Wanderlust and Wellness https://wanderlustandwellness.org Good Food with a Dash of Adventure Fri, 22 Jun 2018 23:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/wanderlustandwellness.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-WanderlustandWellness_round-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Wanderlust and Wellness https://wanderlustandwellness.org 32 32 107578966 Southwest Potato Salad https://wanderlustandwellness.org/southwest-potato-salad/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/southwest-potato-salad/#respond Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:10:17 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4607 If you’re anything like me, I am bored with the same ol’, same ol’ potato salad served up at every summer BBQ or potluck. I wanted something new, something fresh, and something flavorful. This southwest potato salad brings all of the flavors of Mexican street corn into a new fresh twist on the traditional potato...

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Southwest Potato Salad

If you’re anything like me, I am bored with the same ol’, same ol’ potato salad served up at every summer BBQ or potluck. I wanted something new, something fresh, and something flavorful. This southwest potato salad brings all of the flavors of Mexican street corn into a new fresh twist on the traditional potato salad recipe. This southwest recipe uses all of my favorite flavors like cumin, Tajin, cotija cheese, jalapeno, and more!

Southwest Potato Salad

I almost started to make this a non-dairy potato salad to make it a little more summer potluck friendly, but I just couldn’t resist adding the creamy layer of the Mexican street corn sauce to this recipe. If you need a non-dairy option, you could definitely leave the sauce portion off and still have tons of flavor. Just throwing that out there as an option. I try to make most of my recipes as versatile as possible to accommodate for specific dietary requirements.

Southwest Potato Salad

My teenagers also approved of this recipe, even the pickiest one of them all! This southwest potato salad was such a refreshing break from the traditional mayo + mustard-based potato salad. The fresh corn off the cob, the bacon, the street corn sauce, topped with the cotija cheese and jalapeno…so many flavors! Whip this up when you head out for your next potluck gathering and you’ll be sure to impress your friends and family.

Southwest Potato Salad Recipe

Southwest Potato Salad

This southwest potato salad brings all the flavors of Mexican street corn into a fresh, new twist on traditional potato salad.

  • 3 lb baby red potatoes – unpeeled
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 tbsp Tajin seasoning
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil (or whatever oil you choose)
  • 2 ears corn on cob
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 2-3 tbsp cotija cheese (crumbled)

Cream sauce

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. Slice baby red potatoes in half and add to a large 9×13 baking dish. Drizzle potatoes with avocado oil, then season with tajin and cumin. Using a spoon, gently stir the potatoes to coat them with the oil and spices, then place in the oven to bake for 50 minutes. 

  3. While the potatoes are baking, boil your corn on the cob. Fill a large stockpot with water, bring to a boil, add shucked corn cobs and boil for 5-7 minutes. Remove from water and let cool. Once cooled, cut the corn off of the cob and set aside. 

  4. In a skillet, cook the bacon slices. Remove from pan, let cool, then crumble. 

  5. In a small bowl, combine the cream sauce ingredients and place into the refrigerator until ready to use. 

  6. Once the potatoes are done cooking, remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes. Transfer the potatoes from the 9×13 dish to a large mixing bowl. Add the corn and crumbled bacon to the bowl. Dice the jalapeno into small pieces, add to bowl. Stir to combine. 

  7. Next, add the cream sauce, stir to combine. Top with crumbled cotija cheese and serve. 

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Rustic Berry Galette https://wanderlustandwellness.org/rustic-berry-galette/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/rustic-berry-galette/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:08:28 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4516 This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links below Wanderlust and Wellness may receive compensation.  This rustic berry galette is super easy to make, which is why I love galettes! No technical pie making skills required. The crust recipe is also versatile; you can use the...

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Rustic Berry Galette

This rustic berry galette is super easy to make, which is why I love galettes! No technical pie making skills required. The crust recipe is also versatile; you can use the recipe listed below, swap out the flour for a one-to-one gluten-free blend, or use a store-bought crust. The choice is yours! For a gluten-free version, I swap out all-purpose flour for
Cup4Cup’s Gluten-free flour blend. I’ve found it locally at Sprouts and Whole Foods, but just in case you’re not able to find it in a store near you, you can always order it here. It’s the best one-to-one gluten-free alternative that I’ve found for baking.

