Pumpkin Supreme & Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Recipes Featured In My 3TV Segment This Week

If you saw my Your Life Arizona morning show segments today, you may want the recipes I quickly showed for two perfect holiday eats. 

First up is the decadent and yummy Pumpkin Supreme recipe.  This decadent dessert is sweeter than pumpkin pie and tastes a bit like pumpkin cheesecake, but is even yummier in my opinion!  My sister-in-law shared this treat with me years ago as it has been passed down for generations from her Texas family.  You will love it and it is a crowd pleaser!  The recipe is here at this link.

And I showed a quick and easy cheat recipe idea for that leftover Thanksgiving Day turkey.  Only six ingredients & done in 30 minutes! 

Here is the recipe for this that is my family’s favorite!

Turkey Pot Pie Using Left Over Thanksgiving Turkey

 

What You Need:

1 can of cream of potato soup

1 can Veg All Veggies, drained

1 cup of leftover turkey (or more if you want more turkey in the pot pie)

3/4 cup milk

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 frozen pie crusts

What You Do:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 

  1. Combine and mix all ingredients except pie crusts and keep the crusts frozen until you are ready to use.

 

  1. Next pour the mixture into one frozen pie crust.  It is very important that you keep your crusts frozen until you are ready to assemble the pot pie.

 

  1. To fake make (since this is not a homemade crust – no time for that!) that perfect top crust, simply pop the other frozen crust right out of the pan and place on top of the pot pie.  This is such a cool and easy trick!  If the crust is truly frozen, it should pop right out after you loosen the edges.

 

  1. Cut a slit in middle of the top crust for venting during baking and bake uncovered for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

 

 

Nana Joes Granola Perfect For My Fab 50s Lifestyle Change!

Manic:  Me thinking about turning 50 next month! 

Managed:  With this milestone birthday on the horizon, I have decided to try to mostly eat plant based foods.  I am not going 100% vegan, but I am striving for 85% to be realistic with my lifestyle.  Plus, eating this way helps our bodies, earth’s animals and the environment as stated in this interesting Medical News Today article.  My thriving and healthy 72-years-young mother also eats mostly vegan and this lifestyle has served her well.

My mom with my girl at my daughter’s Wizard of Oz performance last month. Told you my Mama looks good!

I am certainly not criticizing meat eaters as I do occasionally enjoy a meat meal as well…which is why I am striving for a 85% change. Plus I will still have dairy from time to time as a decadent chocolate malt or coffee ice cream cone are a must have at least once during the hot summer!  Call me fickle, but partially vegan is my goal for now.

Great example of my plan…mostly plant based lunch…but with wild salmon.

I started the gradual dietary switch one week ago and I already feel a positive difference!  I was having bad allergies, left leg and ankle pain and sinus issues.  Not to mention bloating and a sluggish feeling after eating some foods.  I do believe in everything in moderation and after reading countless accounts of folks who went vegan, and marveling at their improved health, vitality and energy, I have decided, at almost 50, to give this mostly vegan lifestyle a try.  I am loving it so far and just in time for me, I discovered the awesome vegan, gluten free and super tasty Nana Joes Granola line!  Who says you can’t have treats on a healthy eating plan?  With Nana Joes delish granola, a little good sweetness can be added to breakfast, snacks and more.  Love this stuff! Check out my tasty breakfast vegan makeover today that I made in 10 seconds…so yummy!I replaced cow’s milk with almond milk (I truly taste no difference) and those sugary processed cereals with the Nana Joes Trifecta Blend Granola, which only has 5 grams of sugar (per half the packaged serving, so I used the one bag for two separate meals). This combo filled me up and I felt energetic and satisfied.  I am pretty impressed with the wholesome and real food ingredients.  Plus, I adore that this stuff is handmade in San Francisco (my hubs and I honeymooned in the City by the Bay 🙂 )

They also have granola bars, too. I am a fan!  My personal favorite is the Swell Bar with Coconut, Almond and Cocoa Nib.

Gonna have this snack tomorrow when I take a reading and snack break. Readers…another fab 50 accessory!

I highly recommend Nana Joes for your healthy gluten free and vegan go to breakfast, snack, smoothie ingredient, dessert topping and more.  I love how her versatile this stuff is, not to mention super delicious, too!

Have any of you gone vegan or semi like me? Share your experience in the comments section and I am wishing all of you good food, vibrant health and joy!  Those are my goals as I dive into the fabulous 50s next month!

