Today Sara Lynn Cauchon celebrates PB&J Day with some 3 new ways to enjoy this classic flavor combination
Grilled PB&J Sandwich
1 teaspoon butter
2 crusty French bread slices
2 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons strawberry jam or jelly
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
Spread the peanut butter and jelly over a piece of the bread. Top with the strawberry slices. Spread the butter on the outside of the sandwich. Cook over medium heat until the bread is golden and the peanut butter begins to melt.
PB&J Oatmeal Muffins
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed banana
1 cup 2% milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup raspberry jelly
Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line a 24-cup muffin tin. Set it aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the oats, sugar and baking powder.
In another large bowl, whisk together the eggs, banana, milk, and vanilla. Stir the dry ingredients into the wet and mix well. Scoop the mixture into the muffin tin and swirl in a spoonful of peanut butter and jelly into each muffin. Bake the muffins until the eggs have set and the tops are golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
Easy PB&J Thumbprint Cookies
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup oat flour
1/2 coconut sugar
1/2 strawberry jelly
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, oat flour, coconut sugar and egg. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. Using the palm of your hand, press the balls down slightly. Press your thumb into the centre of each cookie and fill with strawberry jelly.
Bake the cookies until they are golden, 8 to 10 minutes.
Creamy Tomato Soup
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
8 tomatoes, chopped
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp tomato paste
¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
¼ cup cream (optional)
salt and pepper
Combine onion, garlic, tomatoes, broth, brown sugar and tomato paste in a slow cooker.
Cook on High for 3 hours or Low for 6 hours. Blend with an immersion blender. Stir in parmesan and cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh basil.
Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
Combine dried herbs and spices in a bowl and stir well.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange chicken, potatoes and carrots on a large baking sheet.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with 2 to 3 tbsp of ranch seasoning. Store the remaining seasoning for later use. Bake until chicken reaches at least 165°F. Broil for the last 2 minutes of cooking to get a nice crispy skin.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Lemon & Herb Quinoa
1 cup quinoa
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp butter
1 lemon, juiced and zested
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
salt and pepper
In a medium saucepan bring quinoa, broth and garlic to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Turn off heat and let quinoa rest, covered, for an additional 5 minutes. Stir in butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, parsley, basil, salt and pepper.
Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
2 cups cherry tomatoes
8 eggs, boiled and chopped
½ cup deli ham, chopped
½ cup deli chicken, chopped
½ cup blue cheese, crumbled
3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
In a small bowl whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Toss well.
Start with a tablespoon of dressing in each of 5 mason jars. Layer cherry tomatoes, egg, ham, chicken, blue cheese and salad greens.
Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. Shake well before eating.
Cherry Baked Oatmeal
1½ cups rolled old-fashioned oats
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup applesauce
½ cup milk
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup cherries, pitted and chopped (I use frozen)
¼ cup slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease muffin tin well. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine oats, brown sugar and baking powder. In a second bowl combine egg, applesauce, milk and vanilla. Whisk well. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix well. Fold in cherries and almonds. Bake for 30 minutes.
Store in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days.
Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower
1 broccoli crown, cut into florets
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
Heat 1 inch of water in a large pot. Combine vegetables in a steamer basket. Steam for 5-7 minutes or until they are cooked through but still retain some of their crispness. Run them under cool water to prevent them from cooking any further.
Store in the refrigerator for 4-5 days.
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8oz goat cheese or cream cheese
12 seedless grapes, washed
1 cup pecans, crushed
Bring goat cheese to room temperature. Roll goat cheese around each grape forming a ball. Roll each ball in crushed pecans. Place in individual mini baking cups.
Store in the refrigerator for 5 days.