Monday, November 18, 2019

How to Make Holiday Individual Turkey Pot Pie



Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.  For more recipes and inspirations, please visit: http://goic.io/GpuqMV


My family loves the holiday season when we get to gather around the dinner table to share our favorite dishes and recipes.  When I host holiday gatherings at my place, I always prepare a main dish while my family and friends would bring appetizers and side dishes to share.  It's always wonderful to share and create memories with my family through food!  If you can't tell by now, everyone in my family are foodies!  I guess you can say that the apples don't fall far from the tree!  This year, I'll be sharing these amazing Holiday Individual Turkey Pot Pies with my friends and family!




If you haven't done so, be sure to check out my video tutorial above.  This recipe is so much fun and so easy to make, yet its super festive and scrumptious!  Best of all, you can prepare them a day in advance.  Simply prepared the pies (without the egg wash), covered, and keep them in the fridge until ready to bake.  On the day of the party, simply brush the egg wash on the pastry and pop them in the oven before your guests arrive.  This way, you can join in and enjoy the party, too!  As much as I enjoy a holiday feast, I don't think anyone should, or wanted to, slave inside the kitchen for the holidays!  This recipe is a perfect solution for you if you are hosting a gathering for your friends and family this holiday season!  Think of how easy it will be for the upcoming Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, or New Years' parties!   



The flavors of these Holiday Turkey Pot Pies are so amazing that your guests would think that you've spent hours in the kitchen preparing them!  Thanks to the Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base, it adds a depth of flavor in the turkey pie fillings in a cinch.  It truly elevates and transforms the flavors of your ingredients.  You would feel like you're enjoying a traditional slow roasted turkey, but in a pie form, which is a lot more fun to eat than just a traditional roasted turkey (sorry Mr. Turkey!)  Rather than the traditional bouillon cube, the Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base is a paste, which makes it a lot easier to incorporate with the ingredients because you don't have to wait for the cube to dissolve.  The flavor is so concentrated that it won't dilute your sauce at all!  It's truly a flavor bomb, in my opinion!




I'd been using Better Than Bouillon for many years now and always have them on hand.  Besides the Turkey Base, my favorites are Roasted Beef Base and Roasted Chicken Base.  I make my family's favorite beef stew at least once a week and Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base is the secret ingredient that make it tastes so amazing!  Better Than Bouillon Roasted Beef Base intensifies the beefy flavors in the stew without diluting the sauce.  I also use it create a soup base, to build flavor in my sauces, to make a quick beef au jus for roasted beef, and to create gravy with it as well.  Also, you can substitute the turkey meat in this recipe with chicken (and swap in the Roasted Chicken Base) to make chicken pot pies.  And I promise, they will be the best chicken pot pie you'll ever had!  They are so good that my kids always wonder if I ordered and pick up the Chicken Pot Pies from the restaurant!  There are so many different flavors of Better Than Bouillon to explore, such as the Seasoned Vegetable Base, Roasted Garlic Base (perfect for making garlic bread), and Mushroom Base, & etc. Be sure to grab a few on your next grocery run to take your holiday recipes to the next level and make your life a whole lot easier and flavorful!  You can use the product locator on the Better Than Bouillon site or order online to get those hard to find flavors as well! 



Back to these Holiday Individual Turkey Pot Pies!  Imagine buttery and flaky pie crust, fresh mixed vegetables, and tender turkey meat surrounded by creamy and velvety sauce that has a "cooked all day" flavors, thanks to the Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base. This decadent turkey pot pie is served with sweet and tart cranberry sauce for a contrast of flavors!  Each bit is simply heavenly!   You'll definitely be making this recipe again and again!  What are your family's holiday traditions?  Do you have a family's favorite recipe?  Have you tried Better Than Bouillon products before?  If so, which one is your favorite?  Be sure to leave a commend below and share with me.  Can't wait to hear from you!  Happy Holidays, from my kitchen to yours!








