Delicious Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Lemon Blueberry Bread is perfect for the end-of-summer blueberries and bright, citrusy lemons! Make this recipe as a bread or muffins. Either way, it’s delicious toasted or sliced and served with coffee, tea, or a big glass of milk!

Like banana bread, this is great as a snack or even a dessert. Can you imagine Lemon blueberry bread slices as French toast? Add a little dollop of whipped cream on top for the most decadent of dessert breakfast.

Lemon blueberry bread cut into slices.

To Make Blueberry Bread

This recipe is so incredibly easy, made with the best of what summer has to offer, berries and citrus!

  • Prep: Combine wet ingredients (per recipe below). Stir the dry ingredients together with the lemon zest.
  • Mix: Add the wet to the dry and gently mix. Overmixing will cause a chewy loaf so mix just until combined for a tender crumb.

Baking with Blueberries

I use fresh blueberries in this recipe but you can use frozen blueberries in baking too!

  • FLOUR: Tossing blueberries with flour keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the batter.
  • FROZEN BERRIES: If using frozen berries, there is no need to defrost first but your loaf may need a 10 minutes or so extra.
  • COLOR: Frozen blueberries may change the color of your batter but will still taste amazing.
  • FRUIT: Short on blueberries? Sub in other favorite fruits for a great bread

Two images showing the floured blueberries being mixed into the batter and then poured into the cake pan.

Toppings for Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Glaze

I create a simple glaze for this recipe with lemon juice and sugar. This glaze is poured over the warm bread, almost like a poke cake for a burst of lemon flavor.

Use a chopstick or skewer to poke the holes. Tip: Put a lemon in the microwave about 30 seconds to warm enough to extract as much juice as possible from them!

Crumble

If you’d prefer a crumble topping for this bread, combine the following and sprinkle overtop the bread. Gently press into the batter before baking.

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • pinch of cinnamon

How to Tell Quick Bread is Ready

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a wooden pick or skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. A smooth, golden color on the top is also a good sign that the bread is ready, too!

Overview of a baked lemon blueberry loaf in a loaf pan.

Storing Blueberry Bread

Easy peasy! Keep it tightly wrapped or covered and your lemon blueberry bread will last at least a week (if it’s not gobbled up first)!

Can Freeze It? Absolutely! Lemon blueberry bread freezes great because it is denser than a cake or pastry. Just make sure it is totally cooled, slice it and wrap it tightly, label it and pop it in the freezer in a single layer. Once it is totally frozen, feel free to stack the slices!

This is the best summertime recipe ever! Totally versatile and flavorful at the same time!

More Fun Bread Recipes

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

A moist and delicious lemon loaf loaded with blueberries.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup light cream (or milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon (juiced & zested)
  • 1 1/4 cup blueberries (divided)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease & flour a 9×5 pan.

  2. Zest & juice the lemon. Set each aside.
  3. Cream butter & sugar, add in eggs and milk. Stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice.
  4. In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest.
  5. Add to butter mixture and stir just until combined, do not over mix.
  6. In a bowl, toss blueberries with flour. Remove any excess flour and fold 1 cup of blueberries into the batter. Pour into prepared pan. Top with remaining blueberries.
  7. Bake 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from pan and place on a cooling rack.
  8. Stir together powdered sugar and remaining lemon juice until smooth. Poke holes all over the loaf (I used a chopstick) and pour glaze over the loaf. Cool completely.

 

Lemon blueberry loaf cut into slices.
Lemon blueberry loaf cut into slices.
Top image - lemon blueberry bread cut into slices. Bottom image - lemon blueberry bread baked in a loaf pan.

Delicious Strawberry Trifle

What could be better than a Strawberry Trifle on a hot summer’s day? Layers of angel food cake, fresh berries, and a creamy no-bake cheesecake filling make this dessert just as pretty as it is delicious!

It’s so much fun to create desserts that take advantage of the fresh produce available in the summer like peach cobbler or blueberry bread.

Strawberry trifle layers in a trifle dish, garnished with strawberries and mint leaves.

What’s in a Trifle?

Trifle is a traditional British treat, sponge cake soaked in liquor, layered with fruit, chocolate, jello, custard pudding, or whatever your heart desires. This recipe is a cousin to its boozier relative from across the pond. But if no children are partaking, feel free to douse the cake with something stronger than strawberry syrup!

  • Cake: Angel Food Cake is light and airy. Try freezing it before cubing to keep the cake intact as you cut it and layer it. White cake or pound cake will also work in this recipe.
  • Cheesecake: Cream Cheese, whipping cream and orange zest whipped together with orange juice add a little zippy twist to this “cheesecake”.
  • Fruit: Strawberries, of course! Try making a cranberry trifle by changing up the fruit layer.

