Best Meals Happen at Home w/ Publix Coupons – $50 Publix Gift Card Giveaway & 5 Minute Slow Cooker Smoky Beef Stew Recipe

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One of my New Year’s Resolutions has been to prepare more home cooked meals each week. With a super busy toddler and working full-time (while at the same time chasing, parenting AND potty training my super busy two year old), I find that I lack the time and energy to cook wholesome meals for my family. So this year, I’ve been making lots and lots of slow cooker meals because I find I can usually pack most of the major food groups into the slow cooker and then 6-8 hours later, I have a hearty meal ready to go. If you shop at Publix, you probably already know that Publix’s Best Meals Happen At Home send out monthly emails with links to printable Publix coupons. But did you know that Publix’s Best Meals at Home also can answer your “what’s for dinner” dilemmas with easy recipes and quality brands?

Publix is teaming up with Unilever foods to celebrate the New Year and bring the best meals to the dinner table. If like me, and you’re looking to get back into a steady routine for the New Year, Best Meals Happen at Home can help. Best Meals Happen At Home helps you find new recipes so you can make quick, easy and delicious meals for the whole family in 30 minutes or less.

I wanted to test one of their Fastastic recipes out. I chose the Slow Cooker Smoky Beef Stew because it could be made in 5 minutes or less!! I headed to Publix and bought all of the ingredients needed. The only variation I made on the recipe is that it called for canned carrots and since I had fresh baby carrots, I decided to use those instead.

best-meals-happen-homeI don’t know if you find your mornings to be super busy, but I sometimes find that making slow cooker meals the night before is easier. Even fastastic meals like this 5 minute meal! So while I watched TV, I dumped all of the ingredients into the slow cooker insert and then covered it with plastic wrap and put it in my fridge.

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The next morning, I removed the plastic wrap and placed the slow cooker insert into my slow cooker. Programmed the slow cooker to start and voila, I was done “cooking.”

Slow-Cooker-Smoky-Beef-StewThe 5 Minute Slow Cooker Smoky Beef Stew was a hit in our family! We loved the smoky and creamy flavor of the sauce! It was a perfect cold weather meal. I made a rice and quinoa side dish to go with it. But it could very easily go over egg noodles or be made with a veggie like broccoli, cauliflower or zucchini!

Slow-Cooker-Smoky-Beef-StewUpdate – The winner has been chosen using “And The Winner is Plugin! A huge congratulations to Francine T. for winning the $50 gift card!

And now for the giveaway! One Addicted to Saving reader will win a $50.00 Publix gift card! Using Random.org, I will select a winner on 1/26/14 on or after 8:00 pm EST.

Required Entry:

1) Go HERE to Best Meals Happen at Home and leave one comment (on this post) letting me know what Fastastic Recipe you would like to try!

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2) Sign up to receive Best Meals Happen at Home emails (they have printable Publix coupons AND yummy recipes)! Leave a comment (on this post) letting me know once you have signed up OR if you are an existing member.

3) Share an image of your Best Meals Happen at Home favorite dish on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BestMealsAtHome  Come back here and leave a comment (on this post) letting me know you shared the image.

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New Publix Best Meals Happen at Home coupons were emailed out this morning! These coupons are valid 1/15/15 – 2/5/15!

  • $0.75/1 Egg Beaters® product Publix coupon
  • $1.00/1 Gluten Free Chex® Oatmeal Publix coupon
  • $1.00/1 Bisquick® (40 oz. or larger) Publix coupon
  • $2.00/2 Nature Valley® Oatmeal Cups Publix coupon
  • $0.50/1 Peter Pan® Peanut Butter (13–16.3 oz.) Publix coupon
  • $1.00/1 Lipton® Tea (100 ct.) Publix coupon
  • $1.00/2 Campbell’s® Skillet, Slow Cooker or Oven Sauces Publix coupon
  • $1.00/1 Breyers® Ice Cream (48 oz.) Publix coupon
  • $1.50/1 Marie Callendar’s® Pie (45 oz.) Publix coupon

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SNICKERS and Skittles Big Game Cake Recipe

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When it comes to the Big Game, do you have any family favorite recipes that you make? Do you make chili? Chips & Dip? Wings? We make all of the above. While I will admit that I’m not a huge football fan, my hubby is. And he is so enthusiastic when it comes to watching football – especially if his favorite teams are playing. During the Big Game, I always get excited because I love watching the commercials! Since hubby (and even our two-year old son) are big into football, I try to make fun desserts that really highlight football! I was given the task of creating a Big Game recipe using SNICKERS® or Skittles®. I decided to go all out and highlight both of these yummy sweets!
This football cake is the perfect dessert to indulge in as you watch the big game. And, it is ALL THINGS football and tastes just as good and sweet as it looks!

