Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I’m really into the recipe videos on Facebook — they always make the food look so delicious, and I’m always sharing or saving them, thinking I might try the recipe at some mythical future date. I actually tried one of them, and I was really pleased with the results, so I thought I would share it here with you. Behold this lovely Chicken Enchilada Casserole, as seen on 12 Tomatoes

Source: Mouthwatering enchilada casserole recipe by GreaterGood on Rumble

For this recipe, you will need chicken breasts, refried beans, enchilada sauce (storebought or homemade), cheese, tortillas (the video used flour, but I like corn so that’s what I went with), green chiles, and green onions for garnish.

First you cook your chicken and shred it, and mix it with the chiles and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese.

I roasted mine in the oven, and then shredded it, but you can probably poach it also and it would work great. You could also use shredded rotisserie chicken! It’s always such a good deal at the store. After you’ve combined your chicken, cheese and chiles, you can start to build your casserole.

You start with some enchilada sauce at the bottom of the pan. I threw a simple sauce together to try to control the sodium in this dish, but if you are not watching sodium, the sauce in the can will work just fine.

On top of this, place a layer of tortillas to cover the sauce.

Then smear a layer of refried beans on top of the tortillas.

After you get the beans on, sprinkle the chicken, cheese and chile mixture on top.

On top of this, add more enchilada sauce.

Repeat these layers, and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top and bake at #50 degrees for 45-55 minutes. When mine was done, it looked like this.

You can garnish it with green onions, sour cream and a few dashes of hot sauce.

This was really tasty, and I think in the future, I’d like to experiment with a beef version, maybe using seasoned taco meat. I think it might taste even better! I’ll definitely post it here if I give it a go and let you know what I think. Anyway, if you’re looking for a good weeknight meal that comes together fairly easily, put this in your rotation. With a simple salad or some yellow rice on the side, it makes a great meal!

Amish Broccoli Salad

I woke up super-early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep, so I decided to make this salad, which I have been thinking about trying for the longest time. I modified the recipe slightly to fit my diet but I’m sure it’s great the original way too! It’s very tasty and a good alternative to a more traditional side like coleslaw or potato salad if you’re getting tired of eating the same old thing. Full recipe at bottom of post…step-by-step-below. I only made a half batch, so if you’re making the full recipe listed below, you’ll end up with a lot more salad!

Ingredients: Broccoli and cauliflower florets — mixed (you could use all broccoli as well, but most of the recipes I’ve seen call for a mix and I like the differences in texture), mayo, sour cream, sugar (or substitute), salt, pepper, onion (I used green because I had it, the recipe calls for red which would probably be even better) bacon and cheddar cheese. (I had Colby jack, it tasted fine) Also, my photo is very blurry.

First you make the dressing. Mix 1 cup mayo, 1 cup sour cream, 2 tablespoons of sugar and the salt and pepper. Mix until smooth.

Take your broccoli and cauliflower, I used the pre-cut bags available in the produce department since it is pre-washed and cut and ready to go. Also, the price of cauliflower is a little crazy right now, almost $5.00 a head at the time I posted this, so the bags were more affordable as well. I did break some of the larger florets down into smaller bite-sized pieces.

I then added in my cheese and onions, and fried up my bacon.

After my bacon cooled and drained, I chopped it up and threw it in as well.

After that, I added the dressing to the bowl, pouring it over the top of everything.

Finally, I put the lid on, shook it up to mix it, and my end result was a very delicious salad! At this point, a normal person would transfer it to a pretty bowl for serving. Since it was just for me, I didn’t mind and left it in the original container and popped it in the fridge so I can grab a little whenever I want it.

Here is the full recipe:

Amish Broccoli Salad


2 12-oz bags raw broccoli and cauliflower mixed florets (not frozen!)
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp sugar (or sugar substitute, I used Stevia and it was great)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
½ cup red onion, diced (I used green onions but red would probably be prettier)
½ pound bacon, fried and crumbled
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, salt and pepper to make a creamy sauce.
Add broccoli and stir until broccoli is coated evenly.
Stir in the bacon, onion and cheese.
Refrigerate until serving.

My coupon picks for this week! (Posted 10/28/15)

Hi everyone!

I have been busy settling into my new home, this is the first chance I have had a moment to sit down and write an update. I have barely had time to clip any coupons! Anyway, these are my favorite printables that are available this week, these are all items I routinely buy to stock up on. One of them is an old favorite packaged in a new way. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) MilkyWay® or 3 Musketeers® Funsize Bag, 20oz or larger, Available at Walmart
Just in time for trick or treat! Grab these savings while you can!

