Cherry Spinach Tart Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME:2 mins
AUTHOR: CASSIE JOHNSTON
MAKES: 1 LARGE SERVING

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

  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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9 Delicious Grapefruit Recipes

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

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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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Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

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Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

This yummy beer braised sausage recipe offers taste of summer year round!  Guiness beer. Sausage. Peppers. Those are just a few of the ingredients that make this dish a stand out!  That Guiness beer also makes it just perfect to serve as a St. Patrick’s Day meal!

For this recipe you won’t need your grill, so if it is stored for the winter .. not a problem.  This sausage is braised and slow cooked in beer and served over a slaw.  No, not cole slaw – that would be for summer.  We are talking about a warm slaw with a kick.  Sweet & spicy to keep you warm this winter.  The recipe is easy to adjust the spice level just in case you are not a fan of spicy.

Just look at all this color !  Fresh, crunchy, flavorful.  It won’t be long before this is a new favorite in your household.

Beer Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

Ingredients
  1. 1 bottle Guiness Beer
  2. Sausage of your choice (we used a German Cheddar Sausage)
  3. 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  4. Salt & Pepper
For the slaw
  1. 1 cup shredded cabbage
  2. 2 large carrots, shredded
  3. 1 red pepper, sliced thin
  4. 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  5. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  6. 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  7. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  8. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  9. Salt & Pepper
For the sausage
  1. In a skillet on medium high heat, drizzle olive oil and add sausages. Brown on each side (about 1 minute)
  2. Add the beer, mustard and a pinch of salt & pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes covered and an additional 10 minutes without the cover.
  5. Remove the sausages from the pan and set aside.
For the cabbage
  1. In the same skillet, over medium heat drizzle olive oil and add vegetables
  2. Mix in the vinegar, sugar, garlic and seasonings.
  3. Saute for about 10 minutes, add sausage back to the pan on top of the slaw.
  4. Heat through together covered until sausage is warmed again.
  5. Serve hot with a drizzle of dijon mustard!

Guiness Braised Sausage On Sweet & Spicy Warm Slaw

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

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

Directions:
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!

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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

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

 

Ingredients:

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

Directions:
Pop popcorn according to package directions.
Top with parmesan and pepper.
Toss to coat.
Enjoy!

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

 

10 All Star Juicy & Cheesy Burger Recipes

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10 All Star Juicy & Cheesy Burger Recipes

There is only one time of year for burgers…   ALL YEAR!   I personally never put my grill away, no matter how much snow.  We keep it covered and close on the deck.  One trick I learned that works amazing for burgers indoors,  is to sear it on high heat real fast (about 1 minute each side)  and then finish them in the oven on about 400 for 10 minutes.  If you are stuck inside for the winter and want a taste of summer,  try one of these great burgers! 

Pimento Cheese Stuffed Merlot Burgers | Yours and Mine are Ours

Peppercorn Pileup Burger | A Family Feast

Barbeque Bacon Cheeseburgers | Tastes of Lizzy T’s

South of the Border Turkey Burger | Flour on my Face

Gnarly Mexican Burger | The Crumby Cupcake

Copycat Red Robin Bonzai Burger | A Mom’s Take

French Onion Beer Burgers | Snappy Gourmet

Jalapeno Jack Burger with Picante Mayo | Cincy Shopper

Asian BBQ Burger with Sriracha Mayo | Flavor Mosaic

Turkey Burgers with Lemon Dill Yogurt | Hot Eats & Cool Reads


Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

I have gone my whole life never tasting a macadamia nut cookie. Every time we visit Subway I choose the double chocolate. Something about the white chocolate macadamia nut just never really appealed to me, something about the lack of color. I know, sounds crazy right?  Well, it is said that we eat with our eyes first, so I guess that is why!  A friend convinced me to try a bite of her’s and it wasn’t that bad. I just thought the cookie needed something else.  More color, another level of flavor.  My solution- add cranberries!

Guess what is my new favorite?  This Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut recipe.  I would take these over my chocolate cookie any day.  I love that they are not overly sweet. The base of the cookie is light and fluffy with a slight crunch around the edge.  Plump cranberries, nutty chocolate..  what more could you want?

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup packed brown sugar
1⁄2 cup white sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1⁄4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
1 1⁄2 cups white chocolate chips

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies Recipe Process

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking soda and salt.
Mix the flour into the creamed butter, a little at a time.
Once combined completely, fold in the cranberries, chocolate chips and nuts.
Spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes
These freeze really well. Make a double batch and freeze for parties or holidays.

Cranberry White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. A light and fluffy cookie with a crunchy edge, plump cranberries and chocolate!

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal 

When the cold weather hits, there is nothing I love more for breakfast than oatmeal.  I use to make a basic quick oat with brown sugar, maple syrup and maybe some raisins.  It was my go to in the morning. Then one morning I decided to add a spoonful of my homemade applesauce. It was amazing. Just that simple addition took it to a whole new level.  I was hooked. Not on the applesauce oatmeal,  but on trying new flavors!

Next up,  this creamy oatmeal that is full of sweet and crunchy , but is also good for you.  Cranberries, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg and of course my not so secret ingredient.  French Vanilla Creamer!  I think I bake/cook with my flavored coffee creamers more than I use them in coffee.  Try it out and let us know how much you love it.

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal 

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal

Ingredients
  1. 1 cup quick oats
  2. 1 1/2 cup water
  3. 1/4 cup french vanilla creamer
  4. 1/4 cup white sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  6. 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 2 tablespoons chopped cranberries
  9. 1/4 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Bring the water, salt and cranberries to a boil on the stove, in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Stir in the oats , mix and reduce heat to low.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cook until oats are tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve garnished with a dash of the french vanilla creamer.

 

This Rich and Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal recipe makes a delicious hot breakfast!

Rich & Creamy French Vanilla Pecan Oatmeal
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1½ cup water
  • ¼ cup french vanilla creamer
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Bring the water, salt and cranberries to a boil on the stove, in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Stir in the oats , mix and reduce heat to low.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Cook until oats are tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve garnished with a dash of the french vanilla creamer.

 

Dragon’s Blood Red Halloween Punch Recipe

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This Dragon’s Blood Punch made with Hawaiian Punch and 7-up is quite delicious.  While it is perfect for Halloween with its deep blood  red color, I think this may end up being a year-round party drink for us.
 

Dragon’s Blood Red Halloween Punch Recipe

 
1/2 Gallon Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red
3 oz package of cherry-flavored gelatin powder
1 cup water
1/2 liter 7-up

Put Hawaiian Punch in a large freezer-safe container. Bring water to a boil. Mix in gelatin and stir for 2 minutes or until dissolved. Add gelatin mixture to Hawaiian Punch and stir. Divide into four smaller containers.  Freeze overnight. When ready to serve, place frozen mixture in a punch bowl, add 7-up and stir until slushy.