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Strawberry Recipe Round Up! {National Strawberry Day}

Did you know that today is National Strawberry day? I love everything strawberry, so in honor of this special day I thought it would be fun to do a recipe round up on Mommy's Kitchen. Here are 31 recipes that incorporate strawberries in some form. I hope you find something you like.    

Strawberry Recipes

  1. Strawberry Delight
  2. Strawberry Biscuit Cobbler
  3. Red White & Blue Mini Fruit Pizza's
  4. Strawberry Oatmeal Cobbler
  5. Easy Strawberry Ice Cream
  6. Strawberry Ice Box Pie
  7. Strawberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake
  8. Strawberry Biscuit Shortcake 
  9. Southern Strawberry Cake
  10. Easy Strawberry Jam
  11. White Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake {Crock Pot}
  12. Strawberry Dessert Pizza
  13. Fruit & Granola Yogurt Parfaits 
  14. Strawberry Spinach Salad W/Raspberry Vinaigrette
  15. Strawberry Jell-O Salad
  16. Mom's Strawberry Cake
  17. Summertime Strawberry Pie
  18. Strawberry No Bake Cheesecake
  19. Strawberry Banana Smoothie
  20. Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
  21. Strawberry Shortcut Cake
  22. Strawberries W/Cream
  23. Strawberry Cream Cake  
  24. Easy Fruit Salad
  25. Red White & Blue Skillet Cobbler
  26. Strawberry Salsa
  27. Strawberry Soda Pop Cake
  28. Strawberry Kool-Aid Pie
  29. Semi-Homemade Tres Leches Cake
  30. Watermelon - Strawberry Smoothie 
  31. Strawberry Angel Fluff 

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Chicken & Noodles {Easy Comfort Food}

A couple months back I was reading the Old Farmers Almanac and it was predicting a much colder winter for North Texas. I love winter, so I was pretty excited about what I was reading. It even mentioned a high chance of snow for January and February, but so far we haven't seen a single flake. 

I know I should be counting my blessings seeing that the northeast is being pounded with repeated snowfall, but it still makes me a bit jealous. One thing we have had is our share of cold temperatures, but they have been sporadic to say the least. One day it's 78 degrees and the next day we drop down to the 30's. Not my kind of winter if you ask me, so I wish Mother nature would just pick a season and stick to it.  

When the weather is cold I break out all my favorite comfort foods to warm my family up. We purchase several whole chickens each month because they're pretty cheap and great for for a variety of recipes. One of my favorites is this Easy Chicken & Noodles pictured above. 

My husband is more of chicken and dumplings kind of guy, but I prefer both. There's just something about simple comfort food that I love so much. This recipe starts off in the crock pot and then I finish it on the stove top using my dutch oven. 

You can use any type of wide egg noodles, but I prefer to use Amish Egg Noodles or No Yolk Dumpling for this recipe. I purchase mine at a local Amish store or at Atwoods. Serve this meal with homemade rolls and a salad of your choice.  




Easy Chicken & Noodles 
{mommyskitchen.net}

 
1 - 3 to 4 lb whole chicken
1 - small onion, cut into pieces
1 - clove garlic, minced 
2 - ribs of celery, cut into thirds
2 - carrots, cut into thirds
1 - bay leaf
2 - 14 oz cans low sodium chicken broth or use reserved broth
1 - 10 oz can cream of chicken soup 
1 - 10 oz bag no yolk dumplings, wide Amish egg noddles or Frozen egg noodles
1/8 - teaspoon poultry seasoning, to taste 
1/2 - teaspoon onion powder 
1/2 - teaspoon garlic powder 
salt and pepper, to taste
flour for thickening (if needed)

Start by cleaning out the chicken. Remove the neck, giblets and livers from inside of the chicken. Rinse the chicken inside and out under cold running water and pat dry with a paper towel.

Place the chicken in a 6 qt crock pot and cover with about 4-5 inches of water. Add the cut onion, garlic, celery, carrots, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Cover the crock pot.
Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. 

I normally start the crock pot on high for the first hour to really get it going then reduce the heat to low for the last 4 hours. Cook until the chicken is cooked through, tender, and comes off the bone easily. 

Remove the chicken from the crock pot and place on a plate. Use tongs and a slotted spoon because the chicken will fall apart when removed.

Cool chicken until easy to touch and then debone the chicken and remove the skin. Strain and save the broth for another recipe. I find it too greasy too use for this recipe, but by all means you can use the broth if you prefer. 

In a large stock pot or dutch oven add the two cans of chicken broth (or use reserved broth) and the egg noodles. Cook until the egg noodles are tender but not mushy. 

To the broth and noodles add one can of cream of chicken soup and the chicken. Add poultry seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine. Thicken with a mixture of flour and water if needed. 

Cooks Note: I prefer not to use the broth that I cooked the chicken in for this recipe. I find it to be too greasy after the chicken is cooked (especially since the broth is part of the recipe), so I use low sodium chicken broth.  


