Mama Francesca’s Latest Grated Cheese, Terzetto ~ Must Try! and more...

Mama Francesca’s Latest Grated Cheese, Terzetto ~ Must Try!


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Y’all, the latest and greatest grated cheese from Mama Francesca is here…the Terzetto.

Say that a few times…




I just love the way that sounds and rolls off the tongue. Makes me wish I knew Italian.

I digress…I’m here to let you know that the Terzetto variety of Mama Francesca’s gourmet grated cheese will be available in Walmart stores nationwide, starting April 21st. That’s Monday, y’all!

I know I’m really excited to get a bottle of this in our freezer, as I adore the flavor combinations in the Terzetto. The asiago, parmesan and romano cheese combo is like the trifecta of Italian cheeses. Cheese trifecta y’all. Perfection.

So, repeat to yourself, Terzetto. Terzetto, terzetto. And pretend you’re enjoying this new cheese atop some pasta or sizzling roasted potatoes, while sitting on the patio of an Italian cafe. In Italy.

Or dusted on top of some sweet potato gnocchi. I’m almost drooling now.

NEW Parm Asiago Romano

Keep a sharp eye out for the Terzetto cheeses in Walmart, and then get ready to gourmet-ify your favorite budget friendly dinners!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Mama Francesca. Opinions and dreams of being in an Italian cafe are my own. :)

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Salsa Verde Beef Street Tacos with Cilantro Slaw

Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Tacos

Well, I’m officially on a salsa verde shredded meat kick. Last week, it was pork tacos with salsa verde and some chopped jalapenos. This week, it’s this shredded beef with an simple cilantro slaw on top. Both meats were cooked in the slow cooker. (Because I NEED my slow cooker these days…here’s why. After this week, I wish to never see a doctor’s office or hospital again. Sigh.)

I love the balance of flavors and textures in these tacos. Perfectly soft shredded beef, delightfully fresh crunch from the cabbage, plus wonderful flavor combinations from the lime, cilantro and salsa verde.

Also, flour or corn…it’s entirely up to you. I’m on a bit of a corn tortilla/street tacos kick these days, hence the use of corn tortillas for us. Reason: they are c.h.e.a.p. You can get a bag of 50 corn tortillas here in San Antonio for less than $2. Yes, please. Plus, they store well in the freezer…so I don’t have to worry about them going to waste. Win-win!

Finally, look at this guy! He can’t wait for the ‘leftovers’ that fall from the baby’s highchair :)

Salsa Verde Shredded Beef Cody

He almost got this taco off the counter. (That wouldn’t be the first time he’s attacked a taco that I’m photographing.)

Hope you enjoy these tacos as much as we did!

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Salsa Verde Beef Street Tacos with Cilantro Slaw

Yield – 12 tacos, plus leftover beef

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 hours in slow cooker


  • 2-ish lb. chuck roast
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups salsa verde
  • 12 oz. bag shredded cabbage or cole slaw mix
  • Small bunch of cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp homemade or store bought vinaigrette
  • Goat cheese or cotija cheese, for topping
  • Other topping idea: sliced or diced avocado


  • Place the beef in the base of the slow cooker and season with the ground cumin, salt and pepper. Pour the salsa verde over the beef.
  • Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Before serving, prepare the slaw in a mixing bowl by tossing together the slaw mix, chopped cilantro and vinaigrette.
  • Assemble tacos by placing some shredded beef in the middle of the tortilla, and top with the slaw and some cheese.
  • Serve Salsa Verde Beef Street Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and side of fresh fruit or veggies.

Chicken Pineapple Stir-fry with Coconut Rice

Chicken Pineapple Stirfry

Sometimes the ingredient stars just align and the meal that I was thinking about, turns out even better than I imagined. I wanted to make something that I knew the boys would love, using a can of coconut milk I’ve had in the pantry for a few weeks. (I purchased it with this recipe in mind, but just haven’t made it yet.) I also picked up a can of pineapple recently with a coupon and knew that when I was scouring the cupboard when making my meal plan this past weekend, these 2 items would be perfect together…for this stir-fry and coconut rice.

The boys l.o.v.e.d. this rice…it was just the right sweetness without being too sweet. Cuatro literally shoveled it into his mouth, with about half making in his mouth and the other half ending up on the floor…and eventually into Cody’s stomach.

What I love about this is that both the stir-fry and the rice use some of each of the coconut milk and the juice from the canned pineapple. It’s just a ‘wise use of resources’ kind of recipe :)

Because Monday wasn’t busy enough this week, I decided to bring this recipe to you live from my kitchen…using my new external webcam…

My oldest son ended up helping me with the filming when I needed both hands and he did a great job of keeping still while holding the camera. He took this very seriously and is looking forward to more of this behind the scenes help…and $2 payouts. ;)

Before you watch…I must disclose that about 12.3 seconds after I hit ‘end broadcast’ on the live demo, I realized I forgot to stir in the coconut milk into the stir-fry. So please ignore the fact that I forgot to do that in the video :)

Watch me cook up this delicious stir-fry! (Live hangout video quality still isn’t what I hope it will become…)

And now it’s your turn to enjoy this recipe…

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Chicken Pineapple Stir-fry with Coconut Rice

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 or 60 minutes, depending on type of rice


  • Olive or canola oil
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken thighs (or breasts), cut into small chunks
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 15 oz. can pineapple chunks in 100% juice, juices reserved
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 15 oz. can light coconut milk, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups white or brown rice
  • Chopped cilantro, garnish


  • To make the rice, use 1 cup of the coconut milk & about 1/3 cup of the pineapple juices plus enough water to make a 2 1/4 cup liquid to 1 cup dry rice. I made 2 cups of brown rice, so added about 3 cups of water for a total of 4 1/2 cups of liquid. Cook as directed on the package… you’ll need about an hour for brown rice or 20 minutes for white rice.
  • To make the stir-fry, add the oil to a skillet and turn on high heat and then add the chicken and sear and toss the chicken in the hot oil. Season with the garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once the chicken has mostly cooked through, stir in the well drained pineapple and red bell pepper.
  • While those are cooking together, quickly stir together the sauce for the chicken stir-fry. Whisk together 1/2 cup of pineapple juice, the lime juice, ground ginger and about 1/3 cup coconut milk. Pour the sauce into the chicken stir-fry mixture and let simmer over medium low heat for up to 10 minutes. If you plan to simmer it longer, remove from heat and then reheat when ready to serve.
  • Serve the Chicken Pineapple Stir-fry over Coconut Rice with chopped cilantro garnish.

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Recipes for One Dish Dinners

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