Recipes – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com Healthy recipes & lifestyle tips for busy moms & their families Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:59:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.8 https://cdn.thismamacooks.com/images/2016/05/cropped-very-large-TMC-badge-512-3-32x32.jpg Recipes – This Mama Cooks! On a Diet™ https://www.thismamacooks.com 32 32 How to Make an Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/easy-breakfast-chilaquiles-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/easy-breakfast-chilaquiles-recipe.html#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:12:58 +0000 https://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=18519 How to Make an Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe

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In an authentic Mexican chilaquiles (chee-la-KEE-les) recipe, corn tortillas are cut in quarters or strips and fried. Basically, what you’re doing is making tortilla chips. And who has time for that even on weekend mornings?

Instead, skip that step – and all that oil and mess – and use thick tortilla chips from the store in this Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe!

What makes breakfast chilaquiles recipes even easier is that you can make it all in one oven-safe skillet, which makes for easy clean up.

Click to Learn How to Make an Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe. Makes a terrific brinner recipe, too. Naturally gluten free.

Do you make your chilaquiles green or red?

I’ve seen chilaquiles verde recipes and red sauce recipes using tomatoes with jalapeno peppers. I chose to use salsa verde, and loved the flavor combination with the chorizo sausage.

Speaking of green, I added plenty of avocado and cilantro to this healthy chilaquiles recipe. With the addition of queso fresco cheese, it’s such a hearty dish, you can serve it for brinner (breakfast for dinner), too!

How to Make an Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe

What makes this an easy breakfast chilaquiles recipe?

It’s all about the eggs!

This Mexican breakfast chilaquiles recipe features gorgeous eggs from the happy egg co.! They’re an egg brand that I had to try when I saw their cute, bright yellow cartons at my grocery store.

I was thrilled to learn that the happy egg co. was the first commercial free range egg producer in the U.S. to certified by the American Humane Association™. This means their eggs are produced by free-to-roam hens raised on family run free range farms. They don’t use hormones in their feed, too.

As a cook and foodie, I love the gorgeous, golden yolks and the delicious taste of their eggs. Taste is the #1 reason why people continue to purchase their eggs after first trying them.

You can truly say “happy egg” isn’t just about the humanely raised hens on their farms, but about their satisfied customers, too!

How to Make an Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe

This Mama’s tips for how to make an easy breakfast chilaquiles recipe

I used my favorite canned salsa verde for my easy breakfast chilaquiles recipe. Any store brand will do, but check the label for any ingredients you’re trying to avoid.

Can’t find chorizo at your grocery store? Use my How to make homemade chorizo recipe! Very easy, healthy, and you can adjust the spiciness, too.

If you’re serving this Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe for guests, not everyone likes cilantro. So ask first and serve the cilantro on the side.

How to Make an Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe

If you can’t find queso fresco cheese for your Mexican breakfast chilaquiles recipe, a shredded Mexican blend or Monterey Jack cheese will work as a substitute.

When making breakfast chilaquiles recipes, not everyone wants their eggs done the same way. Some want them runny and others well done. (I love my happy eggs runny!) If that’s the case, cook the eggs “to order” in a separate pan and serve individually. Then bake the chilaquiles without the eggs for just enough time just to melt the cheese – about 5 minutes.

How to Make an Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles Recipe

Easy Breakfast Chilaquiles

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup diced white onions
  • 4 ounces chorizo sausage
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 4 cups thick tortilla chips
  • 4 eggs from the happy egg co.
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 sliced and diced avocados

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large oven safe skillet, sauté onions with chorizo over medium heat. Cook until chorizo starts to brown and is nearly cooked through.
  3. Add salsa verde to skillet. Bring temperature up to medium high and bring mixture to a slow boil. Scrape up any brown bits. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until sauce thickens. Stir occasionally.
  4. Add tortilla chips by the handful to the skillet. Toss with a spatula to completely cover the chips in the sauce. Don’t worry about breaking some of the chips.
  5. Remove skillet from heat. With a large spoon, make a well in the sauce and chips. Then crack 1 egg into it. Repeat with the remaining 3 eggs. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer skillet to oven and bake until the whites are set and the yolks just start to set, about 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove skillet from oven and top with cheese, cilantro, and avocado.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 30 Minutes
Servings: serves 4
  • Serving size: 1/4 of skillet

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The Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/best-crock-pot-ham-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/best-crock-pot-ham-recipe.html#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:27:57 +0000 http://localhost/wp_thismamacooks/?p=696 The Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

If you’re searching for ham crock-pot recipes for Easter or other special holiday, you have to try the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe ever! The secret to this crock-pot Easter dish is a special beer and chutney glaze.

