How to Share Dia de los Muertos with your classmates

How to Share Dia de los Muertos with your classmates

Growing up, Dia de los Muertos was a holiday that I was aware of, but it wasn't something that my family celebrated. I don't know why, I wish we had, because I think it's such a beautiful way to honor your family. As a Latina Mom, I am going to take this opportunity to teach my girls the truth behind the history and tradition.  #OfrendasConNestle #NestleKitchen #CollectiveBias

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Creamy Jalapeño Potato Chowder

Creamy Jalapeño Potato Chowder

This is another very simple, easy to follow recipe created with what you probably already have on hand. Potato chowders are one of my favorites. Usually I tend to add in whatever leftovers are staring at me from my refrigerator, begging to be used. This time, I'm trying something new and adding some more exciting flavors by using LA MORENA® Sliced Jalapeños. #RediscoverLaMorena #VivaLaMorena

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Back to School Recipe: One Pot Arroz con Pollo

Back to School Recipe: One Pot Arroz con Pollo

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Back to School season is here and I know your mind is just swirling with everything that is needed for Back to School; clothes, supplies, schedules and a million other things. All I'm trying to figure out is how to make it as easy as possible for myself. Thankfully we have places like Walmart for a one-stop shopping experience, where not only can I get all of the Back to School necessities, but I can get my grocery shopping done too!  

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Recipe: Summer Grilling #GiveLifeMoreFlavor

Recipe: Summer Grilling #GiveLifeMoreFlavor

I love that from the moment the weather warms up I become an outdoor cooking pro. Okay, maybe not a professional, I'm not a grill master by any means. But I do try to get as creative as possible, while coming up with a variety of flavors. Of course my other favorite part about grilling outdoors,  is that I spend way less time in the kitchen for clean up. #GiveLifeMoreFlavor #CollectiveBias #ad

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Recreate a Delicious Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner- at home!

Recreate a Delicious Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner- at home!

In honor of this year's Knott's Berry Farm Boysenberry Festival I received this lovely gift basket full of Boysenberry Berry Market goodies. I received my very own personalized Knott's apron, Boysenberry Punch syrup, Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, Boysenberry Butter and Boysenberry Preserves, Biscuit mix, Fried Chicken seasoning and Potato salad mix. #BerryMarket

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Try this Fast and Nutritious Breakfast #FuertesconLeche

Try this Fast and Nutritious Breakfast #FuertesconLeche

When I was growing up, there was no exception to what we drank with our meals. We had a glass of milk at every meal that we sat down to, it was just the way things were. Now as a mom, I am doing my best to do the same for my girls. They may not have milk at every meal like I did, but other than water, milk is the only drink they are allowed to have at the table. #FuertesconLeche #ad

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Balance Your Plate with Stouffer's Lasagna and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Balance Your Plate with Stouffer's Lasagna and Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

Busy moms with busy families know how hard it is to come up with a healthy dinner every single night. I'd like to say I am one of those awesome moms that meal plan and prep freezer meals for a month in advance and just toss them in the crock pot every day of the week. But, that's not me. Not at all, in fact you can pretty much guarantee that I will be making a last minute run to the market for some random but necessary ingredient. However, I am the Mom that always makes sure my girls have a balanced dinner, 5 nights a week, we have a vegetable on our plate. #BalanceYourPlate

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Let's Merienda with Delicious Oreo Churros!

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Today I'm sharing a fun twist to an already fun recipe. Everybody loves Churros right? Well with the help of Nabisco Oreo's, I am mixing things up and making Oreo Churros! Yup, I said it. Oreo Churros, it's like the best of both worlds. Nabisco has come up with some fun and delicious Latino-inspired recipes that are perfect treats for the family during merienda. Keep reading to see my fun twist. 
With Hispanic Heritage Month upon us, September 15-October 15, I get to share some recipes that are perfect for la merienda. If you don't know what la merienda is, it can be translated as afternoon snack time. For me, la merienda is after school when we sit down to do homework, talk about our day and of course enjoy a snack. 
Here is what you will need to make these delicious Oreo Churros:

Ingredients
1 qt. (4 cups) oil
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
12 OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
1/4 cup sugar, divided
3 cups baking mix
1 cup hot tap water
Here are the super easy-to-follow instructions:

HEAT oil in large saucepan or deep fryer to 375°F.
COMBINE cinnamon, and 3 Tbsp. EACH cookie crumbs and sugar. Reserve for later use.
WHISK baking mix with remaining cookie crumbs and sugar in medium bowl until blended; stir in hot water. Spoon into piping bag fitted with 1/2-inch star tip. Use to pipe about 1/4 of the dough into 2-inch-long strips into hot oil, using sharp knife or kitchen shears to cut dough into pieces. Cook 2 to 3 min. or until golden brown, turning frequently. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Repeat in 3 batches with remaining dough


TOSS churros with reserved cookie crumb mixture. 

