Friday, February 21, 2020

Hashbrown Potato Soup

No peeling and cutting potatoes for this soup recipe - the work is done for you!

New soup recipes are a little far and few between now that I have been making them every week for years. We do a lot of repeats. We do a lot of similar recipes. I have never made a soup with hashbrowns before and I was definitely intrigued. I love the shredded carrots that get sauteed. It reminds me a little of a chowder and with a milk-based soup with cheese melted into it, I really like to put a little hot sauce into it. It just does a little something something to it.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Red Velvet Sheet Cake #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!

This month's Fantastical Food Fight theme is RED VELVET. This unfortunately is going to be the very last Food Fight due to my very busy schedule. I just started my masters program in Accounting at the beginning of the month and I'm trying to cut back on all my "extracurricular" activities, so to speak. I have had so much fun with my blogging friends and have enjoyed seeing what recipes they've shared each month. I highly recommend following their blogs that you can find below in the blog hop.

Red velvet was chosen due to it being Valentine's Day this month. Even though we are past Valentine's Day now, I thought it would still be fun to do it. Now, I was a little nervous about this month's theme because I generally don't care for anything red velvet. It's basically chocolate cake dyed red, but that red is so overpowering and I think that's why I don't like it. However, my family loves red velvet and I decided to try this really pretty sheet cake that had whipped frosting (my daughter's favorite) and raspberries. And surprise, surprise, I liked it! In fact, it's on my favorites list now. It wasn't overpoweringly "red-flavored" and the frosting was so perfect. My daughter and I especially loved the little raspberry on each piece. It complimented the cake very well.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - February 17, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Feb 17, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

One birthday down - another one is getting celebrated this weekend alongside my sister-in-law's birthday as well. She requested a Take 5 cheesecake, so I'm going to modify the Twix cheesecake to fit the bill. I'm going to attempt to make a few sides this week and see how that goes. I also really need to get back into making my two breakfast recipes. I was doing well for a bit and now I'm slacking again.

Monday - One Pan Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Bake
Tuesday - Loaded Taco Salad
Wednesday - Ultimate Chocolate Chip Muffins // Spicy Touchdown Chili with Black Pepper Cheddar Bacon Biscuits
Thursday - Hoisin Stir Fry Bowls
Friday - Homemade Baked Spicy Chicken Sandwiches with Crockpot Collard Greens
Weekend - Twix Cheesecake (made with Take 5) // Funfetti Cupcakes for Three

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Chicken Fajita Pasta

Chicken fajitas turned into a one pot pasta dish with a kick of Rotel added in!

I've made some steak fajita pasta dishes in the past, but I think this may be the first chicken fajita pasta recipe I've made. It's an easy dish to make when you want something a little for Taco Tuesday. Or maybe you want to carbo-load up and need a good pasta dish. Either way, this is a keeper! Super simple and fast.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Sausage and Parmesan Garlic Linguine

This one pot pasta dish can be made with or without the sausage and is mouthwateringly delicious!

I had this recipe saved for a while and wanted to make it, but as I've said before I have some complainers for meatless nights. So I did end up throwing a little Italian sausage into the mix to make everyone happy. It was really so easy and I could make this most times (meatless) whenever I wanted because I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Pesto Prosciutto Pizza

So many dream ingredients on one incredible pizza: pesto, prosciutto, feta, mozzarella pearls, and kale!

I kinda love how puffy my pizza crust got here but I think I finally found my happy medium pizza crust. I used the same ole recipe that is my tried and true - split the recipe in half, as you are supposed to do - and instead of prebaking it, I put the toppings on and then bake the crust just once. It keeps it from getting out of control puffy, so it's a thinner crust, but it's not so thin that it feels like you are eating cardboard.

