coconut Greek yogurt (Oikos Triple Threat)
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks (do not thaw)
  • 1 medium frozen banana (do not thaw) , peeled and cut in chunks
  • ½ cup coconut milk or other milk , refrigerated (not canned)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon (for garnish-optional)
Instructions
  1. Pour milk into blender. Add frozen pineapple chunks, coconut yogurt and frozen banana chunks. By using frozen banana and pineapple, you will NOT need to add ice (which could water down the drink).

  2. Mix on high speed (pulsing if needed), until mixture is completely blended, creamy and smooth. TIP: You may need to stop the blender and scrape down the sides a couple of times to make sure the ingredients fully combine. Once fully blended, the coconut pineapple smoothie is ready to serve.

  3. Garnish each drink with a pinch of ground cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy!

  4. IF FREEZING: Place smoothie in covered, freezer-safe container. Freeze for 1-2 hours. If freezing longer than that, remove frozen smoothie from freezer about 10 minutes before eating to allow it to soften up a bit.

Nutrition Facts
Coconut Pineapple Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 34mg1%
Potassium 285mg8%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 67IU1%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy a simple, delicious Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, made w/ coconut Greek yogurt, banana, pineapple, and coconut milk (or other refrigerated milk).

Easy Tortellini Soup

Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.
Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.

Even though the weather has been heating up this week, I want to share this soup recipe with you, cause it’s YUMMY, no matter what time of year it is. This recipe for easy tortellini soup is just that… EASY! It also happens to be delicious (in case that matters, too – ha ha!).

If you enjoy Italian food, and the spices associated with it, you’re gonna enjoy this soup. It has a tomato-based broth, with Italian spices, fragrant garlic, cheese tortellini pasta, chopped spinach, and is topped with a sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese. Because it doesn’t require a long cooking time, you’ll be slurping up this delicious soup in NO TIME! Here’s how simple it is to make:

Prepare The Tortellini

Cook the fresh, frozen, or dry tortellini in salted water, according to the package directions. Once done cooking, drain the tortellini, and set aside. I like to cook the tortellini AND the spinach (see below) at the same time, to save time.

Cheese tortellini are cooked per package directions, and then drained.

Prepare The Spinach

Cook the chopped spinach according to the package instructions. Once cooked, put the spinach into a strainer which is placed on top of a bowl.  Press down with the back of a spoon to press out the spinach juice into the bowl below.

The juice will collect in the bowl sitting underneath the strainer. Keep pressing (a lot) to drain off as much of the juice as you can. Discard the juice once finished. Set the spinach aside. Now it’s SOUP time, and it will come together REALLY quickly!

Frozen chopped spinach is thawed, then drained of excess liquid in a strainer.

How To Make Easy Tortellini Soup

Place the butter into the saucepan you will be using. Melt the butter on medium heat, and then add the minced garlic. Cook on medium heat for about a minute, stirring constantly, so the garlic doesn’t burn. Burnt garlic has a bitter taste, and you do NOT want that in your tortellini soup!

Now add the chicken broth to the pan, and heat it until it comes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a low simmer, and then add the cooked, drained tortellini. Simmer for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally.

Butter and garlic is cooked in the soup pan for about a minute.Cooked and drained tortellini is added to the broth in the soup pan.

Finish Making This Easy Tortellini Soup

Once the soup has simmered for 5 minutes, add the diced tomatoes (including juice), drained spinach, salt, and Italian seasoning. Stir well, to fully combine the ingredients.

Continue to heat the tortellini soup on low heat for 5 more minutes, or until the soup is fully heated through.

Drained spinach, tomatoes, and spices are added to the tortellini soup.The easy tortellini soup is cooked until heated through.

Serving Easy Tortellini Soup

Once the soup is fully heated through, it is ready to be served and gobbled up! Ladle the soup into individual bowls, and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top. The Parmesan cheese garnish is optional, but trust me, it makes this Italian-inspired soup taste SO GOOD!

This wonderfully easy tortellini soup tastes great, especially if you serve it with a nice piece of crusty garlic bread on the side! Yum… I really hope you enjoy it. Store any leftover soup (covered) in your refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

The finished tortellini soup is topped with finely grated Parmesan cheese.A close up photo of the easy tortellini soup.

