Blueberry Mint Refresher

Summer days are approaching us and that means cool and light refreshing drinks will be coming our way as well! If you are looking for a healthy and light drink this summer- this refreshing beverage is perfect—I love blueberries and they are loaded with all kinds of antioxidants and have many health benefits. It is recommended to eat them often so I am putting them in my drink! As you can see I do like my sweets… but I do also love to eat healthy and cook with fresh fruits and vegetables as often as I can.

Blueberry Mint Refresher

Blueberry Mint Refresher

Add some freshness to your summer with this refreshing sparkling beverage!

Ingredients

1  cups blueberries, plus more for garnish

1/2  cup  honey

1 bunch fresh mint, plus extra sprigs

2 quarts sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Place 1 cup of blueberries, honey and mint in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer and continue to heat for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly until the berries burst. Remove from heat and cool. The mixture will be a bit thick.
  2. If you don't want any pulp, gently squeeze berry mixture through a small strainer into an airtight container. If you keep the pulp then just simply add to a container and refrigerate. This will make a blueberry syrup. Chill and then combine ¼ cup syrup with ¾ cup sparkling water for a single serving. Pour over ice and garnish with whole blueberries, a sprig of mint!

If you wanted to make this in a large batch, you can serve this beverage in a large pitcher or bowl.

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This recipe is great because you can alter the fruits to your choice. I used blueberries this time but next time I want to try strawberries or raspberries. You will be able to preserve the syrup in the fridge for about a week.  If you want more flavor, use lemon or lime flavored sparking water.


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Sabra® Hummus Bruschetta Bites

Did you know National Hummus Day is May 13th?! Celebrate the healthful day with these simple and tasty Hummus Bruschetta Bites! Not only is hummus an extremely popular snack these days, it also has quite a few health benefits as well. It is high in protein and has a surprisingly great amount of vitamins and minerals. Hummus is higher in fat but it is loaded with fats that are heart healthy.

“I received free samples of Sabra Hummus mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Sabra and am eligible to win prizes associated with the con-
test. I was not compensated for my time.”

Although hummus is easy to make, I always enjoy Sabra Hummus when I buy hummus from the grocery store! They have so many delicious flavors to select from including: Classic, Lemon Twist, Supremely Spicy, Basil Pesto, Roasted Red Pepper, Jalapeno, Spinach and Artichoke, Olive Tapenade, Roasted Pine Nut, Chipotle, Sun Dried Tomato, & Tuscan Herb. I decided to use the Classic flavor in my recipe because I already added extra seasonings in the bruschetta but if you want to add a bit more flavor I would use either the Roasted Garlic, Supremely Spicy, Tuscan Herb, or Red Bell Pepper flavor.

Sabra® Hummus Bruschetta Bites

Sabra® Hummus Bruschetta Bites

Celebrate National Hummus Day on May 13th with this tasty & healthful snack!

Ingredients

Sour dough baguette; sliced

4 small roma tomatoes; diced

3 tsp. olive oil

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp crushed garlic

1/2 cucumber; thinly sliced and cut in half

Sabra® Classic Hummus

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, dried basil and garlic together until coated well.
  2. Spread about 1 teaspoon of Sabra® Original Hummus on each sour dough slice. Place 2 cucumber slices on the slice and then top with a spoonful of the tomato mixture. Make as many as you desire. These make the perfect appetizer or snack!
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I was so excited when I received these samples! Hummus is one of my favorite snacks and it was fun to think of other ways to incorporate this ingredient rather than just using it as a simple dip. Hummus has evolved over the years and now it seems to be one of the most popular dips for snacking.

I made this for our appetizer while dinner was being made and it was perfect. I try to stay away from buying bread but making bruschetta is always an exception. I made more bruschetta so we were able to make this later on during the week as well–this makes great leftovers for snacking! I hope you enjoy this appetizer as much as we did! For more information about Sabra® products or where you can find their products at a location near you: click HERE.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

The first thing that always comes to mind when I see banana’s turn ripe is banana bread of course! I experimented with almond flour because my Dad gave me a gallon size zip lock of it and I didn’t know what to do with it. Almond flour is gluten-free so it can be a little tricky when using it in recipes because it does not react the way regular flour does. It tends to bake in a more dense form and doesn’t rise much. It is great in banana bread because you can’t tell the difference and banana bread is usually a bit dense and moist.

