Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini - with Lipton Iced Tea!

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Thick french bread slices, a mayo pesto spread, grilled chicken, sauce, and cheese grilled to perfection and paired with a refreshing Lipton iced tea - the perfect summer lunch! #TEArifficPairs #CollectiveBias

In the summer, I honestly don't remember a time when my grandmother didn't have a pitcher of iced tea in her fridge. She still uses that frosted clear Tupperware pitcher, with the button on the lid, do you remember that one? It's amazing how certain objects bring back you childhood!

Grandmom's iced tea is not that super sugary stuff that you scoop from the can. Nope, her iced tea is the real deal - I remember her having that pitcher on the counter with the Lipton tea bag tags hanging over the side as it steeps. Dark iced tea with just enough sugar to take the bitterness away. 

We were just there a few weeks ago for a last minute visit with the boys. One of them must have asked me for a drink and of course as soon as I opened that fridge, there was that familiar pitcher. Loving the old memories and the new memories our family is making. :)

This Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini is the perfect sandwich to go with that iced cold glass of Lipton iced tea, from the Lipton 100 count box of tea bags. The pesto mayo spread gives the sandwich an amazing garlic punch and of course the sandwich gets grilled and toasted for an amazing texture. No need to heat up the big outside grill, use your panini press or your indoor tabletop grill - easy kitchen clean up, too!

Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Panini
Makes 4-6 sandwiches

1 cup Hellmann's mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared pesto
8-12 thick french bread slices
9 oz package pre-cooked grilled chicken strips, Italian style
6 slices mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup pasta sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl, stir together mayo and pesto. Spread generous amount over one side of two slices french bread. Assemble sandwich with chicken strips, 1 tablespoon pasta sauce, sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, and one slice mozzarella cheese. Top with second slice of french bread. Repeat for remaining sandwiches. Grill sandwiches on tabletop grill or griddle for 4-5 minutes on each side, flipping if you don't have a two sided grill. Allow sandwiches to sit for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with an ice cold Lipton iced tea!

Hellmann's Mayonnaise and Lipton 100 count tea bags. Seriously, these two guys were made to go together! Even better, they were super easy to find in my local Walmart - I love being able to go to one store and find all the ingredients I need for a great family meal. 

For more info and lots of recipe ideas, visit Walmart's Lipton site and the Lipton site as well.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 8/18

Well, I can't believe I'm saying it but the end of summer is here! For some of you it's already ended! Next Monday Silas starts school and then next Wednesday he starts soccer. We have "Meet the Teacher Night" this Wednesday and I have to have all of his school supplies ready by then. Thankfully, Paul has a two week break before his fall semester classes begin so we can really spend some time as a family and enjoy Silas' milestones together!

As far as dinners are concerned though, I really need to be better at using what I have! I was just complaining to my mom yesterday that I find myself going back to the store several times per week because I forgot something or I thought I had something and it turns out I didn't. All the while at the end of the week, I'm throwing out produce that's turned bad. What's wrong with this scenario?! Anyway, here's my plan for the week ahead:

Crockpot Chicken Chili

Crockpot Black Beans & Rice

Loaded Oven Chili Dogs

Creamy Cucumber Bagel Sandwiches

Tomato Mushroom Oven Omelette

Tangy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks


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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Peanut Butter Pancakes with Honey Butter

Easy homemade Bisquick baking mix pancakes get a yummy peanut butter twist and topped with honey butter - no need for syrup!

To say my boys (Paul included) love peanut butter is a MAJOR understatement! Paul is always joking that I never make him enough peanut butter desserts, but the truth is, he'd rather me ONLY make peanut butter desserts! 

I, on the other hand, could take or leave all the peanut butter treats... :/

I know, I know. Most people go nuts for anything peanut butter, and just to let you know - the peanut butter recipes on this blog are the FEW that I've tried over the years that actually pass my personal taste test. So you KNOW they are really good ones! 

This pancake recipe though? Uses one of my favorite shortcuts: baking mix. Otherwise known as Bisquick, I actually make my own DIY Baking Mix and it worked perfectly in this recipe. Make your own, or use some in the box you already have in the pantry, it doesn't matter. Your family will go nuts for these babies and as an added bonus - no panicking when you realize you're out of syrup! 

Not that that's ever happened to me or anything... ;)

Peanut Butter Pancakes with Honey Butter
makes 10-12 1/4 cup sized pancakes

1 cup baking mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup peanut butter

For the honey butter:

1/4 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons honey

In a medium bowl, stir together baking mix and sugar. In a smaller bowl, whisk milk, egg, and peanut butter until mostly smooth. Pour into baking mix bowl and stir until well combined. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, scoop out batter and cook on a greased griddle on medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, or until bubbles are forming at the edges of the pancakes. For the honey butter, stir honey into softened butter and serve over warm pancakes. Store leftovers in the refrigerator (these freeze great, too). Adapted from Taste of Home.

The boys actually didn't want to have anything to do with the "fancy butter" and they just ate the pancakes with their hands - which I thought I'd keep in mind for a quick back to school breakfast! I wouldn't skip the honey butter though, it's so simple and it tastes amazing with these pancakes!

Here are some more of my favorite peanut butter recipes:

Coconut Oil Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Brownies

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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