Category Archives: Food

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home

I love a good burger every now and again, but when I make them at home they usually end up too small for the bun; even when I try to make the patties larger, knowing they’ll shrink when cooked. Not anymore! With my new Burger Press, I can get perfect burgers at home every single time.

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for you purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

So let’s talk about this Burger Press. It has to be one of the greatest additions to my arsenal of kitchen tools. Made by Cave Tools, the Burger Press yields six perfect, 1/3 pound, square burgers. Simply prepare your burger mix, spread it into the burger press, put the top/lid in place, and voila! Your burgers are ready for the grill (or pan).

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

The lid has a built in burger dimpler, which is scientifically proven to ensure your hamburgers stay flat and cook evenly. And while this is a great feature, it’s not even my favorite. What I like most about the Burger Press is that I can prepare the burgers well ahead of time, refrigerate or even freeze them in the Burger Press, and cook when I’m ready. If you meal prep, or are planning a party or BBQ, this will definitely come in handy.

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

The first time I used my Burger Press, the process was easy and straight forward to follow. Our burgers came out great, with the exception of next time I’ll use more beef. I used about a pound and a half of beef because you’re not supposed to overfill it, but my burgers came out with a few bare spots. That’s an easy fix though and next time I’ll just use more beef for bigger, juicier burgers!

How to Get the Perfect Burgers at Home | #CaveTools #burgerpress #perfectburger

Other than that, they kept their shape (which is great for using a whole piece of cheese), and prep and cleanup was a breeze. The Burger Press is dishwasher safe, so of course that’s right where it went after dinner.

Ready to make your own perfect burgers? You can purchase one directly from Cave Tools for $19.99 and when you use promo code BURGER15, you’ll get 15% off. Or if you’re an Amazon junkie like me, you can get one for just $9.99 (plus Prime shipping).

Making Time's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide is in the works and this is your opportunity to gain holiday exposure. Spots will fill up fast so contact me today! #HolidayGiftGuide #HGG #giftideasNot only would this Burger Press make the perfect addition to your own kitchen, but the holidays are right around the corner and it would make a great gift to anyone who loves to BBQ. Have anyone on your list who you think would love one (or two)?

Do you struggle to get the perfect burger at home?

Connect with : Shop | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.


Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway

As a mom who cooks at home a lot, the menu tends to get a little boring after a while. I get in such a routine and so used to cooking the same things over and over, that some of my family’s favorite dishes eventually become not so favorites. Time is a big factor when deciding what to cook because hey, I’m busy and sometimes I want something simple to make. With the help of my new cookbook, I have over 100 recipes to try and each one is prepared or ready in 30 minutes or less.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What is this magical new cookbook? It’s Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. I’ve had the chance to try a few of the recipes, some more sophisticated than others, but the one thing they all have in common is they are quick and delicious!

The first recipe I tried was “Horseradish-Dill Salmon” and it took just 10 minutes. My family is already a big fan of salmon, but I have always baked it. This recipe had me pan sear the salmon and Oh. My. Tastebuds! I may never bake salmon again.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

First of all, I never knew pan searing salmon fillets was so easy. And on top of that, I’ve always just used a simple seasoning. This recipe had me create a creamy horseradish-dill sauce (while the salmon cooked) and it could not have complimented the fish any better.

I served it with a side of white rice and roasted Brussels sprouts, and even drizzled some of the horseradish-dill sauce over the Brussels sprouts. Let’s just say this recipe has been bookmarked and I will definitely be making it again.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

While the salmon dish may seem a little bit more for a sophisticated palette, QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes also helps you to take simple, everyday recipes and kick them up a notch.

For example, there’s a recipe called “The Ultimate Grilled Cheese.” Grilled cheese sandwiches are simple to make, right? All you need is some bread, cheese and butter. But have you ever tried mayonnaise on the outside of your bread, instead of butter? That’s exactly what this recipe does.

