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Easy Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

This Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake comes together quickly when you use leftover shredded meat and extra homemade green enchilada sauce. I love cooking a big batch of meat in the slow cooker, pulling it apart while it's warm and tender, and then using the meat throughout the week. Cook once and eat on it all week is my kind of meal prep! This recipe is just perfect for any kind of meat that you have already shredded and in the fridge. You can use shredded beef, pork, chicken, or even lamb. You can't really go wrong with any of those Continue Reading →


15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

15 One Skillet Dinners

Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You'll cut back on dishes and save yourself time! My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven't gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I'm sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome: When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make a Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Turkey Sandwich

Sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration to make the perfect simple turkey sandwich. This one is piled high with turkey, cheddar, avocado, and more. Friends, I am posting a super simple yet amazingly tasty sandwich recipe. I know what you are thinking: "I'm pretty sure I already know how to make a sammich." Let's me explain just a bit - I know you do, but once in a while you'll see a little inspiration and just know that you can make THAT sandwich and it's going to make your day. I'm here to get you out of your weekend sandwich Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Flatbread Pizzas

Easiest. Recipe. Ever. These flatbread pizzas are perfect to make for a quick lunch, easy dinner, and everything in between. I slice them into short strips once they come out of the oven, and everyone loves the little pizza slices. This is a great meal to get your kids to help with, or to put them in charge of completely if they are working on gaining some independence in the kitchen. This recipe is also a great way to use up odds and ends of vegetables hanging out in the fridge. I get a package of twelve flatbread from Costco; I'll Continue Reading →


Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake

I love meatless meals that you don't even notice are meatless. This Easy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake is one of those meals. It has tons of flavor, color, texture, and cheese, so you won't even miss the meat, and neither will your family. I think that sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite savory pairs, and they go so very well together in this fun dish. I think the sweet creaminess of the sweet potatoes is perfect in a Tex-Mex kind of dish because it compliments all the heat and smokiness so well. You'll Continue Reading →


Easy Vegetable and Cheese Egg Bake

It's no secret that I love a simple easy egg bake. I make some kind of egg bake or quiche about once a week or every other week and I just don't get tired of them. They are really easy meatless (or nearly meat-free) dinner options that the whole family loves. I love that I always have eggs on hand (thank you backyard chickens), that I can sneak vegetables in to dinner, and that it reheats really well. I'll often make a double batch and eat the second half for quick breakfasts the rest of the week. Few things are simpler Continue Reading →


Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Baked Pasta

This baked pasta has been one of my favorite meals since I was newly married. I got the recipe from my Aunt RaNae and have been adapting, enjoying, and making it in all kinds of variations for years. This recipe is simple tried and true deliciousness that you are going to make over and over again. It's super versatile and fool-proof. I like to make the sauce the same every time because that's the backbone of this dish. You have a lot of options when it comes to the kinds of pasta you use (you can use lots of different shapes Continue Reading →


Zucchini Boats with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Zucchini boats are one of my favorite summer dishes when zuchinni is little, tender, and just coming out of the garden. I make this dish with all kinds of things like a rice and hamburger mixture, taco ingredients, and even pizza ingredients. Today I'm sharing the simplest way to make a zucchini boat. It also happens to be one of my favorites. This simple side is sure to please just about any crowd, and you can’t beat how it practically makes itself. Just be sure to find nice young, tender, and not too big zucchini. Super huge zucchini are inevitable now Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


Parmesan Pretzel Bites with Parmesan Dipping Sauce

There's so much to love about this recipe for Parmesan Pretzel Bites with Parmesan Dipping Sauce. Homemade soft pretzels are one of my favorite foods and they are so much fun to make with kids! I made these last week with my two little boys and it was a lot of fun. The best part though, we got to eat our fun! I'm so excited to be posting today. My computer has been in the shop for the last 12 days. I bought a laptop the night I dropped my computer off, planning to work from the laptop, but it didn't quite Continue Reading →


Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos are as tasty as the pictures look friends! I am working with Sabra (you know, the hummus folks) today and I'm so excited! I made this recipe with football, parties, and entertaining in mind. I love these easy skillet nachos for a few reasons. One, they are delicious and they look fabulous. Two, they take very little time to make which makes them perfect for a party. Three, who doesn't love nachos!?! They are a total crowd pleaser. Making a huge batch of nachos in a skillet means that you can serve them Continue Reading →


Not Yo Mama’s Bean Dip

Bean dip is my jam. I love the stuff. My mom has been whipping up her amazing bean dip to take to parties and family functions for as long as I can remember, and I find myself making it again and again. It's super easy, it travels well, and who doesn't like a creamy cheesy bean dip?! Appetizers and finger foods are in high demand this time of year and I've got just the recipe for you today. There are two secrets for making a truly amazing bean dip. First, you season and then whip the beans. Whip 'em, whip 'em Continue Reading →


15 Must-Make Homemade Pizza Recipes + My favorite quick and easy pizza sauce recipe!

15 Must-Make Homemade Pizza Recipes because pizza! Are you making homemade pizza yet? I know that having $5 pizza on every street corner sure takes the appeal out of making homemade pizza, but it just isn't the same. Fancy wood-fired pizza places are delicious but spendy, and everyone knows that frozen pizzas just aren't all they are advertised to be. There's something magical about warm homemade dough bubbling away in the oven with all kinds of toppings, cheese, and a little bit of love. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can choose whatever you want to go on top. Continue Reading →


South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche

South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche is just the dish that you need in your meal plan this coming week. I love making egg heavy dishes because owning backyard chickens means I always have eggs on hand and because they are delicious. Quiche used to really scare me and I would often make egg bakes (same idea just without a crust) because pie crust! Just thinking about making a pie crust sent shivers down my spine. I have attempted so many different pie crusts it's not even funny. They always turn out weird. I need a pie crust cooking lesson Continue Reading →


Zucchini and Sweet Corn Quesadillas

Zucchini and Sweet Corn Quesadillas are just the thing that you need to start the rest of your week off right. Meatless Monday have you scratching your head for delicious ideas that don't involve tofu or quinoa? This simple meal is the perfect thing to stick on your meal plan for the coming week. When you add the simple pleasure of zucchini, some sweet fresh corn, and a little zip from that delicious Pepper Jack cheese, you have a winning dinner that comes together in about 15 minutes! I served these sweet corn quesadillas with some sliced tomatoes and cucumbers and Continue Reading →


Baked Denver Omelet

When I was a kid, there was one thing that my dad was really good at making: omelets! He had a special little pan he'd use and we'd enjoy made-to-order omelets occasionally on weekends. Omelet-making is a skill that I have never mastered but they have a flavor that I love. So instead of making a bunch of individual omelets, I like to throw all of that goodness in a baking dish and just stick it in an oven. Today's recipe for an easy Baked Denver Omelet is one of my favorites! It's simple, full of ham which my kids Continue Reading →


Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite Mexican meals - Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny. Have you all been introduced to the Food Nanny? She's fabulous! Her name is Liz Edmunds and she does a cooking show where she bring family meals back into people's lives. She loves the idea of family dinner, is a great meal planner, and her recipes are tried and true. You can watch her show here. I've been a fan for a few years now and this is my favorite recipes of hers. Tomatillo Ranch Burritos use my Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro Continue Reading →


Tomato Basil Cheese Crackers

When you have fancy cheese in your fridge, sometimes it's fun to do something a little special with it. Tomato Basil Cheese Crackers were just the thing my brick of Cabot Tomato Basil Cheddar Cheese needed. This stuff is so good and I have my friends at Cabot to thank for sending it to me. They are so generous in their cheese gifts and I love using their products. That Tomato Basil Cheddar is just the kind of treat you need in your life when you are dreaming of summer gardens, but still have to wait for the snow to melt Continue Reading →


Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

I have all kind of macaroni and cheese recipes on the blog, and today I have a Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese to add to the collection. This is a great recipe to make for lunch when your kids are in the mood for something simple, hot, and filling, and you need something that comes together in without any fuss. This recipe is so easy and we loved the extra creamy results. This recipe is extra easy because you cook the macaroni right in the milk that helps to make the sauce. There's no water to boil or noodles to rinse. Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie

A warm, filling, and healthy dinner that can be on the table in about 30 minutes is my kind of meal. If you love all things Mexican like we do, then this will really be a hit with your family. Healthy Whole Grain Tamale Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods from my childhood, and I know it will become a quick favorite in your house too. My beautiful mom made a simple version of this whole grain tamale pie using a Jiffy cornbread mix and a can of chili. I've recreated this favorite with a homemade whole grain (and naturally Continue Reading →


Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

Be still my salad loving heart. Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a keeper, friends. I call this salad "girl food," which means it's just the perfect dish to make when you are having your best friend over for a playdate. Feed the kids quesadillas or PB&J, send them out to play or get out the train tracks, and then hide in the kitchen to scarf this down with your favorite free therapist. That's what best friends are, right?! I've been dreaming of this salad for weeks and finally made it, took pictures, and then had a big Continue Reading →


Leftover Turkey Taquitos

Christmas Eve is all about the appetizers and finger foods in our family. It's a fun and easy way for everyone to bring a few little things and no one to be stuck in the kitchen all day. When your family owns the grocery store in town (and lots of them work there too), days like Christmas Eve are busy at the store. No one has time to make a huge formal Christmas Eve dinner. Plus, when you have a bunch of different dishes, there's something everyone loves and eats. That's a nice perk when you have a lot of Continue Reading →


The one cookbook you should be asking Santa for this year + Easy Skillet Pizza

America's Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and it's their best yet. This cookbook is going to be the standard for the coming years because it really is the best cookbook on the market. It's a bit like they smushed my other two favorite cookbooks together to make one amazing and very complete cooking bible. Be still my heart! This is the one cookbook you should be asking Santa for, and plan on giving it for wedding and birthday gifts this coming year. It's the kind of book that everyone needs, no matter how good (or not) they are Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Hot Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels are a family favorite this time of year. They are quick and easy and perfect to take to a party or snack on while watching Elf. This recipe come from my dear friend Katie. I worked for Katie's mom in high school at their family deli, but she was a few years older than me and I wouldn't say that we were really friends then. I'm not even sure how it happened, but sometimes when we were both in college at BYU, we clicked and spent many hours together after that. Katie moved me into apartments, she Continue Reading →


16 Soups, Stews, and Chili Recipes with beans

16 Soups, Stews, and Chili Recipes with beans is a round up I'm excited about! I love all things comforting soup this time of year and I love when soups, stews, and chilis include lots of beans. Beans are awesome for a couple or reason. They are are a great filler to replace some of the meat in soup and chili recipes. This is good for the budget but it's also pretty good for you. Beans are loaded with fiber which keeps you full, have lots of protein, and they also include lots of trace minerals like magnesium, copper, and iron. Continue Reading →


Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins

Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins are tender savory muffins that combine three of my favorite things: cheese, bacon, and cornbread. Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins are tender savory muffins that combine three of my favorite things: cheese, bacon, and cornbread. They are amazing! My kids loved them, Husband loved them, I loved them. I served these up with an easy potato corn chowder one night last week and they made for an impressive side. The next morning I fried up a fresh orange-yolked egg and used a halved muffin like a bun. Best idea ever. These muffins would be an excellent addition to Continue Reading →


19 Pizza Recipes Worth Taking A Look At

Now that fall is officially here, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a bunch of delicious pizza recipes. The school schedules are starting to fall back into their groove, which makes meal planning easier, the weather is cooler which makes turning on the oven easier, and these are pizza recipes, which makes everything in life easier. You can never ever have too much pizza in my opinion. Friday pizza night is on! 19 Pizza Recipes Worth Taking a Look At 1. Homemade Whole Wheat Pizza from Kitchen Meets Girl 2. Homemade Extra Cheese Pizza from Sally's Baking Addiction 3. Barbecue Chicken Pizza from Lil' Luna 4. Steak Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Ranch Chicken Bake

