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Appetizers and Sides
Jun
14
2017

Doritos Tostadas

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These Doritos Tostadas make the perfect Summer appetizer, especially for your upcoming pool parties!
Doritos Tostadas

It’s a pleasure partnering with Frito-Lay to bring you a simple appetizer recipe that will make your Summer parties even more fun.

These quick fix Doritos Tostadas can be put together in minutes and are enjoyed by young and old.  From Summer pool parties to Fourth of July parties, this appetizer will be a huge hit.

Doritos Tostadas

Start by arranging your Doritos onto parchment paper to start assembling.

Doritos Tostadas

For the first layer, spread a light layer of refried beans.

Doritos Tostadas

Up next, add a light layer of cooked, warmed ground beef.

Doritos Tostadas

Shredded lettuce.

Doritos Tostadas

Diced red bell peppers or tomatoes.

Doritos Tostadas

Transfer prepared Doritos Tostadas to a serving plate.

Doritos Tostadas

We set up a pool party for my boys to kick off the end of the school year.  It was the perfect afternoon!

Doritos Tostadas

I love that such a simple appetizer using Doritos made such a memorable moment with the boys and their and friends.

Doritos Tostadas

Sunshine and fun food.  That’s what Summer is all about 🙂

Doritos Tostadas

Enjoy! Cheers to saying yes to Summer fun!  Here’s to creating moments this Summer that make smiles and more time with family and friends!

Doritos Tostadas

Doritos TostadasPrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 8 Cups whole Doritos
  • 1 cup warmed refried beans, stirred
  • 1 cup cooked warm taco ground beef
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red bell pepper or tomato

Directions

  1. Place whole Doritos onto a parchment lined counter top. Spread each lightly with a layer of refried beans, taco meat, lettuce, cheese and bell pepper. Serve warm.

Makes 12 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Frito-Lay. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Desserts

These Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies make the perfect sweet treat for a Summer Dessert Picnic along with countless other occasions!
Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

It’s a pleasure partnering with Frito-Lay to bring you a sweet and simple dessert recipe that will help you say YES to more Summer fun!  These brownies could not be more delicious with Rold Gold Pretzels, peanuts and popcorn on top.  Kids as well as adults are in for a sweet surprise when these are served at your upcoming Summer parties.  From Summer picnics to Fourth of July parties, these brownies will be a huge hit.

There’s such an excitement around the end of the school year and start of Summer.  Bring on Summer celebrations with family and friends!

Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

Once you whip up your brownie mix, top the brownie batter with Rold Gold tiny twists.

Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

Also top with lightly salted, roasted peanuts.  Bake, remove from oven and let cool completely.

Gold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

Once brownies have cooled, cut into squares, top each brownie with a few pieces of popped buttered popcorn then drizzle with melted chocolate.  Let chocolate set up for a few minutes and serve.  Aren’t these gorgeous?!

Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

We took our brownies outside with some friends and set up a Summer picnic party.  What a joy seeing my boys’ faces when they saw what we were doing.  Something so simple and sweet made such a memorable moment with family and friends.  I have a feeling we’ll be doing many more picnic parties this Summer!

Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

These Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies make the perfect dessert for Summer occasions!

Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

Cheers to saying yes to Summer fun!  Hope you can create some moments this Summer that bring joy and more time with family and friends!

Rold Gold Pretzel Peanut Popcorn Brownies

Pretzel Peanut Popcorn BrowniesPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 2 hours (with cooling time)

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix, 9 x 13-inch size
  • 12 Rold Gold tiny twists Pretzels
  • 1/2 cup lightly salted, roasted peanut halves
  • 1 cup Smart Food Butter Flavor Popcorn
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare brownie mix according to package direction and pour into prepared baking dish. Top evenly with pretzels and peanuts. Bake for 30 minutes or until baked through. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. Cut brownies into squares and top each square with a few pieces of popped popcorn. Drizzle tops with melted chocolate and let set up for a few minutes. Serve room temperature.

Makes 12 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Frito-Lay. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Dinner

My Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup makes the perfect quick fix weeknight dinner!
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new Mexican style recipes.

This soup is such a great quick and simple weeknight dinner.  We love enjoying soup all year round, a favorite for sure!

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

You’ll need just a few simple ingredients to whip up this hearty soup.  We love having Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce stocked in the pantry for quick fix dinners.  So great in this soup recipe.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Start by warming up your enchilada sauce.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Stir in your chicken broth.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Cooked shredded chicken.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Cooked rice.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Cumin.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Stir in the sour cream.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Stir in and melt the cheese.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Shortly before serving, stir in the chopped fresh cilantro.

