Butter, with a side of Bread // Easy family recipes and reviews.

Saturday, January 24, 2015



January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day and to celebrate, I'm sharing a fantastic {easy!} recipe with you all. This dip comes together quickly and is light, creamy and a huge crowd pleaser. My kids and I devoured it for lunch, but I think it's a perfect snack or after dinner treat too. Enjoy!

Also- I've partnered with several other food bloggers to celebrate national food holidays together! Scroll down to see several other fantastic recipes that include peanut butter!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip

  • 1-6oz container Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1/4- 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips*
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • apple slices, graham crackers, pretzels, strawberries, banana, etc. for dipping

Pour the semi sweet chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave on high 1 1/2 minutes or so, until melted and smooth. {I put mine in for 1 minute, stirred gently, then added 30 seconds and it was perfect.}

Gently stir in peanut butter. Let sit for about 10 minutes, so that it has a chance to cool off. (Or not! If you don't let it sit, your dip will just be a little less thick. The texture is still fantastic though.)

Stir in the yogurt and serve.

Enjoy with apple slices, strawberries, pear slices, banana, pretzels, graham crackers- or anything else you'd like to dip!

*The more chocolate chips you add, the more firm the dip will get upon setting. As it sits out, if you want to soften it up a bit, just pop it in the microwave for 5-10 seconds. I added 1/2 cup because I wanted a strong chocolate flavor. Feel free to adjust to your tastes!






Love Peanut Butter? You're not alone! 
Here are 9 other fantastic peanut butter recipe for you to enjoy, all featured in the photo above!
Don't they look incredible?! YUM. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

#PinIT PIN PARTY {1-23-15}

Welcome to the #PinIt Pin Party!

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Ashley from Embracing Homemaking

Jessica & Nellie from Butter with a Side of Bread



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Thursday, January 22, 2015


Crisp Cooking Kitchen Tools Giveaway #giveaway Butter With A Side of Bread

Over the past few months I've had the opportunity to try out several kitchen gadgets from Crisp Cooking. As you can imagine, I do my fair share of cooking, so having high quality tools in the kitchen is a must. Not only are these tools incredibly well designed, but I adore how so many are multi-functional. They're slim, so you don't have to have a ton of drawer space, plus they thought of so many little extras in the design. I mean- have you ever seen a knife sharpener in the knife case?! Me either! Genius! 

You can see the recipes I made, using several different Crisp Cooking gadgets below...

Crisp Cooking Kitchen Tools Giveaway #giveaway Butter With A Side of Bread

I never knew how fun and useful the Wavy Knife could be until I made this 
Easy Garden Vegetable Pizza! The Straight Paring knife was a winner too. 
{You've always got to have a fantastic paring knife in your kitchen!}

Crisp Cooking Kitchen Tools Giveaway #giveaway Butter With A Side of Bread

The zester came in handy when I made this Fancy Fruit Salad. 
Honestly- lemon zest in a salad is delicious! 

Crisp Cooking Kitchen Tools Giveaway #giveaway Butter With A Side of Bread

I fell in love with the Herb Mincer when I made this Roasted Garlic Guacamole
Start to finish I took care of the cilantro in about 8 seconds. 
And it was perfect!! 

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Now you have a chance to win some of these fantastic tools!

Enter to win a Crisp Cooking Prize Pack, 
which includes $75 worth of their amazing kitchen gadgets! 

Here's what's included in the prize pack:

Contest sponsored by Crisp Cooking. Enter to win in the Rafflecopter box below. Contest open to U.S. Residents only. All entries will be verified. Winner will be randomly chosen and contacted by email. {Make sure your email you register with us is valid!} If winner does not respond to prize announcement email after 24 hours, a new winner will be chosen. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Butter With a Side of Bread: Peanut Butter Snickers Cookies
The only thing better than a peanut butter cookie?  A peanut butter cookie with a Snickers in the middle!  These are absolutely wonderful and they come together so easily too!