Rustic Berry Galette

To make a galette, you simply roll out the pie crust dough to about 12 inches in diameter, then load the berries into the center and start folding in the sides to make the edges. It’s so super simple. Galettes are intended to have a rustic feel to them, so perfection is not needed with this dessert. I used to watch my mother and grandmother labor over intricate pie crusts, which always seemed impossible. When I started baking on my own I was introduced to galettes and now they’re my quick, go-to “pie” dessert. And look at those plump berries. Swoon! So juicy and full of summer flavors. Fresh berry season is upon us right now so what better way to enjoy than in a rustic berry galette chock-full of blueberries and blackberries.

Rustic Berry Galette

Serve your rustic berry galette with vanilla ice cream and you’ll have a swoon-worthy dessert. I whipped this dessert up for a recent outdoor BBQ and it was the perfect addition. Memorial Day, 4th of July, summer BBQs, whatever the event may be, this galette will feed a crowd and you’ll look like a fancy baker, win-win, right?? Of course you can also enjoy this anytime of year if you have access to fresh berries. For the fall, I also have a gluten-free cinnamon apple galette recipe.

Rustic Berry Galette Recipe

Rustic Berry Galette

This rustic berry galette is the perfect dessert for berry season and also includes a gluten-free option. 

Crust

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (Use Cup4Cup gluten-free blend for a gluten-free alternative. )
  • 1 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted grass-fed butter
  • 1/3 cup cold water (plus 2 tbsp )
  • 1 egg (for egg wash on crust)

Berry filling

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 4 tbsp cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Cut butter into cubes and add to flour mixture. using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the butter into the flour mixture until you have coarse crumbs.

  3. Stir in cold water and mix to combine (add an additional 1-2 tbsp. of cold water as needed until the mixture comes together well)

  4. Press the dough into a ball or disc, wrap with plastic wrap or in a towel, and refrigerate for 20 minutes. 

  5. While the dough is chilling, add the berry filling ingredients to a large mixing bowl and stir together. Set aside until dough is ready. 

  6. When the dough is ready, lay out one sheet of parchment paper and flour lightly. Add dough to floured surface. Then cover the dough with an additional sheet of parchment paper and roll out into a large 12-14 inch circle.

  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Carefully transfer the dough to the lined baking sheet. It’s okay if the dough breaks or cracks, that’s all part of the rustic feel with these.

  8. Spoon filling into the center of the dough, then carefully fold up the edges, letting them naturally fold in.

  9. In a small bowl, whisk the one egg and brush over the crust edges. Sprinkle additional sugar across the entire galette and place in the oven to bake.

  10. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and let slightly cool before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream if preferred. 

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Watermelon Wine Slush https://wanderlustandwellness.org/watermelon-wine-slush/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/watermelon-wine-slush/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 12:32:57 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4536 This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links below Wanderlust and Wellness may receive compensation.  Summa, Summa, Summatime! Who’s ready to sit poolside on a hot summer day with a cool drink in hand?? This watermelon wine slush is so fresh, with only 3 simple ingredients....

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Watermelon Wine Slush

Summa, Summa, Summatime! Who’s ready to sit poolside on a hot summer day with a cool drink in hand?? This watermelon wine slush is so fresh, with only 3 simple ingredients. No added sugar other than the wine, fresh watermelon, and a splash of lemon. Plus, the seedless watermelons used in this recipe makes this drink even easier to make (no straining required)!

Watermelon Wine Slush

I chose wine for this slush because, well, wine is my jam! The fresh watermelon captures the true, fresh flavor of a summer melon, plus gives this slush some extra texture.  I let the sugars of the pink Moscato sweeten the drink, so no added sugar or simple syrups needed. It truly is a quick and easy summer drink!

Watermelon Wine Slush

But for real, this drink is super simple. Just add ice, pink Moscato, lemon juice, and fresh watermelon to a blender and voila, you have your watermelon wine slush. If you won’t be drinking the slush immediately, you can pour the mixture into a glass storage container, like these Glass Food Storage Containers. The rectangular shape and the snap and lock lids make them perfect for storing liquids. Pop it into the freezer and take out when you’re ready to serve.

Watermelon Wine Slush Recipe

Watermelon Wine Slush

This watermelon wine slush is super fresh and easy to make; the perfect poolside beverage! 

