Your Grocery Shopping Questions Answered! My Video Chats with Phil Lempert, Supermarket Guru

For my final post as a 2011 ConAgra Foods blogger ambassador, I had the pleasure of speaking with the Supermarket Guru himself, Phil Lempert about advice for moms on grocery shopping.  It seems like such a mundane task at first glance, but we all know just how much time, energy, effort and money shopping for our family’s food takes!  To get the process down pat is an art; Phil was kind enough to answer my questions so that we moms can master the art of grocery shopping:

Must-Know Tips for Coupon Savings

Strategies for Shopping Healthy

Advice for Shopping Ahead

What to Do if You’re an Amateur Couponer

Ideas for Light and Easy Summer Dishes

And there you have it.  Straight from the expert’s mouth! Now if only we could add “Skilled Grocery Shopper” to our resumes…And, for everyday mealtime inspiration, make sure to check out Ready Set Eat!

Giveaway!
Enter to win a goody bag filled with treats courtesy of ConAgra Foods (including one of Phil’s books!). Just leave me a comment telling me which one of Phil’s tips helped you the most. Giveaway ends Wednesday, July 13 at midnight.

I was compensated for this post as part of my role as a blogger ambassador for ConAgra Foods.  While the content is brand-inspired, the opinions expressed are my own.

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You, On a Plate. For Breakfast.

The new season of The Next Food Network Star has started! I love this show and am excited for this new cast of characters.  I can already tell poor Juba’s fate is sealed.

Their first challenge was for the chef-testants to show the judges themselves “on a plate” as a breakfast dish.  What fun! I immediately started daydreaming.  What breakfast dish represents me?  I settled on…

Eggs Benedict.  French flair. Rich. Savory.

Yep. That’s so me.

What breakfast dish represents you?

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Summer Patio Party: South of the Border-Style (and Giveaway)

Last summer we (finally) had our patio re-done after 7 years of living with a wooden deck that we rarely used.  We lucked out with finding a contractor that agreed to tear down the rickety deck and replace it with a fresh new flagstone patio. And so began my visions of summer patio entertaining! I like nothing better than to throw a party and warm summer evenings are the perfect excuse.  There’s also something so easy about summer entertaining: there’s no expectation that the hostess is slaving over a hot stove and preparing heavy dishes – summertime parties are all about light, fun and simple dishes with refreshing drinks and great conversation with friends and family.

When I host a party, I like to start with a theme. Once I settle on one, everything else falls into place! Menu, decor, music, even favors for special occasions.  A fitting summer patio theme that you can’t go wrong with is Mexican.  Don’t feel limited to Cinco de Mayo! Any day can be a fiesta.  Using the recipes from Ready Set Eat, a meal planning site created by ConAgra Foods, I created a party plan.  Here’s what my menu might look like:

Summer Black Bean Soup

Six ingredients and 15 minutes = a winner! I might serve this soup at room temperature (or chilled) and in shot glasses.

A simple no cook soup of black bean refried beans with tomato sauce and cumin, topped with diced tomatoes, green chilies and avocado for a hot summer day

Hands On: 15 | Total: 15 | Makes: 6 servings (1 cup each)

Ingredients:

  • 2 can (16 oz each) Rosarita® Low Fat Black Bean Refried Beans
  • 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 can (8 oz each) Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce-No Salt Added
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and diced

Directions

  1. Combine refried beans, liquid from tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and cumin in large bowl; mix well. Spoon evenly into 6 shallow bowls. Top each with drained tomatoes and avocado.

Cook’s Tips

Ro*Tel® Mexican Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice & Cilantro may be used in place of the Original tomatoes. An additional topping of sour cream or chopped fresh cilantro may be used with the tomatoes and avocado, if desired.

 

Then, I might do this dish as small plates with corn tortilla chips (and omit the rice):

Shrimp with Peach Salsa

Fresh shrimp cooked quickly with fire roasted tomatoes, peaches and some hot pepper sauce for a delicious topper to serve over rice

Hands On: 20 | Total: 20 | Makes: 4 servings (1 cup shrimp and 3/4 cup rice each)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups instant brown rice, uncooked
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic, undrained
  • 1 can (15 oz each) sliced peaches in juice, drained, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3/4 pound medium peeled and deveined shrimp with tail, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add next 3 ingredients; cook 2 to 3 minutes or just until boiling.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; cook 2 to 3 minutes more or just until shrimp turn pink, stirring frequently. Serve over rice.

