Game Day Poppin’ Jalapeno Dip #VivaLaMorena

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Poppin Jalapeno Dip

Calling all football fans!

Are you ready for the big game coming up next month? I recently became a football fan (*GASP* I know!), and am really looking forward to watching the game – and the commercials – with family next month. Already, I have watched more football in the last month than I probably ever have. And some of the time my husband isn’t even around. I watch football All. By. Myself. Crazy, right?

So now, with my newfound “like” of the game of football, (I can’t say “love” just yet, but I do like the game a bit) I am really looking forward to the big game early next month. And we all know that great football watching is usually accompanied by some good eats! For this year’s game, I will make a Poppin’ Jalapeno Dip to serve as an appetizer. We should have some family over and I’m sure everyone is going to love it.

It started with a trip to Tony’s Finer Foods, my go-to grocery store for all things Hispanic. They have the products that I’m looking for, manufactured by the brands I love, at really great prices.

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For this particular recipe, I knew I needed some sliced jalapenos – it is a jalapeno dip, after all! So where did I head first? The (large!) Hispanic aisle, of course! I always use La Morena products whenever possible – they are the best. They are the leader in the chiles and peppers category, of course, and I love the authentic Mexican taste of their products.

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Then it was off to pick up the rest of the ingredients and I was on my way.

Jalapeno Dip Ingredients

This is one of my husband’s favorite dips that I make. It’s really easy, and it comes out super gooey and cheesy! You’ll have to find your own super-cute helper though.

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First, mix the sour cream and cream cheese in a large bowl, then stir in the cheeses.

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Then for the jalapeno heat, add the diced jalapeno peppers.

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Then smooth all that cheesy goodness in a baking pan. Then prepare the bread crumbs with melted butter and parmesan cheese.

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What you’re left with is a heavenly (and mildly spicy) melted cheese snack you can enjoy on game day. Will you be watching?

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Here’s the full recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 (7 oz) can La Morena Sliced Green Pickled Jalapeno Peppers, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 lb mild cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup + ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and sour cream with a hand mixer.
  • Add cheddar cheese, 1 cup parmesan cheese, and chopped jalapenos, mix well.
  • Spoon into 8×8 baking dish, spread evenly.
  • Mix bread crumbs, melted butter, and ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until hot and breadcrumbs are golden brown.
  • Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!

Three Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas #BuddigTasteChallenge

Breakfast is probably the one meal of the day that  I don’t eat like I should. When I’m in a rush, I grab my coffee and I’m out the door. I’m usually running late, so if I’m going to make breakfast, you better believe it’s going to be a quick one. These Three Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas are my go-to in the mornings when I need to make something super-quick. Then, after I make that breakfast, I’m gonna enter it in the Buddig Taste Challenge…because Buddig, of course! Buddig really helps me take this recipe to the next level with their ham. You’ve got to try it – it’s so good!

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INGREDIENTS
    • Prep: 5 min
    • Cook: 2-3 min each
    • 8 flour tortillas
    • 8 hard-boiled eggs, diced
    • 2 (2 oz) pkg Buddig Original Ham, chopped
    • 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
    • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
    • 1 cup crumbled Mexican queso fresco
    • Optional: Sliced jalapeños, chopped cilantro


DIRECTIONS

  • Heat a non-stick electric skillet to med-high heat. Combine diced eggs and chopped Buddig ham in a medium bowl.
  • Place 1 tortilla on skillet and top with a small handful of each of the three cheeses. Spoon a generous portion of the egg and ham mixture over the cheese and top with another small handful of each of the three cheeses.
  • Top with another flour tortilla and use spatula to flatten. When the bottom tortilla begins to turn a golden brown color, flip the entire quesadilla over. Flattening with the spatula also helps hold everything together when you flip over.
  • Continue cooking until the other side is also golden brown, about 1 minute.
  • Remove to a cutting board and cut into wedges. Top with chopped cilantro and sliced jalapenos.

 

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This is seriously one of my family’s favorite recipes – my preschooler even loves them! I could even use your vote. I am one of 9 bloggers that were selected to participate in the Buddig Taste Challenge and would love your vote if you like my recipe. If chosen as the winner, I could win a $1,000 Visa gift card and a chance to meet the Buddig family. Fingers Crossed!

