Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shirley J Cooking Made Easy Review & {GIVEAWAY!}

I am not much of a cook, but my husband is a big eater and loves a home cooked meal. I try to provide, but if I can find a short-cut, I'll take it. I was so happy when a representative at Shirley J contacted me. Their products give you a short-cut that doesn't taste like a short-cut, in fact, everything I have made using their products are really yummy!
I received the Shirley J Universal Sauce. It is such a great idea, seriously. Here is a bit from their site that perfectly describes the brilliance,
"Shirley J Universal Sauce is a just-add-water cream sauce that makes for Alfredo, gravy, soups, sauces, dips and delights. It can be seasoned, salted and garnished, or mixed with cheese, tomatoes and veggies—for starters. Shirley J Universal Sauce never separates, lumps or curdles, providing a no-fail base for countless saucy servings."
My family loves anything Mexican. My son loves to dip. We devoured almost an entire pot of this delicious queso dip in one night. Lucky for me, it only took about 5 minutes to make and tasted like it came from a restaurant. I was really impressed that the dip stayed creamy instead of thickening or clumping. Even when I pulled out our little bit of leftovers the next day, it was still a smooth cheese dip and warmed up to taste completely fresh.

Shirley J Queso:

1 lb. Velveeta cheese, microwaved until soft
1 cup Shirley J Universal Sauce
3 Cups water
2 cups pico de gallo
1 cup Jalapenos, finely diced

1. Mix Shirley J Universal Sauce with water. Blend with wire whisk. Bring to a boil.
2. Add microwaved cheese to mixture.
3. Add pice de gallo and jalapenos and stir.
4. Continue to heat on lower setting until desired consistency is reached.
5. Serve over nacho chips or use as dip.

We just recently cut red dyes out of my son's diet. I didn't really want to have to say goodbye to Kraft macaroni only because it was so easy, but I knew I had to commit 100%. I was pretty thrilled to find Shirley J had a recipe for homemade macaroni and cheese using their Universal Sauce. Best of all, it only took a few minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven. Approve-by me and my macaroni and cheese loving toddler.
I also received the Shirley J Chicken Bouillon. Perfect for an insane amount of recipes.
I used the Universal Sauce and the Chicken Bouillon to make these delicious chicken enchiladas. They were so creamy and full of flavor. My whole family loved them!
The Universal Sauce has definitely made my life much easier when it comes to cooking. It is something I will insist in always having in my kitchen from now on.
From Shirley J:
Shirley J has just partnered with Soldiers' Angels, a non-profit organization that benefits our servicemen, women and soldiers, to provide Americans with the opportunity to purchase online and send cooking products and ingredients to troops serving abroad, including those who Americans don't know personally. Our products are just-add-water and yield hundreds of recipes, qualifying them as ideal for soldiers' conditions and us as a perfect partner for Soldiers' Angels.
Or have product sent here where Soldiers' Angels will assemble larger care packages and take care of shipping to Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.:
Soldiers' Angels
4408 N PanAm Exprwy
San Antonio, TX 78218
Shirley J has generously offered one of our very lucky readers a 4 lb. bag of Universal Sauce.

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