Puppy Chow

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This recipe is perfect for almost any occasion. Whether you need something for your friends and coworkers, or something to dress the table with throughout the holidays, this sweet treat is perfect.

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When it comes to the holiday season, I love being that Christmas elf gifting what I can to friends and coworkers. Over here at Signpost, we have quite a few people (over 100) in our office. With this is mind, I knew I wanted to make a sweet treat for my team members. This recipe is perfect to make a bunch of (easily doubles).

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Ingredients


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered Sugar
  • 9 Cups of Crispx or Chex (I use a mixture of honey nut and vanilla flavored)
  • 1  Cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I prefer having extra chunky so there are some nuts in it as well)
  • A dash of Vanilla Extract
  • A dash of ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

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Instructions


  1. Melt the peanut butter, chocolate chips and butter in microwave
    1. Add vanilla extract and cinnamon (should be less than a tsp each)
    2. Microwave for another 20 seconds
  2. Pour cereal in large bowl
    1. Stir in chocolate mixture until almost all is coated
  3. Put powdered sugar in a large (gallon sized) bag
    1. Pour in cereal chocolate mixture
  4. Shake until powdered sugar is completely coated on everything
  5. Lay out on wax paper and let dry
  6. For Gifts: I went to the dollar store and bought little buckets and put it in there and handed them out

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Crock Pot Spicy Potato and Corn Soup

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Why You Love This Recipe:

  • This recipe can be for the meat lover and the vegetarian. On my first try for this recipe, I really liked the original recipe below, but after experimenting with the leftovers, bacon or sausage can be a great addition.
  • All the ingredients are cheap!!
  • Perfect for the cold season. Come home to something to warm you up!
  • Easy clean up.

What You Need: 

  • 5-7 Idaho Potatoes (roughly 24 oz)
    • (I also really like Red Potatoes, but I was going with what I already had around)
  • 16 oz frozen corn
  • 6 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp italian seasonings
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Kosher Salt & Ground Black Pepper

Instructions

  1. Dice up potatoes into 1/8-1/2 inch piece
  2. Put into slow cooker with corn
  3. Toss in flour, salt & pepper
  4. Add broth, garlic & onion powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper & italian seasoning.
  5. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
  6. Stir in heavy cream & butter.
  7. Serve immediately.

Idea from Damn Delicious

Crock Pot Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple

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Why You Love This Recipe:

  • Slow Cooker Recipes are always great if you are out and about all day at work or doing something fun for your weekend. You come home to a almost entirely prepared meal awaiting you
  • This is a fun twist off an Asian Style Teriyaki meal. Similar ingredients but with a fun, flavorful twist
  • Rice is cheap, and that’s all it really takes to make a great meal.
  • Make it spicy or sweet- change up the recipe VERY EASILY to your own preferences (I always like having a nice spice to mine, which is why I prefer the chili powder)
    • I know some recipes I’ve done – add honey for a tangy sweeter flavor

What You Need

  • 2 lb Beef
    • I used the best deal- the original recipe suggested Stew Meat, but Walmart had a deal on Chuck Roast, so I took it!
  • 20.5 oz jar Teriyaki Sauce
  • 20 oz Canned Pineapple Chunks, drained
  • 2 1/2 medium sized carrots, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
  • Make it a meal:
    • Rice
    • Canned Cut Green Beans
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If you do buy a chuck roast, or bigger slab of meal, be sure to dice it up!

How It Happens

  1. Rub meat down with salt and pepper
  2. Combine with teriyaki sauce, chili powder, cayenne, & carrots in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6-7 hours
  4. Add pineapple in last 30 minutes.
  5. Serve on rice (optional)
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Pick Teriyaki Sauce to preference- I like the one with seeds and is ‘Hot’n’Spicy’

 

10 Crock Pot Meals, 10 Ingredients or Less

 

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Regardless of how busy your holiday season may be getting, it shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice pleasing your stomach due to lack of time. As the days to Christmas countdown, I have too many chores to be making a mess in the kitchen every night. I mean come on, I already have to bake cookies for 2 days. Slow cooker meals can solve this concern by providing short prep meals, little clean up, and little cooking. I throw my slow cooker on low in the morning before heading to work, and when I return, I already have dinner ready to go. And I’m not just eating, I’m eating some delicious, flavorful dinners that cost me less than $10 almost every time.

Now for the other worker bees out there, having dinner isn’t the only meal you really have to prepare for. I am not able to go out to lunch every day of the week. Slow cooker meals not only provide enough food for two, but I have enough lunches for us for other a week and a half. That puts more than half my meals about $2.50 each. Not a bad deal right? Now don’t forget, being frugal isn’t only about picking the right recipes but being aware as a shopper.

I honestly can’t wait to try out these recipes and see what twist I can make to them. Being out in Colorado, I surely haven’t been used to having a 55 degree average week in the late beginning of December. That being said, this week is supposed to finally bring snow. I love nothing more than a White Christmas. I can deny soups are one of my favorite aspects of the winter- to just cuddle up by the fireplace and enjoy a hot, fresh soup with some egg nog.

Make every night of the holiday season a delicious treat.

 


 

 

1. Teriyaki Beef with Pineapple on Rice

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Sunday: Beef Teriyaki with Pineapple on Rice

 

2. Potato & Corn Chowder

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Monday: Potato & Corn Chowder

 

3. Jalapeno Popper Chicken Taquitos

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Tuesday: Jalapeno Chicken Popper Taquitos

 

 4. BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwichs

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Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Sandwich

5. Crab Dip

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Thursday: Crab Dip with Bread

6. Salsa Chicken

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Friday: Salsa Chicken

7. Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

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Saturday: Crock Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup

 8. Chili

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Other Great Options: Slow Cooker Chili

9. General Tso’s Chicken

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This recipe looks so easy and delicious- definitely on the list for next week!

