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Thrilled to share my Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip with you today!
Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

It’s no secret that Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort are two of my very favorite places to vacation to.  I was over the moon excited to have a Food Blogger #DeliciousDisney adventure at the Walt Disney World Resort this month.  Disney is just one of those magical places, no matter how old you are, you can have the time of your life.  I felt so fortunate to spend the weekend with 7 of my food blogging sisters.  We stayed at the lovely Boardwalk Inn, just walking distance away from Epcot.  We had a whirlwind of a weekend that I can’t wait to share with you.  Huge thanks to American Tourister for our new luggage.  Love my Tangerine iLite Max!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Left: Shawn, Jamielyn, Kristen, Shelly, Kristyn, me, Amanda, Kristan

Most of us flew in a day early for our event, so that first thing Thursday morning we could spend the day at Magic Kingdom.  Is there anywhere else more magical?  Love it here so much.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Dying over this one.  Hey Tinkerbell!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Fall/Halloween Time at Magic Kingdom is absolutely beautiful.  The decorations are warm and the sweet little pumpkin Mickey wreaths are the cutest.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Every angle of the Cinderella Castle is just perfect.  Love strolling by and of course snapping pictures 🙂

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

As food bloggers do, it was off to find some of our favorite Disney food!!  First up was the Fresh Fruit Waffle Sandwich with Chocolate Hazelnut Spread from Sleepy Hollow.  Yah, it was amazing.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After we rode Pirates of the Caribbean we made our way to the Dole Whips!  The Dole Whip Float is my absolute favorite.  When it’s hot at the parks, there’s nothing better.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

A few more rides like Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan’s Flight and “it’s a small world” then it was time for some treats at Gaston’s Tavern.  Giant cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants and Gaston’s Brew were some of the things we shared.  All fantastic 🙂  Right around lunchtime we made our way to Epcot!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Half of us were headed to Mission Space and half on our way to Italy!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

We grabbed a reservation at Via Napoli for lunch.  Their pizza is some of my favorite pizza ever.  This Classic Margherita is AMAZING.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

We shared this gorgeous White Pizza too.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Flying Fish images via Disney

After we explored Epcot for a few hours, we made our way back to our rooms at the Boardwalk Inn and got ready for one of the most beautiful dinner experiences.  We enjoyed the newly renovated Flying Fish located on Disney’s Boardwalk.  Every single dish that was brought out, was so carefully prepared and unmistakably delicious.  I ordered the Wagyu Filet Mignon and let me tell you, it was one of the best I’ve had.  The appetizers blew me away as well.  Don’t miss the Blue Crab Bisque , Yellowfin Tuna, Wild Gulf Shrimp and Kurobuta Pork Belly.  Be sure to get your reservations when visiting the parks.  Flying Fish is a must.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Friday morning, we had the pleasure of having breakfast at Be Our Guest Restaurant located in Magic Kingdom.  I had lunch reservations a couple years ago (this photo from last trip) and was so excited to enjoy breakfast in this magical Beauty and The Beast themed restaurant.  You really feel like you are walking into Beast’s enchanted castle.  The detail is simply a must-see.  Breakfast and lunch are served quick service style and dinner is an unforgettable sit down style.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

As you walk in, you are greeted by friendly Cast Members who guide you in the right direction.  Beast’s Castle details are so GRAND and remarkably stunning.  Take a good look around during your visit.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

For breakfast and lunch you walk up to a computer like touch screen and select your meal choices.  You go find your own table and your server magically finds you!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

There are three different dining rooms to choose from.  Each absolutely beautiful.  I really love The Castle Gallery, with Belle and Beast dancing in the center of the room with the most beautiful art work on the walls to enjoy.  Each room has a different theme such as Beast’s West Wing, which is a dark dining room with dramatic ripped curtains and be sure to watch the painting on the wall and the rose.  The Grand Ballroom has dramatic high, domed ceiling, chandeliers and beautiful murals on the ceiling.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

I ordered the Croque Madame and a Croissant Donut on the side…no calories at Disney right?  Ha!  We also shared pastries and of course the Master’s Cupcake with the ever so delicious “Grey Stuff” topping.  What a breakfast!  It really was all amazing.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train is a favorite.  Love this!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Later in the afternoon we made our way to Hollywood Studios.  We went straight to Hollywood’s Tower of Terror.  Complete terror, but I love it!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

