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S’mores Sandwich Cookies

S’mores Sandwich Cookies

Hey Y’all! Soooo….I’m about to change your life right now with S’mores Sandwich Cookies!! You don’t even need a campfire to create this delightful little treat. The cookies on their own are completely amazing so you’re going to have to resist devouring them hot out […]

Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet

Rise and shine! Our mouth-watering Cast Iron Breakfast Skillet is a great way to start the day. I’m talking a good old fashioned down home country breakfast with a whole lotta substance. Right from the start I knew this hearty skillet would quickly become a […]

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Sweet Potatoes

If you like sweet potato fries, then you’ll love Grilled Sweet Potatoes! I’ve always been a sweet potato fan whether they’re fried, baked or all dolled up in a holiday casserole, but grilling them puts it on a whole new level for me. Grilling not only highlights their natural sweetness but also leaves behind a charred and smoky flavor that just tastes fantastic. This healthy and delicious recipe is a nice change of pace to your dinner routine and beyond easy to prepare. We’re talking on the table in a matter of minutes! The potatoes get a head start in the microwave and finish on the grill right alongside with your main course. This one’s a keeper for sure! And don’t skip out on the creamy Gorgonzola spread. It pairs wonderfully with this simple grilled veggie.

Here’s all you’ll need: sweet potatoes, Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and chives.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes ingredients list #grilledsweetpotatoes #grillrecipes #summerentertaining #sidedish #summersides #cookoutrecipes

Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Leave the skins on, there’s no need to peel. Using the fork make several deep incisions in the potatoes. This will allow the steam to escape and prevent a mess in the microwave. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Be sure to turn over the potatoes once about halfway through cooking. Don’t forget that we’ll finish cooking the potatoes on the grill so we don’t need them to be cooked all the way through. We’re just giving them a little help.

Sweet potatoes are pierced with a fork before cooking. #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #potatorecipes #sidedish #easysummersides

Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle. Meanwhile let’s whip up that amazing Gorgonzola spread. This spread reminds me of one of the dipping sauces that they bring out for the veggie course at the Melting Pot. It’s SOOO good and pairs well with most vegetables. In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. That’s it! So simple. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Gorgonzola cheese, mayonnaise and lemon juice mixed together in a small bowl. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatoesonthegrill #potatorecipes #sweetpotatorecipes

Now back to those sweet potatoes. Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds.

Sweet potatoes sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds on a cutting board. #sweetpoatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grillrecipes #healthyrecipes #healthydinnerrecipes #cookoutrecipes #summerfood

Brush the sweet potato rounds lightly with olive oil and sprinkle on some salt and pepper. I love that a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper is all that’s needed because obviously I always have both on hand which means I can whip up a batch of Grilled Sweet Potatoes even on short notice. Who doesn’t love that?!? Of course you can absolutely experiment with your favorite flavor combinations to spice things up a bit.Sweet Potato rounds brushed with olive oil then sprinkled with salt and pepper. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #grilledpotatoes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #dinneronthegrill

Fire up the grill to medium heat. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and don’t forget the sprinkle of salt and pepper below turning. We use a grill mat on a regular basis but it’s not necessary for this recipe and potatoes can be grilled directly on the grates. The benefits of a grill mat are easy cleanup and of course none of the veggies will fall or slip through the grill grates. We love trying all the latest gadgets!

Sweet potato rounds cooking on a grill mat over medium heat. #sweetpotatoes #grilledsweetpotatoes #sweetpotatorecipes #howtogrillsweetpotatoes #howtogrillpotatoes #potatorecipes #potatoesonthegrill Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. My garden kicks out so many chives that we sprinkle them on just about EVERYTHING! Well hello my little sweet potato…Come to Momma!! Grilled Sweet Potatoes are a good start for dinner but why not add some Grilled Brussels Sprouts and our Best Grilled Pork Chops too?!? Yum!!!

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

June 26, 2020
: 8
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Minced chives, for garnish
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash and scrub the potatoes and then pierce with a fork. Place on a microwave safe plate and cook for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size of the potatoes). Turn potatoes over once about halfway through cooking. Allow the potatoes to cool until easy to handle.
  • Step 2 In a small bowl, combine the Gorgonzola cheese, mayo, and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • Step 3 Once the potatoes have cooled, cut them into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Brush lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Step 4 Grill, covered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side, turning once. Lightly brush the potato rounds with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper before turning.
  • Step 5 Remove from the grill, sprinkle with chives, and serve with Gorgonzola spread. Enjoy!

