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Tuttorosso Tomatoes {review & giveaway}

You know you love tomatoes & have had a bit of a love affair with them when a tomato company finds you!

I was contacted a little while ago from a rep from Tuttorosso tomatoes. She’d seen my Make Ahead meals and wanted to send us some tomato products to try.

The Tuttorosso package arrived just in time! My Mom has been down to help the last couple weekends & she’s cooked!

This Sunday we took The Pioneer Woman’s Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe {from her latest cookbook} & switched it up a little {my Mom’s adventurous like that}. We made it in the crockpot, boiled the chicken breasts before shredding, & just tossed in a little less of the spices {probably could’ve done more}. We also subbed a big can of Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes instead of the little bit of tomatoes & didn’t include most of the water. The Tuttorosso tomatoes were delicious! We topped the soup with cheese & have had it for three meals this week.

PW’s Chicken Tortilla Soup; Tuttorosso style

My parents’ stayed in town Monday to help take care of sick Zach. Mom took ingredients we had on hand, chicken, breadcrumbs, cheese, red peppers, mushrooms & Tuttorosso tomato sauce & created baked Chicken parmesan while Zach napped. The tomato sauce was so yummy. And a perfect warm dinner to come home to after a long day of work Monday night. The Chicken Parmesan with the sauce made for great lunch leftovers too.

Mom’s Chicken Parm topped with Tuttorosso tomato sauce

You can purchase Tuttorosso tomatoes at your local Koger. Or even better, one of you can win your own Tuttorosso tomatoes prize package. Perfect for you to make your favorite tomato dishes to warm up the cold winter nights!

Enter by leaving a comment on what’s your favorite tomato based dish. I’ll close the giveaway next Thursday the 27th & announce the winner Friday morning.

Tuttorosso is also having daily giveaway’s on the Tuttorosso Facebook page leading up to Christmas. Feel free to check it out if you’d like. A little bird told me that today’s winner will get a gift pack of Tuttorosso products and recipes. Friday’s prize will be a utility Set {4 piece} by Wusthof knives, & they’re ending it Saturday with a Tumbleweed Ceramic Tomato Dip Dish {set of two}.

Good luck!
 
I received the canned tomatoes, some recipe cards & a cute pot holder for purpose of this review from Red Gold/Tuttorosso tomatoes. I was not otherwise compensated for this post & all opinions are genuinely my own.

Crockpot Mac n Cheese

Husband’s sister was up last week taking care of the babies (thank you F!). She had made her crockpot mac n cheese for us when she was here visiting earlier in the summer. Lucky for me {& you}, she gave me the recipe this time. I was able to get a minute or 10 yesterday & throw this together. Perfect with frozen chicken tenders & canned lima beans. {hey, I have twin babies & I cooked!!}

Ingredients
16oz box of macaroni {cooked & drained}
1 can evaporated milk
2 eggs {beaten}
1/4 c butter
2 c milk
2 tsp cooking oil
salt & pepper to taste

3 c shredded cheddar cheese

Spray crockpot with Pam. Combine first 8 ingredients {I used used the same pot the noodles had cooked in}.

Pour mixture in crockpot. Sprinkle cheese on top.

say it with me, cheeeeese!!!

Cover & cook on low for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Stir before serving. This makes a lot, so enjoy for a cook out or pot luck or just your family!

What I made already this week

I was busy Monday & Tuesday.  You already have seen the guest room redo.  I’ve also been busy in the kitchen. 

I was one of those crazy people who signed up for the “Pay It Forward in 2011″ facebook thing.  I hope I’ve got something coming from the talented Pami; I owe 5 now 4 friends homemade goodies.  I made Eileen from work my “famous” oreo brownies Monday night.  They were supposed to be for her family, but after coworkers heard they were at her desk, I think she only went home with half the pan!  I also made a pan for us & half that pan {all those on the plate photo’d below} went to Jason’s work.  Oh, and since I was making 2 8×8 pans instead of a 9×13 I used the whole thing of Oreo {half inside & half crumbled on top}.

