Sunday Supper

Individual Cakes w/Peanut Butter Whipped Frosting #SundaySupper

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oHappy Easter everyone! It’s one of my favorite holidays for a few reasons. First and foremost because I love getting together with my family. My cousins and I are slowly having kids so it’s so exciting to get together. Last year my cousin and I were pregnant together, this year my son and her daughter will be able to join my oldest in the Easter egg hunt!  It’s our second year hosting in our new house and I enjoy it more than any other holiday because it’s an easy meal for me to plan and make. I make the main course and desserts and everyone else brings the side dishes. Oh and of course because it means Spring is coming, even if it was 78 one day and 2 days later it snowed where I live! That’s New England at it’s finest! So today I decided to bring a dessert to the #SundaySupper table because I’ve been experimenting a lot with baking lately. Cupcakes are by far my favorite thing to make but I wanted to try something different so instead of cupcakes I poured the contents into a sheet pan and cut circles out of them, it didn’t go as planned because I wanted to stack them with a layer of the Peanut Butter whipped topping in between however the sheet pan I used made them just as thick as cupcakes! Soooo I went with it. The whole point of making these was to incorporate a healthier version of peanut butter into the topping. I’m making dessert for my family and we all are trying to eat less sugar and a bit healthier this year so using powdered peanut butter is the way to go!

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Powdered Peanut Butter?? I know what your thinking, crazy, strange, well it cuts the calories and fat by a TREMENDOUS amount! Does it taste exactly like Peanut Butter, no of course not, but it’s darn close and it’s a great healthy alternative! You can find all different kinds of brands out there, I happened to find mine at Walmart. I also know a lot of health food stores caries and you can buy it on Amazon too. When making regular peanut butter to spread on toast you simply add water, in this recipe you are adding the powder directly to the cool whip and mixing it together to give it that creamy peanut butter taste!

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 Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • one container of frozen light whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 tbsp. of powdered peanut butter (I used PB2)
  • M&M’s or decorations of your choice

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard cupcake tin that holds 12 with cupcake liners. (or you can use a larger sheet pan than I used to stack them like I planned to!)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.  Mix milk and vanilla in a measuring cup and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. With mixer on low speed, add half of dry ingredients, followed by milk-vanilla mixture, then remaining dry ingredients. Be sure to not over mix here.
  4. Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups, a 1/4 measuring cup is a great way to make these perfect.
  5. Place tin on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a cupcake comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool cupcakes 5 minutes in tin, then remove and cool completely before frosting.
  6. While the cupcakes cook, add 3 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter to the thawed whipped topping. Just keep stirrung for a few minutes to make sure it mixes well. Frost cupcakes and decorate with M&M’s or any other candies! I also used a plastic bag with the tip snipped to make these pretty instead of frosting by hand.

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 I hope my family enjoys these, feel free to use any cupcake recipe with this topping, for my family I plan on going sugar free! My mom said the sugar free ones were really good!! It just makes me feel a lot better indulging or allowing my kiddo’s to indulge when they are lower in sugar! Trust me, you don’t want to see my three and a half year old after a bunch of sugar!!

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Let’s see what everyone else brought to the table for this wonderful Easter/Passover event:

Cannoli Stuffed French Toast for #SundaySupper

Cannoli Stuffed French Toast8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oHappy Sunday everyone!! Spring has Sprung where we live in New England! I don’t know about you but when the Spring weather is upon us I get the jitters to bake and make breakfast! I know I know, crazy but this is my fourth Spring since I’ve realized how happy the kitchen makes me so I must admit I’m guilty of these Spring time treats I must whip up! When #SundaySupper came up with the theme of Stuffed, Roll or Wrap I knew exactly what I was going to make!! So a special thanks to Amy of kimchi MOM!! I’ve had this recipe in mind since I saw it on a cooking show I tune into every now and again called The Hungry Girl. I made some changes to make it to my families liking so feel free to adjust to what yours would love!  I’ve made a few recipes of hers, and this one I knew my family would fall all over. Though they tasted like a piece of heaven in my mouth, the pictures aren’t so great so I apologize for that. I realized that they weren’t easy to photograph. I decided to go with this recipe and share it anyways because I think it’s a fabulous idea and it was super YUMMY! So yes I bounded down the stairs Sunday morning after laying in bed for an hour (my husband treats me to that every week aren’t I a lucky Momma bear??!!) I could hear my children happily playing with Daddy so I said, how about breakfast guys!?? Of course I got clapping and yes pleases all around.

