Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo Sandwiches

Rich chicken alfredo flavors served up with sundried tomatoes, parmesan, and spinach on a hamburger bun.

I really liked this recipe but I did modify it slightly because I feel like the storebought alfredo sauce got watered down with the slow cooking. I drained off the little excess liquid and tossed the cooked chicken with more alfredo sauce. You can do sundried tomatoes or roasted grape tomatoes. I think I'd prefer adding parmesan to the actual end product rather than serving it on top. All-in-all, a really good recipe that you can adjust to your liking.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Spicy Chicken Salad Wraps

When you want a quick meal with loads of flavor and a kick of heat!

Occasionally, I put wraps on the meal plan and it's often for days I know are going to be super busy. I really liked this recipe because a lot of the flavor comes from the dressing which is one of my all-time favorites: Caesar! We loaded ours up with all the fixings and they were so great. I love the croutons especially so you get a good bit of crunch!

Friday, April 09, 2021

Ratatouille Pasta

The classic French vegetable dish turned into an amazing sauce for a meatless pasta meal!

I have never had ratatouille but I really wanted to try it and I took the opportunity to try it when Nick was away for army training because it's meatless. The kids were not the biggest fans of it because they don't like eggplant and only Cami likes zucchini. I, however, enjoyed it a ton because it's a pasta dish with a bunch of fresh veggies. I definitely want to try actually ratatouille at some point, so if anyone has a tried and true recipe for it - point me to it!!

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Spicy Chicken & Avocado Tacos

A super simple chicken taco recipe loaded up with avocado and creamy cilantro lime sauce.

So I initially had this post almost ready to go and then realized that I remember making these and looking at it and going...where's the heat? How is it spicy? So when I did the marinade, I chose to add cayenne. Otherwise there is literally nothing that adds any bit of spiciness to the recipe. This is a really simple way to make chicken tacos and has lots of bright flavor from the lime. I love the creamy cilantro lime sauce a ton.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Egg Rolls

The best crunchy appetizer with spicy cheesy, bacon, and chicken filling!

I haven't made egg roll anything in so long, but we wanted egg rolls for NYE 2019 and we thought nothing could beat a jalapeno popper filling. I really thought that having chicken in it would also be great because we usually don't eat dinner on NYE since we're snacking all night. Absolutely loved these little egg rolls. They were so crisp and the filling was perfect!

Friday, April 02, 2021

Slow Cooker Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Slow cooked beef stroganoff is the best stroganoff, especially this creamy version.

I absolutely hate when I cannot get a good picture of a recipe. This is actually the second attempt for this one and I give up. It is not an appetizing picture, but it's a really great recipe. I remember seeing the picture and thinking the pasta cooked with the beef, that isn't the case though. The beef and sauce part cook on its own first and then you stir in the pasta later. You can do mushrooms in this, as per the normal way to make it, but we don't really do mushrooms.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

French Vanilla Chai Cinnamon Rolls

Cake mix and chai spices make these cinnamon rolls extraordinary.

Cinnamon rolls make me so happy. I don't think I've met one I didn't like. I had these specific cinnamon rolls saved because of how much Nick loves chai. The cake mix gives a different texture to these and the chai mix instead of just cinnamon sugar made these really wintery in my opinion. Still pure comfort food but ever so different.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Rattlesnake Bites

This copycat appetizer is so good that you won't be able to eat just one of the fried cheese balls with a jalapeno bite.

I always get nervous making fried cheese recipes. I initially thought this recipe used a couple of blocks of pepper jack and you made large cubes. It was surprising to find it was shredded cheese. It was super nerve wracking and I was hoping that it would turn out, as these were treats for NYE 2019. They did turn out well and we all loved them. They did not last long at all.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Asparagus, Bacon, & Herbed Cheese Pizza

The perfect springtime pizza with asparagus, bacon, and dollops of rich herbed cream cheese!

I have found many recipes lately with a little cream cheese in them and I don't know what it is but I'm obsessed with it. I have always been a light on the sauce for pizza person, and I find that I really love pizzas that don't have red sauce (and I use pasta sauce for pizza sauce and I love pasta sauce). This pizza has olive oil and I love that the toppings are so simple but so delicious. I love the asparagus and bacon. Plus those little dollops of cream cheese - yum! That bit of super rich savory flavor is fantastic.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Grilled Chicken Caprese Orzo Salad

This refreshing pasta salad is way better for dinner than as a side with its grilled chicken!

Caprese is one of my all-time favorite food combinations. I don't think I've yet to try a recipe that has tomato, mozzarella, and basil (and sometimes balsamic vinegar) that I haven't liked. This one is great because it's not super heavy with a vinaigrette style dressing with lemon instead of vinegar for that acidity. I replaced agave syrup with honey because it's what I had on hand and is my go-to substitution. I loved that this was grilled chicken. I also absolutely loved that this had mozzarella pearls instead of shredded mozzarella. Mozzarella pearls are just so much better!

