Blue Diamond Almonds Wheat & Gluten-Free Artisan Nut-Thins

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Flax Seeds: These crackers are made with brown rice, almonds and flax seed. These were really good, actually my favorite of the three flavors. Has a good nutty flavor with a hint of salt. I enjoyed these cracker with hummus and as well as alone. The flax seed nut-thins provides 400mg of ALA OMEGA-3.

Multi-Seeds: These crackers are made with brown rice, almonds and multi-seeds. These tasted similar to the flax seed nut-thins, still flavorful and nutty. I used these to eat salsa instead of corn tortilla chips and I thought it tasted just as good if not better. The multi-seed nut-thins provides 21g of whole grain goodness.

Sesame Seeds: These crackers are made with brown rice, almonds and sesame seeds. These were not too bad, it has a strong flavor of sesame seed and I’m not fond of sesame. My husband and aunt on the other hand liked them a lot. I used these crumbled in a bowl of chili and it tasted really good and masked the sesame flavor. The sesame seed nut-thins provides a good source of fiber.

In the end, all three nut-thins have great healthy benefits and is a nice guilty free snack. For delicious dip recipes to compliment your nut-thins, you can visit bluediamond.com.

Having A Party — You Must Get Qdoba Catering

If you follow my personal blog, you will know that we celebrated Will’s birthday last weekend. One of the highlights of the day has to be Qdoba! Qdoba catering bring unique variety to any catered event you would have. You can serve as few as ten or as many as 100 people. We had about 20 people. They do prefer a 24 hour notice, because everything is fresh. They also deliver too! (Well, worth it too if you ask me!)

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It was so nice watching them set up. Originally, we were suppose to have this outside. However, it rained. We moved it into the house, and they were able to work with me so we could get this all into my kitchen. We end up getting the Hot Naked Burrito Bar.

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What does the Hot Naked Burrito Bar include? You get cilantro-lime rice, choice of black or pinto beans, marinated grilled chicken, marinated grilled steak, three salsas (salsa roja, salsa verde, pico de gallo), cheese, sour cream, hand-smashed guacamole, handmade tortilla chips. We also added on the 3-cheese queso (OMG – this is a must get add on. It was the only thing I didn’t have left overs of!!!!!) and we also had brown rice.

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Want to know how good it was? I already had a line of people waiting for them to finish setting up. Normally, at a party, you are twisting arms to get people to eat. Nobody had to be told more than once. Surprisingly, the first two people in line to get food were kids! They stopped playing because the food looked so good and they wanted first dibs! The most awesome part of this Naked Burrito Bar was that there was literally something for everyone, and you could easily make your own combination for a great dinner.

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As you can see, everybody loved it:

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Even the soon to be one year old:

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Would I use Qdoba again for a party? Yes, yes, yes!!!! Their food is phenomenal. They use fresh, healthful, and minimally processed ingredients. There was something for everyone. Everyone came back for 3rds, 4ths, and even 5ths! Yes, it was that good. (And I can tell you that the leftovers are pretty awesome too!).

I highly, highly, highly recommend getting Qdoba for your next event be it a graduation, a party, etc. I know everyone at my party was impressed and will be heading into their restaurant for dinner very soon!

Quick and Easy Dinner With @Success_Rice and a Tomato Vegetable Soup Recipe Too! #SuccessRice #ad


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Success® Rice.

Have you used Success Rice before? Did you know that Success Rice is the original no mess, no measure boil-in-bag rice that cookis perfectly every time? It is ready in less than 10 minutes, and you really can’t mess it up. Seriously. The rice can site for up to 30 minutes before being served. For me, Wednesdays are killer. Madison has piano lessons in the afternoon, so it makes it incredible difficult for dinner. I am always looking for quick and easy dinner ideas to make. During the school year, I am usually trying to cook while helping with dinner, so foolproof is definitely needed!

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You can easily make it either on your stovetop or your microwave. You also can serve it as a side or use Success Rice as part of your meal.  It was so easy to make!

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Here’s my Tomato Vegetable soup recipe that was super good:

Tomato Vegetable Soup Recipe
 
Author:
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano leaves
  • ¼ tsp dried basil leaves
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) sliced stewed tomatoes with bell peppers, celery, and onions
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ cup carrots, sliced
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. Combine tomato paste, sugar, and seasonings in a Dutch oven. Add all remaining ingredients except rice and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes. Stir in rice; heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.

Dinner is served:

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With 4 varieties available including: Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice and Success® White Rice, and globally-inspired aromatic varieties of Success® Rice, including fragrant Thai Jasmine or Basmati Rice, there’s a variety everyone in your family will love. Try your own twist on one of your favorite recipes by swapping an aromatic variety into some of your go-to rice dishes. To accommodate various households, Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice and Success® White Rice comes in two different sizes – 14 oz. or 32 oz.

So what are you waiting for? Use this coupon for $.50 off your next box so you can add this staple to your kitchen pantry: http://bit.ly/YwIYtq  Visit www.successrice.com for quick and easy recipes you can make any day of the week and like the Success® Rice Facebook page for more recipes and lifestyle tips to make mealtimes easier and more fun!