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

I often find that we run out of butter when I really need it for a recipe and that was the case when I wanted a grilled cheese sandwich a few days ago. I turned to this recipe and used mayonnaise instead, and boy was it good. It very well may have been the best grilled cheese sandwich I’ve ever had.

Because all of the recipes in QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes are quick meal options, I plan to work my way through all of them, marking which ones my family really enjoys. This way I can get out of my usual dinner rut and make tasty new dishes without compromising valuable family time. The best meals don’t have to be ones you work hours putting together.

Ready to start making your own quick-fix meals? I have a chance for you to win your own copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes. Simply enter to win using the giveaway form below.

What is one of your go-to quick-fix dinners right now?

Connect with Time Inc. Books: Twitter | Instagram


Tasty Meals in 30 Minutes or Less + Giveaway | #SouthernLiving #cookbook #quickandeasy #giveaway

One lucky Making Time reader will win a copy of Southern Living’s QUICK-FIX DINNERS: 100+ Simple Recipes Ready In 10, 20 or 30 Minutes! GOOD LUCK!

This giveaway is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on October 20, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

 

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

Since college I have wanted a rice cooker. Why? Because I have to be the worst in the world at cooking rice. Every single time I’d cook rice, it would come out a big pot of mush. I thought it was impossible to get perfect, individual grain rice without a rice cooker. That is, until I discovered the secret to cooking the perfect pot of rice.

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

So what’s the secret? The directions on the package are a lie! A big lie! I have yet to follow the directions on any rice package and have the outcome I want. However, I have discovered the perfect rice cooking formula and since implementing it, there hasn’t been a pot of mushy rice in my house. And there’s no rice cooker needed!

What’s the lie rice packaging has been, and is still, telling us? Most packaging says to use 2 cups of water for every cup of rice. Wrong! This is why my rice used to come out so mushy. That’s just too much water. You only need 1 1/4 cups of water for every cup of rice you’re cooking. My favorite Jasmine rice indicates to use 1 1/2 cups of water, which is closer, but still not quite perfect.

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

Use this rice cooking formula on ANY type of rice and you’ll never have mushy rice again.

  1. Combine water and dry rice in a pot, over medium heat. (1 1/4 cups of water for every cup of rice)
  2. Cover and cook until it comes to a rolling boil. Then reduce the temperature to low.
  3. Once the water has completely reduced, turn the burner off, stir the rice, cover and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Letting it sit covered will allow the rice to steam itself done.
  4. Enjoy the perfect pot of rice!

*Note: It’s important that you stir the rice once the water has reduced. If you don’t stir, you will end up with uncooked grains along the top.

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

How to Cook the Perfect Pot of Rice

Have you mastered how to cook the perfect pot of rice?

*Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir

Do you have a child who loves to help in the kitchen, but you can’t really find safe tools for him to use, or even kid-friendly dishes he can make? This is exactly how I feel about my son. He so badly wants to help me in the kitchen, but when I’m cooking there’s not much he can really help with. In the past few weeks, though, this has changed! I’m here to tell you that it’s possible to get kids cooking in the kitchen with a little help from Kidstir.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

~I received samples to help facilitate this post. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

What is Kidstir?

Kidstir is a monthly subscription box for kids that offers fun, kid-friendly recipes they can make themselves (mostly). Each month Kidstir sends three new recipes that are perfectly curated for little hands. Each recipe is hole punched to fit in the Kidstir cookbook binder, literally allowing kids the opportunity to build and create their very own book of recipes. How cool is that?!

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

And not only does Kidstir send the recipes, but in the box you’ll also find kid-safe kitchen tools. Think small ice cream scooper, plastic sandwich/spread knife, mini whisk, pot holder, etc. Each recipe comes with a kitchen utensil that needs to be used and if no utensil is included, then there’s always something extra special for that recipe, like themed stickers or straw toppers, depending on the recipe.

