Cantaloupe Berry Salad

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We are already in our first week of summer. It’s been great so far! I have been letting my kids help plan lunches and dinners. They also have been assisting me in the kitchen. Yesterday, we came up with this Cantaloupe Berry Salad (which was gone by last night). Use fresh cantaloupe, your favorite berries and a hint of lime juice and fresh mint. It’s light, refreshing and makes a healthy dessert or after pool snack. Happy Wednesday!

 

Waffle Bananas Foster

In celebration of  National Frozen Food Month, I wanted to share a fun way to dress up the typical “Bananas Foster” to make it even more fabulous and kid-friendly: Waffle Bananas Foster. Start by using Kellogg’s Homestyle Eggo Waffles to create a dessert your family will love. In honor of National Frozen Food Month, head over to Easy Home Meals Sweepstakes page for a chance to win $10,000. All you need to do is enter your name and address (it’s that easy :)) Also, be sure to check out Easy Home Meals for more fabulous recipes and tips using frozen foods. People ask me all the time, “Are frozen foods really better?”

Here are 12 reasons why they are:

1. Availability

2. Convenience
3. Economical and Value
4. Food Safety
5. Prepared by expert chefs
6. Labeling (you know what your getting)
7. Longer Storage
8. No Waste
9. Nutrition
10. Quality
11. Taste
12. Variety
This post is sponsored by Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

10 Irresistible Ice Cream Sandwiches

I can’t believe summer is almost over, and my kids go back to school in one week. We thought we would do something fun this weekend, so we made these Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches. This recipe came out of my book “400 Best Sandwich Recipes”. They  are so easy that 3 kids have learned to make these on their own. I decided to  research some other great ice cream sandwiches, and I found 9 others that I couldn’t wait to share below:

Thai Ice Tea and Vegan Ginger Ice Cream Sandwiches via Local Milk

Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich via Not So Humble Pie

Roasted Ice Cream Sandwiches via Smells Like Home

S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches via Bright Eyed Baker

Cake & Ice Cream Sandwiches via Come Together Kids

Chocolate Creme Brûlée Ice Cream Sandwiches via Martha Stewart

Pumpkin and Gingerbread Ice Cream Sandwiches via Cannelle Et Vanille

Chocolate-Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches via Real Simple

Chocolate Covered Brownie Ice Cream Sandwich via Good Life Eats

S’mores Ice Cream Pie

My kids and I have been making a lot of S’mores this summer. I  had the idea of a S’more’s Ice Cream Pie, and I quickly put this recipe together. I used fudge ripple ice cream, but feel free to use any flavor of your favorite ice cream. You could also sprinkle the top with chocolate shavings, but kids were in such a hurry to eat it, I didn’t even have the time. Oh, well, here’s to summer 2012!

Two Ingredient Raspberry Popsicles

When I first saw “Sparkling Ice”at a friends house, my 3 kids begged me to buy it. After taking a look at the ingredients, I thought, “Why not give it a shot.” They loved all of the flavors, but it is also great to use in cocktails and even popsicle recipes. The Black Raspberry flavor was one of their favorites, and I love how easy it is to make Two Ingredient Raspberry Popsicles. Sparkling ICE is also a great alternative sport drink beverage for people of all ages. Sparkling ICE combines fresh spring water, natural fruit juices and vitamins and antioxidants to create tasty, lightly-carbonated refreshments in assorted thirst-quenching flavors. It’s a great alternative to soft drinks. It is caffeine-free, Kosher U and free of sodium and carbohydrates. For more information, see their Facebook page or website.

Sparkling ICE retails for $1.29, or $12-$15 for a 12 pack. Flavors include Coconut Pineapple, Lemon Lime, Kiwi Strawberry, Lemonade, Orange Mango, Pomegranate Berry, Pink Grapefruit, and Black Raspberry. Sparking ICE is available at retailers nationwide, including Kroger, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Publix, Winn Dixie, Amazon and more.

No-Bake Date Nut Energy Bars

I am always looking for new, healthy snack ideas for the kids, and if I can come up with a no-bake recipe idea, then even better. My two boys love dried dates, so I thought this combination of dates, nuts and flaxseed would make a great healthy snack, dessert or breakfast idea. You’ll love these too. No-Bake Date Energy Bars are not only “no-bake”, they are also gluten-free and perfect for all of my friends following the Paleo Diet. They also make a great pre or post workout snack so enjoy!

This recipe was adapted from “The Dramatic Pancake”.

Chocolate-Coconut and Toffee Bars

Need a great dessert or sweet snack to feed a crowd? A friend of mine passed me a version of a recipe which I tweaked to create these Chocolate-Coconut Toffee Bars. These remind me of  a cross between S’mores and Hello Dolly bars, but these are a little less fattening.  I used low-fat graham crackers as the base with a toffee layer topped with coconut, pecans and dark chocolate. They are so easy to make, and the kids loved them (especially for a study break snack).

Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks with Edamame Salsa

On a busy school night or jam-packed weekend, these Panko-Crusted Fish Sticks are a snap to prepare and one of my kids’ favorites! They taste and look so fantastic – no one will ever know they are oven-fried. And with only 390 calories and 10 grams of fat, I feel good about serving this recipe to the kids and their friends. Whether you pair them with this Edamame Salsa or chop them up for a salad, they are perfect for football parties, picnics and casual dinners! On top of it all, what I really love is that the exact measurements can be used to make fish “cakes” as well.

I developed these crunchy fish sticks as part of the CanolaInfo “Home is Where the Heart is” Recipe Collection for World Heart Day 2011 (Sept. 29). This observance encourages families to take their health into their own hands starting at home with diet and exercise. To learn more about World Heart Day or to view the complete recipe collection, visit CanolaInfo.org. Lastly, be sure to check out CanolaInfo’s new interactive Facebook game, which features my recipes!

Back to School Sandwich: Lunch Box Sushi & Cookbook Giveaway

My three kids start back to school in a little over a week so I’ve been trying to get back into the groove. I try to be really creative when it comes to school lunch for two out of my three children who insist on taking their own lunch. This year, I have more than enough ideas since the release of my new cookbook, “400 Best Sandwiches: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments”. One of our favorite recipes from the “Lunchbox” chapter is this recipe for Lunch Box Sushi. It’s really easy, healthy, fresh and kids love it. Feel free to substitute cooked chicken for the shrimp. In honor of the popular demand for sandwiches and back to school, I am giving away one copy of my new sandwich cookbook.

 

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This recipe is from my book “400 Best Sandwich Recipes: From Classics & Burgers to Wraps & Condiments” 2011 by Robert Rose Inc. Reprinted with permission and photo credit by Colin Erricson.