2-Ingredient Pineapple Cupcakes

Yes, you read that correctly…just 2 simple pantry items are all you need to make these light and tasty cupcakes. It’s nice to have a few simple recipes like this on hand for those sudden cravings or when you just need an easy dessert.

Pineapple Cupcakes EAH

It’s also nice to have something that will satisfy a sweet tooth without totally blowing the “it’s almost bathing suit season” diet! I stumbled across this “recipe” (it’s hard to call mixing two ingredients together a recipe!) a couple of years ago when I was doing Weight Watchers. (The muffins are 1 point each, if I remember correctly.)  The version I made called for a box of Angel Food Cake mix and a can of pie filling, but then a friend told me I could use the same cake mix with a can of crushed pineapple.

2 ingredient cupcakes EAH

I had to give it a try! The result is a light and citrus-y dessert, and makes a great base for fresh fruit and whipped topping. This can also be made in a 9 x 13 baking dish or in a tube pan.

2-Ingredient Pineapple Cupcakes

Serves: 32

You only need 2 pantry ingredients to make this light and tasty treat!
Ingredients
  • 1 box Angel Food Cake mix
  • 1 (20 ounce) can Crushed Pineapple, in juice - do not drain
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the Angel Food Cake mix with the can of crushed pineapple (juice and all). Do not add the water called for on the back of cake mix.
  3. Pour into desired pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. For cupcakes, fill ⅔ full and bake for approximately 15 minutes or until tops are lightly browned.
  4. Allow to cool in pan. Once cooled, run a knife along the sides of cupcakes and gently pull to remove from tins.

Also, be aware that once you mix the angel food cake with the pineapple, the mixture will get very fluffy! This is normal. The texture of the cupcakes will be that of Angel Food cake (sponge cake) and not that of traditional cake. I think I will try this with mandarin oranges next!

Kim M. is a contributing writer for Eat at Home, as well as the mom behind the mayhem at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. There you will find kid-friendly recipes, quick and easy meals, and many, many more desserts!

Perfect Pasta Salad {plus tips I’ve learned}

4 Tips for Making Perfect Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is a great dish to bring to a party, family get-together or for summer entertaining. It makes a great side, and if you are like me, you can make a meal out of it. It’s also so versatile, that you can add just about anything to it. However, for years…I just couldn’t get it right. After much trial and error, I have come up with what I think is the Perfect Pasta Salad!

Perfect Pasta Salad Bowl EAH

 

  • First tip, it’s important to cook your pasta al dente (it should say on the box how many minutes this is, I like to use rotini pasta and it’s usually 7 minutes). This will prevent the pasta from getting too mushy/soggy because the pasta will soak up some of the dressing as it sits.
  • Second, and this is where I often went wrong, you need equal amounts of pasta to vegetables/add-ins. I like to chop my main veggies fairly uniform (“bite” size), like cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, etc. My other ingredients that I use less of because of the strong flavor, such as onions and peppers, are chopped smaller. By add-ins, I am talking about not only vegetables, but also cheese, meats (pepperoni, ham, chicken), etc.
  • Third,  the dressing…everyone has their favorite and how much they like, but too much or too little can turn your perfect pasta salad into a “ehhh, it’s okay” pasta salad. My rule of thumb is 4:4:14 cups cooked pasta, 4 cups veggies/add-ins, 1 cup dressing. Even when I make a large batch for a cook-out or party, I stick with my ratios. See, math does come in handy sometimes! The pasta and veggies will soak up some of the dressing, so if you make this the night before, you may need to add a little more dressing the next day. This is a good starting point, and you can adjust to suit your taste buds.
  • Finally, and this is just a suggestion because they are not always readily available, but I highly recommend adding fresh herbs. My favorites to use are basil or cilantro.

Pasta Salad Ingredients EAH

I am particularly fond of the above ingredients for my pasta salad. However, I usually add peppers and I always add some kind of cheese, which somehow did not make the picture! I usually use feta, but feel free to add whatever is your favorite.

Perfect Pasta Salad {plus tips I've learned}
This pasta salad is the perfect side or light meal. Great for parties, cookouts, and more.
Ingredients
  • 8 oz dry pasta (will yield about 4 cups when cooked)
  • 4 cups desired vegetables/add-ins (such as cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli, onions, fresh herbs, cheese)
  • 1 cup dressing (such as House Italian, Oil & Vinegar, etc.)
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to directions on package for al dente. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. Place drained pasta in a large bowl, adding vegetables and desired add-ins.
  3. Add dressing, salt, pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Place in fridge to chill or serve immediately.

