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Recipes for an entire meal (including appetizer & dessert!) from Seven Bites – DELISH!!!

 

 Seven Bites Inside Out Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I know many of my readers appreciate and enjoy recipes. I enjoy sharing them with you! I also love to have new recipes to add to my recipe collection that I an refer to when creating appetizers, side dishes, main meals and/or dessert for my family and friends.

Now that we will FINALLY have a house with plenty of room I fully intend on taking advantage of it and hosting as many parties as possible. Watch out Martha Stewart – here I come! :-)!!!

Check out the follow recipes (appetizer, side, main meal and dessert) from Lindsay and Sara, co-writers for the website Seven Bites. I should forewarn you that you shouldn’t view the site on an empty stomach or when you are craving things. Their site is jam packed with mouth-watering photos to go along with their amazing recipes.

Check out their recipe for Inside Out Chocolate Covered Strawberries (pictured above). They are so easy to make and look SO GOOD!

The following recipes come to you compliments of Lindsay and Sara. Enjoy!

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Appetizer:

“Stuffed Tomato Mozzarella”

Serving: 8

A fresh and healthy appetizer is the perfect way to start out a meal.  No one likes to fill up on an appetizer; a light “hors d’ oeuvre” allows your guests to feel satisfied before the meal, yet ready for the main course.  Trader Joes carries an amazing, flavorful spread that I suggest everyone should try.  I decided to use the bell pepper spread and add it to a classic mozzarella tomato appetizer that continuously pops up on my Pinterest! While I love adding different spices and dips to my dishes, I hate spice additions that will take away from the natural flavors of my dish.  Thankfully, the bell pepper spread has a thick texture, yet blends well with the mozzarella cheese.  This dip will enhance your appetizer, while remaining light.

Ingredients: 

  • 8 “High Lycopene” Tomatoes (roughly twice the size of 2 cherry tomatoes).  If you can’t find these tomatoes, any miniature tomatoes will be fine.
  • 1 tablespoon of Trader Joes Bell Pepper Spread
  • 4 oz of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Persian cucumber

Directions:

  1. Cut the top of the tomato.  Remove juice from tomato.
  2. Spread bell pepper mix inside the tomato.
  3. Using a melon baller, scoop mozzarella cheese and place it into the tomato.
  4. Slice cucumber into 1/3rd inch pieces, and with a toothpick, place on top.

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Side Dish:  

“Baked Potato Pizza”

Serving: 8

Going back to childhood, a baked potato was always the easiest side dish for my family to make.  It takes minimal work, and is very filling.  I decided to take 2 of my childhood favorites, pizza and a baked potato, and combine them into one awesome side dish.  I used “Paesana’s Garden Vegetable” sauce.  The flavors are so rich, and this is much easier to use then spending extra time making it from scratch.  Adding Paesana to the baked potato for your pizza sauce base gives you those extra vegetables that you would expect on a slice of veggie pizza.

Ingredients:

  • ½ a cup of Garden Vegetable marinara sauce
  • 8 mini brown potatoes
  • ½ cup of grated pizza cheese (Any supermarket will carry a blend of grated cheeses that will be made for pizza).
  • 1 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder

Directions: 

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. On a baking tray, spray the bottom with cooking oil.
  3. Place potatoes on baking tray and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes (or until potatoes can be easily cut into).
  4. Cut into the potato, making sure you have enough room to fill with your vegetable ingredients.  You may need to scoop out a little bit of the potato.
  5. Add about 1-2 teaspoons of vegetable sauce, a few broccoli florets; sprinkle some onion powder to taste.
  6. Bake in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove potatoes from oven and sprinkle some cheese, making sure the top of the potato is fully covered.
  8. Place in the oven for 2-3 minute or until cheese has melted.

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Main Dish:

“Asian Tilapia Fillet”

Serving: 6

While dressings generally do not have a thick texture for marinating purposes, I love using Walden Farms Asian Dressing, as it serves as a marinade and dressing, giving your food a light texture for flavoring.  The great thing about fish is that it’s fresh and healthy.  Many people drench their fish in a thick dressing thinking that it will brings extra flavoring, but the Asian dressing complements the tilapia as it brings a sweetness to the dish.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of Walden Farms Asian Dressing
  • 1 lb of tilapia fillet
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a baking dish, lay out the tilapia, making sure it’s spread out flat.
  3. Pour Asian dressing on tilapia, and flip over in order the dressing thoroughly coats the fish.
  4. Allow fish to marinate until over is at 350 degrees.
  5. Place in oven for 30-35 minutes.
  6. Remove fish from oven, and let cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Pour lemon juice over fish, making sure it is evenly spread.

