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Honey garlic glazed pork chops are a perfect weeknight dinner, drenched with flavor but so quick to make, with simple ingredients!

Honey Glazed Garlic Pork Chops.

Oooh, y’all. These pork chops. I’m in the market for all the quick, easy meals right now, and when they come with a glossy, honey-sweetened sauce, I get a little giddy. My friend Julie at Happy Home Fairy shared this recipe with me…and I’m sharing it on her blog! Please click over and get the recipe –
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Balsamic chicken is an easy crockpot meal in a tangy tomato sauce!

Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).

**This post is brought to you by my sister, Laurie…with occasional interjections by me, so I can brag about my Instant Pot.** Laurie: I’ve made this balsamic chicken several times now and it’s not a fluke. We really like it! That’s basically all the reason I need to add it to our regular rotation. But there
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Shortcut burrito bowls are great for busy weeknights, since they can be on the table in minutes thanks to some easy time-savers!

Shortcut Burrito Bowls.

I really wanted to name these “shorty-shorty-shortcut burrito bowls” or something that more eloquently celebrates how many corners you can cut and still have a really good, healthy dinner. We’re trying to plan ahead for quality family time since Jay’s schedule gets a little crazy this time of year, and we decided that Wednesdays we’ll do an
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Soy sauce and honey marinated flank steak is simple, juicy, and flavorful thanks to hints of garlic and ginger.

Soy Sauce & Honey Marinated Flank Steak.

For some reason, flank steak had fallen out of our rotation. A couple of months ago, I bought some on a whim at Costco, and that night all the stars aligned, and the combination of sweet and savory flank steak, a baked sweet potato, and roasted broccoli was a freaking home run. Everyone ate everything, people had
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Quick and full of summer flavor, pesto pasta with burst tomatoes is easy and delicious.

Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.

The irony of this post is that it has taken me a Whole Lot Longer to find time (and, you know, 2 hands) to type it than it did to actually make and consume. Pesto pasta is a great summer meal since it’s ready in the time it takes to cook the noodles, which is a
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Five minute basil pesto is packed with flavor - the perfect balance of fresh and rich, and there are so many ways to use it.

Five Minute Basil Pesto.

My basil plant is still alive! I haven’t been doing much cooking (because baby snuggles), so I needed to harvest and use a bunch of basil. Pesto for the no-cook, five-ingredient, five-minute win!
This simple basil marinara has just a few ingredients, takes about 20 minutes to make, and is the perfect thing to stash in the freezer!

Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.

I’m successfully growing basil! (By this I mean I haven’t killed the lone basil plant I bought a few weeks ago. Because my mom waters it for me.) I needed to cut it back a bit, and it was the perfect excuse to make a batch of this simple basil marinara sauce. It’s just a
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One skillet, less than 30 minutes, and no seasoning packet required, these chicken fajitas are a great, easy weeknight meal.

One-Pan Chicken Fajitas.

I hope your Cinco de Mayo involves a Mexican restaurant and enough chips + salsa + queso to make your jaw ache and your actual meal unnecessary. But if you’re cooking a Mexican feast at home – or you just need an easy weeknight meal – these chicken fajitas are for you, since you only
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This quick and easy pan-seared chicken takes less than 15 minutes from fridge to plate. It's juicy, with a salty-seared exterior, and endlessly versatile!

Quick & Easy Pan-Seared Chicken.

I’m a meal planner, but I’ve tried and failed to be a meal prepper – taking a chunk of time on the weekend to chop veggies, cook a couple things, and set myself up for success during the week. (If you want to be inspired to do this, check out Shutterbean’s meal prep posts.) Mostly
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Bacon grilled cheese is a faster than fast food meal that makes an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich extra special!

Bacon Grilled Cheese.

My Nana (you know her – potato soup, spaghetti sauce, and gingersnaps, to name a few) has a few stories that I’ve heard her tell lots of times, but they never get old. One of them is the tale of ordering BLTs at a restaurant. She and her lunch companions asked for the bacon to be
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Roasted apple grilled pork chops make use of a delicious marinade and sauce that's made from real ingredients.

Easy Roasted Apple Grilled Pork Chops.

Grilling season never really ends here in NC, if you have/are a committed griller who doesn’t mind bundling up and braving the cold and dark through the winter – and thankfully, Jay is willing. And although I’ve internally cursed and externally whined about DST and the we-still-haven’t-recovered havoc it wreaks on my children’s sleep habits, I
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Shepherd's pie is satisfying comfort food with a layer of saucy ground beef and veggies and a layer of fluffy mashed potatoes!

Shepherd’s Pie.

This week, to help you celebrate two important holidays (that would be today, 3.14, aka Pi Day, and St. Patrick’s day), I bring you shepherd’s pie! This version has a saucy ground beef mixture full of carrots, peas, and corn and is topped with a layer of fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes.
a bowl of pot roast with tender meat, potatoes, and carrots

Pot Roast.

The summer after I graduated from college, I lived at home and taught at my church’s day camp in the mornings and worked at a gym doing personal training in the evenings (have I even told you that was my pre-kid job?!). I had a really interesting variety of clients (words that do not begin to
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homemade taco meat

Taco Meat

**This post is brought to you by my sister, Laurie!!** This is a super-easy recipe, made with pantry staples. It comes together quickly and can easily be doubled for a crowd. (And I think it even fits Bet’s Faster-than-Fast-Food rules.)

Giada’s Meatball Stew.

We love a cookin’ show around here, as my 4-year-old calls them, and I saw the episode of “Giada at Home” where she makes her hearty meatball stew a few years ago on vacation. (There’s something magical about having access to cable TV on vacation, I’m just saying.) Even though it was summer and we were
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Homemade Spaghettios.

Awhile ago, I made a recipe category for “faster-than-fast-food” meals, and promised that I was going to fill ‘er up. As it turns out, I might’ve made things a little too strict (shock-er, I know) with all the must-start-from-scratch and dishes-count-as-time-spent rules. Homemade spaghettios might break that rule, but it’s BARELY more clean-up than a box of
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Veggie-Packed Baked Burritos (for the freezer).

I’m just going to say it: I love a chimichanga in a painful, star-crossed-lovers kind of way. I know in my head that stuffing a big tortilla with stuff cheese and deep-frying it isn’t, y’know, exactly sensible, in a caring-about-your-health kind of way, but in a crispy, cheesy, delicious way – in my heart, in other
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a loaded bowl of crockpot chicken tortilla soup with crunchy baked tortilla strips

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (with crunchy baked tortilla strips).

