Recipes

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread #KetoFriendly

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I don’t know about you, but I think that there is something comforting and delicious about a yummy dish of homemade pimento cheese spread. I mean, every good southern girl has at least one Pimento Cheese recipe in her repertoire, right? Here is recipe that I have been making for awhile now that is not only delicious, but is also great for those on Keto and low-carb diets.

Homemade Pimento Cheese Spread

(recipe adapted from Big Bear’s Wife)

Ingredients:

1 8oz. package of softened cream cheese

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/2 tsp. dried mustard

4oz. diced drained pimentos

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese together with an electric mixture. Add in the mayonnaise and mix together. Add in the dry spices and the Worcestershire sauce and stir everything together. Fold in the pimentos. Refrigerate for at least one hour until serving. I love to serve with Whisps for a low carb or keto-friendly snack. This is so delicious and you will not be able to eat just one helping!

 

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

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My mom has been making this homemade chicken pot pie for years, and now I make it for my guys! It is a go-to recipe that family asks for all of the time. Not only is it super easy and delicious, but you can also make it ahead of time and freeze it. I also whip up this recipe to take to friends who are sick or just because! I always get asked for the recipe and am happy to share my momma’s easy and delicious chicken pot pie!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

1 box of 2-count pre-made pie refrigerated pie crusts

2 cans of mixed vegetables

1 can of cream of chicken

2 cooked, seasoned chicken breasts, shredded (to save on time, I love to buy the rotisserie chickens and shred them)

salt/pepper for taste

onion powder for taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all the veggies, cream of chicken, shredded chicken salt and pepper and onion powder in a large bowl.

In a pie pan place one of the refrigerated pie crusts. Top the chicken mixture over the pie crust. Place the remaining pie crust on top of the veggie mixture. With a fork or knife, make sure to vent some areas in the top of the pie crust so that the steam can escape.

Bake for around 40 minutes or until pie crust starts to become brown and the chicken mixture is bubbly.

This yields one chicken pot pie. If you are going to use an entire rotisserie chicken, I would double the recipe and you could freeze one of the pies for later.

Serve and enjoy! We love to have this with a salad or fruit.

Swerve Sweetener Review + Lemon Butter Cakes Recipe

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As someone who strives to live a healthy lifestyle, I am always on the lookout for products to incorporate in my recipes that will not only make them taste great, but that are also a great substitute for other products that may be sugar-laden, higher in fat, calories, etc…. I feel that I hit it out of the ball park with Swerve Sweetener! These products are also perfect for Low Carb, Ketogenic diets! Have you tried Swerve before? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Swerve Sweetener is zero-calorie, non-glycemic and measures cup-for-cup like sugar. It’s sweet, safe and natural. Out of all the sweeteners that I have ever used before, Swerve is by far by the best-tasting sugar replacement product that I have found. So many of the other Stevia products on the market leave an aftertaste in your mouth. Not Swerve! It tastes just like sugar and bakes likes likes sugar so baking is a breeze! 

How does Swerve get its sweetness? Swerve is made from ingredients found in select fruits and starchy root vegetables, and contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors. It’s zero-calorie, non-glycemic and safe for those living with diabetes, since it has no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels.

Swerve has many products in their lineup, but my 2 favorites that I use all of the time are the Swerve Sweetener Granular and the Swerve Sweetener Confectioners. These 2 products have revolutionized my life and have replaced all of the other sugars in my pantry! I love that Swerve also has a confectioners product so that I can make homemade frostings and glazes for my cupcakes and muffins!

Swerve was so gracious to send me several bags of granular and confectioner’s sugar and I was excited to try one of the recipes from their website. There is something about this time of the year that has me loving all things lemon so I made the Lemon Butter Cakes. These cakes were so moist and sweet. You definitely would have no idea that there is no sugar in them if I had not told you! Everyone who tasted them told me how delicious that they were. They were a hit with everyone in my house so that was a win in my book!

Lemon Butter Cakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup Swerve, Granular
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk
  • 2 TBSP lemon zest (1 lemon)
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice (4 large lemons) or 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 6 drops of yellow food coloring to help give the cakes a stronger yellow coloring

Glaze:

  • ¼ cup of Swerve, Confectioners
  • 2 TBS of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ -1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place cupcake liners in cupcake pan or excessively butter the entire cupcake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl on medium high to high speed, beat butter with Swerve until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs, food coloring, and vanilla extract until blended. On low speed, beat in half of the almond flour mixture. Beat in milk, and then the remaining almond flour mixture until combined. With a spatula, mix in lemon juice and lemon zest.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the muffin pan, and shake the pan gently to ensure batter is evenly spread in each cup.
  5. Bake for 20-24 minutes until edges are browned, and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven, and let cool for 10 minutes before gently removing each cake from pan.
  6. In small bowl, combine lemon juice, Swerve Confectioners, and lemon zest. Mix together until well combined. Drizzle onto each cake.

