Grilled Turkey reuben sandwich cut diagonally

Grilled Turkey Reuben Sandwich

This grilled turkey Reuben sandwich is so delicious and easy to prepare, that you and your family will want to keep this on your regular dinner menu!

Reubens makes me happy.

There’s not much that I have to say about this recipe. No fancy back story. No thought-provoking anecdotes. I’m a big lover of sandwiches. In fact, for as long as I can remember Reubens have been one of my all-time favorite sandwiches. I don’t know, I guess there’s something really delicious about the piked meat layered between the nutty Swiss cheese, tangy sauerkraut, and buttery Russian dressing-all hugged between two wonderful slices of rhye bread. A true masterpiece.

This particular recipe, while not original, does have a few unique touches. As you may (or may not!) know, Reuben sandwiches are traditionally made with thick slices of corned beef. This iteration has turkey slices, instead (which I prefer). The traditional sandwich also has Russian dressing, which comprises of plain yogurt, horseradish, and ketchup. This version has a bit more of a simplified version of the sauce, but will instead be made with a very special sauce, which will consist of a creamy ketchup-mayo garlic base (hello Thousand Island!). We also ‘butter’ the bread with a smear of mayo, as well. Trust me, you’re in for a treat.

This grilled turkey Reuben sandwich is simply delicious!

Alright, I’ve yapped on for way too long. Let’s move onto the recipe, shall we?!?

Grilled Turkey Reuben Sandwich

This grilled turkey sandwich is so delicious and easy toprepare, that you and your family will want to keep this on your regular dinnermenu!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course: Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey reuben sandwich
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 207kcal

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. sliced deli turkey breast (8-12 slices)
  • 8 slices Rye bread
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • 4 tsp. ketchup
  • 4 tsp. relish
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 4 tbsp. light mayonaise
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder

Instructions

Preparing the special sauce

  • In a medium bowl, combine the followingingredients: the ketchup, relish, garlic powder, black pepper, and 3 tbsp. ofthe mayo (reserve 1 tbsp to the side). Gently mix all of these ingredientsuntil the sauce turns into an evenly pink color.

Preppingthe turkey Reuben sandwiches

  •  Preheat a skillet to medium heat. While skilletis heating, lightly ‘butter’ all four pieces of the rye bread with the 1reserved tablespoon of mayonnaise (the buttered side will be the side that getsgrilled. Place two of the slices of bread to the side, non-buttered side down.
  • On two of the non-buttered sides of bread, layerin this highly recommended order: the special sauce, half of a slice of swisscheese on each slice, ¼ cup of sauerkraut, two ounces of gently folded turkeybreast, and then the second half of the Swiss cheese. Finally, take your secondslices of bread and spread the remaining portion of special sauce on bothslices and top over each sandwich.
  • Grill the sandwiches on medium heat (recommendedcovered) for about 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  • Recommended: Once the sandwiches have beengrilled on both sides, cut them diagonally, and enjoy with a nice glass of beer( or iced tea)!

Nutrition information (per sandwich)

207 Calories | 12.9 grams Protein | 8.3 grams Fat | 19.9 grams Carbohydrates | 2.5 grams Fiber | 11 WW Smart Points (green plan)

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Cauliflower Tater Tots

These cauliflower tater tots are a delicious and super clever way to pack some veggies into a classic childhood snack.

An image of a smiling curly haired woman standing in front of a giant bowl of five cauliflower tater tots.

Childhood Tots

One of my favorite all-time childhood appetizers were tater tots. I mean, I was introduced to these little cylindrical crisps in my childhood school cafeterias. As I’ve gotten older and am now more aware of my health, I am trying to become more intentional about eating healthier foods.

This cauliflower tater tot recipe is the perfect accompaniment to my mushroom & Swiss burger recipe (or really anything else you may want to eat these with!). If you don’t feel like easting these with anything else, they are perfectly good with a side of sriracha, ketchup, or solo! Whatever floats your boat is the name of this game.

Cauliflower for Picky People!

