Fresh Strawberry Bread

Fresh Stawberry Bread

I know it’s Passover so forgive me if you’re celebrating. I made this Fresh Strawberry Bread last week, and I could not wait to share the recipe. All you need is one big bowl–no mixer is needed. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the sliced strawberries in one bowl; mix and then fold the strawberries in gently. Even though this quick bread has bananas, it does not taste like banana bread when it’s done. The combination of the mashed bananas and nonfat plain Greek yogurt create an amazing moist texture and fantastic flavor.

Strawberries are now at their peak, and you can find them on sale at many groceries. One cup of strawberries has 50 calories, and they are packed with health benefits such as boosting your immune system, promoting eye and heart health, helping fight cancer, wrinkles, high cholesterol and so much more. Enjoy this recipe this spring and summer for breakfast, a snack or even dessert. My kids and husband went wild for us, so next time I will be making two!

Passover Berry Crisp

It seems bizarre to showcase Passover and Easter recipes already, but these holidays come early this year, just a few weeks away. I know people start planning their Passover menus ahead of time, and Passover desserts are always a challenge. Last year, I made this Passover Berry Crisp, and it came out great. I ended up making it several times, and I am positive it will be on this year’s list. Feel free to substitute 5 to 51/2 cups of apples or your favorite fruit for the berries. Happy spring holidays!

 

Turtle Cookies

I know I say it often, but my daughter, Leigh, is an amazing girl. No new task is too much of a challenge for her, and she is becoming quite the cook and baker. She recently found this recipe for Turtle Cookies on Pinterest from the Pixelated Crumb, and she had to make them. I admit that I helped her a bit, but these came out incredible. She said, “These taste like a chocolate lava cake” while they were warm, and she was correct. The caramel makes this cookie even better. OMG! We both agreed (as well as my two boys) that these are some of the best cookies we have had in a long time. Thank you Leigh for this fantastic cookie recipe find!

Spring Chocolate Molten Cakes in 30 Minutes

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Many of you may have seen these Molten Cakes on my blog before. If you have, please forgive me for running them again, but when I went out last for my friend, Julie’s birthday dinner at “Flemmings” restaurant, that was the top dessert pick. It was delicious and oozing of warm chocolate, as it always is, and I told Julie that she can easily do these at home. Then the next day, I saw these spring, Easter ramekins at Target, and was so excited to give them a new look. This is a great idea for an Easter or spring dessert. You can make them ahead and warm them up, right before serving. To see these and other spring dessert ideas, watch the link from  “Daytime Alabama” that was on Monday on NBC 13.

Welcome to Updated Ingredients, Inc. and Strawberry Parfaits

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Welcome to the launch of the updated look of Ingredients, Inc. I started my blog on October 25, 2008, so 5 months later, here I am. I want to to thank all of my  supportive loyal fans and subscribers, and I hope you as well as new friends will like this new look as much as I do. Take a moment to look at the “shop” button where I have listed a few of my favorite items. I will be attending the International Housewares show this weekend in Chicago to add new unique items to the store.

In the meantime, I thought I would feature a new favorite recipe I developed using marscarpone cheese. This recipe is so easy to prepare, and it’s as delectable as it looks. I have made these several times, and kids and adults are wowed. It’s the perfect springtime light dessert so let me know what you think. Best, Alison

Raspberry and Blueberry Almond Mini-Muffins

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We love making muffins at my house, and this recipe is completely simple. With only 109 calories and 3.5 grams of fat per serving, you won’t feel guilty eating these muffins. The combination of rapspberry and almond go so well together, but for those of you who prefer blueberries, feel free to substitute blueberry preserves.