July 27, 2015

Candy Sand Art - A Craft Kids Can Eat


Edible Sand Art that takes just minutes to make?  

Candy Sand Art - A Craft Kids Can Eat

YES!!  It's fun to make & delicious to taste...just like Pixie Stix!

I am all about finding creative yet easy ways to have fun with kids when it comes to cooking, this is one of those fun activities that the kids will remember and most likely ask to do again and again!

My daughter and her friends can never decide which is their favorite part - the making, the creating or the eating! 

Tweens with candy

It doesn't take long to mix up a few colors...then let the kids have fum creating sand art they can eat! This is a fabulous party activity too!  The kiddos spend time creating their art, then they take it home ad enjoy it as a goody-bag treat!

Candy Sand Art Tastes Like Pixie Stix

This is my latest post for Disney's popular Babble website, head on over and get the recipe by clicking here!

If you are looking for additional fun ideas for the kids to create this summer, check out my Pinterest Boards for Fun Food For KidsFun For Kids or click on the sidebar label for cooking with kids or recipes for kids for more ideas.

Tell your kids to tag me on Facebook or Instagram @soufflebombay with their Edible Sand Art Creations!  My kids & I would love to see them!


July 25, 2015

Orzo With Tomatoes Feta and Greek Dressing

Orzo With Tomatoes Feta and Greek Dressing

On hot days by the pool with the kiddos, I lean towards dishes that are easy to make, easy to eat and on the lighter side.

This simple Greek Orzo salad does the trick for me.  Sometimes I throw in olives and/or artichoke hearts.  Sometimes I also throw in some grilled chicken strips.  This is easily customized, I have also made a huge bowl of it for a side at a BBQ and it was a big hit.

If you like light salads during the summer as much as I do, here are some of my favorites to check out:

8 Amazing Summer Salads

Crispy Avocado Bacon & Tomato Salad (My favorite!)
Asian Calamari Salad
Fig & Apple Salad
Cobb Salad with Sriracha Ranch
Cucumber Wrapped Salad
Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad
Heirloom Tomato & Mozzarella Cheese Brushetta (It's almost a salad)
Massaged Kale & Cranberry Salad

Orzo With Tomatoes Feta and Greek Dressing
2 cups orzo, cooked to package directions
1 pint grape or small tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup chopped parsley
1 cup of crumbled Feta cheese
Salt & pepper
Greek salad dressing to taste (see instructions)
Optional add ins: black or Kalamata olives, artichoke hearts or seasoned grilled chicken

In a bowl, combine orzo, tomatoes, parsley and Feta, season with salt and pepper and mix.  Either toss with Greek dressing (my favorite is Gazebo Room) or make your own using Greek seasoning (I love Cavender's found in the spice aisle) and grapeseed or olive oil.  If you have Greek seasoning...toss a little in when seasoning the salad as well.

Customize this to your liking.  It;s also delicious the next day.  I prefer buying a small brick of Feta vs the pre-crumbles variety.  I find it to be better quality and creamier.


July 18, 2015

Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad

Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad

I am excited to share with you the newest recipe in my continuing partnership with California Avocados. This month we fired up our grills and came up with a number of delicious recipes I think anyone would enjoy.

California Avocados are in season, and to me part of the appeal of avocados is their versatility...from soups to spreads to salads to hot dishes to even the avocado itself as the vehicle for a dish.  I just love them...when it comes to avocados, the culinary options are endless! And you know what?? Every time I dig into a fresh & creamy California Avocado...just for a minute I am transported there...go ahead and taste the difference!  

I decided to make a Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad - I am somewhat obsessed with tomatoes...especially in the summer so paring avocado & tomatoes seemed the thing to do!

The secret to this delicious dish is the garlic infused oil.  Mmmmm!   It ties the whole dish together beautifully!

Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad

This is another one of those dishes that may get you an oooh-aaaah....and the bonus...people will never know just how simple it was to prepare!  Just a  few minutes on the grill to allow your avocados to get a beautiful char and BBQ flavor...toss your tomatoes & mozzarella with the garlic infused oil...add in some basil and my favorite part...balsamic glaze.  Oh man....now I'm hungry!

The warm avocado mingling with the fresh taste of tomatoes, the rich mozzarella, the garlic & the acid of the balsamic glaze is truly fantastic....make this!  It is a perfect bite!

Grilled Avocado Caprese Salad

I hope you are as excited to make these Grilled Caprese Stuffed Avocado  as I am to share them with you!  If you do make this....snap a photo and tag me on Instagram or Facebook @SouffleBombay - I'd love to see your dish! 

Girl holding a bunch of avocados
Someone...wanted to run off with my avocados! 

July 15, 2015

Easy Summer Marinade For Meat & Vegetables

Easy Summer Marinade For Meat & Vegetables

This has been my go-to marinade for meat and sometimes veggies for over 2 decades!