You can find more easy-to-make recipes over on Nabisco's Pinterest board. All of the recipes feature family favorites like Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, RITZ Crackers and Honey Maid. 
And now for my twist to the recipe. I took a slice of rich and creamy cheesecake and added a crunchy warm Oreo Churro. To top it off, I drizzled some cajeta. In my eyes cajeta is good on almost everything, so before I made the Oreo churros, I knew I was going to drizzle cajeta.

So tell me, what yummy snack will you make for la merienda? 
Hop on over to the Nabisco Pinterest Board for even more ideas. 
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nabisco. The opinions and text are all mine.

#MakeMoreofMealTime with this Easy Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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Disclosure: Post sponsored by Mirum Shopper but all opinions are my own.

Meal time is family time and I don't want to spend that precious time stressing about what to make for dinner or slaving over the stove. That’s why it's so helpful that Unilever products and Albertson’s-Safeway stores have quick and tasty meal solutions everyone can enjoy. You know how everyone has that one recipe that they always plan on making? For me, Stuffed Peppers was that recipe that I've always wanted to make but just never got around to it. Well, the day has finally come. Thanks to the recipes I found on Make More of Mealtime I was able to make a variation of the stuffed peppers recipe with just 4 ingredients that I picked up at Albertson's. 

Just to make this even better, this whole meal cost less than $10 and everything you see here I purchased at Albertsons. 

  • Knorr Rice Sides Cheddar Broccoli flavor
  • 2 Bell Peppers 
  • 1 tbsp Butter *I used I can't believe it's not Butter!
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

I love to stock up on Knorr Rice Sides.  I like to pick out a few flavors to have on hand in my cabinet for quick dinner solutions. But I definitely always pick up the cheddar and broccoli, that's my favorite flavor. 

RECIPE INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare Knorr® Rice Sides™ - Cheddar Broccoli with water and Spread according to package directions.

2. Meanwhile, brown ground turkey in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Stir into hot rice. Cut each pepper in half and empty the contents. Generously fill each pepper with rice mixture.

3. Arrange stuffed peppers in a baking dish or cast iron skillet. Bake covered 20 minutes. Remove cover and continue baking 10 minutes or until peppers are tender. Sprinkle, if desired, with shredded cheese.

I wish you could smell how good this smells. These were delicious and so easy. 

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Homemade Chicken Fajitas Pocket #FlatoutLove

Fajitas are one of my husbands favorite meals, and for some reason, I never ever ever make it for him. I usually just leave it for our date nights and let the restaurants take care of fulfilling his love for fajitas. There's just something mouth watering about watching a sizzling comal come out of the kitchen and placed right in front of you. Today I partnered with Society Culinaria and Flatout Flatbread to bring you a new way to eat a favorite dish, Homemade Chicken Fajitas Pocket in a Flatout Foldit.

The best part of living in Southern California is being able to cook pretty much everything outdoors on the grill for most of the year. We have the most perfect weather for cooking outdoors and I love coming up with new ways to cook our favorites.

Tip: I like to do as little prep as necessary inside the house and everything possible, outside in the fresh air. So, for this dish, I rinsed and sliced my chicken first and set it aside in the refrigerator while I took my chopping board, knife and clean veggies outside to chop. 

Here is what you will need to make a delicious Chicken Fajitas Pocket.

Yield: 2 Chicken Fajita Pockets
Prep time: 5 minutes of chopping, 30 minutes to chill
Cooking time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 Flatout Foldit Artisan Flatbread
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Chicken Breast Fillet
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tbsp Oil Salt & Pepper

Directions:

  1. Rinse and slice the chicken breast fillets length wise to about 3/4 inch thick. 
  2. Chop the peppers and onions to about 1/2 inch thick slices.
  3. Place chicken slices, chopped peppers, onions and sliced garlic in a bowl. Toss with oil, juice from two limes, salt and pepper until evenly coated. 
  4. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 
  5. After the chicken and peppers have marinated for at least 30 minutes. It's time to prep the grill. 
  6. Place the comal on the grill over medium-high heat with a tbsp of oil and wait for the oil to heat up. 
  7. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken, peppers and onion mix to the comal. Heat through until the chicken has cooked and the peppers are cooked and softened, about 7 minutes total.