Monday, March 22, 2021

Penne Alfredo with Broccoli and Bacon

This quick pasta dish has homemade alfredo and crisp broccoli with some yummy bacon in there too.

This March is flying by compared to last March and it's crazy. I remember making this meal last year and being grateful that the bacon wasn't being overpicked and I was able to find some broccoli and pasta. I appreciate this recipe with how quick it is. I find a lot of pasta recipes that are able to be made in under 30 minutes - maybe that's why I like pasta so much! I also like this recipe because it's lite on meat, but you could absolutely add some chicken to it if you wanted.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Oven Fried Chicken

It's unbelievable that this fried chicken is so crisp because it's baked in the oven!

I love fried chicken and I never thought there could be so many different ways it could be made. I've also made "fried chicken" in the oven before too, but this recipe is still different. I really liked this recipe with panko and the seasonings. We typically do fried chicken with collard greens, corn or macaroni and cheese, and biscuits, but I believe when I made this, Nick was away in training in Georgia for 6 weeks and I could not eat all the collard greens by myself. The older kids will eat them, but are not near as obsessed with them as me and don't like them as much as Nick does.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Caprese Fundido

Roasted tomatoes with pesto and tons of cheese make for such a fantastic and easy appetizer served with pretzel crisps or flatbread.

I love pesto, so this was a no brainer recipe to make because pesto is delicious. I did, however, not make the flatbread part of this recipe because it was NYE and I like to make a lot of different foods, so I try not to overcomplicate things. We did pretzel crisps instead of mini flatbreads. Anyways, this is such a great little cheese dip for a gathering (pre-COVID) and is honestly a really good amount of food for 5 people, like my immediate family. Since we all love cheese, it doesn't take long to absolutely obliterate an appetizer like this :)

Monday, March 15, 2021

Caramel Fudge Turtle Cookies

These turtle cookies are made with pouch sugar cookie mix - super easy and insanely good. They will not last long!

I have had this recipe saved for almost as long as I have had a blog which is coming up on 11 years in the summer time. In the beginning, I saved a lot of recipes from Betty Crocker and Kraft. A lot of these recipes use premade mixes, which is something I don't do as much anymore but I was so glad I got to do for these. They look a little intense but they are super easy to put together and then you get your treats faster. These did not last very long at all. They are small and so cute and completely addictive.

Friday, March 12, 2021

PF Chang's Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This copycat recipe is simple and quick and perfect for a meal on a busy day or night.

Spring break is upon us and honestly it's super weird. That's when my kids left in-person school last year and didn't go back. It's strange to me to see recipes from a year ago and think of the struggle that was finding foods. I've always loved meal planning but I found out just how hard that was when the supply is inconsistent. Especially when it's meat and produce that are affected. It took months for our stores to fully recover and I think now a year later, they finally are just putting out toilet paper and paper towels without them being ransacked. This recipe was one I kept hoping to make but struggled to find butter lettuce leaves. I was really happy to finally find them and be able to make it.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

These perfect little cornbread muffins are sweetened with maple and each bite has a burst of juicy blueberry!

I've only made homemade cornbread a handful of times but I do enjoy it quite a bit. I wanted to make these because they were cornbread with blueberry and I had never had that. Not necessarily what you might think of having with a chili, but we did and it was great! I wasn't sure if I'd like them with the maple but it wasn't a very strong flavor in it.

Monday, March 08, 2021

Hot Bean & Cheese Dip

Reminiscent of 7-Layer Dip, this dip is so quick to throw together and is perfect for a get-together!

This is a recipe I made for New Year's Eve 2019. I typically try to make at least one dip of some sort. This recipe immediately reminded me of 7 Layer Dip and I really wanted it for NYE. The thing that sets this apart a little bit is that there is no sour cream which is something my husband would not eat if he could see. It's really quick to put together and doesn't bake for too long. It's like eating a taco but in dip form and it's so fantastic!

Friday, March 05, 2021

Quick 20-Minute Chicken Tacos

My family's favorite chicken tacos that we have more often than any other single recipe in my collection!

I have a lot of favorites on my blog, but this one is definitely high high up on that list. I have so many recipes hoarded that we often don't have the same recipe more than once in a 6 month period if not longer. This recipe...since the first time we had it, we have had it once a month since then. There was one month we had it twice. That never happens! It's a very simple recipe, but it's not one to be underestimated. It's the best spice mix for chicken tacos. You cannot beat fresh pico as well.

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

A low carb lasagna made with spaghetti squash!

