There is nothing tricky about boiling eggs for Easter, but there are ALWAYS those eggs that crack as they boil, or the phone rings and you forget the eggs on the stove (and they overcook and  get those green "rings" around the yolks, etc.)  Not a big deal, but it can be a hassle when you are preparing for a crowd.

This oven method, of cooking eggs in the shell, is not only fool proof, but the eggs come out absolutely perfect and you can make a ba-jillion at once!!

Preheat your oven to 350 and place large size eggs in a mini-muffin pan (large end down). If you don't have a mini-muffin pan, you can use a regular cupcake pan  (they they will just roll around a little more).

How long you bake the eggs depends on the size of eggs you use and how hot your oven runs. I used large grade A eggs and cooked them for 25 minutes.  If you are concerned about it, just run a "test egg" to gauge how long to cook them.

When the eggs are done, use tongs to put the eggs into a bowl of ICE water (for 10 minutes) to stop further cooking.

NOTE: After the eggs are cooked, you MIGHT find SOME eggs that have brown speckles on them, but don't freak out; these little specks will dissolve when you put the eggs into the ice water. The next photo is before and after the ice water bath.

Not only is this a great way to cook Easter eggs in bulk, but the eggs are delicious!! The yolks are bright yellow and the whites are very tender (not rubbery like boiled eggs can produce).

Where has this cooking method been all my life!?!?

Stacey Hawkin's Time Savor Solutions

I wanted to let you guys know about some wonderful products I recently tried that could help make creating healthy meals easier. Stacey Hawkins is the mastermind behind Time Savor Gourmet Solutions which consists of a variety of products such as spices, seasonings, oils, and panko breadcrumbs! There are plenty of spices and seasonings to choose from! I am sure you will find one (or more) that will complete any dish you might be craving. Not to mention there are four flavored oils (luscious lemon, valencia orange, roasted garlic and a balsamic mosto cotto) to choose from to perk up any dish. 

Stacey has 5 cookbooks out right now on her website www.StaceyHawkinsShop.com. I currently have Lean, Green, Low Carb Recipes which is a must have  if you are on the Medifast program. There are lots of recipes to choose from and she breaks down the lean, green and healthy fat info for each recipe. She uses Time Savour Gourmet spices and seasonings in all of her recipes, but there is a list of substitutes given towards the beginning of the cookbook for what you could use in place of the Time Savour Gourmet product. For example, Garlic Gusto Seasoning (the Time Savour Gourmet product) can be substituted with minced garlic and roasted garlic. Keep in mind, the list does not give the proportions of the spices you should use when substituting, which is why she recommends using her products for the best results. 

What makes these recipes so great? Well, they are sooo quick and easy to make. They don't require a lot of ingredients and the most important reason is? They taste great! Not to mention the recipes are healthy too! I have made quite a few recipes already because my family has enjoyed them so much.

Pictured below is Bob's Mouthwatering Meatballs and a 2 Minute Tomato Sauce. As you can see, the recipe only requires a few ingredients. Super simple and super fast! I made this meal in under 25 minutes! My family gave this recipe two thumbs up!

A yummy hearty meal the whole family can enjoy without being a slave to the stove!

The recipe calls for Garlic Gusto and Viva Italiano Seasoning for both the meatballs and the sauce. That's it!  Well, besides a bit of sea salt and fresh black pepper. Lots of flavor for just a few ingredients.

A closer look at the Garlic Gusto Seasoning. Mmmmm garlic!

This one is the Viva Italiano Seasoning.

Mix the seasonings with ground beef. No eggs or bread crumbs required :)

Form the meat mixture into 2 inch balls and then bake! I baked them for about 15 minutes, but the recipe stated 10 to 12 minutes. Make sure you do not over cook them or they can get tough. No one likes tough meat right?!

While the meatballs were cooking, the sauce was a snap to through together. I used canned Italian diced tomatoes mixed with the Garlic Gusto and Viva Italiano Seasonings. Delicious!

I served it over cooked spaghetti squash. Healthy comfort food calling my name! A winner for sure!

This is another one of her products I tried which happens to be my current favorite! Cinnamon Chipotle BBQ Dust combines the smoky flavor of chipotle peppers with the sweet taste of cinnamon. This is wonderful to use in chili or as a rub for chicken or pork. I made a wonderful pork and veggie kebab with this seasoning. I just sprinkled this on some cubed pork and a combination of veggies consisting of yellow squash, green peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Skewered the pork and veggies on a metal skewer. Then sprinkled on some sea salt and fresh black pepper. Then grilled. Again, super easy and super fast to make. I should've taken a photo... I know, but I was too busy eating to think about getting my camera :) It wasn't a planned meal, but rather something I threw together last minute. Sometimes those last minute meals can be the best!

I did take a photo of this yummy recipe! This is Stacey's Chipotle Cinnamon Turkey Sloppy Joes which is found in her Slow Cooker Favorites cook book. I love slow cooker recipes! Throw the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and dinner is ready by the time you get home. This recipe uses ground turkey, tomato sauce, tomato paste, green peppers, red wine vinegar, worchestershire sauce, a packet of stevia and the Chipotle Cinnamon BBQ Dust. A wonderful combination of flavors for this family favorite!

I served this with a side salad, but another great option is to make them into lettuce wraps or maybe stuff the meat mixture in a zucchini boat! How about a stuffed pepper? I will definitely be making this again!

As mentioned earlier, Time Savour Solutions also has a line of flavored oils. They are all great for adding flavor to enhance any meal. All four are great for sauteing or roasting vegetables, meats, or even drizzled on a salad. The balsamic mosto cotto is fabulous in a caprese salad made up of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and lettuce! Pure heaven!

The Luscious Lemon Oil is perfect for Shrimp Scampi which happens to be my favorite seafood dish! Of course, I had to try Stacey's recipe for Shrimp Scampi Seafood Medley which is also in the Lean, Green, Low Carb Recipes cookbook. She uses a combination of shrimp, bay scallops and crab meat, but I used shrimp only. The only other ingredients are Lemon Oil and Time Savour Gourmet Skinny Scampi Seasoning. I finished this recipe in only 10 minutes! Another quick and easy recipe!

I used some spiralized yellow squash as my pasta which I spiralized with my Paderno Spiral Vegetable Slicer. You get a delicious pasta substitute in a matter of minutes. I got mine from Amazon and they are less than $30! I highly recommend getting one of these contraptions. I sauteed the squash in a little bit of Roasted Garlic Oil and added a sprinkle of the Shrimp Scampi Seasoning. Delish!

Another great recipe from Stacey's Lean, Green, Low Carb Recipes cookbook! Roasted Lemony Garlic Green Beans! It uses only the Lemon Oil and Shrimp Scampi Seasoning. A fabulous side dish that goes well with almost everything!

Then I decided to come up with this concoction! I used a drizzle of fresh lime juice and a sprinkle of Chipotle Cinnamon BBQ Dust on sliced jicama shaped like fries. Salty and sour, yet so crisp and refreshing! No cooking required! Jicama is wonderful eaten raw. 

I also tried a drizzle of lemon juice with a sprinkle of Time Savour Gourmet Sinful Cinnamon and stevia over jicama fries. My new favorite snack! A hint of guilt free apple pie!

There are tons of products to try on her website! None have disappointed me so far! Her cookbooks and products have really saved me time on days that I couldn't spend in the kitchen. Check it out and let me know what you have created in your kitchen!


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