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I headed to Walmart to pick up my SNICKERS and Skittles. My local Walmart had them located on different aisles. The picture above to the left shows where the SNICKERS was and the picture above to the right shows where the Skittles was.

If you purchase these two candies because from January 21-31, when you purchase 1 (one) qualifying MARS Chocolate product and 1 (one) qualifying Wrigley product at Walmart, you will be entered to win a $250 Walmart gift card! All you have to do is snap a photo of the receipt to show proof of purchase and text or email to [email protected] . 14 winners will be drawn randomly at the end of the contest period (1 for each day of the contest), and will receive a $250 Walmart gift card! For more information on the contest, go HERE.

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For this tasty dessert, hubby really really wanted to help draw the field lines. (He LOVES desserts and also LOVES football. So he felt he would be an “expert” when it comes to creating a football field.)

We started out by taking the SNICKERS Bites out of the bag and taste testing a few to make sure they tasted ok. They did. ;) Then, we placed them on parchment paper and made them into the shape of a football. For the seams of the football, we frosted a few of the SNICKERS Bites with vanilla frosting.

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I made a chocolate cake. I wanted the cake portion of my cake to be brown to look like dirt once the cake was cut. To be honest, I had a boxed chocolate cupcake mix in my pantry. In retrospect, I would have bought a box of actual chocolate cake mix. The cake tastes great (just like normal chocolate cake), but it did not rise like normal cake mix. So I highly recommend you purchase chocolate cake (instead of taking a short cut like me)

I added green food coloring to the vanilla icing and frosted the cake with green frosting. (for the grass – get it? Ha) Then, we used Skittles on the end zones in the colors of the competing football teams.

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With hubby’s smooth and steady hands (mine aren’t), he used white icing to create the football field’s yard lines. He did want me to inform you that you don’t have to be a perfectionist. I think he realized that drawing a perfectly straight line is easier said than done. ;)

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This was the finished product. What do you think?

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I’ve shared my my game day dessert recipe with you! I’d love to hear what you plan on making for the Big Game! Leave a comment below!

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OREO Cookie Balls for the Big Game

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Our family is all about football. Being married to a man who played football in high school and college, means that we have the TV on a lot during football season. It’s crazy because even my son (he’s two years and 3 months) says that he is going to play football when he grows up! I ask him to be a runner or play golf… he just laughs. To celebrate the upcoming Big Game, I like to go all out. I like to make lots of finger foods so that we have food on-hand for the whole game. We have discovered a new family favorite for game day desserts. And it is OREO Cookie Balls.

If you have never made these decadent #OREOCookieBalls, you need to run to the store and buy three ingredients – OREO Cookies, Cream Cheese and Chocolate. That’s it.

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We bought our ingredients at Walmart. I love being able to run into Walmart, use the self-checkout, and then go home and upload my recipe to their Savings Catcher app.

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These are the three ingredients you need for the OREO Cookie Balls. I made half of the balls with Chocolate Creme OREOS and the other half with DOUBLE Stuff OREOS. The fourth ingredient that I needed and do not have pictured was icing to make my OREO Cookie Balls into footballs.

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There are many ways you can crush the OREO cookies but I went the easy route :) I used my food processor. I would recommend you process the cookies until they are crumbled. And then, add the cream cheese and process them together until the cream cheese is mixed in.

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Roll the OREO & cream cheese mixture into balls. In our case, I rolled them into ovals with the attempt of making them into footballs ;) Then, put in freezer for at least 10 minutes to harden them.

Dip the frozen balls into melted chocolate. Then, place in refrigerator until hardened.

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Once your OREO Cookie balls are hardened, they are ready to serve. OR, you can go another step and add some white icing to make them into footballs. Above is a pic of hubbies’ fingers as he helped me ice them. (He has a steadier hand than I!)

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The finished product. Let me tell you something.. these are amazing. This was the first time I made OREO Cookie Balls and it will not be the last! I can’t wait to hear what you think of them once you make this recipe!

 

Have you made OREO Cookie Balls? Have you switched up the recipe at all? I would love to hear what you did to make these balls extra tasty!