Anyways, here I am sharing another recipe with pesto. I love love pesto and I was super excited for this recipe. It did not disappoint. I loved the salty prosciutto and the tangy feta. Also, mozzarella pearls are my favorite way to get mozzarella on my pizza. I love how gooey and melty they get! And kale! AH! This pizza has so many good parts to it and I adored it.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - February 10, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Feb 10, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

It's our first birthday weekend. We have all three kids' birthdays within a month of each other. Starting off with Cami who is turning 12. Her birthday is during the week but we will be celebrating this weekend and she chose beef stroganoff for her dinner and cheesecake for her dessert. She almost always chooses cheesecake for her birthday cake, but I was a little surprised that stroganoff was what she really really wanted for dinner. She also really wants to make the stroganoff, so I think she is going to do that - and, of course, nail it. She's a pretty good little chef :)

Monday - Dump-and-Bake Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - Berry Banana Muffins // Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Thursday - Mediterranean Meatball Gyro Sandwiches
Friday - Extra Cheese Pizza and Wings
Weekend - Chocolate Waffles with Raspberry Sauce // Ground Beef Stroganoff // German Chocolate Cheesecake

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Stuff them and slow cook them and then enjoy these super easy stuffed peppers for dinner!

I adore stuffed peppers and try and make them as much as I can. I was intrigued by this slow cooker version, especially since you don't cook the meat beforehand, which is just strange when you're used to cooking everything first before putting it into the pepper. I love recipes where you get a full pepper to yourself instead of half a pepper. Honestly, it's easier to eat a half pepper, but it's easier to stuff a full pepper. As I near the time where I will begin working after 13 years as a stay at home mom, I'm definitely leaning on finding the best slow cooker recipes so I can have them in my arsenal!

Friday, February 07, 2020

20-Minute Chicken & Spinach Parmesan

This quick version of chicken parmesan is perfect for any weeknight supper - and it has the added bonus of spinach!

I think it's really interesting how many foods that I did not like as a child are ones I enjoy as an adult because I have made them myself. A lot of foods I had as a child were premade/frozen foods and even now...those really just aren't the best quality food. Homemade is better. I never like chicken parmesan as a child and that is most likely due to the fact that I had frozen tv dinner chicken parmesan which consisted of soggy breading, too tomato-ey sauce, and chicken that didn't really taste like real meat. This chicken parmesan is, of course, worlds better and I love the addition of spinach in it. I also love how quick it is!

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Mexican Street Corn Soup

Classic street food turned into the tastiest, most perfect soup ever!

I had this recipe saved and knew I'd get around to it eventually, but then my sister-in-law made it and I immediately threw it on the meal plan. It was everything I wanted and more - from someone who has yet to have Mexican street corn (which is also a recipe I have saved to get to eventually). This was perfectly spicy and the bacon and cotija cheese was the perfect amount of saltiness that was needed to balance it all out.

Monday, February 03, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - February 3, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Feb 3, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

This month I believe I have a really good balance of new and old recipes. I tried to do less red meat too, so some recipes I'll be adapting with turkey or turkey sausage. I also made an effort to look at my side dishes board on Pinterest and get some of those on my meal plan for the month too.

Monday - Roasted Red Pepper & Sausage Pasta
Tuesday - Chicken Tacos with Pico de Gallo
Wednesday - Blueberry Pie Yogurt Parfait // Dill Pickle Soup
Thursday - Sheet Pan Chicken Gyros
Friday - Copycat Guberburgers
Weekend - Lemon Raspberry Dutch Baby Pancake // Crispy Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Creamy Parmesan Garlic Brussels Sprouts // Red Velvet Macadamia Nut Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Garlic Burgers

When you love garlic...really really love garlic, you make these very garlicky burgers because they are awesome!

The original Garlic Burgers recipe is actually a copycat recipe. However, I did not make it in the exact same way, so I will not claim it to be a copycat. The original is two quarter pound patties on French bread. I could not tell you why I chose to not make it the same way, but that's how it happened. Still, the garlickness of this recipe was really good. I was a little skeptical of so much garlic powder, but it works. It really works.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Beer Cheese and Macaroni Soup

This creamy, cheesy beer soup with bacon and veggies is just what is needed on a cold night!

