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Blue Apron: Tasty Food? Worth the Cost?

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

For months I’ve been contemplating trying Blue Apron food deliveries, but could never fully commit to paying the $60/week price tag. But just recently I was emailed an amazing deal and paid only $14.94 for my first delivery. At that price, I knew it was the right time to give Blue Apron a try, so this time I didn’t hesitate.

The weekly Blue Apron plan I chose to get was three meals for two people. The service tailors the meals you receive to your diet preferences and tastes. For example, if you don’t eat seafood, you can designate that in your profile and no seafood dishes will ever be sent. There are even options for vegetarians and much more.

And to take it a step further, you’re offered a menu each week where you can pick and choose which meals you receive. It’s not a type of service where you’re flying blind and each delivery is a surprise, although you can keep it a surprise if you want to. Going to be out of town for a week? No problem. Just skip that week’s delivery and you won’t be charged for it. It’s definitely a perk that it works around your schedule and your family’s preferences.

We eat pretty much everything around here, so we don’t have any diet restrictions and after browsing the menu, the three meals I chose to receive were (1) Chicken Paillard with Potato, Fennel & Meyer Lemon Sauce, (2) Bucatini Pasta Bolognese with Brussels Sprouts, and (3) Lemon-Caper Catfish with Spiced Lentils & Collard Greens. I felt like these dishes would give us a good sample of different types of meals Blue Apron has to offer.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Delivery

Once I signed up I believe it took about 2 weeks to get my first delivery. When it did arrive, it was on time and as promised. I was very pleased with how everything was packaged. All the foods looked fresh, much of which looked better than I’ve purchased at the store before; and with large ice packs keeping the food cold, I easily transferred everything to my fridge.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

Cooking

When it was time to try our first meal, I chose to make the Chicken Paillard dish. Each dish that comes in the delivery has its own recipe card, so all I had to do was pull the ingredients listed on the card and follow the cooking instructions. As far as ingredients, literally everything I needed was included with the exception of salt, pepper and water, and obviously these are basic cooking staples that everyone should have in their home. Even simple things like butter were included.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

As far as the recipes, I’d say they’re fairly easy to follow. If you’ve never worked with certain foods it could be somewhat of a challenge, but you’ll still figure it out. For example, I have never cooked with fennel before, but this dish included fennel. I really didn’t know how to prepare it, but after rereading the instructions a few times (ya know, just to make sure I was clear, haha), I made it work.

That just happens to be one of the things I like about Blue Apron. In every dish I made, I got the opportunity to work with certain foods and ingredients I’ve never cooked with before, including the fennel, black lentils, capers and brussels sprouts. I’ve never even cooked with red pepper flakes, which was part of this chicken dish.

Eating

When all was said and done, the Chicken Paillard was delicious! There is no doubt I’m keeping this recipe card handy and making this dish again. If you’ve been reading Making Time for a while now, you know my family loves chicken, so finding new flavors is always a plus for me and this is a flavor I love.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The second dish I made was the Bucatini Pasta Bolognese and once again, this dish did not disappoint. In fact, my kids even loved it. My boyfriend and I didn’t get to eat our full meals because the kids were indulging too. I had actually given them a night off from family meals (my son is a picky eater) and let them choose what they wanted – chicken nuggets. But when they saw what we were eating, they tossed their nuggets to the side and headed to our plates.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

The last dish of our Blue Apron delivery was the Lemon-Caper Catfish. We love seafood, but I left this particular dish for last because I wasn’t so sure we were going to like the black lentils mixed with collard greens. Alas, I still cooked the dish per its recipe card and we gave it a try. Personally, it was a very different taste for me, but was doable. I would say that there were too many black lentils and they overpowered the dish.

I recently got a great deal on my first Blue Apron delivery, so I took the long awaited plunge and tried it out. Visit the blog to read about my experience and what my thoughts are on whether the food is tasty and if the service is worth its cost. #BlueApron #subscription #fooddelivery

My boyfriend actually spit his food out and said heck no. He ate the catfish, but nothing else. So in my opinion, less of the black lentils would have made this dish much better, and I actually didn’t even plate all of the lentils that I cooked. This was just one recipe we didn’t care for as much as the others, but everyone’s tastes are different so to each their own.

Final Thoughts

Is the food good? Yes. We absolutely loved the chicken and Bolognese dishes, and will make those again in the near future. And even though we didn’t much care for the seafood dish, it was still a great experience to try something different.