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Top with more shredded cheese and cilantro if you’d like.  You’re in for a treat, so excited for you to try this one!

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice Soup

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada and Rice SoupPrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • two 19 ounce cans Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 cups reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cups cooked rice, I used white basmati
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Place enchilada sauce and chicken broth into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine. Stir in chicken rice, cumin, sour cream and cheese, stirring until hot and cheese melted. Before serving stir in the fresh cilantro. Top each bowl with additional cheese and cilantro if desired.

Makes 6 Servings

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Appetizers and Sides
May
10
2017

Rainbow Hummus

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This colorful Rainbow Hummus makes the perfect snack anytime of the day!
Rainbow Hummus

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Sabra to bring you new recipes ideas!  Did you know National Hummus Day is coming up on May 13th?  What a delicious day and I will be celebrating along with Sabra!

For years, my entire family loves to gather around a plate of hummus and our favorite vegetables, crackers, bread and hummus.  It has become a tradition that is not only delicious but healthy too.

Rainbow Hummus

This appetizer is so good, and good for you, it actually becomes an unofficial meal.

Whether it’s mid-afternoon and you need a pick-me-up to make it through to dinner or pre-dinner when everyone arrives home from the day and dinner isn’t ready yet, this pretty little hummus platter is the perfect option.  It’s nice because any of your favorite vegetables work great.  Use whatever your family enjoys.  It’s a beautiful mess isn’t it?

Rainbow Hummus

We love the “Unofficial Meal” because it brings us all together during the busy day to enjoy our favorite appetizer while talking about our day together.  Little moments like this are my favorite.

Rainbow Hummus

Rainbow Hummus

Rainbow HummusPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 10 ounce package Sabra Roasted Pine Nuts Hummus
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced and quartered cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • 1/4 cup capers, divided
  • 10 squares white cheddar, divided
  • 10 artisan crackers, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup thin carrot sticks

Directions

  1. Place your hummus into the center of your serving plate. One one side layer the cucumbers, then sun dried tomatoes. Arrange the cheese, crackers and bread on that side as well. On the other side layer the olives and carrot sicks then arrange the cheese, crackers and bread.
  2. Enjoy with family and friends.

Makes 4-6 Servings

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Dinner

This Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake makes the perfect side dish or light dinner for your Mexican food night!
Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new quick and simple Mexican style dishes for your family.  This Fiesta rice is perfect for parties or as an any night meal.  Packed with flavor and so many delicious layers.  Enjoy!

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

I love having Old El Paso products stocked in my pantry for simple meals that can be whipped up in no time.  Be sure to check out Target’s Cartwheel Ad for coupons on Old El Paso Refried Beans HERE and Taco Seasoning HERE!

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

For the first layer, spread Old El Paso’s Black Refried Beans into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Layer two, some shredded cheddar cheese.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Layer three, black olives!

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Layer four, diced tomatoes with green chilies.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Mix 2 tablespoons of Old El Paso’s Taco Seasoning in 4 cups of rice.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Delicious!

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Layer five, top with your taco rice.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Layer six, some chopped green onion.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Layer seven, chopped fresh cilantro.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot.

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Look at those yummy layers.  Grab a spoon, a bowl and dig in!

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Enjoy!

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice Bake

Fiesta 7 Layer Rice BakePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 15 ounce can Old El Paso Black Refried Beans
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups sliced black olives
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 4 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Evenly spread black refried beans onto bottom of baking dish. Layer with cheese, olives and then tomatoes.
  3. Combine taco seasoning and rice until well combined. Transfer to baking dish, spreading evenly. Layer with green onion and cilantro. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot. Serve warm.

Makes 6-8 Servings

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Appetizers and Sides

These Taco Totchos are the perfect appetizer for your family and friends! Tater tots have never tasted so delicious!
Taco Totchos

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new family fun Mexican style recipes.  My boys love tater tots so I thought it would be fun to make some Mexican style “totchos.” Packed with delicious taco flavors, the whole family will love these!

Taco Totchos

I love having my favorite Old El Paso products stocked in my pantry to whip up simple dishes including their Taco Seasoning and Chopped Green Chilies.

Taco Totchos

Season the tater tots with your taco seasoning.

Taco Totchos

Bake for 10 minutes them remove.

Taco Totchos

Time for your green chilies.

Taco Totchos

Top your tater tots with green chilies, cooked shredded beef then top with shredded cheese and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Taco Totchos

Serve warm with your favorite salsa and other taco toppings if you’d like.

