Aug 172014
 
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Wanting to greet your kids after school with quick and easy snacks?  I just created a recipe made with Kraft Cool Whip and Jell-O Chocolate Pudding that is exactly that.

Last week, I needed to do some shopping for birthday parties and back to school, so I headed up to Walmart to get what I needed.  While I was there, I figured I would also look for afternoon treats for the kids.

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As I shopped around, I happened upon the perfect shade of lipstick, located presents in the toy area for weekend parties, and paid a visit to the snack isle.

I saw one of my kid’s favorite kind of cookies so I grabbed a package, and then made my way over to the baking isle where I found a wide variety of Jell-O Pudding Mixes.

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I had been brainstorming snack ideas, and decided I could incorporate the cookies and pudding into some sort of pie.

Of course pie wouldn’t be right without Cool Whip, so I added a tub from the freezer section to the cart and also picked up cherries from another isle to go on top.

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Having this combination of items worked out great because I printed a $1.00 off Coupon for Cool Whip and 2 any size Jell-O Pudding Mixes (While supplies last) before I left home.  I was happy to put it to good use.

After this I was finished shopping, so I checked out and headed home.

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The next day, I was ready to give my dessert a trial run. To get started I first took 14 of those favorite cookies and put them into the food processor.  This made cookies n’ cream crumbs.

I then added 2 tablespoons of those crumbs to 8 clear containers and packed the contents down with the back of the scoop, this was the pie crust. Any left over cookie crumbs were put into a sealed plastic bag to be used later as a topping.

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Next, I prepared a 5.9 oz Box Jell-O Chocolate Instant Pudding for “pie filling” by adding 2 1/2 cups of milk to the mix and stirring with a whisk for 2 minutes.

I poured this mixture over the top of the cookie crumbs and filled each container up about half way. These were then placed into the fridge for an hour.

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When the cups were ready, I pulled out a few and added 2 heaping tablespoons of Cool Whip to the top. After that, I sprinkled the left over cookies crumbs, and added a cherry on top.

This was then handed over to my son the “official taste tester”.

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As you can tell by the photos my son enjoyed the snack, and he announced to me, “THAT was SO GOOD!”. The next day he asked if he could have it after lunch, and I said “Sure!”.

I think these are a good portion for a snack, and they are definitely convenient to prepare since they were all ready in the fridge.

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What simple snacks recipes do you create for after school? Which dishes do you use Cool Whip in?

I am really looking forward to making this again, and greeting my kids with special snacks and warm hugs after school!

FFM

Aug 122014
 
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Easy Herb Burger Recipe

I accidentally created this YUMMY burger using what I already had on hand. 

Last year I was introduced to a spice mixture from Goya when I was working on a sponsored campaign for the “MyPlate” Cookbook. I was making a Quinoa Salad and was missing one of the ingredients. I went out to search for it and found it in the Ethnic Foods section of Walmart.

The product I purchased is something called Sazonador Total AKA the Perfect Seasoning.

Easy Herb Burger Recipe

Since then, I have used it on roasts, chicken, veggies, and on one of the recent grilling holidays I tried it out in a burger mixture.

My husband complimented me on those burgers, and even mentioned them to my in-laws. I definitely knew they were good after that. :)

Easy Herb Burger Recipe

So this week, I recreated them for dinner and cooked them on my grill pan. They were so delicious.

To make these Herb Burgers, all you will need is

1 lb of Ground Chuck 80/20

2 Teaspoons of Goya Sazonador Total

1/2 Cup of Italian Bread Crumbs

Easy Herb Burger Recipe

Directions:

Combine the ingredients together completely.  Separate the mixture into 5-6 patties.

Either grill or prepare on the stove at medium until completely cooked according to the USDA Guidelines for Ground Beef.

Easy Herb Burger Recipe

This main dish turned out great and I paired it with a Couscous Salad and Tater Tots.

There were no burgers left over from this meal.

Easy Herb Burger Recipe

How do you make Hamburgers?  What is your favorite ingredient to add?

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

FFM

Aug 062014
 
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Making Sweet and Spicy Chicken Salad Wraps With El Yucateco! #SauceOn #Shop #Cbias

My family enjoys a good Chicken Salad and whether I add fruits or vegetables, I like to keep the combination interesting.

I try to surprise my kids with new ingredients like apples, cranberries, nuts, and green onions. Recently to spice it up, I even added El Yucateco Habanera Hot Sauce to the recipe.  It was a delicious hit!

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Earlier in the week, I had told my kids we would be having Chicken Salad Wraps for lunch. So after dinner one night, I headed up to Publix to pick up a few of the ingredients.

While there, I grabbed a bag of dried cranberries and then paid a visit to the Ethnic Foods section.

