5 Delicious Ways to Add Fruit to Your Kid’s Meals

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Fruits are fantastic. Not only they are healthy, but they are also tasty and versatile. There are sweet fruits, tangy fruits, fleshy and juicy fruits and everything in between. As a parent, your appreciation for fruits rises, but chances are you weren’t really a ‘fruit craving’ kid.

I never liked fruits and avoided them whenever possible. This is one reason I look like an undernourished zombie kid with frayed hair and dull skin in my childhood pics. Well, fast forward to 2017.  I don’t want my kids to miss out on the nutrition offered by these beautiful gifts of nature.

This is because as a kid I didn’t really know the benefits of fruit. And, no one really tried to find ways to make me eat it.  Instead, I would munch on all kinds of chips, biscuits, and chocolates. Today, however, the story is different. Not only I am aware and make an effort to include fruit in my diet, but I also try to create exciting fruit recipes for my children.  As a result, they learn to love these gifts from Mother Nature.

In this post, I will share my top five fruit recipes that are very nutritious and healthy.

  1. Frozen Fruit Bark:

My kids and I love this recipe because it’s yummy, healthy and more exciting than just eating fresh fruit with yogurt. Take your favorite fruits such as a combination of strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, mango and a dried fruit of your choice. Chop the ingredients in small pieces.  Layer plain or vanilla yogurt in a bowl. Toss chopped fruits and nuts and place them in a container in the freezer.

You can give frozen fruits as snacks to your kids before they head out to play or after they come home from school. Remember that fruits and nuts are packed with minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that keep us thriving and energized. Don’t forget, the yogurt will give your family valuable protein, calcium, and potassium.

  1. Quick Banana split:

I can’t decide whether this recipe is more delicious or healthy because it serves both purposes so well. And it’s so simple and quick to prepare!

All you need is a banana, berries of your choice, chocolate chips, granola and your favorite fruit yogurt. I make this treat by slicing the banana in halves along their length first. Then I join the two halves using a few spoonsful of frozen strawberry yogurt. Last, I sprinkle raspberries, blackberries, granola and chocolate chips. Viola! Your snack is ready to serve in minutes!

It’s just like the original banana split without the ice cream or sugary dribbles of processed chocolate syrup. It’s packed with enough nutrition your body needs at a single meal which makes it perfect for breakfast.

  1. Rainbow Fruit Popsicles:

Who doesn’t love a cold Popsicle on a hot summer day? No one. The kids can never say no to this mouthwatering delight.

Take a cup each of frozen strawberries and raspberries, and a medium-sized mango and 2 sliced Kiwis. Puree each of the fruits separately.  Use a little bit of water if needed.

Pour the first puree of your choice into the Popsicle mold. Place the container in the freezer while remaining ingredients are waiting in the fridge. Once the first puree is 70% set which will be in about 20 minutes, you can add the other pureed fruit and follow the same steps. Remember, fruits can be poured in any order, and they don’t need to be frozen solid.  Just make sure that they are more frozen than watery so that the two purees don’t mix.

After pouring the last ingredient, freeze the popsicles for a few hours to set them rock hard. You can also add tiny fruit chunks, honey or lemon juice in any of the different rainbow layers to take it up a notch.

  1. Fruit roll-ups:

I never knew I could do so many things with fruits until a few years ago, but the popularity of social media sites like Pinterest has totally changed all of that.  This recipe is a unique and innovative way to consume fruit. I love to make mine with peaches, strawberries, a little bit of honey and blueberries.

Usually, fruits are sweet enough, but I like to top the tanginess of the peach with the heavenly sweetness of honey. Plus, honey is super beneficial for our health too. Try to avoid refined white sugar. You can add more honey, cinnamon powder, vanilla or peppermint extract to give your roll up an extra edge.

Prepare your baking tray first. Grease the butter paper and pour the fruit puree spreading it evenly with a spatula. Also, keep it slightly away from the edges.

Set your oven to the lowest possible setting and check on the fruit after 6-8 hours. We are primarily trying to ‘dry the fruit’ and not cook it. You can roll, cut or use the fruit leather however you like. Lots of creative fruit roll up recipes can be found here.

  1. Fruit Jigglers:

It’s not just the kids, adults love Fruit Jigglers too. They are much healthier than packaged jellies.  Most importantly, there are no undesirable sugary ingredients.