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Holiday Individual Turkey Pot Pie Recipe
Makes: 6 (8 ounces Pies)

4 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, diced
1 cup pumpkin (frozen, diced)
1 cup mixed vegetables (frozen)
4 cups roasted turkey (diced)
1 tablespoon sage (chiffonade)
1 teaspoon thyme
1/3 cup all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling puff pastry)
2 tablespoons Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base
2 cups turkey stock (low sodium)
3/4 cup heavy cream
2 sheets puff pastry (thawed)
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
Cranberry Sauce (for serving)
Fresh Cranberries and Sage leaves (optional, for garnish)

Preheat the oven to 425°F.  In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.  Stir in onions and cook until translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Add in pumpkin, mixed vegetables, turkey, sage, and thyme.  Sprinkle the flour over the ingredients,  stir gently, and let the flour cook for 1 minute.  Add in the Better Than Bouillon Turkey Base and turkey stock.  Let the sauce cook until thickened, about 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream.  Let the fillings cool off slight while you prepare the puff pastry.

Gently roll out the seams of the puff pastry on a lightly flour-dusted surface.  Place your ramekins up-side-down on the pastry as a guide.  Cut out 3 pastry per puff pastry sheet.  Repeat with the remaining puff pastry sheet.

Evenly divide the turkey fillings into the 6 ramekins.  Top each one with a cut out puff pastry.  Place the filled ramekins onto a foil lined baking sheet.  Whisk the egg yolk and water to create an egg wash.  Brush a think layer of egg wash onto each puff pastry.

Bake for 22 to 25 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden brown and cooked through.

Let cool slightly before serving.  Be very careful, fillings is extremely hot.  Garnish with cranberry and sage (if using.)  Serve these Holiday Turkey Pot Pies with cranberry sauce and enjoy!













Tuesday, October 15, 2019

JACK O' LANTERN S'MORES SLIDERS


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 Are you ready for Halloween?  Do you usually host or attend Halloween parties?  My family always attend a friend's Halloween costume party every year.  They went all out and decorate their house inside and out!  It's always spooktacular and fun!  My friend's Halloween party is usually a potluck style, so everyone brings a dish to share.  Since my friends know I love baking, they always assign me to bring a dessert or a sweet treat.  This year, I'm planning to bring this festive, yet super easy to prepare, and scarily delicious Jack o' Lantern S'mores Sliders to share with them.


My Kids are huge fans for anything with S'mores flavor!  After all, who doesn't love melt-y chocolate, charred and gooey marshmallows, along with the crunch of graham cracker, right?  My kids inspired me to create this Jack o' Lantern S'mores Sliders featuring King's Hawaiian's Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (#ad), which is something that I always have on hand.  They make a quick and convenience snack.  I also use them to pack kids' sandwich lunches as well.  Since these rolls are slightly sweet, they make the most delicious sweet and savory sandwiches as well.  They go well with so many dishes, in my opinion.



 


These S'mores Sliders are such a cinch to make, and they are so easy to serve too, which makes them the perfect party food.  You can easily grab and go!  No fuss, no mess! So, go check out my video tutorial above on how to make them!  To make these S'more Sliders more festive, I dress them up with some cookie icing and turn them into Jack o' Lanterns!  My daughter loves helping me in the kitchen especially when she can decorate and play with food! I guess the pumpkin doesn't fall far from its vine.

Please leave me a comment below and let me know what's your (or your kiddo's) favorite treat?  Be sure to go grab a (or a few) package of King's Hawaiian Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls and make these Jack o' Lantern S'mores Sliders this Halloween!  Wish you all a fun, safe, and spooktacular Halloween!



