Chocolate Covered Cherries – Take Advantage Of The Publix Sale

July 17, 2014 

chocolate covered cherries Chocolate Covered Cherries   Take Advantage Of The Publix SaleDid you guys see the sale on cherries going on at Publix this week. The boys and I LOVE cherries so I grabbed a big bag for us to munch on.  I just had to share the treat the boys and I made this evening…Chocolate Covered Cherries.

I happened to have some of that Baker’s Dipping Chocolate. If you have never tried that stuff…you have to give it a go. It’s a little cup of melting chocolate and you simply microwave it and voila…dipping chocolate. You can also grab it at Publix when you pick up your $1.99/lb cherries.

Now, I use my handy dandy cherry pitter but you can also use a paper clip or bobby pin if you don’t have a pitter. (If you eat a lot of olives and/or cherries–you need that pitter!) Just remember to pit the cherry from the side and you can leave the stem intact. It makes them look pretty and also gives you a nice little handle to eat those little morsels of deliciousness!

I took care of the pitting and the boys did the dipping. In no time flat we had a big batch ready to pop in the fridge to let set.

Chocolate covered cherries are super expensive so why not whip up a homemade batch for a fraction of the cost of those you’d have to pay for pre-made ones. With the Publix sale you can whip up a super tasty treat for about $5!

Taco Pasta Bake

July 16, 2014 

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When you are looking for a change of pace from your standard Taco Tuesday, I have a recipe that will help you kick it up a notch. My Taco Pasta Bake gives you that taco taste that you love in a pasta casserole. It’s quite tasty and super simple to put together.

I usually put mine together early in the day then just toss it in the oven when we are ready for dinner.

Now I have to keep mine mild for the boys but you can easily make this spicy if you’d like. You can use the spicy rotel or even toss in a few jalapeños.

This recipe is part of the Publix Menu Plan For The Week Of 7/17. Here are the other recipes I have shared this week:

Taco Pasta Bake
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Serves: 6
  • 8 oz tube pasta (ziti, penne, etc), cooked according to package instructions
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ paprika
  • 1 can Ro*tel tomatoes
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips or corn chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the onion and ground beef over medium heat until the meat is browned.
  3. Drain fat from beef.
  4. Stir in water, tomatoes, spices, black beans and corn.
  5. Cook over medium for 5 - 7 minutes then add in the cooked pasta and 1 cup of cheese.
  6. Pour into a casserole dish and top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with the crushed chips.
  7. Bake at 350º F for 20 minutes.

BBQ Bacon Chicken Bombs

July 7, 2014 

BBQ Bacon Chicken Bombs BBQ Bacon Chicken Bombs


This is one of my all time favorite meals to grill up – BBQ Bacon Chicken Bombs.

These are so good and really easy to make. I found this recipe on Pinterest a while back and was making them with the jalapeño half per the recipe. After a few attempts, I found that chopping the jalapeño you could get better jalapeño and cheese stuffing coverage over the whole piece of chicken.

I know you guys have to wonder “what else can she stuff into chicken???”…believe it or not I could probably do a whole month worth of stuffed chicken recipes.

You definitely need to try this one but then if you need more stuffed chicken recipes, give these recipes a try – Pizza Stuffed ChickenChicken KievChicken Cordon Bleu Roll UpsStuffed Chicken Thighs with GravyCream Cheese Stuffed ChickenBlue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.

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Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1 - ½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breast or fillets (about 3 breasts or 6 filets)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • 3 - 4 jalapeños, seeded and chopped
  • 18 - 20 slices of bacon
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. If using chicken breasts, cut them lengthwise into thin filets.
  2. Pound the chicken between parchment paper until about ½ inch thin.
  3. Mix the cheese, cream cheese and chopped jalapeño.chicken stuffed BBQ Bacon Chicken Bombs
  4. Spread the mixture over the chicken.
  5. Starting from the short end roll the chicken tightly.
  6. Wrap each chicken roll with 2 -3 slices of bacon. Be sure to alternate each strip to cover the whole piece of chicken and tuck the ends under the side of the bacon strip.rolls BBQ Bacon Chicken Bombs
  7. Heat your grill to medium (about 375º) and grill the chicken over indirect heat for about 16 minutes, turning every 4 minutes.
  8. Baste each chicken roll with barbecue sauce and cook an additional 10 - 12 minutes, turning every 4 minutes and basting as you go.
  9. Be sure chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
Adapted from Dishing with Leslie