 

A big thank you for the Nana Joes samples so I could test it out!  My opinion about how much I love this granola line is 100% my very own. 

Homemade Holiday Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Who says ice cream is just for summer?  How about homemade holiday vanilla bean ice cream to serve with pie or all by itself with a little red and green flair. If you own an ice cream maker, this recipe is for you.  Your holiday guests will cheer when they see that ice cream is near, especially since it isn’t expected this time of year.  Here here I say.  Ice cream works on any day.  OK I am done with my rhyme as now it is time to make everyone’s favorite dessert.  Ice cream!  Homemade.  Vanilla bean with the real beans.  Even better! xmas-ice-creamI did this over Thanksgiving and it was a hit!  I like that the vanilla bean can be seen in the ice cream, too. I must admit that I am sharing this recipe from my Cuinsart Ice Cream maker recipe book that came with my delightful ice cream machine that Santa brought me last year!  cream-makerMy Santa would be my wonderful mother-in-law and father-in-law.  My family especially enjoyed our tasty ice cream recipes all summer long and adding some vanilla bean ice cream to my Turkey Day dessert table was a bonus for sure! 

And my decadent sweet tooth brainstormed simply adding red and green sprinkles to finished ice cream for a merry festive look with an extra dash of sweet!  I think Santa would approve!  santa-creamHere is how to make what I call Holiday Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (using an ice cream maker…I used a Cuisinart Pure Indulgence Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker). The coolest ingredient is the actual vanilla bean that comes in a jar like this one that sells at Walmart and other grocery stores.  This costs around $8 a jar, so it isn’t cheap, but it is the real deal bean that makes the vanilla bean ice cream authentic.  This recipe makes about 14 1/2 cup servings. van-bean

What You Need – The Good Stuff! 

2 1/3 cups whole milk

2 1/3 cups heavy cream

1 whole vanilla bean

3 large eggs

4 large egg yolks

1 1/8 cups sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

optional for Christmas Ice Cream – red and green sugar sprinkles

What You Do:  Work That’s Worth It! 

Combine the milk and cream in medium saucepan.  Use a sharp knife to split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise.  Use the blunt end to scrape out the “seeds” and stir the seeds and bean pod into the milk/cream mixture.

Bring the mixture to a slow boil over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Combine eggs, egg yolks, and sugar in a medium bowl.  Use a hand mixer on medium speed to beat until the mixture is thick, smooth and pale yellow in color (similar to mayo), for about 2 minutes.

Remove the vanilla bean pod from the milk/cream mixture and discard.  Measure out 1 cup of the hot liquid.  With the mixer on low speed, add the cup of hot milk/cream to the egg mixture in a slow and steady stream.  When thoroughly combined, pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk/cream mixture and stir to combine.  Cook, stirring constantly, over medium-low heat until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.  Transfer to a bowl, stir in vanilla, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap placed directly on the custard and chill completely.

Pour the chilled custard  into the ice cream maker freezer bowl.  Turn the machine on and let mix, until thickened about 25 to 30 minutes.  The ice cream will have sort of a soft serve creamy consistency.  To make thicker, like typical ice cream, place in container with air tight lid and freeze for two hours.  This container was full to the top….I took the picture after our Thanksgiving dessert was consumed! v-bean-ice-creamTop with the red and green sprinkles for a splash of holiday cheer.  This also gives it a sweet crunch, too.

Absolutely yummy and crowd pleasing!  Great to add to your holiday pies for a la mode, too!ice-cream-santa

Different Than Pumpkin Pie…Try Pumpkin Supreme!

If you are not a pumpkin pie fan, but like pumpkin desserts or if you want something a little different from the usual pumpkin pie, try this scrumptious pumpkin supreme recipe.  pumpkinsupremeSeveral years ago, I asked my sister-in-law for her Texas family’s recipe for my all-time favorite dessert that she makes for us every Thanksgiving and Christmas.  She gave it to me and gave me to permission to share it with you!  It is called Pumpkin Supreme and it is better than pumpkin pie any day, in my opinion!  With a light whipped topping over a pumpkin and cream cheese layer that lays on top of a chilled delish graham cracker crust, this recipe will have your guests coming back for seconds.  Here is how you make it…

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup chopped pecans
1 8 oz. cream cheese
1 big container cool whip
3/4 cup milk
2 small boxes of instant vanilla pudding
1 regular sized can of pumpkin
dash of cinnamon

