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Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholi and alcoholic}

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Refreshing enough for summer and a nice red and green for the holidays, this Cranberry Moscow Mule is perfect year-round!

With Christmas just days away, a Cranberry Moscow Mule would be the perfect holiday cocktail in the traditional copper mug, or make a large batch for a beautiful red and green punch. It tastes delicious in non-alcoholic form, but add a bit if vodka or a ginger beer to make it even more of a celebration.

I love an easy and delicious cocktail and this three-ingredient Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Moscow Mule is both!  Or go traditional with the Traditional Moscow Mule recipe with some cranberry added. Yum!

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Cranberry Moscow Mule

4oz Cranberry Juice

8oz Ginger Ale (or Ginger beer)

Lime wedge – 1/4 – 1/6 of the lime

1 oz vodka (optional)

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Moscow Mule

Mix cranberry juice and ginger ale and serve over ice.

Squeeze the lime wedge over the glass, throw the wedge inside and stir.

 

Serve inside the adorable copper Moscow Mule mug. I got mine from Inspired Basics. They gave me this one free for this review, but I definitely need a whole set. I’m in love! How cute are they!?

These cups require a little care, but are so cute I think they’re worth it. They are 100% copper and come with a lifetime guarantee, but they should be hand-washed and you should be careful to rinse out acidic drinks.

So, take care of those mugs before passing out from too many Moscow Mules! 

The cups get very cold! My husband came in from the garage and I gave him a sip and he said his lips nearly stuck to the glass. My drink was definitely kept cold for quite a while.

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Traditional Moscow Mule – with cranberry

For a more traditional Moscow Mule – and the alcoholic version – mix vodka with other ingredients, before adding the lime.

The traditional Moscow Mule calls for Ginger Beer, but I’m still unclear on whether that is the soft drink or fermented ginger beer…

Had my husband found it at the store, we would have tried this with Not Your Father’s Ginger Ale, which I have yet to try. Have you tried Not Your Father’s Root Beer? Yum! …and dangerous, tastes just like root beer!

Cranberry Moscow Mule {non-alcoholic and alcoholic}

Enjoy your Cranberry Moscow Mule during the holidays, summer, or anywhere in between.

I think I found my new go-to cocktail – in non-alcoholic or alcoholic form!

What is your go-to cocktail?

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Cake for Breakfast! Pumpkin Sweet Potato Mini Cake

I’m always searching for easy, make-ahead breakfast ideas. This delicious little cake will have you looking forward to breakfast and ready for your day. Love cake for breakfast with this Pumpkin Sweet Potato Mini Cake!

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Mini Cake - cake for breakfast!

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Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce

As requested, I’m sharing this fabulous recipe for Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce. It’s already been pinned a couple times on Pinterest, so I figured I better get the recipe up soon!

I was searching through Pinterest for recipes for pork chops and I happened to have an avocado in the fridge that I forgot to use on taco night. This recipe was exactly what I was looking for! A healthy recipe too? It was my lucky day!

I found this fantastic recipe from taylor made by taylor bee. Check out her site for the full recipe. I was missing some of the ingredients and made some substitutions but they still turned out great!

Spicy Pork Chops with Avocado Lime Sauce

Ingredients

Pork Chops
4 Pork Chops
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp jalapeño powder (the recipe called for chili powder but I didn’t have any and happened to find jalapeño powder in my spice-addict husband’s stash)
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

Avocado Lime Sauce
1 ripe avocado
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp lime juice (maybe less, I just squirted my little faux lime into the bowl until I thought I had enough)
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
1) Combine the cayenne, jalapeño powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper in a bowl. Rub over both sides of pork chops.
2) Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add pork chops and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until browned and cooked through. Plate and tent with foil for 5-10 minutes before serving.
3) In a bowl, mash 1 avocado with a fork. Add in the yogurt and lime juice. combine ingredients and slowly whisk in almond milk until desired consistency is reached. Add salt and pepper to taste.
4) Plate pork chops on a ed of rice and peas and top with avocado cream sauce.

That’s it! I didn’t find them too spicy, so I might add a bit more jalapeño powder next time – maybe the chili powder is a little hotter – anyone know??

The sauce is to die for and helps tone it down if you do decide to add more spice. Remember, the capsaicin from hot peppers boosts metabolism by heating up the body and causing it to burn more calories. Anything that boosts my metabolism sounds good to me!

What do you think? Are you going to give this easy and super tasty recipe a try?

Black and White Bean Salad

This is one of my new healthy go-tos.

I found the recipe in a Weight Watchers cookbook, and was excited to make it. Once I made it, I loved how easy it was, but I wasn’t thrilled with it as a plain salad. Now, let me say, I didn’t let it sit so the flavors can meld, which makes a huge difference!

What I did soon end up loving is that I could use it so many way! I basically turned it into a bean salsa by adding more tomatoes, and I haven’t looked back!

Best of all, it is so easy! Just mix the ingredients together, and use it to make recipes go a little further and taste a little better with something completely healthy.

Ingredients:

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 small white onion, diced
3 tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare:

Mix all ingredients together, let sit for about an hour, and eat!

If you look closely at the photos, you’ll notice I’m missing an ingredient or two.

First, the original recipe called for one celery stalk. I didn’t have one the first time I made it and didn’t miss it at all. This time, I had some in the fridge that I wanted to use up anyway, but I don’t think it added a thing to the flavor. It might taste pretty fresh in the original recipe that had only one tomato and was meant to be served as a cold salad, but it didn’t work when we used it to make flat bread pizzas.

Second, the original called for fresh parsley. I never have any fresh parsley on hand so I doubt I will be making a special purchase just to add some here. I did try some dried parsley mixed with the vinegar before I added the other ingredients, but I didn’t notice it and may just leave it out in the future. We do have an abundance of fresh chives if I want to keep that little bit if green color in there.

Like I said, we made flat bread pizzas with it today. Yum!! I placed a Flat Out Flat Wrap in the toaster oven on non-stick foil and let it crisp up a bit before adding about a cup of the salad and 1/4 cup of cheese. It took about five minutes for it to crisp up a and for the cheese to melt. Delicious! For the kids (and for myself when I want a smaller meal), I use the Hungry Girl Sandwich Folds. They are perfect for making two tiny pizzas for the kids.

Tonight we’re having tacos and I plan to fill mine up with this salad, a mix of ground turkey and lentils, a little avocado, and lettuce.

My husband and I were brainstorming about other recipes we could use this in and here’s what we came up with:

    • Flat bread pizzas
    • Tacos
    • Taco Salad
    • Burritos
    • Nachos
    • Omlette
    • Wraps

Ok, maybe we can’t think much past Mexican, but I’m sure there is a lot more. Anyone else have some ideas? I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this a lot and, at about 50 calories for 1/2 cup, I’d like to come up with more meals.

Ok, let’s just look at that awesome picture again and brainstorm about more meals we can make with this!

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