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Sunday, March 31, 2013

What's For Dinner?








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Friday, March 29, 2013

Kraft Fresh Take {$100 AmEx Gift Card Giveaway}

The past few weeks I have shared a couple of recipes using Kraft Fresh Take cheese & breadcrumb mix.  My goal was to show everybody that you could use the Kraft Fresh Take for more than just breaded chicken (even though I LOVE breaded chicken).

The first recipe I made was this super delicious Artichoke Cheese Ball.  It is SO good and the Kraft Fresh Take makes this a breeze to prepare.  This is going to be on my Easter table. The recipe makes two cheese balls.  That is a good thing because I can eat one all by myself!

The second recipe I made was this easy Ham and Cheese Pasta Frittata.  It uses whole grain pasta and leftover ham. This recipe is perfect way to use up any leftover Easter ham you might have from this weekend.  It completely transforms the leftovers into a new and exciting dish.

There are so many unique ways to use Kraft Fresh Take.  Check out their Pinterest Board for more ideas!!

Now for the giveaway!  Kraft would like to give one lucky Plain Chicken reader a $100 AmEx Gift Card.  You can get a lot of Kraft Fresh Take with that (or a pair of shoes, your call).

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Pizza Pasta Skillet

This dish combines two of my favorite foods - pizza and pasta.  We absolutely LOVED this!  I think it was the fresh mozzarella that really put this over the top for us.  I wanted to eat the entire skillet of pasta myself.

This is surprisingly simple to make.  It uses a jar of pasta sauce.  Everything is cooked in the skillet and the cheese and pepperoni are browned under the broiler.  This pasta can be customized to your family's tastes.  I used sausage, mushrooms and mini pepperoni.  Add your favorite pizza toppings to the pasta - ham, olives, peppers, onions.  This makes a ton.  Fortunately, it is great reheated the next day.  This is definitely going into the regular dinner rotation!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Baked Beef and Cheese Flautas


I make a lot of taquitos, but I've never made flautas.  As far I can tell, taquitos use corn tortillas and flautas use flour tortillas.  These are by no means authentic flautas.  Authentic taquitos and flautas are fried.  I baked mine because I don't like to fry food at home.  It is so messy, and I never know what to do with the used oil.  

I had some leftover flour tortillas from the Italian Fajitas we made and decided to make these flautas.  I thought they were a great change to our regular soft tacos.  I used a simple beef and cheese filling.  Make sure to roll the flautas very tight.  I secured mine with toothpicks so they didn't open up while they baked.  You might want to make an extra batch of these and freeze them for a quick meal or snack. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Italian Fajitas

We came up with this idea while were having dinner in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot.  We were brainstorming about recipes (doesn't everybody do that?), and Chicken Legs asked if we could make Italian fajitas.  We thought about it and decided that we could change up our favorite fajita recipe and give it an Italian flare.

The fajitas turned out GREAT!  I used a can of diced tomatoes with garlic, onion and oregano in place of the Rotel.  I seasoned the marinade with garlic, balsamic and Italian seasoning.  If you want to go all out, use an Italian beer.  We used a Peroni, but any beer will work.  I sautéed up some shallots and peperoncini peppers to go with the chicken.  We both really enjoyed this twist on traditional fajitas.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

No-Bake Lemon Pie

Back at Christmas, someone brought a lemon pie to the office that was super delicious.  It didn't look like your average lemon pie.  It looked more like a cool whip pie.  I searched the internets and found something I thought was very similar from Taste of Home.  The filling for this pie only has 3 ingredients - cool whip, sweetened condensed milk and lemon juice.  You can add some yellow food coloring if you want it to be yellow.  

The pie takes about 4 hours to set up. I have to confess, it was incredibly hard to wait!  Once we could finally taste it, we loved it!  It was so light and had just the right amount of lemon flavor.  This was a nice and easy alternative to making our usual Lemon Velvet Cream Pie.  This would be a great addition to your Easter meal.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Meow Monday

Fluffy (being pestered by Jack)



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Sunday, March 24, 2013

What's For Dinner?







