No Bake Energy Date Bars

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Have you ever tried to make bars at home? It’s a cinch! All you need is a good food processor and some delectable ingredients.
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It all starts with these wonderful Medjool Dates. I have such a soft spot in my heart for this big ol’ red box ever since my trip to Yuma last year. Honestly, those were some of the most giving and loving people I have ever met. I constantly reminisce about those days!

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To my surprise, I received a special delivery on my doorstep for our Yuma trip anniversary (I told you they were awesome)! The dates were freshly picked and wonderfully juicy. I’ve been eating a date a day ever since.

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Dates are key when it comes to making bars because of their nutritional benefits, taste, and texture. They’re sweet without adding any sugar and turn into a paste that can hold all of your ingredients together.
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Just make sure to take out all of the pits before you eat them!
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This is my food processor, by the way. It’s a little small, which is why I mix in the remaining ingredients by hand, but it’s perfect for now because of my apartment living.
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It make not look very pretty, but I promise it tastes delicious.
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This recipe is also easy to adjust to your tastes or whatever ingredients that you have on hand. You can replace pecans with walnuts or cashews, add in some peanut butter, or sub in different dried fruits. It’s up to you to create your dream bar!

No Bake Energy Date Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pitted medjool dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup trail mix (any kind will do. make sure to use one that you like! mine had cranberries, pepitas, and sunflower seeds)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Pulse the dates and pecans in a food processor until combined.
  2. Move the mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients by hand.
  3. Spread the mixture in between two pieces of wax or parchment paper until they're 1/2 inch thick. Cut into rectangles and enjoy! Keep the remaining bars in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/bake-energy-date-bars.html

Crock Pot Original Chili

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Since it’s starting to get colder everywhere else in world except for LA, I figured now would be a good time to share some warm recipes! I’m such a sucker for hot soups. Even when we go out to eat, I’ll often choose a big bowl of soup rather than an entree because it hits the spot. Note to my DH, you got lucky because I’m a cheap date.

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When it comes to cooking, I will gladly use any shortcut available. A package of all of the necessary seasonings already pre measured? Great. Microwave and it’ll be done in a minute? Even better.

These seasoning mixes from Crock Pot make my life so much easier. Plus, they fool my DH into thinking that I actually can cook! They have packets for other Crock Pot meals, too.

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See that above? That’s all you need. Seriously! How easy can it get?

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The result was mouth watering. I also baked some cornbread to go with it, but it tasted wonderful alone.

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Recipe from the back of the Crock Pot seasoning bag.

Crockpot Original Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef or turkey
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz) kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15.5 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 package Crock Pot Chili Seasoning

Directions

  1. Brown meat in skillet and drain fat.
  2. Place cooked meat and remaining ingredients in slow cooker. Stir well.
  3. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Do not remove cover during cooking.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/crock-pot-original-chili.html

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza

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Surprise! It’s National Pizza Month. That gives you the perfect excuse for eating pizza every day this month. Thanks to the Cuisinart Alfrescamoré Outdoor Pizza Oven, you can have a freshly baked pizza any time you want. It gives the environment of a real brick oven, without taking up all of the space!

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Isn’t it cute? It’s perfect for your backyard BBQ’s. Since all we have in our place is a teeny tiny outside patio (I’m talking like 3 x 7 feet small), we don’t have a lot of room for cooking outside. This outdoor pizza oven solved our problems. It allowed us to enjoy the nice Los Angeles weather while making a delicious meal.

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Plus, it’s portable! Take it with you when you’re going over to someone’s house for a tailgating party. It weighs 35 pounds and assembles in less than ten minutes, so I’m not afraid to do it myself since I usually rely on my DH for of the grunt work. The pizza oven retails for $249.99 and you can find it online at BedBathBeyond.com, Amazon.com, HomeDepot.com and Cuisinart.com

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The caramelized onion, prosciutto, and goat cheese pizza came looking perfect. My pizza dough never gets those beautiful air bubbles in it like the ones at the restaurant. In this particular pizza, I had two!

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I chose to make a pizza with goat cheese since my DH started working today and I wanted to make him something that he loved… a little surprise to come home to. I knew he was a sucker for goat cheese, so it was the perfect opportunity to combine it with the pizza oven.

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It’s definitely a winner in my book. The pizza oven advertises to cooking pizzas in as little as five minutes, but mine took a little longer than that. Just make sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn!

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Cuisinart Open

I’m doing a giveaway with Cuisinart, which includes a Cuisinart 12″ Pizza Peel and Pizza Cutter!  All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know the first pizza recipe you’d test in the Cuisinart Alfrescamoré Outdoor Pizza Oven! You can also gain entries by linking to this post on your social channels and tagging #Alfrescamore.

Caramelized Onion, Prosciutto, and Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe of pizza ball dough (store bought also works)
  • 1/2 onion, sliced, leaving rings whole
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 3 slices of prosciutto, torn into pieces
  • 1 tsp dried basil

Directions

  1. Roll out your pizza dough as far as it will stretch, approximately 12" round. Place on your pizza stone.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, cook the onion slices, 2 tsp olive oil, and brown sugar until evenly browned (about 7 minutes). Set aside.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil on the dough. Add the goat cheese, prosciutto, caramelized onions, and dried basil.
  4. Bake in pizza oven for 7-8 minutes, keeping an eye on it.
  5. Serve immediately.
http://lovintheoven.com/2014/10/caramelized-onion-prosciutto-goat-cheese-pizza.html

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