Healthy Watermelon Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese Frosting

Whip up a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting in a matter of minutes!

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

Who’s going to be the star of the next BBQ/Memorial Day/4th of July???

YOU ARE!

Just show up with a watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting and everyone will love you!

As an added bonus, this is really simple to make. Like really simple. I’m talking it can be done in about 15 minutes.

How’s that for easy?

Please use real whipping cream for this recipe. It’s so easy to make and it really does taste different from the frozen stuff.

homemade whipping cream

But if you must use the frozen stuff, I would adjust the amount of powdered sugar you add to the frosting. Start with just a 1/4 cup and add more as needed.

I can’t really tell you how many slices of watermelon the frosting recipe will frost. If your watermelon is sweet, you may need less frosting. If your watermelon turns out a bit tasteless (I’m sorry! Such a bummer, isn’t it?), you may find you want to add a thicker layer of frosting.

Your watermelon may also be wider than the watermelon I purchased. If that is the case, your frosting may not cover two slices.

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

IF you are worried about having enough cream cheese frosting, double the recipe. Any additional cream cheese frosting can be used as a dip for strawberries, or spread on a chocolate wafer, or sandwiched between two graham crackers, or just eaten with a spoon!

Healthy Watermelon Fruit Pizza with Cream Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • Berries or other fruit for toppings

Instructions

  1. Cut two one-inch wide slices from the middle of the watermelon.
  2. Beat whipping cream until stiff peak form.
  3. Add sugar, cream cheese and lemon zest. Beat just until smooth and combined.
  4. Frost watermelon slices with cream cheese mixture. Top with your choice of fruit toppings.
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I used strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to top my pizza – making it perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July. But you could also use peaches, bananas, kiwi…. choose any of your favorite fruit combos!

Create a healthy watermelon fruit pizza with cream cheese frosting. It's an easy and simple dessert recipe everyone will love.

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How to Make Healthy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Once you learn how to make healthy slow cooker shredded chicken, your weekly meal prep becomes a snap!
How to Make Healthy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Once a month I get together with a group of friends for our Cooking Club.

Last month we were having a delicious Cinco De Mayo meal when the subject of shredded chicken came up. I was so surprised that only one of my friends knew this trick for shredded chicken.

Since this is one of my go-to ways to prep food for the week, I had to share how to make healthy slow cooker shredded chicken.

This simple recipe is a game changer when it comes to weekly dinner prep.

You’re going to start with 6 to 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts. However, if you are on a budget, you may substitute 10 to 12 boneless skinless chicken thighs. (If you are on a super tight budget, definitely check out How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken. It doesn’t get any cheaper than that!)

Add the chicken to the bottom of your slow cooker.

How to make healthy shredded chicken in the slow cooker.

Next, you’ll season your meat. Salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder are all you need.

How to make juicy and healthy slow cooker shredded chicken.

Finally, you are going to pour over about a half cup of chicken broth. It’s not a lot of liquid but it is the secret to juicy chicken. Set your cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.

Then, this is where the magic happens.
While still hot, transfer your chicken to the work bowl of your stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat at the lowest speed for just a few seconds.

WALLA!!! Shredded chicken!!!

How to use your mixer to shred chicken.

Now, if you don’t have a mixer with a paddle attachment, this chicken is sooooo tender you can easily shred it with two forks. In fact, it is so tender, it is falling apart when I transfer it from the slow cooker to the mixer. I really just use the mixer because it’s ultra easy.

How to Make Healthy Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 - 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Add chicken breasts to slow cooker. Sprinkle evenly with seasoning. Pour in chicken broth.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Shred meat with two forks OR while chicken is still hot, add to the work bowl of a mixer. Using the paddle attachment, turn mixer on low until chicken is shredded.
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This makes a ton of shredded chicken.

Make this on a Sunday. Then, plan out two or three meals for the week that call for cooked chicken. Freeze the rest. The next Sunday, pull the frozen shredded chicken out of the freezer and use it for 2 or 3 meals during that next week.

