Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shrimp & Chile Stew

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces.

Filled with corn, black beans, shrimp, and spicy chiles - this stew is perfect for a chilly night or your game day festivities!
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Oh, shrimp. How I love you. Shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, fried shrimp... I love 'em all. When we were dating and first married, Paul and I would go to seafood restaurants and buffets all the time. We do get a chance to go out to eat every once in a while now, I just miss my seafood dates. Sigh.

This spicy seafood soup brought me back to those days! I know a lot of people shy away from cooking seafood at home, but honestly - shrimp is one of the easiest things to cook! They magically turn from grey to pink when they're done, no guess work involved. They're so quick too - great for when you're in a rush on a busy weeknight!

The base for this soup is this amazing Imagine® Culinary Simmer Sauce - I absolutely love the Latin Veracruz flavor. You don't need to be a seasoned chef to make something delicious for your family with these simmer sauces! Keep it really simple and saute chicken, beef, or seafood in a pan, simmer with the sauce, and serve with a side dish. Such an easy and brain-free meal idea that serves a family of 4-5! 

They are available in four varieties: Latin Veracruz, Thai Coconut Curry, Louisiana Creole, and Portobello Red Wine and come in a convenient 10 oz pouch. All four are certified organic, no genetically engineered ingredients, preservatives, artificial ingredients, or MSG. They are also gluten free and vegetarian - everyone can enjoy these delicious sauces!

Of course I chose to put my own spin on the sauce and make this Shrimp and Chile Stew. Keep it simple, or add in the optional mix-ins, this is a great meal to use up what you have in the pantry!

Shrimp & Chile Stew

10 oz package Latin Veracruz Imagine® Culinary Simmer Sauce
2 (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes with chiles, undrained
14 oz can chicken broth
1 lb medium raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
Optional mix-ins: corn, black beans, green onion

In a large stockpot, stir together simmer sauce, diced tomatoes, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Add in shrimp and any optional mix-ins, continue to simmer 5-7 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through (pink and no longer opaque). Serve hot.

This soup was so amazing - I have to admit, there were NO leftovers in this house, it went that quick! I think next time I might even add more shrimp. ;)

Would you like to win that amazing prize pack up there? Imagine® is hosting a "Pan with a Plan" sweepstakes on their Facebook page! It runs from mid-October through November with 48 winners being selected over the 8 weeks. The "Pan with a Plan" prize pack includes a saucepan, four Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces and a $25 Visa grocery gift card! What would you make with this amazing prize pack if you won??

Here are some more of my favorite soup recipes:

Broccoli Cheddar Chowder

Green Enchilada Chicken Soup

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Show & Share Wednesday #99

My boys are jumping off the walls today because in our town tomorrow is Trick or Treat night!! Don't ask me why it's tomorrow night instead of Friday night, which is actually Halloween. All I told them is they better come home with some Kit Kats or I'm turning them right back around and sending them out again! :)

Let's check out the features from last week's party:

Easy Baked Spaghetti - Vegetarian Mamma

Pumpkin Guts Dip - Shaken Together Life

Homemade Nesquik - Saving with Shellie

Pumpkin Spice Cake - The Pin Junkie

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Autumn Spiced Apple Tea

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Pure Via®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PureViaSweet

This typical hot tea gets a fall flavored twist with cloves, apple juice, and cinnamon - simple and delicious!

Coffee is usually my poison of choice around here. And since the days are getting colder, and also shorter as the case may be, my coffee drinking is on the upswing. I don't know what it is with chilly breezes and coffee, they just go together so well!

Recently though, the creamer is getting me. One cup or two cups each day, with a tablespoon or two of creamer in each might not be so bad. But let's just say I'm consuming MORE than two cups per day, and the creamer, with all the calories, add up! 

I think I was highly underestimating how delicious tea is and how wonderfully refreshing a hot cup of tea can be on a chilly day! I don't like cream in my tea at all, so that solves the issue I've been having with my coffee. To sweeten it up just a bit, I used a couple of packets of Pure Via sweetener that I picked up on my last trip through Walmart. 

It gave it the right bit of sweetness with zero calories and a lovely flavor. Pure Via is all natural, Non-GMO, and made from the sweet extract of the stevia leaf - no artificial processing or preservatives involved. Love it!

This deliciously simple Autumn Spiced Apple Tea brews on the stove and then gets combined with apple juice along with whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. 

Not only will you have a hot cup of delicious fall flavored tea - your entire house will smell absolutely amazing! One batch makes two servings, but this can easily be doubled or tripled (or more) if you're serving a crowd. Keep it warm in a slow cooker with a ladle for a wonderful warm party drink that your guests will go crazy for!

Autumn Spiced Sweet Tea
makes 2 servings

1 cup water
4 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tea bags
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
2 packets Pure Via sweetener
4 apple slices

Bring water, cloves, and cinnamon sticks to a boil in a small saucepan. Turn off heat, add tea bags, cover, and allow to steep for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in apple juice and sweetener. Turn the heat back on to low and simmer until heated through. To serve, place two apple slices in the bottom of two mugs. Pour hot tea over apples, being careful to strain out cloves and cinnamon sticks. Serve with additional cinnamon sticks in the mugs if desired.

This tea is seriously one of the most delicious teas I've ever had - you HAVE to put it on your list to try this week! If you're interested in trying Pure Via as well, be sure to grab a $.55 off ONE Pure Via 40 Ct. Packets coupon, available while supplies last. You can also download a free songbook/cookbook from Jewel by clicking here. Don't forget to follow Pure Via through their Facebook and Twitter pages as well!

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