Strawberry Milk #FuertesConLeche

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A beautiful glass of strawberry milk is perfect for a morning meal. You get a nice dose of protein that will aid in having a strong day.

That picture above is exactly how I start my day. I need my milk dose to get going in the morning. It’s not just that…. I need to be stronger, faster and on my toes all the time to Maxiephotokeep up with my 5 year old son. I live for the kid and want to be around for a long time to watch him grow, so I am beginning this year off by thinking about my health and what I put into my body.  Starting with breakfast… they say protein (a glass of milk) at breakfast can help you stay fuller longer so you’re more likely to stick to your healthy eating routine. I love this because heaven knows I can easily get sidetracked. Plus, milk is one of the most affordable sources of high-quality protein you can find. You don’t need to be rich to do something good for yourself. From muscles to hair, bones to teeth, the body needs protein to be strong and healthy, and I can’t think of a more delicious way to meet those needs. Here’s one last little fact: The US Dietary Guidelines recommend eating right, staying active and drinking three glasses of lowfat or fat free milk each day to maintain a healthy weight. And we are back to the healthy weight talk…. that’s the goal. So far so good… I see the numbers dropping on my scale, my pants fitting me better, and my energy level rising enough to keep up with my young boy. I owe it all to that simple little change of having milk in the morning. I mix it up sometimes and make strawberry milk instead. Watch the video below to see exactly how.

Ingredients for strawberry milk:

  • 1 – cup strawberries
  • 6 to 7 – raw almonds
  • 1 1/2 – cups milk

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Chinese New Year Almond Cookies

Chinese New Year Almond Cookies to celebrate the year of the sheep.

When I was a little girl, I had the pleasure of living in a house with lots of Aunts and Uncles that had a love for all kinds of different cuisines.  For example, my Uncle Luke was really into Mexican food. My Uncle Robert was obsessed with Italian.  My Aunt Hope liked any food with cheese. My Tio Ron was a California Cuisine kind of guy. My Mom couldn’t get enough Chinese. She and I would always go to her favorite little Chinese spot in downtown Los Angeles called The Red Dragon Noodle House (it isn’t there anymore…sad face).
I vividly remember the first time I ate there because the food was amazing.  It totally blew me away at the tender age of 5. What also sticks out in my mind is at the end the meal, a little Chinese girl, about my age, came to our table and brought us almond cookies to enjoy as a dessert.  She was extremely sweet and said, “Here you go friend, taste my mom’s almond cookies!”  I  thought it was the nicest gesture and I was super curious as to what this strange cookie was that she had just offered.  I smelled it for about a minute before I decided it needed to be in my belly.  From the first bite, I was smitten over this delectable sweet treat.
Every year around this time, because of that charming little girl, I always make Chinese New Year almond cookies to celebrate my Chinese friends!  I like to head over to Walmart to grab the ingredients I need because I know they’ll have everything and I don’t have to go all over town to find stuff.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone!!

Ingredients for Chinese New Year Almond Cookies:

  • 3 – cups unbleached flour
  • 1 – cup sugar
  • 1/2 – teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 – teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 – sticks unsalted butter (cold)
  • 1 – large egg
  • 2 – teaspoons almond extract
  • 24 to 30 – whole almonds
  • 1 – egg yolk
  • 1 – tablespoon milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda to a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Add in butter, and pulse until flour and butter combine. It will look like course meal. Butter and flour in the process of making almond cookies.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk egg and almond extract together. Then pour the egg mixture into butter/flour.Pour almond and egg into almond cookie dough
  5. Pulse until dough comes together and forms a ball.
  6. Remove the dough from food processor and place on a lightly floured work surface.Place dough on lightly floured work surface
  7. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with nonstick baking mat about 3 inches apart. Place almond cookie dough 3 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with a non stick baking mat.
  8. Using the palm of your hand smash dough down to make discs.Smash cookie sought into discs
  9. Place a almond in the middle of each cookie.Place almond in middle of cookie dough
  10. In a little bowl whisk egg yolk and milk together. Lightly brush the top of each cookie with egg milk mixture.
  11. Bake for 15 minutes.Ring in the year of the sheep with these Chinese New Year almond cookies.
  12. Enjoy!

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Loaded Mashed Potato Cheese Soup!

Loaded mashed potato cheese soup. I bought all my ingredients for the soup at Walmart and made it in under 30 minutes.

I look through cookbooks, cooking magazines, and old recipes all the time in search of something delicious to eat. Sometimes I strike gold and other times not so much. Interesting enough I came across a “baked potato soup” recipe the other day and was shocked when the directions asked for the baked potato to be microwaved before hand. I guess the recipe developer decided to do that as a time saver. I thought I could make a similar soup and just boil the potatoes instead since I don’t use the microwave and still fall under the 30 minute mark. I will make loaded mashed potato cheese soup.

