Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini – Spice Up Your New Year – Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Another year and another drink.  Wait, what, I thought this was a finicky kid blog?  Hey, hey, hey now, parents get finicky too!  And cranky, and overwhelmed, and well, we are human too.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So why not reward our humanity with some sweet and tangy spice.  Heck yea, now we’re talking.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So hey, I’m sure you caught a glimpse (or two or three) of that delicious martini up there, no?  Well Stirrings® has partnered up with several creative bloggers for a Blogger Recipe Challenge.  They have provided their delicious and wide variety of drink stir-ins and rimmers for fellow bloggers to create their own unique recipe.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stirrings® drink mixes and rimmers are made with natural ingredients like cane sugar and natural flavors.  Simple ingredients but never sacrificing taste.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stirrings® has a variety of flavors, like Simple Bloody Mary, Simple Peach Bellini and even 5 Calorie Margarita Mix!  I chose my favorites from their Simple Mojito mix AND Simple Lemon Drop Martini mix, with  Cosmopolitan AND Lemon Drop Rimmers.  Since I could only make one recipe for this challenge, I decided to share a sweet and tangy Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The inspiration for this recipe came from the candy section in the store, no lie.  I spied these yummy chile coated mango lollipops and I knew they would be the perfect “olives” for my martinis.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

With a dash of chile lime salt and some thick mango nectar, this Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini is sure to ring in some spice to your New Year.

You can find all Stirrings® products in these stores: Bevmo, Total Wines & More, Draegers, Mollie Stones, Hi Time Liquors, Pacific Ranch Market, Daniels Market, and Bristol Farms.  There is still time to go grab some.  Happy New Year!!

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And don’t forget to follow Stirrings® on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for news, product updates and recipes.

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 2

Per Serving 337 calories

Fat 2 g

Carbs 61 g

Protein 4 g

2

Mango Spice Lemon Drop Martini

Ingredients

    For the Drink

  • 6 Tb (3 oz.) Stirrings® Simple Lemon Drop Martini cocktail mix
  • 6 Tb (3 oz.) Mango Nectar
  • 6 Tb (3 oz) vodka (your favorite brand!)
  • 1/2 tsp chile lime salt
  • 1 cup ice
  • For the Rim

  • 1 tsp Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer®
  • 1 tsp chile lime salt
  • Garnish

  • 2 chile coated mango lollipops
  • 2 lime wedges or slices

Instructions

  1. Wipe the rims of TWO martini glasses with a paper towel dampened with water. Dip each glass into rim mixture, coating the rim well with salted sugar.
  2. Insert lime slice onto end of each mango lollipop stick and set into each glass.
  3. Add ice to a shaker glass. Add remaining drink ingredients. Shake well until cold and combined. Strain half of mixture into each garnished martini glass. Enjoy.

Notes

Can substitute like for like ingredients for branded ingredients.

*This post was sponsored by Stirrings®.  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.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese – Blogger Recipe Challenge #sponsor

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I never thought I’d be able to bake a bread so fancy dancy and swirly dirly, let alone taste amazingly so!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Simply Sesame has this awesome recipe contest going on right now and would you believe it!? I entered this gorgeous bread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Yes, this is what I have created to showcase the most decadent sesame butter I have ever tasted. And to boot-I created a savory goat cheese and Gorgonzola cranberry spread to serve with it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Of course, also laced with more Simply Sesame spread.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This gem of a snowflake is baked with layers of Simply Sesame’s Pistachio and Cardamom flavored spread and then adorned with chopped pistachios and a snow cloud of confectioner sugar. It is simply stunning for Simply Sesame.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I know, I know, there are a LOT of pictures, but I couldn’t get over how beautiful this bread turned out.  I literally did NOT want to cut it!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My kids could not stop eating it. I HAD to stop eating due to carb overload. But….you better believe I went and ordered MORE Simply Sesame so I can make this for CHRISTMAS!!! I mean, yum!!!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The bread alone is delightfully soft and subtly sweet, adapted from Taste of Home’s star bread. Anyone can make it.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

If you’ve ever thought you can’t make fancy bread, think again. I’ve even got pictures for you!!  So when you read the recipe, refer to this pic and your bread will be gorgeous-I promise!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Simply Sesame for introducing to me the simplicity of roasted organic Sesame seeds and GMO free oils with one of a kind flavors. Move over chocolate hazelnut spread, there’s a new guy in the kitchen!! Holla!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For more about Simply Sesame, visit their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.  For ordering direct, please check out their webpage.

