Win a Slow Cooker Gift Pack from Red Gold

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Slow Cooker Gift Pack from Red Gold Giveaway

Red-Gold-Tomatoes Slow Cooker Gift Pack from Red Gold #giveaway donnahup

Fall is just around the corner! We’ve already dropped to the 30’s a few days this past week. I just love the cooler temps, the smells, and the colors of fall. It makes it one of my favorite seasons! We have a fantastic giveaway for you! We’re giving one lucky reader a Slow Cooker Gift Pack from Red Gold! Read on to find out more and good luck!

Fall is the perfect time to get out the slow cooker and enjoy warm meals together as a family. Red Gold wants to help you create those meals by offering delicious recipes that include their wonderful tomato products.

Red Gold has been around since the 1940s growing tomatoes in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, where true seasons positively impact flavor — with just the right angle of the sun, perfect temperature, and soil that seems made for growing tomatoes. Using tomatoes in soups, stews and casseroles may also offer more nutrition than fresh. When tomatoes are heated, the antioxidant lycopene (linked to several health benefits) is released.

Because of this, Red Gold is offering an awesome “2-a-day Crock-Pot® Giveaway! What does this mean? Every day, from September 17 through October 8, on the Red Gold Facebook page they will be giving 2 of their loyal Red Gold fans a Red Gold branded Crock-Pot. That is 44 Crock-Pots in over 3 weeks! In addition, Red Gold will be sharing some new Crock-Pot recipes.

I wanted to share one of these new recipes here so you could get dinner started right away!

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Slow Cooker Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

Servings: 8 | Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 240 minutes
2 cups pasta of choice, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces processed American cheese, cut into cubes
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 cup low fat milk
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold® Petite Diced Tomatoes With Green Chilies, drained or 2 (10 ounce) cans Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies , drained

  • Place the uncooked pasta in the bottom of a 3.5-qt. crock pot that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Add the remaining ingredients, except RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES, to the slow cooker and stir until well combined. Cook on LOW for 4 hours.
  • Just before serving add RED GOLD® PETITE DICED TOMATOES with GREEN CHILIES; stir to combine.

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Red Gold is giving one lucky reader a Crock-Pot Gift Pack that includes:

  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced w/ green chills
  • 1 diced with lime juice and cilantro
  • 1 diced with garlic and olive oil,
  • Red Gold apron
  • wooden spoon
  • recipes

Giveaway is open to US residents ages 18+. Giveaway runs from September 17 through October 2. Winner will be verified, emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Participating bloggers were not compensation. Bloggers are not responsible for prize shipment. Enter through the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Monster Mash Recipe

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Monster Mash Recipe

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I love this time of year. My favorite two seasons come one right after the other – Fall and Winter.  Growing up my mom always made the best snack mix. She mixed white chocolate with cereals, pretzels, and M&M’s.  It was hit at home and with everyone who received her Christmas tins filled with it.

With Halloween around the corner I’ve been trying to think of a unique snack mix to make for my friends and to take to holiday parties. I also received some Squish kitchen items that I was dying to use.

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This Squish product set is so cool and so unique.  Everything pictured above can fold and “squish” to fit in a drawer.

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When you unsquish it all you have a Bowl, Colander, Measuring cups and measuring spoons. It’s a total space saver and the munchkins love using them because of the bright colors.  They’re also a breeze to clean. After I’m done using them I can collapse them all and store them.

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Now, on to my Monster Mash Creation. I started with the Halloween Oreos. I broke up about 15 of them and set them aside.

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After that, break 1 cup of pretzel sticks in pieces and add to the oreos.

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After that add 1 cup of candy corns to the the mixture.

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Then you can spread the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper.  While I was making my snack mix I had 1 bag of white chocolate chips melting in a double boiler.  I tried to pour it over the snack mix and it didn’t really work the way I wanted so I just dumped the snack mix in the bowl with the melted chocolate and mixed it.

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I then spread it out on the cookie sheet and wax paper. I also added Halloween theme sprinkles to the top before the chocolate hardened.

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This is so good! I mean I had to pull myself away from it. I could have devoured it all.  It’s definitely a keeper and I’ll be bringing to all my Fall festivities!

