Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe {So Easy and Delicious!}

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

While dad’s out grilling this 4th of July – prep and pop these sweet potatoes in the oven to bring a nice side dish to the table.  (Or make cheesy grilled potatoes in foil packets!)

Roasted Sweet Potatoes are so yummy and delicious! I used to make them all the time, I don’t know why I forgot about this recipe.

In my quest to continue to eat clean and healthy this recipe came to mind. It was super easy and my kids LOVED it! Looks like we will be adding Roasted Sweet Potatoes to the dinner rotation.

I made a pork tenderloin in the crock pot and served with a side of green beans and a salad.

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10 Mother’s Day Easy Breakfast Ideas (For the hubby & kids to make!)

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Mother’s Day is (or should be!) a day for mom to sleep in and get breakfast-in-bed, but if the rest of your family is cooking-challenged they may need a push in the right direction.  And if these are a little beyond them, just pick up a box of “just add water” muffin mix and you’ll probably still enjoy the heck out of it ;)

My kids always want to bring me their sweet homemade cards, along with coffee (that they made!) and a piece of toast.  It is a very simple tradition in which I stay in bed for a very, very long time pretending to be asleep, while I smell charred toast waft down the hallway and hear my dear children argue about when is the exact right time to burst through the door.  It’s precious.

  1. Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping and Chocolate Chips
  2. Easy Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
  3. Homemade Whole Wheat Pancakes
  4. Homemade Granola Bars with Fruit & Nuts
  5. Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups
  6. Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole
  7. Night-Before Breakfast Casserole
  8. Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes
  9. Microwave Bacon
  10. Homemade English Muffin Bread

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

This homemade granola bars recipe is chock full of fruit and nuts and will keep you energized and satisfied well into the day!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/Fruit & Nuts

Jamie here! This past week my husband not-so-casually hinted that he was tired of our eating the exact same trail-mix granola bars every day on his way to work – and would I be up to the challenge of making some homemade granola bars just for him.  I’ve been wanting to make my own granola bars forever, so I was happy to try!
In fact, he’s also been trying to lower his cholesterol, and oats, nuts and blueberries are all very good for that.  After researching several recipes and reader comments, this is the homemade granola bars recipe I ended up using.  These turned out SOOO good, and they’re super filling.  You can customize it to include your favorite dried fruits, and use coconut oil in place of butter.  It’s perfect as an on-the-go breakfast, but I enjoy slowly nibbling one while I sip my coffee as well.

I went to Aldi to pick up all my ingredients, and the ONLY thing I couldn’t find there was the wheat germ (which I located at Publix). I love wheat germ – my mom used to keep it in the fridge at all times, and we’d toss it on everything, even our ice cream! It just adds a great little extra crunch :)  While my I made my batch with half dried apricots, and half dried blueberries – you can use any fruit that floats your boat.  I bet dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries/rasberries would be heavenly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.

Grease a 9×13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.

While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved.  Make sure not to overcook this (aka – boil it until it’s foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.

While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.

Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.

Stir in the dried fruit and mix well.  Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat.  (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too – but remember that stuff is a little hot!)

Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

IMPORTANT: Make SURE you let it cool for a couple hours before cutting, or it will crumble apart when you try!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.
  2. Grease a 9x13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
  3. While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved. Make sure not to overcook this (aka - boil it until it's foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.
  4. While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.
  5. Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit and mix well. Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat. (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too - but remember that stuff is a little hot!)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
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This recipe was adapted from this granola bars recipe from Alton Brown.

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18 Meatless Meals Recipes | A Roundup for Lent

Meatless Meals Recipes | A Roundup for Lent!

Well, here we are, nearly halfway through Lent… and if you’re looking around for a few new meatless meals recipes to add to the rotation – we’ve rounded up some really great ones for you to try!  Some of them are our own family favorites, and some are recipes from our blogging friends who are great home cooks.

We hope you find a new one for your family to enjoy – and please share any of your favorite standby meatless meal recipes in the comments!

Crockpot Cheesy Potato Soup 

Homemade Vegetable Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Three Cheese Macaroni

Baked Ranch Quesadillas

Cheesy Tuna Mac

Yummy Quinoa Chili

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Best Vegetarian Chili

Easy Spicy Curried Chickpeas

Creamy Broccoli Soup

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup (Stove-top version)

Vegetarian Cheesy Tortilla Casserole

Acorn Stuffed Squash with Kale & Mushrooms

Crockpot Layered Bean Burritos

Black Bean Gnocchi One-Pot Meal

Easy Red Beans & Rice Recipe

Grilled Potato Bundles in Foil

Zero Point Spinach & Tomato Crockpot Soup

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And for those nights when meat isn’t an issue – check out our post on 10 Crockpot Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights!