Get the Philips Airfryer @BestBuy and Start Frying Healthier #PhilipsatBestBuy

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.


Why is it that the best tasting foods are often the worst foods FOR you?  Sure, we all know we should be eating more whole fruits and veggies, but sometimes you just really want a big ole pile of french fries.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have those fries with a lot less guilt?

Enter the Philips Airfryer to help you out.  With the use of Rapid Air technology you can get great tasting fries with 70% less fat*!   How is this possible?  Well, the Airfryer circulates hot air around a metal mesh cooking basket, requiring little or no oil as it fries, bakes and grills. The starfish design on the bottom of the Airfryer facilitates air circulation, ensuring your favorite foods cook evenly. So now you can eat healthier without giving up the taste and texture of your favorite foods.

Customize the settings to cook your food exactly as you want. The Airfryer’s integrated timer allows you to preset cooking times up to 30 minutes. The fully adjustable temperature control allows you to preset the best cooking temperature for your food up to 390°F. The Rapid Air technology also lets you grill, bake and even roast your favorite dishes for a one stop solution for all of your meals

The Airfryer comes with a recipe book full of of low-fat fried food recipes that you can make in the Airfryer. It also introduces you to recipes that showcase the versatility of the appliance so that you can grill, bake and even roast food healthier, faster and more conveniently.

And if you’ve ever fried food you KNOW what a mess it can be but the removable nonstick coated drawer and the food basket are dishwasher safe for a quick and easy clean up.


It sounds too good to be true, right?  So here’s the real scope I found after using the Philips Airfryer in our house.

First of all the unit is a little large, it works in my kitchen because I have the counter space and the storage space.  But when deciding whether you can make it work it’s comparable to a large food processor or a slow cooker in space required.  But despite it’s size I wasn’t sure that it could really hold enough of food to feed my crew.  The cooking basket simply didn’t look that big but it actually held way more than I would have guessed.

Secondly, I’ll be honest when I heard of this I was ready to start making some serious fried foods that I could consider not AS bad for you.  You know, think carnival food.  Well the thing isn’t magic, it won’t make me a guilt free fried chocolate bar.  But the recipe book did have a few recipes that created whole new worlds of ideas and I haven’t tried them yet but you can make donuts in it!

But for ME, the Airfryer comes in most handy for making some of the things we already loved, just in a new way.  For everything from french fries, fish or chicken strips the Philips Airfryer can make them quickly and deliciously whether you are using frozen or homemade.  The quickness if a fabulous feature for because of our hectic schedule, it helps me not lean on fast food and carry out so much.  The other thing that made me fall in love with it was that in addition to making these types of things better tasting than baking them, and better for you than frying them by using the Airfryer there was no noticeable heat added to the house.  For me this is huge in the warmer months when you’re battling to keep air conditioning costs down I often default to not wanting to cook as I don’t want to heat up the house with the oven.


Find the Philips Airfryer at Best Buy online.



 *As shown in a laboratory using fresh fries, canola oil and compared to a deep fryer

Join Me and #Manwich for a Twitter Chat



Join me and the fabulous @MommaCuisine on Thursday for a #Manwich chat.  Chat with fellow parents about having family meals that everyone will be happy to sit down for. And of course there will be prizes like kitchen tools and even a VISA gift card to help you plan the perfect Manwich meal!


Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. CDT

Host: @MommaCuisine

Co-Hosts: @Lisanoel03, @aliciamarie112,@taranoland ,@BenSpark and @Daddymojo

Hashtag: #Manwich and #NoPhoneZone

Find Healthy Pasta Ideas From #PastaFits #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central for the National Pasta Association. I received pasta samples and a stipend to facilitate the creation of pasta recipes as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

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As a busy mom, figuring out easy, quick, and wholesome meal possibilities can be tricky .  For our family pasta is often the answer.  When paired with fiber-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed poultry and lean meats it can make a delicious meal that will satisfy my troops.  Pasta sometimes gets a looked down upon by so many trying to lose weight but complex carbohydrates like in pasta provide the optimum type of “fuel” to power your muscles and brain.  This is especially important for my young athletes! It doesn’t hurt that its a budget friendly option that can is versatile enough to please even my picky eater.

