Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOMables Recipe Review (8)

Anyone out there love pancakes? If you love pancakes and haven't tried crepes yet, what are you waiting for? Crepes are delicious, too! Unfortunately, finding a crepe box mix that is simply delicious isn't the easiest to do, and restaurants seem to be hit-or-miss. Lucky me, one of the MOMables recipes I got was for some Strawberry Nutella Crepes, and the crepe batter recipe it included is the best I've ever had! To learn more about MOMables (and to enter the giveaway for 3 free months!), go here!

Since this recipe is not one of the free recipes, the actual recipe itself will not be shared.

My husband is the pancake maker, so I asked him to make the crepes. (If you're curious, it's pronounced cr-eh-p... like the 'e' sound in 'text' or 'yep'. If you are saying cray-p, you are referring to a type of paper.) The best part about that (aside from having breakfast made for me) is I got to take more pictures during their creation because I was not busy!

The batter was super simple for him to make, and they were cooking before I knew it.





Strawberry nutella goodness all rolled up and ready to eat! MOMables even offered a Nutella alternative... a nut-free nutella you can make yourself! That recipe is free, so here ya go!

I devoured my crepes as quickly as they were being made, and Squiggle wanted to help, too. She cruised right over to steal my food from me! She only got pieces of crepe without anything on them, but she made no secret of the fact that she loved them!






This crepe batter was so easy and so delicious, in fact, that it inspired my husband to try and make his own beer batter from scratch that night to bread and fry fish with. (Also the best beer batter we've EVER had at home.... all thanks to MOMables inspiring him!) Overall, best crepes I've ever had (actual crepe batter), and delicious filling! These will be made again and again in this house!

Disclosure: These opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MOMables Recipe Review (7)

The following is one of the free recipes, so it's included in the post! For more information on what MOMables are, check out my info post and giveaway HERE

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For the record, I’m not coming at this recipe from a mom point of view. I’m coming from a busy professional who is queen of the household and frequently has family dinners point of view. Not so different if you think about it. Kids or no kids “what’s for dinner” is still one of my least favourite questions, so when someone points me in the direction of a delicious recipe, I’m game!

I made the MOMables recipe of Turkey Pad Thai. I love a good pad thai, and this is an excellent recipe to follow to make a quick one at home. I was able to make the sauce while the water for the noodles boiled. I was able to chop cabbage (I also included carrots - personal tastes) and cashews while the turkey and the noodles cooked at the same time/pace.




I made this during intermission of a hockey game, and didn’t miss a single minute of it, so there are no complaints there. I will definitely be making this again, and for the whole family next time for sure. My only adjustment, is that I will be making just a little bit more of the sauce; I loved the flavours of it, I just wanted a bit more and the man of the house agrees.

Turkey Pad Thai was a very easy recipe to follow, a very quick meal to make, and doesn’t require a lot of attention, which means I can easily entertain my 8 year old niece who never has to ask twice for Aunties attention. The variations that you can put on the recipe will probably having you make this in a few different ways, and the best part is it’s very satisfying. 

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Disclosure: Tarah was not compensated in any way for her review. These opinions are Tarah’s and may differ from those of your own.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MOMables Recipe Review (6)

I tried a MOMables crock pot recipe for dinner on Monday, and I must say I was pleased! First, I've never made a dinner in my crock pot. In fact, I had only ever tried to make a baked bean recipe in it and it turned out horrible. Man, have I been missing out on crock pot cooking! Dinner was Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore, and it was another great MOMables recipe! For more information on what MOMables are, check out my info post and giveaway HERE!

Since this recipe is not one of the free recipes, the actual recipe itself will not be shared. 

The recipe was easy to follow, and the prep time was minimal. I sliced the fresh veggies, at that was pretty much the bulk of the work. No, seriously. It was. Slice, add, turn on the crock pot, voila!

Pre-shredding the chicken
 I left the crock pot to do its thing, and the house started smelling wonderful a few hours later. 5 hours later, and I boiled a bit of pasta to complete the meal. While the water was heating, I opted to shred up the chicken (you don't have to, but it works great!). The pasta finished and everything was ready to eat!

Shredding the chicken (in a dinner bowl so I don't have to dirty the cutting board)

After adding the shredded chicken back in

Everyone liked it, though hubby thinks it would have been better over rice. I could see that, so next time I think I will just make rice to go along with it. It would also have been yummy in a little tortilla.

