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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe

[ 21 ] June 27, 2014 |

Refreshing Summer Luncheon Salad

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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad

Loving simple seasonal salads!

I adore a great simple seasonal salad that I can whip up from the fridge, don’t you? This Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is just what I am talking about! It’s prepared with fresh spinach and tangy cherry tomatoes. The cottage cheese substitutes for dressing  and the prepared pasta adds a warm element without adding meat!

I was inspired to create this seasonal salad by the P&Geveryday website which features seasonal salad lunch suggestions. I found the P&Geveryday recipe section so valuable, as it highlights food that is in season at that time period followed by salad recipe creations. For example, summer is listed and these ingredients that are in season are suggested: summer squash, zucchini, cucumber, melon, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, corn, peppers, eggplant, peaches, plums, apricots and then a recipe is provided for raw zucchini salad. Check out this wonderful Harvest salad they have for fall containing  baby kale, grapes, pomegranate seeds, apple, pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, your favorite dressing or extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar!  MMMM!

salad-ideas-for-each-season

As we are basically starting summer in Michigan,  my seasonal inspired salad includes several items from spring and summer and then I coupled it with items I had in my fridge.  

5.0 from 4 reviews
Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad Recipe
 
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Spinach Tomato Cottage Cheese Pasta Salad is a great hot/cold salad perfect for a late spring or summer day.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • Fresh spinach (enough to cover bottom of each plate)
  • ½ to ¾ of cup cottage cheese as desired
  • 4 oz of stuffed hot/warm agnolotti or ravioli (cooked)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Spread fresh spinach over bottom of plate to form a bed
  2. Mound cottage cheese in center of lettuce bed
  3. Arrange cooked agnolotti or ravioli in a circular pattern around center mound of cottage cheese
  4. Place cherry tomato around arrangement in a pleasing manner with one in middle of cottage cheese mound.

 A little more about P&Geveryday

P&Geveryday is brought to you by Procter & Gamble, a company that has been establishing brands for the past 175 years, helping people around the world have extraordinary days, every day! You will love that you can find content and resources on beauty, family, food, health, home and more. I also found some great offers from the innovative and trusted brands I love. For example, there is currently an offer where you can get $10 when you spend $30 on Tide, Gain, Downy and Bounce! You are already spending money on those products, why not get $10 back?

Here’s just a few things I discovered on P&Geveryday

    • Delicious recipes for lunch and dinner (How about a Pumpkin Black Bean Soup Recipe)
    • Beauty trends, and smart tips (Haircut ideas!)
    • New products to try out for yourself, family and home (have you tried Mr. Clean Surface Cleaner?)
    • Product ratings and reviews ( I loved the star ratings!)
    • Fresh ideas and inspiration  (I saw an article on family bonding)
    • Coupons and samples from your trusted brands
    • And much more!

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Glazed Vanilla Pineapple with Brummel & Brown Spread

[ 17 ] May 22, 2014 |

Non-Fat Yogurt Tang and Fruit?  The Perfect Summer Combo

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brummel & Brown.

Glazed Vanilla Pineapple

 Glazed Vanilla Pineapple — Girls LOVE it!

I have been making this recipe for Glazed Vanilla Pineapple for a few years now. The first time I made it, I cooked it for a group of my girlfriends who were at my house for drinks and crafts. It was the first time that I had ever made a dessert for a girl’s night out, when everyone went back for seconds. I used butter, rum and ice cream in the original version.

Lighten Recipes UP!

I am always looking for ways to lighten up a recipe and recently I found Brummel & Brown Spread at my local Target.

Brummel & Brown Spread

I found that I like Brummel & Brown spread on my toast in the morning because it’s made with nonfat yogurt which adds a creamy taste with a nice little tang. The fact that it has 50% less calories than butter with 0g Trans Fats and No Hydrogenated oils is extra appealing to me.

Brummel & Brown Spread

This got me thinking, where else could I substitute the Brummel & Brown Spread? When I checked the Brummel and Brown’s Facebook page, I saw a lots of recipes. I was surprised at the versatility of the brand.

