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

®This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company™ 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™ has solved that problem, however. a2 Milk® 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™ 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™ milk from The a2 Milk Company™. 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®. 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™, 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®, 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®. 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®, 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®. 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.

Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread

I’m up to my eyeballs in vegetables. I’ve been eating so much healthy goodies and fiber rich fruits and veggies, that I completely packed my produce drawers in my kitchen fridge.

Okay, yes, I’m one of those guilty parties that has two refrigerators in their home. I have a garage fridge. How else are we to store the extra milk gallons, restaurant leftovers and frozen tamales?

Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So my extra refrigerator is extra old and I know when I put vegetables in there I’m at risk for getting frozen vegetables out of it. And sure enough, my zucchini was on the brink of Iceland. So I made zoodles and a huge batch of zucchini bread.

Now I hadn’t planned to share this recipe, as I found it here on Simply Recipes, and I was just trying to find a good zucchini bread recipe, but I changed a couple things and dare I say it…this is the best zucchini bread I’ve had. I took some to work and a couple of my normally picky co-workers demolished it in a second.

Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Maybe it’s because I cut out half the fat. Or because I swapped half the regular gluten flour with more tummy friendly gluten free flour. Or the fact that I double the zucchini. Or maybe it was the nutty pecans and extra nutmeg.

Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Whatever it was, I can’t get enough. I will purposely buy zucchini all the time just to make this.
All. The. Time.
It. Is. That. Good.

Okay. Got it? Gonna make it? Good!

Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Oh and have you met my cheese face Anneliese? She was helping me photograph the tasty bread. And by helping, I really mean eating.

Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Number of servings: 30

Per Serving 167 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 23 g

Protein 3 g

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Happy Tummy Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh grated zucchini
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup plain fat free greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour blend
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pink sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 or 10x14 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large stand mixer, combine the fresh grated zucchini, eggs and sugar and mix well. Add the canola oil and fat free greek yogurt and mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the zucchini mixture and mix well, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the chopped pecans, if desired, and stir in gently.
  6. Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into 30 pieces to serve.
  8. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to one week. Or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze up to 3 months.

Notes

For a gluten free option, use all gluten free flour blend. *recipe has not been tested with this option

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Have you ever been to those home parties where they sell you amazing dishes and unique microwavable crocks all while satiating your cravings for unique foods like fruit pizza and microwavable chicken chili? Well I’ve devoured said microwavable chicken chili at numerous home parties and had quite a hankering for it a while ago.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been sitting on this post waiting for just the opportune season to share it. And with this crazy but much needed California rain and wonderful winter chill, I figured now was a better time than any.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I made this chicken chili with the flavors of my craving in mind but this pretty much turned out as a near cross breed to chicken tortilla soup with all the yumminess I added. But hey, whose complaining?

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So I crumbled tortilla chips on mine. Please, do not alert the carb police!

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I took the guesswork out of the cooking steps and made this in my slowcooker. My husband shredded the chicken for me before I came home from work, so all I had to do was come home and eat it! It’s loaded with green vegetables and so delicious!

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fresh bone in chicken breast gives this soup a rich broth while tender dark meat adds more deep flavors.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Fiber full beans and tangy tomatillos put the “chili” in the soup.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This flavor packed chili soup will definitely cure any comfort food craving.

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 224 calories

Fat 12 g

Carbs 12 g

Protein 17 g

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Slowcooker Green Chicken Tortilla Chili Soup

Ingredients

  • One whole bone in chicken breast
  • 1 pound boneless chicken thigh
  • 1 large zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper, seeded and diced.
  • 2 poblano chilies, seeded and diced
  • 3 tomatillos, diced
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 7 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp chili powder (depending on spice intensity)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups of water
  • 2 - 14 oz cans white beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Prepare the vegetables by dicing the bell peppers, poblano chiles, tomatillos, onions, and zucchini into equal small dices. Smash the garlic with the back of a wooden spoon and leave whole.
  2. In a large skillet (or in a slow-cooker with stovetop setting), heat to medium and add 1 Tb oil and then add all the vegetables. Sautee lightly about 3 minutes. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Push the vegetables to the side and sear the chicken lightly on each side.
  3. Add the vegetables to the bottom of the slow-cooker and top with the chicken. Add the remaining spices, chicken bouillon and bay leaf. Add the beans and 6 cups water.
  4. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  5. Carefully remove the chicken from the pot and shred into bite sized pieces, throwing out the chicken bones and bay leaf.
  6. Return the chicken to the pot and stir gently.
  7. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, and/or chopped cilantro, if desired.

