Disclosure: This post is compensated by Balance Bar. All opinions are my own.
Up at the crack of dawn to get my boy ready for school, then I’m off to get my daily exercise in. Usually by the time I’m done I have a conference call scheduled for work or a grocery run waiting. My day quickly unravels from there. Yes, I’m that woman that runs around like mad. Always doing something for either work, my son, my mom, my husband, or simply for play. It’s safe to say I’m a lady on the go, with very few moments of idle time. On many occasions I will be out running in the streets or working on a project with a deadline and just need something to snack on especially in the late afternoon when we all want a little treat. I usually keep Balance Bars in my purse to be able to fill up on something sweet yet nutritional that will carry me over till my next solid meal. Balance Baris a snack that allows women to crave freely – It has the flavor we want, but with the nutrition our bodies need. Balance is packed with lean protein and is an excellent source of fiber, each new bar is 190 calories or less. Plus Balance Bar is packaged in regular (reg. has two mini bars in the same packaging…bonus two for one!) and mini bars, which makes it perfect for easy enjoyment to keep up with my on-the-go life. I’m loving all 4 of the new flavors… Chocolate Caramel Peanut Nougat, Chocolate Peppermint Patty, Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtle and Dulce De Leche & Caramel. Yes, you read right… DULCE DE LECHE (they are serving me latin flavors… I like that)! If you’re wondering where you can buy these tasty bars… make your way on over to any Walmart store or buy them off Amazon.com!!! Not only do I have my purse supplied with Balance Bars my Mom does too, and she says to me the other day “Balance is the gateway to help you snack smarter and indulge guilt-free!” There you have it folks, words out of my Momma’s mouth.
What’s in my Purse? Balance Bar!!!
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HASH BROWNS LOADED WITH RAJAS HAVE ARRIVED! Yes, They are so fricken delicious I can eat them day and night. None of this would be possible without my beloved Idaho Potato. I have totally ruined the regular hash brown for my family, claiming they will never go back to the old days of having them served plain. Watch the video to see just how easy they are to make… I promise. Also just a side note they are vegan and gluten free but beyond delicious for everyone to enjoy.
Ingredients for Hash Browns Loaded With Rajas:
1 – pasilla chile
2 – idaho potatoes
1/3 – cup onion (sliced)
1/4 – teaspoon chile flakes
1/4- teaspoon oregano
1/2 – teaspoon black pepper
1/2 – teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 – teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 – vegetable oil
Place pasilla chile over and open flame and char on all sides.
Place in an airtight ziplock or container for an hour to stem in it’s own heat.
Carefully peel charred skin away from chile under running water.
Destem and deseed chile and cut into thin strips making the rajas. Place to the side.
Peel idaho potatoes, then grate them.
Add grated idaho potatoes, rajas, onion,chile flakes, oregano, black pepper, seasoning salt, and garlic powder to a bowl. Mix with hands to combine.
In a large frying pan over a medium flame add 1/3 cup vegetable oil and allow to get hot.
Place half of the potato shred mixture into the pan and form into a circle using a spatula.
Fry on both side until crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes in each side.
Remove from pan and allow to drain on a paper towel lined plate.
Just the thought of this sandwich makes my mouth water. I’ve uploaded all the photos thinking how much I love a good spicy egg salad recipe and how this one sits pretty high on my list of happy things to eat. I love that it is sprinkled with all my favorite flavors: pepitas, jalapeños, and chipotle powder. What makes me extra happy is I have found the ideal companion to my egg salad in Flatout bread. Flatout is a blank canvas that allows the salad to shine in all its eggy glory. Every Flatout bread variety is low in fat, a good source of fiber and of course perfect for wraps, pinwheels and super easy sandwiches. With Flatout less is more…less calories, carbs, time. I can focus all my attention on the spicy egg salad and feel assured the Flatout Foldit is going to work perfectly.
Find your own Flatout Bread with this store locator by clicking here!
Ingredients for Spicy Egg Salad:
6 – eggs (hardboiled)
1/4 – cup red onion (diced)
1/8 – cup pepitas
1/8 – cup cilantro
1/8 – cup pickled jalapeño (plus extra slices for garnish)
1/3 – cup mayo
1 – tablespoon spicy mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
4 – Everything Flatout Flat Bread
Peel shell off hardboiled eggs. Then cut eggs in chunky pieces. About 16 pieces per egg. Place in a mixing bowl.
Add in red onion, pepitas, cilantro, and pickled jalapeños. Mix well.
Scoop in mayo and mustard. Mix to combine.
On one side of flatout flat bread place cilantro and avocado slices.
Scoop one fourth of egg salad mixture on top of avocado slices.