Last, place your Flatout Foldit on the top grill until it warms and toasts slightly, about a minute on each side. Now, you're ready to take the fajitas off the comal and into a warmed, slightly toasted Flatout Foldit, ready to enjoy! 

Yum! As delicious as these are on their own, my husband reminded me that fajitas are usually served with a side of rice and beans. So, I served this with a side of avocado, mixed grain wild rice, and freshly made Peruvian beans. 

I love having Flatout Flatbread options on hand in my house it's like having a healthy option for a blank canvas. Especially for those days when it seems like you've been cooking the same things on loop, Flatout Flatbreads kinda force you to think of something new to cook, they're also low-fat, low-carb and a good source of fiber. So you can feel good about what you're eating. You can see some other delicious ways I used Flatout Flatbreads here. Have you seen them in your local grocery store? You can usually find them in the deli area, basically asking you to bring them home and make something delicious. 

Go ahead and check here for a store near you. 

Stay Cool with this Watermelon Vino Fresca!

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The temperature is heating up and Summer is starting to peek in on us and that means it's time to prepare to cool down. In this house like most Latino households, you can always count on us having two things on hand; sandia and vino (or watermelon and wine). Especially during the Summer, you can guarantee that at any given time there will be at least a half watermelon chopped up and ready for snacking in my refrigerator.

How do you eat your watermelon? There are two ways that my family eats watermelon; 1. chopped up and topped with salt and lemon and 2. blended with ice and sugar. The blended drinks will always remind me of my grandpa. He always made the best drinks, with just the right amount of sugar. 

I have not always been a wine drinker, in fact for a while I didn't drink much at all outside of the occasional glass at a party. But lately I have really enjoyed the relaxation that goes along with a glass of wine. So with Summer quickly approaching I decided to combine my two favorite Summer time treats wine and watermelon and came up with Watermelon Vino Fresca. Kinda like an agua fresca, but with wine.

What I liked most about this refreshing drink is that the flavors are not overwhelming. This is not a fruity drink, because Watermelon is not a super sweet fruit. And when I paired it with a sweet wine like Sutter Home Moscato, there was a good balance. I also liked the different elements, as you take a drink, you first taste the sugar on the rim, then the watermelon and last the wine comes through at the very end.

This delicious and refreshing drink is incredibly easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients:
  • Sutter Home Moscato
  • Watermelon, about 4 cups chopped
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Sugar, enough to cover the rim of the glass

My first step was to chop the watermelon. I find chopping watermelon to be really relaxing, maybe because I have a refreshing snack to look forward to, I don't know. But I could chop watermelons all day long! 

The next step is to take a piece of watermelon and rub it along the rim of the wine glass. Once the rim is wet, you can dip the glass into a plate of sugar. Note: Make sure to cut a few pieces of watermelon into tiny little slices like I did above, because garnishes make everything better. 

Next, add about 2 cups of ice to the blender and top with the chopped watermelon.

Last, add the Sutter Home Moscato wine and blend. Pour into your sugar rimmed glass, top with your watermelon garnish and ENJOY! 

I remember my Mom buying Sutter Home Wine when I was young, it has a familiar tradition attached to it. And rightfully so, Sutter Home has been around for 65 years as an award winning California wine that's affordable and reliable, since you can find at almost any retailer. 

Sutter Home has such a variety, in fact, next month I will share another recipe that goes really well with another favorite Sutter Home wine, so stay tuned for that. In fact, if you are looking for more fun recipes and ideas for Sutter Home, check out UncorkTheMoments.com.

Ah, there is nothing better to cool you off than a little sandia and vino on a warm Summer evening.  I hope you enjoy my Watermelon Vino Fresca recipe. If you try it, I'd love to hear your thoughts by leaving me a comment below. 

Boysenberry BBQ Meatloaf #BerryMarket

Earlier this year I attended Knott's Berry Farm's famous Boysenberry Festival and was able to taste Boysenberry in ways I had never even thought of. One of my favorites was the Boysenberry BBQ sauce, it is the perfect combination of both sweet and savory.  While filling my basket with goodies at the Berry Market, I knew I had to grab a bottle of the Boysenberry BBQ sauce.  

