Tropical Orange Twist Smoothie

Nothing welcomes warmer weather like the punch of the tropical-inspired flavour from oranges and pineapples. Enjoy this satisfying smoothie in lieu of a heavier dessert.

Serving size 2

Ingredients:

1/2 cup orange juice

5–6 pieces frozen pineapple (either cut and freeze your own, or buy a bag in the frozen foods aisle of your grocery store)

1 cup vanilla yogurt

3–4 ice cubes

Directions:

Add all the ingredients to your blender, and puree until smooth.

Serve immediately.


MONTHLY MARTINI

NUVO Springtime Martini

½ part vodka
¼ part Cointreau

A splash of cranberry juice

Directions:
Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker.Shake.

*Serve in a martini glass, top off with NUVO, and garnish with a lime – enjoy!

Drink and enjoy responsibly!

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BY LINDSAY FUNSTON

Get your broccoli on with this delicious pesto.

TOTAL TIME: 0:10PREP: 0:05LEVEL: EASY

INGREDIENTS

1 head broccoli, florets removed and blanched

1 c. fresh basil leaves

1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 c. shredded Parmesan

1/4 c. almonds

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tsp. kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

In the bowl of a food processor, combine broccoli, basil, and olive oil and pulse until combined. Add Parmesan, almonds, garlic, and salt and blend until combined.

Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.


5 Tips To Buy A Portable Ice Maker

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If you have been looking for an easy way of getting fresh ice whenever you want, we suggest that you opt for a good portable icemaker. Since there are different types of products out there, we can help you pick the right one. Read on.

What Is A Portable Ice Maker?

First of all, you should know that portable icemakers are small appliances that allow you to produce a good deal of ice. The great thing about these products is that they don't require permanent installation. While they work just like the conventional ice machines, you don't need drain lines or water with them.

In order to start off the process of ice production, all you have to do is put some water into the right section of the machine and then switch it on. The machine can produce as much as 35 lbs of ice on average in 24 hours. As far as storage goes, the machine can store as much as 2 lbs of ice. Before you make your choice, given below are some factors you may want to consider:

1. Ice Production

While the majority of units have the same rate of production, there are some that have different rate of production. If you need to use ice on a regular basis, you may want to get a unit that can produce a lot of ice. As far as the smaller units are concerned, portable icemakers can produce around 20 lbs of ice in 24 hours. The larger ones can produce as much as 35 lbs of ice in a day.

2. Ice Type

The majority of icemakers produce semi-soft ice that looks like bullets. While the shapes may be different, the taste of the ice is the same. If you are into the ice that tastes like that of used in restaurants, you can go for some portable units that produce ice that is free of impurities.

3. Ice Size

If you want a unit that produces different size of cubes of ice, you may want to look at a unit that features different sizes. Usually, most units allow you to choose between three sizes.

4. Style

If you want something that will match your home décor, we suggest that you buy a unit that matches your current style. As a matter of fact, most units come with modern finishes, such as white, black and stainless steel. For instance, if most of your appliances are stainless steel, you may want to check out a unit made of stainless steel.

5. Innovative Features

Some units have a feature that re-uses the melted ice to produce more ice. So, if your unit will keep operating while you are out of your house, make sure you get an icemaker that has this feature. Another innovative feature that you should look for in a unit is the automatic timer.

So, if you have been considering different ice makers, we suggest that you consider these tips. Hope you will get the right icemaker for your needs.

Are you looking for the best portable ice makers? If so, we suggest that you check out icemakerspro for further information.



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New Unique Recipes You Can Cook Using Your Grill

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Grilled burger, chicken, hotdogs or steak are a staple when having a backyard barbecue. However, when you always have your grill out, these dishes can easily get old in terms of taste. This time, try something new and add a little variety to your barbecue menu by preparing new dishes - simple recipes that you don't normally grill but will appeal to guests of all ages. These will work great if you're looking for something light to eat, too!

Here are some new and unique grill recipes to try for your next backyard barbecue:

Grilled Hot Bacon Wraps

What you need:

  • 12 slices bacon
  • 6 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 cup cream cheese
Spread cream cheese to fill all jalapeno pepper halves. Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpick. Cook bacon wraps in a pre-heated grill over medium-high heat until bacon is cooked through and crispy. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Grilled Herbed Portobello Mushrooms

What you need:

  • 4 Portobello mushroom caps
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Mix together garlic, red bell pepper, olive oil, salt, ground black pepper and onion powder in a large bowl. When thoroughly mixed, spread the mixture over Portobello mushrooms' gill side. Lightly oil grill grates. Cook mushrooms on a pre-heated grill over medium heat (over indirect heat), covered, for 15 to 20 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

Pesto and Cheese Grilled Sandwich

What you need:

  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • 2 slices tomato
  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 slice Provolone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon prepared pesto sauce, divided
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter, divided
Spread half of the pesto sauce on one side of a slice of bread then top with Provolone cheese, 2 tomato slices followed by a slice of American cheese. Spread the remaining pesto sauce on one side of the other bread slice and place it pesto side down onto the sandwich. Brush butter on both sides of the sandwich and cook on a grill over low heat for 5 minutes per side or when cheese has melted and both sides are golden brown.

If you want something light and fulfilling but still craving for that delicious, smoky flavour from the grill, these new and unique grill recipes are definitely worth the try!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grilling experience, reviewing various grill gadgets and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian's website where he has other interesting posts.




WINE CORNER

Calories in Wine - White Vs Red

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When it comes to losing weight, or attempting to just keep yourself at the weight you are currently at, you will invariably receive a wide range of advice on how to do this. Keep away from sweets; don't eat any carbs; make sure you exercise at least four times a week. The more research you do, the more you will see conflicting reports upon what you need to do.

Invariably, you will see an assortment of articles which will tell you that you should avoid wine if you are attempting to lose weight. These reports will point to the high amount of calories in wine, especially calories which these reports will say come from sugar. So the question is just how many calories in a glass of wine are there, and are these calories derived from sugar?

On average, whether you have a standard red or white glass of wine, there are 25 calories per one ounce of wine. When you think about an average glass of wine containing five ounces, this means you will consume 125 calories within any glass. Although this is not a nominal amount, it is not an exorbitant amount of calories either.

Another thing to consider is that these calories are not sugar based. For those who do not know much about the wine making process, when a wine is cultivated, sugar is involved in the process. Sugar is used to help regulate the amount of alcohol within any bottle of wine; the higher the amount of alcohol, the more sugar which was used to make the wine. However, during the fermentation process, all of the sugar is burned off. Therefore, there is no sugar within your bottle of wine, so you do not have to worry about added sugar within your wine. The only time this is not the case is when you are drinking some dessert wines, as they do add a minimal amount of sugar in after the fermentation process to add to the sweetness.

Overall, no matter what kind of wine you are drinking, the amount of calories is fairly consistent throughout all of them. Whether it is a white or a red wine, or if it is a dry or sweet wine, they will all average 25 calories per ounce. Now that you know how many calories in wine there actually are, you can moderately pour yourself the right amount of wine with any meal. You can use this knowledge to assure yourself you will not upset the diet you are on by enjoying a glass of wine.

To find a winery near you, visit Korkable and search our growing directory. Also, be sure to check out our wine blog and get educated on how awesome wine really is. See you there!




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