Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

My husband loves veggies and Ranch dressing.  I mean, seriously loves it.  While my snack of choice usually gravitates towards the sugary and calorie-laden, the Tall Boy always reaches for carrot sticks and Ranch dressing.  But lately, I’ve really been trying to eat more of the rainbow…and this Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza makes it super easy.

All you need is a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Mix, crescent dough, Greek yogurt (or sour cream), and your favorite chopped veggies.  Broccoli and/or cauliflower would work great on this, but neither of my guys will eat either of those veggies, so then I’d be stuck eating this entire snack pizza on my own.  Wait, maybe that’s not a bad thing. ;-)

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

The Tall Boy gobbled up this Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza last weekend during March Madness like nobody’s business.  And that’s even without the shredded Parmesan cheese I forgot to put on top. You should totally do that.

What’s super fabulous about this recipe is that it’s easily adaptable, can be made ahead, and takes almost no time to throw together.  It’s perfect for entertaining or snacking!

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza

Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza

Ingredients

  • 2 packages Pillsbury refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 16 ounces Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 (1-ounce) package Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • fresh dill, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Unroll the crescent rolls and press into a 10x15-inch pan. Press the dough down to seal the seams. Bake until puffy and golden brown, 11 to 13 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. While the dough is cooking, stir together your Greek yogurt and seasoning packet until completely combined. Spread in an even layer over the cooled crust. Top with the chopped veggies and shredded cheese and sprinkle with fresh dill, if desired. Refrigerate until ready to serve - serve cold!
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/veggie-ranch-snack-pizza/

This easy Veggie Ranch Snack Pizza is a breeze to put together, is always a crowd-pleaser, and will get even the kiddos to eat their veggies!

From dressings and dips to sandwich spreads and side dish solutions, the special blend of herbs and spices makes Hidden Valley the perfect addition to any recipe. For more delectable ranch recipes, visit www.hiddenvalley.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.

XO, Ashley

 

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Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

Well, it’s officially March Madness.  For my family, things usually get a little bit exciting this time of year.  While I’m generally more of a football fan, my husband and my father are huge NCAA basketball fans.  Historically, they’re huddled around the television cheering on the University of Kansas…but this year, it’s {one of} my alma matter that is getting all of the attention:

Wichita State University

The Shockers are entering the tournament with a 34-0 record, and the entire city is decked out in yellow and black.  Billboards along the highway boast the hastag #playangry, the Shocker mascot is everywhere you look, and strangers are high-fiving each other in stores and parking lots.  For a team from the Missouri Valley Conference that usually isn’t given a second thought {despite making it to the Final Four last year}, it’s pretty awesome.

Kinda like these Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings.

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

So we’re munching on these tonight while watching selection Sunday…and I have a feeling we’ll me making them again as the madness of March progresses.

For this recipe, I used my Wilton Armetale Casserole/Baker.  It’s the perfect baking dish for these wings because it’s oven-safe, and pretty enough to serve in.  I don’t want to spend my basketball watching time washing dishes, you know? ;-)

Plus, Armetele keeps hot foods hot longer {and cold foods cold longer}, cleans up in a flash, is super durable, and offers a lifetime warranty against breakage {don’t use it in the microwave or dishwasher, though}.  I have quite a few pieces I received as wedding gifts years ago, but I’m loving this new casserole baker – I can even use it on the grill this summer!

These baked Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings are the perfect gameday appetizer.  The combination of sweet honey and spicy Sriracha are a great crowd pleaser in this easy to prepare dish!

If you’re planning any game watching parties during March Madness, make sure you add these wings to your list!  And if you haven’t heard of Sriracha, it’s an Asian Chili sauce that you can find in the International food aisle of your grocery store (look for the green bottle with a rooster on it).

Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

Sticky Honey Sriracha Wings

Ingredients

    For the Wings:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for the pan
  • 2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha (or more, if you like things really spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a rimmed baking sheet or casserole dish with vegetable oil.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, the melted butter, granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dry the wings with a paper towel. Pour the mixture over the wings and toss well to coat. Spread the wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake the wings until browned and crisp, 45 to 55 minutes.
  4. To make the sauce:
  5. Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add the honey, Sriracha, soy sauce and lime juice and stir until the mixture bubbles gently. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  6. Carefully remove the wings from the baking sheet and transfer to a large bowl. Pour the warm sauce over the wings and gently toss to coat. Transfer the wings to a serving platter back to your casserole dish and drizzle with more honey if desired. Garnish with lime wedges, sesame seeds and cilantro.

recipe from Food Network

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/sticky-honey-sriracha-wings/

XO, Ashley

Wilton Armetale provided me with product to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

 

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you’ll be set for entertaining!