This Boysenberry BBQ Meatloaf is just like most of my favorite recipes; fast, easy and all you  need is one bowl and one pan.  

For this recipe you will need: 

  • 1 cup of delicious Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce (divided in half) 

  • 1 lb Ground Turkey 

  • 1 1/2 cups of dried stuffing mix 

  • 2 eggs 

  • 1 stalk of celery (chopped) 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl use your hands to mix 1/2 cup of Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ Sauce, 1 lb ground turkey, 1 1/2 cups of dried stuffing mix, 2 eggs and 1 chopped celery stalk.  
  3. Spray a 9x5 loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. 
  4. Pour contents of bowl into loaf pan and spread out evenly.  
  5. Poke holes about 2 inches apart throughout the meat loaf. 
  6. Use other 1/2 cup of Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ sauce to spread over the top of the meat loaf. 
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until cooked through.  
  8. Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing to let the juices settle, then serve with some extra Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ sauce drizzled over the top.  

Enjoy! 

This is a great recipe for those cold days when you can turn on the oven to help heat the house while you cook. The Berry Market Boysenberry BBQ sauce makes the house smell so good while the meatloaf bakes. I also like this recipe for the holiday potlucks. Each meatloaf can be cut to about 9 - 3/4 inch thick slices and you can easily make a few meatloaves at one time.

PB&J Ice Cream Sundae #StackItUp

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It's happened, I've finally outdone myself. I have been on such a roll lately with all these desserts. Seriously my family has been scratching their heads wondering what they've done to deserve such amazing treats. I'll keep them wondering for now, today I'm sharing my recipe for PB&J Ice Cream Sundaes! You heard me right. They are as delicious as they sound, I promise. And with such few ingredients, you can easily make this... right now.

So here is everything you will need to make an amazing, out of this world dessert. 

  • RITZ Fresh Stacks Ultimate Butter
  • Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter
  • Jelly - I used classic grape, but any flavor would be awesome!
  • Vanilla Ice Cream 

I found everything I needed at Walmart of course. I always find everything I need here. All the ingredients we picked up, we pick up on most regular shopping trips. But this time I was pretty excited to find the new RITZ Fresh Stacks Ultimate Butter. They are only available for a limited time, so if you see them make sure to grab a few boxes. The fresh stacks are THE BEST snack to have on hand, they make grabbing a quick snack for on the go, so easy. Oh and just a tip, keep an eye out for Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter. Seriously, it is probably the best peanut butter I've ever had. Once you've tried it, you will see why. 

Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter explains it best right there on the package: Creamy with a bit of crunch. It's not at all like crunchy peanut butter and definitely not like creamy peanut butter either. The bits of crunch add the perfect amount of texture and balance. 

So what do you do when you find the best peanut butter around? You find a way to turn it into a dessert of course! I mixed it into some whipped cream and came up with the most delicious combination ever created. Okay, that might be a little dramatic, but until you've tried it, how can you disagree?

Mixing the Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter and whipped cream is the only prep that you need to create this recipe.  I used the whole tub of whipped cream and added 2 tbsp of Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter. You will only use a heaping tbsp of the mixture for each cup of dessert, but you can always save the rest to enjoy at a later time. 

Step 1.  Place a tsp of jelly on the bottom of your glass or bowl.

Step 2. Add one RITZ Fresh Stacks Ultimate Butter cracker.

Step 3. Top with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream

Step 4. Add a heaping tbsp of he delicious Peter Pan Simply Ground Peanut Butter/Whipped Cream mix. 

Step 5. Drizzle more Jelly on top.

Step 6. Top with one last RITZ Ultimate Butter cracker. 

It is pretty common knowledge that RITZ crackers go well with Peanut Butter, but for this dessert RITZ Fresh Stacks Ultimate Butter crackers add the little bit of salt to help balance the sweetness of the Jelly. My favorite part of this recipe is the portions. It's not too much of anything. It's not too heavy, too sweet or too filling. The portions in this recipe are small, perfect for a little treat. 

Do I have your attention now? Are you dreaming up ways to use RITZ Fresh Stacks Ultimate Butter? Then you definitely need to check out more ways to #StackItUp with RITZ. Go on, head over there and see what other delicious combos people have come up with.

If you're on Pinterest, I mean, who isn't right? I created the image below for you to go ahead and PIN for later. 

