Healthy Recipe Ideas

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As we near the end of the holiday season full of treats, we could all use some Healthy Recipe Ideas to start the new year off right!
As we near the end of the holiday season full of treats, we could all use some Healthy Recipe Ideas to start the new year off right!
Surprisingly, I did pretty well this year. That is, opposed to every single holiday season of my life.  Typically, we host Thanksgiving which means I get to enjoy daily leftovers for a solid week, and boy do I enjoy those leftovers. This year, we went to a friend’s house which was awesome, but I didn’t partake in leftover consumption (which is probably a good thing). Second, even though I made an abundant amount of holiday treats, I really didn’t eat that many.  I cut back on my added sugar intake back in July after my sister made some very direct comments about the size of my thighs, and it actually paid off!  I’ve been able to shed a good ten pounds since then and my sugar cravings have decreased. So, instead of throwing it all out the window during the holidays and asking for forgiveness in January, I’ve been a good girl. That doesn’t mean that I won’t join everyone else and eat healthy in January, and all of these recipes look so amazing!
Here’s to a healthy and happy YOU in 2017!!!
 3 Ingredient Chocolate Protein Pancakes
 Healthy Sweet & Sour Chicken
 Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal

 

 Avgolemono Greek Chicken Zoodle Soup

 

 Broccoli & Cheese Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

 

 Brown Butter Sweet Potato Noodles

 

 Chicken & Avocado Burritos

 

 Chicken & Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

 

 Curry Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Dip

 

 Fruit Salsa and Homemade Cinnamon Chips

 

 Greek Chicken Souvlaki

 

 Mediterranean Orzo Salad

 

 Sea Bass with Tomatoes, Olives, and Capers
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How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple

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You don’t need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.

You don't need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.

I always thought I needed a dehydrator to dry my own fruit. Every time I contemplated getting one, I looked at the size of it and realized that I had no place to store it, let alone the counter space to use it. So, my dream of making my own dried fruit came to an end. Until, that is, I figured out how to do it in my oven.

You don't need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.

The first time I tried dried pineapple was in this Hawaiian style granola I made with macadamia nuts, coconut, oats, and dried mango, pineapple, and banana. Sounds good, right?  I was oh-so good. It was at that moment that I realized dried pineapple is an incredibly delicious snack. Some fruits don’t dry well in my opinion. Pineapple does. You must make sure you start out with a perfectly ripe pineapple. You can tell when it’s ready by the color (it should be more yellow than green) and it’s scent (the bottom should smell wonderful).

You don't need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.

Once you slice off the exterior and cut your pineapple into thin slices, you need to get rid of the core in the middle. You can just use a knife, but as I was rummaging through my utensil drawer I realized that this metal frosting tip would be perfect, and it was.

You don't need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.

Simply lay them in a single layer on your lined baking dish. I actually had two more slices than what you see here but I couldn’t resist and had to eat them fresh. I make no apologies.

You don't need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.

The end result is perfectly chewy, naturally sweet, tart and tangy nature candy!

You don't need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.

These are so chewy and sweet and delicious that I’m willing to bet that your kids (the younger ones, at least) will believe they are candy if that’s what you tell them. If you do, please come back and let me know if they fell for it!

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You don't need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit. I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.
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Dessert Cowboy Caviar

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If you’re looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

Have you ever had Cowboy Caviar? My guess is you have even if you didn’t know what you were eating was Cowboy Caviar. If you don’t know what Cowboy Caviar is, allow me to tell you. It’s basically an appetizer or side dish made from beans, tomatoes, corn, avocado, and cilantro. You serve it up cold and it makes a great addition to any summer potluck.

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

Well, I wanted to get a bit crazy and make something that had the look and feel of Cowboy Caviar but tasted nothing like it. I’m happy to say this recipe was a total success.

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

In order to go for the look and feel of Cowboy Caviar, but to make it into a dessert, I made the following substitutions: dark chocolate chips for the black beans, kiwi for the avocado, strawberry for the tomato, banana for the corn, the blueberries ended up looking like olives (an unintentional win), and I used fresh mint in lieu of cilantro. I held all the flavors together with my secret ingredient – lemon curd.

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

I served this lovely treat up with some cinnamon pita chips. Not only did it end up looking exactly as I had envisioned, it tasted even better than I had hoped!

If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!