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Dessert:

“Yogurt Parfait for Two”

Serving: 2

Breakfast and Dessert I treat as the same meal.  I want to eat something sweet, yet not too filling.  A yogurt parfait allows you to indulge in that sugary craving, while still being healthy!  Some may say that pudding is the best to eat for dessert, but I’d like to think that something fresh and lighter like a yogurt is the way to go.  Chobani has become the “It” yogurt, and I wanted to take this talked about product and add something extra for a fun dessert.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Mini-Coupe dessert cups
  • 2 strawberries cut into small cubes
  • 1 6 oz. package of Chobani, Passion Fruit Low-Fat Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of granola

Directions:

1. Divide the strawberries evenly into two cups.  Set aside a teaspoon of the strawberries for the top

2. Place 2 tablespoons of yogurt on top of the strawberries

3. Add a tablespoon of honey around the side and center of the parfait

4. Scatter the granola, and place a few strawberries on top.

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Oh my goodness! These sound (and look) SO GOOD!

I’m not a fan of tomatoes, but I would love to make the Stuffed Tomato Mozzarella. They look adorable! They would be fun to serve to guests at dinner party (formal or informal).

The Baked Potato Pizza looks yummy too. That is something I would love to serve to my family – maybe even tonight (I have to check to see if I have all the ingredients).

What do you think about these recipes? Are you going to try any of them? Feel free to leave a comment.

A special thank you to Seven Bites who love to create recipes that use seven ingredients or less.

Seven Bites encompasses the concept of cooking with Kosher food while using minimal ingredients. Getting creative in the kitchen doesn’t have to be complicated. From appetizers to desserts, we will give you tips and tricks to help get you through some of the most difficult dishes, while only using 7 ingredients.  Cooking should be fun and effortless. Unfortunately, when many ingredients are involved cooking can become overwhelming.  Sharing ways to make your dishes taste and look great can be simple.  If you hated being in the kitchen before, hopefully this blog can show you how simple and stress free cooking can be.

~Bon appétit~

Sara & Lindsay

For more amazing recipes visit the Seven Bites website. Also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Their Pinterest page is bursting with mouth-watering food photos and links to their recipes. Yummy! :-)!

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*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing these delicious recipes with permission for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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7 Not So Junky Junk Foods to Grab on the Go

 

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Road trips, gas stops, no time for lunch; we’ve all found ourselves at the convenience store for a fast bite on the go. While a bag of chips or chocolate bar may be an option we later regret; there are fast bites that can actually offer some health benefits. Dr. Christopher Calapai a board certified expert in osteopathic medicine specializing in longevity offers some junk food options to consider the next time there’s no time for an actual meal.

Blue M&M’s and Blue Gatorade

Don’t get the blues about all food dyes. From candy to sports drinks, the unnatural colors of foods today can make you cringe at the thought of what’s making them colored. But, not all colored dyes are as bad as you may think. Research done by scientists at the University of Rochester found that Brilliant Blue G (BBG), found in blue M & M’s and blue Gatorade, could help reduce damage from spine injuries. When BBG was injected into lab rats with spinal cord injuries, it sped up their recovery time and ability to walk.

Cheeze Whiz?? No way!!

Fat isn’t always a bad word.  The FDA has stated that not only are all trans fats not bad, some are actually good for you. Conjugated Linoleic Acids (CLAs), although high in calories can help fight cancer, weight gain, diabetes and arthritis. It’s hard to believe, but CLAs are found in Cheese Whiz.   

Pork Rinds

Just the words pork rinds sound like instant heart attack. However did you know they are a fantastic source of protein? A one-ounce serving of this fried snack has seventeen grams of protein, seven times the amount of found in a serving of potato chips. Plus, 43% of the fat found in pork rinds come from oleic acid, the same healthy fat found in olive oil.  

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Beer

Some studies have found that beer can actually help increase bone mineral density because it contains silicon, making bones stronger and less likely to fracture. A Harvard University study found that beer could prevent blood clots and reduce the risk of stroke. Italian researchers found that beer can raise HDL, the good cholesterol in your body. Opt for a light beer with fewer calories to avoid that full feeling.

