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Apple Pie-lette 

13 Sep

If you follow my running blog, Run Mom Go, you know I’ve been on a journey towards better nutrition within my journey towards my first ultramarathon, in May.  

So in my journey, I’ve begun to embrace food as fuel and I LOVE being able to fit fun foods into my daily numbers. I also enjoy a good challenge. So when I found these at the local Publix, I just knew I had to go for it. 

There were three flavors on sale: natural, cinnamon French toast, and cherry vanilla. Each pack is less than 100 calories and pack amazing flavor! 

My husband is a sucker for my Skillet Apple Pie. So when he saw this recipe video, I knew I needed to figure out a “numbers friendly” option with my Big Slice apples

The recipe calls for a caramel sauce  but these apples are already cooked. So I essentially just put the apples into the pie crusts and put a small amount of a sugared egg wash on top. Baked them and then enjoyed. 

Apple Pie-lettes makes 9

  • One box pillsbury pie crusts
  • 3 packages of Big Slice apples
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 cup sugar
  • Cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350. Portion out one pie crust to 22-24g pieces. This should give you 9 pieces of dough. Roll this out to about 2.5-3 inch rounds. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with no-stick spray. 

Divide each pack of apples into three portions (3 of each flavor) and spread onto the rounds. 

Cut the other pie crust into strips and place one or two strips, in small pieces, across the tops of the fruit. I put approximately 14-17g of crust on each one. 

Whisk together the egg, sugar and healthy dash of cinnamon and spread 5g (approximately one tsp) over each pie. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes. Mine baked for about 23. 

Although each type ofapple has slightly different nutritional info, I just averaged them all when entering the recipe into my food journal app. 

This recipe is very macro friendly. 

  • 124cal
  • 6g fat
  • 19g carbs
  • 1.5g protein

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Potbelly Men Pie

22 Feb

I can totally imagine my grandma with me this evening as I made dinner. We had some extra chicken left from dinner last night and I had it in my head to make a pot pie. I never have, but was wanting to nonetheless. 

I got some groceries today and in that trip I also purchased some Banquet brand frozen, individual pot pies…just in case mine turned out poorly. Ha ha. 

Needless to say, the frozen pies are still frozen. 

This was one of the simplest recipes I’ve done in a long time. AND it is my own. Although, I’m sure there are many other recipes the same or similar, but I digress. 

This is a two-crust pie. You could make it in a ceramic baking dish and just have one crust on top, but I think the two crusts make a huge difference. 

It’s simple: veggies, chicken, cream of (insert mushroom, chicken, or broccoli here), some broth and that’s it! 

diced or pulled chicken, mixed veggies, cream of chicken

I decided to be a little creative with my top crust and use shapes instead of slits to vent the heat. 

mr. potbelly man (no gingerbread here) with my newest preserves in the background

 
The final result was beautiful:

the edges were a little more brown that preferred, but yummy anyway

 
Potbelly Men Pie

  • 1.5 cups chicken, cooked and diced or pulled
  • 1.5 cups frozen mixed veggies, thawed
  • 1 can cream of xxxxxx soup (I used chicken), regular sized can not family size
  • 3/4 cup of stock (veggie or chicken), I used veggie made from bouillon cubes, PLUS three tablespoons of flour
  • Two pie crusts

Preheat oven to 400°.  Mix the chicken, veggies, soup and stock. Pour into pie plate lined with first crust. Place second crust on top and either make shapes with cookie cutter or poke holes in top to vent.  Bake for approximately 40 minutes, until the middle/top is golden brown. Keep an eye on the edges and cover with foil if they get too brown. 

Serve with a salad or applesauce. Anything light to balance the heaviness of the pie. Serves 6-8

Grandma would be proud

19 Jan

I tried my hand at merengue last night. Let’s just say that in the world of baking, a stand mixed would be worth it’s weight in gold if I made these types of pies regularly.

In an effort to become a healthier family, we are starting to cut back on refined sugars and processed foods. So, to use what we already had, I gabbed the cookbook and did. Quick search. I’m not sure why chocolate, but I’m glad I started making it.

It was delicious.

8/31/96- George with his tractor is mowing around my house and chicken house. Lance visited; sprayed wasp nest in carport. 9/3/96- all my 85 3/4 yrs, my family grew sweet potatoes, but I never saw or heard of these beautiful orchid colored blooms w/reddish purple colored throat until this year. YOU LORD ARE MASTER OF THE EARTH. GIVE STRENGTH TO YOUR PEOPLE.

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Guaca, guaca, guaca…

5 Jan

OK, so that is a horrible rendition of Fozzie Bear’s “Wocka, wocka, wocka.”  You get the idea though.  Tonight’s recipes are in honor of my beautiful sister, April, and her husband Mike.  Tomorrow is their 4th anniversary.  It’s her submitted recipe for guacamole and a non-date recipe for “Tortilla Pie” of Grandma’s.  At first I was just going to make the guac, but soon decided I needed something other than chips to go with it.  So, to the store we went, cookbook in hand.

While April’s guacamole can stand alone, a meal it does not really make.  As for any good dip, it can accompany just about any main dish.  However, I figured I should start sprinkling in the undated recipes I’ve found.

