Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2021

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Oreo Fluff Bars

To all my Oreo fans - this one is for you!
A shortbread crust, hot fudge and a fluffy topping makes the most delicious Oreo dessert.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Hi friends!

Oh do I have a fun one for you today. If you like Oreos please keep reading, this dessert is simple and can feed a crowd.

But hey - how's your Spring going? Have you started your garden yet? Are you itching to get outside? Are your kid's sports schedules ruling your life?

That last one may just be my life.

Oreo Fluff Bars

I meant to make this stunning and fun dessert over the weekend after our daughter's softball tournament got canceled {so much rain!}, but you know what I did instead?

Laid on the couch that afternoon.

I read my book {this is what I'm reading}, dozed on and off, cuddled with the kids and to some "wasted a few hours". I like to call it resting. It does a body good at times!

So finally on Monday once the kids were shipped off to school, I made it! They came home to a treat and I got to make it and photograph it in peace.

Oreo Fluff Bars

I also had to HIDE THESE OREOS.

It's rare I buy them, so any glance from the kids would prove they'd be gone in an instant. I succeeded and they hid nicely until Monday.

Two-thirds of these delicious cookies made it into these Oreo Fluff Bars and I'm saving the rest for our next ball tournament this weekend {the snacks needed to get through being outside ALL day are endless}.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Even though there are three layers to this dessert - they are easy! Don't feel intimidated, I mean one of the layers is simply spreading a jar of hot fudge on the crust. You can do that.

The shortbread crust is buttery and simple and will remind you of pie. It bakes up easily and is the only time you'll need the oven. After that everything stays cold in the fridge!

This might become my favorite Summertime fridge dessert - the perfect chocolate-y, cold bite you need on a hot day.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Have you had Oreo Fluff before?

It's fairly popular in deli's and grocery stores around these parts. It's a combination of cream cheese, Cool Whip, sugar and obviously Oreos - crushed and chopped so that every bite is perfection. You spread this fun layer on top of the hot fudge and then lay a big intact Oreo on top, perfectly spacing out 20 squares.

These bars feed a crowd!

Oreo Fluff Bars

My kids went bananas for this!

I also sent many slices off to the neighbors {I cannot be trusted with this much sugary goodness in my fridge} and I'm fairly sure they loved it too.

This is easily a dessert that can be made a day or two ahead - prepping food ahead is my jam! It leaves time for others things. I cannot wait to see you guys make it.

Oreo Fluff Bars

Oreo Fluff Bars
Yield: 20 bars
Author: Ally
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 12 MinTotal time: 27 Min
This three layer fluffy Oreo dessert is a new favorite! A shortbread crust, hot fudge and a fluffy cream layer come together in the best cold dessert that makes everyone happy.

Ingredients

For the crust
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
For the middle layers
  • 12 oz jar hot fudge
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 16 Oreos, crushed or chopped + add'l 20 Oreos for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13  or 11x15 pan with cooking spray (a 9x13 will result in a bit thicker bar, a 11x15 pan a bit thinner bar).
  2. In a stand mixer whip together the butter and sugar until combined. Sift in the flour and continue to mix until it resembles course crumbs. Dump this mixture into the greased pan and with your hands press down to form the bottom layer.
  3. Bake the crust for 10-12 minutes, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  4. When the crust is cooled, spread the hot fudge over the crust.
  5. In the stand mixer cream together the softened cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Gently fold in the Cool whip to combine, followed by the crushed/chopped Oreos. Spread this cream layer over the hot fudge layer.
  6. Lay 20 additional Oreos flat on top of the cream layer in 4 rows of 5. Place the bars in the fridge for at least one hour before serving. Keep in the fridge when storing.

Calories

269.81

Fat (grams)

18.45

Sat. Fat (grams)

11.30

Carbs (grams)

24.18

Fiber (grams)

0.69

Net carbs

23.48

Sugar (grams)

10.59

Protein (grams)

2.61

Sodium (milligrams)

159.41

Cholesterol (grams)

35.87
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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

One of my favorite Mexican dishes, these Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls 
are full of flavor!
They also make the most delicious leftovers.

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

If you follow me on Instagram, you see me making a version of this recipe ALL THE TIME. I shared it a few weeks back and even got a message from a reader saying, "I was about to think you had forgotten about this pork dish, it's been awhile since you shared it!"

Hahahahahaha.

People pay attention!

I first saw my friend Jenni at The Gingered Whisk make this years ago - and my first thought was BRILLANT. I chatted with her last week and got permission to share my version of her recipe today. Thanks Jenni!

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

What I love about this recipe is the simplicity of it. I like to purchase small pork loins {usually the 2-3 lb ones} at the grocery store when they are on sale. They are often a BOGO offer and can easily be thrown in the freezer to use up later.

After that, grab your slow cooker and get to work!

