As you may know, J and I really enjoy cooking. We have finally mastered certain dishes and love to cook from home together! But, sometimes we get in a meal rut and get tired of the same things. I wanted to try some new flavors and new dish ideas, but didn't know where to start. After one too many Pinterest meal fails, I discovered not only the convenience of meal delivery, but also the amazing world of flavor! *Also I have a video AND a giveaway down below!*
I teamed up with Home Chef and had the opportunity to try out two amazing, and out of our comfort zone, meals! They change up their menu week by week, and when I saw pork chops on our menu I knew this was the delivery business for us! I received my meal right on time, and even received emails saying when it was going to be delivered and what was in my box!
I was a bit leery about getting food shipped, but they encased the ingredients in a well insulated and ice pack filled package. I was so impressed! Also included was a Home Chef Cookbook that I can store my recipes and future recipes from Home Chef in them. It was so convenient and after looking over the fresh ingredients, I could not wait for dinner time! Also, if you are interested, you can get $30 off your first order!
My two meals were Tomato Jam and Fresh Mozzarella Panini and Cinnamon-Sugar Pork Chops. What I liked most about this process in signing up, is it asked me different dietary preferences such as seafood, gluten-free, Vegetarian, etc. I thought that was so neat that they have different options for everyone! AND, our biggest issue with home cooking is I always overportion and have a ton of leftovers! Our meals were portioned for two people, and the total cost per serving is about $9.50 which is amazing for fresh ingredients. Here is how our dinner came together and let me just say, this Granny Smith stuffing was unexpectedly my favorite part!
This was the perfect amount of food for us, and I didn't even have to leave the house! haha I love that I got yummy homestyle cooking like pork chops, green beans, and stuffing right at your front door!
So is Home Chef really worth the hype?! I did the #HomeChefChallenge where I found all the ingredients at a grocery store and totaled it up... Well, I'll just let you watch my video to see how much you truly save!
I made these last night for me and J and shared a picture asking if anyone would like to know the recipe! I got a great response and got to work! haha This recipe was very easy to make, and it was something different from what we normally would eat, but it was so delicious!
We are lovers of italian and american food, so what better dish to combine them in? I joked that it is kind of like a pizza burger, you get all the taste of a sausage pizza packed into a little burger. So, that is what I'll call this recipe! 🍕🍔
1 package of meatballs (I used frozen)
1 package of slider buns
Ragu traditional sauce
2 Tbsp Olive oil
~2 cups Mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
supplies include, casserole dish, tin foil, and pan for meatballs.
Preheat oven to 350 | Serves 5 | Prep Time 10 minutes | Cook time 20 minutes
(optional) 1. Since I used frozen meatballs, I cooked them first on the stovetop. I spooned in a little Ragu sauce as they were cooking so they would soak up more of the flavor.
2. Place the bottom slider bun on the casserole dish, I kept them packed tight, rather than spreading them out.
3. Take a tablespoon and spoon ragu sauce across each bun. I then topped each bottom slider bun with two-three meatballs, then added some more sauce on top of that.
4. Sprinkle Mozzarella cheese over each slider.
5. Brush the top slider bun with a bit of olive oil, this will help the seasoning stick.
6. In a separate bowl, combine the Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
7. Sprinkle this mixture over the top of the buns.
8. Cover the casserole dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
9. Remove the foil from the dish and bake for another 10 minutes.
10. Serve with a spatula and dig in! Use a fork and eat it, or pick it up like a burger!
Notes: I tweaked the measurements for the parmesan and italian seasoning after making this. While the taste wasn't overpowering, it was very messy and I feel too much on top of the slider bun.
And there you have it! A super delicious dish, that won't have you pulling your hair out! I believe the simpler, the better and that is definitely the case with this recipe. Please let me know if you give it a try, I would love to see how it turns out for you! Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
So, I posted a picture of my taco bake on Facebook, as well as a Facebook group I'm in, and people went crazy over it! I had said my husband requests this all the time and how I had plenty of leftovers for his lunch tomorrow and the next day. My favorite thing about this recipe is how cheap, but oh so good it is! So, here is our taco bake recipe! (You're going to be shocked how simple it is)
Normally when I do recipe posts I do it step by step with the picture tutorial in between each step. I think you will be better off with receiving the full recipe and steps, and then pictures so that is how this post will be laid out! Next to each item is the price, but I purchased some from the Commissary. If you don't have military base access the price may vary, but all can be found at your local grocery store.