Bowl of sliced strawberries with sugar.

To Make Juicy Strawberries

Combine the strawberries with sugar and allow them to sit out on the counter at least 30 minutes. The sugar will cause the berries to release juices (which make this trifle extra yummy). This process is called macerating and works with many fruits.

You can use sugar as in this recipe but also a splash of your favorite liquor as well (like Grand Marnier) or even citrus juices.

How to Layer Trifle

Layering a trifle is easy! You’ll want to ensure the juices get to soak into the cake portion in this recipe but you don’t want the cake to be soggy. We add the strawberry juices to the cake before layering for flavor.

Overview of cream layer with orange zest in top.

  1. Combine strawberries with sugar and let sit. Toss the cake cubes with the strawberry juices.
  2. Layer angel food cake cubes, cream cheese mixture, and strawberries in a trifle dish or punch bowl. Repeat layers.

Use a transparent dish to show off the layers, or use individual dessert dishes or even wine glasses to create individual portions. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Cubed angel food cake soaked in strawberry syrup with sliced strawberries on the side.

Make Ahead

Trifle needs to sit 4 hours or overnight but will last in the fridge for several days. If you’re making this ahead for an event or special dinner, have some extra whipped cream and fresh berries to dress it up a bit before serving.

I find that after the initial 24 hours, the trifle can sink down a little bit so being able to top it up a bit will make it look as good as new.

Can Trifle be Frozen?

Generally trifle won’t freeze very well once it has been assembled because of the heavy cream. If you’d like to freeze this strawberry trifle, replace the heavy cream and sugar in this recipe with whipped topping (such as Cool Whip).

Alternatively, the cake freezes beaufiuflly and berries can be frozen after mascerating (or you can use frozen strawberries)!

More Fresh Fruit Dessert

 

Strawberry Trifle

Layers of angel food cake, fresh berries, and a fluffy orange-flavored no-bake cheesecake filling.

  • 3 pints strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10" angel food cake (store bought)

Cream Layer

  • 16 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 orange (zested & juiced)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 cups heavy cream (whipped)
  1. Slice strawberries and toss with 1/2 cup sugar. Allow to sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes.
  2. Cube angel food cake into 1″ cubes.
  3. Beat cream cheese, orange zest, sugar and 1/4 cup orange juice until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream.
  4. Drain strawberries reserving juices.
  5. Place 1/2 of the cake cubes in the bottom of a trifle dish. Drizzle with half of the reserved strawberry juice. Top with 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture and 1/2 of the strawberries.
  6. Repeat layers and top with the remaining cream cheese mixture.
  7. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.

Strawberry Trifle shown in a tall, clear bowl.
Top photo - Strawberry Trifle shown in a tall, clear bowl. Bottom photo - ingredients ready to assemble Strawberry Trifle.
Strawberry Trifle shown in a tall, clear bowl.

Honey Garlic Dijon Broiled Salmon (15 minutes!)

Honey Garlic Dijon Broiled Salmon seasoned with simple ingredients that comes together in just 15 minutes and literally has the best flavor ever! The best salmon of my life!

Salmon is a simple and delicious meal that comes together quickly. Try this Buttery Garlic Lime Salmon with Asparagus in Foil, Baked Parmesan Garlic Herb Salmon in Foil or Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon for more quick and easy salmon recipes.

honey dijon broiled salmon on a plate with asparagus

Honey Garlic Dijon Broiled Salmon

I just needed a salmon to brighten my week and I couldn’t have gotten any brighter with this honey garlic dijon broiled salmon.

These flavors came together and blended so well. I couldn’t believe how quick and easy it was to make.

You will love the flavor combination, most ingredients are already at home and assessable and quick to broil.

This salmon is one of our favorites and all comes together for a simple and delicious dinner under 15 minutes!

What you need to make Honey Garlic Dijon Broiled Salmon

You guys! This recipe is all about flavor, crispy-tenderness that will totally melt in your mouth good! Super simple ingredients bring you one AMAZING salmon dish.

  • Salmon- the best and most important part of this recipe!
  • Salt and pepper- add the extra seasoning to start off with.
  • Olive Oil- this will help add flavor but also make it a little crispy when being broiled.
  • Dijon Mustard- enjoy this sweet and savory sauce.
  • Honey- this will bring out more sweetness and combines it all together.
  • Garlic Cloves- you will want to finely mince these.
  • Parsley- finely chop to add some extra flavoring.
  • Fresh Thyme- finely chop for the extra flavoring as well.

honey garlic dijon seasonings in a bowl

 

How do you make Honey Garlic Dijon Broiled Salmon?

In less than 15 minutes you can have a complete meal that will impress all your family.

