Grilled Pineapple Parfaits to Fire Up the Grill!

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Grilled pineapple parfaits

We are deep in the heart of summer now, and we are somehow managing to stay cool in the heat! One of the most important tools in my summer cooking is the grill.  Hands down – it is the best option for creating delicious meals AND keeping the house cool. I try to avoid putting the stove on as much as possible during the summer, since heating up my house is something I want to avoid at all costs! We grill for lunch, for dinner, and even for dessert, as you’ll see today with these delicious grilled pineapple parfaits, layered with tropical goodness and Cool Whip!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

We’ve been enjoying a few get-togethers with family and friends so far this summer, and I have to admit: sometimes I struggle when it comes to dessert. I put all of my energy into putting together an appetizer, an entree, and side dishes: then I panic when I realize I need the perfect sweet note to end the night perfectly! Ah! What to do?!?! Thankfully, the grill can be used for literally every element of the meal, including dessert!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

Have you tried grilled pineapple before? If you haven’t, you need to do it immediately. Pineapple is great on its own, but when it is slightly charred on the grill it gets a slightly caramelized, delicious flavor added into the mix. I adore adding grilled pineapple as an element to our regular dinners (Justin loves it alongside grilled pork tenderloin. We use it as a pizza topping, or even add a slice on top of a burger), but as a dessert you just can’t go wrong!

Grilled Pineapple Parfaits

As I walked into my local Walmart, I was immediately drawn to a HUGE display of beautiful, wonderful pineapples. Its like they were just waiting there for me…alongside a huge bin of Hass avocados (which happen to be another fun item to put on the grill, but that discussion is for another day and time). I was immediately inspired to create a tropical themed parfait for dessert to accompany some grilled pork tenderloin and mushroom risotto. A delicious combination, in my opinion!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

I love that a parfait is easy to assemble: you can even prepare all of the ingredients in advance: all you have to do when it comes time for dessert is layer the items and serve: easy peasy! You can even create your own DIY parfait bar for guests to assemble their own perfect layered dessert. I know when it comes to me, I am notorious for piling on generous dollops of Cool Whip (I may even be guilty of enjoying a few spoonfuls straight from the container) – so good! Thank goodness Walmart and Kraft have my grilling (and dessert) needs covered for less!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

The assembly is a snap, and you can even put together all of the components in advance so you aren’t rushing to put anything together at the end of the meal. I am all for that! Plus, kids can even get in on the fun. Simply layer some cubes of angel food cake (make your own OR pick up one that is already made at the Walmart bakery), sprinkle with toasted coconut and macadamia nuts, a few chunks of grilled pineapple, and a generous dollop of Cool Whip. Repeat the process until your dessert glass is filled, then dig in and enjoy! Can you get enough of the beautiful grill marks on the pineapple? I can’t. It brings out the awesome sugars in the fruit and makes it SO delicious to eat!

Of course, there are always other options for grilled fruit to consider if pineapple isn’t up your alley. When I was shopping I pondered the idea of mangoes and bananas as additional fruits that would taste great with this parfait combination. Tropical flavors – delicious! Of course, I’m partial to the pineapple, but I can totally get on board with almost anything on the grill!

Now, if you’re looking for some more recipe options for the grill, Kraft has come up with a great digital cookbook (that is FREE! You can’t beat that!) you can sift through and get inspired by! And of course, make sure you keep this delicious dessert recipe in mind as well!

Grilled pineapple parfaits

Grilled Pineapple Parfaits to Fire Up the Grill!
 
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Grilled pineapple parfaits are the perfect summer dessert - the tropical flavors are a fabulous combination!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 pineapple, sliced into ½ rounds, grilled
  • 14 ounces coconut, toasted
  • Angel food cake, cubed into ½ inch squares
  • 6 ounces macadamia nuts
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
Instructions
  1. First, preheat your grill. When it is ready, place the pineapple rings on the grates and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side. Remove from the grill and set aside to cool. Then, cut the pineapple into 1 inch slices.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the coconut in a thin layer on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes until the coconut turns golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  3. To create the parfaits, layer the ingredients as follows: add a few cubes of angel food cake, top with a sprinkle of toasted coconut and macadamia nuts, add some pineapple slices, and then top with a dollop of Cool Whip. Repeat with a second layer, then add a sprinkle of toasted coconut on top for garnish. Serve, and enjoy!