Instructions:
1. Mix graham cracker crumbs and 1 cup of the sugar in with the butter.
2. Press this mixture into a 9 x 12 Pyrex dish, so that this becomes the crust.
3. Combine eggs with the 3/4 cup of sugar and cream cheese.
4. Mix until fluffy.
5. Spread over crust.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
7. When completely cool (can even refrigerate overnight), go on to next step.
8. Mix 3/4 cup milk with two boxes of instant vanilla pudding.
9. Add pumpkin.add-pumpkin



10. Fold in one cup of cool whip.
11. Spread over cooled cream cheese mixture.

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12. Cover with remaining Cool Whip and sprinkle nuts on top.  Here is what a slice looks like and you won’t believe how good it tastes.  Place a dollop of whipped cream on top, like pictured, or layer the entire top with whipped cream, sprinkled cinnamon and pecans.  Up to you. pumpkinsupremeTruly decadent!  You can also serve this dessert in mason jars by following the same steps and layering in the jars instead of a pan.  This recipe is super tasty.  Try it! mason jar

Enjoy!  So yummy!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Fab Fall Food: Simple & Low Calorie Pumpkin Spice Mini Muffins

Yummy pumpkin season has arrived and I have found a healthier recipe for delicious pumpkin spice mini muffins! With the help of my favorite meal planning site, MealGarden, I found a delish recipe for Pumpkin Spice Muffins!  And MealGarden’s recipe muffins are only 79 calories each (without optional chocolate chips) and only 4.8 grams of sugar each, too.  Not bad! Take a look at this video preview of this super simple seasonally pleasing treat that tastes like a moist pumpkin bread.  I modified the recipe just a bit due to my daughter’s tree nut allergy….

Here is how you make these incredibly tasty pumpkin spice muffins that, my daughter and I think, taste like the pumpkin bread sold at Starbucks.  Make this healthier, lower calorie and lower sugar recipe yourself!

Note: this is NOT gluten free.  I believe that Spelt flour is a better alternative to white flour because it is an ancient relative of wheat that contains B vitamins, fiber and trace minerals.  And I think it tastes so similar that is has become my family’s preferred option to white processed flour.  But Spelt flour is not gluten free.  For a gluten free flour, use almond flour.

Ok now back to the recipe!

I took MealGarden’s awesome recipe and tweeked it just a bit only because my daughter is allergic to tree nuts so we couldn’t use the almond meal/flour their awesome recipe calls for.  I also added dark chocolate chips (my addiction, dark chocolate) but the muffins without the chocolate were truly just as good.  To get MealGarden’s original recipe (that I would make if I didn’t have the tree nut allergy) go here to MealGarden.  I totally recommend their version and all of their recipes because their meal and snack ideas check out with whole food and healthy ingredients.  I love MealGarden!

To try my slightly different version, here is the recipe….

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What You Need:

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1 cup Spelt Flour

1/2 cup organic sugar

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract, pure…I used Organics Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract…yum!

1 cup pumpkin, canned….I used Sprouts Organic brand

Organic dark chocolate chips….optional

What You Do:

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  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. Fold in oil, vanilla and pumpkin to form a smooth batter.  Add optional chocolate chips if desired.
  4. Spoon one tablespoon of batter into 24 paper-cup-lined mini-muffin cups.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Seal in air-tight container or freeze.  To defrost, set on counter for 15 minutes, then enjoy!pumpkin-muffin-1

A huge thanks to MealGarden for allowing me to share and tweak their awesome recipe.  I am a proud paid subscriber to their services and I highly recommend MealGarden for healthy and delicious meal planning! 

Last Minute Fabulous 4th of July Party Food & Drink Ideas

Manic:  You have been invited to or are hosting a 4th of July celebration and you need something fun and festive to bring…but also something that is easy and simple to prepare.

Managed:  I put together an assortment of ideas for you to quickly choose from.  Some are from awesome social media and some are my own ideas.  

Take a look and have a safe and festive 4th of July!  Let’s kick off the fun with a simple sangria recipe (if you can even call it a recipe…super simple!)…

Simple Sangria That Your Guests Will Swear You Made From Scratch!

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sangria in jug

 

Sam’s Club sells a yummy premade sangria that is so good that all of my guests swore that I made from scratch.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  Here are the four steps for colorful red sangria that is perfect for the 4th and so easy to make, too…

  1. Purchase Lolailo Imported from Spain Sangria in the 1.5 liter glass jar (under $8) at Sam’s Clubs stores.
  2. Fill pitcher with lots of ice.
  3. Add full bottle of Lolailo Sangria.
  4. Add packet of frozen fruit that is also sold at Sam’s Club. Make sure it is frozen as that works well and looks nice and festive in the sangria pitcher. The fruit floats to the top and looks and tastes great!