  • Preheat the broiler. Take you baking sheet and like it with parchment paper. Lay your salmon skin side down and salt and pepper the top of it.
  • Mix it together. In a small bowl mix the olive oil, Dijon Mustard, honey, garlic, parsley and thyme. Then spread evenly over the salmon.
  • Broil on the center rack. Place your sheet pan about 6 inches away from the heat. Then broil for about 6-8 minutes or until desired doneness.

honey garlic dijon broiled salmon on a sheet pan

How to broil salmon in the oven

The broiler can be an intimating part of the oven. I know it took me a bit to figure it all out too.

Just think of it as the grill being turned upside down and you are cooking it closer to the heat.

You will want to line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper all around. This will help keep the juice all in one place.

Move your oven rack to a higher level. You will want it to be about 6 inches away from the top. Preheat your broiler on high.

Then simply broil your salmon for 6 to 8 minutes or until it is broiled to desired doneness.

How long does it take to broil salmon?

I like to keep my salmon under the broiler for about 6 to 8 minutes. If you have a thicker piece of salmon it may need 1-2 minutes longer.

How do you know if salmon is cooked fully?

The meat is cooked with the fat liquifies and runs out.  Cook the salmon further only to get the degree of doneness that you desire.

When flakes separate easily but the meat is translucent, its rare but edible.

Is it better to bake or broil salmon?

This is a toss up. I do love baking my salmon and love having that tender juiciness.

Broiling a salmon brings out its natural oiliness. Also, it creates a great glaze on the crust.

Can you bake salmon?

Absolutely! We love this baked as well. Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20-25 minutes or until it is cooked to the desire temperature.

What are the best sides that pair well with salmon?

honey garlic dijon broiled salmon

If you love salmon, try these recipes too!

Honey garlic dijon broiled salmon with asparagus

Honey Garlic Dijon Broiled Salmon

Honey Garlic Dijon Broiled Salmon seasoned with herbs and b that comes together in just 15 minutes and literally has the best flavor ever! The best salmon of my life!

  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (finely chopped)
  1. Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the salmon skin side down and salt and pepper the top.
  2. In a small bowl mix the olive oil, Dijon Mustard, honey, garlic, parley and thyme. Spread evenly over the salmon.
  3. Broil on the center rack about 6 inches from the heat for 6-8 minutes or until desired doneness.

Asian Chopped Salad with the perfect crunch!

Asian Chopped Salad is a crispy healthy meal! Just a little bit savory, a little exotic, but a whole lotta’ color and crunch! This salad is loaded with… you guessed it, chopped veggies including cabbage, cilantro, green onions and an assortment of fresh crunchy veggies to create this delicious salad! 

Topped with teriyaki grilled chicken thighs or Asian beef skewers, this salad makes for a filling meal on its own. It also makes a great slaw for burgers or hot dogs! It’s great with practically anything!

Asian chopped salad dressing being poured over the bowl full of ingredients.

What’s in Chopped Salad?

As you’d imagine… a variety of chopped veggies! Chopped salads can be any combo of flavors and veggies (I have a great marinated salad I love too).

This recipe beats anything you can buy pre-made at the store. Cabbage, bell peppers, peas, carrots, and bean sprouts all blend perfectly in a healthy, crunchy combination of flavor! Top with a zesty sesame ginger dressing for the perfect final touch!

It’s better than a salad kit because you can use any quantity of ingredients you like! Extra sesame seeds or almonds? Sure! Extra red bell peppers or a little less shredded cabbage? You can even mix this Asian chopped salad dressing with a dash of Sriracha for a spicy kick!

Pro Tip: gently saute the almonds and let them cool completely before adding to the salad. Toasting nuts burn off some of the oil, keeping them crunchy longer as well as more flavorful!

Asian chopped salad ingredients in a bowl.

Dressing for Chopped Salad

I use a simple homemade Sesame Ginger Dressing to compliment the veggies in this easy chopped salad. Homemade dressing is so easy to make and has the best flavor.

A store bought dressing will work well in this recipe. If you purchase sesame ginger dressing, I love to add one of the following to each up.

Choose one per cup of dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon orange juice or a bit of orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sriracha or to taste
  • a squeeze of lime juice
  • a dash of soy sauce

Keep in mind homemade dressing is loaded with flavor and doesn’t need any additions.

Asian chopped salad ingredients being combined with salad spoons.

My Favorite Additions!

  • Veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, cucumbers, soybeans (edamame), pepperoncini peppers, or asparagus
  • Nuts & Seeds: black sesame seeds, or toasted cashews or peanuts (in place of almonds)
  • Noodles: Deep-fried crunchy Asian noodles or crispy Asian noodles (wontons), crispy wonton strips (add as a garnish)
  • Meat & Eggs: shrimp, BBQ pork, smoked salmon, hard-boiled eggs, or chicken

How Long Will Chopped Salad Last?

