Tasty Tuesday: Apple Pie Bites

I don’t like cold weather since I am always cold BUT I do love the Fall.  WHY? Because I can snuggle inside baking and cooking.  I used to do it a lot when Belinda was little BUT I do enjoy it especially for the holidays.   I was going through the recipes trying to decide what to make for Thanksgiving – I get to bring dessert.

I came across this recipe from Blond Cook.  A quick and easy dessert.  I mean who wouldn’t want an awesome dessert in less than 30 minutes.  The best part is it can be made Weight Watcher friendly with just a minor change or two. I am also trying to figure out how to make it gluten free so if you have any suggestions, I would love them!

PREP TIME: 15 minutes.     COOK TIME: 12 minutes.     Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-ounce) can Pillsbury Original crescent rolls or low fat
  • 1 small Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into 8 (1/2-inch) slices or fried canned apples
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 3 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup pecans (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and apple pie spice. Set aside.
  • Melt butter and toss apple slices in butter.  Set aside.
  • Arrange crescent roll triangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Evenly distribute brown sugar mixture onto each triangle.
  • Sprinkle each triangle evenly with the chopped pecans.
  • Place an apple slice on the wide end of each triangle.
  • Wrap crescent roll dough around each apple.
  • Brush each crescent roll with remaining butter.
  • Sprinkle lightly with additional apple pie spice.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes,
  • Cool for 5 minutes before serving

Easy, right???  Having company or heading to a family gathering?  Make a double batch so everyone has some to take home.  Worried how you will carry them to the gathering?  Why not do it in style with Thirty One’s Perfect Party Set

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Not only can you carry these awesome Apple Pie Bites but you can also bring a second dish in a fun, fashionable thermal. YES, this thermal will hold up to TWO 9×13 pans in one water resistant tote.  It has two handles with a handle grip.  Did I mention it can be personalized so no one walks off with it and if they do, everyone will know it is yours!

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

“Giving of myself so others smile”

No Cost Travel Fun

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If you are a NJ parent, your kids are probably off from school for Teacher’s Convention, right? For some, you are headed out on a mini vacation before the holiday season while others are struggling to keep boredom at a minimum.

I remember the days of being a single mom and feeing like there was just enough money to pay the bills so I can’t possibly think about traveling ANYWHERE, right? I always wanted “to do” things with my daughter besides those cheer travel trips BUT (I know I hate the word, too) everything seemed to cost money which I didn’t have.

Then I took some cues from a very wise friend who taught me so much.  She and her kids were always doing something.  We often tagged along.  The BONUS was some girl time for me and our kids got to enjoy some fun.

First, you must realize you already live in abundance.  Have you ever thought about the blessings you do have.  Healthy kids.  A job to pay the bills. Now think about the beauty of the sun rises every morning and the birds singing.  We have roads to walk on, parks to spend time in and people around us to have interesting conversations with.  Stop focusing on what you don’t have and focus on what you do have.Next, get creative.  Start looking outside the box for alternative solutions.  When was the last time you packed a snack and headed to the park with the kids.  Live close to the beach, how about a walk on the beach to collect seashells or look for sea glass.  There are ways to make even routine trips fun without spending money.  How about a ride with no destination?  Maybe you know but the kids don’t – pack a lunch and head to a new spot with a park or no cost activities.

If you were new to the neighborhood, where would you go to explore?  The library? The park? A craft show? A flea market? Check your local paper for activities.  The Fall is full of outdoor happenings – how about stopping by a local football game to cheer on the Pop Warner kids.  How many people (other than parents) attend those games?  Make it an adventure – tailgate.  Dress in the local team’s colors, bring some food & drinks and have some fun.

Pack a lunch and head to the park – embrace the child in you while you have fun with the kids.

No kids around?  How about window shopping?  Remember when you were younger and had no money.  Stop in your favorite store and try on some clothes you always wanted but would never buy.  Have fun.  Call a girlfriend and go for a walk.

Keep Looking on the Bright Side.  Let’s be honest. Staying upbeat when you have little money isn’t easy.  Seeing the bright side is a choice you make and a skill you can develop. You deserve to feel good no matter what the status of your bank account is. You deserve to have fun.  You deserve to go places without spending money.

So, where will you head this weekend?  Share with us your best NO COST travel tip.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

This was given to me by a fellow Weight Watcher and I tweaked it some.  I put it in the crock pot!  I’m not sure of all of the nutrition breakdown BUT it is 3 smart points per 1 cup serving.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds lean organic grass fed ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion (or Tastefully Simple Onion Onion)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can Petite Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Toss it all in the crockpot on low for 6 hours. Serve with quinoa.

Quick and easy with leftovers.  What is the best way to enjoy this YUMMY meal again?  Take it for lunch in one of Thirty One’s thermal lunch totes.  How about the Around the Clock Thermal…

Want to know why you’ll love it?  It is great for lunch or snacks anytime, anywhere—work, school, festivals, road trips, poolside, beachfront, golf course, boating, or sporting events. It will fit a 6-pack with a little room for a snack.  The water-resistant thermal lining keeps contents cool and makes clean up easier. A removable shoulder strap means you can carry it any number of ways, including cross-body for hands-free movement. An interior mesh pocket and exterior front zipper pocket provide separate storage options when needed. Makes a great gift for friends, neighbors, kids’ teachers, and everyone else on the go! Best part… it holds up to 15 lbs. and can be it monogrammed and personalization.