This recipe is part of the Publix Menu Plan For 7/3. Check out the other recipes that I have shared so far -

Publix Menu Plan For 7/3 + Black Bean Tortilla Pie Recipe

July 3, 2014 

Black Bean Tortilla Pie Publix Menu Plan For 7/3 + Black Bean Tortilla Pie RecipeIt has been such a crazy week this week and it’s just not going to get better as I am having a little 4th of July get together on Friday. That means I will be trying to get my house cleaned and everything organized before my guests arrive. Plus, I need to find some time to shop too.

I didn’t want you guys to think I was skipping out on the menu this week.

Keep in mind all the recipes will archive under the category “Recipes.”  Also, you can follow me on Pinterest - I will be pinning all the recipes so you can add them to your boards too.

Remember, planning your meals based on the sales, coupons and what you have on hand will save you big bucks. Plus you save time and energy having all your meals planned out.

Here’s the Publix menu that goes with the Publix Ad And Coupons Week Of 7/3 to 7/9 (7/2 to 7/8 for some).

I have already shared a couple of the recipes and today I am going to share my Black Bean Tortilla Pie recipe. Whenever you need a recipe that is quick, simple and very hearty – this one is perfect.

While there’s no meat in this one –you won’t notice at all…my guys don’t!

Black Bean Tortilla Pie
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Serves: 4 - 6
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 - 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 -2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ - ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (we like Monterrey Jack)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • cooking spray
  1. In a saute pan, add beans, garlic, red onion, jalapeño, corn, chicken broth, chili powder, cumin, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and salt.
  2. Cook on medium heat until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  3. Place one tortilla in the bottom of a springform pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Add about a cup of the beans mixture then top with ½ cup of cheese, about a tablespoon of tomatoes,a tablespoon of cilantro and a tablespoon of green onion.
  5. Add another tortilla and repeat the layers twice, ending with a tortilla.
  6. Bake in a 375º F oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Top with the remaining cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  8. Top with the remaining green onion and tomatoes.
  9. Serve with guacamole, sour cream, etc.



Open Pit Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

June 28, 2014 

Tangy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs Open Pit Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Chicken KabobsDuring the summer my grill is going several times per week. Often I can talk my husband into doing the cooking. I get a little break from the kitchen AND my house stays cool since I don’t have to turn on the oven!

One of my all time favorite things to grill is kabobs. Bite sized pieces means dinner is done in a flash and you get your protein and veggies done all at once. The key to a good kabob is the marinade and sauce that you use to flavor the meat & veggies.

I have a great recipe for you guys that comes together in less than 5 minutes. With a bottle of Open Pit Barbecue Sauce and a few additional ingredients, you have a sweet and tangy sauce that is just fantastic. Just marinade your meat ahead of time and then about 10 minutes on the grill and dinner is done.

Print or grab the Publix coupon from the Summer Grilling Booklet and you can put this meal together at a fantastic price! Try this recipe and come back and let me know what you think!

This recipe is part of the Publix Menu Plan For The Week Of 6/26.  Here are the other recipes that I have already shared -

Open Pit Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs
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Serves: 4
  • 1 bottle Open Pit Original Flavor Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ can Cola
  • 1 pound chicken (I used thigh meat)
  • grilling veggies (bell pepper, onion, tomatoes, mushrooms, etc)
  1. Combine all sauce ingredients and mix until smooth.
  2. Marinade the chicken in the sauce for a minimum of 20 minutes then skewer with your favorite veggies.
  3. Grill 3 - 4 minutes per side and serve with additional sauce.


Another great marinade that is super simple is to use Wish-Bone Italian Dressing. Simply allow your meat to marinade in the dressing for about 30 minutes then skewer with your favorite veggies. Grab savings on the #1 Italian Dressing and you have a meal that won’t break the bank!

wish bone public digital Open Pit Sweet & Tangy Barbecue Chicken Kabobs

Onion Joes – Publix Menu Recipe

June 26, 2014 

onion joes Onion Joes   Publix Menu RecipeToday I have another recipe that is from my husband’s mom – Onion Joes.