I put my cockiness to the test and ran out to Walmart to buy all my ingredients. When I returned home I set a timer and and was off like a race horse. I imagine that most families have become accustomed to fighting against the clock when they get home from a long day and want to get their broods fed. I decided to put up my fisticuffs and join the battle of making a meal under 30 minutes. I started by boiling the potatoes until fork tender, then draining them and replacing the liquid with broth and milk. I took a serious smash to those potatoes until they were the consistency of mashed potatoes. Then I dressed the whole thing up with sliced green onion and a ample supply of shredded cheddar cheese. Yes, yes, yes…. it all came together in under 30 minutes and my family named me a the soup VICTOR! I’ll take it with time to spare. Enjoy!

Loaded mashed potato cheese soup ingredients

Ingredients for mashed potato cheese soup:

Directions:

  1. In a pot filled halfway with water over a medium high flame, bring to a boil. Add in potatoes. cubed potatoes about to go into boiling water as the base to mashed potato cheese soup
  2. Boil potatoes for 12 minutes or until fork tender.
  3. Drain water from potatoes, but leave the potatoes in the pot you boiled them in. 
  4. Once all the water is removed, replace with broth and milk. Cook until liquid is warm. About 3 minutes.add milk and broth to fork tender potatoes for the base of soup.
  5.  Carefully smash potatoes with potato masher and add in seasoning salt. smash-potatoes
  6. Stir in bacon, cheese and green onions into soup. green onion added to mashed potato cheese soup
  7. Serve topped with sour cream. Delicious mashed potato cheese soup recipe. You can get all the ingredients from Walmart

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Chile Relleno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich. All ingredients can be bought at Walmart

My friends over at Walmart have teamed up with Wonder bread and Kraft singles for a new fun grilled cheese solutions program. They asked me to add my own spin to the already loved grilled cheese sandwich using the products mentioned above… I decided to make a chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich. I thought it would be the ideal grilled cheese for either breakfast or dinner or anytime really. I waited for the perfect afternoon, when I had a bit of time to myself to just enjoy my sandwich and possibly a sparkling drink. Well that day came and boy was I pleased with my chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich creation. It was exactly what I had imagined, lots of cheesy goodness, with a touch of egg and chile. Mmmmm…. I was both satisfied and happy to add a new grilled cheese to my list of favorites. The best part is I was able to buy all my ingredients at Walmart. Try it for your next grilled cheese solution.

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ingredients needed for chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich

Ingredients for chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich:

  •  1 – anaheim chile (charred, peeled, and deseeded)
  • a smear of blue bonnet
  • 2 – slices wonder bread
  • 2 – kraft singles
  • 1 – egg (cooked)

Directions:

  1. Place chile over an open flame and char. an anaheim chile roasting over an open flame.
  2. Then allow the chile to steam in an airtight bag for 30 minutes. Then carefully peel chile under a slow stream of water.
  3. Remove stem, slice down the side of chile and deseed. Set to the side. A charred and peeled anaheim chile sliced down the side and deseeded.
  4. Smear a little blue bonnet on one side of bread.
  5. Place a slice of cheese, chile, egg and another slice of cheese on the other side of the bread. Then top with another piece of bread. Smear the top of bread with a little more blue bonnet. bread and cheese an anaheim chile slit for sandwichchile egg and cheese build for grilled cheese
  6. In a small frying pan over a medium flame add in sandwich. Allow it to brown on each side and for cheese to melt. grilled cheese going into a frying pan.
  7. Remove from pan and cut in half. ENJOY! #shareyourcheesy chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich cut in half. #shareyourcheesy

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how to build a chile relleno grilled cheese sandwich. I bought all my ingredients at Walmart .

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One Skillet Pork Chops And Cauliflower

One skillet pork chops and cauliflower make for an easy dinner

When the cold weather outside makes for a cozy atmosphere inside there is a certain comfort that is desired. Me and my boys like to lounge around in our p.j’s, eat good food, play games, and watch t.v. It is our family time of bonding, and just appreciating each other living in the moment. I try and make dishes that are quick and afford me more time to spend with them. Of course I run the idea of  what’s for dinner by them first, and they practically becomes giddy at the mention of pork chops, so you can guess what I whip up when it’s going to be a night indoors…. One skillet pork chops and cauliflower. Walmart makes this non-fussy meal so easy to attain, they have pork chops, cauliflower, and cast iron pans all for a reasonable price. Yes, I stock up at my favorite one stop shop and make my little family happy with this one skillet meal. It’s all quite easy, first you brown the chops on top of the stove then throw a few pieces of cauliflower into the pan, then place the entire thing in the oven. PERFECTION. My boys are happy because I fixed them their favorite supper, and I’m happy because It was so easy to make.

