Sharing A Spinach and Berry Smoothie with Truvía® Natural Sweetener Recipe

As you all know or should know by now I’m on a diet and working with Nutrisystem. With that I’m allowed to have only none sugar sweeteners because sugar is known to be a problem with people’s weight. Which really makes me feel that my relationship with Truvia is such a great fit right now for my diet. This is a compensated post thanks to Truvia, but I’m also posting it because I truly am making changes in my life to eat and live healthier.

Green smoothie

Spinach and Berry Smoothie with Truvía® Natural Sweetener Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 whole banana
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup ice
  • 4 to 8 packets Truvía® natural sweetener to desired level of sweetness
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.

**This smoothie has 90 calories and 15 grams of sugar per serving as compared to the full-sugar version that has 120 calories and 22 grams of sugar per serving.

Ale & Apple Glazed Ham Recipe

I love making a great ham recipe for Easter and this one from Hormel Family looks like a great recipe to try. All you need is Hormel Cure 81 Classic Boneless Ham already sliced and it’s pretty easy to make from there.

 

ale-apple-glazed-hamAle & Apple Glazed Ham

Break from the traditional turkey this year with a delicious glazed HORMEL® CURE 81® ham.

INGREDIENTS
1 HORMEL® CURE 81® Classic Boneless Half sliced ham
1 (6-ounce) package glaze from spiral ham
1 (12-ounce) bottle dark lager beer
¼ cup apple butter
2 teaspoons Di LussoTM Dijon Mustard

DIRECTIONS
1. In baking pan, place ham; set glaze packet aside. Pour beer over ham. Cover; marinate in refrigerator several hours or overnight.
2. Bake ham according to package directions; drain juices from pan.
3. Prepare glaze packet according to package directions. Stir in apple butter and mustard. Drizzle glaze over ham; let stand 5 to 10 minutes. Place ham on serving platter; garnish as desired.

FamilyFun: Little Lunch Lambwiches Recipe

From FamilyFun we received a great recipe that you can do with your kids in honor of spring time. Make these little lunch lambwiches for some laughs together during lunch. FamilyFun is always a great resource for finding fun things to do as a family. They have lots of crafts and recipes and just ways to spend time together as a family having fun. Try this Lambwich recipe:

 

Lambwiches

Little Lambwich

Ingredients

Sliced cheese
Mini bagels
Mustard
Ham slice
Black olives
Shredded cheese

Directions

Two types of cheese give this savory, open-faced sandwich its sweet-as-can-be look. Trim a piece of sliced cheese to fit atop one half of a mini bagel. Cut a round muzzle and a pair of half-circle ears from more sliced cheese, then attach them with mustard or mayonnaise. Add a nose cut from a ham slice, plus a mouth and a pair of eyes trimmed from black olives. Finish with a sprinkle of shredded cheese between the ears.

Truvia Caramelized Banana Pancakes Recipe

I’m a Truvia ambassador and created this recipe for my children. We have a fresh box of produce that we get every week and the fruit was starting to pile up so I thought let’s use these bananas now!

Carmalized Banana Pancakes

Truvia Caramelized Banana Pancakes Recipe

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour 
1/2 tablespoon Truvia Baking Blend
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Caramelized bananas Ingredients

3 Bananas
1/4 cup butter
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 

Directions:

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.

In another bowl, beat the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Next, pour the batter by 1/4 cup full onto a lightly greased hot griddle (stir the batter before pouring each batch). Turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes.

Cook until the second side is brown.

In a large, deep skillet over medium heat, melt butter.

Stir in sugar, and cinnamon.

When mixture begins to bubble, place bananas in pan.

Cook until bananas are hot, 1 to 2 minutes.

Peach Lemonade Fizzler Recipe

Sparkling ICE has made a great tasting, refreshing, zero-calorie beverage Perfectly Possible™. Combining naturally flavored mountain spring water, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants, Sparkling ICE offers a bold, flavored, lightly-carbonated beverage that appeals to all age groups. Available in eleven refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple and new in 2014 Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon. One they are ok for me to have on my Nutrisystem Diet and are great for creating fun recipes.

Peach Lemonade Fizzler.JPG

Peach Lemonade Fizzler Recipe

Ingredients:
3 oz.  Peach Lemonade Sparkling ICE
2 oz.  Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Raspberries, Mint and Sliced Peaches for garnish

Directions:
Pour champagne or Sparkling Wine, then Peach Lemonade Sparkling ICE over ice.
Garnish with Raspberries, Mint and Sliced Peaches.

