Friday, February 5, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Cheesy Macaroni Skillet

There is nothing like comfort food. Especially comfort food from our childhood. During these winter months, I crave them! But I'm also thinking about my health. The older I get, the more I understand that small differences make the biggest impact for me in the long run. If I get too strict with myself, I'll never make serious changes. So, instead I try to choose better ingredients that are good for me but still taste good and I don't feel like I'm depriving myself! I tend to take familiar favorites and switch out some of the ingredients to make it healthier yet satisfying. 
So when PROGRESSO™ challenged me to come up with a recipe using their ready-to-serve soups, I was definitely up for it. I love to take ingredients like this and create new recipes or just take the original ingredient and turn it up a notch. The PROGRESSO™ tomato soup I'm using in this recipe is a family favorite. We enjoy it with some grilled cheese sandwiches. Or I'll throw some cheese crackers in there for a fun twist. There are chunks of tomato in the soup and it makes for a hearty meal. They are ready-to-serve, no diluting necessary! So I decided I wanted to take one of my favorite comfort foods, Cheesy Mac, and change the focus on making it a bit more healthy. I'm using lean ground beef along with the PROGRESSO™ Reduced Sodium Tomato with Parmesan Soup. You could also go a little further and use whole wheat pasta and reduced fat cheese. It's all about moderation for me. My family tore this up. It cooks up in about 20 minutes. So not only is it doggone good, it is simple to make. Can I get an "Amen!" for that?! And any leftovers heat up really well in the microwave. So tell me, if you were given a can of any PROGRESSO™ ready-to-eat soup, any flavor, what would you make? See below on how that idea could win you $5,000!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Green Goddess Ranch Dip

The Big Game is coming up! Now, I'll be the first to say that I don't pay much attention to football. However, I do pay a whole lotta attention to football food. I am all about game day snacks. There is nothing better than a football game day spread. Finger food at its finest, if you ask me. I'm kind of a grazer, you know what I mean? I like to have a little bit of everything. Don't get me wrong, I love my usual stand-by recipes but sometimes you want a fresh take on the usual. Bring a little something new and fresh to the party. 
So, when I was browsing some new dip ideas, I found Hidden Valley's Dip Genius. You really should go play around with it. You can choose dips based on a country, on a mood, on an event (like the big game!) and even scroll through some of the most popular Hidden Valley Ranch dip recipes. So, I decided to go with Greece as my chosen country. I have always wanted to travel there so it was an easy pick. Then Dip Genius asked what kind of flavor profile sounded good: Crunchy, Melty, Fresh, Hearty or Hot? I chose fresh and this is the dip that came up. It is definitely Greek inspired since it is very similar to tzaziki sauce. Made with Greek yogurt, Hidden Valley® Greek Yogurt Dips Mixcucumbers and fresh herbs with just a bit of lemon to brighten the flavors. 
I gotta say, this was one of the best dips I've made in a while. It is creamy and tangy and goes really well with crunchy, salty tortilla chips or fresh veggies. You could even add a tad bit of fresh garlic to it for an extra punch of flavor. And with these new Hidden Valley® Greek Yogurt Dips, you get all of the flavor but without all the fat.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Virginia Reel Apple Pie ~ Weekend Potluck #206

Happy Friday! For those of you that are in the midst of Snowmageddon 2016, I hope you're safe at home and have everything you need. We are settling in here in Southwest Virginia where we are expecting about 2 feet - which is a lot for us! Today is the perfect day to browse through our Weekend Potluck recipe sharing party. 
We are so thrilled to be announcing a new hostess here at Weekend Potluck! I hope you'll join me in welcoming Melissa from Served Up with Love. Melissa has been blogging for several years and she's been a Weekend Potluck participant for many years as well. We are so happy to be adding her to our hosting team. So remember, when you link up at one blog, your shared recipe will show up on all FOUR of the hostesses blogs! These parties are so much fun for us to host and are a great opportunity to show off all of our fellow food bloggers. Just a reminder, in order to be a featured recipe, you need to *link back* here to Weekend Potluck. So now, let's get to the food!

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Virginia Reel Apple Pie by Best of Long Island and Central Florida


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