pork chops and cauliflower ingredients

Ingredients for one skillet pork chops and cauliflower:

  • one cast iron pan
  • 1 – teaspoon olive oil
  • pork chops
  • salt and pepper
  • cauliflower (cut into pieces)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place a cast iron pan over a medium high flame. Add olive oil to the pan and allow it to get hot.
  3. Add in pork chops and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Just cook long enough to brown the pork chops on the outside, on both sides. browning pork chops in skillet
  4. Add the cauliflower into the pan. Add cauliflower to the skillet of pork chops.
  5. Then place the pan into oven for 20 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, flip the cauliflower and chops to the other side, and let it cook for the additional 10 minutes.
  6. Enjoy! This is an easy one skillet pork chops recipe. I bought all my ingredients at Walmart.

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Getting Cozy With Comforting Tea

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a comforting nug of tea is the perfect way to end the night.

This overcast weather makes me crave the softness of my flannel p.j’s, the fluff of my warm blankets, the words of a interesting book, and the heat of a comforting tea. As the day pushes along I rush towards the treasure of unwinding at the end of my day.  I savor it and reach to touch it, taste it, read it. I have been browsing through the Toma Leche website lately, only to find some very interesting tips, Mom advice, and an insane amount of wonderful recipes.While scrolling I came  across this beauty “SUEÑOS DE VANILLA” and had to recreate it to the best of my ability. The one day that I’m dying to have some vanilla dreams of my own… there isn’t a vanilla bean to be found. I took it upon my self to improvise a little and still make something comforting and dreamy just using ingredients in my house. I searched my fridge first to see if we had any milk… Of course I did. Then on to the pantry. Do I have tea bags? Chamomile? Rosehips? Lavender? Do I have honey? Do I have Vanilla? Of course I had all those things. I guess my pantry was only missing a vanilla pod, but it seemed like it was all going to work out after all. I boiled some water and added the teabags, vanilla, and honey to the water. Once the tea steeped long enough, I added in the milk and lowered the flame. MMMMMMmmmmm pure comfort in a cup. Try my tea, and go to Toma Leche website for more recipes and tips.

simple ingredients found in your pantry for comforting tea.

Ingredients for comforting tea:

  • 3 tea bags (chamomile, rose hips, and lavender)
  • 3 – cups water
  • 1 – teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 – tablespoons honey
  • 1 – cup milk

Directions:

  1. Add teabags and water to a small pot over a medium flame and bring to a boil.
  2. Once boiling add vanilla extract and honey. Mix to combine.
  3. Lower flame and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add in milk and allow to warm through.
  5. Pour in a cup and enjoy!
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Nacho Fries

Can you really go wrong with Nacho fries? The answer is no. These decadent treat is made with homemade french fries and topped with lots of Cacique goodness, queso quesadilla and crema con sal. Do I need to say more?

Amongst my friends…. I’m the nacho girl. I love EVERYTHING about nachos, especially the melted cheese and crema. Well, for the big game this Saturday I will be serving Nacho Fries for all to dig into. I may have to hog them all for myself, but I guess I wouldn’t be much of a hostess if I did that.  I could pretend I made them for another occasion and eat them secretly. I’ll be a sport (get it sport?) and make a big enough batch for everyone to RA-RA-RA over the game with. Get my recipe for Nacho Fries over on the Cacique website…. you won’t be sorry.

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The Game Is On With Spicy Chili Beans

These delicious spicy chili beans are the perfect way to celebrate the big game this Sunday! I used Cacique's pork chorizo to spice them up and give them that amazing flavor all chili beans should have!

Who are you rooting for this Sunday? I’m super excited about the big game, and of course will be serving these “lick your bowl” worthy spicy chili beans at my party. I used perfectly spiced Cacique’s pork chorizo as my base, then built the dish up into an empire of beans, and mounted the top with Oaxaca cheese and crema. Holy Footballs… Batman, they are POW WOW GOOD! If you’re thinking of having a little shindig at your place and need a great chili bean recipe, go ahead and grab mine over on the Cacique website. You will find this recipe and many others of mine and friends. Happy Game Day!

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Game Time And Pretzel S’mores

Super easy pretzel s'mores at alway a touchdown at the big game. I bought all the ingredients at Walmart... my one stop shop.

