Pulled Pork Barbacoa Recipe #datz4foodies

Pulled Pork Barbacoa Recipe #datz4foodies

Pulled Pork Barbacoa Recipe #datz4foodies

I told you guys a few weeks that I had the amazing opportunity to to Datz in Tampa to learn more about the Ben’s Beginners Contest that is going on right now and I thought you guys would like the recipe we made that day!  We made a Pulled Pork Barbacoa and you could serve it with fried eggs, I will admit that most the kids skipped the egg part ;)

This is a pretty easy dish to assemble and it makes a ton, so it’s great for gatherings or to freeze left overs for dinner another night.

Pulled Pork Barbacoa #datz4foodies
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Spanish
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Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs of pulled pork
Seasoned Black Beans Ingredients
  • 2 16oz cans of black beans
  • 1tbs granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp onion salt
  • 1 tbs salt
  • ½ diced yellow onion
Other Ingredients
  • 4 cups prepared Uncle Ben's Instant Brown Rice seasoned with southwest seasonings
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 8 corn tortillas
pico de gallo Ingredients
  • ½ red onion diced
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro diced
  • 2 fresh jalapenos seeded and diced
  • 10 fresh roma tomatoes diced
  • juice of 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Combine Seasoned Black Bean ingredients and set aside
  2. Combine pico de gallo ingredients and set aside
  3. Line the bottom of a casserole dish with tortillas
  4. Add a layer of black beans
  5. Add a layer of Uncle Ben's Instant Brown Rice mixture
  6. Add a layer of pulled pork
  7. Add a layer of pico de gallo
  8. Top with shredded cheese
  9. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes until cheese is blistered
Notes
You can serve with fried eggs and plantains

Make sure to see how you can enter to win $45,000 in prizes from Uncle Ben’s in the Ben’s Beginners Contest!

Check out Datz on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything delicious, a huge thanks to Chef Andy for making this with us!

Stay up to date with me too :)  Find Having Fun Saving on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.

I hope you enjoy this Pulled Pork Barbacoa recipe!

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Breakfast…It’s What For Dinner #BreakfastNight + Krusteaz GIVEAWAY

Breakfast...It's What For Dinner

Breakfast…It’s What For Dinner #BreakfastNight + Krusteaz GIVEAWAY

I love spending time in the kitchen, thinking of creative things to cook is just one of my favorite things to do!  But, if you were to ask my kids what their favorite foods were, two of their top answers would be Pancakes and Bacon.  We usually reserve pancakes for Sundays at my house, buy WHY?  I honestly have no real good answer for that!  Why not let the kids have one of their favorite foods on a different day…how about for dinner even?!  Crazy thought, huh?  Na… ;)

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, why not have it for dinner?!  Krusteaz actually has quite a few varieties of mixes available right now that I am happy to say are sitting in my pantry because I got the opportunity to do this fun review.

  • Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix
  • Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix
  • Krusteaz Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix

So, the other night when the kids wanted their favorite foods – we made breakfast!  Chocolate chip pancakes for the kiddos, Blueberry Chocolate Chip for me, and Blueberry for my hubby :)  Have you ever had Bacon Chocolate Chip pancakes?  That’s another one of my favorites!  Just crumble some bacon and add it directly to the pancake mix – so good!!

What is your favorite ingredient to toss into pancakes or waffles?  Visit Krusteaz online or their Breakfast Night site to get some more fun ideas!  Like these Pecan Waffles!

Breakfast...It's What For Dinner

Celebrate National Breakfast Month with Krusteaz and enjoy both the simplicity and fun of breakfast for dinner!

In a national survey, Krusteaz found that nine out of ten (91 percent) Americans say they eat breakfast for dinner, with 56 percent doing so once a month or more often. For families, the trend is even more prevalent as 67 percent of respondents with children in the household say they have breakfast for dinner once a month or more.

A variety of factors contribute to the rising popularity of breakfast for dinner, with the main appeal being ease of preparation versus a traditional dinner meal (43 percent). For families especially, it’s also “a fun way to break up the monotony of weekly dinner night” cited by 44 percent.

Hungry yet?  Good, because I have a GIVEAWAY for you guys :)  One lucky reader will win a Krusteaz Prize Pack including:

  • Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix
  • Krusteaz Belgian Waffle Mix
  • Krusteaz Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix
  • FREE Product Coupons

Make sure to check Krusteaz out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Be sure to stay up to date with me too  :) Find Having Fun Saving on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.