The 1st shipment includes:

  • A special cookbook binder to collect monthly recipes, foodie pages, games, and activities.
  • 3 step-by-step recipes covering all food groups.
  • 3 educational foodie pages.
  • 2 kid-sized cooking tools and themed activity materials.
  • A digital and printed shopping list.
  • 3 fun games and puzzles.
  • An e-newsletter packed with recipes and printables.

Kidstir in Action

There’s no surprise, my son is over the moon about having his own cookbook and being able to help out much more in the kitchen. And I’m not going to lie, I didn’t realize there were so many things I could be teaching my son about cooking and letting him do. Don’t get me wrong, there are still things I need to do, like cutting things with a knife, but since he started getting Kidstir I’ve been delegating a lot more cooking tasks to him.

A little over a week ago we went apple picking and it just so happens that one of my son’s new Kidstir recipes was Awesome Apple Crisp. It could not have been a more perfect time to give this recipe a try. So we pulled together all the ingredients, including our freshly picked apples and we got to work.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

While I still did the apple peeling and cutting, my son was able to handle the rest. I helped identify the correct measuring cups for each ingredient and from there he was able to create the crispy topping, mix it up, and put it all together. Then using the cute little doggy potholder that came in his Kidstir box to use with this recipe, he helped carefully put the dessert in the oven.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

The final result was delicious! The recipe included ingredients and directions for making our own whipped topping, but we cheated a little and bought store-ready whipped topping instead. Nonetheless, the whole family enjoyed our fresh picked apples and the Awesome Apple Crisp my son made, and we couldn’t have been more proud of his accomplishment. He was pretty excited about it too!

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Why Kidstir?

Kidstir’s mission is to educate, engage, and empower kids about good food and cooking, while spending meaningful time with their families. The kitchen is the center of many family homes, so it’s the perfect place to teach and spend time together. Kidstir helps give us parents a jump start on teaching basic cooking skills to our children and in turn, we’re spending quality time around something we love – food.

Get Kids Cooking in the Kitchen with Kidstir | #Kidstir #kids #cooking #kitchen #subscription

Besides, I am determined that none of my kids will leave home without being able to make themselves nice home cooked meals! I believe starting early is the best way to achieve this and with the help of Kidstir, it’s never been easier.

A Kidstir subscription starts at just $12.95 per month and you can subscribe on a 1, 3, 6 or 12 month basis. Are you ready for some kid-friendly kitchen fun?

Do your kids like to help in the kitchen?

Connect with : Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

*Thank you to Kidstir for providing boxes for review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating

Do you have a picky eater on your hands? I certainly do and getting him the nutrition he needs is a challenge I’ve been experiencing for some time now. He has his favorite foods, the only ones he’ll eat, and they do not include any form of fruits or vegetables.

At this point I have absolutely no idea how his little body is even growing. So anytime I come across something I think he’ll enjoy and will give him the nutrition he needs to grow, I’m first in line to give it a try. Our newest addition to his diet is Daily Sunshine by Beachbody.

Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating | #Beachbody #DailySunshine #pickyeater #nutrition

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Beachbody is known for quite a bit – P90X, Insanity, and the 21 Day Fix workout programs, as well as Shakeology nutrition shakes. But adults aren’t the only ones who need to keep their fitness and nutrition up. Kids, and especially picky eaters like my son, may have the fitness aspect down, but are lacking in the nutrition department. That’s why Beachbody created Daily Sunshine, a nutrition shake for children!

Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating | #Beachbody #DailySunshine #pickyeater #nutrition

The first thing to tackle is taste because we all know that’s most important when it comes to our picky eaters. Daily Sunshine is available in two kid-friendly flavors, strawberry banana and chocolate, and I’d say these are a pretty good start to getting my son to try one. He’s not too keen on chocolate in general, but loves strawberry banana flavors so I knew he’d try it. The chocolate is going to waste either, but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Each Daily Sunshine shake is a perfect blend of fruits and vegetables, plant based protein, and healthy fats. It’s literally a 3-in-1 power shake for kids.

