6/26/13

Patriotic Cupcakes In-A-Jar

patriotic cupcakes in a jar

We have, like, 8 parties to attend during the 4th of July holiday this year. And it’s against my religion to show up to a party empty handed. Are you in the same boat? Don’t stress, I’ve got your back. These Patriotic Cupcakes In-A-Jar are the perfect make-ahead treat that are easy to transport from party to party.

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You maaaay have noticed that I’ve been slightly nutso for strawberries this season. It all started with the Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting. Not only were these cupcakes delicious, but I loved the natural pigment that came from the fruit. So next, I made Strawberry Donuts with Honey Bourbon Frosting – another delicious baked good. And clearly I haven’t filled my pink baking quota. As I thought about prepping for 4th of July, I couldn’t break away from my colorful baking spell. So what did I do? I made strawberry cupcakes in a jar topped with blueberries and fresh whipped cream. Red, white, blue, and oh so delicious.

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You know what’s so fun about cupcakes in-a-jar? Both kids AND adults sorta go gaga for them. And why not? They are totally adorable.

Let’s just say that it’s going to be a delicious holiday.

 

Healthier Broccoli Salad
Serves 6

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Ingredients
2 heads of broccoli
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/4 cup slivered almonds
6 slices turkey bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup nonfat plain greek yogurt
2 T white vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
Begin by mixing the greek yogurt and vinegar in a small bowl until combined and set aside.
Next, wash the broccoli and cut both the florets and stems into small to medium bite-sized pieces. Add to a large bowl, along with the cranberries, almonds, onion and turkey bacon. Pour half of yogurt mixture into bowl and toss to coat evenly. Continue adding yogurt as needed (you may have some leftover). Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
This salad is excellent for several days, but if you aren’t serving the salad immediately, I’d recommend omitting the almonds and bacon until right before serving so they remain crunchy.

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