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Spicy Cucumber Salad with Ginger and Manuka Honey Dressing, Healthy Side dishes, Manuka Honey from New Zealand

Spicy Cucumber Salad with Ginger & Manuka Honey Dressing

If you are looking for a light and refreshing side cucumber salad with a little bit of kick, you are going to love this Spicy Cucumber Salad with Ginger & Manuka Honey Dressing.  Pacific Resources International sent me this box of fun products to try and I created this salad from a few of the items they sent me!

You will need  (serves 4 sides):

  • 3 1/3 cups English cucumbers sliced thin
  • 1 yellow mini pepper (or 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper)
  • 1 red mini pepper (or 1/4 cup red bell pepper)
  • 1/4 cup red onion

Cut these in thin slices, set aside as you make the dressing.

Dressing you will need:

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon Sriracha or hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 1/4 Manuka honey (warmed slightly to thin)
  • 1/3 teaspoon PRI Gourmet Flaky Sea Salt

Whisk together and pour over cucumber salad. Cover and let marinate  for 30 minutes before serving.

 

 

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Fresh Cucumber Salad Recipe

Fresh Cucumber Salad Recipe

Matts, Mom is a wonderful cook and always trying new recipes.  She  made Fresh Cucumber Salad that you keep in quart jars in the refrigerator.  They will keep for 2 months!!!!  I loved them and wanted to share this tasty recipe with you! The original recipe was found on Lesley’s Recipe Archive.

You will need

  • 2 quart jars
  • 7 cups unpeeled pickling cucumbers sliced thin (about 7 large dills)
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup sliced red peppers
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed

Mix cucumbers, onions, peppers and salt; set a side
Put vinegar, sugar, celery seed and mustard seed in a pot and bring to a boil
Remove from heat and let cool for one hour
Pour mixture over cucumbers
Put in jars and store in refrigerator
Will keep up to 2 months

Makes 2 quart jars

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Fresh Cucumber Salad Recipe ~ keeps in the refrigerator for 2 months

Course Appetiser
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 2 quart jars
  • 7 cups unpeeled pickling cucumbers sliced thin about 7 large dills
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup sliced red peppers
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp celery seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed

Instructions

  1. Mix cucumbers, onions, peppers and salt; set a side
  2. Put vinegar, sugar, celery seed and mustard seed in a pot and bring to a boil
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for one hour
  4. Pour mixture over cucumbers
  5. Put in jars and store in refrigerator
  6. Will keep up to 2 months
  7. Makes 2 quart jars

 

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Red Potato Salad
Broccoli Grape and Sunflower Salad
Strawberry Apple Pecan Spinach Salad 
Pretzel Jello Salad
Caramel Apple Salad 
Toasted Almond and Cabbage Salad 
Fiesta Layered Corn Salad 
Fresh Cucumber Salad – good for 2 months in the refrigerator 
Almond Chicken Salad with Grapes 
Six Thumbs Up Salad
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French Crepes and filling recipes

Home made French Crepes and Filling Recipe

Ok it’s Matt and yes I can cook, and it was my “Random Act of Love” for the day.

I made Crepes, with tons of fillings and creams. It wasn’t my first time making the crepes, I have made them since high school, but the cream cheese fillings was new. First I started with a new Basic Crepe recipe.

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 1/2 tbs sugar for sweet desert crepes, and 1 tsp vanilla extract (add in the blender)
  • or for savory crepes 1/4 tsb salt, and 1/4 cup chopped herbs, spinach or sun dry tomatoes  (add after blender)

Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Mix for about 10 seconds and place in a bowl and then let set in the fridge for at least on hour to let the bubbles work out. Less bubbles means the crepes stay together and tear less.

Depending on the pan size you want to pour enough batter into the non-stick pan, with a bit of butter coating, so that when you swirl the batter around in the pan it barely coats the pan.

You want to let it sit there on medium heat for about 30 seconds. You can flick the edges up and peek  under it. You want a little browning.

You should be able to pick at it with your fingers and flip it over. Or if you have a bendable spatula you can get up under it and flip it.

For the creme filling I made the following amounts and split it 3 ways:

  • 12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • one tsp vanilla extract

Combine all above in a mixing bowl. With a hand mixer blend the ingredients together till smooth. Then I split them into thirds.

