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Monday, February 8, 2016

Shake and Bake Chickpeas

Personally I love using Chickpeas.  I use them in salads all the time and mashed in a hummus like spread on a veggie sandwich.

I've also seen them used in some diet programs to increase the daily fiber intake as well as help to lower the LDL levels (that's the bad stuff) and triglycerides.




Ingredients

  • 2 cups chickpeas, cooked
  • 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine ingredients in medium bowl (a Thatsa bowl would work great), seal and shake until chickpeas are fully coated.
  3. Spread coated chickpeas out onto baking sheet lined with Silicone Wonder® Mat.
  4. Bake 35–40 minutes or until dry and crunchy.
Now of course I have to see if I can used the canned version of chickpeas and just drain and dry with a paper towel and get the same results.  I've never seen "cooked" chickpeas unless it really does mean the canned kind. Come to think of it, I don't think I've seen "in a bag" kind either.  

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

It's Super Bowl Sunday!

Do you have your pick in?


Who are you routing for?
Peyton and The Broncos?
or
Cam and The Panthers?



Or are you just a Half-time show watcher?
Are you expecting something special from Coldplay, Beyonce and Bruno Mars, who are scheduled to perform?  Or are you hoping to see if there are any other "special" guests that will make an appearance?

Or do you just watch to see the TV ads?
You know those that are super expensive (to go with the Super Bowl), that we sometimes see sneak previews of.

I think that many of the ad folks who come up with these ads try to be either really really sweet or really really stupid just so we will talk about them.  Some years I can't even remember what the ads were because they were so stupid.

But I really love the Budweiser Ads every year.
Do you remember where this one is from?

There is always something refreshing about these ads that make you remember them.  I think that one of the things that are memorable about these ads are of course the Clydesdales but also that they are down to Earth.  There is no raunchy aspects to the ads like some others, who I think do it just because they can.  Budweiser doesn't have to.
 This one from 2013 was recently named the #1 all time favorite, and yes it is one of my all time favorites too.

And then there was this one from 1979 (wow that was forever ago) where Coke made history as well.  This was the other one in the running for #1 of all time.  I think for the longest time it was #1.  And of course I think it is pretty good too.


What is/are your favorite Super Bowl TV ads?

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Black Bean & Artichoke Dip/Spread

How about a dip that not only tastes good but is a healthy take on an appetizer?  Check this one out!


Serves: 16
Serving Size: 2 tbsp.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup black beans
  • 1 cup marinated artichoke hearts
  • ½ cup bottled salsa
  • ½ cup mixed black and green olives, pitted
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 green onions, green part only, roughly chopped
  • 4 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ tbsp. Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend
  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Using basket attachment, rinse and drain black beans first, then artichoke hearts.
  2. In base of Quick Chef® Pro System fitted with blade attachment, combine salsa, artichoke hearts, olives, garlic and green onions. Cover and turn handle to coarsely chop.
  3. Add cream cheese, seasoning blend and cheese. Cover and turn handle to process until well combined.
  4. Stir in black beans and place in a serving bowl. Refrigerate until serving.

Just another great reason to have the Quick Chef® Pro System.    I use mine multiple times during the week - easy to use and cleans up super easy (dishwasher safe!)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Time to live your dreams

As we get ready for another storm system that is bringing some of that "wonderful" white stuff to the Northeast.  
No I'm not really thrilled about this but wanted to start the day with a little inspiration.  You know to put a smile on my face and make me think a little before the daily rush begins.


For all you Dreamers out there, here is something to share with others.  Especially with those who keep telling you to stop dreaming and start living.  
Because YOU ARE living, especially if you remember to put your dreams into your daily life.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Mexican Chipotle Hummus

The roasted red peppers and the Tupperware Chipotle Seasoning adds a nice smokey flavor to this dip that would be great for all kinds of gatherings.




Ingredients
  • 15 oz./425 g can chickpeas
  • 1 cup jarred roasted red peppers
  • ¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
  • ½ lemon, juiced with Zest 'N Press® Gadget
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp. Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend
  • 2 tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped in Chop ’N Prep Chef
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Using basket attachment, rinse and drain chickpeas first, then roasted red peppers.
  2. Place chickpeas, roasted red peppers, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and seasoning blend in Quick Chef® Pro System fitted with blade attachment. Turn handle to blend until well combined.
  3. Add 1 tbsp. parsley to the chickpea mixture and season to taste with salt and pepper. Replace cover and continue blending until combined. If a smoother texture is desired, add 1 tbsp. olive oil or water.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and top with the remaining parsley.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

#Ozeri Digital Blood Pressure Monitor

To be able to say I am keeping Big Brother Happy. 
I received this product for free to facilitate my review, in exchange for my honest opinion. I will only highlight products I feel will be of benefit to my readers. For more information regarding product review, please refer to my media kit.


When I was first asked if I would like to try this one out, I had been thinking about what our new year "health" routine should be, especially since we had a scare with a false report of elevated pressure, so I jumped right on this one.
Ozeri BP5K Digital Blood Pressure Monitor with Voice-Guided Positioning and Hypertension Indicator
One of the things that I really liked about it was that you didn't need to be a doctor or nurse or med tech to be able to use this product.  
It is really very easy to use and with the voice guided positioning you will always be at the correct position for monitoring.


If you have high (or low) blood pressure, or if it runs in your family, you should keep an eye on your pressure.  This is the perfect monitor to help you stay on top of things.
It is very compact, as you can see, and fits in its own carrying case.  That makes it perfect for travel or even to the office for readings at different times of day.



I think this would be perfect for keeping track of your blood pressure readings and pulse rates in between your doctor appointments.  


Especially if you doctor has voiced some concerns about your blood pressure levels.
Now this is not to replace going to the doctor, but it could be a way to alert you to a possible problem, or be an early warning for changes in your heart health.  

And with it's memory capabilities for 2 people that keeps 90 readings for each, you can easily take this with you to your next doctor's appointment to show him or her your readings in between visits!

I'm really happy that I was able to try the Ozeri Digital Blood Pressure Monitor.  It will be part of my health regiment from now on. Perhaps it is something that you should consider as part of your regiment too.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Roasted Garlic and Feta Dip for your next party!

Are you holding a Super Bowl Party?
If you are and are looking for some awesome dips to have out .. here's one that looks awesome and super easy!  
I think this would work well for any kind of party with a nice glass of wine ... and the girls or guys. 


Ingredients

  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 8 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 lemon, squeezed using Zest 'N Press® Gadget
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped with the Chop ’N Prep Chef
  • salt and pepper


Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. Cut off the root end of garlic bulb, exposing the cloves. Wrap the entire bulb in aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes; cool completely.
  3. Squeeze out the cloves of garlic and place in the base of Quick Chef® Pro System fitted with the blade attachment.
  4. Add the feta cheese, oil, sour cream, lemon juice and basil.
  5. Replace cover and turn handle to process until well combined.
  6. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste.

This is just one of the great recipes that we can use Tupperware product for.  I think everyone should at least have the Chop ’N Prep Chef but then I do love my Tupperware.

Want to have one for yourself?  Check it out, and so much more on my Tupperware Site.