Low Budget Meals: Ranch Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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With Summer here, that means we are all out spending time with family, having many late nights and often times we are grabbing dinner at the drive-thru.  So in my hopes of trying to get my family to have a more balanced meal than fried food.  I wanted to make one of our favorite meals at home.    Using a few of our favorite Kraft products for a low budget meal!  So how about Ranch Barbecue Chicken Pizza.


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Monterey Chicken

Are you all excited that summer is right around the corner?  I know we are!!  I’m excited for the fun summer days that end with a late summer nights.   Those summer nig

hts where the temperature outside is perfect, the parents all sit around having a good time and the kids are running around and around way past there bed time and when bed time comes they simply pass out as they crawl in to bed.

The next best thing is grilling season is finally able to happen!!    During the summer I bet we grill at least 2 times a week.   Its perfect way to cook when the temperatures reach 100+  then my house stays nice and cool and im not spending a lot of time missing out on the fun outside.

This  Monterey Chicken Recipe is one of our favorite’s to make.  Its full of flavor and its simple to make.   It puts a great twist on the normal Barbecue Chicken recipe.   Your entire family will fall in love with this Monterey Chicken.


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#ad Grilled Tyson Cornish Hens with Kikkoman Soy Sauce

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I’m going to be completely honest here,  I have never ever tried a Tyson Cornish Hen!   I know it is a shocker but it just something I didn’t have growing up or I was in my phase of I don’t eat meat and no you will not make me try it.     But  getting back to the point i’m a new fan of these Tyson Cornish Hens.   I like how they are smaller then a normal chicken and alot easier to deal with plus they are full of flavor and tender. With the help of Kikkoman we have made the perfect chicken Seasoning for these Cornish hens!


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Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

I have had this new obsession with Buffalo flavor anything!   I never really cared much for the bufflao flavor when I was younger but now im loving it!   Last week I was not in the mood to cook anything for dinner.   I know big shocker!!   Well I came up with this quick Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos.   The recipe was super fast to throw toghether and it will become a regular in our house.


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Chicken Suizas Enchilada Casserole

I found this gem of recipe over at our Weekend Retreat Link Party.   This amazing Chicken Suizas Enchilada Casserole is from the wonderful Krista over at Joyful Healthy Eats.  I knew right away that I need to give it a try because well, for one it involves corn tortillas and who doesn’t love a quick dinner that you can make into a casserole.  She was on to something with this genius idea.

Nowadays  I’m all about convenience!  Between chasing my kid around, laundry, play dates and grocery shopping I need simple.  I often times make dinner during nap time and then I love being able to pull it out and place in the oven when its time to get dinner started.

This Chicken Suizas Enchilada Casserole is simple, fantastic and perfect for any night of the week.  I loved it and even the husband loved even though he hates corn tortillas.  Even my 1.5 year old took a few bites.


Each layer of corn tortilla is smothered in Suizas Enchilada Sauce and chicken and repeated  and smothered in cheese for the ultimate flavor with each bite.   To make it even better you can top it off with some sour cream, fresh pico de gallo and sliced avocado’s.


Chicken Suizas Enchilada Casserole
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Recipe adapted and slightly modified from Joyful Healthy Eats
  • 1 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 15 corn tortillas
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • ¼ tsp coriander
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2- 4oz cans green chilies
  • 5 oz plain greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp flour/cornstarch
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
  1. Cook and shred chicken. On medium heat cook onions in oil until translucent; next add garlic cloves. Add in coriander, cumin, salt and pepper. Next add in chicken stock and green chilies; bring to a boil and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Add in greek yogurt and flour and whisk until combined. Let simmer for 5 additional minutes or until thickened. In a greased 13x9 add a little sauce to the bottom of the dish. Start layering your casserole with corn tortillas, suiza sauce and chicken and repeat. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and add mozzarella cheese and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  2. Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo and avocado.


Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese Enchilada’s

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With Easter right around the corner we always have a big family get together the day before Easter.   We have our traditional family Easter egg hunt and dying of the eggs.   We like to keep our dinner simple and easy so we have more time to spend with family and enjoying the festivities of the holiday.    These enchiladas are perfect.  You can make them hours in advance and while you are out on the hunt for the eggs, dinner is in the oven cooking away.