P.S. If you want to get some really fab squish items for yourself, you can find them here.

5.0 from 7 reviews
Monster Mash
 
Ingredients
  • 15 Halloween Oreos
  • 1 cup pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup candy corns
  • 11 oz bag of white chocolate chips
  • Halloween themed sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Melt white chocolate chips in double boiler.
  2. While the chocolate is melting break up the cookies and pretzel sticks. Add the candy corns.
  3. Mix the melted chocolate in the snack mix.
  4. Spread out on a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  5. Lightly dust with Halloween Sprinkles.
  6. Let set so the chocolate will harden.
  7. Enjoy!

 

Win an OmniPad 7inch Android Tablet and Shake n Take Blender

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OmniPad 7inch Android Tablet and Shake n Take Blender Giveaway

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Here’s another great giveaway for you! This one has two great prizes which means there will be two winners! AND it’s open world wide, oh yeah! Read on to find out more about our prizes, the OmniPad 7inch Android Tablet and Shake n Take Blender, and how you can win them. Good luck!

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Win a copy of Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook

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Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook Giveaway

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Sponsored By: Sunset Magazine
Hosted By: donnahup.com

I really enjoy cooking and bringing great new tastes to my family’s table. This Grilled Chicken dish below was delicious and I found it in my Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook. It’s just one of the numerous delicious dishes in the book. There are so many amazing selections. I’m excited to share this book with you and let you know that FIVE of you will be getting the cookbook for yourselves!

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Organized around the places and ways we cook outdoors: the backyard grill, the picnic, the campsite, or the cabin, The Great Outdoors Cookbook draws on the long tradition of cooking and living in the great outdoors. Discover the tradition and evolution of outdoor cooking in the West with stories, quotes, and historical photos from the rich archives of Sunset magazine from camp cooking, dutch oven cooking, pit barbecuing, to today’s fresh, modern, healthy approach to cooking and eating outdoors. With 200+ fresh recipes and 150+ full-color photos, this book has everything readers need to experience the ultimate outdoor cooking adventure – from menu planning and packing tips, to easy step-by-step cooking techniques, from the best advice on supplies and cookers to strategies for eating well and cooking outdoors — that’s all here and so much more. All in celebration of the life lived outdoors.

You can read my full review plus get the recipe for the Grilled Chicken Grilled Chicken with Whisky BBQ, Chili Lime Corn on the Cob and Spicy Slaw she made from the cookbook! We’re giving FIVE lucky readers their own copy of the cookbook. Just enter on the rafflecopter below.  

Two of the co-authors of the Great Outdoors Cookbook, Sunset food editors Margo True and Elaine Johnson, will be demoing recipes from the book at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast! Here is the info:
Saturday, Sept. 27 & Sunday Sept. 28 @ 11:30 am
*Giveaway is open to the US and Canada. Giveaway ends 9/2/14 at 11:59pm Central time.

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#ad Hot Wings with Chipotle Ranch Dip

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Hot Wings with Chipotle Ranch Dip

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One of my very favorite foods is hot wings. I probably like them a little too much. Every time my husband asks where I want to go to dinner I tell him I want wings.  I love the wing sauce and that I really like that I can eat them with my fingers. They’re great for a meal or a snack. Is there anything not to like about chicken wings? I certainly can’t think of anything.

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This past Sunday I decided to run into Walmart to grab a few things that I needed before heading home after church.  I happened to pass the deli when I walked in. You’ll never guess what they had :)

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Yep, chicken wings! They actually had quite a few choices for a hot meal.  Of course, I gravitated towards the wings. I got the Hot Wings and the General Tso’s wings.  I love that they were hot, fresh and ready. No prep needed. They were perfect to bring home  which was awesome because I was hungry before I even entered the store. I’m really excited about these because football season is here. Wings are the perfect food to eat while watching the big game! They will totally be my #GameTimeHero  It’s also really convenient that they’re hot and ready because you can just run in and grab a few pounds for your next tailgating party!  In fact Walmart is even having some in-store demos happening the weekend of August 29-31. Check and see if there are any demos happening in your area.

