Vegan Alfredo with Zucchini Noodles

  

• 1/2 – 3/4 head of Cauliflower
• 1-2 cups Almond Breeze unsweetened almond coconut milk
• garlic
• salt
• pepper
• onion powder
• crushed red pepper flakes
• 1-2 zucchini
• 1-2 tomatoes
• small head of broccoli
• nutritional yeast to sprinkle on top
• coconut oil or olive oil

1. Steam cauliflower
2. When cauliflower is steamed through, drain. Place in blender
3. Add garlic, Almond Breeze almond coconut milk, salt, pepper, onion powder, red pepper flakes in blender & blend on high. Blend until smooth
4. Steam broccoli, chop when done.
5. Spiralize zucchini
6. Add oil to pan , add zucchini for a 1-2 minutes. Add toppings , & sauce. Mix together.
7. Plates, sprinkle with nutritional yeast, this gives it a cheesy flavor

Feel free to add whatever toppings you like roasted red peppers, mushrooms, chicken, parmesan cheese.
You can put this over regular pasta, you can use half veggie/chicken stock and half almond coconut Experiment! 🙂

  

This post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.

Mail call : Freebies 

 

  

This was a nice surprise. I love it! Its an apron for being in the top 100 members in the weight watchers crowd on Crowdtap!

  

I redeemed points from a survey site and got a $25 Target gift card.
Bumble & Bumble invisible oil sample
CerVe cleanser & moisurizer samples + coupon
Was sent 3 lipsticks to test for a magazine

 

Lots of coupons
Follow your Heart sent some for their dairy alternative cheese, dressings , and more.
Cedar Lane Natural foods sent a free frozen entree with 2 $.55 coupons
Ling Ling, Bobs Red Mills , Amy’s , & Iams, Attune Foods sent 4 free cereal & a free carton of granola along with $1 coupons!

Apple Pie Smoothie & Spinach Chicken Salad with Blue diamond Almonds

Blue Diamond BeeCause We Care

Blue Diamond has a variety of honey flavored products, From flavored almonds, nut thins, & almond milk. Check their site to find where you can find them near you.

Did you know that Almonds are the only crop dependent on honey bees for the pollination of it’s crops?
Not only are they helping Blue Diamond’s almond crops but honey bees are also pollinating 1/3 of the world’s food supply. That is a lot of bees!

Blue Diamond has helped fund more than 70 projects focused on the health of bees, pollination, and colony health since 1976. Through this effort Blue Diamond has partnered with beekeepers and research institutions to find new ways to support honey bee health by addressing issues of nutrition, stock improvement, pest and disease management and the impact of pesticides.

It is pretty amazing such small creatures can help grow crops, trees, flowers, etc. Remember that movie Bees? Without honey bees our neighborhoods wouldn’t be so colorful & our food supply would go down.

I was excited when Blue Diamond sent me honey cinnamon & knew my friend would love the honey dijon.
Almonds are such a great snack for any time of the day. Not only are they tasty but they have great health benefits like reducing heart attack risk, building strong teeth & bones, have healthy fats, provide brain function, & much more.

almonds

So what did I do with these almonds?

Apple Pie Smoothie

I decided to make an

Apple Pie smoothie

1 apple , I used gala
1/4 cinnamon
5-8 Blue Diamond honey cinnamon almonds
1/2 Vanilla almond milk
small container of plain or vanilla greek yogurt
banana

Blend together , pour into mug, enjoy!
I had this for breakfast but it would be a great to have as a snack or dessert.
I got fancy and made a heart with cinnamon on mine.

Spinach Salad with chicken, feta, honey cinnamon almonds & fresh strawberry dressing.
This salad is perfect for Spring & Summer.

Spinach Salad with chicken, feta, blue diamond honey cinnamon almonds topped with fresh strawberry dressing

Baby spinach
Chicken
Feta, crumbled
Blue Diamond honey cinnamon almonds, I crushed them

Dressing:
about 6-7 strawberries tops removed
about 2 tablespoons of honey
about 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil

Blend dressing ingredients until smooth.

Grill chicken.

