Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Almond Flour Banana Muffins

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A few better-for-you swaps and these Almond Flour Banana Muffins are lighter and delicious!

Almond Flour Banana Muffins...a few swaps {corn oil, Greek yogurt, cinnamon applesauce, almond flour} make this healthier muffin an easy grab-n-go option on busy weekday mornings! #ad #MakeItMazola #simpleswap #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love muffins.  I've always loved muffins.  In my opinion they are the perfect grab-n-go breakfast to go along with a steaming mug of coffee, but unfortunately often times muffins are LOADED with fat and calories that we cannot see.  Rather than filling these muffins with butter and other oils, I've created some better-for-you swaps and used Mazola® Corn Oil.  A clinical study showed Mazola Corn Oil reduces cholesterol 2x more than extra virgin olive oil. To learn more about this claim, see Mazola.com.

And I tell you what....these lighter swaps made these muffins delicious!


Almond Flour Banana Muffins...a few swaps {corn oil, Greek yogurt, cinnamon applesauce, almond flour} make this healthier muffin an easy grab-n-go option on busy weekday mornings! #ad #MakeItMazola #simpleswap #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

In addition to using corn oil, I used almond flour instead of all-purpose flour.  Have you tried baking with almond flour yet?  It's naturally gluten-free, using almonds that have been blanched and later ground to a fine meal and it is great in baking.

It is also low-carb and has become a must for those following a paleo diet who still enjoy baking grain-free.  I personally love the nutty and hearty taste it gives any baked good.  I've swapped almond flour as a 1:1 ratio in recipes with great results and have also mixed and matched using half almond flour and half all-purpose.

Almond Flour Banana Muffins...a few swaps {corn oil, Greek yogurt, cinnamon applesauce, almond flour} make this healthier muffin an easy grab-n-go option on busy weekday mornings! #ad #MakeItMazola #simpleswap #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Clearly, if you've been a reader for awhile you know I'm a lover of all decadent recipes.  I'm not afraid to go "over the top" on a dish.  But, with that being said, I also throw in many lighter versions.

A girl cannot eat horrible all the time!

An easy way to make a few better choices with your food is in your baking.  Mazola Corn Oil is an all-purpose cooking oil that is a smart heart-healthy choice for your family.  Not only with baking, but in grilling, sautéing, stir frying or in marinades and dressings.  It has a neutral taste which allows the flavor in your food to stand out.

Corn oil also has a higher than most smoke point at 450 degrees.  Not all cooks realize that many oils have different smoke points when stir frying or sautéing, only to find out once exceeded, it not only can negatively affect the food's flavor but also may alter its nutritional value.

Almond Flour Banana Muffins...a few swaps {corn oil, Greek yogurt, cinnamon applesauce, almond flour} make this healthier muffin an easy grab-n-go option on busy weekday mornings! #ad #MakeItMazola #simpleswap #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Most muffin batters will call for an oil, butter and some sort of liquid dairy in the wet ingredients.  To swap in some better options I instead opted for corn oil, plain Greek yogurt and cinnamon applesauce.  This triple combo kept the muffins moist and soft.

And tasty!  The plain Greek yogurt is like sour cream, keeping the muffins rich and the cinnamon applesauce gives the muffins a boost of flavor without overpowering the taste.

Not to mention the mashed banana.  Because we ALL know that mashed bananas are good in any baked good.

Almond Flour Banana Muffins...a few swaps {corn oil, Greek yogurt, cinnamon applesauce, almond flour} make this healthier muffin an easy grab-n-go option on busy weekday mornings! #ad #MakeItMazola #simpleswap #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

With just 5 minutes of prep and 25 minutes of baking time, these muffins can even be baked on a weekday morning before your kids head off to school!

I know, I'm asking a LOT {trust me, I know all about rushed school mornings}, but it can be done.  Or take the easy route and bake a batch on Sunday afternoon so they are all ready to go on Monday morning.

These little breakfast treats {or afternoon snacks} are bursting with banana flavor and have just enough sweetness to curb that craving.  They also provide a better-for-you option when your schedule is pulling you here, there and everywhere leaving your grab-n-go options limited.

Almond Flour Banana Muffins...a few swaps {corn oil, Greek yogurt, cinnamon applesauce, almond flour} make this healthier muffin an easy grab-n-go option on busy weekday mornings! #ad #MakeItMazola #simpleswap #CollectiveBias (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What kind of swaps do you use in baking or cooking?

