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Peanut Butter Pretzel Pie

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You have to try this amazing pie. I promise you that you will not stop eating it. It is going to become a new family favorite..

Adapted from thesaltycooker
8oz bag of pretzels, crushed up
4 tbsp butter, melted
16oz cream cheese1 package instant chocolate pudding
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 cup creamy peanut butter
8oz whipped topping

In a 7×10 baking dish, crush up the pretzels and spread them in the bottom .

Pour the melted butter on top and lightly press down.

In a mixing bowl add the cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and milk.

Mix until smooth.

Pour on top of the pretzel crust.

Make the chocolate pudding, according to the directions but reduce the milk by 1/2 cup.

Pour on top of the cream cheese mixture. Top with whipped topping. Enjoy!

Recipe note: gluten-free pretzels stay crunchier longer. After a day or so the pretzels will start to soften.

10 Recipes You Can Make with Less Than 10 Ingredients

Do you love spending time in the kitchen but don’t have a lot of time to spend preparing meals? Do you want to cook delicious and healthy meals but don’t know where to start? Well, look no further! This blog post will share with you ten recipes that you can make with less than ten ingredients. And best of all, these recipes are easy and quick to prepare! So get your aprons on, and let’s get cooking!

1) Quick and Easy Veggie Fried Rice

All you need is cooked rice, frozen veggies, soy sauce, and a little oil to get this delicious fried rice. You can also add in some scrambled eggs for a protein boost.

2) Avocado Toast

Avocado on toast is as simple as it gets – just two ingredients! Smear mashed avocado on your favorite toast and top with salt, pepper, and red chili flakes. For an extra punch of flavor, you can also add fresh lime juice or sliced tomatoes.

3) Vegetable Soup with Garlic Bread

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Just five ingredients are needed to make this hearty soup! All you need is canned diced tomatoes, frozen mixed vegetables, vegetable broth, and garlic powder. Serve up the soup alongside homemade garlic bread made out of baguette slices and butter. Yum!

4) One Pan Baked Salmon with Asparagus

This easy dinner requires only five ingredients – salmon fillets, asparagus spears, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Simply bake the salmon and asparagus together in one pan for a delicious meal that’s ready in no time!

5) Peanut Butter and Banana Toast

For an on-the-go breakfast or snack, look no further than peanut butter and banana toast! All you need is your favorite bread spread with creamy peanut butter, topped with sliced bananas. Sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top for added flavor.

6) Jalebi 

This traditional Indian dessert is made with only six ingredients – all-purpose flour, yogurt, baking soda, sugar, oil, and rose water. Deep fry the dough in hot oil, and you’ll have a sweet treat that’s ready in minutes! This jalebi recipe will surely satisfy any sweet tooth.

7) 3-Ingredient Pancakes

These fluffy pancakes are made with just three simple ingredients – banana, eggs, and oats. Mash the banana and whisk in the eggs until blended before folding in the oats. Cook them up on a skillet and enjoy!

8) Pasta with Tomato Sauce

For a quick pasta dinner, all you’ll need is your favorite type of pasta noodles, canned crushed tomatoes, olive oil, and spices such as garlic powder, oregano, and basil. Heat up the sauce together with some olive oil and pour it over cooked pasta for an easy meal that’s ready in no time.

9) Meatballs

These classic Italian-style meatballs are made with just a few ingredients – ground beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, and onion. Mix all the ingredients together before rolling them into balls and baking in the oven. You can also use this recipe to make veggie balls using mashed potatoes instead of ground beef.

10) Quesadillas

Quesadillas make for an easy lunch or dinner! All you need is some cheese (cheddar, pepper jack), tortillas, butter, and any other desired toppings, such as peppers, tomatoes, spinach, or mushrooms. Simply melt the cheese between two tortilla slices and cook until golden brown on both sides. Voila!

These ten recipes are simple, quick, and easy to make! So if you’re short on time or don’t know where to begin in the kitchen, give these recipes a try. With just a few ingredients each, you can whip up delicious meals in no time – so get cooking! Enjoy!

The Art Of Making Dumplings for the Holidays

I had the pleasure of going to designer Andy Yu’s house to learn how to make dumplings for the holidays.

I have been friends with Andy for over a year and am so impressed with his creative talent. Last year for Chinese New Year he had a dumpling pop up and it was fabulous. We decided to get together to share this art with you and even added a little matching holiday glitz as well. Please don’t forget to follow Andy on Instagram HERE. Bon Appetit!!!!

For the dumpling filling:

◦ 2 lbs Ground Pork
◦ 4 – 5 Napa Cabbage Leaves
◦ 1 Tbsp Minced Ginger
◦ 4 Spring Onions, Minced
◦ 1 Tbsp Salt
◦ ⅓ Cup Water
◦ ¼ Cup Soy Sauce
◦ 1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tps of oyster sauce
1 tbsp of sugar
1/2 tbsp of vinegar

Purchase the dumpling wrapper click HERE.

