Teacher Gift

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This Teacher Gift is sure to put a smile on the face of all the hard-working teachers in your children’s lives and it’s a cinch to assemble. It’s ice-cream themed too. Even teachers scream for ice cream in the summer, right? My husband is a teacher and he likes ice cream… any time of year!

Teacher Gift with Free Printable by Foodtastic Mom

Between my kids we have four teachers to thank this year (two in third grade and two in fifth grade). So for four of these end of the year teacher gifts, you’ll need a couple of bags of microwave popcorn, white chocolate chips, sprinkles, red gum balls, paper treat cups, string, cellophane or plastic wrap, scissors, a hole punch and gift cards to your favorite local ice cream shop. Here in Cincinnati, Ohio that happens to be Graeter’s.

Teacher Gift with Free Printable by Foodtastic Mom

And you’ll also need to print out my little cards that say, “It’s been a real TREAT having your for my Teacher”. Just “Save As” to your computer and print on 8×11 card stock.  I was so happy with how these turned out! I used PicMonkey to create this, in case you were wondering.

Teacher Gift with Free Printable by Foodtastic Mom

I just love how cute the white chocolate coated popcorn and red gum ball “cherry” look in the paper snack cups. Almost like an ice cream sundae. Be sure and Pin this gift idea so you’re not scrambling at the end of the school year. I’m sure I’ll be recycling this idea for a few years!

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I taped the gift card to the back of the printed cards!

Teacher Gift White Chocolate Coated Popcorn
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Ingredients
  1. 2 bags microwave popcorn
  2. 1 c. white chocolate chips
  3. 2 T. sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Pop the popcorn according to package directions. Remove any unpopped kernels.
  2. Spread the popped popcorn in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
  3. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Should only take about 1 minute 30 seconds. Microwave for one minute, stir, and then microwave in 30 second increments until just melted so the white chocolate doesn't burn.
  4. Drizzle the melted white chocolate evenly over the top of the popcorn and sprinkle evenly with the sprinkles. Allow to cool.
  5. Mound the popcorn in the snack cups and assemble as pictured.
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The Ultimate Summer Party Platter

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I have got the Ultimate Summer Party Platter full of light bites sure to please most any palate for you to enjoy. My kids are happy with the cheese, olive and salami skewers. Vegetarians would be happy with the caprese skewers. Meat-eaters would appreciate the cantaloupe and prosciutto bites. And even vegans would love the spinach strawberry salad on a stick. All these little bites can be dipped in a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Everyone wins!

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You know what else is a total winner? This Rubbermaid Party Platter in Lagoon Blue. It comes in Calypso Coral too and both are perfect for your summer entertaining needs. Where do you party in the summertime? We are constantly at the pool and in need of food. Our kids are always hungry, what about yours? And swimming makes me extra hungry too!  Both our kids are at swim team practice numerous days of the week through mid July. And if we aren’t at swim team practice we’re across the street hanging by our neighbor’s pool. My fingers are “pruney” all summer and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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But this platter though… it’s roomy and easy to transport plus that container holding the vinaigrette dressing is leak-proof!  The leak-proof Twist & Seal™ lid in the Rubbermaid Party Platter secures the dressing and prevents spills. And all the parts are BPA-free and especially since my kids will be snacking out of this platter that is especially important to me. 

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Beyond these amazing bites of food, we all have to stay hydrated by the pool right? Rubbermaid can help you quench your thirst with their Pitcher and Refill Reuse 20 oz water bottle too. What is your favorite beverage to cool down with? I personally love to make a simple agua fresca when melon is in season. Simply crush some fresh cantaloupe in your water bottle or pitcher and add some fresh lime slices and sparking water. It is amazingly refreshing and delicious!

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Click HERE to Color Your Summer with even more summery recipes thanks to Rubbermaid.  And for coupons to save a $1.00 on these fun Rubbermaid platters, pitchers and water bottles click HERE.

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And of course you can find these Rubbermaid containers at Kroger or any of their banner store locations. My Kroger is just about a mile from my front door, which made it convenient to grab one of these party platter plus all the yummy ingredients to pack in it. 

