Throw and Awesome #NationalJunkFoodDay Family Fun Night and Win too! |We Got the FUNK

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Throw and Awesome #NationalJunkFoodDay Family Fun Night and Win too!

Disclosure:  I was provided with free samples to facilitate this fun night. 

So last night, I decided to get back in the kitchen and I wanted something super easy to make and I wanted to have a little fun with the kids.  Considering that National Junk Food Day is coming up on July 21st, I decided to celebrate early and let the kids help!

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Our house is pretty barren from my surgery and my kids have been little snack artists, eating all the yogurts, fruit, lunch meat and chips in the house.  So yesterday when I decided to finally get back in the kitchen after surgery, I went into the freezer and the pantry to see what we had and it was a pretty sad sight.  Nothing I had would be quick and easy and so I asked the kids what they wanted.  My little man said he NEEDED nachos.  I felt our spirit animals link and so we took the block and a half walk to our local store and grabbed the entire store. 

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I swear, there was no initial plan to have a junk food day.  I have been so good and about eating, but a week of basically doing nothing and not wanting to cook, makes those cravings of all things junk food happen.  We went into the store, grabbed some ground beef, beans, chips and cheese for our nachos.  Then, the junk food aisles jumped out at us and we decided to go for it and have a family junk food night!

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In the chip aisle we found the TGI Friday snacks and I grabbed all the flavors.  I love these darn potato skin chips so much and the flavors options they had jumped at me.  I had tried the loaded potato, but then I saw that they had Bacon Ranch and Jalapeno Cheddar and I knew those were coming home with us too!

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Of course the cookies were next and I had to introduce my kids to my favorite red velvet sandwich cookie!  We searched the aisle up and down trying to find those soft molasses cookies, but found no success, however my kids grabbed up the oatmeal cookies and I was good with that.  Lastly, the candy aisle hit us hard.  They have these little $1.00 packs that come with 5-6 snack size candies and so we grabbed like 8 packs of those.  Slightly overkill on the candy front, but we never do this, so what the heck, I even grabbed soda and we NEVER have soda in our house. 

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We came home, I made nachos and put out all the snack foods too!  I made sure that my kids had the actual dinner nachos before they jumped into the junk food.  Jump in they did.  Seriously, I had to limit what they put on their plates and tell them that they could only get more junk food if they actually ate their dinner.

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My son went right for the TGI Friday Potato Skins and piled those on his plate.  He sure is his mama's baby, because I did the same thing!  Then he grabbed a couple cookies and a piece of chocolate and went right to the table to dive in.

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The little one followed quickly behind and was super excited to eat all the "yummy foods".  Me too kid, me too!  I tried to have them eat their nachos first, but there was no stopping them from trying those potato skins.  They even put some of the nacho toppings on them and told me that it was the "BEST NACHO EVER"!

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We were laughing and enjoying dinner and seeing who had the best snack plate.  We decided that my plate was the best because it was the biggest!  I agree, plus the food was yummy.  The nachos are so easy to make and only took about 10 minutes to get our junk food dinner on the table.  I just brown some ground beef with cumin, garlic salt and Italian seasoning.  Once browned, I add a can of chili beans and warm them up in a good mixture.  I usually also add some melted cheddar cheese into the meat, but I forgot to grab the liquid cheese at the store.  Once all that is done, I make sure I have my kids favorite toppings ready and mine too.  Usually it is salsa, olives, avocado, cheese and lettuce.  I pile all the toppings onto some fresh and crispy tortilla chips (we love the hint of lime chips) and it is always a hit.

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My junk food plate was piled high and I ate every single bit of it!  So good and so fun.  I tried the bacon ranch potato skins for the first time and the flavor was explosive!  These are a new favorite of mine.  National Junk Food Day in our house came a little early but was totally a great time.  We ended the night with Wreck it Ralph and snuggles.  Just what this healing mama's heart needed.  It was the perfect easy dinner night with some fun thrown in there.  I highly recommend taking some stress off your life and doing a Junk Food Dinner soon.  Your family will love it and you will too!

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