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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


1 Part Prosecco
Mix together and garnish with small lavender sprig
Prosecco Punch Recipe
Sparkle Shots
Recipe Credit: Sparkling Ice
1oz Vodka
½ oz lime juice
Sprinkle Rim, for garnish
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
1 bottle of Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore DOCG
8-10 frozen cranberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp water
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.
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
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
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
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Low Carb Chicken Pea Penne Recipe

I have partnered with Explore Cuisine. Recipe is my own

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


  • 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


  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.

penne with chicken

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Meatless Monday Recipe – Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad

I have partnered with Goya Foods for feature


What is your Meatless Monday go to dish? Goya challenged me with a creative Meatless Monday recipe and I had to use Goya Coconut Milk and/or Cream of Coconut. This recipe is a hybrid. I make a peanut sauce we all love and then took the contents of a standard broccoli salad and instead of the vinegar and mayo, I used my peanut dressing. Hence, the Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad. It was a hit!

My peanut sauce has a bit of a twist from a standard peanut sauce recipe. I use coconut milk and instead of red pepper flakes I use chili powder. It has a kick! The key thing to note is my peanut sauce recipe makes more than you need for the broccoli salad, so keep the rest in a jar to use for another meal that week!

If you like this recipe, try my other recent Goya recipe HERE!

Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad
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Spicy Thai Broccoli Salad


  • Salad
  • 2 Heads Broccoli (just the florets, cut into bite-size pieces)
  • 1/4 cup of Craisins or raisins
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seed kernels (sliced almonds are good too instead)
  • Peanut sauce
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Goya Coconut Milk
  • 3 tbsp rice vingear
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Wok or sesame oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder


  1. Mix all together for the sauce and pour over salad ingredients. You can serve right away or chill and omit the sunflower kernels for right before serving.

Goya has partnered with the Meatless Monday campaign to promote Goya;s “Can Do” initiative. For every can of Goya Coconut Milk purchased in November and December, Goya will donate products to Feeding America. The food will then be distributed to families in need at local food banks across the country. The ‘Can Do’ campaign is part of Goya Gives, a national initiative committed to supporting local communities through social and environmental causes.  By the end of the year, Goya will donate at least 600,000 pounds of food.

Books Reviews, Recipes

The Moosewood Restaurant Table Recipe Book

Copy sent from St Martins Press for feature

The Moosewood Restaurant Table Recipe Book

The Moosewood Restaurant Table: 250 Brand-New Recipes from the Natural Foods Restaurant That Revolutionized Eating in America

Moosewood Restaurant has been bringing up natural food recipes to their tables for 5 decades now. The restaurants farm-to-table philosophy has been helping us dine out healthier and some of their popular recipes are in this newest edition.

The book is a hardcover and very thick with pictures worked in throughout the book. Because of this it makes a great gift for a foodie!


“The Moosewood Collective has nineteen members who share responsibilities and participate in the various jobs necessary to run what has grown from a very small natural foods restaurant to a larger and more diversified company. Most members of the Collective have worked together for at least 15 years, and some have worked for the restaurant since it was founded in 1973. The Moosewood Collective is the recipient of three James Beard Awards and numerous nominations. Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health is its twelfth book.”

Available on Amazon!

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Mint Brownies with Vodka Recipe

The recipe is my own and I was supplied product from Khor Vodka for feature

Have you ever baked with alcohol? I haven’t, but have read many articles and recipes and adding vodka or even some rum to recipes is actually quite easy. Children? I typically will not serve kids baked foods with alcohol because not a lot of alcohol evaporates when baking. If I cook and boil (sauces) with vodka then I feel much better about serving to the entire family. So, these brownies are for the office party and adult time. Although I use very little in this recipe (under 1/4 C for the entire dessert).

So, let’s give it a try and I am taking you on a journey as I make my first Brownies with Vodka. I actually just add a little vodka to a standard homemade brownie recipe. I will also add mint chips because chocolate brownies are delicious, but mint chocolate brownies are divine!

Mint Brownies with Vodka Recipe
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Mint Brownies with Vodka Recipe


  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 3oz. chocolate (I like dark chocolate)
  • 3/4 C sugar (I substitute with Truvia blend 1/4C sugar + 1/4 C Truvia)
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Khor Vodka (I use a bit less than a 1/4 cup-like .20 cups for y taste)
  • 1/2 Mint Chips
  • Frosting and toppings (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8X8 pan.
  2. Melt butter with chocolate in microwave 30 seconds, stir and repeat until all chocolate is melted. Stir is sugar, then vodka. Cool about 5 minutes. Add eggs-whisk. Gradually add all flour. Pour in pan and bake 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out (not quite) clean. Cool and cut!

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In the recipe I used Khor Vodka. Khor “uses a local organic filter containing schungite (a unique natural mineral) which allows it to get as close as possible to the structure of natural water.  The filtration process is further enhanced with special birch and alder-tree charcoal and quartz sand sourced near the famous Ural Mountains.” If I am going to start baking with alcohol, it has to be premium and natural or I feel like you won’t get the taste that is preferred.

Food, Recipes

Sugar-Free Beverages for the Entire Family

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Sugar-Free Beverages for the Entire Family

Whew! Back to school is over and the we are already into conferences and Halloween. Are you settles into school schedules and at-home snack and homework routines? Anthony , my 9 year old, comes home grabs a snack and does his homework right away. Then he can be free for the rest of the evening to play with friends, head to soccer practice, eat dinner and some days he just gravitates to his video games. There are plenty of hours left in the day after school so I make sure his snack is fulfilling and always include a sugar-free drink.

Here is a highlight of some sugar-free options and even a recipe using one of the beverages.

AquaBall’s naturally flavored water is the ONLY zero-sugar, zero-calorie, zero-preservative children’s beverage currently on the market.  There are four flavors – Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape, and Strawberry Lemonade. My son loves these and the characters that appear on the bottles.

Aqua Ball

Sparkling ICE is a slightly carbonated drink. It is made with B-Vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants. Sparkling Ice has Zero Calories, Zero Carbs, is Gluten Free, and Sodium Free. There are 20+ different delicious options including a line of Teas, Lemonades and 8oz Slim Cans. We have personally replaced all soda in our home with only Sparkling ICE drinks and no one misses the soda.

Brooklyn Organics contains a bold fizz in a svelte packaging and is USDA Organic-certified, non-GMO, Kosher, Gluten Free and Caffeine Free. Flavor varieties include Cola, Guava, Coconut and Acai.


Want to see a fun recipe I highlighted a while back using Crisp Apple Sparkling ICE? They are these Crisp Apple Donuts and are a perfect fall breakfast choice. See the recipe HERE!

apple donuts