This truly is a simple soup to make, and it tastes wonderful. We were able to share some with one of our neighbors who lives alone, and he enjoyed it, too!  I hope you have the opportunity to make it for those you love, and trust you will enjoy it, too! Thanks for stopping by, take care, and have a great day.

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Easy Tortellini Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.

Category: Entree, Soup
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: tortellini soup
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 191 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces fresh, frozen, or dried cheese tortellini
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 28 ounces chicken broth
  • 14.5 ounces diced tomatoes (canned) , undrained
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional, for garnish)
Instructions
  1. Cook fresh, frozen, or dry tortellini in salted water, according to pkg. directions. Once done, drain tortellini; set aside.

  2. Cook spinach according to pkg. directions. When done, put spinach into a strainer placed on top of a bowl.  Press down with the back of a spoon to press out juice into bowl below. Drain off as much juice as possible. Discard juice, and set spinach aside.

  3. Melt butter on medium heat in large soup pan. Once melted, add minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, so garlic doesn't burn. Add chicken broth to pan, and heat until it comes to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to a low simmer. Add tortellini. Simmer for 5 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally. Add diced tomatoes (including juice), spinach, salt, and Italian seasoning. Stir well, to combine ingredients. Continue to heat soup for 5 more minutes, or until fully heated through.

  4. Ladle hot soup into bowls, and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on each serving. Serve, and enjoy! Store any leftover soup (covered), in refrigerator, for up to 2-3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Tortellini Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 191 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 1068mg46%
Potassium 415mg12%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 5736IU115%
Vitamin C 19mg23%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Enjoy a piping hot bowl of yummy, Italian-inspired, Easy Tortellini Soup, made in under 30 minutes with only a few key ingredients and spices.

Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Brown Sugar Pork Chops are an easy and delicious dish, featuring seared pork chops baked in a simple garlic, butter, spices and brown sugar sauce!
Brown Sugar Pork Chops are an easy and delicious dish, featuring seared pork chops baked in a simple garlic, butter, spices and brown sugar sauce!

Do you enjoy pork chops? We do, even though we don’t eat them too often. We used to prefer thick boneless chops, but have slowly gravitated back toward using bone-in chops in most of my recipes. It’s good (for those who love to cook) to keep a few wonderful, “tried and true” recipes in “the old kitchen tool belt”. THIS is definitely one of those kind of recipes, so I’m happy to share it with you, and hope you enjoy it.

Brown sugar pork chops are a favorite way we enjoy “the other white meat”. They are simple to prepare, and taste wonderful! Basically what you will do is brown the pork chops, make a simple sauce, and then bake the sauce-covered pork chops. It’s all so easy (and ready in about 35 minutes), so here’s how to make them:

Season And Pan-Sear The Pork Chops

For this recipe you can use either bone-in or boneless pork chops (about 1″ thick). We prefer the bone-in, because the meat seems to stay a bit more juicy. Regardless of which type (bone-in or boneless) you decide to use, you’ll still enjoy these yummy pork chops! NOTE: This recipe makes 4 pork chop servings- I was only making them for my husband and I, which is reflected in these photos.

The first thing you will need to do (after preheating your oven) is to season and pan-sear the pork chops. Pat the chops dry with paper towels, then lightly season BOTH sides with salt and ground black pepper.

Pork chops are seasoned with salt and pepper on both sides before pan-searing.

Heat the olive oil on medium-high heat in a large oven-proof skillet. Once the oil is very hot (but not smoking), carefully add the pork chops in one layer. They should sizzle when they hit the hot oil in the skillet. The hot oil will serve to give the chops a nicely browned exterior.

Cook the chops (without moving them) for 5-6 minutes. They should be well browned on the bottom. Carefully turn them to the other side, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Transfer the pork chops to a plate or platter, and cover with foil to help keep them warm while you make the sauce. Do NOT clean out the skillet, because any little browned bits left in there will help flavor the sauce!

