How to Make a Smoothie Bowl

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Cold, creamy and thick enough to be eaten with a spoon, this nutrient-dense smoothie bowl packs a powerful punch into your morning routine. But don’t limit it to just breakfast. Smoothie bowls make great snacks and desserts, too!

If you aren’t familiar with smoothie bowls, the basic idea is to make a thicker smoothie and then top it with nutritious, game-changing ingredients like hemp seed, cacao nibs, goji berries, chopped nuts, sliced fruit/berries and whole grain cereals.

The options are truly endless so go with what YOU like! Below are some suggestions to get you started.

Fruit/Vegetables: Frozen fruits work best but you can also use fresh (just add a bit of ice).  Spinach, kale, beets, zucchini and pumpkin are great options! One ½ cup serving of LIBBY’S® 100% Pure Pumpkin gives you more than 100% of daily value of Vitamin A – which may protect the body from free radicals and help support vision, heart and lung health. Good to know, right?

Liquids: Smoothie bowls don’t require a lot of liquid, just enough to make it easy enough to blend. Think evaporated milk, almond milk, soy milk and coconut milk – all great options!

Protein/Good Fats: Flax meal, avocado, nuts, nut butters, coconut oil and protein powder add nutrition and consistency to smoothie bowls.

Toppings: Toasted nuts,whole grain cereals, hemp seeds and chia seeds add a nice crunch. Fresh and dried fruits add a pop of color and touch of sweetness. Be mindful about how many toppings you use – the calories can add up! One to two tablespoons (total) per serving is plenty.

Get ready to fuel your body and satisfy those taste buds!

Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients for 3 servings (about ¾ cup per serving):

2/3 cup (5 fluid-ounce can) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk

1/2 banana, sliced and frozen

1 cup frozen mixed berries

2 cups fresh spinach

1 cup fresh kale

1 tablespoon flax meal

Topping suggestions: lowfat granola, toasted coconut, hemp seeds, chia seeds, toasted almonds

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The base for this recipe consists of mixed berries, banana, fat free evaporated milk, spinach, kale and flax meal (pictured above).

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Place evaporated milk, banana, berries, spinach, kale and flax meal in food processor or heavy-duty blender; cover.

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Process until thick and creamy.

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Divide between bowls. Top each with desired toppings.

Here’s a quick tip about the greens: freeze your fresh spinach and kale, and then just crumble into your food processor or blender container. I usually purchase bagged prewashed spinach and kale and put the entire bag in the freezer. If you are short on freezer space, divide the greens into smaller, single-serve portions and freeze in zip-top bags or covered containers.

Nutrition Facts per serving (about 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of topping):

Calories: 130, Calories from Fat: 15, Total Fat: 1.5g (3% of DV), Saturated Fat: 0g (0% of DV), Cholesterol: 0mg (0% of DV), Sodium: 130mg (5% of DV), Carbohydrates: 25g (8% of DV), Dietary Fiber: 4g (16% of DV), Sugars: 14g, Protein: 7g, Vitamin A: 110% of DV, Vitamin C: 80% of DV, Calcium: 20% of DV, Iron: 8% of DV

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Have a great week!

Chris

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Warm-Weather Favorites: Finger Fare at its Best

Summer is in full swing, so that means cookouts, outdoor parties and weekends packed with activities. Time spent in the kitchen is minimal. Effortless entertaining and finger fare are essential.

When thinking about recipes, those with few ingredients that incorporate seasonal produce always top my list. Throw in finger fare and the ability to make in advance… that’s a recipe for success!

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For an instant appetizer, thread sweet summer tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella onto small skewers. Or, make in advance! Before serving, season the skewers with a cracked black pepper and drizzle with a little basil pesto.

Mini Caprese Skewers

Ingredients for 32 skewers:

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half

Large bunch fresh basil leaves

10 to 14 (14 to 16 ounces total) fresh small mozzarella cheese balls (bocconcini), cut into thirds

32 (4- to 6-inch) wooden skewers

Ground black pepper

1/4 cup BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil

Directions:

THREAD 1 tomato half, 1 basil leaf, 1 piece of cheese, 1 basil leaf and 1 tomato half onto each skewer.

PLACE skewers on serving dish; season with pepper. Drizzle with pesto.

Nutrition facts per skewer: Calories: 45, Calories from Fat: 30, Total Fat: 3.5g (5% of DV), Saturated Fat: 1.5g (8% of DV), Cholesterol: 5mg (2% of DV), Sodium: 75mg (3% of DV), Carbohydrates: 1g (0% of DV), Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV), Sugars: 0g, Protein: 3g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Pesto Hummus makes for a delicious, no-cook dip that’s a snap to put together. Simply combine prepared hummus with a little basil pesto and serve with fresh crudité. Take advantage of summer-fresh sugar snap peas and bell peppers for dipping!