This recipe was one I had to monkey with in order to get it to where we would all enjoy it. The original recipe utilized ricotta cheese and roasted the squash whole, there were some differences in amounts of different ingredients. None of us like lasagna, but we have tried a few different recipes and the one we like the most uses cottage cheese, which funny enough none of us like either. There is something about how cottage cheese cooks down though that makes for a great recipe. We started eating spaghetti squash when Nick was doing keto in 2019 and I actually was pleasantly surprised - although it will never replace pasta for me - it was still very delicious.

Monday, March 01, 2021

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Super soft peanut butter bars with chocolate chips, a chocolate ganache, and peanut butter drizzle

When I was in middle school, there was a little bar treat that was an option for dessert in the cafeteria every day. You got two of them and they were just a regular chocolate chip blondie of some sort. They were super soft and moist. I didn't often get lunch money and if I did, I may not have gotten enough to buy a full lunch. I would buy these chocolate chip blondies and that would be my lunch or I'd split my friend's lunch and we'd each get a bar for dessert. These peanut butter chocolate chip blondies are the closest in texture that I have ever come across in a recipe and it was absolutely unintentional. I had no clue that's what I was getting with this dessert. It was pure nostalgia!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Snickers Chex Mix

Chex Mix with chocolate and caramel drizzles, Snickers bits, and peanuts - all the sweet and saltiness you want in a snack!

I'll be honest and say that I think that this is the best Chex mix I've ever had. I love a sweet and salty combo which is probably why I like Snickers so much. This Chex mix is supposed to be chocolate Chex based, but unfortunately we didn't have that so I used plain Chex. For as good as this recipe was with plain Chex, I can only imagine how amazing it is with chocolate Chex. This recipe has a chocolate drizzle, a caramel drizzle, Snickers bits, and peanuts. It's exactly what you'd want in a sweet Chex mix.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Jalapeno Popper Tuna Melts

Tuna melts with a kick of roasted jalapeno plus extra cheese and a bit of bacon too.

I have never had a more delicious tuna melt in my life. I love roasted jalapenos and they are super easy to do and are a genius addition to tuna salad. I loved the tuna salad part of this recipe too. I think I'm going to be adding a little lemon juice to every tuna salad I make for the rest of my life. That zing of lemon is perfect. We also got to try muenster cheese for the first time and we all liked it. It's always fun to try something new and everyone likes it :)

Monday, February 22, 2021

Slow Cooker Melt in Your Mouth BBQ Chicken

This chicken is slow cooked in homemade bbq sauce that is sweet and smokey with a little bite of vinegar!

I'm down for bbq sandwiches any time and I like to try out different recipes because there are so many styles of barbecue sauce out there. I believe this is closer to a Kansas City style bbq with its sweetness. But I do love the smokey flavor added by the molasses. I personally want coleslaw on any bbq sandwich, so I just whipped up some with prepared coleslaw dressing and premade cabbage mix.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Cheesecake Factory Cashew Chicken Copycat

Crispy chicken in a spicy soy sauce with cashews and green onions all over a bed of rice makes for a fantastic dinner

I still haven't been to Cheesecake Factory even though I have made many copycats throughout the years and we literally have one in our mall. Still haven't gone. Maybe we will once the pandemic dies down a little, but until then, I'll just keep making copycats. I love this copycat because I adore cashew chicken stir fry or whatever this dish is.  I really liked this method of making a slurry from rice flour and I really loved the spicy soy sauce too.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Swirled Nutella Cheesecake Muffins

When you want a little sweet treat for breakfast, look no further than these yummy Nutella cheesecake muffins!

I tend to keep breakfast recipes on my meal plan and recycle them for months before I finally make them. I'm not sure why I do this when breakfast recipes rarely take long to make and I typically love them. This one was no different. The cheesecake swirl is so good and I loved the sugary topping too. They were such a nice sweet treat for breakfast!

Monday, February 15, 2021

Turkey Parmesan Pasta

This amazing 7 ingredient dinner is ready in under 30 minutes and is a one pot meal!

I really love pasta dishes because they are so quick and they are typically easy on the wallet too. I was happy to find this really easy recipe because I have been trying to use more ground turkey than beef. Again, this is a really simple dish to throw together with only 7 ingredients. You may already have many of these on hand. It's a one pot meal - some of my favorites - and it's ready in under 30 minutes.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Butterscotch Pie

The perfect no-bake dessert with six ingredients that is so quick to throw together!

I mostly prefer chocolate desserts. That's not to say that I don't like other desserts, but chocolate desserts are usually my favorite. However, I will say that my favorite pudding flavor is butterscotch. For some reason, we got butterscotch pudding the most when I was a kid and I loved it with a little dollop of Cool Whip because we always had Cool Whip on hand. I knew I would love this dessert and even though it isn't pudding alone, it's a pudding pie and it was very nostalgic.