Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowl Recipe + Reader Giveaway


Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowl

Recipe & Photo Credit: Back to Her Roots on Behalf of Van’s Foods

Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness Month?  Van’s is proud to offers lots of gluten-free options in the snacks market that taste great too.  In fact, they are kicking off summer with two brand new snack bars (Banana Bread and Gramwich) plus Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters in Double Chocolate and Banana Nut.  Yum!

Here’s a delicious new recipe to try out for Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowls, courtesy of Back to Her Roots on behalf of Van’s Foods.

Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowls Recipe

PREP TIME: 2 mins


For the Smoothie:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 cups frozen tart cherries
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup unsweetened nut, soy or animal milk
  • Maple syrup, to taste (about 1 tablespoon)

For the Toppings:

  •   Van’s Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Hemp seeds


  1. Combine all the smoothie ingredients into a blender, and blend on high until very smooth. You might need to add more liquid, but try to keep it as thick as possible.
  2. Pour into a bowl, and then top with toppings. Serve immediately.

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Looking for more yummy snacks for the summer? Check out what is new and delicious from Van’s:

Kick off summer with two new snack bars (Banana Bread and Gramwich- a chocolate stuffed graham cracker sandwich) and Soft-Baked Whole Grain Granola Clusters in Double Chocolate and Banana Nut.

Van’s decadent, bite-sized gluten-free granola – perfect for family road trips, an easy addition to breakfast or anytime on the go – are a soft and chewy portable snack perfect with frozen or Greek yogurt or by the handful when a craving hits.

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Van’s Double Chocolate and Banana Nut Granola is baked with delicious, gluten-free, whole grain oats and offer 12-14 grams of whole grains per serving – with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

Van’s Chocolate Gramwich Sandwich Bars pack as much favorite-treat nostalgia as they do delicious flavor. Made with real chocolate sandwiched between two whole-grain, graham-style bars, they’re a one-of-a-kind pick-me-up.

Van’s Banana Bread Bars blend banana flavor with gluten-free oats and flaxseed to create a tasty and portable version of banana bread that’s wholesome enough to enjoy as part of breakfast.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky winner will receive a Van’s Foods Prize Pack includig $25 in Van’s coupons, $100 visa gift card, reusable lunch set. To enter, just complete the entry form below.

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Berry Cheesy Stuffed Waffles Recipe

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For how simple this Berry Cheesy Stuffed Waffles recipe is to make, it is amazingly delicious! It uses only a few simple ingredients sandwiched between toasted frozen waffles.  If someone in your family isn’t a fan of raspberry, you can swap out other flavors of jam or jelly. This is also great with made with jam from a homemade strawberry jam recipe!

Berry Cheesy Stuffed Waffles Recipe



1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
4 Tbsp raspberry preserves or raspberry jam
8 frozen waffles

Mix the cream cheese, ricotta cheese and sugar in a small bowl. Toast the waffles. Spread four of the waffles with jam. Spread the other four waffles with the cheese mixture. Sandwich waffles together in pairs. If you like, dust tops with a little extra confectioner’s sugar. Enjoy!

Valentine Waffle Recipe

For an extra delicious treat with just a bit more work, defrost the waffles instead of toasting them. Form your sandwiches and then grill in butter on a griddle – just like a grilled cheese sandwich. SO GOOD!!

Honey Chipotle Dressing Recipe

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Nothing has quite the same unique, delicious flavor as chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. They are a great way to add a bit of a kick to a recipe without adding so much heat that it overwhelms it. This honey chipotle dressing recipe makes a dressing that is perfect for salads, but is also great as a marinade or even to add some extra flavor to chicken tacos or burritos.

Honey Chipotle Dressing Recipe



1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp cilantro (fresh or freeze dried)
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1-1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 clove garlic
2/3 cup canola oil


Mix all ingredients except for the oil in a blender until well blended. Slowly add in the canola oil until mixture is well mixed. Adding the oil slowly at the end helps it to emulsify.

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9 Delicious Grapefruit Recipes + Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Giveaway

9 Delicious Grapefruit Recipes

Ok, grapefruit fans – – we have some delicious grapefruit recipes and an awesome Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit giveaway for you! I have been a fan of grapefruit since I was a kid. I have many fond memories of breakfasts at my grandparents’ farm where grapefruit halves were often the starting point for the meal. I guess my grandma and grandpa passed their love of grapefruit down to me!