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S’mores Ice Cream Sandwiches are finger fare at its best! And what is summer without S’mores? Create your own ice cream sandwiches using honey graham cracker squares and S’mores Flavor DREYER’S or EDY’S SLOW CHURNED Light Ice Cream. Simply sandwich one scoop (about ¼ cups worth) of ice cream between two honey graham cracker squares.

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Ice pops are a great make-ahead treat and the best way to cool off! Homemade (microwave) simple syrup and summer fresh raspberries are blended together and then divided between ice pop molds. Sweet Cream Flavored NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® natural bliss® All-Natural Coffee Creamer is swirled into each pop creating a marbled look (and adds the perfect touch of cream!).

Raspberry Cream Pops

Ingredients for 10 ice pops:

1/3 cup water

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 pound (about 4 cups) fresh raspberries

10 to 20 tablespoons Sweet Cream Flavored NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® natural bliss® All-Natural Coffee Creamer

Directions:

COMBINE water and sugar in small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 90 seconds; stir until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

PLACE raspberries and cooled sugar mixture in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

DIVIDE mixture evenly between 10 ice pop molds. Top each with about 1 to 2 tablespoons Coffee-mate. Gently stir with end of spoon to create marbling.

INSERT sticks. Freeze for several hours or overnight.

Nutrition Facts per pop: Calories: 80, Calories from Fat: 15, Total Fat: 2g (3% of DV), Saturated Fat: 1g (5% of DV), Cholesterol: 10mg (3% of DV), Sodium: 5mg (0% of DV), Carbohydrates: 17g (6% of DV), Dietary Fiber: 3g (12% of DV), Sugars: 14g, Protein: 1g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Savor every last minute of summer!

Chris

All trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.

Berry Goodness: Two New Recipes

Written by: Chris

Chocolate Filled Raspberries

Let the goodness of berries speak for themselves in these simple and delicious desserts. They are sure to be a hit with kids as well!

While strawberries are available year-round, they are actually in-season April through June. Nothing beats in-season berries! Raspberries are best during the summer months, but available now and tasting pretty spectacular!

Chocolate Filled Raspberries

For this Chocolate-Filled Raspberry recipe, all you need are NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® morsels and fresh raspberries.

For one serving, which is 10 filled raspberries, you need 10 NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Morsels and 10 fresh raspberries.

Chocolate Filled Morsels

Simply place one morsel inside of each raspberry. It’s that easy!

Chocolate-Stuffed Berries

For Chocolate-Stuffed Strawberries, all you need are fresh strawberries and NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® morsels. Both semi-sweet chocolate and dark chocolate morsels work great!

Chocolate-Stuffed Berries

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients for 1 serving (3 stuffed strawberries):

3 fresh strawberries

6 to 9 NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate or Dark Chocolate Morsels

Chocolate-Stuffed Berries

Cut stem and leaves of strawberries off. To hull, push a fat straw through the bottom of strawberries to the top, removing center portion.

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Fill each strawberry with 2 to 3 morsels.

Sometimes simple really is best! I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

All trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.

One Skillet Tortellini Marinara

Written by : Chris

One Skillet Tortellini Marinara

This weeknight-friendly meal is easy to prepare and even easier to clean up.  There’s no precooking. No long cook times. And dinner will be on your table in less than 20 minutes. Guaranteed!

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Just add marinara sauce, water and uncooked tortellini directly to your skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 9 to 11 minutes. Bam! It’s really that easy!  To boost nutrition, stir in 2 cups of fresh spinach. I do this to nearly all my pasta dishes!

Here’s the recipe for One Skillet Tortellini Marinara.

Ingredients for 4 servings, about 1 cup each:

1 container (15 ounces) BUITONI® Refrigerated Marinara Sauce 

1 package (9 ounces) BUITONI® Refrigerated Three Cheese Tortellini 

1 ¼ cups water (can substitute ¼ cup white wine for ¼ cup of water)

2 cups fresh spinach leaves

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PLACE sauce, pasta and water in large skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Cover; cook for 9 to 11 minutes or until pasta is tender.

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STIR in spinach. Serve with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Now if you want to kick it up a little, here’s an additional take on this one-skillet wonder.

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In this One Skillet Sausage & Marinara Tortelloni recipe, turkey sausage is browned first, and then we added marinara sauce, water, a little wine and tortelloni. Same concept as above, with just a couple additional ingredients…and it’s still on your table in just about 20 minutes.

Bon Appetit!

Chris

All trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.

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White Bean Soup Warm Chicken Tortellini Salad
White Bean Soup with Cheese & Roasted Garlic Tortelloni
Warm Chicken Tortellini Salad with Arugula & Pecorino Cheese

Two NEW Cookie Recipes

Written by : Chris
Coconut Oil Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie

When we add recipes to Meals.com, I get so excited. This week, we added two NEW cookie recipes!

