Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: 2020

Monday, October 26, 2020

Hy-Vee's Halloween Guide + Perks of a Unique Shopping Experience

This is a sponsored blog post; while the views expressed here are genuinely mine, 
consideration was paid to me by Hy-Vee.

Hy-Vee's Halloween Guide + Perks of a Unique Shopping Experience

Halloween is right around the corner folks! With three young kids {ages 11, 9 and 6} it's met with great fanfair at our house. Around early September I hear rumblings of what they are going to dress up as – albeit it changes about 10 times, but there is CHATTER.

They plan with their friends at school, they discuss what's cool, they ask me over and over what I'm willing to buy. Then around the second week of October we've all settled in on what their costumes will be and the rest of the month centers around candy and parties and the like.

As a Mom I sit back and listen and just mentally think about how to make that day easy and fun, with the least amount of stress possible!

Being from the Midwest, we often rely on the major grocery retailer in our area, Hy-Vee. In my personal opinion, a one-stop-shop for all things Halloween! From candy, to bakery desserts, to costumes to helpful recipes – it's the place where you can grab all the fixings for this fun holiday.

Hy-Vee always does an amazing job of providing us parents with ALL THE THINGS needed to keep these kids of ours happy.

Recently Hy-Vee put together an impressive Halloween Guide that includes recipes, at-home activities, food allergy safe information and downloadable coloring sheets for kids {which my girls LOVE}. I personally love the pumpkin recipe section {remember, food blogger here!}.

Think over-the-top pumpkin pudding parfaits – they look fancy, but are easy.

Hy-Vee's Halloween Guide + Perks of a Unique Shopping Experience

Plus, they always make sure to link their monthly Seasons Magazine online {for those who can't get to the store and snag a FREE copy} and of course this month is all about Halloween. And if you are shopping at Hy-Vee already, make sure to check out their Halloween events last week of October.

So many fresh ideas are coming from Hy-Vee!

Listen, I've been food blogging for over 10 years. Even this seasoned veteran has times where the ideas aren't flowing. I love looking to others for fresh new ideas. My kids can get bored with the same old stuff. I asked them to pick between two recipes that Hy-Vee is showcasing for Halloween.

Look at what they picked!

Pizza is always a big hit at our house {like most families}. We are eating it at least once a week regardless, so why not make a Mummy Pizza! Hey, anytime they can get in the kitchen with me and make a semi-homemade meal that requires quick and easy ingredients with little mess – I'm game.

Who doesn't love a STUFFED pizza?

Setting Halloween aside – there are approximately 398 other reasons {whose counting?} why I enjoy shopping at Hy-Vee. I'm super lucky to have one just 15 minutes from my house. When the pandemic hit I 100% took advantage of their Hy-Vee Aisles Online ordering system. It was super convenient from my home computer or my phone. As a way to “just get out of the house” I always chose the pick-up option so I could also snag a coffee just to have that normal feeling. But trust me, their delivery right to your doorstep is also a godsend.

When I'm physically in the store, I keep my eye out for their hundreds of lowered prices throughout the store. When you see “red” {the red down arrow with a smiling face on it}, that indicates a price drop. And as an added bonus – my monies turn into additional perks earning me exclusive deals and digital coupons, plus cash off gas with their . program.

I'd love to see what YOU have planned for Halloween this year!

Perhaps a Mummy Pizza? The Count Linguine and Bloody Finger Dogs also look fun. Or maybe go the pumpkin dessert route like me and toss things up with a Pumpkin Pie Shake.

Happy Halloween!

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Thursday, October 22, 2020

30 Soup Recipes for Fall & Winter

It's soup season!
I've pulled my favorites comforting soups together, a combination of chicken, veggie, beef/sausage and cheesy. Something for everyone.
30 soup recipes for fall & winter

Who doesn't love a good soup on a chilly day?

We are officially into soup weather around these parts - I hate to say this but we had SNOW a few days ago. That's even early for us! Thankfully it quickly melted...but we all know it will be back before we know it.

Now, I'm a fan of ALL soups.

Nothing to me sounds better than a big old bowl full of veggies and meats and cheeses and noodles {not necessarily all together} with a crusty side of bread for dipping in a hot, creamy broth for dinner every night.

If you are will me - then this is the post FOR YOU.
 
I've divided the 30 soups into four different categories; veggie, beef/sausage, cheesy and chicken. There is a wide variety. I'm sure you'll be able to find a few to put on your fall and winter meal plan.

