Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

 

Thank you Wicked Good Spice Mixes for today’s recipe.  Try their pineapple balsamic vinegar to make this easy appetizer.  I love this and the peach vinegar on my salads!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pineapple, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 lb of thick cut bacon (Look for the nitrite and nitrate free bacon)
  • 1/3 cup of Honey
  • 2 tsp of Wicked Good Spice Mixes Pigs Can Fly
  • 1/4 cup of Wicked Good Spice Mixes Pineapple Balsamic Vinegar
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Instruction:

  1. Preheat your oven or grill to 400 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup.
  3. Cut up pineapple into bite size pieces and cut each bacon strip in half.
  4. Wrap each piece of pineapple with bacon strip and secure with a tooth pick.
  5. Put honey, Pigs Can fly and Pineapple vinegar in a food processor until blended.
  6. Separate into two bowls. (Put one bowl aside to brush on after bacon wrapped pineapple is cooked.)
  7. Dip a pastry brush in one bowl coat bacon wrapped pineapple.
  8. Bake or grill about 20 minutes until bacon is crispy.
  9. Transfer to a platter and using a clean pastry brush, use reserved bowl of glaze to brush on cooked bacon wrapped pineapple and serve while warm.

Also works well with shrimp or scallops! Yum!

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Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Five Sugar Alternatives for Healthier Baking 

Today’s blog is courtesy of a dear friend Sarah Krug

What better time of year to get the oven going than in the fall. And on a blustery November day, there is nothing better than having the aroma of fresh baked goodies coming through the house. But if you’re watching your waistline, then you will love these five sugar alternatives for healthier baking.

1. Xylitol. You may recognize this sugar alternative as the sweetener in your chewing gum. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol used as a sweetener. It looks and tastes like sugar, but has fewer calories and doesn’t raise blood sugar levels. The folks at BBC Good Food state:

From the late 2000s there has been a push to consume [Xylitol] instead of sugar, and its white granular form means it can be used sprinkled or in place of traditional sugar in cooking and baking in the exact same quantity.

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2. Maple syrup is not just for pancakes. Maple sugar is another great sugar substitute because of it’s natural sweetness. Here are some great tips for using maple syrup in baking from the folks at Tablespoon:

  • In baking, replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.
  • To substitute maple syrup for sugar in other types of cooking, use three quarters of maple syrup as the sugar called for.

Keep in mind that maple syrup is not as sweet as white sugar and therefore this substitution formula will likely yield a less sweet result than the original recipe.

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3. Honey is readily available for baking which is why it is a great sugar alternative option. According to Health Impact News on how to use raw honey for baking:

Besides being delicious, raw honey has a myriad of health benefits. Honey does not have much of a learning curve when it comes to use in baked goods. One thing to keep in mind though is that while this is a healthy sweetener, it is still a “sugar”, containing glucose and fructose. So it can affect your insulin levels.
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4. Brown rice syrup is a great alternative for sugar but will change the texture of your baked goods. The folks at LiveStrong say this about how to bake with brown rice syrup:

Brown rice syrup is a liquid sweetener made from boiled, fermented brown rice. You can bake with it just as you would other liquid sweeteners, but it isn’t necessarily a one-to-one substitution. The dish’s taste and texture will be affected; the final product will have a crisper texture and possibly taste a little different if you are replacing a sweetener with a distinct flavor, such as maple syrup.

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5. Coconut sugar is a gluten-free sugar option that is great for baking and has many health benefits. When asked what does coconut sugar taste like, the folks at Burnt Apple had this to say:

It tastes nothing like coconut since it comes from the flower bud of the coconut palm, and not the coconut itself. It tastes a lot like a subtle tasting brown sugar. Some say that it has a slight caramel taste to it.

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If you’d like to know the supplements that I have personally tested to help with sugar cravings, email me at pinkdrinkeveryday@gmail.com

When you contact Sarah, please let her know that you found her on our blog!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Hope Wissel, Tasty Tuesday Recipes

QUICK Honey Mustard Dressing

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Today is PRE-wedding day craziness…. you know what I mean – last minute things to get or do and traveling to the wedding venue with 2 of the 4 dogs.  Then setting up, rehearsal, dinner and then I will crash.  Of course a few glasses of wine will definitely help in the relaxing department.  So I figured I would share one of my favorite recipes from one of my fav bloggers www.comfyinthektichen.com.  Check it out:

I’m all about short cuts, you know I am. But for some reason or the other, I prefer homemade dressings over store bought. When I make baked chicken fingers and certain salads, I whip up this simple yet delicious dressing in a jiffy! My family rants and raves over it and I laugh because it is just so easy to make. In fact, I have never even measured the ingredients when I’ve made it- it is just that simple. I hope your family enjoys this staple recipe!

IMG_4659Mix together 1/2 cup mayo, 1/4 cup of mustard and 1/4 cup honey. Add salt and pepper to taste!  Since I am a Weight Watcher crazy person, I use Light Miracle Whip instead of mayo.  Both are really good!

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Adults and kiddos alike love this as a dipping sauce for baked chicken fingers!

Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing {In a jiffy}
Author:
Janelle Nehrenz
Serves:6
Prep time:5 mins
Total time:5 mins
Ingredients
  • ½ cup mayo
  • ¼ cup of mustard
  • ¼ cup honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste!
 Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! 

So, try it out and let me know what you think.  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!