Sandwiches & Snacks

BBQ Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches for #SundaySupper

GFV-family-logoSummer is officially here in the New England state where I reside. It means A LOT of grilling and eating outside any chance we get. My husband and I waited many years to have a beautiful deck to really enjoy! I love watching my kids play in the back yard while my husband flips steaks, or sometimes I’ll get creative and figure out how to make a meatloaf or lasagna on the grill. I am happy to partner up with Gallo Family Vineyards and the #SundaySupper family for another exciting event. Grilling with wine is today’s theme and when I first saw the selected wine’s to choose from I instantly knew what I wanted to create.

Have you tried Gallo’s Sweet White Blend yet? Gallo explains it as bursting with peach, tropical fruit and honeydew flavors. Well I 07.13.14 Gallo Event (6)pcouldn’t agree more. It was exactly what I expected when I first sipped it because I knew it was perfect for the dish I had planned in my head. I had a back up though, if it didn’t have the sweetness I anticipated I would have went with a Beef and Merlot dish.  It doesn’t matter anyways because once I read the flavors of the Merlot I realized that I’ll be cooking with this it soon enough.  Smooth and approachable fruit flavor matches very well with a wide range of foods including pork roast, pasta with rich tomato sauce, poultry, as well as grilled meats and vegetables. I’m sold. You have to check out Gallo’s Wine and BBQing Pairings page or their Grilling Recipes Page. I plan on making the recipe for BBQ Chipotle Chicken Sandwiches very soon!

When I think of a sweet blend of wine and cooking I think of sauces and marinades. However I also think of fruit! This time I used it to marinate my chicken and pineapple and turned it into a scrumptious sandwich for a busy night! It was outstanding! It’s the perfect Summer evening dish.

Ingredients:

3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 cup of BBQ Sauce
1/3 cup of Gallo’s Sweet White Blend
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp ketchup
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Salt & Pepper
2 lbs of Chicken Breast
1 small pineapple, sliced
4-6 Hamburger Rolls

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What to do:

Cut chicken into large chunks and then slice those chunks length wise to make them thinner.  Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, BBQ sauce, wine, balsamic vinegar, ketchup, and garlic powder. Pour the marinade into a large zip lock bag. Add the chicken to the bag and mix well coating all of the chicken. Open the bag and place the pine slices on top. fold the bag securing the chicken and pineapple and place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. (I let mine set over night)

Spark up that grill and get a nice medium heat going. Cook chicken flipping after 6-8 minutes. Cook for another 8-10 min or until chicken is no longer pink. With the last few minutes of cooking, place the pineapple on the opposite side of the chicken. Grill for 2-4 minutes, flip that fruit,  grill for 2 more minutes and remove pineapple. (toast your buns on the higher rack of your grill at this time if you prefer crunchy bites like I do!) Place a piece of chicken on top of the hamburger roll, top it with a slice of pineapple, top with one more piece of chicken and put the burger bun on top.

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Instant happy family. This was a great marinade if you don’t like pineapple leave it out. I served mine with a cold bean salad and it was a healthier dish since I used whole wheat hamburger buns!

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I haven’t cooked with wine that often but I can promise you that you will not be disappointed cooking with any of Gallo’s wine. I’ve never used anything else. For a store locator of where you can pick up a bottle of Sweet Blend to make this recipe Click Here. Before you head to the store don’t forget to print your $1 off digital coupon here. Thank you Gallo!

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A New Me!! Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Well if your a follower of me on Facebook you must know by now that I’ve jumped on the BeachBody band wagon. It’s not that I never wanted to. I just always used time as my excuse. I didn’t have time. Who has time to workout when I barley have time to pee some days!

