Santa Hat Brownie Bites | Semi Homemade No Bake Dessert

Santa Hat Brownie Bites | Semi Homemade No Bake Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Sometimes, when I introduce a recipe, I say something along the lines of “this could not be any easier.”  And I think I said something similar when sharing my Santa Hat Mini Cupcakes a few years ago.  In mom-of-one-child-land, the easiest recipe involved minimal baking, minimal decorating, and maximum cuteness.

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My friends, we have entered a whole new land over here.  One which two children.  And two holiday parties on the same day.  One where every morsel of holiday party deliciousness is purchased at Costco or Trader Joe’s a day or two prior to the party and no extra decorations are considered and I forget about plates and napkins until the day of in a serious food blogger lazy move.  But ya know what?  It didn’t really seem to matter {Or at least all of my guests were polite enough to act like it didn’t.  We had plenty of wine and beer so that probably helped.} .

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The only ounce of effort that was put into making this spread remotely Christmas themed was a quick little 10 minute project that happened about 30 minutes before my guests were scheduled to arrive.  Brownie bites, canned cream cheese frosting and strawberries were purchased making this completely semi-homemade and absolutely no baking required.  And even though our holiday party was on a relatively chilly Southern California evening with the rain drizzling down outside, I was still happy to skip the oven.

Santa Hat Brownie Bites | Semi Homemade No Bake Dessert | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So if you’ve got that party coming up tomorrow and you want to look impressive without actually doing anything impressive, I’m your girl.  Whip this one up and call it a day.  You’re welcome.

If you’re fancy, look back at some of my other holiday recipes, which, while still simple, have a little more…well…baking to them.

Santa Hat Brownie Bites | Semi Homemade No Bake Dessert
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 24
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box brownie bites {you will need equal amounts of strawberries and brownie bites, so purchase accordingly}
  • 1 clamshell strawberries, washed and tops removed {you will need equal amounts of strawberries and brownie bites, so purchase accordingly}
  • 1 can cream cheese frosting
  • {1 ziplock bag or frosting pipping bag}
Instructions
  1. Place cream cheese in ziplock back or pipping bag. If in ziplock bag, cut one tip.
  2. Pipe one circle of frosting on each brownie bite, approximately the size of the tops of most of your strawberries.
  3. Place one strawberry on each circle of frosting
  4. Dot each strawberry with an extra dot of frosting on the tip

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Easy Orzo and Meatball Alfredo | Semi-Homemade

Easy Orzo and Meatball Alfredo | Semi-Homemade | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Tis the season to have sixty bajilion things on your to do list, amiright??  And I kept seeing scrumptious orzo and meatball recipes popping up on Pinterest and they sounded like they would totally hit the spot on a cool winter night.  But then there was meatball making and sauce making and as much as all of that is spectacular, I just don’t have the time or the energy some days.  So I thought I’d simplify things.  A lot.

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You’ve heard the phrase semi-homemade right?  I usually try to be a good little food blogger and make my own sauces, slave over my own meatballs, etc.  I really do enjoy my time in the kitchen when I have time to enjoy time in the kitchen.  But when I don’t have time and it still sounds yummy I settle for semi-homemade.  And honestly, with a few little simple additions here and there, the whole meal was just perfect.  Hot, creamy, filling, and with leftovers for days.

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On top of all that, here’s a fun fact, if you chop up cauliflower enough and put it in a white sauce with orzo, no one will even realize it was there.  I honestly think that both Hubby and the toddler inhaled it without even having a clue.  Not that this was a healthy dish by any means, but at least I got some veggies in there somewhere.  #mommyforthewin

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Easy Orzo & Meatball Alfredo | Semi-Homemade
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb orzo, cooked according to package
  • 1 bag precooked Italian meatballs, cooked according to package
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • 1½ cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower, chopped finely
  • 2 t basil
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 jar of your favorite alfredo sauce
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, plus more to top
Instructions
  1. Cook orzo and meatballs according to package instructions.
  2. While they are cooking, heat olive oil on medium high heat in a large skillet.
  3. Add onion and garlic and heat for about 5 minutes or until fragrant
  4. Add peas, cauliflower, basil and pepper and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, until beginning to soften.
  5. Stir in alfredo sauce and milk and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until combined.
  6. Add cooked orzo and meatballs and stir until combined.
  7. Stir in parmesan cheese until melted and all is combined.
  8. Serve hot and top with additional parmesan cheese.

