Prime Snacks Review & Giveaway

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Variety is the spice of life, it is also what keeps kids from having complete meltdowns when you are on the road.  When I was asking around about snacks to take on  car rides and trips with kiddos a friend of mine suggested checking out Prime Snacks.

Prime Snacks caries almost every one of our favorite snack foods like Annie’s bunny snacks, pop chips , cliff bars  and pirate booty.  You can buy cases of your favorites or snack packs with a little bit of everything. We opted for the snack pack so we could try out some new things and I was excited to see both snacks for adults and ones the kiddos were sure to love.

My favorite was the bzz cookies especially on days when the kiddos were ready to party and I was still in jammies, the hubby also loved the cookies and the protein bar came in handy  as a power snack during the Spartan Beast race.  Hunter was a huge fan of the dehydrated fruit and the pop chips and I barely got a taste before it was devoured by the tiny tornado.

Picnics are never boring anymore and the kiddo loves to pick out a new snack to try when we are out. I keep a few options in my bag now and  have successfully avoided a public meltdown just by pulling one out and saying ‘ooh look at this treat I found in my bag’, it’s like magic. Road trips are a lot easier now as well and having a little goody basket in the back with the kiddo keeps us from having to stop at a gas station or (BLEG) fast food when the kid  has a case of the hangries.

The best part of the whole package was knowing that everything inside was ALL NATURAL and free of all those yucky chemicals that are in commercial snacks. Prime snacks was started by a family and still is a small mom n pop run business.  This family personally selects each snack to fit their 3 requirement:

  • it has to fit their nutrition guidelines
  • it has to taste great and be snack-worthy
  • it has to be affordable to be likeable

Prime  snacks is offering one reader a sample box full of great snacks for you to try out and all of you can use the code ‘primesnack10’ to get 10% off your order!

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For a bonus entry comment on this post and tell me your favorite natural snack!

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Mulberries 4 Ways

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The other day my friend invited me over to pick some mulberries and cherries. It was so much fun climbing trees and ladders and picking a ton of fruit and staining our hands but when I got home I realized I had no idea what to  with all these mulberries. I Googled and asked around but the only suggestion I got was jam or cobbler. Don’t get me wrong, I love jam and cobbler but I wanted something a bit different.

Mulberries have a very light flavor, kind of like honey water, so they can be used in many different sweet and savory  recipes without overpowering it. They do  stain everything ( they would make a great dye!)  so wear gloves and an apron if you don’t want to be dyed purple, I stained 2 shirts during this kitchen adventure.

I am definitely a new fan of  mulberries and wish I would have found out sooner since I picked the last of this seasons berries. Next year I will be stocking up and freezing then to test out more recipes.

Mulberry BBQ Sauce

What you need

  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar
  • 8 ounce can of organic tomato paste
  • 1/4 c pureed mulberries
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • pinch of ceyanne pepper

How to make it

  • Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer for half hour or until it is reduced by half
  • Be sure to stir occasionally to keep sauce from burning or clumping
  • Can be stored in the fridge for up to a month!

Mulberry & Dijon Aioli

What you need

  • 2 egg yolks ( room temp)
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp horseradish Dijon mustard, or regular Dijon mustard
  • 1 C oil of choice, I used HALF pure olive oil and HALF safflower oil
  • 2 tablespoons of mulberry puree
  • pinch of salt

How to make it

  • Add egg yolks, 1 tbsp of the  mustard, lemon juice and salt to a food processor and puree
  • Turn on medium and very slowly add oil
  • Aioli should thicken up and become a creamy spread
  • Mix in mulberries and other tbsp of mustard
  • Keep in fridge until you use it

Mulberry Sorbet (serves 2) 

What you need

  • 2 cups of FROZEN mulberries
  • 1/2 cup of lavender syrup  or simple syrup

How to make it

  • To make simple syrup put 2 cups of water per 1 cup of sugar in a sauce pan and cook until dissolved
  • To make lavender syrup add lavender to the simple syrup in the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes and strain
  • cool syrup before making sorbet
  • puree mulberries with syrup and serve

Mulberry Oatmeal ( serves 3)

What you need

  • 3 cups of quick oats
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 C milk
  • 1/2 c mulberry puree
  • 4 tbsp sugar

How to make it

  • Cook oats  with milk , sugar and butter
  • swirl in mulberries
  • yum!

