With Johnsonville Kabobs Summer Meals Are Tastier & Easier

Johnsonville Sweet Chili & Lime Chicken w/ Cayenne Mangos and sauteed peppers


When the summer time rolls around, our house grows in size.  How?  We’re away from the Pacific Northwest rainy season and can head out to the backyard to enjoy the sunshine and shade!  Our kitchen takes a bit of a break and our grill comes out from under it’s “rain coat”.  It’s grilling season!  Johnsonville has expanded from their sausage line to include delicious, marinaded chicken kabob’s that are gluten-free and all natural.  Just heat up the grill and cook! With Johnsonville Kabobs our summer meals are tastier and easier.  (It’s Summer time… the livin’ is supposed to be easy, right? wink).  Check out my recipe below.

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Johnsonville Kabobs come in 4 varieties;  Lemon & Herb, Teriyaki, Sweet BBQ and Sweet Chili and Lime. Made with all-natural chicken breast, these kabobs are a smart choice for a healthy, flavorful meal. I’ve chosen to the go with the Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken for my first Johnsonville outing.  Here’s my recipe for Johnsonville Sweet Chili and Lime Chicken w/ Cayenne Mangoes and Sauteed Bell Peppers.

Johnsonville Sweet Chili & Lime Chicken w/ cayenne mangos and sauteed peppers



Johnsonville Sweet Chili & Lime Chicken w/ cayenne mangos and sauteed peppers



Ann Again and again Reviews Johnsonville Kabobs Recipe - Sweet Chili Lime Chicken w/ Cayenne Mangos and Sauteed Bell Peppers


Give this a try and let me know what you think.  What Johnsonville Kabob flavor interests you?  I think I’ll try the Lemon & Chicken next.  Ooohh, that would be so good in a wrap!  Let’s see – I’ll add chopped basil, quinoa and diced tomatoes!  Perhaps a lemon aioli dipping sauce on the side!  (To make your own aioli – mix garlic and salt in a food processor or in a blender very briefly. Add egg yolk and lemon juice until blended. Begin adding the olive oil (pure olive oil first, then extra-virgin) in a thin stream. If it becomes too thick, thin it out with some room-temperature water and continue adding oil until you’ve used it all. Finish with pepper and sea salt to taste.)

Alright, if I wasn’t hungry before, I sure am now!  Happy grilling!


(**Disclosure I received product to conduct my review and financial compensation for my time & effort to create this post for you.  My words, and thoughts, are completely my own.)


Bake Mini Caramel Apple Pies With Help From Love Cooking Company!

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The Love Cooking Company is helping us create fun baked goods with their innovative line of bakeware.  I am so happy I was able to try out a selection from their line through my participation with US Family Guide.com.  Let’s check out the Mini Caramel Apples Pies I created with the Mrs. Field’s Mini Cupcake Pan!

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I decided to take the designated design of the mini cupcake pan in a different direction and see what else it was up for!  How about a Mini Caramel Apple Pie!  With the help of new caramel bits, this made my idea slightly easier to prepare.  (The Cutie Cakes Cupcake Pan creates treats that are about as big as a quarter, so you might need to get your glasses 🙂 ).

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease mini cupcake tin with your choice of cooking spray
  • Chop fine one tart apple


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I chose a ready made pie crust and found a small juice glass to be just about right to cut the pastry shell.  Form the shell into the tin.


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  • Squeeze lemon juice over the diced apples and caramel bits
  • Add a dab of butter to each tartlet


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  • Bake for about 10 to 13 minutes at 350 degrees. (Check on the progress. Oven temps vary. You know what baked crust looks like 😉 )


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Once removed from the oven place them on a rack to cool for a few moments.  And hey… you know what tastes great with Caramel Apple Pie?  Vanilla ice cream!  Grab a little bowl, place a few cute mini caramel apple pies in and add a dollop of ice cream.  Yum!

