It’s a Tasty ParTea Giveaway Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

We are here to paaaartaaaay!  Ladies.  Gentlemen.  Ring the alarm.  Ring the alarm.

The tea bell that is!  Because it is time for tea service.  With Charles Viancin and his gorgeous line of kitchen products that is Inspired by Nature.  My first thought to the gorgeous tea pot and cup pictured here was when could I fill it with piping hot tea!

Because November speaks of cozy sweaters, kindling fires and steeping tea.  Well, in most places.  Over here in Cali you sometimes have to close the windows and blast the a/c just to feel like it is remotely fall.  Ha!  (In fact, I think my a/c is actually running right now!)

Inspired by Nature | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But back to this kitchen product line.  Charles Viancin brings nature to his creative and artistic kitchen products and these ceramic tea pots are no different.  I love the unique magnetic tea filter that can hold any lose leaf tea with no trace of tea dust left behind.  The silicone plant cutely blooms over the top of the tea cup as it steeps your favorite tea. The tea pot hold it’s very own tea filter too!  Try the delicious assortment of teas by The Republic of Tea.

The Republic of Tea has joined in with Charles Viancin in a relaxing giveaway for our most deserving readers.  The readers of the twelve bloggers below.  Check it out!

A baker’s dozen bloggers have come together to share different recipes that use tea during the month of November. Whether you’re a fan of sweet or savory #TastyParTEA’s creations will make your mouth water.


See all the posts on our Facebook page, check out the pins on our Pinterest board, or follow the conversation on social media with hashtag #TastyParTEA.

 

 

We Are the #TastyParTEA Bloggers…

listed alphabetically by blog name

 

 


Our Blog Tour Schedule…

 

The Giveaway…

Our generous sponsors have contributed prizes for this event.

The giveaway will begin on November 12th and end on November 21st

and is open to US residents only.

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Our Sponsors*…

and how you can find them around the internet

 

Charles Viancin

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

 

 

 

The Republic of Tea

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*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.*

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…!

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

16


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.

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”.

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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!

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark
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!

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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

8


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.

 

Fiesta Black Bean Quiche | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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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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.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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?!

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.)

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Which oatmeal recipe will you choose?

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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.

Overnight Berry Almond Oats and Warm Oatmeal Cookie Oatmeal | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

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Easter Candy S’mores

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

S’mores in the Spring time. Well sure! Why not celebrate the first official day of warmer weather with ooey gooey melt in your mouth s’mores! Cuz I made these ones taste like Easter candy.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My favorite Easter candies are those chocolate eggs full of creamy sugar fondant that drips down your fingers when you take a bite. Yep. (Hold on while I imagine it.)

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Where was I? Oh yea, Easter Candy S’mores.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These s’mores start with sugared chocolate grahams sandwiching fluffy toasted marshmallows that are stuffed with dark chocolate chips, followed by a drizzle of rich chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk. These s’mores give the true ooze factor of the Easter candy I love.

I made s’mores because: one-I like them, two-it’s getting time for camping and picnic season, and three-Barbeqa has provided me some awesome telescoping roasting sticks for me to share!

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the Easter Candy flavor-well that’s just for the sheer fact that Easter is a week away!!

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I must say when I first opened these roasting sticks, I was very pleased. I love the little red poke guards, so little ones don’t get pricked when they excitably open the pouch. I should know, I have excited little ones! (I really love the resealing travel size pouch these come in-perfect for picnics!)

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The set of four telescoping roasting sticks expand to the perfect length of “not too flimsy”, and “long enough to keep you out of the flames”. The sturdy wooden handles display the Barbeqa logo and include a convenient loop for hanging.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Be sure the check out the video below to check out these roasting sticks in action-and for the recipe for these delicious Easter Candy S’mores of course.

Easter Candy S'mores | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Do you have a favorite Easter candy?

Easter Candy S’mores

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Number of servings: 4

Per Serving 177 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 33 g

Protein 2 g

4


Easter Candy S’mores

Ingredients

  • 4 chocolate graham crackers
  • 8 jumbo marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (dark, milk, or semi-sweet)
  • 2 Tb chocolate syrup
  • 2 Tb sweetened for condense milk

Instructions

  1. Break each graham cracker in half and place on a napkin or plate.
  2. Place two marshmallows on each of four campfire roasting sticks and roast over an open flame about 2-6 inches from the heat, turning the marshmallow gradually, depending on your desired toastiness. If it catches on fire, just blow out the flame.
  3. Place the toasted marshmallows upright on one cracker by carefully sliding off with a fork.
  4. Place a divided tablespoon of chocolate chips in each of the marshmallows. Drizzle each serving with a tablespoon each of chocolate syrup and sweetened condensed milk.
  5. Place the second cracker on top and smoosh together. Enjoy carefully-may be hot.

How about your favorite thing to roast over a campfire?

*This is a sponsored post. I received a these roasting sticks at a reduced price from the sponsor Barbeqa for my unbiased product review. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, and images, are my own, unless otherwise noted.

