Theresa's Mixed Nuts

Friday, November 17, 2017

Honey Glazed Cornish Game Hens

*Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Because I have awesome in-laws, I haven't had to host a Thanksgiving dinner for the past several years. It's stressful having to prepare dinner for a huge crowd. You spend half a day in the kitchen getting everything together, then 15 minutes after the table is set the dinner has been gobbled up. I'm glad my mother-in-law takes over cooking up the meal, but it does make me a bit sad that we don't get those holiday leftovers. Instead of going out into the madness on Black Friday, I thought I'd stay in and make a mini Thanksgiving dinner for just my family. Instead of roasting a huge turkey, I'll make Jason and the girls some Honey Glazed Cornish Game Hens from a recipe I got off of Golden Blossom Honey. 

Cornish Game Hens

This is a very simple recipe to follow, without a lot of prep work, so I can still feel like I've made a holiday dinner without a lot of fuss. Plus, I don't have to run back and forth to the oven multiple times to baste the meat so I'll spend less time in the kitchen and more time to putting up our tree and Christmas decorations.

Ingredients
4 Cornish hens
1 apple, quartered
1 orange, quartered
1 medium onion, quartered
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
salt and pepper, to taste
Glaze:
3 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Cornish Game Hens

You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.













If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!



Do you put your holiday decorations up before or after Thanksgiving?



Monday, November 13, 2017

Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables #SimplyPotatoes




I have always been a vegetable lover. I'll eat them raw, grilled, sauteed, smoked or roasted. It doesn't matter to me how they come, as long as I have a nice big helping on my plate at least once a day. I haven't met a vegetable that I don't like, but I will admit that I didn't have my first sweet potato until about 2 years ago. My mom made them often when were were growing up, but I always passed them over for the russet variety. Last year I found a recipe for pecan topped sweet potatoes that had me hooked on making them more often, but as much as I love them, I really hate peeling and dicing them because they are so firm. My hands always feel tired and achy after preparing two or three, and that usually makes me pause when I think about adding them to the weekly dinner menu. However, when I heard that I could get pre-peeled and diced sweet potatoes from my grocers refrigerated section, I couldn't wait to snap some up. Simply Potatoes® offers a delicious assortment of fresh, never frozen potatoes ready to go from fridge to table in minutes.

Simply Potatoes

Simply Potatoes® Diced Sweet Potatoes are slightly sweet and vitamin packed, so you know it's a great addition to the dinner table. I love that they come unseasoned because I can add my own ingredients to dress them up any way I like.

Simply Potatoes Sweet Potatoes

This week I was craving a medley of roasted veggies, but I didn't want them just tossed in olive oil and roasted. I thought I'd add a little sweetness to the mix and whipped up a batch of Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables.
 
Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables

Because I didn't have to spend a lot of time messing with peeling and dicing sweet potatoes, I could spend a little more time adding in some of my favorite, easy to chop veggies.

Maple Glazed Roased Vegetables

Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables

Since I love sweet potatoes and squash together, I started with those as my first two ingredient choices. Then I raided the fridge to see what else I had and pulled out some brussel sprouts and carrots to toss into the mix. I think you could use a wide variety of veggies for this recipe and it would be delicious any way you toss it together. Once I pulled the steaming veggies out of the oven, I sprinkled some dried cranberries and pecans over the top to give it a little more color and finish off the dish. End result? Perfection!

Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables



Yield: Serves 6 to 8

Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1 bag Simply Potatoes® Diced Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 3 cups brussel sprouts, rinsed and patted dry
  • 3 medium carrots, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  •  2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and dice butternut squash. Trim off the ends of the brussel sprouts and slice each down the center. Slice carrots into 1/4 inch rounds. Place diced vegetables into a large bowl. Add in entire bag of Simply® Potatoes Diced Sweet Potatoes. Drizzle vegetables with olive oil, then toss to coat.
  3. Spread vegetables onto a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
  4. While vegetables are baking, in a small sauce pan, mix together maple syrup and brown sugar. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. 
  5. Remove vegetables from oven. Pour syrup mixture over the top, then use a spatula to toss vegetables, coating them with the syrup.
  6. Return pan to oven and roast another 20 minutes, or until the tops start to turn golden brown and glaze over.
  7. Remove from oven. Sprinkle dried cranberries and pecans over the top of the dish. Serve immediately.


Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables
Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetables

I love how using Simply Potatoes® made this dish come together quite easily. Because Simply Potatoes® uses only the freshest potatoes, uses real ingredients, and never freezes them, you are getting potatoes straight from the farm, to the fridge, to the table in no time. They also have a wide variety of other potato offerings, from hash browns to mashed potatoes, to steakhouse seasoned, you can easily fit Simply Potatoes® into the menu rotation from breakfast through dinner.


This Maple Glazed Roasted Vegetable recipe was my own creation, but you can find many more tempting recipes on the Simply Potatoes® website. Be sure to stop by and grab a new recipe for a little dinnertime lift or add in a new dish to your holidays this year.


What are your favorite vegetables to roast?






Sunday, November 12, 2017

Happy Holidays Giveaway!


Tis' the season for snow, cookies, and cheer! I was out and about all weekend and really started to feel the holiday buzz kicking in. Lights were twinkling, festive music was flowing, and the shoppers were out in full force. I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to the holidays this year. So much so, I figure it's time to do another giveaway! Who wants to win a $25 Amazon gift card to help make the holidays a little more cheery?

The giveaway is open to all countries and will run through 12/5/17. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to email before a new winner is selected. Please enter on the giveaway widget below. Good Luck!




Friday, November 10, 2017

There's Always Room for Praline Pie

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Stick with me guys. I have a lot of great Thanksgiving recipes coming from Golden Blossom Honey this month that I can't wait to share with you. This week I thought I'd try my hand at their Praline Pie recipe.

Praline Pie

You all know I am a southern girl at heart and there is nothing we like more than pralines. Normally I like to have pecan pie for Thanksgiving dessert, but this year we are swapping it out for the praline pie. It's very similar to pecan pie, but isn't filled with corn syrup, so you don't get that goopy middle. Now, I am a huge fan of a goopy gooey pecan pie center, but I've had people tell me that they don't like it (what!?!) For those that don't, this pie is for you.

Praline Pie

The only thing that I would change about this recipe is the addition of the rum. I am very sensitive to alcohol and think it can be overpowering in desserts. Next time I make this, I'll swap out the rum for apple juice to add in a little more sweetness. But, if you like rum, by all means, leave the recipe as is. 


Ingredients
1 9-inch pre-baked pie shell
1/4 cup butter or margarine
2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
4 eggs
2 Tablespoons rum
1 cup broken pecans or 8 pecan halves


 CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE


Praline Pie

Here's something new for you this week. I am always fascinated with those Facebook food videos, so I decided I'd try my hand at creating one. My gosh, a lot of work goes into them! I'm testing the waters to see if it's something I'd like to continue doing so I'm not going to put them here each week. The lighting was all off and I was tossing things around willy nilly without a game plan in mind, but if I can eventually get the hang of it, I'll invest in the right equipment to bring better videos to you in the future. It took me ages to figure out how to work my camera and Photoshop, and I think with a little practice and patience I'll get better with food videos. If not, at least I can say I tried. Remember, it's attempt #1, so be kind ;)




If you love pralines as much as I do, be sure to grab my Praline Sauce recipe too. It's great for fruit dipping, pie and cheesecake topping, or eat it straight from the jar. I do when nobody is looking.

Look for this recipe and many more on Golden Blossom Honey's Recipe Page.





If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!


How many different pies do you serve for Thanksgiving?




Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bakerly Offers Happiness In Every Bite

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


I usually hit up two stores each week to fill my grocery needs. I'll hit up a mass merchandiser chain to grab a few select groceries, paper products, and any household items that we may need that week. Then, I like to head over to Fresh Thyme to stock up on their natural and organic goods and produce to finish off my shopping list. One thing that I love about shopping there is I always stumble across new finds which quickly become household favorites. A few months back I was browsing through the baked goods and found a little section of Bakerly breads and crêpes. 

Bakerly

I kind of just glanced over the bread because Jason usually only eats whole wheat bread, but I did scoop up a package of the crêpes for the family to try later that day. There were several flavors to choose from, like strawberry, chocolate, and caramel, and I decided that we'd probably all like the caramel best so that's what got put in my basket.


Bakerly Crepes

These crêpes are made with an authentic French recipe. They are light and chewy and filled with gooey caramel and crunchy round cereal bits. They definitely offer happiness in every bite. 


