Taste Testing Tuesday #56 – Lunchables

It’s Taste Testing Tuesday time!! Gather around and let’s see what we have to taste test today. Hmm…what could it be? It’s Lunchables!! There are quite a few kinds of Lunchables in the cold section of your grocery store, so let’s take a look at 5 kinds of Lunchables today. πŸ™‚

#1.) Chicken Dunks. This pack contains breaded chicken white meat nuggets, chocolate creme stuffed cookies and ketchup.

#2.) Turkey and American. You can make little cracker sandwiches with this one as it comes with turkey lunchmeat, American cheese, crackers and chocolate sandwich creme cookies.

#3.) Nachos Cheese Dip & Salsa. It comes with nacho cheese, tortilla chips and salsa. Sounds pretty tasty, doesn’t it?

#4.) Pizza with Pepperoni. This pack includes pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, pizza crusts and pizza sauce. (Mmmm! I think I know which one will get my vote for favorite Lunchables!)

#5.) Ham & Cheddar. Included is ham, cheddar cheese, crackers and vanilla creme cookies.

Ok, those are the Lunchables that were available at our local grocery store. Which one do you think would be your favorite? Would you like to try tasting them all and then pick which one is the best? I’m pretty sure the pizza one would be my favorite! Have fun and enjoy Taste Testing Tuesday! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #55 – Fruit Salad

Hello there! Yep, it’s Tuesday so here we go again! Would you like to serve a fruit salad for part of a meal but it’s a big hassle because nobody likes the same fruit and you can’t remember who likes what?! Yea…been there, done that, right? So here’s one solution. Fix the fruit and then have a taste test. Once everyone knows what kind of fruit they like (and don’t like) each person can put their favorites into their individual bowl.

Here are some of the fruit I used but of course, use the fruit you and your family will eat.

#1.) Strawberries

#2.) White Seedless Grapes

#3.) Blueberries

#4.) Mandarin Oranges or small orange pieces

#5.) Red Seedless Grapes

#6.) Bananas

After all fruits have been tested by tasting, each person can add the fruit they like to their bowl.

Stir in a little yogurt or sour cream and ENJOY!

I love fruit salad, especially during the summer when it’s hot outside. It’s cool and refreshing. I hope this taste test will make fruit salads go over more smoothly at your house! πŸ˜ƒ

Taste Testing Tuesday #53 – Raw Tomatoes

Welcome to another round of Taste Testing Tuesday! Its that time of year again when the tomatoes are getting ripe and there is usually an abundance of them. And tomatoes are so good for you! So for today’s taste test, let’s look at some ideas for eating tomatoes raw.

#1.) Try them plain with nothing on them. If it’s a ripe tomato, you might just like it as it is.

#2.) With salt and pepper. This is how I used to love them when I was a kid. (Yes, the little eggs are my salt and pepper shakers.) πŸ˜‰

Doesn’t that look yummy?

#3.) With some sugar sprinkled on top. My grandmother used to fix sliced tomatoes this way.

#4.) Sprinkled with basil or even a little oregano.

I’m drooling looking at this picture!

#5.) With some taco seasoning added. This smells delicious!

#6.) Top the tomato with your favorite salad dressing. I used Ranch dressing.

#7.) Sprinkle some grated mozzarella cheese on top. Mmmm! πŸ™‚

Of course, raw tomato is great sliced and added to a sandwich or chopped up and tossed in with a salad. I hope these suggestions will give you some ideas to try and you’ll find some new ways to enjoy raw tomatoes! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #52 – Healthy Milkshake (No milk)

Welcome to another round of taste testing! Today we’re tasting just one item, but I just wanted to share a healthy version of a milkshake. It’s been SO hot this summer! Whew! I don’t know about you but I could eat ice cream every day! Of course, that wouldn’t be healthy for me, so we tested out a new version of a milkshake. It is so good you won’t believe that its healthy! Haha!

Here’s all you need: 2 frozen bananas, 3/4 C. almond milk, 1 Tablespoon pure maple syrup (optional), 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/4 C natural peanut butter, pinch of sea salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 7 ice cubes.

Put all the ingredients into a high-powered blender…

…and blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

It really does taste like you are cheating! πŸ˜‰ Here’s the directions:

Or you can find it here. Thanks to Detoxinista for sharing!!


Taste Testing Tuesday #51 – Dinosaur Eggs!

Sorry for the lateness of this post! It’s been one of those days…

Do your kids love dinosaurs? Then I bet they would be excited to see what’s inside of a dinosaur egg! And wouldn’t it be nice if while looking for little dinosaurs that have hatched out of eggs, they also ate some oatmeal? Someone at the Quaker Oats company thought so!