Just two ingredients make this the most incredible tasting Mexican pork around - brown sugar and salsa. But, I highly recommend using my blender salsa recipe. It's hands down what makes it so delicious. 

I make this salsa once a week {I'm not kidding}. We pretty much drink the stuff. It tastes authentic and just like what you'd be served at a Mexican restaurant. Better yet - it makes a big batch so you have lots on hand to pour over these burrito bowls right before serving.

Oh course, any favorite jarred salsa works - but trust me, my recipe is good!

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

This pork can cook all day while you are gone, or even home, it requires no maintenance at all. Once cooked it shreds beautifully in the sweet brown sugar and salsa mixture. It's sweet, but not too sweet, yet still has all the smokey flavors of a great Mexican dish.

Pretty darn perfect!

Like I said, I've been making this pork for YEARS, but only until recently did I actually take photos of the final dish and think about putting it on the blog!

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls


These burrito bowls are currently one of our favorite dinners. Every single person in our house adores them {and that is saying something!}. I let everyone dress them how they like, but everyone prefers the tasty pork served over our favorite Mexican rice and refried beans.

By the way our favorite Mexican rice is La Preferida. It's the best! You can buy a 9-pack off Amazon, which I highly recommend. Their canned refried beans are super too - or you can try my homemade recipe HERE.

After the pork is layered on the rice and beans I top it with lots of salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls
I cannot wait to see your own version of these Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls! They can be dressed up an which way, however you like.

You know what else is great? If you are a meal prepper, perhaps working out of the home, these bowls can easily be prepped in separate dishes for the week ahead. The leftovers taste only better than the day before.

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls

Sweet Mexican Pork Burrito Bowls
Yield: 6
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 8 HourTotal time: 8 H & 5 M
This sweet, Mexican pork is slow cooked and then layered into a burrito bowl with all the fixings - rice, beans, guacamole, salsa and more!

Ingredients

For the Pork
  • 2-3 lb pork loin
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup blender salsa
Toppings for the Burrito Bowls
  • Mexican flavored rice
  • Refried Beans
  • Blender Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Shredded Cheeses
  • Cilantro
  • Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Place the pork loin, brown sugar and blender salsa in your slow cooker on LOW for 6-8 hours.
  2. The pork is done once it easily shreds apart, it could take more or less time depending on how fast your slow cooker cooks.
  3. Right before serving into the burrito bowls, place all of the shredded pork on a large rimmed baking sheet, turn the oven to BROIL and place the pan of pork on the top rack.
  4. Watching carefully, broil the pork for 2-3 minutes, then using tongs stir it around and let it go another 2-3 minutes until slightly crispy.
  5. Serve the pork warm over a bed of rice and beans, topped with shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and fresh cilantro.

Notes:

Feel free to top these burrito bowls with whatever toppings you enjoy. Other options could include diced onion, corn, crushed tortilla chips, etc.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (using Pillsbury refrigerated rolls)

Grab your kids and make these fun and easy Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls!
Using Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls makes breakfast simple and quick.

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury)

Spring is finally here and Easter is right around the corner! Our kids happen to also be on Spring Break this week so we've had a LOT of family time {ahem, Mom isn't getting much done!}. But you know what we did do?

Made these Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls twice.

Twice.

They were all thrilled.

I decorated the first batch for pretty photos and then I let them go to town on the second batch, which admittedly were so covered in sprinkles and jelly beans I dared not eat one for the fear of breaking a filling.

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury)

Just a couple of weeks back I traveled to Des Moines to tape a few kitchen segments for the Hello Iowa show on WHO-TV. I do this a few times a year - they just call me up when are in need of some seasonal cooking clips.

And this time it was for Easter!

You can see the whole segment HERE and visually see me make these Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls on set {trust me, they are not hard}.

 

To make these Easter Bunnies nice and big make sure to grab the jumbo sized Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, they will come five to a can. I just find they give you more roll to work with when making the cute, tall bunny ears.

Pillsbury also has other flavors that come along seasonally - feel free to branch out! One of our girls really likes the orange version and looking at their website recently they currently have a strawberry and cream version...yum!

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury)

The only trick to getting these bunnies to keep their shape is to pull them out of the oven halfway through their baking time and "reshaping a bit". Sometimes they like to puff up and spread a bit, so taking them out of the oven before they are finished and squeezing/pinching them back together seems to help.

Plus, once you decorate with the frosting - all blemishes disappear.

And let's be honest - kids don't care. All they worry about and getting to decorate them with the icing and sprinkles.

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury)

Aren't these bunnies adorable?

If you are busy with Sunday morning church services on Easter, fun Easter egg hunts or family brunches - these bunnies are a good short cut breakfast item you can make without feeling pressure. No need to worry about time because start to finish they are done in around 20 minutes. 