The meat is seasoned and then pan-seared in olive oil in a hot skillet.The pork chops are seared until browned, and then flipped to cook the other side.

Prepare The Brown Sugar Sauce

Now it’s time to quickly make the brown sugar sauce for the pork chops. Add butter to the skillet you cooked the pork chops in, and melt it on low heat. Once melted, add the brown sugar, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic.

Stir well to combine, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, so the garlic doesn’t burn. The brown sugar sauce will bubble quite a bit, but keep stirring! After one minute, add the pork chops back into the skillet, and turn off the heat.

Melted butter, garlic, brown sugar and Italian seasoning combine to make sauce for pork chops.Brown sugar sauce for pork chops is cooked before adding pork chops.

Bake The Pork Chops

When the pork chops are back in the skillet, spoon enough of the sauce over each one to cover the top. Pop the skillet into a preheated 400°F. oven, and bake the chops (uncovered) for 12-15 minutes. The pork chops are safely cooked through once they reach an internal temperature of 145-160°F.

Chops are added to sauce, and covered with sauce before baking.

Serve The Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Once the brown sugar pork chops are done baking, they’re ready to be served. Spoon more of the pan sauce over the top of each chop, and then garnish with lemon wedges, chopped chives (or parsley), if desired.

Brown sugar pork chops are garnished with chives and lemon wedges before serving.

Our favorite way to enjoy these yummy brown sugar pork chops is to serve them placed on top of a bed of mashed potatoes. The meat and slightly sweet sauce taste wonderful when paired with creamy, buttery potatoes! You can also serve these tasty chops with buttered orzo pasta or egg noodles, but mashed potatoes remain our favorite choice!

We enjoyed fresh steamed asparagus served on the side, too! Gotta get those veggies in! My husband told me that this recipe for brown sugar pork chops is one of his favorites, and that makes me happy! I suspect these fantastic tasting pork chops will make your taste buds happy, too.

The brown sugar pork chops are served on mashed potatoes, with asparagus on the side.

Thanks for stopping by today. I sincerely hope you have the opportunity to make this delicious dish for yourself and those you love. Take care, and have a great day. A complete, printable recipe card is located below, for your convenience.

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Original recipe source: dinneratthezoo.com/brown-sugar-pork-chops/

Brown Sugar Pork Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Brown Sugar Pork Chops are an easy and delicious dish, featuring seared pork chops baked in a simple garlic, butter, spices and brown sugar sauce!

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar pork chops
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 420 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in or boneless pork chops , approx. 1" thick
  • salt and pepper , enough to lightly season chops
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
Optional Garnish: chopped chives (or parsley), lemon wedges
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Pat pork chops dry with paper towels; lightly season BOTH sides with salt and pepper.

    2. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a large oven-proof skillet. Once oil is very hot (but not smoking), carefully add pork chops in one layer. They should sizzle when they hit the hot oil. Cook chops for 5-6 minutes, without moving them. Turn them over, and continue cooking the other side for 5 minutes. Transfer pork chops to a platter, and cover with foil to keep them warm. Do NOT clean out the skillet.

    3. Make the sauce: Melt butter on low heat using the same skillet. Add brown sugar, Italian seasoning, and minced garlic. Stir well, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, so the garlic doesn't burn. Add pork chops back into the skillet, and turn off the heat.

    4. Spoon enough sauce over each pork chop to cover. Place skillet into 400°F. oven and bake (uncovered) for 12-15 minutes. The pork is safely cooked once the chops reach an internal temperature of 145-160°F. When done, they are ready to be served.

    5. To serve, spoon pan sauce over pork chops; garnish with lemon wedges, chopped chives (or parsley) if desired. Serve chops on a bed of mashed potatoes, orzo pasta, or egg noodles. Enjoy!

    Nutrition Facts
    Brown Sugar Pork Chops
    Amount Per Serving (1 pork chop)
    Calories 420 Calories from Fat 234
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 26g40%
    Saturated Fat 11g69%
    Cholesterol 140mg47%
    Sodium 171mg7%
    Potassium 603mg17%
    Carbohydrates 10g3%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 9g10%
    Protein 35g70%
    Vitamin A 262IU5%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 55mg6%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Brown Sugar Pork Chops are an easy and delicious dish, featuring seared pork chops baked in a simple garlic, butter, spices and brown sugar sauce!

