Sammy Makes Six

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. 

Jul 21, 2016

Chicken Chipotle Tostadas w/ Knorr

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

The Knorr takeover continues! I hope that you have been enjoying this month's posts about Knorr and how you can use it to give that extra touch of authentic sabor to many of your meals. Today I want to share another summer favorite that we enjoy pretty often with the rotisserie chicken leftovers that we purchase at Walmart. Do you ever have a leftover piece of rotisserie chicken in your fridge that no one ever wants to eat? We sure do and this is one of those ways that you can take some Knorr and a few other ingredients to liven up that chicken and make everyone a dish that they will love, tostadas de pollo y chipotle. These tostadas are so super delicious that you're going to have to make extras!

Chicken Chipotle Tostadas w/ Knorr
serves 4 (2 each)

1 cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon
2 cups of shredded pre-cooked chicken
3 chipotle peppers
4 medium tomatoes
1/2 sliced onion
8 tostadas
8 tbsp sour cream
1/2 queso fresco
2tbsp oil
1 finely diced garlic clove

Dice tomato and cut onions while putting oil to heat in a large sauce pan. Let oil heat for about two minutes then add onion, garlic and tomato and sauté for a few minutes. Add chicken and add 1 cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon, 3 chipotle peppers and cook for about 15 minutes. Serve hot on tostadas with sour cream and topped with queso fresco. 

This recipe is the epitome of simple. All you're doing is taking leftover flavorless chicken and cooking it up with some good old Mexican flavors to kick it up a notch. Plus you're going to be topping with queso fresco which is a win any day of the week at my house. 


Another must have in my kitchen are Chipotle peppers, we love adding them to many of our dishes for an extra spicy kick. Just don't add too many... 

Find Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon (Tomato Bouillon w/ Chicken Flavor) and Knorr Caldo de Res Bouillon at your local Walmart. These little boxes are secret weapons that you can have in your pantry, ready to tackle almost any dish and give it some traditional flavor, in our case from Mexico. 

We have about 2 months left of summer and that means a lot more easy cooking in the kitchen with recipes that can be prepared as easily as today's. I like to spend my summer saboreando comida sabrosa con mi familia y no cocinando. What about you, how do you #SaboreaTuVerano?

Jul 20, 2016

Best Ever Banana Bread

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

During the summer months when the kids are home we go through food incredibly fast. Which means that we are constantly in the kitchen baking up something for the next few days. One of my favorite foods by far has always been banana bread and I always used to think that it was something really hard to make. But a few weeks ago I found a super simple recipe for banana bread on the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter website and have already made my family a few batches. This recipe is especially great when you have overripe bananas, which we have a lot of during these really warm summer months. So this recipe is the best and easiest way to get those bananas used up, plus you can give your family a treat for them to really enjoy. 

The ingredient that makes this recipe shine is one that I always have in my fridge, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, which is made with real, simple ingredients like a blend of delicious blend of oils, purified water and a pinch of salt. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Original has amazing fresh butter taste in a deliciously simple recipe. This creamy spread contains no artificial flavors, no artificial preservatives and 0 grams trans fat, which means I can top my banana bread with a little bit more of that butter too, because why not? Anyways, let me share this yummy recipe so you can see just how easy it is to make your family a warm loaf of banana bread. 

Best Ever Banana Bread

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed, (1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spread
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Brush 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with additional I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!® Spread; set aside.
  • Combine first 5 ingredients in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients until blended and spoon into prepared pan.
  • Bake 60-70 minutes. Allow to cool for at least 20 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely. Serve in slices.

I wish you could smell this straight out of the oven! It smells SO good. 

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Jul 18, 2016

Summer Shrimp Cocktail w/ Knorr

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

Summer calls for crisp and cool recipes that can be made quickly and enjoyed slowly and immensely. This weekend the temperature was over 100 degrees and as we decided what to make for an early Sunday dinner, I wanted something really refreshing, crisp and full of crunch, and I totally had a craving for a shrimp cocktail. Shrimp cocktail is pricey to have out and that's why we like to make ours at home where it's going to cost a lot less and where we get to add all of the ingredients we want into it. I love adding a lot of cucumber, chile serrano and even onion into the mix, and if we make it at home I can top it with as much avocado as I want. You know restaurants are really stingy when it comes to their avocados and at home I can add as much as I want of everything. 

Enjoying that Shrimp Cocktail at home is also a good way for us to end the weekend by preparing a meal together and sitting down to enjoy it without a lot of fuss. I find that most times when we are out Sunday night it can be super hard to get up and be ready to go on Monday, so a night in enjoying a nice dinner at home and watching a movie is definitely the way to go. 

