Homemade BBQ Sauce

Happy New Year, y’all! I hope 2014 is off to a great start for you! I’m here today to share my super quick and easy Homemade BBQ Sauce!

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Are you a resolution maker or a goal setter? I have to confess something … I have decided to try to cut out some of the processed food out of my family’s diet. It’s long overdue. I’m not looking for the knock-out, drag out kind of change with my husband or kiddos …. but I figure if there are things I can make at home – often cheaper and more healthy for my family – I’m going to start switching things out. With the Super Bowl coming up, I know we’ll have tons of munchies and snacks – perhaps, some kind of BBQ Chicken wings. My family loves them! Maybe your family does, too? This BBQ Sauce is quick and easy – you probably have all of the ingredients on hand!

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Homemade BBQ Sauce
Printable recipe
Yield: 2 cups

1 cup ketchup
¼ cup butter
⅓ cup water
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp. packed brown sugar
¼ tsp .pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the ketchup, butter, water, paprika, brown sugar, pepper and onion to a boil. Stir in the lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce. Heat through.

Store in the refrigerator up to 7 days. Serve on or with: ribs, burgers, chicken pieces, as a dipping sauce – or anywhere you would normally use BBQ sauce!

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Jamie Sherman founded Love Bakes Good Cakes in February 2012. Jamie spends her days with her husband, Brian and homeschooling their 5 children in the Phoenix area. She also develops and tests recipes using her own family recipes that have been handed down to her, as well as those she adapts from cookbooks, magazines, newspaper, online resources and from other bloggers. She believes meals and recipes should be easy enough for the average cook and uses ingredients that are available in most local markets. She strives to share recipes that are family-friendly, budget-friendly and cook-friendly!

Lemon Berry Fruit Slush

I don’t know about you, but this year is flying by for me! While we’re enjoying the lazy days of summer and having some fun in the sun, I’m already thinking about school starting soon! Here in Arizona, the kids go back to school in the beginning of August! It hardly seems possible …. I mean, summer just started, right?!

Speaking of summer, is there anything better during these dog days than a cold, refreshing drink? For some reason, fruity drinks really appeal to me when the temperatures start rising! Maybe they implore you to drink them too?!  ;) They just say “summer” to me. Not to mention, I just love the “freckled” look of any strawberry drink!

With the 4th of July just days away, I wanted to share a fun drink – one that’s sure to be a hit with the kids and adults alike! It literally takes a few minutes to have this little treat to sip on! Let me tell y’all how to make it :

 

Lemon Berry Fruit Slush

Written by monthly contributor, Jamie at Love Bakes Good Cakes.

 

Lemon Berry Fruit Slush

Printable recipe

Yield: 2 servings

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ¼ cup sugar (or more to taste)
  • 12 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender. Cover with the lid. Blend until smooth. Serve!

 

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Shepherd’s Pie {Paleo Style}

I originally got the idea for this “Shepherd’s Pie” from Eat Like a Dinosaur (you can find also find the recipe over on The Paleo Parents).  They used organ meats for their recipe–which I didn’t have, so I just changed it!  We’ve made this adapted recipe quite a few times since then, and I’ve also bumped up the veggies and taken out some of the spices to make it one of our family favorites!

paleo shepherd's pie

Shepherd’s Pie {Paleo Style} 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 – 2 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 large (or 2 small) cauliflower
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 -2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown ground beef in a skillet over medium heat.  {Add onion to taste if desired.}

2)  While the meat is browning, chop up the cauliflower.  Steam the cauliflower until soft (or boil and drain it if you don’t have a steamer basket).  Mash the cauliflower with a potato masher.

3)  While the cauliflower and meat are cooking, chop up carrots, celery, and broccoli.  Combine and set aside.

4)  After the ground beef cooks, stir in the salt, pepper, and cumin.  Put the ground beef in the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan.  Layer the veggie mix (carrots, celery, and broccoli) next.  Finally, spread the cauliflower on top.

5)  Cook in 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes.

Add salt and pepper as desired.

Since changing our eating habits so drastically last summer, I haven’t found too many super-simple recipes (besides scrambled eggs), but I have really started enjoying my time in the kitchen.  Cooking has become therapeutic in a way, and I love to chop and dice and know that I’m feeding my little munchkins well.  I like to double this recipe, cook both pans, and put one in the freezer for a later time (be sure to wrap it well).

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Caramel Almond Crunch Popcorn (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

I wanted something I could make as a gift using ingredients I already had, so I pulled together a few recipes from my cookbooks at home and came up with this Caramel Almond Crunch popcorn!  It is gluten-free and dairy-free (although not quite Paleo)!  I’m thinking maybe you could substitute something a little healthier for the sugar, but I was making a ton to give as gifts and brown sugar was on hand!

gluten-free, dairy-free caramel popcorn recipe

Caramel Almond Crunch Popcorn (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Christmas Treat

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup popcorn (10-12 cups popped)
  • 2 cups whole almonds
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk (this is the kind we normally use)

1)  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Grease two 9×13 inch pans.

2)  Combine coconut milk and brown sugar.  Cook over medium heat for 25 minutes stirring occasionally.

3)  Pop the popcorn.  We used an air-popper and two big bowls for this amount of popcorn.  Add the almonds.

4)  During the last minute of cooking, stir in the 1/2 tsp. of salt.  Pour the milk/sugar mixture over the popcorn and stir quickly.

5)  Transfer the popcorn to the pans.  Cook in the oven for one hour, gently stirring the mixture every 15 minutes.  Be sure not to burn it!

We think it’s delicious!!  This does make a lot, so just cut the recipe in half if you don’t need quite so much.  I figured I might as well make a large batch since it does take quite a bit of time!