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Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

In honor of fall being just around the corner, I present to you, a cinnamon apple breakfast quinoa recipe that is sure to delight your tastebuds and keep you feeling full all morning long! This recipe makes enough for two, so if you’re cooking for more, just go ahead and double or triple the recipe.

You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • A dash of honey to taste

How To Prepare:

  • Put quinoa, water, and apples in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, stir in cinnamon, and serve with a dash of honey!

That’s it, it’s super easy! For drool-worthy pics and to check out the original recipe, go here. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Quinoa

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Bowtie Lasagna

Try this bowtie lasagna for those nights you’re cramped on time and need a delicious meal the whole family will love!

You’ll Need:

1 pound ground beef

1 box bowtie pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 cup shredded mozzarella (there’s a great vegan alternative, if you have any dairy allergies or intolerance)

1 cup sour cream (again, if necessary, there are vegan alternatives)

Preparation:

  • Boil pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In separate pan, brown beef and drain excess fat.
  • Add pasta to beef pan.
  • Drizzle on olive oil, then add sauce, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Stir all together.
  • Add cheese and sour cream.
  • Stir over low heat until the cheese melts completely.
  • Enjoy!

That’s it, you’re done! This can literally be ready in 30 minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Rum Balls

Enjoy this boozy treat 🙂

You’ll Need:

4 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup nuts finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 cup light Karo syrup

1/4 cup rum

Prepare:

Stir everything all together, create little balls, then roll in powdered sugar.

Ta da! Was that easy or what?

Red, White and Blue Cake

To create the perfect red, white, and blue cake for your Fourth of July festivities, I have a super easy recipe for you!

You’ll Need:

1 vanilla cake mix (you can make your own, but if you’re juggling event prep too, this is much easier.)

1 tub of whipped cream

1 cup of sliced strawberries

1 cup of raspberries

1 cup of blueberries

How to:

  1. Prepare the cake mix as directed in a rectangle cake pan, and let cool.
  2. Once cool, apply whipped cream to top of cake
  3. Add blueberries on left hand side, creating a pattern like that on the flag.
  4. Use alternating strawberries and raspberries to create stripes.
  5. Enjoy your cake! Keep in the refrigerator if you aren’t serving immediately.

 

Easy Coffee Cake

For this easy coffee cake, you’ll need:

1 package of yellow cake mix

1 box of instant vanilla pudding (sugar free)

3/4 cup of water

3/4 cup of vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon butter extract

4 eggs

Topping:

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup chopped nuts

2 teaspoon cinnamon

 

To Prepare:

  1. Blend first 6 ingredients together. Add eggs one at a time, beating between each egg.
  2. Mix ingredients for topping in separate bowl.
  3. Pour 1/2 of batter into greased rectangular 13×9 inch pan.
  4. Add 1/2 topping, then rest of batter.
  5. Sprinkle on remaining topping evenly.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Vegetarian Taco Salad

Ingredients:

  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Vegan or regular cheese
  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips

Preparation:

Heat up the corn and black beans in the microwave or on the stove until heated thoroughly.

Prepare a container with salad on the bottom, add tomatoes, corn, black beans, cheese, and then keep salsa on the side until ready to eat.

Sprinkle crushed tortilla chips on top or use them to scoop up salad.

 

This is super quick and easy if you’re in a pinch, and works great for our upcoming last meatless Friday of Lent! It’s also very easy to make fully vegan, just make sure to use Vegan cheese if you want to go that route.

 

Healthy Pasta Salad

This is one of my favorite recipes, I make it all the time, and it is so delicious, not to mention, super easy.

You’ll need:

  • 1 box of pasta
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 container spiralized butternut squash
  • 1 whole tomato
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • lemon juice
  • basil
  • turmeric
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • grapeseed oil

How to Prepare:

  • Slice all of your vegetables into bite-sized pieces, and add all but the tomatoes and spinach to a skillet with a bit of grapeseed oil in it.
  • In a saucepan, boil water, and then add the pasta. I prefer tri-color, but any kind will do.
  • Put the skillet on medium-high heat, and cook all the vegetables until soft.
  • Once the pasta is al dente, transfer into a large glass bowl. Add the cooked vegetables. Add tomato, spinach, basil, turmeric, pepper, garlic powder, and lemon juice. I don’t have exacts on that, the seasonings are to taste, and the lemon juice is around 3 tablespoons.
  • Mix well, taste, and if necessary, add a bit more lemon juice.

It’s tangy, full of vegetables, and absolutely delicious. Enjoy!

Christmas Mimosas

For Christmas morning, or any time this holiday season, treat yourself to a Christmas mimosa. This is a bit of a twist on the traditional.

Pour two half glasses of champagne, or however many you are serving, and fill almost all the way with cranberry juice. Add some sugared cranberries to the top and add a sprig of rosemary as the final garnish.

Quick, easy, and super festive!

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