Easy Breezy Flag Brownies

flag brownie

Simply prepare brownies and cut into rectangle shapes.  Then spread brown frosting on top so that it matches the brownie color and then top with red, white and blue M&Ms to make little American flags.

Star Spangled Cheesecake

star cheesecake

Make or buy a prepared cheesecake and top it with blueberries all around.  Then take strawberry slices to make a star right in the center.

Sweet & Salty 4th of July Popcorn Mix

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Add red, white and blue peanut M&Ms to a bowl of popcorn and you’ve got a sweet, salty and festive mix of yummy fun.  Party City sells red, white and blue candy that is similar to M&Ms and Target sells the red, white and blue seasonal M&Ms.

Star Spangled Soda/Beverage of Choice

ice tray drink

Freeze pieces of cut up strawberries with blueberries and raspberries in an ice tray.  Then once frozen simply place in clear glass and add ginger ale or Sprite to get a bubbly red white and blue festive beverage.

Oh So Easy Red, White & Blue Treats Display

red white blue treats

Grab three clear glass or plastic containers and place white yogurt covered pretzels in one jar, red licorice sticks in another and blue M&Ms in the third and place side by side.  Make a fun little 4th of July treats sign to place by the display.

4th of July Flower Treats

flower treats

For these take square shaped pretzels, cover with white icing and then place red, white and blue M&Ms around the pretzel to form a flower.

Party Stuff Ideas

Here are some ideas for easy and fun party decor and a few things that make good sense, too.  Check these must have party items out…

*Great Plate – Show your spirit on the 4th of July with The Great Plate! Available in red, white, and blue for the festivities, the Great Plate offers guests an extra hand with this innovative plate and cup holder that is constructed as an all in one plate.  great plate imageSuch a smart invention since this plate easily allows guests to hold both food and beverage comfortably in one hand, leaving the other hand free for eating, drinking, and socializing. The Great Plate is available in a variety of bold colors, including a Red, White & Blue set and it is BPA-free, dishwasher/microwave safe, reusable and recyclable. great plates colorsSold in a set of 4 for $15. Plus, it is made in the USA! Plates can be ordered at www.greatplate.net.

*Bear Paws – Bear Paws are a must-have tool in your kitchen arsenal that are perfect for serving barbecue pulled pork or chicken.  bear pawAnd I also like to use these as tongs for my salad or to help me cut watermelon, which is always a great food to serve on the 4th of July.  watermelon cut
The extremely sharp and easy to grip, Bear Paws make it much quicker to shred pork or chicken.  Bear Paws come in red & white, as well as several other colors. Bear Paws are proudly made in the USA. Available at select BBQ stores and retail outlets as well as Amazon.com. Learn more at http://www.bearpawproducts.com/.

All of the decor and party favor/hat items I showed were purchased at Party City.  When you shop there, always go to partycity.com on your phone to see if they have coupons. Many times they do!

So now you are ready to put on (or attend a party with an easy to make fun food to bring) a festive and easy 4th of July celebration!  Have fun and Happy Independence Day!

Festive Fun Holiday Recipes With Shamrock Farms Foods

Eggnog peppermint cheesecake anyone?  cheesecake picHow about an eggnog latte with extract made of rum?  Yum! And here is a fun and tasty idea…peppermint eggnog punch for kids of all ages!  It is all here plus I also share a quick tip that will spice up your mashed potatoes that is super simple. Plus sour cream banana bread and more!  With Shamrock Farms fresh dairy foods, the possibilities and recipes are endless! Check out the morning segment I did on the ABC 15’s Sonoran Living morning show this morning for ideas for all of your holiday entertaining.  Also a big thank you to professional makeup artist Karen Hall for meeting me at the studio to work her magic on me!  And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

 

I am proud to work with Shamrock Farms who sponsored this segment. 

Quick & Easy Foods To Bring To A Holiday Dinner

Manic:  You have been invited to a friend’s Thanksgiving dinner but you don’t have a lot of time to prepare something elaborate.  Or perhaps you have a long road trip planned to get to your family’s Christmas celebration.  In both cases, you want to bring something festive and fun, but you don’t have a lot of time to make something elaborate.

