Cookie Fruit Smoothie

Yummy.  What a delicious drink.  For me, it was way better to drink than to eat the ingredients. Ingredients: Strawberries Pinapple Cantaloupe Powdered Coconut Milk 1 or 2 Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies 3/4 Cups Water Ice Use any fruit and you can replace the Powdered Milk with actual coconut milk or orange juice and put…

Almond Dill French Green Beans

This is by far my favorite green bean dish of all.  I laugh because I used to cook green beans straight from the can, and just like corn, my mom taught me to just add butter and pepper.  How boring! Ingredients: Fresh Cut Green Beans or Frozen French Cut Green Beans Sliced Almonds (or Almond…

No More Boring Corn!

I love corn, I truly do, but as a child, my Mom only served it with the juice from the can and some butter.  Occasionally we’d have ears of corn boiled, but it was always served the same, doused in butter.  I’ve come up with a few ideas to make corn a little more exciting….

Cilantro Dip or Sauce

Talk about a tasty chip dip or cream sauce for fish, poultry or vegetables!  This recipe is simple to follow and offers a few variations/options for chips, salads, or sauces.  The cayenne pepper gives it a slightly spicy red tint which changes when adding more cilantro. Ingredients Chopped Fresh Cilantro Sliced Green Onions/Chives Minced Onion…

Cooking with Mango

Mangos are such a juicy delicious fruit and even better when you learn to cook with them.  My brother made my first Mango Salsa, a mix of sweet and spicy ingredients, so of course I had to try it myself.  It turned out fantastic and I thought of the many things it could be used…

Homemade Ranch Dressing/Dip

Daisy’s Spicy Ranch: Ingredients: Light Sour Cream Heavy or Light Whipping Cream or 2% Milk Chopped Onion Spice Green Onions/Chives Garlic Salt Parsley Cayenne Pepper To make a dressing:  Use a few spoonfuls of Sour Cream and add Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream and stir or shake until thin and smooth.  Use more milk to…

Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

These mashed potatoes beat any mashed potato recipe out there, I guarantee it! Ingredients 5 Red Potatoes Garlic Cloves 2 Cloves 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese (use less for lower fat) Non Fat Milk or Heavy Whipping Cream (start with a small amount and increase as you whip or mix them) 2 TBSP Butter Chopped…

Cream Cheese Dip or Stuffing

Talk about a rich cheesy dip with so many variations and uses!  These dips are great for any party as just as appetizer or even to add to a main dish meal. Ingredients 1 Package of Cream Cheese 1 Type of Onion (my favorite is Chopped Green Onions) Garlic Cloves Parmesan Cheese 1 type of…

Basil Pesto

For a very rich and delicious pasta sauce, bread spread or dipping sauce, or even a salad dressing, this Basil Pesto is absolutely tasty.  Add it to Jiffy Muffin Mix, Pancake Mix, or Bread Mix for a flavorful bread. 2 Cups of Fresh Basil Leaves 1/4 cup of Pine Nuts 2 Garlic Cloves Salt &…

Spinach Almond Muffins

This is a super easy and inexpensive way to make delicious muffins.  Instead of buying the main ingredients like flour, baking soda, and eggs, you can easily buy a $1 Jiffy Muffin box mix and add ingredients.  You can use either plain muffins or flavored muffins.  I chose banana for this one.  For a more…