If you need help finding some new and healthy pasta recipes offers recipes, nutrition information, contest and promotions, as well as
general cooking tips and pasta facts.  Pasta Fits is a nutrition and culinary education and resource initiative sponsored by the National Pasta Association.

I made my first recipe from this week and it was fabulous.  All of us are a big fans of garlic and Parmesan so this Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Noodles recipe jumped right off the recipe page and called my name.  When I clicked and found it only had a few ingredients (that I’ve actually heard of), I was sold.  If you’re a regular reader you know that I’m not exactly an expert in the kitchen.  And this recipe was no exception.

I mean it started easy enough preheating the over and boiling noodles…that I can do!


But then…well what sounded simple tripped me up.  The directions said to cut the tops of the heads of garlic.  That SOUNDED easy.  But whether I lack the proper tools or know how, or whether mine were technically pre cut I want’s really sure but there was no way to cut any more of the ‘top’ off without destroying the entire head.  So I do what I do…I improvised and crossed my fingers.  I cut my heads of garlic in half and proceeded.


It didn’t take long before the boys came looking for what smelled so good.  Once they were done it took me a minute to figure out exactly what I was supposed to be doing when it says to “squeeze the roasted garlic into a small bowl” but I swear this recipe is idiot proof because it quickly made itself evident and I tossed the garlic into my hand chopper with the rest of the ingredients and a couple minutes later we were eating.


I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re not a garlic fan because…well there’s not much else too it.  But I think it would be a great pair with so many proteins.  We had it with baked pork chops but I think it’d go well with any milder flavored meats.  When I make it again (and I will) I will probably use more Parmesan because I added more on my plate and it toned down the garlic perfectly.

Be sure to check out PastaFits online, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



What’s for Dinner? #BeefCheckoff #MC #sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Beef Checkoff. I received products to facilitate this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.


As a mom of three quickly growing and very active boys, it can be challenging to find good for them meals that are quick enough to prepare in our hectic schedule and that they actually enjoy eating.  Admittedly, I default to the fast food crutch a little too often.  But this summer I have made a conscious effort to try and cook at home more.  This can sometimes lead to later nights as I cook after we return home from sports etc.  But I’m learning so short cuts and finding that honestly with some planning and organization it’s actually quicker to make fresher homemade items than my previous go to frozen type items.

When considering “What’s for Dinner?” the given is that there WILL be meat.  My boys are carnivores.  And I am a firm believer that healthy beef choices are a good way to get their bodies the things they need to keep growing and maintaining their high activity levels.  Did you know that there are 10 daily essential nutrients to be found in beef?


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One of my favorite time saving tips that I learned from some other great moms is to buy high quality lean ground beef in larger quantities and spend some time on a weekend or whenever I have time and brown it all.  Then, I divide it into approximate meal sized portions and freeze.  From that I can easily make sloppy joes, tacos and meat sauce just to name a few.

Another favorite way to prepare beef is on the grill.  I especially love this in the summer when I really don’t want to turn the oven on.


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Another way I’ve been learning to cut down on the time I spend in the kitchen is using my slow cooker.  It’s amazing to me how a few simple ingredients in a slow cooker can end up so delicious.  I was looking for something I’d never made before so I headed to and checked out their Easy Dinner Ideas.  One idea that jumped out at me was the Four-Way Slow Cooker Shredded Beef.  I probably shouldn’t admit this but I’ve never attempted shredded beef because I always envisioned it taking too long to shred the beef.  See my BIGGEST weakness in the kitchen (of which I have many)  is that I struggle with prep tasks such as slicing, chopping and dicing.  I tend to end up with hacked, smooshed and mangled.  But I was on a mission to try something I hadn’t before so that was it.

