Monday’s Bento Box Idea

By Summer

Tune in each Monday for a brand new Bento Box Idea.

These bento box ideas submitted by Summer are intended to inspire you to find fun ways to get your kids to eat healthy either as a school lunch or a power snack for a sport.

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Top left clockwise to bottom left: leftover take-out cheese pizza, rib of celery sliced with peanut butter, fresh mango chunks, leftover pork chop cut into nugget sized pieces

Open-faced Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Open-faced Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Sandwich

Today Tony Roma’s Ribs is sharing a delicious sandwich recipe:

Open-faced Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese Sandwich

Recipe courtesy Tony Roma’s Ribs.

Ingredients:

8 slices Texas Toast
4 cups prepared macaroni and cheese, warmed
2 large onions, thinly sliced
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
8 slices gouda cheese
8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
1 pkg. (2 cups) Tony Roma’s BBQ Pulled Pork
1 cup barbecue sauce

Directions:

1. Preheat grill to medium-high, about 400°-450°F, and lightly oil the grate.
2. Place sliced onions into a 6-inch square piece of tin foil, drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste. Close foil around onion slices.
3. Set foil packets on lower rack of a gas grill or directly on top of hot coals on a charcoal grill. Cook for 30-35 minutes. While waiting for the onions to caramelize, heat Tony Roma’s Pulled Pork as per package instructions.
4. Butter both sides of each slice of toast. Layer each with one slice of cheddar cheese, ¼ cup macaroni and cheese, ¼ cup pulled pork, ¼ cup caramelized onions, and one slice of Gouda cheese.
5. Working in batches of four, cook the sandwiches until the cheese melts and the bread is golden, about 5 minutes.
6. Drizzle with barbeque sauce and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

Recipe: Fire Roasted Tomato Bruschetta With Baby Back Ribs

Fire Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Baby Back Ribs

Looking for a delicious and hearty meal? Tony Roma’s Ribs has you covered!

Fire Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Baby Back Ribs

Recipe courtesy Tony Roma’s Ribs.

Ingredients:

• 8 slices rustic bread, cut about 1 inch thick
• 4 ripe plump plum tomatoes
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
• 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
• 2 tbsp. aged balsamic vinegar
• 1 tsp. Kosher salt
• 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
• 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shaved
• 1 pkg. (16 oz.) Tony Roma’s Baby Back Pork Ribs

Directions:

1. Preheat grill to medium-high, about 400°-450°F, and lightly oil the grate.
2. Cut the plum tomatoes in half and place halves cut side down onto the hot grill. Grill tomatoes for 1-2 minutes, until the lightly charred.
3. Coarsely chop tomatoes and place in a medium sized bowl.
4. Season to taste with a dash of salt and pepper. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. olive oil. Mix and set aside.
5. Heat Tony Roma’s Baby Back Pork Ribs as per package instructions.
6. Toast the rustic bread on both sides until golden brown and crispy, set aside keeping warm.
7. Take a clove of garlic and rub it all over one side of the bread, repeat with remaining bread.
8. Add freshly chopped basil to the charred tomato mixture. Do this right before serving.
9. Spoon the Tony Roma’s Baby Back Pork Ribs onto grilled garlic bread followed by the bruschetta mixture, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with shaved parmesan cheese.

Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 30 min
Yield: 8 servings

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes Recipe & A Strawberry Shortcake Giveaway #AD

We are so excited to finally be able to announce that we are partners with Strawberry Shortcake. We will be brining you monthly updates on all things Strawberry and this month although almost over is Strawberry month. STRAWBERRIES are in season at the grocery stores and that makes them an amazing price. We’re going to be headed to the market today so we can stock up on more strawberries.SSC_BrandAmbassadorBadge_sm

We’re making Strawberry Layered Angle Cakes and Strawberry cream cheese crepes this afternoon. In this post we’re going to share with you the Strawberry Crepes Recipe. Later we’ll share our other recipe. And we might even make Strawberry donuts which is a recipe card that will be included in the giveaway below!

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As a little girl, my room was decorated in Strawberry Shortcake. I loved her so much. I had coloring books and I watched her cartoon. I had a doll and a few different play sets. Now as an adult it’s really fun to pass all that fun along to my daughter.

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As you know, Strawberry Shortcake is the little red-haired girl with the big personality. She lives in Berry Bitty City with her dog, Pupcake, her cat, Custard, and her friends, Orange Blossom, Lemon Meringue and Blueberry Muffin, to name a few. Every week they have fun-filled adventures on the Discovery Family Channel where they deliver positive messages of friendship, self-esteem and honesty. With their motto, “Anything is Possible,” they inspire young girls to follow their dreams and pursue their career endeavors. Speaking of careers, Strawberry and her friends are all entrepreneurs: Strawberry, for example, runs a bakery, Orange Blossom owns a grocery store, and Lemon Meringue has a beauty salon. It’s girl power all the way!

