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Easy weeknight dinner

March 21, 2016

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Do you have a specific day that drive you insane?!?  That one day in the week that is so busy you have to prep yourself the night before for all that is coming.  STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

You know you’ve got to get dinner on the table at some point, and you don’t have a lot of time to make something, but you still want your family to eat a good meal.

You guys, Wednesday are my CRAZY day.  My husband is going to grad school right now, and he leave for work at 7:30 AM and is back at 11:00 PM.  That’s a REALLY long day with 6 kids.  Plus my kids have early out day that day, and it’s our church activity night for my 2 oldest, and I have church meetings every other Wednesday evening after my kids are in bed – so I feel obligated to clean my house.  It’s a little stressful, and sometimes dinner is lacking in a MAJOR way.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

While I was doing my regular shopping at Walmart I decided to grab some STOUFFER’S® Mac & Cheese (LOVED seeing that it has no preservatives and REAL cheddar!).  With 8 people (well, 7 on Wednesday nights), I had to get the family size.  We love STOUFFER’S® but hadn’t tried the Mac & Cheese before.  I knew I wanted to combine it with my sister-in-laws incredibly easy Mini Meatloaves.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Next time you’re having a crazy night run to Walmart (I know you’ve got one close by), and pick up some STOUFFER’S® Mac & Cheese (this is a great deal to buy two family size or bigger 28 oz., earn $2.00), one pound ground beef, and dry stuffing mix, and you’ll be set for a crazy easy dinner!STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Mini Meatloaf
Serves 7
Easy weeknight dinner, and perfect for little hands, and little mouths. Pair with STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese.
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb Ground Beef
  2. 1 bag dried stuffing mix
  3. 1 cup water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined completely.
  4. Divide evenly into sprayed muffin tin.
  5. Cook for 20-25 minutes or until crisp and cooked through.
  6. Serve with desired toppings.
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I love that this is made with love just like you’d make it.  My kids gobbled this right up (in fact my youngest was asking to eat while I was taking pictures.).STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Dinner time is one of the most important times of the day our house.  It’s so nice to gather around the goodness of STOUFFER’S® – I always know we’re in a win win situation with STOUFFER’S®.STOUFFER'S Mac & Cheese with Mini Meatloaves easy weeknight dinner by Simplistically Sassy

Take your busiest weeknight this week, and enjoy a simple weeknight meal with STOUFFER’S®!

Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese

February 19, 2014

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Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese by Simplistically Sassy

The other day I ventured out with my 3 littles.  We were on the hunt for some Kraft Shells & Cheese (their dad’s FAVORITE food ever.  Seriously.).  They were being such champs while we wandered all around Walmart to gather some other items we needed, and then headed over to the pasta section where we found this:
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I was excited to find Walmart carried a Family Size available since that’s what we need in these parts.  There is of course, the regular size as well.

Anyways, we went on our merry way and when we got home, I got these beauties all chopped up.
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Grabbed my awesome box of Kraft Shells & Cheese and some little ramekin cups to make a Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese.
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This is where is gets super easy … are you ready?  Make the Shells & Cheese as directed on the box.
Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese by Simplistically Sassy

Next, you’ll want to scoop about 1/2 cup into the ramekins, and then I put some of the chopped veggies on top.  Then I stirred them in all together.  We add more Shells & Cheese as needed to fill it.  We probably could have done a bit more.
Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese by Simplistically Sassy

Next, we just put about 2 tsp of bread crumbs on top of the veggie baked Shells & Cheese.  You could premix some bread crumbs with some melted butter if you wanted.  We just left them, and it was great.
Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese by Simplistically Sassy

Put them in the oven on Broil for about 3 minutes.  Once they’ve crisped up just a bit, take them out and they’re ready to serve.  These are a perfect little comfort food side dish.  You could easily make it more a meal and add chicken or even ground meat into the mixture.  It’d be great served in a casserole dish as well.
Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese by Simplistically Sassy

As a side note, you could cook the veggies a bit first, if you prefer them tender.  I love feeling like I’m #CookinComfort Food.  🙂  Super good.  Always fun to find new ways to spruce up the regular meal and make it more balanced. Thanks #CollectiveBias for the opportunity to think out of the box (literally).

Veggie Baked Shells & Cheese by Simplistically Sassy

 

Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes and Waffles

January 13, 2014

Oatmeal Pancakes and Waffles

We love to have pancakes and waffles on the weekends.  It’s one of the few things that everyone will actually eat with out complaining (which means it’s a miracle food, lol).  It’s also one thing that my husband is the one to make, every time.  He has the recipe we used memorized … enough. However, the other day as I started making them, but decided I wanted to try something different.  I wanted to make them slightly healthier, and see how they tasted.  I’m not one to experiment in the kitchen much, but after this, maybe I will for the benefit of all my awesome readers.

