Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad for JSL Foods, Inc. Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If I could think of one style of food that never fails to deliver freshness, I would have to say Asian food.  I’ve been eating a 95% ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet, which means burgers are out of the question on weekly date nights.  I tend to lean towards fresh stir fried vegetables, savory plates of Thai noodles and steaming bowls of egg-topped ramen.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

JSL Foods, Inc.® does not fail to deliver when it comes to freshness.  I was invited to participate in JSL Foods, Inc.’s Blogger Recipe Challenge by developing a new recipe with their precooked noodle products.  Before this challenge I had never tried their noodles before.  I had no idea what I had been missing!  These noodles are tender and made with simple ingredients, fortified with ALA Omega 3 and contain absolutely no MSG’s.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The noodles I chose to use for this challenge were the Udon Mushroom Flavor noodles by Fortune® from JSL Foods, Inc.®.  So delicious.  They are easily microwaveable or can be placed in a pot of boiling water, with the provided packet of seasoning.  These noodles can be served in a soup, stir fried with vegetables, or simply served as a cold noodle salad.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I decided to serve my noodles as a cold salad.  I simple soaked two packages in a bowl of hot water and one packet of seasoning mix while I prepared the rest of the salad ingredients.  Each bag of fresh packed noodles provides two healthy servings.

My challenge for this recipe was to come up with a type of Asian infusion.  We’ve seen these in restaurants, with Mexican and Asian infusion meals and even Indian and Thai (one of my favorites!).

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I opted to blend the flavors of Italy with simple Thai flavors, as those are both my favorites!  I left the meat out of this one, like most of my recent dishes.  This Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad begins with thick and flavorful udon noodles that have been soaked with their own mushroom flavor.  The noodles are then tossed with an olive oil and black sesame seed drizzle, that has also been infused with the Fortune® mushroom flavor.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bright red strawberries, spicy red onions and a chiffonade of bold basil, along with chunks of salty feta cheese are paired with the thick noodles.  All of this is then drizzled with a sweet and zangy strawberry balsamic glaze that is laced with Asian flavors like soy sauce, mirin and lemon grass.  I was literally dipping strawberries in this glaze when it was finished!

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the kicker is, this recipe takes only about 30 minutes to prepare from start to finish.  You will be satisfying your taste buds in no time.

It is definitely hard not to load up on the balsamic glaze, but a little goes a long way with flavor.

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I hope you take the time to look for JSL Foods, Inc.® products in your local market.  You can find them at Albertsons, Bashas, Bel Air, Food 4 Less, Food Maxx, Lucky’s, Jewel, Nob Hill Foods, Raley’s, Randalls, Safeway, Savemart, Shaws, , Stater Bros, Star Market, Target and Winco.   I am definitely buying more of these!

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You can also find JSL Foods, Inc. on Twitter and Facebook.  And here is my entry for the Blogger Recipe Challenge with instructional photos to start!!

Look at those delicious noodles!

Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 200 calories

Fat 9 g

Carbs 25 g

Protein 4 g

6


Asian Infusion Strawberry Feta Cold Noodle Salad

Ingredients

    For the Noodles

  • 2 - 7.25 oz packages mushroom flavor Fortune fresh cooked udon noodles, including seasoning
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2/3 cup reduced fat crumble feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1/3 cup fresh Thai basil or basil, chiffonade
  • 2 Tb extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tb black sesame seeds
  • For the Glaze

  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, sliced and pureed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1Tb mirin
  • 1/2 Tb low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon grass puree from a tube or finely minced lemon grass

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to boiling. In a large bowl, add the refrigerated noodles and ONE packet of mushroom seasoning. Pour boiling water over the noodles to cover and stir gently. Stir occasionally to loosen the noodles and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, vinegars and strawberry puree. Whisk to combine with a wire whisk. Add remaining glaze ingredients. Bring to a low boil, whisking constantly. Reduce to a low simmer, whisking occasionally, until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  3. When the glaze is reduced to half cup, remove from heat. Drain the noodles in a colander and rinse with cold water. Return to bowl. Combine olive oil, remaining ONE mushroom seasoning packet and black sesame seeds in a small bowl. Pour over cold noodles and toss. Add sliced onions and strawberries, basil chiffonade and crumbled feta. Toss well.
  4. Serve with balsamic glaze on the side for drizzling.