If you have picky eaters at home and have been trying to figure out how to incorporate more veggies into their plates, consider this recipe. The way we prepare our veggies is everything. Your kids (or spouse!) will want to have more of this dish. 🙂

You can either prepare these tots in an air fryer or oven. They will taste great, regardless of your cooking method. Not only are these tots also lower in carbs, but if you’re adhering to Weight Watchers (and are on the Green plan), one serving will be worth 3 WW smart points.

These mouth-watering cauliflower tater tots will satisfy your savory tooth!
These mouth-watering cauliflower tater tots will satisfy your savory tooth!

Alright, I’ve spoken enough. Let’s move onto the recipe, shall we?!?

Cauliflower Tater Tots

These cauliflower tater tots are a delicious and superclever way to pack some veggies into a classic childhood snack.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: , tater tots, cauliflower, cauliflower tater tots, keto, low-carb
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 166kcal

Equipment

  • Air fryer (optional)

Ingredients

  • 2 heads cauliflower
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Seasonings

  • cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. dried Italian seasoning (Parsley and Oregano)

Instructions

  • Coarsely chop the cauliflower into large, chunkypieces.
  • Afterwards,allow the pieces to boil in rolling hot water for about 3-5 minutes, or untiltender to the touch. Immediately drain.
  • Once the cauliflower finishes cooking, pulse inthe food processor until each of the pieces are roughly the size of grains ofrice (cauliflower rice). Afterwards, transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
  • Combine all of the following into the large bowlof cauliflower rice: the egg, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, oil, and Italianseasonings. Mix until everything is well combined.
  • After mixing, take roughly the size of atablespoon of cauliflower rice mixture and form it into the shape of a tatertot and place the taters on a surface sizable enough to contain all of thepieces (about 30-35 tots!)

Air Fryer

  • Gently place enough tater tots in the basket and set on 375f for 20 minutes and flip halfway.

Oven

  • Have preheated oven set at 400 degreesF. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Flip halfway.  Enjoy!

Video

166 calories per serving | 9.5g protein | 10.9g fat | 9g carbs | 3g fiber | 3 WW Smart Points (Green Plan)

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Portabella Mushroom & Swiss Beef Burger

Mushroom & Swiss Beef Burgers

Consider adding this mushroom & Swiss beef burger recipe to your upcoming barbecue menu. I promise that these are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Portabella Mushroom & Swiss Beef Burger

I love burgers.

I don’t really have much to say about this recipe except well, I really love a good mushroom burger. My husband and I have eaten at enough burger joints that I’ve become somewhat of a snob when it comes to my burger. I guess it’s because I’ve had too many subpar and disappointing hamburgers (thanks Wendy’s, Mickey D’s and Burger King).

If there is one burger that never disappoints, it’s a good old fashioned mushroom Swiss. I love how the nuttiness of the Swiss cheese balances out the caramelized meatiness of the mushrooms AND onions. You really can’t go wrong.

How does this portabella recipe taste?

I wanted to try something different and find a reasonably healthier way to bulk up my hamburger patties. Rather than using more beef, I decided to incorporate plenty of portabella into the actual patty mixture. The verdict? These patties do NOT disappoint. In fact, I felt that the mushroom within the patty mixture actually helped to create a juicier and more mouthwatering burger. This is definitely one that will be on our menu rotation! If you’re looking for something tasty to accompany these patties, consider making my cauliflower tater tots.

Image of a zoomed in mushroom swiss burger with smiling spork faces in the background
A delicious mushroom swiss beef burger for your pleasure

If you’re a fellow Weight Watchers member (and are on the Green plan), one patty with melted cheese and grilled onion will be worth 9 WW smart points.

Alright, I’ve spoken enough. Let’s move onto the recipe, shall we?!?