Daily Sunshine Features:

  • Non-GMO
  • Soy-free
  • Dairy-free (vegan)
  • Gluten free
  • Low glycemic
  • Contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives
  • 4 out of 5 pediatricians approve the formula

Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating | #Beachbody #DailySunshine #pickyeater #nutrition

My son actually likes smoothies and shakes when they have the right flavors in them, but mixing up a smoothie every day can be pretty tiring. Daily Sunshine takes nutritious shakes to the easiest level ever. All you have to do is add a packet of Daily Sunshine to 8 oz. of water, and mix it up in the shaker cup.

Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating | #Beachbody #DailySunshine #pickyeater #nutrition

In a matter of minutes my picky eating son has a nutritious shake that’s he loves, and that I love giving him. He’s been enjoying one either in the mornings before school, or as an after school snack. I’m starting to think he only needs one in the morning because his afternoon energy has been through the roof lately.

Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating | #Beachbody #DailySunshine #pickyeater #nutrition

Not Just for Kids

Oh, and Daily Sunshine isn’t just for kids either. If you want to get on the healthy action, there’s absolutely no reason you can’t. We got a combo pack that includes both flavors. I already mentioned my son isn’t a big fan of chocolate, but he loves the strawberry banana. So, to make sure nothing goes to waste, when he gets his shake, I get one too. He takes the strawberry banana and I take the chocolate. It’s a really great way for us to actively partake in healthy nutrition together.

How to Enjoy Daily Sunshine

There are so many ways to enjoy Daily Sunshine – the quick and simple shake method with 8 oz. of water or milk (my son likes his in milk); blended into a smoothie (I sometimes mix the chocolate flavor into a peanut butter and banana smoothie); or however you want to incorporate it into the day. If you’re kids don’t like shakes or smoothies, think outside the box too. Try adding it to pancakes or muffins, or something with a similar taste so it blends easily.

Daily Sunshine is a Nutritious Solution to Picky Eating | #Beachbody #DailySunshine #pickyeater #nutrition

Purchase Options

I’m going to be honest. I personally find Daily Sunshine to be pretty pricey, but on the other hand, can I really put a price on my son’s health? I mean, he actually likes it!

  • Daily Sunshine Sampler (2 packets of each flavor – 4 total) = $19.99
  • Daily Sunshine Combo Pack (12 packets of each flavor – 24 total) = $129.99
  • Daily Sunshine Strawberry Banana OR Chocolate (30 serving bag) = $129.99
  • Daily Sunshine Shaker Cup = $6.95

Do you have a picky eater?

Connect with : Website | Shop | Facebook

Connect with : Website | Facebook | Twitter

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Peachy Green Smoothie + Alkamind Boost

Mornings are about to get really rough for me. My son starts school tomorrow and that not only means early mornings for him, but early mornings for me too. Ugh! I like being able to sleep in if I want to. There’s no doubt I’ll rely a lot on my morning coffee, but after a couple of hours I’m going to be in major need of an energy boost. With some assistance from Alkamind Daily Greens, I’m confident my Peachy Green Smoothie will be the perfect pick-me-up I need.

Peachy Green Smoothie + Alkamind Boost | #smoothie #recipe #AlkamindDailyGreens

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

I’ll be the first to admit that when I’m rushing around and have what feels like the longest to-do list ever, I don’t always reach for healthy snacks. But with school starting and early mornings beginning soon, I need an easy way to implement healthy, energizing snacks into my day. That’s exactly what my Peachy Green Smoothie is, with a little extra superfood boost from Alkamind Daily Greens.

Peachy Green Smoothie + Alkamind Boost

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh, frozen or canned peaches
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (peach or vanilla flavor works well too)
  • 1 packet Alkamind Daily Greens
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions

  1. Combine the packet of Alkamind Daily Greens into the milk until well mixed.
  2. Blend all ingredients and the milk mixture in a blender.
  3. Enjoy!