Thanks for reading. I'd love to hear what you think about this recipe, go ahead and leave me a comment below. 

Turn Up the Yum for Dia Del Niño with this Oreo Dulce de Leche Parfait

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Nabisco and Latina Bloggers Connect, however all opinions and photos are my own. 

Do you remember when you were a kid and the minute you got home from school you would drop your backpack on the floor and head straight for the cookie jar? I remembering sticking my hand in and just hoping that there was at least one Oreo left. For as long as I remember Oreo's have been a part of la merienda and in my home, they still are. Seeing my daughters smile as I place an Oreo in front of them as they sit down to do homework, makes me smile too. Oreo's are good by themselves or with a glass of milk, but they really shine in desserts. In this Oreo Dulce de Leche parfait, they're super easy to make and SO DELICIOUS! 

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The thing I love about parfaits is that you can make a large version in a trifle for a party or a small cup parfait. I decided to make small versions this time since I knew my kiddos were going to be enjoying them. But I can't wait to make this as a trifle! Also check out how few ingredients are needed to make this super quick and delicious dessert. 

Ingredients

  • Oreo's (about 12, divided)
  • 1/3 cup Mexican Caramel spread (Dulce de Leche)
  • 2 cups thawed frozen whipped topping
  • 1 cup chopped cooked frozen ripe plantains (maduros)
  • Parfait cups

There really is not much prep needed for making these parfaits. The only ingredient that requires a little bit of work, is the frozen plantains or maduros. These need to be fried in a little bit of oil for a few minutes on each side. I've never bought these before to cook myself and I was really surprised at how tasty they are coming from the frozen section. They crisp up perfectly and add a nice flavor and texture to the parfait. 

Instructions

  1. Mix the caramel or Dulce de Leche and 1/2 cup whipped topping in medium bowl. Stir in 1 cup of the remaining whipped topping.
  2. Chop cookies and maduros into quarters. Set aside a few quartered cookies to top off and garnish. 
  3. Next, layer the parfait glasses with a heaping spoon of the whipped topping/dulce de leche mix. Then add a layer of chopped cookies and maduros; repeat layers.
  4. Last, top with remaining whipped topping and finally garnish with quartered cookies.

That's it! These are a perfect dessert or treat for everyday merienda or to celebrate Dia Del Niño. Do you celebrate Día Del Niño in your home? If you are wondering, El Día Del Niño or Children's Day is celebrated as a tribute to children in Mexico on April 30. Whenever you make these, I guarantee your family will feel loved. Isn't that the best part of cooking for your family? The feeling you get when you see happiness on your loved ones faces. 

So, now I'm wondering, What's your favorite way to eat an Oreo? Let me know in the comment section below. Oh and don't forget to get your coupon here! 

Check out this Pinterest board for more easy-to-make recipes that feature your favorite Nabisco favorites: Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Ritz and Honey Maid!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nabisco. The opinions and text are all mine.

Perfect for Lent - Shrimp Fideo #KnorrCelebrations

This post is sponsored by Lunchbox, however all opinions are my own. 

Observing Lent can be a struggle when it comes to dinner time. Having to come up with new ideas that don't include meat and that everyone will enjoy is difficult and it forces you to think outside of the box. I'm up for the challenge! Lucky for us, Mexican food offers a lot of flexibility. There are tons of dishes that use vegetables and fish. We LOVE Knorr® bouillon cubes because they add that authentic Latin flavor to our favorite Lent dishes.

I decided to put a little twist on the classic Sopa de Fideo and not only add shrimp, but use Knorr® Shrimp Bullion cubes. This was my first time using Shrimp bullion cubes and I have to say I was surprised with the flavor. I love that just a spoonful of Knorr® can turn your meal into something special with delicious flavor everyone will enjoy.

All throughout Lent season, Northgate Market's has you covered with delicious options throughout the store. Want to learn how to make a delicious capirotada?! How about chiles rellenos?! Northgate stores are offering cooking demos, just visit Northgatemarkets.com for a full class schedule and locations near you. I'm signing up! 