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Cranberry 7UP Mocktail Recipe

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I don’t know about you but I’m in this interesting spot this holiday season. I want my house decorated and Christmasy… I want to bake lots of cookies and have my house smelling good… I want to prepare a lavish meal on Christmas Day… but I’m tired.. And my schedule is so packed with things to do that finding time to stop and enjoy this season is difficult. I bought fresh cranberries when they were on sale and my mom made a wonderful baked cranberry dish with them. But I had leftovers. And I didn’t want them to go to waste – especially this time of the year when they are so festive looking. So I decided to make a very simple and very affordable (emphasis on very) mocktail that highlighted the cranberries and 7UP.

walmart-screenshotI headed to Walmart to purchase 7UP and cranberry juice. (The next time I make this drink, I’m planning on trying it with Canada Dry Ginger Ale®. I’m thinking that the ginger flavor would go perfectly with cranberry juice as well!)

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I had fresh oranges and cranberries in my fridge. I wanted this drink to be really really simple to make. The cranberry juice I purchased was not 100% juice. It had some sugar which I knew would add sweetness. If you like drinks that are less sweet, you could definitely purchase 100% Cranberry Juice and just add a little sugar if you need to sweeten it.

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cranberry-mocktail-2So for my Cranberry 7UP Mocktail, the ingredients are 7UP®, Cranberry Juice Blend, fresh cranberries and sliced oranges. While I placed the oranges delicately on the side of my glasses, they added an excellent flavor to the drink. If I make a full pitcher of this Cranberry 7UP Mocktail, I will add lots of slices of oranges because their citrus flavor mixed with the tart cranberry and fizzing 7UP was perfect.

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Halloween Punch Recipe with Fanta

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Halloween has become a fun time of year for us now that we are parents. While our two year old still doesn’t really understand what is going on, I’m having a fun time introducing him to pumpkins (although he likes to carry his pumpkin around the house which I’m not a fan of ;) ), hayrides and Halloween crafts. When I was given the opportunity to purchase Fanta and make a Halloween dish with it, I jumped at it. I have been craving punch and I wanted to make a Halloween Punch out of Fanta! Follow Fanta on Twitter HERE.
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I headed to Walmart to pick up Fanta and a pack of Dasani 12 oz bottles. I found Fanta on the Beverages aisle.
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While I was at Walmart, there was also an in-store demo showing how to make Halloween treats out of Fanta, Wheat Thins, Oreos and more! It was a popular demo! The table was wiped clean of samples!

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Dasani water bottles are made from plant resin and is a special shape that won’t fall over in the fridge! I wanted to get Dasani bottles to hand out to thirsty trick or treaters that come to our door. Follow Dasani on Twitter!
halloween-punchI headed home armed with the three main ingredients for my punch. Fanta, pineapple juice and orange sherbet. I can not even begin to tell you how good this punch was! And how ridiculously simple it was.

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eyeballsIf you decide to make a more ghoulish version of the punch, you can make bloody eyeballs like I did using four ingredients. Marshmallows, grapes (halved), chocolate chips and red icing. I’m not going to lie – these were not the easiest to make because the grapes kept popping out of their sockets (the marshmallows). But when I pushed the grapes in deep enough, they did stay put. And the marshmallows floated in the punch making a perfect floating eyeball.
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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats Recipe

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When I started running almost five years ago, I learned about steel cut oats.  I was researching foods that supply long lasting energy and steel cut oats was raved about by running publications and nutritionists.  Steel cut oats are filled with macronutrients which give us long lasting energy, fiber and even protein.  Sometimes I will make plain steel cut oats and keep them refrigerated for about a week using a small portion every day for breakfast.  These oats do take longer to cook than typical oatmeal, hence the reason I will often more enough for leftovers.  This is a gluten free meal – just make sure that the Steel Cut Oats that you use are certified as g-free.

This Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats recipe is a great one if you like the flavors of apple and cinnamon.  This recipe is so yummy and while it is cooking, your house will smell like you are making apple pie.  I love that this is a crock pot recipe.  You can start your crockpot when you go to bed and have a warm breakfast waiting for you when you wake up.  Or, you can make this in the morning and have a yummy dessert!  Regardless of when you eat this recipe, you will enjoy the flavors of apple and cinnamon mixed with the crunch of nuts.

Combine the ingredients in your crockpot (recipe is below)

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Finished product in crock pot before serving (recipe is below)
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Quick & Easy Recipe: Two Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake

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It’s that time of the year again! The time when pumpkin flavoring is everywhere and the time when I hope for cooler weather! With fall upon us, I had to repost this great recipe that I shared with all of you two autumns ago!  Even though the weather is still warm (okay, HOT) where I live, I am finding myself craving pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin bread, pumpkin coffee… basically anything pumpkin.  This recipe is SUPER easy if you are craving pumpkin too!  You only need two ingredients take make the cake!