 

And oooh! Mini sliders?

Zesty Salsa Burgers

Burgers with spicy tomatoes and green chilies cooked right in, topped with Pepper Jack cheese, avocado slices and more tomatoes

Hands On: 20 | Total: 25 | Makes: 4 servings (1 sandwich each)

Ingredients:

  • PAM® Grilling Spray
  • 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 1 pound ground sirloin beef (90% lean)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 slices Pepper Jack cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced

Directions

  1. Spray grate of outdoor grill with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium heat according to manufacturer’s directions. Meanwhile, set aside 1/3 cup drained tomatoes. Mix together beef, remaining drained tomatoes, salt and pepper in medium bowl. Shape into 4 patties, about 1/2-inch thick.
  2. Grill patties 10 minutes or until cooked through (160°F), turning once. Top each patty with 1 slice cheese; melt slightly.
  3. Place patties on bottom halves of buns. Top each patty with 3 or 4 avocado slices and a generous tablespoon of reserved tomatoes. Close with tops of buns. Serve immediately.

Up next? Grilled pizzas! Instead of placing the pizzas in the oven, place them on the grill.

Mexican Pizza

Pita breads make a perfect crust for individual pizzas topped with refried beans and melted cheese, sprinkled with crisp lettuce and zesty tomatoes

Hands On: 15 | Total: 25 | Makes: 6 servings (1 pizza each)

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Mexican Diced Tomatoes with Lime Juice & Cilantro, drained, divided
  • 1 can (16 oz each) Rosarita® No Fat Traditional Refried Beans
  • 6 honey wheat pita pocket breads (6-1/2 inch)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 4-1/2 cups thinly shredded romaine lettuce
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped red onion

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place 1/4 cup drained tomatoes in small bowl; set aside. Mix remaining tomatoes and beans in small bowl until combined. Spread evenly onto pita breads.
  2. Sprinkle pizzas evenly with cheese. Place on ungreased baking sheets; bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of breads are lightly browned and cheese melts, rotating pans halfway through.
  3. Top with lettuce, onion and reserved tomatoes.

 

Add to your patio a beverage tub with Mexican beer and sodas, set out a store-bought Mexican Chocolate Cake, throw on some salsa music and the party’s in full swing.

Leave me a comment with a recipe you’d like to try from Ready Set Eat for your next “patio party” for a chance to win a South of the Border-themed goody bag, courtesy of ConAgra Foods. Winner will be selected on Sunday 6/12 at midnight.

This post is an installment of a ConAgra Foods-sponsored series.  While the post is brand-inspired, my opinions are my own!


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Summer Recipe: Governor’s Mansion Peach Tea Punch

Image Credit: Southern Living

 

I used the Memorial Day holiday as an excuse to try out a few new recipes.  In last month’s issue of Southern Living magazine, I saw this recipe for Governor’s Mansion Summer Peach Tea Punch.  It looked so lovely and enticing!  So, yesterday I decided to try it out on my BBQ guests.  It was a hit.  I even heard rumblings that it would make a great base for a cocktail…

I made some modifications (mostly out of poor planning), but it turned out deliciously.  For example, I used a Mango-Passion Fruit Tea that I had on hand, and I omitted the lemonade (because I forgot to put it in the shopping cart – likewise with the Club Soda).  Here’s the recipe!

GOVERNOR’S MANSION SUMMER PEACH TEA PUNCH

  • YIELD: Makes about 1 gal.
  • HANDS-ON: 10 MINUTES
  • TOTAL: 9 HOURS, 5 MINUTES
  • COURSE: Beverages, Beverages, Nonalcoholic

Ingredients

  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh peach wedges

Preparation

1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan; add tea bags and mint leaves. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

2. Discard tea bags and mint. Pour into a 1-gal. container; add peach nectar, lemonade concentrate, and Simple Sugar Syrup. Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

3. Pour chilled tea mixture into a punch bowl or pitcher. Stir in ginger ale and club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

If you try it, let me know how it turns out! What are your favorite summer recipes?

