Hey guys! I’m so excited to be partnering with Kroger and a few of my favorite bloggers this month on their new “1 Little Victory” campaign. As you may know a few years ago I lost 30 pounds. You can read the full story here. But basically, I knew I couldn’t make a drastic change if I wanted to be able to last more than a day. I made small, doable changes that I could easily incorporate into my daily life. I cut down on calories and made healthier versions of my favorite recipes.

This month I’ll be showing you how I took my favorite recipes and made one small ingredient swap for a better-for-you version. And you can totally do this too with your favorite recipes. One small change is one little victory towards healthy eating.

This is the first of three posts this month where I’ll be sharing easy dinner ideas for the week and Instant Skinny Swaps to make them healthier. You can find all these products at your local Kroger affiliate store.

 

Kroger-Mozzarella

2% Cheese

Swap full-fat shredded cheese for low fat, part-skim, or 2% versions. You can try this in two of my favorite recipes below:

 

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

 

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas

Cheesy Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Quesadillas

 

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Ground Turkey

Replace ground beef with ground turkey. It has so much less fat and calories! I will admit it took me longer than most to try ground turkey. I was afraid it would not taste as good. But when incorporated into a cheesy, saucy pasta, you will never even notice. Try it in two of my favorite pasta recipes below! They will make you a believer. ;)

15 Minute Lasagna

15 Minute Lasagna

 

Cheeseburger Macaroni

Cheeseburger Macaroni

 

Kroger-Greek-Cream-Cheese

Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese

Try using Greek yogurt cream cheese instead of regular cream cheese. It’s creamier, has more protein, and less sugar. Win win! You can do this in one of my all time favorite enchilada recipes below.

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

 

The Giveaway

To celebrate Little Victories, Kroger is giving away 3 HUGE prizes to help you stay on track in the new year.

1 Grand Prize Winner will receive (ARV: $1,500)

  • $1,000 Kroger gift card
  • $500 in kitchen products including:
    • $250 Kitchen Aid Mixer
    • $50 Magic Bullet
    • $200 in cookware (i.e., pots and pans)

2 runner-up winners will receive $500 Kroger Gift Cards (Good at any Kroger affiliate store like Fred Meyer, Smith’s, etc)

 

How to Enter

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you don’t see the widget above, you can also enter here and here.

Good luck! What’s your favorite Instant Skinny Swap?


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Happy New Year!!! So excited for 2015!! On Monday I shared our 20 Most Popular Recipes of 2014. Today I’m sharing our 10 Most Popular Tutorials. These were the most viewed pages on our site in 2014. If you’re new to Kevin & Amanda, this post is a great way to familiarize yourself with our greatest hits. :)

Counting down from #10…

 

What settings to use for silhouette pictures!

10. How to take Silhouette Photos

This tutorial will help you get the perfect settings for silhouette photos. And as a bonus, you can do this on your camera OR an iPhone!! :)

 

DSLR Photography: What Settings Should I Use?

9. What Settings Should I Use?

Whether you want a soft, blurry background or everything in focus, if you want to capture action or night shots, this tutorial is a great basic overview that shows you what settings to use for different results. Also be sure to check out part 2 of this tutorial, What Settings Should I Use? Part 2.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Organization

8. Kitchen Cabinet Organization

Great ideas for pots & pans storage! And where to buy cheap kitchen cabinet organizers so everything is easy to reach, and you don’t have to take everything out of the cabinet to just get one pan. Also check out how we organize our pots and pans in our new house: Kitchen Cabinet Pots and Pans Organization

 

Best Camera Apps for iPhone and Android

7. My Favorite Camera Apps for iPhone and Android

These are my favorite, most-used camera apps. This posts shows you how I use each one.

 

Before and After Weight Loss Photos

6. My Weight Loss Story

How I lost 30 pounds without any crazy diets or joining a gym. It was very important to me that I find a plan that:

  • I could do at home
  • Would not cost me any money
  • Kevin could eat (and would enjoy) the same food I was making for myself

This is how I did it and what I ate.

 

What Lens Should I Get?

5. What Lens Should I Choose?

If you’re thinking of buying a new lens, this tutorial will help you figure out the right lens for your needs — and what all those numbers mean!

 

How to Get Tack-Sharp Action Photos in Five Easy Steps

4. How to Take Tack-Sharp Action Photos

Start getting more photos in focus in just 5 easy steps. This tutorial shows you the best settings to use to get action photos sharp and in focus every single time.

 

How to See If Your Photos Are Being Used on Another Site -- A Reverse Image Search Tutorial

3. How to See If Your Photos Are Being Used on Another Site

If you’ve ever uploaded a photo of yourself or your child online, you need this tutorial. Make sure someone isn’t using that photo without your permission.

