Spring Savings at Publix and Caprese Grilled Cheese & Turkey Sandwiches

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Is anyone else glad that spring is finally here? There is nothing more delightful to me than the cool, crisp air and sunny breezes that abound this time of the year! Nothing tastes better than those first few springtime meals. Everything is so light and bright!

From 3/24/18-4/22/18, we can stock up on springtime essentials with over $100 in savings at Publix! Be on the lookout in-store at the Publix Communication Center, or behind customer service for the Spring Savings Coupon Book at Publix. You can also print coupons at home from: www.GetTheSavings.com/SpringSavings. This booklet is filled with coupons to help your family save on all of the necessities that you will need as we head into spring. Save on food, personal and health care items, household products and more!

What better way to celebrate springtime than with a flavorful and fresh sandwich? How delightful does a Caprese Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwich sound? Be sure to take advantage of the coupon offer in the Spring Savings Coupon Book at Publix to save $2 off when you buy any ONE (1) Hillshire Farm Naturals© Lunchmeat, 8 oz. AND any ONE (1) Arnold© Country Bread, 24 oz. OR Arnold© Sandwich Thins© Rolls, 11–12 oz. This sandwich is sure to be a new favorite that your entire family is sure to love!

Caprese Grilled Cheese and Turkey Sandwiches


1 24 oz. loaf of Arnold Country Buttermilk Bread

1 8oz. tub of Hillshire Farm Naturals Turkey Breast Lunchmeat

Spreadable butter

Fresh basil leaves (add as much or as little as you prefer)

1 package of Mozzarella deli cheese slices

2-3 sliced tomatoes


Preheat a griddle or non-stick skillet.

Butter the slices of bread. Add on the turkey, tomatoes, basil and cheese. You can pile the ingredients on however you prefer.

On a griddle or non-stick skillet, add the sandwiches and cook each side until golden brown and the cheese is melted through.

Serve and enjoy! Be careful. You will not be able to stop at just one sandwich! My husband told me 4 times how delicious that they were and he asked when I would be making them again!

What items from the Spring Savings at Publix coupon booklet will you be stocking up on?

Super Easy Dorito Taco Salad

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Are you looking to spice up your weekend with something different on the menu? This Super easy recipe for Dorito Taco Salad may just be what you need! I have to thank my best friend Charity to introducing me to this recipe several years ago. My family loves it so much and there are very rarely leftovers!


1lb. ground turkey or hamburger

1 packet of taco seasoning

1 head Romaine lettuce

2-3 diced tomatoes

1 Can of black olives

Chopped green onions

1-2 Cups of shredded Colby Jack or Cheddar Cheese

1 8oz. bottle of Italian Dressing (Start with about 3/4 of the bottle then add more as you need it)

1 Bag of Doritos crushed up (you may not need the entire bag-I think I used 3/4 bag the last time I made this)

Any other taco fixin’s that your family may like


Brown the meat and add the Taco Seasoning Packet according to instructions on the packet.

Cut up all of your veggies and add into a large bowl.

Add in the browned taco meat and shredded cheese.

Right before you are ready to eat add in the Italian Dressing.

Add the Crushed Doritos on top and mix together everything.

Enjoy! This is sure to be a family favorite!

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

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Today is for all the Mexican fans out there! I love Chipotle and always opt for the Burrito Bowls so this recipe of Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls is my take on that. I will tell you that this make a lot so be prepared. I like to take the leftovers and the next day we actually make burritos. My boys LOVE this dish. I like that you can really customize it to your liking and add whatever veggies that you and your family prefer.


2 Large Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons Chili Powder

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

2 Teaspoons Onion Powder

2 Teaspoons Cumin

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Pepper

4 Cups Chicken Broth

1 Can Diced Tomatoes (drained, rinsed)

1 Can Corn (Optional)

1 Can Black Beans (drained, rinsed)

2 3/4 Cup Rice of your Choice (we love Jasmine)

Toppings of your choice: Avacado slices, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Onions, Cilantro, Shredded Cheese, Etc…


Place chicken breasts in the slow cooker.

Pour the Chicken Broth, Diced Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Onion Powder and Garlic Powder in the Slow Cooker.

Cook on low for around 4 hours until the chicken is cooked through.

Remove the chicken from Slow Cooker and set aside. I like to cut the chicken up in chunks at this point.

