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Weight Watchers Macaroni And Cheese Recipe {Only 4 Points!}

weight watchers mac and cheese

Lately because of all the snow my little one has been home with me more than normal. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with that little girl, but trying to find something for her to eat for lunch besides a sandwich can prove difficult when I’m still trying to get some work done. Recently our family has started doing Weight Watchers so I wanted to make sure I could make something for lunch that we would both enjoy, but not undo our day. Mac and Cheese is my daughters favorite thing to have no matter the time of day so I went in search of a Weight Watchers Macaroni and Cheese Recipe and found one that was easy to make and tastes exactly like “normal” Mac and Cheese. Your kids will love it and at only 4 Weight Watchers Points you will too! Let’s check it out!

Here is how to make my Weight Watchers Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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November 3, 2016

Easy Fondue Recipe

4 Ingredient cheese fondue

 Easy Fondue Recipe

I have a love affair with cheese. It is okay my husband knows. He used it to his advantage. I remember years ago he did just that. Yes, it is a bit foggy to go back years ago. When did I get this old? I remember being in college and we went on a date. You know the one where you put on fancy clothes. He put on a suit and I put on a dress. You could say our love was confirmed over an easy fondue recipe.Continue reading

How to Cook a Turkey

How to Cook a Turkey

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I was scared to cook a turkey. It always looked so hard.  I always remembered people looking like they have run a race after cooking this beast. One year, I jumped in and decided I would figure it out. I hope my post how you cook a turkey will help even the newest cook roast a delicious turkey.

Ingredients:

Turkey

Chicken Brooth

1 stick of Butter

Salt and Pepper

Olive oil

Herbs (You can use rosemary) I cheat and use Herbes De Provence (it sounds fancy and tastes great)

roasting pan

foil

This is how you cook a turkey.

1) If your turkey is frozen, you will need to thaw it in the refrigerator DAYS before Thanksgiving. If you have screwed up and didn’t do this, you can put it in cold water to thaw.  Make sure you keep changing the water until it is thawed. I hope you didn’t have plans as this will take a while.

2) You will actually need to wash the turkey.  Just use water.  Do NOT use soap.

3) Pat the turkey dry with paper towels. I can imagine my husband grabbing a dish towel so I am being specific.

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Prepping and Seasoning the Turkey

4) First things first, take out everything that is in the turkey. It most likely has stuff in there. This stuff will be used in your gravy.

5) Be sure to cut a little piece of skin to allow for room for your hand to go under the skin.  Make a little clip up near the neck area and on the bottom.

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6) Divide the butter in half and place one half in a measuring cup for later.   Cut the second half into thin squares.

7) Place the thin slices of butter under the skin of the turkey.

8) Now place the turkey in a roaster pan.

9) Brush the outside of the turkey with olive oil

10) Sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper on the outside of the turkey.

11) To finish seasoning the turkey, sprinkle on the herb of your choice. I used Herbes De Provence

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12) Place 1 cup of chicken broth at the bottom of your turkey roasting pan

13) If you like, you can place the turkey in a roasting bag.  I don’t do this though it does make clean up easier.  I just buy a foil roasting pan which can be tossed after the meal.

Cooking the Turkey

14) Turn your oven to 400 degrees.  Once the oven has reached 400 degrees, place the turkey in the oven with foil over the turkey for 60 minutes.

15) After 60 minutes, turn the temperature down to 325 degree for the remaining cooking time

16) I set my microwave timer to go off every 30 minutes so I can go over and pour the liquid at the bottom of the pan over the turkey. This is called basting.

17) Thirty minutes before the bird should be done, remove the foil.

18) Check the turkey often to see that it reaches 180 degrees.  Be sure to do this in the fattest part of the bird.

19) You can crisp the skin by melting the remaining half of the butter and painting it on the skin of the turkey.

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20) Once the turkey reaches 180 degrees, turn the oven to BROIL for about 3 minutes while watching carefully to make sure you do not burn the turkey.

21) Place foil lightly over the top and let the turkey rest before serving.

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22) Finally, put your perfectly cooked bird on a serving platter.  Don’t forget to throw flour on your forehead and pretend this was VERY hard.

