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Amazing Tuna Salad Wraps

I love tuna. I love it a lot. Unfortunately nobody else in my house shares my love of tuna. I routinely make tuna for myself- tuna melts, tuna subs, tuna on crackers, tuna salad….you get it. But I’ve never found a tuna salad recipe that everyone in my house would eat without whining and complaining. Until now. I made this once a couple of months ago and everyone ate it. Assuming it was a fluke I made it again just last week. Again, everyone ate it. So this is now my go to tuna salad recipe. 

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Ingredients:
1 can tuna of choice, drained and flaked
1/4 cup mayo
3 Tbsp sweet pickle relish
1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp curry powder
3 Tbsp dijon mustard

Directions:
1. Mix all ingredients together in large bowl.
2. Cover and chill for at least an hour.
3. Lay spinach leaves down center of tortilla wraps and spoon tuna salad on top.
4. Roll tortilla firmly and wrap with plastic wrap.
5. Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

I made tuna salad wraps but you can use this tuna salad recipe to make a tuna melt, or on crackers, or just a tuna sandwich. Anyway you want to serve it, you will love it! 

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Delicious Turkey Bacon Ranch Cheddar Pinwheels

We’ve been spending most of our afternoons at the pool enjoying the cool water, laughter, and sunshine….and sunburn. The last thing I want to do is come home after 4 hours of relaxing and cook dinner. So I’ve been experimenting with some wraps that I can pre-make and have ready to go at dinner time. We’ve had some….let’s just call them losers in the popularity category. But this one was a winner. Everyone loved it. The other wraps I’ve tried used an entire 8oz block of cream cheese but that was too much for my family so I went a different route with this one. And it was amazing! If you’re family loves cream cheese then you can omit the sour cream and use the full 8oz block of cream cheese instead. You can leave these in wrap form or you can slice them into pinwheels. My kids love them as pinwheels but Matt and I ate them as wraps. 

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Ingredients:
4 burrito 10″ tortilla wraps
4 oz sour cream
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 cup bacon bits
1 pkt dry ranch dressing mix
2 Tbsp milk
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
12 slices of deli turkey

Directions:
1. Combine softened cream cheese, sour cream, ranch dressing mix, cheese, milk, and bacon bits until well mixed.
2. Spread evenly on each tortilla wrap.
3. Lay 3 slices of turkey down center of each wrap.
4. Gently roll each tortilla tightly and wrap with saran wrap.
5. Refrigerate for an hour before slicing.
6. Serve with ranch dressing for dipping.

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I really should have made double this recipe because the kids devoured it! I’ve already added it to the menu plan for next week again. I’m going to keep experimenting and I’ll share any more wraps that are hits with my family! These would also make a fantastic appetizer for a party! I’m adding them to my list of yummy goodness for our football parties and tailgating at Tyler’s games this Fall!

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Southern Style Baked Macaroni & Cheese

My kids are huge lovers of macaroni and cheese. HUGE. And it cannot be the boxed Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with the powder cheese. Oh no. These spoiled kids are too good for powdered cheese. They want the real deal. I experimented with different recipes and ingredients for years until I finally hit on to the perfect combination. My kids request this macaroni and cheese at least twice a week. Don’t worry, I don’t make it for them twice a week. I make it twice a month and I make 2 pans at a time because they gobble this up like hungry vultures. This is a really versatile macaroni recipe. Sometimes I add ham, other times I add sausage, or shrimp…or just plain macaroni as a side dish when we grill burgers and brats! 

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Ingredients:
1 box elbow noodles
8 oz cottage cheese
12 oz sour cream
1 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese*
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:
1. Boil noodles as directed on package; drain.
2. In baking dish sprayed with cooking spray, combine cooked noodles, cottage cheese, sour cream, shredded Pepper Jack cheese and 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese.
3. Optional: Add sliced sausage, diced ham, or shredded chicken.
4. Top with remaining sharp cheddar cheese.
5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

*My family likes a little spice so I use Pepper Jack cheese. You can substitute Colby Jack if you’d prefer. I’ve made it both ways and it’s equally delicious!

This is the dish I typically make whenever we go to any pot lucks or cookouts. It’s always a crowd pleaser and it makes a bunch. 

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Easy BBQ Bacon Cheesy Chicken Sliders

Sliders are one of my favorite things to make during the Spring and Summer and during Football season. I love all the options I have with sliders. Any kind of meat, different cheeses, toppings….it’s fabulous. My kids would eat sliders every single night if I made them. This recipe is one of our favorites. It’s so simple but the flavors just explode in  your mouth. I make this at least twice a month, sometimes even more when the kids request it.

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Ingredients:
3-4 chicken breasts
1 bottle favorite BBQ sauce
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
1 bottle ranch dressing
6 slices favorite cheese
2 cups bacon, cooked and crumbled

Direction:
1. Place chicken in bottom of crockpot and add 4 cups of water, enough to cover.
2. Cook on High for 4 hours.
3. Shred chicken into mixing bowl, add half bottle of BBQ sauce and dry ranch dressing packet; combine well.*
4. Slice sliders in half and lay bottom half in a baking pan sprayed with cooking spray.
5. Spoon BBQ chicken mixture over top.
6. Spread bacon over chicken and top with 6 slices of cheese.
7. Add a bit of ranch dressing on top of cheese.
8. Cover with the top half of the slider rolls.
9. Brush top of slider rolls with a bit of melted butter.
10. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

Seriously, how easy is that for a delicious home cooked meal? I serve it with either french fries or pasta salad on the side. We never have leftovers- Tyler could eat the entire pan by himself if I turned my back for longer than 30 seconds! 

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Delicious Chicken Alfredo Bake

My kids are huge lovers of Alfredo. They will eat Alfredo on just about anything. But Matt is not such a big fan of Alfredo sauce so I have to doctor it up a bit to make him eat it without complaint. I use Zatarins Cajun seasoning to add some spice and it’s delicious! If you don’t like food with a lot of spiciness then you will want to go easy on this seasoning. We like it really spicy so I add a good amount. 

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Ingredients:
3-4 chicken breasts
1 box penne pasta
2 jars (15oz each) Alfredo sauce
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Zatarins Cajun seasoning

Directions:
1. Put chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot and cover with 4-6 cups of water.
2. Cook on High for 4 hours.
3. Shred chicken in bowl and mix with Zatarins Cajun seasoning (taste as you go for desired spiciness)
4. Cook and drain pasta.
5. Pour pasta in baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
6. Add chicken and Alfredo sauce and mix well.
7. Cover with shredded cheese.
8. Sprinkle with more Zatarins Cajun seasoning.
9. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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We never have any leftovers when I make this dinner. The kids clean the pan every single time and are still disappointed to not have any left. Sometimes I add steamed broccoli before baking instead of on the side. 

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