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 297 calories

Fat 14 g

Carbs 35 g

Protein 10 g

16

Snowflake Sesame Sweet Bread with Savory Goat Cheese

A warm sweet bread with layers of sweet sesame paste and sweet cranberries with a sprinkling of pistachios and powdered sugar. Serve this beautiful snowflake with savory goat cheese spread and watch it soften over the bread.

Ingredients

    For the Bread

  • 1 package or 1/4 oz active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water, 110F-115F
  • 3/4 cup warm milk, 110F-115F
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 3 3/4 cups flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor
  • 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 Tb unsalted sweet cream butter, melted
  • 2 Tb finely chopped pistachios
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • For the Savory Goat Cheese

  • 8 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Simply Sesame Pure Roasted Sesame flavor
  • 1 Tb lightly dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water in a small bowl or glass until foamy, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, warm the milk in the microwave or stovetop and gather the remaining ingredients, bowls, pizza pan and silicone mat/rolling pin for rolling dough, and 2 1/2" round cookie cutter or similar marker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the milk, softened butter, sugar, salt and optional cardamom. Mix well and then add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour. Mix until smooth.
  3. Turn dough out onto floured surface. Carefully knead in 1/4 cup flour, using more or less depending on humidity. Knead for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic, to allow the gluten to develop. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the goat cheese in a large bowl. Using a mixer, combine well. Transfer to a dip or spread bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  5. After dough has double in size, turn dough out onto floured surface. Using remaining 1/4 cup flour and adding as needed, continue as follows:
  6. Divide dough into 4 equal portions.
  7. Roll out one dough ball into a 12" circle, dusting as needing so dough does not stick.
  8. Transfer dough to greased pizza pan.
  9. Carefully spoon 4 Tb of Simply Sesame Pistachio and Cardamom flavor over dough and spread with back of spoon, being careful not to tear the dough. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries.
  10. Repeat with remaining 3 dough balls, ending with a layer of dough.
  11. Use a 2 1/2" round cookie cutter, place in the center over dough layers; do not press down. With the cookie cutter as a guide, use a sharp knife to make 16 even cuts from cookie cutter to outside of circle. Remove cookie cutter. Carefully take two strands and twist two times outwards. Pinch the two ends together. Repeat around the circle, two strands at a time, making 8 twists. After pressing seams together, tuck the outer corners of each pair down to bring each twist to a triangle, making the whole bread resemble a star, or snowflake.
  12. Preheat the oven to 375F. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown.
  13. Brush tops gently with melted butter. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios and dust with powdered sugar.
  14. Serve warm with cold goat cheese spread.

Notes

Prep time includes, prep, rest, and rise. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients with like for like products.

*This post was sponsored by Bonelli Fine Food®, the makers of Simply Sesame.  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 adapted recipe are my own.  Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

 

 

 

 

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Decisions, decisions.  Just yesterday I saw a friend trying to decide which picture of her kids she should copy for Christmas.  I mean, they were ALL cute!

I couldn’t even decide which delicious picture to choose from of these gorgeous brunch displays I get to share with you!

 

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And what kind of tea do make with these?

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Do I do cardamom, or cinnamon, earl grey, or raspberry?  Loose leaf or tea bags??  Oh my goodness, I can’t decide!!!!!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Except I did decide.  And I brought you this delicious meal.  Well, okay, I brought it for you to look at, but by all means, please make it, because you know who was sampling this deliciousness while the family was in snooze land.  It may or not may not have been me.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Because the orange tea infused into every bite of this meal was perfection!  I’m sure you can use any other kind.  But this worked!

I’m talking about tea in the salad dressing.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tea in the biscuits.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Tea ON the biscuits.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And tea on the side.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Did you know there are many cooking uses for tea?  That’s why myself and 11 other bloggers are sharing our tips for cooking with tea-with a giveaway to boot!  Check it out here!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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The trick to these biscuits is letting the dough rest while you prepare the salad dressing, then gently folding in the blueberries as you knead the dough.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

See, layer after layer the berries are folded in.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Then ever so carefully, cut the biscuits into rounds.  It’s okay if some berries get cut too.  They will still taste wonderful!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Place the biscuits on a baking sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes at 425F.

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

They look like this after baking…

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But after a double dunk in powdered sugar and warm tea, they look like this…

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And we enjoy them with this…(or just eat three in one sitting like my finicky shark did!)

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Enjoy!!!  And I hope you win, because the prizes are just way cool!!!!

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 6

Per Serving 682 calories

Fat 34 g

Carbs 86 g

Protein 12 g

6

Blueberry Orange Brunch Salad with Orange Tea Vinaigrette and Blueberry Biscuits with Orange Tea Glaze #TastyParTea #InspiredByNature

A delicious brunch infused with tea throughout.