  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 1 bottle pink Moscato
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 cups seedless watermelon (cubed)
  1. Cut and cube the seedless watermelon. 

  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. 

  3. Serve immediately, or place into a glass storage container and freeze until ready to serve. 

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15 Father’s Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad https://wanderlustandwellness.org/15-fathers-day-gifts-for-the-foodie-dad/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/15-fathers-day-gifts-for-the-foodie-dad/#respond Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:32:58 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4572 This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links Wanderlust and Wellness may receive compensation. For more details on our affiliate link program, see ‘affiliate disclaimer’ under the About section in the main menu.  Father’s Day is fast approaching and I’ve rounded up 15 fantastic gifts for...

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15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Father’s Day is fast approaching and I’ve rounded up 15 fantastic gifts for the foodie loving dad. As a food blogger I’m a foodie at heart, so of course, I want to help out my fellow foodies with a list of gifts that will sing to their food-loving heart! If your husband or dad loves everything about food and drinks, check out the gift ideas below. I’ve got everything from the grill master dad to the hipster dad (or both!).

For the dad who wears the title Grillmaster proudly——

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Luchuan Grey Denim Canvas Card Washed Over Wax Dry Apron Waxed Canvas Apron

This heavy-duty, yet durable, apron screams grillmaster. It’s water resistant and has pockets and accessories for just about every tool in the grill master’s arsenal. It even has a towel ring!

 

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

 

Waterproof Digital Meat Thermometer Super Fast Instant Read Thermometer

The grillmaster wouldn’t want to serve up uncooked meat, so why not treat him to a digital meat thermometer. This thermometer is water resistant and gives an accurate temperature reading within 3-4 seconds. It folds up for easy storage (like in one of the pockets of that apron, am I right??)

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

 

Grill Beast BBQ Grilling Cooking Gloves – Heat Resistant Kevlar & Silicone Insulated Protection

If you’ve got a veteran grill master than I’m sure he’s lost the hair on his hand and forearms a time or two over the grill. Smoking and grilling is some serious business! Help him protect his hands from the flames and heat with these heat resistant gloves. They’ll also be able to easily shift around those big hunks of meat on the smoker without fighting the heat.

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Traeger TFB29LZA Grills Junior Elite Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker

Do you want to hit a home run in the gift department for your grillmaster?? Surprising him with a Traeger grill would earn you some major bonus points! These grills are all the rage right now. Never use gas or charcoal again with one of these wood-pellet grills. You can grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise and bbq food to perfection on one of these.

 

For the hipster dad——

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Whiskypedia: A Compendium of Scotch Whisky

For the scotch loving dad, get him this great coffee table book. This compendium is a comprehensive guide to all the distilleries in Scotland (both malt and grain). Each entry provides a brief account of the distillery’s history and curiosities, lists the bottlings which are currently available, details how the whiskey is made and explores the flavor and character of each make.

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Comfify Pour Over Coffee Maker with Borosilicate Glass Carafe and Reusable Stainless Steel Permanent Filter

For the coffee connoisseur, nothing says I’m my own barista than a pour over coffee maker. The local coffee shop won’t have anything on dad after he gets his own pour over set up. Pour over coffee makers create the perfect drip coffee with a fresher taste, making it a superior coffee experience.

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Everbru Kombucha Stainless Steel Carafe Continuous Brewing Kombucha Fermenter

Dad will be the coolest hipster dad on this side of the neighborhood when he starts brewing his own Kombucha tea. This fermenter also comes with a spigot for easy serving and continuous brewing. It’s made with food grade stainless steel and a BPA-free plastic spigot.

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Slate Cheese Board – 7 pc Serving Tray Set 16″x12″ Large – Stainless Steel Handles – Soapstone Chalk – 4 Cheese Knives

If dad loves to entertain, this slate cheese board is perfect for creating a manly charcuterie platter at his next gathering. It comes with 4 different cheese knives, plus 2 pieces of soapstone for labeling. It also has two stainless steel handles for easy transporting.

 

For the carnivore dad——

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Mercer Culinary 5-Piece Genesis Magnetic Board Set, Bamboo

The meat-loving dad definitely needs a good knife set, like this 5-piece high carbon culinary knife set. Made with forged German steel it will keep dad happy in the kitchen. It also comes with a magnetic bamboo stand, which I personally love.

