July 24, 2014
Easy Pita Chips
12 Toufayan pitas
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoon dried herbs provence
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut each pita bread into 8 triangles. Place triangles on lined cookie sheet.
In a small bowl, combine the oil, pepper, garlic salt, and herbs provence. Brush each triangle with oil mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Turn chips over, and repeat.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with extra garlic salt if desired! Serve as is, or with hummus!
July 24, 2014
Sweet & Spicy Toufayan Tuna Pita Sandwiches
(My husband loves this recipe)
2 packages sweat & spicy tuna
1/2 red bell pepper-diced
1/4 red onion-diced
4 green jalepeno olives-diced
2 chopped pickled pepperoncini peppers
2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablesppons mayo
1 small chopped tomato
Mix all ingredients together. Add a dash of salt and pepper but that is optional. Chill for about 30 minutes. When ready to serve spoon into Toufayan Pita Bread and enjoy for a nice quick meal.
July 24, 2014
1 – Whole Wheat Toufayan pita bread
1-2 tblspn tomato sauce
1 oz fat free shredded mozzarella
Topping of your choice including turkey pepperoni, veggies, meatball, etc.
Oregano, parmesan cheese to taste
Sauce on pita bread
Top with half cheese
Add additional toppings
top with rest of cheese
Sprinkle with oregano and parmesan cheese to taste
Cook in 500 degree oven for 8 min until sides are crisp.?Cut in quarters and enjoy
Options:?BBQ chicken pizza: use BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce, ?Add chicken and red onion – ?YUM!!
July 24, 2014
DIY Breakfast Burritos
1 egg or 2 egg whites per person
Salt, pepper, and/or other seasonings (we use Adobo)
Variety of toppings such as (if you find them pre-made, even better!):
Sautéed peppers or onions
Pre-heat a non-stick sauté pan medium heat. Scramble eggs in a bowl. Spray the pan with the cooking spray and then add the eggs. Season to taste, while slowly moving the eggs around the pan until solid.
Set up your dining room table as a buffet line. Everyone goes down the line creating their own burritos.
For added crunch, place wrapped burritos in the pan and press until seared on each side (2-3 minutes).
July 24, 2014
CUBAN FLATS RECIPE
1. 8 oz Easy Cuban Pork (recipe below)?Or 8 oz Publix brand sliced roast pork (ask for it at deli counter)
2. 8 oz Publix sweet deli ham (often bogo!)
3. 20 Dill pickle chips
4. 8 slices Publix brand Swiss cheese
6. Cooking spray
7. 8 Toufayan flat bread slices
1. Spread mayo on one side of each flat bread.
2. Assemble the sandwiches by layering 1 flat bread with 2 oz sweet ham, 2 oz pulled pork, and an even layer of pickles. Cover with a slice of cheese and top with another flat bread slice. Repeat this step until you have 4 sandwiches.
3. In a heavy skillet in medium heat toast the sandwich on both sides until bread is crisp and cheese is melted. Remember to coat the skillet with cooking spray!
4. Serve with black bean soup or beans and rice.
NOTE: This recipe makes 4 large sandwiches that reheat well. PERFECT for sharing or saving for lunch the next day!
EASY CUBAN PORK RECIPE
1. 2-3 lb trimmed bone in pork butt
2. 1 tablespoon cumin
3. 3 cloves garlic
4. 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
5. 3 teaspoons dried oregano
6. 1 teaspoon red pepper powder (optional)
7. 1/2 cup olive oil
8. Juice of one lime
8. Salt & pepper to taste
1. Combine all the spices with the oil and lime juice.
2 Rub the spice mixture onto the pork. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies!
3. Cook on low in slow cooker for 6-8 hours. Or, until pork shreds easily with fork.
4. Set 1 cup of pork to the side for Cuban Flats.
5. Freeze the rest of the pork for future Cuban Flats.
July 23, 2014
As I was cutting up one of the big tomatoes that my parents brought me over the weekend, I started thinking about all the different ways I get things without actually paying for them.
While coupons are a great way to reduce the budget in a big way, a little creativity can do wonders for your budget. Why not think of ways you reduce your budget by using your available resources.
As an example, find someone who grows a garden and see if you can barter with them for fresh produce. My parents grow TONS of different veggies each year and always have more than they can use. While my mom cans and pickles many of the items, she still has much more than her and my dad can eat before it goes bad. She is always looking for for folks to take the extras off her hands AND I am always happy to grab those extras! This week I will be enjoying tons of tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and pickles. The best part…it’s all FREE!
Now, if your parents don’t garden – maybe your friend or neighbor does! Perhaps you could offer up a couple of loaves of your famous fresh baked bread in exchange for a big bag of fresh veggies? It certainly can’t hurt to ask. Most people who garden will always have extras and I know they’d rather them be used than wasted!
