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Creamy Gnoochi with Bacon & Peas

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This recipe is inspired by 2 things…first, I was grabbing a few ingredients to make some pasta meals for our church group gathering we were hosting. I spotted a package of gnocchi that I hadn’t seen before in this store and it was priced at $1.99. I grabbed 2 packages to make a giant batch of this for everyone coming over. (Note: the recipe below is written for 4 people, so you’ll only need 1 package.)

While I was cruising through the store grabbing the other ingredients I needed, this ‘Creamy Tortellini’ that we used to order at a place called the “Pasta House” in Santiago, Dominican Republic, immediately came to mind. It was the restaurant we frequented when the culture shock hit hard and we just needed a little taste of food from the USA. Even after living there for 6 years, I still would get cravings from “American food.”

This restaurant served an amazing tortellini with peas and bacon, in a homemade creamy white sauce that we pretty ‘soupy.’ You can make the sauce as thick or thin as you like!

It works perfectly with tortellini or gnocchi. Or an other medium-sized pasta shell would work too!

Creamy Gnoochi with Peas and Bacon Recipe

Ok, so it’s another ‘copycat’ recipe…that makes 2 in one week! Maybe I’m starting a new trend for the site. (But maybe not, because we have a new 31 Days series coming up soon…)

{In case you missed it…’Copycat White Mexican Cheese/Queso Blanco Dip‘ recipe from earlier in the week!}

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Creamy Gnocchi with Bacon and Peas

Adapted from: Creamy Tortellini Recipe

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 15 minutes


  • 12 to 16 oz. package potato gnocchi (check to be sure that it’s GF if eating GF!)
  • 6 to 8 slices bacon
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • 4 cups milk (rice milk works if you are dairy free!)
  • 2 cups peas (canned or frozen work)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh veggies, as side dish


  • Cook the gnocchi as directed. Usually only takes 2-3 minutes after the water is boiling. Once they rise, remove from boiling water set aside on plate.
  • Meanwhile, saute the bacon slices in a large 12-14″ skillet. Once cooked, remove the bacon and pat dry. Pour off most (but not all!) of the bacon fat. Run a knife through the bacon to crumble it.
  • To the same skillet, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Quickly whisk in the milk, keeping it from clumping. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 4-5 minutes, stirring often as it thickens. Once the sauce has thickened, add in the gnocchi, peas and crumbled bacon. (Note: If using frozen peas, you’ll need to cook them and drain off the water.)
  • Let the gnocchi and other ingredients simmer in the sauce for a few minutes. Season with onion powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste.
  • If you want the sauce to be a little thinner, you can stir in a little more milk, until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Prepare some other veggies or side salad.
  • Serve Creamy Gnocchi with Peas and Bacon and side of veggies/salad.

Sunday Coupon Preview – April 19

Want a sneak peak at what coupons are in this Sunday’s paper?

There is scheduled to be Smart Source in this weekend’s paper.

  • $1.50/2 Apple & Eve Organic Quenchers or Fruitables – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 8 pks (exp 07/31/15)
  • $0.75/3 Betty Crocker Helper Regular or Ultimate – 4-19-15 SS (exp 06/13/15)
  • $1.00/2 Dole Fruit Bowls All Natural Fruit in 100% Juice, No Sugar Added Fruit Bowls, Gels, Fruit Parfaits, or Fruit Crisps – 4-19-15 SS (exp 07/05/15)
  • $0.50/2 Fiber One Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Products, Protein Chewy Bars, Streusel Bars, or Meal Bars – 4-19-15 SS (exp 06/13/15)
  • $0.50/2 General Mills Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll Ups Fruit Flavored Snacks, Ocean Spray, Mott’s, Sunkist, or Fiber One Fruit Flavored Snacks – 4-19-15 SS (exp 06/13/15)
  • $0.50/2 General Mills Chex Mix Regular, Muddy Buddies, Popped, Xtreme, Chips, Bugles, Gardetto’s Snack Mix or Green Giant Veggie Snacks – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 3.7 oz or Larger (exp 06/13/15)
  • $1.00/2 GoGo SqueeZ – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 4 pk or Larger (exp 05/31/15)
  • $0.50/2 Hunt’s Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce – 4-19-15 SS (exp 05/31/15)
  • $1.00/2 King’s Hawaiian Hamburger or Sandwich Buns – 4-19-15 SS (exp 05/31/15)
  • $0.75/1 Kozy Shack Pudding – 4-19-15 SS (exp 06/30/15)
  • $0.75/1 Kozy Shack Simply Well Pudding – 4-19-15 SS (exp 06/30/15)
  • $1.00/1 Maxwell House Iced Coffee Concentrate – 4-19-15 SS (exp 05/24/15)
  • $0.35/1 Morton Garlic Sea Salt – 4-19-15 SS (exp 05/16/15)
  • $0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars, Nut Crisp Bars, Granola Thins, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares or Breakfast Biscuits – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 5 ct or Larger (exp 06/13/15)
  • $0.60/3 Old El Paso Products – 4-19-15 SS; Excludes Refrigerated, Frozen, Soup Products (exp 06/13/15)
  • $0.55/1 Oroweat Sandwich Thins Roll Products – 4-19-15 SS; Includes; DND (exp 07/31/15)
  • $0.55/1 Oroweat Sliced Bread Products – 4-19-15 SS; DND (exp 07/31/15)
  • $0.25/1 Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 12.6 oz or Larger, Ultra Only (exp 05/09/15)
  • $1.00/1 Sabra Hummus – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 10 oz or Larger (exp 06/30/15)
  • $1.00/1 Starbucks Via Instant Beverage – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 5 ct or Larger (exp 07/31/15)
  • $1.00/1 Tillamook Cheese Product – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 7 – 12 oz (exp 05/31/15)
  • $1.00/1 Tillamook Ice Cream – 4-19-15 SS; Includes 56 oz (exp 05/31/15)
  • $1.00/1 Tyson Frozen Grilled & Ready Product – 4-19-15 SS (exp 05/10/15)
  • $0.55/1 Tyson Refrigerated Grilled & Ready Product – 4-19-15 SS (exp 05/10/15)

Learn more about how the Coupon Preview can help you spend less at the grocery store!




