Easter Bites & Cocktail

Lemon Meringue Bites – This was inspired by, Mom on Time Out.

Ingredients –

1 package of sugar cookie dough

1/2 cup of lemon curd

Dollop of whipped cream on each cup

Recipe –

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Put tablespoon of sugar cookie dough into each mini muffin tin cup

3. Bake sugar cookie cups for 10-12 minutes.

4. Add tablespoon of lemon curd to each cup then a dollop of whipped cream

Key Lime Pie Bites – 

This was inspired by I am a honey bee 

Ingredients – 

1 package of sugar cookie dough

1/2 cup key lime juice (regular limes will work as well)

1 (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk can

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 Cup heavy whipping cream

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

lime zest for garnish

Recipe – 

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Put tablespoon of sugar cookie dough into each mini muffin tin cup

3. Bake sugar cookie cups for 10-12 minutes.

4.  Key lime filling – I followed the I Am Honey Bee directions for the filling.

5. Put tablespoon of key lime filling in each cup and topped each whipped cream & lime zest.

Pastel Colored Cake Bites 

Ingredients: 

1 box of white cake mix, ingredients on box

1/2 cup vanilla frosting

Red, Green & Yellow food coloring

Mini Cadbury eggs

Recipe: 

1. Make cake mix according to package directions.

2. Bake on oven for 18 minutes

3. Put 3 tablespoons of frosting in 3 separate bowls, 1 tablespoon in each bowl. Add green, red and yellow food coloring to frosting to make different color frosting.

Easter Basket Cocktail 

Picture and recipe from: Easter Basket Cocktail 

Favorite Trader Joe’s Sauces… 

It’s no secret I’m completely obsessed with Trader Joe’s so today I wanted to share some of my go to Trader Joe’s sauces!

 

Red Curry Sauce

This sauce is great marinade  on fish, I have used on tilapia and is great on veggies and I used in the red curry shrimp soup as well. Click here to view the Indian meals and bites recipes featuring Trader Joe’s red curry sauce

Peanut Satay Sauce – 

 peanut sauce is the best. Pra ram chicken is one of my go to Thai take out dishes and I absolutely love Thai chicken pizza. The peanut satay sauce is also great of use for ground turkey lettuce wraps. Check out  blog post for recipe ideas

Arrabiata Sauce –

This is an awesome tomato sauce. I love that the sauce has a little bit of a kick. I used the sauce for all the sauce for all the recipes in the Italian Meals & Bites blog post.

Enchilada Sauce –

 I made enchiladas for the first time back in college and I thought using precooked rotisserie chicken was the trick to making easy and delicious enchiladas, but it turns out I discovered another trick, using Trader Joe’s Enchilada sauce! Click here for meal & bites recipes using Trader Joe’s enchilada sauce.

 

 

Coconut Cream Bite & Coconut Cream Martini

 

Coconut Cream Bite – Makes 25 bites

Ingredients – 

1 box of vanilla cake and ingredients listed on box

1 box of Jello coconut cream pudding and ingredients listed on box

Whipped cream

toasted shredded coconut flakes

Recipe – 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix cake batter according to package directions
  3. Put tablespoon of cake batter in each mini cupcake tin cup
  4. Bake for 18 minutes
  5. Let cool for around 10-15 minutes before taking out of mini muffin tin
  6. Make coconut cream pudding according to directions on box
  7. Bake shredded coconut flakes on cookie sheet for 5 minutes
  8. Put tablespoon of pudding, whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes in each cake cup

Coconut Cream Martini

Photo & Recipe from: A Night Owl

 Mediterranean Meals &  Bites 

Today’s blog post is all about Mediterranean meals & bites! Anytime I have Mediterranean food it brings back memories of my time in Israel. It’s always fun to remember experiences through food.

 

Portabello mushroom caps  stuffed  with Kidney bean, tomato, chicken, eggplant spread & feta – serves 2 

Ingredients – 

2 portobello mushroom caps

1/4 Cup of Kidney Beans

1/4 Cup of shredded chicken

1/4 Cup of diced tomatoes

1/4 Cup of cooked quinoa

1/4 Cup of Trader Joe’s eggplant spread

1/4 Cup of feta cheese

Recipe – 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Clean mushroom caps

3. Stuff mushrooms with remaining ingredients

4. Bake for 12 minutes

5. Serve warm

Kidney bean, tomato, chicken, eggplant spread & feta pita cups – makes 3 pita cups

Ingredients – 

3 Tablespoons Kidney Beans

3 Tablespoons of shredded chicken

3 Tablespoons of diced tomatoes

3 Tabespoons of cooked quinoa

3 Tablepaoons of Trader Joe’s eggplant spread

3 Tablespoons of feta cheese

1 piece of pita

Recipe – 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut pita into a 1″ circle

3. Press 1″ pita circle into mini muffin tin cup

4. Add remaining ingredients to pita cup. Makesure to put beans, chicken, tomatoes & quinoa first then top with eggplant spread & feta cheese.

