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Main Courses - Recipes

Instant Pot Spaghetti  Recipe

February 23, 2017

*This post does contain affiliate links, thank you for your support.easy instant pot recipeThe Instant Pot is so incredible. The most important thing to remember is that once you close the lid, it’s not going to immediately take 4-10 minutes depending on what you’re cooking. You need to allow your Instant Pot to come to temperature and then add the cooking time. It usually takes about 10 additional minutes to have it come to temperature. I try to add warm water and have my ingredients the warmest they can be to cut down on that. For this Instant Pot Spaghetti, I kept the sauté function on to warm my pre-cooked beef and kept it on as I placed the other ingredients in and placed the lid on top. This just helped things warm a little faster. Instant Pot BologneseInstant Pot Spaghetti recipeIf you want to brown the ground beef in the pot beforehand, turn the sauté function on and place it on high. Mine was pre-cooked so I just allowed it to warm on the high temperature and then I added the dry pasta. I broke the Spaghetti in thirds so it’d fit easier in the pan and allow me to stir it before I placed the lid on. Next add your sauce and one cup of hot water. Stir it to ensure everything is coated and the noodles are separated. If you don’t coat everything, the noodles will stick and you’ll have uncooked pasta. Now place the lid on and lock. Instant pot spaghettiI set my Instant Pot to manual pressure and high heat. The cooking time I chose was 5 minutes. If the pasta is a thicker noodle, add a minute or two. Be sure that your pressure gauge is set to closed and wait for the Instant Pot Spaghetti to come to pressure. It’ll hiss and steam for a minute or two while it’s gaining pressure but if you have a bit of steam coming from the side of your lid, the sealing ring is not put on properly and your dish will not cook. The silver pressure gauge will come to the top when the Instant Pot has come to pressure.easy instant pot spaghetti

Instant Pot Spaghetti

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 4m
  • Total Time: 14m

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups favorite jarred spaghetti sauce
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced

Instructions

  1. Start your Instant Pot on saute with the high setting and begin sweating your onions, add ground beef and cook completely.
  2. Add your water and favorite spaghetti sauce to the Instant Pot
  3. Break your spaghetti in thirds and add them to your Instant Pot
  4. Stir to ensure all the noodles are covered and separated
  5. Place your Instant Pot lid on and close the valve. Set your Instant Pot on manual with high pressure and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  6. Quick release your valve and enjoy! I love serving this with some delicious garlic bread.

Appetizers - Recipes

A Tasty, Easy Vegetable Dip

February 9, 2017

The best vegetable dip recipeThis vegetable dip recipe has been in our family for 4 generations that I know of, it’s not going anywhere. It really tastes better than any ranch or any other vegetable dip that I’ve had. It could be that I’ve grown up on this and my taste is adjusted, however, everyone else seems to really take to it as well. We’ve changed the name of it in our family to ‘Whit Dip’ vegetable dip cause our sister in law really loves it, her name is Whit so it just seems fitting. It’s the easiest thing you’ll ever make!

You’ll need

  • 8 oz. Sour Cream
  • 8 oz. Mayonaise
  • 3 Tbsp. dried Parsley
  • 1 tsp. Dill Weed
  • 1 tsp. Bon Appetit Seasoning Salt or use Beau Monde. Here is a link to a DIY Bon Appetite

Easy Vegetable Dip

Mix together the sour cream and mayo until it’s combined and then add in your spices. You can serve immediately but the spices will be a little tougher since they’re dry so it’s best to let it sit for about at least an hour. I love this with carrots and cucumbers but you can serve with whichever vegetables are your favorite. Let me know if you try it and what you tried it with!

XOXO, Lindsay

Easy Vegetable Dip

Easy Vegetable Dip

  • Prep Time: 4h
  • Serves: 8
  • Yield: 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 8 ounces mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 teaspoon bon appétit spice

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve with your favorite vegetables.