If you dislike canned broth just stain the broth from the chicken and add the broth into a stock pot pot and continue with the recipe. Frozen peas and carrots can also be added to this recipe, but I prefer my chicken and noodles plain and simple.   


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Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken & Pasta - Simple Meals

Quick and easy meals are perfect when you're short on time but still want to serve your family a delicious home cooked meal.  One of the suggestions my readers always have for me is to post more simple dinner ideas for busy weeknights.   

I remember the days of working full time outside the home and trying to throw dinner together as soon as I walked in the door.  Most days it was a challenge so we just ended up ordering takeout. Today I am blessed to be able to work from home, so I have more of a consistent routine when it comes to meal planning. 

I do still have those over scheduled days and endless errands that sometimes keep me from getting a hot meal on the table. Those are the days that I'm thankful for semi- homemade meals like this Cheesy Bruschetta Chicken & Pasta. This easy chicken recipe is part of a new series called Simple Meals at Walmart

All of the meals featured on the simple meals section are dishes that can be prepared in less than 45 minutes. Each recipe has a grocery list feature to add and print the required ingredients for each meal. I normally cook most of my meals from scratch, but I do tend to use convenience items to simplify a few of our favorite meals.  

 
Some folks frown upon that, but I think it's still better then stopping for takeout or picking up fast food. As a Walmart Mom I was asked to try out a meal from their website and share it with you. I chose to make the One-Pot Creamy Bruschetta Chicken, but adapted the recipe using a Knorr Pasta side instead of rice. 

My daughter loves the packages of Alfredo pasta, so this meal worked out perfectly. I did tweak the bruschetta recipe a bit to give it more flavor, and I also used Kraft's Italian five cheese blend, because that's my favorite shredded cheese.   

I can say not all of these simple meals will make an appearance on my table, but there are a few recipes that would be great when I'm in a pinch for time. It's all about taking fresh ingredients and making each of the recipes your own. If you're looking for easy and time saving recipes check out Simple Meals at Walmart.

Lets get started with the step by step. In a large skillet heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium - high heat. Add the seasoned chicken and cook until lightly browned and cooked through. While the chicken is cooking prepare the bruschetta topping. 

Remove the cooked chicken to a serving plate and cover to keep warm. Prepare the Knorr Pasta Sides according to packet directions using the same skillet (rinse and clean skillet first). Stir in half of the cheeses into the Knorr Pasta sides - Alfredo until melted, then turn onto a serving platter. 

 
Arrange chicken over pasta, and top with the remaining cheeses, and bruschetta topping. Pair with a vegetable and a loaf of Bakery fresh french bread to complete the meal.  



Three Cheese Bruschetta Chicken & Pasta

1 - tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil, separated 
4 - boneless, skinless chicken breasts, split or cut into smaller pieces
onion and garlic powder, to taste
2 - packages Knorr Pasta Side, Alfredo, prepared 
1 - cup Kraft Shredded Italian Five Cheese Blend, separated
1 - pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 - clove garlic, minced
2 - tablespoons fresh basil leaves, chopped 
splash of balsalmic vinegar
fresh ground pepper, to taste

Heat one tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium - high heat.  Season the chicken with garlic and onion powder. 

Add the chicken to the skillet and cook, turning until lightly browned, and the chicken is cooked through. While the chicken is cooking prepare the bruschetta topping. 

In a small bowl add the chopped tomatoes, minced garlic, basil, one teaspoon olive oil, splash of balsalmic vinegar, and pepper; lightly mix to combine and set aside. 

Remove the cooked chicken to a serving plate and cover to keep warm. Prepare the Knorr Pasta Sides according to packet directions using the same skillet (rinse and clean skillet first). 

Stir in half of the cheeses into the Knorr Pasta sides - Alfredo  until melted, then turn onto a serving platter. Arrange chicken over pasta and top with the remaining cheeses and bruschetta topping. 

Servings: 4 

Cook's Note: The cut up cooked chicken can also be added into the pasta instead of arranging on top. 


For more Simple Meal Ideas check out my fellow Walmart Moms and their recipes.






     


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Grilled Cheese Roll Ups {Share Your Cheesy}

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches have been a childhood favorite for as long as I can remember. As a kid and still today the best way to enjoy a ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich is with a hot bowl of tomato soup. If you ask me grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup go together just like peanut butter and jelly and  peas and carrots! 

Today I am shaing a fun twist to the beloved American Classic sandwich with these yummy Grilled Cheese Roll Ups.  I certainly can't take credit for this genius idea. I happened upon it while I was poking around on Pinterest one night and I knew it was something I had to make. Grilled cheese sandwiches are a favorite in our house, so I knew everyone would love them especially my youngest son. 

Recently Walmart teamed up with Kraft, Wonder Bread, and Blue Bonnet for their Grilled Cheese Solutions program! As a Walmart Mom I was asked to create my own twist on the already loved classic cheesy sandwich. I knew immediately that I wanted to make those grilled cheese roll ups I had seen online.      