Serves: 3
Ingredients:

1/2 cup of reduced fat ricotta cheese
6 tsp. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used peanut butter chips)
3 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
3 tbsp. of stevia (or sugar)
3 hot dog buns (or low calorie buns)
1 egg
3 egg whites
Sprinkles of cinnamon & sugar (I used my Dixie Crystals shaker)
4 tsp. light whipped butter
powdered sugar for decorating

What to do:

In a small bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, sugar, and cinnamon sugar. Fold in chocolate chips. Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat the egg with the egg whites. Set aside.

Stuff the hot dog rolls with the ricotta cheese mixture and slice them into 4 nuggets.

Place the butter in a sautee/frying pan and place on medium heat. While the butter melts start dunking the nuggets into the egg mixture and add them to the pan one by one. Flip them cooking all sides, yes the mixture will come out here and there.

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Keep flipping until all sides are cooked, remove them and place them on a serving plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

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 Now let’s see what everyone else WRAPPED, ROLLED OR STUFFED this week!!

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Poached Pear Bread with Dixie Crystals & #SundaySupper

15453 Std Manual CoverSince I’m still mastering this thing called baking, I tend to have to repeat recipes. Sometimes the second one comes out better than the first and sometimes it comes out A LOT worse than the first. When I find one I’ve mastered a few times it becomes a favorite that I go back to over and over again for my family. When the SundaySupper group said they were partnering up with Dixie Crystals, bringing you the theme of, Springtime Sweets, I knew I had to try something different. For some reason I love baking in the Fall and Spring, call me crazy but Spring just makes me want to bake tasty, sweet and delicious treats. While flipping through one of my favorite cooking magazines I came across a picture that lured me right in! I knew I had to create something like this, since it didn’t come with the recipe, nope it didn’t, I needed to go on-line to get it however it also said I could use my own bread recipe to make this fabulous recipe. I figured I’d have the best of both worlds I’d get to make something I know I’ve mastered, but put a spin on it.  I then had my Ah Ha moment of what I’d be bringing to the SundaySupper table this week using Dixie Crystals Sugar. When I received my package in the mail I couldn’t believe how heavy it was! I thought I’d have enough sugar to last a lifetime so you can imagine my surprise when I opened the box and saw all sorts of goodies, dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, white sugar, powdered sugar plus more! I know I always say I like cooking better than baking, I probably always will but now I’ve got to get my bake on.

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This post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals. All opinions are my own.

Ingredients:
4 ripe medium bananas, mashed
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1  1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, separated
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 large egg whites
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 Bosc pears (usually it calls for 3 but a little someone in my home got to one before I baked this!)
Pam baking spray

Preparation:    

Preheat oven to 325°. Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with baking spray. Trim the bottom of the pears by about 1/2 inch. This allows them to sit flat in the pan. Measure out 1/4 cup of flour on a flat plate and dust the pears leaving the tops clear since this will be the part that peaks over the top of the bread. I just used my hands. Set aside.

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In a medium bowl, combine the remaining flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer.

Add egg whites, bananas, apple sauce and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl and mix again. Do not over mix.

Pour batter into loaf pan and place the pears into the batter leaving the top poking out. bake on the center rack for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. (My oven took the 50 min but I checked it at 45)

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Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.

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I’m so amazed I was able to do this and have it taste amazing the first time around! Maybe I’m finally getting this baking thing and thanks to Dixie Crystals I have plenty of supplies so I can try a different bread recipe with it next time! Go and connect with Dixie Crystals now!

**Dixie Crystals Website**  ** Facebook**   ** Pinterest**   **Instagram**

Why you ask?? Well because they are a platinum sponsor of the Food and Wine Conference and they are holding a Brownie Dessert Contest.  If you like to bake then this contest is for you and you should go and check it NOW,  the winner gets a bunch of things including:

  • $500 gift card
  • Reimbursement for their full conference pass to the Food and Wine Conference in Orlando, FL.
  • The dessert will be a featured dessert of the conference.
  • The recipe also may be featured on both the Dixie Crystals and Imperial Sugar websites.

