Berry Delicious Tartlets

These are a simple Fruit tartlet that you could create for a brunch or a light dessert. I’ve been on a fruit kick lately, clearly missing Summer on these cold winter days.

The tartlets pictured are with a Gluten Free Pie Crust but I love making these with Elana’s Pantry Pie Crust better.

Crust Process:

  1. Take the Crust and roll it thin. (If using Elana’s Crust- Use two pieces of Parchment paper, spray with coconut oil and roll this with a rolling pin.)
  2. Cut the crust with a 2 1/2″ round cookie cutter
  3. Place the pie crust in a well greased mini- muffin pan
  4. Set aside while making Fruit filling

Berry Filling Ingredients: (will make 8 tartlets)

  • 1/2 Cup Strawberries, diced
  • 1/2 cup Raspberries, halved
  • 1 TBSP. Honey
  • 1/2 tsp. Tapioca Flour
  • dash of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • dash of fresh lemon juice

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Simple Whipped Cream

Cream on a Berry Tartlet

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Creating a whipped cream to dip my fruit in was a must for me. Sometimes you just need a little extra sweetness to your day. This is a very simple and delicious Whipped cream. I use it for fruit, pie and garnishes. It is a light and guilt free treat. I always make a small amount so that I don’t go crazy and put it on everything. You can duplicate the recipe depending on what you are using it for. I triple it when I am using it for cupcake icing or doing a layered cake/berry treat.

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Strawberry Crumb Bars

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I love using fresh fruit in my desserts. This recipe has been one that I have been working on for a while. The versatility of this recipe is great for seasonal baking, just use whatever berries or jams you have handy. My favorite is a simple Strawberry because I always have these ingredients in my fridge. Baby Boy LOVES strawberry so it is in high demand always.

Strawberry Crumb Bars

Ingredients: 3 part ingredients/process

Crust: 

  • 1 C. Almond Flour
  • 2 Tbsp. Coconut Flour
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/3 C. Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 C. Cold Butter

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

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These initially started out as a healthy breakfast muffin but then I found Civilized Caveman’s amazing Maple Vanilla Frosting and knew it would turn these Carrot Cakes into awesome cupcakes. Super hubby has always hated on my love of carrot cake… guess who devoured 3 of these yesterday and asked me to keep them in rotation for our meal planning (Wife Success)!!!!

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Love King Crab Legs

Love is knowing someone has your back, knowing someone will be there to take care of you, knowing someone will support you through your ups and downs. We don’t need Valentine’s Day to feel loved but it doesn’t hurt! Brandon and I don’t go out and do the cliche’ Valentine’s Day activities- we have always enjoyed staying in and cooking. Generally Brandon cooks but this year, I wanted to make the meal to show him how much I appreciate him! Who says Valentine’s Day is a chick holiday? Brandon got me beautiful Peruvian lilies! I left work and went straight to Wegmans. (For a girl that didn’t like the gigantic, chaotic, busy feeling of Wegmans,  I sure am enjoying it here lately).

On the Menu
Appetizers: Smoked Gouda with Bacon Cheese Slices with Apple slices
 
Main Dish: Rib Eye Steak
King Crab Legs with a garlic butter sauce.
Steamed Asparagus with old bay seasoning
 
Dessert:Banana Splits
 
 
Recipe’s and Process: 
 
Appetizer: 
I found a nice Gouda with smoked bacon (not paleo) at Wegman’s and sliced it into thin slices and served with a crisp Jana gold Apple.
 
Main Dish:
Steak Ingredients- 16oz Rib Eye Steak
             Dry Rub seasoning- I used Chef Leo’s Mesquite rub
             1 TBS Olive Oil
 
Process-
  
Get your steak out of the fridge and lightly rub some dry rub on the meat.Place in the fridge while you prepare the rest of the meal. Cook your steak last. In a pan pour about 1 TBS of olive oil in the pan and turn the heat onto to a medium/ low. Allow pan to heat but do not boil. Once pan is heated place your steak in and cook on one side for 7 minutes (this was for a 16oz, 2 inch thick steak so times may vary). Flip steak and cook on the other side for 6 minutes. (this will give you a medium steak)
 
 
King Crab Ingredients- King Crab legs (got alraedy steamed from the seafood market in Wegman’s)
                       2 TBS butter (I used Kerry Gold Butter)
                       1/8 Garlic powder
                       Fresh Lemon
                       Old Bay Seasoning
Process-
 
I put my oven on a warming setting- about 175F and let the legs warm up for about 8 minutes. While that was warming, I melted my butter and sprinkled in some Garlic powder and mixed it together. I plated my crab legs with the Garlic butter, for garnish I added some old bay and lemon.
 
Asparagus- cooked in a pan with some olive oil and sprinkled with a little old bay.
Dinner was a success and we both inhaled the meal. One of the best Valentine’s day meals we have had and all for under $40.00. (where can you enjoy a meal like that for that price!!!)
 
My Valentine and his Feast! YUM! 
Dessert: 
Ingredients- Raspberries
             Strawberry slices
             1 Banana
             1/4 C. Dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
             Chocolate Ice Cream
             Vanilla Ice Cream
             Chopped Hazelnuts
          
Process: 
 
Place Bowls in the freezer before you begin cooking dinner. A cold bowl will help the ice cream to stay cold even with the dark melted chocolate. 
When you are ready for dessert- Melt chocolate chips in the Microwave for about 45 seconds and mix with a spoon until all chips are melted. 
Spoon ice cream into cold bowls. Top with fruit and drizzle with dark chocolate. For some crunch, top with some chopped hazelnuts. 
   
Brandon’s treat
My Treat! This chocolate ice cream is amazing!

Beautiful Blueberry Bread

Traveling can be tricky when you are trying to make a good lifestyle change. The best way to stay on track is to bring some of your go to items home. If someone has dessert- make sure you have your own sweet to snack on. It is all about planning ahead and keeping your ultimate goal in mind. *Your goal to be a healthier you!* My last tip- Always pack your workout gear and find new places to take a hike, run or bike if possible.
Tomorrow we head to Maryland to go to visit our family! I made Paleo Crunch, Apple Bran Muffins, packed fruits and veggies and ingredients to make Zucchini Lasagna (per my families request). I also worked on a bread. Normally I make a Blueberry buckle that is to die for (sooo not healthy). This was my attempt to make a healthier alternative to that treat. Hopefully my family will approve.
Beautiful Blueberry Bread
Ingredients:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  •  2 1/2 Cup Blanched Almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 Cup Fresh blueberries

Process:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Whisk together the eggs, honey and Vanilla.
  3. Add  in the  flour, salt and baking soda
  4. Fold in the  fresh blueberries, carefully so you don’t break the blueberries open!
  5. Rub coconut oil on a loaf pan and pour in the batter.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool on a cooling rack for 20 minutes

Enjoy, these are perfect with a cup of coffee for breakfast or dessert!

Bad picture from my phone but it is delicious to eat!