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St. Patrick's Day Recipes: Whiskey Glazed Steak In Just FOUR Ingredients!

Mariko Laugh

This year, try something different that your traditional Corned Beef. Choose organic or grass fed cuts; natural beef is lower in fat, high in Omega 3s and a great source of iron. If you want a non-dairy variation, substitute the cream for a Stout beer.

· 4 fillet steaks, 5-6 ounces each. Seasoned with salt & pepper (experiment with different meats like buffalo or chicken)
· ¼ cup Irish whiskey
· ¼ cup beef stock
· ¼ cup cream

Heat a large, heavy pan over high heat, and cook steaks until desired doneness. Move steaks to plate, and reduce heat to simmer. Add whiskey, and deglaze the pan (combining all the steak bits and juices) then add cream and broth. Bring sauce to boil until thick (about a minute), pour over steaks, garnish with fresh ground pepper and enjoy!

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St. Patrick's Day Recipes: Irish Shortbread With Chocolate Ganache Made With Only FOUR Ingredients!

Filed under: RecipesMariko Amekodommo

Markio Knives

This light and crispy cookie is the perfect end to your St. Patrick's Day feast, and is delicious with Irish coffee! Feeling fancy? Create your own unique combinations by adding 1/2 cup dried fruit or nuts. This recipe calls for Irish Butter; made from the milk of grass-fed cows, it has a richer flavor and higher Omega / vitamin / mineral content. If you can't find Irish butter, substitute regular!

1 cup (2 sticks) Irish better, at room temperature
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 cups flour (plus extra for rolling out)
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer until well combined. Gradually add flour and mix until a ball is formed. Transfer dough to floured cutting board, and use a rolling pin to roll dough about 1/4 inch thick. Make into shapes using your favorite cookie cutter (I like a classic round for my shortbread) and bake on parchment lined baking sheet for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. In small bowl, add chocolate chips and microwave 45 seconds, stirring every 10 seconds until melted. Dip half of shortbread in chocolate, and place on parchment until hardened. Enjoy!

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Easy Almond Roca!! Recipe Of The Day In Four Ingredients!!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Mariko Laugh

The melt-in-your-mouth goodness of toffee, in just a few steps! Try experimenting with different types of nuts and flavors (add chili, coconut and salt to your almonds for a spicy kick) and the possibilities are endless! Toffee tastes better the next day after the flavors develop - just store in an air tight container until ready to serve!

1 1/2 cups toasted almond (or other nut) chopped
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4 bars chocolate

Butter pan (like 7×11 or 8×8) and sprinkle 1 cup of almonds evenly over bottom. Melt butter in heavy bottom saucepan, add brown sugar and cook over medium-high heat until gently boiling. Reduce heat to medium, and cook for 12 minutes, stirring constantly (if you have a candy thermometer, this will be about 300 degrees). Carefully pour onto baking sheet over almonds, and smooth with back of spoon. Arrange chocolate bars over top and let sit for a few minutes until melted. Evenly spread chocolate, and sprinkle with remaining almonds. Cool completely, and break into smaller pieces when ready to serve!

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Make Your Own Butterfingers! Recipe Of The Day In Four Ingredients!

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Mariko Pot

Butterfingers used to be my favorite candy …. until I started reading the labels on everything! Here is a delicious recipe for getting that peanut butter and chocolate fix in a matter of minutes! This recipe can also be gluten-free and vegan if you use the right chocolate and candy corn.

1 cup candy corn
1/3 cup peanut butter
3/4 chocolate chips

Line a small baking dish (around 5×5) with parchment paper. Add candy corn to microwave safe bowl, and heat for 30 seconds, or until melted (be careful not to overcook it). Immediately add peanut butter and stir until well mixed; if it begins to harden, microwave for 10 seconds. Pour mixture into baking dish, and smooth out with spoon. Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over top, and microwave for 5-10 seconds. Spread melted chocolate chips evenly over top of peanut mixture, and put in freezer to chill - about 15 minutes. I like to cut mine in small, fun-size rectangles, and wrap in cute cellophane to serve!

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Chocolate And Coconut Cream Bars! Recipe Of The Day In Four Ingredients!

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Mariko Sink

Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't! Here is a recipe for making the classic chocolate coconut candy at home, anyway you like it! Get creative by adding different nuts or flavors (like orange or almond extract) or a sprinkle of pink salt!

3 cups shredded coconut (put aside 3 tablespoons for garnish)
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups powdered sugar
3 cups chocolate chips

Combine coconut, sweetened condensed milk and powdered sugar in large bowl, and mix until combined. Pour into greased 9×13 baking pan, and freeze until firm enough to cut - about an hour. Cut into small squares. Melt chocolate chips in oven proof bowl (I'll either microwave for a few minutes, stirring every 15 seconds until smooth, or by placing the bowl over a small pot of hot water). Dip the coconut bars in chocolate, place on wax paper to cool, and sprinkle with a dash of remaining coconut, or even chopped nuts. For that picture perfect touch, purchase mini muffin wrappers at the grocery story - they are the perfect size for candies.

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Recipe Of The Day In 4 Ingredients! Turkey And Black Bean Chili!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Mariko Laugh

Chili is delicious and perfect for a Fit lifestyle: it is low in carbs, and high in protein and vitamins. This recipe is very simple, and can be customized! Try substituting the turkey for ground bison, shredded chicken or vegetarian meat - and the black beans for pinto, kidney or cannellini.

I recently made a new friend who said she would love to learn how to make chili (a favorite food) … but has no idea how to cook! This is a good starter recipe because it's hard to mess up. Once the basics are mastered, get fancy by adding chopped onion, peppers and other veggies!

1 pound ground turkey
1 packet chili seasoning*
1 - 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 - 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained

Add turkey to medium sized saucepan, and cook over medium heat until it begins to brown. Drain any liquids. Add remaining ingredients, stir and cook until it begins to bubble. Reduce heat to low, cover pan and cook for 10 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving so the flavors can develop. Garnish with your favorite cheese or avocado and enjoy!

*make your own chili / taco seasoning at home, without the preservatives! For each packet, combine 1 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp dried minced onion, 1 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, 1/2 tsp dried minced garlic, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/2 tsp ground cumin. Make multiple batches and store in smalli zip lock bags until ready to use.

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Recipe Of The Day In 4 Ingredients! Date And Ginger Loaf Cake!

Filed under: FoodRecipesMariko Amekodommo

Markio Knives

Dates are amazing!!! They are high in iron, fiber and calcium, and give this loaf cake its rich and sweet texture with no added sugar. Its been said that a date-a-day is good for your health, now you can have your date-cake, and eat it too! This recipe is fast and easy and is as delicious for breakfast as it is dessert!

13 ounces dates, pitted and chopped
1 cup coffee, super hot
1 tablespoon crushed ginger
1 cup self rising flour (if you don't have self rising, make your own using 1 cup flour, 1 1/3 teaspoons baking powder and 1/3 teaspoon salt)

Add dates to bowl, and cover with hot coffee. Let soak overnight, or until soft. Smash dates with fork, add flour and ginger, then stir until well combined. Pour into well-greased loaf pan and bake at 320 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with your favorite preserves or butter, and enjoy!

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