This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014 at 1:07 pm.
If you’re looking for an outstanding and easy to make side dish, check out this nontraditional loaded potato salad! It features a yummy combo of savory flavors including bacon, sour cream, cheese, and green onion. Even non-potato salad eaters will love this one!
Loaded Potato Salad
(Adapted from Taste of Home)
2 pounds potatoes quartered (I used Klondike potatoes)
7 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup real mayonnaise
3 tablespoons Ranch dressing
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
3 green onions, chopped
Directions: Cook the bacon and set aside. Bring a large saucepan of water to boil with potatoes. Reduce heat, cover, and let cook for 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes, toss them with chopped bacon, and refrigerate until chilled. Whisk together mayo, sour cream, garlic, mustard, ranch dressing, salt & pepper. Toss to coat potatoes and then mix in onions and cheese. Makes about 8 servings.
Side Note: I wasn’t initially a fan of potato salad until a friend made one like this a few years ago at a party. It was sooo good and had everyone asking for the recipe and this adapted version has become a family favorite! I’ve used different types of potatoes and it works well with goldens, reds, the fancy blue potato varieties, and also Russets. I’ve also used shredded Parmesan cheese for a different and equally great flavor. Enjoy! :)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 1:35 pm.
If you’ve got a Disney’s Frozen fan at home, try making this super easy and fun snack inspired by the enormously popular movie. “Muddy Buddies” (or “Puppy Chow” as it’s sometimes called!) are a yummy crunchy snack made with Chex cereal, chocolate, and powdered sugar. This gluten-free version uses the vanilla variety of Chex cereal, white chocolate, and festive snowflake sprinkles. This recipe would make a cute snack for a Frozen themed party or special play date.
Frozen-Themed Vanilla “Muddy Buddies”
(Adapted from Chex.com)
9 cups vanilla Chex cereal
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar
blue, white & silver sprinkles (snowflake ones found at Target)
Directions: Melt white chocolate chips and butter in the microwave for 30 seconds or until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Pour mixture on top of Chex and gently stir until evenly coated in a large bowl. You can either pour mix into a 2 gallon Ziploc bag with powdered sugar, seal & shake, or just gently sprinkle in powdered sugar a little at a time and stir to coat evenly like I did. Spread out on wax paper to cool and add decorative blue and white sprinkles on top. Store in an airtight container.
My kids are crazy about the Frozen movie and were super excited to make this easy no bake treat! How fun would this be in baggies or small containers for a Frozen-themed party?
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 1:48 pm.
If you’re looking to add some more veggies to the dinner table, try these easy and super delicious Baked Zucchini Fries. They come out crispy, full of flavor, and can be made with just a few simple ingredients. Such a great way to take advantage of summer zucchini!
Baked Zucchini Fries
(Adapted from thecomfortofcooking.com)
3 medium sized zucchini
1/2 cup seasoned panko bread crumbs (or regular bread crumbs)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a roasting pan with nonstick spray. Slice zucchini in skinny strips. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Whisk eggs well in another small bowl. Place flour in a third small bowl. Dip zucchini in the flour, then egg, and last the crumb mixture. Place on the roasting pan and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Serve with ranch or marinara sauce if desired. (Serves 6).
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 1:24 pm.
Take advantage of sweet summer tomatoes with this delicious appetizer that calls for roasted tomatoes and garlic! Roasting brings out the intensity of the tomatoes and garlic makes the olive oil burst with flavor. Serve this easy to make crowd-pleaser on top of crusty bread. So good! :)
Roasted Tomato & Garlic Bruschetta
2 pints cherry tomatoes sliced in half (I used both yellow and red tomatoes)
1/4 cup basil, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled & sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
loaf of crusty bread, sliced
2 tablespoons butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss sliced tomatoes, sliced garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper together and place on a roasting pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Slice and butter bread. Either toast bread in the oven or use a grill pan on the stove like I did to get those beautiful grill marks. Mix roasted tomatoes and garlic with the basil and balsamic vinegar. Top slices of bread with mixture. Serve warm or at room temperature. This recipe made 9 slices for me. Enjoy!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 at 12:14 pm.
Did you know you can make a delicious cake with very little effort right in your slow cooker? Try this amazing gooey chocolate lava cake recipe for your next gathering without ever turning on the oven!
Slow Cooker Chocolate Lava Cake
(Adapted from Betty Crocker)
Ingredients for the cake:
box of chocolate cake mix
1 and 1/4 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil like I prefer)
Ingredients for the topping:
1 four serving size box of chocolate instant pudding
2 cups milk
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
Beat together cake mix, oil, eggs, and milk with an electric mixer or stand mixer for a few minutes until batter is smooth. Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray so the cake won’t stick. Pour mixture into the slow cooker and smooth over the bottom. Beat together the 2 cups milk and pudding and pour over the top. Do not stir. Then sprinkle chocolate chips over top without stirring. Cover and cook on high for 2 and 1/2 hours. You’ll know when it is done when the outsides and top set up like a sponge- the middle will be gooey. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired. Serves 12. Enjoy! :)
Notes: Your cook time will vary based on the size and shape of your slow cooker. For instance, original recipe said 2.5 hours on low, but many reviews say that was very incorrect. I cooked mine on high for 2.5 hours with a wider shaped oval slow cooker with a larger cooking surface. If you have a taller slow cooker, it may take longer. When cooking on high, be sure to watch the cake so it doesn’t burn.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 at 1:46 pm.
If your mornings are busy, try making this easy and delicious overnight oatmeal – NO cooking involved! Preparing it in individual containers makes it a perfect breakfast for each member of the family on the go! The possibilities are endless with toppings and every fruit and yogurt combination you can think of.