You will need coconut manna, your favorite berries, and gelatin for this recipe. It is scrumptious while working or watching TV.

First, you have to blend your favorite berries with Coconut Manna, water and a pinch of sea salt. Take half a cup of the mixture and set it aside.

Heat the remaining mix in a pot and let it simmer for 5 minutes before turning the stove off.  Add gelatin to the mixture which you had set aside and stir thoroughly or whisk. Then slowly add the hot mixture to the cold mixture and keep whisking.  Blend the entire mixture in a food processor.

Last, pour the fruit mixture into ice cube trays and refrigerate for an hour. You can then enjoy fruit jigglers with your loved ones. They are also the perfect finger food for babies 8 months and older.

You will find plenty of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in fruit.  So, which of these healthy recipes would you try first?

 

About the Author:  James Smith is a survivalist, who loves to write about survival skills and techniques. You can follow him at @JamesSmith1609.”

30+ Rich and Delicious Hot Chocolate Recipes

 

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Have the winter blues?  Get rid of your blues by whipping up a few of our delicious hot chocolate recipes.  They’re sure to warm you up on a cold winter day, and a great way to spend time with the kids.  Likewise, if you need a little alone time, curl up with a good book, a cup of hot chocolate topped with your favorite toppings and snuggle up in front of the fire.  So, get your taste buds ready.  We have hot chocolate recipes that are sure to kick your chocolate craving up a few notches:

Slow Cooker Caramel Hot Chocolate  – First, caramel ice cream topping is the star in this recipe.  Be sure to pick up a quart on your next trip to the grocery store.

Vampire Hot Chocolate – Red food coloring turns this cup of hot chocolate into a gory, delicious treat for the Vampire lover.

Elsa Hot Chocolate – How pretty is this?  White Chocolate Chips make this cup of hot chocolate decadent and delicious.  Top it with blue food coloring and thus we have a cup of Elsa!

Peppermint Snowman Marshmallow Hot Chocolate – Homemade peppermint snowman makes this cup of hot chocolate fun and delicious.

Olaf Hug Hot Vanilla Milk –  Royal blue food coloring and Wilton’s Sparkling Sprinkles turn this cup of milk into a delicious, warm Olaf Hug.

Unicorn Hot Chocolate – Do you have a girly girl?  She will love this cup of pink hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and yellow, blue and lots of other colored sprinkle.  Be sure to make a cup for her friends.

Mint White Hot Chocolate – Additionally, green food coloring, white chocolate chips and peppermint extract are the stars in this hot chocolate.

Monster Hot Chocolate – Royal Blue food coloring and a large marshmallow will turn this cup of hot chocolate into a scary monster.

Poplar Bear – This cup of hot chocolate is so cute.

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate – Chop white and dark chocolate.  Melt and mix together with whole milk.  Add red food coloring and Reddi-whip and you have this Red Velvet cup of deliciousness.

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate – Pick up a jar of caramel sauce and you will have the star ingredient for this yummy treat.

Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate – Who doesn’t love peanut butter.  Kids and kids at heart love this rich, creamy concoction so much, it is now an ingredient

Slow Cooker Peppermint Mocha Snugglers –  If rich is your thing, you will love this Mocha Snugglers.  This recipe can be adapted for kids or adults.  Just add peppermint coffee creamer for the kids or espresso and schnapps for the adults.

Star Wars Yoda Mint Hot Chocolate Next, this drink is for our Star Wars fans. Garnishes will play a major role in creating this cup of hot chocolate.

Storm Trooper Hot Chocolate – Here’s another treat for the Star Wars fan.  Storm Trooper marshmallows.

Funfetti Hot Chocolate – Funfetti sprinkles, marshmallows, and cake mix are stars in this colorful and delicious treat.  It’s fit for a princess.

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate – Gingerbread and hot chocolate.  Need I say more.

Grinch Hot Chocolate – Please note, this is an adult recipe.  However, you can adapt it for the kids.  Simply leave out the alcohol.

Frozen Hot Chocolate – Yes, frozen even when it’s freezing outside.  Doesn’t it look delicious.

Hot Chocolate Float – Hot chocolate and ice cream make this float a special treat.

Hot Chocolate Mug Cake  – Unique idea, cake in a mug that tastes like hot chocolate.  Yum!