The Ultimate Summer Party Platter #ColorYourSummer

The Ultimate Summer Party Platter
Yields 40
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Ingredients
  1. 10 large strawberries, stemmed
  2. 30 spinach leaves
  3. 10 large green olives
  4. 5 oz. colby jack cheese, cut into 10 cubes
  5. 10 slices salami
  6. 10 cherry tomatoes
  7. 10 basil leaves
  8. 10 small fresh mozzarella balls
  9. 1 small cantaloupe, cut into 10 cubes
  10. 10 slices prosciutto
  11. 1 cup bottled balsamic vinaigrette dressing
Instructions
  1. On plastic or wooden skewers assemble the following...
For the spinach strawberry salad
  1. thread 3 spinach leaves and one strawberry on each of 10 skewers
For the antipasto
  1. thread one cheese cube, one piece of salami and one olive on each of 10 skewers
For the caprese
  1. thread one cherry tomato, one basil leaf and one mozzarella cheese ball on each of 10 skewers
For the prosciutto melon
  1. thread on piece of prosciutto and one cube of cantaloupe on each of 10 skewers.
  2. Pour the balsamic vinaigrette dressing into the center container of the Rubbermaid Party Platter and secure with the lid. Pack the four different types of skewers into each of the four compartments and top with the lid. Carry your Rubbermaid Party Platter wherever you need to go!
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Milo’s Cafe Style Tea by the Pool

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I have been an iced tea fan since I was a kid and my mom used to make “sun tea” each week for us to enjoy throughout the summer. So sipping Milo’s Cafe Style Tea at the pool seems like a real throw back for me. Growing up my friends and I spent many days at our local swim club, making summer days in my hometown a real treat. And now here I am, a mom with my own two kids, and my summer days are spent much the same way. As I’ve mentioned numerous times in my writings (because it’s such a huge part of our lives) both our kids are on our local YMCA swim team and so this summer we’ll be packing up our bags for practice and pool time.

Milo's Cafe Style Tea by the Pool #TastetheMilosDifference

And if we aren’t at the Y pool we’re across the street at our neighbor’s pool. They joke that our family of four are their only official “members” of their backyard swim club. So when I’m not swimming a few laps (not as many as my kids) or gabbing with my neighbor, I am relaxing with my Milo’s Cafe Style Tea and immersed in a book. Reading a book by the pool is my idea of a little slice of heaven. And I’m always looking for book recommendations. Do you have any for me? I just started “The Sport of Kings” by C.E. Morgan

Milo's Cafe Style Tea by the Pool #TastetheMilosDifference

I definitely recommend Milo’s Cafe Style Tea for you! Since the teas are all natural and organic they are found in the refrigerated juice and dairy section at your local WalMart. And they come in four flavors – Sweet, Light Sweet, Green Citrus and Light Green Citrus. Both light flavors include a blend of organic cane sugar and stevia as ingredients. I’m partial to the Green Citrus Tea. Iced tea is by far my favorite beverage to sip in the summer. What’s your favorite summertime drink? 

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Weekly Meal Plan (May 23 – 29)

 

Weekly Meal Plan

For your Weekly Meal Plan (May 23 – 29) we have quite a tasty variety for you… shrimp with bacon, Mexican stuffed shells, meatloaf, crispy baked cod, a cheesy sandwich and my ballpark-themed pizza. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend celebrations!

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Patriotic Pretzel Bites

Patriotic Pretzel Bites by Foodtastic Mom #redwhiteandblue

These patriotic pretzel bites are the perfect dessert snack for little hands to get involved, helping to make your party prep smooth and simple!

Patriotic Pretzel Bites by Foodtastic Mom #redwhiteandblue

I’m sure by now many of you have made these little sweet and salty pretzel bites, or at least you’ve eaten them at a friend’s house? I’ve tried them at several parties and finally got around to making them myself. Now I’m a total convert to this colorful party sweet.

Patriotic Pretzel Bites by Foodtastic Mom #redwhiteandblue

They’re an adorable little nibble to set around in small bowls at a party. And thanks to M&M’s helpfully providing their chocolate candies in colors appropriate for every holiday (this is NOT a sponsored post) these pretzel bites can be customized for any occasion. With high school graduations coming up you can even make these in your school colors.

Patriotic Pretzel Bites by Foodtastic Mom #redwhiteandblue

But I’m partial to red, white and blue. Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July… any other day you want to show you are proud to be an American. Just looking at these makes me smile. They sure made my daughter smile this morning too as she was helping me unwrap Rolos and count out M&M’s. She LOVED helping and at nine years old can do these all by herself. And I am all about free help in the kitchen!

