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Marzetti is known for their amazing products, from salad dressings, slaw dressings, dips, croutons,  and glazes. They have tons and tons of products. Their new line of products is called Marzetti Simply Dressed.  There are ten different flavors, strawberry poppy seed, ginger sesame, champagne salad dressing, greek feta, blue cheese, caesar, coleslaw, pomegranate, ranch and balsamic salad dressing.

The simply dressed line is made with a minimal number of all natural ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, sea salt and doesn’t contain any preservatives, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, MSG or artificial flavors or colors. Finding one that you like should be easy with its ten different flavors.

This post is part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with Marzetti Simply Dressed.

I tried out the Champagne Salad Dressing. I decided to use it by marinating some chicken tenderloins in it for about for hours. The flavor was great! With the different spices it has in it, it’s full of flavor. I’m super excited to try it on a salad dressing!

Ingredients:

5 to 6 chicken tenderloins

1 bottle of Simply Dressed Champagne Salad Dressing

Directions:

  1. Place chicken tenderloins in a gallon sized ziploc bag and pour as much as you want of the dressing over them and marinate for about 4 hours.
  2. Heat up a grill pan and cook the tenderloins for about 10 minutes or till completely done.
Enjoy!
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A lot of people cringe when they hear the words “frozen or  prepared mashed potatoes.” But simply potatoes are fresh, never frozen. There are few different varieties, mashed, cut and side dishes, check out all the different kinds here.  As a member of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers program I was able to try out Simply Potatoes.  I tried the  Tradtional Mashed Potatoes.

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Since Halloween is approaching I decided to have a little fun with the mashed potatoes and make them into Ghostly Meatloaves!  I have a very picky 1-year-old eater, so I thought if I made these little meatloaves fun she might enjoy them and she did! My trick worked!

Ingredients:

1 package of Simply Mashed Potatoes

2 large eggs

1/2 cup of ketchup

2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

3/4 lb ground beef

1/2 lb ground pork

Salt and pepper to taste

1 bag of frozen corn kernels

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Combine the eggs, ketchup, Worcestershire, salt  and pepper to taste and stir in the breadcrumbs. Mix to combine. Add meats and mix together until well mixed. Divided the meat mixture among the 12 muffin cups. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or till the internal temperature is 160 degrees.
  2. Add the same time follow the directions on the Simply Mashed potatoes, I decided to make mine in the oven, so you transfer them to a an oven safe bowl and bake for about 20 minutes.
  3. Add some milk and butter to the potatoes once they are done cooking to make them a bit thinner, then place in a pastry bag. Place a individual meatloaf onto a plate and decorate with mashed potatoes, add 2 corn kernels for the eyes!
Enjoy!   Happy Halloween!

 

This post is part of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program with Simply Potatoes.

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Enjoy my first Vlog, I look, sound and act super silly. I was nervous.

Here is the trash can that Glad sent:

Some final thoughts:

  • Reducing waste is so easy to do. I challenge everyone for a week to really watch what you are throwing out and before you throw an item out, look at it and see if there’s another use for it.
  • When planning an event, really think about all the ways you can save on paper and food products.
  • Try out composting, if works for everyone, even though it does sound super overwhelming at first.
  • Make sure you are recycling.
  • Use plastic containers to take your lunch to work, not only do you save on paper waste, but you save on calories, think about it, if you know what you are taking everyday, when you prepare at home you have a much better gauge on your calories then ordering out. Not to mention if you don’t eat all your take out, that adds up to a lot of waste in a years time. By planning your lunches and using plastic containers you can always save if you don’t want to eat it all at once.
Hope you enjoyed this series of post! I’m glad I was able to particpate with the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program and Glad One Bag Event!

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Do you compost? I didn’t until now. To be honest, it was something I was afraid of.  It seemed very overwhelming and like a huge extra job.  I also had fears that my kitchen would get stinky very fast and I’d be inviting fruit flies into my house with open arms. Not to mention we currently live in a townhouse, so where would I put a composting bin outside.

After speaking with Keiko, from Waste Management, she eased my fears the second I started to question her about it. It truly is SUPER simple. Even in a townhouse!