Keeping your Asian style salad fresh by not overdressing it. The best part about this salad is that it is super crunchy. So, don’t overdo it by soaking it in too much dressing!

If it DOES get a little soggy, freshen the flavors with some new crunchy things of your choice! A bit of lemon juice and salt and pepper will renew your salad in a jiffy!

Asian-Fusion Recipes

Asian Chopped Salad

Deliciously crunchy Asian inspired salad.

  • 1 romaine heart (chopped)
  • 1 cup green cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup purple cabbage (thinly sliced)
  • 1 red pepper (thinly sliced)
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 1 cup snap peas (sliced)
  • 1 cup carrots (julienned)
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced)

For Serving

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Sesame Ginger Dressing (store bought or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup almonds (toasted)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  1. Wash, prep and chop all vegetables

  2. Heat sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat and toast almonds for 3-5 minutes or until slightly browned and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

  3. Combine all ingredients together and toss with dressing.

  4. Top with toasted cilantro, almonds and sesame seeds.

Top image - Asian chopped salad mixed in a bowl with salad spoons. bottom image - Asian chopped salad dressing being poured over the salad ingredients.
Close up of Asian chopped salad mixed in a bowl.
Asian chopped salad combined in a bowl.

BLT Grilled Cheese Sandwich

BLT Grilled Cheese is an all-American sammy that everyone loves. It’s a delicious combination of a BLT and a grilled cheese sandwich – who would have thought to combine two of the most iconic sandwiches.

Whether making a classic grilled cheese sandwich or making a fun dill pickle bacon grilled cheese, these sandwiches are always welcomed at the table. Especially when served with a hot bowl of fresh tomato soup.

Sliced BLT grilled cheese sandwiches stacked and skewered with a sandwich pick.

What’s in a BLT Grilled Cheese?

This BLT grilled cheese sandwich is made with crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes, and thick slices of cheddar and mozzarella cheese all on toasted sourdough bread.

What a great way to use up those garden-ripe tomatoes and spinach! And don’t get too picky about the bacon, the thinner the better for a great salty crunch!

Go for some good quality sourdough bread. Preferably from an uncut loaf so you can control the width of the slices.

The Secret to a Perfect Grilled Cheese

Remember how we were taught to butter the bread on the outside before putting it in the skillet? Turns out, mayonnaise is even better! Unlike butter, it won’t burn as quickly and it creates a perfect crisp crust.

Cook low and slow so the crust doesn’t burn while the sandwich gets melted inside.

Overhead image of an open faced BLT grilled cheese sandwich.

Will the Spinach Wilt?

This bacon lettuce tomato grilled chilled cheese has a spot of spinach in it for a pop of color and flavor. As expected, it will wilt a little bit in the skillet.

How to Make a Grilled BLT with Cheese

  1. Sprinkle the sliced tomato with a little salt and set aside to drain, about 10 minutes (per printable recipe below). This removes the juices so you don’t get a soggy sandwich.
  2. Layer cheeses and BLT.
  3. Cook until lightly grilled.

Sliced BLT grilled cheese sandwich stacked on each other.

More Grilled Cheese-y Cravings

BLT Grilled Cheese

This delicious sandwich is a combination of two american classics – the BLT and grilled cheese sandwich. Serve with a bowl of hot tomato soup for the perfect meal!

  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 large tomato
  • 4 slices bacon (cut in half)
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach (or arugula)
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz mozzarella cheese
  1. Slice tomato 1/4″ thick and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place on paper towels and let drain 10 minutes.
  2. Spread mayonnaise over one side of each slice of bread (this will be the outside of the sandwich).

  3. Place 1 slice of cheddar on each slice of bread. Add tomato slices, bacon and spinach. Top with mozzarella cheese and remaining slice of bread.
  4. Preheat a small skillet over low heat.
  5. Grill until golden on one side, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Flip and grill the other side until golden.

The ultimate BLT grilled cheese is a combination of bacon, spinach, tomatoes, and cheese grilled between two slices of bread. With a mayo spread instead of butter, it grills to the perfect golden brown and crispy texture everyone loves! It's the ultimate comfort food, perfect for lunch, dinner or even a snack. #spendwithpennies #bltgrilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #lunch #sandwichrecipe
The ultimate BLT grilled cheese is a combination of bacon, spinach, tomatoes, and cheese grilled between two slices of bread. With a mayo spread instead of butter, it grills to the perfect golden brown and crispy texture everyone loves! It's the ultimate comfort food, perfect for lunch, dinner or even a snack. #spendwithpennies #bltgrilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #lunch #sandwichrecipe
The ultimate BLT grilled cheese is a combination of bacon, spinach, tomatoes, and cheese grilled between two slices of bread. With a mayo spread instead of butter, it grills to the perfect golden brown and crispy texture everyone loves! It's the ultimate comfort food, perfect for lunch, dinner or even a snack. #spendwithpennies #bltgrilledcheese #grilledcheesesandwich #lunch #sandwichrecipe

Skinnytaste Meal Plan (August 26-September 1)

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers SmartPoints®.

