August 20, 2014

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger

This recipe would be a great Meatless Monday dish but I couldn't wait until then to share it! This Stuffed Portobello Burger is a combination of two of my favorite things: stuffed mushrooms and juicy burgers. It takes 30 minutes or less to make and is one messy but good dish that will have you full but wanting more! Don't forget to enter our great giveaway below! 

Ingredients:

·         2 portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed
·         ½ cup teriyaki sauce
·         1 tbsp plus 1 tsp olive oil
·         ½ yellow onion, diced
·         2 cloves garlic, pressed
·         1 ½ cups baby spinach, chopped
·         2 tbsp cream cheese spread
·         ½ cup plus 1 tbsp Italian mix cheese, shredded
·         ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
·         Salt and cracked black pepper, to taste
·         Fresh baked Brioche Buns, lightly toasted
·         Spicy sauce, I like Gochujang, Korean sweet and spicy sauce, optional

Directions:

1.       Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.       Place portobellos in a baking dish and top with teriyaki sauce, turning to coat.
3.       Let sit and marinade in sauce while you cook the filling.
4.       In a skillet over medium heat, add a swirl of olive oil and add onions and garlic.
5.       Cook stirring until softened then season with salt and pepper.
6.       Add cream cheese and ½ cup of the shredded cheese mix, stir until melted.
7.       Finally add 1 cup chopped spinach and stir until wilted. Remove from heat.
8.       Flip portobellos so they are facing up in the baking dish and scoop filling into the centers, packing it in.
9.       Bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes or until melted a bubbly.
10.    Right before the mushrooms come out of the oven make the topping: In a small bowl, combine panko breadcrumbs, 1 tbsp shredded cheese, and 1 tsp olive oil. Mix to coat.
11.   Remove mushrooms from oven, turn the oven to broiler.
12.   Sprinkle breadcrumb topping on top of each mushroom then place under the broiler until golden, about 1 minute.
13.   To plate: I like to use more baby spinach (kale is also tasty) on the bottom of my bun then top with a stuffed Portobello (cheese side up).  This helps to keep the bread from getting soggy.
14.   You don’t need many condiments since the Portobello and its filling is the star but I had a pop of flavor and spice with a drizzle of Gochujang sauce on the inside top bun. Sriracha mayo would also be delicious.

15.   Top your portobello with the top bun and serve warm with a side of crispy potatoes or fresh steamed broccoli. 
Marinating mushrooms gives them lots of extra flavor.
  For this recipe I used teriyaki sauce but salad dressings, olive oil, soy sauce, and even wine work great too! 
To plate my burger, I kept it simple with baby spinach leaves on the bottom and a drizzle of Gochujang (sweet and spicy Korean sauce) on top of a toasted bun. 
I love using Portobello Mushrooms in my recipes! Check out my 

Summer Blast $1000 Cash Giveaway


Monday, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:59PM to Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:59PM
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August 18, 2014

Thick and Creamy Peach Milkshake and MelanSol Sunscreen Review

Today I am sharing two summer faves with you today! My Creamy Peach Milkshake recipe and my new favorite baby sunscreen, MelanSol

I don't know about you, but I don't want summer to end! Seeing how happy my daughter is splashing in her pool, playing on the slide, or sharing a cupcake or {better yet} a milkshake with me during a lunchtime picnic makes me unbelievably happy. She is my world! Thanks why, as a Mama, I do everything I can to keep her safe. Since we live in the {unbearably} hot South and we spend a lot of our summer time outside, I always make sure my pale skinned beauty has baby sunscreen on. I have tried so many brands and never found one I liked until I recently tried MelanSol Sunscreen for Baby.

I received a bottle of MelanSol Sunscreen for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
I don't have to worry about scary chemicals or ingredients I don't recognize in this sunscreen since it's 100% all natural and toxin free. It isn't greasy, goes on lightweight, and is water resistant for 40 minutes. Ava, like most toddlers, is a wild child that doesn't like to stay still, so I love that this sunscreen adsorbs immediately and is effective right away so she can jump right in the pool! Also, I love that it is tear free and I don't have to worry about her rubbing her eyes and it burning her {ouch!}. Ava wore it all weekend long and no sunburn for my girl! Bonus it has green tea as an active ingredient, smelled great, and hydrated and conditioned her skin too! 
MelanSol is the only natural sunscreen that uses a high concentration blend of bio-active antioxidants to boost your child's ability to neutralize free radical damage that is responsible for sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer later in life.
 MelanSol isn't just protection for a day in the sun, it's protection for life.
$25, available at puresunscreen.com

Now here's a sweet summer time recipe! 

Ingredients:

Makes 2 large milkshakes  


  • 14oz container Vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 5.3oz container peach yogurt
  • 1 ripe yellow or white peach, sliced, peeled and pitted
  • whipped cream, optional for topping
  • peach slices, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Place peeled peach in a freezer bag and place in freezer along with the peach yogurt cup.
    2.  Freeze for 2-3 hours.
    3.    Scoop ice cream, frozen peach yogurt, frozen peach slices, and milk into a blender.
    4.  Blender until desired consistency (it will be thick but I like to leave a few chunks of peach). 
    5. Pour into chilled glasses, top with whipped cream and a peach slice, add a straw, and enjoy!
      
