Posts made in July 2nd, 2011

zesty peach barbecue sauce

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Posted on Jul 2, 2011 in Food

zesty peach barbecue sauce

I’ve been holding out on you. I actually whipped up this batch of zesty peach barbecue sauce wayyyyyy back in December as a fun Christmas gift. The extra mason jars full of the sticky, spicy sauce have been sitting in our pantry waiting for summer ever since. I kinda forgot all about the sauce until last week when some plain ole chicken breasts were in dire need of some flavor.

We made nine different types of gourmet foods for gifts this year, and I’d say the barbecue sauce is definitely my favorite! The sugars get so nice and caramelized on the grill and the little bit of spice helps balance out the sweetness. We also slathered some veggie kebabs in the stuff a few days ago and it was impressive! A very, very good pairing with portabella mushrooms or pineapple. Basically, I wish I would have kept all of this one to myself instead of doling it out to my family.

The recipe is designed to be made in a large batch and then canned and stored. But you could just as easily reduce the recipe, skip the processing and store the sauce in your fridge to be used in the near future. Either way, promise me you’ll head on over and make it, k? Because it is goooood eats.

Do you do any type of canning? What’s your favorite food to can?

sweet saturday: red, white and blueberry yogurt pops

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Posted on Jul 2, 2011 in Food

sweet saturday: red, white and blueberry yogurt pops

So you may, or may not, have noticed that I’ve been on a bit of frozen foods kick (here and here, for example). I’m definitely one of those people who plan their meals based on what the weather is doing outside. Eating a piping hot bowl of butternut squash bisque sounds awesome in November, but in the heat of early-July, it sounds just like torture! Bring me cold foods. Watermelon. Strawberry mojitos. And popsicles!

Usually popsicles are packed with nasty artificial colors, flavors and high fructose corn syrup, but my yogurt pops are creamy, icy, fruity, cold and, dare I say it—healthy! The only ingredients to these pops are yogurt, honey, fruit and lemon juice. You could (and should) eat these popsicles for breakfast!

I used strawberries and blueberries for a truly Americana-looking dessert treat, but you can use any kind of fruit puree that makes you (or your kids) happy. In fact, these would be a great kitchen job for the kids to help with. Let them layer and make their own crazy, swirly pops.

The lemon juice in these babies helps keep the yogurt creamy and less icy and gives a subtly, summery flavor to the otherwise simple vanilla yogurt. Feel free to try these with other types of yogurt, too! I have visions of a pina colada version made with chunks of pineapple, shredded coconut and Chobani pineapple. Yum!

Swirly Twirly Fruit Yogurt Pops

Makes 12 pops

I used the honey to sweeten up each of the fruit purees after tasting the berries. Judge how much (or how little) honey you need based on the sweetness and ripeness of your chosen fruit.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fruit of choice (I used 1-1/2 cups blueberries and 1-1/2 cups strawberries)
  • 0-6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 32 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 12-5 ounce paper drink cups
  • Popsicle sticks

Directions

  1. In the blender combine fruit and desired amount of honey, blend until smooth. If using multiple fruits, do them in separate batches.
  2. Using a spoon or spatula, press the puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove any skins or seeds. You should end up with about 1 total cup of fruit puree. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together the yogurt and lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. Lay out your fruit puree(s), yogurt, cups and popsicle sticks.
  5. Alternating between the puree and yogurt, layer evenly into the 12 cups. Keeping in mind that the yogurt is the base and the fruit puree(s) are an accent.
  6. Gently swirl each cup using a knife to create a mixed and marbled texture
  7. Freeze for 30-45 minutes, or until solid enough to hold the popsicle stick. Insert stick and freeze 3-4 hours until frozen solid.
  8. To enjoy, tear top of paper cup and unwrap until pop comes out easily. Use the cup as a rest for your pop when you need a brain freeze break. Or, dip the cup in warm water and gently pull the pop out.

You can, of course, use your own popsicle mold if you have one. But I don’t and couldn’t find one in town when I decided to make these. The travesty! While the paper cups might not be green, they are very nice for catching drips and holding onto your popsicle.

Of note, I ate two of these while writing this post. Healthy treats are the best. :)

What’s your favorite healthy summer treat?