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Äppelpaj: Swedish Apple Pie

Swedish Apple Pie

Äppel means apple and paj means pie and when you put them together you get a scrumptious Swedish dessert. The Skåne region, in the south of Sweden, is famous for growing yummy apples so this recipe is a must! This pie is so good and so simple, you don’t even need to make a crust. It can be eaten warm or cold and don’t forget to top it off with ice cream or whipped cream.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 medium apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 1/4 cup (250 g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (5 g) cinnamon
  • dash of cardamom (optional)
    • Fun Fact: Cardamom is popular in Sweden where its called kardemumma.
  • 3/4 cup (170 g) butter
  • 1 cup (128 g) flour
  • 1 egg

Let’s Make It!

  1. Preheat the over to 350o (175oC). Put the apple slices in the pie dish.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup (50 g) of the sugar, along with the cinnamon and cardamom (if using), and sprinkle it over the apples.
  3. Gently toss the apples to coat them evenly in sugar and spice.
  4. Put the butter in a medium-sized bowl and have a grownup help melt it in the microwave.
  5. Take the melted butter out of the microwave and add the remaining cup of sugar and the flour. Stir to combine and then mix in the egg.
  6. Pout the mixture into the pie pan. Use the back of a spoon to spread the mixture over the apples.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes. That’s it….easy as pie!!
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Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Here’s an alternative to sandwiches for your next picnic, park trip, work or school lunch: Buffalo Chicken Wraps! These wraps are easy to make, healthy, and a family favorite. This recipe takes 5 minutes to make so some of the ingredients are pre-made and ready to eat. They make the perfect travel snack and/or lunch no matter wear you are going. You can check out our more recent adventure to the park here. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Iceberg lettuce leaves per wrap
  • 1 slice sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced and warmed
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing

Let’s Make It!

  1. Cook bacon slices based on number of wraps you will be making. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place 2 lettuce leaves on a clean surface so that they slightly overlap creating a barrier.
  3. Add 1 slice of cheddar cheese in the center.
  4. Top cheese with sliced chicken, bacon and drizzle with buffalo sauce and ranch.
  5. Wrap ingredients tightly like a burrito.
  6. Slice down the center when ready to eat. Note: Add a toothpick in the center if needed to hold wrap together.

Surviving Chaos

  • Switch the Cheese: Switch out the Cheddar cheese with Swiss or Pepper Jack to change up the flavor and add a bit more spice.
  • Tortillas: If your really hungry, swap the lettuce wrap for flour tortillas. This will keep you fuller for longer and won’t make a dent in your daily carbohydrate count.
  • Warm it Up: Cook your bacon 30 minutes before you put together your wrap.
  • Ready To Go: Put wraps in insulated cooler so they will stay warm until you get to your destination.

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DIY Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Who wants ice cream??? How about DIY strawberry banana ice cream? This 2 ingredient non-dairy ice cream recipe is a perfect addition to our summer series and is a great activity to do with the kids. #kidfriendlyrecipes

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • Plastic or reusable freezer bags
  • This recipe makes 1 serving; double recipe for each additional person

Let’s Make It!

  1. Peel the banana and slice into smaller pieces. Remove tops from strawberries and slice into smaller pieces
  2. Place fruit in ziplock bag and freeze for at least 4 hours. For firmer ice cream freeze fruit overnight.
  3. Add frozen strawberries and banana slices to food processor or high speed blender.
  4. Blend the fruit until smooth. Fruit will initially look like crumbles during blending process, just keep blending. Stop the machine at least once to scrape the sides.
  5. Once smooth, serve and enjoy.

Surviving Chaos

  • Save Time: To skip the freezing time, use frozen fruit from the freezer section at your local grocery store.
  • Texture: For soft serve, serve the ice cream right after blending. For firmer texture, freeze the ice cream an additional 2 hours.
  • Change It Up: You can interchange the fruit or add different fruits to this recipe for a nice twist. Example….pineapple!

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5 Ingredient Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Honey garlic pork chops are a perfect recipe for our summer series! All you need is a cast iron skillet and 15 minutes and you’ll have perfect pork chops in no time for dinner. Keep this recipe handy, its a perfect addition to the busy school schedules for the fall.

Ingredients

  • Center cut boneless pork chops (1 pork chop per person)
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 gloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  • Honey Garlic Sauce
    • 2 1/2 tbsp honey
    • 2 tbsp warm water
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
    • cayenne pepper (optional)

Let’s Make It!

  1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Mix ingredients for honey garlic sauce
  2. Heat skillet on high heat then add vegetable oil and butter.
  3. Add pork chops to skillet and pan fry each side for 3-4 minutes or until brown. For thick pork chops, increase frying time for each side.
  4. Move pork chops to one side of skillet and add remaining butter. Add garlic and saute for 10 seconds or until light brown.
  5. Add honey sauce to skillet and cook to reduce the sauce to thicker consistency or until sauce is amber brown.
  6. Spoon sauce over pork chops, turn off heat and garnish with parsley.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Surviving Chaos

  • Skillet Options: If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, any non-stick or stainless steel skillet will work!
  • Sides: Mashed potatoes or carrots are the perfect side dishes for these pork chops.

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Summer Series: Watermelon Sorbet

Watermelon Sorbet

Looking for a cool treat for the hot summer days?? Try this quick watermelon sorbet as a fun desert or cool snack. With 4 ingredients its easy to make, tasty and a kid summer favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of banana
  • 1/2 lime
  • 6 cups of watermelon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional)

Let’s Make It!

  1. Slice and freeze fruit (except lime) for prep.
  2. Add watermelon and banana to blender.
  3. Next add lime juice and maple syrup to ingredients in blender.
  4. Blend on high speed until smooth. (You made need to push down the fruit during the blending process).
  5. Spoon mixture into freezer safe container. Freeze overnight or 3-4 hours until solid.
  6. Allow to thaw a few minutes before serving.

Surviving Chaos

  • Add-Ins: Consider adding mint, basil, ginger, or other fruit to add more flavor.
  • Creamy: For a creamier texture, add more banana.

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