Veggie Southwestern Stuffed Peppers #bocaessentials #CleverGirls

Veggie Southwestern Stuffed Peppers | Cooking In Stilettos

I have a confession – back in the day, my friend M. got me hooked on these divine spicy veggie burgers.  However, I haven’t had them in a while and, after a recent trip to the doc, I need to make some changes. I need to incorporate more lean protein into meals, make smarter choices and break out of my recipe “rut” with some new flavors and ideas. Plus, with this being Lent, I think veggie burgers would be something than the Pope would approve of, right?  My recipes for fish are a bit uninspired for “Fish Fridays” and was recently told that my reasoning of “Chicken is not red meat and Vatican II said no red meat on Friday” was beyond wrong.  *sigh*  (So – essentially – I’ve been doing Lent wrong for way too many years – don’t tell Sister Michael at my grade school please.  Apparently I’m a bit rusty with my catechism.) Anywhoo – I digress.

I came across these Boca Essentials veggie burgers and they have some fabulous flavors besides the ones I remember from back in the day.  Check out these new flavors – Chile Relleno, Roasted Vegetables & Red Quinoa and Breakfast Scramble.  They are the perfect meat alternative and pack some serious protein power!

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Roasted Butternut Squash With Pecans Shallots and Blue Cheese

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans, Shallots & Blue Cheese | Cooking In Stilettos

Sometimes you just need that side dish that makes you go “Why don’t I make this more often” and this glorious side is one that is not only fabulous for holidays and entertaining, but also for weeknight dinners.  I adore butternut squash and when you roast it in the oven, it comes out caramelized and utterly delicious.  Add some shallots and a bit of thyme and the oven has its party shoes on.  Now – to glitz it up, I toss it with some toasted pecans and some sharp blue cheese and, as I thought might happen, this side dish was gone in a flash.  For those that do not adore blue cheese, well, you can always substitute a bit of goat cheese or ricotta salata for that cheesy bite.  However, I love the flavor combo of the blue cheese against the sweet squash.

This Roasted Butternut Squash with Pecans, Shallots and Blue Cheese will steal the dinner spotlight.  Your guests don’t have to know how easy it is to prepare…. 

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Campbell’s Sauces Provide A Helping Hand For Busy Weeknights #CampbellsSauces #Client

This is a reflection of meals I have made with Campbell’s® Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSauces

Campbell's Sauces - A Pantry Staple | Cooking In Stilettos

Over the past four months, I have had a blast playing with Campbell’s® Sauces, seeing how they fit into my crazy busy life. Here’s the thing – my friends will tell you – I may joke about having a 9to9 but there are nights I do not get home until after 9. Sometimes the last thing I want to do when I get home that late is cook so these sauces have been a lifesaver, especially when my options are either grab takeout or spend hours cooking or give up and grab cereal or a quickly made sandwich for dinner. They are super easy to find in the grocery store and I tend to stock up when I see a good sale.

Since the introduction of Campbell’s® Sauces to my pantry, dialing for dinner has been less of an option. I love how, with only a few fresh ingredients, I can have a delicious dinner on the table in minutes that tastes like something that simmered for hours.

Campell's Sauces - A Pantry Staple | Cooking In Stilettos

The Campbell’s® Skillet Sauces are awesome, especially the Chicken Marsala and the Sesame Chicken. As I always have chicken in the freezer, it is zippy quick and tastes so much better than some of the delivery places!

Mini Southwestern Chicken Pot Pie | Cooking In Stilettos

I love the ease of Campbell’s® Oven Sauces, especially the Chicken Pot Pie and Classic Roasted Chicken flavors. I was able to whip up Mini Southwestern Chicken Pot Pies in no time flat and they were a hit at the dinner table. Added bonus – there is nothing like the smell of a chicken pot pie bubbling away in the oven on a chilly winter’s night.