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While I love eating grapfruit “as is”, it is also wonderful in recipes. It’s super versatile as you can see in this assortment of grapefruit recipes that ranges from salads to drinks to frozen desserts:

9 Delicious Grapefruit Recipes

Avocado and Grapefruit Salad

Grapefruit Honey Bran Muffins

Broiled Grapefruit with Honey, Sugar and Thyme

Honey Roasted Grapefruit Parfait Popsicles

Grapefruit Frozen Yogurt

Ruby Red Grapefruitade

Grapefruit Sangria

Blueberry Acai Grapefruit Smoothie

Candied Grapefruit Peel


When you’re looking for grapefruits for a recipe or to eat straight up, check out Wonderful Sweet Scarletts. They are a new brand of Texas Red Grapefruits launched nationwide last year that can change the way you think about grapefruits! From the people who brought you Wonderful Pistachios, POM Wonderful and Wonderful Halos, Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruits are so sweet, you won’t even need to add sugar! The Texas climate yields the sweetest premium red grapefruits around. Not only is our grapefruit sweet, but half a grapefruit is only 60 calories and provides 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.

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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Recipes reader will win aWonderful Sweet Scarletts prize package including Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit, a grapefruit spoon, circular cutting board, grapefruit bowl, juicer, mason jar and apron. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/11/16. Good luck!

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Cranberry & Avocado Sandwich Recipe with Brownberry Bread + Reader Giveaway

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We were already fans of Brownberry breads, but now we can enjoy the newly reformulated Brownberry® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread! 100% is a go-to choice for me for peanut butter toast in the morning, but there are so many other ways to enjoy it too. Brownberry® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread a good choice because it’s a premium bread with a whopping 23g of whole grains per slice! It has 100 calories per slice and 3 g of fiber. What it DOESN’T have is also good – Brownberry® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat sliced bread has NO high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavoring.

Ready for a yummy lunch idea with Brownberry® Whole Grains 100% Whole Wheat Bread? Try this delicious Cranberry & Avocado Sandwich Recipe featured at!


Cranberry & Avocado Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients (1 Serving)

2 slices Brownberry® bread
3 oz. boiled ham, very thinly sliced
1/4 avocado, mashed
2 tsp. jellied cranberry sauce


Spread avocado to cover one slice of bread and cranberry sauce to cover the other slice of bread. Layer ham over the avocado and place the cranberry slice of bread on top, sauce-side down. Cut in half and enjoy.

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Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Thrifty Recipes reader will receive three (3) coupons, valid for free Brownberry® Bread. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 3/7/16. Good luck!

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Green Chile Pulled Pork Recipe + Boulder Organic Soups Giveaway

Green Chile Pulled Pork Recipe

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here? Don’t yet have your menu planned? There’s no need to fear. We have partnered with our friends at Boulder Organic to bring you this amazingly easy-to-make Green Chile Pulled Pork Recipe. All you need is a pork shoulder roast, Boulder Organic! Green Chile Corn Chowder and a slow cooker. Set it up on the morning of the big game and it will be ready to enjoy come game time.

Green Chile Pulled Pork Recipe

– 2 lbs. pork shoulder roast
– 1 tub Boulder Organic! Green Chile Corn Chowder
– salt to taste (optional)

Place a 2 lb. pork shoulder roast in a slow cooker.
Add one tub of the Green Chile Corn Chowder on top (add a dash of salt if desired).
Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Pull apart and enjoy!

Boulder Organic Soup

Boulder Organic Foods’ mission is to craft “oh my gosh!” good organic food with uncompromised nutrition using garden-fresh ingredients.Their kitchen accept only the best—like whole, organic produce (much of it’s local), savory spices (a pinch of this and a dash of that) and people with a passion for doing things right (everything is personally prepared just like you’d make it yourself). Boulder Organic! products are sold in your grocer’s deli refrigerator. Find a store near you and enjoy some today.

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Reader Giveaway:  Three (3) lucky Thrifty Recipes readers will each receive 3 coupons for free Boulder Organic! soup. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 2/16/16. Good luck!


