Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits – Healthy Solutions Spice Blends 2016 Recipe Challenge Entry

Breakfast!!! Something my finicky shark 9 year old says on a regular basis. Only he shouts “Bek-fast!” No idea why. He’s quirky like that.

Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. Savory or sweet I love it all. I must admit that breakfast was not the first meal I thought of when entering the 2016 Blogger Recipe Challenge for Healthy Solutions Spice Blends‚ĄĘ. I actually made some really tasty cheesy meatloaf balls for my 11 year old. He loved them. So much they disappeared. I’m sure I’ll make a larger meatloaf version and share it with you later. But in keeping with all things healthy…

Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you 5 year old Nicolas for picking mommy flowers this morning!

…for now let’s focus on these Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits. Drool ūüėč

Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The seasoning blend I used to create an original Famished Fish recipe, with the help of Healthy Solutions Spice Blends‚ĄĘ, was their Encrusted Haddock blend. This seasoning has dehydrated onion and garlic, a mix of spices of what I think is oregano and maybe tarragon, cranberry and black pepper. Nothing artificial and no MSGs. Delicious stuff here. Delicious stuff.

Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I started with fluffy buttermilk style biscuits with the special herb blend and softened dried cranberries. The soft biscuits are paired with lean homemade chicken sausage patties with a touch of sweet brown sugar and savory seasoning. Topped with a gently fried egg, spring greens and tangy feta cheese, this breakfast sandwich is pleasing to the tastebuds, simple to make and perfect for a weekend brunch.

Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love that I was able to put this entire meal together in under 30 minutes-aside from the rest time of the dough of course, yet no one would be the wiser. They would think you slaved in the kitchen all morning.

Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Healthy Solutions Spice Blends‚ĄĘ for the truly unique seasoning that I built this Low Salt/Low Sugar breakfast around. I hope you get to make this in your kitchen soon. Always “Blending Healthy with Great Taste”.

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That's some serious egg right there!

 

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Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 439 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 42 g

Protein 23 g

8

Sweet Chicken Sausage Breakfast Biscuits

Ingredients

    For the Herbed Cranberry Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 2 and 1/3 cups flour, divided
  • 2 Tb baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Healthy Solutions Encrusted Haddock Seasoning Blend
  • 5 Tb shortening
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 2 Tb buttermilk powder
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries soaked in 3 Tb hot water
  • For the Sweet Chicken Sausage Patties

  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 Tb Healthy Solutions Encrusted Haddock Seasoning Blend
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 Tb brown sugar
  • For the Sandwiches

  • 8 Eggs
  • 2 cups baby spring greens
  • 4 Tb crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. In a large bowl, whish together 2 cups flour, buttermilk powder, baking powder, salt and spice blend. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles large peas. Add the honey and milk and mix just until combined. Cover with a paper towel and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the ground chicken and remaining ingredients and mix well. Form mixture into 8 patties about 1/2 inch thick. Set aside.
  4. Heat a griddle to 350F. Spray with nonstick cook spray. Brown chicken patties for 4 minutes on one side. Flip and brown 4 minutes more. Cover with foil to steam and cook through another 3-5 minutes until no longer pink. Set aside.
  5. Meanwhile, dust a cutting board with 1/3 cup flour. Turn dough out onto floured surface. Add soaked and DRAINED cranberries. Gently fold cranberries into dough. Knead about 8 times, turning one quarter turn and folding over each time, pressing with heels of hands, until smooth.
  6. Roll dough out to a rectangle about 3/4 inch thick. Cut with 3 1/4 inch biscuit rounds into 8-9 biscuits. Reroll as needed. Transfer biscuits to a baking sheet. Bake at 425F for 10-14 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from oven to cool.
  7. Wipe grill clean. Spray with nonstick cook spray. Crack 8 eggs on griddle. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes on one side. Flip over carefully and cook until desired doneness.
  8. To serve, split open biscuit, top with 1/4 cup baby greens, one sausage patty, one egg and 1/2 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese. Top with other biscuit half and serve.

This post was sponsored by Healthy Solutions Spice Blends‚ĄĘ. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their 2016 Blogger Recipe Challenge. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

Enjoy Milk Again with Creamy Cauliflower Gratin…This Might Change Your Life

¬ģThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company‚ĄĘ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

I grew up on milk. Milk with breakfast, milk with lunch, milk with dinner. Milk in casseroles, milk in mashed potatoes, milk in cream soups. You get the picture. So it was extremely disappointing to me when after the birth of my third baby and guzzling milk through the entire pregnancy, that my body decided it didn’t love milk very much. Gas and bloat were my new best friend and lactose pills followed quickly after. New forms of milk substitutes featuring nuts and soybeans filled my refrigerator and drowned my cereals. My discomfort was gone, but I still longed for the creamy milk I grew up with that came from local dairy farmers and adorable farm cows. (Yes, I said adorable! I love cows!)

