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Comfort food in all it’s glory with much less work. Cheesy Chicken Bowls are perfect for a night at home watching TV’s shows or movies you rented no matter where your favorite rent source is. Made from Tyson: Spicy Chicken Nuggets and Cheesy Chicken Nuggets along with corn, mashed potatoes, gravy and cheese. I love to put fresh bacon bits on top to give extra savory flavor.
It’s great because you can decide if you want to go spicy for yourself and/or go cheesy for the little ones. With the wintry weather upon us this is definitely comfort food in my house. We made all the ingredients and set it out separately so the teens can decide what they would like to add to their bowls. The oldest is a very picky eater but even he enjoys the chicken.
What’s even more super cool is that you can look for specially marked packages of Tyson Cheesy Chicken Nuggets, clip the token coupon on the back of the package, and bring it to Chuck E. Cheese’s. You can purchase 130 Tokens for $25 (a savings of $7.50) for a fun day out at Chuck E. Cheese’s! That’s pretty awesome if you ask me. The more I could save when the teens were little the better! They still like going to Chuck E. Cheese; you never grow out of it! Skee ball was always my favorite.
You can always follow along and see more yummy recipes with Tyson’s Cheesy and Spicy Chicken Gourmet Nuggets at #LoveUrNuggets on Twitter or follow their Twitter account at @TysonTweets. They also have a Facebook at Tyson Chicken Nuggets with some pretty neat artistic nuggets to help out with those picky eaters.
Now I am off to enjoy my cheesy chicken bowl while watching Hangover III since I missed it in theaters. Oh and check out this sweet Pinterest board with other Tyson nugget recipes like the Tyson Chicken Salad Jars.
This is one of my simplest meals I love to make for my family on a chilly Autumn evening. The crushed red pepper in this Spaghetti all’ Amatriciana adds a little heat to warm the soul. The origin of the Amatriciana was a recipe named gricia. Grici were what the Romans called the sellers of bread and comestibles. According to another source, the name originates from the hamlet of Grisciano, in the comune of Accumoli, near Amatrice.
Spaghetti All’Amatriciana is generally prepared with guanciale (cured pork cheek) and grated pecorino. Guanciale is not common in the United States. You would have to check at specialty shops to find it and even then it’s difficult to find. It is possible to replace the guanciale with pancetta but you would want a thick cut pancetta if possible. Pecorino cheese can be found at specialty markets like Sprouts or Whole Foods. I use pecorino when I can find it but if not I replace it with a parmesan cheese when in a bind.
Another name for it is Sugo all’amatriciana and Bucatini all’Amatriciana which is used with a bucatini pasta that is larger then spaghetti and comes with a hole down the center. I’ve had luck finding this at World Market. Though, for an easier way to go you can just do the Spaghetti All’Amatriciana version.
My lineage is Italian and I was raised on pasta’s like this. You can take away a lot of foods from me for diet restrictions to lose weight or what not but there is NO way your taking my pasta. I would rather be fat! I love my pasta; it’s like my main diet. Yes, it carbs but RUN it off and you will be just fine. Love my pasta and my bacon. I was vegetarian for a few years due to medical reasons and I have to say I really missed bacon!
Is there a food you could never do with out? I’d love to hear about it. Tell me in the comments below
This is one of my favorite all time dishes paired with lo mein and saké. The fresh spring onions are on my go to list for everything. Snacks, garnishes, side dishes and meals. I have to tell myself not everyone likes onion like I do. Spring onions bring color to Orange Chicken along with a hint of flavor.
What’s your favorite Asian dish? I really dig beef broccoli, sesame chicken, hot and sour soup, lo mein, and even egg drop soup if made correctly. Orange chicken is universal though. You can lightly fry the chicken before with cornstarch or you can just saute the chicken or bake the chicken. My preference is to lightly fry the chicken because I honestly love the extra crunch.
Many think this meal is quick to make. It very well can be but when I do it, it always takes me about an hour. I fry the chicken first on the stove top and set it aside. Then I make the sauce and simmer the chicken in the sauce while the sauce thickens around the chicken. If you would like a darker orange chicken you may use a dark soy sauce and dark brown sugar. Generally, I use the light brown sugar and dark soy sauce.
We munched on this while watching Supernatural last night. It was a hilarious episode. Dean could talk to animals and part of the potion/spell he had to take had side effects of acting like an animal. Barking at the mail man and playing fetch about had me on the floor. Then they had this beautiful shepherd on talking to Dean which was pretty funny too. What I would give to have a beautiful shepherd like that in my home. Though I do love my Carolina dog Ozzy; he’s super spoiled! Do you watch Supernatural? It’s probably my most favorite TV series. Haven comes in at a close second. Love to know what you watch. Always on the look out for a new show.
