Turkey Cranberry Wrap In Black Rice Tortillas Recipe

Black Rice –though often overlooked– is a true "super grain" loaded with vitamins, minerals and natural anthocyanin (antioxidants)— just like those found in blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries and acai.

In ancient times, Black Rice was reserved exclusively for Chinese Emperors. No others were allowed to consume it. There’s a reason the Chinese Emperors wanted to keep black rice to themselves (besides the fact that’s its purple, which is commonly associated with royalty and piety) —many don’t know this, but black rice rivals and often exceeds some of the most notable antioxidant rich foods. Plus it’s loaded with natural fiber – A great healthy alternative to traditional wheat flour tortillas.


Lunch: Turkey Cranberry Wrap:

1. Black Rice Tortillas

2. 3 slices of turkey

3. Dried Cranberry

4. Your choice of sauce (recommend, pesto, avocado, greek yogurt, cream cheese)

Dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake Wrap

1 Black Rice Tortilla (please ask me for prepping instructions)

2 Strawberry Jam

3 Strawberries

4 Softened Cream Cheese (or Greek yogurt)

5 Walnuts (optional)

These exotic new tortillas are 100% vegan and gluten-free, making them a great nutrient-dense option, especially for those with certain dietary restrictions. Like all Food for Life products, Exotic Black Rice Tortillas are free of conditioners, additives, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Each tortilla contains 4g of protein, 2g of fiber and 0g sugar.

Giveaway: al fresco and Columbia Crest Chicken Sausage Coos Coos Recipe

This is a partnered post, samples received

I’m working with al fresco and Columbia Crest to bring you a fun recipe with a wine pairing. I LOVE Wine, really love it and so excited to be part of this opportunity. Now through August 2, al fresco all natural, America’s #1 chicken sausage brand, is partnering with Columbia Crest to help you wine and dine better by pairing al fresco’s favorite seasonal dishes with the perfect Columbia Crest wine. Here is my pairing!

Chicken Sausage Coos Coos with Columbia Crest 2012 Pinot Blanc

(Aromas of apple blossom and jasmine introduce flavors of juicy pear and melon. The wine displays bright acidity and minerality with a refreshing finish.)

chicken sausage

Chicken Sausage Stir Fry Recipe


Assorted Veggies (we used red peppers, yellow peppers, zucchini and carrots)
3 al fresco Chicken Sausage Links (more if your family are big meat eaters)
Sun-Bird Stir Fry packet
1/8 cup soy sauce
1/8 cup Columbia Crest  Pinot Blanc
1 Tablespoon butter


Cut your veggies
Sautee your veggies with the butter until they are soft (about 15 minutes)
Cut the sausage in half and in half again
Add to your pan and cook for about five minutes
Pour the stir fry packet over your pan stir into the veggies
Then add soy sauce and wine and stir; cook for 5 more minutes
Prepare the coos coos to directions
Then stir in the coos coos in your pan

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Movies On Demand Viewing Party & Home Made Orange Juice Ginger Pops Recipe #MODSummer

This is a partnered post with Movies On Demand I’m working with Movies On Demand on cable once again to get the word out about their service where you can watch many of your summer favorites with the push of a button instantly in the comfort of your own home all opinions are my own.

With the heat blazing outside we like to stay in and watch the TV so we decided to have our Movies on Demand Viewing Party. We started outside with Home Made Orange Juice Ginger Pops. It was a hot day and we needed to cool off and I don’t like the mess of popsicles inside the house. So they had to eat their pops outside.

Orange Juice Ginger Pops

Orange Juice Ginger Pops Recipe:


9 oranges
1 inch of ginger


Juice 9 oranges
Peel an inch of Ginger and then Juice it with the oranges
Freeze the juice in the freezer

Then Enjoy!

Then we decided to take it inside to watch the movie.


We started on the couch watching the LEGO movie eating popcorn. You can’t have a viewing party without popcorn, even if you did just have pops.


The LEGO movie follows Emmet, who is on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the universe together, a journey for which he is hilariously underprepared. Now available On Demand the same day as DVD. We LOVE this movie and love that we were able to use only $4.99 to get it On Demand. Plus it’s right there and we don’t have to leave. We cuddled for a while and eventually the kids ended up in the floor in their sleeping bags.

My husband and I are still looking forward to a date night to watch something On Demand by ourselves. There are a lot of really great options with Moves On Demand with new titles every month.

For more information about Movies On Demand on cable, please visit http://www.rentmoviesondemand.com/.

