Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

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Golden Oreo Strawberry & Cream Icebox Cake

Looking for a yummy 4th of July treat? We made tried out this recipe from Life, Love and Sugar, and goodness gracious, it was fantastic. This Red Velvet Ice Cream looks amazing too ~ so many great recipes for the 4th!

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

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Make the cheesecake flavored puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).

Put remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl – dip Oreos in milk quickly and place into the bottom of a 9×13 pan in a single layer.

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Spread half of the cheesecake pudding on top of the Oreos.

Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.

 

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Spread half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.

Dip the Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.

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Top Oreos with the rest of the cheesecake pudding.

Add a layer of blueberries, save about 1/3 cup for the topping.

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Top with Cool Whip.

Decorate the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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Ingredients

  • 2 – 3.4 oz packages cheesecake flavored pudding
  • 4 1/2 cups (1080 ml) milk, divided
  • 2 – 15.25 oz boxes golden Oreos
  • 1 lb package strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 12 oz Cool Whip

 

Directions

  1. Mix cheesecake puddings according to package directions (use 4 cups of the milk).
  2. Place remaining 1/2 cup of milk into a small bowl. Quickly dip Oreos in milk and layer in bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  3. Spread half of the cheesecake pudding over Oreos.
  4. Add a single layer of strawberry slices on top of the pudding.
  5. Layer half of the Cool Whip on top of the strawberries.
  6. Dip Oreos in milk quickly and place on top of the Cool Whip in a single layer.
  7. Top Oreos with remaining cheesecake pudding.
  8. Add a layer of blueberries, saving 1/3 cup for the topping.
  9. Top with Cool Whip.
  10. Layer the top of the cake with the strawberry slices and blueberries.
  11. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

 

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We also made these super cute fruit kabobs to go along with dessert ~  the kids loved helping me make these and devoured each and every one of them. 🙂

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Looking for more things to make this 4th of July? Check out these 10 Easy 4th of July Dessert Recipes ~ Happy Independence Day!

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S’more Cones

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I’ve seen this idea for S’more cones all over the internet this summer, so finally we had to try them out! 

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Since Kroger’s Mega sale included a few deals on candy this week, we stocked up and then got our supplies together.

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All you need is foil,

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cones,

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toppings (we used Rolo and Reese’s bites),

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 and marshmallows.

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Fill them up . . . 

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and bake in oven at 350 for 5-7 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • Aluminum Foil
  • Ice Cream Cones
  • Marshmallows
  • Toppings: we used chocolate chips, Rolo bites, and Reese’s bites

 

Directions

  1. Fill cone with a mixture of half marshmallows and half toppings
  2. Wrap cones tightly with foil
  3. Bake at 350 for 5-7 minutes (can also grill for 5-10 minutes on grill)
  4. Enjoy!

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Strawberry Salsa

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A friend of mine mentioned this recipe for strawberry salsa, and I’m so glad she did! Since strawberries are in season here and have been priced so well, I loved trying out a new way to use them.

 

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My favorite strawberry recipe is still this strawberry pie, but this is a fun twist to serve at a get together. And, since fruit is so inexpensive while it’s in season, it’s a great way to take advantage of some great sales out there! Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too.

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I love all the fresh ingredients and it just looks SO pretty!

 

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STRAWBERRY SALSA

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries diced
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry fruit preserves
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons of cinnamon sugar

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DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Coat one side of flour tortillas with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut tortillas into wedges and place on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
  4. Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes and allow to cool. Serve with the salsa and enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Taco Meat

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This is a re-post of one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. Enjoy!

How to Cook Taco Meat in the Slow Cooker

This recipe just might change the way you look at ground beef, my friends.

And, really, give you a whole new reason to love your slow cooker. 

For years I’ve been convinced that there was no way on earth to cook ground beef in the crockpot (unless I pre-cooked it ahead of time for something like chili), however, I’ve thankfully been proved wrong.

 

With the way my children’s afternoon/evening schedules have looked, I’ve had a hard time getting much besides cereal on the table if Mrs. Potts doesn’t do the cooking, so I was determined to give it a shot.

Guess what?

It worked. 

 

We used the new Old El Paso Stand & Stuff Tacos that I found a few weeks ago on sale ~ my family loved them!

