Grapefruit Dessert Recipes

grapefruit dessert ricotta recipe

Looking for a tasty dessert that won’t ruin all the resolutions you’ve made? Did you know half a grapefruit is roughly 60 calories and 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C!

While I grew up loving the grapefruits my great grandparents sent from Florida once a year, I’ve got to tell you, this is a whole different realm of deliciousness. Red grapefruit is sweeter and more nuanced than what I used to eat as a child. This is a grown-up fruit with a bold taste. And it’s most certainly not just for breakfast.

Wonderful Sweet Scarletts are a new brand of Texas Red Grapefruits that will change the way you think about grapefruits. These grapefruits are so sweet, you won’t even need to add sugar.

eat drink and be merry

This holiday season we were invited to a special lunch hosted by Wonderful Sweet Scarletts. Bloggers gathered at the Andaz Hotel to taste Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit recipes from Haylie Duff. The adorable Texan chef wears many hats: actress, author and host of The Cooking Channel’s, The Real Girl’s Kitchen.

Haylie dreamed up a menu that highlighted the versatility of the fruit. Lucky me, I got to taste all of her creations and she really got me thinking out of the breakfast box. From ceviche to salad to BBQ, grapefruit can be the centerpiece of your healthy meal planning in 2016. While the ceviche certainly wowed me, it was the dessert that really changed my mind about how I’m going to work grapefruits into my life.

You can see all Haylie’s Sweet Scarletts recipes here. I’m sharing my favorite: Wonderful Sweet Scarletts Grapefruit Brûlée & Sweet Ricotta.

Ricotta Cream Ingredients:
1 cup ricotta
1 cup mascarpone cheese
3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon lemon juice
pinch of lemon zest
pinch of sea salt

Grapefruit Brûlée Ingredients:
5 Wonderful Sweet Scarletts grapefruit segments
1⁄2 cup brown sugar
1⁄2 cup Wonderful Pistachios, shelled

Directions:
1. Combine ricotta cream ingredients in a small bowl and chill for 30 minutes.
2. Using a food processor, pulverize shelled pistachios.
3. Using a culinary torch or oven broiler, melt the brown sugar across the Wonderful Sweet Scarletts grapefruit wedges.
4. Arrange sweet cream, grapefruit wedges and garnish with pistachio dust.
5. Drizzle with honey or agave, if desired.

The dessert is shown in the feature photo and it was out of this world. There was terrific contrast in flavors and a tangy richness. Total crowd pleaser!

Over the holiday I had plenty of Sweet Scarletts on hand, but not the ingredients to make the ricotta, so I reworked the recipe a little. Instead of ricotta, I used Greek yogurt. I then sprinkled honey and pistachios on top for a quick and easy lo-cal dessert. Check out my work:

grapefruit diet dessert

My family was impressed when I served this up after a meal of holiday leftovers. They gobbled it up! Don’t wait to get yours, the season runs Nov through April. Once they’re gone, you’ve got to wait until the next growing season.

This is not a sponsored post. We did get loads of grapefruits!

?> -->

Slow Cooker Subscription Box

low and slow review

Are you crazy about your slow cooker or crock pot but frustrated about being in a recipe rut? Low N’ Slow Box to the rescue.

Low N’ Slow Box is a new subscription-based service for slow cooking meals and it just launched. You know I love to cook, but don’t have oodles of time to pour over complicated recipes. The slow cooker revolution appealed to me–I can use fresh ingredients to create a tasty, nutritious meal. And I do. Trouble is, I ran out of recipes and inspiration.

Low N’ Slow delivers easy-to-make recipes each month. In your box, you’ll get a couple recipe cards, ingredients (minus the meat and perishables) and tips on how to prepare some great slow cooked meals. I’m already sold on subscription boxes and I love my how my slow cooker delivers flavorful meals with minimal effort. Heck yes, I wanted to try this.

My first box arrived. There’s nothing fancy or cute about the packaging (I’m sure they’re working on that. And the recipes were on paper, not cards (the paper got trashed in my kitchen, thicker card stock would be great).

