Monday, May 21, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - May 21, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for May 21, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Another week with old favorites because I am stepping out of my comfort zone and making tuna steak. I'm really nervous about it, so I need things I know the rest of the week! I am hoping it turns out well though. The recipe I chose is supposed to be great for beginners. I also cannot wait for the bundt cake on Sunday. We were supposed to have it for Easter but we didn't have Easter dinner this year.

Monday - Beefaroni with broccoli and garlic bread
Tuesday - Chili Lime Chicken Salad
Wednesday - Salted Caramel Muffins // Jalapeno Popper Beef Chili
Thursday - Herbed Tuna Steaks with green beans and potatoes
Friday - Italian Burgers with Roasted Tomato and Caramelized Onions and fries
Saturday - Caprese Chicken with side salad and asparagus
Sunday - Italian Baked Eggs // Carrot Bundt Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Summer Grilled Veggie Pasta Primavera

All the summer veggies grilled up in one perfect pasta dish!

Summer Grilled Veggie Pasta Primavera #chicken #pasta #maindish #zucchini #corn

Any sort of recipe with loads of veggies in it is sure to make my meal plan. I was initially intrigued by the grilled veggie part of the recipe because I recently acquired a cast iron grill pan. I decided to cut my zucchini in spears and grill it in the cast iron. Not only was I able to get these gorgeous grill marks on each piece and side, but the zucchini itself is absolutely addictive. I had a few extra zucchini that I grilled up and ate for a snack the next day. Just A+ in my opinion. You can grill and roast as many of the veggies as you'd like, but in the end, the simple flavors work so well together in this summer pasta dish!

Summer Grilled Veggie Pasta Primavera #chicken #pasta #maindish #zucchini #corn
Summer Grilled Veggie Pasta Primavera #chicken #pasta #maindish #zucchini #corn

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Throwback Thursday #60

Throwback Thursday No. 60 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

I'm convinced that this 3-2-1 FUNFETTI CAKE BATTER DIP is somehow made of crack even though it's literally 3 ingredients and I obviously made it. It's great for dipping fruit, pretzels, and graham cookies in!



I also wouldn't say no to some of these BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO CHICKEN BITES. Because there is nothing better than chicken with jalapeno and bacon. Only 4 ingredients needed! :)



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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger's own creation! For more details, check out this page.


Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad #maindish #salad #chicken #FantasticalFoodFight

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is SALAD. I'm ridiculously excited about this month's theme. It was chosen due to May being National Salad Month (in the US) and what a more perfect time than when loads of fresh produce is in season! I decided to share this salad that is easy to throw together and has blueberries, strawberries, and mandarin oranges inside it.

The chicken can be seasoned how you wish and then it's a matter of throwing the ingredients together with poppy seed dressing and your meal is ready to go.

Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad #maindish #salad #chicken #FantasticalFoodFight


Strawberry Almond Chicken Salad #maindish #salad #chicken #FantasticalFoodFight

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Sausage & Kale with Garlic Roasted Potatoes

This skillet meal is made better by the addition of roasted potatoes and loads of kale!

Sausage & Kale with Garlic Roasted Potatoes #maindish #recipe #potato #kale #sausage

About two years ago, I reviewed the 101 One-Dish Dinners cookbook. Out of the recipes that I made from the cookbook, this skillet dish was outright the favorite recipe for everyone in my family. I made it multiple times in a short period of time after first making it and then it became a regular meal in the meal plan rotation. It's on a one skillet meal or a recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes, but it is close enough to both of those things to make me a happy camper.

The potatoes are roasted in the oven while the other ingredients are prepped in a skillet. Once the potatoes are done, they are added in and there's not much else to do. I love how much kale is in this recipe and I also really love the addition of beans to it.

Sausage & Kale with Garlic Roasted Potatoes #maindish #recipe #potato #kale #sausage

Monday, May 14, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - May 14, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for May 14, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Today is Nick's birthday and he chose steak (of course!) for his birthday dinner. It seems like we're going to have a week of great recipes ahead of us and I cannot wait to try the new ones, like the cauliflower pizza crust!

Monday - Steak with Herb Butter and Caramelized Onions, Asparagus, Side Salad
Tuesday - Taco Casserole
Wednesday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Leftover Soup (freezer)
Thursday -  Chrissy's Cobb Salad
Friday - Pizza with Cauliflower Crust // Air Fryer Hot Wings
Saturday - Tatortot Hotdish
Sunday - Cream Cheese Peach Danish // Copycat Twix Bars

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, May 11, 2018

Fantastical Friday: Top Ten Burger Recipes for National Hamburger Week


Did you know the second week of May is National Hamburger Week? I didn't either until recently. But that means that I must share some of my favorite burger recipes from my blog. It's great for the upcoming grilling season too, so even if you don't celebrate this week, there are tons of recipes to make during the summer!

Top Ten Burger Recipes for National Hamburger Week in May #burgers #hamburger #recipe

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Chicken with Bruschetta Veggies

The weather is warm and farmer's markets are open, so take advantage of seasonal produce with this lovely recipe!

Chicken with Bruschetta Veggies #recipe #maindish #chicken #spinach #squash #bruschetta

This post is going up a little later than normal due to my current task of trying to retrieve as many files and restore them as I can off of my desktop computer, including all of my recipe pictures for the stuff to come. I may be fervently in my kitchen trying to remake some foods due to some of the pictures being permanently gone. YAY! So I have been concentrating as much as possible on recovering files instead of blogging like I should be doing.


