Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Grilled Pineapple BBQ Burgers

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Fresh ground beef patties, grilled and basted with a sweet pineapple brown sugar BBQ sauce, and topped with grilled pineapple rings - the perfect summer grill-out dinner!

During the summer with two active little boys, I'm beginning to realize how much free time we all have during the day - and surprisingly how little time we see each other! Well actually we do see each other, but it's always because we're trucking them to yet another outing or activity.

Don't get me wrong, I'm super thankful for the fun events in our area this summer, a lot of which are really cheap or free for us to do. Last week Silas' summer reading program at the library started and this week they hosted a free magic show with a local magician. Not to mention that they pretty much spend all day outside playing with their friends until I practically threaten them with no games or tv (which they weren't playing/watching anyway) to get them to come in and eat. 

Grilling out for dinner is one of our favorite things that Paul and I do together. He's the guy manning the grill and we usually put our heads together to come up with something different. And luckily, most of the time the boys come running in for dinner! 

When all four of us actually sat down together with these Grilled Pineapple BBQ Burgers, along with some icy cold drinks to cool us down, it was a true family moment. We're able to hear all the funny and crazy things they've done at the playground and we just get a chance to eat and spend time together. Then of course 5 minutes after they'd finished their burgers they were running out the door again, but it was wonderful while it lasted - ha!

These burgers are the perfect way to get your family running to the table for dinner! The sauce is fruity and sweet and the grilled pineapple just takes it over the top. 

Grilled Pineapple BBQ Burgers

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple preserves
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 20 oz can sliced pineapple rings, drained
  • 6 hamburger rolls
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef and Worcestershire sauce. Form into 6 patties and place on grill.
  2. While burgers are grilling, combine BBQ sauce, pineapple preservers, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn to low.
  3. Once burgers are flipped, baste with a generous amount of BBQ mixture. Once burgers are cooked through, remove burgers from grill, and place pineapple rings on grill (or you can cook these alongside the burgers if you have enough room on your grill). Cook pineapple rings for 1-2 minutes or each side.
  4. Place burgers on rolls and top with pineapple slices. Serve with additional warm BBQ mixture if desired.

I really can't tell you how delicious these burgers were - more sauce for me - yum!

I picked up some fresh ground beef, available at Walmart®, on my most recent grocery shopping trip - really convenient for me! I have a tight food budget each week and I like that I can always get a good value for my money there. Being able to stretch my limited dollars as much as possible allows me to be more creative in the kitchen - something my family and I really enjoy! Be sure to visit Walmart's Gather Round the Grill site for more dinner ideas.

What is your favorite way to use fresh ground beef in a grilling recipe? Share your idea or recipe in the comment section below - I'm always looking for new grill-out night ideas!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Shortcut Chicken Caesar Wraps

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Store bought rotisserie chicken with romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, and parmesan cheese with a garlic cream cheese spread. These wraps are so simple and SO good!

I have been a chicken Caesar wrap addict ever since I was a freshman in college. We had a little cafe and coffee bar that served premade wraps in a mini fridge at the counter. Most days I would forgo the cafeteria and use the extra funds I had on my card for the month on a wrap, soda, and salt & vinegar chips instead.

If I had any idea the amount of money I was wasting by NOT using my cafeteria meals that I was financing through student loans at the time...

I could smack myself upside the head!

I'm STILL paying for those skipped meals. UGH.

Wraps a huge go-to lunch for us around here. It's just so simple to arrange some tasty ingredients, roll it up, slice and serve. Everyone can pick their favorites and customize their wrap to what they like. 

Having tortillas and cooked chicken in the fridge is a handy shortcut for making tasty wraps. I try to always save leftovers, or pick up a Marketside rotisserie chicken at Walmart to have on hand. Being able to recreate one my college favorite lunches, for WAY cheaper, is a lifesaver for me at meal time!

Shortcut Chicken Caesar Wraps

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup creamy Caesar dressing, divided
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • cooked Marketside rotisserie chicken
  • 4 flour tortillas
Cooking Directions
  1. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, 1/2 cup dressing, 1/4 cup parmesan, and minced garlic until creamy.
  2. In a separate large bowl, toss romaine with remaining 1/2 cup dressing and 1/2 cup parmesan.
  3. Spread 1-2 tablespoons cream cheese mixture on tortillas. Add some cooked chicken, lettuce, and an extra sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
  4. Roll up, slice and serve.

These would make a great lunch box wrap once back to school time rolls around! Not that I'm counting or anything... ;)

I love how easy it is to pick up a fully cooked rotisserie chicken while I'm doing my weekly grocery shopping at Walmart - no need to heat that kitchen up when it's already super hot outside! They have them hot and ready to eat right by the registers! There's also Marketside pizza available in the front along with bottles of Coca-Cola products. No dinner planning needed!

Here are some of my favorite sandwiches and wraps:

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

Devil's food chocolate cake mix with miniature chocolate chips and milk chocolate buttercream frosting - these are the best chocolate cupcakes ever!

I'm a horrible, horrible daughter.

My dad reads my blog every day. And I made chocolate cupcakes. And didn't give him any.

I'm sorry dad! :(

In my defense, your two grandsons BEGGED me for a cupcake - and then Paul had to take them to work for a bake sale to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand. So, it was for a good reason.

I know he's going to bug me about when I'm making him a batch.

Good thing these Triple Chocolate Cupcakes were insanely easy, and so incredibly good - I will have no problem making a 2nd batch of these babies anytime! I'm a huge fan of doctoring up cake mixes to taste homemade and I'm telling you, NO ONE will be able to tell these started with a devil's food mix. The secret is in the miniature chocolate chips. Don't be tempted to use regular sized chocolate chips - they'll just sink to the bottom of the cupcakes and melt. The miniature ones stay put and you get a nice pocket of chocolate in every bite.

Triple Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 15-16 oz box devil's food cake mix
  • (plus oil, water, and eggs called for on box)
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5-6 tablespoons milk
  • chocolate sprinkles
Cooking Directions
  1. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners. In a mixing bowl, beat cake mix and ingredients called for on box for two minutes.
  2. Gently stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups, about 3 tablespoons in each.
  3. Bake at 350 for length of time directed on box. Cool completely.
  4. In another mixing bowl, stir together cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add in butter, vanilla extract, and 5 tablespoons milk.
  5. Beat well. Add an additional tablespoon of milk for better consistency if needed.
  6. Pipe or spread onto cupcakes. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles.

Oh man, I should have made a 2nd batch right away - I want one now!!

Here are some more of my favorite cupcake recipes:

Snicker's Stuffed Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Candy Apple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Lemon Pudding Cupcakes

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