Sammy Makes Six

Jul 30, 2016

Knorr Finale: Rolled Tacos de Pollo

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum Shopper, however all opinions are my own.

During the month of July we have brought to you a Knorr takeover, sharing eight recipes that are pretty simple to make, yet super delicious. I hope that you all have enjoyed this takeover and that if nothing else our recipes and ideas have inspired you to get into the kitchen and come up with some new and fun dishes yourself. Mexican food is some of the best food and with a product like Knorr you can give that traditional sabor to so many dishes. I'm not what you call a "traditional" cook, yet I like to bring the flavors from my heritage to whatever I make and that's why I love this product.

We decided to close the month with a recipe inspired by one we found on the Knorr site for one of our favorites snacks, rolled tacos de pollo

These are made with some of that leftover chicken we always have in the fridge and don't know what to do with. Follow the recipe below to make your own easy Rolled Tacos de Pollo

 Rolled Tacos de Pollo
12 tacos ( 4 servings)
12 tortillas 
2 cups of shredded chicken
1 cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon
1/4 cups hot water 
1/4 cup of oil

Shred about two cups of chicken. In a large sized pan add 2 tablespoons of oil and allow to heat for a few minutes, add chicken and let it start to heat. 

Grab 1/4 cups hot water and 1 cube  Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon and stir to dissolve.  

Once the Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon is dissolved pour into the pan and cook while stirring for about 5 minutes. The chicken is ready so now we will make the rolled tacos. 

Fill tortillas and roll putting them on a plate to the side to be ready for frying. Add the rest of the oil into same pan and allow to heat for about 2 minutes. Once oil is hot start frying the rolled tacos, turning steadily to avoid burning. 

To serve we like to chop up some quick onions, tomatoes and serrano chiles just for a quick salsa. Serve warm and top with sour cream, Mexican cheese and lettuce if you so please. 

Delicious and super flavorful! Knorr really is a star in the kitchen, giving everything great sabor

Find Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon and the entire Knorr line at Walmart. 

For my family and I, food is life. This summer we've gotten together to enjoy good food, good drink and good moments and that is exactly what summer is about. How do you savor summer? 

Jul 27, 2016

Calabacita Rellena

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum Shopper, however all opinions are my own.

One of the best parts about having a boyfriend that cooks is that he is constantly looking for new ways to spice up our weekly menu. It can get pretty boring when you work at home and are constantly having the same food over and over again. That's why he loves to pore through cooking books, cooking channels on Youtube and blogs for inspiration for new dishes. This week he perfected, with the help of Google, a recipe he tried in the past and I must say that it was a huge success. 

As soon as I finished capturing these photos, I sat down to enjoy my plate and it was so good. I love that he was able to take one of my favorite veggies (squash) and fill it with queso fresco, which is similar to a chile relleno which is a favorite dish of mine. See how easy it is to make Calabacita Rellena. 

Calabacita Rellena For One
2 squash
1/4 sliced queso fresco (round one sold at stores)
1 cube Knorr Tomato Bouillon
1/4 of a medium onion
1 garlic clove
2  tomatoes cut in halves
1 basil leaf
pinch of salt and pepper

Wash and cut an opening on the two squashes and clean them out. Save the inside to use in the broth. Fill squash with a few slices of queso fresco, cover with the top of the squash and if necessary use toothpicks to keep them together. Set to the side. For the broth we will put the tomatoes, garlic, onion in a blender with 1/4 cup of water, blend until smooth. Now place a pot on the stove and allow it to warm up a little before adding contents of blender and heat for about 3-4 minutes. Add 1 cup water, 1 cube Knorr Tomato Bouillon, bay leaf, and a pinch of salt and pepper, and the seeds that we took out from the squash, cook until boiling for about ten minutes. Once boiling carefully add the two squashes and cover pot. 

Allow to cook for another 10-12 minutes or until squash are soft. Serve hot and top with a few spoonfuls of the broth which is super flavorful!

