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Super Easy Breakfast Meal Prep

Food + DrinkJomylene Ruiz
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So here's the thing... I've always wanted to be "that mom" or "that wife" -- heck, "that person" -- who was organized and disciplined enough to meal prep and stick to it. My main priorities have been simplicity and taste. Healthy and convenience were pluses too, but if it was too complicated or ended up tasting gross, it was pointless, and I would never stick to it. That's until I made this breakfast yogurt.

My motivation was in high gear, so I finally took the plunge and bought mason jars. I got my 16oz mason jars from Target. They're awesome. They weren't quite as large as I expected since I was hoping to make salads & ramen noodles, so I decided to make the yogurt breakfast.

It's super easy and so yummy if you like strawberries, but that can be substituted without a problem.

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Ingredients:

  • about a cup of yogurt (or 5-6 tablespoon scoops) of fat-free Greek yogurt, or plain nonfat yogurt
  • honey
  • 1/2-3/4 cup of strawberries, or fruit of choice
  • 1-2 tbs of almond slivers, or granola

Directions:

  1. Scoop in yogurt to bottom of the mason jar.
  2. Add a drizzle of honey for sweetness.*
  3. Top with your strawberries.

Optional:  You can add your almonds when prepping, so you don't forget. It adds some crunch to your yogurt, AND protein. My husband prefers to add his almonds when he's ready to eat it because he thinks it's not as crunchy when refrigerated.

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Substitutions: You can substitute the almonds for granola. You can obviously substitute the strawberries with the fruit of your choice, although I must say that the typical yogurt flavors -- peach, strawberry, raspberry, blueberry -- are ideal. You can switch fat-free Greek yogurt with nonfat plain yogurt, if you don't care for Greek yogurt. I used to think Greek yogurt was really tart, but once I added honey & enough strawberries, you can't even taste the tartness. You could also try honey flavored Greek yogurt. That way, you won't have to worry about adding enough honey. The natural probiotics in Greek yogurt are awesome! At the end of the day, it ends up tasting like fresca con crema, and I can eat that all day long.

Tips: My husband diced the strawberries. It took him about 15 minutes. We got a 2-lb. basket of strawberries from Target. That was more than enough for 10 jars, so it's perfect for a week's worth for the both of us. One large (32 oz) container of yogurt can make 4 mason jars. 

Try it! Let me know what substitutions you make! Enjoy!

Stir It Up :: Fun Flirty Sparkly Sangria Cocktail

Archives, Food + DrinkJomylene Ruiz

Now this is a super fun and glam drink for Memorial Day weekend. It's the Fun Flirty sparkly Sangria Cocktail by Sociologie Wine. Memorial Day Weekend holds a very, very special place in my heart because on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend in 2010, I "officially" met my husband at a wedding I was coordinating. Never in a million years did I think I would meet my future husband at a wedding I was planning. So in the spirit of the weekend and how flirty we were that day, here's a drink to match! Did I mention how EASY it is to make? Enjoy!

Stir It Up :: Fun Flirty Sparkly Sangria Cocktail

Author: Sociologie Wine

Ingredients:

  • .5 cp Orange-flavored cognac liqueur
  • 1 cp Frozen Pineapple and Honeydew Melon
  • 2 Limes, sliced
  • 1 Orange, sliced
  • 2 Apples, red and green, cored and cut into .5 inch wedges
  • 1 tbsp Superfine sugar
  • 1 cp Orange juice
  • .5 bottle Sparkling Wine
  • 1 bottle Sociologie Wine Red Berry, chilled

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a punch bowl and let stand at least 30 minutes. Then stir the orange juice and wine, and serve in crushed ice-filled punch cups or stemless wine glasses topped with a cute paper straw.

And the winner for the cutest wine bottles goes to Sociologie Wine. Seriously! How cute are these bottles?

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Stir It Up :: Champagne Cocktail

Archives, Food + DrinkJomylene Ruiz

Celebrate the holidays with some bubbly! Super easy and very elegant way to ring in the new year. Who doesn't love champagne? You're going to serve it anyway, so just pick a few more ingredients, and I promise people with flag you as the hippest hostess around.

Stir It Up :: Champagne Cocktail

Author: Martha Stewart

Prep time: 2 mins

Total time: 2 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 3 drops bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 1 ounce Cognac
  • 4 ounces chilled Champagne

Instructions

  1. Drop bitters onto sugar cube; let soak in.
  2. Place sugar cube in a Champagne flute.
  3. Add Cognac, and top with Champagne.

Photo courtesy of Food & Wine.

Stir It Up :: Jewel Mine

Food + Drink, ArchivesJomylene Ruiz

Back to holiday-inspired drink recipes... Jewel mine. Who doesn't love jewelry as gifts around the holidays? I am opting for more practical gifts this year since I already have my share of bling (I told you, my husband rocks!). I'll get my fix with this drink.

Stir It Up :: Jewel Mine

Author: CookingDistrict.com

Prep time: 2 mins

Total time: 2 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz TINCUP Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 2 dashes The Dead Rabbit Orinoco Bitters
  • Tonic water
  • Cucumber wheel

Instructions

  1. Combine Whiskey, Pomegranate Liqueur, and bitters in a whiskey glass with ice.
  2. Top with tonic water.
  3. Garnish with cucumber.

Photo courtesy of Liquor.com.

Stir It Up :: Stepping Razor Blade

Food + Drink, ArchivesJomylene Ruiz

Sounds a bit scary for a drink, right? Yes, but it's a yummy one with a kick! It's pretty too!

Stir It Up :: Stepping Razor Blade

Author: Richard Boccato via Fine Dining Lovers

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • 15 ml of homemade Orgeat
  • 60 ml of Jamaican rum
  • 23 ml of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch of cayenne pepper, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients (except cayenne pepper) in a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  4. Dust with cayenne pepper.

Photo courtesy of Food & Wine.