Thursday, May 11, 2017

Loaded Baked French Fries Hummus Style

I am a sucker for loaded fries and tots! I can eat them for an appetizer, snack, or a meal in itself! I created this recipe as an appetizer then my family ate it as their dinner! So this unofficial meal became a meal in itself! It is filling and can be enjoyed as a mid-afternoon, pre-dinner, or dinner! And bonus is that in all reality I was feeding my family a meal that was good for them! And for all of you vegan and vegetarians this meal fits right in to your lifestyle!

The day I was making these my kids had just walked in the door from school and I was preparing them. It was around 3:30 and I finished baking them, topping them, and photographing them just before 5:00. Right after I was done 3 of my 4 kids came in and began to DIG IN! The younger two opted for the roasted garlic hummus while myself and my oldest like a good kick and used the supremely spicy hummus for our fries. Just before the plate was licked clean my husband walked in from work and of course wanted to join in on the taste testing! By the end everyone was full and happy! And while I was there watching them all dig in while snapping a few photos I forgot what was even on the dinner menu for the night and These Loaded Baked French Fries became our dinner! And none of us were sad one bit about it!

Also wanted to throw it out there that National Hummus Day is coming up May 13th! Sabra is going to have a lot of social sharing going on throughout the week to celebrate! So make sure you are on the look out of ways to incorporate their deliciousness into meals at home! I always love to see what new things people come up with!

Baked French Fries
3 Large Russet Potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare the potatoes to be cut into fries by cutting off the ends of the potatoes and then cutting into even strips. Here is a handy tutorial video that I watched to learn how to best cut the potatoes into fries.

In a large bowl place the olive oil and spices. Whisk together. Toss in cut potatoes gradually while mixing until all potatoes are coated in the olive oil mixture.

Place on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 40 minutes. Keep an eye on the potatoes and depending on how thick or thin you cook them will depend on the baking time!

*I did not flip mine half way through like I sometimes do while baking fries so if you feel like yours need it then you can flip them or turn the oven onto broil the last 5 minutes to crisp them up*

Deluxe Baked Fries
Oven Baked Fries
Sabra Hummus (choose your favorite flavor: we did Roasted Garlic Hummus & Supremely Spicy Hummus
Tahini Sauce, store bought or homemade

Take the fries and top with a large scoop of Sabra Hummus and lightly drizzle the tahini sauce.

*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Sabra. I have been compensation for creating this recipe. However all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Crockpot Beef & Broccoli

Lately my life has become a little crazy. The past year I have owned a food truck and with it out almost every night of the week and usually right around dinner time I have tried to up my crockpot/slow cooker game. Having dinner for my family is really important to me. And luckily recipes like this make that happen!

Ever since I have decided to add at least 2 crockpot meals to my menu each week I have tried to create as much variety in those dishes as possible! Years ago I thought crockpot meals were basically a roast or chicken and some type of cream of chicken type soup that you mixed together and look more like slop then anything else. And believe me those meals are still definitely a part of our home but they have become less and less common! Thankfully!!!

I made this beef and broccoli for dinner last night and it exceeded my expectations! I knew I needed to share it right away. Super super simple dinner! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

1 lb boneless beef chuck roast, cut into thin strips
salt & pepper
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 T sesame oil
3 T minced garlic
2 Tablespoons cornstarch (reserve for later)
broccoli florets

Grab you crockpot and place beef strips at the bottom. Salt and Pepper beef. In a bowl combined broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, and minced garlic. Stir to combined. Pour over beef and cook on low for 6-8 hours. When there is about an hour left remove beef and place on a plate. Keep sauce in crockpot. Grab the cornstarch and slowly add while whisking to prevent clumping. Turn the heat up to high add the beef back in and the broccoli. Cook the remaining hour on high. (if broccoli is small pieces it should only take about 30 minutes) Serve over rice!

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Celebrating World Penguin Day with Stonyfield Yogurt

Stonyfield yogurt has been one of my very favorite companies not only to eat but to join in on the force to do good! They are always surprising me with amazing ways to make the world a better place. So when I received an email about a great opportunity I knew I needed to jump in on it! I have 4 kids 8 and under. Today is World Penguin Day! On their website they are offering Free tickets to your local aquarium and zoos. They also have some fun games and information that my daughter loved looking at with me! Lots of fun information about different animals and endangered species. The videos had my 4 year old laughing! 

In lu of World Penguin Day we made a special trip to the Phoenix Zoo. It was definitely a special occasion for my girls along with my nephew! I tried to mix in a few questions and made this short fun little video asking the campaign questions " Can a cow save a ___?" I filled in the blank with different animals that we visited! Unfortunately in Arizona penguins are hard to come by! But we made it work with a few dessert animals of our own! Hope you enjoy this little video as much as I did! I am a little bias!

And of course the favorite snack of the day was Stonyfield Yogurt! Also at 12pm EST join Stonyfield for a special Facebook live talking about this great organization direct from @mysticaquarium So Tune into the Stonyfield Facebook page to catch the broadcast and be the first to learn about their support of @zoos_aquarium 

 *Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Stonyfield. I have been compensated for this post. However all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sesame Beef and Noodle Stir Fry

This dish is right up my families alley! My kids are huge steak lovers! All of them! Im not gunna lie sometimes I just say that any type of beef is "steak" just so they will eat it. And it works every time! Along with steak my kids will eat piles of snap peas and edamame. 

Sesame Beef and Noodle Stir Fry

1 lb flank steak
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 cup toasted sesame dressing and marinade
1/3 cup apple juice
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon red peper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
16 ounces frozen stir fry veggies
2 (7 ounce) packages of Udon Noodles (seasoning sauce packets discarded) -these are found in the refrigerated section at the grocery store 
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

In a large ziplock bag combine minced garlic, minced ginger, marinade, apple juice, soy sauce, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Shake really well. Then add the flank steaks. Marinade 1 hour or overnight if possible.
In a skillet cook the steaks. Discard the remaining marinade. Cook steaks for a few minutes on each side. Then remove steaks and place on a plate and let sit for a few minutes while you finish cooking the rest. 
Throw in the stir fry vegetables into the remaining steak juices. Cook according to the back of the package. Once they are cooked toss in the udon noodles. Cook for a few minutes. While they are cooking slice up the steak into strips. Once the vegetables and noodles are all combined add in the steaks and mix. Top with sesame seeds and serve! 

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