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No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Happy First Day of Summer!!! What better way to celebrate than with a fun new recipe? No Churn Blackberry Cheesecake Ice Cream is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day. This recipe is amazing for so many reasons. It starts off […]

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

Move over boring side dishes! Grilled Brussels Sprouts are here to steal the show this summer. Brussels sprouts can sometimes get a bad rap but it’s only because most people don’t know how to cook them properly. Grilling or roasting them caramelizes their natural sugars yielding […]

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

Move over beer brats there’s a new kid in town! Root Beer Brats are not only delicious but they are so easy to prepare. And since they’re made with root beer rather than beer, they’re family friendly too. Slow-cooking in a sweet root beer marinade helps this tasty sausage really soak up tons of flavor. You can adjust the heat to your taste by adding a spicier chili sauce to the mix. And let’s not forget the best part, this summertime meal is made in the crockpot so you can get dinner on the table and still keep the house cool. Amazing, right?!?

Here’s all you’ll need : root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, caraway seeds, bratwurst links, onion, chili sauce, hoagie rolls, red onion and mustard for serving (optional).

Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats ingredients list #bratwurst #slowcookerrecipes #sausagerecipes #summerbbq #rootbeerbratwurst

Let’s get started on that sweet and tasty marinade. In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.

Root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds are mixed together in a large bowl. #rootbeerbrats #rootbeerrecipes #rootbeermarinade #slowcookerrecipes #crockpotrecipes

Next brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Keep in mind that you don’t want to cook them all the way through. We’re just searing the outsides to help keep in all of that juicy and delicious flavor! Now just what exactly is bratwurst you might ask? Bratwurst is a specific type of sausage link that originated in Germany. Typically it’s made with pork, beef, or sometimes even veal. If you don’t have bratwurst available you can use a typical run of the mill sausage as a substitute.

Bratwurst sausages seared in a large skillet. #bratwurst #brats #beerbrats #family recipes #familydinner #summerdinnerideas

Add the Root Beer Brats to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees. My crockpots always seem to cook on the hot side so 6 hours was plenty for me. I would recommend checking about 4 hours in so you can adjust the temperature as needed.

Bratwurst in a crockpot covered with onions and chili sauce. #crockpotrecipes #dinnerrecipes #bratwurst #slowcookerdinner #rootbeerrecipes #sausagerecipes

Grab a bun and a brat and you’re ready to eat! Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Then add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or go the traditional route by adding a little mustard. You really can’t go wrong on this one! Dinner doesn’t get much easier than Root Beer Brats. Serve with our Slow-Cooked German Potato Salad or our Sweet and Tangy Macaroni Salad and you’ve got yourself a meal!

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Slow-Cooker Root Beer Brats

June 9, 2020
: 10 servings
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1 can (12 ounces) root beer
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 3 teaspoons caraway seeds
  • 10 uncooked bratwurst links
  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 10 hoagie buns
  • Thinly sliced red onion, for serving
  • Prepared mustard, for serving
Directions
  • Step 1 In a large bowl, mix together one 12 oz can of root beer, corn starch, ground mustard, and caraway seeds. Whisk until the corn starch is fully combined into the soda pop mixture.
  • Step 2 Brown the brats in batches in a large skillet over medium heat. Do not cook all the way through.
  • Step 3 Add the bratwurst to a 4-5 quart crockpot. Cover with chopped white or yellow onion, chili sauce and the root beer mixture. Cook covered, on low for 6-8 hours or until a meat thermometer reads at least 160 degrees.
  • Step 4 Spoon with chili sauce just before serving. Add the toppings of your choice, like thinly sliced red onions or mustard. Enjoy!

