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Cookout season is upon us! Chances are, you’ll be called upon to bring a dish to countless occasions in the coming months, so I thought I’d tell you about a new favorite of mine!
Frontera Guacamole Mix, straight from the kitchen of Chef Extraordinaire Rick Bayliss! (He is toooo cute!)
Quick and easy is the name of my game lately, and this mix fits the bill. But in all honesty, the key selling point for me is the all-natural list of ingredients – fresh tomatillos, fresh tomatoes, green chiles, fresh onions, fresh cilantro, fresh garlic, citric acid, salt, and pure cane sugar. No funny stuff! (A BIG plus since my toddler would eat it by the handful if I let him.)
This mix adds lots of the flavor you want, with little to none of the calories, added fat and sodium you don’t want, allowing your lovely ‘cados to shine through!
All you have to do is cut the avocados in half and scoop them out! I add 3 and give it a quick spin in the food processor.
If you like it a little chunkier, just mash by hand. You’ll have fresh, zesty guacamole in a matter of minutes. It’s perfection on a sandwich, in a taco or dropped into a bowl of white chicken chili. Grab a bag of chips and you’re good to go for a “bring a dish” party (you don’t have to tell ‘em how easy it is! )
Since this guac warrants a quality chip – might I suggest Tostitos Artisan Recipes Roasted Garlic and Black Bean Tortilla Chips? I tried them recently, courtesy of Foodbuzz, and they earned a solid 2 thumbs up from my crowd. I don’t buy chips often, but I dig that Tostitos chips are all-natural. Who needs a fake chip?
When I have them, I like to add a few chopped tomatoes, straight from the farmer’s market, for eye appeal.
…and don’t forget to put the pits in so your guac doesn’t turn brown! (Thanks for the tip, Alysha!)
I’ve served this at a few gatherings now, and I’ve learned one thing: there are guac people, and there are non-guac people. Verdict? The true guac people love Frontera Guacamole Mix – Look for the affordable 4.5 oz. pouch in your local produce department!
*Note to Mr. Bayliss: Now, how about an organic version? Just a thought…
Are you a guac person or a non-guac person? What’s your favorite way to eat guacamole?
My lucky winner, with comment #94, is MamaChocolate! Congrats, and happy oat-making!
You might remember my recent review of Tropical Traditions organic oats.
Well, now Tropical Traditions wants to offer one of my readers the chance to win a bag of their own!
These oats are no longer just a review product for us – they are officially a product we purchase for use in our home. We liked them so much, we’re currently waiting for another bag to arrive!
Why am I so excited about some simple oats? Because they’re anything but. I love the fact that Tropical Traditions thick rolled whole grain oats are not only certified organic, but they’re also thick, dense and chewy, and add a great hearty texture to our overnight oats.
One of the main reasons I love a bowl of morning oats so much is that they are never the same twice. There are so many ways to enjoy them! I’ve even seen people prepare savory oats with ingredients like cheese and eggs! My daily breakfast usually differs based on what’s in season and what I happen to have on hand.
Here are a few of my favorite combinations:
- Banana, chopped dates, cardamom and a drizzle of honey
- Shredded coconut and cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips/shavings
- Artisana Cacao Bliss and fresh black cherries
- Blueberries, almond slivers and lemon zest
- Raisins, dried cranberries, cinnamon and granola (like an oatmeal raisin cookie!)
- Chopped banana and Tierra Farm Chocolate Hazelnut butter (Nutella who!?)
- Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and crumbled graham crackers or granola
- Granola, almond butter and Crofter’s Superfruit spread (hits the spot like a PB&J!)
- 1/2 oats, 1/2 cooked millet with cardamom, coconut milk, toasted coconut and lime zest.
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Sharing this recipe never occurred to me before, mainly because it didn’t really seem like a “recipe.” Three ingredients and simple prep didn’t really seem worth sharing, I guess. But this easy side dish has become a weekly favorite in our house, and I found myself thinking, Isn’t every parent looking for easy, healthy vegetable recipes?
Yes! And this one is totally toddler-friendly.
So, here it is:
Curry-Sprinkled Roasted Cauliflower
- 1 head cauliflower
- curry powder, to taste
- Olive oil, for drizzling
->Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
->Rinse cauliflower and cut into bite-sized pieces. Spray large baking dish or baking sheet with non-stick spray (We use olive oil in a Misto sprayer to avoid using an aerosol can.)
->Arrange cauliflower in a thin layer in pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with curry powder (we tend to be very generous…)
->Toss to coat.
->Roast at 350 degrees approximately 20-25 minutes (stirring occasionally), or until tender and nicely browned.
->Serve. It’s as easy as that! (*Note: Warmer weather is coming! If you’d rather not heat up your oven, try this in a foil packet on the grill!)
We’ve started making this with 2 heads of cauliflower because we all like it so much. The Dada and I like to add a little sea salt to ours, but Little Man digs it just the way it is. Sometimes we even have to take it away from him because he tries to eat it by the fistful!
Tonight’s batch was served with baked sweet potato sticks and a cold cup of coconut water.
I say it every time: A toddler belly full of veggies makes my heart skip a beat! <<sigh>>
We love oats.
I love them, my husband really loves them, and our little man is even starting to love them.
Our favorite way to eat oats is in one of their purest forms: Overnight Oats, like these:
If you’ve never tried them, Kath is a great resource for instructions and recipes. We do ours even more simply, though. Just oats and almond milk, soaked overnight, then topped with whatever we have around. Easy peasy!
When using a recipe where the oats are the star of the show, it’s important to start out with the best ones you can find. Our favorites are the certified organic thick rolled whole grain oats from Tropical Traditions.
(Yup, that Tropical Traditions. The company known for their coconut oil also carries oats, and a ton of other products, from whole grain cereals to deodorant!)
As you can see, TT oats have a great, old-fashioned rolled oat texture.
They hold up to the soaking without getting mushy, and they retain a dense, chewy bite. Plus, they’re organic! Tropical Traditions oats are by far the best quality oats we’ve found.
Breakfast is a hard meal for me, since I don’t eat eggs or sausage (and I reserve bacon for only the fudgiest occasions.) Empty carbs are easy to find in the morning, but eating them for breakfast is the quickest way to ruin my day. So I stick with what works: Add some fresh fruit, nut butter and a few shakes of cinnamon or cardamom to a cup of almond-milky oats, and you’ve got a satisfying, breakfast that beats any Rooty Tooty Fresh n’ Fruity or McHeart Attack sandwich.
I love having a big bag of Tropical Traditions oats around for savory recipes, too. I recently used them in my new favorite recipe: Quinoa Burgers. If you haven’t tried these, please, please do. I promise you – they are FAB (and easy!)
If you haven’t checked out Tropical Traditions yet, stop by their website and see all they have to offer, and make sure you don’t miss their impressive recipe page (it features more recipes than I could hope to make in a lifetime! )
Next up on the ABCGP “to-make” list?
Uh oh! It might be time to order more oats!