On one third which was about a cup, I added about 1/4 cup of puree strawberries (or what ever fruit you want) I mixed the two and poured them into a bowl.

On another third I squeezed one lemon juice into a bowl, and scraped the zest into it. We actually do not have a zester so I used a serrated knife. Just be careful. I blended the creme filling with this lemon juice and zest and placed in a bowl.

On the last third I left as is, and used it as a filling along with what ever you would like. It was good along side the Apple and Pear Cinnamon filling as an idea.

There a few ways to fold crepes. I have always folded them into thirds. But you can fold them in half then half again. So it looks like a triangle.

To make them simply add the filling inside and fold. Or you can fold them and add the topping on top.

Some ideas are Chocolate syrup, Maple Syrup, whip cream, fruit of all sorts, cream fillings, caramel syrup, And for the savory crepes you can add meat, veggie’s, you name it. Crepes are like the French form of Burritos..  anything works… Have Fun!

Home made French Crepes and Filling Recipe
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French Crepes and filling recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 1/2 tbs sugar for sweet desert crepes and 1 tsp vanilla extract (add in the blender)
  • or for savory crepes 1/4 tsb salt and 1/4 cup chopped herbs, spinach or sun dry tomatoes (add after blender)

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into a blender. Mix for about 10 seconds and place in a bowl and then let set in the fridge for at least on hour to let the bubbles work out. Less bubbles means the crepes stay together and tear less.
  2. Depending on the pan size you want to pour enough batter into the non-stick pan, with a bit of butter coating, so that when you swirl the batter around in the pan it barely coats the pan.
  3. You want to let it sit there on medium heat for about 30 seconds. You can flick the edges up and peek under it. You want a little browning.
  4. You should be able to pick at it with your fingers and flip it over. Or if you have a bendable spatula you can get up under it and flip it.
  5. For the creme filling I made the following amounts and split it 3 ways:
  6. ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  7. /2 cup sour cream
  8. /4 cup sugar
  9. /4 cup powdered sugar
  10. one tsp vanilla extract
  11. Combine all above in a mixing bowl. With a hand mixer blend the ingredients together till smooth. Then I split them into thirds.
  12. On one third which was about a cup, I added about 1/4 cup of puree strawberries (or what ever fruit you want) I mixed the two and poured them into a bowl.
  13. On another third I squeezed one lemon juice into a bowl, and scraped the zest into it. We actually do not have a zester so I used a serrated knife. Just be careful. I blended the creme filling with this lemon juice and zest and placed in a bowl.
  14. On the last third I left as is, and used it as a filling along with what ever you would like. It was good along side the Apple and Pear Cinnamon filling as an idea.
  15. There a few ways to fold crepes. I have always folded them into thirds. But you can fold them in half then half again. So it looks like a triangle.
  16. To make them simply add the filling inside and fold. Or you can fold them and add the topping on top.
  17. Crepes go great with maple syrup, yogurt, fresh fruit, or even try savory crepes with meat, veggies or just about anything you feel like.

Bellow are links to more crepe ideas…

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Crisp Apple Pizza Bites ~ Healthy Lunch Ideas

I love it when there are tons of apples to pick from to eat! Some of my favorites are Gala, a good Fuji and my top favorite is a sweet and cold Honey Crisp apple! Throwing some Crisp Apple Pizza Bites in for a quick lunch makes for some refreshing and healthy lunch ideas.

 

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Crisp Apple Pizza Bites ~ Healthy Lunch Ideas

I am always looking for new healthy lunch ideas that are both easy and taste good.  My kids love anything to do with pizza, and these Crisp Apple Pizza Bites are one of their favorite snacks. Perfect for little hands and fun for them to make too. You can change the recipe to fit your families personal favorites but here is what we like to put on ours.

  • 1 Pink Lady apple, cored and cut into slices
  • peanut butter
  • granola
  • craisins ( dried cranberries)
  • pumpkin seeds (without the shell)
  • chocolate chips
  • Honey (optional)
Spread the peanut butter (also amazing with Almond butter) on each slice then sprinkle the toppings. Drizzle some honey for extra sweetness!  I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does!

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