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The Easiest Leftover Candy Brownies

The Easiest Leftover Candy Brownies | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

It’s almost Halloween, friends!  And if you’re anything like me, you bought the giant Costco bags of candy a few weeks ago and they’ve been sitting in your pantry tempting you.  I literally put them on the highest shelf in the pantry that I have to get up on a chair to get to.  And I still sneak one every now and then.

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So once Halloween is over, you’re really not going to want to eat any more of that junk {and by junk, I mean totally delicious mini Butterfingers that I can’t stop eating}.  But some of the options of leftover Halloween candy recipes are kinda more than I want to tackle with an infant and a toddler.

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So I came up with the very simplest *recipe* {if you’ll even give me that…this is a very semi-homemade version of a recipe} that my toddler and I quickly whipped together while the baby napped.  Not only did I get some delicious treats out of it, but my big girl got to feel like she was special, help in the kitchen, and cover herself in chocolately goodness.  So that’s a win.  She’s been such a great big sister that I really love it when we can have a little time just the two of us to show her how awesome she is.  And if it means she gets chocolate, she’s a happy camper.  Smart kid.

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Of course, my family ate all of these by ourselves within two days.  But my intention is that you could bring these suckers and drop them off at work, school, or share them wherever so that you spread the love {and the calories}.  Clearly, I’m not going to judge if you polish off a pan by yourself with some ice cream on top after feeding the baby.  …not that I have any personal experience with that…

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The Easiest Leftover Candy Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box of your favorite brownie mix, plus whatever ingredients are listed as needed on the box
  • 1 cup leftover chocolate based Halloween candy, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven as listed on brownie mix box
  2. Mix brownie mix according to box
  3. Stir in approximately ½ cup of chopped candy
  4. Turn into a parchment lined baking dish
  5. Top with remaining chopped candy
  6. Bake for time listed on the box, most likely erring towards the longer cooking time, but checking with a toothpick as needed.

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Curried Sweet Potato & Vegetable Soup | Slow Cooker

sweet potato curry

Don’t give me that look.  I know it’s 85 degrees and I’m serving a hot, creamy, soul warming soup for dinner.  Would most bloggers be posting this one in October?  Probably.  But I’m a soup year round kind of a girl, especially if it involves curry, so I went for it.  Because it sounded good.  And we’re still getting some June gloom around these parts so I don’t feel too bad about it.

Another reason I don’t feel too bad about it?  Because it was omg good and creamy and rich and…wait for it…pretty darn healthy!  That’s the glory of blended soups…when you pulse it all together, they can’t tell that they’re eating all kinds of nutrients and such.  And you could probably cool some of this off for the baby too!  The other fabulous thing about blended soups?  Not having to chop up all of the veggies into bite sized pieces.  This is a lazy girl’s soup too.

Curried Sweet Potato & Vegetable Soup | Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

To make it even easier on you, I seasoned this one with one simple bottle of Trader Joe’s Thai Red Curry Sauce.  If you don’t have a TJ’s, first of all, I’m sorry.  But you can probably get a similar pre bottled sauce at your local grocery store, or can make it by combining a can of coconut milk with 1-2 T red curry powder or paste and about 1 t ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, 1/2 t turmeric, a pinch of nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.  Add and adjust as needed.

While I love coaxing the flavor out of my spices to make a good, from scratch kind of a curry, when I’m putting this together at lunch time with my toddler taste testing everything and chucking whatever she doesn’t like on the floor for the dog, emptying a bottle of sauce sounds much more…doable.

Oh by the way, if you’re one of those haters who doesn’t do soups in the summer, pin this one for when fall rolls around.  You’re going to want to try it…

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Curried Sweet Potato & Vegetable Soup | Slow Cooker
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Thai
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 onion, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 cups lentils, cooked
  • 2 cups chickpeas (or 1 can), cooked
  • 1 can Trader Joe's Thai Red Curry Sauce (or sauce recipe mentioned in above post)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • Optional garnishes: sour cream, cashews, peanuts, cilantro, or green onions
Instructions
  1. Combine everything except cilantro in the slow cooker and cook on low for at least 4 hours, or until carrots and sweet potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork.
  2. Stir in milk and let cook for another 5 minutes or so
  3. Use an immersion blender to blend, or transfer to a blender and blend
  4. Top with desired garnishes and enjoy hot

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Sweet & Sour Meatballs | Slow Cooker

Sweet & Sour Meatballs | Slow Cooker | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

What do you make when you’re so busy preparing for the end of the year party and your kid’s birthday and the multiple workout classes that you’re teaching that you can’t think straight?  Something easy and quick that everyone will like, that’s what.  And that’s exactly what this recipe is.