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JACK O' LANTERN S'MORES SLIDERS:

1 (12 count) King's Hawaiian's Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread
1 1/4 cup mini marshmallows
3 graham crackers
1 tube of black cookie icing
sprinkle of your choice
2 bread sticks (cut into 1 1/2-inches)
a few decorative toothpicks (optional)

Take the King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls out of the package.  Cut the roll in half lengthwise (horizontally).  Reserve the top half of the rolls and set them aside.  
Place the bottom half of the sweet rolls in a baking tray.  Spread the chocolate hazelnut spread on top evenly.  Sprinkle the mini marshmallows on top in a single layer.  Toast the marshmallows 6-inches under the boiler for 1 minute.  Rotate the baking tray half way through.  Do not walk away from this process.  The marshmallows can toast up really fast. When the marshmallows are all charred up, remove the baking pan from the oven and let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, place the graham crackers into a zip top bag.  Seal it up and crush with a rolling pin. When the sweet rolls are cool enough to handle, transfer it to a serving platter.  Sprinkle the crushed graham cracker crumbs on top evenly.  Place the reserved top half of the sweet rolls on top.

Draw the Jack o' Lantern facial features onto each bun.  Decorate with sprinkles and stick a bread stick in between the buns to mimic the pumpkin stems.  Enjoy!




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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Mermaid Chia Seeds Pudding (Pitaya Dragon Fruit & Butterfly Pea Flower Tea)


Are you enjoying the Fall weather?  I'm loving the cooler temperature and the fact that I actually needed a jacket in the morning! If you've been following me on Instagram and my YouTube Channel, you probably have seen this Mermaid Chia Seeds Pudding that I shared a while ago!  Sorry for the delay in posting this blog post and recipe.  The weather was still super hot when I created this recipe!  But nevertheless, it's still a delicious recipe, even in this Fall weather.   




Check out my YouTube video tutorial above, if you haven't done so.  You'll see this gorgeous Mermaid Chia Pudding is really easy to put together.  You can prepare it the night before and it's ready for you in the morning as breakfast.  But I personally enjoy this as a quick snack or "dessert" in the afternoon more than as a breakfast item.  Yes, it's sweet enough as a dessert, yet it's still healthy and good for you.  The pink bottom layer is make with whole milk (you can substitute with almond milk, or soy milk if you like), Chia Seeds, a touch of honey for sweetness, and this gorgeous Dragon Fruit Powder that makes it pink.  It's packed with vitamins and anti-oxidant!  I'll list the product link at the end of the post for your reference.   





The upper blue-ish and purple-ish layer is made from Butterfly Pea Flower tea. It's also a vitamin and anti-oxidant rich ingredient that will make you feel beautiful from the inside out after enjoying it!  I love pretty food that also have such health benefit.  But since I'm not a doctor or nutritionist, please don't hold me accountable for that.  You can google it and read more for yourself if you're interested.  The original color of the Butterfly Pea Flower Tea was blue.  After adding the honey, it changed to this gorgeous purple-ish color because of the acid.  





October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I'll be wearing pink this month to raise awareness.  Hm....maybe I'll share more pink food and recipes too!  If you want to read more about Brest Cancer Awareness Month, here's the post that I shared last year:

Just this morning, I heard on the news that Beyoncé's Father, Mathew Knowles, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer!  This horrible disease not only affect women, but men as well.  I encourage you to do a regular self check because early detection is important and can save lives!  Check out my last years post on details and symptoms to look for.

Until next time, please take care!



Ingredients and Tools Used:
SunCore Organic White Chia Seeds:

SunCore Pitaya Dragon Fruit Powder:

Organic Butterfly Pea Flowers:

Organic Honey:

Mini Bowl Set:

Star Shape Cookie Cutter:



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Thursday, June 13, 2019

How To Make Low Carb Dark Chocolate Mug Cake (Keto Friendly, Sugar Free, Flour Free, Gluten Free)






Have you jumped onto the low carb bandwagon yet? If not, you might really want to considered that.  Ever since I cut down on sugar and refine carbs, I feel more energetic than before!  I used to feel super tired and sleepy after lunch; Now, not anymore!  Well, it doesn't mean that I wouldn't want an afternoon "pick-me-up".  It's just that I don't NEED it.  I would enjoy one just because I can.  And this Low Carb Dark Chocolate Mug Cake is definitely a perfect afternoon pick-me-up!





