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Small Batch Zucchini Muffins

Small Batch Zucchini Muffins

These small batch zucchini muffins are the perfect way to use up some of that summer zucchini. This small batch recipe makes exactly six muffins which is perfect to get you through a few mornings of breakfast. 


Small Batch Zucchini Muffins

Is there anything more summer than zucchini? I am not a gardener, and certainly never have mountains of zucchini piling up in my home, but it is something that I like to enjoy seasonally each year. I also happen to be very passionate about muffins. They're one of my favorite foods to eat before a morning run, and I think they just personally get my day going in the right direction. If you too are a lover of all things muffins and zucchini, this recipe is for you. 


Small Batch Zucchini Muffins:

This small batch recipe makes exactly six muffins. It's perfect for single people or college students who want to bake, but don't necessarily want to make an entire dozen, and don't want to be eating the same thing all week long. These muffins come together with staple pantry ingredients, but do have a few key things like zucchini of course, and chocolate chips if desired. I happen to always desire. 

Small Batch Zucchini Muffins

Health Benefits of Zucchini:

While I won't pretend these muffins are a health food, there are many health benefits to eating zucchini, which may make you want to add it into your diet when possible. Zucchini is proven to be a good source of a variety of vitamins and minerals, it's high in antioxidants, boost heart health, and strengthen your vision! 

Kitchen Tools for Zucchini Muffins:

While you'll need basic kitchen tools such as bowls, measuring cups, and a whisk, there are a few key things you'll need to make these muffins as well:
You can certainly use a 12-count muffin tin if you already have that, and just fill it half way. I know a lot of people love using silicone muffin liners but I personally feel like they alter the cook times and texture of baked goods, so I choose to use paper liners instead. 

Small Batch Zucchini Muffins

Do You Need To Dry Out The Zucchini?

Many Zucchini recipes call for blotting out the zucchini by pressing the shredded bits between paper towels to remove the excess liquid. You do not need to do that for this recipe, as the recipe takes into account the moisture for the zucchini. This recipe is great for beginner cooks as it really saves you the trouble and hassle that typically comes with other zucchini muffin recipes. 

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How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

If you need to know how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave for an upcoming BBQ or picnic, here is everything you need to know to eat delicious corn on the cob in just a few minutes!


how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

Summer is here and that means all the summer produce in season! Corn on the cob is one of my favorite things to eat during the summer months whether we're having a big BBQ with friends, or just a quick and easy weeknight meal. Cooking corn on the cob in the microwave makes it an easy side dish you can throw together in minutes. 


How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave:

Cooking corn on the cob in the microwave is a super easy process. All you need to do is throw the corn in the microwave with the husk still on the corn. The general rule of thumb is to microwave for two minutes per ear of corn. Test for doneness by gently pressing the corn when it's done cooking. If it feels like it's softened, the corn is done, if the kernels still feel hard when you squeeze, then microwave in 30 second increments until the kernels have softened all the way through. 


Once your corn is cooked, simply take a knife and cut off the bottom (non-pointed side of the corn) of your corn on the cob, and squeeze the top end of the husk and the corn will slip right out with none of the strings still attached. It is so simple and easy!


how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

How Many Ears of Corn Can You Cook in the Microwave:

I would personally never cook more than four ears of corn at a time in the microwave. I personally don't like my microwave to run for too long, and only about four ears can fit flat and comfortably on the microwave plate. If you're cooking more than four ears of corn, I recommend boiling them in a pot on the stove, or trying another cooking method. You could also cook your corn in batches in the microwave, but that would take so long that another cooking method would be quicker. 


how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

The Best Toppings for Corn on the Cob: 

The quick and easy way to eat corn on the cob is of course the traditional route with butter. If you want to take things up a notch though you could make it a bit more fancy by adding things like seasoning salt, parmesan, roasted garlic, or even mayo on your corn to give it some added flavor! 


how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave

Corn on the Cob Handles: 

Corn on the cob handles are a must when eating corn on the cob with children. If your kids are anything like mine, they hate getting messy and everything is always too hot for their little hands. Corn on the cob handles save our bacon on the regular in the summer months. This classic 24-pack on Amazon is under $10 and will be a kitchen staple for years and years to come. 