Managed:  Found some easy ideas, some prepared and some store bought to take to that holiday gathering that folks will love and appreciate…and you don’t have to work hard.  Check out these ideas…

Salad in Seconds

*Easy 5 Second Salad – I call this the easy 5 Second Salad because you can grab the ingredients at the store and toss right before you bring the salad to the dinner.  Simply buy your favorite salad greens mix and buy a 1/2 pound (or 1 pound for large salad) of the deli Greek salad mix that includes the cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, etc. and add to the salad greens.  Then toss and top with a little olive oil and white balsamic vinaigrette to enhance the Greek salad dressing.  salad fastAdd a dash of salt and pepper and you’ve got a tossed salad that you made in seconds.

Fun & Festive Appetizer

*Cheese & Meat Turkey Tray – Found this super simple and visual idea on Pinterest.  Simply use cheese, crackers and meat to create a turkey.  turkey meat cheese platterStart with the outside layer of feathers made with crackers.  I recommend the Flipsides pretzel crackers.  Make two layers of these.  Then make the next inside layer next to the crackers using squares of yellow cheese of your desired cheese flavor.  Next the inside layer is made with salami, then a layer of Colby jack cheese squares and another layer of the salami.  Make the center inside piece look like the turkey using a piece of Colby jack cheese cut into the shape of the front of a turkey body.  Put a round piece of yellow cheese on top to make the head with two peppercorns for the eyes.  Use an empty pistachio nut shell to make the beak.  Use a folded piece of salami for the part of the beak that hangs down.  Use two toothpicks for the legs.

Grazing Goods

*Trader Joe’s A Joyful Mix Trek Mix ($4.99) — This is perfect to present as a hostess gift with a bottle of wine or to put out as a grazing snack.  mixThis holiday packaged nut mix contains Greek & Yogurt flavored chips and colorful chocolate buttons mixed in with almonds, pistachios and dried cranberries.

Sweet Tooth Offerings

*Give Thanks Cookies – Make a platter of turkey and pumpkin shaped sugar cookies and place two big cookies in the center of the platter.  Decorate the first cookie to say, “Give Thanks” and the second cookie say “Have Cookies”.  Place both cookies next to each other in the center.  turkey day cookiesFun and visual.  If you don’t have time to make sugar cookies buy a batch at AJ’s Fine Foods.  That is what I did and the lady at the dessert case wrote on the cookies for me right then and there.  The giant iced sugar cookies at AJs that are shaped like pumpkins, turkeys and leaves cost $2.79 each at the dessert case.

*Pilgrim Hats – Another simple treat to make are pilgrim hat cookies.  pilgram hatsSimply take a fudge striped cookie (Keebler makes these) and turn it face down.  Then dip a miniature chocolate peanut butter cup into white (or yellow) frosting and place it over the center of the cookie so that it covers the hole.  This makes the hatband and crown.  Last place an orange Tic Tac on the crown to make the buckle.  Super easy and tasty Turkey Day treat.

*Miniature Dessert Tray – Trader Joe’s frozen section has some terrific miniature dessert options that include Trader Joe’s Mini Pie Medley ($4.49 for 6 little pies) with mini strawberry, blueberry and peach pies and Trader Joe’s A Dozen Sweet Bites ($6.99 for 12 mini cakes) with chocolate & coffee opera cakes, raspberry Macaroon Aux Framboises cakes and caramel and chocolate mini cakes.  mini dessertsPlace these minis on a platter for a crowd pleasing dessert or a post dinner snack later in the evening with coffee.

*After Dinner Coffee/Hot Cocoa Idea with Trader Joe’s Iced Pumpkin Scone Cookies ($3.49 for 8 oz box) — Put these delightful little scone cookies out with after dinner coffee for a nice post meal treat. And for the kids put out CC Drink Original Hot Chocolate with Premium Belgian Dark Chocolate Sticks ($3.99 at Trader Joe’s) out to dip into warm milk to create instant and satisfying hot chocolate.  basket cocoaAdd a bowl of mini marshmallows to the dessert display.

Seasonal Spirit Beverages For The Grownups

*Trader Joe’s Cabernet Sauvignon Truffles ($8.99) paired with Borrellie Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wine ($14.99 at Trader Joe’s) — This is a fun idea to give as a hostess gift or to put out with dessert and wine.  nuts wineThe Borrellie Wine label has a picture of a reindeer on it, making it festive and the chocolate truffles are filled with Cabernet Sauvignon inside.  Perfect!

*Oversized Champagne and Wine Bottles – Trader Joe’s has oversized bottles in champagne ($12.99 for a 1.5 L bottle of Incanto Prosecco) and red wine and white wine.  I purchased the big pretty blue bottle of Incanto Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio blend for $12.99 for a 1.5 L bottle.

