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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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The double tortilla helps to prevent breaking, and spilling of the filling.

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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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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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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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4-Ingredient Spicy Cranberry Avocado Layered Dip

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This 4-Ingredient Spicy Cranberry Avocado Layered Dip is a no-cook, quick and easy holiday appetizer made with staple ingredients.

Christmas day is a few weeks away!  The best holiday are tasty and easy to put together. This no-cook, no fuss, 10-minute Spicy Cranberry Avocado Layered Dip will blow your mind — it’s Christmassy and a real crowd-pleaser. I am telling ya, it’s one of the most beautiful and delicious bites ever!

Are you a fan of dips? This one is made from layers of WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ and also a mixture of store-bought cranberry sauce, jalapenos, and softened cream cheese.  It’s great even for those who are gluten intolerant, and can be served with a range of accompaniments of your choice such as celery sticks, tortilla chips, baguette toasts, crackers, etc.

All ingredients are conveniently available at Walmart, including WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™, making it possible to pick everything up in one shopping trip.  A real time-saver, right?

Using WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ greatly simplifies this recipe, making the holiday cooking quicker and less stressful.  It conveniently features the pure and wholesome lusciousness of a fresh avocado dip without all the chopping, mashing, and mixing normally required for homemade avocado dip.

If desired, WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ can be used as a spread as well…

To prepare our Spicy Cranberry Avocado Layered Dip, all we have to do is spread a third of the SIMPLY AVOCADO™ in a single layer in a small glass bowl. Then, top with a blended mixture of store-bought cranberry sauce, jalapenos, and cream cheese.

Finally, pipe the remaining SIMPLY AVOCADO™, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Could any appetizer be easier than that?

Imagine yourself having to cook a feast for the holidays — and on top of that, some of us with children to take care of and entertain… yes, honey, clever and easy is the way to go!  Make our no-fuss appetizer and remove a huge weight from your shoulders and pain from your feet.  After all, tasty and complicated do not have to go hand in hand!

For more yummy and easy recipe inspirations like ours, visit the SIMPLY AVOCADO™  website. As you can see there, WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ has two new flavors: Garlic Herb and Sea Salt (which we used to prepare our layered dip).

Be sure to follow them on Facebook,TwitterYoutubePinterest and Instagram.

For now, continue to enjoy the best time of the year, along with our yummy and festive Spicy Cranberry Avocado Layered Dip.

Ho, Ho, Ho… MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  1. Spread a third of the WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ Sea Salt in the bottom of a small glass bowl. Blend cranberry sauce, jalapeno slices, and softened cream cheese in a blender until smooth. Gently pour cranberry mixture on top of the WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ Sea Salt and spread. Finally, pipe the remaining WHOLLY® SIMPLY AVOCADO™ Sea Salt on top of the cranberry mixture. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Suggested accompaniments -- celery sticks, tortilla chips, toasted slices of baguette bread, or crackers.
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Quick and Easy Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip

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Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip is a no cooking, quick and easy appetizer made with a few simple ingredients, and served with olive breadsticks.  It’s perfect for the Holidays!

The holiday season is on!  Yay!!! And along with it comes food, of course… and the best eats are handy and tasty, right?! They don’t have to be heavy in order to be delicious. This quick and easy Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip will blow your mind — it’s festive, requires no cooking, and is a real crowd-pleaser. Excited?

Now, please raise your hand if you are crazy for hummus.  Both of mine are raised and waving!!! Yep, yep!  How about avocado and dried cranberries?  Yes… my mouth is watering!

Our hummus follows the same concept as the classic gluten-free Levantine dip or spread prepared with garbanzo beans.  It is made with tahini (sesame seed) paste, lemon juice, seasonings, garlic, and olive oil. The addition of avocado is the twist!  And that’s not all. Our appetizer is topped with dried cranberries, which gives the dip a Christmasy touch, while adding a sweet-sour flavor that contrasts so well with the savory taste of the hummus.

It is served with Italian Mulino Bianco breadsticks — available in two delicious and savory flavors,  Sfilati Tomato and Sfilati Olives. We served our hummus with the latter!  These breadsticks add a wonderful crunch that contrasts with the creaminess of the dip.

Since 1877,  Mulino Bianco has been perfecting its recipe for each product, always maintaining the same standards of high quality for all of them. Because as you may know, when it comes to food, Italians are particularly demanding about products, ingredients, and flavors– no matter whether it is dinner, a simple snack or an appetizer. Every meal is equally  important!

Another bit of good news is that we don’t have to travel to Italy to find these breadsticks. They are conveniently available at an HEB near you, as well as all of the other ingredients used in our Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip.

To prepare our dip, all we have to do is blend canned chickpeas or garbanzo beans, avocado, tahini paste (optional), garlic, salt, ground pepper and cumin, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley in a blender until creamy and smooth.

Then, place mixture into a serving bowl and serve with the Mulino Bianco Sfilati Olive breasticks. Voila! Could any appetizer be easier than that?