I started with a slow cooker chicken recipe–the Sweet Apple BBQ Chicken. True to the promise, most everything was included except for the chicken, apples carrots and celery–they even tossed onions into the box. I didn’t have to shop for much. And I loved the pre-measured spices in tiny ziploc bags.

The recipe was simple to follow with plenty of flair. I appreciated that they also sourced unique products like the finishing touch Kosmo’s BBQ sauce. The clever chefs also give you ideas for other ways to use up the ingredients. I simply did a bit of chopping and prepping in Sunday morning and popped my bird into the slow cooker. Here’s how it looked.

special spices

The Killer Bee spice was great–we’ll definitely use that again! After the slow cooker did it’s magic. I put the fully cooked chicken into the fridge for a day.

before broiler

Looks like boiled chicken. Fine. But not too exciting. The exciting part was the final step–adding the BBQ sauce and broiling the bird until the skin got crisp.

after broiler

Now that’s better! The chicken came out moist and quite flavorful. All I had to do on Monday night after work was pop it under the broiler. We’re going to try the other recipe (pork loin) this weekend. It’s an easy way to keep things fresh in the kitchen and I’m excited to see what next month brings.

This makes a great last-minute gift for any of your busy friends that want to make more home-cooked meals. Order your subscription here www.lownslowbox.com

This is not a sponsored post.

?> -->

Holiday Playdate with Foodstirs

foodstirs goody bag

Foodstirs baking kit helped this mom work some Christmas magic. Mom Guilt Alert: All those picture perfect baking moments on instagram and pinterest were starting to get to me. Most years I roll out my family sugar cookie recipe and bake with the girls. This year, I seem to be short on time for EVERYTHING.

helping hands

Rather than release the Scrooge inside, I reached for a Foodstirs playdate to mix up some holiday magic. Thanks to Foodstirs baking kits, my girls got to to roll and cut and decorate and I got to keep my sanity in check.

kids in the kitchen

Foodstirs are baking kits sourced with the best ingredients possible. Imagine if you had all the time in the world to read labels and shop all over town for the best of the best to put into your baked goods. The ladies behind the brand do all that hard work for you AND they deliver to you in a tidy little package. Thankfully, I’d gotten a special delivery of the Foodstirs Sugar Cookie Mix this week at a special Momtrends event.

foodstirs moms

To celebrate the season, and the genius of Foodstirs, we co-hosted a holiday blogger breakfast at the Crosby Hotel in NYC. Foodstirs Founders, Galit Laibow and Sarah Michelle Gellar brought the food, we brought our favorite NYC influencers. We gathered to chat about food, parenting trends and social media trends.

sarah michelle gellar

What we heard is that moms and dads are stretched thin. We want to carve out those special moments and we most certainly don’t want to feed our kids crud. But oh, there’s so much to do. Especially this time of year. We all agreed that baking with kids is awesome–especially when the Foodstirs kits make it so easy.

busy bakers

Some of the big trends we see coming–more cooking kits geared towards boys, more grandparents hosting cooking playdates, and more parents relying upon delivery services to make life simpler. Foodstirs is one trend for moms we think is here to stay.

This is not a sponsored post. To find out more about Foodstirs visit foodstirs.com

 

?> -->

Create a Burger Bar

burger bar family meal

Time to fire up the grill. This party theme is such a crowd pleaser–a burger bar. Find out how we set up this family-friendly meal

I’m walking you through my picks for toppings and options to make the meal a bit healthier with sides of raw veggies.

Veggies for dipping

and we’ve got tips for making a skinny burger!

Skinny burger

?> -->

Exploring NYC with Foods Of NY Tours

Exploring NYC with Foods Of NY Tours

One of the most incredible aspects of living in NYC is having access to so many unique and varied food choices.

However, with there being so many restaurants and cultural neighborhoods it can be challenging to see and experience everything! Enter, Foods Of NY, an interactive and fun tour experience that started in 1999 by Todd Lefkovic whose goal was to introduce locals and visitors to the ultimate, off-the-beaten-path, food and cultural experiences.

