Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with these 4 Recipes!

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It's Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) and you know what that means right? It's time to celebrate family and traditions with good food. One of the most important things I learned from my grandmas is that the best memories are made when family comes together. Over the years, I've also learned that family will always come together, especially when there is good food. Today I'm sharing 4 recipe ideas that are sure to bring family together. 

Stouffer's Chicken Alfredo with Chorizo

As much as like to bake and spend time in the kitchen, I also like to find shortcuts and ways to save time. Stouffer's always comes in handy with saving time. I bought STOUFFER'S® Family Size Chicken Alfredo and decided to add a twist. This time I added Chorizo!

Oh, you know how I love Walmart. I can find everything I need for my recipes and celebrations. Check out this Stouffer's® Frozen Meal Rebate right here.

What I like most about Stouffer's is that it's as easy as throwing in the oven and letting it cook on it's own. This time, I cooked a small amount of Chorizo on the side, let it drain and added it to the Alfredo for the last 15 minutes of baking.

The flavors worked so well together. The creamy Alfredo balanced the spice of the Chorizo and the pasta and chicken added a nice bite. This is perfect for a party. Make a few family size trays and sprinkle some chorizo last minute, that's it. 

Bread Pudding with Platanos Maduros

I have learned several variations of bread pudding from my grandma and my husbands grandma. But this one, is mine. This is my variation and if your abuelas are anything like mine, then you know they would definitely not approve of the changes I've made. 

Here is what you'll need:

  • NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • French Bread (or any bread of choice) Cubed
  • 3 cups of cold milk
  • 2 eggs
  • Platanos Maduros (I used the frozen kind and just followed the package instructions)
  • 1 cup of butter- melted
  • 2 tbsp Vanilla
  • Cinnamon

For the Icing:

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Chop the bread to 1 - 1 1/2 inch cubes place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place in the oven for about 2-3 minutes. Just until the bread becomes slightly toasted.
  3. Fry the platanos maduros, per the package instructions. Set aside to drain the oil and chop into quarters. 
  4. Add quartered platanos and cubed bread to a 9 x 11 baking dish. Make sure platanos are evenly distributed throughout. 
  5. Next mix the wet ingredients. Whisk together melted butter, Sweetened Condensed Milk, cold milk, eggs and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the bread and platanos. Cover with foill. 
  6. Bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 10 minutes or until you see the top start to brown. The top will be toasted, the bottom will be moist. 
  7. While the bread pudding bakes, you can mix the icing. Whisk the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla together until you get the consistency you like for icing. If you like yours thicker, add more sugar, or thinner add more milk a splash at a time. 
  8. Serve warm with icing drizzled over the top. 

Cream Cheese and Chocolate Empanadas

Empanadas are some of my favorite party foods. First of all, I love that you can make them sweet or savory just depending on what you fill them with. But whenever I make them sweet, I usually have the kids in mind. They just fit so perfectly in their little hands, but of course adults will love them too.

Here is what you'll need:

  • NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi Sweet Morsels
  • Refrigerated Pie crust
  • 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 cup Powdered Suga
  • Egg yolk
  • Sugar
  • 2 tbsp of Butter
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 (or whatever your refrigerated pie crust packaging says)
  2. Cut circles with a 4 inch diameter, I used a small bowl for my circles. 
  3. Mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until you get a frosting like consistency. *Try not to lick the spoon.
  4. Place a dollop of filling, about a tablespoon, on to half of the dough. 
  5. I sprinkled morsels on top of the mixture as a layer, instead of mixing it in.
  6. Next fold the circle in half and close with a fork. 
  7. Last brush egg yolk over the closed empanada and sprinkle with sugar.
  8. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until nice and golden. 
  9. While the empanadas are baking, you can make the chocolate drizzle by melting the butter and vanilla in the microwave and mixing in a 1/4 cup of Semi Sweet Morsels. 
  10.  When the empanadas are nice and warm, drizzle some chocolate or even dip the empanadas if you like. 

Iced Café de Olla

I remember the first time I had cafecito. I was eleven years old and I was visiting family in Guanajuato. The family that was hosting us served me a nice warm class of instant coffee.  I would like to say I've been hooked ever since, but that's probably not exactly true. Most of the time when people start making coffee at a party, it means the party is coming to an end. But that's not the case with this Iced Café de Olla. This drink can definitely be a main beverage served at a party. 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® Liquid Coffee Creamer - French Vanilla flavor
  • 1 tbsp Nescafe Café de Olla Instant Coffee
  • 1 cup of Milk
  • Ice
  • Cinnamon and Sugar
  1. Pour milk into a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Mix in the Nescafe Café de Olla Instant Coffee and stir until dissolved and completely heated through. 
  3. Mix cinnamon and sugar on a plate.
  4. Wet the rim of the glass and turn upside down onto the cinnamon/sugar mixture, until the rim is coated.
  5. Fill the cup with ice. 
  6. Pour the hot coffee over the cup of ice. 
  7. Add the French Vanilla Coffee Creamer and mix. 
  8. Sprinkle a little extra cinnamon and sugar on top. 

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Decoration Ideas

To be honest, all of the food will speak for itself. When you are ready to decorate your table, pull out your sarape (Mexican blanket) or any culturally relevant fabrics that you may have on hand and lay it out. They are usually very bright and add so much color and texture as well. 

Another great idea for decorating for a Hispanic Heritage celebration is using things you have around the house. For example, I have these Dia de los Muertos style coffee mugs in my window, add a plant and now you have a centerpiece. My biggest tip for decorating for Hispanic culture, is searching Pinterest. You can find ideas and patterns for creating your own Papel Picado and check out this Flavorful Moment Pinterest Board for even more delicious recipe ideas.