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The General Tso’s wings were boneless and the sauce was sweet and spicy.  They were very good and will definitely be a hit with my hubby and his friends.

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My absolute favorite though were the traditional hot wings. Hot wings are always a hit with our game day crowd.  They had a nice spice and had just the right amount of sauce. Yum!

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I was so hungry when I got home that I didn’t want to make any thing special so I paired them with some easy peasy dipping sauces like the Kraft Creamy Italian and the Buttermilk Ranch. My favorite was the Ranch, but they were both great.  I love that it’s so simple. We need to have LOTS of wings for our football gatherings and I can put out a couple of dishes with the dressings.

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Oh my goodness did they hit the spot. In fact, because the prices at the deli were so awesome I got enough wings for dinner too. I told you I really like wings ;)

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I’ve also been on a lime kick.  I’m not sure why, but I’ve been using it a lot with spicy food.  It’s a great ingredient.  I got an idea to use with the ranch. I made a Chipotle Ranch Dip.  I combined a 1/2 cup of ranch, one chipotle pepper in adobe sauce, and the juice of one lime in the food processor. It was super simple.

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The result was delicious!  This dip will definitely be a keeper for game day! The next time you need a hot meal or food to feed some hungry football fans stop by the Walmart Deli and pick up some wings! You can also grab all the ingredients for the Chipotle Ranch Dip there. It seriously took 5 minutes.  What is your favorite dipping sauce for your wings?

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chipotle Ranch Dip
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of ranch
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobe sauce
  • juice of one lime
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

 

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Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky

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*I received a copy of  Sunset Magazine’s BBQ Cookbook – The Great Outdoors Cookbook to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own. 

Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky – Grilled Chicken with Whisky BBQ, Chili Lime Corn on the Cob and Spicy Slaw Recipe

Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky - Grilled Chicken with Whisky BBQ, Chili Lime Corn on the Cob and Spicy Slaw #Recipe donnahup

There is something about food – not only is it delicious and comforting, but it seems to bring families and friends together.  I love finding new and delicious recipes.  I’m beyond excited to be attending the Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast Food & Wine Festival in CA next month!  They even have a cookbook out.  Sunset The Great Outdoors Cookbook: Adventures in Cooking Under the Open Sky is a fantastic edition to any chef’s library.

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The book itself is beautiful to look at and the pictures are just as fabulous.  It may seem silly but I love good pictures in a cookbook. I am much more likely to cook with a book that has delicious pictures.  In fact I made the most fantastic dinner today and the best corn on the cob I’ve ever had!

The Chili Lime Corn on the Cob can be found on page 75 and the Grilled Chicken with Whiskey BBQ and slaw can be found on page 50.  This would be an amazing meal for the grill, but it was raining all day so I had to improvise.

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I started with the Whiskey BBQ sauce. I mixed together ketchup, tobasco, molasses, Dijon mustard, whiskey, worcestershire  sauce, cider vinegar, and garlic.  I heated it up and let it simmer for 45 minutes.

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It thickened up and smelled so good. When that was done I applied it to my chicken. I used chicken breast cutlets and just baked them.

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For the corn on the cob I started by preheating the oven to 35o degrees.  I made a butter and lime mixture with butter, lime zest, chili powder, salt, pepper, and granulated garlic.

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Then I coated the corn cobs with the butter mixture and cooked it for 30 minutes.  I turned it a few times while baking.

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While everything was baking I worked on the slaw. I’ll admit, I’ve never been much of a fan of coleslaw and this is nothing like coleslaw! It has cabbage, red peppers, red onions, and cilantro. I tossed it with a homemade dressing.

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Serve it up and enjoy!! Yum!

There are so many other great recipes and they even give instructions for cooking on camping trips. This is the perfect cookbook for all outdoor (and indoor) occasions.

