Restaurant Shout Out – AZ BBQ Co

Oh, my, I very rarely come home and put what was on my to do list aside to put together a quick blog post because if you blog you know there is no such thing as building a quick post without formatting pictures, finding links and liking businesses or people on facebook.  But with all that said, it is worth the effort to share this place with my friends, family and community that are within driving distance to Gilbert, AZ on Ray Rd and Val Vista Rd. (Note – this is not a sponsored post and I’m receiving no compensation to share my opinion.)

Lately, we have been going out in our backyard and smelling this wonderful aroma – almost like Jeff has meat on our home smoker.  Then we discovered that a new bbq place was around the corner from us tucked behind where I get my tires checked.

Today we decided to check it out and I think it’s the best bbq I’ve ever had – except for yours, Jeff.

I learned that they’ve been open for 17 weeks, that one of the owners, Tim, is helpful in a friendly way (I believe the other owner was in the back cooking up yumminess).  Other information on the restaurant can be found HERE

The atmosphere is very casual – walk in – grab a menu – order at the register – get your drink, silverware and sauces. Sit down.  They call your name and you go to the pick-up counter to grab your food.  Then you Enjoy.

Here are a few pictures we snapped while there to tantalize you.  Picture up top is what Jeff ordered – the Superstition Combo – pulled pork, ribs and brisket, tortillas, potato wedges and ranchero beans.  This is a lot of food and my husband is currently in a food coma.

I had the taco combo – one was beef brisket, the other was smoked chicken with an amazing avocado cream sauce.  The ranchero beans were tender and favorable without being spicy.

Let’s talk sauces – there are 6 and they are all kept warm and ready for you to fill up little containers.  I was surprised how much I liked the green chili sauce.

This sign has such interesting facts – my favorites:  that AZ allowed women to vote 8 years before national suffrage and that our state motto means God Enriches.

If you decide to give this place a try, let me know what you think and mention to them that Debbie from Deliciously Inspired did her part to get the word out to the community.

I know this is going to be a new family favorite of our.  Sorry Famous Dave’s BBQ.

 

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No Noodle Lasagna

Here is a way to lower carbs, add in vegetables and create a gluten free lasagna  – take the noodles out and exchange for sliced butternut squash.  This recipe came about when I purchased butternut squash instead of spaghetti squash.  Once again I put into practice thinking outside of a recipe idea and utilized what I had on hand.  In the end I was happy with the results;  Jeff said he would eat it again and so it made the cut for the site.

No Noodle Lasagna
Lowering the carbs by removing the noodles and replacing with sliced butternut squash
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Ingredients
  1. 2 medium cooked butternut squash, cut in slices
  2. 1 lb ground turkey
  3. 1 jar Spaghetti or Marinara Sauce
  4. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  5. 1 tsp ground oregano
  6. 2 cups of shredded mozarella cheese
  7. 1/3 cup of parmesan shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Using the oven, Instant Pot or crock pot cook squash (See cooking instructions below.) Let cool. Peel. Use the long end and slice in 1/4" slices. (Save the hollow end for another recipe). Place in layers on paper towel to absorb moisture)
  2. Brown ground turkey. Add in sauce, cinnamon and oregano and combine. I know the cinnamon seems odd but it tastes good.
  3. Preheat over to 375 degrees.
  4. Spray small casserole with olive oil spray (if using a 9X12 pan - this recipe should be doubled). Also spray a piece of aluminum foil that will cover your pan. This will help the cheese not stick during baking.
  5. Putting lasagna together - Use all ingredients except parmesan cheese. There are three different layers: the saucy meat, the squash slices and the mozarella cheese.
  6. Place a layer of the saucy meat, then the squash, then half of the mozarella cheese. Repeat.
  7. Cover with foil and place in oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Change oven to broil.
  9. Uncover the lasagna and sprinkle parmasan cheese on top. Place under the broiler. Watch carefully as the top of the lasagna browns - this usually takes less than 5 minutes.
  10. Now the hard part: Take out of the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes before cutting.
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I used to make my own sauce all the time but there are some good pasta sauces out there that can save on effort and time.  Costco carries a good organic sauce.  The one pictured above is from Sprouts and is very good but not organic.

Regarding the butternut squash – here are some resources on how to cook ahead of time.  You could try slicing and putting in the lasagna without cooking but I would be concerned about the moisture from the vegetable making the casserole soggy.  Packaged and in the refrigerator for another dinner later in the week – an egg roll stuffing mixture.   

Cooking butternut squash in Oven – Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.   Cut squash in half lengthwise,  Using a spoon scrap out seeds.  Place butternut squash halves on a large baking sheet flesh side up. Brush the flesh side of each squash with a little olive oil.  Roast 50 to 60 minutes, until flesh is fork-tender. 

Cooking butternut squash in Crock Pot

Cooking butternut squash in Instant Pot

Dinner is Served

Please let me know if you have any questions or I need to provide more clarification.

 

 

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Picture Makeover for Holidays

I am constantly looking for ideas that provide functionality and decor options as we continue to settle into our smaller home. 

I’ve wanted something to put over the buffet that had a Christmas theme but haven’t come across the print, size or dollar amount I wanted.   Plus I didn’t want another picture to store.  Then  I got the idea of covering the existing picture that hangs in this area with holiday gift wrap to provide a blank slate.  I’m pretty happy with how this project came out.


This is the picture I removed from the wall.


I used a good quality wrapping paper and blue painters tape to adhere.


My goal was to be able to use the bow and letters over each year and also not damage the picture  underneath.  Using a piece of jute in the corner (I glued with a bit of hot glue on each end) allowed me to tie the bow onto the jute instead of gluing the bow directly onto the paper.


I purchased 3 wood letters from Hobby Lobby and a $1.99 bottle of red chalk paint.  

Two coats of red, then a clear wax and finally a dark wax layer and they were ready to be adhered.  


I chose this product to adhere the letters to the paper.  They worked great.


Bow and letters attached.

Why I love this idea?

  • The roll of wrapping paper can be used for many years to come.
  • The only storage will be the bow and letters.
  • The motif can be easily changed up,
  • JOY – Jesus Only You is perfect to sit above the manger scene I’ve had since childhood.
  • It’s easy and fast.
  • Can be used for other holidays
  • It’s frugal.
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