The mason jar trend is nothing new, but it still seems to be going strong (and in my book still adorable!). From sweets to snacks, drinks to meals — I love all mason jar recipes. Here are a few I’ve spotted that I can’t wait to try.
By serving the parfaits in fancy glasses such as martini glasses, they are sure to be a hit at any party! In addition, they would make the perfect breakfast on the go as well as a healthy snack that kiddos are sure to love.
32 oz low fat Vanilla Yogurt
12oz granola, I recommend blueberry crunch
Fresh strawberries (cut into small pieces), raspberries and blueberries
¼ cup of orange juice
1 tablespoon Maple syrup
1/8 of a cup of water
To make the berry sauce:
Add a handful of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to a sauté pan over medium heat. Add orange juice and maple syrup and mix continuously. When the mixture begins to bubble, add your water to avoid the sauce from sticking to the pan. Once the mixture is of a sauce consistency, remove from the stove and allow to cool.
Add yogurt to 1/3 of your glass. Add a few fresh berries and top with the berry sauce and coat berries evenly. Add another layer of vanilla yogurt. Top with granola. Makes 4 – 6 servings
When I think of summer dips, I think of fresh and flavorful ingredients (not mayo based or thick and creamy traditional dips). The next time you entertain, why not whip up one of these easy dips? They are healthier, will hold up sitting out in the heat and they taste fantastic!
Jalapeno & Cilantro Hummus
1 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno (remove the ribs and seeds)
2 1/2 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder
In a blender or food processor, mix the garbanzo beans, jalapeno, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Season with cumin and curry powder. Blend until desired consistency. Serve immediately or chill until needed.
*Serve with Garden Salsa Sun Chips (the flavor combo between the chips and the hummus is to die for)!
Mild Mango Salsa
12 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 jalapenos, diced
2 mangos, coarsely diced
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp Tabasco
Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
*Serve with Fritos or Frito Scoops for a fun twist on the traditional chips and salsa!
This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.
Looking for Fathers Day breakfast ideas? I think it is nice to wake Dad up Sunday morning with a hearty, delicious breakfast (and a cup of joe with the morning paper of course!). In our house, we have narrowed down the menu to 4 of his favorites. However, we just might end up making a couple because we can’t decide!
-French toast and fruit skewers via cakeface (kids love assembling these!)
Looking for something fun to do on St Patricks Day morning? Well, if you want to do more than a Lucky Charms treat for St Patricks Day food, consider this greenpancake recipe!
Nothing fancy here, simply add green gel food coloring to your favorite pancake recipe. Cook as normal, stack em’ up and serve!
Hostess Tip: You can always make pancakes ahead of time and freeze. Since St Patrick’s Day is on a school/work day this year (which are really busy mornings in our home!), I made these up and put them in the freezer. Then, all I have to do is pop in the microwave for 2 minutes and serve.
Looking for a simple cocktail to serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Or just something decadent to try yourself? You’ll love this simple Chocolate Martini.
-3 oz Chocolate Raspberry Vodka (I used Godiva)
-Raspberries for Garnish
*Swirl chocolate syrup in the martini glass and place in the freezer. this lets the chocolate set up so it doesn’t mix in immediately when you pour in the vodka. Once set, shake vodka over ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.