pesto caprese zoodles | giveaway!

spiralized pesto caprese zoodles

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! I thought this post would be especially appropriate today, considering how much green is in this recipe! Also, if you’re feeling lucky, I’m giving away a Paderno Spiralizer at the end of this post!

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed how much I love my Paderno Spiralizer. Zoodles with puttanesca, crispy sweet potato strips, green curry zoodles, turnip “pasta”, pesto zoodles with shrimp and ramen zoodles are just a few of the ways I’ve used it over the past few months.

spiralized pesto caprese zoodles

We don’t have a huge kitchen, so we try to be super selective about the tools and gadgets we purchase. If it doesn’t have multiple uses or save us major time, then it’s probably not something I’d buy. 

The Spiralizer is amazing because it takes vegetables that (to be honest) can get a little boring…and turns them into noodles!

The vegetable noodles aren’t necessarily a replacement for pasta (kind of how I explained about the cauliflower crust pizza). However, they create a noodle-like experience that makes eating bowl full of veggies and protein pretty darn satisfying.

spiralized pesto caprese zoodles

What’s great about this recipe in particular is that there is no cooking involved. Not only does that mean you don’t have to heat up your kitchen with the summer months ahead, but you also don’t lose any of the nutrients from the veggies.

Also, if you use store-bought pesto, the entire recipe from start to finish will take you under 20 minutes. That’s a win in my book!

spiralized pesto caprese zoodles

Pesto Caprese Zoodles

ingredients
2 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup small mozzarella balls (ciliegine), torn
1/3-1/2 cup prepared pesto
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
salt + pepper, to taste

directions
Spiralize your zucchini using the the smallest blade. If you don’t have a Spiralizer, you can use a mandolin or a julienne tool to slice the zucchini into long, thin noodle shapes.

Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and serve. Can be made an hour or so in advance. (Try not to wait too long to serve, as the salty pesto will begin to draw water from the zoodles.)

spiralized pesto caprese zoodles

Now for the fun part – a giveaway!!! One lucky reader will win their very own Spiralizer!

You have one week to enter using the widget below. At the end of the week, I will announce the winner and the giveaway will close.

Good luck!

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XOXO,

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spiralized pesto caprese zoodles

salted dark chocolate peanut butter cups

salted dark chocolate peanut butter cups | Cody Uncorked

Well guys, the commercial push for Easter is in full swing, meaning grocery store aisles are filled with sugary morsels in pastel packaging. I’m not even a huge sweets fan, but there is something about the seasonal peanut butter cups (you know the ones) that are SO delicious. Is it the fun shapes? The peanut-butter-to-chocolate ratio? I don’t know!

salted dark chocolate peanut butter cups | Cody Uncorked

The good news is, today I’m sharing a recipe to create your own peanut butter cup treats at home. While the texture is similar to what you’re used to, the dark chocolate is just the right amount of bittersweet and the salt really brings it all together.

When you make sweets at home, you control what goes into them. So while they’re not health food by any means, they are better for you than the store-bought versions. If you’re worried about eating them all yourself, try bringing them to your coworkers, neighbors or friends. Trust me, they will eat them right up!

salted dark chocolate peanut butter cups | Cody Uncorked

Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
adapted from Brown Eyed Baker
makes about 18-20 peanut butter cups

ingredients
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4-1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 cups dark chocolate chips (one 11.5-oz bag)
2 tablespoons cup coconut oil

directions
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar. Stir constantly until everything has completely melted. There will still be a little bit of graininess from the brown sugar – that’s okay. Stir in powdered sugar 1/4 cup at a time. You’re looking for a relatively stiff mixture, but shouldn’t need more than 1 cup! Scoop the mixture into a clean bowl and refrigerate until completely cooled, about 30 minutes.

While the peanut butter mixture cools, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside, then line your mini muffin tin with paper muffin cups.

Once completely cooled, form the peanut butter mixture into little discs. They should be smaller in diameter than the muffin cups and about a half inch high. Place each disc on the lined cookie sheet, then refrigerate.

Next, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil over a double boiler (visual instructions here) or using the microwave in short bursts, stirring after each. Once completely melted and smooth, use a teaspoon to scoop chocolate into lined muffin cup. Lightly tap the filled tray on the counter to remove bubbles and even out the chocolate. Place in the refrigerator to harden for 15-20 minutes.

Now it’s time for assembly! Place one peanut butter disc in each chocolate-lined muffin cup, then add melted chocolate until the sides and top are completely covered. (If your melted chocolate has hardened, reheat using the same method and stir until all lumps have dissolved.) While the chocolate in each cup is still soft, sprinkle with a tiny pinch of Maldon sea salt flakes or coarse sea salt.

Refrigerate for 15-20 more minutes, or until completely hardened. At this point, your treats are read to enjoy! Store the cups in the refrigerator until ready to serve, up to 5 days. (They won’t last that long, I promise!)

salted dark chocolate peanut butter cups | Cody Uncorked

 Enjoy!

XO,

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salted dark chocolate peanut butter cups | Cody Uncorked

national margarita day 2015

In case you didn’t know, this Sunday is National Margarita Day!!! I’ve written about this holiday before – those grapefruit margaritas were soooo good!

This time I wanted to provide tequila-soaked inspiration I’ve gathered over time from some of my very favorite bloggers. There’s something here for everyone and each drink features vibrant, fresh flavors – perfect for this coooold weather we’ve all had lately!

And now, in no particular order…

9 recipes to try for National Margarita Day | Cody Uncorked

(^ perfect for pinning!)

  1. The Perfect Margarita // Honestly YUM
  2. The Best Coconut Margarita Recipe // foodiecrush
  3. Zesty Blood Orange Margaritas // Clara Persis
  4. Refreshing Cucumber Lime Margaritas // Tastes Lovely
  5. Grilled Pineapple Margarita // The Messy Baker Blog
  6. Blackberry Margarita // Style Unveiled
  7. Garden Variety Margarita // Saveur
  8. Pomegranate Margaritas // How Sweet It Is
  9. Frosty Mexican Bulldog Margarita Recipe // Cooking Stoned TV

Personally, I love the idea of grilling pineapple for a marg in #5. I’ve shared the grilling trick before…yum. I also love the idea of having green juice incorporated into the drink. That’s makes #7 healthy, right? An obviously, you can’t go wrong with a classic margarita. #1 features simple ingredients and that yucky store-bought mix is nowhere in sight. Enjoy!

XO,
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