Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2020

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cake

It's like the blueberry muffin's classier cousin.
This Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cake is great for lazy weekends and brunches.

blueberry yogurt breakfast cake #sweetsavoryeats

If I make anything blueberry in our house it will always and forever be a hit.

Always.

The husband is by far the craziest for them, but all three kids jump for them as well.  Remember that Skillet Blueberry Cobbler for Two I made last year?  Golly, that stuff was amazing with a dollup of vanilla ice cream.  Or how about my Blueberry Sour Cream Scones? Those beauties made the rounds on the interwebs a couple years back as well.

I mean I could go on and on.  I still have people tell me that my Lemon Ricotta Blueberry Pancakes still make the Saturday morning rounds at their house.

What can I say...we love blueberries.

blueberry yogurt breakfast cake #sweetsavoryeats

The day I made this breakfast cake, I incorporated it into dinner as well, declaring "breakfast for dinner" night!  We had my yummy Amish Breakfast Casserole with this Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cake {plus sliced apples on the side for good measure}.

Do you regularly eat breakfast for dinner?

It's on my meal plan at least once a month and no one ever complains.

I love how this breakfast cake is tender and flaky, yet a bit dense and burst with almond flavor.  That little bit of almond extract in the batter makes is PERFECT.  I used frozed blueberries for this one, but fresh ones work just the same.

blueberry yogurt breakfast cake #sweetsavoryeats

Look at that bite!

It's like a big glorious muffin, but better, a bit more "cake like".

Again, we served this along side eggs for dinner, but it also goes well with any long, lazy, weekend brunch.  It's also great for any baby or bridal shower.....or wrapped up securely to deliver to a friend.

All my friends LOVE it when I bring baked good by.  Just sayin'.

blueberry yogurt breakfast cake #sweetsavoryeats

The addition of rich and creamy plain Greek yogurt makes this cake stellar.  I know many of your cringe at the word "moist", but I cannot help in using it to describe the batter of this breakfast cake.  

It's super thick and well.....that word.

Tip - - > I also lightly dust my blueberries in flour before folding them into any batter.  This will help them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.  See how they are incorporated all throughout the cake?  That my friends is how you do it.

No need for icing or any fancy topping on this one, it's fine just by itself.  Trust me!

blueberry yogurt breakfast cake #sweetsavoryeats

If you end up making this, let me know!

Tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll share the love.  And because I know these questions are already coming....YES...feel free to use any berry.  Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, even sliced peaches.  They all work just fine!

Again, we just love blueberries.

Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cake


Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cake
Yield: 8
Author:
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 50 Mtotal time: 60 M
This breakfast cake is great to serve on weekends, at brunch or even with "breakfast for dinner". It's the classier cousin to the blueberry muffin.

ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup sugar + 1 tablespoon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t almond extract
  • 2 cups flour + 2 tablespoons
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

instructions:

How to cook Blueberry Yogurt Breakfast Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8-inch springform pan generously with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer cream together the softened butter and yogurt.  Mix in the sugar to combine, scraping down the sides if needed.
  4. Beat in the egg, vanilla and almond extract.
  5. Sift in half of the flour, salt and baking powder, then add the milk, ending with the remaining cup  of flour.  The batter will be thick.
  6. In another small bowl add the 2 tablespoons of flour to the blueberries, tossing to coat.  Gently fold in the blueberries, being careful to not break apart.
  7. Scoop the batter into the greased pan, pressing down evenly.  Sprinkle the batter with the additional tablespoon of sugar.
  8. Bake for 50 minutes.
  9. Allow to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before releasing from the pan.  Serve warm or at room temperature. Refrigerate the leftovers.
Calories
291.79
Fat (grams)
7.15
Sat. Fat (grams)
4.10
Carbs (grams)
50.30
Fiber (grams)
1.74
Net carbs
48.56
Sugar (grams)
23.33
Protein (grams)
7.04
Sodium (milligrams)
605.86
Cholesterol (grams)
40.79

Did you make this recipe?
Tag @sweetsavoryeats on instagram and hashtag it #blueberryyogurtcake
Created using The Recipes Generator

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara

Sometimes you just need a quick, easy comfort pasta dish to round out your day.
This skillet pasta carbonara comes together in just 20 minutes!

classic skillet pasta carbonara #sweetsavoryeats

This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.

I've been eating pasta carbonara for years, but only until recently thought maybe I should share it with you!

This often happens.  I make something over and over and over and the family gobbles it up and I never share it with my fans!  Not intentional, it just sweeps me by.  Sometimes I get so wrapped around coming up with fun, new dishes that I just plainly forget about the simple ones.

Hence, enter in this carbonara.

classic skillet pasta carbonara #sweetsavoryeats

Here's another thing.  Recently I want to cook everything in my cast iron skillet.  Do you have one?  I love, love, love my 12 inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet. I've had it for years, but often it gets put away for a few months and again, forgetten.

Lately, I've just been keeping it on the stove at all times.  It's great to use for this dish {or any quick pasta dish}, perfect for pancakes and french toast and my skillet biscuits {try those, will ya?}.