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Everything Braided Bread

Everything Braided Bread

The name says it all folks! Everything Braided Bread is…..you guessed it….EVERYTHING!!! Talk about homemade bread goals. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at bread making, this recipe is the place to start. This impressive loaf is crusty on the outside, soft on the […]

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

If you’re in need of a little comfort right now, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins. Now you can enjoy light and fluffy, bakery-style muffins at home. These delicious muffins are lightly flavored with lemon, chock-full of sweet […]

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

What’s for dinner tonight? Let’s take it nice and easy and whip up a batch of One-Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo! You’re gonna love this recipe for SO many reasons. First off it’s fast and easy to make which means it’s perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. It’s loaded with wholesome ingredients that you can feel good about like whole wheat orzo, spinach, tomatoes, lemon, and basil. They’re also simple and fresh ingredients that you can find just about anywhere right now. And then there’s my favorite part…this recipe is one-pot….meaning everything cooks in the same skillet. Being home more lately means my dishwasher is packed full like every single day. So the fact that this recipe uses only a single skillet is a major bonus in my book!

Here’s all you’ll need: flour, garlic powder, boneless skinless chicken breasts, salt and pepper, olive oil, reduced-sodium chicken broth, whole wheat orzo pasta, fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, lemon juice, fresh basil, lemon wedges (for serving).

One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo ingredients list #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

First things first let’s prep that chicken! Pound the chicken with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. If you don’t have a mallet handy, you can use a heavy rolling pin, the back of a skillet, or even a thick cookbook. Pounding not only tenderizes the meat but it also helps to keep each piece even in size which results in a more even cooking rate. This simple trick can be used in just about any recipe and will makes your chicken breasts taste so much better! I always pound in a ziploc bag to keep the mess to a minimum. Not sure about your mallet skills? Buy chicken cutlets instead which are cut thin in size.

Chicken breast pounded with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Next combine the flour and the garlic powder in a small shallow bowl. Cut the chicken into small pieces and dredge in the flour mixture. Dredging simply means to coat an item in flour (or sometimes breadcrumbs) before cooking. Lightly shake off any excess flour.

Small chicken pieces dredged in flour in a shallow bowl. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the hot skillet and cook about 3-4 minutes per side or until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Small chunks of chicken cooking on the stovetop in a large skillet. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Add the chicken broth to the same skillet and bring to a boil. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pan to loosen the brown bits and boost flavor. Stir in the orzo and return to a boil. Once the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover the skillet and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is tender.

The key to this part is the simmer. The goal here is to cook out the liquid over the course of 8-10 minutes. If the liquid cooks out before then, the heat is too high and you’ll need to add more broth. If after 10 minutes you’re still left with a bunch of liquid, the heat is too low and you’ll need to continue cooking until the broth has absorbed into the orzo mixture.

Orzo cooking in chicken broth in a large skillet. #lemonchicken #orzorecipes #quickdinnerrecipes #easydinnerideas #chickenbreastrecipes #healthyrecipes #wholesomerecipes #onepotdinnerrecipes #skilletdinnerrecipes

Stir the spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice, basil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the orzo. Return the chicken to the pan and lightly warm if needed. Gently toss to combine.

Spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice, basil and salt are stirred into the orzo skillet.

And dinner is served! Garnish with additional lemon slices if you wish. Or just go to town and gobble it down! Lemon Chicken with Orzo is a meal you can really feel good about. In need or more dinner ideas? Try our Grilled Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa or our Bruschetta Chicken next!

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One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo

May 2, 2020
: 4
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 2 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • Lemon wedges, optional
Directions
  • Step 1 Pound the chicken with a mallet to 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Combine the flour and the garlic powder in a small shallow bowl. Cut the chicken into small pieces and dredge in the flour mixture. Lightly shake off any excess flour.
  • Step 2 Heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the hot skillet and cook about 3-4 minutes per side or until the chicken is no longer pink. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  • Step 3 Add the chicken broth to the same skillet and bring to a boil. Scrape the bottom and sides of the pan to loosen the brown bits. Stir in the orzo and return to a boil. When the mixture starts to boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover the skillet and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is tender.
  • Step 4 Stir the spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice, basil and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the orzo. Return the chicken to the pan and lightly warm if needed. Gently toss to combine. Garnish with additional lemon slices if you wish. Enjoy!

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White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles

White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles

Looking for a fun way to use up some overripe bananas? Well friends, let me introduce you to White Chocolate Banana Cream Truffles! Truffles are an easy dessert to make because they’re no bake. This delicious version is a combination of Golden Oreos and ripe […]


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