Snackers Quesadilla: For Your Snacking Emergencies!

Snackers Quesadilla

MomStart is a Hormel Foods Extended Family Blogger.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and never is that more true than when you’re hungry. I had one of those days recently where I had been running around all afternoon with no time to eat, and I was starving! Luckily, when I came home, there was a shipment from my friends at Hormel with some of their latest and greatest goodies. I decided to whip up a little snack for myself with no time to spare!

Snackers Quesadilla


2 Herdez Flour Soft Taco Tortillas
1 package of SNACKERS Cheesy Bacon & Jalapeño Dip
Safeway Select Garlic Lover’s Salsa


Melt a pat of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. While the pan warms up, heat the SNACKERS dip in the microwave according to directions on the package. Once fully heated, spoon SNACKERS and salsa over a tortilla. Cover with a second tortilla and put in the frying pan, cooking until crispy on both sides. Eat and be glad that your snack emergency has been solved! 😉

AirFryer Potato Croquets Recipe & Giveaway

We all love the taste of deep fried foods, but not the calories or the mess of cooking with so much oil. The Philips Airfryer was created to solve this dilemma as its unique design lets you fry food with just a tablespoon or two of oil and drains excess fat from food while cooking. It’s super easy to clean up as it is dishwasher safe and makes delicious food. I’ve cooked in mine quite a bit since I received it.


Here is one of our last recipes:

AirFryer Potato Croquets Recipe




6 Small red potatoes, cubed
1 egg yolk
½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
2    tablespoons    all-purpose    flour
1 pinch salt
1 pinch black pepper
1 Cayenne pepper


2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1    cup    all-purpose    flour
2 eggs, beaten
½ cup panko


Boil the potato cubes in salted water for 15 minutes.    Drain    and    mash    finely    in    a    large    bowl    using a potato masher or ricer. Cool completely. Mix    in    the    egg    yolk,    cheese,    flour.    Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Shape the potato    filling    into    the    size    of    golf    balls    and    set    aside.

Preheat the Airfryer to 390°F. Mix the oil and breadcrumbs and stir until the mixture becomes loose and crumbly. Place each potato    ball    into    the    flour,    then    the    eggs    and    then the panko and roll into a cylinder shape. Press coating to croquettes to ensure it adheres. Place half of the croquettes into the cooking basket, cooking each batch for 7-8 minutes or until golden brown.


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Berry Sauza Spritzer “Pitcher Perfect Picture” Selfie #Recipe #SauzaPitcherPics

This is a partnered post.


Normally when we think of a selifie it’s a photo of yourself with whatever you want with you in the picture and you take with with your own phone. With the invention of the selfie stick you can now take a photo with an enormous amount of people it’s questionable if it’s actually a selfie. Well today, I’m going to push the envelope even further and show you a Sauza Tequila selfie. This selfie being the coctail we invented along with a bottle of Suaza Tequila!

Here is our Berry Sauza Spritzer Recipe



1/2 cup of berries soaking in Tequila for an hour in the fridge

Then 1 oz Sauza Tequila
Add berries
Top off with sprite


Berry spritzer #recipe #ontheblog #momstart #foodie #nomnom #epicsummer #sauzapitcherpics

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Honey Bunches of Oats “Fried” Ice Cream

This is a partnered post.

Ok, so I actually love fried ice cream and thought it was this impossible treat and could never ever be made at home. It’s just this delicious combination of flavors and texture. Two months ago, Honey Bunches of Oats sent me a special recipe using their cereal to make Fried Ice Cream at home. However, my son kept eating all the cereal before I got to taking a photo of the ice cream creation. So today I finally was able to secure a photo before he even opened the box. He was so relieved that I took my photo so that he could dive into another box of Honey Bunches of Oats as his breakfast. Here is the amazing recipe that includes an optional cinnamon chocolate sauce. We didn’t use the sauce but we did use Tillamook’s cinnamon horchata ice cream flavor and it was the perfect combination to the Honey Bunches of Oats.

Fried ice cream



“Fried” Ice cream:

1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Almond cereal

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

2 cups vanilla ice cream

Cinnamon-Chocolate Sauce:

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

3 Tablespoons heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Place cereal in a medium bowl and lightly crush with your hands or the back of a wooden spoon. Add coconut and chili powder and combine.