Graham Crackers

They are the next best things to cookies if you’re trying to keep your health in mind. Graham crackers contain much less sugar than regular cookies and are still sweet enough to satisfy a craving. Plus, they are made with flour that undergoes a special milling process, preserving more of the whole wheat than in usual milling. 

Popcorn

This is a snack that gets two thumbs up. Popcorn is packed with fiber and polyphenols, which are antioxidants that help to protect us from heart disease and certain cancers. Surprisingly, popcorn has more iron than eggs and spinach! It is also gluten-free, which makes it an option for those with Celiac Disease and other gluten allergies. Lastly, popcorn is mostly air. This means it fills you up, helping to stave off hunger cravings.

Beef Jerky

Forget about the leather-tasting jerky of years past, today’s gourmet jerky is delicious and can be healthy. Beef Jerky, just like its non-dried version of meat, is high in protein, iron and zinc. It, also, contains heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. Be sure to look for natural beef jerky as the newer gourmet styles that are packed with flavor and free of nitrates.

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About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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7 Ways to Slash Kids’ Halloween Costume Costs

 

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The look on your child’s face when they dress up as their favorite Disney princess or Marvel superhero is priceless, so it’s understandable why you might spare no expense to give them that memory. In fact, many parents feel the same, with spending on Oct. 31 costumes and festivities doubling over the last 10 years, according to the National Retail Federation.

With over two weeks until Halloween, there’s still time to find your kiddos’ dream costumes without spending an arm and a leg. Check out these seven ways to slash your spending without cutting out all the fun!

Haunt the Thrift Store
Your local Arc, Savers and Goodwill stores should be your first stops for costume shopping. While most of these stores have more costume-making inventory than actual costumes, Goodwill is making the task of creating a costume more fun with their Costume Generator tool. Have your kids answer a few questions (like their favorite candy and activity), and you’ll receive a personalized costume recommendation with a list of items to purchase.

Go Crazy with Consignment
Purchasing costumes on consignment is a great way to cut your costs. In addition to local shops, check out Swap.com for hundreds of options. For example, a Star Wars Ewok costume is currently selling for $12, compared to $19.99 at Party City; and a Koala Kids Girls’ Bumblebee Costume is available for $15, compared to the $20.99 sale price of the same costume from Toys ‘R Us.

Dissect the Deals
Halloween is highly competitive for costume retailers who otherwise don’t get much business during the rest of the year. Since many of these stores sell the same costumes, compare discounts for the best deals. Browse Halloween coupons at sites like Coupon Sherpa for savings like 20% off plus free shipping on $25 orders from Costume Discounters, or buy one costume, get one 40% off from Buy Costumes.

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Carve Out Time to Compare
Before you pick up that packaged kid’s costume from Target or Walmart, carve out some time to compare prices. Stores like TJMaxx and Marshall’s also sell children’s costumes, often for much cheaper than department stores. Same with warehouse clubs Costco and Sam’s Club, each of which offer complete costumes for $20 or less. Even Pottery Barn Kids offers children’s costumes, with up to 40% off certain styles and free shipping.

Disguise Your Discount
Discounted gift cards are a great way to save more on your Halloween expense, with savings like 15% off cards to JoAnn Fabric and 18% off cards to TJMaxx. Use a site like GiftCardGranny.com to quickly compare bids from reputable resellers and get your cards ordered soon. Remember to use your discount gift cards with coupons for even bigger savings.

Dress Up with Dollar Stores
For costume accessories ranging from witch hats to face paint to princess tiaras, look no further than your local dollar store. Even discount stores like Target and Walmart can’t compete with dollar-store prices on these accessories. What’s more, you can also load up on such safety accessories as glow-in-the-dark wands shaped like axes, pitchforks and magic wands.

Outsmart Out-of-Stock Items
If you’re shopping for Inside Out costumes and accessories, you may be out of luck. Most of the ensembles for Joy, Disgust and Anger are sold out at costume shops. Instead of searching for the exact look for an out-of-stock item, consider purchasing a close alternative. For example, a neon green wig similar to Disgust’s emerald-hued locks is $9.91 from Amazon, compared to $41.99 for the Disgust-branded wig also available on the site. A simple green frock decorated with a purple sash from the thrift shop will complete the look for cheap!

