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Nacho Pizza Bombs and Sweepstakes

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Nacho Pizza Bombs that are easy to make with store-bough pizza crust, nacho sauce, bacon, cheese, jalapeno, and herbs.  They make the perfect bites for games, casual entertaining, or just because.

Who is the hostess with the mostest? We are! These Nacho Pizza Bombs are the edible proof! They are easy to prepare, yet beyond- scrumptious, able to please the most demanding crowd. So yes, our Nacho Pizza Bombs make the prefect treat for games and casual entertaining. Cool, right? 😉

To make them, all we need to do is to roll out refrigerated store-bought pizza crust, cut with a cookie cutter, and fill with nacho sauce, a cube of cheddar, a piece of bacon, and a slice of jalapeno. Brush around the edge of the dough with water and bring the edges of the round towards the center, lightly pleating to form a tight enclosure or pocket.

Next, make a hole in the center of the dough to create a vent, place them onto a lined baking sheet, brush with a mixture of oil, herbs, and seasonings, and bake at 400 F for about 15-18 minutes. Easy peasy!

The best part is serving them piping hot along with your favorite beer, soda, or other drink of your choice.

This is the type of recipe that doesn’t require any special skills, as you can see. I am telling ya, honey, prepare yourself to receive the nicest compliments. 😉

These bites are like a fusion between 3 popular dishes: pizza, nachos, and garlic knots. We use pizza dough, the main ingredients of nachos for the filling, and brush the bombs with a garlic/ oil mixture, like on garlic bread/knots. Genius, right?

In addition, all the ingredients for our Nacho Pizza Bombs are conveniently available at Walmart — including Ricos Gourmet Nacho Cheese Sauce which is trans fat FREE and made with no hydrogenated oils. It can be used as an ingredient, like we did, a topping, or a dip. Just heat and eat!

Actually, Ricos has a entire line of cheese sauces that are great for parties, birthdays, holidays, bbqs & more. Curious? For more info about Rico’s cheese sauces, delicious recipes, and more, take a look here!

But no, that’s not all! Would you like to have a chance to win a 2018 Ford F-150? Learn how to participate and also ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES HERE , which goes live from 1/15/18 to 5/31/18!!! Imagine yourself driving that truck everywhere you go. 😉 Good luck!

Having cravings? Throwing a party?  Now you know just what to make. Ha!

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Nacho Pizza Bombs that are easy to make with store-bough pizza crust, nacho sauce, bacon, cheese, jalapeno, and herbs.  They make the perfect bites for games and casual entertaining.
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  1. Place a pizza stone on the center rack of the oven (NOTE: this is needed in order to bake pizza bombs evenly). Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Roll the refrigerated pizza crust on a flat surface. Using a 3.75-inch round cookie cutter, cut about 7-8 discs from each pizza crust. You will end up with about 14-16 discs. Fill the center of each with 1 teaspoon nacho sauce, top with 1 cube of cheddar, a few pieces of chopped bacon, chopped jalapeno, and a sprinkle of chopped cilantro/parsley.
  3. Then, lightly brush around the outer rim of the discs with water. Bring the moistened edges of the discs towards the center, lightly pleating to form a tight enclosure, and pinch to seal. Insert a long wood skewer dipped in flour through the center of the roof layer of the pizza bomb in order to make a hole for steam to vent. Place on the lined baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart. In a small bowl, mix oil, pepper flakes, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper each. Heat in the microwave for about 40-60 seconds. Brush the Nacho Pizza Bombs with the heated mixture.
  4. Place baking sheet on top of the pizza stone and bake for about 15-18 minutes or until cooked and lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and brush them again with the oil mixture. Enjoy with your favorite drink! If desired, use the remaining nacho sauce as a dip for the pizza bombs.
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Quick Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops

Less than 30-minute, easy to prepare, finger-licking Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. A ‘one-pan’ dish that is perfect for any time of the year!

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated a few days from now in the United States… and I will be serving one of my husband’s favorite dishes: these super flavorful Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. Yep, it works well as a “guy dish” — on account of the meat (although I am also a huge fan — and my daughters as well!)

These quick Pan Fried Pork Chops are easily prepared by seasoning both sides of the chops with salt and pepper. Then, the pork chops are place into a hot pan with oil and browned for about 2-3 minutes per side. Next, a mixture of barbecue sauce, ketchup, spices, vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard  is pour over the chops, brought to a boil, and left to simmer together for about 5 minutes.

