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Stirring Up Ideas In The Kitchen

Posts by Nicole Bradley

Everyone loves a good BLT. Nothing quite tops the combination of a fresh tomato, crispy bacon, and chilled lettuce between two warm pieces of bread. Thanks to the creative minds of some of our favorite food bloggers, we’ve found some alternative ways to make a BLT.

Lil’ Luna‘s melty, creamy BLT Dip recipe is one to bookmark. The recipe is so yummy yet simple — start with a dip made of sour cream, cream cheese, and melted colby jack and top off with crispy bacon crumbles, diced tomatoes, and lettuce. Use your favorite cracker or chip as a dipper!

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Macaroni salad is always a crowd-pleaser. BLT Macaroni Salad, however, goes beyond basic  macaroni salad and is sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters. After all, everything is better with bacon, right? Food blogger Amy of She Wears Many Hats nails this BBQ-ready recipe.

The BLT Pizza from Perpetually Hungry was inspired by a meal that blogger Taylor had at California Pizza Kitchen years ago. Use a premade pizza dough and this so-good supper can be made in just 30 minutes.

Imagine: A Creamy BLT Soup to warm you up on a chilly winter day. Cinnamon-Spice and Everything Nice has made that possible — Reeni creates an even more comforting take on the classic sandwich. Toast a few slices of cubed French or Italian bread and sprinkle over the top along with bacon crumbles, lettuce, tomato, and a sour cream/mayonnaise drizzle.

In my opinion, bruschetta is one of the classiest yet most welcoming appetizers out there. As The Life Jolie says, everything tastes better on top of bread, right? Jolie repurposed traditional bruschetta with her BLT Bruschetta, made with savory bacon, sweet tomatoes, onion, and parsley for flavor, perched on top of a toasted baguette slice.

These Mini BLT Cups from The Endless Meal are truly bite-sized. Grape tomatoes (cherry tomatoes work, too) are filled with a chipotle aioli and garnished with arugula and bacon. Talk about bursts of flavor!

Superfood matcha is a powdered green tea known help your metabolism, memory, concentration, and overall health. Try one of these recipes to get your fill of the many health benefits that matcha tea has to offer.

Matcha cookies are something you didn’t know you needed in your life. Yammie’s Noshery pieced together a traditional sugar cookie recipe with matcha powder to make Matcha Green Tea Sugar Cookies. These cookies are soft, chewy, and filled with antioxidants — thanks, matcha!

Waffles? Healthy? You’re kidding, right? Plating Pixels dedicates their food blog to creating comforting recipes while maintaining a healthy state of mind. Matcha Green Tea Waffles do just that — you’ll never want a toaster waffle again!

Jo Cooks creates a mouthful of a bite-sized dessert: Matcha Mini Cheesecakes with White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. These green bites sit atop an Oreo crust and are topped with a chocolate-drizzled strawberry. The flavors of the tea and cream cheese work in perfect harmony to build this tasty cheesecake treat.

Calista of Good Morning Cali translated her affection for matcha tea (she dubs it “powdered gold”) into Matcha Green Tea Truffles. These globules are filled with white chocolate and guaranteed to provide the benefits of matcha tea, which makes us feel a little less guilty about eating five at a time.

The key to enjoying the benefits of matcha is to play around with it and see how you like it best. Celebrating Sweets found the way she liked it best by making her own Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte. Allison recommends mixing this satisfying drink with a blender to get rid of lumps and bumps.

Switch up plain old banana bread with a matcha-laced version. Fearless Dining‘s Gluten Free Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread will satisfy your sweet tooth at breakfast while also giving you your morning caffeine fix. Add chocolate chips to the batter for extra sweetness.

Larice of Feeding Your Beauty is on a mission to finding beauty from the inside out, starting with the food that goes into your body. She used a couple unique ingredients to create a healthy, Creamy Matcha Green Tea Popsicle: matcha, coconut cream, cashews, dates, and vanilla extract. You can also add vodka, which helps reduce ice crystals when frozen.


‘Tis the season of gingerbread, apple, peppermint, and pumpkin. While Trader Joe’s never fails us with their seasonal treats every year, try making your favorites in the kitchen this holiday season with our favorite copycat recipes.

Looking for a unique treat to bring to a cookie exchange party this season? Craftberry Bush‘s Lucy makes her own version of one of Trader Joes’ most popular holiday treats – Gingerbread Cookie Sticks. Not only are these cookie sticks crispy and yummy, but Lucy sprinkles them in powdered sugar, wraps in parchment paper and ties off with twine for a pretty finish.

Oh So Delicioso recreated the Dark Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Joe-Joe’s into her “Ho-Ho’s” version, sandwiching creamy peppermint frosting between homemade chocolate wafers. Tip: For easy frosting piping, cut the corner of a Ziploc baggie and fill with the peppermint frosting. Roll the sides of the finished cookies in crushed candy canes for more crunch.

