Garlic Asparagus

Lately I’ve really been attempting to make healthier, less processed, food for us. I’m not going to lie, my favorite meals are the unhealthy ones… dishes that are loaded with pasta and cheese… cheeseburgers have really been my thing recently… and, of course, pizza is always acceptable. I’m not completely cutting out these foods, but I’m trying to get as many vegetables into our diet as possible. Garlic salt makes amazing garlic bread (another unhealthy favorite), so I decided to try it on baked asparagus. We loved it! This way of cooking vegetables is definitely a keeper (try this flavoring method … Continue reading Garlic Asparagus

Mexican Street Corn

This recipe is so quick and easy… do I always say that?? Well, this recipe really is almost effortless (adapted from here). I’ve really been wanting to try Mexican Street Style Corn and I finally found some really good-looking corn last week. This recipe was such a hit! It has so many layers of flavor with the sweetness of the corn, the salty spiciness of the mayo, and the tartness of the lime. I love this spicy mayo, it’s such an excellent compliment to sweet and juicy corn (it would be great over grilled corn)! Mexican Street Corn 4 ears sweet corn olive oil … Continue reading Mexican Street Corn

Broccoli Cheese Jalapeño Soup

I first tasted this spicy broccoli cheese soup at Hoffbrau, a local Texas steak house. I’m not really a steak fan, but I love going there for their Broccoli Cheese Jalapeño Soup. It is so deliciously cheesy with the perfect amount of spiciness! I was searching for a copycat recipe and was pretty excited when I found that the actual recipe for this soup is on the Hoffrbrau website! I didn’t change the recipe but I did attempt to simplify it and I converted measurements to cups. If you want to take a look at the original recipe, you can find … Continue reading Broccoli Cheese Jalapeño Soup

Tex-Mex Roasted Stuffed Peppers

I can’t get enough of roasted peppers! I love how roasted peppers are crispy charred, and yet soft and juicy. I used to be under the assumption that I couldn’t get a good charred pepper without a gas stove or grill, but I’ve discovered that an oven broiler is a great way to cook peppers! Roasted bell peppers are a tasty and healthier alternative to tortillas for Mexican dishes (or try a sandwich bread or bun swap with my Roast Beef Stuffed Peppers!). These Tex-Mex Roasted Stuffed Peppers are a great way for turning leftovers into a fresh new dish! Use … Continue reading Tex-Mex Roasted Stuffed Peppers

Bacon Wrapped Sausages

This appetizer brings back so many memories! As I was growing up, we had these bacon wrapped sausages at almost every family celebration that I can remember. We still make these sausages every Christmas, along with all of our other favorite finger foods. Everyone loves them, they’re just so addicting! The brown sugar caramelizes over the bacon, creating an amazing sweet and savory treat! These Bacon Wrapped Sausages are such an easy party food and they’ll be a hit at your next gathering! Bacon Wrapped Sausages 6-8 servings beef little smokies sausages (1 package) bacon (1 package) 2 cups brown sugar … Continue reading Bacon Wrapped Sausages

Fresh Tomato Sauce

I wasn’t a big fan of tomato soup until I tasted fresh tomato soup (served at a local restaurant) and fell in love. It was so rich and creamy, I was surprised and even skeptical when I was told that there wasn’t actually any cream in the soup at all. It’s true, this recipe isn’t actually for tomato soup, but this sauce features that same unbelievably rich creaminess (even without adding any dairy!). I love this sauce because it can be served on several different levels, from hearty and rustic to smooth and velvety (my favorite)! Fresh Tomato Sauce 2 … Continue reading Fresh Tomato Sauce

Salsa Verde Casserole

It’s been a busy few weeks since opening my Etsy shop (if you haven’t already checked it out, you can find the Hello Homebody Etsy shop here). I’ve been attempting to fill orders, create new items for the shop, and keep up with recipe planning and blogging. My goal is to create a good schedule so that I’m not jumping from project to project all day long, but I haven’t found that happy balance of organization quite yet. In the middle of my scattered-ness, I’ve been falling back on our favorite dishes for dinner, simple recipes that I know by … Continue reading Salsa Verde Casserole