There you have it, my friend!  A dish fit for a king, ready to be devoured down to the very last bite.

Simple, right? Oh… and quick, too, because the entire dish takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.  A real present for both the cook and eater!!! 😉

Serve our Barbecue Pork Chops with a side of steamed, baked or roasted baby potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a fresh salad or steamed vegetables… and just wait and see how your honey will look at you.

Our Barbecue Pork Chops also work great as a ‘one-pan’, no-fussy weeknight meal.

I kept the recipe easy and delish, hearty, and desirable to a man’s eyes. 😉  After all, my honey deserves this type of TLC and way more.

But that’s not all! We are serving a Nutella Tart for dessert… Yaasss!!!!!  Pure indulgence is the order of the day here.

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Well, Happy V-Day to my hubby as well as to each one of you. Enjoy your day!!!

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Less than 30-minute, easy to prepare, darn delicious Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. A 'one-pan' dish that is perfect for any time of the year! 
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  1. Season both sides of each pork chop with enough salt and pepper. Then, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tablespoons of oil. Place 4 chops at a time into the hot pan and let brown without disturbing for about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the 4 chops and place onto a plate. Pour in the remaining oil and brown the other 4 chops.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the spices, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, mustard, vinegar, sugar, barbecue sauce, and ketchup in a medium bowl, whisking well until homogeneous and free of lumps. Return all 8 chops to the pan, pour on the sauce mixture, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with chopped green onions on top. Enjoy!
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Suggested sides: steamed, baked, or roasted baby potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a fresh salad (or cooked vegetables such as corn or green beans).

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Champion Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos

Quick and easy Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos filled with mojito-seasoned shrimp, salad mix, crumbled cheese, and a mango avocado salsa. A true GF champion for the palate and eyes!

The Super Bowl will be held this Sunday, February the 4th.  Amid all the excitement,  it is great to have something scrumptious and quick to prepare that can really thrill a crowd. This year, we will be celebrating this event with these quick and easy, gluten-free Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos — a true champion for the palate and eyes!

As you probably know, mojitos are traditional Cuban summer cocktail drinks made with fresh lime juice, mint, sugar, club soda, white rum, and ice.  But this time, you are combining the main ingredients (lime juice, white rum, and mint) into a marinade to flavor shrimp.

That’s right! 🙂 The very shrimp that will make our street tacos sizzle with a bold, super delish flavor.

But that’s not all!  Besides the shrimp flavored with a mojito mixture and cooked to perfection, these gluten-free small white corn tacos are bedecked with a small bed of half and half mix (baby spinach, baby lettuce blend, baby greens, radicchio, and red kale), plus crumbled cheese and a mango avocado salsa.

The mango avocado salsa is a flavorful and sensuous attraction all on its own– mango, avocado, red onion, cilantro/parsley, jalapeno, lemon juice, and salt make this salsa the perfect element to heap onto the shrimp. Both have kind of a Caribbean vibe! 😉  A kaleidoscope of colors and flavors.

Mouth watering already?

Definitely something to bring the heat to the game and fill your belly with joy.  It just screams FIESTA!

It is such a big event in the U.S. that it feels like a real party, right?

As a final touch, you could drizzle these Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos with sour cream and pair with a drink: a mojito itself, a super-chilled beer, soda, or any other drink of your choice. Cheers!

For other Super Bowl appetizers, please check out our Palm Heart Bacon Bites and Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip.

I hope you have a very exciting, fun, and yummy Super Bowl!!!

P.S.: Which team will you be cheering for? 

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Quick and easy Mojito Shrimp Street Tacos filled with mojito-seasoned shrimp, salad mix, crumbled cheese, and a mango avocado salsa. A true GF champion for the palate and eyes!
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  1. In a medium bowl, combine the mango, avocado, red onion, jalapeno, lemon juice, salt, and cilantro/parsley. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the mojito shrimp. Season the shrimp with salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder, mixing well. Then, heat a large no stick skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil and the seasoned shrimp. Cook shrimp for about 3 minutes. Turn it over, add the garlic, and cook for about 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Do not let brown! Add the rum and let cook until slightly evaporated. Add the mint, remove from heat, and squeeze the lime juice all over the shrimp. Toss the cilantro/parsley and arrange the tacos.
  3. To arrange the mojito shrimp street tacos, place double tortillas (one on top of the other) on a flat surface. Fill tortilla with a bit of the leaf mix, spoon a bit of the mango avocado salsa on top, then the cooked shrimp, crumbled cheese, and a drizzle of sour cream. Repeat the process so that you end up with 8 street tacos. Enjoy!
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Light and Refreshing Tomato Basil Caipirinha

Tomato Basil Caipirinha is a light and refreshing Brazilian cocktail drink made from lime, basil, sugar, tomato juice, cachaça (rum/vodka), and ice. It’s quicker to prepare than a Bloody Mary or Michelada!