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So you can imagine my surprise when I learned that the milk we’ve been drinking for years has developed a new strain of protein called A1 that causes digestive discomfort in people. This protein is in all cows’ milk sold in stores today, including even organic cows’ milk. I didn’t even know that milk has¬†different types of protein!

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans have some type of discomfort after drinking milk (including myself!) yet only 3-4% are actually diagnosed with lactose intolerance? Those with milk sensitivities are then forced to turn to nut and soy based milk substitutes and can only dream of having milk again.¬†The a2 Milk Company‚ĄĘ has solved that problem, however.¬†a2 Milk¬ģ farmers¬†have figured out a way to raise cows with only the A2 protein that cows are meant to have. These cows are raised on natural diets in the most humane way and are never given hormones. The A1 protein that cows have nowadays is actually a genetic mutation that has developed over time. Genetic mutation! No wonder we have these tummy troubles!

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

I decided to partner with The a2 Milk Company‚ĄĘ to create a tummy friendly and¬†healthy recipe that those with milk sensitivities and even IBS issues¬†can enjoy. This Creamy Cauliflower Gratin is loaded with belly friendly cauliflower, thinly sliced sweet onions and plenty of rich lowfat milk featuring the True a2‚ĄĘ milk from The a2 Milk Company‚ĄĘ. It is topped with sourdough bread crumbs, which is easier to digest than typical white bread. Nutritional yeast is used in place of parmesan cheese to avoid adding any other strains of protein back in to the casserole by using other milk products other than a2 Milk¬ģ. The result was a creamy dreamy cauliflower casserole that was loved by my entire family, including every single picky eater and finicky shark.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

If you would like to learn more about The a2 Milk Company‚ĄĘ, you can check out their¬†website here and you can¬†find it in stores here.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

If you would like to make this delicious veggie casserole, you can find the recipe below. Enjoy!

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

[For the Casserole]
1 head cauliflower roughly chopped, about 5-6 cups
2 small white onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tb olive oil
1/3 cup flour
2 cups a2 Milk¬ģ, lowfat milk
1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
[For the Crumb Topping]
4 slices sourdough bread, torn in pieces
1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tb olive oil

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a 12×8″ or 13×9″ baking pan or casserole dish with cooking spray. Add a small amount of water to a large pot and add the cauliflower. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and boil/steam until cauliflower is just tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

In a food processer, place the torn bread slices, and crumb topping seasonings. Pulse until bread resembles a fine crumb. Stream in 1 Tb olive oil and pulse. Set aside.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tb olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onions. Cook and stir until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and seasonings. Cook until fragrant.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Add in the flour and stir until onions are well coated with the flour.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Slowly stir in the a2 Milk¬ģ. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked cauliflower.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Pour mixture into prepare baking pan or casserole dish. Top with reserved herbed bread crumbs.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Bake, uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes, until bread crumbs are golden and cauliflower is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with your favorite meal.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

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Enjoy Milk Again with Creamy Cauliflower Gratin…This Might Change Your Life

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 265 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 43 g

Protein 14 g

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Enjoy Milk Again with Creamy Cauliflower Gratin…This Might Change Your Life

Ingredients

    For the Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower roughly chopped, about 5-6 cups
  • 2 small white onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups a2 Milk¬ģ, lowfat milk
  • 1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • For the Crumb Topping

  • 4 slices sourdough bread, torn in pieces
  • 1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tb olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a 12×8″ or 13×9″ baking pan or casserole dish with cooking spray. Add a small amount of water to a large pot and add the cauliflower. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and boil/steam until cauliflower is just tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a food processer, place the torn bread slices, and crumb topping seasonings. Pulse until bread resembles a fine crumb. Stream in 1 Tb olive oil and pulse. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tb olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onions. Cook and stir until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and seasonings. Cook until fragrant.
  4. Add in the flour and stir until onions are well coated with the flour.
  5. Slowly stir in the a2 Milk¬ģ. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked cauliflower.
  6. Pour mixture into prepare baking pan or casserole dish. Top with reserved herbed bread crumbs.
  7. Bake, uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes, until bread crumbs are golden and cauliflower is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with your favorite meal.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark¬†Have you gotten into the spaghetti squash fad yet? So many people that are on gluten free or low carb diets are eating spaghetti squash by the truck load. While I’m not in that crowd-yet-I am watching a lot of my gluten intake lately.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

