Brunch Bites

Today I thought I would share some brunch bites. Add some mimosas and you have a party! this is perfect for a bridal shower or low key birthday party.

Vegetable Frittatas – Makes 12 

Recipe from: What’s Gabby Cooking 

 

Yogurt Parfaits – Makes 8 

Ingredients  – 

16 ounces of greek yogurt

1/4  Cup of Blueberries

1/4 Cup Raspberries

1/2 Cup Granola

Recipe – 

  1. Put greek yogurt in mini cordial glass, enough to fill half way
  2. Add granola, raspberries and blueberries to cordial glasses

 

Pancake Bites – Makes 24 Bites

Ingredients-

1 Cup of Trader Joe’s Multigrain Baking & Pancake Mix

1/2 Cup of milk

1  Egg

1 Tablespoon oil

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix pancake mix, milk, egg & oil until throughly combined
  3. Put a tablespoon of pancake mixture into  each muffin tin cup
  4. Add chocolate chips and/or blueberries
  5. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes, until golden brown

 

Cinnamon Roll Cups – Makes 20 Cinnamon Roll Cups

Same recipe as I used for the king’s cakes just without the sprinkles!

Ingredients – 

1 can Trader Joe’s jumbo cinnamon rolls

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. spray mini muffin tin with canola oil
  3. Open cinnamon roll container and separate
  4. Press cinnamon roll dough into mini muffin tin cup and bake for 18 minutes
  5. Take out of oven and let cool
  6. Use utensil handle and create crater into each cinnamon roll cup
  7. Add vanilla frosting from cinnamon roll container to center of cinnamon roll cup

 

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Cocktail & Bites

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time for a sweet bite & cocktail! Today i’m featuring Bailey’s Salted Caramel Brownie Cups and Girl Scout Cookie Shooters.

Chocolate ganache with baileys and salted caramel brownie cup

Bailey’s Salted Caramel Brownie Cups – Makes 24 Cups

Ingredients – 
Brownie mix – ingredients listed on box as well
1 cup Trader Joe’s Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 Tablespoon of Baileys  Irish Cream
16 raspberries to garnish

Recipe –
Brownie Cups –
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Make brownies according to directions on box
3. Add tablespoon of brownie batter to each mini muffin tin cup
4. Bake for 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted into brownie cups comes out clean
5. Take out of oven and insert utensil handle into center of each cup to create a crater for filling
6. Let brownie cups cool for at least 15 minutes before removing
7. Add 1 tablespoon caramel sauce to each cooled brownie cup
8.  Add 1 tablespoon of chocolate ganache to each brownie cup on top of caramel sauce layer
9. Add 1 raspberry on top of each cup to garnish
Baileys Chocolate ganache 
  1. Heat heavy cream in pot on stove until it starts to boil
  2. Take off heat and add semi sweet chocolate chips
  3. Mix heavy cream , chocolate chips & baileys Irish cream until smooth

 

Girl Scout Shooters

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Picture & Recipe from: playbuzz.com

 

 

 

Indian Inspired Meals & Bites

I love Indian food, delicious and flavorful sauces and naan, what could be better! Today I’m sharing some Indian inspired meals & bites.

 

Thai Shrimp Soup – 4 Servings, 1/2 cup per serving

Inspired by: Damn Delicious

Ingredients  –

1/2 Cup of cooked brown rice

1 Tablespoon of unsalted butter

1/2 lb of medium shrimp

1 clove of garlic,  minced

1/3 Cup of Trader Joe’s roasted bell peppers

1/2 Tablespoon of grated ginger

4 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Red Curry Sauce

2 Cups of Vegetable Stock

2 Tablespoons of Lime Juice

1 Tablespoons of cilantro

Recipe- 

  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium high heat. Add shrimp, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  2. Add garlic, onion and bell pepper to the stockpot. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in ginger until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in red curry sauce, vegetable stock, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Stir in rice, shrimp, lime juice and cilantro.
  6. Serve immediately.

Thai Shrimp Naan Cups – 3 Naan Cups

Ingredients – 

1 piece of Trader Joe’s Naan

1 Tablespoon of Thai Shrimp Soup, see recipe above

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Bake Naan for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes according to package directions
  3. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut naan into  a 1″ circle
  4. Press 1″ naan circle into mini muffin tin cup
  5. Turn oven down to 350 degrees
  6. Put thai shrimp soup in naan cup
  7. Bake naan shrimp cups for 8 -10 minutes
  8. Serve warm

 

Red Curry Tilapia Recipe Bowl – 1 Serving

Red Curry Tilapia

Ingredients – 

1 tilapia filet
2 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s red curry sauce
Recipe- 
1. Marinate tilapia in red curry sauce for 30 minutes – overnight
2. Cook tilapia 2-3 minutes per side
3. Serve warm & enjoy. I served with tandoori quinoa & trader Joe’s plank paner
Coconut curry sauce with chicken and vegetables – 3 servings, 1/2 cup

I followed the directions for the sauce, added roasted sweet potatoes, chickpeas and chicken tenders. I let everything sit in container in refrigerator overnight and heated up for dinner next day. I froze leftover sauce & veggies.

