May 8, 2019

Southwest Quinoa Salad

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Southwest Quinoa Salad

This is Quinoa Southwest Salad is probably my favorite, favorite quinoa salad. I could eat the whole bowl. I really could. The southwestern dressing and a bowl full of good stuff – I hope you like it too.

INGREDIENTS

Quinoa, 1 cup
See how to cook quinoa in rice cooker

Feta, 1 Cup

Black beans, 1 can (15 oz)

Red or yellow pepper, diced small

Corn, 1 can (15 oz)

Spinach or some kind of greens (I like to use an arugula/green mix)

Red onion, diced very, very small

Dressing

Fresh lime juice, 1/2 cup (I used two limes)

Red wine vinegar, 3 Tablespoons

Olive Oil 1/4 Cup

Cayenne powder, 1/4 teaspoon
This has a slight bite, if you want less, use less)

Cumin, 1 Tablespoon

Salt, 1/2 teaspoon

Pepper, a few dashes

HOW TO PREPARE

1.) Cook quinoa. I like to cook my quinoa in a rice cooker. Don’t have a rice cooker? Cook on the stove top by bring 1 1/4 cup water or chicken broth to a boil (basically the ratio is 1 part quinoa to 1.25 part liquid). Add 1 Cup rinsed quinoa, give it a good stir, reduce heat to low and let it simmer for about 30-35 minutes.

2.) While your quinoa is simmering, make up your dressing by whisking together all dressing ingredients. In a separate bowl add black beans (rinsed, drained), corn (rinsed, drained), diced pepper, spinach and red onion.

3.) Allow quinoa to cool completely. Once cooled and right before serving, add all ingredients together in a large bowl and stir. If you want to make it ahead of time – I’d just add the lettuce and feta at the time of serving.

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What is your favorite quinoa recipe? 

I’d love to hear what you think if you try any of these recipes! 

May 7, 2019

My grandma’s roll recipe, plus a time-saving tip

One way to save on bread and baked goods is to make them from scratch. I am not a baker. I’m not an expert. But I can bake one thing well, thanks to my Grandma. I’m going to share with you my Grandma Ramona’s roll recipe. She’s been baking these (and I’ve been eating them) for as long as I can remember. A staple at big family dinners, they are always a big hit.

I’m warning you – you can’t eat just one. I called my Grandma and asked her if I could post this recipe on the blog. She said sure. I warned her that Oprah might call her (because I know you check my blog daily, right Oprah!?) and I told Grandma that she could soon be famous once word gets out about her rolls. She just chuckled and said she had to get back to her card game with the ladies.

Disclaimer – I am so not a Martha Stewart. I will try my best to explain this recipe to you but I don’t even know all the proper lingo. 🙂 I think this might even be the first recipe I’ve ever posted on the blog – so there you go, good luck!

GRANDMA RAMONA’S ROLL RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs and water to equal 1 1/2 cup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups flour (my Grandma prefers Gold Medal, I use whatever is on sale)
  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 2 teaspoons rounded yeast

Directions

  1. Add two eggs to a big measuring cup, add warm water until the level reaches 1 1/2 cups. Pour into bread machine.
  2. Add butter (I warm mine first), salt, sugar, flour and powdered milk to bread machine – in that order
  3. Make a well in the top of your ingredients and add your yeast
  4. Turn the bread machine on dough setting (this just makes the dough, it doesn’t bake it)
  5. My bread machine takes two hours. After dough is done, take it out of bread machine and set it on counter, cover and let rise for 30 minutes
  6. I spray olive oil instead my Pampered Chef stoneware pan (but you can use any pan, just butter or grease it first)
  7. Break the dough into small pieces and form them into balls. Make them smaller than you’d think – they will grow in the oven
  8. If you want, you can brush melted butter on top of your rolls, we don’t do this and they still turn out just fine
  9. Have your oven preheated to 350 degrees F. Put rolls in for 28 – 30 minutes. This could vary by oven or pan type – so just watch them closely after 25 minutes.
  10. Remove and cool. Enjoy.

Don’t have a bread machine? You could easily knead this by hand. How to do that, I don’t really know, I recommend consulting Google. 🙂 My grandma uses a bread machine, so that’s the way I do it. This is also the same dough recipe that my grandma uses for her amazing cinnamon rolls – that’s another post for another day.

