Recipes

Fall Comfort Food: Shepard’s Pie with Cheesy Tator Rounds Topping

Hey guys! We had our first cold front blow thru this week and I must admit, I’m loving it! I thought I’d share with you one of my recipes I made this week for dinner. It’s Shepard’s Pie with Cheesy Tator Round Topping instead of the traditional mashed potatoes.

You’ll need:

1 lb. lean ground beef (can use regular, just drain fat after cooking)

1 bag frozen mix vegetables

1 small jar brown gravy

1 small can reduced fat cream of mushroom soup

1/2 bag of tator-tot rounds

1-2 cups of reduced fat shredded cheese

seasonings of your choice for meat and filling mixture

 

Cooking:

  1. Cook the tator rounds as per instructions on the bag. While these are in the oven, you can brown the beef and season to your liking.

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2. Next, add your mixed vegetables, brown gravy, & cream of mushroom soup. Season and stir to mix. (I used a sprinkling of garlic powder, onion powder, seasoned salt, & pepper) Remove from heat.

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3. Place the beef mixture in a casserole dish & top with the tator rounds.

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4. Add 1-2 cups of cheese, depending on your liking. (I used about 2 cups)

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5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 min. or until cheese is melted. Dig in and enjoy!

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I hope your family enjoys this as much as we did! Thanks for stopping by!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

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Dressed Up Dark Chocolate Boxed Brownies

Hello everyone! Hope all is well with you guys and for all my fellow Texans that were affected by the hurricane, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers! #TexasStrong

As we get back to some normalcy around here, (bedtime and schedules went out the window during the storm) I decided to share this quick recipe for dressed up dark chocolate brownies I made from a boxed mix.

 

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I mean…hello yummy goodness!! Get in my belly!!

 

For these yummy brownies all you need is:

1 boxed dark chocolate brownie mix

1/4 c. creamy peanut butter

4 tbsp. pecan chips

 

Instructions:

  1. Prepare cake-like brownies as instructed on the box.
  2. After adding your brownies to the pan, warm the peanut butter for a few seconds in the microwave just to loosen.
  3. Drop a spoonful of peanut butter into the batter evenly around the pan.
  4. Take a fork and swirl the peanut butter & chocolate back and forth almost like a marble effect.
  5. Sprinkle the pecan chips evenly around the pan and bake as instructed. Let cool and cut into squares. Enjoy!

 

 

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Hot and Fresh out of the Oven!

 

 

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Tasted like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

 

 

These will probably become a new family fave! Hope you and your family enjoy.

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Thanks for stopping by,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

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Spinach & Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing my recipe for this yummy spinach & mozzarella stuffed chicken breast we had a few nights ago. Let me tell ya…it is so good!

Recipe:

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast

1/2 bell pepper, chopped

1 green onion, chopped

1 bag of frozen spinach, thawed & drained

2 eggs, slightly beaten

1 tbsp. olive oil for sautéing

3/4 cup of shredded low moisture, part skim mozzarella cheese

*seasoning to taste (salt, pepper, garlic power, & onion powder)

 

Cooking:

Pre-heat oven to 375.  Start with sautéing the bell pepper on med high heat. Once softened, scatter the spinach around, add the chopped green onion, and season with salt and pepper. Sauté this for just a few minutes to let all the flavors mix together. Remove from heat and let cool while you prepare the chicken.

For the chicken make a pocket that you will add your stuffing to.

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Transfer your spinach mix to a small mixing bowl. Then add the 3/4 cup of shredded mozzarella, slightly beaten eggs, and salt & pepper. Stir to mix and it’s ready to add to the chicken.

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Now divide the mixture evenly between the 4 chicken breast. Arrange on a 13 x 9 baking pan and season as you normally would. I used a sprinkling of salt, pepper, onion & garlic powder.

Bake at 375 for 40-45 min. or until juice runs clear.

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Serve it up with a side of rice or mixed veggies and your meal is complete!

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Hope you and your family enjoy this recipe. Let me know if you try it out and what you think!