I’ve been wanting to add some more crockpot recipes to my repertoire…and according to the survey, that would help a lot of you, too! (Thank you so much for your feedback! If you haven’t responded yet, it would be a huge help!) To be honest, I tend to feel a little uninspired in my crockpotting.
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perfect grilled chicken on the platter

Grilled Chicken (the only recipe you’ll ever need).

This is the grilled chicken of my childhood. My dad loved to cook out, and it’s one of the ways I picture him – standing over the grill in a white t-shirt. Like this:
homemade frozen pizza

Homemade Pizza Part 3 – Homemade FROZEN Pizza.

Being able to make pizza dough at home (and pile on glorious amounts of whatever toppings you want) doesn’t necessarily diminish a person’s need for takeout and frozen pizzas. (Or…delivery. Delivery is, like, the unicorn of pizza options.) Because sometimes you don’t have the time…or the energy…or the relevant ingredients. Your people need dinner stat! You’re going out
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Homemade Pizza Part 2 – The Toppings.

Pizza crust is important, and if you missed Part 1 about making easy and delicious homemade pizza dough, read up! But we’re really here for the toppings, amiright? Here’s a rundown of ideas for bringing your homemade pizza to the next level!
homemade pizza

Homemade Pizza, Part 1 – The Dough.

Pizza is #1 (by, like, a mile) on the list of “meals my whole family loves”. (Umm, now I’m trying to think of what else would be on that list. Anyone? Bueller?) And it’s a good one to be able to make at home on the cheap, and a little on the healthier side, so you
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easy cheesy quiche bakes up golden and gorgeous

Easy Cheesy Quiche.

Before our move, some dear friends had us over for dinner and served us this delicious quiche (and a kale salad with mandarin oranges that I want.to.eat.right.now). Obviously I begged for the recipe, and I’ve made it twice! It checks a lot of food love boxes for me: perfect any time of day, makes great
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First Taste: Summer Spaghetti.

I love going to the farmer’s market this time of year. I could go broke buying peaches. And corn. And peppers and watermelon and blackberries and big heirloom tomatoes for BLTs. I bought all of the above and a pint of golden cherry tomatoes for this Summer Spaghetti recipe I found on Pinterest. It also has lemony
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pita pizza

Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).

We have officially completed Phase 1 of our move! Everything we own* is out of our house and in storage, and we’ve moved in with friends in Raleigh. Eventually we’ll be house/dog-sitting for them, but for now we’re just taking up a lot of their space. Phase 2 is a teeeeny rental place in Wilmington
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Pasta with Peas and Bacon.

I went out to dinner with friends the other day, and got a pasta dish with pancetta, mushrooms, and peas. (We don’t have to talk about how it’s one of the last few times I’ll get to see those girls before we move. Waaaah!) I brought some leftovers home and gave them to Jay (an
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black bean quesadilla

A Quick Quesadilla Tip.

This is just a little quesadilla PSA. In theory, quesadillas are such a quick, easy, and cheesily delicious meal – but if you’ve ever tried to flip a 2-tortilla, overstuffed quesadilla and lost half of its innards in the process, this tip can save your dinner!
zucchini boats loaded with Nana's spaghetti sauce and parmesan and ready for the oven

Italian Zucchini Boats.

We recently visited my mom while our house was on the market (remember my trolls?), and she made these yummy zucchini boats for dinner! If you haven’t made Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce yet, you need to make a batch. I love having a couple of containers of it in the freezer, and zucchini boats are a
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Back Pocket Chicken.

**This post is brought to you by my sister, Laurie!** I decided to call this chicken “Back Pocket Chicken,” because it’s the perfect recipe to keep in your back pocket for all sorts of occasions. It’s delicious enough to serve when company comes over, but it’s totally kid-friendly. Coated in bread crumbs and parmesan cheese,
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ham potato and corn chowder

Ham, Potato, & Corn Chowder.

This is the soup that I promised to tell you about in my March meal plan. Whoopsies. It’s SO PERFECT for using your leftover Easter ham, though, right? ;o) I may or may not still have leftover ham from Thanksgiving in my freezer. I realized a few weeks ago that I needed to be a little
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all the veggies turkey pasta

All The Veggies Turkey Pasta.

It probably will not surprise you to hear that I’d rather follow a recipe than throw things into the pan and hope for the best. (What, my self-imposed blog rules tipped you off?) If I want to make a new dish I usually look at a few recipes first, and I choose one to follow or tweak,
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crockpot bbq beef sandwich

Crockpot BBQ Beef.

I just love it when dinner cooks itself!! This is the best, best kind of crockpot meal – absolutely minimal prep, and at the end you have a pot of saucy, tender shredded bbq beef that makes a deliciously messy sandwich (or the perfect topping to a baked potato or rice – anything that will soak up
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Glenn's chili with cheese

Glenn’s Chili.

When I was in college, my roommate Rachel’s family moved several states away. Sweet family friends, Glenn and Trish, became her Florida family and by extension, an extra family for me! We would arrive at their house in Rach’s Camry, wearing our thrift store t-shirts and worn out from exams and a few too many tubes of
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creamy chicken tetrazzini

Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini.

I love a good baked pasta! This chicken tetrazzini is a big, comforting dish of creamy noodles, lots of shredded chicken, and a crispy-salty parmesan cheese topping. And even though it doesn’t have cream-of-anything soup, it still comes together quickly and is customizable to your tastes! It also makes a great freezer meal (see the recipe notes
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smothered maple turkey burger

Smothered Maple Turkey Burgers (with caramelized onions & apples).

So – turkey burgers. They’re a fairly polarizing food, I’ve found. In fact, I used to be on the “wait, why isn’t this beef?” team. My 6th-grade self is rather infamous with good family friends for being appalled to discover the burger I was served at their house was made of – turkey. I had honestly
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perfect baked sweet potato

Baked Sweet Potatoes.

It feels a little silly to post a “recipe” for baked sweet potatoes. Like – poke some holes and stick ’em in the oven pretty much sums up the whole process. But if you’ve ever had the discouraging experience of baking potatoes for a dang long time only to discover that they’re still hard as rocks when
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roasted potatoes and butternut squash

Tender Roasted Potatoes and Butternut Squash (with melty cheddar).

A lonely butternut squash had been sitting on the counter for a few days, and I was planning to roast some vegetables to go with pork tenderloin for dinner. I was going to chop a few things up, toss them with olive oil and salt and pepper and throw them in the oven, but as I was
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hearty, meaty, tomato-y spaghetti sauce on whole-wheat pasta

Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce (Stocking the Freezer #3).

**If you missed the other posts in this series, check out the things I love having in my freezer AT ALL TIMES – bean burritos and cooked, shredded chicken and stock!** Spaghetti was one of my favorite meals when I was a kid. I remember being so excited for dinner when there was a big pot
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creamy chicken noodle soup

Chicken Noodle Soup (Stocking the Freezer #2).

