Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. Apparently it’s not just for Alice you know. It’s for crazy busy moms with not enough time on their hands, over 40 hours of work a week, more doctor appointments than one can handle, and school functions that I didn’t even know existed.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve still been cooking. Er, well, I guess if bean tostadas and pasta and tomato sauce count. When I’m busy, my creative cooking sides goes into hiding. I literally cannot find her. I will be thoroughly pouring myself into my newest cookbooks to rectify that.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We’ve also been eating a vegetarian lifestyle. So thinking of things to make has been a challenge.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I still make meatballs for a couple of the kids, but my finicky shark usually doesn’t eat meat, so I have to separate EVERYTHING. Funny thing, I gave it up for him-the meat stuff. Then I discovered my body was happier without meat. I still have it occasionally. Maybe twice a month. My husband apparently decided to follow suit and has given up red meat and eat less of everything else too. We feel good. We still love our dairy and eggs though!

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This recipe was one I made before I gave up meat, surprisingly. I just love pasta and spinach. So yea, that’s where this comes in. And it’s super easy to get on the table in around 30 minutes.

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The final product!

Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 232 calories

Fat 11 g

Carbs 25 g

Protein 9 g

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Spinach Pesto and Zucchini Rolled Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 8 dry lasagna noodles
  • one large zucchini sliced lengthwise into eight pieces
  • 8 loosely packed cups baby spinach
  • 1 oz fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tb basil purée from tube
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 12 oz spaghetti sauce
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to boiling. Add [1 tsp salt] and 8 uncooked lasagna noodles. Add sliced zucchini.
  3. In a food processor, combine the spinach, garlic, basil, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Stream in the olive oil with the processor running, until the mixture is emulsified.
  4. In a 2 quart casserole dish, spread 4 oz of spaghetti sauce.
  5. Drain the lasagna noodles and zucchini and place on damp paper towels.
  6. Spread a tablespoon of pesto down the center of each lasagna noodle. Top with a slice of zucchini. Roll up and place seam side down over pasta sauce in casserole. Repeat with remaining noodles and zucchini. Top with remaining pasta sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered for 10 minutes, until heated through and bubbly.

Notes

Use remaining pesto to spread onto plates before serving.
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Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I was a young girl, my parents bought me an Easy Bake Oven for my birthday. I remember mixing a teeny bowl of cake mix and carefully pouring it in a miniature cake pan, putting the pan on a little metal tray and inserting it into the tiny oven that was basically a very hot light bulb in a metal box. I made my little brother his very own First Birthday cake with that cool toy, which he joyfully smeared all over his face.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My oldest son loves to cook with me and he’s been creating new recipes on his own. He’s always wanted his own Easy Bake Oven, until he watched the infomercial for The Perfect Cooker. He hounded me and hounded me for one until I caved. I found one on sale at Kohl’s (lucky me!).

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You wouldn’t believe how many delicious meals the little appliance can whip up. Mac and Cheese, Chicken Pot Pie, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and even Cheesecake! So far he’s made Banana Bread, Lava Brownies and Spaghetti in his Perfect Cooker. One meal he really wanted to make was a Shepherd’s Pie.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One day my son had a lot of homework, so he didn’t have time to play with his new appliance. So I decided to surprise him with a quick and easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie.

My son is a mashed potato king, so it’s no wonder he was craving it so much. Every week we go to Hometown Buffet-I know, every week but that’s a whole other story. The only thing he always gets is mashed potatoes and gravy. So yea, Shepherd’s Pie was highly appealing to him.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love this skillet version I threw together, as it starts with lean ground turkey and seasonings, with simple frozen veggies and spaghetti sauce mixed in, all topped with cheesy mashed potatoes. It’s a perfect quick weeknight meal.

Easy Skillet Shepherd's Pie | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you have a hankering for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day dinner, but are short on time or haven’t got around to picking up a corned beef, this dinner is perfect for you!

Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 334 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 19 g

Protein 22 g

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Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey (or beef)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1-2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 1/2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 3 Tb butter
  • 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook two minutes. Add the ground turkey and break down, cooking with the onion until onion is softened and turkey is browned.
  2. Add the garlic, salt and pepper. Stir in the frozen vegetables and spaghetti sauce. Cover and cook until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 cups water to boiling. Add the instant potato flakes and 3 Tb butter. Whisk until combined. Stir in the milk and whisk until fluffy.
  4. Spread the potatoes over the ground beef mixture in the skillet. Top with shredded cheese and cover until cheese is melted and pie is heated through. Remove from heat. Allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.

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.

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

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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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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 Neufchâtel 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 jalapeño, 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 jalapeño 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

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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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Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo (Grown Up Mac and Cheese-Light)

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
I am in the kitchen making a scrumptious dinner and my kids are opening and closing the refrigerator and cabinets the entire time scrounging for food. As I’m tripping over toys and little feet I’m reminding them, “I’m making dinner! It’s almost ready!”

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky SharkThroughout all the constant interruptions it finally gets on the table and I hear, “I want a peanut butter sandwich!” So I compromise (word of the day from my son’s behavioral aide) and I say, “Okay, one bite of mac and I’ll make you a sandwich.”

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Needless to say that sandwich remained untouched after my 5 year old tasted my mac.This Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo is absolutely Hands-Down-Get-In-My-Book-Must-Make-Again-Delicious!!

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
My oldest child had seconds. My finicky shark ate everything except the chicken (sometimes he’s a vegetarian), my youngest boy ate all the orzo, and my little girl ate it all! My biggest fish had three helpings. I had to stop at one but…oh-my-goodness…

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
Now I basically just threw a bunch of yummy food together with what was in my kitchen staples, but shop for these ingredients again I will, because the proper ratio of the five cheeses is what made this meal! And no heavy cream was used whatsoever! Just reduced fat cream cheese, chicken broth and a mix of cheeses lent to this dish’s irresistible creaminess.

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So get to it! Make this!! You must!! It literally only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish!

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo (Grown Up Mac and Cheese-Light)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 549 calories

Fat 26 g

Carbs 49 g

Protein 29 g

8


Five Cheese Chicken and Cauliflower Orzo (Grown Up Mac and Cheese-Light)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb package orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 14 oz chicken breast
  • 1 head cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 Tb canola oil
  • 4 Tb butter, divided
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tb chicken bouillon
  • 4 oz Neufchâtel cheese
  • 2 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, fresh grated
  • 3 oz Colby jack cheese, fresh grated
  • 3 oz cheddar cheese, fresh grated
  • 1 oz parmagiana reggiano cheese, fresh grated plus more for garnish
  • 2 Tb chopped basil, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, bring 2 quarts of water to a boil. Add the chicken (and dash salt), and reduce heat to medium high. Cover and boil until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile prep the vegetables by roughly chopping the cauliflower, dicing the onion and pressing the garlic.
  3. Then in a large skillet with a lid, melt 2 Tb butter with the canola oil over medium heat. Add the cauliflower and sauté about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the diced onion and pressed garlic. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt. Sauté for another 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover and steam about 3 minutes while the chicken finishes cooking.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot (do not drain!) and carefully dice it (it will be hot!).
  6. Add the chicken bouillon to the skillet. Add the diced chicken and the reserved cooking liquid. Stir in the dry pasta. Cover and simmer on medium low heat until most of the liquid is absorbed and the pasta is tender, about 7-8 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time.
  7. Reduce heat back to low. Stir in the neufchatel cream cheese and remaining butter and combine until smooth. Stir in the remaining cheeses until melted. Remove from heat and cool slightly before serving. The sauce will thicken additionally upon standing.
  8. Spoon onto plates to serve. Sprinkle with additional grated Romano cheese and fresh basil, if desired.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches #Choctoberfest with Imperial Sugar – Giveaway

 

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Are my picky kids beginning to be unpicky? Or does chocolate just contain magic powers that make anything tasty? Or maybe a little of both?

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I think my finicky shark is still finicky. But my other boys-they may have found a new favorite gourmet grilled cheese.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sure the fact that these heart heathy sandwiches were cut into a heart-pun intended-may have brought a little bit of interest to these sandwiches. Or the melting dark chocolate and gooey cheese dripping out the sides may have also contributed to that factor. Or they could have just been hungry. But I choose to believe that maybe, just maybe, these sandwiches were actually good enough for a kid! Say what? I know-it’s just too gourmet!!