SO PLEASE VOTE for my Three Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas! Voting ends May 31st and every 25th voter will receive a $1.00 coupon for Buddig products.

Try These Delicious Mango Recipes #MakeItMango

My son is always my helper in the kitchen. He loves mixing ingredients and helping me cook or bake. I love how he’s so young, yet already so interested in working in the kitchen. If he keeps this up, he could be a great chef one day – or at the very least, an awesome husband!

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Last week my son and I had the opportunity to spend some time with the folks from the National Mango Board at The Chopping Block in Chicago and we learned so much about my son’s favorite fruit, and we even made a few delicious mango recipes to eat!

We learned that mangos are one of the most popular fruits IN THE WORLD,and a mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet! We also learned how to properly cut a mango – something I have struggled with for years. In fact, it has hindered me from buying mangos often because I just didn’t know what to do with them. My son followed directions really well on how to cut a mango. Yes, I let him handle a butter knife for a few minutes – he did great!

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From there, we made a few delicious mango recipes to enjoy. We started off with Mango and Banana Smoothies. So good!

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Had yummy Cinco de Mango Quesadillas with a  Classic Mango Salsa. I didn’t think we would enjoy sweet mangos inside a quesadilla but I was so wrong. It was delicious!

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And for dessert we made Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Mango Pops. This, of course, was my son’s favorite!

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So yummy!

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What creative ways have you used mango?

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Cleaning Up Chocolate Milkshake Messes is a Breeze with Bounty with Dawn #BountyatWalmart

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For me, cleaning the kitchen is my least favorite chore. The crumbs, the counter spills, the nasty sink, sweeping, mopping…AAAGGGHHH! The thought of doing it, alone, makes me want to take a nap. Of course, it’s a necessary evil – no one wants a disgusting kitchen – I just wish there was a way to make it easier. A little less daunting.

Lately, the weather started warming up in the Chicago area and my family was craving some ice cream. Milkshakes have always been our favorite and a chocolate shake sounded so good. However, we all know how messy a chocolate shake can get. This scene look familiar to anyone?

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Yeah, not exactly something you want to clean up after a long day. Don’t get me wrong – the milkshakes were totally worth it, but the mess was just a headache. Take a closer look at the counter. Yuk!

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Luckily I was given some Bounty with Dawn to try, to help with the clean-up.

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Bounty with Dawn is a specially designed 2-in-1 product that combines an ultra-durable Bounty paper towel with grease-fighting power of Dawn dish soap. When activated by water, Bounty with Dawn stands up to tough messes like grease and dried food residue, similar to a dishcloth.

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I was a little hesitant to try Bounty with Dawn at first because I was afraid that my countertops would be a sudsy mess, like it would with a dishcloth. Thankfully, it wasn’t and my countertops were left spic and span!

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Bounty with Dawn is the thickest, strongest Bounty available on the market and can even be reused—simply rinse and wring the grease out to keep tackling any mess with just one sheet!

So tell me, would you give Bounty with Dawn a try?

Here’s my easy Chocolate Milkshake recipe: Mix 3 scoops of chocolate ice cream, 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter, and 3/4 cup milk in a blender. Pour the mix into your favorite cup. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

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Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos: The Perfect Lenten Feast #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias

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The Lenten Season officially began a week ago, and we still have 5 more no meat Fridays ahead of us. I am not a vegetarian, and neither is anyone else in my family so finding a meatless recipe that we can all enjoy can be a daunting task. One thing we can always, always agree on – TACOS! For meatless Fridays during lent, these chipotle lime tacos are to die for. So freakin’ yummy! #VivaLaMorena I say!

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I always prefer shopping at  Hispanic grocery store anytime I make a Latin-inspired meal. My regular grocery store and the (3 other grocery stores in my neighborhood) only have half an aisle dedicated to Hispanic products.  Just HALF AN AISLE! All the beans, Sazón, Adobo, and chipotle peppers are all in the same aisle – and the variety is laughable.  Not at Hispanic grocery stores though, I went to Cermak Produce recently and this aisle, for instance, is their canned peppers aisle.

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Jalapeno peppers, chipotle peppers, serrano peppers – all in cans.

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La Morena products are something that ex’s mom (my daughter’s grandmother) always had on-hand. She cooked her best dishes with them.