I've been making a version of this recipe for crock-pot ham since 2004. My kids insist that I make it every Thanksgiving and Christmas, too.

I love making it because it's a super easy crock-pot ham recipe. Spiral cut ham is a great option for any holiday you don't want to spend all your time cooking. That's because it's already precooked and pre-sliced, and just needs to be heated up and given a bit of flavor in a slow cooker.

You don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to make a delicious recipe for Easter dinner (or any holiday or special occasion) with the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze!

Making a ham crock-pot recipe that’s gluten free

The spin to making this slow cooker ham recipe “almost homemade” is creating a spicy beer glaze that’s an easy and more wholesome alternative to the scary sauce packet that comes with your ham.

You can make the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze gluten free by using a gluten free beer. (Another option is using a gluten free hard cider.) If you don’t drink alcohol, regular cider or apple juice is a delicious and wholesome substitute – and naturally gluten free as well!

Crock-pot ham recipes are also terrific to serve at brunches and sports watching parties. Plus, you'll have plenty of leftover ham for sandwiches, ham and eggs, omelettes and quiche!

Try the Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze. Perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Big Game parties, and makes great leftovers for quiche and sandwiches, too!

Side dish suggestions to go with slow cooker ham recipes

Sweetened Collard Greens

Marinated Asparagus

Slow Cooker Mashed Parsnips & Sweet Potatoes

Marsala Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Easy Roasted Root Vegetables

Easy Mashed Parsnips and Chives

Moist Tofu Cornbread

The Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

This Mama’s tips for making the best crock-pot ham recipe ever!

For crock-pot ham recipes, you’ll need to make sure that your crock-pot is big enough – or your ham small enough – to use the lid. I try to find a ham that’s big but flat. If it doesn’t quite fit, you can cover the top with several sheets of heavy duty aluminum foil.

If you cannot find chutney at your local supermarket, use a cup of mild mango salsa plus a cup of peach or apricot preserves.

For a roasting rack, I use two small, round cake racks at the bottom of my slow cooker so the ham doesn’t stick to the ceramic insert.

For easy crock-pot cleanup, use slow cooker liners. They’re WONDERFUL. Now that I use them, I no longer have to soak my crock-pot overnight and scrub it using Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and a scouring pad.

Stock up on slow cooker liners on Amazon at a great price!

During the various holidays when spiral cut ham is on sale, buy an extra one to freeze. Then you can use this crock-pot ham recipe during the summer, too, when it’s too hot to use the oven to cook. Serve the spiral cut ham on hamburger buns with BBQ sauce mixed with the chutney glaze – soooo good! I also love leftover ham in salads, don’t you?

The Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

Best Crock-Pot Ham Recipe with Beer and Chutney Glaze

Based on a recipe by Fances Towner Giedt in her cookbook, Heartland Cooking Crockery Favorite

Ingredients

  • 1 5 to 6 pound fully cooked, spiral cut ham
  • 1 jar mango chutney
  • 3 tablespoons spicy or Dijon-style mustard
  • 24 ounces gluten free beer

Directions

  1. Trim off any excess fat. Place ham on a metal roasting rack or trivet in a 5-quart or larger crock pot or slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  2. Remove tongs and metal rack from your slow cooker.
  3. Pour off and discard pan juice.
  4. Return ham to crock pot. If cooking on LOW, change setting to HIGH.
  5. Place chutney in a small bowl. Stir in mustard and beer.
  6. Pour chutney and beer mixture over ham into the crock pot. Cover and continue to cook for 30 minutes, basting every 5 minutes with the chutney and beer mixture.
  7. Transfer ham to a warm carving platter or a cutting board. Cover with foil and keep warm with a clean dish towel. Let stand for 15 minutes before uncovering and slicing.
  8. Spoon chutney and beer mixture over ham when serving.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 6 Hours 30 Minutes
Total Time: 6 Hours 45 Minutes
Servings: Makes 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1/8 of recipe

Originally published December 12, 2004. Updated with new photos and information.
Picture credit: DepositPhotos

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/easy-shepherds-pie-recipe-ground-turkey-portobello-mushrooms.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/easy-shepherds-pie-recipe-ground-turkey-portobello-mushrooms.html#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:27:09 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=15650 You'll love this Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms

My family gets excited when I serve one of my easy shepherds pie recipes for dinner. However, I don’t make a classic shepherd pie recipe, as that’s made with ground lamb, which is rather pricey.

