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Cannelloni

Cannelloni is a pasta dish similar to lasagna-the only difference is that the sheets of pasta are filled and rolled into long tubes instead of layering the sheets with the filling. This is a vegetarian lower calorie version, but is still just as comforting and satisfying as the heavier traditional version of cannelloni.

I do not put any meat in this recipe, but you can absolutely add Italian sausage or ground beef to give it more oomph. Instead of meat I put mushrooms to give it that hearty texture, but you can add zucchini, red peppers, eggplant… The only trick with adding all those vegetables is you need to sauté in a skillet until all the water it out otherwise your cannelloni will be soggy.

Now, on to the cannelloni noodles… I am very lucky to have Central Market (HEB) and several Italian markets near me so I use the “fresh” lasagna sheets I find there. BUT, have no fear if […]

2021-01-18T19:01:16+00:00January 18th, 2021|Pasta, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Macho Salad

There is nothing like a really good salad, but making a really good salad is not as easy as it sounds which is why we all go out and pay $25 for $6 worth of ingredients. But, there is nothing better than a hearty, healthy salad (just watch the dressing calories). I have to admit I am not a huge fan of the Houstons/Hillstone/White House/Honor Bar/Bandera food chain only because I kinda feel like the staff is a bit rude and I really hate eating at 11am or 4:30pm or waiting 2 hours for a table, but I do love most of their dishes on the menu. One of my favorites is the Macho Salad at Honor Bar. It is filled with so many good things like roasted chicken, cornbread croutons, avocado, dates, goat cheese, corn… its just yummy!

So, one of the best things about this salad are the cornbread croutons. Do not let this turn you away from making this salad. They are not […]

2021-01-12T22:02:56+00:00January 12th, 2021|Soups & Salads, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Tortilla Soup

If you live in Texas you are very familiar with tortilla soup. It is on every Tex-Mex restaurant menu and there are many, many different versions. I have one version already on the blog, but this one is by far my boys FAVORITE. It is thick, creamy and perfectly balanced with spice.

My oldest son is in college and living in an apartment and has realized that eating fast food everyday gets old real fast so when he was home over break we made him about 10 freezable meals. One of the freezable dishes was this tortilla soup. He said he and his roommates plowed through the soup first and all said it was the best tortilla soup they have ever had! WOW! If you have boys you understand how big that is. Boy are not big “soup” eaters so for them to say it was the best and could I please make more…. big deal!

This recipe […]

2021-01-08T15:28:38+00:00January 8th, 2021|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Irish Beef Stew

Beef is the most requested meat in my house!  My boys would eat it everyday if I let them, but I try only make it a couple times a week. Since it is winter I made a Beef and Beer Stew today.  Who doesn’t love stew?  There are a million variations of stew and every culture has their version.  A stew is basically a tough cut of meat, think cheap, that has been cooked low and slow in a liquid (beer, wine, broth..).  You can add any vegetables you like, but normally they are hearty root vegetables such as parsnips, carrots, potatoes, turnips…

The good thing about stew is you can make it early in the day and let it go all day in a low oven or in a crock pot.  Just make sure you have enough liquid in the pot so that it doesn’t evaporate and become a burnt mess-I’ve done that before and it really sucks when you open the lid expecting a fabulous stew and find burnt pieces of meat.
Another note about stews or soups, do not […]
2021-01-06T17:24:23+00:00January 5th, 2021|Soups & Salads, Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Caviar Potato Chips

Well…. 2020 is about to come to an end, THANK GOD! I know I am not the only one that is ready to put this year behind me. Yes, I know when the clock strikes midnight all our problems will not disappear, but at least we can start fresh with 2021!

With a lot of people staying home and not entertaining this year it makes for a very strange New Year’s Eve, but we still need to celebrate. Celebrate that we made it through 2020, celebrate that we are here to see another year, celebrate life! So try and make it a special night even if you are staying at home. Break out the champagne flutes, the good champagne and toast to a healthy and happy new year ahead.

One way to make the evening seem “fancy” is to make a few fun appetizers to munch on while you watch the ball drop. This one, Caviar Potato Chips is EASY, EASY and will […]

2020-12-30T18:19:02+00:00December 30th, 2020|Starters|0 Comments

Ritz Pie

The famous Ritz Pie recipe you have been waiting for, well famous in my family. This is a pie that my Grandmother made every single holiday, but I especially remember it at Christmas. I am certain that she got it off the back of a Ritz Cracker box back in the 1970’s because it is so simple and very basic. And honestly a bit strange, but SO GOOD!

