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Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad, Healthy Copycat Recipes, Salad Recipes Using Strawberries, Salad Recipes Using Fruit, Salad Recipes Using Apples, Healthy Salad Recipes, Goodwood's Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach SaladStrawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine’s Copycat Recipe

Locals and those of you in Utah, have you ever eaten at Goodwood BBQ?! The hubs and I have a handful of times. We love it! Even though my hubs is a vegetarian, he finds great salads to eat there, like this recreation of one of my very favorite salads… Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad. Full of baby spinach, honey crisp apples, strawberries, candied walnuts, topped with blue cheese and a wonderfully sweet raspberry vinaigrette.

The strawberries added to this lovely salad, put me in the mood for valentines day, (It doesn’t take much.) Is it just me or don’t strawberries scream Valentines?! This would make a beautiful, festive little Valentine’s Day salad, don’t ya think?! Next time I make this salad, I’m going to try and make a chocolate raspberry dressing – then it might just be classified as a dessert salad. 😉 Cause you know, chocolate and strawberries are related aaaand dessert can be dinner too! 😉

Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine’s Copycat Recipe

Ingredients

  • baby spinach, desired amount
  • honey crisp apples, core removed, sliced, desired amount
  • strawberries, sliced, desired amount
  • candied walnuts, desired amount
  • blue cheese crumbles, desired amount
  • raspberry vinaigrette dressing (you can use Annie’s Naturals if you do not want to make your own)

—-> Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing recipe 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, gently toss desired amount of spinach, apples, strawberries, candied walnuts and blue cheese crumbles. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad, gently toss again. Serve.

Notes: Goodwood’s recipe uses candied pecans.

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Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine's Copycat Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad ~ Healthy Valentine's Copycat Recipe
  • Ingredients
  • baby spinach, desired amount
  • honey crisp apples, core removed, sliced, desired amount
  • strawberries, sliced, desired amount
  • candied walnuts, desired amount
  • blue cheese crumbles, desired amount
  • raspberry vinaigrette dressing (I used Annie's Naturals)
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss desired amount of spinach, apples, strawberries, candied walnuts and blue cheese crumbles. Drizzle desired amount of dressing over salad, gently toss again. Serve.

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Valentines day treat ideas, QUICK and EASY heart shapped brownies and icecream

 

Valentines Day Dessert ~ Quick and Easy Heart Shaped Brownies and Ice Cream

Do you want to make a special treat for Valentines Day but you don’t have a lot of time?  Then check out this QUICK and EASY Valentines Day dessert idea.  You can make heart shaped brownies and ice cream.  All you need is your favorite brownie recipe, ice cream and Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters .

Cut your brownie, use the cookie cutter to cut out a heart shape out of the middle, do the same to a slice of ice cream…. SWAP the two hearts and you are DONE, simple as that.  I did find that cutting the ice cream with a knife into a slice (not a scoop) made it easier to cut the heart out.  Also if the ice cream is SUPER COLD it is easier to work with, and won’t melt as fast.

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Brownie Bon Bons, Mini Brownie Recipe, Recipes Using Chocolate and Cherries, Money Saving Recipes, Valentines Day RecipesBrownie Bon Bons ~ Valentines Day Recipe by Tiffany

Your loved ones will ooh and aah over these decadent little brownie bon bons and think you spent all day slavin’ over them. I pictured these on my Valentines Day menu and just had to share them with y’all. I almost wasn’t able to do a photo shoot, because certain big and little people in my house kept snatching one or two every time they walked by. “Oh, just one more!” They’d say. Finally, I had to put the smack down on them… not really. I just talk a big game. 🙂 Especially since I was the one doing some, if not most, of the snatching. I couldn’t put the smack down on myself… that. just. wouldn’t. be. right.;) The chocolatey, chewy, moist mini brownie has a chocolate ganache filling topped with a plump maraschino cherry and drizzled with white chocolate. Mmmm mmm mmm! Enjoy.

Yields 48

*See Notes*

Ingredients For Mini Brownie

  • 2 cups evaporated cane juice organic sugar or white sugar
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons Bordeaux maraschino cherry juice
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

Ingredients For Chocolate Ganache Filling

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping

  • 2 jars (13.5oz. each) Bordeaux Maraschino Cherries, reserve 2 teaspoons of juice
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. confection setting.
  2. Spray 2 (1 3/4 x 1 inch each) mini muffin pans with non stick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a standing mixer, beat sugar, butter, vanilla and maraschino juice until light and fluffy. (approx. 10 min.) Scrape down sides of bowl if needed.
  4. Next beat in eggs scraping down sides of mixing bowl if needed.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine flour and cocoa; whisk.
  6. Slowly stir in flour/cocoa mixture to creamed mixture.
  7. Fill each greased muffin cup approx. 2/3 full with batter.
  8. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes clean. (Do not over bake.)
  9. Remove brownies from oven and let cool slightly in muffin pans; loosen edges of brownies with a knife. Remove brownies from pan and put onto a cooling rack. Make a 1/2 inch indention in the center of each brownie while they’re still warm. Let cool completely.
  10. Time to make the ganache: In a heavy duty sauce pan, heat heavy cream over medium heat until it reaches a boil. Remove from heat and add semi-sweet chocolate chips; stirring continually until chips have melted. Stir in vanilla. Allow the ganache to slightly cool before filling brownies. (Approx. 5-8 minutes)
  11. While ganache is cooling, remove cherries from jar. Place cherries on a paper towel to dry. Remove stems from cherries.
  12. Once ganache has cooled, fill each brownie with ganache. Gently place a cherry in the middle of ganache filling. Don’t worry if ganache drizzles off the sides. It will set up when it cools completely.
  13. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler. Drizzle white chocolate over the tops of each brownie. Let chocolate set, serve or package up for gifts. Store at room temp.

 

Notes:

The organic sugar I used can be replaced with regular white sugar. Use regular white sugar as a 1-for-1 replacement for the organic.

For a cute Valentine gift, packaged brownies in small festive cellophane bags.

For a more festive look for Valentines… Use RED maraschino cherries that are dyed. I used no preservatives, no artificial flavor cherries that have vegetable concentrates. My cherries were purple. You can’t really see them due to the color of the chocolate ganache. So if you don’t have diet restrictions using red dye, this will bring a more festive look to the brownie by using the red ones that contain red dye. 🙂

I let my brownies set over night, covered, before packaging them up to give as gifts. This allows the ganache filling to set completely.

I reckon you could use a box version for the brownies, but keep in mind it may yield more or less. You may have to adjust ganache filling and or the amount of cherries needed.

 

Original recipe by: Favorite Brand Name Best-Loved Chocolate Recipes for Brownie Bon Bons pg. 150

Adapted recipe/directions/photos by: Tiffany

 

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