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Add a Bold New Taste to Your Lunch on the Go!

This post is brought to you by StarKist and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

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Do you eat on the go a lot?  I do, between the kid’s activities and family events, I’m always eating something quick in the car.  If I’m not eating on the go, I’m eating at my desk most days.  When your limited in time and space, it’s easy to get into a lunch time rut.  So, I’m always looking for a new healthy and delicious lunch option that doesn’t involve a drive-thru.
If you read my “Un-slump your Summer Lunch Routine” Post back in July, you already know I love Starkist Tuna Creations Pouches.  Now, they’ve kicked it up a notch with some BOLD new flavors.  So, grab a pouch and a fork, and give Tuna a try in a BOLD new way!

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Quick and Easy to Eat on The Go!

Pouches are single-serve and require no can opener and no draining, this makes it on the go meal or snack. All you need is a fork, and you can tear, eat, and go!  Doesn’t get much simpler than that.  Or if you want a little something extra, take a pouch and add a BOLD protein to your favorite salads, or with crackers.

Delicious and Nutritious!

StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD is a nutritious meal solution that can fit into your busy lifestyle while adding an extra kick of delicious flavor.  Each pouch is a good source of lean protein, and has 110 calories or less to keep your energy going.

So Many Flavors!

StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD  are available in 6 BOLD varieties, including;
StarKist Tuna Creations BOLD Thai Chili Style
Tuna Creations BOLD Jalapeño
Tuna Creations BOLD Hot Buffalo Style
Tuna Creations BOLD Tapatío
Tuna Creations BOLD Sriracha
Tuna Creations BOLD with Rice & Beans in Hot Sauce.  
With so many flavorful options to choose from, you’ll never have to settle for a boring lunch again!

Starkist Charlie sent me the BOLD Tapatío and BOLD Sriracha flavors to try, and I was not disappointed!  Both flavors are delicious, and already on my shopping list for next week.

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Fire up your taste buds and get ready for a BOLD hit of flavor.  Tuna Creations partnered with Tapatio and added their hot sauce and a touch of lime juice to the classic chunk light tuna.  This perfect blend is ready to enjoy on corn chips, on a salad, in a taco or straight out of the pouch.

 

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This hot sauce flavor is made from red chili peppers, garlic and vinegar.  With a garlicky spicy kick, this tuna is the perfect addition to a ramen noodle salad or tuna burger.  Enjoy on rice cakes, crackers or right from the pouch.

I’m usually eating them out of the pouch, especially on the days I am stuck in the car going from school pick up to afterschool activities.  However, on the days I’m home I like to mix it up a bit.  I like how the spicy flavors add a unique kick to my salads, or mix some tuna into my scrambled eggs, and my favorite is piling the tuna on top of my chicken at dinner time.

Want to learn more about the great flavor options StarKist offers?  Visit Starkist here!

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Celebrate National Cheese Curd Day at Culver’s on October 15th!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

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October 15th is National Cheese Curd Day!

Have you tried cheese curds before?  Cheese curds are bite sized chunk of yellow and white cheddar cheese that are breaded and cooked.  Leaving you with a tasteful combination of crunchy with a gooey inside.

I recently had the opportunity to taste my first Wisconsin Cheese Curd at Culver’s and I am now hooked!  I didn’t know what I was missing, these little bite size pieces of yumminess are delicious.  Plus, the kids loved them too!

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This was my first trip to Culver’s since moving south, and I was not disappointed.  My husband and I gave their signature butter burgers a try and they were so flavorful, they went perfectly with our crispy cheese curds.

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Have you tried cheese curds before?  Well let me turn you into a Curd Nerd with these fun facts:

  • Culver’s cheese is made using farm fresh dairy from Wisconsin family farms.
  • Every Culver’s Cheese Curd comes from La Grander Hillside Dairy in Stanley, Wisconsin, a Culver’s partner for nearly 20 years.
  • A Culver’s Wisconsin Cheese Curd contains one of two types of fresh, cheese: white or yellow cheddar.
  • Culver’s Cheese Curds are breaded with a signature blend of herbs and spices.
  • Finding a heart-shaped Cheese Curd means you’ll have good luck (at least that’s what we believe!).
  • Menu Hack: get a side of Cheese Curds and pile them in your ButterBurger for a taste that’s nothing short of magical.