It is more like a cookie than a “pie”, but it has that salty and sweet thing going on and then it has the classic Cool Whip on top, yes the stuff in the tub in the freezer section. This don’t use no fancy whipped cream, hell no! It is the old fashioned sugary sweet Cool Whip. And it is oh so good. Not sure what the mandarin oranges are for except for it kinda cuts the sweet of the cool whip. I told you it was a strange “pie”, but we all love it and now […]

2020-12-22T18:24:23+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Desserts|0 Comments

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding is a traditional English side dish that is very similar to a popover. They are basically like a biscuit here in the states or a piece of a warm, crusty loaf of bread in France. Just something your serve along side the meal. I make these ALL the time because they are so easy! I promise they are pretty fool proof.

These amazing warm little treats are typically served with standing rib roast or Sunday Roast so you have beef drippings that collect in the bottom of the roasting pan that you use for the fat in the recipe. The beef drippings make it a very rich and delicious side dish, but I truly make these all the time and although I do make a lot of beef for the boys I do not make standing rib roast but just once a year at Christmas, so I use butter in place of beef drippings and they are just as fabulous!

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2020-12-21T18:53:17+00:00December 21st, 2020|Sides|0 Comments

Christmas Menu

It’s official Christmas is less than a week away!  Every year it seems to come quicker and quicker although the older my kids get the less hectic the season is. Once your kids are out of elementary school you don’t have to go to all the holiday parties, plays and performances.  You don’t have to spend hours online or in line to find the perfect toy of the year-they are happy with one big gift. You actually have time to go to lunch with your friends and have a holiday drink because you don’t have to drive carpool at 1:35pm!
There are benefits to having older kids, but there is a downside as well.  I no longer have to remember the elf or hide the packages all over the house that I know I will never remember where they are all hidden or wake up at 5am Christmas morning. So to make up for some of the Christmas magic that has left our house I try to make the Christmas Eve dinner that much more special.  Thanksgiving and Christmas are truly the […]
2020-12-30T18:19:36+00:00December 17th, 2020|Menus|0 Comments

Winter Stovetop Potpourri

It is almost Christmas! This year seems a bit anticlimactic for some reason. Maybe because part of the joy of Christmas is being at home with nothing to do but watch movies, eat good food and hang with family. Yeah, well we have been doing that since March! I want OUT! I am so sick of my house! What about you?

But…, since we are at home for a bit longer I want to try and make the holidays special and a good memory to think back on. One way is holiday traditions that you have with your family and the other is smells. I have said this before and I’ll say it again-smells are SO important! Smells are so closely linked with memory. More so than any other sense. Odors take a direct route to the limbic system, including the amygdala and the hippocampus, the regions in the brain related to emotion and memory. There ya go-a bit of trivia!

2020-12-17T16:04:33+00:00December 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Sweet and Salties

It’s December and it’s COLD.  The arctic cold front hit most of the country and it’s cold! It is the perfect day to reflect on all that you haven’t finished for Christmas.  Let’s see…mailing the adorable cards you had made (I mean you did wrestle the monkeys into nice clothes and scream and yell at them and the dog to sit still so you could get that perfect shot), get on Amazon and try to find something for the teenager living with you, finish decorating the tree and finally, deliver the neighbor gifts.  Oh yeah those people that look after your house while you are on vacation and call the cops because your alarm is going off for no reason at all. Well, those people deserve a sweet gift for putting up with your kids throwing a million balls in their side yard or tear up their front yard with their bikes or throwing a football in their tree and trying to climb it to get it out all the while breaking 12 branches. Oh, is that just me? My neighbors are […]

2020-12-17T21:26:20+00:00December 17th, 2020|Desserts|0 Comments

Tetrazzini

I grew up with Chicken Tetrazzini and I absolutely HATED it. I dreaded it every Christmas when we went to West Texas. I have such amazing, truly classic holiday memories from all holidays out there, but not the tetrazzini, lol. When I say classic holidays I mean it was just magical for a kid. We would arrive and my grandmother would have Christmas music playing, the toy tree with the strawberry candies pinned to it and the big flocked tree would be decorated to the hilt. My granddad would wrap the huge pecan tree in the front yard with big blue lights and the house was lined in the colorful lights. It was just beautiful. We would pray for a West Texas snow to make it even prettier.

