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Apple cider pork roast

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult, tasteless or include crazy ingredients. You can enjoy your favorites lightened up and easy peasy!

This recipe was great to put together on a gloomy Tuesday and come home to a warm house smelling delicious!

**I sometimes add a bit of honey to the cider as well for an added sweetness.**

And I forgot the picture. Once I use up the leftovers, I’ll add a picture! Sorry!

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2-3 pound pork roast

1 cup apple cider or juice

Garlic powder, oregano, onion powder and salt and pepper all to your liking 

Directions:

Place roast in crock pot. Pour juice and any other water (if needed) over pork. Season well. Set crock pot. Once completed, let roast sit for 5 mins then slice and serve. You can also add potatoes, carrots and onions to the crock to cook with the pork as well!


Hot chocolate tarts

All I can say is HOLY CUTENESS in these desserts. The husband needed a dessert for his work potluck and they love more festive/creative desserts. I searched high and low for a thanksgiving dessert but nothing jumped out at me until I saw these! Very easy to make, super cute and delicious!
Enjoy these for all your holiday or winter parties!

Enjoy!

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Ingredients:
1 package Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough ( if using homemade dough make sure it’s a stiff sugar cookie. Softer cookies won’t work here. Store bought produces a stiffer cookie!)
½ cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
12 mini pretzels
1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits

Directions:
Put1 tablespoon of the sugar cookie dough into 24 greased mini muffin tins.
Bake for 12-14 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow the cookies to cool completely in the pan before gently removing them.
Make the chocolate ganache by bringing the whipping cream to a boil.
Stir in the hot cocoa mix.
Pour the hot cream over the semi-sweet chocolate chips and let it sit for 3 minutes. Then, stir until the chocolate chips are melted and the ganache is smooth.
Break off the loops on some mini pretzels to use as handles.
Melt the white chocolate and use it to attach the pretzel handles to the cookie cups.
Spoon the chocolate ganache into the cookie cups and top with mini marshmallows.


Lower carb gluten free chai spice biscotti

I have fallen in love with almond flour. It has made low carb and gluten free baking wonderful!!! It’s easy to sub in and tastes great.
I love this biscotti recipe from a blog I’ve recently become addicted to. The flavors are strong but perfect with coffee or tea. I did use Splenda in place of stevia in the raw as I still need to get some, but they still tasted great.

Enjoy!!

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Ingredients:
2 cups almond flour
3/4 cup Stevia in the Raw
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp xanthan gum
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, Stevia in the Raw, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, cloves and xanthan gum. In a medium bowl, stir together melted butter, egg, vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir vigorously until dough comes together.
Turn dough out onto baking sheet and form into low, flat log, 10 x 4 inches. Bake 22 to 24 minutes, or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 250F.
With a sharp knife, gently cut into 15 even slices. Place slices back onto baking sheet cut-side down and bake for 15 minutes, then flip each slice and continue to bake for another 15 minutes. Turn off oven and let sit inside until cool.


Hello all

I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your kind words. I’m not sure what happened, but the blog post I wrote about my mom passing back in 2010 reappeared this morning on my blog. Not sure of the glitch but I do want to thank everyone for their kind words. Even after 1.5 yrs it’s still nice to have the love and support of my AMAZING readers and it does help ease the loss Thank you.
God bless!


Meatless meals….

With Lent upon us, I often get asked by friends and family what good meatless meal recipes do I have. Well this year I thought I would do a round-up of our favorite meatless meals we like to enjoy in lent….Here are a few meals to get you started…but browse around the blog for several more ideas!!!

ENJOY!

Fish and seafood-While I have a ton of fish and seafood recipes on my blog, here are a few of our favorites:

Crab/lobster mac and cheese
Crab linguine
Fish tacos with avocado cream
Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Fish Fritters
Salmon Florentine
Grilled Tuna Steaks
Grilled Sword Fish
Salmon melts
Peel and Eat Shrimp

Pizza
Crab and brie Pizza
Fig and goat cheese pizza

Margarita pizza
Grilled pizza

Meatless meals:
Veggie melts
Tomato, basil, mozz salad
Cherry tomato salad
Meatless tator tot casserole
Dinner sized spanakopitas
Crab nachos