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Want to see how I fared?  Check out this quick video…

I should mention that the absence of liquid in the recipe made me nervous so I added a cup of water which I don’t think was necessary at all but it didn’t mess it up so I give any recipe that MY changes don’t mess up extra bonus points.  But I seriously LOVED how easy this was.  I bought a beautiful boneless chuck roast, chopped up an onion (which I left in large pieces so they were easy to get around for my pickier eaters) and tossed it in my removable crock the night before all seasoned etc, not that it took more than 5 minutes to prep and clean up so I could have done it in the morning.  But since it was done I just pulled the crock out of the fridge and put it in the slow cooker and took the cooker on and was done in seconds in the early morning.  In less time than it took my sides to be done I was able to pull out the meat, get it shredded and prep half of it as BBQ.  Both versions were loved by the boys.  And clean up was almost equally as easy!  Shredded beef will definitely be back on the menu again…soon.  But first we’ll have to try some of the other great easy dinner ideas at .


Learn lots more dinner ideas, flavor ideas, nutrition info and get YOUR beef related questions answered at .


What’s the Beef Checkoff? The Beef Checkoff was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. It’s a  national marketing and research program funded by America’s cattle farmers and ranchers.
Who directs the Beef Checkoff? Cattle farmers, ranchers and importers direct the national checkoff program, which uses funds toward research and promotion efforts designed to increase domestic and/or international demand for beef. The Cattlemen’s Beef Board and USDA oversee the collection and spending of these beef checkoff funds.
What’s the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association? The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is a contractor for the Beef Checkoff and manages research and promotion programs on behalf of America’s farmers and ranchers with oversight from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board and USDA. One of the checkoff programs NCBA manages is the “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” brand.

Pinterest Wins and Fails

Ok well I won’t claim to be pinning nutritious recipes but I DO have a ton of yummy looking recipes pinned.  But they have to be fairly simple for me to actually attempt them.  I recently tried three of these recipes, two were huge hits and one bombed!186477240790764219_q921nsvp_f


This yummy looking Grilled Cheese Pull Apart Bread from, looked good and sounded easy so I decided to give it a try.  It called for a bundt pan, which I didn’t own but there have been a few other recipes that used one so I decided it’d be worth the purchase.  And it totally was.  This was so awesome, I don’t think I’ll ever eat a regular grilled cheese again.  It smells amazing while it’s baking too.  Only thing I will add is that on my first attempt the outside was browning while the inside was still not cooked all the way through at the recommended time.  I covered it with foil and kept cooking and it was great.  It wasn’t until I made it again that I realized I used way more cheese in the first batch then it called for which probably messed with the cooking time.  I think I may have added 2 minutes to recommended time for perfect results the second time.IMG_7935a-1024x672


Feeling good about my success, I was ready to take on another new recipe.  This Bacon BBQ Cheeseburger Quesadilla from sounded like something we’d all love.  I did cut out the onions and used more bacon and BBQ sauce as I didn’t measure them because…bacon…you can’t have too much!!!  (I also used precooked bacon to make this even quicker/easier.  I MAY have used the entire package of bacon.) I also use a ton of cheese in my quesadillas and don’t measure.  So this one is really easy to adjust to your tastes but it is another one that smells awesome and the whole family REALLY loved.  It also goes a long way.  I usually use 14-16 tortillas easily when I make plain cheese quesadillas but a package of 10 small tortillas was all I needed for us all to be pleasantly stuffed to the gills with bacon-y bbq-y goodness.



I’ve very glad I didn’t totally give up on trying new recipes after a massive pinterest fail.  I wish I would have taken photos but I attempted to make these Cheesy Bacon Bombs for a party.  I got all the ingredients to make a double batch.  Followed the directions to a T.  And could NOT get them to properly cook no matter what I did.  As soon as I posted about my disaster on Facebook a friend told me that you have to use HALF a slice of bacon instead of a full one.  As I rolled them I checked several times to verify that it was a full slice because it seemed like a lot.  I’m not at all sure how she got it to cook using a full slice but I ruined 4 pounds of bacon lots of cheese and biscuits and I tried baking them, frying and then baking, baking then frying. Not a single one looked good enough to try.