Two of the co-authors of the Great Outdoors Cookbook, Sunset food editors Margo True and Elaine Johnson, will be demoing recipes from the book at Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast! Here is the info:
Saturday, Sept. 27 & Sunday Sept. 28 @ 11:30 am

 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Grilled Chicken with Whiskey BBQ Sauce
 
Ingredients
  • Chicken
  • 1 and ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp tabasco
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp dijon
  • 2 tbsp whiskey
  • 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
Instructions
  1. Make sauce: Combine ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cover and simmer 45 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally with a long spoon (sauce splatters). Add a little water if sauce gets too thick to pour.
  2. Coat chicken and cook.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Slaw
 
Ingredients
  • 1 lb cabbage, cut into shreds
  • ¼ red onion, cut into long slivers
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp champagne vinegar
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • ½ tsp red chile flakes
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. Make Slaw: Toss vegetables in a large bowl to blend. Put remaining ingredients in a small container then pour over vegetables and toss.

5.0 from 4 reviews
Chili Lime Corn on the Cob
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp lime zest
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp granulated garlic
  • 6 ears corn in husks
Instructions
  1. Combine butter, lime zest, chili powder, ½ tsp salt, the pepper, and garlic. You can chill until ready to use then bring to room temperature.
  2. Pull back husk from each ear of corn without detaching from the bottom of the cob. Remove as much silk as possible. Spread evenly with butter mixture. Fold husks back over ears and tie in place with kitchen string or strips torn from outer husks.
  3. Grill (I cooked for 30 min at 350 degrees).

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Vegan & Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

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Vegan & Gluten Free Mac and Cheese Recipe

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There is something so comforting about Mac and Cheese. I’m not sure what it is about it. Maybe it’s because we didn’t get it all the time when we were kids so it’s an extra special treat. It’s warm and cheesy – what’s not to like?  I’ve been able to eat most pasta meals gluten free now with all the great gluten free options.  Cheese however is a trigger food for me and causes me to gain weight more than other foods. That’s probably why I like it so much.  I needed to come up with a cheese free mac and cheese recipe. Cheese free Mac and CHEESE? Yes! And honestly, I think it’s even better!

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Look friends, no cheese! In fact, my ingredients may surprise you.  I started by dicing up 1 and 1/2 cups of cauliflower and 1 and 1/2 cups of sweet potatoes and roasted them. (375 degrees for about 25 minutes)

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While the cauliflower and sweet potatoes are roasting, cook your pasta.  Any gluten free pasta will work. I like the spirals :)

In a blender or food processor combine 3/4 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup EVOO, 1 clove garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tbsp dijon mustard, and 1/2 tsp paprika.  When your veggies are done roasting, add them to the mix.

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Combine it until smooth.  Then pour it over your drained pasta and mix.

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I always add parsley for the color and for taste. Enjoy!!

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Vegan & Gluten Free Mac and Cheese
 
Ingredients
  • 9 to 12 oz gluten free pasta
  • 1 and ½ c cauliflower
  • 1 and ½ c sweet potato
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • ¾ c almond milk
  • ¼ c EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • parsley
Instructions
  1. Dice cauliflower and sweet potatoes. Roast.
  2. Cook pasta as directed.
  3. Mix remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add veggies when done roasting.
  4. Mix sauce and pasta. Top with parsley.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Cheesy Bacon & Chive Dip Recipe – Simple and Inexpensive with help from Kraft Coupons

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Cheesy Bacon & Chive Dip Recipe – Simple and Inexpensive with help from Kraft Coupons

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I can hardly believe that I’ve been a Midwesterner for a year and a half already! On one hand it seems like just yesterday we packed up all our belongings and drove from South Florida, yet on the other hand it seems like I’ve always lived here. I think I’m so comfortable in my new home because of the people.  I absolutely love Midwest hospitality. It’s just not the same in south FL.  There are other things that were new – snow, leaves that change color, demolition derbys, 4H, and good food (different than the good food found in Florida).  I have enjoyed all of them!  One of the things I really enjoy is eating here. When I have get togethers everyone brings such yummy food.  I’ve been working on my culinary skills for these get together occasions.