*Note: If you skip step 1 and go straight to blending everything, you may find the Alkamind Daily Greens don’t completely incorporate, and you’ll end up with dry flaky-like textures in your smoothie.

Peachy Green Smoothie + Alkamind Boost | #smoothie #recipe #AlkamindDailyGreens

Why is Alkamind Daily Greens a nice boost to my smoothie? Because it includes 27 nutrient-dense alkaline superfoods that help improve energy, increase weight loss, boost immunity, create better digestion, and gently cleanses and detoxifies. All of that in one little packet!

Peachy Green Smoothie + Alkamind Boost | #smoothie #recipe #AlkamindDailyGreens

Plus, Alkamind Daily Greens already has a peach flavor to it, so it’s a perfect fit for my Peachy Green Smoothie.

How do you stay healthy and energized on long days?

Connect with : Shop | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Sparkling Peach Iced Super Tea

I hope you’ve been enjoying the month of August just as much as I have. Did you know August happens to be National Peach Month? If the past few weeks haven’t been as peachy as you thought they’d be, check out this super easy Sparkling Peach Iced Super Tea recipe. It’s the perfect way to close out the month!

Sparkling Peach Iced Super Tea | #Tetley #supertea #peach #drink #recipe

~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Before I get to the actual recipe, you’re probably wondering what makes tea a “super” tea. A main ingredient in this recipe is one of Tetley’s vitamin-infused Super Teas, Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea. It’s packed with 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which helps to support the immune system. It’s a “super” tea!

Sparkling Peach Iced Super Tea | #Tetley #supertea #peach #drink #recipe

And with cooler weather starting to roll through, I know I need all the immune system support I can get. Even better that I can get that extra support in a delicious beverage! Okay, so on to this delicious recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 teabag of Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea (with Vitamin C!)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of ginger ale
  • Glass of ice

Instructions

  1. Bring cup of water to a boil .
  2. In a cup, pour the boiled water over 1 Tetley Immunity Peach & Orange Super Tea teabag, and let it steep for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the teabag and allow the tea to cool.
  4. Once the tea is cool, pour it into the glass of ice.
  5. Top it off with ginger ale and enjoy!
Sparkling Peach Iced Super Tea | #Tetley #supertea #peach #drink #recipe
Click on the recipe card to see a how-to video!

 

The recipe was voted as this year’s Super Summer Sipper by fans of Tetley’s Facebook page, and I can see why. I love the taste! It combines the sweetness of peaches with the bubbly fizz of ginger ale, and the extra immunity boost is a great perk.

To help you get started on this super easy and delicious recipe, print this $1.00 off coupon for Tetley Super Teas!

What peachy good recipes have you tried lately?

Connect with : Website | Facebook | Twitter

*I received a sample to help facilitate this post. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals

As a parent, it’s not only important that my kids get the proper nutrition they need, but that I do too. I need the energy to keep up with them and generally want to be a healthier person. One way to help with this is to add more plants into my diet. And with the help of Sara Siskind, Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, I’m making this happen. She has offered to share some tips with me and you on ways to add more plants into our meals without having to sacrifice our favorite foods.

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals | #SaraSiskind #healthyeating #pistachiochewybites #SettonFarms

~I received samples to help facilitate this post.~

1. Simple Swap Outs

When making a sandwich, swap out the bread with lettuce or a collard green wrap. The same goes for sushi. Request the sushi be wrapped in cucumber (this is called a naruto roll) rather than rice. Easy swaps can add more nutrients into your diet while also saving calories throughout the day.

2. Mix It Up

Think outside the box when preparing vegetables and get out of the habit of eating the same foods over and over (I struggle big time with this). Mix it up! Puree carrots, cauliflower, spinach, or squash into your favorite meals. Some ideas include soups, sauces, lasagna, and meatballs. You won’t even taste the difference, but you will be incorporating a lot of vegetables into your meals.

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals | #SaraSiskind #healthyeating #pistachiochewybites #SettonFarms3. Don’t Forget Breakfast

Breakfast is a meal we often forget to add vegetables, but it’s easy to turn regulat eggs into a fancy vegetable omelet. You can also try spreading avocado (my favorite) on your toast instead of butter, for more fiber and less calories. Add a tomato and onion on top for an extra veggie boost. Keep chopped vegetables in your refrigerator at all times so it’s easy to toss them into any snacks or meals.

4. Smoothies

Fruit smoothies are a terrific way to easily sneak in greens. Blend in a handful of spinach or kale with zero compromise to how good your smoothies taste. If you first wash, dry, chop, and freeze your greens, you will not only reduce spoilage and waste, but also make it easier to whip up a cold refreshing smoothie. (I absolutely love this idea!)

5. Add Some Protein Crunch

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals | #SaraSiskind #healthyeating #pistachiochewybites #SettonFarmsGreens don’t have to be plain and eaten by themselves. Chop up and add some nuts like Setton Farms Pistachios or even Pistachio Chewy Bites, for an added crunch and protein. The same applies to quinoa or rice. You can also sprinkle pistachios over yogurt or oatmeal for extra protein and heart healthy fats. The possibilities are endless – smoothies, trail mixes, granola, cheese. If looking to cut back on calories, pistachios are a good way to go as they are the lowest calorie nut, at a whopping 49 nuts per serving.

My boyfriend and I are really big pistachio fans, so this is an easy tip for us. The Pistachio Chewy Bites are delicious too. I’ve even been throwing some in my purse for when I need a simple, healthy snack on the go. The Pistachio + Blueberry Cranberry Chewy Bites are all-natural bite-sized bars, packed with over 50% heart-healthy pistachios, antioxidant-rich cranberries, coconut, and a touch of maple brown rice syrup. Perfect for a tasty crunch when and where you need one.

7 Ways to Add More Plants into Your Meals | #SaraSiskind #healthyeating #pistachiochewybites #SettonFarms

6. Switch Out Pasta

Up your nutrients by switching your wheat pasta to vegetable pasta. Spiralized zucchini, butternut squash, and even sweet potato comes out amazing! You’ll even find them served in restaurants as a gluten-free alternative to pasta. Top it with your favorite tomato sauce and a little cheese for a comfort food fix without the guilt.

7. Make Your Own Crunchy Snacks

Craving salty pretzels or fried potato chips? You can easily make your own crunchy snacks by baking chopped kale, thinly sliced sweet potatoes, or beets with a touch of olive oil and sea salt. Many markets are even carrying them pre-made for easy snacking on the go.

How will you add more plants into your meals?

Connect with : Website | Facebook

Connect with Sara Siskind: Website

*I received samples to help facilitate this post. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

AquaBall’s Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes

AquaBall's Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes | #AquaBall #BacktoSchool #sugarfree #BTS #sweepstakes #entertowin

~Thank you to AquaBall for providing samples to facilitate this post.~

What better way to start the school year, than with a fun, kid-friendly sweepstakes win?! AquaBall is giving 16 people that very chance! AquaBall is the only naturally flavored, zero-calorie, sugar-free, and preservative-free children’s beverage currently on the market.

AquaBall is available in four flavors – Berry Frost, Fruit Punch, Grape, and Strawberry Lemonade; and the bottles feature fan favorite characters from Disney’s “Frozen,” Disney Princesses, Marvel’s “Avengers,” and Disney Classic Characters. AquaBall is a drink your kids will love and you’ll feel good about giving them. Plus, they’re perfect for packing in lunch boxes or enjoying with an after school snack!

AquaBall's Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes | #AquaBall #BacktoSchool #sugarfree #BTS #sweepstakes #entertowin

Sweepstakes Prize

  • 6 lucky participants will win a one month’s supply of AquaBall (one 6-pack of each flavor). Winners will be drawn every Monday, between August 14th and September 18th.
  • 10 winners will receive a one year supply (twelve 24-count packs). Winners will be drawn Monday, September 18th.