Take Part in the Summer of Giving Project

I participated in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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Have you heard Champions for Kids and Walmart are joining with sponsors Tyson, Birds Eye, and State Fair brands for the Summer of Giving Project, to help provide 5 million meals to hungry kids?

While summer means fun days in the sun and trips to the beach for many families, it means not getting enough to eat for far too many children.  While many families today tend to live paycheck to paycheck, for the most part we make ends meet.  But the reality for many is that there simply isn’t enough to make ends meet.  Families and especially children should never have to know the meaning of true hunger.  Through programs at schools children from struggling families are able to get lunch and in some areas breakfast during the school year.  But very few places have programs that extend into the summer.

So what can YOU do to help?  Join in on the Summer of Giving Project!   All you have to do is shop the Walmart freezer section and support the sponsor brands, Tyson, Birds Eye and State Fair. When you do, you’ll be helping to feed hungry kids in your local community.  If you’re not a regular shopper at Walmart or purchaser of these brands look for these type of displays to help you locate the products that are part of the Summer of Giving Project with Champions for Kids.  I’m sure all stores are different but if your stores is like ours, you’ll find the Tyson line in the meat area of your store not with the other frozen items.

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Help reach the goal to provide 5 million meals this summer – then share your story – and you could be eligible to win $25,000 for your school! It’s easy, just visit your Walmart freezer aisle June 9 – July 9, purchase products for children in need, then share your story here. You could be one of seven finalists featured on our Facebook page and in the running for $25,000 for your school.*

*Click here for Full Details, Rules and Regulationsget involved champions for kids


Did you know that 10 percent of U.S. children live in food insecure homes? That’s millions of children who don’t know when, or if, their next meal is coming. This is especially true during the summer months when school meal programs are no longer in effect. This is not okay. Not in a country where so many have so much –and are willing to share it. That’s where YOU come in. Champions for Kids is about harnessing the power of people. People like you who are willing to help make sure kids don’t go hungry this summer.

Our family will be shopping this weekend for some of these items to donate to a local charity to help in OUR community thanks to Champions for Kids!  Being a kid in the summer should be about riding bikes and running through sprinklers, not wondering when you’ll get to eat next.  Won’t you do YOUR part to help this summer?

Have You Tried #UdisGlutenFree

I participated in this program on behalf of Udi’s and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

udisglutenfreeWhile gluten free diets or lifestyles seem to new to many, our family has been aware of the struggles of eating gluten free for many years because some family members were diagnosed with Celiac disease before most people had even heard of it.  Back then the gluten free options of prepared products was very scarce and to be honest, NOT very good.  AT that time we quickly learned that gluten was in so many products you’d never even think of from spices to soda.  But the biggest issue was finding GOOD options for your typically gluten filled foods like bread products.  This past week, our family has gotten the chance to check out a variety of Udi’s Gluten Free products.  Although we aren’t aware of a direct need to eat gluten free, I have heard from many friends how they feel better when they have eliminated gluten from their diet.  And it’s also nice to know of some good tasting gluten free options that we can find to have in our home when gluten free friends or family come over.

Here’s a little more info on Udi’s and gluten free living:

In just a few years, Udi’s has become the #1 gluten-free brand in America. You can view Udi’s history here.