Hot Chocolate Sticks – Dip them in a cup of hot milk and stir until melted.

Marshmallow Snowman –  This little guy is so cute, and he will be delicious in a cup of hot chocolate.

Mickey Mouse Hot Chocolate – Of course, we couldn’t leave Mickey Mouse out. Everyone loves Mickey. Getting to eat him is a special treat.  Hot chocolate, mini doughnuts and whipped cream  topping making this a great treat for kids.

Healthy Hot Cocoa For Kids –  Again, we have a simple and easy recipe that uses 4 ingredients.  How easy is that.

Creamy Peppermint Hot Chocolate – Perfect for a wintry day with the kids.  Furthermore, this cup of goodness has bits of peppermint in a whipped cream topping.

Hot Chocolate Cookie Mugs – Of course spoon licking is allowed.  As a matter of fact, we suggest it.

Frozen Gingerbread Hot Chocolate –  Frozen or hot chocolate is good.  Gingerbread makes a nice companion too.

Frozen Hot Chocolate – Your only problem in creating this recipe will be deciding what toppings to use.  Not only can you use whipped cream, in opinion, walnuts, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and sprinkles should be on the list.

Disneyland Hot Chocolate – Similarly made to the Olaf Hug.  Also, it’s another beautiful and delicious treat inspired by Disney.

Disneyland Hot Chocolate with Cinnamon Topping –  A favorite from the Napa Rose Restaurant in the Grand Californian hotel at Disneyland.

Cookies and Cream – Equally delicious, and no doubt a favorite treat for the young and young at heart.  Just crush your favorite cookies, and add them to the hot chocolate.  You just created a yummy topping.

Peppermint White Chocolate – Of course crushed candy canes/peppermint sticks are the perfect garnish for this white hot chocolate.

Last, we hope that you found a few of our hot chocolate recipes got your mouth watering.  Finally, you may also like 22 Winter Crafts for Kids.

 

 

 

 

 

20 Game Day Finger Licking Good Chicken Wing Recipes

 

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Having a game day party?  We have 20 chicken wing recipes that are perfect for appetizers, pot lucks, family gatherings and more.  Wings are perfect for dipping and leave you licking your fingers.  You can make them sweet, hot, with lemon and pepper or plain.  Try any of these water mouthing chicken wing recipes for your next party or dinner:

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Honey BBQ –  The key to this recipe is honey and hickory smoked BBQ sauce.  So, serve these Honey BBQ wings and you will have guests licking their fingers.

Spicy Orange – Looking for a twist on wings.  Try these Spicy Orange wings.  Oranges, honey, soy sauce and garlic will take these wings to a new level.

Zingy Lemon Butter – Lemons aren’t my thing, but these wings could score big at your next party. Lemons, honey, melted butter and cracked black pepper are the key ingredients for these wings.

Baked Korean  – This recipe requires you to make the sauce for this recipe; however, Walmart sells a great Korean sauce that will work for this recipe.  The sauce will give the wings a spicy and sweet taste.

Malaysian – This recipe calls for Fresno peppers.  They’re hotter than jalapenos; however, they are not available in my area.  So, I will be substituting jalapenos if I decide to try this recipe.

Old Bay – Old Bay can be used to season other foods besides seafood.  Try it on fries, corn on the cob, potato salad and yes chicken.  This reason is simple and Old Bay is the star.

Teriyaki –  Another finger licking good chicken wing recipe.  The sauce is homemade.

Pressue Cooker BBQ – Are you short on time?  Pull out your pressure cooker and serve up these BBQ wings.  The recipe requires seasoning, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, and the wings.  I’m a huge fan of Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce.

Jamaican Jerk –  Some like it hot.  I do I do.  Jerked wings are a favorite in my house.  This blogger has a great homemade Jerk seasoning recipe on the blog too.

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha –  The sriracha sauce is mixed with honey and butter for this recipe. Sweet, hot and crisp are a few adjectives to describe these wings.

Pineapple Glazed –  Wings with a tropical flavor. The blogger stated that it takes about 15 – 20 minutes for the sauce to reduce.  I love anything pineapple.

Bourbon Maple – Save some of your bourbon for this wing dish.  Because you will need it so you can make the glaze for these wings.