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Rub Your Meat -Championship BBQ Seasoning Gift Pack

I love a good humor combined with food. This championship BBQ seasoning gift pack will have dad laughing while seasoning his meat to perfection!

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Carnivore Club Gift Box: Jerky & Meat Sticks Sampler

What better gift for the carnivore in your family than the Carnivore Club gift box! Four to six meats per box and each box also includes information about the artisans, how the products are crafted, and a pairing recommendation.

 

For the outdoor enthusiast dad——

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

gear4U Best BPA-FREE Camping Cookware Set – Mess Kit – 13 Pieces including Free Bonus – Non-Stick Anodized Aluminum – Complete Lightweight Folding Kit for Camping Hiking & Backpacking Outdoor Cooking

If dad loves to hike and camp, this 13-piece outdoor cook set is perfect for him! Not only is it chock full of equipment, but it folds down to next to nothing, making it easy to transport, espeically if out hiking and backcountry camping.

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

The MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler

My husband personally loves everything by Steven Rinella and we personally own this cookbook. If your husband is a hunter or angler, this cookbook is definitely a must-have!

 

For the beer master dad——

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Northern Brewer – All Inclusive Go Pro 1 Gallon Small Batch HomeBrewing Starter Kit And Chinook IPA Beer Brewing Recipe Kit

Everything dad needs to brew authentic craft beer at home. This kit includes the recipe kit for Northern Brewer’s Chinook IPA, which has earned over 150 5-star reviews. The kit also comes with instructions and a DVD. Dad will be a brewmaster in no time!

 

15 Father's Day Gifts for the Foodie Dad

Corkcicle Chillsner Beer Chiller, 2-Pack

Keep dad’s beer chilled from the first sip to the last with Corkcicle’s beer chiller. These are perfect for outdoor BBQs, tailgates, or any other occasion where beer tends to get too warm, too fast.

 

 


 

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Prosciutto Burrata Pizza with Fig Jam https://wanderlustandwellness.org/prosciutto-burrata-pizza-with-fig-jam/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/prosciutto-burrata-pizza-with-fig-jam/#respond Sun, 10 Jun 2018 16:06:25 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4563 Burrata is my new favorite cheese, hands down perfection on a slice of pizza. Have you ever tried burrata? Burrata is a fresh Italian buffalo milk cheese that is made with both mozzarella and cream. It comes in the shape of a softball, with an outer shell of solid mozzarella and the inside is fresh...

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Prosciutto Burrata Pizza with Fig Jam

Burrata is my new favorite cheese, hands down perfection on a slice of pizza. Have you ever tried burrata? Burrata is a fresh Italian buffalo milk cheese that is made with both mozzarella and cream. It comes in the shape of a softball, with an outer shell of solid mozzarella and the inside is fresh cream and curds similar to the texture of ricotta cheese. If you’re a cheese lover like me, your mouth is probably watering just thinking about it. It is the perfect cheese for a pizza lover’s dream.

Prosciutto Burrata Pizza with Fig Jam

You might be wondering where the ‘sauce’ is. There’s no sauce needed with burrata cheese. It melts down perfectly into your ‘sauce’, so skip the jar white sauce and just embrace the burrata life! For the crust on this pizza, I used a naan flatbread like this Newbury Phillips – Naan Plain Organic . You should be able to find naan in your local market, even Wal-Mart carries naan flatbread. They usally come in 2-packs, so you’ll easily be able to create two individual-sized pizzas. I’ve tried so many different homemade pizza dough recipes and mixes and they just don’t turn out how I want them. They’re also usually a little more labor intensive, and I wanted a quick and easy pizza recipe.

Prosciutto Burrata Pizza with Fig Jam

To assemble this pizza it’s super simple. Simply brush the crust with olive oil. Take the burrata cheese ball and begin to pull of small chunks, placing them sporadically across the naan crust. Then top with prosciutto and drizzle with fig jam. After you bake the pizza, top with fresh arugula and a dash of lemon juice. That’s it! Super simple and super delicious.

Prosciutto Burrata Pizza with Fig Jam

Prosciutto Burrata Pizza with Fig Jam

Burrata on pizza is my new favorite; an absolute slice of heaven. Not to mention the salt of the prosciutto balanced with the sweet of the fig jam makes this pizza out of this world delicious.#pizza #burrata #prosciutto #naan #arugula #FBPrecipe

  • 2 naan flatbreads
  • 1 oz 8 oz. ball of burrata cheese
  • 3-4 oz package of prosciutto (about 8 slices)
  • 2 cups fresh arugula
  • 2 tbsp fig jam
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and pepper for seasoning
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. Place the naan flatbreads onto a flat baking sheet. Brush the olive oil across both naan flatbreads. Season with sea salt and pepper. 

  3. Take the ball of burrata cheese and start tearing off small sections, placing them sporadically across both crusts. Lay the prosciutto slices across the burrata cheese, adding about 4 slices to each naan flatbread. 

  4. Drizzle 1 tbsp. of the fig jam across each naan flatbread. 

  5. Place the pizzas in the oven and bake for 6 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes, watching closely. 

  6. Remove from oven, top with fresh arugula and squeeze one half of a fresh lemon across each pizza. Serve immediately. 

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Lemon Blueberry Marscapone Hand Pies https://wanderlustandwellness.org/lemon-blueberry-marscapone-hand-pies/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/lemon-blueberry-marscapone-hand-pies/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 14:40:47 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4524 This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links below Wanderlust and Wellness may receive compensation.  Have you ever tried making your own hand pies? These lemon blueberry marscapone hand pies were so fun to make! As a kid, I remember buying those individual fruit hand pies from Hostess...

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Lemon Blueberry Marscapone Hand Pies

Have you ever tried making your own hand pies? These lemon blueberry marscapone hand pies were so fun to make! As a kid, I remember buying those individual fruit hand pies from Hostess and loving them, but I was never a fan of the pie filling they used on the inside. I wanted to create a fresher option, capitalizing on fresh berries while we’re in berry season. I decided to also use a star cookie cutter for these so you’d have THE perfect dessert for your upcoming 4th of July party! My star cookie cutter I use at Christmas time wasn’t quite big enough, so I picked up this Wilton Set of 6 Nesting Star Cutters an Amazon for under $5.00!! This set had the star shape I was looking for and had large options, perfect for hand pies.

Lemon Blueberry Marscapone Hand Pies

With all of my pie crusts, I always have a gluten-free option. That’s why I love using Cup4Cup’s Gluten-free flour blend. You’ve heard me say it before, but this is the best one-to-one gluten-free flour blend I’ve found for baking. These lemon blueberry marscapone hand pies are no exception, simly swap out the all-purpose flour for Cup4Cup’s Gluten-free flour blend and you now have gluten-free hand pies!

Lemon Blueberry Marscapone Hand Pies

Let’s talk about marscapone cheese. Have you ever cooked with it? I’ve tried it in other desserts, and have seen it used several times on the various cooking shows I watch, but had never used it personally in any dessert. Marscapone is an Italian cream cheese, which is made by curdling milk cream with citric or acetic acid. It’s sweeter than traditional cream cheese and lighter in consistency. Marscapone is used in triamisu and often times cheescakes and even in frosting recipes. I wanted to add a creamy element to these hand pies so I decided to use marscapone cheese. It was perfect!

Fix these lemon blueberry marscapone hand pies for your upcoming 4th of July party and be sure to share on social media with the hashtag #wanderlustandwellness!

Lemon Blueberry Marscapone Hand Pie Recipe

Lemon Blueberry Marscapone Hand Pies

Lemon Blueberry Marscapone hand pies are the perfect summer treat. The star shape of these hand pies also makes them perfect for 4th of July! 

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (Use the Cup4Cup gluten-free blend for a gluten-free option)
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted grass-fed butter
  • 2/3 cup cold water (plus additional tbsp)

Berry filling

  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 tbsp cane sugar
  • 3 tbsp corn starch

Additional items

  • 16 oz marscapone cheese
  • 1 egg (for egg wash on crust)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Cut butter into cubes and add to flour mixture. using a pastry blender or fork, cut in the butter into the flour mixture until you have coarse crumbs.

  3. Stir in cold water and mix to combine (add an additional 1-2 tbsp. of cold water as needed until the mixture comes together well)

  4. Press the dough into a ball or disc, wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

  5. While dough is chilling, combine the berry filling ingredients and place into the refrigerator to chill. 

  6. When the dough is ready, lay out one sheet of parchment paper and flour lightly. Add dough to floured surface. Then cover the dough with an additional sheet of parchment paper and roll out into a large 12-14 inch circle. You can also just roll with a floured rolling pin, whichever you prefer. You’ll want the dough to be fairly thin, at least 1/8″ or thinner. Using the cookie cutter, cut out as many stars as you can fit and transfer them to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue to re-roll your dough and cut out starts until all dough is used up. 

  7. To assemble your stars, add 1 1/2 tbsp of marscapone cheese to the center of the star. Top with 2 tbsp of berry filling. Gently place another star on top of the filling and seal the edges with your fingers. Then, press the tines of a fork around the entire edge of the star to fully seal the hand pie. Repeat this process for all of the stars. 

  8. Once all of the hand pies are assembled, use a knife to cut 3 small slits into the top crust. Then, in a small bowl, whisk the one egg and brush over each of the stars. Sprinkle additional sugar over each star, then place in the oven to bake.

  9. Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from oven and let cool before serving. 

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Southwest Breakfast Tostadas https://wanderlustandwellness.org/southwest-breakfast-tostadas/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/southwest-breakfast-tostadas/#respond Tue, 05 Jun 2018 01:27:30 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4507 This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links below Wanderlust and Wellness may receive compensation.  These southwest breakfast tostadas rank pretty high up on my list of favorite savory breakfasts. Which do you prefer, savory or sweet when it comes to breakfast? I’m not sure where...

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Southwest Breakfast Tostadas

These southwest breakfast tostadas rank pretty high up on my list of favorite savory breakfasts. Which do you prefer, savory or sweet when it comes to breakfast? I’m not sure where to even start with these breakfast tostadas because there are so many delicious flavors! Let’s start with the creamy tomatillo salsa that is so fresh you won’t even miss your traditional guacamole. This is actually my first recipe using tomatillos and I had to ask myself what in the world I had been waiting for?! So good! Have you tried tomatillos before or cooked with them? They’re super easy, especially in this creamy salsa recipe.

Southwest Breakfast Tostadas

I wanted this recipe to be somewhat easy to make so I tried to keep each layer of the tostada fairly simple. They may look complicated, but they’re actually not. I had these fixed in under 45 minutes. These would also be great for brunch or feeding large groups. I’m thinking vacation breakfast on our next family vacation. Even though I only have one sibling, there are 7 kids between us, and now 4 1/2 grandkids on my side, which means family vacations are huge these days. Now that I’ve mentioned fixing this I have a feeling they may read this and hold me to it.

Southwest Breakfast Tostadas

If you guys follow me, you know my obsession with cotija cheese and Tajín Clásico Seasoning. It took me forever to find Tajin locally, so I ended up ordering from Amazon like everything else these days! They added the perfect final touch to these southwest breakfast tostadas. You guys have to tell me if you try these tostadas and if you loved them as much as I did!

Southwest Breakfast Tostada Recipe:

Southwest Breakfast Tostada

These southwest breakfast tostadas have a creamy avocado tomatillo salsa that is out of this world delicious, with beef chorizo, chipotle pinto beans, all topped with a savory egg and cotija cheese. 

Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 jalapeno (chopped)
  • 3 tomatillos
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

Chipotle Pinto Beans

  • 1 can organic pinto beans
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp adobo sauce (use from can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce)
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Tostada

  • 4 organic corn tortillas
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 1/2 pound beef chorizo
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp butter
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

  2. In a skillet, add the beef chorizo and cook until done. Remove from heat once finished. 

  3. While the chorizo is cooking, add the salsa ingredients: avocado, jalapeno, tomatillo, minced garlic, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper to a food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside. 

  4. Add the beans to a small saucepan over medium heat. Remove one chipotle pepper from the can, chop, and add to the beans. Add the remaining bean ingredients: cumin, adobo sauce, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to the pan. Once the beans begin to heat up, turn the heat down to medium-low and let them simmer for 5-10 minutes. Using a fork or potato masher, smash the beans into a smooth consistency. Turn the heat to low to keep warm while you finish the remaining items. 