    Orange Herb Vinaigrette

    It’s EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.
    It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

    If you’re looking for a new salad dressing that has a ton of flavor, may I suggest this orange herb vinaigrette? I originally found it in a recipe I was trying a few years ago, and have made this salad dressing many times since then.

    It only takes a few minutes to throw together, which is another win-win for busy folks, and it tastes great on orzo or couscous salads, as well as on a chilled mixed green salad. YUMMO! Here’s how to make this simple dressing:

    Ingredients Needed For Orange Herb Vinaigrette

    To make this orange herb vinaigrette you will need the following ingredients (shown below). They are oil, white wine vinegar, an orange, honey, and some dried spices (turmeric, tarragon, thyme, salt & pepper).

    I typically use vegetable oil for this vinaigrette, but you can substitute canola or grapeseed oil, as well, for the same great taste. It’s also helpful to have a microplane (seen in photo below) to finely grate or “zest” the orange peel.

    TIP: If you don’t have access to a microplane zester, no problem… use the smallest opening on a box grater. The orange “zest” is added, in addition to the juice of the orange, for an abundance of citrus flavor.

    The ingredients needed to make the vinaigrette salad dressing.

    Mix Up The Vinaigrette

    Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t mean “confuse the vinaigrette” when I say “mix up the vinaigrette”. OK? OK. Just makin’ sure we’re on the same page here (wink, wink).

    Anyways… place all the ingredients EXCEPT for the salt and pepper into a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk well, with a wire whisk or a small fork, until the ingredients are fully combined and the vinaigrette has emulsified.

    To “emulsify” salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don’t combine well (like oil and water), can “come together” in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit. Most vinaigrettes are emulsified, to fully incorporate the vinegar and oil, which are pretty standard ingredients.

    Once the orange herb vinaigrette is fully mixed, it is ready to use on the salad.

    Ready To Serve!

    Once the vinaigrette has emulsified, season it lightly to taste, with the salt and ground black pepper. Give it another quick stir, and the vinaigrette is ready to be used.

    Drizzle this salad dressing over your favorite mixed green salad, orzo or couscous salad. In the photo below, you can the vinaigrette being drizzled over my Cranberry Orange Israeli Couscous. It tastes FANTASTIC! Hope you like it, too.

    The orange herb vinaigrette is poured on an Israeli couscous salad and then tossed.

    In no time at all you can create this wonderful homemade salad dressing. I’m confident you will enjoy it, using your own ingredients, and made in your own kitchen. Thanks for stopping by today, and spending some of your valuable time on this blog. Take care, and have a great day. See below for the printable recipe card.

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    Original recipe source (a blog no longer around): http://artisinalfood.blogspot.com/2011/12/israeli-couscous-with-cranberries-and.html

    Orange Herb Vinaigrette
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    5 mins
     

    It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

    Category: Salad, Salad Dressing
    Cuisine: All Cuisines
    Keyword: orange herb vinaigrette
    Servings: 8 Tablespoons (approx. 1/2 cup)
    Calories Per Serving: 62 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil (or canola/grapeseed oil)
    • Tablespoons white wine vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    • 1 medium orange (juice and zest)
    • ½ teaspoon turmeric
    • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
    • ½ teaspoon dried tarragon
    • salt/pepper, to taste
    Instructions
    1. Place all ingredients EXCEPT for salt and pepper in a small bowl or measuring cup. Whisk well, with a wire whisk or a small fork, until the ingredients are fully combined and the vinaigrette has emulsified. NOTE: To "emulsify" salad dressing means to mix so thoroughly that ingredients that normally don't combine well (like oil and water), can "come together" in a way that transforms them into a stabilized unit.

    2. Season lightly with salt and black pepper, to taste. Stir again, and then drizzle over salad to serve.

    3. Store any leftover vinaigrette in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Remove vinaigrette from refrigerator a few minutes before serving, and stir well, to re-blend before using.