Originating the Food Tourism concept 15 years ago with his Original Greenwich Village Food Tour, FoodsOfNY tours offer an “insider” experience at the best local restaurants and specialty gourmet shops in each neighborhood, with a concentration on historic family owned and operated businesses.

My daughter and I recently experienced this fun and interesting tour where we started out at Murray’s Cheese Shop and enjoyed a walking (and tasting) excursion of this historic area. This included an experience with a licensed tour guides who had an in-depth knowledge of history, culture and architecture of NY, a contagious love of food and true New Yorker’s point of view.

Food Tour NY 1 Food Tour NY 2 Food Tour NY

During the intimate tour, this included visits to so many different and unique places that I have never experienced – even as a native New Yorker – including enjoying olive oil at O & Co Olive Oil Shop, pizza at Joe Pizza, rice balls at FAICCO’S ITALIAN SPECIALTIES, meatballs at PESCE PASTA and much more where we were able to soak in the history and culture of these amazing eateries. We also enjoyed a history of Cornelia Street – stopping in the Cornelia Street Cafe and learning all about this distinct and special street that is filled with small restaurants. Personally, I loved hearing about the history of the area as well as how some of the most renowned restaurants in the area got their start.

Food Tour NY 4 Food Tour NY 3 Food Tour NY5

Food Tours NYC

With so many chain stores dominating NYC, it was really nice to see a different side of NYC through the eyes of Mom & Pop owned specialty food shops. This is fantastic for tourists to experience NYC as well as residents as they experience in ultimate food and cultural experience “off the beaten” path.

With a company whose mission to continually seek out and share food and cultural finds, we loved how the Foods of New York Tours took us on an incredible three-hour journey into the Greenwich Village as we explored the neighborhood, food, and venues that made for a truly special NYC experience.

More Foods of New York Tours:

Follow on Bloglovin

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were complimentary tour for this review.

For even more Momtrends, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram!

?> -->

Kickers Powdered Fruit Blends

sprinkle-whatarekickers

Are you looking for an easy way to enhance and amply the nutritional benefits in your food? We recently discovered just that with Kickers® powdered fruit blends, an all natural, gluten free, non-GMO, fruit based powdered sweetener.

Kickers

Whether you have picky kids, or are looking to enhance the flavor in your food, Kickers are a great way to add in a burst of fruit flavors to your everyday foods such as oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt, ice-cream, cottage cheese, hot and cold cereal, popcorn, protein drinks, smoothies, and so much more.

WhatAreKickers_1

We recently tested out the delicious line, and loved how easy it was to enhance our food by simple sprinkling on these natural flavorings. This includes Apple Cinnamon, Maple Banana Cream, Strawberry Banana, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana that are made with real fruit and contain NO artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup.

Containing only 15-20 calories per serving and with 2-3 grams of sugar per serving, Kickers are a wonderful and easy way to enhance your food without drastically changing up the way you eat. They are also low in fat or fat free, and come packaged in a 25 serving family sized spouted pouch (retail $9.99) and a double serving ‘on the go’ stick pack (retail $1.49).

Perfect for families and those looking to enhance their health, Kickers are a convenient and portable way to ‘sprinkle a little goodness’ directly on your favorite foods.

 

Follow on Bloglovin

Momtrends was not paid for this post. WE were given samples for review.

For even more Momtrends, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram!

 

?> -->

Holiday Tea & Cookie Decorating Party

CLK_1868

 Start the party off right with a cute invitation like this one from Polka Dot Design!
Holiday Christmas Tea Invitation

The holidays are such a special time, but let’s face it, they can be really hectic. Between gift wrapping, hiding the Elf and holiday baking, the holidays are a lot of work for busy moms! With a sweet holiday tea party and a super easy baking kit from Betty Crocker, a holiday tea and cookie decorating party can be just the break you need from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

bettykit1

Betty Crocker’s holiday baking kit comes wrapped up in a pretty package complete with everything you need to bake with your kiddos! From sugar cookie mix to spoons to a cookie cutter, the only thing you’ll need is an egg and a stick of butter! It doesn’t get  much easier than that!