Make sure you head over to Culver’s on October 15th to celebrate National Cheese Curd Day and enjoy the yumminess.  Plus, make sure to rake a cheese pull photo to share using the hashtag #CheeseCurdDay!

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Now for some Giveaway Fun!

Enter to win 4 coupons for a free order of regular sized cheese curds.

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Get ready to celebrate!  At which Culver’s location are you going to celebrate National Cheese Curd Day?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Culver’s. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Perfect Beach Day Snack – A Delicious Bread Tray

This post was sponsored by Heluva Good! as part of an Ambassador Program and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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The Perfect Beach Day Snack – A Delicious Bread Tray

I can’t believe it’s Labor Day weekend already!  Are you heading out on the water or hitting the sandy beach to celebrate?  If you are, I have the perfect snack idea for you!

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Living in Florida we spend a lot of time on the boat and at the beach, it’s pretty much a way of life down here.  With three kids, you can imagine snacks are always on my list of what to pack, and knowing that space can be limited on the boat plus, we will likely be carrying food to a sandy beach once the boat is anchored, limits my snacking options.  With space being a concern, I also like to find snacks that everyone likes, both the kids and the adults.  Chips and dips are always a popular duo, but after a few days in a row, my go to snack becomes mundane and it’s time to get creative.

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Luckily with Heluva Good! Dip there are so many other dipping options!  With a assortment of flavors including French Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, White Chedder and Bacon, Bodacious Onion, and more, they really have a flavor to satisfy everyone’s taste buds and to pair with whatever you want to dip.

One of my family’s favorite foods to dip in every flavor of Heluva Good! Dip is bread, in particularly pumpernickel bread.  It is a tasty and satisfying snack that is super easy to prepare and take out to the beach.

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I grab a couple loafs of bread from the bakery, uncut.  As I said pumpernickel is a favorite of mine, but we also love French bread and Seseme bread.

For the small loafs I cut it into thin slices.  For large loafs or the round loafs that pumpernickel usually comes in I just tear it apart by hand into small chunks.
I then package it all back up in the bags I bought it in, or in a ziplock bag. 
The bread can be put right in your beach bag and is ready to go, and the small Heluva Good! Dip tubs fit easily in any cooler.

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Once we get to the beach, the kids will either snack right from the bag, or if there’s a group of us, like at a Labor Day party, I will bring along some plastic bowels/plates so everyone has room to dip. 

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I love how easy this appetizer is, yet it is not something often thought about, making it an awesome snacking experience!

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What is your favorite food to dip?
Make sure you look for these bold-favored dips in the dairy aisle at a store near you!

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Quick and Simple Back to School Meal Time Ideas with $1.99 Rotisserie Chicken!

This post is sponsored by Boston Market, All opinions are my own.

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Back to school season this year has had me thrown for a loop.  The kids are starting their second school year in Florida and the school year starts very early down here.  

Going into this summer, I assumed this year wouldn’t be as bad after hustling through last year, I was wrong!  After living my entire life in New England, I guess it is still a habit to think of August as a summer month.  When school supplies started popping up in stores before the 4th of July, logically I thought “wow, I guess we have to start shopping” but did I? No!  I am so accustomed to the 4th of July being the kick off of the summer festivities not the time that the summer fun starts to wind down.  So, I procrastinated and procrastinated and as you can surely imagine, the first few weeks of school this year had me frazzled, pus to add to the stress, the youth sports season started at the same time.

There were several nights that I spent trying to squeeze through the school supply isles of my local department store with all the other stressed out mothers, after already spending hours on a practice field.   Luckily by day one, the kids had their new school clothes on and their backpacks packed, but once they got on the bus, I realized I hadn’t even thought about dinner, or lunch for the second day.  I excitedly thought about how I could now stroll through the grocery store without any kids attached to my carriage, but the last thing I wanted to think about was cooking.  Luckily Boston Market saved my sanity!

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Boston Market Family Meal

I love Boston Market because I can run in and get a complete meal for my family that is not only affordable, but it also feels like home cooking.  We are still sitting around the table passing the mashed potatoes and vegetables at the end of the day talking about how school was, and this makes my heart happy and my brain a whole lot less frazzled.

