Food/Beverage, Valentine's 2018

Valentine’s Day Treat: Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips Mini Heart Shapes

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Valentine's Day Treat:  Sensible Portions Garden Veggie Chips Mini Heart Shapes

They are back! The heart-shaped Sensible Portions better-for-you Veggie Chips. These mini snacks packed full of flavor are made with no artificial preservatives or fillers, non-GMO, contain 30% less fat than the leading potato chip.

better-for-you chips

More Information

  • Sold in Target stores nationwide beginning in January
  • Gluten free and vegan and 0g trans fat
  • SRP: $5.99 for.5-oz. single-serve bags in packs of 12

Sensible Portions

Write messages in the provided box and counter those candy treats with these chips kids love. Anthony loves snacking on these and they are great to throw in his lunch for s treat. Keep an eye out in Target stores near you.

Veggie Chips

Food/Beverage, Recipes

Easy Naked Chicken Egg Roll Recipe

Naked Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe

Easy Naked Chicken Egg Roll Recipe

When your husband comes to you one day and says he wants to start eating healthier but no real plan that is the beginning of a lifestyle change. He wants to lose weight and knew he has little control over will power and we discussed the type of regimen we wanted to follow. I am not overweight but I could shed a few so I decided to join him on the journey to mainly eat healthier and be a partner with him to help keep him motivated.

We decided to choose – and tweak- the paleo diet. Basically it was very low carbs. That meant no breads, pasta, rice, cereals, tortillas, some cheeses and sugars. It is hard to suddenly get creative. We do allow ourselves a cheat night a week. After 3 months my husband is down 42 pounds and me 8.

egg roll

This latest recipe has been a hit! I was asked twice this night to make it so I will finally share! By Naked Chicken Egg Rolls I mean you make the insides but no pastry to roll them in. Very low carbs and filling!

Easy Naked Chicken Egg Roll Recipe
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Yield: 4

Easy Naked Chicken Egg Roll Recipe

Ingredients

  • Ground chicken (can use ground turkey or pork as well)
  • 1 Bag of Coleslaw mix w/o the dressing
  • 1.5 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/3 C low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 heaping tbsp pure sesame oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • sliced almonds (optional)
  • chopped green onions

Instructions

  1. Make the sauce by stirring together garlic, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil
  2. Cook ground chicken in a large wok until heated through
  3. Add the entire bag of coleslaw and sauce
  4. Stir all together and leave on heat no more than 2-3 minutes so you still have some crunch in the cabbage
  5. Garnish with onions and almonds if you desire!
http://parentinghealthy.com/easy-naked-chicken-egg-roll-recipe/

My recipe is derived from this recipe I found on Tip Hero just changing a few things to our taste!

Here are some items I used to get my meal done right!

Find more recipes like this HERE!

Naked Chicken Egg Rolls Recipe

Food/Beverage, Recipes

4 Cocktail Recipes for Your New Years Eve

4 Cocktail Recipes for Your New Years Eve

As I am writing this post to share some cocktail recipes with you I am sipping on a refreshing Sparkling Ice Pomegranate Blueberry water. We love these drinks and I don’t buy soda anymore because Sparkling Ice takes care of the carbonated beverage cravings with zero calories, sugars and fats. Did you know you can make great tasting cocktails with Sparkling Ice beverages? Here are 4 of them below for you.

Prosecco Punch

Recipe CreditSparkling Ice

INGREDIENTS

1 Part Prosecco
DIRECTIONS
Mix together and garnish with small lavender sprig
Prosecco Punch Recipe
Sparkle Shots
Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
INGREDIENTS
1oz Vodka
½ oz lime juice
Sprinkle Rim, for garnish
DIRECTIONS
In an ice filled cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake. Pour into a shot glass with a sprinkle rim and serve.
Sparkling Shots
Prosecco Superiore Skewer
Recipe Credit: Santa Margherita
Servings: 2
INGREDIENTS
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
DIRECTIONS
Put cranberries on a skewer and rinse under cold water. Dip skewered cranberries in water, then roll in granulated sugar. Place skewers on wax paper and place in freezer for 5 minutes. Fill glass ¾ with Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. Place skewers on top of glass and serve.
ALTERNATE OPTION
For a slightly sweeter garnish, soak fresh or frozen berries in maple syrup overnight, then skewer and roll in sugar.

 

Prosecco with Cranberry

Ginger Raspberry Sparkler

Recipe Credit: Brooklyn Crafted
INGREDIENTS
1/3 oz Raspberry Puree
1.5 oz Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini, Lemon/Lime
Splash of Limoncello
4 oz Champagne
Squeeze of Lime Juice Fresh
Raspberries
DIRECTIONS
Stir raspberry puree, Brooklyn Crafted Mini Lemon/Lime and Limoncello in a champagne flute. Top with champagne and a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with raspberries and enjoy!

