Simple Homemade Apple Cider with Homemade Whipped Cream

Thanksgiving and Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without a favorite family treat, homemade apple cider. My recipe comes from my niece, from a few years ago. We were at my brothers house one Thanksgiving and she was telling us about this yummy apple cider that she makes. I used to be a very picky eater, and honestly up until that year, I had never had apple cider. There was just something about the thought of hot apple juice that didn’t sound appetizing to me. She assured me it was delicious and I decided to give it a taste. Wow! I am so glad that I did, because it has been a yearly favorite ever since. I haven’t changed her recipe too much, but to adapt to Kelsie’s food allergies, I do make a homemade whipped cream. Don’t let all that “homemade” scare you off, it’s very simple and you’ll impress your family and friends when you break out your apple cider this holiday season! Feel free to double the recipe to accommodate your serving size.

Simple Homemade Apple Cider with Homemade Whipped Cream via Everyday Made Fresh

What do you need?

1 bottle of Simply Apple Juice
Fresh juice of 1 orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

::whipped cream::
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tabelspoons powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

What do you do?
1. Combine all your ingredients in a large pot and simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer it goes the more the flavors come together. (yes, you can put all ingredients into the crock pot and skip this step)
2. Top with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon on top

::whipped cream::
1. Add all ingredients to a bowl, using your mixer, beat until stiff peaks form.

I hope that you enjoy this apple cider as much as our family does!

Skinny Italian Meatballs

I have had this recipe for a couple of years now and every time we eat spaghetti, I make these meatballs. They are delicious and pack a very healthy veggie inside that is not very noticeable when piled high with your favorite pasta sauce. This makes it the perfect meatball for kids!

After the tomato allergy diagnosis, we haven’t eaten spaghetti at all. I just couldn’t imagine these meatballs with any other sauce besides tomato. A couple of weeks ago Zack asks me to make “those meatballs” and serve them with alfredo. What!?! Have my favorite meatballs with alfredo sauce you say? Well, you know what, they were delicious! Hooray, we can enjoy these meatballs again!

This meatball is that versatile. It’s great with your tomato sauce and alfredo!

Skinny Italian Meatballs via Everyday Made Fresh

What do you need?
1 lb ground chicken
10 oz frozen spinach, thawed and well drained
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 mashed garlic clove (or a heaping teaspoon of the already minced stuff)
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper (be very generous with this)

What do you do?
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Toss all your ingredients into a large bowl and get your hands in there and mix and mash it all together until it’s thoroughly incorporated.
3. Measure out 1/4 cup of meat at a time and half that. Shape each little half of the 1/4 cup into little meatballs and place them on your baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with your favorite pasta and sauce. We went with an alfredo and spaghetti noodles.

recipe adapted from skinnytaste

White Chicken Chili

September is upon us and we are half way to October. Football season is officially underway and tailgating season is in high gear. Chili seems to be a favorite in our household in the fall, winter, and really anytime of year! A family chili recipe that included a blue ribbon win can no longer be enjoyed in our home, due to Kelsie’s tomato allergy, so we had to look else where to enjoy chili. I kept hearing of white chicken chili, and had even tried it at one point. I wasn’t too crazy about it back then, but decided that I should give a whirl since it would seem that this was the only way we would be able to enjoy chili. I’m glad I did, because this one has stuck with us. It’s easy to make, it’s warm, and delicious.

White Chicken Chili via Everyday Made Fresh

What do you need?
2 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 chopped medium onion
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cans 15oz Great Northern Beans {blended up in a blender, you can blend as much or as little as you want}
1 14oz can of chicken broth
2 4oz cans chopped green chili’s
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
favorite toppings, such as sour cream, shredded cheese, etc.

What do you do?
Add all of your ingredients to the crock pot and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours. Stir in the greek yogurt right before serving. Top with your favorite toppings and enjoy!