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This Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe is the perfect side to any main dish!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

I am thrilled to be partnering with Progresso today to bring you a perfectly simple side dish that pairs nicely with their Chicken Rice with Vegetable Soup.  My family loves to have soup for lunch or dinner all year long.  Such a simple and satisfying meal.

I paired some of my favorite ingredients to this corn recipe.  I love the sweet and savory flavor combination!  You get a hint of pure maple with each bite of corn, vegetables and bacon pieces.  The whole family is going to love this one.  My boys enjoy the sweetness from the maple syrup and corn along with the salty crunchy bacon pieces.  Our 2 year old likes to eat the bright peppers first.  A little something for everyone.

Enjoy!


Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Here’s the soup that pairs so great with my corn dish.  My kids love this one!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Start by sautéing your onion and red bell peppers until slightly softened.

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Add your corn and bacon up next.

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

A nice drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

A few pinches of parsley and give a good stir.  Let simmer on low until you are ready to serve.  Enjoy!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Colorful, sweet and savory.  My favorite!

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn Recipe

Maple Bacon Vegetable Corn RecipePrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • two 15 ounce cans whole kernel sweet corn, drained
  • 8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Place butter into large skillet over medium heat to melt. Add red peppers and onions, cooking and stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in corn, bacon, maple syrup, salt, pepper and parsley. Let cook for 5 minutes then reduce heat to simmer until ready to serve. Serve as a side with Progresso Traditional Chicken Rice with Vegetables Soup.

Makes 8 Servings

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Progresso however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Dinner

My Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping is a perfect dinner that everyone will love!

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I am thrilled to be partnering with Safeway today to bring you a perfect Summer Entertaining recipe today.  I developed a new mac and cheese and can’t say enough about it!

I was given a Safeway Gift Card to shop for all of my ingredients to develop this recipe.   Safeway has always been one of my favorite grocery stores.  My family grew up visiting their stores throughout our city.

There’s nothing I love more than creating an ultra cheesy mac and cheese recipe.  I thought it would be sinfully delicious to add crunchy bacon and a pretzel crumb topping.  You are going to love this one!

Safeway is having a great Summer Savings Sweepstakes.  They choose 5 winners every day that will each win a $100 store gift card.  Enter HERE.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I chose to highlight these two products you can find at Safeway.  Tillamook® Medium Cheddar Cheese and Keebler® Town House® Pretzel Thins Oven Baked Crackers for the topping.  2 of my favorites.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

I used the Town House Pretzel Thins and crushed them up for the topping with the bacon.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

You’ll make a simple cheese sauce that gets added to your cooked pasta.

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Add the cheese sauce to your noodles.

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Top your mac with more cheese :)

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 Perfect!

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Add your pretzel topping over the cheese.

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Add lots of bacon pieces on top and your ready to bake!

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

 Crispy topping with cheesy goodness underneath.  Perfect dinner for entertaining your guests.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Grab a spoon and dig in!  Be sure to enter Safeway’s daily sweepstakes for your chance to win $100 store gift card!  Enter HERE.

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel ToppingPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound dry elbow pasta
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 cups Tillamook® Medium Cheddar Cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1 cup finely crushed Keebler® Town House® Pretzel Thins Oven Baked Crackers
  • 12 strips cooked, crumbled bacon pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions. I recommend cooking the pasta a minute less than the directions.  Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  2. To prepare roux, melt butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until color of roux gets slightly darker. Slowly whisk in milk, stirring continuously until thickened, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and stir in 2 cups of cheese until melted.
  3. Transfer cooked pasta to 12-inch cast iron skillet over low heat. Pour cheese sauce over top, stirring to combine.
  4. Top mac and cheese with remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese, pretzel crumbs and bacon pieces. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese is melted and hot. Serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

This is a sponsored post for Safeway Inc, however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie

Aug 11, 2014 | Tags: , , ,


My Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie is the perfect back to school treat to make for the kids!

