Recipes

Big Mac Salad

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If you love a Big Mac Sandwich, but not all of the calories, then you will thoroughly enjoy this recipe for Big Mac Salad. It has all the yummy flavors without the guilt! My entire family loves this one! Try it and let me know what you think!

Ingredients 

  • 8oz Lettuce 
  • 1lb Browned Ground Beef
  • 1 Cup Diced Tomatoes 
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • 1/2 Cup Pickles 
  • 1 Onion (Diced)
  • 1Tbs Sesame Seeds 
  • Thousand Island Dressing 

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, tomatoes, & ground beef.
  2. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.
  3. Drizzle with thousand island dressing & enjoy. 

Teddy Bear Yogurt Bowls

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Are you looking for a way to get the kiddos to eat more fruit? These Teddy Bear Yogurt Bowls are not only easy to prepare, but everyone in your house is sure to gobble them up!

Ingredients: 

  • Yogurt 
  • 3 Blueberries 
  • 3 Banana Slices 

Instructions:

  1. Pour the yogurt into a round bowl.
  2. Place 1 banana slice in each upper corner to create bear ears.
  3. Take two blueberries and place them onto the yogurt for eyes.
  4. Add the third banana slice onto the yogurt to create a bear nose & then place a blueberry on top.
  5. Enjoy!

Christmas M&M Bark

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If you need an easy and yummy dessert to bring to your next holiday party, be sure to check out this Christmas M&M Bark. It only requires THREE ingredients!

CHRISTMAS M&M BARK

Ingredients 

  • 10oz Bag Chocolate Chips
  • Christmas M&M’s 
  • Cooking Spray 
  • Parchment Paper
  1. Turn stove onto medium heat. 
  2. Place chocolate chips into a pan. 
  3. Spray with cooking spray & stir the chocolate chips until they fully melt. 
  4. Pour the melted chocolate onto a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Place the Christmas M&Ms onto the chocolate.
  6. Place in the refrigerator to harden.
  7. Once the chocolate has fully hardened, break into pieces and enjoy! 

 

 

Pumpkin Patch Brownies

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If you are looking for an easy yet delicious fall dessert to bring for Thanksgiving Dinner or an upcoming potluck, these Pumpkin Patch Brownies couldn’t be easier! They are put together with pre-made brownies so anyone can do it!

Pumpkin Patch Brownies 

Ingredients:

Pre-made brownies from the grocery store

Green Icing

Cany Pumpkins

 

Instructions:

  1. Take the green icing and swirl it around your brownie to create pumpkin vines.
  2. Place the candy pumpkins on the brownie using the green icing as a glue to create a pumpkin patch.
  3. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Sweet Onion Baked Chicken with RealSweet Onions + Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This post is sponsored by RealSweet Onions. All comments and opinions are my own.

Cancer.

It’s a word that we hope to never hear for ourselves or for those that we love.

When my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago, I remember feeling scared and overwhelmed for her. We have known each other for well over 20 years, and she has been that friend to whom I can tell anything. In fact, we joke that we are Lucy and Ethel, and share such a special bond. She had listened to me through some difficult times in my life, and now it was my turn to do so. I knew that the challenges and difficulties that she would be faced with along her road to recovery would be difficult, but I would be there for her every step of the way.

It is hard to know how to respond to a friend with cancer; how do you help them; how do you talk to them about the situation? The most important thing that you can do for that friend or family member is by just being there for them. Find meaningful ways to help them along their journey. A card, flowers, a meal, whatever you can do to let that friend know that you are there for them during the darkest days of their life. Treat your friend with normalcy. Their diagnosis does not change the person that they are, and most certainly not your friendship.

Thankfully, my best friend is cancer free today. She is one of the strongest people that I know. She went through, chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy, and even cancer in her thyroid. I know that these times were challenging for her, but she faced them with such dignity, strength, and grace. I am so thankful that we have many years of friendship ahead of us! I am also thankful for companies that help to bring awareness and support the fight against breast cancer.

Shuman Farms, RealSweet Onions are making a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer. Not only have they donated over $110,000 since 2009, but for the past 13 years, during the month of October, their entire line of onions goes pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. You can look for their special pink bags at your local grocery store. In addition, the stickers that you will see on the onions are also pink to show their support for a cause that has touched so many of their lives too. In addition to supporting and donating to the fight against breast cancer, RealSweet Onions also likes to educate their consumers on how to eat a nutritious diet filled with fruits and veggies to help fight diseases like cancer.

Did you know that sweet onions are filled with an excellent source of cancer-fighting antioxidants like quercetin and allicin? Quercetin is a natural antioxidant found in sweet onions that helps zinc get to the center of your body’s cells, where it can then aid in preventing viruses from reproducing. Bring on the sweet onions!

I was so honored when asked to partner with RealSweet Onions, and to create a recipe with their delicious onions! Sweet Onion Baked Chicken couldn’t be easier to prepare, and it is sure to be a new favorite that your family will ask for again and again. If you love French Onion Soup, then you will love this dish! It tastes just like French Onion Soup with the addition of the chicken. Sop up all the juices in the pan with a nice crusty loaf of bread and you are all set! My three guys loved it, and there were no leftovers!

Sweet Onion Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons butter

2 pounds sweet onions, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

½ tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos

¾ teaspoon fresh thyme, finely chopped

3-4 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

1 bag of shredded mozzarella, provolone cheese blend

1/2 cup beef broth

Salt/pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt the butter in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat.

Add the onions and cook until tender and soft. You will want them to be almost caramelized and a light brown color. Add the Bragg Liquid Aminos. Stir and continue cooking for several minutes.

