Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Casabella, Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices and Melissa’s Produce.  All opinions are 100% mine.

Please don’t miss the Giveaway here and other amazing Guacamole recipes below!

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This week my husband and I went out on our weekly date night (toting along the two littlest ones of course).  We had our usual no-idea-what-to-eat dilemma, him no longer eating red meat and myself very rarely eating any meat.  We went to the food court at our local mall as I was off on a search for new shoes to fit my finally repaired and healing broken toe.  (Can you believe how much pain one little broken toe can produce!?)

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

After almost ordering a walnut and goat cheese salad from the sandwich place, I spotted a well know Mexican grill that sells the famous sofritos which inspired this meal.  Actually their entire menu inspired this dish of Tofu Sofritos Tacos with Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw and Grilled Corn Guacamole.  We used to order from this grill at least once a month during our company lunch meals at my workplace.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Despite the fact that I never actually had the sofritos from this popular place (I used to get the chicken), I wanted to make them because of a) my craving for tacos and b) my desire to remove meat from my diet.  Let me just say that I LOVED my sofritos at least 10 times more.  I braised mine to perfection, ridding all traces of “soy” taste from these tacos.  And the guacamole…okay that is what we are here for.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The guacamole at this famous Mexican grill is so delicious that they charge nearly $2 more to add it to your meal.  I love that they give large portions, so that’s good.  They also serve this wonderful corn pico de gallo.  These two toppings together make any taco or burrito bowl supreme.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So when I was given the opportunity to create a recipe for Casabella’s newest innovation, the Guac-Lock guacamole container, I knew I had to make a Grilled Corn Guacamole.  The fresh avocados shipped direct to me from Melissa’s Produce went divinely with the purees and dried herbs from Gourmet Garden.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And love the Guac-Lock I did!  I ate guacamole for a week.  On everything!  This photo was actually taken on day 5 of storing this guacamole.

Grilled Corn Guacamole | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Please note the freshness!  And it didn’t even taste sour or overwhelmed with onion, as most avocado dips do when they contact air.  I didn’t have to scrape off any grey unappealing discoloration from the top of the guacamole each day I ate it.

I just spooned out what I wanted and smoothed out the top.  The handy pusher tool provided made it simple to “squeeze” all the air out and seal the lid.

Love this thing!!

Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 12

Per Serving 106 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 10 g

Protein 2 g

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Grilled Corn Guacamole on Sofritos Tacos #GuacSquad12

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
  • 2 ears corn
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt (or 1 tsp Gourmet Garden garlic puree)
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder (or pinch Gourmet Garden red chili flakes)

Instructions

  1. Spray a griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 shucked ears of corn on the grill, sprinkling with salt and pepper if desired. Grill over medium heat, rotating to grill each side, about 10-15 minutes until corn is tender. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place diced avocado in a medium bowl and smash lightly with a fork or masher.
  3. Cut corn kernels off cob using a sharp knife, catching the kernels into a medium bowl.
  4. Add corn and remaining ingredients to mashed avocadoes and mix well, mashing while mixing.
  5. Transfer mixture to an airtight container (such as the Guac-Lock) and store up to 6 days in the refrigerator.

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This post was sponsored by Casabella, Gourmet Garden, and Melissa’s Produce. I received a Guac-Lock container, fresh herbs and pastes, and fresh avocados from the sponsors for participating in #GuacSquad12. All opinions, text, images, and recipes are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

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Tofu Sofritos (Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce)

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Taco Tuesdays aren’t just for Tuesdays. And tofu isn’t just for stir fry. When I made this sofrito sauce to pair with tofu for tacos, I had no idea I would create a new craving.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I based this sofrito recipe on my chicken mole skewers. It is so good! Something I need to make quite often. Hmm, maybe again today.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This spicy adobo sauce know as sofritos, is a rich and moderately spicy, yet flavorful sauce that can be paired with any protein base. It’s base of chiles and tomatoes makes it a perfect accompaniment to any meal.

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For this recipe, I paired it with diced and cooked tofu for a delicious taco filling.  Then I topped it with Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw and Grilled Corn Guacamole.

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Let me tell you, I first made this into 4 servings of two tacos each, but it was good, that I portioned it out into three tacos per serving, even without the optional black beans. These are so addicting.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Just look at all that saucy goodness!

