Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato Casserole

This Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato Casserole takes comfort food to the next level!  This easy potato dish is perfect for your holiday table – or any day of the week!

 This Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Mashed Potato Casserole takes comfort food to the next level!  This easy potato dish is perfect for your holiday table - or any day of the week!

So, it’s that time of the year around my house when my mashed potato loving husband starts casually offering up hints about potatoes.  Specifically mashed potatoes.  No kidding, this guy could probably eat a slow cooker full of mashed potatoes all on his own – in one serving.

I don’t make mashed potatoes that often, because they’re not typically on my “trying to eat healthy” diet plan, but when the Tall Boy starts coming home from the grocery store with boxes of instant flakes (gross), I know it’s time to be a good wife and make him the real thing.

And last week, I tried a little experiment…

This Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Mashed Potato Casserole takes comfort food to the next level!  This easy potato dish is perfect for your holiday table - or any day of the week!

Yep, I replaced the whole milk in this Smoked Gouda Mashed Potato Casserole with Silk Soy Milk.  And guess what?  No one knew the difference. 

The Tall Boy is usually a mashed potato purist (box flakes notwithstanding) and prefers whole milk and loads of butter in his taters – really, who doesn’t?  But since I’m always looking for ways to up the protein and nutritional content in dishes that my 7-year old will actually eat, I decided to try adding a bit of Silk Soy Milk this time.  Silk has six grams of heart-healthy protein per serving, and 50% more calcium than regular dairy milk.  That’s definitely a win for this mom.

This Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Mashed Potato Casserole takes comfort food to the next level!  This easy potato dish is perfect for your holiday table - or any day of the week!

For this recipe, you’ll boil and mash your potatoes, and then add in a bunch of other yummy stuff: like an entire block of cream cheese.  Go big or go home, that’s my motto when it comes to mashed potatoes.

And now you know why I don’t make them very often. 😉

This Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Mashed Potato Casserole takes comfort food to the next level!  This easy potato dish is perfect for your holiday table - or any day of the week!

Spread the potatoes into a 9 x 13 casserole dish, and top ’em with shredded smoked Gouda cheese (my favorite!)  and some sliced prosciutto.  I get my prosciutto near the deli meats at my local grocery store.  You’ll bake the casserole for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese melts and gets bubbly and gooey.  Garnish with sliced scallions when serving, for some extra color.  I guarantee, this fun twist on the standard old mashed potatoes will be a hit at your table!

Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Mashed Potato Casserole
 
Serves: serves 12
Ingredients
  • 6-7 large red potatoes
  • ½ cup Silk Soy Milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • salt and pepper, to tast
  • 1 cup shredded smoked Gouda cheese
  • 3 ounces sliced Proscuitto
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. Peel, quarter, and boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Drain the potatoes and beat them with a mixer until smooth. Add milk, cream cheese, sour cream, parsley, and garlic salt. Beat at a medium-high speed until the potatoes are creamy and fluffy. Add salt and pepper, to taste
  3. Spoon potatoes into prepared casserole dish. Top the potatoes with cheese and prosciutto. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

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Easy Lunch Box Ideas: Back to School

Easy Lunch Box Ideas for Back to School

It’s only the second {full} week of school for us and I’m already struggling to think of fun and healthy lunch box ideas.  And truth be told, many days I’d sacrifice either the “fun” and maybe even a “healthy” lunch as long as it’s something Doodle would actually eat.  But if I can pack a lunch that encompasses all three of these things, then I’m really in business.

I have a tendency to pack the same items every single day.  And Doodle isn’t much help unless he’s presented with a list of options.  So, I put one together for both of us.  And maybe you, too?  Just choose one from the main course category, two from the fruits and veggie category, one snack or treat, and a drink.  Easy!

How to Pack a Lunch Box in Four Steps

{If you want to print this list, right click on the image above and then click save. Then just open it in a program like Word and print.}

Doodle has been obsessed with these little milk containers from Horizon Organic.  I spotted them the other day at my grocery store, and they come in 2%, vanilla, chocolate, and Doodle’s favorite: strawberry.  He’s been like a machine chugging these down.

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If you’re packing perishables, make sure to include an ice pack. I also love to tuck in little notes – you can find some great ones here.  And if you’re still looking for a few other ideas, here are some of our favorites:

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!
Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!
Funfetti Granola Bars

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Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip

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Pepperoni Pizza Muffins

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!

I’ve been thinking about these pepperoni pizza muffins for a long time.  But I live with a 7-year old, so it’s pretty much a given that any recipe I suggest making is initially snubbed {i.e., “gross,” “ewww,” and “yuck”}.  He also says that about anything that’s covered in cheese sauce {whaaaaa?}, so I don’t usually put much stock in his opinion.

