Summer Salad Recipes, With A Twist

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Now that we’re all trying to eat a little healthier and it’s summer, it seems like the perfect time to eat salad. But as we know, salad has a bit of a reputation. And it isn’t a good one. Thanks to the low calorie, low fat craze, salads have become associated with denying oneself pleasure.

Of course, if you stick to a bowl of lettuce and nothing else, you are going to be denying yourself. Otherwise, check out these incredible salad recipes.

Cuban Avocado, Watercress and Pineapple Salad

Recently on this blog, we investigated how to cut up pineapple. So now seems like the perfect time to include this ingredient in a salad. This Cuban salad incorporates some of the favorites of today’s foodie culture. That includes, of course, the avocado. From a health perspective, the salad is second to none. Watercress is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, except for perhaps kale. And avocados are full of minerals, as you probably already know. Plus, the fat in avocado actually helps the body to digest the rest of the salad leaves. From a taste perspective, the combination of pineapple and avocado is pure genius. Whoever thought of combining roasted pineapple with the other ingredients needs a medal.

For the salad, you’ll need two bunches of watercress, a large pineapple, a large avocado, and a small red onion. For the dressing, it’s 3 cloves of crushed garlic, ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil, ¼ teaspoon of pepper. 1\8 teaspoon ground cumin, 2 tbsp cider vinegar and one teaspoon of salt. You’ll also need one tablespoon of sugar.

Start off by cutting up the pineapple. You’ll need a decent knife for this from somewhere, like First, cut off the skin of the pineapple. Then cut off the leaves and the base. Next, grab a corer and bore a hole through the middle (Don’t worry if you don’t have one of these, you can just cut it up into chunks). This is to get rid of the woody center. Then cut the pineapple into rings. Here’s where the magic starts. Put the pineapple rings on a baking tray and dust them with sugar. Then put the pineapple in the oven for about 20 minutes. During this time, the sugar on top with caramelizing, making the pineapple more delicious.

Next, put the watercress into a bowl. In a separate bowl mix all the dressing ingredients and then pour over the watercress and mix. Put this into a serving bowl and sprinkle on top the cooked pineapple and cubed avocado. Lastly, cut thin strips of red onion and place on top of the salad.

Lentils, Roasted Pepper and Goat’s Cheese

We all want our summer salads to have a bit of substance and a bit of bite. So why not try one that’s made from lentils? Lentils in many ways are the perfect superfood. They’re high in minerals and fiber. And they help with digestion, which for many of us can be a little sluggish. Plus they’re an excellent way to fill up on plant protein, thanks to their high protein content.

For this recipe, you’ll need three red peppers, 170 grams of dried lentils, one clove of crushed garlic. A bay leaf, four tablespoons of sundried tomatoes and 100g goat’s cheese. You’ll also need chopped parsley, olive oil, salt, and pepper.


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image001 (2)Have you seen Finding Dory yet? I took my girls last week and we loved it. I’m so excited for these fun recipes and this awesome FREE printable pool party kit. You can grab all the Finding Dory recipes and the Finding Dory Pool Party Kit here!finding dory party kit finding dory hankfurter


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AliceThroughTheLookingGlass56f985f923ff1ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS is now playing in theatres everywhere! It’s a fun and colorful return to the whimsical world of Underland and a perfect film for the whole family!


In celebration of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS opening, here are three amazing dessert videos that show you how to create delicious macaroons, Cheshire Cat cupcakes, and Time’s Gear Cookies!

Alice Through the Looking Glass Macaroons
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Cheshire Cat cupcakes

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And make sure you “Travel Through The Looking Glass” and transform yourself into your favorite ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS character:

image004In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. “Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.



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Curious George 3 Back to the Jungle Recipes

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CG3_DVDTo commemorate Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle landing on DVD and Digital HD yesterday (June 23rd) from Universal 1440 Entertainment, here are some yummy banana themed recipes that surely would be on George’s must have desserts over this summer.






SYNOPSIS: Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey in this all-new movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Featuring the voice talents of Angela Bassett & John Goodman, with music by the Plain White T’s, join Curious George on his fun-filled journey that the whole family will enjoy!

The soundtrack will be available June 23, 2015 on Back Lot Music, featuring the new original song “Welcome to Paradise” performed by Plain White T’s and score by composer Heitor Pereira (DESPICABLE ME, MINIONS).

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Sing-Alongs – Sing along to your favorite songs from the film

  • Ordinary Superman
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Voice Cast: Angela Bassett, John Goodman, Frank Welker, Jeff Bennett, Alexander Polinsky

Directed By: Phil Weinstein

Written By: Chuck Tately

Produced By: Share Stallings


Street Date: June 23, 2015

Running Time: 1 Hour 21 Minutes


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Paddington Bear Inspired Tortilla Chips with Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Dip

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paddington orange marmalade dip recipeOn April 17th the Paddington Movie will be available on digital download.   Why not host your own Paddington Movie Night Party, complete with fun Paddington inspired recipes like the one I created below.  You can go to Paddington Parties and get a free digital party kit to host your own party.  It includes recipe ideas and free printable activities, games, and more!  One of my favorite things on the Paddington Parties site is the area where you can put Paddington into your pictures:

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Here’s my Paddington Bear inspired Tortilla Chips with Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese because Paddington loves marmalade!  It is so simple to make, the kids can help, and it is delicious.  My sister and my daughter couldn’t get enough of it.  If you run out of tortilla chips it is really good with Nilla wafers, too.  Just sayin’!

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Tortilla Chips with Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese

For Bear Tortilla Chips-
flour or whole wheat tortillas
non-stick cooking spray

For Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Dip-
1 (8-ounce) package whipped cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup orange marmalade
2 cups whipped cream


Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, and heavy whipping cream together with a hand mixer on low. Stir in vanilla and orange marmalade. Gently fold in whipped cream.  Chill, top with more whipped cream (optional) and enjoy!  It tastes just as yummy the next day IF you have any left over!


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Family Movie Night, Penguins Style With Homemade Ice Cream

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Disclaimer- I received a copy of Penguins of Madagascar, a Target gift card, and other party supplies as part of the Fox Home Entertainment Insiders Blogger Program to facilitate this post but all opinions are 100% my own.
penguins of Madagascar family movie nightMy girls and I were selected to have a Penguins of Madagascar ice cream movie viewing party.  It was so much fun.  We were sent everything we needed for a fun, family night- plates, cups, napkins, themed rings, a penguin ice cube tray, the Penguins of Madagascar movie, 5 plush, talking characters, ceramic ice cream bowls, an ice cream scoop, a gift Target gift card to buy all of the ice cream supplies, and my favorite item- the Play and Freeze ice cream maker ball.

P1240148Aren’t they adorable?  The movie came with 2 walking figures, too!  So cute!
peanut butter ice cream The ice cream maker ball was so much fun to use.  You fill one side with rock salt and ice and the other side with your ice cream ingredients. making ice cream Close the ball and the fun begins!  Shake shake shake the ball.  Pass it around.  Roll it.  After 15 minutes open the ice cream end, scrap any ice cream from the sides, and close it up.  Turn it over and add some more ice and rock salt.  Shake again until the ice cream is firm.  P1240166You might have to repeat the scraping and adding ice a few times.  The time it takes to freeze depends on the liquid you use, the toppings, etc.  We used heavy whipping cream and it took about 30 minutes.
penguins of Madagascar ice cream partyHere’s the recipe we used.  If you don’t have the ice cream maker you could put ice and rock salt into a gallon ziplock baggie and the ice cream ingredient into a quart baggie.  Put the smaller baggie into the larger baggie and shake shake shake!

Peanut Butter Ice Cream

1 pint Cream or Milk (we used heavy whipping cream)
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup Sugar
2 chopped Peanut Butter Cups (we actually used 4 because you can never have too much peanut butter cup except I think that is why it took a little longer to freeze)

In addition to watching the adorable Penguins of Madagascar, we also did several other games and activities.  You can find lots of printable activities on my other Penguins of Madagascar printable activity post.  My girls had fun making paper airplanes, showing off their best karate stance, and my favorite, doing the penguin shake.





BD_PenguinsOfMadagascar_Ocard_SpineLOS ANGELES, CA – They’re cute…they’re cuddly…they’re back!  From the creators of MADAGASCAR comes the hilarious new movie that proves global espionage is for the birds!  In DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, your favorite super-spies—Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private—join forces with the elite North Wind team to save the world.  It’s a side-splitting, globe-trotting adventure the whole family will love!  Introduce the Penguin family to your family on March 17 when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR on Blu-ray™ and DVD.

And for a limited time, get 2 hopping Penguin toys only with the DreamWorks’ PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Easter DVD and Blu-ray™ pack on March 17 making it the perfect gift for Easter baskets.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR is “a fun, smartly conceived film that will appeal to all movie-goers,” proclaims Bill Bregoli of CBS Radio. A hit with audiences and critics alike, the film received an outstanding audience reaction with a coveted “A-” CinemaScore® and certified fresh on

Directed by Eric Darnell and Simon J. Smith, PENGUINS OF MADAGASCARfeatures the voice talents of John Malkovich (“Crossbones” Red 2), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover), joiningTom McGrath, Chris Miller and Christopher Knights, who are reprising their roles as the Penguins from the beloved Madagascar franchise.

The Blu-ray™ and DVD feature hours of bonus materials that uncover the covert operations of the PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR including several exclusive featurettes, a deleted scene, a music video by Pitbull, a dance tutorial by tWitch, and more.


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Macaroni and Cheese Soup

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Macaroni and Cheese SoupMacaroni and Cheese Soup


1 cup elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons of olive oil
⅔ cup of chopped carrots
⅔ cup of chopped celery
⅔ cup of chopped onions
2 cups of heavy cream
1 ½ cups of milk
1 ½ cups of shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of water
1 8oz can of creamed corn


  1. Cook 1 cup of macaroni according to package directions and set aside.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, saute’ carrots for 2 minutes. Then add celery, onions, and saute’ all ingredients for 5 minutes.IMG_2568
  3. In a large pot on medium heat, combine heavy cream, milk, and cheese. Constantly stir until cheese melts and add salt and pepper.
  4. Mix water and corn starch until smooth and add to milk and cheese mixture.
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  5. Cook until mixture thickens and starts to boil.
  6. Stir constantly while adding sauteed vegetables, creamed corn and cooked macaroni.
  7. Cook until thoroughly heated and serve hot.

Yields 8 servings


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FREE Vegan Halloween Recipes eBook

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I am so excited to share this spooky ebook with you. It’s full of vegan treats recipes for Halloween and it’s free!

There are recipes for breakfast, appetizers, main courses, desserts and sweets. Download this FREE Vegan Halloween Recipes ebook and make this Halloween your tastiest ever!

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Free Diabetic BBQ Guide and Online Diabetic Support Community

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I was recently diagnosed with Diabetes as many Americans are.  I am so excited for this Free Diabetic BBQ Guide and great online diabetic support community.  Get Diabetic Connect’s FREE Recipes for the Grill book now and have one great cookout after another!

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