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Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

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Brighten up your morning with these lively homemade lemon poppy seed scones that are both easy to make and come together quickly using a food processor.  They come out perfectly crumbly and tender with a great lemon-y flavor – perfect for a lazy weekend morning or a special occasion brunch!

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

(Adapted from Food.com)

Ingredients:

3 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
3 tablespoons Poppy Seeds
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
2 tablespoon grated lemon rind
10 tablespoons cold Butter, grated or cut into small pieces
1 large Egg
2 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
1/3 cup Milk ( I use skim)
1 tablespoon Sugar

Making Lemon Poppyseed Scones Hip2SaveDirections: Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, and lemon peel in a food processor. Cut in butter using brief on/off turns. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and lemon juice. Add to flour mixture using brief on/off turns until moist clumps form. Add 1/3 cup milk and process again briefly using on/off turns until dough forms. If you have a scone pan like mine, press mixture evenly into the greased pan. If not, just flour your hands and create a dough ball on cutting board. Flatten to about 8 inches round, and cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to a baking sheet and brush with milk. Sprinkle with an extra tablespoon of sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, until scones are golden. Let cool and serve. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container.
Yummy Lemon Poppyseed Scones Hip2SaveNote: I decreased sugar by half from original recipe because I like less sweet scones so use your judgment. Also, these scones can most certainly be made by hand or by using a stand mixture if you don’t have a food processor. The key is to not overwork the dough to keep them fluffy.

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Coconut Oil Blended Coffee (+ Bulletproof Coffee)

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If you’re looking for a unique, healthy, and all natural way to jazz up your morning coffee, try blending your coffee with coconut oil! Although it may sound strange at first, the result is a frothy, rich, and smooth cup of coffee – perfect to start the day!

Why coconut oil?

Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat known to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It improves digestion, energy, and increases the absorption of vitamins and minerals. Replacing processed creamer with high quality organic coconut oil can offer some amazing health benefits!

The method: Using a blender, blend one cup of hot coffee with a tablespoon of coconut oil for about 20 seconds. You could also add a natural sweetener or vanilla extract, or cinnamon. I actually use a teaspoon of raw local honey to combat allergies.

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I was recently intrigued by a family member who posted a photo of coconut oil in her coffee and I decided to try it for myself! I now love drinking my coffee this way and feel better about giving up processed creamer.

If you’re interested in trying an even creamier latte type coffee at home, try adding a tablespoon of grass fed butter. Collin is actually a big fan of this Bulletproof Coffee – read more about it and the health benefits here. To make this version you’ll need to blend one cup of coffee with 1 tablespoon coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter. You can also customize it with a little Stevia, cinnamon, or vanilla. The result is an incredible creamy latte like cup of coffee.

NOTE FROM COLLIN:  If you want to make it even creamier, you can also add in a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream (in addition to the coconut oil and butter!). Yes, I like a very creamy cup of coffee. :) I have been drinking this Bulletproof Coffee for a couple of weeks now and I’m lovin’ it. I feel very satisfied during the day having ingested lots of healthy fats in the morning and my energy level is rockin’.

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Easy French Dip Sandwiches

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Need a quick weeknight meal that tastes like it cooked all day? Try these mouth-watering French Dip Sandwiches that are full of deep flavors and super easy to throw together.

Easy French Dip Sandwiches

(Recipe adapted from FoodNetwork.com)

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 pounds deli roast beef, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
2 – 10.5 oz. cans beef consommé (found in the soup aisle)
1/2 cup water
about 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
2 tablespoons cooking sherry* (optional but yummy)
5 long shaped sandwich rolls

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Directions: Season sliced meat with a little steak seasoning and set aside. Heat butter in a deep skillet and cook shallots for a few minutes until tender. Whisk in flour and cook for another couple minutes. Add sherry and cook off liquid. Add beef consommé and water while slowly stirring. Cook sauce until bubbling and then turn down heat. Add meat and let warm through for a few minutes. Serve using kitchen tongs to place meat on sliced buns and serve sauce on the side for dipping if desired.

Makes 5-6 sandwiches. I am a big fan of this recipe due to the brilliant flavors of sherry and shallots. It tastes fancy, but comes together in just a few minutes! Enjoy. :)

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Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers (Meatless Monday Series)

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Looking for an easy to make and satisfying meatless and gluten-free meal? Try these mouthwatering quinoa and black bean stuffed bell peppers! They feature fresh veggies, lots of flavor, and are topped with melted Spanish Manchego cheese.

Vegetarian Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients:

6 bell peppers
3 cups quinoa, cooked
1/2 cup summer squash, chopped
1/2 cup zucchini, chopped
1/2 cup onion chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can black beans, drained
handful of cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons cumin
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup shredded Manchego cheese
extra cilantro for garnish, if desired

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Directions: Cut the tops off bell peppers and trim the insides. Place on an oven proof pan and drizzle peppers with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast for 20-30 minutes at 375 degrees until skin is tender. While peppers are roasting, rinse and cook your quinoa on the stove using one cup dried quinoa to two cups water. Heat a skillet with olive oil and cook chopped onion, zucchini, squash, and garlic until tender – about 10 minutes. Add cooked quinoa, black beans, and cilantro to vegetable mixture. Season with cumin and salt & pepper to taste. Spoon mixture into peppers and divide shredded cheese on the top. Place back in oven for another 5-10 minutes to melt cheese. Top with additional cilantro if desired. If you have additional quinoa mixture, serve it on the side.  Serves 6.