As a person with IBS and chronic bloating, I’m trying a lot of low FODMAP (Google it-it’s a mouthful) foods lately. Basically foods that don’t make you bloated or gassy or…well you get the picture.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This past weekend I made the family steak and potatoes. They also requested baked beans. Those are on my No-No list. So opting for another veggie I pulled out my leftover spaghetti squash flesh I made earlier this week. I wanted to make an easy to plate fritter. I added spinach and onions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My baby girl polished off her portion. My boys said to leave out the onions. They really¬†give them amazing flavor so use onion flakes if you have them. I’m not supposed to have onions, but in moderation, it’s okay.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the crispy outside and tender inside of these fritters.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This dish is also perfect for vegetarians and those giving up meat this time of year. You can serve it as a side dish for 4, or as a main dish for 2! And I love that it’s quick, easy and tasty!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A bit of greek yogurt or sour cream is just lovely with these. If you have lactose intolerance, you can certainly leave it out.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These are so easy to throw together. Especially if you already have leftover spaghetti squash. If you don’t, it’s really simple to make. Check out the notes portion in the recipe below for directions.

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I finally bought myself a really good waffle maker about a month ago. I love it!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Check out how to make this recipe below!

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 76 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 7 g

Protein 5 g

4

Spaghetti Squash and Spinach Fritters

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked and stranded spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup baby chopped spinach
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion (or 1 tsp onion flakes)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp tarragon
  • Dash chili powder
  • 4 Tb nonfat greek yogurt (optional)
  • 2 Tb chopped parsley (optional)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Combine the ingredients in the order listed and mix gently.
  2. Spray a preheated waffle iron (with 4 sections) with cooking spray. Spoon half the mixture into the waffle iron and close. Bake for 8 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Repeat with remaining vegetable mixture.
  3. Serve with a spoonful of greek yogurt and chopped parsley. Make 2 main dish or 4 side dish servings.

Notes

To cook spaghetti squash, cut in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds. Place flesh side down on baking sheet. Prick with fork in several places. Bake at 375F until flesh pulls away from shell, 45-90 minutes, depending on size of squash. Or microwave, pricking all over first, then heating for 10-15 minutes. Cool slightly then cut open, scoop out seeds and then flesh.

Mulled Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone – #FreshTastyValentines

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Valentine’s Day is all about romance. And love. And true loves.

I have a confession to make. I have another true love that isn’t my husband. I have a crazy, insane obsession with food. And creating things out of food that I can only concoct in my head.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I found out I was receiving two bottles of wine [stops to pour a glass because I’m making myself thirsty] from Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, for this week’s #FreshTastyValentines hosted by the lovely Camilla, I just had to think of a creative recipe for the wine. More specifically, the red wine. Because it’s the color of love.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Well, I knew I wanted to make a dessert, some kind of fruit parfait, but not quite a sangria. I wanted something with flavor depth. Often times I think of something I want to make, and I don’t know if it is¬†the many years I’ve spent reading cookbooks and recipes, but I’ll usually find something online almost similar to what I was thinking of. I’ve never been to culinary school, but I’m pretty sure I would love it!

Woodbridge Winery has been around since 1979 with vineyards in Lodi, California. They have a large selection to choose from and I love their food pairing guide! I still have a lot to learn with that!

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For this recipe, I wanted to pair a gelatin with my homemade mascarpone cheese, and the gorgeous apples I received from Envy Apples. I just type ingredients I want to use into my¬†search engine to get ideas. If I don’t find anything, I do what I want!¬†And I always give credit where credit is due.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I found¬†a¬†recipe for Mulled Wine Jellies by Jamie Oliver and I was sold. My inspiration for these beautiful apple gelatins bloomed, kind of like the¬†cross-pollinated¬†apple blossoms at Envy Apple’s orchards in Lake Chelan, Washington.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I set out to make my dessert and topped it with my homemade mascarpone cheese that I had mixed with sweet Madagascar vanilla bean paste. The flavors were a delight to my grown up taste buds. The sweet crisp apples and tart dry red wine mingled perfectly with notes of cinnamon, black peppercorns and allspice. Orange and cranberry brought all the flavors together. It was like a brisk fall day in a glass, no lie.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Don’t you just love those teeny little spoons? I found this dish set our local foods warehouse for less than $20 and it came with 3 long oven safe dishes, 3 ramakins and 3 baby ceramic spoons.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

They are so fun to eat with! And I love getting just a bit of sweet mascarpone cheese with each bite of apples and wine gelatin. And if you look closely you can see all the bitty vanilla bean specks.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Give it a go. It’s so simple to make and a wonderful treat for your Valentine sweetheart¬†or your next dinner party.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Only the best ingredients for this Valentine treat!

A scored orange does magic to cranberry and wine.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

There’s just something about fanned out apples in a glass…just gorgeous! I Envy you apples. (ba dum cha!)