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you'll be set for entertaining!

I’m a huge football fanatic.  NCAA football is my favorite, but I do enjoy NFL games as well – especially this year, when the Chiefs had a winning season!  And even if you’re not a fan of the games, just about everyone loves football food. :-)

Superbowl is the ultimate day for the consumption of finger foods, and meatballs are one of our favorites.  I love making meatballs from scratch, but when it comes to game day entertaining, I want quick and easy.  For this appetizer, I used frozen meatballs, but feel free to substitute your favorite homemade meatball if you’d rather.

Me?  I’ll be throwing these in the slow cooker and getting down to game-watching!

These Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs are the perfect addition to your game day menu.  With just a few simple ingredients needed to make the sauce, you'll be set for entertaining!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

Slow Cooker Buffalo Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 (1-pound) bags frozen meatballs (about 40 meatballs)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup Buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup

Instructions

  1. Combine the chicken broth, Buffalo hot sauce, and ketchup in the bowl of your slow cooker.
  2. Add your frozen meatballs into your slow cooker, and mix the sauce around so each meatball is coated.
  3. Turn the slow cooker on to high, and leave it on high for about an hour, stirring a couple times.
  4. Once it appears that the meatballs have somewhat thawed, turn your slow cooker down to low, and allow to warm for an hour longer, or until warm throughout.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/slow-cooker-buffalo-meatballs/

XO, Ashley

 

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Cranberry and Walnut Brie

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

With the holidays just around the corner, there’s all sorts of entertaining to do…and not much time to get things ready, amIright??  If you’re like me, you’d like something special to “wow” your company, but don’t want to spend all evening in the kitchen.  That’s why I love keeping Pepperidge Farm®  Puff Pastry on hand in my freezer.

You can find Pepperidge Farm®  Puff Pastry in sheets, shells and cups.  For this recipe, you’ll need the sheets.

I use the sheets all of the time to make puff pastry filled with brie and jam.  But after I made my Simple Cranberry Sauce last week, I knew that’s what I was using to fill my next puff pastry!  I added some chopped walnuts (pecans would be fabulous, too), for some extra crunch, but they’re optional.

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

You can certainly buy canned cranberry sauce to use instead of homemade, but believe me – it’s totally worth it to make your own, and it only takes a few minutes.

Or, you can secretly set some aside on Thanksgiving, and you’ll be set to go to make this appetizer as a quick snack after all of your Black Friday shopping. ;-)

Just thaw one puff pastry sheet and set your brie wheel in the middle.  Top it with 1/4 cup of cranberry sauce (if you’re purchasing some from the store, whole-berry works best) and 2 to 3 tablespoons of chopped nuts.  Fold up the edges of the pastry, and then brush with an egg wash before putting it into the oven.

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

Just before serving, I topped my puffy pastry filled brie with sugared cranberries and a sprig of basil, for color.  Mainly because I’m not that great at folding up the edges of the pastry, and I wanted the top to look super pretty.

Again, totally optional, but I think those sugared berries just scream “Winter.”

And also, “eat me.”

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

You can serve the brie with crackers or slices of hearty bread – but be sure to eat this while it’s still warm and gooey and the cheese oozes out of the pastry when you cut into it.  I’m not gonna lie – I ate plenty of that cheese without any medium other than the serving utensil.

Need a quick and easy, yet impressive appetizer?  Look no further than this Cranberry and Walnut Brie with Sugared Cranberries!

Cranberry and Walnut Brie

Cranberry and Walnut Brie

Ingredients

  • 1 Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1 brie wheel
  • 1/4 cup Simple Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • sugared cranberries and basil for garnish, if desired
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • For the sugared cranberries:
  • 1 cups fresh whole cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Thaw one puff pastry sheet and unfold it. Place your brie in the middle of the sheet and carefully top with cranberry sauce and chopped nuts. Gently wrap the pastry around the brie and pinch the top closed. Brush the surface of the pastry with the egg white. This will make your pastry nice and shiny.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
  4. Top with sugared cranberries and a sprig of basil, if desired. Serve with crackers or bread.
  5. To make the sugared cranberries:
  6. Warm 1/2 cup of maple syrup in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries. Place in refrigerator to cool for at least 2 hours.
  7. Place 1/2 cup sugar into a bowl. Pour berries into a colander and allow them to drain for 15 minutes. Next, add a few cranberries at a time to the sugar, tossing gently to coat. Place berries on a parchment lined baking sheet and let stand until completely dry.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/cranberry-walnut-brie/

