Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Breakfast or Dessert?

Thank you Tracey Bartolomey and Tastefully Simple for today’s recipe…

Nothing beats a hot breakfast. But if, like me, you’re not a morning person, the opportunity for a few more zzzzs usually trumps getting up a little earlier to cook. In my world, “hot breakfast” = toast. Once in a while, though, there’s an occasion special enough for me to make the first meal of the day something more than a quick grab ‘n go. 

ingredients

  • 1 package Absolutely Almond Pound Cake Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups half & half
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup, fruit syrup, whipped cream, optional

directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare Absolutely Almond Pound Cake according to package directions using water and butter. Allow to cool fully and cut into roughly 1-inch cubes.
  2. In a greased 8×8 baking dish, layer ¾ of cake cubes, cream cheese cubes, blueberries and remaining cake cubes.
  3. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, half & half, cinnamon and vanilla; pour mixture evenly over baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate 4 hours or up to overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove cover and continue baking 30-35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool 5 minutes; cut into slices and serve with maple or fruit syrup and whipped cream, if desired.

Absolutely Almond Blueberry French Toast Bake blog post | Tastefully Simple

Tips & Hints

  • Prefer a slightly more traditional French toast recipe? Try using Bountiful Beer Bread® cubes instead of pound cake. This Overnight French Toast Bake is a sweet and savory option.
  • Try using Sunny Lemon Pound Cake & Icing Mix to add a light, citrus flavor.
  • Sprinkle toasted almond slices over the top before baking to add a nutty crunch.
  • Double-duty it as dessert! Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Visit Tracey’s Tastefully Simple Facebook Group for more tips, hints and recipes.

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Tasty Tuesday – Homemade Hamburger Helper

I know in all of the excitement of kids getting ready for trick or treating, a healthy meal is far from your mind.  Hopefully, they have their BOO bags ready for the “big haul” of candy. 

Here is a quick and easy dinner everyone in the family will love courtesy of Tracey from Tastefully Simple:

In a medium pot on medium low heat:

1 tbsp Tastefully Simple avocado oil
2 tbsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1lb ground beef (or ground turkey)

Cook until meat is no longer pink.

Add following to pot and stir:

3 tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp Tastefully Simple onion onion
1 tsp Tastefully Simple garlic garlic
1 tsp Tastefully Simple seasoned salt
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp wahoo chili seasoning
2 tbsp all purpose flour

Add following and bring to a boil

1 3/4 -2 cups beef broth
2 cups milk (I use almond milk)
2 cups small pasta (I switch to gluten free pasta)

Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer approx 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese, stir until melted.

Want some more yummy recipes?  Check out Tracey’s Tastefully Simple website at: https://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/tbartolomey

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Tasty Tuesday: Mexican Pizza Fix

Thank you Hungry Girl for another YUMMY recipe.  I will be honest, I am not a huge fan of portabella mushrooms maybe because I never had the right recipe or didn’t really know how to cook them.  This recipe has changed my mind!

1/2 of recipe (1 pizza-bella): 140 calories, 5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 379mg sodium, 11g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, 15g protein.  SmartPoints® value 3*

Prep: 10 minutes    Cook: 20 minutes     MAKES 2 SERVINGS

Ingredients:

2 large portabella mushroom caps (stems removed)
1/4 cup canned crushed tomatoes
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. ground cumin
1/8 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican-blend cheese
1 1/2 oz. cooked and finely chopped skinless chicken breast.  (Magic Chicken, anyone?)
1 tbsp. finely chopped bell pepper
1 tbsp. finely chopped onion
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with nonstick spray.
  • Place mushroom caps on center of the foil, rounded sides down.
  • Place another large piece of foil over the mushrooms. Fold together and seal all four edges of the two foil pieces, forming a well-sealed packet. Bake until slightly tender, about 12 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir tomatoes with seasonings.
  • Cut packet to release steam before opening entirely. Remove foil, and carefully drain excess liquid from the baking sheet. Thoroughly blot excess moisture from mushroom caps.
  • Evenly top with seasoned tomatoes, cheese, chicken, and veggies.
  • Bake until mushrooms are tender and cheese has melted, about 8 minutes.
  • Top with cilantro.

Do you have a favorite recipe using portabella mushrooms?  Share it with us.

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Saturday Spotlight: Tastefully Simple

Today’s spotlight is on a company whose products I use ALOT!  Tastefully Simple offers amazing products and meal / entertaining solutions which are simple and delicious. Matter of fact most products require 2 ingredients or less to make them. They also have a huge variety of TS Eatwell products containing nothing artificial. Say hello to Lisa!