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If you're looking for a interesting take on a classic summer recipe, this Dessert Cowboy Caviar looks just like the original but tastes nothing like it!
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Berry Cheesecake Fruit Salad

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

This BERRY CHEESECAKE FRUIT SALAD sweetened with a secret ingredient is a rich, decadent, and crowd-pleasing side dish or dessert!

This BERRY CHEESECAKE FRUIT SALAD sweetened with a secret ingredient is a rich, decadent, and crowd-pleasing side dish or dessert!

I can’t wait for summer to get here. Not just because these berries would cost a fraction of what I just spent on them (totally worth it, mind you), but Pacific Northwest berries are the best in the world. If you don’t live around these parts, I’m not saying the fruit grown where you live is bad. I’m just saying that there is nothing better than an Oregon berry. Trust me on this one.

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10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks

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This time of year, we celebrate the outdoors with our friends and families. I’m sharing 10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks that everyone will love!

This time of year, we celebrate the outdoors with our friends and families. I'm sharing 10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks that everyone will love!

10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks – try saying that ten times fast! You guys, I can’t begin to tell you how giddy I am that summer is here!  Just a few more weeks of school and then we have an entire season of long hot days, the swimming pool, BBQs, camping adventures, fireworks – you name it!  Without fail, our summer calendar seems to fill up, and we’re not even that social!  I mean, during the winter months its almost like we go into hibernation. There’s something about summer that just makes us want to savor every single second of sunshine and fresh air. Perhaps its my body’s way of trying to absorb as much vitamin D as possible before the skies turn grey and dump non-stop rain for six months.  I’m a huge sucker for potlucks and I love to try all the different kinds of picnic salads that seem to appear. You can throw anything together to make an awesome picnic salad for a potluck – from fruit to pasta to potatoes to a green salad, these outdoor gatherings always have something for everyone!

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 Tex-Mex Taco Salad | Around My Family TableTex-Mex Taco Salad | Around My Family Table

Easy Fruit Salad | Mommy Hates CookingEasy Fruit Salad | Mommy Hates Cooking

Spinach Berry Salad | Eazy Peazy MealzSpinach Berry Salad | Eazy Peazy Mealz

Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad | Love Bakes Good CakesCreamy Chipotle Pasta Salad | Love Bakes Good Cakes

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Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | Wine and Glue Greek Salad Quinoa Bowls | Wine and Glue

This time of year, we celebrate the outdoors with our friends and families. I am sharing 10 Picnic Salads Perfect for Potlucks that everyone will love!
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30 Recipes Perfect for Spring

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Spring is a time for cooking delicious food using ingredients like spring vegetables and citrus, so you will love these 30 Recipes Perfect for Spring.

Spring is a time for cooking delicious food using ingredients like spring vegetables and citrus, so you will love these 30 Recipes Perfect for Spring.

Spring is a time for cooking delicious food using ingredients like spring vegetables and citrus, so you will love these 30 Recipes Perfect for Spring.

I love cooking, and I love the changes in food each season brings. Summer is a time that’s filled with grilling, fresh salads, no bake desserts, and preserving that wonderful produce for later times. Fall is all-about-apples and then quickly turns into all-about-pumpkin. Of course you can’t forget the greatest cooking holiday of all – Thanksgiving.  Winter cooking has a split personality – it starts off with nothing but naughty sweets like cookies and fudge and in an instant turns into crazy healthy with the occasional game day appetizer thrown in. Finally, we end up right where we are now – at the beginning of spring.  Yes, there are all sorts of fun things to make this time of year from naughty treats made with girl scout cookies to specialties served on St. Paddy’s Day to anything and everything made with spring vegetables and citrus. No matter what time of year it is, there are always wonderful things to make in the kitchen, and below you’ll find tons of great ideas to keep you busy until summer!