How Long to Cook a Turkey

• 12-pound turkey: 3 to 4 hours at 325 degrees

• 15-pound turkey: 4 to 4 ½ hours at 325 degrees

• 18-pound turkey: 4 ½ to 5 hours at 325 degrees

• 20-pound turkey: 5 to 6 hours at 325 degrees

I came up with some awesome ways to use leftovers.. Turkey Leftovers 

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September 22, 2016

Baked Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Baked Fettuccine Alfredo Recipe

Baked Fettuccine Alfredo

Summer time means fun in the sun, sleeping in, and having good meals with friends and family. I love the flexibility summer time brings. It usually means more people are available for get togethers and dinners. Which also means cooking for more people than you normally do. And what’s a great easy dinner idea for cooking for a large number of people? Any kind of pasta! It’s inexpensive, a crowd pleaser, and can be made in big batches. My Baked Fettuccine Alfredo recipe is one of my favorite meals to cook for a crowd and I thought some of you might love it as well! It doesn’t take long to make, is oh-so-cheesy, and is very cost effective. Would you like to learn how to make it? Great! Let’s get started! Continue reading

June 27, 2016

Easy and Delicious Pizza Burgers Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stop & Shop. All opinions are 100% mine.

Easy And Delicious Pizza Burgers Recipe

Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. I love being able to spend time with my family, heading on summer vacations, and spending more time outdoors. We have a patio that was begging for use all winter long, and finally we are able to bring our dinner outside and enjoy it on our patio together as a family! Summer also means that we have friends and family over often and I need to be able to make meals that not only taste great, but are also affordable. Luckily my local Stop & Shop has got me covered there! They have everything you need for easy, affordable and quality meals to kick off your summer fun.

The Stop & Shop Savory Recipe Center also has an awesome recipe ideas that are easy to follow and cost efficient! There were tons to choose from from burgers, sides, and deserts. I took a peek and knew that my family would love the NY Pizza Burger and I knew I had to recreate that recipe for my family and share it with you guys! Everything you love about a pizza on top of a burger. What else could you ask for right!? It’s also a great base recipe that can be customized by adding all kinds of different toppings! And with 4th of July coming up, this would be an awesome burger to make for your cookout!

Let’s check out how I made my version of the New York Pizza Burger:

You Will Need:

  • 1 lb 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 envelope onion mushroom soup mix
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp jarred pasta sauce
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4  rolls

Instructions for make New York Pizza Burgers:

Step 1: Add your beef, onion soup mix, oregano, and grated Parmesan cheese in a large mixing bowl and mix gently combine.

Step 2: Shape your mixture into 4 burger patties.

Step 3: Grill your burgers over med/high heat for about 7 minutes on each side, or until it reaches your desired cooking temperature.

Step 4: While your burgers are cooking, heat up your pasta sauce in a sauce pan until warm.

Step 5: When your burgers are cooked through grab your sliced mozzarella cheese and place it on top of your patties and let melt for about 1 minute.

Step 6: Place your burgers on buns and add some of your pasta sauce on top. You can also have a little more fun and add some fun toppings to your pizza burger! We opted to go for some pepperoni at my daughters insistence.

You guys, how Delicious does this look!? And everyone in the family absolutely loved this recipe. Even my picky kid who normally only eats plain burgers. And it was fast and affordable. Score! I hope you enjoyed this recipe and don’t forget to check out your local Stop & Shop for great deals and variety for your summer meals.

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The Ultimate Grilled Pineapple Summertime Snacks!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TriscuitSummer  #CollectiveBias The best summertime snacks combine grilled fruit and fresh flavor combinations. I am sharing a recipe for TRISCUIT crackers topped with grilled pineapple, feta cheese,  and balsamic glaze – the ultimate grilled pineapple summertime snacks.  

The warm weather has finally arrived here in Central VA. After weeks of rain that felt like months, the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising. We have already fired up the grill for dinner several nights this week and we are trying some new summertime snacks too.

How to make easy summertime snacks with grilled pineapple

Have you ever grilled pineapple? I have eaten grilled fruits including pineapple but I have never grilled them myself. Grilling pineapple is really delicious and after making it for this TRISCUIT cracker appetizer recipe I know I will be making it again soon.Continue reading