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Solving Your Top 5 Dinner Challenges with ReadySetEat.com

Here’s the thing about dinner: it happens every.night. Sure, when you’re in college or when you are single (or even when you’re a newlywed), you can get away with cereal or cold pizza for dinner on a regular basis.  But once kids enter the picture, the dinner dynamic changes – at least it did for me.

I wanted two things: (1) to make dinnertime a place where my family came together to re-connect after a busy day; and (2) to provide my family with a healthful, tasty meal that would nourish and comfort them.  I really do like to show my love to family (and friends) through cooking.  So what’s the issue? Let me share with you my:

Top 5 Dinner Challenges:

  1. Time.  This is the biggie.  For the most part, I walk into the house at about 6:15 p.m.  My kids have already been out of school for 3 or 4 hours at that point and are starved.  Sure, they eat an after school snack (or two), but by this point in the evening, they are craving  a meal.  And I have about 30 minutes to deliver in the face of homework, bathtime and bedtime.
  2. Ingredients. I try to plan out my meals ahead of time.  This is the only way I can function! Otherwise, I end up staring into an empty fridge or pantry and puzzling myself with a way to come up with a dish made with a lemon, some sour cream and leftover soup.  I need to have my meal components ready to go.
  3. Nutrition. I’ve said this before: part of my strategy in minimizing the Mommy Guilt that I feel from working outside of the house all day is to give my family a meal that is nutritious.  I have this obbsessive idea that – if all else fails – and I wasn’t at the 11am Math Open House – at least I gave you your veggies, doggonit.
  4. Ideas. There are 365 days in the year.  I need to come up with dinner ideas for at least 3/4 of those days. How many times can we eat spaghetti or tacos? HELP.
  5. Pleasing the Critics. And last, but not least, my family has to like what I make.  And I want them to.  Id’ like for my dinners to be delicious as well as nutritious so that everyone’s happy.

Enter ReadySetEat.com.  Since I was introduced to this site and invited to be on the Shared Tastes Panel, I’ve found myself consulting it on many a weeknight (and not just because I am a ConAgra Foods Blog Ambassador).  The site has taken into account many of the challenges that moms face as the Chief Meals Officer of their families and makes it so easy to find a recipe that suits their needs for that day.  I can go to the site, select the main ingredient that I have on hand (i.e. Chicken, Beef, Pasta/Rice, Meatless, Pork, Fish) and then select how much time I have to prepare the meal.  The site will consider your needs and serve up options that fit.  No brain wrestling needed!

Week before last, I made the Lemon Garlic Chicken from Ready Set Eat.  I was expecting a quick, decent chicken dish – but I got so much more!  The recipe was ridiculously easy to follow and I had all of the ingredients on hand (actually, I substituted Panko breadcrumbs for the Italian-Style breadcrumbs and threw in some Italian seasoning).  The result was fantastic.  My entire family devoured it and even I was shocked at how flavorful it was.  I served it with a salad and green beans.  Nutritious, delicious dinner in 30 minutes = mission accomplished!

And, if you’re looking for entertaining ideas, the site is a great resource as well.  With the summer season upon us, you might consider adding these crowd pleasers to your party menus:

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Bake. Sloppy Joes are convenient and easy and easy to make whether you’re cooking for two or ten. Plus this bake is a twist on the family favorite that can be made in 30 minutes and uses just 6 ingredients.

Southwest Pasta Salad. With just 7 ingredients you can have another dish ready in less than 30 minutes that everyone will enjoy.

And this one from Reddi-Wip:

Strawberry Shortcake is the quintessential summertime dessert and here’s a new recipe that takes just a couple of minutes and uses Reddi-wip as an ingredient, not just a topping, allowing you to stir in the cream as you go.

It’s a Giveaway! Pay a visit to the Ready Set Eat site and leave a comment telling me what recipe you think would make a great addition to your Memorial Day menu.  I’d also love to hear what your top weeknight dinner challenge is.  On Friday, June 3 at midnight I’ll select a winner at random for this week’s ConAgra Foods goody bag giveaway filled with treats for your kitchen.

