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Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole

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There is something about Fall that makes me want all the pumpkin goodies! I absolutely love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Coffees, and I could devour and entire pan of Pumpkin Muffins! If you are like me and have a passion for all things pumpkin, this Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole is going to be a new family favorite for sure! You can easily make this a Gluten-Free recipe by substituting GF bread. This would also be the perfect dish to serve for a Thanksgiving Brunch!

Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

● 1 stick of butter (½ cup)

● 1 cup of brown sugar

● 1 loaf of thickly sliced bread (Sara Lee’s Artesano Brioche is perfect for this recipe)

● 4 eggs

● 1 cup pumpkin spice coffee creamer (Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer was used for this recipe)

● ½ cup whole milk

● 1 ½ tsp pumpkin spice

● Optional: powdered sugar and maple syrup for topping

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, melt one stick of butter over medium heat. Add the cup of brown sugar, and stir continuously until the sugar has mostly melted and combined with the butter. Be careful not to overcook or burn the butter. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish, and spread evenly across the bottom.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, pumpkin spice coffee creamer, and milk until well blended.

3. Place slices of bread on the butter and brown sugar mixture to form one layer. Spoon or pour half of the egg mixture over the bread. Add a second layer of bread on top, and spoon or pour the remaining egg mixture over the bread.

4. Sprinkle pumpkin spice over the bread. Cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight, or for at least six hours.

5. When you are ready to bake, remove the dish from the refrigerator, and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. (This is especially important if using a glass baking dish, so that you are not putting a cold glass dish into a hot oven)

6. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes with the foil on, and then remove, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup if desired.

Polar Bear Toast

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Looking for a fun and new breakfast or snack idea for the kiddos? This Polar Bear Toast is sure to be a hit! I love that you can use regular or gluten free bread too, and it could not be easier to prepare!

Polar Bear Toast

Ingredients: 

  • Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Blueberries 
  • Toasted White Bread (you can use regular or gluten free) 

Directions: 

  1. Take a slice of toasted white bread and spread whipped cream cheese on top.
  2. Take 3 slices of banana. Place two slices on top of the toast for ears and one at the bottom for a mouth.
  3. Take two blueberries and place them on the toast as eyes.
  4. Take another blueberry and place it on the banana mouth.
  5. Serve & enjoy! Your kiddos (and even adults) are sure to love this! 

Save Big at Publix with the Family Celebrations Promotion + Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe!

This post is sponsored by Sivan Social. All comments and opinions are my own. 

Now that school is in session and I am back in the classroom this year, meal planning has become a very important part of my life each week. I love to plan my meals on the weekends so I know exactly what we are having for dinner each night. Not only does meal planning help with time-management, but it also helps me with my budget. I especially love shopping at Publix to help me navigate these areas of my life, because they always offer such fantastic promotional offers.

Publix is currently offering new, exclusive coupons as part of their Family Celebrations Promotion. There are over $44 in coupons online at GetTheSavings.com/FamilyCelebrations for you to to scan, print and redeem, or you can find the Family Celebrations Booklet at your local Florida Publix store. You will need to hurry though as these offers are only valid through 9/26

As someone who loves to save money wherever I can, I appreciate that the coupons from the Family Celebrations booklet are for grocery items that I use on a weekly basis. A few dollars here and there stacks up to some really sweet savings in my grocery budget each week!

Grocery Items for the Family Celebrations Promotion:

  • $1.50/1 Café Bustelo Espresso Ground Coffee 10 oz can 
  • $1/1 Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 24 oz or Frosted Flakes 24 oz 
  • $1/1 Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles 10.7–12.3 oz 
  • $1/1 Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa 16 oz 
  • $1.25/1 Lantana Hummus Item 10 oz 
  • $0.50/1 Ortega Taco Sauce 8 oz (excludes Street Taco Sauces) 
  • $1/1 Pop Tart Bites, Pop Tarts Crisps or Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Poppers 
  • $1/1 Rizo Bros California Creamery Queso Cheese 8 oz 
  • $1.50/1 Smithfield Pork Tenderloin or Filet Item 
  • $0.50/1 Thomas’ English Muffins 
  • $1/1 Wesson Vegetable, Canola, Best Blend or Corn Oil 48 oz 
  • $1/4 BodyArmor SportWater 1L 
  • $1/4 BodyArmor Sports Drink 16 oz 
  • $1/4 BodyArmor Sports Drink 28 oz 
  • $0.40/1 Rico Jasmine, Medium or Long Grain Rice, 2-3 lb 
  • $1/2 Frontera Salsa 16 oz or Skillet Sauce 8 oz 
  • $0.75/1 La Lechera Dulce de Leche or Sweetened Condensed Milk 13.4-14 oz 
  • $2/1 Nesquik Powder 30-35.5 oz 
  • $0.50/1 Green Giant Four Cheese Pizza 9.6 oz or Cauliflower Pizza Crust 2 pk 
  • $1/1 Apple & Eve Organic Juice 64 oz

