Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: June 2021

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Trader Joes Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Today is the final installment in our grocery store series - and it's all about Trader Joe's!
If you missed the first two, here are posts featuring ALDI and COSTCO.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Today is all about Trader Joe's!

With over 500 locations nationwide, this store is fun AND unique and for obvious reasons one of my favorites. I'm one of those people who love cruising around grocery stores {I know, weird} and Trader Joe's is extra fun for a few reasons.

1) they are owned by the same German company that owns ALDI 2) they have their own product line, so you never see name brand products and 3) it is super affordable.

Again, my three blogger friends are sharing their Trader Joe's lists this week as well. So be sure to check out their posts as well - because guess what? Their favorites are different than mine! You'll be sure to find a slew of fun items to throw in your cart.


Let's get started! In no particular order, here is a GRAND list of my Trader Joe's favorites.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Jalapeno Limeade

Well, I had to list this one first because it is my most recent fun find. This limeade has a small, smoky kick of jalapeno {just enough, not overpowering}. It makes the best Summer cocktail! Mix with vodka, gin or tequila and pour over ice. You'll thank me.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Caesar Salad Kit

My family loves Caesar salad - all forms, all kinds. We probably eat a bag a week alongside some sort of meal - and I'm okay with that because it means MY KIDS ARE EATING SALAD. This kit comes with dressing, croutons and Parmesan cheese.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Sour Cream Glazed Donuts

Unfortunately, {this comment is coming from my hips} I love donuts. One of my favorites are sour cream old-fashioned donuts. If you know, you know. This 6-pack is a special treat that I sometimes grab for the kids. Rich and delicious!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Quinoa & Black Bean Tortilla Chips

These chips were one of the first I ever grabbed from TJ's. They are a great dipper chip and are just lightly seasoned. Sturdy and perfect to go alongside salsa, guacamole or other dips - we get these a lot!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Everything But the Bagel Greek Yogurt Dip

Just like the seasoning, this dip is amazing! We like to eat it with sliced veggies {or dare I say, potato chips?}. It's also great slathered on a cold meat sandwich - it's thick, creamy and tangy.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Flowers

I realize this is not a food - but their flowers are INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS. They hit ya right when you walk in. They must have some elves gardening out back year around, because they are never short of beautiful. If you ever need a bouquet - this is your place.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Fresh Pizza Dough

Sometimes it's just nice to have pizza dough on hand, right? I normally make my homemade version {also very easy}, but I will also grab this from time to time and throw it in the freezer for busy weeknights. It makes a great crust! It also comes in a herb or whole wheat version.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Trader Jose Light Bottle Beer

Sometimes a crisp, cold beer on the back deck just sounds good, you know? If I'm going to drink beer I like it bottled. This light version is refreshing. It's also a great one to have on hand for my Crockpot Beer BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Milk Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels

Oh, sweet Lord in heaven. These were a new find to me and they are amazing. This bag didn't last long in our house! It's the perfect little sweet treat after dinner. Creamy peanut butter filled pretzels covered in chocolate. Need I say more?

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Greek Yogurt with Honey

We eat a lot of yogurt in our house and this version is thick and creamy and sweetened lightly with honey. This quart container lasts awhile and comes in at a great price. I also use this yogurt in these homemade bagels.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Everything But the Elote Seasoning Blend

Oh, is this stuff good. It's smoky and cheesy and we love it on Mexican dishes. Often when grilling up chicken for my burrito bowls I coat it in this stuff! I've also heard it's great sprinkled on macaroni and cheese.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Freshly Baked Ciabatta Baquette

Nothing sucks me in more than bread and at just $1.29 each these baguettes end up in my cart every time. I can make a meal out of fresh bread, cheese, fruit and maybe some jam or spicy mustard. I love using this bread for my Baked Caprese Garlic Bread.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Dark Chocolate Watermelon Sticks

Here me out when I say I'm not even a fan of watermelon - but another blogger told me to stick these in the freezer and I'M SO HAPPY I LISTENED TO HER. It's like a watermelon gummy covered in dark chocolate and fresh out of the freezer they stay firm and cold and are just awesome. Hide the bag from your kids.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Onion & Chive Cream Cheese

Our new favorite Summer snack is to put some of this cream cheese inside a sweet mini pepper and sprinkle it with EBTB seasoning. I also love this slathered on a toasted bagel with a slice of tomato or cucumber. It's so rich and creamy.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Sweet Chili Sauce