Then I was introduced to my coach Kelly. We were laughing the other day because we forget how we got connected but we did and that’s all that matters. I then joined a free Abs and Butt Challenge for the month of May with Kelly. Each day she’d post a round of exercises and off I’d go to fit them into my crazy life. Doing a plank here, a wall sit there, and situps as I watched TV at night. As the month went on I jumped back onto my CoreBody Reformer and started walking/jogging with my son on nice days. Then I contacted Kelly with a simple problem. Every sit up I did past 10 I peed myself.  Yes I’m openly admitting that. You can laugh. It’s funny and gross all at the same time.  I knew she had two kids and I wanted to know if I was the only one who seemed to have bladder problems since having children. I know it gets worse the older you get but wasn’t expecting all that pressure with every sit up I did. You want to know what she said? “So What!!!!!” “No pain no gain” and who cares if it helps you get in shape. All very good points. That’s when I knew I was going like this girl!

ShakeAt the end of the month I got a job offer that now allows me to work a few hours a week at home. Doing something I love. Working for a Blog and a Mission that means a real lot to me. You know my #SundaySupper Family. Well now I have the pleasures of working for Ms. Isabel!!! It’s been a crazy two week since starting but I feel like a different person! Between using my brain again and working out regularly I feel great! However lets rewind back to how Kelly got me to commit…….. Now instead of working out during nap times I’m faced with yet another problem, when do I work out? So the first week of working I didn’t. I had way too much on my plate there was no way I was working out. Then one day while I was sitting at my desk working Kelly instant messaged me asking how the new job was going. It was so nice of her to check in with me soooooooo with that I vented away with how I’m trying to juggle working a few hours a day, taking care of my family, writing on my own blog, caring for my house and yah, NOT working out. She gave me a pep talk and within 24 hours I ordered the 21 Day Fix Challenge pack! I’m only day 8 into this program but I’m 110% committed. As Kelly so nicely reminded me, it’s not a bad thing to take 30 minutes to myself a day, in the long run it makes me a better Momma. My husband wakes me before he heads out to work. I do a 30 minute routine, jump in the shower and the kids are faced with a happy Momma instead of a grump who has been woken up out of a dead sleep. I always knew waking up to my kids everyday wasn’t the right way to wake up. It didn’t give me a chance to open my eyes and just think for a second. Now I have plenty of time to become that happy Momma in the morning. Now……..to get my butt in bed earlier than 10 is another story! Maybe I won’t have to, because in the past 4 days I’ve had more energy than I have in the past 4 years. YES!!

I want my kids to see me being healthy. I want them to know it’s important to take care of yourself physically and mentally. So with this new lifestyle change I’m making you know that it has to come along with some yummy meals so stay tuned as I post my favorites coming your way!! I’ll tease you first thought, here is a few good ones on the menu for the next few weeks. Glazed Sesame Chicken, Skinny Spinach Chicken Bake, Spaghetti Squash & NOT-A-MEAT Sauce. And of course some yummy Shakes too! Once I’m done the 21 Day Fix I’ll be starting another challenge, that’s what’s great about Beach Body, their is so much variety and this Momma needs variety! If you’d like to get in touch with Kelly please contact her group via Facebook. She’s a fantastic coach who has longed to help people get healthy. She’s the Mom of two beautiful baby girls and she will help you find your balance I promise! Thank you Kelly for helping through this!

For now I’ll start you off with some healthy breakfast ideas to start your day!

Granola & Yogurt Parfaits To Go: One of my favorite snacks is Non-Fat Green Yogurt and Granola. Make these in a to go container and be set to go the next day! Perfect breakfast or late afternoon snack!

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Avocado Toast – I don’t remember where I saw this idea, I made it my own so I needed to share it with you since I have a new Avocado obsession! Made with the new Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese and topped with Avocado’s and tomatoes and you’ll be set for hours with this filling breakfast.

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Pear and Cottage Cheese Breakfast - I made this awhile ago from a Eat Healthy Cook book, I’m glad I’m writing this post so I can be reminded to make this again because I remember how yummy it was!

Momma’s Ultimate Oatmeal – Now that I’m looking at this dish it’s not the healthiest but Oat Meal made with fresh fruit is!! It’s super filling and though steal oats are plain and boring fresh fruit, cottage cheese, or non-fat greek yogurt can “dress” it up!

