As the days get colder, I can feel my appetite growing. There is nothing like a tasty meal to warm me up on a crisp fall day, and even though cold weather comfort food is not always the best for my your waistline, it won't be long before there's plenty of snow to shovel to burn off those extra calories, right?
When a chill hits the air, reach for this easy recipe:
Pillsbury Biscuits and Gravy
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flower
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
- 3 cups milk
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Now don't go throwing fists just yet, it's not that kind of punch day. Today we celebrate the kind of punch you drink! Whether you take your punch in a juice box or with a ladle and a splash of rum, today is the day to bust out the straws and ladles and enjoy!
Here are a few ways to help you celebrate this party-perfect drink.
- Make an original! If you're a purist, the original recipe was actually quite simple, composed of only five ingredients: sugar, water, citrus, spice and alcohol. Follow this recipe for a true taste of punch.
- The temps may be falling, but we can still pretend we're soaking up the rays in paradise with this tropical punch recipe.
- Invite the kids to join the party! With a non-alcoholic version, of course. Save $0.75 on Minute Maid Juice Boxes.
- For adults who have graduated from their Hi-C and Everclear days of college, this recipe is a far less dangerous, but still gives you that extra kick if you choose to use lemon-lime spirit instead of soda.
- Go gummy with this coupon for $0.50 off 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Punch flavored fruit snacks.
In celebration of football season, I've been on a snack food kick! Admittedly, I'm not the biggest sports fan, but I am a huge fan of any excuse to have a party packed with yummy finger foods! Regardless of which team you're cheering for, everyone is a fan of this Cheesy Ranch Chex recipe. Each bite is packed with powerful flavor and best of all, you can prepare, serve and eat it without ever taking your eyes off the game! This football-friendly snack is also a great addition to your kids bag lunches. but beware, it has a tendency to disappear fast!
Cheesy Ranch Chex Recipe
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- 9 cups Corn Chex, Rice Chex or Wheat Chex cereal
- 2 cups bite-size pretzel twists
- 2 cups bite-size cheese crackers
- 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
- 1 package ranch dressing seasoning mix
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
In a small bowl, melt butter in microwave. In a large bowl, mix cereal, pretzels and crackers. Pour butter over cereal mixture; stir until evenly coated. Sprinkle dressing mix and cheese until evenly coated. Microwave entire mixture for 3 minutes, stirring after each minute.
With temperatures peaking at 90 degrees today, oatmeal may sound like a strange craving, but it won't be long before fall is here and there's nothing more comforting than a hot bowl of oatmeal to start the day. The problem, however, is that those sugary instant oatmeal packets are full of preservatives and empty calories. I'm instantly hungry after eating them. Steel cut oats, on the other hand, are packed with nutrients and fiber to fill you up and fuel you for the rest of the day. Plus, they're one of the cheapest meals to make - roughly 35 cents per bowl (and even cheaper with this coupon)!
So why wouldn't everyone just opt for steel-cut oatmeal every morning? Well, anyone who's prepared them knows that these sticky oats take a while to make over the stove, and even longer to clean up! So how does one get healthy steel-cut oatmeal every morning in an instant? The answer can be found in muffin tins!
There is nothing I love more than a good make-ahead meal and muffin tins create the perfect storage for perfectly proportioned servings of oatmeal. Simply prepare a weeks worth of steel-cut oats on the same day. I recommend adding a little extra water to the pot since the freezer tends to dehydrate food. After the water has reached its boiling point, bring it down to a simmer and let the oats soak up the water (about 30 minutes). Add a touch of sugar, maple syrup or honey to the batch. Spoon the mixture into the muffin tins and freeze. Then, just pop one out in the morning and nuke it for a minute.
Breakfast is served in an instant!