Carrot Cake Sandwich

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Absolutely messy…but worth every finger lick. This is a great Easter dessert for kiddos & for the kids in all of us!

So go ahead & top off your chocolate bunny filled bellies with this delicious recipe…and if you aren’t leaning towards cookies this year try my vegan carrot cake or carrot cake donuts recipes!

Let’s get to the yum…

  1. Preheat the oven to 350degrees & line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper
  2. In a small bowl toss 2C shredded carrots & 3T brown sugar – then line a colander with 2 paper towels & place mixture inside to let seep – set aside for 10minutes
  3. In a large bowl whisk together 1C flour, 1/2C brown sugar, 1t cinnamon 1/4t baking soda & 1/4t salt
  4. In a microwavable bowl melt 2T butter then stir in: 2T canola oil, 1t grated orange rind, 1/2t vanilla extract & 1 egg
  5. Combine the liquid bowl with the dry & then add the carrot mixture
  6. Grab your cookie sheets, drop dough roughly 2 inches apart (~ 14cookies) & bake for ~11minutes

While baking whisk together 4oz cream cheese, 2T melted butter, 1/4t vanilla extract & 1/8t salt – then slowly add in 1C powdered sugar. Whisk or beat for 3minutes til mixture gets thicker.

Nutritional Info Per Sandwich (Makes 6): as mentioned in prior posts, calories don’t count during the holidays 

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Easter Brunch: Lamb Sausage with Sweet Potato & Leek Hash

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Happy Early Easter ALL! Jon & I are hoppin’ (yes, pun intended) along to our old stomping grounds this weekend…good ol’ NYC. One last trip before the babe comes our way!

Anywho…the hub & I whipped up an early Easter brunch for breakfast this past weekend that was so scrumptious! If you are having guests over for Easter brunch this will be a quick fix & very impressive to your visitors! If you are having Easter dinner at your pad (instead of brunch) then stick to the dinner I made last year – I still have dreams about it!

Appetizer: Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs

Dinner: Lamb Burger with Roasted Cauliflower

Drink: Easterita

Let’s get hoppin’ (I know, I just have too!!)…

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Peel 2 large sweet potatoes, add to boiling water with 1T salt and leave on high for ~25minutes
  2. While the potatoes are boiling, slice up 3 leeks (white & light green parts) – cut them lengthwise & then thinly slice
  3. Add leeks to a skillet with 1T butter – let brown (~5minutes), then add in 1.5t minced garlic, 1/2t black pepper, 1/4t red pepper flakes & garlic, 3/4t salt
  4. Remove the potatoes & drain – once cooled mash with a fork, add the leek mixture & 1T freshly chopped dill
  5. Grab a pot (use the large pot you boiled the potatoes in), coat the bottom with butter, let it brown then add in the potato/leek mix – spread it even & turn the heat down to medium and let it brown for 5-10minutes

On to the lamb…

  1. In a large bowl combine 1 pound of lamb, 1T EVOO, 1 minced garlic glove, 1.5t fresh chopped rosemary, 1t crushed fennel & season with S/P – form into 8-10 patties
  2. Spray skillet with EVOO & place patties on medium heat – roughly cook each side for 4minutes or until browned
  3. Place cooked sausages on a paper towel & pat grease off

Like I said, easy as can be & once you taste this you will be asking yourself why you never make breakfast like this more! Hope you enjoy & HAPPY EASTER!!!!

Nutritional Info Per Sausage (if you make 8): 175calories – 13 grams of fat – no carbs – 14grams of protein
Nutritional Info for Hash (Serves 2): 350calories – 6grams of fat – 70 carbs – 6 grams of protein  
 

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Easter Lamb Burgers with Roasted Cauliflower

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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE! We are back in my hometown enjoying family fun and last night I decided to cook an early Easter dinner. I was thinking about a fancy lamb dinner – however, I decided to turn it down a notch & grill up some lamb burgers since it was such a beautiful day! I paired the burgers with roasted cauliflower (kind of like fries, right?) – and they were amazing! Both of these will be cooked up again with only more gorgeous sunny days heading our way!

Enjoy your day with your family & loved ones – maybe even spice up your night with an Easterita!