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Souper Easy Super Bowl Green Chile Pulled Pork Recipe

Crockpot Pierogies and Sausage Recipe

Crockpot Pierogies and Sausage Recipe

This Crockpot Pierogies and Sausage Recipe was originally published on our parent site, Thrifty Jinxy, but it is so perfect for this time of year that I just had to share it here too.  For a busy day, it’s such and easy meal because you just throw it together in the Crockpot and you end up with a hot, hearty dinner. The recipe is very flexible, so feel free to play around with it by adding extra veggies, changing up the sausage, or whatever your family will like best!

1 16oz package of Polska Kielbasa/Polish Sausage, sliced (I used the turkey version)
1 1/2 peppers, sliced (I used 1/2 each of red, green and yellow peppers)
1 small onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp butter
bay leaf (optional, but adds great flavor)
salt and pepper
1 16 oz package of frozen pierogies

Place all ingredients EXCEPT pierogies into Crockpot and cook on low appx 6-7 hours. 45 minutes before you’re ready to eat, add the frozen pierogies and turn crockpot to high. If you like some of your pierogies to be browned, spray the exposed parts of your crockpot with cooking spray or brush with butter and lean pierogies against the edges. Those pieces should brown nicely.

Find more recipes from Thrifty Jinxy HERE.

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn Recipe

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn

Today is National Popcorn Day! Popcorn is one of my very favorite top snack foods! I love to curl up on the couch at night to watch my favorite shows on the DVR and dive into a big bowl full of popcorn. To celebrate National Popcorn Day I have come up with a super easy Parmesan Pepper Popcorn Recipe to add a little extra savory flavor to your next popcorn snack. Of course you can make this with air popped or stove-top popped popcorn, but I partnered with Orville Redenbacher’s for a campaign today and used Orville Redenbacher’s Movie Theater Butter microwave popcorn in the convenient pop-up bowl for mine.

Parmesan Pepper Popcorn Recipe



One Bag Microwave Popcorn
(or 8 cups popped corn)
2 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Pop popcorn according to package directions.
Top with parmesan and pepper.
Toss to coat.

Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

Ground Beef Taco Casserole
This Easy Taco Casserole Recipe is one that I have been making for about as long as I have been cooking on my own. That’s because it is EASY and it is GOOD!! It’s so simple to assemble without a lot of time and the result is delicious. It also makes GREAT leftovers, but I recommend heating them up in the oven rather than the microwave if you want the chips to stay crispy.

The recipe uses a packet of taco seasoning mix, but you can substitute your own homemade taco seasoning – something that is super easy to mix together and keep on hand in your pantry. Another possible variation for this recipe is to make it with chicken instead of beef. To do that, I just dice up two chicken breasts and make sure it is cooked all the way through as the first step of the recipe preparation.
Ground Beef Taco Casserole Ingredients

Easy Taco Casserole Recipe


1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1 packet taco seasoning (or make your own)
14.5 oz diced tomatoes
1 15.5 oz can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
1/2 bag tortilla chips
8 oz shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef with onion and green pepper. Drain fat.
Add in taco seasoning, undrained tomatoes and pinto beans. Cook until heated through.
Cover the bottom of a 9×9 baking dish with a layer of tortilla chips. Cover with half the meat mixture. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. Add another layer of chips. Add the rest of the meat mixture. Sprinkle with another 1/3 of the cheese. Add a last layer of chips and top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Ground Beef Taco Casserole


Easy Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Cranberry Salsa Recipe
Did you know that salsa is America’s #1 condiment? Maybe that has to do with having SO MANY different variations available. You can make an interesting spin on your next bowl of salsa by making this sweet and spicy Cranberry Sala Recipe. You can choose how spicy you want it to be by increasing or decreasing the amount of jalapeño you use.

This Cranberry Salsa Recipe is great served with chips or add a bunch of extra flavor to your enchiladas or a chicken quesadilla.

Cranberry Salsa Ingredients

Easy Cranberry Salsa Recipe

Yields: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 15 Minutes

1 bag cranberries
1 granny smith apple
1/8 medium red onion
½ large red pepper
¼ large green pepper
2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño
3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/3 cup apple juice

Cranberry Salsa Process

1. Chop the apple, red onion, bell peppers and jalapeño into large pieces and place in food processor.
2. Add the bag of cranberries to the food processor.
3. Use the food processor to chop and combine the ingredients.
4. Move the chopped ingredients to a bowl and add sugar, lemon juice, apple juice and cilantro. Stir together.
5. Best if chilled in refrigerator for 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to combine.
6. Serve with chips.