“Udi’s changed the way consumers think about gluten free. We made can’ts, cans. We removed the restrictions that made living gluten free a struggle and made the transition seamless. We created a community for folks to share, build and create. We brought joy. “

Understanding Gluten Free Eating

  • 78% think others don’t understand what a burden it is to be gluten free
  • Only 10% are medically diagnosed
  • 37% are self-diagnosing
  • They have an avid thirst for knowledge and look to multiple sources for information including friends/family, search engines, websites and stores
  • 72% would go without or to another grocery store if they could not find Udi’s
  • 87% say that Udi’s made them feel normal again

Understanding Gluten Free Consumers:

  • 74% rely on friends & family for information and recommendations
  • 70% use search engines or web portals
  • 67% use websites
  • 49% engage with social media sites
  • 56% make their purchase decisions in-store
  • 25% rely on cooking shows for food/nutritional information
  • 36% think events or organizations are important

Gluten free defines their food choices, not who they are. They want to intersect with information in their everyday lives

What are the benefits of eating a gluten free diet?
Wheat in general is a natural inflammatory so when you eat a ton of wheat, you may feel a little bit bloated, so any reduction in wheat will help alleviate those symptoms. We find that with a lot of people are sticking with the brand or eating gluten free just because they feel better.

But if you have celiac disease, your body doesn’t have the ability to process gluten and you can’t actually absorb the nutrients. So that actually has very long term effects!  Udi’s is a real solution for those who have celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

Will the benefits be seen if a family eliminates gluten products one at a time or do you have to completely go off of gluten to see the results?
If you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, then you absolutely have to go off of it all the way! That’s the only way your body is going to heal itself and stay healed. If you are choosing to eat gluten free for your own health reasons then that is up to the individual. Some people choose to start by adopting “Gluten Free Friday.”

Are there any tips for families who want to cut back on gluten but not go completely gluten free?
We make simple substitutions in my family. So when we have pizza nights, I started using gluten free pizza crust instead of a wheat-based crust. There are some great gluten free pastas out there, so you can substitute gluten free pasta on spaghetti night. A lot of the time, no one notices a difference!

Will going gluten free help my child who has the occasional stomach grumbles?
That may be up to the individual. Simply make those trade-outs for gluten free products and see how your child is feeling before deciding to stick with it. Make a simple substitution like using gluten free bread for their sandwiches.

Do you have suggestions for trying to accommodate everyone in the family, when not everyone is gluten intolerant?
We see all the time that it is so much easier when the whole household goes on a gluten free diet together, so that everyone feels they are part of the group. What we try to do on our website is create recipes that nobody in the house would know that they are gluten free and recipes that the whole family can come together and enjoy.

How has eating gluten free become a trend?
The way we eat is always evolving! Because we always are traveling and adapting to other types of eating, we as consumers continue to want more and more choices. Eating gluten free is the same; we are hearing more about how processed foods are unhealthy and now we just want another option for taking control of what they are eating and another option for eating healthier. It’s like eating vegetarian. Even non-vegetarians choose to be a vegetarian even if it’s only one day a week, just because it’s another healthy option.

Where can we find Udi’s products?
You can find us at national grocery stores. Sometimes it is in the bakery, sometimes it is in the frozen food section, depending on the product. Use our website store locator to find which grocery stores are carrying your products.

What new things are introduced to the Udi’s line?
We did just introduce a line of four frozen meals: a Classic Mac ’N’ Cheese with Penne Pasta, a Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheese, a Sausage Lasagna and a Kale and Broccoli Lasagna! We really tried to make these taste homemade. For example, we used real cream and real ingredients so they would be tasty!

What is your best selling bread?
Our best sellers, by far, are two breads: the Whole Grain Bread and the White Sandwich Bread.

Are you in restaurants?
We have been working in the food service arena for the past two years. Our hamburger and hot dug buns are at stadiums, Red Robin and most other hamburger joints carry our hamburger buns and we are just starting to get traction with our pizza crust. We are really working hard to make sure that there are gluten free options for people in restaurants!

Our thoughts on Udi’s Gluten Free products:

I’ll be perfectly honest and say I really didn’t anticipate liking too many of the products.  The gluten free items I’d tasted years ago ranged from bland to plain gross.  But of all the things we’ve tried the boys have loved them all and the only one I didn’t love was the granola bar because it was just a little too crunchy for me.  (I have a serious texture issue and they were mostly soft and chewy but some bits would hit into a good crunch so it wasn’t something I’d get for me.)