Creating Fun and Yummy Recipes for Instagram #FlatoutLove

Are you following me on Instagram? This post will be pretty convincing for you to want to follow me. Recently I took part in a delicious Instagram challenge with Flatout Flatbread. I was challenged with coming up with some fun recipes for 5 days using different themes. You can check out what everyone else came up with by checking out this tag: #FlatoutLove.

For all recipes I used the Flatout Flatbread Light. They are 90 Calories, High Fiber, 9g Protein
and Half the Calories and Carbs of 2 slices of 100% Whole Wheat Bread. Now go ahead and scroll down and see what delicious snacks and treats I created. 

Thanks for reading and now go ahead and follow me on Instagram to see what other fun stuff I'm sharing. 

Step Up Your BBQ Game with this #LegendaryTailgate Sandwich

What's the best part about football season? The food of course! I suppose I also enjoy spending time together as a family too. Okay, so for me, the best part of football season is the food and the company. I am not a huge football fan, I don't have a real favorite team, but I do enjoy sitting and watching a game now and then. Mostly, I spend the majority of football Sunday in the kitchen cooking up some delicious food for the family. Today I am sharing my recipe for a delicious and messy BBQ chicken sandwich made with Foster Farms Fresh & Natural Chicken and my new favorite BBQ sauce, Stubb's.

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What to do with leftover Halloween candy?

Halloween is over! It's sad but true. In my house, we start decorating the first weekend in October, and tear down all the decorations by November 1st. The one thing that we have left over is a TON of candy. My littles are really little, so they might have 3 M&M's each or a Dum Dum after their nap, but other than that they don't eat much candy. Luckily for my husband and I, we have been ravaging... I mean sifting through the candies every night since Halloween. Unfortunately for me, it seems as though our neighbors were boycotting all of my favorite candies, because I only had like two sour candies out of the whole bunch, but whatever.
As I was scanning through Pinterest the other day, I stumbled upon Just a Taste's Leftover Halloween Candy Blondies Recipe. I have to admit, it's kind of genius. I will get up and bake any recipe as long as we have all the ingredients on hand. Luckily for us, we had all the basic ingredients for this Blondies recipe and tons of leftover Halloween candy.
So, first of all you should check out the recipe here and then you can get to the fun part. Like chopping up candy and adding it to the blondie batter. 
This is what it looked like as I was mixing in the leftover candy. 
Probably the best part of the recipe was placing the chopped up pieces of candy all over the top. 
And, how good does this look? All baked and crisp on the outside, but super moist with ooey gooey melted chocolate pieces on the inside.
Here it is all cooled down, chopped up and with a bite taken out of it of course! I am so glad I stumbled upon www.justataste.com there are so many amazing recipes over there.  
So, tell me what do you do with your leftover Halloween candy?

Easy Homemade Gnocchi

So, you know how every now and then you need a super quick snack without having to go to the store for some random ingredients? Is that just lazy me? I can't be the only one! Well, here is my recipe for Easy Homemade Gnocchi. Enjoy...

2 medium to large potatoes
1 egg
3/4 cup of flour
1 tsp of salt
Pepper to prefernce
Also, Oil or butter and garlic if you like (not shown)
Step 1: Fill a medium pot with water and set to boil.
Step 2: Microwave or bake your potatoes until tender. Peel the skin back and mash them up

Step 3: Scramble the egg in a medium bowl, then add the mashed potatoes, flour, salt and pepper.
Step 4: Mix all the ingredients together until it forms a dough the consistency of cookie dough.

Step 5: Take chunks of the dough and roll it out until you get long pieces about an inch thick. (kinda like making snakes out of play-doh!)

Step 6: Make 1-1 1/2 inch cuts, then press your fork gently into the dough to form grooves. 

Step 7: Take about 1/3 of your gnocchi and place it into the boiling water until it rises to the top. (about 7 minutes for all the gnocchi to come up)
Step 8: Put a few tablespoons of butter or Olive oil into a heated skillet, along with some minced garlic or red pepper flakes, and toss the gnocchi into the pan for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until you see some golden color to the gnocchi. Remove from butter, set aside, and begin the next batch.

Here is the finished gnocchi, sprinkled with a little Parmesan cheese. TADA!!!
The flavor possibilities are endless really, and you can always add some marinara sauce on the side for dipping. Enjoy! If you try the recipe, let me know how it worked out for you. Thanks!  

Yummy Ramen Chicken Salad

This is my first attempt at food blogging or recipe blogging, so here it goes. This is a super easy recipe for yummy Ramen Chicken Salad, this does not last longer than two days in my house. Everyone keeps going back for small servings and before you know it, it's all gone.  The other day I was craving this salad, and it just so happened that I had all ingredients on hand, yay! As I started pulling ingredients out, I thought, "Hey, I should take pictures and maybe blog this."  So, here I am, too bad there is no more salad left. 

1 package of Ready to eat Cole Slaw
1 cup of Oil  (Corn, Canola, Olive, Vegetable, any work just fine)
1/2 cup of Rice Vinegar (which I always pick up when I am at the dollar store)
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 packs of Chicken flavor Ramen (flavor packets and noodles)
Small pack of slivered almonds
Small pack of sesame seeds
Shredded Chicken if desired

Step 1: Empty cole slaw into large bowl
Step 2: Toast slivered almonds and sesame seeds (I always burn mine, but they still taste delish) and add to cole slaw.
Step 3: Add Oil, rice vinegar, sugar and chicken flavor packets into small bowl and whisk together
Step 4: Crunch up Ramen noodles and add to Cole Slaw
Step 5: Add chicken and dressing and mix it all up! 
There you have it! So easy! This is such a great side dish to take to a party or a bbq, it's really refreshing.