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I really wanted to come up with a new dip to bring.  I was clipping my coupons for my shopping trip this week and found a whole slew of Kraft Coupons! This gave me inspiration.  What’s even more awesome is my dip takes only 4 ingredients and all 4 ingredients had a coupon. Score! Kraft’s printable coupons available for a limited time only. You can find the ones I printed plus many more here:

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I headed to Walmart with my Kraft coupons and picked up my ingredients.  They were all on the outer aisle with the exception of the Mayo which I found with the other condiments.

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I used 3/4 cup of the Kraft Shredded Three Cheeses with a touch of Philadelphia, 1 8 ounce tub of Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream cheese spread, 1/3 cup Kraft Mayo, and 4 slices of cooked Oscar Mayer Bacon.  The bacon is not pictured here because I already started cooking it.

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While the bacon was cooking, I mixed together the other 3 ingredients and preheated the oven to 350 degrees. The really nice thing about the spread is that you do not have to let it soften so it mixed together very nicely.

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Once the bacon was cooked and drained, I crumbled it and mixed it together in the cheese mix.

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Spread it into a small greased pan and cook for 15 minutes.

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After the 15 minutes remove from the oven and let it stand for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes, mix and serve warm.

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I topped mine with some of the shredded cheese and chives.  I served it with corn chips, but really it goes well with anything including a spoon.  Seriously I had to bring it over to a friend because I could have eaten the whole bowl by myself. It’s seriously delicious.

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This is so good and I will definitely be bringing it to our next get together.  What are your favorite foods to bring to get togethers and potlucks?

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Easy 10 Minute Meal – Taco Burger

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Taco Burger Recipe

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You have a long day at work and you’re exhausted.  Everyone is hungry and wants to know what you are going to do about it. This includes other adults in the house.  Does this sound familiar?  I know often even when it’s just me I have to make dinner for it’s so much easier to grab something packaged and eat it.  I always feel better when I prepare my food, but the truth is unless I have a plan or specific ingredients set aside it’s easier said than done.  This is a super easy recipe and it literally takes 10 minutes!

Easy 10 Minute Meal - Taco Burger #Recipe #Vegetarian donnahup

I start out by cooking a veggie patty, like a boca burger.  While the patties are cooking I preheat the oven to warm up the crunchy taco shells.  Burgers AND Tacos?! This recipe is the best of both worlds, my friend!

Easy 10 Minute Meal - Taco Burger #Recipe #Vegetarian donnahup

Once the burger is done cooking, while still in the pan I top with shredded cheese and let it melt.  I use the Kraft Mexican blend.

Easy 10 Minute Meal - Taco Burger #Recipe #Vegetarian donnahup

While the cheese is melting I spread guacamole on one side of the taco.  I love the Wholly Guac snack sizes. They’re perfect for a few taco burgers.

Easy 10 Minute Meal - Taco Burger #Recipe #Vegetarian donnahup

I have also found that it is easier to put the salsa on while the burger is still in the pan and then transfer the burger into the taco shell.

Easy 10 Minute Meal - Taco Burger #Recipe #Vegetarian donnahup

Doesn’t that look delicious?! YUM!!  This recipe is very easy to customize too if you have someone that doesn’t want salsa or if you wanted to add sour cream, etc.  You could also use ground meat if you weren’t into veggie burgers ;)

What are some of your favorite Taco Toppings?

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy 10 Minute Meal - Taco Burger
 
Ingredients
  • Veggie Burger
  • Taco Shell
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Guacamole
Instructions
  1. Cook patties according to package directions.
  2. Heat taco shells according to package directions.
  3. When burger is done cooking, while still in pan top with cheese and salsa.
  4. Spread Guac on one side of taco shell, transfer burger with toppings to shell.
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

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Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

Tropical Green Smoothie #Recipe  #Vegan #GlutenFree #Paleo donnahup

I always feel better when I eat (and drink) better.  I love starting my day with a delicious smoothie.  It’s great when it keeps you full all morning as well.  This one is really easy.

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I always start with my greens first.  It helps when blending the smoothie.  I uses a handful (approx 1 cup) of spinach and blend it with 1 cup of water until I have a green liquid. I add 1 tbsp of flax seed and 1/2 a scoop of protein powder. I love the Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein. It’s gluten free and powder and helps with staying full.