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My ex’s mom is probably the best cook I’ve ever met. From Venezuela, she can cook practically anything and it always tastes amazing. For as long as I can remember, she’s been my cooking inspiration. Effortless deliciousness – she makes it look so easy! I always wanted her to teach me some of her best recipes, but unfortunately I wasn’t so great of a cook back then. She tried, but nothing ever stuck.

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Luckily, I’ve spent some years honing my skills and came up with this recipe for Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos. Hope you enjoy them!

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Chipotle Lime Fish Tacos

INGREDIENTS

Marinade

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds tilapia fillets, cut into chunks

Chipotle Lime Sauce

  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • Adobo sauce from one can of La Morena chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seafood seasoning

Toppings

  • 1 pkg tortillas
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 pkg cole slaw mix
  • Lime wedges
  • 1 can La Morena sliced green jalapeno peppers

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make the marinade. Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lime zest, honey, garlic, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning, and black pepper in a bowl until blended. Place the tilapia in a shallow dish, and pour the marinade over the fish. Cover, and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Make the dressing. Mix the sour cream and adobo sauce in a bowl. Stir in the lime juice, lime zest, cumin, chili powder, seafood seasoning. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Cook the fish. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Remove fish from marinade, drain off any excess and discard marinade. Cook fish pieces until easily flaked with a fork, turning once, approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Assemble the tacos. Heat tortillas over an open flame or warm in the microwave. Place fish pieces in the center of tortillas and top with cole slaw mix, cilantro, and drizzle with Chipotle Lime Sauce. Garnish with lime wedges.

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2-Minute Mango Salsa Makes a Delicious Snack #makemangosalsa

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If you’re living in America…and alive…you probably already know what February 2nd is. SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!!! Most people (men especially) will be huddled around the television to watch the big game. Me? I’m not too much of a fan, but I will admit to watching a few games with my husband this year – and have heard him talk so much about the game that I feel like I’ve been an honorary fan this year. While I might not be much of a professional football fan, there is one thing that I do love come game time – the FOOD!

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I love heading out somewhere to watch the game, because at least then I don’t have to spend the time cooking anything. If I am at home I like to make dishes that are of course delicious, but more importantly I make food that is quick and easy! If you are anything like me, you are going to love this quick, easy, delicious and dare I say – healthy – game day snack.

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First, of course, I have to get the little man settled beforehand and a movie usually holds his attention long enough for me to get a few things done. Lately that movie has been a fairly new one, The Book of Life. We have a digital copy, but the DVD comes out January 27 so make sure you head to your local Walmart and grab a copy.

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Now I can get to work – for all of 2 minutes! This mango salsa is one of my favorites. Served with tortilla chips, this colorful, fruity dish is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Here’s what you’ll need for the 2-Minute Mango Salsa:

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 oz) can Del Monte Diced Mangos, drained
  • 1 Jar Chunky Salsa – (I used a 17.6 oz jar of Goya’s Mild Pico de Gallo Salsa)
  • Fresh cilantro and onion, finely chopped
  • Fresh lime juice, to taste

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All you have to do is combine all ingredients and enjoy with some tortilla chips!

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Select Walmart stores will be hosting a 2-Minute Mango Salsa sampling event from January 22 – January 25th. Check ahead to see if the sampling will be at a store near you.

Have fun, eat salsa, and ENJOY the game!!!

Kraft & Capri Sun: La Pareja Perfecta #GolazoKraft

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Did somebody say “GOOOOOAAAALLLLL”?!?!  The games have just begun, and many people have kicked off the season with friends and family over to watch.  Did you see the opening ceremony?  The tree-men and the “live” flowers?  Gorgeous.  And did you see J-Lo?  Stunning and gorgeous, as always.  I, for one, am so excited that the games have started and I’ll be rooting for my favorite team along with my family.  My little guy, especially, has taken an interest in watching soccer games and he likes to play along in the living room or even out in the backyard.

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One thing that definitely can’t be forgotten when sitting in for the long haul of watching a soccer game is the food.  I just want to make some easy party food – I don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while the game is on!  Recently, through #CollectiveBias, I discovered that Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese and Capri Sun are the perfect pair to feed my family’s bellies while watching the games.   I always head to my go-to spot to purchase my ingredients…Walmart!  Seems like you can’t leave Walmart without picking up some Kraft Mac N Cheese!