But the soft and chewy Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites were A-mazing.  As were the Soft & Chewy Snicker Doodle cookies.  Seriously, none of these sweet treats left you feeling like something was missing or had the slightest hint of after taste or anything but sweet yumminess.

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I was really not sure about the bread, especially how the kids would take to it.  We regularly do whole grain breads but these loaves just felt heavier when picking them up.  I was prepared for the boys to decline this one.  But they devoured both varieties.  We had sandwiches, toast and even some plain.  As I mentioned the loaves felt heavier but the bread its self wasn’t dry.  It was denser than a white bread obviously but I thought it was good and definitely wouldn’t mind using it regularly.

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While I do know there are some regular chips on the market that are gluten free, some are a cross contamination risk, so be sure to do your research.  But Udi’s Gluten Free crips were a big hit here too.  They reminded me very much of something else I’ve had but I can’t for the life of me place it.  I was a big fan of the Simply Salt Ancient Grain Crisps and the boys loved the cheese varieties.


Find Udi’s Gluten Free products near you!



Crock-Pot® Cuisine: Rustic Beef Stew #crockpotcuisine



Crock Pot Cuisine introduces a line of all natural chef inspired meals designed specifically for your Crock Pot. As a busy, single mom I am in love with the concept.  And I was super excited to get to try them first hand.


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Rustic-Beef-StewRustic Beef Stew

Our home-cooked, rich and savory Rustic Beef Stew will warm you from the inside out. Made with fork-tender seasoned beef blended with chunky baker potatoes, baby carrots and sweet caramelized onions in a flavorful demi-glace sauce, our all-natural beef stew is a hearty, delicious meal that will leave you satisfied.

Ingredients: Potatoes, Carrots, Cooked Diced Beef (Beef, Water, Rice Starch, Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Spice), Demi Glaze Sauce (Water, Beef Rib-eye Flavor Concentrate [Cooked Beef Rib-eye Including Juices, Corn Oil, Beef Fat, Yeast Extract, Beef Flavor, and Flavor], Corn Starch, Red Wine, Mushroom Base [Sautéed Mushrooms, Mushroom Extract, Salt, Flavoring, Canola Oil, Sugar, Potato Flour, Onion Powder], Mushrooms, Onions, Salt, Soybean Oil, Spices, Xanthan Gum, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Flavors), Caramelized Onions, Celery.


My Thoughts on the Rustic Beef Stew:

Our family loves beef stew so I didn’t have much doubt that this would be a hit. It was the perfect wintery day meal.  I wasn’t sure if it would be enough just as it was so I did make up some egg noddles that we topped with the Rustic Beef Stew but it probably would have been just the right amount without it as we did have leftovers.  Again, it’s so easy.  With the beef stew there wasn’t even anything additional to add once you started it. So you could truly just toss it in and wait until it was ready to serve.  Boys all gave it two thumbs up!

Step 1

Crock Pot cuisine rustic beef stew (4)Empty the ingredients into your Crock-Pot with 1/2 cup water.


Step 2

Crock Pot cuisine rustic beef stew (1)Wait


Step 3

Crock Pot cuisine rustic beef stew (6)ENJOY



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Crock-Pot® Cuisine: Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken #crockpotcuisine


Crock Pot Cuisine introduces a line of all natural chef inspired meals designed specifically for your Crock Pot. As a busy, single mom I am in love with the concept.  And I was super excited to get to try them first hand.


crock pot cuisine how it works

Get 25% off of your order at through March 31, 2014 with code: CPC25BLOGI



Cajun-ChickenCreole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken

Bring a little taste of the bayou to your dinner table with our Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken. Made from a piquant blend of spicy andouille sausage and chunks of tender all white meat chicken breast blended with fluffy white rice in a rich, savory jambalaya sauce, this wholesome New Orleans classic makes you feel like you’re dining on Bourbon Street.

