Easy Apricot Baked Brie

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This is such a great quick and delicious appetizer! It literally is so simple to make, even kids can do this! Feel free to add your favorite jam flavor; I found that apricot jam goes perfectly with this app. This was my first time making baked brie; as it is one of my favorite apps of all time! I guess you can say I’m a sucker for cheese…especially brie cheese when it’s melted…and covered yummy cresent rolls. Yummmmmm-O!

Ingredients:
1 can of Pillsbury™ crescent rolls
1 round 8 oz brie cheese
1/4 cup apricot jam ​
Crackers and thinly slices apples or pairs

Steps:
1. Remove crescent rolls from can and spread out on a greased cookie sheet or an ovenproof serving platter.

2. Press rolls together to form a large rectangle, making sure that all seams are sealed well. Place cheese in the center of dough. Spread apricot jam on top of cheese until even. Wrap the dough around the cheese brick until it is completely covered. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Serve on a platter with crackers and thinly sliced apples.
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Healthy Apple Crumble

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Do you ever buy too many apples at the grocery store like me!? I believe in the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” so I tend to always have one too many apples laying around. When this happens, this is always the first thing I love to bake because its so easy and delicious! If you love apple pie (like me) this is the perfect alternative for a healthy version of course 🙂 You can even enjoy this for breakfast like me and my fiance did!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
6 small apples; sliced
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
For the crumble:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup cinnamon graham crackers; crushed
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter; cubed
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl add sliced apples, lemon juice, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins. Mix until apples are coated evenly.

2. Pour apple slices in a pie dish and set aside. Using the same mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the crumble topping! (this part is easy!)..Mix with a fork until it has a crumby consistency. Pour on top of apples and let bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
*The is best if served with vanilla ice cream..or vanilla frozen yogurt if you are trying to be extra healthy 🙂

Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

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These are almost too cute to eat! I grew up with my Nana making a very similar dish but instead she would get a piece of toast, cut a hole out, add an egg and it was so much fun to eat. This is a great breakfast to get your day started, I usually put my Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole in between a piece of toast with some avocado, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. Let me just tell you, this is what you can call a “breakfast of champions”.

Yield: 3

Ingredients:
3 slices of bell peppers; cut into 1/2 inch rings (use any color)
3 eggs
1 1/2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Sprinkle of pepper

Steps:
1. Drizzle olive oil in a large frying pan on medium heat. In the mean time, wash bell pepper(s), remove seeds, and cut into rings.

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2. Place rings on frying pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. Carefully with a fork, flip bell pepper rings and add cracked egg in the center of the bell pepper (be sure not to get any shells!). Sprinkle top of eggs with salt and pepper and let it cook for another 4-5 minutes until egg whites are white and yolk is still runny.

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Baked Cinnamon Sugar Donuts

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Since it’s been raining so much lately, I thought it would be acceptable to make homemade donuts..except they are baked so I guess you can say they are guilt-free?! These took me 10 minutes to make so you don’t have to worry about it being too difficult as you would usually think when making ‘homemade donuts’. Plus, there is nothing better than the smell of donuts baking in the morning.

Yield: 1 dozen

Ingredients:
1 egg
1/3 cup butter; melted
1/2 cup Vanilla creamer
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
For topping
1/4 cup butter; melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat egg and creamer until combined. Add flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, sugar, and cinnamon. Stir until dough is formed and make sure to not over-mix!

2. Melt butter and brush on bottom of cupcake pan (a totally of 12).  Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on bottom and with two spoons scoop into cupcake tins. Brush tops with more butter and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon and sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
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Apricot Orange Chicken

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This is one of the easiest chicken dishes I have ever made! Today was my first day at my new job, so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to make dinner. Luckily, I was able to whipped this up just within minutes, and you can too! I had broccoli in my fridge I needed to use up so I just ate mine over broccoli but you can certainly use any type of rice or quinoa. You can save your money and calories from ordering this chinese take out dish and make your own homemade version thats even better!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts; cut into bite sized pieces
Sprinkle of salt
Sprinkle of pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic; chopped
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Zest of one orange

Steps:
1. Season bite sized chicken with salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Heat a large pan on medium heat with olive oil.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, orange juice, honey, apricot jam, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger, and the zest of an orange.

3. Add chicken to pan and cook until browned but not cooked completely. Pour in apricot orange sauce and let it come to a boil (so it can thicken). Cook for 2-3 minutes until sauce completely covers chicken and chicken is cooked. Serve over broccoli, rice, or quinoa and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Homemade chinese food in minutes!