We would go to church on Christmas Eve with the ENTIRE family (all 27 of us) to this beautiful quintessential small town church-Second Baptist. I still remember the smell-pine trees and tradition. […]

2020-12-10T18:14:33+00:00December 10th, 2020|Meats & Fish, Pasta|0 Comments

Newporter Salad

Well it was a very different Thanksgiving, but I have to say it was kinda nice. I missed the big family, but it was very special to have just my little family of 5. With all our boys away at school I treasure every minute with them. Plus clean up was a breeze!!! Did y’all notice that? I mean 5 plates, 5 napkins, 5 glasses…. It took us about 20 minutes to clean the whole kitchen!!

Since there were only 5 of us we did have a lot of leftovers and we are not big leftovers people so I had to find a way to use them instead of just putting them in the freezer which means I just toss in the trash in 3 months. I first made Turkey Noodle Soup then I made Turkey Tetrazzini then I still had leftover turkey so I made a SALAD! I much needed SALAD! I love the R&D restaurant salad, but I do hate […]

2020-12-10T16:00:48+00:00November 30th, 2020|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Menu

2020 The year of NOT NORMAL! I know we are all ready for this god forsaken year to be over! And it almost is, yay!!  But, even though this year has been absolutely awful I am hopeful that we can have a good Thanksgiving. It will just be my little family-me, my husband and our three boys, but I am grateful for that.  I cannot wait for all my chickens to get home and to share a meal and count our blessings, which are many. Don’t get me wrong, we have had a bad year too-our senior lost SO much last spring that he worked so very hard for, not mention his crappy first semester of college experience. Our junior has lost his first year on varsity, his first formal, a trip he worked so hard to be accepted to attend and our freshman has lost all the experiences that he has waited so patiently for 6 years to have at the school his brothers attended.  It has been hard as a parent to hold my kids as they cry and to […]
2020-11-30T20:16:54+00:00November 17th, 2020|Menus|0 Comments

Easy Chicken Pozole Verde

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If you are looking for an EASY, QUICK, dinner/lunch this is it! Easy Chicken Pozole Verde is so delicious and perfect during the cold winter or the hot summer.  It is a bit tangy with a tiny bit of heat (you can always add more) and it is filling and comforting. Its just so good!

I have dumbed this recipe down so it can literally be made in about 20 minutes and I promise you will not know it did not take all day to make. Sometimes, most of the time, I just don’t have all day to make soup.

You know I looked and looked for years for a good, quick pozole and every recipe I came across had me making the tomatillo sauce from scratch, which is fabulous, but why waste all that time?  Plus finding tomatillos can be hard sometimes. They are the green looking tomatoes that have thin husk on them.  I am sure you have seen them in the grocery and wondered, “what the heck am I to do with those?”. […]

2020-10-30T20:46:22+00:00February 17th, 2020|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Filet Mignon with Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce

Filet Mignon with Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce

Valentine’s Day is holiday that is such a welcome treat after all the New Year’s resolutions of eating healthy and working out more. It is the night that you get to indulge just a bit! But, one thing I don’t like about the Love holiday is the restaurant fight. It is just always such a pain to go out on Valentine’s Day.  The restaurants are crowded, the food is pre-made a week in advance, you feel rushed and plus it costs and arm and leg to be romantic on that day. I have found over the years that we prefer to just stay in on Valentine’s Day. This recipe for Filet Mignon with Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce sounds so fancy, but it is really simple and delicious!

You can use any cut of steak that you prefer and you can use any mix of mushroom you can find. The key to this dish being so fabulous is the sauce.  Please do not be scared off by the word SAUCE.  It is EASY, […]

2020-02-11T21:52:54+00:00February 10th, 2020|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Beef Bourguignon

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Beef Bourguignon is a famous French recipe also known as Beef Burgundy because its beef braised in red wine (typically red Burgundy wine) and beef broth.  It is a go to recipe that everyone should know how to make. It is easy and DELICIOUS! The leftovers are just as good as the first round so be sure to double the recipe.  I serve this over mashed potatoes or noodles and with a huge hunk of fresh bread to soak up all the fabulous juices.

