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Friday, July 15, 2016

Almond Joy Protein Shake

Chocolate, coconut, and almond in an easy smoothie! This healthy almond joy protein shake is fantastic for portable energy.

Somehow, summer seems even busier than the school year. Running around to camps, playdates, afternoons with buddies at the town pool, sports. I don't know. It always seems like we're going to have all this down time but then we end up hauling from one (admittedly fun) commitment to another. Between the busy schedule and the hot weather, smoothies really come in handy: they're packed with filling protein and they're super refreshing. Plus, you can whip 'em up fast!

I usually make shakes in my blender. But sometimes there's not even much time to do that! That's where the new Thermos® #ShakerBottle comes in quite handy. The 24-ounce bottle is leak-proof, BPA-free, and has an integrated mixer—kind of a whisk—that helps blend your ingredients and ensures you don't get clumps of protein powder in your shake. Thermos® is having a giveaway for these cool bottles: go here to enter!

  • 1/2 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter (or almond flour)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • ice (optional)
  • coconut, sliced almonds, chocolate for garnish (optional)
Pour the milks into the Thermos® #ShakerBottle. The bottle has capacity markings, which is great when you're pouring in your ingredients—no need to use separate measuring cups. 

Add the shredded coconut and almond butter. Then add the protein powder. (When you are adding all of the ingredients to the shaker bottle, be sure to add the protein powder last. This ensures that the integrated mixer will blend it all in smoothly.) Place the integrated mixer in the shaker bottle and screw on the bottle top. Shake for about 30 seconds, or until the ingredients are blended together. Add crushed ice, if you'd like. Drink up!

If you prefer to make this smoothie in your blender, try blending it with about a cup of ice, until frothy. Cool and creamy! 

Then just pour it into your Thermos® #ShakerBottle and take it with you: the bottle is perfectly portable, with a locking, push-button lid to protect it from spilling. The shaker bottle is also super easy to take apart and clean in the dishwasher. I love that there is no impossible-to-effectively-clean straw. And the bottle fits into my car's cup-holder!

My almond joy protein shake, heading out the door with me.

Wouldn't you love one of these shaker bottles? Thermos® brand is offering you a chance to win a Genuine Thermos® Brand Shaker Bottle through a sweepstakes hosted on the Thermos® brand Facebook page. Head on over and enter to win now!

You can find also Thermos® brand on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Natural Baby Food: Cauliflower Breadsticks

These easy Cauliflower Breadsticks from the book Natural Baby Food are the perfect, healthy finger food for your baby—or for you!

Dr. Sonali Ruder—physician, chef, and blogger at The Foodie Physician—is back with yet another great book! I previously shared Sonali's delicious Sesame Roasted Broccoli from her earlier book, Natural Pregnancy Cookbook. Well, this time, she's got the fantastic Natural Baby Food: Over 150 Wholesome, Nutritious Recipes for your Baby and Toddler. It's all about giving your baby a great start to good health by planning a healthy diet.

And it's not difficult to give your baby the best food possible. Sonali offers loads of beautiful and simple-to-prepare purees, from "Pretty in Pink Raspberry Pear Puree" to "Turkey and Taters!"

In the interest of full disclosure, I should note that I didn't give my son any purees; we went the Baby-Led Weaning route and really loved it. Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) skips the spoon-feeding and goes straight to self-feeding finger foods. The great thing about Natural Baby Food is that it also includes a great variety of recipes for finger foods for babies and toddlers—so it's a great reference book, even if you do BLW.

I don't have a toddler at home anymore but I do still love healthy finger foods! I decided to make the book's Cauliflower Cheesy Bread. It's an easy recipe, and packed with antioxidants and an array of nutrients. Plus, it's gluten-free, grain-free, and low-carb—perfect for many who follow special diets.


  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 egg (or 2 egg whites)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, divided*
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Marinara sauce for serving (optional)
*I used shredded Locatelli Pecorino Romano

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove the outer leaves and cut it into florets. Place them in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is finely chopped and looks like rice.

Transfer the cauliflower to a microwave-safe dish or bowl.  Cover and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes.  Alternatively, you can steam the cauliflower in a steamer basket or bake it in the oven at 375 for 20 minutes.  

When the cauliflower is cool, transfer it to a bowl lined with a kitchen towel or cheesecloth.  Bring the ends of the cloth together and squeeze as much liquid out of the cauliflower as you can.  I got about ½ cup liquid.  

Transfer the cauliflower to a mixing bowl and add the egg, Italian seasoning, ½ cup cheese, ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.  Mix to combine.

Transfer the mixture to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Form the dough into a rectangle about 8 x 12 inches and ¼-inch thick. 

Bake in the oven 15-20 minutes until cooked.  Remove the baking sheet and sprinkle the remaining ½ cup cheese over the top.  Bake another 5 minutes until cheese is melted. 

Let cool a little bit and then cut cheesy bread into breadsticks.  Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.   

To order your own copy of Natural Baby Food, click here.
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For more kid-friendly cauliflower recipes, check out my Cauliflower Fried Rice:

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks Parmigiana:

Cauliflower Popcorn:

I received a copy of Natural Baby Food for review and was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Greek Marinade with Yogurt #FreakyFriday

This simple and delicious Greek Marinade with Yogurt features classic Mediterranean ingredients like olive oil, lemon, and oregano, as well as tangy yogurt. It's perfect when you're grilling meats for easy, summertime dinners.

