Cranberry Pear Muffins

October 9, 2011

Prep time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Mini muffins help cut down portion sizes

Cooking spray
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 whole wheat flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teas ground cinnamon
1/4 teas baking powder
1/2 teas baking soda
1 1/2 cup peeled and shredded pear
1/2 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 teas lemon zest
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teas granulated sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat 12 muffin tin cups (2 1/2 inch) with cooking spray. Combine flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. In another bowl, comine pear, cranberries, egg, oil and lemon zest. Add liquids to dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan and dip tops in additional granulated sugar. Cool and serve.

Serving: 150 calories, 5g fat, 20mg cholesterol, 25g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 2g protein

Courtesy of Giant Food.

MonaVie Active French Toast with fruit

October 9, 2011

This French Toast is so good! You’ll want it everyday.

1/2 loaf challah, white bread, or any bread for making french toast that you like
6 egss
2/3 cup skim or your favorite milk
2 teas of either Splenda, Equal or sugar
1 and 1/2 teas MonaVie Active Premier Acai Juice Blend

Beat, mix or whip everything listed above except the bread in a large bowl. Preheat a griddle or large pan. Spray bottom with butter or cooking spray. Dip slices of bread in MonaVie egg mixture and cook on griddle or in the pan until done.

Serve with sliced banana, blueberries and strawberries. Top with a bit of honey, syrup or a dash of powered sugar. If you don’t have fruit you can also top with pecans.


Acai is a fruit that grows only on the Acai Palm Trees in the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil. The Acai berry is small in size (smaller than a grape) and is dark purple in color. Acai has a berry flavor with a subtle chocolate after taste. Acai is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Many natives of the Rainforest could eat a diet of only acai and live till an old age without many illnesses found in modern society. Acai is widely considered by many scientists to be a SuperFood, but you can’t get it anywhere. MonaVie has the most potent form of acai boasting a compound that is 10 times the polyphenols of traditional acai. MonaVie Active has glucosamine in it to help with joint health.

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Healthy Vanilla Peach Smoothie

March 23, 2011

Healthy Vanilla Peach Smoothie

3/4 cup fat free milk
1/4 cup plain fat free yogurt
1 peach, peeled, pitted and sliced
1 tablespoon Slenda or sugar substitute
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup crushed ice

Mix everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into chilled glass and serve. Serves 1.

The Color of Fruit from the Jerusalem Post on 6/8/2011:

“Blue and Purple

Anthocyanin, the phytochemical that gives blueberries, purple cabbage, acai berries, blackberries, black grapes, eggplant, plums, prunes and figs, amongst others, their dark coloring, is a powerful antioxidant that exhibits cancer-fighting properties. Research on anthocyanin has also shown that it helps to reduce the coagulation of blood platelets, thus preventing the formation of blood clots that can cause stroke, pulmonary embolism, peripheral vascular disease and heart attack. This antioxidant has also been shown to help increase HDL “good” cholesterol while inhibiting the oxidation of LDL “bad” cholesterol, as well as improve memory, prevent molecular degeneration and promote healthy aging.”

MonaVie’s Premier Acai Blend has many of these healthy fruits in it. The fruits work together to give your body a healthy boost of nutrients to fight free radicals that cause illness.

Call Julie at 703-978-6028, or e-mail for info on MonaVie. We serve MonaVie, EMV Action Drinks, and RVL in Northern Virginia, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond, Fairfax, Burke, Maryland, Springfield, and Washington, D.C. We can assist you in shipping MonaVie products to other areas as well, or throughout the world, where MonaVie is provided.

During a stressful and busy day, most people do not get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet. But just 4 ounces of MonaVie’s premier acai juice blends daily equals 13 servings of fruit which can help boost your nutrition with loads of antioxidants that fight free radicals. Many of the fruits in MonaVie are hard to find from around the world, and work together to give you a wide variety of nutrients. We are looking for people who just want to be customers where MonaVie products can improve their own nutrition, and we are seeking other bloggers or smart business people who want to set up a small home based MonaVie business too.

Remember MonaVie products make great gifts for birthdays or Father’s Day too.

