Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

 

This warm, pineapple upside down cake was begging for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I really thought I had some left in the freezer, but my kid (who is taller every morning than he was the night before) beat me to it.

Even so, this dessert was delish!  Simple ingredients of pineapple, butter, brown sugar and cake mix created a cobbler-like dessert that tastes just like traditional pineapple upside down cake.

Do you like your pineapple upside down cake warm or room temp?

I prefer mine to be room temperature.  The leftovers were perfect to me the next day.  But other members of my family prefer theirs to be warm.  They loved it straight out of the slow cooker and heated up their leftovers in the microwave the next day.

Either way, this is a very easy dessert to make.

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Pineapple Chili

Pineapple ChiliI know it sounds super weird, but it’s really good!  The pineapple lends a natural sweetness that balances the spice of the chili.  I first had chili with pineapple last year at our church fall festival.  I asked for the recipe quite a few times, but the cook never remembered to give it to me.  So, I decided to make my own version!

My other goal with this chili was to create something that would be compliant with the Whole30 diet that I’m going to do in January.  More info and resources for that are coming soon.  Basically, the Whole30 plan is grain free, dairy free, bean/legume free plus some other restrictions.  As best I can tell, this chili will work on that plan.  Yay!

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Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Chicken EAH

I absolutely love Asian inspired dishes, and have been experimenting with several different recipes lately. I recently made a spicy bourbon chicken that I thought was amazing…but the rest of my crowd, not so much. My family does not do spicy! So, the next time I had a craving for Chinese, I decided to skip the spice and see if I could create something my kids would eat. I had some pineapple in the fridge, which gave me inspiration for this Pineapple Chicken. It is sweet with the brown sugar and pineapple, but deliciously flavorful with hints of ginger and the saltiness of the tamari (gluten free soy sauce).

Pineapple Chicken and sides EAHI topped mine with sesame seeds, green onions, and red pepper flakes, and served it over brown rice. We had an Asian chopped salad as a side, which is quickly made from a bagged salad kit (which I have found WalMart and Sam’s Club).

I am pleased to report that my girls loved it!! (My son is 5 and only eats chicken in the form of a nugget! I’m praying for the day he outgrows this.) I am super excited that I can add this to our regular rotation so I can get my Chinese food fix, and it is easy to spice up my individual portion so everyone is happy!

Pineapple Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. boneless chicken breasts - cut into bite size chunks
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Approx. 1 cup pineapple, tidbits or small chunks
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Tamari
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 T. ketchup
  • 1 T. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T. cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. powdered ginger
  • Crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add chicken and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Remove chicken from pan and add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well blended and dissolved.
  4. Add chicken back into pan with sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes uncovered.
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Creamy Pina Colada Pie – No Bake!

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I love fruity summer drinks – spiked or not. It’s just so fun to sit out in the backyard with a glass of frosty, sugary goodness.

When I was grocery shopping a few weeks ago, I noticed Jello had some flavors based on drinks. I knew I had to get them and make them into something fun! The pina colada one turned into this fun pina colada-inspired pie. It’s perfect for summer because it’s cool and creamy and it reminiscent of the drink.

This recipe makes enough two fill two pie crusts. I made my pie virgin, but if you wanted a more authentic flavor you could add some rum extract. The pie freezes really well so I’d suggest making one for now and freezing one for later in the summer!

Ready to get started? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Creamy Pina Colada Pie

Ingredients

  • 2 8-inch graham cracker crust pie shells
  • 1 3 oz. package pina colada jello
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water + enough ice to make 1 1/4 cup
  • 1 8 oz. package whipped topping + additional for topping
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits, drained and patted dry + additional for topping
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the jello in the boiling water. Add ice to cold water to make 1 1/4 cup. Stir the cold water mixture into the jello. Stir until slightly thickened and then remove the ice that hasn't melted.
  2. Whisk in the whipped topping until thoroughly combined. Fold in the pineapple tidbits and shredded coconut. Divide between pie shells. Refrigerate for several hours until set. Top with additional pineapple tidbits and whipped topping before serving.
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Kate is a home cook living and working in New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

Baked Pineapple Dessert

The week before Easter, while browsing Pinterest I ran across a recipe for Gratineed Pineapple.  The recipe originates with Noble Pig, but I found the pin from Wives with Knives.

Noble Pig came up with this fabulous taste of Hawaii.  Coconut, ginger snaps and macadamias drenched in rum spiked sweetened condensed milk top half a pineapple.  Amazing to look at and eat.

Wives with Knives altered the serving of the recipe, showing how to make it in the pineapple but cut it before baking for easier serving.

I took the original, doubled it and made it in a 9×13 pan in order to make the serving even easier.  You know me – not as concerned with making it look great as making it easy.  I also wanted to be able to use the whole can of sweetened condensed milk instead of just part of the can.  And I was disinclined to acquiesce to buying a bottle of rum (a tiny nod to Pirates of the Caribbean), so I used rum extract instead.

