Category Archives: Food + Drink


Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes

A few weeks ago I was wandering the grocery store while Scarlett was at school (isn’t it amazing how much more leisurely a grocery shop can be without little ones in tow?) I stumbled upon boxed ramen broth – right where the chicken and vegetable broths are – and I did a double take. I had no idea ramen broth came packaged and ready to buy at the supermarket; but of course, I had to buy it. I mean, ramen is delicious, and at-home ramen noodles recipe sounds pretty awesome. Then I set off to get the rest of my ramen ingredients, focusing on a few favorites. Ramen noodles, of course, shitake mushrooms, bok choy, green onion, and eggs.

I am a ramen lover through and through, but despite loving to cook, I’ve never actually attempted homemade ramen because a traditional ramen broth can take hours and hours to make. To even the best chefs, making a truly fatty, salty, umami-dense rich ramen broth is a feat in and of itself. But the result is the ultimate meal-in-a-bowl and pretty near close to perfect comfort food.

Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

I’m not saying the original decadent ramen noodle dish isn’t worth the trip to your favorite local ramen house, but when you just want a bowl of hearty noodles (because, carbs) covered in endless topping options that give you the power to make a bowl your very own – from the comfort of your sofa, I might add – this simple ramen noodles recipe in under 15 minutes might just be the key to at-home ramen bliss.

Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes

Serves 2-4

INGREDIENTS

dried or fresh ramen noodles*, cooked as directed
ramen broth or vegetable broth
1 TB olive oil
2 green onions, sliced
1 cup shitake mushrooms, sliced
1-4 mini bok choy, quartered into long pieces
1 soft-boiled egg
sesame seeds

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS

bok choy
shitake or enoki mushrooms
pork belly or sliced roast chicken
scallions
bonito flakes
fresh spinach (blanch and squeeze all of the water out)
frozen spinach (defrost and squeeze all of the water out)
corn (canned, fresh or frozen)
bamboo shoots (canned or fresh) OR Bamboo Shoots in Chili Oil
dried seaweed
tofu (drained and cubed)
snow peas (blanched)
sliced Japanese fish cakes
fresh bean sprouts
chili oil
miso paste
soy sauce
sesame seeds

*I used dried ramen noodles for this, though admittedly, fresh ramen noodles are even better, but not quite as easy to find. Since falling for this soup, I’ve even ripped open one of those 25 cent instant ramen noodle packages and uses the noodles from the package, throwing away the spice pack. It all works.

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small pan, heat olive oil over medium heat, sauté fresh vegetables like onions, bok choy, and mushrooms until golden brown.
  2. In a separate pot, heat your broth and cook noodles according to the package.
  3. If you like having a soft-boiled egg on your ramen, boil your eggs for 5-6 minutes, no more. (I usually cook mine closer to medium, but is purely preference.)
  4. Pour broth and noodles into bowls, followed by any protein and vegetables. Garnish with sesame seeds, and any soy sauce or chili oil, then place half the soft-boiled egg on top. Serve hot with chopsticks and a spoon.

NOTE: I went the pretty traditional route, topping my ramen noodles with shitake mushrooms, bok choy, green onion, a soft-boiled egg, and sesame seeds, but I’m looking forward to trying a whole variety of toppings as we add this simple dinner into our rotation. I’m definitely going to add sliced roasted chicken (something you can easily pick up pre-made at the grocery store) or tofu for extra protein in the future. Everyone loved having ramen at home, especially Scarlett, who was a big fan of slurping up the soft noodles.

Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes Simple Ramen Noodles Recipe in Under 15 Minutes by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

Happy slurping!

If you make your own simple ramen noodles recipe at home, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your delicious meals!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi

Delicious Chewy Granola Bar Recipe: Soft Chocolate Chip Pretzel

Warm weather is here and I am all about no-bake snacks that kids (and grown-ups alike) will love. I stumbled across this chewy granola bar recipe, and made a few simple tweaks, to come up with a new household favorite. Between hubby and Scarlett, these dairy-free* soft chocolate chip pretzel granola bars were gone in a matter of days.

Hubby declared them “the best chewy granola bar recipe yet,” so there’s that.

How to make our favorite dairy-free soft chocolate chip pretzel granola bars. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

The texture to these granola bars is perfect – soft and chewy – and the saltiness from the pretzel and peanut butter plus the hints of sweet from the semi-sweet chocolate, makes these granola bars THE perfect snack. I actually cut our granola bars into “granola squares”; perfect for little hands.

*Scarlett can’t have any milk protein, so we’re always experimenting with vegan and dairy-free recipes, in case you want to check them out! While this recipe is not vegan because of the honey, it can be made dairy-free using dairy-free chocolate chips. We use Enjoy Life chocolate chunks and chips; they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free, and totally delicious. They also bake incredibly well. Even Target carries them! Obviously, you can use regular semi-sweet chocolate here instead if you don’t need to keep the recipe dairy-free.