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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Family Dinner Favorites: Slow Cooker Shredded Salsa Verde Chicken

Hey guys, today I’m sharing the easiest crock pot recipe you’ll ever need! It’s slow cooker Salsa Verde Chicken.

This recipe is simple with only two ingredients…that’s right! Two!

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  1. Start by adding 3 frozen chicken breast to your crock pot. *(This recipe is for a family of 4 and you can tailor it to your needs adding more chicken and sauce if need be.)

 

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2. Add seasonings of your choice. I used a little salt, black pepper, onion powder, and cumin.

 

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3. Pour about 1.5-2 cups of Salsa Verde over the top and let cook on high for about 4 hours, or on low for 8.

 

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4. After the cooking time, pull the chicken breast out and shred. Add the meat back to the sauce and your ready to eat.

Serve over steamed rice & black beans, then add shredded cheese, lettuce, and pico for a DIY burrito style bowl.

 

Hope you enjoy this recipe and thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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Family Dinner Favorites: One Pan Cheesy Pasta Skillet

Friday is here and it’s a beautiful day! Today I’m sharing this one pan, cheesy pasta skillet recipe. It’s so quick and easy, and you only need a few ingredients. This is one of my quick, go-to meals on game nights.

Ingredients:

1 lb. lean ground beef (can sub lean turkey) *seasoning to taste

1 jar red pasta sauce of your choice (I used Classico four cheese red sauce)

1/2 box uncooked rotini pasta (about 2 cups dry) (can sub a similar shaped pasta) *I used garden vegetable rotini.

3/4 cup low moisture, part skim, shredded mozzarella cheese

 

To Make:

You’ll need to brown and season the meat to your liking. While browning the meat, boil the pasta according to the package directions. (I like to cook these at the same time so your pasta is ready to go as soon as the meat is done).

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After the meat is browned, set your cook temp to low and add your cooked, drained pasta.

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Now, add your pasta sauce and stir together to mix.

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After it’s all mixed up you can turn the burner off and sprinkle your cheese on top. Pop a lid on for a few minutes and let the cheese melt. Once it’s all melted, your ready to serve.

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To complete your meal, add a side of steamed veggies or a leafy green salad.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe! It’s a weeknight staple in our home.

 

Thanks for reading,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

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The Best Banana Bread Ever

Hey guys…happy Wednesday! I always buy tons of bananas to snack on and we don’t always get to them fast enough. They start to ripen too quickly on the counter and then I’m over here searching for a recipe to get rid of them without having to trash them. I think I secretly do that just so I can make banana bread. lol!

Today I’m sharing this delicious Banana Bread recipe I found on cookinglight.com. I’ve tried quit a few recipes before and OMG, let me tell ya…this one is my fave! It’s so moist and full of flavor.

You’ll need a few staple ingredients from your pantry and one you may not use so much when baking…plain yogurt! That’s what makes this bread so moist.

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I followed this recipe exactly, with the addition of 1/4 cup of chopped pecans right before I poured the mix into my baking pan.

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If you have a few ripe bananas on your counter or just want to try this loaf, I would definitely recommend you try this recipe out. You won’t be disappointed!

Happy baking,

~The Dimestore Gypsy

 

 

 

 

Holidays · Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Rice Crispy Treats

20170317_102230Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing your green? I am!

I don’t really decorate for this holiday but I love to make a green dish or treat in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. This year I made green rice crispy treats! They’re super fun, easy to make, and a hit with the kids.

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What makes these so fun is the green color you get from adding food coloring to the mix! Here’s the classic “Rice Crispy Treat” recipe I used. After the marshmallows are melted, add a few drops of green food coloring to the mix (you can use the liquid or the gel coloring). Be sure to stir it well, then continue with the rest of the instructions. After I smoothed the mix out in my 13 x 9 , I sprinkled a little green colored sprinkles on the top for some sparkle!

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I hope you enjoy this simple, fun treat!

~The Dimestore Gypsy