Maple Bacon – Bacon, butter, bourbon, coke, and maple syrup.  Cover the wings in this delicious sauce and you will have a finger licking good appetizer.

Lemon Pepper Wings – Butter and lemon pepper will take these wings to the next level.  Bake until crispy and serve.

Garlic Ranch – Do you love garlic?  If so, bring out the fresh garlic for this one.  Mix it with a packet of Ranch Dressing and you’re on your way to serving a hit.

Cilantro Lime – Hit these wings with a little or a lot of cilantro, but first add the sauce.  You will need butter, lime juice, zest and honey.  Because fresh herbs always make dishes taste better, I suggest that you grow your own.

Garlic Parmesan –  Are you a cheese lover?  I’ve never had cheese on my wings, but this recipes calls for parmesan cheese to be added to the sauce.  I’m going to try this one.

Baked Brown Sugar – Because everything is better with sugar, you should try this one.  Brown sugar is even better.  Be sure to make a sauce for dipping.

Firecracker – Franks Hot Sauce, red pepper flakes and garlic will set this wings on fire.  This recipe actually calls for thighs and/or breast, but wings will work perfectly with the sauce.  I suggest blue cheese dressing to cool these off, and a huge tub of beer.

Cajun Butter – Last, but not least.  This recipe has a 2-step process.  First, you fry the wings and than you lock in the flavor by baking them.  Yum Yum!  This one will be on my table, because I love all things Cajun.

We’ve come to the end of the road for our wing suggestions, but we hope you can make a few selections from our chicken wing recipes to serve at your next gathering.  These chicken wing recipes are perfect for game day, BBQs, week-end snacks and more.  Finally, you may also like Game Day NFL Referee Signals 101 or 20+ Mouth Watering Game Day Dip Recipes.

 

 

 

 

 

20+ Mouth Watering Game Day Dip Recipes –

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Looking for game day recipes that will put your party over the goal line?  We have 20+ game day dip recipes that will make you the MVP on game day. Dips whether hot or cold are always welcome at parties.  They can be prepared in crockpots, casserole dishes, serving bowls or in bread bowls.  Just serve them. Don’t leave out the cheeseballs.

Here’s my list of my touch down dips:

Vidalia Onion – This recipe uses sweet Vidalia onions in a creamy, cheese sauce.  Serve it with crusty bread or Bruschetta Toast.

Crockpot Zesty Corn – This recipe is for my heat and bacon lovers. Yep, you can use the entire pack and satisfy your love for jalapeno and chili craving.  It’s definitely good for a first down.

French Onion – Great for dipping chips.  This dip is made from fresh ingredients, no packets of mixes for this dish. This is a Blitz recipe.

Crack Dip – Ranch dressing, sour cream, bacon and cheddar cheese are the key ingredient to this creamy dip. Cut up those veggies, you will want to have plenty on hand to dip.

Best Dip for Doritos – Throw a Hail Mary!  This recipe uses simple ingredients and can be used with veggies, crackers or Doritos.

Creamy Avocado – This is a different version of Avocado.  It uses Greek Yogurt to give it a creamy texture.  Serve with Taquitos.  You can find them in the freezer section of your local market.

Amazing Avocado – My daughter is an Avocado lover.  Me not so much, but many of my friends are as well.  This recipe uses fresh ingredients and can be prepared in 15 minutes.  Just refrigerate so the flavors can jell before serving.

Spinach Dip – Unfortunately, the page leading to this spinach dip has a recipe other than the one shown.  No worries.  Try mine.

Texas Trash (Warm Bean Dip) – This bean dip is baked instead of using the stove top.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Philly Cheesesteak –  You will get the touch down signal for this dip.  Roast beef,  Land O’Lakes white American Cheese, and zesty Italian Dressing are a few ingredients that make this dip a hit.  Served with French Bread or raw veggies.

Mexican Spinach – Frozen spinach, jalapenos and lots of cheese are the star attractions in this dip.  Serve with Tostitos or Bruschetta toast.

Spicy Chicken Ranch Dip – Give the fans a little meat.  They’re hungering for a win, and this spicy dip served on chips should do the trick.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cheeseball  – The star in this dip is Pace® Picante Sauce.  What’s your heat, mild, medium or hot?  The hotter the better for me, but you decide.  Perfect with crackers or toast.