These cakes are absolutely delicious! I added fresh blueberries when serving for even more freshness, but you could also serve with strawberries or even raspberries. Yum!

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Be Your Best You With $60 in Savings at Publix + Cream Cheese Chicken Pocket Recipe Featuring Tyson® Chicken and Arla® Cream Cheese

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Best You Available at Publix. The opinions and text are mine.

As the mom of two very busy school-aged boys, I am always on the lookout for ways to simplify my life and to make it the best that it can be. Whether it be time management, meal-planning or even weekly routines, it is important to have a game plan so that I am able to be the best wife and mother that I can be.

One of the most important ways that I can simplify my life, and to let it be the best that it can be is by preparation. I especially love to prepare in the area of meal-planning. There are many nights that we have sports practices or other school activities, so I love to have my meals planned the week before if at all possible.

My local Publix is going to help me in the area of preparation with their BEST YOU sale that begins May 26. During this sale, you can save $60 on all sorts of products to help you with everyday life. I love to save money on the products that I use, don’t you? Be sure to check out all of the coupons at www.GetTheSavings.com/BestYou so that you can see what items to stock up on at your local Publix! I plan on using the following coupons towards ingredients to make my Cream Cheese Chicken Pockets for a quick and easy dinner!

  • $1.00 off Any One (1) Tyson® Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips 12 oz.
  • $1.50 off Any One (1) Arla® Cream Cheese 7 oz. Tub or 6.2 oz. Squeeze Tube

Would you like a quick and easy dinner idea to have on hand that is sure to make you the BEST wife and mom on the block? My Cream Cheese Chicken Pockets featuring Tyson Chicken and Arla Cream Cheese will be a hit with your entire family! Tyson Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips are so versatile and they allow you to prepare a meal in just minutes since they are already fully cooked! Arla Cream Cheese is my favorite cream cheese as it is creamy, delicious and made with natural ingredients. Combine these 2 products together in my Cream Cheese Chicken Pockets and you have one tasty dish!

Cream Cheese Chicken Pockets

Ingredients:

1 bag Tyson Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips, 12 oz. shredded

1 7oz. tub Arla Cream Cheese removed from package and softened in the microwave

2 8-count packages of crescent rolls

2 cups breadcrumbs

1 stick butter, melted

salt/pepper to taste

¼ tsp. garlic powder

¼ tsp. onion powder

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place shredded chicken and softened cream cheese in a bowl.

Add in seasonings and mix until combined.

Unroll the crescent dough. Use 2 squares of dough to form your pocket. Place the chicken mixture inside the dough and fold over to form a “pocket”.

Dip the chicken pockets in the melted butter then into the breadcrumb mixture.

Place the pockets in a baking dish and bake until golden brown.

Serve with your favorite vegetable or salad and enjoy! My guys love this dish and ask for it quite frequently!

I love shopping at Publix and appreciate that the products they sell allows me to be my BEST ME! How will you be the best you and what coupons will you be using to stock up on your family’s favorite products? Be sure to let me know!

Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Boats #LowCarb #Keto

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I don’t have to tell you that Keto and low-carb diets are all the fad these days. I have been trying to do the Keto thing and watch my carb intake for the past few weeks. In doing so, I have been finding that eating this way really is not that complicated. I made Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Boats for dinner earlier this week and they are delicious! I made enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day- so easy yet so delicious and filling!

Ingredients:

4-6 zucchini washed and halved

1 jar marinara or pasta sauce

8oz. shredded mozarella cheese

1lb. cooked sausage

salt/pepper for taste

1/2 tsp. onion powder

 

Directions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Scoop out the center of each of the halved zucchinis to make a “boat”.

Place in a greased baking pan.

Pour spaghetti sauce over each “boat”.

Spread cooked sausage and cheese evenly over each zucchini.

Sprinkle onion powder, salt and pepper over the entire dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until zucchini are tender and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy! My entire family loved these!

Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however, all opinions expressed are my own. 

 I often feel that since we live in Florida it is sometimes easy to take for granted the wealth of fresh in-season produce that abounds. Whether it be fresh sweet corn, zucchini, tomatoes or peppers, there is always something in-season! While Florida farmers make it easy for everyone to eat fresh produce year-round, my local Publix supermarket is my go-to place for Fresh From Florida in-season produce.