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I think I could eat this whole bowl.

Tofu Sofritos-Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I mean, that spoon isn’t in this bowl for fun. It’s in there for EATING these sofritos!!!!

Excuse me while I control myself…

Oh, and hey, if you happen to get your hands on Gourmet Garden’s fresh tubes of garlic or fresh dried cilantro, try it in this recipe!! There may or not be a giveaway attached to this post 😉 wink, wink

Tofu Sofritos (Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 295 calories

Fat 25 g

Carbs 8 g

Protein 14 g

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Tofu Sofritos (Tofu in Spicy Adobo Sauce)

Ingredients

  • 12 oz organic extra firm tofu
  • 2 Tb canola oil, for frying
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tb canola oil, divided
  • 1 green California or Hatch chile, roasted, peeled, seeded and stemmed
  • 2 adobo chiles, stems removed
  • 3 Tb jarred or canned adobo sauce
  • 3/4 cup fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • juice of half a lime

Instructions

  1. Drain the tofu by placing on a few paper towels and letting liquid drain for about 20 minutes.
  2. Prepare the sofrito sauce. In a large medium skillet, saute the diced onion and minced garlic with all the spices and seasonings in 1 Tb of the canola oil, until onion is translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, roast the green chile over an open flame or under a broiler, then place in plastic bag when skin is charred for a couple minutes to loosen the skin. Scrape the charred skin off with a paper towel.
  4. Process the adobo chiles, adobo sauce, and roasted green chile in a food processor or blender until smooth. Add the onion mixture and tomatoes and process until smooth. With processor or blender running, add water 1 Tb at a time until desired consistency. Set aside.
  5. Heat 2 Tb oil in a large skillet. Dice the tofu into 1/4" pieces and fry in oil until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes, stirring to cook.
  6. Drain on a paper towel once more.
  7. Heat remaining 2 Tb oil in the same skillet. Add the sofrito sauce and heat through about 3 minutes. Add cooked tofu (or other cooked meat) to sofrito sauce to braise about 10 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally.
  8. Remove from heat and squeeze lime over tofu sofritos. Serve over rice or tortillas.

 

Tofu Sofritos are full of protein and pack a spicy delicious punch.

This Will Make Your Kids Smile From the Inside Out – Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company™ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I let my daughter eat a Popsicle for breakfast today. Gasp! Crazy right!?

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I let her get full on covered in Popsicle from her pretty little mouth down to her teeny dimpled elbows.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Normally a child covered in a sticky mess would drive me bananas. But not if it’s a clean sticky mess. (Oxymoron much?)

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I didn’t let the drips bother me. These pops are as gentle to my baby’s skin as they are to her tummy!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’m talking about these homemade fruit and cream bars made with fresh fruit and lowfat milk. With just a bit of sugar and cornstarch and your favorite flavored extract-which is totally optional-you can make these creamy dreamy fruit bars too!

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I’m talking about NO artificial colors or sticky high fructose corn syrup. With all the goodness of natural lowfat milk. a2 Milk® helps put the goodness in these fruit and cream bars.

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a2 Milk® is gentle on the digestive system so it is the perfect milk to use in these freezer pops. Those with milk sensitivities can have their ice cream without all the tummy pain. I myself suffer from IBS and have a hard time digesting milk and ice cream, but with a2 Milk®,I don’t have to worry about that.

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The a2 Milk Company™, founded in New Zealand, discovered after independent research, that milk from ordinary cows contains a1 and a2 proteins. a1 protein has been found to cause discomfort in some people and can sometimes even lead to issues such as diabetes and digestive problems. Over time, the a1 protein had developed due to a genetic mutation in cows. The a2 Milk Company™ found a way to naturally select only cows producing the a2 protein to bring to us  a2 Milk®.

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Certified in the humane treatment of animals, The a2 Milk Company™ feeds their cows a vegetarian diet and never gives them hormones. Their milk is antibiotic free with no artificial ingredients or additives.

My kids love this milk and we find it tastes no different that the regular milk we buy in the market. In fact, you can find it for yourself at these locations here using this Product Locator, and even get this a2 Milk® $1 Off Coupon!