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Kim is a contributing writer for Eat at Home and author of food & family blog, Makin’ it Mo’Betta. She blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, incorporating life as mom to teen and tween girls, as well as a young son with nut allergies, and wife to a diabetic husband. Life is never dull!

Homemade Toaster Strudels {quick and easy}

I like to show my kids that things they like in the grocery store or restaurants can usually be made at home. It takes some of the appeal out of spending that money when you know that you can make the same thing at home, and often times they are cheaper, healthier, and taste better. I’m not saying these Homemade Toaster Strudels are any healthier, but they were SO easy and very tasty!

Homemade Toaster StrudelsThese literally come together in just minutes using puff pastry and pie filling! Of course, you could certainly make them completely from scratch, but that would require a lot more time and patience. My kids aren’t big on patience!   [Read more…]

Chocolate Mocha Pudding Cake

Pudding Cake, also known as Chocolate Cobbler, has been around for quite some time. It’s quick and easy to make, requires just a few ingredients, and the results are fantastic. I mean, what could be better than chocolate cake, and a layer of luscious chocolate pudding (think lava cake on a large scale)? Oh yeah…adding coffee could make it better!

Pudding Cake CollageIf you are a coffee lover, and you like chocolate, then this dessert is for you! It will definitely make an appearance at my house again. Even my girls liked it, and they don’t drink coffee except for the occasional Starbuck’s Frappuccino – which is so full of cream and chocolate chips that it’s a dessert as well.   [Read more…]

Sausage, Ham and Cheese Quiche

I have to admit, I used to think pie shells were only meant for dessert. I went for years refusing to eat Chicken Pot Pie, Quiche or any savory dish with a pie crust. Finally, when desperately trying to come up with something different for dinner one night (and use ingredients I had on hand) I made a quiche and realized what I had been missing! I also thought that quiche could only be a fluffy, non-filling dish and boy was I wrong. This recipe is loaded with meat, cheese, potatoes, and the best part, it’s so easy to make! Another huge bonus, my very picky 12 year old loved it.

Quiche w label EAHI have been all about “re-purposing” leftovers, and this dish is great for that. I used a leftover baked potato, and leftover chicken sausage. You could use whatever you have on hand as well. My children won’t eat peppers and onions, but they would be great additions too. This meal is hearty enough for dinner, but makes a great breakfast or brunch item.   [Read more…]

Healthier Sausage “McMuffin” Casserole

I love casseroles. I also love breakfast food…anytime of the day. Therefore, breakfast casseroles that can be served for breakfast, brunch or dinner are just my thing. Last year, I made an ‘egg mcmuffin’ casserole and have been meaning to make a sausage version ever since – because if calories didn’t count, I’d order a Sausage McMuffin over a regular one any day. Unfortunately, calories do count so I avoid the golden arches as much as possible, but can still have this yummy and healthier casserole whenever I want!

Sausage McMuffin Casserole EAH

Healthier Sausage “McMuffin” Casserole
Ingredients
  • 4 English muffins, split *I used Nature's Own 100 calorie multi-grain
  • ½ to 1 lb. turkey sausage, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 eggs (or ½ cup Egg Beaters and 2 eggs)
  • 1¼ cup skim milk
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray an 8-inch square baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Cube English muffins, and add half in a single layer in baking dish.
  4. Top with half of the cooked sausage and ½ cup of the cheese.
  5. Layer the remaining English muffins, sausage and remaining cheese.
  6. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  7. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the casserole.
  8. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour, but can be left overnight.
  9. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until eggs are set.

I added a little extra cheese to the top because my family loves cheese. You can also double the recipe and bake in a 9 x 13 casserole dish if serving a crowd.  The recipe is very versatile in that you can really tailor it to your family’s taste, which is why I put 1/2 to 1 pound of sausage.  You can also use American cheese for a more “mcmuffin” flavor if you like.

What about you? Do you love breakfast food? Do casseroles make you as happy as they do me? I’m actually getting ready to prepare this chicken casserole for dinner. If you have a favorite feel free to let me know, I’m always looking for new ideas!

Kim M. is a married mother of 3; ages 12, 10, and 5.  She is the author of  Makin’ it Mo’Betta where she blogs about food, family and and her adventures in the kitchen. 

