Frugal Foodie Mama

Friday, January 30, 2015

M&M's® Red Velvet Skillet Cookie

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This M&M's® Red Velvet Skillet Cookie is studded with M&M's® Red Velvet candies and then topped with a decadent dark chocolate cream cheese frosting made using Dark Chocolate DOVE® Promises #RedVelvetLove #ad
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Growing up, my mother always had special treats waiting for my sister and I when we woke up on Valentine's Day morning.  We would usually find a heart shaped box of chocolates and a sweet stuffed animal sitting at the breakfast table- one for each of us. As we got older the chocolates remained, but the stuffed animals were swapped out for sparkly nail polishes and pink lip glosses. To this day, my mother still makes sure that we each receive something from her and my dad on Valentine's Day (although she has now upgraded that small box of chocolates with some DOVE® Promises, aka grown-up chocolates ;) ).

This has been a tradition that I have lovingly carried on with my two children as well. Each and every Valentine's Day since the day they were born, they have received something special from us. And each and every Valentine's Day, I have also included one of my own traditions for my family- baking us all a special sweet treat that we can all share and enjoy together. Usually I bake some heart shaped cookies or a large chocolate chip cookie cake, but when I saw the M&M's® Red Velvet candies at my local Walmart I was inspired to bake up something a little different this year...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Orange Barbecued Ribs

These tender Orange Barbecued Ribs are made sweet & spicy with fresh orange juice, zest, red pepper, & bold Kraft barbecue sauce. #Evergriller #sponsored
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We live by a little motto here- The family that grills all year round, eats well all year round. Am I right, folks? ;)
It doesn't matter if it is 20 degrees outside or if there is a foot of snow on the ground, we break out our grill and electric smoker all year long.

We are also huge fans of fancying up our favorite bottled barbecue sauces. Why make it from scratch when you can pick up a bottle of your favorite Kraft barbecue sauce made with high-quality ingredients like tomatoes, sweet molasses, cider vinegar and cane sugar (ahem- no high fructose corn syrup here, folks!)?  If you haven't tried Kraft barbecue sauces lately, be prepared to be impressed. Their line of newly revamped sauces in Original, Hickory Smoke, Sweet Honey, Mesquite Smoke, Sweet Brown Sugar, Sweet & Spicy, Spicy Honey, and Thick & Spicy are not only made with better ingredients, but are also bolder in flavor.

When I saw Kraft's recipe for Orange Barbecued Ribs, I knew we had to give it a try. My husband had been itching to grill the baby back ribs we have had in our freezer, and I couldn't wait to try this sauce. Kraft Original Barbecue sauce comes together with fresh oranges and a little spicy kick in these juicy and flavorful basted & grilled ribs recipe...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake

With it's super moist chocolaty cake layers frosted with a rich peanut buttery mousse, this Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake is chocolate cake perfection...

With it's super moist chocolaty cake layers frosted with a rich peanut buttery mousse, this Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake is chocolate cake perfection
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Do you all know what day it is today?
Nope.... It isn't hump day (that's tomorrow, folks). ;)
It is National Chocolate Cake Day! (As if we all need a national food holiday to eat a slice or two of chocolate cake today, right?)
I have actually been holding onto this recipe for a decadent Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cake for a little while now.  Inspired by my Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie, this cake has been served at my son's birthday party for the past two years, and it has been requested by my mother for her department's work birthday parties several times in the past year.  To say that this cake has been thoroughly tested and taste tested would be an understatement, friends. ;)

I could think of no better day to finally share this recipe with you all than for National Chocolate Cake Day. How can you go wrong with super moist chocolaty cake layers frosted with a rich peanut buttery mousse and then topped with your favorite whipped topping, lots of chocolate syrup and honey roasted peanuts? I mean, unless you are not a fan of chocolate... or peanut butter... or cake. Does someone like that even exist anyways? ;)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weeknight Meat Sauce with Rigatoni

A big thank you to America's Test Kitchen for partnering with me today to bring you all this recipe for a flavorful and hearty slow cooked Weeknight Meat Sauce with Rigatoni...
Weeknight Meat Sauce with Rigatoni- this rich and hearty homemade pasta sauce simmers all day in your slow cooker
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There are definitely evenings after a particularly busy or trying day that it is totally appropriate to pop open some of that jarred pasta sauce, boil some noodles, and call it a night. Trust me, you all... I have been there. 
Several times. 
But let's be real- nothing can really beat a good homemade pasta sauce. And this Weeknight Meat Sauce with Rigatoni courtesy of America's Test Kitchen's Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution cookbook is definitely no exception to that rule.

