Miniature Peach Pies

Image♥Thanks Nana for leaving me this beautiful plate♥

 

Yay for wedding gifts! My bff, Amanda, got me this awesome Breville Electric Pie Maker that makes 4 miniature pies at a time. She also got me the Recipe Book and Pie Lifter. So amazing! You can make sweet and savory pies, or even both at the same time! Since my fiance is on his vegetarian kick still, I can easily make 2 veggie, and 2 with meat.

The recipe book comes with some great recipes to help start you out. It also talks you through the dough types, cutting tools, handling etc. Very awesome

 

Peaches

Peach Pie Filling

2 large peaches, ripe – cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons corn starch
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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You can make your own pie crust, but I chose to use a pre-made crust from the refrigerated section of my local Trader Joe’s. I should have gotten puff pastry for the top of the pies, but I forgot. Next time for SURE though! You’ll want to top these with puff pastry, not regular pie crust.

The pie maker comes with a dough cutter that cuts your bottom and top dough to the perfect size. Use the larger one for the pie crust, bottom. And the smaller one for the puff pastry, top.
Plug your pie maker in and let it pre-heat.

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In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the peaches, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch mixture and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla.

After you’ve cooked the filling, you sort of need to work quickly. Your pie maker will be hot, so be careful. Lay the dough in each pie area, lightly using your fingers to mold it in place. Using a 1/3 measuring cup, add filling to each. Top with puff pastry and close the lid! Pies will be cooked and ready in about 10min.

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I made my pies much earlier than I needed them, which is fine. You can easily plug the pie maker back in and reheat your pies in about 3min! Its such an easy and fun thing to use! I cant wait to try making some savory pies!

The crust was flaky and delicious (even with regular pie crust on top), the filling was warm and sweet (not overly). Would have been even more awesome with some vanilla ice cream 🙂
Great present, thanks Amanda!!

 

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Shaking Things Up A Bit!

Smoothie

Lately Ive really been trying to get healthier. Not just working out, but my whole lifestyle. Eating more fruits and veggies, drinking more water, eating non-processed foods etc. You get the picture.

I’ve really given a lot of thought about going Paleo but its pretty hard, as well as unreasonable, to expect my family to make that transition also. So I’ve done what I can for now, until they decide they’re into it.

More protein, fish, veggies, fruit, and water.
Less bad carbs (picture me bawling) – no white bread, no white rice, minimal white potatoes, and a very minimal amount of sugar. Whats too bad about that?

My wonderful fiancé got me a Ninja Blender that is out of this world! As of two weeks ago, I have started each day with a GREEN SHAKE!

Load that baby up with everything good for you, and on gym days you can even add your protein powder to it! I personally prefer the frozen fruit because it makes it thicker and colder, it doesn’t rot like fresh fruit does, and its way more affordable.

Here are the main ingredients I use daily:
Fresh Spinach (Target has the cheapest bags $1.99, and its freezeable)
Bananas
Carrots
Kale
Celery (you get used to the taste after the first drink)
Frozen Fruit Mix (no added sugar or sodium. Target has the most affordable $10 mixed bags)
I usually get three bags of varying mixes to have a variety during the week. Blueberries, blackberries, red raspberries. Mango, pineapple, peaches. Strawberries, mangos, bananas.

When you make a smoothie you need some sort of liquid. A friend of mine suggested I use warm brewed Green Tea, which is GENIUS! Not only is it wonderful for you, but it helps melt the frozen fruit.

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Daily Smoothie

1 Cup Spinach
1 Carrot (cut in a few pieces)
1 Banana
1 Stalk Celery (cut in pieces)
1 Cup (sometimes more) mixed frozen fruit
About a 1/2 cup liquid. I add it slowly until my smoothie is the consistency I want.

Blend until smooth, and add to whatever glass or bottle you want! These smoothies are so very filling, and healthy! You get a huuuuge dose of veggies and fruits. I have replaced my breakfast with them, and they keep me full until about 12pm (drinking smoothie at 7am).

Enjoy! 🙂

Teriyaki Salmon and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

This is a recipe I grew up on that my daddy used to make all the time. I was such a picky eater when I was little, but salmon was something I loved. I still am not too much of a seafood fan, but I dont think I could live without salmon. It is so good, almost every way you can think of making it!

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This is possibly the easiest recipe Ive ever made, seriously. There arent too many ingredients, and the prep takes about 10min. Feel free to marinate your salmon as long as you’d like beforehand.

Salmon

2 Salmon Filets (or 4, or 10.. depends on your dinner size)
1/2 cup Kikoman teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon onion powder
fresh cracked pepper

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First and foremost, you want to debone your salmon. The grocery store wont do this for you, unfortunately. It really isn’t too hard, and all you need is a pair of tweezers. Take your fingers and slowly rub your fingers along the top of the flesh, you can feel where the bones are. Using the tweezers, grip the bone as hard as you can, slowly pulling the bone out. This isnt like doing your eyebrows where you want to go quickly, fish is slippery, and you’ll lose the grip with the tweezers if you go too fast.

If you’re not into deboning, and your family is cool with bones and knows how to avoid them, keep them in. Its ultimately up to you.

In a sealable container, add filets skin side up. Pour in teriyaki and soy sauce, chopped garlic, onion powder, and cracked pepper. Put the lid on and refrigerate for however long you want before wanting to cook your salmon.

When you’re ready to cook the fish, heat your oven to 400°F and cook for 20min. Personally, I prefer my fish one extreme or the other; completely raw or very well done. Cook to your liking…

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Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

1lb green beans
1 pack of thick cut bacon
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon favorite seasoning

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Take about 8 green beans and bundle them, wrapping the bacon around the center of each bundle. Arrange on a baking pan, one with sides so grease doesnt get all over your oven. Heat oven to 400°F. While the oven is heating, melt butter in a small saucepan and add your favorite seasoning to the melted butter. I used McCormick’s Garlic and Herb blend. Spoon mixture over each bundle and you’re ready to go!

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I put the bacon bundles in the oven first since they take a little while longer, 10min early. Then I added the salmon and let them both go. Dinner was delicious and easy! Served with white rice on the side, and some nice white wine. 🙂