Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays – Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays - Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons
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This week has been a little nerve-wracking, especially today, and I feel like getting a treat for myself and for my family – we deserve this. We went shopping the other day at our favorite local Albertsons store, to stock up on O Organics® products so I can now make us a super tasty glazed ricotta chocolate coconut cake, and share it with you.

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays - Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

I know that holidays are the times when we always feel happy and elevated in mood, ready for celebrations. Sometimes very unexpected things happen, and all you really want is to just get a treat instead of worrying about things. If you are feeling like this, then you have come to the right place. This cake will be an amazing treat for your holiday, and it is so easy to make, I hope you can try this recipe!

I loved making this cake with O Organics ingredients that just have an outstanding quality. What’s great about using good ingredients is that your final product will be even better than you would normally expect it. I am glad I can pick up O Organics products at the local Albertsons store, as they carry O Organics exclusively – either through stores or eCommerce (grocery delivery and Drive Up & Go) services. O organics offers more than 400 USDA-certified organic products at a great value. While I get my O Organics at my local Albertsons store, these products are also available at all of the Albertsons family stores, such as Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway. Visit here to find a store near you and discover more meal prep tips and recipe ideas.

I love shopping at Albertsons because this store makes me really feel like I am a part of their family. The mood in the store is always so happy and festive, and allows me to relax in the store no matter what situation is happening in my life. The staff is always helpful to make me feel cared for – I know some of the staff by name, and they have watched my kids grow up as I continue shopping at their local store. It is a great opportunity to feel closer to your community, and this store is really making you feel positive about where you live.

I am also glad that I can rely on the O Organics brand to help me feel like I am eating healthier alternatives and very high quality products. Even when I am making a holiday treat! Albertsons follows a notion that awesome-tasting organic food should be available to everyone, and sold at a great value.

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays - Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

Whenever I feel like I need additional products that I don’t have yet, I love checking out what is available at Albertsons because I know that I can get the quality I am looking for there, and the products are still very affordable. The customer service is also very pleasant, and I really feel at home there. I just pop in whenever I need something, and I am instantly made to feel at ease at the store as I know where to find what I need, and the staff is so helpful.

When I am shopping at Albertsons, I know that I can get everything I need here for holiday baking, with more than 400 USDA-certified O Organics products in nearly every aisle.

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays - Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

Now for the cake! This cake has been a pleasure to make, hope you enjoy my homemade video of how to make it.

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays - Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

The pitfall for me was the glaze. This was the first time I was trying out this glaze recipe, and I wanted to just make it my way, so I didn’t wait for the glaze to actually set, so it definitely dripped all over. I did not despair though, and managed to save the cake by decorating it pretty on top, so even if you don’t manage to get a perfectly mirror-like glaze, I promise, no one will notice! Just throw on it a bunch of delicious candy, your family and guests will be floored!

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays - Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays – Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

Recipe Type: Dessert

This is a decadent dessert made with ricotta, chocolate and shredded coconut. The flavor is superb however one piece is quite enough for one person, so be sure to invite lots of guests when you whip this one up – enjoy!

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • O Organics Butter – 300 gr
  • O Organics chocolate chips – 300 gr
  • 8 eggs (3 for the chocolate layer, and 2 for the ricotta layer)
  • O Organics sugar – 300 gr (200 gr for the chocolate layer, and 100 gr for the ricotta layer)
  • O Organics flour – 200 gr
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • a pinch of salt
  • O Organics Ricotta cheese – 800 gr
  • a dash of vanilla
  • O Organics shredded coconut – 60 gr
  • Vanilla frosting
  • 2 cups of O Organics butter
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 TBSP of heavy cream
  • 4 cups of confectioners sugar
  • Chocolate glaze
  • Heavy cream – 80 ml
  • O Organics Sugar – 215 gr
  • Cocoa powder – 60 gr
  • O Organics Chocolate chips – 70 gr
  • water – 100 ml
  • gelatin – 12 gr dissolved in 65 ml of water