**Psst! I forgot a couple of things on my Christmas post – see the updated version here!** Confession: I have yet to master the art of roasting a whole chicken. I feel pretty lame about it, since it’s one of my favorite meals! The last time I attempted it my chicken was undercooked, and kind
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carnitas burrito bowl

Burrito Bowls (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 2).

If you read Part 1, then you know that crispy, rich, tasty pork carnitas are a key component to The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal. This post is devoted to the rest of it – the elements that make a meal that can satisfy just about anyone’s tastes and dietary preferences. You are channeling
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crispy carnitas are the perfect start to a delicious burrito bowl

Carnitas (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 1).

If you bothered to read the whole title – I really didn’t want to stop there, to be honest. I wanted to say this meal can also be paleo! vegetarian! gluten-free! perfect for meat-lovers! kid-approved! and lends itself well to having people over, transporting a meal to someone, and even a themed potluck. In other
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split pea soup with ham

Split Pea Soup (with ham).

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Oh, man. I get food-excited pretty often, but I have a special love for all the components of a Thanksgiving dinner. I love it so much that I usually want to have the same exact meal in the same exact proportions a second night. Also: open-faced turkey and gravy sandwiches. Also: all
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crunchy black bean tacos

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos.

I should probably be sharing a Thanksgiving-y recipe, but at this point in my life I can only show you what we’ve been eating, and we haven’t eaten Thanksgiving dinner yet. So, black bean tacos it is! Really, though, these lightly spicy, crispy, crunchy black bean tacos are the perfect thing to cook and eat in
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melted cheese, onions, mushrooms, and grilled steak in a steak cheesesteak sandwich

Steak Cheesesteak Sandwiches.

Two things before we get started: 1, if you spend too long trying to title your post about a steak sandwich, the word steak is going to start looking reeealllly weird. Steek? Stake? What? 2, Jay thinks this is the dumbest name ever for this sandwich, but this is my blog and I can call it
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beef vegetable soup

Beef Vegetable Soup.

I know. More soup! I can’t help it – I’ve been making a pot a week and no one around here is complaining. (I mean – Jay isn’t. My three-year-old is okay as long as I pick out all visible celery pieces from her bowl. Okay, and save some raw carrots for her since she
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Roasted Pork Tenderloin (and Better Steamed Broccoli).

I hate to brag, but I married the Grill Master. (I’m sorry, but I snagged him and you didn’t. Fortunately, there’s hope for you. Read on.) There have always been a few things that I don’t even bother to cook inside since I love the grilled version so much more – and pork tenderloin was one
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spicy chicken soup with beans, corn, and salsa

Spicy Chicken Soup.

Some days, this sweet baby I have just doesn’t want to be put down. She’s perfectly content to hang out in my left arm while I attempt to do all the life tasks with my right. And with the exception of chopping vegetables and using a can opener, I made this chicken soup and documented it for
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bean burritos with chips and huac

Cheesy Bean Burritos (Stocking the Freezer #1).

Look! It’s a dinner that doesn’t involve potatoes! I love to cook. And by that I mean I love to make and eat delicious food. But I don’t necessarily love the process of making dinner every night – because, the budget. The unpredictable pickiness of children. The dishes. The juggling of schedules and activities. And
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cheesy bowl of potato soup

Nana’s Potato Soup.

I looove soup. I’m not scared to make a pot of soup in the middle of summer, but this time of year, when humidity is giving way to crispness, it’s even better.

Bread & Breakfast

Pumpkin white chocolate chip muffins are moist and cakey, warmly spiced, and studded with white chocolate chips for extra sweetness.

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins.

When we lived in Raleigh, one of my favorite places to meet a friend was Sola Coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker (and a girl can only justify a Sola Shake on special occasions), so my favorite thing to get on a “coffee” date was the pumpkin white chocolate chip muffin. And then I found out those moist,
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Healthy banana applesauce muffins are light, fluffy, and whole wheat!

Healthy Banana Applesauce Muffins.

Confession: shortly after I posted this whole wheat banana bread recipe, I tried another, similar recipe from Cookie & Kate – and I liked it a teeny bit better. So with a slightly guilty conscience, I kinda sorta switched to usually making that one.

Bacon in the Oven.

When I was in college, I ate a lot of things that I thought were amazing that I can’t eat today, because gross. On this list: chicken fettuccine alfredo from a box (every.thing was included, people), a “milkshake” that involved fat-free, sugar-free chocolate pudding mix, skim milk, and a lot of ice cubes, and turkey bacon
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tender yet textured bran muffins for breakfast

Bran Muffins.

Pssst! You can hop back over to this post to see who won The Kindness Antennae giveaway! These bran muffins are one of my favorite breakfasts – slash morning snack, slash muffins all day, e’ryday. They’re very tender, but they also have good chewy texture, and they’re pleasantly whole-grainy without being dense/boring/dry. The muffins themselves
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Whole Wheat Banana Bread.

Breakfast is my four-year-old’s least favorite meal of the day. She has her mom’s grumpy reaction to low blood sugar (sorry, kiddo – and if you’re reading between the lines, that makes two of us who aren’t much fun before breakfast). Instead of being eager to eat one of the Many! Delicious! Choices! I offer
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slicing outback bread

First Taste: Copycat Outback Bread.

I made a pot of this ham, potato, and corn chowder (incidentally, I made it without ham – and no one missed it, because bacon), and my initial plan was to make a batch of no-knead bread to go with it. When I was getting out the ingredients, though, I noticed a box of vital
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a piece of paleo granola

Paleo Granola.

Our new neighborhood has a pool, and it’s really fun to be able to walk there with the girls! It only takes a few minutes, but somehow on the way home everyone suddenly realizes they’re comPLETELY starving and can’t possibly obey basic safety rules/sit in the stroller/survive. So pool snacks have become a must for
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easy cheesy quiche bakes up golden and gorgeous

Easy Cheesy Quiche.

Before our move, some dear friends had us over for dinner and served us this delicious quiche (and a kale salad with mandarin oranges that I want.to.eat.right.now). Obviously I begged for the recipe, and I’ve made it twice! It checks a lot of food love boxes for me: perfect any time of day, makes great
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crusty no-knead bread with salty honey butter

Crusty No-Knead Bread (with salty honey butter).

I can’t even count how many times I’ve made this no-knead bread…because it’s that easy. Four ingredients (if we’re even counting water as an ingredient), one bowl, no kneading – and the end result is piping hot, crusty-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside bread that also happens to be beautiful. And then you slather it with honey butter with a
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Riddled English muffin with scrambled eggs

Griddled English Muffin & Eggs (my new favorite breakfast!).