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Boston Market Family Meals feed families of three, four or more.  I usually get the Family Meal for 4, because my husband works the night shift and isn’t a big eater at dinner time, so it is always more than enough food for us.   With a main dish of rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, roasted turkey, or BBQ ribs, plus 4 sides and corn bread, this family dinner is an easy way to get everyone to the kitchen table without any complaints!
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$1.99 Family Meal Deal!

Boston Market is offering a whole rotisserie chicken for only $1.99 with the purchase of any Family Meal!  In addition to feeding my whole family a delicious wholesome Family Meal, I got a whole fresh, never frozen rotisserie chicken for just $1.99.  These chickens can be used in tasty school lunches, afternoon snacks, and into dinner recipes to save time without sacrificing flavor.  This deal made meal times during the school week so much more manageable!

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How I used my $1.99 Fresh Never Frozen Rotisserie Chicken

Breakfast:

Omelets!  I love mixing up the usual cereal or waffles quick breakfasts that happen in my house during busy mornings.  Omelets are a perfect option when I have cooked chicken in the fridge waiting for me.  My kids love eggs, and I love being able to add some nutritious chicken breast and veggies to their breakfast.  With the help of Boston Market’s $1.99 meal deal, I can have a hot breakfast on the table as quickly as it takes my children to pick out which cereal they’d want.

Lunch:

Chicken Salad is a lunch time favorite for my family, the kids love it as a sandwich, while my husband and I can eat it by the bowl full.  Using Boston Market’s Rotisserie Chicken makes my normal chicken salad a lot more flavorful, plus there is no cooking for me!  Lunch is ready in a few minutes.

Dinner:

For a third meal, I used what was left of our rotisserie chicken in a quick Ceaser Salad mix to add some protein to flavor to it.

For $1.99, this Boston Market Meal Deal, saved me time while feeding my family 3 delicious meals in addition to the original family dinner I purchased. 
Are you struggling with meal time during the back to school stress?  Boston Market has you covered!

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What is your favorite Boston Market meal?

Un-Slump Your Summer Lunch Routine!

This post is brought to you by StarKist and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. 

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We are half way through summer break, which means my family has hit a lunch slump!  During the school year, the kids not only have breakfast at school, they also typically buy lunches there or bring sandwiches and purchase extras from the snack line.  During the summer, I must go from planning one meal a day to three plus snacks.

My grocery bill triples, the kids complain about “this again”, while my time is consumed with making meals.

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StarKist Tuna and Salmon Pouches

Luckily, I was invited to learn more about StarKist Tuna and Salmon Pouches at Blogher last month. 
I grew up seeing StarKist Charlie in commercials and my mom always having cans of Starkist Tuna in the cabinets for Tuna sandwiches.  However, I had no idea how much of a variety Starkist offers and how many meal ideas there are using not only their original tuna but their delicious Tuna Creations.   that have opened my meal time options wide up my meal time variety, while saving me time on meal prep.

I received a couple pouches of the Tuna Creations Pouches at Blogher to try, and they have been in my shopping cart every week since.

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They are Quick and Easy!

Each pouch is a single serving and requires no can opener or draining.  Just tear it open and your good to go.  This may sound silly but there have been afternoons when I purposely didn’t use the tuna fish in the cabinet because I didn’t want to deal with draining the can and the fish smell because my dishes weren’t done.  No judgement please.

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They are Nutritious!

Featuring at least 13 grams of lean protein and less than 110 calories per pouch, these are the perfect snack option to keep you going.

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They are Versatile:

I am on the go constantly, so you will likely find a pouch and a plastic fork in my pocketbook for an instant snack anywhere.  The flavor options are great on their own, but I also add them to my salads and pastas, top our chicken breasts with different flavor creations, make sandwiches with them, top veggies with it, and so much more.

My favorite way of serving the StarKist Tuna Creations is to open a few pouches of the Thai Chili Style Pouches and spread it into a nice bowl and pair it with crackers for a party appetizer.  No one knows all I did was tear open a pouch and served.

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They Taste Great!

StarKist Tuna and Salmon Pouches are Available in 21 varieties, including 13 deliciously seasoned Tuna & Salmon Creations, tuna & salmon in water or oil, as well as low sodium options.  The meal options are limitless and with such a vast variety you never get bored when using them as a healthy snack option!

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