Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2021

Thursday, July 15, 2021

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

How about an easy pie?
This No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie is creamy, fun and loved by all.

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Hello Summer!

We are right in the thick of it at our house - softball has ended, baseball is on it's last leg and our vacations are upon us! We leave for Florida in a few days and we still have our annual Summer lake trip to Okoboji to look forward to in mid-August.

Lots of Summering left for us.

You know what else Summer is about? Fun desserts that require NO oven.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

That is why I love this pie!

There is no heating up your kitchen in the warm weather, yet you still get to eat PIE. This one could not be more simple - just 6 ingredients {heck, one is just vanilla extract} so there is no need to make a huge list for the grocery store.

And this pie involves peanut butter AND chocolate. I'm of the notion that peanut butter and chocolate pair well together {I do not understand those that don't like it} so if you're with me, then you'll love this sweet dessert.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

No bake pies are fun because they more often than not involve cream cheese, sugar and whipped topping {in this case I went the store bought Cool Whip route for ease}. Those three foods make for creamy pies!

The addition of peanut butter only enhances the creaminess.

And of course I chopped up Reese's Peanut Butter Cups for good measure and folded them into the pie filling as well. Why not, right?

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

With the kids home during the Summer, I'm often photographing my dishes while they are around and for the most part they stay out of my hair.

BUT NOT WHEN IT INVOLVES PIE.

I had kids hovering in my light the whole time and as soon as I was done they were fighting over this slice that I cut for the photos. They tore into it with three forks and devoured it lightning quick. They already had a hard time waiting the 4 hours in the fridge for it to firm up, so I gave in.

I chalked it up to a lesson in patience.

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

Whose putting this no bake pie on their agenda this Summer?

It better be all of you!

Make sure to let me know how you like it - I'd love to hear your thoughts! Also, my recipe cards {below} now have star ratings! If you have a moment to make this recipe, I'd love for you to come back and review it as well. It helps more people see my recipes!

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie

No Bake Peanut Butter Cup Pie
Yield: 8
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 Mininactive time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 10 M
This creamy peanut butter pie is easy, a crowd pleaser and even loaded with peanut butter cups in each bite!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 8 oz. Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust, store bought

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer cream together the cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add in the vanilla extract and peanut butter and combine until smooth.
  3. Fold in the chopped peanut butter cups.
  4. Then very gently, fold in the Cool Whip topping until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour the pie filling into the graham cracker crust, spreading to the edges and smoothing out the top.
  6. Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

692.67

Fat (grams)

47.25

Sat. Fat (grams)

19.16

Carbs (grams)

58.94

Fiber (grams)

3.29

Net carbs

55.65

Sugar (grams)

39.90

Protein (grams)

13.24

Sodium (milligrams)

458.84

Cholesterol (grams)

30.34
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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini season is in full force!
These bakery style Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins are fabulous.
Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

I'm going to brag for a moment.

I've perfected the perfect muffin. Remember my super popular Triple Berry Sour Cream Muffins from awhile back? People jump fences for those and I have no doubt they will for these two.

Plus, zucchini is a vegetable, so I'm winning lots of points here.

Summer is all about fresh veggies and if you have ever planted zucchini then you are well aware that when they take off, they TAKE OFF.

Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

Prepare yourself zucchini novice, you'll have a ton of it and here in the Midwest we like to call it "drop it on your neighbor's doorstep and run" season. Sometimes you just have to give it away you have so much! 

For people like me, who don't grow zucchini {I just don't have the room, it spreads} I absolutely love when I find a bag at my front door.

Over the years I've made some fun zucchini dishes. Check these out.


Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

The richness of sour cream in this muffin batter makes them rise beautifully. You fill them super full and they come out pretty!

And like any zucchini dessert, these muffins are studded with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and more. I even throw in a dash of almond extract because I love the flavor and it makes people go, "hmm, what's that"?

This recipe makes a dozen BIG bakery style muffins {don't forget to sprinkle them with white sugar before baking - it makes a fun, crunchy top}. They will not last long. Often when I make a batch for breakfast, by day 2 there are none in sight.

Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

So when you get some extra zucchini from a friend be sure to check out my now SEVEN zucchini recipes on my blog and make one!

Start with these muffins.

I'd love to see your photos of these when you make them - please share! Tag me at @sweetsavoryeats on Instagram and Facebook.

Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins

Sour Cream Zucchini Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 30 Min
Shred up all that zucchini and bake up these muffins! Bakery style and loaded with flavor - they will become your favorite recipe for using up zucchini.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar + add'l for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 t almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cup zucchini, shredded & drained

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and lightly spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and mix together.
  3. In a small bowl whisk the eggs, sour cream, oil and extracts and set aside.
  4. Wash and dry two small zucchinis. Cut off the ends and shred on a grater into a bowl. Place the shredded zucchini in a clean towel and press/twist to squeeze out all of the water.
  5. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and gently combine. Then fold in the drained zucchini until just combined.
  6. Using a spoon or cookie scoop fill the muffin cups generously (they will seem REALLY full and that's okay). Sprinkle the top of each muffin with sugar.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before eating.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

306.83

Fat (grams)

13.90

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.94

Carbs (grams)

41.70

Fiber (grams)

1.01

Net carbs

40.70

Sugar (grams)

24.92

Protein (grams)

4.00

Sodium (milligrams)

74.91

Cholesterol (grams)

42.31
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Thursday, July 1, 2021

25 4th of July Recipes

Nothing is better than 4th of July food.
Here are 25 salads, side dishes, desserts and drinks - hand picked by me!