I must say, it looks more impressive baked in the pineapple than in the pan.  But this was much easier to serve.  And a double recipe makes a lot!  So only make two pineapples worth if you’ve got a crowd.

I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream to ours too.  Every dessert gets better with a scoop of ice cream.

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Quick and Healthy Carrot Smoothie

This quick and healthy Carrot Smoothie is the perfect drink to serve on Easter morning. Naturally sweet carrot juice is a surprising hit with the kiddos, and if you call it “Bunny Juice” like we do, of course they are apt to like it even a little bit more.

Morning smoothies are a staple in our house. They are so easy to throw together and it is amazing how much nutrition you can pack into one single serving. Smoothies are also a great after school snack. If we ever have appointments right after school, they are easy to transport and drink on the way.

If you’ve never had carrot juice, it is surprisingly sweet. When paired with frozen pineapple and orange juice, it makes a delicious smoothie your kids will ask for again and again. You can find carrot juice in the produce department of any grocery store.

Of course, the beauty of smoothies is you can vary and alter the recipe to your family’s taste. If you have more adventuresome eaters, you can throw in a little spinach. If you have a ripe banana lying about, toss it in too. I love the taste of ginger with carrot, so I’ve been known to add a bit of it. Maybe it isn’t fair to call this a recipe? Maybe it should be called a starting point?

Quick and Healthy Carrot Smoothie

Quick and Healthy Carrot Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 cups carrot juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and puree until desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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One last note: this recipe makes a full blender and serves 4. You can halve the ingredients to make just two servings.

What do you think: Will your kiddos enjoy “Bunny Juice” on Easter morning?  Leave a comment and tell me your Easter morning tradition.

Andrea has been married to Peter for 20 years, and together they have two teenage daughters. You can also find her  and her whole food recipes at The Greenbacks Gal where she finds organic deals, green steals and cooks real food meals.

Apricot Delight Jello Salad

We’ve been having a debate at our house about whether this is a salad or dessert.  I call it a Jello salad.  My daughter agrees with me.  She says if it’s a salad then she can eat dessert later with a clear conscience!  I like her line of reasoning.

What do you think – salad or dessert?

Either way, it’s fantastic and perfect for Easter.  The apricots and pineapple add fruitiness to the jello.  And it gets topped with a creamy topping made from the fruit juice.  You won’t want to skip the topping.  It’s a cooked custard with Cool Whip folded in.  The topping makes this dish special.

I will say that the original recipe (given to me by my mom years ago) called for shredded cheddar cheese on top of the creamy topping.  I didn’t care for the cheese though, so I leave it out.  The cheese might move it more firmly into the salad category though.

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Quick Ham and Pineapple over Couscous

You know I love a 15 minute meal.  This one may come in at even less time than that.

I’ve had the idea for this for a while, but I wasn’t confident about how the flavors would taste together.  But it was great!  Especially considering the super quick prep time.

This dish does have jalepeno, but if you’re careful to remove the seeds, they aren’t spicy.  It gives a nice addition to the flavors.

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

This has everything I love in a meal:

It’s simple to fix.  I’m pretty sure even the slowest cook could get this started in about 2.3 minutes.

There are only a few ingredients.

Everyone loved it!

In my book, that makes a nearly perfect weeknight meal.  The only downside (and it isn’t much of a downside) is that you’ll still need to fix a veggie and make the rice right before dinner.  Since those are both easy tasks, it’s no problem.

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Make Ahead Pineapple Muffin Recipe

This pineapple muffin recipe will have you jumping out of bed!

I love the smell and taste of a warm muffin right out of the oven.  But the last thing I want to do in the morning is cook anything that requires too much effort.

By planning the night before, I’ve found I can have freshly baked muffins with minimal effort.

How to make muffins ahead:

  • Start by combining all the dry ingredients {flour, baking powder, sugar, salt} in a large bowl. Leave out on the counter.
  • In a measuring cup, measure the milk, then add the eggs and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate.
  • In the morning, start by preheating the oven.
  • Stir together the dry and wet ingredients. Mix in the remaining ingredients and get ready to bake.

Muffin ingredients prepared the night before baking.

This is the recipe I follow to make Pineapple Muffins that can be prepped the night before.

Make Ahead Pineapple Muffin Recipe

Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup drained, crushed pineapple

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400. Prep a muffin tin with muffin liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. In a 2 cup measuring cup, measure out the milk. Add the eggs and vanilla and lightly beat. This can be refrigerated and added to the dry ingredients right before baking.
  4. Pour wet mixture into dry mixture.
  5. Add pineapple and coconut and stir to combine.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Fill 3/4 full.
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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Andrea has been married to Peter for 20 years, and together they have two teenage daughters. Struggling with the reality that soon her girls will be on her own, she is leaving them vlogs at 101 Life Lessons. You can also find her at The Greenbacks Gal where she finds organic deals, green steals and cooks real food meals.

 

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