Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Healthy Living Link Party # 121


Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 121


Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below! 
  We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.




The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.


We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

 Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week


 A Bountiful Love  



Skillet Sweet Potato Tacos 



Day By Day In Our World  
 







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    Monday, July 10, 2017

    Kale Brownies

    Kale and brownies...I know it doesn't sound so appetizing. It is not just kids who turn their noses away from kale, despite of all the good benefits of this vegetable. Some grown ups can not make themselves eat this wonder veggie.  Our youngest have the strongest aversion to veggies. Luckily, she now eats peas and carrots on fried rice.  Over the years, I now have some tricks up my sleeve to get her to eat vegetables.

    I have mixed zucchini with muffins , spinach with popsicles . I am also known for mixing grated sweet potatoes in meatballs and meat loaf. See here for : Chocolate Zucchini Muffins and Fruit and Veggie Popsicle.

    Back to kale and brownies. You can mix kale with brownies without tasting the kale!  Trust me. Lily's got this awesome skill of dissecting her meals inside her mouth. Gross sounding BUT this skill of hers is funny and puzzled me through out the years. She can detect, the smallest piece of diced or shredded veggies in her mouth.  This kale brownies however was a HIT. She not only ate a couple right off the bat but she happily declared that this brownie recipe is soooo great.  They are moist, fudgy and full of chocolate goodness. Go ahead and give it a try!





    Ingredients:

    1 large bunch kale
    1¼ cup flour
    2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
    1 tsp. salt
    1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    1 cup  unsalted butter ( if using salted, skip the salt)
    1½ cups granulated sugar
    ½ cup packed brown sugar
    4 eggs at room temperature, beaten
    1½ tsp. vanilla extract

    Wash the kale and pat it dry. Only use the leafy parts of the kale. Place the kale leaves in a steamer and steam for 5 minutes or until wilted. Puree the kale using a  food processor. Drain any excess liquid and set aside the kale.


    You will have approximately have 1 cup of  kale. 
    In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. 

     
     Mix until thoroughly combined. Melt the chocolate chips and butter. I did not use a double broiler. I just used the microwave. Starting at 20 seconds stirring and then 10 second intervals until evenly melted and smooth. Let the melted chocolate sit until it cools to room temperature. 


    Add the eggs, kale, sugars, and vanilla in a separate bowl.


     Mix the kale mixture with the chocolate mixture until combined. 


    Gently fold in the flour mixture until just barely combined, taking care not to over-mix.


     Prepare a 13″x 9″ pan by greasing it with butter and then lining it with parchment paper.  Carefully pour the brownie batter into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 


    Carefully lift the brownies up (by holding on to the parchment paper) and transfer to a cooling rack. Leaving the brownies on the pan may over cook it and it will make your brownies really dry.  This is totally optional but you can sift powdered sugar on top of the brownies.





    If you are wondering if they ever figured my "secret" ingredient.... the answer is NO. It is deceptively delicious and tasty! 


    It is fudgy and dense.  Who knew that I can successfully have our youngest eat Kale?  I know for sure that this is not going to be the last time that I will be whipping up these  homemade brownies.


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    Friday, July 7, 2017

    Skillet Sweet Potato Tacos

    This meatless recipe is so easy to make. You can add it to your list of weeknight skillet meals. Kid friendly to boot too! Our girls enjoyed it as much as I do. Frugal recipe as well, you can use homemade black beans or use low sodium canned black beans. I am over at My Joy Filled Life , sharing this tasty, easy and yummy recipe Skillet Sweet Potato Tacos. 

    If you are looking for more meatless and frugal recipes , check this out :





     
    Top this delicious sweet potato tacos with fresh avocados and chopped cilantro. Use hot sure or your favorite salsa.  Serve it with soft tacos or with quinoa!


     Hop on over to My Joy Filled Life to grab this recipe.




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    Thursday, July 6, 2017

    Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 71

    Welcome to the Bloggers Spotlight Link Party # 71

    Thank you  for making the last party successful and wonderful! We enjoyed stopping by and learning new things. If you are new here, welcome and we are glad to have you. If not, welcome back!  There's a few and awesome changes on our linky party, first we are opening up our BLOGGERS SPOTLIGHT LINK PARTY for everyone, so you all can pin your great posts! Second, we simplified our rules ..everybody loves simple right?

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    Wednesday, July 5, 2017

    Healthy Living Link Party # 120


    Welcome to the Healthy Living Link Party # 120


    Join our HEALTHY LIVING LINK PARTY PINTEREST BOARD .Collaborate with us and we would love for you to pin with us. Pin your healthy living related post , recipes, giveaways, reviews and more! If you like to join our collaborative board,  you can email me at abountifullove (at)gmail (dot)com or comment below! 
      We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your healthy and inspiring posts with us.  If you are new here , we are so glad to have you!! Have fun and make new friends! I appreciate each and everyone of you for joining us.



