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Friday, June 27, 2014

Celebrating Change: Gluten-Free Cherry Coffee Cake

This post is sponsored by Lucky Leaf, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Gluten-Free Cherry Coffee Cake is a perfect treat for breakfast or dessert!

This Gluten-Free Cherry Coffee Cake is perfect for breakfast or dessert!  #LuckyLeafSummer

As you may have noticed it has been a little quiet here at Nel’s Nook (insert cricket chirping here).   There has been a lot going on in my offline world and quite frankly blogging just got set to the back burner.  But the lots going on in my offline world means a few changes around here – hopefully they will be good changes – they are real, honest, sometimes messy changes but I think it will make for good conversation.

Monday, May 19, 2014

What's Momma Makin' - Penne Pesto Salad

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BBQ, picnic & potluck season is just around the corner,
here is an easy, delicious Penne Pesto Salad to take along

Some of the best foods in life: garlic, basil, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, goat cheese, garlic, balsamic vinegar and garlic…. Did I mention garlic?? 

Any time I can incorporate any or all of them in a recipe, it is sure to be a winner!

This is a recipe that was originally given to me by a good friend about 25 years or so ago.  Like all of my recipes, it has changed and evolved over the years.  As a matter of fact, this same friend and I went on a girl’s weekend away last month. Since it is tradition, I made the salad to take with us. While we were eating, she commented on how wonderful the salad was and wondered aloud where we had ever gotten the recipe… Um, it’s yours???  A sure sign we have been friends for way too long, our memories are slipping!!  Either that or I made a lot of changes to the original recipe...

Monday, April 28, 2014

What's Momma Makin' - Fish Tacos

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Easy, healthy fish tacos with homemade refried black beans for any day of the week!

A few years back we started the tradition of Turkey Taco Tuesdays, we pick up fresh tortillas and salsa from the local Mexican restaurant, some fresh avocados to make some guacamole and I always have a batch of homemade refried beans that I’ve cooked up and portioned out into smaller servings and have frozen and waiting for every Tuesday.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Crunch

**Lucky Leaf generously sent me a sample pack of pie fillings but as always all opinions are mine**

High-protein Greek yogurt mixed with homemade granola and blueberry pie filling - quick, healthy breakfast option for those on the go!

I don’t know about you but I struggle with finding something quick for breakfast that tastes good and is good for you!  I have been using Greek yogurt as a substitution for a lot of things – sour cream, cream cheese, mayo but never really eat it just by itself. I buy plain Greek yogurt which is way too tart for me to eat all by itself.  Plus since I use it as a condiment or sauce all of the time I think I just forget it can be eaten straight out of the container.  I mean I guess you can eat sour cream straight out of the container but you may get some funny looks! 

So back to breakfast – in an attempt to incorporate some healthy and tasty breakfast options into my day I came up with this super easy, super tasty recipe using Greek yogurt and Lucky Leaf pie filling.  I love using fruit filling because it’s so quick and easy plus it tastes fantastic!

This recipe is perfect for mornings you are rushing around and need something fast..  I stick it in a container with a lid and eat it on my way to work.  The yogurt, fruit, and granola crunch go perfectly together.  My girlfriend said “it tastes like the yogurt they used to have at McDonalds only way better!” - points for me!

Blueberry Granola Greek Yogurt
6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
¼ cup whole-wheat flour
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup oats
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
4 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1-32 ounce container of nonfat plain Greek yogurt
2.5 tablespoons powdered sugar
I can of Lucky Leaf Blueberry Premium Blueberry Pie Filling

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 

In a bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, flour, brown sugars, cinnamon, and ½ teaspoons vanilla.  Stir until well combined.  Spread the mixture into a thin layer on your prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 15-20 minutes or until dark golden brown.   Let cool.

While the granola mixture is baking, combine the yogurt, powdered sugar, and 4 teaspoons of vanilla extract in a bowl until well incorporated.

Now you have some options:  You have two options when you make it – you can mix everything together all at once (4 servings) or you can make 1 serving at all time which makes it great for mornings!

If you are making it all at once, mix together the yogurt mixture with the Lucky Leaf Premium Blueberry Pie Filling.  Divide the fruit and yogurt mixture into 4 bowls and top with the granola crumble.  Serve immediately. 

If you are making it one serving at a time, mix together 1 cup of the yogurt mixture with ¼ of the can of Lucky Leaf Premium Blueberry Pie Filling.  Right before serving, top with ¼ of the granola crumble. 

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