A free 7-day flexible weight loss meal plan including breakfast, lunch and dinner and a shopping list. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers SmartPoints®.
Weekly Meal Plan

I added some of my family’s favorite recipes to the meal plan this week such as Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe, Chicken Parmesan and Picadillo.

If you’re new to my meal plans, I’ve been sharing these free, 7-day flexible healthy meal plans (you can see my previous meal plans here) that are meant as a guide, with plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food, coffee, beverages, fruits, snacks, dessert, wine, etc or swap recipes out for meals you prefer, you can search for recipes by course in the index. You should aim for around 1500 calories* per day.

There’s also a precise, organized grocery list that will make grocery shopping so much easier and much less stressful. Save you money and time. You’ll dine out less often, waste less food and you’ll have everything you need on hand to help keep you on track.

Lastly, if you’re on Facebook join my Skinnytaste Facebook Community where everyone’s sharing photos of recipes they are making, you can join here. I’m loving all the ideas everyone’s sharing! If you wish to get on the email list, you can subscribe here so you never miss a meal plan!

Also, if you don’t have the Skinnytaste Meal Planner, now would be a great time to get one to get organized for 2019! There was a print error last year, but it’s perfect now! You can order it here!

THE DETAILS:

Breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday, are designed to serve 1 while dinners and all meals on Saturday and Sunday are designed to serve a family of 4. Some recipes make enough leftovers for two nights or lunch the next day. While we truly believe there is no one size fits all meal plan, we did our best to come up with something that appeals to a wide range of individuals. Everything is Weight Watchers friendly, I included the updated Weight Watcher Freestyle Points for your convenience, feel free to swap out any recipes you wish or just use this for inspiration!

The grocery list is comprehensive and includes everything you need to make all meals on the plan. I’ve even included brand recommendations of products I love and use often. Cross check your cabinets because many condiments you’ll notice I use often, so you may already have a lot of them.

And last, but certainly not least, this meal plan is flexible and realistic. There’s plenty of wiggle room for cocktails, healthy snacks, dessert and dinner out. And if necessary, you can move some things around to make it work with your schedule. Please let me know if you’re using these plans, this will help me decide if I should continue sharing them!

MONDAY (8/26)
B: Petite Crustless Quiche (5)* and a peach (0)
L: Chickpea Avocado Salad (3)
D: Zucchini “Meatballs” (5) with 1 cup whole wheat spaghetti (5) and a green salad (2)*
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 20, Calories 1,070**

TUESDAY (8/27)
B: Petite Crustless Quiche (5) and a plum (0)
L: Chickpea Avocado Salad (3)
D: Cuban Picadillo (3) with ¾ cup brown rice (5) and 1 ounce avocado (1)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 17, Calories 906**

WEDNESDAY (8/28)
B: Petite Crustless Quiche (5) and a peach (0)
L: LEFTOVER Cuban Picadillo (3) with ¾ cup brown rice (5) and 1 ounce avocado (1)
D: Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe (8)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 22, Calories 980**

THURSDAY (8/29)
B: Petite Crustless Quiche (5) and a plum (0)
L: LEFTOVER Cuban Picadillo (3) with ¾ cup brown rice (5) and 1 ounce avocado (1)
D: Thai Basil Chicken (1) with ¾ cup jasmine rice (4) and 1 cup steamed broccoli (0)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 19, Calories 1,082**

FRIDAY (8/30)
B: 6 ounces nonfat plain Greek yogurt (0) with a sliced peach (0), and 1 teaspoon honey (1)
L: Chicken Club Lettuce Wrap Sandwich (5) and an apple (0)
D: Spicy Tuna Poke Bowls (6) (recipe x 2 for a family of 4)

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 12, Calories 944**

SATURDAY (8/31)
B: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread (5) and 1 cup cantaloupe (0)
L: Classic Egg Salad (3) on 1 slice whole grain bread (3) and 8 carrot sticks (0)
D: DINNER OUT!

Totals: Freestyle™ SP 11, Calories 516**

SUNDAY (9/1)
B: Yogurt Waffles (4) with ½ cup mixed berries (0) and 1 tablespoon maple syrup (3)
L: Chicken Club Lettuce Wrap Sandwich (5) (recipe x 4) and an apple (0)
D: Chicken Parmesan (4) (½ recipe) with 1 ½ cups zucchini noodles (0)
Totals: Freestyle™ SP 16, Calories 968**

*Make quiche Sunday night, if desired. Green salad includes 4 cups romaine, 2 scallions, ½ cup each: tomatoes,
cucumber, chickpeas and 2 tablespoons light vinaigrette

**This is just a guide, women should aim for around 1500 calories per day. Here’s a helpful calculator to estimate
your calorie needs. I’ve left plenty of wiggle room for you to add more food such as coffee, beverages, fruits,
snacks, dessert, wine, etc.