Grilled Veggie French Onion Flatbreads

Grilled French Onion Flat Breads

Creamy Spring Gnocchi

Creamy Spring Gnocchi

Berry Feta Spinach Salad

Berry Feta Spinach Salad

French Onion Potato Salad

French Onion Potato Salad

Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles

Easter Egg Cookie Dough Truffles

Quinoa Salad with Feta and Pine Nuts

Quinoa Salad with Feta, Asparagus, and Pine Nuts

English Pea and Mint Soup

English pea and mint soup

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Pea Salad with Cashews and Bacon

Pea Salad with Cashews & Bacon

Spring Vegetable Goat Cheese Frittata

Spring Vegetable Goat Cheese Frittata

Vanilla Cake Donuts with Strawberry Glaze

Vanilla Cake Donuts with Fresh Strawberry Glaze

Almond Poppy Seed Pound Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese

Almond Poppy Seed Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese

Carrot Cake Cookie Bars

Carrot Cake Cookie Bars

Egg Salad Sandwich

Easy Egg Salad

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets

Fresh Strawberry Tartlets

MarshmallowvEastervBars

Marshmallow Easter Bars

Sugar Cookie Nests

Sugar Cookie Nests

Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus Quiche

Creamy Asparagus and Watercress Spring Pea Soup

Creamy Asparagus and Watercress Spring Pea Soup

Lemon Coconut Truffles

Lemon Coconut Truffles

Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Lemon Ricotta Poundcake

New York Style Blueberry Cheesecake

New York Style Blueberry Cheesecake

spinach artichoke quiche

Spinach Artichoke Quiche

Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Pineapple Lemonade Bars

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Parfaits

Carrot Cake Cheesecake Parfaits

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Bunnies

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Bunnies

Fruit Rainbow with Lemon Dip

Fruit Rainbow with Lemon Dip

Hummingbird Monkey Bread

Hummingbird Monkey Bread

Three Ingredient Lemon Cake Batter Dip

Three Ingredient Lemon Cake Batter Dip

Lemon Chicken Egg Rolls

Lemon Chicken Egg Rolls

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Blueberry Peach Crisp

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Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!

Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you’ve ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!

Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

I’m not sure this has ever been properly defined, but I’ve always interpreted a Crisp to be made with oats and a Cobbler to be made without oats. Is that how you see it as well? If given the choice, I’ve always preferred a fruit cobbler over a crisp. There’s just something extra naughty about the non-oat version of this summer time dessert that pleased me. If you’re worried that the addition of oats with all that fruit might make this more of a “healthy” dessert, well, don’t worry. There’s plenty of butter and sugar to dismantle that thought. Despite my preference for my non-oat version, I thought this dessert was absolutely delicious, as did my entire family. And when you serve it warm with scoop of vanilla bean ice cream – pure heaven.Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

To make a good cobbler, you must have good fruit, and boy does this beautiful state of Oregon deliver. I bought a HUGE box of peaches to can (hopefully I can actually take photos next time so that I can share how I do that with you) but I couldn’t not make a dessert with all of that beautiful stone fruit. I’ve always thought peaches pair extremely well with berries, plus the color contrast is pleasing to me, so I tossed in fresh blueberries as well. Of course, using frozen fruit is always an option.
Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

Next comes the buttery-sugary-oat topping. I’m not lying when I tell you that I could probably eat a bowl of that stuff – raw. I’m kinda crazy like that. This time, though, I showed some restraint and allowed it to cook on my dessert.Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit! 

The result was a perfectly proportioned summer fruit crisp that was so darn delicious with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream that, once again, I was in dessert heaven. YUM.Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

Blueberry Peach Crisp
 
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Eating Blueberry Peach Crisp for dessert is just like eating the most delicious oatmeal cookie you've ever had with the added benefit of warm summer fruit!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups fresh peaches, skinned and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place peaches and blueberries in a baking dish. Mix sugar and corn starch together and sprinkle over fruit. Add vanilla and lemon juice, stir to combine.
  3. Mix oats, flour, and brown sugar together in a small bowl. Add butter and mix to combine until mixture is crumbly. Spread over fruit mixture.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until fruit mixture is thick and the topping is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 

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Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

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This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.

This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.

This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.

Now, this fruit “salsa” is nothing like your typical salsa, meaning it is not spicy. It is pretty much how I make my fruit salad. I just call it fruit salsa because I cut the fruit up super small so that you can scoop it up with a cinnamon chip, just like you would your typical chips and salsa. You can use any fruits you want, but I always recommend picking fruits that you know would go well together. For example, chopped up grapefruit would be pretty awful in this mix. As you can see, I used all sorts of delicious fruits – boysenberry, banana, peach, blueberries, mango, raspberries, kiwi, and blackberries. I like to toss in tiny pieces of fresh mint because it tastes incredible but also adds to the “salsa” look. The secret ingredient that ties it all together is a spoonful of lemon curd. Once you mix this stuff into any fruit salad, you’ll never go back.