Phew, that actually sounds like a lot of work but as Adrian has explained to me, you have to follow each step and layer because that's how you get the most flavorful broth. I think I will definitely let him cook these for me in the future because I am just not that patient. 

However, the dish turned out so delicious and I can't wait to have it again. 

While I was enjoying my plate I kept wishing I had a piece of crusty bread to soak up the broth which was super yummy. You can really taste how the Knorr Tomato Bouillon, bay leaf and seeds from  the squash all added their own bit of flavor to each single bite. 

I loved this new take on a stuffed veggie that Adrian came up with using our traditional Mexican flavors. I really enjoyed this Calabacita Rellena and hope it has inspired you to get into the kitchen and come up with some new creations of your own. Don't forget that you can find Knorr products at Walmart at a super low price and that it's such a versatile product. 

#SaboreaTuVerano with Knorr. 

Jul 25, 2016

Sopita de Conchas

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum Shopper, however all opinions are my own.

When you grow up in a Mexican household there is nothing more traditional than sopita de conchas, estrellitas or fideo. These are little bags of soup that you buy at the store that cost about .36 a piece and they don't look like much, but once made these sopitas are some of the best food you've ever enjoyed. And if you're Mexican like I am and grew up eating these sopitas, then it's probably something you now make for your kids too. 

There is something just so comforting about sopita and what's really strange is that the kids in our family can be pretty picky when it comes to food, but they will all eat these soups with no problem at all. In fact, they will eat their bowl of soup and ask for seconds or ask for more later in the day. That's why we like to have a big pot of this sopita ready when the family is coming over, it's something we know the kids will actually eat. Let me show you just how fast you can make some of this sopita in your house. 

Sopita de Conchas

1 bag sopita de conchas
1 cube Knorr Tomato Bouillon
4 cubed tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 onion diced
pinch of salt
1/2 cilantro bunch
2tbsp oil
4 cups of water

Place into blender: tomatoes, onion, garlic and 1/4 cup water and blend until smooth. Pour oil into pot and allow to heat for a few minutes, add sopita de conchas and stir constantly until fried and golden. Do not allow to burn. Once toasted add contents from blender, four cups of water and allow to boil. Add one cube Knorr Tomato Bouillon and a pinch of salt and cilantro. Cook for 20 minutes until soup is soft. Serve hot. 

Whether it's been a long day and you don't have the ingredients for a larger meal, or whether you just want to enjoy something warm and comforting, sopita de conchas is a great meal to enjoy with the family. 

You can top it with sour cream, add salsa to give it some spice or just enjoy it regular, it's delicious and won't let you down. Plus you can make it even on those super busy week days. 

We use Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon to help add flavor to our sopita de conchas, and you can use it in many other of your traditional or non-traditional dishes. Find Knorr products at Walmart and add flavor to your summer. 

Jul 23, 2016

Tortilla Soup Goodness w/ Knorr

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Mirum Shopper, however all opinions are my own.

As you might notice if you take a look at most of the recipes I share, I am not a big meat eater. I do love the occasional cheeseburger, steak or ribs, but for the most part my daily diet consists of very little meat. But I grew up eating food made by one of the best cooks in the world, my mom, and her food always had/has a lot of meat, flavor and just simple goodness. So how does one achieve that same level of flavor and goodness without meat? For me it has a lot to do with queso. I could literally eat cheese and bread for the rest of my life and live very happy until my last days. Specifically I have a love for Mexican queso fresco and queso cotija which are two of the most flavorful cheeses known to man and adding them to any savory dish really does deliver that flavor I remember from my childhood. I also really, really love carbs, so anytime we can get some queso and carbs going, well that is a good day for me. 

Today I want to share one of my little treat meals that's basically: tortillasqueso and aguacate, all things at the top of my food chain and so good. In other words it's heaven in a bowl called Tortilla Soup.