This  Low Carb Dark Chocolate Mug Cake is super delicious.  The cake itself is soft, tender, and fluffy.  Best of all, it's sugar free, flour free, gluten free, and you just simply feel guilt-free after eating one!  In this video, I topped the cake with a little sugar free chocolate shaves.  But it's just as awesome if you add berries on top!  And if you haven't watch the video tutorial yet, you need to head right to my YouTube channel and watch it!  It's super easy to prepare and only need a few simple ingredients (I'll list them at the end of this post).  In fact, my kids know how to make these on their own!  That's how easy these Mug Cakes are.






If you tried this recipe, please let me know how it goes and tag me on Social Media! It truly makes my day when you try my recipes.  Stay tuned for more easy and healthy recipes. Wish you all a wonderful start of Summer Holidays!





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Closed Star Piping Tips
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Pastry Bags

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Organic Vanilla Extract
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Lakanto Sugar Free Chocolate Bars

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Tea Cup and Saucer Set
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Valrhona Cocoa Powder
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Lakanto Monkfruit 2:1 Powder Sugar
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Thursday, May 30, 2019

How to Make Baby Kale Shakshuka





What is your favorite vegetable?  For me, it's kale!  Not only it's packed with wonderful nutrients, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Calcium, and Potassium, just to name a few.  Kale is also the power house of  delightful flavors. I love the earthy, refreshing, and unique flavors from their dark green leafs. 





Unfortunately, I've heard many dislike kale because of its tough texture.  Today, I'm going to show you the secret to turn this healthy vegetable into a delectable dish that you would want to make it over and over again!  The secret, is to quickly sauteed them, instead of eating them raw in salads.  Also, I'm using baby kale in this particular recipe, so the leafs are particularly tender. 




Traditionally, Shakshuka is a dish with poached egg baked in a vegetable and tomato sauce.  Today, I'm making it lighter by replacing the tomato sauce with chicken stock instead.  You can also substitute with vegetable stock as well.  This way, you can truly taste the wonderful flavor of the kale and not over powered by the tomato sauce.





As you can see from my video tutorial, I topped the Baby Kale Shakshuka with a sprinkle of sumac for a refreshing and lemony punch.  If you haven't tried sumac yet, I highly recommended it.  It truly wakes up the dish and adds such a delightful freshness to this decadent dish.  I served this dish with a couple slices of toasts made from my 90 Seconds Low Carb Quick Bread.  Serving this dish with a slice of rusty bread or toasts is a must!  They will soak up the sauces and runny yolk in this dish.  You can find my low carb bread recipe in the link below.


I hope you enjoy today's video tutorial and recipe.   Stay tuned for more delicious and healthy recipes soon!


90 Seconds Low Carb Bread Recipe:
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Tools and Ingredients Used:

Individual Baking Dish Set

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Baby Kale Shakshuka
Servings: 2

2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small shallot, chopped
8 ounces baby kale
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons chicken or vegetable stock
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
2 large eggs
kosher salt
black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sumac

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and shallots and cook until fragrant.

Add the kale in 2 batches.  They will wilt significantly as they cook. Continue to stir for even heat distribution. 

When the kale is slightly softened, add the salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, feta cheese lemon juice, and chicken stock.  Stir well and taste the mixture.  Adjust the seasoning if needed. 

Evenly distribute the kale mixture into 2 oven safe baking dishes.  Gently create a well in the center of each one and crack an egg into each well.

Bake, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes.  Or until the egg whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny.

Sprinkle sumac on top.  Let cool slightly and serve warm with toasts or crusty bread.

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