Everyone walked in for dinner around 6:15, I rolled out the fixins’ for our home-cooked taco bar, and everyone (this momma especially) was pretty well pleased.

I also made a little “secret sauce” for my husband and I to add to ours ~ just equal parts low fat ranch dressing and barbecue sauce.  To really fluff things up I even put out some stockpiled French’s Fried Onions for my husband to add to his, and he declared it one of the best meals we’ve had in awhile.

Whew.

‘Cause y’all know I worry that he likes his dinner. 😉

And to make things even better (does it get much better than a happy family at dinner time?), everything I used were items I’d gotten on sale for some crazy good deals. I’m pretty sure I spent less than $6 to feed our family of five ~ happy happy happy.

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Here’s how to get started if you’d like a penny-pinched-delicious-and-easy meal too this week.

How To Cook Taco Meat In The Slow Cooker {Perfect For Homemade Taco Bar Night}

Ingredients

  • Taco Seasoning packet (or make it from scratch if you'd prefer ~ I was just in a hurry)
  • 2 lbs. ground beef (get more if you'd like to make extra to freeze)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Place ground beef, water, onion, salt, and garlic powder in slow cooker.
  2. Cook on high for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally (I stirred it twice throughout the day)
  3. When meat is almost cooked through, stir again and turn your slow cooker down to low.
  4. Cook an additional 1-2 hours.
  5. Add in taco seasoning packet and give it a stir, then cook 20 more minutes.
  6. Drain completely (will be a little liquidy from the water and some of the fat in the beef).
  7. Serve over tacos, and freeze any leftovers so that you don't have to start from scratch the next time around!
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Note: I don’t think this is the kind of slow cooker meal that I’d start and then leave on all day if you’re not going to be home – I think you need to be there to give it a quick stir every so often. If you’re looking for a delicious beef recipe with just about no work involved, check this out. 

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No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

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Don’t you just love when penny pinching makes you a wee bit resourceful, and the results turn out fantastic?

 

(Me too.)

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Last week my sweet boy turned sixteen.

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Sixteen.

 

 

However, over the weekend we’d purchased a new car (finally retiring my 10-year-old-190,000-mile-mini-van ~ eek!), and I’ve been determined to really be wise with our finances. (We were able to purchase our new-to-us-car using cash which is the coolest feeling ever. But, shelling out that much cash that’s been saved hurts just a bit!)

 

So, I decided I was absolutely not going to buy anything we didn’t need for at least a few weeks.

 

And then I remembered that I needed a cake for my cute kid’s birthday.

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I went through my pantry, fridge and freezer to try to come up some genius plan, and remembered this E’clair cake a friend of mine made for us years ago.

 

It usually calls for cool whip, but I only had Kroger Reddi Whip in the fridge, so decided to make that work.

Goodness, that boy of mine was in heaven.

 

In fact, he asked this weekend if I could make him some e’clair cake again.

 

The moral of the story?

 

Get a little creative with what you already have before spending more moo-lah ($40 for a cookie cake? No thanks!) and your family might just enjoy that little penny-pinched-splurge too.

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Directions

Mix together cool whip or reddi whip, pudding and milk. Layer graham crackers on bottom of 9×13 baking dish.

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Next, spread half pudding mixture over graham crackers, then cover with another layer of graham crackers.

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Spread remaining pudding mixture over graham crackers, then top with another layer of graham crackers.

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Pop frosting in microwave and heat for about 30 seconds. Then spread carefully over graham cracker layer.

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Refrigerate for 4-6 hours, then serve.

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No Bake Chocolate Eclair Cake

Ingredients:

2 packages instant vanilla pudding
2 cans of dairy whipped topping (or one tub of non-dairy whipped topping)
3 cups milk
1 package graham crackers
1 container chocolate frosting

Directions:

  1. In a bowl mix together the pudding mix, whipped topping, and milk until completely combined.
  2. Place a single layer of graham crackers in the bottom of a 9×13″ dish. Spread half the pudding mixture over the graham crackers. Top the pudding layer with another layer of graham crackers.  Add the other half of the pudding mixture and top that with a final layer of graham crackers.
  3. Spread frosting over the graham cracker layer all the way up to the edges of the pan. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours before serving.

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 4/18/16

 

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Good. gravy.

 

Do you feel life like is just racing by, and you’re in the backseat praying things will just slow down a wee bit?

 

Me too. 