Mushroom & Swiss Beef Burger

Consider adding this mushroom & Swiss beef burger recipeto your upcoming barbecue menu. I promise that these are sure to be acrowd-pleaser!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Burger, mushroom swiss burger, portabella
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 421kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef 90% lean
  • 1 egg
  • 8 oz. portabella mushrooms
  • 1 onion small

Seasonings

  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. oil

Toppings (optional)

  • 4 burger buns
  • 4 Swiss cheese slices
  • grilled onion
  • spinach
  • sour cream

Instructions

  • Coarsely dice onion into pieces roughly half aninch in size. Set aside.
  • In a food processor, pulse mushrooms and half of the diced onions until the pieces are roughly the size of rice grains.
  • After pulsing the mushrooms and onions, sauté the mixture in 1 tsp. oil for about 4-7 minutes, or until the mushrooms lightly caramelize and the onion turns translucent. Allow the mushroom mixture to cool down for a few minutes or until semi-cool to the touch. Once cooled, transfer to a large bowl.
  • In large bowl, add ground beef, egg, andseasonings to the mixture, and mix until all of the ingredients are wellcombined. Afterwards, form the mixture into 4-6 patties, and then sauté them oneach side for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Immediately top each patty with a slice of Swiss cheese, and then serve assemble the burger with your favorite toppings. Enjoy!

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Notes

Recipe is 421 calories with the patty and Swiss cheese. 

421 calories per serving | 40.3g protein | 25g fat | 6.4g carbs | .5g fiber | 9 WW Smart Points (Green Plan)

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A (healthier) version of the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake

A (healthier) version of the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake is just as delicious as the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake…but healthier!

The HealthiER Chick fil A-inspired Peach Milkshake!!
The HealthiER Chick fil A-inspired Peach Milkshake!!

I’m going to keep this particular recipe post short & sweet. I have a weakness for Chick-fil-a milkshakes…but I’m also trying to watch my waistline. So, I got pretty creative and concocted a healthier version of their classic summer beverage. Your girl is trying to lose weight. There. I said it.

Disclaimer for this Peach Goodness!

There is something pretty important that I need to address before I jump into the recipe. Healthy food, especially while trying to lose weight does NOT mean that you have to compromise on flavor! Often times, I find myself being super hateful and resentful of diet food and diets in general. For one thing, I have spent so much of my life yo-yo dieting (which clearly hasn’t worked). Second: Most diet’ food I have seen or tried tastes horrible. I can already taste that weird artificial chemical flavor that so many ‘slimming’ treats taste like. Not for me! I have, and will always believe that food should taste mouth-watering and delicious, no matter where you are in your unique health journey.

HealthyER Milkshake

I wanted to provide a second disclaimer for this recipe. This (healthier) version of the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake recipe is healthiER compared to the original small-sized chick fil a milkshake, which has a whopping 660 calories. This is why I say healthier in the title of this recipe. Nevertheless, feel free to swap out for a plain no sugar added vanilla yogurt, if that’s your thing! And if you do that, please let me know what ya think!

A chick fil a- inspired peach milkshake
This peach milkshake is like sipping on a southern dream…

Just like the title suggests, I’m going to show YOU how to create a healthy(er) version of the famously delicious Chick-fil-A peach milkshake. This version is SO yummy, that you and your family will devour this in NO time! So let’s continue onto the recipe, shall we?!?

A (healthier) version of the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake

This is just as delicious as the Chick-fil-a peach milkshake…buthealthier!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: , milkshake, chick fil a milkshake, chick fil a peach milkshake,, Peach
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 284kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 2 Ripened Peaches chilled
  • Cup Low fat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • ¾ Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp Light whipped cream optional

Instructions

  • Coarsely chop both of the peaches. But allocate¼ of one of the peaches and thinly slice (will serve as the garnish). Set aside.
  • Add the following to your blender in this recommended order: almond milk, frozen yogurt, and peaches.
  • Once all of the ingredients are in, cover thelid on the blender, and set on the blending speed for 30-90 seconds, or untilyou see the peaches have fully blended with the other ingredients.
  • Serve in your favorite cups, and top with whipped cream and peach slices for garnish,and enjoy!

Video

Notes

284 Calories (371 calories with whipped cream)

Nutrition information per serving (without the whipped cream):

284 Calories (371 w/ whipped cream) | 51.6g Carbs | 6g Fat | 2.3g Fiber | 9 WW points (green plan)

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chocolate avocado mousse

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This chocolate avocado mousse is rich, creamy, and oh-so decadent!

I <3 Chocolate

I REALLY love sweets. Especially dark chocolate. It’s so velvety, yet not too sweet. The bitter and somewhat savory-nutty notes of this precious delicacy makes my taste buds smile. But you know what else I love? Avocados.