My Instant Pot Fried Rice is a staple in our house about once a month and a drizzle of this sauce on it is heavenly. It's sweet with just a tad of heat. It's also a great dipper for crab rangoons or my homemade egg rolls.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Avocado Oil Spray

I love this cooking spray as it's healthier than others {canola, corn, etc.} and well anything made from avocados is a win in my book. This spray lasts a bit and I use it on all my pans before cooking.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Onion Salt Seasoning

I buy three jars at a time of this Onion Salt. It is my go to seasoning! Like, for everything. It has the perfect ratios of dried onion, garlic, parsley and salt. I mix it into burgers, meatloaf, on chicken and more.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Mini Cheese Stuffed Ravioli

I won't lie, I first bought these because of how darn cute and adorable they looked. They are a staple in our house during the cold winter months - I put them in my Lasagna Soup and my Cheese Tortellini Minestrone Soup {I just use these instead of the tortellini}.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Mandarin Orange Chicken

I always pick up a bag of this frozen orange chicken. My kids flip for it! I usually serve it over rice and with a side of roasted broccoli on those nights when time is tight or I'm just lazy. It's like having Chinese takeout at home, without actually getting takeout.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Brownie Truffle Baking Mix

This boxed brownie mix is as good as any. Rich and super chocolately, it is loaded with chocolate flavor. I love having one of these in the pantry to bake up for the kids or use as the bottom layer of my Reese's PB Cup Stuffed Brookie Bars.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Proscuitto

If I'm getting fancy and need some proscuitto - I buy it at Trader Joe's - it's extremely affordable. We love to wrap asparagus in this and lightly grill them in the Summer. And have you ever wrapped proscuitto around melon? The sweet and salty combo is fun.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Multi-Purpose Cleaner

I grabbed this spray bottle of cleaner on a whim once when I was out at home and what a surprise! It has a nice clean, cedar and woody scent - nothing overpowering. It cleans countertops and tables well and with messy kids it gets used often.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Dill Pickle Mustard

Love this stuff. If you love dill pickles and you love a classic yellow mustard, I have no doubt this will find a way to your shopping cart. Great on hot dogs, brats, burgers and sandwiches!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Everything But the Bagel Nut Duo

I know, I know....more EBTB stuff. But I just love the flavor! This nut trio is great to have on hand in the car or in your purse for a quick, protein-filled snack.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Cheddar with Jalapenos Pub Cheese

This tub of cheese has traveled in our mini cooler to various ball games this Summer with a sleeve of crackers. It's a great snack to have on hand. There are a few flavors often on the shelves, but I like the small kick of jalapenos in this cheddar version.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Danish Kringle

Here in the Midwest there is a lot of Danish or northern European ancestry, so I've had kringle all my life! Honestly, it's the best pastry around. Light and flakey with a filling to die for {in this case cheesecake}. I buy these and stick them in our freezer for special breakfast occasions.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo & Conditioner

A friend long ago recommended this shampoo to me. If you love the smell of essential oils {especially peppermint or spearmint} you'll love this stuff. It really does give you a "tingling sensation" when washing!

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Watermelon Fruit Spread

Again, watermelon! This is a seasonal item that my girls love. We eat a LOT of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches around here {we even freeze them} so changing up our jam routine is pretty normal around here.

Trader Joe's Favorites: What I Love, What I Buy

Did you find something we both love? Or perhaps something new you've been on the fence about? Do yourself a favor and bookmark this post in your phone or on your laptop/tablet so that when you are in Trader Joe's again you can reference all my favorites.

Mine might become yours!

What do you want to try first?

If you have friends or family who also love Trader Joe's I would love for you to share this post with them. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Summer Steak Kabobs

Juicy cuts of sirloin steak marinate into the most tasty Summer Steak Kabob!
These are a fan favorite with a ton of flavor.

This post is sponsored by the Iowa Beef Council.

Summer Steak Kabobs
It's Summer grilling season!

Honestly nothing is much better in my book than waking up on a sunshine filled day already thinking about what you'll be grilling that night for dinner.

Anyone with me?

It's something to look forward to as the day gets filled with all the warm weathered activities. Coming home to dinner already prepped, marinated and ready is a WIN in my book.

Summer Steak Kabobs

The Iowa Beef Council and I wanted to give you all a GREAT grilled dish this month. One that is easy, yet 100% full of flavor. Friends, I'm pretty sure we did it. These Summer Steak Kabobs were a big hit at our house!

We even had an extra kid at our house the night I served them {seems to happen a lot in the Summer} and she went home and told her Mom how great they were. Look at that! Just me getting random kids to eat their meat and vegetables.