We have all heard of  Kraft…right?   Well have you heard of Kraft Fresh Take?  These conveniently packaged meals are located at Walmart in the refrigerator isle next to cheese.   These perfectly proportion Fresh Take Meal Kits are perfect for the busy family.    In 3 simple steps you could have dinner ready.  All you need is a Fresh Take Kit, Chicken and a baking dish.   Right now through the month of  April, Walmart is offering you $1 Off Chicken when you buy Fresh Take Printable coupon.  Which is a great deal and im always on the look out to save my family a few extra dollars.


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Korean Beef

I have seen these Korean Beef recipe on lots of my favorite blogs! So I was scrambling to come up with something for dinner I thought I would finally give this Korean Beef recipe a try.    Well im really glad I did!  I was amazed at how delicious and easy this recipe was to make!

My husband even approved that I could make this Korean Beef recipe again for him.   He often times hates it when I try new recipes, so it always makes me happy when he loves a recipe I needed to give a try.   The best part I had this recipe done and served in about 20 minutes…..that’s a winner in my book!


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New England Pot Roast Recipe Makers

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I’m always on the lookout for a quick family meal.   The last thing I like doing  when I get home from a busy day at work is try to decide what to cook for dinner tonight.  It is often times very tempting for me to just grab a quick dinner on my way home from work.   But I want to insure that my family is always getting a more nutritious dinner.  This is why I like these Kraft Recipe Makers.  I loved how these meals come conveniently pre-packed using all real ingredients which helps makes a quick family dinner in no time at all.  I literally spend less the 10 minutes in the kitchen preparing dinner.  Which in return means I can spend more time with family, which is important to us.  The only work I needed to do, was to purchase  the meat, the sides and provide my favorite the slow cooker.


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Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Utah has a cold front coming in this weekend.  We are expecting to get a few inches of snow in the Valleys and 1′-2′ feet of snow in the mountains.  Which means it is freezing cold and wet outside.  Which means we lounge around the house in our pajamas, we don’t get ready and we definitely don’t leave the house.  So I plan on starting this Slow Cooker Beef Stew in the crock-pot while me and the kiddo stare out the window and watch the snow fall.  I might even sneak a few rounds of the Olympic’s during nap time.    That is the great thing about this Slow Cooker Beef Stew, you can start dinner in the morning and you don’t have to worry about it again until later that evening.

How many of you love your Slow Cooker?  I absolutely love my slow cooker, and this Slow Cooker Beef Stew is my all time favorite stew!  I love how the meat just falls apart and the potatoes and carrots are the perfect tenderness.   Add a few bread sticks to dip into the sauce and we are set.


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Buffalo Chicken Ranch Pizza

It’s not very often when me and the husband have an entire weekend off together with nothing to do!  Our weekends usually consist of  at least one of us working a  Saturday so we usually only have a Sunday together.   Lucky for me this week we had a 4 days off together to be lazy, running around to get errands done,  mama even got a herself a new elliptical trainer.  While we were out and about we went to lunch at local Pizza company.   I thought it was very ironic that after we purchased my elliptical we went across to the street to the Pizza restaurant.  I hope the employees weren’t judging…lol!  I let my husband pick the pizza choice this time.   My husband decided to order this Buffalo Chicken Ranch Pizza,  I was a little worried at first because im not a big fan of the buffalo sauce flavor.

Well ever since this day a week ago.  I have been craving for some Buffalo Chicken Ranch Pizza.   I thought to my self why do we have to order pizza to enjoy it all the time.  So I thought to myself let’s make this Buffalo Chicken Ranch Pizza at home.   I mean, how hard can it really be.  Well folks, we hit gold!  This was by far the best pizza I have had in long time.  When I started to make my Buffalo Chicken Ranch pizza I decided to add some bacon and cilantro on top verses the first time we had.  Because let’s face it everything tastes better with bacon on top!   To be honest I think my homemade version tastes alot better then $17.50 we paid at the restaurant.


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