*Josephs Brau Winter Brew Beer ($5.99 for a 6 pack at Trader Joe’s) — I thought this beer looks festive making it the perfect addition to the holiday spirits offerings.

For Christmas:

*Ugly Sweater Sugar Cookies – I found this fun cookie kit at Sprouts Farmers Market and I love this tasty and funny idea.  hats & cookiesThe Ugly Sweater Cookie Kit includes pre-made vanilla sweater cookies, candies for decorating, premade icing tubes and sprinkles.  I love this unique sugar cookie idea!

*Red & Green Yogurt covered pretzels – These are so yummy and look so festive.  Plus I love the sweet and salty combination.  Got these in the bulk section at Sprouts Farmers Market. Yum!

*Christmas Crunch & Munch Station – Make a Christmas Crunch & Munch station, that is sure to be a hit, by combining the Sprouts bulk yogurt covered pretzels that I mentioned earlier in one bowl and fill the bowl next to it with Trader Joe’s Candied Pecans ($3.99 for a 5 oz bag) and then display Trader Joe’s Sesame Honey Almonds ($6.99 for a 16 oz bag) since those look snow covered and lastly fill in with a bowl of Trader Joe’s Iced Gingerbread Mini Cookies ($2.99 for a 16 oz box).  This is perfect for those who want to graze in between meals and the sweet and salty combo is a definite crowd pleaser!

What quick and easy and fun and festive holiday food ideas do you have to bring to the celebration?  Share in the comments section and Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Party Pleasers: Watermelon Pizza Pie & Scrumptious Spiced Nuts

Planning a Spring or summer get together?  Are you attending a celebration and you need to bring something unique and yummy?  watermelon pieI’ve got a fun and festive watermelon pizza pie dessert and a spiced nuts recipe that will knock your socks off and can be enhanced with dried cranberries or plain M&Ms, so take a look  And a big thank you to the local Phoenix company, OKB for their delicious spiced nuts recipe using their yummy Old Kentucky Barbeque Sauce.  You have to try these awesome recipes…

Three Tasty Tamari Chinese New Year Recipes To Try

Manic:  Trying to really stick to our New Year’s resolution to cook more meals from scratch using whole foods.  One of the options that my very health conscious mother told me about is to use Tamari in place of soy sauce so I was anxious to give several recipes a try with the tasty Tamari.

Managed:  Working with San-J to share their Chinese New Year recipes for potstickers, a yummy stir fry and even good fortune cookies.  Why is Tamari so good and healthy?  San-J’s premium gluten free Tamari Soy Sauce is naturally brewed from 100% soybeans for up to six months using traditional Japanese methods. For over 200 years, San-J’s Tamari is brewed with no wheat for a richer, smoother, more refined taste than regular soy sauces (that can contain 40-60% wheat). San-J’s Tamari is also Non-GMO, Vegan, Kosher and free from artificial preservatives or additives.Lamb-Potstickers1_2

Take a look and give these ideas a try….

Using San-J’s premium, gluten-free Tamari soy sauce, Gluten-Free Chef Carol Kicinski has crafted three authentic Chinese New Year dishes, with all the taste and none of the gluten for the holidays and beyond.

San-J Gluten-Free Chinese New Year Recipes:

  • Lamb Potstickers: Tasty lamb seasoned with Tamari and Sherry  wrapped in rice paper dipped in a tangy Tamari-based dipping sauce.  Get the recipe here.Lamb-Potstickers1_2
  • Prosperous New Year Stir Fry: Delicious vegetable and tofu stir fry tossed with Tamari, topped with a dollop of yogurt pomegranate seeds, pistachios and cilantro.  Try this Stir Fry recipe here.Prosperous-New-Year-Stir-Fry2_2
  • Good Fortune Cookies:  Rich chocolate and Tamari filled almond cookies decorated with half almonds. Make them yourself with the directions here.Good-Fortune-Cookies1_2

I love how easy it is to get my hands on the San-J line, too.  San-J’s Premium Gluten Free Tamari soy sauces, including Tamari Black Label (ARP $2.99), Gold Label Tamari (ARP $4.28) and Tamari Lite 50% Less Sodium (ARP $3.87), are available at natural food stores including select Whole Foods Markets and major grocery stores.  Check out the San-J website for more scrumptious recipes and products selection.

 

This tasty article was sponsored by San-J and my opinion about how much I love the Tamari and the recipes are 100% my own.