Meatless Monday Recipe Series Hip2SaveWant more Meatless Monday meals? Check out this 7 Layer Tortilla Pie recipe and Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli recipe and stay tuned for more Meatless recipes in the weeks and months to come! :)

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Classic Dill Dip (Easy Appetizer Idea)

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If you’re looking for a quick appetizer idea, try this classic creamy dill dip that’s both easy to make and a crowd pleaser! It requires just a handful of ingredients and pairs perfectly with fresh veggies. Make it the night before for added convenience and flavor.

Classic Dill Dip

Recipe adapted via Allrecipes.com

1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Real Mayonnaise
3 Tablespoons white onion, grated
1 Tablespoon dried dill weed
1 Teaspoon dried oregano
1 Teaspoon seasoning salt (or to taste)
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Directions: Combine all ingredients in medium bowl. Refrigerate overnight or serve right away! Serve with a variety of fresh veggies like celery, radishes, cauliflower, snap peas, broccoli, bell peppers, and carrots.

Note: I’ve used low fat sour cream in the past – the consistency is pretty thin but it still has great flavor. This dip is a family favorite and goes fast! If you happen to have any leftovers, this dip makes a great sauce served on top of fish. Enjoy!

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Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats – Only 3 Ingredients (Fun for St. Patrick’s Day)

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If you’re looking for a super easy and fun St. Patrick’s Day dessert, try these yummy Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats! Whip them up in under 10 minutes and all they require is 3 ingredients!

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Ingredients:

3 and 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
5 cups Lucky Charms cereal (reserve a few cereal marshmallows for top if desired)
3 tablespoons butter

Making Lucky Charms Treats Hip2SaveDirections: On the stove, melt butter & marshmallows. Mix in cereal. Pour in a 9×9 or 9×13 well greased pan. Press gently into pan and sprinkle with a handful of reserved marshmallows from cereal mixture if desired. Cut into bars when cooled and firm. Makes about 9 large bars or 18 smaller bars.

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Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli (Meatless Monday Series)

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If you’re a fan of this famous Olive Garden soup, take note of this yummy and flavorful meatless version. It’s a great way to feed a crowd on a budget and something you can compile and keep warm in a slow cooker. The combo of sautéed veggies, broth, pasta, beans, and diced tomatoes make for a filling and easy to throw together meal.

Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli Soup

Recipe adapted from Food.com

Ingredients:

2 – 11 oz packages meatless crumbles (pictured is Beyond Meat brand; click here for coupon)
3 pieces celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 – 24 oz cans diced tomato
2 – 32 oz containers vegetarian broth
15 oz can red kidney beans, drained
15 oz can white kidney (cannelloni beans), drained
24 oz jar spaghetti sauce
8 oz dry elbow macaroni
1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons dried oregano
5 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

How to make vegetarian pasta fagioli soup recipeDirections: Heat your largest pot on the stove with olive oil. Add onion, celery, and carrots and sauté for a few minutes. Add meatless crumbles, combine, and heat for another few minutes. Add tomatoes and let simmer for 10 minutes. Drain & rinse beans. Add beans, spaghetti sauce, broth, Tabasco, oregano and pasta. Let simmer for 45 minutes until veggies and pasta are tender. Serve with fresh chopped parsley if desired. Makes about 10 servings.
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This recipe makes over 6 quarts so be sure to use a large pot. I transferred some to my slow cooker to keep warm until dinner time and then froze the rest for later. You can also split the recipe in half for a smaller batch.

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7 Layer Tortilla Pie (Meatless Monday Recipe)

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Here’s an easy-to-make meatless dish that uses inexpensive pantry staples which result in a delicious Mexican inspired meal. Add different varieties of beans depending on what you have on hand and consider throwing in canned corn, jalapeños, sour cream, black olives and/or chopped green onions.

7 Layer Tortilla Pie

Ingredients

7 – 8 inch flour tortillas
1 – 15 oz. can pinto beans drained + 1/2 teaspoon cumin & 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 – 15 oz. can black beans, drained + 1/2 teaspoon cumin & 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1 – 10 oz. can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes & green chilies
8 oz. package Mexican blend shredded cheese, divided (reserve half of cheese for top of pie and divide the rest to sprinkle on top of 4 individual layers of beans)
3/4 cup fresh guacamole (pictured is from Albertson’s deli)

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Directions: Mash beans using a potato masher in two separate bowls, and mix with cumin and chili powder. Place one tortilla in a lightly greased cake or pie pan. Spoon half can of Ro-Tel on first tortilla and spread. Top with second tortilla, and spread half of black beans mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Repeat process layering rest of beans and Ro-Tel. You’ll end up with 2 layers of Ro-Tel, 2 layers pinto beans & cheese, and 2 layers black beans & cheese. Place final tortilla on top and sprinkle with the rest of shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until melted and bubbly. Spread guacamole on top and serve. Makes about 6 servings.
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Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

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Warm up with a comforting homemade bowl of creamy tomato basil soup! It’s super simple to make and so delicious compared to its canned version.

Tomato Basil Soup

(heavily adapted from Taste of Home)

Ingredients:

2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 chopped yellow onion
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 – 28oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1 can – 14oz. chicken or vegetable broth
15 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
2 teaspoons sugar (more or less depending on acidity of tomatoes)
3/4 cups whipping cream
1/4 cup butter
optional: Grated parmesan cheese for garnish

Making tomato soupDirections: In a large pot on the stove, brown onion and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes until translucent. Add canned tomatoes and broth. Bring to a boil and let simmer for ten minutes. Add basil and sugar and reduce heat to low. Add one teaspoon sugar and taste to see if mixture needs more sugar. Stir in cream and butter. Cook until butter is melted. Add salt & pepper to taste and garnish with Parmesan cheese if desired. Makes about 9 servings.

Easy tomato soup recipeIf you whip up a batch of this soup, keep it warm in a slow cooker until dinner. My kids love dipping grilled cheese sandwiches into tomato soup and they really enjoyed this version!

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