A couple of weeks ago we had a North Carolina snowstorm that knocked out our power for over 36 hours. It got mighty chilly mighty fast with no heat, and fortunately some sweet friends of ours took us in for the night. Before we hauled 4 people and a dog (and approximately 30% of our belongings)
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banana bran muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Bran Muffins.

In my mind, there are two categories for muffins: fun, special occasion, at-what-point-do-we-call-it-a-cupcake muffins, and everyday, virtuous muffins. Like I mentioned in this post about cinnamon banana muffins (which are deliciously in the first category), category 2 muffins need to be all or mostly whole grain and low in added sugar (no more than a teaspoon or two
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Whole wheat pancakes that are delicious and simple to make!

Whole Wheat Pancakes.

I haven’t completely tested this theory, but I’m pretty sure I’m always in the mood for pancakes. Jay and I are big Parks and Rec fans, and this line from the first episode is one of my favorite Andy moments and one we quote to each other at least once a week: A post shared by
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breakfast cookies

Breakfast Cookies.

I’ve been on a quest to make the perfect homemade granola bar for years. I’ve tried lots of recipes and I’ve also tried to create my own recipe from scratch. Baked, unbaked, crunchy, chewy…they’ve certainly all been edible, and some have been good enough to make a second time, but I haven’t found The One. I
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nutty coconut granola ready for gifting

Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).

Snackable, giftable, and of course, breakfastable…I love opening my pantry and seeing a container of homemade granola inside! I’ve been using this granola recipe from Pam Anderson since my friend Rach first made it when we were roommates. It’s super easy to make, and you can use whatever add-ins you like. This version has almonds, pecans,
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pumpkin bread

Pumpkin Bread.

Every fall, I get a craving for pumpkin pancakes, and I get all excited and look at recipes and pick one to try and get a lot of dishes dirty…and every time, I’m disappointed.
steel cut oats with bananas walnuts brown sugar cream

Jay’s Steel Cut Oats (the perfect make-ahead breakfast).

I’ve been in a breakfast rut for aboouuut 10 years. It involves peanut butter on an English muffin and I’m happy here. I mean, I can be tempted out of it pretty easily with a pancake or something in that genre, but I can live without cereal or grits or oatmeal. But then Jay made
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Cinnamon Banana Muffins.

Last week we got to have dinner with friends who were just days away from the birth of their sweet baby girl. The mom was laughing and telling us about how she had accidentally burned a huge batch of banana muffins she was making for her freezer. Since Jay was letting their dog out while
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Snacks

Chewy chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars taste like a candy bar, but are full of healthy ingredients!

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Flax Granola Bars.

These chocolate peanut butter flax granola bars bring me great joy. They taste a lot like a candy bar, but they’re full of healthy stuff (oats! flax! nuts!) and aren’t nearly as indulgent as that blanket of chocolate makes them look. They’re chewy, peanut buttery, sweet and salty, and I keep running out of the ingredients
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5 Awesome Real Food Snacks.

When I gave up my ice-cream-every-night habit, I had to replace it with something. We try to eat dinner as a family at 5:30, and I’m just not going to make it to bedtime without a snack most nights. And especially at first, it was hard not to cave and have the sweet treat I was craving.
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DIY blender salsa

JP’s 6 Ingredient Salsa in the Blender

**This post is brought to you by my brother-in-law, JP!** A few years ago we had this great idea. We wanted to be able to make salsa with ingredients grown in our garden. So we planted tomatoes, onions, jalapeño peppers, and cilantro.
a piece of paleo granola

Paleo Granola.

Our new neighborhood has a pool, and it’s really fun to be able to walk there with the girls! It only takes a few minutes, but somehow on the way home everyone suddenly realizes they’re comPLETELY starving and can’t possibly obey basic safety rules/sit in the stroller/survive. So pool snacks have become a must for
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pita pizza

Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).

We have officially completed Phase 1 of our move! Everything we own* is out of our house and in storage, and we’ve moved in with friends in Raleigh. Eventually we’ll be house/dog-sitting for them, but for now we’re just taking up a lot of their space. Phase 2 is a teeeeny rental place in Wilmington
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chocolate chip granola bars

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars.

I love to bake, but lack the self-control to have homemade sweets around on a regular basis. (Oh, I’m in the kitchen, it must be time for a snack to hack off another piece of this cake/snitch another cookie/try not to let the kids see that I’m chewing something….)  That’s why I’m so into zucchini snack
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flourless chocolate chip zucchini snack cake

Flourless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Snack Cake.

A friend recently posted a picture of their kids eating something chocolate cake-y for breakfast. And said it contained vegetables. Obviously, I immediately wanted to have some in front of me. Now I’ve made it twice, and my three-year-old is in.love. It’s flourless, only a few ingredients, full of zucchini, and super tasty – definitely a
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black bean quesadilla

A Quick Quesadilla Tip.

This is just a little quesadilla PSA. In theory, quesadillas are such a quick, easy, and cheesily delicious meal – but if you’ve ever tried to flip a 2-tortilla, overstuffed quesadilla and lost half of its innards in the process, this tip can save your dinner!
breakfast cookies

Breakfast Cookies.

I’ve been on a quest to make the perfect homemade granola bar for years. I’ve tried lots of recipes and I’ve also tried to create my own recipe from scratch. Baked, unbaked, crunchy, chewy…they’ve certainly all been edible, and some have been good enough to make a second time, but I haven’t found The One. I
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homemade applesauce

Homemade Applesauce.

Homemade applesauce. It’s a bit of a production, but the results are so good and it makes a big batch! It freezes beautifully and is another healthy gift or a delicious addition to a meal delivery (especially if there are kids in the family). Plus, it’s really fun to do with kids, and as far as
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nutty coconut granola ready for gifting

Nutty Coconut Granola (and a Granola Master Plan).

Snackable, giftable, and of course, breakfastable…I love opening my pantry and seeing a container of homemade granola inside! I’ve been using this granola recipe from Pam Anderson since my friend Rach first made it when we were roommates. It’s super easy to make, and you can use whatever add-ins you like. This version has almonds, pecans,
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apple pie dip and cinnamon sugar pita chips

Apple Pie Dip and Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips.

Having a three-year-old has really cramped my snacking style helped me to make healthier snack choices. It’s just a lot harder to sneak things than it used to be! That means I generally only snack at designated times, and I eat something I’m willing to give her. So I’m very glad when there’s a big
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Soups

Giada’s Meatball Stew.

We love a cookin’ show around here, as my 4-year-old calls them, and I saw the episode of “Giada at Home” where she makes her hearty meatball stew a few years ago on vacation. (There’s something magical about having access to cable TV on vacation, I’m just saying.) Even though it was summer and we were
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a loaded bowl of crockpot chicken tortilla soup with crunchy baked tortilla strips

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (with crunchy baked tortilla strips).