This post is part of a month-long series sponsored by ConAgra Foods.  While the content is brand-inspired, all opinions are my own!


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Kids’ Party Themes: Taste the Rainbow

My girl Jazzy from Travel Jonez sent me this image of gorgeous rainbow cupcakes thinking that I would like to use them for an upcoming kids’ birthday party.  She knows me well. I am in love and already planning a Rainbow-themed bash in my head.

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#BlogHerFood Recap

Me and Charlie

I just got back from BlogHer Food in Atlanta and wanted to give you a quick recap.  I was only able to attend the first day of the conference since Hubby’s family had a weekend of events planned celebrating a family graduation.  But it was a great first day. The conference kicked off with a Welcome from Elisa and Jory and a roomful of 500 food bloggers.  I have to admit that I was definitely out of my element! This not being a general lifestyle or mom blogging conference meant that there was a whole new crowd of folks that I didn’t know — which was great for making new connections, but it was also a different experience for me as I usually know tons of bloggers at the events I attend.  So I was completely flying solo in a new part of the bloggy skies, but it was all good.

I began the day by meeting and interviewing Kelly Senyei of Gourmet Live and Just A Taste.  She was a delight to talk to; down to earth, bubbly and fun.  {She is also brilliantly sharp – I witnessed this first-hand during the mobile session she presented on later that day.}  More on my chat with Kelly coming soon…

Then it was off to the first set of sessions – there were 4 tracks to choose from: Voice, Visuals, Vittles and Vocation.  I had the pleasure of being the moderator on the Fast, Healthy, Family-Friendly: Not the Oxymoron You Might Think! session with Laurie David of The Family Dinner Book and Melissa Lanz of The Fresh 20.  These ladies are on their game! They are passionate about the importance of families eating together, and even more passionate about making sure that families are eating healthy foods. We had a great discussion with the session attendees, covering everything from tips for having your kids take part in meal prep to finding ways to manage fitting in dinner even amidst an on-slaught of after-school activities.  I will recap the highlights of our session in another post.

I was so excited to see that 2 friends had dropped in to sit in on my session! Lauren (HelloLT) and Latoicha (LuxeTips) – it was great to see their (beautiful) familiar faces.  Latoicha had made a special trip to say hi to me and we spent the Sponsor Demo and Sampling break that followed catching up on life and waiting in a crazily long line for Scharffen Berger chocolate (totally worth it).  Next up was lunch and an author interview of Molly Birnbaum of My Madeleine.  Her story was fascinating – she was a budding chef and food blogger who lost her sense of smell in a freak accident.  In her book, Season to Taste: How I Lost My Sense of Smell and Found My Way, she chronicles her journey to recovery and her quest to understand the relationship between smell, taste and memory.

Also during lunch (where I met new bloggy buddies DMRFine Foods, EatRelateLove, This Wife Bakes, and Beef and Chocolate) and  I had the honor of being interviewed by Amanda of Food on the Table.  She contacted me a week or so ago to ask if I’d be willing to talk to her about my food life.  I checked out her site – a meal planning service for mom – and was basically like: “where have you been all of my life?”  She was a doll and we had a good time. Stay tuned for my interview on her blog.

I then headed to Vlogging for Beginners: Bring Your Cooking Videos to Life, presented by Carolyn O’Neil, Liz Weiss and Mria Dangerfield.  What a fabulous session! These ladies are industry pros (all former CNN producers) and got right down to business with practical advice.  The session led up to 2 bloggers from the audience volunteering to shoot a 2-minute cooking video that incorporated all of the information that the presenters had shared during the session.  The videos were edited and played on the spot. Loved it!

For my last session of the day, I attended the Taking Your Blog Content to Mobile (Learning What the Big Media Companies Are Doing), presented by Irvin Lin, Kelly Senyei, Lark Levine and Tanya Steel.  I have zero intentions of taking anything of mine to mobile (lol) but I couldn’t miss out on this powerhouse of a panel.  Epicurious, Gourmet, Cooking Channel were all represented and the session was moderated by Eat the Love.  They shared some interesting case studies and offered several valuable takeaways.

