Tuna Canoes Recipe

Tuna Canoes

Here’s a simple and wholesome afternoon snack idea from FamilyFun Magazine that is perfect to serve to hungry kiddos!

Tuna Canoes

These tasty treats carry a cargo of good protein and serve as an allergy-friendly alternative to the classic ants on a log. Fill celery sections with your child’s favorite tuna salad. Top each with a few thawed frozen peas, then watch the boats sail off the plate.

Recipe: School Bus Sandwich

School Bus Sandwich

As parents gear up for the end of summer, thoughts will turn to what to pack in those school lunchboxes or serve up after the kids get home. Here’s a super cute, kid-friendly sandwich from FamilyFun Magazine that will make you want to play with your food!

School Bus Sandwich

Park this friendly bus in front of your child to celebrate the start of the new school year. Cut a slice of bread (we used pumpernickel) into a rectangle, reserving a strip of crust. Trim a slice of yellow cheese to fit the bread as shown. Cut another slice of cheese for the hood. Use the reserved crust for a fender. Cut headlights and grill strips from white cheese and set them in place. Use the pointy end of a grape tomato for each red light. Slice more tomato into a stop sign and smile. Finish with black olive tires, trimmed to lie flat, and pupils (we cut ours with a straw). Now that’s a snack worth stopping for!

Recipe: Grilled Vegetables in Focaccia Bread

Grilled Vegetables Sandwich

In honor of National Panini Month, Maria Zoitas of “Maria’s Homemade” has another delicious panini recipe to try! You can find more of her creations available for purchase at Westside Market NYC.

Grilled Vegetables in Focaccia Bread

Recipe by Maria Zoitas


2 Portobello mushrooms
1 yellow bell pepper (remove stem and seeds)
1 red bell pepper (remove stem and seeds)
1 red onion, peel and slice ¼ ” thick
1 sliced tomatoes
8 oz. brie cheese (sliced)
2 focaccia bread (10 inch ea.)
Cooking spray

Mayonnaise Spread:

½ cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tbsp. fresh chopped chives
1 tbsp. fresh chopped oregano
1 tbsp. stone ground mustard
1 garlic clove (finely chopped)


Cut veggies
Use cooking spray and grill all veggies, when done set aside
At this point prepare the mayo spread, and set aside as well
Cut focaccia in half, horizontally
Arrange vegetables on a focaccia slice, top with tomato and cheese, cover it with other focaccia half
Place focaccia sandwich on the grill for two minutes on low temperature until the cheese melts

15 Delicious Coffee Recipes

I’m a coffee addict and have started using it in recipes. We had a coffee crusted salmon once and I loved it. So in honor of our addiction, or my addiction rather; we are sharing 15 coffee recipes from across the web. Here are 15 recues using coffee!

coffee recipes

  1. Chocolate Mocha Pound Cake and Chocolate Caramel Ice Cream
  2. Mud Pie Oreo Stuffed Brownie Cupcakes
  3. Popular Tiramisu Blondies
  4. Caramel Mocha Java Protein Shake Recipe
  5. Mud Pie MoJoe Ice Cream {My Cold Stone Copycat}
  6. White Chocolate Mocha Coffee
  7. Tiramisu Brownies Recipe
  8. Pumpkin Caramel Café Latté Recipe
  9. Coffee Slushie Recipe & International Delight
  10. Gaelic, or Irish, Coffee
  11. Brown Butter Java Chip Cookies Recipe
  12. Sugar Free Iced Coffee Recipe
  13. Frozen S’Mores Mocha Coffee Recipe
  14. Simple Summer Iced Coffee Drink Recipes
  15. Slow Cooker Espresso Braised Pot Roast

Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Recipe

Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Recipe

Product samples received.

A few weeks back, I visited my dear friend and Cooking Catastrophe writer Catherine. We had quite a few culinary adventures while I was there, and I picked up a great tabbouleh recipe from her. Not only is this recipe addictively good, but it’s easy to make and lasts all week in the fridge. As soon as I got back home this weekend, I hit up Safeway for the ingredients so I could make a big batch of ingredients to replicate her recipe. After being on the road for 3 weeks, I need no-brainer food that is still healthy. I think this really fits the bill!

A note on the ingredients: I just used a handful of parsley, because I have a little container garden and that’s about all I had fresh. Feel free to adjust to your own tastes.

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Gluten-Free Tabbouleh Recipe
  • 24 oz NatureSweet cherub tomatoes
  • 8 oz Athenos Garlic & Herb Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 bunch of green onions
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 C quinoa, cooked
  • -To taste:
  • Parsley
  • Lemon juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Outer Spice Original Himalayan Sea Salt seasoning
  1. Prepare quinoa according to directions. Add to a large bowl with the cherub tomatoes and feta cheese; set aside.
  2. Dice cucumber into small portions. Chop green onion and desired amount of parsley, then add all vegetables to the quinoa mixture. Sprinkle mixture with Outer Spice seasoning, add a dash of lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil. Stir thoroughly, then cover bowl with cling film and store in the fridge.

