October 2, 2016

Easy & Healthy Chicken Fajita Casserole

I'm always looking for easy and healthy dinners and ones that I can make paleo friendly for when I'm in the mood.  So I was really excited for this one!

  • 1 green bell peppers
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans
  • taco seasoning
  • 3 - 4 chicken breasts
Heat over to 350 degrees. Cut all bell peppers and onions.  Place chicken in a baking dish.  Sprinkle taco seasoning on chicken and then layer the bell peppers/onion mixture on top of the chicken.  Then spread the black beans and tomatoes over the bell peppers and onions.  Place pan in the oven and cook for an hour or until the chicken is cooked fully through.  Serve with fresh avocado and salsa.

September 8, 2016

Peach cupcakes with cinnamon frosting

Cupcake Batter
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
3 eggs
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
2 t. vanilla
2 1/2 c. flour
1 1/3 c. whole milk 
Cinnamon Frosting
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2 c. powdered sugar
2 t. vanilla extract
about 2 teaspoons of cinnamon (more or less to taste)
Directions:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees (F).
Peel and dice the peaches into small pieces. Place 3 medium peaches (diced) in a bowl and toss them with about a ½ teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 tsp nutmeg (or more, to taste). Set aside.
For the cupcake batter, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until combined. Add the baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and salt and mix for about a minute, on medium high, until creamy (be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice, to ensure everything is getting worked in). Then add the milk and flour, alternating between the two ingredients (to avoid lumps) until the batter is smooth and everything is well combined.
Scoop batter into your paper-lined cupcake tins so they’re about 2/3 of the way full. Spoon a heaping teaspoon of the peach mixture into the center of each cupcake tin, and slightly press the peaches into the batter with the back of the spoon.
Bake for about 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean. Set aside to cool.
Make the buttercream frosting by combining the butter and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Continue to add the rest of the powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla extract until it is well blended. Add to cooled cupcakes.

October 8, 2014

I'm calling this one The Haze






Cupcakes:


  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup nearly boiling water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer sift together dry ingredients. Add oil, hot water, and milk and mix for 1 minute at medium speed. Add eggs, vanilla extract and vanilla bean and beat for another minute. Batter will be thin.
  3. Use a ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scoop to fill cupcake tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick poked into a cupcake comes out clean.
  4. While cupcakes cool make the frosting.
Frosting:

  • 3 sticks of butter
  • 6 cups of powdered sugar
  • Half a jar of Biscoff (or more or less to your liking)
Candy Topping:
  • Vanilla wafers
  • Reece's Pieces
  • Black licorice
  • M&M's
  • Good & Plenty


Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Just like eating cotton candy at a summer fair!



Cupcakes:
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup nearly boiling water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer sift together dry ingredients. Add oil, hot water, and milk and mix for 1 minute at medium speed. Add eggs, vanilla extract and vanilla bean and beat for another minute. Batter will be thin.
  3. Use a ¼ measuring cup or ice cream scoop to fill cupcake tins. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick poked into a cupcake comes out clean.
  4. While cupcakes cool make the frosting. 
 Frosting:
  • 3 sticks of butter
  • 6 cups of powdered sugar
  • Cotton Candy syrup & a little milk until desired consistency and taste


S'mores Cupcakes

This year I went to visit a friend I hadn't seen in forever and during my visit I learned of this cookie spread called Biscoff.  I believe Trader Joe's calls it cookie butter but it's amazing!  So I tried to think of what I could make with it and came up with s'mores cupcakes - two of my favorite things!



 Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
Filling:
  • Marshmallow fluff
Frosting:
  • 3 sticks of butter
  • 6 cups of powdered sugar
  • Half a jar of Biscoff (or more or less to your liking)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.

2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

4. Insert marshmallow fluff in the center

5. Make the frosting and frost the cooled cupcakes

March 31, 2014

Lemon Beer Cupcakes with Strawberry frosting



Lemon Beer Cupcakes

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
juice of 1 lemon
6 oz. ish of Shock Top's Lemon Shandy beer
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
 
Preheat oven to 350. Beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.  Add vanilla extract, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and lemon shandy beer
In a smaller bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet in small batches.  The batter should be thick but not dry. 
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-22 min. Cupcakes should be a yellow golden color but not brown.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting

1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3½ – 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup strawberries
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons half-and-half

Add strawberries to a food processor or blender and blend until they become a puree.  Add to a pan and boil for about 10-15 minutes.  Let puree cool.
Add butter to a bowl and slowly add in powdered sugar.  Alternatively add vanilla, half and half and strawberry puree until the frosting is the desired consistency.  Frost cooled lemon beer cupcakes with the finished frosting.  

**Mine were green because I added green dye to them for an Oakland A's game (green and gold cupcakes!)



March 12, 2014

Breakfast on the Go! Mini Quiches

It's almost my favorite time of year - Baseball season!  And with that comes tailgating!  I was trying to think of new ideas for tailgating - last year I perfected the make ahead breakfast burrito - and found mini quiches!  Easy to make ahead, freeze, and reheat!  Work was having a breakfast bake sale so I decided to test it out and they were a hit!

Ingredients:

1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
1/2 White Onion
Bunch of Green Onions, chopped
Deli Ham, chopped (omit if you want a vegetarian option. I did both)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
12 eggs
1/4 cup milk
Salt
Pepper
Parsley
Olive Oil

Directions:

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in a pan and saute bell peppers and onions until tender. Mix together in a large bowl eggs, milk and spices.  Grease a cupcake tin generously.  Add ham to the bottom of the pan, then layer bell pepper/onion mix, and cheese.  Then pour egg mix into the individual cups until about 2/3 full.  Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.  Let quiches remain in the pan for 10 minutes before removing.  Eat or freeze for later!