Want to give this one a try?

Do it.  You will NOT be disappointed!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  
#MakeItMazola #simpleswap #CollectiveBias

Yield: 12

Almond Flour Banana Muffins

These banana muffins are made with corn oil, cinnamon applesauce, Greek yogurt and of course...mashed bananas! They are soft, moist and super delicious.
prep time: 5 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 30 mins

ingredients


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup cinnamon applesauce
  • 2 T Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 mashed bananas

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the wet ingredients - eggs, yogurt, applesauce, corn oil, vanilla and bananas.
  3. Add in the dry ingredients - baking soda, salt and almond flour.  Combine gently, just until ingredients are combined.  Do not over mix.
  4. Using a muffin scoop, drop the batter into the lined muffin tin.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew

Comforting stew doesn't have to take all day!
This hearty version is done in just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Well, soup season is finally here.

Along with other things.  Crunchy fall leaves, hot chocolate, big, comfy sweatshirts, shivering in your house because you refuse to turn on the heat {oh...just me?}, fall-scented candles, pumpkin spice lattes and so much more.

I've had two reader emails in the last few days asking for my favorite soup recipes.  How can a girl choose?

If I can't be savoring a classic bread bowl filled to the brim of creamy, rich Broccoli Cheddar at Panera Bread {by myself please} then you'll find me making a homemade batch here at home.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Some of my family's favorites include:


Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This Instant Pot thing still amazes me.  I've pretty much made everything you can think of in that darn, cute, amazing appliance.

Have you gotten yours yet?  And at the very least if you haven't, have you put it on your Christmas list yet?  It makes an amazing gift, because really EVERYONE benefits from it.  The one I purchased earlier this year, I now see is $10 cheaper on Amazon.  I am imagining it to continue to go down as the holidays approach.

Snatch yours now!  The version I use is HERE.

I find that my 6 QT version is perfect for our family of 5, but they do have smaller and larger versions.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandasavoryfood.com)

Back to this stew.

It's hearty and creamy and FULL OF FLAVOR.  The veggies are nice and tender and all your picky eaters won't notice them {too much}.  The stew meat basically falls apart when it's hit with your spoon and literally melts in your mouth.

Does that description seal the deal?

If it doesn't you are pretty much dead to me.

Kinda.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This batch feeds 4-6 people, but can easily be doubled if you are feeding more people.  There is more than enough room in the pot to double it.

But, do yourself a favor and serve it with a hearty, crusty chunk of bread along the side {or grilled cheeses if the kids insist}.  You need bread to dunk into that thick broth.  It's a rule.  That was basically my kid's favorite part about dinner.

Mine too.

Instant Pot Beef & Potato Stew....this hearty,creamy, comforting stew takes just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot!  It tastes likes it's been cooking all day, when in reality you can start it at 5:00 and be finishing up by 6:00.  Beef Stew is perfect for winter comfort food! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

What do you like to make in your Instant Pot?

Also, P.S.

We are on a serious countdown to my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways.  Just a sneaky heads up!  I know, it's not even Halloween yet, but I feel it is my duty to keep you in the loop.  This year is my best yet.

So many wonderful companies have jumped on board to give away some stellar product and gifts.  Make sure you are following me NOW on Facebook and Instagram because that is where all the fun will be happening from December 1-12.

Whose ready?!?!

Yield: 4-6

Instant Pot Beef and Potato Stew

Thick and comforting, this beef and potato stew is made in the Instant Pot! Super quick and full of flavor.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 40 minstotal time: 50 mins

ingredients


  • 2 lb stew meat, cut into small cubes
  • 2 T butter, unsalted
  • 2 large Russet potatoes, peeled and diced into small chunks
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t dried thyme
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1 t smoked paprika
  • 3 T flour
  • salt and pepper

instructions


  1. Season the stew meat liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to the saute setting.  Melt the butter, then add the beef and sear on all sides until browned, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add in the potatoes, carrots, cerely, onion, garlic, beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire and seasonings.  Again, season with salt and pepper.  
  4. Set to the manual setting, making sure the pressure nob is set to 'seal' and set time for 35 minutes.  When finished cooking, do a quick-release of the steam.
  5. In a small cup combine the flour and 1/2 cup of the stew broth.  Again, set the Instant Pot to Saute and bring to a boil.  Stir in the flour mixture, stirring, allowing the stew to thicken.
  6. Serve immediately or set the Instant Pot to the 'Keep Warm' setting for up to 3 hours.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Classic Swedish Meatballs

Classic Swedish Meatballs have been around for ages...and they are still amazing!
This one skillet meal comes together in just 35 minutes.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

All hail the meatball!