In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil. Add cereal and coconut mixture and fry until it is golden brown and toasted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely

Using a 1/2 cup measure, scoop ice cream and quickly form balls with your hands. Place on a small try and immediately return to the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until the balls are firm.

Remove ice cream balls from freezer and quickly roll each ball in the cereal and coconut mixture. Return to freezer for at least another 30 minutes or until the balls are firm again.

When ready to serve, combine the chocolate chips, cream and cinnamon in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. If the chips are not completely melted, stir and microwave for an additional 30 seconds.

Serve each fried ice cream ball with a drizzle of cinnamon-chocolate.

Truvia Natural Lemonade Recipe

I’m a Truvia Ambassador.

It’s been really hot here and Lemonade has been on the kids mind for a while. They wanted to go all out and make a lemonade stand but I’ve been sick and didn’t have the energy for that. I barely had the energy to help Zoe make it at all. But I realized how important it was so I even let her try learning some knife skills. It quickly was handed back over to me because the lemons produce so much juice things got wet/sticky/slippery all at one time.

lemonade recipe

She did however enjoy peeling the lemons and putting all the pulp inside the Ninja!.



She also enjoyed putting in the Truvía® natural sweetener can help support a low or reduced calorie diet when used on fruit or in your favorite drinks. And unlike other stevia products on the market, it’s great-tasting every time. Truvía® Spoonable is the best way to bring Truvía® Natural Sweetener home. Zoe loves to use it. And now this zero calorie sweetener is right within reach on your countertop to add to your favorite healthy foods or tasty sweets. Experience the sweeter side of healthier living today.

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Lemonade Recipe


5-6 lemons peeled

4-5 cups water

1/2 cup Truvía® natural sweetener


Put all the ingredients in the Ninja or mixer that you have and blend until smooth.


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Air Fried Hormel Chili Bites #Home30 #HormelFamily

Samples received

Our second recipe using the Philips Airfryer is a very healthy chili cheese bite. Enjoy family favorites any day of the week without the guilt or hassle of cooking with excess oil. From french fries to chicken wings to muffins, the Airfryer’s ability to fry, roast, bake or grill is almost unbelievable: that is until you’ve tried it. To explore the recipes that are included with your Viva or Viva Digital Airfryer click here. For Avance XL Airfryer recipes click here. For exclusive recipes created by click here.

Air Fried Chili Cheese Bites

Using the Philips Airfryer again I actually made a few different types of bites. The Favorite though were the Chili Cheese Bites.

Air Fried Chili Cheese Bites Recipe


Nasoya Won Ton Wrappers

Hormel Chili

Cheddar Cheese



Heat the Air Fryer to 350

Fill the Won Ton Wrappers with some chili and cheese and seal them with water around the edges, then place and squeeze a wrapper on top. I found that folding up the edges kept them together better.

Cook for about 3 – 5 minutes, follow guidelines on the machine



I really am enjoying this air fryers.

Read Up On Your Health With Books From Robert Rose Publishing

Health Books

Samples provided for review. This post is not intended as medical advice; always consult with your doctor.

Managing health problems can be completely overwhelming – not only is it costly, but trying to find a doctor who meets your needs and communicates what you need to know to manage your conditions can be absolutely exhausting.

Fortunately, Robert Rose publishers has new tools for your toolkit. Though their books span a variety of topics in health and cooking, their strong suit is cookbooks and health guides designed for conditions that have few resources available to a layman, like thyroid diseases and leaky gut syndrome.




Reading through the books, I found that they offered good introductions for people newly diagnosed, along with practical advice, meal plans, and recipes specifically for your health needs. The thyroid book offered recipes rich in B vitamins, selenium, and probiotics, while minimizing gluten – all vital nutritional shifts for people with hypothyroidism.

Here’s a lovely example recipe that is healthy and gluten free:

Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Courtesy of The Complete Gluten-Free Whole Grains Cookbook by Judith Finlayson © 2013 Reprinted with publisher permission. Available where books are sold.