For more yummy holiday recipes like ours, visit the Mulino Bianco website. There you can also obtain more info about their other products as well, and locate them at a local store near you. You can even access and print a coupon to save on your Mulino Bianco breadsticks purchase. How exciting!!!

Well, continue to enjoy the best time of the year, along with our tasty and festive Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Quick & Easy Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip
Avocado Cranberry Hummus Dip is a no cooking, quick and easy appetizer made with a few simple ingredients, and served with olive breadsticks.  It’s perfect for the Holidays!
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  1. Place all ingredients (except cranberries and breadsticks) into a blender, including the reserved liquid from the canned chickpeas. Blend all until creamy and smooth. Spoon hummus into a serving bowl. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top. Then, garnish with dried cranberries on the side and parsley leaves. Serve Avocado Cranberry Hummus with the breadsticks and enjoy!
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Storage: Hummus must be stored in a clean airtight container in the refrigerator.

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5-Ingredient Coffee Fudge Cups (Brigadeiro Mole de Café)

Coffee Fudge Cups (Brigadeiro Mole de Café) is a quick and comforting Brazilian dessert made with staple ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and heavy cream.

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The Day of the Dead is coming up.  In several western countries, especially Mexico, Central, and South America, it is a day to pray for and remember friends and family members who have departed. Food and beverages make up a vital part of the tradition. To celebrate this day, we have prepared  quick yet comforting and delicious Coffee Fudge Cups, known in Brazil as Brigadeiro Mole de Café.  It is truly one of those must-have treats!

Growing up in Brazil, I remember going to the cemeteries to visit my departed ancestors every November 2nd, which is a national public holiday there known as Dia de Finados in Portuguese, Dia de los Muertos in Spanish, or Day of the Dead in English.

This is the yearly date on the calendar that we honor their memory by bringing flowers and candles to their graves and tombs… as well as praying and singing hymns in favor of their souls.  In Brazil it is a sober gathering, charged with a feeling of deeply nostalgic longing (saudade).  Some would share a kind story about the departed, while others could not contain their tears.

Later on in the day, people usually attend a Catholic mass in honor of the dead, and afterwards eat one or more comforting dishes such as our Coffee Fudge Cups.  In contrast to some other Latin American countries, we don’t have a standard set of traditional foods to celebrate the date.  The dishes vary from person to person– whatever most speaks of comfort, remembrance, and celebration of a life well lived.  Mine has always been flavored brigadeiros, such as the one that we are sharing the recipe for today.

I do, however, remember coffee being a national staple– pretty much served in just about every household.  At my Grandma’s, who was of Portuguese descent, coffee would come accompanied by buttered, toasted French bread, eggs, a typical Northeast Brazilian cheese, coffee cakes, and sometimes a sweet treat such as caramel flan. At my Mom’s, chocolate or any related treat (e.g. brigadeiros) was the treat for the kids.  After all, children also need comfort on such an emotional day.

If you live in Mexico or the United States, you may be used to different traditions. After living in the U.S. for more than 15 years and having many Mexican friends, I came to understand both the differences and similarities of the day in those countries.

Although it is a public holiday both in Mexico and Brazil, in which we pray for and remember the dead, the differences are remarkable. The first notable difference starts with the dates. In Mexico it is a three-day event: On October 31 (All Hallows Eve), the children make a children’s altar to invite the spirits of departed children to return for a visit. On November 1 (All Saints Day), the adult spirits would supposedly pay a visit. On November 2 (All Souls Day), families decorate their relatives’ tombs in the cemetery.

Second, Dia de los Muertos in Mexico is a fiesta that includes building private altars using skulls, marigold flowers, tissue decorations, incense, the deceased’s possessions, and also their favorite food and beverages (bread of the dead, sugar skulls, fruits, nuts, etc).  It is not a somber event, but rather something to celebrate the beautiful life that the departed had — one of the reasons why it can even take a humorous tone as some remember funny events about the dead.

As you can see, different traditions to celebrate the same event… but both filled with love and memories of those who made our lives a magnificent event.

Well, Nestlé, beloved by many generations in Brazil, has long been a part of my life… producing ingredients that make this and many other events special. As my family and I gather to share great memories and honor our loved ones, we enjoy these delicious gluten-free Coffee Fudge Cups.

They are prepared on the stovetop with only 5 required ingredients — a mixture of sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, cocoa powder,  NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ Coffee  (100% pure coffee), and heavy whipping cream.

Believe it or not, our treat is cooked within 10 minutes.  All that one has to do is basically combine all the ingredients (except the heavy cream) in a pan, and stir constantly until until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with a wood spoon.

Then, the heavy cream is whisked in and the mixture is poured into cups. After cooling, our Coffee Fudge Cups are traditionally topped with chocolate sprinkles or alternatively, can be topped with chocolate chips such as NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (no artificial flavors or colors).

