Roasted Garlic

Everyone needs roasted garlic in their freezer (and in their lives). Preheat oven to 350º. Remove excess/loose paper from the outside of your garlic heads. Chop off their heads so that each clove is exposed (see picture). If some cloves are small/low, just take their tops off with a pairing knife (carefully). Place all of…

Thai Coconut Curry Chicken & Rice Bake

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 9×13-inch/3-quart baking pan, combine curry paste, fish sauce, peanut butter, coconut milk and garlic; whisk until blended. Add the chicken and carrots, and stir to coat. Evenly scatter the rinsed rice over everything. Add the boiling water, seal the pan tightly with foil, and bake until the rice…

NYE Roasted Garlic Pasta

New Year’s Eve with kids means that we’re staying in to spend time together, and cooking a great meal. This is a little more trouble than your normal pasta dish, but that’s what I look for when making a special meal. The sauce is very creamy despite having no butter or cream. The sparking wine…

Maple-Rosemary Spiced Nuts

⅓ c real maple syrup 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced (or 2 drops DoTerra oil)2 tsp aleppo pepper (or crushed red pepper if you don’t have it)1 tsp smoked paprika1 tsp (rounded) kosher salt1 heaping c almonds 1 heaping c pecans1 heaping c walnuts Preheat oven to…

No Bake Cookies

1 stick butter1/2 c milk3 Tbsp (heaping) cocoa powder1 c sugar in the raw1 c creamy peanut butter1 tsp vanilla extract1/4 tsp salt3 oz dark chocolate chips3 c old fashioned oats (quick-cooking) 1 stick of butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Melt the butter and add ½ cup whole milk, 3 heaping…

Shakshuka

Need an easy dinner based on things you already have on hand? If your pantry and fridge are stocked like mine, then this is your dish. These basics are always on hand – you could just as easily skip the feta if you didn’t have it, and it will be just as good. Promise. 3 Tbsp…

Instant Pot Curried Chicken Thighs

Yes, I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon. No, I don’t regret it. How else can I get impossibly tender and juicy meat in a short period of time. (Even when you consider the time it takes for it to come up to pressure, which no one talks about.) Here’s my easy chicken curry. 5-6…

Healthier Instant Oatmeal

I need more options for a quick breakfast. This mix is easy to make on the weekend, far cheaper and healthier than the store-bought varieties, and even easier to mix up in the morning. I keep some at work, and just add the hot water from the cooler – stir, and enjoy! Oatmeal Base 5 c…

Stuffed Green Pepper Casserole

Our neighbor made this for us about a year ago (I can’t remember why), and we were hooked. I was so hooked that I asked her for the recipe while I was pregnant, but she said that she had just made it up. And then she brought me some the next day! So we’ve recreated…

Sesame Ginger Quinoa Bowls

Todd found this recipe to help me find healthy alternatives to sandwiches for lunch, and like everything else on here, we’ve made a lot of changes for the better. This recipe is so great at lunch time: a cold grain bowl packed with flavor and texture. We make this Sunday so it’s ready to go…

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