I love the Trader Joes frozen mashed potatoes.  They come out perfect every time.  Just add some milk and heat in the microwave.

Trader Joes Mashed Potatoes

This Beef Bourguignon recipe is not fast only because it takes hours to get the beef so tender, but it is easy in that there is very little hands on time. I will put this in the oven in the afternoon and by dinner everyone is so hungry from smelling it all day.  It is a dish that […]

2020-03-17T14:59:58+00:00January 29th, 2020|Soups & Salads, Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Skinny Alfredo

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I LOVE alfredo sauce and I LOVE pasta, but my waist does not. So, sticking with the theme of trying to eat healthy in January here is recipe for Spaghetti Squash Chicken Skinny Alfredo.  I posted awhile back a recipe I found from Katie Lee for a skinny alfredo which is amazing!  I mean amazing!  You will not be able to tell the difference, I promise!  So I combined that recipe with spaghetti squash to take out the carbs and added in rotisserie chicken to increase the protein and what you have is delicious, healthy and hearty Chicken Alfredo without all the guilt.  And my boys ate this and went back for seconds so it passed that test which is huge!

There are a couple steps to this recipe, but by using rotisserie chicken that takes away one step of roasting or grilling the chicken breasts.  And you can make this in advance and reheat- so make it on a Sunday and serve it one day when you have zero time to make […]

2020-01-10T18:31:37+00:00January 10th, 2020|Meats & Fish, Pasta|0 Comments

15 Bean Soup in the Slow Cooker

15 bean soup

This time of year I am gung ho to cook healthy for me and my family, but I am exhausted from the holidays.  January is just the month of rest not the month of exercise plans and planners, in my opinion.  I need EASY recipes that they will eat. So…here is a super easy one for you.  Now, if you live in Texas or the South the weather has been GORGEOUS and it seems like we should be eating spring salads, but its still January so soups and stews are on the menu.  And if you are like my sister and in-laws who live in the Northeast, god bless you and you need this recipe more than all of us! It is hearty, filling, healthy and I swear your kids will eat it because it has a ham hock in it so it makes it very savory and rich.

I am not a huge slower cooker fan only because the meat tends to be dry and bland when it comes time to serve, but I […]

2020-01-08T18:03:38+00:00January 8th, 2020|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Sausage Balls

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Oh the sausage ball! A Southern staple at any party, kinda like Pimento Cheese. They are just good even after all these years. I guess they have stuck around so long because they are super easy to make and use pretty basic ingredients.  Remember Bisquick when your mom would make pancakes or waffles? Well, it makes a come back in this recipe and its is so good! Another ingredient in this recipe is good ole’ pork breakfast sausage. I like to use regular breakfast sausage, like Jimmy Dean and add red pepper flakes to up the heat because I feel like the hot sausage is too spicy for everyone, but if you like it spicy then by all means use the Hot Breakfast Sausage.

One good thing about this recipe is you can make these in advance and freeze them.  Then just pull them out when you are ready to party and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until warmed through.  You can serve them at fancy parties or at a football tailgate […]

2019-12-17T23:05:18+00:00December 17th, 2019|Starters|0 Comments

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggets with Homemade Canes Sauce

Oven Baked Chicken Nuggest 1

Ok, who needs an EASY yet healthy dinner for the little ones? Or for you-these are so good and I often make them for the boys then end up eating most myself. I have to test them to make sure they are not poisoned, right? One for you, two for mama! Anyway, I promise these are easy and do not take that much time and so, so much better for you than Chic alay (as my son used to call it).  I mean don’t get me wrong we LOVE Chic alay, but I am trying to cut out the fast food in my boys diets as much as I can.  It is very hard when they can drive. I swear the only good a drivers license is for teen boys is for them to get fast food. I’m paying a bloody fortune in insurance so they can eat Taco Bell! So, if I can get them to eat at home it is a win in my book. And, if teenage boys like these Oven […]

2020-09-15T15:22:14+00:00December 17th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Shortbread Cookies

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I have said this before, but I’ll say it again…I am not a baker:) We don’t eat a lot of sweets and I don’t like the exact measuring thing that goes along with baking. But, every now and then I will find a recipe that is super easy and always turns out perfect and this is one of those recipes.  Christmas Shortbread Cookies are delicious and not too sweet.  So many of the treats over the holidays have SO much sugar that it hurts your teeth.  These cookies are perfect with a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon.

