One Dish Chicken & Veggie Bake

My friend Jennifer is a fabulous cook. Pretty much everything she makes I ask her for the recipe.  She made us this one dish chicken & veggie bake and let me just tell you it was incredible.  It seems unassuming, but it is packed full of flavor. The best part is you only use one […]

Cheesy Corn Casserole

This is one of my favorite dishes from my childhood. My mom used to make this often and it’s such a versatile side dish too because it goes great with chicken, burgers or even bbq! This is so creamy and cheesy and it kind of has a cake like texture that makes it just out […]

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli

As I mentioned last week, I am not a huge fan of green veggies so I’m always looking for new ways to make them enjoyable and tasty.  This method gave a great depth of flavor and would be a great addition to any meal! I will definitely be making this again and Adam really loved […]

Jalapeno Creamed Corn

I’m always on the lookout for new side dishes as I get bored with the ones that we have all the time and I’m not a huge vegetable lover so I love side dishes like this that are creamy have my favorite vegetable, corn! This was so delicious and flavorful and I think it could’ve […]

Baked Green Bean Fries with Fry Dipping Sauce

This summer my bible study went on a boat ride and ate at a restaurant on the river.  While there we got an appetizer of fried green beans and I was immediately smitten! They were so amazing and I’ve been wanting to replicate them at home ever since.  I finally got around to making a […]

Roasted Summer Veggies

This summer my bible study has been rotating houses and each week one of us cooks dinner for the group.  It’s been so fun to experience everyone’s cooking! One week, my friend Cherie made these summer vegetables and they were so fresh and so delicious and such a great way to use up garden veggies. […]

Zucchini Tots

Are you loving all these fresh summer veggies and fruit this summer as much as I am?!? There’s nothing quite like fresh food from local farms or gardens.  I’ve been looking for some new ways to make them other than just roasting them or grilling them to mix it up a little, though they are […]

Chinese Slaw

I’ve been wanting to make Chinese Slaw for quite a while, and I’m not sure why I haven’t made it before now. This has a sweet yet tangy flavor and a great crunch from the cabbage & ramen noodles.  If you can believe it, I’d actually never bought ramen noodles until I went shopping for […]

Roasted Green Beans

Hope you all have had a Happy New Year so far! We had such a great time over the holidays and I don’t know about you but I’m definitely having a hard time getting back into the swing of things.   The problem is its so much fun to just watch ballgames & movies and […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

This weekend I realized we had yet to have my in-laws over for dinner at our new house.  So I quickly remedied that and also decided to make a couple of great things to share with you guys for Thanksgiving ideas.  This sweet potato casserole is my mom’s recipe that she makes every year at […]

Cheesy Rice with Broccoli

This recipe is so cheesy, comforting and delicious! It is the perfect side dish that will go great with so many entrees.  The first time I made this I didn’t cook my rice long enough, but I didn’t realize it until I had added the cheese and everything and it was too late to save […]

Pan Fried Okra

My mother-in-law is an amazing cook. She can whip up most anything by adding a “little of this and a little of that.” She should really have a restaurant! I have lots of favorites that she makes and one of them is her pan fried okra. Recently she gave me some okra fresh from her […]

Baked Zucchini Fries

I’ve been wanting to make these for quite some time. I had fried zucchini strips a couple of years ago at Giordano’s pizza and was delighted to find this recipe since it was baked and healthier than the fried version. I actually served this as an appetizer before our pizza and dipped them in pizza […]

Broccoli Cauliflower Cashew Salad

I know this probably doesn’t sound like it would be that great, but trust me when I say this is one of those recipes you should go and make today! It is so delicious and addictive! You will want to keep it all for yourself! My friend Malinda made this for our bible study recently […]

Lightened Up Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Nothing comforts and warms the soul like a great bowl of soup! Plus soup makes for great leftovers making our dollars stretch a little further. This soup is made to taste like Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar (which is fabulous!) and it really is very similar! I opted to lighten up this recipe by reducing the amount […]

Lightened Up Sweet Potato Casserole

I absolutely love my mom’s sweet potato casserole. It is so decadent and comforting, but it’s loaded with lots of butter and calories! So I thought I would try to make a version that was a bit lighter and better for you while still remaining delicious. I got inspiration from Cooking Light & All Recipes […]

Green Beans with Maple Pecan Vinaigrette

These green beans that I found on Real Simple are amazing! They taste better and better with every bite. They have a wonderful acidic, yet slightly sweet flavor and they went great with the turkey. This would be a great addition to any meal and it is really easy and quick to make. You can […]

