(Family Features) Between blossoming flowers and warmer temperatures, there are plenty of reasons to spend more time outside. Brighten up your spring family gatherings with the sweet flavors of the season. You can prepare a delicious brunch for your family or bring a fun dessert to your next gathering without having to take away any of your time enjoying the outdoors.
Spring is also the perfect time to introduce new twists on classic desserts that will impress your loved ones. Dessert combinations, like a classic cheesecake laced with sweet cherries on a buttery chocolate chip cookie crust or a brunch-perfect cinnamon French toast with your favorite features of an apple fritter, are sure to be the talk of your family’s table.
No matter the occasion, great-tasting Lucky Leaf Premium Fruit Filling and Topping is sure to deliver. With more fruit and many options to choose from, such as apple, cherry, lemon or blueberry, you can add better flavors to your recipes. The premium line contains no high-fructose corn syrup, so you can feel good about whipping up something special for your family.
Find more easy recipes for spring at luckyleaf.com.
Overnight Apple Fritter French Toast Casserole
Recipe courtesy of Kate of I Heart Eating
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45-55 minutes
- 1 package (24 ounces) thick-sliced cinnamon bread, divided
- 1 can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Apple Premium Fruit Filling and Topping
- 9 large eggs
- 1 cup fat-free half-and-half
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Grease 9-by-9-inch baking dish.
- Cube cinnamon bread and add half to prepared baking dish. Add fruit filling over bread. Cover fruit filling with rest of bread cubes.
- In bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half and cinnamon. Pour evenly over bread.
- Cover and chill overnight.
- Heat oven to 325° F.
- Uncover and bake for 45-55 minutes. If it starts to brown too much, tent aluminum foil over casserole.
- Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes.
- Whisk together powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon milk, adding more as needed to make pourable glaze. Drizzle glaze over casserole just before serving.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cherry Cheesecake Pie
Cook time: 67-82 minutes
- 1 roll (16.5 ounces) refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
- 2 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cans (21 ounces each) Lucky Leaf Regular or Premium Cherry Fruit Filling, divided
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- Press cookie dough evenly into bottom and sides of deep dish (2-inches deep) 9-inch pie plate.
- Bake 12 minutes. Cool completely. While crust is cooling, prepare filling.
- In large bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in 1 can of cherry fruit filling. Pour filling into cooled crust.
- Bake 55-70 minutes, or until filling is set and golden brown.
- Cool. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Top with remaining can of cherry fruit filling.
Source: Lucky Leaf
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Ice Pops
- 1 cup Tree Top Apple Juice
- 1 pint strawberries, hulled, sliced and frozen
- 1 banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 apple, peeled, cored, sliced and frozen
- 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Put all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into ice pop forms or paper cups. Place ice pop sticks in center and freeze, inverted, for 3 hours or until solid. Keep frozen until ready to serve.
Source: Tree Top
(Family Features) When it comes to a great cookout, you want to keep things simple and tasting fantastic. And that starts with just the right recipes – like these.
The mild taste of pork tenderloin is perfect for pairing with the bold flavors of the Apple Butter Glaze in this recipe. The sweet and tangy taste of Musselman’s Apple Butter is nicely balanced with mild Vidalia onions, zesty Dijon mustard and a dry white wine.
When grilling, keep a couple of things in mind:
- Cook the tenderloin over indirect heat – the cooler side of the grill – so that it cooks slowly and evenly. This also keeps the glaze from scorching.
- Turn meat with tongs, never with a fork. Piercing the meat releases its natural juices – and you’ll end up with a dry entrée.
For a savory side dish with a hint of sweetness, try these Honey Apple Butter Baked Beans. Three kinds of beans are baked with apple butter and honey with a hint of heat from cumin and cayenne pepper.
Get more delicious recipes for your cookout season at www.musselmans.com.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Apple Butter Glaze
Cooking Time: 25 – 40 minutes
- 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
- 2 tablespoons Vidalia onion, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup dry white wine or white cooking wine
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Vegetable oil
- 2 boneless pork tenderloins, trimmed (1 – 1.5 pounds each)
- In medium bowl, whisk together apple butter, onion, mustard and wine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- In small sauce pan, bring apple butter mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Set aside a few tablespoons of the glaze to drizzle on the cooked meat before serving.
- Preheat grill to medium high. Brush pork with oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Over direct heat, brown tenderloin on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Brush meat with glaze and, if grill allows, move to indirect heat. Turn every 5 – 6 minutes to prevent glaze from scorching, brushing occasionally with additional glaze. Cook meat to an internal temperature of 160°F (cooking time will vary from 25 – 40 minutes, based on thickness of tenderloins and type of grill).
- Remove from grill, brush again with glaze and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/2-inch thick slices, drizzle with reserved glaze, and serve immediately.
