Two Amazing Tropical Smoothies

We just returned from the El Dorado Royale Resort in Tulum, Mexico where one of their featured lunch restaurants, Health Bar, had an out-of-this-world smoothie bar.  Here are two of my favorites that I will be trying to recreate at home.  Now, where can I find some cactus?

Tropical Shakes @2CookinMamasTropical Protein Shake:

Strawberry, Banana, Mango, Pina Colada & Protein Powder

Fiji Tropical Smoothie:

Jugo de Toronja, Nopal, Apio y Perejila or Grapefruit, Cactus, Celery, & Parsley

Salud!

Christina Russell @2CookinMamas

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Muffin Tin Makeover

Looking for something fresh and new to make with your muffin tins?  Check out these recipes below and let us know if you have any favorites of your own!

Mac-and-Cheese Cups – Mr. Food

Click on the title to see the recipe.

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Dear Mom,

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Today I celebrate my mom – the best woman I know!  Happy Mother’s Day!

I love you!

xoxo

Before I was myself you made me, me
With love and patience, discipline and tears,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,
Allowing me to sail upon my sea,
Though well within the headlands of your fears.
Before I was myself you made me, me
With dreams enough of what I was to be
And hopes that would be sculpted by the years,
Then bit by bit stepped back to set me free,
Relinquishing your powers gradually,
To let me shape myself among my peers.
Before I was myself you made me, me,
And being good and wise, you gracefully
As dancers when the last sweet cadence nears
Bit by bit stepped back to set me free.
For love inspires learning naturally:
The mind assents to what the heart reveres.
And so it was through love you made me, me
By slowly stepping back to set me free.

By: Nicholas Gordon

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Shrimp 9 Ways!

In honor of National Shrimp Day we’ve decided to bring you shrimp 9 ways!  Pick your pleasure and enjoy!

  1. Pan-Fried:  Linda’s Shrimp with Basil
  2. Grilled:  Rachel Ray’s Grilled Shrimp
  3. Baked:  Barefoot Contessa’s Baked Shrimp Scampi
  4. Blackened:  Publix’s Blackened Shrimp Alfredo with Salad Fresca
  5. Kabobs:  Campbell’s Kitchen Sweet & Tangy Shrimp Kabobs
  6. Curried:  AllRecipes.com Curried Shrimp Au Gratin
  7. Thai:  CookingLight.com Shrimp Pad Thai
  8. Deep Fried:  AllRecipes.com Japanese Style Deep Fried Shrimp
  9. Cajun Style:  Publix’s New Orleans Shrimp with Cajun Beans & Rice

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Shrimp-with-Basilblackenedshrimp

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It’s National Butterscotch Brownie Day!

I’ve never had a butterscotch brownie before, but I love butterscotch candies and who doesn’t love brownies?!, so the combination only makes sense!  Check out this recipe from AllRecipes.com and if you’re up to baking this holiday weekend, let me know how they turned out!

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Ingredients – Makes 32 bars

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease an 8″ square baking pan.
  2. In large bowl, cream the shortening, brown sugar, egg, & vanilla.  In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, walnuts, & salt.  Slowly add the egg mixture to the shortening mixture and stir until blended well.  Spread dough evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20-24 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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Introducing the 2 Cookin’ Mamas!

Hi everyone and thanks for taking the time to follow us!  We are a mother-daughter team that loves everything related to cooking & nutrition and we are so excited to start this blog!  We’ll be sharing recipes, cooking tips & tricks, fun nutrition facts, and holiday meal ideas, just to name a few.  We will also be having giveaways and updates on how our cookbook is progressing.

Thanks again for all your support!

Love,

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