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Protein Pumpkin Pancakes - Need some protein after a good workout, craving some carbs? Mine as well blast them with protein! These pancakes freeze great too so make them for the week!

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I’m bringing Veggie Loaded Sandwichess to the #PicnicGame

 

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket.

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…
Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary
Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
Chicken Muffuletta from Marlene Baird
Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups from The Dinner-Mom
Elote from Peaceful Cooking
Fennel Slaw from FoodieTots
Greek Farro Salad from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Honey Porter Glazed Chicken and Vegetable Skewers from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Italian Pasta Salad from Casa de Crews
Japanese Plum Sushi from NinjaBaking.com
Kudos Kitchen Kolaches from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Lemon Yogurt Bundt Cake from In The Kitchen With KP
Molasses Lovers Baked Beans from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Northern Bean Salad with Egg and Prosciutto from Family Foodie
Orzo Salad from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
PICOBLAT from Simply Healthy Family
Quinoa-Stuffed Grape Leaves from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Roasted Fingerlings with Capers and Dill from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Spicy Southern Fried Chicken from Food Lust People Love
Tuscan Bread Salad from Curious Cuisiniere
Ultimate Potato Salad from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

AND…………

Veggie Loaded Sandwiches!!

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What’s a picnic without a sandwich loaded with veggies! I love these because you can really pick and choose whatever you’d like for vegetables to top this beautiful sandwich.  Roast the vegetables before you leave for your picnic,  toast your bread, package it all up in a container and off you go!

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What you’ll need to pack:

4 slices of bread
1 green pepper
1 small zucchini
1 small yellow squash
1 small tomato
2 oz of fresh mozzarella cheese
4 tbsp of hummus (your choice, I used roasted red pepper)
1/2 tbsp of horseradish

Sandwich Assembly:

Spread some horseradish on one slice of bread (you can omit this, I just like the extra kick!) Spread the hummus on top of that. Layer the veggies high, top with sliced cheese and another piece of bread!

This sandwich is super filling, you won’t need those unhealthy chips because this sandwich offers you the crunch from the toasted bread!

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Red Wine Meatballs Subs for #SundaySupper

When I think of my husband and a dish he would really love I tend to think of two things. meat and…..any kind of meat. He’s that kind of guy. He had a meat and potato dish every night for dinner when he was a kid. I make him steak for almost every special occasion we celebrate. When Gallo Family Vineyards reached out to partner with #SundaySupper with a theme of “A Father’s Day Feast, I couldn’t help but do something different for him.

GFV-family-logoI lost my father over ten years ago so when I met my husband he easily became the favorite man in my life. However, when he became a father, a whole different kind of love was born. We all have our different kinds of things we love to do for those special men in our lives. Nothing makes me happier than cooking for my husband, Isn’t he a lucky guy? I instantly thought of him and this theme when I bit into these little balls of goodness one night last week when gathering with friends. A few couples I’ve met over the years since having children get together every once in a while for different occasions. Whether it be a play date,  a birthday party or even my annual Christmas Cookie Swap I started this past year. We all have kids the same age so it may be madness when we gather but the kids have fun, the adults get to sip on wine and we share our favorite foods together. One of these lovely Mothers I happen to be talking about brought a plate of meatballs to serve with our Pasta that night. She then proceeded to tell me that she loves cooking with wine! My eyes lit up when she told me her secret ingredient was red wine! I immediately thought of Gallo and how I could make these meatballs using one of their red wines! The next day she gave me the rest of the ingredients and I got to work on creating these for my husband using Gallo’s Pinot Noir. I believe that the Cafe Zinfandel would work great in this recipe too. You can visit the Store Locator to go pick up a bottle, or two! Father’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate with family so don’t forget your wine and the $1 off Digital Coupon Gallo was so nice to offer. I also want to share a little about the Pinot Noir:

PINOT NOIR:
You can never go wrong by serving a bottle of our Pinot Noir. This medium bodied wine provides a smooth and light finish with aromas of cherry and sweet fruit flavors.