I “glazed” these with a quick powdered sugar/lemon glaze, but you can absolutely leave that off and they are still delicious.  And, I obviously used some Christmas cookie cutters, but you can cut them with a knife into squares or use a round cutter-no idea where in the world those Christmas ones came from. I have so much crap!!  I need to get rid of some much crap:)

A couple notes- 1) if your butter is […]

2019-12-10T17:21:22+00:00December 10th, 2019|Desserts|0 Comments

Garlic Edamame

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I am always looking for quick, easy and talked about appetizers. Well, I was at a friends house a few weeks ago and she made these amazing little edamame bites and DAMN they were delicious. She got the recipe from Joyous Apron and happily passed it on to me. We had a party to go to this weekend and I made these Garlic Edamame and everyone inhaled them in about 15 minutes. They are just so easy to eat and kinda addicting.

Not only are they easy to eat they are SUPER easy to make.  Seriously, they take about 10 minutes to make.  My only tip to pass on is to watch the garlic.  You want the garlic to LIGHTLY brown, not burn. If it burns you need to throw it out and start over. There is a huge difference between browned and burnt. Here is a picture of my garlic that is browned.

Garlic Edamame 1

 

I found frozen edamame at Trader Joes, but you can find it in […]

2019-12-09T19:26:38+00:00December 9th, 2019|Starters, Sides|0 Comments

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

It’s Sunday and I don’t know about you, but I am tired from the weekend. During the holiday season I feel like the weekends are a lot of work-I mean going from party to party and charity event to kids activities and dropping of neighbor gifts and just trying to be everywhere and be sparkly and cheery-its a lot of work:)  Don’t get me wrong I am SO grateful to be invited to parties and honored that people still want us around, but every weekend in December is packed full.  I love it, but by Sunday night I am DONE and the last thing I want to do is get in the kitchen! BUT, this dang family still needs to eat and you know how I feel about take out so here is a VERY LAZY dinner-Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken Drumsticks. Serve these with a side of Trader Joes mashed potatoes, a side salad (from a bag) and dinner is DONE. Or these are perfect to serve at a football bowl […]

2019-12-08T16:47:40+00:00December 8th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Cheesy Roasted Asparagus

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Well if your kids don’t like their veggies with this recipe then they are not normal:) This ooey, gooey, cheesy asparagus is so delicious and easy enough to whip up on a crazy busy night, but still gorgeous enough to serve at a dinner party. All your guests will love it, even the ones that say “I don’t like vegetables”. And I promise your kids will love it! This is recipe is also Keto friendly so if you are on that diet then this is PERFECT for you.

In the winter it can be hard to find those beautiful thick asparagus stalks so be sure and watch your cook time if you all you can find is the skinny stalks. There is nothing worse than mushy vegetables so for the skinny stalks cut the cook time down a couple minutes.  If you are lucky enough to find the thick ones then be sure to use your vegetable peeler and peel off the bottom 1/2 of the stalks (after you have cut off the tough woody ends).

Enjoy […]

2020-03-30T21:57:15+00:00December 6th, 2019|Sides, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Creamy Baked Fennel

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Many, many years ago on our way to the Outer Banks we stopped at a random Italian restaurant in a sketchy part of Norfolk, VA. It turned out to be one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Ok, let me rephrase that-it was one of the best random lunches I have ever had.  It did not compare to Daniel in NYC or Village Pub in Palo Alto, but it was damn good! One of the the dishes we ordered was Creamy Baked Fennel.  It was to die for! I mean it was one of those dishes that you think about for weeks after. The entire family loved it which was pretty amazing considering my boys were pretty young at the time. I tried contacting the restaurant many times asking for the recipe and there was never a response so I have been trying to recreate the dish since then.  I think I have finally come up with a recipe that can compete.   Now, keep in mind this is in NO way healthy […]

