Shrimp Stir Fry with Eat Smart®


You all know that I’m all about quick and easy recipes.  Today I’m sharing an easy and healthy meal idea that is perfect for busy nights.  And when I say easy, I mean easy.

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This Shrimp Sir Fry with Kale and Red Chard by Eat Smart comes together in less than 15 minutes.  This is definitely my kind of cooking!

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The best thing about this stir fry recipe is that all you need are two things from the store – 12 ounces of shrimp and a package of Kale and Red Chard Stir Fry Kit from Eat Smart.  That’s it!

Eat Smart offers a variety of Salad and Stir Fry Kits:

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All of the Eat Smart Salad and Stir Fry Kits contain fresh and nutritious ingredients.  New Eat Smart Gourmet Salad and Stir Fry Kits are the fast and flavorful way to eat your veggies every day.

Now I can prepare healthy meals after working all day and I won’t feel guilty about eating prepackaged meals.    Everything in each of the Eat Smart Kits are healthy!  Each kit is packed with five to seven delicious and beneficial superfood and all of the kits are include ingredients like kale, green cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chicory, and/or quinoa with toppings like roasted pumpkin seeds, almonds or dried cranberries.

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I also received a few packages of the Eat Smart Salad Kits to try out.  I prepared them ahead of time and stored them in mason jars.  Not only are these salad kits healthy and easy, they are delicious.  Now I have healthy lunches for the entire week.  It really doesn’t get any better than this.

These Eat Smart Salad Kits and Stir Fry Kits are definitely going on my weekly meal plan and added to my grocery list.

Visit Eat Smart for more information including recipes and a grocery store locator.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Reindeer Cookies {with 14 Baking Tips and Tricks}

Thank you to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try create delicious cookies with Nestlé Toll House Rolled & Ready Cookie Dough Sheets! #TollHouseTime, #NestleTollHouse #CookieDoughSheets

I couldn’t resist making these adorable Reindeer Cookies with Connor.  I’ve seen them all over Pinterest and when I found  Gingerbread Rolled and Ready Refrigerated Cookie Dough at the grocery store, I knew we had to make them.  I’m all about quick and easy holiday baking!

Reindeer Cookies

These cookie dough sheets are awesome!  It makes baking cookies so much easier. No more rolling out cookie dough.  Just unwrap and use cookie cutters to cut out what you need.

Reindeer Cookies

I used a 3 inch heart cookie cutter for our Reindeer Cookies.  Then we decorated them with chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate chips, and M&M’s when they came out of the oven.  Super easy and so cute!

We will definitely be making more of these.

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Visit Nestle Toll House for more Rolled and Ready Cookie Dough Sheet recipes.

And with all the holiday baking going on, I thought it would be fun to round up 14 awesome Baking Tips and Tricks that I can’t believe I didn’t know about before today.

I mean seriously – How did I not know these things?

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Sources: The Mamas Girls / My Kind of Cooking / Cupcakes and Crinoline

1.  A quick way to soften butter – I always forget to set my butter out before baking so this is a great tip.

2.  Spray measuring cups with cooking spray when measuring sticky things. DUH!!

3.  How to soften brown sugar

Using dental floss to cut cookie dough and cakes

Sources:  Sew Many Ways  / WikiHow / TexanErin Baking / Instructables

4.  Use a plastic knife to cute brownies.  How simple is that?

5.  And here are 3 more tips for cutting desserts better from The Kitchn:  Use a heated knife for chilled pies and ice cream cakes, a cool knife for sticky desserts and a buttered knife for cakes.

6.  Mom this tip is for you – Use unscented dental floss to cut cakes and cookie dough.

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 Sources:  The Hayley Daily  / Mom on Timeout / FollowPics

7.  Freeze cookie dough in ice cube trays – Genius idea!

8. DIY colored sugar

9.  Use a syringe to decorate cookies and cakes.

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Source:  Hill House Rock

10.  Make box cake mix taste homemade.

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Source: Kitchen Scrapbook

11.  Cookies from cake mix

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Source:  Penny Pinchin’ Mama

 12.  Baking Substitutions for when you’re missing important ingredients a recipe calls for.

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Source:  Lady Lux

13.  Healthy Ingredient swaps

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Source: Chasing Delicious

14.  Mixing Methods – This poster is awesome!  I’m definitely guilty of just mixing all the ingredients together.

Now I need to know what baking tips and tricks you have found helpful because I need all the help I can get:)

Happy Baking!

