Opal Apples Review

You Can’t Compare Apples to Opals

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received this product for free.

They may not be available year round, but from November until March, bright yellow Opals are the apple of our eye. We love them for their flavor and texture (sweet and tangy, with just the right crunchiness), but the fact that these non-GMO apples are naturally non-browning is what makes Opals truly incredible.

Opal Apples

Opal apples can’t be compared to an everyday apple. These sunny fruits are like none other — with a beautiful appearance, distinctively crunchy texture, floral aroma and a sweet, tangy flavor. But one of the most incredible and natural features of this apple is that it does not brown after cutting. So an Opal a day will keep your salads — and your kids’ lunchboxes — crisp and fresh.

The Opal brand apple was discovered in Europe in 1999. This new apple-flavor stems from a cross between a Golden Delicious and a Topaz. Over the last 12 years, Opal brand apple has been tested in 63 orchards throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. In March of 2010, Opal brand apple made its debut appearance in the United States grown exclusively by Ralph Broetje, Broetje Orchards in Washington State. Opal Brand apple is being marketed and distributed exclusively in North America by FirstFruits Marketing of Washington.

Opal Apples

For the past few years we are looking forward to Opal apple season. These apples are one of our favorites and when opportunity came to review them we were excited to share with our readers these yummy treats. Why we love them? It’s very simple, they are delicious, sweet, small, perfect for snacks, in salads, in school lunches, recipes…

Opal Apples

Our daughter loves apples, but she doesn’t like to take them to school because they brown when cut. That is why she loves Opals that naturally don’t brown, are sweet and perfect for school snack time or in the lunch box. I personally love a quick healthy snack I can share with my family anytime, anywhere and Opals are perfect non-GMO treats. As a fit and active family we eat lots of fresh fruits and apples are always among our favorite choices. This year even our youngest family member (8 month old baby boy) approved Opals as his favorite snack.

Opal Apples

While Opals are amazing in any kind of recipe, we prefer them raw (why mess with a good thing?)

Known as the apple with a purpose, a portion of Opal Apples’ sales goes to their Youth Make a Difference grants, which support youth-led non-profits involving food, nutrition and agriculture.

Click here to find Opal Apples in a grocery store near you!

Disclosure – I wrote this review as part of the BzzAgent campaign. As a BzzAgent I received the above mentioned product for free. SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.

Around the Web: Cookies for Santa

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It’s that time of the year… time to make delicious cookies for Santa… Check out these yummy recipes from Around the Web we have found for you!

Santa Face Cookies

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Milk & Cookies for Santa

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Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Santa’s Shortbread Cookies

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Orange Cinnamon Roll Cookies

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Gingerbread Hearts for Your Cookies & Milk

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Around the Web: Favorite Turkey Recipes

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we can always use a few new recipes and ideas for our party menu. Check out some of our favorite turkey recipes from Around the Web and don’t forget to share your favorite recipe with us in the comments!

Turkey Taco Skillet (one pot dish)

Turkey Taco Skillet (one pot dish) by Yummy Healthy Easy

Perfect Roast Turkey

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Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast by Oh Sweet Basil

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

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Ranch Turkey Burger Recipe

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Turkey Sloppy Joes Lettuce Wraps

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Favorite MSPI Recipes

My Favorite MSPI Friendly Recipes

Milk soy protein intolerance (MSPI) is a temporary inability to digest the proteins found in cow’s milk and soy products. Learn more here about MSPI!

A while back I told you that my baby boy was diagnosed with MSPI. To learn more about what it is and our journey read this post here What is MSPI.

At first I thought it would be hard to eat and find foods that are safe for him because I’m nursing. But once I learned what to avoid I realized that most of those foods are either dairy, soy or processed foods that I’m anyways not consuming that often.

I enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables, I already get organic produce and meats. I’m not that crazy about gluten myself, quiet honestly I love zoodles and spaghetti squash in place of same old pasta. I also love smoothies, salads and meatless meals. For a while I was avoiding meat, gluten, nuts, peanuts, beans, rice, seafood and eggs. I know it seems like a lot, but I enjoy quinoa and potatoes (all kinds), veggies and fruits,water and coffee too.