For Monday dinner, I tried another of the Mable’s Meals recipes.  This one called for four ingredients & said only took 20 minutes.  And y’all, it got a thumbs up from Jason.
Cream of Mushroom Chicken
Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
1 c sliced mushrooms
4 chicken breasts (I used three)
1 can cream of mushroom soup
salt/pepper to taste

Heat oil {I did medium high} in medium skillet.  Add chicken & saute covered for 4 minutes.  Flip over chicken & continue cooking covered for another 3 minutes.
Lower heat {I lowered to medium}, add mushrooms, & continue cooking for another 2 minutes.
Add can of soup & stir well. Keep covered & simmer on low for 10 minutes {or until chicken no longer pink}; stirring occasionally.
We served over brown rice {but were too hungry & forgot to photo it plated} & had enough for Jason lunch leftovers!

Random Crockpot White Bean Chicken was dinner Tuesday & my lunch today.
Ingredients
3 chicken breasts
sliced mushrooms
can white beans, drained
2 cans diced tomatoes

We left in the crockpot all day on low. I shredded my chicken breast & topped with a little mozzarella cheese & ate like it was soup.  Jason ate the chicken breast topped & sided with the soup.

Can’t help but end with a super cute Moe & hubby photo.  This is Moe’s favorite sleep spot now~on & with a paw over Jason’s new chill pants!

It’s Monday!

That means its time for Waking Up Williams‘ weekly Mommas Munchies post. This week’s theme is Crockpot meals. I think by now yall know I love a good crockpot recipe; they’re usually easy & don’t require much effort! Yay! I actually have a label just for crockpot recipes which include good go to recipes like Crockpot Salsa Chicken, Mom’s Crockpot Meatballs, Rotel Spinach Dip (but this recipe is bland so spice it up!), & Crockpot Chicken Stuffing.

A friend a couple of years ago gave me a crockpot cookbook for my birthday. I usually combine the artichoke dip & spinach dip in it when I make that dip (which I wrote about here~ j/k I haven’t but I will soon!). So instead of my usual chicken recipes or crockpot dips, I went through what I’d flagged in the book (but not yet made) and thought I’d share the recipe. Hopefully this will motivate me to try making it soon!

Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
Ingredients
2 (10 oz) packages of frozen chopped broccoli, thawed
1 can condensed cream of celery soup
1 1/4 c shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 minced onions
1/2 tsp celery seeds
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp hot pepper sauce
1 c crushed potato chips or saltine crackers

Directions
Spray Crockpot with non-stick spray. Add broccoli, soup, 1 c cheese, onions, celery seed, paprika & hot sauce to the crockpot & stir together. Cover with lid & cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2 1/2-3 hours.
Uncover, top with chips & rest of cheese. Cook uncovered for an additional 30-60 minutes on low or 15-30 minutes on high, or until cheese melts.

Book also says can substitute spinach for broccoli and top with crackers or spicy crutons instead of the chips.
Sourse: Best Loved Slow Cooker Recipes by Rival CrockPot.

Mexican Momma’s Munchies


Its Monday which means Momma’s Munchies day over at Waking Up Williams. This week is a Mexican theme.

I was going to post this Chicken Enchilada Casserole recipe, then remembered I already had. I plan on making it one night this week. Our other favorite Mexican recipes: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas & Crockpot Salsa Chicken.

So instead I’m posting this very simple dip that my coworker brought to work today for snack day.

Cheesy Rotel Dip
Ingredients
Velveeta cheese
Can of Rotel (she used the spicy Mexican variety)
Tortilla chips

Directions
Cut up cheese into cubes. Add to small crockpot. Top with Rotel. Heat on low until melted & combined. Serve with tortilla chips. Watch out~ it’ll disappear quickly!