I’ve been wanting to add some more crockpot recipes to my repertoire…and according to the survey, that would help a lot of you, too! (Thank you so much for your feedback! If you haven’t responded yet, it would be a huge help!) To be honest, I tend to feel a little uninspired in my crockpotting.
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ham potato and corn chowder

Ham, Potato, & Corn Chowder.

This is the soup that I promised to tell you about in my March meal plan. Whoopsies. It’s SO PERFECT for using your leftover Easter ham, though, right? ;o) I may or may not still have leftover ham from Thanksgiving in my freezer. I realized a few weeks ago that I needed to be a little
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creamy chicken noodle soup

Chicken Noodle Soup (Stocking the Freezer #2).

**Psst! I forgot a couple of things on my Christmas post – see the updated version here!** Confession: I have yet to master the art of roasting a whole chicken. I feel pretty lame about it, since it’s one of my favorite meals! The last time I attempted it my chicken was undercooked, and kind
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split pea soup with ham

Split Pea Soup (with ham).

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Oh, man. I get food-excited pretty often, but I have a special love for all the components of a Thanksgiving dinner. I love it so much that I usually want to have the same exact meal in the same exact proportions a second night. Also: open-faced turkey and gravy sandwiches. Also: all
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beef vegetable soup

Beef Vegetable Soup.

I know. More soup! I can’t help it – I’ve been making a pot a week and no one around here is complaining. (I mean – Jay isn’t. My three-year-old is okay as long as I pick out all visible celery pieces from her bowl. Okay, and save some raw carrots for her since she
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spicy chicken soup with beans, corn, and salsa

Spicy Chicken Soup.

Some days, this sweet baby I have just doesn’t want to be put down. She’s perfectly content to hang out in my left arm while I attempt to do all the life tasks with my right. And with the exception of chopping vegetables and using a can opener, I made this chicken soup and documented it for
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cheesy bowl of potato soup

Nana’s Potato Soup.

I looove soup. I’m not scared to make a pot of soup in the middle of summer, but this time of year, when humidity is giving way to crispness, it’s even better.

Treats

Two-ingredient chocolate mousse truffle cups are a rich, intensely dark chocolate experience!

Two-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse Truffle Cups.

For a dessert that’s only two ingredients, I sure had a hard time naming this one. An intensely chocolatey concoction of coconut milk + deep dark chocolate, chocolate mousse truffle cups are mousse-ish, but not fluffy, and truffle-like, but you can eat it with a spoon. I don’t really care what you call it, but
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Salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark is the perfect crunchy bite to satisfy your fall sweet tooth!

Salted Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Seed Bark.

I think it’s a food blog rule that you have to post “pumpkin something” the first week of fall. But I already shared my favorite, favorite pumpkin bread…and last year I skipped pumpkin completely and brought you this perfectly dense, cinnamon-y apple cake. So now we have salted dark chocolate pumpkin seed bark…and oh my word. It’s addictive.

Blueberry Cheesecake Bars.

Blueberry cheesecake bars are layer upon layer of happiness – buttery graham cracker crust, a layer of cheesecake that’s thin enough to let the other flavors shine but rich enough not to get lost, sweet-tart blueberry pie filling, and fluffy whipped cream. This recipe is from my mom’s mom, so I think these bars could
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Old-Fashioned Gingerbread.

The world/internet has some disagreement about what “gingerbread” is…is it a house? A runaway man? Or is it a dense cake full of warm spices, preferably topped with large dollops of whipped cream? I vote #3.

Easy Lemon Pie.

I made this easy lemon pie (aka: lemon icebox pie) for the first time over the summer (okay, fine, the first couple of times) – and the bright citrus flavor is so fresh and summery! But even though lemons are available year-round, they do have an actual season – late fall through the winter. It’s
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chocolate cake with chocolate icing

Chocolate Cake (aka The Birthday Cake).

I’ve always loved to bake, and a few years ago I decided to part ways with cake mixes. I mean, making a cake from scratch has to taste better, right? Um, not necessarily. I’ve tried a lot of recipes and while they’ve all been “good” in the “I’m eating chocolate cake” sense, I haven’t always
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Apple Cake.

I’m not immune to pumpkin fever this time of year. I made a double batch of pumpkin bread last week (why yes, that is 4 loaves) and it was glorious. But you know what else can give you all the happy cinnamon-spicy fall feelings? Apples. In many forms…applesauce…apple pie dip with cinnamon sugar pita chips…and especially, especially,
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a four ingredient fudgsicle makes a delicious, low-calorie treat

Four Ingredient Fudgsicles.

Need a super easy summer treat? (I don’t care if school started back, it’s STILL SUMMER and we can eat fudgsicles if we want to. We might even deserve them more?)
blueberry peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream

Blueberry Peach Cobbler.

This recipe is from my friend Jessica. She and her husband Forde were some of our first couple friends in Charlotte, where we moved when we got married and Jay started seminary. We had just left our college bubble and the constant companionship of living near all our close friends (I wonder if I’ll ever stop
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flourless chocolate chip zucchini snack cake

Flourless Chocolate Chip Zucchini Snack Cake.

A friend recently posted a picture of their kids eating something chocolate cake-y for breakfast. And said it contained vegetables. Obviously, I immediately wanted to have some in front of me. Now I’ve made it twice, and my three-year-old is in.love. It’s flourless, only a few ingredients, full of zucchini, and super tasty – definitely a
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heart-shaped cake with natural, dye-free pink icing

Natural, Dye-Free Pink Icing (with beets!).

The first several years we were married, Jay and I had a Valentine’s Day tradition of going out to a different burger place each year. It beat fighting the crowds at a nicer restaurant, it fit our seminary budget, and frankly, there’s just not much I love more than a burger! Now that we have kids
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Cookie Dough Truffles (Christmas Cookie Week).

 **This post is brought to you by my lovely sister, Laurie!** Once upon a time, I was at a potluck supper and found myself walking past the dessert table on my way to the end of a long buffet line. I snagged a little round chocolate something and took a bite… and found myself with
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russian tea cookies

Russian Tea Cookies (Christmas Cookie Week).

Welcome back to Christmas Cookie Week! Today’s treat is Russian Tea Cookies (which seem to have many aliases – Mexican Wedding Cakes, Snowballs, and Sand Tarts are ones I’ve heard). I love these nutty little cookies, with their delicate crunch and buttery richness.
crackly gingersnaps on a red plate

Gingersnaps (Christmas Cookie Week).

