Recipe: Chicken BLT Taco Salad + Make Your Own Tortilla Bowls On Sale!

I love this recipe for Chicken BLT Taco Salad that I posted last summer thanks to Stretching Your Budget. Now to add this recipe to the The Easy Way to Shape, Bake & Create Crispy, Delicious Tortilla Bowls! Buy One, Get One FREE at $10.00 + S&H.

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Ingredients

Dressing:

1/2 cup Old El Paso® Thick ‘n Chunky Salsa

1/2 cup French dressing

Salad:

8 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices

6 cups torn romaine or iceberg lettuce

1 medium yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped

2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into thin wedges

1 1/2 cups shredded Colby-Monterrey-Jack cheese blend

1/4 cup sour cream, if desired

1 cup small triangular tortilla chips

Prepare:

  1. In medium bowl, mix dressing ingredients until well blended.
  2. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towel; reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add chicken to skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes or until browned and no longer pink in center. Cool slightly. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled.
  3. In deep 3-quart salad bowl, layer lettuce, chicken, bacon, bell pepper and tomatoes. Top with dressing. Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 24 hours.
  4. Just before serving, top with cheese, avocado, sour cream and tortilla chips.

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Recipe: Mandarin Orange Cake

Oh how my girls love Mandarin Oranges- I think they would love this Mandarin Orange Cake Recipe from The Coupon Challenge!

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Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Cake

Looking for some super yummy Lemon Blueberry Cake- check out this great recipe from Clever Housewife!

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Recipe: Pizza Quesadilla

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Our girls love pizza and we have made our Homemade Mini Pizza’s at least once a week for either dinner or snack for the last month or 2. So I have been wanting to try something new but keep the pizza idea since I know the kiddos love them! So we tried Pizza Quesadilla’s!

PIZZA QUESADILLA’S

Ingredients:

  • Soft Taco Shells
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Cheese
  • Your choice of pizza toppings- we used pepperoni

Directions:

  1. Throw your soft tacos in a skillet or on a griddle on mediumimage
  2. Add your pizza sauce, cheese and toppingsimageimage
  3. Fold the quesadilla in half, flip a few times until the outside is brown & crispy and the cheese and  toppings are gooing and hot! That’s it! This is a super easy recipe and very inexpensive! My kids were a little hesitant at first, they said soft taco shells are for taco’s, not pizza! But they tried it and now love it!!

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Recipe: Apple Sausage Stuffing

I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of stuffing, but after making this recipe, I now LOVE IT!!! Here is my Apple Sausage Stuffing! This will make quite a bit, this is my recipe for Christmas and Easter, so it feeds 10-14 people.

Apple Sausage Stuffing

 Ingredients Needed:

  • 1 medium size apple (diced)
  • 1 medium size onion (minced)
  • 1-2 stalks of celery (diced)
  • 1 pound of sausage
  • 2-3 boxes of stuffing (we just use store brand or whatever is on sale)
  • 2 can of chicken broth

Directions:

  • In a sauce pan add about a cup of the chicken broth and onions. Cook for 7-8 minutes on medium until onion are soft.
  • Add sausage, brown sausage with onions
  • Add apples and celery to sausage and onion mix, cook on medium for about 5-8 minutes or until apples and celery are soft
  • Once all these ingredients are good and soft and mixed together, add your stuffing. Each box of stuffing will call for a certain amount of water to be added, I substitute the water for the chicken broth. Sometimes 2 cans of chicken broth is not enough so I will add a little water, but the chicken broth adds more flavor. So follow the instructions on the stuffing box as to how much liquid you need to add. You don’t want to add too much or your stuffing will become soggy. So slowly add the liquid until you get the correct consistency.
  • Stir all ingredients together and then once you have the consistency you want, place your stuffing in a casserole dish and place in the oven for about 20-30 minutes. This will “stiffen” the stuffing up a little!

This has to be my absolute favorite dish now for holiday’s! So yummy!

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Recipe: Strawberry Triffle

I absolutely love this new recipe I found at The Food Network by Paula Deen- Strawberry Triffle! It is easy to make and only took about 25 minutes to whip up!

Ingredients:

  • Betty Crocker Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 12 oz container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 tbsp strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, cut in quarters
  • Whole fresh strawberries for garnish

Directions:

  • Slice angel food cake into 3 horizontal equal layers.

For the custard:

  • Mix together cream cheese, condensed milk, and whipped topping in a bowl; set aside.

For the glaze:

  • In a medium sauce pan, mix together sugar, cornstarch, gelatin and water. Cook on medium stirring until thick. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Fold in strawberries into glaze mix.

Add 1 layer of cake in a large clear glass container. Add a layer of glaze, then a layer of custard mixture. Repeat layering in this order until all ingredients are used. Top dessert with 3 sliced in half fresh strawberries.

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Recipe: 3 Way Chili Shells

Since Pinterest is my new addiction, I figured I better make it worth my time. I have been finding recipes to try each week! Last week we tried the 3 Way Chili Shells! If you are a local to Cincinnati you know all about the Chili wars and we all have our favorite chili! We love the GoldStar Chili better than Skyline so we decided to grab cans of GoldStar, it is up to you! Here is our recipe if you want to try it our way or see the original recipe here!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 Box of Jumbo Shells
  • 2 cans of GoldStar Chili
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese ( we used mild cheddar and a taco cheese mix)
  • Beans and onions if you want a 5-way experience

Directions:

  • Cook Shells according to the box
  • Cook ground beef, once done add cans of GoldStar Chili
  • Add chili mix to shells and add cheese
  • Add beans  and onions if you want

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Recipe: Homemade Mini Pizza’s

We love pizza! Did I ever tell you we love pizza?!?!  Anyways, with 5 of us with different likes, finding a pizza that we all can eat becomes a battle. The hubby and our oldest will eat anything and everything on their pizza’s, myself and our youngest will eat any variation of cheese and our middle daughter only likes sausage or pepperoni! With my pickyness and the others limited likes, we tend to buy several pizza’s and have tons of leftovers. So we have recently started trying mini pizza’s! Using a muffin tin, a box of our favorite pizza crust and all the ingredients we each like, we now can have our favorite pizza anytime!

