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The Healthier Pumpkin Spice Frappe

Posted by | Drinks, Recipes | 10 Comments

The Healthier Pumpkin Spice Frappe – Enjoy your favorite seasonal drink without the guilt with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Frappe recipe.

Do you just have those days where you want to eat or drink something sweet and decadent forgetting all your hard work to eat healthy? I know I do! As soon as fall starts, all you hear about are drinks with pumpkin in it. You know the ones, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos, Pumpkin Spice ice cream, donuts and so many other choices. No matter how tasty they are, the calories you get with every sip are not necessarily the ones you want.… Read more

Food Network Invades Villa Del Palmar Kitchens

Posted by | Education, Entertainment, Travel | 21 Comments

Food Network Invades Villa Del Palmar Kitchens – Celebrating Celebrity Chef Week as they take over the kitchens of luxury resort, Villa del Palmar, Loreto, Mexico.

When you are a food blogger and you receive an invitation to attend Food Network Chefs’ Week at the beautiful and luxurious Villa Del Palmar resort at the Islands of Loreto, you grab your bag and go. No second thoughts. Just anticipation of what will be a week of delicious food and gorgeous scenery.Food Network Invades Villa Del Palmar KitchensOur first meal welcoming us to the resort included these shrimp tacos that were so good, I ordered them several days in a row!Read more

Tropical Kefir Chia Pudding with Mango and Coconut

Tropical Kefir Chia Pudding with Mango and Coconut

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A Recipe for Lifeway Kefir Chia Pudding

We are halfway into the year. We made that resolution to eat healthier this year. But how exactly do we do it? If you give everything up you love, your odds of staying on track may be challenging. My feeling is to go one step at a time with eliminating and altering your food choices. While I don’t have a solution to every question on this issue, I am looking for foods and recipes that focus on a healthier way of eating. Which is why I am sharing a new find but one that has been around Eastern Europe for a very long time.… Read more

Choosing Healthy with my 6 Favorite Snap Kitchen Meals

Posted by | Healthy, Restaurants | 7 Comments

`Cooking is one of my favorite ways to relax. Immersing myself in a recipe or creating one from scratch is simply a happy place to be. Especially when life is super busy or stressful. But there are days, weeks and even months, when life is just too crazy busy and I don’t have time or energy to cook. Which is why I am so thrilled to have found Snap Kitchen stores.I first learned about Snap Kitchen last year and have become a regular customer ever since. With stores in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia and Chicago, customers have the opportunity to come into the stores and choose the meals, snacks, beverages and desserts that fit their specific nutrition and health goals.… Read more

5 Must Try Chicago Restaurants from Green Bean to Donuts

Posted by | Restaurants | 22 Comments

Summer is just flying by, as it seems to always do. But I had such fun this summer exploring Chicago’s restaurant scene. From donut to sports oriented to Sunday Supper to Korean to health conscious restaurants, I found favorite dishes everywhere! Whether you live in Chicago or come to visit, the information below hopefully piques your curiosity to dine at the numerous places I am sharing. 

Chicago restaurants

Let’s start with breakfast. Well, not really breakfast as donuts are perfect any time of day, right?! You know how they say “don’t play with your food”? At Doodles Donuts, you are encouraged to doodle on your donut!… Read more

National Restaurant Association Show 2016 Trend Report

Posted by | Foods, Restaurants, Trade Show | 18 Comments

When you bring together a vast group of restaurant, hospitality and foodservice people, you will undoubtedly see a passion for the industry and the opportunity to learn something. This experience took place recently at the 2016 National Restaurant and BAR (Beverage Alcohol for Restaurants) show held at McCormick Place in Chicago.

nra bar show trends report

 

The NRA Show increased in size from last year without question from an exhibitor and registrant perspective. There were more than 67.000 registrants from around the world in attendance. While this show is not designed for consumers to attend, the outcome of what is learned and shared at this show plays a role in what we encounter when visiting restaurants and utilizing food service locations.… Read more

Start The Day With Plenti Yogurt

Posted by | Favorite Finds | 6 Comments

Thanks to Plenti for sponsoring today’s post. As always, thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own.  

 

Are you a breakfast eater? I am. Breakfast is the meal that I count on to give me a good start to the day, both mentally and physically.

Getting ready for work every morning usually leaves me with very little time to make breakfast. (Yes, I know I could get up earlier but that just never happens) As a result, I am always on the look out for quick healthy solutions to start my day off right. Lucky for me, I am a big yogurt fan.… Read more

Rice Recipes from Around the World

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After getting home from a long day at work, the last thing I want to do is pull out numerous pots and pans to make dinner. When I look for convenience foods, I am trying to find healthy options that offer variety in terms of flavor and preparation.

Having learned about Veetee Rice products (http://www.veetee.com/en-us), I was intrigued by the assortment of rice combinations they offered. This gave me a bit of creativity to add proteins, spices, herbs and fruits to make the rice my own. Here are some examples of the types of rice combinations they offer:

Chicken Flavored Rice

Whole Grain Brown Rice & Quinoa

Spicy Spanish Style Rice

New Orleans Style Red Beans & Rice

Thai Lime & Herb Rice

Basmati Rice

Thai Jasmine Rice

Wholegrain Brown Rice

 

If you are Gluten-free, Vegetarian or Vegan, you will find Veetee options just for you.… Read more

Tapioca Pudding Parfait with Fresh Summer Berries

Posted by | Dessert, Recipe, Recipes | 5 Comments

Having friends over for a last minute gathering and wondering what to do for dessert? How about a light and creamy Cinnamon, Berry and Tapioca Pudding Parfait? Elegant, colorful and lovely in individual glasses or larger serving pieces. I grew up eating tapioca pudding enjoying the sweet, delicious flavor and pearls of tapioca in each spoonful. With July 15th being National Tapioca Pudding Day, this seemed like the perfect time to share it with my guests.

This recipe is so easy to make using all-ready prepared Kozy Shack Tapioca Pudding layered with the freshest berries of the season. Finish with a dusting of spicy cinnamon and then top with a crunchy cinnamon biscuit.… Read more

Top 6 Themes from Sweets and Snacks Expo

Posted by | Candy, Snacks, Sweets, Trade Show | 22 Comments

Having not even finished the National Restaurant and BAR Show, I am adventuring into my third show of the week. The Snacks and Sweets Expo. Not a hard one to end the week with, that is for sure!

Inspiring Kitchen Top 10 Observations from the Sweets and Snacks Show

This was my first experience with this particular food show so I wanted to get an idea what I was going to see and what brands were there. This show definitely gives you a feeling of fun and enjoyment when you walk through the aisles. Very clever designs when it comes to displays, packaging and themes. When you first walk in, you see museum looking displays of dresses and bags made out of candy and wrappers.… Read more