Candied Ginger Orange Peels

The past few weeks have been crazy busy with work and school and I could tell my body was slowing down and I knew I was getting sick. So to help my immune system fight against germs I always try to keep my vitamin C intake pretty consistent but I felt the need to consume more oranges. Oranges are delicious, juicy and a great source of vitamin C. I just wish I could eat the whole thing (peel included!). Oh wait, I can!

So for this month's Recipe Redux, "In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps." I'm making candied ginger orange peels! A perfect snack or treat that uses up all the peels from my orange obsession for the past two weeks.

YUM and YES to celebrating Earth Day!

Candied Ginger Orange Peels

Ingredients:

  • 1 orange, washed
  • water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ginger

Directions:

  1. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the peel from the orange in vertical strips. Or you can hand cut the orange peel into strips like it did (I don't like peelers AND they don't like me haha)
  2. In a small saucepan, add orange peels and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then drain. Repeat 2 more times by adding water, bring to a boil then drain. Remove peels from pan after third time.
  3. In same pan, add sugar and 1/2 cup water, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the peels and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the peels are tender, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the peels and place in a bowl. Sprinkle and toss with ground ginger. On parchment paper or non-stick baking pan, lay out peels. Let cool completely, place in fridge and enjoy in 1-2 hours!
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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be

Carrot Cake Pineapple Bars

With Easter Sunday right around the corner, I have been recipe developing a delicious Easter dessert. I am a sucker for carrot cake but would like to change it up every once in a while. So for this recipe I added pineapple, because it's one of my favorite fruits and I don't think it gets enough love in the baking community. Or at least I don't bake with it enough! These bars are flavorful and filling! They actually taste similar to blondies-- but this recipe adds some nutrients from the fruit and veggies. These are definitely going to be a hit for the family tomorrow and I think they will be on my breakfast or snack recipe list <3

Carrot Cake Pineapple Bars

Makes 10-12 bars

Ingredients:

For bars:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup pineapple, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

For frosting:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Fold in the carrot and pineapple. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well.
  3. Add to flour mixture to the wet mixture. Stir until combined. In a prepared 13x9 inch baking pan, pour batter.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  5. To prepare frosting, in a medium mixing bowl, combine all frosting ingredients and mix with an electric mixer on medium speed. Mixture should start to look fluffy, and frosting life. Spread frosting on carrot cake bars and cut into pieces. Enjoy!

Note: Top with chopped walnuts or raisins to get that carrot cake feel! 

 

Brownie + Cookie = Love

Brownie + Cookie= Brookies!

Brownie + Cookie= Brookies!

DO you ever just have those moments of indecisiveness when it comes to dessert? Sometimes you want cookies and other times your want brownies... what is someone with to do when this happens?

Well, I had this moment not too long ago and I solved it by combing my two favorite desserts into one delicious BROOKIE!

It's not the healthiest dessert but you should treat yourself every once in a while with thee best sweet tooth satisfier! 

Brookies

Ingredients:

Brownie Batter:

1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 2/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the brownie batter, in a large bowl beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar together until smooth and creamy. Add the egg, yolk and vanilla and beat the mixture for 2-3 minute, until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix well. 
  4. For the cookie batter, in a separate bowl cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Add egg, egg yolk and vanilla, mixing well.
  5. In a separate small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the batter with the chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  6. On a prepared baking sheet, portion all dough into teaspoon/teaspoon and a half sized balls.
  7. With one cookie ball and one brownie ball, press them together and use your hands to gently form into a cookie shape.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely. Enjoy with a loved one and glass of milk!
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Kelly Sloan

Hi, I'm Kelly! I am a Cali girl who loves food, nutrition, hiking, and writing. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition. I grew up with an active lifestyle and eating healthy, however, I do have a major sweet tooth! I do believe that everything in moderation is good for a healthy lifestyle! I love to bake and create new recipes and I love to share food. I love to stay active and healthy with continuous fitness and nutritious foods throughout the week and I hope to share my recipes, food photography and travel experiences with you on my blog! #RD2Be