FamilyFun April Fool’s Day Recipes: Cookie Dough & Cheese Plate

What better way to fool your friends this April Fool’s Day then with a few deceptively delicious tricks?! FamilyFun Magazine has two “faux” recipes to celebrate April’s Fool’s Day in good taste.

FamilyFun’s “faux cookie dough dip” has the texture and flavor of homemade cookie dough, but it’s actually a dip in disguise. Also be sure to try the “tease cheese platter” where cookies and candy chews stand in for the traditional savory snack.

image

Tease cheese platter

Ingredients:

Vanilla sandwich cookies

Sugar Sprinkles

Fruit chews

Directions:

To make the crackers, pull apart several vanilla sandwich cookies. Leave the filling intact and scatter green sugar sprinkles on half the pieces. Scrape away any filling from the others. For the cheese, soften white and orange fruit chews (we used Tootsie Fruit Rolls) in the microwave for a few seconds, then shape into cubes or roll the candy flat and use a knife to trim it into rectangles. Form the holes with a small cookie cutter or piping tip.

image

Faux cookie dough dip Recipe

Ingredients:

Chickpeas

Brown sugar

Peanut butter

Oats

Milk

Vanilla

Salt

Baking soda

Chocolate chips

Apple slices

Directions:

In a food processor, blend 11/2 cups chickpeas, 6 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter (we used a natural, unsweetened variety), 3 tablespoons oats, 1 tablespoon milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and baking soda. Fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips. Serve with apple slices or other fresh fruit. When snack time is over, tell your kids they are now full of beans!

Garlic Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Linguine Recipe from @eMeals! Helps you #GetHealthy – AND eMeals #Discount Code for 15% Off

Garlic Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Linguine Recipe from @eMeals! Helps you #GetHealthy – AND eMeals #Discount Code for 15% Off

As a part of the eMeals Blogger Program, I get a subscription and sneak peeks at some of their campaigns. They also provide me with some great recipes to share with you. When I heard about their new “Get Healthy” campaign I could not wait to bring it to MomStart.

In honor of the Get Healthy campaign, I want to share this Garlic Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Linguine recipe from their Low Cal plan with you. I haven’t tried it yet, but I LOVE seafood and can’t wait to bring this to my family’s dinner table.

Shrimp-and-Linguine-eMeals-2

Low Calorie Dinner Recipe: Garlic Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Linguine

Ingredients

  • 12 oz uncooked whole grain linguine
  • 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Meanwhile, toss tomatoes with 1 tablespoon oil, ¼ teaspoon salt and red pepper on a rimmed baking sheet.
  4. Broil 4 to 5 minutes or until tomatoes burst.
  5. Melt butter in a large skillet with remaining 1 tablespoon oil.
  6. Sprinkle shrimp with ¼ teaspoon salt; saute shrimp and garlic 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink.
  7. Toss shrimp with tomato mixture.
  8. Divide pasta evenly among 6 shallow bowls.
  9. Top with shrimp and tomato mixture.
  10. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.

eMeals is a weekly meal planning system that supplies you with recipes and shopping lists one week at a time. You get to choose the type of meal plan that best suits your family and there are TONS of options. I really like the Low Carb Plan, but they have so many healthy options including the Clean Eating Plan, the Low Cal Plan and the Portion Control Plan. I have tried recipes from each other them and love them all.

eMeals Discount Code: 

As part of the Get Healthy program, eMeals is offering a special discount code. Go to eMeals and use the code eathealthy15  for 15% off.

Garlic Shrimp with Blistered Tomatoes and Linguine Recipe from @eMeals! Helps you #GetHealthy – AND eMeals #Discount Code for 15% Off

Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at @Momicles2010.

Dunkin Donuts Old Fashioned Donut and Caramel Coffee Cake Crusted Pork Chop Recipe & Giveaway

This is a partnered post with Dunkin Donuts Brand.

Dunkin’ Donuts® packaged coffee is bringing the flavors of everyone’s favorite bake shop treats to the grocery store coffee aisle with NEW Bakery Series™ coffee! Available in five delicious varieties – Chocolate Glazed Donut, Blueberry Muffin, Jelly Donut, Old Fashioned Donut and Caramel Coffee Cake and the new collection is made with 100 percent Arabica beans and coffee flavoring.

I love coffee and tasting all three brands was a lot of fun. I would say that Jelly Donut isn’t my favorite flavor but they were all good. I really really liked the Blueberry Muffin flavor a lot. Then I really liked the Old Fashioned Donut and Caramel Coffee Cake flavor as well. I liked it so much I thought it would be fun to create a recipe using it. It turned out pretty well. I made Coffee Crusted Pork Chops.