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Red White Blue Popsicles

Red White Blue Popsicles

Red White Blue Popsicles are the perfect holiday treat when celebrating The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. These popsicles are made with real fruit and taste amazing! 


Popsicles are the perfect summertime treat and I love that they're super easy to make at home. Popsicles are a great treat to make since they can easily be stored in the freezer, and will last a long time since you're likely not going to eat the entire batch in one sitting. 


Red White Blue Popsicles

Red White Blue Popsicles:

These red, white, and blue popsicles are super easy to make with simple and easy ingredients. The "red" layer comes together with a mixture of strawberries, lemon and lime juice, and sugar blended together in the blender. The "white" layer is a mixture of plain whole milk yogurt, heavy whipping cream, lemon and lime juice, and a pinch of sugar. The "blue" layer comes together by blending blueberries, lemon and lime juice, and a pinch of sugar together in the blender. 

The end result is a sweet, tangy, and fruity popsicle that everyone will love! 


Red White Blue Popsicles

Kitchen Tools You'll Need for Red White Blue Popsicles:

Making popsicles does require a few specific cooking tools that you'll want to make sure you have on hand before you get started. A good blender is a definite must. I've been using the Kitchen Aid one linked below for years and have never had an issue with it. It's definitely my favorite high speed blender! 

You'll also need a fine mesh metal strainer to strain away all the seeds in the popsicles. The rubber spatula will also come in handy during this process to press all the liquid out of the strainer and into a bowl below. 

Popsicle molds are also very important for this process. I have linked below to the exact set that I used to make these popsicles. If you want these popsicles to look like the traditional rocket shaped red, whiter, and blue popsicles, you could also try this rocket shaped popsicle mold. I have not used this mold though so I can't speak to how well it works. It is less than $8 though and looks like it has pretty good reviews.


Red White Blue Popsicles

How Long Do Homemade Popsicles Last? 

Homemade popsicles can last in the freezer for up to six weeks for best results. Popsicles should be stored in an airtight container and not in the popsicle mold. Plastic airtight containers such as these Rubbermaid ones will work great, or you can toss them into a freezer bag with all the air pressed out of it as well. 

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How to Cook Brussel Sprouts in the Oven

How to Cook Brussel Sprouts in the Oven

If you're looking for a great resource on how to cook Brussel Sprouts for your next dinner or your weekly meal prep, this quick and simple guide takes out all the guesswork to make your next batch of Brussel Sprouts the best you've ever eaten! 


A small bowl of brussel sprouts


How to Cook Brussel Sprouts in the Oven:

Cooking Brussel sprouts in the oven is a fairly easy task, although there is some prep work involved. The basics are that you simply need to clean and prep your Brussel Sprouts, season them with oil, garlic salt, and pepper, and then bake them in the oven at 425º for about 20-30 minutes. 


A small bowl of Brussel Sprouts


How to Clean Brussel Sprouts:

To get your Brussel Sprouts cleaned and prepped for cooking you need to start by cutting off all the small stems on the bottom of the Brussel Sprout. Then cut the Brussel Sprouts in half, and peel off the outer leaf layer. Once your Brussel Sprouts are chopped and peeled, put them into a colander and rinse them off in the sink with cold water until you've washed off all the visible dirt. At this point you can pat them dry with a paper towel and they're ready to be seasoned for the oven. 


