Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bai's Bunny Patch Smoothie

Friday morning I was having my coffee and browsing facebook when I noticed that Bai had posted the winners of their smoothie contest on their home page. Lucky for me I was one of them! I won the Most Creative prize with my carrot cake inspired smoothie. When I tasted Bai for the first time I really loved the coconut flavor and I immediately started thinking of how I could transform it into a smoothie with the flavors of my son's favorite dessert- Carrot Cake 
They sent me the cutest email too:
After sorting through over 150 winners, we just could not ignore your recipe. Congratulations on winning "Most Creative" in our Bai 5 Smoothie Challenge.
Along with eternal glory, you've also won:
$100 gift card to Whole Food's and 10 cases of Bai (booya!)
Nothing like finding out you're a blending champion to kick off the weekend right?
Cheers,
Georgie & the Bai Team
Bai's Bunny Patch
 1 bottle Bai5 Molokai Coconut
1/4 cup pitted dates
1 Tablespoon wholemeal flax seed
1/2 cup baby carrots
2/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1 frozen banana
2 cups ice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

1 Tablespoon toasted coconut for topping

Top with toasted coconut. Serves 2.

If you'd like to see the other winning recipes follow this link

 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Little's Lunches 21

Happy Monday! We had a jam-packed week filled with fun, I hope you did as well!
We had family and friends in town visiting all week, a few BBQ's, a concert, a crawfish boil and even a tornado warning! Never a dull moment!
Here's what I packed in the lunchboxes this week:
Monday: Tortellini Pasta Salad, mushrooms and carrots with Ranch, flatbread and sunflower seeds with dried cranberries
Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Sandwich on a Whole Wheat bun, baby carrots and bell pepper slices and Bunny Grahams
Wednesday: My parents were in town (yay for free babysitters!) so they went and had lunch at school with the kids and then that night Louis and I got to go to the Dave Matthews Concert. It rained on and off the entire time, but we had a blast anyway
 Thursday: Ham, pita chips, pickles, bell peppers and carrots with cilantro ranch dip, coleslaw and prunes
 Friday: Broccoli salad, crackers, half of a puff pastry mini-letta swirl, sunflower seeds, applesauce, baby carrots and olives
On Saturday, we hosted the office crawfish boil for the 5th year in a row! We had a TON of food and I was exhausted on Sunday from all of it, but we had a great time! The day before, when I was doing the massive grocery run I somehow scratched my cornea in the middle of HEB and had to have my mom drive me straight to the eye doctor so I was a little frazzled and didn't get a ton of pictures of the food that day, but here's the rundown of what we served:
Beer, Wine, Margaritas, Iced Tea, Sodas and Juice Boxes
Boiled Crawfish with mushrooms, sausage, corn, potatoes and garlic
bacon wrapped jalapeno peppers stuffed with Cajun sausage
bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp stuffed with cream cheese and jalapeno
Homemade Salsa and guacamole with chips
Beer Cheese Spread with pita chips
Veggie Tray
Fruit Tray
Grilled Hot Dogs for the kids
Grilled Boudin and Alligator Sausage
Po Boys- Ham and Cheddar, Ham and Swiss and Italian Cold Cut
Crawfish Cupcakes
 WHEW!! I really felt like I bought out HEB and Costco but I think everyone enjoyed themselves!What is your go to dish to serve at parties? I'd love to hear it!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Mini-letta Swirls

I have always liked Muffulettas, and growing up in the New Orleans area, I have had my fair share of them. I'm pretty sure almost every single wedding, shower or party I went to growing up had some form of them served. Whether it was the huge whole loaf version or the cute little mini ones, they were always available. It combines so many things I love together- carbs, cheese, salty briny olives and a few delicious Italian cold cuts. It wasn't until I was in college that I had my first toasted Muffuletta and ever since then I don't want mine any other way!
When brainstorming what I could make for an appetizer recipe contest, it wasn't hard to decide on this version of one of my favorite sandwiches
The cheese gets melty and gooey, the bread is traded up for puff pastry, and with the olive salad as a topper instead of just an afterthought, I can load mine with as much as I want!
  Mini-letta Swirls
1 Tablespoon flour
4 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 17.3 ounce package Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed
12 ounces provolone cheese slices
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
8 ounces thinly sliced salami
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/3 cup black olives, chopped
1/3 cup green olives, chopped
2/3 cup Giardiniera, chopped
2 Tablespoons Italian dressing
 
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Sprinkle the flour and sesame seeds evenly on a flat surface such as wooden board or countertop. Unfold each sheet of puff pastry onto the flour and sesame seed mixture and gently press so the seeds adhere to the dough.  Layer each sheet evenly with the provolone, prosciutto and salami. Sprinkle each evenly with the Italian seasoning. Starting at the long side of the dough, roll up like a jelly roll. Tuck the ends under to seal. Using a serrated knife, slice each pastry roll into 12 slices and place, cut side up, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until browned and golden.
While the muffuletta swirls are baking, make the olive salad topping. In a small bowl, stir together the chopped black olives, green olives, Giardiniera and Italian dressing. Serve on the side as a topping for the swirls.
 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Little's Lunches 20