How to make our favorite dairy-free soft chocolate chip pretzel granola bars. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

How to Make Our New Favorite Soft Chocolate Chip Pretzel Chewy Granola Bar Recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 cups rolled oats
2 cups twisted pretzels, crushed down to about 1 heaping cup
½ cup salted peanut halves
1 cup peanut butter (more as needed)
½ cup honey (more as needed)
1 teaspoon vanilla
chocolate chips (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Toss the oats, crushed pretzels, salted peanut halves, and chocolate chips (optional) together in a large bowl.
  2. Stir the peanut butter, honey, and vanilla together in a separate bowl until smooth and creamy. Pour the mixture over the dry ingredients in the other bowl. Stir until combined.
  3. Press the bar mixture into a 9×9 inch pan lined with parchment paper (9×13 will work – it will just yield wider, flatter bars). Freeze for 30 minutes. Pull out of the pan and cut into bars. You can also wrap the bars individually in freezer or parchment paper and ziploc bags for quick grab-and-go snacks. They can be kept in the refrigerator or freezer.

How to make our favorite dairy-free soft chocolate chip pretzel granola bars. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

NOTES

If your bar consistency seems too dry or crumbly, add more peanut butter or honey, and add more oats or pretzels if the mix seems too sticky.

You can mix-in anything else you want to make these granola bars totally customized. (i.e., dried fruit, chocolate chips, more nuts, seeds, etc.)

Store-bought peanut butters like Jif or Skippy work best in this recipe because sometimes natural peanut butter is less sweet, less salty, and more oily. You can use natural peanut butter, just do your best to balance out the honey dry ingredients until you get the right consistency.

Recipe adapted via Pinch of Yum

How to make our favorite dairy-free soft chocolate chip pretzel granola bars. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make our favorite dairy-free soft chocolate chip pretzel granola bars. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to make our favorite dairy-free soft chocolate chip pretzel granola bars. Click through for the easy recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you find yourself throwing together a batch of this chocolate chip pretzel chewy granola bar recipe, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun snacking!

 

Photos and Video by Annie Watts Photography


Lexi

Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze

Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner and have I got the perfect scones recipe for you! Say hello to the most amazing carrot cake scones with cream cheese glaze. It’s carrot cake, turned into the perfect breakfast (or brunch) scone, and topped with a classic cream cheese frosting-style glaze. What more could you want?

Any dessert that practically begs for an accompanying cup of coffee is my kind of dessert. Plus, this totally counts as breakfast, which means CAKE for breakfast. Happy, happy.

Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

The amazingly talented Hope Woodhouse, blogger behind the adorable food blog, Pass the Cookies, is sharing this awesome recipe today on Glitter, Inc. and she’ll be contributing recipes here and there in the future. I am SO excited to have her, and I think you’ll quickly see why! (I mean, how good does her lucky charms-filled cereal milk cake look?)

So without further ado, let’s jump right into the sweets …

Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze

INGREDIENTS

Carrot Cake Scones
4½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup sugar
1½ teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ pound (3 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
1 cup grated carrot
⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
½ cup raisins, optional
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional
1¼ cups plus 2 tablespoons milk

Egg wash
1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons milk

Cream Cheese Glaze
1½ cups powdered sugar
2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Cut the butter into small cubes and, while it is still very cold, add to the flour mixture. If the butter has gotten warm with the heat of your hands or from being on the cutting board too long, stick it back in the fridge for a few minutes before adding it to the flour mixture. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using two knives, a pastry cutter, or breaking the pieces of butter up with your fingers (my preference). You can also pulse the mixture in your food processer a few times. The butter should be about the size of peas when you are done. Do not overwork the butter.
  4. Add the shredded carrots, coconut, nuts, and raisins, if using, to the flour-butter mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Pour in the milk and mix until the ingredients are combined and the dough starts to stick together. You should be able to work the dough into a ball. Again, do not overwork the dough, otherwise your scones will be tough. If the dough is too dry, add more milk, one tablespoon at a time.
  6. Lightly flour a cutting board or a flat surface and transfer the dough to your surface. Split the dough in half, roll each half in a ball and pat them into 6-inch rounds that are about 1 to 1 ½ inches thick. Cut each round in half, then cut each half into 3-4 triangles (like a pie) and place the dough on your prepared baking sheets, a few inches apart from each other.
  7. Brush the egg wash on top of the dough and bake for 12-18 minutes (depending on the size of your wedges). The scones are done when the edges begin to get golden and the tops bounce back when you press a finger into them. They will continue to set as they cool, so they may not look fully done. Let the scones cool on the tray for about 3 minutes, then remove them from the tray and serve immediately.