FOOD PAIRING NOTES:
Ripe berry and subtle earthy flavors stand up to meaty fish like salmon, and pairs well with port, roast chicken, and mushrooms.

I altered a few things from the recipe my friend gave me go with what I had in the house and what my family enjoys. Play with the seasoning if you’d like, you can always use dried herbs, I just happen to have fresh herbs growing on my back porch.

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Makes: 2 dozen meatballs
Ingredients:

1 lb. of ground pork
1 1/2 lbs. of ground sirloin
1/2 cup of red wine (I prefer Gallo’s Pinot Noir)
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup of bread crumbs
1/2 Cup of Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped
2 tbsp. fresh Parsley, chopped
Salt & Pepper
2 tsp. Garlic Salt
Sub Rolls
1/2 Cup of shredded Gouda cheese

Instructions:

Preheat Oven to 350F.

Mix all of the ingredients for the meatballs in a large bowl. Form into balls and place on sheet pans lined with parchment paper.

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Bake for 20-25 minutes. Broil the rolls while the meatballs sit for 5 minutes. Feel free to eat them as is. I did. Feel free to freeze some. I did. Feel free to add them to your favorite pasta dish. I did!

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Nothing beats a crunchy roll! Place as many meatballs as you like in the roll and top with Gouda cheese (Yes it adds a fantastic smokey flavor!) What’s that under the meatballs you ask?? Well I wondered what to serve on my husbands rolls because I prefer nothing however I knew he would want something and since this dish was all for him I had to think of something “Manly” so I scanned the fridge and yes folks that’s Salsa! Perfect for him.

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Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

As you plan your Sunday Supper to celebrate that special Dad or Man in your life, feel free to check out Gallo’s Food & Wine Pairing Tool online. I know the best way to win my husband over is through a full belly so scroll down to see what other delicious meals were made this week using wine!

Father’s Day Salads and Main Dishes:

Father’s Day Sweets and Treats:

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Taco Turkey Burgers

So if you haven’t noticed I’ve taken a break from Featured Friday’s. I miss it. However It was a long winter and I was too overwhelmed with trying to do Featured Friday, #Sunday Supper , Letters to my kids and some sponsored events. If you missed them here are a few I’ve done this year! Stay tuned because I have a few more coming your way!! Don’t worry I’ll be bringing Featured Friday’s back soon!

The Miracle Blanket – A Review

Yogurt and Granola Parfaits with Ladera Granola

Poached Pear Bread with Dixie Crystals

Pork with Moscato Sauce & Veggies

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So it’s not the ingredients of this burger that makes this one of the best turkey burgers I’ve ever had it’s more about EVERYTHING in between the buns! Who would have guessed that avocado would go awesomely on a burger! Genius! Wish I could take credit for it, I researched the “perfect” turkey burger and found all different tips but most of them did not include turkey so I was destined to make this a healthier version that did dry out the second it hit the grill! I think the chili’s and salsa helped that. I find refrigerating homemade burgers for a few hours before popping them on the grill helps as well. However the avocado, tomato and lettuce kept this baby super moist when biting into it! My husband LOVED it. He loves everything I make don’t get me wrong. He just doesn’t go on and on about many dishes, so when he does…..I like to brag a bit!

Ingredients:

1 lb. of ground turkey
1 pkg. of taco seasoning
1/2 small can of green chili’s
3 tbsp of Salsa
4 hamburger buns (we used fresh rolls from the bakery)

Toppings:

Smashed avocado
Salsa
Lettuce
Remaining green chili’s from above can
Ranch Dressing (trust me!)
Tomato
Cheese of your choice

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What to do:
Combine the ingredients and shape into 4 large thick patties. Refrigerate for at least an hour. (that’s my secret)

Another secret to pull these off without falling apart (most of my homemade burgers fall apart) I’ve learnt to let them cook longer that first initial time you throw them on your grill. I did roughly 8-10 minutes then flipped and did 5 on the other side.

