Balsamic Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

Growing up I HATED Brussels sprouts.  My mom would buy a bag of frozen sprouts and cook them in the microwave. They smelled gross, were mushy and she would make me eat at least one. It was horrible.

A few years ago, I had them prepared a different way and was amazed how amazing they were when prepared a different way. While they still smell gross, they’re so good and I make them several times a month.This recipe is so simple and easy, plus delicious! I love the crusty bits from sauteing and the tartness of the balsamic vinegar. My kids even eat them without any complaints!

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Bacon Cheese Cornbread Muffins

I’m  always looking for grab and go breakfast options for my kids and these cornbread muffins are perfect for that. It’s basically breakfast in your hand. During the week, it’s a struggle to get my kids something delicious and nutritious for breakfast with the hustle and bustle of getting them off to school.

These muffins are delicious! I used turkey bacon, but you could easily swap it with sausage or ham chunks. Warm them up slightly in the microwave with a dab of butter and you’re ready to start your day!

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Horseradish Dip

If you love horseradish, you’ll love this dip. My mom used to make this dip all the time when I was younger and I loved it. Now that dairy and are no longer friends, I’ve only sampled a small amount to make sure it was perfect. My husband and kids loved it. We enjoyed it with pretzels and veggies.

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Cinnamon Toast Crunch Bars

My kids have been asking for rice krispie treats and I keep forgetting to grab a box when I’m grocery shopping. My family is not big cereal eaters so it’s something I don’t always have on hand. I did recently pick up a big box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch at Costco and wondered if that could be used as a substitute cereal.

The answer is YES!!! Oh these bars are so good. The cinnamon in the cereal mixes so well with the gooey marshmallow. I’m trying to not devour the entire pan.


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Turkey Tortellini Soup

I’m working on cleaning out my garage freezer and had a turkey breast that I needed to use. My family is not a big fan of turkey since they all prefer dark meat and there is never enough. I also had some frozen tortellini and chicken stock and figured soup would be the perfect way to use it all up.

This soup is delicious! I loved the rich broth, fresh veggies, chunks of roasted turkey and the touch of fresh Parmesan to finish it off. I ended up roasting the turkey breast and using half of it for this soup. The other half I chopped to add to salads for lunch.

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Chicken Bacon Alfredo Casserole

We’re in a bit of a dinner rut again and I’m on the hunt for some new recipes. I feel like we have been eating the same thing every week. I had several packs of chicken breast and bacon in my freezer and wanted to make something with both. I found this recipe for an Alfredo casserole and thought it would be delicious. It was so good! 

It’s made with only a few ingredients mixed together in a baking dish and 35 minutes later, you’ll have dinner on the table. This recipe will definitely be going into the rotation! 

2 1/2 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken

6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped

3-4 cups hash browns

2 cups fresh broccoli florets

1 1/2 to 2 cups jarred Alfredo sauce (I used a roasted garlic version)

1/2 yellow onion, diced

salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 3-4 quart casserole dish with cooking spray. Add all the ingredients to the dish, season with salt and pepper and stir to combine. Spread into an even layer and place in the oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the broccoli is cooked.

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Buffalo Roasted Chickpeas

It’s the beginning of 2020 and that means another opportunity to get my family eating better. The holidays are always a bit of an indulgence and I’m so ready to get back to eating healthier. My kids love snacks. Any and all snacks … which is not good for me since I work from home.

I had two cans of chickpeas in my pantry and wanted to make a crispy snack. I’ve been craving something buffalo and thought this would be a great way to fulfill that need. Oh wow, was I right! These roasted chickpeas are delicious and pack a bit of heat.

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Cranberry Walnut Truffles

20191218_122105.jpgThe next treat I made for my work’s holiday luncheon were these cranberry walnut truffles. They were very simple to make – only a few ingredients – and delicious. I was a little worried they wouldn’t set, but after rolling them into balls and refrigerating the tray of them overnight, they were perfect. I had multiple coworkers ask me for the recipe. Success!

The combination of walnuts, dried cranberries and pretzels mixed together and then rolled in powdered sugar is the perfect bite of sweetness and salty.


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Maple Thumbprints

My friend gave me a big jar of maple syrup from Vermont and I’ve been looking for a way to highlight it. I decided to use some of it in these thumbprint cookies and I’m so glad I did. They were amazing. The cookies are similar to shortbread hinted with maple and filled with a sweet maple filling. Delicious!

It was also the perfect recipe to join the Fantastical Food Fight. I’ve missed a couple months with my crazy life, but I’m working on getting back on track and participating more. Check out all the cookie recipes in the blog hop below!

Maple thumbprint cookies

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One Pot Chicken Enchilada Skillet

One pot meals are one of the quickest and easiest ways to get dinner on the table quickly. Even better, use a rotisserie chicken and you’ll have dinner in a flash! I was in the mood for enchiladas but didn’t have time to make a full pan of them, so when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. It was really good – even better for lunch the next day!

Next time, I’ll add another tortilla since I felt like it needed a little more. Otherwise it was delicious and there were no complaints from the peanut gallery.

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