My family seriously loves it!

5 minutes to whip up the marinade, then simply plop in your meat and later grill it up....yummo!   This easy-to-make marinade works with chicken, steaks, pork chops and tenderloins.  It even works with tuna and veggies!

Marinated & Grilled Pork Chops
One marinade to rule them all, lol!

Marinated & Grilled Mixed Vegetables

Check out my latest post over at Babble to get the full details & recipe by clicking here.


July 9, 2015

Easy Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas Made In A Waffle Iron


Delicious Chicken Quesadillas made in your waffle iron??
In 15 minutes flat?? Heck yeah!!

Easy Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas Made In A Waffle Iron

You guys!! This is one of those recipes that I am crazy excited to share! To me, there is nothing more fun that making something delicious and it ends up being SO easy that anyone can do it!

Making quesadillas in your waffle iron?? Yes, it is easy and bonus...no flipping!! 
Gotta love that!

So the other day I saw somewhere (for the life of me not sure where) ideas on how to use waffle irons for things besides waffles...and all I remember is the quesadilla one.

Right away I said to my 13 year old son (who just had his first quesadilla a couple of weeks ago) Hey...lets try "this" and told him about it.

So the next day that is just what we did!  Connor was a champ chopping, and cooking the peppers and onions, Both he and my husband were over the moon for the Waffle Iron Chicken Quesadillas. Connor said they were way better than the one he had out at a restaurant the other prior week.

Easy Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas Made In A Waffle Iron

The quesadillas were so easy to make, seriously with a rotisserie chicken from start to finish it took me 15 minutes to make the first one...then another 4 minutes or less for the second. 

Making quesadilla's in a waffle maker = Great Idea!  Another great idea...Have you seen the new Calphalon SharpIN Knives?  Their new knives sharpen themselves!! Woot! Talk about a great idea!

We all know how dangerous it can be to use dull knives while prepping/cooking. And how much easier is it to chop slice and dice with a perfectly sharpened knife...right!

Calphalon knows we are all busy so they decided to take one thing off of our plate and came up with self-sharpening cutlery!  Knives stay sharp for their lifetime with SharpIN Technology. Sharpeners are built right into the knife storage block, automatically sharpening straight-edge knives every time you remove them from the block, ensuring peak sharpness!
Thanks Calphalon for sending me a set to try out!  They are terrific! 

Take a look:
For a 1 minute YouTube SharpIn Knives Demo by Calphalon, click here

Easy Chicken & Cheese Quesadillas Made In A Waffle Iron

Easy Chicken Quesadillas Made In A Waffle Iron
1 small rotisserie chicken
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
1 medium Vidalia onion, chopped
2 TBS grapeseed or olive oil, divided
Salt & pepper
12 - 6-inch diameter flour tortillas
8 oz package of shredded Mexican cheese

Pull apart your chicken, getting all of the meat off of it. Lightly shred it with your fingers. Season it and set it aside.  Saute the peppers and onions in 1 TBS oil for 4 minutes.  Set aside.

Heat your waffle iron.  Meanwhile lightly coat one side of each tortilla with oil and season with salt & pepper.  Once iron is ready, lay one tortilla oil side down on the griddle then spoon on some peppers & onions, then add the chicken, then add about 1/4-1/3 cup of cheese. Top with the another tortilla (oil side up and gently close the waffle iron putting more and more pressure in it. Hold for 30 seconds.  Allow it to continue cooking another 2-3 minutes or so, putting pressure on it every now and again. Once the tortilla looks done to your liking (with a some brown spots, remove it with a small spatula and place it on a plate for a minute.  Use a sharp knife to cut it into 4 triangles right along the waffle marks.  Serve with salsa and repeat until full.

Colleen's Notes:  1 large green pepper, 1 medium Vidalia onion, 1 8 oz bag of shredded cheese and 1 rotisserie chicken make 6 - 6-inch quesadillas.

I used a circular, non-stick "Belgian-style waffle iron for these.

Don't worry if any cheese oozes out...as soon as the waffle iron cooks it, it comes right off, crispy. Just flick it with a fork.


July 2, 2015

Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes


Perfect summer tomatoes stuffed with a Mediterranean Salad and grilled? Yes!

Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes

Almost nothing can compare to a perfectly ripe summer tomato! They are delicious on their own, on a BLT, in a Caprese salad or in a fresh spicy summer salsa.  Why not take just a few minutes and kick a half dozen tomatoes up a notch with these easy, yet impressive Grilled Mediterranean Stuffed Tomatoes? YOU are going to love them!

Head on over to SABER Grills Better Barbecue Blog, where I am a contributor, to get the recipe!

Let me know how you like them & Happy Grilling!!