Sprinkle lightly with chipotle powder, and garnish with more jalapeño slices if you enjoy your salad a little more spicy.
This is a sponsored post by General Mills Big G Cereal via Acorn Influence. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make this blog possible.
My Auntie Rosie always made pudding for me and my tribe of cousins growing up. I guess it was something super easy that she could whip up in a matter of minutes and make us kids feel fancy. She would allow for one of us to pour the milk in the bowl while the other whipped with the whisk bringing the pudding to a thick consistency. She would then scoop the pudding into individual bowls and top with cheerios. I have so many memories of this process, and loved that no matter what flavor pudding she made she always told us a story of her days spent as a child. We would all listen with ears open to the many details she poured over recounting the days when my family had very little, but always had big love for one another. We appreciated her unconditional family love and our dessert snack that much more.
This family tradition didn’t come to a stop now that my cousins and I are adults, in fact I still like to whip up a Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait whenever I retell a story of my youth to my son. I use it as a comfort gateway into a life lesson I want him to hear. These stories really left an impact on me as a child and I hope to build these same type of memories with my boy. He knows an interesting story is coming his way the second he spies me caramelizing bananas.
I put all the various ingredients in bowls and let him build his own parfait using Honey Nut Cheerios, caramelized bananas, and banana pudding. He has started to make this tradition that my aunt passed down to me his own by adding his signature strawberry to the top of his parfait. I love it.
Ingredients for Honey Nut Cheerios Banana Pudding Parfait:
1- banana (sliced into 1/2 inch rounds)
1/2 – teaspoon butter
1 – tablespoon sugar
2 – cups Honey Nut Cheerios
Banana pudding (either buy it already made, or make it yourself according to box instructions)
Slice banana into rounds. Set to the side.
In a frying pan over a high flame melt butter to coat pan. Allow to get hot.
Dip banana slices in sugar, then fry in hot pan. About 2 -3 minutes on each side until crisp and browned. Remove from pan and set to the side.
Pour 1/4 cup Honey Nut Cheerios into the bottom of each cup (4 cups total).
Top Honey Nut Cheerios with 1/4 cup banana pudding.
Then top with another 1/4 cup of Honey Nut Cheerios.
Layer 1/4 cup banana pudding on top.
Lastly place caramelized banana on top.
Garnish with strawberry if you wish.
Find more cereal recipes and inspiration at QueRicaVida.com or on this sweet Dia De Los Ninos pinterest board, or simply follow the hashtags #HoneyNutCheerios #NuestroCereal. You can easily find Honey Nut Cheerios in the cereal aisle at Walmart!
Last night I had a great old time. I was invited to the unveiling of OAK by ABSOLUT. If you’re wondering what that is…. a brand new product featuring a combo of original ABSOLUT vodka, barrel rested vodka and vodka rested on OAK. Initially I was intrigued since I love Vodka drinks, but I was completely sold when I tasted the depth of character and richness OAK by ABSOLUT has. It’s smooth with subtly smoky flavors combined with notes of vanilla, caramel, and toasted oak.
I got to try a sample of three easy to make drinks using the new OAK by ABSOLUT, and I thought to myself “I’m glad Los Angeles is one of the 9 select cities OAK by ABSOLUT is being sold because I just found my new favorite spirit.” Pick up a bottle and make the recipes below! As they say in Sweden…. Skål!
OAK By ABSOLUT Sour
2 parts OAK by ABSOLUT
1 part lemon juice
.75 parts simple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice until cold. Pour into a glass and garnish with lemon.
Oak & Cola (pictured at very top of post)
2 parts OAK by ABSOLUT
5 parts Cola
Pour all ingredients into a glass and stir.
2 parts OAK by ABSOLUT
5 parts ginger beer
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass. Fill with ice. Garnish with lime wedge.
I’m all about “Alta California Cuisine” these days. Which basically means mixing Mexican flavors with California flavors and produce. To quote Mexican food expert Bill Esparza, he called Alta California Cuisine “the original pocho dining.” Food I make at home fits the description perfectly and so does the food that I usually go out and enjoy.
This past weekend I decided to use Flatout Bread as the wrap to my breakfast filling. Every flatbread variety is low in fat, a good source of fiber and of course perfect for wraps, so naturally that was wrap of choice. I had just finished roasting a poblano chile, and had some left-over red roasted potatoes in the fridge. I cooked up an egg filling with poblano chile strips, red potato, blistered tomatoes, green onion, and topped it off with pepper jack cheese, cilantro, and avocado. My husband took one bite and said he loved my Alta California Breakfast Wrap… I guess he named it for me. I love that Flatout serves as a blank canvas; it’s a perfect partner to help people of all ages make healthier choice that are still amazingly flavorful.
Find your own Flatout Bread with this store locator by clicking here!