25 4th of July Recipes

In the middle of Summer we here in the States celebrate the 4th of July - American's birthday! More often than not we are sweltering outside at picnics or beaches, so naturally we make sure FOOD is the highlight so we can take our mind off the sweat and heat.

Let's face it a cold drink, a fun sweet treat or a creamy, cold salad can take your mind off of most anything!

We have a party to go to this Saturday to celebrate and watch fireworks and earlier this week I started to mentally think about what to bring. Believe it or not, I was stumped. I just couldn't decide. So like any food blogger, I started making a list of my favorites! Everything from creamy and cold salads to fun desserts.

I figured if I didn't know what to make, perhaps you didn't either. So here's a list of some of my favorites! In no particular order - I'm sure you'll be able to find something to celebrate with on this holiday weekend.

25 4th of July Recipes




25 4th of July Recipes




25 4th of July Recipes




25 4th of July Recipes




25 4th of July Recipes




25 4th of July Recipes




25 4th of July Recipes




25 4th of July Recipes



25 4th of July Recipes



25 4th of July Recipes

How about that list of 4th of July standouts?

It's hard to pick just one.

I hope this hand picked list helps you find one for your Summer get-to-together. What's not to love? Cocktails, salads, cupcakes, trifles, dips and more.  All will accompany your grilled meats {try these burgers or these burgers for a special treat}.

I'd love to hear what you pick off this list - be sure to share!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Trader Joes Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Today is the final installment in our grocery store series - and it's all about Trader Joe's!
If you missed the first two, here are posts featuring ALDI and COSTCO.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Today is all about Trader Joe's!

With over 500 locations nationwide, this store is fun AND unique and for obvious reasons one of my favorites. I'm one of those people who love cruising around grocery stores {I know, weird} and Trader Joe's is extra fun for a few reasons.

1) they are owned by the same German company that owns ALDI 2) they have their own product line, so you never see name brand products and 3) it is super affordable.

Again, my three blogger friends are sharing their Trader Joe's lists this week as well. So be sure to check out their posts as well - because guess what? Their favorites are different than mine! You'll be sure to find a slew of fun items to throw in your cart.


Let's get started! In no particular order, here is a GRAND list of my Trader Joe's favorites.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Jalapeno Limeade

Well, I had to list this one first because it is my most recent fun find. This limeade has a small, smoky kick of jalapeno {just enough, not overpowering}. It makes the best Summer cocktail! Mix with vodka, gin or tequila and pour over ice. You'll thank me.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Caesar Salad Kit

My family loves Caesar salad - all forms, all kinds. We probably eat a bag a week alongside some sort of meal - and I'm okay with that because it means MY KIDS ARE EATING SALAD. This kit comes with dressing, croutons and Parmesan cheese.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Sour Cream Glazed Donuts

Unfortunately, {this comment is coming from my hips} I love donuts. One of my favorites are sour cream old-fashioned donuts. If you know, you know. This 6-pack is a special treat that I sometimes grab for the kids. Rich and delicious!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Quinoa & Black Bean Tortilla Chips

These chips were one of the first I ever grabbed from TJ's. They are a great dipper chip and are just lightly seasoned. Sturdy and perfect to go alongside salsa, guacamole or other dips - we get these a lot!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Everything But the Bagel Greek Yogurt Dip

Just like the seasoning, this dip is amazing! We like to eat it with sliced veggies {or dare I say, potato chips?}. It's also great slathered on a cold meat sandwich - it's thick, creamy and tangy.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Flowers

I realize this is not a food - but their flowers are INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS. They hit ya right when you walk in. They must have some elves gardening out back year around, because they are never short of beautiful. If you ever need a bouquet - this is your place.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Fresh Pizza Dough

Sometimes it's just nice to have pizza dough on hand, right? I normally make my homemade version {also very easy}, but I will also grab this from time to time and throw it in the freezer for busy weeknights. It makes a great crust! It also comes in a herb or whole wheat version.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Trader Jose Light Bottle Beer

Sometimes a crisp, cold beer on the back deck just sounds good, you know? If I'm going to drink beer I like it bottled. This light version is refreshing. It's also a great one to have on hand for my Crockpot Beer BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

Oh, sweet Lord in heaven. These were a new find to me and they are amazing. This bag didn't last long in our house! It's the perfect little sweet treat after dinner. Creamy peanut butter filled pretzels covered in chocolate. Need I say more?