What do avocadoes and chocolate have to do with one another? Well, at first glance…nothing. Often times, Western culture associates avocadoes with savory dishes. But when you think about it, avocadoes are fruits, and fruits are commonly tied to desserts or sweeter delicacies. The smooth and silky texture of avocadoes lends perfectly to the rich flavors and subtleties of chocolate.

I wanted to find a dish that would lend well with chocolate, and believe it or not, avocado and chocolate go so incredibly well together. For this tutorial, I am going to show you how to create a very simple yet mouth-watering chocolate avocado mousse. Eating this felt like biting into a really creamy and buttery chocolate truffle-no joke! This recipe is vegan and minimally processed, as well. You won’t even be able to taste the avocado! Feel free to adjust the maple syrup or swap it out for another sweetener of your liking. Also, if you have kids, this is the perfect type of recipe to create with them!

Two cups filled with chocolate avocado mousse, with little avocados in the background.
Two delicious servings of chocolate avocado mousse!

Alright kiddos, let’s move into the recipe now, shall we?!?

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This chocolate avocado mousse is rich, creamy, and oh-so decadent!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, Chocolate, chocolate avocado mousse, mousse
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 403kcal
Author: maralatorre26

Equipment

  • 1 food processor or blender

Ingredients

  • 4 medium avocados ripened
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cup maple syrup or any other sweetener of choice
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Slice avocados in half & remove pits. Set aside.
  • In your food processor, combine avocado meat,cocoa powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and salt. Blend for 30 second-1.5minutes, or until the mixture is creamy and well-combined.
  • Chill in your favorite vessel for either atleast 3 hours in your fridge or for 30 minutes in your freezer.
  • (Optional) Sprinkle your favorite toppings overthe mousse, such as shredded coconut, nuts, or fresh fruit. Enjoy!

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Nutrition information (per serving):

403 Calories | 5g Protein | 30g Fat | 37.7g Carbohydrates | 15.16 Fiber | 12 WW smart points (green plan)

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Crispy Green Bean French Fries

Do you like salty crunchy snacks? Me too! I’m going to show YOU how to prepare delicious crispy green bean French fries in three unique flavors. Even your picky kiddos will love these!

Crispy Cravings

I LOVE junk food…but most of all…I LOVE potato chips and French fries. Yes. I’m incredibly guilty. One of my weaknesses is a nice handful of salty crispy savory goodies that I can munch out throughout the day. Am I the only one who feels this way? I really hope not!

As much as I love my crispy snacks, I have to admit that they are not always the healthiest food options. Potato chips from the store are often loaded with sodium and preservatives. French fires at restaurants are delicious and sadly, often full of excess fat, on top of all their salt.

I wanted to create a delicious treat that would satisfy my never-ending craving for salty savory crunchiness. After doing some brainstorming, I thought about utilizing green beans in this creative way. Green beans are not only low in carbs, but they are inexpensive and are a rich source of Calcium Iron, Vitamin K, and Folate. Green beans are also significantly lower in carbs than potatoes (if you’re keeping track!).

Did I mention that Green beans are also versatile?

In case I have not mentioned this fact about green beans, I’m here to tell you that they are. For my latest recipe, I show you how to create really delicious crispy ‘French fries’ by swapping green beans for potatoes AND baking instead of deep frying them.  As you see, this recipe has three different flavored seasonings, which include garlic parmesan, sesame sriracha and salt and pepper. You can bake the fries with all three of these marinades, focus on one of these, or do your own thing. It’s really up to you! These fries are also a fantastic treat to serve to your kiddos.

These crispy green bean french fries were addictive!

Alright my friends. If you’re ready to learn how to prepare these, I will be quiet and let you focus on this recipe!

