Refreshing Treats {Tested and Approved}

At Alpha Lee it is not just about planning an incredible event but making moments. So I love doing tested and approved posts where we share some recipes that I have seen on blogs or Pinterest. Now I have many times seen incredible recipes and they have totally bombed; I am not denying it could be my skill level but these are pretty simple for the most part.

Where I live we are set to hit the high 90’s this week so it calls for a refreshing treat. My sister in law’s birthday was this last week and her request was these Strawberry Lemonade bars. The kiddos love them, it brings everyone around the table and you could request the help of your kiddos while making them.

 

 

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars
Crust
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

Filling
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about 3/4 cup berries)
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan (or use the Baker’s Edge pan, if you have one).
Begin by making the crust.
In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges.
While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.
In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth.
Gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set (There will be a light colored “crust” on top from the sugar in the custard – nothing to worry about).
Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices.
Store bars in the refrigerator, especially on a hot day.
Makes 24 bars.

***I added a little homemade whipped cream to top it off.

Thank you Baking Bites for this yummy recipe.

So get your family around the table or recruit your kiddos to do the work and then enjoy a treat together.

Make a moment.

-Kim

Tested and approved~Quesadilla Casserole

I love Clean Eating magazine. They balance healthy choices but real meals that do not require a ton of ingredients that you cannot find. You all need to know my husband is not a adventurous eater and would be happy if we had spaghetti, meat and potatoes and In N Out every week. This recipe was extremely easy and he and my 1 year old LOVED it! Also made for great left overs.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 4-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 small whole-wheat tortillas, cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 15-oz BPA-free can black beans, drained and rinsed well (TRY: Eden Organic Black Beans)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium, all-natural barbecue sauce (no more than 7 to 10 g carbs and 1 g fat per 2-tbsp serving)
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large pot, bring 2 qt water to a boil. Add chicken, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until no longer pink. Transfer chicken to a plate to cool.
  3. Meanwhile, place tortilla strips on a large baking sheet. Drizzle with oil, toss and spread in a single layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crispy, tossing halfway through; set aside to cool. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  4. Shred chicken with a fork. In a 10-inch square casserole dish, combine chicken, corn, beans and barbecue sauce. Spread mixture in an even layer. Transfer dish to oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, top with tortilla strips and cheese and bake for 5 to 10 more minutes until brown and bubbly and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Nutrients per 1-cup serving: Calories: 254, Total Fat: 4 g, Sat. Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 36 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 6 g, Protein: 18 g, Sodium:178 mg, Cholesterol: 24 mg

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Thank you Clean Eating. Happy Friday everyone.

~Kim