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I’ll be the first to admit that I start with the Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese as my “base”, but add lots of ingredients to make the meal my own – much to my family’s delight!This meal is the perfect combination to fuel your guests while they cheer for their favorite teams – added with my own special twist, of course!

Three Cheese Mexican Skillet Mac

This recipe is so easy – and SO tasty – that your guests will be begging for more!  My family eats requests this every so often, and I am always happy to oblige.

Three Cheese Mexican Skillet Mac

Ingredients:
2 boxes Kraft Mac N Cheese White Cheddar
1 lb. pork sausage
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup Queso Chihuahua
chopped cilantro (for garnish)

  1. Cook macaroni in a large pot according to package directions.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, while macaroni is cooking.  Brown sausage in a skillet.  Drain oil if needed.  Then add onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes.  Add black beans and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
  3. In a small bowl, combine milk, cumin, salt, and egg.  whisk to combine.  Set aside.
  4. Add macaroni noodles to the skillet then pour milk mixture on top.  Stir to combine and cook 2 minutes.  Remove skillet from heat and add cheeses, mix until melted.  Top with fresh cilantro and serve.

Told ya!  Easy and so good!  Serve it with a pouch of Capri Sun on the side (they’ve got new packaging where you can see the juice from the bottom) and you’ve got a great meal!

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So tell me, how will you be watching the games?  Hopefully you’ll get to let out a “GOOOOAAAAALLLL”! Smile #GolazoKraft

Kick Off Summer with a Farmland Barbeque and a Homemade Barbeque Sauce Recipe #ReadySetRibs

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Ahh, Memorial Day.  Not only a day of remembrance for those that lost their lives in active military service (a meaning we should never forget), but also the unofficial start to the summer cookout season.  Bring on the barbecues, it’s time to get grilling!  Sitting outside, surrounded by family enjoying a great meal signifies the perfect summer day – and one I’m more than happy to provide.

Summer Grilling Farmland Baby Back Ribs

Once Memorial Day hits, I grill outside as much as possible.  Nothing beats the hot, savory taste of meat cooked over an open flame.  Nothing.

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These days, my family has come to appreciate the sticky sweet tang of a great fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs.  Yes, ribs.  I always thought they were too messy, but even I can’t drown out the pleads of my family to make more.

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Usually my husband mans the grill, but when making ribs, I make it a point to do it myself.  I have my own, secret (well, not after today) recipe that only I can get it right.  Who says grilling is just a man’s job anyway?!?!  My first stop is Walmart, of course, where I pick up all the fixin’s for a great barbeque.

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From there, I boil my ribs first.  I know lots of people like to cook them low and slow – either in the oven or in a smoker – but I’m a busy mom trying to keep track of a teenager and entertain a preschooler, so a long, drawn-out process just isn’t in the cards for me.  I prefer to season my ribs with a dry rub (salt, pepper, paprika, brown sugar, cumin), place in a large pot and cover with enough water to fully cover the ribs.  Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to medium-low and cook for about an hour and a half.  Then, take the ribs out and place them on a preheated grill, and baste with the homemade barbeque sauce for another 15-20 minutes.  Brush the sauce on often and I guarantee a delicious rib!

Tangy Homemade Barbeque Sauce

Tangy Homemade Barbeque Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp paprika

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low heat, and continue to simmer for 30-45 minutes.
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For more grilling tips, visit readysetribs.com to get advice and more recipes from the barbeque pros, BBQ Pitmasters!

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Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Woman’s Day December 2013

These Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies are amazing and taste just like little brownie bites! - Thoughts from Her

I know I’ve been on a healthy overhaul for the past couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean I don’t crave some of my favorite desserts from time to time.  This week, I’ve been thinking about these Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies almost daily.  I made them just before the holidays and they were gobbled up so fast.  They tasted like little brownie bites with a heavenly coating of confectioner’s sugar.  You can’t just eat one – I swear.  Try it.  Can’t do it.

My toddler helped me make these and they hardly take any time at all to make.  I’m thinking I might see a cheat day in my future to get my mind off these indulgent chocolate poppers!

Try ‘em and let me know what you think!

