Super Simple Guinness Beef Pies

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Easy and elegant enough for entertaining, Guinness Beef Pies are great for a St. Patrick's Day celebration.  The stew can be made in advance and then is baked with a crispy, buttery pastry top right before serving.   I never really celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  Voluntarily, that is.  Last year I got a little excited for the festivities just so I could show off my awesome Leprechan Trap that "Landon" made for his class party.  Prior to that, I went on a pub crawl with my friends when I was … [Read more...]

Stir-Fried Beef Peppers and Snow Peas with Cauliflower Rice

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Cauliflower Rice makes an amazing substitute for white rice in this healthy, quick stir-fry dinner.  Stir-Fried Beef, Peppers and Snow Peas are cooked in minutes and in one skillet, a great meal for busy nights. I try to keep politics out of here....which is kinda funny because it's a "soapbox."  But today, I have to share my feelings on something.  Something that, it seems, the entire world loves. And devours......are you ready?  I hate Zoodles.  Don't know what Zoodles are?  They're … [Read more...]

Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Baked potatoes play the leading role in this easy recipe.  Homemade cheddar sauce is made in minutes and then used as a sauce to top off crispy skinned stuffed potatoes.  Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes are a great way to mix up your usual "meat and potatoes" dinner. I'm the queen of the fast food take out window.  If you know me in real life....you also know my love for fast food french fries, cheeseburgers, chicken nuggets and milkshakes.  I'm totally aware of what … [Read more...]

One-Pot Spaghetti and Meatball Stew

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Spaghetti and Meatball Stew comes together all in one pot with a rich, tangy tomato sauce for an easy family meal.  Hearty and filling, this is fantastic served with a green salad and crusty bread, loaded with butter, for dipping.   I like meals that I can cook in one pot....because doing dishes on a full stomach really blows.  I know you all agree because I get tons of requests for easy, one-pot meals.  So, I do my best to minimize the work on the back end for all of us by throwing … [Read more...]

20-Minute Skinny Beef Stroganoff

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Hearty and satisfying, Skinny Beef Stroganoff takes just 20 minutes to make and won't add inches to your waistline.  This lightened up version uses no butter or sour cream and  is just as tasty as it's full fat version. I hit a wall....and have a little confession.  Last week, I couldn't button my pants.  I had to use an elastic band, a trick I learned during pregnancy, to close my pants.  I'm a little ashamed but let's face it I deserved it.  My pants slapped me in the face with the … [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet

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This easy, one-pot dinner is a copy of the popular Hamburger Helper version.  Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet uses "from scratch" ingredients to recreate this classic comfort dish in minutes.  Flavorful and kid-approved, this is clean eating at it's finest.  Cheesburger Macaroni....those two words were my favorite to hear when I would ask my mom "what's for dinner."  I absolutely LOVED Hamburger Helper's Cheeseburger Macaroni.  It was so simple and cheesy and filled with carbs.  And browned … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

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Extra cheesy, creamy and tangy....Pepperoni Pizza Dip is just like your favorite pizza without the crust. Serve this treat at your Super Bowl party this Sunday and your guests will be hooked after the first bite. Like any normal person, I'm a pizza lover.  I like it all, any topping, any cheese, sauce, no sauce, veggies, meat-lovers....I will eat just about anything.  Put an egg on it....I'm there!  But I don't always love the crust.  Scratch that....I don't like the crust at all.  When I … [Read more...]

Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce

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Dipped in hot sauce and wrapped in bacon, these Bacon Wrapped Buffalo Chicken Tenders have half the calories of the fried version.  Serve them with this light Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce for the tastiest, guilt-free game day snack ever. Bacon gets a bad rap.  It's true.  Sure, some versions are loaded with sodium....and fat....but if you use it in moderation and in a way where you render off most of that fat it can be your friend.  It can make something you don't really love much taste … [Read more...]

Champagne and Garlic Braised Chicken Thighs

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Inexpensive chicken thighs are given the royal treatment in this recipe.  Champagne and a ton of garlic are used to braise crispy-skinned thighs until they're tender, juicy and fit for a king.     It's snowing.  Which is cool but I'm wondering if the forecasters called this one correctly.  It was supposed to snow overnight and then start again around noon.  At least that's the last I heard and that was last night around 11:00.  Now I'm watching Peter Rabbit and forced to check the … [Read more...]

Shrimp and Chorizo Skillet Paella with Quinoa

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Slightly spicy with a hint of smoke, this one-pot meal is deliciously simple and is packed full of healthy, whole ingredients.  Quinoa replaces the traditional rice in this recipe to boost protein and fiber. I've been making a version of this recipe for years.  When I was teaching myself to cook and got a little adventurous I whipped up a recipe I found in Cooking Light.  It was easy and quick and a definite home run with my family.  I would make it ahead of time and it was always better … [Read more...]