Instructions

  1. You will be making two layers of cake.
  2. Layer 1 – Chocolate
  3. Melt down butter and chocolate chips.
  4. Beat together eggs and sugar
  5. Add melted butter and chocolate chips to eggs and sugar.
  6. Mix together flour, baking powder, salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. When you are adding the dry ingredients, be sure to sift them through a sieve.
  7. Layer 2 – Ricotta
  8. Mix ricotta cheese with egg, vanilla, sugar.
  9. Add shredded coconut.
  10. Layer the cakes either like a marble cake or like a zebra cake – this is to taste.
  11. This proportion will give you two separate cakes that you will use as layers for your final product.
  12. Prepare the frosting. Blend all of the ingredients in a mixer until they are combined into frosting.
  13. Apply frosting on your cake.
  14. Prepare the glaze.
  15. Mix cream, sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips on the stove in a pot until melted. Add previously soaked gelatin. Push the mix through a sieve to get rid of any lumps.
  16. Make sure that you only apply the glaze when it is of a pliable consistency, and is not hot and liquid. Cover the cake top with glaze either just on the sides of the cake, or for the whole top.
  17. Decorate the cake with chocolates, shredded coconut.
  18. Enjoy!

Glazed Ricotta Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe for Holidays - Celebrate With O Organics from Albertsons

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Albertsons.

 

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway!

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

The past few weeks we have been testing out Ling Ling Frozen Entrees a lot with my family, and I have been sharing my recipes a few times on the blog as to how to serve these entrees for dinner. You can, of course, serve Ling Ling Fried Rice dishes on their own, just as your main course, of you can add a few more options if you have a big family, and make something special and not have to slave all night long in the kitchen cooking because you will have your Ling Ling Fried Rice dishes helping you out. For this blog post I have created a Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe, there is also a coupon and a giveaway you can find in the post for you!

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

There are so many options that Ling Ling brand offers to try at home, and all of these dinner dishes taste incredible. I am not kidding when I say this – the flavors are outstanding, and actually much better tasting than from your corner takeout restaurant. The dishes that we have been enjoying the most are Ling Ling Noodles and Yakiniku Beef. We pick these up at a local Walmart when we do our bi-weekly shopping trips, and it couldn’t be easier now to pull off an Asian themed dinner.

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

I think I am never going to be able to stop eating Ling Ling Frozen Entrees, they are so addictive. It is one of those brands that you will keep going back looking for in stores, knowing that you are guaranteed to have an outstanding meal. We are now going to have a regular Asian food day or two for dinner options, and instead of having to go out for that, we can just cozy up at home making a satisfying bowl of food quickly.

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

The options for different dinners that Ling Ling offers are almost endless, and they encompass dishes and recipes from different Asian cuisines of Japan, China, Korea and Thailand. Some of the dishes include:

  • Yakitori Chicken
  • Yakiniku Beef
  • Thai-Style Chicken
  • Chinese-Style Vegetable
  • Bibimbap Beef

Ling Ling Drunken Noodles

There are also Asian Entrees, Ling Ling Noodles and Dumplings that you can choose from – two noodle varieties of Chicken Yakisoba and Drunken Noodles with Chicken and two dumpling varieties of Chicken Dumplings in Chili Sauce and Pork Dumplings in Chili Sauce.

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

I am not sure why exactly these dishes taste so good, I can’t figure it out. There are a few exceptions to my rule of eating everything fresh and homemade, and it’s these entrees. The flavors are made perfectly, there is this marriage of flavor and taste there going on, that is so intoxicating that when you get a bowl of this food, you will not be able to put it down until you finish it, and you will want to go for extras. I love eating leftovers, but to my sadness, whenever I cook Ling Ling Entrees, despite the cooking dish gets completely full with food, there are never any leftovers because my family just can’t get enough of this food.

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

One of the secrets of Ling Ling entrees is their Infusion Cooking Method that works its magic to infuse flavors of delicious Ling Ling signature sauces into each bite of food. It is really incredible how far the technology of cooking frozen entrees have come because now the flavor of a frozen entree is indistinguishable and often better than home cooking or a restaurant specialty!

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

Here is a recipe I made last week with some seasonal acorn squash I had on hand – it turned out so delicious! The amazing thing is that this dish has about 4 ingredients+salt, pepper. It is amazing how many steps I have managed to avoid having to do by using a Ling Long frozen entree here. Instead of a long shopping list, you only need 4 things for this recipe! I don’t know that many recipes that are that satisfying to eat, and that easy to make at the same time! Hope you enjoy this one!

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe

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This is my delicious take on a stuffed squash recipe using Ling Ling Fried Rice Frozen Entree. A usually a bit intimidating dish of stuffing something and requiring many different steps to completion has been made simple by adding a Ling Ling Fried Rice Frozen Entree. You can experiment with different entrees to your taste!
Ingredients
  • 1 package of Ling Ling Fried Rice Frozen Entree (I have used my favorite Yakiniku Beef)
  • 2 acorn squashes
  • 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • a dollop of butter
Instructions
  1. Clean up your squash by removing the seeds inside it, thoroughly washing it.
  2. Put salt and pepper on the squash, add a bit of butter.
  3. Bake the squash in the oven at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. Check periodically to see if you need to adjust the time.
  4. While the squash is being baked, prepare Ling Ling Fried Rice Frozen Entree as per package directions.
  5. When the squash is ready, stuff the squash with your prepared rice, and top it up with cheddar cheese.
  6. Broil on high for 5-10 minutes. Make sure that the cheese melts but doesn't start burning.
  7. Enjoy!

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

I am glad to tell you that you can taste these entrees now as well, and I strongly encourage you to try them (maybe I shouldn’t do that, then if you live near me you will buy all in the store nearby and I won’t see any on the shelves when I need it!) and I know for a fact that you will be hooked! This is finger-licking good food, and you can even save $2 off a box of Ling Ling Fried Rice, Noodles or Dumplings with a coupon available on Ling Ling website here – http://goic.io/rkWX-b

Ling Ling Fried Rice Stuffed Squash Recipe and a Giveaway

Ling Ling Giveaway

Another great option is participating in a Ling Ling Giveaway – please enter below –

  • Prize: 1 of 10 $100 Walmart Gift Cards
  • Dates: November 10 – 22, 2017

I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes (10)

Ling Ling Asian Kitchen Giveaway

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

This post was sponsored by Ling Ling, all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

We all like to eat out, and going to an Asian restaurant is always a welcome event for my family. We love Asian food, and Asian American fusion food, and always prefer to eat at a professional kitchen because we generally cook more European and American style cuisine at home, we just don’t have a lot of knowledge of Asian cooking, and are still learning. However, eating out is becoming more and more difficult for us every year, as our family keeps growing, and we just don’t have the finances or the time to go out that much any more.

So, a natural progression for me was creating a dinner at home that would remind me of the best restaurant experience that I can re-create.

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

This was not a particularly fancy or greatly prepared meal that would take hours to make, practically the whole day. This was just a regular weeknight dinner at home, however, I think I will remember it for a long time, the food was just so good.

I am greatly influenced by Korean culture. I am a complete Korean drama junkie, and can binge watch hours and hours of this stuff. I have become quite a savant in Korean pop culture, and also a great fan of their food, particularly barbecue, and the flavors that they enjoy eating. I also find that the way they prepare beef makes beef very tender and easy to eat without necessarily cooking it for a long time, even for tougher cuts. I decided to marinate beef short ribs in a Korean style marinade. I still used my favorite ingredients in the marinade like brown sugar and balsamic vinegar, but I also added a pear that I had to tenderize the meat properly in the marinade, and add that sweet notes to it. I also used a fairly large amount of soy sauce, lots of garlic and ginger.