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Then I add my fruit one at a time.  I used 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks, 1 cup of peaches, and 1 banana.  You can also add stevia if the spinach taste is too strong.  You will get used to it.  I don’t use any stevia now.  Then you just enjoy!! It’s awesome.

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Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • ½ scoop raw vegan protein powder
  • ½ c pineapple chunks
  • 1 c peaches
  • 1 banana
Instructions
  1. Blend spinach and water.
  2. Add flax and protein powder.
  3. Add fruit.
  4. Enjoy.

 

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Sometimes I just want to eat cake and I want it to be good for me.  I’ve tried justifying that cocoa beans are beans, which are vegetables, which technically makes it a veggie cake.  I know, it’s a pretty weak argument.  I have recently found another reason cake is good for me.  That reason is Lifeway Kefir Probiotics.  #KefirCreations

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It has seven to ten BILLION strains of bacteria (you know, the good kind) plus it has something called ProBoost.  It helps balance your body’s and ecosystem and it also supports digestive health and immunity. I also discovered that it’s an excellent source of calcium, protein and it’s 99% lactose free!  It gave me a great idea.  I was going to make a “veggie cake” with probiotics!

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First, I preheated the oven to 350 degrees and started making the cake.  I mixed 2 cups of gluten free flour, 3/4 cup of cocoa, 1 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt.

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After mixing it up really well, I set it aside.

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Next I combined 1 2/3 cups Kefir and 2 tsp vanilla in a separate bowl.  I mixed it completely and set it aside.

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I then mixed up 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/2 c butter softened.  Once that was mixed, I added 3 eggs.  (You could also use 3/4 c egg substitute if preferred). I used a hand blender on medium speed until it was blended smooth.

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Now, you’re going to want to add in the other ingredients.  I alternated them.  I added some of the cocoa mixture and mixed, then added some of the Kefir mixture and mixed.  I kept alternating.  I made sure to start and end with the cocoa mixture.

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Pour your batter into a greased pan and bake for about 38 minutes.

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Let your cake cool.  While it’s cooling you can make the frosting.

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I mixed 1/2 cup softened tub-style cream cheese with 3 tbsp of almond milk until blended.  While I was mixing it I was also melting 3 ounces of semisweet chocolate.

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I added the melted chocolate into the cream cheese mixture and blended.

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In a separate bowl I had mixed 1/4 cup cocoa with 3 c powder sugar.  I gradually added in the mixture to my frosting base and kept mixing.

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Frost your cake and enjoy!

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Okay so maybe calling it a veggie cake is stretching it.  It is a great way to get probiotics.  It’s also very tasty.   The cake was rich and moist.

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I thought it was delicious!! You could even enjoy it with a glass of Kefir! (double the probiotic goodness!)  Did you know that Kefir has been called the “Champagne of Dairy”?!  It’s because it really enhances feelings of well being.  It’s a smooth, tart, refreshing beverage. I think it’s similar in taste to yogurt. Lifeway Kefir contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It is naturally Gluten Free, 99% Lactose Free and contains No Artificial Sweeteners and is rich in Calcium. Lifeway also only uses milk that comes from cows that are not treated with pesticides, antibiotics, or synthetic growth hormones. The cows are grass fed and GMO free.

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I have found that Kefir works well in any recipe calling for buttermilk. You can do an even exchange.  What are you going to try it in?

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Gluten Free Chocolate Cake with Kefir Probiotics
 
Ingredients
  • 2 c flour
  • ¾ c unsweetened cocoa
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅔ c kefir
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¾ c granulated sugar
  • ½ c butter, softened
  • 3 eggs (or ¾ c egg substitute)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Mix Kefir and vanilla, set aside.
  4. Blend butter and sugar, add eggs and beat until blended. Add cocoa mixture and kefir mixture, alternating. Start and end with the cocoa.
  5. Pour into greased pan and cook for 38 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!