$1 Off any one (1) EVOL frozen Single-Serve Meal, Street Tacos or Breakfast Sandwich (Available at Walmart)
This coupon makes these healthy meals really affordable. These make a good lunch!

Save 75¢ when you buy any TWO (2) Sargento® Natural Cheese Snacks (4.5 oz. or larger)
This is my favorite packaged cheese because it has a variety of flavors in the 2% Milk variety!

Save $1.00 on one (1) Stevia In The Raw® 100 Count Packet Box or 9.7oz Bakers Bag
I’m trying to use stevia as my main sweetener since it is a natural product instead of chemicals.

SAVE 75¢ on any ONE MorningStar Farms® Garden Veggie Patties™
These are my all-time favorite veggie burgers. They aren’t trying to be a meaty burger, they have a delicious vegetable flavor.

SAVE 75¢ on any ONE MorningStar Farms® Chik’n Nuggets
These have much less fat than a regular chicken nugget, less mystery parts and good flavor!

Save 75¢ when you buy any TWO (2) Sargento® Sliced Natural Cheese (Available at Walmart)

Save 55¢ when you buy any One (1) Sargento® Sliced Natural Cheese (Available at Walmart)

SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) BOCA Foods product
Boca is another great vegetarian brand. I can usually catch these on sale and get a great deal!

SAVE $1.50 on any ONE (1) package of Truvía® Brown Sugar Blend
I like to use this or the Splenda brown sugar blend when I am making my homemade barbecue sauce to cut back on the sugar.

Save $0.75 on Any One (1) Bear Creek Country Kitchens® Hearty Soup Bowl
These are SO GOOD! Bear Creek makes my favorite soup. Although it is a little high in sodium, these do make a quick lunch and this coupon is my pick of the week, because these soups retail for $1.50 at my local Walmart, which makes them only 75 cents each after the coupon! Try the potato or the chicken with rice!

Save $1.00 on any TWO TOMBSTONE® Pizzas
Always a great last minute dinner, my favorite is the veggie!

Save $0.75 on any TWO (2) Horizon® Mac and Cheese
These aren’t the glowing orange goodness we are all used to, but they have good stuff in them.

If you want to select all of these coupons in one list, Click Here

List of favorite printables available now, and moving…

Hi all-

Here is my list of favorite printables out there right now for food and beverages-I will have a list of match-ups for the next Pick n Save ad in the next couple of days when I get it. Also, I am in the process of moving, so I won’t be on a regular posting schedule, but I will get things posted as I can. Thanks for understanding!


Save $1.00 On Any Sara Lee Snacks 10oz. or larger

$2.00 OFF One (1) EVOL Frozen Single-Serve Meal, 8-10 oz varieties

SAVE $1.00 on One (1) bag of Seattle’s Best Coffee® (12oz or 20oz)

SAVE $1.00 on any TWO (2) KRAFT or POLLY-O String Cheese or Twists (12 Ct. or Larger)

SAVE $1.00 On Any TWO (2) PLANTERS Products (6 oz. or larger)

Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Kettle Brand® items (4oz or larger)

SAVE 50¢ ON ONE when you buy any Old El Paso® Refried Beans

$2.00 OFF when you purchase any TWO (2) Starbucks® Blonde Packaged Coffee products (Ground or Whole Bean)

$2.00 OFF when you purchase any TWO (2) Starbucks® Flavored Packaged Coffee products (Ground)

Save $0.75 on any ONE (1) 6 oz. The Laughing Cow® Cheese Product

SAVE $1.00 on the purchase of any one (1) HORMEL® ALWAYS TENDER® Meats

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Horizon® Single Serve 6 or 12 packs

Save $1.00 off any one (1) El Monterey® Taquito or Mini Chimi Snack Box (60oz. or smaller)

Save $1.00 on any one (1) El Monterey® Breakfast or Signature Burrito/Chimi/Quesadilla Multi-Pack (18oz. or larger)

Save $1.00 on any three (3) El Monterey® Breakfast or Signature Single Serve Burrito/Chimi (5oz.or smaller)

SAVE 50¢ ON TWO when you buy TWO BAGS any 3.7 OZ. OR LARGER Chex Mix™, Chex Mix™ Muddy Buddies™, Chex Mix™ Popped™, Chex Mix Xtreme™, Chex™…

SAVE 75¢ ON ONE when you buy ONE any flavor/variety 4 OZ OR LARGER Food Should Taste Good™ Tortilla Chips, Kettle Chips, Brown Rice…

SAVE 75¢ on any TWO Pringles® Tortillas

SAVE $0.75 when you buy any one (1) STOUFFER’S® Fit Kitchen, 13 – 14 oz.