Bishops Chicken Cacciatore Using Anna Boiardi’s Fast Cooker Low Pressure Cooking System

We are Food Network addicts and I’ve learned a lot about cooking this past year. While watching all of these amazing cooking shows I realized that I really wanted to learn how to use a pressure cooker. I don’t even own a pressure cooker so when I was offered the chance to review Anna Boiardi’s Fast Cooker Low Pressure Cooking System I jumped all over that it was ice cream on a hot day.

Chicken Cacciatore recipe

They sent me a sample and then I had to decide what to cook, I picked Chicken Cacciatore, it’s one of the recipes in her recipe book that comes with the Low Pressure Cooking System. But I didn’t have some of the ingredients and had to make a few changes to the recipe.

WP_20140708_16_50_32_ProHere is my recipe:


Bishops Chicken Cacciatore


15 Chicken Tenderlions
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup flour
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 cup olive oil
5 large carrots (peeled and chopped)
1 Kohlrabi (peeled and chopped)
2 garlic loves minced
1 cups canned Italian peeled tomatoes
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp Rosemary


Place chicken in a plastic bag with warm water, 1/2 cup salt and apple cider vinegar for at least 20 minutes

Then dry them off with paper towels

Place chicken in a clean bowl and add remaining salt, pepper, and red peppers and mix well


Place flower in a separate bowl and then dust each piece of chicken and shake off excess then place on a large sheet of foil.

Add olive oil to the Fast Cooker and heat oil over medium high heat. Add half the chicken and brown it on each side, about 4 minutes each. Remove the chicken and then cook the rest.


Lower the heat to medium and add the veggies and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes. Add Rosemary and cook for 2 more minutes. Then add all of the chicken, tomatoes and chicken stock and mix well.

Lock the lid and bring it up to pressure.

Release the pressure and then let cool and serve.


I really like being the owner of a pressure cooker now. I think eventually I’d like to get a High Pressure Cooker but this was such a great way to try out my hand at using a pressure cooker.

For the Love of Bananas 15 Banana Recipes Collection

I LOVE Bananas, I could eat one every day. And now that I get them every week as part of our fresh produce delivery I’ve been using them in more recipes. That being said I thought it would be a great deal of fun to find a whole bunch of recipes to share with all of you. Here are 15 different banana recipes to enjoy. YUM!


1. Honey Cinnamon Glazed Bananas

2. Apple Banana Bread Recipe

3. Creamy Dark Chocolate and Banana Muffins

4. Ham and Banana Pizza

5. Campfire Banana Boat Recipe

6. Nutella Banana Crepes Recipe

7. Gluten Free Monkey Bars

8. Easy Banana Cake with Banana Whipped Cream Frosting

9. Banana Split Icebox Cake Recipe

10. The Best Banana Bread

11. Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes

12. Gluten-Free Banana “Poke” Cake

13. Skillet Banana Oatmeal

14. Bananas Foster Popsicles

15. Banana Bread Doughnut Twists

Can’t Be Made Without Bees: Zucchini Muffins Recipe

I’m not sure how often we think about where our food comes from, or even further than the farm. How is our food created. It’s a scientific process that includes sunshine, water, food, and pollination. Food doesn’t just come out of thin air. I’m working with Whole Foods Market and wanted to share with you a recipes where bees are needed. And remind you of the importance of bees. Here is my recipe it’s an amazing Zucchini muffin recipe. These muffins can’t be put down with just one bite you’ll want another and another.


Zucchini Muffins edited

Zucchini Muffins Recipe


  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups grated zucchini

  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
  3. Beat eggs, applesauce, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

The latest science suggests that around 85% of plant species on Earth either require, or strongly benefit from, insect pollination. From the produce section to the dairy aisle, hundreds of families’ favorite summer foods (berries, peppers, melons, avocado, and so much more) would cease to exist. Unfortunately, with U.S. honey bee colonies declining at an average annual rate of nearly 30%, it’s time to get serious about saving our bees!

To put this situation in perspective, Whole Foods Market wants you to see what a typical picnic could look like with and then without bees.


As a helpful resource, visit Whole Foods here for a list of your beloved vegetables and fruits that couldn’t survive without bees. And here are a few more recipes that Whole Foods shared of their picnic-worthy recipes:

Meiterranean Pasta Salad Recipe with

This delicious Mediterranean Pasta Salad is made with Just Mayo, a great new, better-tasting mayonnaise. So good, in fact, that it has become the top-selling mayo in Whole Foods Markets across America, and sold out after only two weeks of being on the shelves in Safeway stores nationally. (And it beat Hellmann’s/Best Foods in 53 percent of taste tests).

