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Golden Sweet Corn Bread Mini Muffins

A sweet spin on traditional cornbread!

DIY Painted Photo Backdrops

Super easy backdrops for your photo, plus a few tips!

Açaí Bowl Recipe + Tips

Make your own Açaí Bowl with my simple recipe and helpful tips!

DIY Repurposed Succulent Planter

Check out this adorable planter I made from this broken item destined for the trash!

Sausage and Veggie Deep Dish "Pizza Pies"

Make your own deep dish pizza pie with this easy recipe!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake

Happy Sunday!  It's that time of year where the days still feel as hot as the summer months, but it gets busier and busier with school, work, and family.  The last thing I want to do is get stuck in a hot kitchen baking a cake for dessert, so I came up with this deliciously easy Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake!

In about five minutes, with no special equipment or fancy techniques, you can throw this dessert in the freezer lickety-split.  However, the final product looks like it took a lot of time and effort, even though it is super easy.  :)  The cake is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, but so pretty that you could serve it to party guests.

It is light and refreshing, like an ice cream cake, but made with tangy frozen yogurt instead!  So it is sweet, but not too sweet, especially with the addition of tart raspberries.  The blueberries are my personal favorite, but you could add blackberries or boysenberries instead.  Add to that a crust made with crushed ice cream cones, and you have a pretty dessert that is both colorful and delicious.


Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake ~ Vintage Zest | A quick, easy, family-friendly dessert that is gorgeous enough to serve at a party and healthy enough to gobble up after any weeknight dinner!


The bonus is that these are ingredients you can keep on hand all year round in the freezer and pantry.  Yes, only 5 simple ingredients, and you have a lovely dessert!  Just two flavors of my favorite protein-packed yogurt, ProYo, two kinds of berries, ice cream cones, and that's it!  By the way, you could use fresh berries, but I used frozen ones since I already had them on hand.

Basically, this is a dessert that requires no prep, a handful of ingredients, looks gorgeous, and can be made from ingredients available in your freezer or pantry year-round.  You're welcome!  :)


Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake ~ Vintage Zest | A quick, easy, family-friendly dessert that is gorgeous enough to serve at a party and healthy enough to gobble up after any weeknight dinner!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of ProYo.  All opinions are mine alone.


Berry Frozen Yogurt Cake
A Vintage Zest original recipe

Friday, April 15, 2016

Tip: 5 Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Meal Plan During the Week

This year, I am getting a lot of things back on track including my meal plan!  As you know, I have a food blog that keeps me busy with events out and about almost every day.  Recently, I decided to scale back because I want to take care of myself better, and eat better too!  That means a lot more eating at home and making sure that I have a well-thought out plan.

Today, I have five simple tips that will help you keep your meal plan on track, even if you are a busy bee like me!


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Five Easy Ways to Maintain a Healthy Meal Plan During the Week

1.  Meal Plan!

A plan isn't a plan until you write it down.  Scout out recipes that you want to eat during the week that fit into your goals.  Plan out every breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack for the week.  Then, go ahead and write down all the ingredients you need, so you are fully stocked up at home with everything you need!  A bonus is that you will not be tempted to overbuy or pick up something extra, if you stick to your list.


2. Schedule "Off" Days

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast


Today's second recipe is a hearty toast with roasted tomatoes and pesto that I make for a quick lunch or snack.  From start to finish, it takes less than 10 minutes, and you have something warm, satisfying, and fresh.  Actually, I think it looks pretty gourmet if you ask me, so you can even make it for a party appetizer as well!

Also, you may have come over from my California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe that I eat for breakfast.  Basically, every meal can be made on toast, don't you think?  ;)


Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Once again, I used one of my favorite San Luis Sourdough® Bread varieties because it is perfect to top with all the different ingredients and still hold up!  Their Sourdough Cracked Wheat Sliced Bread has the perfect flavor to go with all the pesto, tomatoes, and delicious seasonings!

Now are we ready for the recipe?  Scroll down for more!


Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!



Roasted Tomato & Pesto Toast
A Vintage Zest original recipe

California Fresh Avocado Toast


I love being in California where so many food trends get their start before making a splash on the rest of the world!  Just to name a few, there are the gourmet food trucks, juicing, and (my current favorite) avocado toast.  :)  Today for you, I decided to put together one of my fave easy, fresh, and tasty dishes.  It is totally a copycat from a popular local deli here, so now all of you out there can enjoy it!

This California Fresh Avocado Toast is super simple and delicious for either breakfast or snack, and I think it is pretty gorgeous if you ask me!  It's so simple, it takes about 15 seconds with TV magic...  See the video here or below!  :)


California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Speaking of California, I used one of theSan Luis Sourdough® Bread varieties because they have been a California favorite since 1983.  Totally delish!  In particular, I used the Sourdough Cracked Wheat Sliced Bread to build my creation on, because it is hearty and the texture is absolutely perfect to withstand all the avocado-y goodness.

Are you ready to get the recipe?  Let's go!