And here comes the final touch. Our table was adorned with BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls (no artificial flavors or colors) resembling the traditional sugar skulls– a mix of Brazilian and Mexican traditions.  That is why understanding and appreciation for different cultures makes life so much richer! 😉

I loved the convenience of being able to purchase all the products right from the Walmart. And so will you! The NESCAFÉ® CLÁSICO™ Coffee is available in the Coffee aisle, the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels in the baking aisle, and the BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls in the seasonal/holiday aisle.

Well, what are your traditions? I would love to hear all about them, including your favorite food recipes to celebrate the date.

For my fellow Brazilians, may the day bring saudades of those who are no longer among us in the flesh… For my Mexican and Mexican-American friends, Happy Dia de los Muertos!

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5-Ingredient Coffee Fudge Cups
Coffee Fudge Cups (Brigadeiro Mole de Café) is a quick and comforting Brazilian dessert made with 5 staples ingredients such as sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and heavy cream. 
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  1. Whisk the condensed milk, cocoa powder, and instant coffee together until obtaining a homogeneous mixture (without lumps of cocoa powder). Then, stir in the butter. Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium-low to medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). The chocolate fudge mixture should be thick enough to show you the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again.
  2. Cook in a medium non-stick saucepan over medium-low to medium heat (large burner), stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to peel away or show the bottom of the pan when you scrape it with your wood spoon (about 5-8 minutes). The chocolate fudge mixture should be thick enough to show you the bottom of the pan for a couple of seconds before the mixture levels out again. Stir in the heavy cream, stirring constantly, until obtaining a homogeneous mixture (about 1 minute).
  3. When chocolate fudge is ready, divide mixture into mini tea cups or shot glasses and let cool completely. Then, sprinkle chocolate sprinkles on top or alternatively, chocolate chips. Serve these Coffee Fudge Cups chilled or at room temperature, and enjoy by the spoonful.
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Dairy-Free Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

This quick and delicious Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is made with simple dairy-free ingredients and tastes like Autumn!

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Fall is in the air! Yay!!!  It is time to prepare comforting autumn recipes to keep you warm and cozy.  Our dairy-free Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is the one of the easiest and most delicious hot beverages for you to enjoy this season. And you know what? It can be prepared in 15 minutes, with only 6 essential ingredients purchased at Walmart,  saving us time to enjoy all the other perks that Fall has to offer.

It is prepared with 6 (yes, just 6) needed dairy-free ingredients: Silk® Unsweetened Almondmilk, natural unsweetened cocoa (100% cacao), pumpkin pie spice, sugar, mini marshmallows, and caramel sauce. To make the hot chocolate thicker, we optionally added just a wee bit of dairy-free dark chocolate, and also served with a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

And you know what? I loved the convenience of being able to purchase Silk®Almondmilk right from the Walmart dairy case. And so will you!

To prepare this beverage, all we have to do is to simmer Silk® Unsweetened Almondmilk in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in cocoa and pumpkin pie spice until no lumps remain. Finally add dark chocolate (if desired) and sugar, and then cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and creamy and chocolate is melted (about 2-4 minutes).

Voila!  It’s time to divide the hot chocolate into mugs…

… top with mini marshmallows…

… and a drizzle of caramel sauce. To make it even more scrumptious, you can drizzle chocolate syrup on top of the marshmallows if desired.

As you can see, a cup of chocolaty goodness is all ready and waiting for you — perfect for sharing with your loved ones. This Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is rich, smooth, comforting, and oh-so-good, including for those who are lactose-intolerant.

Silk® Unsweetened Almondmilk, Silk® Light Vanilla Almondmilk, and all other Silk® Almondmilk flavors — the new silky smooth taste you’ll love– are dairy-free and lactose-free. Actually, they contain 50% more calcium than dairy milk, and absolutely no cholesterol or saturated fat. They make the perfect ingredient to use in your favorite seasonal, holiday, or everyday recipe — the perfect companion for your cereal, hot beverages, desserts, soups, and more.

Quick and hot beverages are a must for rainy Fall days in my household. And how about yours?  I would love to hear what your favorite Silk® Unsweetened flavor is, as well as your most enjoyable dairy-free recipe.

Cheers to the season!!!

 

 

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Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
This quick and delicious Caramel Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate is made with simple dairy-free ingredients and tastes like Autumn!
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  1. In a medium saucepan, bring milk to a simmer over medium-high heat. Whisk in cocoa and pumpkin pie spice until no lumps remain. Then whisk in dark chocolate (if desired, but it will make drink thicker and creamier) and sugar. Let cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is smooth and chocolate had melted (approximately 4 minutes).
  2. Divide hot chocolate among 2 mugs. Top with mini marshmallows and drizzle with caramel sauce (1 tablespoon per mug) and optionally with chocolate syrup (1 tablespoon per mug). Enjoy dairy-free caramel pumpkin spice hot chocolate!
Recipe Notes

You can add more sugar to the recipe or even use a sugar substitute if desired. The amount of marshmallow is free -- it depends on you!

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