Cooking With The Lewis Sisters

A Blog of Recipes We Love and Enjoy!

Tropical Fruit Salad June 26, 2017

Filed under: Dessert,Side Dishes,Snacks — lewissisters @ 9:37 pm

Hi guys!
I hope you are having a lovely day. I have a fantastic summer recipe for you. It is another version of our fruit salad. For the original recipe click the following link. https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/fruit-salad/
A couple weeks ago, I made the original fruit salad, with strawberry yogurt and cheesecake pudding, for a barbecue my parents were attending; when an idea struck me for a tropical version of this dish. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to make the tropical version and the verdict is… The salad is fantastic; to add more coconut flavor garnish with some toasted coconut, or, crushed graham crackers (regular or gluten free).
Have fun adding your own fruit.
This salad is a hit at any summer barbecue. Give it a try!
 
Lewissisters Tropical Fruit Salad


12 ounces Cool Whip
1 small box coconut pudding
18 ounces vanilla yogurt
1 pound sliced strawberries, one package.
2 or 3 cups small marshmallows, optional
2 or 3 sliced bananas
1 Cup mandarin oranges
1 Cup pineapple
Directions:
1. Put the yogurt, pudding and Cool Whip in a large bowl and mix everything together with a wisk.

2. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge to thicken; for one hour or more.

3. Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries; slice the bananas, drain the oranges and pineapple.

4. Fold the fruit and marshmallows into the cream mixture and garnish with a little toasted coconut or crushed graham crackers; serve immediately. This dessert is even better the next day!
Enjoy!

 

Fruit Salad October 1, 2016

Filed under: Dessert,Dinner,Gluten Free,Side Dishes,Snacks — lewissisters @ 3:50 pm

Hi everyone,
This is a wonderful dish to take to fall barbecues. It is a delicious side dish, dessert and snack!

My parents and I ate a similar dessert at a recent barbecue that my mom’s work held and I loved it so much I wanted to recreate it.

My dad and I created this recipe and took it to a neighborhood barbecue our neighbor held last month and everyone loved it. A week later we made it again and changed the yogurt from vanilla to strawberry and the vanilla pudding to cheesecake. And it was delicious

Have fun creating your own salad by changing the yogurt and pudding flavors and adding different fruits.
Lewissisters Fruit Salad with Marshmallows


12 ounces Cool Whip

1 small box vanilla pudding

18 ounces vanilla yogurt

1 pound sliced strawberries, one package.

3 cups marshmallows, optional

3 Sliced bananas
Directions:

1. Put the yogurt, pudding and Cool Whip in a large bowl and mix everything together with a wisk.

2. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge to thicken; for one hour or more.

3. Wash, hull, and slice the strawberries; slice the bananas.

4. Fold the fruit and marshmallows into the cream mixture and serve immediately. This dessert is even better the next day!

Enjoy!

 

Funeral Potatoes Gluten Free April 1, 2016

Filed under: Aunt Debbie,Breakfast,Dinner,Gluten Free,Make Ahead Meals,Side Dishes — lewissisters @ 4:35 pm

Hi guys!
This recipe is from Aunt Debbie, it is another family favorite. It can be a side dish or a main course for breakfast, lunch, or dinner; it is like a warm hug, so comforting.
For as long as I can remember my mom has made these funeral potatoes (Relief Society Potatoes) as we call them, for our Christmas breakfast. Alongside the potatoes we have pumpkin bread, ham and fruit. These potatoes are very popular in the Latter-day Saint community; they are usually served at funerals, hence the name Funeral Potatoes, but I have no idea where this tradition began. There are hundreds of versions of this recipe; in fact, I can think of two recipes in our family. As I said previously, we love to have these potatoes as a side dish; one of our favorite meals is with Barbecue ribs. Below is our recipe for barbecue ribs.
https://lewissisters.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/bbq-ribs/
This year, the potatoes were a side dish for our Easter dinner which included ham and salad; it was delicious!
WE love to make the potatoes the night before we want to eat them and let them sit in the refrigerator. The longer they sit the better they are. To save on preparation time we use frozen hash browns rather than boiling and chopping our own potatoes. The gluten free change of using Corn Flakes is something my parents and I absolutely love! I have posted the original recipe, with changes that we prefer.
Thanks for the recipe Auntie Deb!

Funeral Potatoes

  
6 medium potatoes pealed, cooked and cubed, or 1 bag of frozen cubed potatoes (We prefer using 1 bag of shredded hash browns)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups sour cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/3 cup chopped onion (if using dry onion flakes, do a little less than ¼ cup)
½ cup melted butter (save 2 Tbsps for breadcrumbs)
2 cups bread crumbs (crushed Corn Flakes)
Directions:
In a large bowl, using a spatula, mix together soup, sour cream, cheese, onions and melted butter. Mix well. Add potatoes and stir. Put mixture in an ungreased 9 X 13 casserole dish.
Crush Corn Flakes in a zip-lock bag. Combined bread crumbs/Corn Flakes with 2 Tbsps melted butter and sprinkle over potato mixture
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
This meal is better made the night before and left in the fridge; it is fantastic as leftovers.