Now, here’s how to enter that giveaway:

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Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown Recipe – Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos

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Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown Recipe - Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos

Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown Recipe
Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL? It’s that time of year again and that also means it’s time for good food and good times. Game-day snacks and recipes are as traditional as team chants and lucky jerseys! I don’t know about you, but when I think game time, I think nachos.

That’s why I am thrilled (ok, beyond thrilled – ecstatic!) that I had the opportunity to partner with Frito-Lay to participate in Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown! Oh yes…NACHO THROWDOWN!  Fans (yes, that’s YOU!) will be able to vote for your favorite blogger-submitted recipe in head-to-head recipe matchups every week until one blogger recipe is crowned champion at the end of Week Four.

You can vote for your recipe starting Monday, September 15th!

Where do you vote? Right on Frito-Lay Facebook’s page- starting September 29th

Every fan that votes for the blogger recipe will randomly be entered to win a Frito-Lay prize pack!

This past weekend I spent some time in the kitchen making some of our favorite foods and loading them onto the ultimate nachos!  See that picture above…don’t those nachos look delicious?!

This Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nacho Recipe is sure to be a game-day pleaser. Sweet, Spicy, and Pulled Pork, and Tostitos…what more could you ask for?!

 

Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos
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Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes - peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 diced Jalapeno
  • ¼ cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 lb Pork tenderloin - You will be shredding this, I have found that tenderloins are the most tender
  • 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • Tostitos Original Chips
Instructions
  1. Gently rub salt and pepper on the pork and place in slow cooker with ¼ cup water
  2. Cook pork on low for 6 hours
  3. When pork is done, cube and peel the sweet potatoes
  4. Bring a pot of water to a boil
  5. Add in Sweet Potatoes
  6. Boil for 15-20 min or until tender
  7. While sweet potatoes are boiling, remove the pork from the slow cooker and use two forks to shred the meat
  8. Top the shredded pork with BBQ sauce - add more of less to your taste. Just sure to mix in the sauce well
  9. When the sweet potatoes are tender, drain the water and add them back into the pot
  10. Add in brown sugar and butter
  11. Mash the sweet potatoes
  12. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and line it with Tostitos Chips
  13. Sprinkle shredded cheese over all chips
  14. Top each chip with equal amounts of pulled pork, then top with the sweet potatoes
  15. Place cookie sheet in oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes (until cheese is melted)
  16. Top each chip with a slice of the Jalapeno - this are spicy - especially if you leave the seeds in!
  17. Enjoy!

Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown Recipe - Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos

 

Load up those TOSTITOS® Original Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips with the Pulled Pork and Sweet Potatoes!

Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown Recipe - Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos

The Jalapeno adds the perfect amount of kick to compliment the sweetness of the BBQ sauce and sweet potatoes. These nachos are hearty and full of flavor, and sure to be at your next game-day get together!

Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown Recipe - Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos

The next time your favorite NFL team is on, make sure to surprise your fans with these Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos!

Want to show off your favorite Nacho Recipe for a chance to WIN fun prizes from Frito Lay? Make sure to participate in Frito-Lay’s Instagram Sweepstakes where you can submit your own nacho recipe via Instagram using #NachoFritoEntry. Frito-Lay will randomly select a winner via Instagram to win a prize pack!

Don’t forget to start voting in the Frito-Lay Nacho Throwdown starting September 29th.  You will see my Spicy Pulled Pork & Sweet Potato Nachos there!  Everyone that votes will be entered to win a Frito-Lay Prize Pack!

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Pumpkin Whipped Topping

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Pumpkin Whipped Topping

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Pumpkin Whipped Topping

Since everyone is excited about Pumpkin this time of year, I thought I would remind you guys about this amazingly delicious Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe.  I especially like them to be minis, that way I will eat just one ;)  And the topping….wow…it’s outstanding!

Now, it is slightly time consuming, but I will tell you that it is definitely worth it!

I recommend doing the recipe in the order I have listed, get ready to have fun cooking!