Low Carb Dill Cucumber –  You can score and help your friends stay on track with their weight goals with this low carb veggie dip.

Zesty Refried Beans – Refried black beans, salsa and Cantina Tortilla Chips will help you reach a 1st down.  Add a few chili or jalapeno peppers to help put some pep in your step.

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Dip – Kick a field goal with this bacon, cheesy,  jalapeno dip.  Don’t like hot, adjust the recipe and leave out the jalapenos.

Bacon Jalapeno Corn Dip  – Yes, I love jalapenos.  However, I do leave them out of dishes that call for them at times.  Not everyone likes things hot.  Grab your cast iron skillet, bacon, corn, basil and cheese.  Don’t forget the toast and nachos.  Best served hot.

Ultimate Bean Dip –  Don’t get caught off-sides. Add this dish to game day menu. It requires 6 ingredients and 10 – 15 minutes to make. Serve with nachos or Fritos.

Football Bread Bowl – Perfect for game day.  A sour dough bread bowl filled with a delicious Queso Dip with a lines of crispy bacon.  Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Cheesy Hamburger Dip – Who doesn’t love hamburger.  Hamburger, cheese, salsa and garlic.  Crusty bread, Fritos, or Bruschetta  Toast will be great for this meaty number.

Loaded Bake Potato –  Who has time for loaded baked potatoes on game day?  You can deliver the same flavor with this baked potato dip.  Serve with waffle potatoes or chips.

Blue Cheese –  Simple recipe with blue cheese crumbles are the star.  Perfect for those hot wings.

Joe’s Crab Shack Crab Dip – If you’re a crab lover, this recipe is sure to please.  Serve with Melba Toast.

Bacon Cheddar Cheeseball – Simple cheeseball with bacon or turkey bacon and pecans.  Allow the flavors to jell before serving.  If you’re allergic to nuts roll the cheeseball in bacon pieces instead.

You may also like Crockpot Meatballs in a Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce.

 

 

 

Spinach Dip Recipe

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Looking for a simple, but delicious dip recipe?  Try this spinach dip.  It’s great with toast, chips or raw vegetables.  I’ve been making this dip for almost 10 years, and I get rave reviews.  When I have family gatherings, my daughter and niece literally fight over this dip.  One hid the dip from the other to make sure they had enough for the next day.  Problem solved, I started doubling the recipe at my family gatherings.

This dip recipe is great on week-ends when you just want to curl up with a good movie or book.  Invite the girls over and serve this with wine.  I have also served this dip recipe for parents when hosting my grandchildren’s birthday parties.  It’s great for baby showers too.

The recipe is so simple.  You can put together in 15 minutes or less.  The key is making sure the spinach is dry, mixing the ingredients well, and allowing sufficient time for it to chill.  I usually allow it to chill overnight or at least for the greater part of the day.

I serve this dip with raw vegetables like celery, carrot sticks and/or cucumbers.  It’s also great with Melba toast.  Either way it’s a crowd pleaser.  You may also like Crockpot Meats in a Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ.

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  1. Squeeze thawed spinach until dry. Add the spinach and other ingredients to a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Chill for several hours before serving. Serve with toast or raw vegetables.
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Crockpot Meatball Recipe: Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

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I have come to love crockpot recipes. Tuesdays and Thursdays are days that I prepare quick, easy meals in my home.  Placing the main course in the crockpot allows me to focus on other things besides dinner throughout the day.

 

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Meatballs are a favorite in my house, so my crockpot meatball recipe is a go to.  I’ve been making these meatballs for years and they never fail me.  These meatballs are great for making ahead and freezing too.  Divide and place the meatballs in freezer bags until you’re ready to use them.  I make a large amount to ensure there’s leftovers.  The first day they serve as the main course along with a salad, rice or potatoes.  Leftovers are delicious on crusty rolls with fruit and chips or oven fried potatoes.

They are also great for family gatherings or office potlucks.  Moist, juicy, and bursting with flavor.  Everyone devours them, including kids and kids at heart.  Personally, I can’t stop eating them either.

I like using fresh ground beef with an 85 – 15% lean ratio for this recipe.  Grape jelly (your choice), 2 eggs, Lipton Onion Soup Mix and Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce are the ingredients for this creation.  Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce is a staple in my home, but feel free to use your favorite.

