Our simple recipe for crispy, fresh bruschetta is great for a snack or entertaining. Make a batch of these for you and your friends and be sure to send us an invite!
2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/2 white onion, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp Watkins Oregano
1 tbsp Watkins Basil
2 tbsp Watkins Parsley
1 pound Italian bread loaf, cut into 1 inch slices
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C. In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, onions, oil, oregano, basil and parsley. Place bread on a baking sheet and top with tomato mixture, then sprinkle with Parmesan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until bottom of bread is browned. Allow to cool five minutes before serving.
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
Our Red Velvet Whoopie Pies are fun for the whole family. Get the family in the kitchen this week to make this to-die-for-recipe.
2 cups flour
2Tbs Watkins Baking Cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp Watkins Original Double Strength Vanilla Extract
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 oz red food coloring
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 oz cream cheese, softened
7 oz marshmallow creme
Pastry: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. To make the whoopie pies, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium or high for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla and mix well. Alternately add buttermilk and flour mixture, beating after each addition just until combined. Stir in food coloring. Spoon batter in 1 or 2 inch diameter rounds about 1/2 inch high on prepared baking sheets, allowing 1 inch space between rounds. Bake until tops are set, 7 to 9 minutes for 1 inch cookies or 9 to 11 minutes for 2 inch cookies. Cool completely on baking sheets on rack and then remove cookies from baking sheets.
Filling: In a medium mixing bowl beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in the jar of marshmallow creme. Spread the filling on the flat side of half of the cookies and top with the remaining cookies, flat side down. Store refrigerated in an airtight container.
DIY Spa Day
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This weekend, be sure to pamper yourself and have a spa day at home with some of our favorite J.R. Watkins products. Combining these bath and body products will help you relax, heal and feel restored.
Our Special Recipe For Fish Tacos
Our quick and easy recipe for Fish Tacos will have your family running to the dinner table. They’re great for summer, fresh, full of flavor and fun for everyone. When you cook these up, be sure to share your pictures with us!
1 tbsp/15 mL Watkins Garlic and Parsley
3 tbsp/45 mL lime juice
3/4 tsp/4 mL Watkins Garlic Powder
3/4 tsp/4 mL Watkins Cumin
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Watkins Chili Powder
1/4 tsp/2.5 mL Watkins Oregano
1/4 tsp/1.2 mL Watkins Sea Salt
Dash (or to taste) Watkins Cayenne Pepper
1 pound/454 g tilapia, cod or halibut fillets
1 package tortillas
Chopped lettuce, tomatoes and onions
Grated Queso Fresco (Mexican cheese) or Feta cheese
Combine spices in a small bowl.
Rub both sides of fish with spice mixture; drizzle on lime juice.
Allow fish to marinate for at least 30 minutes.
While fish is marinating, prepare all the necessary toppings and set aside.
Fry fish in Watkins Garlic and Parsley Grapeseed Oil over medium heat.
Cook until fish is cooked through and tender, about 3 to 5 minutes per side.
Easy Homemade Baked Tortilla Chips
This weekend, instead of picking up a greasy bag of tortilla chips from the store, try making your own with this simple recipe!
1 package (6 oz/170g) corn tortillas
To taste Watkins Chili Powder
Cut tortillas into 8 wedges each. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with seasoning. Bake at 450ºF/235ºC for 6 minutes or until crisp but not brown.
Makes 10 servings.
Chicken Kabobs Teriyaki
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Fire up the grill and try this delightful recipe for chicken kabobs in a Japanese marinade, with much less of the usual sodium.
1½ pounds of chicken breasts, boned, skinned and sliced lengthwise
3 medium zucchini, cut into 1-inch chunks
16 cherry tomatoes
16 fresh mushrooms
2 medium onions, cut into quarters
¼ cup of water
2 tablespoons of reduced sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 teaspoon of J.R. Watkins Ginger
1 teaspoon of J.R. Watkins Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon of J.R. Watkins Barbecue Sauce
Remove any visible fat from chicken before slicing. Place in shallow glass or stainless steel pan with vegetables. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 hour, turning occasionally. Skewer chicken alternately with vegetables, diving among 8 metal skewers. Broil over hot coals or place in broiler 4 inches from heat, about 3 minutes on each side, basting frequently with marinade
Makes 8 servings
Calories per serving: 179
Sodium per serving: 218 mg.
Delicious Lemon Squares Recipe
What better way to celebrate our Lemon Love Pinterest Contest than enjoying our delicious recipe for lemon squares? Munch on these while you create your Lemon Love Pinterest Contest submission. Don’t forget to share some with your friends and family!
