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EAT THE RAINBOW: ABC Supermarket Lessons to Share with Your Kids
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Eat the Rainbow
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Consumer Reports says that the average shopper visits a supermarket 88 times a year and spends some $6,000.  Given the amount of time we spend in the market, stop rushing through the aisles and consider your time there as a great teaching opportunity for your kids.

The little ones can learn through food that colors and shapes are nutritional gifts. Older kids can learn to read food labels and understand the environmental and economic lessons of seasonal eating.

  • The ABCs. Your toddler may very well know that C is for Cookie, but use each aisle to teach the alphabet. From apples, bananas and grapes to milk, oranges, pasta and yogurt, you can easily go through the entire alphabet before you reach the check-out line.  As your child helps you unpack the groceries, practice the ABC’s as you put away each item inside your rainbow refrigerator.
  • Eat the Rainbow. I love looking at produce and I can guarantee that your kids will too once they learn about eating the rainbow! What better way to teach about color than using beautiful, nutritious and delicious fruits and vegetables. Eating a rainbow of foods that are natural, will give your kids the nutrients they need, and early lessons will help them make healthy food choices later in life.  Once you’ve brought home those lovely green, orange, red, blue/purple and yellow/white fruits and veggies, be creative in the kitchen with tasty recipes and make a wall chart at home showcasing how much color is in your child’s daily diet.
  • For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

 PRINT OUR GUIDE AND TAKE ALONG WITH YOU TO THE SUPERMARKET FOR #DWEH YUM!

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SPRING BLOOM: GUIDE TO SEASONAL PRODUCE

Guide to Seasonal Produce

SPRING…we’ve been dreaming about you.

Guide to Seasonal Produce

Despite the weather forecast here in the northeast, this weekend marks the arrival of colorful, bountiful Spring. This season’s produce combines a rainbow of bright colors as vibrant as purple blueberries, crisp green string beans and strawberry-red rhubarb pie.  For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

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5 Delicious Reasons to Love St. Patrick’s Day
Irish Lamb Stew

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It’s not easy being green unless it’s St. Patty’s Day!  Lads and lassies, let’s go beyond wearing the requisite green and revel in a delicious shamrock-inspired menu and family-fun activities.  May the luck of the Irish be yours!   For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

Irish Lamb Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 small onions, cut into rings
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 2 turnips, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into small inch pieces
  • 2 lbs lamb shoulder, fat trimmed, cut into 2 or 3-inch pieces, salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 small potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 tsp dried marjoram
  • 3 Tbs fresh flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut lamb into large stock pot and cover with water.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, cover and simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetables, garlic and potatoes and simmer another 25-30 minutes covered.
  4. Season with dried marjoram and additional salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh herbs.
  5. Serves 4-6.
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HEALTHY OSCARS COOKIES
Oscar-Worthy Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Oscar-Worthy Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Thanks to guest blogger Agness Walewinder the whole family can sit back, relax and munch on these guilt-free vegan cookies on Hollywood’s biggest night.  The Oscars are almost here and I bet everyone is super excited about it! No matter where you are and who you are with on this special night, food and drinks are a big part of the celebration. Check out her top snack ideas to win you rave reviews and make you feel good – like as if you were walking down the red-carpet!

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 spoons coconut oil (mix all together)
  • Combine all ingredients together.
  • Mixture 2:
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 Tbs baking soda

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine both mixtures together and make it really smooth with no lumps.
  3. Add 3 spoons water
  4. 1/3 cup chocolate chips.
  5. Mix until gently combined.
  6. Spoon onto prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
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#1 Healthy popcorn

Popcorn is one of the best snacks for an Oscar party. It’s low in calories, light and super delicious when dipped in melted dark chocolate (no longer low in calories in this combination though). If you prefer, you can add a dash of ground ancho chile pepper, some espresso powder and cinnamon on top! Just don’t put too much salt or oil when preparing it to make it a real healthy treat.

#2 Hummus with carrots

This healthy and delicious Middle Eastern treat can be found in most grocery stores and it can be used as a perfect dip for many fresh veggies, for example raw carrots. If you prefer to make your own hummus, make it with chickpeas, soybeans, black-eyed peas and some other healthful legumes. 1/4 cup hummus served with 4 large carrots has only 100 kcal and it contains 5g of filling fiber meaning you will not get hungry for a while!