Taco Totchos

Can’t wait for you to try these!  They’re a hit every time.

Taco Totchos

Enjoy!

Taco Totchos

Taco Totchos

Taco TotchosPrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 4 cups frozen tater tots
  • 2 tablespoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup cooked shredded beef
  • 4 tablespoons Old El Paso Chopped Green Chilies
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F.
  2. Place tater tots onto a baking sheet or two small bakers like I have photographed in this post. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and bake for 10 minutes. Remove and top with shredded beef, green chilies and cheese. For the shredded beef, I used a roast from the night before, feel free to use ground beef, chicken or whatever protein you’d like.  Bake for another 10-12 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Remove and top with chopped fresh cilantro. Serve warm.

Makes 4 Servings

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Desserts

My Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies are the perfect dessert to whip up for your family and friends!
Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Homemade brownies are one of my favorite desserts to create.  You can add so many of your favorite ingredients to make new brownie flavors depending on your sweet tooth.  They’re also so great for gift giving to friends and neighbors.  They are sure to brighten up everyone’s day!

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

What a pleasure partnering with Eggland’s Best this year to bring you new recipes!  I’ve used Eggland’s Best for years.  I love knowing that Eggland’s Best eggs contain five times more vitamin D, 25 percent less saturated fat, more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E, and three times more vitamin B12.  Eggland’s Best’s superior nutrition is due to its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  In addition, independent testing has revealed that Eggland’s Best eggs have stronger shells than ordinary eggs, which leads to less breakage and helps them stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

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Visit www.egglandsbest.com/foodtography now through April 12, 2017 and submit two mouthwatering foodie photos of your dish that includes at least two whole Eggland’s Best eggs into one of four categories.  You may submit up to two photos in each of the four categories: Brunch, Appetizer, Main course, and Dessert.

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Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

To prepare the brownies, add chocolate chips to hot melted butter.  Stir to melt chips.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Start adding your dry ingredients to the bowl.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Add your granulated sugar.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Add your brown sugar.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

England’s Best eggs and yolk.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Add the oil as well.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Give a good stir and add chocolate chunks.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Transfer to prepared baking dish.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Top with mini marshmallows.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Top with mini pretzels and bake for 40-50 minutes, until baked through.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

The hardest part of the recipe is being patient while they cool completely.  Once they’ve cooled, cut into squares and enjoy!

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

The marshmallow on top gets nice and chewy.  The pretzel and chocolate combo is heavenly.  Store any remaining brownies in an air tight container.

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel Brownies

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel BrowniesPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 40-50 min | Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 stick/8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large Eggland’s Best Eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 19-20 mini pretzels

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter into a large mixing bowl and microwave until melted and hot, about 45 seconds or so. Pour in chocolate chips and stir until mostly melted. It’s ok, if it’s not perfectly smooth. You might have to put back in microwave for another 30 seconds to help melting. Add flour, salt and sugars. Mix a few times then add eggs and yolk and oil. Mix until well combined then add chocolate chunks.
  3. Transfer batter to prepared baking dish, spreading evenly. Top with mini marshmallows and pretzels. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until cooked through.

Makes 9-12 Servings

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Breakfast and Brunch

My Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole is the perfect way to treat your family and friends!

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you fun new ways to make simple Mexican style recipes that the entire family will enjoy.  This overnight breakfast casserole is perfect for weekends, brunch parties or any day of the week.

Hope you enjoy!

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Place your cubed bread into your baking dish.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Top with your cooked sausage.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Add the chopped green chilies.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Make sure they are even over top.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

To prepare the egg mixture, place 8 eggs and season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Whisk in 2 teaspoons of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Whisk in your milk.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Slowly pour egg mixture over top of bread and cheese layers.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Top with chopped green onions.  Bake for 40-50 minutes or until set.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Remove from oven and garnish with chopped cilantro and cherry tomato halves.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Love having my favorite Old El Paso products stocked in my pantry for simple meals like this one.

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Enjoy!

Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole

Overnight Mexican Breakfast CasserolePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 45 min | Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 8 cups cubed crusty loaf
  • 1 pound ground sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 ounce can Old El Paso diced green chilies
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Layer cubed bread, cooked sausage, diced green chilies, shredded cheese and chopped green onion into prepared baking dish.
  3. Place eggs, milk, taco seasoning, salt, pepper and smoked paprika into a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine and pour over bread mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.
  4. When ready, remove dish from oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake dish for 45-55 minutes, until set. Before serving, top with cilantro and cherry tomatoes. Cut into squares.

Makes 12 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Old El Paso. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.

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Overnight Mexican Breakfast Casserole


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