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Skillet Pork Cacciatore

Skillet Pork Cacciatore is made with tender, slow roasted golden rotisserie pork tenderloin, mixed with garden vegetables and mushrooms and Italian herbs all simmered together for an easy 30 minute meal that will be loved at the dinner table.  An Italian favorite made with simple ingredients! 

Impress your guests with this pork cacciatore. If you love pork you will also love these quick and easy recipes for Roasted Cranberry Orange Pork Tenderloin with Orange Slice, Creamy Pork Carnitas Pasta or Creamy Garlic Pork Marsala.

Skillet Pork Cacciatore

Skillet Pork Cacciatore

School is back in session and I am looking for any meal that will be quick and easy to make.

The beginning of the school year is always a bit hectic, but with the help of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, you can put together a delicious, home-cooked meal in 30 minutes or less.

Cacciatore is a traditional, classic Italian dish. It is rich, colorful and full of flavor!

This is an impressive dish that is made in 30 minutes or less and tastes delicious!

Don’t let the title of this dish fool you. You can serve this cacciatore as a special meal for entertaining or during the weekday.

It may look fancy but it is simple and delicious! One of my go-to’s during the school year.

Our family has fallen in love with this pork cacciatore! It is so simple to make and hearty enough to feed and fill up my boys.

Nights are busy with school, homework and activities. It is busy but I am all about getting dinner on the table.

Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is my go-to for busy weeknights, because it is high quality, conveniently pre-seasoned and so versatile – simply grill, roast, sauté or slow-cook for any style of dish.

What does cacciatore mean?

Cacciatore is an Italian dish that mean “hunter” in Italian. It is a savory rustic meal.

You can make it in one pot and it is similar to a stew made with vegetables and a type of meat.

It is a simple meal but with all the ingredients combined it creates an amazing flavorful meal.

This savory meal is more than satisfying and the perfect comfort food as we head into fall.

Smithfield Pork

What you need to make Pork Cacciatore

This cacciatore is an excellent example of how you can take basic ingredients and turn them into a fabulous meal. There is nothing much more gratifying than that.

  • Package Smithfield Slow Roasted Golden Rotisserie Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic cloves
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Red bell pepper
  • Chicken broth
  • Can diced tomatoes 
  • Tomato paste
  • Italian seasoning 
  • Fresh chopped basil for garnish

How do you make pork cacciatore?

  • Cut the pork tenderloin into one inch pieces. In a large skillet over medium high heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Brown the pork pieces until cooked through, to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Set aside on a plate.
  • Add 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper, and sauté© until tender. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning and combine.
  • Add pork pieces back into the skillet and simmer until sauce is thickened and heated through.

Smithfield Pork cut into chunks

What can you serve with pork cacciatore?

I like to add simple pasta, potatoes or rice to the pork cacciatore to make it a complete meal.

  • Vegetables
  • Potatoes
  • Side Salad
  • Pasta
  • Rice

Can you make ahead?

You will love how simple this meal and yes, it can totally be made ahead! The flavors are sometimes even better the next day after sitting and stewing together.

This pork cacciatore lasts about 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

To reheat, place back on the stove top and warm up or use a microwave and warm up slowly.

Can you freeze pork cacciatore?

Yes! Don’t you love how awesome this pork cacciatore can be!

If you are have any leftovers, you can freeze it in an airtight container in the freezer up to 3 months.

When ready to warm up slowly warm up in the microwave or stove top. This will keep the flavors continuing to blend together.

Tips for making pork cacciatore

  • For more added flavor, replace the oil with butter to have a more buttery texture.
  • Smithfield pork is cut into 1 inch cubes prior to cooking for a faster cook time.
  • Adjust the quantities of mushrooms and peppers, based on your preference.
  • Love all the colors of bell peppers?! Feel free to substitute them for the green pepper to have different flavors.

skillet pork cacciatore

What is so great about Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork?

  • It’s available in an assortment of mouthwatering flavors, including Sweet Teriyaki, Applewood Smoked Bacon, and Steakhouse Mushroom Seasoned.
  • Available in a wide variety of fresh cuts, including pork roasts, loin filets, chops, ribs, sirloins, and tenderloins, and can be sliced or cubed for even faster cooking.
  • Made from 100% fresh pork with no artificial ingredients and packed with protein.
  • Available at select grocery stores and retailers nationwide, including ShopRite, Food Lion, Publix, Albertsons/Safeway, Save a Lot and Walmart.
  • For more product information and recipe inspiration, visit www.Smithfield.com.