Place baby spinach top with cut up chicken, feta, crushed almonds. Top with dressing.

Dressing is good up to a week.

So yummy ! 🙂
Spinach salad with chicken, feta, almonds, fresh strawberry dressing

I found this recipe on Can You Stay For Dinner

My friend enjoyed the honey dijon almonds as a snack. He said they were full of bold flavor. These would be great in on a salad as well.

What are you favorite ways to use almonds?

*This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds

Free Clothes..yes please

I had a $50 gift card to Marshall’s that I got from doing surveys.

Marshalls Clothes
I bought some basics a tank, socks ( love puma socks! they fit my big feet perfectly), & black shorts that fit perfectly.

Marshalls Tops
Then this blue printed top caught my eye as well as this grey tank with the quote ” Not all that wander are lost”.

$1 necklace
There is a new dollar store nearby, I stopped in to check it out. As I was checking out I spotted this necklace. Isn’t it pretty? You never know where you will find stuff.

layering necklace
Was working on my eBay badge on influenster and spotted this necklace for $1.49. I also had a giftcard from another eBay badge on Influenster , so it was free! 🙂

#FabFound Vasecup Target Furniture
I didn’t buy these but thought they were cute. I love the owl vase & cat mug at Marshalls.
Target Has really been upping their game with furniture. The gold table and pink stool with gold are beautiful.

Arnott’S® Tim Tam Chewy Caramel Review #GotADiscount

Earlier this month BzzAgent sent me Tim Tam cookies , original to try & review. See review here
Along with the cookies they also sent coupons, I gave some away but had one in my wallet.
When I was at Target I saw that Tim Tam cookies were on sale for $2.89 ($3.29 originally), & with the coupon it ended up being $2.14 . I decided to try the chewy caramel this time to switch it up.

Tim Tam Caramel

These are very similar to the original , two wafer cookies that give it a nice crispy crunch covered in smooth milky chocolate. Between the wafer cookies there is still that nice creamy chocolate but with caramel. I like the added chew the caramel adds.
Perfect alone or with your preferred drink ( coffee, hot chocolate, almond milk, milk, etc).

TimTamCookieCaramel

I told my friend about Tim Tams , which is one of the reasons I went down the cookie aisle at Target. When we got home , he opened up the pack and in a few minutes half the pack of chewy caramel cookies were gone. He loved them, I did too.

For me the one thing I like about these cookies is I can’t eat the whole pack, eating 2 ( the serving size) is good to satisfy my craving without feeling guilty.

Have you seen these on shelves at Target yet?

I received this product complimentary from BzzAgent to review. All opinions are my own.

Deals, coupons, & samples

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Emailed companies for some coupons and they have been rolling in.

samples

Vita perk & montagne jeunesse green tea peel mask samples

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I paid $1.04 out of pocket but with rebate ( see below) I made $.71 buying these products.
I had to pay $.70 for the Blue Diamond Almond Milk. I had a free coupon up to $4.99 and had to pay the difference
I paid $.68 for the 2 Jolly time popcorn. Had a free coupon and $1 off 2.
Good shopping day! 🙂

Dial Deal
I had a coupon for a FREE Dial Body wash. I used the Ibotta app & made $1

Cashew Milk Deal
Silk Cashew milk – had a free coupon – used the Ibotta app and made $.75

I love making money to shop! 🙂

coupon deals
I really like Gardein crispy chicken strips. At Target they were on sale $3.50 ( $4.19 orig.) I had $1 off. The pumpkin poptarts were reduced down to $1.48. Bolthouse drink was $2.49 but had $1 coupon.

  

Lots of coupons, perfume samples from Ulta catalog ( tip : put these in drawers, gym bag, under car seat to make them smell good) , Sundown B12 gummies sample, Zarabees Naturals Immune Support gummies sample

samples coupons

2 #GoCommando flushable Cottonelle wipes + 2 x$1 coupons, Sample of Simple micellar cleansing water +$2 coupon, coupons from Lightlife & Florida Natural

   
70% off at Walgreen originally $2.50= paid $.80

 

CVS – used $2.50 coupon from red machine . Was on sale for $3= $.53 with tax

>NEW< Dial Miracle Oil hand soap review + giveaway

I’m so happy to have the opportunity to try these new soaps from Dial lately.
Dial Miracle Oil hand soap is infused with Marula Oil. If you keep up with my blog, back in March I tried their body wash that had marula oil, which I really enjoyed using.

Dial Marula Oil Hand Soap

It’s called miracle oil for a reason. Marula Oil is made from the seed kernels from the Marula tree found in Southern Africa and Madagascar.This oil is high in antioxidants, boosts cellular activity, hydrates & repairs, high in skin friendly nutrients, & much more.

Miracle Oil hand soap helps nourish & hydrates your skin while protecting it from skin damaging free radicals & leaving hands clean. This soap doesn’t dry out your hands, its leaves them soft, hydrated, & smelling great.

Dial Miracle Hand Soap

I like the bottle shape & size, perfect to fit by the sink without taking up much room. It also had a pretty amber color which it makes the blue flower on the bottle pop. It has a nice nutty floral scent which isn’t overpowering. I think both guys & girls would enjoy the scent.

Like the body wash, I am a fan of Dial soap with marula oil. I know many are about to or have started Spring cleaning and this soap can help keep your hands looking nice & clean after all the gardening & cleaning you may be doing.

Now for the goodies. Dial also gave me some coupons. I will be giving one away so a lucky reader can try out Dial Miracle Oil hand soap with marula oil.

Dial Miracle Oil Giveaway

***GIVEAWAY***
U.S Only
Not responsible for lost mail
You have 24 hours to claim

Enter ->> GIVEAWAY

Also if you look for the photo above on my instagram you can earn an extra entry ( see photo for details)

Target Beauty Boxes are back..run!

Target Beauty Boxes are back… YAY. Run to their site and grab this for $5 ( free shipping) it’s a $38 value. These sell out fast.

Check out what I received in the last boxes here . It’s a great deal.

Target beauty Box April

This box has :
Maybelline Color Elixir by Color Sensational Lip Color
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream
SheaMoisture Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 Renewal System Shampoo
TRESemmé TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray

Eggplant ‘meatballs’ & zucchini boats 

 

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What you need:
2 medium eggplants
about 1 cup panko or regular breadcrumbs
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons flax meal ( optional)
salt & pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese
parsley
garlic
coconut oil or olive oil

zucchini
grape tomoatoes
parmesan cheese
breadcrumbs
mozzarella
coconut oil or olive oil
salt & pepper

 

Eggplant “meatballs”
Preheat oven to 350
Take eggplants, wash and poke holes all over with fork
Place in baking pan , place in oven for an hour, turning occasionally.
When done, place to the side to let cool.
When cool enough, cut top off and peel skin. It comes off pretty easily.
Next rough chop and place in blender/food processor/ hand mixer ( whichever you have) with parmsesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt & pepper. You can make it smooth or a bit lumpy.
Add to bowl then add egg, breadcrumbs. Mix in. Instead adding more breadcrumbs I decided to add some flax meal which helps binds them & its healthy for you. ( optional) You don’t want it too loose or too stiff.

Place coconut oil or olive oil in pan.
Roll eggplant mixture into balls, place in pan and cook until golden brown.
I have also done these in the oven.
Serve with tomato sauce.

I like these with zucchini noodles.

Zucchini Boats
Wash zucchini, cut tops of and then cut in half lengthwise
Scoop middle fleshy part with spoon . I like cutting down the middle with a knife then horizontal ( make sure not to go through) then scoop with a spoon makes it a bit easier. Keep the fleshy part and mix in with pasta, rice, eggs, soup whatever ! 🙂

Brush with coconut oil or olive oil . Sprinkle salt, pepper, & crush garlic.
Cut grape tomatoes in half & place inside zucchini.
Sprinkle some breadcrumbs .
Place in oven for 30 minutes.
Take pan out place mozzarella cheese on top & between tomatoes.
Put under broiler for a few minutes until cheese gets golden
Take out and feel free to sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Plate & enjoy.