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Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Garlic shrimp pasta with broccoli is a quick and easy dinner that’s healthy and nutritious any day of the week. Choose a sturdy whole wheat pasta for the best nutrition. To save time use frozen, shelled and deveined shrimp and prepared packaged broccoli florets. We are big fans of garlic so we’re generous with it and use both the liquid spice plus fresh. Adjust the seasonings to suit your own taste.

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1 lb pasta, ideally Penne or other large pasta
1 lb shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails removed
1 head broccoli, cut into small florets
3 teaspoons Watkins garlic liquid spice or 3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon Watkins Grapeseed oil, flavor of choice
1 can chopped tomatoes (12 oz/
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Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

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What is fruit salsa? Does it contain hot peppers? I assumed it would so I never bothered to look at any of the recipes before. I confess, I’m not a fan of hot food. It turns out fruit salsa is basically chopped up fruit that can be eaten as an appetizer, snack or condiment!! Who knew?

I’m going to surprise hubby with fruit salsa and cinnamon chips this weekend. We both enjoy fruit and he’s always looking for something to snack on so I think it will be a great treat. Here’s the recipe:

2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and chopped
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Quick Breakfast Ideas To Fuel Your Family

waffles with berries for breakfastMornings can be pretty hectic for most people, all too often breakfast is skipped or it’s something unhealthy, eaten on the run. Adults are rushing off to work, children need to get to school and breakfast just doesn’t seem important at that time. Following are some quick breakfast ideas for you that are nutritious and quick.

But I don’t eat breakfast! I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day” and it’s certainly true especially when it comes to children. Countless studies have shown that children who eat a balanced breakfast are more alert in school, perform better and in many cases are less prone to bad behavior than children who don’t eat breakfast. These are pretty good reasons why your kids should eat breakfast and you’ll enjoy the same benefits too.

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How to Cook Homemade Turkey Soup

Homemade turkey soup is frugal, healthy and very tasty. What better way to use up some of that left over roast turkey? It’s not hard to make but it does take a bit of
time. You’ll find a simple, basic recipe here and then some optional additional ingredients to make a more hearty meal type soup.

I have to admit turkey is one of our favorite homemade soups, maybe because I only make it a couple of times a year. We really should roast a turkey more often so I can make soup! Continue reading How to Cook Homemade Turkey Soup

Sassy Salsa and Sour Cream Seven Layer Dip

Here’s an easy, make ahead salsa and sour cream seven-layer dip that’s sassy and delicious to serve at your next get together with family and friends. Serve it with healthy, baked tortilla chips, I’ve also included that recipe is below.

1 tsp. Watkins Cumin
1 can refried beans
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 T. Watkins Salsa & Sour Cream Snack & Dip Seasoning
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 cup black olives
1 cup chopped, seeded tomatoes
1 can diced green chilies, drained
hot pepper sauce, to taste
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How To Make Pancakes From Scratch

Homemade pancakesHere’s how to make pancakes from scratch, it’s easy to make these breakfast favorites simply follow along with the photos below. You’ll find two recipes below, one for pumpkin spice pancakes and a basic pancake recipe. All follow the same method! Your whole family will love these delicious and healthy pancakes on a cold winter morning. Serve them with real maple syrup or your favorite pancake toppings.

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Roasted Caramel Pears With Pecans

These roasted caramel pears with pecans are a simple and delicious fall dessert.

4 tbsp butter
4 pears, halved and cored
1/2 cup pecans, coarsely chopped (or other nuts)
1 teaspoon Watkins caramel extract
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup sour cream or yogurt

Directions: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with oven rack in center position..

Place the butter on a baking pan and put into the heated oven. Once butter has melted, add caramel extract and sprinkle with brown sugar. Add the pear halves with the cut side down on top of the butter/sugar (caramel) mixture and bake for about 30 minutes.

Once the pear halves are tender, turn them over and baste with the caramel sauce. Bake for a further 10 minutes until nice and golden.

Serve immediately, place the pear halves in bowls and top with caramel sauce, sour cream and garnish with the pecans.

This can be made ahead, simply reheat the pears and caramel sauce in the microwave before serving.

Almond Bonbons

Here are some tasty little almond bonbons for you to bake up for a special occasion. Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 package almond paste (7- or 8-ounce size)
Almond Glaze (recipe follows)
Sliced almonds, toasted, if desired (see Notes)

Heat oven to 375o. Beat flour, butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Cut almond paste into 1/2-inch slices; cut each slice into fourths.

Shape 1-inch ball of dough around each piece of almond paste. Gently
roll to form ball. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set and bottom is golden brown.

Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. Dip tops of cookies into Almond Glaze. Garnish with sliced almonds.

Almond Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon Watkins almond extract
4 – 5 teaspoons milk

Mix all ingredients until smooth and spreadable.

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