Monday, July 28, 2014

Copycat Rubios Fish Tacos

I absolutely love Rubio's fish tacos! I rarely buy cabbage. But the other day my son requested orange chicken and chow mien (recipe to come soon!) and so I had some left over cabbage so I threw this easy weeknight meal together and it was an absolute hit in our home! You can make this easy like I did and use my sons favorite Costco fish sticks chopped up or you can make some of your own breaded fish for the tacos. I feel like the sauce is the star in the recipe! 

Copycat Rubios Fish Tacos
Corn Tortillas (10)
Breaded Fish sticks (12)
Cabbage, shredded (1/3 of a head)
Lime, cut into small wedges (4)
Rubios sauce:
1/2 cup yogurt, plain
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon fresh dill, chopped or 1 teaspoon dill pickle juice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
juice of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

For the sauce: whisk together all ingredients in a bowl. Can be refrigerated up to 2 days in advance.

For the fish sticks: Cook them in the oven according to the back of the package. Once they are cooked in the oven grab a skillet and place 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil in the bottom of it. Place the fish sticks (I used about 12 sticks) and using a spatula cut into small pieces and fry for a few minutes in the oil until fish gets a little crispier. 

For the corn tortillas: Place a teaspoon of vegetable oil in the bottom of a skillet. Lightly fry each side of the tortilla in the oil. Place on a paper towel and pat off the grease. Repeat until all tortillas are done. 

To assemble: Grab a tortilla and a couple spoonfuls of the cut up fish. Add some cabbage and then a heaping Tablespoon (or more) of the sauce. Serve with a few lime wedges.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunshine Muffins

These muffins right here are packed with all kinds of deliciousness! They are moist from the carrots and raisins and crunchy from the apples and nuts. These muffins aren't your average muffin they are so much better! These muffins are the perfect way to start your day and will sustain you for a lone time! Plus they are a perfect way to sneak in some fruits and veggies into your diet!

 Sunshine Muffins

3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups carrots, grated
1 cup organic sweet apples, finely chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients except carrots, apples, raisins, and nuts; mix well. Once all ingredients are mixed well stir in the carrots, apples, raisins, and nuts.

Grab some muffins tins and grease them. Then fill each muffin tin about 3/4's full. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Remove from muffin tins and let cool. Then enjoy!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Chicken Waldorf Salad

The taste of a crunchy apple is so refreshing. And this salad is just that. A very easy lunch time salad that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. Paired with a delicious dressing just hits the spot. Hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do!

Chicken Waldorf Salad
yields: 6 servings

2 cups celery, diced
2 cups Crunchpak sweet apples, diced
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

In a large bowl combine all ingredients. Pour dressing over salad.

1 cup mayonnaise
2 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Apple Turnovers

This recipe is my absolute favorite apple recipe! So when I received a fun package from Crunchpak I knew exactly what I was going to make first. When I make this recipe I am used to peeling and dicing every apple. Instead Crunchpak did more then half of the work for me and boy was it great! I have always been a huge fan of Crunchpak for my kids for their perfect go-to snack ideas but since I have gotten the package from them I cannot stop baking with their apples. I had planned on only sharing this apple recipe on the blog with them but instead have decided to share my top 4 apple recipes over the next week. So hope you apple lovers are ready for a great variety of apple recipes! And below is a picture of the pure excitement that my kids gave me when they opened up the box and the apple fun has not stopped!

Apple Turnovers
3 cups flour
1 cup Crisco

Cut together until the dough is the size of peas. Then add:

1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
7 Tablespoons ice water

Mix together until it becomes play dough texture. Form into a ball and let sit for 20 minutes. While it sits make the apple filling

Apple Pie Filling
1 (14 oz) Crunchpak tart apple package, diced
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of salt
1 Tablespoon Crisco, diced into small cubes
1 teaspoon rum extract, optional

Mix together all ingredients except the crisco. Once it is all combined lightly add in cubed Crisco.

Once the dough has sat for 20 minutes divide into 6 sections (thirds first and then halves) and then roll out. Each ball should make 3 circles. Use top of Crisco lid to make the circle or something around the same size. Fill it half way with apple pie filling. Fold over and use fork to press down and seal the sides. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven and frost immediately.Sprinkle with chopped pecans.

2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
chopped pecans

Combine powdered sugar and milk. Icing should be thick. It will melt when you place on hot apple turnovers. Then sprinkle chopped pecans on after you ice them.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

I think I can say that everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie! Or at least almost everyone does! These cookies are just that but with one of my favorite candies added right when you get them out of the oven, Peanut Butter M&M's. 

Peanut Butter M&M Cookies
3/4 cup butter, unsalted, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/2-2 cups Peanut Butter M&M's

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixer cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in. Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Then stir in chocolate chips. Using a cookie scoop or spoon drop dough balls on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until barely golden brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place a few peanut butter M&Ms on the top. Then let cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. 

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Best Dinner Rolls

Everyone needs a good dinner roll recipe! These are some rolls that my family has a couple times a month. My mom has made them since I was a little girl and continues to make them for me and my family. They are so yummy with butter on them or honey or jam is my sons favorite. But I think my favorite thing is eating them with ham and cheese the day after! They are perfect for Thanksgiving or any special occasion or if you want to impress someone! 

The Best Dinner Rolls

3 cups water, warm
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 Tablespoons yeast
4 eggs, beaten
1 Tablespoon salt
2 Tablespoons shortening
6-8 cups of flour

Dissolve yeast on 1 cup of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar in a small bowl. In a mixer, pour 2 cups of water and add melted shortening and butter. Let cool. (So that it won't kill the yeast) Add beaten eggs, salt, sugar, and yeast mixture into the mixer. Add flour slowly until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl. Dough should definitely be sticky. Let rise until dough doubles. Then punch down. Let it rise until it doubles again and then punch down. Then make into rolls. Let them rise on a greased cookie sheet until in doubles a third time. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20-30 minutes or until tops are browned and the center is no longer doughy. Brush some melted butter on top when they get out of the oven. 

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Better Than "Anything" Cake

I think that this cakes name says it all! This cake is always a huge hit in our home. My kids even love the health bar on top! I made it for my husband for our father's day lunch and the cake was gobbled up. In my opinion it is the perfect way to jazz up a boxed cake mix! 

Better Than "Anything" Cake

1 Devil's Food cake mix + the oil, eggs, and water to make it
Cool Whip, thawed
4 Heath Bars, crushed up
1/2 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
1 container Caramel Syrup

Make devil's food cake according to package directions. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake according to package directions. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes and then using a wooden skewer or knife poke several holes through the top of the cake. Pour the sweetened condensed milk on top of cake. Then pour the caramel syrup evenly over the whole cake. Sprinkle 2 of the crushed Heath Bar on top. Then wait until the cake has cooled completely and then spread the thawed Cool Whip on top. Then sprinkle the remaining crushed Heath Bar on top. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. 

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