There were some definite wins and meals that will be returning to our kitchen table, too.
Nathan and I agree that the Crispy Santa Fe Chicken was hands down our favorite meal.
The bonus for me, it was super easy to make and had tons of flavor, the crackers, chicken, cheese and salsa are an unbelievably flavorful, moist, crispy, zingy flavor combination that simply put, delighted the living daylights out of both of us. I made two for the kids without the salsa, cut them into strips and served them with ranch and the kids devoured them! SCORE!!!
The BLT pizza that I talked about in Post 2 is another one that surprised me. I wasn’t sure about fresh lettuce and tomatoes on pizza but I can guarantee you we’ll be making our pizzas this way and will probably be featuring top your own pizza bars in our house again instead of ordering out for pizza. This was a favorite with everyone and I now have dreams of jalapeno, pineapple, canadian bacon pizzas.. mushroom, spinach, pepper pizzas… you get the idea.
The BBQ Toasted Patty Melts (the top picture) my brother made those and they were delicious, tonguegasmic even, the combination of the sauteed onions with the bbq sauce, juicy hamburger meat and toasted wheat bread… NOM NOM NOM. I didn’t have cheese on mine, but the boys did and they loved them, Nathan even ate two!
I do have some bulk items left over from the Sam’s trip but, I think that all in all that is actually going to prove to be a bonus for me. We are Texans who love to BBQ, so the two bulk things of bbq sauce will be used as the base for new marinades and have my mind whirring over the possibilities and dyin’ to fire up the grill. I love opening my pantry to see it full of possiblities and for that reason and the fact that I now know there are some items that I’m much better off purchasing at Sam’s: bread, pizzas, chips, eggs, milk, cheese, chicken, hamburger meat and that’s not even touching into the non-food items.
Granted there are some things that I will still be purchasing at my local grocery store depending on the season, but all in all… I’ve learned a lot about bulk shopping and the benefits to my family and my bank account.
We interrupt this post for the obligatory Disclosure statement:
“Hi, My name is Rachel and I am one of five bloggers selected by Kraft Foods to work on the Kraft Foods and Sam’s Club Two Week Dinner Planner program. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program which includes my trip to Sam’s Club, my interactions/experience with the two week dinner planner and my posts about my experience. I have also been compensated for the food purchased for the two week dinner planner. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.”
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