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On the top shelf, I found 3 varieties of El Yucateco Hot Sauce including Red Habanero, Green Habanero, and XXXtra Hot Kutbil-ik. The tough decision would be picking which flavor to try first, I grabbed one of each.

While shopping, one of the associates happened to notice my selection and told me that his mom really liked the Green Habanero. He shared that she used it a lot in her cooking and even added it to soups.

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After I got home, I looked at the heat and colors of the sauces and thought it best to initially use the Red Habanero Hot Sauce in my dish.

To make the Chicken Salad, I would use tortillas that I already had on hand along with a 10 oz Can of Publix Brand Chunk White Chicken. I also added in 2 tablespoons of diced green onions from my garden and 2 heaping tablespoons of Mayonnaise.

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I then added in a 1/2  cup of dried cranberries along with 1 teaspoon of El Yucateco Hot Sauce.

I made sure to completely combine all the ingredients to help spread out the “spiciness”.

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The Chicken Salad had a pretty hue from the hot sauce along with pops of green and red from the cranberries.  The portion was enough to make 3 wraps, which I in turn cut into halves.

This recipe had a great balance of sweet and spicy. Did I mention already that my family LOVED it?

What is your favorite way to make Chicken Salad? Do you ever add hot sauce to everyday foods to “Spice It Up”?

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Looking for other recipes or ways to use Hot Sauce?

Visit elyucatecorecipes.com and also check them out on Facebook at facebook.com/elyucateco.

I can’t wait to do this again, my son has already put in a request to try out one of the other sauces.

FFM

Jul 242014
 
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Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

My youngest sister was having a baby shower, and I wanted to put together something simple yet delicious.

I told her I would bring vegetables to the party, so I figured I would also make a dip to go along with it.  In addition, I also brought along a Layered Dessert Trifle.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

This would be my first time making a vegetable dip from scratch, but I wanted this recipe to include Bacon so I came up with my own concoction.

After some experimenting, I created a mixture that was SO GOOD! Not to mention, it got great feedback at the shower.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Of course I took photos just in case it turned out to be a keeper, and AWESOME tasting. So, here is how I did it.

Bacon Onion Vegetable Dip - Serves 20 or more depending upon the crowd

What you will need:

5 pieces of cooked crumbled bacon  (You will set aside one of the pieces)

1 tsp of Garlic Powder

1 tsp of Seasoned Salt

1/2 cup of Diced Green Onions (You will set aside 1 tbsp)

3 tbsp of Mayonnaise

2 blocks of 8 oz cream cheese

Cream Cheese for Bacon Onion Vegetable Dip

Directions:

Completely combine the 4 pieces of crumbled bacon, garlic powder, seasoned salt, diced green onions, mayo, and cream cheese with a mixer.

Tip: I first mixed it a little with a spoon to break apart the cream cheese, and then I started the mixer on the medium setting.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Once it is totally combined, place this into a decorative bowl for serving.

Tip: It is a thicker dip so you can always add a little more mayo to make it creamier.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Some of it will stick to the mixer, but it is easily removed with a spoon. Smooth this out in the bowl for a level surface.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Top the mix in the bowl with the left over pieces of crumbled bacon and tbsp of diced onion. Refrigerate.

Serve along side carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, or other chopped veggies.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

A little goes a long way, and I served this at a party with over 20 adults.

I did not set up my veggies until I got to the party, so I took a photo of the finished product with my phone.

Bacon and Onion Vegetable Dip!  Perfect Party Recipe!

Do you make a similar Vegetable Dip? What ingredients do you include?

If you try this recipe out, Enjoy!

FFM

Jul 132014
 
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Tropical Smoothie Kefir Freezer Pops! 3 Ingredient Recipe! #KefirCreations #Collectivebias #Shop

As a parent, I can’t help but worry about whether my children are getting proper nutrients.  I try my best to offer them foods to promote “well-being”, but I wonder if I could do more. This worry is compounded with my youngest child since he has a sensitivity to milk products.

I happened to mention this to a few mom friends at breakfast one day and they said, “Have you tried Kefir. Our kids love it.” After hearing this, I did some research and found out that Lifeway Kefir Smoothies contain Vitamins A & D, has 11 Grams of Protein, and No Artificial Sweeteners. They are also rich in Calcium, 99% Lactose Free, and a Probiotic.

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Well after reading this, I didn’t need any more convincing and this past week I took a trip to my neighborhood Winn-Dixie to pick up a couple varieties of these Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Smoothies.

I bought 3 – 32 ounce containers of the Kefir Smoothies in the Raspberry, Blueberry, and Plain Unsweetened varieties. I even found an online coupon to use with my purchase.