Crispy Green Bean French Fries

Do you like salty crunchy snacks? Me too! I'm going to show YOU how to prepare delicious crispy green bean French fries in three unique flavors. Even your picky kiddos will love these!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: low-carb, Snack
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 107kcal

Ingredients

  • tsp. cooking oil
  • 1 pound green beans

Seasonings

    Italian Seasoning

    • 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
    • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
    • 1 tsp. dried parsley/oregano mix

    Sriracha sesame

    • tsp. sesame oil
    • 1 tsp. sriracha

    Salt and pepper

    • tsp oil
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ½ tsp black pepper

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven 300 Degrees F. While the oven is preheating, rinse and cut the woody stems off of the end of your green beans.Set aside.
    •  In three separate bowls, you will combine all of each of the respective marinade ingredients into each of the three bowls. You should have a bowl with the garlic Parmesan marinade, one with the sriracha sesame, and one with the salt and pepper mix.
    • Split your green beans into three equal portions. Place each portion of green beans into each of the marinade mixes and gently combine until each of the green bean batches are generously coated with the marinades.
    • Place all of the green beans in a single layer on 1-2 baking sheets. Afterwards, place beans in the center rack of the oven and allow to bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until the green beans look like crispy French fries.
    • Enjoy!

    Video

    Nutrition information per servings:

    107 Calories | 4.4 G Protein | 4.6G Fat | 5.1G Fiber

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    A COMPLETE RICE COOKER CHICKEN DINNER

    Whether you’re in the process of moving, or just don’t feel like getting a lot of dishes dirty, I am going to show YOU how to prepare a deliciously flavorful curried chicken dinner that can be 100% prepared in YOUR rice cooker!

    A COMPLETE RICE COOKER CHICKEN DINNER RECIPE
    A delicious chicken dinner CAN be prepared in your rice cooker!

    Turning a New Leaf

    So far, these past 8 months of my life have been pretty darn eventful:

    • I quit my cushy Urban Planning job & changed career paths to teaching and pursuing this blog.
    • I got married!
    • I became a very proud cat momma…and…
    • WE MOVED!!

    Us moving is a long story, but life gave us an opportunity to change pace and embark upon a new life chapter. So now, my husband, our cat Sweetheart and I recently relocated and are now establishing our roots in Lakeland, Florida. If you are not from Florida, Lakeland is a very charming mid-sized city nestled within the hart of Central Florida. Lush trees and hills amass the landscape, and breath-taking lakes dot the landscape. Lakeland is also located in Polk County, which, for a very long time, has had a long footing in Florida’s Citrus industry. There’s a whole lot of learning and exploring I will be doing around my new town, but I sure do look forward to sharing my new journey with you!

    A Moving-Friendly Chicken Dinner?!

    Let’s get back to the purpose of this post. For the majority of the month of May, our former apartment was surrounded by boxes that contained the tangible aspects of our life. As a result, most of our pots, pans and cookware were also packed. So what was I to do? As a way to address this dilemma, I turned to my handy-dandy rice cooker as one solution to help ensure that my husband and I could still enjoy a nice, home-cooked meal with a fuss-free touch. I used our rice cooker, because I knew that it would not only be able to cook our rice effectively, but due to its high cooking temperature, could also cook up some chicken pretty darn well. And also, who wants to do tons of dishes?!?

    So folks, I bring you with a complete rice cooker chicken dinner recipe. This recipe is so delicious and easy to make, that you could probably even prepare this in a hotel (or even in your office!).

    Let’s move onto the recipe, shall we?!?

    A Complete Rice Cooker Chicken Dinner

    Whether you’re in the process of moving, this delicious chicken dinner that can be 100% prepared in YOUR rice cooker!
    Prep Time7 mins
    Cook Time40 mins
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American, Caribbean, Indian
    Keyword: Chicken, rice cooker meal
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 540kcal

    Equipment

    • Rice cooker

    Ingredients

    • 1 pound chicken thighs
    • cups brown rice
    • 2 bell peppers
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1 tomato
    • 1 lime juiced

    Recommended Spices

    • ½ tsp. salt
    • ½ tsp. black pepper
    • 1 tsp. curry powder
    • ¼ tsp. garlic powder

    Instructions

    • Dice the onion, pepper, and tomato into half-inch cubes. Set aside.
    • Dice the chicken into one-inch cubes. Set aside.
    • Place the following ingredients in your rice cooker in this particular order:
      a. Rice & water
      b. Diced tomato
      c. Chicken
      d. Lime juice
      e. Spices
      f. Onion
      g. Bell Pepper
    • Once all ingredients have been layered in the rice cooker, cover your rice cooker, press the ‘cook’ button and allow everything to cook until the rice cooker indicates that everything is ready.
    • Enjoy!

