Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Slow-Cooker Fajita Recipe

If you always order the mixed-grill fajitas, it’s time to get your surf ‘n turf on at home!  Thank you Hungry Girl for another awesome recipe…
1/6th of recipe (about 1 cup): 169 calories, 4g total fat (1g sat fat), 617mg sodium, 7g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 3g sugars, 25g protein.  SmartPoints® value 2*

Prep: 20 minutes       Cook: 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low, plus 15 minutes

8 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
8 oz. raw flank steak, cut into strips
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
2 cups sliced red and green bell peppers
2 cups sliced onions
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 cups chicken broth
8 oz. (about 16) raw large shrimp peeled, tails removed, deveined


  • Place chicken and beef in a slow cooker, and season with salt and black pepper.
  • Add peppers, onions, and remaining seasonings. Top with broth, and stir to mix.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 4 hours, or until chicken and beef are fully cooked.
  • If cooking on low heat, increase heat to high.
  • Add shrimp to the slow cooker, and stir to mix.
  • Cover and cook for 15 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through.
  • Serve with a slotted spoon, draining the broth.

MAKES 6 SERVINGS so if you have left overs, freeze them for lunch or dinner another day.6b3ff11aab61425cb826388f06b7e344

Thirty One’s Chill-icious Thermal is perfect for adults and kids.   It’s super easy to carry or clip on a backpack or tote. 10″H x 8″L x 3 3/4″ D.  The best part is it is only $20 plus $7 for personalization.  Keeps food hot or cold.

Hope you have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday – Spaghetti Squash Pizza Pie

unnamedThank you Hungry Girl for another tempting recipe.  I am going to make this one for dinner next week.  Hubby is trying to eat the same as me with all of the limitations so we shall see what the outcome is…

I don’t know about you but I am a HUGE fan of larger portions with small calorie counts. Veggies and lean protein are perfect especially on this new limited eating plan.

I can’t get over a massive hunk has just 211 calories…

Stats: 1/4th of recipe: 211 calories, 5.5g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 709mg sodium, 27g carbs, 6g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 14.5g protein — SmartPoints™ value 3*

Prep: 15 minutes               Cook: 1 hour and 25 minutes                  Cool: 10 minutes


1 spaghetti squash (at least 4 1/2 lbs.)
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 1/4 tsp. onion powder
1 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 1/2 oz. (about 24 slices) turkey pepperoni, chopped
1/2 cup (about 4 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 tbsp. chopped basil


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a large pie pan with nonstick spray.
  • Microwave squash for 6 minutes, or until soft enough to cut. Once cool enough to handle, halve lengthwise; scoop out and discard seeds. Fill a large baking pan with 1/2 inch water and place squash halves in the pan, cut sides down.
  • Bake until tender, about 40 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, bell pepper, and 1/4 tsp. each onion powder and garlic powder. Cook and stir until veggies have slightly softened and lightly browned, about 4 minutes.
  • Remove squash from oven, but leave oven on. Use a fork to scrape out spaghetti squash strands. Place in a strainer to drain excess moisture.
  • Thoroughly blot dry, removing as much moisture as possible. Transfer 5 cups squash strands to a large bowl. (Reserve any extra squash for another time.)
  • Add remaining 1 tsp. each onion powder and garlic powder to the bowl. Add canned crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, pepperoni, egg whites/substitute, and cooked veggies. Mix thoroughly. Transfer mixture to the pie pan and smooth out the surface.
  • Bake until slightly firm, about 25 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with cheese, olives, and basil. Bake until cheese has melted and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.


This is a great pack and go lunch for work (if there are leftovers).  Try one of Thirty One Gifts’ lunch thermals – five choices to fit whatever you take for lunch….


Not sure which one will fit your needs, just ask, I will be happy to help you out….Check out the complete line of thermals at www.partywithHope.com

Can’t wait to hear what you think of this dish.

Have a ThirtyOne-deful day!


Hope Wissel

Lunch Box 101


Happy Tuesday!  Here in the Northeast or at least in NJ, the kids go to school this week.  Some have started their fall season routines.  I remember when Belinda was little, we used to start the “going to bed” routine about a week before school started.  We got earlier and earlier every night until we hit the magical bedtime that would be for the school year. Yes, I was terrible and made her get up early too.  It make the adjustment at least a little bit easier.

The most popular question at party this time of year is about our thermal totes.  Okay, so I may be late on the draw but trust me the conversation will come up again.  How much do they hold?  Which one is best for me?  Is there one for my hubby?

I usually ask people what they typically take for lunch because the type of lunch box depends on the type of foods you pack, how you pack them as well as when and where you eat them.  J.M. Hirch who wrote “Beating the Lunch Box Blues” says that soft sided cooler bags are the way to go!  YEAH!  Thirty One actually has 11 different types of thermals.

There are six options for lunches – The Around the Clock thermal, the lunch break thermal, the picnic thermal (those long shifts), the chill-icious thermal, our new Go To Thermal and the thermal tote.

