Chicken Marsala – “21 Day Fix” Recipe

I recently found this recipe for Chicken Marsala that is compliant with the “21 Day Fix” clean eating program. I found it to be full of flavor, easy to prepare, and a dish I would make again.Chicken Marsala - "21 Day Fix" Recipe / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
This recipe features sautéed baby portabella mushrooms, with shallots and garlic, served alongside pan browned chicken breast slices, in a light, slightly creamy sauce. Here’s how you make it:

Melt a small amount of coconut oil in a medium skillet on low to medium heat. Add sliced baby portabella mushrooms and sauté them for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Once mushrooms are cooked, add Marsala wine, chopped shallots and minced garlic. Let this mixture simmer for about 15 minutes, until the wine reduces quite a bit. Stir the mixture occasionally.

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It will look like this when it’s just about done.

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While the mushrooms are cooking, prepare the chicken. Slice chicken breasts thinly, then place chicken strips in a large bowl or ziploc bag, along with wheat flour and spices. Mix well, to fully coat the pieces of chicken.

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This is what the chicken pieces will look like, once coated.

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Shake off excess flour. In a large skillet, melt coconut oil and heat on medium. Once skillet is hot, add chicken pieces, and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until the chicken is lightly browned on both sides.

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Once the chicken is cooked through and lightly browned, add the mushrooms and sauce.  Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon wheat flour and stir (nominal amount added to thicken sauce).

Add chicken broth and almond milk. Stir again, to fully combine. Let this simmer until fully heated through.

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Once heated through, sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley or dried parsley flakes, and serve!

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If following the 21 Day Fix Plan, the counts for this chicken dish is 1 Red, 1 Green, and 1 tsp. (The count for the wheat flour divided between 4 servings is so nominal it is not included).

I served the chicken with sides of green salad and quinoa. If NOT following this eating plan, just go right ahead and enjoy this dish! It really is quite tasty.

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Enjoy this delicious chicken dish. I know my husband and I sure did!  Don’t ya just love it when a “lighter” version of a classic dish also tastes just as great? Have a great day… look around… “there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for”!

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Chicken Marsala - "21 Day Fix" Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Enjoy this "lighter" version of Chicken Marsala, featuring baby portabella mushrooms, chicken, shallots, garlic and Marsala wine.
Category: Entree
Cuisine: French
Keyword: chicken marsala 21 day fix
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 316 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
Cook mushroom sauce:
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 8 ounces baby portabella mushrooms (Baby Bella), sliced
  • 1/4 cup shallots , diced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 3/4 cup Marsala wine
For chicken:
  • 1 pound boneless , skinless chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • Fresh parsley , chopped OR dried parsley flakes
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil in a medium skillet. Add chopped mushrooms and sauté for about 8 minutes. Add minced garlic, chopped shallots and Marsala wine. Let this mixture simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the wine has reduced quite a bit, stirring occasionally.
  2. While the mushrooms are cooking, place the chicken slices, along with 1/4 cup wheat flour, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano into a large bowl or ziploc bag. Stir or shake to fully coat the chicken pieces with spices.
  3. Heat 1 Tablespoons coconut oil in separate large skillet on medium heat. Shaking off excess flour, place chicken pieces into skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes per side, until lightly browned and cooked through.
  4. Once chicken is cooked through, add the mushrooms and sauce. Sprinkle mixture with 1 teaspoon wheat flour. Stir to combine. Add almond milk and chicken broth; let this simmer for a few minutes until fully heated through.
  5. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley, or dried parsley flakes. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

21 Day Fix counts: 1 Red, 1 Green, 1 teaspoon (wheat flour is so nominal once divided into 4 servings, that is is not added to count).

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Marsala - "21 Day Fix" Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 316 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 269mg12%
Potassium 708mg20%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Candied Bacon Ice Cream

What do you do when providing dessert for a “Bacon-Themed” Dinner? You make homemade Candied Bacon Ice Cream, of course! And, oh boy… was it ever good! Bacon makes everything better, including desserts, with this amazing, delicious homemade ice cream flavored with candied bacon, cinnamon, rum, and brown sugar!
Last summer a small group of friends enjoyed another Themed Dinner. This time our theme was BACON. Everything, from beverages, appetizers, main courses, to desserts, including this ice cream and Chocolate-Covered Bacon and Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles and Bacon Pecan Pralines, had to include some form of bacon.

Oh my goodness. It was amazing! Look at some of the food we enjoyed, in this photo!

Collage of nine bacon-themed food pictures

I am usually in charge of bringing several desserts to our themed dinner parties, so I scoured the internet to find some good choices utilizing BACON. This homemade bacon ice cream recipe was one of them, from celebrated author David Lebovitz… and let me tell you… it was FANTASTIC! Who knew bacon ice cream could taste so good? Here’s how you make this decadent dessert treat:

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Make The Candied Bacon

First thing I did was to “candy” some thick cut bacon. The instructions are in the recipe that follows, but if you want more in-depth pics, etc. see my previous post for How To Make Candied Bacon.

Brown sugar is sprinkled on raw bacon
Short version… bacon is coated with brown sugar and baked. Then it is cut into small pieces and cooled to room temp.

Chopped, candied bacon for ice cream, on green cutting boardMake The Ice Cream Base

Combine the half and half and the whipping cream. Measure out 1 ½ cups of this mixture into a medium bowl, which is set over another larger bowl that is filled with ice and water (ice bath). Put a mesh strainer over the top of the cream mixture. Set aside.