 

Be sure to check out more delicious Kraft grilling recipes at Walmart.com. I’d love to hear your favorite!

Easy bathroom organization ideas

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Easy bathroom organization ideas

The bathroom – one of the most important rooms of the house, but also one of the easiest ones to get messy. Ugh! We recently revamped our master bathroom from top to bottom (you can see the renovation HERE), and it has become my mission to keep it looking absolutely fabulous. Today, I’m sharing a few of my bathroom organization methods. They make the bathroom a prettier place, and are even better for the environment (with special thanks to Scott Naturals Tube Free toilet paper)!

Easy bathroom organization ideas

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my bathroom counter, it is SO easy to pack it with all of my random beauty items. Soap, toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, hair ties: they all stack up and take up space on the counter. Now, it’s simple enough to just push them into one spot together to keep it semi-organized, but the problem rears its head when I go to clean the counter. Bottles, tubes, and the like all have to be removed from the counter so I can wipe everything down. It’s kind of a pain, and it increases my cleaning time! Thankfully, there is a simple (and pretty) solution.

Easy bathroom organization ideas

And that solution? TRAYS or BASKETS! Yes, it is that simple! Placing your loose items in a tray on your counter will keep things organized but still easily accessible. I found this lovely little clear tray at Target (my go-to shopping destination for pretty much everything in life), and I knew it was meant to sit on my bathroom counter. I easily placed everything inside, and voila! It instantly looked more organized. The clear tray itself keeps everything looking sleek – it is barely noticeable. Plus, when I need to clean the counter, I simply pick up the entire tray and set it aside in one easy movement.

Easy bathroom organization ideas

Easy bathroom organization ideas

I also decided it would make a lot of sense for the overall look of the bathroom counter to add in another detail: a soap and lotion dispenser! I also found these items at Target – so fun! The little oil can style is too cute, and it just makes everything look a bit more sleek on top of the counter, as opposed to a disposable soap bottle that doesn’t always match the decor. This set also happened to come with its own little tray to keep the bottles together on the counter, which is a nice touch. PLUS refillable bottles are good for the environment! By using reusable soap and lotion containers, I am now able to purchase large bulk soap and lotion refills instead of the bottles that I throw away or recycle. It saves me money in the end to buy the refills, it’s better for the planet, AND it looks great on the counter. Win-win-win!

Easy bathroom organization ideas

And let’s talk about another important and essential aspect of the bathroom – toilet paper! When we made our new bathroom vanity, I decided against drilling into the sides to attach a toilet paper dispenser. Instead, I picked up a freestanding one that allows you to store three extra rolls on the bottom. I love it because I always have extra on hand when the current roll ends. But here’s a question for you: what do you do with the empty tube? All too often, I used to throw it in the garbage can. Then, I realized that was a bad choice for the environment and began recycling them instead. Did you know that over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are tossed out every year? That’s a lot. But what if there was no roll at all? Now THAT is a concept I can get on board with. Have you seen Scott Naturals Tube Free toilet paper yet? It’s just that: tube free! No tube on the toilet paper roll is not only better for the environment than simply recycling, but it also makes your bathroom look better! At the end of the roll, nothing is left on the toilet paper holder…all you have to do is add a new roll. I am 100% happy with that. Honestly, don’t you just hate it when someone takes the last bit of toilet paper and leaves the roll there? No more!!! Plus, the roll is the same shape and size as others, so it fits just as easily into your holder.

Easy bathroom organization ideas

You can easily pick up your own pack of Scott Naturals Tube Free at Target alongside the other bathroom paper options. You can even save $2 on a 4 pack or larger – which is almost 50% off the price of a 4 pack! How can you say no to a deal that good? I can’t. You can learn more about Scott Naturals Tube Free on their website, become a fan on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter!

So, do you have a mess in your bathroom? I shared my solutions – what is your best tip?

Staying hydrated in the summer!