California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


California Fresh Avocado Toast
A Vintage Zest original recipe





Ingredients
  • 2 slices of San Luis Sourdough Cracked Wheat Sliced Bread
  • 1 avocado
  • 5 - 6 grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled goat cheese
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Watercress or arugula
  • Drizzle, balsamic vinegar


California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


Directions

1.  Toast bread to desired toastiness!

2.  Top each slice with an avocado half and smash with a fork.

3.  Top with grape tomatoes, then goat cheese, salt and pepper to taste, and a few leaves of watercress.

4.  Finish with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.


California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


And that's it!  Like I said, it is really simple and the results are beautiful!  I even whipped up a second toast more hearty toast with roasted tomatoes and pesto at the same time (get that recipe here), and the whole thing took me less than 10 minutes.


California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


In fact, take a look at how quick everything comes together with this mini video I put together.  :)  Easy peasy, right?




Just remember to pick up the Sourdough Cracked Wheat Sliced Bread for that authentic sourdough flavor, and crisp, bubbly crust.  I love the Sheepherder's Bread as well, which is much softer and absolutely delicious for so many other recipes!  Recently, a number of San Luis Sourdough Bread varieties were officially Non-GMO Project Verified*, so you know that you are getting the best quality product out there.  :)


California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


I absolutely love this recipe and I hope you do too.  Let me know what you think!

Happy toasting!


California Fresh Avocado Toast recipe on Diane's Vintage Zest!


*What does it mean to be Non-GMO Project Verified? 
The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s only independent verification for products made according to rigorous best practices for GMO avoidance. For more information, visit  the Non-GMO Project website: http://www.nongmoproject.org/

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by San Luis Sourdough. All opinions are mine alone.



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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Motivational Printables & Phone Wallpapers!

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Can you believe how fast 2016 is going by?!  This is about the time of year that a lot of people end up bailing on their resolutions... but I say let's get motivated instead!  Today, I put together a set of three printables plus phone wallpapers for you, which help keep me on track with my goals.

These are positive messages that work for just about anyone, but personally I am working on choosing healthier options and taking care of myself.  Before I get to the fun freebies, I have a few tips that are helping me to set my sights on my goals and achieve them ASAP!


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At first, I wanted to just make some free printables that you could hang on your wall for inspiration, as you can see below.  They are pretty cute, but not too cute for the man in your life.  :)

Then, I had a lightbulb moment to turn my images into phone wallpapers as you can see above!


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I use my phone wallpaper as a reminder to choose those healthy options.  The best part is that I get the motivational messages on the go, especially when I am faced with food decisions.  In fact, when I was at Walmart the other day, shopping for some road trip snacks, I pulled out my phone to make sure that I skipped the bad stuff and instead bought my favorite healthy items!  V8 V-Fusion®, I'm looking at you!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sliders

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As you may have noticed, it's been pretty quiet around here because... I am moving to Wordpress!  Behind the scenes, I have been doing the usual cooking, crafting, traveling, and eating, plus lots of updating, rewriting, photo editing, and everything else to get the blog over there ASAP.

What that means is that I am super short on time when it comes to just about everything.  So when my mom asked me to whip up a recipe that my dad could use for his game day crowd, I had to think of something that was quick, easy, and still delicious.  Introducing my Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sliders!


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First of all, let me tell you have easy these are to make.  There are seven ingredients total, most of which you can keep on hand in case of a last minute shindig.  There is no measuring whatsoever, so you basically can't "mess up" the recipe, and there's less clean-up with zero dirty spoons and cups!

Not to mention that this takes all of maybe 10 minutes to make, 30 if you do it "from scratch."  Like I said, easy peasy!


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You might be thinking that if there are only a few ingredients, it is lacking flavor.  Not at all!  I use one of my favorite secret ingredients, La Morena's Chipotle Sauce, to pump up the volume, and it tastes as if I have been slow cooking the chicken for forever.  Add a few other ingredients and the sliders are ready for the partay!

P.S. - If you want to make these with beef or pork, it would be just as delicious.  Also, if you prefer to make these full sized sandwiches, that would be great too!


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By the way, how did the crowd like it?  Well, we were practically feeding an army... my dad's soccer team!  Yes, he still plays on a team with a bunch of other "men of a certain age" who are sports fanatics.  When they got to my parent's house, they were hungry and ready for the football games on TV, so we had an antsy crowd on our hands.

I made sure to make my recipe extra spicy with the addition of some La Morena Sliced Jalapeños for my Latino tíos (uncles) on the team.  Otherwise, I know they would be asking for more sabor (flavor)!

But everyone loved the sliders so it was mission accomplished!  I'm sure your football party guests will be happy to eat these too.  :)


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Before we get to the recipe, here are a couple of tips to make this super quick.  You can keep most of the ingredients on hand in the pantry, so I always make sure to buy double when I'm at Northgate Market.

To make it even simpler, you can buy a precooked chicken for super easy shredding which will shave off even more time.  Smart!


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Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sliders
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