Ingredients: Rice, Andouille Sausage (Chicken Breast Meat And Thigh Meat, Water, Contains 2% or less of the following: Spices, Parsley, Crushed Red Pepper, Paprika, Flavor, Onions, Garlic, Salt, Sugar, Vinegar, Pork Casing), Jambalaya Sauce (Water, Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Onions, Olive Oil, Chicken Broth, Hot Sauce [Aged Cayenne Red Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic], Corn Starch, Sea Salt, Garlic, Smoked Paprika, Paprika, Thyme, Spices, Red Pepper), Tomatoes, Seasoned Diced White Meat Chicken (Chicken White Meat, Water Soy Sauce [Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt], Less Than 2% Rice Starch, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Vinegar, Salt, Spices), Green Bell Peppers, Celery, Onions, Scallions. Contains: Wheat, Soy.      


My Thoughts on the Creole-Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken:

First of all, it is super easy.  I did it with the 4 hour instructions (it also gives you 8 hour instructions).  I knew there was a good chance 2 of my boys wouldn’t eat it, and they didn’t even try it…which worked out fine because Timmy and I really really liked and apparently were really really hungry because we finished it all between the two of us.  It has a great kick to it and everything comes out a great texture/doneness.  This is one I’d definitely like to add to our dinner rotation. I normally don’t do things that require an alternative meal to be made but honestly this is so easy it’s not a huge deal to throw something else together.  But I’m pretty sure if they gave it a chance they’d actually like it, but I’m not sure I’m going to tell them that. MORE FOR ME!

Step 1

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 Toss in your frozen meat and veggie packet.


Step 2

Crock-Pot® Cuisine Creole Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken (4)Add rice after several hours (depends on what setting you use).

Step 3

Crock-Pot® Cuisine Creole Style Andouille Sausage and Chicken (5)Enjoy

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Jimmy Dean Makes My Recipes Easier With #JDCrumbles

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Our family recently got to try the new Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles.

While Jimmy Dean tends to spark my taste for breakfast, it won’t take you long to find a ton of different ways that these fully cooked sausage crumbles can make recipes for any meal easier.  If you need help being inspired, check out the  the Jimmy Dean site.

The first thing I HAD to try from the site was the Cheesy Sausage Pinwheels! As I have admitted MANY times in the past, I am not a great cook.  I have come to realize my biggest issue in the kitchen is a lack of patience.  This recipe was fairly simple however my cheese spread wasn’t soft and I didn’t really want to wait for it to soften so after struggling through a  set of doing them the proper way and fighting with the dough to not tear apart, I decided to modify the recipe and make my own version, it required much less spreading and no cutting or rolling.JDCrumbles 4

Instead I took one dough square and covered one half in spread and Jimmy Dean Sausage crumbles leaving a small edge all the way around the outside edge.  Then folded the dough over making my variation of a calzone.  Slightly less work and just as delicious.

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I also saw and HAD to try this Easy Sausage Party Dip.  And let me just tell you, it WAS easy.  Like put-it-on-the-stove-sit-down-start-reading-a-book-and-totally-forget-about-it-for-about-an-hour-and-it-was-still-delicious easy!!!  Yeah that’s a total win in this mom’s book.  Boys each gave it two thumbs up.

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Lastly, I decided to try Jimmy Deans sausage crumbles to spice up a meal I make regularly.  As a working mom without a lot of time in the kitchen, and who doesn’t really enjoy being there anyway, I turn to pasta often.  I usually use a jar of sauce and add a few spices to our tastes and call it a day.  But for a heartier more flavorful option, I used my favorite jar of spaghetti sauce, added my normal spices and then about half a bag of Jimmy Dean Sausage crumbles.  It made a huge difference in the quality of the meal without adding any additional prep time!!  This will definitely be something we will do again!pasta family dinner quick fast easy food kids spaghetti jimmy dean sausage crumbles jdcrumbles recipe


Jimmy Dean sausage crumbles are also available in these two other varieties as well: