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Lemon poppy seed pancakes with Greek yogurt

Spring mornings just scream for bright and sunshiny breakfasts like these lemon poppy seed pancakes. They’re not too heavy, and the fresh citrus taste is so enjoyable to wake up to. But let’s face it: breakfast for dinner is always a delicious option. You’ll look forward to these homemade pancakes no matter what time the meal. This fun pancake recipes use a full cup of Greek yogurt for added protein, plus plenty of lemon zest and crunchy poppy seeds so you know you’re eating something special. Trust me, the flavor does not get lost here. If you’re a fan of lemon poppy seed anything, these won’t disappoint. A simple, quality maple syrup drizzled on top is a perfect touch, but a fruit flavored syrup like raspberry, blueberry or strawberry would go great, too. Try adding a cup of any of these fruits fresh to your batter for something a little different. This batch makes a whole…

Creamy avocado, mango, smoothie with hemp hearts

Hemp hearts have been on the health food scene for quite a while now, but, for whatever reason, many people still haven’t given these delicious nutty seeds a chance. If you wish you could add even more nutritional oomph to your smoothies, salads and yogurts, it might be hemp seeds that you’re looking for. Hemp hearts are the edible insides of hemp seeds. They are said to have many health benefits because of their rich and diverse nutritional content. For starters, hemp hearts are a complete protein, so for vegetarians, or those trying to eat less meat, hemp hearts are a easy dietary substitution. They also contain essential fatty acids omega 6 and omega 3 as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. They’re packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, D and E as well as the minerals calcium and iron. But wait. There’s more! The combination of complex carbohydrates, protein and calories in…

Springtime lime cookies

These lime cookies are buttery and bursting with tangy citrus flavor. They’ll remind you of a pleasant spring day. Enjoy alone or with tea or milk. Just enjoy them before some else does — These cookies never last long! Springtime lime cookies Ingredients Icing 1/3 cup confectioners sugar 2 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp butter, room temperature 1 tbsp lime zest Cookies 2 tbsp lime juice 1/3 cup milk 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 3/4 cup white sugar 1 egg 2 tbsp lime zest 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a small cup, combine the milk and 2 tbsp of lime juice. Let stand for up to 5 minutes. Add 3/4 cup sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Add 2 tbsp lime zest and the…

Parmesan crisps make for a perfect, crunchy appetizer

One ingredient recipe? I’m totally in. These paper-thin wafers make for incredible appetizers. A thin layer of fresh-grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is sprinkled into a hot non-stick pan until it bubbles and forms a lacy pattern, full of delicious cheese flavor. Your appetizer effort can end there. But you may also choose to top with a touch more flavor by adding basil, sesame seeds, cumin or black pepper. I chose to use thin jalapeño slices on some and a dried garlic and rosemary blend on others — our ingredient count is still only at three so I figured that was still in the “insanely easy” category of cooking. It’s best to experiment a little at first so you can get the heat in the pan just right. Once you have it right, you can turn out tons of them in no time. Make sure your cheese is real Parm-Reggiano or another hard, grating cheese.…

15 frozen lemonade recipes to kick back with

On a hot summer day, it’s hard to pass up on an ice cold, frozen lemonade slushy. You can make this delightfully refreshing drink a ton of different ways. Add strawberries, booze, toasted coconut — or even serve it as a pie! You’ll need a blender, some ice and a few lemons, and you’ll be on your way to being everyone’s new best friend at your party. Here are 15 recipes you’ll want to whip up summer long. Pink watermelon lemonade slushy Get the recipe. So many refreshing flavors in one slushy. Watermelon, lemon, mint — bring on the heat! Frozen Coconut Lemonade Get the recipe. Coconut screams summer. Make this frosty mix in your blender and enjoy this creamy frozen lemonade treat. Frozen Mango Lemonade Get the recipe.  Try mixing fruit pairings for awesome, original blends like this mango lemonade recipe. Frozen Lemonade Pie Get the recipe.  It might not…

