Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Aioli

My family loves brussels sprouts – which is completely opposite of how I grew up. I remember my mom would make a bag of frozen brussels and they were always mussy and gross. We would have to eat one brussels sprout and I would gag the entire time. Needless to say, I thought I never liked them … until I had them sauteed in pan until they were crispy. It was completely different and now we eat them several time a month.

I was looking for something different with a bag of brussels sprouts and saw this recipe for dijon aioli and thought I would give it a try. The aioli was amazing and I loved the creaminess it added to the roasted vegetables.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Dijon Aioli
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Ginger Thyme Lemonade

It’s feeling like summertime here in PA and that calls for a fancy lemonade! This lemonade concentrate is so good and would be perfect for a cocktail too – just add an ounce of gin or vodka to each glass. The ginger and thyme are subtle and make lemonade a little unique and different.

The concentrate is simple and easy to make. Just a few ingredients, a couple hours and you have the start of a delicious drink.

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Grilled Balsamic Portobello Mushroom Caps

I picked up a pack of portobello mushroom caps at Costco the other week. I love all types of mushrooms and portobello are one of my favorite varieties. They are meaty and easily to use a bunch of different ways. I decided to marinated this package and grill them up.

They were perfect in a salad with roasted red peppers, artichoke, kalamata olives and grilled chicken. I also sliced one, place it a roll and melted a slice of cooper sharp cheese. It was so good!

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Instant Pot Strawberry Jam

I bought my kids strawberries … which they wanted, but didn’t eat. I was going to make a strawberry cake, but saw a recipe for jam using the Instant Pot. My IP hasn’t had much use lately beside making tea, so I thought I would give this recipe a try.

It was super easy to make and requires only three ingredients. It’s perfect to enjoy on a piece of English Muffin bread or as the jelly in your PB&J sandwich.

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Cake Squares

I’m back to buying fruit for my kids and then they’re not eating it. Ugh. I had a pack of raspberries and cream cheese that needed to be used up and found this recipe that uses both of them. Perfect!

These bite sized desserts squares are the best of two worlds – cheesecake and cake! The original recipe called for blueberries and they would be great as well. They were a big hit! The cake is soft and light and the cheesecake layer adds a little bit of sweetness.

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Easy Fried Oreos

Back in college, I worked at a food truck at flea market and we made fried oreos (and funnel cakes) all the time. I ate way too many of them while I worked … there’s just something about warm and gooey oreo with a cup of a coffee. Yes, I ate them for breakfast. It’s what happens when you start working at 6am on the weekends.

I decided to give the air fried version a try and they were so good. Granted, it’s not the same as being fried in hot oil … but it brings back the nostalgia of working all those early mornings making and eating fried oreos. This recipe uses crescent rolls as the dough. Quick and easy!

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Air Fryer Pepperoni Pizza Rolls

My kids have been home virtual learning for over a year and they are hoping for some new hot lunch options. I whipped together a batch of these pepperoni pizza rolls and they loved them. They were simple and easy to make and can be customized to whatever your kiddos like.

This recipe made enough for my kids to have lunch one day and then I froze the remaining for lunch another day. While the picture of these rolls don’t show how amazing they are, trust me … they’re delicious.

Besides pepperoni, what would you included in your pizza rolls?

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English Muffin Bread

My family loves English muffins and we eat a lot of them. My son’s favorite thing for breakfast is egg sandwiches – basically a fried egg, melted cheese, ham or bacon sandwiched between an English muffin. There’s just something about those nooks and crannies that make for the perfect breakfast sandwich.

I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been getting free breakfast and lunches from our school district as my kids are virtual learning. This week I had a lot of extra cartons of milk and was looking for a recipe that I could use a couple of them. I saw this recipe and figured it would be great to try. It was more than great! This bread is easy to make and so delicious. It has everything that you love about traditional English muffins – the nooks and crannies, it’s chewy and perfect for toasting. I know the two loaves I made will be devoured quickly!

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Peanut Butter Energy Bites

We’re getting back to a bit of normalcy here and my daughter is starting lacrosse with her middle school. She was looking for a good snack to have before practice and we found this recipe for energy bites. They’re packed full protein and nutritious snack to give her the energy to give it all her all on the field.

She wanted to make these herself and because it’s a simple and easy recipe, she had no issues. I’m sure her younger brother would have no issue making them either. There’s only 5 ingredients and take less than 30 minutes to make!

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Strawberries and Chocolate Baked Oatmeal

Who else has kiddos who ask for something at the grocery store and then they don’t eat any of it? My kids do this all the time. Mom, can you get bananas? They ate 3 and the rest of the bunch start to over-ripen. As I was going through my meal-planning, I asked my kids if they wanted strawberries since they were on sale. Of course they said yes and then only ate 1/2 of one of the containers. I needed to find a recipe to use some of the strawberries before they went bad and thought it would be good to finally bake a pan of baked oatmeal.

I found this recipe that has strawberries and chocolate … I mean it’s perfect. The recipe is simple and easy to make; and only requires one bowl. My family all enjoyed it for breakfast or dessert. Just warm up slightly in the microwave and add a dollop of whipped cream or a drizzle of milk.

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