Yum! Rice Krispy Baked Chicken

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

Growing up, whenever my mom needed a super quick and easy meal to make for dinner, she would often make Rice Krispy baked chicken, a dinner that everyone always enjoyed. This recipe came from my mom’s grandma, who was very big on making meals that were nutritious, and filling, but still quick and easy. This recipe only requires 6 simple ingredients and only takes a little more than an hour to make.

Image by Open Clip Art via pixaby


  • 8-10 pieces of chicken
  • 1 Cup Rice Krispies Cereal
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt


  1. Rinse chicken pieces and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Crush Rice Krispies into crumbs (Putting in a Ziploc bag and rolling with a rolling pin or hitting with a meat mallet works very well).
  3. Mix oil, salt, pepper, and Lawry’s salt in a small bowl.
  4. Coat chicken pieces in the oil mixture and then roll in Rice Krispy crumbs.
  5. Place coated chicken pieces on a foil lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.


A fun twist that my mom has done occasionally is to substitute other seasonings for the Lawry’s seasoned salt. One that my family really enjoys is Cajun seasoning, as we are big fans of spicy food, and that seasoning gives the chicken a nice little kick!

This dish pairs really well with a vegetable side such as steamed green beans, or mashed potatoes.

For other side ideas, check out these recipes on the Fill Your Plate website!

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Tips For Budget-Friendly Halloween Costumes


Sometimes, homemade costumes are more fun. (photo credit: BigStockPhoto.com)

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

Let’s be honest. Buying new Halloween costumes every year because your kids have either outgrown their old ones or refuse to be seen in the same one as last year can get pricey.

Especially if you have multiple kids. Here are some tips on how to satisfy your kiddo’s desire for new costumes while making it easier on your wallet!

Go thrifting.

Often, you can find used costumes that people have donated after Halloween each year and only for a fraction of the cost of new costumes. Or you can be original and find unique pieces and create your own costume! You can even donate the costumes your kids have outgrown to help out the next bargain hunter!

Hand them down.

If you have multiple kids that are different ages and sizes, you can pass down the big kids’ costumes to the younger and smaller kids. That way, you can reduce the number of new costumes you need to buy and that costume from last year gets to be used more than once!

Create one from home.

This method was a favorite in my family because it required us to be creative and think outside the box. Dig through closets, raid the craft supplies, or go to the fabric store and DIY your way to an awesome costume! One year, my three brothers and I were able to recreate 4 characters from the movie Wreck-It-Ralph using only clothes and craft supplies we had at home!

For more Halloween costume ideas, check out this article from the Fill Your Plate blog!

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Getting a Head Start on the Holidays!

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

Temperatures are dropping and the leaves on some trees are beginning to fall as we are entering the holiday season. Usually, this season is incredibly enjoyable and festive! But it does come with its fair share of stress, especially as we make plans and preparations for all the parties, hunt for and purchase gifts, and entertain guests. Getting a head start on the holidays can help to alleviate some of that stress and give you more time to spend enjoying friends, family, and the festivities of the season.

Here are some tips on how to get ahead of the game this holiday season!

Make lists

Making lists isn’t just for Santa! Writing lists is a great way to organize your thoughts and plans for the upcoming holiday season. Making lists of gift ideas, menus, to-dos, guest lists, and décor to buy is a great way to start off your preparations. It will get you thinking in the right direction and help to make sure you don’t forget anything later on.

Buy gifts early

It is never too early to begin thinking about what you might be giving as gifts this year. Keeping an eye out for gifts ahead of time means that you won’t have to shop during the holiday rush. So goodbye delayed shipping dates, long checkout lines, and out-of-stock items!

Bake treats ahead of time and freeze

Certain baked goods that you make during the holidays are best made fresh. But there are others that taste just as good thawed from the freezer. Items such as cookies, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, etc. can be made ahead of time and frozen, and then thawed prior to serving. Or you can even just freeze the dough and then bake them at a later date!

Designate a gift closet

As you buy gifts, it’s good to have a single place to hide them. That way you don’t do what my mom did and forget where she hid some gifts until the next Christmas rolled around and she found them by accident! An empty closet or cabinet is great for keeping gifts hidden away, and it’s also great for keeping a stash of extra gift items for those last-minute hostess gifts, or unexpected guest gifts.

