Giulia is a freelance photographer based in Ottawa, Ontario. She also shares her recipes and travel adventures on her blog Audrey’s . Giulia’s work has appeared on Cup of Jo, Style Me Pretty Living, Sweet Paul Magazine, TheKitchn, Huffington Post and Better Homes and Gardens. She’s had her photography and styling work published in Ottawa Magazine landing on the cover of the May 2014 Eating & Drinking issue.
I was so excited to be asked to participate as the Delish Dish guest blogger! After having trouble narrowing down what I wanted to cook (too many good things to choose from), I decided on something sweet, but not too decadent. Something that goes well with all the holiday goodies we might be gobbling up these days.
I chose the Apple Mango Crisp, with a few minor tweaks. I substituted the wheat germ with milled flax-seed and used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. By doing this, the recipe is still perfect for dessert with some whip cream or a scoop of ice cream.
I also decided to top the crisp with coconut flavored yogurt, which made this recipe the perfect not-too-sweet breakfast option. I have to say, not only was this a fun project, but it also resulted in a great weekend breakfast with enough left-overs to serve for dessert! And any apple based recipe that doesn’t require peeling is a winner in my books. Thanks for having me Delish Dish!
Aloha! My name is Shanna and I am the cook and baker, food stylist and photographer of the blog, Pineapple and Coconut . My awesome husband is my number 1 taste tester and dishwasher, and my two young daughters eat all of what I make! That is a win in my book. My focus for my recipes is fresh whole ingredients, always organic, non-gmo and locally sourced when possible and of course I love adding in tropical flavors as often as possible since I adore all things Hawaiian and tropical. Living in Las Vegas makes for finding 100% local tricky sometimes, but we have some amazing farmers markets and food co-ops and even our own little backyard container garden. I also believe in life is too short not to eat dessert, so I make sure all my desserts have the highest quality ingredients I can get. I like to eat and make food that looks and tastes amazing.
I was thrilled when Better Homes and Gardens invited me to make a recipe for them for their Delish Dish blog. I sat down at my computer and surfed their recipe page looking for the perfect dish to make. With it almost summer, ( yay my favorite season) barbecues and grills are coming out from their winter hiding spots and are gearing up for a long summer BBQ season, I knew I wanted to make a delicious summer BBQ recipe. I saw this Jerk Chicken and Slaw recipe and I knew that was what I wanted to make. But I wanted to make a few changes. I am a huge fan of BBQ chicken drumsticks, they are such a great summer BBQ food, kids love them because they can hold on to them and not have to worry about using a fork to eat ( something my kids always forget to do anyway) and the possibilities are endless with flavor combinations with them. They also go amazing with a variety of side dishes.
I started out with the drumsticks rinsed and patted dry and then seasoned well with this amazing organic Jamaican Jerk Spice I have. I have a funny story about Jamaican Jerk Spice…
When my husband and I were first dating, we lived in Vail, Colorado. We would venture over to Breckenridge, CO now and then to eat out at some of the awesome restaurants there. There was one place in particular that we tried on one of our very first dates, Rasta Pasta, that left a very lasting impression on us, and our mouths. They had all these amazing Carribbean and Jamaican inspired pasta dishes, one was with Jamaican Jerk chicken, another with bananas and pineapple, there was a dish called “Spicy Jammin” and a “Chicken Montego Bay”. Lots of fun dishes. Since my husband and I like heat and spicy foods we ordered our pasta dishes HOT. And let me tell you this, we thought the waiter made a mistake by leaving the entire pitcher of water on our table instead of just pouring two glasses and taking it to full other patron’s glasses. Oh no. He left it there on purpose.
Those pasta dishes were quite possible the spiciest food we have ever eaten. Even to this day almost 10 years later, we still talk about how we drank 2 pitchers of water and our mouths were still on fire. It was years until I ate Jamaican Jerk spice again. And that time I asked for way less spice, which was a wise decision. I love the flavor of Jamaican jerk spice so when I saw this recipe I knew I wanted to make it, but make it so I didn’t need 2 pitchers of water to go with it.
The original recipe for this Jerk Chicken and Slaw called for chicken breasts and cooked either on a skillet or grill pan. I decided to marinate the chicken drumsticks overnight and grill. A few steps I did differently were:
- 3lbs of organic chicken drumsticks marinated with 2 Tbsp Jamaican Jerk Spice, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper, 1/4 c light brown sugar, 2 Tbsp EACH cider vinegar and white wine vinegar. Marinate in a baggie in the refrigerator 6 hours up to overnight.
- Preheat a grill to 450 Deg F. I placed the drumsticks on a baking sheet and sprinkled with another tablespoon of the spice ( obviously use more or less depending on how spicy you want it) and more salt and pepper. Place on the grill and I flip eer 5-7 min until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the drumsticks is 185 Deg F. About 20-25 min depending on the thickness of the chicken.
- Once the chicken drumsticks are fully cooked, let rest for 10 min before serving.
This slaw is a perfect side dish to go with the spicy jerk chicken drumsticks. Its cool, sweet, crunchy and tangy. The original slaw recipe from the Jerk Chicken and Slaw, called for just pineapple, baby bok choy ( another fave of mine) red cabbage and cider vinegar. I decided since the chicken drumsticks had the cider vinegar in the marinade that I wanted to go a slightly different route with the slaw. I used half pineapple balsamic and half white balsamic vinegars in place and I also added in julienned mango and cilantro. I made this an hour before I grilled the drumsticks so it had a chance for all the flavors to come together. I also made a side of sticky rice to finish off the meal.
