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Monday, September 18, 2017

7 Layer Black Bean Dip

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7 layer dip is an easy appetizer recipe featuring layers of simple Tex-Mex ingredients like refried black beans, seasoned sour cream, chunky avocado, cheddar and cotija cheese, pico de gallo, and black olives. It's quick to make, inexpensive, feeds a crowd, and is always the first thing to disappear at get-togethers. Serve this at your next game day party or family gathering to keep everyone full & happy without breaking the bank. {gluten-free, grain-free & vegetarian)

7 Layer Black Bean Dip Recipe
I was recently asked by Save-A-Lot to create a healthy recipe for the Tailgating season since they're one of my local grocery stores. In return for my time and creative effort, I'm being compensated financially for this post. Thanks for supporting my partnerships with awesome brands, since it allows me to keep creating quality free content for The Rising Spoon. As always, the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

I'm excited to share one of my favorite cheap & easy appetizers with y'all today: 7 layer black bean dip. It's awesome for game days, holidays, family get-togethers, reunions, birthdays...you name it. 

This time of year lots of folks are looking for tailgating recipes. To be honest, I'm not a huge football fan. I've experienced the magnetic energy of Friday Night Lights in person (my grandma lives within walking distance of a high school football stadium here in Northern Texas). But watching it on TV with a bunch of commercials every few minutes? Not my thing. 

Yes, I grew up with a family who loved football. They rooted for the Chiefs, Cowboys, Jayhawks, and Sooners. But I was always the one hiding in my room reading a book. However, game days and tailgating are also about really good food & drink. That's something I can get behind 100%.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Crock-Pot Mississippi Pot Roast (Paleo & Whole30)

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Insanely delicious fall-apart-tender Mississippi pot roast cooked in the crock-pot with only six ingredients. This easy recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prep and can be made in as little as 4-5 hours on the high setting. Serve with your favorite mashed potatoes or cauliflower + roasted veggies for a comforting meal. (Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free & Whole30)

Crock-Pot Mississippi Pot Roast (Paleo & Whole30 Friendly)
I almost always keep a jar of pepperoncini (mild pickled chiles) in my fridge or pantry for Italian-style sandwiches. They add SO much tangy flavor. However, I didn't start using pepperoncini in other recipes until about 2 years ago when I tried Health Starts In The Kitchen's Slow Cooker Peperoncini Roast. I instantly fell in love, raved about it here and here on Instagram, and started telling my friends & family to fix it.

Naturally, when I saw a new-to-me recipe around that time for a crock-pot Mississippi pot roast that was blowing up all over Pinterest (it might have been The Country Cook's version since it's older - I can't say for sure) I immediately went to check it out.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Cherry Turnovers with Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

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An easy recipe for cherry turnovers with a flaky, buttery puff pastry crust and a simple homemade cherry pie filling naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

Cherry Turnovers with Homemade Cherry Pie Filling

Early this spring I watched Twin Peaks for the first time on Netflix and fell in love with the show's mix of quirkiness, cheesiness, and abstract ideas. Shortly thereafter, I found out a third season would be airing soon on Showtime. 

Ummm...what are the chances?! I just happen to watch the series 25 years later and shortly thereafter I find out about its continuation. How serendipitous.

After watching the original show + the movie (Fire Walk With Me) and now the new season, Twin Peaks: The Return, I developed a mad craving for cherry pie. Heck, any good fruit pie. I mean, how could you not? Coffee & pie are running motifs on the show and mentioned so often that they're practically unspoken characters. Hence why my previous post as how to make cold brew coffee. ;)

Friday, July 21, 2017

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee (The Best Method For Iced Coffee)

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Learn how to make the best cold brew coffee at home using two simple ingredients and a few household items likely sitting in your kitchen right now. This cold infusion method produces gloriously smooth, strong coffee that's less acidic, not bitter, and tastes just like the expensive coffeehouse stuff. You'll kick yourself for not trying it sooner!

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee (The Best Method For Iced Coffee)

Welcome, fellow coffee lovers! If you've never tried cold brew coffee before or you're already addicted to the pricey bottled/coffeehouse versions, then you're in the right place.

Today I'm sharing a super easy, quick & no-fuss method for making cold brew coffee, which just so happens to make THE BEST iced coffee

Yes, I applied bold, italic AND underline formatting all at the same time. I save that trifecta for things I feel extremely passionate about, like a "damn fine cup of coffee" (now I'm craving cherry pie).

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing (Paleo & Vegan)

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A healthy summer salad full of hydrating and cooling foods like watermelon, cucumber & jicama and topped with an addicting coconut lime dressing. Serve this quick side dish with your favorite meal or munch on it when you need a refreshing snack on a hot day. 

Watermelon, Cucumber & Jicama Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

When you live in a state that starts to feel summery well before the rest of the nation's snow is melted (::cough:: Texas ::cough::) you learn to love hydrating foods like watermelon.

Normally I buy huge containers of cubed watermelon from the store (convenience for the win) and keep it simple by shoveling it straight into my mouth when I'm sweaty, hungry, and/or exhausted.

However, this all changed last year when I tried a watermelon salad recipe from my online friend, Kelly, who blogs at Primally Inspired. If you're not already a fan, you might remember her from my 13 Positive, Helpful & Inspiring People You Should Follow round-up earlier this year.


Anyway, I'm on her newsletter list and when she shared a leafy watermelon salad recipe last summer--inspired by a meal she'd eaten at a local restaurant--I quickly tried it and posted on Instagram.

It was INCREDIBLE! The best part was the coconut lime dressing. Slightly sweet and creamy with a bit of tang from the lime. Coconut + Lime = Perfection! I ate her salad several times over the course of the summer and every time thought "I need to figure out more ways to use this dressing"

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Double Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins with Sea Salt

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These decadent double chocolate muffins are naturally sweetened with just enough maple syrup to balance out the rich chocolate flavor from a mixture of cacao powder and dark chocolate chips. A sprinkle of coarse sea salt on top creates a slightly sweet & salty first bite that's a dark chocolate lover's dream.

Double Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins with Sea Salt

These double chocolate muffins have been on my mind for nearly two months now. I wake up in the morning and before I've finished my first cup of bulletproof coffee, I'm dreaming of baking a batch. I walk down to the lake and an image of rich chocolate muffins pops into my head.  

I've lost track of how many times I've brought up dark chocolate muffins to my sister on the phone. Clearly, the universe is sending me a message: Dear Elaina, hurry it up up, there's a chocolate lover out there who needs this recipe!