This bakeware has proven to be very easy to work with, even baking on the bottom and sides, and easy to clean.  And you need to check out their various designs!  A Mini Doughnut Pan (no deep-frying necessary), Bake ‘N Stuff Cupcake Pan, Mrs. Field’s “Brookie” Pan (a brownie and crunchy cookie in one!  Yes please!!).  There are SO many options that I’m sure you’ll find something to help you create delicious treats and new family favorites.

If you would like to try the bakeware offerings from Love Cooking Company I have a special 10% off code for my lovely readers!  Please visit LoveCookingCompany.com and upon check-out enter code: LOVE10


(*Disclosure:  I received bakeware in exchange for my honest review through my partnership with USFamilyGuide.com.  My opinions are truthfully my own.*)





Add Vegetables To Your Meal With “Sneaky Mac And Cheese”

Add vegetables to your meal

Are vegetables a bit of a challenge for your kid(s)?  Or you?  They are good for the body and brain, you know that.  Your children have heard it many times and so have you. But, somehow, vegetables are still a challenge during meal times.  Check out the following information on the importance of vegetables in our diet along with a cool recipe – “Sneaky Mac and Cheese”.  Let me know what you think!

Not all Americans have easy access to fresh vegetables. But that shouldn’t stop them from eating these delicious offerings and getting their necessary vitamins and nutrients!  According to the 2016 “Canned Vegetable Nutrients Study” — a dietary analysis of 24,000 Americans conducted by Dr. Marjorie Freedman (of San Jose State University) in association with the CFA — canned food carries nearly identical nutrients to its fresh-cooked counterparts. They are also a cheaper and an easier way to get recommended daily servings of fruits and veggies — which can lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.  

Consider this:

*  94% of American adults are not eating enough fruits and vegetables

*  Adults who eat canned produce eat 17% more vegetables and 19% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Adults who eat canned produce consume 7% more dietary fiber and 5% more potassium than those who don’t

*  Canned produce includes low-sodium options and non-GMO veggies like Del Monte Blue Lake Cut Green Beans

These nutritional benefits affect our kids, too:

*  9 in 10 kids don’t eat enough vegetables and 6 in 10 kids don’t eat enough fruit

*  Kids who eat canned produce eat 22% more vegetables and 14% more fruit than those who don’t

*  Kids who eat canned produce consumed more protein, fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and potassium (but less fat)

I’m sure your kid(s) will never believe there’s a vegetable hidden in this creamy, cheesy comfort food. Wholesome, puréed white beans and carrots contribute to the sauce’s creaminess.


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Sneaky Mac and Cheese

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.


3 cups College Inn® Fat Free & Lower Sodium Chicken Broth

8 oz. dry pasta, such as whole grain elbows or rotini

1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Carrots, drained

½ cup milk

1 can (15.5 oz.) white or cannellini beans, drained

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Salt and black pepper, optional


  1. Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan; add pasta and reduce heat to medium-high. Cook according to package directions, stirring frequently, except DO NOT DRAIN.
  2. Meanwhile, place carrots and milk in a blender; puree until smooth. Add beans to blender; puree until smooth, scraping down sides of blender twice. Stir pureed mixture into pasta until coated. Cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
  3. Stir in cheese and cook until cheese is melted and season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with toppings, as desired.

Optional Toppings:

  • Crumbled cooked bacon
  • Steamed broccoli flowerets
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Sliced green onions

VARIATION:  To make Sneaky Mac & Cheese Muffins, prepare as recipe directs, except line 18 medium muffin cups with paper or foil liners. Spoon about 1/3 cup of prepared mac and cheese into each cup and bake at 350°F until lightly browned, about 15 to 20 minutes. 


Let me know what you think about this recipe!  What ways do you try to incorporate more vegetables into your child’s (or heck, even your!) diet?


(*Disclaimer:  Shared with permission by Cody Pittman – Del Monte Publicist.)

With Love Cooking Company Your Desserts Are That Much Sweeter!

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The PushPan is a 100% watertight and leak-proof cake pan with a patented silicone-lined removable base making it perfect for cheesecakes, pies and more! An alternative to a spring-form pan, you simply place the pan on something sturdy, press the sides down, and voila – the perfect cake! The PushPan also comes with a 25 year warranty.


