Pineapple Water (Agua de Pina)

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Pineapple Water (Agua de Pina) in Mason Jar

Make sweet, refreshing, and delicious Pineapple Water (or Agua de Pina) at home by simply blending fresh pineapple with water and sweetening with sugar.

Agua de Pina is the Spanish name for Pineapple Water. It was introduced to me by a family member who orders it whenever she goes to her favorite Mexican restaurant. She asked if I could figure out how to make it, and I am happy to oblige!

Another name for pineapple water is Pineapple Agua Fresca (when translated means “fresh water”). Generally, agua fresca is made by combining fruits, grains, or flowers with sugar and water. As the name suggests, pineapple agua fresca is made by blending pineapple with sugar and water.

If I had to describe it, pineapple water tastes like delicious and refreshing kool-aid. Although, you will not find any artificial flavors in this drink! It’s the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish. And, it would be perfect for a hot summers day. So, let’s get to it!

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How to Make Homemade Marinara Sauce

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Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce
Air Fryer Fried Ravioli Dipped in Homemade Marinara Sauce

Have an abundance of tomatoes right now? Use them to make an easy, 7-ingredient, freezer-friendly, Homemade Marinara Sauce! Roasting is the “secret sauce”!

If you have an abundance of garden tomatoes, look no further for a way to use them up! This homemade marinara sauce is a great way to use lots of tomatoes before they go bad. And, it’s is especially delicious with garden fresh tomatoes. To use up all the tomatoes you have on hand, feel free to double or triple the recipe.

One of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because of the intense flavor you get from roasting the tomatoes and garlic in the oven. Plus, it requires very little prep work since the oven does all the cooking! There’s no need to stand over the stove and simmer the tomatoes for hours and hours.

The rest of the marinara ingredients are easy to find and will add delicious flavor to the sauce. Furthermore, this is a no sugar added marinara sauce. So, it is low-carb friendly. For ideas on ways to use the sauce, scroll to the bottom of the post.

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One Bowl Banana Bread {Better than Starbucks}

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One Bowl Banana Bread Slices with Cream Cheese

Make easy one bowl banana bread with butter, instead of oil, to provide better flavor. Top with walnuts and sugar to mimic the yummy topping from Starbucks.

Ever had overripe bananas sitting on your counter and wondered what to do with them? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Instead of throwing those browned or blacked bananas away, make this One Bowl Banana Bread!

In the process of finding my favorite banana bread, I have made many, and this is my favorite one! Here’s a few reasons why:

  • It is made with a quick bread method meaning you only need one bowl, no mixer, and no yeast! Additionally, the ingredients are simple, and I usually always have them on hand.
  • The flavor of this banana bread is so much better because it uses butter instead of oil. I also love the hint of cinnamon.
  • If you decide to add the sugar and walnut topping, it tastes better than Starbuck’s Banana Bread. Plus, it’s a whole lot less expensive!

When I was in school, I made this one bowl banana bread on the weekends. That way, I would have a quick and easy breakfast during the week.

I still love making this for breakfast meal prep. And, I will often double the recipe, and freeze and save one loaf for later use!

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Best Frosted Mint Brownies

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Best Frosted Mint Brownies

The BEST Frosted Mint Brownies I have ever made or tasted! Made with a fudgy brownie topped with whipped mint buttercream and a dreamy chocolate glaze!

So, what makes me qualified to say these are the best frosted mint brownies? Well, frosted mint brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Ever! Over the years, I have made (and eaten) my fair share of them in search of the perfect one.

While boxed brownies can be tasty, fast, and convenient, homemade brownies can really take mint brownies to a new level! Consequently, the brownies in this recipe are the perfect complement to the whipped mint frosting and dreamy chocolate glaze.

In Utah, I frequent a little bakery named Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage. They have the BEST eclairs and mint brownies. Not only do these homemade brownies taste like the brownies from Schimdt’s, but they might be even better because they can be made at home!

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Instant Pot Yogurt | Easy Cold Start Method

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Instant Pot Yogurt - Cold Start Method | Tangy, creamy, and easy homemade Instant Pot yogurt only requires 2-ingredients and requires no boiling! You'll never buy store-bought yogurt again!

Tangy, creamy, and easy homemade Instant Pot yogurt only requires 2-ingredients and requires no boiling! You’ll never buy store-bought yogurt again!

Have you ever thought about making your own yogurt? Making homemade yogurt can often be less expensive than buying store bought. Plus, homemade yogurt tastes fresh, creamy, and clean tasting.

