Grapesicles

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I didn’t add any sugar to these and they turned out great. All I did to make them was puree a bunch of grapes in the food processor and poured the liquid into popsicle molds. You COULD use already made grape juice, but that stuff is so full of sugar it woudldn’t be healthy and these ice pops would be 0 points plus because all I did was use fruit! How sweet is that? Super easy and a really healthy summer treat!

I’ve been wondering what you do when you take out all of the popsicles out of their molds. It helps to use some water in order to get them out of there, but what happens when you don’t want to keep on doing that? Do you wrap the popsicles in saran wrap? How do you store them so you don’t have to keep on running the popsicles under cold water in order to get them out all the time? If anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

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Homemade Grapesicles

1 pound of grapes red or green

Directions:

In a food processor, blend all grapes together until they are smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until they’re ready to serve.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

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Have you ever tried grilling pineapple before? If you haven’t, you should start now. It is delicious on this burger and I like to think of it as replacing the tomato on a normal burger. This burger also has jerk seasoning, a serrano pepper, and some garlic inside of it. I thought it was plenty spicy the way it was, but Ben wanted more spice. Serve with some cheese or bacon if you like.

I have been trying to figure out how to get a flat burger for quite some time now. No matter how nicely I shape the burger it still ends up not looking like those nice patties you get at fast food restaurants. I think it’s time to invest one of those burger presses that do that for you. :) What method do you like to use to make your burgers flat?

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This blue jay thought the burgers were pretty tasty also.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

1 pound of 80/20 lean ground beef
1 1/2 tablespoons of jerk seasoning (store bought is fine)
2 garlic cloves
1/2 serrano pepper
1 pineapple
Romaine Lettuce
4 whole wheat buns

Directions:

In a bowl combine the ground beef, jerk seasoning, garlic, and pepper. Mix the meat and spices together with your hands. Divide the meat into 4 equal patties.

Prepare your pineapple. Cut the sides of the pineapple off and then slice the pineapple into a circle and cut out the pits.

Grill the burgers to however well done you like them. Then grill the pineapple on each side for about 2 minutes each.

Serve the burgers with whatever you like. Buns, lettuce, cheese, mayo… etc.. Enjoy!

A Little Bit Healthier Chili…

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Chili has been one of those foods that I never used to like as a kid. My Mom and Dad would make it all the time and I was never a fan of it until now. Your taste buds really change overtime I’ve found out. I’ve made a lot of chili recipes lately and have finally found out one that Ben and I both  like to eat by combining other recipes together. I don’t like chili with really chunky tomatoes, onions, and peppers. I prefer just the meat, beans, sauce, and a lot of chili powder!  The other stuff can be added on top of the chile for the toppings.  Chili is great on almost everything like Nachos, hot dogs, and on top of spaghetti. I like to double the turkey just for that reason, to put it on top of those things.

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Servings: 6

Healthier Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey (lean)
  • 1 can chili beans (drained)
  • 15oz cans tomato sauce
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayanne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

Step 1
Brown the ground turkey with no oil. After the turkey is brown, add in the rest of the
ingredients. Let the chile simmer for 30 to 60 minutes.
Step 2
Extra Toppings:

Chopped Cilantro
Chopped Onions
Cheddar Cheese
Sour Cream
Green Onions

 

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

What should you make on Thanksgiving this year? Why not a turkey wrapped in bacon that has been marinaded with Buffalo chicken sauce? Or, you could make this buffalo chicken casserole with leftover turkey. Just kidding. I think this is one of the best ideas I’ve had in awhile. The only thing that could have made it even better would be bacon. I had a lot of leftover Slow Cooker buffalo chicken and was trying to think of what else I could make with it. I had made Buffalo Chicken dip yesterday and thought this would all be good just mixed with some pasta baked in the oven. I’ve got Buffalo Chicken casserole to have during the week for lunch and now all my Buffalo Chicken has been used up. :(

I also made Buffalo Chicken grilled cheese for dinner one time this week, and also a buffalo chicken. This recipe is so versatile you can do pretty much anything with it, and I just love recipes like that.

Servings: 8

Recipe inspired from Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 cups leftover Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
  • 1 8oz package light cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup light ranch
  • 1 1/2 cups dry pasta
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

Directions

Step 1
Boil noodles until al dente.
Step 2
While the Pasta is cooking, heat up leftover buffalo chicken in a non stick skillet. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted.
Step 3
Add in 1/2 cup of ranch and stir. Dump the noodles into the casserole and stir.
Step 4
In a 9X13 in casserole dish, pour the noodles and chicken into dish. Top with remaining cheeses and bake in the oven at 350 for 25 minutes.