A couple of our favorite varieties of Fresh From Florida produce are tomatoes and sweet corn. I used these products last week to whip together a batch of our favorite Fish Tacos and Sweet Corn Salsa. My entire family loves this dish, and I take pride in knowing that I am giving them fresh, quality ingredients. Why not try my Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa for yourself? 

Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn Salsa

Ingredients:

1 lb. fresh tilapia

1/2 bunch of chopped cilantro

4 ears of fresh sweet corn, cut off the cob

1/2 red onion, diced

1 small diced jalapeño

1 small diced chili pepper

1 carton of red grape tomatoes halved

the juice from 2 limes

salt/pepper to taste

1/2 tbsp. butter for the fish

tortillas, warmed

Cotija Mexican cheese

avocados sliced

Directions:

Season tilapia with salt and pepper. Place into a buttered skillet and cook until flaky and tender. Cut into bite size pieces and set aside.

To make the Sweet Corn Salsa, combine the tomatoes, corn, red onion, jalapeño, red chili pepper and cilantro. Add in the lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.

To assemble the fish tacos, place bite-sized fish pieces into a warmed tortilla and top with salsa. Add avocado slices and cotija cheese. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top and serve. These are so fresh and mouthwatering. Each bite has the perfect amount of sweetness and heat!

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Black Bean & Corn Salsa

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I made a similar version to this salsa last weekend and my family loved it! I decided to add black beans to the mix this week and it is even tastier! If you love a good chunky salsa then you are sure to love this Black Bean & Corn Salsa! Once you start eating it though, be warned that you will not be able to stop! It is that good!

Ingredients:

1 can of drained black beans

1 can of drained sweet corn (last week I used fresh corn; either will work)

2 medium sized tomatoes, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

1/2 bunch of cilantro, chopped

fresh squeezed lime juice (I just eyeball and add for taste)

salt/pepper to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together. Check seasonings for taste. Add as much salt/pepper and lime juice to your preference. Refrigerate at least 3-5 hours. Eat with corn chips and enjoy!

Centsible Suppers: Barbecue Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

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It is once again time for Centsible Suppers with My Sweet Savings! This week I shopped at Walmart and everything for my meal was right under $10. I had a great idea for this week’s meal as it combines all of my favorite items from a barbecue chicken dinner into one dish- Barbecue Chicken Shepherd’s Pie! I have to tell you that my family loved this dish and I will definitely be making it again! This should be enough to feed 4-6 people easily. You could add in another veggie if your prefer to make the meal go even farther. 

Here is what I bought:

Rotisserie Chicken marked down to $3.74. TIP: If you go to Walmart in the morning, they often have meat on markdown. I always buy several chickens, take the meat off the bone and freeze it!

1 can of sweet corn, drained $0.50

1 bag of mild cheddar and monterey jack shredded cheese, $2.24

1 bottle of honey barbecue sauce, $1.27

1 carton of pre-made mashed potatoes cooked according to microwave directions on package, $2.78

2-3 diced green onions, $0.50 (I forgot to add them in the picture)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Shred the rotisserie chicken and place in a bowl. Pour 3/4 jar of the barbecue sauce over the chicken and mix together.

In a small baking dish, place the barbecue chicken as the bottom layer

Layer the corn on top of the barbecue chicken

Sprinkle on the diced green onion

Add half the bag of cheese (around 1 cup)

Pour over the remainder of the barbecue sauce

Top with your cooked mashed potatoes and sprinkle with some seasoned salt.

Bake until bubbly around 20-25 minutes. During the last few minutes of baking, turn up the heat on the oven and let the potatoes broil.

Serve and enjoy! If you make this dish I would love to hear what you think!

Centsible Suppers with My Sweet Savings: Slow Cooker Turkey Polish Kielbasa with Green Beans and Potatoes

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One of the things that I want to do on this blog is to empower you to be a smart and savvy shopper. One of the areas that we can all definitely afford to save in is the area of groceries, right? Groceries can be such an expensive part of any family budget, so when we can find ways to save, that is always a plus!

I thought it would be fun and helpful to our budgets to come up with one weekly supper idea that is based entirely off of sale items from the grocery store. This supper will be $10 or less, and if there are applicable coupons, you can add those into the mix to really get a great deal! I will be looking at ads from several stores, but my primary focus will be Publix, Walmart, Aldi and Target. Those are the 4 stores that I primarily shop at for groceries. I may ask some of you to come up with your own ideas from time to time and share other stores in your area. That would be so much fun to get you involved in this too!