Pulled pork sammie & granny smith slaw

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Summer time is all about  messy foods and not caring about whether or not you are slathered in it because you are just going to jump through the sprinkler or cannonball  in the pool anyway.  One of my favorite messy summer foods is BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, the kind you kind of wish you wore an apron while eating,  finger licking good!

While shopping at Winco the other day I saw they had pork roast on sale  and when I picked it up my husband and I both gave each other a knowing look, BBQ pork time! While the pork slow cooked in the crock pot ( saving us from the horrible heat of the oven)  the kiddos and I walked over to our favorite bakery for some buns.  Topper bakery is about to celebrate 75 years here in our town and their buns are the best I have ever had, light and fluffy but it never falls apart. I don’t even try to make my own buns, I know they wont even compare.

Once the pork cooked I whipped up some home-made BBQ sauce ( next time I am adding blackberries!)  and slaw and we dove into our sammies face first. It was a delicious sticky mess and I ate so much I thought I might burst and by some miracle there was actually enough leftovers for my husband to pack for lunch the next day.

Although there are a lot of ingredients for these sammies I assure you it is all easy peasy and comes together quite quickly  so you wont have to wait forever to stuff your faces full of yum!

 

What you need

Pork

  • Pork roast, I used a 3 pounder
  • 2 cups of chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp salt

BBQ sauce

  • 1 8oz can of  organic tomato paste
  • 1/4 c molasses
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 1/4 c apple cider vinegar  ( I used braggs)
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
  • 1/2 onion finely copped
  • 2 tsp salt

Slaw

  • 1/2 of a cabbage
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tbsp aioli or all natural mayo
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard ( I used horseradish mustard for a kick!)
  • 1 tbsp sugar

How to make it

Pork

  • Place pork in a crock pot with chicken broth, oil and salt and cook overnight, at least 8 hours
  • during the last hour of cooking  drain liquids, saving 1/4 cup
  • add BBQ sauce and 1/4 c of liquids  and let the sauce cook into the meat

BBQ sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for half hour
  • strain or puree to make smooth

Slaw

  • Chop cabbage and apples and shred carrots
  • mix in aioli or mayo,  mustard and sugar
  • refrigerate 1 hour before adding to sammies

Blueberry coffee cake

Our morning coffee ritual is  a very important part of our marriedlife. Every morning my husband puts the kettle on, grinds coffee and brews a fresh cup in the french press and we enjoy our coffee together before the kids get up and he has to go to work. It is precious time we have together  and  of course the coffee is fantastic as well.

Some days I like to include my daughters in the ritual and when the kiddo wakes up we put on dresses and walk around the corner to our favorite neighborhood cafe for hot cocoa. These little moments are the ones I cherish the most so when father’s day rolled around I wanted to make our morning ritual just a bit more special.

My husbands absolute favorite food in all of the universe is blueberries. Any kind of blueberry concoction will do, pie is his favorite, fresh jam second best  but my newest recipe might just be a  new top fave.

Coffee cake is the perfect sweet treat to go with morning coffee and adding blueberries makes even better. This cake is super moist inside and crispy and sweet on the outside. The blueberries sink to the bottom creating a  gooey layer  of berry goodness.  It is a nice light cake that wont weigh you down first thing in the morning

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  • 1/2 c vanilla yogurt, I like Nancy’s sweetened with honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbs real unsalted butter
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 c FROZEN blueberries, you can use fresh but you might get a soggy cake, use frozen for best results
  • For topping
  • 1/4 cup each of butter, flour and sugar

How to make it

  • preheat oven to 350
  • in a mixer whip together butter and sugar
  • add eggs and yogurt and whisk until completely blended
  • in a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda/powder and salt
  • toss frozen blueberries in the flour until completely coated
  • fold in wet mixture
  • pour into a greased springform or cake pan
  • for topping, crumble together flour, butter and sugar and sprinkle on top of cake batter
  • bake for 20 minutes until the top is golden brown and a fork comes out clean.

