I discover Walmart's organics in a series of Kristen Wiig GIFs

This is a sponsored post from Stonyfield and Walmart. All opinions are my own.

I was all set to do my usual Sunday grocery haul at my usual place when I remembered the Walmart gift card that Stonyfield had sent me to check out Walmart's organics lineup. 

Score!

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So off I headed to the (fairly) new Walmart near me to switch up my grocery game for the week. 

Once there, I checked out the usual things I buy organic -- dairy products, apples, and eggs. 

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 Yeah, I was pretty amazed and psyched.

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The prices and selection were great!

I'm not an "organics or bust" kind of shopper, but I do insist on organic dairy, which is why I love Stonyfield. 

When I got back home, I made myself an awesome bright red smoothie with Stonyfield plain Greek yogurt, cherries, beets and avocado. Feel free to use fat-free or whole milk yogurt, depending on your macros. The cherries and beets give the smoothie plenty of natural sweetness. My smoothie was super thick so I ate it with a spoon.

Cherry beet smoothie labeled

Cherry-Beet Smoothie

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 75 grams beets (I keep mine frozen for smoothies)
  • 140 grams frozen cherries

Blend everything, adding water if it's too thick. 

Makes 1 smoothie.


All hail the Chicken Caesar Sandwich!

I was sent a free coupon from Al Fresco for the purpose of creating a recipe.

Chicken caesar dogs

My family is knee-deep in end-of-the-school-year activities -- and this isn't just any year-ender. It's high school graduation time for the teenager, which makes for a busy house (mostly him but also for mom and dad).

I try and resist the urge to just give up and go out for dinner most days, so I look for super easy meals that I can whip up in a flash, and chicken and turkey sausages come in really handy for that.  I pretty much always have a package either in the fridge or the freezer, ready to go for additions to pasta, the grill, and skillet meals. I always reach for poultry sausage because while they have the same great flavors as pork, they're a lot lower in fat and calories.

This quick meal idea was inspired by something I saw on a menu while on vacation this spring. In all the time I've been cooking with chicken sausage I saw it and thought "Great idea -- why haven't I done this before?"

So now I did. 

I made these on the stove but they'd be a great addition to your Memorial Day grill menu.

Armed with a coupon from  Al Fresco, I picked up a package of Sweet Italian Style chicken sausage and made a sandwich twist on the classic chicken Caesar salad that includes all the familiar flavors, including a well-placed anchovy on top.

I was running low on Caesar dressing so I extended it with some Dijon mustard, and I discovered that I liked it even better. The mustard helps bridge the salad and sausage worlds.

I simply toasted the buns but if you want to do it up big-time, brush the buns with garlic butter before you toast them to get that crouton flavor.

Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

  • 1/4 cup light Caesar dressing (I used Simply Dressed light Caesar dressing)
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 4 hot dog or small sub rolls
  • 4 Al Fresco chicken sausages (I used  Sweet Italian style, but Roasted Garlic or Roasted Pepper and Asiago would also work well)
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup shredded or shaved Parmesan
  • 4 anchovy fillets (optional)

To make the sauce, mix the dressing and mustard in a small bowl. Set aside.

Toast the buns, and while they're heating up, cook the chicken sausage. (I heat them in a dry skillet over medium heat until the sausages start to brown.)

Place the sausages in the buns, top with lettuce, sauce and Parmesan and top with an anchovy fillet. 

Makes 4 sandwiches.