Ingredients for Alta California Breakfast Wrap:
1/2 – tablespoon olive oil
1 – poblano chile (roasted, peeled, deseeded, and cut into 1/4 inch strips)
10 – cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
3 – leftover roasted small red potatoes (already cooked and cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
4 – eggs
3 – sprigs of green onion ( white part only- chopped)
2 – Flatout Bread ( I used light original)
2 – slices pepper jack cheese
4 – cilantro leaf stems
1/2 – avocado (cut into 1/4 inch slices)
salt and pepper
In a large frying pan over a medium flame add in olive oil and allow to get hot.
Add in poblano chile strips, cherry tomato halves, and roasted red potatoes. Saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
In a medium sized bowl whisk eggs till completely mixed.
Pour eggs over sautéed vegetables. Then sprinkle in green onion. Mix to combine.
Cook until eggs are firm and cooked to your liking. I usually cook mine for 4 to 5 minutes. Once cooked set to the side for a minute.
Take a Flatout bread and place one slice of pepper jack cheese in the center.
Then take half of egg filling and place on top of cheese.
Top egg with 2 cilantro leaf stems and half avocado. Salt and pepper as desired.
A few months ago I got this awesome Star Wars Death Star waffle maker in the mail. I remember being so excited as I opened the box and had big plans of what I would do with it, but for some reason or another I never got around to using it. Fast forward to the present… I know that you are all familiar with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also known as Star Wars: Episode VII. The 2015 American epic space opera is being released April 5th on Blu Ray / DVD with special packaging and collectible Galactic Connexions Trading Discs which can ONLY be found at Walmart. I decided it was time to break out my Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker and have a Star Wars The Force Awakens Blu Ray / DVD viewing party. I whipped up an easy waffle batter, toasted some coconut (to look like Chewbacca’s fur), and chopped up some strawberries. Minutes later our Death Star Waffle bar was in full swing and we sat on our couch happily watching The Force Awakens from the comfort of our home! #ShowUsYourForce
In this seventh installment of the series The Force Awakens is set 30 years after Return of the Jedi; it follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron’s search for Luke Skywalker and their fight alongside the Resistance, led by veterans of the Rebel Alliance, against Kylo Ren and the First Order, successor to the Galactic Empire. Pick up your copy today!!!!
Death Star Waffle Bar Ingredients:
Death Star Waffle Iron
non stick cooking spray
2 – cups flour
4 – teaspoons baking powder
1 – teaspoon salt
3 – tablespoons sugar
2 – eggs
6 – tablespoons butter (melted and cooled)
1 1/2 – cups whole milk
1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
Star Wars marshmallows
Preheat waffle iron as directed in appliance instructions.
Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together in a bowl.
In a mixer beat eggs on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour in butter, milk and vanilla. mix to combine.
Pour flour mixture into egg/milk mixture. Mix to combine.
Ladle waffle 1/2 cup batter into heated waffle iron.
Batman V Superman… That’s all my 6 year old boy keeps talking about. The problem is the movie is rated ‘R’ and I can’t take him to see it with that rating. What’s a mom to do? The next best thing to seeing the film is buying all the cool superhero merchandise. Lucky for him, Walmart has us covered in the Batman V Superman department. Toys for days with voice changing Batman masks, capes, and an Epic Strike Bat Mobile.
I also found cool T-shirts for both adults and kids.
What really got my wheels spinning was the Batman V Superman food… The Doritos bags have Batman and / or Superman printed on them. Walmart also has exclusive Rice Cripsy Treats a la Batman V Superman. The list goes on and on what you’ll be able to find for all your Superhero needs. My son was most excited about the Doritos, and insisted we buy a bag of each flavor offered. I’m not sure who he’s routing for but what I do know is I was going to have lots of Doritos in my house. I decided to make a cheese dip for Doritos as a snack to munch on as he fills my ears with Superhero talk.
Ingredients For Cheese Dip For Doritos:
16 – oz. cream cheese (room temperature)
16 – oz. sour cream
1 – cup onion (chopped)
4 – cloves of garlic (minced)
1 – teaspoon chile flakes
4 – cups pepper jack cheese (grated)
2 – medium sized avocados (cubed)
3/4 – cup pickled jalapeños (sliced)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
Place cream cheese, and sour cream in a mixer. Beat on medium for 2 minutes until fully combined.
Add in onion, garlic, chile flakes, and 2 cups pepper jack cheese. Beat on medium until fully combined
Scoop out half of cheese mixture into a medium casserole dish and spread evenly.
Layer in cubes of avocado.
Scoop out remaining cheese mixture on top of avocado. Spread out evenly.
Sprinkle remaining pepper jack cheese over the top.
