Recipe: Tater Tot Casserole

We have a little thing in my office called Tasty Treat Thursday.  Basically, each Thursday, one of our team members brings in something to share with the rest of the team.  It ranges from things like cookies to full on lunches.  On a recent Thursday, one of my team members brought in something that I just had to make at home because I knew my kids {and husband} would love it: Tater Tot Casserole.
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Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

This post first appeared as part of my contributor series over at Sugar Bee Crafts.

Recently, I decided to try my hand at making salsa verde!  I was so excited with how it turned out…delicious!  It made a lot though so I looked for ways to use it beyond chips and salsa for snacks.  I figured why not replace the regular salsa and make salse verde chicken enchiladas!

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Kid Friendly Food: Meatloaf Muffins

I typically don’t like the term “kid friendly food” because it refers to a set of foods that are typically tasteless and majorly lacking in nutrition.  Think: chicken nuggets, hot dogs and the link.  Here, I’m referring to something a litte different: size and shape!

My kids love finger foods of just about any type.  I decided to try and make a few of favorite homemade meals into a more kid friendly size.  When the macaroni and cheese “cupcakes” were such a big hit, I decided to try turning our regular meatloaf into little muffins.

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How to Make Your Own Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup

Ok, so you’re flipping through a cookbook or clicking around the web and you stumble upon a recipe that looks good.  Reading through the list of ingredients, you see the dreaded “cream of __ soup” line item.

Don’t worry!  You don’t have to use the canned stuff that can filled with sodium and who knows what else!  There is a better way that is super easy.  I’m going to share with you how to make your own condensed cream of mushroom soup.  A bonus:  this recipe can totally be adapted to be a make your cream of pretty much anything soup.

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Weekly Menu: What to Cook Wednesday #100

Happy Wednesday! 

I love that our Wednesdays here on the blog are filled with delicious recipes.  Putting together a weekly menu is so much easier when you can find inspiration all around blog land.  One of my favorite parts of the week is looking through all of the recipes I find and narrowing them down into a menu for the week.  I guess that is how this little What to Cook Wednesday series has made it to 100!

Let’s see what the 100th edition brings us in terms of food…

Sunday:  You can add prosciutto to just about anything and I am happy.  That probably a big reason why chicken with prosciutto, argula and fontina caught my eye.

Monday:  We don’t traditionally do pasta on Mondays but, as a meatless option, I fell in love with the idea of lemony spinach and goat cheese linguine.

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Boozy Baking: Strawberry Prosecco Cupcakes

By now, I am sure you guys are all thinking that I am some kind of super wine-o with all of the boozy baking going on around here! I mean, we’ve had boozy whoopie pies and now I am bringing you a new cupcake with wine!

These cupcakes are different though…it is sparkling wine after all :)

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Breakfast Makeovers – Green Smoothies

Last week, I shared the details of the 5 week weight loss challenge I participated in during February/March.  The hardest week for me was definitely the final week where we focused on eliminating processed foods from our diet.

Breakfast was the most difficult because I am typically at work with little access to something to cook with.  No processed foods meant I was going to need to do some breakfast makeovers stat.

Enter the green smoothie…

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

You guys remember my gig as a contributor over at Sugar Bee Crafts, right?  I am loving it. Mandy is super supportive and a great person to learn from!

Last month, I shared a recipe for homemade ricotta cheese that I am bringing over here today to share with you in case you missed it.

The origin of this recipe dates back to a random Friday night when I was super pregnant with my youngest. I was spending some downtime hanging out with my two closest friends {they’re married!} while the Mathlete was indulging his racing pastime. We were watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives and they shared a brief rundown of how to make homemade ricotta.

Now, a lot of you might question why to even bother making something homemade that is so readily available at the store. I certainly did…until I made it! 

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16 Restaurant Copycat Recipes

Eating out is awesome!  I love being able to go and relax while someone else does the cooking.  But, it just isn’t practical {or good for you} to eat our every single meal.  That is where  good restaurant copycat recipes come in to help you get that delicious recipe taste at home where you can control the ingredients and cost.

I’ve scoured the web and rounded up sixteen awesome restaurant copycat recipes you can file away for when you are dreaming of a restaurant quality meal but want to take it easy on your wallet and/or waistline! [Read more...]

Remaking Our Breakfasts – Yopa! Yogurt

I go to work super early in the morning {like always before the sun is up!} and no one else in my house is awake.  I try to squeeze every  last minute of sleep I can out of the night so I don’t allow a lot of time for preparing breakfast.  In fact, many mornings, I don’t even remember breakfast until I am already at work and then I turn to something super unhealthy in the cafe.  Not good!

One of my missions for this year was to eat healthier.  That  meant bringing healthier foods into our home for myself and my children.   They, like me, don’t have a lot of time to fit in breakfast either.

I’ve tried healthy cereals and similar items but without much success.  Many yogurts tend to be so full of sugar that I have avoided them for the most part.   One day, in the store, I saw Yopa! yogurt and decided to check it out.

My daughter was excited to see Gabby Douglas, the gold medalist, on the front because she is really into gymnastics! {At 5, she is really picky eater so anything that gets her interested is ok with me!}  She was also excited that she could mix things into her yogurt too.  I gave her one of the flavors to try and she polished off the whole container.
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The best part…she asked for it again the next day.  I felt good saying yes because I knew she was getting important stuff for her diet like:
- protein (the 3.5 oz cup has 13% of the recommended daily value)
- calcium
- 5 cultures and 3 probiotics

I grabbed one of the cups along with a slice of toast on my way to work one morning.  It was the perfect size and made a super convenient option for me.  Bringing my own breakfast means I have so much more control over my calories AND keeps me out of the cafe.  Overall, starting off the day right with a balanced breakfast, helps me stay on track for the rest of the day!

Speaking of balance, gold medalist Gabby Douglas is an expert, and she’s challenging you to take the Yopa! Taste Challenge where you can win a variety of prizes, including $10,000! Just “like” Yopa! on Facebook for a chance to win and to grab a coupon for $.50 (or more!) off one cup of Yopa! Authentic Greek Yogurt.

I was selected for participation in this campaign as a member of Clever Girls Collective.