I was convinced that Doodle would love these little muffins though, so I took a chance and made them anyway.  And guess what?  He liked ’em.

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!

The awesome thing about these mini-muffins is that they freeze well, so if you can’t eat 36 of them right away {umm, I won’t tell you that we ate the entire batch of these over the course of a weekend}, just stock-pile them in your freezer.  For us, these are a great lunch box item or after school snack.  I’ll be honest and tell you I ate a number of these at room temperature, and they were still yummy!

We dipped ’em in pizza sauce {this one is awesome – but store bought works just fine, too}…and just kept dipping.

These little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are packed with pepperoni and cheese, and are the perfect lunch box food or after school snack!

I can tell you that these little Pepperoni Pizza Muffins are definitely a fun finger food that I’ll be keeping on hand.  Believe me, when I find something that Doodle inhales like he did these, they’re going straight to the top of my “don’t run out of” list.

Pepperoni Pizza Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 10.75 oz can condensed tomato soup
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese
  • ½ cup chopped turkey pepperoni
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 3 cups all-purpose baking mix {store-bought or make your own
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine soup, cheese, ¾ cup water, pepperoni, and seasoning in a large bowl. Add the baking mix, and stir just until moistened (the batter will be lumpy--that's totally fine).
  3. Divide the batter evenly among 36 mini muffin cups coated with cooking spray.
  4. Bake 17 to 20 minutes, or until the muffins turn light golden brown.
  5. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping, if desired.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool in pan 5 minutes, and transfer to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  7. You may wrap the individual muffins in plastic wrap, and freeze in a zip-top plastic freezer bag up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature or microwave 30 seconds.

This recipe is from Emeals Healthy Lunch plan – I love using EMeals to help with my menu planning {NOT an affiliate link – I just really love ’em}.

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Funfetti Granola Bars

Forget those boxed bars and make your own – these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!

When Doodle gets home from school, he’s always – always – ravenous.

I’d like to chalk it up to the fact that he’s growing like a weed and eating everything in sight, but the truth is that he’s probably spending the entire lunch time talking rather than eating.  He’s informed me on more than one occasion that talking is his favorite thing to do and eating ranks somewhere near the bottom of the list.

Me, on the other hand…well, I’d much rather eat than talk.

Anyway, this means finding some at least sort of healthy afternoon snacks to have at the ready.  While this kid usually munches on fruit and yogurt after school {okay, and the occasional bag of Goldfish crackers}, every now and then he requests a granola bar.

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!

Anytime I can get him away from the crackers, I’m pretty much all for it.

I’ll admit – these funfetti granola bars could be made a lot healthier by not adding in the funfetti cake mix, but where’s the fun in that?  Sometimes the day just calls for sprinkles, you know?

And the first full week of second grade definitely calls for sprinkles.

Forget those boxed bars and make your own - these Funfetti Granola Bars are a fun twist on boring old granola!
Other than the {dry} cake mix, these bars are full of healthy ingredients: oats, agave, honey, and coconut oil.  Just stir everything together, press the mixture into an 8×8 pan, and bake at 325 for approximately 20 minutes.

My bars got a little gooey when I kept them at room temperature, so keep them refrigerated if you’d like your bars a bit firmer.

Funfetti Granola Bars
 
Serves: makes 8 bars
Ingredients
  • 2 cups dry oats
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup agave nectar
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ cup funfetti cake mix (just the dry mix!)
  • extra sprinkles, if desired - I used about 2 tablespoons
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 325. Line an 8x8 pan with foil or parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
  2. Combine oats, cake mix, honey, agave and coconut oil in a medium bowl. Stir to combine, and then gently stir in sprinkles, if using.
  3. Lightly press mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting.
  4. Store in an airtight container up to 3 days. Keep refrigerated for firmer bars.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip

This Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip takes just three ingredients, and mixes up in less than five minutes.  Send it in lunchboxes, serve as an after-school snack, or just munch on it anytime, like we do!

This Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip takes just three ingredients, and mixes up in less than five minutes.  Send it in lunchboxes, serve as an after-school snack, or just munch on it anytime!

We’re huge fruit eaters at my house.  And while we typically eat it plain, every now and then we like to get wild and crazy and make fruit dip.  I especially enjoy making it at the beginning of the school year, when packing lunches is still exciting and fun to Doodle.  At this point in the school year {i.e., the first full week}, he’s still really involved in choosing what he eats for lunch and likes to help out in the kitchen.