serves 4 , prep time 5 minutes, cook time ~30 minutes
1 lb. of ground beef - $2
1 can of cheddar cheese soup- $1.36
1/2 cup of milk- ~$2.50 for gallon
1 package of taco seasoning- .67
chili cheese fritos-$2.80 (use half of the bag)
Total: less than $10
1. Brown your ground beef, drain, and add in the taco seasoning (and 3/4 water or whatever amount your taco seasoning requires)
2. Cover the bottom of a 9x9 pan with chili cheese Fritos and top with the ground beef.
3. Combine cheddar cheese soup and milk into a saucepan and stir until it is smooth and melted down.
4. Pour this mixture over the beef and top with mozzarella as the final layer.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the top layer of cheese begins to bubble.
6. Allow to cool for a little bit and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
A few questions I was asked...
Do the chips get soggy? Surprisingly no! When you bake them they get a little more hard and are the perfect texture. As I stated that it is great for leftovers, I have noticed when reheating in the microwave they do get a tad softer, but not soggy!
What is the white? In the picture below, I used mozzarella cheese. Above, I had made it with a mexican blend cheese. I say use whatever cheese you want, both are just as delicious!
How much cheese do I put on it? For the cheese, I put no measurements because I just go with what I'm in the mood for! Sometimes I will just lightly sprinkle the cheese over and other times I like to put more of a layer of it. If you want it more cheesy, then add more! The cheddar cheese soup adds a great amount of cheesiness to it, so if you don't want it too cheesy, I would just put a little bit on.
And there you have it! I'm serious when I tell y'all, this recipe is so delicious and your family will fall in love! J asks for this all the time and I am so surprised, because I really thought he wouldn't like it the first time I made it! If you want to spice things up, you can add some drained pinto beans and make it more of a 'frito pie' or top it with lettuce after it is done baking! I love how much you can transform it and customize it to your liking. Please tell me if you try out this recipe, I'd love to know how you like it!
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With the back to school season approaching, my family is looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together. Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! Purchase five cans for $4 in a variety of flavors that include: Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and Meatballs. You can enjoy a week’s worth of quality meals at an affordable price.
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"lean on me"... when you're not strong. Every time I hear this song I break out in the rest of the lyrics! this past weekend we had a family BBQ/ surprise birthday party and what better people to surround yourself than your family? Family is always there for you to lean on, in the good times and the bad. We are celebrating the good and that is spending quality time with one another! Coca-Cola™ has inspired me by their new Share a Coke and a Song program. Their new packaging is so fun and during this party, I was very much inspired to do desserts everyone would enjoy!
I'm so blessed to have married into such a wonderful family that I know I can lean on, and I love the message that Coca-Cola is sharing to the world and they are even giving away an amazing prize to a lucky someone!
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Red, White, and Blue Strawberries
This treat ties in perfectly with the summertime, and was a huge hit with our family! You need strawberries, white chocolate melts, and blue sprinkles or crushed up candy.
I first put the chocolates into a warmer to melt. While I'm doing that, I wash the strawberries and pat them down with a paper towel until they are completely dry. I then take the strawberry, dip it in the chocolate and dip it in the blue candy. I place them on a piece of parchment paper for easy removal and no mess. You can set them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to however long you need, just make sure the chocolate has hardened completely.
I left the stems on while I was making them to grab them easily, but decided to cut off the tops afterwards so the kids could eat them without anything leftover. My mother in law has the cutest dishes and dessert cups so I arranged the strawberries on a cake platter.
I'm sure I'm not the only one, but while I'm in the kitchen, I have to have music playing. I just love working to music and the Shazam app comes in handy when I'm scrambling to find out what song is playing, and they have all of the Coca-Cola Share a Song's on there.
After shopping at Safeway for the party, we found the cutest display for the new Coca-Cola campaign "Share a Coke and a Song". I immediately knew we had to have these at the party, and what screams summer and family like Coca-Cola floats!
This is probably the easier dessert, so if you are wanting something simple but oh so delicious, this tutorial is the one for you. Beforehand, I chilled the glasses in the freezer for about an hour. This is completely optional, but since it was so hot outside I didn't want it to melt too quickly. Just scoop in your favorite vanilla ice cream, and pour in Coca-Cola and you have a delicious float!
And that is it for the delicious treats you can enjoy this summer! These would be so cute for any BBQ or Fourth of July party. Thank you so much for reading & I hope you have a great weekend! Coca-Cola's Sweepstakes is so exciting, and you should enter because the entry is so easy! I'll leave the link below so you can still get your entry in. ♥
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