Save $2.00 on any TWO (2) Ghirardelli® minis pouches

Save $0.75 on any ONE (1) Mini Babybel® Cheese product

If you don’t want to print one at a time, this link should take you to a page where they are all selected for you. If it doesn’t work, leave me a comment
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2 Great deals from this week’s small Pick ‘N Save Store coupons book!

After going through the small store coupon book delivered with this week’s circular, 2 deals really stood out to me. Remember, you must have both the store coupon AND the manufacturer’s coupons to make the deals work! If you don’t get the book in the mail, they usually have extras at the store, but that’s not guaranteed. There may be more to come, but these are the best so far:

Yoplait traditional yogurt 10/$5 (When you buy 10) Use 2 of the coupons below combined with the store coupon from the small book and pay $4 for 10 yogurts. If you do this deal on Wednesday or Saturday (Which are Double Coupon Days) you can double the manufacturers coupons and get 10 yogurts for $3!

SAVE 50¢ ON FIVE when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt (Includes Original, Light, Light Thick & Creamy, Thick & Creamy, Whips!®…

Dove, Snickers, Twix or Milky Way Ice cream or novelties 8.67-16 ounce varieties $1.98 limit 1. Use the coupon below and get these for 98 cents, or do it on a double day and get them free!

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) SNICKERS® Brand, TWIX® Brand, M&M’S® Brand, MILKY WAY® Brand or DOVEBAR® Ice Cream Multi-Packs (3ct. – 6ct.)

Most printables can be printed twice, so make sure you get 2 copies of the good ones to maximize your savings!

Pick ‘N Save – $0.78 sale Mix and Match (When you buy 10)

I’ll have the rest of the deals for the new ad week up tomorrow, but for now, here are the deals from the back page of the flyer–the mix and match items for 78 cents when you buy 10 sale. You must buy 10 total items to get this price, but this is a good rock bottom price for most of these items.

Mix and Match Items
Banquet Brown ‘N Serve Breakfast Links or Patties–selected 6.4 ounce varieties, excludes beef.

Kraft Original Macaroni and Cheese 7.25 ounce

Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta or Microwave Cups–selected 7.25-15 ounce varieties

Hunt’s Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce, selected 14.5-15 ounce varieties

Birds Eye Vegetables–selected 10-16 ounce varieties

Creamette Pasta–selected 12-16 ounce varieties (excluding baking cuts)

Roundy’s Olives, selected2.25-6ounce varieties

Fage Greek Yogurt–selected 5.3-7 ounce varieties

Banquet Value Meals-selected 5-10.25 ounce varieties

Van Camp’s Pork and Beans, 15 ounce

Dawn Dishwashing Liquid–selected 9 ounce varieties
30¢ OFF ONE Dawn® Product (excludes trial/travel size)

Larabar–selected 1 count varieties

Roundy’s Breaded Stuffed Chicken entrees—frozen selected 5 ounce varieties

Kraft Dip–selected 5 ounce varieties

Hunt’s Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce–selected 15-16 ounce varieties

Hunt’s Snack Pack–selected 4 pack varieties

Banquet Pot Pies–selected 7 ounce varieties

SoBe or SoBe Lifewater–selected 20 ounce varieties

Puffs Facial Tissues–56 or 64 count
25¢ OFF ONE Puffs® Product (excludes Puffs® To-Go and trial/travel size)

Theater Box Candy–selected 2.83-7.5 ounce varieties

Extreme Couponing Workshop Review – 7/21/2013

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to attend an Extreme Couponing workshop hosted by Jen Freeman and Jennifer Morris of TLC’s TV show Extreme Couponing. A decent amount of people showed up and it started off strong, as they decided to do their giveaways right up front. This surprised me, as I thought they would save them until the end to keep everyone in their seats.

The giveaway prizes, mostly comprised of various gift cards and Journal-Sentinel gear, were pretty nice and got the crowd excited. (I didn’t win anything!) It was fun to see everyone claiming their prizes and getting excited. After this, Jen and Jen gave a brief intro about who they were and where they were from, and then proceeded with the workshop, giving coupon tips from a worksheet they provided, interspersed with videos of their appearances on “Extreme Couponing” to remind us of who they were and what they had achieved on the show.