For the healthier option:

I went through the bakery and looked (and looked) at all the rolls and chose one lower in carbs and calories. I chose 2% part-skim american cheese, avocado (lots of it), a little salsa and lettuce.

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Oven Fries – Date Night Vol. 5

I’ve never been able to master the art of “baking” fries. I won’t fry them because I’d rather just order take out fries. I’ve tried baking them at all different temperatures, time lengths, I just couldn’t see how everyone else got them to be anything but mush. I love fries, rather they are mush or now because, well they are potatoes and I love all kinds of potatoes, every which way! I’ve followed numerous amounts of recipes to a T and they still wouldn’t come out the way I wanted them to. Sooooooo I reached out to my Facebook Foodies and there was a suggestion of soaking the fries (all cut up) an hour before you bake them. Genius! Why didn’t I think of that!! I always jacked up the temperature in hopes of crisping them but then they would just burn and get soggier!

Now I’ll be honest, this failed when I did the sweet potatoes, however I believe it’s because of the size I cut the potatoes. I have a special blade in my new food processor that is specially made for cutting french fries, I had to try it. How ever they came out really small like McDonald’s style (or as Madison would say Old McDonald’s) sooooo with that being said I do believe if I had cut them into large chunks like my other ones this would have been a success. I’m sharing because, well I’m a sharer, but also because the seasoning on them were awesome! For the Parmesan seasoning, I used a seasoning that came in one of those jars I got as a gift awhile back, it has 4 different kinds of spice blend, well one of them was a Parmesan and Garlic blend, it was soooooooooo good, so good that I’m going to try make my own, I was wondering if you combined the ingredients below and just pulsed some parmesan cheese in a blender if that would give me the texture I need for seasoning. Or of course the kind you sprinkle on your pasta! I’ll let you know how it turns out when I do it, but use your favorite seasonings for your fries if you don’t want to try it!  For the sweet potatoes, I used Dixie Crystals Sugar and Cinnamon shaker! Love that thing! You can just use sugar and cinnamon of course.

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Baked Parmesan Potato Fries

4 baking potatoes ( I used just plain brown ones, not thick skinned but not thin either)
Olive Oil
Plastic Zip Lock Bag (call me crazy but trust me)
Water
Seasoning Blend:
Parmesan Cheese (grated, the kind you sprinkle on your pasta!)
Garlic Powder
Salt
Parsley

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Baked Sweet Yet Spicy Fries

3 large sweet potatoes
Olive Oil
Plastic Bag
Water
Seasoning Blend:
Cinnamon
Sugar
Pepper
Red pepper flakes
Dip:
Dip these babies in an amazing new creation. Mix together some BBQ sauce a little dijon mustard!! Holy yummy! Sprinkle some more red pepper flakes for more of a kick!

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What to do with both recipes:

Cut the fries in large strips, you want them in the size of steak fries. Place your fries in a bowl of water for an hour before baking.

Preheat oven to 425F. Drain your fries. Add them to a zip lock bag, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the seasoning, I go heavy because go heavy or go home! Use your judgement their is no right or wrong.

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Shake them up, make it fun, dance around the kitchen! :) Once they are all coated let them sit while the oven finishes preheating. Dump on a baking sheet and spread them out, no piling high on these babies. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn fries once and bake another 20 minutes.

I’m going to experiment with other seasonings but the Parmesan one was awesome and the crispiness of the fries were awesome! Now if your wondering what those meatballish things are from our date night it was my Southwest Meatballs I made a few months ago and froze. Nothing like taking out a bag and throwing together a meatball sub for a date night in!! I highly recommend it. That’s the beauty of Date Night In. Sometimes it’s takeout, sometimes it’s pulled out of the freezer like this one, sometimes I go all out, sometimes we go out! Though the last 3 times we’ve made plans to go out for a nice evening, a place I’ve been dying to get to since we moved here a year ago, they’ve gotten cancelled due to some kind of illness running rapid! So yes I stopped making plans because then maybe we won’t get sick anymore this season! HA! This night we enjoyed these subs, a glass of champagne and a movie. I don’t even remember what movie it was so I can’t even give you a review! Sorry!!