Using the Instant Pot’s cold start or quick start method takes all the guess work out of making yogurt at home. It’s practically fool proof and only requires two ingredients!

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Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pretzel Bites

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Frozen Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Pretzel Bites taste like ice cream and are a perfect healthy snack for whenever a sweet craving hits!

These frozen chocolate peanut butter banana pretzel bites are one of my favorite snacks to have on hand. The frozen texture of the banana almost tastes like ice cream!

I’m not sure where I got the idea to make these bites, but I made them often when I lived on my own and I wanted a simple, inexpensive, and healthier treat. I especially loved making them for my girl’s nights because they are so poppable and shareable! Kids also love these yummy snacks!

The frozen bites are very quick to prepare, and they only require four Ingredients! Plus, once you prepare them, you can enjoy them straight from the freezer. No thawing or ice cream scoop required. 😉

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Mini Raspberry Lemon Cheesecakes

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Pan of Mini Raspberry Lemon Cheesecakes

Lemon lovers will beg you to bring these (almost no bake) tart, sweet, rich, and creamy mini raspberry lemon cheesecakes to your next gathering!

This recipe is adapted from Cook’s Country‘s recipe for Lemon Icebox Cheesecake. It is packed full of lemon flavor with the right balance of tart and sweet.

The original recipe makes one 9″ cheesecake, but I adapted the recipe to make mini cheesecakes that can be easily shared and taken to potlucks or other gatherings. How pretty would these look at a 4th of July celebration picnic or barbecue?

The only baking required for this recipe is to set the lemon-flavored crust. The mini raspberry lemon cheesecakes get their fluffy and creamy texture from a gelatin based lemon cream cheese filling that sets up as it chills in the fridge. To really make these cheesecakes special, top the cheesecakes with a stunning swirl of lemon curd and raspberry preserves.

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Best Key Lime Pie

Best Key Lime Pie - Clean Fingers Laynie - Learn to make the best key lime pie with a buttery graham cracker crust, a tangy and creamy key lime filling, and a perfectly fluffy whipped cream topping!
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Key Lime Pie - Clean Fingers Laynie

Learn to make the best key lime pie with a buttery graham cracker crust, a tangy and creamy key lime filling, and a perfectly fluffy whipped cream topping!

I hesitate to call any recipe the “BEST” because there are so many different food palates and taste preferences. What I may think is the “best” someone else could think is just “okay”.

However, I really believe this is the Best Key Lime Pie!

This recipe for the Best Key Lime Pie starts with a homemade, buttery, sweet, graham cracker crust. Then, it’s filled with a rich, tart, creamy, and tangy key lime filling. Finally, it’s topped with a fluffy whipped cream that perfectly balances out the other flavors in the pie.

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Taco Bell Pina Colada Frutista Freeze Copycat

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Taco Bell Pina Colada Frutista Freeze Copycat is a quick, easy, and refreshing frozen drink that is especially satisfying during the hot summer months!

To celebrate completing the first month of Mexican May recipes, I’m sharing a quick, easy, and refreshing copycat recipe for Taco Bell’s Pina Colada Frutista Freeze!

While this particular flavor of Frutisa Freeze is not currently available at Taco Bell, it is still one of my favorites! The pina colada freeze combines flavors of pineapple, coconut, lemon, and lime, and in less than 5 minutes, you can be sipping on your own creamy, tropical concoction.

If it were possible, this Pina Colada Fruitisa Freeze tastes like summer in a glass. When you sip this yummy, frozen, mixed drink, it’s easy to let the cares of the day melt away and imagine you are on the beach! Cheers!

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Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos

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Plate of Crisp Bean Burritos and Side of Mexican Ranch Dressing
Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos (Baked) with Easy Mexican Ranch Dressing

Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos are a quick, inexpensive, and satisfying meatless meal that can be made any night of the week. They are also great to make for meal prep and for those nights you don’t want to make anything. Mix together an easy bean filling, roll inside flour tortillas, and bake for 15 minutes. And you’ll have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Growing up, it was a common occurrence for my parents to take advantage of Taco Time’s 4 for 5 deal to feed our family quickly and inexpensively. Although, my parents never ordered anything other than Taco Time’s Crisp Bean Burritos. Sometimes, it took longer than expected to get our order because we were the family ordering 16-20 crisp bean burritos at a time. I always loved those nights because we inevitably had leftovers, and I could enjoy eating crisp bean burritos again the next day too.

Now, you can make them at home instead of spending time in the drive-thru line. I love baking or air-frying the crisp bean burritos to save on calories.

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