 

Tandoori Quinoa – 4, 1/2 Cup Servings 
Ingredients-
1 Cup of cooked Quinoa (1 cup of quinoa & 2 cups of water)
1/4 Cup trader Joe’s grilled cauliflower
1/4 Cup Bell peppers
1/4 Cup of chickpeas
2 Tablespoons of red curry sauce
Recipe-
1. Cook quinoa according to directions (heat water & quinoa until boiling and then simmer for 15-20 minutes it’ll all water is absorbed)
2. Sauté cauliflower & bell peppers until heated through. Add cooked quinoa, chickpeas and red curry sauce & mix throughly

Pulled Pork Meals & Bite

One of my favorite Trader Joe’s products is the pulled pork so I decided to share some recipes and a bite recipe using pulled pork.

Pulled Pork Scallion Pancake Cups – Serving Size, 3 Scallion Pancake Cups

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This recipe was inspired by the pulled pork scallion pancake tacos  I had at Earl’s Beer & Cheese on the UES in NYC.  Instead of tacos I decided to make this in cup form.

Ingredients – 

1 Trader Joe’s Scallion Pancake
1 Tablespoon of pulled pork
1 Teaspoon of black beans
1 teaspoon of guacamole

 

Recipe-

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook scallion pancake on stove according to package directions.

3.  Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut hot scallion pancake into  a 1″ circle.

4. Press 1″ scallion pancake circle into mini muffin tin cup

5. Bake scallion pancake cup for 12 minutes.

6.  Put heated pulled pork, black beans & guacamole into scallion pancake cups
7.  Serve hot & enjoy
Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato – Serves 2
Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato
Ingredients – 
2 sweet potatoes
1/2 Cup of Trader Joe’s pulled pork
2 Tablespoons of refried beans
2 Tablespoons of black beans
2 Tablespoons guacamole
2 cherry tomatoes cut in quarters
Recipe – 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Bake sweet potatoes in oven for 1 hour & take out of oven. I do this step over the weekend and keep the cooked sweet potatoes in the refrigerator to use during the week.
3. Microwave pulled pork according to package directions
4. Add heated pulled pork to hot sweet potato
5. Add remaining ingredients to sweet potato over pulled pork
6. Serve warm and enjoy!
Pulled Pork Naan Pizza – Serves 1
Pulled Pork Naan Pizza
 Ingredients –

1 Piece of Trader Joe’s Naan

1/4 Cup of Trader Joe’s Pulled Pork

1 Tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Fire Roasted Bell Peppers

2 Tablespoons of Refried Beans

2 Tablespoon of Mexican Cheese blend

1 Tablespoon of cilantro

Recipe-

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Put Naan on baking sheet and add remaining ingredients
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted
  4. Take out of oven and serve warm
Other Ideas- 

Cocktail & Sweet Treat: Birthday Edition

Since today is my birthday so I decided to make this blog post all about cake! The cocktail this week is a cake batter martini and the bite is funfetti cake bites with white chocolate ganache and sprinkles.

Cocktail – 

Cake Batter Martini

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Picture & Recipe from: How Sweet It Is

Cake Bites – Makes 24 bites

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Ingredients-

Confetti Cake Mix

1/4 Cup of White Chocolate

2 Tablespoons of Heavy Cream

Recipe – 

Funfetti Cake Bites

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Make confetti cake mix according to package directions
  3. Put tablespoon of cake mix in each mini muffin tin cup
  4. Bake for 18 minutes