One day of cooking (and really, is having something in the slow cooker “cooking”?) and you’ve got 2 weeks worth of shredded chicken ready to quickly and easily whip up healthy meals!

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Baked Whole Wheat Mini Donut Muffins

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked – not fried – PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

One bite and you will be asking, “How can a muffin taste so much like a donut?”

The next question you’ll ask will be, “This is made from whole wheat???”

Baking with whole grains can be tricky. My go-to whole grain is white whole wheat flour.

Many recipes will recommend you bake with half all purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. But this recipe can successfully be made with 100% white whole wheat flour. That gives you quite a bit of extra nutritional bang for your buck!

While I made as many healthy adjustments to this recipe as I could, the one ingredient I just couldn’t find a good substitute for was the granulated sugar. I tried using more natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup, but the resulting muffins were a baking fail.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

The recipe does call for coconut sugar in place of brown sugar. If you haven’t used coconut sugar before, it’s actually highly nutritious. It’s a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins. In addition, it is one of the lowest sweeteners on the glycemic scale.

I’ve been using coconut sugar in place of brown sugar for a while now. And I am smitten with the complex taste.

Perhaps the best part of these donut muffins is the buttery cinnamon sugar topping.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

These little morsels of wonderfulness are the perfect addition to any breakfast buffet. I like to use an eco-friendly bamboo caterer’s fork to skewer the muffin. Add a raspberry and rest it on top of a glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee.

These whole wheat mini donut muffins taste just like a plain donut hole. Except these are baked - not fried - PLUS they are made with wholesome ingredients like whole wheat flour.

So simple, but so impressive looking!

Baked Whole Wheat Mini Donut Muffins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw turbinado sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly grease your mini muffin pans. This recipe will make 36 mini muffins.
  2. Using a mixer, cream the butter, coconut oil, sugar and coconut sugar.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time beating after each addition.
  4. Stir in the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla extract.
  5. Alternate adding the flour and milk while the mixer is on low. Scrape the sides and beat just until combined.
  6. Fill the muffin cups half full. These will rise fairly high.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until done.
  8. Remove from pans and cool on a cooling rack.
  9. Meanwhile, melt the butter and add to a small bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the sugar and cinnamon.
  10. Once the muffins are cool enough to handle, dip the tops in the butter then dip them in the cinnamon sugar.
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I hope your family enjoys these “donuts” as much as ours does!

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A Healthier Mississippi Pot Roast Slow Cooker Recipe

Treat your family to a healthier Mississippi pot roast. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy. 

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

I was gabbing with some friends recently when one of them mentioned she was watching a morning show and they featured a recipe for something called Mississippi Roast. I came right home and looked up the recipe.

We love a good slow cooker recipe in our house. But when I saw the ingredients for Mississippi Roast, I knew I wouldn’t serve it to my family.

An Au Jus packet contains caramel color, corn syrup solids, and sodium carboxymethycellulose. In other words, it has a known carcinogen, a sweetener more deadly than sugar, and a potential carcinogen.

I don’t use Au Jus packets, and I’m not about to start.

The dilemma became: What could I use to create a healthier version of Mississippi Roast without completely reinventing it?

The recipe needed to stay simple to make. I wanted a recipe that was completely add-it-and-go just like the original.

Here’s what I did:

While I am a firm believer that butter makes things better, a boneless chuck arm roast has enough fat to add succulent flavor to a finished roast. So I decided to swap the butter for beef broth.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast crockpot recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

Trust me. You won’t miss the butter.

That brings us to the pepperoncini peppers. I’ll eat almost anything if it has pepperoncinis on it.

What I won’t eat is yellow dye and sulfites. As a result, I only buy the Divina brand of pepperoncinis you can find at Whole Foods Market. I must warn you, this brand has a bit more “kick” than the other brands.

The original recipe calls for only 5 peppers. Ummmm. I added the whole jar along with the juice.

Did I regret it? Not. One. Bit.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

The last ingredient in the original recipe is a packet of ranch dressing.

I adore ranch. If I could marry ranch, I would.

Therefore, I went with a Simply Organic Ranch Dip packet.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast crockpot recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

The only ingredient you may not recognize in the Simply Organic Ranch Dip packet is Xanthan Gum. As you can read, it’s considered safe.

Once I had sprinkled the ranch over the roast, I put the lid on my trusty crockpot, set it on low, and let me tell you, the resulting roast did not disappoint.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

A Healthier Mississippi Pot Roast Slow Cooker Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 jar pepperoncini peppers
  • 1 packet Simply Organic Ranch Dip
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 boneless chuck roast

Instructions

  1. Place the chuck roast in the slow cooker.
  2. Add the beef broth. Top roast with as many pepperoncini peppers/juice as your family will enjoy. Sprinkle the ranch dip directly onto the roast.
  3. Place lid on slow cooker, set to low, and cook 8 hours.
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You could opt to remove the roast from the juices and slice it. Or, you could use two forks and shred the meat.

A healthier variation of the popular Mississippi Pot Roast slow cooker recipe. Equally as flavorful, equally as easy as the original.

This recipe is so easy, I plan to make it any time chuck roasts go on sale. I can’t wait to turn the leftovers into sandwiches. Or maybe I’ll top a baked potato. I might even have enough to freeze for a future meal.

Try this healthier Mississippi pot roast and let me know what you think!

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DIY Quick Flank Steak Rub

No need to purchase a pre-made flank steak rub. This DIY Quick Flank Steak Rub is better than anything you’ll find at the grocery store.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

I could be a vegetarian if it weren’t for steak.

Seriously. I love a great steak.

We tend to always buy flank steaks because they are a cheaper cut but will still turn out tender when grilled.

My favorite way to season a flank steak is with a dry rub you can easily whip up in your own kitchen.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

All you need to do is measure out a few spices, mix, and sprinkle over the steak.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

Then, you’ll need to get your hands dirty. It is important to actually rub the seasonings into the steak. You want to press the rub down into any nooks and crannies to fully impart the flavors. This is not my favorite part, but it is essential to getting the best flavor.

No need to purchase a flank steak rub. Quickly whip up a homemade rub full of flavor.

In this recipe I use organic coconut sugar. I prefer the taste (and the health factor) over brown sugar. However, if what you have is brown sugar, use it.

I actually like to grill and won’t cook my steaks any other way. I time my flank steaks for 6 minutes per side on a medium high grill and it turns out medium rare every time.

Andrea The Greenbacks Gal grilling

I think you’ll find that you have all of the spices used to create this rub in your cupboard right now.

DIY Quick Flank Steak Rub

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine.
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This recipe makes enough flank steak rub for 2 to 3 steaks. Store whatever you don’t use in a jar with a tightly fitting lid.

While your steak is on the grill, can I recommend a side of grilled zucchini?

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How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups From Scratch

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How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

On a recent trip to Walmart, I discovered Silk is now making a nut based drink called Nutchello.

Oh. My. Goodness. Let me tell you about the Nutchello flavors! In my store, I found Dark Chocolate & Walnut, Toasted Cashew & Coconut, and Caramel Almond & Cashew.

They sound indulgent, don’t they? But guess what! Nutchello is verified Non-GMO, is free of soy and dairy, and all flavors come in at under 90 calories a serving!

You know I can’t pass up a yummy new treat like this when I see it.

I was going to grab the Dark Chocolate & Walnut flavor when my daughter chimed in that she would like try the Toasted Coconut & Cashew. So that’s what I picked instead.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

I like when I can say yes to my kids when they ask for something at the grocery store.

Once I got the Nutchello home, I started treating myself to an everyday afternoon indulgence by pouring a bit of Nutchello over ice right about 3 o’clock. It’s that bit of sweet treat I crave right about that time.

Since my daughter also likes Nutchello, I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a cookie cup of Nutchello as an after school snack.

