Sloppy Joes

Football season is in full swing, and on those chilly Sunday nights I’m usually craving just one thing-  something warm, comforting, and FAST. I’m talking on the table in 20 minutes. How about Sloppy Joes as a blast from your childhood? This is the best version I’ve had- packed with so much flavor and tenderness;…

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Pasta Salad with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Trofie pasta is one of my newly discovered favorite pastas. It’s short and twisty and has a similar texture to gnocchi, but not quite as thick. Trofie is usually used in Italian cooking, especially with pesto, but I was in the mood for a Summer-like salad using cucumber, basil, fresh mozzarella, slow-roasted tomatoes, and of course,…

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Lemon Pasta Salad

Weekend happiness brought to you by: lemon, cherry tomatoes, arugula, and fusilli pasta. We are planning to go on a long boat outing tomorrow, weather permitting, for my 30th birthday (yikes!). I was looking for something that can easily be made a day ahead of time and doesn’t need any reheating or final touches. This…

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Peanut Chicken Quesadillas

Here’s another great quick and easy lunch/dinner idea. Flour tortillas packed with shredded chicken, lots of blended cheese, green onion, and my new favorite obsession- peanut sauce. Peanut sauce is made from peanut butter, which of course is always welcome at my table. It’s blended with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and lime juice, and becomes this…

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Happy Friday! So, funny story about this baked macaroni. I made it, snapped some photos, ate it for lunch, and got SO excited to write about it that I completely forgot to put it away in the fridge. So now it’s been hours later and I’m trying to decide if it’s still okay to eat….

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Taco Cupcakes

Always say yes to dinner that comes out of a muffin tin. These mini taco cupcakes give a fun spin to taco night. DOUBLE layer tacos made with wonton wrappers, beans, seasoned spicy beef, chips, and cheese. Add your favorite toppings like sour cream, cilantro, or chopped tomatoes.  It’s true, sometimes good things come in small packages. 

Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Mini Deep Dish Pepperoni Pizzas for the win! These are a great new twist on Friday pizza night. Bake up some ready-made pizza dough filled with sauce, pepperoni, and cheese in some muffin tins to create your own “deep dish” hand held pizzas. I usually serve these (recipe makes 12) with a bowl of salad…

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Easy Croque Monsieur

Let’s talk about easy recipes for a sec. The kind of easy recipes that require hardly any thought or energy to prep and less than two minutes in the oven. Yes, less than two minutes. Now that’s my kind of easy cooking. These croque monsieurs are one of my all time favorite meals to make…

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Meatball Sub on a Stick

This Meatball Sub on a Stick recipe is a fun spin on the classic! I used turkey for the meatballs so it’s low fat as well as delicious!

At Home Meatball Sandwich

The best Italian meatball sub that you can make right at home! Tender meatballs made with shallots, garlic, parsley, and Parmesan over baguettes with marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese.

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

This is the vegetarian version of a ground beef stuffed peppers recipe I found a while ago. Honestly, I think I prefer this one! Quinoa, carrots, corn, celery, onion, beans, and spices stuffed inside a bell pepper topped with cheese. Great healthy lunch or dinner!

Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

This is one of my grandma’s favorite recipes. It makes a perfect side dish or can be used as a light lunch. Rich, creamy, and decadent!