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Month: October 2019

Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

Nothing screams fall like Bailey’s liquor and pumpkin spice! Enjoy our simple, delicious Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice Cocktail before hitting the neighborhood to trick or treat or throw it in a tumbler and sip while walking around the ‘hood with your kiddos! It will make trick-or-treating […]

Homemade Italian Herb Pizza Dough

Homemade Italian Herb Pizza Dough

Homemade Italian Herb Pizza Dough. Need we say more? Simple to make and better than any store bought- 100%. Delicious Italian herbs, EVOO, a dash of garlic salt and sugar, flour, and the magic of yeast… and voila: the best dough around. Simple to make […]

Sweet and Simple Granola

Sweet and Simple Granola

Crispy and sweet with a whole lot of crunch! Our homemade Sweet and Simple Granola is the end all topper and compliment for just about anything you want to eat! Delicious on yogurt, in cookies, breads, muffins or just eaten raw, this granola is addicting in all the right ways! Toss it on a Breakfast Banana Split or mix it in with a Chia Parfait to get the best homemade breakfast ever! Throw it in a bowl with some milk and there is your cereal. The possibilities are endless!

Granola in a bowl

We are big granola consumers in our house. We would buy a lot of it and often. Our kids like to munch on it and we like to dress up otherwise mundane things. We decided to make our own so we could control what was in it. This recipe is a much healthier option because we make it with whole grains and it is naturally sweetened. Did we mention that it’s also super easy to make? All you need is a mixing bowl and a few pantry staples!

Can I substitute quick oats for rolled oats in granola?

Yes! Rolled oats are most commonly used in granola bars, cookies, muffins, and other baked goods. Instant oats can be used in place of rolled oats, although the cook time will be much less, and the final dish might not have as much texture. Sometimes, when in a pinch, I will substitute quick oats, but my family far prefers old fashioned oats.

How long will homemade granola last?

Granola can be stored in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place for six months… sometimes longer! You can also freeze granola and granola bars just as you would cookies or other treats: wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and/or in resealable freezer bag.

Ingredients for Sweet and Simple Granola

Ingredients for Sweet and Simple Granola:

  • Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Honey
  • Vanilla Extract

How to make our Sweet and Simple Granola:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Measure out the oats and add to a large mixing bowl. Next, pour in the sweetened coconut flakes. Stir until fully combined. Add in both the oil and the honey to the dry mixture. Mix completely.

Ingredients in a bowl for Sweet and Simple Granola

Next, line a 9×13 (or larger) baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. You want to do this step so that the honey doesn’t stick to the bottom of your pan. You will need to be mixing the granola a few times while baking and you’ll want the oats to move about freely. Plus – it makes clean up so much easier!

Granola mix in a bowl being stirred

Next, spread the granola evenly on the parchment paper and put it in the oven. Set a timer for 45 minutes. You will want to stir the mixture every 10-12 minutes throughout the baking process so that everything cooks evenly. Once 45 minutes is up, you will notice how golden brown it has become. Pull from the oven and allow it to cool completely. Once cooled, place in an airtight container and enjoy!

Granola being stirred on baking sheet

One of our favorite parts about cooking and creating recipes is the ability to make something that leaves some room for alterations. This is a recipe that you can tailor to your specific likes: use maple syrup instead of honey, use coconut oil, throw in some dried fruits to fancy it up, or add cinnamon and nutmeg to give it more flavor! If you or your kids are crazy about granola bars like ours are, pop on over to this page on how to make our amazing Granola Bar Treats from scratch with only three other ingredients! Like we said, the possibilities are endless with this yummy granola!

Sweet and Simple Granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Toss the oats, coconut and almonds together in an extra large bowl.
  3. Whisk together oil and honey in a small bowl.
  4. Pour the liquids over the oat mixture and stir until oats and nuts are coated.
  5. Pour into a large baking sheet or jelly roll pan (best if pan has sides- easier for stirring)
  6. Bake, stirring occasionally with a spatula until the mixture turns a nice golden brown color, about 40 minutes. Keep a close eye on it, it will brown easily!
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
Roasted Street Corn Salad

Roasted Street Corn Salad

Our Roasted Street Corn Salad dish is the bomb dot com! With sweet roasted corn, zesty lime, and a hint of garlic, this creamy cheese and salty flavor is to die for. Wonderful for pairing with our shredded beef tacos or our yummy chicken bowls, […]

Spinach Walnut Feta Salad

Spinach Walnut Feta Salad

Healthy, colorful and easy to pack and go! Our Spinach Walnut Feta Salad is delicious, simple, and great for any night of the week. With only six ingredients and our homemade dressing, you will fill both guilt-free and satisfied with this amazing dinner option. Easily […]

Simple Healthy Overnight Oats

Simple Healthy Overnight Oats

Quick, simple, and just what you need to get out the door. With only six ingredients, you can throw our tasty Simple Healthy Overnight Oats together in less than 3 minutes, place in the refrigerator and they are ready for you come morning. Eat it while coffee is brewing or on the drive to school drop off!

Overnight Oats in a mason jar with banana slices and blueberries

There is nothing I hate more than getting my tiny humans up, dressed, and fed on school mornings and then turning around and trying to figure out what I can eat. I’d like to say that I’m super efficient with time and a great pre-planner but then I would be fibbing. This easy Oatmeal on the go has been my saving grace since I’ve been trying to get back into healthy eating habits and trying not to skip that all important breakfast just because I hit snooze an extra time… or four!