After that session, it was time for me to meet up with Hubby and the kids to head to his aunt’s house, so I skipped out on the remainder of the activities.  Lucky for me (and you!) the brilliant BlogHer ladies made the sessions available online via their VirtualCon feature, so I will be catching up on the ones I missed!

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My Celeb Chef Interview with George Duran


As part of my super duper role as a blog ambassador for ConAgra Foods, I recently had the pleasure of being able to interview celebrity chef George Duran!  You’ve seen him on Food Network, now check out what he had to say to FOODe about his career, background and recipe suggestions for busy moms:

FOODe:  Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions! I imagine that you are beyond busy. What’s a typical day like for you?

George Duran: Every day is a different day for me actually.  For example, today I’ve been working with a NYC artist to create these chef portraits in conjunction with their famous dish. It’s a project about color, food, and passion. Often I’m traveling throughout the US and there are quite a few months that I’m in production. So it’s really a mixed bag.

 

FOODe:  I am in awe of your story – majoring in Communications in college, a successful career in Radio and TV…and then culinary school in France? (You won’t believe this but I am living a parallel life – I majored in Telecommunications with a specialization in Radio & TV, with plans to produce awards shows and then I took a detour to law school, and now find myself obsessed with cooking.) How did you decide to turn your hobby into a career and make the leap to culinary school?

GD: I’ve always had a passion for mass media and communications. I worked in radio on the air in NYC for quite some time and then began working in television production. From there I decided to host in music television as a VJ, but I wasn’t passionate about it. I realized that food was something I loved too much and had quite a few great ideas for food shows. So I decided to move to France to study French cuisine and in less than a year I was introduced to the French cooking network (Cuisine TV). Before you know it I was hosting a show for them! A couple of years later I returned to the US and the rest is history!

 

FOODe:  A nice trend in food pop culture these days seems to be an emphasis on ethnic cuisine. How has your Armenian and Venezuelan background influenced your cooking?

GD: Everything you’ve tasted throughout your life will influence what you taste today. As an Armenian growing up in Venezuela I was exposed to a vibrant culinary world and that is what made me open up my mind (and palate) to all foods.

 

FOODe:  I have a copy of your cookbook, “Take This Dish and Twist It” that I received at Blissdom 2010 in Nashville (where your cooking demo was great, by the way!) You feature some really fun dishes – are there any that you think are especially great for kids?

GD: There are so many kids (and adults!) that hate brussels sprouts and I believe I have solved the problem with my Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts recipe. In fact, I’m often asked to do culinary demos for children and I have kids taste steamed and unflavored brussels sprouts and then my balsamic brussels sprouts. They instantly fall in love with it!

 

FOODe:  As as spokesperson for Hunt’s, what are some of your favorite recipes that incorporate the products? My household can never have too many cans of diced tomatoes on hand!

GD: Becoming a spokesperson for Hunt’s was a dream come true as I have been passionate about their tomatoes most of my life. My all-time favorite recipe has got to be my Oven Roasted Tomato Bruschetta.  I take the Hunt’s Tomatoes and add some herbs and garlic and roast them slowly in the oven. What comes out is a deep-flavored tomato topping that is out of this world!

 

FOODe:  I am a (very) busy mom and many of my readers are crunched for time in getting meals on the table for their families; what’s your “go-to” recipe for when you need a quick but tasty meal?

GD: This day and age I hear so many stories from moms about needing that quick “go-to” recipe for their families, and I created a recipe for Hunt’s that really solves this dilemma: Quick and Easy Coq au Vin. Believe it or not, you don’t have to be a French chef to create this masterpiece! But honestly, I’ve been recently getting a lot of ideas for some quick recipes for dinner from ReadySetEat.com. I find it to be by far the simplest website to use for delicious recipes made in record time!

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As you all know, I’ve been reviewing recipes for ReadySetEat.com for the past few months and I’m loving their simple and fast recipes.  When I have exactly 30 minutes to get dinner on the table for my family after I walk in the door from work, it’s nice to be able to check out that site for recipes that don’t require tons of ingredients.  I usually have everything required for any particular recipe on hand, which is nice.  No need to run to the store for an exotic vegetable or special ingredient.

