Archive for July 11, 2012

Crockpot Bread – aka Slow Cooker Bread

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Crockpot Bread – aka Slow Cooker Bread

This is a picture of crockpot bread or slow cooker bread! Who knew that you not only can make wonderful soups, stews, pastas, etc, but you can even bake bread in a crock pot, (slow cooker).

I love that you can do this and keep the heat down in the house, during the summer months it can be so hot that sometimes the thought of turning the oven on, is enough to get me stop the idea of making fresh bread.

However, nothing tastes nearly as satisfying as a fresh loaf of homemade bread!

My family devours it in one evening easily! I love that my kids will eat non processed healthier whole grain homemade breads, and now I can make crockpot bread and save on heating the house costs.

 

Learn to make Crockpot Bread – Aka Slow Cooker Bread

Talk about a perfect summer heat saver, while still offering good food for my family! You can find recipes,and how to located here:  5 minute a day bread

Enjoy!

Please try this, and let me know what you thought…. also feel free to ask any questions about Crockpot bread!

 

To your Success,

 

Amanda Evans

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Protein Baked Oatmeal Fruit Bars!!

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Protein Baked Oatmeal Fruit Bars!

 

These Protein Baked Oatmeal Fruit Bars could quite possibly be the tastiest protein bar I have ever had! They taste delicious fresh from the over, or cold! Perfect for a snack on the go! Even your kids will like them! They are that good!

 

Easy to make! (which I love) so lets get started with how I created these protein baked oatmeal fruit bars. I started with a family favorite and altered it to add protein to make it great for a post work out bar, or anytime you want more protein in your snack or meal choices.

 

Protein Baked Oatmeal Fruit Bars

 

1 ripe banana (mushed)

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 egg

1 2/3 cup milk

3 Cups Quick Cooking Oats

2 Cups Vanilla Protein Powder (of your choice)

1/2 cup brown sugar or 1/3 cup honey, or 1/3 cup agave nectar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1.5Tbsp Cinnamon (or more if you like the taste – which I do)

1 TBSP Vanilla

1 cup frozen fruits of your choice ( I used blueberries, strawberries and mango – use what you have on hand)

 

If you have a Kitchenaid mixer (or something similar) here is how I made this….

Preheat oven to 350F.

Prepare 9X13 Baking dish, by spraying a light coat of Pam cooking spray.

In your mixing bowl add Banana, (mush with paddle), add applesauce, add oats and stir till mixed well.

Add protein powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and brown sugar, mix well.

Add Egg and mix well.

Then add milk slowly while mixing.

Last add your fruit and mix gently.

 

Mixture should be wet, and liquidy, if it is too thick, it needs more liquid.  Pour into the prepared baking dish.

 

Bake for 45 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven, and wait 5 minutes before cutting to serve. Cut int large bars and enjoy! This will also cool and refrigerate well, and freezes fantastic, making it a great option to keep on hand to keep healthy eating in check.

 

Enjoy your Protein Baked Oatmeal Fruit Bars!

 

 

 

Let me know how you like it! Looking forward to your comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Evans

 

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Cooler Corn – It was a BUST!

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Cooler Corn – It Was a BUST!

 

 

Cooler Corn – It was a great idea, or so I thought.  I posted this picture onto my Pinterest page, and thought one day I would try this, as the idea seemed to be so simple…I love corn on the cob, and this recipe seemed like the perfect way to make corn on the cob the easy way!

 

 

Here is the gist of it!

To Make Cooler Corn:

 

Simple 1-2-3 method.

Step 1: Clean Cooler

Step 2: husk Corn, and lay in cooler

Step 3: Boil 2 kettles of water (About 1-1.5 gallons) and pour over corn. Wait 30 min and woola tender corn, that will stay warm for up to 2 hours!!

 

Cooler Corn a Genius Idea?

Well I did not have a good experience with it! I followed all the directions, yet my corn after 50 minutes was still HARD, and clearly no where near cooked. So I had to boil water on the stove, and cook it on there, it took an additional 40 minutes in boiling water on the stove! The cooler corn method may possibly work if you do a few things, although I don’t plan to try these to see if it does, so if you are an experimental type person, I would love to hear about your results, and if this works for you!

 

Cooler Corn Tips for Success:

 

Boil (rapid boil)  enough water to almost completely submerge the corn.

Cook for at least 1 hour and check the corn, if not cooked, drain water, and add more boiling water, and wait another 30 minutes before checking.

 

I think the cooler corn method is similar to tinfoil dinners, and other great camping ideas, they work great when you are camping, but when made at home it just isn’t the same!

 

Please Share your experience with the cooler corn method with me. Looking forward to your tips, and comments,

 

Amanda Evans

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