Callie Cat’s Acai: A smoothie for humans

What I love about being home is our AWESOME Farmer’s Market. O’ahu has great ones too, but I love buying from and supporting local farmers from Maui. They have many organic and non-organic certified produce, baked goods, coffees, juices, and hot meals. I sampled an Acai bowl which got me hungry for more. With the fruits I bought from the market, I whipped together an Acai smoothie.

  1. 5 Ice cubes (Literally just 5. I don’t like it when smoothies are watered down or I’m crunching on ice chips with every sip)
  2. 3 Handfuls of blueberries
  3. 1/2 a Honey crisp apple
  4. 1/2 apple banana
  5. 1/4 cup coconut milk
  6. 2 Sambazon Acai packets (I got a large bag of them at Costco)

I added all of these ingredients into a Ninja blender and let it work its magic. My gosh was it good! It’s delicious, filling, and more nutritious than what I normally eat for breakfast.

 

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Crock Pot Lasagna

This is the easiest lasagna recipe I have ever come across!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 2 cloves of garlic (I used 3)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 45 oz jars of pasta sauce
  • 1 20 oz package of cheese & spinach filled ravioli (I got Pasta Prima spinach & mozzarella from Costco)
  • 1 1/2 tsp italian seasoning (I substituted with rosemary, thyme, oregano, salt and fresh pepper)
  • 4 cups mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef, onion and garlic. Drain fat.
  2. Stir in seasoning and pasta sauce. Cover & simmer.
  3. Spray a 6 qt crock pot with cooking spray or use a liner.
  4. Layer the pot with sauce, ravioli and cheese. Repeat.
  5. Cook on low for 3-4 hours

 

(just pulled out of the fridge for awesome left overs)

Brown Sugar Turkey Meatballs

I found this meatball recipe while scrolling through Pinterest. You can find the original link here. By accident, I added one whole sweet onion, and it actually tasted great! However, I would suggest using 1/4 cup of brown sugar since the glaze was very sweet. Fortunately, the spices added a nice tang and spice to it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp dried Oregano
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tb Rice Vinegar
  • 2 tb White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Italian Style Bread Crumbs
  • 1 package frozen meatballs (I used ground turkey instead)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, combine meat with bread crumbs, cayenne, pepper, salt, paprika, garlic and oregano.
  3. Shape into balls and bake for 16-20 minutes.
  4. In a frying pan, combine both vinegars and brown sugar.
  5. Add the baked meatballs to the pan, and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.*Rotate balls and stir occasionally.
  6. Enjoy!

 

Brown Gravy Vinaigrette Pork Roast

I found the recipe for this yummy crockpot dish on Pinterest here. It was quite easy to make and tastes GREAT!

Here are the ingredients. They aren’t explicitly listed in the blog, but were taken off its thumbnail on Pinterest.

  • 1 (3 pound) Pork Roast
  • 2 (.87 oz) packs of Pork Gravy Mix [I used Brown Gravy to substitute]
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 3 cups mini Carrots
  • 1 tbsp Garlic
  • 1 large Onion
  • 5 Russet Potatoes
  • 1 (10 oz can) Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/4 cup Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
  • 1/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 3/4 cup Water

Directions:

  1. Drizzle olive oil onto a medium sized pan. Season with salt and pepper. Sear to a brown on both sides.
  2. Peel and chop potatoes and onion.
  3. Add the pork to crockpot and carrots.
  4. Place and the potatoes & onions (mixed together) on top.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the garlic (I added mine to the potatoes directly), dressing, soy sauce, water (1/2 cup), and brown sugar. Whisk thoroughly. Pour over potatoes.
  6. Cover the crockpot and cook for 4-5 hours on high.
  7. Once cooked, pour the juices of the pork into a sauce pan. Add the 2 packs of gravy, milk, water (1/4 cup) and cream of mushroom soup. Whisk and heat on high until boiled.
  8. Drizzle on top & enjoy.

Choco-Chip Cream Cheese (a cheat)

I have found another amazing recipe on Pinterest that I REALLY wanted to try. But guess who didn’t have all the ingredients in stock, that’s right, Target! I will post the link to the original recipe I found, as well as include my “cheat” recipe.

Here is the link to the original recipe that I planned to use. Below is what I actually did.

  1. Get yourself your fave chocolate chip cookie dough. I just bought 2 bags of Betty Crocker’s cookie mix and followed the directions.
  2. I then took a 9x 13 pan and lined it with parchment paper.
  3. Firmly press dough to fill the bottom of the pan.
  4. Following the original recipe’s instructions, I created the filling.
    1. I doubled the recipe so I used 2 8 oz boxes of cream cheese (softened), 2 eggs, 1 cup of sugar, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Beat well.
  5. After placing the filling, cover with remaining cookie dough.
  6. Bake on 350 for about 40 minutes or until the cream cheese sets and the dough is golden.
  7. Chill.

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Happy baking and enjoy! * I highly recommend ice cream with this! 🙂

Callie & Gabbie

B.S. Honey Ham

Ah, New Year’s Eve is finally here. And where there is celebration, there is food! I am fairly  new to the cooking scene to be completely honest. I LOVE finding easy recipes and practicing them at home, especially if they are made in a crock pot! It practically does the cooking for you!

Here is a recipe for Brown-sugar Honey Ham that I found somewhere. I thought it was on Pinterest, but I can’t seem to find it anymore!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pre-cooked spiral cut ham.
  • 3 1/2 cups brown sugar.
  • 1/2 cup honey.
  • 1 20 oz can of pineapple chunks (or slices).

Directions:

  1. In an 8 quart or larger crock pot, I HIGHLY suggest using a liner (makes clean up very quick and easy) cover the bottom of the pot with 2 cups of brown sugar.
  2. Place the ham and open the slices. (Don’t sweat if some of the juices drain in the sink instead of the pot, it will be more than juicy!)
  3. Pour in honey.
  4. Add the pineapple and its juice.
  5. Top with remaining sugar.
  6. Cook on low for 4-6 hours.

Here is what the ham will look like in the beginning and sliced in the end 🙂

Enjoy and Happy Cooking!!!

Callie & Gabbie

Oreo “Cheat-cake”Bites

Let’s be honest really quick. We don’t always have our pantries stocked with baking ingredients (I know I don’t), and sometimes, we get  REALLY hungry and start to crave something, or you have a family gathering and need to put something together really quick. Also, Target didn’t have half the ingredients I needed to make a complete oreo cheesecake cupcake. Thankfully, I had a no-bake recipe saved to my Pinterest! It is SO easy and literally requires only 3 ingredients!

Click here for the recipe! For the Chocolate Oreo Mousse Cheesecake I used in a previous post, click here.

My only comment regarding the no-bake recipe is that refrigerating the cheesecakes for a few hours before serving works just as good, and taste amazing!!

 

Happy Baking!

Callie & Gabbie

 

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