It’s always a pleasure teaming up with Land O Lakes Butter to bring you new recipes!  Today I prepared for you what I think is the perfect back to school treat for the kids….my Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Cookie.

Back to school can be a busy time which is why I wanted to develop a simple treat that wouldn’t take much time in the kitchen.  The kids love the peanut butter and jelly combo and what better way to enjoy it than drizzled over a cookie … Continue Reading »

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos

Jul 21, 2014 | Tags: , ,

My Churro Toasted Sweet Fruit Tacos are the perfect light dessert for your family and friends with a crispy cinnamon sugar shell!

I am so excited to share these cinnamon sugary sweet fruit tacos with you today!  I’ve partnered with Old El Paso to bring you some delicious Mexican-style recipes this year.

These dessert tacos are great for summer and light dessert or even brunch.  The cinnamon toasted taco shells are filled with a honeyed greek yogurt topped with slightly sweetened fruit.

Use your favorite fruit to individualize your guests tacos.  Any sliced and diced fruit works great!

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Austin Texas Taco Tour

Austin Texas Taco Tour

Jun 27, 2014 | Tags: , ,

Had so much fun in Austin, Texas last week with Old El Paso.  I am part of their blogger program this year along with 10 more of my blogging friends.  Looking forward to creating fresh new Mexican recipes with them!

Bloggers: Maria, Ali, Summer, Deborah, Melissa, Christy, Me, Vianney and Yvette

Tuesday evening, we had a delicious dinner at La Condessa with some unforgettable food!  From the corn on the cob and bacon brussels sprouts to the carnitas and hot brownie skillet with banana ice cream….I will not soon forget them :)

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Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken

Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken

Jun 25, 2014 | Tags: , , , , ,

My Skillet Nachos with Spicy Salsa Verde Chicken are cheesy, simple to prepare and are great for parties!

I am thrilled to share my quick fix Skillet Nachos with you today!  I’ve teamed up with Cholula to bring you this dish and can’t wait for you to try it!

With just a few ingredients, you’ll have restaurant style nachos on your table in no time.  Enjoy!

You’ll add a few shakes of Cholula’s Green Pepper hot sauce right to your salsa verde that gets mixed into the shredded chicken.  Adds the … Continue Reading »

Father's Day Recipes

Making Time for Family

Jun 20, 2014

You might remember a couple months ago when I wrote about making time for family meal time.  I have been trying to make it a goal to sit down together more often during the busy week with my family.

I’d say overall we’ve been doing pretty good.  Not perfect by any means, but doing it more often.

One of the things Dr. William Doherty who has studied the importance of family mealtime recommended was to have the kids help clean up after the meal.
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Chicken Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Chicken Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese

Jun 18, 2014

My Chicken Roasted Vegetable Mac and Cheese is the ultimate comfort food!

It’s such a pleasure partnering with Foster Farms to bring you a new recipe and talk about the importance of family dinner time.  This has been so important to me and I am thrilled to share my thoughts with you!

Before I do, can we talk mac and cheese for a second?  I absolutely LOVE creating new mac and cheese recipes.  This one I have developed for you today uses Foster Farms cooked chicken breast along with roasted broccoli, asparagus, onions and bacon crumbles.  Does not get better than this.  So … Continue Reading »

Cheesy Mediterranean Bacon Quesadilla

Cheesy Mediterranean Bacon Quesadilla

Jun 16, 2014 | Tags: , , , ,

Treat yourself to my buttery crisp Cheesy Mediterranean Bacon Quesadilla this week.  You’ll be glad you did :)

Is there anything better than a hot off the skillet, flavor packed, cheesy and buttery crisp quesadilla?  I have fond memories as a kid enjoying my mom’s quesadillas and this recipe is one of my favorite ones yet! It’s always a pleasure teaming up with Land O’ Lakes to bring you a new buttery recipe.  This one does not disappoint and takes just minutes to prepare with some amazing ingredients.

Break out your favorite large skillet and let the deliciousness begin.

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