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As soon as I got home, I opened up a bottle of a fruit flavored Kefir and taste tested. It was REALLY good.

The next day the kiddos took turns trying it out, and they were of the same opinion.

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My youngest has also taken to these fruit smoothies, and as he inhales a cup he then asks for more!

As for the Plain Unsweetened Flavor, I found that it would make a perfect base to Freezer Pops. After some experimentation, I determined that the combination of Coconut, Orange, and Kefir created a sweet tropical flavor. It was a keeper!

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To recreate these Tropical Smoothie Kefir Freezer Pops, you will need:

6 slot Freezer Pop Container

1/2 Cup of  Plain Unsweetened Lifeway Kefir

2 – 4 oz Containers of Mandarin Oranges in Light Syrup

2 Tbsps of Shredded Coconut

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Directions:

Combine 1/2 cup of Plain Unsweetened Kefir with the drained juice of 2 Mandarin Orange containers and 2 Tbsps of Shredded Coconut.

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Put 2-3 Oranges into each freezer pop container, and then pour the mixture over this. Freeze for 2-3 hours until solid and Serve.

This recipe is really that easy to create, and it is so nice to know that I can give my family a tasty healthy treat.

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How do you incorporate Kefir into your diet? What recipes have you used this ingredient in?

Want to know more about Lifeway Kefir and take advantage of a coupon? Visit Lifeway Foods Coupons for more details! You can also look for additional recipes at their Facebook page at facebook.com/LifewayKefir and Twitter at @lifeway_kefir.

We are really enjoying these smoothie flavors, and I am so glad I have found a great way to add more “well-being” into my family’s diet.

FFM

Jun 282014
 
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Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

If you are looking for a quick dessert for this 4th of July or any other Patriotic holiday, try this easy Trifle Dish I put together.

It only requires 4 ingredients and of course a glass container to display it in. Serves around 10-12.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

To get started you will need:

- A frozen pound cake (makes it easier to cut)

- 1 Package of Strawberries

- 1 Package of Blueberries

- 1 Container of Whipped Cream

I happened to have a box of presliced Sara Lee Pound cakes I bought 50 % off and whipped cream I got Buy One Get One Free at Publix, so these worked out perfectly for this dessert.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

First, I cut the cake into crouton like squares.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Second, I washed and dried all my fruit and then sliced my strawberries into thirds.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Next I started layering. My first layer was half of the cake.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Then a layer of half the whipped cream. Next came all the strawberries.

FYI, I set aside 6 slices to make a flower on top.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Then I added the rest of the cake. Then another layer of the rest of the whipped cream, and then the blueberries.

FYI, I set aside 9 blueberries.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

To finish, I made my strawberry flower on top and put the blueberries in the middle.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

It was that easy to create and it looks pretty. Not to mention, this dessert tastes delicious.

Easy Red White and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

You can even use it as your centerpiece since it has such a great Patriotic look.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

This was an absolute hit at my Memorial Day Party and disappeared rather quickly.

Easy Red, White, and Blue Dessert Trifle! Simple Patriotic DIY Recipe!

Do you make a similar dessert? How do you arrange yours?

If you make it, Enjoy!

FFM

Jun 112014
 
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Bow Ties and Veggies Recipe

Produce for Kids and Publix have teamed up again to raise money to benefit a wonderful cause and to bring you delicious recipes!

For the 12th year, both of these great organizations have partnered up for the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign.  This initiative has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit various children’s groups and non-profits. Publix alone, through the help of employees and customers, has raised nearly $2.3 million for local children’s organizations since 2002. 

To help increase this year’s donations, shoppers are encouraged to add more produce to their grocery carts through 12 participating fruit and vegetable suppliers. These include Bolthouse Farms Juices & Smoothies; D’Arrigo Bros. of California – Andy Boy Broccoli; Chiquita Bananas; Fresh Express Packaged Salads; Coast Tropical Mangoes; Crunch Pak Sliced Apples; Del Monte Foods – Fruit Naturals Cups; J & D Produce, Inc. – Little Bear Brand Vidalia Sweet Onions; Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice; Shuman Produce – RealSweet Vidalia Onions; Ventura Foods – Marie’s Dressings; Paramount Farms – Wonderful Pistachios.

Check out the following Produce for Kids dish that can be prepared and paired with many of these “Good for You” ingredients!

 

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Bow Ties & Veggies Recipe

Serves: 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. olive oil

½ large Little Bear Brand Vidalia sweet onion, sliced

½ cup Andy Boy broccoli, chopped

½ cup cauliflower, chopped

½ cup rainbow bell peppers, chopped

2 cups bow tie pasta, prepared according to package directions

½ cup cherry tomatoes, chopped

½ cup feta cheese, crumbled

½ cup strawberries, sliced

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat; add onions, broccoli/cauliflower and peppers, and cook 5 minutes or until tender.
  2. Reduce heat to low; add cooked pasta and tomatoes, and heat 1 minute or until warm.
  3. Top with cheese and strawberries.