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Carefully poured mulled gelatin is ready for a good chill.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste is to die for! Seriously!

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Aren’t these absolutely stunning!? I think I’m gonna have another one tonight.

Mulled Red Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!! The giveaway ends TODAY!!!!

Mulled Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone

Prep Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 223 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 36 g

Protein 3 g

6

Mulled Wine Gelatin with Apples and Vanilla Mascarpone

Recipe pictured was divided into 4 larger servings, but serves 6 easily.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup Pinot Nior red wine by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wine
  • 1 1/3 cup 100% cranberry juice blend
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 black peppercorns
  • 5 cloves allspice
  • 1 large orange
  • 1/3 cup cold water
  • 2 0.25 oz packets gelatin
  • 3 Envy apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 4 Tb mascarpone cheese
  • 1 Tb Madagascar vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 6 mint leaves (optional)

Instructions

  1. Score an orange along the peel with a sharp knife, into sections. Do not slice all the way through. Place the orange, wine, cranberry juice and spices in a sauce pan. Whisk in the sugar.
  2. Bring liquid to a low simmer over medium low heat, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 15 more minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, slice the apples and arrange along the outside of 4 large or 6 smaller parfait glasses or ramekins.
  4. Pour the gelatin over the cold water in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Remove the orange and spices from the infused liquid. Squeeze any juice from the orange back into the liquid.
  6. Slowly stir the softened gelatin and water into the infused liquid and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Carefully ladle the liquid into the glasses with the apple slices, being careful not to let the apple slices fall.
  7. Place in refrigerator to chill at least 6 hours.
  8. Mix the vanilla bean paste into the mascarpone cheese. Top each glass with equal amounts mascarpone cheese and orange zest. Garnish with mint leaved, if desired and serve.

Notes

Vanilla mascarpone can be prepared while gelatin is chilling. Chill time is included in prep time.

This post was sponsored by Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi and Envy Apples. I received complimentary products from the sponsors for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The easiest Valentine’s meal you can make your sweetie this year is a great big salad bursting with fresh crispy vegetables, sweet succulent shrimp and nutty sesame dressing. I threw together this gorgeous salad one evening-made to serve 6-and my sweetie ate half the pan.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Though I don’t blame him! The Asian Sesame Dressing by TLish is pretty darn addicting. It is nutty, sweet and savory all in one bite! Tiffany Denson used to make jars and jars of these dressing for her neighbors in Birmingham, Alabama before being convinced to sell it market wide, after having sold over 1700¬†jars in the year¬†2010.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It’s no wonder this sold like hotcakes, just look at that sweet dressing. You know you want to reach out and catch that drip right there. Just like the bottle says, “all natural. all good.”

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I layered plenty of fresh produce to create texture and depth to this crispy salad. Topped with crunchy wonton strips, this salad is a gem. Mann’s Packing,¬†which began¬†from a carrot stand¬†in 1939, quickly¬†began selling a larger variety of fresh produce and¬†has it’s own Asian Citrus Crunch Salad Kit too, if you’re¬†in a pinch for a quick dinner. It has all the fix’ins in the bag! Majority women owned and always fresh, Mann Packing has just what you need to complete your meal.

 

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Though I made this with individually purchased produce, because I didn’t get around to using my gifts from Mann’s Packing-yet-I just had to share that they had a comparable product that was perfect for this dish!

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

All the way down to the wonton strips!

I really love that both of these amazing sponsors offered up this perfect match made in salad heaven! And thanks to Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla, 22 awesome bloggers are offering over 1oo recipes for your Valentine’s Day meal plan.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

(Why does this salad look so tiny from way up here?) It’s huge!

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

First layer up, a red and green lettuce combination and diced bell peppers.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cabbage and more bell peppers.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

More lettuce and sweet red onions.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh cucumbers and carrots.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Succulent salad shrimp and nutty sesame seeds. And a sprinkle of lime zest.

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Finally some wonton strips and salad dressing. (Notice a pattern of layering by twos?)

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Such quick prep for salad that will disappear from your plate right before your eyes. Yummy!

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Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 652 calories

Fat 47 g

Carbs 50 g

Protein 10 g

6

Asian Sesame Shrimp Chopped Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 cups cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 large red onion, quartered and sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 cups salad shrimp
  • 2 Tb black sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1/3 cup TLish Asian Sesame Dressing
  • 12 wonton wrappers
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Prep and wash the produce. Thaw and drain the shrimp, if frozen.
  2. In a large glass bowl or 13x9" baking dish, layer the salad ingredients. First half the lettuce, then half the bell peppers, followed by all of the cabbage and the remaining bell peppers. Layer the remaining half of the lettuce, followed by the red onion. Layer next the cucumbers and carrots. Drizzle the salad with the sesame oil and lime juice.
  3. Top with the salad shrimp and the sesame seeds. Sprinkle with the lime zest.
  4. In a small fry pan, heat oil to 350F. Cut the wonton wrappers into strips. Carefully fry the wrappers until they are lightly golden, flipping to cook evenly on both sides, about 30 seconds on each side. Drain on paper towels.
  5. Top the salad with crispy wonton strips and drizzle with TLish Asian Sesame Dressing.

