Easy Valentine Recipes | Chocolate Pretzel Hearts


I hope you all are saving those red M&M’s from the Christmas clearance baggies…. :)

If you’re wanting some easy Valentine Recipes to make with the kids – here’s a super simple crowd pleaser!   These Chocolate Heart Pretzels only take minutes to make and are easy enough to let the kids help. Plus – you can send them to school for their class Valentine Party!

Keep reading for directions to make this and other easy Valentine recipes:

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Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos Recipe #SaveALotInsiders

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Jamie here! On Sundays after church we’re always in the mood for Mexican food – and these cream cheese chicken taquitos are my guys’ FAVORITE Sunday lunch.  They’re easy to throw together, creamy and crunchy and better for you than the frozen kind.

With the Super Bowl coming up I’m planning to make these the STAR of our football snacking spread.

I like to make a double batch of filling and stick half in a freezer bag for next time.  That way next Sunday I can wake up, pull the bag out of the freezer to thaw and by the time we get home from church all I have to do is roll up the taquitos and stick them in the oven.  (I find I’m much more likely to cook if I can make it as easy as possible on myself.)


These are great to serve with our Easy Summer Salsa Recipe!

Here’s how to make these scrumptious cream cheese chicken taquitos for your next Super Bowl Party, Cinco de Mayo or regular old Sunday afternoon….


First, stop by your local Save-a-Lot for a short list of ingredients – they have super affordable prices on all of these items!

  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Cheese (I like Cheddar Jack, but any old kind will be fine)
  • Senora Verde Diced Tomatoes with Chiles (Store brand of Ro-tel)
  • Tortillas
  • Cilantro
  • Taco Seasoning Packet
  • Optional for Dipping: Velveeta or Marvella, Salsa, Refried Beans


Start by cooking the chicken, and while it cooks mix together diced tomatoes, cream cheese, taco seasoning and a couple tablespoons of the chopped cilantro.  When the chicken is cooked, shred it up and add it to the cream cheese mixture as well.


(NOTE: You can DEFINITELY cook this in the slow cooker instead, just set on high for 3-4 hours with all the ingredients shown above – chicken on the bottom, the rest on top!  I’ve done it this way several times.)



This is where I like to set up a little assembly line – set the stack of tortillas in front of you and spoon in a thin line of filling, sprinkle a tbsp of shredded cheese on top, roll tightly and place on a cookie sheet.




Continue until you’ve filled both cookie sheets and spray with cooking spray.  (this helps them to crisp up in the oven)  I like to get fancy and squeeze a little lime over the top and sprinkle a little sea salt over them – but if that doesn’t float your boat just shove it in the oven and be done!

Bake at 400 for 10 minutes.  

I usually serve our taquitos with a few things to dip them in, like Velveeta dip, refried beans, and salsa.  Everyone has their favorite dipping combo – mine is a pile of refried beans with a little puddle of cheese dip in the middle ;)


If made as directed, this should be enough to feed about 8-12 people (or 4-6 people twice!)  I stretch ours a little bit further by also making rice on the side – we recently found this Vigo Spanish Rice at Save-a-Lot and we LOVE it.  We have it all the time, and the best part – it’s only $1 a bag! (prices may vary by location)


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Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos
2-3 dozen, depending on tortilla size
Easy and delicious cream cheese chicken taquitos are a perfect family appetizer - or make it a meal when served with sides and dips! This recipe makes enough for a crowd, or enough to put half in a freezer bag for the next time you need a quick meal.
  • 3 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts (about 2½ lb)
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  • Senora Verde Diced Tomatoes with Chiles or Ro-tel
  • 20 - 30 Small Tortillas (Or 2 packs of Large)
  • Small handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1 Taco Seasoning Packet
  • Optional for Dipping: Velveeta or Marvella, Salsa, Refried Beans
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium high heat
  3. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink, then shred
  4. Combine cream cheese, diced tomatoes, cilantro, seasoning
  5. Add shredded chicken and stir well
  6. Spoon a small amount of chicken filling into each tortilla shell
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top
  8. Roll tightly and place on baking sheet
  9. Cook for 10 minutes or until lightly browned on edges
  10. Serve with cheese dip, salsa, etc...



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Valentine Heart Pancakes – Using DIY Tinfoil Shapes (A Tutorial!)

I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school.  But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.

Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds.  (Which, thinking back – are really not that expensive considering you can use them every year….)

 I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver something out of tin foil.   I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler.  Here’s how to make them!

Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil

1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds.  Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!

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Fun Football Recipes for the Superbowl (Slow Cooker ideas, Dips, Sliders and More!)


Football Recipes for Superbowl!

The Super Bowl is right around the corner! These treats are great for any football game party, no matter which team you are rooting for.

