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Basil Chicken Burgers with Pesto Mayonnaise

Recently I discovered that my favorite local French-inspired bakery sells baked goods at our local grocer. I quickly picked up a pack of ciabatta rolls without a plan for how to use them. But who needs a plan when you have the Interweb? I found these Basil Chicken Burgers with Pesto Mayonnaise, which were moist, flavorful, … Continue reading

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“From-a-mix” Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

About this time of year, many of us find ourselves baking cookies, brownies, and bars to bring to end-of-the-year events. I went searching for some easy treats and found a brownie mix cookie. It reminded me of an old recipe from a friend, a chocolate cookie made from a cake mix, all sandwiched together with … Continue reading

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Bohemian Soupsody: Carrot-Ginger Soup with Cashews

We’re trying have more meatless meals around here. I’m also into making meals that stretch, so this lead me to soups. Thus begins the soups series I’ll call “Bohemian Soupsody,” though the hubs suggested “Soupsapalooza.” So anyway, on with Soupsody. Soups are great, they are a budget-friendly meal that you can stretch by pairing them … Continue reading

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Tuscan-Style Steak with Arugula and Parmesan

We recently discovered organic, pre-washed baby arugula. It’s an “aromatic,” slightly spicy green full of vitamins A and C. Usually we mix it with spinach. Last week before a trip to the market, I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, The Quick Recipe from American’s Test Kitchen. I stumbled upon this jewel–Tuscan-Style Steak with Arugula and … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part III – Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Part I brought us Crispy Rosemary Chicken (with Grape Nuts) Part II, Taco Casserole Now presenting the BIG finale… ….The Return Of The Chicken… Part III – Bruschetta Chicken Bake made with Stove Top Stuffing. It’s a great tasting casserole that is quick and easy. Perfect for Thanksgiving week when stuffing is on sale. So stock … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part II – Taco Casserole & Refried Beans

Part Two is a family favorite found on the side of Ortega Taco Shells box. It’s a recipe for Taco Casserole. They make great leftovers as is, or serve heated on a bed of lettuce and tomatoes as a “taco salad.” Yum! And bonus, it’s less messy than tacos. To stretch out this meal, I … Continue reading

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Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy: Part I – Crispy Rosemary Chicken with Grape Nuts

Recently I found myself saying in disbelief, “Thanksgiving? NEXT week already?” This is one of those rare occasions where we find ourselves hosting Thanksgiving – how fun! The challenge will be paring down the menu & time management.  In the meantime, I present the “Recipe-On-The-Box Trilogy.” A compilation of my favorite recipes found on the box. … Continue reading

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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This past year, I started keeping a jar of red peppers in the fridge because they are so versatile. We use them a lot. They’re a great way to elevate simple dishes. We put them in sandwiches, on pizza, and I even added them to our chili this weekend. Our favorite brand is Mezzetta Roasted Red Bell Peppers. … Continue reading

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Ancho Chili Chicken & Steak Fajitas

This is a great weekday quick cook, especially if you prep your ingredients the night before or even in the morning. I modified the original steak-only recipe by doubling the ancho chili marinade and adding chicken to the mix. These Chicken & Steak Fajitas make great leftovers and take-away lunches. Serve it with black bean salsa, sour … Continue reading

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Scones: The Hoity-Toitest Quick Bread

Scones seemed so hoity toity when I was young. Like it was only to be consumed on special occasions. The first time I made them I was surprised at how easy they are. Such a payoff – instant fancy. I’ve included two scone recipes: one sweet, one savory. Fast Raspberry Scones and Roasted Red Pepper Scones. They … Continue reading

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The Mighty Black Bean: Black Bean Tostadas or Burritos

This protein-packed pantry item really comes in handy. If I am out of a protein options and want to stretch the budget, I keep these stocked, as well as, some tortillas just in case. Yesterday, thirty minutes before dinnertime, I made this quick “Mexican Pizza” for the kids & they enjoyed it. The beauty of … Continue reading

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Black Bean Salsa

salsa & chips

Now that summer is here, try this great alternative to traditional salsa with protein to boot! This recipe is flexible, add more veggies to substitute if you don’t have enough of something else. Enjoy! Black Bean Salsa  Refrigerate for 2 hours, serve with tortilla chips. Combine the following ingredients: 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tbsp … Continue reading

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Protein Bars for Parkour-Training Husband

These protein bars aren’t for me or the kids, but my hubby loves them for his insane workouts and parkour training. I got this recipe from my friend Tina and they are a hit! (By the way, if you make them with chocolate powder, they taste like no bake cookies.) Protein Bars  Spray a 9 … Continue reading

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Italian Potpie from Everyday Food

Everyday Food Italian Potpie

This is a quick meal that my little ones loved. It’s from Everyday Food, Italian Potpies. It’s a “biscuit-topped Italian rendition of shepherd’s pie.” I doubled this recipe below; it makes great leftovers. It can be made as individual pies or one large one. Italian Potpie by Everyday Food Filling Ingredients 2 tbsps olive oil 2 medium onions, … Continue reading

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