Ingredients

    For the Biscuits

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tb baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Tb orange zest
  • 6 Tb vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried
  • For the Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 Tb orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • For the Orange Vinaigrette

  • 6 Tb light olive oil
  • 2 Tb orange juice
  • 2 Tb white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tb orange spice tea (brewed liquid)
  • 1 clove garlic, grated on a microplane
  • Pinch salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 2 pinches thyme
  • For the Salad

  • 12 cups mixed baby greens
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into cubes
  • ¾ cup walnuts, lightly chopped
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg, and orange zest. Cut in the shortening with a pastry cutter until mixture resembles small peas. Stir the buttermilk and spiced tea together with the honey in a small bowl and add to the flour mixture. Stir gently to combine, just until incorporated. Set aside to rest, covered with a paper towel.
  2. Preheat the oven to 425F.
  3. In a small glass jar fitted with a tight lid, or a glass bowl with a whisk, combine all dressing ingredients. Shake or whisk to combine until emulsified (thickened).
  4. Prepare the salad ingredients and set aside for plating.
  5. Prepare the biscuits. Dust a bread board with about ¼ cup flour and turn dough out. Pat gently. Add about ¼ cup of the blueberries on top and press gently. Fold the berries into the dough while turning one quarter turn to knead. Repeat until all berries and flour are folded in, about 6 turns. Pat dough gently to 3/4” high. Cut into 2 1/2” rounds with a biscuit cutter, making up to 12 biscuits.
  6. Place biscuits onto an ungreased baking sheet, spacing evenly and bake for 10-14 minutes until just golden brown and berries are somewhat bursting. Cool just slightly on the baking sheet.
  7. Meanwhile prepare glaze by combing the powdered sugar and spiced tea. Carefully dip tops of warm biscuits into warm glaze, using all the glaze. Transfer to a cooling rack or immediately to a bread basket.
  8. Plate the salad, dividing the ingredients among six salad plates or tossing together in a large salad bowl. Drizzle with dressing (2 Tb per serving) and serve with 1 or 2 biscuits.

*Disclosure: Bloggers received complimentary products from sponsors for the creation of this event. This is a sponsored post that contains affiliate links.

Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are our own.*

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!!

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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.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies for Golden Girl Granola 2nd Annual Recipe Challenge

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The Second Annual Golden Girl Granola® Recipe Challenge is here! I was pleased with the opportunity to be able to create a delicious sweet treat for this year’s challenge.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Golden Girl Granola® has 7 fresh and healthy flavors with all natural ingredients, from Chocolate Decadence to Forest Maple to Home Sweet Honey. I chose Bluesberry for this challenge, because it instantly made me think of summer and sweets.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I knew I wanted to make ice cream. I could imagine my kids walking along the beach boardwalk with huge waffle cones piled high with luscious blueberry cheesecake ice cream that was dripping down to their elbows. (Heck, I wanted to be the kid with the drippy ice cream cone.) I needed to recreate those flavors right away.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But come on, do we all have waffle irons and ice cream makers at home? Probably not. I have an ice cream maker, but half the time I forget to chill my ice cream barrel and then I have to wait even longer to eat my ice cream. And I was not going to go out and buy a waffle maker. But I just could not get the idea of those drippy ice cream cones out of my head.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So I thought of how I was going to recreate these flavors AND show off the sweet natural ingredients of Golden Girl Granola’s® Bluesberry Granola. The Bluesberry flavor features sweet maple oats with crunchy almonds, flakes of natural coconut and of course blueberries!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I decided to make oatmeal lace cookies, using the granola, as my “waffle cone” to add the sweet crunch to my ice cream. These cookies can be made into rounds and use as ice cream sandwich bases or pretty cookie garnish.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But if you are feeling hungry and don’t have any patience for making individual cookies, you can spread it out thinly onto the pan and bake it, and then crumble it into a brittle crunch topping. I made them both ways.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

For the ice cream, I started with chunks of fresh cheesecake pieces with granola “crust” swirled in. Then those chunks of cheesecake were folded into the cheesecake ice cream, to make it doubly delicious! Finished off with twirls of blueberry pie filling, this Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream is the peak of rich creamy perfection. And you can definitely pick up on the little bits of granola throughout.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This dessert is a three step process, but it is totally simple and worth the wait. Serve it up to your party guests for a fancy treat or for a fun Sunday dinner delight.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I love the simplicity of this recipe. And you can definitely get the kids to help!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Thank you Golden Girl Granola® for the opportunity to showcase your sweet granola once again!

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Last year’s challenge was a main dish entrée, in which I created Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Mole Sauce. I believe the uniqueness and flavors are what helped me earn Second Place for that recipe! Check it out!