Time saver tip – I actually measure out the dry ingredients ahead of time and put them in big gallon Ziploc bags. This way, I don’t have to haul out all the ingredients every time we want rolls. All I have to do is add my eggs and butter, dump in my bag of dry ingredients, throw in the yeast and push start on the bread machine. Big time saver and it makes it easy for my son to help out because he just dumps the bag in the bread machine and ta da – he’s made rolls. 🙂

For those of you that are visual learners, here you go:

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September 17, 2018

*LAST CHANCE!* 30% off Eat at Home meal plans, ends soon!

School has started and this is probably our busiest fall season yet. In year’s past we’ve been pretty chill about extracurricular activities in our house – but this year the kids are older and they wanted to do gymnastics, swimming and soccer. So our weekday evenings are a bit busier than we’re used to – and I can already see how the drive-thru or take-out seems tempting!

But I know that eating at home saves us a ton of money and it is healthier for my family – so I went on a hunt for a meal planning program that would help me organize my shopping list, pin-down my weekly dinner menu, and make dinner at home both EASY and ENJOYABLE! 

And I think I found it. Thank goodness! 

I’ve teamed up with Tiffany from Eat at Home to bring you the most amazing MEAL PLANNING RESOURCE saving you time, money and energy this fall. And of course – we have a special deal for you (more on that later). But first, let me tell you why I love it. 

The team at Eat at Home makes meal planning a breeze. It seriously could NOT be any easier. The recipes and the detailed (color-coded) shopping list are all in one place – everything is planned for you – making shopping, planning and prep an EASY, QUICK process.  You get to choose from the small plan (feeds 3-4 people) or the large plan (feeds 6-8 people).

Sugar- or flour-free? Slow Cooker? Whole Foods? They got you covered!

YOU CHOOSE the plan that works best for you each week (get ALL plans included for one low price)!

Every month you get ALL OF THIS . . . 

  • An entire month of Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of Whole Food Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • An entire month of No Sugar, No Flour Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)

And no matter WHICH type of menu plan you opt to use, you get ALL OF THIS .  . . 

  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

You can use the traditional, slow cooker menu plan, whole foods or no sugar/no flour menu plan OR you can use different plans each week OR make your own using recipes from all four plans. Yup, you get access to ALL the plans, ALL the time

I love this – because I’m always changing my mind about what I want to be cooking. And I especially love that I get all the plans for one low price. 

I’m so sold on this plan that I’ll be preparing the meals for the Slow Cooker meal plan on Facebook LIVE for 9 am PDT this week! That’s right – for the first time ever – I’ll be live on the Queen Bee Facebook page preparing my dinners from the Eat at Home meal plan so you can see just how simple (and delicious) these meals are. Watch my live from Wednesday morning here – I whip up a batch of Slow Cooker Chicken Curry! 

Now for the deal . . .I can’t believe how affordable this is!

Use the code FALL at checkout to get 30% off Eat at Home’s weekly meal plans through September 18These meal plans include EVERYTHING you need to get dinner on the table in no time, including the recipes and grocery lists!

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Get started with the Eat at Home Meal Plan!

March 28, 2018

Spring Cupcake Designs – 6 Easy Spring and Easter cupcake designs

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Easter and spring cupcake designs

To celebrate spring (or the hope of spring soon?), I’m re-publishing my Spring Cupcakes designs, originally shared in 2013 . .

I’m not very good about decorating for holidays or going over the top with cutesy seasonal foods. But yesterday I had a wild hair and decided the kids and I should decorate cupcakes. I think it was the sunshine – it makes me do crazy things. I had fun getting creative with the kids trying to come up with fun easter cupcake designs for you. They are each 3 steps or less and EASY. We hope you enjoy them!

Step 1 – Your first step is make a batch of cupcakes. You can make them from scratch or make them from a box (like I did, there is only so much you can expect from a girl in one day).

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Baby Chick Cupcakes

1.) Frost it with yellow frosting (I used vanilla frosting with couple drops of food coloring)

2.) Dip in yellow coconut. To make colored coconut, put plain coconut in a Ziploc bag, add a couple drops of food coloring, close bag and mix it around until color coats coconut.

3.) Add two eyes. You can use dark colored candies, chocolate chips or I used frosting. Then add a beak. I used a Reeses Pieces.