Honestly, I think I'd eat shoe leather marinated in this stuff....but thankfully this perfectly tender sirloin cut was close by. Sirloin is actually composed of several types of steak; the top sirloin butt and the bottom sirloin butt. The top section is always prized for grilling, but the bottom is just as good.

Summer Steak Kabobs

Look at how pretty these kabobs are!

I decided to add a colorful yellow squash {any zucchini will do} and some sweet mini orange, red and yellow peppers. Both veggies are friendly to the palate and will soak in anything you sprinkle or brush on. Plus, they are mild so kids are more apt to try them!

When assembling kabobs you always want to make sure you leave a wee bit of space between the steak and veggies.  This will ensure even cooking. Also make sure to cut the cubes of sirloin in relatively the same sizes.

No one wants overdone steak! 

Summer Steak Kabobs

Let's be honest, it's also just fun to eat food off a stick. We love these reusable metal skewers, but wooden ones works just fine. If using wooden skewers make sure to soak them in water before assembling as this will help prevent any burning.

Kabobs are also fun because YOU get to create what gets layered on. I personally like to make them colorful. Here is a great resource for additional kabob recipes - look at all the options!

Summer Steak Kabobs

The marinade for this cut of sirloin is a great combination of olive oil, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, mustard, lime juice and more seasonings.

I mean, anything would taste good marinated in that, right?

You grill these kabobs over medium high heat to your desired doneness, but we choose about 6-8 minutes a side. Just enough to get great grill marks and leave each bit of sirloin with a slightly tender, pink middle.
Summer Steak Kabobs

This dish is ideal for Father's Day this weekend - but also great for any night of the week! Just a few minutes of prep early in the day helps to make dinner easy - and better yet - super flavorful.

Be sure to tag the Iowa Beef Council {@iowabeefcouncil} and myself {@sweetsavoryeats} when you make these. We'd love to see your photos!

A big, beautiful thank you to the Iowa Beef Council for sponsoring this post.

Summer Steak Kabobs

Summer Steak Kabobs
Yield: 8 kabobs
Author: Ally
Prep time: 4 HourCook time: 16 MinTotal time: 4 H & 16 M
Cuts of sirloin steak soak in an incredible marinade before being skewered with yellow squash and sweet peppers on kabobs. Flavorful and fun!

Ingredients

For the Marinade
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T dried minced onion
  • 1 t ground mustard
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 T Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • 1 T garlic, minced
  • 1 lime, juiced
For the Kabobs
  • 3 lbs sirloin steak, cut into large cubes
  • 2 small yellow squashes, sliced
  • 10 mini sweet peppers

Instructions

  1. In a bowl combine all of the marinade ingredients in a large Ziploc baggie or bowl (include the juiced limes). Remove 1/4 of the cup of the marinade and keep separate.
  2. Cut the sirloin steak into large cubes and place in the marinade. Let the steak marinate in the fridge for 3-4 hours. About 30 minutes before grilling remove it from the fridge and set out to bring to room temperature.
  3. Right before grilling skewer the steak, squash and peppers, alternating each. Remember to leave a little bit of space between each piece to ensure even cooking.
  4. Heat the grill to medium high heat. Place on the grill and close the lid.
  5. Flip after 8 minutes and brush on the extra marinade with a grill brush. Cook an additional 6-8 minutes until you have your desired doneness.
  6. Remove from the grill and let rest a few minutes before eating.

Notes:

Tips for cutting steak: Place in the freezer for 30-45 minutes before slicing to create more uniform pieces.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

137.27

Fat (grams)

13.71

Sat. Fat (grams)

1.89

Carbs (grams)

3.43

Fiber (grams)

0.29

Net carbs

3.14

Sugar (grams)

1.09

Protein (grams)

0.94

Sodium (milligrams)

993.58

Cholesterol (grams)

0.00
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

 This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone
#mccainquickcookfries #friesfaster

These Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos are a new Summer favorite 
in our house!

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

My kids are done with school and are officially all up in my business for the summer! Moms, I'm sure you can relate. As a work-from-home Mom, I treasure the quiet days during the school year where I can plow through work fairly quick. 

Now, it's a bit of a juggle fest - but it is fun having them home too!

You know what else the kids do during the summer?  THEY EAT. Suddenly, lunches are back on the menu for four of us instead of just lonely old me. But today, I have the perfect quick lunch for you! McCain® has recently unveiled their Quick Cook Fries - Faster to Prepare. Easier to Share! What makes these fries GREAT is that they cook in half the time* compared to McCain traditional fries.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

It was easy to find these McCain Quick Cook Fries in the freezer section at my local Hy-Vee store. I purchased the McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries, but they also come in straight cut and crinkle cut varieties as well. Click HERE to add these fries directly to your grocery cart.