Notes

Any Asian dressing can be substituted in place of the brand name dressing.

This post was sponsored by TLish and Mann Packing. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.


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Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Strawberries are a sexy fruit. They scream Valentine’s Day. Perhaps it’s their bold red color. Or their sweet juicy taste. Or the fact that they are shaped like little hearts. But they are perfect for any romantic moment. So of course for this week’s #FreshTastyValentines hosted by Camilla of Culinary Advetures with Camilla, and thanks to¬†Kitchen IQ¬† for providing¬†an adorable Strawberry Tool, I opted for a sexy strawberry dessert.

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The strawberry tool has a nifty strawberry huller at the center and a sturdy blade for slicing strawberries rather thickly. And it’s fun to use! And I love their zester! It has a nifty holding container to catch the zest AND measure it in. Love it!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And since Casabella was generous to provide some shears so gorgeous that even my husband wanted to steal them, along with a cute silicone garlic roaster, I decided to pair my heart healthy strawberries with strips of basil and antioxidant rich balsamic vinegar glaze.

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These were a match made in dessert heaven. Flaky pie crust made with flour, almond flour, butter and coconut oil holds the foundation for a lightly sweetened low fat cream cheese and yogurt spread and mountain of basil balsamic glazed strawberries. Gorgeous!!!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And I got to have fun using my new kitchen tools. And even more fun watching my family enjoy these. We couldn’t eat these all as I recipe tested for my small family, so I brought them to my in-laws’ house. They all LOVED them!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These would be perfect for your Valentine sweetie! And these tools would make a great gift too. You may want to swing by and enter the giveaway while you’re here, so you don’t miss out!

Wait, not before you gaze at that pretty tart right there just once more!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The crust dough is so simple to make in a food processor!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Rolling out hearts is so fun!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Look at my strawberry tool, zester and shears! Love them all!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I especially love this see thru measuring part of the zester. Way cool!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I mixed my cream cheese in a food processor, but I would prefer my stand mixer for the fluff factor.

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My taste tester. She wants to help with EVERYTHING.

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I could stare at these all day. So glad there aren’t anymore here to tempt me. But then again, they are healthy.

And with a light shower of powdered sugar, the basil balsamic glaze glistens a bit more.

I hope you get to try these out soon so you can sweeten your honey (wink, wink).

And don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!!

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 405 calories

Fat 28 g

Carbs 36 g

Protein 6 g

8

Sweetheart Strawberry Tarts with Cream Cheese and Basil Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients

    For the Tart Crusts

  • 5 Tb cold butter, cubed
  • 4 Tb cold coconut oil
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice cold water
  • For the Strawberries and Glaze

  • 1 pint strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tb basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 3 Tb balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tb sugar
  • For the Cream Cheese Topping

  • 1 8 oz package Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tb sugar
  • 3 Tb honey
  • 3 tsp lemon zest, divided
  • powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Prepare the tart crust. In a food processor, combine the cold butter, cold coconut oil and all purpose flour and pulse a few times. Add the almond flour and pulse until mixture resembles peas. Slowly pulse in ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least an hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Divide dough into 8 portions. On a lightly floured work surface press or roll each portion into a 3″x4″ heart or press into mini tart pans.
  3. Place 4 hearts onto each of two baking pans lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Prick each heart a few times with the tines of a fork. Bake for 12-14 minutes before edges barely begin to get color. Watch closely so they don’t brown.
  4. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheets until completely cooled.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine the balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar and whisk to combine. Add the basil and bring to low simmer. Simmer about 5 minutes on low until mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat to cool.
  6. Combine cream cheese, Greek yogurt, honey, 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tsp lime zest in food processor until fluffy, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  7. With a spoon or piping bag, top the cooled tart crusts with cream cheese topping.
  8. Arrange the sliced strawberries on each of the cream cheese topped tarts. Using a pastry brush, brush the cooled balsamic glaze lightly on the strawberries. Sprinkle on remaining 1 tsp lime zest. Arrange on a platter and dust with powdered sugar to serve.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers and stored covered up to 2 days.

This post was sponsored by Kitchen IQ and Casabella. I received complimentary product from the sponsors for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thai Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad-now that’s a mouthful right? No, that really is a mouthful. This meal is a romantic meal in the books! Happy #FreshTastyValentines!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Have you ever been out to one of those fancy Thai restaurants? The ones with the dim lights and the fish tanks everywhere? Where even their mango sticky rice is shaped like some kind of exotic animal or swan. (Notice my rice shaped like Valentine’s hearts.) Well, when I made this meal with the help from our friends at Gourmet Garden, that is exactly what I had in mind.

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I used all the Thai flavors from my Gourmet Garden stir in pastes that I could cram into the most tender of pork loin roasts. Crunchy peanuts, sweet basil, spicy ginger, red peppers, and bright lemon grass are blended into a fresh thai pesto that is stuffed into a butterflied pork tenderloin, then spread over the outside to create a crisp flavor packed crust. When the loin is sliced the flavors burst into each bite. And the ginger honey glaze adds the final balance of sweet to the richness.

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Gourmet Garden supplies the freshest stir in pastes and lightly dried herbs that make this meal complete. The ginger pieces in the homemade dressing for the salad make it light and refreshing. My husband happily polished off the whole bowl.

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The coconut lime rice ties the meal together, however no herbs or stir in pastes were needed there. This recipe may seem overwhelming, but it is simple and delicious. I used my convection oven to speed up the cooking process, but if you have a couple hours on a Sunday evening for a romantic meal, please try this one. You’ll truly appreciate what our friends at Gourmet Garden can do for your meals! You can find their products at your local grocery store. Or you can enter to win a generous prize package of all their stir in pastes and lightly dried herbs, along with two insulated coolers in the giveaway below!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Here we go…

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Hello Gourmet Garden!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Pesto in the making!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Look at that gorgousness!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Searing in the flavor!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ready for roasting!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Dressing anyone?

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lime Rice and Orange Ginger Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My newest Jr. Sous Chef.

 

And don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!!

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 668 calories

Fat 32 g

Carbs 68 g

Protein 31 g

8

Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Coconut Lime Rice, & Ginger Orange Salad

Ingredients

    For the Thai Pesto Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

  • One cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden Thai stir in paste
  • 1 Tb Gourmet Garden sweet basil stir in paste
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic stir in paste
  • 2 Tb canola oil
  • 1-2 Tb fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • For the Coconut Lime Rice

  • 2 cups jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 13oz can lite coconut milk
  • 1 tsp pink sea salt
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of one lime
  • For the Ginger Orange Salad

  • 4 cups green leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn
  • 2 cups red leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn
  • 2 oranges, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden lightly dried cilantro
  • 1 -2 tsp Gourmet Garden lightly ginger
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger stir in paste
  • 1/2 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic stir in paste
  • 2 Tb low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • juice of half orange
  • zest of half orange
  • 3 Tb honey
  • For the Honey Ginger Glaze

  • juice of one large orange
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger stir in paste
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden lemongrass stir in paste
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 Tb cornstarch
  • 2 Tb cold water
  • dash sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  2. Rinse and pat dry the pork tenderloin. Lay on a flat surface and slice into the roast lengthwise to create a pouch. In a food processor, combine all the pesto ingredients using only 2 Tb of the oil. Carefully spread the pesto into the loin. Close the loin carefully and secure with kitchen twine. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium high heat, then add the remaining 1 Tb canola oil. Sear the loin on all sides, collecting all pesto that may have leaked out and smearing it on the outsides to create a crust. Transfer the roast to a foil lined roasting pan.
  4. Bake uncovered at 425F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375F and bake for 40-60 minutes more, until internal temperature reaches 170F. Remove from oven to cool.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare the rice by combining the rinsed and drained rice, water, coconut milk, lime zest and sea salt and set your rice cooker. Or bring to a boil in a sauce pan, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until rice is tender and water is absorbed, about 20-30 minutes. When the rice is tender, fluff with a fork and stir in the lime juice.
  6. For the salad, combine the dressing ingredients in a mason jar or dressing bottle and shake well. Combine the lettuces and orange slices in a large bowl and set aside.
  7. For the pork loin glaze, bring the orange juice, lime juice, honey and seasonings to a low simmer over medium low heat. Whisk together cornstarch and cold water and add to juice and honey mixture. Simmer until slightly thickened into a light glaze. Remove from heat and season with salt to taste.
  8. To serve, slice the roast and drizzle with 1-2 Tb glaze. Serve with 2/3 cup rice and 2 cups salad.

This post was sponsored by Gourmet Garden. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.


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Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

If you’ve been keeping up with #FreshTastyValentines this week, you couldn’t have missed yesterday’s Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill. And you certainly don’t think I’d let you go all week without sharing with you the perfect spread for these crackers.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Wine, cheese, crackers=perfection! I just love digging into a creamy cheese ball¬†based with low fat cream cheese and coated with heart healthy nuts. Pour me a glass of Woodbridge white wine¬†by Robert Mondavi¬†and I think I just may eat the whole cheese ball. Well, I’ll share with my sweetheart of course.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This cheese ball is special though. It’s Fruity. It’s Zangy. It’s Not Ketchup! Not Ketchup is one of the 13 sponsors for this week’s Valentine event. Not Ketchup is the manufacturer of all-natural, paleo gourmet dipping and grilling sauces that doesn’t taste like ketchup. In fact, it isn’t even made with tomatoes. It’s fruit based with unique spices.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The Tangerine Hatch Chile flavor is what I’ve used here. It is the first Not Ketchup flavor without any added sugar, and in fact it only contains 1 gram of sugar and is naturally sweetened with tangerines, apples and dates. It’s deliciously unique and the perfect pairing for this cheese ball loaded with dried fruit, diced jalapenos and creamy Colby jack cheese.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

You can find Not Ketchup online through their website, at these stores, and even on Amazon with free prime shipping.

I got the inspiration for this cheese ball after visiting a friend’s house for her son’s birthday. An appetizer that was served was a large block of cream cheese smothered in a spicy chipotle berry sauce. It was so addictive with the crackers. I-could-not-stop-eating-them. So when my tastebuds tingled with the sweet and spice from the Tangerine Hatch Chile Not Ketchup sauce, I thought it had to be made with cheese and crackers. So here ya go!

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Grab some wine and tempt your Valentine.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

First soften the cream cheese, seed the jalepeno, dice it up, chop the dried fruit and the walnuts.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

In a stand mixer, combine the cheeses and 3 Tb Not Ketchup sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the chopped fruit and diced jalapeno.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mix well and shape into two cheese balls. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 6 hours to 5 days.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Roll in the chopped nuts and serve.

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball

Prep Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Number of servings: 32

Per Serving 86 calories

Fat 7 g

Carbs 3 g

Protein 3 g

32

Fruity Hatch Chile Cheese Ball

Makes TWO cheese balls. Serve with crackers, pita chips or baquettes.

Ingredients

    For the Cheese Balls

  • 2 8 oz packages Neufch√Ętel cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz shredded Colby jack cheese
  • 3 Tb Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit, chopped
  • 1 jalape√Īo, seeded and finely diced
  • {For the Topping]
  • 1 walnuts, chopped, divided
  • 2 Tb Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Sauce

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or food processor, combine the cheeses and sauces and mix well.
  2. Add the dried fruit and diced jalape√Īo and mix until combined.
  3. Form mixture into two balls using hands and wrap in plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate at least 6 hours and up to 5 days.
  5. Roll in nuts before serving and garnish each cheese ball with additional 1 Tb Not Ketchup Tangerine Hatch Chile Sauce.

Notes

Cheese balls can be frozen up to 3 months before rolling in nuts.

This post was sponsored by NotKetchup. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I remember many years ago, before children, before marriage, when it was just my husband and I and a fresh relationship. I remember sour cream and cheddar potato chips and huge tub of sour cream. I remember mounds and mounds of tangy cream being piled on each salty chip. And fighting over lovingly offering, the last of the crumbs from the silver lined bag.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Romance can happen any day of the year. It can happen over a bag of chips and a tub of sour cream. Romance, laughter, sharing and caring. It is widely celebrated by many about 11 days from now on that special day called Valentine’s Day. But why wait for that one special day.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Crackers and chips and all things crunchy take me back to those special sour-cream-dipping, licking-the-crumbs tug-of-war days. So it’s not a surprise I chose to make crackers for part of #FreshTastyValentines, hosted by my fellow blogger Camilla Mann. Except these crackers are a healthy bunch. Loaded with hulled hemp hearts from Bob’s Red Mill. Hemp hearts are loaded with healthy omegas and protein, perfect for the healthy snack lover. And they lend such a natural whole grain flavor to these crackers.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bob’s Red Mill is an employee owned company located in Milwaukie, Oregon which strives to produce the highest quality of whole grains freshly milled on their 17 acres of land. You can see more of what Bob offers here!

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I love the layers of nutty flax and sesame seeds in these crackers. And the hulled hemp hearts provided by Bob’s Red Mill add depth to this earthy cracker.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now I wouldn’t pair these with sour cream-oh you could, I’m sure. But these would pair fairly well with a cheese log¬†or even a sweet orange marmalade. (I could go on and on about my love for citrus and nuts combined!)

So if you are feeling up for it, go ahead and try out these crackers, and swing by Bob’s Red Mill and take a look.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Process the flours and hulled hemp hearts.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Roll out the dough into thirds and in half, after sprinkling on the healthy seeds.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Roll out the dough and score it. Then brush it with egg wash and dust on the dill and garlic and salt.
Bake and cool and you’re done!
Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Just look at that heathy sheen and nutty texture.

