Monday, May 26, 2014

Old El Paso Frozen entrees for two 

“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Old El Paso® through Platefull Co-Op.”

"Celebrate Cinco de Mayo all month long with delicious, handcrafted meals for two from Old El Paso - now available in the frozen aisle!

You can now find premium, handcrafted, Old El Paso Frozen entrees for two in the freezer aisle of your local grocery store. With eight different flavors of fajitas, enchiladas, quesadillas and burritos, these entrees are sure to fulfill your dinner needs."

General Mills sent me these fab goodies:

Two (2) margarita glasses
One (1) Pitcher
One (1) Chip & Dip Platter
6 VIP coupons, each good for one Old El Paso Frozen Entrée

We're longtime fans of Old El Paso in the Omni household, and the frozen entrées make it incredibly fast and easy to have a tasty Mexican meal. My absolute favorites are the shredded beef enchiladas, and here is a picture of how I ate them last night, with some grated pepper jack cheese on top:


If you love Mexican food, like I do, but don't know how to cook it yourself, like I don't, you should give these entrées or try. You can check out what's up with Old El Paso here:

·Old El Paso® website - http://www.oldelpaso.com/

·Old El Paso® Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/oldelpaso

Sunday, May 18, 2014

New Nature Valley Products at Target! 

Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.

"Introducing new Nature Valley Protein Granola, Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits, and Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars!

With the goodness you’ve come to expect from Nature Valley, all-new Nature Valley Protein Granola is the perfect way to start your day in a bowl of milk, sprinkled on yogurt or as a quick snack!

Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars come in delicious Strawberry or Mixed Berry flavors and packs 10g of protein alongside real fruit and nuts, offering a treat your whole family will enjoy!

And with the sustained energy from +26g of whole grains, new Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits hit the perfect trifecta: convenient, great tasting and fully satisfying.

Looking for a way to keep your new year’s resolutions while maintaining your on-the-go lifestyle? Then join the fun by blogging about these new Nature Valley products – and find great savings on Nature Valley right now at Target!"

General Mills sent me the following yummy treats: one pouch of Nature Valley Protein Granola, one box of Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars, and one box of Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits.




Here are 2 photos I took:

If you're like me, and you get a lot of your daily whole grain at breakfast, you'll want to give these products a try, because they make it so easy to get whole grains while eating something tasty. The granola gives the benefit of protein, which I have found helps me feel fuller and more satisfied longer. You can connect with Nature Valley here:

Nature Valley® website - http://www.naturevalley.com/

Nature Valley® Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/naturevalley

Monday, May 12, 2014

47th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest 

The fine folks at Platefull sent me the following info:

"Do you know any talented home cooks or bakers? If so, their creativity in the kitchen could land them a spot to compete for $1 million and other prizes in the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest!

Original recipes may be submitted online at www.BakeOff.com now through May 8, 2014. The Bake-Off® Kitchens will evaluate all eligible entries and choose the top 100 recipes to compete at the 47th Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest Finals at the Omni Nashville Hotel on November 3, 2014.

For more information and official rules, please visit www.BakeOff.com!"

They also sent me a nice box of goodies:

•A coupon for Pillsbury® Gluten Free dough

•Pillsbury® Flour

•Reynolds® Parchment Paper, Foil, Baking Cups and Slow Cooker Liners

•Watkins™ Vanilla

•Bake-Off® Recipe Booklet featuring all 100 recipes that competed for the $1 million Grand Prize in last year’s contest

As you can imagine, I've been able to use the goodies to make some really tasty stuff. They have a bunch of terrific recipes on their site here:


Here are couple of awesome recipes from last year's contest:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

Sweet and salty. Pretzels and peanut butter. Make an easy base of sugar cookies for a finger lickin' bar.

prep time 25 min total time 2 hr 35 min ingredients 7 servings 24
1 3/4
cups pretzels, coarsely chopped
package Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies
tablespoons Crisco® Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
can (14 oz) Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
cup Jif® Chocolate Flavored Hazelnut Spread
cup caramel flavored syrup
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13x9-inch pan with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Let cookie dough stand at room temperature 10 minutes to soften.
Finely chop* 1 cup of the pretzels; place in large bowl. Add cookie dough and shortening. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until well mixed. Press dough evenly in pan. Bake 14 to 18 minutes or until crust is light golden brown. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in 2 quart heavy saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring constantly until hot and mixture is thin. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut spread until well blended. Spread over baked crust. Sprinkle with remaining 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pretzels. Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer or until edges are golden brown. Cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours. Drizzle with caramel syrup. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows. Store covered.

*Instead of chopping the pretzels, place pretzels in a large resealable food storage plastic bag. Seal bag; with rolling pin coarsely crush pretzels. Remove 3/4 cup. Seal bag and finely crush remaining pretzels in bag.

Carrot Cupcakes with Coconut Pecan Frosting

What a sweet and tasty way to get your veggies! Mix up seven ingredients in 30 minutes to make easy cupcakes.

prep time 30 min total time 1 hr 30 min ingredients 7 servings 24
bag (11.8 oz) Green Giant® Seasoned Steamers™ frozen honey Dijon carrots
box (15.25 oz) Pillsbury® Classic Yellow Cake Mix
cup Crisco® Pure Vegetable Oil
cup golden raisins
cup pecans, finely chopped
can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Coconut Pecan Frosting
Heat oven to 375°F. Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Microwave frozen carrots as directed on bag 3 to 4 minutes to thaw. In food processor, place carrots. Cover; process until finely chopped.
In large bowl, beat cake mix, oil, eggs and 1 cup water with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally, until blended. Fold in carrots, raisins and pecans. Spoon into muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.
Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes. Spread cupcakes with frosting.

Good luck to everyone who participates this year!! :-)

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

New Fiber One Caramel Sea Salt 90 Calorie Snack Bars - Only at Target 

“Disclosure: The information and samples have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.”

Here's what they have to say about them:

"Fiber One 90 Calorie Caramel Sea Salt Bars give you a delicious way to indulge without the guilt! Satisfyingly sweet and savory, these bars are a flavorful snack to feel good about!"

NEW 90 Calorie Caramel Sea Salt Bar

"Limited Time Only: Satisfyingly sweet AND savory, these bars are a flavorful snack to feel good about. Enjoy while you can! This exclusive Caramel Sea Salt flavor is only available for a limited time at Target stores, arriving March 2014.
- 20% daily value of fiber*
- 5 Grams of fiber per serving"

Fiber One® website - http://www.fiberone.com/

Fiber One® Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fiberone

And here's what *I* say: I've got to give the folks at Fiber One credit; if I had not read it on the box, I would not have known that I was eating a product with any fiber in it. The bars had a nice moistness and chewy texture to them, and are pretty tasty. They were fairly sweet, but they didn't really taste like caramel to me, and I honestly could not taste any salt at all; I added my own salt, and that made them even better. The one thing that's a little bit of a bummer is how tiny the bars are. Here's what the bars look like:

Yes, that's a postage stamp on the bar to show you the size. You don't get too much for the 90 calories, but, after all, these are not diet bars, they are fiber bars, and I'm guessing it's just not possible to put fiber in a soft, moist bar and make it low-cal too. Anyways, if you need more fiber, and you know you do, and you enjoy a sweet snack, they're definitely worth a try.


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