Glazed Vanilla Pineapple

I remade my Glazed Vanilla Pineapple substituting Brummel & Brown Spread for the butter and used vanilla instead of rum for the flavoring. The dish turned out pretty, but as I had served the original recipe with ice cream, I felt it needed a glaze.  So I made a glaze from the Brummel & Brown Spread as well. The recipe follows.

5.0 from 7 reviews
Glazed Vanilla Pineapple
 
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This showy dish served warm will be the star of your summer picnic or winter soiree. The nonfat yogurt in the spread adds a tang to the pineapple and a creaminess to the glaze while adding a lower calorie twist!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • Pineapple:
  • 10 pineapple spears, full length
  • 3 Tbs vanilla
  • 3 Tbs brown Sugar + extra for dusting
  • 2 Tbs Brummel & Brown Spread
  • Glaze
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Lemon
  • 2 Tbs. Brummel & Brown Spread..
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. Place pineapple spears in a rimmed baking dish (glass is pretty)
  3. Whisk together vanilla and brown sugar
  4. Brush some of the vanilla mixture on pineapple spears
  5. Dot pineapple with Brummel & Brown spread
  6. Roast in oven until liquid has evaporated, about 30 minutes
  7. At 10 min intervals during roasting, apply additional vanilla mixture
  8. With 2 minutes before cooking end time, dust pineapples with additional brown sugar
  9. Remove pineapple from oven and cool slightly on wire rack
  10. Meanwihle, for Glaze, blend confectioners sugar, lemon juice and Brummel & Brown Spread.
  11. Drizzle Glaze over Warm Pineapple
  12. ENJOY!

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Blue Valentine Recipes! Blue Chicken + Blue Tres Leches Cupcakes

[ 10 ] February 1, 2014 |

A Blue Valentine’s Day meal, when your Valentine’s isn’t so RED!

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Blue Valentine Meal: Blue Tres Leches, Blueberry Compote, Blue Chicken

A Valentine’s Day Alternative Theme

While we all love a Valentine’s full of hearts, kisses, romantic meals and cupids, let’s face it, every year isn’t that way. Many years ago, when I was going through my divorce, a girlfriend suggested we have a Blue Valentine’s, with all the food being blue themed to go with my “Blue” mood. It was great fun thinking up recipes! As a nod to those of you who may need a new twist on this day meant for lovers, I present a Blue Valentine Dinner. Share it with some friends on Feb. 14 and I’ll just bet you will feel some cheer!

First–off to shop for “Blue Food”

Nestles Tres Leche Mix Buitoni Sauces

Found the Buitoni Sauces near the bread and deli.  The New Nestle’s Tres Leches were featured in the Main Aisle!

I headed off to my local Walmart to get all the key ingredients for my Blue Valentine’s meal. I decided to make Blue Chicken so I grabbed some Buitoni Alfredo Sauce as the base for my chicken’s sauce. Having heard about Nestle New Tres Leches Baking Mixes (usually quite a difficult dessert to prepare from scratch), I decided that Blue Tres Leche Cupcakes would be the perfect! As the chicken and dessert are rather heavy, I grabbed some blueberries and grapes to whip up a Blueberry Fruit Compote to lighten the meal.

Blue Tres Leches Cupcake Recipe

Blue Tres Leches Cupcakes #Valentines4All #shop  #cbias

Tres Leches Cake is a sponge cake popular in the U.S., Mexico, and South America.  It is a “wet cake”, not unlike tiramisu or a trifle. The name means “3 milk cake”, so named as the sponge cake is literally soaked in three kinds of milk: heavy cream, evaporated milk and condensed milk. The new Nestle’s Tres Leches Baking Mix gives directions right on the side of the box to make Tres Leches Cupcakes so I won’t repeat that recipe here.

However, I will give you the tip on the “Icing”. The box suggest topping the cake or cupcakes with sweetened whipping cream. Instead, I used Cool Whip Frosting and dyed it blue with a tiny bit of food coloring. SO EASY! Blue Dessert Done!

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Blue Tres Leches Cupcakes

Blue Chicken

Blue Chicken Blue Valentines dinner #Valentines4All #shop  #cbias

 This recipe is a long time favorite of mine, meant to be made with Curaçao (a liqueur). However, the first time I made it I was very young, so I bought Blue Curaçao, not knowing any better, hence the name of this dish.