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This milk is just like any other cow’s milk too. You can use in it casseroles like this Creamy Cauliflower Gratin, in your breakfast cereal like these Overnight Oats, and even in baking such as this Fiesta Black Bean Quiche. I especially love it in these Fruit & Cream Bars.

You definitely can’t get bars this creamy and milky with almond or soy milk! And cow’s milk gives you 6 times the calcium of soy milk and 8 times the protein of almond milk. No more cooking and baking with fake milk, get the good stuff.

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For now, make these Fruit & Cream Bars. Your kids will thank you and so will their tummies!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the creamiest Raspberry White Chocolate and Kiwi Strawberry Fruit & Cream Bars, look no further.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars-Kiwi Strawberry and Raspberry White Chocolate

Total Time: 4 hours, 30 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 96 calories

Fat 3 g

Carbs 16 g

Protein 2 g

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Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars-Kiwi Strawberry and Raspberry White Chocolate

Ingredients

    For the Kiwi Strawberry Bars

  • 2 cups a2 Milk®
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 4 Tb sugar
  • 2 tsp strawberry extract (optional)
  • 2 kiwis sliced
  • 3/4 cup strawberries, chopped
  • For the Raspberry White Chocolate Bars

  • 2 cups a2 Milk®
  • 2 Tb cornstarch
  • 3 1/2 Tb sugar
  • 2 tsp raspberry extract (optional)
  • 3/4-1 cup raspberries
  • 2 oz white baking chocolate, chopped

Instructions

  1. In one medium saucepan, combine the strawberries, cornstarch, sugar and extract. Stir to combine. Add the milk and mix until smooth.
  2. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent the milk from scorching. Mix and stir until the milk begins thickens slightly. Cool about 10 minutes.
  3. Line popsicle molds with the sliced kiwis. Carefully ladle in the cool strawberry pudding. Use a chopstick or skewer to release trapped air bubbles. Place in the popsicle sticks and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. Let rest at room temperature about 5 minutes before removing from molds to enjoy.
  4. In another medium saucepan, combine the white chocolate, cornstarch, sugar and extract. Stir to combine. Add the milk and mix until smooth.
  5. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent the milk from scorching. Mix and stir until the milk begins thickens slightly. Cool about 10 minutes.
  6. Fill popsicle molds with the raspberries. Carefully ladle in the cool white chocolate pudding. Use a chopstick or skewer to release trapped air bubbles. Place in the popsicle sticks and freeze at least 4 hours or overnight. Let rest at room temperature about 5 minutes before removing from molds to enjoy.

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Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I’ve been wanting to cross shrimp and grits off my cooking list. Little did I know I would be making Indian Curried Shrimp and Grits.

I was only using the brand new bottle of organic turmeric that was calling my name. A savory bed of spinach and shrimp all nestled into a bowl of flavorful grits sounded so good!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I really had no intention of writing this recipe, as I was just making myself dinner and lunch for the next day.

Let me just say, it was so delicious, I knew I would have no leftovers for lunch as I would have to share with my honey when he came from work. My kids had already enjoyed leftover spaghetti. My baby girl did eat some of my grits and of course, even she loved them. (She really does have good taste!)

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

What I love about this dish is…everything!

I love how the savory grits complement the smoky curry flavors of the sweet shrimp and onions and slight bitterness of the spinach. The love how the steam created when covering the spinach, and mixed with the olive oil and curry spices, creates a rich broth that runs gracefully over the corn grits.

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I love that each bite was as delicious as the first. And I love the light tang of Greek yogurt on top.

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

I’m sad that it’s gone. But I am happy that I wrote it down so I can make it again!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

Cheers to a healthy gluten free dinner bursting with omega rich olive oil and lean protein!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach with Grits

And now-I eat…

Please, tell me what you think!

Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach Over Grits

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Per Serving 256 calories

Fat 17 g

Carbs 17 g

Protein 12 g

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Indian Curried Shrimp and Spinach Over Grits

Recipe may be doubled to serve 4. Recipe has been tested for 2 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup quick cooking grits
  • 3 cups water plus 3 tsp chicken bouillon
  • 2 Tb olive oil
  • 1/4 large onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2-1 tsp salt to taste
  • 6 oz frozen cooked jumbo shrimp, thawed and chopped
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 4 Tb nonfat plain Greek yogurt

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the water and chicken bouillon over high heat to boiling. When the broth is boiling, slowly whisk in the dry grits. Reduce heat to medium low and continue whisking until grits begin to thicken. Reduce heat to low and cook a few minutes more, until desired consistency. Remove from heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the diced onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes, cooking and stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook 2 minutes more until fragrant. Add the spices.
  4. Stir in the chopped shrimp. Cook and stir about 3 minutes until heated through. Season to taste with salt.
  5. Top with baby spinach. Remove from heat and cover until spinach is wilted, about 4 minutes. Remove lid and stir to combine. Serve ladled over grits. Top with Greek yogurt, if desired.

A Tale of Two Proteins…and Two Oatmeals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The a2 Milk Company™ for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Life is full of choices.  Take the mid term in English or skip school for the beach. Go to college and get a degree or go directly to work. Turn right and go the pizzeria or turn left to grab a burger.

Have your oatmeal warm with milk or cold straight from the fridge. Have that milk with one protein or two. Wait-there’s an option?!

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You bet there is! Did you know that most milk companies produce milk with two forms of protein-a1 and a2. These proteins are found in most dairy products, including butter, cheese, sour cream and regular milk. Recent studies have found that a1 protein is a cause of most discomfort in persons with self diagnosed lactose intolerances, where in actuality, only 3-4% of people are professionally diagnosed with such.

The a2 Milk Company™ has derived a way to breed cows with only the a2 protein in their milk. The way nature intended it to be. This protein is highly digestible and easy on the gut. Which makes it ideal for persons with self diagnosed lactose intolerance or IBS.

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One of my biggest childhood comfort foods is oatmeal. My grandma always made oatmeal for us with milk and sugar. But until recently, I found I cannot tolerate regular milk well and switched to almond milk. For anyone that has had warm almond milk, you know it is no treat.

I decided to create two healthy oatmeal recipes to feature this milk. Oatmeal is naturally gluten free and a2 Milk® is easy on the belly, so these two oatmeal recipes are perfect for anyone with tummy sensitivities.

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One oatmeal recipe starts with a jar of dry ingredients that can be left for your kids to prepare for themselves in the morning. Growing up, my mom always left a bowl of instant oatmeal on the counter for us before school, and all we needed to do was add some hot water. With this recipe, cold milk can be added, then a few minutes in the microwave and they have a delicious hot breakfast that tastes like a warm oatmeal raisin cookie. Your kids will love it!

Vanilla sugar with brown and white sugar and vanilla bean paste.

Warm Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Oatmeal
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup a2 Milk®
2 Tb raisins
1 Tb vanilla sugar (recipe below)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch sea salt

Combine the dry ingredients in a mason jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Store until ready to serve, up to 2 weeks. To serve, add dry ingredients to a 3 cup microwave safe bowl. Add a2 Milk® and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully for overheating. Stir and serve. (For the vanilla sugar, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 granulated sugar and 1 tsp vanilla bean paste in a shaker jar. Shake well until combined and store tightly covered at room temperature.)

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The other oatmeal recipe is created for grown ups with healthy eating habits like myself. It’s a simple grab and go overnight oatmeal that can be prepared anywhere from 2 hours to 2 days before hand. Full of protein and omega rich almond butter and chia seeds, this berry almond coconut oatmeal is a real grown up treat.

A fresh start to a busy mom's morning begins with the milk that is right for you and heart healthy ingredients.

Berry Almond Overnight Oats with Coconut and Chia Seeds
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 – 1 1/4 cups a2 Milk®
1/4 cup sliced strawberries
2 Tb sweetened flakes coconut
1 Tb chia seeds
2 tsp almond butter
1 packet stevia or sweetener of choice

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or bowl with tight fitting lid. Stir to combine and refrigerate a minimum of two hours to overnight, before serving. Enjoy cold, straight from the fridge.

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Which oatmeal recipe will you choose?

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Easy Skillet Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patrick’s Day

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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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!

The Giveaway Event You've Been Waiting For - #FreshTastyValentines | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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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