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread

Ingredients

3 large ripe bananas; mashed

2 eggs

2 tsp. vanilla extract

3 Tbsp. maple syrup

2 cups almond flour

1 Tbsp. baking powder

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Tbsp. baking powder

¼ cup walnuts; chopped

½ cup chocolate chips

For the glaze:

1 Tbsp. melted butter

1 Tbsp. almond milk

3-6 Tbsp. Powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray a loaf pan and set aside.
  2. Combine mashed bananas, eggs, vanilla extract and syrup. Mix together until combined. Then mix in almond flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking powder, walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix until all ingredients are combined.
  3. Pour banana bread mixture into loaf pan, use a spatula to scrape all of the batter from the bowl. Bake for 30-35 minutes until toothpick comes out clean from the center.
  4. For the glaze, melt butter in a microwavable mug. Whisk in almond milk and powdered sugar. The glaze will thicken depending on how much powdered sugar you add. If it gets too thick, add more almond milk. The glaze will thicken and thin quickly. Once banana bread is cooled, drizzle glaze on top. Let is set for about 15 minutes, slice bread then enjoy!
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This recipe is simple and easy! This makes for a great breakfast, dessert or snack– you can also bake these into cupcakes! They make the perfect grab-n-go.

Fresh Fruit Salsa

April 2017 – Theme

Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps.

As part of this month’s theme, I decided to whip up this quick sweet treat! I always buy too much fruit at the grocery store and I always almost end up throwing some away or it starts to rot by the time I get to it. I had a carton of strawberries left over from Easter so I was thinking of making a jam out of it,  but I also found and apple and a couple kiwis that were extra ripe. I knew they weren’t going to last too much longer so a fruit salsa seemed like an even better plan. The best thing about this recipe is you can add any fruit that you have laying around in your fridge! All kinds of fruit can be added to this recipe! Since I was using fruit that was already ripe, I didn’t need to sweeten it too much because it was already naturally sweet.

I try my best to prevent food waste but sometimes it just happens, just like it does for many people. That’s why I try to never go to the grocery store hungry because I always get more than I need! Or sometimes my vegetables and fruits get forgotten in my refrigerator drawers. Check out the Recipe Redux link below to find other recipes on how to reduce food waste.

 

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Ingredients

12 strawberries; diced

3 kiwis; peeled and diced

1 apple; peeled and diced

1 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. low-sugar fruit preserves ( I used strawberry)

Cinnamon-sugar Pita Chips

Instructions

  1. Dice all fruit and place in a large bowl. Add honey and fruit preserve and mix until all fruit is evenly coated.
  2. Place in refrigerator and let sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve with cinnamon-sugar pita chips for dipping and enjoy this sweet treat!
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I think cinnamon-sugar pita chips make a great addition to this salsa! Banana chips or cinnamon graham crackers would work as well too! This light dessert is perfect for saving all of your over ripened fruit that you don’t want to throw away. It makes for a healthy sweet treat that is fun to eat. 🙂

 
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Bunny Spinach Dip

I love spinach so of course I love spinach dip! What I love even more is this cute Bunny I made out of it. This app is perfect for Easter and everyone will be sure to enjoy it. You can use your favorite vegetables and crackers to dip—the possibilities are endless!

I doubled this recipe because I made it for my work’s potluck so you can still make this by making one batch: just use 1 cup of mayo, 1 cup of sour cream, 1 bag of spinach and 1 packet of Knorr® mix. You can assemble it the same—just don’t take as much bread out of the bread bowl. Easy peasy! 🙂

Bunny Spinach Dip

Bunny Spinach Dip

This dip is almost too cute to eat!

Ingredients

3 bags of spinach

2 tsp. olive oil

Garlic powder, salt and pepper for extra seasoning

2 cups of mayonnaise

2 cups light sour cream

2 packs of Knorr® vegetable dip mix

1 bread bowl

1 baguette

1 cucumber; sliced

Celery sticks

1 bag of carrot sticks

Pita Chips; optional for dipping

Instructions

  1. Bring a medium/large pan to medium heat and add olive oil and spinach. Sautee for about 5 minutes until spinach is cooked.
  2. Drain all the excess water out of spinach in a colander and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  3. Chop cooled spinach and place in a medium bowl. Add mayonnaise, sour cream and Knorr® dip mix. Stir until combined.
  4. For the Bunny’s belly: cut the center of your bread bowl in the shape of an oval or circle (I used an olive loaf because that’s all Nob Hill had at the time). Make sure to SAVE the top you cut because you need this for the Bunny’s face! Take out extra bread and to make a bowl out of it. Place spinach dip in bread bowl and place in the refrigerator.
  5. For the Bunny’s ears: cut the ends off of the baguette; about 4 inches long. Slice the remaining baguette to dip! For the Bunny’s face: use the round piece from the bread bowl and use sliced carrot sticks for the eyes and nose and a piece of sliced celery for the mouth. For the whiskers, slice a stick of celery diagonally and cut in half.
  6. Assemble Bunny on a cookie sheet lined with foil—place the belly, face and ears. Place cucumber slices on the bottom (for the grass), then place slices of baguettes, more cucumbers and carrots. Enjoy this cute app!
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