I hate fruit roll ups. There I've said it. I prefer my fruit to at least somewhat resemble it's origins. These are so easy to make and they keep well refrigerated. They are great cold or hot. Just make a bunch and see how long they last.

Oven
375 degrees F

Ingredients
  • 1 point blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • a little salt shake
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • a couple of salt shakes
  • spray oil

Preparation
  1. Spray four oven safe ramekins with oil.
  2. Mix first four ingredients in a bowl and then evenly divide into ramekins.
  3. Mix next five ingredients with a fork until crumbly.
  4. Top the blueberry mixture with the crumble and bake for 20 minutes.

Nutrition
4 servings
340 calories per serving

Tips
  • Recipe can be easily doubled.
  • You could eliminate the sugar and flour in the blueberries for step 2 and just rely on the topping sweetness for a lower calorie crumble.
 
 
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Growing up in a small prairie town in the hot summer with not much to do, one tends to remember very specific childhood aha moments. My older brother was a bit of a mystery to me as he was 16 years older and either in college or married ever since I could remember. When he came home, we had loads of fun. Especially when he cheated at playing cards, but that's another story. One day while outside we were eating watermelon and he started to put salt on his. I thought, whoa! Who puts salt on fruit? He said try it, you will really love it. Well, he was right. Salted watermelon was just like putting salt on raw potatoes or tomatoes or cucumbers right from the garden. It helps the flavor dance on your tongue. So I was inspired to combine a few salty ingredients with some watermelon. Perhaps this salad will become your aha dancing tongue summer moment.
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Ingredients
  • 1 Large Cucumbers
  • Salt To Brine Cucumbers
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablepoon Skim Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Vinegar (Apple Cider Or A Fruit Flavor)
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  • 6 Cups Seedless Watermelon
  • 2 Thin Slices Prosciutto
  • 8 Tablespoons Goat Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper For Seasoning

Preparation
  1. Slice the cucumbers using a mandolin. Salt and set aside in colander to drain. Preferably about an hour.
  2. Place cucumbers on paper towel and dab remaining water off.
  3. Mix  mayonnaise, milk, vinegar, and sugar. Add cucumbers and place in refrigerator. It is best if they sit for another hour, but if needed you could use after about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Cut the watermelon into rectangles. Really, any shape will do. Stack the slices in a bowl.
  5. Spread cucumber slices on either side of the watermelon. You may have cucumber left over.
  6. Chop the prosciutto and place it around the watermelon and cucumber.
  7. Crumble goat cheese over salad.
  8. Spoon a bit of cucumber dressing over the salad.
  9. Season with salt and pepper.

Servings
4 servings.

Nutrition
About 140 calories per serving.
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Smoothies are so popular and kids love them, but most of the time they are loaded with sugar and empty calories because they use concentrated juice or other added ingredients. Not this one. It is fresh, simple, creamy, and loaded with goodness!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Golden Sweet Frozen Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup Skim Milk (Soy Or Almond Milk Also Works)

Preparation
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or power hand mixer cup.
  2. Blend until smooth. Add additional milk if needed.
  3. Pour in glass and garnish with a piece of fruit.

Servings
1 serving

Nutrition
238 Calories Per Serving

Tips
You can substitute soy or almond milk to make this dairy free. You can also add protein powder. Adjust calories accordingly.
 
 
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My father hates standing in line. He refuses to go to some church buffets because there will be a big line. He will go to lunch early at the cafe to avoid any hint of a line. And he will generally not go to weddings or funerals because heaven forbid there might be a receiving line. 

I used to think that perhaps he just hates talking to people. After all that's what you do standing in line. But he is an affable guy and can strike up a conversation with anybody. I finally realized that it wasn't standing in lines that he hates, it's that he hates wasting time.

Feeding children can be a lot like standing in line. You can spend hours on planning, shopping, preparation, cooking, and serving. The kids devour it in less than ten minutes and run off with their friends leaving you with more than just dirty dishes - that wasting time guilt.

So to assuage my guilt I devised a number of quick meals with quality ingredients. They can be prepared quickly, are colorful and flavorful, and you can spend less time over the stove and more with your children. Here is the first in many no more standing in line breakfasts!

 
 
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There are those mornings when you want to make something good for your kids that doesn't take up all of your time. Here it is: Caramelized Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes. The secret is in how the pancakes are assembled in the pan which makes the bananas caramelize and the chocolate melt just right. It took me years to perfect this - that's the real secret. Enjoy!
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Most recently I have been consumed by the power of Simple. Yes. Simple. Frequently I volunteer to help out communities and individuals in need. I see it as a part of the "stay at home ethos". Unfortunately, I've found that in certain instances my "business strategy" background gets in the way of the "stay at home volunteer" culture. (Yes, it is a whole subset of behaviors.) So in order to minimize the "no good deed goes unpunished" outcome, I objectify Simple. Meaning, I make the simplest outcome the object of my volunteerism. This way, you don't get bogged down in messy process and the misperception of jockeying around for position or power. Look to the best outcome possible, gather up your ingredients, and make the best darn dessert you possible can - and be quick about it.