 

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Holiday Payday Bars – Baking with M&M’s and Glad

This post brought to you by Glad & M&M’S®. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Happy Go Lucky.

Have you started your holiday baking yet?

Don’t worry, I’ve got two delicious recipes for you today that are perfect for the holidays.

This weekend my friend is having her annual cookie exchange and I’ve decided to bring two different holiday treats.

First, these Holiday Payday Bars are amazing. The perfect combination of sweet and salty.

Can you ever go wrong with peanut butter, marshmallows, and M&M’s?!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick of butter (softened)
  • 1 package of yellow cake mix with pudding
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups of miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups rice cereal
  • 2 cups salted peanuts (chopped)
  • 1 cup M&M’s Mini’s Baking Bites

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix butter and cake mix in large bowl. Add egg and continue mixing.

Step 2: Spread dough into 9 x 13 baking pan and bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and add marshmallows to top of cake. Place back in oven for 3 minutes.

Step 3: Combine corn syrup, sugar, and brown sugar to saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until it starts to boil (about 3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Stir in cereal, peanuts and m&m’s. Spread over marshmallows and crust.

Step 4: Cool completely. Cut and enjoy!

 

Next, I made Black and White Peppermint Brownies with Mint M&M’s.  I can’t get enough of the mint M&M’s.  I could eat the entire bag.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of sugar cookie mix
  • 1 package of brownie mix
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp. mint extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Holiday sprinkles
  • 1 package M&M’S® White Chocolate Peppermint candies—exclusively available at Target

Directions:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Prepare sugar cookie mix according to package directions and press into bottom of 9×13 inch pan.

Step 3: Prepare brownie mix according to package directions and add mint extract. Pour over sugar cookie layer. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Step 4: Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Cool.

Step 5: Melt white chocolate chips per package directions and drizzle white chocolate over bar cookies.

Step 6: Sprinkle with sprinkles and Holiday M&M’S® candies.

Step 7: Allow drizzle to harden. Slice brownies and serve.

I actually found this recipe on the back of the Glad containers I found at Target. I needed containers for the cookie exchange. I love how the Glad containers have a holiday design on them. I also picked up the Peppermint M&M’s and M&M’s Mini Baking Bites in the Holiday section at my local Target. Oh how I love Target! I think I’ve been 3 times this week and don’t forget to use your Cartwheel app.

Look how good my desserts look in the Glad storage containers. Now I’m all ready for the cookie exchange!

What holiday sweet treats are you making this year?

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Antipasto Kabobs

Thank you to Mezzetta for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to get creative and create a unique recipe for the Holidays. #MezzettaMemories #SharingJoy

Happy Friday!

Antipasto Kabobs

Today I’m sharing a fun appetizer using Mezzetta that everyone will love!  These Antipasto Kabobs are perfect for your upcoming holiday party.  I made them for my holiday luncheon at school and everybody loved them.

I love making these because they look so fancy but are so easy to make.  And they really make the perfect appetizer since you can just grab a stick and eat.  No utensils or plates needed.

Antipasto Kabobs

Here’s what you need:

  • Olives – kalamata and green
  • Peperoncini
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Tortellini
  • Italian dressing
  • Pepperoni
  • Wood skeweres

Directions:

  • Prepare tortellini according to package.  Cut mozzarella cheese into small cubes.  Add tortellini, cheese, and 1/2 cup of Italian dressing to bowl.  Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once the tortellini is chilled, add all ingredients to skewers.

 

That’s it!

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So, make sure you stock up on Mezzetta olives, peperoncini and artichokes the next time you go shopping so you can make these delicious Antipasto Kabobs.  Download their $.50 off coupon HERE.

Mezzetta is also giving away a fabulous gift basket full of their products EVERY day during the month of December.

To enter, just visit HERE.  Then enter your name, email, address, and share your favorite holiday memory.  A winner will be chosen daily and prizes will be shipped within 2 weeks.

Mezzetta Gift Basket Giveaway

Mezzetta Favorites Holiday Gift Basket (31 Winners – Daily) includes:

  • 100% Italian Estate Grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Golden Greek Peperoncini
  • Garlic Stuffed Olives
  • Castelvetrano Olives
  • Pitted Greek Kalamata Olives
  • Roasted Marinated Red & Yellow Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cocktail Onions
  • 1 Apron (from House Party contents)
  • 1 Metal Olive Spoon (from House Party contents)
  • 1 Tote Bag (from House Party contents)
  • 1 Ceramic Bowl

 Good Luck and I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

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Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

Do your children like to  help out in the kitchen?  Connor loves to help me bake and it’s the perfect time of year for him to help me with all my holiday baking.