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

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

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

I grew up on milk. Milk with breakfast, milk with lunch, milk with dinner. Milk in casseroles, milk in mashed potatoes, milk in cream soups. You get the picture. So it was extremely disappointing to me when after the birth of my third baby and guzzling milk through the entire pregnancy, that my body decided it didn’t love milk very much. Gas and bloat were my new best friend and lactose pills followed quickly after. New forms of milk substitutes featuring nuts and soybeans filled my refrigerator and drowned my cereals. My discomfort was gone, but I still longed for the creamy milk I grew up with that came from local dairy farmers and adorable farm cows. (Yes, I said adorable! I love cows!)

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

So you can imagine my surprise when I learned that the milk we’ve been drinking for years has developed a new strain of protein called A1 that causes digestive discomfort in people. This protein is in all cows’ milk sold in stores today, including even organic cows’ milk. I didn’t even know that milk has different types of protein!

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans have some type of discomfort after drinking milk (including myself!) yet only 3-4% are actually diagnosed with lactose intolerance? Those with milk sensitivities are then forced to turn to nut and soy based milk substitutes and can only dream of having milk again. The a2 Milk Company™ has solved that problem, however. a2 Milk® farmers have figured out a way to raise cows with only the A2 protein that cows are meant to have. These cows are raised on natural diets in the most humane way and are never given hormones. The A1 protein that cows have nowadays is actually a genetic mutation that has developed over time. Genetic mutation! No wonder we have these tummy troubles!

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

I decided to partner with The a2 Milk Company™ to create a tummy friendly and healthy recipe that those with milk sensitivities and even IBS issues can enjoy. This Creamy Cauliflower Gratin is loaded with belly friendly cauliflower, thinly sliced sweet onions and plenty of rich lowfat milk featuring the True a2™ milk from The a2 Milk Company™. It is topped with sourdough bread crumbs, which is easier to digest than typical white bread. Nutritional yeast is used in place of parmesan cheese to avoid adding any other strains of protein back in to the casserole by using other milk products other than a2 Milk®. The result was a creamy dreamy cauliflower casserole that was loved by my entire family, including every single picky eater and finicky shark.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

If you would like to learn more about The a2 Milk Company™, you can check out their website here and you can find it in stores here.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

If you would like to make this delicious veggie casserole, you can find the recipe below. Enjoy!

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

[For the Casserole]
1 head cauliflower roughly chopped, about 5-6 cups
2 small white onions, sliced thinly
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tb olive oil
1/3 cup flour
2 cups a2 Milk®, lowfat milk
1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
[For the Crumb Topping]
4 slices sourdough bread, torn in pieces
1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 Tb olive oil

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a 12×8″ or 13×9″ baking pan or casserole dish with cooking spray. Add a small amount of water to a large pot and add the cauliflower. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and boil/steam until cauliflower is just tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

In a food processer, place the torn bread slices, and crumb topping seasonings. Pulse until bread resembles a fine crumb. Stream in 1 Tb olive oil and pulse. Set aside.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tb olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onions. Cook and stir until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and seasonings. Cook until fragrant.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Add in the flour and stir until onions are well coated with the flour.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Slowly stir in the a2 Milk®. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked cauliflower.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Pour mixture into prepare baking pan or casserole dish. Top with reserved herbed bread crumbs.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

Bake, uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes, until bread crumbs are golden and cauliflower is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with your favorite meal.

 Creamy Cauliflower Gratin | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark 

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

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Number of servings: 8

Per Serving 265 calories

Fat 5 g

Carbs 43 g

Protein 14 g

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

Ingredients

    For the Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower roughly chopped, about 5-6 cups
  • 2 small white onions, sliced thinly
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb olive oil
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 cups a2 Milk®, lowfat milk
  • 1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • For the Crumb Topping

  • 4 slices sourdough bread, torn in pieces
  • 1 Tb fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tb olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a 12×8″ or 13×9″ baking pan or casserole dish with cooking spray. Add a small amount of water to a large pot and add the cauliflower. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and boil/steam until cauliflower is just tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a food processer, place the torn bread slices, and crumb topping seasonings. Pulse until bread resembles a fine crumb. Stream in 1 Tb olive oil and pulse. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tb olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the sliced onions. Cook and stir until onions are tender, about 4 minutes. Add the minced garlic and seasonings. Cook until fragrant.
  4. Add in the flour and stir until onions are well coated with the flour.
  5. Slowly stir in the a2 Milk®. Reduce heat to medium low and stir until slightly thickened. Stir in the nutritional yeast flakes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Remove from heat and stir in the cooked cauliflower.
  6. Pour mixture into prepare baking pan or casserole dish. Top with reserved herbed bread crumbs.
  7. Bake, uncovered, at 400F for 25-30 minutes, until bread crumbs are golden and cauliflower is bubbly. Cool slightly and serve with your favorite meal.