Peel, pit, and chop a peach. 
Then place in a freezer bag and freeze until frozen, about 2-3 hrs.
I also use a cup of peach frozen yogurt. I place in the freezer too.
Scoop ice cream, frozen peach yogurt, frozen peach slices, and milk into a blender.
Blender until desired consistency {it will be thick but I like to leave a few chunks of peach}.
I like to serve mine in chilled mason jars!
Top with whipped cream, a straw, and a peach slice for garnish and enjoy your cool treat!
Nothing better than a refreshing fruit filled milkshake on a hot summer day! 
I received a bottle of MelanSol Sunscreen for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.
 

August 15, 2014

My August Top 5


It's been a while since I posted a monthly Top 5 so I figured as we are nearing the end of August this was a good time to share some of my summer favorites. Check out my Top 5 recipes, shows, snacks, and a couple sweet surprises below!

  1. Glow Vitamins Bubbles
I was sent a sample of these innovative bursting vitamin bubbles to try. They have an edible softgel shell that encases a liquid core of vitamins. They offer a variety of flavors that each target and promote something different from energy to immunity to a women's or men's multivitamin. I was sent the "glow" variety which has a yummy acai blueberry flavor and helps grow thick and beautiful hair, skin, and nails. I must say not only are these vitamin bubbles a fun idea but they also taste delish, are portable, natural and free of chemical binders, and are absorbed 88% more effectively than the traditional vitamin pill. 
Find them here: Vitamin Bubbles
Back Off Biotin, There's a New Beauty Super-Supplement in Town.

I received a bottle of Vitamin Bubbles GLOW vitamins for the purpose of this review. This post was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own. 

 2. Our new fave summer snacks: single pack olives and petite pickles!

These cute pickle and olive packs are perfect for picnics, school lunches, and when you simply want a salty, crunchy snack. Ava is a fan of the pickles and Ashton loves the olives (he takes them for lunch a few times a week).

3.  Coolin' Down with Satisfying Summer Drinks

Nothing says summer to me like kicking back on the porch while my husband grills and my baby girl plays and sipping a refreshing drink! Here are a few of my favorite (non alcoholic) summer drinks!
Raspberry Sun Tea
Strawberry Limeade
Blue Raspberry Slushies

4.  Summer cooking shows

Being a foodie, y'all know I love watching cooking shows! Lucky for me (and you), Food Network isn't the only channel that features entertaining competition cooking shows. The Travel Channel, Fox, and Bravo also have some fun foodie centered shows on now. Here are a few of my recent favorites. 
Masterchef on Fox
The Next Food Network Star on Food Network
Top Chef Duels on Bravo

American Grilled on Travel Channel


5. My little Bakery Babe, Ava

Here is a preview of my daughter's recent cooking themed photo shoot by Keys Photography.
I am so blessed with this little cutie, who makes me smile and laugh all day long.
My little future foodie had a blast taking these pics and I can't wait to share them all with you soon!



August 11, 2014

Manwich Turkey Sloppy Joe and Cheesy Cornbread Casserole and a Giveaway!

As a busy mom, I love to feed my family healthy, filling meals but I don't always have time for an hour of prep. So needless to say, I am a big fan of slow cooker and casserole meals (and I LOVE leftovers)! I created this casserole using a family favorite shortcut- Manwich Sloppy Joe Mix. What is easier than mixing a few ingredients together and popping it in the oven, right? Manwich is packed full of flavor so I can skip the seasonings and extra veggies, and simply use this all-in-one sauce! Better yet, this tasty, family friendly dinner in under 45 minutes! Check out the easy recipe for Manwich Turkey Sloppy Joe and Cheesy Cornbread Casserole below then scroll down to enter my giveaway to help you make this meal at home!

Find tasty recipes perfect for any weeknight on the Manwich recipe page: Easy Weeknight Meals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce (I used Thick and Chunky)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 8.5 oz box corn muffin mix
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can creamed corn

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Crumble turkey in a large skillet and stir cooking over medium heat until browned. 
  3. While the turkey is cooking mix the corn muffin mix, 1 egg, can of creamed corn, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, and milk in a large bowl. Stir until combined then let sit. 
  4. Drain grease from turkey, turn heat down to med low then add Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. Let is warm and come to a simmer. 
  5. Spray a 8X8 baking dish with cooking spray then pour sloppy joe mixture into dish. Top with the cornbread mixture. 
  6. Add 1/2 cup shredded cheese (you can never be too cheesy, right?) on top and pop in the center of the oven.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cornbread is cooked through and golden.
  8. I take my dish out of the oven, add a sprinkle of more cheese, and bake for another 2 minutes until melted.
  9. Let cool slightly then cut into squares and serve.
Two of the main healthy ingredients: lean ground turkey and Manwich Thick and Chunky Sloppy Joe Sauce!
Did you know? Each can of Manwich is free of artificial flavors and preservatives.
Try all three sweet and tangy Manwich varieties!
Step one: brown the crumbled ground turkey then drain.
Meanwhile mix corn muffin mix with one egg, 1/3 cup milk, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, and one can of creamed corn. Let sit.
Turn down the heat and add one can of Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce. Stir and bring to a simmer. 
Spray a baking dish with non stick spray and pour in sloppy joe mixture.
Top with cornbread mix.
Add another 1/2 cup of cheese for good measure! Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until cornbread is cooked through.
I like to take mine out, sprinkle on another 1/4 cup of cheese or so, and pop it back in the oven until the cheese melts, about 2-3 minutes. 
Then let cool slightly, slice into squares and serve!
A delicious hearty meal for the whole family in under 45 minutes! 

To learn more about Manwich visit their site here: http://www.manwich.com/sloppy-joe-sauce
Find Manwich products in a store near you! Product Locator

Enter to win this Manwich gift set and $10 Wal-Mart gift card to make this meal at home! 

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