One Recipe Book You Can’t Go Without

Write To Me - Recipes Passed Down
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Ever find yourself in a rut wishing you had Aunt Suzie’s spectacular zucchini recipe? Maybe Great-Grandma Karen’s classic Chocolate Cake recipe? Yeah, I feel you. I have been there too many times to count. Even if I ask for the recipe, I don’t have anywhere to store it so that I don’t lose it. So into the cabinet, it goes stuck in a random book where I hope to find it next time I need it. I recently came across a new type of recipe book though and it is a huge game changer when it comes to storing family recipes. Potentially a new family heirloom? An heirloom of recipes but an heirloom no less.

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Innovative Multi-Flask to Up Your Water Intake

It is known that increasing your water intake has positive outcomes when it comes to our bodies. Especially when it comes to skin care and weight loss. Two HOT topics that women are constantly being bombarded with. What if I told you that there is a multi-flask out there that could change your whole outlook on ingesting more water as well as other beverages?

Precidio Multi-Flask
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Orzo Summer Salad

When summer rolls around, I am reminded that I don’t eat as much as I normally do. It’s usually too hot to eat such heavy and filling meals! I am always looking for light and healthy meals to make for summer, or any time throughout the year! Get ready for a fun and easy recipe for Orzo Summer Salad!

Orzo Summer Salad

When I was growing up, I used to love summer. We had a pool in our backyard, so we would swim almost every day! It was such a great way to have fun and cool off!  Now that I am an adult, I dislike the heat. I stay indoors as much as possible because the heat is so bothersome to me. 

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Back to School with this Reusable Juice Box

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School, soccer, band practice, dance recital, football practice, and so much more. The back to school grind will be here before we know it. It’s never too early to start prepping ahead for the busy school year though. Especially when it comes to food and beverage storage. I’ve been looking for containers with a convenient size but versatile function. Precidio has really upped the competition this season with their “Drink in the Box” and Snack in the Box.

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Allergy-Free Pockets Certified Delicious

Certified Delicious Allergy-free Pockets
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When it comes to choosing frozen foods, I’m extremely picky. Regardless of convenience, I don’t want fillers, preservatives or processed ingredients in my food. I prefer to eat as clean and possible and with products from Mikey’s I can. Their allergy-free pockets are not only free from dairy, soy, and grain, but they’re also certified delicious.

After trying a selection of their products, I was curious to know more about the name behind the brand, Mikey. It turns out, he is a classically trained chef, who worked at restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in NYC and French Laundry in Napa. While these culinary stalwarts are known for their incredible cuisine, they don’t really offer a chef the chance to share his food with diners everywhere.

Hence, Mikey’s was born.

Clean, Allergy-free Pockets
Mickey's Pockets Packaging

Mikey’s allergy-free pockets come in seven varieties, including two breakfast pockets. Since I don’t eat red meat or pork-based products, the brand kindly sent me their cheese pizza pockets and cauliflower curry pockets. Regardless of whether you are a meat eater or not, all of the pockets are soy, milk & lactose, and grain free. Additionally, they are also Paleo-friendly and low in sugar.

I must admit, I was a bit apprehensive about trying a pizza pocket featuring plant-based mozzarella. Although, plant-based cheeses have come a long way, mozzarella is still hard to pull off. This is not the case with the Mikey’s Cheese Pizza Pockets. I couldn’t even tell that the cheese wasn’t real. It was just delicious.

Mickey's Plant Based Pizza Pockets

I also really appreciate that you get two pockets in each package. At 310 calories each, they make for a great lunch or dinner option. Pair them with a salad and you have a very healthy, balanced meal.

In addition to the pizza pocket, I also tried the allergy-free Cauliflower Curry Pockets. As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of Indian food, nor is Indian food the biggest fan of me, I was also a bit apprehensive.  Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised. These pockets were also extremely delicious. The curry flavor was not overpowering. Instead, it complimented the cauliflower and other veggies perfectly.

Allergy Free Cauliflower Curry Pockets

It is important to note that the cauliflower pockets are vegetarian and not vegan, as they do contain egg and honey. Perhaps in the future, Mikey’s will add more plant-based pocket options to their offerings. At 230 calories per serving, the Curry Cauliflower Pockets are also a great, healthy option for lunch or dinner, or even as an afternoon snack.

More Mikey’s Please

After trying out these delicious, allergy-free pockets from Mikey’s, I want more. More of the pockets, including giving the Egg and Cheese a try, as well more of their other products. The brand also makes tortillas, pizza crust, English muffins, muffin tops, and bread. All of which are made from simple, clean ingredients. I highly recommend testing them out for yourself, especially if you are looking for allergy-free foods.

Have you tried Mikey’s before? Which certified delicious, allergy-free pocket would you try?