Now this one does require a little prep in the morning, but you can make quick work of this by prepping the chopped onion and minced garlic the night before.  Typically I am not a fan of slow cooker recipes that require a lot of cooking before actually slow cooking, but trust me on this- the little bit of pre-saute work this recipe requires is worth it, friends. It builds layers upon layers of flavor, from the golden onions and garlic to the deglazing from the wine to the browning of the meat. It gives this hearty sauce all the flavor of a traditional long-simmered meat sauce minus most of the fat and extra calories...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Light & Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This one pot, weeknight friendly Light & Healthy Broccoli Cheddar is packed full of fiber rich veggies... 
This one pot, weeknight friendly Light & Healthy Broccoli Cheddar is packed full of fiber rich veggies
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When my son was younger, he pretty much refused to eat any vegetable that was green. It didn't matter how I prepared it or tried to hide it, the second that he saw a hint of green he would scoff and turn his nose up at it.
But that all changed the day he had Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Panera for the first time.  I am not sure what made him try it that day, but he was hooked... and he was eating broccoli, folks!
I wasn't going to question it. ;)

There are tons of copycat recipes floating around out there for Panera's Broccoli Cheddar soup, so what makes my version so special? Because A. It is 100% vegetarian. B. No cornstarch or flour was used to thicken this soup thanks to my secret fiber rich ingredient. & C.  Despite all of these healthier changes I made to this beloved recipe, my son was clueless. He gobbled down a bowl of this, exclaimed how much it tasted like Panera's, and then went back for seconds...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

A big thank you to America's Test Kitchen for partnering with me today to bring you all this recipe for a creamy, gooey (not so bad for you!) slow cooker Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding... 
This velvety and creamy slow cooker-baked Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding is a lightened-up version of a traditionally decadent dessert
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I adore a good, creamy bread pudding. But what I don't adore is all the egg yolks and cream that is in traditional baked bread pudding. Especially when you are trying to make some healthier changes to your eating.
That is why I was thrilled to come across this recipe for Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding in my copy of American Test Kitchen's Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution that I received in the mail the other day! :)
After perusing hundreds of recipes for soups, chicken, pasta, casseroles, and more and being sure to dog-ear my faves, I finally came to the coveted Desserts section of the cookbook. There are 16 better-for-you dessert recipes there, folks. And all of them are made in your slow cooker!

This creamy Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding really caught my eye (and my sweet tooth!), and I knew I had to give it a try for myself. The results were absolutely delicious. From the perfectly cooked, creamy bread pudding itself to the ooey-gooey chocolate chips- this is bread pudding perfection, folks...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

30 Thirty Minute Game Day Recipes

Be ready for the big game quick with these 30 Thirty Minutes Game Day Recipes...
30 Thirty Minute Game Day Recipes- these tasty recipes perfect for serving at the big game can be ready in 30 minutes or less!
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With football season coming to a close soon (ahem, there just may be a pretty big football game on the first Sunday in February ;) ) and basketball season about to go into full swing, it is always good to have a few quick and tasty recipes in your game day arsenal. Game day recipes that don't require a lot of time or fuss to throw together making them perfect for that last minute get-together or party to watch the game.

I scoured my favorite food blogs and have found 30 of the very best game day tasty recipes that can be ready to serve in 30 minutes or less. :) You heard me right, folks- many of these recipes can be ready in under a half hour.  Quick, easy, and crowd pleasing- the perfect game plan for a delicious game day menu!