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Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Today I’m sharing a recipe for a yummy, healthy snack bar.

You won’t see many recipes here because I’m not big on cooking, but this recipe calls for no cooking at all. I came up with this recipe using ingredients I already had on hand. It’s been test driven on friends who were willing to try something made from a non-cooker, and happily they all thought it was delicious!

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

 

I’m showing you, in the above picture, the specific ingredients I used. You can make these bars using organic items and/or whatever brand you prefer. The protein powder, AfterBurn, can be bought on-line or at any Burn Bootcamp location. It’s my favor protein powder! And it makes amazing post work-out shakes too.

 

Add the dry ingredients first – the oats and protein powder, and mix it together. Next add in the rest of the ingredients.

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

Stir the mixture together until it’s blended and moist.

 

I put it in a food processor for a few quick pulses to really blend it all together, but not necessary you don’t have one. The processor made the ingredients really stick together without turning it into mush.  My food processor is small, so I did 1/3 of the mixture at a time.

 

Once blended together, spoon it into an 8 x 8 dish and gently patted it down. Next, place it in the fridge for 30 to an hour and ENJOY! (Store leftovers in the fridge.)

 

Easy No Bake Protein Bars

1 1/2 cups Oats

1 scoop of Protein Powder (I use AfterBurn protein powder)

1/4 cup Peanut Butter

1/8 – 1/4 cup Honey

1 Banana, mashed

1/3 cup Pistachios, shelled

1/3 cup Dark Chocolate Chips

1/3 cup Cranberries, dried

2 tsp Chia Seeds

 

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Easy Chicken Salad Recipe

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

This Chicken Salad recipe is delicious and super easy!  It’s a “Laurie Original”.  I don’t cook much so when my family loves something I make, I’m willing to share. 😀

  • 1 package of Perdue Honey Roasted Chicken Breast, chopped.
  • 1 small apple (I use Fuji apples), chopped
  • 1/4 cup of Craisins
  • Red Grapes, sliced
  • a handful of sliced Almonds
  • add mayo and mix together

I have served this with toasted pita bread cut in triangles, on bread as a sandwich, and it can also be served as it is or on a bed of lettuce.

chicken salad
Perdue Honey Roasted is my favorite, but any brand will work. And of course, for those who really like to cook, can always bake a chicken breast, then chop it up. 😉
chicken salad
I usually add a couple of heaping tablespoons of Mayo. Add to taste.

 

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Chicken Burger Recipe

I have ANOTHER meat recipe to share with you!  It’s a chicken burger recipe.  I know you’re thinking… “but, Laurie, you don’t like meat”.  I know!  How crazy is that?!

This week my brother made the family chicken burgers.  He’s been talking about how good these are for quite some time, and I would just smile, nod and think yeah, right.  Ground chicken?  Yuck.   However… OMGoodness!  Chicken burgers really are delicious!  I mean really, really SUPER DELICIOUS!

INGREDIENTS

1 lb. ground chicken (We used Perdue.  One pound made 4 burgers.)
1/8 cup red pepper – finely chopped
1/8 cup yellow pepper – finely chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs or Planko (We used Planko)  This helps hold the chicken together.
Sprinkle garlic powder, onion powder, Lawry seasoning, pepper to taste.  (or your favorite seasonings)

DIRECTIONS

Add all ingredients together and make into patties.  Grill as you would hamburgers.
Optional: add cheese of choice

We topped our burgers with American cheese and ranch dressing.  Yum!!

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Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Happy Friday!

I have a recipe for Chicken Parmesan to share with you.  It’s my family’s very favorite thing I make.  And it involves meat, which is a shocker if you know me.  (I’m not a vegetarian, I just think meat is generally yucky.)  But this recipe is FABULOUS! 😀

CHICKEN PARMESAN

Ingredients
3 chicken breasts
salt and pepper
2 beaten eggs
1 cup or flour
1 1/2 -2 cups of seasoned croutons (use food processor to crush)
2 TBSP olive oil (add more if needed)
mozzarella, sliced
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 large jar of spaghetti sauce.

