Mango Bread

Mango Bread

June is National Dairy Month so to celebrate, try this Mango Bread. If you’re wondering, what does a quick bread have to do with dairy foods, this recipe actually contains Yoplait’s Apricot Mango Yogurt and Silk soy milk and frozen mango chunks (from the freezer section). This recipe is also very easy, and there’s no mixer needed (just combine everything in one bowl). The dairy aisle is beyond cool! People tend to think of the dairy aisle as the place for everyday foods, but there are truly so many creative ways to use dairy aisle ingredients in cooking and baking. Foods are made from real, fresh, farm-grown ingredients that we need for our well-balanced lifestyle. They are nutritious and make mealtime possibilities endless for breakfast, lunch and dinnertime. Of course, people enjoy treating themselves to delicious, tasty meals and in the dairy aisle you can find a variety of indulgent treats (from appetizers to desserts). For mealtime inspiration, visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com, and follow Easy Home Meals on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest This post is sponsored by Easy Home Meals, but all opinions are my own.

Easy Strawberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt

If you’re looking for a recipe that is gluten-free and high in protein try this easy Strawberry Smoothie with Greek Yogurt. The typical brand of vanilla Greek yogurt (I used Chobani) has 120 calories, 13 grams of protein, 16 carbohydrates and no fat. This recipe makes a great quick breakfast in the morning, before or after workout pick-me-up or after school healthy snack. It would be great for Valentine’s morning too!  If you don’t have fresh strawberries, you can always use frozen. Frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at their peak and flash frozen so they have the same nutritional content. See more recipes and ideas using frozen fruits, vegetables and dairy items at Easy Home Meals. Enjoy and have a great week ahead!

 

Grilled Carnegie Sandwich

As an expert for the NFRA (National Frozen and Refrigeration Foods Association), I am excited to share that June is National Dairy month! In celebration, I am sharing my recipe for Grilled Carnegie Sandwich from my latest cookbook, 150 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. This is the perfect sandwich for Fathers’s day this weekend! I love dairy foods because they are more than just kitchen staples. With everything from milk and cheese to juice and dips to potatoes and cookie/pastry dough, the refrigerated dairy aisle is always a destination for mealtime inspiration (especially with 3 kids). Also with a variety of foods and drinks found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, you can create dishes for every meal occasion; from breakfast to dinner and everything in between.

This month NFRA has partnered with chef and culinary expert, Aida Mollenkamp, to show Americans the creative culinary possibilities that can come from foods in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Aida Mollenkamp has created unique, unexpected recipes using foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle, and each recipe offers a perfect balance of taste and health, and showcases the foods’ real, simple, farm-grown ingredients.

  • Check out culinary inspiration on The Dish Diary Tumblr – The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association’s photo blog for creative ideas and recipes for any meal occasion using foods from the refrigerated dairy aisle, and invites American’s to share their own inspired recipes.  Visit TheDishDiary.Tumblr.com to upload a photo of a creative dish or interesting food pairing made from foods found in the refrigerated dairy aisle. Also, for more mealtime inspiration also visit www.EasyHomeMeals.com

 

Vegetarian Pasta: Clean out the Freezer

I cleaned out the freezer this weekend, and I created the most awesome Vegetarian Pasta dish. My kids loved it, and they asked me if we were having company coming over. This is so easy and quick, under 30 minutes to prepare. Feel free to use any frozen vegetables in this recipe or add leftover cooked chicken or shrimp if you wish. People tend to forget that frozen foods and vegetables are picked at their peak and then flash frozen so they are just as nutritionally healthy and sometimes even more economical. Read more about the use of frozen food tips on Easy Home Meals and NFRA.

Also, check out my television appearance last week in New York on Fox & Friends First and  Fox & Friends on “What to Toss and what to keep”. It was such a blast! Video is here.

Easter 2013 Cake: Kid Friendly

My daughter, Leigh, was in the kitchen again, and she just had to make an Easter 2013 cake. She saw a photo on her Pinterest account from The Vanilla Bean Baker for a Easter Bird Nest Cake, and she invited 2 of her friends (shoutout to Lealis and Queenie) to come help. Look at this cool cake creation they made just in time for Easter! They used stick pretzels instead of piping the chocolate which I thought was SO clever! The recipe is so easy using your favorite box cake mix. As you probably have heard or saw on my last post, I am off to New York tomorrow to be on Fox & Friends Monday morning for NFRA and Easy Home Meals. Wish me luck and have a great Easter!

