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Monday, August 3, 2015

Lean Cuisine Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese #MeatlessMonday




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson  
 
Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson


Lean Cuisine Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese

Happy Meatless Monday! I needed a quick lunch today, so I made Lean Cuisine Marketplace Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. This frozen dinner consists of cavatappi pasta and vermont white cheddar cheese sauce. It comes in a microwave safe container and takes 2 1/2 minutes to cook. Unfortunately, I don't have a microwave; therefore, I baked mine in the oven for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Some of the edges turned brown which I loved smelling burnt cheese. The noodles cooked perfectly and they had the right amount of sauce. The cheesy flavor comforted me like it should. It also provided a richness while others seem to be bland. I wished that I had purchased more from the Kroger. By the way, it retails for about $3-$4. I fell in love with this pasta at first bite. The Food Temptress highly recommends that you try Lean Cuisine Vermont White Cheddar Mac & Cheese. Enjoy!

What's your favorite Lean Cuisine entree? Leave your comment below. 

Nutritional Value
Serving Size 1 Package
Servings Per Container 1
Calories 260 
Total Fat 6g
Cholesterol 20mg
Sodium 690mg
Total Carbohyrdrate 38g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 5g
Protein 14g



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, July 29, 2015

Review: Lay's Greektown Gyro vs. West Coast Truffle Fries




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Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest is going on across the country. Four contenders are competing for the $1 million dollar prize: Greektwon Gyro, West Coast Truffle Fries, Southern Biscuits and Gravy, and New York Reuben. I tried the first two flavors and my reviews are below. In addition, I declared a winner out of the two, but you have to scroll down to see who won. I purchased my potato chips from Kroger, 2/$5.00. Disclaimer: I am not related to the contestants mentioned on the chip bags nor do I know them personally. 

Greektown Gyro 
 

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Greektwon Gyro smells like a gyro sandwich with tzatziki sauce. The flavor resembles the real thing - I should know since I currently have an addiction to gyros from Mr. Gyros and Burgers. I found the taste to be overbearing which would probably turn off some folks. Though I enjoyed eating more than one, I would not eat Greektown Gyro again. I rather indulge in an authentic Greek sandwich. 

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West Coast Truffle Fries

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I loved the fresh oil aroma from the West Coast Truffle Fries when I opened the bag. The wavy ridges surprised me because heck, who has time to read the big red lettering before the chip name. I usually go for a traditional texture, but I still gave it a whirl. The hint of truffle seemed more in line with the other Lay's flavors. However, I didn't get the fry concept, calling them truffle chips would have been sufficient. I plan to eat West Coast Truffle Fries again, and again. 


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 The Food Temptress selects West Coast Truffle Fries as the winner. Cast your vote here for your favorite!

What's your all-time favorite Lay's potato chip? Leave your comment below. 



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, July 27, 2015

Quick Greek Salad #MeatlessMonday




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 It's Meatless Monday again and I made a Quick Greek Salad. I didn't have cucumbers, but it still tasted authentic. I topped it with Girard's Greek Feta Vinaigrette Dressing after I tossed the ingredients together. I highly recommend this recipe as a quick and easy lunch. Enjoy!

What's your favorite Greek dish? Leave comment below. 

Quick Greek Salad

Ingredients
Romaine lettuce
Cherry tomatoes
Sliced black olives
Feta cheese
Red onion (sliced)
Artichoke hearts (quartered & marinaded)

Instructions
1. Add all the ingredients in a medium bowl and toss. 



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, July 22, 2015

Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract




Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit

Copyright 2015 Rekaya Gibson, Photo Credit


I have finally completed my Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract; it's been almost seven months. I didn't plan for it to take this long - life happened. Most people make the extract in about three months. Well, it was worth the wait. The vanilla smells delightful and it tastes like the real thing. I wouldn't recommend drinking, trust me. I look forward to cooking with my own product and sharing samples with family and friends. You can too by following the recipe below and getting some of the items that I mention in this post. I hope to make another batch for the holidays. Perhaps, I'll try a different bean next time. If so, I'll let you know. Enjoy!

My sister came up with the name, "Nicki's Nilla." She joked about it and I used it. I purchased my Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Beanilla; it has a variety of beans in its online store. J. Anderson Designs did a lovely job on the label and I had it printed at Avery. I found two-ounce bottles which included the tops at Specialty Bottle. I also bought the plastic seal closures from this company. Thanks for visiting! 

Leave comments about this recipe below. Thanks.

Easy Homemade Vanilla Extract

Ingredient
750 ml vodka
25 Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans

Instructions
1. Pour vodka into a large bottle that has a tight lid.
2. Split each vanilla bean down the middle and scrap out the pulp. Add the pulp to the vodka.
3. Add the bean stalks to the vodka.
4. Seal bottle tightly. 
5. Store in a dark place for 3-4 months (shake periodically after each month).
Optional:
6. Using a funnel, pour vanilla extract into smaller bottles.  


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, July 20, 2015

Crunchy & Spicy Chickpeas #MeatlessMonday







Happy Meatless Monday! I made easy Crunchy & Spicy Chickpeas. They looked like Corn Nuts after I pulled them out of the oven. The seasonings provided a hint of spice to give the beans some flavor. I ate them as a snack. I also used them as a condiment by putting them over my salad. The beans gave it a crunch and added protein to my meal. This meatless Monday recipe is a winner. I hope you enjoy it.

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


Crunchy & Spicy Chickpeas

Ingredients
1 (15 oz. can) organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Jamaican curry powder
Garlic powder
Cumin
Cayenne pepper

Instructions
1. Heat oven 375 degrees.
2. Pour chickpeas in a medium bowl and add oil. Stir with spoon. 
3. Sprinkle with seasonings and toss.
4. Spread peas on a nonstick cookie sheet, no overlapping.
5. Bake about 50 minutes or until crunchy. 

Servings: 3.5



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.”