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Christmas - Desserts

Making Rice Krispies Treats for the Holidays

November 29, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TidingsAndTreats #CollectiveBiashow-to-makeFor us, making holiday Rice Krispies treats has now become a tradition. We usually do the traditional shapes of the gingerbread man and the pine tree, but we decided to add-on Emoji’s this year and Leila could not have been more excited. I have a certain recipe ratio that I follow that makes it super easy for me to remember and I don’t need to measure a thing.

Ingredients

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or
  • Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal
  • 10 oz bag of marshmallows
  • stick of butter
  • food coloring (if desired)
  • cookie cutters
  • decorating items

how-to-make-rice-krispie-treatsI begin by melting the entire bag of marshmallows with the stick of butter. I like the have them melt at the same speed so I add the together at the same time. I stir occasionally until the marshmallow starts to liquefy and then I stir it constantly. Now is when you’ll want to add your food coloring.emoji-foodIn a separate bowl, add your box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal or your Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal. Pour the marshmallow mixture over and mix well. I like to grease my bowl and grease my rubber spatula so I can get all the goodness.
emoji-party-foodchristmas-rice-krispies chocolate-rice-krispiesNext, spread your mixtures into greased jelly roll pans and allow it to cool and solidify. This process took me about 10 minutes from the time I poured to the time we cut. In the Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal, I added brown food coloring and they seemed to be a lot more buttery in texture and flavor. This kind is my new favorite.emoji-party-ideasWe then cut out circles, trees and gingerbread men out of our Rice Krispies mix and began to decorate. I used some colored sprinkles for the lights on the pine trees, I used red and black gel for the Emoji and gingerbread men ones. I found all the ingredients I needed for decorating in the bakery aisle at Target.emoji-party-food-ideasWe just copied the Emoji faces from off my phone and it was as easy as drawing. It’s very foolproof and the kids will enjoy a trendy element to your Holiday Rice Krispies Treats.holiday-rice-krispie-treatsRight now Target has an offer that for every two boxes of Rice Krispies you buy, you get a FREE 10 oz. bag of Jet Puffed marshmallows. It’s perfect for this recipe! christmas-rice-krispie-treatsI want to see your creations! We have loved having this as a holiday tradition and I’d love to see you start this one. Share it with me on social media and use the hashtag #Treats4Toys. If you do that then for every picture shown with that hashtag, Rice Krispies will donate a toy to a child in need. That’s a win-win for everyone! For more holiday inspiration, visit here.

Emoji Rice Krispie Treats

how to make the perfect holiday rice krispies treats

Ingredients

  • 8 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 package 10 oz. Marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • yellow food coloring
  • candy eyes
  • red writing gel
  • black writing gel

Instructions

  1. Melt the entire bag of marshmallows with your stick of butter. You can do it in the microwave or the stove-top.
  2. Add your food coloring and stir.
  3. Remove from heat and add 8 cups of Rice Krispies and stir.
  4. Place your mixture into a 1/2 sheet pan, greased and press down with wet hands to pack in the goodness.
  5. Allow to harden and cut into your circle shapes.
  6. Decorate as desired.

 

Desserts - Recipes

Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

November 13, 2016

This post is brought to you by CherryMan.

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. For the holidays I like to have fun and festive flavors. Cherries are always big in the fall and winter months so I decided to make a Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake and complement it with some Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. The cake is our of this world moist and this recipe will absolutely be made for future family gatherings.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

Cherry Chocolate Bundt Cake

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 50m
  • Total Time: 1h

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 1 package 12 oz. Cherry Man maraschino cherries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350*. Mix the cake mix, water, softened butter and chocolate pudding mix together on low for 30 seconds. Increase the speed to medium and mix for an additional 2 minutes.
  2. In a separate bowl, add chopped cherries and flour and stir to coat the cherries. Fold those in gently to your cake batter. Add the batter to a greased bundt pan and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  3. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then turn it onto a cooling rack.