Enjoy!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016

Top of the morning to ya!
We would like to wish all of you a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!”
I have never been to Ireland, so the following is a short list of things I love about the Emerald Isle: the landscape is so green and beautiful, shamrocks and castles, the accents are amazing, and traditional Irish music is fantastic. Being a drummer and lover of classic rock I cannot forget the bands U2, Thin Lizzie and Van Morrison; some great music right there!
On a side note, I am friends with one of Ireland’s Paralympian sprinters; fastest Paralympian in the world, Jason Smyth. He is the nicest guy.
If you would like to learn more about him, visit his website: http://www.jasonsmyth.ie lets help him get to Rio 2016.

I hope you have a wonderful day!
The Lewissisters

 

The Five Like Challenge February 12, 2016

Normally, I do not write posts like this; however, I feel like this could be a recipe for your happiness.
Yesterday when my dad and I were driving home, we heard John Legend’s “All of me” which made my dad say: “That’s a great song.” I agreed and added Colbie Caillat’s empowering song “Try”. Both songs have wonderful messages.
As the day continued I began to think about the times I compare myself to others and how it makes me feel, disappointed and the list goes on.
I was still pondering this subject as I went to bed, when an inspired thought came to me. I thought: “When you start comparing yourself to others, you need to stop. Starting tomorrow every morning you should get up and say five things you like about yourself.” I do not know why such a simple concept has never crossed my mind until now. I suppose it is because I have never thought about it for an extended period of time.
This morning, I took The Five like Challenge  and it made me feel happier. I hope everyone who reads our blog will take this challenge and start reminding yourself how wonderful you are and the amazing things you can do.
I hope The Five like Challenge becomes a routine that we fit into our day. I also hope that it brings us more self-confidence and joy.

Good luck! Remember, you are amazing!
The Lewissisters

 

Pasta Salad-Gluten Free and Pigs In A Blanket-Gluten free or not… August 9, 2015

Filed under: Gluten Free,Make Ahead Meals,Pastas,Side Dishes — lewissisters @ 4:33 am

Hi all,
My sister hosted my niece’s one year birthday party this month. The theme for the party was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (we love Disney in our family). Besides family and friends bringing presents for my niece and visiting while we ate, the food was a hit. The menu included: cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, fruit salad, vanilla and chocolate cupcakes frosted with vanilla icing with Oreos for Mickey Mouse ears on top, and the focus of this blog post gluten free pasta salad (which was amazing) and pigs in a blanket.
My sister had me over the morning of the party to prepare food. The pasta salad had been prepared the night before so I helped make the cupcake batters and the special banana cake with strawberry whipped cream frosting for my niece. I also helped make the pigs in a blanket.
The following recipes are super simple which will cut down on stress for any party you throw. Feel fre to add any veggies you want to the pasta salad to make it your own. In elementary school, I ate Pigs In A Blanket; I thought about that as I made the ones pictured below.
I must tell my sister: “You know how to put on a cute party, everyone loved it and the food was wonderful! Thanks for having me over, we always have a great time together.”
Love you sister, thanks for the recipes!

Party Pasta salad-Gluten Free

   
4 boxes Gluten Free pasta (for a large party of 20 or more), cooked.
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 meedium size cans pitted black olives, halved anyway you prefer.
1 and 2/3 bottles Italian dressing, (or your favorite salad dressing)
Any other veggies you like.
Mix the ingredients above and let them hang out in the fridge about six hours or overnight.
Just before serving, halve small tomatoes (however many you want) and toss everything together.
Serve and enjoy!!

Pigs in a Blanket-Regular or Gluten Free

  
 Gluten free: eat hotdogs without the bread coating. Do not forget your favorite condiments for dipping.
2 packages hot dogs cut into bite sized chunks
2 cans crescent rolled dough unfolded and cut into little triangles
Place cut roll triangles on wax paper and roll hot dogs in rolls, beginning with the small point.
Place on ungreased cookie sheet
Bake 375 degrees for about 14 minutes or until done.
Serve with ketchup, mustard or your favorite hotdog toppings.
Enjoy and happy party hosting!

 

Happy Father’s Day June 22, 2015

To all the men who read our blog, we would like to wish you a happy Father’s Day!
If you are a man reading our blog I would like to commend you. I would also like to remind you how valuable you are to your family, even if you are not a father.
Coming from a family of two girls we had a wonderful example in our father; he was always there for us and showed us what a man should be.
I understand society is trying to make men feel like they do not mean anything to a family; let me assure the men out there, you are a huge influence in a family, especially for your daughters and the young people of the world.
Men, I hope you never forget you can change someone’s life, just by being a good example. If you are a father, you are wonderful, being there for your children; you should be proud of the family you have. If you are not a father, be proud of the man you are. Think about the young people who watch you in your daily life and try to help them better themselves.
The Lord is proud of his sons, the men who dutifully step up and help others, even if they are not biological fathers.
I hope we all stop and thank our fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles, grandfathers and anyone else who has been a father figure in our lives.
Once again, happy Father’s Day guys, especially to our wonderful father. Thank you for being here for us.
The Lewissisters