More fun treats!  This is the Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie from Beverly Sunset that knocked my socks off.  That cream cheese filling, so good.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

This chocolate filled Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls Cafe was my favorite.  Talk about a treat!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

How adorable are all of our cupcakes?!  Hollywood Studios has some fun treats.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

It was off to dinner at Animal Kingdom’s newest restaurant called Tiffins.  This experience blew me away!  We started with drinks and gorgeous appetizers at The Nomad Lounge.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

One of my favorite stories from Tiffins are the little tags that hang from the ceiling at the bar.  Travelers get to write stories about their favorite travel stories and hang them for all to read.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

There are three beautiful dining rooms to enjoy with so many beautiful things to look at on the walls.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

This dining room has the most beautifully detailed tiki’s in the center of the room.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Ordered a lovely curry soup to start, the halibut for dinner and gorgeous dessert.  The entire experience was so memorable.  I look forward to taking my family in the future.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After dinner, we went over Magic Kingdom for the Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  This is a special event during Halloween Time that requires a separate ticket.  What a night.  Having only done Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, this was such a memorable night taking in all of the excitement.  So many things to do and see.  The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular Show was too fun!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Loved Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade.  This was truly a magical night!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can find special Halloween Time treats only available during the party.  Of course we hunted down about every one.  Great night!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

The next morning it was off to breakfast at Trattoria al Forno located on Disney’s Boardwalk.  I ordered the Pouched Eggs which is served over top soft polenta and topped with a red sauce.  This might be one of my favorite breakfast dishes to date.  We shared quite a few dishes and I’m telling you everything was beautiful and delicious.  Yes, we had to try the French fries at breakfast, lol!  They were so crunchy yet tender, I’m still dreaming about them.  Loved this dining experience.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

While at Disney, you get matching shirts with your friends right?  Ha!  Couldn’t resist getting a group shot of our cute matching Mickey Mouse tees.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

With very full bellies, we made our way to Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

We were invited into the media area where the chef’s were preparing different dishes representing different countries.  Everything was gorgeous and from the bites I sampled, absolutely delicious.  You could really spend a whole day at Epcot sampling your way through each country.  Share with a friend for sure.  Lots of great food to try! The festival runs from September 14-November 14th 2016.  What a great time to visit the parks.  For a full list of menu items from each Marketplace click HERE.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Chef Morimoto, talked to us in the Media room.  He even sang a little song.  My husband and I watched Iron Chef faithfully for years.  Too fun, seeing him in person.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After the Food & Wine Festival, we had to ride the very popular Frozen Ever After.  Here we are on our boat 🙂

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

On our way back to our rooms, we had to try Ample Hills Creamery on Disney’s Boardwalk.  That Gooey Buttercake Ice Cream was out of control amazing….and how cute is the chocolate chip cookie cone?

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The Boardwalk Bakery next door to Ample Hills Creamery had this adorable Mickey Oreo Cupcake.  Cuteness overload!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Our last dinner together was spent at Disney Springs, Morimoto Asia.  Can you even believe Chef Morimoto was hanging out at his restaurant?!  He came over for a picture with us.  We were dying, ha!  He really is the sweetest.  The giant appetizer tower, sushi rolls, the ramen and our gorgeous private dining room made for an unforgettable evening.  This is a really gorgeous restaurant to visit.  Loved our last dinner together.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

On our last morning, we walked over to Disney’s Beach Club Resort for breakfast.  We were treated to Minnie’s Beach Bash Breakfast at Cape May Cafe.  What a fun Character breakfast!  We got pictures with each Disney Character dressed in the cutest beach wear.  They were dancing and having a great time with the guests.  Would absolutely take my family back here!

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

After breakfast, we checked out of our rooms, got our luggage squared away and made our way to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  This park is so gorgeous with it’s lush green trees all around the walkways.  I really love it here.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

As you walk through Animal Kingdom’s entrance and head towards Kilimanjaro Safari, you’ll see this very grand Tree of Life in the center of the park.  It really is a sight to see.  The details on the trunk are spectacular.

Walt Disney World Food Blogger Trip

Mickey Pretzel, one last Dole Whip, a ride on Expedition Everest and Kilimanjaro Safari, then it was on our way back home!  This was a weekend I will never forget.  So many adventures with the best of memories.  Nothing like a Disney vacation, can’t wait to plan my next visit!  Be sure to follow our adventure on Instagram under #DeliciousDisney.

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

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Dinner

These Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats make the perfect weeknight dinner for the whole family!
Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you quick and simple family friendly dinner ideas!  I’ve put together a weeknight dinner that couldn’t be more simple to prepare plus it’s packed with great Mexican flavors.  I know how busy the school week can be with all of the kids different activities and homework.  It’s so nice to have quick to prepare dinner recipes for a stress free experience.

Just a few ingredients is all you’ll need to get dinner on the table this week.  Enjoy!

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

I used Old El Paso’s Whole Wheat Taco Boats as a “bowl” for my simple soup.  The kids loved this!

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

I placed the taco boats onto a baking sheet and bake until slightly browned and crispy.

chicken enchilada soup boats

Only takes about 10 minutes and they come out nice and crisp to hold your soup.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

Love stocking up on Old El Paso’s Red Enchilada Sauce.  Great for enchiladas plus makes a really great base for enchilada soup.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

To make the soup, pour the enchilada sauce into a small saucepan.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

Add 1 cup of heavy cream.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

1 can of diced tomatoes with green chilies.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

Some sweet corn kernels, a little garlic salt and cumin.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

Stir in the cooked chicken and let simmer for about 15 minutes.

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

Carefully spoon your soup into the taco boats and garnish with fresh cilantro leaves and cubed avocado if you’d like.  Enjoy!

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

 

Chicken Enchilada Soup Boats

Chicken Enchilada Soup BoatsPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 8 count Old El Paso Whole Wheat Taco Boats
  • 10 ounces Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 10 ounces diced tomatoes with green chilies, mild
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels (fresh, frozen or from can is fine)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups cooked, chopped chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped avocado

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place taco boats onto baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until golden and crisp. Remove and set aside.
  2. Place enchilada sauce, cream, tomatoes, corn, cumin, salt and chicken into a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until hot then reduce to a simmer until ready to serve.
  3. Before serving, spoon soup into taco boats and top with cilantro and avocado if desired.

Makes 6-8 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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Desserts

These Homemade S’mores Granola Bars are the perfect snack to satisfy that sweet tooth!
Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® today to bring you a simple family friendly snack recipe that will have everyone smiling ear to ear.  Oats, graham crackers, dark chocolate and marshmallow bits?  Heaven 🙂

With just a few pantry staple ingredients, you’ll have these homemade granola bars ready in no time.  S’mores is one of our very favorite dessert flavors so I knew they’d make a great granola bar.

Hope you enjoy this fun recipe that makes the perfect after school snack!

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Here are the ingredients I used for my bars.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

To start, you’ll toast your shredded coconut in the oven.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

You’ll want to toast the coconut until golden brown.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Using my new Frigidaire Gallery® Double Wall Oven has been such a highlight in my kitchen.  I have wanted a double oven ever since my love of cooking started.  Talk about a dream!  It has already saved me so much time.

Some of my favorite features so far are the quick preheat that takes just a few minutes, and the true convection option which circulates hot air throughout the oven for faster and more even baking.  Really excited to test this out on my baking, cooking a whole chicken and our turkey dinner during the Holidays.  I can steam clean the oven in 20 minutes and it’s chemical-free and odor-free. Plus the stainless steel is Smudge Proof™!

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Add your oats to a large mixing bowl.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Add the crumbled graham crackers.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Add the cereal next 🙂

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Marshmallow bits!  You can find these at your grocery store either by all of the other marshmallows or by the ice cream toppings.  You can also order them on Amazon.  They’re so great in cookie and brownie recipes too.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Aren’t they cute?

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Add your toasted coconut to the bowl.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Melt your butter into a saucepan.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Add the honey and stir until melted and combined.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Stir in the brown sugar.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Last but not least, the peanut butter.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Pour warm sauce over your oats mixture.

 

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

At the very last minute before transferring, drizzle with a heaping tablespoon more honey and stir in your chocolate!  I used dark chocolate chunks, but any chocolate chip works great.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Press firmly into your baking dish.  Let refrigerate for a good hour before slicing.

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Cut into bars!

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Not only are these adorable and perfect for snacking, they’ve got all of the right flavors that make for a fun granola bar.  Enjoy!

