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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

You’ve heard me say this before, “we eat so much chicken that I’m afraid one day we’ll wake up with feathers!”  No seriously, I cook chicken or turkey at least 3 times a week and it’s not that we tire of it, it’s just I have to find new ways to make it differently.  There are times when I am too tired to cook from scratch so I’m always looking for products that makes meal planning easier.

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Betty Crocker, the maker of Hamburger and Tuna Helpers recently introduced Chicken Helpers and we loved it.  After dicing up skinless *Chicken Breasts, I followed the directions on the box to make the Sweet and Sour Chicken.  While the chicken cooked I boiled a pot of Jasmine Rice, dinner was done in less than an hour, tasted better than Chinese Takeout and there were no leftovers!August 2013 093

TIP: grab a few extra bags from the produce department to use as a shaker bag

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Grocery store sales coupled with coupons from the Sunday paper and the Betty Crocker website is incentive enough for me to keep a few boxes of Chicken Helper in the pantry!

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Have a fantabulous day!

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* According to a recent report (see here), it’s more sanitary NOT to wash raw chicken as it spreads more bacteria, just cook it thoroughly.

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

The days are getting shorter and school started this week so I am lining up my recipes for the Fall.  Chicken is a staple in our house and this was an easy breezy “4 ingredient-less than 40 minute” recipe.

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Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts ~ Mozzarella Cheese ~ Minced Garlic ~ Fresh Spinach

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Rinsed chicken breast and placed on Wax Paper

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Covered with another sheet of Wax Paper and flattened with kitchen mallet

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Spread minced garlic and sprinkled with a little black pepper

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Layered with Spinach leaves and covered with Mozzarella Cheese

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Rolled Chicken Breasts and secured with wooden toothpicks

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Sprayed dish and tops of Chicken Breasts with Olive Oil Cooking Spray.  Placed in preheated 350~ oven for 30 minutes and was no longer pink.

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What is your favorite chicken recipe?

Linking up with Living Better Together – come on over to  find some other great recipes.

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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

Wow, what a whirlwind week…why is it that in the winter months time drags and moves slowly but when it’s summer it speeds by like a freight train on steroids?

In 2 days we’ll be celebrating 23 years of marriage, and yes, that too seems like it flew by.  There were times when we experienced “winter months” and time lagged, but with the grace of God, we are now in our “summer” months – like a freight train on steroids – lol!

If you are like me, you are still grilling outdoors and this may be an early start for an indoor Crockpot meal, but I wanted to try the Campbell’sSlow Cooker Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce – Sweet Korean BBQ w Roasted Ginger & Sesame
  • Jasmine Rice – Dellarice.com
  • Beef – 2-3 lbs
  • Slow Cooker/Crock Pot

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The beef was placed in the Crock Pot, did not use cooking spray nor add any water

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Covered beef with Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce

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7 hours on low

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Shredded beef with 2 forks

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Cooked rice as package directions and covered with shredded beef

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My sons love tacos and burritos so I made these for them.

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There are 3 other Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces that I’ll try, and this Korean BBQ was just the right blend.  It wasn’t too salty which would have been a turn off for me.

Do you use the Slow Cooker in the summer?

Have a fantastical day – Smooches!

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Hello Friends and Happy FRI-YAY!

This week’s Foodie Feature has a few more than 4 ingredients but took less than 40 minutes to prepare.  It was an easy breezy mid-week meal that my men really enjoyed and got me out of the kitchen in record time!

Try it and let me know if you added a twist to make it better.

Ingredients

  • Ground Turkey
  • Ortega Fiesta Flats, Taco Seasoning, Taco Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • Diced Onion
  • Diced Tomato
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sour Cream

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Brown ground turkey, drain liquid then and add 1 cup of water and the Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix.  Heat until thickened, stirring often.

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While ground turkey is cooking, dice tomatoes and onions

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Warm Ortega Fiesta Flats in a preheated oven 350~, for 3-4 minutes

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Fill Fiesta Flats with ingredients

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Enjoy!

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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

My sons are continuing their quest to “eat me out of house and home” and the foods that I featured in the Summer Snacks post are not filling enough!  During a recent shopping trip to Shoprite I came across two items that may keep them satisfied until dinner!

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Philly’s Best Steak Co., Inc. Halal Lamb Sandwich Slices

They can make cheesesteaks, Gyro’s, Stir Fry or I can use them to make Moroccan Lamb Couscous.  These steak sandwiches are also available in Halal Beef and Chicken.

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Perdue Sweet Italian Chicken Sausages

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They can boil, pan fry or throw these sausages on the grill to make a hoagie, a wrap or simply eat them with eggs and grits for breakfast.

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Add a salad with black olives, goat cheese, mixed greens and cucumbers and they should be alright until dinner!

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The search continues for more in-between-meal snacks for my mini-men – any suggestions?

Linking up with Living Better Together – hop on over and join the fun!

Have a fantabulous day!

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Friday Foodie Feature

Simply Spuds Steamables – Sweet Potatoes

This was my second purchase of Simply Spuds Steamables, the first were of the Golden Potatoes and the men really liked them.  These Sweet Potatoes are tripled washed, nicely sized and are steamed in the microwave, ready in 8 minutes.  They are great for a quick mid-week meal and when you don’t want to turn on the oven.

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perfectly soft and moist after 8 minutes

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Added a little butter, hubby wanted brown sugar but he didn’t need the extra calories

This is definitely going to be a pantry staple.

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Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

I’ve decided to add something new to the blog – drumroll please…..

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You know that I love to cook and in some circles am considered a Crock Pot Queen (sike), no really I just like sharing food finds on Instagram so decided to bring it to my blog.

Today’s 1st Friday Foodie Feature is

Mama Mae’s Lean Mean Collard Greens

 

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On Sundays when I was growing up my grandmother would always cook a big pot of fresh collardskale, or mustard greens, a tradition that I have continued with my own family.  Collards were always the chosen green but I have since discovered kale which is healthier has a sweeter taste and is good when used in a breakfast smoothie.  The tradition of having vegetables with dinner also hasn’t changed but when I don’t feel like cooking fresh I’ll use canned or frozen.

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I like trying new products especially if they are within my budget which was the case with the Mama Mae’s items at Shoprite.  The good thing about Mama Mae’s Lean Mean Collard Greens is that they can be cooked in the microwave, on top of the stove or in the oven but the best thing about Mama Mae’s greens are the ingredients.

  • collards
  • water
  • onions
  • garlic
  • sugar
  • dried turkey stock
  • roasted turkey juices/fat
  • yeast extract
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • liquid smoke

They tasted homemade because they basically use the same ingredients as I and contain no hard-to-pronounce artificial flavors or seasoning.  The box states there are approximately 2 1/2 servings per package which was accurate, they are also low in fat and 50 calories per serving.

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Mama Mae’s products are manufactured locally in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and if you like greens, I highly recommend trying them.  I look forward to trying some of the other Mama Mae’s items.

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I was not financially compensated for this post.  I purchased product with my own money.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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