Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

Slow Cooker Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Pork Ribs

Just wait until you see how easy this slow cooker pork ribs recipe is!

Layer, stir, set and forget. Dinner is ready in 6 hours. Your family raves. You never broke a seat and yet you are the dinner hero.

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Ribs Ingredients

I purchased all these ingredients at Trader Joe’s. And yes, there are some prepackaged foods in here.

Trader Joe’s declares they use non GMO ingredients and no artificial colors, preservatives or flavors. If I’m going to use a prepackaged ingredient, I feel good about buying it from there.

Besides, the sauce this recipe makes from the steak sauce-jalapeno jelly is ridiculously good. The sweet of the jalapeno jelly perfectly compliments the smoky of the steak sauce.

Perfectly suited to slow cooking, country pork ribs also happen to be a really inexpensive cut of meat. Little prep time and easy on the budget are a winning combination.

For those who have a fear of fat, you can broil the ribs for a few minutes on each side to cook some of the fat off before adding them to the slow cooker.

The way I look at it, broiling the ribs first just creates one more pan I really don’t want to wash.

Layer of Pinto Beans

I’m recommending you heat the steak sauce and jalapeno jelly together before you pour over the pork ribs. Heating the jelly makes it easier to pour.

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Pork Ribs Sauce

Once your sauce is smooth enough, pour it over your ribs. Set the slow cooker and go about your day!

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Pork Ribs in the Slow Cooker

Sweet and Smoky Jalapeno Slow Cooker Pork Ribs


  • 3 pounds pork ribs
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans pinto beans, drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jar jalapeno pepper jelly
  • 1 bottle smoky steak sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos


  1. In the bottom of a slow cooker, add the pinto beans, onions and the optional pickled jalapenos.
  2. Place pork ribs on top of beans. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the jelly and steak sauce over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until the jelly melts.
  4. Pour the jelly mixture over the pork ribs.
  5. Place lid on slow cooker. Cook ribs on high for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  6. There will be a lot of liquid at the end of the cook time. Use a slotted spoon to serve.

Trust me. You’ll want to serve this recipe with some whole wheat rolls to sop up all the extra sauce on your plate. It’s simply delicious!

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Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

Easy Apple Cider Pie Recipe

On a chilly autumn day, nothing makes me happier than the smell of an apple pie baking. 

It makes me want to light a fire and gather friends and family around the table.

This easy apple cider pie combines all the goodness of the season: apple cider, crisp apples and cinnamon-y apple pie spice.

Then, in another tribute to fall, it’s sweetened with maple syrup.

If pie baking isn’t something you do on a regular basis, this easy recipe results in a 5 star dessert that will make you feel like a pie master.

The key to a good pie is a good crust. My go-to crust is a homemade whole wheat pie crust. Flaky and delicious, I promise no one will suspect it is whole wheat.

Homemade Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Next, you want to peel your apples. I always buy granny smith apples for my pies. They stand up great to cooking and the slightly sour taste is the perfect foil to the maple syrup.

Peeling apples for homemade apple cider pie

The apples cook in a mixture of apple cider and maple syrup and this is where magic happens. It’s what sets this pie apart from an ordinary apple pie.

Apples cooking for homemade apple cider pie

Please read the directions carefully because you’ll need to drain the apples but save all the syrupy goodness.

After the apples have cooked down, you assemble the pie and bake.

The smells wafting from your oven will make the next 45 minutes agonizing while you wait for your pie to come out of the oven.

I’d advise you to have the vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream ready!

For years I have had requests to share this recipe, so here it finally is:

Homemade Apple Cider Pie Recipe



  1. Roll out 1/2 pie crust on a lightly floured surface. Roll to 1/8 inch thickness. Place in a 9 inch pie plate and set aside.
  2. Combine cider and syrup in a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add apples and cook uncovered for 8 minutes.
  4. Drain the apples but reserve the syrup. You need 1 1/3 cups of liquid. You can add water if you don't have the complete 1 1/3 cups.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Pour your reserved liquid back into the saucepan and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Add the apples and apple pie spice to the saucepan. Continue to cook stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  7. Spoon mixture into pie shell.
  8. Roll out remaining pie dough and transfer to top of pie. Cut slits in top of crust.
  9. Bake at 375 for 45 to 50 minutes.

