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    Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

    Most people would associate sweet potatoes with fall, but I love sweet potatoes any time of year. The recipe I’m sharing today I found via Pinterest almost 2 years ago and I’ve made a handful of times. It’s a Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potato. It is so tasty and filling. I can eat it with just a small side salad or something and be good for a meal. It’s also great to bring to work for lunch. I just pop a potato in the microwave and it heats up really well. For the recipe you’ll need: sweet potatoes olive oil black beans corn salsa lime juice cumin salt & pepper crushed…

  • BLT Panini

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    BLT Style Panini

    I’m calling this a “BLT Style” Panini because instead of lettuce, I used spinach and I also included pepper jack cheese. For this panini, I used a griddler/panini press. I built my sandwich with ciabatta, baby spinach, tomato, bacon, and pepper jack cheese. Then, I pressed it in the griddler until it was heated through and the cheese started to melt. So easy! Easy lunch or weeknight meal!

  • Orzo Vegetable Soup

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    Orzo Vegetable Soup

    I know with the warm weather, soup is probably the last thing on your mind. But, I literally can have soup any time of the year. This one-pot orzo vegetable soup is one I’ve been making for over a year and it’s so good! I found the recipe on Pinterest and I pretty much use the exact recipe. The only change I make is that I add in extra orzo, because who doesn’t love orzo? So my soup has less liquid and more orzo. I also adjust the recipe based on how much I want to make. For the recipe you’ll need: olive oil yellow onion carrots celery garlic vegetable…

  • Arugula & Basil Pesto

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    Arugula & Basil Pesto

    What is one way you de-stress when things are stressful or chaotic in your life or the world? I like going for my monthly massages, especially since my shoulders are forever aching, but since my massage place has been closed due to the pandemic (I can’t wait for it to reopen!) I haven’t had that outlet to relax. One thing I enjoy doing is cooking. A lot of my friends hate to cook, but I actually really like it. The clean-up not so much. I don’t know that I find it relaxing exactly. I always end up sweating from trying to get everything done and prepped, make sure things aren’t boiling…

  • Thai Peanut Sauce Chicken

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    Chicken with Thai Peanut Sauce

    I love peanut sauce, do you? Luckily, I’m not allergic to nuts, because I love all the peanut components to Thai food. Today, I’m sharing an easy chicken recipe with a thai peanut sauce. The original recipe has the chicken on skewers, but I didn’t put mine on skewers. The original recipe also has the sauce as a dipping sauce and I drizzled the sauce on top of my chicken just to keep things easier especially since I wasn’t skewering them. Other than the skewers, the only other thing I changed from the original recipe is that I used ground ginger instead of fresh because when I was making this…

  • Copycat Pizza Hut Breadsticks

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    Copycat Pizza Hut Breadsticks

    When I was in elementary school, Pizza Hut used to do this thing called “Book It” – I think that’s what it was called anyway. You had a chart to record your daily reading amounts and when you completed the chart you could bring it in to Pizza Hut for a free personal pan pizza. It was my favorite thing! So aside from the delicious supreme personal pan pizza I would get, my family would always get an order of the breadsticks. I love the Pizza Hut breadsticks. I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve been to Pizza Hut in the last 5 years on one hand…

  • Sheet Pan Teriyaki Shrimp + Snap Peas + Pineapple

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    Sheet Pan Teriyaki Shrimp

    Who doesn’t love sheet pan meals? Anything that requires minimum amount of dishes gets a thumbs up from me. Last year I was looking for a sheet pan recipe and I just so happened to have a can of pineapple in my pantry so this teriyaki shrimp, snap peas, and pineapple sheet pan recipe was one I wanted to try. It looked so good and it is! For this recipe you’ll need: pineapple cut in chunks (I used canned chunk pineapple) brown sugar snap peas uncooked shrimp olive oil salt & pepper Now the original recipe also gives you the ingredients and recipe for a homemade teriyaki sauce, but I…

  • Turkey Chili + Crinkle Fries

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    Turkey Chili & Fries

    The weather is starting to get warmer, but with being stuck inside so much lately I think we can all use some comfort food. Chili is one of those comfort foods for so many. I’ve shared a chili recipe on here before – a family recipe. This time I’m sharing an equally delicious chili that I’ve been making for about a year. I found this recipe on Pinterest last year and it’s so good, I’ve made it multiple times and I’m actually planning to make it later this week! For this recipe you’ll need: olive oil onion garlic bell pepper ground turkey chili powder cumin dried oregano cayenne pepper salt…

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    Easy Chicken Wraps

    I’ve got another very easy recipe for you today. It’s perfect for this weird time we all find ourselves in because you may have these ingredients on hand already. Easy chicken wraps. All you need are tortillas frozen chicken tenders lettuce tomato honey mustard sauce I make my own honey mustard sauce which consists of mayonnaise, dijon mustard, honey, and a little salt & cayenne pepper. All you have to do is shred or chop some lettuce, dice a tomato, and bake your chicken tenders according to package instructions. I warm up my tortillas in a foil packet either on the stove or in the toaster oven. Here I did…

  • New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

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    New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

    Have you ever been to New Orleans? I have been there once, years ago, shortly after college. I went there for a few days during spring break with one of my good friends. She was teaching elementary school and I was substitute teaching at the time so we went during spring break. It was a good time, sightseeing and relaxing. Unfortunately, my friend has since passed away and I have written about that here and there over the years, but I will always remember our trip and all the laughs we had. So when I was in New Orleans I actually didn’t eat a ton of seafood, which is surprising…