 10. Mango Chicken Tanga

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Flavorful spice up on a chicken dish!

 

Honey Walnut Shrimp

—Pictures on the way!!–

Why You Love It


  • It’s not a normal weeknight meal, but it really doesn’t take that much work.
  • Instead of ordering Chinese, combine with noodles and enjoy!

Ingredients


  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp condensed milk
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch

Instructions


 

  1. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet- bring to medium-high heat
  2. In a smaller saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of water- bring to a boil
    • Add sugar and stir constantly, until golden and thickened
    • Add walnuts and gently toss
    • transfer to parchment paper-lined plate
  3. Whisk mayonnaise, honey and condensed milk in small bowl
  4. Season shrimp with salt and pepper to preference
  5. One at a time, dip shrimp into egg, then dredge in cornstach
  6. Working in batches, at shrimp to large skillet, (8-10)
    • fry until golden brown
    • about 1-2 min each side
    • transfer to paper towel lined plate
  7. In large bowl, combine shrimp and money mixture,
  8. Serve immediately

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

–Pictures coming soon!–

I love slow cooker meals. If you work a full time job, like me, I’m sure you’ve been faced with the issue of coming home exhausted from a long day and just not looking to cook up a whole meal. This is why slow cookers are the best. Spend a few minutes in the morning getting everything together, throw it in the slow cooker, and leave it for the day. When you come home, getting your meal ready will only take a few minutes, and it will be a healthy, full flavored meal. Crock pots are also great because it makes so much, you usually will have leftovers, meaning AWESOME lunches in the office.

Ingredients


 

  • Corn Tortillas
  • 4 lb boneless pork shoulder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 Anaheim peppers, sliced & seeded
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 head lettuce of choice (I prefer romaine or kale)
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Salsa (I prefer spicier foods, so i choose the hot)
  • Carrots, shredded

Instructions


 

  1. Combine all ingredients (besides corn tortillas, salsa, carrots, lettuce, and ranch dressing) in slow cooker
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Serve on corn tortillas with shredded lettuce, carrots, ranch, and salsa

Lady Glazed Honey Chicken

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What You Need

  • 2 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chili power
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder (or a garlic clove, chopped)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp honey

How it Happens

  1. Stir brown sugar, paprika, oregano, salt & pepper, and garlic powder in mixing bowl
  2. Marinate chicken & put in fridge for 30 minutes, min.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes
  5. Top with chili powder and honey, bake for 5 more minutes
  6. Remove & serve

Honey Glazed Carrots

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Why You Love This Recipe


 

  • Bagged Carrots are cheap and most of the ingredients you should already have in your pantry/season shelf
  • It’s the perfect way to spice up a side dish from the usual!
  • You don’t dirty many dishes. It’s a quick, clean process

Ingredients


 

  • 1 bag Baby Carrots
  • 2 tsp Fresh Dill
  • 2 tsp Fresh Thyme (I used a mix of ground thyme and fresh)
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar, packed
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp oregano

Instructions


 

  1. Combine all dill, thyme, brown sugar in bowl
  2. Heat skillet to medium, melt just butter
  3. Add all other ingredients
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally, under carrots tender (15-20 min)
  5. Serve (& enjoy!) immediately.

Healthy Broccoli Salad

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Why You Love This Recipe


 

  • IT IS SO EASY
  • (Almost) All the ingredients cheap and can be bought fresh
  • It’s great as a side dish for lunch or dinner. I personally like bringing it with one other snack at lunchtime. It’s super filing.
  • If you really like meat, you can add some pepperoni

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Ingredients


 

  • 2 heads fresh broccoli, chopped
  • 1 head fresh cauliflower, chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1/2-1 cup celery, chopped (to preference)
  • ½ cup green olives
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Ranch dressing
  • Pepperoni (optional)

Instructions


 

  1. Chop up broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, onion, tomatoes
  2. Mix everything besides Ranch Dressing in a large bowl
  3. Once mixed, add ranch dressing
  4. Refridgerate

It just looks, smells, & tastes like the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

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Before I had an actual kitchen when I moved here, my boyfriend and I did end up eating out quite a bit. I quickly learned the Zuppa Toscana Soup at Olive Garden was one of his favorite recipes. After an evening there (and over $40 spent on a single meal), I began looking into other options for this recipe. I found a few copycats and began to experiment. I have made this recipe 4 times now and this is what I’ve come up with.

 

What You Need

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
    • I liked having some extra spice
  • 4 oz bacon (about 5 slices), diced into 1/2 to 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, scrubbed & rinsed, then diced into 1/8 inches
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt, then to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup lightly packed kale, chopped into bite size pieces
  • finely shredded Romano cheese for serving, optional

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  • Heat skillet to medium heat
    • In 1-inch piece, ass sausage
    • Cook, stirring occasionally until mostly cooked
  • Begin cooking bacon
    • Once mostly cooked, 
    • Add onion
    • Cook, until mostly browned  about 5 minutes
  • In larger dish
    • Add chicken broth, water, sliced potatoes, fennel seeds, salt and pepper
    • Add bacon & onion
    • Bring just to boil
  • Reduce heat to medium low
    • Stir in half and half, kale, sausage
  • Cover saucepan and simmer 25 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are very tender
    • Use a spoon or ladle to remove excess fat from top of soup if desired. Serve warm topped with Romano cheese.

 

Recipe inspired by Cooking Classy.