These cheesy roll ups are super simple to make and call for all your traditional grilled cheese ingredients. I made a few plain grilled cheese roll ups and few others using ham and cheese. By far my son loved the regular grilled cheese rolls, and is already asking me to make them again. For me I ♥ both variations. 

Ingredients for the Grilled Cheese Roll Ups all found at your local Walmart: Wonder Bread, Kraft American cheese (regular or white American), thin sliced deli ham (optional), real butter or Blue Bonnet spread (I used real butter). 

Start by using a rolling pin to flatten out each slice of bread. You can cut the crusts off, but I prefer to leave them on. 

Layer one slice of American cheese and one slice of thin deli ham (if using) on each slice of flattened bread. Carefully roll up each slice tightly and secure with a toothpick to prevent them from unraveling.   

Melt a tablespoon of butter or blue bonnet spread in the bottom of a skillet over medium heat. Place each grilled cheese roll seam-side down in the skillet (I added 4 at a time). Cook on all sides until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. Remove the toothpicks as you go along.   


Serve immediately while the bread is still hot and the cheese is melted. Don't forget the tomato soup, because these yummy little grilled cheese roll ups are perfect for dunking.  

Do you have a spin on a grilled cheese sandwich? If you do tweet your own Cheese-tastic creations on Twitter using the hashtag #shareyourcheesy and don't forget to tag @Walmart. Visit wonderfulcheesy to share your cheesy creation and to enter for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card. 



Grilled Cheese Roll Ups

8 - slices Wonder Bread 
8 - slices Kraft American Cheese 
thin sliced deli ham, optional
salted butter or margarine
toothpicks 
Tomato Soup of your choice for dipping  

Start by using a rolling pin to flatten out each slice of bread. You can cut the crusts off, but I prefer to leave them on. 

Layer one slice of American cheese, and one slice thin deli ham (if using) on each slice of flattened bread. 

Carefully roll up each slice tightly and secure with a toothpick to prevent them from unraveling.  

Melt a tablespoon of salted butter or blue bonnet spread in the bottom of a skillet over medium heat. 

Place each grilled cheese roll seam-side down in the skillet. Cook on all sides until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. Remove the toothpicks as you go along.

Serve immediately while the bread is hot and the cheese is melted.  Don't forget the tomato soup for dipping. 


Servings: 4
recipe source: sheknows.com 

Cook's Note: For a healthier option use whole grain or homemade wheat bread, real cheddar cheese and real butter. 


For more grilled cheese creations check out my fellow Walmart Moms and their recipes.




     

February Menu - Menu Plan Monthly

Happy February! A new month means a new menu plan, so lets get right to it. I have my February Dinner Menu for you. A few meals were carried over from last month that did not get made, so if you see a few repeats that's why. I hope you find something you like.   


February Dinner Menu

Beef Brisket & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes & Acorn Squash 
Loose Meat Burgers & French Fries
Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas, Spanish Rice & Half Smashed Re fried Beans

CopyKat Pizza Hut Pan Pizza - Pizza Night
Miss Kay's Pinto Beans & Sausage & Moms Mexican Cornbread 
Pork Roast & Gravy W/Carrots & Potatoes
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Tomato Soup
Easy Chicken & NoodlesBroccoli  & Honey Wheat Rolls 
Cheese Enchiladas, Spanish Rice & Refried Beans
Skillet Spaghetti , Olive Gardens Salad & French Bread 
Not My Mama's Meatloaf, Baked Brown Rice & Roasted Carrots 
Bobby's Favorite Goulash Artesian Bread
Crock Pot Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sandwiches 
Cheeseburger Pie {New}Yogurt Fruit SaladBroccoli & Cauliflower 
Barbecue Chicken & Bacon Pizza - (Leftover BBQ Pulled Chicken)  
Crock Pot Chicken & Dressing, Potatoes & Steamed Green Beans
Pumpkin Chili & Bishops Corncake
Cheeseburger Macaroni, Salad & Roasted Lemon Pepper Broccoli
Brushetta Chicken W/Spaghetti Squash 
Lasagna Roll Ups, Salad & French Bread Rolls
Coney Island Hot Dogs & French Fries

Hamburger Steaks & Gravy {New}, Baked Brown Rice & Cream Peas
CopyKat Taco Bell Enchiritos

King Hawaiian Baked Ham & Cheese Sliders  & Easy Fruit Salad 
Perfect Pancakes, Bacon & Eggs (Breakfast for Dinner)
Crock Pot Smoked Sausage W/Green Beans & Potatoes & Salad 
Crock Pot Turkey Breast & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Peas & Cranberry Sauce
Valentines Day Dinner: Pasta W/Vodka Sauce , Chicken Cutlets, Buttery Crisp Green Beans & Strawberry Delight



Desserts:Honey Bun Cake
Lemon Shaker Pie {New}
Mud Hen Bars
Quick Cherry Cobbler {New}


Cooks Note: Any dish noted with {New} is a new recipe I plan to prepare and will post the recipe as I make them.

     


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