Black Bean & Sweet Potato Dip

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Dip from

We’re coming up on the spring time of the year when sweet potatoes go on sale for a short window of time, dredging up memories of autumn that have been all but covered by mounds of snow. And these same awesome sweet potatoes remind us that the beauty of spring is here to revive us again.

Therefore, it seemed appropriate to use baked sweet potatoes in an enchilada-inspired dip. Precooked potatoes make this dish come together quickly. If you don’t have baked sweet potatoes, you can micro-bake them in a glass dish in about the same length of time it takes to soften the onions.

Avocados would have looked and tasted good on it, but they weren’t on sale this week, and we’ve finished the freezer stash. So we had plain salsa. But Plain Jane was still really good.

One thing I love about this recipe is that it’s gluten-free if you serve it on rice or gluten-free tortillas. And because of the vegetable and protein in the dip, it’s also a one-pot meal, making this recipe valuable in my house.

So when you see the price of sweet potatoes go down in your area, I hope you remember this recipe.

And I hope you have avocados in the freezer.

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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Dip

Yield – 3 cups

Preparation Time -10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes


  • 2 leftover sweet potatoes, baked
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable broth or water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder


  • Cut sweet potatoes in half and cut a grid in the flesh, then scoop it out. (Note: Some of the pieces will get mashed, some will stay cubed.)
  • Saute onion in oil over medium-high heat until translucent.
  • Stir in beans and sweet potatoes and heat through.
  • Meanwhile, combine remaining ingredients in a bowl or jar.
  • Pour sauce on bean and sweet potato mixture and stir until combined. Mash a few beans or sweet potatoes along the way if you like.
  • Enjoy with chips, on a tortilla, or over hot rice!

Weekly Grocery App Deals: Savings on Gourmet Tortilla Chips, Blueberries, Organic Salsa, Pasta Sauce + More

Each week, we are going to highlight the best savings offers on our favorite grocery apps to help you save the most on all your grocery shopping!




Save BIG on organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and more all natural products from BerryCart this week including:

  • Cabo Chips – Gourmet Tortilla Chips, any 5.5 oz bag = cash back 75¢
  • Fruit Bliss Organic Fruit, any = cash back $1.00
  • Naked Infusions Gourmet Organic Salsa, any variety, 16 oz jar = cash back $1.00
  • Tommy’s Frozen Superfoods, any frozen food variety = cash back $1.50

Download the FREE BerryCart app to your smartphone and browse through the exclusive offers on all natural, organic, gluten-free, and non-GMO foods.  This is definitely the BEST app out there to save on wholesome and all natural products!

After you purchase the product, take a picture of your receipt and upload it in your BerryCart app to redeem for cash that is added to your account.  You can cash out through Paypal or redeem through gift cards!  And, the best part? You can shop at ANY store that gives you a valid receipt on your purchase!

Checkout 51

Save on Bananas,BellPeppers,Blueberries,Grapefruit,Onions |

New coupons have been added to the free coupon app, Checkout 51, including savings on the following items:

  • Bananas, any variety = cash back 25¢
  • Bell peppers, any variety = cash back 25¢
  • Blueberries, any package, fresh = cash back 25¢
  • Grapefruit, any variety = cash back 25¢
  • Onions, any variety= cash back 25¢

All these produce items are included in Checkout 51’s “Pick Your Own Offer” program. In the offer list, look for one called “Pick your own offer.” Click that to see a list of offers to choose from. Click the one you want and it will be  added to your list.

Remember, Checkout 51 has announced that you can now claim offers more than once! You just tap into an offer to see how many times you can claim it. When uploading your receipt, select the amount you’d like to claim, and you’ll earn cash back on them all!


See all the details to maximize your savings with Checkout 51 here!



Save on the following products this week using Ibotta:

  • $2.00/1 Gatorade Thirst Quencher Powder, 51 oz mix – Ibotta Rebate;  May Vary By Account
  • $1.00/1 Naked Juice, Any Variety, 15.2 oz Bottle
  • $1.00/1 Propel Workout Water, 6 ct pk – Ibotta Rebate; May Vary By Account
  • $0.25/1 Red Pasta Sauce – Ibotta Rebate; 8 oz or Larger

See how to download the free grocery app, Ibotta, to start saving today!



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Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie from

Smoothies have become my go-to afternoon snack, ever since I made the ‘make ahead smoothie packs’ for the 85 Breakfasts & Snacks for $140 meal plan. (Definitely check it out, if you haven’t yet! It’s a huge time, money and sanity saver!)

This smoothie is smooth-nomenal. As in “smoothie-phenomenal.” I’m not sure if it’s the peach in the smoothie. Or the clementine. Or the pineapple, or the combo of all three…but this smoothie definitely lives up to it’s ‘tropical’ name. I give you the recipe…

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Tropical Green Smoothie

Yield – 2 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 1 clementine, peeled and frozen
  • 1/2 banana, frozen
  • handful of tender baby greens (chard, kale, and spinach)
  • 1 peach, pit removed (½ cup peach slices if using frozen)
  • 1/4 cup pineapple chunks with juice (delicious if frozen beforehand)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  • Add all ingredients to the NutriNinja or other blender.
  • Cover ingredients with water.
  • Pulse 3 times or until ingredients are completely blended.

Tropical Green Smoothie from

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