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Staying hydrated in the summer

Let’s talk about hydration. It’s essential for every single day of the year, but it is even more important during the hot summer months! Not only is the heat intensified, but (for me) the summer tends to be filled with activities. It is so easy to get caught up in your day and you forget to fuel yourself and treat your body kindly by providing it with hydration. So – staying hydrated in the summer – how do you do it? I’m taking action thanks to CVS pharmacy!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Do you keep track of the amount of water you drink every day? I do! I know it sounds somewhat nerdy, but the benefits of being fully hydrated are too great to cheat yourself on. I try my very best to get at least 8 8-ounce servings of water throughout the day, and most days I actually go above and beyond! However, it can be difficult to keep a tally on certain days when my schedule has me in the house, out at the studio, running errands, and more. So, getting a tracking system involved is essential!

Let’s talk about a daily routine for optimal hydration (at least, in my house). Here are some of my best tips for getting your daily fill (and make sure you check out more HERE)!

Start early. I start my day with a serving of water. Yes – right when I wake up! It kick starts my day, and prepares my body for my morning workout. I continue to drink water throughout my class, and then make sure I down at least another serving afterward! Sometimes it’s a good idea to drink a sports drink that will help replace electrolytes post-workout (which is where vitaminwater comes in handy). And do you know what’s convenient? There just so happens to be a CVS pharmacy in the same plaza as my Pure Barre studio, so I can literally walk around the corner to pick up my daily hydration before or after class! I can stock up on smartwater, vitaminwater, Honest Tea, and Gold Peak with a promotion CVS  pharmacy is currently running – 4 for $5, plus $2 of ExtraBucks. Oh yes!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Maintain hydration throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are feeling thirsty to drink up – at that point you are already dehydrated. Drinking continuously throughout the day will make sure your body is fully energized. Sip continuously as the hours pass. Pretty soon it will become a habit, and you will have no problem consuming the recommended amount each day!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Label your servings. If you think you won’t remember how many servings you’ve consumed, lay it out for yourself so it’s a no-brainer! Pick up a set of fun sticker labels to help with the process. I was able to find these fun patterned ones, but you can simply go to the office supply section of CVS pharmacy and pick up the solid colorful labels (like you may use when you have a garage sale to label items) instead. All you need is a permanent marker or pen to number each label. For me, I determined I need to consume four different bottles of smartwater or vitaminwater in order to stay fully hydrated throughout my active summer day. I labeled my bottles 1-4, in the order I expected to drink them in. To start my day: smartwater. Then, after my workout: vitaminwater to gain electrolytes. For the rest of the day, back to smartwater.

Staying hydrated in the summer

Staying hydrated in the summer

If labels aren’t up your alley, there is another simple office supply you can use to keep track of your hydration intake: rubber bands! You can place two bands on each bottle of smartwater or vitaminwater (depending on the size of the container). If you are like me and are constantly carrying a reusable bottle with you throughout the day, as you fill it you transfer the rubber bands onto the reusable bottle. By the end of the day, you should have 8 bands on your bottle! You could also just transfer them to your wrist or somewhere else if you don’t use a reusable bottle as well – whatever works for you!

Staying hydrated in the summer

Staying hydrated in the summer

Thankfully, staying hydrated in the summer is really simple thanks to CVS pharmacy. You can pick up your daily dose of hydration there (just like I did), and use your CVS ExtraCare card for extra savings. You can purchase 4 smartwater, vitaminwater, Gold Peak, and Honest Tea (any combination) for $5 and receive $2 off your next visit to CVS pharmacy via ExtraBucks. It’s a no-braniner to pick up one of the ExtraCare cards for the savings – I’ll take them (deal valid from 6/18-7/25)! If you don’t already have a card, you can easily sign up for a CVS ExtraCare card, and the best part is, it’s free!

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Do you have any tips for staying hydrated through the summer months? Be sure to check out all of the ideas on the #Hydrationtogo social hub – which is your favorite?

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

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Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

I’m pretty sure that summer is the perfect time to break out the burger recipes, am I right?!?! There is something about the months of June, July, and August that make me want to break out the sandwich buns, all the fixins, and a refreshing beverage to wash it all down! Justin is all about creating a burger with meat, but when it comes to me, it is ALL about the black bean burger! And in this case, a spicy black bean burger with habanero aioli that will give you a kick in the pants and won’t have you missing the meat whatsoever!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