Oh yeah...that's the good stuff. 
 Tortilla Soup 
 (serves 4)

1 cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon
10 tortillas
4 tomatoes sliced in half
1 garlic clove
1/4 onion sliced in half
3 avocados
1/2 cup queso cotija
2 chipotle peppers
1/4 cup of oil
2 cup of water
pinch of salt

Tortillas- Let's start by slicing the tortillas into shreds. Add oil to a frying pan and toss in 1/2 of the tortillas, we will be frying these in two batches. Add a pinch of salt to the tortillas and keep stirring for an even fry. Once each batch is fried evenly take out and put to cool and drain on top of a plate with paper towels.

Caldo- Place into blender: tomato, onion, garlic, and chipotle peppers, 4 cups of water, 1 cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon and blend until smooth. Add 2 tablespoons of oil into a medium sauce pan and heat for 2 minutes, add contents of blender and cook until boiling. 

Now let's get each bow of tortilla soup served up shall we? Start by adding a nice helping of the fried tortillas to the bowl. Top generously with queso cotija 

Now add a nice helping of diced avocados, the more generous the better. 

Now add the caldo and of course top with some more queso cotija. Serve hot and enjoy.

What really gives this tortilla soup great flavor is the blend of Knorr and chipotle peppers. They give it that spicy full of flavor kick that tastes like a lot of the meals I had growing up. Plus the crunch of the tortillas that are on top of the caldo adds an extra element, I like adding extra tortillas on top to keep it really crunchy.

This is the perfect meal to enjoy with the kids while catching up on the long week. Summer's been crazy busy and we don't always have time to sit together for a meal, but when we do we definitely enjoy it. 

 Find Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon and the entire Knorr line at Walmart. 

This is one of my favorite dishes that reminds me of my mamas home cooking when I was growing up. What's one of your favorite meals that reminds you of your childhood?

Jul 22, 2016

Quickie Chicken Noodle Soup & Grilled Cheese

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It's only two weeks until the beginning of the new school year and at my house we are already preparing for the onslaught of fall and everything that comes with the kids going back to school. The back-to-school season really is the busiest for us, especially this year because we will have a Kindergartener that needs extra drop offs and pickups, and one of the girls is starting her first year of college. It's literally going to be an insane asylum here for the next few months and I am doing my best to plan ahead so that I can try to get ahead of some of the chaos. 

One of the areas where I always try to save time during the back-to-school season is in the kitchen. Everyone gets home at a different time and I don't want to find myself in the kitchen all day. What I need to plan for are easy, low-ingredient meals that can be prepared in minutes. Planning ahead includes stopping by Walmart to stock up on Campbell's products so I can have ingredients at-the-ready for these easy meals: Pace Salsa, Prego Italian Sauce, Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and V8 + Energy. Right now at Walmart you can save up to $5 on these and more Campbell's products by using these coupons. I love me a good coupon and printed out a bunch before my last grocery trip. 

One of our favorite lunches is Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and a sandwich, but not just a regular one. I like to put my own spin on these to give them a spicy kick and a lot more flavor, which makes it feel more like we're having a meal and not just a snack. Plus everything in life should have some spice to it, don't you think?

Quickie Chicken Noodle Soup & Grilled Cheese

Ingredients for one person:
1 can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup
5 tbsp of Pace Salsa
1/2 diced avocado
Prepare: Heat the Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup the same way as usual but also mix in 3 tablespoons of Pace Sauce to add spice and kick up the flavor. Top with a spoonful of Pace Sauce and avocado. When constructing the grilled cheese add two spoonfuls of Pace Sauce. 

Voila! Now we have taken regular Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup and given it some Latino flavor, just by adding the spiciness and yummy flavor of Pace Sauce and avocado. 

This is a hearty lunch that will satisfy the hungry monster inside and it only takes minutes to prepare. That way I can pop into the kitchen for just a few minutes as everyone arrives from school and make them their own serving without a lot of hassle. Easy-peasy but yummy. 

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup is a traditional family favorite and I love how easy it is to make it your own just by adding a few ingredients. It's definitely something I always stock up on at Walmart. Don't forget to print your coupons for your next grocery run and stock up so you too can be ready to face the back-to-school season.