Chicken with Bruschetta Veggies #recipe #maindish #chicken #spinach #squash #bruschetta

Today's recipe is a great chicken recipe topped with all sorts of veggies with a kick of balsamic vinegar to top it off. I am so happy it's warmed up in Tennessee and look forward to all of the fresh produce the season has to bring.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Rhubarb Pudding Cake with Streusel

Sweet and tart with delicious layers of pudding, rhubarb, and crumble.

Rhubarb Pudding Cake with Streusel #recipe #cake #dessert #rhubarb #pudding #streusel

My sister-in-law, Chantal, requested that I make this Rhabarber Pudding Kuchen mit Streusel (Rhubarb Pudding Cake with Streusel) when she came in for a visit in April. I was totally onboard after having made a few rhubarb treats in March. I had vanilla sugar and she brought some custard mix and it was on like Donkey Kong. I had to take some creative liberties with the recipe to figure it out because the original recipe was in German but didn't have as many details as I had hoped for. I originally let the cake cool at room temperature and then removed the springform ring. But that turned out a little messy. I then put it in the fridge with the ring back on it and it worked way better. So I highly suggest keeping it in the springform pan until completely cooled.

Rhubarb Pudding Cake with Streusel #recipe #cake #dessert #rhubarb #pudding #streusel

The crumble crust was fantastic. The rhubarb was sweet and tart. The pudding was excellent too. It was the most wonderful combination of layers for a cake.

Rhubarb Pudding Cake with Streusel #recipe #cake #dessert #rhubarb #pudding #streusel

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Tex Mex Cobb Salad

Take your Cobb salad to the next level with cubes of pepper jack cheese, black beans, corn, and a bbq ranch dressing!

Tex Mex Cobb Salad #maindish #salad #chicken #bacon #maindish

Cobb salads are probably my second favorite kind of salad behind Caesar salad. I love having bacon and hard-boiled eggs as a source of protein. I also loved that this salad went the Tex Mex route and there was pepper jack cheese and corn chips. The BBQ ranch dressing also surprised me quite a bit. All-in-all, this was a well-rounded salad and it's perfect for Taco Tuesdays!

Monday, May 07, 2018

Menu Plan Monday - May 7, 2018

Menu Plan Monday for May 7, 2018 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

After scheduling recipe posts for the next few months, I decided it was time for another throwback month - where we eat recipes that I have made before. There are some new ones, but a majority are old favorites. On Sunday, we will be celebrating my husband's birthday. I'm killing two birds with one stone here and will be trying out a recipe that my sister-in-law wants for her wedding in October along with a birthday cake I know Nick will love.

Monday - Philly Cheesesteak Omelets
Tuesday - Chili Lime Chicken with Flavorful Spanish Rice and corn
Wednesday - Oreo Muffins // Unstuffed Banana Pepper Soup
Thursday - Roasted Red Bell Pepper and Basil Stuffed Chicken with roasted mixed veggies
Friday - 2 AM Breakfast Burgers and chips
Saturday - Chicken Bacon Alfredo Roll-ups with broccoli and salad
Sunday - Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins // Strawberries & Cream Layered Poke Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, May 04, 2018

Pesto Zucchini Boats

This simple stuffed zucchini recipe is the perfect meal in the summertime!

Pesto Zucchini Boats #recipe #maindish #zucchini #sausage #pesto

I love stuffed zucchini (and peppers) and wish I could have the more often. BUT every time I put it on the menu because our store has had zucchini, it ends up being gone and I have to quickly find an alternative. It really bums me out. Zucchini is my favorite vegetable and I would eat it literally all year round. It's just so fantastic. The original recipe did not contain any meat, but I have a bunch of complainers in the house if a meal doesn't have meat. So I opted to add sausage because I felt it would pair with pesto better than another meat.

Pesto Zucchini Boats #recipe #maindish #zucchini #sausage #pesto

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Throwback Thursday #59

Throwback Thursday No. 59 | Rediscovering Old Favorites in the Recipe Archive

I need to make more family recipes because when they come up in my recipe archive on Throwback Thursdays, all I want to do is visit my mom and my grandma and eat all their food! MOM'S GOULASH is my momma's "recipe" and by that, I mean, she threw this together without a recipe. It was one of my favorites as a kid and I am not sure exactly if it was a recipe my grandma made when she was a kid or if it was something my mom came up with.


I haven't had egg rolls in forever. We went through a phase where we tried many different variations. By far, these PHILLY CHEESESTEAK EGG ROLLS are the best recipe I made. They are easily my whole family's favorite egg rolls too :)


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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Double Blueberry Muffins

These muffins are such a treat with DOUBLE the blueberries and a yummy sugar topping!

Double Blueberry Muffins #recipe #muffins #breakfast #blueberry

I feel like the only time I eat blueberries is if I make muffins or pancakes, even though I love them. I  adore these blueberry muffins because there is double the amount of blueberries and a delicious sugary topping. If you are in the mood for a delicious breakfast, I highly suggest making these muffins!

Double Blueberry Muffins #recipe #muffins #breakfast #blueberry

Double Blueberry Muffins #recipe #muffins #breakfast #blueberry

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Spaghetti with Kale and Sausage

Six ingredients for this yummy dish that takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Spaghetti with Kale and Sausage #recipe #pasta #sausage #kale #under30minutes #maindish

Ah, spaghetti, my old friend. I was, of course, looking forward to making this recipe because not only does it contain spaghetti, but also kale. I could eat kale with my spaghetti every day. I was intrigued how the six ingredients would work together and was pleasantly surprised with how yummy the dish was despite the simplicity of the ingredients.

Spaghetti with Kale and Sausage #recipe #pasta #sausage #kale #under30minutes #maindish