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Quick Cinnamon Treat

This is a great and fast treat using tortillas, non-dairy margarine and cinnamon-sugar.

On the stove top, heat a skillet to medium heat. Place a tortilla on the skillet and heat one side, then flip to heat the other side. Smear a small amount of margarine on the entire side of the tortilla that is facing up and then sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture all over. Let the tortilla get browned on underside, then fold in half to enclose the buttery side. Make many and enjoy them warm.

My Favorites

I use certain ingredients over and over, nearly every meal, when I cook. Here are my favorite ingredients and the must-haves in my kitchen and pantry.

Olive Oil - I am not picky with olive oil. I don't really understand the difference in taste between Extra Virgin and just plain old olive oil. I buy name brands if they are on sale, otherwise, store brands work for me. I use olive oil when I make nearly anything on the stove. Olive oil is often a great substitute for butter.

Garlic Salt - Garlic salt adds such a great full flavor to many foods.

Mrs. Dash seasoning blends - I guess when I am cooking without any dairy, I compensate by adding awesome seasonings to the foods I make. It needs to be flavorful and I have learned to love these blends of seasonings.

Cinnamon - Cinnamon is a great spice that provides food with a distinct full flavor without requiring much sugar. For example, I love adding cinnamon to applesauce instead of sugar. No sugar needed when cinnamon does its trick.

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Italian-Style Potatoes

Simple, Healthy and Full of Flavor

Dice approx. 5 medium-sized red potatoes and boil for about 15 minutes or until soft but not mushy. While potatoes are boiling, cut corn off 1-2 cobs and about chop about 1/8 cup yellow onion. Once potatoes are done cooking, drain and return to stove on lowest heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil, Italian seasoning blend, garlic salt, corn, onion and bacon bits. Stir to coat all ingredients in seasonings and oil. Do not over-stir to avoid mushing up the potatoes. Serve warm with garlic toast or breadsticks.

Zapped Cobbler

I don't like turning on our oven when it is 100 degrees outside, so I thought cobbler made in the microwave sounded more appealing (and quick). It is a great treat with some ingredients that would trick you into thinking it's healthy!

It really is as easy as putting these ingredients together in a microwavable bowl:
20 oz. can of peaches (including all the juice/syrup)
1 cup quick oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon

Mix well and microwave for about 4 minutes on high. It should be bubbling around the edges. Mix and microwave for about 1-2 minutes more or until it is bubbly, thickened and heated through. Let it cool a bit and enjoy warm. Serves about 6 people.

NOTE: You may need to adjust the amount of brown sugar you add depending on if your canned peaches are in 100% juice, light syrup or heavy syrup. Mine were in 100% juice.

Serving this with soy or rice vanilla ice cream or cool whip would be tasty too.