It’s another one of those where you pretty much throw everything in the crock pot and let it be.  Add some pineapple towards the end {it gets kind of gross and mushy in my experience if you leave it in there the whole time{, throw it over some rice {or quinoa if you’re feelin kinda healthy} and call it a day.

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It’s got delicious takeout flavor without all of the calories and the guessing game of *who knows what they put in there* and you can add all of the yummy veggies that you want.  So it may not be healthy, but at least it’s better than what you would have gotten from the place down the street.  And honestly, sometimes going out to pick up the takeout {and putting on something other than sweat pants just in case you run into someone you know} {yoga pants count as better than sweat pants} {can I hear an amen mamas} is a bigger pain than doing a little chopping during lunch time and finishing it off when the kid goes down for a nap or throwing it together before you leave for work in the morning.

Want to make it healthier?  Put together your own veggie packed turkey meatballs and then use them for your dish.

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Sweet & Sour Asian Meatballs | Slow Cooker
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 bag frozen meatballs (chicken or beef, depending on your preference)
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped
  • ¾ cup orange marmalade
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • 1 t sesame oil
  • 1 t ginger
  • 1 t sriracha
  • 1½ cups chopped pineapple
  • Cooked rice or quinoa for serving
  • Additional sriracha, chopped green onions, and/or sesame seeds for garnish as desired
Instructions
  1. Put everything except for pineapple in the crock pot and cook on low for at least 4-6 hours.
  2. Add pineapple and cook for an additional hour.
  3. Serve over cooked rice or quinoa, garnish as desired.

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Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack

Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Ok you’re either going to really love me or hate me for this one.

I keep a stash of the Trader Joe’s microwavable mac and cheese in my pantry.  Yes, I’m talking about the single serving, throw in the micro, drop some powdered cheese stuff on top and voila mac and cheese.  College style.  At least the TJ’s kind feels a little better than Easy Mac, with organic wheat macaroni and white cheddar.  But I digress.

Every once in a while I’m at a loss for what to serve for the munchkin and myself for lunch.  It’s usually a Monday and we have no leftovers from the weekend and I have five minutes to come up with something good before she loses it or until lunch time starts to creep into nap time {which is completely unacceptable}.  So every once in a while, we turn to the mac and cheese.

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And like I said, I give it to Trader Joe’s for fancy-ing it up a little bit, but it still is what it is.  So one day, I decided that maybe I could spice it up a little.  And all it needed were a few little enhancements {like some real cheese} and one extra minute to make it feel more like a meal and less like something out of the box.  Guys, it was good.  Like creamy, cheesy, comfort food-y, completely unhealthy goodness.

PS we’re calling this three cheese, which includes the powdered white cheddar in the box.  Because if I’m doing this, I might as well go all the way.  Judge away, if you must.  Or next time you’re feeling desperate, give it a try.

PPS this is for a single serving.  I haven’t tried, but I would assume if you want to make two servings, just doubling the recipe should work.  If we’re even calling this a recipe…

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Garlic Three Cheese Mac & Cheese | Microwavable Mac & Cheese Hack
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 1 packet single serving microwavable mac & cheese (I used the Trader Joe's kind)
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 T shredded cheddar
  • 1 T shredded mozzarella
  • ½ t garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Microwave macaroni with water as indicated on the instructions on the packet
  2. Immediately add powdered cheese packet, milk, cheddar, and mozzarella and stir vigorously to combine.
  3. Add garlic salt and salt and pepper to taste, and top with additional shredded cheddar if desired.

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Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know I keep saying I’m going to post some healthy recipes to go along with my fun, active lifestyle/new awesome “job.”  I feel the need to put it in quotes because it totally doesn’t feel like a job for me.  It’s so much fun to plan workouts for these amazing mamas and watch them improve and enjoy themselves just like I do every day.  It’s such a huge compliment to hear that someone felt great after a workout or was sore {in a good way} or that they see their bodies changing and getting stronger as the weeks and months pass.  I just feel so lucky to have found such an amazing group!

Anyway, should I be eating healthy every day?  Obviously.  Do I usually?  Yes.  But do I sometimes just pull a bunch of things that look yummy off the wall at Trader Joe’s and throw them together into something that’s ridiculously easy and fantastically delicious?  Definitely.