And if sending fruit dip in his lunch box gets him to eat his entire lunch, I’m all for it.

This Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip takes just three ingredients, and mixes up in less than five minutes.  Send it in lunchboxes, serve as an after-school snack, or just munch on it anytime!

This Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip is soooo easy to make, and is super kid-friendly {it’s adult-friendly, too, judging by the serving I ate after photographing it}.  I just mixed an 8-ounce container of strawberry cream cheese with a tablespoon of cheesecake pudding mix, and then folded in a 7-ounce jar of marshmallow cream.  Easy-peasy.

And since I just send a small dollop in Doodle’s lunch container, I figure the marshmallow cream is offset by the large handful of berries I send along with it.

Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 1 8-ounce container strawberry cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cheesecake pudding mix (just the dry mix)
  • 1 7-ounce container marshmallow cream
Method
  1. Mix together the cream cheese and pudding mix until smooth. Fold in marshmallow cream. Keep covered in the refrigerator for up to three days. Stir before serving.

What are your kiddos favorite lunch box items?  Let me know – I’m always looking for easy things to pack for my picky kiddo!

This Strawberry Cheesecake Fruit Dip takes just three ingredients, and mixes up in less than five minutes.  Send it in lunchboxes, serve as an after-school snack, or just munch on it anytime!

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Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It’s ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

I don’t know about you, but our summer has been crazy.

We’ve spent practically no time at home, and cooking has been waaaaay down on my list of priorities.  Sort of a weird thing for a food blogger, but even a person who lives for eating gets tired of cooking every now and then.

Also, with nearly no time between work and baseball games, swimming lessons, karate classes…well, there’s just not much time for gourmet food preparation around here.  Quick sandwiches have sort of been our staple dinner lately.

But with sandwiches like this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini, I’m totally okay with a fancied-up grilled cheese for dinner.

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

Now, I call this sandwich a panini, but we don’t own a panini press…I used my George Foreman grill to make these, but you could just as easily use a griddle or a pan on the stove.  You just need something to melt all of this cheesy, garlicky goodness together!

And with a few easy to use Mezzetta products, these sandwiches came together in no time.  The kind folks at Mezzetta sent me a few jars of their products to make our sandwich-making easy.  You can find any of these products in your local grocery store in the condiment aisle.

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

I decided to start with chicken and cheddar cheese, simply because that’s what Doodle usually requests on his sandwiches.  But when I saw Mezzetta’s Savory Garlic Everything Spread, I knew that’s just what these sandwiches needed for a little extra pizzazz.  Added with some Mezzetta sun-ripened dried tomatoes and fresh spinach, these quick and easy sandwiches were a hit at my dinner table!

Meet our new favorite weeknight sandwich: this Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini.  It's ready in just minutes, and uses some of my favorite Mezzetta products!

I had fun creating this easy and tasty family-friendly sandwich, and you should try creating one of your own as well.  Because Mezzetta is hosting a “Make That Sandwich” contest – and the prize is $25,000!  So grab your favorite Mezzetta products and get busy in the kitchen!  Make sure to include at least two different Mezzetta products in your recipe – you can get all of the contest details here.

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Savory Garlic and Cheddar Chicken Panini
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices thick sourdough or french bread
  • 2 tablespoons Mezzetta Savory Garlic Everything Spread
  • 3 tablespoons Mezzetta Julienne Cut Sun-Ripened Tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded chicken, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
Method
  1. In a small bowl, combine shredded cheddar cheese and the Mezzetta Savory Garlic Everything Spread and Julienne Cut Sun-Ripened Tomatoes. Spread the mixture on 2 slices of the bread.
  2. Assemble 2 sandwiches, spread side in, topping with chicken and spinach leave. Toast sandwiches in a panini press or indoor grill.

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Creamy Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad

Packed with veggies and covered with a dressing made with Greek yogurt, this Creamy Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad is the perfect addition to your summer cookouts.  

Packed with veggies and covered with a dressing made with Greek yogurt, this Creamy Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad is the perfect addition to your summer cookouts.

I don’t know about you, but thinking up side dishes is one of my least favorite things ever.

Another one of my least favorite things?  Being in the kitchen preparing food while everyone else is visiting around the grill, drinking ice-beverages on the patio, and watching the kids play on the slip and slide.

So yeah, pasta salads are one of my favorite, easy, make-ahead dishes for summer entertaining.  I can throw it together in the morning {which gives the flavors time to meld anyway}, hand the meat and the bread to the Tall Boy for grilling, and my work is done. 😉

Packed with veggies and covered with a dressing made with Greek yogurt, this Creamy Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad is the perfect addition to your summer cookouts.