Welcome to Christmas Cookie Week! I love holiday baking, and I’m going to try to control my exclamation points but I’ve eaten a lot of cookies this afternoon! And Christmas is coming! Christmas! Cookie! Week! In my family, there are certain foods that Must Be Made for certain holidays, and having tins loaded with cookies is a
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a wedge of chocolate chess pie

Chocolate Chess Pie (and the easiest pie crust ever!)

I love treats. Love ’em. I have a Pinterest board with 154 mouth-watering treats pinned on it, and I want to eat all of them. Like Apple-Spice Layer Cake with Caramel Swirl Icing. Or a Giant Oatmeal Creme Pie.  Or Chocolate and Coconut Cream Pie Bars. And maybe one day I’ll make them (I mean –
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Veggies & Sides

Quick and full of summer flavor, pesto pasta with burst tomatoes is easy and delicious.

Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.

The irony of this post is that it has taken me a Whole Lot Longer to find time (and, you know, 2 hands) to type it than it did to actually make and consume. Pesto pasta is a great summer meal since it’s ready in the time it takes to cook the noodles, which is a
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Crispy cheesy grilled potatoes are the ultimate summer side dish - plus, they're so easy!

Crispy Cheesy Grilled Potatoes.

If you’ve been a reader for long, you know that one of my main goals for summer dinners (besides binging on corn on the cob) is moving as much of the cooking outside to the grill as we can! I love any meat on the grill, and these grilled potatoes go with anything. They couldn’t be
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Citrus kale salad is full of delicious contrasts - tangy dressing, hearty kale, sweet juicy oranges, and crunchy almonds. It's salad heaven, and you can make prep the components ahead of time for salad all week!

Citrus Kale Salad.

This is the first salad recipe I’ve ever posted, and there’s a reason for that: I’m the sad, sad queen of letting bags of leafy greens turn to slime in my fridge, because salads don’t excite me enough to make the effort to, you know, put them in a bowl. Until now. I’m not exaggerating when I
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Roasted Carrots.

It’s January, so let’s eat vegetables! Roasted carrots get such a sweet, concentrated flavor, and they go with anything. The prep only takes a few minutes, and carrots roast faster than, say, sweet potatoes, so you don’t have to plan ahead much for this one. Plus, I always have a bag of carrots in my fridge,
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crispy crunchy oven fries

The Best Oven Fries.

These aren’t just good-for-homemade oven fries. These are my favorite fries in all the land. They’re crispy and salty, thick but not stodgy…and you don’t have to peel the potatoes (which saves time and obviously pushes us to the right on the junk food<—–>health food continuum).
bubbly, cheesy rustic tomato bake

Rustic Tomato Bake.

One summer…a pre-kid summer…Jay and I joined a CSA and got a box of fresh summer produce each week. We were all giddy and idealistic at the beginning, but with just the two of us it got pretty overwhelming. We had tomatoes for days. We had a refrigerator shelf dedicated to eggplant. There were POUNDS
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perfect baked sweet potato

Baked Sweet Potatoes.

It feels a little silly to post a “recipe” for baked sweet potatoes. Like – poke some holes and stick ’em in the oven pretty much sums up the whole process. But if you’ve ever had the discouraging experience of baking potatoes for a dang long time only to discover that they’re still hard as rocks when
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roasted potatoes and butternut squash

Tender Roasted Potatoes and Butternut Squash (with melty cheddar).

A lonely butternut squash had been sitting on the counter for a few days, and I was planning to roast some vegetables to go with pork tenderloin for dinner. I was going to chop a few things up, toss them with olive oil and salt and pepper and throw them in the oven, but as I was
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homemade applesauce

Homemade Applesauce.

Homemade applesauce. It’s a bit of a production, but the results are so good and it makes a big batch! It freezes beautifully and is another healthy gift or a delicious addition to a meal delivery (especially if there are kids in the family). Plus, it’s really fun to do with kids, and as far as
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carnitas burrito bowl

Burrito Bowls (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 2).

If you read Part 1, then you know that crispy, rich, tasty pork carnitas are a key component to The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal. This post is devoted to the rest of it – the elements that make a meal that can satisfy just about anyone’s tastes and dietary preferences. You are channeling
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perfectly cooked, perfectly easy brown rice in the oven

Brown Rice in the Oven.

Maybe you’re awesome and you can cook rice on the stovetop without it boiling over and/or sticking to the bottom of the pot and/or turning out wet since it didn’t absorb all the water, but for some reason this is a skill that escapes me. Or at least, it escaped me five years ago when
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Roasted Pork Tenderloin (and Better Steamed Broccoli).

I hate to brag, but I married the Grill Master. (I’m sorry, but I snagged him and you didn’t. Fortunately, there’s hope for you. Read on.) There have always been a few things that I don’t even bother to cook inside since I love the grilled version so much more – and pork tenderloin was one
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Crispy Parmesan Potatoes.

Barbecue chicken, plain-jane steamed green beans, and crispy parmesan potatoes. This plate is scoring no creativity points, but I hereby award it lots of delicious points. It’s a thing. Trust me.
roasted sweet potatoes with turkey burger and guac @betondinner

Roasted Sweet Potatoes (and Jalapeño Cheddar Turkey Burgers).

I love to try new recipes, and one of my strategies is to pair something new with something familiar. This is both to ensure that there’s a friendly food on my three-year-old’s plate, and since new recipes can take more time and mental energy, it’s nice to have an easy, cooks-itself dish alongside. …Like these roasted sweet potatoes!
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Cheesy Squash Casserole.

This is not a casserole blog. I’m not a casserole person. But I love this squash casserole. So it’s not exactly representative of what I typically cook, but after toying with the idea of having a food blog for…years…for some reason, this was the day. Because, you know, nothing screams “take on a new project!” like having
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Faster Than Fast Food Meals

Shortcut burrito bowls are great for busy weeknights, since they can be on the table in minutes thanks to some easy time-savers!

Shortcut Burrito Bowls.

I really wanted to name these “shorty-shorty-shortcut burrito bowls” or something that more eloquently celebrates how many corners you can cut and still have a really good, healthy dinner. We’re trying to plan ahead for quality family time since Jay’s schedule gets a little crazy this time of year, and we decided that Wednesdays we’ll do an
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This simple basil marinara has just a few ingredients, takes about 20 minutes to make, and is the perfect thing to stash in the freezer!

Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.

I’m successfully growing basil! (By this I mean I haven’t killed the lone basil plant I bought a few weeks ago. Because my mom waters it for me.) I needed to cut it back a bit, and it was the perfect excuse to make a batch of this simple basil marinara sauce. It’s just a
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This quick and easy pan-seared chicken takes less than 15 minutes from fridge to plate. It's juicy, with a salty-seared exterior, and endlessly versatile!