And now that I've made these I'm thinking...what other shapes could these cinnamon rolls be turned into?

Have any ideas?

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury)

I'd love to see your photos! Be sure to tag me at @sweetsavoryeats and I'll share your creations. I hope you all have a very hoppy {hahaha} Easter. Our family will finally have everyone together in well over a year. It will be so nice to see everyone for a couple full days.

Yield: 5
Author: Ally
Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury)

Easter Bunny Cinnamon Rolls (Pillsbury)

This fun, creative and easy way to turn store bought cinnamon rolls into Easter Bunnies is a great breakfast for Easter morning!
Prep time: 3 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 23 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 can Pillsbury Grands refrigerated cinnamon rolls 
  • sprinkles
  • jelly beans

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the five cinnamon rolls on a large cookie sheet.
  3. Use your hands to pull the outer end of the cinnamon roll out and up to form one bunny ear, rotate and then another bunny ear.
  4. Pinch the edges and sides together to hold.
  5. Bake the cinnamon rolls as directed. Halfway through remove from the oven and re-pinch the edges together if they are starting to spread.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to slightly cool.
  7. Drizzle with the included icing and top with sprinkles. Or dot the icing on the eyes and nose and top with  jelly beans to form a bunny face. Great creative!
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Thursday, March 25, 2021

How to Create an Easter Candy Board from Hy-Vee

Here is a fun way to serve sweets at Easter!

This is a sponsored blog post; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine,

consideration was paid to me by Hy-Vee.

How to Create an Easter Candy Board from Hy-Vee

A major holiday is just around the corner – Easter! For many of us it may be the first holiday we’ve celebrated with our family and friends in over a year. For that reason alone, it is time to celebrate!

Easter is FUN – it means Spring has finally arrived and most of us are all itching to bring in warmer temps and sunshine. Whether you celebrate by having a big fancy brunch, going to a church service, having an Easter Egg hunt, sitting down to a traditional family dinner or by simply jazzing up your home with some fresh Spring tulips – Easter starts a new season for all of us.

Hy-Vee can help with all of this!

I cannot wait to show you the fun I had making a pretty cool Easter themed candy board – but first let’s chat more about traditional Easter foods, because we all need to eat a hearty meal before we dive into the candy, right?

Hy-Vee provides a full slate of Easter meals – you can view ALL of them here. They provide many options for brunch, ham dinners (the most popular meal for Easter), prime rib dinners and turkey dinners. Any of these meals can serve as few as 2 or as many as 8. No one will go hungry!

Take advantage of Hy-Vee Aisles Online to place your order via their website or by downloading the free Hy-Vee app. This way makes it extra easy to plan your ideal Easter celebration. Don’t forget Hy-Vee Plus members also receive 2-hour express pickups on standard orders (not including Easter meals) and during the month of March they get a FREE floral bouquet for their Easter table, plus 20% off Joe Fresh and DSW.

Once the main meal is eaten, the only thing left is dessert!

How to Create an Easter Candy Board from Hy-Vee

Over the years, I’ve found that often we’re eating all that glorious Easter candy anyway, so why not just make it dessert? This year I’m creating this fun and super cute Easter Candy Board. Think charcuterie – but dessert style!

Everything you see in these photos can be found at Hy-Vee. Of course, ALL of the sweet candy, but also the fresh flowers from the floral department (in this case beautiful Spring tulips), cute Easter kitchen and hand towels, plastic Easter grass and eggs, fresh cookies and pie turnovers (from the bakery) and the adorable deviled egg platter (which I used to hold peanuts, cookies and crackers – but of course can be used for years to come for traditional deviled eggs).

I had so much fun shopping for all these Easter candy board essentials at Hy-Vee. It literally felt like I was a kid at a candy store!

How to Create an Easter Candy Board from Hy-Vee

I stocked up on everyone’s Easter candy favorites – jelly beans, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups & Eggs, mini Cadbury eggs, salt water taffy, frosted animal crackers, marshmallow Peeps, mini sugar cookies and apple pie bites, Easter gummy drops, Annie’s bunny crackers, peanuts, Easter M&M’s, mini boxes of raisins and mini chocolate carrots.

I used a high-rimmed baking sheet to assemble all of these fun goodies into rows and bundles – making sure to alternate colors and textures so they “popped” visually.

Isn’t it eye catching?

I also used the deviled egg tray to make a smaller candy board (perhaps put this at the kid’s table? Or on a coffee table for people to graze at after the meal?). It’s easy to refill when needed and kids love it!

To make this board even easier – order ALL of these tasty treats online – have fun browsing all of Hy-Vee’s Easter essentials via your computer or app on your phone and make this upcoming holiday a bit easier on you.

How to Create an Easter Candy Board from Hy-Vee

Who is now excited for Easter?