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Pumpkin Whipped Topping
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients
  • ¾ cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
Pumpkin Whipped Topping Ingredients
  • 7.5 oz of pumpkin
  • ½ box vanilla instant pudding
  • 8 oz of cool whip (we used lite, you can use fat free though if you prefer)
  • ½ tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling Ingredients
  • 12 oz of Cream Cheese
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
Instructions
Graham Cracker Crust Instructions
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted the butter
  2. Line muffin pan with baking cups
  3. Press equal amounts of graham cracker mixture baking cups and bake at 375 degrees 7 minutes
  4. Let cool
Pumpkin Whipped Topping Instructions
  1. Mix all together and chill covered for about an hour
Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling Instructions
  1. Add Cream Cheese to mixing bowl and gently mix
In a separate bowl, mix:
  1. pumpkin puree
  2. brown sugar
  3. sugar
  4. cinnamon
  5. teaspoon nutmeg
  6. teaspoon salt
  7. egg
Finally
  1. Add the pumpkin mixture to the cream cheese and mix until well blended
  2. Spoon the mixture into the baking cups that have the graham cracker crust
  3. Put the muffin pan INTO a larger roasting pan and fill the roasting pan with hot tab water until it is about half way up the muffin pan
  4. Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes, if the center is not firm put back in for up to 15 minutes
  5. Remove immediately from the water and let cool for 45 min - 1 hour
  6. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours (or overnight) before serving
Notes
*Note – the Pumpkin Whipped Topping recipe is very easily doubled, use the extra as dip and serve with graham crackers or top another favorite holiday dessert

 

I hope you enjoy this Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes With Pumpkin Whipped Topping recipe! Be sure to let me know if you try them :)

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White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe – EASY!

Easy White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe

White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe – EASY!

I have an easy White Bean Chicken Chili recipe to share with you guys today. With the weather starting to cool, one of my favorite things to make is chili and soups!   This recipe makes a lot…my husband and I had it for dinner one night, lunch the next day, and I got about 2-3 lunches out of it this week as well. It is a very cost-effective meal :)

If you use canned beans – you can just add all the ingredients and simmer on the stove for about 10 minutes. Or use your slow cooker for or let cook on low and have a delicious smelling house all day ;)

White Bean Chicken Chili Recipe - EASY!
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Recipe type: Lunch/Dinner
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 – Progresso Recipe Starters – Roasted Garlic
  • 1 – Southwestern White Bean Chili Hurst Beans- or 2 cans of Cannelloni Beans
  • 1 – Package of Southwestern Perdue Short Cuts Chicken (you can really use any chicken you would like, I just like the ease and added flavor of the Short Cuts)
  • 1 - Can of Red Gold® Diced Tomatoes Chili Ready (these add fabulous flavor!)
Instructions
  1. Rinse your beans and toss them in a Pressure Cooker for 30 minutes with 4 cups of water, then let then cook in the slow cooker for about 7-8 hours (if you don't have a pressure cooker, follow the directions on the packages of beans)
  2. Add in your 2 pouches of Progresso Recipe Starters - Roasted Garlic
  3. Add 2 cups of cooked chicken
  4. Add in the can of Red Gold Diced Tomatoes
  5. Add in seasoning packet from the Southwestern White Bean Chili Hurst Beans
  6. You can garnish with shredded cheese, sour cream, and crushed tostitos if you want
  7. Enjoy!

 I hope you guys enjoy this White Bean Chili recipe, make sure to let me know if you try it!

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Mini Angel Food Pumpkin Loaves #SweetCreations

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Mini Angel Food Pumpkin Loaves

Mini Angel Food Pumpkin Loaves #SweetCreations

Fall is just around the corner, so I thought you guys would enjoy this Angel Food Cake Pumpkin Loaves recipe…it’s delicious!  I received a fabulous mini loaf pan from Good Cook that was absolutely perfect for making something delicious and sharing it with my neighbors!  This dessert is very light and it is a very easy recipe with only a few steps…Enjoy!

 

Mini Angel Food Pumpkin Loaves #SweetCreations
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 1 Box Angel Food Cake Mix
  • 1 15 oz. Can Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 8 oz of Whipped Topping
  • 4 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • ½ tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tablespoon of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Mix the Angel Food Cake Mix, Can of Pumpkin Puree, and Water and 2 tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice in mixer until well blended...approx 1 min
  2. Pour mixture ¾ way up the mini loaf pan
  3. Bake according to box instructions (approx 40 min at 350 degrees)
  4. While it's baking, make your whipped topping....
  5. When you can insert a toothpick or knife in the center and nothing comes out off...it's done!
  6. Add the 8 oz of Whipped Topping, 4 oz Pumpkin Puree, ½ tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, and ½ tablespoon of cinnamon to the mixer
  7. Mix until well blended
  8. Once the mini loaves have cooled remove them from the pan and top with the pumpkin topping
  9. Share with family, friends, and loved ones

Mini Angel Food Pumpkin Loaves

Want to make your own Mini Sweet Creations? Well, head over to goodcook.com

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Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest – Enter To Win $45,000 In Prizes!

bens beginners cooking contest

Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest – Enter To Win $45,000 In Prizes!