Our family loves to have pizza night each week, so I was thrilled to see the coupon for $0.50/1 Green Giant Four Cheese Pizza 9.6 oz or Cauliflower Pizza Crust 2 pk. Have you tried these yet? The Cauliflower Pizza Crusts are absoluetely delcious, and I love that they are made with simple ingredients like real Cauliflower and have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust 2 packs are perfect for a quick and delicious dinner and for bringing the family together around the table during the hustle and bustle of a busy week.

One of my favorite pizzas to make with these crusts is a Chicken Pesto Pizza. With the savings that we can score right now at Publix, I am stocking up my freezer on these delicious crusts! These are a great way to get dinner on the table in no time! 

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Ingredients:

2 count pack of Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust

3 tablespoons of your favorite Pesto Sauce

2 cups shredded mozarella cheese

2 cups cooked chicken cubes (you can also use cubed rotisserie chicken)

1/2 red onion thinly sliced

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Place the Green Giant Cauliflower Crusts on a sheet pan and bake for 8-10 minutes

Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes

Top each Cauliflower Crust with 1 1/2 tablespoon of Pesto

Place 1 cup of cubed chicken and 1 cup of shredded mozarella cheese on top of each pizza

Place equal amounts of red onion on each pizza

Bake at 425 for another 8-10 minutes or until the crust is nice and crispy and toppings are melted and bubbly.

Serve and enjoy! Let me know if you try this delicious and easy recipe!

15+ Savory Apple Dishes

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Fall will be here before you know it! I don’t know about you, but fall is my absolute favorite time of the year. Even though we live in Florida, I still love everything apple and pumpkin! Here are some Savory Apple Dishes that you can add to your fall menu lineup!

Apple Jicama Slaw by A Taste for Travel
Apple Pie Pizza by Money Savvy Living
Sheet Pan Apple Cinnamon Chicken by Paleo Gluten Free Guy
Apple Chicken Salad by Snappy Gourmet
Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Jam by Carefree Mermaid
Apple Sage Walnut Stuffing by Divine Lifestyle
Apple Sheet Pan Chicken by Tastes of Lizzy T
Pork Tenderloin with Applesauce by Our Wabi Smith
Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole by Spend with Pennies
Apple Roasted Pork Loin by Becky’s Best Bites
Apple Chicken Salad in Cucumber Cups by Happiness is Homemade
Sausage and Apple Stuffed Squash by Cherished Bliss
Brown Sugar Sausage with Apples and Onions by Hot Eats and Cool Reads
Pork Loin with Apples by Mom Foodie
Savory Apple Sausage Balls by Domestic Superhero

Three Ingredient Ambrosia Salad

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Have you tried Ambrosia Salad? I feel like it is one of those classic dishes that everyone must try at least once! This recipe couldn’t be easier to prepare, is great for a potluck or quick side dish, and is super budget-friendly!

Three Ingredient Ambrosia Salad

Ingredients
•30 oz fruit cocktail
•2 cups mini marshmallows
•1 tbsp sour cream


Instructions
•Drain the fruit cocktail
•Pour all ingredients into a large mixing bowl
•Gently fold together
•Refrigerate at least 2 hours, until cold
•Gently stir and serve chilled


Servings: 4 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

20 Pumpkin Spice Recipes

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I am so excited that Autumn is just around the corner! With the leaves changing colors, sweater weather beginning, and Halloween decorations returning to stores, it’s hard not to get excited about the summer coming to an end. For many of us, nothing gets us more ready for the season than pumpkin spice products returning to bakeries and cafés. Even if you’re not into pumpkin spice lattes, there are plenty of other treats to try that feature this delicious flavor!

These pumpkin spice snacks, breakfasts, and drinks are just the things to celebrate the start of fall. Many of the recipes in this post can be modified for different diets, and some are already vegan. What will you be making once the weather gets colder?