This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.

Next I made my cinnamon sugar tortilla chips. I kinda winged it here but they turned out really well. I just slathered butter on both sides of flour tortillas, cut them into triangle shapes, sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on top, then broiled on low until they were golden brown. Delicious!

This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.

The result is a fresh and beautiful treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert. In fact, I set this out on the table during dinner last night and told the kids they couldn’t have any until they ate their dinner. I prefer to use visual aids as motivation because they work!

This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.

Looks good, doesn’t it? I bet you’re wishing you could reach into your screen right now.

This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
 
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This perfectly sweet Fruit Salsa with homemade Cinnamon Chips will be loved by all and is a fantastic treat that can be served as an appetizer or dessert.
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Recipe type: appetizer, dessert
Yields: 2 cups salsa
Ingredients
fruit salsa (all fruit peeled and chopped small):
  • half mango
  • peach
  • banana
  • berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
  • 2 kiwis
  • fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon curd
cinnamon chips:
  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. To make salsa, toss fruit and mint leaves in lemon curd until evenly mixed.
  2. To make the cinnamon chips, set oven broiler to low. Coat both sides of tortillas with butter. Slice into strips and then alternate angles of cuts to create triangles. Toss buttered triangles in cinnamon and sugar. Spread evenly on baking sheet and broil on low until barely golden brown, then turn slices and brown on the other side until golden brown for a total of 5-10 minutes cook time.
  3. Garnish salsa with additional mint.

 

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Cheesecake Fruit Dip

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This easy to make smooth and creamy Cheesecake Fruit Dip has just enough sweet and has a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more.

This easy to make smooth and creamy Cheesecake Fruit Dip has just enough sweet and has a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more.

This easy to make smooth and creamy Cheesecake Fruit Dip has just enough sweet and has a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more. 

The first time I was introduced to this fruit dip was a few years back when my sister-in-law brought it over for dinner. I remember hovering over it, eating way more than I should, trying to pass it off as healthy because I was eating fruit. As much as you might want to think its as healthy as eating a nonfat plain greek yogurt, its not. But its so freaking good. Now, I remember her telling me she mixed in powdered sugar. I did not put any additional sugar in this fruit dip – I wanted the sweetness of the dip to be mellow so that the natural sweetness in those lush red strawberries would shine through. The homemade marshmallow creme, of course, is full of plenty of sweet and mellows out quite beautifully when mixed with the heavy cream and the whipped cream cheese.  This easy to make smooth and creamy Cheesecake Fruit Dip has just enough sweet and has a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more.

 

I called this Cheesecake Fruit Dip because it reminds me of the most rich and decadent cheesecake I’ve ever made which happens to have both cream cheese and heavy whipping cream.  Mmmmm… cheesecake.
This easy to make smooth and creamy Cheesecake Fruit Dip has just enough sweet and has a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more.

The secret ingredient? Oh. You want to know what it is, do you?  Well, in addition to adding some wonderful homemade vanilla extract, which I believe is necessary in most recipes, the secret ingredient that really gives this fruit dip that “wow” factor is a quarter teaspoon of pure almond extract. I just love that stuff and a little goes a long way. A word to the wise – you may want to make a double batch of this stuff so that you can get your fill before all your guests arrive and you can act civilized while they worry about what they look like while pigging out on this stuff.

This easy to make smooth and creamy Cheesecake Fruit Dip has just enough sweet and has a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.

Cheesecake Fruit Dip
 
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This easy to make smooth and creamy Cheesecake Fruit Dip has just enough sweet and has a secret ingredient that will have everyone begging for more.
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Recipe type: dip, appetizer
Yields: 1 1/2 cups
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form by beating with a whisk attachment on high speed. Add cream cheese and marshmallow creme and continue to beat on high speed until well blended and fluffy. Add vanilla and almond extracts and blend until well mixed.
  2. Serve with fresh fruit. So good!!