Many years ago when we were first married I asked him what he wanted for dinner. He mentioned that he would love some onion burgers. So, I dumped some Lipton Onion Soup mix into ground beef and grilled up what I always considered onion burgers.

While he was appreciative of the dinner, he explained that his mom’s onion burgers were totally different. He got me the recipe and I decided to re-name them so there would be no confusion in his dinner request. These Onion Joes are a version of a loose meat sandwich and are super simple to make. It’s kinda like a sloppy joe but it’s got an onion flavor rather than a tomato flavor.

The key to these (in my opinion) is having enough of the sauce. Too little and you just have crumbled ground beef on a bun. If you are looking for a tasty meal without a ton of prep AND is easy on the wallet  - try these Onion Joes.

This recipe is part of the Publix Menu Plan For The Week Of 6/26.  Here are the other recipes that I have already shared -

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Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 packet of dry onion soup mix
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  1. Brown the beef with the chopped onion then drain.
  2. Pour in the soup mix and water then simmer for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the flour and simmer until thickened.
  4. Serve over buns.
If the sauce doesn't thicken to your liking, you might need a little more flour.



Lemon Orzo Salad with Watermelon & Feta – Publix Menu Plan Recipe

June 25, 2014 

Lemon Orzo Salad with Watermelon and Feta Lemon Orzo Salad with Watermelon & Feta   Publix Menu Plan RecipeNeed a refreshing salad that’s quick and very economical? Try my Lemon Orzo Salad with Watermelon & Feta. I shared the recipe over on I Heart Kitchen. With the upcoming sale on watermelon, you can make this one for a few dollars per serving.

Now before you turn up your nose to the combination of fruit and pasta, you have got to try this one. It’s a great salad to take to a cookout and the best part is that it won’t break the budget. It doesn’t require a lot of time or ingredients.

If you have major meat eaters like me, you can serve this with thinly sliced grilled steak or chicken. I personally think it’s wonderful as is.

This recipe is part of the Publix Menu Plan For The Week Of 6/26.  Here are the other recipes that I have already shared -

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs with Italian Vegetable Relish

June 13, 2014 

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs with Italian Vegetable Relish  Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs with Italian Vegetable Relish

I have a great recipe for you guys today. Meatball Subs are one of my guys’ top meals. I could make them every week and there would be absolutely no complaints. I also like meatball subs…but I like to change them up every once in a while. Today I am sharing my recipe for Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs with Italian Vegetable Relish.

Now my mozzarella stuffed meatballs are fantastic but it’s the Italian Vegetable Relish that makes these subs out of this world. The recipe combines Wish-Bone Italian dressing (the #1 Italian dressing) with several other flavor packed ingredients – the combination is just fantastic.

This is a pretty quick meal to throw together. You can make the relish ahead of time and let it marinade until you are ready. Heck you could also do the meatballs ahead of time. Just baked them about 30 minutes before you are ready to eat. Dinner in a snap!

5.0 from 1 reviews
Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs with Italian Vegetable Relish
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Serves: 6
  • 1.25 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • ¾ cup seasoned Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ cup parmesan, shredded
  • 4 oz mozzarella, cubedwish bone ingred Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs with Italian Vegetable Relish
Italian Vegetable Relish
  • 1 jar Vlasic® Farmers Garden® Bread ‘n Butter Pickles, drained
  • 1 can (14 oz.) artichoke hearts, drained and sliced (optional)
  • ½ cup Wish-Bone® Italian Dressing
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley and /or basil leaves
  • 1 roasted red pepper , thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients except mozzarella and mix well.
  2. Form into 1 inch balls.
  3. Create an indention into the meatball and fill with the mozzarella cube.
  4. Roll ball to cover the cheese, embedding it in the middle of the meatball
  5. Place on shallow baking pan.
  6. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes – turning once about half way through the cook time.
  7. Remove to paper lined plate to drain.
Italian Vegetable Relish
  1. Slice Farmers Garden® pickle chips and carrots from jar in half. Arrange in bowl with remaining pickle jar ingredients.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and toss until combined. Store refrigerated until ready to use.
Sub Assembly
  1. Place the cooked meatballs into a sub roll and top with a hearty serving of the relish.
This flavorful Italian Vegetable Relish is terrific served on hamburgers, grilled chicken, steak or pork, on your favorite sandwiches, tossed with cooked pasta for a quick pasta salad or served as a stand- alone side salad. Relish recipe from Wish Bone.

