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This Apple Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza is great for an after school snack or for a fun dessert!  The kids love helping in the kitchen with this one too!

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

pillsbury logoI am thrilled to be partnering with Pillsbury today to bring you a new pizza night idea! I wanted to use family friendly ingredients that you are likely to have on hand.  My boys love these flavors and this pizza is so simple to prepare that they get to help with every step.

Makes for a really fun family night!

Be sure to follow Pillsbury on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube or Pinterest  for how-to recipes, videos, and tips….and also the Pillsbury Pizza Site HERE.

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

I love using Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust.  You literally unroll and it’s ready to be layered with toppings.  It comes out of the can in a rectangle shape, but it was very easy to press into a round if you’d like to do what I did with mine.

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

Drizzle some warmed peanut butter over your pressed pizza dough.  It’s easier to spread the peanut butter when it’s warmed just a touch.

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

Sprinkle a thin layer of graham crackers over the peanut butter layer.

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

I used 3 large apples and sliced them nice and thin for the next layer.

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

Everything is better with a layer of chocolate chips :)

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

Top with some mini marshmallows and it’s time to bake!

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

The marshmallows get slightly golden and fabulous.  Drizzle warm peanut butter over the top and serve warm.

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

Apple Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza

Apple Peanut Butter S'mores PizzaPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 roll Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, warmed so has a thin consistency
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed graham crackers
  • 3 large apples, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, warmed so has a thin consistency

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a pizza pan with parchment paper if desired.
  2. Unroll pizza dough from package and form into a round. Spread evenly with warmed peanut butter, leaving a 1 inch border around edges. Sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs then layer with apple slices. Top with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until baked through and marshmallows turn slightly golden. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Drizzle warm peanut butter over top of pizza and serve warm.

Makes 8 Servings

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Be sure to visit my friends for more great pizza ideas!
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza– The Girl Who Ate Everything
Roasted Garlic White Pizza– I Heart Nap Time
Create Your Own Slice Family Pizza Night– The Baker Mama
BBQ Beef Pizza– Taste and Tell

This post is in partnership with Pillsbury however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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Drinks

This healthy Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake is great any time of the day!

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Is there anything better than a guilt-free delicious shake?  I think not :)  I’ve got a great recipe and new cookbook to share with you today that I think you are going to love!

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

I am thrilled to share a new cookbook called The Chia Cookbook by Janie Hoffman.  She is the founder and CEO of Mamma Chia, an organic line of chia-based foods and beverages.  She has been featured in the New York Times, O magazine, Everyday with Rachel Ray, Details, Vogue, Real Simple, Prevention, Glamour, and the Today show.

As you read through the recipes in this book, you’ll see that it’s possible to incorporate chia into everything, and I mean everything—breakfast foods, soups, salads, cocktails, main dishes, desserts.

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

My husband and I have been enjoying chia for the last couple years so I was anxious to try out Janie’s new book!  When we lived in Newport Beach, we had a Whole Foods Market right by our house and we would pick up Mama Chia drinks every time we would grocery shop.  They are my favorite!  I was immediately drawn to this Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake in the Chia Cookbook.  All of my favorite flavors!  It could not be more simple to prepare which is always a plus.

Chia is a powerful little seed with incredible health benefits. In this mouthwatering recipe collection, you’ll learn the secrets of incorporating this ancient superfood into modern meals from breakfast to dinner and happy hour to dessert.

Hope you enjoy this fun and healthy shake!

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint ShakePrep time: 5 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 5 min

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk or fat free milk at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract

Directions

  1. Chill two tall glasses. In a liquid measuring cup or small bowl, stir together the coconut milk beverage and chia seeds and let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Place the coconut-chia gel, cocoa powder, frozen yogurt, honey and peppermint extract in a bleder. Cover and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour into the chilled glasses and serve.

Makes 2 Servings

 


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Dinner

This Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe is such a fun weeknight dinner idea. The kids love this twist on traditional bean and cheese burritos.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

I’ve got a new weeknight dinner idea for you today!  My boys love having bean and cheese burritos on a regular basis so I thought it would be fun to create a pizza calzone with one of their favorite dinners.

With school in session and activities in full force, it’s so nice to have quick fix dinner ideas for the family.  I’m all about keeping it simple!