Place Rice, Black Beans and Corn (if used) in Slow Cooker.

Place Slow Cooker on High for 45 Minutes-1 Hour or until Rice is cooked. (Do not over cook or rice will become mushy)

Add the chunks of chicken back in the Slow Cooker. You can also add the Shredded Cheese in at this point if you prefer, but we like to add it on ourselves in the bowls.

Serve the Chicken and Rice mixture in bowls and add your favorite toppings like fresh Avacado slices, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Onions, Cilantro, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips, Etc…

Slow Cooker Lasagna

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If you love Lasagna but don’t enjoy the tedious task of assembling it, this dish is for you! Lasagna made right in your slow cooker! My family loves this dish and raves over it even more than when I make a regular lasagna in the oven. And, the best part? It can cook in the slow cooker and be ready for you when you need dinner on the table at night!


1 pound of Ground Turkey or Ground Beef

1 Small Onion Diced

Dried Garlic

Uncooked Lasagna noodles

1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce

1 1/2 cups cottage cheese

1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Brown the Ground Beef or Turkey with Diced Onion and Sprinkle Dried Garlic over. Drain. Spoon 1 Cup of Spaghetti Sauce over the bottom of the Slow Cooker. Place 2-3 Lasagna Noodles on Top of the Sauce. Next, Place 1/3 of the Meat mixture on top of the noodles. Spread 3/4 Cup of Cottage Cheese on top of Meat Mixture followed by 1/2 cup of Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. Repeat these steps 2 more times. For the last step, place the 2 tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese on top. Cook on low for 4 hours. Do not cook more than 4 hours or it may get overdone.

Chicken Alfredo Bacon Pizza Featuring RAGÚ® Classic Alfredo Sauce

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce. All opinions are entirely my own. 

As a busy mom, I am always on the lookout for quick and easy dinner ideas. Nothing says “Easy Weeknight Dinner” to my family more than a delicious homemade pizza! RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce found in the pasta sauce aisle at my local Publix store, provides the perfect base for a delicious pizza that we can enjoy any night of the week.

One of our favorite varieties of RAGÚ pasta sauce for homemade pizza is the RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce. Not only is the RAGÚ Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce made with real cheese and fresh cream, but it is also bursting with cheese flavor. In fact, every bite of RAGÚ Classic Alfredo is packed with Parmesan and Romano cheese. I also love that this sauce is great in a variety of dishes including Chicken Alfredo. The sauce is available in both 16 oz. and family size 21.5 oz. jars.

Chicken Alfredo Bacon Pizza made with RAGÚ Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce is sure to be a new favorite in your house! Every bite is filled with delicious cheese flavor, and your family is sure to request this tasty dish over and over.

Be sure to head to your local Publix now through Wednesday, October 11th, as the RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce will be on sale during their RAGÚ BOGO event. This is a great time to stock up your pantry with delicious RAGÚ Pasta Sauces so that you can get dinner to the table in no time at all! 

Chicken Alfredo Bacon Pizza (yields 2 pizzas) 


1 21.5 oz. Family-sized jar RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce

2 cans refrigerated pizza dough

½ bag spinach chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 bag of pre-cooked bacon pieces

1 small red onion diced

1 bag of refrigerated cooked chicken strips chopped into bite-sized chunks

1 bag Italian cheese blend


Spray 2 non-stick pizza stones with cooking spray.

Unroll the refrigerated pizza dough and place on each pizza stone.

Spread the RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce over the pizza crust.

Top with chicken, onion, bacon pieces, spinach, and Italian cheese blend.

Place in 350 degrees oven until pizza crust is golden brown and the Alfredo sauce is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy! You will not be able to eat just one bite. The cheesy goodness of the RAGÚ Alfredo sauce is definitely the star of this dish!

Autumn Squash Soup

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It’s autumn and that means we are looking forward to hearty and comforting meals. I especially love a delicious bowl of soup. What are you favorite soups to comfort you and your family during those chilly fall days and nights?

The soup is one of my absolute favorites that I get every. single. time. at Panera during the fall months…. Autumn Squash Soup. If you are not familiar with this soup, you must try it. It is so amazing! It is also Gluten Free which I love! This particular recipe is compiled of several different recipes that I created to make my own. It tastes just like the one at Panera! If you love this recipe don’t forget to pin it HERE.