Instead, I cook easy shepherds pie recipe with lean ground beef, but that’s almost as expensive as ground lamb these days!

So now, I make my shepherds pie recipe with ground turkey, since it’s less than half the price of ground beef. Unfortunately, lean ground turkey can lack flavor. Luckily, my Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe is jazzed up with Worcestershire and steak sauce, but a special secret ingredient – finely chopped Portobello mushrooms!

Looking for a simple shepherd's pie recipe that's easy on your budget and nutritious too? This Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms is delicious and uses less ground meat and more healthy vegetables.

Making a shepherd’s pie recipe with ground turkey and Portobello mushrooms

When I chose to make my healthy shepherd pie recipe with ground turkey, I knew the chopped Portobello mushrooms would bulk up the ground turkey and make it go further. The mushrooms also added a terrific umami flavor, which my family raved about. My husband even said, “Hun, you could sell that!” after eating my Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms.

And my teenage son thanked me for making it! Can you believe it?

The added Portobello mushrooms generated more servings and stretched my simple shepherds pie recipe into more portions, which made my family even happier as there were more leftovers to dine on the next day!

Winner, winner Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms makes a delicious dinner!

This Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms is filled with healthy vegetables and is gluten free. It's delicious and nutritious!

This Mama’s tips for Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms

If you hate peeling potatoes when making this simple shepherds pie recipe, use red potatoes instead of Russets. No need to peel. Just wash, cut them into big chunks, and cook them for the mash. The red peels add a bit more fiber to the mash.

If you don’t have time to defrost the peas and carrots on the countertop or microwave for this quick & easy shepherd pie, add them as directed but cook until they’re heated through.

Portobello mushrooms are just very large brown crimini. (Or a brown crimini is a juvenile Portobello!) It’s just easier to chop up three large mushrooms than lots of smaller ones. And Portobellos have a richer flavor!

If you have to avoid corn based products and are looking for rice starch, you can find it at Asian markets or online. I use both and find that rice starch works just as well as corn starch if not better for thickening soups and gravies!

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If you’re gluten free or want to avoid ingredients like MSG, make sure to check the ingredient labels on the vegetable stock you are buying when making easy shepherd pie recipes. Not all vegetable stock or broth is gluten free or MSG free.

Same thing goes for the steak sauce – check those labels, especially those bargain store brands that tend to use fillers or cheaper ingredients. A-1 Steak Sauce is gluten free and is safe to use in this easy shepherd pie recipe.

I love using Massel Gluten-Free, Salt Reduced All Purpose Bouillon & Seasoning Granules to make a quick batch of vegetable stock, especially when I forgot to pick some up at the store or just need a small amount. It’s also great for seasoning sautéed vegetables or making some soup when you feel a cold coming on.

Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms with Massel Gluten-Free, Salt Reduced All Purpose Bouillon & Seasoning Granules, Vegetable, 4.2-Ounce (Pack of 6)Massel Gluten-Free, Salt Reduced All Purpose Bouillon & Seasoning Granules, Vegetable, 4.2-Ounce (Pack of 6)

You'll love this Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms

Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds Russet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 2 1/2 cups gluten free vegetable stock, divided
  • 3 tablespoons butter or buttery spread plus extra for topping
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 3 (3 ounce) Portobello mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onions
  • 3 tablespoons rice or corn starch
  • 2 (12 ounce) bags frozen peas and carrots, defrosted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Cut potatoes into large chunks. Place into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender. Drain potatoes. Mash potatoes with 1/2 cup vegetable stock and 3 tablespoons butter or spread until fluffy. Cover and set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. In a large bowl, combine chopped mushroom and ground turkey using hands to thoroughly mix ingredients. Set aside.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add olive oil and diced onion. Cook until onion starts to brown at edges, about 3 minutes. Add mushroom and turkey blend, using edge of spoon to break up mushroom-meat blend. Cook until completely browned then remove from stove top and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, mix 3 tablespoons rice or starch with 3 tablespoons of vegetable stock until thoroughly mixed.
  6. In a skillet on medium high heat add stock, peas and carrots, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, steak sauce, salt, and pepper. Then add the starch and broth mixture. Stir until the broth thickens.
  7. Add the browned mushroom-meat blend and onion mixture to the pan. Mix and keep at a simmer. Cook until thickened. Remove from heat.
  8. Pour vegetable and meat mixture into a baking dish. Carefully spoon mashed potato over mixture.
  9. Place small chunks of butter or spread on the mashed potatoes. Then place baking dish on a baking sheet in case of any spill overs.
  10. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees until mashed potatoes are golden.
  11. Remove shepherd's pie from oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour
Total Time: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Servings: 8 servings
  • Serving size: 1/8 of pie

Originally published on April 13, 2016. Updated with new pictures and information.