And here’s what you’ve been waiting for…!

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A creamy double cheesecake no churn needed ice cream full of blueberry pie swirls and sweet granola served with thin granola laced brittle cookies.

No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies

Prep Time: 6 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 45 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 585 calories

Fat 40 g

Carbs 54 g

Protein 6 g

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No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream and Granola Lace Cookies

A creamy double cheesecake ice cream with no churning required with swirls of blueberry pie and crunchy granola brittle cookies, this dessert will remind you of a summery boardwalk ice cream cone. Most of the time includes chilling and baking. Total hands on time is about 45 minutes. Make this a day in advance for entertaining.

Ingredients

    For the Cheesecake Bits

  • 8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 4 Tb unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup Golden Girl Granola® Bluesberry Granola (see notes)
  • For the Granola Lace Cookies

  • 1 1/3 cups unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tb milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cups Golden Girl Granola® Bluesberry Granola (see notes)
  • 2 Tb flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds (optional-see notes)
  • For the Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream (one recipe cheesecake bits, plus below)

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 - 3.4 oz package cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberry pie filling from a can

Instructions

  1. Make the Cheesecake Bits: Prepare a 2 qt 8x8" baking dish by lining it with foil and spraying with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, beat the cream cheese 2 Tb at a time until smooth. Beat in the butter and mix until combined well.
  3. Beat in the vanilla bean paste or vanilla and mix well. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and mix until fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Finally beat in the granola until it breaks down a little. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for two hours.
  5. Prepare the Granola Lace Cookies: Line baking sheets with parchment paper, silicone baking mats, or foil. Place the oven rack at the one-third height in the oven. Preheat oven to 375F.
  6. In a heavy bottom saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Bring it to a slow boil and reduce heat, cooking and stirring until the butter begins to brown, about 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat. Stir in the corn syrup and brown sugar and mix well. The butter sugar mixture should resemble a smooth caramel.
  8. Gently stir in the granola, flour, salt and vanilla. Mix until combined. Then fold in the optional almonds. (If not using almonds, add 2 Tb extra of granola.)
  9. Spoon the batter onto the prepared cookie sheets ONE TEASPOON at a time, spaced 3" apart. The cookies will spread a lot. Bake for 5 minutes and remove. If cookies are stuck together, they can be separated while warm with the side of a fork. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring mat to a cooling rack. When completely cooled, carefully remove from mats by peeling the cookie off and transfer to a plate, stacking carefully. If cooled completely, they should not stick to each other. Be sure not to overbake, or they will crumble to easily.
  10. Alternately, you can make a granola brittle. Spoon a thin layer onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack. When completely cooled, break into pieces for a topping.
  11. Repeat the process for remaining batter, cooling one batch while baking another.
  12. Make the No Churn Blueberry Double Cheesecake Ice Cream: Remove the Cheesecake Bits from the freezer to thaw slightly.
  13. In a stand mixer, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  14. While the cream is whipping, combine the sweetened condensed milk, pudding mix and vanilla in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly until pudding mix is mostly dissolved into condensed milk.
  15. Gently fold the condensed milk mixture into the whipped cream.
  16. Cut the Cheesecake Bits into 1/2" squares, by lifting the foil out of the pan and cutting straight down with a sharp knife. Gently fold into ice cream mixture. Spread the ice cream mixture into the same 2 qt 8x8" baking pan from the cheesecake bits. You do not need to line the pan.
  17. Spoon the blueberry pie filling onto the ice cream mixture and fold in gently to create blueberry swirls. Cover tightly and freeze for four hours, or until firm.
  18. Scoop the ice cream onto granola lace cookie rounds, or scoop into a bowl and crumble granola brittle over the top. Enjoy!

Notes

Can substitute any blueberry granola or your favorite granola here. Makes 16 ice cream servings and 56 cookie servings. If not using almonds in the cookies, add 2 Tb extra of granola.

*This post was sponsored by Golden Girl Granola®. 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

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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 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®.

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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!

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.

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

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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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Canning with Vinegar: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

They say once you’ve learned how to ride a bike, you never forget. I think the same goes for canning. Once you’ve canned something once, you never forget. And you won’t want to stop. You’ll want to can everything. I’m serious. Something about preparing your own produce and topping it off with your favorite all natural preservative is just so rewarding.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

My favorite all natural preservative, I have to say is vinegar. It lends the most refreshing tartness to any vegetable or even fruit. It can be used as a cold short term preservative or heated in a canning bath and sealed for longer storage.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

I was really craving hot dogs and sauerkraut, but I didn’t want to wait around weeks for naturally fermented sauerkraut. I want to make some pickled cabbage! And I wanted spice! And I wanted chiles too! My hubby likes jalapenos slices on his hot dogs anyways, so what the heck. I made two options!