When kids are hungry, they want to eat NOW. So to have some fries ready {and super crispy!} in just 10 minutes or less, well it's a double bonus.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

Here's the deal - my kids love cheeseburgers and they love fries and they love burritos. So why not combine the three for a filling and fast lunch?

Since these fries cook quickly, they were done in just 9 minutes in my Air Fryer {10 minutes in the oven} and they were super crispy. Plus, no flipping is required. McCain potatoes are made with no artificial flavors, only 100% natural potato goodness you'll be happy to serve your kiddos - 100% real, 100% delicious, 100% real potatoes.

We chose the waffle fry variety, but the straight cut and crinkle cut version work great in these burritos as well.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

For these tasty cheeseburger burritos, we added McCain Quick Cook Waffle Fries, cooked ground beef {mixed with just a bit of ketchup and mustard}, shredded cheese, diced tomato, shredded lettuce, and a healthy drizzle of thousand island dressing.

Honestly, that first bite is incredible and crisp!

Be sure to buy the big, burrito-sized flour tortillas {I mean, you want to load these babies up} and then tightly wrap the sides before rolling into the burrito. You might want an extra side of thousand island dressing on the side for dipping too.

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

This recipe makes four nice sized burritos. We cut them in half and served with extra McCain waffle fries on the side {of course} and let me just say it was WELL RECEIVED.

The kids immediately asked to make these again throughout the summer and I had no problem telling them yes. 

You know what else is great about them? The waffle fries stayed nice and crispy even when wrapped up with all the cheeseburger burrito fixings. These fries are legit! 
McCain Quick Cook products are great for getting meals on the table fast - especially now that the kids are home for the summer. I'm finding not only for lunches but for late dinners after getting home from the ball diamond. It's the old joke of we either we eat at 4 p.m. or 9 p.m. these days.....anyone with me?

These burritos will also become a rotation on game nights - it's easy to have the ground beef already prepared and the cold items ready to go in the fridge. Literally, it's just 9 minutes in the air fryer or oven to get these fries golden. 

Then wrap them up and eat!

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

Get these McCain fries on your grocery list soon - browse HERE to see which retailer close to you has them in stock.

Also, once you have them - be prepared to go back and buy them out. You will want your freezer stocked for summer. Burritos everyday!

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

I cannot wait to see you guys making these Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos soon - I can guarantee your family will love them.  Be sure to tag me {@sweetsavoryeats} with your photos, I'll be sure to share the love on social media.

This shop has been compensated by Inmar Intelligence and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
#mccainquickcookfries #friesfaster

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos

Easy Cheeseburger & French Fry Burritos
Yield: 4
Author: Ally
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min
All the flavors of a cheeseburger + fries wrapped up in a burrito! Ground beef, shredded cheese, tomato, lettuce, crispy waffles fries and thousand island dressing layered in a flour tortilla. #ad #mccainquickcookfries #friesfaster

Ingredients

  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups cooked ground beef
  • 1 T ketchup
  • 1 T yellow mustard
  • 1/2 bag McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup thousand island dressing

Instructions

  1. If using an Air Fryer: preheat to 390 degrees, when ready cook the McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries for 9 minutes or until golden brown - no flipping is required.
  2. If using the oven: preheat the oven to 425 degrees and bake in a single layer for 10 minutes or until golden brown - no flipping required.
  3. While the waffle fries are cooking warm up the ground beef and mix in the ketchup and mustard.
  4. While the waffle fries are still hot start assembling the burritos. On the tortilla layer: waffle fries, ground beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce and thousand island dressing.
  5. Fold up the sides of the tortilla and tightly wrap up the burrito.
  6. Serve warm with additional thousand island dressing on the side if desired.

Notes:

Feel free to add whatever you want in these burritos to make them "cheeseburger style" - chopped pickles, onions, relish, etc.


*McCain® Quick Cook Waffle Cut Fries require less oven cook time compared to McCain's traditional fries.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

748.07

Fat (grams)

41.34

Sat. Fat (grams)

11.11

Carbs (grams)

53.47

Fiber (grams)

4.01

Net carbs

49.46

Sugar (grams)

6.86

Protein (grams)

38.45

Sodium (milligrams)

879.42

Cholesterol (grams)

121.99
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