INGREDIETNS

The holiday baking kit from Betty Crocker lets you #getyourbettyon with all the ingredients needed to whip up fabulous holiday treats. From sugar cookie mix to frosting to oven mitts, the kit has it all! All you need are your kiddos creativity to bring the cookies to life!

CLK_1896

Cookie decorating is a fun activity for a group of kids any time of year! To prepare the cookies to be decorated at the party, bake cookies with your child ahead of time. To create easy sugar cookies, you just use the Betty Crocker mix and add in butter and an egg. A party dress from Counting Daisies makes the perfect baking outfit for a holiday tea!

BROOKE1

Transfer the dough to a floured cutting board and start rolling out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick, a little extra help might be needed.

ROLLING PIN

Now comes the fun part! Using the gingerbread cookie cutter from the Betty Crocker kit, start cutting out little gingerbread men and placing on an ungreased baking sheet.

CLK_1906

BROOKE3

After baking in the oven for 5-7 minutes, your gingerbread men are ready to cool and more importantly, ready to be decorated! Set up a simple decorating station for your party including the baked cookies, sprinkles and different colored frosting made with Betty food coloring gel. CLK_1890CLK_1908 CLK_1910The kids will love getting their Betty on! From frosting to sprinkles, these cookies will almost look to good to eat!

CLK_2014CLK_2072CLK_2024

CLK_2035 CLK_2017  Who can blame the kiddos from sneaking a quick lick of yummy frosting?

CLK_2102

CLK_2090  CLK_2093When setting up for this fun tea party, use festive tablecloths and napkins. The colors green, pink and red are perfect for the holidays but the color combo can be used any time of year! Sparkly ornaments in a bowl and candy canes make great holiday table decorations!

CLK_1993CLK_1940CL2_0087

Flowers are always a fun addition to any party table!

CLK_1946For an added party favor, personalized ornaments are a fun take home gift for each child!

CLK_1938Since this is a tea party, don’t be hesitant to use tea cups all around the party! Pretty white teacups from Ikea are perfect for displaying candies and snacks like these fun snowmen marshmallows also from Ikea.

CLK_1834CLK_1829CLK_1869

CLK_1877In addition to cookie decorating, a craft station is also a fun addition to any party to keep kids busy! Michaels has a wide array of easy crafts for all ages and any time of year!  The Ikea tea cups are  great for storing small art supplies at the craft station!

CLK_1960CLK_2098 CLK_2067Set up a cute tea and hot chocolate station on Ikea’s easy to assemble rolling cart. Add in a pop of color with Ikea’s festive tan and red table runner.

 CLK_1918 CLK_1919

This festive red bowl from Ikea is perfect for storing their fun Snowmen marshmallows at the tea and hot chocolate station.

CLK_1962A tea party typically doesn’t need a lot of food, but small finger sandwiches and other light snacks are a welcome addition. Using the cookie cutter from the Betty Crocker holiday kit is a cute way to make tea sandwiches in the shape of gingerbread men.

CLK_1827CLK_1888  Light snacks like popcorn and veggies and hummus are great for an afternoon spread.

 CLK_1870

CLK_1907

Bringing a hostess gift is always a good idea, and luckily Ikea has a mini tea set that any little girl will love.

CLK_1846CLK_1859From cookie decorating to hot chocolate, everyone will love this party! With super easy baking items from Betty Crocker and cute decor from Ikea, throwing this party will be no-stress fun for the holidays!

For more party tips and tricks, head over to Jackie Fogartie Events‘ blog!

 

 

spons logo

 

Follow on Bloglovin

This is a sponsored post.

For even more Momtrends, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram

?> -->

Classic Thanksgiving Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole Recipe

With 30 million green-bean casseroles set to appear on Thanksgiving tables next week, I’m writing to suggest a story for MomTrends on a fun holiday survey:  “New York is ranked #20 in the U.S. for love of green-beancasserole, according to the Del Monte Green Bean Index.”

To conduct this study, bean counters at Del Monte asked 1,500 Americans to “go green bean” and rate their fondness for the classic green-bean casserole side dish.

