Stuffed Mushroom Recipe

For the Fourth of July block party, my oldest requested stuffed mushrooms so of course  I had to oblige.  It is one of the easiest recipe’s and I promise it is a huge crowd pleaser.

How to make stuffed mushrooms Ingredients

12 whole fresh mushrooms
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 tablespoon minced onion
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (less or more depending on how hot you like it)

Stuffed Mushrooms recipe


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel. Carefully break off stems and chop.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic, diced onion and chopped mushroom stems to the skillet. Fry until any moisture has disappeared. Set aside to cool.
When garlic and mushroom mixture is no longer hot, stir in cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, black pepper, onion powder and cayenne pepper. Mixture should be very thick. Using a little spoon, fill each mushroom cap with a generous amount of stuffing. Arrange the mushroom caps on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the mushrooms are piping hot and liquid starts to form under caps.

Sometimes I will add a little bit of bread crumbs on top of each mushroom the last 5 minutes of cooking which is super yummy.

Mushroom Recipe

~Dig in and enjoy~

Stuffed Mushrooms

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Italian caprese panini

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.

I absolutely love a delicious panini sandwich, especially one with fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes drizzled with a bit of olive oil.  The first time I had one of these classics, Ray and I were in Italy and wow was it fabulous.  That was our last big trip13 years ago before starting a new chapter in our lives, family!  Now, our boys have a love for these healthy  sandwiches.

Panini Sandwich


1 French baguette

Fresh basil leaves

1 heirloom tomato

KRAFT  cheese 

Extra-virgin olive oil

Balsamic Glaze

Optional ~Turkey meat

Ingredients for Panini Sandwich

Arrange ingredients between slices of bread, drizzle the balsamic glaze and brush with Olive oil. For the cheese I chose KRAFT mexican cheese for the kids panini’s and KRAFT mozzarella for my sandwich in the new stand-up pouches found at Safeway.

Von’s is converting all of their KRAFT shredded cheeses to the new new stand up pouches which makes scooping and pouring easier than ever. You still get the same amount of cheese, but less packaging, bonus for everyone including the environment. 

Panini Sandwich

Grill until golden brown and melted.

Panini Sandwich

The result is a delicious medley of flavors that’s quick and easy to enjoy that the whole family will love!

Panini Sandwich

Mmmm Mmmm Good! #StandUpCheese

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Asian Lettuce Wraps

I still remember the first time trying the Lettuce Wraps from PF CHangs, I was in heaven!  I knew somehow I had to duplicate the recipe so I could enjoy them in my own kitchen!

Easy Lettuce Wraps

Inspired by a recipes found around the web, I altered and created this recipe for delicious lettuce wraps, even the kids love them!


16 Lettuce leaves
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 large onion, chopped
1/4 cup hoisin sauce (I add a little more for flavor)
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
1 Tbs Chile paste (you can add more or less depending on how spicy you would like it)
1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped


1 Tsp sesame oil
2 Tbs soy
2 Tbs rice vinegar
1 Tbs chile paste Easy Lettuce Wraps


Rinse whole lettuce leaves and pat dry and set aside.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook turkey in skillet untill browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Cook and stir onion in the same skillet  for about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and chile paste into onions. Add water chestnuts, green onions, sesame oil, and cooked turkey; cook an additional 2 minutes.
Add the meat mixture in the center of each lettuce and serve with the sauce on the side.

Easy Lettuce Wraps

Now we can enjoy these delicious wraps anytime!  Thanks for stopping in today, have a fabulous day, we are off to the Del Mar Fair!




Grilled Chopped Chicken Salad

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of KRAFT Natural Shredded Cheese and Safeway. All opinions are 100% mine.

One thing I love about Summer in addition to beach days, pool days, sleeping in and relaxation is all the delicious salads I love to create. My favorite has always been a tex-mex style salad loaded with lots of healthy ingredients like corn, beans, tomatoes and avocado’s. I   This time around I switched it up a bit using a zesty lime dressing and it was awesome!

Grilled Chopped Chicken Salad


2/3 cup KRAFT Zesty Lime Vinaigrette Dressing, divided

6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1-1/2 lb.)

1 pkg. (10 oz.) torn romaine lettuce

1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed

1 can (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed

1 avocado, chopped

1 large tomato, chopped

1/2 cup slivered red onions

1/2 cup KRAFT Mexican Style Finely Shredded Four Cheese

Grilled Chopped Chicken Salad


POUR 1/3 cup dressing over chicken in shallow dish; turn to evenly coat both sides of each breast. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.

 HEAT grill to medium heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Grill chicken 6 to 8 min. on each side or until done (165°F).

Grilled Chopped Chicken Salad

MEANWHILE, combine remaining dressing with all remaining ingredients except cheese in large bowl.

 SLICE chicken; place over salad.

 When ready to serve, top with cheese and toss for the most delicious salad ever.

Grilled Chopped Chicken Salad

Did you know Von’s is converting all of their KRAFT shredded cheeses to the new new stand up pouches which makes scooping and pouring easier than ever. You still get the same amount of cheese, but less packaging, bonus for everyone and the environment. Plus it is super easy to find in the new shelf  set displays! Kraft Cheese

Dig in and enjoy!!!

Grilled Chopped Chicken Salad

Can’t wait to make this again, it was so easy and delicious!

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Best turkey meatball recipe

Growing up one of my favorite meals my mom made was her homemade Spaghetti and meatballs, one of those comfort foods that to this day brings back great childhood memories.  Thankfully 2 out of 3 kids love it, for my youngest, well, I just toss a little butter and parmesan on the noodles, easy peasy.

The best Turkey Meatball Recipe

I have modified my mom’s recipe just a little by switching out the breadcrumbs with panko and adding minced garlic.  I also have  a little tip below on how to keep those meatballs from falling apart while cooking.

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