Monday, February 13, 2012

Cheesecake Bites

Cheesecake Bites

2 8oz packages of cream cheese (weight watchers low fat or 1/3 neufchatel tastes just as good)
2 T lemon juice
3/4 c sugar
16 vanilla wafers
Your choice of pie filling
Paper or foil muffin cups

Warm up the cream cheeses in the microwave for 1 minute in a large bowl.  Add the sugar and lemon juice and mix together until mostly smooth (it's nearly impossible to get ALL the lumps out).  PLace the muffin cups in each muffin pan hole.  Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom middle of each muffin hole flat side DOWN.  Pour cheese mixture into each cup about 3/4 full.  For an electric oven-cook at 350 for 15 minutes.  Gas stove-cook at 325 for 20-25 mins constantly checking on them until they are a little golden brown on the top.  Let them cool.  Put your pie filling on top and pop in the fridge until chilled!  SOO good!

P.S.-you should have some extra batter left over to make maybe 4 more, so just don't keep them in as long, of course. :)

Crockpot Cranberry Roast

Our FAVORITE family recipe!

Crockpot Cranberry Roast

1 2-4lb roast
1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
2 T soy sauce
1/2 onion sliced into rings
1/2 bottle of catalina style dressing

Place the onion rings on the bottom of the crockpot.  Then, place roast on top (mine is normally frozen).  Pour on soy sauce, catalina dressing, then the cranberry sauce.  Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low 6-8 hours.  We like to mix it with rice which soaks up all the delicious juices.  Enjoy!

Crockpot Minnestrone

Cozy Crockpot Minestrone

4 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups vegetable juice (like V8)
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained or 3 medium tomatoes, diced
2 cups fresh spinach
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup chopped carrots
1 cup chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chopped potatoes
1 can cannellini beans 
1 tsp dry parsley
salt and pepper
1/3 cup dry ditalini pasta or other small pasta noodle (I use more noodles)

Place everything in a crockpot minus the ditalini pasta and stir well to combine.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6.  Add ditalini and stir well.  Cover and cook for an additional 20 minutes before serving. has some amazing recipes!!  We just made this yesterday, and it was DELICIOUS!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

1 bunch broccoli
a bunch of carrots
1 head cauliflower
1 Tbsp. onion flakes
1lb. Bacon, cut and fried (I just throw in a handful of crumbled bacon you buy for salads)
1 pkg. Snyders bbq or honey mustard pretzels (I think they've discontinued the BBQ ones)
Chop broccoli, Cauliflower, and Carrots into bite sized pieces. Add bacon and onions. Make dressing and add to vegetables.
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise (I usually use only one cup)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup sugar (I usually use 1/4 cup)
Blend it all together and pour on the veggies. Let it sit for a few hours. Just before serving, add the pretzels.