Directions
Flatten chicken.  Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.  Put beaten eggs, flour and crushed croutons in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in flour, then the eggs, then the croutons.  Make sure the chicken is completely covered on both sides.  Brown slowly in the heated oil til golden brown.  (Heat oil on medium-medium high.)

Pour 1/4 – 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce to the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish.  Lay chicken on top of the sauce, then add slices of mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken.  Add more sauce to the top of the chicken and cheese, then top with Parmesan cheese.

Heat oven to 350.  Cook covered with tin foil for 20 minutes, then an additional 20 minutes uncovered.  Serve over spaghetti noodles.

I heat the remaining sauce in a pan to have if needed.  I always serve this dish with garlic bread and a fruit salad.  ENJOY!

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Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

Happy Friday Y’all!

Here’s something that doesn’t happen every day…  I’m sharing a recipe that contains MEAT!  Pick your jaws up off the ground and keep reading.  😉  This is a recipe for Turkey Meatloaf.  My lovely friend and neighbor took pity on me when my Hubby was out of town and offered to feed me and the kids.  When she told me she was cooking turkey meatloaf, I have to say I was a little nervous.  She’s a great cook, but meat??  (I’m not a vegetarian, I just don’t like meat.)

It was AMAZING, FABULOUS, YUMMY!  I even asked for seconds!  This recipe came from a cookbook (I will find out which one), but she tweeked it a bit, using lean turkey instead of ground beef.

RECIPE

1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey
1 cup fresh bread crumbs (two heals)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 8-oz. can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1 egg
1 1/2 tsps. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup water
2 Tbs. brown sugar, packed
2 Tbs. prepared mustard
1 Tbs. vinegar

DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, lightly mix turkey, bread crumbs, onion, 1/2 can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, egg, salt and pepper.  Shape into loaf in a shallow baking pan.  Combine remaining Hunt’s Tomato Sauce with rest of ingredients; pour over loaf.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/4 hours.  Baste loaf several times.  Makes 5-6 servings.

ENJOY!

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Mexican Layered Dip Recipe

Today I’m sharing a Mexican layered dip recipe.  I have been making this recipe for years (a Laurie original) and it’s always a hit.  It’s my go to recipe for bunco, block parties and holidays.  It’s YUMMY!

Layered Dip

Ingredients

1 can of refried beans (I use Fat Free)

1/4 cup salsa

1 cup of sour cream

1/2 cup of mayo

1 taco seasoning packet

shredded lettuce

2 cups of shredded cheddar or Mexican mix cheese

grape tomatoes, sliced or chopped

9 x 13 dish

tortilla chips to dip

Directions

1st layer:  Mix together beans and salsa.  (The salsa helps make the beans more spreadable.)  Spread mixture in the 9 x 13 dish.

2nd layer:  Add 1 -2 cups of shredded lettuce on top of the bean mixture.

3rd layer:  In a small bowl, combine sour cream, mayo and packet of taco seasoning.  Using a spoon, carefully add mixture to the top of  the lettuce.

4th layer:  Sprinkle shredded cheese to the top of the sour cream mixture.  (More is better, to me, when it comes to cheese!)

5th layer:  Add tomatoes to the top of the cheese.   Use can also add scallions and olives to the top as well.

Serve with chips.  ENJOY!

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Oatmeal Craisin Cookies Recipe

Happy Friday!

Today I am sharing my favorite cookie recipe, Oatmeal Craisin.  I have had this recipe for a while and always used raisins, but recently switched the raisins to craisins.  It’s FABULOUS, if I do say so myself.  Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

Oatmeal Craisin cookie recipe1 1/2 cup Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon Salt

3/4 cup soft Butter

3/4 cup Brown Sugar

3/4 cup Sugar

2 Eggs

1 teaspoon Vanilla

3 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

1 cup Craisins

DIRECTIONS:

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  In separate bowl, beat butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.  Slowly add flour mixture until blended.  Mix in oats and craisins.