When I first saw this recipe, I immediately thought I was missing something.  I mean really.  Who makes a cake with just two ingredients?  And is the cake even going to be edible?  Well, I’m here to report that this recipe ended up turning out really good! The consistency is denser than regular cake (probably because you aren’t using eggs).  I would say that it is more of a pumpkin bread consistency.  This cake tastes great, made my house smell yummy and impressed hubby.  What more do I need than that?

I added a third ingredient by topping the cake with powdered sugar.  However, you don’t need to top it with anything.  Or, if you are someone who likes toppings, you could melt chocolate chips, pour on some caramel sauce, make a cream cheese topping, the possibilities are endless.   The nice thing about this recipe is you can add to it.  If you want to throw in some nuts or raisins or chocolate chips into the batter, go for it!  In fact, report back to here with any recipe variations you come up with!

Frugal Tips

  • Cake mix goes on sale 2/$4.00 or BOGO quite often.  During your store’s next sale, try to match a coupon with the sale to really maximize your dollar.  If you get a good deal (cake mix for under $0.80/box), buy more than one box and put it in your pantry to be prepared for last minute moments when you need to make a quick dessert.  Check out Addicted to Saving’s coupon database to see the available cake mix coupons.
  • Canned pumpkin religiously goes on sale every fall.  Because of holiday baking, stores and manufacturers know we are going to need canned pumpkin.  Stock up with enough canned pumpkin during the fall season to last you through the upcoming year!

Healthy Tips

  • The cake mix in this recipe is definitely not the most figure friendly.  Because we are not adding oil or eggs to the cake mix, we are saving on calories.
  • Canned pumpkin (especially organic canned pumpkin) is SUPER healthy.  On average, 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin contains 40 calories and contains no saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol. And, each serving contains 4 g or 16 percent daily value of dietary fiber. I like to keep canned pumpkin on hand year round because it is perfect for those moments when my puppy has tummy trouble. Just 1 teaspoon (or less since my pup is small) of canned pumpkin is enough to make him regular!

 

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Creating Hot Sauce Recipes with El Yucateco Hot Sauce

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el-yucatecoCalling all Hot Sauce fans! I have a brand of hot sauce that you will want to try! I love hot food. Three summers ago I had jalapeno plants growing in my garden and every day I harvested 3 or 4 peppers and added them in every food possible. So when I was given the opportunity to try out El Yucateco hot sauce, I was very excited!

el-yucateco-1El Yucateco products are found at many Publix and Walmart locations. I found them in the International Foods aisle of my local Publix. If you don’t see El Yucateco products at your Publix, let customer service know!

El Yucateco has three different types of hot sauce to choose from at Publix. I bought all three so that I could try them each out. They have Red Habanero Sauce, Green Habanero Sauce and XXXtra Hot Kutbil-ik Sauce. If you take a taste of each of these sauces, you will tell immediately that they pack a great kick! They are hot! But besides the heat, they each have a unique flavor that will help any of your meals become more flavorful.

Of the three sauces, my favorite was El Yucateco’s Red Habanero Sauce. The immediate flavor that I tasted when I tried the Red Habanero Sauce was habanero peppers. But layered behind the peppers were tomatoes and spices.

I like to make cheesy scrambled eggs for my son. And while I didn’t add hot sauce to his eggs (he’s only 22 months and not a fan of spicy food.. yet ;) ), I added hot sauce to a simple cheddar cheese omelet that I made for myself. It packed a tasty punch. Just a few drops added such an amazing flavor to my omelet!

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I’ve also been on a huge pizza kick lately. When I bought the bottles of El Yucateco products at Publix, I also bought pizza dough from their bakery. With the dough, I made a Mexican Pizza. I followed my regular Mexican Pizza recipe but made a small addition. I added a few drops of El Yucateco’s Red Habanero Sauce to the ground beef.

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The pizza came out amazing. It is normally a flavorful pizza, but with a few drops of Red Habanero Sauce in the ground beef, it had an extra flavorful kick. You immediately noticed that the pizza was spicier and also flavorful as the ground beef took on flavors of habanero peppers!

el-yucateco-3I wanted to use both the Red Habanero Sauce and Green Habanero Sauce with the cooked pizza so I added a few drops to the plate of a piece of pizza. I was able to dip bite sized pieces of pizza into the sauce and get an additional bang of heat with each bite.

Have you tried El Yucateco Hot Sauce? What did you think of it? What recipes do you like to add your hot sauce to? Go HERE to see a list of recipes including their hot sauce available on El Yucateco’s website!

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