I love feeling like my kids are enjoying and eating healthy oatmeal pancakes and waffles.  It just makes things so awesome.  My kids aren’t oatmeal eaters, so it’s a great way to get it in there, and have them enjoying it.  

I don’t want you to be intimidated by the fact that I made the oatmeal flour.  It was SO easy, anyone can do it.  Grab your blender, or your food processor.  Pour your oats in, and get them finely blended.  It may take a couple minutes depending on what you’re using.  Get them blended well, so it isn’t gritty.  You’ll want to measure at this point and see how much flour you have  You may need to make a bit more. Oatmeal pancakes

Then you’ll just start combining your ingredients.  You can start with your eggs and just mix them a little bit.  Then just go ahead and add everything else in your bowl. 
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Mix everything until there are no lumps.  If it seems a little too runny you can just add a little more flour.  We ended up with about 2 1/2 cups of flour.
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Once you’ve got it all ready, just pour it onto your pan or your waffle iron.  How much batter you use will determine how many you’ll get.  We usually use a 1/4 cup measure for the pancakes (or do mini ones for the kids).  These ones were actually much larger than we usually make.  They turned out great.
Oatmeal Pancakes and Waffles

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Awesome Family Meal Ideas

October 22, 2013

I am so excited to share this Kraft Recipe Makers as a sponsored post for Collective Bias®, for a great family dinners made easy. I love finding awesome, easy, quick family meal ideas, so when I had the opportunity to try Kraft Recipe Makers, I had to jump on that. I’d never heard of them, but they all look SO good. They did not disappoint either!  If you’re a reader that been here a while, or even not, you probably know that I am a mom. I’m a mom of 6 little kids. Little as in … 8, 6, 5, 3, 2, 1. By 4:00 PM the last thing I want to do it make dinner. For reals! If I don’t have something quick to whip up, or something on the calender (ya know when I’m on top of making a menu like that), then nothing gets made until last minute. Sound familiar? Lol. I love when things are easy meals.  Just makes life easier.  Whenever I start making dinner, I swear that’s when the kids start to fight, or someone gets hurt, or someone needs something, or everyone needs a snack … so I seriously love it when I don’t have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, or at least, when there is an easy meal makers that I can help the kids while cooking.  Win, win! How about an easy family meal idea of Three Cheese Chicken Florentine?  Seriously delish, and easy!!!! Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop Let’s get this awesome family meal ideas going so you can see for yourself!! You’ll just need to grab all your ingredients which are listed on the back of the box.  I was excited to have all these on hand.  It’s great to find easy recipes that can just make things that much easier. Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop First and for most, you’ll want to get your pasta cooking.  When you’re pasta is cooking, you start off by spraying the pan, and cooking up the chicken.  Once it’s cooked, you add the simmer sauce. Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop Mix and mix, and it’ll eventually smell amazing and you’ll want to just start dinner.  But you can’t yet.  There is more amazing smells to come. Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop When the pasta is done, you simply add the spinach, and mix.  Then add the three cheese cream sauce.  Then it’ll keep smelling super amazing.  But it keeps getting better! Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop Yum!  Creamy pasta and spinach! Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop Spray your pan, dump the pasta in. Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop Spread the chicken mix on top of the pasta mix.  Add some cheese!  See, it got better!  I told you it would. Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop Bake as directed … and then you’ll be so excited because all those amazing smells, are finally ready to eat (when I say finally, I don’t mean like 2 hours later, I mean like 30 minutes later)! Kraft Family Meal Ideas #shop I actually bought 3 different Kraft Recipe Makers, and I can not wait to make the other two.  This one was so good!  My kids were a little hesitant, but once they tried it, they were asking for seconds.  It was great!  Now you don’t have to ask, “What’s for Dinner tonight?”  It’s a great easy meal prep.  Hooray!  Love finding great quick family meals.

Easy Mini Pizzas

September 18, 2013


Pizza Pin copyI have three of my six kids in school.  I think we’ve finally got our morning routine down, and with a kindergartner, we have a mid-day routine when he gets home, and then after school.  It always seems to take a couple weeks to really feel settled into the routine, but it’s SO nice once it’s there.

Fall brings on various sports and other extra activities for kids and families.  My oldest is doing flag football.  He has games twice a week, one of which is (obviously) a school night.  Between that and homework, and dinner, and getting everyone bathed, and ready for bed the late afternoon/evenings just disappear!

I’m a huge advocate for family dinner though.  I know my kids are little, so their schedules are easier to work around, but it’s something that I really make a priority.  My kids are great about randomly leaving the table to go dance around in the living room, play games, or just wander for a few minutes.  So so frustrating.  Lol.  I can never please them all either.  Anyone else have that issue?