Have you seen our NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cup Mini’s yet? They are making their way to store shelves right now! And guess what? They taste great in cookies!

Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cups

This NEW recipe doesn’t use a lot of peanut butter because there’s already so much peanut butter flavor happening in the mini cups!

Peanut Butterfinger Cup Cookies

Here’s the recipe for Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

Ingredients for 30 (2 ½-inch) cookies:

1 3/4 cups white whole wheat or all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter

1 large egg

1/2 cup NESTLÉ® BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cup Mini’s (or 3 standard size), chopped

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; stir.

BEAT butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until combined. Beat in peanut butter until combined. Beat in egg.

GRADUALLY stir in flour mixture. Stir in chopped peanut butter cups. Roll dough into balls using a slightly rounded tablespoon. Place on prepared baking sheets spacing about 2 inches apart. Flatten balls slightly with a fork or the palm of your hand.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still soft (they will look underdone). Cool on baking sheets for 4 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook’s Tip: If you like really soft peanut butter cookies, you can increase the peanut butter to ½ cup total. I personally like them a little soft and crisp, so I found ¼ cup to be the perfect amount.

Coconut Oil Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie

In this NEW Coconut Oil Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie, I’ve used white whole wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour. And virgin coconut oil in place of butter. As well, I’ve used about half the amount of chocolate morsels compared to what you’d find in most cookie recipes.  Why? If you use half the amount, and chop part of it (or all), you get chocolate in every bite! A little really goes a long way.

I’m not a fan of cutting corners – taste is king. But when you can make simple substitutions or cut back a little without compromising quality, why not?  Do you do the same? Would love to hear what you do!

Here’s the recipe for Coconut Oil Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Ingredients for 44 (2 ½-inch) cookies:

1 1/4 cups white whole wheat or all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup virgin coconut oil, softened state, but not melted

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

1 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Morsels, half of the morsels coarsely chopped

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl.

BEAT coconut oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until combined. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats and morsels. Form into balls using a slightly rounded tablespoon. Place on prepared baking sheets spacing about 2 inches apart.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until cookies are golden and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For both cookie recipes, I used 22 grams of dough for each cookie. And that was a slightly rounded tablespoon (which makes a perfectly sized cookie!). As with each recipe I create, I do my best to keep nutrition in mind. But in the end, these are still cookies that should be enjoyed in moderation.

Happy baking! And if you make these recipes or try the BUTTERFINGER peanut butter cup mini’s, please tell me what you think!

All trademarks are owned by Société des Produits Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland.

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Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut Oil
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

We heart Valentine’s Day

Written by : Chris

Edible Valentines are the perfect way to share the love with just about anyone in your life! You can make them fun, cute, elegant, romantic, or all of the above depending on who is receiving them.

Our top 10 heart-shaped treats for your sweets…

Valentine Chocolate Filled Hearts

1. Valentine Chocolate Filled Hearts

These Valentine Chocolate Filled Hearts cookies feature melted chocolate in the center, making them hard for your Valentine to resist.

Big Valentine Cookie

2. Big Valentine Cookie

Show your sweetheart how big your heart is with this edible Valentine. Icing and sugar sprinkles add the finishing touch to this big and fun cookie.

Valentine Heart Ornaments

3. Valentine Heart Ornaments

Make these Valentine heart ornaments with cookie dough for a creative and sweet Valentine treat.

Heavenly Heart Shaped Pancakes

4. Heavenly Heart-Shaped Pancakes

Dotted with NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels and sprinkled with powdered sugar, this fun breakfast treat brings a touch of heaven to your valentine.

Raspberry Chocolate Heart Tart

5. Raspberry Chocolate Heart Tart

You won’t believe how easy this beautiful raspberry chocolate tart is to make. Make someone feel special today!

Chocolate Mini Heart Fancies

6. Chocolate-Mint Heart Fancies

Your Valentine will love these sweet little mint treats!

Cocoa Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes

7. Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes

Show your affection with a plate of colorful Cocoa-Kissed Red Velvet Pancakes featuring rich NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa, buttermilk and fresh berries.

Peanut Butter Heart Cups

8. Peanut Butter Heart Cups

These tiny cups made out of chocolate and filled with peanut butter filling are the perfect treat at the end of a Valentine dinner.

Easy Heart Shaped Cookie

9. Easy Heart Shaped Cookie

This Heart Shaped Cookie is simple to make and adds a special flair to the day! This easy recipe will please all your loved ones!

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts

10. NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts

Now for the most simple and delicious idea yet! Bake one large pan cookie using our traditional NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Once the cookie has cooled completely, use heart-shaped cookie cutters to stamp out hearts.

Happy Valentine’s Day from our kitchen to yours! May your day be filled with lots of edible Valentines!

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