Homemade S'mores Granola Bars

Homemade S’mores Granola Bars

Homemade S'mores Granola BarsPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 25 min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup graham crackers, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/2 cup mini marshmallow bits
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chunks

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. and line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place shredded coconut evenly onto baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes, until browned. Remove.
  2. Place coconut, oats, graham crackers, cereal and marshmallow bits into large bowl.
  3. In a medium saucepan melt butter and honey, stirring until melted. Remove and stir in brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla. Pour mixture over oat mixture stirring to combine. Right before transferring to 9×13 dish, drizzle with additional honey and stir in chocolate chunks, without stirring too much. Transfer to dish, pressing evenly. Refrigerate for one hour before cutting into bars. For best results, keep bars chilled until serving.

Makes 12 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. 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 Homemade Supreme Pizza is such a fun weeknight dinner that can get the whole family involved.
Homemade Supreme Pizza

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® to bring you simple dinner recipes the whole family loves.  With back to school season in full swing, I know how important it is to have dinner recipes that won’t take much time to put together.

I love pizza night because the kids love helping with dinner prep.  Some nights I’ll double the pizza dough recipe and let everyone make their own mini pizzas using their favorite toppings.

I put together a loaded pizza today with some of my favorite toppings.  Sausage, lots of veggies and lots of cheese.  Have fun and create your own favorite pizza.

Enjoy!

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Here are the ingredients I used for my pizza.  I used my homemade pizza dough recipe that you are going to love!  If time is too short, use your favorite prepared pizza dough from your grocery store.  Heaven knows I’ve done that plenty of times 🙂

Homemade Supreme Pizza

There is something so satisfying about making your own pizza dough.  It’s simpler that you might imagine.  You don’t have to let it rise, so my dough recipe is done in about 10 minutes.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Press your dough into about a 12 inch round onto a pizza pan.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Spread with your favorite pizza sauce, pasta sauce or marinara sauce.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Top with a light layer of cheese then browned sausage.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Top with chopped onion along with red and green bell peppers.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Add quartered and sliced zucchini and chopped white mushrooms.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

A nice layer of shredded mozzarella and you’re ready for the oven!

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Place your pizza into a hot preheated oven, 400 degrees F.  Bake for about 15 minutes, until crust is cooked through.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

My new  Frigidaire Gallery® Double Wall Oven has been working overtime since school is back in session.  It’s been so great having two ovens to utilize.  The quick preheat has been a lifesaver when I’m racing around the kitchen getting dinner prepared.  I’ve also appreciated the true convection option which circulates hot air throughout the oven for faster and more even baking.  The Smudge Proof™ stainless steel is a favorite feature too.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Look at that thick crust!  If your family prefers a thin crust, press your dough into a larger round before baking.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Cut pizza into slices and enjoy.

Homemade Supreme Pizza

I like to serve our pizza with a lovely salad and call it a night.  Simple and delicious!

Homemade Supreme Pizza

 

Homemade Supreme Pizza

Homemade Supreme PizzaPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 15 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water, 110 degrees F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons Active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cooked, crumbled and browned sausage
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup diced white onion
  • 1/2 cup quartered, sliced zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped white mushrooms
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. and line pizza pan with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
  2. Place warm water, yeast and sugar into mixer bowl. Have the dough hook attachment on. Mix gently and let nearly double in size, about 5 minutes. With mixer on low add flour, olive oil, salt and garlic salt. Scrape sides of bowl and let knead for 5 minutes until dough is cleaning sides of bowl. Add sprinkles of additional flour if it’s not. Remove dough with floured hands and transfer to a floured countertop. Fold dough over itself a couple times then form into a round. Place onto pizza pan and press into a 12 inch round, larger for a more thin crust. Spoon sauce over dough leaving 1 inch around edges. Top with 1/2 cup of the mozzarella then layer with sausage, bell peppers, onions, zucchini, mushrooms and top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  3. Bake for about 15 minutes, until crust is cooked through. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing into wedges. Serve with a salad if desired.

Makes 8 Servings

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

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Dinner

This Chicken Rigatoni Bake is the perfect quick fix dinner that everyone loves. Great flavors, simple ingredients.
Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Always a pleasure partnering with Old El Paso to bring you family friendly Mexican style recipes.  I always love creating weeknight dinners, because I know how crazy weekdays can get while the kids are in school with all of their activities.  This is a great one you can even whip up in advance and bake when you need it.

Cheesy goodness packed with great Mexican flavors.  Love this one.  Hope you enjoy!

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

5 ingredients are all you’ll need to make this simple dinner recipe.  Seriously!  I used Old El Paso’s Chicken Taco Seasoning.  That’s the only seasoning you need for the whole recipe.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

I used some rigatoni noodles, any small pasta noodle will do.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Add cooked pasta back to dutch oven or large bowl.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Stir in tomatoes with chilies.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Add chicken.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Add Chicken Taco Seasoning.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Add chopped cilantro and give a good stir.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Pour half into a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Add a layer of cheese.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Mmm 🙂

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Top with remaining pasta, top with more cheese and time to bake!

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Gorgeous cheesy goodness.

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

The family is going to love this one!

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Chicken Taco Rigatoni Bake

Chicken Taco Rigatoni BakePrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 1 pound dry rigatoni pasta
  • two 10 ounce cans diced tomatoes with chilies, mild
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Chicken Taco Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar and mozzarella mixed

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to package direction, drain and transfer back to pot. Add diced tomatoes, chicken, taco seasoning and cilantro. Mix to combine. Transfer half to baking dish. Top with a layer of cheese then layer with remaining pasta. Top with the rest of the cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and hot. Remove and serve warm.

Makes 8 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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Breakfast and Brunch

Sharing my Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs with you today! Perfect way to start your day.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs
Mornings can get somewhat hectic if you aren’t sure what you’re making everyone for breakfast.  Having these smoothie freezer packs ready to go in your freezer make for a simple and healthy breakfast choice.

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® to bring you new recipes for the whole family.  Having our newly remodeled kitchen with Frigidaire Gallery appliances has given my kitchen new life.  Can’t tell you enough how great it is cooking and baking now.  What a difference!  Be sure to check out the full kitchen remodel HERE.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

I selected some of my boys favorite smoothie fruits and place them into separate bowls for easy assembly.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

I always like to add a handful of baby spinach leaves for some extra greens.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Write down the flavor of smoothie and any special instructions to complete your smoothie.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Spoon your fruit and vegetable choices into your zip top bag, seal and continue preparing.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Get the kids involved too!  They’ll love creating their own special smoothie blends.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

For this batch, I prepared three different varieties. Create as many or few as your family prefers.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Ready for the freezer!

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Using our Frigidaire Gallery 2-in-1 Freezer has been such a lifesaver.  We use it for more freezer storage in our garage.  Some of my favorite features are that it can be easily switched to be used as a refrigerator if we choose.  I also love knowing that if we have a power outage my food will stay frozen for over 2 days with the ArcticLock Thick Walls.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

With all of the little fingers around my house, it’s also great knowing my freezer is Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

I like to place my smoothie packs where I can easily read the labels.  Also, low enough where the kids can grab them.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

It’s so great having all of this extra storage.  Makes all of my weekly grocery shopping trips less stressful knowing I’ll have plenty of room for my things.  Loving the bright LED lighting in the freezer.  Everything is easy to see and nicely lit.

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Get creative with your smoothie packs.  Use your families favorite smoothie ingredients.  Other great add ins are chia seeds, kale, nuts, peanut butter and other nut butters.  You can also adjust your door bins and shelves to your liking for the different items you might have in your freezer.

 

Freezer Smoothie Packs

Hope you enjoy your convenient make ahead smoothie packs!

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie Packs

Make Ahead Freezer Smoothie PacksPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 0 min

Ingredients

  • Strawberry Peach Smoothie
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 3-4 slices fresh or frozen peaches
  • 1 large banana, peeled
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • Bumbleberry Banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 large banana, peeled
  • 1 cup losely packed spinach leaves
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • Blueberry Peach Smoothie
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3-4 slices fresh or frozen peaches
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt

Directions

    1. For each smoothie pack, place into high powered blender and add juice and yogurt. Blend until well combined and serve.

Makes 6 Servings, 2 servings per pack

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

This Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal is perfect for taking dinner to a friend or having on hand for a last minute dinner!
Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meals

Having freezer meals are so great to pull out when time is short for is dinner.  Some nights I am scrambling to get dinner on the table, so I appreciate having freezer meals available.

Such a pleasure partnering with Frigidaire Gallery® to bring you new recipes that the whole family will enjoy and saves you time in the kitchen.  I prepared a simple freezer meal with only a few ingredients that you can put together in no time.  I like to have freezer dinners on hand in case a friend is in need or when I run out of time during my busy week.  So nice to pull something out that you’ve prepared ahead of time.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

To start, spoon some enchilada sauce to cover the bottom of your disposable baking dish.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Warm your tortillas so they don’t break when you roll them and place into dish.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Layer each tortilla with some shredded cheese, chicken and black beans.  Be sure to not overfill the tortillas, makes rolling and transferring to dish difficult.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Transfer rolled enchiladas seam side down into dish, keeping as tight as possible.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Fill pan like so.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Spoon remaining enchilada sauce evenly over top.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Top with shredded cheese.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

At this point, cover tightly with foil or press and seal wrap.  Label and get ready for the freezer.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Using our Frigidaire Gallery 2-in-1 Freezer has been such a treat.  Love having the extra freezer storage in our garage.  What a life saver it’s been!  Love that we can easily switch from freezer to refrigerator if we choose.  I also love knowing that if we have a power outage, I don’t have to worry because my food will stay frozen for over 2 days with the ArcticLock Thick Walls.

With all of the little fingers around my house, it’s also great knowing my freezer is Smudge-Proof Stainless Steel.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meals

Place your baking pan so the label is visible and easy to see.  Love how nice and bright the LED lights are in this freezer.  Makes it so convenient.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meals

Loving the adjustable door bins and shelves you can organize to your liking for the different items you might have in your freezer.  When you are ready to serve the enchiladas, thaw to room temperature and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, until hot.

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meals

Chicken Black Been Enchiladas Freezer Meal

When you are ready to bake, top with your favorite ingredients.  These are fantastic!

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer Meal

Chicken Black Bean Enchiladas Freezer MealsPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 30 min | Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • two 10 ounce cans mild red enchilada sauce
  • 12 white corn tortillas, taco size
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped, optional
  • 1 cup sour cream, optional

Directions

  1. Spoon enchilada sauce into bottom of 9×13 inch disposable tin baking dish. Should be enough sauce that covers the bottom evenly.
  2. Warm tortillas in microwave until softened and hot. Layer each tortilla with cheese, chicken and black beans. Be sure to not overfill tortillas. Carefully roll tortillas with filling and place seam side down into baking dish. Continue filling tortillas to fill pan. Pour remaining enchilada sauce over tortillas and top with shredded cheese. Cover tightly with press and seal or foil. Label with title of recipe and date prepared. Freeze until ready to serve, up to 3 months.
  3. When ready to serve, thaw then bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes, until hot. Serve warm and top with chopped fresh cilantro and sour cream if desired.

Makes 8 Servings

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

This Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake is the perfect weeknight dinner that is done in no time. Be sure to add it to your menu this week!
Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

I love partnering with Old El Paso to bring you new quick and simple Mexican-style dinner recipes.  I created this taco seasoned chili rice bake recipe that I’ve baked over rice.  Top with your favorite taco ingredients and the family will go nuts for this dinner.  This also makes a great meal to take to any friends, family or neighbors in need.  Hope you enjoy!

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

You’ll use Old El Paso’s Original Taco Seasoning to spice up your chili.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Add the taco seasoning right to the pot of chili.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Give a nice stir and simmer.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Place your cooked rice into a 9×13 inch baking dish.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Get ready to spoon your chili over the rice.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Pour evenly over your rice layer.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Like so.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Top with lots of shredded cheddar cheese.  Time to bake!

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

I used cherry tomatoes for one of my toppings.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Cut them in half to be ready when the dish is done cooking.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Chop some fresh cilantro and cube some ripe avocado for toppings as well.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

When taco chili rice is done baking top with tomatoes, cilantro and avocado pieces.  Serve warm 🙂

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

My boys went absolutely nuts for this.  They may have picked off some of the toppings, but overall it was a huge success.

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Cheesy Mexican-style chili and rice….drooling all over again.  Hope you enjoy!

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice Bake

Cheesy Taco Chili Rice BakePrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked rice
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with chilies, mild version
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 packet Old El Paso Original Taco Seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 large avocado, halved and pitted

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Cook rice according to package directions.
  2. Heat large skillet over medium heat and brown ground beef. Add salt and pepper, stirring until crumbled and browned. Add diced tomatoes, beans, cumin, chili powder and Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, stirring to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
  3. Place rice evenly to bottom of prepared baking dish. Top with chili then top with shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until cheese is melted and dish is hot. Remove.
  4. Slice cherry tomatoes, chop fresh cilantro and dice avocado. Top evenly over dish. Serve warm.

Makes 8 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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