    Video

    Nutrition Information (Per Serving):

    540 Calories/ 25.5g Protein/ 21g Fat/ 61.6g Carbohydrates/ 4g Fiber/ 10 WW Smart Points (green plan)

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    100 MINI RAINBOW PANCAKES

    A plate filled with 100 mini rainbow pancakes!
    A plate filled with 100 mini rainbow pancakes!

    This 100 mini rainbow pancake recipe is a fun & colorful way to sneak in some yummy fruits and veggies into some pretty adorable little cakes. Your kids will love these!

    The Big 100

    For those who don’t know, The Funky Spork has a cooking channel on YouTube. Recently, the channel hit the amazing milestone of gaining 100 subscribers!! As a way to celebrate this achievement, I wanted to come up with a very special celebratory recipe.

    Rainbow Pancakes!?

    After brainstorming, I finally hit an ‘a-ha!’ moment: As many of you know, breakfast is one of my FAVORITE meals. I also love color. So why not combine the best of both worlds? The result was to cook 100 mini rainbow pancakes. I wanted to take this one step further by substituting traditional food dyes with natural fruit and vegetable purees. Creating purees not only result in naturally-derived colors, but also add in some additional nutrients into each of the pancakes. For my fellow parents and guardians looking for ways to satisfy your kids huger and nutrition,I think this is a dish you will enjoy.

    As a way to celebrate my special 100-subscriber milestone, I will show YOU how to create 100 miniature RAINBOW pancake cereal using easy-to-make colorful homemade purees. Thanks for the inspiration, TikTok! ;D

    P.S. I also wanted to take this moment to wish each and every single one of you a VERY happy Pride month! I know that so far, with everything going on right now, this month has been pretty rough. But I truly hope that this recipe can bring a little happiness into your life. <3

    100 Mini Rainbow Pancakes

    This 100 mini rainbow pancake recipe is a fun & colorfulway to sneak in some yummy fruits and veggies into some pretty adorable littlecakes. Your kids will love these!
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time20 mins
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Blueberries, Breakfast, Brunch, rainbow food
    Servings: 6 Servings
    Calories: 561kcal

    Equipment

    • Griddle
    • Chopsticks (for pancake flipping)
    •  4 medium bowls
    • Food processor or blender

    Ingredients

    Pancake Batter

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour divided into four ¾ cup servings
    • 7 tsp. baking powder divided into four 1.75 tbsp. baking powder measurements
    • 2 tsp. salt 4 portions of ½ tsp. each
    • 2 tbsp. white sugar 4 portions of ½ tbsp. white sugar
    • 2.5 cups unsweetened almond milk

    Natural Food Coloring Ingredients

    • 1 cup raspberries
    • 1 cup spinach
    • 1 cup blueberries
    • 1 cup blackberries
    • 2 ½ cups milk 4 portions of 5 ounces of milk
    • 6 tbsp. melted butter divided into 1.5 tbsp. per serving
    • 2 eggs, beaten divided into ½ egg per batter
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract divided into ¼ tsps. portions

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to the lowest temperature you have.While oven is preheating,  mix all of your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt) into large bowl.Then make sure to evenly divide that larger mixture and separate it into a total of four different bowls). Set aside.
    • Preparing the purees: add the 5 ounces of blueberries, along with 5 ounces of milk, 1.5 tbsp. melted butter and ¼ of the beaten egg mixture, and the vanilla extract into your food processor. Blend until the puree turns into a smooth, rich consistency. Pour puree into a small cup and repeat this step for the rest of the produce (the raspberries,blackberries, and spinach).
    • Gently stir in one puree mixture per bowl and mix until each of the respective batters takes on the color of each of the purees. You will have a raspberry batter, a blueberry batter, a blackberry batter, and a spinach batter (don’t worry, your kids won’t be able to detect the spinach flavor!)
    • Heat a griddle to medium heat and lightly grease. With a tablespoon, take one barter, and drop teaspoon sizes of pancake mixture into your skillet and gently flip over with a small spatula (or chopsticks!) once each mini pancake begins to bubble. Quickly remove from heat once finished. Each batter should make approximately 25 miniature pancakes.Repeat this step for each of the batters.
    • Enjoy your baby pancakes in a cereal bowl and eat ‘em with a spoon! 😀