    Nutrition Facts
    Orange Herb Vinaigrette
    Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
    Calories 62 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Sodium 1mg0%
    Potassium 30mg1%
    Carbohydrates 4g1%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 4g4%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 37IU1%
    Vitamin C 9mg11%
    Calcium 8mg1%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!It's EASY to make this delicious Orange Herb Vinaigrette in under 5 minutes, to add flavor and color to your favorite mixed green or couscous salads.

    Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw

    Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.

    If you enjoy coleslaw, then I am pretty confident you will really enjoy this slight “twist” on the classic side dish! Crunchy, sweet, and lightly flavored with a creamy dressing, pineapple peanut coleslaw will be a big hit at any get together! The great news is that it is SO EASY to make, with minimal effort!

    Pineapple tidbits add a slightly sweet touch to the salad, and roasted peanuts and crisp cabbage add the crunch! Pour the easy to make handmade dressing over the top, give it a toss, refrigerate until ready to serve, and poof! A great tasting salad for your next BBQ or potluck! Here’s how easy it is to make pineapple peanut coleslaw:

    Make The Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw

    One reason this recipe is so easy is because you use a bag of pre-shredded coleslaw mix, which is available in the produce section of most grocery stores. Place the bag of shredded coleslaw mix into a large salad bowl. Add the peanuts, drained pineapple tidbits (remembering to reserve the juice), and sliced green onions.

    Pineapple tidbits, green onions, peanuts are added to the coleslaw mix in bowl.

    Make The Creamy Coleslaw Dressing

    You can make the salad dressing for the coleslaw in no time at all. The ingredients for the dressing include plain yogurt (regular or Greek), apple cider vinegar, pineapple juice (from the can of pineapple tidbits), brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes.

    Place the dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and whisk together until fully blended and smooth. You can use a wire whisk or a fork to do this, and it will only take about a minute to fully blend.

    The ingredients for the coleslaw dressing are placed in a bowl to mix.

    Coleslaw dressing is whisked together until fully mixed.

    Pour the creamy salad dressing over the top of the coleslaw, and then gently toss, to combine all the ingredients, and fully coat them with dressing. **See how EASY this pineapple peanut coleslaw is to make? Told ya!

    The salad dressing is added to the bowl of pineapple peanut coleslaw.

    Ready To Eat!

    Once the pineapple peanut coleslaw is fully mixed, you can eat it right away, OR you can chill it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours (your choice). My personal opinion is that this coleslaw is definitely BEST when served very cold… just sayin’.  After refrigerating, toss the salad again before serving to get the dressing mixed back in.

    Right before serving, sprinkle a few more peanuts and red pepper flakes on the top of the coleslaw as a garnish, if desired. Serve, and enjoy.

    A closeup of the pineapple peanut coleslaw, after being tossed with the dressing.Peanuts and red pepper flakes garnish the chilled coleslaw.

    Storing The Coleslaw

    Cover any leftovers, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Juice will accumulate on the bottom of the bowl, due to all those juicy pineapple tidbits. No problem… just spoon any unwanted juice out of the bottom of the bowl, and discard!

    Pineapple peanut coleslaw is a delicious side dish... crunchy and sweet!

    I really hope you enjoy this simple, but flavor-filled coleslaw recipe. We love it as a side dish with hamburgers or pulled pork sandwiches, but the coleslaw can also be placed ONTO a BBQ shredded pork sandwich for a tasty, crunchy addition.

    Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a great day, and trust you will return for more recipes in the future.

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    Recipe adapted from: asouthernsoul.com/pineapple-slaw/

    Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     

    Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.

    Category: Salad/Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: pineapple peanut coleslaw
    Servings: 8
    Calories Per Serving: 124 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    For Coleslaw:
    • 14 ounces shredded coleslaw mix (bagged) , or 3 generous cups homemade slaw mix
    • 20 ounce canned pineapple tidbits , drained (reserve juice)
    • 3 stalks green onions (bulb and stem) , sliced
    • cup roasted salted peanuts , plus more for garnish, if desired
    For Coleslaw Dressing:
    • ½ cup plain yogurt ,regular or Greek
    • 3 Tablespoons reserved pineapple juice
    • 3 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes , plus more for garnish, if desired
    Instructions
    1. Place coleslaw mix in a large salad bowl. Add peanuts, drained pineapple tidbits, and sliced green onions.