1. Pumpkin Spice Cookies

2. Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Whipped Cream

3. Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte

4. Pumpkin Spice Muffins

5. Pumpkin Spice Syrup

6. Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

7. Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal with Golden Cashew Cream

8. Vegan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

9. Pumpkin Pie Apple Ring Pancakes

10. Pumpkin Spice Hazelnut Cookies

11. Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

12. Pumpkin Donuts

13. Pumpkin French Toast with Maple Butter

14. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

15. Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake

16. Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

17. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

18. Low Carb Pumpkin Spice Frappucino

19. Instant Hot Pot Pumpkin Spice Cider

20. Pumpkin Spice Sourdough Scones 

Blended Chia Seed Pudding

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I have been wanting to hop on the Chia Seed Pudding trend for so long! I was concerned about the texture and whether or not that would be an issue, but with the way that this recipe is blended together it is so creamy and delicious! Chia Seeds are loaded with anti-oxidants, fiber and protein, and are so good for you!

This Blended Chia Seed Pudding could not be easier to make, and you can really customize it with different toppings like fruits, nuts, shredded coconut, etc…. I am excited to whip together a Pumpkin Chia Seed Pudding for fall!

Blended Chia Seed Pudding (serves 1) 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

2 Tbsp. Chia Seeds

Pinch of Cinnamon

2 Tbsp. of Peanut Butter or Almond Butter

Sweetener of your Choice (I used 2 packets of Truvia)

Instructions:

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

Place in a mason jar and refrigerate for at least 4-6 hours or until the pudding has set. (I have found that it is best if you leave it overnight.)

Serve with your favorite toppings. I used the Coconut Milk Redi-Wip on the top of mine and it was so good! I am going to add fresh fruit and shredded coconut the next time!

Enjoy! Please let me know if you try it!

Picadillo With Spaghetti Squash #LowCarb

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love Latin Cuisine! One of our best family friends is Cuban and he makes the best dishes! One of my all-time favorite Cuban dishes is Picadillo. Traditionally, this dish is made with olives, raisins, ground beef, tomatoes and other ingredients and served over white rice. While I love rice, I decided to try it served on top of Spaghetti Squash. It is a winner! This not only makes it lower in carbs, but it is absolutely delicious. You won’t even miss the rice! I have made this for my entire family several times now and they all devour it!

Picadillo With Spaghetti Squash

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

1 15oz. can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion not drained

2 tbsp. tomato paste

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 cup gluten free beef broth (I prefer this brand)

1/2 green bell pepper, chopped

1/2 yellow onion, chopped 

1/3 cup green pimiento-stuffed olives, quartered (you can use less if you don’t like that many olives)

3 cloves garlic, minced

salt/pepper to taste

1 tsp. oregano

chopped cilantro for garnish

1 large spaghetti squash, cooked 

Instructions

In a non-stick skillet add olive oil and cook green pepper and onion until tender. At the very end add the garlic and cook until fragrant.

Remove vegetables and place in a small dish on the side. Add ground beef into the skillet and season with salt/pepper and cook until browned.

Add vegetables back into the skillet along with tomato paste, diced tomatoes and beef broth.

Add quartered olives and simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

While the picadillo sauce is simmering, place slits in your spaghetti squash and cook in the microwave. The time will depend on the size of your squash, but I generally find that 7-8 minutes is perfect. Let cool for a few minutes. After the squash has cooled, cut in half and scoop out the seeds and pulp. I have found this method is the easiest way for cooking spaghetti squash.

Serve the delicious Picadillo mixture over your spaghetti squash, garnish with chopped cilantro and enjoy your yummy low-carb meal!

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

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I love to try out new recipes for family and these Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers always get my family’s approval! f 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.

Ingredients:

8 oz. Thinly Sliced Roast Beef (I just used the Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh variety but any variety will 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
 
Instructions:
  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

Sheet Pan Balsamic Brussel Sprouts

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I don’t know about you, but I love Brussel Sprouts! There are so many different ways that they can be made, and I have found that the flavor really comes through when you add a glaze. This recipe for Sheet Pan Balsamic Brussel Sprouts is going to knock your socks off! It is super easy and delicious, and when the brussel sprouts get all crispy, they are amazing! This is such a great way to get your entire family to eat their veggies!

Sheet Pan Balsamic Brussel Sprouts 

Ingredients 

  • 1½ lbs Brussels Sprouts 
  • 1/2 Bottle Balsamic Dressing
  • 5 Strips Bacon 

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut washed brussel sprouts in half.
  3. Transfer to a large baking sheet.
  4. Cut bacon into small pieces and place bacon pieces in between the brussel sprouts.
  5. Coat with balsamic dressing.
  6. Bake in oven 20-25 minutes.
  7. Serve & enjoy!