1/3 cup rolled oats (old fashioned, not instant)
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup Greek style yogurt
fruit and or nut toppings of choice
Combine milk, yogurt, and oats in mason jars or containers with a lid. Keep in fridge overnight. In the morning, enjoy cold or set out until room temperature. Enjoy with fruit and or nut toppings of your choice.
My family is in love with this idea! I especially love how the consistency is thick, creamy and not at all soggy or slimy. I used blueberry Greek yogurt and almond milk so I didn’t need to add any additional sweetener. If you are using a plain yogurt, you may want to add a little honey or more fruit. Other commonly used ingredients in overnight oats are vanilla extract, peanut butter, cacao powder, chia seeds for added nutrition, and cinnamon & raisins. Have fun making your own creation. Enjoy!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 at 2:59 pm.
Here’s an easy weeknight meal idea that you can throw in the slow cooker – delicious shredded BBQ chicken using your favorite brand of root beer and BBQ sauce! This winning 3-ingredient recipe can also be made with a pork roast instead for a yummy pulled pork meal.
Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
(Adapted from The Frugal Girls)
4 chicken breasts
1/2 bottle or can of root beer (full sugar not diet) – you can use Coke or Dr. Pepper if you prefer
18 oz. bottle of BBQ sauce
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Pepper
Place chicken breasts and root beer in a slow cooker and cook for about 3 hours on high. Shred and drain most of the liquid. Leave a little so chicken doesn’t get dry. Add salt & pepper. Pour in a bottle of BBQ sauce and let cook another 15-20 minutes in slow cooker. Serve on rolls. I sometimes add avocado or even saute onion to serve on the sandwich. Yum!
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This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, August 12th, 2014 at 1:06 pm.
Looking for a fun back to school lunch idea that you can prepare ahead of time and pop into a lunchbox during the week? Try these savory, crowd and kid pleasing stuffed pizza muffins – an easy alternative to traditional sandwiches! Plus, you can customize the toppings based on what your kids enjoy.
(Adapted from My Little Gourmet)
1 Pizza Dough 13.8 oz (I used a Pillsbury whole grain version) or homemade dough
1 cup Pizza Sauce
3/4 cup Mini Pepperoni (or any pizza toppings your kids love)
1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
Unroll dough on a cutting board or baking sheet. Spoon sauce over the top of dough and then sprinkle cheese and pepperoni (or any other toppings) on top. Cut dough in half, and roll up each side. Then cut each long roll in six slices. Put the slices in a well greased muffin pan with the pinwheel side facing up. Sprinkle with a little additional cheese and pepperoni if desired. Bake at 400 degrees according to dough instructions for about 15-20 minutes (mine took about 18 minutes). When done, let cool and then use a knife to cut around the edges and remove from pan. Makes 12 muffins.
Serve when cool or freeze for later in an airtight container or bag. I pack lunches the night before, so I’ll just take a couple from the freezer, place in the fridge with rest of the lunch items and they will be all ready to go in the morning.
Pair one or two pizza muffins with your kiddo’s favorite fruits or veggies and you have a quick and fun lunch. Keep this recipe in mind for a great, simple party appetizer as well – perfect football watching food.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 2:01 pm.
Cool off and enjoy the last weeks of summer with this yummy summer beverage inspired by old fashioned cream sodas. This drink uses fresh summer strawberries, coconut milk, and sparkling water for a unique, refreshing, and easy to make treat!
Strawberry Cream Soda
(Adapted from BHG.com)
3 cups fresh sliced strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup refrigerated coconut milk (I had an almond & coconut blend on hand and it was yummy)
3 cups sparkling water or club soda
splash of vanilla extract (optional)
a few extra sliced chilled strawberries for garnish
Directions: Mash fruit and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Pour 1/3 cup of the mashed strawberries in each of the 6 cups. To each glass, add 2 tablespoons milk, a few ice cubes, and 1/2-2/3 cups sparkling water. Add a small splash of vanilla extract if desired, and a few extra slices of chilled strawberries. Stir with a spoon or straw. Enjoy!
My kids loved this as a sweet and fizzy afternoon treat! What a fun way to use summer strawberries.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 at 1:54 pm.
Head on over to the Kraft Foods Cooking Up Good page and watch the Lunch Bag of Tricks video to unlock coupons for a variety of Kraft products like Capri Sun, Kool-Aid and more! Plus, scroll down the page to enter the Kraft Hub Sweepstakes – just create a collection of your favorite Kraft Recipes to be entered for a chance to win a $100, $250, or $1,000 Walmart gift card; enter once daily.
As I mentioned above, you’ll find tons of popular Kraft Recipes here including a recipe for Oreo Sand & Dirt Cups. This is a fun recipe to make with the kids and they’ll especially enjoy eating it up – dirt, worms and all! :)
Oreo Sand & Dirt Cups
1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding (or use sugar-free equivalent)
1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) JELL-O Chocolate Instant Pudding (or use sugar-free equivalent)
4 cups cold milk, divided
1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, divided
20 OREO Cookies, finely crushed
16 worm-shaped chewy fruit snacks
Whisk pudding with two cups each of cold milk per flavor in two separate bowls. Let set for 5 minutes. Mix 1/2 cup Cool Whip in both the vanilla and chocolate puddings separately. Crush Oreos with a food processor or by using a Ziploc bag and rolling pin. Scoop 1 tbsp. of Oreo crumbs on the bottom of each cup. Layer with 1/4 cup vanilla pudding mixture followed by 1 tbsp. Oreo crumbs. Then layer 1/4 cup chocolate pudding mixture followed by 1 tbsp. of Oreo crumbs on top. Refrigerate one hour and top with worms before serving. Makes six 6oz. cups.