It’s a simple avocado, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro mix.  Add a little lime juice and onion if you want and viola!  I, personally equate onions to the vegetable equivalent of the devil…so…I did not add them.  The pie is super easy too!  Layers of ground beef, ranch style beans and corn tortillas all topped with cheese.  Bake, with a shallow layer of water in the dish, until bubbly.  So simple!

Tortilla Pie and Guacamole

What Grandma says: THANK YOU LORD THAT YOU ARE ALIVE FOREVERMORE.  I am glad you will never have to go through the terrible bearing of the cross and crusifixion again.  PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME!

Other notes: April married Mike on January 5, 2008.  April is getting ready to start nursing school this semester.  Mike has two brother and his birthday is December 17.

 

On a personal note, my kitchen is slowly becoming Grandma’s kitchen.  I always remember grandma having 5 to 6 different cereals neatly arranged on top of the fridge. Countertops were clear except for the microwave (which she did NOT always own), toaster over, and scrap bucket.  After meals there was a small drain board that sat to the left of the sink for dishes to dry.  Little did I know she actually owned a dishwasher!  Go figure…On the table was a Lazy-Susan with various accoutrements for pretty much any meal at any given time: salt, sugar, sweet-n-low, napkins, toothpicks, and the random citrus fruit or bag of chips.  Well, my table has been cleared to the point of being able to have a large bowl for chips and crackers (moved from the counters) and a Texas-shaped bowl for the citrus.  The counter tops are morphing into a more workable area and I couldn’t be happier!

Getting closer to Grandma's table

 

Stay tuned for more love, from Grandma’s Kitchen!

New Year, New Recipes, New Life…

1 Jan

Happy New Year!

While we did not spend last night partying (as a few of our neighbors), we did ring in the new year with sparklers and dancing.  Well, most of the dancing was the boy, but you get the picture.  He definitely enjoyed the fireworks.

Of course we stayed up way too late, but I blame Pintrest for that. *wink*  But anyway…on to the recipe of the day.

Fruit Salad

Now before you go and close the webpage and disregard the post all together, let me preface this by letting you know that this is NO ordinary fruit salad.  Before making it and trying it for myself, I thought, “Well, this is nice and easy, and a little different.”  We’ll talk about the different part in a moment.  The recipe really is easy as are most my grandmother’s recipes.  Some of them might be long, but they are relatively simple.  The list of ingredients in this one topped a whopping five!  There were also some optional additions, but I tried to stay as true to the original as possible.

Now, on to the extraordinary part.  When I gave a bite to the boy he spit out the mandarin orange (not extraordinary).  I then gave a bite to the hubs and he made a face (again, not extraordinary).  I asked him if anything was missing and he didn’t think so.  So, I then took a small bite…it was good, but not extraordinary.  I was perplexed.  I thought, “Could this be a ‘bad’ recipe from Grandma?”  Surely not.  As any good cook, I had to take another bite to make sure.

This time I made myself a small bowl and was certain there was a little bit of all the ingredients: mandarin oranges, bananas, cherries, pineapple, and the “unusual” ingredient (I’m getting to that).  Lo and behold, the concoction was good…no, it was amazing!  Every bite tasted different.  Pineapples with banana, then cherries and oranges, all mixed with the “glue” from the fifth ingredient..PIE FILLING.  You read that right, pie filling.  The recipe, from the woman who always made her own jams and jellies, canned and pickled anything that could be canned and pickled, and grew her own vegetables, called for store-bought pie filling.  Not just any pie filling either.  It was apricot.  So, here is where I deviated a bit.  The hubs doesn’t like apricot and I couldn’t find it at the grocer’s anyway, so I used peach.

So, as I enjoyed the few bites I had serve myself, I kept thinking about what I could add to it.  Grandma made mention that she also added strawberries and oranges sometimes.  I didn’t have any of those, but I didn’t think it needed any other fruit.  Rather, it needed a creamy component.  RediWhip? My favorite. Cool Whip?  A crowd-pleaser but I HATE that it’s made from TransFats.  Yes, hydrogenated oils (partially or fully) are trans fats.  Even though a true-to-manufacturer serving size has “zero trans fats,” who actually only consumes one serving of any whipped topping?!  But I digress..I still needed to figure out what to add for the cream.  Then hubs said, “Marshmallows.”  Why didn’t I think of that?

The salad is now chilling in the fridge, waiting to be taken with us to a party today.  A small bag of mini marshmallows sits high atop the bag as well.

 

Grandma’s notes for January 1st-

1/1/2000- AS I BEGIN THIS NEW CENTURY, GIVE ME STRENGTH TO BE FAITHFUL IN MY SERVICE FOR YOU LORD,  WHOM I LOVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY. Lance and Barbara Horton invited me to eat T-bone steak, cabbage, black-eyed peas, baked beans, salad, pie, etc., along with George, Judy, Anthony, Barry and Haley.

1/1/1991- Got black-eyed peas and cabbage ready; watched Rose Parade and a ball-game.  Lance and Marcus came by for a visit.  Cloudy and cold most all day.  PRAISE YOUR NAME- YOU DO NOT EXPECT PERFECTION