XO, Ashley

I’m always looking for ways to spark new creative ideas with my recipes.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to check out more recipes at www.puffpastry.com.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

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Fluffy Peanut Butter Dip

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®, Rubbermaid, Jif, and Smucker’s, but all my opinions are my own. #aBetterLunch #pmedia http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

 

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So, with the advent of Pinterest, I’m really learning just how unimaginative I really am.

I’m lucky just to get lunches assembled before racing out the door in the mornings, let alone create some time-consuming, likely to be uneaten anyway Bento box that’s probably really going to impress only me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I don’t want to be one of those moms who sends her kid off to school with a lunch box that’s filled with rice formed into the shaped of a panda head or a sandwich expertly designed to look like SpongeBob, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret:

It’s just not happening up in here.

By the time I’m off work and drive across town to pick Doodle up after school, it’s nearly 5:00. Twice a week, we have to be to karate class by 5:30 and don’t get back home until nearly 7:00. Then there’s dinner prep/eating/cleaning up, going over school day papers, family time, bath time, etc. Spending a crazy amount of time packing a lunch box just isn’t on my radar.

And if I had to guess, I’d say maybe it’s not on yours, either.

That being said, I do want to send Doodle off to school with a healthy, fun lunch…but it has to be something he’s willing to eat and I’m willing to make. And guess what? It really doesn’t have to be time-consuming.

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These new LunchBlox kits from Rubbermaid really helped me build a better lunch easily – and Doodle was actually excited about the process! He loved the individual sized containers – they’re perfectly sized for little hands.

The containers are colorful, easy-to-open, and my favorite — leak-proof– and stack and snap to stay organized in any lunch bag. Plus, they come with a chill pack to keep the healthy lunches cool until they’re ready to enjoy.

Doodle also loved this little “submarine” sandwich surrounded by fish-shaped cheese crackers. He swiped this sandwich immediately after our “photo shoot” and gobbled it up – and then asked for another! This kind of thing is a big deal when your kid typically says he’s full after two grapes and one bite of mac and cheese. :-)

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You could easily substitute the turkey and pepperoni for peanut butter and jelly (sugar-free strawberry Smuckers strawberry is our favorite) or your favorite sandwich toppings. Doodle loved the fish-shaped sandwich piled on top of a blue napkin “sea.” Hey, we’re easy to please around here, and good old peanut butter and jelly is always a winner with kids. It just screams “back to school,” doesn’t it? And it’s also something good you can feel good about feeding your kids – if you’re like me, the school lunches of chicken nuggets and corn dogs don’t exactly make me feel confident that my kiddo is eating healthy.

fish PB&J

 I filled the other containers with carrot sticks, apple slices and some fluffy peanut butter dip.

Because lunch time dessert is important to a first grader. And, if it gets him to eat all of his apple, I’m all for it.

#amomsgottadowhatamomsgottado

I spotted Jif’s new whipped creamy peanut butter while we were out shopping for lunch supplies, and well…we had to try it. The texture was fluffy and creamy, making it the perfect consistency for easy dipping. I combined some with cream cheese, brown sugar, and a bit of milk – and then we couldn’t stop eating it.

I have a feeling getting Doodle to eat a healthy lunch this school year won’t be a problem.

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You can find Rubbermaid LunchBlox kits, Rubbermaid LunchBlox Kids kits and Rubbermaid LunchBlox Lunch bags at your local Target stores, but make sure to click here for a $2.00 off coupon. The coupons are good through December 31, 2013.

Whipped peanut butter, brown sugar and cream cheese are the perfect combination for this fluffy dip!  #abetterlunch #PMedia #ad

Fluffy Peanut Butter Dip

Fluffy Peanut Butter Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Jif Whipped Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Garnish with mini M&M's, if desired.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/fluffy-peanut-butter-dip/

XO, Ashley

 

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Nutella-Dipped Grahams

So…we started first grade yesterday.

These Nutella Grahams come together in less than a minute and provide a dose of folate and Vitamin E thanks to the addition of wheat germ!