Yesterday we made these fun and festive Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats so we could snack on them while we decorated our tree.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

I saw these cookies on Pinterest and immediately knew that Connor and I had to make them together.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 – 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • M&M’s
  • green icing
  • lollipop sticks

Directions:

  • Melt butter and marshmallows in pan over low heat.
  • Once marshmallows are completely melted, add Rice Krispies  one cup at a time and mix together.
  • Spread in 10 x 13 pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once cool, cut Rice Krispie treats into triangles.  Add a lollipop stick to bottom of each triangle.
  • Decorate with icing and M&M’s.

 

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

This is a great holiday treat that kids can help you make.

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Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake

Ok my friends, you know I’m all about quick and easy recipes.

And if you love buffalo chicken, then this is definitely the recipe for you.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake

My husband LOVES buffalo chicken!  That is pretty much the only thing he orders when we go out to eat.

The other night he was working late and I surprised him with this Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake.  I actually combined two different recipes to create this dish and I must admit that it turned out better than I thought.  I’m not a buffalo chicken fan and even I thought it was delicious.

My husband and Connor both said it was delicious – which means dinner was a success!

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bake

Ingredients

  • 3-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup low fat mayo
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup of Panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray pan with cooking spray and then place chicken in pan.
  2. Step 2: Combine mayo, Greek yogurt, and buffalo sauce in small bowl. Spread mixture over chicken.
  3. Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine Panko crumbs, cheese, and Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning. Mix well. Sprinkle over chicken.
  4. Step 4: Bake in over for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and topping is browned.
http://www.happygoluckyblog.com/2014/11/buffalo-ranch-chicken-bake.html

The picture just doesn’t do this recipe the justice it deserves.  I was trying to take nice pictures but my husband couldn’t wait any longer to dig in!


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Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Have you decided what you’re making for Thanksgiving dinner yet?

If not, don’t worry!  I’ve got you’ve covered.

Today I’m sharing 27 Thanksgiving Dishes and Table Settings.  All of these recipes look delicious and the table settings will definitely leave your guests saying “WOW”.
27 Thanksgiving Dishes and Table Settings

I’ve got the perfect Thanksgiving dessert for you.  Not only is this Apple Cranberry Dump Cake easy to make but it tastes amazing.  Add a little vanilla ice cream and you won’t be able to stop eating it!

Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 can (21 oz.) apple pie filling
  • 1 can (16 oz.) whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Step 1: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Step 2: Dump apple pie filling and cranberries into pan. Spread mixture evenly.
  3. Step 3: Pour dry cake mix over apples and cranberries.
  4. Step 4: Cut up butter and place evenly over cake mix.
  5. Step 5: Sprinkle walnuts over cake mix.
  6. Step 6: Bake for 45 -50 minutes.
http://www.happygoluckyblog.com/2014/11/apple-cranberry-dump-cake.html

 

Apple Cranberry Dump Cake

Now you have to check out these fabulous Thanksgiving Dishes and Table Setting ideas.

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Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars {Holiday Fun with Skippy and Honey Maid}

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There are two things that we always have in our pantry – Skippy Peanut Butter and Honey Maid Graham Crackers.

And today I’m sharing my favorite holiday recipe that includes both!

These Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars are delicious and easy to make.  The best part is – Connor can help me make them.  I love that he likes to help me in the kitchen and this recipe is so much easier when you have a little helper.
Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars

Ingredients:

Directions:

Step 1:  Line an ungreased 9 x 13 pan with foil.  Spray foil with cooking spray to prevent bars from sticking.

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Step 2:  Line the bottom of the pan with club crackers.  Crush graham crackers using a food processor.

Step 3:  In large sauce pan, melt butter and add graham crackers, brown sugar, sugar, and milk.  Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.  Stir mixture while it is boiling.

Step 4:  Pour 1/2 of the mixture over crackers.  Place another layer of crackers and spread remaining butter mixture over crackers.  Top with a third layer of crackers.

Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars

Step 5:  In small sauce pan, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter over medium-low heat.  Spread evenly over crackers.

