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This healthy Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake is great any time of the day!

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Is there anything better than a guilt-free delicious shake?  I think not :)  I’ve got a great recipe and new cookbook to share with you today that I think you are going to love!

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

I am thrilled to share a new cookbook called The Chia Cookbook by Janie Hoffman.  She is the founder and CEO of Mamma Chia, an organic line of chia-based foods and beverages.  She has been featured in the New York Times, O magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Details, Vogue, Real Simple, Prevention, Glamour, and the Today show.

As you read through the recipes in this book, you’ll see that it’s possible to incorporate chia into everything, and I mean everything—breakfast foods, soups, salads, cocktails, main dishes, desserts.

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

My husband and I have been enjoying chia for the last couple years so I was anxious to try out Janie’s new book!  When we lived in Newport Beach, we had a Whole Foods Market right by our house and we would pick up Mama Chia drinks every time we would grocery shop.  They are my favorite!  I was immediately drawn to this Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake in the Chia Cookbook.  All of my favorite flavors!  It could not be more simple to prepare which is always a plus.

Chia is a powerful little seed with incredible health benefits. In this mouthwatering recipe collection, you’ll learn the secrets of incorporating this ancient superfood into modern meals from breakfast to dinner and happy hour to dessert.

Hope you enjoy this fun and healthy shake!

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint ShakePrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 5 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk or fat free milk at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions

  1. Chill two tall glasses. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, stir together the coconut milk beverage and chia seeds and let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Place the coconut-chia gel, cocoa powder, frozen yogurt, honey and peppermint extract in a bleder. Cover and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour into the chilled glasses and serve.

Makes 2 Servings

 


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Dinner

This Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe is such a fun weeknight dinner idea. The kids love this twist on traditional bean and cheese burritos.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

I’ve got a new weeknight dinner idea for you today!  My boys love having bean and cheese burritos on a regular basis so I thought it would be fun to create a pizza calzone with one of their favorite dinners.

With school in session and activities in full force, it’s so nice to have quick fix dinner ideas for the family.  I’m all about keeping it simple!

Hope you enjoy this cheesy Mexican style calzone.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

You won’t need too many ingredients to get this baby in the oven.  I used my homemade pizza dough along with some of our favorite Old El Paso products.  If you don’t want to make a homemade pizza dough, you can find pre-made dough at your grocery store.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

I used the Old El Paso Refried Beans, Chopped Green Chilies and Mild Green Enchilada Sauce.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Place your beans, green chilies and tomatoes into a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Layer half of your bean mixture over half of your pizza dough.  Top with lots of cheese :)

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Fold your pizza dough over filled layer, press and seal edges then brush with a thin layer of olive oil.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Sprinkle with garlic salt and bake!

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Beautiful cheesy calzone ready for dinner!

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Serve with warmed enchilada sauce if desired :)

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone RecipePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 16 ounce can Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 4.5 ounce can Old El Paso Chopped Green Chilies
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with peppers, mild (I used Rotel mild)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 10 ounce can Old El Paso Mild Green Enchilada Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare pizza pan or stone.
  2. Press pizza dough into a 12 inch round. Place beans, green chilies and tomatoes in a large bowl, stirring to combine. Spread half of the bean layer over half of the pizza dough leaving a 1 inch border around the edge. Top with cheese then fold pizza dough over filled side, pressing and sealing edges together.
  3. Brush top of dough with oil then sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden. If needed, increase oven’s heat to broil for the last couple minutes to brown crust. Watch carefully, this happens fast :) Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices. Serve with warmed Old El Paso Green Enchilada Sauce if desired.

Makes 8 Servings

This post is in partnership with Old El Paso however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ

Sep 26, 2014 | Tags: ,

So grateful for my sister retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ last weekend. Sunshine, good food and total relaxation.

Last weekend my sister and I had a stay cation at the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ.   When I want to get away, there is no other place I’d rather be.  So many fun memories made with my sister over the weekend.  Grateful for every minute!

We had breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants, Proof.  It has the most lovely breakfast spread.  Pretty  much anything you’d want for breakfast, they’ve got it.

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Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls

Sep 21, 2014 | Tags: , , , , ,

These Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls are the perfect weeknight dinner for busy nights.

Dinner can be so tricky when there’s so much going on during our busy weeknights.  Between homework and the many kids activities it seems like there is no time to get dinner on the kitchen table.  I am partnering with Green Giant™ this month to bring you simple weeknight dinners with added vegetables that the whole family will enjoy.

Instead of our usual brown rice bowls with just chicken and salsa, I added Green Giant™ Honey Roasted Corn Steamer for a fun twist and more vegetables.  I used precooked brown rice that is microwavable as well as precooked chicken breast that I chopped.  Simple and flavorful weeknight dinner that is a breeze to add to your menu plan.

Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on  your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights

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Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Sep 19, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , ,

My Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla makes the perfect quick and simple weeknight dinner or lunch!

There’s nothing more that I love than a hot buttery crisp quesadilla right off of the skillet.  I have developed a Southwest style quesadilla with some of my favorite ingredients.

I prepared a salsa verde shredded chicken that’s layered with 3 cheeses and black beans stuffed inside buttery tortillas.
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Snacking with Ritz

Snacking with Ritz

Sep 16, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

I’ve got three great Snacking with Ritz recipes for you today that will have the family jumping for joy :)

My boys come running through the door after school starving.  Apparently they rush so fast through their lunch so they can have more time to play at recess.  I put together some fun bite size snacks that the whole family will enjoy using Ritz Fresh Stack Crackers.

First up are these fun Pepperoni Pizza Stackers.   I layered pepperoni, sliced cheese sticks and a dollop of pizza sauce over Ritz Fresh Stack Everything Crackers with onion, poppyseed, garlic and sea salt.  The boys went nuts for these!

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Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

Sep 14, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

My Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta makes dinner stress-free and delicious!

Pasta is such a great weeknight dinner choice.  You can dress it up in so many different ways, which is probably why it makes an appearance a couple times each week in our house.  I developed a new pasta recipe for you today that literally only has a few ingredients which makes it so great for weeknight cooking!  I had so much fun sitting back and watching my boys devour this pasta recipe.
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Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sep 10, 2014 | Tags: , , ,

Treat yourself to a taste of Fall with my Brown Butter Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies!  There’s nothing like pumpkin and chocolate together!

Fall baking is the best time of year isn’t it?!  The aromas that come from the kitchen is hard to beat.  I am thrilled to be partnering with Fisher Nuts to bring you a new cookie recipe today.  It is jam packed with all of my favorite flavors including brown butter, pumpkin and chocolate chips.  The whole family will be flocking for these fun cookies!

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Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla

Sep 7, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Try my simple to prepare Tuscan Broccoli and Cheese Quesadilla this week for dinner!

I am thrilled to share my new quick fix weeknight quesadilla with you today.  I know how stressful it is trying to decide what to make for dinner each week when you’ve got a zillion other things to do with your family.

I am partnering with Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers this month to bring you simple to prepare dinner recipes that help you find new alternatives for dinner with your family during the sometimes hectic week.

Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights.

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