Lamb Burger:

  1. In a large bowl blend: 3lbs ground lamb, 2/3C chopped mint, 4t paprika, 1.5t cinnamon, 1t salt & 3T EVOO – make 8 patties 
  2. Grill the patties or cook on a skillet for 4minutes on either side
  3. Meanwhile, slice 8 ciabatta buns & place in preheated broiler till golden
  4. In side bowl mix: 3C baby spinach, 1.5C crumbled feta cheese, 1 sliced red onion

Dill Sauce:

  1. Combine 2C fage 0%, 1/3C chopped dill, 3T chopped mint, 4 cloves minced garlic, juice from 1 lemon, 1/2 chopped cucumber (peeled) & add S/P to taste – stir & refrigerate

Now on to the roasted cauliflower…

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Roasted Cauliflower:

  1. Preheat oven to 425degrees with both racks relatively in the middle of oven & place 2 baking sheets in oven as it heats
  2. Slice up 2 heads of cauliflower – drizzle with EVOO, S/P (as much as you want) & toss
  3. Remove baking sheets, place cauliflower on sheets & roast for 25minutes
  4. In a skillet mix: 2C torn french bread pieces (about size of raisins) & 1T EVOO – stir around till bread gets crisp (8minutes) – reserve in large bowl
  5. In the same skillet add: 4T minced garlic, 1/2t red pepper flakes 1/2C chopped golden raisins, 4T sherry vinegar (not the same as sherry cooking wine!) & 4T water – once liquid  evaporates a bit put it all in the reserved bowl
  6. Once cauliflower is fully roasted mix in to the reserved bowl

To serve, place burger on toasted bun, a dollop of the dill sauce on the buthrt, top with the spinach/feta mix & scoop a spoonful of the roasted cauliflower on the side! This meal was am Easter hit. Hope you enjoy & Happy Easter!

Nutritional Info Per Burger without Bun & Spinach Mix (Makes 8 Burgers): 380calories – 28 grams of fat – <1 carbs – 29 grams of protein
Nutritional  Info Per Dill Sauce (Serves 8): 30 calories – 0 fat – 3 carbs – 5 grams of protein
Nutritional Info Per Serving of Cauliflower (Serves 8): 100 calories – 4 grams of fat – 17 grams of carb – 2 grams of protein                         
 

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Celebrate with a Easterita!!!

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Okay, stop what you are doing & grab a pen and piece of paper. You got it? Now write down the list below:

  1. Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
  2. Jose Cuervo Especial Gold
  3. Triple Sec
  4. Bottled lime juice or fresh limes
  5. Peeps (the bunny marshmallows) & skewers/long toothpicks (see pic)

Now, go put on your party pants on cause your Easter is about to get a lot better!

For real, this drink is INSANE!  My bro sent me this concoction a few weeks back & I knew we had to get into this over Easter weekend.

For one drink mix up:

  • 1 and 1/4oz Smirnoff (2.5T)
  • 1/4oz Jose (0.5T)
  • 1/2oz Triple Sec (1T)
  • 3/4oz Lime Juice (1.5T)

Shake or stir and serve on ice with a peep on a stick! How festive!

I am in PA right now & all the liquor stores are closed on Sunday – so for all of you living in states like this, go buy the ingredients!  Your Easter will be all the better while drinking Easteritas!

Nutritional Info Per Drink (Serves 1 Drink): 160 calories – 0 fat – 7 carbs – 0 protein 

Garden Salad with Herb Vinaigrette

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Fresh tarragon, dill, parsley & chives pump this salad up into such an enjoyable bed of greens! Literally bursts of flavor packed into every bite! I actually made some of the same radishes from my crab stuffed deviled eggs yesterday and topped the salad with them (the lemon gave them such a punch). Yum, for real! It’s going to be such a great side salad for our Easter dinner on Sunday too!

  1. Dice up 1/3C fresh chive, 1/3C fresh tarragon, 1 minced shallot  & place in a small bowl
  2. Mix in 2t grain mustard, 1/4C champagne vinegar,  1T EVOO & S/P to taste – stir & chill until ready to use
  3. In another bowl combine: 2C sliced radishes, juice of 1/2 a lemon & season with salt – cover & set in fridge for 30minutes or until you are ready to plate
  4. Slice up 1 cucumber – set aside

To serve on a large platter: lay 4C mixed greens, 2C arugula, 1/3C fresh parsley, 1/3C fresh dill sprigs, top with sliced radishes and cucumber. Finally drizzle on the chilled dressing and sprinkle with both caraway & mustard seeds!

It doesn’t get much more fresh than that!

Nutritional Info Per Serving for Dressing (Serves 4): 80 calories – 4 grams of fat – 8 carbs – 3 grams of protein

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Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs

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It was really hard to destroy our pretty decorated eggs – but boy these turned out tasty, well worth it! I decided to twist up the typical deviled eggs and make a crab stuffed eggs! These puppies are so flavorful and way lower  in calories – let the indulging (but not feel bad about it) over this holiday begin!