 

After a big trip to Canada for Spring Break, a crazy season starting for my kids of soccer, track, and rugby (my son is playing rugby. please. pray. yikes. really. yikes.) and some big projects here on PPP, I feel like menu planning has been thrown right on out the window at our house.

 

So this morning I took a step back, started thinking about my first love here in my home as homemaker, and decided to get some control.

 

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I shined my kitchen sink (don’t you love my little sign? I ordered it from Crystal and just love it as well as my Mrs. Meyer’s soap from my last Prime Pantry order)

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Then I shared a quick video of my main 21 Day Fix must-have-foods with our PPP 21 Day Fix group (it’s not too late to join if you sign up today ~ go HERE to learn more!)

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 I popped chicken and dumplings in Mrs. Potts, 

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and even tackled our laundry pile.

 

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While I love sharing deals here on PPP and running my little business from home, by far taking care of my favorites come first, and it was so nice to start off taking care of them first today. 

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Curious what’s on our menu plan this week? Here you go:

  • MondaySlow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings, green beans, biscuits, salad (We don’t normally eat these kind of meals especially when I’m 21 Day Fixin‘ but I’ll have a big salad and we haven’t had a night off from activities in ages. This is my family’s favorite meal so I’m treating them after not really cooking in 3 weeks, but there was a tiny piece of me considering swinging by Sonic for 50¢ cheeseburgers!)
  • TuesdaySlow Cooker Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin, salad, brown rice, veggies
  • Wednesday – Leftovers
  • Thursday – Breakfast for dinner (we have soccer, rugby, track and cheer on Thursdays – eggs and fresh fruit it is!)
  • Friday – 21 Day Fix Grilled chicken (I’ll share the recipe I use later this week ~ I just sprinkle seasoning salt on chicken tenderloins, spray with Pam cooking spray, and broil for 4 minutes on each side until cooked through), baked potatoes, salad, veggies

 

 

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Baked Chimichangas

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Here’s an easy recipe if your family loves Mexican like mine does!  This is what you’ll need . . .

 

 

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First, sauté the garlic, onions and pepper in a greased skillet over medium heat.

 

Then add in your turkey and spices until completely cooked.  Drain any excess fat from the pan and add in the tomato sauce and let simmer so all the flavors come together.

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Next, spoon the turkey mixture onto your tortilla, add some cheese and roll it up.

 

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Then start by folding in the sides and then roll away, place them seam side down on a greased baking sheet.

 

 

Spray them quickly with cooking spray or olive oil (to make the crisp up) and pop them in a 400 degree oven for about 20 mins.

 

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Yum!

 

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Baked Chimichangas

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Spray a pan with cooking spray (or use some olive oil) and add in the garlic, onions and peppers.
  2. Add the turkey or ground beef, chili powder, oregano, and cumin
  3. Break up the turkey or ground beef until browned and drain.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce, bringing to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the flavors are blended and the mixture thickens.
  6. Spoon the meat mixture onto each tortilla and top with the cheddar cheese.
  7. Fold in the sides and then roll to enclose the filling.
  8. Place the chimichangas seam-side down on a greased baking sheet.
  9. Lightly spray the tops of the tortillas with nonstick spray or olive oil.
  10. Bake at 400 degrees until golden , about 20 minutes and enjoy!

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Skinny Zucchini Quiche

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Looking for a light side dish and/or main dish to add to your menu?  You’ve got to try this skinny zucchini quiche!  I was looking for something a little “lighter” to serve while my family was in town, and this worked perfectly.

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I am so. so. SO. glad I made it . . . because it was delicious.

and . . . 

 

it’s good for you too!

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The best part? 

 

Since it’s a meatless meal, not only will you skimp on calories, you’ll also skimp on price without sacrificing taste at all.

 

I love that. 🙂 

 

Here’s how to get started: 

 

Shred zucchini (I used three good sized zucchinis as I was making two quiches.) Since I was pressed for time, I just popped them in my Black & Decker Chopper (I love this thing!)

 

Squeeze as much water out of the zucchini as you can (I used my salad spinner which worked great!)

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Put all the ingredients except the eggs and zucchini in a bowl – then add the zucchini and pour the slightly beaten eggs on top.

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Mix it up until combined and pour that into a greased pie plate and pop it in the oven.

 

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. . . and you’re done!