Happy Monday!
I hope everyone had as good of a Mother's Day as I did! My hubby and kids spoiled me the whole day and I loved every minute of it! I got to sleep in, and enjoyed my coffee by myself in a quiet house, then they took me to brunch were I had all of my favorite things- mimosas, pork belly, oysters and chocolate mousse.....and no dishes to wash! It was perfect!
This week for lunches we had:
Monday: edemame and baby carrots, ranch, Potato Salad, broccoli and cucumber, coconut bites and cooked apples
Tuesday: Spinach Cheese Squares (recipe here), crackers and cheese, blackberries, strawberries, baby carrots and cucumber slices
Wednesday: Hard Boiled Egg, crackers, broccoli and olives, cooked apples, coconut bites, blackberries and strawberries
Thursday: Peanut Butter and Jelly on a whole wheat bun, blackberries, coconut chips and broccoli salad (recipe here)
 Friday: Broccoli Salad, pita bread, jicama sticks, ranch, blackberries, cucumber slices and hard boiled egg
 


Monday, May 4, 2015

Little's Lunches 19

Happy Monday! I had a great weekend filled with beautiful weather and a lot of relaxing, I hope you did too! We had baseball games, marshmallow roasting in the backyard and Louis and I even got to sneak away and have a winery date on Sunday!
My little bunny friend is still coming around and getting fatter each time I see him. Isn't he the cutest thing ever?!
Saturday night we grilled fajitas and had dinner and roasted marshmallows outside. It was delicious and I could have eaten just the grilled veggies by themselves and been happy. I used the Homesick Texan's recipe for fajitas and used it on chicken; it was delicious and so simple to make!
Monday: for lunch, we were stuck in the car all day through hail, a brutal tornado warning that gave me a panic attack and at least 1 hour of sitting stopped on the top of a bridge trying to get home from Louisiana. We snacked most of the day and stopped at Bucee's for sandwiches.
 Tuesday: Peanut butter Tortilla roll ups, baby carrots with ranch, coconut cashews, mandarin oranges for B and dried apple chips for M
 Wednesday: Black Bean and cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches, baby carrots, chex mix and coconut cashews
 Thursday: Shrimp and Crab Spring Rolls with Thai sweet chili sauce to dip, edemame and carrots, blackberries and cinnamon cooked apples
Friday: Wheat Pita Bread with Greek Yogurt Spinach Dip, coconut pomegranate chews, edemame with carrots and blackberries
I also found out on Friday, that I WON the grand prize for the Healthy Solutions Blogger Contest! Thanks so much to everyone who went and left comments on my recipe!
I also was very excited to receive my prize from the Avocados from Mexico contest!
Let's see how long I can keep this device from being loaded with kid games!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Little's Lunches 18

Hi there! I usually post my lunch ideas on Monday, but yesterday we were stuck in the car driving back to TX from LA and it took for.ev.er. so by the time I got home I was too tired to do anything! Here's what my kids had for lunch last week:
 Monday: Peanut Butter and Jelly on whole wheat sandwich thins, sweet baby bell pepper rings, raisins and dried pineapple
 Tuesday: Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, crackers, baby carrots, cucumber, grape tomatoes and baby bell pepper slices, applesauce and dried cranberries
 Wednesday: Tortellini pasta salad and applesauce
Thursday: Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummus, Cheddar Cheese Bread, dried veggie chips, applesauce, dried cherries and granola bar bites
Friday was spent in the car all day long driving to Louisiana for my cousin's wedding. We stopped at Bucee's and the kids got hotdogs and sandwiches from the deli. I got a hummus and pretzels pack and a cup of sliced veggies with Ranch. I figured if I ate the veggies it would make it ok when I ate all of the homemade potato chips that came with the kid's meals. In theory that sounded like a plan to me, but once in the car the kids ate all the carrots and baby tomatoes and left me only a few sad looking celery pieces for me...so chips for lunch it was!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Little's Lunches 17

Happy Monday! This morning the kids had dentist appointments that took for-ev-er so I'm just getting around to posting today. There were no cavities for them, and I didn't pass out or gag, so I call this dentist visit a success! Here's what I packed in our lunchboxes last week:
Monday: Sliced ham, cucumbers and baby carrots, potato salad, ranch dip, cheddar cheese rice cakes and dried apple chips all packed in the yumbox
Tuesday: Ham and Honey Mustard Tortilla Wraps, cheese sticks, ranch and baby carrots and dried cranberries
Wednesday: Sliced ham, cheddar cheese rice cakes, salsa ranch, broccoli, yellow sweet peppers and yellow grape tomatoes, blackberries and strawberries and coconut pomegranate bars in the yumbox- the coconut pomegranate bars I found in the bulk bins section at HEB and the kids LOVED them! As soon as they got off the bus they were asking where I got them and if I had more- totally yummy!
Thursday: Turkey and Hummus sandwiches, ranch dip, broccoli and sweet baby bell pepper slices and blackberries
Friday: Turkey Rolls, Sweet Potato Focaccia Bread, cashews, veggie chips, blackberries and yellow sweet baby bell peppers, dried pineapple slices and the last of the coconut pomegranate bars in the yumbox
This weekend was busy for us, as always! My son made his first communion, my in-laws were in town and Louis and I even got to sneak away for an evening to meet some friends and  check out a new neighborhood food truck park, The Rusty Mule! It was perfect weather, and we really enjoyed ourselves. The  place is huge with many different seating areas, places for the kids to play, fire pits, roaming chickens and a full bar. There are four trailers to choose from: one is the bar, a cupcake stand, a Mexican taqueria and we ate at Chico & The Fox
 
Louis got the "Threesome"- Shaved ham, pulled pork and bacon splashed with spicy honey mustard and I got the loaded wedge fries- seasoned fries topped with pulled pork, green onion, pickled jalapenos, red bell pepper and a sriracha greek yogurt sauce
The whole time we were there I kept telling Louis how much fun it would be to get my own food truck and park myself in there...one can always dream, right?