Hoisin & lime BBQ chicken

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Today I took the girls on a long walk  a couple of miles down the road to  “arts in the parks” where we made some fun  kid art and had a picnic in the shade. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon but by the time I got home I was exhausted and hungry and I wanted chicken badly.

I have been craving BBQ for days but we don’t have a  grill and even if we did it’s nearing the triple digits here and sitting my an open flame sounds a bit like torture.  I came up with this yummy faux BBQ recipe that really did taste like it came off the grill and I am pretty in love with the sweet and sour flavor.

With only a handful of ingredients and a short cooking time this is a great recipe for on the go or on those days when you just want to eat without having to do a lot of work. This one is definitely going in my favorite recipes folder and will probably be a popular meal this summer. Serve it up with some coconut rice and a tall glass of black iced tea, yum!

What you need

  • All natural hoisin sauce
  • cilantro
  • 3 limes, zest of 1 of the limes
  • sesame seeds
  • Chicken drumsticks
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil

How to make it

  • Generously slather the chicken  in hoisin sauce
  • place chicken in a baking pan and put the coconut oil in the pan with it
  • juice 2 limes  over chicken
  • sprinkle with zest & sesame seeds
  • cook chicken at 350 f0r  45 minutes
  • top with lime juice & cilantro

Pup pops- Popsicles for fur babies

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAIt is summer here in Utah and just as the heat wave entered our little town our swamp cooler broke.  For those of you on the east coast, wading through the humidity, a swamp cooler is a type of air conditioning system that pumps moisture  into the air cooling it down and using less energy. Since we live in the dry desert these contraptions are a life save, except when they break and then life is a little less fun.

As a human I can find lots of ways to stay cool like water balloon fights, cold showers, swimming at the reservoir or sticking my head in the freezer but for my poor fur baby the heat is inescapable. Our dog is a husky and when we were thinking of adopting a dog I distinctly remember saying “No long-haired dogs, especially huskies!” but the universe  works in mysterious ways. Although I never wanted a husky when I opened the door one winter day and this filthy stray wandered into our house I looked into his big blue eyes and said ‘welcome home’.

But I digress, back to the heat! As  you can imagine, being a husky in the Utah desert is probably really awful and I wanted to make my pup a treat to keep him cool ( even for a few seconds) on these hot summer days. These pops were a hit with the pup ( although he also eats trash so who knows)   and they are full of good things to keep him healthy as well. You can use popsicle  molds or just use an ice-cube tray and don’t worry about looks , your dog wont judge you.

What you need

  • 1 cup of  dehydrated pet food , I used Honest kitchen! or dog food, wet or dry.
  • 1 cup broth, use only organic real chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup  chopped veggies that your dog likes. I used summer squash & peas

How to make it

  • If you are using dry dog food blend in a food processor until it is the consistency of corn meal
  • blend broth and dog food in a blender until smooth
  • mix in veggies with a spoon, add meds or vitamins if you have trouble getting them to take it. I put Loki’s fish oil in his.
  • put in molds or ice cube tray and freeze, easy!

Raw vegan pâté & stuffed mushrooms

raw Pâté stuffed mushroomsToday I did a raw foods “culinary art” demo at the Ogden art festival. It was a sweltering day but I had a blast!  The food left the tray as soon as I sat it down which I assume is a good sign and since  everyone was asking for my recipe I though I would share it with all of you.

This raw pâté  is a quick spread and can be used on sandwiches, wraps and even sushi. I like to use it as a dip for my veggies when we are on picnics or on my morning toast. The great thing about this spread is that it last forever…well up to 2 weeks in the fridge but in our house that is practically forever.

During my demo I used the pâté  to stuff some mushrooms  for a quick and easy faux fancy appetizer, everyone can use a little bit of fancy in their lives now and then.

