Sweet Treat + Cocktail

I want to kick off the weekend with a sweet bite and cocktail recipe! This week’s cocktail is pomagranate lemonade  and the sweet bite is caramel pretzel brownie cups, enjoy!


Pomagranate Lemonade – 1 drink

Ingredients –

1/2 cup of Trader Joe’s pomagranate lemonade

1/2 cup lemon flavored club soda

1 tablespoon of Deep Eddy’s Lemon Voda

Recipe – 

1. Combine all ingredients in glass and mix

2. If desired rim glass with sugar, rub rim of glass with lemon juice than put cup down on small plate with sugar and add a lemon slice for garnish

Brownie Cups With Salted Caramel, Chocolate Ganache & Pretzels –  24 brownie 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
2 tablespoons broken mini pretzel

 

Recipe-

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 broken pretzels on the top of each cup and an extra drizzle of caramel sauce

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 until smooth

 

 

 

Asian Inspired Bites & Dishes

Today, I wanted to share some yummy Asian inspired dishes and bites. Last weekend during the snowstorm I did a ton of meal prep, which saved me valuable time during the week. The first step of my meal prep was roasting veggies, I used  this recipe. Then  I made a ramen vegetable soup and Asian style quinoa.

 

 

Ramen Noodle Vegetable Soup –       Makes 4 servings, serving size 1/2 cup

Ingredients –

1 8 oz container of vegetable  stock

2 Tablespoons of soy sauce

1 Tablespoon of minced ginger

1 Teaspoon of toasted sesame oil

Roasted veggies: I used broccoli, bell peppers, sautéed kale, frozen edemame & frozen corn

5 Trader Joe’s chicken cilantro mini wantons

Chicken flavor ramen noodles, don’t use chicken flavor packet if you are trying to make vegetarian.

Recipe-

1. Put large stock pot on stove, add minced ginger and heat for one minute.

2. Add vegetable stock, soy sauce & toasted sesame oil and bring to a boil.

3. Add vegetables and wantons and cook for 10 minutes and take off stove.

4. Cook ramen noodles according to package directions. I added chicken flavoring packet.

5. Add cooked ramen to vegetable soup.

6. Serve hot & enjoy!

Ramen noodles in scallion pancake cups – makes 3 scallion pancake cups

Ingredients-

1 Trader Joe’s scallion pancake  
1 Tablespoon of vegetable ramen soup, see recipe above

Garnish: chopped green onion

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. Add heated ramen noodle soup to scallion pancake cup

7. Garnish with chopped green onion & serve hot

 

Seafood Blend in  Green Curry Sauce 

Makes  1 Serving

Ingredients –

Seafood Blend in  Green Curry Sauce 

1/2 cup of Trader Joe’s Seafood Blend

2 Tablespoons of Trader Joe’s green curry

1 Teaspoon of coconut oil

Asian Style Quinoa 

Full bag of Trader Joe’s fully cooked quinoa

1/2 cup of roasted veggies, I mentioned above

3 Tablepoons Trader Joe’s Peanut Satay Sauce

Recipe –

Seafood in curry sauce 

1. Put seafood blend and green curry sauce in a bag and marinate anywhere from   30 minutes – overnight.

2. Add coconut oil to pan and heat

3. Once hot add seafood mixture

4. Cook seafood for 4 minutes and add roasted veggies.

5. Cook seafood and veggies until heated through.

Asian Style Quinoa

1. Heat quinoa in microwave according to package directions.

2. Add roasted veggies mentioned above to a pan and heat.

3. Once veggies are cooked add quinoa and peanut satay sauce.

4. Add quinoa mixture to cooked seafood and veggies and serve.

Green Curry Seafood Blend in Scallion Pancake Cup – Makes 3 scallion pancake cups
Ingredients – 

1 Trader Joe’s scallion pancake

1 Tablespoon cooked green curry  seafood blend mixture

Garnish – 1 Teaspoon chopped green onion 

Recipe – 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook scallion pancake 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. Add heated green curry seafood blend mixture and if desired add green onion to garnish.

 

Peanut Satay Ground Turkey Lettuce Wraps  – Makes 1 serving
Ingredients- 

1 Teaspoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon minced ginger

1/2 Cup ground turkey, I used leftover  ground turkey that was precooked. 

1/4 Cup  roasted veggies, mentioned above

1/2 Cup cooked Asian Style Quinoa, see recipe above

2 Tablespoons Trader Joe’s Peanut Satay Sauce

1 Teaspoon chopped green onion

3 leaves of romaine lettuce hearts

Recipe- 

1. Add minced ginger and coconut oil to pan and heat for 1 minute

2. Add ground turkey and vegetables to pan. If using precooked ground turkey cook for about 5 minutes or until heated through. If using raw ground turkey cook for around 8 minutes or until browned.

3. Add quinoa mixture and peanut sauce and cook for 2 minutes.

4. Once heated through take off stove

5. Wash lettuce leaves

6. Add ground turkey mixture to lettuce leaves, garnish with green onion and serve

Ground Turkey Scallion Pancake Cups – Makes 3 scallion pancake cups 
Ingredients 

1 Trader Joe’s Scallion Pancake

1 Tablespoon ground turkey mixture, see recipe above

Garnish: chopped green onion

Recipe-

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Cook scallion pancake 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. Add heated ground turkey mixture, garnish with green onion and serve.