Carrot cake scones are best soon after they are baked, but one-day-old leftovers can be reheated in a microwave oven or an oven. Add some butter and they are as good as new.

These can be made ahead of time (perfect for a spring breakfast or unexpected guests!). Stop after you pat the dough into rounds and wrap each round of dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until ready to bake and serve. They can be made up to a week in advance if stored in the fridge, and up to a month ahead of time if stored in the freezer. If you freeze the dough, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight before you bake it.

Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc. Carrot Cake Scones Recipe with Cream Cheese Glaze by lifestyle blogger Lexi of Glitter, Inc.

If you make your own carrot cake scones, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your delicious snacking!

Recipe and Photos by Hope Woodhouse of Pass the Cookies for Glitter, Inc.


Lexi

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts

My family has fallen hard for this simple homemade pop-tart recipe. These 3-ingredient pop-tarts are super simple to throw together; they use a combination of store bought ingredients, and stuff we always have on hand.

They’re also a lot of fun to make with your family and kids. Oh, and did I mention they’re totally yummy? To get your kids in on the action, just cut out your rectangles and let the little ones go to town filling and then decorating their own special pop-tarts. Scarlett loves topping hers with sprinkles and telling us exactly which ones are hers. The combinations are pretty endless and it’s extra fun eating a pop-tart you made yourself.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

And the best part in my book about these 3-ingredient homemade pop-tarts? They can be made vegan, because most store bought pie crust has no dairy in it! (We use Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust.)

I made two different milk-free, vegan versions of these homemade pop-tarts for Scarlett and she was SO excited. Her vegan versions had either jam inside or Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips* and marshmallow fluff; a.k.a., vegan s’mores pop-tarts. Both were then topped with a modified version of the frosting that’s super simple to make; we just substituted almond milk.

(Scarlett is allergic to milk protein, so we’re always experimenting with vegan and dairy-free recipes, in case you want to check them out!)

*We use Enjoy Life chocolate chunks and chips; they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and soy-free, and totally delicious. They also bake incredibly well. Even Target carries them! Obviously, you can use regular semi-sweet chocolate here instead if you don’t need to keep the recipe vegan or dairy-free.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Now let’s talk about how to make these awesome 3-ingredient homemade pop-tarts …

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE POP-TARTS

Makes 8-10 pop-tarts.

INGREDIENTS

Store bought refrigerated pie crust
Rectangle Cookie Cutter (or sharp knife)
Strawberry or Peach jam
Nutella (optional)
Marshmallow Fluff (optional)
Confectioners sugar
Milk (I used almond milk and it worked like a charm!)
Sprinkles (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Using a rectangle cookie cutter or sharp knife, cut each pie crust into 8, fairly equal sized rectangles.
  3. Lay half (about 8) of your rectangles on a greased or parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Top each rectangle with about a tablespoon or less of jam or marshmallow fluff and/or Nutella (leaving a perimeter of about a half an inch all the way around). Be sure not to overstuff or it will leak out as it is baking.
  5. Lay the other halves of the rectangles on top of the 8 that you topped with jam, Nutella, etc., and using the tines of a fork, seal each pop-tart along all four edges.
  6. Bake for approximately 10 minutes, or until crust is slightly golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven, and let cool on the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

For the Icing

In the meantime, mix a half a cup of confectioners sugar with a tablespoon of milk. (Consistency is key here; if your icing is runny, add a bit more sugar and if it’s too thick, add a bit more milk. You want it spreadable/pourable.)

Spread or pour a bit of icing on top of each pop-tart (now on the wire rack) and top with sprinkles or drizzle with Nutella.

Recipe Adapted via Kozy & Co.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

Hubby loved our version of s’mores pop-tarts. We filled our s’mores pop-tarts with a thin layer of marshmallow fluff and Nutella and then drizzled a little glaze and Nutella on top. (See above for Scarlett’s vegan version.) The s’mores pop-tarts taste amazing still warm out of the oven.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc     How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

By the way, you can find both my gold whisk and gold wire cooling rack at Target.

How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc   How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc How to Make 3-Ingredient Homemade Pop-Tarts; including a vegan version! Kids LOVE making these. Click through for the simple recipe. | glitterinc.com | @glitterinc

If you find yourself throwing together a batch of these 3-ingredient homemade pop-tarts, be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun snacking!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Thank you so much for clicking through and helping to support this little blog business of mine! Read more about our site, privacy, and disclosure policies here.


Lexi

How to Throw a Super Simple At-Home Date Night


This post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper. All opinions are my own. Thank YOU for supporting the sponsors who help to make Glitter, Inc. possible.

Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly the years have flown by with hubby. We’ve been together for more than a dozen years, and married more than six, and honestly, I still look at him all googly-eyed the way I did when we first met back in high school. (You can read more about our nerdy love story here.) Nowadays, “busy” is just our day-to-day reality, and sometimes we have to remember to slow it down and celebrate the little things. Small anniversaries, work achievements, basically anything awesome that Scarlett does; they’re all reasons to celebrate. It’s rare that we can arrange an actual date night on the town, complete with babysitter and reservations (that’s for really special occasions, ha), but we do try to celebrate at home in small ways.

glitterincblog-8976 glitterincblog-8947

So when Walmart asked us to test out Bertolli’s Meals for Two (and family size Bertolli), we were happy for any venture into an easy and romantic dinner.

glitterincblog-8965    glitterincblog-8966 glitterincblog-8948 glitterincblog-8951   glitterincblog-8961

Truth is, I’m a total novice at frozen meals, but lately, the busier we get, the more hubby and I keep talking about easier meal solutions that won’t eat up so much of my time trying to prepare. I’m a big believer in a hot dinner served up every night, but I’m also all about saving myself a little stress. Walmart has a huge display of amazing meals from Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s so you can stock up and always have a simple dinner on hand for impromptu celebrations.

bertolli-at-walmart glitterincblog-8972

We tried out Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine and honestly, I could not have been more surprised by how good the meal was. Bertolli’s version of the classic Italian favorite, the farfalle pasta cooks up al dente, the grilled white meat chicken and tender spinach are in a really delicate sauce made with white wine and Parmesan and Romano cheeses, and all you have to do is throw the contents into a pan and heat. I think I always thought that if I didn’t spend hours buying the groceries and then working away at it in the kitchen, how could it taste fresh? But it totally was and did!

glitterincblog-8963

The funniest part is that as I was stirring it on the stove and my photographer, Annie, was setting up to shoot for this post, she actually told me that the chicken florentine was one of her favorites and she and her husband ate it for dinner all of the time. I swear I felt like I had been living under a rock.

glitterincblog-8986 glitterincblog-8997

Top with a little fresh parmesan and serve!

glitterincblog-8953

How to Throw a Super Simple At-Home Date Night:

  1. Set the table. Even if it’s your living room coffee table and date night is from the comfort of your sofa, setting the table makes it feel just a little bit more special and like you’re celebrating something (even if it’s just something small.)
  2. Unplug. I know it’s tough, but on most nights, at any given time, I can look up, and both hubby and I are frantically typing away on our laptops. Dinner may just be for 20 minutes, but give yourself that break and shut off your tech.
  3. Eat something yummy. This goes without saying, but still, skip the cold cereal and have a nice dinner together.
  4. Talk about your day. The good, the bad, your partner is your sounding board, and it’s nice to just focus on one another for a few minutes.
  5. Pour yourselves a drink. Hey, it is a celebration after all!

glitterincblog-8955

How do you celebrate the everyday? Are you a fan of stay-at-home date night?

bertolli


Lexi

7 Brunch Recipes for a Sweet Weekend

I’m not usually a breakfast person, per so, but call it brunch and pour some sugar on it, and suddenly, I’m all about it. These 7 brunch recipes are all perfectly sweet and will have you loving brunch.

By the way, if savory is more your thing, this creamy miso mushrooms and eggs dish looks pretty unbelievable and I have a feeling the whole family would love this breakfast pizza with kale pesto and sun dried tomatoes.

Now onto the sweets …

Almond Butter Toast with Bananas and Toasted Coconut

Almond Butter Toast with Bananas and Toasted Coconut Recipe  via The Modern Proper (image via @themodernproper)

Raspberry Dutch Baby

Raspberry Dutch Baby Recipe via Two Peas and Their Pod (image via @twopeasandpod)

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote

Meyer Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blueberry Compote Recipe via Brazilian Flair in the USA (@brazilianflairintheusablog)

Meyer Lemon Chamomile Suzette Crepes with Greek Yogurt

Meyer Lemon Chamomile Suzette Crepes with Greek Yogurt Recipe via Half Baked Harvest (image via @halfbakedharvest)

Salted Honey Apple Gouda Toast

Salted Honey Apple Gouda Toast Recipe via Half Baked Harvest (image via @halfbakedharvest)

toasted-coconut-pancakes

Toasted Coconut Pancakes Recipe via Minimalist Baker (image via @minimalistbaker)

Blackberry Lavender White Chocolate Scones

Blackberry Lavender White Chocolate Scones Recipe via Half Baked Harvest (image via @halfbakedharvest)

Craving brunch? Follow our Brunch board on Pinterest for loads of yummy inspiration.


Lexi