Add the garlic and thyme. Cook for another minute.

While the onions continue to cook, add the chicken breasts in a baking dish. Season with salt/pepper to taste.

Place the cooked onions in the baking dish with the chicken. Divide them evenly between the chicken breasts.

Pour the beef broth around the chicken.

Sprinkle the shredded cheese evenly on the top of the chicken and onions.

Bake at 350 degrees until chicken is cooked through and the cheese is melted and starting to get golden brown.

Serve and enjoy!

Fresh Fruit Slushies

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Are you looking for a delicious treat to cool off with this Summer? These Fresh Fruit Slushies are sure to be a hit with everyone in your house! Not only are they delicious, but also healthy and super easy to prepare! I also love that this is kid-friendly, so you can have them help you!

Fresh Fruit Slushies 

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Ingredients:
  • 5-6 large strawberries (greens removed)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups ice

Directions:
  1. Prepare and wash all of your fruit.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until ice is crushed.
  3. Pour into favorite glasses and enjoy!

Italian Turkey Sausage and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner

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One of my absolute easy, quick, and delicious dinners is a Sheet Pan Meal. You just throw everything on the pan, put it in the oven, and dinner is served! This recipe for Italian Turkey Sausage and Veggie Sheet Pan Dinner is packed full of flavor in every bite! I love that you can really customize it and use whatever veggies that you have in the fridge at the moment. This is a great meal too if you are watching your calories and doing a program like Weight Watchers.

Ingredients: 

1 package of Butterball Italian Turkey Sausage (you could use regular Italian Sausage as well, but these have less fat) I personally have to use 2 packs of sausages when I make this meal as my boys like to eat. 🙂

Chopped up Veggies (use whatever you have on hand. I used broccoli, peppers, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, and zucchini.

Drizzle of olive oil to coat everything

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients on a sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil making sure all the veggies and sausages are coated.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook at 350 degrees for around 20 minutes or until sausages and veggies are cooked through.

Enjoy!

Açaí Berry Smoothie Bowl

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When it comes to my favorite things, Açaí Bowls are at the top of my list! They can be rather pricey when you buy them at your favorite coffee shop, so I started making them at home. They are just as delicious, and I love that you can add your personal touch! This recipe for Açaí Berry Smoothie Bowl is so easy and delicious! Feel free to substitute the quicking oats for your favorite granola! 

Açaí Berry Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients: 

Smoothie 

  • 2 Frozen Packets Açaí  (find in the frozen section of any grocery store)
  • 1 Banana 
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Berries 

Toppings: 

  • Banana Slices
  • Quick Oats
  • Blue Berries 
  • Sliced Strawberries 
  1. Place 1 banana, 1/2 cup berries, açaí packets & 1/4 Almond Milk into the blender.
  2. Once blended, pour into a bowl.
  3. Top with banana slices, oats, blueberries & sliced strawberries. Enjoy! 

Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

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Sheet Pan Dinners are my life these days. I love how they allow me to get a quick and healthy dinner on the table in no time at all. This Sheet Pan recipe for Lemon Chicken is a new fave! Every bit is packed full of delicious flavor that your entire family is sure to love!

Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients: 

  • 1Lb Red Potatoes Cut Into 1inch Pieces
  • Avocado Oil Cooking Spray
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2Lbs Thin Asparagus Cut Into 1-2inch Pieces
  • 1 1/2 Lbs Chicken Breasts Cut Into Cubes
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic 
  • 1 Lemon 

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the red potatoes out on a sheetpan. Spray the potatoes with avocado cooking spray then sprinkle with garlic, salt & pepper to your liking. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
  3. While potatoes are baking, toss asparagus & chicken into a mixing bowl. Squeeze half of a lemon into the bowl and then sprinkle the rest of the garlic, salt & pepper into the bowl. 
  4. Toss to coat, then transfer to the sheet pan with the potatoes. 
  5. Place the sheet pan back in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.
  6. While the Sheet pan is in the oven, slice up the second half of the lemon into cubes. 
  7. Once sheet pan is fully cooked, remove from oven and place the cubed lemon pieces onto the sheet pan. You can squeeze the lemons before eating for extra flavor!

Valentine’s Heart Hot Chocolate Bombs

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Are you searching for a last-minute Valentine’s Day treat for the family? These Valentine’s Heart Chocolate Bombs are sure to be a winner! They are super easy to make, and very delicious! 

Valentine’s Heart Chocolate Bombs

Ingredients 

  • 12oz Bag White Candy Melts
  • 1 Tbsp Hot Chocolate Per Bomb 
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • White icing 
  • Valentine’s Heart Sprinkles (Walmart, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s)
  • 6 Sphere Silicon Mold (found HERE

Instructions:

  1. Pour candy melts into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds or until melts have fully melted.
  2. Spread the candy melts up the sides of the mold until every bit of the mold is covered.
  3. Let the molds sit for about 5 minutes & re-spread any of the candy melts that sank to the bottom of the molds.
  4. Place the molds in the refrigerator for about 30-45 minutes.
  5. Once set, carefully remove the candy melt spheres from the mold. 
  6. Fill the half of the spheres with the hot cocoa powder, sprinkles& marshmallows.
  7. Place a glass plate in the microwave for one minute. 
  8. Remove the plate and immediately place each chocolate sphere on the hot place to heat the edges.
  9. Place each heated sphere on each filled sphere. You can use the tip of your finger to smooth the melted candy around the seam.
  10. Take the icing and draw lines back and forth on the top of your sphere.
  11. Place the hearts on the hit chocolate bomb using the icing as glue.