Cook at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This pumpkin bread recipe is so delicious, I’m posting it again.  Fabulous I tell you!  Make it today!  You’ll have a yummy breakfast, snack or dessert for the weekend.  You will be so happy and in love with this pumpkin bread that you will want to make it for guest, holidays, teachers, or just because!  This recipe came from my friend Kerry.  Enjoy!

Ultimate Pumpkin Bread Yields 2 Medium Loaves

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp ground cloves 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp salt 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 3 cups granulated sugar 1 cup butter, really soft, half melted really 3 large eggs 1 16 oz can of pure pumpkin 1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

FROSTING:

1 1/2 cups powdered Sugar 2 Tbsp. melted butter milk  (as much as you need for desired frosting thickness)

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray two medium loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the wire whisk attached, dump in the sugar. Take the butter and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds, so that it is half melted. Dump it into the sugar. Add the eggs. Cream these three ingredients together on medium speed for about 2 minutes or until fluffy. Add the pumpkin, and vanilla and combine well.

4. In three batches, add the dry ingredients and mix gently until each batch is just incorporated. Scrape the sides between each batch.

5. Pour half of the batter into a one of the prepared pans. Fold the pecans into the remaining batter and then pour it into the other prepared pan. Bake side-by-side for about one hour or until an inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean and the top is golden.

6.  Remove from pans and cool completely before frosting.  (I like to let the frosting run down the sides of the loaf.)

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Pineapple Cheese Casserole Recipe

Happy Friday!  Today I’m sharing another favorite recipe.  But before I do, I’m just going to say this once again…  I’m not a foodie.  I don’t like to cook.  Sometimes I don’t even like to eat.  So the recipes you see on my blog are so absolutely fabulous that I feel compelled to come out of my non-domestic shell and spread the recipe love.   Here we go…

This recipe came from my BFF’s mother-in-Law.  The first time I heard about this recipe, I was less than thrilled to give it a try.  I mean, cheese and pineapple together?  Really?  And hot??  But I put my big girl pants on and gave it a try.

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!  It’s unbelievably delicious!  I personally would eat this for a meal.  I need nothing else.

This casserole is a staple for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners.  But don’t wait for a holiday to try it.  It’s an anytime dish.  You will thank me. 😉

(I don’t have a picture of the casserole.  There are pictures of the web if you want to see what it looks like.)
INGREDIENTS

3 (15 ounce) cans pineapple chunks
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
8 tablespoons pineapple juice
8 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
30 buttery round crackers, crushed (I use Ritz)
1/2 cup butter, sliced
DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine pineapple chunks, cheese, pineapple juice, flour and sugar. Spoon into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
Top with crushed crackers and butter slices.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

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Favorite Vodka Drink Recipe

Happy Friday!  Today I’m going to share with you my favoritest alcoholic drink.  🙂

My friend, Janet, introduced vodka and tonic drinks to me, made with citrus flavored Vodka.  They are indeed yummy!   My Hubby liked them too, and started making them at home.  

Then we ran out of tonic!  Did my Hubby panic?  Did he run around the house screaming “why oh why?!?”  (oops, sorry, that was me.)  Noooo!  He decided to use what we had instead… Fresca.  Oh my goodness!!!  It’s even yummier than the tonic!  Hubby upped it a notch and served it with a slice of orange.  (Hubby says to squeeze the slice of orange into the drink to get the right taste.  Then you may add a slice to the side of the glass to get the “look”.)  Genius I tell you!  I married an absolute genius! 😉   This drink is so refreshing and delicious!  And Fresca has zero calories!  It’s like HAPPY on a diet! 

Drink carefully and enjoy!