Food

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Original Soupman’s Seasonal Favorites

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OK! I know it is warming up, but what is truly better then taking a cool evening and heating up some soup and bread and having an early pajama night? Have you ever done that? My husband travels a lot for work so on nights he is gone I tend to make simple dinners when it is just Anthony and I. I will cook a dinner like soup in a bread bowl and we get into our pajamas and start a 7pm movie in my bedroom then he always steals my husbands side of the bed to sleep. It’s such a fun activity even at almost 10 years old for him and even on a school night.

Soup is comfort food any time of the year and with Cinco de Mayo approaching I wanted to remind you of that. You can celebrate with Original Soupman seasonal favorites.

Cinco de Mayo is considered the top day around the globe to celebrate Mexico and its rich history. The Original Soupman wants you to go beyond the Margarita – and enjoy the rich, authentic taste of their South-of-the-border Chicken Gumbo. Every bite of this Mexican inspired soup brims with tender Chunks of plump chicken breasts, tomatoes, okra, bell peppers, carrots, collard greens and celery simmered together with garlic, butter, authentic secret spices and just the right amount of chili peppers. No matter your own roots, one bowl of Chicken Gumbo and you’ll be dancing around your sombrero, ready to celebrate this festive day like a true Amigo!

Words from Joseph Hagan, President of The Original Soupman

“It wouldn’t be Cinco de Mayo without a great bowl of our Chicken Gumbo,” says Joseph Hagan, President of The Original Soupman.  “Maybe you can’t fill your sombrero with our delicious hot soup, but you can enjoy it in a bowl right at home wherever you live. We love our fans, and since our mantra is “Soup for All”, we have online ordering so everyone in the U.S. can enjoy a steaming hot bowl of our Chicken Gumbo Soup   – or any of our flavors.”

The Original Soupman brand became famous when the “Soupman” yelled, “No Soup for You” on the iconic television series Seinfeld, at the counter of the store ladling soup on any given day.  Today the brand stands for “Soupman — Soup For All.”

The Original Soupman® soups are now available online and at Amazon.com.  For a store tracker or to order go to www.originalsoupman.com

 

Father's Day, Food, Food/Beverage, Gift Guides, Mother's Day

Fresh Coffee Delivered Weekly from Swell Coffee Co.

I have partnered with Swell Coffee Co. for feature

Fresh Coffee Delivered Weekly from Swell Coffee Co.

How about fresh coffee beans delivered weekly to your doorstep? How about if those coffee beans are packaged only upon order and arrive from San Diego, Ca? Would Mom (or Dad) love this for Mother’s and Father’s Day? My Mom and husband would be all over this service! And if you don’t want an ongoing order, but would love to gift some bags of fresh-tasting coffee you can do that too!

The best way to try Swell is the Sample pack and it ships for free for only $10! This is a fantastic way to try their popular blends. I have tried a few and I only wish I could give you all a virtual taste because words don’t do justice to describe the difference of fresh roast versus that ground coffee I pick up at the grocery store. The sample pack comes with 6 different 2oz. bags of Swell coffee varieties.

The first bag we tried was the Beach Goth blend. So good!! You get the taste and aroma of deep coca, molasses and raspberry. It smells so good in my kitchen grinding and brewing these coffees. Giving coffee like this as a gift is so well received.

Just look at those beans. I think they are pretty! Can you describe a coffee bean as ‘pretty’? It just fits.

Typically I take creamer with my coffee like some almond milk and stevia, but that is not needed with these delicious blends. I have a classic and a rich setting on my coffee maker and I brewed this on classic and the flavor was bold and perfect.

Here are my personal suggestions if you want to gift Swell Coffee and don’t have time to try them all first.

  • Beach Goth: I think this has a very bold taste. If you like rich or even a dessert coffee, this one is the best for that
  • The Tide is High: When I taste this blend I think of that stay home sick day. It is just very comforting and the right mix of flavors.
  • Chire Natural – Ethipoia: If you like flavors in your coffee from a smooth bean, the fruit taste behind every sip will definitely have you skipping creamer, it is not needed.
  • Santa Luzia Natural – Brazil: If you like the lighter or medium roast that just has the perfect cup of black coffee then this is the best choice. No fruitiness, just a natural cup of coffee that is so fresh.
  • Hexeloti Honeyed – Honduras: If you like a buttery, nutty cup of sweet coffee this is a great choice. When I sip it I crave a slice of cheesecake or biscuits and butter. I would serve this to end an evening meal with dessert
  • El Mirador – Columbia: This is another medium to dark-type roast. Like the Brazil blend, it is another great choice for that plain cup of black coffee you crave.

See all of the gifts and coffee available at Swell Coffee Co.

