MEMORIES7's SparkPeople Blog MEMORIES7's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Vegetable Pizza Hello Sparkfamily, Does this get your taste buds fired up? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pkg crescent rolls <BR> 4 oz Light French Onion Dip <BR> 4 oz Light Cream Cheese <BR> 1/3 pkg dry Hidden Valley Dressing Mix <BR> 1/2 c light mayonnaise <BR> 2 c. broccoli florets <BR> 2 c. cauliflower florets <BR> 1 c. carrots <BR> 1 c. green olives <BR> 1/2 c. cheddar cheese, shredded <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Put crescent rolls in a greased jell... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 09:19:57 EST Asparagus Potato Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Are you grill'in this weekend? Well don't forget this! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound new potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed <BR> 1/2 pound fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths <BR> 1/2 c finely chopped sweet onion <BR> 1/2 c mayonnaise <BR> 1 Tbsp lemon juice <BR> 1 Tbsp sweet pickle relish <BR> 1 tsp yellow mustard, optional <BR> 1 tsp fresh dill weed or 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed <BR> 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste <BR> Freshly g... Sat, 18 Apr 2015 09:13:53 EST Strawberry Pretzel Dessert Hello Sparkfamily, Are you look'in for a healthy and yummy dessert that is sure to please your guests? Why then, just hop, walk, jump, run, swim... on over and...take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 cups crushed thin pretzel sticks (see Notes) <BR> 3 Tbsps granulated sugar <BR> 3/4 c (1-1/2 sticks or 12 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature <BR> 2 cups boiling water <BR> 1 package (6 ounce) strawberry flavor gelatin <BR> 8 ounces (1 large block) cream cheese, at ro... Fri, 17 Apr 2015 09:08:49 EST Peppered Meatloaf (Crockpot) Version Hello Sparkfamily, Oh my, do you taste what I taste? Yep, I can taste it now, meatloaf for dinner tonight, cold meatloaf sandwiches for lunch tomorrow! Oh quit drooling and take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sauce~ <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c ketchup <BR> 1 Tbsp brown sugar <BR> 3/4 tsps dry mustard <BR> 1/4 tsp ground allspice <BR> <BR> <BR> . <BR> Meatloaf <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds ground beef chuck <BR> 1/2 pound bulk sausage, crumbled <BR> 1 l... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 09:40:32 EST Barbecued Pulled Pork With Potatoes Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner tonight guessed it! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For the Sauce <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1-1/2 Tbsp canola or other vegetable oil <BR> 3 medium onions, finely chopped <BR> 8 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 2 Tbsp chili powder <BR> 1 c ketchup <BR> 1/2 c bottled chili sauce, such as Heinz <BR> 1/4 c plus 2 Tbsp cider vinegar <BR> 1/4 c packed dark brown sugar <BR> 2 Tbsp unsulphured molasses <BR> 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce <BR> 2 tsp liquid ... Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:21:49 EST Spicy Shrimp Bites Hello Sparkfamily, Having company this weekend? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Spicy Dipping Sauce <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 ounces cream cheese (small block), at room temperature <BR> 1/2 c sweet chili sauce (see Note) <BR> 1/3 c ranch dressing <BR> 2 Tbsps chopped fresh chives <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> . <BR> Shrimp Bites <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound raw jumbo shrimp, thawed <BR> 2 (8-count) cans butter crescent rolls <BR> 1/4 c (4 Tbsps or 1/2 stick) butter... Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:16:00 EST Frozen Fruit Salad Hello Sparkfamily, If you love frozen grapes, bananas etc, take a peek at this! Go on, take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Tbsp water mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice <BR> 1 tsp unflavored gelatin <BR> 1 Tbsp confectioner's sugar <BR> 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened to room temperature <BR> 1/3 c mayonnaise <BR> 1/3 c heavy cream <BR> 1-1/2 cups mixed diced fresh fruit <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Place water mixture in a custard cup, s... Mon, 13 Apr 2015 09:25:32 EST Cheesy Bacon Ranch Bread Hello Sparkfamily, It is Sunday and I am baking bread! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 round loaf of sourdough (or similar) bread <BR> 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese <BR> 1/2 c-3/4 c chopped cooked bacon <BR> 1/2 c butter, melted <BR> 1 tbsp. dry ranch dressing mix <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Note~ <BR> . <BR> I used Oscar Mayer real bacon pieces but you could use microwaveable bacon and then chop it up or fry up some bacon for this. Just depends on how much work you ... Sun, 12 Apr 2015 10:34:47 EST Chocolate Chia Pudding Hello Sparkfamily, Everyone likes pudd'in right? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk, blended <BR> 1 c water <BR> ¼ c chia seeds <BR> 2 Tbsp cacao powder <BR> â…› tsp vanilla stevia <BR> â…› tsp celtic sea salt <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Combine blended coconut milk, water, and chia seeds in a 1-quart mason jar and shake well <BR> Add cacao powder, stevia, and salt and shake well <BR> Refrigerate overnight to let chia... Sat, 11 Apr 2015 15:32:26 EST Coconut Oil Trail Mix Cookies Hello Sparkfamily, I am baking cookies today! Take a peek! <em>495</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> ¾ cup coconut oil, in solid form <BR> ¾ c light brown sugar <BR> 1 egg, plus 1 yolk <BR> 2 tsps vanilla <BR> 1 tsp baking soda <BR> ½ tsp kosher salt <BR> 1½ cups all purpose flour <BR> ½ c sweetened flaked coconut <BR> 1 c old fashioned oats <BR> 2 cups trail mix <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 350°F <BR> Line a baking sheet w... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:45:30 EST Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Dumplings Hello Sparkfamily, What time is dinner you might ask? 6pm sharp! See you then! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds chuck or stew meat, cut into 2" cubes <BR> 1/2 c flour <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp black pepper <BR> 1 1/2 c beef broth <BR> 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce <BR> 1 clove garlic <BR> 1 bay leaf <BR> 1 tsp paprika <BR> 4 carrots, sliced <BR> 3 potatoes, diced <BR> 2 onions, chopped <BR> 1 stalk celery, sliced <BR> 2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet, optional <BR> <... Thu, 9 Apr 2015 10:45:09 EST Turkey Barley Soup Hello Sparkfamily, I am hungry for a cup of soup how 'bout you? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 quarts low sodium vegetable broth <BR> 1 1/2 cups Celery; diced <BR> 1 c medium pearl barley <BR> 1 medium Onion; diced <BR> 3/4 c diced carrots <BR> 1/4 tsp Salt <BR> 1/2 tsp Dried thyme <BR> 1 Bay leaf <BR> 1/8 tsp Ground allspice <BR> 1/8 tsp Pepper <BR> dash; cayenne pepper <BR> 2 cups cubed cooked turkey <BR> 1/4 c minced fresh parsley <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Direc... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 00:45:41 EST Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili Hello Sparkfamily, Spring, summer, winter or fall, whatever your weather, chili is always yummy! So get those trusty crock pots out got it! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Onion; chopped <BR> 1 16 oz can Black beans <BR> 1 16 oz can Kidney beans <BR> 1 8 oz can Tomato sauce <BR> 1 10 oz bag Frozen corn <BR> 2 14.5 oz cans Diced tomatoes w/chilis <BR> 1 package Taco Seasoning <BR> 3 Chicken breasts boneless and skinless <BR> 1 Tbsp Cumin <BR> 1 Tbsp Ch... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 12:04:51 EST Arugula Salad With Smoked Salmon (Lime Sesame Dressing) Hello Sparkfamily, Are you having thoughts of this...Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> arugula lettuce <BR> 2 avocado <BR> 1 lebanese cucumber <BR> 4 servings smoked salmon <BR> 2 Tbsp sesame seeds <BR> 1 lime; juiced <BR> 4 Tbsps Extra virgin olive oil <BR> 1 drop sesame oil; optional <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a small dry pan, toast 1 Tbsp of sesame seeds over medium flame until lightly brown. Set aside. <BR> Slice cucumber. Set aside. <BR... Mon, 6 Apr 2015 10:01:30 EST Mama's Baked Cola Ham And Mustard Potato Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Well it is Easter <em>449</em> and my family and I want to wish all of you a safe, blessed and healthy day! So without further ado, we would like to present to you this! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 Canned Ham <BR> 1 can Coca-Cola, reserved 1/4 cup <BR> Fresh or Canned Pineapple Slices – Juice Reserved <BR> Brown Sugar <BR> Maple Syrup <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Poke several holes in the top of the canned ham.... Sun, 5 Apr 2015 11:49:14 EST Mushroom And Sausage Pizza Toast Hello Sparkfamily, What a busy day I have had! I have been cleaning my carpets all day and I am whooped but not to whooped to get this recipe and thought of the day to you! Sooooo... Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 13 slices of French or Italian loaf bread (or any kind you like) <BR> 15 medium mushrooms, washed and chopped <BR> 6 hot dogs, chopped <BR> 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese <BR> 1 1/2 cups chopped green bell pepper <BR> 1 1/2 cups Garlic Tomato Sauce <B... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 21:48:21 EST 3 Ingredient Crock Pot Caesar Chicken Hello Sparkfamily, Is it time for dinner yet? Well get your crock pot out for an easy as pie...take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3-4 Chicken Breasts <BR> 1/2 Bottle light caesar dressing & marinade <BR> 1/2 C Chicken Broth <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Add chicken to the crock pot. <BR> Cover with 1/2 bottle of caesar dressing and broth. <BR> Cook on low for 6-8 hours. <BR> Shred chicken with fork and mix it with the remaining juices. <BR> Serve... Fri, 3 Apr 2015 09:56:00 EST Banana Walnut Bars Hello Sparkfamily, Remember the word as you ponder these! <em>306</em> Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Bars <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 c. sugar <BR> 1 c. light sour cream <BR> 1/2 c. softened butter <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> 4 ripe bananas (mashed) <BR> 2 tsp. vanilla extract <BR> 1 tsp. baking soda <BR> 2 c. all-purpose flour <BR> 3/4 tsp. salt <BR> 1/2 c. chopped walnuts <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Frosting <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c. butter <BR> 4 c. powdere... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 13:24:54 EST Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Bell Peppers Hello Sparkfamily, I love bell peppers raw, stuffed, steamed or any other way you can imagine! So without further ado, feast your eyes on this! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8-9 thinly sliced roast beef or any kind of cold cuts you like <BR> 3 large bell peppers <BR> 8 mushrooms, sliced <BR> 9 slices mozzarella cheese <BR> 2 garlic cloves, chopped <BR> 1 medium onion, thinly sliced <BR> 2 Tbsps butter <BR> salt and pepper <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ ... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 10:27:10 EST Carrot Fritters Hello Sparkfamily, Have you ever had these? Take a peek! <em>291</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 1/2 cups carrots washed, trimmed and grated (I used my food processor to grate) <BR> 1 c fresh coriander, finely chopped, plus extra to serve <BR> 10 green onions (about 1 1/2 cups), both green and white parts, sliced <BR> 2 garlic clove, finely chopped <BR> 3 eggs, lightly beaten <BR> 2-3 Tbsps all-purpose flour <BR> 1/2 c feta cheese, crumbled <BR> canola oil <BR> salt a... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:39:06 EST Bell Pepper Chicken Nachos Hello Sparkfamily, Gather friends and family for a movie and... Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 bell peppers, any color you like <BR> 2 cups shredded Cooked Chicken <BR> 4 green onions, both green and white parts, sliced <BR> 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped <BR> 1 tsp chili powder <BR> 3/4 c sliced black olives <BR> 1 c salsa sauce (ready to serve) or Fresh Tomato Salsa Sauce <BR> 2/3 c chopped fresh cilantro <BR> 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese <BR> vegetable... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 09:43:17 EST Chicken Cheese Sandwich Hello Sparkfamily, Are you looking for something quick and oh so yummy for lunch? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/4 cups warm shredded Cooked Chicken <BR> 8 slices of French or Italian loaf bread (or any kind you like) <BR> 1/3 c carrot, grated <BR> 1/3 c green onion, sliced <BR> 2 Tbsps mayonnaise <BR> 1 Tbsp hot sauce <BR> 2 Tbsps butter <BR> 2/3 c mozzarella cheese, shredded <BR> 2/3 c cheddar cheese, shredded <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:16:46 EST Basil And Parsley Omelette Hello Sparkfamily, Do you know that breakfast is like gas in a car and without it you will not get anywhere? Your bodies are the same way and will be sluggish and not run properly! Well let's fill up in the morning's with a healthy breakfast from this day out alright? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 4 eggs <BR> 1/2 c fresh basil, chopped <BR> 1/2 c fresh parsley, chopped <BR> 2/3 c shredded mozzarella cheese (you can add more) <BR> 3 Tbsps vegetable oil <BR> salt a... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:23:38 EST Baked Garlic Shrimp Hello Sparkfamily, Dinner is...Oh just take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 400-450 raw large shrimp, deveined and peeled <BR> 2 Tbsps lemon juice <BR> 1/4 c fresh parsley, finely chopped <BR> 4 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 1 tsp dried oregano leaves <BR> 1/2 c dry bread crumbs <BR> 1/4 tsp turmeric powder <BR> 1/4 c butter, melted <BR> salt and black pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a bowl, combine the shrimp, garlic, lemon juice, sa... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:21:48 EST Almond Butter-Quinoa Brownies Hello Sparkfamily, Are you look'in for these? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/4 c unsalted butter, softened <BR> 3/4 c smooth or crunchy natural almond butter <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> 3/4 c packed light brown sugar <BR> 1 tsp. vanilla extract <BR> 3/4 c quinoa flour (I used my hand-crank grinder to make this) <BR> 1 tsp. baking powder <BR> 1/4 tsp. salt <BR> 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:08:06 EST Chicken Satay And Thai Peanut Sauce Hello Sparkfamily, Fix'in chicken? Let me count the way's! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 normal to large sized chicken breasts <BR> 1/2 c coconut milk <BR> 1 Tbsp curry powder <BR> 1 tsp turmeric powder <BR> 1 tsp sugar <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 12 wooden skewers <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Soak the skewers in water while prepping your chicken and sauce. This will help keep the skewers from burning when you place them on the grill. <BR> Cu... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:12:47 EST Avocado Quinoa Salad Hello Sparkfamily, Grab a plate and a fork and dig in to this healthy salad for lunch or dinner or breakfast if you dare! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 c quinoa <BR> 5 Tbsps chopped fresh mint <BR> 1 ripe avocado, diced <BR> 2 tomatoes, diced <BR> 3 Tbsps lemon juice or more depends on your taste <BR> 2 Tbsps low sodium soy sauce <BR> 2 Tbsps extra-virgin olive oil <BR> 2 cups water <BR> salt and pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <B... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:38:17 EST Hamburger/Potatoes In A Crock Pot Hello Sparkfamily, This recipe comes from a very special spark friend! Gloria (SUNSHINEGB)! I would love to feature your recipes on my daily recipe blog so if you have a family favorite, something you have tried or just something that you have just thrown together, please don't be shy, just email them to me and I will feature it the following day! So without furter ado, take a peek at this from Gloria! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 lb hamburger <BR> 1/4 tsp pepper <BR> ... Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:51:16 EST Barbecued Pulled Pork With Potatoes Hello Sparkfamily, Do you like pulled pork? Well then, take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> For the Sauce <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1-1/2 Tbsp canola or other vegetable oil <BR> 3 medium onions, finely chopped <BR> 8 garlic cloves, minced <BR> 2 Tbsp chili powder <BR> 1 c ketchup <BR> 1/2 c bottled chili sauce, such as Heinz <BR> 1/4 c plus 2 Tbsp cider vinegar <BR> 1/4 c packed dark brown sugar <BR> 2 Tbsp unsulphured molasses <BR> 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce <BR> 2 tsp liquid ... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:07:58 EST Blueberry Cobbler Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a family favorite that requires "MODERATION"! Can we do this? Yes we can! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> While the blueberries are baking, prepare the ingredients for the topping, but do not stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just before the berries come out of the oven. A standard or deep-dish 9-inch pie pan works well; an 8-inch square baking dish can also be used. Vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream is a perfect accompan... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 11:19:32 EST Pot Roast With Vegetables Hello Sparkfamily, And Dinner tonight is...Take a peek! Oh, before I forget, you are all welcome to join us! You can take a peek now! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3-4 lb. chuck or sirloin post roast <BR> 1/2 stick butter <BR> 1 tsp salt <BR> cool water <BR> 4-6 medium or small Irish Potatoes, peeled or unpeeled <BR> 3-4 medium carrots, cut in half <BR> 3-4 small onions, whole <BR> 2-3 sprigs fresh Rosemary** (optional) <BR> 1 can (10.5 oz.) Cream of Mushroom Soup (optional) ... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:53:49 EST Peppermint Patty Cake With Vanilla Mint Frosting Hello Sparkfamily, I am planning my youngest daughter's birthday party and this is the cake that she wants me to bake. Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Cake~ <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 sticks butter <BR> 4 T. cocoa powder <BR> 1 c. boiling water <BR> 10 whole mini Peppermint Patty candies <BR> 1/2 c. buttermilk <BR> 1 tsp. baking soda <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract <BR> 1/4 tsp. mint extract <BR> 2 c. all-purpose flour <BR> 2 c. sugar <BR> 1/4 tsp. salt <BR... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 12:22:04 EST Italian Meatball Casserole Hello Sparkfamily, Remember the meatballs? Well then, take a peek at this! Yep, that's right two eyes focused right here! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 12 large meatballs (Italian sausage or ground beef, can use more to suit family needs and size of meatballs) <BR> 16 ounces tomato sauce <BR> 16 ounces crushed tomatoes (or use fresh cut up) <BR> 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste <BR> 1 medium chopped onion <BR> 1 jalapeno pepper (optional) <BR> 1⁄4 c water <BR> boil... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:02:46 EST Incredible Edible Meatballs Hello Sparkfamily, Make these ahead of time and freeze for a special recipe! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 pound ground beef <BR> 1/2 pound ground veal <BR> 1/2 pound ground pork <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1 c freshly grated Romano cheese <BR> 1 1/2 Tbsps chopped Italian flat leaf parsley <BR> salt and ground black pepper to taste <BR> 2 cups stale Italian bread, crumbled <BR> 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water <BR> 1 c olive oil <BR> <BR>... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:34:21 EST Potato Nachos Hello Sparkfamily, I have a new twist to nachos! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <em>367</em> <BR> <BR> 2 large russet potatoes <BR> 2 -3 tsps vegetable oil <BR> 1&#8260;4 tsp garlic powder <BR> 1 tsp taco seasoning <BR> 1&#8260;4 c black beans, rinsed and drained <BR> 2 tsps lime juice <BR> 1&#8260;4 tsp cumin <BR> 1&#8260;4 tsp chili powder <BR> cayenne pepper, to taste <BR> 1&#8260;2 medium tomato, diced <BR> 1 green onion, chopped <BR> 1 Tbsp green chili, diced <BR> 2... Mon, 16 Mar 2015 10:21:40 EST Orange Honey Peanut Butter Oatmeal Hello Sparkfamily, Do you like breakfast for dinner? I do! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 1/4 Cups old fashioned oats <BR> 4 1/2 Cups water <BR> 1 1/2 tsps salt <BR> 6 Tbsps peanut butter <BR> 3 Tbsps honey <BR> 3 tsps orange zest <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a large pot over high heat, bring oats, water, and salt to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring frequently until it reaches a thick consistency (approximately 5 minut... Sun, 15 Mar 2015 15:38:08 EST Watermelon Salad Hello Sparkfamily, We are going on a family picnic on this beautiful Saturday! Take a peek and see you at the beach! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 large watermelon <BR> 1 cantaloupe, cubed <BR> 1 pineapple, cubed <BR> 1 bunch light seedless grapes <BR> 1 bunch dark seedless grapes <BR> 4 oz. cubed mild cheddar cheese <BR> 1 watermelon basket (directions below) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Carve your basket per instructions below. Gently place fruits into bo... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 10:50:54 EST Tomato And Rice Soup With Grilled Cheese Dippers Hello Sparkfamily, How 'bout a hearty soup for dinner tonight? Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 large onion - finely diced <BR> 2 garlic cubes - minced <BR> 1 tbs olive oil <BR> 1 tbs tomato paste <BR> ½ tsp of dried thyme <BR> 8 twists of black pepper <BR> 1 - 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes - I used the Contadina brand. <BR> 3 cups of vegetable stock <BR> ¼ c of uncooked basmati rice <BR> ¾ c of white cheddar cheese <BR> 4 slices of sour dough bread <BR> 4 s... Fri, 13 Mar 2015 10:07:31 EST Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Hello Sparkfamily, Well, I can see that you are "NOT" a huge fan of liver! So I have gone on a hunt for something that I know you WILL enjoy! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <em>370</em> <BR> <BR> 36 large cherry tomatoes <BR> 4 hard-boiled eggs <BR> 1/3 c mayonnaise <BR> 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard (I used regular because I forgot to get some at the store) <BR> 1/2 tsp. curry powder <BR> 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh chives <BR> 10 whole chives for garnish <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Dire... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:35:03 EST Fried Chicken Livers Hello Sparkfamily, Don't turn your nose's up until you try these! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 1/2 cups uncooked rice <BR> 3 1/2 cups water <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 3 cups peanut oil* <BR> 2 lbs. chicken livers <BR> 2 cups self-rising flour <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 tsp black pepper (optional <BR> 2 large onions peeled and sliced <BR> *other vegetable oils may be substituted <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Bring water to boil in a saucepan o... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:19:13 EST Macaroni Tuna Salad And Tuna Salad Sandwich~Take your pick! Hello Sparkfamily, Here is a great lunch or dinner! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 3 quarts water <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1 c uncooked elbow or shell macaroni <BR> 12 oz. can tuna, packed in oil <BR> 1/2 c green sweet peas, drained <BR> 1/2 c cherry or grape tomatoes <BR> 1/4 c chopped green bell pepper <BR> 1/4 c chopped red bell pepper <BR> 1/4 c chopped cucumber <BR> 1/4 c chopped celery <BR> 2 Tbsps chopped onion <BR> 1/3 c mayonnaise <BR> lettuce <BR> <BR> <... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:26:07 EST Slow Cooker Corned Beef And Cabbage Stew Hello Sparkfamily, Do I have any Irish out there besides me? Well the stew's on but not just any stew! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 pounds corned beef, cut into bite sized pieces <BR> 4 large potatoes, cut into large pieces <BR> 2 stalks celery, chopped <BR> 1 white onion, chopped <BR> 1 (16 oz) bag baby carrots <BR> ½ head cabbage, cut into small wedges <BR> 3 cups beef broth <BR> 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce <BR> 2 Tbsps Pickling Spice <BR> 1 tsp Garlic Powde... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 01:23:43 EST Sauteed Vegetable Medley Hello Sparkfamily, Thank you for all your responses to to my recipes and thought of the day! I sure enjoy reading them! I hope that you have found some recipes that have brought your family happiness and a little thought of the day to make it all complete! Now without further ado, take a peek at this yummy dish! Yep, that's right, take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 Tbsps extra virgin olive oil <BR> 2 Tbsp clarified butter* <BR> 1 carrot <BR> 1 zucchini <BR> 1 yellow... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 10:44:05 EST Brussel Sprouts, Homemade Sweet And Sour Sauce, Sauteed Mushrooms And Smothered Chicken. Yum, Yum! Hello Sparkfamily, Come on, eat your brussel sprouts! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1 lb. fresh whole Brussel Sprouts (can use frozen) <BR> water <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 stick butter (4 oz.) <BR> 1/2 c Cream Sherry <BR> 1/2 c Homemade Sweet And Sour Sauce <BR> 1 c dry Orzo pasta (or rice), cooked according to pkg. directions <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Wash and remove dark spots on veggies, if any. Cut off the stem ends. <BR> Pour wate... Sun, 8 Mar 2015 10:56:35 EST Fish Casserole Hello Sparkfamily, Fish is on for tonight but not in the way you may be thinking! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 lbs. frozen cod fish, thawed* <BR> 4 Tbsps melted butter, divided <BR> 1 Tbsp lemon juice, divided <BR> paprika <BR> 1/2 c frozen green peas <BR> 1 c shredded white potatoes <BR> 1 Tbsp ketchup <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese <BR> 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour <BR> 3/4 c milk <BR> 1/2 c homemade corn tortilla crumbs <BR> <BR... Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:16:36 EST Italian Stuffed Steak+Bonus Hello Sparkfamily, Steak for dinner but not just any 'ol steak! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 8 Sandwich Steaks* <BR> 1 (28 oz. can) Tomato Sauce** <BR> 1 carton (16 oz.) Ricotta Cheese <BR> 1 egg <BR> 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan Cheese <BR> 1 tsp dry parsley flakes <BR> 1/2 tsp garlic powder <BR> 1/2 tsp salt <BR> 1/4 tsp dry oregano leaves <BR> pepper to taste <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> In a saucepan mix together tomato sauce, Parmesan Cheese, gar... Fri, 6 Mar 2015 10:25:36 EST Creamy Kale And Turkey Sausage Pasta With Sun Dried Tomatoes Hello Sparkfamily. Pasta, sausage, sun dried tomatoes, can't get any better then that! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 12 oz (about 3 3/4 cups) dry penne pasta <BR> 1 Tbsp olive oil <BR> 1 lb Italian turkey sausage links (about 4 sausage links), casings removed, sausage crumbled (hot or mild, not sweet) <BR> 10 sun dried tomatoes in oil (1/2 cup), drained, patted dry with paper towels, sliced <BR> 2 cloves garlic, minced <BR> 1/2 c low-sodium chicken broth <BR> 1 b... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:58:54 EST Cookies And Cream Cheesecake Cupcakes Hello Sparkfamily, I have a birthday party to attend and this was requested! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 28 Oreo cookies <BR> 2 (8 oz. each) packages cream cheese, softened <BR> 1/2 c. sugar <BR> 2 large eggs <BR> 1 1/3 c. white chocolate chips <BR> 1/3 c. heavy cream <BR> 1 tsp. vanilla extract <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Line 20 muffin cups with paper liners and place one Oreo cookie in the bottom and center of each cup; set aside. <BR... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:29:47 EST Gluten-free And Dairy-Free Blueberry Muffins Hello Sparkfamily, I smell muffins! Blueberry muffins that is! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 2 large eggs, at room temp <BR> 2 Tbsp. lemon juice <BR> 1/3 c palm shortening, softened <BR> 1 tsp. vanilla extract <BR> 1/3 c honey <BR> 1/2 c warm water <BR> 1 3/4 c Pancake Mix (see recipe below) <BR> 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon <BR> 1/2 c fresh blueberries (or reconstituted freeze-dried blueberries--what I used) <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Topping~ <BR> <BR> Ingredien... Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:28:33 EST Chocolate Brownies Hello Sparkfamily, I have brownies in the oven! Take a peek! <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ingredients~ <BR> <BR> 1/2 c plus 1 Tbsp butter <BR> 3/4 c sugar <BR> 2 eggs <BR> 1 tsp vanilla extract <BR> 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder* <BR> 1 1/4 cup sifted self-rising flour <BR> 1/2 c milk <BR> 1/2 c coarsely chopped pecans <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Directions~ <BR> <BR> Have all ingredients at room temperature. Cream butter. Add sugar a little at a time and cream until light. <BR> Add eggs... Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:40:17 EST