I am a person who does not enjoy beer as a beverage. Not in the slightest. I've tried many different kinds, but it's really just not my thing. I, however, do enjoy beer in soups and stews and savory dishes. I'm actually going to be using beer in a dessert recipe later in the year and I'm curious to see how I'll like that. Beer cheese is one of those things that I can't explain why I like. It tastes like beer. I don't like beer. But I like beer cheese. I knew this recipe would be such a quintessential cold weather kind of food. I think of it as a really good fall dish, but I also think it isn't limited to just fall :)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Bacon Cheeseburger Tatortot Casserole

Yum doesn't even begin to cover this variation of a classic tatortot casserole!

I have made tatortot hotdish a whole lot in my many years as an adult. It was one of my favorite meals when I was a kid and I have loved how the internet has provided a place for people to share variations of what I knew to be "classic" tatortot hotdish. This recipe is one of those and it is FANTASTIC. The original recipe did not call for toppings, but if I eat a bacon cheeseburger, I want the works on it and so we topped ours with ketchup, mustard, and pickles. It was the perfect touch to this already wonderful recipe!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - January 27, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 27, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I'm ridiculously excited for tonight's dinner because I adore eggplant. I also think Thursday's dinner is going to be fabulous too :)

Monday - Eggplant Parmesan Boats
Tuesday - Southwestern Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday -  Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal // Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Thursday - Lemon Pepper Tuna Lettuce Wraps
Friday - Easy Pesto Pizza
Weekend - Easy Cinnamon Roll French Toast Roll Ups // Hobo Dinner // Coconut Cream Pie

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Jalapeno Popper Pizza

This pizza is super quick to throw together and tastes just like a jalapeno popper!

I had to make a few adjustments to this recipe that makes it similar to one I've posted before. Nick does not and will not eat ranch dressing. I'll be honest and say that I was sure he would eat it with the cream cheese as the "sauce", but I took a chance. I'm glad I did and used whipped cream cheese and ranch dressing seasoning mix in place of the heavier ranch dressing to regular cream cheese ratio. I chose to dice my jalapenos to cover more surface area and I used bacon bits instead of cooking bacon and crumbling it...because I'm lazy. This is a really quick pizza recipe to throw together and I do appreciate that some Fridays when I'm just tired and done and ready to relax.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Copycat Chicken Bryan

This restaurant favorite has seasoned grilled chicken topped with goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, and basil and drizzled in a luscious lemon butter sauce

This recipe has multiple parts to it and it does seem a little daunting, but if you time everything and read through the recipe a few times, you'll be good to go. I did include little tips for timing before the specific instruction set for different parts, so it's a little less overwhelming. The many parts come together and make this meal astounding. I have never been to Carrabba's and I'll be honest and say that the name made me think it was a Mexican food place. I was surprised to find it was an Italian grill restaurant (and I definitely want to go now). I am up for any recipe that has tomatoes and basil at this point. They all seem like winners. This recipe is different in the grill seasoning - that is one of my favorite spice mixes I've ever used - especially on chicken - and the recipe uses goat cheese rather than mozzarella. I'm still relatively new to goat cheese, but I do enjoy it thoroughly. Last but not least, you have the amazing wonderful lemon butter sauce that is too good it should be illegal.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Bacon Cheeseburgers with Spicy Mayo

A classic bacon cheeseburger topped with a kicker - spicy sriracha mayonnaise!

We eat cheeseburgers about every other week for the most part. I love burgers and like to make different variations. Honestly, this one is nothing too crazy. It's kind of just your basic bacon cheeseburger but the spicy mayonnaise is key. It's nothing too hard or crazy either, but the mayo, ketchup, and sriracha combined are the perfect condiment for this burger or really any burger.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - January 20, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 20, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

Hello, everyone! Hope your January is going super well. I always look forward to sharing my meal plans each week and this week, I am ready for all the veggies. The weekend is going to be more of an "unhealthy" streak, but the weekdays have lots of veggies and I love it.