My name is Lisa Maglione and I am a Team leader with Tastefully Simple. Over the past 2 years, Tastefully Simple has provided me with many amazing opportunities.  I am a Law Enforcement Wife and have two beautiful children Anthony 4 and Brianna 2. My son has Autism and Tastefully Simple has made it possible to pay for many of the expenses we have. I am am so grateful I can work around my husband and children’s crazy schedules. Lastly, I am beyond grateful for the friendships and relationships I have with my fellow team members and customers. I love helping them make their dreams a reality and filling all of my customers needs and wants through our products.

Here are some personal favorites:

Seasoned Salt– my favorite way to eat cucumbers. I mean let’s be honest, cucumbers don’t have much taste. The seasoned salt gives them a little ZIP with just a taste of salt. I hear it is AWESOME on popcorn too but I haven’t tried it yet. I should say, I tried to sprinkle it on but since I use “no butter” microwave popcorn, there is no way for it to stick. I am think I might try microwaving my own popcorn and sprinkle some on BEFORE it pops. Could be interesting.

Onion Onion is the BEST way to add the onion flavor to a recipe WITHOUT the mess of chopping and crying. I use it is my meatloaf ALL of the time. I use it in chili and in my tuna salad. Who would love added onions to recipes without all of the chopping and burning in eyes.

Fiesta Party Seasoning is my quick solution to a lack of salsa in the house because I always seem to have diced tomatoes around. So instead of mixing the fiesta party dip with mayo and sour cream, I use a little in the diced tomatoes for salsa in a minute. I tend to make it too spicy for hubby but I love it! I can also use it as salad dressing to change it up a little bit. Of course the Simply Salsa makes a better salsa.

Corn & Black Bean Salsa is my all time favorite. I could sit and eat the whole jar with some chips or on a salad. I have even mixed some with quinoa and added some veggies for a light dinner.

 I was introduced to Magic Chicken which is AMAZING!  Here is the recipe:

ingredients
4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs or any combination of the two
2 cups water or chicken broth
4 tablespoons Onion Onion™ Seasoning
2 teaspoons Garlic Garlic™ Seasoning
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (optional)

directions

  • Place the chicken in your slow cooker; add remaining ingredients.
  • Cook on LOW 5-7 hours, until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165°F on an instant-read food thermometer and shreds easily.
  • Shred the chicken. Package in 1 quart freezer bags, about 2 cups of chicken per pack.
  • Makes about 8 cups.

Serving Suggestion: Use prepared chicken for casseroles, stir in any of our sauces for a pulled-chicken sandwich, top salads, add taco seasoning for chicken tacos, the ideas are endless.

I made this with just one pound of chicken breasts and wish I had of made a larger amount.  The chicken was tender – melt in your mouth.  I froze what was left with some barbecue sauce for hubby to have for dinner.  Quick and easy with some quinoa and fresh string beans.

Lisa can help you with all of your Tastefully Simple needs.  Want to try some yummy products and have a fun night out?  Join us for Christmas in July BINGO on July 13th

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Saturday Spotlight: Younique

Today’s Spotlight is on Rose Castro from Younique.  I met Rose several years ago and we hit it off from the start.  I will be honest, I am not a fan of their famous 3D mascara but I’m not a fan of any mascara BUT I do love the other products I have used.  My favorite is the Beachfront Bronzer.

Here is what Rose has to say about her journey with Younique:

What started out as a love for makeup turned into so much more after I joined Younique in November 2013. The 3D mascara got me hooked. I love our makeup and as we grow the products keep getting better and better. But it’s not just about the makeup and mascara. The friendships and customer relationships I’ve built are important to me. My earned trip to the Elite status retreat in Utah was life changing. Getting to meet Melanie and Derek (the owners) and having dinner at Derek’s house with his wife and children….just like family. I learned so much about the company and what it stands for in that weekend.

Younique’s was started in 2012 by a brother and sister team with their mission of Uplifting, Empowering & Validating women. Younique has a foundation that helps sexually abused women. Every Younique order placed has the option of donating to the foundation by rounding up your order to the $.

What I love about Younique?? It’s not just quality cosmetics….it’s a family.

Be sure to “like” Rose’s Business Page and check out her website for more awesome products.

Once you have shopped with Rose, you will need a place to store all of your new products so you have easy access…. Why not try Thirty One’s Glamour Case? Organize cosmetics and toiletries in style with our amazing Glamour Case. It has roomy compartments to fit everything from lip gloss or a compact to full-size bottles. 4″ H x 9″ L x 5 1/4″ D

You can check out all of her AWESOME products at our upcoming BINGO event:

What is your favorite Younique products?

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