Simple Smoked Salmon Flatbread

I love smoked salmon on anything, especially bagels and cream cheese for breakfast or lunch! I had a ton of pita bread left over from the Toufayan Bakeries recipe contest (see my recipe here)! I hosted a brunch a few weeks ago and made these quick and delicious flatbreads! The best part about this is the simplicity of this beautiful brunch item.  It takes less than 10 minutes to put together and everyone will love them–you can also make these on plain cooked pizza dough or even sliced bagels or mini bagels. Smoked salmon and cream cheese really goes great with everything and anything. A sprinkle of fresh dill makes this extra delicious!

Simple Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Simple Smoked Salmon Flatbread

Ingredients

3 Pita Bread rounds (I used Toufayan’s Pita Bread)

3 Tbsp. cream cheese with chives (you can also use plain)

4-6 ounces of sliced Smoked Salmon

Fresh dill for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place pita bread rounds on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until toasted.
  2. Spread about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese onto each pita round. Place sliced smoked salmon on top and garnish with fresh dill.
  3. Cut each round in half and enjoy!
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Thin Mint Cookie Muddy Buddies

Raise your hand if you are obsessed with Girl Scout cookies and eat way too many after you buy them.. that would be me! I am especially a huge fan of the Thin Mints and I like put them in the freezer or fridge to keep them cold.  It’s always so hard to say no to those sweet girls who are standing outside of the grocery store selling the cookies. Plus, you can only buy them during a certain time of year so I don’t really feel bad after-all for eating them! I had two boxes of thin mints laying around my kitchen and I didn’t want these cookies going to waste, duh. Muddy Buddies have been a long-time favorite treat of mine. There are so many different ways to flavor them but nothing beats the original. This combination is a great way to use up your leftover cookies.

Muddy Buddies + Thin Mints = a perfect combination

Thin Mint Muddy Buddies–St. Patty’s Day Edition

Thin Mint Muddy Buddies–St. Patty’s Day Edition

If you looooove Thin Mint cookies, you will love this twisted treat! *BEWARE--these are addicting!

Ingredients

Chocolate Thin Mint Flavor:

4 cups Rice Chex cereal

1 cup semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

12 Thin Mint cookies, finely crushed

1/4 cup powdered sugar

Green Pieces:

4 cups Rice Chex cereal

1 cup white chocolate chips (or melts)

Green food dye to get them green, optional (use gel only)

3/4 cup powdered sugar

Extra Thin Mints; roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. For the Chocolate Thin Mint Cereal pieces: Place cereal in a large gallon size bag and set aside. In a small microwave proof bowl, melt chocolate and stir until smooth.
  2. Pour the melted chocolate over cereal in bag and gently stir with a spatula until coated, you can also shake the bag but I usually like to wait until my powdered sugar is added.
  3. Add finely crushed cookies and powdered sugar and shake.
  4. Pour covered cereal onto a cookie sheet and let cool.
  5. For the Green Cereal Pieces: Repeat steps 1-6. This time using white chocolate and add green coloring, about 5 drops of gel but use to your desire.
  6. Once both flavors are done, mix the two together and add sprinkle more Thin Mints on top for decoration!

You may also add mint extract for more of a minty flavor!

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Be sure to let your Muddy Buddy Mix cool so the chocolate and coatings set. This will make it more crunchy!

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

March 2017 – Theme
Spring Clean the Kitchen

This month’s theme for The Recipe Redux is spring cleaning! We all are in need to do it sooner than later so this was recipe was helpful while I was cleaning out my fridge. I was to use at least 3 ingredients that were already in my refrigerator and create something healthy out of it. Of course I always have a sweet tooth so I made this light and tasty treat using what I normally have in my fridge–fruit and yogurt.

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Light, fluffy and sweet! This makes the perfect dessert when you are wanting to indulge--except no need to feel guilty with this low-cal treat!

Ingredients

2 cups of Vanilla or Strawberry yogurt

2 cups of Cool Whip

½ tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbsp. powdered sugar

4 finely chopped fresh strawberries

Strawberries for dipping

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, cool whip, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and strawberries together until well combined. Transfer dip into a serving bowl and serve with fresh strawberries! You can also use cubed pound cake to dip as well, I just wanted to use up my strawberries!
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This recipe makes for a perfect snack! I actually ate this for breakfast because, why not?! I was trying to use what I had in my fridge and I was also trying to go the healthier route..This dip would be fantastic with cubed pound cake, vanilla wafers or any other favorite sweet of yours! This summer favorite dessert is now a favorite breakfast or after-dinner treat. Next time you are at the store to buy yogurts for your breakfast or snack, be sure to think of this recipe!