 

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After the ingredients have been mixed and shaped into meatballs, place them in the oven for 10 minutes.  I like for the meatballs to be pre-cooked, so I can drain them and eliminate as much oil as possible before placing them in the crockpot.   

I pair these meatballs with a salad and mashed potatoes most days.  Create meatball subs the next day with the left overs. However, you decide to use them they will be yummy.  Get the ingredients together and start rolling out these tasty treats.  They are delicious!   

 

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 370 degrees. Set crockpot to low.
  2. Mix the ground beef, 2 eggs and packets of onion soup in a large bowl.
  3. After thoroughly mixing the ingredients, shape mixture into meatballs. Heat for 10 minutes in oven. Drain thoroughly.
  4. Add meatballs, sauce and 1/4 of the jelly to crockpot. Mix thoroughly. Cook on low for 2 - 3 hours stirring occasionally. Add more sauce and jelly if necessary throughout the cooking process.
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Quick and Easy Potato Soup Recipe

 

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Winter is around the corner, and that means soup and comfort food in my home.  Potato soup is one of my favorite soups.  It’s thick, creamy and hearty.  I especially love it on cold, snowy days.  The fireplace is blazing, the curtains are open displaying nature’s beauty and  I’m wrapped in sweats, flannel and socks.  Yep, that’s how I roll on cold snowy days.

My recipe is simple, but so delicious.  Here’s what you need:

  • 2.5 pounds of Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 can of evaporated milk
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • flour
  • butter
  • small onion
  • pepper
  • Salad Supreme
  • Lawry’s season salt

 

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First, cut the potatoes into large cubes.  Dice the onion into small pieces.

Next, rinse the potatoes and add them along with the diced onion into a bowl.

Add three – four tablespoons of flour to the potatoes and onions.  Mix and coat the potatoes thoroughly.  Add salt and pepper to the mixture to taste.   Set the potatoes aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

 

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Melt 2 – 3  tablespoons of butter in a large pot.  Once the butter has melted, toss the potatoes and onions with the melted butter as shown below.

 

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Add water to the pot until the potatoes are barely covered.

Next, add the can of Evaporated milk and the pint of heavy whipping cream to the pot.

 

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Mix the potatoes, milk, and cream thoroughly in the pot.

Slowly add the Lawry’s Season Salt and Salad Supreme throughout the cooking process until you reach the desired taste.  (I also use Salad Supreme in my mashed potatoes and stuffing recipes too).  I love the stuff, lol.

Simmer for 30  – 45 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

 

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This potato soup recipe is a rich and decadent dish.  Personally, I think this dish tastes better after sitting for several hours or as leftovers the next day.  The flavors seem to melt together when it sits for awhile, creating a bowl of deliciousness.  Top with favorites like shredded cheese, chives, or bacon.  Hot buttered biscuits or rolls are the icing on the cake for potato soup recipe.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water Infused Drinks You and Your Kids Will Love

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Staying hydrated is super-important for adults and our kids.  Ensuring the family enjoys a healthy diet and exercise regularly can be a struggle.  Many drinks that are on the market are bad news for our health.   We feel guilty about giving them to our children.  However, when you’re on the move it can be easier to grab a soda or a sugary juice drink.  We think creating healthy drinks takes time and energy. 

However, putting together a tasty, nutritious and water infused drink can be quick and cheap.  Furthermore, having a pitcher already made in the fridge will save time.  Most importantly, it will always be on hand in a thirst emergency.  There are so many exciting water infused drinks you can create with fruit and spices.   As a result, every recipe you create will have its own hidden benefits.  Check out the water infused drinks in the infographic.  The next time you head to the grocery store, throw one or two extra items in your shopping basket.  Planning is key. 

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For example, adding a handful of fresh mint, a slice of lemon and a chamomile teabag into to a pitcher of cold water.  You will have a refreshing drink by afternoon.  By the evening it will be a calming treat to help prepare you for bed.   Next, watermelon and rosemary will help you rehydrate.  Also, this drink is great after a tough morning or afternoon workout.

Next, whatever the requirement or time of day there’s a recipe for you.  Get creative and try a few recipes.  Before you know it, you will be creating drinks that your kids will love.   Have a look at the recipes in this new infographic.  You’ll get an idea of what your family enjoys and what you enjoy., and you’ll be on your way to flavorsome rehydration today.  You may also like Water Infused Pitcher to help create healthy drinks that your kids will love.