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Greek Yogurt with Honey

We eat a lot of yogurt in our house and this version is thick and creamy and sweetened lightly with honey. This quart container lasts awhile and comes in at a great price. I also use this yogurt in these homemade bagels.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Everything But the Elote Seasoning Blend

Oh, is this stuff good. It's smoky and cheesy and we love it on Mexican dishes. Often when grilling up chicken for my burrito bowls I coat it in this stuff! I've also heard it's great sprinkled on macaroni and cheese.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Freshly Baked Ciabatta Baquette

Nothing sucks me in more than bread and at just $1.29 each these baguettes end up in my cart every time. I can make a meal out of fresh bread, cheese, fruit and maybe some jam or spicy mustard. I love using this bread for my Baked Caprese Garlic Bread.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Dark Chocolate Watermelon Sticks

Here me out when I say I'm not even a fan of watermelon - but another blogger told me to stick these in the freezer and I'M SO HAPPY I LISTENED TO HER. It's like a watermelon gummy covered in dark chocolate and fresh out of the freezer they stay firm and cold and are just awesome. Hide the bag from your kids.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Onion & Chive Cream Cheese

Our new favorite Summer snack is to put some of this cream cheese inside a sweet mini pepper and sprinkle it with EBTB seasoning. I also love this slathered on a toasted bagel with a slice of tomato or cucumber. It's so rich and creamy.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Sweet Chili Sauce

My Instant Pot Fried Rice is a staple in our house about once a month and a drizzle of this sauce on it is heavenly. It's sweet with just a tad of heat. It's also a great dipper for crab rangoons or my homemade egg rolls.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Avocado Oil Spray

I love this cooking spray as it's healthier than others {canola, corn, etc.} and well anything made from avocados is a win in my book. This spray lasts a bit and I use it on all my pans before cooking.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Onion Salt Seasoning

I buy three jars at a time of this Onion Salt. It is my go to seasoning! Like, for everything. It has the perfect ratios of dried onion, garlic, parsley and salt. I mix it into burgers, meatloaf, on chicken and more.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Mini Cheese Stuffed Ravioli

I won't lie, I first bought these because of how darn cute and adorable they looked. They are a staple in our house during the cold winter months - I put them in my Lasagna Soup and my Cheese Tortellini Minestrone Soup {I just use these instead of the tortellini}.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Mandarin Orange Chicken

I always pick up a bag of this frozen orange chicken. My kids flip for it! I usually serve it over rice and with a side of roasted broccoli on those nights when time is tight or I'm just lazy. It's like having Chinese takeout at home, without actually getting takeout.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Brownie Truffle Baking Mix

This boxed brownie mix is as good as any. Rich and super chocolately, it is loaded with chocolate flavor. I love having one of these in the pantry to bake up for the kids or use as the bottom layer of my Reese's PB Cup Stuffed Brookie Bars.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Proscuitto

If I'm getting fancy and need some proscuitto - I buy it at Trader Joe's - it's extremely affordable. We love to wrap asparagus in this and lightly grill them in the Summer. And have you ever wrapped proscuitto around melon? The sweet and salty combo is fun.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

I grabbed this spray bottle of cleaner on a whim once when I was out at home and what a surprise! It has a nice clean, cedar and woody scent - nothing overpowering. It cleans countertops and tables well and with messy kids it gets used often.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Dill Pickle Mustard

Love this stuff. If you love dill pickles and you love a classic yellow mustard, I have no doubt this will find a way to your shopping cart. Great on hot dogs, brats, burgers and sandwiches!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Everything But the Bagel Nut Duo

I know, I know....more EBTB stuff. But I just love the flavor! This nut trio is great to have on hand in the car or in your purse for a quick, protein-filled snack.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Cheddar with Jalapenos Pub Cheese

This tub of cheese has traveled in our mini cooler to various ball games this Summer with a sleeve of crackers. It's a great snack to have on hand. There are a few flavors often on the shelves, but I like the small kick of jalapenos in this cheddar version.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Danish Kringle

Here in the Midwest there is a lot of Danish or northern European ancestry, so I've had kringle all my life! Honestly, it's the best pastry around. Light and flakey with a filling to die for {in this case cheesecake}. I buy these and stick them in our freezer for special breakfast occasions.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo & Conditioner

A friend long ago recommended this shampoo to me. If you love the smell of essential oils {especially peppermint or spearmint} you'll love this stuff. It really does give you a "tingling sensation" when washing!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Watermelon Fruit Spread

Again, watermelon! This is a seasonal item that my girls love. We eat a LOT of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches around here {we even freeze them} so changing up our jam routine is pretty normal around here.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Did you find something we both love? Or perhaps something new you've been on the fence about? Do yourself a favor and bookmark this post in your phone or on your laptop/tablet so that when you are in Trader Joe's again you can reference all my favorites.

Mine might become yours!

What do you want to try first?

If you have friends or family who also love Trader Joe's I would love for you to share this post with them. Enjoy!