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Make sure you check out the other Springtime Sweets that these food bloggers brought to the party today!!

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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Broccoli, Mushroom & Rice Casserole for #SundaySupper

Broccoli, Mushroom & Rice Casserole (9)Soooooo Meatless Meals, I’m going to admit that I love meat, most of it, I’ve often thought about going the vegetarian route just to see if I could do it, my best friend actually did it for 3 weeks after the New Year and she said it wasn’t as hard as she thought it would be, I cook a lot of chicken, I try to only have beef one night a week so that leaves 1-2 nights a week of meatless dishes. I could literally live on pasta but seeing as it’s not the healthiest option in the world I continue to cook meat! I’m sure excited to see these dishes because since I’m hosting this event I’ve been looking at the titles and drooling over them all week!

A lot of people I know are Vegetarians or Vegans, it’s why I have a section on my blog for those recipes. When we invite friends over for a get together or a party I always make sure there is something on the menu for everyone. I respect everyone and anyone for there food choices and I’ll always make sure I have recipes here for everyone. Since having my second baby last summer and realizing my husband and I aren’t getting any younger (can you believe it) I’ve been trying to get my family even healthier than I thought we were. I don’t 8387592742_f6164fd5a8_obelieve in never having chocolate again, or pizza even, I think I’d go through withdrawals if I had to give up pizza! However cutting out all processed foods and adding more fresh fruits and veggies to our diets is what I’m shooting for this Summer. Whether you choose meat or not there are always ways to stay fit and healthy! So let’s enjoy these Meatless this week!

Now let me share what I decided to bring to the table for this weeks #SundaySupper. I’m pretty addicted to making my own rice pilafs, cream of anythings soups, and sauces made of veggies these days so here is one “rice pilaf” I experimented with that was fabulous! I’m keeping it on the healthy side so feel free to go outside the box if you want!

Broccoli, Mushroom & Rice Casserole
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

8 large broccoli florets (minus stalks)
8 mushrooms (any kind I used Crimini)
1/2 onion
3 tbsp of fresh basil, minced (or 1 tbsp of dried)
2 cups of cooked brown rice (or white)
2 tbsp of olive oil
1/4 cup of fat free milk
1/2 cup of reduced fat Parmesan cheese
2 egg whites
Salt and Pepper

What to do:

I prepared this casserole in no time because I always chop my veggies once or twice a week and store them in the fridge for go to recipes like this. Chop broccoli, onions and mushrooms into small pieces. Sautee onion in olive oil for 5 minutes, add mushrooms and broccoli and sautee for another 5 minutes. Meanwhile cook the rice (2 cups of prepared brown rice actually equals one bag of cooked brown rice). Preheat oven to 350.

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In a casserole dish mix together the cooked rice, sauteed veggies and minced basil.

In a separate bowl whisk together the milk, egg whites, salt and pepper to your liking and stir in Parmesan cheese. Pour mixture into the casserole and mix to combine.

Cook casserole uncovered for 20 minutes. Cover with tinfoil and cook for another 10 minutes. If it hasn’t browned feel free to cook totally uncovered however mine started to brown so I covered it to finish.

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Nutritional Value: Please note this is an approximation.

Calories: 165 - Total Fat: 4 gm - Sodium: 135 mg - Carbohydrates: 26 gm - Dietary fiber: 3 gm - Sugars: 2 gm - Protein: 9 gm

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Now……onto what everyone else brought to the dinner table this week!

Salads, Soups, Stews and Starters

“Meat”balls

Pastas, Pizzas and Casseroles

Burgers

Tacos & Everything Wrapped

Other Main and Side Dishes

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Meatless Meals for #SundaySupper this week!

SundaySupperHappy Thursday everyone! I’m pretty excited, so excited that I just had to tell you all about the #SundaySupper theme this week. Meatless Meals…… and I’m hosting! I have a hosted a few fun events in the past and when I saw this one still needed a host I thought why not I LOVE meatless dishes! We are talking a pretty talented group of foodies here my friends so this is one event you will NOT want to miss. I can only imagine what is to come of these mouth watering meatless dishes we have lined up for you!