2020-01-09T16:45:09+00:00December 5th, 2019|Starters, Sides|2 Comments

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup 1

Is it cold where you are? I am so sorry if it is, but it ain’t in Texas, woohoo! It is gorgeous today and I am loving it!  I have the doors open, the music playing and I am in the kitchen. Even though it is sunny and 65 degrees I am still wanting soup because it is December and that is what you are supposed make, right? Well, luckily when I asked my son what he wanted for dinner and he said Broccoli Cheese Soup. Which works out great because I happen to have cream, broccoli and cheese left over from the holiday, so here it is…

If you like Panera’s Broccoli Cheese Soup then you will love this! I put a lot of broccoli in this recipe because A) I like broccoli and B) it is Broccoli Cheese Soup. Oh and I put a lot of cheese in this recipe also, because the name says you have to, duh.  A note about cheese for soups- grate your own off the big block. Don’t […]

2019-12-03T20:13:18+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Cornbread

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Cornbread is kinda like chili-everyone has an opinion about how it is made. In my opinion, there is NO sugar in cornbread! I’m happy to add cheddar cheese, jalapeños, chilis…., but no sugar or honey.  I don’t want to eat cake with chili or in my Thanksgiving Day dressing.  I want bread, so again, NO sugar!

Now that we have that clear here is my recipe for cornbread to served withTexas Chilior soups or for this time of year, Thanksgiving Day Dressing. It freezes great so go ahead and make it in advance if you want. Or make extra and have it for Chili night. Just wrap it in plastic wrap then put it in a zip-lock bag and freeze for up to 2 months.

I like to make my cornbread in a cast iron skillet-we have talked about this and about how every house should have a cast iron skillet. I use mine every single week for something. Put it on your list for Christmas if you don’t have one-I will link a good one below. […]

2019-11-27T16:27:34+00:00November 27th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole

Savory Sweet Potato Casserole 1

Ah the Sweet Potato Casserole…you either hate it or you love it. I personally hate the traditional sweet, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows and sugared pecans-its too sweet. I know a ton of people that love that dish and that is the highlight of the Thanksgiving dinner, but if you come to my house you will see no marshmallows:) with sweet potatoes. Don’t get me wrong I love sweet potatoes, but I like them savory. I have worked over the years to come up with a recipe that is not sweet, but still a great side dish for the turkey. I think you will really like it!

Now, I call this a casserole only because I put it in a casserole dish for easier heating and serving, but I like my sweet potatoes to be kinda like mashed potatoes-creamy, smooth…so by all means treat this like mashed potatoes and serve in a bowl if you prefer.

Side note-Sweet Potatoes don’t have the gluten like regular Russet, Yukon, Baby Bliss… so you do not have to […]

2019-11-20T16:20:30+00:00November 20th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Roasted Carrots

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Roasted Carrots are always a staple on the Thanksgiving table and they could not be easier to make! I make these year round because my family loves them so much and they are weeknight friendly, meaning I can whip them up in about 20 minutes.  And they are pretty hands off so I can pop them in the oven and don’t have to think about it until the timer goes off.

If you are making these for Thanksgiving just get them prepped and put the baking sheet on the back of the counter until the last minute then put them in the oven while the turkey is resting and you are heating any other side dishes. Or if you don’t have counter space or an extra baking sheet you can toss the carrots with the oil and spices and put them in a plastic bag until you are ready/able to put them on a free baking sheet.

Another note- you can absolutely use baby carrots if you do not want to cut the large carrots, but the […]

2019-11-19T19:37:40+00:00November 19th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits

Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits

Ok here it comes…..Thanksgiving recipes! We are about a week and a half out and this is about the time people start really thinking or stressing about the big day! My only advise is to calm down!  It is just dinner and not many people make the entire dinner themselves.  If you are hosting, come up with your menu this week and assign recipes to friends and family.  Take some of the pressure off! And if you are hosting then I would suggest you make only the turkey, but if you are the guest or making some of the sides along with the main course then this is a good one!  Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits!  It’s not traditional, but it is DELICIOUS and will pair perfectly with all the other traditional sides and that juicy turkey.

A side note-chipotle peppers are spicy! So start out using one and work your way up to 2 or 3 depending on how spicy you like it! You can freeze the left over peppers for up to 3 months.

Enjoy!

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2019-11-18T15:36:36+00:00November 18th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments
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