Anyway....

THIS PASTA.

classic skillet pasta carbonara #sweetsavoryeats

Have you had pasta carbonara before?

I love it because it requires minimal ingredients and comes together very quick.  Who knew a combo of whisked eggs, Parmesan cheese, starchy water and a little bacon grease {yes, I said bacon grease} turns into the most delicious and light sauce.

It doesn't seem right....but it works!  

Throw in some cooked spaghetti, the cooked chopped bacon and some light, fresh peas and THIS DISH IS THE BEST.

classic skillet pasta carbonara #sweetsavoryeats

Kids love it.  Adults love it.  It can be served on a rushed Monday night or fancied up for dinner guests!  Serve it with a side salad and some toasted bread and dinner is DONE.

Also - I have one kid who loathes peas, but will eat them in this dish.

So there's that.

Let me know if you try this dish!  I'd love to hear your feedback.

Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara


Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara
Yield: 4
Author:
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M
This is such a fantastic & easy pasta dish that comes together in 20 minutes. The simple sauce turns creamy, yet stays light. Great for a quick dinner or can be fancied up for guests!

ingredients:

  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • 3 strips bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup peas, frozen or fresh
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup starchy pasta water (from cooking the spaghetti)
  • salt
  • pepper

instructions:

How to cook Classic Skillet Pasta Carbonara

  1. In a medium pot, fill with water and bring to a boil.  When boiling liberally salt and start cooking the spaghetti.
  2. Meanwhile in a large cast iron skillet, heat to medium heat.  Drop in the chopped bacon and garlic and cook until crisp.  Remove from the skillet and set aside, keeping the bacon grease in the skillet.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs and parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper.
  4. When the spaghetti is done transfer to the hot skillet.  Add in the peas and bacon and toss.
  5. Take a ladel of the starchy pasta water and stir slowly into the egg/parm mixture.  Then pour that into the skillet, tossing to combine.  Add more starchy water if sauce needs to thin out a bit.  Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve warm out of the skillet.
Calories
283.60
Fat (grams)
9.59
Sat. Fat (grams)
3.87
Carbs (grams)
32.87
Fiber (grams)
2.58
Net carbs
30.29
Sugar (grams)
2.10
Protein (grams)
15.66
Sodium (milligrams)
558.09
Cholesterol (grams)
112.29

Did you make this recipe?
Tag @sweetsavoryeats on instagram and hashtag it #pastacarbonara
Created using The Recipes Generator

Thursday, February 13, 2020

18 Popular Salad Dressings

If I'm going to eat a salad I need a good dressing.
Here are 18 popular, homemade dressings!

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

I'll be the first to tell you that salads aren't a norm for me.  I'll happily eat one if it's set in front of me and prepared all nice, but if given the option of making one myself it's most likely a hard pass.

I like them, I just don't get excited about making them.

Am I alone in thinking they always taste better in restaurants?  The lettuce options are endless, they have an array of toppings and the dressings taste DELICIOUS.

Bottled dressing you buy and keep in the fridge just never compare.  Maybe I'm alone on this, but that is how I feel and this is my food blog and therefore I can tell you my feelings.  Saying this....homemade dressings are GREAT.  When I take the five minutes needed and actually make my own dressing I always wonder why I don't do it more often.

They make the salad!

I figured it was about time to gather up some of my favorite salad dressing recipes and share them with you!  Because if I like them, I'm guessing you do too.  Plus we are inching towards the latter half of February {as I type this it's snowing...}, but getting closer to March always has me crave more greenery.  

I hope you enjoy {and save!} this list for later.  

18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats





18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats




18 popular salad dressings #sweetsavoryeats

Which salad dressing is calling out to you first?  I'm not kidding when I say a good, homemade dressing will make you eat more salads.  It really will!  Most keep really well in the fridge for at least a week, usually longer.

They are also great as dips for veggies.

Just saying.

Let me know which dressing becomes your favorite!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Easy Valentine Dessert Board for Entertaining + Giveaway

Today is a fun and pretty day. 
Not only am I showcasing this BEAUTIFUL serving board, but I'm also giving one away!

valentine dessert board entertaining #sweetsavoryeats

I cannot believe it is February of 2020 {although January seemed to be the longest month ever}, which means Valentine's Day is right around the corner.

While I've never been a BIG romantic, I do enjoy sharing the day with my loved ones and making a point to let them know how special they are to me.  Whether that be a spouse, a friend or your kids...it's a good day to just let them know how much you love them.  Most of us are so busy we often forget to take a step back, breathe and just enjoy each other's company.  That is what I believe Valentine's Day is all about.

I have been so, so, so blessed over the years and the companies I have worked with these past 10 years.  10 years!  Still hard to wrap my brain around.

Anolon is one of those companies.  Anytime I reach out to them with an idea, they jump on board without hestitation {pun intended}.

valentine dessert board entertaining #sweetsavoryeats

Within days of chatting I had this gorgeous Anolon Teak & Marble Serving Board at my doorstep.  I tried my best to give this board justice in these photos and I'm not sure I did.....but it is BEAUTIFUL.