Just one day away till Halloween. It’s raining here but it’s suppose to make its way out before tomorrow nights festivities. What are your plans this Halloween? We are ordering pizza and I plan to make some cupcakes with a Halloween swirl. Though on Fall nights like this I love to make stew, soups, and goulashes. There just happens to be more then one way to make a goulash. My other half would assume this Moroccan beef stew is a goulash. I say it’s a stew. You can decide for yourself
The aromatic smell of the allspice and cinnamon as this simmers on the stove reminds me of Fall. Most of all I dig the usage of apricots and raisins. Dried fruit really gives the dish flavor and color. I added some dried apricots to the top for more color but I cook some in the dish too. Too add a bit of green you can top with parsley or basil though we eat it without those.
Tonight, I plan on helping my daughter carve a pumpkin. I know the other half will probably take over and do his rendition of a Halloween Michael Myers pumpkin just like in the films and on the cover. I hope if it’s not to wet outside to get some pictures of my eerie graveyard and the pumpkin this evening. Do you make your own Halloween decorations? I have too much fun doing it. I don’t make costumes though. Sewing is not my forte.
Thinking of tomorrow night is anyone planning on watching the Ghost Adventures two hour Transylvania episode? I am going to try to catch at least half of it. I know for some part of it we will be trick or treating. What time do you head out? Do you wait till dusk or just go at around 7:00P.M.? We usually wait until dusk but lately more people have been starting earlier especially if it is a school night. However you celebrate I hope your preparations for All Hallow’s Eve are underway.
We don’t often eat seafood in our home since my daughter is allergic. I love that I can get Gorton’s and eat it separately on a baking sheet she does not use in order to have my seafood fix. I love their popcorn shrimp. With the holidays around the corner they make appetizers super easy. These shrimp peperoncini appetizer spoons are simple to put together in under 20 minutes. Great for a last minute gathering.
I also like the popcorn shrimp for a mid day snack. It’s full of nutrients like listed below! My middle son loves shrimp too. I got a few coupons for review. We tried some of the other products available and he loved them all. Especially the popcorn shrimp that I got two bags of. He just wouldn’t stay out of them.
Made with 100% whole, tail-off shrimp and covered with a flavorful breading for a satisfying crunch. These lightly seasoned shrimp add a pop of crunch to any meal!
- 100% whole, tail-off shrimp
- Fun and tasty crunch – kids love ‘em!
- No MSG, artificial colors or flavors
- Natural Omega-3
They also gave me the chance to giveaway one really great prize pack below. In the meantime, don’t forget to stop by and grab yourself a few coupons. You can also find recipes just like mine at Gorton’s Seafood website.
So here’s my recipe for Shrimp Peperoncini appetizer spoons. You can always top the shrimp with horseradish or cocktail sauce too! Think caprese with parmesan cheese and tomatoes. There is so many options. It’s really up to your creativity. What would you put with your popcorn shrimp?
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Some weeks you just really want to do nothing but easy recipes that will fulfill your family. What’s worse is when you are tired of the same foods. I like making classic authentic food as much as the next but sometimes I hack it to make it delicious and easy. This Meatball Stroganoff is easy but gets easier with Land O’Lakes Saute Express Saute Starters. Helps me cut out the garlic and chopping of herbs. Super simple to start a meal off with!
I like to make a plan for the week with recipes that I know I can make or teach the teens to make. It’s great to plan meals for the week as it will help you throw out less produce. Just like tonight’s tortilla soup I made in which I also used the Saute Express Starters in it. Letting nothing go to waste!
Simply melt the starters in a pan and add in mushrooms, onions, and other goodies. The Saute Express Starters are good in soups or saute chicken. I like to just keep a notepad file of the recipes I want to make for the week. This week the plan is to make Czech goulash, Moroccan stew, taco soup, pasta pie, and a few other dishes. Do you have a weekly menu?
These are not only wonderful for sauteing foods they are also delicious on breads. Toast french bread and use it like a spread over the bread before toasting. Super scrumptious! Using #SauteExpress on Twitter or Instagram you can find more recipes featuring different Saute Express Starter flavors. They can easily be picked up in the butter and spreads section at Walmart. I have a feeling the garlic and herb and the lemon pepper will soon become a staple in my fridge.
I love the rustic flavors of the islands. Sometimes it’s wonderful to toss up dinner with a little sweet and spicy combination of Caribbean Chicken. This recipe may have many ingredients but it is mostly staple ingredients especially if you make cookies often. Caribbean Chicken is super easy to put together as you blend the spices and juices together and just pour!
My other half V was very afraid of this recipe because he despises sweet dinners. Surprisingly, he enjoyed it. My friend, Jessica, joined us for dinner and some Ghost Adventures watching that evening. After dinner and dessert she said I HAD to put this on the site so she could make it. After we enjoyed a few brews. I really fell in love with this chicken when I made it in my teens. I love the loads of fresh onions and tomatoes that roast down in the sweet and spicy sauce. Such a sucker I am for sweet and spicy!
Just add the chicken to a casserole dish. I used all thighs because you get a bit more meat with them. You can do this with legs also but I would highly suggest to make sure you use on the bone chicken. Breast are great but not for this dish.
