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This Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake makes the perfect flavor packed weeknight dinner!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

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

Developing quick and simple dinner recipes is one of my favorite things to do because I know how hard it is to get dinner on the table during the busy holidays and kids school schedules.  I’ve used simple pantry ingredients to get dinner on the table in no time.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Simple pantry ingredients today.  I also used Old El Paso’s Red Enchilada Sauce and Diced Green Chilies.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

To start, place your cooked rice into a large bowl and add your black beans. Add the diced tomatoes and chilies.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Add your black beans.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Add your Old El Paso Diced Green Chilies.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Add your salt, cumin and pepper then give a good mix to combine.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Top with ground beef and pour your Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce evenly over beef.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Top with lots of cheese and it’s time to bake!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Remove from oven and serve nice and warm!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

The kids go nuts for this flavor packed dinner.  It’s simple to prepare with everyone’s favorite Southwest flavors.

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

That cheese!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Hope you enjoy!

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice Bake

Cheesy Beef Enchilada Rice BakePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 20-25 min | Total time: 35 min

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dry short grain white rice
  • 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with chilies, mild version
  • 4 ounce can Old El Paso Diced Green Chilies
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound cooked ground beef, lightly seasoned
  • 10 ounce can Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish lightly with cooking spray.  Cook rice according to package directions then place in a large bowl.
  2. To rice bowl, add black beans, green chilies, diced tomatoes, salt, cumin and pepper. Stir to combine then transfer to 9 x 13 inch baking dish. Top evenly with cooked ground beef then pour enchilada sauce evenly over beef. Top with shredded cheese then bake for 20-25 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Makes 8-10 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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Cookies

Sharing these gorgeous Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars, perfect for your Holiday baking!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

These bars are a chocolate lovers dream!  Chewy cookie bars with the perfect crunch from candy canes and marshmallow bits.  Your guests are going to go crazy for these.  They make festive gifts for your family and friends too.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Karo® Syrup to bring you a festive treat that is sure to be the star of the dessert table!  I was inspired by Karo’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites recipe, and added my own touch to it!

The texture Karo® Syrup brings to your baking is like no other. It’s always stocked in my pantry for all of my Holiday baking and I think you’ll find it’s a key ingredient to have around whenever you’re baking. The Holidays are THEE perfect time to show friends and family how much you care, so make sure to bake a little extra so everyone can enjoy these yummy treats!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Start by adding your softened butter and brown sugar to a large mixing bowl.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Add your Karo® Dark Corn Syrup.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Add 2 eggs, vanilla, and stir until well combined.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Add your dry ingredients and give a good stir until dough forms.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars
Transfer dough to parchment lined baking dish and bake for 25 minutes, or until baked through. Remove and let cool.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Once your bars are cool, frost with a thin layer of chocolate frosting and top with crushed candy cane pieces and marshmallow bits.

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Wait until you sink your teeth into these chewy chocolate cookie bars.  Perfection!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Enjoy!

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Bars

Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint BarsPrep time: 20 min | Cook time: 25 min | Total time: 2 hours, including cooling time

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup Karo® Dark Corn Syrup
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups prepared chocolate frosting
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow bits or mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy cane pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line 7×11 inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Slowly stir in flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder until dough forms. Transfer to baking dish, spread evenly and bake for 25 minutes or until baked through. Remove and let cool completely.
  3. When bars are cooled, spread with frosting and top evenly with marshmallow bits and crushed candy cane pieces. Cut into squares and serve room temperature.

Makes 12 Servings

Adapted from recipe by Karo® Syrup

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

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Chit Chat

Sharing a Holiday Gift Guide For Her today!

MZ Wallace has been one of my favorite purse and bag brands for years now.  I use them all of the time for travel and everyday use.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Getting to shop in their Soho, NY location with my girlfriends a couple years ago was an absolute blast. Not only are the bags beautiful, they have the best pockets, zip pouches and compartments! Let me show you some of my current favorites available on MZ Wallace.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

How adorable is the Jordan Backpack?  Love that it looks like a purse but also doubles as a backpack.  It has a gorgeous orange lining and could not be more beautiful.

TODAY ONLY is 40% off select Army Bedford Styles (this backpack included.)  Be sure to check it out HERE.

It is sized perfectly for everyday wear, with two top handles for an additional way to carry. The Jordan Backpack has four exterior pockets and two zippered compartments for easy organization.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Each bag comes with an MZW dog tag charm and is made from our signature Army Bedford Nylon with a contrasting orange lining and silver hardware. This beauty would make the perfect gift idea for someone special.

TODAY ONLY is 40% off select Army Bedford Styles.  Be sure to check it out HERE.  

Also, post your fave holiday photos with this hashtags #mzw12days #mzwholiday  for a chance to win a Black Oxford Metro Pouch and Platinum Luster Jerry Tassel.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

More sale favorites include this adorable Summer Cheetah Mini Metro Tote.  So cute!Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Loving this Paige Dawn Bedford, also on sale!

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

This cutie Pippa Leaf Print Bedford currently on sale.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Love this gorgeous color.  The Belle Maroon Bedford is perfection.

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

How fun is the Cece Amethyst Bedford Backpack?!!

Happy Shopping!  Such great choices with MZ Wallace, hard to go wrong with any of their beautiful bags!

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with MZ Wallace, however thoughts are 100% my own.  Thank you for supporting brands that make Picky Palate possible.


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Breakfast and Brunch

This Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake makes the perfect breakfast or brunch for family and friends!

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

This sweet French toast bake is so simple to prepare and has so many of my favorite ingredients in one dish.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Dust with a little powdered sugar and drizzle with some pure maple syrup.  So perfect for serving during Christmas with your loved ones.  You can even make it in advance, refrigerate overnight and bake when ready.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

It’s always a pleasure partnering with Fisher Nuts to bring you delicious recipes.  I always have a great time in the kitchen experimenting with some of my favorite ingredients.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Place your bread cubes into a baking dish sprayed lightly with cooking spray.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Top with some fresh blueberries.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Top with your sliced almonds.  I love that Fisher nuts are preservative free and non-GMO.  The resealable bag helps keep the nuts fresh for longer. Look out for their new packaging on shelves this month!

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Add your whipping cream into a bowl of 8 large eggs.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Add your brown sugar and pinch of salt.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Add your cinnamon, vanilla and almond extract.  Whisk until well combined.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Pour mixture over bread cubes.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Take a fork and press bread cubes so they’re completely covered with the cream mixture.  Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until set in middle.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares.  Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

What a perfect combo.  Blueberries and Fisher Natural Sliced Almonds make the perfect French Toast Bake.

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake
Enjoy!

Blueberry Almond French Toast Bake

Blueberry Almond French Toast BakePrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 35 min | Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

  • 6 cups cubed French bread
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup Fisher Nuts, sliced almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and lightly spray 9×13 inch baking dish with non stick cooking spray.
  2. Place cubed bread, blueberries and almonds into baking dish. Place milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, almond extract and salt into a large bowl, whisk to combine. Pour evenly over bread mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until set. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Dust with powdered sugar if desired and drizzle with pure maple syrup.

Makes 12 Servings

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher nuts. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Chit Chat

Sharing Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards today!
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I’ve LOVED working with Minted.com over the last few years for my Christmas Cards.  They honestly have the cutest designs and it’s such a simple process.  I can’t recommend them enough!  Above is one of the Christmas Cards I ordered this year.  We didn’t do “official” family photographs this year, so I put together some snapshots in a collage type card.  Love how it turned out.

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

I also ordered this design for this year.  Such cute options to choose from!

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

My Christmas Cards last year were some of my favorites yet.  We did our family photos at Disneyland.  So fun!

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

Another favorite from last year.  You can choose so many options for the backs of your cards too.

Where To Buy The Best Christmas Cards

My Christmas Card from 2014.  Fun looking back!

Giveaway time!

UPDATE:  Giveaway is closed.  Winner has been notified.  Thanks.

One Picky Palate winner will receive a $300 Minted.com credit to use on their website.  Use it for your Christmas cards or other amazing gifts they offer.

To enter, leave a comment below telling us, when do you usually send out your Christmas Cards?  Early December?  Late?  Let’s hear it!

Giveaway ends Sunday December 4th 6am PST.  Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond.


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Cookies

Sharing these festive Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies today!
Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Thrilled to partner with Pillsbury today to bring you this gorgeous Christmas cookie!

Pillsbury is counting down to Christmas in the most delicious way possible-with freshly baked cookies!  Be sure to check out the Cookie Countdown Page to see a new recipe revealed daily, or sign up to have them delivered straight to your inbox.  This is one list you’ll want to be on!

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

You’ll need some simple ingredients to get started.  See instruction list for complete details.

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Place your cookie dough into a mixing bowl and crumble like so.

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Add your cocoa powder.

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Heavy whipping cream up next!

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Add a touch of flour to the bowl.  Give a good mix to combine ingredients.

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Wrap cookie dough around each peppermint patty and bake!

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Once completely cooled, frost with a light layer of chocolate frosting.

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Top with crushed candy canes.

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

How gorgeous and simple are these?!

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Perfect for your Christmas Cookie Exchanges!  Enjoy friends.

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Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Peppermint Patty Stuffed Cookies

Peppermint Patty Stuffed CookiesPrep time: 30 min | Cook time: 12 min | Total time: 1 hour 30 min

Ingredients

  • 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury Refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons Heavy whipping cream
  • 24 York minis dark chocolate peppermint patties (from 8 oz package)
  • 3/4 cup chocolate frosting (from 16-0z container)
  • 1/3 cup hard peppermint candies, crushed (about 14 candies)

For full recipe see Pillsbury.com

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

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Dinner

Sharing the Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich today!  One of our favorite traditions!

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

Thanksgiving is one of the very best days of the year.  Not only do we get to enjoy a feast on actual Thanksgiving Day, we usually get to bring home the BEST leftovers!

There’s nothing like getting together with family and friends on this special day with some of the best food of the year.  We look forward to it for months!

We have made it a tradition to enjoy what we call The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich after Thanksgiving.

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

It’s a pleasure partnering with French’s #HolidaywithFrenchs to bring you our favorite holiday sandwich!  Once we’ve layered our favorite Thanksgiving leftovers onto a soft roll, we top it with French’s® Crispy Onions.  It gives the perfect crunch and flavor to our gorgeous sandwich!  Did you know there are other Crispy Onions flavor options such as Caramelized Fried Onions, White Cheddar Crispy Onions and Crispy Jalapeño’s?  So many great options to add to your favorite recipes!

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

All of my favorite Thanksgiving leftovers in one sandwich.  I have died and gone to heaven.  You can get creative with your leftovers, add a little green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, some corn even!  Have fun, it’s all delicious!  Hope you enjoy one of our favorite traditions!

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover SandwichPrep time: 10 min | Cook time: 0 min | Total time: 10 min

Ingredients

  • 4 large rolls, split
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup prepared stuffing
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup cooked turkey, sliced or shredded
  • 1 cup French’s® Crispy Fried Onions
  • 4 tablespoons turkey gravy, if desired

Directions

  1. Place rolls onto a serving place cut sides up. On half of the rolls spread a light layer of cranberry sauce and on the other half spread 1/4 cup of stuffing, spreading evenly over roll. On cranberry sides of rolls, top with a layer of mashed potatoes, turkey then crispy fried onions. Top with a little gravy if desired. Serve warm.

Makes 4 Servings

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with French’s. 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 Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies make the perfect sweet treat for your upcoming Holiday parties!
Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

What a pleasure partnering with Karo® Syrup today to bring you a Holiday treat that will wow all of your guests! The texture Karo® Syrup brings to your baking is like no other. It’s always stocked in my pantry for all of my Holiday baking and I think you’ll find it’s a key ingredient to have around whenever you’re baking.

It’s so hard to believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  So much fun cooking and baking going to happen. I have so many fun memories of cooking and baking around this time of year and can’t wait to dive in  These little individual hand pies are a fun and simple dessert for your guests to enjoy! I started by using a Karo recipe for Apple Pie Bites, but changed it up a little with peanut butter and a double crust.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

This recipe calls for just a few ingredients, and don’t forget the Karo® Syrup! Karo’s sweetness and ooey gooey texture will truly transform your recipe, and delivers just the right amount of sweetness while allowing your ingredients to stand-out.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Let’s start with some diced, peeled apples.  About 1/4 inch.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter into a medium skillet.

 

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Add your apples to the melted butter.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Cook for about 5 minutes, until apples are slightly softened.  Remove from skillet when done.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Time for the Karo® Syrup!

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Melt 1 tablespoon butter then add the Karo® Syrup.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Stir in the cinnamon and let mixture come to a low boil for a couple minutes until thickened.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Remove from heat and stir in cooked apples.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Stir in chopped pecans.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Stir in 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

How gorgeous does this look?!

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Unroll your pie crust and cut about 3 inch rounds.  I used a mason jar lid.  A round cookie cutter works great too.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

I was able to get 12 rounds out of each pie crust.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Spoon about 1 tablespoon of filling into center of half the pie crust rounds.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Close with remaining pie crust rounds and press edges firmly.  Brush lightly with melted butter.  Bake until golden.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Remove from oven and let cool.  Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Bite size and so simple to prepare.  The flavors are perfection inside buttery crisp pie crust and they’re likely to go fast, so you’ll want to bake a little extra. It’s a great way to show you care and say “thank you” to someone you love around the holidays.  Hope you enjoy baking a little extra with your family!

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies

Peanut Butter Apple Hand PiesPrep time: 15 min | Cook time: 25 min | Total time: 40 min

Ingredients

  • 1 box pie crusts, 2 count, brought to room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/3 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Fisher® Chopped Pecans

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Unroll pie crusts onto parchment paper. Use a round cookie cutter or cut 3 inch rounds in each crust.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add apples and cook, stirring frequently, 5 minutes or until apple is tender. Transfer apples from skillet into a medium bowl using a slotted spoon and set aside.
  4. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon butter in skillet. Stir in corn syrup and cinnamon and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in reserved apples and nuts.
  5. Place a heaping tablespoon of apple mixture onto the middle of half of the round cut out pieces of crust. Place remaining crust rounds over top of filling and use fork to press edges firmly. Cut a few slits on top to allow for steam. Brush lightly with egg whites and bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden. Remove and serve warm.

Makes 12 Servings
Recipe adapted from Apple Pie Bites via Karo Syrup

Disclaimer: This post is in partnership with Karo® Syrup. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Picky Palate possible.
Peanut Butter Apple Hand Pies


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