Notes

Makes 4 main dish servings or 6 side dish servings.

*This post was sponsored by JSL Foods, Inc.®. I received free product from the sponsor for participating in their Blogger Recipe Challenge. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

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

12


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)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

4


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.

Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw

Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Coleslaw is one of those salad staples that can be eaten year round. But it is especially tasty and refreshing in the summer time, when crunchy veggies and fruits are what the body craves.

Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I literally just devoured a tasty cabbage and quinoa medley with a thai dressing. So so good!

Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw is equally refreshing and can accompany any meal, be stuffed in a spicy taco, or get piled on a tasty burger.

Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I stuffed this one in these Tofu Sofritos Tacos. To-die-for!!!! And so easy to make!

Toss it all together and serve! Yummy yum yum!

Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Oh and hey, have you heard of Gourmet Garden’s fresh dried herbs and squeeze tubes? You can use their cilantro in this recipe too!

Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 37 calories

Fat 2 g

Carbs 4 g

Protein 2 g

8


Citrus Cilantro Coleslaw

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 3 cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tb olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

Instructions

  1. Use a food processor, mandolin, or sharp knife to slice the cabbage into thin strips. Toss together in a large bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the greek yogurt, mayonnaise, cilantro, lemon juice and paprika.
  3. Pour over cabbage and toss to combine with salad tongs. Let sit in refrigerator at least 15 minutes before serving with your favorite meal.

Summertime, Summertime…and Guacamole-Wait, Did you say Giveaway??!!!! #GuacSquad12

You know those girls that take for-ev-er to get ready?! Those ones that make their grand entrance walking down the stairs while all her guests await. The guests that are checking their watches thinking they could be somewhere else?

Well you aren’t that guest, cuz this was worth the wait! So stay right here! Cuz I might be late to the party (due to some unforeseen circumstances and hospital visits) but you are not late to the giveaway!

Between now and July 20th, I will be sharing 3, yes 3, mouthwatering recipes all leading up to my guacamole reveal. Guacamole reveal??? Yes! Read below and stay tuned!!!

It’s summertime! And that means ripe avocados and lots and lots of guacamole. Do you adore guacamole? If so, then #GuacSquad12 – a multi-day, multi-blogger event – is for you. Follow the conversation on social media with our event hashtag and visit the participating bloggers for some amazing twists on guac.

A dozen bloggers have come together to share fourteen different guacamole recipes during the month of July. Whether you’re a guacamole purist – think avocado, cilantro and lime – or you get a little more creative – think of some fabulous fold-ins such as pineapple or olives – the #GuacSquad12’s creations will make your mouth water.

Here’s are the GuacSquad Bloggers…

listed alphabetically by blog name

 

Here’s the blog tour schedule…

Join Us On Twitter…

Join us for a live Twitter chat on Saturday, July 16th at

7am Pacific/10am Eastern. We’ll be talking guac for an hour!

Here are Our Sponsors*…

and how you can find them around the internet

Casabella

on the web, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Instagram, on Pinterest

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Melissa’s Produce

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Here are Our Prizes…

We are giving away a dozen – yes, twelve! – Guac-Lock™s from Casabella.

And we have an amazing prize package from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices that includes their entire collection of stir in pastes and their lightly dried herbs.

 

 

The Giveaway…

Our generous sponsors have contributed prizes for this event. The giveaway runs from July 8th through July 25th when we will select thirteen winners who will be notified by email. The first twelve winners will receive the Guac-Lock™ by Casabella; the thirteenth winner will receive a generous prize package from Gourmet Garden Herbs & Spices. No purchase necessary. Winners will have 48 hours to reply with contact information or new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

 

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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

8


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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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!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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®.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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!