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

It’s amazing how many different uses there are for vinegar, besides pickling and preserving with canning. I love apple cider vinegar with my salad dressings or as a morning detox. I add it to my pancake mix to make a simple buttermilk. And I even put it in my potato salad to add some German flair.

You can find those tips and more at VinegarTips.com, including baking tricks, home cleaning short cuts and beauty tips. Check out their Pinterest page for convenient pinning. You can even follow them on Twitter for quick updates. My favorite is their smart phone app! Wow, you can’t get any sweeter than that!

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

I really do love cooking with vinegar. I love the different levels of pickling it can give your produce, dependents on the sugar and water (if any) ratio you combine it with.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

For the Pickled Garlic Jalapenos I used a 50/50 ratio of water and white vinegar and an extra touch of sugar to mellow out the spice. The garlic laced throughout adds a nice treat.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

And I absolutely could not get enough of the Harissa Cabbage Kraut (yes I know I’m basically saying cabbage twice, but it just sounds better that way!). I mean, by the time I got to the last few bites of my tofurky dog, the bun was soaked with delicious pickling liquid. (Darn it, I’m salivating again!) The harissa powder added the perfect punch of spice. Not too overwhelming with just enough heat not to overpower the bitter cabbage and sweet carrots.

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

I really enjoyed canning these condiments. Honestly the last time I’d canned anything was after kid #1. I now have 4, so you can say it’s been awhile. But I still remembered the easy canning guidelines, it just came right back to me (like riding that bike!).

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

  • Always start with a clean hot jar.
  • Fill up to 1/2″ of the top of the jar.
  • Wiggle a chopstick down inside the jar to release trapped air bubbles.
  • Wipe the rim of the jar with a damp paper towel before putting on a new lid.
  • Boil the cans in water 1/4-1/2 up the sides of the jar for 10 minutes (I like to cover mine as
  • I canned mine in my electric pressure cooker)
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing.
  • Flip cans upside down (using potholder) to seal quicker.
  • If they don’t seal, put it in the fridge or try again with a new lid.
  • Enjoy in 24 hours or more (depending on your recipe) though I ate these ones right away-haha!
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Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut
Have you ever canned or pickled anything?

Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 60

Per Serving 175 calories

Fat 1 g

Carbs 32 g

Protein 3 g

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Canning: Pickled Garlic Jalapenos and Harissa Cabbage Kraut

Ingredients

    For the Pickled Garlic Jalapenos

  • 2 1/2 lbs jalapenos, sliced, stems removed
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp pink Himalayan salt (3/4 tsp per jar)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds (1/2 tsp per jar)
  • 4 tsp minced garlic (1 tsp per jar)
  • 3 3/4 cups cold water
  • 3 3/4 cups white vinegar
  • 4 1/2 Tb white sugar
  • For the Harissa Cabbage Kraut

  • 6 cups shredded cabbage (3/4 large head)
  • 6 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 Tb minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 Tb pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 Tb organic harissa powder
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. [For the Pickled Garlic Jalapenos]
  2. Slice the jalapenos with a food processor or a shark knife wearing gloves.
  3. Place the seasoning in each of four jars. Top with sliced jalapenos.
  4. Bring water, vinegar and sugar just to a boil. Ladle liquid carefully into each jars over the jalapenos within half inch of top. Using a chopstick, insert into jar releasing any trapped air.
  5. Wipe rim of jars with a damp paper towels. Tighten just to seal, but do not overtighten. Boil in a canning bath with water up to halfway up the jar over medium heat, covered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool on stove 5 minutes before removing. Invert cans to cool completely and allow to seal. Tighten lids and store in pantry 6 months to one year.
  6. [For the Harissa Cabbage Kraut]
  7. Combine all ingredients in a large plastic or glass bowl and toss. Spoon into each of two jars within half inch of top.
  8. Using a chopstick, insert into jar releasing any trapped air.
  9. Wipe rim of jars with a damp paper towels. Tighten just to seal, but do not overtighten. Boil in a canning bath with water up to halfway up the jar over medium heat, covered for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool on stove 5 minutes before removing. Invert cans to cool completely and allow to seal. Tighten lids and store in pantry 6 months to one year.

Notes

You will need 6 "One and One Half Pint" Mason Jars with Lids If lids do not seal, transfer to refrigerator to enjoy.
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Food processors are so simple to use at any age! This one loved feeding the carrots in.

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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.

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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!

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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?

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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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