Every year around Thanksgiving, Trader Joe’s releases their ever-so-delicious Pumpkin Butter. Food blogger Samantha of Pancake Warriors claims her Maple Pumpkin Butter is like eating a pumpkin pie out of a jar with a spoon. Mix it into oatmeal, spread over an English muffin, or top over warm pancakes for a yummy holiday breakfast.

Peanut brittle is a necessity at any holiday function during the season. While Trader Joes’ good ‘ole packaged peanut brittle never lets us down, there’s just something about making Homemade Peanut Brittle that feels right — it fills our kitchens with sweet peanut aroma and we can festively gift it to share with friends and family. Nikki of Chef in Training‘s recipe makes a huge batch for more to enjoy!

Cooking Classy mimics TJ’s Chewy Egg Nog Cookies with her homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Eggnog Cookies. These refreshment-inspired goodies are soft and generously coated with an eggnog frosting and sprinkled with nutmeg. Make sure you sneak a couple for yourself before they’re all gone!

Alright, enough sweets (for now). Every year, Trader Joe’s provides pre-made cheese trays, which are handy and convenient — but you can let your creativity shine by making your own cheese tray. Not sure where to start? Honest Cooking, a so-called charcuterie expert, gives us tips on perfecting a holiday cheese tray, covering everything from ingredients to pairings to presentation.

If there’s one thing that Trader Joe’s is known for, it’s their wide selection of unique beer, wine (three-buck Chuck, anyone?) and spirits. Their collection of spiced ciders is also plentiful, whether you’re looking for a juice or a cider beer. Nicole from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie creates a Mulled Apple Cider that sets up camp in your slow cooker all day. Results include a swoon-worthy cider and a marvelously delicious-smelling house. To make this cider more “adult-friendly”, add brandy or dark rum to your cup.

Ah, gingerbread, we meet again. This time, we’re talkin’ cake. Trader Joe’s sells a boxed Gingerbread Cake & Baking Mix if you’re in a hurry, but Great Grub, Delicious Treats gives us the gift of a homemade gingerbread cake with a molasses cream frosting — how can that be beat? The gingerbread and molasses flavors complement each other well and will get you in the holiday spirit.

Looking for a snack other than a bag of potato chips that you can grab on your way out the door in the morning? These snacks are as handy as they come and can be made right in your own kitchen.

Go Eat & Repeat creates a wonderful Greek yogurt breakfast bark, blended with blueberries, strawberries, and granola. This frozen sweet treat is perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or a midday pick-me-up. Feel free to sub in whatever berries your heart desires.

Ditch the bag of Doritos. Oven-baked zucchini chips are a thin, crispy, and healthy on-the-go snack. Table for Two‘s biggest tip — do NOT over-season, this could cause the chips to shrink in size. Dip the finished chips in hummus for a more filling bite.

Handmade Charlotte marries a PB&J and peanut butter cups to make her homemade peanut butter and jelly cups. Stash them in the freezer and pull out 5-10 minutes before eating.

Get your fiber and protein fix with A Beautiful Plate‘s salt and vinegar roasted chickpeas. This snack mimics one of our favorite chip flavors and is salty and savory enough to satisfy cravings.

If you’re looking for a clean, satisfying breakfast to-go but also want to get your chocolate fix, now’s your chance. Monique of Ambitious Kitchen created a skinny banana chocolate chip muffin recipe that’s ready in just 30 minutes and made with whole wheat flour, honey, and Greek yogurt.

Take a break from apple cider donuts: these cinnamon apple chips are about as natural as they come, and the spiced cinnamon on top gives them a fall flair no matter what month it is. Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen says that although these chips may take time to bake, the result is so worth it.

Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest calls this treat Mom’s Secret Christmas Eve Chex Mix, but this savory snack mix is appropriate at any time of the year. What makes this mix unique is the seasoned butter sauce poured on top before baking in the oven.

A healthy, bite-sized snack, no-bake granola bites are perfect for lunches or a quick snack.  Mel’s Kitchen Cafe includes good-for-you ingredients like agave nectar and flaxseed, which are both fantastic energy-boosters. Try adding chia seeds, dried fruit, or coconut flakes.

Easy cleanups, perfectly portioned servings, quick to make — there are so many reasons to love mug desserts. I’ve picked out a handful of my favorite dessert recipes that can be made in minutes with a mug, a microwave, and just a few ingredients. Enjoy!

Everyone loves a good cheesecake, but sometimes we just want a slice. This one-serving cheesecake, made with a graham cracker crust, from Kirbie’s Cravings is baked in the microwave and then stuck in the fridge for about an hour to cool. Top it off with your favorite fruit.

Our favorite childhood treat comes to life in thanks to just 60 seconds in the microwave, courtesy of Gemma from Bigger Bolder Baking. Her strawberry pop tart mug recipe is filled with strawberry jam and then spooned with icing and sprinkles. See ya later, toaster!