Layer the quartered tomatoes and onions over the chicken. Pour the sauce over the tomatoes and chicken evenly. I had to switch dishes just to give room for the chickens juices that will release when it bakes in the oven. I love to serve this with pineapple, black beans and white rice or simply just red beans and rice. Here’s a closer look at the pretty spices and sauce.
Make sure to add some tomatoes and onions to the plate with juices when serving this dish up. Caribbean Chicken is delicious with the chicken pulled from the bone and combined with a little tomato and onion on your fork. The mess of the two is delectable. Here’s the recipe for Jess and the rest of you!
Fall is here and it’s soup season! It’s the time of year where I try to come up with as many soup recipes that will feed for less cash with tasty ingredients. The soup must also be fulfilling as a dinner. Chicken lime soup resembles the idea of tortilla soup and hot and sour soup combined. The fresh avocado on top is a must to add the creamy texture to the soup that is so deserves.
If your not a fan of rice the rice in this recipe can be replaced with corn. Roasted corn would be an especially delicious option. The other half thinks corn doesn’t belong in soup; I think he’s crazy! Corn chowder is another soup I love. I can eat corn cold out of a can.
I really think this soup fits well with some fresh tortillas for dipping and paired with a good beer. I really think slow cooking the chicken helps this recipe for the broth but if your in a rush you can always use a roasted chicken and some extra broth. I know I cheat sometimes when there is too much going on.
Do you have a favorite soup? I have a few I have made on the blog here under the Soup section. Although, I would like to make a few more. I need to update some of the pictures here. I’d like to make taco soup again. I think I will add it to my menu for next week. Do you keep a menu for the week or do you do a fly by the seat of you pants?
I find I spent less when making a menu. Reusing some of the ingredients like spices through out the week helps that nothing will go to waste. Cincinnati chili is on the menu this week which is another favorite of mine. What’s on your menu to-do list this week?
Lately, I am working to do my best to eat healthier. Snacking generally gets the best of me because I don’t always eat healthy. I would like to speed up my metabolism. Peanuts have the power to help with that. They are a healthy snack that are pack full of nutrients. Science doesn’t lie because it’s made of facts. Just like the video A Gift from Nature explains. Mr. Peanut explains all the nutritional values. Although, it certainly is not always about snacking. Healthy dinners help too! Just like Chili Chicken & Peanut Noodles.
This allows me not to eat the horrible chicken fried everything that my other half loves. He’s not the biggest fan of Asian or Thai food but I try to edit the recipes to leave out some of the flavors he doesn’t prefer. He likes his beef and fried foods. Not healthy! In my journey to eat healthy, lose some weight, and build muscles I like creating dishes with all around healthy ingredients.
Peanuts have six essentially nutrients like niacin which get all up in you. It’s successful snacking. Niacin helps with skin health. Have you seen anybody do anything worth while without skin? Planter’s peanuts have plenty of options for snacking with different styles of peanuts.
I used Planter’s peanuts in this recipe for a fresh crunchy topping packed with the #PowerofthePeanut. I also used spring onions for a bit of flavor. Do you have the #PowerofthePeanut? I know I do! It’s hard to get rid of those pounds sometimes and the science behind the peanut is pretty powerful. Now to get my other half to believe it. The teens already do! I even influenced a few of the teens friends to try my recipe and they loved it.
I have to admit that every holiday season I like to stick bowls of Planter’s cocktail peanuts out on the tables rather then fudge or chocolates. Such a better alternative. What do you set out during the holidays?
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I have to admit I am such a sucker for Cajun food. It’s just one of those heritage things that I know my best friend/cousin Chelsea gets. Like the time we had friends in from New Zealand and decide on a whim to buy a 40 pound bag of crawfish and purge them. We also did Cajun style turkey. While I love all of the above I do think that the Bourbon Chicken has to be one of my most favorite Cajun recipes. Do you have a Cajun favorite?
Alligator! Fried gator is another Cajun favorite. When we head out to eat that is probably the most ordered dish in my house excluding my daughter cause she is allergic to seafood. I have yet to find alligator in the stores where I can buy it and cook it myself. Anywho! This recipe for bourbon chicken is not a recipe I have made in quite a few years. I thought it would be a change to our menu. To my surprise, my entire family devoured it, got kisses, and told it needs to be on the menu every week. I think I need to make Cajun food a little more often!
Yes, I do use bourbon in this rice. Why yes I feed it to my kids. The alcohol burns off when you cook just in case your concerned. I completely understand some fears about it but I assure you it’s safe. I love to pair the bourbon chicken with red beans and rice. While I am not adding the recipe today for the red beans and rice I do assure you that soon I will add it. Of course, if it takes me to long you can always bug me in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook. You can find those links to your upper right My bacon spatula helped me make this dish. I just have to show you because it is super cool and these spatula’s are hands down one of my favorite tools in the kitchen! Bacon spatula!