I’m getting my “Pinning” hand ready because I have a feeling I’m going to be pinning a lot of dishes to try in the upcoming weeks as we all gear to get fit and healthy for Spring or if you celebrate Lent, you’ll want to mark your favorite dishes now so your prepared for those upcoming meatless Friday’s. So please do come back this Sunday, the 9th and check out the direct links to these fabulous dishes. Read through them now and mark off the ones you’ll be back for on Sunday to try! From meat free appetizers, scrumptious pasta dishes to all the no meat taco’s you can eat this is where the party will be this week! Grab a fork and pull up a chair.

Salads, Soups, Stews and Starters

“Meat”balls

Pastas, Pizzas and Casseroles

Burgers

Tacos & Everything Wrapped

Other Main and Side Dishes

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Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday!
 We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

Mardi Gras Recipes for #SundaySupper

Mardi Gras Cajun Rice (6)Happy Sunday everyone! I don’t know a lot about Mardi Gras to be honest with you. All I do know is that it’s a carnival/party of some sort that is thrown most famously in New Orleans. I have often seen some crazy outfits, out of control people doing silly things but one thing is for sure, like most parties, it comes with great food!! I had to look up recipes most commonly celebrated with Mardi Gras I have to admit. I was surprised to discover that a lot of Mardi Gras food choices consist of Cajun or spicy foods! I was super excited to discover this because well we love a good kick in this home! Sooooooooooooo let’s thank Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this super fun event! I seriously can not wait to check out these recipes and Pin some of them to my new “MUST TRY” pinterest board!Hurricane

I actually made two things for this event but decided on the food one verses the beverage one because well it was awesome!! So good that I had it for lunch 3 more days later that week as an actual dish when it was meant as a side dish. I pulled out the Baked Chicken Egg Rolls I made a few months ago to have for dinner and just needed that perfect side dish to go along with it. My new favorite thing to do is make all different kinds of rice pilaf’s from scratch. I don’t know why but I love doing it. I then came across a recipe from a fellow friend blogger of mine that is a nutritionist, so when this girl says it’s healthy and filling, I’m going to trust her. Plus, she lives in New England like me so I like her that much more! Thank you Julia for giving me inspiration for this dish!!

Serves: 4 Main 6 Sides
Recipe Adapted From: Juggling with Julia
Cook Time: 15 Min

Cajun Rice & Beans

2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
One 14 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups prepared mild salsa
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 tbsp of Cajun seasoning (depending on the kick you’d like less or more)

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What to do:

In a medium sauce pan sautee the onion and yellow peppers on medium heat tossing to coat for 5-8 min. Add chopped garlic and sautee for 3-5 more minutes. Add the salsa, beans, rice, seasoning and stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn to low and let simmer for 5 minutes allowing the flavors to mingle. Then you get this deliciousness!

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This had the perfect amount of heat for me, I like medium. You can always add less or more Cajun seasoning so use your own judgement. My husband recently asked me for more bean dishes so this one was created with him in mind, this can easily be a main dish or add some chicken to it if you’d like!

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Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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So let’s go check out what everyone else brought to the supper table today! Let’s get this party started!

Cocktails & Other Beverages:

Appetizers:

Main Dishes:

Side Dishes:

Desserts:

A Chili Cook Off for #SundaySupper

Daddy's Favorite Chili (1)Happy Sunday everyone!! Today is a pretty special Sunday……..why you ask? Well have you ever been to a Chili Cook Off? Have you ever took part in one? Well I have to be honest and say I haven’t. I’ve always wanted to but honestly every time I make Chili, I make it differently, I can’t seem to make it the same…….until one day when I hosted a Cookie Swap for all of my Momma friends and I made this Chili for the guys. My husband told me that it was by far the best Chili he had ever had…….so I went on a mission to duplicate that very recipe I made that day. Thank goodness I take pictures of almost everything I attempt to make and that I remembered everything that went into this dish. Obviously you can see why I came up with Daddy’s Favorite Chili for my title! So this is your chance to attend a Chili Cook Off! You don’t even have to leave your home. You get to browse through a bunch of mouth watering, heart warming, and soul satisfying Chili’s right here today!