Place jalapeño slices over grated pepper jack.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Place under broiler for 3 minutes or until browned.
Let’s talk about Fideo… My Mom and I are fans of a nice bowl of spicy fideo. We pride ourselves on who makes it better. We try and impress each other with fully loaded versions of our favorite sopa de fideo. Sometimes I make it super soupy and other times I’ll make it on the dry side. Adding in a few cubes of panela cheese and avocado, a fried egg, and corn nuts with a squirt of fresh lime juice is my favorite way to serve it. But the key to a great bowl of spicy fideo is the pasta…. My Mom and I keep each other updated on which pasta brands are good and which don’t pass the test. I feel like we have tried every brand out there but no matter what pasta dish I create, Barilla has always proven to be the best, and my mom agrees. Barilla’s Fideo Cut Spaghetti is perfect for fideo pasta. Wow, it made me realize that us Latinas have a wealth of cultural heritage and flavors, that span many generations to tap into, when cooking family-treasured meals. Likewise, Barilla has four generations of experience making quality “al dente” pasta that doesn’t clump or break. With Barilla’s new culinary movement, Latino Italian Fusion, Latinas are further inspired to use pasta as a blank canvas to get creative in the kitchen. This movement combines the best of Latin flavors and ingredients with traditional pasta dishes. With that being said, it came as no surprise that Barilla has conquered the fideo / cut spaghetti game with a perfect pasta for my sopa de fideo. My favorite Latino flavors and spices combined with traditional Italian ingredients, creates a delicious meal perfect for family gatherings or a party of two, for mother and daughter.
prep time: 10 minutes
cook time: 30 minutes
Ingredients for Spicy Fideo Fully Loaded:
3 – tablespoons vegetable oil
1 – lb box Barilla Cut Spaghetti / Fideo pasta
1 – cup onion (grated)
1 – tablespoon garlic (minced)
1 – cup tomato (grated)
1/2 – teaspoon oregano
1/2 – teaspoon chili flakes
1 – 7 3/4 oz. can El Pato (salsa de chile fresco)
6 – cups vegetable broth*
1 – cup fresh cilantro
1/2 – teaspoon salt
1 – tablespoon panela cheese
1/6 – cup avocado (1/2 inch cubes)
1- fried egg
1/8 – cup corn nuts
1/2 – lime
2 – sprigs fresh cilantro
1/4 – teaspoon chili flakes
Place a dutch oven or large pot over a medium high flame. Add in vegetable oil and allow it to get hot.
Pour in Cut Spaghetti / Fideo and mix to coat all pasta with oil. Allow pasta to fry in oil for 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Continue frying until most pasta is browned and some pieces look slightly burned.
Add in onion and garlic. Mix to combine.
Add in tomato, oregano, and chili flakes. Mix to fully combine.
Pour in El Pato, and vegetable broth mix to combine.
Raise flame to high and add in cilantro.
Cook for 15 minutes or until pasta is al dente.
Sprinkle with salt.
Serve immediately and garnish with panela cheese, avocado, fried egg, corn nuts, fresh cilantro and a fresh squeeze of lime juice.
* For a soupy version of spicy fideo add 9 cups of broth instead of 6 cups.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barilla, however, my opinions are entirely my own, and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Barilla or their products.
I’m just going to say it right off the bat… Walmart makes building a basket more affordable with the wide selection of assorted baskets, candies and Easter goodies. To sum it up it’s cuteness over load. I felt like an overwhelmed child as I roamed the isles looking at all the great Easter supplies they currently have in stock. It was an absolute no-brainer to build my own basket for my son when I saw a cool Boba Fett chocolate instead of a chocolate bunny. Let me tell you a little bit about my son…. he absolutely adores anything and all things Star Wars. He is also mesmerized by dinosaurs and can’t think of a better past time than eating candy. The rest was really easy… I picked up a Kylo Ren themed basket, and an incredible 2 foot stuffed Storm Trooper doll (you gotta see the little basket it’s holding) to celebrate the Easter festivities.
I kinda went a tad crazy with all the traditional bunny candies and loved that they had dinosaur shaped plastic eggs to fill or hunt. I wished I had more baskets to make because seriously they have an amazing selection to choose from. I was able to meld my traditional favorites with his favorite characters for a really sweet Star Wars Easter Basket. The best part is I got exactly what I wanted for such a reasonable price and all in one place!!! Happy Easter!
Easy to assemble your own basket
Pick a basket, paper grass, cellophane wrap, ribbon, scotch tape, plastic eggs, candy and toys.
Fill the inside of the basket with paper grass.
Then arrange candy, plastic eggs and small toys in the basket.
Wrap the basket in cellophane wrap, tape the seams together, and tie the top with a ribbon bow.