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Weight Watchers Taco Casserole

Who loves Taco Tuesdays?! Who loves tacos, period? Whether you’re looking to change it at on Taco Tuesday or just looking for a fun recipe to try, we have the perfect dish for you and your family to enjoy! We are so excited to share the Weight Watchers Taco Casserole with you!

Weight Watchers Taco Casserole

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The Weight Watchers Taco Casserole is only 5 SmartPoints! So, there is no need to feel guilty about enjoying tacos with a twist!  

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Weight Watchers Salsa

Summer is almost here and the kids are almost out of school! Since my son and I love snacks, I am always looking for healthy ways to satisfy our craving for crunchy foods!  He loves finger foods. I am determined to get him to love salsa (he’s a picky eater). We are so excited to share our Weight Watchers Salsa Zero Freestyle Points with you!  

Weight Watchers Salsa Zero Freestyle Points

Since I love snacks, I try to buy healthy snacks. Salsa is super easy, refreshing, and delicious to enjoy. Enjoying salsa with chips definitely satisfies that need for crunch!  Combined with the natural salt from the chips is just perfect!

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Get Your Grill On With Smart & Final

It’s the season to get your grill on and there is nothing I love more than firing up the BBQ! So, whether you are grilling for two or for a whole group of people, Smart & Final’s got you covered!

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Smart and Final Extra – Sacramento
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Easy Nutella Chocolate Cookies

While I love Nutella and any other brand of hazelnut spread, I don’t like to eat it all the time.  It is a nice treat to enjoy here and there. Of course, there are many ways to enjoy such a delicious treat.

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Start a Delicious Morning Routine

Start a Delicious Morning Routine
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Whether my alarm goes off or not, I don’t meet the morning with glee. After untangling myself from the sheets, I stumble out of bed with messy hair, blurry eyes, and the inability to create coherent sentences. As you can imagine, breakfast is not always on my mind. Counting down when I can go back to sleep is more my speed, unless I have something delicious to get my morning routine going.   

My Plant-Based Morning Routine
A Delicious Morning Routine with Puffins and Elmhurst

A few years ago I switched to a more plant-based diet. One of the easiest places to make this change came at breakfast. Usually this in the form of a green smoothie of some type, but this isn’t always convenient. Let’s face it, when you’re not a morning person, busting out the blender and the measuring cups can be a chore.

This is why I was so excited to add Barbaras Puffins Cereal and Elmhurst Milks to my morning routine. They’re a quick, delicious healthy way to help me start my day.

Cereal + Milk = Delicious

One of the reasons I begrudgingly ate cereal as a kid was because I never liked the taste of milk. Most of the time, I would eat my cereal out of the box or pour it in the bowl plain. This is how much I don’t like dairy milk.

I was so excited when dairy alternatives started arriving at my grocery store. Back then, there was only one alternative option. Today, I can choose from Oat, Almond, and Cashew.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Plant Based Milks

Before Elmhurst kindly sent me some of their milks for review, I had tried their Oat Milk and was already a fan. One of the things I like most about these unsweetened plant-based milks is how few ingredients they contain. Their Almond and Cashew have two ingredients, nuts and filtered water, while their Oat has three, water, oats and salt.

Morning Routine_Elmhurst Milks

These milks are rich, creamy and free from fillers, artificial flavors, and sugars. They are also the perfect pairing for Barbaras Puffins Cereal.

Another reason I gave up on the traditional milk and cereal was because of how mushy my cereal would get. If I didn’t eat it quick enough it would become a bowl of yuckiness. So, I was a bit skeptical about adding Puffins to my morning routine. Would these bite-sized puffs hold up to the Elmhurst milk?

Morning Routine_Barbaras Puffins Cereal

In reality, I had nothing to worry about because they are made for mixing with milk. They stay crunchy, while also absorbing just enough of the milk creaminess.

The brand was kind enough to send me two of the cereal varieties, Peanut Butter and Honey Rice. Not only do I enjoy their crispy texture, but I also love the taste. They are just right amount of hearty and sweet.

Morning Routine_Puffin Cereal Bites

Another Puffins perk is that they are low in sugar and available in vegan and vegetarian options. Their peanut butter (6 grams of sugar per serving) is low fat, vegan, and made from corn and whole grain oat.  The Honey Rice (5 grams of sugar per serving) is vegetarian, low fat, rich in fiber and made from gluten-free whole grain brown rice.

Did I mention the also have cinnamon, peanut butter and chocolate, and pumpkin cereals? I can definitely see them making an appearance in my morning routine very soon. I wonder which version of Elmhurst milks I should pour over each first? Something tells me all of their milks would pair oh so well with all of these cereals.

If you looking to add some delicious to your morning routine, try the fabulous combo of Elmhurst planet-based milks and Barbaras Puffin Cereal. I can’t promise they will make you a morning person, but they’ll at least make getting up a little easier.

What’s your morning routine? Are you a cereal and milk fan?

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