I say “we” because Doodle still allows me to walk him into the classroom, help him organize all of his new supplies and place the appropriate items in his cubby, and give him hugs and kissies in front of his friends.

Plus, since I’m one of “those moms” and insist on being involved in everything, I usually sign up to help with all of the class parties, baking projects and field trips.  These moments pass by so quickly, and I don’t want to miss a thing.

Even though by mid-October, I’ll probably be kicking myself for agreeing to take so much on. :-)

These Nutella Grahams come together in less than a minute and provide a dose of folate and Vitamin E thanks to the addition of wheat germ!

In the meantime, I’m making things easy on myself with these super simple after-school snacks.  I don’t know that these Nutella Grahams really warrant a “recipe,” but if you’re like me and always struggle to find simple, fast, and (semi-) healthy after-school snacks for your kiddos, you might want to add this one to your list.

Really, you can’t go wrong with graham crackers and Nutella, can you?  Add a little bit of flax or wheat germ to up the nutritional content on these bad boys.  If you want to reduce the sugar, you may substitute peanut butter or almond butter for the Nutella.

These Nutella Grahams come together in less than a minute and provide a dose of folate and Vitamin E thanks to the addition of wheat germ!

Now, Doodle is pretty inquisitive and is unlikely to eat something called “flax seed” or “wheat germ,” so I got around that by partially covering those crumbs in sprinkles.  That kid will eat anything if it’s covered in sprinkles.

But really, who wouldn’t? ;-)

These Nutella Grahams come together in less than a minute and provide a dose of folate and Vitamin E thanks to the addition of wheat germ!

Nutella Grahams

Nutella Grahams

Ingredients

  • graham crackers
  • Nutella, peanut butter or almond butter
  • wheat germ or flax
  • sprinkles, if desired

Instructions

  1. Dip graham crackers in Nutella; sprinkle lightly with wheat germ/flax and sprinkles.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/nutella-grahams/

Want more great ideas like this one?  Then be sure to check out this super awesome Back to School Survival Kit from eMeals. It has everything you need to get ready for back to school. Enjoy tips, a checklist, printable lunch notes, and even 1 free week of meal planning.

Be sure to use the code  SCHOOL15 for 15% off of any new purchase of an eMeals meal plan.

I actually just purchased the lunch plan, and it’s full of great ideas for Doodle’s lunch box.  It’s such a time-saver (and stress reducer) to have someone else handle the planning – and he loves it, because the weekly plans have tons of ideas other than just your standard peanut butter and jelly.

What are your favorite fun after school snacks?  Link ‘em up in the comments below!


eMeals Meal Plans

XO, Ashley

*I was not compensated for this post. I am an eMeals affiliate and this post does contain my affiliate link. However, all opinions are straight-up my own, and I used eMeals even prior to my affiliate relationship. I really do love it! You can read my disclosure policy here.

 

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White Queso Guacamole Dip

Hi guys!  I’m on day three of summer vacation with the Tall Boy and Doodle.  We definitely needed some time away, and I have to admit, it’s been really nice to disconnect for awhile – no Facebook, no Twitter, no social media of any kind…

I’ve sort of forgotten how easy-going and stress-free things could be without my phone or e-mail lighting up constantly with some new notification…although, I’m a little nervous to check my inbox when I get home…

In the meantime, Meghan is here today to share an awesome recipe with you.  Meghan blogs over at The Tasty Fork, and she’s kind of like my blogging soul-mate.  First: she loves dip recipes just about as much as I do.  Second: she loves to grill.  And third: she makes a mean taco.  Need I say more? ;-)

So, without further ado…here’s Meghan!

 

White Queso Guacamole has everything I love in a dip! Melty cheese, check! Creamy guacamole, check! Spicy pico de gallo, check! All of that scooped on to a chip and I’m a happy camper. This queso dip recipe is one of my favorites and it’s made all the time during football season.

White Queso Guacamole Dip #ultimatetailgating party. Guest post from The Tasty Fork

I’m Meghan and I blog over at The Tasty Fork. Ashley asked me to guest post for her while she’s having a fun family vacation and I instantly knew what I needed to share on Kitchen Meets Girl. Ashley & I have been blogging buddies for awhile and we both have same love for Mexican food. Especially spicy Mexican food! The first Ashley recipe I ever made was her Jalapeno Popper Turkey Chili. AMAZING!!!