Monday, January 19, 2015


30 MINUTE WHITE CHICKEN CHILI: Butter With A Side of Bread, Easy Fast Chicken Chili

Recently I needed a chili recipe that was quick. You know, none of this, "simmer for 16 hours until the chili's flavor has developed just-so and is something you'd want to serve the Queen of England." Nope. I needed something ready in under 30 minutes. And tasted good. And listed ingredients I already had on hand. I found a recipe, tweaked it and you know what? It was fantastic! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

REVIEW: The Recipe Hacker Cookbook {Comfort Foods Without Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Grain or Cane Sugar}

I was asked to review an e-copy of the new cookbook, The Recipe Hacker: Comfort Foods Without Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Grain or Cane Sugar. 

I have to be honest here. My first thought after I read the title, was, "what on earth is she cooking with?" The answer? A little bit of creativity, as well as a bunch of fresh fruits, vegetables, and a few other ingredients you might have to hunt for in the grocery store. 
{Coconut Palm Sugar. What aisle do you find THAT on?? Arrowroot starch? What-the-what?)
But you know what? The results TASTE good, so I'm all for learning about new ingredients! 
Also- there's an entire section in the beginning of the book that defines all these ingredients required to create the recipes. Nice! 

I love to cook. Our family eats a variety of foods and I like to think we eat pretty healthy. However, none of us have dietary restrictions that limit our food choices. So I enlisted the help of my sister-in-law, Janet, as well as a good friend of hers, as they both know what coconut palm sugar is and where it's located in the grocery store. Oh, and they both cook meals for their families that DO have dietary restrictions. 

Before I get into their critiques on certain recipes, I want to say that if you're trying to eat more healthy, this is a fantastic cookbook to add to your collection simply because it's ALL healthy. Diana, the author, touts that the cookbook will help individuals lose weight without sacrificing flavor or counting calories.  If you have someone in your family who has Celiac's Disease- you need this cookbook! She gives a variety of meal ideas and desserts that are grain-free- I love it. 

I featured a sweet treat I enjoyed yesterday- Whipped Coconut Cream- you can see my altered recipe here. It wasn't sweet enough for me, but once I added more extract and honey, it was delightful. 

Janet's Thoughts:

Sweet Potato Egg Cups (page 34) - This breakfast was a great switch up to our boring breakfast routine. It was wonderfully healthy power-packed way to start the day with only a few ingredients.  We loved the sweet & salty flavor combination.  We went through 10 of these cups for 2 adults and 2 kids.  My sweet potato cup ended up being too soft to crisp up and hold it shape so next time I'll be erring on the firm side instead of baking to semi-tender. 

Breakfast Cookies (page 20) - I'm a fan!  I was skeptical when I took them out of the oven, but after chilling they lost their banana flavor & consistency.  My 4 year old helped me sprinkle the tops with almonds and raising and was thrilled to have them for breakfast in the morning.  I loved them all day long as a truly satisfying guilt-free treat when I craved a snack or something sweet.  I really wouldn't classify them as a cookie - perhaps "Breakfast Rounds" would be a better name.  Call them what you will, I'm definitely making these again.

Alie's Thoughts:

Cinnamon Rolls (page 8)- These obviously weren't anything like a cinnamon roll made with yeast and fluffy white flour. But if you're going grain-free, the dough was decent! It was sweet and really hit the spot in a pinch. I wouldn't serve them to guests, but if your entire household is used to grain-free breads then it would be fine.

Shiitake Stir Fried Rice (page 124)- This is actually listed as a side dish, but I have made it several times for my family for the main dish! We LOVE the flavor and my four-year old will eat this with no problems. I've also used different colors of cauliflower to keep it interesting (purple was fun!), add an extra egg, and always add a splash of sesame oil at the end.

Chicken Lettuce Boats (page 68) This dish was surprisingly well-received at my house, and was Whole 30 compliant, which is a big plus. It's one of those recipes that is great for lunch, and the longer it sits in the fridge, the more the flavors develop and deepen. I used a rotisserie chicken.

Waffles (page 6)-  It turns out my four year old really misses waffles, so we made these. We used almond meal instead of blanched almond flour, and it definitely made a difference in the color, but probably not in the taste. We really love how they don't make you feel heavy afterwards, like you've just eaten a big plate of waffles. We felt completely fine and energized. :)

I encourage you to check out The Recipe Hacker cookbook and 
find some new recipes that help you maintain a 
healthy lifestyle without sacrificing flavor! 

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