It’s Carnival time in Brazil! And this year we are celebrating with this light and refreshing Tomato Basil Caipirinha (Caipirinha de Tomate e Manjericão). Because, honey, if you think caipirinhas are made only from lime, sugar, cachaça, and ice… then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. It’s the Brazilian version of the famous Bloody Mary and the Mexican Michelada. If you are a fan of these, you will love our flavorful caipirinha.

But let me tell ya, caipirinhas come in all kind of flavors: passion fruit, cashew fruit, kiwi, strawberry, and so on. They are quite popular in the hot climate Brazil — not only during Carnival but all year long. Pretty much most bars and restaurants serve them in a variety of flavors.

Well, since I won’t be in Brazil celebrating Carnival this year (or any time soon), I will sip my Tomato Basil Caipirinha while listening to my favorite Carnival rhythms: frevo, axé, and samba!

I know, I know… when you think Carnival, Rio may come to mind. But actually, one of the best places to celebrate Carnival is right in my own hometown, Recife.  Galo da Madrugada is simply named in the ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ as the biggest Carnival parade in the world (yes!!!). It joins together more than 2.5 million participants — dressed in typical costumes and dancing frevo and other rhythms in the streets of downtown Recife, where gigantic dolls are displayed.  

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Carnival in Recife (by permission of Diário de Pernambuco).

During these festivities many beverages are consumed, including Brazilian limeade and caipirinhas of many flavors, such as Tomato Basil Caipirinha.

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This Tomato Basil Caipirinha requires less ingredients and is quicker to prepare than a Bloody Mary or Michelada. That’s right! All we have to do is place limes wedges, fresh basil leaves, and sugar into a 8-oz glass. Macerate well with a muddler in order to extract the lime juice. Stir in tomato juice and cachaça (or white rum or vodka), and then fill the glass with ice.

As a final touch, you can serve it with a skewer of tomato and basil… and if desired, with a small fresh mozzarella cheese ball. Simple and quite DE-LI-CIOUS. It’s an eat-and-drink cocktail!

So there’s no excuse for you not to experience a true Brazilian party… in your mouth! 🙂

Cheers to happiness!!!!

P.S.: A special thanks to Diário de Pernambuco for permitting me to use their gorgeous Carnival photo montage! (Obrigado, Diário de Pernambuco, por nos permitir usar a sua linda foto montagem neste artigo!)

 

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Tomato Basil Caipirinha is a light and refreshing Brazilian cocktail drink made from lime, basil, sugar, tomato juice, cachaça (rum/vodka), and ice. It's quicker to prepare than Bloody Mary or Michelada!
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  1. Place limes wedges, fresh basil leaves, and sugar into a 8-oz glass. Macerate well with a muddler in order to extract the lime juice. Stir in tomato juice and cachaça (white rum or vodka), and then fill the glass with ice.
  2. As a final touch, you can serve it with a skewer of tomato and basil... and if desired, with a small fresh mozzarella cheese ball. A true eat-and-drink cocktail!
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For a virgin version you can substitute sparkling water for the alcoholic beverage in the recipe above.

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5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart

5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart made with simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. It is the “it” treat for Valentine’s Day or just because!

Who is going to be your Valentine this year?  Mine devoured this 5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart in the blink of an eye. Think about richness and love in an edible form! A great way to say ‘I love you’ even without pronouncing the 3 words 😉 — something that can also be served all year long just because.

This Nutella tart is one of those impressive treats that are still quick and easy to make. That’s right! All you need are 5 ingredients: Nutella or hazelnut spread, bittersweet chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, unsalted butter, and Oreo cookies. That means, almost universal ingredients, easily available in most countries in the world.

Crumb and combine Oreo cookies with melted unsalted butter and press the cookie “dough” into a tart pan. Then, freeze for at least 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together chocolate chips, Nutella, and warm heavy cream in a medium bowl until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Pour into the frozen cookie crust and freeze for 15 minutes or until set. See? Easy peasy!

If desired, garnish the top of the Nutella tart with assorted berries, mint, and/or dried rose petals.  And there you have a treat fit for the queen or king of your heart. Its luscious flavor is a real declaration of love.

 

A warning though: this thing is ADDICTIVE! You can also surprise your honey and BFF with these other savory and sweet treats too.

But of course, our no bake Nutella tart is more than just perfect for Valentine’s Day. It makes a great dessert for Mother’s Day, a Nutella /Oreo/chocolate fan’s birthday party, and other occasions.  I plan on making it just because… especially for those days when you just need some happiness in your mouth.

Wishing you and your Valentine a very…

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

 

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5-Ingredient No Bake Nutella Tart made with simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes. It is the "it" treat for Valentine's Day or just because!  
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  1. Prepare the crust: Process Oreo cookies in a food processor until finely ground up. Place crumbs into a bowl and mix well with the melted butter. Press into a 14-inch rectangular tart pan (removable bottom) with your hands or with the back of a spoon until evenly spread. Make sure to make edges a bit thicker so it won't crumble once un-molded. Freeze for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Combine Nutella and chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Pour warm heavy cream over chocolate mixture and whisk until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is homogeneous. Then, pour onto the frozen cookie crust. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes or until set. Before serving, garnish top with berries, mint, and/or dried rose petals if desired. Enjoy! Place into the freezer for 15 minutes or into the fridge for 2 hours.
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  • This No Bake Nutella Tart can be made up to 3 days ahead of time. You can either refrigerate it or freeze it and then defrost it 1 hour before serving.
  • If you don't have a rectangular tart pan, you can easily use a round tart pan with removable bottom.
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Baked Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups

Low carb, naturally gluten-free, and meatless Baked Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups that make dinner a delicious yet easy task.

Are you a fan of Caprese salad?  How about zucchini? I love both, and since I have been on a low carb diet, I have been looking for better alternatives for rice, pastas, and other carbs. This “one-baking dish” Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups replaces lasagna pasta with zucchini, making dinner easy to prepare. with less dishes to clean, yet still healthy, nutritious, and delicious.  😉

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Grab a medium baking dish. Spread a bit of tomato sauce, arrange zucchini roll ups filled with a cheese mixture, tomato sauce, and basil, and then top with more cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 400º F for about 20 minutes or so.

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Meanwhile, browse the internet or read your favorite book/magazine. That’s it! Dinner will be ready in the blink of an eye.

I know… This casserole has everything, including the taste of life made easier for busy moms/full-time workers like us.

Our Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups don’t require any special skill from the cook. It’s also a complete meal all by itself… and leaves your kitchen free from a load of dishes and kitchen utensils.

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It may not have “one-pot” or “one-skillet” in its name, but it is definitely part of that same family.  It also makes the list of recipes that are naturally gluten-free, as I mentioned  earlier.

If you would like to add a GF starch, white rice would be a good option to serve along with it. If you are taking this dish to a potluck, garnish its top beautifully with grape tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. As you can see, simplicity here is a real plus!

I will leave you now with the formula for one hero of a dish that you can enjoy without stretching your waistline, and which is easy enough to prepare that you can get some much-deserved rest.  For more low carb weeknight meals, try our delicious Cauliflower Curry Soup.

Well, take care and stay healthy!

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Low carb, naturally gluten-free, and meatless Baked Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups that make dinner a delicious yet easy task.
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  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Spread marinara sauce onto a bottom of a medium baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cut-off and discard zucchini ends and then slice each zucchini 1/8" thick lengthwise.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, 1 1/4 cups mozzarella, 3/4 cup Parmesan, and salt. Taste and adjust salt if desired. Stir in the egg well. If you would like to, add a pinch of pepper.
  4. On each slice of zucchini, spoon a thin layer of sauce, top with a thicker layer of the cheese mixture, and sprinkle a little bit of chopped basil. Roll up and place in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/4 cups mozzarella and then 1/4 cup Parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted. If desired, garnish top with halved grape tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. This casserole can be served by itself or with a side of white rice. Enjoy!
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Low Carb Cauliflower Curry Soup

A Low Carb Cauliflower Curry Soup that can be prepared in 30 minutes and makes for a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner.  It’s also vegan, vegetarian, paleo, Whole30, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

I have been eating healthier lately. How about you? No matter your diet approach is, I bet this low carb cauliflower curry soup is for you! It’s our latest weeknight meal creation which is wholesome, full of flavor, and can be prepared in 30 minutes. And more… yes, it’s vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten-and-dairy-free, and even Whole30.

