Friday, April 30, 2021

Sheet Pan Chicken Gyros

These gyros are so flavorful and we love a sheet pan recipe moment! The lemon yogurt sauce and Greek lemon rice are so good too!

Prior to this recipe, I cannot remember if I've had chicken gyros. I thought a sheet pan version sounded wonderful. I made this while Nick was in training in early 2020 and was pretty obsessed because it's very Greek and I love love love anything with lemon garlic flavors and yogurt sauces and feta and hummus. Sign me up!

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Salty Caramel Cookies

Rich semisweet chocolate cookies with dark chocolate and caramel bits inside and a topping of flaky sea salt.

I don't make chocolate cookies a whole lot because I find that I'm not a fan of many of the recipes I've tried. I love these chocolate cookies a ton though. I think partially because of how they are done. Instead of cocoa powder, you melt semisweet chocolate with butter for the chocolatey base. I think it makes all the difference. I love the bits of dark chocolate and caramel inside it and I also absolutely adore the flaky sea salt on top! It's the perfect combination of rich chocolate and salt!

Monday, April 26, 2021

Peanut Butter & Banana Oatmeal

Start off the morning with an easy oatmeal recipe with the classic combo of peanut butter and bananas.

I think it's really funny that I can eat sliced bananas with other food but not a whole banana by itself. It's the weirdest thing, but anyways I have been craving peanut butter all the time for the past couple years. I want all the peanut butter treats and snacks. I was excited for this breakfast because I love oatmeal and love the idea of "churching" up plain ol' oats with things you probably have in your pantry. It was quick and fantastic and it makes 4 servings, so if you want, you can store it in the fridge for another couple days worth of breakfast!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Lemon Pepper Tuna Lettuce Wraps

A quick meal to throw together with just 5 ingredients!

I made these lettuce wraps forever ago when Nick was in Georgia for army training right before the lockdowns started in the U.S. in 2020. The kids are pretty good about eating salad, light meals. I adored these because you don't have to cook anything. If it weren't for tuna breath, these would be awesome for a work lunch. I got a garlic aioli from Kraft that was delicious.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

These peppers are stuffed with turkey, quinoa, beans, corn, and lots of flavor!

My family probably gets annoyed with how much I love stuffed peppers, but I do! I don't really have a rhyme or reason and they probably wouldn't say anything if the peppers were cut up and I made a casserole of sorts instead. But they deal with it because I love it and I'm the one making dinner. :) I personally really enjoy this recipe because it reminds me of a crockpot quinoa recipe that I sometimes make for Taco Tuesdays - in fact, I'm making it in May. Love that there is more than just quinoa and meat.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Eggplant Parmesan Boats

On a quest to be successful at eggplant parmesan, I found these easy and delicious eggplant parmesan boats!

One of my favorite dishes of all-time is the eggplant parmigiana at Olive Garden. I haven't been in years and I think even when I did go, it was once a year. I always get the eggplant parmigiana and that's because I have been unsuccessful with making it at home. I've almost worked up the nerve to try again, but until then, I really liked this "cheat" version where there's no breading or frying but still the flavors of eggplant parmesan.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Butter Garlic Chicken Bites with Lemon Asparagus

This chicken and asparagus recipe is incredible with butter, garlic, and lemon!

I love recipes that seem so simple but end up blowing my mind. I know going in that I was going to like this recipe because it's butter, garlic, and lemon. Honestly, how can you go wrong?! This is definitely one of my all-time favorites because it's simple but it's so dang good. I love it. This one doesn't take a lot of effort or time to make. You can pair it with a good crusty bread and potatoes or a salad, etc.

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.