White Chocolate Ganache

  1. Heat heavy cream, until boiling
  2. Add white chocolate chips to heavy cream and mix  until throughly combined

Mexican Inspired Meals & Bites

I love  Mexican food so of course I had to share some delicious Mexican inspired meals and bites.
Fish tacos – 2 serving
Ingredients-
2 tilapia fillets
1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
1 Teaspoon of lime juice
2 flour tortillas
1 Tablespoon of Guacamole
1 Tablespoon of black beans
1 Tablespoon of Salsa Sour Cream Sauce
1/2 Tablespoon of refried beans
1 Tablespoon of sour cream
1/2 Tablespoon of salsa
Recipe- 
1.  Marinate tilapia with taco seasoning and lime juice for 30 minutes or overnight
2. Heat tilapia in grill pan or skillet for 2-3 minutes per side
3. Heat flour tortillas in  sauté pan, about 30 seconds on each side
4. Take off heat and add heated tilapia and remaining ingredients
Salsa Sour Cream Sauce  – 
1. Add sour cream and salsa and mix throughly
Fish Tacos Bites – 4 taco bites 
Ingredients –
1 flour tortilla
1 Tablespoon of cooked tilapia (see recipe above)
Toppings of your choice: I used black beans, refried beans, salsa sour cream sauce (see recipe above), guacamole, Mexican cheese mix
Recipe- 
  1. Heat tortilla in sauté pan. About 30 seconds per side
  2. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut tortilla into  a 1″ circle
  3. Press 1″ tortilla circle into mini muffin tin cup
  4. Put shredded tilapia, black beans & mexican quinoa in tortilla cup.
  5. Bake tortilla cup for 12 minutes
  6. Let cool and then add guacamole, salsa sour cream sauce & Mexican cheese on top of tortilla cup
  7. Serve warm & enjoy
Mexican Quinoa  Tortilla Bites- 4 tortilla cups
Ingredients-
1 Cup of quinoa
2 Cups of water
1/4 Cup of black beans
1/4 Cup of frozen corn
1/4 Cup of bell peppers cut into strips, I used Trader Joe’s frozen fire roasted peppers
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
1 garlic clove, minced
Juice from 1 lime (more to taste)
1/4 tsp. salt
Recipe-
Mexican Style Quinoa (inspired by: The Garden Grazer)
1. Combine water & quinoa and cook according to package directions
2. Sauté corn and bell peppers and cook until heated through
3. Mix dressing ingredients- olive oil, cumin, garlic clove & lime

4. Once quinoa is cooked add veggies and dressing

 Mexican Style Quinoa Bites
  1. Heat tortilla in sauté pan. About 30 seconds per side
  2. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut tortilla into  a 1″ circle
  3. Press 1″ tortilla circle into mini muffin tin cup
  4. Put shredded tilapia, black beans & mexican quinoa in tortilla cups
  5. Bake for 12 minutes
Chicken Enchiladas – Serves 1 
Ingredients 
1/2 Cup of shredded cooked chicken, I used the chicken I mentioned here (link to buffalo chicken post)
1/4 Cup of black bean
2 Tablespoons of refried beans
2 flour tortillas
1/4 Cup of Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce
2 Tablespoons Mexican cheese blend
Recipe- 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Put chicken and beans in center of tortilla
3. Put tortilla seam side down in pan (I recommend putting tin foil in pan to make clean up easier
4. Pour enchilada sauce over tortillas
5. Add cheese on top of tortillas
Chicken Enchilada Tortilla Cups – 3 tortilla cups
Ingredients 
1 flour tortilla
1 Tablespoon of chicken enchilada filling (see recipe above)
1 Teaspoon of Mexican cheese blend
Recipe
1. Heat tortilla in sauté pan. About 30 seconds per side
2. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut tortilla into  a 1″ circle
3. Press 1″ tortilla circle into mini muffin tin cup
4. Put chicken enchilada filling  in tortilla cup.                                                                         5. Serve warm & enjoy
5. Bake for 12 minutes
6. Serve warm & enjoy!

All Things Chili..

Back in my Super Bowl Bites blog post I made Chili in Cornbread cups. Chili is one of my favorite  winter staples. It’s warm and filling and what I especially love about chili is that is freezes well, which makes chili a great meal to make ahead and then defrost later on. In this blog post included some different ways to use the leftover chili. It’s always nice to change up how you use leftovers so it feels like you are having a whole new meal rather than just the same meal over and over. Make sure to stay tuned for future blog posts since I will be sharing some of my other favorite leftover tips and tricks.

As I mentioned in the  chili in cornbread cups recipe I I like to make the Chipotle Turkey Chili recipe from Cooking with Trader Joe’s, which is the base for the recipes listed below.

Chili Naan Pizza – 1 Serving

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Ingredients-

1 Piece of Trader Joe’s Naan

1/4 Cup of Chipotle Turkey Chili

2 Tablespoons of black beans

2 Tablespoons of Refried Beans

2 Tablespoon of Mexican Cheese blend

Recipe-

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Put Naan on baking sheet and add remaining ingredients
  3. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted
  4. Take out of oven and serve warm

 

Chili Lettuce Wraps – Makes 1 serving (4 lettuce wraps)

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Ingredients –

1/2 Cup of Chipotle Turkey Chili

4 romaine lettuce hearts

3 Tablespoons of lite sour cream

1 Tablespoon of Mexican cheese blend

 

Recipe –

  1. Microwave chili for one minute or until heated through
  2. Put heated chili in romaine lettuce hearts
  3. Add remaining ingredients on top of chili (sour cream & Mexican cheese blend)
  4. Serve warm & enjoy!