A small bowl of brussel Sprouts


Spices for Brussel Sprouts:

I love to keep things simple when it comes to roasted vegetables. I love to simply toss them in a little olive oil and then sprinkle them with garlic salt and pepper. Some other spices you could try are:

  • Red Pepper
  • Lemon Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Celery Salt
  • Paprika   
You could also try tossing your Brussel Sprouts in some parmesan cheese, dijon mustard, minced garlic, or lemon juice! If I'm missing some of your favorite toppings, let me know in the comments below! 

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Best Deviled Egg Recipe

Best Deviled Egg Recipe

 If you're looking for the best deviled egg recipe for an upcoming gathering, or an easy afternoon snack while you're working from home, this recipe is fool-proof and super straightforward! 


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Deviled eggs are a long time family favorite snack in our house. We frequently find ourselves making them just about any time of day, and our kids happen to really love them too! Eggs are so good for you because they are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids that your body needs.  A satisfying snack with good nutrients? Sign me up. 


deviled eggs on a platter

Best Deviled Egg Recipe:

This is the best deviled egg recipe because it has the perfect yolk to mayonnaise ratio in my opinion. This recipe can easily be increased. or decreased based on the amount of people you're feeding. When you remove all the yolks from your egg whites, simply stir in 1/2 tablespoons of may for every 1 egg yolk. This will result in egg yolks that are not swimming in mayonnaise, are the perfect shade of yellow, and have that rich yolk flavor. 

deviled eggs on a platter


How Long Does it Take to Boil an Egg:

When I'm making hard boiled eggs, I like to fill a pot with water and put in my desired amount of eggs. I cover the pot with it's lid and then set it on the stove on high heat until the water starts boiling. I let the eggs boil for two minutes before turning off the heat completely. I leave the lid on the pot, and let it sit on the hot turned off burner for 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes is up I transfer the eggs into a bowl of ice water to allow them to cool. This results in perfectly cooked yolks every time. 

Deviled Egg Toppings:

Some of my favorite toppings for deviled eggs are:
  • Paprika
  • Green Onion
  • Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
  • Black Olives
  • Parsley

deviled eggs on a platter

How Long Are Deviled Eggs Good For:

Deviled eggs are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. But this is the best deviled egg recipe, so they will likely not last that long. 




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Mini Pie Crust

Mini Pie Crust

Mini pie crust is the perfect recipe to make when you're making small five inch pies or tiny tartlets for a small party or gathering with friends. 


When I made all my pie recipes several weeks ago, I had someone email and ask if I could in fact make a mini pie crust recipe. While I do love and fully support pre-made crusts from the grocery store, I thought this would be a fun and easy challenge to take on. If you're looking for a mini pie crust recipe for small five inch pies, or muffin tin pies, this recipe will work perfectly! 


Mini pie crust in a mini pie dish on a floured marble table.

Mini Pie Crust:

There are plenty of instances where you would want to make a mini pie crust. All of the mini pie recipes on my blog are for five inch pies, and this would be perfect to make in use with those recipes. You could also use this recipe if you wanted just one crust for a traditional size pie, or you could use it to make super mini pies using a muffin tin. This recipe and dough is super easy to work with, and will result in perfect crust every time. 


Mini pie crust in a mini pie dish on a floured marble table.

Making Pie Crust:

Making pie crust is a pretty straight forward process. First you're going to pulse together the flour and salt in a food processor until well combined. Then you're going to add the cold butter and shortening. Pulse this together until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Finally, pulse in 1 tbsp of ice cold water at a time until the dough just barely starts to form a large clump. You want your dough to be slightly dry, but still able to hold together. You do not want a wet dough. 

Turn the dough out of the processor, and onto a floured surface. Roll into a smooth ball and cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for two hours.  

Then carefully turn the dough out of the plastic wrap and roll the dough on a floured surface until it's about 1/8in thick and place it into your pie dish, or whatever you're using to create your pies. Bake in the oven according to the pie recipe instructions that you're using. 


Mini Pie Plates:

I love using these mini pie plates that I purchased from Walmart. They're five inches in diameter, come in a pack of four with a variety of colors and floral designs. They're also microwave and dishwasher safe and I've used them for baking several different mediums with success every time! They're great for pies, cakes, quiches, frittatas and more!