 

Raspberry Ginger
Food/Beverage, Recipes, Uncategorized

Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe

Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe

Being on a low carb diet makes it hard to get creative. We have cut rices, most pasta and breads. Only poultry and lean pork and lots of fresh veggies and fruits. I can stare at a chicken breast a thousand hours some nights and am just flat out of creativity. Then one day you realize you have some peas, chicken and Explore Cuisine in the kitchen and crave pasta, but because we aren’t eating the sauces you just get creative anyway. Here is my Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne and it was a hit!

Explore Cuisine

The only pasta we keep in our cupboard is Explore Cuisine because it is made with real veggies and lentils like edamame chickpea and green lentils. These are loaded with plant-based protein, are USDA Organic and Gluten free. They taste incredible. The closest store to me that carries Explore Cuisine is an Albertsons 30 minutes away and I will head there to stock up. I have approved this pasta for a once a week meal on our diet.

low carb chicken penne

Everything is cooked separately then it all comes together with some herbs, parmesan and olive oil in the end.

organic lentil pasta

Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe
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Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Explore Cuisine Organic Green Lentil Penne
  • Chicken Breast (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 Cup cooked Peas
  • 1/4 Cup + extra for topping Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon Basil
  • 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup + 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook chicken with oregano, salt, pepper, basil in 2 tbsp olive oil until done. While the chicken is cooking, boil water and cook the penne. Once penne is done, drain and set aside. I just put it back in the same pan I cooked chicken in to stay warm. In the (now empty) pasta pot cook garlic in 1/2 Cup of olive oil until browned. Add the pasta, chicken and cooked peas. Add 1/4 C parmesan and stir. plate the pasta and top with a sprinkle of parmesan and parsley.
http://parentinghealthy.com/low-carb-pea-penne/

penne with chicken

Earth Friendly, Food/Beverage, Natural Foods

Featuring Honest® Tea for National Fair Trade Month

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October is full of recognition from Breast cancer to Non-GMO month. Did you know October is also Fair Trade Month? What does that mean? Simply put, we can stop to focus on who and where our products come from. In our part of the world we can celebrate brands like Honest® Tea and the retailers who support such brands; who support safe working conditions and the Farmers who crop without chemicals and pesticides.

When retailers and brands support these farms they can stay in business. No longer are the days where one could not afford sustainable products against factories and farms practicing recklessly for mass production. As consumers we want our food to come from safe places and we don’t want another human treated inhumanly to get us our products. We just don’t want to support that and the brands and retailers are listening. I can find sustainable brands right beside any other brand in my local grocery store.

My son is allowed to choose 2-3 lunches at school and the rest we make at home. Honest® Tea pouches for kids are always in my fridge ready for lunch days, neighbor kids when they are over, snack day for the soccer game and even all summer. They have plenty of flavor options so I can rotate flavors to give him variety. Honest® Tea products are USDA Organic-certified with sustainable ingredients and fair-trade certified cane sugar and tea.

Honest® Tea is the #1 organic tea in the U.S. and their products are:

  • Fair Trade Certified
  • Zero Calories per Bottle
  • USDA Organic
  • NON GMOs
  • Gluten Free
  • Kosher
  • Available in flavored Honest Tea, Honest Sport and Kids pouches

So, let’s celebrate these brands all year long! Start with Honest® Tea by visiting their website for more information.

Food, Food/Beverage, Holiday Gift Guide 2017, Natural Foods, Recipes

An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes

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An Easy Way To Make Cocktails with Herb & Lou's Infused Cubes

Would you call yourself a bartender in the sense that you know how to make the drinks your guests may request in a moments notice? I know rum & coke and screwdrivers and that’s about the extent of my cocktail recipe brain. I typically shop mixers because they at least include the written recipes on the bottles to guide me. Hardly do we all get together as friends and not enjoy some drinks in the evening. I typically buy random beverages and pull out my liquor and let my guests fend for themselves and even then I am sure I am leaving out some essential mixer option until I discovered Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.

 

Making cocktails is so fool proof even I can manage to make a great drink. It is so simple to do. Here is a bit of the packaging. Once you get your cubes you will store them in the freezer.

 

Step 1: Freeze the box of cubes

Step 2: Set up your bar with choices of different spirits for your guests. Set out some glasses, a cocktail shaker, sliced lemons and oranges and easy access to those frozen Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes.

Step 3: add a frozen cube to your spirit of choice-in this one I chose the Blood Orange-Ginger to mix with some local distilled gin. Shake the 2 together in your cocktail shaker and pour over ice (or not if you like it straight).

Step 4: Enjoy! It’s that easy. The Herb & Lou’s Infused Cubes are pre-mixed with the finest of ingredients. And for the non-alcoholic beverage just mix a cube with some seltzer. The flavors are so delicious

  • The Clyde: Peach with Benedictine-Inspired Herbs and Artisanal Bitters
  • The Cecile: Cucumber and Watermelon with Clover Honey and Thyme
  • The Cooper: Blood Orange-Ginger Old Fashioned

 

With the Holidays around the corner what a great product to keep in your freezer and have on hand for those dinner parties. I found some at my local Barnes & Nobles as they do make great gift ideas! Check the retail locator near you by visiting the website. You can also order on Amazon.