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The Mrs. Fields Cutie Cakes pan creates 48 bite-size cakes when you need a small amount of something sweet. It’s ideal for savory options, like mini corn dogs or potato pancakes. After you create your tiny treats, just pop the pan in the dishwasher.


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The Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip  is the easiest way to make a layered cake and create a surprise center that everyone will love. Once you bake your cake, add filling to the side with the large opening, place the non-filled layer on top, and enjoy! Plus, the pan is dishwasher-safe, making clean-up a breeze.

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Easy Easter Side Dishes To Pair


Each year my family gathers for a feast to celebrate Easter.  And although certain foods are favorites and just have-to-have’s it’s fun to offer something different every once in a while.  You never know, it could become the new “favorite”.  If you’re looking for a new dish to bring to your Easter feast check out the recipes Del Monte has created to complement your ham, lamb or salmon main dish.  Quick and easy, they’re #10MinuteWow dishes!


Del Monte Cheddar Corn

Cheddar Corn Casserole is Del Monte’s most popular Easter side dish recipe.  This is a #10MinuteWow dish – less than 10 minutes to prepare and goes perfectly with Ham. With it’s blend of sweet corn, cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon you won’t believe how good this tastes!  Check out the recipe here:  Cheddar Corn Casserole


Del Monte Lemon garlic green beans


Panko bread crumbs and fresh lemon give these green beans a great taste and would make a great pairing with Salmon.  Check here for the recipe for Lemon-Garlic Green Beans with Crispy Crumbs.


Del Monte Peas 5 ways


If you are serving lamb check out the ideas Del Monte shares for peas with Peas 5 Ways.  Peas with chopped mint and sweet, shredded carrots complement lamb nicely.

Do you have an Easter dish that’s a family favorite?  I’d love to get your recipe!  I’ve been working on perfecting a lemon bar recipe that’s getting a positive response so I think I’ll be adding this to the dessert table this Sunday.

If you create an Easter side that takes under 10 minutes to make, using Del Monte products, please add it to Del Monte’s Pinterest page.  Share your creativity!
(*Disclosure:  I was provided with Del Monte products in exchange for this post.  My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Using a Plant-Based Alternative Makes for Healthy Dinner Recipes


In order to make your traditional family recipes into healthy dinner recipes, you do not need to rewrite you entire cookbook. Instead, you can opt for the much easier solution of simply substituting the meat in each recipe with a meatless, plant-based alternative. This will allow you to keep a sense of order and continuity in the foods that you and your family eat while also providing healthier options. While there may be resistance at first, the health benefits of a plant-based substitute are such that they are worth the initial hassle. Besides, these alternatives are tasty enough on their own that once your family tries them, there will be little complaint in the future.

 No Need to Eliminate Your Favorite Recipes

 Perhaps the best part about these plant-based alternatives is that they do not require you to make any major changes to the way you currently prepare dinner. It is often daunting for people to think about making radical changes to their diet because there is such a great deal of unfamiliarity involved. That is not the case with the plant-based substitutes, as they can be used interchangeably in your current meat-based recipes. It will also make it more likely that your family is open to the idea of trying something new, since there will be an already-established sense of familiarity in the dinner option that you present.

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Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Lifestyle Resolution – And Giveaway!

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The Blog Forward Challenge - Ann Again and again Reviews We’re 5 months into the year 2014.  Did you make a resolution to get fit, or eat healthier this year?  I was tired of the tummy flab that was taking over my middle due to menopause (yep, I said it) and I was feeling pretty weak.  Enough of that I say!  I’m five months into my healthier lifestyle and feel confident I can keep this up.  Here are ways to stick to your healthier lifestyle resolution – and a giveaway! Ways that help me stick to my resolution:

  • Make a standing appointment to exercise.  Try to keep it the same time every day.
  • If you don’t feel like moving tell yourself ‘Let’s just do a couple of minutes’.  I’m sure your body will encourage your mind to stick around and do a few more reps. and you will find you’ve completed a full workout.
  • Remember to drink a full glass of water before eating.
  • You will always feel better about yourself after you exercise.  Remember that!