Is Blue Apron worth the price? For my family, no. $60/week for three meals that’s just enough for two people, simply isn’t affordable. There’s another option that offers two meals for four people, but again that’s still not affordable for us. I can go to the store and purchase all the ingredients for these recipes for much less than that.

That being said, with Blue Apron you’re not only paying for the food and recipes, but you’re also paying for the convenience. It’s definitely nice to have everything I need to cook my family nice, hearty dinners delivered right to my front door. If we had disposable income, I may consider keeping my Blue Apron deliveries, but for now I’ve cancelled all future orders.

Have you tried Blue Apron or any other food delivery service?

*This post was in no way sponsored. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Crockpot Fall off the Bone Whole Chicken

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Chicken is a staple in my house. Any time I see chicken on sale I stock up, even if I have to freeze it. It doesn’t matter if it’s wings, legs, thighs, breasts or in this case, the whole chicken, my family is all over it.

But this also means we eat a lot of the same chicken recipes over and over. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try something different and cook a whole chicken in my crockpot. Let me just say that I have never gotten a bone so clean in my entire life. Not only was the chicken moist and delicious, but it literally fell off the bone! I couldn’t even pick up the whole chicken to get it to the cutting board without it just falling apart.

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Now, I know there are tips and tricks to prevent the whole chicken from falling apart when cooked in a crockpot, but I actually enjoy how moist and flavorful the chicken is when it cooks in it’s own juices. And apparently, so does my family. We ate on this whole chicken for three days (talk about affordable!), preparing the leftovers in different ways.

There’s no doubt I will be cooking whole chickens in the crockpot in the future and will be trying different seasoning variations. This time around I used fresh garlic, thyme and lemon, along with the basic salt and pepper. Delicious!

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycookingWant an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

 

5.0 from 4 reviews
Crockpot Fall off the Bone Whole Chicken
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6+
 
This crockpot recipe for slow cooking a whole chicken will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, it will literally fall right off the bone?
Ingredients
  • 1 whole chicken (5-6 lbs.)
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 bundle of fresh thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and slice the lemons. Set aside.
  2. Peel the entire head of garlic so you have individual cloves and cut each clove in half lengthwise. Set aside.
  3. Remove the chickens innards (usually packaged in a bag you can simply pull out) and rinse the chicken well under cold water. Pat dry.
  4. Season the entire chicken, inside and out, with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Layer the bottom of the crockpot with slices from 1 lemon, the garlic cloves (leave about 4 cloves set aside) and a few sprigs of thyme.
  6. Stuff the inside of the chicken with the slices from 1 lemon, 4 cloves of garlic and a few sprigs of thyme.
  7. Tuck the chicken legs/thighs under and place the chicken in the crockpot.
  8. Top the chicken with the remaining lemon slices and thyme.
  9. Cook on high for 4 hours.
Notes
If you want to make it a one pot meal, try adding chopped vegetables around the chicken. Think potatos, carrots, celery and onions. Oh my yum!

Want an easy and affordable option for dinner? Try cooking a whole chicken in a crockpot/slow cooker! This crockpot #recipe will leave your chicken moist, juicy and bursting with flavor. And did I mention, the chicken will fall right off the bone? You can even add vegetables to the crockpot for a one pot meal! #crockpotrecipe #wholechickenrecipe #easycooking

Have you ever cooked a whole chicken in the crockpot/slow cooker?

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“Welcome to the Uber Life” + Giveaway

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill
~Thank you to KNG International for providing a free sample for my review. This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. Opinions are 100% my own.~

You know what I hate? Going to the refrigerator and finding that what I was looking forward to eating or drinking is gone. At this point, living in a house of four, I feel like it’s just a fact of life. 

But I’m not so sure I’m ready to accept that. And thanks to the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge from Uber Appliance, I don’t have to.  It’s compact size and ease of use allows me to keep those special treats hidden in my bedroom, away from the rest of the family. Well, at least the kids. My boyfriend is still questionable, but if anything ever goes missing I know exactly who to blame.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge Features:

  • Interior dimensions – 8.5″ x 5.75″ x 5.25″
  • Exterior dimensions – 11″ x 7.25″ x 10″
  • 4L personal fridge holds up to 6 cans.
  • Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system.
  • Both heating and cooling options.
  • Plugs into 12V car charger or in-home outlet.
  • Removable shelf.
  • Self-locking recessed door handle.
  • Available in a retro red or silver color.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill "Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Aside from the compact size of the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge, I love that it can be used for both cooling or heating. This makes it a great accessory for camping or even keeping your lunch warm at the office. I can only imagine all the things I would have used this mini fridge for, when I had my own cubicle at work. Mothers can even use it for storing pumped breast milk.