30 soup recipes for fall & winter

30 soup recipes for fall & winter

Cheesy Soups


30 soup recipes for fall & winter

30 soup recipes for fall & winter

Beef/Sausage Soups


30 soup recipes for fall & winter

30 soup recipes for fall & winter

Veggie Soups


30 soup recipes for fall & winter

30 soup recipes for fall & winter

Chicken Soups

30 soup recipes for fall & winter

So which one immediately called your name? I have a few from each category that I've written down. I'm going to try and tackle one or two a month. Not a bad goal, right?

I would love if you'd pin this post and share it on your Pinterest boards - that way more people can join in on the soup love!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Butter Bars

I jazzed up the traditional butter bar and gave it a pumpkin feel!
This Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Butter Bars are a big hit.

ooey gooey pumpkin butter bars

It's been awhile since I've given you a dessert!

Its about time, right?

This time of year is all about desserts - we are gearing up for Thanksgiving! And Christmas. Can we all agree we eat probably 70% of our yearly dessert intake during the last part of the year?

At least I do.  Whether good or bad, it's true.

ooey gooey pumpkin butter bars

Have you ever had a butter bar? They've been around FOREVER. Simple to make and delicous to gobble down. I think I first saw Paula Deen making them 20 years ago.

They have a bit of a salty, soft crust and like the title says itself an ooey, gooey middle with crunchy, flakey topping.  So many textures!

For this recipe I added pumpkin. Just because. You all know how I feel about pumpkin. I will eat it all year around, but this time of year I really up the annie and showcase it often. So right there in the middle I added pumpkin puree with the traditional pumpkin pie spices.

ooey gooey pumpkin butter bars

When you take these out of the oven, you will question yourself, "are these done?"  Trust me, you will. I did! But they are supposed to be that way. As long as that center batter isn't "jiggling" they are done. They will set up and get all ooey, gooey delicious.

Definitely let them cool a bit.  You start cutting these bars straight out of the oven and you might get a mess. They need time to settle down.  Give them 30 minutes to chill a bit.

You'll thank me!

ooey gooey pumpkin butter bars

These bars are great to bring to Thanksgiving.  Because, hello.....pumpkin. But also because they travel well! So much easier than carrying a pie that's jiggling all over the place.

People will clamor for the recipe {take paper copies of it, trust me}, it will probably show up the next month at their family Christmas.

When my kids came home from school the day I baked these - THEY DUG IN. Honestly, I had to hold them back from getting seconds. They loved them.

ooey gooey pumpkin butter bars

So, what's the verdict....do you think you'll make these?

I can't wait to see your creations! Be sure to tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to share the love.

Go pumpkin! And butter!

Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Butter Bars

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Ooey Gooey Pumpkin Butter Bars
Yield: 18 bars
Author: Ally
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 40 MinTotal time: 45 Min
Everything you love about a classic butter bar taken up a notch with some pumpkin! Sweet, salty and rich these butter bars are a big hit.

Ingredients

  • 1 18.25 oz yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • 1 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 t cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Using a stand or electric mixer, combine the cake mix, 2 eggs and melted butter. Press this batter into the bottom of the greased pan.
  3. Using the same bowl combine the softened cream cheese, 2 eggs, pumpkin, vanilla and spices.  Once smooth gently sift in the powdered sugar until incorporated. Pour this batter over the cake batter.
  4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is crackled and set.
  5. Allow to cool completely before slicing into bars and serving. Keep covered.

Calories

321.81

Fat (grams)

11.65

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.67

Carbs (grams)

51.53

Fiber (grams)

0.88

Net carbs

50.65

Sugar (grams)

38.12

Protein (grams)

3.52

Sodium (milligrams)

318.02

Cholesterol (grams)

67.62
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Thursday, October 8, 2020

BBQ Pulled Pork Chili

A new twist on classic chili...this bbq pulled pork version will be a new favorite!
Sweet, yet still smokey, kids and adults love this one.


bbq pulled pork chili

Friends you are always asking for easy, family friendly meals. Ones that everyone loves and are simple to make. Today is your day!

I'm so pumped to share my BBQ Pulled Pork Chili with you today - it's sweet, it's smokey, it's filling and best yet - it's incredibly yummy! Pork is the star of the show here. Grab your crockpot and let's get to work.