Think of other ways to barter for stuff you want and need! One of my friend’s teenage daughters would live in the pool if she could. Well, I just so happen to have a pool and while she knows she is welcome at any time, her mom is a smart cookie and has her earn her privileges. So if she wants to come spend the day at my pool, she is required to help me around the house for an hour. She is just wonderful to have around. She helps me fold clothes, sweeps, dusts, even cuts my coupons and clips my Box Tops For Education. All of the little tasks that she completes in her time here helps me tremendously. In return she enjoys the rest of the day swimming and sunbathing. I am going to be sad when school starts back
How about finding a cooking club or even starting one with your friends?! Basically you take turns exchanging meals. You can work it so that you get a couple of nights out of the kitchen while still enjoying a home made meal. Since everyone has such different schedules, this is a great way save time…which in turn can also save you money.
Sit back and think about how your skills might benefit your friends and family. Maybe you babysit in exchange for laundry services or carpool in exchange for lawn services. There are probably so many different options available…you just have to work out the details.
My point is be creative. I bet you can find ways to save money and/or time without even spending a dime!
I’d love to hear some of your creative money saving strategies or ideas that have saved you over the years. Share them in the comments!
April 28, 2014
Mondays are my time to organize. I am cherishing these last few weeks that the boys in school and taking the time to get as much done as possible. I am taking a few minutes to check email and enjoy a little breakfast. I am a creature of habit and often have the same thing pretty much every morning.
As you can see by my picture, I am in my spot and ready to go. I am having my usual – an english muffin with spreadable cheese and a turkey sausage patty plus a glass of juice. The way I shake it up is by varying my juice option. Sometime I do grapefruit juice but this morning I opted for my favorite – 100% Florida Orange Juice. It’s my perfect little start to the day!
I have laundry going, the dishwasher is running and I am on a mission to get a ton of stuff knocked out while I can. I have never been one to do coffee in the morning. I find that my orange juice is the perfect wake me up and gets my day started right. Plus, one 8-ounce serving of orange juice is fat-free and, at 110 calories per 8-ounce glass, has fewer calories than some other commonly consumed 100% fruit juices. With swimsuit season just around the corner, I can use all the help I can get–tee hee.
One hundred percent orange juice is a healthful and nutrient-rich replacement in the diet for many foods and beverages containing added sugars. I am on a mission to have my husband replace his beloved coffee with orange juice at least one day per week. So far he’s done a great job…he just needs me to keep reminding him.
He’s not a quick to grab a fruit on his way out the door, but drinking an 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an easy and refreshing way for him to add more fruit servings. I have also been on a smoothie kick lately and that has been a great weekend option for all my guys. I just combine 100% OJ with frozen berries and non-fat yogurt and whip up a delicious fruit smoothie that is easy and gets the good stuff in my whole family. The smoothies are so tasty that my guys don’t even realize they are good for them too!
Need more reasons to pour that glass of OJ in the morning? Check this out:
- One glass of 100% Florida Orange Juice is a nutrient-rich beverage that is a delicious way to complement whole fruit intake to help reach daily fruit intake recommendations, with every 8 ounce glass counting as 1 cup of fruit.
- An 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C, providing more than 100 percent of the Daily Value.
- An 8-ounce glass of 100 percent orange juice provides a good source of potassium (473 mg or 14 percent of the Daily Value).
What are you waiting for? Join me and pour yourself a big glass of 100% orange juice. I posted the upcoming Publix ad this morning and there are a few OJ sales. Check out the sneak peek and relax with a tasty glass of OJ and start your day off right!
This post is brought to you by the Florida Department of Citrus.
March 31, 2014
Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
2 Toufayan whole wheat pitas halved and toasted
Mix Panko, Feta, minced red onion,pesto (I like to make mine homemade), salt, pepper 1lb.turkey breast, & 1 garlic clove minced. Mix all ingredients. Make patties, cook in skillet with spray. Serve in Pita with fresh arugula, extra pesto and fresh tomato. Delicious
March 31, 2014
Chicken Tacos with a Twist
1 lb. of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 Pack of Toufayan Tortillas, Soft White Taco Style
1 Package of Taco Seasoning (Any Brand)
1/4 cup of Orange Juice with No Pulp
2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
8 oz. of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3 Tomatoes, Diced
16 oz. Sour Cream
I take their White Soft Taco Tortillas and make chicken tacos. Take the pound of chicken breast and cut into strips. Before cooking it, marinade the chicken in orange juice, white vinegar, and taco seasoning for about 2 hours. The orange juice and vinegar provide a paprika-type taste. Cook the chicken in a skillet until thoroughly cooked. Fill each tortilla up with the cooked chicken strips, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. If desired, tortillas can be warmed.
Serve and enjoy!
March 31, 2014
Mayan Pork Wrap
4 ounces cooked pork tenderloin, cut into thin strips
½ cup cooked white rice
½ cup cooked red or black beans
½ cup canned corn
½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ cup salsa
2 Toufayan Wraps
In large bowl combine pork, rice, beans, corn, Cheddar cheese and salsa.
Cover the Toufayan Wraps in damp paper towels and heat in the microwave 45 seconds.
r, heat them individually in a dry pan until warm and lightly toasted.
Place Toufayan Wraps on work surface; top with pork mixture.
Fold sides in to enclose filling; roll other sides to enclose filling.