Tuesday, February 24, 2015
This week I am excited to announce my recent partnership with Flatout Flatbread. From February 27 to March 1, Flatout Flatbread will be holding a series of in-store tasting demos at your local Walmart. Two different flatbreads will be featured at the demonstrations, with a bit of cream cheese on each. I’ll get into the different flatbreads later, but you can click HERE for a coupon giving you 50 cents off your next purchase of Flatout Flatbread at Walmart!
What exactly is the flatbread? The flatbread is pretty much what the name says it is. It’s a flat piece of bread that you can roll up with anything inside for the perfect snack/meal. Flatbreads are perfect for sandwiches, but also things like pizzas, quesadillas, and even Philly Cheesesteaks. The possibilities are endless, especially with the Original and Light Original flatbreads. Flatout Flatbread is a healthy option opposed to a classic sandwich made with bread slices and tons of carbs. The Light Original version is a healthy choice. With only 90 calories, you can have a bit more room to indulge on dinner and dessert. The Original flatbread has a few more calories than the Light Original, but I prefer the taste a tiny bit more on the Original. That’s just my opinion though. They are both extremely well-made flatbreads and I will definitely use them again.
I made a quesadilla with the Original flatbread. In the beginning I made a Philly Cheesesteak, but the pictures didn’t look very appetizing. It’s harder than you think to take pictures of dark colored foods (like the brown Philly Cheesesteak). As simple as they were to make, the quesadilla and Philly Cheesesteak tasted great with the Flatout flatbread.
Flatout flatbread has a sandwich line of flatbreads in stores right now that completely blew me away. The simplicity but genius of making a flatbread into a foldable sandwich is just crazy. I don’t know how anyone could have missed that idea in the quest for the perfect sandwich! At a meager 100 calories, the Traditional White flatbread (bottom image) is a crowd-pleaser. Even more amazing is the Hungry Girl 100% Whole Wheat foldable flatbread! It has 90 calories and much fewer carbs and fat. Even though I prefer the Traditional’s taste a little better (because I’m a carboholic), the whole wheat flatbread still tastes good and is the smarter decision. Both of these foldable flatbreads can make your dream sandwich a reality.
I am finally beginning to like tomato on my sandwiches. For years I have hated mushrooms and tomatoes, but I am getting over it. Well, the tomatoes at least. I still absolutely despise mushrooms. This sandwich made with the Traditional foldable flatbread was the bomb. You can totally tell that it has fewer carbs that normal bread because every mouthful you take isn’t crammed with bread and almost no fillings. I loved my sandwich with the Traditional folable flatbread.
My personal favorite out of all of the Flatout flatbreads was the pizza. You can choose all of your toppings and make a great tasting pizza in less than 15 minutes. The majority of that time is preheating the oven, so it takes even less time to make your pizza. The Rustic White pizza crust was a perfect choice for me because I really liked the flavor. It went well with my version of a meat-lovers pizza. This pizza was super fast and easy to make, and I would make it again in a snap. And guess what?! The pizza crust is super thin so you aren’t having the unhealthy junk in regular pizzas.
This pizza tasted absolutely great. It tasted even better than it looks (if that’s even possible!) If I could give one tip about the pizza, buy the Rustic White kind. It is just awesome. And the more cheese, the better. I would totally make this pizza again for a snack or a light meal. It hits the spot.
All of these flatbreads make bringing your own lunch to places really easy. Whether you are dining at your desk or snacking at school, Flatout Flatbread is the right choice for you. These great healthy options can help you stay fit without sacrificing good taste, like other healthy food companies. If you would like to taste some awesome flatbread, buy some flatbread, or just come and hang around with the Flatout crew, come to Walmart between January 27 and March 1! Remember to bring your 50 cent coupon for your flatbread buying-spree! It’s worth a try… I wouldn’t lie… Maybe you’ll buy!
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Disclosure: This post has been written in partnership with Flatout Flatbread. All opinions shared are my own!
Monday, February 9, 2015
This week I have an amazing giveaway from KitchenAid! I made some magnificent Strawberry Waffles and I’m ready to give away a brand new KitchenAid Waffle Baker to one lucky reader! Stay tuned for information on how to enter the giveaway!