This dinner is great for busy weeknights {simple prep in the morning will get you off to a good start}, but it is also fun for the weekends if you are feeding a crowd, watching the big game or just having a lazy Sunday.

bbq pulled pork chili

I once again have partnered with my friends at Iowa Pork. We have worked together so many times over the years and the recipes I've created with them have always been given a double thumbs up.

Remember my Sweet Glazed Ham Ball Sliders? Or my Bacon & Blue Pork Burgers? Both received rave reviews.

Our family always buys pork in bulk from a local family farmer. We choice a variety of cuts to put in our freezer {roasts, bacon, chops, sausage, etc.} which lasts us the good part of a year. It's so convenient to know I always have pork in my freezer when needed.

bbq pulled pork chili

About one third of the pork raised here in the United States comes from Iowa {go us!}, so when you buy pork at any grocery store you are supporting family farms here in my home state.

Have you been cooking with pork?

It is very versatile and can enhance any dish. 

Have pork chops? Throw them on the grill. Have ground sausage? Jazz up your spaghetti sauce. Bacon on hand? Make a killer BLT sandwich. A roast in the freezer? MAKE THIS CHILI, of course.

bbq pulled pork chili

Barbecue pulled pork is such a staple meal here in the Midwest. You'll see it at graduation parties, weddings, family reunions and tailgate parties. I figured why not use it in chili? It sounded amazing to me and Iowa Pork agreed.

That sweet taste you love in traditional barbecue pulled pork fits perfectly in this chili. It's not too sweet, yet it's there - plus you still get the smokey flavors of the chili powder, cumin and crushed red pepper flakes.

It's the best of both worlds!

bbq pulled pork chili

For this recipe I used a 2 pound pork shoulder roast - but any cut of roast will do - butt or even a loin cut work just fine. Using the crockpot you cook the roast low and slow with just some bbq seasoning and water. This allows the roast to cook evenly and hold onto some moisture. You will know it's done when the pork shreds easily and falls apart with just the touch of tongs or a fork. This process will take around 6-8 hours in the crockpot.

To read about safe internal pork cooking temperatures, read here.

At this point all you do is all all the remaining ingredients!

Traditional chili stuff - tomato juice, chili beans, diced tomatoes, barbecue sauce and bacon {not traditional}, onions, chili powder, cumin and garlic salt.

bbq pulled pork chili

Mix it all together in that same crockpot {trying to save you dishes!} and let it warm all together for about an hour before eating.

What's extra special about this chili is there will probably be leftovers so I've naturally created two dinners in a row for you. You're welcome! I just reheat in the crockpot again on night two and dinner is done. 

Again!

bbq pulled pork chili

Who is ready to give this "new to you" chili a try?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and see your photos, be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} and Iowa Pork {@iowapork} on social media so we see it.

This post is sponsored by Iowa Pork.

BBQ Pulled Pork Chili

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BBQ Pulled Pork Chili
Yield: 12
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 8 HourTotal time: 8 H & 10 M
A fun twist on a chili recipe - bbq pulled pork takes center show and gives this chili a sweet taste with the still classic smokey flavor of chili we love.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork shoulder roast
  • 1/4 cup John Henry Pecan Rub seasoning (or any BBQ seasoning)
  • 32 oz tomato juice
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 15 oz can Mrs. Grimes Original chili beans
  • 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 2 strips bacon, chopped
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1/2 T garlic salt
  • pinch crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions

To cook the pork roast
  1. Place the pork roast in a crockpot and sprinkle on the bbq seasoning and pour in one cup of water.
  2. Set to LOW and cook for 6-8 hours (or until the pork is falling apart and easy to shred apart).
  3. Once done, remove any fat from the pork and discard, then shred with tongs until the pork is in small pieces.
  4. Drain off any extra juice from the roast and discard.
To make the chili
  1. Keep the cooked pork in the crockpot and set it to WARM.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat cook the diced onions and bacon until tender and bacon is slightly crisp. This should take around 5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Add all ingredients into the crockpot with the warm shredded pork - tomato juice, bbq sauce, cooked onions and bacon, chili beans, diced tomatoes and seasonings.
  4. Mix all ingredients together and let the chili heat together for another hour before serving.
  5. Serve with oyster crackers or any favorite chili toppings - sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, etc.