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And can we talk for sec about my love affair with Trader Joe’s?  I’m seriously obsessed.  My mama talked me into driving an extra five minutes to go there instead of the Ralphs across the way a while ago and I haven’t looked back.  I don’t think a trip goes by without us finding something new, cheap and amazing that we have to have.  Trader Joe’s does not sponsor this blog…but TJ’s if you’re reading this and you want to, I’ll sell my soul for a can of dark chocolate sea salt brownies.  Or chocolate sea salt covered almonds.  Or just a bottle of $6 chardonnay.

Back to the recipe!  Focus!  I’m not going to lie to you and tell you that this one is healthy.  But boy is it easy and fabulously yummy.  You know I love me a good thr0w-it-in-the-pot-and-forget-it recipe.  It would make a major wow appetizer too…just skip the rice and stick them on toothpicks instead.  They meatballs end up being just the right amount of sticky sweet and the right amount of spicy kick to make it so you don’t want to stop eating.  And the veggies kind of dissolve in with the meatballs and the sauce so you {and your veggie hating husband} don’t even realize you’re eating them.  You could probably even add more if you need to hide them.  And then it’s healthy, right?  Well regardless, if not healthy, this one is just delish!

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Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bags frozen precooked meatballs
  • 2 zucchini, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bottle Trader Joe's sweet and spicy chili sauce
  • 1 cup General Tso's sauce
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 t lime juice
  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1-2 t sriracha, optional
  • 1 T sesame seeds, plus more to garnish
  • 4 cups cooked white rice
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients except sesame seeds and rice in the slow cooker.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  3. Stir in sesame seeds.
  4. Place white rice in the bottom of a bowl and top with meatballs and desired amount of sauce. Garnish with sesame seeds and enjoy hot.

 

Gnocchi and Asparagus with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Gnocchi and Asparagus with Brown Butter Sage Sauce | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

On our first wedding anniversary, we went all out.  We stayed in the hotel that we got married at, walked the grounds, took photos, and went to the fancy restaurant.  It was romantic and fun and we still felt like newlyweds.

Fast forward three years to our four year anniversary.  I still feel like a newlywed.  I still get butterflies when my husband walks through the door.  But this year we had a special little treat that made it a touch different.  A little treat who is starting to figure out how to crawl, who smiles at everyone, and who wants to sit at the table with us and munch on her portion of asparagus too.  So a romantic escape to a hotel and a fancy restaurant was not in the cards on a Thursday night thank you very much.  But I’m not going to lie, this anniversary was the best one yet because we spent it with our little peanut.  And with this fabulous recipe that I whipped up for the occasion.  Cooking on your anniversary is totally glamorous, right?

With Valentines Day coming up, this could be the perfect easy, yet decadent dish to whip up for your honey.  I’m deeming this one “semi-homemade” because I really could have made the gnocchi by hand instead of buying a pack from Trader Joe’s and it would have been ridiculous.  But I was lazy and had a baby with the sniffles so I didn’t.  And instead of being an all afternoon affair, it was on the table in 30 minutes with a homemade sauce that was so rich and delicious that I could have slurped the rest out of my bowl.

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Gnocchi and Asparagus with Brown Butter Sage Sauce
Author: 
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package pre made gnocchi {I used the Trader Joe's brand}, cooked according to the package
  • 1 lb asparagus, cleaned, tips trimmed, and cut into bite sized pieces
  • ¼ onion, chopped
  • 1 t olive oil
  • 1 T preminced garlic
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 stick {1/2 cup} butter
  • 2 T + 1 T sage, chiffonaded
  • 1 t + 1 t black pepper
  • ½ t + 1 t salt
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Cook gnocchi according to the package instructions.
  2. While it is cooking, melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium high heat
  3. Once it is melted, add 2 T sage, 1 t black pepper and ½ t salt
  4. Continue to stir frequently for about 5 minutes until butter takes on a brown hue
  5. Stir in milk and remove from heat and set aside
  6. For the asparagus, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat
  7. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes
  8. Stir in brown sugar, 1 t salt, and 1 t pepper and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes
  9. Stir in asparagus and 1 T sage and cook for an additional 5 minutes
  10. Stir in brown butter sauce, cooked gnocchi and Parmesan cheese
  11. Allow to combine for 2-4 minutes
  12. Serve immediately and garnish with additional sage and Parmesan cheese

 

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Santa Hat Mini Cupcakes

Santa Hat Mini Cupcakes | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I wanted to share another little treat that I whipped together for the party last weekend.  I’m not going to lie, I feel a little bad calling these a recipe.  Let’s call them semi-homemade instead.  But they were super easy and the cutest little things.  They’re totally perfect to bring to your holiday party and have people ooo and ahh over.