If you've been reading for awhile, then you know I love a good meatball.  I've made so, so many over the years.  Where do I start?  Some of our favorites are my Chicken Pesto Meatballs, my Iowa Ham Balls {a big, fun meatball} and my Sweet Thai Chili Meatballs.

Heck, I even came up with a list of my 35 favorite meatball recipes back in January.  I love them because you can put ANY flavor into them.  No one meatball is the same.

This time I decided to make this Classic Swedish version...you know the one that has been lurking around holiday parties since 1970?

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I do have a bit of Swedish hertiage in me....so why not?

My great-Grandmother was the last of 11 or 12 siblings {whose counting?} to be born here in America.  Her mother traveled across the Atlantic on a boat from Sweden {while pregnant} with I believe half of her children {some stayed back to arrive later} to make a home here in the States.

You think we have it bad...imagine traveling in not ideal conditions with a LOAD of kids without your husband {he had either already arrived or was coming later} to a foreign country back in the 1800's.

Gah.

I mean, I get cranky when I haven't had my coffee by 8 a.m.  I complain about my too-small house.  I think it's a crime when I haven't had a "girl's night" in over a month.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I guess this little dish is a tribute to that special lady, who in my mind basically conquered the world.  I wonder if she made these?  Did they even have beef readily available?  She certainly would have had to make her own egg noodles.  And gotten the cream from the cow out back.

Let's just all collectively say...

WE HAVE IT REAL EASY.

What I loved about these meatballs is that in 35 minutes I was eating them.  They may look like they take a bit of time, but really they don't.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The meatball mixture is simply ground beef, breadcrumbs, egg and a handful of spices.  One of which I think makes it....just a pinch of nutmeg!  Who knew, right?  I'm not really sure what it does but it gives it a fun, spike of flavor.

I decided to cook my meatballs in my favorite cast iron skillet, but you certainly can use a regular high rimmed skillet as well.  They both work the same.  After getting those little things crispy and cooked on all sides you pour in the cream ingredients, set it to simmer and let that sauce thicken up.  Boil some egg noodles and it's practically done!

I whipped up this dinner during the day {umm, food blogger here who needed good lighting for photos} and after it cooled a bit, I simply covered the dish with foil and stuck it in the fridge.

It heated up nicely later that night when ready to eat.

Classic Swedish Meatballs...this fun, family-friendly dinner comes together is just over 30 minutes!  Tender, flavor-filled meatballs in a homemade cream gravy, served over egg noodles.  Comfort food at its finest! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

This comfort dish is PERFECT for a chilly Fall night.  It's comfort food at it's finest!  My kids gobbled it up.  What kid doesn't love a meatball?  And pasta?  You can serve them over mashed potatoes too - that is another option.  Or even rice.  Whatever your family enjoys.

As always thank you for reading!  And cooking my recipes.  I'm nearing 9 years in this food blog business and it never gets old hearing when you made my recipes.  Be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} on social media so I can follow along and comment!

Yield: 18-20 meatballs

Classic Swedish Meatballs

These classic meatballs made with beef, breadcrumbs, egg and special seasonings are later covered in a rich, creamy broth and cream gravy. Serve over egg noodles and the meal is complete!
prep time: 10 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 35 mins

ingredients

Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T minced onion flakes
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 1 t dried parsley
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • salt and pepper
  • Optional: egg noodles
Cream Sauce
  • 1 T + 4 T butter
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 T worchestshire sauce
  • 1 t mustard
  • salt and pepper

instructions


  1. In a bowl combine all of the meatball ingredients and set aside.
  2. Heat a large rimmed cast iron skillet to medium heat.  Place a tablespoon of butter in to melt.  Using a small cookie scoop, form together 18-20 meatballs and place in the hot skillet.  Cook each side for 2-3 minutes, until all sides are browned and crispy.  Remove from the skillet and cover with foil.
  3. Add 4 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and whisk up the brown cooked bits until the butter turns a light brown.
  4. Keeping over medium to medium high heat whisk in the beef broth and half and half.  Then add in the worchestshire and mustard, seasoning with additional salt and pepper.  Let this mixture simmer to thicken, about 10-15 minutes.  Taste to adjust seasonings.
  5. Return the meatballs to the sauce and stir to coat.
  6. Meanwhile cook egg noodles, drain and serve the meatballs over the noodles with the sauce.
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Apple Cider Donuts