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

Chocolate Brownie Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, plus more for rolling

Instructions

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Melt chocolate according to package directions and let cool. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla, then the cooled chocolate.
  3. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated.
  4. Place the confectioners’ sugar in a small bowl. Drop a slightly heaping Tbsp of dough into the confectioners’ sugar (the dough will be soft) and roll to coat and form into a ball; repeat with remaining dough. Place the dough balls on a prepared baking sheet and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes and up to 4 days.
  5. Heat oven to 350°. Lightly toss the chilled cookie dough balls in confectioners’ sugar and arrange on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating the position of the pans halfway through, until the cookies are cracked and puffed and just set around the edges, 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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Turkey Enchiladas Suizas

Family Circle April 2013

Turkey Enchiladas Suizas

Probably my most favorite cuisine is Mexican food.  Whenever my family is looking to order out, I’m usually the one that suggests tacos.  Or my husband.  Or my daughter.  Ugh…let’s face it, my whole family loves Mexican food.  While ok every once and a while, purchasing Mexican food at a restaurant isn’t all that healthy.  I found this turkey enchiladas suizas recipe in a Family Circle magazine and thought it was worth a try.  It uses ground turkey as the filling, which is way healthier than what you’d buy at a Mexican spot, and even has zucchini thrown in!  It’s a guilt-free family meal!

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Try it out and let me know what you think.

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Turkey Enchiladas Suizas

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6

Calories per serving: 408

Turkey Enchiladas Suizas

If you're looking for a healthier take on Mexican food, this recipe is spot on! Using ground turkey and even a little zucchini, it's a dish that moms love serving to the kids.

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (20.8 oz) lean ground turkey
  • 1 zucchini (about 8 oz), grated
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 jar (16 oz) medium salsa verde
  • ¾ cup half-and-half
  • 4 oz Monterrey Jack cheese, grated (1 cup)
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Chopped cilantro and sour cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 375°. Coat a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Coat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and place over medium heat. Crumble in ground turkey and add zucchini and onion. Cook until turkey is no longer pink and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Season with ½ tsp of the salt, the oregano, ¼ tsp of the pepper and the cumin.
  3. Meanwhile, combine salsa, half-and-half and remaining ¼ tsp each of the salt and pepper. Stir ¾ cup of the sauce into skillet and heat through. Remove from heat and stir in ¼ cup of the cheese.
  4. Pour 2/3 cup of the sauce over prepared dish, tilting to coat bottom. Warm tortillas in the microwave. One by one, transfer to a work surface and spoon ¼ cup of the turkey mixture down center. Roll up to enclose filling and transfer, seam side down, to prepared dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
  5. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas and top with remaining ¾ cup cheese. Bake for 25 minutes. Serve warm. Garnish with cilantro and sour cream.
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Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

All You December 2011

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

For me there is no better combination than chocolate and mint.  Well, wait, maybe peanut butter and jelly…or spaghetti and meatballs…or bread and butter.  Let’s just say that I really, really like the flavor combo of chocolate and mint.

This is a great recipe to make with the kids too.  My toddler helped me make this one…or, I should say, helped me eat lots of filling!

Enjoy this one, but don’t overcook the cookies.  You want them to be nice and chewy.  Enjoy!

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Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Yield: 24-36 cookies

Calories per serving: 116

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

This is a great minty chocolatey cookie - my family inhaled these pretty fast!

Ingredients

    Cookies:
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp (1 ¼ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Filling:
  • 10 Tbsp (1 ¼ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cups Marshmallow fluff
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • Food coloring

Instructions

  1. Make cookies: Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until just combined.
  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into a log about 9 inches long and 1 ½ inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic; chill for at least 2 hours and up to 1 day (or freeze for up to 1 month).
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Slice dough into ¼-inch thick rounds (36 slices per log); place on baking sheets 2 inches apart. Bake until cookies are dry on top, about 10 minutes. Do not overcook or your cookies will be too hard. You're looking for a chewy consistency. Remove to a wire rack; cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. Make filling: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter, confectioners’ sugar and salt until combined. Stir in Fluff and peppermint extract. Beat on high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Divide filling between 2 bowls, add desired food coloring to each bowl; stir until evenly dyed. Sandwich 2 cookies with a tsp of filling. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
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