 

We’re giving away:

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· A classic Strawberry Shortcake doll: This is a special-edition reproduction of the original doll from 1980 that includes all the original details from her hat to her shoes – including her berry sweet strawberry scent.

· Strawberry Shortcake cake decorations: the perfect topping for your donut recipe! These decorations include pink edible sprinkles and a pink premium candy color to dye your frosting or whipped cream from Decopac. DecoPac is the world’s largest supplier of cake decorations to professional cake decorators and bakeries in the world.

· Strawberry’s brand-new comic book: Strawberry and her friends celebrate “A Berry Big Anniversary” in this all-new and original comic adventure.

· Strawberry Shortcake movie: Take Strawberry’s adventures to another level of fun with an all-new digital movie.

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But first here is our recipe:

Strawberry Cream Cheese Crepes

1 package of pre-made crepes

1 pint of strawberries diced (or as many as you want)

1 Tablespoon cream cheese (per crepe)

1 Tablespoon strawberry jam

additional fruit

Whipped cream to top

 

Directions:

Place your crepe flat on a plate

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Add the cream cheese

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Then spread some jam

Add the strawberries

Add other berries

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Fold the crepe

Top with whip cream and more strawberries

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To Enter:

Tell me your favorite strawberry recipe

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Pinnacle Pool Party Punch Recipe

Pinnacle Pool Party Punch
Sample provided.

Having a pool party this weekend? Pinnacle Vodka have the perfect punch recipe!

Pinnacle Pool Party Punch

Recipe courtesy Pinnacle Vodka.

Ingredients:

1 part Pinnacle® Original Vodka
2 parts Lemonade
Splash of DeKuyper Blue Curacao

Directions:

Mix ingredients and serve over ice.

Pinnacle Raspberry Lemonade Recipe

Pinnacle Raspberry Lemonade
Sample provided.

Pinnacle Vodka are sharing a light, refreshing cocktail perfect for warm weather:

Pinnacle Raspberry Lemonade

Recipe courtesy Pinnacle Vodka.

Ingredients:

1 parts Pinnacle Raspberry Vodka
2 parts Lemonade

Directions:

Mix ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel or raspberries.

Recipe: Twice as Tasty Cookies

Twice as Tasty Cookies

This is a partnered post.

I love to get creative in the kitchen and come up with new recipes and ideas. That’s why I’m excited about the Inspired By Voortman contest, which is challenging entrants to come up with a creation made from Voortman Wafer Cookies. I’ve always wanted to enter a baking contest, so I put on my thinking cap and came up with a cookie recipe that is doubly delicious – and had my family dipping their hands back in the cookie jar for seconds!

Cookies and milk

The soft cookie base is topped with a wafer square, and is easily adaptable for three different flavors. Easy to make and requiring few ingredients, this would be perfect to make for a party as it yields just under four dozen cookies. When I try a new recipe for the first time, I judge its success by how quickly it disappears – and once I saw Jai returning to the kitchen multiple times for more cookie helpings, I knew this was a winner!

Cherry Berry Cookies

Twice as Tasty Cookies

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book – 1963 Edition

Vanilla Cookies

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a stand mixer bowl. Mix on low for 1:07, then pause and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Continue mixing on medium for an additional 15 seconds, or until dough is thoroughly mixed.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet by either covering it with a COOKINA sheet or foil, OR spray the tray with PAM cooking spray.

Roll the cookie dough into balls, roughly 1 to 1 1/4″ large. Pour confectioner’s sugar into a medium sized bowl, and roll each dough ball in the sugar to coat generously. Place each cookie ball on the sheet, leaving 2 to 3″ between each cookie.

Dip the end of a glass into the confectioner’s sugar and gently flatten out each cookie.

Next, place the Voortman Wafer Cookies onto a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut each wafer into four sections. Tip: The lines on the wafer cookies can be used as guides to cut a straight line on each. Press one wafer section onto each cookie.

Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until done. Makes around four dozen cookies.

Twice as Tasty Vanilla Cookie

Variations:

These tasty variations are a perfect compliment to the original cookie. Make as directed above, and simply add the desired extra ingredient and a slightly longer mixing time.

Chocolate Cookies:

Chocolate Cookies

For chocolate cookies, add 1/4 C Unsweetened Hershey’s Cocoa.

Cherry Berry Cookies:

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For cherry berry cookies, add 1/4 C diced maraschino cherries, 1 tsp. of juice from the maraschino cherry jar, and 10 drops of red food coloring.