2014_FW_attendee150x150Heather from girlichef is The new Sunday Supper Movement Magazine Editor and she is hosting this fabulous event over on the Sunday Supper Movement’s website! I know what your thinking, how can I vote if I can’t taste these amazing dishes? Well simple. Your a foodie right? Well if you didn’t love food like I do you probably wouldn’t be reading my blog right now so here is how you do it folks. Read the recipe, look at the picture and close your eyes, let that recipe get into your head and before you know it, you’ll be tasting it. What’s the point of a contest if we can’t win something you ask? Well we do win something. The blog/recipe with the most votes will be winning a FREE pass to this years Food and Wine Conference in the sunny place of Orlando, Florida! The voting is open until Thursday Feb 27th so you have plenty of time! What is this conference all about you ask? Well imagine a bunch of food bloggers, a bunch of wine bloggers, a handful of cooking professionals, food authors and all the knowledge to create and run a successful blog in one building for one whole weekend….. there you have it!  I really wanted to go last year but couldn’t since I was days away from having my son. My husband promised me we’d make a family vacation out of it this year so I could attend and finally meet these fabulous people face to face since they feel like family at this point. However, money is tight, things come up and expenses just never end. I’m still holding onto hope that I’ll be able to attend, it’s not out of the question yet, this win would really help get me there! So come on over and VOTE!! Let me proudly post this badge all over my site!

Some people may think it’s cheating because I use a Slow Cooker and spice packet but I put just as much love into this dish, who doesn’t love simple?! I made it this past weekend for my family and friends for our first annual ice skating party on the lake we live on and one of my friends said “This is the perfect Chili……. just the right amounts of spice!”

Will YOU be a part of the #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off judges panel this week? Voting is live at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine starting now and concluding (fittingly) on February 27 – National Chili Day! Browse the submissions and cast your vote by clicking HERE! PLEASE NOTE: THE VOTE BUTTON FOR MY CHILI IS ABOVE MY PICTURE!! VOTE NOW!

Daddy’s Favorite Chili
Recipe: Momma’s Meals
Serves: A Crowd

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What you’ll need:

2 cans of chili beans (I use Bush’s)
2 cans of great northern beans
1 lb. of ground pork
1 lb. of ground sirloin
2 small cans of green chili’s
1 small onion, diced
Drizzle of olive oil
1 packet of Chili seasoning (like McCormick’s)
Red pepper flakes
Shredded cheddar cheese for topping

What to do:

Add the diced onion to a saute pan and add a drizzle of olive oil to them. Saute on low-medium for five minutes. Add in the ground pork and ground sirloin breaking up the meat. Add half of the seasoning packet to the meat mixture and saute until meat is cooked through.

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Meanwhile line a slow cooker with a liner (this is one of those dishes it’s worth pulling out a liner for!) Add the beans, green chili’s and the remaining seasoning packet. Give the red pepper a few shakes (this is where you can spice it up to your liking) .

Once the meat mixture is cooked through, add it to the slow cooker and mix to combine. Feel free to add more red pepper here. Keep it on low for a few hours and serve with shredded cheddar cheese and the canister of red pepper flakes. I kept mine on warm all day and everyone helped themselves.

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Grab your pens and pencils, cup of coffee and start making your grocery list now to make one of these fabulous dishes. For mine, it’s simple, it’s hearty yet light at the same time.

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Beef and Bison Chili

Pork Chili

Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chili

Mixed (meat combo) Chili

Fish and Seafood Chili

Vegetarian Chili

Twist-on-Chili

Best Wines To Pair with Chili #SundaySupper from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

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Southwestern Meatballs Wrapped in Bacon #SundaySupper

When this weeks theme of Valentine’s Day Recipes for Two came up for #SundaySupper, I knew right away what I had planned to share with everyone. I made these for my husband and I for one of our Date Nights In. Anyone who knows me knows that Date Nights are very important to me because we have two little ones and making time to still be a couple is very important for any marriage never mind a marriage with small children. So every once in awhile I plan one of these date nights for my husband and I. This particular weekend I went all out. I decorated a table, made appetizers, salads, a main dish and a dessert. We had a very nice night minus one kiddo while she spent the night at Memere’s house. Now granted I haven’t made a date night as nice as this since October however I still plan our nice dinners to eat alone once the kids are in bed, so maybe that should give me a reminder to make something as nice and romantic as this again very soon for us. Hmmm…….maybe I could get a new recipe Idea from this theme hosted by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen, thank you Susan for hosting this fabulous event today.