Biscoff Cereal Treats w/Chocolate-Butterscotch Frosting

If you still haven’t tried Biscoff Cookie Spread, then I strongly recommend it! It is a favorite in my house, and I have to make myself not eat it straight from the jar with a spoon. Yes, it’s that good! Another favorite around here are cereal treats. I know that traditionally they are made with Rice Krispies, but I often make them with remnants of cereal in the pantry. I really like using Cheerios, or in this case ‘Joe’s O’s’ from Trader Joe’s.

Biscoff Cereal with frostingI needed a quick and easy dessert to take to church the other evening (after I had a pie that turned out, uhmmm, let’s just say, less than desirable!) so I searched my cabinets and came up with these. I’ve made cereal treats with Biscoff before, but the chocolate-butterscotch topping really put these over the top. They were delicious!

Biscoff Cereal Treats EAHOf course, a few pumpkin sprinkles on top makes them even better (according to my children!)

Biscoff Cereal Treats w/Chocolate-Butterscotch Frosting
Ingredients
  • 6 cups cereal (crispies, O's, etc.)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • ⅓ cup Cookie Butter
  • 1 bag of mini marshmallows
For topping
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • Sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Grease a 9x13 dish, set aside.
  2. Melt butter and cookie butter in a large pot on medium heat, add marshmallows.
  3. Stir until marshmallows are melted.
  4. Remove from heat and add cereal.
  5. Stir until cereal is completed coated.
  6. Spread cereal mixture into greased pan. It's going to be sticky!
Tip - Spray hands with cooking spray and press cereal into pan. Be careful, it's hot!
For Frosting
  1. Combine chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  3. Stir.
  4. Continue microwaving in 15 second intervals until melted, stirring after each 15 seconds.
  5. Spread melted chocolate mixture over cereal treats.
  6. Add sprinkles if desired.
  7. Chill for a few minutes for topping to firm up.

These came together quickly and easily, and no one was the wiser that I had a  flat, sunken pie at home (that the kids and I still ate!)

KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She lives in NC with her husband, three children, and 2 fur babies. You can find her blogging about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta

Pumpkin Spice Eclair Cake w/Chocolate Frosting {No Bake}

Eclair Cake is one of those desserts I see often at potlucks, family gatherings, and is a personal favorite of mine. If you are not familiar, it’s a no bake dessert that is made up of just a few simple ingredients: graham crackers, vanilla pudding, cool whip, and usually chocolate frosting (but I’ve also seen it with chocolate pudding on top).

Pumpkin Eclair Cake top

I decided to make this dessert for a church dinner, and as I was getting my supplies from the grocery store, I spied this…

pumpkin spice pudding

HOLD THE PHONE! Pumpkin Spice pudding?! I immediately scooped up several packages, and then the idea of substituting the pumpkin spice pudding for the vanilla pudding, and using cinnamon graham crackers instead of regular in the eclair cake came to me. It sounded seasonal and delicious…and it was!

Pumpkin Eclair Cake IngredientsI realized too late that the milk was left out of the picture, but I used skim. You could use any kind you like, and I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use almond, soy, etc., but I’ve never tried it.

Pumpkin Eclair Cake CollageAs I mentioned, I made this to take to church, so I couldn’t get a picture of the inside of the cake after I made it. However, I assumed I would be able to quickly (and discreetly) take a phone pic after people started cutting into it. Well, that didn’t go according to plan. When I got to the dessert table, it was gone! Only some crumbs of frosting remained, and someone even came along and licked the spoon before taking it to the kitchen :-) Luckily, I had snagged a few bites from one of my children’s plates, so I can attest that it was very tasty.

I usually make this in a 9 x 13 pan, but on this occasion, I made 2 8 x 8’s  – one pumpkin spice and one regular eclair cake. (The regular cake was also eaten before I got to the dessert table!) The following recipe is for the 9 x 13 size.

Pumpkin Spice Eclair Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Ingredients
  • 1 box Cinnamon Graham Crackers (you will have some leftover)
  • 2 boxes Instant Pumpkin Spice Pudding mix
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. allspice (optional)
For Frosting -
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 boxes of instant pudding with 3 cups milk. Stir until it begins to thicken.
  2. Fold in container of Cool Whip.
  3. Line a 9 x 13 pan with single layer of graham crackers.
  4. Spread ⅓ of pudding mixture on top of crackers.
  5. Place another layer of graham crackers on top of pudding.
  6. Repeat layers, ending with pudding mixture.
  7. Place in refrigerator to chill while making frosting*
For the Frosting
  1. Mix sugar, cocoa and milk in a medium size pot.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat - stirring the entire time with a wooden spoon.
  3. Boil for one minute (still stirring!)
  4. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.
  5. Mix until it just starts to thicken - don't let it thicken too much or it is difficult to spread over cake. Pour over pudding layer of cake. Icing will 'set' on cake.
Time Saving Tip - If you do not want to make homemade icing/frosting, you can take a store-bought can of frosting, heat in the microwave, and pour over cake.
  1. Allow cake to chill in refrigerator for about 4 hours or overnight before serving so the graham crackers can soften and create a cake like texture.