 

DIY Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer 8 month update

2. DIY Kitchen Utensil Drawer Organizer

This is one of my favorite tutorials!! I LOVE my custom DIY wooden drawer organizers, and I’m still using them over 14 months later. There’s even an 8-month update in the comments section of how well they have held up and how organized everything still is. Everything has a place and everything goes back in it’s place. They are still going strong and cost less than $10 to make!

And finally, our most popular tutorial of the year comes in at no surprise…. :)

 

This is the ultimate guide to learning how to use your first DSLR.

1. A Quick Guide to Understanding Your DSLR Camera

Did you get a new camera for Christmas? This is THE ultimate guide to learning how to use your first DSLR! This is a must-read for any DSLR owner. One user said this should be included with every purchase of a new DSLR! :) And you can read it for free, here.

And if you like photography tutorials, here are all of our tutorials in one place:

Kevin & Amanda Photography Tutorials

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Thank you so much for reading Kevin & Amanda this year. Do you have a tutorial request?? Please let me know in the comments! I always love getting requests. :) I got several comments about how much you guys enjoyed the video tutorials this year, so let me know what you would like to see next. :)

Hope 2015 is your best year yet!! :)

xoxo,
Amanda :)


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Happy Holidays, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! :) What a great year 2014 has been. To celebrate, I wanted to share a round-up of our most popular recipes in 2014. These tried-and-true favorites were our Most Viewed recipes in 2014. If you’re new to our site, this post is a great way to familiarize yourself with our greatest hits! :)

Counting down from #20…

Tried and true favorites! The Top 20 Most Popular Recipes pf 2014.

LOVE this Ham & Cheese Gnocchi!! It's kinda like a dreamy baked mac and cheese, but way more grown up and a MILLION times more decadent. Plus it all cooks in one skillet and can be made in 15 mins or less. AMAZING delicious easy dinner!!

20. Ham & Cheese Gnocchi

This recipe is PERFECT if you have any leftover ham from Christmas! And if you don’t have any, it’s worth running out to the store right now to get some. Gnocchi are soft, fluffy, potato dumplings. Mixed in a creamy, cheesy sauce with crispy ham, this one-dish dinner is like grown-up, ultra decadent mac and cheese. Plus you can make it in 15 minutes or less! Make this ASAP.

The best chicken pasta recipe on Pinterest!!

19. Grilled Chicken Pasta

This is one of the very first recipes I ever shared on this site, posted almost 7 years ago!! It still continues to be one of my favorites to make for dinner. The sauce is to die for!

The best creamy white chicken enchilada recipe on Pinterest ever!!

18. Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

These enchiladas are another one of my very first recipes. The creamy white sauce combined with the crispy, bubbly tortillas still make them my favorite enchiladas of all time.

The secret to doctoring up a cake mix so it is the BEST cake you've ever had!

17. The Best Chocolate Cake

I posted this chocolate cake recipe over 6 years ago, and year after year it is consistently within the top 10 most viewed posts on my entire site. It is a huge hit!

Cheesy Sausage Tortellini. One of the most popular recipes on Pinterest in 2014! Such a quick and easy dinner.

16. Cheesy Sausage Tortellini

This cheesy, warm, and comforting pasta dish is one of those throw-together meals that is so easy and SO good. Everything’s cooked in one pot (even the tortellini!) and it’s ready in under 30 minutes. I first shared it in March of 2013. Last year it was our 20th most popular recipe. This year it moved up to #16. I can definitely see why it’s so popular! :)

The most popular cinnamon bun recipe on Pinterest in 2014!!!

15. Baby Cinnamon Buns

I cannot even tell you guys how much I love these Cinnamon Buns. I’m glad to see them on the list again (they were #15 last year too!), because they are definitely at the top of my list. They are our Christmas morning tradition. They’re decadently soft, ultra gooey, and perfectly sweet. Plus they have a secret shortcut. Treat yourself to these cinnamon buns ASAP!!

Oreo Brownies Recipe

14. Oreo Brownies

These brownies are insanely gooey, soft, and fudgy. There’s cookies and cream ice cream IN the batter!! The addition of whole Oreos in the middle sends them over the top.

Dutch Butter Cake. This tastes JUST like what we had in Amsterdam. Only 4 ingredients, and everyone always raves over it!! #recipe

13. Dutch Butter Cake

This is a recipe I shared just a few months ago after a weekend in Amsterdam. It tastes just like what we had there! It only calls for 4 ingredients and everyone always raves over this decadent cake!

Brownie Batter Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with outrageously rich chocolate frosting

12. Brownie Batter Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes

These cupcakes are outrageously sinful and super fun!! The secret is there’s brownie batter right in the cupcake. Make these the next time you need a special cupcake! :)

The BEST homemade ice cream recipe ever. Only TWO ingredients and you DON'T need an ice cream maker!!!

