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Rarely does a pan stop me in my tracks.  I can honestly say that I have pretty much seen it all when it comes to bakeware. Until one beautiful, sunny day last month when I spotted the Wilton® Nonstick Baker’s Best 48-Cup Mini Muffin Pan sitting in the Wilton area at Micheals‘. It was as if spotlights were shining down and angels were singing.  I kid. I kid.  BUT it was a magical moment.  A pan that uses the entire oven shelf?  No more using pan after pan trying to get all the mini muffins done? How could this be? All true.  One batch.  One pan.  One oven.  Done.

Wilton 48 cup mini muffin

Wilton 48 cup mini muffin pan

This isn’t available on the Micheals’ site but is available from several other retailers.  (click each store name for link):

Bed Bath and Beyond for $18.99

Walmart for $13.88

Target for $20.99

Sigh. So love finding a new kitchenware item.  Now off to research new muffin recipes.

Happy baking everyone!

Weekly Menu Plan – 25.0

Hi MincedReviewers!

Below is my weekly meal plan for this week for you to use next week. Let me know if you try any of these, if you loved them, loathed them or changed them.  **note-there are two templates at the bottom of this blog for you to use as well.  A weekly menu chart that you can print out and stick on your fridge and a grocery store template that you can print and check off what you need.

SundayLemon, Herb & Parmesan Crusted Fish – Delicious recipe from BBC’s goodfood.  Here is a handy conversion site to change the metrics to US standards.  Serving with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Quinoa Salad.

Sunday Side-Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Quinoa Salad 500

Monday – 4-Ingredient Crockpot Chicken Tacos:  Excellent recipe that I found on Cooking Light’s website.  I do, however, make a few adjustments to make it a bit more kid friendly (i.e. not scream inducing spicy).  I increase the salsa 1/2 cup and reduce the chili sauce by 1/2 cup.  I also squeeze juice from 1/2 a lime and add 1Tbs of Adobo Seasoning. (click for the recipe that I use to make a big batch of adobo seasoning). Serve with corn/flour tortillas and black beans.  

TuesdayTuna Pasta Salad with Dill & Peas.  This wonderful recipe is from Lauren’s Latest.  The thing that I love most about this recipe is that it is just as good hot as it is cold. I must point out that you have to love dill in order to truly appreciate the deliciousness of this recipe. 

WednesdayTurkey and Quinoa Meatloaf.  This AllRecipes recipe is a healthier version of the classic comfort food, meatloaf. A few changes:  I substitute BBQ sauce for the hot sauce for the kiddos.  I used 1/2 the brown sugar (too sweet-yikes).  I like to use a muffin pan vs. a loaf pan. Helps portion it out and prevent crumbling.  Serve with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and steamed fresh green beans.

ThursdayZesty Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue.  This is our favorite Slow Cooker BBQ and perfect for night when we have evening baseball games.  The best scenario is to serve with cole slow on top but tonight we will keep it simple.  Serving on bakery rolls and sweet potatoes fries on the side (frozen Trader Joe’s).

Friday– Take a break, will ya?!

Saturday– Grillin’ and Chillin’ night.  Steaks on the grill.  Corn on the cob.  Grilled sweet peppers.  Summer Shandy.  Most importantly… S’mores for dessert.  P.S. I say chill, because I don’t grill. :) 

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Weekly Menu Plan – 24.0

Hi MincedReviewers!

Below is my weekly meal plan for next week.  It really helps to have your meals planned out in advance for several reasons.  It’s a money saver, a time saver and definitely a calorie saver.  The hard part is figuring out what to make so hopefully I am taking the stress out of that for you.  There are two templates at the bottom of this blog for you to use as well.  A weekly menu chart that you can print out and stick on your fridge and a grocery store template that you can print and check off what you need.  **please note that I have three boys in baseball so there are few crockpot days in a row.🙂

Sunday – Asian Sesame Grilled Tuna Steak.  I just came across the recipe again.  I used to make this quite a bit but grew a little tired of it. Its time to bring it back.  A tuna steak is such a wonderful alternative to salmon. Serve with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa – another delicious AND healthy recipe.  This is definitely a day of a little more cooking complexity.  No rushing today.

Monday– CrockPot night- Bolognese Sauce.  Serve over noodles and with garlic bread.   This is an excellent recipe. I do use a 1 1/2 lbs, of organic, lean beef instead of the veal and pork. I’m sure that it is wonderful either way.  As a side note: Your house will smell fantastic when you get home.  This is also a great recipe to make ahead and freeze. 