Notes

To serve, ladle into bowls and top with tortilla chips, shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, and/or chopped cilantro, if desired. (Nutrition not included.)

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

This year marks a year of health. A year of happiness. A year of fulfillment. Cooking with a variety of colors in the kitchen will bring us health. Eating as a family and enjoying each other’s company will bring us happiness. And all that combined will bring fulfillment.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now this is just food focused. Of course, family time, God time and play time add to the mix as well.

But I decided to make my first post of 2016 for the Fill the Cookie Jar, a healthy option. This was my second attempt at experimenting with coconut flour, and researching a variety of recipes, from breads to cookies, to muffins to cakes, to understand the ratio other cooks used. There is a science to baking you know!?

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Coconut flour is dry, but absorbent, so less is more. Protein powder is the same. In this recipe I used MRM Veggie Meal Replacement in Vanilla Bean, which is gluten free, whey free, and soy free and all veggie based. It is so good!

I swapped some of the butter fat in typical peanut butter cookie recipes for fat free greek yogurt. (I have a healthy obsession with this stuff!) And I added honey for moisture and natural sweetness as well. And I love the flavor of molasses in the brown sugar. I’m sure you can make these with raw unrefined sugar, but I don’t have any in my house. If I want to go total organic next time, I’ll be sure to use that.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The end result with these cookies is a peanut buttery, fluffy and chewy cookie, with a hint of honey and a burst of vanilla.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids couldn’t stay away from these. And when my husband and I came home from dinner after leaving the kids with a tray of cookies and a babysitter, all I found when we returned was a few crumbs and a half a cookie (at least I only made half a batch!).

But I must point out, that after a couple hours, these cookies did not harden, did not flake, did not crumble, and were still irresistibly chewy. (Because I ate those crumbs and half a cookie when I walked in the door-shhh.)

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Score! I succeeded with my first gluten free cookie recipe! And yes!! I can give this to my finicky shark when watching his gluten levels!

My five-year-old made these his dinner. I didn’t mind since they are a healthy cookie option, packed with protein.

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you are looking for a new slightly guilt free cookie to satisfy your cookie cravings, give these a try. Nobody ever said, “I wish I didn’t bake those cookies!”

May God bless your 2016!!!

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 45

Per Serving 56 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 5 g

Protein 2 g

45

Powered Up Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 Tb butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup, plus 1 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tb honey
  • 1/4 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup vanilla bean vegan protein powder (MRM Veggie Meal Replacement-gluten free, soy free, whey free)
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 Tb coconut flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch Himalayan pink sea salt
  • 1/4 cup roasted peanuts, optional

Instructions

  1. In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, combine the butter and brown sugar and cream together until fluffy. Add the peanut butter and mix well. Add the honey and fat free greek yogurt and mix well.Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the coconut flour, protein powder, baking soda and pinch sea salt. Whisk together.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly until combined. Let batter rest a few minutes.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a silicone lined baking sheet spaced 1-2 inches apart. Top each cookie dough mound with a peanut before baking, if desired.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly browned on the bottoms. Let cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  6. Enjoy cookies within 5 days, stored in a covered container. No need to refrigerate.

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German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve come to the conclusion that natural date and nut energy bars can be quite addicting. I don’t know how many flavors of Lara Bars I tried when I was pregnant with my little girl, but that was one food that would settle my stomach and fill me up.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I found out Just Hemp Foods was one of the sponsors for Choctoberfest, I decided date and nut bars were perfect for showcasing the healthy hemp seeds and delicious chocolate.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enter German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars. These bars are bursting with semi-sweet chocolate chips and rich cocoa, heart healthy pecans, hemp seed protein powder, fiber full hemp seeds and omega rich hemp seed oil. Sweetened flake coconut rounds them out, but if you are not a fan of coconut, you always skip it!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And what’s better than dipping these bars in even more semi-sweet chocolate and sprinkling them with flaked coconut and salted toasted hemp seeds?

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I personally can’t think of anything better! And they are so simple to make! All you need is few ingredients and some Just Hemp Foods products-and a food processor.

Gather your ingredients, including Just Hemp Foods hulled hemp seeds, toasted hemp seeds, hemp protein powder and hemp seed oil.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars (12)

In go the dates, chopped pecans, hemp seeds, flaked coconut, cocoa powder and hemp protein powder.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars (11)

Next is the vanilla bean paste, hemp seed oil and mini chocolate chips. Add more hemp seed oil if it’s too dry!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Squish tightly into a brick and slice into 8 bars.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tighten and pack each bar individually if they start to “crumble”.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave dip half of each bar. Lay on wax paper to dry.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle on toasted hemp seeds and coconut to your hearts desire!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Refrigerate until ready to serve, wrapping in plastic wrap to store after chocolate is set.

