Full Belly Sisters: January 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Cinnamon Brie with Honey Drizzle

This Cinnamon Brie with Honey Drizzle is a wonderful way to celebrate #NationalCheeseLoversDay

Do you love cheese? Of course you do, you're not insane. (Full disclosure: my husband and son do not like cheese and are, therefore, insane). Well, today is National Cheese Lovers Day and I intend to celebrate my love of cheese!

And love it I do. You've probably noticed how darn many recipes I post that feature cheese. Packed with calcium and protein—and all that creamy, dreamy flavor—cheese makes me happy at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

And that's why I love going to events at the French Cheese Board (FCB) in New York City. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen some pictures I shared from some various parties there.

The FCB is a studio devoted to all things French cheese. The shop there offers a small, curated selection of cheeses at great prices—and there's always one cheese that's 50% off retail. They announce that promotional item via social media at the beginning of each month, so if you follow them you'll know just what's on sale. This month's featured cheese is: le brie.

That's perfect because I'm featuring a brie recipe today! I first tasted this at a
Président cheeses pop-up shop at the FCB. It's very simple—only three ingredients—but packed with delicious flavor. 

  • 1 wedge of brie (about 10-12 oz)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup honey 
*These ingredient amounts are approximate; feel free to change the ratio to suit your preferences.
Take the cheese out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before you intend to serve it. Place your brie on a cheese board or platter. Sprinkle generously with the cinnamon. You can leave the cinnamon sprinkled loosely, or you can pat it onto the rind of the cheese. Serve with honeyso that guests can drizzle it themselvesand crackers or apple slices.

This Cinnamon Brie with Honey Drizzle offers a wonderful combination of sweet and savory and earthy—especially perfect for entertaining in the winter or fall.

Looking for more recipes inspired by the cheeses of the FCB? Check these out:

Grilled Baked Brie with Shallots, Cranberries & Balsamic

Prasini Salata

What's your favorite kind of cheese?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Crockpot Pralines ‘n’ Cream ‘n’ Protein Oatmeal

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringYourBestBowl #Target #CollectiveBias

This delicious Crockpot Pralines ‘n’ Cream ‘n’ Protein Oatmeal is positively packed with protein, whole grains, and calcium. It keeps me full throughout the morning—so it's a fantastic way to start the day. Plus, because it is cooked in your slow cooker, this creamy oatmeal is seriously easy. Made with Quaker® oats, flax, milk, candied nuts, protein powder, and condensed milk, this simple oatmeal is a wonderful breakfast for the whole family. I was inspired by one of my favorite ice cream flavors—and those flavors make this hearty breakfast tastes like a decadent treat.

Quaker® is now having an awesome Bring Your Best Bowl contest: create your most delicious bowl of oatmeal with two to five extra ingredients (not counting oats and milk or water) for a chance to win $250,000. Not sure about you, but I could use 250,000 bucks! 

I decided to create a bowl of oatmeal that was comforting, hearty, and packed with flavor despite having just a handful of ingredients. My Crockpot Pralines ‘n’ Cream ‘n’ Protein Oatmeal fits the bill, I promise.

I love to make food that is delicious but EASY. That's why I decided to cook this oatmeal in my Crockpot. Now, if you've ever made oatmeal in your slow cooker, you may have been traumatized by the amount of oatmeal that got shellacked to the sides of your bowl. It's like cement and it's a real pain to try to clean. However, if you use my water bath method, you'll have a ridiculously simple clean-up.

makes 4 servings
  • 1 1/2 cups Quaker® old-fashioned oats (not instant or quick oats!)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed meal 
  • 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 cup praline pecans (or other glazed/candied nut)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Find a cook-safe bowl that fits easily inside the bowl of your crockpot. I used a medium-sized metal mixing bowl; a stoneware bowl or baking pan would work great, too. Grease this bowl well. Then add the oats, milk, salt, flax, and protein powder. Stir all the ingredients together. 

Pour about 3 cups of water into the bottom of your Crockpot. Place your bowl of ingredients in your slow cooker, into the water—you're basically using your bowl as an insert to your Crockpot, like a double-boiler. Cover and set on low for six to eight hours.

NOTE: My slow cooker automatically switches to "warm" when the time is up; so, if I'm making this overnight, even if I'm still sleeping, the oatmeal will be warm and ready when we wake up. I actually like to set mine to six hours and then let it sit warm for a couple hours after that.

When it's done cooking you'll have a lovely, creamy baked oatmeal. If you've never had baked oatmeal, it's less a porridge consistency and more like a bread pudding. Best of all, there is very little clean up! Look how clean that bowl is that we inserted into the slow cooker. 

Scoop your oatmeal into four serving bowls. Top with the pralines and a generous drizzle of sweetened, condensed milk. Lightly sweet, with a lovely balance of creamy oatmeal and crunchy nuts, this Crockpot Pralines ‘n’ Cream ‘n’ Protein Oatmeal is a wonderful, warm way to kick off your day!

No slow cooker? Just cook your oatmeal with the protein powder in milk on your stovetop, then stir in the flaxseed, nuts, and condensed milk once it's done.

Are you inspired now to Bring Your Best Bowl to the amazing Quaker® contest for a chance to win $250,000?

