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!

 

Skinny Zucchini Quiche

PRINT RECIPERecipe adapted from Skinnytaste

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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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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4 Ingredient Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

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Note – mine turned out very brown ~ I think because of the cinnamon? I did use lemon juice which should have kept it from browning, but added a little more cinnamon than some recipes called for because we love cinnamon at our house. Would love to hear if yours turns out that color or if it’s lighter!

 

I’m so excited about this! Over the weekend I shared over on Facebook that I was trying my hand at homemade apple sauce, and it worked. I’d tried to make it years ago (but it may have been apple butter that I tried to make? I’m old. I can’t remember. ahem.) But whatever it was, I burned it completely and just about chargrilled Mrs. Potts by baking her in blackened-apple-crusty-this-is-a-disaster-stuff.

 

But when I found apples for $.59/lb. last week, I decided to try it out again. I was thrilled with how yummy it turned out ~ served warm or cold it’s just the best.

 

(My family claimed it almost as good as Cracker Barrel ~ high praise around here.) :)

 

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 $.50-$.80/lb. during the fall season. 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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Here’s how to get cooking . . .

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 4 Ingredient Homemade Slow Cooker ApplesauceIngredients

  • 4 lbs tart apples, peeled and cored (I use this peeler/corer – it makes this recipe so much easier!)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

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Directions

  1. Mix apples, cinnamon, and sugar and place in the slow cooker.
  2. Add water and lemon juice.
  3. Cook on low 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally and mashing with a fork depending on how “mashed” you want them to be. My slow cooker cooks very quickly and mine were just about ready at 3 hours, so I turned them to the “warming” option on my slow cooker and let them cook another 2 hours.
  4. Serve warm or cold – yum!

 

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Heath Bar Apple Dip

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This Heath Bar Dip (aka Apple Brickle Dip), is by far one of the easiest recipes to make, and such a yummy treat when apples are in season!  I got it from a cousin at a family gathering, and goodness now it’s one of our family’s favorites. Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too!

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag of Heath Bar toffee bites
  • 4 apples (cut into slices)
  • 2 tbs lemon or lime juice

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Directions

  1. Mix first 5 ingredients using mixer.
  2. Chill for an hour.
  3. Toss sliced apples in the lemon juice.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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These Peanut Butter Energy Bites are so simple to make, and a great snack when you’re in a hurry! They’re guilt free and pretty good for you, and you can easily adapt the recipe with a few added ingredients (mini chocolate chips please?)

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No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 peanut butter or chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Cover refrigerate for an hour
  3. Use a cookie scoop to make them the shape of balls or just use your hands.
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2015/08/easy-no-bake-peanut-butter-energy-bites/

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The Best Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Folks, this is the best spinach and artichoke dip you will ever eat.

 

Promise.

 

So, if you’re planning a summer get together and need an appetizer to share, here’s the one for you. Enjoy!

Hot Spinach, Artichoke & Chile Dip

Ingredients

  1. 2 8 oz packages cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  3. 4.5 oz can chopped green chiles, drained
  4. 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  5. 12 oz jar artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  6. 10 oz box frozen spinach chopped, thawed and drained

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Directions

  1. Mix together softened cream cheese and mayonnaise in a bowl and stir until mixed together.
  2. Add in Parmesan cheese, drained artichokes, spinach, and chiles.
  3. Pour mixture into baking dish
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips – enjoy!

Note – I doubled the recipe and it made a TON – I used an 8×11 Pyrex dish and there was plenty to serve 25 people. 

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Creamed Spinach Casserole

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Looking for something new to try out for Easter brunch this Sunday? My favorite side dishes are the traditional Corn Casserole, Broccoli Cheese Casserole and of course Green Bean Casserole (without the cream soup), so I decided to hunt down something different that most folks may not have tried before.

 

This was so good, and reminded me of the Creamed Spinach that Claudia Sanders restaurant serves in Shelbyville, Kentucky(If you’re ever near Shelbyville, you have to try it out. While it’s far from a penny-pinched meal, it’s so good and just a fun place to visit!) It took about two minutes to mix together after I really thawed out and drained the spinach (be sure to really drain it well), and would be a perfect recipe to enjoy this Easter Sunday. Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too!

