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...]

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...]

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto

Skillet Tortellini with Sausage and Pesto | The Suburban Soapbox

Cheese Tortellini tossed with Italian sausage, pesto and pine nuts make a flavorful and quick dinner.  One skillet cooking makes clean up a breeze. Carbs are the best!  Don't you agree?  They're even better when stuffed with cheese.  Because everything's better with cheese.  And bacon but I didn't use bacon today.  I stepped it up and threw in some sausage.  Sausage is my bacon.  I love it more than any other pork product out there.  Crumbled....linked....patties....it's all so yum.  And … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala Stew | The Suburban Soapbox

The most amazing slow cooker recipe, ever.  This hearty Chicken Marsala Stew will quickly become a family favorite and is ready to eat when you walk in the door after a busy day.  Lighter and more heart healthy than many stew recipes, you won't feel weighed down after eating a bowl.  Room for dessert! According to Facebook, school has started everywhere....but here.  It's still summer in my 'hood.  The kids are still riding their bikes through the neighbors landscaping and sucking every … [Read more...]

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon

Spicy Corn Chowder with Bacon | The Suburban Soapbox

Sweet corn and jalapeños give this summertime chowder an extra spicy kick.  Salty bacon and Cojita cheese take it over the top.  Pair with a side salad and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.  There's nothing better than summer corn.  Like tomatoes and peaches, sweet corn is one of those things that I wait for all year.  Inevitably, I get impatient when I start seeing it in the store.....already shucked and wrapped in plastic.  All signs point to "Don't you dare put that in your cart" … [Read more...]

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie | The Suburban Soapbox

This easy one dish chicken pot pie is made in a skillet and topped with a pre-made pie crust.  An easy weeknight meal that tastes like it's been cooking for hours and has fewer calories than a traditional pot pie.  More flavor.....less guilt! Chicken Pot Pie is the ultimate comfort food....right next to beef stew and baked macaroni and cheese, it's what I want to eat on a cold winter day.  Growing up, I hated the crust.  I hated pie crust.  I thought it was the worst part of the pie.  … [Read more...]

Pasta with Butternut Squash, Sausage and Sage Pesto

Butternut, Sausage and Sage Pesto Pasta

It is comfort food season.  This is the time of year when it's perfectly acceptable to eat ridiculous amounts of pasta and cheese...or pasta with cheese.  And chocolate and cake and butter...you get it. Muffin tops can now be camouflaged with this season's hottest trend.  The chunky sweater.  Yes, that's right....big, thickly knitted sweaters are making a comeback and we, my friends, can rejoice by eating large amounts of carbohydrates.  If you don't believe me, check out this article on … [Read more...]