P.S.  Blue Curaçao and Curaçao taste exactly alike. Don’t let the addition of this liqueur put you off making this dish. It adds a delicious orangey tang and the alcohol burns off during the cooking! The Buitoni alfredo sauce makes a nice substitute for the heavy cream that this recipe normally calls for.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Blue Chicken
 
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After browning, the chicken breasts are baked, then simmered in champagne and curacao. Mushrooms and alfredo sauce (or heavy cream) are then combined to make a rich sauce. This is a spectacular main course that will have your guests mesmerized between the color and the taste.
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tspn. salt
  • 4 chicken medium breasts, skinned, boned and halved
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. cooking oil of choice
  • 4-6 Tbs. Curacao
  • ¾ cup champagne (or sparkling apple juice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups sliced fresh white mushrooms
  • 1 Tbs. butter, melted
  • ¾ cup Buitoni alfredo sauce (or ½ cup whipping cream)
  • blueberries
  • Seedless grapes
Instructions
  1. Combine salt and flour
  2. Coat chicken in flour mixture
  3. Heat 1 Tbs. butter and oil in large skillet
  4. Add chicken and cook for 5 min each side (or until slightly browned on each side)
  5. Place chicken in a oven proof pan in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes
  6. In a skillet, add curacao, champagne, and broth and simmer
  7. Add the oven cooked chicken and simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes
  8. Cook mushrooms in 1 Tbs butter, add to chicken along with alfredo sauce
  9. Spoon all into a warmed serving dish along with fruit compotes of grapes and blueberries

Blue Chicken Blue Valentine Recipes

Doesn’t this fun Blue Valentine Dinner make your Valentine’s Day just a little more fun?

Blue Valentine Meal

 

 

 

Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe, Share Your Moments

[ 0 ] September 30, 2013 |

Sharing Your Recipes, Sharing Your Moments

This Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffe Cake Recipe is part of a campaign that I participated in on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe Share your moment

 Grape Lemon Poppy See Coffee Cake recipe!

Kitchen Table Moments define tastes for life

When I was little, I used to love Welch’s grape juice. I loved the way it’s sweetness and sourness would just coat my taste buds. My mom would only buy it for “special” occasions, but not everyday breakfast. I would always tell my mom, as I drank the cheaper brand, “When I grow-up and get rich, I am going to drink Welch’s Grape Juice everyday!”

Our family shared many meals around the kitchen table. I have blogged previously about memories we created around my Grandmother’s table.  At my parent’s, we ate most morning and evening meals together. My mother was a wonderful baker and we always had many delicious homemade goodies including cinnamon rolls, donuts, and coffee cakes. Even today, I make many of her recipes and even continue to use her 1941 cookbook to make many of my desserts.

Share Your Moments, Share What’s Good

Share your Moments Share What's Good

I feel those moments around the kitchen table, defined my food tastes for life and I treasure those meals as special “kitchen table” moments. Welch’s believes in the magic of these special moments shared over a glass of juice, a morsel of coffee cake, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Welch’s new “Share what’s good™” movement was launched to enhance and preserve your special moments. Head over to Welch’s Sharewhatsgood.com where you will discover an assortment of great content from fun family ideas to delicious recipes.

Want a chance to win $5000? From 9/16 to 10/25 , as part of the Share what’s good movement, Welch’s has launched the “Share Your Moments” photo contest! If you upload a photo of your favorite family moment, you will have a shot to win $5,000! BONUS: Everyone who enters will get a $1.50 coupon for Welch’s 100% Grape Juice – or $2.00 if you share the news. Run over to  Sharewhatsgood.com and enter. Check out Welch’s on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram.

Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe

Now I am going to share one of my family recipes, it’s a moment from our family’s “kitchen table”.  My son used to beg for this Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe and I figure why not share what’s good with you, my wonderful readers?

Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake Recipe
 
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Grape Lemon Poppy Seed Coffee Cake is a surprising twist on the traditional lemon poppy seed muffin. The crumble top and hidden grape jelly combine for a luscious fragrant offset to the moist lemon poppy seed cake.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 7.5 oz bags of Martha White lemon poppy seed muffin mix
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup Welch's grape jelly
  • ¼ sugar
  • 3 oz cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Spray 8" springform pan with cooking spray
  3. Set aside ½ cup of muffin mix in a small bowl for topping
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine remaining muffin mix, egg, milk and oil. Stir until mixture is moistened, (about 60 stirs)
  5. Spread ⅔ of batter in bottom of sprayed the springform pan.
  6. Drop jelly over batter and spread very gently to within ½ in of edge of pan
  7. Spoon remaining batter over jelly and carefully spread to edges (You may be able to see some jelly)
  8. Add sugar to reserved ½ cup muffin mix.
  9. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in cream cheese until mix looks like tiny pebbles and crumbs.
  10. Sprinkle mixture over batter
  11. Bake 350 degrees F for 45 minutes OR until edges are golden.
  12. Cool one hour.

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Do you have a favorite recipe that captures your family’s “kitchen table” moments?

 

Triple Juice Trio Recipe and Breakfast Bread Bowls, Protein Powered

[ 9 ] July 12, 2013 |

A great source of Protein and Vitamins!  A quick and easy meal!

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Triple Juice Trios coupled with Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls and fruit.  

Providing protein at breakfast time

My husband Walt is a seriously big man.  Not heavy mind you…but tall 6′ 6″!  (99.99 percentile)!  He has a basketball build and has always been quite slim.  He loves to tell people he is the same height and weight as Michael Jordan was in his prime.  Aren’t I a lucky girl?

Walt and Shelley Zurek at Edmonston-Alston Cocktail Reception

I knew Walt in college and he had a reputation as a serious eater.  One time he ate 25 tacos at one time!  Walt’s fraternity brothers would tell stories of  Walt,  eating his cereal from a (full) mixing bowl.  Yet today, Walt weighs 10 pounds less than he did in college.  He actually has trouble gaining and maintaining his weight (OH! How I wish that was my issue).

For those trying to gain weight, protein is a big component.  According to a column written by   WebMD Expert

“Try to eat six times a day, with each meal (or at least three of them) containing protein, starch, vegetable[s], and fat,”

says sports nutritionist and Georgia State University professor emeritus Christine Rosenbloom, PhD, RD.

I decided that once a week I would make Walt a good  “Big Breakfast” that contained a healthy dose of protein, starch, vitamins and fat to supplement his diet.

Breakfast Bread Bowls to the rescue

We go to church every Sunday morning, but Sunday is the day that we both enjoy a bigger and more leisurely breakfast.  I like quick and easy meals like frozen breakfast sandwiches or eggs or homemade pancakes.  On a recent trip down the Walmart Breakfast aisle, I discovered Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls.  When I checked the nutrition information, I found just the information I was looking for:

Nutrition information

With two Tyson Breakfast bowls, Walt can get 18g of protein or 36% of his daily protein!

Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls 2

It only takes 1 minute and 45 seconds to heat up two Breakfast Bread Bowls in the microwave.  I was shocked how good they were and Walt loved them.  Sometimes things heated in the microwave can be mushy but not these little beauties.  They taste like…well…like I made them myself from scratch.

I paired the Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls with my specially created Triple Juice Trio and some grapes for color and Walt had a breakfast that met my good “Big Breakfast” requirements!

Here’s the Triple Juice Trio recipe!  Let me know what you think!

Triple Juice Trio

4.8 from 4 reviews
Triple Juice Trio Recipe and Breakfast Bread Bowls, Protein Powered
 
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Our Triple Juice Trio combined with Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls is protein packed breakfast for your biggest eaters.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • One Package of Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls
  • Cranberry juice
  • White sparkling grape juice
  • 2 cups plum juice
  • 1½ teaspoons vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2½ cups chilled sparkling water
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup Ginger ale
Instructions
  1. To prepare Tyson Breakfast Bread Bowls: Follow package directions.
  2. To prepare Sparkling Cranberry Delight: Mix equal parts cranberry Juice and white sparkling grape juice.
  3. To prepare Passion Plum Cooler: Mix 2 cups of plum juice, 1½ tsp vinegar, ½ cup sugar, and 2½ cups sparkling water.
  4. To prepare Raspberry Ginger Froth: Puree 1 cup partially thawed raspberries, blend with 1 cup Ginger ale.
  5. Serve all as shown in picture above.

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