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I like to make it special for my hunny. So I made a nice menu, don’t ask how I found time to do this, I haven’t since, however I vow to do it again soon because it was a real nice night. My husband got to spend time with our infant son alone while I cooked. I did spend from 2-7 in the kitchen preparing however it’s where I’m the happiest. When I thought of this appetizer I wanted something that tasted like a bite of a juicy but healthier hamburger! What is a hamburger without bacon??!

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Serves: 2 (8 meatballs)
Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 8 slices of center cut bacon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • pinch oregano
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • cooking spray

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl combine turkey, chopped herbs, bread crumbs, scallions, garlic egg, cumin, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix well and measure into eight large meatballs.

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Wrap each meatball with a piece of bacon and secure with a tooth pick. Place on the parchment paper. Bake for 40-45 min until the bacon is cooked to your likeness.

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For a dipping sauce mix a few tablespoons of ketchup, mustard and relish together. Makes the perfect sauce for your perfect bite!

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8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oThese foodie friends from #SundaySupper have brought you quite the recipes to cook for two! Grab yourself a glass of wine or a special cocktail and get pinning on what recipe you could make your someone special this year for a fun night or romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner!

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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Exquisite Entrees:

Decadent Desserts and Drinks:

Easy Nacho Bar for a #SundaySupper Game Day!

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oHappy Sunday everyone!! Even though New England’s Football team didn’t make it this year to the Superbowl I still wanted to take part in this weeks even for a few reasons. One, I miss #SundaySupper, I took a few weeks off and two because of the theme!! Game Day treats! This event is being hosted by Heather over at Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks. Thanks for hosting Heather!  I will use every and all excuses to make snacks! I love making snacks, a bunch of things to pick on when having family and friends over. I’ll admit, football and I, we don’t get along. I’ve tried numerous times to understand the game, I’m not sure if it’s because I just like to talk too much and I can’t pay attention or if I simply just don’t get it! I don’t mind baseball and hockey because I get it……I don’t mind watching a game here and there with my husband, however using every excuse I can to prep, cook and eat some awesome snacks, makes me like any Game Day! Hey it’s a win win for anyone that comes to my house for a game, they know they will always get yummy goodies. When I entertain with friends or family I often put together a few dishes because I just love making Appetizers. The Appetizers posted here are only maybe a third of what I’ve actually made, however I do tend to always make the same ones. That brings me to the dish I decided to share with you today. Easy Nacho Bar (3)

Who doesn’t love a good nacho?? So why not set up a Nacho bar and serve toppings so everyone can make them to their own liking. I’ve served this a few times now at family parties so let me walk you through what I do. For the main ingredients you only need three things. A bag of tortilla chips, a block of Velveeta cheese and a can of Rotel tomatoes with green chili’s in them. (you can by Rotel diced tomatoes without the chili’s as well, I’ve made it that way too.) Simple isn’t it??!

The rest is up to you! What toppings do you like on your nacho’s? Make a small dish of each prepared topping and put them out with your Nacho’s. I find that when I use my crockpot to make the cheese it stays warm and melts really well in it. I then transfer it to my appetizer crockpot warmer but you can always just keep it in a crock pot. I like my appetizer warmer because I can add ground seasoned meats in the other two! Here is what you will need to set up your bar:

Main Ingredients: Rotel

16 oz of Velveeta Cheese (they make reduced fat now too!)
1 can of Rotel diced tomatoes with chili’s
1 bag of your favorite nacho chips

Toppings:

Ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning
Diced chicken seasoned with fajita seasoning
Sour Cream
Avocado’s
Diced Tomatoes
Crumbled Bacon
Green Onions
Shredded cheese
Pulled Pork

You name it you can put it on Nacho’s! I made a plate for my husband and I for NYE this year, I just used what I had in the house and put it on a large serving plate and we dug in. When serving it to friends it’s nice because they can put whatever toppings they like on it. Hey some people can be picky with their Nacho’s, me not so much. This is a good excuse for me to use my cutesy small dishes I have! Now dig in!

