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Red, White and Blue Marshmallow Treats

Red, White and Blue Marshmallow Treats

Red, White and Blue Marshmallow Treats Can you believe this weekend is the 4th of July?? How’d that happen? Once again, summer is flying by and I haven’t done a darn thing! I can remember a time when my mom Aggie would say, “After the 4th 

Cool Summertime Cherry Oatmeal

Cool Summertime Cherry Oatmeal

Cool Summertime Cherry Oatmeal Start this breakfast oatmeal the night before and when you get up in the morning, breakfast will be waiting for you. This recipe is very versatile. For example, Cool Summertime Cherry Oatmeal can be served with any fruit that your family likes. 

Rosemary Roasted Asparagus and Baby Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Asparagus and Baby Potatoes

Rosemary Roasted Asparagus and Baby Potatoes 

Every spring and early summer I look forward to fresh rhubarb and asparagus. I recently shared this recipe for Rhubarb Ginger Sauce  and this one for Rhubarb Ginger Yogurt Pops Both turned out super delicious. Now it’s time to share a recipe for fresh asparagus. I’m the only one who eats asparagus in my house, (remember my hubby doesn’t eat any green veggies), so I only made one recipe this year using asparagus. What a winner this recipe turned out to be! Roasted fresh asparagus with fresh rosemary, garlic and baby potatoes is fantastic!! All that is needed to top off Rosemary Roasted Asparagus and Baby Potatoes is some sour cream with snipped fresh chives tossed in.

The Little Potato Company

Dynamic Dual potatoes from The Little Potato Company were the perfect potato for this recipe. Another option would be to use fingerling potatoes or any of the other ‘little potato’ products that Little Potato Company has to offer. Actually any small potato will work nicely in this recipe. The goal here is to use small enough potatoes that will cook up quickly. Therefore, you can get dinner on the table in relatively lightning speed. Needless to say, that makes everyone happy, happy:)

Creamer Potatoes

What are creamer potatoes? The Little Potato Company grows creamer potatoes. Creamer potatoes are naturally buttery in taste, highly nutritious, and easy to cook. Find creamer potatoes in the produce section in fresh bags, kits ready for the microwave, oven or grill and fully-cooked ‘Easy Sides.’ Little creamer potatoes are excellent to use in a variety of recipes. Creamer potatoes come in a variety of colors too; red, yellow, white, and blue. For example, make red, white and blue potato salad for the 4th of July. Thread  creamer potatoes on skewers along with bite size pieces of chicken breast and corn-on-the-cob.

Bred to Be Little

The smallest of the potato family, creamers are meant to be bite size. Like cherry tomatoes are to the tomato family. They offer a naturally buttery taste and creamy texture. They’re so easy to prepare and are meant to be eaten with skins on. Creamers are not your average potato. For instance, they are pre-washed, require no peeling, consistency sized, available in fun colors, and are quick to cook. The perfect potato for busy weeknight family dinners or lazy weekend afternoons on the barbie, for example.

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Paradise Fruit Recipe Blogger

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

Tropical Smoothie Bowl Paradise Fruit

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Paradise Fruit Co. They asked if I would be interested in developing recipes using their candied fruit products. I was more than happy too and actually quite honored that they asked me. Within a few days I received a box containing candied ginger, lemon peel, orange peel, green and red cherries, pineapple, fruit cake mix and tropical mix, which I used in this recipe. I have my work cut out for me, but it will be so worth it! Tropical Smoothie Bowl is the first recipe of many featuring Paradise Fruit.

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Paradise Fruit

Since 1961, Paradise Brands has been America’s favorite brand for candied fruit products. Paradise Fruit Co. has been making glace’ or candied fruit of all kinds, including candied cherries, candied fruit for fruit cake and so much more. Paradise Brands have been achieving baking excellence for over 50 years. Noted for their vibrant color, perfect sweetness and rich, chewy texture, Paradise Candied Fruit are a delicious addition to a variety of recipes.

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are basically an extra-thick smoothie, poured into a bowl and topped with fruit, nuts, and pretty much anything else you want to top it with, thus making the smoothie bowl possibilities endless. Not only are smoothie bowls easy to make, they are super delicious, filling and good for you too. When I’m watching what I eat, smoothie bowls are perfect. They make me feel like I’m cheating, even though I’m not.

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What’s in a Smoothie Bowl?

First off start with frozen fruit, which can be anything from frozen strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, blueberries, banana or my personal favorite, fruit blends or fruit and veggie blends that are available. Add that to a blender with some type of flavored liquid or combination of, coconut water, juice, yogurt, milk or a milk alternative such as almond or coconut milk. Blend until creamy and incorporated but still thick. Pour into a bowl.

Add Toppings

Now the real fun begins! Smoothie bowls are meant to be topped. Topped with nuts such as; sliced almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans, seeds such as; chia seeds, hemp seeds, or sunflower seeds, dried fruit such as; Paradise Candied Fruit, goji berries, or raisins, fresh fruit such as; raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, or kiwi, cereal such as; granola or puffed rice. Shredded coconut and cocoa nibs are also a great addition.

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End Result

The end result is a smoothie bowl that is worth getting out of bed for, a quick pick-me-up in the afternoon, a nutrient-dense pre-workout snack, a light dessert or as an early evening snack. Instead of grabbing that pail of ice cream in your freezer, whip up a smoothie bowl. I love my ice cream but I’ve found that smoothie bowls can be just as satisfying as a dish of ice cream. Seriously…I’m not joking!

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