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30 Minute Meals For Busy Moms

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Planning meals is not always doable.  Time gets away from us, especially when school is back in session.  Kids need to be chauffeured to activities, home work needs to be checked, and baths given before bed.  Somewhere in between we need to fix a hot, healthy and delicious meal.

The solution is 30 minute meals.  I use them on days that I have my grandchildren after school.  They’re also great on days that I pick my mom up from dialysis.  I feed her dinner on those days, and she likes to eat immediately after she gets home.

First, every family has picky eaters.  My granddaughter more so than my grandson, but both are picky.  Furthermore, fixing meals that everyone will enjoy is key.  So, I look for dishes where I can fix a salad and offer bread to make it filling.  As a result, this roundup offers a variety of dishes that include chicken, sausage, pasta, and ground beef.  These items are staples in my pantry and freezer.  I know that I can always find a recipe that calls for these ingredients. Place these items in your freezer and pantry for those days that times just happens to get away from you too.

Here’s a list of 30 minute meals in our roundup:

  • Baked Ziti – First, one pan is all that is needed for this recipe. My kind of meal.  Serve with a salad or green vegetable.
  • Tuna Melt – Next, perfect for days when the kids have afterschool activities.
  • Chicken Parmesan – Skinless chicken breasts are the star in this recipe.
  • Grilled Cheese Rollup – Additionally, this is a nice twist on a grilled cheese sandwich.  Serve with tomato soup.
  • Chicken Rollups –  Perfect meal with a salad or green vegetables.
  • Easy Stromboli – Put this recipe together and cook it within 30 minutes.  My grandchildren love Pepperoni Stromboli.
  • Creamy Ground Beef and Noodles –   I think this recipe will be approved by kids.
  • Garlic Broiled Drum Sticks – Drum sticks are one my grandchildren’s favorites.
  • Pizza Casserole – Who doesn’t love pizza?  This one just happens to be in a casserole dish.

30 minute meals

 

30 minute meals

Finally, these recipes will become you go to.  So, when you need a healthy and delicious meal go to your Pinterest Board and retrieve a recipe.  I’m going to try the grilled cheese roll-ups first.  How about you?

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Guest Post – Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks Recipe

 

easy pizza recipes

 

Are you looking for a delicious snack recipe that will save you hours in the kitchen? Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks make an interesting and tasty snack for your kids and/or your guests. They are very easy to make and are a true crowd-pleaser.

I love to make them, because they go great with beer. Unfortunately right now I am on this interesting 3 week diet plan, that doesn’t allow me to drink beer during this period, but that means more for my dear friends, for whom I cook very often.

There probably isn’t a living person that is not a fan of pizza and there are a lot of reasons for that. Pizza is yummy, you can order it in a lot of amazing restaurants around the world or you can decide to stay inside your cozy home and order in. The best part about pizza is that the ingredients can be altered to fit anyone’s dietary needs. That means that if you change the ingredients in our recipe shown below you can easily make vegetarian or gluten free pizza sticks that are equally tasty. You can place on top of the pizza crust literally anything you prefer!

On the plus side, you can always save some extra sticks for your next meal. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t eat pizza leftovers that have been in your refrigerator for more than 3-4 days or that has been left out for more than 2 hours.
What you’ll need:

  • 1 pizza crust
  • 3.5 ounce feta cheese
  • 3.5 ounce of parmesan or your favorite cheese
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • olive oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp sesame with sea salt

Directions:

  1. Pure a little bit of olive oil on top of the crust and spread it equally all over it.
  2. Sprinkle a little bit salt and pepper .
  3. Cut the feta cheese into squares and grind it.
  4. Spread the cheese on the crust
  5. Sprinkle garlic powder and sesame with sea salt on top.
  6. Bake the crust in a preheated oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut it into thin pieces. 

These pizza sticks are best to be eaten as soon as you take them out of the oven, but I personally don’t mind eating them after few hours when they are already cold, too.

I hope you enjoy making this easy and fun Cheesy Garlic Pizza Sticks. This recipe will save you a lot of prep time in the kitchen and you kids and guests will love it.

 

Viktor Milevski is a perfectionist by nature, big enthusiast, great chef, blogger and a beer lover. Find out more about him on his blog Fashion Corner!