Mexican Pizzas

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Mexican Pizza with Pace Salsa

The countdown to back to school is officially on.  Next week we are going to pay our son’s class fees so that he can get his school schedule, and then we’ll be buying school supplies and shopping for new clothes.  And even though we’ve still got a couple of weeks to go, I’m already thinking of menu ideas for all those back to school weeknights.  If you read my blog regularly or just look at the title, you will know that I embrace simple solutions, and that includes simple meal ideas.  Simple meals made with simple ingredients not only save me a lot of time and hassle, but they make my family happy.  And the great thing about some of our favorite meals, is that I can easily change them up to create all new favorites!

One of my son’s favorite meals is tacos.  I think he would eat tacos every single day if we would let him!  While I don’t want to cook tacos every night, I do enjoy coming up with similar alternatives to tacos such as quesadillas and Mexican Pizzas!  Today I’m going to show you how we make our Mexican Pizzas, and I’ve also got some coupon deals on Campbell’s products like Pace Chunky Salsa! [Read more…]

Doing Lunch with LEAN CUISINE® MARKETPLACE

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Doing Lunch with Lean Cuisine Marketplace

I’ve written a lot of posts here about making time for Mom, and especially the importance of not skipping meals and always scheduling time for lunch.  With the back to school season upon us, I feel these ideas need to re-emphasized.  Late July and early August are traditionally the times when we are doing our back to school shopping, buying everything from paper and crayons, to clothes and shoes, and of course, back to school lunch and snack ideas for the kids.  But what about something for mom?  As we load up those backpacks and prepare our kids for a successful day at school, we should also prepare ourselves for a successful day.  One way you can do this is by doing lunch with LEAN CUISINE® MARKPLACE.

They have a variety of delicious meals that include gluten-free options, protein packed options, organic ingredient options.  And their offerings include bold flavor profiles and sophisticated ingredients that are perfect for Mom!

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Ranch Pizza & Tips to Freshen Up Your Spring Menu (+ A Giveaway)

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Ranch Pizza and Tips to Freshen Up Your Spring Menu

In the winter time, I love my soups, casseroles, and comfort foods, but I love the opportunity that spring time brings to freshen up our menu! We get to embrace fresh ingredients, eat a little lighter, and enjoy new things.  Today I’m sharing tips on how you can join me and freshen up your menu this spring, and I’ve got a quick and easy recipe for fresh Ranch Pizza! [Read more…]

Taco Soup

Taco Chili

In recently weeks, I’ve been enjoying a lot of comfort food with my family, including a few batches of soup!  I love soup, because it is a great way to get a good mix of protein, veggies, and often carbs in one meal.  Soups are also easy to make, generally speaking.  And soups go a long way!  You can use them to feed a large group, have a leftover meal (or meals), share with a sick friend, neighbor or family member, or you can freeze leftovers for a later time.

A couple of weeks ago I made up a batch of Taco Soup.  If you like chili, it’s pretty much very similar to chili, except that you use taco powder and ranching seasoning mix instead of chili powder.  The recipe I had actually called for a lot more things that what I used.  For example, it had 2 cans of green chilis and an additional can of tomatoes.  Since I didn’t use these ingredients, it made the soup very chunky like a stew, so I decided to add some broth to mix!

I just so happened to have some chicken broth on hand, so that is what I used.  I know the soup contains beef, but I figured chicken broth is good in everything, so why not try it?  Of course, it turned out great.  The soup tasted good, and it had a great consistency.  I think two cups of water would have worked just as well, and beef broth is another potential option that I’d try to you are unsure about using the chicken broth. But I personally recommend it!

Hope you enjoy this recipe!  And if you like, please check out my Salsa Chili!

Taco Soup

Taco Soup

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef (you can also use stew meat or other meats you enjoy)

2 cans chili beans (pintos)

1 can kidney beans

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can Ro*tel

1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix

2 cups of chicken broth, beef broth, or water

For Garnishing:

sour cream

shredded cheddar cheese

corn chips

Directions:

Brown beef in skillet and drain off fat. Add to a stew or stock pot. (You can also place in your crock pot if your prefer.) Add all canned ingredients to the pot. Then stir in taco seasoning and ranch seasoning mix. Add broth or water as needed to make your soup less thick and chunky. Simmer on medium heat, stirring often.