How delicious and refreshing does this look for a hot Sunday evening? And you know me, I don't make anything that takes too long or too many ingredients. I like to spend as little time as I can preparing a meal so I can spend that time, enjoying it instead. 

Summer Shrimp Cocktail w/ Knorr
1lb uncooked shrimp
1 cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon
1 1/2 cups of tomato juice
2 celery stalks chopped
1 large cucumber chopped
2 medium tomatoes chopped
1-2 chile serrano chopped
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 onion whole
3 avocados chopped
2 garlic cloved whole
1 lime

I don't like it when the shrimp in a shrimp cocktail is flavorless and that's why I love using a cube Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon. I simply add a cube to the water before adding the raw shrimp and it gives the shrimp the most delicious flavor, you might even want to eat the shrimp alone when it's so good.  

Cook shrimp:
Fill pot with 4 cups of water, add 1/2 onion, 2 garlic cloves and 1 cube of Knorr Caldo de Tomate Bouillon. Wait until water boils and add 1 pound uncooked, clean shrimp into boiling water. Cook about 5 minutes or until pink.

Prepare cocktail:
Add 1 1/2 cups of tomato juice to a large dish. Add chopped tomato, cucumber, chile serrano, onion, and celery. Top with the juice of one lime. Mix well and cool in fridge until ready to serve. 

Fill goblet (purchased at Walmart) midway with the cooled cocktail and place shrimp on the border of the cup. Top with extra avocados, serve with saltine crackers. ENJOY!

Yummy! The addition of chile serrano and onion, plus Knorr really give our shrimp cocktail a Mexican kick and tons of flavor. It's SO good you might have to make extra. My girls supposedly don't like shrimp, but when we make this they all "forget" and are suddenly eating large bowls of shrimp cocktail. 

I told you that Knorr is one of my secret weapons in the kitchen for adding extra flavor to my dishes and it really is so versatile. Find the entire selection of Knorr products at your local Walmart and use them to help you come up with some really tasty, yet easy meals. 

Yesterday my family and I sat down to big cups of the most delicious Shrimp Cocktail and brownies afterward. It was a nice way to end the weekend and to share some quality time together. 

#SaboreaTuVerano with friends and family and tons and tons of food!

Brownie & Fruit Kabobs

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #mixinmoments #CollectiveBias

My family loves to bake, it's something that we do a few times a week, especially when we're going to get together. And on those lucky times that I know they will all be coming over, including the kids, I like to come up with something fun that they will really enjoy. As I always mention, I am not a from scratch type of person in the kitchen, always preferring to use products that will make my life easier and still deliver an awesome recipe. 

The good thing is you never have to look far for a good dessert when it comes to NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®, especially now that they have these delicious new baking mixes. I used one this weekend to make the family some delicious and very fun Brownie & Fruit Kabobs and they were a huge, delicious hit. 

New NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Mixes:
Brownies & More with Butterfingers
Brownies & More with chocolate morsels
Cookies & More with Butterfingers
Cookies & More with chocolate morsels

Easy Brownie & Fruit Kabobs

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More with chocolate morsels 
1 cup blueberries
1 cup sliced kiwis
1 cup sliced strawberries

I used the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More with chocolate morsels  for my kabobs. You will want to follow the instructions on the box to make these brownies. Once they are baked allow the pan to cool completely before we start the next step.

The next steps are super easy: once the NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Brownies & More with chocolate morsels  are cool, slice into bars and then squares, making sure that the pieces will be big enough to insert into the kabob. If you have kids who want to help out this part is really fun, now you get the put the kabobs together taking turns between the brownie and fruit. 

I will make about 2 kabobs per person and this one tray of brownies will give you an entire platter full of kabobs. If you feel like getting fancy you can swirl some chocolate syrup to the plate, but this is a step I skip with the little ones because it can get messier. 

I'm not the best baker in town, yet NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® empowered me to look like I might know what I am doing in the kitchen. Look at how delicious these kabobs look, and they were SO good! I am in love with these new mixes and already picked up more to share with the girls. I don't think I've had such a great brownie in recent months and I can not wait to try the second brownie mix and the two cookies. 

NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® has over 75 years of baking experience and I am excited about these new mixes that have everything you need in one box. These mixes are easy to make and really versatile for coming up with new treats for the family. All it took was my adding fruit and kabobs to my brownies and they totally gave them a wow factor that my family loved. Find yours at Walmart today and put on your baking apron because the family is going to love them.