Next thing to do is make the ice cream “custard base”. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then remove it from the heat. Let it cool down a bit (you want it warm, not HOT). Stir in the brown sugar, and then add the remaining half and half/cream mixture (the amount NOT over the water bath). Stir to combine; set aside.

Cooking custard base for homemade candied bacon ice cream

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks.

Egg yolks in metal bowl, with whisk

Temper The Eggs

Remove ½ cup of the (warm, not hot) butter/brown sugar/half and half/ whipping cream mixture from the saucepan. Pour it slowly into the egg yolks, whisking constantly while it is being added. This helps to “temper” the eggs, so they won’t scramble when adding them to saucepan. I know we’re adding bacon to ice cream, but bacon AND scrambled eggs? I don’t think so!

Pouring brown sugar and half and half into egg yolks in bowl

The “tempered” egg yolks are then poured slowly back into the saucepan with the butter/brown sugar/ half and half mixture, whisking while adding.

Tempered egg yolks for ice cream poured into red saucepan

Cook The Ice Cream Base

The ice cream base is then cooked on low-medium heat until the liquid thickens enough to coat a spatula. Stir constantly while this is cooking, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan (so the liquid won’t stick and burn on bottom).

Ice cream ingredients in red saucepan with spatula

Remove the ice cream base from the heat, and let cool slightly (you don’t want it HOT). Once it has cooled down some, pour the ice cream base through the strainer into the half and half/whipping cream in the bowl over the ice bath, stirring as you pour.

Straining ice cream base liquid into bowl

Add the liquor, vanilla extract and cinnamon to the ice cream base. Stir to combine. Refrigerate ice cream liquid for 2-3 hours until completely chilled.

Time To Freeze The Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Once totally cold, pour mixture into ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. During the last couple minutes the ice cream is churning, add the chopped candied bacon pieces.

Adding candied bacon to ice cream machine

Once ice cream is done, remove ice cream to a covered container. Place in freezer for several hours until nice and firm. You MIGHT want to sneak a little bitty bite before freezing it, just so you can see how GOOD this stuff is (*QUALITY CONTROL). Just sayin’.

Spoonful of bacon ice cream from frozen cannister

When ready to serve, remove ice cream from freezer, and dish up a big scoop of this decadent, rich and creamy, frozen treat. I served each scoop with one of my Bacon Pecan Pralines. It was a BACON-THEMED dinner party, and EVERYTHING is better with bacon, after all! Right? EVEN bacon ice cream!!

Candied Bacon Ice Cream, with a praline

I love to make homemade ice cream and enjoy trying new flavors each summer. Some recipes I like, some I love. This bacon ice cream sure was a unique recipe, but I gotta be honest… it was absolutely DELICIOUS and we loved it!!!

Hope you’ll consider making this on a hot summer’s night (or any night, for that matter!). Think you’re gonna be surprised how good this really is!

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Recipe Source: www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/03/candied-bacon-i-1/

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Candied Bacon Ice Cream
Prep Time
1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

Bacon makes everything better, including desserts, with this amazing, delicious homemade ice cream flavored with Candied Bacon, cinnamon, rum, and brown sugar!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied bacon ice cream
Servings: 16 1/2 cup servings (2 qts. total)
Calories Per Serving: 204 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For The Candied Bacon:
  • 5 strips thick cut bacon
  • 8 teaspoons brown sugar (I used dark, but light is great, as well)
For The Ice Cream Base:
  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed-I used dark, but can use either kind)
  • 2 cups Half and Half (may substitute 2 c. whole milk if you don't have Half and Half)
  • 1 cup Heavy whipping cream
  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons dark rum or whiskey
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (this is optional, but USE IT!)
Instructions
Make candied bacon before beginning ice cream base.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put bacon strips onto baking sheet lined with foil or silicone mat. Leave space between each strip. Sprinkle each piece with approx. 1½ teaspoons brown sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-16 minutes. Halfway through baking time, turn bacon over, dragging pieces through syrup on foil. Bake until bacon is dark brown and cooked through. Remove from oven; let bacon cool on wire rack. Once cool, cut into very small pieces!)

Make Ice Cream Base:
  1. Combine the half and half and whipping cream in a bowl, and stir, to combine. In a medium saucepan, melt butter. Stir in ¾ cup brown sugar. Measure out ONE CUP of the half and half/whipping cream mixture and add it to the pan. Set aside.

  2. Pour the remaining half and half/whipping cream mixture into a medium bowl. Set this bowl on top of a larger bowl that has been filled with ice cubes and water (ice bath). Place a mesh strainer over the top of the bowl containing the half and half. Set aside.

  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg yolks. Slowly pour some (not all) of the warm brown sugar mixture (in the saucepan) into the whisked eggs, whisking constantly while you pour. Once mixed, pour this mixture back into the saucepan with the butter/brown sugar/half and half mixture. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens enough to coat a spatula. Keep bottom of the pan stirred and scraped, so it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.

  4. Once thickened, slowly pour this mixture through the mesh strainer, into the half and half in the bowl over the ice bath. Continue to stir the ice cream base over the ice bath, until the mixture has cooled completely. Remove bowl with ice cream base from the ice bath bowl.

  5. Add liquor, vanilla and cinnamon to the ice cream base, and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate. Once completely cold, freeze in your ice cream maker, per manufacturer's directions. A couple minutes before ice cream is "done", pour the candied bacon pieces into the ice cream (or stir them in to finished ice cream, if desired).

  6. Place ice cream in a covered container, and freeze for at least 2-3 hours to firm up. Once firm, scoop, serve... and enjoy this delicious ice cream!

Recipe Notes

Prep time includes everything (including refrigeration time prior to freezing ice cream). Additional non-active prep time is 2-3 hours AFTER ice cream is done, to firm it up in the freezer.

