Tomato Bisque with Cheddar Bay Dumplings

This yummy Tomato Bisque with Cheddar Bay Dumplings is the soup lovers’ dream come true. A rich, creamy tomato bisque is studded with buttery Cheddar Bay style dumplings for a new twist on on a couple classics.

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Copy Cat Panda Express Fried Rice

 Stay in tonight and still have your favorite fried rice. This copy cat version of Panda Express’ most popular side dish makes it easy to see why it’s so loved. Slightly salty, extra savory this meal packs a flavor punch while still keeping the ingredients simple. In under 20 minutes you can be enjoying this take out- fake out version, and serve it as part of your own two entree plate from the convenience of your own home.

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Copy Cat Hostess Zebra Cake

A fluffy whipped cream filling sandwiched between two soft yellow cakes and covered in a luscious layer of white chocolate. This Copy Cat Hostess Zebra Cake is topped off with a chocolate drizzle before being sliced and served. This cake is a fun, delicious homage to one of your favorite childhood treats and an easy way to usher it in for a new generation.

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Copy Cat Taco Bell AM Crunch Wrap

 To all my regular readers and followers this is not news, but if you’re new here (HI!! we hope you come back to visit often) I’ll let you in on a well-known fact: I am NOT a morning person. At All. I make no secret of this, and my family knows it well. Do not approach me (period) if the coffee has not been brewed. When my cup’s half gone, you may proceed with caution. Nope, scratch that, I’m headed to the bathroom. When only the dregs are left I bear a striking resemblance to something that passes for human and the Mom you know and love. You still may want to tread carefully for another 15 minutes or so though.

Copy Cat Taco Bell AM Crunchwrap

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Sub Sandwiches

$5, $5 foot long …

You know the jingle I’m sure. And it’s a great deal, especially for such a generously proportioned sandwich. And not surprisingly, none of our kids have any trouble (at all!) putting one down in mere minutes. They’re easy, they’re good, and with children who inhale their food, the price is right on point for us.

 Chicken Bacon Ranch Sub Sandwich

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Crockpot Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

It’s the first day of the New Year, and along with 2016 the Winter weather seems to have finally arrived as well. And we couldn’t be happier. Bring it on. We’ve got our hats, coats, and gloves out, and weeks worth of hearty, soothes the soul recipes. And nothing warms you up better than a piping hot bowl of fresh, homemade soup.

And there’s nothing quite as warm and cozy as this copy cat version of Olive Garden’s famous Zuppa Toscana.

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Southwestern Egg Roll Dip with Wonton Chips

Have you ever had a Southwestern-style egg roll? They’re so good, and for the most part they’re not too bad for you calorie-wise. Originally we had to go to our local Chilis to enjoy them, but then we began making them at home, using tiny tortillas.

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But have you ever worked with egg roll or wonton wrappers? Once you’ve opened the package, you’ve got days at most to use the rest before they go bad. And y’all know how much food waste pains me, so as usual necessity was the mother of ingenuity. And it led to our own deconstructed version of southwestern egg rolls, this time turned into a dip. With an egg roll ‘chip’ replacing our typical flour tortilla.

it good. When we ran out of chips the sons were scarfing it down by the spoonful!

East meets (south)West in this funky Tex-Mex, inside out, version of an egg roll. Its simple, fun and a great way to use up leftovers, especially if you’re like us and you’ve got a half a can of black beans here,a quarter cup of diced peppers there, etc.

Southwestern Egg Roll Dip with Wonton Chips

Southwestern Egg Roll Dip with Wonton Chips

1 chicken breast, cooked, then either diced or shredded
3/4 – 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
2 green onions, thinly sliced and then diced
1/2 cup fresh baby spinach, diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
package of wonton wrappers
3/4 cup ranch dressing
the juice of 1 lemon or lime, your choice
pinch of cayenne
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 avocado, mashed
salt and pepper, to taste
oil for frying

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, corn, beans, peppers, green onion, spinach, and cheese until roughly combined.
    2. In a separate bowl combine the ranch dressing, the lemon or lime juice, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, salt and pepper stirring until an evenly incorporated dressing forms.
    3. Mix the mashed avocado in with the dressing, whisking until evenly incorporated, and then pour the finished dressing over the veggie mixture.
    Heat vegetable oil in a pan over med/hi heat.
    4. Cut a stack (your desired amount) of wonton squares in half diagonally, forming triangular shaped ‘chips’. Fry the chips a few minutes on each side until golden brown.
    5. Serve the veggie/dressing mix as a dip in a bowl, with the egg roll chips on the side, or scoop out a bit of the dip onto each chip for easy grab and go bite sized snacks.