Strawberry S’mores Snack Mix

Strawberry S’mores Snack Mix

How do you eat your cereal?  (and don’t pretend that there is only one way to eat cereal because I can name at least three)

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Growing up, I always ate cereal dry, picking up one piece at a time with my fingers.  It wasn’t until college, when Honey Nut Cheerios became my go-to cafeteria dinner, that I learned to put milk in the cereal bowl and eat it with a spoon.

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Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa

May is National Strawberry Month AND National Salsa Month

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Did you know that almost 14% of people think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s true, and it’s completely scientific.

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Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

Coconut Straw-nana Chia Pudding

May is National Strawberry Month

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Here’s a little known fact about me (or maybe it is a well-known fact):  I love Veggie Tales.  I grew up on regular doses Esther, Jonah, and King George and the Rubber Ducky (on VHS of course).  I had the Madame Blueberry card game.  I often fell asleep while listening to the audio cassette tape of Daniel.  As time passed, my family had DVDs of Wizard of Ha’s, Lord of the Beans, and Sumo of the Opera.  We knew every lyric to every song on Veggie Rocks.  We even met Bob and Larry!

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This day was the highlight of my childhood…okay, not really…but it was a great day!

To this day, I regularly quote Veggie Tales.  This is one of the scenes I have perfected:

 

You can’t eat strawberries without bananas!

So if we are celebrating National Strawberry Month, we need to have some bananas, too!

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This chia pudding incorporates strawberries, bananas, and Coconut Macaroon Nut Butter!

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If you have never made chia pudding, there is something you need to know.  The chia seeds absorb a lot of the liquid, making the pudding thicker as it sets.  When you make this pudding at night and let it sit until morning, you will get a thick, creamy pudding.  If you don’t wait, you will basically be drinking milk with raw chia seeds.

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But trust me, this is worth the wait!

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Ingredients:

  • One overripe banana
  • One 5.3-oz container of coconut-flavored Greek yogurt
  • Four tablespoons coconut macaroon nut butter
  • One cup of milk (any milk will work.  I used 2%, but I am sure this would be amazing with coconut milk)
  • Eight or more strawberries
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Extra banana slices and strawberries for topping

Directions

  • Using a fork, mash the banana and mix it with the Greek yogurt.  Try to make this mixture as smooth as possible.   Stir in nut butter and milk.  You may have to stir for several minutes to incorporate everything.  Alternately, you could use a blender.
  • Dice at least eight strawberries and stir them into the mixture.
  • Add chia seeds and mix until everything is well-combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate at least two hours, preferably overnight.
  • Top with additional strawberries and banana slices, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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P.S. – I am linking up with Angie and her cohost, Antonia @ Zoale.com, for Fiesta Friday.

Best Lazy Takeout

Best Lazy Takeout

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Chinese takeout is the long-standing salvation of individuals who just don’t have time to cook.  In the present age, takeout has become even more timely; UberEats and Postmates bring the food to your door.

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A few weeks ago, I heard that even McDonald’s will deliver food (for a small fee) if the drive through isn’t speedy enough for you.

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I would argue that this easy Asian dish is more convenient than takeout.  It requires only a few ingredients and less than thirty minutes.

 

Just like our other “BLTs” this month, it is the Best Lazy option for a busy night!

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz. ground turkey or spicy turkey sausage
  • 1/2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons ground ginger (you will need these at different times)
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (omit if using spicy turkey sausage)
  • 16 oz. chopped cabbage slaw
  • 1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 10 green onion, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions

  • In a large skillet, cook turkey with 1/2 tablespoon ginger, 1 clove of garlic, and 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes until turkey is cooked through.  Drain and return to skillet.
  • Add slaw, sliced red pepper, and green onions.  Sautee for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in soy sauce, watre, and remaining ginger (2 teaspoons).  Cook 2-3 minutes or until slaw is slightly wilted.
  • Serve warm.
  • If desired, top with green onion, peanuts, and/or sesame seeds.

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday.  The cohost this week is Jenny @ Dragonfly Home Recipes.

Best Lazy Tiramisu (Mug Cake for One)

Best Lazy Tiramisu (Mug Cake for One)

When I started planning for National BLT month, I had to Google* a list of foods that begin with the letter T.

…tangelo, tapioca, tamales, tahini…

Seeing tiramisu on the list, I returned to Google.  I knew that tiramisu is cake, but I didn’t know what made this cake special.

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Best Lazy Tamales

Best Lazy Tamales

In my mom’s hometown, there is a food stand called The Tamale King.  The owner, Ray, makes the BEST tamales in the United States.

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I am not even going to pretend that my skillet tamales compare to Ray’s real tamales.  These are the lazy version; you don’t have to…

  • Shred the meat
  • Make masa
  •  Soak corn husks
  • Assemble individuals tamales

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You just need a skillet and about 30 minutes to cook this delicious dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or turkey
  • 1 bell pepper (any color will work; I used yellow)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 4 oz. shredded cheese

Directions

  • Chop the pepper.  Cook the pepper and the meat in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until meat is cooked through and no longer pink. Drain.
  • Return meat to skillet with cumin, chili powder, salsa, water, and corn.  Bring to a boil.
  • Cut tortillas in half and then into 1-inch strips.  Add the tortillas strips to the skillet.  Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 8 minutes.
  • Top with cheese before serving.

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P.S. I am linking up with Angie for Fiesta Friday.

The Best “Lazy” Turtles

The Best “Lazy” Turtles

April is National BLT Month

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I know what you are thinking to yourself.  You are thinking, “Self, April is national BLT month, and that is not a BLT.”

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