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You can find more recipes like these by following The a2 Milk Company™ on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Homemade Fruit & Cream Bars | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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

16


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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Don’t Let Your Milk Ruin Your Fiesta…Fiesta Black Bean Quiche

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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We’ve all been there. You’re at a party having a great time when something you ate makes you want to high tail it out of there. Yet you just couldn’t pass on Aunt Jean’s creamy spinach dip or your BFF’s famous dulce de leche.
Don’t let dairy be the next Debbie Downer of your party. Try this Fiesta Black Bean Quiche for your next family brunch!

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But wait-don’t quiches have to have some type of milk product or milk substitute?

Yes-but have you heard of the NEW milk made from special cows!?

Special cows? Do they eat glitter and make rainbow milk?

No!! These cows are naturally bred to produce only the a2 protein!
So what is this a2 protein and what does it have to do with Debbie Downers, you ask?

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The a2 protein is a highly digestible protein that is the original protein cows were born to produce in their milk. Cows long ago began making milk with just one type of protein, the a2 protein. Many years ago cows somehow formed a genetic mutation in their milk to create both the a1 and a2 proteins. Yet all other mammals’ milk contains only the a2 proteins! No wonder breast milk is so amazing!

The a1 protein is known to be the main cause of stomach discomfort and digestive issues in people that most will mistake for lactose intolerance. There is also some recent findings that most typical milks may increase the risk of diabetes and other health problems.
The a2 Milk Company™ founded in New Zealand found a way to fix this problem and began breeding cows that naturally produced only the a2 protein-“nothing added and nothing taken away”.

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They sell only the best milk at these locations (check out this Product Locator and find it for only $4.49 per half gallon!). You can even get a coupon here: a2 Milk® $1 Off Coupon. And you can stock up because this milk has a very long refrigerator shelf life too! The carton I bought in April lasts until the end of May, though we both know I will have used it up in my cooking by then!

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And yes, it is REAL milk! My husband keeps asking me, is it real milk? Yes, honey, it is real milk and it is BETTER for you! And you can be sure you are getting the purest milk due to The a2 Milk Company’s™ quality control system.

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I love the dedication this company has to making us feel good about their product. Every question and answer you need is on their website. You can even follow them on Twitter or Facebook and get recipes on Pinterest.

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And while you are checking out a2 Milk®‘s site, be sure the print out this recipe! It’s loaded with zesty vegetables with a salsa twist and nourishing black beans. And it’s not overly fatty as it is not loaded down with cheese or a greasy pie crust. Just fresh produce, a2 Milk® and a touch of flour. Yummy!

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Fiesta Black Bean Quiche

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 216 calories

Fat 9 g

Carbs 24 g

Protein 10 g

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Fiesta Black Bean Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 cup diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large white onion, sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, sliced (seeded optional)
  • 5 green onion with chives
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup a2 Milk®
  • 1 large avocado, sliced into 8 slices

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375F. Prep the vegetables.
  2. In a skillet, heat 2 tsp vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the sliced onions and sauté until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the jalapenos and green onions. Cook until vegetables are tender but still bright green, about 3 minutes more. Stir in the drained black beans and roasted tomatoes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and seasonings. Whisk to combine. Crack in the eggs and pour in the a2 Milk®. Whisk carefully until the mixture is completely blended. Spoon the vegetables into a 9″ greased spring form, pie or tart pan. Carefully pour the egg and a2 Milk® over the vegetables.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool about 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with sliced avocados.

Notes

Can substitute with any brand lowfat milk.

 

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Enjoy this at your next Cinco de Mayo brunch while you brag about awesome this milk is!

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche

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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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Life is full of choices. Choose the milk that’s right for you and your family (and your oatmeal). Here’s a coupn-a2 Milk® $1 Off Coupon!.

You can find out where to purchase it with this convenient Product Locator.

For more information on The a2 Milk Company™, check out their website here. And don’t forget to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

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