Saturday, November 29, 2014

Walt Disney World - Where To Eat & Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

We recently got back from a 5 night trip to Disney World. 
We arrived at Disney World just in time for the last two days of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. We ate SO much food! It was wonderful! 

I shared everything we ate last week on the blog. You can read all about it here

We ate at several new places on this trip. We finally checked out Le Cellier in Canada and The Hollywood Brown Derby in Hollywood Studios. We also discovered our love of English pubs!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hot Salsa Dip {Football Friday}

Hot Salsa Dip - only 4 ingredients! This stuff is AMAZING!!!! Cream cheese, taco seasoning, cheddar cheese and salsa. There are never any leftovers when I take this to a party! Make ahead of time and bake when ready to serve. Easy and delicious Mexican dip!!

I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving! Now that the turkey is out of the way, we can start thinking about football again. This is rivalry week in college football. There are tons of big games going on this weekend.

We are watching the Iron Bowl at home. We already have our tailgating menu planned and this Hot Salsa Dip is definitely on the menu! This dip is so delicious. The flavor and heat all depends on what salsa you choose. I love Trader Joe's salsa. You could also make your own or get some from your favorite Mexican restaurant.

This dip can be made ahead of time and baked when you are ready to eat.We served this dip with Fritos, but tortilla chips would work great too!

Hot Salsa Dip - only 4 ingredients! This stuff is AMAZING!!!! Cream cheese, taco seasoning, cheddar cheese and salsa. There are never any leftovers when I take this to a party! Make ahead of time and bake when ready to serve. Easy and delicious Mexican dip!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Five 30-Minute Weeknight Meals with Shopping List

The holidays are super hectic.
I don't know about you, but I am always on the lookout for quick weeknight meals.
Especially meals that can be ready in 30 minutes.

With the help of Alexia Foods, I've come up with five weeknight meals that can be ready in about 30 minutes. Woo Hoo!
I've have a menu and a shopping list for you!!

Day One

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place Alexia Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries on baking sheet and place in oven. Set timer for 15 minutes.
Prep the Ultimate Chicken Fingers. Place in oven when timer goes off. Set timer for an additional 15 minutes.
While chicken fingers are cooking, prepare Ranch Style Green Beans.

Remove chicken fingers and fries from oven.


The Seasoned Waffle Cut Fries were really delicious!
I loved the combination of sea salt, pepper, onion and garlic!
They were also super crispy.

Day Two

Baked Beans
I just used a can of store-bought baked beans.

Prepare 3-Ingredient Pulled Pork Tenderloin in slow cooker in the morning.

When you are ready for dinner, prepare onion rings, baked beans and slaw.

The onion rings were the best store bought onion rings we've ever eaten.
Heck, they were better than most restaurants.
They are made with sweet Spanish onions and turned out really good and crispy.
We are definitely working them into our menu more often.

Day Three
**The recipe calls for deli turkey meat, but if you have some leftover Thanksgiving turkey that will work great too!**

Quick Broccoli Slaw
I basically used the same recipe as the Quick Ranch Slaw above.
I used raw broccoli instead of the slaw mix.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place Alexia Smart Classics - Roasted Crinkle Cut Fries with Sea Salt on baking sheet and place in preheated oven. Set timer for 15 minutes.

When oven timer goes off, reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees.

Place Turkey Bacon Roll Ups in oven with fries. Set timer for 15 minutes.

While roll ups and fries bake, prepare Quick Broccoli Slaw. Chop broccoli and toss with Ranch dressing and cooked bacon pieces. Set aside.

Remove roll ups and fries from oven.


We loved the fries.
For being 98% fat free and having only 100 calories per serving, they were amazing!
Chicken Legs has requested these as our standard french fries.

Served the fries with a copycat Chick-Fil-A sauce.

1/4 cup honey mustard dressing
2 tsp BBQ sauce
Mix together and refrigerate until ready to serve.

*Tomorrow's recipe requires a bit of marinating.*
*I usually whip it up before I go to bed and let it hang out in the fridge overnight.*

Day Four
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Place sweet potato fries on baking sheet and place in preheated oven.
Set timer for 10 minutes.

While fries are cooking, cook chicken in skillet for 2-3 minutes per side. You just want to get some nice color on it. Place seared chicken on baking sheet. The original recipe says to bake the chicken at 400 degrees. I just baked it a minute or two less at 425 degrees.

When the timer goes off, place seared chicken in oven.

Set timer for 8 minutes.

Remove chicken. Top with bacon and cheese.
Return chicken to oven and bake until cheese is melted 3-5 minutes.
Remove chicken and fries from oven.


We both loved the flavor and how crispy they got in the oven.
They weren't greasy at all!

Day Five
Steakhouse Filets topped with

We served the steaks with a quick salad.

We love cooking steaks on the weekend.

This recipe for Steakhouse Filets only takes a few minutes to make and you have a delicious meal that is better than any restaurant.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and start cooking onion rings.
Sear the steaks in the skillet and let them finish cooking in the oven with the onion rings.

Remove the onion rings and steaks from the oven,

Top the steaks with onion rings and some bleu cheese crumbles.
Put the steaks under the broiler and let the bleu cheese melt.

Alexia frozen sides are a delicious addition to any weeknight meal! They are that little something extra to help create a balanced meal with real ingredients and an exceptional taste! 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Meatball Stuffed Shells

I was cleaning out my freezer and found a package of frozen meatballs. I was brainstorming on what to make with them and thought what about Meatball Stuffed Shells? I decided to give it a shot. Guess what? They turned out great! We added a salad and some garlic bread for a delicious Italian feast.

I like cheese in my stuffed shells, so I adapted my usual stuffed shell recipe to add meatballs. These were delicious! I didn't thaw the meatballs before baking. I just let them bake along with the pasta. It worked great and saved some time.

This makes a lot. We ate this for dinner and lunch the next few days. Next time I would make the whole recipe and freeze half of it.

Meatball Stuffed Shells

Monday, November 24, 2014

Meow Monday




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