Maraschino Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • juice from maraschino cherry jar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • chopped maraschino cherries, if desired

Instructions

  1. Mix butter and cream cheese in bowl until combined. Slowly add 1 cup of powdered sugar. Add in the juice from the cherries and add the rest of the powdered sugar and salt. Mix until it is combined and fluffy.

Just dump all the cake ingredients into a mixing bowl except the cherries and flour. Mix it on low for 30 seconds and then crank it up to medium for two minutes until everything is combined. Chop up those Cherry Man cherries and add them into a separate bowl with the tablespoon of flour. Coating the cherries in the flour will ensure that none of your cherries are at the top of your bundt cake. This method will give you a good variation of where your cherries will end up. Once your cake is mixed, fold in the cherries with a rubber spatula.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. Preheat your oven to 350° F and grease your bundt cake pan well. Pour the mixture and smooth the top so that you have an even rise. Bake for 50-60 min. until your cake bounces back to the touch or you can use the non-fail toothpick method. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes and then turn it onto a cooling rack and cool for at least an hour.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. While the cake is cooling, you can make your Cherry Cream Cheese frosting. In the pictures you’ll notice there is a lot of frosting. I doubled this recipe and it was WAY too much so just stick to these measurements and you won’t have too much frosting.

Put the cold cream cheese, salt and the slightly softened butter into your mixer with the whisk attachment. Cream it together for about 2 min on medium speed. Add in one cup of sugar at a time until it’s mostly incorporated. Turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and mix for a good 3-5 minutes until everything is fluffy. Fold in the chopped cherries if you’d like those too.the most moist chocolate cake you will ever have in your life. I used a ziplock bag and cut the tip off to do some piping, it’s a mess, LOL – but it gets the job done and it actually tastes fabulous.

For more delicious recipes using CherryMan cherries, check them out here. XX

Recipes - Side Dishes

Broccoli Slaw Salad Recipe

November 10, 2016

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.This is one of my most favorite recipes of all time. The broccoli slaw salad is sweet, tangy, crunchy and earthy all in one. It’s just a dump and go salad recipe and it’s so easy. It’s the perfect crowd-pleaser and you can make it any size you need.Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.

Broccoli Slaw Salad

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.

Ingredients

Broccoli Slaw Salad

  • 1/2 cup craisins, if desired
  • 1 package Ramen Noodles
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 package broccoli slaw

Salad Dressing

  • 1 package chicken flavoring from Ramen Noodles
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Instructions

Salad

  1. Remove the noodles from the package and break apart. Add broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds, green onions and noodles to a large bowl and mix.

Dressing

  1. Mix all your dressing ingredients together and pour over your salad when you're ready to serve.

Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.Mix all the vinaigrette ingredients and place it in the fridge to get chilly. In a large bowl, mix all your salad ingredients. I like craisins in my salad but I don’t always add them, it’s just a taste preference. I like to chop my green onions fairly small and I usually only use the greens.Make this yummy broccoli slaw salad for parties. Such a delicious recipe and so easy.When its time to serve, toss with your salad dressing so that it doesn’t get soggy too soon. Serve with your favorite grilled chicken or it’s delicious with deli sandwiches. Enjoy!

Halloween - Main Courses

Halloween Pumpkin Spice French Toast

September 5, 2016

I’m helping over at See Vanessa Craft for her 30 Days of Halloween with this delicious Halloween shaped pumpkin spice french toast recipe. Check it out here.Make this perfect breakfast of Pumpkin Spice French Toast. The kids will love the fun Halloween shapes they're cut in to.

