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

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

Homemade Caramel Sauce

This caramel would make a great dip for apples, topping for ice cream, or stir a little of this caramel into your coffee (caramel macchiato anyone?)! My mom used to make caramel this way for homemade turtles at Christmastime. Yum! The only ingredient you need to make this caramel is one can of sweetened condensed milk. It couldn’t be simpler! Place an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk into a large pot filled with water (can could explode if not completely submerged). Leave to simmer for 2 and 1/2 hours (or longer if you want a thicker caramel). Make sure to keep … Continue reading Homemade Caramel Sauce

Corn and Black Bean Salsa

This salsa has such a fresh and flavorful taste, it’s perfect for summer! All of the ingredients in this simple recipe are easily kept on hand, great for a last minute appetizer or side dish. Corn and Black Bean Salsa 1 cup rotel 1 cup corn 1 cup black beans 1/4 cup onion (chopped) fresh cilantro corn chips 1 lime Stir together rotel, corn, beans, and onion. Add lime juice to taste. Top with chopped cilantro. This salsa is best if chilled before serving. Serve with corn chips. Enjoy this salsa with a tasty Mexican meal or at your next … Continue reading Corn and Black Bean Salsa

Fancy Grilled Cheese // Blueberry Cream Cheese

I love savory grilled cheese sandwiches, but I decided to try to come up with a sweet variety this time! I figured that cream cheese was a perfect option, what isn’t cream cheese good with?!? I used blueberries that I already had on hand, but you can be creative with the fruit that you use (strawberries would be great with the cream cheese filling!). Serve up this sweet grilled cheese sandwich for breakfast or as a snack! Needed: bread (sliced) blueberries 2 oz cream cheese 1/8 cup powdered sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla butter Pop the cream cheese into the microwave … Continue reading Fancy Grilled Cheese // Blueberry Cream Cheese

Herb Tips // Favorites

I love cooking with fresh herbs, but they can be expensive and don’t have a very long shelf life. Here are a couple of quick tips to extend the life of your herbs! If you’ve purchased way too many fresh herbs, or if your garden is full of them, chop herbs and place into an ice cube tray. Pour olive oil over the herbs and freeze. I’ve used this trick with cilantro and basil, two of my favorites! I pull the cubes out of the freezer and toss them into a skillet when cooking meat, beans, or sauces! Cilantro is … Continue reading Herb Tips // Favorites

Fancy Grilled Cheese // Tomato Mozzarella

I absolutely LOVE fresh mozzarella with tomato and basil. You can find that perfect combination in this fresh version of a classic comfort food! Tomato Mozzarella Grilled Cheese Needed: french bread fresh mozzarella  tomatoes  pesto butter Slice bread, mozzarella, and tomatoes. Spread a thin layer of pesto on bread (you can find my recipe for Basil Pesto here). If you’d rather, you could layer on a few fresh basil leaves instead of pesto. Top with tomato and cheese. Lightly butter the outside of sandwiches. Heat skillet or panini press. Toast sandwich on both sides. Enjoy that goodness! And if you’re looking for … Continue reading Fancy Grilled Cheese // Tomato Mozzarella

Fresh Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

This creamy tomato soup is my favorite. It’s perfect for chilly evenings. We love to eat this soup along with grilled cheese sandwiches! Fresh Creamy Tomato Soup                                 4 Servings Needed:                                                                              4 fresh tomatoes (chopped) 1 cup (8 oz) tomato sauce 1 cup (8 oz) vegetable or chicken stock  … Continue reading Fresh Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

Roast Beef Stuffed Peppers

These roast beef stuffed peppers make such a great weeknight dinner! Bell peppers are a tasty and healthier way to serve up cheesesteaks (make this recipe with chicken or turkey if you’re not a fan of beef). It’s one of our favorites! Roast Beef Stuffed Peppers Needed: 2 Bell Peppers 4 Mushrooms (sliced) 1/4 Onion (chopped) 8oz Roast Beef 8 slices Provolone Cheese Turn oven broiler on to low. Cut peppers in half and remove seeds and ribs. Place pepper halves (skin side up) onto a baking sheet and broil,  just until skins have slightly charred. Cook onion and mushrooms in … Continue reading Roast Beef Stuffed Peppers

Sour Cream Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas

This is probably my favorite. recipe. ever. The creamy salsa verde sauce is so easy and so good! Mexican (maybe I should say Tex-Mex) is my favorite type of food and I pretty much always order sour cream enchiladas when we go to Mexican restaurants. This is also my favorite dish to make at home… Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas 16 oz jar salsa verde 16 oz container sour cream 1 bunch of cilantro (washed and chopped) 3 chicken breasts (cooked and shredded) 8-10 tortillas (I used flour) 8 oz monterey jack cheese (shredded or crumbled) 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional) Preheat oven to … Continue reading Sour Cream Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas