Friday, June 23, 2017

Virgin Sweet + Spicy Sunrise Margarita

Sweet, Spicy and colorful; this Virgin Margarita has everything you need to get through summer! Plus a beautiful SUNRISE in a glass! 


Mangoes have been on my menu almost everyday now. Whether it is mango based chia pudding or mango kadhi or just chopped mango pieces for lunch, they HAVE been there! 

After all the mangoes I have been eating lately, I wanted some in my drink too. That is how I came up with this mango drink. But I did not want a typical smoothie or juice or the like. I remembered how my friend used a magic potion to convert orange juice to a sunset! The magic potion is called Grenadine, a simple flavored syrup that is available in most grocery stores and alcohol stores. 

I have used grenadine in a lot of orange drinks since I had the wonderful drink she made. Lately I started using it with mango juice too; given the similarity in color. However, mango and grenadine almost always overpowered the sweetness of the drink. So I added some Jalapeño, and boy it did work like magic!! The combination was perfect balanced and the pepper worked wonderfully to cut through the sweetness of mango. 



Since then, I have made this drink several times; sometimes for us, sometimes for a party and very often for just a quick drink to sustain in the summer heat! With just five simple ingredients, the drink comes together in under 5 minutes. It is just muddle, stir, mix and go! 

Wondering what makes the layers in the drink? It is all thanks to the difference in densities of orange/mango juice and grenadine syrup. The red colored magic potion is heavier and settles below the juice. That is how you get different colored layers at first. When you mix them all, you get a beautifully colored mango drink with hints of jalapeño and mint! 



Variations

This is a virgin version, but adding a hint of alcohol to make it a REAL Margarita works well too. I have had friends over who did that to this drink, and they say it was amazing! 

This recipe works really well with juices that are pulp free. The pulp and grenadine do not compete to settle at the bottom of the glass, thus making the layers more clear. Homemade and store bought juices can be used. I make this with fresh mango juice (mango pieces and water combined and churned) while they are in season. Then I use the packaged juices. 

Not a fan of mango? Use orange or pineapple. They give a beautiful 'sunrise' too! And if you like your food either sweet or spicy, leave out the jalapeño. Though I would say you should try it once, you can cut the sweetness of the juices by using a small amount of lemonade too. 



Ingredients

Mango Juice fresh or store bought 2 cups
Grenadine Syrup 2 tbsp
Mint leaves a few
Jalapeño 1/2 sliced
Sugar or honey (if desired)
Ice cubes




Method



In a cocktail shaker or tall glass muddle 2-3 mint leaves and 3-4 slices of jalapeño. Add Mango Juice, sugar (if using) and ice cubes. Mix well. 



Pour into two glasses. Slowly pour a tbsp of grenadine syrup in each glass and watch how the sunset emerges! Top with extra mint leaves and jalapeño. Enjoy!  

Monday, June 19, 2017

Chocolate + Rice Krispies Chia Pudding


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How about a delicious breakfast FULL of Chocolatey Chia Pudding and Rice Krispies? And yes, it takes only TEN minutes to make!   


Summer is here and it is time for a break from school. Kids are home and moms are shuttling between work and them. Plus there are multiple plans for vacations and day trips. In between all of this, are you concerned about making breakfast each morning? 

Here is a quick yet delicious recipe that takes LESS THAN TEN MINUTES to put together. Plus, it has EVERYTHING that kids would eat without a fuss! Still thinking what I am talking about? Here is a small hint; it has a cereal, pudding and chocolate rolled into one bowl! 


Since I had this the first time, I have been in LOVE with the recipe. Pudding for breakfast always sounds good. And a lot of chocolate makes it even more interesting. I have had all kinds and colors of Chia pudding, but I must admit I like this the best. 

Okay without any further delay, let us look at what all you need to make this yummy dessert for breakfast recipe. It is pretty simple; milk of your choice (I used Coconut), Chia seeds, Kellogg's Original Rice Krispies Cereal, Chocolate products of your choice and Keebler Fudge Stripes Original Cookies.


The forever battle: Cereal or Pudding? 

For the longest time I would keep debating between chia pudding and my favorite cereal for breakfast. I decided to have them on alternate days. Then one day I wanted to have both and so I ended up combining them two. The result was a fabulous recipe. 

This one has the softness of chia pudding and the crunch from the cereal. When they come together, it is an awesome combination of flavors, textures and tastes. Since then I started mixing and matching the two and loved it. I decided to put this recipe on the blog so that EVERYBODY gets a chance to enjoy it. 


Coming to the recipe, here is the quickest and easiest way to make it. Soak the Chia seeds in any milk and refrigerate overnight. IN the morning it will form an amazing pudding that is thick. Plus the chia seeds will absorb the milk and become nice and plump. 

Remove from refrigerator and mix and match with Kellogg's Original Rice Krispies Cereal and everything chocolate including Keebler Fudge Stripes Original Cookies. Serve while it is still cold for best taste. The toppings can be customised as per preference. 


I got everything used in the recipe from Target. If you plan a visit to pick your favorite products, do not forget the amazing deals they have. Get $1 when you purchase Rice Krispies Cereal and Jet-Puffed Marshmallows using Checkout 51 (valid 5/18/17 - 7/12/17) and save 10% on Keebler Cookies using Target's Cartwheel between 5/21/17 - 7/8/17. 






Finally, before you jump to the recipe, make sure you check out this page. It has more great Kellogg inspirations for your family! 



Ingredients

Kellogg's Original Rice Krispies Cereal 1 cup
Chia Seeds 4 tbsp
Coconut Milk 1 1/2 cup (or your favorite milk) 1 cup
Sugar/ Honey 1 tsp
Keebler Fudge Stripes Original Cookies 4-5 
Chocolate Sauce 2 tbsp
Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips 2 tbsp
Sprinkles as desired
Maraschino/ Fresh Cherries 2



Method

In a bowl add coconut milk and chia seeds. Mix well and refrigerate overnight or for atleast 4-5 hours. Once the milk thickens and the chia seeds bloom, it is ready to serve. Then add 1 tbsp chocolate sauce and sugar. Mix well. 

In two glasses or mason jars divide the Rice Krispies Cereal. Next pour in the Chia seed pudding. Then top with chocolate sauce, chocolate chips and sprinkles. Finally, add some Keebler Fudge Stripes Original Cookies, sprinkles and a cherry each. 

Serve immediately. Enjoy a delicious breakfast!