Patriotic Pretzel Bites by Foodtastic Mom #redwhiteandblue

Patriotic Pretzel Bites
Yields 36
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Ingredients
  1. 36 pretzels (bite-sized)
  2. 36 Rolo candies
  3. 36 M&M candies (12 red, 12 white, 12 blue)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place pretzels in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Unwrap the Rolo candies and place one Rolo in the center of each pretzel.
  4. Bake the Rolo topped pretzels for 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and gently press one M&M candy into the top of each Rolo.
  6. Allow to cool completely (so chocolate hardens up again) before setting out in bowls.
  7. Multiply the recipe if you need more pretzel bites.
  8. Change the color of M&M candies to fit your specific celebration.
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Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread by Foodtastic Mom

This Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread is made with whole wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce and just a touch of brown sugar.  It will be your family’s new favorite bread!  I like browsing cookbooks every time I take my kids to the library. I always come home with a few and inevitably add new recipes to try to my ever growing collection. This bread recipe is thanks to the 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook and was so appealing I had to make it the very same day I discovered it.

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread by Foodtastic Mom

I’ve been in a school lunch packing rut for what seems like months now. I’ve just not been very inspired on that front. With breakfasts and dinners and after school snacks to prepare, plus swim practices for most of the year to run back and forth to, lunches have been an afterthought for me this school year. So I am especially glad about this recipe because sliced with some whipped cream cheese spread it becomes a very wholesome and DELICIOUS sandwich. 

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread by Foodtastic Mom

It’s also fantastic as a pre-swim practice snack with some unsweetened applesauce on the side. And I’m not talking about just for the kids… this snack is for me as well! The only change I made to the original recipe was replacing pure maple syrup with brown sugar. Pure syrup is pricey enough that I didn’t want to use that much in one loaf of bread. I think the substitution worked very well and this bread is just enough sweet. It’s seriously perfect!

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread by Foodtastic Mom

FOODTASTIC TIP: ADD SOME CHOPPED, TOASTED WALNUTS TO THE BREAD BATTER BEFORE BAKING FOR A GROWN-UP CRUNCH AND A DOSE OF OMEGA-3’S!

Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  2. 1 c. unsweetened applesauce
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 1/3 c. light brown sugar
  5. 1 t. vanilla extract
  6. 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
  7. 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  8. 1 t. baking soda
  9. 3/4 t. salt
  10. 1/4 t. baking powder
  11. 3/4 c. raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 325 degrees.
  2. Spray an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, applesauce, eggs, brown sugar and vanilla.
  4. In a smaller bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
  5. Add the flour mixture and the raisins to the bowl with the butter mixture. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to stir together until no streaks of flour remain in the batter.
  6. Spread the bread batter evenly into the prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake on the center rack of the oven for 45 - 50 minutes.
  8. Allow bread to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from pan and finish cooling on a wire rack before cutting and serving.
Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food
Adapted from 100 Days of Real Food
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Corn and Edamame Sesame Salad

Corn and Edamame Sesame Salad by Foodtastic Mom #vegan

This Corn and Edamame Sesame Salad comes together in a flash and makes enough for a crowd or for several simple, healthy lunches all week long!

I’ve been making this salad for a long time. I wish I could take credit for the recipe but that belongs to this cookbook (Veganomicon) and its authors. So yes this is one of the more rare vegan recipes you’ll find on my blog. I really don’t think I could completely live without meat (steak, bacon, a burger) or even dairy (yogurt or a good sharp cheddar) but I’m not opposed to eating a little less of it. So vegan recipes definitely have their place in my overall diet. And speaking of vegan recipes you really should check out this salad too.

Corn and Edamame Sesame Salad by Foodtastic Mom #vegan

Those little potstickers pictured with this vibrant, healthy salad though? Not vegan, sorry! Those are filled with pork and they’re an indulgence I like to get from my grocery every once in a while. I’m not so much a fan of sushi but I do love potstickers. 

You could serve this salad alongside an egg roll or with some orange slices. You could even roll some up in a wrap with leftover rotisserie chicken. It packs well for a picnic too so be sure and PIN this recipe because you’ll want to revisit it for all kinds of occasions throughout the warmer months!