Shredded Beef Fajita Torta | Cooking In Stilettos

What really captured my heart are the Campbell’s® Slow Cooker Sauces. The Tavern Style Pot Roast sauce reminds me of my Bampa’s kitchen, the Hawaiian Pork is divine and y’all know I absolutely LOVED the Shredded Beef Taco flavor. I love how if there were leftovers, the packaging not only gave options but ideas for later. I could have Shredded Beef Tacos on another night or I could throw caution to the wind, making a Shredded Beef Fajita Torta.  Some other leftover transformations could include Hawaiian Pork Quesadillas with spicy pineapple salsa, Apple Bourbon Pulled Pork Nachos or even some juicy beef sammies with melted cheddar and horseradish aioli. Seriously – options are endless! Plus – who doesn’t love letting a slow cooker do all the heavy lifting, right?

Campbell’s® Sauces have lent a helping hand to my pantry, banishing plain chicken from the weeknight dinner menu! It is a pantry staple in my household and I really hope you give it a whirl. Just think of Campbell’s® Sauces as your Sous Chef – a few fresh ingredients, a bit of saucy goodness and a delicious dinner is on the table in no time!

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Taco Transformation – Easy Shredded Beef Tacos to Shredded Beef Fajita Torta #CampbellsSauces #Client

I made a delicious meal with Campbell’s® Sauces as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. #CampbellsSauces

Shredded Beef Fajita Torta | Cooking In Stilettos

I love meals that allow you to play with leftovers. Even better – when you can get two dishes from one fabulous slow cooked meal so it doesn’t feel like you are having dinner on repeat.

I love keeping a stash of Campbell’s® Slow Cooker Sauces in the pantry. Two of my favorites are the Shredded Beef Taco and Tavern Style Pot Roast which make weeknight dinners a breeze. A long sauna in the slow cooker with couple fresh ingredients and dinner is ready when you get home!

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Banana Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins #BloggerClue

Banana Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins | Cooking In Stilettos

Have I got a recipe for you today that will have you running to the kitchen to whip up these sweetly tart treats.

It’s time again for another Blogger C.L.U.E. reveal

Blogger C.L.U.E. Society

When I got this month’s Blogger C.L.U.E assignment, I was thrilled – it was a blog whose recipes and photos inspire me on the daily – Lemons & Anchovies. Jean’s site has recipes for everything you can imagine.  Her eye is impeccable and her recipes are flawless.  I mean – look at these Chocolate Waffles with Caramelized Bananas, Cranberry Bars with Chocolate Shortbread Crust and these divine Sangria Pops. Are you drooling yet?

As this month’s theme was RED which, of course, is to be expected with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, I wanted something that I knew my friends and family would crave, would be chic for entertaining or a lazy weekend breakfast treat and easy to make. I didn’t even hesitate – these Banana Cranberry White Chocolate Muffins were perfect!… 

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Tried and True: Paloma Chicken #FLGrapefruit #CleverGirls

Paloma Chicken | Cooking In Stilettos

One thing I miss about living in Central Florida is the abundance of fresh Florida citrus everywhere – lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges.  There is nothing like it!  Whenever I fly to Florida, I’m one of those crazy people debating “Do I send citrus home or not”, often going with the option to pick up some for home.

I often cook with citrus in my recipes – it adds the perfect fresh note – whether it’s a bit of lemon and orange in a freshly roasted chicken, grapefruit in a fresh salsa over salmon or limes to add a bit of zing to my favorite tinga recipe.  Grapefruit and I started our love affair later on in life. I love it in the morning, sprinkled with a bit of brown sugar and a small pinch of sea salt and torched for a bruleed treat or segmented in a salad with a bit of feta cheese to add a salty bite.  It’s the perfect healthy snack, as half a Florida grapefruit contains 100% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C.  Added bonus, they also contain vitamin A, potassium and fiber so, perhaps, it might be a grapefruit a day could keep the doctor away?  Florida grapefruits are so sweet and juicy, especially when they are at their peak – between January and March.  … 

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