Creamed Spinach Casserole

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened - I used the original cream cheese spread which is a little more creamy and easy to work with)
  • 3 10 oz. packages frozen spinach thawed and drained
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6 oz can French's onions, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Thaw and drain spinach (you'll want to drain the spinach really well- squeeze out any extra liquid by draining spinach in a colander and pressing out as much liquid as possible.)
  3. Mix together spinach, cream cheese, mushroom and 1/2 of the French's onions.
  4. Pour into greased casserole dish.
  5. Add remaining French's onions.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through (make sure not to let onions brown too much.)
  7. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 4/16/14):

  • Birdseye Veggies 50% off at Publix
  • Birdseye Veggies $1 at Target
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese $1.50 at Publix, Target and Kroger, use $.75/1 Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • Campbell’s Cream Soup $1 at Publix or $.75 at Target, use $.40/3 Campbell’s Soups
  • French’s Onions BOGO at Publix, use $.30/1 French’s Onions, $.50/1 French’s Onions from the 2/9 Smart Source insert, or $1/1 French’s Onions from the 4/6 Smart Source insert

 

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Sweet & Savory Broccoli Salad

Easy Slow Cooker Ham 

Slow Cooker Ham

Corn Casserole

Green Bean Casserole 

Green Bean Casserole {no cream of mushroom soup}

 

Strawberry Cake

 

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

 

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One Dish Corn Casserole

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Oh my stars, folks . . . my little family ate well last night.  Because I wanted to get a few recipe posts up to share with you all, we feasted on Broccoli Cheese Casserole, this Corn Casserole, Homemade Yeast Rolls (recipe in a bit), Mac & Cheese and Salads (I figured I need to throw something healthy in there ~ right?) My kids and hubby were so happy ~ we might just have to have Thanksgiving Side Dish Dinner once every week or two around here.

 

I’m telling you what, we suffer for you guys. 😉

 

Here’s how to get started on the easiest ever recipe I’ve found for Corn Casserole. Let me know what you think.

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 package corn bread mix (8.5 oz)
  • 2 eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients, pour into lightly greased casserole dish.
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!
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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/20/13):

  • Breakstone’s Sour Cream $.95 at Publix, use $1/1 coupon from the 11/10 Smart Source insert
  • Del Monte Vegetables $.64 at Publix, use $.50/4 Del Monte Vegetables from the 11/3 Smart Source insert
  • Kroger Vegetables on sale $.50 
  • Kroger Sour Cream $1
  • Del Monte Vegetables $.65 at Target, use $.50/4 Del Monte Vegetables from the 11/3 Smart Source insert

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{Sweet & Savory} Broccoli Salad

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Have you started planning side dishes for the 4th of July yet? This Sweet & Savory Broccoli Salad is perfect to add, as you can make it ahead of time and it will be all ready to go before the fireworks begin. And, since both Publix & Kroger (my two most frequented stores) both have bacon and mayonnaise on sale this week, it’s a good time to stock up.

 

{Sweet & Savory} Broccoli Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 heads fresh broccoli
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1 red onion, chopped finely
  • 1/2 pound bacon, cooked & chopped finely
  • 1/4 cup almonds or toasted pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli into bite sized pieces.
  2. Mix together broccoli, raisins, red onion and bacon.
  3. In separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, and vinegar.
  4. Mix together mayonnaise mixture and broccoli mixture.
  5. Chill and serve.
  6. Enjoy!
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Here are the sales you’ll want to watch for this week (week of 6/2613):

  • $1/1 Hellmann’s Product, exp. 7/21/13 (RP 06/23/13)
  •  Oscar Mayer Bacon, Select Varieties 12 to 16 oz $3.50 (ends tonight, 6/26/13!)
  • Hellman’s Mayonnaise, 48 oz, $5.19 at Kroger in Mega Sale, use $1/1 Hellmann’s Product, any 22 oz or larger (Maximum of 2 identical coupons allowed in same shopping trip) – 06-23-13 RP Insert (exp 7/21/2013) 

 

Find more great salad recipes in this Salads: Beyond the Bowl Cookbook, or get this highly rated Ultimate Summer Cookbook for just $.99 on your Kindle!  You can also check out my Summer Pinterest board for more fun 4th of July ideas.

 

If you have another recipe that your family enjoys on the 4th as a side dish, I’d love for you to leave a comment to share!

 

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Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Are you looking for a special side dish to share this week for Memorial Day?  This is our family’s favorite (seriously, best ever) Broccoli Cheese Casserole, and I know you’ll love it too.

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

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  • Frozen Broccoli (I usually use two bags of Green Giant Steamers)
  • 16 oz. Velveeta Kraft Velveeta
  • 3/4 stick of margarine
  • 1 sleeve Ritz crackers
  • 1/4 stick margarine

Instructions

  1. Cook broccoli in microwave.
  2. Meanwhile, melt Velveeta & 3/4 stick margarine on stove top over low heat.
  3. Thoroughly drain broccoli. (You'll want to press out as much excess water as you can so that the Cheese Sauce doesn't become runny.)
  4. Stir together broccoli and velveeta mixture, then put in 8x11 casserole dish.
  5. Melt remaining 1/4 stick of margarine in margarine. Crush Ritz crackers and mix with margarine, then top Broccoli Cheese mixture with crackers.
  6. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, until cooked through and crackers begin to brown. Enjoy!
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