Fall Recipe: Caramel Apple Strudel

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I love baking and I really enjoy baking in the fall! Pumpkin, Apple, spices… just can’t get enough! I was sent some Kontos fillo dough to play with and made the follow recipe with it. It was delish!

Caramel Apple Strudel Recipe

Ingredients:
4 tbsp of butter for simmering apples
4 cups of Fuji, Pink Lady or other favorite baking apple
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp allspice
Pinch of ground cloves
1/3 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 stick of melted butter for brushing fillo dough
8 sheets thawed Kontos fillo dough
Jar of caramel topping, warmed
French vanilla ice cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Peel apples and slice them about 1/8-inch thick.
Gently melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a pan with lid. Add the apples and saute, covered, for about 10 minutes until the apples soften.
Combine the softened apples with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and optional nuts.
Using a pastry brush, brush each of the 8 fillo sheets with the melted butter, placing one on top of the other.
When you have all your buttered fillo neatly stacked, spoon apple mixture along the long edge of the stack, leaving a 2-3 inch border at each end.
Fold the fillo over the ends first, then roll up long-ways like a jellyroll.
Place the rolled strudel on a sprayed cookie sheet (with folded part underneath), brush with melted butter.
With a sharp knife, cut diagonal slits in the fillo.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown

Tip: When working with fillo dough, keep a clean, damp dishtowel handy to place over unused sheets and prevent them from drying out.

I found the fillo really simple to work with! I have always loved the crunch of the dough and my whole family was really impressed with this recipe!

“Many home cooks think fillo is only for experienced chefs, and are a little afraid to work with it. The trick when making desserts such as strudel, or savory dishes such as spinach spanakopita, is to handle the fillo carefully, keep it moist and be sure to baste it with butter or olive oil to create the perfect crunch and golden appearance,” said Steve Kontos, vice president of Kontos Foods. “When you pull your dish out of the oven, you will see that fillo is a feast for the senses, with its gorgeous appearance, mouth-watering aroma and perfect flaky texture. Your family and friends will be impressed!”

To learn more about Kontos Foods and its array of flatbreads and other baked goods, visit www.kontos.com. You can also find Kontos Foods on Twitter @KontosFoods or on Facebook.

Dinner in 15 minutes or less!

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I wish I had more hours in my day. I would love to cook for my family, big yummy nutritious meals. I am not, however, that great of a time manager or chef. On nights when I need a quick meal, I admit, we have tacos or salads.

Seven Spoons has helped change things up for our family with their internationally inspired skillet meals for two! They are available in the frozen section at Whole Foods, Target, and Fairway. I found them at my local Target!

We chose to try the Moroccan Chickpea Tagine one! It was so easy to make! I simply popped the rice bag into the microwave for 3 minutes and cooked the rest in a skillet. No need to chop up veggies or prepare sauces!

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Seven Spoons’ dinners are great for kids and adults, packed with vitamins and minerals, gluten-free, under 475 calories, 100% natural, and ready in under 15 minutes. With four offerings based on dishes from India, Thailand, Morocco, and Peru. You can connect with Seven Spoons’ on Facebook to keep up with their latest creations!

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Tired Mom, Quick Crockpot Meal with All Natural Smithfield Pork

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Smithfield, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #SmithfieldAllNatural http://my-disclosur.es/RgFrEH

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If you are like me, then you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off most of the day.  Getting up early to get the kids lunches made, then getting them up and dressed and fed to get out the door on time. Walking them to school then working for a bit before walking back to pick them up. Begging them to do homework, then rushing them off to sports practices. Last feeding them dinner and getting them bathed and in bed to start it all over the next day.

Tom Thumb sells Smithfield All Natural Pork and I love an easy crockpot meal on a busy day! Here is the best part of this post…I’m going to tell you how I make 3 meals in ONE crockpot!

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RECIPE:

Simply buy a Smithfield All Natural Pork Shoulder Butt (or other cut that you prefer!) Add 12 oz of your favorite soda. Do NOT use diet! (I used Pepsi in this recipe!) And a bottle of BBQ sauce. Pop it all in the crockpot on low and forget it for the day! Seriously it’s THAT easy! Don’t drain off the juice…the pork will absorb it when shredded.