Grilled or Roasted Veggies

Sorry for the small lapse in posting…heat exhaustion can really take it out of you! It is no fun, so please stay hydrated if you live in the south in this super hot & humid weather we’re having! I made these veggies to go along with our Memorial Day meal and they always turn out […]

Grillled…or Roasted Creamed Corn

So in keeping with our grilled…umm…roasted theme…I made this “grilled” creamed corn from Rachael Ray to go along with our grilled chicken legs. I roasted my corn in the oven instead of grilling again because of the rain, and also because that’s our favorite way to make corn! This takes a bit of prep just […]

Spinach, Tomato & Artichoke Pizza

We have a new pizza place in town and we love it! They have such a wide variety of toppings to choose from to create your own pizza masterpiece. Plus they have whole wheat crust, which I love. We get the spinach, tomato and artichoke pizza and I wanted to try and re-create that at […]

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries have become one of my favorite side dishes. I love, love, love them! If they are on the menu there’s no way I’m ordering any other side. I thought it would be nice to replicate them at home, but bake them so they aren’t as many calories. The hardest part is just […]

Classic Green Beans

I just want to say I’m sorry for my lack of posting the past several weeks. I haven’t cooked or baked as near as much as I would like. I’ve either been out of town or under the weather! But I’m hoping to get back in the kitchen next week. Until then, I just wanted […]

Maple Butternut Squash

This is another great recipe from my new Ellie Krieger cookbook, So Easy. Squash is a great side, though I do find it super hard to cut up, but it’s totally worth it. I served them along side these chicken mushroom quesadillas I made the other day, and it balanced out the meal very nicely. […]

Corn & Bean Salsa

Adam was off of work all last week, which was glorious. We had a blast. I thought it would be fun one day to make several appetizers that we could eat on for several meals and just hang out and watch ballgames, movies, play games, etc. Then I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking and […]

Turkey Butternut Squash Pizza

I saw this recipe for pumpkin turkey flatbread pizza on Cara’s Cravings and thought it sounded great for turkey leftovers on Thanksgiving. Then I got to thinking that my husband isn’t that crazy about pumpkin so I was thinking of doing a variation on it but wasn’t sure what. Then this recipe from Black Cat […]

Mustard Rosemary Chicken with Carrots & Potatoes

I saw this in my most recent Martha Stewart Living Magazine in the Healthy Living/Fit-To-Eat article, and thought it sounded delightful for dinner. This meal certainly did not dissapoint. It does take a bit of time to bake in the oven, so it might be more for a Sunday dinner than a weeknight meal. This […]

Roasted Potato Corn Salad

This is a great side dish and a great way to use up any leftover corn or potatoes. I found this is a recent Rachael Ray Magazine. It calls for onion and jalapenos, but I decided to leave those out. I also added in some honey to balance out the flavors and acidity, providing a […]

Parmesan Garlic Potatoes

I make these potatoes often. They are an easy side dish to throw together and jazz up your typical potatoes a bit. This goes great with burgers, or a fancy chicken dish…very versatile. Parmesan Garlic Potatoes Source: Me Ingredients: 5-6 small red potatoes, diced 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 tsp. garlic powder Cooking Spray […]

Tomatoes Stuffed with Roasted Corn Salad

I had seen this gorgeous side dish on Elizabeth’s Edible Experience and knew that it would be a wonderful summery side dish for any meal. I paired these with her spicy chicken sandwiches, which I will post later. This dish was so flavorful and refreshing, absolutely perfect for summer. This dish is sure to impress […]

Vegetarian Chili Burgers

I have still been trying to limit the amount I eat and have been looking for vegetarian recipes. When I saw the recipe for these Chili Burgers on A Year in the Kitchen I just knew I had to try them. These were great and Adam loved them too. They had a hearty flavor and […]

Pioneer Woman’s Fresh Corn & Wild Rice Casserole

I never knew trying to find wild rice would be such a challenge. I finally found what I was looking for in the fourth store that I tried! I had some fresh corn that I had blanched and frozen in the summer, and thought this would be the perfect dish to use it in. I […]

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

I saw these Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes on Sugar & Spice and realized they were in my fall Food & Family magazine. I thought they would be great paired with Pioneer Woman’s Yogurt Chicken and they were. These potatoes are healthy, and a nice slightly sweet addition to any meal. If you like sweet potatoes […]

Light Chicken Corn Chowder

I came across this recipe on Better Together and knew it would be perfect for a cold winter’s night. Well, it was down right frigid last night, and this soup provided just the right amount of warmth and comfort. Plus it was savory and delicious! We served this soup with reduced fat crescent rolls. It […]