I hope your family enjoys this homemade easy apple cider pie as much as ours does.

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How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa

Follow this recipe for how to make homemade mango salsa, and you can’t go wrong. Pretty much, if you can chop, you can make this recipe!

This recipe is excellent on it’s own. However, if you have any of the following at home, don’t be shy about adding:

1 diced peach
1 cup diced fresh pineapple
1 diced avocado (or 2 if you have ’em!)
1 diced red pepper

Or perhaps you are the type that wants to add them all? I say go for it!

Now I know that every family has a least one cilantro hater. (Is that you?)

If you want, you can leave out the cilantro and replace it with flat leafed parsley.

Mango Salsa Recipe

I love to serve this salsa with chips. But it’s also tasty on grilled chicken or broiled tilapia. Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm

How to Make Homemade Mango Salsa


  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 mangos
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 sprigs cilantro, stem removed
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and viens removed
  • 1 lime
  • Salt to taste


  1. Remove seeds from the tomato and finely chop.
  2. Finely chop mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  3. In a small bowl, gently stir together tomatoes, mangos, onion and jalapeno.
  4. Chop cilantro, toss into the salsa, and stir.
  5. Squeeze juice from the lime over the mixture. Sprinkle with salt.
  6. Enjoy!

How will you be serving your homemade mango salsa?

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How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls

How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls

What is a smoothie bowl? Basically it’s a smoothie that’s thick enough to eat with a spoon. Sprinkle on a few toppings and you’ve got a smoothie you can actually chew!

Serving a smoothie bowl packs a substantial nutritional punch. You’ll get several servings of fruits and vegetables plus healthy fats and fiber.

Take that monday morning!

However, you do need to take a balanced approach. While the toppings are what make it fun and delicious, you can quickly load up your bowl with an excess of calories, so go easy on the high calorie toppings.

How to Make Healthy Smoothie Bowls:

These portions will make one smoothie bowl. Double, triple or quadruple the ingredients depending on the number of smoothie bowls you will need.

To a blender add:

1. 1/2 cup of liquid. Choose from:

  • any kind of milk (almond, hemp, rice, soy, cow’s…)
  • coconut water
  • water
  • juice
  • green tea

2. Add a handful of veggies. Choose from:

  • spinach
  • kale
  • romaine
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • pick a combination

Add Greens to a Healthy Smoothie Bowl

At this point, you will want to run your blender to completely pulverize your veggies.

3. Add at least a cup of frozen fruit. Choose from:

  • pineapple
  • cherries
  • strawberries
  • banana
  • blueberries
  • mango
  • raspberries
  • any combination

4. Add 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt.

OPTIONAL (you can choose several, but I’d only choose one fat source):

  • Add a scoop of protein powder
  • Add a tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Add a quarter of an avocado
  • Add a tablespoon of nut butter
  • Add a teaspoon of fish oil
  • Add a tablespoon flaxseed oil
  • Add a bit of local honey
  • Add a date or two

Blend all ingredients until thick and creamy and delicious.

**Smoothie not thick enough? Add more frozen fruit or yogurt. Smoothie too thick? Add extra liquid one tablespoon at a time.**

Now pour your healthy smoothie into a bowl and get ready to add your toppings!

Smoothie Bowl Topping Ideas:

  • chia, hemp, flax, and/or sunflower seeds
  • shredded coconut
  • granola
  • sliced or chopped nuts
  • matcha powder
  • maca powder
  • bee pollen
  • fresh berries
  • sliced banana
  • raw oats

I keep all my smoothie toppings in easily accessible jars. Then I let the girls make a design on top. It’s fun to play with your food!


You’ll get all the goodness of a smoothie with the additional benefit of getting to chew!

