Van’s Pasta & Granola Review {Plus #Giveaway}

**Full Disclosure: I received product in exchange for my review.  All opinions are mine alone.

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At the end of January, I received a box full of Van’s Pasta & Granola.  My husband claimed the two bags of granola right away.  He put them in his lunch box and they haven’t been seen since!

Van's Foods Granola |

I put the three boxes of gluten free pasta in the pantry.  But every week when I meal planned, I forgot I had them as side options.

One weekend between meals, the kids were ‘starving.‘  When they asked if they could have Van’s Ultimate Cheddar Penne, I couldn’t say no!

Van's Ultimate Cheddar Penne Pasta |

It was a huge hit with my boys.

I had the Rotini & Red Sauce pasta for lunch a few days ago.  It was perfect for a quick and yummy lunch.  Rinsing the noodles didn’t add much time to the preparation process and the sauce tasted like I’d made it from scratch.

Van’s pasta was beyond easy to make – the only difference is that you rinse the noodles after they are cooked but before you add the ingredients.

Van's Rotini in Red Sauce |

Van’s pasta comes in three flavors: Creamy Herb & Garlic, Rotini & Red Sauce and Ultimate Cheddar Penne.  All three are gluten free and cook in only 10 minutes!  Van’s gluten free granola comes in Cranberry Almond and Blueberry Walnut.

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Which Van’s Pasta or Granola product would you try first? 

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Cherry Coke Cupcakes Using a Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack #ad #FinalFourPack

**Full Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FinalFourPack #CollectiveBias Coca-Cola is a corporate champion of the NCAA.

Coca-Cola Recipes |

Coca Cola NCAA® Final Four Packs available at Walmart – near the refrigerated section at my store – come in three flavors: Cherry, Vanilla and Coke Zero.

Cherry Coke is my favorite Coca-Cola beverage!  I enjoy drinking it, but I also love cooking/baking with it.  I wanted to see what ‘manfood’ I could create my husband and his friends to enjoy while they watched basketball.  Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Packs are available at Walmart are for 4 for $5.  I picked up 1 Coke Zero, 1 Vanilla Coke and 2 Cherry Coke.

Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Pack at Walmart |

I made Vanilla Coke and BBQ Chicken:

In a large skillet, stir 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and 1 cup Vanilla Coke together.  Add in chicken (3 or 4 breasts).  Cook (covered) for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is completely cooked.

Vanilla Coke BBQ Chicken Recipe |

It was tender, delicious and a big hit with my husband.  I can’t wait to make it again!

You could use Coke Zero for this recipe, but I don’t recommend you use Cherry Coke.

Vanilla Coke BBQ Chicken |

And because every yummy meal needs a tasty dessert, I made Cherry Coke Cupcakes:

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cherry Coke Cupcakes #FinalFourPack
  • 1 Box Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Cup Cherry Coca-Cola
  • ½ Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
  • ¼ Cup Grenadine
  • Optional: Maraschino Cherries
  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, Cherry Coca-Cola, applesauce, grenadine.
  3. Beat at a low speed until everything is combined.
  4. Continue to beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
  5. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full.
  6. Bake for 13-16 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Frost, serve and ENJOY!
  8. *Note: I used pre-made frosting.

Cherry Coke Cupcakes |

You could swap the Cherry Coke either of the other two flavors very easily.  Any of them would be delicious!

Cherry Coke Cupcake Recipe |

Which Coke product would you use in a recipe?

What would you make with Coca-Cola?

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops {with Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking} #ad #WeekNightHero

**Full Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WeekNightHero #CollectiveBias

Slow Cooker Pork Chops Recipe |

Can I tell you a secret?

I don’t love pork.  Well, I love bacon!  But I don’t like pork chops, pork tenderloin and that kind of thing.  And neither does my husband!  But when I saw Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking at Walmart, I wanted to try them and I thought pairing the Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock with pork chops would be a great idea!

Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking Collage |

I’m also not a big on complex meals.  When a friend gave me her recipe for Slow Cooker Pork Chops, I tweaked it so I could include the Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock from Campbell’s and make a weekend meal on a weeknight schedule.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops using Campbell's Soups for Easy Cooking |

5.0 from 2 reviews
Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Recipe type: Dinner
  • 4 Pork Chops - thick cut & boneless
  • 2 cartons of Cambell's Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  1. Empty one carton of Cambell's Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock in your slow cooker.
  2. While the oil heats in a skillet, mix flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder and ground mustard.
  3. Dredge pork chops in the flour mixture and sear both sides.
  4. Place pork chops on the soup.
  5. After all the seared pork chops are in the slow cooker, cover them with the other carton of Cambell's Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock.
  6. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

How to make Slow Cooker Pork Chops |

Easy Dinner Option |

I do love easy meals, though, and this recipe won’t fail you in that regard!

Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking come in four flavors – Savory Portobello Mushroom, Creamy Herb & Garlic with Chicken Stock, Sweet Onion and Mexican Style Tomato.

Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas |

I made orzo to go with the pork chops and served it with a side salad in under 30 minutes!

The soupy sauce was a delicious success, but we are still not a pork chop family.  Next time, I am going to make this recipe using chicken instead of pork!

Make sure you grab your coupon for 75 cents off one Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking!

What would you reinvent dinner with Campbell’s Soups for Easy Cooking?


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Kids in the Kitchen: Parmesan Ranch Chicken Bites

Kids in the Kitchen

A few weeks ago, Cat from Food Family Finds, posted a really delicious looking recipe for Baked Parmesan Ranch Chicken Nugget Bites and I knew I had to make them.  I will warn you, Colin did an amazing job, but they don’t look nearly as good as Cat’s do!  (But they tasted AMAZING!)

I diced up the chicken and Colin gathered the other ingredients while I did that.

After everything was out, Colin poured Ranch dressing into a bowl and started dipping the chicken.  I mixed the cheese and bread crumbs so he could dip them.

Dipping the chicken |

Coating the chicken |

Making Parmesan Ranch Chicken Bites |

*Note: I was out of Parmesan, so we replaced it with Feta cheese – delicious choice!

Parmesan Ranch Chicken Bites |

Colin was a fantastic helper and dinner was fantastic!  I know we will make these Parmesan Ranch Chicken Bites again.  You should definitely try them!

How do you serve your chicken?

Did you have fun in the “kitchen” this week?  Did you try a new food or a new kid friendly restaurant?  Did your little ones use their snacks to count to 10?  We invite you to share your experiences, photos, stories or recipes that include your #kidsinthekitchen!

Come join me and my co-hosts, Melinda at Look What Mom FoundPaula at Frosted FingersSarah of Play2LearnWithSarah and Vanessa of VanessaBaked, each week by linking up a post, new or old, that features the theme Kids in the Kitchen.  It doesn’t matter what you are doing as long as you are doing it together, enjoying it and learning something along the way.

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