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April 13, 2015

Quick & Easy Guacamole with RO*TEL

*sponsored by RO*TEL

If there's one food that comes to mind when I think about spring, it's most definitely guacamole. I'm not sure if it's the bright colors that are usually mixed in, or if it's the thought of sitting outside with a big bowl of chips and dip by my side, but it's definitely my #1 spring food.

The simplicity of this recipe makes it the perfect snack for any springtime festivity. With the convenience of RO*TEL's diced tomatoes & green chilies, you'll have homemade guac in as little as 3 minutes. Serve it with some chips, and a cooler full of Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas, and you have yourself the perfect springtime party combination.

3 avocados 
1 can RO*TEL Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt 
Black pepper to taste

Mash up avocados in a bowl and then add in all of the remaining ingredients. Serve with a side of chips or veggies and enjoy!

Zest up your fiesta with RO*TEL's Rockin' Guac and Bud Light's Lime-A-Rita.Bud Light Lime-A-Rita® is a registered trademark of Anheuser-Busch. ConAgra Foods, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

April 08, 2015

Chorizo Fajita Mac N' Cheese

Is it just me, or do you also feel the need to eat bright and colorful foods as the weather gets warmer? It's something about that crisp, dewy, Spring air that makes me want to face-plant into a pile of bright colored veggies. Maybe it's my bodies way of forcing the goods upon me? Maybe it's all mental? Maybe I have no idea what I'm talking about?

For our second post with Roth Cheese, we decided to throw a whole bunch of colors in a casserole dish and make one of the most delicious mac n' cheeses to every touch our lips. The combination of flavors between the Grand Cru Reserve, which is nutty with a slight touch of fruitful flare, and the spiciness of the chorizo, it's something we've never tasted before.

April 06, 2015

BBQ Chopped Chicken Couscous Salad

With the weather consistently getting warmer and warmer, all I have is BBQ on my mind. Well, to be honest, I have BBQ on my mind even in the depths of winter. Who doesn't have BBQ on their mind at all times? I can't trust those people.

This was one of those "fridge clean out" meals that was thrown together on a whim and ended up working out really well. Aren't those the best? Not only are you preventing waste, you sort of realize you're a genius.

And anything that makes me feel like a genius, and includes BBQ, is something I hold very dear to me heart.

March 31, 2015

Chicken and Onion Cheesy Bread with GRAND CRU ORIGINAL

If it's one thing I'm certain of, it's that cheesy bread will always be a crowd pleaser. Whether you're making it for a party, for your kids, or even just for yourself - the options are truly endless in customizing it to your taste.

Over the weekend, I had some friends over for a bottle of wine and when I thought about what finger food I'd be serving along side, there was no better idea than cheesy bread. It's no secret that cheese and wine go together like the sun and the sky, so I took this opportunity to get a little creative with our newest sponsor, Roth Cheese.

March 30, 2015

Mixed Grain Salad With Chopped Lemon Chicken

If it's one thing that's been pretty difficult for me lately, it's trying to stay on track with a healthy diet. It's almost as if I was stretching out the winter days for as long as I could to use it as an excuse to indulge in the things I shouldn't take a second look at. I'm talking to you, bacon-wrapped pizza. (Yes it's a thing, btw)

These days, I've been jumping on the grain bandwagon, and giving my body some of that nutrition it needs. Not all carbs are bad, you guys. Brown rice, wild rice, they are all good in moderation. Top it with some lean protein, like we did here today, and you've got yourself a pretty dang healthy meal.

For todays post, and in collaboration with PAM, we're bringing you this mixed grain salad topped with lemony grilled chicken. If that doesn't scream spring then I don't know what will. Plus, because we love how easy the clean up is when using PAM vs. oil, this is a super quick meal to tidy up. Bonus!

Mixed Grain Chopped Lemon Chicken Salad

serves 2
1/4 cup brown rice
1/4 cup wild rice
1/4 cup quinoa
1 cup water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast (pounded slightly for uniform thickness)
1/3 cup lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
PAM non-stick spray

Place chicken breasts, salt/pepper and lemon juice in a ziploc bag and allow chicken to marinate for 1 hour or until ready to use.

Add 1 cup of water to a saucepan on medium-high heat and add in your 3 grains. Be sure to rinse quinoa beforehand to remove any bitterness. Cover, and bring this to a boil. Once boiled, lower the flame and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. 

While grains are simmering, heat a grill pan that has been generously coated with PAM Grill and grill your chicken breasts for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Transfer breasts to a place and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before chopping on.

Add your mixed grains to a serving plate and top with the chopped chicken. Drizzle on some additional lemon juice if you'd like and enjoy!

Leaving up to *99% less residue, PAM is your ally in the kitchen and allows you to save time during prep and clean up. * vs. leading cooking sprays (except olive oil), after spraying on glass bake ware, baking at 400°F for 30 min, cooling, and then washing in standard home dishwasher with detergent and repeating 4 times.

Specially formulated for no-stick performance at higher temperatures, PAM® Grilling cooking spray helps makke all your grilled foods—and your family's backyard barbeque—simply turn out better.

Compensation was provided by ConAgra PAM via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are thoseof the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the sponsor.

March 23, 2015

10 Better Than Takeout Recipes

There's nothing I love more than recreating restaurant dishes at home. The tweaking, the experimenting, and not too mention much healthier ingredients, are what make better than takeout recipes the best.

Here are 10 of my favorite at-home versions (and twists!) of the good stuff you'd find on the menu of your local Chinese spot.

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