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The sweet dark chocolate ties well with the creamy brie and lightly salted sourdough. Try it you must. Especially with Just Hemp Foods hemp seed oil. The nutty, healthy glaze it adds to the bread is a plus!

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These delicious sandwiches just take a few ingredients.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And some basic assembly and bread glazing.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Just sandwich the chocolate and cheese inside.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And place on a grill pan for a few minutes.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches - Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Okay, now go rush to the kitchen and make these!

*Inspired by this recipe by Giada De Laurentiis.

Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 485 calories

Fat 20 g

Carbs 61 g

Protein 18 g

4


Grilled Brie Cheese and Dark Chocolate Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 large slices sourdough bread
  • 4 oz sliced brie cheese
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp fresh basil from a tube
  • 2 Tb Just Hemp Foods hemp seed oil (or olive oil)
  • pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a small dish, mix together the hemp seed oil, basil and sea salt.
  2. Using a basting brush, brush the oil mixture on the outsides of the sourdough bread.
  3. Sandwich 2 oz of sliced brie and 2 Tb chocolate chips inside each of two bread slices.
  4. Place each sandwich (there will be two) on the griddle set over medium and grill on each side, turning after 2 1/2 minutes, until golden brown.
  5. Slice each sandwich in half to serve 4.

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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Garlic Surf in a Bowl – Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls – #HotSummerEats

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Our current event #HotSummerEats has me really thinking about summer bonfires and beach waves. That alone is reminiscent of anything seafood in my opinion, especially hot broiled seafood.

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

When I received a complimentary bottle of Garlic Goodness from Intensity Academy for my participation in this event, I immediately knew I wanted to use it to garnish and infuse some hot seafood dip. And there is no better place to put it than in a fresh baked bread bowl. Intensity Academy’s Garlic Goodness is a garlic laced hot sauce full of vibrant color and original flair. Combined with salty flaked crab and fresh and bold crawfish, creamy cheeses and white wine, these bread bowls will fit right into your summer nights.

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Now I’m not much of a bread baker and I still need practice, so I borrowed a recipe from Half Baked Harvest and her Sourdough Bread Bowls. You can find that recipe here. When your bread bowls are baked and ready for filling, you can start your seafood dip.

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But before you get to that, enter the giveaway for all things #HotSummerEats, including this delicious garlicky hot sauce!
Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Half Baked Harvest for this recipe!

 

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The starting line up.

 

 

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stirring in some crawfish meat.

 

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Creamy goodness getting mixed in.

 

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Off to the broiler they go!

 

Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Garlic Surf in a Bowl – Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 1405 calories

Fat 72 g

Carbs 115 g

Protein 73 g

4


Garlic Surf in a Bowl – Garlicky Seafood Dip Bowls

Ingredients

  • 6 bread bowls
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 2 Tb bacon fat
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 12 oz frozen crawfish meat, thawed
  • 12 oz crab meat, drained and picked through
  • 1 1/2 Tb Garlic Goodness hot sauce or equivalent
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 5 oz mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium high heat and add the bacon fat and 1/4 onion, diced. Stir and cook until onion is slightly translucent, about 3 minutes. Add 1/4 cup white wine and cook down slightly until wine is reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the thawed crawfish meat and drained crab meat. Stir in 1 1/2 Tb Garlic Goodness and Worcestershire sauce. Add the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, sour cream and mayonnaise. Stir until combined. Pour the dip into a greased oven safe casserole dish and bake for 35 minutes until bubbly.
  4. Hollow out the bread bowls with a sharp knife or your fingers and divide the seafood dip into the bread bowls. Top each bread bowl with a Tb of Parmesan cheese and place on a baking sheet under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with bread pieces from hollowed out portions. Garnish with additional Garlic Goodness hot sauce if desired.

This post was sponsored by Intensity Academy. I received one bottle of garlic hot sauce from the sponsors for participating in #HotSummerEats. 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.

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