Monday - Ratatouille Pasta
Tuesday - Spicy Chicken and Avocado Tacos
Wednesday - Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins // Slow Cooker Creamy Vegetable Soup
Thursday - Spicy Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps
Friday - A&W Chili Dogs
Weekend - Copycat McDonald's Pancakes // Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Sandwiches // Salty Caramel Puddle Cookies

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Italian Baked Eggs

This delicious breakfast can be ready in under 30 minutes and it's SO easy to make!

For whatever reason, this week I'm posting my egg recipes :) This was before I went on my no-egg yolk deal, but I'm sure it would be too easy to just do egg whites. I love how absolutely easy this recipe is. You really just throw everything in a ramekin and bake it and that's it. I mixed our eggs slightly because Nick and I don't really eat our yolks runny. I may occasionally have a sunny side up egg, but it's very rare.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Chicken Pot Pie Noodle Soup

All the flavors of pot pie turned into a hearty soup that is ready in under 30 minutes!

I'm sure I've talked about it briefly over the years here and there, but I don't really care for pies - including pot pie. However, Nick and the big kids do like pot pie. So about as far as I get for compromising is making pot pie-like recipes without the pie crust like this soup. You can absolutely get away with canned chicken OR rotisserie chicken if you'd like - rotisserie chicken especially in the lemon pepper variety, I think, would make a fantastic substitute. This is totally comfort food and it pairs perfectly with a good hearty buttermilk biscuit.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Mexican Egg White Omelet #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 OMELETS. January is National Egg Month and what better way to celebrate the egg than by making omelets?! I used to make omelets a whole lot but I don't really any more because Nick does intermittent fasting and doesn't eat breakfast and I'm trying to avoid eggs because of how much cholesterol is in them. However, the cholesterol is in the yolks and I thought I'd try this egg white omelet recipe because it's kind of the best of both worlds. I still get to eat omelets and it isn't super high in cholesterol.

I have to be completely honest and say that I wasn't really thrilled with taking the yolks out, but I'm trying to be open with compromises with food. I love food and I'm not happy about some of these changes. Even knowing all the ingredients (which are definitely some of my favorite things), I was still skeptical. And then this omelet BLEW ME OUT OF THE WATER! I made one with yolks for Nick and he was also super impressed. Honestly, the best omelet I've ever eaten and I think Nick agreed. I really didn't miss the egg yolks and I was surprised at how filling the 3 egg white omelet with the fixings was. I'm excited to see what my blogging friends are sharing for the first Food Fight of 2020. Make sure you check out their posts below!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - January 13, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 13, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

I'm going to do something I thought I would never do and try turkey bacon. I have to admit that I am okay without bacon, but I would still like to eat bacon LOL. Does that make sense? I think this week is the only week with a lot of red meat, but I think we'll survive. I'm excited for Wednesday's breakfast and hope it turns out like I think it will.

Monday - Penne Alfredo with Bacon and Broccoli
Tuesday - Cilantro Lime Turkey Stuffed Peppers
Wednesday - Orange Walnut Braids // Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Thursday - Grilled Chicken Caprese Orzo Salad
Friday - Homemade Calzones
Weekend - French Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Rolls // Pizza Meatloaf // Red Velvet Sheet Cake

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Ragu Stuffed Peppers

Hello, rich turkey ragu stuffed peppers with couscous and asiago cheese!

I'm kind of obsessed with stuffed peppers. I'm honestly not too sure why but I think it's due to the fact that I keep finding such good recipes for them. I am trying to remember the last time I was disappointed by a stuffed pepper and I don't think it exists. What I really enjoy about this recipe is that there's ground turkey instead of beef (a substitute we've made a lot recently to try and limit red meat) and it was our first experience with couscous - which I think was a hit for all of us. I also have never really used asiago cheese on its own (always in an Italian mix) and really enjoyed it by itself. The ragu in this recipe is actually from a pasta recipe that I've posted previously on a different blog (and is linked at the bottom of this post) so I knew it would be great. All of the parts combined made for a wonderful stuffed pepper recipe.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Rosemary Steak and Eggs

Steak and eggs, but not just any steak and eggs - steak drizzled with rosemary butter and eggs that are insanely cheesy!