Calories

345.63

Fat (grams)

19.45

Sat. Fat (grams)

6.42

Carbs (grams)

21.22

Fiber (grams)

3.29

Net carbs

17.93

Sugar (grams)

13.06

Protein (grams)

21.66

Sodium (milligrams)

1077.68

Cholesterol (grams)

69.94
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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Bacon & Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

Who needs a new side dish that the family will love?
These Bacon & Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes will be a big hit.

Bacon & Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

How's everyone doing?

We are offically into Fall...it's October! Anne of Green Gables had it right when she said, "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."

I agree girl.

This is my most favorite month of the year. And it was my favorite long before it became a fad. I love all the things - football, cozy comfort food, sweatshirts, all things apple and pumpkin, orchards, falling leaves and warm drinks.

Today's new recipe fits right in.

Bacon & Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

I mean, what screams comfort food in the Fall more than a mashed potato?  Not much in my opinion. And let's be frank here, if you don't like a good potato, we just might not be friends.

What is there not to LOVE?

That little golden beauty provides so much comfort to any dish.  This time instead of making my 3-step crockpot mashed potatoes {pinned 30K times on Pinterest I have you} or my roasted garlic mashed potatoes, I took it one step further and made these jazzed up twice baked potatoes.

Bacon & Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice baked potatoes aren't hard to make, they just require a couple different steps. All doable! Instead of the typical cheddar cheese and bacon combo like you see in most twice baked potatoes I wanted to add my ranch sauce {that often sits in our fridge for various dishes} into these potatoes.

In the Midwest we love our ranch.

Now, you can use any favorite bottled ranch dressing if you'd like, but we just love the flavor that comes from that $2 packet of ranch seasoning you see on all grocery store shelves right above the bottled dressings. In my opinion it tastes like a great restaurant homemade ranch dressing.

Bacon & Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

It took the easy route on these potatoes and cooked them in the microwave {to speed up the process a bit}, but you can do them in the oven too, it's up to you. After they are cooked you simply need to carefully scoop out that tender potato middle leaving the skins in tact....like a little boat.

Then mix together all the goods - mashed potato, butter, sour cream, ranch, bacon and seasonings - and fill that potato skin back up!

Top with cheese and more bacon and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

That's it.

Bacon & Ranch Twice Baked Potatoes

The edges get a bit crispy and the middle stays creamy and tender. We like to drizzle on a bit more of that ranch sauce before serving too. Kids love these, adults love these, everyone loves these! Serve them along side any grilled meat or fish for an easy weeknight dinner.

Let me know how you like these!

Tag me on social media {@sweetsavoryeats} and I'll be sure to share the love.

Ranch & Bacon Twice Baked Potatoes

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Ranch & Bacon Twice Baked Potatoes
Yield: 6
Author: Ally
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 15 MinTotal time: 25 Min
These twice baked potatoes are full of flavor! A tasty ranch sauce is mixed with the creamy potatoes + butter, bacon, seasonings and more. A great side dish to any meal.

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sized baking potatoes
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked & diced
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 t garlic salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
Ranch Sauce
  • 1 oz Ranch seasoning packet
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup mayo

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. To prep the potatoes, wash and towel dry. Taking a fork pierce the potatoes a few times. Cook on high in the microwave for 2 minutes, flip over and then cook another two minutes. To make sure the potatoes are cooked, press a knife or fork into the middle to see if tender. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and set aside to cool.
  3. To make the ranch sauce mix together the ranch seasoning packet, buttermilk and mayo in a bowl. Set aside.
  4. Once the potatoes have cooled a bit, carefully take a spoon and scoop out most of the cooked potato and place into a bowl. Be careful to not break the potato skin.
  5. Using a potato masher, mash up the cooked potato. Add in the sour cream, butter, half of the shredded cheese, garlic salt, pepper, half of the cooked bacon and 1/2 cup of the ranch sauce. Mix together and spoon back into the potato skins.
  6. Top the potatoes with additional bacon and the remaining shredded cheese.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until melted and bubbly. Serve with a side of the remaining ranch sauce.

Notes:

Anything can be added to these potatoes - chives, green onions, different types of cheeses, etc.

Calories

518.37

Fat (grams)

34.50

Sat. Fat (grams)

11.12

Carbs (grams)

39.64

Fiber (grams)

4.00

Net carbs

35.63

Sugar (grams)

3.97

Protein (grams)

12.74

Sodium (milligrams)

655.56

Cholesterol (grams)

51.08
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