We have several coupon options that make this meal a great deal. Be sure to load the Publix Digital coupon and you don’t even have to worry about bringing paper coupons with you when you shop!

wish bone public digital Mozzarella Stuffed Meatball Subs with Italian Vegetable Relish

As a reminder, in addition to the Publix coupon you can also grab more savings. Be on the lookout for a shipper display in Publix stores where you’ll find a tearpad with recipes and coupons to save on $1/2 Wish-Bone Dressing and $0.50/1 Farmer’s Garden by Vlasic product. The same coupons were in our inserts last weekend.

There are lots of ways to save -

Be sure to check out the Wish-Bone page and Farmer’s Garden site for more info and TONS of great recipes. Be sure to like the Vlasic Stork and Wish-Bone on Facebook .

This post is brought to you by the folks at Pinnacle Foods.

Bell Pepper Casserole

June 12, 2014 

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I have told you guys before that my husband is a huge fan of casseroles. This recipe is one of his favorites. For those weeks when I have trouble coming up with a menu, Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole is one of my favorite easy go-to dishes to prepare. You get all the great taste of a stuffed bell pepper with about half of the effort.

Simply mix up all your ingredients and then toss it in a casserole dish. Now, my boys love the filling but they are not big fans os the peppers. I chop my pepper into large chunks so that I can easily pull it out of the boys’ portion. That way that my boys will actually eat dinner without grumping.

This recipe is part of the Publix Menu – Week of 6/12.  Here are the other recipes that I have already shared -

4.5 from 2 reviews
Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Serves: 6 - 8
  • 2 - 3 bell peppers, cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • ¾ pound ground beef
  • ¾ pound sausage
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Add chopped bell pepper, onion, garlic, ground beef, and sausage to a large skillet and cook until meat is browned.
  3. Drain any fat.
  4. Add salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, cooked rice, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce and simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Mix in ¾ cup of cheese and then remove from heat.
  6. Pour the mixture into a large casserole dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  7. Bake at 375º for 20 minutes.

Spud Dogs – Kid Friendly & Easy On The Budget!

June 11, 2014 

Spud Dogs  Spud Dogs   Kid Friendly & Easy On The Budget!Today I have a recipe that may bring some of you guys back to your childhood. Surely, I wasn’t the only kid who ate these mashed potato stuffed hot dogs? Some of you might have even had flying saucers  too…you know a scoop of mashed potatoes on a slice of fried bologna with cheese melted on top. Please tell me I am not the only one who ate those crazy foods as a kid?

My mom is a great cook but when I was growing up money was very, very tight so creativity with food was sometimes necessary. Instead of boring old hot dogs, these stuffed dogs were a fun change of pace.

I make them every once in a while for my boys. While they like them with just the potatoes, I like to doctor them up a bit by adding cheese, onions and a little bacon. You can also use sausage links if you prefer. While not exactly gourmet, these are super quick to throw together and very easy on the budget! When you need a meal on the cheap that will add a little whimsy to dinner, whip up some Spud Dogs.

Add in some zucchini chips and steamed carrots for a great meal on the cheap. This recipe is part of the Publix Menu – Week of 6/12.  Here are the other recipes that I have already shared -

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Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1½ cups mashed potatoes (basic cooked potatoes whipped with milk and butter)
  • 6 - 8 beef franks
  • cheese, shredded
  • green onion, sliced
  • bacon, cooked & crumbled
  1. Preheat oven to 400º F.
  2. Slice the beef frank down the length of the dog (without cutting through)diggity dog Spud Dogs   Kid Friendly & Easy On The Budget!
  3. Pipe or spoon the prepared mashed potatoes down the center of the cut frank.
  4. Place on an un-greased cooking sheet and bake for 8 - 10 minutes.
  5. If desired, you can top with shredded cheese, bacon crumbles and green onion.

Pick these items up at Publix and save some moolah -

Nathan’s Beef Franks, Assorted Varieties, 14 oz, $3.99 ($2.99 after coupon)
Russet, Red, or Gold Potatoes, $3.29


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