Friday, April 18, 2014

Slow Cooker Triple Chocolate Cake

Yes, it's a TRIPLE chocolate cake.  And yes, it's done in the slow cooker.  And yes, it's delicious!  And super easy too! It's also very, very moist, so you can serve it as is, or with some ice cream on top.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 (15.25 oz) box Devil's food cake mix
-1 (3.9 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
-1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
-2 cups sour cream
-3/4 cup vegetable oil
-4 eggs
-1 cup water
Directions:
Coat slow cooker with cooking spray.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together.  Pour into crock pot.  Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.  Carefully, invert it onto a plate.  Slice and enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip/Dressing

This can be used as either dip or salad dressing.  However you want to use, it is insanely delicious!  I could literally drink this stuff up, is that good.  I can't get enough of it.  And no, it's not spicy, despite the jalapenos in it.  Super extra good!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup mayonnaise
-2 cups sour cream
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-1/2 cup green salsa
-1.5 packets ranch dressing dry mix
-1/3 cup pickled jalapenos, drained
-1 Tbs lime juice
Directions:
Place all ingredients in your blender.  Process until smooth. Place in container, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Store in the fridge.  It will last about a week.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Slow Cooker Spicy Pork Chops

Easy, simple and delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
-4 (5 oz each) pork chops, boneless, trimmed of all visible fat
-1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
-1 Tbs brown sugar
-2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
-2 tsp vinegar
-2 tsp Tabasco sauce
-a dash of salt
-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
Directions:
Pour tomato sauce on bottom of crockpot.  Layer chops right on top.  Add the onion slices on top of the pork.
In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Pour over pork and onions. 
Cover and cook on low for 4.5-5 hours.  The onions will still have a little crunch to them!  Serve over white rice.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Apple and Cream Cheese Dessert

This is an easy and quick dessert.  It's also quite versatile as you can replace the apples with cherries, strawberries, pears, or any other fruit you like.  Also, instead of the pie filling, you can use preserves or fresh fruit. If using fresh fruit, make sure to cook it before and mixing it with some sugar and spices such as vanilla or cinnamon.  However you want to make it, it's delicious!  And easy!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-4 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 package (8 rolls) of crescent rolls
-1 (21 oz) can apple pie filling
-2 tsp cinnamon
-butter flavored cooking spray
For cinnamon sugar topping:
-1/8 cup sugar
-1 tsp cinnamon
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat an 8x8 baking dish with butter flavored cooking spray.  Set aside.
Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.  Mix until well combined.
Divide the dough into half (you'll have 4 rolls into each batch).  Unroll one half of the dough and pinch the seams together so that instead of 4 separate crescents you'll have one piece of dough.  Place that on the bottom of the prepared pan.  Top with the cream cheese mixture.  Top that with the apple pie filling.  Sprinkle the 2 tsp cinnamon on top.  Place the other half of dough on top.  Coat that dough with some butter flavored cooking spray.
Mix the cinnamon sugar topping ingredients and sprinkle all of it on top the second dough.  
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.  Let it rest for 5 minutes.  Serve hot by itself or with a scoop of ice cream on top.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Flourless Banana Bread Pudding

I had some very ripe bananas that I needed to use.  I just didn't want to make another banana bread, muffins or cupcakes.  I was trying to make something less fatty, low in calories, but still delicious.  Well, this seemed like the obvious choice.  It was exactly that: low in calories, delicious and topped with chocolate.  Win-win!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-3 ripe bananas
-2 large eggs
-1/4 cup sugar
-1/2 cup milk
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 Tbs cornstarch
-1 tsp ground nutmeg
-1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Directions:Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Grease a 9" pie pan or 8x8 baking dish.  Set aside.
Put the bananas, eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla and cornstarch in a blender.  Mix until foamy.  Pour mixture into prepared pan.  Sprinkle nutmeg on top.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
Quickly spread the chocolate chips all over and return to the oven.  Continue baking for 20 more minutes.  Carefully, remove from the oven.  Using a little spatula or knife, spread the melted chocolate all over the top.  Let it cool completely.  Slice and enjoy!
You can refrigerate the leftovers for a couple of days.  Enjoy!

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