Step 6:  Cover and chill for at least one hour before cutting.

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And, there is only one thing left to do with the left over peanut butter and graham crackers – make Gingerbread Houses!

We are getting ready to have our annual gingerbread house party at my parents house and I can’t wait!!  We started this two years ago with Connor and my nephew and this year is going to be even better now that my two nieces are old enough to participate.

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All you need are a few boxes of Honey Maid Graham Crackers, candy for decorating your houses, Skippy peanut butter, and a can of inexpensive white icing.  I picked up all my supplies at Walmart.

Peanut Butter and Graham Cracker Houses #PBandG  #CollectiveBias

Place candy, peanut butter, and icing in small bowls in center of table.  Wrap aluminum foil around a piece of cardboard.  I used old cereal boxes.

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Give everyone a package of graham crackers and let the fun begin!

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This is one of my favorite Christmas activities.  I love building Gingerbread Houses with all my favorite people.  Connor loves seeing all his cousins and now they have an excuse to make a mess while eating candy.  What’s not to love about that?!

What are some of your favorite things to do around the holidays?

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Turkey Salad Sandwiches with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #TasteTheSeason #CollectiveBias

Are you wondering what to make with all that delicious turkey you have leftover on Thanksgiving?  Then you’ll love this turkey salad with almonds and dried cranberries.

Turkey Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

These Turkey Salad Sandwiches are the perfect way to use up your leftover Thanksgiving turkey!

For me, the best part about Thanksgiving is spending time with family and eating turkey.

And the best thing about Black Friday is eating leftover turkey sandwiches.  My mom makes a big bowl of turkey salad every year and it has become a family favorite.

Turkey Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

This recipe is so easy to make and I’m sure you have most of the ingredients already.

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And if you don’t, you can find them all at your local Walmart.

Turkey, dried cranberries, and almonds all pulled together with Kraft mayonnaise and Greek yogurt.  What’s not to love?  Her secret ingredients, the poultry seasoning and curry powder adds the perfect flavor to this turkey salad recipe.

Turkey Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries #TasteTheSeason

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cooked turkey – shredded
  • 3/4 cup Kraft mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Step 1:  Chop up your left over turkey.  Add turkey, Kraft mayonnaise, and Greek yogurt to small bowl.  Mix until well combined.

Step 2:  Add almonds and dried cranberries to bowl and continue to mix together.

Step 3:  Season with poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, and curry powder.  Mix again.

Step 4:  Spread turkey salad on bread and top with your favorite sandwich toppings.  I usually just add lettuce.

This turkey salad also tastes great with crackers or over a fresh salad.

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Turkey Salad with Almonds and Dried Cranberries

What yummy recipes do you make with your Thanksgiving leftovers?

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High Five for Friday

Happy Friday!

I still can’t believe it’s November all ready.  I keep seeing Christmas decorations everywhere and I’m not really ready for all that yet.  I just want to enjoy fall for another few weeks.

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I saw this awesome video that was going around Facebook and I had to share it.  The message is powerful especially this quote they shared at the end of the video.  I love it and I’m putting it up in my classroom.

Halloween

We had a blast on Halloween.  Connor was Green Lantern.  My neighbor set up their outdoor movie screen and played movies for the kids.  We also had the fire pit going.  I’m thinking we need to do this every Friday night.

home depot kids workshop

Saturday was a perfect day!  We stopped at Starbucks and then headed to Home Depot for their Kid’s Workshop.  Then it started raining so we stayed in and watched movies all day.  Sometimes you just need an excuse to be lazy.

Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate

My husband picked up some of this pumpkin pie liqueur that tastes great with hot chocolate!

Twix Poke Cake

And my neighbor made one of her delicious poke cakes for Sunday dinner.  This time she made a Twix Poke Cake and I just had to share the recipe with you.

Twix Poke Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 boxes of chocolate instant pudding
  • 4 cups of milk
  • 8 oz container of Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup caramel suace
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed Twix bars

Instructions

  1. 1. Make yellow cake according to package.
  2. 2. Just before cake is done baking, add pudding and milk in bowl and mix together.
  3. 3. When cake is finished, while still warm, poke holes all over cake using the end of a wooden spoon.
  4. 4. Pour pudding mix over cake. (try to aim for holes)
  5. 5. Place cake in refrigerator to let pudding set
  6. 6. Before serving add cool whip, caramel and crushed Twix to cake.
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I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

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