Nutrition Facts
Candied Bacon Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cups)
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 102mg34%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 470IU9%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Shrimp, Quinoa & Veggie Bowl

Make a delicious, filling shrimp quinoa veggie bowl, an all-in-one meal with cajun seasoned shrimp, fluffy quinoa, Swiss chard, onions, and colorful bell peppers. Make a delicious, filling shrimp quinoa veggie bowl, an all-in-one meal with cajun seasoned shrimp, fluffy quinoa, Swiss chard, onions, and peppers.
Looking for a healthy, yummy, complete meal? How about this Shrimp, Quinoa & Veggie Bowl?  Easy to prepare, and delicious… you’ll be eating a nutritious dinner in no time at all!

This really is a healthy all-in-one meal… pan seared shrimp and seasoning, super-food quinoa, and a few healthy (and colorful) veggies round off this easy dish. I simply put together a few ingredients I love, to create this one bowl meal.

If you can juggle cooking quinoa, and sautéing veggies and shrimp all at the same time, this dish will be ready in about 15-17 minutes… yay for multi-tasking! If not, no biggie- it will just take a few minutes longer to prepare.  Here’s how you make it:

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Cook The Quinoa

First, rinse quinoa and drain, then cook according to package instructions. (Optional- If you wish to add a bit more flavor to the quinoa, add a large chicken bouillon cube to the water before cooking- I did this!)

The quinoa is cooked according to package directions.

This is what the quinoa looks like, when done.

Fluffy cooked quinoa is ready to use in the shrimp quinoa veggie bowl.

Cook The Veggies

While the quinoa is cooking, cook the veggies. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet. Sauté the onion, Swiss chard STEMS (set the chopped leaves aside), and bell peppers (I used red, orange, and green for color) for 2-3 minutes.

Add the chopped Swiss chard leaves and cook for an additional minute. The reason to cook the Swiss chard stems and bell peppers first is to give them additional cooking time necessary to soften them before adding the chopped leaves (which wilt and cook quickly!).

Swiss chard, bell peppers and onions are cooked before adding to the dish.

Add sautéed veggies to the cooked quinoa; keep warm.

The cooked veggies are added on top of the cooked quinoa in a bowl.

Pan-Sear The Shrimp

While the quinoa was cooking, I also cooked the shrimp.  In a medium bowl, combine the shelled, cleaned and de-veined shrimp. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning and a bit of dried parsley. Mix, to cover the shrimp with spices. Here they are before parsley was added.

Shrimp are peeled and de-veined, then lightly seasoned before cooking.

Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a skillet. Sauté the shrimp on medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through.

The seasoned shrimp are pan-seared in olive oil.

Time To Make The Shrimp Quinoa Veggie Bowl!

Mix the veggies and quinoa together. Reheat in microwave, if necessary. Place hot mixture into individual serving bowls.

Veggies and quinoa are mixed together in bowl.

Top the quinoa/veggie mixture with several of the pan-seared shrimp. Serve the shrimp quinoa veggie bowl while hot, and enjoy this healthy and filling meal!

The shrimp quinoa veggie bowl is ready to eat!

Hope you enjoy this shrimp quinoa veggie bowl. The recipe, as written, makes 2-3 main course servings, but can be easily doubled.  If you can multi-task like a champ, you can cook the veggies and shrimp while the quinoa is cooking, so you can easily assemble the finished bowl all at once!

If you don’t want to use Swiss chard, then substituting fresh spinach or cooked/chopped broccoli would be another option. You really can’t hurt this dish… just get creative in your kitchen, and make it your OWN!

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Shrimp, Quinoa & Veggie Bowl
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Make a delicious, filling shrimp quinoa veggie bowl, an all-in-one meal with cajun seasoned shrimp, fluffy quinoa, Swiss chard, onions, and peppers.

Category: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shrimp quinoa veggie bowl
Servings: 3 servings
Calories Per Serving: 230 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For quinoa:
  • 1/2 cup quinoa , rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 large chicken bouillon cube (optional, but helps to add flavor to quinoa)
For veggies:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup bell peppers , chopped (I used red, orange and green for COLOR!)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion (brown onion)
  • 2 cups Swiss Chard , separated (chop stems & set aside) (chop leaves & set aside)
For shrimp:
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound medium shrimp (shelled and de-veined)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
Instructions
  1. Rinse, then drain quinoa. Cook, according to package directions, adding chicken bouillon to the cooking water for flavor, if desired. When done, set aside and keep warm.
  2. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Add chopped onion, Swiss Chard STEMS, and bell peppers. Cook 2-3 minutes until stems have softened. Add chopped Swiss Chard LEAVES, and cook for an additional minute or until leaves have wilted and are cooked through (leaves will cook quickly). Add veggies to quinoa and keep warm.
  3. Sprinkle shrimp with Cajun spice and dried parsley flakes. Toss to coat shrimp with spices. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in skillet. When hot, add shrimp. Cook shrimp on medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until pink and fully cooked through.
  4. Mix veggies and quinoa together. Reheat in microwave, if necessary. Place hot quinoa/veggie mixture into individual serving bowls. Top with shrimp. Serve hot... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Shrimp, Quinoa & Veggie Bowl
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 230 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Cholesterol 190mg63%
Sodium 965mg42%
Potassium 424mg12%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2965IU59%
Vitamin C 58.8mg71%
Calcium 135mg14%
Iron 3.6mg20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Skillet Zucchini, Mushrooms And Peppers With Parmesan

Skillet Zucchini is a delicious veggie side dish, with sautéed mushrooms, red bell pepper, and onions, topped with Parmesan cheese to serve.Skillet Zucchini is a delicious veggie side dish, with sautéed mushrooms, red bell pepper, and onions, topped with Parmesan cheese to serve.
You know how Moms always say “EAT YOUR VEGETABLES!”?  Well… I AM a Mom, and I still have to tell myself this all the time! I’m always looking for new ways to make veggies more appealing!  So here’s a quick & tasty side dish for Skillet Zucchini, Mushrooms and Peppers With Parmesan.

