Honey Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

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I can’t believe I originally posted this recipe three years ago! Time flies! I wanted to repost this recipe because it is really good!

This afternoon I was really craving something sweet and salty. I have Chex cereal in my pantry and while that might have satisfied my sweet tooth, I opted instead to try roasting chickpeas. I’ve been wanting to do this roasted chickpeas recipe for a long time. Let me tell you, after making this simple snack, I’m kicking myself for not having made this months and months ago!

Your main ingredient is one can of garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) and if you are like me, you probably have cans of beans stockpiled away!  You all probably know this about me already, but I LOVE beans. I love that they are high in protein, high in fiber and cheap! They help make meals both frugal and healthy. Besides the beans, all you need is your desired seasoning.  I called this recipe Honey Roasted Chickpeas although I didn’t actually use honey.  However, they had such a similar taste to Honey Roasted Peanuts that I had to use honey in the name.  Also, the recipe calls for 2 teaspoons of olive oil.  I’m always looking to conserve calories so I just sprayed some EVOO on the beans.  That said, I think next time, I will try using more EVOO to insure that all of the topping sticks to my beans.

Next time I’m going to try kicking up the spices on the roasted chickpeas. I’m envisioning adding a bit of cayenne pepper with the sweet brown sugar.. Have you made these before? I would love to hear the spices you used!

 

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Make Dinner EASY With Tyson Meal Kits

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.

Before I became a parent, I had grand ideas on what parenthood would look like. After I became a parent, I realized that most of my ideas were not only unrealistic but impossible. Working full-time is exhausting. Parenting a 3.5 year old is exhausting. And there are some days when I’m in survival mode. Dinnertime is often a challenge for me. I want to cook tasty meals but sometimes, I don’t have the time (or energy) to devote to cooking meals from scratch. Enter Tyson® Meal Kits.

One night I was shopping, hungry and running low on time. I’m always looking for convenient dinner solutions that taste GOOD. I saw Tyson® Meal Kits on the shelf and decided to try them out and see what my family thought of it!

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Tyson® Meal Kits are sold in the meat section at Publix. We found it by the fresh chicken section. If you have a difficult time finding it, ask for help. We had a tricky time finding it, but the meat department manager helped us! Typically, these kits are found in the “ready to cook section of the fresh meat case”.

There is a large variety of Tyson Meal Kits to choose from. We purchased the Creamy Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo. (We were also pleasantly surprised to see a $2.00 off peelie on the package! So be on the lookout for peelies!) From April 7th through April 13th, Tyson Meal Kits will be on sale $10.99 at Publix. And if you find a peelie, you will save even more bringing your total down to $8.99!
Some of the other kits available are 3 Cheese Chicken Carbonara, Beef & Cheddar Melt and Beef Marinara Penne. All of the kits sound so good!

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Once we got home, I got to work cooking this meal! This meal could not be easier to prepare. The chicken is already cut, the noodles are precooked, and the sauce is already made. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to make!

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First, I browned the pre-cut chicken in a little olive oil.

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Once the chicken is browned, open the pasta pouch and add the pasta to the skillet. The key is to keep stirring the pasta and chicken until the pasta is heated through. (Continual stirring helps avoid sticking.)

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Lastly, open the sauce pouch and add the sauce to the skillet. Again, stir the pasta, chicken and sauce continually until the sauce is cooked through.

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Voila! This dish was a HIT. My 3.5 year old son is a bit picky at dinnertime and he loved this dish! We will definitely make it again! I loved the fact that I could run into Publix, pick up this Tyson® Meal Kit and then in 3 simple steps have a tasty meal for my family!

Have you tried Tyson Meal Kits? What varieties are your favorite?

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Crustless Quiche with Bacon & Asparagus Recipe

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When I was given the opportunity to purchase Wright® Brand Bacon at Publix and create a recipe with it, I knew immediately what I was going to cook. One of my most popular recipes on the blog is my Crustless Veggie Quiche Recipe. I make this quiche at least a couple of times a month. It is so good and so versatile. The one food I haven’t tried in my quiche is bacon and I just knew it would make an amazing addition.

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Publix currently has Wright® Brand Bacon on sale $2.00 off! Wright® Brand Bacon has the best cuts of premium meat that are hand-selected and hand-trimmed. Their slices are “Always” Thicker and have an awesome smokey taste. This bacon is regularly priced at $9.99 so with the sale, we can purchase a pack for just $7.99. There is also a $1.00/1 Wright Brand Bacon printable coupon or 3-20-16 SS Insert coupon we can use bringing the price down even lower to $6.99!

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Once I got home with my bacon, I opened my fridge to see what fresh produce I had. (That’s why I love this recipe so much – you can use whatever veggies you like!) I decided to use asparagus. This Crustless Quiche with Bacon & Asparagus Recipe calls for just a few ingredients. There are two main components to this recipe: the sauteed component and the wet ingredients. The wet ingredients include baking mix. For this, it can be any baking mix that you typically use. I’ve used both gluten free mixes and regular mixes. We like Heart Smart Bisquick and also Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix. Do not, however, use a mix that is strictly for pancake and waffles. That will be too sweet.