Purchase the flowers for the tea and coloring, click HERE

Purchase the bamboo streamer HERE

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Coming Up With a Delicious Winter Meal Plan

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Meal planning has taken off in popularity lately for a host of reasons. Meal planning involves deciding what meals you’re going to have throughout the week, stocking up on the necessary ingredients, and even beginning to prep some of them ready to cook. Some people begin to meal plan for financial reasons. Meal planning allows you to make sure that all of the ingredients you buy are used up over various dishes throughout the week. For example, if you have a meal incorporating potatoes on a Monday, meal planning can make sure that you use the whole bag of potatoes by the end of the week. Some people meal plan for health reasons. It allows them to make healthier choices and avoid reaching for convenience foods after a long shift at work or a day out and about. Whatever your reason for meal planning, you might want to consider switching yours up and incorporating some winter dishes. Here are some suggestions!

Chicken and Dumplings

Chicken provides you with plenty of protein, while dumplings are a little more stodgy and provide you with carbs. Preppy Kitchen’s chicken & dumplings recipe is a wholesome, flavor packed stew with shredded, tender chicken and biscuit-like dumplings, providing you with a big bowl of nourishment. You will need to start the stew with a classic ​mirepoix – a base made from a mix of aromatics, such as onions, carrots, and celery. Other necessary ingredients include chicken stock – which can be bought for convenience or created from scratch for authenticity – flour to thicken the soup, baking powder to keep the dumplings fluffy and milk to make the stew smoother and more flavorsome.

Mushroom Stroganoff

The most famous form of stroganoff is beef stroganoff. This is a dish that was initially created by a French chef who worked for a wealthy St. Petersburg family and made the dish for a cooking contest in 1891. Named after his employer, the stroganoff is a dish of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce of mustard and smetana (sour cream). But why not consider a vegetarian alternative? The mushroom stroganoff replaces beef with thickly cut mushrooms for a similar texture and a deep, full flavor. Serve with mash for an extra dose of carbs.

Kale and Gnocchi Bake

Creamy, warming, and filling, a kale and gnocchi bake is a perfect winter dish. Not only does this taste great and pack you with long-lasting carbohydrates, but it gives you a good serving of greens in the form of kale. You will need kale, shallots, garlic, all-purpose flour, dijon mustard, potato gnocchi, and cheese. It takes a while to bake to perfection, so prepare it well in advance of when you actually plan to eat.

Rice Pudding

Looking for a winter dessert? Rice pudding could be the perfect option for you. Rice pudding is a traditional dish made from rice mixed with water or milk. People often choose to incorporate additional ingredients or flavorings, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, or raisins.

These are just a few different meals that you might want to incorporate into your winter meal plan. Hopefully, each will make its way onto your personal menu!

Cauliflower Rice, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie

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I recently sat down with Kate from She’s Cookin in Brooklyn to learn some of her favorite recipes! Kate specializes in healthy family-friendly meals. I love following her and cooking together. This week we made her Cauliflower Rice, Blueberry and Banana smoothies. You can watch our live video HERE. I have included the recipe for you below….Remember to follow Kate and stay tuned for more of our cooking episodes!!!!

1/2 C Frozen Riced Cauliflower
1/2 banana – Frozen
2 Scoops Vanilla Protein Powder
1 T Flax Seeds
1/4 C Blueberries – Frozen
Pinch of salt
Handful of Spinach
1 C Almond Milk

Mix all ingredients in a blender until desired consistency…

Brillant Kitchen Hacks You Will Love!

Do you dream of being a genius in the kitchen? If so, this post is for you. In it, we take a look at some of the things you can do to become a whizz-kid in less than 15 minutes a day. Read on to learn more. 

Slice And Freeze Your Bananas

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Bananas have a nasty habit of going brown all at once. And when that happens, you feel like your only choice is to gobble the whole bunch and then face the lavatory later. 

But you don’t have to take such extreme measures. Just cut them into slices and freeze them when they are about to go brown. It’s that simple. Then you can put them in the blender and whip them into a soft serve later. 

Keep Your Scallions Fresh By Putting Them In A Vase

Scallions go dry and brittle quickly, even if you put them in the refrigerator the moment you bring them back from the store. However, treating them like roses can extend their useful life considerably. 

Find a vase and dump your scallions in it. Then add some water and put them in sunlight. They’ll keep growing for a week or two, and they’ll stay nice and moist in the process. 

Add Red Wine To Boring Pasta Dishes

Pasta dishes can get a little boring after a while. There’s nothing particularly exciting about them. 

Fortunately, you can bring them back to life with a dash of red wine. You don’t need much, but it can change the entire character of the recipe. You can also learn how to cook bacon in the oven and then chop it up and add it to creamy pasta sauces. 

Baste Your Steak

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Most people take a steak out of the packet and immediately dump it in the pan. But that’s not the best approach to cooking this meat. 

What you should do instead is baste it first in a salt rub and then let it sit. This method helps to lock the moisture in the meat and helps it taste better, too. Let it sit for at least an hour. 

Put Cooked Veggies In Ice Cold Water As Soon As You Finish Cooking Them

Vegetables have this annoying habit of showing up as gray on your plate after you cook them perfectly. That’s because they keep cooking in their own heat once they hit your plate. 

The way around this is to dunk them in ice-cold water as soon as you finish cooking them. Leave them there until just before you serve. Then fry them quickly in butter to give them a golden sheen. 

Put All Batters In Squeeze Bottles

Trying to pour the batter from a bowl is always a disaster. Pancakes wind up being the oddest of shapes.

That’s why kitchen pros always keep their batters in squeeze bottles. This way, they can control how they look with a high degree of accuracy. 

You can get special squeeze bottles with a filling end, application end, and shaker spring in the middle to mix your batter as you go along.