White Queso Guacamole Dip. Perfect game day food from The Tasty Fork. #ultimatetailgatingparty

Another thing Ashley & I have in common is we both love game day food! Can you believe football season is just a month away??!! Tailgating food is one of my favorite recipe categories. We usually have friends over every weekend to watch football, so I have pressure to create delicious food for all of our guests. White Queso Guacamole Dip was created by accident. I had all three elements of the dip on my plate. The cheese was spreading all over my plate, so I was scooping everything onto tortilla chips. It wasn’t until I was done eating that I realized what my next queso dip recipe had to be. (It was one of those light bulb moments!)

Get ready for game day recipes!! White Queso Guacamole Dip. From The Tasty Fork #ultimatetailgatingparty

White Queso Gaucamole Dip is very easy to make. First, make a guacamole. I like my avocados mashed with tomatoes, garlic, lime juice and cilantro. Next you’ll make the white cheddar cheese sauce. It’s your basic cheese sauce but I like to add in jalapenos for some heat. The final step is chopping up tomatoes, onions, jalapenos and cilantro for the pico de gallo.

White Queso Guacamole Dip. Guest post from The Tasty Fork. #ultimatetailgatingparty

This queso dip recipe is layered. Guacamole is the bottom layer, ladle the cheese sauce over the guac, then top if off with the pico de gallo. I like to serve this dip in individual bowls. That way I don’t have to share with anyone. :)

Game day food! White Queso Guacamole Dip. #ultimatetailgatingparty

If you’re a fan of queso dip and guacamole, you must try this recipe!! It’s perfect snack for game day since everyone loves spicy cheese sauce and guacamole. If you’re like me and love game day recipes, be sure to check out a series I’m hosting over at Southern Mom Cooks. The Ultimate Tailgating Party is all about tailgating recipes and giveaways. You can see my new tailgating recipes every Sunday. Starting August 4th, I’ll be hosting my first tailgating giveaway from Frank’s Red Hot Sauce. I hope you’ll come by and check it out!

The Ultimate Tailgating Party on Southern Mom Cooks #ultimatetailgatingparty

White Queso Guacamole Dip

For the Guacamole:

* 2 avocados

* 1 tomato, diced

* 2 garlic cloves, minced

* 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped

* 1 lime, juiced

For the Queso Sauce

* 2 Tbsp Yellow Onion

* 1 Tbsp Canola or Vegetable Oil

* 1 Tbsp Flour

* 1 Cup Milk

* 1/2 Pound of Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese

* 1-2 Tbsp Diced Jalapeno

* Salt, to taste

For the Pico De Gallo

* 2 tomatoes, diced

*1 small onion, diced

* 1 jalapeno, diced (ribs and seeds removed)

* 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped

* 1 lime, juiced

* Your favorite tortilla chips

Directions:

1. Mash avocados in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir into the avocados. Set aside.

2. Queso Recipe – Saute onions in the canola or vegetable oil in a large saucepan for about 5 minutes. Then add the flour and stir. Add the milk slowly while continuously stirring. When the sauce thickens, remove saucepan from heat. Start adding the shredded cheese and stir until well combined. Add the diced jalapeno and salt to taste.

3. For the pico de gallo – In a small bowl, add all ingredients and stir.

4. To make dip – Guacamole is the bottom layer. Next is the white cheddar queso. Then top with pico de gallo. Eat with tortilla chips.

meghan

 

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Thanks so much for stepping in for me today, Meghan. And you’d better believe I’ll be making this white queso guacamole dip for my next game watching party (football season starts in just a month!!). Make sure you stop by Meghan’s blog and say hello. Happy Wednesday, friends!

XO, Ashley

 

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Sweet ‘n Tangy BBQ Smokies

Maybe we’re just boring around my house, but entertaining foods here almost always include little BBQ smokies.

Make your own sweet 'n tangy BBQ sauce for little smokies or meatballs - using apple butter!  Use the remaining sauce for grilling or adding into ground beef for kicked up sloppy joes! #applebutterrecipes #BBQ #entertaining

That might also be because I live with a 5-year old, but it is what it is. Fortunately, you can at least purchase turkey smokies now, so I don’t feel quite so guilty snacking on them.

This sweet ‘n tangy BBQ version is so fun and easy.  Guess what the main ingredient is?

Musselman’s Apple Butter.

Maybe you already knew that you could use apple butter in BBQ sauce, but I’d never tried it.  Quite honestly, I’ve really only ever used apple butter to smear on toast and biscuits.  This has sort of opened up a whole new world for me.