Hope you enjoy this cheesy Mexican style calzone.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

You won’t need too many ingredients to get this baby in the oven.  I used my homemade pizza dough along with some of our favorite Old El Paso products.  If you don’t want to make a homemade pizza dough, you can find pre-made dough at your grocery store.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

I used the Old El Paso Refried Beans, Chopped Green Chilies and Mild Green Enchilada Sauce.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Place your beans, green chilies and tomatoes into a mixing bowl.  Stir to combine.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Layer half of your bean mixture over half of your pizza dough.  Top with lots of cheese :)

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Fold your pizza dough over filled layer, press and seal edges then brush with a thin layer of olive oil.

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Sprinkle with garlic salt and bake!

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Beautiful cheesy calzone ready for dinner!

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Serve with warmed enchilada sauce if desired :)

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone RecipePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20 min | Total time: 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 16 ounce can Old El Paso Refried Beans
  • 4.5 ounce can Old El Paso Chopped Green Chilies
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with peppers, mild (I used Rotel mild)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 10 ounce can Old El Paso Mild Green Enchilada Sauce

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare pizza pan or stone.
  2. Press pizza dough into a 12 inch round. Place beans, green chilies and tomatoes in a large bowl, stirring to combine. Spread half of the bean layer over half of the pizza dough leaving a 1 inch border around the edge. Top with cheese then fold pizza dough over filled side, pressing and sealing edges together.
  3. Brush top of dough with oil then sprinkle with garlic salt. Bake for 20-25 minutes until crust is golden. If needed, increase oven’s heat to broil for the last couple minutes to brown crust. Watch carefully, this happens fast :) Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices. Serve with warmed Old El Paso Green Enchilada Sauce if desired.

Makes 8 Servings

This post is in partnership with Old El Paso however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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So grateful for my sister retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ last weekend. Sunshine, good food and total relaxation.

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Last weekend my sister and I had a stay cation at the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale AZ.   When I want to get away, there is no other place I’d rather be.  So many fun memories made with my sister over the weekend.  Grateful for every minute!

We had breakfast at one of my favorite restaurants, Proof.  It has the most lovely breakfast spread.  Pretty  much anything you’d want for breakfast, they’ve got it.

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

This was the view from our Casita.  It over looked the gorgeous pool and mountains.

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Shortly after we arrived, room service brought us this gorgeous cutting board of cheeses, meats, olives, toast, honey and nuts.  We kinda were in love with this!

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

We enjoyed dinner Friday night at Proof Restaurant and their Pretzel Knots might be one of the best things I’ve eaten.  Oh my goodness I want another order :)  We also had dinner at Talavera Saturday night which is also amazing!  Take a look at these gorgeous buttery brioche rolls.

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

After dinner Friday night, we put our PJ’s on, ordered oodles of desserts and watched a chick flick.  The Other Women.  What a crack up!  Laughed so hard.

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Saturday morning we had the most amazing hot stone massage at the Four Seasons Spa.  It was a first for both of us.  Best massage we’ve ever had!

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Saturday afternoon was spent in our own private cabana.  We got our favorite magazines and ordered our favorite appetizers.

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

The Carne Asada Nachos behind our Coke Zeros are literally the best nachos I’ve ever had.  The cilantro jalapeño hummus is to die for too :)  What a treat hanging by the pool Saturday with all of this fun food!

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

 Our last afternoon by the pool we had to snack on this cute little bucket of perfect French fries…..and maybe the nachos :)

Sister Retreat Four Seasons Scottsdale Arizona

Four Seasons Scottsdale is my happy get away in Arizona.  Feels like I’m on vacation without hopping on an airplane.  Nothing better!  So grateful for this sister weekend!


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Dinner

These Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls are the perfect weeknight dinner for busy nights.

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls

Dinner can be so tricky when there’s so much going on during our busy weeknights.  Between homework and the many kids activities it seems like there is no time to get dinner on the kitchen table.  I am partnering with Green Giant™ this month to bring you simple weeknight dinners with added vegetables that the whole family will enjoy.

Instead of our usual brown rice bowls with just chicken and salsa, I added Green Giant™ Honey Roasted Corn Steamer for a fun twist and more vegetables.  I used precooked brown rice that is microwavable as well as precooked chicken breast that I chopped.  Simple and flavorful weeknight dinner that is a breeze to add to your menu plan.

Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on  your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights

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Loving the Honey Roasted Sweet Corn Steamers.  You pop the bag in the microwave and it’s ready in just a few minutes.

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls-3

Start by placing some arugula leaves or any greens your family enjoys into four serving bowls.

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Layer with brown rice.

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Sliced cherry tomatoes.

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls-8

Layer with your salsa chicken layer.

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls

Our old rice bowl on the left and the new dinner idea with added Honey Roasted Corn.

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls

Top with Green Giant™ Honey Roasted Corn and dinner is ready!

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice Bowls

Southwest Chicken and Vegetable Brown Rice BowlsPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 5 min | Total time: 20 min

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh baby arugula or other greens of choice
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup mild prepared salsa
  • 2 large cooked chopped chicken breast
  • 11 ounce bag Green Giant™ Honey Roasted Corn Steamers

Directions

  1. Heat Green Giant™ Honey Roasted Corn Steamers according to package directions. Place arugula leaves into four serving bowls. Layer evenly with brown rice and sliced tomatoes. Place salsa and chopped chicken into a bowl, stir to combine. Layer chicken over rice then spoon corn over top and serve.

Makes 4 Servings

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


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Dinner

My Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla makes the perfect quick and simple weeknight dinner or lunch!

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

There’s nothing more that I love than a hot buttery crisp quesadilla right off of the skillet.  I have developed a Southwest style quesadilla with some of my favorite ingredients.

I prepared a salsa verde shredded chicken that’s layered with 3 cheeses and black beans stuffed inside buttery tortillas.

These quesadillas pair perfectly with Progresso’s Light Zesty Santa Fe Style Chicken Soup.  It’s always a pleasure partnering with Progresso to bring you new simple recipes!

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Here is Progresso’s Light Zesty Santa Fe Style Chicken Soup.  My boys love this one!  It is perfect with my quesadillas too!

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

To start the quesadillas, use your favorite tortillas.

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Add a nice tablespoon of butter into your skillet.

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Layer your tortilla with cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Add a layer of black beans, feta cheese and more cheddar and mozzarella.  Fold tortilla over filling and cook until golden on both sides.  Remove from skillet and cut quesadilla in half.

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Cheesy goodness with salsa verde chicken and black beans!  Enjoy!

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese Quesadilla

Salsa Verde Chicken and Black Bean 3 Cheese QuesadillaPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 5 min | Total time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 4 burrito size tortillas
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde salsa
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Directions

  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Place chicken and salsa verde into a medium mixing bowl, stirring to combine. Melt butter in skillet and add one tortilla at a time. Layer one half of tortilla with cheddar cheese, mozzarella, chicken mixture, black beans, feta, and additional cheddar and mozzarella. Fold tortilla over filled layer and press with spatula. Cook both sides until golden brown. Remove from heat and cut quesadillas in half. Serve hot with Progresso Light Santa Fe Chicken Soup.

Makes 4 Servings

This post is in partnership with Progresso, however opinions are my own.


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Appetizers and Sides

I’ve got three great Snacking with Ritz recipes for you today that will have the family jumping for joy :)

Snacking with Ritz

My boys come running through the door after school starving.  Apparently they rush so fast through their lunch so they can have more time to play at recess.  I put together some fun bite size snacks that the whole family will enjoy using Ritz Fresh Stack Crackers.

First up are these fun Pepperoni Pizza Stackers.   I layered pepperoni, sliced cheese sticks and a dollop of pizza sauce over Ritz Fresh Stack Everything Crackers with onion, poppyseed, garlic and sea salt.  The boys went nuts for these!

Snacking with Ritz

There’s just something about chocolate hazelnut spread that makes my whole family smile, especially my 9 year old.  I made these fun simple snacks with him in mind because I knew his face would light up when he saw them on the table.  I used the Ritz Fresh Stack Original variety and layered them with chocolate hazelnut spread and mini marshmallows.  Simple and fun!