Food

Five Delicious Menu Items to Try the Next Time You Grill Out

As you dust off the grill for the summer season, you’re probably envisioning burgers, hot dogs, chicken and more. These are all traditional favorites that are easy to prepare as well as delicious. In her book, The Big Fat Surprise, Nina Teicholz explains that burgers, cheese and other foods with saturated fats are good to include in your diet. This makes eating a burger even more enjoyable. You can make these and other traditional favorites even tastier by making a few simple adjustments. Look at five examples.

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Pineapple Burgers

When you picture pineapple rings you probably see them in a salad or even stacked in a bowl of pineapple juice. But, pineapple rings or chunks are delicious when put on the grill. Many people enjoy the combined citrus and smoky flavor. You can put the pineapple rings on top of your burgers or even eat them separately. Either way, they are a healthy addition to any grill out menu.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

Do you like shrimp? If so, try putting some on the grill this summer. Put your hot, grilled shrimp on a flour tortilla and cover them with avocado pieces, onion, shredded lettuce, diced tomato and other ingredients you love. Try adding some purple cabbage to the mixture for a beautiful flash of color. The hot shrimp combined with the cold ingredients makes this grill out dish a popular choice. If you prefer, put your shrimp in a hard taco shell or miniature taco bowl. But take caution, you may not be able to close your tortilla with all of its delicious fixings piled high.

Three Cheese Burgers

Instead of simply putting American or cheddar on a grilled burger, select three cheeses and melt them on top. You don’t have to limit yourself to traditional choices either. Think about blue cheese, feta or pepper jack. Try new cheeses that will boost the flavor of your grilled burgers for the friends at your barbecue.

Burger on a Tomato Bun

Who said you have to put your burgers on a traditional bun? Nobody! Instead of using a bread bun, put your burger between two slices of tomato. You can even slice them thick, so they resemble a bun. A tomato bun will boost the taste of your burger and may turn into one of your summertime favorites.

BLT Burgers

You are probably familiar with a BLT sandwich served at a diner or restaurant. They are delicious. So, why not transform your burger into a BLT. Grill a burger just the way you like it and use the above idea of sliced tomato as your bun. Put romaine or green leaf lettuce on your burger and add in some bacon slices. Of course, if you like mayonnaise, mustard or any other condiment be sure to add those into your creation to make it all your own.

Finally, one of the best things about a grill out is you can get really creative with your menu. There are so many non-traditional items that are perfectly at home on a barbecue grill. Plus, you can mix lots of tasty, healthy vegetables and fruits in that are sure to please your guests.

Food, Food/Beverage, Healthy Living

Picnic Food Options for National Picnic Day With ProSticks

Picnic Food Options for National Picnic Day With ProSticks

April 23 is National Picnic Day and what a great way to spend a sprig day at your local park with family and friends for a picnic and play. We live heading to our local water parks if the weather is warm or take advantage of the beautiful National Parks here in Washington State.

When we pack food, it has to be filling and wholesome so we don’t keep getting hungry. I can only fit so much in the backpack so with the right snacks we can get some needed protein and feel full for longer.

ProSticks by Expresco Foods are the ultimate grab-and-go snack with more than 20 grams of protein. These hand-made perfectly grilled chicken skewers are perfect for our active lifestyles. Portable and better-for-you, they come in three delicious flavors – Mediterranean, Sweet Sriracha and Chipotle. Power up withProSticks, a quick, cleaner label, high protein snack.

For over 30 years, Expresco Foods has been committed to creating top quality, portion controlled, value-added convenient meal and snack solutions. Expresco’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit has guided the development of fully cooked grilled protein products, frozen and fresh for foodservice, retail and deli across North America. Visit http://www.exprescoprosticks.com for more information.

Easter, Food, Gift Guides

Food Gift Ideas For Entertaining And Celebrations

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Food Gift Ideas For Entertaining And Celebrations

There is always a bit of a quiet break right after the New Year. We raced over the holidays and we feel so close to spring approaching. It is typically the longest school stretch between breaks of the kids gone all day. Then the weather starts warming as we are planning Easter egg hunts, parades, summer vacation planning and the end of another school year. I have several events coming up just in the next 2 weeks alone. The best help we can get is finding food gift ideas for entertaining and celebrations.

I always love to volunteer to bring desserts. This is because if it gets real busy I am not too committed. With sites like Gourmet Gift Baskets I can get fun food gifts sent and carry them to dinners and celebrations either plated or in the fun boxes and baskets they come in. All the foods are so delicious and bring the best compliments.

For Easter dinner at my parents house I am bringing the Happy Easter Cookie and Brownie Gift Box.

I wait until before I leave my home and unwrap these moist, delicious cookies, add cute tissue and place them back in the box to transport. Once I arrive I can leave the lid laying under or beside the box and then watch everyone ask me if they can keep the box at the end of the night!