Quick & Easy Pan-Seared Chicken.

I’m a meal planner, but I’ve tried and failed to be a meal prepper – taking a chunk of time on the weekend to chop veggies, cook a couple things, and set myself up for success during the week. (If you want to be inspired to do this, check out Shutterbean’s meal prep posts.) Mostly
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Bacon grilled cheese is a faster than fast food meal that makes an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich extra special!

Bacon Grilled Cheese.

My Nana (you know her – potato soup, spaghetti sauce, and gingersnaps, to name a few) has a few stories that I’ve heard her tell lots of times, but they never get old. One of them is the tale of ordering BLTs at a restaurant. She and her lunch companions asked for the bacon to be
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homemade taco meat

Taco Meat

**This post is brought to you by my sister, Laurie!!** This is a super-easy recipe, made with pantry staples. It comes together quickly and can easily be doubled for a crowd. (And I think it even fits Bet’s Faster-than-Fast-Food rules.)
Chicken Caesar Wrap

Chicken Caesar Wraps.

**This Faster-than-Fast-Food post brought to you by my sister, Laurie!** When I was in college, one of my favorite meals from our little food court (affectionately knows as the Furman P-Den) was chicken caesar wraps. I haven’t thought of them in years, but all of a sudden last night I was consumed with the need
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Homemade Spaghettios.

Awhile ago, I made a recipe category for “faster-than-fast-food” meals, and promised that I was going to fill ‘er up. As it turns out, I might’ve made things a little too strict (shock-er, I know) with all the must-start-from-scratch and dishes-count-as-time-spent rules. Homemade spaghettios might break that rule, but it’s BARELY more clean-up than a box of
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pita pizza

Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).

We have officially completed Phase 1 of our move! Everything we own* is out of our house and in storage, and we’ve moved in with friends in Raleigh. Eventually we’ll be house/dog-sitting for them, but for now we’re just taking up a lot of their space. Phase 2 is a teeeeny rental place in Wilmington
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black bean quesadilla

A Quick Quesadilla Tip.

This is just a little quesadilla PSA. In theory, quesadillas are such a quick, easy, and cheesily delicious meal – but if you’ve ever tried to flip a 2-tortilla, overstuffed quesadilla and lost half of its innards in the process, this tip can save your dinner!

Make Ahead Meals

Instead of a marathon cooking day, take a more gradual approach to freezer meals by doubling your favorite recipes and stocking your freezer in six weeks!

Six Weeks to a Stocked Freezer.

Are you into freezer meals? Maybe you’ve seen that pin on Pinterest about how to make 30 meals in 30 minutes for $30 (or something only slightly less crazy sounding)? This is not that post – but I do think freezer meals are wonderful, delicious presents you give your future self. Future Self, you seem stressed.
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This simple basil marinara has just a few ingredients, takes about 20 minutes to make, and is the perfect thing to stash in the freezer!

Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.

I’m successfully growing basil! (By this I mean I haven’t killed the lone basil plant I bought a few weeks ago. Because my mom waters it for me.) I needed to cut it back a bit, and it was the perfect excuse to make a batch of this simple basil marinara sauce. It’s just a
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Bacon in the Oven.

When I was in college, I ate a lot of things that I thought were amazing that I can’t eat today, because gross. On this list: chicken fettuccine alfredo from a box (every.thing was included, people), a “milkshake” that involved fat-free, sugar-free chocolate pudding mix, skim milk, and a lot of ice cubes, and turkey bacon
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Veggie-Packed Baked Burritos (for the freezer).

I’m just going to say it: I love a chimichanga in a painful, star-crossed-lovers kind of way. I know in my head that stuffing a big tortilla with stuff cheese and deep-frying it isn’t, y’know, exactly sensible, in a caring-about-your-health kind of way, but in a crispy, cheesy, delicious way – in my heart, in other
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a loaded bowl of crockpot chicken tortilla soup with crunchy baked tortilla strips

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup (with crunchy baked tortilla strips).

I’ve been wanting to add some more crockpot recipes to my repertoire…and according to the survey, that would help a lot of you, too! (Thank you so much for your feedback! If you haven’t responded yet, it would be a huge help!) To be honest, I tend to feel a little uninspired in my crockpotting.
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homemade frozen pizza

Homemade Pizza Part 3 – Homemade FROZEN Pizza.

Being able to make pizza dough at home (and pile on glorious amounts of whatever toppings you want) doesn’t necessarily diminish a person’s need for takeout and frozen pizzas. (Or…delivery. Delivery is, like, the unicorn of pizza options.) Because sometimes you don’t have the time…or the energy…or the relevant ingredients. Your people need dinner stat! You’re going out
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crusty no-knead bread with salty honey butter

Crusty No-Knead Bread (with salty honey butter).

I can’t even count how many times I’ve made this no-knead bread…because it’s that easy. Four ingredients (if we’re even counting water as an ingredient), one bowl, no kneading – and the end result is piping hot, crusty-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside bread that also happens to be beautiful. And then you slather it with honey butter with a
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crockpot bbq beef sandwich

Crockpot BBQ Beef.

I just love it when dinner cooks itself!! This is the best, best kind of crockpot meal – absolutely minimal prep, and at the end you have a pot of saucy, tender shredded bbq beef that makes a deliciously messy sandwich (or the perfect topping to a baked potato or rice – anything that will soak up
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Glenn's chili with cheese

Glenn’s Chili.

When I was in college, my roommate Rachel’s family moved several states away. Sweet family friends, Glenn and Trish, became her Florida family and by extension, an extra family for me! We would arrive at their house in Rach’s Camry, wearing our thrift store t-shirts and worn out from exams and a few too many tubes of
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banana bran muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Bran Muffins.

In my mind, there are two categories for muffins: fun, special occasion, at-what-point-do-we-call-it-a-cupcake muffins, and everyday, virtuous muffins. Like I mentioned in this post about cinnamon banana muffins (which are deliciously in the first category), category 2 muffins need to be all or mostly whole grain and low in added sugar (no more than a teaspoon or two
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creamy chicken tetrazzini

Creamy Chicken Tetrazzini.

I love a good baked pasta! This chicken tetrazzini is a big, comforting dish of creamy noodles, lots of shredded chicken, and a crispy-salty parmesan cheese topping. And even though it doesn’t have cream-of-anything soup, it still comes together quickly and is customizable to your tastes! It also makes a great freezer meal (see the recipe notes
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perfect baked sweet potato

Baked Sweet Potatoes.

It feels a little silly to post a “recipe” for baked sweet potatoes. Like – poke some holes and stick ’em in the oven pretty much sums up the whole process. But if you’ve ever had the discouraging experience of baking potatoes for a dang long time only to discover that they’re still hard as rocks when
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hearty, meaty, tomato-y spaghetti sauce on whole-wheat pasta

Nana’s Spaghetti Sauce (Stocking the Freezer #3).