Check out the Top 20 U.S. states with the highest concentration of green-bean casserole lovers as well as the classic recipe below.

THE TOP 20 U.S. STATES THAT LOVE GREEN-BEAN CASSEROLE

#1:  Kentucky (78% of residents ‘really like or love the dish’)
#2:  Wisconsin (77%)
#3:  Missouri (76%)
#4:  Iowa (75%)
#5:  Maine (74%)
#6:  New Hampshire (73%)
#7:  Florida (72%)
#8:  Colorado (71%)
#9:  California (69%)
#10: Mississippi (68%)
#11:  Oklahoma (67%)
#12:  Utah (66%)
#13:  Kansas (66%)
#14:  Texas (65%)
#15:  Maryland (64%)
#16:  Ohio (63%)
#17:  Massachusetts (62%)
#18:  Illinois (61%)
#19:  Michigan (60%)
#20:  New York (60%)

TOP FIVE ‘SECRET INGREDIENTS’ FOR GREEN-BEAN CASSEROLE:

Del Monte also asked state residents to rate their favorite “secret ingredient” — a single, creative item that can be added to the casserole‘s iconic green bean, cream of mushroom, and french fried onion flavors to make it unique and different.  According to the survey, the Top 5 most-wanted secret ingredients are:

#1:  Bacon (37% picked it as their favorite secret ingredient)
#2:  Cheese (19%)
#3:  Mushrooms (15%)
#4:  Bread crumbs, croutons, or crushed crackers (12%)
#5:  Almonds (8%)

Green Bean Casserole:

Ingredients
2 can (10.75oz.each) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 cup milk
2 tsps. soy sauce
¼ tsp. black pepper
4 can (14.5oz.each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
2⅔ cups French’s® French Fried Onions, divided

Directions
Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in a 3-qt. casserole.
Bake at 350° F, uncovered, 25 minutes or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions.
Bake 5 minutes longer or until onions are golden brown.

 

Follow on Bloglovin

Momtrends was not paid for this post. 

For even more Momtrends, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram

?> -->

(Video): Vegan Homemade Chili Recipe

Vegan Homemade Chili Recipe

While we are loving the cooler weather as an excuse to rock our favorite fall fashions, it is also an incredible time to enjoy the comforts of staying in. With that comes more cooking and baking with one of our favorite recipes being a Vegan Homemade Chili. A healthy addition for the whole family, this easy recipe was made in a slow cooker where you essentially combine the ingredients, set the timer and enjoy a hearty fall staple in a few hours. Be sure to check out this food video below, and discover even more tasty recipes by visiting our YouTube channel.

Follow on Bloglovin

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given a sample for review.

For even more Momtrends, follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram

?> -->

Halloween-Inspired Lunch Ideas

We love decking the house for Halloween, but for even more Halloween spirit, add a little frightening fun to your kid’s lunch box with these eerie ideas. Not crafty? No worry. Scroll down to see our no-skill needed ideas.

Who can resist eating their fruits and veggies when they are presented like this? I mean, that FrankenKiwi? Love that.

Halloween Lunch Ideas

Banana Ghosts & Clementine Pumpkins | FrankenKiwi | Mummy Fruit | Monster Mouths & Carrot Fingers | Grape Spider | Jack O Lantern Fruit Cups

To satisfy a monster appetite, fill your kid’s lunch with one of these eerie entrees. Even better, have them help you the night before to make them.

Halloween Lunch Ideas 2

Mummy Pizza | Spider Eggs | Mummy On A Stick | Mummy Dog | String Cheese Brooms | Monster Sandwich

If craftiness is your not strength, try one of these no-skill needed Halloween lunch ideas that only require a Sharpie. Zero crafting skill needed, but still all the haunted fun.

Halloween Lunch Ideas 3

String cheese ghost | Pumpkin Fruit Cups | Pumpkin Clementine

Here’s to happy Halloween lunches this month!

Follow on Bloglovin

Momtrends was not paid for this post.

For even more Momtrends, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram!

?> -->