Just head over to your local Target and look for the
Quaker® section at the end of an aisle in the grocery section. You'll find specially-marked canisters of Quaker® old-fashioned oats, as well as some other ingredients that might inspire your own creation. Things like nuts, vanilla, dried fruit—Target has a fantastic variety of yummy ingredients to choose from!

The Bring Your Best Bowl contest starts in January and ends in March 2016; the winner will be announced in November 2016. Check out the contest rules and then start creating your own delicious bowl of oatmeal. Good luck!

For more inspiration—and to enter to win $250,000—head over to BringYourBestBowl.com now. What are your favorite ingredients to add to oatmeal?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Crockpot Garlic Lime Salsa Meatball Tacos

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KickUpTheFlavor #CollectiveBias

Crockpot Garlic Lime Salsa Meatball Tacos are a simple, tasty, and fun way to feed a crowd when you're having friends over to watch the Big Game. By simmering the meatballs in zesty Pace® Medium Picante Sauce, you can really kick up the flavor of this easy, crowd-pleasing dish.

I love using slow cookers for entertaining. They allow you to actually get out of the kitchen and enjoy your guests' company! And for something like a Sunday football party—when you might have people hanging out at your place all day long—a Crockpot keeps everything warm and handy. Just set up a taco bar with a variety of toppings and let your guests help themselves whenever they get hungry. Best of all, you can sit back, relax, and cheer for your favorite team!

These distinctive, bite-sized meatballs are a fun twist on the usual taco meat. The beef is packed with savory garlic, lime zest, and crushed tortilla chips (instead of the typical breadcrumbs). All these ingredients match wonderfully with the genuine southwest flavor of the Pace® Picante Sauce. 

  • 1 1/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup tortilla chip crumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • zest of one lime
  • salt
  • 24-ounce jar of Pace® Medium Picante Sauce

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Grease your slow cooker with some extra virgin olive oil.

In a large bowl, add the beef, egg, tortilla chip crumbs, garlic, lime zest, and a few good pinches of salt. Mix to combine—but don't overwork the meat. Shape mixture into 1-inch (about teaspoon-sized) balls; I ended up with about 45 of these small meatballs. Place them on the baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.

Pour some of the Pace® Picante Sauce into the bottom of your slow cooker—just enough to cover the bottom. Then add the meatballs and top with the rest of the jar of picante. Cook on low for three hours, until the meatballs are cooked all the way through and tender. What I love about these bite-sized meatballs is that you can simmer them hot during your football party, while you hang out with your guests. Or you can make them hours in advance and just keep them warm in the slow cooker.

For my taco bar, I served warmed tortillas, chopped romaine lettuce, diced avocados, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, minced red onions, fresh lime wedges, and sour cream with chopped scallions. Make sure you squeeze some lime juice on the avocado so it doesn't brown! I also put out some hot Pace® Picante Sauce, for guests that want extra spicy tacos (I just love that this yummy sauce works great as both an ingredient and a condiment). Some other ideas you could offer at your taco bar: diced tomatoes, sliced olives, rice and beans, and chopped jalapenos. Just set out your family's favorite taco toppings and everyone will be happy!

With its blended tomatoes and chunks of onions and jalapenos, Pace® Picante Sauce kicks up the flavor of these Crockpot Garlic Lime Salsa Meatball Tacos. Keeping a jar in your pantry means you always have a tasty and versatile ingredient at hand. I found the Pace® Picante Sauce in the Hispanic Foods aisle at my local Walmart. Best of all, you can find lots of great toppings for your taco bar there! Who doesn't love one-stop shopping?

For lots of fun ways to kick up the flavor in your football season food, check out more delicious Pace® recipes at Walmart.com

What are your family's favorite taco toppings?

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Easy Lemon Feta Greek Yogurt Dip

This flavor-packed Easy Lemon Feta Greek Yogurt Dip is tangy, creamy, and takes just a few minutes—and a few ingredients—to make. It's also a great source of protein and calcium, so you can feel good about dipping away!

My Easy Lemon Feta Greek Yogurt Dip was inspired by a couple of foodie events I attended: a National Kale Day tasting and a Président cheese celebration at the French Cheese Board in New York City. At the kale event, I got to try these new Simply7 kale chips: they're sort of a hybrid kale/potato chip and they are yummy! They're also gluten-free, non-GMO, and a great source of Vitamin K. Simply7 sent me some samples and my favorite flavor was the Lemon Olive Oil, so I wanted to create a healthy recipe that would pair well with them. 

As for Président, I love all their cheeses but their block of feta (not the crumbles) is one of my favorites—it's very creamy and bright. I knew it would make a great base for this lemony dip!

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 6 ounces feta cheese
  • zest of one lemon, a pinch of zest reserved for garnish
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • extra virgin olive oil, for serving

Place the garlic in the bowl of your food processor and pulse a couple of times, until the garlic is minced. Then add the feta, lemon zest, lemon juice, and Greek yogurt. Process until everything is fully combined and smooth. Taste. If it's too salty, add a bit more yogurt or lemon juice.

Spoon into a serving bowl and top with a pinch of red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

This dip is packed with calcium and protein. Whether you enjoy it with the kale chips or some raw veggies—or spooned onto a hot, baked potato (YUM)—it's a nutritious and filling snack. 

For more healthy dip ideas, check out some of our other recipes:

Charred Onion Dip with Steamed Potatoes for dipping

Herbed Goat Cheese Yogurt Dip w. Caramelized Onions 

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