Honey Apple Butter Baked Beans
Cooking Time: 50 – 60 minutes
- 1 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons minced dried onion
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) great northern beans, drained
- 1 can (15.5 ounces) black beans, drained, rinsed
- 1 can (15 ounces) red or pinto beans, drained
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- Mix all ingredients except beans in large bowl. Stir in beans.
- Pour into 2-quart baking dish or casserole. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
(Family Features) A wealth of research shows that starting each morning with a nutritious breakfast delivers benefits throughout the day. If you’re pressed for time or simply need to mix up your morning routine, put a fresh spin on a time-saving favorite by making a smoothie bowl.
Smoothie bowls typically have a thicker consistency than traditional smoothies, and according to a recent study in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,” the thicker the smoothie, the more full you will feel.
“I love smoothie bowls because they are a satisfying and satiating way to get a ton of nutrition in first thing in the morning,” said Carolyn Brown, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Foodtrainers in New York City. “You can add in healthy ingredients that you might not be able to eat on a daily basis like spinach, basil, mint, cinnamon, nut butters or avocado.”
Brown points out that in her experience with clients, people love to eat with a spoon and find it more mentally and physically satisfying. The same goes for adding texture, such as a crunchy topping like goodnessknows snack squares. These satisfying, gluten-free snacks are crafted with the goodness of whole nuts, real fruits and toasted oats, with no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Divided into four snackable squares per serving and nestled in a layer made with dark chocolate, one individual, two-bite square contains only about 40 calories.
Find out more about how doing a little good for yourself can go a long way at goodnessknows.com.
Apple Pie Smoothie Bowl
Recipe courtesy of Anna Luther of My Life and Kids
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/4 cup raw oats
- 1/2 cup milk (or unsweetened almond or coconut milk)
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- honey, to taste (optional)
- Diced apples
- Shaved almonds
- goodnessknows apple almond & peanut dark chocolate snack squares
- In blender, mix all smoothie ingredients until smooth. Add honey to increase sweetness, if desired. Add toppings before serving.
Oatmeal Banana Smoothie Bowl
Recipe courtesy of Alison Ray of So Chic Life
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sea salt
- 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 percent milk or soy milk
- 1 small banana (or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce)
- goodnessknows snack squares (any flavor)
- grated coconut, to taste
- In small bowl, mix together oats, coconut milk, chia seeds, vanilla and pinch of salt. Cover and place in refrigerator at least 30 minutes, or overnight to help flavors soak in.
- In blender or food processor, combine oat mixture with remaining milk and half of the banana (or applesauce). Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour creamy oats into bowl, and top with snack squares, coconut and slices of remaining banana half.
Tip: To thin consistency, use additional milk.
(Family Features) - In the restaurant world, professional chefs can afford to spend hours on their culinary creations. When they come home after a long day, however, even the most passionate cooks tend to relish a few cooking shortcuts. From simple recipes to pantry essentials, there are a variety of tips and tricks that home cooks can add to their repertoire, too.
Timesaving products, such as prepared stock and mashed potatoes, allow home cooks to replicate restaurant-quality dishes without spending all day over a hot stove. Here are a few recipes that are easy to prepare, but rich with flavor.
For an elegant main course, try Pan Sautéed Chicken With Vegetables and Herbs. This moist, flavorful dish gets its richness from Swanson chicken stock. Or trade in the traditional salmon filet for savory Butter and Herb Salmon Cakes. Made with cayenne, tarragon, garlic and Idahoan Butter and Herb Mashed Potatoes, these cakes are a cinch to prepare, but friends and family will think you ordered in.
Butternut Squash Soup With Sage is a show-stopping first course that is accented with the flavors of sweet apples and sage. For an appetizer that will please a crowd, try Four-Cheese Potato-Stuffed Mushrooms.
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 bone-in chicken breast halves
- 2 small red onions, cut into quarters
- 1 pound new potatoes, cut into quarters
- 8 ounces fresh whole baby carrots (about 16), green tops trimmed to 1 inch
- 1 1/2 cups Swanson chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- Heat oven to 350°F. Combine black pepper, paprika and flour in small bowl. Coat chicken with flour mixture.
- Heat the oil in 12-inch oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until it's well browned on all sides. Remove chicken from skillet.
- Add onions and potatoes to skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add carrots, stock, lemon juice and oregano and heat to a boil. Return the chicken to the skillet. Cover the skillet.
- Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Uncover the skillet and bake for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with the thyme.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled and seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 3 cups Swanson chicken broth (regular, Natural Goodness or Certified Organic)
- 1 tablespoon butter OR margarine
- 12 fresh sage leaves
- Heat oil in saucepot over medium heat. Add squash, apples and onion and cook until almost tender. Stir in sugar, coriander and cayenne pepper. Cook and stir 2 minutes.