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When we are ready to eat, I simply shred the meat and serve on a bun. I have a family of 5 (6 currently as we have a Foreign Exchange student living with us!) and we are able to get THREE meals out of this! I simply take the leftovers and divide it in two containers and freeze them until we are ready to use them.

Save:

Make sure to snag your $1 off coupon offer via Safeway’s Just 4 U portal, while supplies last. (Just register for Just4U to get access to the coupon)

Connect with Smithfield on Facebook and click over to their website to find out more about their All Natural Pork products.

You can find their awesome products at your local Safeway affiliated store. Look for them in your meat department!

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Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

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I love fall…partially because I love the cooler weather, but mostly because I LOVE PUMPKIN! Pumpkin anything and everything! Here is a list of 9 different pumpkin recipes to help get you in the mood for fall! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Yogurt Pie by Three Different Directions
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars by MyCRAZYSavings
Three Ingredient Pumpkin Doughnuts by MamaChallenge
Pumpkin Banana Bread by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Spice Scones by Julie is Coco and Cocoa
Pumpkin Cheesecake Puff Pastry by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins by Julie is Coco and Cocoa
Pumpkin Monkey Bread by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies by MyCRAZYSavings
Pie in a Jar by The Nerds Wife

If you want more, follow my Pumpkin Board on Pinterest! I add a lot there as I find it!

Triple Berry Blast Smoothie Recipe

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This is by far my favorite smoothie to drink! In fact, I drink this one a few times a week! To make this energizing tripe berry blast smoothies you will need:

  • Strawberrys (I use Frozen)
  • Almond Milk
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Triple Berry blend (I use frozen berries)
  • spinach

Blend spinach and almond milk, then add berries and yogurt and blend until smooth. I like to add Chia seeds as well. YUMMY The Ninja makes this super smooth!

Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe

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This is a great smoothie if you need to detox or drink it for breakfast after a cheat meal. The green apple is great fiber and of course the spinach is very healthy.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 1 Green apple cut
  • Hand full of Ice
  • Almond Milk

This green smoothie will be a little tart from the green apple. You can add some honey to cut the tartness and make it a little sweeter.

The Ninja Ultima makes this one super smooth and you won’t need to worry about peeling the apple because it will be super smooth. I like to add Chai seeds to this one.

Chocolate Cherry Fuel Smoothie Recipe

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This is my hubbys favorite smoothie! It’s simple to make and the chocolate is balanced with the cherry flavor. If you like chocolate covered strawberries, then you might want to try this one.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 1 TBS Cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS Cherry Juice (From Marcino Cherrys)
  • Almond Milk and Ice to fill

You could also add a few cherrys to this one to add flavor and the Ninja Ultima will make it smooth and creamy as it’s blended.

 

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

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If you love smooth and creamy smoothies then you will LOVE this one! The recipe is super simple:

  • 2 TBS Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 hand full of spinach
  • Add milk to 3/4 full (I like Almond Milk)

Add all ingredients and a few cubes of ice if desired and blend. You will find that the Ninja Ultima is super powerful and will create an ice cream like texture with this smoothie.

 

Grapefruit Goodness Smoothie Recipe

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This smoothie is a little different then the others. I do not use milk in this one. You can if you want to add a creamier taste to it but it does not need the liquid added. Here is how to make this super nutritious Grapefruit Goodness smoothie recipe.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 2 frozen strawberries (for sweetness)
  • 1 large Grapefruit (juiced)

Simply juice the grapefruit and add to smoothie cup, add spinach and two frozen strawberries and blend. I added a few cubes of ice to this one and love this one on a hot summer day. It’s very refreshing and there are tons of great benefits to the grapefruit juice.

The Ninja Ultima will blend this to a slushy like consistency.

 

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

ChocolatepeatnutbutterMy kids love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. I love that it’s not filled with a ton of sugar. The Spinach and Peanut Butter give them added nutrients. Here is how to make this quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 2 TBS Peanut Butter
  • Hand Full of Spinach
  • Almond Milk

Add spinach first, then add peanut butter and cocoa powder and top with Almond Milk. You can add a low calorie sweetener or honey to this one to sweeten it up a bit. (I like it without adding anything, my girls like it with honey)

The Ninja Ultima blends it up smooth and creamy.