These waffles are very light and fluffy. Perfect texture, perfect taste. The homemade, fresh strawberry syrup is on-point. Everything about these waffles is completely awesome. Even the whipped cream on top tastes better than ever!
This recipe is super festive for Valentine’s Day. The perfect breakfast for your special someone! My new puppy would eat this entire waffle in five seconds, as she does with all food (including paper towels). My mom has dubbed our puppy the “Little Sock Stealer” because it is impossible to do laundry with the puppy in the house. She is constantly stealing socks and running away as fast as she can because she knows she isn’t supposed to have them. It’s pretty funny to watch.
This waffle baker is a dream come true for anyone that wants a good breakfast. I used a simple batter for these waffles, and they came out amazing! Could this waffle baker have magic powers? Maybe. That’s for the winner to find out…
The strawberry syrup is the hardest part of this recipe, but it still isn’t very hard to make. It just simmers on the stove for a while and then you have to let it cool. I couldn’t get over how sweet the strawberry syrup was! Mildly sweet waffles with a sweet syrup. Delish.
This waffle baker is ready to go! It has awesome nonstick waffle liners that are really easy to wipe clean and a timer to let you know when your waffles are done. My favorite part of the waffle baker is that it can make two waffles at the same time! I am not patient at all, so this feature satisfies me for sure. My life motto is “ease of effort.” It means that you should find ways to do less work and get more of a product (Bill Gates has said something along the lines of that). So if I’m going to put in the effort to make waffles, why not get them done twice as fast? Please give yourself and someone else a special treat this Valentine’s Day by making them this festive recipe.
Enter the giveaway for a super cool KitchenAid Waffle Baker using the widget below for multiple entries! This giveaway is open to people with a USA mailing address only. One winner will be selected randomly via random.org and will be announced here. Good luck!
And even a kid can give away an epic waffle baker from KitchenAid…Like Me!
Yield: 8 to 10 4-inch waffles
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
2 cups whole milk
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and diced (about 3 cups)
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
whipped cream, totally optional
MAKE THE SYRUP:
Add the strawberries and sugar to a medium saucepan. In a small bowl, stir together the orange juice and cornstarch until the cornstarch is dissolved. Add to the pan along with the orange zest. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the strawberries are soft and the syrup has thickened (stirring every once in a while)- 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool (or refrigerate) until ready to serve.
MAKE THE WAFFLES:
1. Preheat your waffle baker.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar has dissolved and the mixture is a pale yellow color. Whisk in the milk, butter and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and whisk just until combined. In a 3rd bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form (about 1 minute). Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
4. Spray the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Spoon the batter onto the center of the waffle iron and let it spread to the edges. Close the waffle iron and cook until golden brown- about 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm waffles with strawberry syrup (and whipped cream!)
TIP: You can sub frozen unsweetened strawberries for fresh strawberries
Disclosure: KitchenAid is sponsoring this giveaway. I was given a KitchenAid waffle baker for review. I love it!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
This week I decided to bring out my inner creativity. I made an amazing Super Bowl appetizer- Bacon Crackers. This recipe is unlike every other recipe I’ve ever made, because I mixed it up a bit. I walked away from the original recipe, made by the Pioneer Woman, and changed it. Although I kept the same base of bacon wrapped crackers, I added new ingredients like cinnamon, Tabasco sauce, etc. Although this appetizer looks nothing like it does in the Pioneer Woman’s A Year of Holidays cookbook, it still tasted great.
Are you ready for the Super Bowl?! Go Patriots! Something tells me that this is going to be a great game, and even better with these Bacon Crackers. My recipe varies from the Pioneer Woman’s recipe mainly because of the technique. Ree wrapped the bacon all around each cracker so you couldn’t see the edges. I did not do that, and my crackers retained their rectangular shape instead of morphing like the Pioneer Woman’s had. This didn’t affect the flavor at all, just a matter of style and technique. What I did decide to add to the bacon crackers besides parmesan and brown sugar was cinnamon, black pepper, Tabasco sauce, and assorted cheese. Each cracker is unique, which is fun when you’re eating them.
This recipe is soooooo easy! Just take a pinch of each ingredient and throw it on a cracker and BAM! You are ready for the best part… the bacon. Read more…