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P.S. Did I mention Bill Gates, Oprah, Andrew Zimmern  and Li Ka-Shing are all fans? You definitely don’t want to be the last one on this mayo train!

Mediterranean Pasta Salad


-4 cups dried fusilli pasta

-1 bunch asparagus

-4 spring onions (sliced into rings)

-1 cup snap peas (cut diagonally)

-1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (chopped)

-1/4 cup black olives (chopped)

-5 tablespoons Just Mayo Garlic

-1 teaspoon oil



1) Preheat oven to 350 F.

2) Bring pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook pasta until al dente. Drain.

3) Roast asparagus on a sheet tray with oil until slightly browned (about 10 minutes).

4) On the stovetop, heat sauté pan and caramelize the spring onions for 3 minutes.

5) Once cooled, cut both the spring onions and asparagus into bite size pieces. Combine all ingredients and add 1 teaspoon salt.


Eating Healthy: 15 Kale Recipes

Kale, Kale isn’t something that I’ve mastered yet. I have some sitting in my fridge right now waiting for me to figure out how to use it in a tasty way. I’m not really into Kale smoothies, but I am into salads with Kale. So we complied a list of recipes for me and wanted to share them with you. Here are the 15 Kale Recipes for you to try.

15 Kale Recipes 1. Basic Kale Pizza Dough (Pizza Night!)

2. Kale & Apple Potato Salad

3. Energy Boosting Morning Green Smoothie

4. garlic almond kale chips

5. Sweet and Salty Kale Chips

6. Spaghetti & Alfredo Sauce Topped With Panfried Kale

7.  Finnish Summer Soup–with Kale

8. Barbecue Kale Chips

9. Kale Chips

10. overnight kale caesar

11. Mixed Greens and Cottage Cheese Stuffed Chicken

12. Kale & Apple Salad with Honey

13. Balsamic kale with cranberries

14. Kale Soup

15. Italian Wedding Soup

Cherry Salsa With Balsamic Vinegar & Basil Recipe

At the cooking class I took at Whole Foods Market I learned how to make Cherry Salsa. To look into classes offered at your Whole Foods Check Out the Events Calendar or Find Your Store to see if there are classes near you!

Cherry salsa makes a sweet and spicy condiment for salmon, chicken or pork. For a milder salsa, remove all of the ribs and seeds from the jalapeño, or leave it out altogether. For an extra special touch, use a dark cherry balsamic vinegar

Cherry Salsa

Cherry Salsa With Balsamic Vinegar & Basil Recipe

Makes about 1-1/2 cups


2 cups sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped
1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup basil leaves, chopped
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Juice of ½ lime


Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

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I went to Safeway and purchased both Silk Almond Coconut Blend AND Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber for my daughter Zoe. In March we found that Zoe was getting sick every day and had a very hard time making it to the bathroom before having an accident. For the longest time I thought she was having issues with apple juice but then when I realized we weren’t having that much apple juice anymore, we were just having applesauce, I wondered if it was really the apples that were bothering her. It turns out, my daughter was allergic to milk, Zoe has a lactose intolerance. I guess it runs in the family and Zoe has it the worst. My husband gets a tummy ache with ice cream, and my son was born lactose intolerant, although he grew out of it. So for my daughter we purchase Silk Almond milk and they have so many flavors. The Silk Almond Coconut Blend AND Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber are the newest ones for us to try.

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I love the selection I can find at Safeway, not only did they have the two flavors we were looking for but they also had a coffee flavor that I look forward to trying soon.



Silk Almond Milk at Safeway

I have to make dairy free recipes now and now that the Silk AlmondMilk contains extra fiber the kids are getting protein and fiber . I like to use Silk Almond milk for smoothies with almond milk and just for cooking with almond milk.

One recipe I’ve made is a Silk Almond Milk Strawberry Smoothie.

Silk Almond Milk Smoothie

Silk Almond Milk Strawberry Smoothie Recipe


1 cup Silk Almond Milk with Fiber
2 ripe bananas
4 cups whole frozen strawberries
2 cups of ice


Put all ingredients in blender with the ice being the last ingredient you add. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is of desired consistency.

Silk Almond Milk Coconut Blend Smoothie

Another recipe we’ve made is the Tropical Smoothie Recipe.


Tropical Silk Coconut Smoothie Recipe



  • 1 Silk AlmondMIlk Coconut Blend
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 8 oz can of Pineapple chunks (drain the juice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Put Silk Coconut Milk in Blender
  2. Put in ice and then add the fruit to the blender
  3. Next add the vanilla and blend until smooth.
  4. Depending on how smooth you like the smoothie you might add the pineapple juice from the can to your mixture and blend some more