Jalapeño Jack Turkey Burger Recipe

Jennie-O Jalapeno Burger
I love jalapeño burgers – if I go to a restaurant and see one on the menu, I almost always order that without another thought. So I’m definitely going to have to try these jalapeño burger patties from Jennie-O – check out this fast and simple idea for a burger with restaurant-worthy toppings:
Jalapeño Jack Turkey Burger
  • 1 (32-ounce) package JENNIE-O® Jalapeño Jack Turkey Burgers
  • 2 ½ cups thinly sliced onions
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup HERDEZ® Salsa Casera medium
  • 6 Flatout® Foldit® Flat Bread
  • 1 cup baby spinach or arugula leaves
  • 6 ounces WHOLLY GUACAMOLE® classic dip
  1. Cook turkey burgers as specified on the package. Always cook to well done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer. In large skillet sprayed with cooking spray, cook onions over medium heat 10 minutes or until softened and lightly browned. Add cilantro, honey and salsa; stir. Cook 2 minutes or until hot. Spoon onion mixture onto bottom section of flatbread. Add turkey burger, spinach leaves and guacamole. Replace sandwich top.


Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips

Spicy Cheesy Kale
I was in San Francisco a few weeks back, and I ate some great food while I was there. But one thing I missed out on was Paulding & Company, a catering kitchen run by Tracy and Terry Paulding. Since I wasn’t able to taste their dishes in person, they sent over this great recipe for kale chips that I will have to try soon!


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Spicy Cheesy Kale Chips
  • 2 ½ cups of raw cashews
  • 1 large (Holland type) red bell pepper
  • 2-3 red Fresno peppers
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice (to taste)
  • 2 tsp mineralized sea salt
  • 2 Tbs. nutritional yeast
  • 3 bunches curly kale
  1. Soak the cashews in water for 3-4 hours. Combine with the stemmed and seeded peppers, lemon, salt and yeast in a blender. Puree. Taste the mixture, and if it needs it, add more salt or lemon.
  2. Strip the stems from the kale leaves-you can do this easily by holding the end of the stem in one hand, and firmly running the other hand up the sides of it, dislodging the leaf. The tough part of the stem will come off, leaving the tenderer part intact.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the Kale with the blended mixture, using your hands (evenly) as possible distribute the mixture. Lay the leaves onto a dehydrator racks, crowding them but not stacking them. Dehydrate at 105° F for 12-16 hours, until very crisp. Store in sealed zip bags. If you don’t get them dry enough they will soften in the bag.
  4. If you don’t have a dehydrator they can be laid out on a rack or over a pan in the oven with the temperature set as low as possible. The time to dehydrate will be greatly reduced, probably to about an hour or even less.


Peanut Butter & Banana “Sushi”

Peanut Butter and Banana Sushi
I’ve always loved how tasty Nature’s Path products are, so I had to smile when they sent over this recipe for making “Sushi” with their cereal! Don’t worry, no fish are involved. ;) Check out this fun and easy snack idea:
5.0 from 3 reviews
Peanut Butter & Banana "Sushi"
  • 1 cup Chocolate Koala Crisps
  • 2 bananas, peeled
  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  1. Trim the ends from the bananas.
  2. Spread half the peanut butter all over the outside of each banana.
  3. Roll each in the crushed cereal.
  4. Cut each into 6 rounds.


Island Lei Cocktail Recipe

Island Lei
This delicious cocktail from Blendtec makes me want to dig my toes into the sand and catch some rays! Prepare this in either a Blendtec FourSide or WildSide jar.
Island Lei Cocktail
  • 4 fl oz vodka
  • 11⁄2 c orange juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 c vanilla ice cream, reduced fat
  • 11⁄2 c ice cubes
  1. Add ingredients to FourSide or WildSide jar in order listed and secure lid. Select "Sauces" and serve.

Recipe: Frozen Screwdriver

Frozen Screwdriver
Here’s a great recipe to beat the summer heatwave: A delicious Frozen Screwdriver created by Blendtec! This cocktail can be prepared in either the WildSide or FourSide jar.


5.0 from 2 reviews
Frozen Screwdriver
  • 4 fl oz vodka
  • 11⁄2 c orange juice
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 c vanilla ice cream, reduced fat
  • 11⁄2 c ice cubes
  1. Add ingredients to FourSide or WildSide jar in order listed and secure lid. Select "Sauces" and serve.