Friday, April 23, 2010

Tia Rosa's Enchilada Lasagna

This is an absolute favorite - whether you make traditional enchiladas or as a lasagna!

1 pound lean ground beef, turkey or vegetarian crumbles
2 TBSP cilantro, chopped (optional)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 6-inch flour tortillas

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and grease 9x13 baking dish with drizzle of Garlic GSO. Sauté ground meat of choice, Adobo and oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until thoroughly cooked. Transfer to a large bowl add 1/2 cup Enchilada sauce, 1 cup cheese and cilantro; toss to combine.

In baking dish layer: Tortillas, enchilada sauce, seasoned protein and cheese. Repeat process and end with a layer of sauce. Cover with tin foil. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until heated and cheese is bubbly.

Serve enchiladas with sour cream, sliced avocado & tomatoes on the side along with a romaine salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Special Request

Those of you who know me, know I have a true passion for all kinds of food! I am also incredibly proud and excited to be working for a company that equally shares my devotion to good, healthy, delicious food! I have had the honor of being on Wildtree's New Product Tasting Committee for the year and would love to continue to be a part of it. We get to taste-test all the products in development, help come up with recipes, name the products and offer suggestions for items we would like to see in the catalog. In order to be a invited to be a part of this committee you have to write a note explaining why it's important to us and take on some added responsibility as Wildtree counts on us to make sure their products really are simple, delicious and healthy. In order to be considered as a candidate for this committee for next year, I am in the middle on meeting my requirements during the months of April, May & June. I am asking all my family, friends and customers to please keep positive thoughts that I can do it, and to also help me out. If you know anyone who may be interested in hosting a tasting or trying our products, I would love to talk to them. In just a few weeks, our May products will be released and I cannot wait to share them with you! In the meantime, I am eagerly awaiting my shipment of fall samples to try and working hard to ensure there are lots of new products to make your life more simple and delicious!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Horizon Meat to Compliment the Freezer Meal Workshop or Bundle

I have been a fan of the "Meat Lady" for a long time! Her name is Beth Kandell and she is as passionate about delicious, healthy food as I am. She sells Horizon Foods which is restaurant quality meat, seafood, poultry, pork and more that is flash frozen and only takes minutes to defrost. She has put together a protein bundle to make your life even easier! All the meat, fish, pork and chicken you need to do the Freezer Meal Workshop or Bundle has been packaged together! It includes 16 ABF (as in antibiotic free) Chicken Breasts, 4 Norwegian Salmon Fillets, 6 Pork Fillets, 1 lb of Tender Tips and 9 ABF ground beef patties. The cost is $168 and there are many other products available. Please let me know if you are interested! Happy, healthy cooking!

April’s Freezer Meal Bundle

Can’t make it to the Freezer Meal Workshop but still want to save time, money & stress? Then purchase one of these discounted bundles and receive all the recipes, cooking directions, side dish suggestions & a free bottle of Wildtree’s Grapeseed Oil. When you purchase one of the following bundles you will receive recipes for Garlic & Herb Chicken Kabobs, Cilantro Lime Salmon, Enchilada Lasagna, Tuscan Chicken, Turkey Tacos, Veggie Lasagna, Asian Peanut Beef, Herb Crusted Pork Loin, Lemony-Parmesan Chicken & Veggies, Chicken in Herb Mustard Sauce. You will also receive your choice of a bottle of Grapeseed Oil (Natural, Garlic or Butter) and the guest special of the month. The 10 Meal Bundle allows you to make all the recipes multiple times. Or you can choose one of the 5 Meal Bundles and make 5 recipes multiple times.
10 Meal Bundle Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette $10 Taco Seasoning $7 Adobo Seasoning $7.50 Teriyaki Sauce $9 Balsamic Vinaigrette $10 Hearty Spaghetti Blend $7.50 Parmesan Rice Seasoning $8.50 Tuscany Bread Dipper $7 Herb Grilling Marinade $7 Tia Rosa’s Enchilada Sauce $8 Honey Mustard $8 Garlic Galore $7 Garlic & Herb Blend $8 Grapeseed Oil of choice ($13 value) FREE April gift - Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce ($8 value) FREE Bundle valued at… $128.50 Only pay… $104.50 My Culinary Club Price… $83.60 5 Meal Bundle #1 Turkey Tacos, Lemony Parmesan Chicken & Veggies, Asian Peanut Beef, Cilantro Lime Salmon, Garlic & Herb Chicken Kabobs Taco Seasoning $7 Parmesan Rice Seasoning $8.50 Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette $10 Garlic & Herb Blend $8 Balsamic Vinaigrette $10 Teriyaki Sauce $9 Grapeseed Oil of choice ($13 value) FREE April gift - Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce ($8 value) FREE Bundle valued at … $76.50 Only pay… $52.50 My Culinary Club Price… $42 5 Meal Bundle #2 Enchilada Lasagna, Chicken in Herb Mustard Sauce, Herb Crusted Pork Loin, Veggie Lasagna, Tuscan Chicken Herb Grilling Marinade $7 Hearty Spaghetti Blend $7.50 Adobo Seasoning $7.50 Tia Rosa’s Enchilada Sauce $8 Tuscany Bread Dipper $7 Honey Mustard $8 Garlic Galore $7 Grapeseed Oil of choice ($13 value) FREE April gift - Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce ($8 value) FREE Bundle valued at… $75 Only pay… $51 My Culinary Club Price… $40.80
***You must purchase these bundles directly through me. If you are interested in the April gift which is a FREE Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce, make sure you contact me before the end of the month. There are many other recipes you can use with these ingredients. Please check out or to see!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