These cookies aren’t overly sweet, are made from whole grains, and they contain no dairy.

It’s actually pretty easy to make cookie cups from scratch. The secret is in the construction.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

First, make sure your dough sticks together when you squeeze it. If its too dry, try adding another teaspoon or two of the coconut oil.

Next, add about 1/4 cup of cookie dough to each muffin cup. Work on forming the sides first. I like to use my hands to sort of press the dough into the sides then pinch it flat on the top.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

Once your walls are all formed, you’ll add about a tablespoon full of dough and press it into the bottom and blend it into the walls. The shape will then resemble a cup.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

Once you’ve baked your cups, you will line them with melted chocolate. The melted chocolate seals up any holes so the Nutchello won’t leak out the bottom.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

Here’s your complete recipe for making cookie cups from scratch.

How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups From Scratch

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted to a liquid
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 3.5 ounce bar chocolate
  • Any Flavor Nutchello

Instructions

  1. Grease 6 muffin cups.
  2. Add the coconut oil, brown sugar and vanilla to a mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until creamy.
  3. Add the almonds, flaxseed meal, whole wheat flour, and egg and continue to mix on low until well combined.
  4. Take one ounce of the chocolate bar and chop it finely. Stir into the dough.
  5. Divide the dough into each of the muffin cups.
  6. Refrigerate.
  7. While the cookie cups are chilling, preheat the oven to 350.
  8. Bake cookie cups in 350 oven for 15 - 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  9. Allow to cool in pan on wire rack.
  10. Use a knife to loosen the cups from the molds. Remove from molds.
  11. In a double boiler, melt the remaining chocolate.
  12. Drop chocolate by teaspoonful into each of the cookie cups and swirl to coat interior.
  13. Allow the chocolate to harden before pouring in Nutchello to serve.
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How to Make Whole Grain Cookie Cups from Scratch. Incredibly easy to do but the result is both fun and impressive.

It’s 3 o’clock somewhere! Why not try making your own cookie cups and Nutchello?

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Homemade Meatless Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

A zesty meatless taco salad recipe with a homemade creamy cilantro dressing.
Homemade Meatless Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

I always keep frozen organic corn in my freezer and a can of organic black beans in my pantry. With these two ingredients, I can quickly produce this tasty meatless taco salad.

I serve this salad as a main dish for either lunch or dinner.

Black Beans and Corn

The beans and corn are just warmed slightly with classic taco seasonings – chili powder and cumin. This mix is allowed to cool before adding to the salad.

Taco Salad

I prefer to stick to iceberg lettuce for this salad since a classic taco is topped with iceberg shreds. However, you can replace the lettuce with whatever lettuce you prefer.

Also, you can use whatever type of tomato you have on hand for this recipe. In the winter, I find myself buying more cherry tomatoes. I find they have more flavor than the larger varieties during the winter months.

I like chopped mini bell peppers in this recipe. Other great additions would be sliced radishes or grated carrots. Really, use whatever veggies you have on hand that your family will eat!

Homemade Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Finally, I always use this homemade creamy cilantro recipe to top my taco salad. It is so delicious I could eat it with a spoon!

Using the food processor makes this dressing effortless to make. If you don’t have a food processor, it can just as readily be made in a blender.

Homemade Meatless Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 14-ounce can black beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup red and yellow peppers, diced
  • optional: avocado, shredded cheddar cheese
  • Dressing:
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • juice 1 lime
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet over low heat, warm the beans and corn with the chili power and cumin just until fragrant. Turn off heat and allow to cool while assembling the salad.
  2. To a large salad bowl, add the lettuce, tomatoes and peppers. Add the bean and corn mixture and toss.
  3. Add all dressing ingredients to the work bowl of a food processor. Pulse until dressing is smooth. Top salad with dressing.
  4. Top with optional avocado and cheese. Serve.
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Homemade Meatless Taco Salad

Warm some whole grain tortillas to serve on the side. Your family won’t miss the meat!

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