Tuesday– CrockPot night-Cashew Chicken.  This recipe by a fellow blogger is a wonderful crock pot recipe that the whole family will love.  Serve over rice. Done and done.   **note-If you aren’t a huge cashew fan, you can substitute another nut (almonds or peanuts would work well too).

WednesdayCheesy Taco Casserole – Oh man, this is really good.  Really.  Really good.  A fairly quick weeknight meal from a great site (ohmyveggies.com) that everyone will love.  I don’t change a thing.

Thursday– Breakfast for dinner!  The whole family loves this.  Make it whatever you feel like you have time to do.  Eggs? French Toast? Cereal? Waffles?  Whatever you want to make.  

FridayCrab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata. Crab spaghetti with Lemon what??

gre·mo·la·ta
ˌɡreməˈlädə/
noun
a dressing or garnish made with chopped parsley, garlic, and grated lemon zest, served as an accompaniment to meat or fish.
So, now you know.🙂  This is such a wonderful recipe.  I found it on foodiecrush.com and am obsessed with the crumbly topping.  Yum!
Saturday– Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. We are headed to a professional baseball game so no cooking for me.  I think you need a break too! 

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Weekly Menu Plan 23.0

Hi MincedReviewers!  I have dropped the huge giant roasting pan .. um.. I mean ball…on my menu planning posts.  I will not lie and say that I am back on track BUT I am going to post a menu plan for this week. For those of you that are new to MincedReviews, the menu plan is a week full of recipes that I love, that will help you get ready for your upcoming week and ahead of upcoming grocery shopping trips. Happy cooking everyone!

Sunday –  Fire Roasted Tomato and Feta Pasta w/Shrimp– Wow that’s a long name for such an easy recipe.  This actually makes a great mid-week meal but I can’t wait, so Sunday it is. 

Monday– My ‘I’m not actually cooking’ night.  Making Trader Joe’s Kung Pao Chicken. Throw it over rice.  Done and Done.

Tuesday–  Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken– A healthy, clean recipe that you can make in advance and throw in the slow cooker.  So fantastic and I just love how the delicious the house smells when we get home.

Wednesday–  Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff– Okay, so two nights in a row of crock pot meals may seem a bit excessive but with baseball season starting, it’s a must do.  This recipe is basically the anthesis of Tuesday night in terms of healthy BUT you gotta slip once in a while.  I add button mushrooms to this recipe and try to keep it organic.

ThursdayCauliflower, Tomato and Chicken Sausage Quinoa Gratin – Wow.  Wow. Wow. Wow.  Love love love this recipe. Wonderful right out of the oven and even better reheated.

Friday – Lemon, Herb & Parmesan Crusted Fish. – An easy, healthy way to end the week.  Serve with rice or orzo and a veggie that you love. 

Saturday–  No cooking for you (or me in this case)  Have an easy night tonight.

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

and the winner(s) is….envelope please…

and the winner(s) is….envelope please…

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Last call! Contest ends tonight!

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Contest time!

One of my favorite finds at last month’s Houseware’s Show was BlueAvocado, a company committed to making a positive impact with their products.

In honor of Earth Day (4/22), we are partnering together to celebrate all the great ways we can help keep our Earth ‘green’.

Comment with one thing you do already or can do to make your positive impact on our environment. Or nominate a ‘green’ friend (make sure to tag them!). Get creative!

25 winners will be chosen by yours truly to win a free pack of (re)zip seal lunch 2-pack. (the pool of entries will be combined from Facebook, WordPress, Twitter and Instagram).

THEN the 25 winners will have an opportunity to move on to another fun part II of the giveaway. (more to come)

Contest ends Friday so comment away! ‪#‎whatdoyourezip‬‪#‎blueavocado‬

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Contest time!

Contest time!

One of my favorite finds at last month’s Houseware’s Show was BlueAvocado, a company committed to making a positive impact with their products.

In honor of Earth Day (4/22), we are partnering together to celebrate all the great ways we can help keep our Earth ‘green’.

Comment with one thing you do already or can do to make your positive impact on our environment. Or nominate a ‘green’ friend (make sure to tag them!). Get creative!

25 winners will be chosen by yours truly to win a free pack of (re)zip seal lunch 2-pack. (the pool of entries will be combined from Facebook, WordPress, Twitter and Instagram).

THEN the 25 winners will have an opportunity to move on to another fun part II of the giveaway. (more to come)

Contest ends Friday so comment away! ‪#‎whatdoyourezip‬ ‪#‎blueavocado‬

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