This is a fun way to get your kids excited for breakfast! It’s a really cute idea. Inside the box are individual packets of instant oatmeal that have dinosaur eggs mixed in. But first, be sure to look at the fun facts and riddle on the outside of the packets.

Just in case you have trouble seeing the answer to the riddle…

Empty a packet into a bowl and let the kids see the cool dinosaur eggs.

Add 1/2 Cup of boiling water…


And start looking for dinosaurs! They magically hatch when you stir in the boiling water. Very cool! Here’s a green one…

And we found an orange one…

There’s also a dark red one.

Hopefully the kiddos will be taking bites of oatmeal while they hunt for dinosaurs! Don’t you wonder what a dinosaur tastes like? Do the different colors taste the same or do they have different flavors?

See how many dinosaurs you can find! Breakfast might turn into the favorite meal of the day if you can hunt for dinosaurs! πŸ˜‰ Have fun and fill up those little bellies with dinosaurs!

Taste Testing Tuesday #50 Zucchini Bread

(Wow!!! We’ve shared 50 Taste Testing Tuesday’s with you!) If you live in the country and have a garden, you probably know all about zucchini bread. Maybe you buy zucchini squash at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Recipes are all over the internet of things you can make with zucchini. My favorite thing to make is Zucchini Bread which, if you have never had it, is a sweet quick bread. Our family loves several kinds of zucchini bread and so I make a lot each summer and freeze loaves for the winter. For today’s taste test, we’ll look at some types of zucchini bread that we like.

#1.) Zucchini bread. The original Zucchini bread, the one that all the others came from. (At least I think so. Lol)

#2.) Peanut Butter with Milk Chocolate Chips Zucchini Bread.

#3.) Maple Zucchini Bread (My hubby’s favorite!)

#4.) Pina Colada Zucchini Bread. (My favorite!) With crushed pineapple and coconut flavoring.

#5.) Chocolate Zucchini Bread. Made with cocoa.

#6.) Peanut Butter Zucchini Bread. Think of peanut butter cookies…mmmm!

We took some pieces of each kind of zucchini bread and did a taste test on them. We made a simple chart and recorded what we each thought of each kind of zucchini bread. You can do the same thing. πŸ™‚ A smiley face means “Yum!”, a straight face means “It’s ok.” and a frowning face means “No, thank you!” You can also leave a space on your chart for each person to write in their favorite zucchini bread.

I hope you’ll try some zucchini bread recipes and you will find some that your family can rate #1!! Good luck and have fun…and may your zucchini grow for a long season! πŸ˜‰

Taste Testing Tuesday #48 – Goldfish Crackers (Bonus games!)

Hi everyone and welcome back for another Taste Testing Tuesday! Today we’ll be tasting Goldfish. Waaaaait a minute!! Do we eat goldfish?? Yuck! Let’s try that again! Today we’ll be tasting Goldfish CRACKERS! Oh, that sounds like a much better idea!! We are testing 4 different flavors of Goldfish crackers today but there are more flavors available. Check your local store to see what they carry.

Let’s look at the 4 flavors we chose to try today.

#1.) Mickey Mouse Special Edition Cheddar.

These are super cool as they have the shapes of goldfish but also the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head.

#2.) Parmesan

These little goldfish are a very light, almost white color. They ARE pretty cute, aren’t they?

#3.) Vanilla Cupcake.

These goldfish are brown in color but oh, so yummy in flavor! Mmm!

#4.) Pizza

Who doesn’t like pizza, right?!

Here we go with our taste testing! Put at least 4 of each flavor in front of each person.

To go along with your taste test, make up a simple chart to record what everyone thinks of each flavor. Something like this works great.

Draw a face in the corresponding box that shows what you think of that flavor. A smiling face means “Yum!”, a straight face means “It’s ok.” and a frowning face means “No, thanks!” Look at the chart in the next picture and you can tell who likes the Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish crackers. πŸ˜‰

There is also a place on our chart for you to write in which flavor is your favorite. πŸ™‚ If you taste test the special edition Mickey Mouse cheddar goldfish crackers, there is a fun dot-to-dot activity on the back of the package that you can do.

And now for the bonus game! Take a few of each flavor of goldfish crackers and mix them up on a plate. One person closes their eyes and takes 1 goldfish. Be sure someone else sees which type of goldfish they picked up. Now the person eats the goldfish and guesses which flavor it was. How many can you get right?

Whatever flavors of goldfish crackers you decide to try, I hope you have fun doing this taste test! Have fun telling people that you ate goldfish and watch what their reaction is! πŸ˜‰

Taste Testing Tuesday #47 – Fruit Snacks

One thing that most kids seem to like is fruit snacks! They come in many different brands, shapes and flavors. So which one tastes the best? We need to do a Taste Test to find out! For today’s Taste Testing Tuesday, we tried the Great Value Organic Fruit Smiles.