Can you make overnight oats for the week?


Just like you pack salads for the week, you can save time every night by prepping five days of overnight oats. All you need are mason jars, some basic ingredients, and an under-300-calorie super filling breakfast will be waiting for you every morning.

Ingredients for Simple Healthy Overnight Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1TBS Honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon Powder

How to make Simply Healthy Overnight Oats:

Measure out 1 Cup of oats and with a funnel or pouring delicately, add them to the bottom of a clean mason jar.

Add 1 cup of milk. (We use whole milk.) Pour in 1 TBS of vanilla extract, 1tsp of cinnamon powder, and 2 tsp of honey.

Screw the top on your jar and give it a really good shake for 10-15 seconds.

Place them in the refrigerator. You want them to set at least 6 hours so we fund these are mostly useful when made the night before. They are good about 3-5 days… Timing will really come down to how long you had on your milk before it expired.

Picture of Simple Healthy Overnight Oats

Bottom line, sometimes it’s tough to make breakfast a priority and a healthy one at that. I know about anyone else but this girl loves her some sleep. The later I can push it, the later I will. The mason jar fits right in my cup holder and is super easy to eat while quizzing my kids on their spelling words as we head to school. Its also incredibly filling and holds me over great until lunch! Grab and go’s are just the best, aren’t they?

Simple Healthy Overnight Oats

Simple Healthy Overnight Oats

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1TBS Honey
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Blueberries

Instructions

  1. Pour all ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously for approximately 25 seconds.
  2. Place in refrigerator for 12 hours.
  3. Eat cold or warm in the microwave.
  4. Enjoy!
Shredded Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Shredded Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Five ingredients, 20 minutes, and dinner is served! Whether you have the time to sit and eat or you have to throw-and-go, our Shredded Buffalo Chicken Tacos are perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! This recipe combines the ease of precooked shredded chicken with the […]

Layered Chili Dip

Layered Chili Dip

Warm, cheesy, and deliciously creamy over all! Rich flavors of chili and the light texture of cream cheese are all rolled into one. This Layered Chili Dip is simple to make and sure to be a crowd pleaser. The best part, aside from how amazing […]

Avocado Ranch Dip

Avocado Ranch Dip

Five ingredients, simple to throw together, and made with fresh ingredients! This Avocado Ranch Dip is a fantastic, light addition to tacos, salad, and is perfect as a dip for veggies, chips and our Bacon Ranch Chicken Tenders. Whether you like your dips smooth or chunky, that variation is totally up to you.

Avocado Ranch Dip in a white bowl topped with avocado chunks and cilantro.

One day, Ashley and I were cooking and we made a dish that we initially called our chicken bombs. Butttt… we didn’t think that name portrayed exactly what they were so we renamed them Bacon Ranch Chicken Tenders to be more exact. Once we made them, we realize that something was missing that could really complete the taste of the dish for us. Well, Voila… the Avocado Ranch Dip became a thing. Once we made it, we quickly realized how versatile it was and on how many different things we could use it on. One of the best parts is that it comes together in less than 5 minutes!

Dip in a clear bowl with bacon ranch chicken tenders around it.

Can I use Avocado Ranch Dip as a salad dressing?

Absolutely! You can definitely use it as a salad dressing. The best way to add to a salad is to pour your desired amount on top of your salad in a container with a lid and give it a good shake- it will perfectly cover every bite! 🙂 If you want to thin it out a bit for your salad, you can mix in a little bit of olive oil and it will give the Avocado Ranch Dip a more traditional dressing consistency.

Is it OK to eat avocado everyday?

Eating an avocado a day is overall good for your health. Avocados are nutritious and they are a good source of monounsaturated fat, which can reduce your risk of heart disease.

Ingredients for avocado ranch dip

Ingredients for Avocado Ranch Dip:

Diced avocado, diced cilantro, and a lime cut in two on a cutting board.

How to make Avocado Ranch Dip:

Take both avocados and slice length-wise. Take out pit. Spoon contents of both into a bowl.

Wash and dice the cilantro into small pieces. Add to the bowl.

Next, measure out the ranch dressing and add to the mixing bowl.

Lastly, add taco seasoning and the juice of two limes to all other ingredients.

With an immersion blender or regular blender, mix until all ingredients are combined. For a smoother texture, blend until all avocado chunks are gone.

Serve!

Final product of Avocado Ranch Dip surrounded by tortilla chips.

In our house, we are quick to grab the ranch to throw on just about anything. With this specific dip, we wanted to dress up the ranch, make it thicker, and give it a lot more personality. It has a rich consistency and gives a great custom taste to those cut vegetables trays or on top of fish tacos. When you are feeling like dressing up that next tray of goodies, whip this baby up in five minutes or less!

Avocado Ranch Dip

Avocado Ranch Dip

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro
  • 2 TBS Taco seasoning

Instructions

  1. Cut up avocados and add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Wash and dice cilantro. Add to the bowl.
  3. Measure ranch and add.
  4. Cut limes in half and add to the ingredients.
  5. Lastly, add the 2 TBS of taco seasoning.
Bacon Ranch Chicken Tenders

Bacon Ranch Chicken Tenders

Three ingredients, super easy to make, and mind-blowing good! Our Bacon Ranch Chicken Tenders are so simple to make and simply to die for. With the combination of creamy ranch and the crispy bacon wrapping, these chicken bombs are a 100% home run. Make, bake, […]