Snacking with Ritz

Peanut butter with apples and honey take me back to my childhood.  My mom would slice up apples after school and have honeyed peanut butter ready for dipping.  I layered Ritz Fresh Stack Whole Wheat Crackers with peanut butter, thin apple slices and drizzled honey.  Such a perfect after school snack, all three of my boys wanted seconds :)

Snacking with Ritz

Snacking with RitzPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 10 min

Ingredients

    Pepperoni Pizza Stackers

  • 16 Ritz Fresh Stacks Everything Variety
  • 8 slices pepperoni
  • 2 mozzarella cheese sticks, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons pizza sauce

Chocolate Hazelnut Ritz S’mores Bites

  • 8 Ritz Fresh Stacks Original Variety
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate hazelnut spread
  • 20 mini marshmallows

Peanut Butter Apple and Honey Stack

  • 8 Ritz Fresh Stacks, Whole Wheat Variety
  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 4 thin apple slices
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • Directions

      1. To prepare the Pepperoni Pizza Stackers place 4 crackers onto a serving plate and layer each with 2 slices of pepperoni. Top each with another cracker then layer with slices of cheese sticks. Add another cracker then top with a tablespoon of pizza sauce. Top with one more cracker and serve. Makes 4 servings
      2. To Prepare Chocolate Hazelnut Ritz S’mores Bites place 4 crackers onto a serving plate. Spread 1 tablespoon of hazelnut spread over each cracker than top with 5 mini marshmallows. Add one more cracker on top and serve. Makes 4 servings
      3. To prepare Peanut Butter Apple and Honey Stacks, place 4 crackers onto a serving plate. Spread 1 tablespoon of peanut butter onto each cracker then top with an apple slice and drizzle with honey. Top with another cracker and serve. Makes 4 servings

    Makes Each recipe makes 4 servings

    This post is in partnership with Ritz however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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    Dinner

    My Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta makes dinner stress-free and delicious!

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    Pasta is such a great weeknight dinner choice.  You can dress it up in so many different ways, which is probably why it makes an appearance a couple times each week in our house.  I developed a new pasta recipe for you today that literally only has a few ingredients which makes it so great for weeknight cooking!  I had so much fun sitting back and watching my boys devour this pasta recipe.

    I am partnering with Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers this month to bring you quick and simple recipes that help you find new alternatives for dinner with your family during the sometimes hectic week.

    Be sure to enter Green Giant™ Sweepstake to win a week of free dinners prepared by a professional chef by posting your dinner ideas on your social media pages with the hashtag #ReinventWeeknights

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    What a difference this bag of cheesy vegetables made to my pasta dish.  It added colorful vegetables throughout the pasta with a flavorful cheese sauce that the kids loved.  A few minutes in the microwave and it’s ready to use.

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    I used a mini penne pasta for this recipe, however feel free to use whatever small pasta your family enjoys most.

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    Add your pasta to browned sausage and give a good stir.

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    Add your bag of Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce and dinner is about ready!  Stir in a few splashes of milk, garlic salt and freshly ground black pepper then you are ready to go.

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    Nothing like a hot bowl of flavorful pasta for dinner.  The entire family is going to love this one!

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    Before, I would just whip up pasta with some sausage or ground beef which the kids enjoy but I love that by adding those cheesy vegetables you get a whole new dinner idea that could not be more simple.

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    This week, I’ll be joining in a Twitter Party with Gina Neely, do you have some questions to ask her? Here are some ideas:
    How to save time in the kitchen
    How to tackle picky eaters
    How to tackle the shopping list
    How to reinvent tried-and-true meals
    Where to find meal ideas/resources

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne Pasta

    Weeknight Sausage and Cheesy Vegetable Penne PastaPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 10 min | Total time: 20 min Ingredients

    • 1/2 pound dry penne pasta
    • 1 pound mild Italian Sausage
    • 12 ounce bag Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce Steamer
    • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/2 cup milk

    Directions

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
    2. Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add sausage, cook and stir until browned. Add cooked pasta, reduce heat to low and stir to combine.
    3. Cook Green Giant™ Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower and Cheese Sauce Steamer according to package directions. Carefully open and add to pasta. Stir to combine then add seasonings and milk. Stir and cook for 5 minutes until hot. Remove from heat and serve.

    Makes 8 Servings

    This is a sponsored post for Green Giant™ Valley Fresh Steamers however thoughts and opinions are my own.


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