However Volume Six of Date Night is happening tonight as I practice my dish for the Gallo Event I’ll be taking part in next month!!! How exciting, I get to drink….uchhm…I mean cook with wine again!!!! Stay tuned!!

 

Pear & Cottage Cheese Breakfast

I found this recipe in a new cookbook I got for Christmas this year. I have to admit it sounded a bit “weird” when I first read the ingredients but then I realized……hey I like everything in it so why wouldn’t it work! I was looking for a change up, something light to have for breakfast, and then I realized it could also be for lunch or a snack too! So when I made it, I originally had it for breakfast, then I had it for lunch the next day, then I had it as a snack the following day! That is a Win-Win-Win in my book! The celery and walnuts gives it just the bit of crunch you need!

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What you’ll need:

2 Pears, diced
1 cup of low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup of glazed walnuts or pecans, chopped
1/2 cup of red grapes, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped

How to make it:

Mix the above ingredients leaving a few of the pecans out. Refrigerate and sprinkle with remaining pecans when ready to serve.

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The Blonde Can Cook – Featured Friday

Happy Friday Folks! Another one upon us! Another Friday closer to my favorite holiday of all time! Christmas is my favorite holiday because it means being with family and that’s my favorite thing to do. Sit, chat, and eat! Now that we have three babes in the family it’s even more fun! That’s one thing that this weeks Co-Host has in common with this Momma! Mallory from The Blonde Can Cook loves being with her family in and out of the kitchen!

IMG_9463_zpsf3cabd39 Let’s welcome Mallory to Momma’s kitchen! Also lets congratulate her and her husband on the newest addition to their family this past October! They had their first babe but not sure if it was a boy or a girl, Mallory’s site is ALL ABOUT food!! Don’t read too much of my site Mallory being a first time mom and all I may scare you away teeheee….Just kidding, all joking aside, congrats, becoming a mother is a blessing for any woman. Reading a bit about Mallory made me see she shares the same passion in the kitchen as I do, she also has the same feelings about family as I do. Nothing like gathering with family, cooking and eating together! Mallory is also a Nanny for two different families, I think it’s just beautiful that you can dedicate your days to care for other people’s children, I think it takes a special person to give them the very best that you have to offer since the parents of those kiddo’s trust you with their lives! I’ve always thought that way about being Nanny. What a fascinating profession!

Now talk food!! I’ve made two of Mallory’s dish, but before I share them with you let’s talk about some that stood out to me, I’m actually going to try her Simple Chicken (well I’m using leftover turkey) Pot Pie! I’ve never made it with turkey and always wanted to so I’m giving it a go this week actually! Stay tuned! And excuse my language but HOLY CRAP you have to check out her Ultimate Bacon Sandwich, yes she had me bacon I’ll tell you! I’m destined to try this, maybe I’ll change it a bit so I won’t feel so guilty eating it however it does have avocado on it…..that helps! :)  I also wish I cam across her appetizer list before I planned my party this weekend because her Spinach Cheese Pockets really spoke to me………holy yummy!! And I would NOT feel guilty having a few of these babies. Actually now that I’m poking around her site I may may her Ranch and Ham Pinwheels they seem similar to my Salsa Roll Ups, Mallory you have to give them a shot!