Another favorite feature is that the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge can be used by plugging it into a 12V car charger. That means you can take it on the go! Take it camping or on long road trips and eliminate the need for a messy ice chest.

"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Uses:

  • Office/cubicle
  • Bedroom
  • Dorm room
  • Camping
  • Road trip
  • Vacation/hotel stay
  • Garage
  • Picnic

Want your own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge? There are many different retailers who have it available. You can shop directly from Uber Appliance, but even shop retail sites like Amazon, Walmart, Sears, Overstock, Newegg, Wayfair and even Groupon (price varies by location).

I even have a chance for you to win one! KNG International is giving one lucky reader their very own Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge! Simply enter using the giveaway form below.

Welcome to the Uber Life

What will you use the Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge for?

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"Welcome to the Uber Life!" This Uber Chill Retro Style Mini Fridge is perfect for camping, parties, keeping your goodies hidden from the kids (my fav!) and so much more. Visit the blog for your chance to win one! #giveaway #UberAppliance #UberChill

Sponsored by: KNG International and Uber Appliance

Hosted by: Making Time

Co-hosts: Babbles and Tantrums

This giveaway is a partnership with KNG International. It is open to US Residents, ages 18+ and ends on January 25, 2017 at 11:59 pm est.  Random winner will be notified via email and must respond within 24 hours or prize will be forfeited. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

*This post contains affiliate links, in which I may receive compensation for your purchase. My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries

These Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries will have your taste buds thanking you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, they're great any time of day. #recipe

Did someone say fries?

Oh wait, cheese fries?

What?! Bacon, egg and cheese fries? Oh my yum!

That’s right! This recipe for Homemade Bacon, Egg and Cheese Fries will have the whole family loving you. Anytime I get a craving for loaded fries, but don’t want to leave the house to head to a restaurant, I put this recipe to work.

These Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries will have your taste buds thanking you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, they're great any time of day. #recipe

Whether it’s morning, noon or night, you can’t go wrong with bacon, egg and cheese anything. If you don’t eat “breakfast foods” for dinner sometimes, you’re doing it wrong!

4.8 from 6 reviews
Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries
Author: 
Recipe type: Comfort
Cuisine: American
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 3 servings
 
These Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries will have your taste buds thanking you. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, they're great any time of day.
Ingredients
  • 2-3 cups of vegetable oil
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 Tbsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tsp of seasoning salt
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup of cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat/prepare the oil in a pan or deep fryer.
  2. In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, garlic powder, seasoning salt).
  3. Slice the potatoes into thin strips and coat them with the dry ingredients.
  4. Fry the potato strips until tenderly crisp.
  5. While the potatoes fry, cut the bacon into small pieces and fry until crispy.
  6. Just before ready to plate, fry the eggs over easy.
  7. To plate, start with a layer of the fried potatoes and sprinkle with cheese. Then layer on the fried eggs, and top with the crispy bacon pieces and more cheese.
Notes
To really make these over the top, load them with sour cream and green onions as the final layer.

How will you top your Homemade Bacon, Egg & Cheese Fries?

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GERBER CEREAL Provides the Iron My Little One Needs

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood
 

Sooo, have you figured out yet that we are totally a Gerber family? I’ve been talking about our love for Gerber for a few weeks now. My mom has told me that I grew up on Gerber baby products, my son grew up on Gerber baby formula and purees, and now my daughter is in love with just about every Gerber food that exists. Yeap, I think it’s safe to say we’re a Gerber family.

Because I have two kids, I tend to compare them when it comes to reaching different milestones and while my kids are like two peas in a pod and look like twins born 3 years apart, they still have their own personalities and differences. One such difference is as I just mentioned, my son was given baby formula, but my daughter has been breastfed.

So while my son was getting all the nutrients he needed through his baby formula, one thing my daughter is lacking from being breastfed, is not getting enough iron. No matter how much iron intake I have, it doesn’t affect the amount of iron in my breast milk.

