This is not a secret I promise, grilled romaine has been shared by many.  Now are you saying, “grilled lettuce, say what?”  Honestly, my grill master and I have found you can grill just about anything.  So why not grill lettuce right?  Grilled romaine lettuce will give a your homemade Caesar salad a charred flavor on the outside, and cool refreshing flavor on the inside.  Keep the lettuce in wedges, and top with Caesar dressing, croutons, parmesan, and if you choose anchovies.  Grilled romaine for your wedge Caesar Salads will be perfect for a meal, or as a delicious side!

Grilled Romaine Lettuce for Wedge Caesar Salads

This is a short and sweet post, and really no recipe required.  When you grill the lettuce, you can use a propane grill, or a charcoal grill.

For Propane Grill: Just set your propane to high, and sit the wedges of lettuce over the flames.  Cook each side for about two minutes, or until the lettuce has a char look, and wilted.

For Charcoal Grill: Once you have your coals ready, sit the wedges of lettuce over the flames.  For the charcoal grill you may need to cook for less than two minutes.  Let the lettuce get the char appearance, and look wilted.

Easy right?

Grilled Romaine Lettuce for Wedge Caesar Salads

If you love grilled treats as much as my grill master and I do, you can follow my On The Grill Pinterest Board!  We also love sharing pictures of our treats being made on Instagram, Google +, Twitter, and Cafe Terra Facebook Page.  Come on over and join the fun conversations, and get hungry!

Grilled Romaine Lettuce for Wedge Caesar Salads

Some of you may be ready for Summer and grilling.  While some of you may be already having fun grilling.  This recipe is a perfect side dish, or main dish for any BBQ party, or Summer gathering!  Easy to make, and will make you break out in a happy dance!

What is your favorite treat to grill?

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This recipe should also be called “my snack stack of happiness!”  The blondies are almost sugar-free, and include very little fat……BUT they are packed full of flavor.  These bars are a coffee lovers dream, and a bourbon lovers best friend.  Irish Coffee Blondies will satisfy your sweet tooth, AND encourage you to reach for that second serving!

Irish Coffee Blondies #RecipeRedux

After enjoying many posts from the Recipe Redux group, I am excited to officially be a part of the action.  This is my first post of many with the lovely group!  This month the group theme celebrated St. Patty’s Day.  Who says we can only celebrate St. Patty’s Day on the 17th right?

Irish Coffee Blondies #RecipeRedux

Now this may not be a stack of burgers or veggies, but for a girl that needs healthy snacks while traveling…….this really is a stack of happiness.  Since I eat every two to three hours to help my blood sugar, these blondies provide that perfect pick-me-up for your mid-day snack!

Irish Coffee Blondies #RecipeRedux

The original recipe comes from Martha Stewart’s Irish Coffee Bars, and has fat in the recipe that will cover you for a week.  Hubby and I devoured the recipe a few years ago when my friend made them for a gathering.  For the altered variation, you will have a balanced snack that includes fat, protein, carbs, nutrients……AND booze!!!  They are also moist, packed with coffee love, and exclude the sugar glaze on top.

Irish Coffee Blondies #RecipeRedux

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  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup Irish Whiskey
  • 1 cup palm sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce (unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup raw agave nectar
  • 3 Tbsp fresh ground coffee
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 9 x 13 inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, mix together melted butter, whiskey, palm sugar, applesauce, agave nectar, ground coffee, egg, Greek yogurt, and almond extract.
  3. In small bowl, mix together wheat flour, almond flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  4. Mix wet and dry ingredients together well, and pour into prepared pan. Top batter with sliced almonds. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on oven.
  5. Enjoy!

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Citrus Granola

March 16, 2014 · 13 comments

Homemade granola is a fun recipe with so many different variations, the possibilities are endless.  Since it is citrus season, adding a bit of orange zest will brighten up any granola recipe.  Using orange liqueur will enhance the orange flavor, and give the recipe another dimension of citrus flavor.  This citrus granola recipe has minimal sugar, and will provide loads of energy from every ingredient.

Citrus Granola

A few weeks ago I shared a recipe for Flourless Six Ingredient Banana Oatmeal Cookies, and my new diet changes.  Well another curveball was thrown my way this last week.  I will not only be on the Diabetic diet, I will be on the DASH diet also.  Here is a link to share about the DASH diet.  This young body is not very happy these days, so I am on the DASH diet to help lower my blood pressure.  So there will be a lot of whole foods used in recipes, and I will have to avoid sodium as much as I can.  So my food adventures continue!

Citurs Granola

This recipe does include a small amount of honey to help bind the ingredients together.  You could use agave nectar instead of honey.  This recipe is easy to make, and easy to change up to include your favorite nuts, or dried fruit.

Citrus Granola

The granola is perfect topped on yogurt, or enjoyed with delicious unsweetened almond milk!

Citrus Granola

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  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ cup wheat bran
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup palm sugar
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • Zest of large orange
  • 1 Tbsp orange liqueur (optional)(could use orange juice instead)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. On sheet pan, add unsweetened coconut, wheat bran, oats, and pecans. Toast in oven about 10 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Turn ingredients once after 5 minutes to evenly toast all sides.
  3. In large bowl, add toasted coconut, wheat bran, oats, pecans, with chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, palm sugar, dried cherries, orange zest, orange liqueur, and honey. Mix ingredients together well, then spread out ingredients on sheet pan with same parchment paper. Bake granola for 10 minutes, turn ingredients once with spatula to evenly bake all sides. Let cool and place in an air tight container.
  4. Enjoy!

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