OK OK now on to what I made. I wanted something to serve the night before Thanksgiving that wasn’t too crazy, yummy but good, and I’ll warn you, there is nothing healthy about either of these dishes however I tried my best to make them a little bit better, my mom, sis, husband and my daughter enjoyed both of these dishes! First Up……

Hawaiian  Ham & Cheese Sliders

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I made the onion mixture ahead of time believe it or not. I put it aside along with the slider buns, ham and cheese and when I was ready to put it all together I just whipped it up and popped it in the oven, my daughter goes to pre-school on Mon, Wed and Fri so on those days I can prepare dinner ahead of time and just pop it in the oven before her and my husband get home, this was perfect, glad that I was able to make the mixture ahead of time because it made the whole thing easier! I didn’t have dijon mustard so I used regular then I realized it was a little to “mustardy” if that is even a word so I balanced it by putting a squirt of BBQ sauce in it HA! Always improvising here! I also used half the butter, though I could have used olive oil or something healthier I could tell that the butter really gave it some taste and I was right!

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I served it with Mallory’s Crack Potatoes. Can I just say I know where the name for this dish came from because it was seriously addicting! I had a huge helping the next day for lunch! I did end up finding the cream of onion soup I didn’t have any sour cream so I had no choice, I left that out, I also used cream of celery instead of cream of chicken, not much of a difference there and I just realized……..I never even added the crunchy topping! OMG Now I have to make it again LOL, I fully planned on using the crushed corn flakes because I had them on hand. I didn’t use as much cheddar cheese, I did buy the reduced fat, and for the shredded potato I used Simply Potato from Crystal Farms. With the pan I used I used a package and a half. Just think if I thought it was so good and addicting before can you imagine how much MORE addicting it would be with the crunchiness added to it! WOW!

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So go and check out Mallory at The Blonde Can Cook and make sure you tell her this Momma sent you. Mallory thank you so much for allowing me to feature you and your blog! It’s been fun getting to know you and your cooking styles. I hope your enjoying your new little one and that you have a wonderful holiday season! Here are some more ways to connect with Ms. Mallory! Facebook**Twitter**Pinterest.

So Very Blessed – Featured Friday

 

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Friday Friday Friday!!! Hello Hello!! Another Friday upon us friends! Some of the time I have to really think about how I came across the blog that I’m featuring each week. Well this is one of those weeks. Becky joins us today from So Very Blessed! Welcome Becky! Like me Becky loves and adores food, feels drawn to take pictures of it and yes her kitchen is her happy place too!! She is a married lady, her other half is Daniel and they share two adorable pups called Roxy and Boots, too cute! Becky lives in Arizona and spends her day as a Sign Language interpreter, she finds her hands constantly signing away even if you don’t know it, so she sits on them often HA! She hopes once her husband finishes school they will get to move back home where her family resides in Colorado. I honestly have never met another person who dislikes soda! So when I got to know Becky better from her blog I couldn’t believe it!! I’m not a big fan of carbonation either!! I bet if we hung out we’d get along pretty well because Becky is planner too!!! However not so much since the kiddo’s came along, can only plan so much without a poopy diaper or tantrum to throw us all off LOL…..Anyhow I’m so glad to be featuring this lovely little blog today because she’s got some great recipes and yes I tried two, and I had a friend eat both of them too so Becky gets two reviews today!

Another thing about Becky’s blog I love too is she talks about her weight loss journey and I really really enjoyed her latest post called, “I’ll always be the fat kid.” That one was touching. She’s also got some great Party idea’s too, like her last minute Ranch Party her family through together, how super cute is that and OMG I’m so making her BBQ Sliders she made for this party oh my yumminess, she was actually an inspiration to me this week because this recipe gave me the idea to have a “Sliders” bar at my very first annual Cookie Swap I’m holding for some close friends next month, thanks girl!

OK so lets talk Recipes. This girl had my mouth watering before I even got past the Appetizer & Sides section! I’m actually making her Loaded Baked Potato Casserole tonight with my Ham however I won’t have time to write and take pictures of it so I’ll just update you all on it later! I just wish I had bacon……..oh sweet bacon. I’d like to try her Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Chicken Sausage, we love sweet potatoes and I’m always looking for a new way to serve chicken sausage, plus something about rosemary that is just awesome! Her Turkey Spinach Meatloaves. Great way to add some veggies in there for my picky one!