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skillet pork cacciatore

Looking for more Smithfield Recipes?! Here are some!

skillet pork cacciatore over rice

Watch a video on how to make Pork Cacciatore here:

Skillet Pork Cacciatore

Skillet Pork Cacciatore is made with tender, slow roaster pork, mixed with garden vegetables and mushrooms, Italian herbs all simmered together for an easy 30 minute meal that will be loved at the dinner table.  An Italian favorite made with simple ingredients! 

  • 1 package Smithfield Slow Roasted Rotisserie Flavored Pork
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 8 ounce mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (sliced)
  • 1 red bell pepper (sliced)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil for garnish
  1. Cut the pork into one inch pieces. In a large skillet over medium high heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Brown the pork until cooked throughout and no longer pink. Set aside on a plate.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper, and sauté until tender. Add chicken broth, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and Italian seasoning and combine.
  3. Add pork back to skillet and simmer until sauce is thickened and heated through.

 

 

 

Cinnamon Apple Bread

This densely soft Cinnamon Apple Bread is filled with fall flavor and packed with sweetened apples and walnuts. Serve this easy-to-make treat with breakfast or for a snack.

For other delicious bread recipes try this Banana Bread Crumb Cake, some Pistachio Zucchini Bread, or even this Lemon Almond Poppyseed Bread.

cinnamon apple bread

Cinnamon Apple Bread

This cinnamon sweet bread is filled with fall essence and if the season had a taste this cake-like bread would be it. Softly sweetened apples and walnuts are folded into this dense bread that is also topped with a sugared walnut crumble.

Choosing a firm tart or firm sweet type of apple is the best option for this snack cake. I found a bundle of freshly delivered red delicious apples from my local grocer and they were just perfect. You also don’ need to choose just one type of apple. Mix them up if you prefer.

cinnamon apple bread

How to Make Apple Bread

The thing about quick bread, though they usually take about an hour to bake, the preparation is often simple and quick.

  • First prep your apples by peeling and chopping them and then chop your walnuts, if not already. Set them aside for later.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients into a large bowl and the wet into a separate bowl. Whisk the wet into the dry mix and then fold in the apples and half the walnuts.
  • Pour the batter into a prepared pan and sprinkle the top with a walnut brown sugar mixture. Bake for about 55 minutes and let cool before removing from the pan.

For a bold-flavored bread, there’s not much prep involved in making it.

cinnamon apple bread

Can you Freeze this Bread?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze this bread and if you do I recommend doubling the recipe so you have two loaves. To freeze, wrap the completely cooled loaves in plastic and then cover with foil. Freeze and save for later. Thaw at room temperature to use.

cinnamon apple bread

Other Sweet Snack Recipes to Try

Cinnamon Apple Bread

This densely soft Cinnamon Apple Bread is filled with fall flavor and packed with sweetened apples and walnuts. Serve this easy-to-make treat with breakfast or for a snack.

  • 1½ cups Flour
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 large Eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Apples (chopped and peeled)
  • 1 cup Walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ℉. Grease an 8×4 loaf pan with oil or butter and coat with flour.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well combined. In a separate bowl beat the eggs, oil, and vanilla together; add to the flour mixture stirring until just mixed. The dough will be very thick. Fold in the chopped apples and 1/2 cup of the walnuts. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  3. In a small bowl toss the remaining walnuts with the brown sugar and sprinkle on top of the batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean; about 50 to 55 minutes.

  4. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Refreshing Lemon Water

Lemon Water is a refreshing drink for the next time you’re feeling fatigued or overheated or just trying to get hydrated. Made with only two ingredients there’s no better beverage during the dog days of summer, or anytime you want a light, healthy drink.

Drinking lemon water or cucumber water is argued to have many health benefits, from acting as a detox water to assisting in rehydration. Lemons contain potassium, an essential mineral and electrolyte that is important to replenish when you’ve been sweating.

A pitcher of lemon water.

How Many Lemons?

The number of lemons you use depends on how intense you like your water. Plan on at least one per pitcher of water if you want just a hint of flavor, or use several for more zing.

You can continue to replenish water to the same pitcher for up to three days. Add more lemons as it begins to lose it’s flavor or change them out completely as the lemons start breaking down and sinking to the bottom.

A glass of lemon water on a coaster.

How to Make Lemon Water

What’s indisputably true is that sugar free beverages are always going to be the healthier alternative to sugary soft drinks. There’s also the likelihood that you’ll stay more hydrated and detoxed if you keep plenty of lemon water around. Some people swear by the benefits of starting every day with a glass of warm water mixed with a small amount of fresh lemon juice.

