Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

A bowl of absolute comfort just like the breadstick restaurant!

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup #recipe #soup #chicken #copycat #olivegarden

I must confess, I've never eaten any of the soups at Olive Garden. Don't shun me! I happen to adore their eggplant parmiagiana and get it every time I go because the rest of my family doesn't care for eggplant and so I don't get to eat it very often. I have heard that their soups are wonderful. Funny enough, I've made copycat recipes for all 4 of the current Olive Garden soups. Don't ask me how I've  made the recipes but never eaten the authentic thing - I have no clue. This is definitely my favorite chicken soup recipe and my favorite gnocchi recipe.

Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup #recipe #soup #chicken #copycat #olivegarden

Monday, January 21, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - January 21, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 21, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I'm going to try a few Facebook food videos and hope they turn out because I'll be honest...I'm skeptical of the non-food bloggers posting recipes in video format. I trust my food bloggers to give me good recipes. So we will see how it turns out!

Monday - Sausage Roasted Broccoli Lemon Penne Skillet
Tuesday - Easy Crockpot Pork Carnitas
Wednesday - Coconut Crunch Donuts // Cheesy Meatball Parmesan Soup
Thursday - Pork Chops with Creamy Pan Gravy
Friday  - Cheeseburger and Fries Sheet Pan Crunchwraps
Saturday - Stuffed Doritos Chicken
Sunday - German Oven Pancakes // Creme Caramel Squares

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, January 18, 2019

Copycat Big Mac

Is there anything more iconic than a Big Mac? This recipe is the perfect copycat to the McDonald's staple menu item.

Copycat Big Mac #recipe #burger #mcdonalds #bigmac #copycat #beef

At this point, I'm not sure anyone would be surprised that I have another copycat recipe to share. I adore copycat recipes and will continue to find new ones to make. In fact, I definitely think 2019 needs to be another year for me to create my own and I 100% have quite a few in mind that I would like to recreate. However, I adore finding ones from my blogging friends too and this Copycat Big Mac recipe is definitely a keeper. It's a really easy recipe to make and doesn't really have too many more steps than a regular ole burger. So why not have it instead of a regular burger? The sauce is iconic and this one does taste nearly identical and has all the right elements, in my opinion. I love that the buns are toasted and the burger patties are really thin. All-in-all, it is definitely a winner in my book!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

PB&J Overnight Oats #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.

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is OVERNIGHT OATS. January is National Oatmeal Month and I thought that overnight oats would be a wonderful theme for the first Food Fight of 2019. Many folks are trying to eat a little healthier or start healthy habits in the new year, so I thought sharing these great breakfast recipes that are make ahead would be perfect for January!

PB&J Overnight Oats #recipe #overnightoats #breakfast #refrigeratoroats #oatmeal #peanutbutter

The recipe I decided to go with is one that was on my to-make list for such a long time. I knew that I wanted to do the peanut butter and jelly flavor combination (it was one out of seven or eight recipes, I believe). I've been eating pb&js for snack a lot lately and I wasn't really feeling a bunch of fresh fruit or anything super sweet, like the chocolate chip cookie dough overnight oats I had made years ago. I did substitute out maple syrup for honey because I don't care for maple flavor. These are so incredibly easy to make and the payoff is unbelievable the next day. It tastes like the perfect pb&j sandwich but in oats form. You can choose any fruit jam or preserves you would like. I went with blackberry jam which is my absolute favorite.

PB&J Overnight Oats #recipe #overnightoats #breakfast #refrigeratoroats #oatmeal #peanutbutter

Monday, January 14, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - January 14, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 14, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I feel like I get hungrier and hungrier each week when I make these posts. There is so much delicious food on the menu this week and I can't wait to stuff my face.

Monday - Crispy Chicken Florentine Melt
Tuesday - Ree's Burrito Bowls
Wednesday - S'mores Baked Donuts // One Pot White Chicken Lasagna Soup
Thursday - Cheesy Gnocchi Skillet
Friday - Hamburger Pizza
Saturday - Mississippi Pot Roast
Sunday - Cake Mix Coffee Cake // Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, January 11, 2019

Pineapple Stuffed Hawaiian Meatballs

Sweet and sour meatballs with a pineapple surprise in each one!

