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    Veggie Pinwheels with Greek Yogurt Dill Dip

    September 13th, 2018

    Veggie Pinwheels are the perfect school lunch. Made with cream cheese & vegetable filling spread on tortillas, topped with cheese, just slice and serve!

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Dairy Association North East.

    School lunches can be the bane of my existence. My kids love a hot lunch and there are some mornings that I don’t feel like going through the production of heating up chicken nuggets or mac-and-cheese.

    Thankfully, over the summer, we tried out some new lunch ideas. One of their favorites? Pinwheels! Pinwheels are so versatile and you can customize them to your kids’ liking. Plus, you can make a batch on Sunday to last throughout the week.

    It’s important to me to pack fresh fruit and veggies into the boys’ lunches. Lunch is the perfect time for this. They, like their father, prefer raw vegetables over cooked. They love to snack on cucumbers and carrots so I thought I would use that to my advantage when creating these veggie pinwheels.

    Another important thing to include in their lunch is dairy.

    Why dairy?

    Research has shown that good nutrition and healthy habits positively affect a child’s academic performance, which makes a healthy and balanced lunch essential for a child’s success in school. While they could have milk to drink, I like to find other ways to incorporate dairy in my kids’ lunches. 

    One of the easier ways is with cheese and cream cheese! Cream cheese is the base of tortilla pinwheels. Whether you make a turkey, cheese, or veggie pinwheel, cream cheese is the glue that holds it altogether.

    Another way I add dairy to their lunch is with cheese. My kids love cheese so this is an easy one to include in their lunches.

    Adding cheese to your kids’ lunchboxes is a great way to get the calcium and protein they need to fuel growing bodies. Whether it is cubed in a bento box, shredded on a wrap or stacked on their favorite sandwich…any way you slice it, cheese helps fuel their school day!

    How to Make Veggie Pinwheels

    To make these veggie pinwheels, you will need your kids’ favorite diced veggies (we used cucumber, carrots, celery, and tomatoes), cream cheese, shredded cheese, and tortillas.

    In a mixer, beat cream cheese and veggies until blended. If using soft vegetables, like tomatoes, fold them into the cream cheese mixture.

    Spread a thin layer onto your tortillas. You don’t wan them too thick or they will be hard to roll.

    Roll your tortilla up and slice! You can make these in bulk for the week.

    If your kids like to dip, you can make a simple dill dip that gets even more dairy into their lunchbox. Combine dill with plain Greek yogurt and you have a simple dip!

    Looking for more veggie packed recipes? We think you’ll enjoy these!

    Veggie Pinwheels with Dill Dip

    Veggie Pinwheels with Dill Dip


    Ingredients
    • 8 oz cream cheese softened
    • 8 inch tortilla
    • 3 cups assorted vegetables diced
    • cheddar cheese
    Greek Yogurt Dill Dip
    • 1 cup plain Greek Yogurt
    • 2 tsp dill weed
    Instructions
    1. Dice assorted vegetables. 

    2. In a mixer, beat softened cream cheese and diced vegetables. If using soft vegetables, like tomatoes, fold them in separately. 

    3. Spread a thin later of the cream mixture over tortillas. 

    4. Roll tortillas. Slice into bite sized pieces. 

    Greek Yogurt Dill Dip
    1. Mix plain Greek Yogurt and dill before serving.

    Looking for more ways to include dairy into your kids’ lunch? Check out these tips!

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Dairy Association North East.

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    5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip

    September 7th, 2018

    This 5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip is easy to make with only four ingredients! Simply combine salsa, Greek yogurt, taco seasoning, and fresh cilantro for a quick after school or anytime snack!

     THIS POST IS CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH ACME MARKETS. ALL OPINIONS AND STATEMENTS ARE MY OWN. 

    I don’t know about your kids but when my kids come through the door at the end of the school day, they are starving! The first thing they ask for when they come home is a snack. This is why I try to have something waiting for them.

    If I make something ahead of time, I can make sure they are eating something good for them and won’t spoil their dinner.

    The only problem? Sometimes I forget about the snack until minutes before they are due home. This is why I turn to quick and easy after-school snacks that are easy to throw together so they have something waiting for them.

