16 flavor sample pack Quest Bar GIVEAWAY!!!

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Quest Nutrition has been so generous by sponsoring this awesome giveaway. I am also excited to share it with you!

OKAY–so here’s the deal…Quest Nutrition is giving away not one…not two..but THREE 16 Flavor Sample Pack to 3 lucky fans! Be sure to enter through the Rafflecopter widget on the right side of my blog, that is the only way to enter this giveaway. Remember..the more points you accumulate on Rafflecopter, the higher chance you can be randomly selected!

This is what you need to do:
1. Follow @QuestNutrition and @Kathryns_Kitchen on Instagram

2. Like Quest Nutrition on FaceBook or follow Quest Nutrition on Pinterest

3. Like ‘Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog’ on FaceBook or follow ‘Kathryn’s Kitchen’ on Pinterest

4. Also, let us know what your favorite flavor is or how you like to eat your Quest Bars!

Winner will be selected next Wednesday July 30th, 2014.

GOOD LUCK:)

****CONGRATULATIONS TO JESSICA WILKERSEN, MARISSA ADAMCZYK, and LEISHA ERASMUS!!! Thank you all for participating! Enjoy your bars! xoxo

Baked “fried” zucchini bites

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Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs always make anything taste better. These crunchy bites are full of flavor and goodness you won’t even believe they’re fried. I always have too many zucchini laying around in my fridge so this is a great way to use up my leftover ones!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:
2 zucchini sliced into 1/4 inch slices
2 eggs; lightly beaten
3/4 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup of italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup parmesan grated cheese

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice washed zucchini into 1/4-inch thick rounds. In a medium bowl, toss the zucchini with whole wheat flour.

2. Beat 2 eggs in a bowl and dip each round into the egg mixture.

3. Combine the parmesan cheese and bread crumbs in a separate bowl. Dip each floured round into the mixture, coating it evenly on both sides, pressing the coating on to stick, and place in a single layer on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray or use a silpat pad.

4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until zuchhini is golden brown. Serve with your favorite dip!

Baked chicken, bean, & cheese flautas

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These little bites of heaven are so easy to make and they can also be a great addition to any party or potluck! You can even cut them into thirds to make bite sized flautas. Since these are baked–not fried or greasy like traditional flautas, there is no need to feel guilty here. Indulge a little and enjoy!

Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:
6 whole wheat tortillas
1 15 ounce can of refried beans (I used black beans)
3 small chicken breasts (cooked & seasoned with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder)
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or mexican mixed cheese
1 tsp butter; melted
Optional:
Guacamole (my fav!)
Salsa
Sour Cream

*Try my grilled guacamole recipe by clicking here!

 

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut cooked chicken into small cubes or you can shred it with a fork.

2. Spoon about 2 Tablespoons of beans on each tortilla and then sprinkle with a half of a handful of chicken and then best for last….top with cheese. You can put as much as you want but I sprinkled about 2 Tbsp on each tortilla.

3. Roll tortilla, as you would if you were making cinnamon rolls (roll from end to end). Repeat 6 times with each tortilla. Place flautas on baking sheet and brush melted butter on top (to prevent them from burning). Sprinkle more cheese n top and bake for 15 minutes until everything is melted to perfection. Cut in half and serve with your favorite mexican dips such as salsa and guacamole!

*Quick tip: to cook chicken, spray a skillet with non-stick cooking spray or drizzle a teaspoon of olive oil. Cook on medium heat and add chicken. Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Cook on both sides for about 4 minutes each or until meat is completely white.

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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You can’t beat a warm slightly soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie…I came across this amazing recipe by a fellow food blogger that I follow. This recipe really hits the spot when you are craving the perfect cookie!

Yield: 18 servings

Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 cups flour
3/4 teaspooon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1-1/2 cups chopped semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips

Steps:
1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue to cook, swirling the pan frequently, until the butter is a golden brown..about 3-5 minutes. The butter will start to bubble and foam and then subside as the water evaporates and the milk solids start to turn a light brown color. Just as it starts to turn light brown, remove it from the heat and pour into a bowl and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

2. Place the egg, egg yolk, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until mixture is pale yellow and starts to thicken, about 3 minutes.

3. Once the browned butter has cooled for 15 minutes, whisk the brown sugar into it. Add the butter mixture to the egg mixture in the bowl of the electric mixer. Whisk on medium speed for about a minute.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the wet ingredients in the mixer and mix on low speed until just barely combined. Add the chocolate and mix on low speed until dough comes together and chocolate is mixed throughout.

6. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop 2 tablespoon-sized portions of dough about an inch apart on the lined baking sheets. Lightly press down on the top of each one with the palm of your hand. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

7. Position baking rack on the very top shelf of your oven. Preheat oven to 325°F. Remove one cookie sheet from the refrigerator and bake on the top rack for 15-18 minutes, rotating after 10 minutes. Cookies should be crisp around the edges with some craggle and visible chew on top. Let cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Remove the other cookie sheet from the refrigerator and bake the same way.

*You can skip the refrigeration step and the cookies will still taste great, but the refrigeration enhances the flavor and texture of the cookie so if you have the time, I would recommend it!

Recipe adopted from: The Baker Mama

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