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To prepare the quiche, first I browned the bacon. I wanted to get the bacon nice and crispy. While the bacon was browning, I mixed the wet ingredients together. Then, once the bacon was cooked the way I like, I drained it and placed the bacon on paper towels and then chopped the bacon into bite sized pieces. Using the same pan, I then sauteed the asparagus, peppers and onions and added the chopped bacon to them.

bacon-asparagus-cooking-steps-1The bottom layer of the quiche is the sauteed asparagus, onions, peppers and bacon. Then, spread the shredded cheese over it. And lastly, pour the wet ingredients on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes and then voila! Your Crustless Quiche with Bacon & Asparagus will be done!

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Crispy Chicken & Spinach Pasta Recipe

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Our family is busy. We aren’t at the stage of life where my son is in school and we are driving him to lots of after school activities. But we are in the stage of life where both hubby and I work full time and parent a very active 3 year old who never stops talking or moving until he is asleep. So, when dinnertime comes around, many nights I’m scrambling to throw a meal together. And the nights where I’m very successful are when the meal I’ve thrown together is not only tasty but well-rounded!

Tyson® Chicken Strips, Barilla® Pasta and Barilla® Sauce work together to create a quick, easy, and flavorful solution to this weeknight struggle that I deal with pretty much every single night! I decided to go to Publix and purchased Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips, Barilla® Bow Tie Pasta? and Barilla® Pasta Sauce. I also bought a box of frozen spinach. I knew that with the Chicken, Pasta and sauce I would be able to create an easy and tasty meal that my whole family would enjoy! And almost more importantly, I knew that it would be easy to create this meal!

When you go to Publix, be on the lookout for the $3.00 off when you buy any 1 Tyson® Chicken Strips, Tenderloins, or Fillets 25 oz (frozen) AND any 1 Barilla® Pasta Sauce 24 oz AND any 1 Barilla® Pasta 8-16 oz (combined purchase required) Coupon valid February 13 through March 4, 2016.

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Once I got home from Publix, my goal was to throw everything together and make a tasty meal quickly. I preheated the oven to 400, started bowling water, starting warming the sauce in a pan and microwaved the frozen spinach. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but seriously, it took me less than 3 minutes to get everything started.

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About 5 minutes before the chicken is finished cooking, top with mozzarella and then continue baking until cooked through. This will give your chicken a wonderful chicken parmesan flavor!
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I love that Tyson® Fully Cooked Chicken has 100% All Natural Ingredients and is made from chickens raised with no added hormones, antibiotics or steroids! And being Italian, I appreciate the flavor of Barilla® Sauce! It is made from quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil and fragrant herbs. This sauce is made with all natural ingredients and contains no preservatives! And for me, Barilla® pasta is my favorite Al Dente pasta of mine to cook with. It is also Italy’s #1 brand of pasta!

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How good does this look? It seriously tastes so good! And I love that I was able to sneak some greens into our meal!

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Head HERE to the Tyson & Barilla Pinterest Page for more yummy meal ideas!

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Better Bakery Artisan Melts & Corn Salad Recipe

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When Better Bakery contacted me and asked if I wanted to try their Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza and Chicken & Bacon Club Artisan Melts, I jumped at it. Not only did these artisan melts sound SO good, but I am also finding that at least one night a week (if not more), I’m scrambling to find an easy dinner idea that the whole family will like. And since these sandwich melts sounded perfect for my family, I had to try them out.

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Better Bakery’s melts are found at Walmart, Kroger, Meijer, HEB and Harris Teeter. Head HERE to find the closest retailer near you that sells Better Bakery foods! I headed to Walmart to pick up our boxes. I found them on the top shelf of the sandwich section in the frozen foods aisle. I love how affordable these melts are! And, the frugal gal in me also loved the fact that there is a $1.50 off 1 Better Bakery Artisan Melts coupon we can use! While at the store, I also purchased some frozen corn. I wanted to use the corn to make an easy corn salad to accompany our Artisan Melts.

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Better Bakery provides a one of a kind sandwich experience hand made in small batches for everyone to enjoy. The handcrafted, artisan melts are made by Bakers who are committed to the Better Bakery art, and want to make better food. Don’t you love their packaging?

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You can either microwave or bake these sandwiches. I chose to use my oven. Once your oven is preheated, it takes only 22 minutes to cook your sandwich! During the time it took cook the sandwiches, I made my Corn Salad.

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The thing with me is I am busy. So when I cook, I have to be intentional about maximizing my time. This Corn Salad Recipe is one I’ve made countless times. I switch it up all of the time using different flavored vinegar, adding other veggies and sometimes adding sweetness like honey or even white sugar. It always comes out good. It really just depends on what fresh ingredients I have in my fridge. Today’s Corn Salad I made with red pepper and cilantro. YUM.

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SNICKERS and Skittles Big Game Cake Recipe

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I originally posted this recipe last year but wanted to post it again with the big game coming up!!

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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CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Recipe

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CopyCat Chick-Fil-A Sandwich Recipe

Have you tried this recipe yet? If you haven’t, you need to! It’s easy to make and the sandwiches are SO good!

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. 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!

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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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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

This is one of my absolute favorite slow cooker recipes and it is by far the easiest chicken recipe I have ever made. If you haven’t made it yet, you have to! I originally posted it last March but wanted to republish it to make sure none of you miss it!

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 Salad. 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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