Gingery Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Makes 6 main-course servings

1 whole chicken (about 3 lbs/1.5 kg), cut into pieces 1
1 onion, coarsely chopped 1
2 carrots, peeled and diced 2
2 stalks celery, diced 2
4 sprigs parsley 4
1 clove garlic 1
1 bay leaf 1
1⁄2 tsp salt 2 mL
1⁄2 tsp cracked black peppercorns 2 mL
12 cups water 3 L
1 tbsp olive oil 15 mL
2 large leeks, white part only, cleaned and sliced 2
2 cloves garlic, minced 2
2 tbsp minced gingerroot 30 mL
1 cup brown and wild rice mixture, rinsed and drained 250 mL


1. In a stockpot, combine chicken, onion, carrots, celery, parsley, whole garlic, bay leaf, salt, peppercorns and water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Using a slotted spoon, skim off foam. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until chicken is falling off the bone, about 11⁄2 hours. Drain, reserving chicken and liquid separately. Let cool. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces, discarding skin and bones. Skim off fat from the stock (see Tip, left).
2. Measure 2 cups (500 mL) of chicken and set aside in the refrigerator. (Refrigerate remainder for other uses, see Tip, left.) In a large saucepan or stockpot, heat oil over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add rice and toss to coat. Add reserved stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until rice is quite tender, about 1 hour. Add reserved chicken. Cover and simmer until chicken is heated through, about 15 minutes.

While I wouldn’t recommend using these books as your sole point of reference – the thyroid book recommended soy in a few recipes, for example, which some think interferes with thyroid function – I think they’re straightforward starting points for what can be a lengthy, difficult, and confusing process. Your health is always worth it. Here’s to investing in yourself!

Learn more:

Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook: 281 Delicious Whole-Grain Recipes
by Camilla Saulsbury

The Complete Leaky Gut Health & Diet Guide: Improve Everything from Autoimmune Conditions to Eczema by Healing Your Gut by Dr Makoto Trotter & Doug Cook

The Complete Thyroid Health & Diet Guide: Understanding and Managing Thyroid Disease by Dr Nikolas Hedberg & Danielle Cook

The Essential Guide to Women’s Herbal Medicine by Dr Cyndi Gilbert

Blue Raspberry Fizzies Recipe

Blue Raspberry Fizzies

Here’s a true blue cocktail for Independence Day from Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs:

Blue Raspberry Fizzies

Recipe courtesy Andrea Correale


3/4 oz vodka

5 oz champagne

1/4 oz Blue Curacao liqueur

Sparkling Sugar for rim

Raspberries & Cranberries for Garnish Skewer


Wet the rim of the glass with a lime wedge and dip the mouth of the glass in the sparkling sugar. Pour vodka, champagne and blue curacao liquor into glass. Skewer raspberries and blueberries and garnish glass.

#Home30 Panko AirFyer Chicken Recipe

Our first recipe using the Philips Airfryer is a very healthy fried chicken. This recipe came out so juicy and flavorful. I LOVED it!


1 pound chicken tenders

3 eggs, beaten
½ cup panko
½    cup    all-purpose    flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

1. Preheat the Airfryer to 330°F. In three separate bowls, set aside the breadcrumbs, eggs and flour.    Season    the    breadcrumbs    with    salt    and    pepper. Add olive oil to the panko and mix    well.    Place    the    chicken    in    the    flour,    then    dip    into    the    eggs    and    finally    coat    with    the    breadcrumbs. Press to ensure breadcrumbs are coated securely and evenly to the chicken. Shake off any excess breading prior to placing in the cooking basket. Cook half of the chicken tenders at a time, with each batch cooking for 10 minutes or until golden brown.


Star-Spangled Spiked Smoothie

Star-Spangled Spiked Smoothie

This smoothie recipe with a kick comes to us from Cornelia Guest:

Star-Spangled Spiked Smoothie

Recipe by Cornelia Guest


1 oz. vodka

1 cup mixed (or fresh) frozen berries

1 (8 ounce) container vanilla yogurt


Combine the vodka, berries, and vanilla yogurt in a blender; blend until smooth. Garnish with fresh blueberries and coconut flakes.