1/2 cup/125 mL butter
1 cup/250 mL flour
1/2 cup/125 mL chopped pecans
1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Butter Extract
1 cup/250 mL powdered sugar
8 oz/227 g fat-free or light cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 tsp/5 mL Watkins Original Double-Strength Vanilla
Half of a 1-quart/liter container of whipped topping
1 pie filling recipe from Watkins Lemon Dessert package, using 2-1/2 cups/625 mL water, Lemon Dessert Mix
1 tbsp/15 mL lemon juice
Combine bottom layer ingredients and pack into an 11 x 7”/28 x 18 cm baking pan. Bake at 375°F/190°C for 15 minutes. Cool completely. Cream together powdered sugar and cream cheese. Add whipped topping and fold in. Prepare lemon pie filling; add lemon juice and let cool. Spread a thin layer of cream mixture over baked bottom layer. Spread lemon filling on top; spread rest of cream mixture on top of that. Chill. (Note: Chilling after applying lemon layer may make it easier to spread top layer.) Cut in large squares.
Lemon Love Pinterest Contest!
Have you heard? In celebration of our new Lemon Cream Sugar & Shea Body Scrub we’re hosting a Lemon Love Pinterest contest! For more information on how you could win lovely lemon-inspired products, visit our Pinterest page here: http://bit.ly/13nVnnl
The 100% natural formula used in our new Lemon Cream Sugar & Shea Body Scrub is excellent for gently exfoliating your skin, and the lemon scent is perfect for summer! Visit our website for more information! http://bit.ly/18sFdv9
The Science of Face Washing
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To get the best results when washing your face, follow these 6 easy steps for clearer skin with the help of JR Watkins cleansers and creams. A big thanks to our friends at Bella Sugar for the pointers!
STEP 1: Begin by washing your hands with our array of JR Watkins hand soaps. (You don’t want all of the grease, grime and germs from your hands on your face, do you?) And, if you have on any eye makeup, remove it before you begin to cleanse.
STEP 2: Wet your face completely with tepid water. Anything too hot will shock the skin and could even burst capillaries, resulting in those sensitive red marks usually found around the nose and cheeks.
STEP 4: Next, squeeze a dime-sized amount of JR Watkins Daily Facial Cleanser onto your fingertips and rub them together. Use your fingertips to massage the cleanser into your skin (anywhere from 30 seconds to a minute) in small and gentle circular motions.
STEP 3: One of the best ways to ensure that dirt and makeup are removed is by using a muslin cloth when you rinse. In addition, if you gently scrub in small circles, the cloth also acts as a light exfoliant! Also, don’t forget to rinse your hairline, your neck and the nooks on either side of your nose.
STEP 4: Finish by splashing your face two to three times with cool water (not freezing cold—again, you don’t want to shock your face) to close your pores and then pat your skin dry with a clean towel.
STEP 5: Depending on the time of day, apply JR Watkins Naturals Divine Day Cream or Nourishing Night Cream for healthy and soft skin.
The Perfect Addition to Your 4th of July Barbecue
Here is the perfect addition to your upcoming 4th of July celebration. Knock their socks off with this recipe for finger-linking good, mouth-watering and perfectly messy baby backed ribs.
Preheat over to 350ºF/180ºC. Place ribs in large, shallow roasting pan, bone side down. Combine water, vinegar, and barbecue sauce pour over ribs. Sprinkle with garlic granules and seasoning salt. Cover and bake for 1 to 1 ½ hours or until ribs are tender. Let cool. Place ribs on grill over indirect heat or bake at 400ºF/200ºC for 20 to 30 minutes or until warm and tender. Brush the ribs with Watkins Root Beer Barbecue Sauce. Optional: sprinkle with Watkins Sea Salt and Black Pepper
5 lbs/2.27 kg pork loin back ribs
2 cups/500 mL water
1/2 cup/125 mL apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup/80 mL Watkins Gourmet Original Barbecue Sauce
1 - 1/2 tsp/7.5 mL Watkins Garlic Powder
1 - 1/2 tsp/7.5 mL Watkins Seasoning Salt
Root Beer Barbecue Sauce:
2/3 cup/160 mL Watkins Gourmet Original Barbecue Sauce
2 tsp/10 mL Watkins Root Beer Extract
1/2 tsp/2.5 mL Watkins Ginger
1/4 tsp/1.2 mL allspice
Watkins Black Pepper
Watkins Sea Salt