Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts

Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts ~ 1 pan ~ seared chicken, brussels sprouts + gruyere/white cheddar cheese sauce topped with toasted bread crumbs.

Dinner | November 10, 2018 | By

Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Brussels Sprouts ~ tender pasta, bites of caramelized chicken and sliced brussels sprouts blanketed in a luxuriously creamy smoked gruyere-white cheddar cheese sauce.

Few foods are more comforting than pasta and gooey melted cheese sauce. This dish has both, plus bites of caramelized chicken and thinly sliced brussels sprouts and it’s all topped with toasted bread crumbs.

This is the sort of slow moving Sunday Supper that you whip up while wearing your favorite comfy pants but it’s so quick and easy to make you can have that kind of delicious comfort (and yes, the comfy pants too) any night of the week.

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Caramel Apple Pomegranate Mimosa

Caramel Apple Pomegranate Mimosa ~ Fresh apple cider, pomegranate juice and caramel vodka topped off with champagne in a caramel-sugar rimmed glass.

Dinner | November 2, 2018 | By

Fresh apple cider blended with pomegranate juice and caramel vodka topped off with champagne in a caramel-sugar rimmed glass.

The hardest part about hosting a holiday dinner is deciding on a signature cocktail. I’m kidding! My hat is off to all the heavy lifters planning, shopping for and cooking a meal that takes weeks of preparation and mere minutes to devour.

Friends, life just ain’t fair, but I have you covered with a delicious, simple adult beverage that’ll get the party started.

Caramel flavored vodka, fresh apple cider and pomegranate juice topped off with champagne in a sugary, caramel rimmed flute.

If all that sounds good, it tastes even better and makes the ideal celebratory cocktail for the holidays, Sunday brunch or, hey . . .  just a very long Monday.

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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

turkey sweet potato chili ~ garnished with sliced avocado, includes black beans and corn.

Dinner, Soup | October 19, 2018 | By

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili ~ delicious ground (or leftover) turkey chili with bites of sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, onion and bold spices.

The level of intensity of a chili connoisseur when discussing chili preferences always amazes me. Beans, no beans. Meat ~ what kind? Do real men eat chili made with . . . ahem . . .turkey? And if they do, will their man card be automatically and immediately revoked?

There are, however a few guidelines most of us can agree upon. First, chili should pack heat. Serious heat and second, it should be thick, not wimpy; otherwise, it’s just soup.

From there the sky or (chili) pot is the limit. In my book, chili must have beans with the exception of the kind that blankets a hot dog. In that case, no beans. 

So go forth, slice up some jalapenos, add a protein, some vegetables and yes, beans. I beg of you. Beyond that, live your best chili life designing or redesigning this recipe as you like. 

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Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

creamy cajun chicken pasta ~ cajun seasoned chicken bites, penne pasta, mushrooms, bell peppers in a creamy spicy alfredo sauce.

Dinner | September 27, 2018 | By

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta ~ bites of spicy Cajun chicken, pasta, sliced mushrooms and bell pepper in a creamy Cajun alfredo sauce.

There’s just two of at the dinner table most of the time these days so I try to create dishes we both like. Some days are more challenging than others.

That’s not to say my husband is a picky eater ~ he’s not. But in his world, food should be (a) spicy, (b) fried (c) smothered in gravy or (d) some combination.

This Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta falls into the spicy category but it was definitely not a hit with him. That’s okay. Just as he prefers a cold beer to my glass of wine, we don’t have to agree on everything we eat.

That said, I loved it. LOVED. It.  I ate it for dinner and leftovers for lunch the following day. I even found myself grabbing a couple of pieces of cold pasta right from the fridge.  I was happy to polish it off myself. Every last bite.

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Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaf, topped with a spicy hoison sauce.

Appetizers & Beverages, Dinner | September 24, 2018 | By

Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps ~ Asian seasoned ground chicken sautéed with mushrooms, green onions and water chestnuts, nestled in lettuce leaves and topped with a spicy hoisin sauce.

When I look back on old posts like this one, it reminds me of photos my kids come across of me that they find hilarious. “Those glasses ~ that hair!”. 

The old photos from the original Easy Chicken Lettuce Wraps post were just as awkward and cringe-worthy.

But what I had forgotten about this recipe because I hadn’t made it in a while is . . . dang! ~ it’s sooo good! I do remember how my husband and I almost arm-wrestled over the last wrap. He ended up eating it, but  I would have won. I totally would have won. 

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Cucumber Dill Salmon

cucumber dill salmon ~ salmon filet topped with creamy cucumber dill sauce served with brussels sprouts

Dinner | September 19, 2018 | By

Cucumber Dill Salmon ~ pan seared salmon topped with a creamy cucumber-dill sauce. Simple, sophisticated taste in just 20 minutes.

Today I’m throwing back to a few years ago when I first published this recipe. I’ve updated the photos to show how drool-worthy this recipe is and added a video to show how easy it is to make this recipe in under 20 minutes.

There are just a few ingredients in this light, fresh salmon dish, but friends, mayonnaise isn’t one of them.

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ~ authentic Mexican flavor with just 10 minutes hands on time. Take your enchilada recipe to the next level.

Dinner | August 28, 2018 | By

Homemade Enchilada Sauce ~ authentic, classic Mexican flavor with just 10 minutes hands on time. 

I’ve made Enchiladas lots of times using canned sauce and eaten them even more times in restaurants. I’m pretty sure the deep, rich flavor of the restaurant sauce didn’t come from a can. 

It wasn’t until we had a bumper crop of jalapenos (because how many poppers can you eat?!)  that I decided to make my own. This recipe almost as simple as opening a can, but better. So much better and with the bold, authentic flavors you crave. 

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Beef Kabobs

beef kabobs ~ marinated, skewered beef, peppers, mshrooms and onions

Dinner | August 6, 2018 | By

Beef Kabobs ~ steak and vegetable kabobs marinated in simple, everyday ingredients to lock in delicious, bold taste. Grill with bell peppers, onions and mushrooms for a complete meal on a stick. 

It’s hard to believe we’re post 4th of July and Labor Day is fast approaching. Seems like only yesterday I flagged down the ice cream truck for a sweet treat. Wait ~ that was yesterday . . . and many other warm summer days. 

Before we start buying Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer and indulging in pots of spicy chili while we root on the home football team, let’s fire up the grill again for these tender, juicy Beef Kabobs. Otherwise known as a meal on a stick.

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Tomato Galette

Tomato Galette ~ sweet summer tomatoes baked with tangy goat cheese, fresh basil and thyme wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust.

Dinner | August 2, 2018 | By

Tomato Galette ~ sweet summer tomatoes baked with tangy goat cheese, fresh basil and thyme wrapped in a buttery, flaky crust.

If I were cooking for the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond I’d make this Tomato Galette. It’s simple, rustic and as down to earth as she is. You could add a salad if you’d like, but Ree and I would need nothing more with it than a glass or two of sangria.   

I met the Pioneer Woman at a food blog conference a couple of years ago and even though I’m pretty sure she doesn’t remember me or our 45 second conversation I remember her warmth and that she’s actually as beautiful as she is on TV. In fact, I imagine us BFF’s, sitting on her wrap around porch, sharing recipes, food blogger war stories and of course, this Tomato Galette.

Later we’d catch one of the gorgeous sunsets I’ve seen in photos on her blog. A girl can dream, right? But the fact remains that if we ever met up on her ranch, we’d be eating something as perfectly imperfect as this Tomato Galette because that’s the kind of BFF’s I imagine we’d be.

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Healthy Taco Salad

Healthy Taco Salad ~ greens + chipotle seasoned ground meat, beans, avocado, corn, tomatoes & cheese + a 5 ingredient salsa verde Greek yogurt dressing.

Dinner | July 11, 2018 | By

Healthy Taco Salad ~ lettuce, chipotle seasoned ground meat, black beans, creamy avocado, sweet corn, fresh diced tomatoes, bell pepper and sharp cheddar cheese plus a simple 5-ingredient Salsa Verde Greek Yogurt Dressing.

When my youngest daughter was in elementary school her two favorite lunchroom meals were Popcorn Shrimp and Walking Tacos.

Popcorn Shrimp was the tiniest shrimp you could imagine with a thick breading, fried and served with ketchup. The Walking Taco started with a mini bag of Fritos topped with seasoned ground beef and the sort of warm, gooey “cheese” that requires air quotes to describe. The whole meal was served inside the actual Fritos bag. 

I’ll admit, letting her buy these meals didn’t earn me Mother of the Year Award but overall, she was a healthy eater, loved fruit and would try most foods. She’s still the same way and since this Healthy Taco Salad is her brainchild I think Walking Tacos days are behind her.

The salad dressing recipe is my own creation ~ an accomplishment for someone whose best salad recipe before this one involves potatoes and full fat mayonnaise and you guys, this dressing is good.  

Healthy Taco Salad hits every flavor note from the crispy lettuce to the tangy, Salsa Verde Greek Yogurt dressing and everything in between.

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