Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easy Caribbean Pineapple-Lime Ice Cream (without an ice cream maker!)

This is super easy and very delicious!  I love the combination of the crushed pineapple with the lime juice, plus the sweetness of the heavy cream and condensed milk.  So creamy and delicious!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple (keep the juice too)
-1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
-1 small lime
-2 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup heavy cream
Directions:
Combine the pineapple (and the juice) and the milk.  Mix well.  Zest the lime and add the lime to the mix.  Also, add the juice of the lime.  Mix well.  Stir in the vanilla.
Beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.  Fold into the pineapple mixture.
Pour mix into 9x5 inch loaf pan or 2 quart dish.  Cover and freeze for at least 3 hours.
Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken

A true delight this dish is!  Easy, simple and delicious!  A wonderful combination of flavors.  Make sure to use the chicken thighs, not breasts.  The thighs are more moist, as opposed to the breasts who tend to be more on the dry side.  Other than that, enjoy!
Ingredients:
-2 lbs chicken thighs, boneless, skinless
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp pepper
-1 small onion, finely diced
-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
-1/2 cup honey
-1/2 cup soy sauce
-1/4 cup ketchup
-2 Tbs vegetable oil
-1/2 tsp red crushed pepper flakes
-3 green onions, sliced, for garnish
-toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Directions:
Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray.  Season the thighs with the salt and pepper, and lay on bottom of slow cooker.
In a medium bowl, combine the onion, garlic, honey, soy sauce, ketchup, oil and red pepper flakes.  Mix well and pour over thighs.  Cover and cook on low for 3 1/2 hours.
Shred the chicken, mix it well with the sauce, cover and cook for 30 more minutes.
Serve on top of cooked rice and garnish with the green onions and sesame seeds.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easy Maple Sausage Casserole

This is very easy and also delicious!  As with most casseroles, this one can be assembled before hand, then simply baked when needed.  I love the slight spiciness of the sausage combined with the sweetness of the maple syrup.  Very nice!  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1 lb bulk mild pork sausage
-1/4 cup maple syrup
-2 cans crescent rolls
-2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
-9 eggs, beaten
-butter flavored cooking spray
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Brown and crumble the sausage.  Add the syrup and cook for a couple more minutes.
Coat 9x13 baking dish with butter flavored cooking spray.  Line the prepared dish with one package of the rolls.  Make sure to seal the seams.  Add the cooked sausage and cheese.  Pour the beaten eggs on top.  Top with the second package of the roll.  Coat with butter flavored cooking spray on top.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes.  Let it rest for 5 minutes.  Slice and enjoy!

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!

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