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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 8 oz (2½ cups) ziti
  • 1 tsp extra-virgin oil
  • 1½ C boiling water
  • 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1½ tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp minced fresh oregano or ½ tsp dried
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 oz (3/4 cup) part-skim mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ C chopped fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Line a slow cooker with an aluminum foil collar and lightly spray with vegetable oil spray.
  2. Microwave ziti and oil in a bowl at 50% power, stirring occasionally, until some pasta pieces look toasted and blistered, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Transfer hot pasta to prepared slow cooker and immediately stir in boiling water (pasta will sizzle). Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, oregano, ½ tsp salt, and pepper flakes until evenly combined.
  4. Cover and cook until pasta is tender, 2-3 hours on high.
  5. Remove foil collar. Gently stir pasta, adding hot water as needed to loosen sauce consistency, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Drop spoonfuls of ricotta on top of casserole and sprinkle with mozzarella. Cover and cook on high until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with basil and serve.

Recipe courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution.

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White Chocolate Lemon Blondies

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Blondies don’t get much attention around here. I usually pass them up for brownies or just skip them entirely. It really is kind of sad since blondies are so easy to make. All you need are a few simple ingredients and you’re good to go! Plus, the base of a blondie is good with so many flavors. Lately I’ve been all about using citrus flavors more in baking, so I thought I would start the new year off with not only giving more attention to blondies, but also using citrus. Enter these white chocolate lemon blondies.

White Chocolate Lemon Blondies from A Kitchen Addiction

The subtle, citrusy lemon paired with creamy white chocolate is just the flavor combination that soft, chewy blondies need. Fresh lemon juice and zest give the blondies that bright, tart flavor that I love from citrus fruit. White chocolate gives the blondies the sweetness they need and balance out the tartness of the lemon.

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I like to under-bake the blondies just a bit to keep them more dense and chewy and less like the texture of a cookie. Of course, if you like your blondies more like cookie bars, you can cook them a bit longer. Just don’t over-bake them or you’ll end up with dry blondies, and nobody likes that!

White Chocolate Lemon Blondies
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ½ C butter, softened
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ½ C sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1½ C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ C white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray an 8×8 or 9×9 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or with an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add lemon juice, eggs, and vanilla and beat until creamy.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, lemon zest, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  4. Stir in white chocolate chips. Dough will be thick. Spread into the bottom of prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until just starting to turn golden brown. Do not over bake if you want more of a gooey bar. If you want more of a cookie texture, bake for the entire time.
  6. Remove to a wire rack and allow to cool for 15 minutes before cutting into bars.

 Easy White Chocolate Lemon Blondies from A Kitchen Addiction

Cinnamon Pear Yogurt Quick Bread

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I’ve been on a bit of a pear kick lately. It may have something to do with the fact that the last time we were at Costco I picked up a giant bag of them. . .but they have been so good! Since we can’t eat all of them plain before they would go bad, I’ve been baking them into all kinds of baked goods. I was in the process of making cinnamon yogurt quick bread the other day when I looked over and saw the basket of pears (the very full basket of pears!) sitting on the counter. Suddenly cinnamon yogurt quick bread became cinnamon pear yogurt quick bread.

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It was a good decision. The chopped pears added a burst of sweet, fresh fruit in each bite. Combined with the warmth of cinnamon and ginger, this bread is loaded with flavor. But if that wasn’t enough, I topped the bread with a buttery, brown sugar crumble. I just couldn’t resist. Crumble toppings are always a good idea! Trust me.

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Cut yourself a thick slice for breakfast, a mid-morning snack, or to hold you over until dinner! Whatever your plans are for the weekend, make sure to set aside a few minutes to quick whip up this cinnamon pear yogurt bread. Happy Friday!

Cinnamon Pear Yogurt Quick Bread
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
For the Bread
  • 1¼ C whole wheat flour
  • 1¼ C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp olive/canola oil
  • ⅓ C honey
  • ¼ C non-fat milk
  • ¾ C chopped fresh pears
For the Crumb Topping
  • ⅓ C all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×5 inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, yogurt, oil, honey, and milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Stir in chopped pears.
  4. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter until clumps form. Sprinkle over top of batter.
  6. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

 Cinnamon Pear Yogurt Bread Recipe from A Kitchen Addiction

Peanut Butter Honey Oat Muffins



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Since our move, my husband has started a new work shift. He now works 7-4. This means he has to leave by 6:30am, which of course means we have to be up before that! Let’s just say that our mornings the last couple of weeks have been a bit rushed getting used to the new schedule. With the rushing has come the problem of what to do for breakfast. The answer has come in the form of muffins. And for the past week, it’s been peanut butter honey oat muffins. Hearty peanut butter muffins topped with a buttery oat crumble! They are filling enough to carry him over until lunch, but portable so he can grab and go.

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The base of these muffins is from my favorite healthier muffins. Whole wheat flour, peanut butter, and oats are the main ingredients. Usually these muffins use butter or yogurt, so I thought these muffins would a great recipe to give MELT® Organic spread a try. What is MELT Organic? MELT Organic is a butter improvement that really is good for you. It is made from the perfect blend of good fats such as virgin coconut and flaxseed oils. None of their products contain hydrogenated oils or artificial ingredients, and they never will.

MELT Organic spreads are also dairy free, soy free, trans-fat free, and gluten free, and each variety is certified organic, kosher, and Non GMO. Along with the health components of this spread, the best part about it is that it bakes, sautés and melts just like butter (but with half the saturated fat and calories!). I was curious to see if it would really bake like butter, so instead of butter, yogurt or a combination of the two in my muffins, I replaced the amount with an equal amount of MELT Organic.

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The muffins turned out perfectly. The spread baked up just like butter making the muffins tender and moist. I was a little nervous that the coconut oil in the spread would give the muffins a light coconut flavor since I’ve had spreads where the coconut is overpowering. No coconut flavor, just a light buttery taste. This buttery taste especially came through in the oat clusters on the tops of the muffins. You would never guess that it wasn’t butter. Since it has such a buttery rich, creamy flavor we ate a lot of the muffins with smear of MELT Organic on them as well!

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Now our rushed morning breakfasts can be both satisfying and nutritious! Have a couple for breakfast and grab one on the way out the door for an afternoon snack!

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Peanut Butter Honey Oat Muffins
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¾ C whole wheat flour
  • ¼ C white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 1 C quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ C honey
  • ½ C no-stir natural creamy peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp Rich & Creamy Melt Organic, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Crumb Topping
  • 6 tbsp quick oats
  • ¼ C white whole wheat or all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Rich & Creamy Melt Organic, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, oats, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, peanut butter, Rich & Creamy Melt Organic, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  5. In a separate small bowl, whisk together oats, flour, and brown sugar. Stir in Rich & Creamy Melt Organic until clumps form.
  6. Divide batter into 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about ½ full. Sprinkle crumb topping over the top of batter.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.

 

Peanut Butter Honey Oat Muffins from A Kitchen Addiction

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MELT Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.

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