I mixed up our favorite pizza crust and put a golf ball size dough ball in each muffin section. I then popped the pizza crust in the oven for about 3 -5 minutes on 350 degrees just to get the crust a little firm.

Then add a spoonful of pizza sauce to your pizza dough.

Add your toppings over the pizza sauce, our girls wanted peperoni but the hubby wanted ham and pineapple, so we made both! Great benefit to making individual pizza’s, prepare them the way you want!

Add as much cheese as you would like, I filled the top to make sure it was completely covered.

Once you cook them for about 8-10 minutes, cheese will be completely melted! Another benefit to making individual pizza’s is that they cook pretty quick and they make great after school snacks! I have not tried to freeze them yet, since the extra’s I had intended to freeze were devoured by the kiddos! So next time I will make a few extra to see how well they do in the freezer!

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Friday Lunchbox Recipe: Cinnamon Ants on Sticks

One way we save money in our house is to pack our kids lunches rather than buying school lunches. With all 3 of our girls attending school this year, packing lunches most of the week is going to be the most cost effective way for us to feed our girls. So I thought I would share with you some recipes I find to spice up our girls lunches! So each Friday, keep an eye for a new recipe for your kiddos lunchbox!

This weeks Friday Lunchbox Recipe:

CINNAMON ANTS ON STICKS

Serves: 3

Cooking Time: 5 min

Ingredients:
  • 1 large stalk celery, cut into 3 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons raisins

Instructions:

  1. Place the celery pieces on a clean surface, hollow part facing up, and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon. Spoon peanut butter into the hollow, and arrange raisins on top.

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Recipe Wednesday: Cake Batter Cookie Stackers


Cake Batter Cookie Stackers

Cookies

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix

1/2 cup Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix (dry mix from box)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1/2 cup Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix (dry mix from box)

Frosting

2 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Liquid food colors (neon pink, neon blue, neon green, classic yellow and red to make orange)

Multicolored sprinkles

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Crock Pot Recipe-Homemade Applesauce


Our girls love applesauce, so today we made our own! 2 weeks ago Meijer had apples on sale for .49lb so I grabbed a few extra pounds to make sure we could make some applesauce. You only need a few ingredients to make a great tasting homemade applesauce!

Homemade Applesauce

3/4 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Vanilla
8 – 10 Apples peeled, cored and cut into cubes

Turn your crock pot and on high and add water, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Peel and core your apples to get ready for the crockpot. Either slice or cut your apples into cubes and toss them into the pot!

Mix all ingredients together in crock pot. Leave it covered on high for 3-4 hours.

After 3-4 hours you will see your apples turn to mush and ready to smash into applesauce. Our girls like it a little chunky so I use a fork and mash the whole pieces of apple just a little to make it look more like applesauce. If you want a smoother applesauce you can use a mixer on low to get a better consistency. Since this is our first batch of homemade applesauce I only made 1 batch to see how it turned out. Since the whole family loved it, I think this will become a addition to our jar gifts that we make for Christmas gifts!

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Slow Cooker Recipe- Pulled Pork

This week’s recipe is for yummy Pulled Pork using Madame Deals favorite crockpot pork recipe using boneless sirloin tip roast from Costco. Your house will smell like heaven on Earth with this super recipe and the most important thing for a working mom is that it is super easy to prepare.

Part One Ingredients:

  • 3lb pork roast
  • ½ c apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Dash of pepper

Part Two Ingredients:

  • Bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 C water
  • 1 Tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar

Instructions:

  1. Put the pork roast, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic and a dash of pepper in the crockpot. Add enough water to cover pork. Cook on low overnight.
  2. In the morning, pour off the cooking juices. Pork should be tender and easy to shred. Shred pork with forks.
  3. Put shredded meat back in the crockpot.
  4. Add remaining ingredients to shredded meat starting with the BBQ Sauce.
  5. Cook on the lowest setting until dinner time. You can add seasonings or BBQ sauce to taste depending in your family’s preferences.

If you want to try this recipe, make sure to check out Costco’s “In The Warehouse“. They currently have $2 Off Coupon on Boneless Sirloin Tip Roast until 10/16/11. We recommend that you also check out PorkBeInspired.com to learn about pork cuts and cooking methods.

Each Thursday during the Fall and Winter The Centsible Family will showcase a slow cooker (crock-pot) recipe that one of the Mavens of Money have tried and tasted. By sharing we hope you will be able to save a little time during the week as we all know saving time is just as valuable as saving money. And you will be able to enjoy a hot meal at the end of your day.

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Recipe – Crockpot Pumpkin Black Bean Turkey Chili

This week’s recipe is Pumpkin Black-Bean Turkey Chili by Brett at This Mama Loves Her Bargains that is deliciously perfect for Halloween Night to warm all the trick-or-treaters. Prep time should be about 20 minutes and will cook for seven hours and yield about 10-12 servings.

A quintessential fall meal!! Pair with buttermilk biscuits or some cornbread and you are good to go!!

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