Mushroom Parmesan Risotto

Welcome to the ultimate delicious, cozy, creamy, customizable side dish. Risotto! I made this a few weeks back with our favorite Slow Cooker Short Ribs and it was the perfect compliment. The richness of it works great with anything saucy ( it holds the flavors from sauce ah-mazingly) OR is great paired with fresh vegetables to make it feel lighter. The awesome thing about risotto in general is it’s not complicated and can really be made with any type of vegetable or additions you want. Also, it immediately makes the meal feel like a splurge because of it’s creaminess and cheesiness. Some of my favorite risotto’s feature asparagus, zucchini or pancetta. But this particular version […]

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One Pan Pesto Zoodles

Howdy my friends! So today I’ve got a super simple, heavy on the veggie, one pan meal to share with you. It can be made vegetarian or with meat AND for everyone with food allergies- it is gluten free and could be vegan if you either made or bought a pesto with no parmesan cheese. My favorite part? Everything’s cooked in one pan and it’s very light, making it the perfect lunch or dinner as the weather get’s warmer. The beautiful part about these basic recipes is that you could really make it your own! I included chicken sausage in the recipe as it was for dinner and we wanted to add a little more […]

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Thailand Treats

 In my opinion, and fortunately Adam’s too, the most fun part of traveling is the food. I mean what better way to get a true taste of the culture and interact with people than through a meal. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the amazing food we ate in Thailand! I’m going to get around to doing a complete post about our trip and lots of photos of each place, but in the mean time- thought I’d tantalize the tastebuds with some yummy pictures and descriptions! Surprisingly enough- some of our favorite meals ended up being breakfast ( not traditional thai), a super hot pepper pizza on an island and a simple dish from […]

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Brussels & Bacon Pasta

This is the perfect spring dish… can you tell I’m dreaming of warmer weather as I stare out at the remnants of a late march snow? It’s my favorite type of dish in that it’s a combo of light and fresh flavors, lots of veggies and lemon juice, paired with indulgence in the form of bacon and parmesan cheese.It makes for a really easy weeknight dinner or pasta dish for a picnic or BBQ. I’m already envisioning eating this at vineyards this summer paired with bottles of rose or white wine. Sigh. Bottles are acceptable- right?  The best part, this only takes 10 ingredients to make and 20 minutes to cook.  Ingredients: brussel sprouts, asparagus, lemon, white onion, garlic, chicken […]

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Lazy Sunday Sweet Potato Hash

We’ve been really lazy on 2018’s weekends so far, especially when it comes to weekend breakfast’s/lunch/brunch meals and getting out of bed early. I mean it’s hard to be motivated when every morning it’s usually somewhere between 5 and 20 degrees, making doing things outside or get started with your day a little harder.  That being said, this hash is the perfect lazy, eat brunch around 2 pm on a cold winter day, type of meal. Not to mention it’s made of all good thing’s- veggies, sweet potato’s and chicken sausage, letting you stick to those healthy eating resolutions and feel spoiled. I will say, we did better than usual this morning and went on a […]

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Lemon Dijon Chicken

So, it’s day 2 of the whole 30 (the second attempt) and I’ve already dropped the ball on being organized and meal prepping. This, I can already tell, and yes I have read over & over, is the key to succeeding on this change in eating. The inner planner in me loves this in theory and then oversleeps and runs out the door without thawing chicken or doesn’t make a list for the grocery store. This is one of those evenings when I come home and feel crazed I’m so hungry and on the verge of making a terrible desperate food decision.. especially when hearing my other half had a burger for lunch. Yes, we […]

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Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a flavorful north African baked egg dish with sautéed peppers, tomatoes and spices, topped with poached eggs and herbs. It’s one of those dishes that sounds fancy and complicated but is actually very simple and delicious. It’s the perfect dish for a cozy fall dinner or a savory brunch with friends. Plus, it has the added bonus of being a healthy vegetarian option with tons of flavor. Meatless Monday anyone? This particular version does include chorizo though because… well it’s delicious. Simple Ingredients, Tons of Flavor The first time I had this dish at a restaurant, I was convinced it must have hundreds of spices I had never heard of. After realizing my […]

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Baked Chicken Parmesan

This recipe has become a weeknight staple for Adam & I! It’s simple, warm & comforting and can be made to be a little lighter for a “skinny” version or more luxurious aka carbs & extra cheese. The recipe came from Skinny Taste, one of my favorite blogs for healthier ideas and then was added to by yours truly. We eat a lot of chicken because it’s simple, cheap to be honest and can be made a million different ways.  This is a nice version to make the rotation of chicken & veggie dishes a tad more exciting. Plus- a simple delicious version of broccoli on the side helps add to it. I’ve been reminded […]

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Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

Enter a delicious, easy clean up, sheet pan dinner! You can make it ahead & let it marinate for up to a day. Adam and I follow the “whoever cooks doesn’t clean” rule, but with two people who equally love to cook and equally hate the dishes, it often results in rock paper scissor battles OR, the worst method…. who can out wait the other. But- this recipe is the easiest clean up ever. You fold up the tin foil and throw it away! TADA! Leaving more time for your evening routine- whether that be Netflix binging, reading, exercising (go you) or putting kiddo’s to bed.  Plus- did I mention it’s delicious? Do not let […]

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