Banana Lovers’ Banana Muffins

My kids ask for bananas. I buy bananas. No one eats the bananas and now I have a bunch of overripe bananas. I was looking for a recipe that I could use the most amount of bananas and came across this recipe for muffins for banana lovers. Perfect! I’ve already made two batches and my kids {and husband} love them!

They’re super easy to make and are the perfect afternoon snack. The first batch I made I followed the recipe and added chocolate chips. The second batch I swapped out 1 cup of flour for whole wheat white flour and no one noticed. Just a little swap to make them a little healthier. I also like that the recipe doesn’t use any oil.

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Focaccia Bread

For the past 7 weeks, it has rained on the weekend and that’s left me wanting to do some baking. Last week, was a busy week with the school year ending for the kids, the last 2 t-ball games, lots of work projects happening and of course, the usual hustle and bustle of our busy lives. We all needed to recovery on Sunday and it was the perfect day for that – another rainy day. I made a new recipe for dinner and was inspired to make focaccia bread after watching a Pioneer Woman episode on Food Network.

I haven’t made homemade bread in months and it was so relaxing. Does anyone else find baking relaxing? This recipe was really easy to make since I had all the ingredients on hand. My husband and I dipped it in olive oil, but it would be perfect for grilled sandwiches.

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Pasta with Tomatoes and Roasted Red Peppers

I’m working on getting back to blogging regularly now that the spring sports season is coming to an end. There were only a few days in all of April and May that we didn’t have something going on which led me to make quick and easy dinners to get us to practices or games. I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen and unwinding with a little baking and cooking.

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I threw together this quick pasta dish on Monday night – we’re back to Meatless Mondays – and it was so simple and delicious! I think sometimes the most simple meals are what is needed every now and then. I used a new type of pasta – Casarecce. It’s a short, wide strip of pasta that is loosely rolled like a scroll and twisted. It as perfect for holding all space and pieces of garlic. I can’t wait to use it again with fresh pesto this summer!

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Ham and Cheese Scones

There’s just something about scones that I love. I don’t know if it’s the flaky, buttery dough or how versatile they are. I had leftover ham from Easter dinner and used it to make a batch of these scones. Everyone loved them and they were so easy to make. They were a little sweet with the addition of brown sugar, but savory as well!

They are perfect for breakfast, brunch, dinner – really anytime of the day! I served them with scrambled eggs and a green salad one night for dinner. My daughter finished the batch by eating them for breakfast. I’ll definitely be making these again!

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2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 stick unsalted butter, very cold and cut into pieces
1 egg, room temperature, beaten
1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp heavy cream
4 oz cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz ham, diced
1/3 cup scallions, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, baking soda and brown sugar. Cut in the butter until crumbs forms. In a small bowl, mix together the egg, yogurt and cream. Add the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir with a fork until the mixture comes together.

Gently fold in the shredded cheese, ham and scallions. Turn the dough out on a floured work surfaced and shape into an 8-inch circle. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

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Crunchy Taco Cups

We’re a taco loving family! I was looking for an easier way for my 5 year old to eat tacos, since all the filling always falls out the back and these taco cups were perfect! I cut them into quarters and he was able to pick them up without the filling ending up on the plate….or floor. These are quick and easy to make. They work great for leftover too! Pop them in the warm oven to reheat for those nights where you need a quick dinner.

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1 lb lean ground beef, browned and drained
1 envelope low sodium taco seasoning
10 oz can Ro-Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chiles
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
24 wonton wrappers

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a standard size muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, mix together the cooked ground beef, taco seasoning and tomatoes. Take one wonton wrapper and line each muffin in. Place with 1 ½ tablespoons of taco mixture and then 1 tablespoon of cheese. Place another wonton wrapper and press down. Repeat with another layer of taco mix and cheese. Continue until all muffin cups are filled.

Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until the mixture is heated through and wonton edges are golden brown. Serve with any desired toppings – shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, more cheese, green onions, pickled jalapenos, salsa.

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Creamy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Spring sport season has started in our house and once again, I’m on  hunt for quick dishes I can throw together in 30 minutes or less. This one-skillet recipe was perfect for that! This simple recipe is delicious with a hint of lemon and garlic in a creamy sauce. I served it with a side of buttered egg noodles for my kids. It was another home-run recipe!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pinwheels

This weekend I went to a basket party fundraiser for a local charity and everyone at our table was bringing appetizers or desserts. I was looking for something that would help fill me up and keep me from snacking on all the delicious treats. I found this recipe for pinwheels and knew it would be perfect….plus my kids would eat the leftovers!

These were quick and easy to make, I should have let my daughter make them for me since I felt like I was running all over the place this weekend. Next time!

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1 lb chicken breast, cooked and shredded/cubed
1 lb thick cut bacon, cooked and chopped
8 oz cream cheese, softened at room temperature
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 packet ranch seasoning
4 large tortillas (I used low carb flat outs)

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, bacon, cream cheese and cheese. Mix until well combined. Sprinkle the ranch seasoning over the mixture and mix until incorporated. Divide the filling between the four tortillas. Spread the filling across the mixture and then roll up. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove and slice the roll into 1 inch slices. They can be enjoyed cold or at room temperature.

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Chicken in Balsamic Caramelized Onion Cream Sauce

Are you looking for a meal to impress your friends or in-laws? This is it and trust me, it’s simple to make. I loved the flavor of the sauce – it’s creamy, a little tangy and the caramelized onions were the best part. I could have eaten the sauce like it was soup…it was that good! I used chicken tenders and serve them over mashed potatoes and steamed asparagus.

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Homemade Bagels

Have you been scared to make bagels at home? With this recipe, there’s nothing to fear anymore! This quick and easy recipe uses no yeast, only a few ingredients and there’s no need for boiling or a high-end mixer. I whipped these up when my son was home sick a week ago and they were the perfect thing for him to snack on. Of course, I had to sample some and it was delicious. I can’t wait to experiment with the recipe and change-up the flavors!

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Fudgy Avocado Brownies

I bought two avocados last week and hoped they would have been ripe to eat before I started a 3-day juice cleanse, but of course they weren’t ready. I was looking for recipes to use them up since I knew no one else in my family would eat them. I found this recipe for brownies and figured I’d give it a try.

They were easy to throw together on a whim especially since I had all the ingredients in my pantry. I didn’t tell my kids what were in the brownies, just that they had a secret ingredient. My daughter chimed in “it’s love.” Ah, how sweet! ❤ I’m going to keep the secret a little longer. 🙂

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