Lucky Supermarket, the Save Mart 350 Tailgating Party, and a Heart Healthy Recipe!

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There’s a big Nascar race coming to Sonoma, CA on June 23rd. It’s the Save Mart 350, part of the Nascar Sprint Cup Series, and my local Lucky Super Market is selling tickets. Yay! This is the 25th year the race visits the Sonoma Valley. The Save Mart 350 is one of the most exciting races on the racing circuit, and one you don’t want to miss. Be sure to visit Lucky and purchase your tickets asap!


Anytime there’s a race or a big game, we like to tailgate. It’s always a lot of fun hanging out with friends and family, cooking up a ton of great food. This year, I’ve been trying to not only eat healthier, but cook healthier. I usually like to fry up some chicken for our tailgate parties, but not this time. I knew I’d be able to find everything I needed at Lucky’s to make a heart healthy recipe for my family. First thing I did was look in my cabinets to see what I already had. There’s nothing worse than going to the store and buying something, then realizing you already had it in the cupboard! Check those cupboards! Now let’s go shopping!


Instead of frying the chicken, I decided to grill it instead. Grilling is a lot healthier than frying, and I’ve been grilling as much as possible. I was able to find some organic strawberries at Lucky’s and everything else I needed to make my meal. You can see more pics of my trip to Lucky’s on my Google+ album, located here.


2-3 lbs chicken thighs

2 C. bar-b-q sauce

1 container organic strawberries

1 container blue cheese crumbles

2 heads romaine lettuce

4 T. extra virgin olive oil

1/2 C. walnuts

Cut the chicken thighs in half lengthwise. Marinate them in the bar-b-q sauce for 1-2 hours. Fire up the grill and grill the chicken. Once the chicken is done, it’s time to grill the romaine lettuce. Cut the head of lettuce in half lengthwise, then drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil over the flat side of the lettuce. Place the oiled, flat side of the lettuce down on the grill. Grill for 3-4 minutes. When the lettuce is done, place one of the halves on a plate, grilled side up. Add 3-4 pieces of grilled chicken on top of the lettuce. Slice the strawberries and add them to the chicken. Sprinkle blue cheese and walnuts atop the chicken. Repeat this three times, you should have enough for 4 plates.


I must say, hubby LOVED this meal! So glad I was able to find everything I needed at Lucky Super Market. Follow Lucky on Twitter and FB. I hope you liked my heart healthy tailgate meal. What’s your favorite tailgate meal to make?


Blueberry Dump Cake …

A few days ago, I purchased a 2 lb tub of organic blueberries-they were on sale & I could not pass them up. I am a very frugal shopper…so the moment I saw the SALE sign, I knew I was going to buy them! But I digress… I got them home and as I was putting them in the fridge, I remembered the last time I had purchased blueberries…we did not use them all in time and some went bad and had to be thrown away. I do not like throwing anything away, especially food. Food is way too expensive, particularly organic food, to be thrown away. I decided this time would be different. I immediately started thinking of ways to use the blueberries…pancakes was the first thing that popped into my head. The next morning, I was in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of Blueberry Pancakes! I filled each pancake with blueberries, but could tell I would have to make pancakes 24/7 in oder to use up all the blueberries I had…and that was not an option! So, I started looking for blueberry recipes, something I had never made before…that’s how I stumbled across this recipe for Blueberry Dump Cake. What could be easier than a dump cake, you are literally just dumping ingredients into a baking dish and putting it in the oven. Mama likes! I reviewed the recipe I found and realized I had all the ingredients on hand, well, almost all of them…more on that later!  😉 Here is the recipe:

3 C. Blueberries
1 (20 oz.) Can Pineapple tidbits in juice
1/2 C. Sugar
1 box  Butter Recipe Cake Mix (can use yellow or lemon cake mix)
1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine, melted
1 C. Walnuts or nuts of your choice
Rinse blueberries and place into bottom of a 9 x 13 baking pan.  Pour pineapple tidbits and juice over the blueberries.  Sprinkle with sugar.  Sprinkle cake mix over the fruit mixture. (You can use a spoon to spread it out evenly) Sprinkle walnuts over the dry cake mix.  Drizzle the melted butter over everything.  DO NOT STIR.  Bake in preheated 350* oven for 35 to 40 minutes until top is brown and cake is bubbly. 
I followed the recipe above, Except I did not have Pineapple tidbits on hand & I did not feel like driving to the store to buy them…so I improvised! I knew I needed some liquid to make the dessert, and I knew I had O.J. in the fridge, so that’s what I used! I measured out about 16 oz. of juice and poured it over the blueberries, then I proceeded with the rest of the ingredients. I also did not add walnuts or any other nut to the dish, I wanted Blueberries-period! I was a bit nervous about how it would turn out, but was pleasantly surprised with the finished product! It was fantastic! The family loved it, could not get enough of it and is already asking for more! It tasted nice and sweet and was a good consistency, not runny at all, which is what I was concerned with. Tastes great with ice cream on the side, or by itself-like I had it! 
I hope you will try this Blueberry Dump Cake recipe-it really hits the spot!
Y’all take care & keep on Cooking,
The Cookin’ Mama  🙂