Looking for a simple shepherd's pie recipe that's easy on your budget and nutritious too? This Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe with Ground Turkey and Portobello Mushrooms is delicious and uses less ground meat and more healthy vegetables. It's a gluten free dinner recipe filled with vegetables that your family and dinner guest will love!
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How to Make an Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf Recipe with Potato Chips & Carrots https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/easy-gluten-free-meatloaf-recipe-potato-chips-carrots.html Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=8582 Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips and Carrots Recipe

If you want to make a gluten free meatloaf without breadcrumbs, try cooking this easy gluten free meatloaf recipe with potato chips and carrots!

At my house, meatloaf is a popular but challenging dish. For years, I had to make it egg-free due to my daughter’s allergies. She’s grown out of her egg allergies, thank goodness, but now we have to deal with me being gluten free and dairy free.

Usually, I use gluten free panko in my meatloaf or toast some gluten free bread and make bread crumbs from that for easy gluten free meatloaf.

But since it’s college basketball season and we’re snacking on Kettle Brand Potato Chips and baby carrots, I thought I’d take those two ingredients and try a carrots and potato chip meatloaf recipe for fun!

This Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips & Carrots recipe is easy to make. Click to get this easy weeknight healthy gluten free meatloaf recipe.

Potato Chip meatloaf inspiration

I normally try keep junk food out of my house. However, there are certain people around here (ahem) who feel that watching sports on television isn’t fun without a bag of salt and vinegar potato chips. So, when faced with a chips request, I try to find a brand that’s as wholesome as possible. That’s why I buy Kettle Brand Potato Chips. It’s our go-to brand.

Inspired by the Kettle Chips and baby carrots we had as sport watching snacks, I thought I’d use both instead of bread crumbs in my easy gluten free meatloaf recipe. I also used crushed potato chips on the top of the meatloaf for added visual appeal.

I used Kettle Brand’s Sea Salt Potato Chips, but you can experiment with your favorite flavor when you’re making potato chip meatloaf. I bet Kettle Brand’s Backyard Barbeque, Jalapeño Jack, or Cheddar Beer flavors would turn this into the best gluten free meatloaf ever!

Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips & Carrots

This Mama’s tips for making Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips and Carrots!

To health up this easy gluten free meatloaf, I used lean ground beef and egg whites. (You can also use ground turkey.) I also kept it dairy free by using rice milk. But feel free to use regular milk if you don’t have a food sensitivity to cow's milk.

Since I used Stubb’s BBQ Sauce, I served that on the side instead of ketchup. You can also serve this with fresh green beans and some Easy Mashed Parsnips and Chives. And don’t forget, leftover slices of cold meatloaf make wonderful sandwiches!

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If you double the recipe, you can freeze one loaf for later. Let the meatloaf cool in the pan. Then lift it out and cover completely with foil to freeze.

Instead of the aluminum foil, you may want to use a two-piece meatloaf pan that has a perforated, elevated insert so fat can drain away as your healthy gluten free meatloaf cooks.

These pans are totally on my Amazon wish list! All three have great reviews but I’m going to get the Wilton Perfect Results 2 Piece Meatloaf Pan. I love cooking with all my Wilton Bakeware.

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Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips and Carrots Recipe

Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips & Carrots

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips – divided
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine all ingredients (except for cooking spray and 1/2 cup of the crushed potato chips) in a bowl. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. You can use your hands or a potato masher.
  3. Line a 9x5” meatloaf pan with foil. Spray inside with cooking spray.
  4. Place meatloaf ingredients in the pan. Pat down evenly.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of crush potato chips evenly on top of loaf.
  6. Place meatloaf pan on top of a baking sheet and place into oven.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 45 to 50 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Gently remove the meatloaf by lifting up on the aluminum foil. Peel foil off of meatloaf, cut into slices and serve.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes 6-8 servings
  • Serving size: 1-2 slices

Originally posted on July 9, 2013. Updated with new pictures.