Where is my daughter going to get the iron she needs? She’s going to get it from GERBER CEREALS! Told you we are a Gerber family, haha.

Did you know iron was important to your baby’s diet?

 

Adequate iron intake is important in supporting healthy brain development and overall growth, especially within baby’s first year. Breast milk naturally contains iron, but many times exclusively or partially breastfed babies are started on an iron supplement at around the age of 4 months.

My daughter is getting her iron supplement in the form of GERBER CEREALS. Just 2 servings of GERBER CEREAL a day provides her with 90% of the daily iron she needs to help support her learning ability.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

We recently made our weekly trip to Walmart to restock on her GERBER CEREALS and chose to stick to the basic ones like Single Grain Oatmeal, Single Grain Whole Wheat, Single Grain Rice and also Multigrain. The GERBER CEREALS were very easy to locate in the baby section and my local Walmart even had a large end cap display of nothing but our favorite GERBER CEREALS.

Since we’ve restocked, my daughter has no problem getting her daily amount of iron intake and now that she’s 12 months old, she likes when I mix in a little Gerber puree. I mix in some of the fruit flavors when she has GERBER CEREAL for breakfast, and in the evening for dinner, I mix in some of the vegetable flavored purees. She loves the taste and I love that she’s getting the iron she needs to continue healthy growth and learning.

GERBER CEREALS provide a great source of iron for little ones, as they grow and develop in their first year. #GerberCereal @Gerber #babyfood

Have you spotted GERBER CEREALS at Walmart?

Connect with Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber: Website / Facebook / Pinterest

*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and allowing me to ensure my little one has the iron she needs. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Easy 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.

Have leftover chicken, but don’t know what to do with it? I have the perfect recipe for you!

I don’t know about your family, but mine eats a lot of chicken. Quite frankly, it’s an affordable protein, and there are many different ways it can be cooked and a countless amount of flavors it can be enjoyed with.

But sometimes we have leftover chicken and really don’t want the same thing two nights in a row. That’s when I turn to my easy 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla recipe. While these can be enjoyed as a first meal, it’s a big time saver for me when I make it using leftover chicken and it helps me minimize how much food we waste.

So today, rather than telling you what I’m making time for, I’m going to share my 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla recipe. It’s something that saves me time and allows me to fit other important things into my busy day.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 leftover cooked chicken breasts
  • 16-20 small wheat tortillas (1, 16 oz. pack)
  • 2 cups honey BBQ sauce
  • 8-10 slices of cheese

Directions:

  1. In a blender, chop the leftover chicken breasts.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat, add a little olive oil and heat the chopped chicken.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  3. Transfer the warmed chicken to a bowl and mix in 1 cup of BBQ sauce. If you like a lot of BBQ sauce, feel free to add more.
  4. Taking 2 wheat tortillas, spoon some of the remaining BBQ sauce onto each and spread it around.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  5. Spoon some of the BBQ chicken mixture onto one of the tortillas. Don’t spread the chicken out to the edges because once the quesadilla is all cooked, when you cut it it will spread the interior ingredients towards the outer edge.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  6. Place 1 slice of cheese on top of the BBQ chicken. You can also use shredded cheese if you prefer. My family is pretty basic and would rather have good ‘ol American sliced cheese.This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.
  7. Place the second tortilla on top of the cheese.
  8. Spray the skillet with non-stick spray (I like to use olive oil spray) and heat on medium-high.
  9. Cook the quesadilla on both sides until golden brown.
  10. Let cool, cut into fours (I use a pizza cutter) and enjoy.
*Note: You can also use the large tortillas. I have used them before and rather than using 2 tortillas to make a quesadilla, I simply fold the large tortilla in half. Just spread the BBQ sauce over the whole tortilla and then place the BBQ chicken mixture and cheese on only half of it. Then fold the other half over and cook. 

This 4 Ingredient BBQ Chicken Quesadilla #recipe is perfect for using up leftover chicken AND it's a quick and easy dish my whole family enjoys.

This recipe yields 8-10 quesadillas, all depending on how much filling you use. And as a finishing touch, I love to dip my BBQ Chicken Quesadillas in ranch dressing or even sour cream. Yum!

Would you dip your BBQ Chicken Quesadillas?

Snack Time with Gerber Lil’ Beanies

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Snack time in my house could very well be my kids’ favorite time of day. They run ragged all day, so when snack time rolls around they’re more than ready to be refueled. My toddler now thinks she can eat everything her older brother does and she certainly wants to.