Mini pie crust in a mini pie dish on a floured marble table.

How to Crimp Pie Crust Edges:

When you place the pie crust over your pie dish, carefully push the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the dish. You'll likely have dough hanging over the dish. Using kitchen scissors trim away the excess dough until there is only about 1/2 inch hanging over. Fold the excess dough that is hanging over the dish underneath the dough in the crust so that it is flush with the top of the pie dish. Using your knuckle on one hand, and you thumb and finger on the other, go around the dish crimping the edges all the way around. 



Yield: 1
Author: Paige Flamm
Mini Pie Crust

Mini Pie Crust

Mini pie crust is the perfect recipe to make when you're making small five inch pies or tiny tartlets for a small party or gathering with friends.
Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 2 HourTotal time: 2 H & 10 M

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, chilled
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Instructions

  1. First you're going to pulse together the flour and salt in a food processor until well combined. Then you're going to add the cold butter and shortening. Pulse this together until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Finally, pulse in 1 tbsp of ice cold water at a time until the dough just barely starts to form a large clump. You want your dough to be slightly dry, but still able to hold together. You do not want a wet dough.
  2. Turn the dough out of the processor, and onto a floured surface. Roll into a smooth ball and cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for two hours.
  3. Then carefully turn the dough out of the plastic wrap and roll the dough on a floured surface until it's about 1/8in thick and place it into your pie dish, or whatever you're using to create your pies. Bake in the oven according to the pie recipe instructions that you're using.

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Healthy Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake

This healthy shamrock shake recipe is a delicious mint chocolate chip combination packed with tons of healthy vitamins and nutrients!


I'm a huge fan of all things mint chocolate chip, as seen in my original Shamrock Shake post. However, sometimes you want the amazing flavor of a shamrock shake, but the nutritional benefits of something like a smoothie. This Healthy Shamrock Shake recipe is the best of both worlds. It's deliciously creamy, vibrantly green, and has a great minty flavor from real mint leaves. It's the perfect way to start your day in my humble opinion. 


Health shamrock shake smoothie on a marble table top with a metal straw.


Healthy Shamrock Shake:

This shamrock shake comes together with a bunch of really simple ingredients. All you need is spinach, frozen banana, mint leaves, almond milk, greek yogurt, and a handful of chocolate chips. Blend everything together in a high powered blender until smooth and you have the best mint chocolate breakfast anyone could ever want. 

I love that this recipe provides healthy nutrients from the banana and spinach (and gives you a serving of both fruits and vegetables!), along with protein from the greek yogurt, healthy fats from the almond milk, and a punch of great flavor from the mint and chocolate. It's a stellar combination of health and flavor.

Health shamrock shake smoothie on a marble table top with a metal straw.

The Best High Speed Blender:

Our family has been using the KitchenAid K400 blender for over a year now and we love it so much. It blends everything for smoothies really easily, rarely gets stuck on frozen items and needs to be stopped and have more liquid added, and has been overall a great addition to our kitchen. It has amazing horsepower for about half the cost of other blenders. 

Health shamrock shake smoothie on a marble table top with a metal straw.

Mint Leaves Benefits: 

Mint leaves are a great source of nutrients and vitamins including vitamin A and antioxidants. It may relive IBS symptoms and aid in digestion. Some studies have found mint to aid in brain function and reduce feelings of frustration and anxiety, and if nothing else, it will make your breath smell better. 

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Yield: 1
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
This healthy shamrock shake recipe is a delicious mint chocolate chip combination packed with tons of healthy vitamins and nutrients!

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • 1 1/2 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 2 tbsp Chocolate Chips
  • 2 tbsp greek Yogurt
  • 5 Mint Leaves

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth. Top with mint leaves, chocolate chips, or granola as desired. 

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