How do you plan Grocery Shopping? – Tamale Dumpling Soup

Grocery shop


How do you plan for grocery shopping?

What’s your first thought? Dread or excitement? Do you have a certain day? Once a week, multiple times a week? Do you arm yourself with a list and coupons ready to tackle the store? Or do you just wing it and hope for the best?

We keep a list and don’t hate me, but my husband does 90% of the shopping on Sunday afternoon. I secretly think he does this so he can bring home things not on the list, like sugar cereal and pepperoni sticks.

I love this free printable grocery list I found on The Project Girl

I always place a few staples like beans, tomato sauce, olives etc…so I have them on hand for last minute recipe plans………like the one I did tonight!

I got to make up another fun recipe using VELVEETA® and Ro*Tel®! as part of their Weeknight Wow Sweepstakes($1000 given away each week, and one grand prize winner of $15000!)

I don’t know who was more excited….me or my son? You can thank me later, but after hearing what he wanted to throw together, I suddenly decided to offer him unlimited video game playing for the afternoon. Even at 13, it’s all about distraction. I didn’t want to squash his creative side, but trust me…marshmallows, VELVEETA® and Ro*Tel® didn’t sound too appetizing.

I thought I’d combine the idea of Chicken N’ Dumplings, Tamale Pie and Taco Soup. It turned out delicious! Everyone was pleased and ate their dinner.

(sorry about the poor quality photo……my fancy pants camera battery died….I had to use my phone)

After a few minutes I had enough juice to take a better shot

Tamale Dumpling Soup

  • 32oz Chicken stock
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can olive 3.8oz
  • 1 can re-fried beans 16oz
  • 1 can RO*TEL®
  • 12 oz VELVEETA®
  • 1 can pinto beans 15oz
  • 1 can tomato sauce 15oz
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt

In dutch oven or large pot, brown ground turkey with spices and garlic. Add chicken stock with everything except re-fried beans and VELVEETA®. Bring to a boil. Add VELVEETA® and re-fried beans. Stir until blended. Add dumplings.


  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 to 2 cups baking mix until thickened

Drop gently into soup in large spoonfuls along the edge and one in the middle. Don’t worry if they sink. Cover and keep on low heat for 20 min. Serves 6.

I can guarantee this taste better than what my son was planning.

I still want to know……How do you plan for Grocery shopping? (I plan for my husband to do it.) :)

VELVEETA® and RO*TEL® are hosting an amazing sweepstakes to encourage simple, easy weeknight family meals and entertainment ideas. Winners will be picked each week, and the more points you collect the more chances you have of winning! Grand prize winner will receive $15,000!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of VELVEETA/RO*TEL. The opinions and text are all mine.



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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





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