Bakerly Crepes

Needless to say, it was love at first bite for the entire family. We have since started buying the other flavors and think they are all equally delicious. You can eat them straight out of the package, but we like to pop them into the microwave for a few seconds to get the filling warm and gooey. It gives it a little extra boost of indulgence that way. 



Bakerly did send me an assortment of their products to try recently, and I was excited to see that they included a loaf of their sliced brioche bread and a package of their brioche rolls since I still haven't tried them. 


Bakerly Brioche Rolls


Bakerly Brioche Rolls

Like all of Bakerly's products, the rolls are made with an authentic French recipe. They are light and fluffy and yummy. I used them for dinner one night, filling them with cheese and sautéed veggies, and Mr. "I only eat wheat bread" gobbled them up without any complaints. If that isn't a winner, I don't know what is. 

I've been using the brioche bread for lunch quite frequently lately.


Bakerly Brioche Bread

My favorite way to eat it is toasted on the griddle, then filled with Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms and caramelized onions. Mmmm. So good! 




Yield: Serves 1

Caramelized Onion, Mushroom & Swiss Melt

INGREDIENTS:


  • 2 Slices Bakerly Brioche Bread
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 8 ounces sliced bella mushrooms
  • 1 slice Swiss Cheese
  • oil for sautéing 

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Peel and slice onion into thick strips.
  2. Over medium heat, heat oil of your choosing (I use coconut oil). Place sliced onions in pan and cook, stirring frequently for 20-30 minutes, until onions turn golden brown and get a caramel like coating. Remove from pan and set aside. 
  3. Add about a tablespoon more oil to pan used for onions. Once heated, add sliced mushrooms and sautée over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes.  
  4. Layer onions and mushrooms over a slice of bread. Add the cheese and top with the second slice of bread. You can either toast the bread in a clean pan over medium heat or place in a 350 degree oven until bread is toasty and cheese is melted.
  5. Serve Immediately

What I love most about Bakerly is that their bread and snack items are line with my goal to eat as healthy as possible. Their products do not contain preservatives, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and they are GMO-free. So, not only can I snack a little healthier, I can feel good serving these products to my family too.

If you would like to learn more about all of the yummy products Bakerly carries, be sure to visit their website.


 What's your favorite grilled sandwich?


Friday, November 3, 2017

Wild Rice Holiday Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Disclosure- I received the mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.


Now that Halloween has come and gone, we can officially declare it the holiday season. My Pinterest feed is already filling up with so many delicious appetizer, dinner, and dessert options for the holidays, I'm having a hard time trying to narrow down a few favorites to try this year. Since I've really been putting in the work at the gym and Jason just started a new fitness plan, I am looking for more healthier options so we don't totally sabotage our weight loss goals with holiday treats. That's not to say that we won't have a slice of pie or two. I mean if you can't give yourself permission to treat yo'self during the holidays, then when can you? Since I no longer eat meat, turkey isn't the main draw for me for Thanksgiving dinner so I look for tasty sides that are filling and delicious. I haven't had to host the big dinner for the past few years, but that doesn't exclude me from having to bring a dish to my in-laws. This year I am bringing Wild Rice Holiday Stuffing, a recipe that I found on Golden Blossom Honey. 

Wild Rice Stuffing

This recipe is a medley of amazing flavors all combined into one tasty dish. Wild rice mixed with mushrooms, celery, and dried fruit? Yes, please! I have actually never tried wild rice with dried fruit and wasn't sure what would be a good combination, but I had dried blueberries and cranberries on hand so that's what I went with when preparing this recipe. In the end, I think it made an awesome addition to the dish. Just the right amount of sweetness without being overpowering like some other fruits might be. Plus, cranberries are a holiday staple, so why not toss some in there? I could honestly fill a bowl with this rice mix and call it a meal, so who needs turkey anyway? Not this girl.

Ingredients
8 ounces wild rice, uncooked
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (10 ounce) package fresh mushrooms sliced
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

CLICK HERE FOR FULL RECIPE

Wild Rice Stuffing

 
You can find this recipe, as well as many more delicious recipes right on the Golden Blossom Honey recipe page! Be sure to follow Golden Blossom Honey on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions.





If you like this recipe, be sure to come back every Friday, where I feature a new recipe from Golden Blossom Honey!
 


Are you trying any new recipes this Thanksgiving or will you be sticking with your tried and true favorites?