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

Continuing the fruity theme I wanted to create a refreshing salad that would cleanse the palate and add that fresh note to the meal. I made a pear salad with cashews, tomato, cilantro, pickled ginger and red onion.

Together with this meal I served a special Ling Ling Yakiniku Beef Fried Rice dish that I picked up from Walmart a few days ago. I often get frozen entrees at Walmart to make quick and easy meals, and I am never disappointed. However, this particular entree really added that authentic taste to our dinner.

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

 

I have to admit that I don’t know a thing about making a proper fried rice dish. My best attempt at it is throwing together a day old rice with a handful of frozen vegetables and soy sauce, and calling it a day. I know this is not even close to the correct flavor. Ling Ling Fried Rice – Yakiniku Beef had so many delicious ingredients, I never have this many on hand, at this perfect flavor benchmark.

I know why some people don’t buy frozen entrees very much. They freeze their own meals when they cook ahead, but those meals defrosted never taste the same. They are flavorless, and are not really there for food enjoyment. The difference between a homemade frozen meal and a meal bought at a store that was frozen is striking, and not in the favor of the homemade variety. Ling Ling uses infusion cooking method where each grain of rice or noodle for noodle meals is infused with the special Ling Ling signature sauce to make the flavor outstanding. When you are cooking a Ling Ling entree at home from frozen, you will never know it was a frozen meal, it tastes so good. The flavor experience feels like you are actually in a restaurant, it is that good.

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

I think that considering the outstanding quality and the incredibly affordable pricing of Ling Ling dishes, I don’t think I will be spotted in a restaurant again any time soon! Here is an even better offer – there is a $2 off one box of Ling Ling Fried Rice, Noodles or Dumplings coupon offer available right now – http://goic.io/SJxg9U

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

I am glad that I can find these Frozen Fried Rice dishes at Walmart where I frequently shop. There are several varieties available there, so I will be trying them with my family often now. So far we have tried Yakiniku Beef, and we are really hooked! Ling Ling actually carries a while line of products including Asian Entrees, Ling Ling Noodles and Dumplings, all based on authentic and Asian inspired recipes. There are two noodle varieties: Chicken Yakisoba, Drunken Noodles with Chicken; and two dumpling varieties: Chicken Dumplings in Chili Sauce, and Pork Dumplings in Chili Sauce. I am already imagining all the dishes I could create with these delicious entrees!

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

Here is the recipe that I have made below. Please, let me know in comments if you have ever tried Ling Ling Fried Rice or Asian Noodles dishes before, what your favorites are. If you have tried a similar recipe, please, let me know your tips or tricks that you have used in your cooking!

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs

Ling Ling Fried Rice with Pear Salad and Pear Marinated Short Ribs
Making this recipe is so simple for any weeknight when you are running around, but are craving a delicious wholesome meal of restaurant quality that will not break your budget!
Ingredients
  • For marinated ribs:
  • 1 pound of short ribs pre-cut suitable for Korean barbecue dish
  • 1-2 pears
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • salt, pepper
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2-3 inches of ginger, sliced
  • ½ cup to 1 cup of soy sauce - adjust to your liking, I prefer my marinade to be less salty
  • ½ cup of brown sugar
  • 4 TBSP of balsamic vinegar
  • (you may add wine, and substitute your fruit if you like)
  • For salad
  • 1 pear, sliced into straws or cubes, to your liking
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • ¼ of a full red onion, chopped
  • 2 TBSP of pickled ginger, minced
  • 1 TBSP of cilantro
  • 2 TBSP of cashews, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 TBSP of fish sauce
  • Side dish - you favorite choice of Ling Ling entrees, we used Yakiniku Beef Fried Rice
Instructions
  1. -2 days ahead of time - prepare your marinade for meat - place all of the ingredients in a plastic bag, add your meat, mix everything up, and store in the fridge until 30 minutes before cooking time.
  2. Take your marinade out of the fridge, and let the bag rest on the counter while you are preparing your salad.
  3. Prepare your salad. Cut all of the ingredients, mix in a bowl, add lime juice, and fish sauce for the dressing.
  4. Heat up your broiler. Broil the meat for about 15 minutes total. You may need to adjust your time depending on how thick your meat is. Don't forget to turn the meat half way through cooking time.
  5. Prepare your Ling Ling entree as per package directions, we cooked it on the stove.
  6. Once your rice and meat are ready, serve immediately, with the salad on the side.

