Monday, January 21, 2013

Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Found this recipe on Food TV's website. I was skeptical of cranberries and green onions together, but I figured I'd give it a whirl! Yummy! I took these to a family Christmas and they were a hit!

This is enough to make 8 tortillas worth of pinwheels.

Filling Ingredients: 2 8oz containers whipped cream cheese,
1 1/2  6oz containers feta cheese, 1 bunch green onions,
1 bag dried cranberries

Mix together all of the filling ingredients. Spread filling onto tortillas, it may be patchy due to the clumpy nature of the ingredients, but that's okay.

Tightly roll, then wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least an hour (I left mine in overnight because I got busy with other stuff).

Cut into pieces, I made mine about 3/4-inch big.

So pretty and festive!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Horrible Product: Smoothie Mixes

While I was perusing through the produce section at my local grocery store, I spied these on an end-cap:

On the package it states: "Just add fruit, milk, and ice!"

Um... what else is in a smoothie?! Is it really that hard to make a smoothie?!

Curiosity prompted me to check them out further. Here's a sample of what I found:

  • Concord Foods Strawberry Smoothie Mix:
    Sugar, corn syrup solids, nonfat dry milk, xanthan gum, natural and artificial flavors, sodium citrate
  • Concord Foods Chocolate Banana Smoothie Mix:
    Maltodextrin, nonfat dry milk, cocoa (processed with alkali), natural and artificial flavor, xanthan gum, aspartame
  • McCormick Produce Partners Orange Smoothie Mix:
    Sugar, Nonfat Dry Milk, Egg White Solids, Dextrose, Propylene Glycol Alginate (Thickener), and Natural Flavor
  • McCormick Produce Partners Pineapple Smoothie Mix:
    Sugar, Nonfat Dry Milk, Citric Acid, Egg White Solids, Propylene Glycol Alginate (Thickener), and Natural Flavor

So in addition to making your smoothie more expensive, these packets are just a bunch of sugar and additives. Skip them. Make your smoothie from real food!