How to Enter

Entering is super easy! Simply visit AquaBall and complete the entry form, including a photo of your child with their favorite AquaBall – don’t forget to tag #Sugarlessbacktoschool and @aquaballdrink. Complete rules and regulations can be found here.

This is our photo entry!

AquaBall's Sugarless Back to School Sweepstakes | #AquaBall #BacktoSchool #sugarfree #BTS #sweepstakes #entertowin

The sweepstakes has already started and will continue through September, so there’s still plenty of time to get your entries in. Start sharing AquaBall with your kids today and good luck!

Which AquaBall flavor(s) do you think your kids will love?

Connect with : Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

*I received AquaBall samples to help facilitate this post. My opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Making Time is in no way responsible for sweepstakes management or prize fulfillment. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover
~Thank you to Melitta for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~




If you’re like me, you can’t wait for fall weather to arrive. And not just because that means pumpkin spice everything, but because we will be able to warm up with hot coffee. Until then, we have to deal with the hot summer weather and if we want our coffee fix, an ice cold coffee will do the trick.

I’ve tried cold brew coffees for Keurig and when it comes down to it, it’s just piping hot coffee brewed over ice cubes, that melts said ice cubes, makes my coffee watery, and I end up with a luke warm cup of joe. It just doesn’t work for me.

I’ve also tried brewing extra coffee in a regular coffee pot and putting it in the fridge to cool for the next day. But by the next day the coffee has completely lost its oomph. Yea, that doesn’t work for me either.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

So how do I get the perfect cup of cold brew coffee? One word – Melitta. Did you know that Melitta has a Pour-Over Cone that fits a single coffee mug, so you can get real fresh brewed coffee day in and day out? And guess what, it doesn’t just work for fresh hot coffee (although I can’t wait to try that when the weather cools down), but it works wonders for cold brewed coffee too.

Artisan Cold Brew with Melitta

  1. In a pitcher, add 2/3 cup of ground Melitta Coffee to 16 oz. of cold water. Mix well.
  2. Cover pitcher and chill for 4+ hours. Remove from refrigerator and stir vigorously.
  3. Place a Melitta Cone Filter in a Melitta Pour-Over Cone. Set cone atop a carafe or jar. Pour the stirred coffee/water mix into the filter. Wait for all liquid coffee to filter through and drip in carafe below. Repeat pour-over process until all mix is filtered. You now have Melitta Cold Brew Concentrate.
  4. Keep Cold Brew Concentrate covered and chilled for up to a week. Enjoy!

This is THE best way to enjoy a cup of cold brew coffee at home. I have had a cup almost every day since getting my new Melitta Pour-Over Coffee Brew Cone & Travel Mug, and used this process as inspiration. I did make a simple tweak though, and now I get the perfect iced coffee to-go anytime I want.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

The simple change I made was rather than brewing 16 oz. at a time, which would logically yield 2 cups of coffee, I put 12 oz. of cold water into 2-3 mason jars at a time. The 12 oz. jars are perfect for filling up my travel mug.

Then I added 1/3 cup of Melitta ground coffee to each jar and let the jars sit in the fridge until I’m ready for a cup. Whether the water/coffee mixture sits overnight or maybe for a day or two, each cup is fresh and full of rich flavor.

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

When I’m ready for a cup, I place a cone filter in the Pour-Over Cone, and filter my cold brewed coffee right into my mug. I add a little sugar before filtering the coffee and add my favorite creamer afterwards. Place a few ice cubes in and I’m ready to take on the day!

I have my coffee in hand, kids in tow, and the summer heat is not putting a damper on my day. This Melitta pour-over brewing process is absolutely the best and strongest cold brew coffee I’ve ever made at home!

Want to join me for a cup?

Easy Cold Brew Coffee with Melitta | #Melitta #coldbrew #coffee #pourover

Where’s your favorite place to enjoy an ice cold coffee?

Connect with : Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

*Thank you to Melitta for providing product for review. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.