If you’re looking for some fresh ideas for dinner, you’re in luck – Chef Duran and partner to ConAgra Foods have simplified the weeknight dinner routine with two quick and easy weeknight recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less:

Skillet Chicken Parmesan and Pasta

BBQ Ranch Chicken and Bacon Wraps

Don’t those both look yum? I think I might give these wraps a try in my girls’ lunches.  If you haven’t visited ReadySetEat.com yet, you really should.  Whether you’re cooking for two or ten, the site offers busy people a faster, smarter way to dinner.

This post is part of a series of on-going content coverage for Con Agra Foods. While I’ve been compensated by the brand, my thoughts are always my own.

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National Harbor 2011 Food & Wine Festival


Ok, this event totally slipped by me! I have no idea how, but I consider it a big #FAIL on my part. Tickets for Saturday are sold out, but I may try to hit it up on Sunday. The agenda looks scrumptious!

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Happy Birthday Hubby: A Con Agra Foods Giveaway

I’m excited because this post marks the first of a series centered around one of my greatest passions in life – food!  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m going to be working with Con Agra Foods to bring you tips and tricks for meal planning and prep, recipe suggestions, weeknight dinner solutions, and I will even be sharing some insider info from Celebrity Chef George Duran and Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru.  Be sure to come back and visit often because with every post I’ll be offering up a giveaway so that you can receive some ConAgra goodies too.

This past weekend was our nanny’s wedding, Mother’s Day and…Hubby’s birthday.  Needless to say, the poor dear didn’t get to bask the Birthday Spotlight since he had to share his weekend with two other events.  The good news is that he’s not really into big birthday celebrations, but I am!  I like to make a big deal about birthdays and so, in addition to surprising him with a gift of some new kicks and a sharp shirt to add to his wardrobe, I had planned on spoiling him with a day of his favorite foods – but of course, the day did not go as planned and before I knew it, we were heading out of town for the wedding. So. I had to postpone his Culinary Carnival, but mark my words – it shall be done! And here are a few of the recipes, sponsored by ConAgra Foods, that I plan to whipping up for him:

Reddi-Wip French Toast

5 seconds Reddi-Wip
1 egg
4 Slices Bread
Oil for fry Pan

1.       In a shallow mixing bowl, whisk together the Reddi-Wip and egg.
2.       Quickly dip slices (do not soak) in egg mixture and cook on a hot griddle until golden brown on both  sides.
3.       Serve with your favorite topping.

 

Bread Pudding

3 Slices White Bread
10 seconds Reddi-Wip
½ cup eggbeaters or 2 eggs
1 Tablespoon Raisin
1 Tablespoon Golden Raisins
1 teaspoon Vanilla
Pinch of Cinnamon

  1. Tear or cut bread into pieces.
  2. Place bread and raisins into a small, microwave safe baking dish (8”x4”).
  3. Whisk remaining ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Pour this mixture over top of bread and raisins.
  5. Microwave for 2 minutes.

Caramel Sauce

5 seconds Reddi-Wip
10 Caramels

  1. Place Reddi-Wip in a microwave safe bowl and heat 30 seconds.
  2. Add caramels to bowl and heat an additional 1 minute 30 seconds.
  3. Stir to combine.

 

At first I was thinking of using the Caramel Sauce just with the Bread Pudding, but heck, we could eat it with the French Toast too!  These recipes are just perfect because Hubby adores whipped cream.   We always have a can of Reddi-Wip on hand for his morning french toast or waffles and my kids love putting it on their strawberries or in their hot chocolate.

Oh, and since this is a birthday party after all, there’s gifts for you too! Leave me a comment telling me what Reddi-Wip recipe you’d like to try and you’ll be entered to a Con Agra Goody Bag filled with these goodies:

PAM Cooking Spray (Baking), Snack Pack coupons, Birthday Candles, Ground Cinnamon, Wesson Vegetable Oil, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, Bisquick, Reddi-Wip Mugs, Reusable ConAgra Foods Bag!

A winner will be picked at random on Wednesday 5/18 at midnight.

For more sweet recipe inspiration, visit Reddi-Wip online.  And please tune in next week for a very cool interview with a very special guest!

This post is part of a series of on-going content coverage for Con Agra Foods. While I’ve been compensated by the brand, my thoughts are always my own.

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