8 Easter Desserts Recipes and BIG NEWS! I’ll be on Fox & Friends

For Easter Sunday, I thought I decided to highlight a few of my favorite Easter dessert recipes starting with my Rice Krispy Easter Eggs made by my daughter, Leigh. Now for the BIG NEWS... I am headed to NYC Sunday to be on Fox & Friends for NFRA and Easy Home Meals Monday morning. Be sure to watch on Monday! I will post exact times on my Twitter and Facebook accounts!

Angry Peep Kabobs via The Decorated Cookie

Italian Easter Bread via Roxana’s Home Baking

Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting via Bake with Flours

Easter Chick Cookies via Diamonds for Dessert

Bunny Cake Pops via Bakerella

Easter Dress Cookies via Sweet Sugar belle

Mudslide Ice Cream Cake via Bakers Royal

Shrimp-Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice and $150 Visa Giveaway

People always ask me how do I get my three kids to eat so healthy. Being a busy but health-conscious mom, I always want to prepare meals using the best possible ingredients. I love using frozen foods in cooking because frozen fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and flash frozen, locking in beneficial nutrients. Frozen foods work great (and are budget-friendly) in many recipes such as in this one: Shrimp-Vegetable Quinoa Fried Rice. It’s a healthy, gluten-free main dish that is a twist on fried rice. It’s a favorite at our house, and it’s so quick and easy.

I am so pleased to announce that this year marks the 30th Annual National Frozen Food Month. In honor of this, the National Frozen and  Refrigerated Foods Association is offering a few cool sweepstakes this month! Also, I am  offering a $150 Visa Gift card. To enter my giveaway, leave a comment telling me your favorite way to use frozen foods in cooking. The winner will be drawn on Wednesday, March 27th  at 8 a.m central.

 Additional entries can be earned by doing the following below:

1. Tweet about the giveaway (using the hashtag #MarchFrozenFoodMonth and tagging @EasyHomeMeals and @alisonlewis) on http://wp.me/ptHvn-aoz

2.  Like Easy Home Meals on Facebook

3.  Follow Easy Home Meals on Pinterest

4. Check out the “Farm to Fork” video

5. Like Alison Lewis on Facebook

6. Follow Alison Lewis on Twitter

7. Follow Alison Lewis on Pinterest

Other NFRA Sweepstakes include:

Facebook Freezer Giveaway:

 One freezer will be given away each week,this month, on the Easy Home Meals Facebook page (courtesy of Hussmann)

Family Adventure Sweepstakes:

NFRA is partnering with the DreamWorks film, The Croods, which is released on March 22, for a DreamWorks Experience at Gaylord Hotels Family Adventure Sweepstakes. One grand prize winner will receive a trip for a family of four to one of four Gaylord Hotels resort destinations for a ShrekFeast interactive character meal, a DreamWorks character meet and greet and DreamWorks theme scavenger hunt and $1,000 spending money. Enter as soon as you can on Easy Home Meals.

Cherry-Coconut and Kale Smoothie: Budget Friendly and Packed with Antioxidants

I am so honored and excited to announce my partnership with the National Frozen and Refrigerated Foods Association & Easyhomemeals.com. As a busy mom of three very active children, it is fabulous to be a part of the new food panel for Easy Home Meals. To kick off the new year, Cherry-Coconut and Kale Smoothie is healthy, filled with antioxidants and tastes great. We absolutely love kale smoothies for breakfast or afternoon snacks, and this new kale smoothie uses frozen cherries, Birds Eye frozen coconut and Dole frozen pineapple. I also love to use Yoplait frozen Greek yogurt in my smoothies to boost protein in my diet as well as the kids. Using frozen foods are a lifesaver. They are budget friendly, healthy and convenient. People often ask is frozen fruit as healthy as fresh? With shipping and storage, fresh fruit can sit around for as long as two weeks before it gets to your local supermarket. In contrast, frozen fruits are often picked and frozen at the peak of freshness. It’s great to use frozen fruits in smoothies because the fruits are already cold, and there won’t be a need to add any ice. I hope you’ll like this recipe as much as we do and stay tuned for more recipes this coming your with NFRA and Easy Home Meals.