Hey friends! Life is so crazy right now. We are literally a day or two away from opening the hardware store that we've been working on for almost 2 years. We are waiting for the building inspector to come one last time and issue our occupancy permit. While we are knee-deep in the final stages of cleaning and general business I have my friend Emily here to share a great recipe for Ranch Chicken Bake (no ranch packet included! Yay!). By the end of the week I should have a post on the hardware store for you as well as Continue Reading →


Herbed Tomato Bacon Pizza

Homemade pizza... there's nothing better for a Friday night at home if you ask me! My mom's homemade pizza was famous when I was a kid. I remember once when I was in junior high school I had a classmate over to work on a project (a solar system diorama I do believe). She happened to be around at dinner time and had Mom's pizza with us. She was so shocked and amazed that people made their own pizza and then she was even more shocked when she tasted it. There's just no match for homemade pizza! Now that I'm a Continue Reading →


Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Few things could make Monday better than the recipe for Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potatoes au Gratin. They are very literally perfect; cheesy, starchy, potato-laden heaven. Not only are they delicious, they are easy too. You don't even have to peel the potatoes! These are a perfect side for any grilled meat and are one of my favorite dishes to take to pot-lucks and family dinners. It's a recipe that you need in your archive, and if eating gluten free is an issue for you or a family member I have instructions on how to make this dish gluten free in Continue Reading →


15 Burrito Recipes – because you can never have enough Mexican food in your life!

I'm in love with all things Mexican, especially in the summer when there are so many amazing vegetables to stick in and on top of tacos, burritos, nachos, and Mexi casseroles. I thought I'd share the love today with 15 amazing burrito recipes that are sure to please. Top with that delicious blender salsa I posted on Monday and life will be grand. Have a great day friends! Dinner is served. 1. Southwestern Crunchy Burritos from Happy Food Healthy Life 2. Chipotle Shrimp Burritos from FoodieCrush 3. Slow Cooker Chile Colorado Smothered Burritos from The Recipe Critic 4. Chicken Fajita Breakfast Burritos from Buns In My Continue Reading →


Easy No-bake Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Happy Monday Friends! Post-holiday Monday's are rough, aren't they? I have laundry up to my eyeballs and tired kids who still seem to be coming off their sugar high. The last things that I want to do it think about dinner because all I really want is a popsicle, some leftover parade candy, and maybe a slice of pie. If you are in the same boat then I have a great recipe for easy homemade macaroni and cheese for you today. It's so simple, it's one of my kids' very favorite dishes, and you probably have everything on hand to make Continue Reading →


South of the Border Chipotle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese Month?! Well now you do! I love a party as much as the next girl, so I thought it only appropriate to celebrate this totally random, yet quiet delicious tribute to melted cheese with you. Of course I made you no ordinary grilled cheese sammich to celebrate. I made you a ridiculously delicious South of the Border Chipotle Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Now that friends, is love. Have you tried Cabot Chipotle Cheddar Cheese? It will change your taco/nacho/grilled cheese life. I have a hard time finding it out here in Utah, but when Continue Reading →


Spring Snack Mix

Spring has sprung! And I have a Spring Snack Mix that is going to put a little hop in your step (get it... hop, bunnies, spring!) I'm so pleased to be participating in the 12 bloggers fun this month because the recipes look amazing and it's just in time for Easter and spring. This group is 12 fun bloggers, sharing 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. Now that is a lot of joy in one post if you ask me. My recipe isn't much of a recipe today, more of an idea, but I know you'll like it. We aren't big candy eaters and Continue Reading →


Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie

It's been so quiet around here lately! I thought we should end the work week with a delicious recipe and then I have some explaining to do come Monday. This recipe is one that I shared a year or so ago on another blog, but I thought it was high time it made an appearance here. Easy Ham and Cheese Breakfast Pie is kind of a cross between a quiche (very eggy) and a strata (very bready). My family loved it! You can't go wrong with eggs, ham, and cheese all piled into one dish. Plus it's super easy. We aren't a big breakfast Continue Reading →


Amazing Quesadillas and an i-pad Mini Giveaway!