Serve with corn chips, sour cream, and cheese.

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Homemade Taco Soup

Do you love soup as much as me?  I’d love to hear what your favorite soup, stew, or chili recipe is!

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Chili Tacos and Game Time with Progresso Chili

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Game time with progresso Chili

We’ve been watching some big games on tv, and there are still a few more big one to go!  And with the winter weather finally upon us, there’s no better time to celebrate game night with a nice bowl of Progresso Chili.  Stews and chilis are some of my favorite comfort foods, and that’s just one reason I love serving them for game night!  They are also foods that you can serve to most anyone, and if more people show up to your get together, there’s usually enough to go around!

Progresso Chili comes in convenient pouches and can be whipped up in minutes using your microwave or stove stop. And they are thick and feature large chunks of meat and beans!  It’s a great way to to dine on a dime! It’s also goes great on a buffet of appetizers and other game night foods, and is the perfect take along item for pot lucks! [Read more…]

Easy Game Night Meal with Sam’s Club and a FREE Football I Spy Printable

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Sams Pizza Family Deal

It’s been a very interesting football season this year, and we still have a few more BIG games to go! If you follow my blog regularly, you know that we can’t have football without great food!  (Can anyone?)

Recently my husband and I were shopping at Sam’s Club when I discovered the perfect game night meal:  the Sam’s Club Coca-Cola Family Pizza Combo! [Read more…]

Mini Cannoli Pies + Easy Family Meals with Stouffer’s®

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Easy Family Meals with Stouffers

The holiday season is here!  It is such a fun time, but it’s also a busy time for me.  Of course, we have all the extra holiday events with family and school.  And then additionally this is the busiest time of year for my Etsy shop.  Between that and my usual blogging and other responsibilities, the month of December is a whirlwind!  Perhaps more than ever, this is the best time to have some easy family meal options!

Thanks to Stouffer’s®, I am able to serve a complete Italian meal to my family, including a round of Mini Cannoli Pies, with very little prep work at all!   [Read more…]

Game Day, Everyday With Progresso Stew & Chili + Giveaway

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Game Day Every Day with Progress

This week we’ve been exploring easy meal time solutions.  Whether it’s a busy Monday or a football Saturday, sometimes our schedules get in the way of making a homecooked meal, and for these days it’s good to have convenient, yet delicious options on hand. [Read more…]

Pork Potato Casserole

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Pork Potato Casserole Served

A couple of weeks ago I shared a delicious recipe for Pulled Pork Nachos.  Pulled pork is an absolute Southern staple and one of my favorite foods!  I love ordering it from local barbecue places, and I also love making it at home!

The only problem with making it at home is that it takes several hours to cook, which means I always have to plan ahead and be prepared to spend a day or an evening watching over the meat as it cooks.  It’s definitely well worth the time and effort, but I don’t always have time to do this!  And when I’ve been busy working all day and it’s time to pick up Noah from school, I definitely don’t have the time to cook a whole pork roast in time for dinner….until now!  Enter Farm Rich® Smokehouse Pulled Pork BBQ!

This pulled pork is just as delicious as anything you can make at home or get from a bbq stand, and it cooks up in the microwave in minutes!  Today I’m going to show you how I paired this delicious pulled pork with some Birds Eye Steamfresh® Flavor Full Sour Cream and Onion Potatoes to make a delicious and easy weeknight meal!

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Chicken & Shrimp Stir Fry with Uncle Ben’s® Long Grain & Wild Rice

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Uncle Ben's Long Grain and Wild Rice

It’s Monday again! Do you ever struggle to come with delicious and easy weeknight meals that are easy and quick to make but still taste delicious?  Then read on!

Today I’ve got a delicious Chicken & Shrimp Stir Fry recipe that goes great with Uncle Ben’s® Rice and cooks up in about 30 minutes.  It is a fantastic restaurant quality recipe, featuring lean protein and vegetables, and it packs a flavor punch!  In short, it’s something the whole family can enjoy and Mom will approve! [Read more…]