Gourmet Gift Baskets has a lot of fun gift ideas like this so you can entertain and attend celebrations with little hassle. Visit GourmetGiftBaskets.com to see all of the food boxes and baskets.

Food, Recipes

Keto & Paleo Friendly Snacks and Desserts

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Keto & Paleo Friendly Snacks and Desserts

If you have started a Keto and even a Paleo diet it is a lot of work to get going. There is so much to know so you fast right and count your macros right. You need to expect changes in your body and why those changes occur. You need reminder and lists of new foods to shop for. Now add on recipes! The hardest part of any diet is snacking right. We all want snacks! We are little foodie humans who can easily lose motivation if we are robbed of something sweet completely out of our diets.

On a Keto and Paleo diet you can snack and on delicious recipes too! Enjoy this round up of yummy snacks and desserts….

Peanut Butter Protein Bars from DiabetesStrong

In her recipe, Christel reminds us what type of peanut butter and protein powders to shop for. These are low-carb and gluten free and last if refrigerated. No baking required.

140 calories, 4.8 total carbs, 0.9g sugar, 9.6g protein

A Paleo Carrot Cake from My PCOS Kitchen

Mira shows us her sugar-free carrot cake with sugar-free cream cheese icing. The cake recipe is even dairy-free!

180 calories, 7.3 total carbs, 1.9g sugar, 6.26g protein

Sugar Free Chesecake with Caramel (also from My PCOS Kitchen)

Yes! Cheesecake! Take a look at the ingredients. This is easily a low-carb and keto option. Yes, the calories are high but is it your birthday? Have some cheesecake!

492 calories, 9.6 total carbs, 1.7g sugar, 8.6g protein

Slow Cooker Low Carb (KETO) Granola from Recipes from My Pantry

You can do granola if you follow the right recipe like this one. This recipe is refined sugar-free and grain free.

214 calories, 8g total carbs, 1g sugar, 6g protein

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Keto Cookies from Peace Love and LowCarb

What makes a better pair besides chocolate and peanut butter? Just mix, chill and eat!

Approx. 2.5 total carbs

Keto Flourless Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies at Peace Love and LowCarb

It is described as low carb brownie meets cookie! Video tutorial for recipe!

115 calories, 3.8g carbs, 4g protein

Keto Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Flour Fathead Dough from Low Carb Yum

Warm cinnamon rolls with melted cream cheese frosting on top? Heaven!

209 calories, 4g total carbs, 1g sugar, 7g protein

Keto Dark Chocolate Cream Cheese Fudge from Low Carb Yum

Makes a great fat bomb alternative!

177 calories, 3g carbs, 2g protein

 

Low Carb Minty No Bake Cheesecake from Oh Sweet Mercy

You can make this one with matcha too! No baking required.

248 calories, 5g carbs, 2g sugar, 5g protein

LOW CARB PALEO KETO CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE RECIPE from WholesomeYum

This cake has only 6 ingredients and ready to eat quickly! Make a day where your macros can handle this gem of a recipe!

433 calories, 11g total carbs, 1 sugar, 14g protein

2 Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Cake from Beauty and the Foodie

A quick dessert you can whip up for anyone

215 calories, 9g total carbs, 2g sugar, 7g protein

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Nests from Beauty and the Foodie

These are tasty, low carb and gluten free snacks. Great for guilt-free game day food!

2 nests are 43 calories, 2g net carbs, 1g sugar, 4g protein

Tagalong Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (Keto) from Joy Filled Eats

Like a Girl Scout cookie bar for Ketos and ready in 1 hour!! YUM!

128 calories, 4g total carbs, 1g sugar, 3g protein

Chewy Almond Joy Candies (Keto) from Joy Filled Eats

With Easter coming, these are great to make and serve!

128 calories, 4g total carbs, 2g protein

Cacao Bliss Balls from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

This one has pitted dates and even if you are not a date person-some oats could work too!

105 calories, 13g carbs, 9g sugar, 3g protein

Freezer Fudge with Macadamia Nuts (Paleo) from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Perfect if you offer to bring the dessert tray for a party!

Avocado and Bacon Deviled Eggs from Munchkins and Military

Nothing like a quick dish of deviled eggs to whip up for company (and an appetizer that we can eat)!

Sugar Free Vanilla Macaroons from Allergy Free Alaska

Who doesn’t love to pop a macaroon in their mouths to satisfy a sweet tooth!

Low Carb Biscuits with Almond Flour (KETO) from Savory Tooth

Miss bread? You don’t have to anymore!

360 calories, 5g total carbs, 1g sugar, 13g protein

Low Carb Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprint Cookies from Moore or Less Cooking

Even on keto, you can choose any of your favorite jam-like fillings or even cocoa. Paleo? Eat your heart out!