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What you need

  • 2 bunches of basil
  • 1 cup Raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 c sundried tomatoes
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1/4 olive oil
  • 1/4 c braggs or soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 20 Mushrooms, if you will not be stuffing them  you only need 5 whole mushrooms

How to make it

  • add sesame seeds, lemon juice  and a tablespoon of olive oil in a food processor and blend until a paste
  • add nutritional yeast, braggs and the rest of the olive oil and blend
  • take stems out of all the mushrooms and add stems to blender, if you are not stuffing mushrooms add 4 whole mushrooms to blender
  • add basil, sundried tomatoes, garlic and sunflower seeds and blend until it is a paste, add a but of water if it is too thick
  • chop red pepper and add to blender and blend just until it’s a bit mixed in.
  • fill mushrooms with pâté  and top with a basil leaf and sunflower seeds

My current obsessions & healthy chicken salad sandwich

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I have been having an awesome, chaotic and sometimes messy summer and it has been a blast! Of course with all this chaos and mess comes a sometimes gap in blogging and this week it was caused by a combination of  my internet going out, me leaving my camera in a car, dropping a cheesecake and my dear husband accidentally eating food I was about to photograph.  Thankfully it all mellowed out and now I am back in action.

I have been wanting to post some of my recent faves for a while and I am so excited to share them with you so click on the links to see more!

  1. Baby moccasins– I have the felt ones and they are so adorable on baby feet. Soft soles are best for little squishies.
  2. My mom is blogging this– This shirt is so true for me and they are on sale not at zulilly!
  3. Cuppow-Best invention ever, we use mason jars as cups and these turn them into kids sippy cups, add a straw for adults
  4. Biodegradable sand toys-I am guilty of losing a toy or 2 at the beach but these are guilt free biodegradable fun
  5. Kale shirt for kids and babes-My awesome friend makes these and my kids have almost all the prints, organic and hand made!
  6. Alva diapers– These are VERY affordable and come in so many prints like my favorite above, trees and foxes!

Remember that recipe I mentioned above, the one my husband ate? Well, I did manage to get 1 photo for you so I could at least share my recipe. This is my favorite sandwich during the summer and is super light and refreshing.  I use leftover chicken from dinner and it is always a hit with the kid and obviously the husband as well.

Healthy chicken salad sandwich

What you need

  • Bread ( best on a croissant or just a nice whole grain bread)
  • 2 cups chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2/3 c yogurt
  • 2 finely chopped cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 c  dried cranberries
  • 1/4 c sunflower seeds
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • spinach & tomato is optional

How to make it

  • in a bowl add chicken, yogurt, mustard, cranberries, sunflower seeds , garlic and salt.
  • Mix well and chill in the fridge for a bit
  • assemble sandwich, easy!

Shredded elk & elk street tacos

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In my house there are 2 foods we can not live without, home-made pizza and tacos. When summer hits tacos usually win and really who can say no to delicious meat on a corn tortilla?  I usually use pork or chicken but a friend generously gifted me an elk roast and I could not resist trying it out.

This recipe for slow cooked elk can be used with pork, beef or chicken but if you get the chance you simply must try elk. The meat comes out so incredibly tender and full of flavor  it is near impossible to resist trying bites as it cooks. Usually when I slow cook meat I have to stay near the kitchen and guard the meat from  my family or they will sneak bites until it is all gone and this elk was no exception.

Elk, when properly processed, does not have a  strong gamey flavor and in my opinion tasted very similar to beef. Obviously Elk has a unique wild flavor unlike beef but it is not overpowering and is really quite delicious. I found this great article on the gamey taste of game meat and what exactly affects the flavor as well as this one on the nutritional value of elk.

What you need

  • 2lbs elk roast, chicken breast, beef or pork roast
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • cilantro, lime, red onion and tortillas for tacos

How to make it

  • place meat in a crock with chicken broth and oil
  • add spices and lime juice
  • peel onion and cut in half, add onion to crock making sure to push the onion down so it is at least halfway in the water
  • press garlic lightly just to release the juices and add to crock as well
  • cook on med/low (or low if you have an older crock with only 2 settings) for at least 12 hours
  • turn to high and cook 1 hour
  • remove onion and garlic
  • drain most of the water, leave about half a cup to keep meat moist and juice
  • using a fork shred the meat, it should fall apart on its own
  • add salt if you need extra
  • to make tacos assemble on a toasted  tortilla with cilantro, red onion and a bit of lime.