Apr 222013
 
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Spinach and Apple Salad

 

If you are looking for a salad that incorporates veggies, fruit, cheese, meat, and nuts, this Spinach and Apple Salad will do just that.

I recently picked up baby spinach on sale at Publix and knew that I wanted to make some sort of salad, and figured I would use what I had on hand.

There is no perfect formula for this, so you can add as much as you like especially if you like one ingredient better than the other. You can also double the ingredients for a full bag. We happen to serve this as a side salad. 

 

Spinach and Apple Salad

Here is what I used:

1/2 a bag of prerinsed baby spinach

1 chopped apple

1/4 cup of chopped pecans

2 heaping tablespoons of feta cheese

2 pieces of cooked bacon crumbled

3 tops full of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil.

I then combined all of these ingredients. FYI, if you have someone who does not like pecans (as in my hubby’s case) you can set those aside and top the salad with it after the fact. Serves 3 to 4.

 

Spinach and Apple Salad with pecans

 

My daughter likes feta cheese so she was fine with this salad, however my son would have preferred it without it. I thought it was delicious.

If you try it, let me know what you think.

Enjoy!

FFM

Mar 032013
 
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Thanks to Morning Star Farms and BzzAgent, I was sent discount coupons along with a FREE Product coupon to pick up products to test and review.  I got a FREE package of Morning Star Farms Tomato & Basil Pizza Veggie Burgers.

 

 Morning Star Farms products

The Tomato & Basil Pizza Veggie Burgers are made with onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, red peppers, and mozzarella and provolone cheese. They are 12o calories per serving, contain 61% less fat than regular ground beef*, and are a good source of fiber. Source morningstarfarms.com

*Regular ground beef contains 15g total fat per serving (67g). MorningStar Farms Tomato Basil Pizza Burgers contain 6g total fat per serving (67g).

Morning Star Farms burgers with cheese

Pictured: Grillers Original with American Cheese, and Tomato Basil Pizza Burgers

I decided to prepare my burgers in the grill pan with a little Olive Oil, and topped with Mozzarella cheese.  I then put the Tomato Basil Pizza Burgers on a bun and added marinara sauce. It was delicious, and my 6 year old said he liked it as well.

Morning Star Farms pizza burger

Since we are observing Lent, I am glad to have another alternative to meat.  In addition, we always have plenty of marinara sauce and Mozzarella Cheese, and this product works great with both. I also feel good about feeding my kids something with Fiber.

To learn more about Morning Star Farms products visit morningstarfarms.com.

FFM

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Jul 212012
 
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I wanted to make something different the other night for dinner, and I had recalled getting a Baked Macaroni and Cheese dish after the birth of my daughter. I had a bunch of Macaroni and Cheese boxes that I had picked up on sale, and decided I was craving that.   However, the baked macaroni was meant really to be a side and I wanted a casserole type dish that was all in one.

So, I decided to come up with my own version of Baked Macaroni and Cheese that could be used as a meal or a side.

Here is what you need for Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli:

1 –  7.5 oz Box of your favorite Macaroni and Cheese Brand (prepare as usual with milk and margarine)

3 tbsps Italian Bread Cups

2 cups of Frozen Brocolli

1 Egg

This is how I did it:

First, Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Second, prepare your favorite Macaroni and Cheese Brand as usual (I followed the lighter version directions).

 

Then, add 1 egg, 2 tbsps of Italian Bread Crumbs, and 2 cups of Frozen Broccoli, combine all of these.

Pour the mixture in a small casserole dish (mine was a 1 1/2 Quart).

Sprinkle the top with 1 tbsp of Italian Bread Crumbs and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.  Before serving, make sure the dish is cook through to ensure proper egg handling, a temperature of 160°F.

This recipe serves around 3-4. The kids loved it and we had no leftovers. My husband said to definitely make it again and to double the recipe the next time.

I might even try to add some cooked bacon or cooked ham next time for some variety.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

FFM

Jun 232012
 
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Thanks to Weight Watchers and MomSelect, I was sent samples of a variety of Weight Watchers Cheeses to try and review here on Frugal and Fun Mom.

My samples included Whipped Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread, Whipped Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread,  Spreadable Jalapeno Pepper Cheese, and Pepper Jack Cheese Slices. Every cheese I have tried has turned out be delicious.

First, I tried the Spreadable Jalapeno Pepper Cheese on Triscuits.  The kids and I both enjoyed this. The Spreadable Jalapeno Pepper Cheese is a 1 PointPlus Value.

For breakfast, I had a half of wheat bagel with the  Whipped Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread.  

This made the wheat bagel taste a whole lot better! 

The Whipped Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread is a 2 PointPlus Value.

Finally, I tried one of the recipes I was provided called the Grilled Veggie Pizza, which used the Whipped Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread. Since  the weather was bad and I was not grilling out, I made this recipe in the oven broiling the vegetables and using Olive Oil.
My kids were not too sure of this at first, but my 6 year old said it tasted good and I thought it was yummy as well.  However, since this is made with cream cheese, and not mozzarella, you will need a fork since the veggies tend to fall off the pizza. The Whipped Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread is a 2 PointPlus Value.