 

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Summer Berry Pie

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There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

My friend Mindy, you know – the one who won Chopped, of Decadent Creations made this pie for me to share on my blog. I’ll mention chopped every time I mention Mindy because I’m just so damn proud of her. She kinda rocks my world and everything she has ever made has been beyond delicious, this pie being no exception.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Nothing quite says summer like a summer berry pie. The first time I bake a berry pie each year, its like a celebration. Especially when living in Oregon, making it through a damp dark winter is quite the emotional feat, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with food.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

The foundation of any good pie starts with an outstanding all butter pie crust. This crust, just like homemade biscuits, is more about the process and technique than it is about throwing something together. When done properly, though, the flaky layers are absolute heaven.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Berry pie is just fabulous. Berries have such a natural balance of both sweet and tart. Their juices explode during the cooking process and absorb into the crust. Throw a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or homemade whipped cream on top and you will think you’re in heaven.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Just look at those beautiful flaky layers and the vibrant color. Exquisite, to say the least.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

This weekend officially marks the opening of strawberry picking season here in Oregon and it will soon be followed by raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.  I can once again go picking and replenish the stock in my freezer that I use year round for delicious smoothies and drinks.

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Have I motivated you to make your first summer berry pie of the season?  Let me know how it turns out!

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

Summer Berry Pie
 
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There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 1 pie
Ingredients
  • 2 all butter pie crusts
  • 12 oz blueberries
  • 8 oz blackberries
  • 4 oz strawberries
  • 6 oz sugar
  • 1 oz corn starch
  • 1 oz lemon juice
Instructions
Prepare two all butter pie crusts according to directions in the post. Form into puck shapes, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour before use.
Prepare the pie filling:
  1. Combine the berries (fresh or frozen). As much as it pains you, do not wash the fruit, it will add too much moisture. Buy good local organic produce when possible!
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the sugar and cornstarch. Dump that mixture into the fruit and mix
  3. together immediately to avoid cornstarch lumps. Pour in the lemon juice, mix again. Set the fruit
  4. filling aside.
Roll out the chilled pie crust pucks:
  1. On a very lightly floured work surface, roll out the first puck. 'Quarter­turn' the dough ball after every couple rolls. Sprinkle a small amount of flour as needed.
  2. Roll the crust as circular­ly as you can until it is about 10 inches in diameter. Roll the flattened puck up onto your rolling pin to drape it over the pie tin. Gently let the crust naturally drape into the bottom of the pie tin­ - no stretching motions! Use a knife or pizza cutter to trim the excess draping dough, leaving about an inch to form your crust. Tuck the crust­dough under the outside of the pan and let it perch on top of the rim of your pan. Frilly crusts are over­rated!
  3. Give the pie filling a quick toss just in case the cornstarch has settled in the bottom since you've prepared it. Pour the fruit filling into your freshly­ shaped pie crust bottom. All juices included.
  4. Now, begin to roll out the second pie crust puck (this will be your lattice). The method is the same as the first pie puck roll­out except, you'll be doing one 'double up' as Mindy calls it. This means you'll start to roll the puck, cut it in half, and place one half directly on top of the other, and then continue to roll out the crust. You'll be rolling the crust to approximately the same size as the first puck, but since we've 'doubled­up' it will be quite hard to keep the dough circular. No worries! It doesn't matter for the lattice. Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut the flattened 'doubled­-p' puck into long strips that are aprox. 1 inch wide.
  5. Lay the strips in a lattice pattern over the fruit using Mindy's “1..2..3.. cross your middle... cover your sides!” method. You'll have enough strips for your lattice to be approximately 3 strips by 5 strips. Do not fuss over the strips! It's rustic. If one is messed up, nobody will even notice!
  6. Using a bench­scraper or knife, trim the excess lattice. Lightly eggwash (beaten egg yolk + 2 tsp water) the lattice and sprinkle with sugar. Use a pie crust shield or 9 inch tart pan rim to protect your side crust from drying. In a pinch, use aluminum foil.
  7. Bake the pie at 375 F for 1 hour on a sheet tray. The pies like having half their bake time on the top shelf in the oven and half the bake time on the bottom. Do not use parchment, it will make the inevitable mess even messier.
  8. Allow the pie to cool for several hours before cutting into. If the filling is very liquid­y, you've cut into it too soon, come back later.
  9. I think this pie is best eaten the same day or second day. Heat and serve with whipped cream or ice cream. Yum!

There is no better way to celebrate the longer and warmer days than to enjoy a delicious, tart yet perfectly sweet, Summer Berry Pie with friends & family.

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