I found it pretty interesting, but most of the crowd seemed to already be active couponers and probably were already familiar with the tips and hints that were presented. I didn’t really walk away with a lot of new knowledge, but the hosts were very friendly and engaging and it was an entertaining experience.

I was glad I brought my own iced coffee with me (Large Iced Dark Roast with a shot of coconut for 99 cents…thanks Dunkin’ Donuts happy hour!) because there was a pitcher of water next to 5 wine glasses that nobody seemed to be touching but the crew. For a 90 minute workshop that was in a conference room 3/4 full, this seemed a little odd to me. They then did some subscription deals for the newspaper, but I already get mine from the Saturday papers which came out close to the offer price, so I didn’t participate in that.

Overall, I was glad I attended, but was hoping for a little more new information. It was nice to see a couponing event in Milwaukee, and if you are in other areas where they are touring, I would recommend that you stop in!

My Printable Picks for 7/13/15

***Note–these deals can disappear at any time! Once they reach max prints they are gone!***

Save $1.00 on any (1) Hidden Valley® Flavored Ranch Salad Dressing

SAVE 50¢ ON FIVE when you buy FIVE CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt (Includes Original, Light, Light Thick & Creamy, Thick & Creamy, Whips!®…

Save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Prego® Italian sauces.

Save $1.00 on any ONE (1) SNICKERS® Brand, TWIX® Brand, M&M’S® Brand, MILKY WAY® Brand or DOVEBAR® Ice Cream Multi-Packs (3ct. – 6ct.)

Save $1.00 On any two (2) RED BARON® Single Serve Pizzas (11.2 oz or larger)

Save $1.00 off any ONE (1) Birds Eye Protein Blends (California, Southwest, Asian and Italian style)

SAVE 75¢ on any TWO Pringles® Tortillas

SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) Barilla® Collezione Pasta

Save $0.80 on any One (1) International Delight® Iced Coffee or Chai Tea Latte

SAVE $2.00 on any ONE (1) GEVALIA Iced Coffee with Almond Milk Multi-Serve (33.8oz)

SAVE $1.00 on any ONE (1) MAXWELL HOUSE Iced Coffee Concentrate

JSOnline Couponing Workshop!

Next week, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is sponsoring a series of couponing workshops hosted by Jen Freeman and Jen Morris, who appeared on TLC’s “Extreme Couponing”. Registration and a ticket are required, but there is no charge for the event. They will be held on July 20th in Waukesha, the 21st in Downtown Milwaukee and the 22nd on Howell Avenue on the south side of Milwaukee. I’ll be going, even though I am an experienced couponer, it can’t hurt to pick up some tips and tricks!

You can find out more info by going to Sign up is available from that page as well. See you there!

Low Sodium BBQ Sauce

I was sitting on the couch watching “Intervention” and sorting my laundry and spraying it with Shout at about 12 AM when I had a startling realization…I forgot to make BBQ sauce for the second day in a row. I promised my mother I would make her some BBQ chicken during my days off, and BBQ chicken requires a little extra work these days, because she is on a low sodium diet. Anyone who eats BBQ sauce on the regular knows that it is packed with sodium, so if I am cooking to share with my mama, I make my own. If I am taking some to dip my nuggets in at work, I use Sweet Baby Ray’s, because yum.

While I was cooking it up, I realized I might have readers with similar diet restrictions (or not, since I haven’t updated this blog in a year!) and decided to post the recipe I have been using. It is adapted from a recipe that I found a while back and can’t remember where it came from, but I’ve changed it to use ingredients that live in my spice basket. Feel free to spice it up as needed for your palate, this is kind of a base to start with. I measure loosely, but it always tastes good. If putting it in a crockpot, make sure you still cook it up first, or else it will be super watery. (Clearly not the best picture, took it with my phone and the lens was steaming up, but not enough to obscure my splattery pot and stove.)


Low-So BBQ sauce
1 cup no-salt-added ketchup (I use Hunt’s)
1 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
2⁄3 cup brown sugar
2⁄3 cup apple cider vinegar
1⁄4 cup molasses
1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder
1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
1⁄2 teaspoon paprika
1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Mix together all ingredients in saucepan over medium heat.
2. Once the mixture is hot, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Cool and refrigerate any sauce not being immediately used