This Easy Gluten Free Meatloaf with Potato Chips & Carrots recipe is easy to make. Click to get this ideal weeknight gluten free meatloaf recipe that your whole family will love.
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Sparkling Green Sangria https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/sparkling-green-sangria-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/sparkling-green-sangria-recipe.html#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 12:27:04 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=5080 Sparkling Green Sangria, a gluten free green cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Looking for green alcoholic drinks for St. Patrick's Day that aren’t beer? How about trying something a bit more sophisticated without all that gluten – a Sparkling Green Sangria?

This green St Patrick Day drink recipe is perfect for parties, especially if it’s warm where you live. There's nothing better than sangria when it’s hot out!

I especially like this green Moscato sangria recipe because it’s on the healthy side as it features cucumbers, grapes, and apples.

Also, the calories in this green St Patrick Day drink recipe are reduced by adding club soda to the green drink mix. It’s almost like a spa drink, but with a little Moscato wine added.

Use large ice cube molds – either square ice cube molds or frozen ice ball makers – and freeze fruit and some wine (instead of water) inside the ice cube molds ahead of time. This will keep your green St Patrick Day drink recipe cooler longer.

Using wine instead of water means your Sparkling Green Sangria won’t be diluted, too. No one wants a watery green cocktail on St. Patrick's Day!

For your St. Patrick’s Day party, invest in a punch bowl set in which to serve your Sparkling Green Sangria! Having one will give you the incentive to make sangria and other types of punches throughout the year! (You’ll be surprised how often you use it. Plus, you can use it as a snack bowl or trifle bowl.)

Also, serving this green cocktail in a punch bowl means that you don’t have to make St. Patrick's Day cocktails to order. That way there's no need to play bartender at your party and miss out on all the St. Patrick's Day fun!

Sparkling Green Sangria for St. Patrick's Day. Try this refreshing gluten free green cocktail recipe as an alternative to green beer! Click to get this green St. Patrick's Day drink recipe.

More green recipe ideas for St. Patrick’s Day parties

Need some healthy green food recipe ideas for St. Patrick’s Day for your party?  Here are a few from This Mama Cooks! On a Diet:

Appetizers:

Soups & Salads:

Desserts:

Sparkling Green Sangria, a gluten free green cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Sparkling Green Sangria

Ingredients

  • 2 (750 ml) bottles Moscato wine
  • 3 ounces Triple Sec
  • 2 sliced cucumbers
  • 2 cups seedless green grapes (sliced or whole)
  • 1 sliced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1/2 liter club soda

Directions

  1. Pour wine in a pitcher or bowl and add sliced cucumber, grapes, apple, lemon and lime.
  2. Next add Triple Sec and stir gently.
  3. Cover and chill from 2-24 hours. (The longer, the better!)
  4. Before serving, top with club soda.
  5. Stir gently and serve over ice.
Prep Time: 24 Hours 20 Minutes
Total Time: 24 Hours 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes about 15 servings
  • Serving size: 1/15 of recipe

Originally published on March 15, 2012 and February 16, 2016. Updated with new pictures.
Recipe and picture courtesy of VOGA Italia Wine.

Gluten free or looking for an alternative to heavy Guiness or yucky green beer? Try this refreshing gluten free Sparkling Green Sangria recipe for St. Patrick's Day. It's a skinny green cocktail alternative! Click to get this green St. Patrick's Day drink recipe.
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Master Your Metabolism recipes: Blueberry Banana Muffins https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/master-your-metabolism-recipes-blueberry-banana-muffins.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/master-your-metabolism-recipes-blueberry-banana-muffins.html#comments Tue, 07 Mar 2017 12:27:20 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=829 Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism recipes: Blueberry Banana Muffins

Jillian Michaels healthy recipes from her The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook have been among my most popular here at This Mama Cook! On a Diet. That’s why I’m republishing one of her Master Your Metabolism recipes, Blueberry Banana Muffins.

Making a batch of Jillian Michaels’ muffins will start your morning off right!

Why I love Jillian Michaels Metabolism Cookbook

I’m always interested to see what Jillian Michaels is up to, whether it’s a new Jillian Michaels exercise DVD or a book. I have several of Jillian’s best selling books in my library like Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body! and The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook. I still go back to look up her healthy and easy to make recipes like this one for Blueberry Banana Muffins.

The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook builds on the three core principles of Master Your Metabolism:

  1. Minimize the foods that are bad for you hormonally
  2. Add the whole foods that will help you
  3. Take in a healthy balance of protein, fat, carbs and calories

Jillian’s diet philosophy is based on her own experience of adrenal burnout and hormone-induced issues like hypothyroidism, melasma (facial pigmentation caused by estrogen dominance), premature aging and slow metabolism.