Historically, I’ve thought of apple butter as a fall flavor…but not any more!  You can use this BBQ sauce to brush on your chicken or pork during the last few minutes of grilling.  Stir it into cooked ground beef for BBQ sloppy joes, or heat with little smokies or meatballs for a quick appetizer.  You can even add it in with your baked beans for a kicked-up flavor.

Sweet n’ Tangy BBQ Smokies

Sweet n’ Tangy BBQ Smokies

Ingredients

  • 1 package little smokies
  • 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for at least an hour before using. You may keep covered and refrigerated for a couple of weeks.
  2. To make smokies, place smokies in a small crock pot and cover with sauce, to taste. You won't need all of the sauce, so use the rest for basting while grilling, or add it to cooked ground beef for kicked-up sloppy joes.

recipe from Musselman's

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/sweet-n-tangy-bbq-smokies/

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XO, Ashley

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Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas

So I know this isn’t a picture of a cookie or a brownie or some other totally awesome baked-good that you want to face plant.

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas on www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - a quick, easy, and healthy appetizer for snacking or entertaining!  #recipes #hummus #dips

But when it comes to snacking around my house, I’m all in, all the time. Dips are the bomb.

What this really means: I’ve eaten too much jalapeño popper dip and hot-Mexican style spinach dip lately, and my jeans are starting to revolt.  Fortunately for me, chickpeas (legumes) are high in fiber and are recommended by many public health organizations as a key food group for preventing disease and optimizing health (source).

We do often eat hummus as a healthy snack, and we do often make our own homemade version as an alternative to the grocery store variety.  And as much as I love hummus, I’ve never thought to serve it warm.

You guys.  This stuff was amazing.

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas on www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com - a quick, easy, and healthy appetizer for snacking or entertaining!  #recipes #hummus #dips

Plus, it’s filled with other lots of healthy stuff, including tomatoes, garlic, parsley, Parmesan, and lemon juice, so it practically cancels out the fact that you ate an entire loaf of crusty bread along with it.

Oops?

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas

Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 2 (15.5) ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced small
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • crusty bread or pita chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. Place the chickpeas and chicken stock in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  2. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat and add tomatoes. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the tomatoes are softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the chopped chickpea mixture, and cook for about 5 minutes, or until heated through.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in the Parmesan, parsley, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm (or at warm temperature) with crusty bread or pita chips.
http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/tuscan-mashed-chickpeas/

XO, Ashley

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Honey-Vanilla Granola

Granola used to be one of those things that I thought only health-conscious people ate, so of course, I was never really all that interested in it.

But then I realized you could add chocolate to it and now…well, now it’s a whole new ball game.

Honey-Vanilla Granola with blueberries and white chocolate from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com--a perfect topping for yogurt, cereal, or just eating straight out of the bowl!  #recipes #granola

Plus, there’s honey in this granola, along with dark brown sugar, yogurt-coated raisins, and dried blueberries.

I’m in.

Brown sugar is just a mixture of sugar and molasses.  However, dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light brown sugar.  While light brown sugar has more of a delicate flavor, dark brown sugar has a more intense molasses flavor.  I prefer using dark brown sugar, but you can use them interchangeably depending on your personal preference.

Honey-Vanilla Granola with blueberries and white chocolate from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com--a perfect topping for yogurt, cereal, or just eating straight out of the bowl!  #recipes #granola

I actually made this granola to sprinkle on top of my grown-up, health-conscious Greek yogurt, but then Doodle got a hold of it and just straight-up ate it like popcorn.

I thought that was a pretty good idea.

Honey-Vanilla Granola with blueberries and white chocolate from www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com--a perfect topping for yogurt, cereal, or just eating straight out of the bowl!  #recipes #granola

Honey-Vanilla Granola

Honey-Vanilla Granola

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup yogurt covered raisins
  • 1/3 cup dried blueberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together egg whites, brown sugar, honey, oil and extract until smooth. Add oats and stir to coat. Spread onto your lined baking mat in an even layer.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until granola is golden, rotating pan halfway through. Remove pan from oven onto a wire rack. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and stir to coat, allowing the chocolate to melt.
  4. Let the granola cool on the baking sheet. Once cool, break granola into chunks, and sprinkle in your raisins and dried blueberries.

recipe adapted from Pure Vanilla, by Shauna Sever

http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/honey-vanilla-granola/

XO, Ashley

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