My blogger buddy—Michaela, from the wonderful An Affair from the Heart—has been organizing these Freaky Friday recipe swaps for a bunch of bloggers. We are each assigned someone else's blog and we select a recipe to try and then share. 

It's a big secret who is assigned to which blog...Until now! I am thrilled to announce that I got Aunt Bee's Recipes! It's a blog I follow and really enjoy. Brandi is the brains behind the recipes: she's a self-taught cook, a cookbook collector, and a stay-at-home mom. 

I've actually already shared my Italian Stuffed Pepper Soup, a recipe inspired by Brandi's own Stuffed Pepper Soup (it's delish, by the way). So, I wanted to try a different recipe this time. Her recent Southwest Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette looks like a fantastic summer dish, light yet hearty. The Brown Sugar and Lemon Chicken Breast also looks delicious and easy (always a bonus!). But since it's summer and I'm super into grilling right now, I opted to try her Greek Marinade for Chicken, Steak, and Pork.

One thing you'll notice is that there's no salt in this marinade. I've never done a chicken marinade without salt, but I followed Brandi's advice and gave it a shot. It came out juicy and delicious! My recipe is just very slightly adapted from the one on Aunt Bee's Recipes; the one major change is that I replaced half of the oil with plain yogurt. I absolutely love the way that tangy yogurt works to tenderize chicken, so I pretty much always use it when I'm marinating.

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • freshly-ground black pepper
  • fresh parsley and chives, chopped (optional)
  • additional 1/2 lemon

Combine ingredients (except fresh parsley and chives and the 1/2 lemon) in a large, Ziploc-style freezer bag. Add your meat—I used skinless, boneless chicken thighs—and place bag in a large bowl in the refrigerator. Marinate at least a few hours or overnight.

Grill your meat; I like to grill a 1/2 lemon alongside the meat. Once your meat is cooked, squeeze the fresh juice over everything and season to taste with salt. Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley and chives over the top. Dig in and enjoy! 

I served this wonderful Greek-marinated chicken with my Greek Prasini Salad

It was an absolutely perfect summer meal to enjoy out on the deck. And I'm so grateful to Brandi and Aunt Bee's Recipes for the wonderful recipe!

Make sure you check out all the fantastic bloggers participating in Freaky Friday: An Affair from the Heart * A Dish of Daily Life * Aunt Bee’s Recipes * The Devilish Dish * Full Belly Sisters * Cooking on a Budget * A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures * LeMoine Family Kitchen * Lisa's Dinnertime Dish * Tampa Cake Girl * Platter Talk * Take Two Tapas * Who Needs a Cape? * Big Rigs ‘n lil Cookies * Pic Nic   

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Smoothie

This delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Cinnamon Smoothie is dairy-free and packed with nutrients—but as rich and creamy as a milkshake!

I recently got to check out Degustabox, a surprise subscription food box company based in Barcelona. They're already going strong in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and the UK—and they've just launched in the United States. I feel so lucky that I was selected to receive my very own box of goodies! 

I was excited to find a fun variety of yummy foods inside my Degustabox. It ranged from healthy staples and snacks (like Vita Coco Coconut Oil and Orchard Valley nuts) to treats (Haribo gummies and Wise Popcorn) to items I'd never even heard of before (Topo Chico mineral water!). What a great box to receive!

I decided that the Jif Cinnamon Peanut Butter and the Elmhurst Harvest Chocolate Almond Milk would be absolutely perfect for a post-workout smoothie. Combined with a frozen banana, these ingredients would create a delicious, rich, healthy drink. And it takes just a few minutes to throw together!


  • 3/4 cup Elmhurst Harvest chocolate almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoons Jif Cinnamon Peanut Butter
  • pinch of cinnamon 
  • handful of ice cubes
  • 1 scoop of your favorite chocolate protein powder (optional; I used Kura, which I love but it's not dairy-free for those of you looking for a vegan smoothie) 

Add all ingredients to high-speed blender. Blend until smooth, thick, and frothy.

This smoothie is packed with protein and potassium—perfect for after a workout! I had it when I got home from an eight-mile hike; the smoothie was delicious, filling, and refreshing.

If you're interested in trying Degustabox, check out their website or follow them on Instagram.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixer Giveaway!

Who wants a chance to win a KitchenAid Mixer? I do, I do! I'm guessing you do, too...so enter this giveaway to win NOW!
 KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixer Giveaway
Full Belly Sisters, My Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Life, and a great group of bloggers have joined together to bring you this “Summer Dream KitchenAid Artisan Giveaway”!  This KitchenAid Giveaway is a Blogger Sponsored Event which means the bloggers, who you find on the Rafflecopter for entry options, have donated money to help pay for this 5 qt KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer! One lucky reader will be the lucky winner of a 5 qt KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer!

This giveaway begins June 1, 2016 at 12:00 AM Eastern Time and ends June 22, 2016 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. This giveaway is open WorldWide.** 

** Prize is available in the United States only. Cash equivalent of $250 via PayPal will be awarded if the winner is outside of the United States. 

The giveaway prize will be a KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixer and they vary in price. The exact model will be determined based on the current availability at giveaway end. Some examples of KitchenAid Artisan 5-Qt. Stand Mixers are: KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5 Quarts, Empire Red KitchenAid KSM105GBCER 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Glass Bowl and Flex Edge Beater – Empire Red 

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