Looking for Jillian Michaels recipes from The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook? Here's one for easy to make Blueberry Banana Muffins. They made even moister with the addition of yogurt!

Jillian Michaels recipes for weight loss by balancing your hormones

First, she explains why and how you need to balance 12 key hormones: insulin, thyroid hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, norepinephrine, epinephrine, cortisol, growth hormone, leptin, and ghrelin. Then Jillian discusses power nutrients like legumes, garlic, berries, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, organic dairy, and whole grains. She’s a big believer in eating local and organic whenever possible.

Finally, Jillian explains what she wants you to avoid: hydrogenated fats, refined grains, high-fructose corn syrups, artificial sweeteners, artificial colorings and preservatives, glutamates (MSG), nitrates and nitrites. While it’s no surprise that Jillian advises you to cut back on alcohol, I was surprised to she wants you to reduce your consumption processed soy products, which she feels messes with your thyroid. She also recommends cooking all your cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc.), cutting back on starchy vegetables, and reduce eating tropical, dried and canned fruit.

She has other “rules” like eat breakfast and don’t skip meals, eat every four hours, don’t eat after 9 pm, and eat 40 percent carbs/30 percent fat/30 percent protein – pretty much common sense. While her “food as medicine,” whole foods approach isn’t different from what others teach, Jillian has a way of explaining things in a direct, personal way that appeals to many people.

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Looking for more Jillian Michaels’ food recipes? Then check these out!

What I especially like about Jillian Michaels food recipes are that each one (over 125 of them!) in The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook lists their health benefits. For example, this Blueberry Banana Muffins recipe is good for your heart, boosts immunity, boosts metabolism, and promotes strong bones and healthy skin. However, her cookbook doesn’t list complete nutritional information, just calories, fat, carbs, protein and sodium. It would’ve been nice to get information on fiber, minerals and vitamins, too.

If you enjoyed Blueberry Banana Muffins from Master Your Metabolism Cookbook, you’ll love these other Jillian Michaels’ recipes:

Spicy Mahi-Mahi and Mango Fish Tacos

Tomato, Avocado, and Cheddar Burrito

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This Mama’s tips for baking up Jillian Michaels’ muffins recipe

Normally I would recommend substituting toasted pine nuts for the walnuts for those with nut allergies. However, Jillian doesn’t like pine nuts in any of her recipes because, like soy, it has goitrogenic effects, meaning it swells the thyroid gland. So leave the walnuts out in this blueberry banana muffins recipe if you’re allergic to them.

Substitute no-fat Greek yogurt for the plain yogurt for an extra protein boost in Jillian Michael’s blueberry banana muffins recipe. However, if the batter seems dry, add a little water to it.

I like adding flaxseed to baked goods like Blueberry Banana Muffins for the extra fiber and ALA Omega-3. Jillian believes you should consume flaxseed only in moderation.

Looking for more healthy muffin recipes? Then check these out!

Healthy Wild Blueberry Bran Muffins

Easy Gluten Free Strawberry Yogurt Muffins

Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism recipes: Blueberry Banana Muffins

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Make up several batches and freeze what you don’t plan to eat right away. These yogurt muffins are great for a before workout snack, or for breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly spray a 12-cup muffin pan with olive oil or line with cupcake paper liners or tulip baking liners.
  2. In a large bowl, place the bananas, yogurt, honey, olive oil, and vanilla. Stir together until well mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the blueberries and the nuts, if using.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pan. (A batter spoon is handy for this!) Place the pan in the oven and reduce the heat to 400 degrees F. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove from oven. Let cool in the muffin pan for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve warm.
  5. For longer storage, let cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Prep Time: 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes 12 muffins
  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 216
  • Calories from Fat: 6.8g
  • Total Fat: 4.5g
  • Sodium: 234.5mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 37.1g

Originally published on July 27, 2010 and January 29, 2016. Updated with new photos and rewritten recipe instructions per reader feedback. Recipe and photos used with permission.
Photo credit: Adobe Stock

Looking for Jillian Michaels recipes from The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook? Here's a recipe for blueberry yogurt muffins made with bananas that's not only good for you but is easy to make! Make these blueberry yogurt muffins for breakfast, a healthy post-workout snack, or even dessert!
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How to make an Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling for all your baking needs https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/easy-healthy-apple-pie-filling-recipe.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/03/easy-healthy-apple-pie-filling-recipe.html#comments Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:27:00 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=15324 How to make an Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling for all your baking needs

Do you buy canned apple pie filling because you think that making pie takes hours to do? Well, here's an easy way to make healthy apple pie filling that's ideal for recipes like apple pie, apple crumble, and many more. And it doesn’t require special canning equipment or even a slow cooker.