Serving and cutting boards are all the rage right now and you know why?  Entertaining is back!  People seem to be once again inviting friends and family into their homes and are not getting stressed about it.  One of my favorite entrepreneurs to follow on Instagram is Amy Hannon.  She owns a neat speciality store in Arkansas and her go to saying is "love, welcome, serve".

She is a strong promoter of inviting people into your home and serving them.  Forget dusting your baseboards and worrying about the proper decor.  

Slap some snacks on a board and if they are your true friends they will be happy!

valentine dessert board entertaining #sweetsavoryeats

So that is exactly what I did.

I went to the grocery store and stocked up on every Valentine's Day goodie that I could find, assembled this in about 3 minutes and watched my kids REJOICE.

It was that easy.

Entertaining doesn't have to be stressful!  This style of dessert board can be done by anyone and can be enjoyed by everyone.  Kids, church groups, teachers, your Grandma's card club, even your friend's who came over to watch the game.

People cannot resist CANDY and/or CHOCOLATE.

valentine dessert board for entertaining #sweetsavoryeats

Who wants to win this exact Anolon Teak & Marble Cutting Board?

I'm giving this exact one away over on my Instagram page.  Entering is easy!  Follow me, follow Anolon and tag a friend who wants to win.

That's it!

I'd love to get this gorgeous entertaining piece in your hands soon!  Head on over to my Instagram page to enter.

This post is in conjunction with Anolon.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

These tangy, slightly spicy meatballs come together easily in the slow cooker 
and are great for game day eats.  

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

There is a big, big game this coming Sunday.

Did you know that?  I have a few friends who never watch a lick of sports, never know what is going on with local teams and don't give a hoot about whose is in first place in the standings.

That's fine.

We bond over other things.  Like our kids, the latest Neflix shows {currently I'm watching Cheer and Virgin River} and what's for dinner.  To each is own, right?

But again, there is a BIG game this Sunday.  It's the Super Bowl!

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Even if you aren't interested in the game {by the way it's the Chiefs and 49ers playing} you are probably interested in the snacks.

And commercials.

There is a reason why more pizzas are ordered on Super Bowl Sunday versus any other day in the year.  People like to eat while watching {or not watching} a game!


slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

These meatballs are SO GOOD.

And dare I say, semi-healthy?  Take a look at the nutritional stats at the bottom of this page.  This batch makes 35 meatballs and each just has 3 carbs, 7 grams of protein and just over 70 calories.  Now, if you go and dip them in a ton of dressing that of course will change the nutritional value, but plain these are pretty darn good!

Plus - for you "I can't handle the heat" readers {I know you're out there....} you can determine how hot you want these to be.  You can eliminate the wing sauce in the meatball mixture if you'd like {really it doesn't add heat, just flavor} but there is always that option.

Make them your own!

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Any meal preppers out there?

These are another great high-protein alternative, especially if you work out of the home, stick 5 or 6 in a container to heat up for a quick lunch or snack.  They reheat well and last for days as leftovers.

Another great idea - slice them up and layer them on a homemade buffalo chicken pizza!  That style of pizza is one of my favorites.

Or as subs!  Layer them in a hoagie and toast them in the oven quick topped with some mozzarella cheese.

Or, of course just eat them PLAIN with a toothpick.

slow cooker buffalo chicken meatballs #sweetsavoryeats

Y'all go grab the ingredients for these meatballs so you can be eating them while watching the big game on Sunday!

I cannot wait to hear your thoughts.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs


Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Yield: 35 meatballs
Author:
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 15 M
A great game day appetizer! These slightly spicy, slightly tangy meatballs are perfect for game watching or just a fun appetizer night! Don't forget to dip them in ranch or bleu cheese.

ingredients:

  • 2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t minced onion flakes
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t pepper
  • additional wing sauce to cook in + ranch or bleu cheese dressing for dipping

instructions:

How to cook Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs, seasonings and green onion.  Mix until well combined.  Place this mixture in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the freezer and using a cookie scoop form into 35 meatballs, around 1 inch in diameter, give or take.
  4. Place the meatballs on the baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes.
  5. Pour enough buffalo wing sauce to coat the bottom of your slow cooker, then place the meatballs into the cooker.  Pour additional wing sauce over the meatballs.
  6. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 hours.
  7. Serve immediately warm with ranch or bleu cheese dressing for dipping, if desired.
Calories
75.32
Fat (grams)
3.96
Sat. Fat (grams)
1.07
Carbs (grams)
3.05
Fiber (grams)
0.23
Net carbs
2.82
Sugar (grams)
0.35
Protein (grams)
6.97
Sodium (milligrams)
172.85
Cholesterol (grams)
38.84
If you choose to use real peanut butter please note these nutritional values will have to be adjusted accordingly.

Did you make this recipe?
Tag @sweetsavoryeats on instagram and hashtag it #buffalochickenmeatballs
Created using The Recipes Generator