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Easter Bunny Peep Pops

Spring is finally here–happy first day of Spring everyone! I love it when I can whip up a sweet treat that only takes a few minutes and has a few ingredients…. and most importantly is super cute like these pops!

These cute Easter bunnies are so adorable and so easy to make! They are also fun to make because you can make them however you want! I love marshmallows so I love when I see Peeps displayed at grocery stores this time of year. I feel like Peeps are only around for such a short amount of time and they don’t get used as much as they should. Kids will love this recipe, I know my 2 year old Goddaughter did! When I gave her a treat bag full of these, she was so happy to see this colorful treat and the first thing she ate was the Peep, of course!

Bunny Peep Pops

Bunny Peep Pops

These treats are so adorable and will put a smile on anyone!

Ingredients

12 pretzel rods

12 Peeps (I used blue and pink bunnies)

1 cup white chocolate candy melts

Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave for 1 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate in a drinking glass or mug.
  3. Dip and or spoon each rod to cover about ½ the pretzel in the chocolate.
  4. Scrape excess chocolate off on edge of the cup. Smooth out chocolate with a spoon or knife so it is dipped evenly and smoothly on the rod.
  5. Sprinkle each rod with your favorite sprinkles and place on baking sheet. Spoon about a ½ tsp. of melted chocolate on the back of a peep and position on rod to set. Repeat until finished!
  6. Let each rod set for about 15 minutes, you can also place them in the refrigerator to cool and harden faster. Enjoy these adorable sweet treats!
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There is just something about Peeps that makes me happy, maybe because they are so cute! Does anyone else feel that every Holiday comes and goes too fast? I always feel so rushed to enjoy all the festive treats that come once a year, so I might as well make them when I can! Who doesn’t love a cute and delicious sweet treat anyways?

 

Mini BLT Pizzas

 

“I received free samples of Toufayan Pita mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Toufayan Bakeries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

One of the perks about blogging is I get the opportunity to try out different products and participate in contests. This time, I had the opportunity to work with Toufayan Bakeries who carries a vast variety of products such as pita breads, pita chips, wraps, flat breads, bagels, croissants and more! I was sent 8 different flavors of pita bread and I though this recipe would work perfectly with the Classic White pita bread (the Whole Wheat would work great too). Pita bread is great because of its versatility and ability to create so many types of snacks/meals out of it! Also and most importantly, it has a great nutritional value added to them–each pita has 6 gram of protein in it and is only 150 calories.

For this creation, I was originally going to post a “BLT Sandwich” recipe using the pita bread as the “sandwich bread”. Then I wanted to add cheese to the recipe and realized a pizza was the way to go! I usually don’t like too many different toppings on my pizza—less is more to me. But not in this case. I love my bacon extra crispy so there is a ton of crunch and a lot of flavor in this. The bacon, cheese, tomato, lettuce and dressing make this combination come together and it’s pair perfectly!

Mini BLT Pizzas

Yield: 4 Servings

Mini BLT Pizzas

Pizza night just got a lot easier and delicious!

Ingredients

4 Toufayan’s Pita Bread’s (I used classic white)

½ cup tomato sauce (you may not use it all)

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese; shredded

4 slices of bacon

1 roma tomato; thinly sliced

4 cherry tomatoes; sliced in quarters (optional)

1 head of romaine lettuce; shredded

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise

½ tsp. olive oil

¼ tsp. garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place pita breads on a lined baking sheet with foil.
  2. Place strips of bacon on a cold frying pan. Do not have them overlap too much. Cook bacon low and slow. Once you hear the bacon crackle and see fat release, flip bacon with tongs. Keep flipping bacon until evenly brown. Place cooked bacon on a cooling rack layered with paper towels (so access fat can be absorbed). When bacon is cooled, crumble into pieces.
  3. Add about 1 Tbsp. of tomato sauce on each pita bread. Swirl it around until covered, then sprinkle cheddar cheese and about 3 sliced of tomatoes. Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, in a bowl toss the lettuce, mayonnaise, garlic powder, salt and pepper until well combined. Set in fridge until pizza is ready.
  5. Once cheese has melted, top the mini pizzas with bacon, lettuce and more tomatoes! Enjoy!!! I apologize in advanced if I got you hooked on this—you can always use turkey bacon for a healthier alternative.
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This pizza has all the components of one of the most popular sandwiches around—even the mayo, and I even added some olive oil to the dressing to make it even more creamy. The mayo dressing really gives this recipe a richer taste that makes all your taste buds happy.

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