A miracle in a pot! 😉 Don’t believe me? Well, check it out!

It all started with a visit from my sister during the holidays.  She shed more than 70 pounds and got into the habit of eating healthy all year long. She really made me rethink my eating habits, I’ve gotta say. Since then, I have been continuing to exercise but I have also introduced more healthy foods into my daily diet — hoping to lose some weight and feel energized without starving myself.

Good news! I’ve shed 2 pounds in the past week.  I am just grinning from ear to ear and I’ve got a plan to continue losing those extra pounds that I put on over the years.

When I cooked this cauliflower curry soup  I knew that tastiness  was not something to compromise on — otherwise it would be hard to continue eating healthy and satisfying my family’s demanding taste buds.

To my children and husband’s surprise, the soup was not only good but plate-licking delicious.  A real victory for this cook!

And you know what? The recipe is freaking simple.  All I had to do is stir-fry fresh cauliflower…

…carrots, and a slice of jalapeno. Then, sweat an onion and garlic in vegetable oil, stir in spices, tomato sauce, broth, and seasonings. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, covered.

Next, blend with coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and serve with chopped cilantro or parsley while it is still hot.

Folks, it just can’t get any easier than that!

Although our Cauliflower Curry Soup was accompanied by toasted baguette slices, you can serve yours by itself or, depending on your dietary needs/wants/restrictions, you can garnish with cooked seafood, tofu or shaved Parmesan, cooked rice noodles, eggs, etc.  It’s up to you!

This means you can come home from a tiresome day at work and still fix yourself or your family a healthy meal without all the stress and the time usually required.

You are making magic in the kitchen, hon! Your body will thank you… and the scale will be your new friend! 🙂

Making your life (and mine) simple is my mission. 😉 And that is so true that we have many more quick and easy weeknight dinner ideas awaiting for you here. Don’t be shy to sub ingredients and adapt our recipes to make them lighter.

If you enjoy quick and healthy curries, please also try our vegetarian Lentil Coconut Curry.

I hope you get some well-deserved rest and enjoy this comforting and warm Cauliflower Curry Soup –a real treasure for those who work hard on a daily basis, but are determined not to neglect healthy eating.

See ya soon!

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A Low Carb Cauliflower Curry Soup that can be prepared in 30 minutes and makes for a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner. It's vegan, vegetarian, paleo, Whole30, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
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  1. Heat a medium non stick saucepan or wok over high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and stir-fry the cauliflower, half of the onion, and jalapeno until florets start to lightly brown. Stir or swirl the pan occasionally.
  2. Add the remaining oil, reduce heat to medium, and sweat onion for about 3 minutes and then cook garlic for about 1 minute, stirring now and then. Do not let brown!
  3. Stir in the curry, cumin, ginger for about 10 seconds. Then, stir in the tomato sauce and broth, salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Next, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Carefully transfer soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour soup back into the pan, add the other half of the sliced carrot, stir in coconut milk, and let cook for about 3 minutes or so. Remove from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice. Serve with chopped parsley/cilantro while hot.
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Suggested accompaniments (depending on your diet restrictions/needs): naan, hard-crusted bread, tofu, shaved Parmesan, cooked shrimp or other protein, eggs, rice noodles, etc.

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Best 5 High-Protein Breakfast Foods

Sharing is Caring: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email YummlyA range of high-protein breakfast foods to satisfy our hunger and help us keep full for longer. A useful plan for healthy New Year’s resolutions! Happy New Year, y’all! With the end of the holidays (yay!) and the beginning of a brand new year, we all know that […]

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Guilt-Free Blueberry Smoothie Papaya Boats

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Guilt-Free Blueberry Smoothie Papaya Boats sweetened with honeycomb and topped with fruits, chia, and mint. Perfect for breakfast/snack New Year’s resolutions!