11. Easy Homemade Ice Cream without a Machine

This is the best homemade ice cream ever because you can make it with just two ingredients and you don’t even need an ice cream maker. Just a freezer! It’s decadently creamy like you wouldn’t believe, AND you can add any mix-ins and toppings you desire. This would be perfect for an ice cream party!

Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars. The most amazing dessert you can bring to a potluck ever. 4 Layers of Shortbread, Salted Caramel Sauce, Cookie Dough, and homemade Chocolate Ganache.

10. Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars

Coming in at #10 on our list are these completely over-the-top Cookie Dough Billionaire Bars. I share a lot of treats with friends, family, neighbors, and Kevin’s co-workers, but everyone always says this is their favorite thing I have ever made. If you haven’t tried them, put them on your list ASAP!! :)

Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice. It's like cheesy broccoli soup, but better!

9. Cheesy Chicken Bacon Broccoli and Rice

We’re in the home stretch now! This is another one of our favorite weeknight dinners. It’s like a creamy, cheesy broccoli soup with chicken, bacon, and spicy tomatoes. You can’t go wrong with that combo!! :)

Dinner in 30 minutes: 4-Ingredient Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

8. Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

SO glad to see these Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas on the list this year! This is a new recipe I posted back in February, but I have to say, they are probably my second favorite enchiladas of all time. I make these ALL the time!! Because they only have 4 ingredients (and are a little healthier), I make them way more often than the other enchiladas on this list. I could eat these every single night.

The most popular pasta recipe on Pinterest!!

7. Crispy Shrimp Pasta

This decadent Crispy Shrimp Pasta is so delicious and so easy to make. It’s one of Kevin’s all time favorite dinners. It totally deserves it’s #7 spot this year!

Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Pie with an Oreo Cookie Crust. Only 5 ingredients!! This is the perfect dessert for company, because you can make it the night before and it's still just as good the next day -- and you're not messing up the kitchen!

6. Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Oreo Pie

This is a recipe I posted just last month, and it almost immediately shot up to one of THE most popular recipes of all time on our entire site! With just 5 ingredients, it’s easy to see why this incredible pie is so popular!! :)

Cookie Oreo Brownies Recipe

5. Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie n’ Oreo Fudge Brownie Bar

We’ve made it to the top 5 most popular recipes on Kevin & Amanda! Coming in at #5 is our famous Cookie Oreo Brownie bar. These brownies are definitely one of the most popular recipes on our entire site. When I dreamed up these brownies, I hadn’t seen them anywhere else before. I knew they were a winner, but could’ve never dreamed how popular they would become! Since then I’ve seen this idea taken all over the internet. There’s another blogger who gave them a creative name and gets way more credit for them than I do. However, it’s always a compliment when people really like an idea you created.

4-ingredient Easy Breakfast Casserole. The perfect breakfast for dinner! Or make ahead the night before and bake it in the morning.

4. Breakfast Casserole

Another one of the first recipes I ever posted, almost 7 years ago. And it comes in at #4! This fabulous 4-ingredient recipe is still going strong. The perfect breakfast for dinner!! :)

The most popular pulled pork recipe on Pinterest!

3. Perfect Pulled Pork

This recipe is a staple in our house. It’s probably Kevin’s number one favorite thing I make. It’s always a huge hit, and it comes out perfect every single time. It always gets requested at get-togethers! It’s delicious and versatile. You can make it for Christmas dinner or a backyard BBQ. Your family will be fighting over the leftovers — if there are any! ;)

Texas gold only 5 ingredients (yellow cake mix, eggs, cream cheese, butter, & powdered sugar) & is super easy to make.

2. Chess Squares

These phenomenal bars have been pinned over a million times on Pinterest. They go by many different names: Texas Gold, Neiman Marcus Brownies, and Gooey Butter Cake just to name a few. These bars have been favorite of mine for years. I used to make them in college to impress boys. But I almost didn’t even post this recipe on my site! Click the photo above to read why.

The #1 most popular recipe on Pinterest in 2014!! Spicy Sausage Pasta

1. Spicy Sausage Pasta

And finally the number one most popular recipe of 2014 is Spicy Sausage Pasta! Not surprised by this one at all! This recipe gets triple the amount of page views of any other recipe on our entire site. It’s definitely one of our favorite go-to dinners. I’ve made it more times than I can count. Everything’s cooked in one pot (you don’t even have to boil the noodles first) and it’s done in less than 30 minutes. It’s perfect for those “what am I going to make for dinner??” nights.

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Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me! Did any of your favorites get left off the list? Later this week I’ll be posting our Top 10 Most Popular Tutorials! Stay tuned! :)

Most Popular Recipes of 2013
Most Popular Recipes of 2012

Before I go, I just want you guys to know I am so grateful for each and every one of you who take the time to read my blog. I have loved every second of sharing it with you.

I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings. Happy New Year!


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