Quesadillas that will knock your socks off and a chance to win an i-pad mini equal a pretty great day in my book! First up those quesadillas... I'm guest posting today over at Lil' Luna with some amazing Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas. They are the after effects of making those oh-so-tasty stuffed bell peppers a few weeks ago. You guys, they are amazing! A little more prep than your average cheese and tortilla concoction, but so worth the effort. The recipe won't be showing up here, so if you want it, pop over to Lil' Luna and get it. And second an Continue Reading →


Ham and Cheese Quesadillas

What is it with school-time that seems so busy?! This is my first year sending a little one to school and it already feels so structured and a bit rushed all the time. Call me crazy but I loved the lack of a super set schedule before "the school years" hit. Sure we had a flexible schedule of how our day went, but nothing so rigid and confining. That being said, I need some easy dinner options and these ham and cheese quesadillas totally fit the bill. They are quick, easy, and filling. Plus I can highlight some of the Continue Reading →


Pulled BBQ Pork Quesadilla and Thrift Store Finds

Hello you! I mentioned in my Confessions post last week that Lil Luna wasn't the only fancy blog that I am a contributor for this year. We'll it's time to let you all in on the secret. I'm also working with I Heart Nap Time! Many of you know and read Jamielyn's blog (it's amazing) and I'm so excited to be a part of it. It's a really big opportunity for me and I hope that it helps me to grow, grow, grow. It's so much fun sharing recipes and food love and now I have access to an even Continue Reading →


Cheesy Broccoli Soup in the Crock Pot

// The weather here has been uncharacteristically warm so we are really getting a lot done on the house. Thomas has replaced windows in the basement, the bath room is sheet rocked, and one bedroom downstairs is almost done being sheet rocked. We are working on sprucing up the outside while the weather is nice and hope to put a big dent in all things remodeling this month. Plus we've found more stuff in the walls! I think I'll post about that tomorrow. Any guesses on what we found? And, no, it's not another royal icing rose. (Did you catch Continue Reading →


Very Merry Cheese Ball Recipes

Cheese ball season is here! Are you as excited as I am?! A few weeks ago I did a cheese ball making demonstration for the ladies at church and it was a big hit. We got to eat all of the wares with lunch and I was in cheese ball heaven. My love of cheese balls came from my first job working at a deli in Columbus, Indiana. Two of the cheese ball recipes are actually from that deli and I've been making them for years. The other two are just as amazing (cue the bacon). I actually made mini cheese Continue Reading →


Nacho Cheese Sauce

Naaachoooo! Oh, you knew I had to go there. Yesterday's recipe for those seriously perfect oven fries can only be improved with nacho cheese sauce to dip them in. What isn't improved by nacho cheese, really? Plan on making the fries and the nacho cheese for some post-Thanksgiving snacking while the family is still in town. They'll be impressed with your healthier take on drive-in food, and you won't even tell them how easy it was to whip up. Happy Turkey Day all. Eat to your heart's content; we'll get back to health and moderation on Monday! Nacho Cheese Sauce Adapted from How to Cook Continue Reading →


Cheesy Chili Lime Popcorn

I love popcorn. I bought a simple air-popper at a garage sale a few years ago and I pull it out multiple times a week. I feel like it's a quick, easy, inexpensive, and healthy snack that we all really like. A little butter and salt make air-popped popcorn delicious and it's way better for you than that microwaved stuff.I was in the mood for something different one day and so this recipe was born. I recently acquired some queso cotija. It's a Mexican cheese that resembles Parmesan but is incredibly salty. I haven't liked anything that I used it on until now; this cheese was Continue Reading →


Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon

We have some amazing friends that we've met since  moving here. They come to help work on the house and they invite us over for dinner, too! The husband is the cook in their family, and he has introduced me to some of my now favorite things. He bestowed the gift of Doobers to me and he also blessed me with the knowledge of Mezzetta's tamed jalapeno peppers. The jalapenos are the pickled nacho-type but they are are only about a medium on the heat scale. Their flavor is delicious, but the heat is toned down. I like hot things but sometimes Continue Reading →