    The only problem? Sometimes I forget about the snack until minutes before they are due home. This is why I turn to quick and easy after-school snacks that are easy to throw together so they have something waiting for them.

    Dips are an easy after-school snack idea for kids. All you need are a few ingredients and dippers and you are good to go! You can usually raid your pantry and fridge for all of your ingredients and have a healthy snack on the table.

    What is 5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip?

    You can whip up this dip before the kids come home from school in as little as 5 minutes! Simply combine  salsa, Greek yogurt, taco seasoning, and cilantro in a food processor and your dip is ready to go! You can serve this dip with fresh veggies, chips, or crackers. It’s a versatile dip perfect for any occasion!

    What Ingredients are in 5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip?

    I love substituting Greek yogurt in my recipes and no one’s the wiser! However, you can use sour cream in its place. But trust me, no one will know difference.

    You can make this dip as mild or spicy as you like! We tend to like things a little milder so mild salsa is my go-to. If you want even more zip to your dip, add more taco seasoning. The taco seasoning helps balance everything out and really give this Creamy Salsa Dip a punch!

    If you are a cilantro fan, go ahead and throw that bad boy in there. If you are someone like me who thinks cilantro tastes like soap (yup, I have that gene) feel free to omit it.

    I stock up on all of my O Organics® ingredients at my local ACME Markets. The O Organics® line, available in my area exclusively at ACME Markets stores, offers USDA certified organic products for creating delicious, healthy and affordable snacks that everyone will enjoy.

    And, if you are anything like me, you may need some extra help with the groceries! When I need groceries, but don’t necessarily have the time to go to the store, I have them delivered from Acme! This awesome service has gotten me out of a jam or two and has totally saved the day

    How Do You Make 5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip?

    It is super simple to make this 5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip!  Blend everything together in a blender or food processor until smooth and creamy. That’s it!

    Keep your dip refrigerated before serving. In fact, if you want your dip to have even more of punch, make it the night before. The longer the dip sits in the fridge, the thicker it gets!

    Looking for more easy dips? Here are a few of our favorites:

    Are you ready to make this 5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip?

    5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip

    5 Minute Creamy Salsa Dip


    Ingredients
    • 1 cup O Organics salsa mild, medium, or hot
    • 3/4 cup O Organics Greek yogurt OR sour cream
    • 2 to 3 teaspoons taco seasoning
    • 1 cup packed cilantro leaves
    • O Organics Cheddar Animals Lions, O Organics Pita Chips Original Sea Salt, O Organics Mini Blue Corn Chips, and cut veggies
    Instructions
    1. Measure salsa, Greek yogurt, taco seasoning, and cilantro into a blender or food processor. Blend/process on high until smooth, creamy, and well-combined. 

    2. Serve as a dip with tortilla chips and/or raw veggies, or drizzle over Mexican entrees such as quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, nachos, etc.

 

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Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta

September 6th, 2018

A quick and easy one pot pasta packed with spinach and creamy tomato. Perfect for busy school nights!

Thank you to DaVinci® for sponsoring this Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta. As always, all opinions are my own.

Once the kids are back in school and fall baseball starts, I need quick and easy dinners. There are many nights that I have to help the kids with homework and get dinner on the table at the same time.

Some of my favorite one pot dishes are pasta based. And you need a great pasta to hold that dinner together.

DaVinci Pasta starts with 100% durum wheat semolina for quality flavor and warm air-dry process to cultivate the perfect texture. With 50 varieties, you can taste the DaVinci® difference. Made in Italy, DaVinci pasta brings authentic Italian to every one of your Kitchen creations.

If you’d rather skip right to the Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

What’s in Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta?

This one pot dish only has a few ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes. To make this Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta, you will need:

My favorite part of this recipe is the mascarpone cheese! It adds just the right amount of creaminess to make this dish rich and flavorful!

It’s super easy to make this Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta!

How to Make Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta

Making Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta couldn’t be any easier! You only need one pot to whip up this dish. There’s no waiting for the water to boil. No pasta to drain.

NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR COOKING ESSENTIALS, YOU ARE READY TO MAKE THIS Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta!

Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta

Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta

A quick and easy one pot pasta packed with spinach and creamy tomato. Perfect for busy school nights!