New year, new resolutions!  After all of the holiday splurging, there’s nothing like some well-balanced meals to help us all to get on track. So let’s start the New Year off right! These Gluten-free. Guilt-Free Blueberry Smoothie Papaya Boats fit the bill, with some added bonuses: they require no cooking and can be prepared in about 10 minutes.  It’s breakfast made perfect, honey!!!

To prepare this easy complete meal, slice a medium ripe papaya in half, remove the seeds with a spoon, and reserve the papaya halves.

Then, blend frozen blueberries with fat-free Greek yogurt and Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey Globe Jar (both the comb and honey itself) in a blender, until smooth.

Finally, pour the smoothie into the two papaya boats/halves, and garnish on top with a piece of honeycomb, fresh blueberries, strawberry slices, fresh or dried halved figs, chia seeds, and mint leaves.

I kid you not, in just a few minutes an antioxidant, protein-loaded breakfast fit for a champion will be ready to be enjoyed with a huge smile on your face.

Although it is a complete meal in itself, if you prefer you could serve accompanied by a cup of coffee or tea.

All the ingredients, including Don Victor® Honey, are conveniently available at Walmart. Note that Don Victor® Honey can be found in the Walmart Hispanic foods aisle .

It is a raw, filtered honey, not heated or processed in any other way… perfect for celebrating the New Year and the resolutions that come along with it.  Keep it at hand to incorporate into delicious recipes such as breakfast/snack toasts, smoothies, English muffins, hot biscuits, French toast, and pancakes. And you know what? Buy more than one jar and give one away to a friend or family member to share the joy and commitment to a wholesome new year. 😉

If you’re wandering if the honeycomb can be eaten, the answer is YES!!!  And so we blended it into a blueberry smoothie — the honeycomb did not melt but became soft and aromatic. Another favorite trick of mine is to use the honeycomb in cocktails. Imagine celebrating your New Year’s Eve with a glass of champagne mixed with a few drops of orange juice, spruced up with a honeycomb and mint leaves. I am telling you, you’d have your guests smiling from ear to ear with the beauty and deliciousness of their drinks. 🙂 Just thinking about it gets me excited!

Actually, upscale restaurants often serve honeycombs in the center of a platter surrounded by a selection of expensive cheeses and multi-grain crackers. This gives me the alternative idea of serving crackers topped with cheddar or brie and topping it all off with a small chunk of honeycomb. Neat, right?

For more tasty everyday recipes like ours or recipe ideas for entertaining, visit the Don Victor® Brand Page.  Also make sure to follow them on Facebook and Pinterest.

Well, start the year off on the right foot… and be healthy and happy! After all, healthy food doesn’t have to be boring!

For now, enjoy our yummy Blueberry Smoothie Papaya Boats and… HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


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Guilt-free Blueberry Smoothie Papaya Boats sweetened with honey and topped with fruits, chia, honeycomb, and mint. Perfect for breakfast/snack New Year's resolutions!
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  1. Slice a medium ripe papaya in half, remove the seeds with a spoon, and reserve the papaya halves.
  2. Then, blend frozen blueberries with fat-free Greek yogurt, Don Victor® Orange Blossom Comb Honey (both the honey and a piece of the honeycomb) in a blender until smooth.
  3. Finally, pour smoothie into the 2 papaya boats/halves, and garnish top of each with a piece of honeycomb, fresh blueberries, strawberry slices, fresh or dried fig halves, 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds, and mint leaves. Enjoy!
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3-Ingredient Not Baked Alaska Panettone (Sorvete de Panetone)

Not Baked Alaska Panettone (Sorvete de Panettone or Sorvetone) is a 15-minute Brazilian-inspired frozen dessert made with 3 ingredients: store-bought panettone filled with ice cream and covered with whipped cream. Great for the Holidays or any other time of the year!

Are you a fan of panettone — the famous Milanese dome-shaped sweet bread loaf? Well, panettone is a family tradition at my Christmas table!  Brazil, the country with the largest number of Italian immigrants in the world, adopted the tradition as its own.  Because of this, there are many desserts made from panettone, including our over-the-top Sorvete de Panetone or Sorvetone (translated by me as Not Baked Alaska Panettone). 😉

And yes, our Not-Baked Alaska Panettone is made out of just 3 ingredients: store-bought Panettone, ice cream, and whipped cream. How cool that is, right?

This means you can put together a gorgeous Christmassy dessert in no time flat, yet highly impress your family and guests. It’s so easy to make that anyone (I mean ANYONE) with no cooking skills can make this not baked Alaska panettone.