You can’t get any simpler than this easy lemon water recipe:

  1. Thinly slice a lemon or two, removing the seeds.
  2. Float them in a pitcher of plain water packed with ice cubes to hold the lemons submerged.
  3. Store in refrigerator for a minimum of two hours, to allow the lemon to infuse throughout the water before drinking.

You can also make lemon water by squeezing a fresh lemon and adding it to the water, either in addition to, or instead of, the slices.

Other fun and delicious variations include adding making cucumber lemon water. Or, try combining the sliced lemons with sliced oranges and limes for a festive beverage with a lot of citrusy punch.

A close up of a glass of lemon water.

Will Lemons Get Bitter?

Lemon rinds are intrinsically bitter. You won’t notice that at first, but if you do keep the lemons around for more than a day, you’ll notice your lemon water taking on more bitterness.

You can easily avoid that issue by simply juicing a fresh lemon and adding it to the water. Removing a couple of strips of just the skin with a vegetable peeler, discard the white pithy part of the rind. It’s not quite as pretty as lemon slices peel and all, but the taste will hold up longer.

Lemon Water

  • 1 lemon (thinly sliced)
  • ice
  • 2 quarts water

Optional Additions (choose 1)

  • 2 thin orange slices
  • 2 mint sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  1. Place lemon slices in a 2qt container.
  2. Add a few cups of ice and top with water. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.
  3. Will last 2 days in the fridge, you can continue to top with water as you consume it.

Lemon water in a clear glass
Lemon water in a clear glass
Top photo-Lemon water in a clear water jug. Bottom photo-Lemon water in a clear glass

Creamy Coleslaw (The Perfect Sandwich Topper or Side)

This Coleslaw recipe is one I’ve been making pretty much forever. It’s quick, easy and my whole family loves it with just about everything! 

We love serving creamy coleslaw with pulled pork sandwiches, or as a side dish for barbecue days full of burgers, pork chops, and other favorites!

A bowl of coleslaw ready to serve

A Classic Side

A good homemade coleslaw recipe is essential in every kitchen! It’s the perfect side dish to pile on your plate if you’re making ribs, or fish and chips, and it’s amazing stacked on top of our favorite Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches! Don’t stop at pulled pork, sub out lettuce on your favorite hamburger or even in a club sandwich!

While I sometimes throw in extras to create new dishes like Creamy Apple Slaw, I also love a totally basic coleslaw recipe too. Nothing fancy, just the traditional coleslaw flavors we know and love!

How to Make Coleslaw

Coleslaw ingredients simply consist of cabbage and carrots.  I use both purple/red cabbage and green cabbage in this recipe because it really makes it pretty.  If you only have one type of cabbage or the other, that will work just fine too! I use a mandolin to thinly shred the cabbage and make this homemade coleslaw a breeze (not to mention I use my mandolin for a million other things in the kitchen).

If you’d prefer, you can buy pre-shredded cabbage, it makes this coleslaw recipe easy and quick.  I do find chopping my own cabbage gives the slaw a better texture!

shredded cabbage for coleslaw topped with a creamy dressing

What is in Coleslaw Dressing?

There are two types of dressing, this coleslaw recipe uses mayonnaise as a base for a great creamy slaw (my favorite kind). You can also have a vinaigrette based dressing.

For a vinaigrette dressing, you’ll need no mayo but you’ll add in vinegar!  Either one is delicious and you’ll want to make sure you don’t skip the celery seed, it really adds a lot of flavor to this dish.

How to make Coleslaw Dressing

My creamy coleslaw dressing recipe is below (in the printable recipe). To swap the dressing out for a vinaigrette combine the following:

Vinaigrette Coleslaw Dressing

(creamy dressing is below)

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste

creamy coleslaw being served out of a large bowl

How Long Will It Last?

The dressing for this homemade coleslaw can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and tossed with the slaw the day of serving.  I find that leaving it to refrigerate about an hour before serving allows the flavors to blend and gives the best results!

If you have any leftovers, they can be refrigerated for up to two days. Any longer, and the coleslaw may become soggy.

More Easy Sides You’ll Love

The Best Coleslaw Recipe

This creamy coleslaw is an easy classic.  It can be made well ahead of time making it the perfect side for any bbq!

  • 3 cups green cabbage (finely shredded )
  • 2 cups purple cabbage (finely shredded )
  • 1 cup carrot (finely shredded )

Dresssing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise/dressing
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Toss with cabbage & carrots. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving to allow flavors to blend.

The best coleslaw in a white serving bowl.
The best coleslaw in a white serving bowl.
Top image - the best coleslaw in a white serving bowl. Bottom image - coleslaw ingredients in a glass mixing bowl.