What I love even more about pasta salads is that you can load ’em up with whatever veggies float your boat.  Since I went with a sort of Tex-Mex theme with this version, I used loads of bell peppers, corn, red onion, and cilantro.  I realized after I shot this that I forgot to add in the black beans, and I totally recommend that you do that.

Along with some sour cream, Greek yogurt, lime juice, and spices, I added in some Lowry’s Baja Chipotle Marinade to make a quick and easy dressing {NOT sponsored, I just really like using their quick marinades}.  You can find Lowry’s in your grocery store next to the salad dressings.

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I crumbled some Queso Fresco {Mexican crumbling cheese, found in the refrigerator case–I get mine at Wal-Mart} on top just before serving, but cubed cheddar would work just fine here, too.

Packed with veggies and covered with a dressing made with Greek yogurt, this Creamy Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad is the perfect addition to your summer cookouts.

Since grilling season is just around the corner, I’m looking for new side dish recipes to try.  What are your favorites?

Creamy Cilantro-Lime Pasta Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces small pasta
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup Baja Chipotle Marinade
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 bell pepper, diced (I used half green pepper and half red pepper)
  • ½ cup corn
  • ½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • optional: queso fresco cheese, for topping
Method
  1. Boil pasta until tender, 7 to 9 minutes. While the pasta is cooking, combine the sour cream, Greek yogurt, marinade, lime juice and spices in small bowl.
  2. When the pasta is done, drain and rinse with cold water to cool. Place pasta in a large bowl and add the bell pepper, corn, black beans, red onion, tomatoes, and cilantro. Add the sour cream/yogurt mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Keep covered in the refrigerated until serving. Just before serving, top with crumbled cheese.

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How to Entertain with a Cheese Tray

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Summer grilling season is upon us, and I’m all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

So, small confession here: as a food blogger, I often get a little stressed out when I’m entertaining. People expect you to serve something fancy and festive and quite frankly, by the time I’ve worked all week and gotten the house into a presentable shape, the last thing I want to do is spend hours preparing food.  Cheese trays are one of my favorite ways to entertain, simply because they’re so easy to put together.  I especially love them in the summer months, when it’s too darn hot to maintain a huge appetite or to turn on the oven.

You just need to grab some fresh fruits, jams, crackers, and wine (if you’re into that sort of thing), spread it out on a tray, and you’re good to go.

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

 

However, the specialty cheese case at my grocer can sometimes get a bit expensive.  When I’m shopping for four to five different varieties of good cheeses, $10 or so a piece doesn’t fit my budget.  That’s why I was super excited to find Sargento’s new line of eight specialty cheeses: at a suggested retail price of $2.69, they don’t break the bank!

If you’re like me, you love cheese, but don’t always know what to pair with the different varieties.  So I’ve put together a list of my favorite tips when entertaining with a cheese tray.

First, grab a few varieties of different crackers, pita chips, bread rounds, and/or pretzel crisps.

I loaded up on some over the weekend at Wal-Mart and found a great variety for not a ton of money.

  Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

Next, set out a few of your favorite jams or spreads.

 

After trying this Fig-Proscuitto Pizza, I’ve discovered that fig jam is my very favorite jam to serve with cheese. Below, I used a strawberry jam with Sargento New Zealander Cheese, which was simply heavenly. The New Zealander is a combination of creamy Gouda and sharp Cheddar (two of my favorites!), and I almost ate the entire block during this photo shoot. Oops?

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

 You’ll also want to grab a few cheese knives.

You don’t have to spend a fortune – you can find many for less than $5!

 

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

Fresh fruit is also a must: apples, grapes, berries, pears – even pineapple!

Pineapple and grapes are the perfect compliment to Sargento’s Fiesta Pepper Jack. This variety blends a buttery Monterey Jack with four fiery pepper varieties, and is one of my favorites.

The Medium Asiago cheese is smooth with nutty undertones, and is perfect paired with nuts, bell peppers, and a nice sauvignon blanc.

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

Apples and nuts are always great paired with cheddar cheeses. We enjoyed both the Aged Wisconsin Cheddar and the Aged Vermont White Cheddar along with some apple slices and roasted almonds.  Try serving a glazed nut blend along with the White Cheddar – yum!

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

The Bruschetta Jack was another super fun cheese.  It’s soft and cream and combines the flavor of natural Monterey Jack with staple bruschetta ingredients – you’ll want to serve this one with crisp bread slices and/or crackers and a red wine.  A Zinfindel would be perfect.