Super Bowl Bites

 

With the Super Bowl one week away I thought would share some recipe, drink and decor inspiration for anyone hosting a Super Bowl party or looking for something fun to bring a party you are attending.

I personally believe a Super Bowl party is the perfect party to host if you don’t enjoy cooking because everything can be pre-made! order a pizza, buy some chicken wings, chips, salsa and guac and of course beer and you have yourself a party!  If you want to kick your party up a notch and impress your friends with some fun and delicious bites that look fancy and gourmet, but are super easy, the recipes I have featured below are for you. I have also included some cocktail ideas if you are looking for something fun and different to serve. Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post where I will show you how I used the ingredients featured in the bites below in other dishes as well.

Decor Ideas:

Photo from: Wants & Wishes         Photo from: Pizzazzerie 

Drinks:

Michelada                                            Beergarita

Photo & Recipe from: Food52      Photo & Recipe from: The Cookie Rookie

Bites- 

Savory:

Spinach & Artichoke Bites – 16 mini cups

Ingredients-

1 package of crescent diner rolls

1 package of Trader Joe’s Frozen Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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.  You should have 16 crescent roll mini muffins.
  6. Microwave spinach and artichoke dip according to package directions
  7. Put a tablespoon of microwaved dip into each muffin cup.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes
  9. Let cool & enjoy!

Margherita Pizza Bites – 16 mini cups

Ingredients-

1 Package of crescent  dinner rolls

Container of cherry tomatoes

1 cup Mozzarella cheese

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

1/2 clove of garlic or 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 Tablespoon finely chopped Basil

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 each mini muffin cup.  You should have 16 crescent roll mini muffins.
  6. Cut cherry tomatoes in quarters
  7. Put tomatoes in bowl with olive oil and garlic/garlic powder and mix throughly
  8. Put marinated tomatoes in crescent roll cup and add 1 tablespoon of mozzarella cheese on top of each cup.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes
  10. Remove from oven & let cool
  11. Garnish each cup with basil and serve

Buffalo Chicken Bites – 16 mini cups

Ingredients-

1 package of crescent  dinner rolls

1 cup of shredded cooked chicken, either store bought rotisserie chicken or make your own chicken & shred.  I bought skinless boneless chicken tenders and used this recipe to make my chicken.

1/4 cup Hot Sauce

Garnish options: green onion, blue cheese

Recipe –

1. Put shredded chicken in ziplock bag and add hot sauce. Marinate for 30 minutes or overnight. If you are short on time feel free to skip this step, it just gives the chicken more of the buffalo sauce flavor.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

3. Spray mini muffin tin with canola oil

4. Open crescent rolls & separate into triangles.

5. Cut each triangle in 1/2

6. Press crescent roll triangle into each mini muffin cup.  You should have 16 crescent roll mini muffins.

7. Put a tablespoon of chicken with hot sauce mixture into each crescent roll cup

8. Bake for 12 minutes

9. Remove from oven, let cool

10. Garnish with green onions and or blue cheese and serve.

Chili in Cornbread Cup – 12 mini cups

Ingredients –

1 Package of Jiffy Cornbread Mix

Chili – I used this Chipotle Turkey Chili recipe

Recipe – 

  1. Make chili according to directions 
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  3. Make cornbread according to directions
  4. Put tablespoon of cornbread mixture into each mini muffin cup
  5. Bake cornbread cups for 12 minutes
  6. Use utensil handle to create crater in center of each muffin. Let muffins cool for 10-15 minutes before removing from mini muffin tin.
  7. Put 1 tablespoon of heated chili mixture into each muffin
  8. Garnish with sour cream and shredded Mexican cheese. Serve hot.

 

Sweet –

Photo & Recipe Courtesy of: Crazy For Crust   Photo & Recipe: My own

Brownie cups with white chocolate ganache and shredded coconut  – 16 mini cups

Ingredients –

1 package of brownie mix & ingredients listed on box

1/4 cup of heavy cream

1/2 cup of white chocolate chips

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

green food coloring

Recipe-

Brownie Cups –

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spray mini muffin tin with canola oil
  3. Make brownies according to directions on box
  4. put 1 tablespoon of brownie batter in each mini muffin cup
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean
  6. Use utensil handle to create crater in center of each brownie cup.  Let brownie cups cool for 10-15 minutes before removing.
  7. Put tablespoon of white chocolate ganache (see recipe below) into each brownie cup
  8. Top with shredded coconut

White Chocolate Ganache Filling-

  1. Heat heavy cream in pot on stove until it starts to boil
  2. Take off heat and add white chocolate chips
  3. Mix heavy cream & white chocolate chips until smooth
  4. Add green food coloring until you reach desired green color

Green Shredded Coconut – Put shredded coconut and green food coloring in zip lock bag and mix until you get desired shade of green.

Party Tips:

I recommend making your cups ahead of time. These can be made up to a month in advance and frozen. Same goes for chili and  chicken, if you are cooking the chicken for the buffalo chicken yourself. This way  the day before your party you can put your cups, chili, chicken in refrigerator to defrost and the day of your party you can make your other fillings, add fillings to pre made cups and bake in oven at 350 for 12 minutes.