    2. Put coleslaw dressing ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Whisk with fork or wire whisk until fully blended and smooth. Pour dressing over coleslaw, and gently toss, to coat and fully combine all ingredients. Serve immediately, or refrigerate 1-2 hours until well-chilled. Garnish with a tiny bit of red pepper flakes and additional peanuts before serving, if desired. Enjoy!

    3. Cover, and store leftover coleslaw in refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Discard any accumulated liquid that accumulates on bottom of bowl (pineapple juice).

    Recipe Notes

    Substitutions: No peanuts? No problem. You can substitute sliced roasted almonds, or chopped roasted salted cashews.

    Nutrition Facts
    Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 124 Calories from Fat 27
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 3g5%
    Saturated Fat 1g6%
    Cholesterol 1mg0%
    Sodium 336mg15%
    Potassium 245mg7%
    Carbohydrates 21g7%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 17g19%
    Protein 4g8%
    Vitamin A 156IU3%
    Vitamin C 26mg32%
    Calcium 61mg6%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Pineapple Peanut Coleslaw is an easy and delicious salad/side dish for your next BBQ! This sweet, crunchy salad is ready in 10 minutes, and serves 8.

    Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger

    Learn how easy it is to make a juicy good Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger, using this appliance. Can’t get outside to grill? Use an air fryer instead!
    Learn how easy it is to make a juicy good Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger, using this appliance. Can't get outside to grill? Use an air fryer instead!

    When it’s raining outside and we can’t grill burgers on our BBQ, we make ’em in our air fryer! My husband and I have made air fryer bacon cheeseburgers quite a few times now, and guess what? They’re really GOOD! They are also very easy to prepare with super heated hot air.

    Now that we have this recipe in our air fryer cooking tool belt, even the weather can’t stop us from enjoying a great burger whenever we want one. Here’s how we make ’em:

    Toast The Buns (optional)

    Before cooking the hamburger patties, if you would like to toast the hamburger buns, simply lightly spread each half with butter and cook on low heat in a large skillet until golden brown. We love them toasted, which helps keep the buns from getting too soggy. Set the buns aside once toasted. This is completely optional, but it makes an air fryer bacon cheeseburger even better, in our humble opinion.

    Hamburger buns, after being lightly toasted with butter in a skillet

    Season The Hamburger Patties

    We used 1/4 pound ground beef patties. To season the hamburger patties for air fryer cooking, lightly brush each patty on one side with melted butter and a tiny bit of liquid smoke flavoring. The liquid smoke is optional, but we find it really helps provide a smoky taste to the meat (like outside grilling does). Lightly sprinkle the patties on one side with salt and Montreal steak seasoning. You can substitute your own favorite seasonings, if desired, to suit your personal taste.

    Have the slices of cheddar (or American) cheese AND the precooked bacon nearby. Did you know you can even cook bacon in an air fryer? Yes you can… and it is fabulous! For each cheeseburger I use a strip of precooked bacon that has been cut in half. You will add these right at the end of the air frying time, so will need them nearby, ready to go!

    Hamburger patties are seasoned with spices, butter, and liquid smoke before cooking.Pre-cooked bacon and cheddar cheese slices ready to add to cooked burgers.

    Cooking An Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger

    Preheat your air fryer to 360°F. This will take 3-4 minutes typically. Place the patties in the air fryer basket, seasoned side down. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn the patties over, and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. Our burgers were medium-well once done.

    NOTE: Because air fryer temps for different models of air fryers, your cooking time may be a tiny bit less or a tiny bit longer. Check for your preferred done-ness. Once done, TURN OFF THE AIR FRYER (and quickly do the next step)!

    Burgers are cooked in air fryer, then flipped and cooked some more.

     

    Once the air fryer is turned off (but still really HOT), immediately place a slice of cheese onto each burger patty. Lay the bacon strips on top of the cheese (2 halves per burger). Close the air fryer and let the patties sit, in the still hot (but powered off) air fryer. After 2 minutes, remove the burger patties from the air fryer.

