Best Caramel Brownies

Chewy, gooey, delicious, rich, chocolatey goodness.  That is all I need to say.

Best Caramel Brownies
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 hour

Approximately 30 small brownies

Best Caramel Brownies

Just enough caramel to make these thick and rich, full or flavor and gooey chocolate goodness. Even my friends that are not big fans of chocolate (weird, I know) can't stop eating these brownies.

Ingredients

  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted caramel

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9x12 baking dish, then line with foil, then grease the foil; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, add the flour and the salt; set aside.
  4. Over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate chips and butter. (In the picture, you see melted caramel on the left....I melt caramel candies)
  5. Add the sugars to the chocolate, and combine; remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  6. Beat in the vanilla and the eggs one at a time.
  7. Transfer chocolate mixture to flour bowl and combine.
  8. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  9. Pour melted caramel on top, and use a fork to swirl the caramel into the top half.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick from the center comes out clean.
  11. Remove and let cool on cooling rack.
  12. When ready, remove the foil from the dish and place on cutting board. Pull back the foil from the edges, and cut into 1 inch squares. (Trust me, you don’t want bigger than that, these are rich)
  13. Serve with caution…..they are dangerously delicious.
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Spinach Cheese Balls

These are so yummy and full of flavor, that you forget they are actually kind of good for you, packed with spinach and protein. Make an excellent appetizer for any dinner party.

Spinach Cheese Balls
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

45 minutes

About 20 balls

Spinach Cheese Balls

These delicious balls of joy are kid approved. I shared these with my friend and her 15 month old, and she devoured them. These make a great healthy snack, as well as a great appetizer for any dinner party.

Ingredients

  • 2 packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers, chopped (I use the jarred ones)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp sun dried tomato pesto sauce
  • 2 cups gluten free Panko crumbs
  • 2 cups Italian cheese blend, grated
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • Hummus

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Thaw spinach, strain/squeeze all the excess water out of the spinach, and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the spinach bowl, and combine until well blended.
  4. Form small balls and place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes, then turn the heat up to 425 degrees F and bake for another 10-15 minutes until they are slightly browned.
  6. Remove and let cool.
  7. Serve with hummus flavor of your choice.
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Spaghetti and Meatball Casserole

Easy family dish that can feed your family for a couple nights.  Serve with garlic bread for an added bonus.

Spaghetti and meatball casserole
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Cook Time: 45 minutes

45 minutes

6 servings

Spaghetti and meatball casserole

My family loves spaghetti and meatballs, so to change it up a bit, I made a casserole instead. Worked great to feed them during the week anytime they wanted to dive in. Make extra sauce to keep for leftovers, if you prefer more sauce when reheating.

Ingredients

  • 1 package gluten free spaghetti noodles
  • 3-4 cups of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp basil (dried or fresh chopped)
  • 1 tbsp parsley (dried or fresh chopped)
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Grease a 9x9 casserole dish.
  2. In a large bowl, add the ground beef, garlic, basil, parsley, salt and pepper, as well as about 1/4 cup of the spaghetti sauce.
  3. Using your hands, blend the meat mixture well, and form meatballs (loosely, not firmly packed).
  4. Place the balls on foil lined cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in oven for about 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, cook noodles as directed on package, strain and set aside in large bowl. Add most of the spaghetti sauce and half of the mozzarella and parmesan. Also add the beaten eggs. Toss to coat and blend.
  7. Transfer noodles to greased baking dish.
  8. Remove meatballs from oven, and using tongs, place meatballs within the noodles, nestling them down into the noodles.
  9. Top with the remaining sauce and cheese.
  10. Bake in oven again for about 10-15 minutes to heat through and melt cheese.
  11. Remove and let cool slightly, and serve!
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Egg Noodles with Herb Butter Sauce

Simple noodle dish, served warm or cold. Add any protein of your choice to bring it from a side dish to a main dish.

Egg Noodles with Herb Butter Sauce
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Cook Time: 15 minutes

4-6 servings

Egg Noodles with Herb Butter Sauce

Simple side dish that can be served warm or cold. Add chicken, salmon, tuna, meatballs, or whatever protein you like to turn this dish into a main dish. I like to make this and have a large bowl of it in the refrigerator for the family to dip into at any time.

Ingredients

  • 1 package egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp basil flakes (can also use fresh chopped)
  • 1 tbsp parsley flakes (can also use fresh chopped)
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook noodles as directed on package, drain, and transfer to a large bowl.
  2. Combine the butter, oil, garlic powder, basil, parsley, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Whisk until blended.
  3. Pour butter mixture over the noodles and toss to coat.
  4. Ready to serve! It's that simple, and a family pleaser.
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