Kid Friendly Sloppy Dogs Recipe

The new school year is quickly approaching.  While the kids are busy packing their school supplies and picking out outfits, I’m keeping myself busy with the task of menu planning some easy weeknight meals for the busy nights ahead of us.

This past weekend I did a test run on a kid-friendly meal that takes about an hour to prep and cook.  Not only is it super easy for mom (or dad) to prepare but it has the kind of “kid stopping power” that will make them drop their task at hand to enjoy a delicious family meal at the table.

Manwich Sloppy Dogs Recipe |

Hunt’s Manwich sauce is never far from reach since we keep our pantry stocked with all three varieties including: Original, Bold and Thick & Chunky (my favorite). This meat-free versatile sauce isn’t just for Sloppy Joe sandwiches. We use it in a lot of different ways, from adding a tangy kick to our pasta sauce to spicing up a platter of beefy nachos.  And in this meal, it takes an ordinary hot dog to an extraordinary sloppy dog.

Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce |

This recipe starts with a foil lined baking pan filled with buns and jumbo beef hot dogs.

Baked Hot Dogs |

They’re topped with cooked ground beef in the Thick & Chunky Manwich sauce.

Baked Hot Dogs with Sloppy Joe Sauce |

Then piled high with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese.

Sloppy Dogs with Cheese |

Cover with foil, pop the pan in the oven and you have a kid-friendly meal in 45 minutes.

Sloppy Dogs Recipe Manwich |

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Sloppy Dogs Recipe
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can Manwhich Thick & Chunky sauce
  • 6 hot dog buns
  • 6 hot dogs
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown ground beef in a skillet until no longer pink. Strain excess grease off and return to the skillet. Add Manwich sauce and stir until bubbling. Remove from heat.
  3. Place the hot dog buns with the hot dogs inside a deep baking dish lined with non-stick foil.
  4. Top the hot dogs with ground beef mixture and cheese.
  5. Cover with non-stick foil and bake for 45 minutes.

Would your kids love these Sloppy Dogs?

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

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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:

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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 |

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

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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 |

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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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