I cannot wait to see your own fun Easter candy boards. Be sure to tag me (@sweetsavoryeats) and Hy-Vee (@HyVee), we’d love to see your creations. Get the kids involved – they’ll love it. My two girls absolutely went bananas when they saw what I was making!

Jazz up your Easter table this year and make this candy board a new tradition.

This is a sponsored blog post; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine,

consideration was paid to me by Hy-Vee.

How to Create an Easter Candy Board from Hy-Vee

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread

Anyone can bake this this amazing artisan bread.
Just four ingredients, this no-knead recipe makes four loaves. Grab the butter!

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread...the easiest recipe for delicious, homemade bread! Just four simple ingredients and you'll be eating homemade bread all week long.

I've been baking this bread for years. 

In fact, it was probably the first yeast bread I started making when my kids were just babies. Why attempt baking bread with littles underfoot? Because it's simple!

It requires no kneading {hence the title} and basically just a big bowl and just four ingredients {one being water}. It tastes like you bought it at a fancy corner street bakery, but golly gee you baked it in your own kitchen!

Without the fancy ingredients and the fancy oven.

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread...the easiest recipe for delicious, homemade bread! Just four simple ingredients and you'll be eating homemade bread all week long.

Yes, all of you who claim you can't bake homemade bread, well guess what....YOU CAN.

This recipe makes four loaves in total and what is great about this recipe is that you can stick the extra dough in the fridge for up to a week. Just pull off a piece throughout the week to have fresh bread.

You know what this means right? You can be eating homemade bread all week long. It's fantastic alongside my Lasagna Soup {a great dipper for that last bit in the bowl} and even better more untraditionally when sliced thin and used for French Toast.

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread...the easiest recipe for delicious, homemade bread! Just four simple ingredients and you'll be eating homemade bread all week long.

It's also a great show stopper.

Trust me when I say....neighbors, friends and co-workers absolutely love when you deliver them a freshly baked loaf of bread.

It's a lost art!

Take it one step further - and deliver it with that BIG pot of lasagna soup and you'll be their number one neighbor, friend and co-worker for life.

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread...the easiest recipe for delicious, homemade bread! Just four simple ingredients and you'll be eating homemade bread all week long.

When you pull this bread out of the steamy oven, you might think to yourself, "did I over bake it?" No, you did not. The crust will be hard and crispy - it's supposed to be that way. The edges will be crunchy and chewy but the inside is soft and pillow-y and down right delicious.

GRAB SOME BUTTER.

The ultimate way to eat this bread is slathered in soft butter. You will thank me for this tip, but stop yourself after a slice so the rest of the family can have some.

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread...the easiest recipe for delicious, homemade bread! Just four simple ingredients and you'll be eating homemade bread all week long.

Who is ready to bake some bread?

I'd love to see you make this recipe! Impress your guests or the people you live with - serve it alongside soup, a pasta dish or a fresh salad.

Happy baking.


Yield: 4 loafs of bread
Author: Ally
Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread

Easy No-Knead Artisan Bread

This artisan bread is incredibly easy! It requires little work, just time and tastes like a loaf you picked up at the corner bakery. With a crispy crust and soft and tender middle, grab some soft butter and enjoy.
Prep time: 2 H & 5 MCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 2 H & 40 M

Ingredients

  • 3 cups lukewarm water
  • 6 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 1/2 T yeast

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer combine all of the ingredients. Using the dough hook attachment, beat to a sticky dough for 60 seconds. If you don't have a stand mixer - a big bowl and elbow grease works too!
  2. Place the dough in a large bowl or food safe bucket, cover and let rise at room temperature for 2 hours. After 2 hours the dough is ready to bake or can be kept covered in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  3. When you are ready to bake a loaf, scoop out a piece of dough the size of a softball. Round it into a ball and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour and cover with a clean dish towel. Let it rise for 60 minutes.
  4. Place a rimmed roasting pan or baking sheet on the bottom rack of your oven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  5. After an hour take a sharp knife and cut slits into the dough, going down into the dough about a 1/2 inch deep.
  6. Place the bread in the oven on the top rack (keeping it on the parchment paper). Carefully pour 1 cup of hot water into the hot rimmed pan on the bottom rack, creating steam and shut the door quickly. 
  7. Bake the bread for 30-35 minutes or until it's a deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  8. Cut into slices with a serrated bread knife and serve with softened butter.

Calories

754.00

Fat (grams)

2.33

Sat. Fat (grams)

0.36

Carbs (grams)

156.86

Fiber (grams)

6.70

Net carbs

150.16

Sugar (grams)

0.55

Protein (grams)

22.80

Sodium (milligrams)

1757.57

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00

This recipe makes four loafs of artisan bread. Each loaf contains 754 calories, so when sliced into 8 slices per loaf, each slice is 94 calories.

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