The problem is that he’s such a picky eater to begin with and only eats certain foods – junk foods (hopefully he’ll grow out of this stage soon). So while my toddler may be able to handle the consistency of some of the foods her older brother eats, they’re not the healthiest foods for her.

One of my son’s favorite snacks is cheese puffs and it’s also a snack my daughter enjoys as well. Definitely tasty (who doesn’t like cheese puffs?), but certainly not very healthy.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Beep, beep! My mom’s saving $0.75 on Gerber Lil’ Beanies, my favorite snack!

 

Luckily, Gerber Lil’ Beanies is the perfect substitute for my toddler. They may not have the exact same cheesy taste as cheese puffs, but they have the same consistency and their very own delicious taste.

The best part? They are so much healthier for her and she loves them! It’s a win-win for both of us!

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Mom, do you think 3 is enough?

 

Made from navy beans, Gerber Lil’ Beanies are a baked bean-based snack (say that 3 times fast, haha) that provide 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber and 10% the daily value of Vitamin E, per serving.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber
Ooooh, here comes another mom and her kids! Tell her how to save on Gerber Lil’ Beanies!

 

And with two available flavors, Original and White Cheddar Broccoli, you’re toddler will surely enjoy one or the other, if not both. My daughter loves the White Cheddar Broccoli Lil’Beanies and when we visited our local Publix last week to pick some up, she couldn’t even wait until we got home to dig in!

Not only do I prefer my daughter to enjoy Gerber Lil’ Beanies as a snack over cheese puffs, I also like that they’re very affordable. Publix has them for just $2.00 each and to make it an even better deal, Ibotta is offering a $0.75 rebate! So if your toddler hasn’t yet tried Gerber Lil’ Beanies, now is the perfect time to head to your local Publix and pick some up.

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Gerber Lil' Beanies are a nutritious, yet tasty snack your toddler will love! Learn how to save $0.75 when you buy them at Publix! #GerberWinWin @Gerber

Just look at my daughter! The other day I realized she had gotten kind of quiet and when little ones get quiet you know that normally means they’re up to no good. I looked around and found her sitting under the table with one of her Gerber Lil’ Beanies snacks.

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I guess she was making time for her own snack break. This is definitely the type of quiet I can get used to! Now I just need to work on my picky eater of a son.

Which Gerber Lil’ Beanies flavor do you think your toddler will enjoy?

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*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring my toddler to snack healthier. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Crockpot Salisbury Steak Recipe

This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.

It’s fall ya’ll! That means my crockpot is going to be working hard over the next few months. In fact, I broke it out last week to make some Beef Stew and today I’m making Salisbury Steak. I ALWAYS make time for crockpot meals! Besides, they save me a lot of valuable time in the day so I can do other things.

I won’t say everything I’ve ever made in the crockpot was tasty and worth making again, but this Salisbury Steak is on point! So why not share the recipe with you? It’s actually pretty easy to make and one of my favorite crockpot dishes.

Ingredients:

  • 2-2.5 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 pack of onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3/4 cup of bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 pack of brown gravy mix OR mushroom gravy mix
  • 1 can of french onion soup
  • 1 can of cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 can of mushrooms (or 2 small ones)

Directions:

  1. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet, just above medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ground beef, onion soup mix, milk, bread crumbs and eggs.
  3. Form the mixture into patties.
  4. Cover the patties with flour and place in the heated skillet. Do not completely cook the patties, but just get a nice brown on the outside.This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.
  5. Place the patties directly into the crockpot. You’ll have to stack them.
  6. In a bowl, mix the brown gravy mix, french onion soup, cream of mushroom soup and mushrooms (drained).
  7. Pour the mixture over the patties in the crockpot.This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.This Crockpot Salisbury Steak #recipe is one of my favorites in the fall. It's really easy to make and the whole family loves it.
  8. Cook on high for 4 hours (or low for 6 hours).
  9. Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or your favorite side dishes.

In my family this recipe yields about 5-6 servings. We typically eat two patties and the kids eat one, and then we’ll have some left over for the next day.

What’s your favorite crockpot dish?

How My Little One Indulges in Fall Flavors

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the amazing flavors – pumpkin, turkey, ham, sweet potatoes, roast beef, apples and any recipe that has crockpot in the title. I can’t wait to pull my crockpot out!