Sometimes it’s nice to get out of the “vegetable rut” and cook a new combination of veggies for taste and color of the dish, for a change! Here’s how easy it is to make this side dish:

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How To Make Skillet Zucchini

Melt 1 teaspoon butter in skillet. Add chopped red onion and sliced mushrooms; sauté on medium heat for 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms have softened, and are cooked through.

Mushrooms and red onions cooking in a large skillet.

Add sliced zucchini and red pepper to the skillet. I kept the mushrooms in the skillet, but moved them to the side while cooking zucchini. Continue cooking and and stirring this skillet zucchini mixture for 4-5 minutes until zucchini is cooked through (but not too soft).

Sliced zucchini and red peppers are added to the mushrooms in the skillet.

Time For Some Seasoning

Add minced garlic to the veggies, and cook for an additional minute, stirring often. Be careful to NOT let the garlic burn. Season the vegetables with salt, pepper, and oregano to taste.

Minced garlic, and spices are added to the skillet zucchini.

Serve The Skillet Zucchini

When done, pour the sautéed vegetables into a serving bowl. Finely grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the top of the vegetables while they are still hot, so it melts.

Finely grated Parmesan cheese is sprinkled over the skillet zucchini before serving.

Serve this simple skillet zucchini dish while it is still hot… and enjoy! It’s a nice combination of vegetables, and the colors make it more tempting to want to dig in! I enjoyed creating and eating this vegetable dish, and the recipe can be EASILY doubled.

Sometimes it’s more fun to have a mixture of colorful, tasty veggies than to just have a lump of broccoli on the plate. Amen! Have a GREAT day!

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Skillet Zucchini, Mushrooms And Peppers With Parmesan
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
13 mins
 

Skillet Zucchini is a delicious veggie side dish, with sautéed mushrooms, red bell pepper, and onions, topped with Parmesan cheese to serve.

Category: Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Keyword: skillet zucchini
Servings: 3 servings
Calories Per Serving: 65 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup red onions (chopped)
  • 1 large green zucchini (or 2 medium sized), sliced
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper (sliced or chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese (finely grated- amount is your choice!)
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet. Sauté sliced mushrooms and red onion on medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Move mushrooms to side of skillet; add sliced zucchini and red bell pepper. Cook zucchini, etc. for 4-5 minutes, or until zucchini has softened slightly , but is not "soggy". Add minced garlic to pan. Stir to combine. Cook for additional minute, stirring often. Do not let garlic burn.
  3. Season with salt, pepper and oregano, to taste. Remove mixture to serving dish. Immediately grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the top of the hot veggies. Serve... and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Zucchini, Mushrooms And Peppers With Parmesan
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 65 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 72mg3%
Potassium 364mg10%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 980IU20%
Vitamin C 46.6mg56%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer

Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer is a quick and easy, made from scratch recipe for making your own yummy coffee creamer (with the flavor of a great cinnamon roll)!Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer is a quick and easy, made from scratch recipe for making your own yummy coffee creamer (with the flavor of a great cinnamon roll)!

Have you ever made homemade coffee creamer? I make creamers occasionally (mostly when I want to try a new flavor). I recently made a delicious Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer. Yum! It was the perfect addition to make my beloved coffee NOT taste like coffee!

I found this particular recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a try as I am a HUGE fan of cinnamon rolls. And coffee. Seriously… how could you go wrong mixing the two tastes together… in an easy to prepare coffee creamer?

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How To Make Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer

Combine milk and half and half in a saucepan. Whisk in the brown sugar. Heat this up a little bit on LOW heat, but DO NOT BOIL.  Remove from heat.

Milk and half and half are heated to make coffee creamer.

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

Cinnamon and vanilla are added to milk mixture for creamer..

Once mixture has cooled slightly, you can add this cinnamon roll coffee creamer to your cup of coffee or store in refrigerator until ready to use.

How Much Creamer Does This Recipe Make?

This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of creamer, which fills a standard size creamer bottle up about half way. If you want to make more, simply double the recipe… easy!

How Do I Store Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer?

To store, simply pour the mixture into a covered container.  I like using empty, clean creamer bottles when I make homemade coffee creamer. Using a funnel really helps get it into the container! If you peel off the old labels from used creamer bottles, you can see your beautiful homemade cinnamon roll coffee creamer inside!

Pouring the creamer through a funnel into bottle.

Cinnamon roll coffee creamer can be stored in refrigerator for 5-6 days once prepared. Be sure to give the bottle a good shake to re-mix ingredients before each use.

Cinnamon roll coffee creamer in a plastic bottle.

Why I Use Half and Half For This Recipe

The original recipe called for heavy cream, and I tried it that way the first time I made this. The next time I ended up replacing the heavy cream with half and half. I did that because the whipping cream thickened over time from shaking the bottle each time before adding it to my coffee. It simply got way too thick over the course of a few days.

Guess what? This cinnamon roll coffee creamer tastes great when made with half and half! Problem solved! That’s how I’ve made it ever since!

Cup of coffee with cinnamon roll coffee creamer

Hope you’ll give it a try! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy this cinnamon roll coffee creamer that you made all by yourself! If you enjoy this creamer, be sure to check out my recipes for Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer and  Creme Brulee Coffee Creamer. You can find ALL of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page.

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Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 mins
Total Time
9 mins
 
Quick and easy recipe for making you own coffee creamer with the flavor of a great cinnamon roll!
Category: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon roll coffee creamer
Servings: 32 (2 cups total)
Calories Per Serving: 21 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup Half and Half
  • 2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (use pure vanilla extract for the best taste!)
  • 4 Tablespoons packed brown sugar (light or dark-I used dark)
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk and half and half into a medium sized pan; add the brown sugar. Whisk to combine ingredients. Warm up the milk mixture on low, but do NOT let it come to a boil. When milk mixture is heated through, but NOT boiling, remove pan from heat.
  2. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract; whisk these into the milk mixture until fully integrated. Let creamer cool to room temperature, then pour into a large bottle or jar (I used an old, clean and empty "store bought" creamer container). Make sure the container you select has a lid.
  3. Cover the bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  4. Before using, give the bottle a little shake each time to redistribute the ingredients. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

*You MAY substitute heavy whipped cream for the Half and Half for a "creamier" creamer. I also tried it that way first, but found I didn't like the way the cream eventually "firmed or clumped up" after being shaken each time before using.

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Roll Coffee Creamer
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 21 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 21mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 19mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach

Macaroni and cheese with smoked gouda, fresh spinach, and Parmesan cheese is a creamy, delicious comfort food meal!Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!
My husband and I tried a new recipe a few weeks ago for “Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach”. Let me tell you… it was a fantastic, flavorful, “meatless” dinner, and must be totally “HEALTHY” because it has spinach in it, right? (snicker, snicker)

It actually was very delicious and EASY to prepare! I found the recipe online and played around with it just a bit to suit our taste buds, and boom! Macaroni and Cheese with ATTITUDE! Here’s how easy it is to make:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Cook and drain macaroni noodles, according to the package directions (then set aside).  Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chopped green onion; cook & stir for a couple minutes, then add minced garlic and cook for one more minute.

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Stir (or whisk) in flour. Continue cooking for one minute.

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Add in half and half and milk, stirring continuously. Turn the heat on the stove up to medium-high. While stirring, bring the mixture to a boil. Continue stirring. This should take several minutes. The sauce will thicken and smooth out.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the sauce for the macaroni and cheese has come to a boil and has thickened (see photo below), add salt and pepper, to taste.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Turn heat down to medium-low. Stir in the smoked Gouda and freshly grated Parmesan cheeses. Mix well to melt cheeses.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once cheese has melted, add in the chopped spinach and the cooked and drained macaroni noodles. Stir to combine.

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Once the macaroni and cheese is fully mixed, taste the sauce. If necessary, add additional salt and pepper, to suit your taste.

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Spray a 2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray, then pour macaroni mixture in. Sprinkle the top with dried bread crumbs. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake it for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

After 15 minutes, remove the foil , and continue baking for approximately 6-7 additional minutes, until the cheese sauce is nice and bubbly!

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Here’s what the macaroni and cheese looked like straight out of the oven. Can you see the bubbling sauce on the edges of the pan?

Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach / The Grateful Girl Cooks!

We let it cool down just a touch, then dished up our servings! It was really delicious! The combination of flavor from Smoked Gouda Cheese and Parmesan really give this comfort food dish a LOT of flavor!

I sure hope you will give this macaroni and cheese recipe a try. It’s that kind of recipe that makes you want to curl up on the couch (in sweatpants) with a big bowl of this comfort food after a long day. No matter HOW you eat this, I think you’ll LOVE it!

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Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
22 mins
Total Time
37 mins
 

Macaroni and cheese with smoked gouda, fresh spinach, and Parmesan cheese is a creamy, delicious comfort food meal!

Category: Meatless Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: macaroni and cheese
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 686 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion , thinly sliced (stem and bulb)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups Half and Half
  • 2 cups low-fat milk (I used 1%)
  • Salt and Pepper , to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Smoked Gouda cheese , grated
  • 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese , grated
  • 4 cups fresh spinach leaves , cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 3/4 pound elbow macaroni , cooked and drained (use pkg. directions)
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook macaroni, according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat, in a large skillet or saucepan. Add chopped green onion. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add minced garlic and cook for additional minute. (do not burn garlic!)
  3. Stir or whisk in flour. Cook for additional minute.
  4. Add half and half and milk. Stir or whisk in to the flour mixture in pan to fully combine. Turn heat up to medium high. Continue cooking, stirring often until mixture comes to a boil. This will take several minutes. The sauce will thicken quite a bit. Once thickened, season to taste with a little bit of salt and black pepper. Turn heat down to medium-low.
  5. Stir in Smoked Gouda and Parmesan cheeses. Stir to combine. Add chopped spinach and cooked & drained macaroni noodles. Stir well to fully mix ingredients together. Once mixed, taste it again. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired.
  6. Spray a 1 quart baking dish with non stick spray. Pour macaroni mixture into dish. Sprinkle the dried bread crumbs evenly over the top of macaroni. Cover pan with foil.
  7. Place covered dish in 350 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil from dish, then continue baking for 6-7 minutes. When done, the sauce is hot and bubbly around the edges of the pan.
  8. Remove from oven, let it rest for about a minute, then serve it up! YUM. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Any combo of cheeses would probably work in this dish... Just be sure that the total amount of cheese added is 2 cups! Have fun creating your OWN version!

