Its Too Hot To Cook: Strawberry Banana Parfaits

Thursday, June 16, 2011

 Happy Friday everyone! Here's another its too hot to cook recipe but dessert style! Sometimes you gotta step away from the hot oven and make a simple and classic dessert that's cool and wont make you sweat in your kitchen. Ive been trying to use more agave nectar so if you have some definitely try it out in a few of your recipes that call for sugar! I hope you all enjoy the weekend and I'll see you around very soon =]
Strawberry Banana Parfaits
  • 1 lb strawberries, cleaned, trimmed, and chopped
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 3tbl. blue agave or 2tbl. sugar
  • 1 bag chessmen cookies, slightly crushed
  1. In a bowl, add strawberries, bananas, and agave. stir and store in refrigerator.

  • 3.4 oz banana cream pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups milk(I used less than your average 2 cups.less milk means more creamy!)
  1. In a bowl, add in pudding. whisk in cold milk until thickened. Place in refrigerator.

Whipped Cream
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar( I used 1/3 cup blue agave)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. In a bowl with a whisk attachment, beat cream until slightly thickened, add in sugar and vanilla, and continue beating until completely thickened.
Using whatever glasses or dishes you have, begin layering with the fruit, pudding, whipped cream, and crushed chessmen cookies. This is How I did mine.

Whipped Cream
Repeat And dollop extra cream on top, then add a Cookie Garnish!

Makes 5-7 parfaits


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Its Too Hot To Cook: No Fuss Chicken Salad

Monday, June 13, 2011

So its actually a nice 70 degrees today but I promised to make these meals for when it does get too hot to cook. So on to it. Its an oldie, but a favorite of mine. Serve in pita or with croissants or just chips& crackers and you're good to go! This recipe yields about 7-8 servings so you can easily have this for lunch the next day and it will even taste better.

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No Fuss Chicken Salad

  • Breast of 2 Rotisserie Chickens, chopped
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, trimmed and chopped
  • 1 large apple, chopped(I used golden delicious)
  • 1/2 cup cranberries or raisins

  1. In a large bowl add in all ingredients.


  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1 cup sour cream(plain yogurt works well too)
  • 1 tbl. dijon or stone ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup honey(or agave nectar)
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper

  1. In a bowl, add in all ingredients and stir well. Pour over chicken salad. Toss. Store in Fridge.

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Its Too Hot to Cook: Smokin' Beans

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hey Loves, sorry Ive been away! Truly missed talking back and forth with you guys =]
So its ablaze here in chicago. I mean Hot!! And when its hot, who wants to cook. Heating up the oven, even going out to the grill is way too much. So here's the deal, Im gonna make up some fun recipes for you all allowing you to not get too hot in your kitchens, but you'll still have a nice meal =] The first is Smokin' Beans. We've all had baked beans but these are absolutely delish and quick to make. Lets have 15 minutes of stove time and I promise to keep your house at a cool 70 degrees =]

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Smokin' Beans

  • 2 lbs. Smoked Sausage, sliced(1/2 in. slices)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 (28oz.) cans baked beans(keep it simple)
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • French fried onions to top
  1. In a large skillet over hight heat, add smoked sausage. Cook until browned and heated through. Remove from pan and set aside.
  2. Add in onion and crushed pepper to the pan. Cook until the onions are clear.
  3. Add in the baked beans, pineapple, sugar. Stir well.
  4. Place the sausage back in the pan. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Top with french fried onions. Enjoy!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

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