With regard to food choices I’m enjoying the taste and long lasting full feeling I get from eating Zone Perfect bars.  The taste selection is vast and my girls like them too.  We’ve finally tried Quinoa (keen-wha) that we’ve been hearing about but weren’t sure how to pronounce.  I really like grains so quinoa works out well for me as a smarter nutritional choice over rice.  And now that grill season is here my-oh-my!  My husband grilled Cauliflower and added dashes of seasoning salt, black pepper and the juice of one lemon to create a flavor I’ve never had from cauliflower.  Absolutely delicious and so much better in the nutrition and calorie category over mashed potatoes.  Check out this chart for side dish swap ideas: Ways To Stick To Your Healthier Life Style - And A Giveaway!  Ann Again and again Reviews With my exercising routine, on one hand I’m bummed about the fact that weight is not coming off.  I’ve been exercising for 4 months now, 5 to 6 days a week – a mix of cardio and area specific movements – and have lost a whopping 5 lbs.   But on the other hand I am so much stronger than I was a month ago, let alone 4 months ago, and that feeling of strength is what I absolutely love about exercising.  If weight doesn’t come off, well that’s a drag and it frustrates me, but I won’t stop my workouts because feeling stronger brings me joy and strength and joy is what I want in my life.  (Oh and love, of course!  and a delightful Pinot Gris ;->)

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Inexpensive Dinners To Take The Sting Out Of Tax Day

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From our friends at Woman’s Day come recipes that will take the hit of Tax Day away from our pocket book and give us more with our money. In the May issue of Woman’s Day, now on newsstands nationwide, you can find the most delicious tostadas to make for your hungry family. I have one picky eater that will have me adapting one of these recipes – but it can be done easily and I’m sure you’ll find ways to add your own spin to these recipes as well. You can’t beat the cost per servings for these high protein, healthy dishes. Happy Tax Day! (ugh, did I just type that?!)


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Active: 20 MIN, Total: 20 MIN, Serves: 4, Cost Per Serving: $1.35

Chili Chicken:

§ 2 tbsp olive oil

§ 1 tbsp fresh lime juice

§ 1 tsp hot paprika

§ ½ tsp ground cumin

§ ½ tsp chili powder

§ ¼ salt

§ 3 ½ cups shredded chicken

Directions – Part 1

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil and fresh lime juice.

2. Slowly stir in the hot paprika, ground cumin, chili powder and salt.

3. Add the chicken and toss to combine for the perfect taste!

Pineapple and Red Onion Relish:

§ 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

§ 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

§ ¼ salt

§ ¼ small pineapple (cored and cut into ½-in pieces)

§ ½ small red onion (thinly sliced)

§ ¼ cup small fresh cilantro leaves

§ 8 tostadas

Directions – Part 2

1. Prepare the chili chicken from above.

2. Next, in a medium bowl, whisk together the fresh lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt.

3. Add the pineapple and onion and toss to combine.

4. Fold in the cilantro leaves.

5. Lastly, top the tostadas with the chili chicken, the pineapple and the red onion relish.



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Active: 15 MIN, Total: 15 MIN, Serves: 4, Cost Per Serving: 92 cents


§ 4 plum tomatoes (cut into ¼-in. pieces)

§ 1 small jalapeño (finely chopped)

§ ½ small red onion (finely chopped)

§ 2 tbsp fresh lime juice

§ ¼ tsp salt

§ ¼ tsp pepper

§ ¼ fresh cilantro

§ 8 tostadas

§ 15-oz can refried beans (warmed)

§ Shredded romaine lettuce


1. To start, toss together in a medium bowl the plum tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, lime juice, salt and pepper. This will serve as your delicious pico de gallo!

2. Fold in the cilantro to add a little kick.

3. Top the tostadas with the refried beans, lettuce and the fresh pico de gallo.

4. Enjoy!

If you have delicious additions to these recipes please share in the comments. I would LOVE to try your suggestions and, I’m sure, our blog friends would to!


(*Disclosure: These recipes were provided by Woman’s Day and are shared with permission.)