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?!

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Countdown to 2020: Fantastical Faves

It's time to share the best recipes of 2019 to ring in the new year!

Happy New Year! It's the start of a new decade - woohoo! I hope 2020 is the start of something great and wonderful for each and every one of you. Today's category is the perfect way to start the new year because we celebrate whatever we want to celebrate from our blogs from 2019. I always like to share my personal favorites. Check out what my blogging friends chose to share today below.
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