Wednesday, July 29, 2015

For Two Weeks Only Earn 4x Fuel Rewards on Gift Cards at Smith's

For the next two weeks, Smith's is offering 4x fuel rewards points when you purchase gift cards. If you bought a $50 gift card, you'd get 200 points which equals $.20 off each gallon up to 35 gallons. If you stock up on gift cards you can really rack up the points! We usually stock up on restaurant gift cards or gift cards to any store that we're planning on going to. When we fill up at the pump, we bring 2 cars to make sure we get the maximum savings by filling up all 35 gallons. This is a great way to save by buying something you were already going to buy.

*If you live outside of Utah, check your Local Kroger affiliated store to see if they're participating in this promo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Shredded Beef Tacos

We've been spending a lot of time at the pool this summer. When we get home I really don't feel like making dinner. After being in the sun all day, I'm always starving but I never have the energy to cook. This recipe is perfect for days that like. I just throw everything in the crock pot in the morning and let it cook all day. When we get home, dinner is ready! These tacos are super easy to make and taste so delicious!

Printable Recipe

Shredded Beef Tacos
2 1/2 lb chuck roast
14 oz beef broth
juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

sour cream

Place roast in a slow cooker. Pour beef broth over roast and then squeeze lime juice over roast. Mix together spices and sprinkle over roast. Cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours. Remove roast, shred and return to slow cooker. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes. Remove beef with tongs to remove juices or drain with colander. Serve in tortillas with desired toppings.

*This beef would also be great in burritos, enchiladas, or nachos.

Recipe adapted from: Cooking Classy

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kicked Up Ramen Noodles-Kung Pao Style

Who doesn't love Ramen noodles? It's so easy and quick and I'm sure it's a staple for anyone with kids. I love this dish because it's packed with tons of flavor without the high sodium flavor packets. I also think Ramen tastes so much better when you add chicken and vegetables. This is also super easy to make!

Printable Recipe

Kicked Up Ramen Noodles-Kung Pao Style
3 Tbsp canola oil, divided
1 1/2 lb chicken breasts, cubed
1 bell pepper, sliced thin
1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
4 cups chicken broth
5 pkg ramen noodles, seasoning packets discarded
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
4 green onions, sliced

In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of the canola oil until hot and rippling. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook until chicken is cooked through. Remove from skillet. Add remaining oil to the skillet until hot. Add bell pepper and peanuts and cook until peppers are softened, about 2-3 minutes. Remove and add to the chicken, leaving the oil in the skillet. Add garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper to the skillet. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Stir in chicken broth. Break ramen noodles into small chunks and add to the skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook, tossing with tongs, until ramen is tender but liquid is still in the pan, about 2-4 minutes. Stir in hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir in chicken, peppers, and peanuts. Sprinkle with green onions.

Serves 6

Recipe adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sign up for Ibotta to save on groceries

Have you heard of Ibotta? If not, you definitely need to check it out. It's a free app that gives you cash back on grocery purchases.

How it works is you check the Ibotta app before you go to the grocery store. There will be certain items that are redeemable for cash back. You will need to unlock each item that you want by watching a short video. After you buy those items you scan your receipt and the barcode of the item and you'll get a credit into your Ibotta account. When you're ready to cash out, they'll transfer the money into your Paypal account or you can get it in the form of a gift card.

What I like best about this app is the items that are redeemable are things that you normally buy, like milk, eggs, cheese, and produce. It's hard to find coupons for these items. There are also certain redeemable items that are not brand specific. I like this because sometimes I have a coupon and the store brand is still cheaper.

Each month there is a different team bonus that you can earn by reaching a certain amount in earnings. The more teammates you have, the faster you'll reach the bonus!

If you sign up and use the referral code below you'll be my teammate and you'll also get an extra $1 when you redeem your first offer within 14 days.

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So sign up at Ibotta today! It's a great way to earn some extra cash just for buying things you're already buying.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

BBQ Chicken Salad

It has been so hot lately and when it gets that hot, I really don't feel like eating a big meal. This salad is perfect for those nights. It has a lot of ingredients so it's actually really filling. It's perfect for a hot summer night. This is definitely one of my favorites.

Printable Recipe

BBQ Chicken Salad
2 large chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
1 cup BBQ sauce (any kind)
1/2 head romaine lettuce
1/2 head iceberg lettuce
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 avocados, chopped
shredded cheese
*tortilla strips
ranch dressing

In a large bowl, toss together lettuce, corn, beans, green onions, cilantro, tomatoes, avocados, and cheese. Pour BBQ sauce over chicken and mix well. Add chicken to the salad. Serve salad topped with tortilla strips and ranch dressing.

*Tortilla strips:
Slice 10-15 corn tortillas into narrow strips. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle generously with salt. Spray with cooking spray. Place under broiler until crispy and brown.
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