Ingredients
  • 16 oz DaVinci Rotini Pasta
  • olive oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp dried Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes (with juice) 14.5 oz each
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • fresh basil
  • 9 oz fresh spinach
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp mascarpone
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat some olive oil and gently saute your onions until soft.

  2. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning, and saute on low heat for a further 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

  3. Add tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Cook for 5 minutes, until bubbling.

  4. Add rotini along with the boiling water. 

  5. Bring to a boil, and then simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring often, until the pasta has cooked and the sauce has thickened back up. 

  6. Add the spinach, basil and butter, and stir over a low heat until it’s cooked down.

  7. Stir in the mascarpone until melted.

If you are looking for a quick school night dinner, than this Creamy Tomato & Spinach One Pot Pasta is it!

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Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

September 6th, 2018

Sweet potato tacos with black beans, vegetables and a hint of honey and lime. A must try taco filling recipe for Fall!

Confession: I never had a sweet potato until just a few years ago. True. Story.

The first time I tried sweet potatoes was on a trip with ACME. We spent the day cooking and learning about their products and ended with an amazing lunch. One of the things on the menu were these Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos. They just looked too good not to try!

And now, I make them all the time!

If you’d rather skip right to the Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos recipe – simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.

What’s in Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Well, the name kinda speaks for itself doesn’t? Here is what you need to make them yourself:

IT’S SUPER EASY TO MAKE Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos!

How to Make Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Making Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos couldn’t be any easier! Roast your sweet potatoes in the oven with olive oil and seasoning. While they are roasting, heat your onions, black beans, and corn. Toss together and assemble your tacos!

To finish your tacos, top them to your liking! You can top them with lettuce, diced avocados, salsa, or Cotija cheese.

Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Honey-Lime Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Sweet potato tacos with black beans, vegetables and a hint of honey and lime. A must try taco filling recipe for Fall!

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 lbs sweet potatoes peeled if desired and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil divided
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 14.5 oz can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen yellow corn thawed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Cilantro optional
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Toppings: lettuce, Cojita cheese, diced avocados, Salsa optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil then place sweet potatoes on foil. Drizzle with 3 Tbsp olive oil and toss to evenly coat. Sprinkle evenly with cumin, paprika, coriander, cayenne pepper and season lightly with salt and pepper to taste then toss to evenly coat. Bake in preheated oven 15 - 20 minutes until tender, removing from oven and tossing once halfway through baking.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot add onion and saute until caramelized (golden brown on edges and tender), about 5 - 6 minutes, adding in garlic during last 30 seconds of sauteing. Reduce heat to medium-low, add in drained black beans, corn, honey and lime juice. Heat until warmed through. Toss in roasted sweet potatoes and cilantro. Serve over warm tortillas with desired toppings.

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Prepping for a Consignment Sale

September 5th, 2018

I have been at this consignment sale game for a few years now and I have learned a thing or two on how to prep and how to prep well. Follow these tips to sell your stuff and make some money (and get out of your house)!

This post is sponsored by #JBFPhilly. All tips and opinions are based on my years of shopping the sale!

I love shopping consignment sales for the boys! Over the years, I have scored some amazing deals. but I don’t just shop the sales. I also consign at them!

This is a relative easy way to clean out clothes that are too small and toys that the kids don’t play with anymore.

My all-time favorite consignment sale is coming up and I can not wait! You do not want to miss this sale. The #JBFPhilly sale runs September 20-23, with a pre-sale event on September 19th at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Ave – HALL B, Oaks 19456).

Want to consign at the JBFPhilly sale? Sign up HERE!

Pre-sale tickets for special guests (teachers and first time parents/grandparents) for September 19 can be grabbed HERE!

Want to attend the sale? Get your tickets HERE! Admission is $3 on the first day, September 20 but is waived with these tickets. All other days are free!

Never consigned before? Don’t worry I got you covered!

How to Prep for a Consignment Sale

how to prep for a consignment sale

1. Start way in advance. In the beginning, I made the mistake of waiting to sort and tag until the day before drop-off. Now, I am constantly adding things to the consignment pile throughout the year. I have a hamper in Ben’s room that is no longer used for dirty clothes. Instead, clothes that he outgrows during the year get placed in the hamper. When it comes time for that season’s sale all of the clothes are in one place. Same goes with shoes, hats, coats, etc.