I love the flavor profiles you can create with a black bean burger. I immediately want to take mine into a spicy flavor profile, with the use of El Yucateco brand sauces as part of the burger patty AND as a creamy aioli to boot! Layers of spice my friends: that’s what I’m talking about. I have always been a bit of a “hot heat,” so to speak. If it is spicy, BRING IT ON! I perpetually have a shaker of crushed red pepper on hand in my kitchen, as well as black pepper, cayenne, chili powder, and more. And of course: hot sauce. I like to add hot sauce into a plethora of items. I’ll add a dash to my eggs, I’ll mix some in with my ketchup to make it spicy, I’ll add a few dashes in to a bowl of soup for an extra kick. You name it: I’ll add spice to it! For me, the El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce was the perfect pick for this recipe. It features a crisp habanero flavor that pairs well with vegetables, but also blends wonderfully into a creamy dip or spread. On a side note, I want to try stirring some of the El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce into the next batch of ranch dip I make for a party – a spicy kick of goodness! I also love the El Yucateco Red Hot Sauce for a “classic” red hot sauce option for everyday. And when I’m feeling REALLY adventurous – the El Yucateco XXXtra Hot Sauce is an order! Do you dare?

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero AioliEl Yucateco hot sauce

What I really like about the El Yucateco sauces is that there are quite a few flavor profiles to choose from. From habaneros, to jalapenos, to chipotles, you can select the pepper of your choice for your hot sauce! Of course, I am all about a habanero sauce, but the jalapeno and chipotle options are a little more up Justin’s alley, as he can’t handle the heat QUITE as much as I can! Wimp. Picking up the El Yucateco sauces is a cinch – they are easily found at Publix (for me, in the Ethnic/International Foods section). No matter which flavor you prefer, they definitely take a basic black bean burger and kick it up a notch in the flavor department!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

Let’s break it down: you’ve got the spicy burger patty, which is great on its own. But then – how about a spicy aioli as well? Paired with a slice of cool avocado (or guacamole), crispy lettuce, and maybe even a slice of pepper jack cheese for even more kick, you’ve got perfection on a bun!

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

And…if you’re really adventurous, you can add another additional dash of El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce on top of your aioli. If you’re brave enough, that is…

I love that you can create these black bean burger patties in advance, which makes it so easy to grab them out of the fridge or freezer and heat them up (in the oven or on the grill) when you have friends and family over for a get together! If you happen to have leftovers, you can even get creative with them – no bun necessary! You could use them in a tortilla as part of a black bean quesadilla, or you can top them with a fried or poached egg at breakfast time: YUM! I may or may not have done that for my morning meal today…

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Habanero Aioli
 
Spicy black bean burgers featuring a kick that will knock your socks off! Plus a fiery hot habanero aioli to top them!
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • For the black bean burgers:
  • ½ large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional for frying
  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup fresh corn kernels (or frozen, defrosted)
  • For the aioli:
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • Juice from ½ lime (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce
Instructions
  1. To make the burgers, start by sauteing the yellow onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Cook until onions are translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Next, set aside about ¾ cup of the black beans, then add the remaining beans to a large bowl with the edamame and mash them (I used a potato masher). Add soy sauce, El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce, and panko crumbs. Mix until ingredients they are combined. Then, carefully fold in the remaining black beans and the corn into the mix.
  3. Next, create the burger patties. Scoop a generous portion of bean mixture into your (clean) hands and roll into a ball. Flatten on a clean surface and shape into circular patties about ½ inch thick. I made my burgers a size that would fit the buns I had, and this mixture created 8 black bean burger patties.
  4. When patties are shaped, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. When you are ready to cook the black bean burgers, preheat your oven to 400° F. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, and add a small amount of olive oil. One or two at a time, set the burger patties in the pan to brown the outsides. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, then remove from the pan and place on a foil lined baking sheet. You don’t have to take this step if you don’t want to, but I like getting the browned/crispy texture on the outside of my burger patties.
  6. When all of the black bean burger patties are browned and on the baking pan, place in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, make the aioli! Add mayonnaise, lime juice, and El Yucateco Green Hot Sauce in a small bowl. Mix well until combined. Use immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  8. When baked, you can serve these burgers immediately, or refrigerate them for later use. If you want to place them on the grill to heat up, wrap them loosely in tin foil and place on the grates for 5+ minutes until warmed through.
  9. Place burger patties on a bun and dress with the toppings desired - the habanero aioli, soem pepper jack cheese, lettuce, guacamole, and more! Enjoy!

 

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Be sure to check out all of the hot sauce options on the El Yucateco website. I’d love to hear your favorite!