Mealtime Mama: Shrimp & Spanish Rice Bowl

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We love this recipe from Helen, the owner of MyBrother’s Salsa.

We will eat a Shrimp and Spanish rice bowl any day of the week! If you’re craving something a little “different”, try this one soon. Thanks to our Mealtime Mama sponsor for spicing up our menu this week.

Shrimp & Spanish Rice Bowl

Shrimp Ingredients:

Mealtime Mama, My Brother's Salsa24 oz. frozen shrimp (peel off, tail on/ med-large)

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup My Brother’s Original Salsa

2 Tablespoons. Tony Chachere’s seasoning

2 Tablespoons fresh Lime Juice

½ tsp black pepper

2-3 sprigs fresh Rosemary

Garnish:  fresh jalapeno slices

Crusty style bread or cornbread for serving

Spanish Rice ingredients:

2 cups rice

2 cups water

One 16oz. jar My Brother’s Black Bean & Corn Salsa

salt to taste

To prepare shrimp:

Soften butter, blend My Brother’s Original Salsa, spices and lime juice into butter.  Thaw shrimp under running water or in fridge. Pat dry with paper towels.  Preheat oven to 350.  Place shrimp in large baking pan.  Spoon butter mixture over top and add Rosemary sprigs on top.  Place in oven uncovered.  Bake approx. 30 min. or until shrimp “pinks up”. Stir occasionally.

To prepare Spanish Rice:

Place ingredients into sauce pan, bring to boil, lower heat, cover.  Cook approx. 15-20 min. Remove from heat, season with salt.

To serve:

Spoon Spanish rice into bowls, top with cooked shrimp, then use pan drippings as “sauce” over the shrimp and rice.  Garnish with fresh jalapeno slices and Tony Chachere’s seasoning.  Serve with hot crusty bread or cornbread.

For more great ideas for what to cook this summer, CLICK HERE to see more recipes on the My Brother’s Salsa website.

The best snow cone stands in Northwest Arkansas!

snow cone sliderSummer-Remix4There seems to be a snow cone stand on every corner right now, which makes us HAPPY. We love a sweet, syrupy snow cone in the summer!

That said, we polled our Facebook friends to find the best snow cones in NWA. They suggested several great ones plus we went out and did a little research of our own over the weekend.

We found these cuties at Shave the Planet (in the Hobby Lobby parking lot) on College Avenue in Fayetteville. They are eating Funky Monkey, Invisible Cherry and Root Beer. Isn’t “invisible” cherry a genius idea? Right after we snapped this pic, the little girl in the middle spilled it right down the front of her outfit. Wet and sticky, yes, but not red!

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Shave the Planet has multiple locations in NWA. Here’s a current list of where you can find them:

744 Joyce Blvd
(In the Mattress Firm parking lot next to Walgreens)

3078 N College Ave
(Next to the Bank of Fayetteville and Hobby Lobby)

1308 N Thompson
(Across from AQ Chicken & Kum and Go)

2940 W Sunset Ave
In front of Malco Theater and Harps

Why don’t you join us in eating at as many snow cone stands as possible around NWA?! Here’s a short list of recommended stops (updated for 2015):

Did we miss your favorite? Tell us about it comments so we’ll all know where to find it! We’d also love to know your favorite flavor!

Sam's Snow Cones

Mealtime Mama: No Ordinary Burger from My Brother’s Salsa

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Happy Monday, mamas!

We love a burger in the summer and Helen over at My Brother’s Salsa has a DELICIOUS recipe for one that’s not ordinary! Be sure to watch the how-to video at the bottom for extra tips and tricks!

No Ordinary Burger


Mealtime Mama, My Brother's Salsa2 lbs  ground beef (80/20)

12  oz. shredded Pepper Jack Cheese

1/2  cup My Brother’s Original Salsa

salt and pepper to taste

8 hamburger buns toasted w/Salsa Butter

lettuce, sliced onion, sliced pickles, sliced tomato

My Brother’s Salsa Sauce/Butter recipes below

My Brother’s Salsa Butter (recipe below)

My Brother’s Salsa Sauce:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup My Brother’s Salsa Original Recipe

2 tbsp mustard

My Brother’s Salsa Butter:

1 stick butter, softened

1 Tbls.  fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp. minced garlic

2-3 Tbls. My Brother’s Original Salsa

salt to taste

Directions: Mix first 3 ingredients, reserving 1/3 of cheese to top burgers; season w/ salt & pepper; gently shape into 8 patties. Transfer to a hot grill and brush with melted Salsa Butter. Cook 9-11 minutes (or to desired doneness), turning once & brushing with Salsa Butter. Top burgers with additional shredded cheese during last minute of grilling. Spread Salsa Sauce on toasted bun, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles.

Salsa Sauce instructions: Mix all ingredients until smooth.  Store refrigerated 2-3 day.

Salsa Butter instructions: Place all ingredients in a food processor & blend until smooth. Chill until ready to use (melt a portion for the burgers and buns in this recipe); refrigerate leftover butter.

Click here to find more of Helen’s tasty recipes!

Mealtime Mama: Southwestern Chicken Caesar Tostada

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Mamas, here’s an easy recipe that will put a little Southwestern spice into your week. Our thanks to Helen, founder of My Brother’s Salsa, for the recipe and how-to video.


4 Tostada Shells

black bean corn salsa1 1/2 cups grilled chicken, cubed

1 1/2 cup Romaine Lettuce, chopped

1 cup My Brother’s Black Bean & Corn Salsa

1/3 cup Caesar Salad Dressing

1 avocado, diced

Parmesan cheese, freshly grated


In mixing bowl, combine the cubed chicken, lettuce, My Brother’s Black Bean & Corn Salsa and avocado. Toss with Caesar salad dressing.

Make a beautiful mound on a tostada shell and garnish with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

For more of Helen’s great recipes, click HERE.


Mealtime Mama: Strawberry Tomatillo Guacamole

small category logoDoesn’t strawberry guacamole sound good? The sweet gives the kick a little competition.

This recipe is from our Mealtime Mama sponsor, My Brother’s Salsa, and it’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo next week!

And let’s not forget that My Brother’s Salsa is sponsoring our amazing food at the 2015 NWA Mom Prom! We know it’s amazing because we’ve tasted it on several occasions.  Not only are they sponsoring, but local mom (and grandmother) Helen Lampkin, who started the company from scratch, will be at the prom serving up delicious quesadillas!

How cool is that?

Speaking of delicious, here’s that recipe we promised (click here to find more of Helen’s awesome recipes on her My Brother’s Salsa website!).

If you’re a more visual person, here’s a video of Helen making the salsa. How’s that for personal tutoring? Watch the video and find the written recipe below:

Strawberry Tomatillo Guacamole

2 avocados, pitted & roughly chopped

6 fresh Strawberries, hulled, petite dice

6 tbsp My Brother’s Tomatillo Salsa

Sea Salt to taste

Fresh Cilantro (chopped)

2 oz goat cheese, crumbled

Directions: For every avocado use 2-3 tablespoons My Brother’s Tomatillo Salsa, and approximately 2-3 strawberries. Roughly chop avocado. Gently stir in My Brother’s Tomatillo Salsa and diced strawberries. Season with Sea Salt to taste. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro & goat cheese crumbles.