Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fruit. Show all posts

Friday, May 12, 2017

Fruit and Graham Cracker Snacks~15 Minute Friday!

Welcome to 
15 Minute Friday!

(printable recipe at end of post)
(makes 4 snacks)
4 slices of Cream Cheese
2 Chocolate Graham Crackers (cut in half)
12 Fresh Blueberries
2 slices of Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Banana
Sprinkle of Confectioners Sugar

This is a very simple recipe, and you can easily change it to make it your own. I used a block of cream cheese, but I am sure that whipped cream cheese can be used just as easily. This recipe uses strawberries, blueberries and bananas, but any combination would work. I can see using pineapple chunks, orange segments, and mango for a tropical touch! I sprinkled the top of the crackers with a light dusting of confectioners sugar, but a drizzle of honey, or a sprinkle of coconut flakes would be awesome.
These tasty snacks came together so quickly! I cut the banana slices and strawberries into smaller pieces and used the blueberries whole. I covered each graham cracker with cream cheese, topped it with the fruit, and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.  I made all four of these pieces in about 8 minutes, well within the 15 minute time limit!  

 How 15 Minute Friday works~ 

Every Friday I plan to post a simple and quick recipe that can be made in 15 minutes or less. It might be a morning bite, or maybe an
afternoon snack, or evening treat to enjoy. The only rules I have set for myself is that the recipe has to be able to be made within 15 minutes. That time does not include getting the ingredients out of the pantry or fridge, but once they are gathered together, the clock begins! The point is to present to you, a quick, tasty, recipe that you will enjoy and won't take you all day to cook.

Thank you for joining me for the inaugural issue of 15 Minute  Friday! I hope you enjoyed it!
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Fruit and Graham Cracker Snacks

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  • 4 slices of Cream Cheese
  • 2 Chocolate Graham Crackers (cut in half)
  • 12 Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 slices of Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Sprinkle of Confectioners Sugar


  1. These tasty snacks came together so quickly! I cut the banana slices and strawberries into smaller pieces and used the blueberries whole. I made all four of these pieces in about 8 minutes, well within the 15 minute time limit!
  2. These tasty snacks came together so quickly! I cut the banana slices and strawberries into smaller pieces and used the blueberries whole. I covered each graham cracker with cream cheese, topped it with the fruit, and sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No Cook, Refreshing Tropical Torte

The heat of the summer is starting to wear on me a little. How about you? I am definitely looking forward to fall! But it is still summer, and I needed a little after dinner dessert for a party I hosted last week. The entire meal was grilled, and I didn't want to heat up the kitchen with the oven, so I made this No Cook, Refreshing Tropical Torte! I used some fun fruit, like carambola (star fruit), kiwi, and mango, a favorite pound cake, and some yummy whipping cream. Sprinkle it with a bit of toasted coconut and dessert is in the fridge!
 Tropical Torte

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Grilled Peaches and Shrimp Shish Kabobs / #SundaySupper

These Grilled Peaches and Shrimp Shish Kabobs are the perfect summer #SundaySupper! Fresh grilled peaches are the star of the show, but everything is fresh including the grilled shrimp and the lime drizzle to round it out. With everything but the rice cooked on the grill, make the rice in the microwave and your kitchen stays cool and comfortable. This meal grills up easily and quick. You're gonna love it!

Grilled Peaches and Shrimp Shish Kabobs

(printable recipe)
 Makes 8 skewers

2 cups of Jasmine Rice
Teriyaki Sauce
16 Raw Shrimp
4 Fresh Peaches
1 Fresh Lime

 Cook Jasmine rice.
Rinse shrimp. Devein the top and the underside of the shrimp. Many people don't worry about cleaning the underside of the shrimp, but I like to clean both sides. I am very picky about it, and even if the shrimp comes cleaned on the top side, I clean it again if needed. You don't need a special tool to clean the shrimp. I use a paring knife and it works great.
Cut peaches in half, take out the pit, and cut each half into quarters. Leave the skin on, which makes it much easier to grill. 
Put kabobs together. I used 2 peach quarters and 2 shrimp on each skewer. Also, leave a little space between the shrimp and the peaches as you build your kabobs. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the raw shrimp.
Place skewers on the grill. Set the peaches so one edge is on the grates of the grill. Make sure the shrimp are flat and directly on the grill also. Grill for 3 minutes. Move the shish kabobs so that the other side of the quartered peach is now on the grill. Flip the shrimp over. Grill for 3 more minutes. If more time is needed, continue flipping, but for only a minute of two at a time. 
Add some teriyaki sauce to the rice, and place the peach and shrimp kabobs on top of the rice.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to scroll down and take a look at all the tasty peach recipes from the #SundaySupper family!
Thank you to Sue from Palatable Pastime for hosting today's sweet party! Check out Sue's blog for more tasty recipes!

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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fruit and Cheese Platter/#SundaySupper

Do you know what the best thing is about a Fruit and Cheese Platter? They are quick and easy to put together, with pretty much no work at all! That's what we are celebrating today for #SundaySupper! No Labor Recipes! There really is NO work involved in putting this plate together. Yes, I had to go shopping, but I was going anyway for something else. Plus, I love to shop, so it's not work for me! I picked out four different cheeses and 4 different fruits to make this tray. I didn't use any fancy fruits or exotic cheeses, but I did buy a cheese that I hadn't had before. Making a fruit and cheese platter is the perfect opportunity to try products you may have wanted to try, but were waiting for a reason. Now you have one!

fruit, cheese, grapes, pears, apples, cheddar, havarti,
Fruit and Cheese Plate

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Bread Pudding

I am a huge fan of bread pudding, but I have to say, I don't think I have ever made it or eaten it during the summer. It has always seemed to be a fall or winter type of dessert. Until today! I made this Summer Bread Pudding with angel food cake, so it's a bit lighter, and fresh peaches because well,  fresh peaches!! I baked the bread pudding in individual dishes, but it would be great in a large pyrex dish too! The next time I make this I might add a light drizzle of vanilla sauce over the top right before serving. That would be good!
Summer Bread Pudding w/ angel food cake and peaches
Summer Bread Pudding

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Grilled Fruit Sundae!

If you are grilling this weekend, add this quick and simple dessert to your menu. I grilled strawberries and banana, but you could use any fruit you like, such as peaches, plums, oranges, pineapple, or even watermelon. The heat from the grill really brings out the sugar in the fruit. So good!
Grilled Fruit Sundae 
(adapted from Ellie Krieger)

Cooking Spray
1 Banana
2 Strawberries
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream
Strawberry Sauce

Spray your grill with cooking spray.
Cut the tops off of your strawberries, and slice in half lengthwise.
Slice banana in half lengthwise.
Place on grill. 
Turn when they begin to get brown. It only takes
a few minutes.
A week or so ago, I made this 
Strawberry Coulis. Now I will use it for this dessert.
Scoop the ice cream into your dish, and top with
strawberry sauce.
Place strawberry and banana pieces in your sundae.
Super simple~Super delicious!

Thanks for joining me today!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Blueberry Bars are now Blueberry Crumbs!

I went shopping to get some granola. Or maybe just to see what was available. I'm not sure. I wanted to make some homemade granola bars to send to my son at school. But I saw this box of Organic Cascadian Farm French Vanilla Almond Granola and it had this great sounding recipe on the back.  There was even a picture for this recipe called Vanilla Almond Blueberry Bars. So I brought it home and I couldn't wait to try this out. They turned out delicious, but not so pretty. :(