On the flip side, my little one can’t enjoy all of the same fall flavors I do because she’s still learning to chew solid food. There’s no way I can give Sadee small pieces of turkey, ham or roast beef quite yet, but I would love for her to experience the same savory fall tastes that I love and enjoy.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies
Eeny meeny miny moe, so many Lil’ Bits to choose from, yes it’s so.

 

My solution is Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits! With flavors like Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner and Autumn Vegetable & Turkey Dinner, I can share my favorite fall flavors with her.

Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits provide Sadee with a puree consistency she can handle, but also introduces her to small pieces of soft, solid food. I love it because it’s teaching her how to chew and progress into real, solid table food. It’s only a matter of time before she’ll be eating everything we eat right from our table.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

Crockpot roast beef is a favorite fall dish of mine and one that I make at least 3-4 times during the fall season. I wanted to see how well Sadee would like some of these same flavors, so I made time to try a quick mashed sweet potato recipe for her and topped it with Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner. It gives her a little taste of the sweet and savory flavors of fall, but in consistencies she’s able to handle at her age.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits
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This recipe allows your little one to experience the sweet and savory tastes of fall, while maintaining a consistency they're able to handle, and even introduces them to easy to eat, small pieces of solid food.
Ingredients
  • 3 small sweet potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1, 5 oz. container of Gerber 3rd Food Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner
Instructions
  1. Boil the sweet potatoes for 20 minutes, until tender.
  2. Drain the sweet potatoes and return them to the pot.
  3. Mash the sweet potatoes, and mix in the milk and maple syrup.
  4. Place desired amount sweet potatoes in a bowl.
  5. Top with desired amount of Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner.
  6. Let sweet potatoes cool before serving.
Notes
Feel free to substitute the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner, with another flavor your little one may like.

With this #recipe calling for @Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, my little one can enjoy the same fall flavors I've come to love and is also learning to chew and eat solid food. #GerberBabies

I’m happy to say, it was a big hit and Sadee loved it! She had no problem eating the small, solid pieces of carrots in the Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits Garden Vegetable & Beef Dinner, while the rest of the dish was a puree consistency. I think she really enjoyed having a little taste of both the sweet and savory sides of fall dishes because up until now her meals have been pretty one-sided – either sweet or savory.

Which flavor of Gerber 3rd Foods Lil’ Bits would your little one enjoy?

*Thank you to Gerber for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to prepare my little one for solid table food. This is a sponsored post in which I will receive compensation.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for Great Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

Making Time for Great #Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

One thing I’ve tried to change in my diet over the past few years is to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.  So far it’s been a lot easier than I thought it would be and I’ve learned so much about different ways of preparing and cooking different fruits and vegetables.

About 4 years ago, in an effort to lose weight I decided to look for a cookbook that had recipes that were low in carbs, fat and calories.  I came across Eat What You Love by Marlene Koch.

Not only is this cookbook great for weight loss, but the recipes were also great for controlling diabetes, which is something that runs in my family.  Up to this point I’ve avoided being diagnosed with diabetes and hope to be able to continue being diabetes free.

Making Time for Great #Recipes: Blue Wave Smoothie

Every single recipe I’ve tried from Eat What You Love has been delicious and I use the recipes ALL the time.  One of the first recipes I tried was the “Blue Wave Smoothie” and it immediately became a favorite.  And now, 4 years later, I’m still enjoying a “Blue Wave Smoothie” about once a week.  It’s easy to make, requires only a few ingredients, uses fresh fruit and tastes amazing!

Blue Wave Smoothie
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This Blue Wave Smoothie is the refreshing, cool taste you need on a hot summer day!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • ½ cup light white grape juice
  • 1 Tbsp (or 2 packets) Splenda
  • ½ to ¾ cup crushed ice (only ½ cup if using frozen blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients, except the ice, in a blender. Blend to mix.
  2. Add crushed ice and blend on high until the ice is completely incorporated.
Notes
This smoothie is also great without the ice.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 120 Fat: 0g Saturated fat: 0g Carbohydrates: 24g Sugar: 16g Sodium: 100mg Fiber: 2g Protein: 5g Cholesterol: 0mg

 

Do you enjoy smoothies?

*This post contains affiliate links.  I did not receive a sample in exchange for this post and am just sharing my own experience.  My opinions are 100% my own and in no way influenced by the author.  Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the author.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.