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These bars are so amazing. Unfortunately you can’t find them in the store–you’ll have to make them. 😉

But the best part is, they are fun to make. You can even have your kids make them!

German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

Prep Time: 27 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 531 calories

Fat 26 g

Carbs 78 g

Protein 7 g

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German Chocolate and Hemp Seed Energy Bars #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

Prep time includes chill time.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cup dates
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 oz Just Hemp Foods hulled hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tb sweetened flaked coconut (optional)
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tb unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp protein powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1/2 - 1 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp seed oil
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tb Just Hemp Foods toasted hemp seeds
  • 2 Tb sweetened flaked coconut (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put the dates, chopped pecans, hemp seeds, flaked coconut, cocoa powder and hemp protein powder in a food processor and process until very well combined.
  2. Add the vanilla bean paste, hemp seed oil and mini chocolate chips. Pulse until combined and mixtures sticks together when squeezed, adding more oil if needed.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a gallon sized zip tight bag or wrap in plastic wrap. Squish tightly into a brick and slice into 8 bars.
  4. Tighten and pack each bar individually if they start to “crumble”.
  5. Melt the 3/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds intervals and dip half of each bar. Lay on wax paper to dry.
  6. Sprinkle on toasted hemp seeds and coconut to your hearts desire!
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve, wrapping in plastic wrap to store after chocolate is set.

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY!

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*This post was sponsored by Just Hemp Foods. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar. 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.

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Easy Refrigerator Playdough

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I have a rambunctious 4 year old with a playdough obsession. He collects playdough in every color imaginable. If he could squish it, he wants it. Manipulative objects are his thing. Heck, he even squishes and swirls his food at any given opportunity.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So of course, after his older brother decided to make literal popcorn with his last two tubs of colorful dough, I decided to make him a fresh batch of the soft stuff. I made this in high school in my Child Development class. It was always a favorite with my babysitting clients.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And a big batch this makes! About the equivalent of 4 plastic containers worth! Your kids will love squishing and shaping this simple playdough and you’ll love the money you’ll save!

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup salt
1 Tb canola oil
1 tsp cream of tarter
2 cups water
1 tsp extract (vanilla, lemon, almond-optional)
several drops food safe food coloring (optional)

Directions:
In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, combine the water, salt, oil, food coloring and extract.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir in the flour and cream of tarter and mix until a dough forms, about 3-5 minutes.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Caution: dough will be hot! Turn out on a cutting board.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Knead with a dough scraper or oven gloves until smooth.

Easy Refrigerator Playdough | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Store in a zip tight bag in the refrigerator. Non-toxic.

Sensory and Teething – Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace Review and Giveaway


Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m a busy mom on the go. Always in a rush. We barely made it to church this Sunday in time for the service (hello-4 kids!). But I’m grateful we did make it-just barely after the worship music! Darryl Strawberry preached about falling away from God. Yes, Darryl Strawberry! No I didn’t get an autograph. I went to church for the message. And it was beautiful.

And I took my beautiful baby in service with us. She stayed distracted with my newest Chew-Choos necklace, Sweet Pea. She is at that age where her hands go just about everywhere!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I absolutely love this one. It’s fashionable for the mommy with no time for fashion (remember “busy mom on the go”). It’s smooth flat silicone beads are pleasant for chewing and it doesn’t get caught in my hair. Win win!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
And would you believe I received a compliment on this necklace while shopping at the mall-I let the woman know it was for my baby. It’s so cute!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I even let my Jesse bear borrow it in lieu of nail biting. He has big sensory issues. He loved it too. That’s why I chose a black one. Fashionable for mommy and suitable for autistic boys. Because flat beads are great for kids with teeth too-mild biters only!
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
The smooth silicone surface of the beads and satin comfort breakaway “chain” are soap and water friendly too, which makes sharing and swapping easy and convenient.
Chew-Choos #SweetPea Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Would you like to win one of these Sweet Pea Silicone Teething Necklaces by Baby Pinch Boutique?
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Enter the contest here! And for more options from Chew-Choos, click here!


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Happy 6 Months Anneliese!!! Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace Review and Giveaway


Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Happy 6 Months Birthday to my Anneliese!!! This little girl has no idea how much we love her!

We had a lovely long weekend celebrating her half birthday. We spent Friday night at home watching movies, Saturday at the buffet and running errands and Sunday we took her to get her ears pierced. Such a big girl! She even got them pierced at her Tio’s tattoo parlor like the tough cookie she is. And we celebrated with enchiladas and fried ice cream after.

Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I had an awesome realization as we celebrated at the Mexican restaurant too. Our baby girl was born on our 14th wedding anniversary. We went to the same restaurant chain for her half birthday as where we were married. So cool!

We finished off the long weekend at my baby’s 6 month check up, entailing 3 shots, and at the movies watching Dreamworks newest movie, Home. Our baby girl loves the movies!

Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

During our long weekend I had many opportunities to share my new Chew-Choos “Playdate” Silicone Teething Necklace with my baby.

  • Distracting her while getting her ears pierced. At the restaurant to have something to hold.
  • At her check up with mom for something to munch on while waiting for the doctor.
  • And at the movies for spelling to hold.
  • And during many diaper changes in between.

She even loves to wear it herself. With supervision of course. I love the easy breakaway clasp for safety. This prevents strangling.

Chew-Choos #Playdate Silicone Teething Necklace | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And Anneliese loves the soft, easy to clean and gum soothing silicone beads.

Chew-Choos #playdate #teething #necklace #babywearing #droolybaby

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My finicky shark loves it too! This necklace is great for kids with sensory needs-whether fidgeting or biting-and safe for them too.

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Chocolate Silk Pie for Pi(e) Day

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Divide the buttery pie crust by the rich chocolate silk filling and you will end up with Chocolate Silk Pie. In other words, divide the circumference of a circle by it’s diameter and you will always end up with Pi or 3.14159265.

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Happy Pi(e) Day! It’s March 14th or 3.14.  Of course, we have to celebrate with pie! And of course, I picked a brainy pie today.

And if you want more fun facts, read below for a message from Terri from Love and Confections, who is our Pi(e) Day hostess.

But oh, this pie!

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This chocolate silk pie is rich with mood elevating, healthy fat full dark chocolate and protein laden tofu. Say what?!? You got that right. Wait, don’t close this window-you know you want some!

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This chocolate silk pie is so richly chocolaty, you won’t even care what’s it made of. You’ll just want to refigure your multiplication facts and see if you really have to divide this pie into 12, 8, or 6 servings. My kids inhaled this pie! Really, it’s that good!

Can you say, “pass the whipped cream?”

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

*A side note from the author, Saundra: I have dubbed this an autism feature recipe, however, I read that soy is actually an allergy food for most children with ASD. On the other hand, my Finicky Shark Jesse thrives on soy and it’s protein, such as soy beans, and he excels in happiness from chocolate. So in my opinion, this is an autism feature-in my own home, for my special boy. Read on for the recipe…

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Chocolate Silk Pie

Ingredients:
12 oz extra firm silken tofu, drained
10 oz bag dark chocolate chips
3 tablespoons sour cream
3 Tb amaretto liquor
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 baked pie crust (prepare according to package directions)

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Directions:

Bake and cool a premade pie crust according to package directions.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl, for 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth, about 90 seconds.

In a food processor, combine the drained tofu, roughly chopped, melted chocolate and remaining ingredients.

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Process until mixture is smooth and thickened.

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spoon into the pie crust and spread evenly. Chill at least 4 hours before serving for a firmer pie, or enjoy immediately for a more mousse like pie.

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Garnish with whipped cream and slivered almonds, if desired.

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Derived from Chocolate Covered Katie

And because we know you love Pi(e), read below for more recipes from other pie loving bloggers.

Chocolate Silk Pie for Pi(e) Day

Prep Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 377 calories

Fat 21 g

Carbs 45 g

Protein 6 g

8

Chocolate Silk Pie for Pi(e) Day

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 11

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 12 oz extra firm silken tofu, drained
  • 10 oz bag dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 Tb amaretto liquor
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 baked pie crust (prepare according to package directions)

Instructions

  1. Bake and cool a premade pie crust according to package directions.
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl, for 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth, about 90 seconds.
  3. In a food processor, combine the drained tofu, roughly chopped, melted chocolate and remaining ingredients.
  4. Process until mixture is smooth and thickened.
  5. Spoon into the pie crust and spread evenly. Chill at least 4 hours before serving for a firmer pie, or enjoy immediately for a more mousse like pie.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream and slivered almonds, if desired.

a note from Terri: “Welcome to Pi(e) Day hosted by Terri from Love and Confections! Pi Day is celebrated every March 14 by math fans around the world – and also bakers and pastry chefs. Pi is an non-repeating, infinite number represented by the Greek letter π, and used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

Today, March 14, 2015, is an extra special Pi Day, because at 9:26:53 AM it creates the “Pi Moment of the Century”. The first ten digits of Pi are 3.141592653 (3/14/15, 9:26 AM and 53 seconds). This exact date and time happens once every hundred years – a once in a lifetime moment for most of us. How cool is that?

Today, 20 Food Bloggers have gathered and want to celebrate the fun of Pi by creating their own sweet and savory pies to share with you. Hope you have a delicious day!”

Chocolate Silk Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy a slice from the Pi(e) Day Bloggers:

Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers and Infused Oven Fries

Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark              

So tonight’s dinner was a hit.
 Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I’m really enjoying this #TripleSBites event. Or at least getting started. I’ve got at least 9 more recipes to show case these #sponsors goodies!
 Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
This is another one of those, “brainstorm dinner on the traffic drive home from work” dinners. It also helped that I received yet another sponsor’s ingredient today from Acala Farms, some heavenly infused Cottonseed Oil. This cottonseed oil is very versatile, with a high smoking point for fryng, baking, or even just drizzling over a salad or roasted vegetables. You can purchase it here, if you’d like.
I decided to make some juicy Blue Bacon Chicken Burgers with Infused Oven Fries. I used my olive oil mayo trick on the burgers, to give them that extra umph. And of course Voodoo Chef Red gave it the WOW. The French Fries, well the Chile Cumin Oil was perfect for those! They turned out incredibly roasted, soft inside and flavorful outside. I only added salt and pepper but the oil gave it so much more flavor that no regular oil could deliver.

Now to the recipe.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Ingredients:
19 ounce package ground turkey breast
2 Tb olive oil mayonnaise
1/2 Tb Voodoo Chef Red seasoning (or any other seasoning salt)
5 Tb Gorgonzola cheese
1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon, preferably candied bacon
4 large Kaiser rolls
Optional:
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
1 1/3 cups arugula
4 large russet potatoes, sweet potatoes or variety, peeled and rinsed
1 oz Acala Farms Chile Cumin Cottonseed Oil (or canola oil and desired spice)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Cut the potatoes into long half inch strips. Drizzle some oil onto the baking sheet. Spread out the potatoes and drizzle the remaining oil over them.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss lightly. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the french fries over carefully with a turner and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden all around. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
For the burgers, combine the turkey breast and remaining ingredients.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Mix well. Divide the turkey mixture into four patties and grill over medium heat on a griddle sprayed with cooking spray.
Cook about 8 eight minutes on each side, until no longer pink and the juices run clear.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Toast the Kaiser rolls lightly and spread generously with additional olive oil mayonnaise.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Top with sliced avocados and arugula and a turkey breast patty. Serve with infused oven fries.
Blue Bacon Turkey Burgers | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
This post was sponsored by Voodoo Chef and Acala Farms. I received one spice jar and two bottles of oil for participating in an upcoming event #TripleSBites. 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.

Blue Bacon Chicken Burgers and Infused Oven Fries

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 970 calories

Fat 44 g

Carbs 96 g

Protein 48 g

4

Blue Bacon Chicken Burgers and Infused Oven Fries

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 25

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Burgers

  • 19 ounce package ground turkey breast
  • 2 Tb olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Tb Voodoo Chef Red seasoning (or any other seasoning salt)
  • 5 Tb Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped cooked bacon, preferably candied bacon
  • 4 large Kaiser rolls
  • For the Garnish

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1 1/3 cups arugula
  • For the Infused Oven Fries

  • 4 large russet potatoes, sweet potatoes or variety, peeled and rinsed
  • 1 oz Acala Farms Chile Cumin Cottonseed Oil (or canola oil and desired spice)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Cut the potatoes into long half inch strips. Drizzle some oil onto the baking sheet. Spread out the potatoes and drizzle the remaining oil over them.
  2. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss lightly. Bake for 15 minutes. Flip the french fries over carefully with a turner and bake for another 10 minutes, or until golden all around. Sprinkle with additional salt if desired.
  3. For the burgers, combine the turkey breast and remaining ingredients.
  4. Mix well. Divide the turkey mixture into four patties and grill over medium heat on a griddle sprayed with cooking spray.
  5. Cook about 8 eight minutes on each side, until no longer pink and the juices run clear.
  6. Toast the Kaiser rolls lightly and spread generously with additional olive oil mayonnaise.
  7. Top with sliced avocados and arugula and a turkey breast patty. Serve with infused oven fries.