I went to college in Fort Collins, and one of my favorite places to go for drinks was Ma’s Juice Bar. The bartender [Ma] was hilarious and her mojitos were strong AND delicious. Many a college weekend was started (and sometimes ended) at Ma’s with a spiked fruit smoothy followed by a round of mojitos.
This recipe reminds me of Ma’s watermelon mojito, with less calories and can be made strong as you’d like. I love how refreshing this easy sparkling cocktail recipe is! Just puree the fruit together and add your liquid ingredients.
In a blender, puree the watermelon and lemon juice. If you’d prefer to not have any fruit chunks, strain before adding to your pitcher. I personally think a bit of watermelon adds to the cocktail, but thats totally up to you.
Add mint, vodka, and Essence of Lemon Lime then stir. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint.
Quinoa is one of my favorite bases for an easy weeknight recipe. High in protein and low in carbohydrates, quinoa cooks up just like rice and is a great substitute when you are looking to eat healthy.
This Turkey Quinoa recipe is one of my go to weeknight dinners and the left overs are perfect for serving up throughout the week as lunch.
Turkey Quinoa Recipe
If you plan to use your turkey quinoa to fill acorn squash, you need to start the squash right away. Acorn is my favorite, but you could also use butternut or even bell peppers if you aren’t in a squashy mood.
Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Place upside down on a small baking tray and add 1/2 cup of water. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and place in the oven while you prepare the rest of the recipe.
Quinoa comes in a couple of different colors. They all taste the same to me, so I like to mix them for a bit of variety. Two cups dry quinoa makes about 3 cups cooked.
Start a pot boiling with two cups of water and two cups of chicken broth. Add the quinoa and put a lid on the pot. Turn to low.
Heat 2 tbs olive oil in a In a large frying pan and sauté 2 cloves of garlic and 1/2 of cup of red onion.
Add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms and cook until tender.
Add 1 lb ground turkey and cook until brown. Season with salt, pepper and 1 tsp cumin and add in the fully cooked quinoa.
Fill your acorns and serve! You’ll have have a ton of leftovers that you can eat for lunch throughout the rest of the week.
Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Acorns
- 1 acorn squash [halved]
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 2 cups quinoa
- 1/2 cup red onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp cumin
- Salt & Pepper
- Cut the acorn squash in half and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 mins.
- Saute garlic and onion until translucent.
- Add turkey and brown.
- Mix in quinoa and add cumin, salt and pepper.
- Fill the cooked acorn squash and serve.
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For my family, deviled eggs are a staple of any family gathering but at Thanksgiving they are a MUST have. We’ll typically start with a couple dozen and are lucky if any actually make it to the dinner table.
This easy Thanksgiving appetizer recipe is a classic family recipe with a tasty Hickory Farms twist. Simply Spicy Brown Mustard gives a slight kick of flavor that is the perfect way to personalize a dish everyone already loves.