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Grab your grocery list because you are going to want to make some of these dishes for your next Game Day Celebration! It’s not too late to go pick up some things now for today’s game!

Make sure you check out all the Game Day deliciousness we are sharing this Sunday!

Game Day Appetizers:

Game Day Entrees:



Game Day Desserts:

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Chicken & Rice Dinner in the Crock for #SundaySupper

8387592742_f6164fd5a8_oToday we are saying Happy Birthday to our dear #SundaySupper family!! I can’t even believe it. I started taking part in this weekly celebration of food and family in May of 2011, I had no idea that the #SundaySupper movement has only been around for two years. So a little after a year it all began this fabulous group invited me with open arms to take part in breaking bread and making Sunday Supper as important in my home as it is in theirs. So instead of singing happy birthday we have all decided to share a #SundaySupper moment that really means something to us. I thought about this long and hard, there have been some great themes, plenty of things I’ve learnt, whether it was in cooking, writing or blogging, and most importantly I’ve gained some wonderful relationships along the way. So with that being said it brings me to my favorite memory of this little family I’ve gained over the last two years.

The Family. The People. I can’t believe how caring and sweet each one of these people are that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. We all know how it feels to be foodies and/or bloggers, so why not offer advice and a hand to hold a long the way. I went back to my very first post and thought about remaking that dish, then I thought about making one of the recipes from that very post, and then that brought me to Nicole. The girl who introduced me to this movement. I don’t even really remember how I virtually met Nicole however she reached out to me and explained how it worked and before I knew it, I was part of this wonderful family. Nicole is the Momma, blogger and food lover behind Daily Dish Recipes. I even went back on some emails that Nicole and I shared back and forth over the past year or so, which reminded me how much I miss that Momma!! I guess life gets busy and as a mother of five I can only imagine what this girl has got going on but anyways I was quickly reminded of the blessings in my life so I decided to visit Nicole and make one of her awesome recipes, if you remember correctly I featured Nicole a few months after I started my Featured Friday’s. Picking a recipe was challenging to say the least. After our oil tank decided to fail inspection and we made the decision to go with propane our oven decided to fail as well. Fun Fun. So I did what any Momma would do, I broke out the crock pot and jumped on a recipe of Nicole’s that I could make! I chose her Crockpot Chicken Spaghetti. I was super excited for this dish………however it didn’t go as planned. Of course not. The heat guys were here doing the installation they needed to give us propane so they had to shut the gas off, which meant I had no way of boiling the water I needed to make the actual spaghetti, so I was forced to make a few changes. It then became Chicken & Rice Dinner in the Crock.

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Ingredients:

1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of diced tomatoes
8 oz of fat free chicken broth
salt & pepper
garlic salt
3 large chicken breasts
2 cups of cooked brown rice
4 tbsp of butter, melted
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
1-2 cups of fresh spinach

What to do:

I started with the beginning part of Nicole’s recipe, well I cut it in half to make less servings, hey she has 5 kiddo’s I have one that eats…….if you can even call it that. Combine the cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, melted butter, Parmesan cheese and garlic salt in the crock pot and stir to combine. I had a little helper :)

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Season chicken with salt and pepper and lay it in the middle of the mixture. I cooked it on low for 5 hours.

Take the chicken out and shred it with two forks. I then cooked two cups of brown rice in 1 and 3/4 cup of water in my steamer for half of the recommended time. So if your boiling a bag, just cook it half way through.

Add the shredded chicken back to the crock, add the rice, 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and 1-2 cups of fresh spinach (use as much as you prefer) stir to combine, turn to high and let it cook for 45 min, this thickens it a bit. At first I thought it was going to turn into a stew but the cheese, rice and spinach really helped thicken it up.

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I was so bummed when I couldn’t follow Nicole’s recipe to a tee, but I guess that happens in the kitchen from time to time, we are forced to compromise! My husband went back for seconds and I had it for lunch all week! It was awesome, the extra added shredded cheese on top really made it complete. I can see where this would be so awesome with spaghetti so I’m going to make it Nicole’s way very soon!!

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Let’s see what everyone else brought to celebrate this wonderful birthday. I’m so happy to be a part of this celebration, what a great thing for Isabel, the founder of the #SundaySupperto be proud of!

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Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy! You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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