These come in 3 flavors…strawberry, raspberry and cherry.

And just look how cute they are! πŸ™‚ It’s food that smiles back at you!

#1.) Strawberry. This flavor is the lightest colored one in the package.

#2.) Raspberry. Raspberry are the medium colored ones.

#3.) Cherry. The cherry ones are the darkest color.

Make sure everyone has at least one of each color/flavor. You might need to do a little swapping of flavors because each little package is not exactly the same as the next one. We had 3 of each flavor for each person.

Make a quick and simple chart so you can record what each person thinks of each flavor. Something like this chart works well.

Write each person’s name down the left side and the names of each flavor across the boxes at the top.

As each person does a taste test on each flavor, have them draw a face in the corresponding box. A smiling face means “Yum!”. And straight face means “It’s ok”. And a frowning face means “No thanks!”. Here is how our taste test went at our house:

Can you tell who liked the fruit snacks? And who didn’t like them? (Yea, Rick is not really a fan of fruit snacks.) πŸ˜‰ I wonder what brand and flavors and shapes your fruit snacks will be? I hope you find your favorite! πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #46 Salads That Go on Bread or Crackers

It’s Tuesday again! And it’s a HOT Tuesday here! 92 degrees with a heat index of 99 degrees. Whew! Are you ready for some Taste Testing Tuesday fun? Let’s do this!

Today let’s talk about the kind of salads that you eat on a piece of bread or on top of crackers. There are several different kinds but we’ll talk about 3 kinds today that I had ingredients on hand to make.

#1.). Egg salad. There are many ways to make egg salad but I make it using hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise (Miracle Whip), salt and a little onion powder.

#2.) Chicken Salad. Again, lots of ways to make it but I usually make it close to the same way I make the egg salad but I add in some cooked chicken and a little sweet pickle relish. Some people like to add white seedless grapes to chicken salad, just be sure to cut them in pieces first.

#3.) Corned Beef salad. For this salad, just open a can of corned beef, add the mayonnaise, chopped hard boiled eggs, a little onion powder if you like it. Mix it up and spread it on a piece of bread or crackers! Yum!

A few more of these types of salads that I know about or have made at some point would be ham salad, tuna salad, salmon salad, roast beef salad (super yummy!) and probably more that I’m not thinking of at the moment. These types of salads are so nice to eat on hot days like today when you don’t want to turn on the stove or oven. I hope you’ll do a taste test on one or more of these and let me know what you think! πŸ˜ƒ

Taste Testing Tuesday #44 – Ice Cream!

“You scream, I scream, We all scream for ice cream!” Have you heard that saying before? One tidbit I read said it came from the original “I-Scream Bar” or what later became known as the Eskimo Pie. Be that as it may, who is ready to taste test some ice cream?! Ooooo, ME, of course! There are soooooo many combinations when it comes to ice cream and ice cream toppings but for today, we will use Breyer’s vanilla ice cream and try 6 different toppings on it. Ready? Are you drooling? Let’s go!

#1.) We’ll start with plain vanilla ice cream. Maybe you don’t need anything else on your ice cream! Maybe you prefer it just as it is. πŸ™‚

#2.) Hershey’s Chocolate syrup. Mmm! When I eat vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate syrup, it takes me back to when I was a little girl and I stayed at my grandparents house overnight. Grandma would often give us vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate syrup drizzled over it for a snack before bed. So yummy!

#3.) Caramel syrup. My husband is a big fan of caramel syrup.

#4.) Strawberry topping or fresh strawberries. We used to eat vanilla ice cream this way at my other set of grandparents. πŸ˜‰

#5.) Chopped up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Ooohhh, this is soooo good! (Ok, yep, this one wins first place for me!) Who can resist peanut butter covered in milk chocolate?!

#6.) Sprinkles!! Remember sprinkles make everything better, right?! πŸ˜‰

#7.) Banana Split. In case you never had one, a banana split has pieces of bananas on the bottom, topped with ice cream and 2 or 3 toppings with nuts and whip cream. This one has bananas, vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, strawberry topping and chopped roasted pecans. Yuuuuummmm! (Well, maybe THIS one is my favorite?)

Of course, there are many, many more ways to eat vanilla ice cream! How do you usually eat it? Which way is your favorite? Did you NOT like any of these toppings? I liked them ALL! (Which could be why my clothes are fitting tighter than they were! Oops!) I hope you’ll have an ice cream taste testing party at your house! πŸ™‚