5. Bake for 12 minutes

6. Serve warm

Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut naan into a 1″ circle

Falafel, hummus  & feta stuffed pita – Serves 1

Ingredients – 

3 Trader Joe’s frozen falafel

2 Tablespoons of hummus

1/4 Cup of Trader Joe’s balela salad

1 Tablespoon of feta cheese

Recipe – 

1. Heat pita bread in toaster or oven

2. Microwave falafel according to package directions

3. Stuff heated pita bread with remaining ingredients

Falafel & hummus pita bites – Makes 3 bites

Ingredients – 

1 piece of Trader Joe’s Falafel

1 Teaspoon of hummus

1 piece of pita bread

Recipe – 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut pita into a 1″ circle

3. Press 1″ pita circle into mini muffin tin cup

4. Bake pita cups for 12 minutes

5. Remove from oven, let cool & stuff with remaining ingredients

 

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Hummus chicken & Trader Joe’s Balela Salad Pita Cups  – Makes 3 pita cups

Ingredients – 

3 Tablespoons of cooked shredded chicken

2 Tablespoons of hummus

3 Tablespoons Trader Joe’s Balela salad

3 Tableapoons of cooked quinoa

1 piece of pita

Recipe – 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Use 1″ round cookie cutter to cut pita into a 1″ circle

3. Press 1″ pita circle into mini muffin tin cup

4. Cook pita cups for 12 minutes

5.  Combine shredded chicken & hummus & mix throughly

6. Put cooked quinoa, chicken and Trader Joe’s chickpea salad into pita cup & serve

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Seafood Blend with kidney beans, tomatoes & eggplant spread over quinoa – Serves 1

Ingredients – 

1/2 Cup of Trader Joe’s Seafood blend

1/4 Cup of kidney beans

1/4 Cup of diced tomatoes

3 Tablespoons of eggplant spread

1/2 Cup of cooked quinoa

1 Tablespoon of feta cheese

Recipe –  

1. Marinate seafood blend in eggplant spread for 30 minutes or overnight

2. Cook seafood in sauté pan until heated through, about 5 mins

3. Add beans & tomatoes and cook for another 2-3 minutes

4. Add seafood mixture to bowl with cooked quinoa

5. Serve warm

Salted Caramel Budino Bites & White Russians

Happy weekend! Today i’m sharing salted caramel budino bites and salted caramel white russians, yum!

Salted Caramel Budino Bites

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Ingredients – 

1/2 cup of crushed oreos

2 Tablespoons of unsalted butter

1 package of Jello butterscotch pudding

1/2 cup of Caramel Sauce (I like Trader Joe’s Caramel Sauce)

dollop of whipped cream

Recipe –

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt butter
  3. Mix crushed oreo cookies and melted butter until throughly combined
  4. Put oreo mixture into each mini cupcake cup
  5. Bake for 18 minutes
  6. Take out of oven and let cool for 15 minutes
  7. Make pudding according to directions
  8. Heat caramel in microwave for 30 seconds
  9. Put tablespoon of pudding followed by caramel sauce and then whipped cream into each oreo cup

 

Salted Caramel White Russian

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Picture & Recipe from: The Sweetest Occasion

 

Italian Meals & Bites

Today I wanted to share some easy Italian meals & bites. The star of these recipes is Trader Joe’s Arrabiata sauce, which you will see used in a majority of the recipes below.

Spinach, kidney bean, tomato & quinoa soup, recipe from: Damn Delicious
I served as soup shooters in mini cordials with piece of garlic bread
Spinach, kidney bean, tomato & quinoa bites – Makes 12 bites 
Ingredients – 
1 container of crescent rolls
Recipe – 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. spray mini muffin tin with canola oil
3. Open crescent rolls & separate into triangles.
4. Cut each triangle in 1/2
5. Press crescent roll triangle into separate muffin cups
6. Bake for 12 minutes
7. Take out from oven and let cool
8. Use utensil handle and create crater into each crescent roll cup
9. Put heated spinach, kidney bean, tomato & quinoa soup in each crescent roll cup

Cauliflower Parmesan Over Spaghetti Squash -Makes 1 serving

Ingredients – 

1/4 Cup Cauliflower florets, I used Trader Joe’s Grilled Cauliflower

2 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Arrabiata  sauce

2 Tablespoons of Mozzarella Cheese

1 Cup of cooked spaghetti squash, I use this recipe

 

Recipe- 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Put Cauliflower, sauce & mozzarella cheese in baking dish
  3. Bake for 10 -12 minutes
  4. Serve over heated spaghetti squash

Cauliflower Spaghetti Squash Crescent Roll Bites – 12 bites

Ingredients – 

1 container of crescent rolls

1/2 Cup of Cauliflower Parmesan,  see recipe above

Recipe – 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. spray mini muffin tin with canola oil
3. Open crescent rolls & separate into triangles.
4. Cut each triangle in 1/2
5. Press crescent roll triangle into separate muffin cups
6. Bake for 12 minutes
7. Take out from oven and let cool
8. Use utensil handle and create crater into each crescent roll cup
9. Add tablespoon of cooked cauliflower parmesan into each crescent roll cup
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Turkey Meatball Cups – 12 Bites

Ingredients – 

1 container of crescent rolls

6 cooked mini turkey meatballs, I used this recipe, but you can buy pre made as well

2 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Arrabiata  sauce

2 Tablespoons of Mozzarella cheese

Recipe – 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. spray mini muffin tin with canola oil
3. Open crescent rolls & separate into triangles.
4. Cut each triangle in 1/2
5. Press crescent roll triangle into separate muffin cups
6. Bake for 12 minutes
7. Take out from oven and let cool
8. Use utensil handle and create crater into each crescent roll cup
9. Add cooked mini turkey meatball and mozzarella cheese to each cup
10. Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 8-12 minutes until cheese is melted.
Vegetable Turkey Lasagna – Serves 1
Ingredients – 
2 slices of eggplant slices, I used Trader Joe’s Misto alla Griglia
2 Tablespoons of cooked ground turkey
2 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s Arrabiata sauce
2 Tablespoons of Mozzarella cheese
Recipe –
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Put one eggplant  followed by ground turkey then top with 2nd eggplant slice, Trader Joe’s Arrabiata sauce and Mozzarella cheese
3. Bake for 12 minutes or until cheese in melted and eggplant is heated through

Tip – I recommend making these bites in Garlic Crescent Roll Cups to kick the flavor up a notch.