Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure is headed to Sacramento! {Ticket Giveaway + 20% off Discount Code}

Pack Your Bags for the Ultimate Tour of Disney Destinations in Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure! Celebrate some of the most memorable Disney tales and landscapes with all your favorite characters in one fun-filled ice production, playing from November 3rd-6th at the the brand new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento!!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Southwest Pork Loin Filet Sandwiches

When looking for new dinner ideas I am always searching for meals that are ready in 30 minutes or less. After a long day, the last thing I want to do is spend all evening in the kitchen preparing a meal. I'd rather be spending quality time with my family, or relaxing and reading a book - not on my feet, turning my kitchen into a disaster area to be cleaned up after dinner. I recently discovered Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork at Safeway, which is a delicious time-saver and perfect for any night of the week. Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork comes in a variety of flavors and cuts, plus they can be grilled, roasted or sautéed - so versatile and absolutely delicious!

For an incredibly easy dinner, cook up a Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, slice it and serve with a couple easy side dishes. Since the pork takes 30 minutes to cook, you'll have plenty of time to whip up some delicious accompaniments. Some of my favorites are steamed veggies, bagged salads, buttered pasta, boiled root vegetables, rice or canned baked beans - all can be prepared by the time the meat is ready to be sliced and served. So easy and practically effortless, not to mention the minimal mess to be cleaned up afterwards. We're talking Real Flavor, Real Fast.

Or, if you want to put in just a little bit more effort - Smithfield has a large seletion of mouth-watering recipes {still 30 minutes or less} to check out on their site. With the variety of flavors and cuts the marinated pork is available in, the dinner options are endless! They have flavors like Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Filet, Steakhouse Mushroom Pork Loin Filet, Slow Roasted Golden Rotisserie Flavor Pork Tenderloin, and Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet.

Everyone in our family is a sandwich lover, so I decided to make easy and flavorful Southwest Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches as a simple weeknight dinner. While the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin was roasting in the oven I prepared a homemade pico de gallo and guacamole - but those ingredients can be purchased pre-made, saving even more of your time. I found all the ingredients for these sandwiches at Safeway while picking up the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork - including the soft Kaiser Rolls, from their bakery department.

Southwest Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
makes 6 sandwiches
1 Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet
6 Kaiser Rolls
1 cup guacamole
1 cup pico de gallo salsa
6 deli slices pepper jack cheese
1. Heat oven to 425. Place Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet on foil-lined baking sheet; roast for 25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. {This is the perfect time to prepare the guacamole and pico de gallo if you are making them from scratch!}
2. Slice pork into thin slices. Divide into 6 portions.
3. Prepare each sandwich in the following order; Kaiser Roll bottom, guacamole, pork slices, pepper jack cheese, pico de gallo, Kaiser Roll top. {To make cheese extra melty, place under broiler before adding the pico de gallo.}
4. Enjoy!!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Smithfield®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spicy Shrimp with Sweet Grapefruit Glaze

This recipe for Spicy Shrimp with Sweet Grapefruit Glaze is sponsored by Sweet Scarletts and Millennial Blogs, all opinions are 100% mine.

These Spicy Shrimp with Sweet Grapefruit Glaze are easy enough to prepare as a weeknight dinner yet wonderful enough to be served to guests on the weekend. Succulent large shrimp are first sautéed with chili-garlic sauce and cilantro, then finished with a sweet grapefruit glaze. The fiery notes of this dish are perfectly complimented with a tart sweetness from the grapefruit glaze.

My fruit-loving kids have been on a grapefruit kick lately and those bags of Sweet Scarletts Texas Red Grapefruit have been calling to me. "Make something with me!" So, I obliged - because how could I say no to that sweet face?

We have been enjoying these sweet grapefruits in the morning with breakfast {a splendid way to start the day with half of a grapefruit containing 100% the daily value of vitamin C!} so I decided to switch things up and add them to a savory dinner dish. My kiddos like spicy dishes, but nothing too hot - so this recipe for Spicy Shrimp with Sweet Grapefruit Glaze was perfect! The natural sweetness of grapefruit works fabulous to tone-down the heat in this dish and I love that there's no sugar involved, just natural fresh-squeezed goodness. These shrimp are the perfect marriage of sweet and spicy, not to sweet and not too spicy - and absolutely fabulous on your taste-buds.

Spicy Shrimp with Sweet Grapefruit Glaze
½ cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon raw honey
1 teaspoon grapefruit zest, diced

1lb large shrimp, deveined and shelled {leave or remove tails}
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons chili-garlic sauce {found in ethnic aisle of grocery store}
1 teaspoon diced cilantro

1 In small saucepan stir together grapefruit juice, olive oil, raw honey and grapefruit zest. Bring to boil, lower heat and let gently simmer.
2 In skillet heat olive oil and chili-garlic sauce over medium-high until just starting to bubble. Add shrimp and sauté for 5-7 minutes, until shrimp has turned pink and sauce is mostly gone. Add grapefruit sauce, stir to evenly coat and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Most sauce should be evaporated.
3 Serve warm and enjoy! {we enjoyed ours with white rice, zucchini, and grapefruit slices}

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Super Heroes Cereal {with $1 off coupon}

It's less than a month away until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice makes it's way into theaters nationwide! My family can't get enough of comic books and super heroes, so we are counting down the days until we can see this action-packed saga on the big screen. In anticipation of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice we have been brushing up on previous Batman™ and Superman™ cartoons, movies and comic books. When I heard there were Batman and Superman cereals headed to stores I knew they would be perfect for the super hero frenzy my family is in.

Since you can't have Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice without both Batman AND Superman - we got a box of both cereals; Batman ™ Chocolate Strawberry and Superman™ Caramel Crunch. Both of these cereals use NO colors from artificial sources, NO artificial flavors, and NO high fructose corn syrup. They have only 9 grams of sugar per serving, are a good source of Calcium and Vitamin D, and 12g of whole grain per serving.

General Mills is also including custom collectible comic books {4 to collect!!} in specially marked boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios and Trix. These comic books are included in the boxes and don't need to be mail-ordered - score!

Visit DCSuperHeroesCereal(dot)tumblr(dot)com for a downloadable $1 off coupon to try either Batman™ Chocolate Strawberry or Superman™ Caramel Crunch.