Summer grilling season is upon us, and I'm all about easy appetizers. With Sargento Tastings eight new varieties of specialty cheeses, you can make your next get-together a little less stressful by putting together a no-fuss cheese tray.

Whatever your plans for the summer, try entertaining with a cheese tray – it’s pretty much no fuss, which leaves you more time for visiting and relaxing.  And isn’t that the whole point? 😉

Tell me: what’s your favorite kind of cheese?

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30 Cinco de Mayo Inspired Cocktails

30 Cinco de Mayo Inspired Cocktails | KitchenMeetsGirl.com

We’ve rounded up 30 of the best cocktails, perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo! From margaritas to mojitos, we’ve got a drink to please anyone! So raise your glasses & spend the day celebrating the best way you know how – with a rim of salt & a squeeze of lime!

 

35 Cinco de Mayo Inspired Cocktails

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Blue Curacao MargaritaBLUE CURACAO MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

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Cheater Margarita SmoothiesCHEATER MARGARITA SMOOTHIES | Farm Fresh Feasts

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Colada MargaritaCOLADA MARGARITA | Cooking on the Front Burner

Fiery Green MartiniFIERY GREEN MARTINI | The View from Great Island

Fresh Blackberry MargaritaFRESH BLACKBERRY MARGARITA | Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Fresh Grapefruit MojitoFRESH GRAPEFRUIT MOJITO | The View from Great Island

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Mango Coconut MargaritaMANGO COCONUT MARGARITA | Snappy Gourmet

Mango Passion Fruit MargaritaMANGO PASSION FRUIT MARGARITA | Laylita’s Recipes

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Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice

With only four ingredients and the push of a button, this Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice comes together in a flash. Plus, it’s the perfect side-dish for spring and summer meals!

With only four ingredients and the push of a button, this Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice comes together in a flash. Plus, it's the perfect side-dish for spring and summer meals!

I’ll be honest: I hate thinking up side dishes for our weeknight meals. Quite honestly, it’s chore enough to come up with a main course that everyone in my family will eat {without complaining}. Thinking up a side-dish in addition sometimes pushes my stress level right to the edge. So I often fall back on our old standbys: couscous or rice.

I’ve always been a minute-rice in a bag kind of gal {or long cooking rice on the stovetop if I’m feeling particularly domestic}, so when Zojirushi contacted me to test out their rice cookers it peaked my interest a bit. Many of you may already use rice cookers for your rice, but I’d never used one – and quick frankly, didn’t get what all the hubub was about.

I get it now.

Seriously, you guys…why did no one tell me about the awesomeness of rice cookers before? The Tall Boy rolled his eyes at having yet another kitchen appliance, but this one is well worth the storage space it uses. All I have to do is dump in my rice, fill the container up to the water line indicated inside the pan, and press “Start.” I don’t have to keep my eye on the pan or worry about overcooking anything when I get side-tracked watching reruns of “Castle” during dinner prep.

With only four ingredients and the push of a button, this Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice comes together in a flash. Plus, it's the perfect side-dish for spring and summer meals!

For this recipe, I used Jasmine Rice and the White Rice setting – in approximately 55 minutes, I had perfectly cooked, super fluffy rice. I added a bit of butter, since that’s basically the only way the Tall Boy will eat rice:

With only four ingredients and the push of a button, this Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice comes together in a flash. Plus, it's the perfect side-dish for spring and summer meals!

Then added a can of crushed pineapple {juice and all} and the juice of half of a lime:

With only four ingredients and the push of a button, this Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice comes together in a flash. Plus, it's the perfect side-dish for spring and summer meals!

I like to add in some chopped cilantro as well, although it’s optional {Doodle refuses to eat anything green, so I usually just sprinkle some on mine when serving}. It was so easy and so simple, I’m wondering why I haven’t been using rice cookers before now.

And guess what? Zojirushi is offering one of you the chance to win a rice cooker as well! Just enter using the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the post.

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With only four ingredients and the push of a button, this Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice comes together in a flash. Plus, it's the perfect side-dish for spring and summer meals!

Pineapple-Lime Jasmine Rice
 
Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups water (if not using rice cooker)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple
  • juice of half a lime
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish
Method
  1. Fill water to fill line in your rice cooker; add rice and set programmer for white rice. If cooking on stove top, cook 1 cup of rice in 2 cups of water for 12 to 15 minutes, or until rice is tender.
  2. When rice is cooked, remove from heat and stir in butter, crushed pineapple and lime juice. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

So tell me, do you use rice cookers? What’s your favorite way to use it? I need some fun new ideas!

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

XO, Ashley

 

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