The reason why the recipe has been given this particular title in English is because Baked Alaska is the closest related treat to our panettone ice cream. Both have a dome shape and a cake/sweet bread outer layer. Each is filled with ice cream and covered with a white fluffy “frosting” — that is, either meringue (traditional baked Alaska) or whipped cream (our panettone ice cream).

Get it?

To prepare our quick treat, all we have to do is to horizontally cut off the top lid of the panettone with a serrated knife and reserve. Then, using the same serrated knife, cut out the center of the loaf to form a round cavity or hollow, leaving an outer rim of bread about one inch wide.  Also make sure that the cavity does not extend all the way down to the bottom of the loaf, but instead leave intact a one inch thickness of bread at the very bottom of the panettone.

In a small bowl, stir 1/3 cup of water with 3 tablespoons of sugar and make sure to drizzle this all over the inside of the panettone and also the inner surface of the lid that you cut off.  Although this is not required, it will help prevent the panettone itself from freezing and hardening once placed in the freezer. Sugar (like alcohol) is an anti-freeze of sorts. If you will be not serving children, you can drizzle your panettone with bourbon, champagne, white wine, or other spirits (or a mixture of a spirit and water).

Basically, the ice cream will freeze without hardening the panettone.  I am letting you in on a chef’s tip that you will not easily find anywhere else.

Finally, fill the panettone cavity with your favorite ice cream or sorbet. Place the lid of the panettone back on, wrap well with plastic film, and freeze for at least 8 hours on the highest shelf of the freezer.

Right before serving, unwrap and spread thawed whipped cream on top and all around the panettone, like one does with a baked Alaska. The difference here is, our Not Baked Alaska Panettone will not be placed in the oven because we are not using meringue but whipped cream.

The most delicious treat is ready to be served. If you like, you can garnish with mint leaves, fresh berries, shaved chocolate, etc. It all depends on the flavor of the ice cream that you used to fill the panettone.

As a huge fan of this sweet Italian bread, I have made panettone shortcake and upside down French toast. I have eaten it plain, toasted with butter, and dizzled with melted chocolate. Recently, my bi-cultural family has enjoyed it in the form of this Not Baked Alaska Panettone.

I am always looking for different ways to use panettone. What else could we make with it?   

Bom Apetite! 

 

PIN & ENJOY!

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Not Baked Alaska Panettone
Not Baked Alaska Panettone (Sorvete de Panettone or Sorvetone) is a 15-minute Brazilian-inspired frozen dessert made with 3 ingredients: store-bought panettone filled with ice cream and covered with whipped cream.
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  1. Horizontally cut the lid of the panettone off with a serrate knife and reserve. Then, using the same serrated knife, cut out the center of the loaf to form a round cavity or hollow, leaving an outer rim of bread about one inch wide.  Make sure that the cavity does not extend all the way down to the bottom of the loaf, but instead leave intact a one inch thickness of bread between the bottom of the cavity and the very bottom of the panettone loaf.
  2. (Optional) In a small bowl, stir 1/3 cup of water with 3 tablespoons of sugar and make sure to drizzle this all over the inside of the panettone and also the inner surface of the reserved top lid that you sliced off. Although this step is not required, it will prevent the panettone itself from freezing and hardening once placed in the freezer. Sugar (like alcohol) is an anti-freeze of sorts. If you will be not serving children, you can drizzle your panettone with bourbon, champagne, white wine, or some other spirit (or a mixture of a spirit and water).  Basically, the ice cream will freeze without hardened the panettone. This is a secret chef's tip that you will not find easily anywhere else!!!
  3. Finally, fill the panettone cavity with your favorite ice cream or sorbet. Place the lid of the panettone back on top, wrap the whole loaf well with plastic film, and freeze for at least 8 hours on the highest shelf of the freezer.  Right before serving, unwrap and spread thawed whipped cream on top and all around the panettone just like one does with a baked Alaska (the difference here is that our Not Baked Alaska Panettone will not be placed in the oven because we are not using meringue but whipped cream). You can garnish with mint leaves, fresh berries, shaved chocolate, etc. It all depends on the flavor of the ice cream that you used to fill the panettone. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I ground store-bought freeze-dried strawberries to sprinkle over the whipped cream to make prettier. Either cookie crumbs or chocolate shaving would add a nice touch too. replacing the ground dried strawberries.

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