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

Pasta is my favorite comfort food… macaroni and cheese… fettuccine alfredo… lasagna! What I really love is a good sauce. Honestly, pasta is just plain boring without it! This Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is rich, creamy, and cheesy, balanced with the flavors of fresh basil and red peppers. Roasting peppers couldn’t be simpler but it adds great flavor to sauces (and dips, like my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus). If you’ve never roasted peppers (or if it’s your favorite thing ever) you should give this recipe a try! Roasted Red Pepper Sauce 4 servings 2 large red bell peppers 2 large … Continue reading Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

Chile Rellenos Casserole

This just might be the very first “new” recipe that I tried out right after Drew and I were married. I’d loved to cook for years before that, but cooking for my new husband was just so much fun! Casseroles. I love them for so many reason: they’re so tasty (I really don’t know if I’ve ever met a casserole that I didn’t like), they’re great leftover, and one-dish dinners make clean-up easy! But so many of the casseroles that I make are loaded with pasta or tortillas. This dish is light on carbs but still filling and easy! Green … Continue reading Chile Rellenos Casserole

Crockpot Tex-Mex Black Beans

You’ve probably heard about the pros of cooking dry beans: it’s cheaper than buying canned beans and they’re healthier (because you can decide what goes into them!). But cooking dry beans is also so easy! Cooking beans in chicken broth really gives them an extra meaty flavor (but you could use water or vegetable stock instead). The chicken broth thickens with the spices to make a rich and flavorful chili sauce! Serve these tasty beans as a side dish, in burritos, or on top of nachos! Crockpot Tex-Mex Black Beans                        … Continue reading Crockpot Tex-Mex Black Beans

Smoked Chipotle Ketchup

Ketchup is the condiment of Summer! We use it to top hamburgers and hot dogs, french fries and corn dogs. I’d never even thought about making ketchup from scratch before but, after trying a smoky chipotle ketchup at Twisted Root, I became inspired to try it! I loved the thought of playing with flavors to make my own ketchup. When I started researching ketchup-making recipes I discovered that there are lots of different methods, ranging from recipes that start with fresh tomatoes, to recipes that require no cooking at all. I settled for an in-between method that’s quick and simple, … Continue reading Smoked Chipotle Ketchup

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

I’ve been on a little hummus kick recently. Roasted red pepper hummus was the first hummus flavor that I ever tried. It was the single-serving kind that came with pita chips in the same package. In case you haven’t already guessed, homemade is way better! I love the flavor that fresh roasted peppers add to this hummus. Try it as a simple and healthy snack the next time you’re craving something salty! Roasted Red Pepper Hummus 2 red bell peppers  1  16oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 1/4 cup lime (or lemon) juice  2 tbsp olive oil 1/4 tsp garlic powder … Continue reading Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Chicken Avocado Lime Soup // Crockpot Recipe

These past few weeks I’ve been loving the fresh avocados! I bought several during early Spring and was really disappointed, I almost thought that I’d lost my love of avocados. I’m glad that wasn’t the case! I can’t get enough of them right now and I’ve been adding them to everything. With all of that said, if you don’t prefer avocados (like my husband), this soup is good even if you don’t top it with avocado!  I know it’s the beginning of summer, we’re in Texas and it just keeps getting hotter, but I couldn’t wait to make this soup! … Continue reading Chicken Avocado Lime Soup // Crockpot Recipe

Avocado Hummus

I really like hummus but I’ve never made any myself. It’s so simple, I’m not sure why I didn’t do this sooner! Hummus is a healthy snack, or a great appetizer for summer parties and barbecues. It’s also completely vegetarian! I chose to make hummus with avocado, I love the taste and texture that the avocado added to this recipe. Avocado Cilantro Hummus 1 16oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans) 1 avocado cilantro -small bunch (optional) 1/2 lime 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper Drain and rinse chickpeas. Juice the lime and … Continue reading Avocado Hummus

Crispy Potatoes with Smoked Sausage

This is one of my go-to meals that I make all of the time. We often have all of the ingredients for this recipe on hand and it’s one that my husband loves. Meat and potatoes are the base for this recipe, add any veggie that you have on hand to give it some variety! I don’t like kitchen clean up, so I absolutely love the fact that this is a one dish meal! The ingredient quantities in this recipe are easily adjusted for making any amount of food that you need. Crispy Potatoes with Smoked Sausage             … Continue reading Crispy Potatoes with Smoked Sausage