    The Healthy Living link party is all about living a healthy life. Link up your posts related to healthy living and recipes that are low carb, low calorie, paleo, keto, organic, clean, etc. Eating healthy doesn't have to be boring and is more fun when you share your recipes and find some new ones.



    We all pick our week's feature, so don't forget to stop by their blogs!

     Here’s what your hosts have been up to this week


     A Bountiful Love  


     
    Urban Naturale
     





    SIMPLIFIED Rules of the Party: 

    • Link up only healthy living related post --> recipes, tips, guidelines, giveaways, etc.  
    •  Visit your linky neighbor. Comment or share on your favorite social media platform.




    Disclaimer: . Emails are obtained ONLY TO NOTIFY participants of the next link-up and for that reason only. You may opt out of these emails by unsubscribing from them at any time. If other bloggers chose to share your content and your graphic through this link up, the hosts of  Healthy Living Link Party are NOT responsible for any article or images that was use illegally.

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    Friday, June 30, 2017

    Patriotic Swirl Cupcakes

    It's been crazy hot here in Inland Empire! Triple digit miserable hot. I do all the cooking and baking early in the morning to avoid overheating the whole house. You can't take this girl away from baking treats. I've been on a cupcake craze lately. Looking for a cupcake recipe from scratch.  In fact, I made a Pinterest board dedicated to my love for cupcakes. Though my love for cake pop is also right there with my love for easy and simple cupcake recipes.

    How do you make easy cupcakes from scratch?

    This simple and easy cupcake recipe that I will share with you is a basic white cupcake. It is not crumbly and dry. Moist and full. It's uses all purpose flour and not cake flour. It needs egg whites only. I used Aldi's Fit N Active egg whites. We do have regular milk so I used almond milk instead. It turned out crazy good.

    Don't get me started with the easy and simple buttercream frosting. With all the recipes that you can fin for cupcake frosting, by far this is the easiest that I found. You will also find some product suggestions that I used making these cupcake . I have provided amazon links as well. Please see my full disclosure HERE.





    Ingredients:

    This easy and simple cupcake recipe makes: 24 cupcakes

    Basic WHITE CUPCAKE
    3 cups all purpose flour
    1 tbsp baking powder
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1 1/2 cups, sugar
    3/4 cups milk
    5 egg whites

    Buttercream Frosting
    4 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
    2 tbsp milk
    1 cup solid vegetable shortening

     Tools you will need : piping bags, tip # , Wilton color right system, flour sifter , extra bowls , cupcake liners, electric mixer ( This is the mixer that I use and love.).


    Directions:

    Let's start with the cupcakes. Line your cupcake/muffin tin with paper liners.  Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift flour and baking powder.


    Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla, mix well. Add flour alternately with milk. Your batter will look really dry.


    In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff ( NOT DRY). Fold the egg whites into the batter.


    Pour batter into the prepared cupcake tin. I used a tablespoon to measure my batter. I did 3 tbsp for each slot.  Bake for 7- 19 minutes. Check if it is fully baked by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cupcake. When it comes out clean, you are good to go! Transfer the cupcakes onto a cooling rack.


    Are you ready for the buttercream frosting? Note that I am making a pure white icing. If you are not wanting to produce a pure white icing , reduce the shortening to a 1/2 cup only, then add 1/2 cup of butter.
    Beat the shortening , 1/2 tsp NO COLOR butter flavor  and vanilla. Gradually add the sugar, one cup at a time on a medium speed. Icing may appear dry at this point, gradually add milk and beat at medium speed.
     If you want a thinner consistency ( add 2 tbsp of milk or water).
    I divided my icing into three bowls . Reserve the white icing and set aside.

    Start adding the colors.

    For the red : 40 R
    Blue : icing + 26 B + 8 R + 4 P

     I used Wilton Color Right System


    I enjoyed tinting the icing! I also used Color Swirl 3- Color Coupler.


    Fill each bag with red, white and blue icing and fitting with tip #1M . Pipe a  swirl on each cooled cupcake. 



     Aren't they pretty?


     Decorate your cupcakes with your favorite sprinkles!  I used patriotic star sprinkles .


     
    You can  also use cupcake toppers or colored sugars. Now that is the really fun part! 


    I just love the colors!  The cupcake is not dry and crumbly.  If you have left over buttercream frosting, just put it in an airtight container store it in your refrigerator. When you are ready to use it, just bring it to room temperature and "re- fluff" .
    Use the left over on cookies too!  Our girls love to decorate cut out cookies . I hope that you will enjoy this easy cupcake recipe.



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