 

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Ingredients

  • 10 oz shredded zucchini (about 2 medium sized zucchinis – with as much liquid squeezed out as you can get)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 fresh chives, chopped
  • 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup fat free milk
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in one large bowl.
  2. Add both cheeses, onions, chives, olive oil and zucchini to the dry mixture.
  3. Beat the eggs in a small bowl and pour on top of the ingredients.
  4. Mix well and pour into a greased pie plate.
  5. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes and let stand 5 minutes before serving ~ Enjoy!

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Whoopie Pie Cake

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Oh my word.

 

You have got to make this cake.

 

It’s got everything you need rolled right up in one perfect cake, and your family will rave about your baking skills. 🙂 

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Start off with a chocolate cake mix (substituting the oil for unsweetened applesauce, and adding an extra egg – I forgot to include a picture of the applesauce in the picture!)

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Now, beat up the whoopie pie filling.  Mix in butter and marshmallow cream until it’s nice and fluffy . . .  then add in the powdered sugar until combined.

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Dump all that whoopie pie filling on the first layer of your cake and spread around evenly.

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Top with your second layer and get ready to make the ganache.

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Ganache is so easy to make ~ don’t let the name fool you (just two ingredients!)  Heat up your half and half on the stove and just before it starts to boil, remove it from the heat.

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Dump in your chocolate chips and stir gently …

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… until they’re all completely melted.

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Spread that perfect ganache all over the cake, and let your friends share what an amazing cook you are.

 

You’re welcome. 🙂 

 

Yummmmmm!

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Whoopie Pie Cake

CAKE
  • 1 box of chocolate cake mix (prepared per package directions – subbing unsweetened applesauce for the oil and adding one extra egg)
WHOOPIE PIE FILLING
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups marshmallow fluff
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
GANACHE
  • ½ cup half and half
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Spray or Grease 2 9×13 pans.
  3. Prepare cake according to package directions, subbing unsweetened applesauce for the oil and adding one extra egg.
  4. Split the batter between the 2 pans and bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Let the cakes cool completely.

Whoopie Pie Filling

  1. Mix the butter and marshmallow fluff together until smooth.
  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar until smooth.
  3. Spread the whoopie pie filling on top of one of the cakes. Top this with the other cake.

Whoopie Pie Ganache

  1. In small saucepan bring the half and half to an almost boil.
  2. Quickly remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until smooth.
  3. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and spread evenly over the cake.

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2 Ingredient Apple Chips

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Note from Laurie ~ my friend Cheryl shared this 21 Day Fix approved snack with me, and goodness it looks so good! I haven’t tried them yet, but have some apples in my fridge so I’m hoping to make them for my kids this afternoon. For 21 Day Fix participants, these would count as one purple. 

 

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Slice up two apples (you can use a mandolin, or a knife will do) seeds and all!  I used two apples, one Gala and one Red Delicious as that is what we had on hand.  The Gala was far better than the Red Delicious, so use a sweeter apple.

 

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Sprinkle cinnamon over the slices – I did front and back – but front will be plenty (not too much or they will come out bitter).

 

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Halfway through baking, turn them over (they should look like these, just a little curled).  And, your house will smell delicious!

 

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1-2 hours later you are ready to snack on these crunchy healthy treats. Yum!

 

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Note – depending on how thinly these are sliced they will take less time.  Thicker slices may require 2 hours where thinner slices will be ready in one hour!

 

If you’re trying to determine a decent price on apples to make any apple recipes (like Apple Cake, Apple Dumplings, Skillet Apple Pie, Snickers Apple Saladwhatever), aim to pay less between 60¢-80¢/lb. during the fall season, around 99¢ per pound during the rest of the year. And if you’re lucky enough to live near an apple orchard (or have a friend who has an apple tree), this is a great time to stock up!

 

 

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2 Ingredient Apple Chips

Ingredients

  • 2 sweet apples
  • cinnamon

Directions

  1. Slice apples thinly (use a mandolin like this one or just use a knife).
  2. Place sliced apples on parchment lined cookie sheets.
  3. Sprinkle cinnamon on the slices (you can do front and back but not too much or they will be bitter).
  4. Cook at 225 degrees for 1 hour to 1 and a half hours (depending on how thin the apple slices are) – turning once midway.
  5. Take them out and let them cool and enjoy!

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