 

 

Tailgating with Dr Pepper Mole Sauce

Brought to you by Dr Pepper® and Albertsons Companies.

With school in season now, our family is getting prepared adding a few fresh tailgating ideas to our usual menu. We love Dr Pepper® so much we have decided to make a special sauce with it today – a showstopper for any tailgating party! Hope you enjoy this Dr Pepper Mole Sauce recipe that I have created today – such a simple sauce, so versatile, and can work with so many different recipe ideas!

Tailgating with Dr Pepper Mole Sauce

I wanted to create a recipe today based on what I happen to have in my fridge, and experiment a little bit with some new and also familiar ingredients.

I have had mole in some of the best restaurants before but I couldn’t eat very much because it was just too hot for me. However, I have heard so much about it that I just wanted to try making it myself, adjusting it to my taste, and utilizing some of the shortcuts that I have developed in my cooking. I also wanted to take advantage of all of the amazing fall produce that we have now in season here.

I chose to make this Dr Pepper Mole Sauce recipe because Dr Pepper we love Dr Pepper, and, as a bonus, the college football cans were recently on sale at our Albertsons store. There is also a special promotion going on for tailgating parties and the football season.

  • Right now, if you buy any 2 Dr Pepper12-Pack 12oz Cans, 6-Pack 16.9oz Bottles or 8-Pack 12oz Bottles and text FANGEAR to 811811, you can get a $5 Fanatics promo code offer for your game day gear. Follow instructions to send a photo of your receipt to get a $5 Fanatics promo code. For more information go to www.GameTimeFanGear.com

Tailgating with Dr Pepper Mole Sauce

I wanted to make this Dr Pepper Mole Sauce because I think it is actually perfect for parties – it can be served warm or even room temperature over any favorite protein, either with rice, or on a tortilla, with salad, beans, or any type of side that you may have – it is so versatile. This is the first time I made this Dr Pepper Mole Sauce, and I had my reservations. I was planning to just make it for my husband, as he is usually the one who orders mole, and I just wanted to try a bit of it. I ended up eating 3 plates full of food covered in this mole sauce it was so good!

Tailgating with Dr Pepper Mole Sauce

Starting today this new recipe, I have created, is going to be my favorite American classic. It combines so many of my favorite ingredients – chocolate, tomatoes, and Dr Pepper, of course.

Tailgating with Dr Pepper Mole Sauce

Tailgaiting Dr Pepper Mole Sauce
We modified the traditional mole recipe to use Dr Pepper for a new flavor variation
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 4 assorted fresh hot peppers
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 tomatillos
  • 2 teaspoons of duck fat
  • ½ onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 TBSP chopped peanuts
  • 3 TBSP of raisins
  • 1 TBSP cumin seeds
  • ½ TBSP dried thyme
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • a pinch of whole cloves and allspice
  • 2 ounces of chocolate
  • 1 can of Dr Pepper
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Sweat hot peppers in oil for a few minutes until they are cooked.
  2. Heat up chicken broth and blend together with peppers.
  3. Toast tortillas and blend in with the chicken broth mix.
  4. Cut tomatoes and tomatillos in half, and cook on a skillet for a few minutes until they are softened. Add to the blender mixture, and blend it well.
  5. Toast spices, raisins, peanuts and onions in lard. Remove large chunks of spices that are removable, and blend the onions with the rest of the blended sauce mixture.
  6. Add Dr. Pepper, melted chocolate and salt.
  7. Serve mole sauce over your protein or rice dish. Enjoy!