For a complete meal, serve Bow Ties & Veggies with:

  • Fresh Express packaged salad topped with radish, avocado, cucumber and lowfat Marie’s salad dressing
  • A glass of Bolthouse Farms juice

Are you more likely to purchase foods when you know it benefits a great cause? Which of the participating brands do you currently buy?

At the conclusion of this campaign, these fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a consumption-based donation to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit that provides comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids. Look for signage in store and information in Publix ads, featuring a list of all the participating brands and healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes.

For more information about the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign and for additional recipes visit produceforkids.com.

I think it is awesome that Produce for Kids and Publix have teamed up for this, and I can’t wait to fill my cart with “Good for You” items and try out some of the recipes.

FFM

Jun 052014
 
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Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! Dish

Out of a desire to use what I had on hand, and to put off going to the grocery store for a couple more days, I have been getting creative with meals this week.

One of the dishes I put together is an Italian Shrimp Po’ Boy Sandwich.  I choose this name only because I wanted to make a Po’ Boy Sandwich and I ended up raiding the fridge and garden for items to top it off with.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! 6

I know this is traditionally served on a hard bread like a baguette, but it just so happens that I had left over hot dog buns in the freezer from Memorial Day.

In addition, I had a package of SeaPak Popcorn Shrimp that I had bought  Buy One Get One FREE at Publix, so there was no need to add any seasonings.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! Start

To recreate this dish you will need:

18 oz Box of Frozen Popcorn Shrimp

An Eight Count Pack of Hot Dog Buns

Marinara Sauce or Spaghetti Sauce

Chopped Green Onion (I used 2 long leaves of it)

Shredded Mozzarella

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! 2

To get started making this recipe, I preheated the oven and put some marinara in a pot to warm up. Once the oven was ready, I placed the shrimp and cooked it according to the directions on the box. When there was about 5 minutes left on the time, I put the defrosted buns into a pan and warmed them up in the oven.

Tip: You will want to put the buns in the oven to dry them out a bit.  That way they will hold up to the marinara.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients! 3

After the shrimp was cooked, I turned off the oven and added 5-8 pieces in each bun. Next, I added a little green onion on top.

Then I topped these off with some marinara, and then shredded cheese.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy

I placed the buns back into the warm oven, and kept them in until the cheese melted.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich

Once it was ready, I served immediately and paired it with a Parmesan Broccoli Recipe.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Easy

This dish was that easy to put together and as a frugal mom, I was glad to use what I already had on hand. It was also a filling meal and my family loved it. My husband said it looked like it came right out of a restaurant.

I can’t wait for those shrimp to go on sale again.

Italian Shrimp Po' Boy Sandwich! An Easy Recipe With Alternative Ingredients!

Do you create a similar dish?  What ingredients do you use?

If you try this recipe out, let me know what you think!

Enjoy,

FFM

May 142014
 
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3 cheese macaroni and cheese

Amendment: I got schooled tonight, apparently this should be called 3 Dairy Macaroni and Cheese. I have always referred to Sour Cream as a cheese and after some research I have determined it is a close relative.  :)  One of these days I’ll get around to updating the photo so you will have to excuse my blunder. FYI, it is yummy either way.

I have been trying to perfect a Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe that involved as little effort as possible.  I found a keeper this week.

This has been something I have been playing around with, and my results were either to dry, or the cheese was too strong. I finally picked the right ingredients and combination to create a delicious and creamy 3 Cheese – Macaroni and Cheese.

   3 cheese macaroni cheeses

If you want to recreate this dish, this is what you will need:

(Serves around 5-6 as a side)

8 oz of pasta (half a box, I used Penne)

2 Slices of American Cheese

4 Tablespoons of Sour Cream

1 Cup of Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese

3 Tablespoons of Margarine

3 cheese macaroni in pot

Directions:

Cook the pasta according to the directions and drain the water.  Put the pot back onto the warm burner with the pasta.

3 cheese macaroni dish

Immediately add all of the ingredients and stir.

Do this until the Cheeses and Margarine are melted and the pasta is completely covered. Serve immediately.

3 cheese macaroni meal

That is all it took to make this, and it is really good. I paired it with Italian Pork Meatballs and Green Beans. My family liked it a lot, in fact my Toddler said, “MMMM, Maa Maa!”.

Do you make your Macaroni and Cheese from scratch? What ingredients do you use?

I like that this recipe requires minimal effort, and ingredients. If you try this out, let me know what you think.

FFM