  1. Boil or bake 12 eggs, rinse under cold water, peel, cut in half , remove yolks (set in side bowl) & place egg white halves on side plate
  2. In a small bowl mix: 2C sliced radishes, juice of 1/2 a lemon & season with salt – cover & set in fridge for 30minutes
  3. In a separate bowl combine: 14oz cooked lump crab meat, 2 egg yolks, juice from 1/2 a lemon, 1T EVOO, 3T Fage 0% (heaping), 2 diced celery stalks &  2t ground mustard
  4. Add S/P, taste & adjust seasoning if necessary
  5. Scoop crab mixture into the egg white halves until all used

Sprinkle with cayenne pepper & serve with the crisp radishes – YUM!

Hope this recipe inspires you to try something new for an appetizer this Easter! I am going to make this one again for my family this weekend!

Nutritional Info Per Half (Makes 24 Halves): 30 calories – 1 gram of fat – <1 carb – 4 grams of protein

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To Sprinkle or Sparkle?

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Clearly I am partial to sparkling my eggs (get it? The Sparkled Sidewalk) but both of these techniques are too cute not to share!  Such a fun way to dazzle up your Easter merrymaking with adults or kids & the uses for these are endless!

If you use real eggs make sure to not set out as decor – but this works just as well with plastic or foam eggs! I can imagine the Easter wreaths, centerpieces, garlands & name cards now or the lucky find of one of these pretties on the kiddos’ Easter morning egg hunt!

Anywho…lets hop on over to the details:

  • Cover surface that you are going to be working on with newspaper, set up disposable bowls (any bowl will work, I just wanted easy cleanup) & lay out foam brushes
  • Pour each sprinkle or sparkle into their own separate bowl 
  • Place parchment paper on a plate & pour Elmer’s Glue on it (or in a disposable bowl)
  • Use the foam brush & cover hard boiled eggs with a thin layer of glue on one side – gripping the very top & bottom of the egg with 2 fingers
  • Dip egg into bowl of your choice – cover the one side & let it dry for 30minutes in the bowl or until hard
  • Once dry, put glue on the other side & repeat the above process

Take out & shake off – VOILA! Continue on this fun adventure with whatever coats you like!

If you attempt please send me pictures…and now how am I going to use these for dinner? They are too pretty to eat!

Pinterest Try Outs: Hard Boiling Made Easy & The Golden Egg

If you haven’t fallen into the trap of Pinterest then maybe you have not seen or heard of baking your eggs to get them hardboiled or seen the mystery behind the golden egg. Well , I am all over Pinterest (find me!) & was curious, so I put them to the test. Check it out!

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Baked Hard Boiled Eggs: 

  • Preheat oven to 350degrees
  • Place eggs in muffin tins & set in oven for 30minutes
  • After 30minutes run eggs under cold water to stop the cooking process – this will help you peel them in the end too, so do not forget this part!

My review: Some spots were burnt just a tad. On my second batch I turned the eggs at the halfway mark & they did not burn. Regardless if they were burnt or not the taste was the same – yum and they were also easy to peel! Overall I give this method two thumbs up! Easy – just set your timer & walk away from the kitchen. Simple enough for me!

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Infamous GOLDEN EGG:

  • Grab one egg & put in a leg of tights (yes tights) 
  • Place hands on either side of the egg – now swing this around..ALOT (your arms may get tired so switch it off to other people & be careful not to hit yourself or something with this!)
  • Now get a flashlight, go into a dark room & shine the flashlight at egg to make sure yolk is broke – you can tell because the golden egg should be darker then a non broken egg (so compare)
  • Now the problemo with this is you have to boil this egg the good ol’ way – in water.
  • Check out this video if you have any questions on the process!

My review: Oh how I wanted this to work so badly!!! I tried 3 (4 if you count baking*) different batches – all with the same results, no go! Honestly, I could imagine this egg working so well with Easter egg hunts – whoever finds the golden eggs gets a special prize, kids would go crazy! Unfortunately I have to give this two thumbs down! (clearly the pic above isn’t mine – I wish it was!)

* I baked the egg with the my first batch & when I took out it gave me an egg facial (yes, it blew up in my face!)

Have you ever tried these and if so gotten the same outcomes? If not, let me know! …regardless these eggs are going to be dazzled up for tomorrows post, can’t wait!

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