Pineapple Stuffed Hawaiian Meatballs #recipe #maindish #beef #sweetandsour #meatballs #pineapple

I'm a sucker for sweet and sour meatball recipes. There is one I make quite frequently, but I really relished at the idea of pineapple stuffed meatballs. I can't think of a better type of meatball - except maybe cheese stuffed ;) The meatballs themselves would be great without pineapple, but I really really enjoyed having the pineapple surprise (but obviously not that big of a surprise because I made them - but you know what I mean) inside each one.  The sauce was delish and totally a classic sweet and sour sauce. So basically you cannot go wrong with this recipe. It's great!

The recipe below is the full recipe for 50 meatballs. I halved it and made 25 which worked perfectly for us.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Crockpot Caramelized Pork and Ramen Soup

This ramen is a labor of love but it's worth all the effort for the crispy, beautifully seasoned pork with veggies, eggs, and loads of noodles.

Crockpot Caramelized Pork and Ramen Soup #crockpot #ramen #pork #soup #maindish #recipe

Since ramen has been our thing lately, I decided to try out this recipe that was a little out of my comfort zone. I was a little weary of the Chinese Five Spice because I have never liked anise in the slightest. However, I knew Nick would enjoy it because he likes anything black licorice flavored. As the pork was slow cooking, I got more and more nervous because that anise aroma was overpowering to my sensitive sense of smell. I powered through making it and hoped for the best. In the end, the actual flavor of the anise in the Chinese Five Spice was not overwhelming but just a nice undertone and I absolutely could handle that. So here is our favorite slow-cooked ramen recipe!

Crockpot Caramelized Pork and Ramen Soup #crockpot #ramen #pork #soup #maindish #recipe

Monday, January 07, 2019

Menu Plan Monday - January 7, 2019

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 7, 2019 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

It's going to be such a busy week and I'm ready for all the good food. I'm doing a few old favorites, remaking a few that I need pictures for, and a couple new recipes. :)

Monday- Fast Food Night
Tuesday - Mexican Chicken with Jalapeno Popper Sauce
Wednesday - Easy Cinnamon Twists // White Bean and Collards Soup
Thursday - Chicken Yakisoba
Friday - Steak 'N Shake Garlic Double Steakburgers
Saturday - Green Chile Enchilada Crockpot Texan Roast
Sunday - Cinnamon Roll Donuts // Banana Pudding Cheesecake

What are you having for dinner this week?
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Friday, January 04, 2019

One Pot Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta

This quick and easy skillet pasta is full of chicken, tomatoes, cheese, and spinach!

One Pot Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta #recipe #onepot #maindish #chicken

It has been such a busy first week of the new year and I'm not even sure what day it is! I can say that I'm definitely looking forward to my routine being back next week. I am happy that I finally get to share this recipe. It was one of those recipes that I lost the picture for last summer in my hard drive failure. So I actually meant to post it months ago. I was not at all bothered to make it again because I love quick and easy recipes. Especially if they are a red sauce pasta dish. Bonus for spinach. :)

One Pot Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta #recipe #onepot #maindish #chicken

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Egg Drop Soup

This soup is unbelievably easy to make and it's definitely one you won't forget any time soon!

Egg Drop Soup #recipe #soup #egg #maindish

Happy New Year! This year I will be posting less often due to being a full college student and having a lot on my plate (pun intended) with 3 kids, school, extra curricular activities, etc. I have definitely been struggling to get my posts up on time the last few months, so I'm removing that stressor. I will be posting my Menu Plan Monday posts each week because I love being able to share the recipes I'm making and sharing the blog love because they are often from different food bloggers. I will also be posting two recipes each week - Wednesday and Friday postings. I have tons of recipes that I have made and have yet to share, so I'm not worried about running out of recipes. However, I don't have near as much time to type things up as I used to. So a little bit of a schedule change and dropping Throwback Thursdays and Fantastical Fridays, but still plenty of awesome recipes in store for y'all!

I am excited for a whole new year of new recipes to try. Last year, I tried quite a few new foods including egg drop soup. I figured if I could make carbonara and enjoy it and not worry about undercooked eggs happening (says the person who eats raw cookie dough), then egg drop soup was definitely something I could make. This was incredibly quick and easy with very inexpensive ingredients to boot.  Definitely something I could see making sure I have the frozen veggies and wonton strips for in case a rare snow day happens and we can't get down the hill to the grocery store!

Egg Drop Soup #recipe #soup #egg #maindish

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Countdown to 2019: Fantastical Faves

It's time to share the best recipes of 2018 to ring in the new year!

I just wanted to thank my blogging friends for joining in for another round of counting down our favorite recipes of the year. Happy New Year to you all - I hope it is an even better one than 2018.