buffalo ranch chicken wraps

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This time of year, it seems like everyone is talking about basketball. I will admit that I'm not a huge sports fan, but I do love any excuse for a party! Basketball is one of the few sports whose rules I actually understand (I'm pretty sure, at least) and it's always fun to invite a few friends over to watch the game together. This year we'll definitely be enjoying these delicious buffalo ranch chicken wraps during our dunk day party. They're super easy to make using Tyson® 100% All Natural* Crispy Chicken Strips and Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressing!

Using Tyson 100% All Natural* Crispy Chicken Strips makes these wraps so quick and easy to put together. I love that they're made with white meat and minimally processed. Plus my family loves the way they taste! I baked them according to the package directions, tossed them with some spicy buffalo sauce, and added them to a wrap with crisp lettuce, tangy gorgonzola, and creamy Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressing. These wraps are ready in under 30 minutes, which means you can get back to watching the big game that much sooner!

Of course, if you're watching basketball, you have to dunk, so I served these tasty wraps with an extra cup of creamy ranch dressing for dunking! I don't know how it works in your family, but my kids absolutely love any food they can dunk. They'll eat pretty much any vegetable if I let them dunk their veggies in ranch dressing.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps

1 package Tyson 100% All Natural* Crispy Chicken Strips
1/4 cup buffalo sauce
6 wraps (or large tortillas)
3/4 cup gorgonzola cheese
4 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1/4 cup Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressing, plus more for dipping

Bake the chicken strips according to the package directions. Toss the chicken strips with the buffalo sauce to coat, then cut into pieces. Layer each wrap with lettuce, chicken, and gorgonzola, then drizzle with ranch dressing. Roll up the wraps and serve with extra ranch dressing. Enjoy!

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strawberry sunrise breakfast smoothie

If there's one food or drink my four year old Lizzy cannot get enough of, it's definitely smoothies. She asks me for a smoothie pretty much every day. I don't always oblige, but we do enjoy smoothies at least a couple of times a week, and they're her very favorite post-ballet treat. I like that they're a fun and delicious way to make sure she's getting all of her servings of fruit and vegetables. A lot of times I can convince her to try new things if I add them to her smoothie, like kiwi or spinach. We have experimented with a pretty wide variety of smoothies, and it's always fun to mix and match flavors. This strawberry sunrise breakfast smoothie is a new favorite! It features Lizzy's three favorite fruits (strawberries, oranges, and bananas) and it gets a little extra burst of sweetness from Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener.

If you haven't tried Zing™ yet, it's an all-natural sweetener made using extract from the stevia plant. It is made with only real ingredients -- nothing artificial, and has zero calories per serving. It's delicious mixed into a cup of tea or a smoothie, or sprinkled over fresh fruit! If you have a sweet tooth like me, it's the perfect way to add a little sweetness to your favorite foods without adding calories. You can find Zing™ in the sweetener aisle at your local grocery store.

This strawberry sunrise breakfast smoothie is super delicious and full of fruit flavor. It takes only a few minutes to make and tastes great! 

Strawberry Sunrise Breakfast Smoothie

1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 cup orange juice
1 cup Greek yogurt
1 packet Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener

Add the strawberries, banana, orange juice, Greek yogurt, and Zing™ to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! (serves two)

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roasted brussels sprouts with bacon

I know brussels sprouts get a bad rap as being the most hated vegetable by children, but they are honestly one of my favorite foods! We eat them several times a week as a side with our meals, and I can't get enough of them. Strangely enough, both of my kids like them too! I just had to tell them that brussels sprouts were broccoli's cousins (which is sort of true anyway) and then they loved them. Anyway, I tried roasting brussels sprouts for the first time a few weeks ago (I know! Where have I been?) and they were fantastic. So of course I immediately thought of a way to make them more fantastic.... with bacon!

The brussels sprouts are deliciously crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and get slightly caramelized in the oven. The little crisp bacon pieces add a ton of flavor and make the brussels sprouts really stand out. The best part is that these are so quick to make. Just a few minutes of prep time and 20-25 minutes of oven time, and they are ready to go. These officially win the title of favorite vegetable side dish for me and will be making frequent appearances in my kitchen!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

16 ounces brussels sprouts, washed and cut in half lengthwise
3-4 slices of bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (I used white balsamic vinegar)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 450. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or foil. Spread the brussels sprouts on the baking sheet and sprinkle the bacon pieces over the top. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the brussels sprouts and toss to coat. Sprinkle with garlic powder and salt and pepper, then toss again. Roast in the preheated oven 20-25 minutes, tossing halfway through. Enjoy!

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