Are you guys ready to do some cooking? Get those aprons out for you AND the kids and get ready to have some fun in the kitchen! I am so excited to tell you guys about this amazing opportunity from Uncle Ben’s. Uncle Ben’s is so passionate about you and your family enjoying time in the kitchen that they are having a Ben’s Beginners Contest.

What is the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest:

  • Cook as a Family for a Chance to Win Big Prizes!

What Do You Have to do to enter:

  • Make a short 3 minute video (or shorter) of you cooking with your kids

Where do you submit your 3-minute video:

What Do You Get If You Win:

  • A $30,000 Cafeteria Makeover for your child’s school
  • $15,000 for your family!
  • The memories you will make by cooking together as a family…priceless

How Many Winners Will There Be:

  • There will be FIVE Grand Winners – WOWSA!

When Do You Have to Enter By:

  • All entries must be submitted by 10/10/14

Need More Information:

Please make sure to share this with friends, family, and especially your teachers, principals, and PTA/PTO! There are all sorts of valuable print outs and information that you can get online that will help you spread the word…and hopefully give your child’s school the chance to win this fabulous makeover!

bens beginners cooking contest

I am actually very excited to say that I was able to go to the official LAUNCH of Ben’s Beginners right here in Tampa! Families filled Datz in South Tampa, put their aprons on and got ready for some FUN!

Executive Chef Andy walked everyone through how to make Barbacoa and everyone’s creations looked so yummy!

While we were at Datz and everyone’s meals were cooking we also got nutritional tips from Lisa Dorfman.  One of my favorite tips?  Any activity is GOOD activity – anything that gets you up and moving is a great thing.  Another favorite tip…quit worrying about everything that is in your food – enjoy in moderation and enjoy wholesome foods!

Executive Chef Andy said “If people didn’t experiment in the kitchen, we wouldn’t find great foods.”   So, keep that in mind while you are cooking with your kids, experiment, try new things, switch up some ingredients, discover great foods :)

Make sure to stay up to date with Uncle Ben’s on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

And definitely check out Datz on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with everything delicious!

While you are at it – stay up to date with me too :)  Find Having Fun Saving on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +.

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Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

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Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

The kids are back in school and schedules are a bit more “normal” but we are definitely still on-the-go.  There is nothing like taking 5 minutes in the morning to get dinner started and have an amazing meal ready to go come 6 o’clock.  This week I made a Pot Roast and it was fabulous!  Steven doesn’t like carrots, so I decided to add in some green beans and the Garlic and Onion Del Monte tomatoes added a wonderful flavor.

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

Easy Pot Roast Recipe
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Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cans of Del Monte Garlic and Onion Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can of diced potatoes
  • 1 can whole carrots
  • 1 can of Del Monte Green Beans
  • 1 can of Beef Broth
  • 1 envelope of Beefy Onion dry soup mix
  • 4lb Beef Roast
Instructions
  1. Place roast in slow cooker
  2. Sprinkle dry soup mix over roast
  3. Add in canned tomatoes
  4. Add in the rest of the veggies and the beef broth
  5. Cook for 6-8 hours
  6. Enjoy!

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

I love that this recipe uses so many canned ingredients.  Why?  Well, how many times have you brought the ingredients for dinner then you actually didn’t make that for dinner?  Schedules changed, friends came over, you decided to eat out…Then before you know it those fresh ingredients are now in your trash because you forgot about them :(  Canned foods is one of the best ways to get food from the farm to your family — sealing in freshness, flavor and nutrition so they can be served anytime with confidence.  And for less!  Most of my canned products were $1 at Winn-Dixie :)

Looking for an easy dessert idea?  Check out my Low-fat Pineapple Angel Food Cake recipe…it’s just 3 ingredients and one is canned pineapple :) !!

Make sure to check Cans Get You Cooking out online, on Facebook, on Twitter, Pinterest, and even YouTube!

While you are at it – make sure to find Having Fun Saving on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google + for more Florida Fun, reviews, recipes, and more!

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