Three of our VERY favorites are:

Cream Cheese & Chicken Taquitos

Crockpot Barbecue Pulled Pork recipe

Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders recipe

And here are some more fun ideas!

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Freezer Lasagna Recipe



Jamie here, this Freezer Lasagna Recipe is one of my FAVORITE meals to pull out during the school year!   If you’re looking for an easy make-ahead meal for busy nights, you absolutely can’t lose with this one. 

This is SO SO GOOD – it’s the ultimate thick, layered comfort lasagna.  If you like cheesy recipes, get ready!  This is chock full of cheese and meat and lovely starches – make this in advance and you’ll always be just an hour away from homemade lasagna heaven :)

The great thing about this this freezer lasagna version, os you can prep all the ingredients on a lazy Sunday afternoon and pull it out on a crazy Thursday to give yourself a break.

This is my basic recipe, but it’s extremely versatile in that you can add veggies, leave out the meat, and change it up all kinds of ways!

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Honey Dijon Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

honey dijon chicken and brussels
I love to experiment with new recipes that I see online and tweak them a little here and there to best suit my family. I don’t like recipes that take a lot of time or a ton of pans because that means I’ll have to spend a long time in the kitchen cleaning after dinner. So, if you are like me, you’ll love this recipe. I cooked the chicken and brussels sprouts together on a cookie sheet covered with aluminum foil (I told you I was lazy when it comes to cleaning up), then prepared the long grain wild rice with quinoa on the stove. If your family doesn’t particularly love brussels sprouts you could substitute broccoli or fresh green beans.

This is a clean eating recipe that works great with the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge.



Honey Dijon Chicken and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  • 4 thin cut chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt or salt substitute
  • fresh brussels sprouts halved
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all ingredients (except chicken and brussel sprouts).
  2. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  3. Coat chicken breasts in ½ of the spice mixture.
  4. Toss brussel sprouts in 1 tablespoon olive oil (this olive oil is not listed in above ingredients).
  5. Place chicken on one side of cookie sheet and brussel sprouts on the other.
  6. Drizzle ½ of the left over spice mixture on brussel sprouts.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn over chicken and brussel sprouts.
  8. Baste chicken with the remaining spice mixture then continue to cook for 20 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

BEST Instant Pot Recipes to Try!


The Instant Pot craze is really taking off – several of my friends have one and for some of them it has CHANGED their life. (Their words – not mine!)

If you are looking to take the “time” out of dinnertime prep – this may be something for you to try!  Of course – once you have your Instant Pot – you’ll need to find some recipes to try out.  We have a whole board dedicated to Instant Pot Recipes – as well as some important tips and tricks (Like how to convert regular or old-school pressure cooker recipes to Instant Pot times, etc…) – check it out here if you haven’t yet!

Here are the BEST Instant Pot recipes we’ve found so far that have good reviews and look delish:

Main Course:

Fall off the Bone Chicken in 30 Minutes

Insta-Chicken (Frozen to Fab in 15 Minutes)

Chicken Marsala

Chicken & Dumplings

Teriyaki Chicken

Chipotle Chicken Black Beans & Rice

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Kung Pao Chicken

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken & Pesto Penne with Artichoke Hearts

Italian Meatballs in Tomato Sauce

Lasagna Pie

Sloppy Lasagna

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Shredded Beef Enchiladas


Pork Tamales

Pork Carnitas

Pork Sirloin Tip Roast

Root Beer Pulled Pork

Melt in Your Mouth Short Ribs

Shrimp Scampi Paella

Sausage & Peppers

Pork Chops & Cabbage

Beef Stroganoff

French Dip Subs Recipe

Pot Roast

Beef & Broccoli

Soups & Stews:

Beef Stew

Lentil Soup

Chicken & Lentil Soup

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew

Cuban Black Bean Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Potato Bacon Chowder

Authentic Japanese Ramen

Chicken Noodle Soup

Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Texas Red Chili

8 Minute Chili

Side Dishes:

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Crispy Potatoes

Baked Potatoes

French Fries

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin

Macaroni & Cheese

Risotto Bolognese

Spanish Rice

White Rice

Refried Beans

Baked Beans

Mashed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Bell Peppers

Corn on the Cob

Breakfast and Dessert:


Blueberry Jam


Hard Boiled Eggs

Samoa Cheesecake

Delicious Fudgey Brownies



Spaghetti Sauce

Vegetable Stock

Bone Broth


And these awesome tips!

Ultimate Pressure Cooking Time Chart

How to Convert Old Recipes to Electric Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooking Recipe Converter

How to Cook Beans in a Pressure Cooker

How to Cook Noodles in a Pressure Cooker


If Slow Cooker recipes are more your speed – make sure you check out your Slow Cooker Recipes section!