Now that he is six and half months and starting to enjoy solid foods as well (avocado, banana, applesauce, sweet potato, butternut squash, zucchini, Quinoa Baby Cereal from NurturMe). I’m also slowly adding foods to my diet like eggs, chicken, pork (with them we had success). The foods that are still out for sure are seafood (fish we didn’t try shellfish) and rice. Others we are slowly testing.

But for a while this is how my meals looked like… Lots of green, red, yellow and all fresh and super yummy!

Fresh Raisin Salad

Fresh Raisin Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup butter lettuce

1 small tomato

10 green grapes (cut in half)

1 tablespoon raisins

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix everything together and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts - Fresh Raisin Salad

Fresh Berry Salad

Fresh Berry Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup butter lettuce

1/2 small avocado

10 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)

15 raspberries

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix everything together and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts - Fresh Berry Salad

Spinach Tomato Avocado Salad

Spinach Tomato Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach (packed)

1 small tomato

1/2 small avocado

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Arrange on the plate and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts - Spinach Tomato Avocado Salad

Corn Tomato Salad

Corn Tomato Salad

Ingredients:

2 cups lettuce

1 small tomato

2 tablespoons fresh corn kernels

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix everything together and enjoy.

Nutrition Facts - Corn Tomato Salad

Veggie Quinoa Dinner

Veggie Quinoa Dinner

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cooked quinoa

1/2 medium zucchini

1 small carrot

1 small tomato

1 cup baby spinach (packed)

1 teaspoon EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Table Bland seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to the box/bag directions. When done set aside. Wash, cut veggies in desired shapes. In a medium skillet heat olive oil over medium/high heat. Add in veggies (all but spinach) and stir fry for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until you reach the desired softness. Add in spinach. Mix so that spinach can cook about few minutes longer. Add in seasonings, mix. Add in cooked quinoa, mix everything and serve right away.

Nutrition Facts - Veggie Quinoa Dinner

Banana Berry Salad

Banana Berry Salad

Ingredients:

1 small banana

1/2 cup blackberries

1/2 cup raspberries

1 tablespoon Orange Blossom Honey

Directions:

Cut banana, mix with berries and drizzle with honey.

Nutrition Facts - Banana Berry Salad

Yellow Smoothie

Yellow Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 small banana (for a thicker smoothie use frozen banana)

1/2 mango

1/2 peach

1/2 cup pineapple

1/2 cup water

Directions:

Wash and cut your ingredients. Add everything in a blender and blend for about 1 to 2 minutes, or until well blended and creamy. This makes one (16 oz) smoothie.

Nutrition Facts - Yellow Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

Recipes HERE! I just change coconut water, milk, soy milk and juice with regular water now.

There you have it. My favorite MSPI friendly recipes. Please don’t forget to share in the comments Your favorite MSPI recipes if you have/know any!

Check out these great sites with ton of yummy recipes that are a huge help for me and I’m sure they will help you too.

Around the Web: World Pasta Day

October 25th is World Pasta Day!

Did you know that October 25th is World Pasta Day? Well, now that we all are aware of this awesome day, let’s make some yummy pasta from Around the Web and celebrate!!!

Don’t forget to check out SCM – Pasta Recipes!

Pasta Carbonara by The Pioneer Woman

Apples Bacon Mac and Cheese by Heat Oven to 350

Cauliflower Pasta with Pecorino, Grated Egg and Pine Nuts by Food Nouveau

Red Pepper Pesto over Angel Hair Pasta by That’s Some Good Cookin’

Autumn Pasta by The Food Doctors

Macaroni with Greens, Lemon, and Parmesan by Kalyn’s Kitchen

National Pasta Day

October 17th – National Pasta Day

What better way to celebrate this National Pasta Day than with a yummy pasta on your plate.

Can’t decide what to make, we got you covered… From yummy spaghetti, macaroni dishes, to cold pasta salads… there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Easy Cheese Pasta Bake

Easy Cheese Pasta Bake 

Alfredo Chicken & Vegetable Pasta

Alfredo Chicken & Vegetable Pasta

Taco Pasta Bake

Taco Pasta Bake

Beef & Veggie Meatballs over Pasta

Beef & Veggie Meatballs over Pasta

For more yummy, delicious and awesome recipes visit the Pasta Recipes here =) there is ton more we promise!!!