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

These crackers are loosely derived from this recipe concept by Mark Bittman.

 

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill

Total Time: 35 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 140 calories

Fat 10 g

Carbs 9 g

Protein 5 g

12

Earthy Crackers with Garlic and Dill

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sprouted or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Bobs Red Mill hulled hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 1/2 Tb light olive oil
  • 1 Tb hemp seed oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4-6 Tb low fat milk
  • 1 1/2 Tb black sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 Tb Bobs Red Mill flax seeds
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tsp water
  • 2 tsp dried dill weed
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a food processor, combine the flours, hulled hemp hearts and pink sea salt and pulse to combine.
  3. Pulse in the oils and finely shredded cheese until combined.
  4. Pulse in the milk, streaming in a little at a time until the mixture forms a slightly sticky ball.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to a large rectangle about 1/3" thick. Combine the sesame and flax seeds in a small bowl. Sprinkle the rolled out dough with half the seed mixture.
  6. Fold dough into thirds and then in half and roll out again. Sprinkle on remaining seeds. Fold into thirds and in half again and let rest 10 minutes.
  7. Roll dough on a baking mat or parchment paper into a 13"x9" rectangle to fit a baking sheet.
  8. Transfer to the baking sheet. Using a pastry wheel, pizza cutter, or sharp knife, score the crackers clean through into desired sizes. Do not separate.
  9. Brush with egg and water mixture with a pastry brush. Sprinkle with dill, garlic powder and sea salt. Prick each cracker with a fork to prevent bubbling.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until edges begin to brown and crackers start to feel crisp. Remove from oven. Cool completely on baking sheet before breaking apart crackers. Store in a zip tight bag once completely cooled for up to 2 days.

This post was sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Homemade Mascarpone Cheese – #FreshTastyValentines #sponsor #giveaway

 

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Has there ever been anything you really wanted to attempt in the kitchen, but wasn’t sure of your ability to conquer it? Last Mother’s Day I had a similar situation with macaroon cookies, but UncommonGoods helped me master, er, well, at least bake, a few beautiful cookies. This Valentine’s season UncommonGoods gave me the opportunity to do it again! I made homemade mascarpone cheese!


I love the vast variety of unique gifts at UncommonGoods. Operating out of Brooklyn, New York in the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, UncommonGoods values their employees, paying them 50% above minimum wage. Employees at UncommonGoods are pleased to work for a company that also embraces mother nature by offering hand crafted products made from recycled or natural materials that have never been tested on animals. And each purchase made on their website offers customers a chance to donate $1.00 to a listed non-profit charity of their choice.

  
So with Valentine’s approaching I thought it a great time to learn how to make my own cheese. It does go great with wine, right! With the sponsor’s awesome support, I opted for an Italian Cheese Making Kit by Mad Millie, a Feta and Greek Yogurt Making Kit by Urban Cheesecraft, and a beautiful wooden wine box that opens up to a serving tray, perfect for romantic picnics in the park.

The perfect time to showcase this cheese is during #FreshTastyValentines, a sponsored event running February 1st-8th, featuring 22 bloggers and 13 sponsor, 14 prizes and over 100 fresh and healthy recipes for your Valentine. Check it out here! UncommonGoods is offering a gift card worth $150 for their prize! Wow!

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Are you ready to see how this came together with the help from our wonderful sponsor?

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The kit included some easy to follow instructions, along with links for videos on YouTube.

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the mascarpone, I heated 1 pint of heavy whipping cream to 185F, which took about 5 minutes of babysitting. Then I added 1/4 tsp of citric acid that I diluted in 1 Tb of cold water, stirred it in, removed it from heat and covered it for a bit. After it had significantly cooled, I poured the mixture into a cheesecloth lined colander that was placed into a bowl.

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

After several hours of chilling in the refrigerator, I had rich creamy mascarpone cheese that was ready for any mix-ins, or as is.

Isn’t the little wood box adorable? You can even serve it on a handmade carving board for some crafty charm.

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love that you can literally see the freshness in this fancy cheese. Nobody will know how easy it was to make.

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I see some Tiramisu and extra chilled Sweet Red Wine in this cheese’s future. (Psst, try a corkcicle.)

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Oooh lala, now that is some seducutive cheese for your special someone.

Homemade Msscarpone Cheese #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please don’t forget to stop by UncommonGoods and get a little something special for your Valentine.

And don’t forget the Rafflecopter giveaway with #FreshTastyValentines below!!

This post was sponsored by UncommonGoods. I received complimentary product from the sponsor for participating in #FreshTastyValentines. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own, unless otherwise noted. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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