Blueberry Crumbs
1 Egg White
1/2 cup Butter, softened
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Almond Extract
1 1/4 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 cups French Vanilla Almond Granola
8 oz Frozen Blueberries
1/4 cup Sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease an 8" square pan.
Beat your egg white, butter, brown sugar, and almond extract
in a bowl until creamy.
Mix the baking soda, baking powder, and flour together,
and then mix it into the wet mixture.
Stir the granola by hand.
It should look like this.
Take 2/3 of the mix and spread it into the bottom of your pan.
I used this Dollar Store spatula to flatten the mix in the pan.
I thought it was pretty handy for $1!! The perfect size to fit in
the pan. 
In a separate bowl, mix the blueberries and the sugar.
Pour the blueberries over the dough.
Here's where I think I made my big error. I didn't think
there were enough berries, so I added a 1/2 cup more.
Sprinkle the rest of the dough over the blueberries.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Let cool completely on cooling rack.
I let them cool for 45 minutes.
When I went to cut these bars, they started to fall apart.
So, I put them in the refrigerator for about an hour.
When I took them out and started to cut them, they fell apart again.
That's when I decided that they would have to be
blueberry crumbs instead of blueberry bars.

They were actually delicious as crumbs. I think the extra blueberries
may have added additional juices that the bottom crust just could not handle.

Next time I will not go hog wild on the blueberries~even though they are sooo good!

Thanks for joining me!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Very Berry Parfait

Our salad this week is a Very Berry Parfait. These are great for picnics, for parties, or for a quick snack. They can be made a few hours ahead of time, and refrigerated. To take on a picnic, or to transport anywhere, cover the top with plastic and use a rubber band to hold it on. Oh, and they taste great!

 Very Berry Parfaits
Oatmeal Raisin Granola
Vanilla Cherry Yogurt
I used 8 ounce plastic cups to construct the parfaits.
Place granola in the bottom of each.
Add a scoop of yogurt on top of the granola.
Add a layer of raspberries.
Add a layer of yogurt and then a layer of blueberries.
Add a layer of granola.
Add more yogurt.
Add a layer of strawberries.
Top the strawberries with some granola.
Add another layer of yogurt, then add 2 pieces of each 
berry as a topper.

Thanks for joining me today for this weeks salad!

Tomorrow we will be cooking a Turkey Breast, so we
can make fresh Turkey Breast Sandwiches for our picnic.

I hope you will join me!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Fruit Filled Meringue Shells

This weeks appetizer is a light and airy meringue shell filled with strawberries and blueberries. These shells are the perfect beginning to a family meal or a dinner party. I made these shells with a rustic edge, but they can be made fancier if you need them to be. I will get a fancier version of these made by the weekend.
Meringue Shells
3 Egg Whites
1/4 teaspoon Cream Of Tartar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup Sugar
Pour the 3 egg whites in a bowl. When you separate
the eggs, be careful not to touch the whites with your hands.
The oil from your hands can make the whites very hard to beat.
Make sure the eggs are at room temperature. Beat the whites
on low speed until they become foamy. Add the cream of 
tartar and the vanilla extract. Beat until the whites begin to thicken,
then beat at medium speed, while adding the sugar in a steady stream.
                                           Beat until the whites begin to thicken, then beat at 
                                         medium speed, while adding the sugar in a steady stream.
 Continue until the whites are thicker and the whites
form stiff peaks.
This is how stiff the peaks should be.
Place a parchment paper on the cookie sheet.
We are going to make 3 1/2" circles on the paper.
Using a cookie cutter like the one above, draw
circles with a food marker. 
Each circle needs about 1/3 cup of meringue.
Place the meringue in the circle, then....
spread the meringue around to fit the circle, then....
start to form the sides and the center of the circle.
Keep forming the bowl area of the meringue.
Continue until the bowl is formed.
This recipe made 6 bowls.
Bake meringue bowls in the oven at 275 degrees for 
1 hour. 
Turn off the oven then, leave the meringue bowls 
in the oven, door closed, for 1 1/2 hours.
Let the meringues sit for 15 minutes. Then loosen them 
with a spatula.
Cut strawberries. Sweeten them a little with a bit of sugar.
Fill the bowls with strawberries and blueberries.
Top with whipped cream.


Thank you for joining me today!

I will see you tomorrow when we will be making
a green salad with champagne vinaigrette.

See you then!