Have you ever made mole sauce before? What do you usually serve it with? What other recipes have you cooked with Dr Pepper?

Try this sauce, and you will be pleasantly surprised that despite many different steps, this sauce is extremely simple to make, and oh-so delicious! Enjoy!

 

Back to School Cooking on a Busy Day – Delicious Solutions are Only a Target Trip Away

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions are entirely my own. This shop has been compensated by Acorn Influence, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

We are still in the middle of summer but our back to school shopping that we have just started reminded me this week about how fast the last few weeks of summer are going to pass by – and I need to be ready when the fall season comes along to have a collection of quick and simple meals that I can prepare quickly for my family, that everyone will enjoy.

I find that one of the easiest ways to please our little toddler is creating something for her to eat that she will be happy to try, and enjoy but that will be also a creative way of presenting some of the familiar foods for her, as well as encouraging her to try new flavors and foods in a fun and playful manner.

Dinosaur Snack Plate

Dinosaur Snack Plate using Tyson Chicken Fun Nuggets

Tyson Chicken Fun Nuggets Dinosaur Snacks

One of the most challenging meals for our toddler is the snack time. When we are in a rush to go outside to run errands, the last thing I want to do is getting her a bag of ready-made snacks that might not a quick solution but that is not a nutritional equivalent of a properly picked ingredients and flavors. I want her to enjoy her meals and eat the best possible options – I usually prefer to offer raw vegetables, and fruits, something that we have made at home from scratch, and something that can keep her entertained without the need to turn on the shows on TV.

Tyson Chicken Fun Nuggets Dinosaur Snacks

Today I have created a dinosaur themed plate for her that is filled with different snack options – sometimes I know my daughter can be quite picky, and I like to give her different snacking options that she enjoys. This plate was inspired by the fun dinosaur shapes that were in one of our most favorite frozen products by Tyson. I am happy to present this quick and easy to make snacking option for you today, thanks to Tyson sponsoring this post. I know that this meal with save you a lot of time, and your children will love it!

I have even made a video showing exactly how I put this plate of food together!

First, I have created a dinosaur nest with celery left tops, carrot sticks, and celery sticks. Then I have placed the dinosaurs on their nest, and surrounded them with grapes that were posing as their eggs. The whole plate is actually filled with dinosaur eggs of all colors and sizes. There are also cucumbers that I cut to resemble dinosaur claws. To make the plate a little bit more interesting, and to make a reference to a pre-historic period of time, I have also added a dinner roll volcano with honey barbeque sauce as lava, as well as a cookie with a dinosaur footprint. The final dessert item on the plate was a cupcake decorated with dinosaur bones made of marshmallows and cookie and cream flavored sticks, and dinosaur egg shaped candy and dragees.

Tyson Chicken Fun Nuggets Dinosaur Snacks

The beauty of this plate is how quickly it is possible to put it together – if you can take a night to cut and prep your vegetables and fruits for the whole week, you can really throw this plate together in no time. You don’t have to always add a dessert item – this is just what I did but I will probably skip the dessert next time I make it – our toddler doesn’t really like the cupcakes except for the icing on them. So, you can mix and match, adding more egg-like looking options – make melon balls with you small sized round scoop, boil some eggs, and add them as an additional protein option – the sky is the limit!

I have actually made this plate of food for my older children as well, not just for the toddler. They all loved it! I am so glad that Tyson came up with these fun and cute shapes to use to make our busy days more exciting and special! I also love that with Tyson products I don’t need to worry about trusting the food that we are eating that is factory produced. Tyson is moving to using No Antibiotics in their products, and it will be more noticeable in the stores in the coming months as more products appear at Target with this label of No Antibiotics Ever.  Tyson uses 100% all natural white meat chicken in its Fun Nuggets, with whole grain breading. There is no need to feel guilty about feeding your children when you have this type of high quality product.