Dill pickle potato salad is a new take on a picnic time classic

Dill pickle potato salad is the perfect summer sidekick to barbecue, hot dogs, and just about any outdoor meal. Boiled potatoes are mixed with crunchy pickle pieces, minced onion, eggs and a creamy mustard dressing for a flavorful take on an old classic. Whether or not you’re a fan of potato salad, this is the recipe for you. As a full-blow mayo hater, I’m always looking for ways to work around recipes that call for it as an ingredient. This recipe still calls for some, but the zingy mustard and the briny pickles don’t let the taste, or consistency, of the mayo take center stage. Potato salad is usually just a side dish, but don’t be surprised if this one becomes the star of the meal. Dill Pickle Potato Salad Ingredients 5 russet potatoes, cubed (and peeled if you prefer) 1.5 tsp salt 5 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled and roughly…

Easy Chicken Enchiladas are ready to party

You’ll look forward to making this easy enchilada recipe almost as much as you’ll look forward to eating it. It’s so simple yet full of that delicious Mexican flavor you crave. And you don’t have to go to a restaurant for Cinco de Mayo. Whip these up for authentic flavor on May 5 or any night of the year. Easy Chicken Enchiladas Ingredients 3-4 cups cooked chicken, shredded (I use cooked rotisserie chicken as a time saver) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 teaspoons olive oil 3/4 – 1 cup sour cream 1/2 cup parsley, chopped 1 large can enchilada sauce (Dos Amantes has great flavor) 3 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend preferred) 8-12 flour tortillas Directions Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large pan over medium heat, heat 2 tsps of olive oil. Simmer the onions and cook until soft. Stir often. Combine the chicken and the onions in the pan. Stir until combined. Pour about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce…

15 Best Tin Foil Camping Recipes to keep you well-fed outdoors

Head into the great outdoors — or even just your own backyard — with these easy and flavorful camping recipes. They’re simple to prepare and easy to clean-up making them a perfect meal after a long day of adventure. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the variety of foods you can make with limited resources once you hit the campsite. No more baked beans — these recipes have real potential. And they just may convince you to head out on those fun-filled camping trips more often! Tin foil sausage and veggies dinner Chelseasmessyapron.com Bacon Ranch Grilled Potatoes GatherForBread.com Sausage Pierogie Campfire Packets MidlifeHealthyLiving.com Grilled Pineapple Chicken foil Packets CremedelaCrumb.com Grilled peach-glazed Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes Diethood.com Hot Ham and Pineapple Campfire sandwiches DessertNowDinnerLater.com Stuffed Peppers in Foil Packets PegsHomeCooking.com Camping Quesadilla CupcakeDiariesBlog.com TIN FOIL SAUSAGE AND VEGGIES jambalaya ChelseasMessyApron.com Philly cheesesteak tin foil dinners HighHeelsandGrills.com Grilled Chicken Fajita foil packet meal RealHousemoms.com Easy Salmon and…

20 Minute Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp Recipe

Here’s an easy weeknight meal you’ll master on the first try. This Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp takes no more than 20 minutes to make, but it also looks like you put major effort into dinner — don’t you just love when that happens? Honestly, if I would have known a delicious honey mustard sauce was so easy to make, I’d have been slathering it on all kinds of foods a long time ago. This sauce is equal parts honey and Dijon mustard with a healthy heaping of minced garlic for tons of flavor. While spring hasn’t exactly made a grand entrance yet, farmers markets are starting to pop up. The produce stands might not be overflowing but vendors still have tons of homemade jams, breads and honey to offer. They are all great items to buy local year round. So stock up on that local honey, support local business, and benefit with delicious dishes like this easy…

Mediterranean tricolored rotini crab pasta salad

I make this recipe no less than 10 times a year. It’s always a hit at friend gatherings. It’s a must at Memorial Day. I never have leftovers when I bring it to work potlucks, and it’s perfect to have ready in the fridge anytime you think people might stop by. Plus, you can prepare it the night before, never worry about keeping it hot, and you can adapt the recipe to make as much as you like. When you have to feed a large number of people, try this pasta salad instead of your go-to lasagne. I made a huge bowl of this for my friends after they had their baby and they appreciated someone finally brought them something lighter and healthier! You can add anything to the mix from shredded mozzarella to sunflower seeds or blueberries. I like tossing in mandarin orange slices for a touch of sweetness and crushed croutons for some…