Cheerio Chow & Sweet and Sour Chicken

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 So, I am going to go ahead and pick some sale items from Strack and VanTil this week as well! I would love to know if anyone is finding this helpful, fun, annoying, enjoyable, any descriptive word that comes to mind!! 🙂
Sale runs from May 3 – May 9.

* Cheerios. Yum. Select General Mills cereal on sale for 5/$10.oo. The Cheerios box is 8.9 oz. ~ not really big, may need 2 to make Cheerio Chow.

* Long grain rice is on sale as well, a 32 oz. bag for $0.99. Use this for Butter Baked Rice and you will be a happy camper. I have included a recipe today for Sweet & Sour Chicken. Sorry, no real great sales to match this recipe….but it is too good not to share and serve it with Butter Baked Rice.

* Being that tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo ~ why not make  Baked Creamy Taquitos with Guacamole and Pico de Gallo?? Using these sale ingredients. Tomatoes, $0.99 per lb. Avocado, 10/$10. Onions, 2 lb. bag, buy 3/$5.00. Cilantro 5 bunches for $2.00. (don’t buy 5……! They will go bad! unless you love cilantro like I do!!) Limes are 10/$1.00.

We are all familiar with the ever popular “Puppy Chow” snack mix, if you have not had it before ~ check it out here (oops, I guess it was originally called Muddy Buddies!).  This is the version of Puppy Chow that I have been making for a while, I think it was inspired by a need to use up a box of Cheerios and/or not having a box of Chex OR in my desperate need to want to get some healthier foods into my kids I decided that they will eat Cheerios IF they were smothered in chocolate and peanut butter! Well, whatever the reason I made this, we love it and I hope you do too!

*Start with about 9 c. Cheerios, add all the chocolate numminess and stir, if it seems too wet yet, then add more Cheerios as needed.

*You can mix Chex and Cheerios, yum yum….

Cheerio Chow
9  c. + Cheerios
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 c. powdered sugar
Put the Cheerios in a large bowl, one with a lid that fits tight, and set aside. Combine the peanut butter and chocolate and melt in the microwave, heat for about 45 seconds then stir, repeat till all melty OR use your double boiler to melt them together. Stir in vanilla. Pour over the Cheerios and stir well. Dump about 2 c. powdered sugar on top, put on lid and shake shake shake, recruit the kids, they love it! Lift the lid SLOWLY or you will be in a sugar cloud and see if more sugar is needed to achieve a nice coating. Add more as needed. Dump out onto wax paper or a paper bag to cool. Cool all the way then store in an airtight container UNLESS it all gets eaten right away! Chocolate and Peanut Butter. YUM! Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Chex and inspired by my kiddos.

Cheerio Chow is linked at Six Sister’s Stuff and eat2gather.

A friend and I were talking about how delicious Orange Chicken is and wondered about NOT frying it. Well, that recipe is so good as it is that I would like to leave it that way and enjoy a good “fried” dinner once in a while, and when I feel that I need a bit healthier of a Chinese meal ~ I will make one of my fravrite dinners. Sweet and Sour Chicken. Yum.

Sweet and Sour Chicken  
4 chicken breast
1/2 c. flour
salt & pepper
dash of garlic powder
oil to coat bottom of pan
1 c. green peppers chunks
Sauce: 
20 oz. can of pineapple chunks
1 c. sugar
2 TB. cornstarch
3/4 c. vinegar
2 TB. soy sauce
1 chicken bouillon cube
Cut up chicken into bite size pieces. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and garlic in a large ziplock bag. Add the chicken and toss to coat. Heat oil in the pan (enough to cover the bottom). When hot, add the chicken and cook tilled browned a bit, no need to cook all the way through ~ it will finish cooking in the oven. Put chicken in 9″ x 13″ pan. Prepare the sauce by draining the pineapple, save pineapple for adding to chicken later. Add water to juice in order to make it equal 1 1/4 c. liquid. Combine the water/juice mixture, sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, soy sauce and chicken bouillon cube and bring mixture to a low boil and cook till thickened, stir OFTEN!!!! Pour this over the chicken, top with green pepper chunks.  Bake, uncovered @ 325* for about 30 minutes. Take out and add the cut-up pineapple, stir and cook another 20-30 min. Serve over Butter Baked Rice OR your fravrite rice and as always…ENJOY!!!

Recipe originally from…..?…..I have had it forever and added this and that, but not sure where it was originally from.

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7 responses »

  1. YUM! These recipes both look fantastic. I would have never thought to make puppy chow with cheerios! Great idea I love cheerios. Thanks for linking up ; )

  2. I made this sweet and sour chicken for supper tonight and it was delicious !! Really really good, and not really too much work, The only problem i had was that all the crunchy goodness on the chicken stuck to the pan, was it because I did not let the oil get hot? We didn’t miss it but it was a bummer . Suggestions?

    • REALLY, bumm that it stuck! Um. Were you much to shy on the oil?? Needs to be coating the bottom, not swimming, but a nice coating. Other then that…not sure, a hot pan is good, not too hot though…a little over medium heat is what I cook it on. 🙂 Hope this helps!

  3. The cheerio chow looks so delicious!! A spinoff of muddie buddies….we are so there!! The orange chicken looks amazing too! We loved having you link up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back with more great recipes! -The Sisters

  4. Hoping to make this sometime this week. I’ve heard from my mom and sister in law that the Sweet & Sour Chicken recipe is amazing! Can’t wait to try it.

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