There a few things about myself that I cannot deny.
One – I have a terrible sweet tooth.
Two – I’m frugal.
These two factors came into play as I took to the kitchen to create a few custom recipes.
Hey. Stop laughing. I can TOO create stuff in the kitchen and not burn it!
I don’t claim to be creative in the kitchen at all. DH makes most of the meals. Yes, I like to cook but it just seems like more often than not, I manage to mess things up. So when I have the opportunity to create just one item at a time and truly focus, I don’t do too bad. I’m just not great at multi-tasking… in the kitchen.
My challenge was to create two recipes using Nestle Coffee-Mate creamers. One to mimic a coffee house drink and the other something more unique. Seeing as I don’t like to spend a lot of money, creating something to replace the frappe at the coffee shop seemed like a great idea. I headed to Walmart and picked up the needed ingredients and returned home excited about my new recipes.
Know what? I nailed it. Know how I know? Because DH liked it, too. And he’s not a fan of coffee drinks unless they’re the equivalent of a milkshake and don’t taste like coffee.
Not only is this drink inexpensive, it’s delicious. And easy. With only 5 ingredients, two of those to create the yummy topping on the drink and one being ice, it’s really only a two-ingredient drink.
Yeah. EASY. Can’t really mess up with only two ingredients!
Here’s the quick and easy tutorial for making one large drink:
Peppermint Mocha Frappe
4 oz Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Creamer
2 Tbsp Mocha Cappuccino Mix (I prefer Daily Chef from Sam’s Club)
3 Cups Ice Cubes
Optional – Whipped Cream and Sugar/Chocolate Sprinkles for topping
Heat 4 ounces of Coffee-Mate Peppermint Mocha Creamer in the microwave. Time varies by microwave but it only needs to be hot enough to dissolve the mocha mix.
Stir in 2 tablespoons mocha mix until completely dissolved. Fill blender or container with 3 cups ice cubes. Add creamer mix to the ice and blend to desired consistency.
Add a straw and enjoy!
For a version that is a little more kid-friendly, replace the mocha cappuccino mix with hot chocolate powder. We made one using Coffee-Mate Hazelnut and hot chocolate and the girls loved it!
As for a second recipe, I decided to go with something a little heartier. Pasta. Being Italian, I could eat pasta every day. But I don’t. It’s more of a treat. I searched for recipes that used pasta, vegetables, cream and hazelnuts and found one that sounded pretty good on BettyConfidential. I modified it to fit my needs and am thrilled with how it turned out. The kids even loved it and didn’t complain one bit about the fact it has spinach in it!
Penne with Spinach & Hazelnut Creme
12 oz package Ronzoni Garden Delight Penne
3 Tbsp Butter
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 cup Coffee-Mate Hazelnut Creamer
6 oz Goat Milk Cheese (I used a solid cheese, a crumble would work better!)
2 Cloves Garlic
Juice of half a lemon (I used imitation lemon juice)
6 oz Baby Spinach Leaves
Cook the pasta according to package directions. While that is cooking, being to prepare the sauce.
This is a pretty quick recipe so plan accordingly. Measure the ingredients.
Melt the butter in a large skillet. When melted, add the heavy cream and Coffee-Mate creamer to the pan. Warm until it reduces a little, approximately 5 minutes. Add the goat cheese and stir until melted and creamy. Add the garlic and lemon juice as well as salt and pepper to taste.
Drain the pasta well then pour it into the cream mixture. Next come the greens. Stir the spinach and pasta until they are completely mixed in. The spinach will warm and wilt a little.
Serve and enjoy!
Next time you see Coffee-Mate creamer on sale, grab some extra and think outside the (coffee) cup!
For more information on Nestle Coffee Mate products, visit their website or find them socially on Facebook and Twitter. A coupon for Coffee-Mate can be found online so be sure to print it before heading to the store!