 

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Zucchini Boats

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Zucchini Boats Recipe

Zucchini Boats #Recipe #vegan #paleo #glutenfree #vegetarian #dairyfree donnahup

I really love eating clean and how I feel when I eat that way. I will confess though that I still crave things like buffalo wings and pizza.  Thankfully I have been finding healthy alternatives like Buffalo Cauliflower Bites and now Zucchini Boats!  This has become one of my favorite dinners.  I have been having it at least twice a week and they’re very easy to make!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis
  • tomato sauce
  • pizza toppings

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1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cut the Zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the center so they’re like boats.

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3. Fill in the boat with tomato sauce.

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4. Start piling on the toppings. Some of my favorites are black olives, onions, and mushrooms.

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I also like Oregano and Nutritional Yeast .   If you’re not vegan or dairy free you could add cheese. That is why I use the Nutritional Yeast.  It gives it a cheesy taste.

5. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees.

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Enjoy!

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Zucchini Boats
 
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchinis
  • tomato sauce
  • nutritional yeast
  • oregano
  • pizza toppings (onions, black olives, mushrooms)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut Zucchini lengthwise and scoop out the center.
  3. Fill boats with tomato sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with oregano and nutritional yeast.
  5. Top with pizza toppings.
  6. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees.
  7. Enjoy!

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Banana Pear Smoothie

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Banana Pear Smoothie

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I drink a “green smoothie” every morning and this is one of my favorites! It is so easy to make and keeps you satisfied through the morning.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup almond butter

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1. Mix the water and spinach first. I recommend always doing this when you make a green smoothie. It’s easier to blend in the other ingredients after. I use a Nutri Bullet System.

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*Optional* I add in 1 tablespoon of Ground Flax Seeds in all my smoothies. I usually add half a scoop of protein powder, but omit it in this one because of the almond butter.

2. Add in the other ingredients and blend. If you want a thicker consistency I would use a frozen banana.

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3. Enjoy!

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  • Spinach is a power food. It’s loaded with vitamins, a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, and has anti cancer antioxidants.
  • Bananas are a great source of potassium and vitamin C.
  • Pears have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids, and potentially anti-cancer phytonutrients like cinnamic acids. The skin of the pear has also been show to contain about half of the pear’s total dietary fiber.
  • Almonds reduce heart attack risk and lower “bad” cholesterol.

Banana Pear Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 pear
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • Optional 1 tbsp ground flax seed
Instructions
  1. Blend spinach and water together.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend.
  3. Enjoy!

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Roasted Chickpeas

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Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

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I have found my new favorite snack food and it could not be easier!  It also costs less than $1 to make which is an added bonus.  You can pick up a can of chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) for about $0.79 at the market.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Rinse beans and drain them. Then spread them on a baking pan and bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes.

3. Enjoy!

I enjoy them plain and seasoned. My favorite seasoning is a buffalo flavored one, I sprinkle the following on the chickpeas before baking:

  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce (I used Frank’s)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt

You can add all sorts of seasonings.  These little guys are so delicious!

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip Recipe

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Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip

I’ve been craving a really good dip but so many were full of dairy or had glutens.  I spent several hours some time Pinterest and took bits and pieces of recipes and came up with this!  It is a keeper for sure!

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What you’ll need:

  • half an eggplant
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Garlic Roasted Eggplant Dip #Recipe #Vegan #gutenfree #paleo #vegetarian donnahup

 

1. Slice eggplant into rounds approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch slice. Sprinkle salt on both sides and arrange in a colander for about 10 to 15 minutes .

2. Rinse with cool water then pat dry.

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3. Turn on the broiler.  Arrange the eggplant on a cookie sheet with tin foil.  Spray with oil and lightly salt.

4. Broil 5 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.

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5. Cover with tin foil and let the eggplant steam for about 5 more minutes.  Peel the skin off the rounds.

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6. Mix eggplant, almond milk, nutritional yeast, garlic, cumin, and chili powder in food processor or blender.

7. Season with salt and pepper.

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8. Pour into bowl.

9. Enjoy!

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It was a little chunkier than I would have liked, but tasted amazing! My kitchen smelled delicious too! I combined it with salsa on Nut Thins and it was so good!  I’ve put it on just about everything. It is good hot or cold but I prefer it warmed up.

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I think I’ll also double the recipe next time because it only lasted me a few days :)

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