The countdown is on! Only a handful of days until the big game is upon us. Yes, I’m hosting my very own party this year. I know most of the ruckus should be about the game, but here in my house and with my friends …. It’s all about the food. I guess I’m gonna be BUSY clanking pots and pans in the kitchen for the PARTY. You know I’m gonna have a ton of food. That’s just my style, and it wouldn’t be an event at my house if the place wasn’t bursting at the seams with comida. Even though I don’t live extremely close to a Walmart to do my shopping, I make it my business to drive the extra 5 miles to my nearest Walmart because I know I’m going to find EVERYTHING I need under one roof. Not only do they make my life easier by keeping all my needs and wants in stock, they also have an amazing website that is plentiful in recipes and ideas for my game time gathering. Check it out here. I’ll be making pretzel s’mores off their page. Whoa…. Walmart just keeps proving to be my jam. Love them!

all the ingredients for pretzel s'mores.

Ingredients for pretzel s’mores:

  • 16 – ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 1 – cup marshmallow fluff
  • 40 – Rold Gold mini pretzels

Directions:

  1. Place chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  2. Once the chocolate chips start to look shiny, stir with a spatula.
  3. Let chocolate cool for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. Cover a cookie sheet in wax paper. Lay out 40 pretzels.
  5. Place melted chocolate in a piping bag or create your own by placing the chocolate in a small plastic bag and snipping off one corner.
  6. Fill pretzel openings with melted chocolate and allow to cool. pour melted chocolate in pretzels.pretzels filled with chocolate.
  7. You can place in the fridge to firm up the chocolate faster if time isn’t on your side.
  8. Once chocolate is firm place 2 teaspoons of marshmallow fluff on one pretzel then top with another pretzel. Make these easy pretzel s'mores for the big game and keep your friends cheering.
  9. Press gently, and enjoy!

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Creamy Potato Sausage Soup

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creamy potato sausage soup. This soup is easy to make and the base is made with chicken broth and milk. Ideal for a cold day or a taste of comfort.

So many things are rolling around in my head right now, as I ask myself what will make me happier in 2015? Life has been terrific lately and a lot of exciting stuff is happening to me and all around me. My family is tight and full of love. Work is plentiful and opening many doors to new paths. My son is growing by leaps and bounds and doing a fantastic job in school.  It seems like the little things are having a big effect on me, like eating more family dinners here at home would make me happier. We go out to eat a lot, so it’s really nice when we all eat the same meal in house. My son is a bit picky so coming up with things that he’ll eat can be problematic. He does’t like this and he doesn’t like that. I don’t think he really knows for sure what he likes so why not just sneak the things he doesn’t think he likes into food I know he likes.  I started with this creamy potato sausage soup, and it was a huge hit. I made the base with chicken broth and milk. I know milk fuels a better future, so I made sure to work that it into this dish for a creamy velvety texture and in hopes of making it so tasty my boy would ask for it again and again. The potato lent it that touch of comfort we are all looking for and the bacon took it over that top. This soup is happiness in a bowl and when I can enjoy it with my family it is simply divine. Maybe it’s so good it made me want to have more family dinners, because the combo of good food and the closeness of the people I love most in this world is the only happiness I’d ever chase after.

The ingredients needed for potato sausage soup. The milk adds a velvety texture to the soup and a tasty broth.

Ingredients for creamy potato sausage soup:

  • 1/2 – pound bacon
  • 1 – tablespoon bacon grease
  • 1 – pound ground pork sausage
  • 1/2 – teaspoon chile flakes
  • 1 -onion (sliced)
  • 2 – teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6 – cups chicken broth
  • 4 – medium sized russet potatoes (peeled, and cut into 1/4 inch slices)
  • 1 – cup milk
  • 1/2 – cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 – cup sliced kale
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pan over a medium flame fry bacon until crisp and fully cooked. Remove bacon from pan, and drain on paper towel lined plate until cooled. Reserve one tablespoon of bacon grease. frying bacon in a pan prior to making potato sausage soup. Drain bacon and crumble it for the soup.
  2. In a large pot over a medium flame, add one tablespoon of bacon grease and allow it to get hot. Add in the ground pork sausage. Cook until browned and still slightly pink. fry ground pork in pot to start the base of the potato sausage soup.
  3. Sprinkle chile flakes into sausage, and mix well.
  4. Add in onion and garlic, mix to combine. Let cook for 5 minutes.sausage and onions frying in a pot for creamy potato sausage soup.
  5. Add in chicken broth and bring to a slight boil. chicken broth
  6. Add in potatoes and cook until fork tender about 10 minutes.
  7. Lower flame and add in bacon. Let simmer for 7 to 10 minutes. bacon crumbles add a beautiful flavor to this tasty soup.
  8. Pour in milk, and whipping cream. Mix well to combine. pour the milk into the boiling soup for a creamy velvety texture. Milk  fuels a better future
  9. Add in kale and continue to cook for another 10 minutes.
  10. Salt and pepper to taste. enjoy this lovely creamy potato sausage soup with bread when you want a bowl of happiness
  11. Enjoy!

 

 

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