As a way to give back to the land where the acai berry comes from, MonaVie’s MORE Project helps disadvantaged children in Brazil and their families by providing them with education and safe environments for them to learn and grow. When you purchase MonaVie products, you help to support the MORE Project and poor families in Brazil.

Bacon Sweet Potato Hash

March 6, 2009


4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
4 slices smoky bacon, diced
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
A few dashes or more hot sauce, to taste
2 scallions, thinly sliced on a bias
Ground black pepper
PreparationPlace the potatoes into a medium pot and cover with cold water. Season with some salt and cook over high heat. Bring up to a bubble, reduce the heat to medium and simmer the potatoes until al dente (they should be tender enough to pierce easily with a knife but not quite mashable), about 8 minutes.

When the potatoes are ready, drain them and shock them under cold water briefly. Scatter them out onto a kitchen or paper towel and blot off any excess water.

While the potatoes are coming up to a bubble, place a large skillet over medium heat with 1 turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon, and the diced bacon. Cook the bacon as the pan heats up until it’s golden brown and crispy, 7-8 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pan, reserving the fat in the skillet.

Over medium-high heat, add the drained and dried potatoes to the skillet and cook, turning occasionally, until golden brown, 7-8 minutes. Add the allspice, paprika, hot sauce, scallions, reserved bacon bits, some salt and pepper to the skillet and toss to combine. Serve warm. Serves 4.

From Rachael Ray

Grandma’s Cheese and Egg Bars

February 19, 2009

orange juiceFrom Grandma in Michigan

2 C Biscuit baking mix
1 C Milk
4 Eggs
2 C Heavy Cream
1/2 t White Pepper
2 C (8 oz) shredded Cheddar Cheese
5 oz shredded Swiss Cheese

Preheat over to 350. Spray 9 x 13 pan with Pam. In medium bowl combine baking mix and milk, mix well. Spread the misture in baking dish. In medium bowl beat eggs, heavy cream, and white pepper until well blended. Stir in cheeses and pour over batter. Bake 40-45 minutes, or until golden. Cool slightly before cutting into bars. Serves: 9-12

Challah French Toast with Berry Sauce

February 19, 2009

orange juice
Submitted by Wendy

If you happen to find a brioche loaf, it also would make terrific French toast. Active time: 20 min Start to finish: 30 min

For French toast
3 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (1-lb) loaf, cut crosswise into 12 (1/2-inch-thick) slices (not including end pieces)
31/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

For berry sauce
3 cups mixed berries such as blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries

1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar (depending on sweetness of berries)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Garnish: confectioners sugar for dusting

Prepare French toast: Preheat oven to 350°F.
Whisk together eggs, milk, sugar, and salt until blended. Pour into a large baking pan and soak bread slices in 1 layer, turning once, 8 minutes.

Prepare berry sauce while bread is soaking: Purée 1 1/2 cups berries with sugar and lemon juice in a blender. If you want to eliminate seeds, force purée through a very fine sieve into a bowl. Transfer to a serving bowl and fold in
remaining berries.

Cook French toast: Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet or griddle over moderately high heat until foam subsides. Transfer 4 soaked bread slices to skillet with a slotted spatula and cook until golden brown,
about 1 minute on each side. Cook remaining bread in 2 batches, adding more butter as needed. Transfer slices as cooked to a large shallow baking pan (using a clean spatula) and, when all are browned, bake in middle of oven until hot, about 5 minutes.

Serve French toast with berry sauce.
Makes 4 servings.

July 2001

Grandpa’s Fried Matzah

February 19, 2009


From Grandpa in Michigan

3 Matzahs
2 Eggs-beaten

1 teas Salt
1/8 teas Cinnamon ground
1/8 teas Baking powder
chopped pecans-optional
Veg. Oil for frying

Break matzahs into small pieces in large bowl and add boiling
water to cover and soften. Cool, mix in beaten eggs,
cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Add pecans if desired.
Spoon into frying pan with hot oil completely covering bottom
of pan. Fry on both sides until brown and crisp. Avoid cooking
on too high heat. Turn heat down after preparation of first
batches. Serves 4 to 6.

(This is always a big hit when
Grandpa makes this at family

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