Dinner is served!
All in all, I think I had 20 minutes of prep work and then the time it took to boil the pasta (which I had the chicken shredded well before that water even boiled). Very quick meal, very delicious!

Disclosure: These opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

MOMables Recipe Review (5)

I've been making a LOT of MOMables recipes lately, and so far every one has been a success! The Greek Tortellini Salad recipe was no acception. It was another delicious MOMables recipe! For more information on what MOMables are, check out my info post and giveaway HERE!

Since this recipe is not one of the free recipes, the actual recipe itself will not be shared.  



This recipe looked really easy, but it was a bit trickier than I planned on. Squiggle wasn't letting me put her down, and my carriers (all but my ring sling) were not available. I don't know how to do a back carry in a ring sling yet, so I attempted to keep her happy with the hip carry, but she kept reaching for the knives.

Other than the delay that caused, this was a pretty easy recipe! I prepped all the other ingredients (washed, cut, etc) while the water for the tortellini was heating to a boil (and then while the tortellini cooked).



I threw the dressing together in my glass measuring cup and just left it there until I needed it at the end. Honestly, the most difficult thing was chopping the kalamata olives. The skins on those just don't like being cut well! I think, while delicious, we may have started a feud between kalamata olives and me.



It was super simple to make and everyone devoured this, too. Bobble ate all of his, Squiggle kept snagging items out of his bowl to eat (happily, so she liked it too!), and hubby got seconds and then started eying the left overs. We ate the left overs for lunch the following day and they were every bit as good as before.

Disclosure: These opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.

Monday, April 7, 2014

MOMables Recipe Review - Chocolate Syrup for Chocolate Milk!

Another delicious MOMables recipe found below! For more information on what MOMables are, check out my info post and giveaway HERE!

Do your kids love chocolate milk? Okay, so my kid had never had chocolate milk when I first tried this... but I sure loved it plenty! I hated that the ingredients on the Hershey's Chocolate Syrup bottle were so... fake? Unappealing? Both? I totally get that it's not supposed to be healthy. After all, it is chocolate syrup, thus full of sugar. Just because something is sugary doesn't mean it has to be artificial.

The store bought ingredient list (found here) lists HFCS and then Corn Syrup as the first two ingredients and then sugar as the 5th. Is all that really necessary? Isn't sugar enough? Last I checked, sugar was pretty sweet... never mind the fact it has artificial flavour. Why? Cocoa powder takes fairly chocolatey, right?

Okay, so I'm pretty irked by all that... when I stumbled across a MOMables recipe for home made chocolate syrup. Honestly, I think this recipe is what turned me on to the MOMables in the first place. This was definitely the first recipe from there we ever made.



My husband was always the one to make this. It turned out so well (and disappeared so quickly *cough*) that he started making larger batches and just refilling our old chocolate syrup bottle. It was super easy to make and would be done very quickly. He has had to throw a batch (or two?) out before as he left to do something instead of staying and stirring it. That, of course, led to a burnt taste. Soooo, if you make this, stay and stir it. It doesn't take long. It's also delicious!

Disclosure: These opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.

MOMables Recipe Review (4)

For dinner the other night, I made Green Goddess Grilled Cheese. Another delicious MOMables recipe! For more information on what MOMables are, check out my info post and giveaway HERE!

Since this recipe is not one of the free recipes, the actual recipe itself will not be shared.

I'm going to share the MOMables picture of the sandwich first because, well, it's simply a much higher quality picture.



The recipe looked super easy (after all, it's a sandwich!), but tasted like it should have had a lot more work put into it. I used a lot more spinach in our sandwiches than was shown in the MOMables picture, but we are pretty big spinach fans in this house.

Everyone devoured it. My toddler ate every last bite, which was surprising since he isn't the biggest fan of sandwiches. Rather, he likes the ingredients, but he normally picks them apart to make a big mess. Bobble ate this as a proper sandwich.


If I change anything about this sandwich, I might add some grilled portobella mushrooms to it. Being picky like I am, however, they would have to be grilled. I think this would be a fabulous recipe to accompany grilled veggies anyway, so this spring/summer, I might throw some of these together while hubby grills some corn or zucchini, and have him throw a few portobella caps on the grill, too. All in all, this was definitely another MOMables recipe win!

Disclosure: These opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.