2. Hoard those hangers. Another thing I gather throughout the year are hangers. If you are consigning clothes, you are going to need them. I have a reuseable tote that is designated the hanger holder. Keep your hangers that you get from the sale. When you buy clothes in the store, ask to keep the hangers. If you need to purchase hangers, the dollar store is the best place to grab them.

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3. Gather your supplies. My number one lifesaver when tagging for the consignment sale is a tagging gun. You can pick one up for $8 on Amazon and you will have enough barbs to last you a few sales. Other supplies you should have on hand are safety pins (a lot!), shipping tape, rubber bands, a paper cutter, batteries (grab them from the dollar store), Lysol wipes, and storage bags.

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4. Prep your items. Sort through your clothes with a fine tooth comb. Look for stains, fading, and tears. Weed out those items as they will not pass the clothing inspection. Wipe down toys and equipment with the Lysol wipes. Have scuff marks on toys? Use a Magic Eraser to get them off!

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5. Sort your tags. Sort your tags between categories: toys, clothes, baby equipment, etc. I also sort my clothing tags by brand. This will help tagging go smoothly.

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6. Tag with care. When using your tagging gun, you want to make sure you tag in a place that will not leave a hole in the item. The easiest place is on the existing tag of the clothing. However, with a lot of clothing being tagless, this can be more difficult. Find an inside seam to place the tag.

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When using packing tape to adhere a tag onto an item, make sure you don’t place it over the name of the item or in a place that will damage the item or packaging.

7. Tag in multiples. Sets or clothing sold in multiples tend to sell better at consignment sales. If you are selling a set of shirts, for example, rubber band the hangers together instead of trying to cram them onto one hanger. Another good reason to use rubber bands? People look for them! When I am shopping, I look for hangers rubber banded together because I know the better deals are in sets.

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8. Load up your car! You are ready to go!  If you have everything sorted and prepped in your car, it will make drop off a lot easier for you.

It’s really that easy!

If you are looking for more consignment tips, check out “Everything You Need to Know about Consignment Sale Shopping!”

Originally posted 2014-04-23 06:10:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette

September 2nd, 2018

This Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette is a classic salad packed with leafy greens and sweet strawberries. Make this salad in a Mason Jar for easy transport!

I am holding onto the last bits of summer! The easiest way to do this is with your favorite summer foods.

And it doesn’t get any more summer than with a fresh summer salad! This  Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette is hands down my favorite salad ever.

It’s easy to throw together. It’s packed with greens that will keep you full. And it just screams summer!

This salad is a classic and you will find a million recipes for it. I like to twist this salad in a few ways.

One, while I love a standard vinaigretteI also like to turn them into a creamy dressing. You can do this by combining your favorite vinaigrette with plain Greek Yogurt. It’s super simple: a simple one-to-one ratio of Greek Yogurt to vinaigrette.

I also like to add chicken to my salad for protein. I always buy a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store so I can easily throw it into salads and casseroles.

Another way I like to spin this salad is by preparing it in a Mason Jar. You can make a few of these on Sunday night and have them ready for the week. There are a few things you have to remember when making a salad in a jar.

Tips for making a salad in a jar:

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IT’S SUPER EASY TO MAKE THIS Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette!

You don’t need any special kitchen equipment to make Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette so there’s no excuse not to make it right now!

NOW THAT YOU HAVE YOUR COOKING ESSENTIALS, YOU ARE READY TO MAKE THIS Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette!

Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette

Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette

This Spinach Strawberry and Walnut Salad with Creamy Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is a classic salad packed with leafy greens and sweet strawberries. Make this salad in a Mason Jar for easy transport!

Ingredients
  • strawberries hulled and sliced
  • Spinach Spring Mix
  • walnuts chopped
  • shredded chicken
  • Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • Greek Yogurt plain
Instructions
Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette
  1. Wisk together equal parts of rapsberry vinaigrette and plain Greek Yogurt. 

Mason Jar Salad
  1. Add your dressing to the bottom of the jar.

  2. Add protein, like chicken.

  3. Layer walnuts then Spinach Spring Mix.

  4. Top with sliced strawberries.

  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat. When ready, empty your salad onto a plate.

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