    The heat will have melted the cheese and re-heated the bacon. My husband decided at the last moment to leave the cheese off his air fryer bacon cheeseburger (how dare he!), and ate the cheese by itself, instead. Jeepers.

    Bacon slices, cheddar cheese added to air fryer bacon cheeseburger.Cheese has melted and bacon is hot. Time to build a burger.

    Build Your Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger and Eat!

    Place the burger patties onto toasted (or untoasted) buns. Add your favorite condiments, along with lettuce tomato, and pickles. We LOVE our air fryer bacon cheeseburgers with fresh avocado slices, too. YUM. Serve, and enjoy these delicious burgers.

    Air fryer bacon cheeseburger is assembled before eating.A juicy, hot air fryer bacon cheeseburger, ready to devour.

    We’ve made these air fryer burgers quite a few times, since we get our fair share of rain here in Oregon. We love to grill burgers outside on our Weber BBQ, but also love making them in our handy air fryer when rainy or snowy weather prohibits it!

    Hope you give this air fryer bacon cheeseburger recipe a try, and trust you will enjoy it as much as we do. Take care, and have a great day.

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    Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    7 mins
    Total Time
    12 mins
     

    Learn how easy it is to make a juicy good Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger, using this appliance. Can't get outside to grill? Use an air fryer instead!

    Category: Dinner, Entree, Lunch
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: air fryer bacon cheeseburger
    Servings: 2
    Calories Per Serving: 399 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 2 medium hamburger buns , pan-toasted with melted butter (if using toasted buns)
    • 2 slices bacon, pre-cooked
    • 2 slices cheddar cheese (or American)
    • ½ pound ground beef burger patties ,two patties - 1/4 pound each
    • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
    • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring, divided (optional)
    • salt and Montreal steak seasoning to taste , or preferred seasonings
    • Condiments and Burger Toppings, as desired
    Instructions
    1. Before cooking hamburger patties, if you'd like to toast the hamburger buns, simply spread each half lightly with softened butter. Cook on low heat (butter side down) in a large skillet until golden brown. Set aside.

    2. Season hamburger patties by lightly brushing each on one side with melted butter and a tiny bit of liquid smoke flavoring. Lightly sprinkle patties with salt and Montreal steak seasoning. You can substitute your favorite seasonings, if desired, to suit your personal taste. Have cheese slices AND precooked bacon nearby. You will quickly add these at the end of the air frying time, so you'll need them close.

    3. Preheat air fryer to 360°F. This takes 3-4 minutes. Place patties in air fryer basket, seasoned side down. Cook for 5 minutes, then turn patties over, and continue cooking for 2 more minutes. NOTE: Because air fryer temps vary quite a bit, your cooking time may be a bit less or a bit longer. Once done, TURN OFF THE AIR FRYER! Immediately place a slice of cheese onto each burger patty. Lay bacon strips on top of the cheese (2 halves per burger). Close the air fryer and let the patties sit in the hot (but powered off) air fryer. After 2 minutes, remove the patties from the air fryer. The residual heat will have melted the cheese and heated the bacon.

    4. Place burger patties onto prepared buns, and garnish with your preferred condiments and toppings. Serve, and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    Caloric calculation was made using untoasted hamburger buns, lean ground beef, bacon and cheese for the burgers. No additional condiments or burger toppings were calculated as they may vary, by personal choice.

    Nutrition Facts
    Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger
    Amount Per Serving (1 burger (without condiments))
    Calories 399 Calories from Fat 162
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 18g28%
    Saturated Fat 9g56%
    Cholesterol 101mg34%
    Sodium 553mg24%
    Potassium 487mg14%
    Carbohydrates 22g7%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 36g72%
    Vitamin A 233IU5%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 207mg21%
    Iron 4mg22%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Learn how easy it is to make a juicy good Air Fryer Bacon Cheeseburger, using this appliance. Can't get outside to grill? Use an air fryer instead!

    Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

    Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!
    Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

    Looking for a delicious salad dressing that can also double as a topping for potatoes, or even as a dip for that big ol’ bag of tortilla chips? Well… here it is – avocado cilantro lime dressing! Thick, creamy, and loaded with Southwestern flavors, this really is a wonderfully easy and versatile dressing.

    It is amazingly simple to prepare in under 10 minutes from start to finish, and tastes fantastic, no matter how you decide to serve it. Here’s how to make this delicious dressing/dip:

    What’s In Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing?

    The ingredients necessary to make avocado cilantro lime dressing are all fairly common. They are avocado, cilantro, lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, red onion flakes, cumin, and salt/pepper. See the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for exact measurements.

    A photo of the ingredients used to make this salad dressing.

    It’s EASY To Make Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing

    Making this creamy salad dressing (or topping) could not be any easier! Measure all the ingredients except for the salt and pepper into a blender. Blend on high speed until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

    If you do not own a blender, you can use an electric mixer, to combine the ingredients until they’re smooth and creamy. It might take just a bit longer than if using a blender, but this is a good alternative. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

    TIP: If you’re using this as a traditional salad dressing and want it to be thinner, no problem! Simply thin it slightly by adding a tiny bit more olive oil and red wine vinegar, and mixing well.

    What Can You Do With Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing?

    The avocado cilantro lime dressing can now be used as a dip or a topping, and wow, does it taste wonderful! Grab some tortilla chips for a flavor-packed creamy avocado dip, or top a steamin’ hot baked potato with this dressing (instead of sour cream). Yum. Can you see the specks of cilantro in creamy dressing, shown in the photo below? Oh yeah.

    Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing is mixed until creamy and smooth, using a blender.

    I also use this as a dressing for my yummy black bean, corn and tomato salad. The creamy dressing tastes fantastic when mixed into this delicious side dish, as well.

    The avocado salad dressing is mixed into a Southwestern black bean and corn salad.

    Another way we have enjoyed the avocado cilantro lime dressing is to use it as a topping for a main dish Southwestern steak salad. You can see it in the photo below, as well. So much flavor is added to each salad.

    Dollop a steak salad with avocado cilantro lime dressing to finish.

    However you choose to enjoy it, this creamy avocado cilantro lime dressing is absolutely delicious! I hope you have the chance to make this recipe for those you love. Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day, friend.

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    You can find all of my salad dressing recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have quite a few, including:

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    Original recipe source: Krista Rollins at http://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/southwestern-steak-salad-with-cilantro-avocado-dressing/

    Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    0 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     

    Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!

    Category: Salad Dressing
    Cuisine: American, Southwestern
    Keyword: avocado cilantro lime dressing
    Servings: 4
    Calories Per Serving: 118 kcal
    Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
    Ingredients
    • 1 large avocado
    • 1 cup fresh cilantro , chopped
    • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
    • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
    • salt and black pepper, to taste
    Instructions
    1. Measure all ingredients except for salt and pepper into a blender. Blend on high speed until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

      *NOTE: If you do not own a blender, you can use an electric mixer to combine ingredients until smooth and creamy. It might take a bit longer than if using a blender, but is a good alternative. Once done, season to taste with salt and pepper.

    2. Serve this creamy dressing with tortilla chips as a dip, or top a baked potato with it (instead of butter/sour cream. Add to Southwest-inspired salads as a dressing, and toss to fully combine. ENJOY!

    Recipe Notes

    TIP: If you're using this as a salad dressing and want it to be thinner, no problem! Simply thin it slightly by adding a tiny bit more olive oil and red wine vinegar, and mixing well.

    Nutrition Facts
    Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing
    Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
    Calories 118 Calories from Fat 99
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 11g17%
    Saturated Fat 2g13%
    Sodium 8mg0%
    Potassium 282mg8%
    Carbohydrates 6g2%
    Fiber 3g13%
    Sugar 1g1%
    Protein 1g2%
    Vitamin A 380IU8%
    Vitamin C 11mg13%
    Calcium 9mg1%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Delicious avocado cilantro lime dressing can be used as a topping on Southwest-inspired salads, baked potatoes, OR as a quick dip for tortilla chips!