Coffee Crusted Pork Chops

Dunkin Donuts Old Fashioned Donut and Caramel Crusted Pork Chops Recipe

Ingredients:

Sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/4 cup Bourbon
1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
kosher salt
fresh ground black pepper

Rub
1 teaspoon Dunkin Donuts Old Fashioned Donut & Caramel Crusted Pork Chops 
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

boneless pork loin chops, about 1-inch thick
extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
1 Make the sauce: in a saucepan over med-high heat, melt the butter.
2 Add in the garlic; cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
4 Remove pan from heat, carefully add in bourbon; then return pan to the heat (watch out—it might flame).
5 Once the flame subsides, decrease heat to medium; add in the Chicken stock; simmer until about 1/3 cup liquid remains, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally (times will vary depending on the diameter of your pan).
6 Add in the thyme; season with salt and pepper to taste.

IMG_1492

  Now thanks to Dunkin Donuts I have a giveaway for you.

Enter to Win:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series Coffee (1 each): Chocolate Glazed Donut, Jelly Donut, Old Fashioned Donut, Blueberry Muffin and Caramel Coffee Cake coffee flavors · Dunkin’ Donuts coffee mug

· Hungry Girl’s Turtle Donut Blended Coffee recipe to sample and share

· $250 Visa Gift Card to purchase assortment of items to prepare and enjoy Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (i.e. more Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, recipe ingredients, coffee cups)

 “Bakery Flavor Dunked In”kit, plus a Mr. Coffee Pot (ARV: $350).

To Enter:

Tell me what these coffee flavors inspire you to create in the kitchen

Extra Entries:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe from @eMeals –An Easy, Healthy Dinner Dish

Chicken Cacciatore Recipe from @emeals –An Easy, Healthy Dinner Dish

By: Ashley

I think chicken is one of those things that is awesome for dinner… but I always run out of things to do with it. Thanks to eMeals, my chicken recipe arsenal is always well stocked. The best part is that even when I’ve been trying to eat healthy, I can still find great recipes with my emeals subscription, which is provided for me since I’m part of the eMeals Blogger Network.

Let me first admit that this isn’t exactly the super traditional Italian dish. First of all, it’s served over rice. It’s also missing some of the extra veggies that a lot of Italian recipes call for. I still absolutely LOVE it though and will make it again for my family. So without further ado, here is the chicken recipe.

Chicken Cacciatore Over Rice

Chicken Cacciatore Over Rice Recipe

You will need:

1 c. uncooked brown rice

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 T olive oil

2 lb boneless skinless chicken breast, cubed

8 oz sliced mushrooms

14 oz can stewed tomatoes (I actually made this with diced tomatoes instead and added a little extra)

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

1 T minced fresh garlic

  1. Cook rice according to package directions to yield 3 c. cooked rice.
  2. Salt and pepper chicken and cook in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, covered for 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Remove chicken and set aside.
  4. Add mushrooms to hot skillet and sauté until tender.
  5. Reduce heat to low and add remaining ingredients except rice then simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Return chicken to skillet and cook 5 minutes more or until done and heated throughout.
  7. Divide into 6 servings; serve each over ½ c brown rice.

 

Check out eMeals for more delicious and healthy recipes. I love having my weekly meal plan pop into my email once a week!

Ashley is a mom, wife, sister, daughter, friend, and former teacher working to navigate through the mysterious world of Mommyia. Read more about her adventures at @Momicles2010.

Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks Recipes Featuring: Walt’s Family Chili Recipe

 

Walt’s own recipe for this wintertime family favorite! So wrap yourself up under your favorite blanket, slot in your favorite Disney movie and relax with the perfect comfort food — Walt style!

CHILI RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

Chili 2 lbs. coarse ground beef
2 onions, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1⁄2 cup oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 tsp. chili powder (depending on taste)
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 large can solid pack tomatoes
2 lbs. dry pink beans
Salt

For Extra Zest Add a punch of the following spices: 1 little yellow Mexican chili pepper Coriander seeds Turmeric Chili seeds Cumin seeds Fennel seeds Cloves Cinnamon Dry ginger

DIRECTIONS:

1) Soak beans overnight in cold water. Drain, add water to cover (2 inches over beans), and simmer with onions until tender (about 4 hours).

2) Meanwhile, prepare sauce by browning meat and minced garlic in oil.

3) Add remaining ingredients, and simmer for 1 hour. When beans are tender, add sauce to beans and simmer for 1⁄2 hour. Serves 6 to 8.

clip_image002

 

 

clip_image005[5]

 

For more recipes and the latest Disney news, join D23 for free today at D23.com.