#3 Green smoothie

I know that Oscar night is a champagne night, but if you want to combine healthy with delicious you must try one of my favorite fruit & veggie smoothies. I promise they are better than champagne! Just blend 2 bananas with coconut milk (1/2 cup) and handful of spinach and add 3 large medjool dates. This smoothie is creamy and tastes like Baileys.

#4 Vegan pizza

Pizza i definitely a start when it comes to fast food, parties and movie nights. Although most pizzas are extremely unhealthy, vegan pizzas are not only good for you but they are also extremely delicious. All you need to do is order a vegan pizza at your Oscar party – creamy potatoes will easily replace fatty cheese.

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VALENTINE’S CHOCOLATE KISSING KEBABS
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Toblerone Fondue Fruit Kebabs
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If Cupid’s arrow was edible, this is what we’d envision so it’s worth a repeat post!  Don’t waste a second and choose your target for our famous chocolate Kissing Kebabs.  We promise you’ll double-dip.    After all, love and affection starts with a homemade goodie.  With a brush of creativity and your favorite fruits, skewers and soft cookies on-hand, this Swiss Toblerone Chocolate Fondue recipe will keep the kisses coming.

For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

 

VALENTINE’S CHOCOLATE KISSING KEBABS

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 6-8.

Ingredients

  • 7 oz Toblerone white or milk chocolate bars, approximately 2 bars
  • 7 oz Toblerone dark chocolate bars, approximately 2 bars
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 16 fresh strawberries, cleaned and stems removed
  • ½ pints of fresh blueberries, raspberries
  • Green or purple seedless grapes
  • 2 medium bananas or cored pears, cut into 16 1/2-inch slices
  • 16 coconut macaroons or angel food cake cut into cubes
  • Bag of marshmallows
  • 16 bamboo skewers
  • **Option for adults: Add 2 tsp Grand Marnier, Kirsch or Cognac

Instructions

  1. Thread the skewers starting with a piece of macaroon, then strawberry, seedless grape, banana slice, marshmallow, and then a raspberry or blueberry. Repeat with the remaining fruit and skewers.
  2. In two separate bowls, break each type of Toblerone chocolate bar into small pieces. In two separate saucepans, bring 1/2 cup of heavy cream to a gentle simmer, then lower heat.
  3. Add the dark chocolate to one pan and the white chocolate to the second pan. Whisk until completely melted (use 2 separate whisks). Remove pans from heat and option to add liqueur at this point. Whisk until combined.
  4. Gently pour two chocolate fondues into separate warmed serving bowls. Surround with platters of prepared skewers. Have fun dipping!
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SIZZLING SUPERBOWL SNACKS
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Touchdown Turkey Meatballs
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Irresistible and easy!  Dips to chips to meatballs each one of our “DIY ahead of time” recipes bursts with flavor, nutrition and yum!  You’ll want these platter-friendly snacks on Game Day to feel like a champ: Touchdown Turkey Meatballs featured below; Cannellini Bean Baby Spinach Dip; Sharp Cheddar Cheese Medallions; and Crunchy Cabbage Slaw in Jars.

For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

Touchdown Turkey Meatballs

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs fish sauce, nuoc nam (found in Asian markets or most supermarkets)
  • 1 Tbs hot Asian chile sauce
  • 1 Tbs sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • Fresh pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbs sesame oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Stir in all the sauce ingredients in a medium bowl to blend. Cover and chill in refrigerator 1 day in advance.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with plastic wrap for placing uncooked meatballs.
  4. Gently mix all meatball ingredients in a large bowl until well-combined. Using your hands, measure approximately 2 tablespoons for each meatball. Place on lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  5. Heat sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  6. Sauté half of the meatballs until browned and cooked through, approximately 12 – 15 minutes. Lower heat if meatballs brown too quickly.
  7. Transfer meatballs to another baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat process with remaining uncooked meatballs. Arrange meatballs on a large serving platter.
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SUPER FRUITS AND SUPER JAM
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Mango Passion Fruit Jam
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You know you’re supposed to have at least 5 or 7 helpings a day of these delights according to the CDC.  So make it fun and interesting this new year with Super fruits!  Whether it’s passion fruit, mango, lychee or pink grapefruit that fits your fancy, use extras for a long-lasting jam.  Powered with vitamin C and loads of taste, your toast will forever thank you.