I like to divide my pudding into thirds when layering my eclair cake, but if you want a thicker pudding layer, you can just divide it in half, ending with graham crackers on top. I’ve made it both ways, I just prefer a thinner pudding layer. It’s an easy dessert that always goes over well! What do you like to bring to potluck/cover dish dinners?

KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She lives in NC with her husband, three children, and 2 fur babies. You can find her blogging about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta

Healthy Whole Grain Waffles – Freezer Friendly

Back-to-school time is upon us once again. The hustle and bustle of getting the kids out the door, looking presentable, with everything signed and packed, and a nutritious breakfast in their bellies is no easy task. Even if your kids don’t have to leave the house, or if you don’t have kids at all…breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Your body needs it to jump start the metabolism and get needed fuel to those brain cells. With that being said, it’s sometimes so much easier to grab a bowl of cereal, or a granola bar as we are running out the door. That’s where these freezer friendly waffles come in!

freezer waffles EAH

A healthy breakfast is just a few minutes away when you have a freezer stocked with homemade, whole grain waffles, that only need to be popped in the toaster. In just minutes you have a hot, filling breakfast.  The kids will enjoy deciding what toppings to put on their waffles, while moms will love knowing they are getting whole grains, along with energy from natural sugars.  Some topping ideas may be bananas and peanut butter, blueberries and walnuts (my favorite), chocolate chips (my kids’ favorite)…the possibilities are endless! You can even fold them and carry them with you for breakfast on the go. If your kids do like them plain, you could always add in some extra cinnamon, pumpkin or apple pie spice, or whatever they like. I like to think of waffles, pancakes, and muffins as a sort of “blank canvas” that you can design however you want!

healthy whole grain waffles, freezer friendly

Healthy Whole Grain Waffles – Freezer Friendly
Ingredients
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (cow's milk, almond milk, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons oil*
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey (could also use maple syrup)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • *I like to use a combination of olive oil and canola oil, or coconut oil.
Instructions
  1. Whisk all of the ingredients together.
  2. Pour onto a greased waffle iron.
  3. Cook until steam is no longer coming from waffle iron.
  4. Eat immediately or cool and freeze.
  5. This made about 6 six-inch round waffles.
  6. To prepare from frozen: These can be microwaved, but for best texture I recommend cutting them in half (or fourths) and placing in the toaster until warm and crisp.

This recipe does not contain eggs, and could easily be made vegan.

 

Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread

It’s no secret that blueberry and lemon is one of my favorite flavor combos, but I am so glad that I decided to try blueberry and orange together! It’s a burst of sunshine and happiness in your mouth! Blueberries are in season, and I am enjoying every minute of it. I love them in my yogurt, in my green smoothies, in muffins, cakes and more!

Blueberry Orange Bread EAH

The only juice my son will drink is Sunny D, so that is what I used in this bread. However, any OJ could be used, you just may need to increase the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet the juice is.

blueberry orange slice EAH

Look at all those blueberries! I made mini loaves of bread, but you could also make one 9 inch loaf (or use a muffin pan, just reduce baking time.)

Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup Sunny D juice drink
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1 heaping cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Glaze – 1 cup confectioner’s sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and enough Sunny D juice to reach desired consistency.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together juice, egg, oil and zest, if using.
  4. Add your wet ingredients to the dry, mixing just until dry ingredients are moistened.
  5. Fold in the blueberries.
  6. Divide batter into 3 mini loaf pans, or one large (9 inch) loaf pan (sprayed with non stick cooking spray, or greased with butter)
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes for mini loaves or approx. 55-60 minutes for large loaf, or until bread is golden and springs back when lightly pressed.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. While slightly warm, pour glaze over top of bread loaves, if desired.

If you are looking for more great recipes for blueberries, check out the Ingredient Spotlight: Blueberries, Raspberries and Blackberries!

KimM is a contributing writer for Eat at Home. She lives in NC with her husband, three children, and 2 fur babies. You can find her blogging about her kitchen adventures at Makin’ it Mo’Betta. You can also follow her on PinterestFacebook and Twitter.

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