Main Courses - Recipes

Ad: Chicken, Cashew and Grape Pasta Salad Recipe

August 15, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ReimagineYourRoutine #CollectiveBiasMake this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta salad

Life is getting more chaotic by the minute. I’m glad I can rely on food that is pre-cooked or prepared in some way to make life a little easier. For this Chicken, Cashew and Grape pasta salad recipe I’m going to be using Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips at Walmart and get to work. This salad is so easy for weeknight meals and it’s one of my favorite pasta salads for dinner or a group get-together.
d3ae49cb-0383-4449-a3f4-0c375858b29fFirst things first, get those Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips heating in a 400°F oven. I let mine heat for 20 minutes to ensure they got extra crispy. Also get those noodles boiling while you’re at it. You’ll next want to mix the mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing together and whisk it well. You want to use 1 cup of each and get all those lumps out. Keep that in the fridge while you’re putting the rest of the salad together.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladNext, cut the grapes in half and open your can of pineapple – chop the celery now if you’ve decided to use it. I like a lot of fruit but it is all a taste thing with this salad. Go ahead and add those to your bowl along with the Tyson® Grilled & Ready® Chicken and mix those ingredients all together.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladDrain the pasta once it’s cooked to al dente and let it cool. It doesn’t need to be extremely cold but room temperature or colder is always ideal when using a mayonnaise based sauce. Add your dressing over the pasta and fruit mixture and stir together until all the dressing has coated everything evenly.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladYou’ll add the cashews and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips at the end to keep the crunch. If you’re going to be able to eat this in one day, go ahead and add however much you’d like. If this will last you a few days, just add the cashews and Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips as you go so it won’t get soggy on you.
Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta saladWe love this pasta salad in our house for many reasons and the main one is that it’s a convenient meal to satisfy all our tastes and I feel I get all the food groups in one sitting 😉 It’s a good quality meal with little fuss.

Chicken, Cashew and Grape Pasta Salad

Make this delicious and easy chicken, cashew and grape pasta salad

Ingredients

Pasta Salad

  • 1 package Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips, cooked
  • 1 package Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup red grapes, sliced
  • 1 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1 package bow tie pasta, cooked and drained

Dressing

  • 1 cup coleslaw dressing
  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400* F and cook your Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips.
  2. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  3. Mix together mayonnaise and coleslaw dressing and place in the fridge until you're ready to combine with the other ingredients.
  4. Mix cooled pasta, red grapes, cashews, grilled chicken and pineapple together and add in the dressing, coating your salad.
  5. Serve in a dinner bowl with the cut crispy chicken strips on top. Add more cashews for crunch and looks.

Kids - Main Courses

Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Snacks

May 4, 2016

Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat right

I have had a really hard time making the most balanced choices since delivering my baby in September. I have gained more weight afterwards than I ever did during the pregnancy. I am in need of getting back ontrack.

Before I got pregnant, I had signed up to do a half marathon and began training for that. With my Fibromyalgia, it made it hard but doable. Now that I have the baby in tow, things have begun to get harder to accomplish and so I need easy but I also need to set a good example to my other kids. I came up with this “snack hack” knowing that I’d eat it and my kids would as well. I didn’t want it to feel like the prepackaged meals that are so popular, I wanted them to know that it came from home and the wholesome areas of the store.Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat rightWhen they’re eating these snacks, it’s almost a full meal to them depending on how much they decide to eat but it’s fulfilling to them and most of all, they love to pair it with their Capri Sun Organic. They are so simple to put together. Just take a slice of turkey, a half slice of cheddar cheese and 2-3 wedges of Granny Smith apples. Just wrap it around itself and serve.
Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat rightThe great thing about these snacks is that they can be taken on the go along with their favorite drink and my most favorite part of the Capri Sun Organic is just that, they are certified USDA Organic and made with 66% fruit juice.

When I’m looking for choices to feed my children along with myself, I look for something that is better-for-you in the long run. I look forward now to eating snacks like this because of the simplicity and ease it is for me and my new busy life. I have long doubted myself why I don’t just get up and move/exercise,making better choices has effected my mood and made me motivated to start moving again. You can do it too!Easy snacking ideas for kids and their parents who are trying to eat right

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