For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

 

Super Fruit Jam

Ingredients

  • Fresh mango flesh, chopped (approximately 4 pounds of mangoes)
  • ½ cup passion fruit pulp (approximately 5 passion fruits)
  • 5 cups superfine sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Place the mango, passion fruit, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla in a large pot and mix to combine.
  2. Bring ingredients to a boil over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally. Remember to skim off any surface foam. Simmer for 25–30 minutes or until the jam has thickened.
  4. Carefully pour the hot jam into prepared sterilized jars. Makes 6½ cups.
  5. To sterilize jars, wash jars and lids in hot soapy water and rinse. Place the jars and lids upside down on a baking tray lined with a clean tea towel and place in a preheated 215° oven for 15 minutes, or until dry.
  6. Tip: Store sealed jam in a cool, dark place for up to 18 months and, once opened, in the refrigerator for up to 12 months.
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SUPERFOOD POWER LUNCH
Kale Salad Power Lunch

Kale Salad Power Lunch

Too indulgent this holiday season?  Need extra energy for family fun or New Year’s eve?  Avoid the Monday slump with our Superfood Kale Salad Power Lunch and party like it’s 1999.  Easy to prepare and soft on your wallet, kale is great in a salad or egg dish.  Our salad packs a real punch with added protein like roasted sunflower seeds or hazelnuts your brain will love!

For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

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GOT APPLES?
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Yum!

Revel in the chilly evenings with fast and scrumptious recipes that make the ultimate weeknight bite a wonder.  Fall’s crisp, tart and sweet apple varieties make any salad or side dish that much more enticing.  So make Dracula envious and come take a bite out of this Autumn salad:  Caramelized Apple, Endive, Grape, Gorgonzola Salad.  For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

CARAMELIZED APPLE, ENDIVE, GRAPE AND GORGONZOLA SALAD

Ingredients

  • 2 plump endive, cut lengthwise in half
  • 1 Fuji apple, cut into quarters, core removed
  • 1½ Tbs unsalted butter
  • 4 grape clusters
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Over low heat in a skillet melt butter. Place endive into skillet cut side down. Place apples in skillet skin side up. Add grapes. Add rosemary sprigs. Cook uncovered 15-20 minutes. Gently turn caramelized endives and browned apples and grapes with tongs. Baste with juices in pan and simmer another 15-20 minutes.
  2. Transfer into a large serving platter. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle crumbled Gorgonzola cheese on top. Spoon pan juices over salad. Serve immediately. Serves 4.
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MINI RED VELVET SKULL CUPCAKES
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Mini Red Velvet Skull Cupcakes
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Boo!  Halloween night is right around the corner. It gets me in the mood to celebrate and no spooky party is complete without some homemade yum!  We just go nuts over Ina Garten’s Red Velvet cupcake recipe and so should you.  For added fun, we adorn these mini bites of fright with Mexican inspired skulls.

So it is time to let your freak flag fly and have a scrumptious and very Wicked Happy Halloween!

For more yum, giveaways and our food philosophy, be sure to submit your email for our Seasonal Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  PS We truly get a kick out of your favorite food pic moments with friends and family!  Remember to share that love and post pics with hashtag #DontWorryEatHappy.

RED VELVET SKELETON CUPCAKES

Ingredients

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Pernigotti
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 tablespoon liquid red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • Red Velvet Frosting
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3½ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar (¾ pound)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a large measuring cup, combine the buttermilk, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed for 1 minute, until light. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients alternately in 3 parts, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients, and mix until combined. Stir with a rubber spatula to be sure the batter is mixed.
  4. Scoop the batter into the muffin cups with a 2¼-inch ice cream scoop or large spoon. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool completely in the pans and frost the cupcakes with Red Velvet Frosting.
  5. For the Red Velvet Frosting
  6. Place the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, and mix on medium speed just until combined. Don’t whip! Add the sugar and mix until smooth.
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For lifestyle and entertaining expert Mindy Kobrin, cooking, wellness and celebrating are a family affair. Her lifestyle philosophy can be distilled to a single, luscious concept: Don't Worry, Eat Happy. Fusing culinary know-how and health initiatives, Mindy aims to create nothing short of a movement: to arm people with information on the value and culture of food and the importance of quality time around the table. Her mission is to teach the foundation of mindful eating and how to use seasonal ingredients to create nutritious, delicious and satisfying meals. It’s also her heartfelt goal to be a change agent, spreading the message of quality food and spirited cooking for children to carry into adulthood and pass on to the next generation. See more.
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