How to Enter The Inspired By Voortman Contest:

Inspired By Voortman Contest

What would you make with Voortman Wafers? Your bright idea might just win you $2,500 in the Inspired By Voortman Contest! And you don’t have to be a chef to enter: Your wafer creation could either be a recipe, or a fun wafer art creation. So you could make a cookie house with your kids, or whip up your own baked goodies like I did: The choice is yours! The contest is open to residents of the US (Excluding CO, MD, NE, ND, AZ, and PR) and Canada (Excluding Quebec).

You can check out the wafer creations gallery for a few examples to get those creative juices flowing. The contest runs through June 13th at 12 PM EDT and you can enter once per day, so get in the kitchen and have some fun – and if you enter, let me know, because I would love to check out your creation!

Twice as Tasty Cookies

Do you like to get creative in the kitchen? What would you make for this contest?

Meal Planning is a Snap With Meals in a Jar

Meals

Samples provided for review

Real talk: living with a chronic illness, most of the time I am too exhausted to eat healthy. However, dinner consisting of a spoonful of peanut butter and a bag of microwave popcorn – while convenient – do not leave one feeling great, either physically or emotionally.

Enter 150 Meals in a Jar. These recipes are aesthetically pleasing – like looking into a swirling kaleidoscope of color and texture – as well as easy to make, eat, and clean. It’s much easier to prep a suite of food for the week, if you have meals that are easy to multiply and interesting enough to be eaten several days in a row.

Below is a sample recipe for 3 Tomato Pasta Salad with Pesto. It’s easy enough to make when you have no energy, but tasty enough to be something you’ll want to eat again tomorrow. Buy 150 Meals in a Jar online, through the Robert Rose catalog!

Three Tomato Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

4 cups salted water 1 L
1⁄2 cup dried penne pasta 125 mL
2 tbsp pesto 30 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced red cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced orange cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced yellow cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup microgreens (see Tips) 125 mL
1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 60 mL

Directions:

Prep 1-quart (1 L) jar
In a medium pot, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and boil, stirring occasionally, for 9 minutes or until firm to the bite. Drain, transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.
Add pesto to the cooled pasta and toss to coat.
Layer pasta mixture, red tomatoes, orange tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, microgreens and Parmesan in jar. Seal jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
When ready to serve, turn jar upside down in a bowl. Makes 1 serving.

Monday’s Bento Box Idea

By Summer

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Top left clockwise to bottom left: whole grain brown rice cake, raw carrots, leftover rotisserie chicken pieced chunks, simply go gurt tube, 1/2 honeycrisp apple sliced (my kids love the sweetness of honeycrisp but they also love that it doesn’t seem to oxidize, turning brown, like other varieties)

Good Bloody Morning Recipe

Good bloody morning

Here is a Bloody Mary recipe from the Infusing Flavors cookbook that is perfect for a weekend brunch:

Good Bloody Morning

Recipe by Erin Coopey and reprinted from “Infusing Flavors” with permission.

Ingredients:

Celery salt for the rim of your glass
1 ounce vodka
1 ounce gin
5 ounces tomato, v-8, or clamato juice
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 dashes Celery Bitters (see recipe below)
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Dash hot pepper sauce, optional
Lemon wedge
Pickled asparagus spear or pickled green bean, for garnish

Directions:

Place a teaspoon or two of celery salt on a side plate. Rub the lemon wedge around the edge of a tall glass to moisten it, and reserve the lemon wedge. Turn the glass upside down and spin the moistened edge in the celery salt to season the rim.
Fill the glass halfway with ice. Add the vodka, gin, tomato juice, lemon juice, Celery Bitters, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce, if using. Stir to blend using a long iced tea spoon or drink paddle. Cut a notch in the lemon wedge and rest it on the rim of the glass. Garnish with a pickled asparagus spear or pickled green bean. Sip and prepare to face the day!

Celery Bitters

Ingredients:

1 sprig fresh thyme
2 one-inch-long strips of lemon zest, cut with a vegetable peeler
1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
¼ teaspoon white peppercorns
¼ cup celery seed
1 cup celery including leaves, coarsely chopped
½ teaspoon dried gentian root
2 cups 151-proof vodka or grain alcohol such as everclear
1 cup filtered water

Directions:

Put the thyme, lemon zest, bay leaf, peppercorns, celery seed, chopped celery, and gentian root in a sterile quart-sized Mason jar. Pour the alcohol over the celery and spices. Close the jar snugly and shake to blend. Let the mixture infuse in a dark place for 4 to 6 weeks, shaking daily.
After 4 to 6 weeks, strain out the celery and spices using a fine-mesh strainer. Discard the solids and pour the alcohol base back into the original jar. Add the water and shake to combine. Let stand in a dark place for 3 to 4 days.
Line a fine-mesh strainer with several layers of cheesecloth and strain out the solids. The bitters should be clear and debris free. If you notice any debris in the liquid, filter it again.
Transfer the strained bitters to small, dark bottles for storage. Store, away from direct sunlight, for up to 1 year.