For the dessert options I have made chocolate cupcakes with simple white icing using this recipe. I actually subbed the cocoa powder for cocoa drink mix that I had on hand – it worked out perfectly. For the cookies, I made thumbprint cookies, and using a finger and a fork I made a little dinosaur footprint in them to appear as a fossil. The cookies turned out rather large, they were intended to go on the cupcake, but as they were too big, they did not fit on the cupcakes so I served them on the side. These cookies are very easy to make, and taste a lot better than any typical sugar cookie, and are just as easy to decorate if you are looking for a cookie for that.

So, this is a plate that I recommend for children – you can’t beat adding this imaginative spin on food, and it is so easy to put together inspired by Tyson fun nuggets shapes.

Skillet Meal using Jimmy Dean Sausage Links

skillet meal using Jimmy Dean Sausage Links

This week I have also made something quick and easy for the whole family – I wanted to re-create one of our favorite diner dishes that we love. Sometimes when life gets very busy during the school season we crave something very comforting to eat that is not going to be a huge calorie packed fest, and that will still be affordable for us to eat as a family. Sometimes we end up going to our favorite Denny’s diner craving a comforting skillet meal. Sometimes we get a fast takeout of comfort soul food, but it is really incredible how fast and easy a skillet meal really is!

It is honestly hard to imagine that a meal like that can take less than 15 minutes to put together, and it is such a treat to have on a busy day! Another note – we have made enough for a family, and I thought we would have a lot of leftovers, but this kind of a meal was eaten in a flash – everyone loved it and went for many extra helpings – and I think it actually tasted a lot better than in a diner – I am not sure if I exceeded my own expectations with making some a skillet meal inspired by Denny’s or if the quality of the ingredients we used is that much better – it is hard to imagine how delicious a homemade meal can really be, made in such a short period of time that can be put together even on the busiest day – and tasting this good!

Jimmy Dean Sausage Links Cooked

In order to put together this delicious skillet of food, all I used was prepping some veggies, adding amazing chopped Jimmy Dean pre-cooked sausage links, and then melting them altogether with cheese under a high heat broiler, adding a few fried eggs – a dish that can be put together literally in a matter of minutes!

Jimmy Dean Sausage Links Cooked

Jimmy Dean Sausage Links Cooked

Skillet Meal Using Jimmy Dean Sausage Links

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Serves: for 3-4 people

This dish can be easily put together under 15 minutes even on the busiest day, and will make you comforted with a home-cooked meal on any day!
Ingredients
  • 1 white onion
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ yellow bell pepper
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 2 tomatoes on the vine
  • 6 Jimmy Dean sausage links cooked
  • 10 small potatoes, home fried or any leftover potatoes you have
  • you can also add a blend of Mediterranean spices to the mix
  • you can add mushrooms
  • ½ cup of freshly grated cheese - we used Provolone
  • 2 eggs
  • salt, pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Prepare ahead of time - chop up your vegetables and store them separately - the peppers, onions, tomatoes
  2. Fry up potatoes, or you can use your leftover potatoes
  3. Cook peppers, onions together until onions are just translucent and a little browned. Add salt/pepper.
  4. Add tomatoes to the vegetables and cook for a few minutes.
  5. Grate your cheese.
  6. Microwave Jimmy Dean sausages for 1 minute as they are already pre-cooked. Cut it into bite-sized pieces.
  7. Mix together vegetables, potatoes and cut up sausage. Place the mix in a cast iron or any over-friendly dish.
  8. You can add a blend of spices that you like, and then add your cheese on top.
  9. Fry your eggs.
  10. Put the skillet under a broiler for 1 minute just to melt the cheese.
  11. Once the skillet is out of the oven, serve your cooked eggs on top. Enjoy!

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