Nutrition Facts
Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Gouda and Spinach
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/6 of total))
Calories 686 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 20g125%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 739mg32%
Potassium 571mg16%
Carbohydrates 64g21%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 2850IU57%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 674mg67%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ranch Dressing

You will LOVE how EASY it is to make incredible tasting homemade Ranch Dressing (from scratch) for your favorite green salads, in under 5 minutes!You will LOVE how EASY it is to make incredible tasting homemade Ranch Dressing (from scratch) for your favorite green salads, in under 5 minutes!
If you enjoy ranch dressing on salads, you will love this easy “make it yourself” version, which can be made in under 5 minutes!

It’s so easy to make, you will have no need to run to the store for a bottle of ranch salad dressing anymore! It is DELICIOUS!

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How To Make Homemade Ranch Dressing

Here’s what you do (look how SIMPLE this is): First place all the ingredients for the ranch dressing in a medium sized bowl.

WHEW! Did ya break out in a sweat doing that? Yeah… didn’t think so!

Mixing the ingredients to make homemade ranch dressing for salads.

Now mix all the ingredients up, using a whisk or fork to fully combine. Easy peasy! Stand back, and take a good look. You just made your very own homemade ranch dressing!

Homemade ranch dressing is whisked together and is now ready to drizzle on green salads!

That’s it!  {{TOLD YOU IT WAS EASY}}. Pour the ranch dressing into a covered, airtight container, and refrigerate until ready to use. The ranch dressing has a wonderful flavor, very similar to the well-known store-bought version.

This recipe, as written, makes about 1½  cups of salad dressing, but the recipe is very easily doubled!

Hope you enjoy this simple Ranch Dressing! We sure enjoy it on salads and in other recipes that require this type of salad dressing.

Green salad is reading to be topped with homemade ranch dressing.

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Ranch Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

You will LOVE how EASY it is to make incredible tasting homemade Ranch Dressing (from scratch) for your favorite green salads, in under 5 minutes!

Category: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ranch dressing
Servings: 10 ounces (approx 1¼ cups)
Calories Per Serving: 45 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chives , chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon dried dill weed (can also use fresh dill)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley , chopped
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & black pepper , to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a medium bowl. Whisk together ingredients, to fully combine.

  2. Pour dressing into a covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Ranch Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 Tablespoon)
Calories 45 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 40mg2%
Potassium 19mg1%
Vitamin A 70IU1%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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How To Make Candied Bacon

Candied bacon is becoming a popular ingredient in desserts, salads, etc. Here’s how to quickly make this sweet/salty treat!Candied bacon is becoming a popular ingredient in desserts, salads, etc. Here's how to quickly make this sweet/salty treat!
Recipes for cookies, salads, desserts, etc. are popping up all the time that include “candied bacon”. It would be helpful to know “HOW” to make this treat, right? Well… it’s EASY! Candied bacon can be used in salads, on appetizers, or even in ice cream. I used this batch in some homemade Candied Bacon Ice Cream. Amazing!

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How to Make Candied Bacon

Here’s how you can easily make candied bacon: First line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (or a silicone mat). If using aluminum foil, put the shiny side down. Lay strips of bacon down on the foil in a single layer, leaving a bit of space between each piece.

Individual slices are placed on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet.

Sprinkle approximately 1½ – 2 teaspoons brown sugar over the length of each slice.

Brown sugar is sprinkled over each piece of uncooked bacon.

Cook The Bacon

The strips of bacon looked like this (see photo below). Put the bacon in a preheated 400 degree oven and bake it for 12-16 minutes. NOTE: About half way through the baking time, turn the bacon strips over and pull them through the syrupy glaze (to coat) on the baking sheet.

Each slice of bacon is lightly covered with brown sugar.

After turning the bacon over and dragging the pieces in the brown sugar syrup on the foil, continue baking for the rest of the baking time, until the bacon is done and dark in color.

The bacon strips are turned halfway through baking time.

Remove the bacon strips from the foil, and transfer them to a wire rack. Let the candied bacon strips cool completely.

The bacon cools on a wire rack.

The Candied Bacon Is Now Ready To Use

Once the bacon has cooled, chop it up or cut with kitchen scissors into small pieces. It is now ready to be added to a great salad, or recipe that requires candied bacon. If you’ve never had a mixed green salad with these sweet little bacon bits added, you’re missing out! It’s a great tasting addition.

The finished candied bacon is crumbled to add to salads, etc.

See how easy it is to make? The sugary, salty taste of the sweet bacon bits is AMAZING! Hope you’ll try this easy technique for making candied bacon. You can store the bacon bits in an airtight covered container in refrigerator for a couple days, OR you can freeze them for a couple weeks ahead of when you will be using them! Try not to eat them all BEFORE adding it to a recipe! Have a great day.

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How To Make Candied Bacon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
21 mins
 
Candied bacon is becoming a popular ingredient in desserts, salads, etc. Here's how to quickly make this sweet/salty treat!
Category: Miscellaneous
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied bacon
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 114 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 8 strips Bacon strips (or as many as desired)
  • 12 teaspoons Brown sugar (can use dark or light-I use dark)-will need 1½-2 teaspoons per slice of bacon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil (or a silicone mat).
  2. Place bacon strips in single layer on foil. Sprinkle each piece of bacon with 1½ - 2 teaspoons brown sugar.