For this week, I shopped at Publix and the current Publix ad that is valid through March 31. (this week’s ad is longer because of Easter). I purchased ingredients to make Slow Cooker Turkey Polish Kielbasa with Green Beans and Potatoes. My total came in at $8.36. This is enough to feed at least 6 people.

Here is what I bought:

2 packages of Butterball Polish Turkey Kielbasa BOGO, $2.99

1 lb. red potatoes $1.64

1 small onion, $0.37

1 small can of chicken broth, $1

3 cans of Libby’s green beans, $0.52 each ($1.56 total)

1 box of Jiffy corn muffin mix

Directions: 

Cut up both packages of the turkey kielbasa into chunks and place in the slow cooker

Quarter each of the potatoes, dice the onion and place in the slow cooker

Drain and empty the green beans into the slow cooker

Add the can of chicken stock in the slow cooker

Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder

Place the slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours.

Serve with cornbread and enjoy!

My entire family loves this frugal and delicious meal!

Strawberry Coconut Granola Using Dehydrated Strawberries #SundaySupper #FLStrawberry

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Preserving Florida Strawberries

I will admit that I have a deep affection for Florida strawberries. Since I had the opportunity to visit the glorious strawberry fields with some blogging friends last year, I have grown quite a love for Florida strawberries! Whether I eat them by the handful, as a topping for ice cream or yogurt or in a smoothie, there is nothing better than the taste of fresh strawberries. Since Florida Strawberry season runs December through April, right now is the perfect time to stock up and enjoy these red gems of juicy goodness!

Florida strawberries are in such abundance right now so be sure to stock up while you can! Did you know that Florida strawberries can easily be preserved to enjoy all year long? This makes me so happy! Preserve fresh strawberries by freezing, drying, pickling, and canning them. This is a sure way to enjoy your favorite berries any time of the year.

Drying Strawberries

One of my favorite ways to preserve strawberries is by drying them out in the oven. Yep, you read that right, in the oven! This really is a simple process and when you dry out (dehydrate) the strawberries in the oven, they taste like candy!

How to Dry Strawberries in the Oven:

 -Purchase Florida strawberries from your favorite store or produce market. You will want to ensure you pick berries that are plump and ripe. Discard any berries that are mushy as these will not dry out properly. I would also suggest that you dehydrate at least 2lbs. since the berries shrivel up significantly.

-Preheat your oven to 200. While the oven is pre-heating, wash and dry the strawberries.

-Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Make sure to use parchment paper and nothing else. This will ensure for even, dried out strawberries.

-Remove the green leafy part of the strawberry. A little trivia for you….did you know that the green leafy part is called the calyx? I learned about all of the different sections of the strawberry when I had the opportunity to visit a Florida Strawberry Grower’s Association event last year with my blogging friends from Sunday Supper. This event gave me an even deeper love for my favorite strawberries, as I was able to see first-hand what goes into to the strawberry growing process.

-Cut your strawberries in half lengthwise. If you have some larger berries, you may need to cut them into thirds. Place the berries skin side down on the parchment paper. Make sure that you leave enough space in between each berry to let the air circulate through and dry them out. Do not overcrowd your baking sheets. This is very important!

-Bake for 2 hours. Take out of the oven and turn the berries over. Bake for another 2 hours. If you feel that the berries need to dry out further, you can cook for another 30 minutes to an hour. Just be sure to keep an eye on them. The berries should slip right off of the parchment paper.

-Store in an airtight container and enjoy! These berries are the perfect addition to cereal or yogurt, or just to eat by themselves. You can also use your dehydrated strawberries in my Strawberry Coconut Granola. This granola is packed full of delicious flavors that your entire family is sure to love!

Strawberry Coconut Granola Using Dehydrated Strawberries

Ingredients:

6 cups rolled oats

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup slivered almonds

1 cup flax seed

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes

1 cup maple syrup

1 cup vegetable oil

½ teaspoon sea salt

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add in the liquid ingredients and mix together until well combined.

Spread the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Cook for 45 minutes. Halfway through the baking process, stir the granola to avoid burning.

Remove the granola from the oven and let it cool for several hours. After the granola has cooled, stir in the dehydrated Florida strawberries.

Store in an airtight container or jar to keep on hand and enjoy for snacking! You can also serve with milk as a cereal or use the granola as a topping for your favorite yogurt or ice cream!

Enjoy! You won’t be able to keep your hand out of the jar, I promise!

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In addition, be sure to check out my fellow Sunday-Supper blogging friends below who have even more delicious inspiration for preserving Florida strawberries.

How to Preserve Strawberries

Canning

Dehydrating

Freezing

Pickling

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