Get your shopping list ready. In order to make my delicious Shrimp Fideo, this is what you'll need:

  • Knorr® Shrimp flavor bullion cubes (2)
  • 1/2 lb of Shrimp (cleaned/deveined)
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 small can diced green chiles
  • 1 package of Fideo
  • 1 1/2 cans of tomato sauce
  • 2-3 cups Boiling Water
  1. In a large saucepan, bring oil to a high heat and add diced onions, green chiles and Knorr® Shrimp bullion cubes. Crush the Knorr® cubes into the oil and cook until onions and chiles are tender and clear.
  2. Next, add the Fideo. I bought spiral fideo and crushed it into smaller pieces then fried it in the oil until browned.  
  3. Add the tomato sauce and stir until covered, then add 2 cups of boiling water. *You may need to add more depending on how wet you want it. 
  4. Last add the shrimp. Mix in and cover on low heat for about 10 minutes. Add more water if desired and let sit covered for 10 more minutes. 

So what you do think? Will you try my Shrimp Fideo recipe for Lent? Don't forget to visit your local Northgate Gonzalez Market for additional Lent recipes, special deals & offers!

Celebrate Lent with Knorr® and share your cooking creations with others by using the hashtag #KnorrCelebrations. What are your favorite Lent recipes? Leave me a link in the comments below. 

Build Your Own Breakfast Tostada

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Breakfast is my husband's favorite meal, in fact, if he had his way he would eat it for every meal. I have him to thank for introducing me to HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash for the first time about 6 months ago. Hash was never something my family ate when I was growing up, but my husband has fond memories of his mother making it. Now that I've had it a few times, I've been trying to think of more ways to use it to make new breakfast dishes. Through all that breakfast brainstorming I came up with Breakfast Tostadas

I love to make meals interesting whenever I can and since tostadas are one of my daughter's favorite dinners, I thought HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash would be the perfect addition to a breakfast tostada. I don't know about your kids, but mine really love when they get to build their own meal.

Above you can see the ingredients that I used for my breakfast tostada including:

  • HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash, cooked
  • Fried corn tortillas
  • Avocados, smashed
  • Scrambled Eggs, cooked
  • Sour cream
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Shredded Cheese

See the slideshow below for the step by step on how to build your tostada. 

As you can see above, building your breakfast tostada is all about layers. 

  1. Fry the tortillas and cook the hash and set aside. 
  2. Spread smashed avocado on the tostada.
  3. Add a layer of scrambled eggs.
  4. Top with HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash.
  5. Add a dollop of sour cream.
  6. Last sprinkle some Pico de Gallo and shredded cheese for added flavor.

Enjoy!

For this dish I shopped at Albertsons. It's one of my favorite places to shop late at night and without the kids, it's very peaceful for me. You can find HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash products at Albertsons and pretty much every other retailer, so today I'm sharing a coupon with you from Hormel.com. This coupon is available now through 3/17 to SAVE $1.00 on the purchase of any two (2) HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash products.

My mother in law said she uses HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash for taquitos! Mmm.. I guess that will be a post for another day.

So tell me: #HowDoYouHash? I would love to hear some of your favorite ways to cook Hash, leave me a comment below. 

Sweet and Simple Valentine's Treat

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and as much as I wish it were about super romantic date nights and flowers and chocolates and all that, it's not. I have two daughters, so I have to share Valentine's Day with my girls. I'm okay with that, for now, Valentine's Day is a family affair.

Last year we had pancake hearts for breakfast and we've made pink cupcakes before, so this year we have are making a sweet and simple dessert. 

This is all you need and it's under $5. These wafer cookies are the BEST and I mean, who doesn't love some frosting with sprinkles. Yes! 

What my kids liked most about these is that they can make them on their own. You know how much kids love making their own desserts. This was fun for them and then they get to eat it.

My only problem was that I had to try and keep them from double dipping. In the future I will probably give them their own little dollop of frosting and let them double or triple dip away. I have to admit I was inspired by something similar I had seen on Pinterest, but they were dipped in chocolate. As good as everything is dipped in chocolate, Funfetti Vanilla flavored frosting sounded even better. 

So there you go, a super simple and sweet Valentine's Day treat for the whole family. 

Add Flavor to your Healthy Lunch

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It's the end of January and I hope everyone is holding on to their New Year healthy eating goals. This year, my motivation for eating healthier is my status as a Matron of Honor in my best friends upcoming wedding (T-minus 6 months). That's great motivation right? So, how do you keep things interesting on those days that you are trying to keep your calorie count low? Well the other day while on a trip to Walmart, I picked up some of my favorite lunch options. Keep reading to see how I add flavor to a healthy lunch. 