I actually got this idea from my Parade magazine.

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September 4, 2017

It’s BACK! Crock-tober coming soon, send in your favorite slow cooker recipes (win $15 Amazon gift cards!)

I first did October Crock-tober back in 2012 and it was so much fun – and we found so many amazing recipes – that I wanted to bring it back this October. I’m looking for affordable, easy to make, slow cooker meals that I can feature on the blog during the month of October.

I need your help, though, send in YOUR favorite slow cooker recipes. If I feature your slow cooker recipe on the blog, you’ll get a $15 Amazon gift card! Cool, right?

I’ll be testing out the recipes during the month of September and will start publishing them as soon as October starts, so send them in now and watch for them next month.

Here are some guidelines:

  • Any delicious recipe will do. It doesn’t have to be a traditional recipe. Even better if it’s not. As long as it’s a recipe you love, someone else will, too.
  • Include a credit or source. It doesn’t have to be an original – if you got your recipe from a cookbook or website – no worries, just include a source to the recipe. If you got it from Aunt Ruth or it’s your own brainchild – even better, just include that too.
  • Share your pics. Share photos if you have them, but not required.
  • You can submit as many as you’d like. I’m sure you have more than one favorite and I’d love it if you shared two or three recipes!
  • I won’t be able to feature all recipes on the blog. Julia Child, I am not. I probably won’t have time to highlight all the submitted recipes. I will randomly pick select recipes to feature on the blog based on the time I have, the ingredients used and what sounds good at the time. I will personally make those select recipes, take photos and share your recipe with my readers in a highlighted post. I will give $15 Amazon gift cards ONLY to the recipes I feature on the blog in individual posts. 

Submit your recipes via email to thehive@queenbeecoupons.com with subject line: Slow Cooker recipe.

Thank you for sharing your recipes, I look forward to seeing (and trying) your favorites. 

See all the Slow Cooker Recipes we’ve posted in the past.

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March 26, 2017

35 Ways to Make Ice Cold Lemonade

The skies are looking pretty gray from where I’m sitting right now, but sunny days and warmer temps will be here soon enough. While we’re sitting here in anticipation, why not make up a pitcher of lemonade?! Here are some bright, colorful, delightful recipes for homemade lemonade :

After you’ve tried some of these lemonade recipes, come back and try some Heavenly Sweet Tea or Banana, Strawberry, Blueberry Smoothies! What are your favorite drinks to make at home?

Find more Queen Bee Coupons recipes here.

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March 9, 2017

36 Easy Ways to Make Chicken in the Instant Pot

With almost 40 pounds of Zaycon chicken in my fridge and freezer I am always in search delicious recipe inspirations to use it up. Last week I rounded 36 simple crockpot chicken recipes for you. This roundup features 36 simple Instant Pot recipes.

The Instant Pot is a multi-functional cooker/pressure cooker. It is amazing! Because of the pressure cooking technology you can cook things much faster than in your oven or crockpot.  I love our Instant Pot and it’s amazing how quickly it can get dinner on the table! Learn more about the Instant Pot and read the thousands of reviews here.

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Side note – I get all my chicken from Zaycon Fresh at prices as low as $1.69 a pound and great quality – you can’t beat it! I first ordered from them more than five years ago, read my Zaycon review here, and I’m still a very happy customer. They have sales all over the country and I’ve referred hundreds of my readers to Zaycon – and they’ve all been equally as happy as I have been! I recommend creating an account here (it’s free) and you’ll be notified about local sales and coupon codes!

Now. . . on to the instant pot chicken recipes. . .

Looking for more recipes? Check out my full list of Queen Bee Coupons recipes, sorted by ingredient, here.

March 6, 2017

34 Easy and Delicious Sheet Pan Dinners

Sheet pan dinners are super hot right now (pun intended!) for several reasons – they are easy, simple to make, healthy, and delicious!

I’ve rounded up 34 sheet pan recipes – ranging from beef, to chicken, to fish (even one for lamb) – to make your dinner prep quicker.

Are you looking for more easy dinner ideas? Try my Greek Chicken and Orzo Skillet or Broccoli, Sausage, and Oregano Stir Fry – both easy, healthy meals that get to your dinner table in minutes!

Find more recipes from Queen Bee Coupons here.

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