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Andrea Woroch is a consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli Inc. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. As a sought-after media source, she has been featured among such top news outlets as Good Morning America, Today, CNN, Dr. OZ, New York Times, MONEY Magazine, Huffington Post, Forbes and many more. For more information, visit AndreaWoroch.com or follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

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Have fun, be creative and win a $25.00 Blockbuster gift card!


Candy! Candy! Candy! Everywhere you got these days there are bags and bags of candy. It’s not even Halloween yet!

I love candy, don’t you? I can’t eat much of it because of my weight and because it messes with my blood sugar. But I do indulge in a little bit here and there. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are my weakness. I LOVE those peanut butter cups! As soon as the kids get back from Trick-or-Treating I grab all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! LOL!

Here is a fun contest that involves CANDY! Blockbuster would like She Scribes readers to create a Blockbuster Monster out of candy you can purchase at Blockbuster video. The winner will receive a $25.00 gift card from Blockbuster. That would be ideal for a Family Movie Night, complete with a movie, popcorn and of course candy which you can use your $25.00 gift card on (if you want that is). You can also use the gift card to purchase DVD’s to give as a gift or keep for yourself too.

This activity is fun for the whole family, and it encourages creativity and a little snacking along the way! All the materials can be purchased at your local Blockbuster store, and cost between three and seven dollars. I’m not really sure what costs $7.00, but I do know that their huge boxes of candy (like the kind you find at the movie theaters) are usually around the $3.00 price range.

The picture to the right is a Blockbuster Monster made from popcorn with M&M eyes, a licorice mouth and some Twix ears. Cute AND tasty!

Are you interested in a little creative fun? Take the candy (and popcorn) you find at local Blockbuster stores and create your own candy Blockbuster Monster. E-mail a photo of your creation to me at SheScribes “at” Optonline “dot” com. I will post the photos here on my blog and let the She Scribes readers pick the winner. If you have a blog or web site I’d be happy to link back to your site too (for example “Kimberly’s Monster from SheScribes.com).

Please see the bottom of this post for the eligible candies that you can use. Also when submitting a photo please tell me what candy you used. Thanks!

The last day for photo submissions will be on Halloween night (October 31, 2009 at 11:59 PM). I will post the photos on November 1, 2009 and let the She Scribes readers choose a winner.

Have fun! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

For more information about Blockbuster, or to find locations near you, visit www.Blockbuster.com.

ORVILLE KETTLE KORN POPCORN SINGLE 3.29OZ
ORVILLE SMART POP POPCORN SINGLE 3.29OZ
ORVILLE BUTTER POPCORN SINGLE 3.29OZ
ORVILLE MT BUTTER POPCORN SINGLE 3.29OZ
NESTLE RAISINETS THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
BUNCHA CRUNCH THEATER BOX 3.2OZ
REESE’S PIECES THEATER BOX 4OZ
TWIZZLERS STRAWBERRY THEATER BOX 5OZ
GOOBERS THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
SNOW CAPS THEATER BOX 3.1OZ
MILKDUDS THEATER BOX 3OZ
SOUR PATCH KIDS THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
SKITTLES ORIGINAL THEATER BOX 4OZ
STARBURST ORIGINAL THEATER BOX 4OZ
MIKE&IKE ORIGINAL THEATER BOX 6OZ
COOKIE DOUGH BITES THEATER BOX 3.1OZ
SKITTLES SOUR THEATER BOX 3.6OZ
WHOPPERS THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
NESTLE RAISINETS DARK CHOC THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
CHOCOLATE COVERED ALMONDS THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
HOT TAMALES THEATER BOX 6OZ
M&M’S PEANUT THEATER BOX 3.4 OZ
SKITTLES CRAZY CORE THEATER BOX 4OZ
WHOPPERS PEANUT BUTTER THEATER BOX 4OZ
M&M’S PLAIN MILK THEATER BOX 3.4 OZ
MIKE&IKE BERRY BLAST THEATER BOX 6OZ
STARBURST SOUR GUMMIBURST THEATER BOX 3OZ
RED VINES THEATER BOX 5OZ
MIKE AND IKE ITALIAN ICE THEATRE BOX 4.2OZ
SOUR JACKS WATERMELON THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
MIKE&IKE TROPICAL TYPHOON THEATER BOX 6OZ
SOUR JACKS THEATER BOX 3.5OZ
COOKIE DOUGH BITES DARK CHOC. THEATER BOX 3.1OZ
MIKE&IKE LEMONADE BLENDS THEATER BOX 6.5OZ

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the benefit of my readers.

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