Honey Baked Ham

Creamy Potato Casserole

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Treats

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Loaded Potato Quiche

Loaded Potato Quiche - pie crust filled with diced potatoes, bacon, cheddar, green onions, eggs, milk and sour cream. Can mix together and free unbaked for a quick meal later. One of our favorite quiche recipes! Great for brunch, lunch or dinner!!!

This dish was inspired on a recent lunch trip.  This quiche was the quiche of the day.  I didn't order it, even though I was tempted.  I ordered the chicken sandwich (shocking, I know).  I did make a note to recreate the quiche for dinner the following week.

The quiche turned out SOOO delicious!  It had all the flavors of a loaded baked potato.  I used frozen diced potatoes, bacon, cheese, sour cream and green onions.  This came together quickly.  You can make this the night before you want to bake it and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to bake it.  I actually made two quiches and froze one for later.

Loaded Potato Quiche - pie crust filled with diced potatoes, bacon, cheddar, green onions, eggs, milk and sour cream. Can mix together and free unbaked for a quick meal later. One of our favorite quiche recipes! Great for brunch, lunch or dinner!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lunch Made Easy With Glad


Today I want to tell you about one of my favorite products, Glad food storage containers. As a food blogger, I cook a lot. I also have a lot of leftovers.  Most of the time I half recipes, but I am still left with lots of leftovers.  As a blogger, I feel it is important to let my readers know when the food is good leftover and if it freezes well. I use Glad food storage all the time for leftovers. They are perfect for my lifestyle because they go in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher.

Taking my lunch saves me SO much money.  I went out with a friend last week, and my bill was over $15, before tip.  Ouch! That adds up to a lot of money over the course of year. To cut down on expenses, and calories, I usually take my lunch.

The deal at our house is - I cook, he cleans.  So, while Chicken Legs is cleaning up the dishes, I pack up the leftovers for lunch. It only takes a few minutes and saves me tons of time in the morning. My mornings are hectic enough. Heck, I am doing good just to get out of the house on time. I can’t try and pack my lunch then!

I love these Glad containers for packing lunch.  They are inexpensive, so you don't have to worry about losing it or it getting ruined.  Just get a new one! The Glad containers come in a variety of sizes. I typically use the “Entree” and the “Lunch To Go” sizes. They are also the perfect size for lunch - think portion control.

We had stuffed shells and salad the other night. We had leftovers, of course. I assembled us each a few shells for lunch the next day. I placed it in the Glad Entree container. It fit perfectly!

I used the Glad Lunch To Go container for a little side salad. I love the little snap in cup that holds the dressing.

The Glad Lunch To Go container is actually my favorite. It is so versatile.


 I love to use it for chips and salsa.



It is also great for pasta and parmesan cheese. So many uses for this little container!

These Glad containers really help make my lunch stress-free, and couldn’t we all use less stress in our lives?!

The folks at Glad are having an awesome Pinterest contest (I know we all LOVE Pinterest).

Go to Glad Pinterest Board Contest to Inspire your Lunch with Glad. Create your own Pinterest board for a chance to win weekly prizes.

Timing of the Pinterest Board Contest: 3/18 – 4/28

Steps in entering the contest:

Step 1: Click the Glad photo in the gallery ( Glad Pinterest Board Contest ) that most inspires you to get started pinning.

Step 2: Choose “create new board” in the dropdown menu of the Pinterest pop up screen. Title your new board “Inspired Lunches”

Step 3: Find at least 4 photos anywhere on the web that fits the theme of “Inspired Lunches” and pin them to your new board. Include #gladinspiredlunches in your photo description.

Step 4: Once you’ve pinned 5 photos (including one from the Glad Pinterest Gallery) come back to ( Glad Pinterest Board Contest ) submit your board.


If you make a pinboard in the Glad contest, share your pinboard URL in the comments—I’d love to see what you’ve done! In addition, I’m always looking for inspiration so tell me how you make your inspired lunches.


Visit Glad's page on BlogHer for more ideas!

Good Luck!

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