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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Papaya Slush #NationalPapayaMonth




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

When I was a kid, I craved Slush Puppie drinks during the summer months. Now, I'm more likely to make a beverage at home. Tonight, I blended a cool Papaya Slush. It had a reddish glow and a bitter-sweet taste. I added a tablespoon of raw honey to satisfy my evening sweet tooth. I love quick, easy, and tasty recipes and you will too. Enjoy!

What's your favorite slush? Leave comments below. Thank you.

Papaya Slush

Ingredients
12 regular sized ice cubes
1 c. fresh papaya (sliced)
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
1 c. water
1-2 tbs. raw honey, optional

Instructions
1. Add all the ingredients into a blender.
2. Using the ice breaker feature, crush until slushy. 
3. Pour in favorite glass and enjoy!



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Monday, August 31, 2015

Kick'n Kale Chips #MeatlessMonday




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

I'm not a huge kale fan; however, I'm determine to create dishes that taste great using it. Kick'n Kale Chips are crispy and packed with flavor. The oil adds moisture without making it greasy. The cayenne provides a hint of spice while the garlic makes it smells delightful. The cheesy crunch reminded me of popcorn. Yes, it's that noisy. I might try using nutritional yeast next time instead of Parmesan. I love these "greens" enough to make them again. I highly recommend Kick'n Kale Chips as a snack for the entire family. Happy Meatless Monday!

What's your favorite green vegetable? Leave comment below. Thank you.


Kick'n Kale Chips

Ingredients
1 bundle of fresh kale leaves (cleaned, cut and stalk removed)
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
Parmesan Cheese (grated), optional

Instructions
1. Heat oven to 275 degrees.
2. Line large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
3. Add kale leaves to the cookie sheet.
4. Drizzle with olive oil and toss with hands.
5. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper and garlic powder.
6. Cook for about 25 minutes or until crispy.
7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dark Chocolate Dipped Clementines




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson
 
Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson


Snack time never tasted so good with these Dark Chocolate Dipped Clementines. The chocolate complements the juicy orange perfectly without overpowering it. Fun and easy to make as a back-to-school snack. Enjoy!

What fruit should I dip next? Leave comment below. Thank you.


Dark Chocolate Dipped Clementines


Ingredients
5-6 clementines (mandarin oranges, seedless)
1-1/2  (12 oz.) bags Candy Wafers, Dark Chocolate Flavored

Instructions
1. Peel clementines, break apart into individual sections, and remove strings.
2. Heat chocolate in a microwave safe bowl on high for about 30-45 seconds. Stir with a spoon until smooth. If needed, microwave for additional 10-15 seconds and stir. Remove.
3. Dip each section into chocolate. Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Let set for about 20-30 minutes. 


Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Peachy Ginger Green Tea



Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

I made iced tea again; I concocted Peachy Ginger Green Tea this time. I wanted something quick and easy that packed flavor. This one did it for me. Tazo Iced Peachy Green, Green Tea Concentrate includes not only green tea, but peach, spearmint, and ginger. This refreshing drink had a hint of sweetness and a cool minty flavor that satisfied the palate. I highly recommend it for hot summer days. Enjoy!

What's your favorite tea brand? Leave comments below. Thank you.


Peachy Ginger Green Tea

Ingredients
1 c. Tazo Iced Peachy Green, Green Tea Concentrate
1 c. ginger ale (low calorie)
Ice cubes
Peach wedge

Instructions
1. In a tall glass, add tea and ginger ale. Stir.
2. Add ice.
3. Garnish with a peach wedge




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, August 17, 2015

Flavorful Grains, White Beans, & Vegetables #MeatlessMonday



Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson
Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson 


Happy Meatless Monday! I made Flavorful Vegetables with Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends Italian Style. I purchased the bag from Kroger on sale for 99 cents. The contents included: whole grains, lentils, spinach, broccoli, white beans, and sauce. I jazzed it up with some of my favorite ingredients. I cooked the meal on the stove top, but you can use the microwave. It smelled like veggies and cumin cooking which I loved. The protein blend was satisfying and fulfilling; and I could taste each food item and seasoning with balance. I didn't indulge in the original sauce so I cannot comment on it.  I believe that you will enjoy this recipe. Next time, I'm stuffing these vegetables into a bell pepper or an eggplant. I highly recommend Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends Italian Style for lunch or dinner. Check out the nutritional value below and give it whirl!

What's your favorite frozen vegetable? Leave comment below. Thank you.

Flavorful Grains, White Beans & Vegetables

Ingredients
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/4 c. yellow onions (chopped)
2 tsp. garlic (minced)
11.5 oz bag Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends Italian Style Vegetables
Pepper
Cumin
Crushed red pepper flakes, optional

Instructions
1. In a pot, add oil over medium heat and then add onions and garlic. Stir with spoon.
2. Pour vegetable in the pot and stir until combined.
3. Sprinkle vegetables with pepper, cumin, and crush red pepper flakes to taste and stir.
4. Cook for about 10 minutes. 


Nutritional Value | Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends Italian Style (Only)

Serving Size 1-3/4 c
  Frozen, 1 cup cooked
  Servings Per Container about 2
Calories 270
Total Fat 4g
Sodium 450mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
  Dietary Fiber 13g
  Sugar 2g
Protein 12g




Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”