Santa Hat Mini Cupcakes | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

People will ask if you bought them somewhere and gasp when you tell them that you made them.  From scratch-ish {I suppose you could be fancy and make your own white cake and cream cheese frosting from scratch, but really who has time from that in the midst of the holiday madness?}.  And they will be impressed.  And you will be slightly embarrassed for passing them off as some delicacy when you threw them together from a boxed mix.

Santa Hat Mini Cupcakes | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Did I mention they’re delish too?  I mean cream cheese frosting and raspberry.  It’s a match made in dessert heaven.

Santa Hat Mini Cupcakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 5 dzn
 
Ingredients
  • 1 box white cake mix, plus eggs, vegetable oil and water as indicated on the box
  • 1 can cream cheese frosting
  • 2 small boxes of raspberries
  • White sprinkles
  • Mini cupcake liners {I always forget these because they're not on the ingredient list!}
Instructions
  1. Make the mini cupcakes as indicated on the box. I found that they cooked up perfectly in about 15 minutes in my oven.
  2. Scoop cream cheese frosting into a ziplock bag and cut off the tip {or use a pastry bag if you're fancy}
  3. Frost the top of the cupcakes
  4. Layer sprinkles onto frosting
  5. Place one upside down raspberry on each cupcake
  6. Top raspberry with a dot of frosting
  7. Yields about 5 dozen mini cupcakes

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Easy Garlic Pesto Gnocchi & Cooking Planit T-Fal Giveaway!

Easy Garlic Pesto Gnocchi | Little Kitchen, Big BItes

So there’s this app for your iPad or iPhone.  It’s called Cooking Planit.  And it’s pretty frickin amazing.

It’s not just your average recipe app.  Yes, it does have amazing recipe ideas and a grocery store portion that makes it super user friendly.  But it also puts together full meal ideas for you, including side dishes, and lets you pick how many people you’re cooking for. And gives you a list of what cooking tools you’re going to need {because I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely gotten into a recipe and realized that I have to improvise because I didn’t realize that I was going to need to pull my deep fryer out of the garage…}.

And then when you’re actually ready to cook, it literally walks you through it.  Like turn by turn driving directions, except for your meal.  And it helps you coordinate it so that everything is ready at the same time.  This may not be revolutionary for everyone, but it sure is for me.  It’s always a struggle to try to figure out if the sides are going to be ready at the same time as the main course and if everything will make it to the table nice and hot.  That’s why I use my slow cooker so often and do my one pot wonders…then I don’t have to worry about it.  But with Cooking Planit, there are no more worries.  Just simple instructions to put together an easy, delicious, hot meal without a second thought.  It’s perfect for dinner parties, or just for throwing something nice and well balanced together for your family at the end of the day.

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In addition to being awesomely amazing, Cooking Planit is partnering with me and other bloggers to give away a whole new fabulous set of T-Fal Stainless Steel with Thermo-spot 12-Piece Cookware Set, including an 8” Sauté pan, a 10” Sauté pan, a 1 Qt. saucepan & cover, a 2 Qt. Saucepan & cover, a 3 Qt. Saucepan & cover, a 5 Qt. Dutch Oven & Cover, and a 2 Stainless Glass Lids.  It’s a gorgeous stainless steel, nonstick cookware set with technology that indicates when the pan is perfectly pre-heated and ready to go.  Are your pots and pans getting a little nasty?  Is it time to upgrade your cookware?  Just click below to enter in the seriously easy rafflecopter and you could win the Cooking Planit T-Fal giveaway!

 

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Phew.  And finally, here’s the recipe, which is slightly modified {as usual} from the brilliance that I found on the Cooking Planit app…

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Easy Garlic Pesto Gnocchi
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup basil
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3 T preminced garlic
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound premade gnocchi
  • 2 T pine nuts
  • 3 T + 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put garlic, basil, parmesan, pine nuts and 3 T olive oil in a food processor and pulse to combine
  2. Cook gnocchi according to package instructions
  3. Drain gnocchi and return to pan.
  4. Add olive oil and heat on medium.
  5. Stir in pesto until gnocchi is well coated, and then remove from heat.
  6. Serve hot.

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