38 Non-Organic Ingredients Found in 'USDA Organic' Foods

What They Are, How They're Used, and Why They Made the List I've always said you cannot trust a product just because it's labeled organic. They make organic MSG for example. In North America, a product that is only 95% organic can be labeled USDA certified organic. And a product with only 70% organic ingredients can be labeled organic. Ever wonder what the other 5 - 30% ingredients are? I sure do! Read more here:

Agave Nectar: Worse Than We Thought

Want the Lowdown on High Fructose Corn Syrup and Agave “Nectar”? Then click this link This alternative to sugar may not be as good as we all thought. Personally, I am going to stick with real sugar for my family.

Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce Recipe

These are Wicked Good Ribs and they are just as easy to cook as the chicken recipe below!

Wicked Good Slow Cooker Chicken
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup Wildtree Wicked Good Slow Cooker Sauce
1 medium onion, thickly sliced
8 oz white button mushrooms, sliced
Put all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on high 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Serve over brown rice.
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Where to begin when creating a healthier kitchen?

About a year ago, I wrote a step by step series in my newsletter for how to help you create a healthier pantry. Many of us are trying to eat healthier meals more often at home. Some of us even feel as if we are making great strides, but there is always something new to learn. Overhauling one’s cooking and eating habits can be a daunting task and Wildtree is here to help! Simple, healthy delicious meals can start right now! Here are two steps to begin with...keep checking back for more steps!

***STEP 1***
Change your cooking oil!

Many of us have been cooking with olive oil for years, not realizing that it is not the healthiest choice to use in cooking. (It is an extremely healthy oil when not heated very high.) Olive oil has more saturated fat than we should consume and a low flash point. That means that when you heat olive oil, it becomes a bad fat. Now is the time to make a change. Grapeseed oil has one of the lowest levels of saturated fats of all the oils, and no preservatives, sodium, trans fats, or cholesterol. In fact, grapeseed oil aids in reducing cholesterol levels. It has one of the highest flash points, maintaining its integrity when exposed to high heat. Whether you are using extra virgin olive oil, canola oil or some other vegetable oil, now is the time to switch to Wildtree’s expeller pressed Natural Grapeseed Oil. Expeller pressing is a chemical-free mechanical process that extracts oil from the grapeseed. Grapeseed oil expands when heated which means you will use less oil over time. 

Two scant TBSP of grapeseed oil equals ¼ cup of olive oil.
Which would you rather consume?

And to make life even easier in the kitchen, Wildtree infuses their grapeseed oils with a variety of flavors! Roasted garlic (perfect partner to our Scampi blend), Zesty Lemon (delicious drizzled over asparagus or fish before grilling), Basil Pesto (instant meal when drizzled over pasta) and our Natural Butter Grapeseed Oil (a dairy free alternative to butter).

Use these oils when cooking, baking, sauteing, stir-frying, roasting or grilling!

If you would like to sample all these oils and earn a free grocery shopping trip from Wildtree, send me a note.
Happy, healthy cooking!

Lauren's Wildtree Turtle Bars

 These are SO yummy!!
Lauren's Wildtree Turtle Bars

Box of Wildtree's Not Your Everyday Poundcake mix
1/2 cup of caramel sauce (I use Stonewall Kitchen's Coffee Caramel)
2 sticks of softened butter (melt in microwave)
12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tsp almond extract

  Mix the dry pound cake mix with the melted butter and evaporated milk. Add almond extract. Spread half the dough in a greased 9x13 pan. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. It will still be doughy. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle on the chips. Dot with the remaining dough using teaspoons. It will not cover completely. Bake 20 minutes (more or less depending on your oven--don't burn edges but make sure dough is cooked) Cool completely (it will solidify as it cools). Cut into small squares. Best if made a day ahead since it will be more solid. It's like eating a gooey chocolate chip cookie!