    Video

    Nutrition information (per serving):

    561 Calories/ 14g Protein/ 19g Fat/ 85g Carbohydrates/ 5.5g Fiber

    6 WW Smart points (for 8 mini pancakes or 1/12 serving-if on the Green Plan)

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    Savory Turkey & Blueberry Croissants

    A picture of three very delicious croissants on a medium plate, filled with turkey, cream cheese and fresh blueberries.
    Savory blueberry and turkey croissants will be a hit during your next brunch party

    These savory turkey & blueberry croissants are so tasty, that this dish will surely be a hit during your next brunch meal. This is also a great way to introduce your kiddos into the kitchen, too!

    When Savory Meets Sweet

    Just because you may be staying at home, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a tasty brunch! In this video, I’m going to show you how to make an incredibly easy & delicious dish: Savory turkey & blueberry croissants! In the spirit of utilizing local seasonal ingredients, the blueberries for this particular recipe were sourced from Keel Farms, a local Plant City-based winery, blueberry & farming operation. These are so tasty, that this dish will surely be a hit during your next brunch meal. Even your mother-in-law may approve of these miniature bites! 😉

    Drooling? Tag your favorite brunch buddy to this recipe post!

    Savory Turkey and Blueberry Croissants

    These Savory turkey & blueberry croissants are so tasty, that this dish willsurely be a hit during your next brunch meal.
    Prep Time6 mins
    Cook Time13 mins
    Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Breakfast, Brunch
    Servings: 4 Servings
    Calories: 350kcal

    Ingredients

    • 8 oz. Can of crescent roll dough sheets
    • 1/2 cup Cream cheese reduced fat
    • 8 Thin slices deli turkey
    • 1/2 cup Fresh Blueberries
    • 1 Egg

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
    • Roll out crescent roll dough from can onto large un-greased cookie sheet.
    • Take the cream cheese and spread it evenly throughout the entirety of dough mixture.
    • Slice dough into 8 even rectangular pieces, and then separate each slice about 1 inch a part. Then, place 1 turkey slice over each rectangle (fold each turkey slice in half for a better fit on each slice).
    • Afterwards, layer 4-5 blueberries (1 spoonful) over each rectangle beginning at one end. Then, carefully at one end, begin to roll all ofthe ingredients into each pastry dough, until they resemble croissants.
    • Next, take egg, scramble and lightly wash the egg batter over each pastry with a brush.
    • After egg-washing, place the pastries on the oven at 375 Degrees F, and allow to bake for 12-13 minutes, or until each pastry is golden brown.
    • Enjoy!

    Video

    4 Servings (2 turkey & blueberry croissants)

    Nutrition Information per serving: 350 Calories / 17g. Protein / 14g Fat / 39g Carbohydrates/ 1.9g Fiber /13 WW smart points (green plan)

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    Miniature Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pies

    These sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe may be small, but boy are these packed with comfort and delicious flavor!

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    I love comfort food. There’s nothing more satisfying than for me to dig into a spoonful of buttery potatoes. But more than that, I have a bit of a weak-spot for any comfort meal that incorporates sweet potatoes. Maybe it’s the creaminess or sweetness of these tubers…maybe it’s just…magic!

    Quarantine Cravings?

    Am I the only one that seems to be a little extra hungry during these crazy times? I hope not! The Covid-19 pandemic has especially amped up my cravings for comfort food filled with wholesome carb-laden goodness. One dish that has always had a special place in my heart has been Shepherd’s pie. I remember my mother preparing shepherds pies for us growing up, and I always found them to be so delicious! I wanted to take advantage of two things: The existing ingredients in my pantry and fridge, and the local seasonal varieties of produce that came from the CSA that I am a part of.

