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Easy Meal Ideas For Taco Tuesday!

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Family gatherings call for a Taco Tuesday! Mexican taco recipes are a sure-fire way to keep family members coming back for more. Tacos are a versatile food item and you can experiment with various ingredients. Load it up with meat, go vegan, or try other unique recipes. The only limitation is your imagination! If you’re planning on a Taco Tuesday, here are a collection of taco recipes and ideas that are easy to prepare, yet will definitely delight your palate with loaded flavors and fun!

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Spicy Chicken Tacos

Instead of using ground beef, experiment with spicy ranch chicken tacos. All you need to do is to prepare frozen popcorn chicken and purchase a spicy ranch dressing readily available in your local grocery store. This recipe only takes a few minutes to make but will surely be enjoyed by your guests.  Load the tacos up with any toppings you and your guests prefer — shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, or tomato slices.

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New Plant-Based Pastas from Explore Cuisine!

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There is no denying that Pasta is a popular go-to ingredient for creating quick, versatile and delicious meals to please any palate. For Pasta Lovers who may have had to eliminate this tasty staple from their diets due to a gluten intolerance, there are now many gluten-free pasta options on the market that make it possible for everyone to indulge. Explore Cuisine has a line of organic pastas made from beans and other plants that are a great place to start when you want to prepare a tasty, healthy meal for yourself or your family. Take a  look at a few of the super quick and easy dinners that I’ve recently prepared for myself with Explore Cuisine Pastas and absolutely no advanced planning!

Edamame Spaghetti Package

I bet that you had no idea that Edamame, familiar to most as the little green soybeans that everyone likes to nosh on before the meal at Japanese restaurants, can be use to make some of the most delicious pasta you will ever taste. Explore Cuisine makes a few different varieties of Edamame pasta, including everyone’s favorite; spaghetti.

Edamame Spaghetti Package

Edamame Spaghetti can be used in all of your favorite recipes as a substitute for wheat-based pasta. You might find that you like it even better, and it’s good to know that Explore Cuisine’s Edamame Spaghetti contains nearly half of your daily protein and fiber requirements in just one serving!

Edamame Spaghetti Serving Suggestion

I made an easy and scrumptious Primavera by adding frozen mixed vegetables that I had on hand, and tossing the pasta in butter, salt and pepper to taste.

Edamame Spaghetti Serving Suggestion

Then I covered it with cheese, which is how I like my pasta!

Chickpea Fusillii Package

Explore Cuisine also specializes in a line of Pulse Pastas; a term that may be unfamiliar to you. Pulses are part of the legume family, and the term ‘pulse’ refers to the dried seed. Dried peas, dried beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties of pulses. Pulses are very high in protein and fiber, antioxidants, and low in fat! This where Explore Cuisine’s Organic Chickpea Fusilli comes in.

Chickpea Fusilli

Chickpea Fusilli is a healthy and delicious mealtime choice that contains only four organic, whole food ingredients. This pasta also contains 11g of protein and nearly 20% of your daily dietary fiber requirement per serving. With its soft and supple texture, and mild taste, Chickpea fans will be in Heaven!

Chickpea Fusilli Serving Suggestion

Since this pasta is a bit more sturdy than the spaghetti, I topped it with Trader Joe’s frozen meatballs and jarred sauce. Delicious and satisfying!

Red Lentil Penne Package

Red Lentil Penne is also a pulse pasta. With the smooth texture of flour pasta and the benefits of lentils, the Red Lentil Penne is a fantastic choice for any penne based pasta dish. Comprised of only two ingredients, Red Lentil Penne pasta is  protein rich  and a good source of fiber. Organic, gluten-free and free of GMOs, it’s pasta reinvented!

Red Penne Pasta Serving Suggestion

Here is the penne topped with a light tomato vodka sauce and a dollop of creamy cottage cheese (you could also use Ricotta, if you had that on hand). Out of this world delish!

Explore Cuisine Packages Display

Explore Cuisine’s Italian style pastas were created in the Apulia region of Italy, which is famed for being the home of pasta. Explore Cuisine worked side by side with pasta masters and professional chefs to deliver the authentic taste and texture of the best Italian pasta but made with the goodness of chickpeas and lentils.

Learn more about Explore Cuisine foods, and get recipes, at This Link!

How to Get The Most Out Of Your Kitchen!

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Your Kitchen should be so much more than a place for chores and microwave meals: it should also be a retreat in your home that you go to for fun and relaxation.  If you feel guilty about leaving your kitchen in neglect, now is the time to turn things around. Start with re-thinking the space to generate positive energy. You can do this through a pro or by designing the kitchen yourself after you’ve learned enough tricks from interior design courses over the internet. There are plenty of exciting ways for you to engage with your kitchen space. Below are four suggestions to get you started!

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Product Review: Suddenly Salad‘s Southwest Grains Salad

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Do you like Southwestern Grains Salad? I sure do. I love the tasty mix of whole grains with sweet corn and tender black beans in a tangy dressing that is such a perfect summer side dish. The thing is, it seems so hard to make that I will usually deprive myself because I don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen or have to buy a bunch of stuff. Single ladies: you know how it is.

Then, when I was at the Snack Attack Editor Showcase a few weeks ago, I discovered Betty Crocker’s Suddenly Salad line of boxed Grain and Pasta Salad mixes, where (nearly) everything you to need to make a complete salad is in that box! So easy, so delicious, so exciting! I came home from the event with a box of the Southwestern Grains Salad and I made it at home a few nights ago. Let me share my experience with you.

Grain Salad Ingredients

Here’s your meal in a box: A boil-in-bag assortment of Brown Rice, Quinoa, Corn and Black Beans and some Red Bell Pepper (easier to see once it is cooked) and the dry dressing mix. To prepare, fill a three quart pan half way with water, bring to boil and drop in the bag of the dry grain mixture (do not open the bag) for 17 minutes, turning the bag over half way through cooking.

Salad Dressing

While the grains boil, mix one tablespoon of cold water and one tablespoon of oil into the dry salad dressing mixture, stir until well blended and set aside or store for few minutes in the fridge. The dressing has a delicious Chipotle Lime flavor that gives the salad its distinctive southwestern taste.

Grain Salad Prepared

At the end of the 17 minute boiling time, transfer the bag to a colander and run cold water over it (turning the bag as needed) until the contents are cooled and water no longer drips from the bag.

Cut open the bag and pour grains into a serving bowl, then mix in the dressing. I chilled the salad for an additional 30 minutes uncovered in the fridge and it was perfect and insanely delicious. Suddenly, Salad!

You could, of course, also add grilled chicken to this salad for a heartier dish, but it tasted great on its own. Recommended! Read more about Betty Crocker’s Suddenly Salad mixes and get delicious recipe ideas at This Link.