Corn and Edamame Sesame Salad by Foodtastic Mom #vegan

Corn and Edamame Sesame Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag (12 oz.) frozen corn
  2. 1 bag (12 oz.) frozen edamame
  3. 1/2 c. red pepper, chopped
  4. 1/4 c. green onions, chopped
  5. 1/4 c. soy sauce
  6. 2 T. sesame oil
  7. 2 T. toasted sesame seeds
  8. 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  9. 2 T. sugar
Instructions
  1. Microwave both the corn and edamame according to package directions. Add both to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil and seeds, apple cider vinegar, sugar and chopped green onions.
  3. Stir the sesame dressing and the chopped red pepper into the corn and edamame until well combined.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to chill for several hours in the refrigerator before serving.
Adapted from Veganomicon
Adapted from Veganomicon
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Weekly Meal Plan (May 16 – 22)

 

Weekly Meal Plan (May 16 - 22) by Foodtastic Mom #mealplan

Your Weekly Meal Plan (May 16 – 22) is here! We’ve got a lot of good-looking dinners for you this week, including my personal favorite for dessert, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE! Are your strawberries looking good at the grocery? Ours are! Have a great week…

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Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip

My Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip are the perfect option for a light grilled meal that both vegetarians and meat-eaters will enjoy!

Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip by Foodtastic Mom

Have you ever grilled fresh lemons? Have you tried halloumi cheese? If not you need to do both, pronto! My neighbor clued me in recently about grilling fresh lemons and the magic that happens. The juice gets concentrated – bright, smokey and tart – and is just fabulous tossed with fresh garlic and olive oil for pasta. Or in this case mixed in with a little sour cream, mayo, parsley, garlic and salt for a zingy dip you’ll crave all summer long!

Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip by Foodtastic Mom Halloumi cheese is not always easy to find in the grocery store (at least it wasn’t in mine) but it’s worth seeking out because it’s a tasty and satisfying meat alternative for grilled kebabs. The cheese holds up to grilling. It is LITERALLY grilled cheese.

Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip by Foodtastic Mom
So combined with grilled fresh zucchini and peppers this is a fun and light summer meal that will please just about anyone. If you need or want to you can make this a vegan dish by replacing the halloumi cheese with fresh mushrooms and use vegan mayo in the dip. But don’t forgo the grilled lemons… trust me.

Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip by Foodtastic Mom
Pair these kebabs with some fresh corn on the cob, caprese salad, strawberry shortcake, sliced watermelon, etc. – whatever your summer favorites happen to be – and you have an easy, breezy meal. I’m so excited for summer…what about you?

Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip by Foodtastic Mom

Veggie Halloumi Kebabs with Creamy Grilled Lemon Dip
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag mini sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange)
  2. 4 small zucchini
  3. 8 oz. halloumi cheese
  4. 2 T. vegetable oil
  5. salt and pepper
  6. 2 whole lemons
  7. 3/4 c. sour cream
  8. 1/4 c. mayonnaise
  9. 1/4 c. fresh parsley
  10. 1 clove garlic, minced
  11. 1/2 t. salt
Instructions
  1. Soak 8 wooden skewers in water for a couple of hours before assembling or use metal kebab skewers.
  2. Turn on grill burners to high to heat fully. Scrape the grates clean and then turn all burners to low.
  3. Slice both lemons in half, rub lightly with oil and grill for about 8 minutes, starting cut-side down and flipping to cut side up after a couple of minutes. Remove from grill and allow to cool enough to handle.
  4. Squeeze grilled lemon juice into a bowl (using a strainer to remove any seeds).
  5. Add the sour cream, mayonnaise, parsley, garlic and salt and mix well to combine. Set dip aside.
  6. Slice zucchini into 16 equal pieces, discarding ends.
  7. Cut halloumi cheese into 16 equal size cubes.
  8. Thread each kebab skewer with two mini sweet peppers, two pieces of zucchini and 2 cubes of cheese.
  9. Rub each kebab lightly with the vegetable oil and sprinkle each with a little salt and pepper.
  10. Grill kebabs on low heat, flipping once or twice, until grilled evenly - about 10 minutes.
  11. Remove kebabs from heat and serve with creamy grilled lemon dip.
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