Healthier Easy Entertaining – Quiche plus Spinach and Kale Tortilla Bites Recipe with La Terra Fina #ad

One of the neat things about being a blogger who writes about food is that I often get introduced to new-to-me foods. I love being able to try new things and for my family to try them too. When it’s something we really like I want to let you all know about it too. So today I want to tell you about La Terra Fina products. They make the most delicious quiches and dips!


Last week I hosted a breakfast open house and served the quiches along with some fruit and a variety of breads. I kept it simple because it was more about taking a break from the holidays to visit with friends than going all out on a huge spread. The La Terra Fina quiches were a perfect addition and my friends (and I) LOVED them. My daughter even liked having the leftovers heated up for lunch the next day. We sampled the Quiche Lorraine (cheese and bacon) and Spinach and Artichoke varieties. While I received some samples from the company, I also picked up some extras at my local Costco. They sell them in two packs for around $11 which makes them a budget-friendly option too. One other bonus is all the La Terra Fina quiches are made with egg whites so they are lower in fat and calories than traditional quiches which makes me feel even better about serving them to family and friends.


Later in the week, I wanted to make some appetizers to bring to a casual get together with neighbors. What’s extra great about their Greek Yogurt Dips is that they are free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, are gluten free and have 50% less fat and 45% fewer calories than their traditional dips plus they are full of antioxidant loaded ingredients and have a wonderful rich and creamy flavor. I got a little creative using the dip beyond it’s intended use as a dip and created these Spinach and Kale Tortilla Bites. They are so easy AND are make ahead! My son gobbled the leftovers up as a snack after school one day. I hope you’ll give them a try! We’ve enjoyed the Spinach and Artichoke variety dip as-is with pita chips for an easy, healthy snack too.

Here’s the tortilla bite recipe so you can give them a try yourself!
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Spinach and Kale Tortilla Bites
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: About 50
  • 1 10 oz. package La Terra Fina Greek Yogurt Dip – Spinach and Kale variety
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup chopped, cooked bacon
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 6-8 small flour tortillas (I used “fajita” size)
  1. In medium bowl, mix together all ingredients. Using a rubber spatula, spread about ⅓ cup of mixture on tortillas—about two-thirds of tortilla. Roll tightly to enclose filling. Place in gallon size ziptop bag, seam side down and then on flat baking sheet. Refrigerate four hours or overnight. When ready to serve, sliced into bite-size pieces, about ½ -inch thick. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. Yield: About 50 pieces.


You can find the dips and many of the La Terra Fina products in Costco stores and some chain and natural grocery stores. Check out the Where to Buy Link on their website to find a location near you.

I’m so excited to be able to share La Terra Fina products with you. Not only do they have great flavor, you can feel good knowing that you won’t have to sacrifice your waistline for a delicious, healthier entertaining food option this holiday season!

Easy Gourmet Kahlua Sugared Pecans – Great for Gifts!


Several years ago (before many of you had discovered Meal Planning Magic) I shared one of my very favorite recipes that I make every holiday season. These Gourmet Kahlua Sugared Pecans are a staple in my gift giving repertoire and are always a HUGE hit with everyone I give them too. Huge! I love to make these in big batches and wrap them up and give them as gifts to teachers, neighbors friends or as hostess gifts. In under an hour (or less, really) I can have a lot of my homemade gift giving treats ready and done. They’re always very popular and I guess I’ve been lucky that those on my gift giving list haven’t had nut allergies. They’re super simple and taste delicious!

Over the years I’ve tweaked the recipe just a bit so I’m sharing it again with all of you all and with some updated pictures too (the first one was SO tiny and not so great). Kahlua has been my go-to liqueur of choice and has become the most popular. I’m not sure if that’s hint of coffee with the sugar or what but it’s a winning combination! I often pair a festive bag of these pecans with a gift card to Starbucks for those on my list that like that and it is a quick and easy way to give a gift with a personal touch. I hope you’ll give them a try!

Adapted from a recipe from the cookbook Stop and Smell the Rosemary

Easy Gourmet Kahlua Sugared Pecans - Great for Gifts!
  • 1 large egg white
  • 3 Tbs. Kahlua, Amaretto, Grand Mariner, or other strongly flavored liqueur (I like Kahlua most often but sometimes use the Amaretto or an Irish Crème)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 cups pecan halves
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Prepare a large jelly roll pan by lining it with tin foil.
  • Combine the sugar and salt in a bowl, set aside. Combine the egg white and the liqueur in a large bowl, stir well with a whisk. Add the pecans, and stir well. Add sugar to bowl, and stir well to coat.
  • Spread onto prepared jelly roll pan in a single layer.
  1. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until pecans are lightly toasted and browned, stirring every 10 minutes. It will look like the coating is coming off (it's not). Stir from the outside in to keep pecans on the edges from burning, and watch closely since sugar burns easily.
  2. Remove from oven, transfer IMMEDIATELY to wax paper to cool. Pecans keep for two weeks in an airtight container or in freezer up to three months.

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