You just cook up this quick easy apple pie filling right on the stovetop in 10 to 15 minutes. All you need is apples, spices, brown sugar, water, and one other ingredient.

What’s that special ingredient, you ask? It’s a gluten free substance that you probably have in your pantry. Wonder what it is?

CORN STARCH!

Since there's no flour and no butter in this easy recipe for apple pie filling, this Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling recipe totally gluten free, dairy free and vegan, too!

Since you made this make apple pie filling from scratch, you know exactly what’s in Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling. No having to guess what “natural flavors” on the label of canned apple pie filling means.

Finally, if you buy your apples on sale or love to pick your own at a local farm, I'm sure making Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling is cheaper than buying canned apple pie filling. Make a big batch and freeze it!

Customizing this Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling recipe

What I love about this Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling recipe is how much you can adjust it to serve your needs and how you want to use it.

Reduce the sugar I suggest using SPLENDA Brown Sugar Blend instead of brown sugar to reduce the calories a bit. I love the taste of SPLENDA Brown Sugar Blend and it's great to cook with!

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If you’re not comfortable with SPLENDA, you can use half brown sugar and half monk fruit sweetener.

Adjust the flavors This apple pie filling recipe uses a unique blend of spices that you can adjust to your personal tastes. If you like ginger, add more! Dislike cinnamon? Leave it out. It’s totally up to you!

Need to avoid corn products? You can use rice starch (which may be called rice powder on the package) to thicken the apple pie filling recipe. You can buy rice starch online or at Asian markets.It works just as well as corn starch for thickening stews and gravies.

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Size of the apples For my Gluten Free St. Patrick’s Day Pot Of Gold Filled Cupcakes, I needed to have the apples cut into small pieces. But for an apple pie, you may wish to have large pieces of apple.

Thick or thin You’ll be surprised how quickly the corn (or rice) starch thickens the cooked apple pie filling. You can add more water if you desire a thinner consistency of apple pie filling.

You can also add more (or less) spices if you wish to this healthy apple pie filling. I love cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, so I tend to round up my measurements.

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Best cooking apples for the best pie filling

I choose Gala apples to make my Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling recipe. Since they’re naturally sweet, I knew I could use less sugar.

Luckily my grocery store had descriptive placards with information about each apple variety’s taste and if they were good for baking or just salads and snacking on. Since your grocery store may not, use this handy guide of the  12 best apples for baking from Midwest Living:

  1. Jonathans
  2. Jonagolds
  3. Honeycrisp
  4. Granny Smith
  5. Melrose
  6. Winesap
  7. Braeburn
  8. Rome Beauty
  9. Golden Delicious
  10. Cortland
  11. Northern Spy
  12. Gala

How to peel, core, and chop an apple for healthy apple pie filling

MyRecipes.com gives the best tips for peeling, coring and chopping an apple in a video.

You’ll need a cutting board, a paring knife, a chef’s knife, and a vegetable peeler. I find using an apple corer makes my life so much easier when cutting up a bunch of apples, too.

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You can also watch this video from LifeHacker on How to Peel an Apple for some handy apple chopping tips!

Recipes using Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling

Besides my Gluten Free St. Patrick’s Day Pot Of Gold Filled Cupcakes, here are some serving and recipe suggestions for recipes using cooked apple pie filling:

What recipe will you use your batch of Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling in?

How to make an Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling for all your baking needs

Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling

Ingredients

  • 4 cups peeled and cored and chopped cooking apples
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cups packed SPLENDA Brown Sugar Blend
  • 1/4 cup corn starch (rice starch can also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups water (room temperature), divided (plus extra if needed)

Directions

  1. Place chopped apples, lemon juice, and 1 cup water in a bowl. Toss to prevent apples from browning.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together sugar, corn starch, and spices, and 1 cup water until well blended.
  3. Add chopped apples to saucepan. Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until mixture starts to boil.
  4. Turn down heat to medium and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently to get rid of any lumps. Cook until apples are tender but not mushy. If mixture gets too thick, stir in 1/2 cup of water at a time until you reach the consistency desired.
  5. Allow apple pie filling to cool before using in most recipes.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Servings: Makes 3 1/2 cups
  • Serving size: varies

Originally published on February 26, 2016. Updated with new pictures.