- Add broth. Heat to a boil. Cook over low heat 10 minutes or until squash is tender.
- Place cooked squash mixture in food processor, using a slotted spoon. Cover and blend until smooth, adding enough cooking liquid to make soup of desired consistency.
- Heat butter in small skillet. Add sage and cook until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels. Reserve butter in skillet. Divide soup among 4 bowls. Drizzle each with sage butter and garnish with fried sage leaves.
- 4 cups water
- 1 1/2 lemons
- 1 10 to 12-ounce salmon filet
- 1/3 cup celery, finely diced
- 1/3 cup onion, finely diced
- 3 teaspoons mayonnaise
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 3/4 teaspoon tarragon
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 4-ounce pouch Idahoan Butter and Herb Mashed Potatoes, dry
- Canola oil
- In a medium pot, boil 4 cups water with the juice of the lemons, placing one lemon half in the water. Reduce heat to a simmering boil. Poach salmon filet in water by cooking, covered, for 7 to 10 minutes, or until done. Remove with spatula. Set aside to cool.
- When salmon is cool, combine with celery, onion, mayonnaise, cayenne, tarragon, garlic, dry mustard, salt and black pepper in large bowl and mix well. Add dry potatoes slowly while mixing until everything is moist.
- Form patties and cook in preheated canola oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat until both sides are brown (3 minutes per side).
- Serve hot.
- 1 4-ounce package Idahoan Four Cheese Mashed Potatoes
- 12 large mushrooms or 18 medium mushrooms
- 3 tablespoons butter, margarine or olive oil
- 3 tablespoons chopped chives
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Prepare potatoes as package directs.
- Remove stems from mushrooms; chop stems and set aside. Carefully scoop out center of each mushroom cap with a spoon, leaving 1/2-inch shell.
- Melt butter in 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add chopped mushroom stems and cook 3 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat and stir in mashed potatoes, 2 tablespoons chives and salt.
- Fill each mushroom cap with potato mixture, mounding it slightly. Bake 10 minutes or until potatoes are lightly golden. Sprinkle mushrooms with remaining 1 tablespoon chives.
(Family Features) Experts agree that breakfast is the most important mealtime of the day, but having the same predictable dishes over and over can make this essential meal a very boring one. Instead, spice up the start of your day with a breakfast that's full of flavor. Delight your taste buds with an instant boost by adding bacon, America's favorite breakfast meat, to your morning meal.
Packing the perfect savory punch, bacon complements all breakfast staples, from pancakes and eggs to biscuits. But even these tried-and-true breakfast classics can grow lackluster over time.
Treat yourself to a better morning and a delicious breakfast by taking traditional cinnamon roll-ups and breakfast sandwiches to the next level with Farmland bacon - available in multiple varieties, including thick cut, classic cut and low sodium. Farmland bacon is slow-smoked over real hardwoods for maximum flavor intensity, which means these recipes are guaranteed to be anything but boring and are soon to become your new go-to classics.
For more ideas to boost your breakfast, bacon lovers can join an online community featuring recipes, videos, prizes, trivia, merchandise and more. Look for the Farmland Bacon Club online at FarmlandBaconClub.com, on Twitter (@FarmlandFoods) or on Facebook (Facebook.com/FarmlandFoods).
- 12 slices Farmland Applewood Smoked or Honey and Maple Bacon
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 4 8-inch flour tortillas
- 2 tablespoons applesauce
- Heat oven to 375°F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cook bacon according to package directions; drain. Combine cinnamon and sugar; mix well.
- Brush melted butter on both sides of tortilla; coat with cinnamon sugar on both sides.
- Place 3 slices bacon and 2 teaspoons applesauce on one edge of tortilla. Roll up and place seam-side down in prepared pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Bake at 375°F for 12 to 16 minutes, until sugar mixture is bubbly. Cut tortilla roll-ups in half before serving. Serve warm.
- 1 can (16.3-oz.) refrigerated flaky layer biscuit dough
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 3 ounces softened cream cheese, cut into 8 small pieces
- 8 slices Farmland Honey and Maple Flavored Bacon
- 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- Heat oven to 350°F. Spray eight muffin cups in 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Cut bacon into 1/2-inch pieces. Cook in large skillet over medium-heat until crisp; drain.
- Meanwhile, peel four biscuits in half along layers. Place each piece in greased muffin cup, pressing onto bottom and up sides.
- Carefully drain all but 1 tablespoon of grease from skillet. Add eggs, cook and stir over medium heat until eggs are set. Add cream cheese and gently stir until melted. Remove from heat; stir in bacon and cheese.
- Spoon heaping 2 tablespoons of egg mixture onto each biscuit in muffin pan. Peel remaining four biscuits in half along layers. Place each piece over top of egg mixture, pushing edges down into muffin cups.
- Bake at 350°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool five minutes before serving.