A warm, cake-like blueberry muffin is what you need for tomorrow morning’s breakfast. Five Heart Home refers to this berry-bursting recipe as the “Cliff Notes” version of a cake, meaning it’s ready in minutes and only requires a few ingredients.

Health-conscious recipe creator Mike of The Iron You has, with some trial and error (25 tries to be exact), perfected the cinnamon roll in a mug recipe. A coconut-y icing is melted over the finished gooey pastry after microwaving for two minutes. Mike provides alternative ingredients for vegans, as well.

If your chocolate craving is calling, stop right here. Another scrumptious recipe from Five Heart Home, this chocolate peanut butter mug cake is made in just one minute. That means in just 60 seconds, you have your own mug-size peanut butter lava cake.

Jenn from Princess Pinky Girl recommends using challah bread in this mug french toast — the sweet and buttery texture of the bread is ideal. A sprinkle of chocolate chips add even more sweetness to this quick cinnamon-laden breakfast!

Skip the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru and indulge in a mug-made jelly donut. Another gem from Gemma, Bigger Bolder Baking is this sweet “Mugnut”. Gemma uses a strawberry jam for the center, but feel free to use whatever flavor suits you.

Heather Likes Food shares her must-have tip for perfect microwave coffee cake. There’s a secret ingredient to this cake that gives it moisture despite being cooked in a microwave: applesauce.

Can’t wait until after Thanksgiving dinner for a slice of pumpkin pie? The texture of this pumpkin pie in a mug is a perfect mixture of a cake and a pie. Gingersnap cookies and pumpkin puree make this quick dessert very fall friendly — but let’s be honest, we wouldn’t mind eating pumpkin pie in the middle of March.

S’mores lovers, rejoice! Behold, a s’mores treat that doesn’t even require a bonfire. Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt provides a s’mores cake, filled with graham cracker bits and chocolate pieces. If you’re looking for more of that bonfire feel, place a couple mini marshmallows on top and brown them with a torch.

Looking to amp up just about any dish? Bacon adds a savory and salty flavor like no other and can flip any meal from drab to fab. Bring home the bacon with these crispy recipe ideas.

Tonia from The Gunny Sack combines two of our favorite foods — macaroni and cheese and bacon — to make a tasty bite-sized appetizer that is mac and cheese bacon bites. Feel free to use whatever macaroni and cheese recipe you’d like for the filling, whether you have a go-to recipe or prefer the boxed stuff.

The barbecue onion meatball bombs from blogger Hugs & Cookies XOXO bring so many flavors together in perfect harmony. These meatballs are generously coated in a couple layers — a large yellow onion, bacon, and your favorite barbecue sauce. Garnish with green onion for extra flavor. YUM!

I won’t be the first to admit that bacon makes (almost) anything taste better — even vegetables. Bacon-wrapped asparagus is a foolproof way that Add a Pinch got her children to eat their vegetables. The bacon and asparagus bundles will end up super crispy after being baked in the oven.

Plain Chicken upgrades a family favorite dinner into something flavorful beyond repair! Her sweet and spicy bacon-wrapped chicken tenders only require four ingredients and are ready in under 30 minutes for a quick weeknight dinner. Feel free to adjust the amount of chili powder used to your liking.

Looking for a perfect mixture between savory, sweet, and spicy? Try Dangerously Delicious‘s applewood bacon-wrapped pineapple in honey Sriracha sauce — talk about a mouthful of a name and of flavor! Strips of bacon are wrapped around pineapple chunks and then rolled in brown sugar to make this delectable creation. The homemade honey Sriracha sauce to top it off is packed with cilantro stems, which carry the most flavor.

Karina from Cafe Delights gives us the gift of bacon-wrapped barbecue honey-garlic shrimp for a perfect tailgate treat. She even provides a homemade guacamole recipe to eat these oh-so-savory bites with, which pairs perfectly with the barbecue, ginger, and lemon flavors of the bacon and shrimp.

Again — a bacon-wrapped veggie we can’t help but adore. Bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts are like a crispy, satisfying lollipop that adults and children alike will enjoy. Try another recipe by Fit Foodie Finds, such as her Southwestern black bean couscous salad or kale sausage soup with tomatoes and chickpeas to couple with this dish.

There are more ways to liven up a plan old hot dog than with just ketchup and mustard. Six Sisters’ Stuff had the delicious idea of wrapping bacon around hot dogs and throwing them on the grill, smothering them in barbecue sauce, and then broiling to ensure utter crispiness. Load with shredded cheese in the last few minutes of broiling — you won’t regret it!

Kirbie’s Cravings was inspired to make bacon-wrapped avocado fries by another food blogger she followed, who made something similar but with sweet potato fries instead. The sweetness of the avocado and saltiness of the bacon makes this a perfect side to just about any dish — you can even enjoy them on their own! The secret to this recipe is to use precooked bacon strips. That way, the bacon still gets nice and crispy but the avocado doesn’t get bitter from being cooked too long.

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