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Picnic Thermal Tote (1)  The Picnic Thermal is for those LONG days when you will leave the house early in the morning and work right through dinner.  It is a GREAT way to show your team or school spirit since it comes in only solid colors.

picnic thermalA double feature – it will hold two 6-packs of soda or 4 bottles of wine on the weekend.  This is my go to vendor event bag – it not only keeps my food cold but I can pack those tall bottles of water and know that everything I need will be right there.

party to go Talk about multiple uses for our thermal totes.  A local Scentsy rep found that this was a great way to store her “party 2 go”.  The thermal helps to keep her product safe during the hot summer months.  The thermal tote has been a staple in Thirty One‘s line for many years.  It is the perfect size for toddlers to take to pre-school with their snacks and have plenty of room for a few extras.  This works well for school-age children up to high school (just my opinion).  Once the kids get older, they start to carry larger bottles of water, more containers as well as more options.

11826023_10205027214303199_210412022777242574_nThe Around the Clock Thermal is the one that my hubby takes to work.  Working 2nd shift he has his dinner and snacks plus a few extras with him.

8542580A0000The NEW Go To Thermal is the perfect for the kids.  Don’t cry over spilled milk in your thermal! Spills and stains are no match for this wipeable, machine-washable thermal sized for work, school or playdate snacks.

Time to wrap things up…I know you thought lunch boxes were a basic decision but if you want one to last and meet your needs, it takes some thought.  While you are at it, why not have it serve several purposes to save some money in your budget for other things.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

Hope Wissel

Back to School: Backpacks and Thermals

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I think it is safe to now talk about those dreaded words for kids…. “back to school”.

I know some of the kids have been back to school for a little while BUT here in Jersey, it is always after Labor Day. The smell of pencils, paper, crayons, the excitement of a new backpack (or Trapper Keeper!)…remember those days? Or did you dread going back to school?

I want to share two options for back to school – the first is a cinch sac from Thirty One Gifts.  I know, based on what the kids have to carry back and forth to school, this may not be the best solution BUT….it is great for the younger kids AND for those smelly gym clothes.13912344_10101822516579273_6476467343845494805_n

Now, for those adults (and kids) who need clear bags…. I want to share “stadium bags” designed by my friend, Dori DeCarlo.  Check them out….13901412_1175911629097041_4989520814235758469_n

Now, for thermal totes, you know that Thirty One has the BEST!  Yes, I am a little bit partial!

8542580A0000  The NEW hot ticket is the Go To Thermal .  The best part is that it is machine washable.  Yes, you can toss it in the washer to get rid of the smells and keep it fresh.

8415040A The Chill-icious is a great size for kids.  I love that the handle is a clip on so it can attach to the book bag without taking up space inside.

3000565A0000 The thermal tote is a classic favorite.  Whether you need to keep your food cool or warm, it does the job. Great for school or work lunch, or for taking to a ballgame. Also great as a baby bag to keep bottles cold.

What is your favorite thing to pack for the kids (or you) for lunch?  I need some fresh ideas.  Share your tips.

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!


Travel Tips

Traveling with Kids


Summer will be quickly upon us and for many that means VACATION!!!!  Whether it is a day trip or a road trip. Whether it is a 1 hour ride or a 12 hour ride; keeping the kids busy and happy can always a challenge.  Belinda always used to fall asleep on long rides so we didn’t hear a lot of the “are we there yet?”.  She was just like me – I was (and still am) asleep about an hour into riding as a passenger on a long trip. Belinda loved staying at hotels as long as they had a pool and room service but what kid doesn’t, right?

Traveling can be tough on kids, which makes it tough on parents.  So here are some tips to help while on the road or when you arrive at the hotel.

Snacks. Picking on snacks and road trips seem to go hand and hand in our family.  I can remember snack bags being packed even as a child when we were on the road.  Bring the ones your tot likes at home it will save some money, and have some healthy options, and eliminate LOTS of food stops.  Let each child have their own bag filled with snacks


Activities:  Whether you are on the road or in the hotel, you want to have some of your children’s favorite toys or movies (within reason). Give your kids something familiar to play with by letting them choose a favorite toy to bring along.  Let them pack their own activity bag:

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I love this suggestion from one of my readers….


Now, you arrive at the hotel – for some kids (not mine) it can be hard to get comfortable. But there are lots of ways to bring a bit of home with you – without bringing your whole house along – that will help your kid feel more at ease and get a better night’s sleep.

Bedding:  Wouldn’t you sleep better with your own pillow or a blanket? For kids who crave consistency and routine, these homey touches can make a bland hotel room much more appealing.

Bedtime routine is usually tossed out the window when we travel, right?  But taking the time to read a book, or sing a song, or whatever your child loves to do before drifting off to sleep will help.

Bring their favorite sleep item. Belinda has puppy.  Puppy went on every trip from the tip she was 2. In fact, puppy traveled to college and if I were to ask her now that she is married where puppy is, I am sure he has a special spot in her home.  Make sure you bring that something special that comforts them at night.

What do you bring with you to help your kids feel at home on the road? Share in the comments.