Part of the Glad One Bag Event and Foodbuzz Tastemakers program, was to reduce waste by composting. Glad sent us this cute little green compost bin and compostable bags.

My first question to Keiko was, would this make my kitchen stinky? She told me no way! For one it’s not like you keep the compost in your house, just the bin, after its full take it outside and put into a larger compost bin or if you are like me with limited yard space, just by a gallon Rubbermaid container. 

Also if your compost bin inside your home starts to get stinky, add some baking powder to it. Also it’s recommend that you do not keep your bin inside for longer than a week. The bin that Glad sent, has a filter on the top that you do need to change every 3 months.  Once you are ready to take it outside, make sure you have the exact amount of wet to dry products, meaning for as much food waste you put into compost bin, make sure you have the same about of dry material, such as leaves. If you don’t have any leaves you can use newspaper.  Before you begin composting make sure to make 8-10 holes in the top of your bin and place leaves or newspaper, halfway up into the container as a base. Then place food on top and place dry material on top.

Here you can see a picture of the start of my composting:

So what can you compost, just about anything, vegetable rinds, fruit peels, egg shells that are finely broken up, just about anything but do  avoid meat or dairy products as they can attract unwanted guest to your yard. It will take about 3-4 months for your compost to turn into mulch. Once it does use it around your gardens as mulch.

See it’s not really that bad and it’s super easy to start! So reduce waste today and start composting!

Again, as a member of the Foodbuzz Tastemakers Program and Glad, I received the composting bin and bags complimentary.

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To be honest, when I think of frozen meals. I typically think, yuck. Who would want all that over processed food for a meal? How is that healthy?  So when I had a chance to test out the Birds Eye Viola Skillet Meals as a member of the FoodBuzz Tastemakers Program, I gave it a shot. I tried of the Cheesey Chicken.  It was actually pretty good.  It has all fresh ingredients and for 1 serving it only has 111 calories. Pretty decent, right? There are a TON of different flavors, check out their website here!

Check them out today in the frozen food section at your local grocery store.

As part of theFoodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a coupon for a free Birds Eye Viola Skillet Meal. 

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FoodBuzz-Glad One Bag Event

I was super excited to find out I was chosen to be 1 of 10 bloggers to participate in Glad’s One Bag Challenge. So what is the challenge? The challenge is to reduce our waste that goes to landfills.

The goal is to host an event and only make one bag of trash.  Seems super hard, but I’m ready for the challenge! So the event I decided to use is my Mother’s birthday party.  We all know how much trash birthday parties make, from the invitations, to food scraps, to gift wrappings and to all the plates and silverware. Glad sent me some awesome items that you will see in later post to help me compete the task!

With participating in the program I was able to speak to a Waste Management expert, Keiko Veasey.  She founded a neighborhood-based group called Linden Hills EcoParents to learn about environmental issues and sustainable living, with a special focus on waste & toxicity reduction, and maintains an occasional companion blog.  She gave me some wonderful tips that I hope to use.

Stay tuned in the next few weeks to see how and if I can complete the challenge of only using one bag for trash for this party!

This post is sponsored by the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with GLAD.

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Kodak Photo Book

Have you checked out Kodak’s new photo books? If not you should check them out.  You totally create your own photo book. You can use the new Quickstart Photo Book features that put you in control. You can re-size, move, rotate and overlay images and text.  The one feature I really liked to used was that you are able to upload photos from not only your computer but from Facebook. Once you uploaded your photos it puts them in order according date. Which was amazing, because for this photo book I decided make a Happy 1st Birthday Book for Kiley. So it already had the pictures in order from birth to now.  So easy.

Check This Out:

As one of reader of my blog, Kodak is offering all of my readers an exclusive 40% off code  off of a medium hardcover or large photo book.  Follow this link to receive this awesome discount. Maybe now is to create that perfect photo book you’ve been waiting do.  Maybe you want to create a photo book of all the amazing photos of the yummy dishes you’ve created on your own food blog.

 

Foodbuzz Tastemaker program with KODAK Gallery provided me this opportunity to create a free photo book.

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