We LOVE having pizza night at our house.  I’ve tried so many homemade pizza dough recipes and they seriously all fail in my kids books.  They love the making of their own little pizzas, but when it comes down to eating them, every single ones of them has pizza left because it “tastes weird.”  Ugh!  Seriously?  It’s so annoying … especially after spending all that time making the dough, and getting them all worked up about how awesome it’ll be.

I have finally found something that ALL 8 of us love.  It’s a miracle.  I know, that’s dramatic, but it’s true people.  These easy mini pizzas, are perfect for a pizza night in the middle of the week, weekend, game day, birthday party … whenever!  They’re quick, simple, and SO GOOD!!  Here is how they work.

Grands! Mini Pizzas:  Recipe from Pillsbury Grands!
1 can Pillsbury Grands! refrigerated biscuits
Pizza sauce
Pepperoni (or other toppings for your choice)
Mozzarella cheese

Grab some Pillsbury Grands! biscuits of your choice, cheese, pizza sauce, and toppings you and your family like.
Mini Pizzas

The Pillsbury Grands! come with 8 biscuits in them. Eight mini pizzas all ready for you to make. Grab one of the biscuits, and start flattening and stretching. Obviously be careful so you don’t tear it. We ended up with lots of shapes and sizes since the kids did their own. 🙂
Mini Pizzas

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Grab your favorite sauce and put it right on there.
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Add your cheese and your toppings. As a side note, I have pepperoni in my picture above … when I actually went to open it up, it was totally not good any more (it’d been in the freezer). See, we really try to make homemade pizza, and we don’t do it often enough because the kids really don’t like them. We might have had some tears shed over this pepperoni gone bad. Now we can buy it — because the kids LOVE these.
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Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes, and you’re good to go.
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We will be making these again for sure!  We really all did love these easy mini pizzas.  Pillsbury Grands! has an entire recipe book that you can check out for great, easy, back to school ideas.  It’s such a great alternative on those busy nights when you’ve had a jam packed day, and are going to have a jam packed night.  The other great thing?  It’s FREE!

What recipe are you most excited to try?

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Homemade Fried Rice: Guest Post!

September 5, 2013

I’m so excited to have one of my favorite bloggers joining us for a Guest Post today!  I hope you take a minute to visit her adorable blog, and read through this AMAZING Homemade Fried Rice recipe, which I need to try ASAP.  It looks so amazing.

Hey, I’m Tia and I blog over at Events To Celebrate. I’m so excited to be guest posting today! If you visit my blog, you’ll know that I am passionate about parties, entertaining and holidays – but those who know me best, know that I am equally passionate about delicious food! My husband and I especially love Chinese food and I’ve learned over the last couple of years to make our favorite Chinese take-out recipes at home. It saves time, money and I love that I can add more veggies or use healthier cooking methods and we still get to enjoy great food!

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I decided the other day that I wanted some fried rice and so I came up with this recipe. It turned out fantastic! I used squash and onion from our garden which was so rewarding to find one more great way to use them!

Fried Rice
1 c long grain white rice
2 c low sodium chicken broth
1 carrot diced in small cubes
2 large eggs fried and diced in 1 tsp of sesame oil
1/4 c diced onion
1/3 c diced yellow squash
1 chopped green onion for garnish
1 minced garlic clove – you can omit this – you can definitely taste it even though it is just one clove
1/2 c frozen peas – thawed
1/2 c cubed cooked pork chop, ham, chicken, shrimp, etc.
3 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
5 drops sriracha hot sauce
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I use my pampered chef rice cooker – but you can use any rice cooker or just the stovetop method. I combined the rice, broth and carrots in the rice cooker and cooked until done (20 minutes for me).

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In the meantime I prepared all of my veggies. I heated 1tsp of sesame oil in a saute pan and cooked two large eggs. Then I chopped them up. I diced my onion, pork (I had a left over grilled pork chop from dinner last night), green onion, squash & garlic.

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After removing the egg from the pan, add an additional 1-2 tsp of sesame oil and add your garlic, onion and squash. Cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat until soft.

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Then add in your egg, ham/pork/chicken/shrimp and thawed peas and combine.

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Last, you’ll add in the cooked rice and carrots, the soy sauce and sirracha and stir really well to combine everything. The sriracha doesn’t make it too spicy – it just adds a little bit of warmth to the flavors. If you want it to have a bit of heat, add 10 drops – but anymore than that and you’d be better to just serve it at the table and let each person add it to taste. After spooning into bowls, top with a few pieces of chopped scallion for garnish.