Activia Greek

I love yogurt. I believe most people like yogurt in some form or flavor. The Dannon Company has now combined my two favorite kinds of yogurt; Greek yogurt and Activia! I love the thick, rich flavor of Greek yogurt and the digestive benefits of Activia. The nice part of Greek Activia is that it comes in a variety of flavors so there is bound to be a flavor for everyone! I have tried the Orchard Peach, the Raspberry, and the Vanilla. The other flavors include Garden Blueberry, Strawberry Patch, and Tropical Fruit.

I have to say that the Raspberry Greek Activia is amazing. As amazing as this yogurt tastes, the health benefits are even better!! Dannon Activia Greek yogurt has 0g of fat, 12g of protein and only 130 calories per container (each container is 5.3oz which is a nice serving size!). As for the digestive benefits, Activia Greek has the probiotic culture Bifidus Regularis, which helps regulate your digestive system. I am someone who has digestive issues and I love the fact I get a great tasting yogurt and a food that will help, not hinder, my stomach problems!! So if you love yogurt, especially Greek yogurt, and want a delicious and nutritious yogurt, try Dannon Activia Greek yogurt-it’s amazing!

Heinz 57 Giveaway!

As we enter the heat of football season, Heinz 57 Sauce is offering the recipe for a winning tailgate so that you are fully equipped to cheer on your favorite team. As you know, we are huge football fans here (just for different teams!).

Here are a few ways to turn up the flavor on your tailgate – Heinz 57 Pulled Pork, Zesty Garlic Wings, and Honey Dipping Sauce. Whether you’re enjoying meat, seafood or veggies for the big game, Heinz 57 Sauce brings the perfect kick with its unique, rich flavor.

Heinz 57 Pulled Pork (this is one of our new favorite recipes!)

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1/2 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

1/4 cup Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tbsp. yellow mustard

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 medium onion, chopped, or about 2 cups

3 1/2 lb. boneless pork shoulder blade roast, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces

1. In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, mix together 57 Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, mustard, sugar, tomato paste, and onion. Season with salt & pepper if desired. Add pork, turning until well coated. Cover and cook on low heat setting for about 8 hours, or until pork is cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F) and tender, turning occasionally.

2. To serve, remove pork from slow cooker. Pull pork into shreds using two forks. Return pork to slow cooker and stir until well mixed with sauce. Serve onto your favorite sandwich buns and serve immediately.

TIP: If desired, cook on on high heat setting for 4 hours, or until pork is cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F) and tender, turning occasionally.


Zesty Garlic Wings
(this was a close second for Bill)

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

1/2 cup Prepared Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 package frozen chicken wing sections, thawed, or about 20 pieces

1. Preheat broiler to high heat. Place oven rack at 9 to 10 inches from heat source. Coat a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk together 57 Sauce, vinaigrette and garlic until well mixed. Reserve half of mixture in a separate bowl for dipping.

3. Arrange wings in single layer on broiler pan and broil for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Brush sauce mixture liberally on both sides of wings. Continue broiling for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through, turning every 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with reserved dipping sauce.

TIP: Always cook chicken until no longer pink or to an internal temperature of 165° F.

TIP: For grilling method, preheat grill to medium high heat. Grill wings for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Brush sauce mixture liberally on both sides of wings and grill for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F), turning frequently. Serve with reserved dipping sauce.

TIP: For a spicier variation, add 1 to 2 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes to sauce mixture.


Heinz 57 Honey Dipping Sauce

This sweet and tangy dipping sauce is simple and perfect with Ore-Ida® Grillers but can also be used as a dip for any favorite side – from chips to a veggie tray!

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1/2 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

2 Tbsp. honey

1. Combine Heinz 57 and honey in a small bowl.

2. Enjoy!

3. If desired, serve with Ore-Ida® Grillers, prepared as directed on package.

Since my family and I are now huge Heinz 57 fans, I have an awesome Heinz 57 prize pack for one lucky reader which would include:

• Heinz 57 Sauce, Heinz 57 Steak Sauce and Heinz 57 Sauce with Honey

• Grilling tools

• Heinz blanket

• Can cooler

• Heinz tailgating book

Here’s what you need to do:

Additional Contest Rules:
This contest is open to US residents.

There is no cash value prize equivalent for this contest.

Winner will have 48 hours upon notification being sent to claim the prize, if winner does not respond within 48 hours, then the winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen.

Get Your Plate In Shape

As many of you may or may not know, I have been making a lifestyle change in my home. I have been losing weight (about 17lbs in 6 weeks!). I have been slowly making changes for my entire family like skim milk (instead of 2%) and whole wheat bread (instead of white bread). The cool thing is that my kid haven’t really even noticed (my husband is another story for another post). That all being said, I never thought of swapping out mushrooms for meat, but you can! Plus, for people like me trying to lose weight, I can definitely use meals with the lower calorie count! Increasing the intake of lower calorie foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of those higher in calories, like ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing calories and fat while still feeling full and satisfied after a meal. This approach of replacing some ground beef, turkey or other meat with mushrooms is known as “swapability.” It works because mushrooms’ hearty texture and rich flavor allow them to blend seamlessly with meats. The mushroom and meat “swapability” technique is an economical way to make family meals more nutritious and works great in family favorites like lasagna, burgers, tacos or chili. This simple three-step “swapability” strategy is perfect for family favorites like burgers, lasagna, pizza, chili – or any dish that calls for ground meat:

o Chop up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground beef or turkey;

o Cook and season mushrooms the same way you would meat;

o Combine the cooked meat and mushrooms and use the mix to complete your recipe.

Who doesn’t want to eat better and save money?

The other question I have gotten is why mushrooms. Mushrooms are low in calories and fat-free. Their flavorful umami content allows for less salt to be used in a dish, without compromising taste. Mushrooms are the only fresh fruit or vegetable with vitamin D. Within the produce aisle, mushrooms are a leading source of the antioxidants selenium and ergothioneine; these antioxidants help maintain a healthy immune system. Mushrooms also provide B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid; B vitamins help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

If this sounds pretty cool, there will be a Twitter party  on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM EST. The event hashtag is #Mushrooms and there will be prizes awarded. (US and Canada, 18+). You can RSVP at: http://resourcefulmommy.com/8634/mushroom-channel-twitter-party/

Hopefully, I have inspired you to look at mushrooms a little different and have given you some new ideas in the kitchen!