  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-16 minutes. Halfway through the baking time, turn the pieces over and drag them through the brown sugar glaze to coat. Finish baking time. Remove from oven when bacon is done and is dark brown in color. Place bacon strips on wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled to room temp., cut or chop bacon into small pieces. Bacon pieces may be stored in a covered airtight container in refrigerator for a couple days. Bacon can also be stored in freezer for a couple weeks prior to using.
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Candied Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Loaded Hash Browns – Waffle Style

You’ll enjoy Loaded Hash Browns, made with grated potatoes, ham, cheddar cheese, red/green peppers, & red onion, cooked till crispy in a waffle iron!You'll enjoy Loaded Hash Browns, made with grated potatoes, ham, cheddar cheese, red/green peppers, & red onion, cooked till crispy in a waffle iron!
Crispy on the outside, and brimming with ham, red & green peppers, cheddar cheese, and red onion, these yummy loaded hash browns are cooked in your old trusty waffle maker! Yep… WAFFLE-STYLE hash browns!

I’d seen photos of hash browns cooked in waffle irons before, but decided to put my own spin on them. I LOVE to make fully loaded hash browns (I mean… “seriously love”), so decided to give it the old “college try” and make my own version in our waffle iron. Oh my goodness… they were delicious. And crunchy! Here’s how to make them:

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Prepare The Loaded Hash Browns

Prep the ingredients before starting. Chop red & green peppers, ham and red onion, grate cheese and generously oil, then preheat waffle iron. Having all this done ahead is a GOOD thing.

Some of the ingredients that will be added to the hash browns.

For the potato part… peel, and then grate 2 medium potatoes. I used our box grater to do this.

Grated potatoes are the main ingredients for the loaded hash browns.

Remove Moisture From Grated Potatoes

Now here’s the really important part. You want to get as much moisture out of the grated potatoes as possible. The drier the potatoes are, the crispier the hash browns will be.  I like to use a clean dish towel.

Place the potatoes in the dish towel, the roll it up and twist the ends. Continue to twist and press to absorb as much moisture onto the towel as possible. When done, the potatoes should be a LOT drier, and the towel will be ready for the washing machine… (just sayin’).

Grated potatoes are pressed in a dish towel to remove extra moisture.

Mix the potatoes with the peppers, ham, cheese and onion. Add melted butter, generously salt and pepper mixture and stir together to combine.

Melted butter is added to the uncooked hash brown mixture and stirred in.

This is what you will be looking at, once mixed. The recipe makes enough for two waffles (4 servings).

All the ingredients for the loaded hash browns are mixed together before cooking.

Cooking Loaded Hash Browns In A Waffle Maker

Make sure waffle iron is heavily oiled and PREHEATED before beginning to cook. Add half of the potato mixture to the waffle iron. Press down lid, and cook for approximately 7-10 minutes.

Halfway through cooking, press down hard on the lid to really seal in those potatoes (and help them crisp up). Check the potatoes at about 6 minutes. You want them to be very crispy and golden brown on the outside, yet cooked through. Times may vary per appliance.

Loaded Hash Browns - Waffle Style are placed into preheated waffle iron.

Remove the hash browns from the waffle iron once done, and divide them between four serving plates. Here’s one serving, after a quick toss with a fork.

Finished loaded hash browns are crispy and delicious!

These loaded hash browns – waffle style are delicious! Cooking them in a waffle iron takes some of the pressure off pan frying. While they are happily cooking away, minding their own business in the waffle maker, you’re free to make eggs or other dishes to go with them for a hearty breakfast!

Hope you’ll try these hash browns… and enjoy putting the old family waffle iron to good use!

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Loaded Hash Browns - Waffle Style
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
12 mins
 

You'll enjoy Loaded Hash Browns, made with grated potatoes, ham, cheddar cheese, red/green peppers, & red onion, cooked till crispy in a waffle iron!

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: loaded hash browns
Servings: 4 servings
Calories Per Serving: 145 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped ham
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped red onion (or green onion)
  • 3 Tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 medium russet potatoes
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • Oil , for waffle iron
Instructions
  1. Prep ham, bell peppers, onion, and cheddar cheese before peeling and grating potatoes. Set aside.
  2. Preheat waffle iron that has been generously coated with oil (IMPORTANT so they don't stick).
  3. Peel, then grate (shred) potatoes. Place grated potatoes on a cloth dish towel. Twist, press, etc. to remove as much liquid as possible from potatoes. When dried, place potatoes in large bowl. Add prepped veggies, ham, etc. to bowl of grated potatoes. Add melted butter, season generously with salt and pepper (to taste). Stir to combine.

  4. Fill preheated waffle iron with approximately half of the potato mixture. (I used a round waffle iron, so there were enough for two waffle sized servings (enough servings for 4 people). Just fill your waffle iron enough to form a nice layer of potatoes. No need to overstuff.
  5. Press down lid and cook hash browns for about 6-7 minutes. Check for crispy outside and "doneness". I usually cook them for a few more minutes after checking them to ensure a really crunchy outside. Pressing down pretty hard on the lid also helps. Appliance temps. vary, so keep an eye on your hash browns. When done, repeat with additional potato mixture, remembering to re-oil waffle iron and preheat before adding. Once done, remove hash browns from waffle iron and divide portions equally (makes 4 servings).

Nutrition Facts
Loaded Hash Browns - Waffle Style
Amount Per Serving (1 (1/4 of total))
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 166mg7%
Potassium 444mg13%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 12.8mg16%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

These delicious Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are cookies with a chewy chocolate and pecan pie filling on a shortbread crust, and are always a big hit for dessert!These delicious Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are cookies with a chewy chocolate and pecan pie filling on a shortbread crust, and are always a big hit for dessert!

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars… for the win! These delicious treats, with a chewy chocolate and pecan pie filling on a shortbread crust, will be a big hit at your next potluck, family dinner, or get together!