    An image of three of the Miniature Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pies on a plate.
    Delicious Miniature Vegan Sweet Potato Sheperd’s Pies

    Miniature Savory Pie Goodness

    As I mentioned before, I had been trying to figure out a creative, yet familiar recipe which incorporated the items I readily had at home, while honoring my values of incorporating locally-sourced ingredients. Since Steed Farm, the CSA that I am a part of had an abundance of sweet potatoes to offer us, I knew what I was going to prepare. And out of all of that came this recipe!

    I really think that you and your family will enjoy preparing and eating these miniature vegan sweet potato Shepherd’s pies. This is even a dish that your kids can help out with! Maybe they can assist by mashing the tater or layering each miniature pie. Oh, the possibilities!

    A close-up of the texture of the lentils in the Miniature Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
    Miniature Vegan Sweet Potato Sheperd’s Pie Close-up

    Alrighty folks, let’s move onto the sweet potato shepherd’s pie recipe now, shall we?!?!?!

    Miniature Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pies

    These sweet potato shepherd's pie recipe may be small, but boy are these packed with comfort and delicious flavor!
    Prep Time20 mins
    Cook Time1 hr
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy shepherds pie, how to make homemade Shepherd’s pie, mini shepherds pie, Miniature Vegan Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie, Miniature Vegan Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pies, shepherds pie, shepherds pie recipes, Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pies, vegan shepherd’s pie, vegan shepherd’s pie sweet potato
    Servings: 4 People
    Calories: 241kcal

    Equipment

    • Two medium saucepans
    • One masher or a fork
    • A cupcake/ muffin pan

    Ingredients

    • 4 Sweet potatoes
    • 2 cups fresh spinach
    • 1 medium tomato
    • 1 medium onion
    • 4 cloves garlic, finely dices
    • 3 carrots
    • ¾ cup carrot greens (optional)
    • 8 oz. tomato sauce
    • 1 cup lentils
    • cups water
    • ½ tsp. salt

    Spices

    • 1 tsp. crushed fennel seeds
    • ½ tsp. salt
    • tsp. garlic powder
    • ¼ tsp. chili powder
    • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
    • ½ tsp. crushed black pepper

    Instructions

    • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While oven is pre-heating, dice onions and tomatoes into ½” sized pieces. Set those veggies aside.
    • Preparing the sweet potatoes: Fill up a medium pot of water and water and heat to medium high and allow the water to come to a rolling boil. Next, while you are waiting for the water to boil, coarsely dice your sweet potatoes and carrots into large chunks. Next, add potatoes and carrots into boiling water and cook for 25-20 minutes covered, or until they are fork tender, drain and rinse with cold water so that you can easily unpeel the skin off. Afterwards, mash them until they have the consistency of a mashed potato puree with ½ tsp. salt. Later on, set aside.
    • Cooking the lentils: While your potatoes are cooking, in another saucepan, add the three cups of water and set the temperature to medium-high. Then, add in the tomatoes, onions, garlic, carrot greens, tomato sauce and spices, and allow all of that to heat to a  rolling boil. Next, add in the lentils, and then cover and reduce heat to low, and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the lentil mixture has absorbed all of the water. Next, during the last 5 minutes, add in the spinach (which will wilt while the lentils are cooking).
    • Assembling the Shepherd’s pies: take a muffin pan (preferably a 12 muffin one) and lightly grease it. Divide the lentil mixture among each of the muffin cups. You will also take the mashed potato puree and divide the mixture equally among all of the muffin cups and gently spoon the mixture over each of the muffin cups filled with the lentils. I’d recommend that you spoon each cup so that the tops of the sweet potatoes resemble muffin tops. Feel free to gently run a fork along each ‘muffin top’ for some texture! Finally, you will place the miniature Shepherd’s pies into the oven and bake them for 35-40 minutes, or until the ‘muffin tops’ have lightly browned.
    • Enjoy the heck out of these mini pies!

    Makes 12 miniature sweet potato Shepherd’s pies (6 servings)

    Nutrition Information per serving

    241 calories/ 12 grams protein/ 1.3 grams fat/ 47.5 grams carbohydrates/ 8.6 grams of fiber

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