Either way that you prepare this recipe, the original way for the Jerk Chicken and Slaw, or my adapted version which I am calling Jamaican Jerk Chicken Drumsticks with Pineapple Mango Slaw, you will have a 100% guaranteed amazing meal. Perfect to eat out on the back deck or patio or to bring to a BBQ potluck! Aloha!
Hi there, I am Melissa, the blogger behind Hungry Food Love, where I share easy entertaining ideas, great everyday meals, and recipes that are delicious and impressive for any occasion. As a Latina, I also like to share dishes inspired by the flavors of Latin America, like this roasted pork empanada, these prosciutto wrapped sweet plantains, or this incredibly refreshing piña colada shaved ice. I am honored to be a guest blogger here today and I hope you enjoy this wonderful Mango Upside-Down Cake.
I grew up in the Dominican Republic eating mangoes straight from the tree. When ripe, they are juicy and sweet and that is when they are best for this recipe. The brown sugar coating, as you can see below, creates an incredible caramel around the mangoes that is so good and almost impossible to describe.
I am a lover of upside-down cakes and make them all the time. That’s why when I saw this Pineapple Upside-Down Coffee Cake in the BHG recipe archives I knew I wanted to try it using my favorite fruit, Mango. I followed all the steps as in the original recipe and only substituted the pineapple for the mango, and oh what a great idea that was. The coffee cake is crumbly, buttery and perfect, so I would not change a thing besides trying it with mango for a great new tropical twist.
This mango upside-down cake must go on your summer to-do list. It is bright and fresh, perfect for a light party dessert. Try it as is, warm with a scoop of ice cream, or at room temperature with luscious whipped cream. No matter how you have it, it will be fantastic. I will admit, I ate half of this cake by myself. You have been warned.
For the original recipe and instructions click HERE!
Hello there! My name is Kiersten and I blog over at Oh My Veggies, a happy little vegetarian food blog with a focus on easy recipes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. I’m so excited that Better Homes & Gardens invited me to share a recipe with you–as someone who needs all the home and garden advice she can get (really, you should see my garden right now), I’m a pretty big fan.
I’ve been a vegetarian since middle school, so veggie cooking comes pretty naturally to me because I’ve been doing it for so long. When I started blogging, it surprised me to hear from people who were in a panic because they wanted to stop eating meat, but didn’t know what to cook or how to cook it. A lot of people think that vegetarian cooking is intimidating or difficult, but I promise you it doesn’t have to be. And you can take just about any recipe and make it meatless–yes, really, you can!
Better Homes & Gardens has a lot of tasty vegetarian options on their website, but I wanted to challenge myself, so I choose their Mango-Chili Chicken Stir-Fry recipe. I don’t use processed meat substitutes in my cooking, so I decided to replace the chicken with a package of extra-firm tofu.
Wait! Don’t click away! Don’t give me the side-eye!
When you prepare tofu the right way, it’s delicious, so I’m going to show you the best way to make it.
Tofu is packaged in water, so in order for it to absorb the flavors of the dish you’re preparing, you need to press that nasty tofu water out. If you just take the tofu out of the package, dice it up, and throw it in a stir fry, you will not like tofu. It needs pressing! I have a tofu press for this purpose, but this is how you press your tofu without one:
Put 2-3 layers of paper towels on a cutting board, put your tofu on top of that, then another layer of paper towels and another cutting board. Weigh everything down with bottles and cans and let the tofu sit like this for 30 minutes. Trust me, it’s worth it.
After pressing the tofu, I cut it into 16 triangles (there’s no real reason for triangles, but they look nice, right?), heated 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cooked the tofu for about 3-5 minutes on each side, until it was browned and crispy. (Oh, and you can use any kind of cooking oil you like–no need to go out and buy grapeseed oil if you don’t have it on hand.) Remove the tofu from the skillet and set it on a few layers of paper towels to absorb some of the excess oil, then stir fry the peppers, add the tofu back in, and stir in the fiery mango sauce.
The only other slight change I made to the original Mango-Chili Chicken Stir-Fry recipe is that instead of using dried chile peppers, I tossed in a pinch or two of red pepper flakes and I added some black sesame seeds at the end. Oh, and I diced the mango instead of slicing it because I still haven’t figured out how to slice a mango without potentially losing a thumb. I served this with brown rice and it was absolutely delicious–we loved the sweet-and-spicy mango sauce with the crispy, chewy tofu. If you’re looking for an easy Meatless Monday dinner, this is it!
Can cupcakes be considered health food if they’re chock-full of vitamins, vegetables, and fresh fruit juice? I’d like to think so. Especially when they’re as cute and poppable (read: impossible to eat just one) as Mini Mango-Carrot Cupcakes!
Packed with shredded carrot and sweet mango juice, Mini Mango-Carrot Cupcakes are a fun and sunny take on classic carrot cake. That signature orange hue from freshly shredded carrots is pumped up by the addition of fresh mango juice, or a mango juice blend, which can be found at nearly every grocery store these days. Smooth and tropical-tasting, mango juice is an excellent source of vitamin A, and a good source of Vitamin C, too.
Bonus: mangos and carrots are both in season right now, which means they taste superbly sweet and fresh in this dessert. That being said, the cupcakes aren’t overly sugary-tasting, and almost have the consistency of really moist cornbread. Totally a trip from the ordinary.
Ok, ok, these babies are still technically considered dessert, and have the indulgent, cream cheese frosting swirled on top to prove it, but I like to think their portion-controlled size and addition of a few fresh ingredients make them a great, healthier option to serve at parties or for kids.
The original recipe for Mini Mango-Carrot Cupcakes is for a full-sized layer cake, so I simply scooped the batter into lined mini muffin tins and baked at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes.
However you make it, enjoy this yummy, springtime dessert!