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.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at 2:24 pm.
If you’re looking for a refreshing and unique summer cocktail, try making a Citrus Paloma! This popular tequila-based drink is similar to a Margarita but has a grapefruit fizzy twist. Use any citrus grapefruit soda and your favorite combo of fresh citrus fruits like limes, lemons, grapefruits, or oranges. We actually have a large Mexican lime tree that produces mini limes in my backyard so I chose to add limes and a fresh grapefruit for my version below – so good!
Citrus Paloma Cocktail
1 shot tequila
6 oz. of Squirt or other grapefruit flavored soda
few slices lime and grapefruit
splash of Grande Marnier orange liquor (optional)
salt for rim (optional)
Rim the glass with salt if desired. Place a few slices of limes and grapefruit at the bottom of cup. Pour tequila over the fruit. Using a cocktail muddler or the end of a wood spoon, smash the fruit and mix with tequila. Add a few ice cubes, soda, and splash of Grand Marnier at the top. Garnish with more citrus, and enjoy.
On a side note, a few readers asked for my favorite Margarita recipe in the comment section of a recent post. Margaritas and my stomach just do not get along well (too sweet for me!) and I think these Citrus Palomas are a great option in place of a Margarita!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 1:30 pm.
If you have a craving for a soft and chewy homemade peanut butter cookie, try this yummy three ingredient recipe. Not only is it super simple (anyone can make it!), but it is also Gluten-Free. And I promise – you will not miss the flour in these cookies!
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
(Adapted from allrecipes.com)
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
Combine peanut butter, sugar, and egg well in a mixing bowl. Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet. Smash down with a fork until more flat than round. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Be careful not to burn. They should be slightly brown on the bottom and soft. Makes about 14 cookies.
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This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 12:21 pm.
If you’re an iced tea lover like me, try making a homemade version of the popular Starbuck’s Hibiscus Tea Refresher. It’s currently my favorite summertime drink – it’s super easy to make a pitcher and I love that it uses all natural ingredients!
Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher
For the tea:
8 tea bags of hibiscus berry tea (Try this one)
2 quarts water
1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen
For the simple syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (Try these)
2 cups water
Make 2 quarts of tea according to package instructions. I brought 2 quarts of water almost to a boil on the stove and then turned off the heat, and added 8 tea bags to infuse (covered) for about 3 minutes. Take out tea bags and pour tea into a plastic pitcher. Set aside pitcher and let cool to room temperature.
To make the simple syrup, bring water to a boil water with sugar and hibiscus flowers. Turn down heat and simmer for about 20 minutes covered making sure to stir a few times. Strain leaves and then add syrup to the tea and stir. Refrigerate. Before serving, add berries and about 2 cups of ice. I recommend pouring some tea in a cup with a lid and shaking it up with the berries. Enjoy!
Note: The tea that I used is a Wild Berry Hibiscus by Zhen’s Gypsy Tea which I purchased at Cost Plus World Market. I found dried hibiscus flowers at a local organic herbal tea shop. Hibiscus leaves are known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Hibiscus has more of a tart flavor so adding some berries and sugar creates more of a subtle sweet flavor.