The juice aisles at Walmart called to me and although I usually look past, I was pleased to find V8 V-Fusion® and V8 V-Fusion® light. V8 V-Fusion® is 100% juice and offers the nutrition of vegetables blended with just the right amount of fruit juice for a light, sweet taste – plus 1 full serving of fruit and 1 full serving of vegetables.
See that's the thing I miss most when I'm dieting. I miss flavor and fruit! Today I'm sharing with you some of my favorite 500 calories or less lunch combos. You can never have too many healthy lunch options right? These are just some of my favorite properly portioned healthy snacks all paired with a yummy V8 V-Fusion® or V8 V-Fusion® Light to add extra flavor and serving of fruit and veggies.

These are just a few of my favorite properly portioned snacks all in one lunch adding up to 500 calories or less. I like to mix textures and flavors just to keep it all from getting boring. Below I have all the items listed with their calorie count included. 

  • V8 V-Fusion® Peach Mango - 120 cal
  • V8 V-Fusion® light Strawberry Banana - 50 cal
  • Snap Pea Crisps (1/2 cup) - 60 cal
  • Craisins - 100 cal
  • String Cheese - 50 cal
  • Turkey - 90 cal
  • Tuna (+light mayo) - 150 cal
  • Wheat crackers (3) - 60 cal
  • Small bag Baby Carrots - 35 cal
  • Smart popcorn (1 cup) - 50 cal
  • Light Yogurt - 90 cal
  • 1/2 small apple - 40 cal

I used to think V8 was only tomato juice and I'm so excited that they have some really delicious flavor combinations now. Everything you see above was bought at my local Walmart including the various flavors of V8 V-Fusion®. I found Strawberry Banana, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Mango and Acai Mixed Berry in both regular and light varieties. So not only have I been able to add flavor to my low-cal lunches but guess who enjoys these too? My kids! They were so excited to try them and loved them. Of course, it's just a mom bonus that they are healthy and include one full serving of fruits and veggies, meaning I don't have to fight with them about eating their calabasitas that day. 

So what do you think? Will you add my V8 V-Fusion® or V8 V-Fusion® light to your day? I'd love to hear some of your healthy lunch options too, leave me a comment below. 

Game Day Appetizer- Perfect Pinwheels

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I'm back with another fantastic appetizer idea! In my opinion, you can never have too many appetizer ideas right? I mean, especially with all of the Big Games coming up, because food and watching football go hand in hand.  So it's time to make your shopping list and head to the store. Today I am sharing a super delicious and easy pinwheel recipe that is perfect when sitting on top of a RITZ® cracker. 

Okay, first things first. I headed straight to Albertsons and was able to mark two items off of my list as soon as I walked in, RITZ® crackers and Coca-Cola were right up front, it must have been a sign. I love Albertsons for their deli and produce options so I was so happy to pick up freshly sliced Salami and provolone and then grab spinach, chives and avocados from the produce section.  After that all I needed was cream cheese. Done! 

I made it super easy for you to try this recipe, you can just watch the 6 steps with description on the slideshow above, or you can see the steps here. 

Step 1: Lay out and layer salami. 

Step 2: Spread cream cheese over the salami.

Step 3: Layer Spinach on top of the cream cheese. (I added pepper and chopped chives to the cream cheese spread.)

Step 4: Add layered provolone cheese.

Step 5: Slowly roll from one side to the other.

Step 6: Slice and place on top of RITZ® crackers. 

That's it! 

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There are a lot of options when it comes to RITZ® crackers, but you can't go wrong with original.

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See, another perfect appetizer for watching the big game. I am proud to say everyone loved these, kids included. With my kids, they usually just go straight for the RITZ® crackers and discard whatever I put on top. But, they enjoyed these pinwheels and I think what I liked most was that they were super hearty. There was just one thing missing to make the football watching complete...

Coca-Cola! Ah, you can't go wrong with the nice crisp flavor that you get from a cold bottle of Coca-Cola. 

To me, it really doesn't matter which team your rooting for, because everyone will always agree on one thing; watching football (or any game really) is always better with good food and drinks. 

If you noticed, I used the avocados that I picked up from Albertsons to make some guacamole. A dab of guacamole was delicious on top of the pinwheels, but it also goes really well as a dip for original RITZ® crackers.

For more fun game day recipes or party planning tips check out the Coca-Cola Mondelez partnered Home Bowl website and head over here for more RITZ Crackers recipe inspiration.