We don't eat breakfast a lot but we do sometimes eat breakfast for dinner. I knew this recipe would be a hit with the husband because it's steak and basically anytime I make steak, he is a happy camper. For me, the most exciting part of this recipe was the rosemary butter! And yes, I'm aware my steak is well done. I'm still trying to get a handle on being able to consistently cook steak medium rare to medium for Nick - I usually take pictures of his plate when we have steak. I'm a worrywart and like my steak well done. The cheesy eggs were also fantastic. They were perfectly cooked as per the recipe instructions. All-in-all, steak and eggs are a wonderful dinner and would also make a wonderful breakfast if you're a morning person :)

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Chicken & Dumplings

Hearty comfort food with biscuit-like dumplings that are so tender they may fall apart on you when you scoop them into the bowl and prevent you from getting a picture that proves you made chicken and dumplings!

Today is a rarity. I'm sharing a recipe for a food that I don't really eat. I also have to mention that it does not look like dumplings at all, it looks like a mess, but I decided to post anyways because this is a wonderful recipe. The dumplings didn't stay in separate biscuit form, but sometimes the weirdest looking foods are the best foods (see: tatortot hotdish). This is a very hearty, stick-to-your-ribs recipe. It has the best savory herbs that are just so perfect for colder months.

I personally think I may have made my dumplings slightly too big and that's why when I tried to remove them from the pot, they basically just fell apart. Regardless of how this looks, make this recipe. You have to. I don't even like chicken and dumplings and I was all about this recipe.

I don't get a lot of mean comments, but I honestly expect someone to come here raging at how this looks. I'm ready for you haha

Monday, January 06, 2020

Menu Plan Monday - January 6, 2020

Menu Plan Monday for Jan 6, 2020 // What I'm making this week #menuplanmonday #mealplan

You'll probably notice over the next month or so that there are fewer red meat recipes and more vegetables, but that really isn't an extreme dietary change but moreso an experiment into if avoiding red meat helps more with cholesterol than the limiting I did over the past few months. We'll see after a few months if it helps or not!

Monday - Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats
Tuesday - Easy 20 Minute Chicken Tacos
Wednesday - Blueberry Cornbread Muffins // The Best Chili
Thursday - PF Chang's Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Friday - Steak 'n Shake Frisco Patty Melts
Weekend - Oladi (Ukranian Buttermilk Pancakes) // Caramel Fudge Turtle Cookies // Oven Fried Chicken

What are you having for dinner this week?
Feel free to leave a link to the recipe in the comments!

Sunday, January 05, 2020

Cheeseburger Salad with Animal Sauce Dressing

This salad is a lower carb version of the In-N-Out Cheeseburger with Animal Sauce!

In 2020, I don't really have a lot of resolutions. I'm not a resolutions type of gal. However, I am continuing my slight change in diet and I want to eat more salads in the new year. I love love love salads, but I got a few complaints from the others about salad for dinner. I think they have come around a little because of recipes like this that are a little hardier than a regular salad. I thought this one was really fun with the slider-like mini burgers. The animal sauce dressing really brings the whole thing together. We added bacon bits to the recipe because why not?!

Friday, January 03, 2020

Frosted Animal Cookie Cheesecake

This sweet cheesecake is loaded with frosted animal cookies and topped with a ganache, whipped cream, frosted cookies, and sprinkles!

I am already blanking on if this was just for fun or if this was Cami's birthday cake last year. I want to say it was her birthday cake. I'm just gonna say this was her birthday cake. She seems to gravitate towards pink cakes with sprinkles and whipped cream. Her favorite frosting is whipped cream frosting. I have never had a cheesecake crust more delicious than this one with crushed frosted animal cookies. Honestly, what could be better than that?!