Autumn Squash Soup


1 Large Butternut Squash (Mine was about 3 pounds)

1 15oz. Can of Pumpkin Puree

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1/4 Teaspoon Nutmeg

1 1/2 Teaspoons of Sea Salt

1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Curry

1 Cup Apple Juice

2 Cups Vegetable Stock

1 1/2 Cups Half Half

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and Sour Cream for Garnish


Peel the Butternut Squash, Remove seeds and Dice into Cubes. Place into a Baking Dish. Drizzle with Olive Oil, Sprinkle with Salt and Pepper and massage into the squash.

Bake in 400 oven for about 35 minutes or until Squash is fork tender.

Mash the Squash with a Potato masher or whatever tool you have on hand and place in a Ninja Blender (Or, you can place the Mash directly in the Stock Pot and use an Immersion Blender)

Add the canned Pumpkin Puree, Vegetable Stock, Apple Juice, Half and Half.

Place the Blender on High and Puree Until Silky Smooth.

Add the Brown Sugar, Curry, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Salt and Pepper and place on Medium Heat until heated through.

Garnish with Pumpkin Seeds and Sour Cream.

Serve and Enjoy!

Quick and Easy Cuban Pork Sliders Made with Smithfield Pork #RealFlavorRealFast

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I can hardly believe that it is almost time for school to begin! I am not quite sure where the summer has gone, but alas, it is once again time to get back into a routine of prepping, planning and preparing easy weeknight dinners.

Since both of my boys will be in school full-time this year and they are involved in many extracurricular activities, it is especially important to me that I have easy and delicious meals on the table that require little effort but that provide real flavor, real fast. Easy and delicious meals will ensure that we have just a few more minutes in our day to enjoy as a family all while going about the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

One of my favorite items to prepare for quick and delicious dinners are Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork products purchased right in the fresh meat section at my local Safeway store. Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork allows me to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less any night of the week. These products are also super versatile as they can be grilled, roasted, sautéed or slow cooked. In addition, they are already marinated which means that they are packed full of scrumptious flavor.

My Safeway store had a wide variety of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork products, so it was hard for me to decide on just one! When I saw the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet, I knew right away that it was the one! This product is dry rubbed and marinated with garlic, onion powder, spices and natural smoke. Smithfield delivers real flavor, real fast right to my table any night of the week.

Sliders and sandwiches are always a fun and easy dinner and one that my boys will devour any day of the week. With the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet, I was able to create a delicious Cuban pork slider that reminded us of our vacation last summer in South Florida.

The Cuban Pork Slider created with Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet was definitely a winner at my house! I first cooked the Smithfield pork in the slow cooker, which made it so tender and delicious! Using the slow cooker with the already marinated Smithfield pork saves you even more time in the kitchen, and you have a delicious meal on the table in just minutes!

Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet Cuban Pork Sliders


Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet

12 slider buns

12 small pieces of deli ham

12 small pieces of Swiss cheese

12 pickles



Place the Smithfield Pork Loin Filet in a slow cooker for 4-6 hours on low. You will want to ensure that the meat is cooked through to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Slow cooking the Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet allows the flavors to really distribute throughout the meat and it becomes so tender and juicy!

Remove the pork from the slow cooker and let it rest on a cutting board while you set out the other items for the sliders. Slice the pork into medium sized medallions to place on the sliders.

Place a couple of pork medallions onto a slider bun and assemble the rest of the slider with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard. Voila! You have the perfect Cuban Pork Sliders! This quick and easy dish is sure to be one of your new family favorites and one that you will reach for again and again!

When you use Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork products, there is no need for marinades or rubs, as the meat is already pre-seasoned. This ensures that you receive real flavor, real fast and that you have a meal on the table the entire family will love!

Do you have a delicious recipe that you would like to share? Smithfield is also challenging you to submit your tips on how to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less using Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork. Head over to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com for all the details. Submit an original recipe for a chance to win great prizes!

Grilled Chicken With Tropical Salsa: Feed a Family of Four for Under $10 with Products from Sprouts!