Have a yummy recipe?  Share it with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Saturday Spotlight: TS Magic Chicken Pizza Crust

WOOHOO!! Time to CELEBRATE the weekend…. What says weekend or football more than pizza, right?  I know LOTS of Tastefully Simple consultants and from each one, I learn something.  I got an amazing recipe from Lisa for Magic Chicken which I shared in July.

At a recent vendor event, Tracey Barolomey told me TS had discontinued their gluten free line.  I was surprised because it was AMAZING but as she explained they could not guarantee there was not cross contamination so they decided to discontinue the line.  What was a girl to do for YUMMY gluten free pizza?

Tracey shared with me this recipe using MAGIC CHICKEN as the crust:

Ingredients:

1 pound magic chicken patted dry and shredded (make it even finer by grinding in a food processor.)

8 – 12 ounces shredded mozzarella

2 eggs

2 tbsp Italian Garlic seasoning

2 tbsp parsley

Parmesan cheese to taste.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Parchment line a cookie sheet
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined well.
  4. Press thin and flat into cookie sheet
  5. Back 20-30 min depending on how crispy you like it
  6. Take out, top with your choice of sauce, cheese and toppings, back in oven until cheese melts

I haven’t tried it yet but I am going to.  My biggest problem is I only do a pound of chicken at a time, I need to do LOTS more so I have leftover chicken as prep for other meals.  Tracey recommends if you are freezing this you do it without toppings.

Want some more yummy recipes?  Check out Tracey’s Tastefully Simple website at: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tbartolomey

I’m thinking this would be a great appetizer to take to a gathering over the holidays.  You could take it warm in Thirty One’s Perfect Party Set.

The Perfect Party Set expands to hold two 9” x 13” casserole pans inside 2 interior water-resistant thermal compartments. Handle grips make it easy to carry, while the exterior zipper pocket can keep additional items like utensils, baking instructions and additional ingredients secure during transport. It’s the most convenient way to take your favorite casseroles, desserts, appetizers and more to your next family picnic, neighborhood cookout, celebration or camping trip!

Key features:

  • 2 interior water-resistant thermal compartments
  • 1 exterior zipper pocket
  • 2 handles with handle grips
  • Sized to fit 9” x 13” dishes/pans
  • Monogramming and personalization options available
  • Approx. 4”H unexpanded, 7”H expanded x 16.25”L x 10.25”D

Have a favorite recipe you want to share, send it to me at HopeWs31@gmail.com with the subject “Favorite Recipe”.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday: Zucchini Enchiladas

Thank you to the Food Network Kitchen for today’s recipe… No tortillas? No problem. Wrap your enchilada filling up in zucchini.

Total Time:1 hr 5 min   Makes: 4 servings (3 enchiladas per person)
Level: Easy (looks like I could even do this so it must be) 🙂

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 scallions, sliced (white and green parts separated)
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon chili powder
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (skin discarded)
1 1/2 cups salsa (not chunky)
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
3 to 4 medium zucchini
Several dashes chipotle hot sauce, plus more for serving, optional
2 tablespoons sour cream

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the scallion whites and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until soft, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the chili powder and cook, stirring, until the scallions are coated and the oil is brick red, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and stir in the chicken, 1/2 cup of the salsa and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Set aside.
  • Halve the zucchini lengthwise and arrange cut-side down on a work surface. Use a Y-shaped vegetable peeler to shave off ribbons the entire length of each zucchini and as wide as possible (the first few may be too skinny). Make 36 zucchini ribbons total.
  • Lay out 3 ribbons, slightly overlapping to make a rectangle (think of this as your “tortilla”). Pile about 1/4 cup of the chicken mixture down along one of the short ends of the zucchini tortilla and then roll up to enclose the filling. Put in a 2- to 3-quart baking dish. Roll up the remaining zucchini ribbons and filling and arrange in the dish. Top the rolls with the remaining 1 cup salsa. Add several dashes of the hot sauce and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
  • Bake until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot, about 25 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes. Thin the sour cream out with a little water and drizzle over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with the reserved scallion greens and serve with more hot sauce if you’d like.

Make a pan (or two) to take to the next tailgate party or covered dish.  You can carry one or two pans in Thirty One’s Perfect Party Set.Why will you love this AMAZING thermal?  The Perfect Party Set expands to hold two 9” x 13” casserole pans inside 2 interior water-resistant thermal compartments. Handle grips make it easy to carry, while the exterior zipper pocket can keep additional items like utensils, baking instructions and additional ingredients secure during transport. It’s the most convenient way to take your favorite (HOT or COLD) casseroles, desserts, appetizers and more to your next family picnic, neighborhood cookout, celebration or camping trip! Key features include: 2 interior water-resistant thermal compartments, 1 exterior zipper pocket, 2 handles with handle grips.  Approx. 4”H unexpanded, 7”H expanded x 16.25”L x 10.25”D

Have a recipe you want to share?  Let me know, we love trying new things.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!