How to make an Easy & Healthy Apple Pie Filling for all your baking needs. The best apple pie filling recipe is easier to make than you think! Click to get this gluten free recipe. Double or triple a batch and freeze to use in all sorts of apple pie dessert and baking recipes.
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An Easy Recipe for Corn Fritters with Ham for Pancake Day! https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/easy-recipe-corn-fritters.html https://www.thismamacooks.com/2017/02/easy-recipe-corn-fritters.html#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:27:35 +0000 http://www.thismamacooks.com/?p=10440 An Easy Recipe for Corn Fritters with Ham for Pancake Day!

If you’re looking for a different sort of pancake for Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday, why not make this easy recipe for corn fritters with ham? Yes, this gluten free corn fritters recipe is a pancake recipe. Don’t let the name fool you!

This easy corn fritter recipe is perfect for Pancake Day. And since it’s savory and not sweet, it makes a terrific brinner (breakfast for dinner) dish any time of year.

So what’s the difference between simple corn fritters with ham and a pancake made with the same ingredients? According to The Old Foodie: “Not much really.” Some corn fritter recipes are thick and pancake like, while others look like deep fried blobs of dough.

My gluten free corn fritters recipe is more pancake like – and fairly wholesome since it’s not deep fried.

The origin of my easy recipe for corn fritters with ham

This homemade corn fritters recipe is actually my husband’s recipe for what he calls “corn pancakes.” It’s been a Christmas morning staple at our home for years. Paul came up with his easy corn fritters recipe when he was living in Berlin and only had some frozen corn, eggs, flour, milk and some ketchup to make breakfast with at a friend’s home.

When he came home, he made them for me. I loved them so much that I always request them for special occasions like birthdays and holiday brunches.

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Making this easy recipe for corn fritters gluten and dairy free

I’ve taken Paul’s easy recipe corn fritters and made it gluten free by using an all purpose gluten free flour like Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

Then I made it dairy free by using plain rice milk. You can also use unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened soy milk.

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I used whole eggs in my easy corn fritter recipe, but you can health it up even further by using the equivalent of two eggs worth of eggs whites.

These days I use country ham, which is the Southern version of prosciutto, but much thicker and fattier. Instead, you can use thickly cut ham deli slices, meaty bacon, pancetta, sausage, or even spicy chorizo!

Or forgo the meat altogether in this gluten free corn fritters recipe and add some sautéed diced peppers instead. That way you now have a vegetarian corn fritters recipe!

An Easy Recipe for Corn Fritters with Ham for Pancake Day!

Serving ideas for this easy recipe for corn fritters with ham

Just because these simple corn fritters are savory, it doesn’t mean you can put your favorite sweet syrup on them. Some ideas because pancake syrup are real maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, or sorghum syrup.

My family likes our easy corn fritters with ketchup, including my homemade Green Tomato Ketchup as shown in the picture above. Try it, you just might like it!

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An Easy Recipe for Corn Fritters with Ham for Pancake Day!

Corn Fritters with Ham

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or sugar substitute like powdered stevia or monk fruit
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups plain rice milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (12 ounce) bag or 2 1/2 cups frozen golden sweet corn, defrosted
  • 1 cup frozen chopped onions, defrosted
  • 1 cup cooked and diced country ham, deli ham, meaty bacon, pancetta, or sausage (optional)
  • Cooking spray
  • Ketchup, pancake syrup or other sweet syrup for serving

Directions

  1. Heat pancake griddle, skillet or frying pan.
  2. Combine all purpose gluten free flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. In a small bowl, add eggs to rice milk and beat until combined.
  4. Pour milk and eggs into flour mixture and stir until combined. Add corn, onions and meat if using. If batter seems thick, add more rice milk.
  5. Grease pancake griddle with cooking spray. (You can also use oil, butter, buttery spread, or even grease left over from cooking up the ham or bacon.)
  6. Using a 1/4 cup measure, spoon out batter on to hot griddle. Cook pancake until each side is golden brown. Keep corn fritters warm in oven until served.
Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour
Servings: Makes approximately 15 pancakes
  • Serving size: 1 pancake (1/4 cup batter)

Originally posted on December 12, 2013. Updated with new pictures and information.

An Easy Recipe for Corn Fritters with Ham for Pancake Day! Click to get this gluten free and dairy free pancake breakfast and brinner recipe. Don't celebrate Shrove Tuesday without them!
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