Have mercy… the recipe makes 2 dozen of these decadent goodies! They combine the rich flavor of pecan pie with chocolate, in a chewy bar cookie. With that flavor combo, it’s no wonder these chocolate pecan pie bars taste fantastic!

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How To Make Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Before starting, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the crust ingredients. You can use either a mixer on medium speed OR a pastry blender. Mix the shortbread crust ingredients until crumbly.

Mixing the shortbread crust ingredients for chocolate pecan pie bars.

Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil, making sure the edges completely overlap all sides of the pan. You will need the edges to lift out the bars from the pan after baking. Spray the aluminum foil (bottom and sides) with a non-stick cooking spray.

Pour the shortbread crust mixture into the prepared pan. Press the crumb mixture firmly and evenly into pan to form a solid crust on the bottom.

The shortbread crust crumbles are placed in foil lined baking sheet.

 

Bake The Shortbread Crust

Bake the shortbread crust in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Shortbread crust for chocolate pecan pie bars is patted down to form crust.

When done, remove the baking pan from the oven. This is what the shortbread crust should look like, right out of the oven.

The crust for the chocolate pecan pie bars is baked until golden.

Prepare The Chocolate Filling

While the crust is baking, heat the corn syrup and chocolate chips in medium pan on LOW heat. Do NOT fully melt chocolate chips. NOTE: You only want to heat this mixture until the chocolate is almost melted. Immediately remove pan from heat.

Chocolate chips and corn syrup is heated in pan for chocolate pecan pie bars filling.

This is what it looked like when I removed the pan from the heat. Notice how the chocolate is NOT fully melted. Set aside.

Chocolate is only melted part way for filling for chocolate pecan pie bars.

Finish Making The Batter For The Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

In a separate bowl, mix together granulated sugar, eggs, and the almond and vanilla extracts. Add this to the (slightly cooled) chocolate mixture, whisking continuously as you add it. Make sure to whisk so the eggs will not scramble when added to the warm chocolate in pan.

Eggs, sugar, and extracts are added to chocolate pecan pie filling in pan.

The next thing you need to do is stir in the chopped pecans.

Chopped pecans are added to chocolate pecan pie bars filling in pan.

Pour the mixture for the chocolate pecan pie bars on top of the cooked crust. Be sure to spread the filling evenly over the surface of the baked crust. Set the chocolate pecan pie bars aside.

The filling for chocolate pecan pie bars is poured onto crust in pan.

 

Bake The Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Mix up the topping ingredients (brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and chopped pecans) in a small bowl. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the top of the chocolate pecan pie filling before baking.

Put the pan into the oven and continue baking the bars for 35 minutes. When done, the outside edges of the bars will be firm, but the middle of the pan will be slightly soft. The chocolate pecan pie bars will firm up in the middle as they cool.

Crumbly topping is added to the top of the chocolate pecan pie bars in pan before baking.

This is what the chocolate pecan pie bars looked like when I took them out of the oven. Place the pan on wire rack to cool.  Let the chocolate pecan pie bars cool completely while still in the pan.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars, hot from the oven.

Once the bars have completely cooled, carefully lift entire pan of bars out of the dish, using the foil to easily lift up and out of pan.

Slice And Serve!

Peel away the sides of the foil from the bars. The easiest way I have found to cut the chocolate pecan pie bars is to use a pizza cutter! This makes it very easy to cut the cooled dessert into 24 bars.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars cut easily into bars, by using a pizza cutter.

They sure look good, don’t they? Well… guess what? THESE CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE BARS ARE FANTASTIC! Chewy, chocolatey pecan pie goodness right there, folks!

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars on a platter, ready to eat!

I gave some away to friends AND took some to a potluck we attended, but did manage to taste a sample. Boy are they good!!!

Close up photo of a few Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars on aluminum foil.

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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
These delicious Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars are cookies with a chewy chocolate and pecan pie filling on a shortbread crust, and are always a big hit for dessert!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate pecan pie bars
Servings: 24 bars
Calories Per Serving: 361 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For crust:
  • 1 cup butter , softened (not melted)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For Filling:
  • 1 1/2 cups corn syrup (Karo)
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
For Topping:
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Before beginning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 baking dish with aluminum foil, being sure to leave foil hanging over the edges of pan. (You will use the overhanging foil to lift bars out of dish when done). Spray the foil generously with a cooking spray (sides and bottom of foil covered pan).
  2. Mix crust ingredients with electric mixer (on medium) or pastry blender until crumbly. Pour crumbs into foil-lined and sprayed pan, then press the crumbs firmly into the bottom of dish to form crust.
  3. Bake crust at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove.
  4. While crust is baking, make filling. Put corn syrup and chocolate into a saucepan. Heat it on LOW only until the chocolate is ALMOST melted (don't let it melt all the way!). Remove pan from heat.
  5. In separate bowl, mix sugar, eggs and vanilla and almond extracts. Slowly add this to the warm (not hot) chocolate mixture, WHISKING THE ENTIRE TIME YOU ARE ADDING EGG MIXTURE.
  6. Fold chopped pecans into filling. Pour pecan filling over baked crust. Evenly distribute.
  7. Mix together Topping (I used a fork to mix-it will be crumbly). Sprinkle topping over the top.
  8. Put pan back into the oven, and continue cooking for 35 minutes longer, or until the edges of the dessert are firm (and the center is slightly soft). Remove pan from oven. Set pan on wire rack and cool completely. Once dessert is completely room temp., carefully lift out the entire pan of dessert using the foil overhangs. Peel away foil from sides. Cut into 24 bars. I used a pizza cutter! Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 361 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 121mg5%
Potassium 123mg4%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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