Here is the original Grilled Veggie Pizza Recipe:

Serves: 6   Serving size: 1 slice  Weight Watchers PointsPlus value: 9 per serving

Ingredients:

1 medium zucchini – sliced the length of the vegetable

1 medium summer squash – sliced the length of the vegetable

1 3/4 red bell peppers – cleaned, deseeded and cut into triangles

1/3 pound asparagus – trimmed

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 1/2 tablespoon. sunflower oil

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

1 12-inch 100% whole wheat thin pizza crust – rolled out

12 tablespoons Weight Watchers Reduced Fat Whipped Onion and Chive Cream Cheese Spread

Equipment:

Pizza stone

Directions:

  1. Put all the cut vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with oregano, basil and pepper. Mix gently with a rubber spatula to coat.
  2. Pour oil and balsamic vinegar over the vegetables. Mix again until coated.
  3. With the grill at a medium-high temperature, grill off the vegetables until they are cooked through and have nice grill marks on them. Remove from heat and cut both types of squashes on a bias into bite-size pieces.
  4. Spread the cream cheese on the crust and layer the grilled vegetables on top of the cream cheese.
  5. With a pizza stone on the grill, place the pizza on the stone and cook for about 4-5 minutes to heat up the pizza crust and cheese.
  6. Cut into 6 slices and enjoy.

Nutritionals:

Calories: 350  Fat: 17 g  Carbohydrates: 43 g  Fiber: 10 g  Protein: 11 g

This recipe was created by nutrient calculation software, and may vary in PointsPlus calculated by the Recipe Builder function.

To learn more about Weight Watchers Cheeses visit weightwatchers.com or check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/weightwatcherssupermarketfoods.

For retailers CLICK HERE–> Stores That Carry Weight Watchers Products.

FFM

MomSelect provided free Weight Watchers Cheese product and coupons for review.  However, all of the opinions expressed here in this post are that of  my own.

 

Dec 212011
 
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My $50 Trip to ALDI, includes 3 Bottles of Wine, Eclairs, Cheesecake, and More!

Thanks to ALDI and Mom Central, I was sent a $50 Gift Card to shop at ALDI for my Holiday Beverage and Food items. ALDI, which offers more than 1,400 of the most frequently purchased grocery items for up to 50% less than traditional supermarkets, also has holiday essentials for less.

They offer a variety of Award Winning Wines priced mostly at $4.99 or less.  Their selection includes Beverage Testing Institute 2011 World Wine Challenge Winner Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio, Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” Landshut Riesling, Wine Spectator “Best Value” Gonfalone Chianti, plus many more. To check out their current wine selection visit ALDI Wines.
 
 
edenVale Brie
edenVale Brie $2.99.

In addition, ALDI carries an assortment of main courses, appetizers, and dessert options for this year’s holiday entertaining.  This includes edenVale Cheeses like Honey Goat Cheese, Creamy Havarti, and Chive Goat Cheese These cheeses can be paired with Villa Malizia Pinot Grigio and Savoritz Entertainment Crackers.

Plus, ALDI also carries edenVale Brie that can be transformed into the Aldi Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce (See below for Recipe and Directions). I made this for a holiday cookie exchange, and it was an absolute hit.  It was so easy to prepare, and it tasted wonderful! 

Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Half Ham
Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Ham $1.69 per lb.

For a main courses, ALDI carries different types of Hams including the Appleton Farms Spiral Sliced Ham that can be paired with the Landshut Riesling.
Belmont Petite Cheesecake Assortment
Belmont Petite Cheesecake Assortment $5.99.
Seasonal desserts at ALDI include Grandessa Signature Mini Eclairs, the Belmont Premium Cheesecake Sampler, and the Moser Roth Fine Truffles in Milk or Dark Chocolate.
The Chaza Moscato wine is said to pair well with cheesecake and the Landshut Sweet Red wine is said to pair well with Chocolate.

Ingredients for the ALDI Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce.

ALDI Baked Brie with Cranberry Sauce

Serves 10 

Recipe courtesy of Chef Kates, ALDI Test Kitchen

Ingredients:

- 1 wheel edenVale Brie Cheese
- 1/2 cup Southern Grove Dried Cranberries
- 1 cup Burlwood Cellars Chardonnay
- 1/2 cup Berryhill Blackberry Fruit Spread

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Place unwrapped brie on a foil-lined baking sheet.  Heat in oven 12-15 minutes or until brie is warmed through and soft to the touch.
  2. Meanwhile, bring dried cranberries and white wine to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add fruit spread, reduce heat to medium high and simmer 10-15 minutes stirring often.  Sauce is ready when liquid has thickened and coats the back of the spoon.
  3. To serve, pour over warm brie.  Can be eaten alone or spread on crackers.
To check out all of ALDI ’s Winter Seasonal Items visit ALDI Seasonal Items.  Selections may vary by location and Wine prices may vary state to state. 

At Home Moma

 

Disclosure: “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ALDI and received a gift certificate to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed by At Home Moma are that of my own.”