  5. On a baking sheet, place the 4 corn tortillas. Brush with olive oil and season with salt. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove. 

  6. In another skillet, add butter and melt over medium heat. Add the four eggs. Cook to your desired level, for my recipe I cooked the eggs over easy which means the yolk was still runny. 

  7. To assemble your tostada, spread the bean mixture onto each tostada. Then add a layer of the beef chorizo. Top each with an egg and then add the avocado tomatillo salsa. Finally, top with crumbled cotija cheese and sprinkle with Tajin seasoning. 

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Tropical Chia Kefir Smoothie https://wanderlustandwellness.org/tropical-chia-kefir-smoothie/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/tropical-chia-kefir-smoothie/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 14:59:22 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4456 This tropical chia kefir smoothie is loaded with probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids, thanks to the help from the chia seeds and kefir. The bananas, strawberries, and pineapple give it a tropical flavor, which makes this smoothie the perfect summer drink. If you wanted, you could also add in some bonus greens, like fresh spinach,...

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tropical chia kefir smoothie

This tropical chia kefir smoothie is loaded with probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids, thanks to the help from the chia seeds and kefir. The bananas, strawberries, and pineapple give it a tropical flavor, which makes this smoothie the perfect summer drink. If you wanted, you could also add in some bonus greens, like fresh spinach, for even more nutritional value. Chia seeds also provide fiber, iron, and calcium and can help raise HDL cholesterol.




tropical chia kefir smoothie

I’m fairly new to the kefir game, but essentially kefir is a fermented milk product that tastes almost identical to yogurt (think liquid yogurt), that is also full of probiotics and other vitamins and minerals like B12, calcium, folate, and magnesium. For this smoothie, I used the Lifeway brand of kefir, but this is not a sponsored post and I receive no compensation from them for using this product. There are several good kefir brands, and you can also find multiple flavors. I used the original plain kefir for this smoothie.

tropical chia kefir smoothie

 




Have fun with creating this tropical chia kefir smoothie, or create your own variation by changing out the fruits or adding in additional vegetables. The kefir base will provide the probiotics and the chia seeds will provide the additional omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

Tropical Chia Kefir Smoothie

Tropical Chia Kefir Smoothie

This tropical smoothie is also loaded with probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids with the help of chia seeds and kefir. #kefir #smoothie #chiaseeds #tropical #probiotics

  • 1 cup plain kefir
  • 1 banana
  • 4 fresh strawberries
  • 4 large fresh pineapple chunks
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately or place into the refrigerator to chill and then serve. 

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Coffee Crusted Steak Bites https://wanderlustandwellness.org/coffee-crusted-steak-bites/ https://wanderlustandwellness.org/coffee-crusted-steak-bites/#respond Mon, 28 May 2018 14:18:59 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4447 Coffee crusted steak bites, yep, you heard me right. If you haven’t tried a coffee rub on your steak you are missing out on amazing flavor. I first introduced this coffee rub recipe in my coffee rub prime rib recipe for Christmas dinner a few years ago. This rub creates so much flavor I could...

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coffee crusted steak bites

Coffee crusted steak bites, yep, you heard me right. If you haven’t tried a coffee rub on your steak you are missing out on amazing flavor. I first introduced this coffee rub recipe in my coffee rub prime rib recipe for Christmas dinner a few years ago. This rub creates so much flavor I could eat it for days. You don’t really taste the coffee itself, but you’ll definitely be coming back for more. For these steak bites I used filets in order to get the most tender portions of meat. As you can see in the picture, I also like my steak medium-rare, so if a more well-done steak is your preference, feel free to adjust the cooking time.




coffee crusted steak bites

I also paired a homemade horseradish sauce with these coffee crusted steak bites, which was also introduced with the coffee rub prime rib recipe. There’s just something about a creamy horseradish sauce paired with this rub that creates the most amazing flavor. This homemade horseradish sauce is also so good that I found myself finding excused to eat it with everything, chicken, bread, you name it I was pairing it with it.

coffee crusted steak bites

Just look at that crust on that steak. Mmmmm perfection. To get this crust you’ll want to cook the steak fillets in a cast iron skillet on the stove, then place into the oven for just a few minutes until you reach your desired temperature. One note of warning, cooking steak inside on a cast iron skillet will produce a lot of smoke, so be prepared. I always like to warn my readers because it can be a little overwhelming if it’s not expected. However, it’s all well worth it in the end.




Coffee Crusted Steak Bites:

Coffee Crusted Steak Bites

Have you tried coffee rub on steak? It’s a magical rub that creates the most mouthwatering steak you’ll ever taste! These coffee crusted steak bites are the perfect appetizer for your next party. And you can’t forget the homemade horseradish sauce to go with these bites! #steak #appetizer #coffeerub

Coffee Rub

  • 1/4 cup dark coffee dry grounds
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp cane or coconut sugar
  • 2-3 6 oz steak filets
  • 4 tbsp Grass-fed butter for cooking

Horseradish

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup prepared horseradish
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to broil. 

  2. Before starting on the steak, combine the horseradish ingredients in a small bowl, stirring to combine, and place in the refrigerator until time to serve.

  3. In a small bowl, add the coffee rub dry ingredients and mix to combine. Heavily coat all sides of each fillet with the dry rub. 

  4. Preheat your cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add butter to skillet and let melt. Place the steak fillets into the heated skillet and cook until a crust has formed on each side, about 1 minute per side. 

  5. Place the entire skillet into the preheated oven and cook until they reach the desired doneness, about 4-5 minutes for medium-rare. Using tongs, flip the steaks about half-way through. Remove from oven and let rest for 3-5 minutes. 

  6. Cut each fillet into small bite-sized chunks. Add serving toothpicks to each bite, then serve with the homemade horseradish. 

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Honey Lime Chicken https://wanderlustandwellness.org/honey-lime-chicken/ Sat, 26 May 2018 13:46:41 +0000 http://wanderlustandwellness.org/?p=4438 This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links below Wanderlust and Wellness may receive compensation.  It’s almost the official beginning of summer at the time of this post today, which means grill season! These honey lime chicken thighs are grilled to perfection while the honey lime...

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honey lime chicken

It’s almost the official beginning of summer at the time of this post today, which means grill season! These honey lime chicken thighs are grilled to perfection while the honey lime sauce brings a sweet, zesty flavor with a hint of heat. But who am I kidding, we tend to grill year round if we can. I love grilling in the summer because it’s so much quicker and easier plus no hot kitchen. For this recipe, I used bone-in chicken thighs with skin. I find that the skin really soaks up the flavor of both the chicken and the sauce. You could, however, do boneless, skinless chicken thighs or even chicken breasts if you prefer.




honey lime chicken

I use liquid aminos rather than soy sauce these days, and the aminos in this sauce recipe really help bring out the zesty lime flavors. My reasoning behind this is liquid aminos have no added salt or preservatives, unlike traditional soy sauce. I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos. There’s a hint of red pepper flakes for a little heat, which if you follow my recipes you know I tend to do this quite often because I’m a sucker for a sweet hot mix. And let’s talk about the spice rub on the thighs. The cardamom is the winner here, which pairs perfectly with citrus flavors like lime.

honey lime chicken

My only word of warning when grilling chicken thighs is that they produce a lot of grease, so be careful. We usually end up cleaning out the bottom of our grill after a few grilling sessions of chicken thighs because the grease tends to pool, causing flare ups, in our small grill. If you have a large grill, or charcoal grill, this probably won’t be an issue. But don’t be discouraged to grill chicken thighs, they are so good when grilled, especially when the skin soaks up that grill flavor.




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Honey Lime Chicken

Honey Lime Chicken

This grilled honey lime chicken is sweet, zesty, and has a hint of heat. #grilledchicken #honey #lime #grill #chicken #dinner

Chicken

  • 12 bone-in chicken thighs with skin
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom

Honey lime sauce

  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tbsp lime zest
  • 2 tbsp liquid aminos
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp minced garlic
  1. Combine the dry seasonings for the chicken. Rub the seasoning all over each chicken thigh. 

  2. Preheat grill over medium heat. Add thighs to grill and cook until done. 

  3. While the chicken is grilling, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. 

  4. Once the chicken is finished cooking, let rest for 3 minutes, then brush honey lime sauce onto each thigh. 

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