These baked Apple Cider Donuts are mouthwatering and delicious!
Whip up a small batch or double it for a crowd.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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It's so much easier to bake donuts for the family than make dinner, you know?  Each day around noon, even with the meal planning I do, I still sometimes stare into the freezer and fridge and ponder...what in the heck do I make tonight?

Last night as we were sitting down to dinner {chicken tortilla soup} and one or more kids were complaining about the soup {too many peppers} and my frustration was growing {steam coming out of my ears}, the husband turned around and smiled.

"Do you ever get tired of making dinner each night for five people?"

YES.

A resounding YES.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

My response was, "it's much easier to make an decadent breakfast".  They always love that.  Sweet, sugary stuff always goes over well.

Enter THESE DONUTS.

Granted these type of breakfast treats don't grace our table on normal school mornings, I leave those days for boring things like oatmeal, eggs and cereal.

But, enter in Saturday morning and I'm game!  Saturday mornings are meant to be lazy {when we don't have early morning football games}, they are meant to be cozy {sleeping in}, they are meant to involve hot coffee and sweatpants and books and cuddles on the couch.

Basically my best life.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These donuts.  Where do I start?

First, get a donut panThis Wilton version is what I use.  It might possibly be the best $11 I've ever spent.  It has given me so, so many wonderful Saturday morning donuts.  It washes up easy, is dishwasher safe and gives you just six donuts at a time {because I cannot be trusted with a dozen}.  If you CAN be trusted with a dozen donuts I recommend this 12-cavity version.

Buy it yourself HERE.  Or at the very least put on your Christmas list.

Next, get your hands on some apple cider.  It's October people!  You need to have a jug in your fridge for a casual sip or to bake with - it's an autumn rule.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

These donuts are sweet and tender and flaky and sugary and DELICIOUS.

Yes, I make you reduce some apple cider.  I understand most of my recipes do not require these extra silly steps, but trust me when I say reducing that apple cider with make it thick and syrupy and a perfect addition to this donut batter.

Plus some melted butter.

And half and half.

And that cinnamon and sugar topping.  Which falls all over the place and sticks to your face and is basically the best thing since Netflix.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

See that bite?

I took that bite.  For photography purposes.  It was glorious.

I let our four year old eat the rest and delivered one to our neighbor.  It really was the best part of my day.  Do yourself a favor and print off this recipe and starting making them this Saturday.  Your family will be requesting them on Thanksgiving morning, no doubt.  Or on Black Friday before you head out shopping.

Sink your teeth in.


Your won't regret this.

Apple Cider Donuts...these flaky, sweet, tender donuts scream Fall and Autumn.  The perfect Saturday morning breakfast!  The cinnamon sugar coating makes them top notch. (sweetandsavoryfood.com)



Yield: 6

Apple Cider Donuts

All the flavors of Fall are in these tender, flaky, soft and sweet baked donuts. Make just 6 or double it for a bigger batch!
prep time: 25 minscook time: 11 minstotal time: 36 mins

ingredients

Donut Batter
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1 t vanilla extract
Topping
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted

instructions


  1. Pour the apple cider into a small saucepan and over low heat reduce the cider to about half.  This will take 15-20 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  When reduced by half remove from the heat and allow to slightly cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6 cavity donut pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar and white sugar.
  4. Add in the wet ingredients to the dry: reduced cider, melted butter, egg, half & half and vanilla.
  5. Stir into a thick batter.  Spoon into the donut pan, filling up 1/2 to 3/4 of the way.  Bake for 11 minutes or until the tops are slightly browned.  The donuts should spring back to the touch when done.
  6. In a bowl melt the butter and set aside.  In another bowl stir together the sugar and cinnamon.  Dunk the slightly cooled donuts in the butter, both sides, then coat in the cinnamon and sugar.
  7. Serve the donuts slightly warm.  That is when they are the best!  Store leftovers in an airtight container.
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