$100 Publix Gift Card Giveaway – Parmesan Crusted Chicken Recipe – Best Meals Happen at Home Recipe

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For me, a perfect day would include going to the grocery store, buying fresh produce and meats and then heading home and cooking a lavish meal. I love spending time in the kitchen and everything about it. However, now that I’m a mom who not only parents full-time but works full-time while parenting, I don’t have a lot of free time. And sometimes, cooking meals becomes a chore and not a relaxing time.

Publix and Best Meals Happen At Home remind me that I’m not just making food because I have to; I’m creating a lifetime of family memories at our dinner table. When I signed up to receive the Best Meals Happen at Home free weekly e-newsletter, I not only received high value printable Publix coupons, but the e-newsletter also includes simple and tasty recipes! Go HERE to sign up to receive recipes (and coupons) for brands like Green Giant, Hunt’s, Hellmann’s and Campbell’s products.

When I saw this Parmesan Crusted Chicken recipe, I knew I had to try it. It not only looked easy to make, but it sounded really tasty. And, I’m constantly searching for new chicken recipes because for some reason, my two year old doesn’t care for chicken that much!

Image 1The first thing I noticed about this recipe is that it requires just four ingredients. In fact, I had all four ingredients in my stockpile! (My freezer is stocked with boneless, skinless chicken breasts.) The second thing I noticed is that it only takes 20 minutes to bake this meal. So it is easy to prepare and bakes quickly!

Parmesan-crusted-chicken-1I placed my Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts halves in a baking dish (I sprayed it with cooking oil). Then, using a butter knife, I spread the Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise and cheese mixture on each breast. Then lastly, I spooned bread crumbs on top of each breast. And that was it. Easy peasy!  (If you notice, I also made two pieces of chicken without the bread crumbs. If you are going without carbs – like me – just spread Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise on the chicken and then top with herbs! I topped mine with dried oregano and a dried Italian herb blend!

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This was the finished product! How good does this look? The chicken was moist and so flavorful. My husband raved about it. And even my “carbless” version was great! As you can see from the photo below, the meal was a hit with my son! He ate all of his chicken AND asked for seconds. You better believe I will be making this meal again!

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Many of you know that I have an obsession with my slow cooker. I’ve always loved it. But this year, it has become a pivotal part of my life. I got to the point where I was tired of throwing frozen food into my oven every night because I was so tired and did not have enough to to prepare a home cooked meal. So, I’ve made it a habit to use it at least 3 or 4 times a week and find that my dinner prep is so much easier when I’ve already got it cooking in my slow cooker!

I stumbled upon this 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken recipe a few weeks ago and I’ve made it 3 times in the past week and a half. In fact, I have it cooking right now. Hubby loves it. And even my son eats all of it (he’s become finicky with chicken lately). I am trying to avoid eating much sugar so I use the chicken to make a Chicken Salsa. Hubby will usually use the chicken to make tacos or burritos. And my friend Amy had the great idea of using this chicken to make Chicken Nachos! Yum.

This 3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken is SO good. And it is SO easy to prepare.

salsa-chicken-1Lay the boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the slow cooker and pour the jar of salsa on top as well as 1/3 of a pack of the taco seasoning. You can use more taco seasoning if you like. One of my upcoming goals is to make homemade taco seasoning so that I can control the sugar and the sodium. But until then, I use 1/3 of a pack and it gives plenty of flavor.

salsa-chicken-1Cook on low for 8 hours. Be prepared – your house will smell amazing.

salsa-chicken-1Once the chicken has cooked, use two forks to easily shred it. Add the chicken to tacos or burritos or salads. Serve with rice and/or beans. And enjoy.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe

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Ever since I started eating super super clean with the Maximized Living Advanced plan, I haven’t eaten any sugar. But I have eaten peanut butter. Next time you look at a jar of peanut butter, notice the amount of sugar in it! So I’ve spent lots of money on peanut butter that doesn’t have any extra ingredients but sugar. One of the ways I’ve insured my peanut butter is nothing but nuts is by making homemade peanut butter!

If you haven’t tried this recipe, you need to! Peanut butter is a staple in our house. My amazing sister-in-law created this Homemade Peanut Butter Recipe.  It is so so easy and involves just one ingredient – peanuts.  This recipe is so easy that my sister-in-law calls this Five Minute Peanut Butter.  You literally need a food processor and five minutes of your time. Love it.

The best thing about this recipe (besides the fact that you just need nuts to make your butter) is that there are no preservatives.  If you look at the back of many store bought peanut butter jars, you will see lots of ingredients.  This recipe just involves one.  You can’t eat much cleaner than this!

Pour your peanuts in the food processor (recipe is below)
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As you process the nuts, they will start out looking like a dry powder. Keep processing.
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As you process your nuts more and more, they will change from a dry powder to most butter. Keep processing until your peanut butter is the consistency you like. I like mine extra smooth! 5-Minute-Peanut-Butter-1

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CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Recipe

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CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Recipe

When I was in college, my husband introduced me to every fast food restaurant that exists. And he introduced me to all of his favorite entrees and side dishes at each restaurant. On a college budget, he wined and dined me at fast food restaurants. Once we graduated and got married, we stopped going to fast food restaurants. We had decided not to eat at as many fast food restaurants and I finally convinced him that every now and then this girl needs a date night at a nicer restaurant versus being served in a paper bag. (Don’t get me wrong – I love frugal date nights!)

Now we only eat at one fast food restaurant. Chick-Fil-A. The problem is that paying for two adults and one child is not cheap! So we don’t go there very often. So when I found this CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches recipe, I was all about it. I wanted to try it and see if it would come close to the original sandwich that we love so much. It is really good!

I made two versions of this sandwich. Fried and baked. Because I used coconut oil with the fried chicken, I found it to have a slight coconut flavor. Next time I may try a different type of oil. The baked version was really tasty. I will make the baked version again for sure!

copycat-chickfila-3My chicken is marinading and everything is prepped and ready to cook!

copycat-chickfila-2The marinated & floured chicken ready to be put in oven.

copycat-chickfila-1The finished product! Honestly, this chicken is so good you don’t need to put it on a bun!  It would go perfectly on a salad or even eaten by itself!

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Best Meals Happen at Home w/ Publix Coupons – 5 Minute Slow Cooker Smoky Beef Stew Recipe

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Update – with the cold weather we have been experiencing, I’ve been craving more and more comfort meals like the 5 Minute Slow Cooker Smoky Beef Recipe I posted last month. I wanted to repost this easy recipe to help warm you up!

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.

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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.

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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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Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats Recipe

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I originally published this recipe a couple of years ago. I had to repost it for all of you because it is so popular. And SO good. It is the perfect breakfast for these chilly winter mornings!

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 cook more to leave 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.

I am constantly asked what slow cooker I have. I have the Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I love that it is programmable. In fact, I use the timer every time I use it. Once the slow cooker finishes its cooking, it automatically turns to Warm. I love knowing that if I’m out running errands or out playing with my son I don’t have to rush in to be home to insure we get a hot meal. This slow cooker keeps the food warm once it finishes cooking!

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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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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