**If you missed the other posts in this series, check out the things I love having in my freezer AT ALL TIMES – bean burritos and cooked, shredded chicken and stock!** Spaghetti was one of my favorite meals when I was a kid. I remember being so excited for dinner when there was a big pot
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creamy chicken noodle soup

Chicken Noodle Soup (Stocking the Freezer #2).

**Psst! I forgot a couple of things on my Christmas post – see the updated version here!** Confession: I have yet to master the art of roasting a whole chicken. I feel pretty lame about it, since it’s one of my favorite meals! The last time I attempted it my chicken was undercooked, and kind
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carnitas burrito bowl

Burrito Bowls (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 2).

If you read Part 1, then you know that crispy, rich, tasty pork carnitas are a key component to The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal. This post is devoted to the rest of it – the elements that make a meal that can satisfy just about anyone’s tastes and dietary preferences. You are channeling
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crispy carnitas are the perfect start to a delicious burrito bowl

Carnitas (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 1).

If you bothered to read the whole title – I really didn’t want to stop there, to be honest. I wanted to say this meal can also be paleo! vegetarian! gluten-free! perfect for meat-lovers! kid-approved! and lends itself well to having people over, transporting a meal to someone, and even a themed potluck. In other
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crunchy black bean tacos

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos.

I should probably be sharing a Thanksgiving-y recipe, but at this point in my life I can only show you what we’ve been eating, and we haven’t eaten Thanksgiving dinner yet. So, black bean tacos it is! Really, though, these lightly spicy, crispy, crunchy black bean tacos are the perfect thing to cook and eat in
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spicy chicken soup with beans, corn, and salsa

Spicy Chicken Soup.

Some days, this sweet baby I have just doesn’t want to be put down. She’s perfectly content to hang out in my left arm while I attempt to do all the life tasks with my right. And with the exception of chopping vegetables and using a can opener, I made this chicken soup and documented it for
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steel cut oats with bananas walnuts brown sugar cream

Jay’s Steel Cut Oats (the perfect make-ahead breakfast).

I’ve been in a breakfast rut for aboouuut 10 years. It involves peanut butter on an English muffin and I’m happy here. I mean, I can be tempted out of it pretty easily with a pancake or something in that genre, but I can live without cereal or grits or oatmeal. But then Jay made
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bean burritos with chips and huac

Cheesy Bean Burritos (Stocking the Freezer #1).

Look! It’s a dinner that doesn’t involve potatoes! I love to cook. And by that I mean I love to make and eat delicious food. But I don’t necessarily love the process of making dinner every night – because, the budget. The unpredictable pickiness of children. The dishes. The juggling of schedules and activities. And
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Meatless Meals

Quick and full of summer flavor, pesto pasta with burst tomatoes is easy and delicious.

Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.

The irony of this post is that it has taken me a Whole Lot Longer to find time (and, you know, 2 hands) to type it than it did to actually make and consume. Pesto pasta is a great summer meal since it’s ready in the time it takes to cook the noodles, which is a
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This simple basil marinara has just a few ingredients, takes about 20 minutes to make, and is the perfect thing to stash in the freezer!

Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.

I’m successfully growing basil! (By this I mean I haven’t killed the lone basil plant I bought a few weeks ago. Because my mom waters it for me.) I needed to cut it back a bit, and it was the perfect excuse to make a batch of this simple basil marinara sauce. It’s just a
Read more

Homemade Spaghettios.

Awhile ago, I made a recipe category for “faster-than-fast-food” meals, and promised that I was going to fill ‘er up. As it turns out, I might’ve made things a little too strict (shock-er, I know) with all the must-start-from-scratch and dishes-count-as-time-spent rules. Homemade spaghettios might break that rule, but it’s BARELY more clean-up than a box of
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homemade pizza

Homemade Pizza, Part 1 – The Dough.

Pizza is #1 (by, like, a mile) on the list of “meals my whole family loves”. (Umm, now I’m trying to think of what else would be on that list. Anyone? Bueller?) And it’s a good one to be able to make at home on the cheap, and a little on the healthier side, so you
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easy cheesy quiche bakes up golden and gorgeous

Easy Cheesy Quiche.

Before our move, some dear friends had us over for dinner and served us this delicious quiche (and a kale salad with mandarin oranges that I want.to.eat.right.now). Obviously I begged for the recipe, and I’ve made it twice! It checks a lot of food love boxes for me: perfect any time of day, makes great
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bubbly, cheesy rustic tomato bake

Rustic Tomato Bake.

One summer…a pre-kid summer…Jay and I joined a CSA and got a box of fresh summer produce each week. We were all giddy and idealistic at the beginning, but with just the two of us it got pretty overwhelming. We had tomatoes for days. We had a refrigerator shelf dedicated to eggplant. There were POUNDS
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pita pizza

Pita Pizzas (a Faster than Fast Food Meal).

We have officially completed Phase 1 of our move! Everything we own* is out of our house and in storage, and we’ve moved in with friends in Raleigh. Eventually we’ll be house/dog-sitting for them, but for now we’re just taking up a lot of their space. Phase 2 is a teeeeny rental place in Wilmington
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black bean quesadilla

A Quick Quesadilla Tip.

This is just a little quesadilla PSA. In theory, quesadillas are such a quick, easy, and cheesily delicious meal – but if you’ve ever tried to flip a 2-tortilla, overstuffed quesadilla and lost half of its innards in the process, this tip can save your dinner!
carnitas burrito bowl

Burrito Bowls (The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal – Part 2).

If you read Part 1, then you know that crispy, rich, tasty pork carnitas are a key component to The Ultimate Crowd-Pleasing, Make-Ahead, Freezer-Friendly Party Meal. This post is devoted to the rest of it – the elements that make a meal that can satisfy just about anyone’s tastes and dietary preferences. You are channeling
Read more
crunchy black bean tacos

Crunchy Black Bean Tacos.

I should probably be sharing a Thanksgiving-y recipe, but at this point in my life I can only show you what we’ve been eating, and we haven’t eaten Thanksgiving dinner yet. So, black bean tacos it is! Really, though, these lightly spicy, crispy, crunchy black bean tacos are the perfect thing to cook and eat in
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bean burritos with chips and huac

Cheesy Bean Burritos (Stocking the Freezer #1).

Look! It’s a dinner that doesn’t involve potatoes! I love to cook. And by that I mean I love to make and eat delicious food. But I don’t necessarily love the process of making dinner every night – because, the budget. The unpredictable pickiness of children. The dishes. The juggling of schedules and activities. And
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