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Zaycon Food: $1.89 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


I received free chicken breast in exchange for a blog review.  However, all opinions are mine. 

You may remember my post about Zaycon Foods’ $1.89/lb. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast.  Well, I’m excited to tell you that I had the opportunity to try some of their chicken and yes, it’s as awesome as they claim!

Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company founded in 2009 with the simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices. Because they cut out the middle man (ie: grocery store) they can keep their cost lower than what you’ll typically find.  They have events all over the country where they deliver their products- you simply need to drive through and pick them up!

While Zaycon Foods sells everything from raw wildflower honey to non-homogenized whole milk to fresh strawberries, they are best known for their quality meats.  And more specifically for their fresh 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.  Their boneless, skinless chicken breast comes in 40 lb. boxes, but each box has four 10 lb. bags of chicken it, making it very easy to split your order with someone else if you are worried that you won’t be able to use the whole 40 lbs. yourself.

I was super impressed with my Zaycon Foods experience.  Ordering was so simple; I just went to their website, set up an account and found an event in my area.  Then I placed my order and paid online, so that the day of the event I could just sail through the pick up line!

I got to the location of the pickup for my event about 5 minutes after it started.  The delivery men were ready and waiting as I drove up and all that I needed to do was roll down my window, give them my name and open the rear hatch of my minivan.  After laying down a plastic trash bag to catch any leaks (there were none!), they loaded up my chicken and in a matter of a couple of minutes I was on my way again!  I was more than happy to not have to get out of my car and the whole process was much easier than going to the grocery store with 2 little children in tow!

Once I arrived back home, I got to work processing the chicken.  I froze some breasts whole, cooked some meat and froze it and then canned the rest.  There was a little bit of fat to trim off of some of the pieces but overall, I was impressed with the quality of the meat.  We’ve enjoyed it numerous times since and it has great flavor!

If you are interested in ordering from Zaycon, head to their website and set up an account.  They typically have chicken events happening several times throughout the year so by signing up now, you’ll be alerted when they start their next sales.

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Recipe: No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Last fall I came across this Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle recipe and desperately wanted to make it.  The only problem was, I didn’t have any Biscoff cookies and being the frugal person that I am, I hated the idea of shelling about several bucks for a small pack of them.  And so, I got creative and made my own version!

These No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes meet all my requirements for a great dish: they are quick and easy to make, they look pretty, they’re inexpensive and best of all, they are delicious!

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes
1 c. graham cracker crumbs (about 10 graham cracker squares)
2 tablespoon butter, melted
1 ½ c. heavy whipping cream + 4 tbsp. sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1.  Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.   Set aside.

2.  Whip heavy whipping cream until slightly thickened.  Add 4 Tbsp. sugar and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.  This should make about 3 cups of whipped cream.

3.  In separate bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add pumpkin puree, vanilla, sugar and pumpkin pie spice.  Mix well.  Gently fold in 1 ½ c. of the whipped cream.

4.  Assemble by layering layer graham cracker crumb mixture, pumpkin cheesecake and whipped topping as desired.  Cheesecakes will be best if made no more than 1 hour before serving.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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Recipe: Creamy White Chili

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

I love soups.  As in love so much that I could eat it every day, at least during the winter months!  And honestly, some weeks that almost happens at our house.  Thankfully my family likes soup almost as much as I do!

One of my go-to soup recipes, this Creamy White Chili is super fast to throw together (especially if you use leftover chicken).   And it is full of flavor and filling too!  Serve it with crusty bread and a salad and you’ll have a meal that is sure to satisfy!

If you’re not a fan of food with a tiny bit of a kick, I’d recommend cutting back the cumin to ½ tsp. and the black pepper to ¼ tsp.   I personally don’t think it is super spicy but my family prefers when I make the adjustments to tone it down a little.  So play around with it and make it to suit your taste.  To me, that’s half the fun of cooking anyway!

Creamy White Chili
1 lb. chicken breast, cubed*
1 med. onion, chopped
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 cans (15 1/2 oz. each) Great Northern Beans, rinsed & drained
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. milk

In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink. Add beans, broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream and milk. Serve immediately.

* Or simply use 2 to 3 cups cooked, chopped chicken and add along with the beans, broth and seasonings.

Yield: 7 servings

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Olive Garden: Unlimited Classic Lunch Combo for $5!

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Grab this coupon on Olive Garden’s website for an Unlimited Classic Lunch Combo for just $5!  The lunch combo includes classic soup, salad and bread sticks combo.  Coupon is valid through Friday, October 17, 2014 and is limited to one per table.


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Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

These little muffins are quick and easy to make and and super flavorful with their nutmeg and cinnamon pairing.  While they remind me a lot of a cinnamon sugar donut, I also think they taste an awful lot like a Snickerdoodle cookie!   And I love that they are baked instead of fried.  No greasy, oily mess to deal with and less calories make that a plus all around!  These little bites of deliciousness are perfect for brunches, snacks, breakfast and even dessert.   

Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins

1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. baking powder

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Combine sugar and butter. Stir in the milk then mix in the flour, baking powder and nutmeg just until combined.

Grease 24 mini-muffin cups. Fill cups half full of batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

While muffins are baking, get the topping ready.  Place 1/4 c. of melted butter in a bowl. In a separate bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon. Once baked, dip each muffin in the melted butter then roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Let cool before storing.

Yield: 24 mini-muffins

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