Plan parties early

Decide a month or so in advance the date, location, time, and menu of your party, as well as who you will be inviting. Also, purchase the necessary items early as well. This will alleviate a lot of stress as the party date nears, because you will have already had everything figured out, leaving you with only the cleaning, food making, and decorating.

Doing some of your holiday prep early can help you to have a less stressful holiday season that lets you spend more of your time with friends and family.

For more holiday articles, check out the Fill Your Plate blog!

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Fill Your Plate’s Collection of Fall Articles

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



In need of some fall inspiration? Look no further! Fill Your Plate has got you covered for all things autumn! Look through our articles from over the years below to find ideas for decorations, activities, Halloween costumes, and more!


Halloween Candy Cookie Recipes

Easy Homemade Halloween Kids Costumes

Halloween Crafts To Do With Your Kids (And By Yourself Too)

Spooky Halloween Treats

Arizona’s Fall Festivals (2020)

5 Tips for Haunting Your House this Halloween

How to Have a Healthier Halloween

Host a Frighteningly Fun Halloween Party

Celebrate Halloween with Arizona-Grown Pumpkins & Trick or Treating Party at Bashas’

Halloween for Foodies! (If you dare!)

History of The Day of the Dead (El Día De Los Muertos)

The Ultimate Fall To-Do List: 50 Activities for Friends and Family

10 Different Ways to Decorate Pumpkins

Fall Activities in Arizona

Everything About Pumpkins

The Switch Witch: How to maintain healthy habits during the season of tricks and treats

City Kids Go Country… at Mortimer Family Farms

49 Things to Do with Pumpkins

Where to get a Scare!

Butternut Squash Soup

Carving Pumpkins? Bake Those Seeds!

Fall Salad

My 5 All-time Favorite Fall Homemade Soup Recipes

Mini Pear Pies: A New Fall Favorite

5 Easy Do-It-Yourself Fall Decorations

6 Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Home this Fall

Our Top 7 Fall Comfort Foods on Fill Your Plate

What’s in Season in Arizona This Fall?

Fall into Autumn with Specialty Soup and Stew Recipes

Falling for Traditional Foods with a Twist

10 Fun Facts about Candy Apples

Fun Facts About Candy


Find more seasonal articles on Fill Your Plate’s blog!


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Healthy Snacks to Take on the Road

By Heide Kennedy, Arizona Farm Bureau Communications Intern

My family and I have gone on numerous road trips over the years, and one of the things that we always make sure to have stashed in the car is a wide variety of snacks because I have three younger brothers and let me tell you, they eat A LOT. Unfortunately, however, most of the convenient, prepackaged snack foods available at gas stations and in the snack food aisles of the grocery store are carb and sugar loaded, which don’t keep them feeling full and satisfied for long. Luckily, there are other snack options that are much healthier and more satisfying.

Oftentimes, eating healthy is thrown out the window when traveling, because of how convenient fast food and prepackaged snacks are. But, with the right mindset and proper planning, maintaining your healthy eating habits on the road is entirely possible. In an interview with KADN-TV,  Daphne Olivier, the Unconventional Dietician said that it all comes down to your mindset before you leave on your trip. If you want to maintain your healthy eating habits while you are away, you have to make eating well a priority and be willing to take those few extra steps to find and prepare those healthier snacks.

Daphne also gave some ideas on healthy snack foods that travel well. She said that overall, she would advise that people look for whole, real foods that have been minimally processed. Sadly, that means that a Snickers bar and a bag of potato chips don’t make the cut. Some of the healthy snack food items that she suggested include:

  • Beef jerky or other meat sticks
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dried vegetable chips
  • Fresh fruit
  • Dried fruit
  • Fresh vegetables

While finding and preparing these snack foods for a trip might take a bit more time, it is well worth it, because they are much more nutrient dense and satisfying. Daphne also mentioned that you could even kill two birds with one stone by packing up any leftover veggies or fruits in your fridge and taking those along with you to reduce food waste and keep yourselves full on the road.

By preparing and taking healthy foods with you on your trips, you can relax even more while on vacation knowing that you and your family are being well-fed and are maintaining healthy eating habits.

For some more ideas on healthy snack ideas that are also kid-approved, check out this article on the Fill Your Plate blog!

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