Here are some of our favorite healthy smoothie bowl combinations:

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Very Berry Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • handful spinach
  • 1/c cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • Top with sliced almonds, chia seeds and granola

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Tropical Smoothie Bowl

  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • handful spinach and kale
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • Top with chia seeds, shredded coconut, granola, and sliced almonds.

Have you replaced your morning bowl of cereal with a smoothie bowl yet?

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Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Homemade No Churn Strawberry Ice CreamIs there anything better than cold ice cream on a steamy summer night?

Strawberries are so sweet and juicy this time of year, they are just begging to be made into no churn strawberry ice cream.

This recipe is so simple. There are only 4 ingredients. And the fact that it doesn’t need to be churned means less time and effort in the kitchen.

However, you will need an electric mixer. You can whip the heavy cream by hand, but using an electric mixer will speed up your prep time.

Your ice cream will get fairly hard after 6 hours of freezing. Allowing it to sit on the counter for a few minutes will greatly help with scooping.

easy to make strawberry ice cream

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream


  • 2 cups organic heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 ounce can organic sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2/3 cups sugar


  1. In a large bowl, stir together chopped strawberries and sugar. Set aside and let sit for an hour.
  2. Once strawberries have sat for an hour, begin whipping the heavy whipping cream with an electric mixer at high speed until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl stir together the sweetened condensed milk and the strawberries, including all the juice.
  4. Stir the strawberry and sweetened condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream. Make sure they are thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour ice cream ingredients into a loaf pan and freeze for at least 6 hours.
  6. You will need to soften the strawberry ice cream slightly before scooping.
  7. Serve topped with fresh strawberries.
  8. Enjoy!

This is the perfect recipe for red, ripe strawberries.

no churn strawberry ice cream

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Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch

Homemade Corn Chips from ScratchHomemade corn chips from scratch are crisp, salty, and so much healthier than the store bought kind.

Even better, these chips are made from just 4 ingredients and they take under 30 minutes to bake.

The key to this recipe is to spread the corn chip batter out on a buttered cookie sheet and get it as thin as you can.

The thinner you spread it, the crispier the chips will be.

Homemade corn chips make the perfect addition to a lunch box or side to a bowl of chili, but they are best eaten while warm right after baking.

Warning: once you start eating these, you won’t be able to stop.

Homemade Corn Chips from Scratch


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Grease a rimmed cookie sheet.
  3. Bring the water and butter to boil in a small saucepan.
  4. Quickly stir in the cornmeal and salt and mix well.
  5. Spread the cornmeal batter out onto the pan as thin as you can get it. Try to maintain a rectangular shape. Don't worry if it gets lacey on the edges.
  6. Once spread, use a butter knife to cut chips into 1 inch squares.
  7. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until crispy.

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Chili Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas

Chili flavored crispy roasted chickpeas is one of my family’s favorite snacks. It’s highly addictive, and it’s super easy to make.

To make sure the chickpeas get crispy, it does require planning ahead.

The secret to really crispy chickpeas: Rinse your chickpeas, then lay them out flat on a towel to dry. They need to dry overnight, or for about 8 hours.

You’ll know they are dry when some of the skins start separating from the chickpeas.

dry chickpeas to get them crispy

Once your chickpeas are dry, make sure you get them well coated with the oil and spices. Having them well seasoned makes them finger-licking good.

coat chickpeas with seasoning

Chickpeas are great roasted with a variety of flavors, but this chili combination is our family favorite. It’s not unlike the taste of a Dorito – minus the cheese.

Speaking of Doritos, we serve these in place of chips. They are definitely healthier, yet the taste is just as addictive!

Doritos Flavored Crispy Roasted Chickpeas


  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder


  1. Rinse and drain chickpeas well. Spread out on a tea towel and allow to completely dry out.
  2. Preheat oven to 400.
  3. Transfer chickpeas to a bowl. Toss with olive oil until well coated.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together spices. Add to the chickpeas and toss again.
  5. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30-40 minutes, stirring halfway through cook time.

Once you get the process of making crispy roasted chickpeas down, experiment with your favorite flavors. Then let us know what your favorite flavor combination is in the comments!

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