Now onto what I did make :) I had a play date scheduled with a friend of mine to get together and catch up, our sons are only a few months a part so it makes for a cute morning together. I wanted to bring lunch so I chose two dishes of Becky’s that I could make a head of time.

First was her Creamy Egg Salad. Mmmmmmmm I haven’t had egg salad in ages, I did substitute light mayo for the miracle whip which I thought may take away from the taste (but it didn’t) and I took 4 yolks out to make it a little healthier and I used green onions instead of chives because it’s what I had on hand. OMG!! The sweet pickle relish……it made the dish! We have a farm down the street from here that sells homemade stuff and my mom had bought my husband some sweet pickle relish because he loves it, well it was the perfect addition to this dish.

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Serve it over a salad, make yourself a sandwich or eat it whole like I did when my sandwich was finished and some had fallen out of it!! Mine made 4 large sandwiches. This. Will. Be. Made. Again.

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My friend asked if it was on my website and I said it would be Friday, well she texted me later that night asking for it early because she wanted to make it for her and her husband! I’d say that’s a great review Becky!! And I got to send someone over to your site ;) Bonus!!

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Now that is a sandwich! I use the Arnold’s Whole Wheat Sandwich buns 100 calories each! Beware……it will fall out! :)

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The other dish I made to go with this very sandwich was her Greek Quinoa Salad. Love Quinoa, love the amount of protein in it and I can make it in the microwave with my Pampered Chef Steamer in 10 min! We had a little on the side (hey better than chips!) and then the next night I had a bigger bowl and had it for dinner as is!!

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I will be making this again as one of make ahead dishes I make for my lunches for the week. So simple, my friend is so intimidating by cooking but I told her if I can cook, anyone can cook LOL!! I waited to add the feta until the end so it wouldn’t get soggy but I bet it would have been just as good if I had premixed it!!

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So that wraps up our usual Friday over here at Momma’s Meals. Thank you Becky for letting me feature you and your site, I’ll be back to whip up some more goodies of yours! Now go check out these recipes and many more and tell Becky this Momma sent you!

Frozen “Boo” Nana Pops for #SundaySupper

Well it’s Sunday and it’s almost Halloween so you know what that means right??!!! Yes a Halloween Party for #SundaySupper! Thought Halloween was never a favorite holiday of mine,  now that I have kids I have to admit I actually like it now!! Kathia over at Basic N Delicious is hosting this fabulous party this week! I can’t wait to see what everyone has made!

I have a great little treat you can whip up with your little one before Halloween at the end of next week! Or heck if you like banana’s and white chocolate this little treat is meant for you!! Happy Sunday folks!

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Next time I’ll use actual white baking chocolate, I used white chocolate chips and melted them because that’s what the recipe called for but I found they got lumpy the more I kept microwaving them to melt them more. Actual baking chocolate I think melts better, but it didn’t matter they were still delish and my little cutie pie loved them!! It’s quick and easy and something to do with your little one!

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Recipe From: Skinnytaste

What you need:

Banana’s
White chocolate
Mini chocolate chips
Popsicle sticks

What to do:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Take a banana and slice them in half length wise placing them on the parchment paper. Stick a popsicle stick into the bottom of the banana, make sure you don’t push too much or it’ll break the banana. Place in the freezer for a few hours.

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Melt the chocolate in a microwavable safe dish in 30 min intervals stirring in between each on melting the chocolate as you stir.

Swirl the frozen banana stick into the white chocolate coating the whole piece. Scrape the melted chocolate off from the back so it doesn’t show on the front. Place back on the parchment paper and immediately place two mini chocolate chips into the chocolate for the eyes.

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Repeat with each banana and freeze until the chocolate molds. Then. Enjoy!

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Here are the goodies from the rest of the party!!! It’s not too late to make one of these dishes for Halloween! :)

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