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I had the opportunity to visit the new Sprouts Farmers Market in Palm Harbor, FL earlier in the week for a behind-the-scenes blogger tour. You can see my full review of the experience HERE. Since Sprouts is known for healthy living for less, I thought that it would be fun and helpful to prepare an easy meal with ingredients from my recent visit. Sprouts Farmers Market allows us to get healthy and delicious meals on the table without breaking the bank. In fact, I prepared this easy meal of grilled chicken with tropical salsa and jasmine rice for only $8.55! That is just $2.14 per serving for a family of four!  

Sprouts products used and pricing for each item: 

Sprouts boneless skinless chicken thighs @ $1.67 lb. I used half of the package so that was around $3.

Sprouts organic jasmine rice @ $1.99

1 Lime @ $0.20 each

2 Mangos @ 2 for $1

1 Pineapple @ $0.98

1 Bunch Cilantro @ $0.69

1 Red Onion @ $0.69


Salsa directions:

1 fresh pineapple cut in half and diced

2 fresh mangoes diced

1 small red onion diced

1 bunch of cilantro copped (you can use as little or as much as you prefer)

1 lime juiced

Salt to taste

Dice up all ingredients and place in a bowl. Add lime juice and salt to your taste. You can add as little or as much as you need.

Serving directions:

Prepare your rice according the package directions. While the rice is cooking, grill your boneless skinless chicken thighs.

Serve the tropical salsa over the rice and chicken and enjoy! This meal is so healthy, fresh and delicious…..perfect for summer!

Easy Sesame Chicken

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Are you looking for a yummy chicken dish that tastes just like your favorite takeout? Easy Sesame Chicken is absolutely delicious! Not only will you save money by making your own takeout, but this dish is very easy to prepare as well! My guys devoured this dish and there were no leftovers!

(recipe adapted from Budget Bytes)



1 large egg

2 Tbsp cornstarch

Salt & pepper to taste

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs

2 Tbsp veg. oil for frying the chicken



4 Tbsp soy sauce

2 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil 

3 Tbsp brown sugar

3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar 

2 inch fresh ginger, grated

2-3 cloves minced garlic

2 Tbsp sesame seeds 

1 Tbsp cornstarch


For Serving:

Chopped green onions for garnish

Hot jasmine rice to serve the chicken on top of

Extra sesame seeds



In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, 2 Tbsp cornstarch, salt and pepper. Cut chicken thighs into 1 inch pieces. Toss the chicken in the egg and cornstarch mixture.

Heat a large skillet or wok with 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is very hot, add the chicken and all of the egg mixture. Cook the chicken, stirring only occasionally, until it is golden brown and cooked through (about 7-10 minutes).

While chicken is cooking, prepare the sauce. In a small bowl stir together the soy sauce, water, sesame oil, brown sugar, rice vinegar, fresh ginger, minced garlic, cornstarch, and sesame seeds. 

After chicken is cooked through and golden brown, pour the sauce over top. Toss the chicken to coat in the sauce. The sauce should begin to thicken as soon as it hits the hot skillet. Once the chicken is coated and the sauce thickened, turn off the heat.

Serve over hot jasmine rice and sprinkle with chopped green onions and additional sesame seeds if you prefer.


Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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 I love to try out new recipes for family! Sometimes they are what my husband calls “Make Again” recipes while others are not. This recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers got my family’s approval 100 times over! If you like the traditional Philly Cheesesteak, then you will LOVE this! It is really easy to put together and bakes in no time! This recipe is also low carb and Gluten Free which is also a plus in my book.

Don’t forget to PIN this recipe HERE!


8 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef (I just used the Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh variety but any should work)
8 Slices Provolone Cheese
2 Large Green Bell Peppers cut in half lengthwise with the seeds and ribs removed
1 Medium Sweet Onion – Sliced
6 oz. Baby Bella Mushrooms – Sliced
2 Tbs. Butter
Minced Garlic
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Slice the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the ribs and seeds.
  3. In a large skillet, sautee the mushrooms, onions and garlic in the butter. Add the sliced roast beef to the mixture to blend with the flavors of the veggies.
  4. Line the inside of each pepper with a slice of Provolone Cheese.
  5. Pile the Meat and Veggie mixture high into each pepper.
  6. Top with another slice of Provolone Cheese.
  7. Bake in 400 Degree oven for around 30 minutes or until cheese is golden brown and the peppers are tender to the touch.
Enjoy! Your tastebuds will thank you! Winking smile
-Recipe adapted from Peace, Love and Low Carb