Tasty Tuesday: Easy Appetizers

Tasty Tuesday: Easy Appetizers

Now that school is back in session and football season is getting started we are getting more invites to get togethers and I always like to bring a dish so I thought I’d share some easy appetizer recipes this week that are fabulous for entertaining or for taking with you to gatherings. You can’t go wrong with these fast and easy recipes when you want to impress or have a crowd to feed.

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Tasty Tuesday: Fabulous Fresh Fig Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Fabulous Fig Recipes

When I was growing up I was never a big fan of figs but later in life I bought a house that had a couple beautiful fig trees in the yard and I finally realized just how delicious they can be. I learned that fresh figs are lusciously sweet and there is nothing like their unique texture and taste. Figs are very easy to prepare and they’re also a great source of potassium and dietary fiber, plus they average only about 37 calories each so they’re healthy as well as tasty.

1) Homemade Fig Bars

My favorite way to eat figs as a kid was in a Newton cookie so of course I had to share Weelicious’ recipe for these decadently rich Homemade Fig Bars.

2) Fig Cheesecake

Cheesecake is one of my all time favorite desserts and the cookie crust in this Fig Cheesecake recipe from Good To Know makes this fabulous dessert easy and simple to prepare.

3) Fig Pies with Blue Cheese

These Fig Pies with Blue Cheese from Eat Well 101 are fast to prepare using a packaged crust and are great to use as an appetizer or to serve with a salad for a light lunch or dinner.

4) Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle

With such a beautiful presentation these scrumptious Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Pecans and Balsamic Drizzle from Babble are great for entertaining and your guests will never know how easy they were to make!

5) Fig and Bourbon Fizz

Who knew that figs went so well with Bourbon? I found lots of recipes that include Bourbon while researching my favorite fig dishes so felt like I had to include this Fig and Bourbon Fizz cocktail recipe from MyRecipes.

6) Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Figs

This recipe for Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Figs from Taste of Home is a delightful alternative to the traditional fall caramel apples, the almonds and dark chocolate add a nice sweet touch to this dipped fruit dessert.

7) Figs with Prosciutto

I’m a huge cheese freak and in my opinion no meal is complete without some sort of cheese involved so these Figs with Prosciutto and shaved Parmesan from BBC Good Food really excite me and they’re super simple to make in addition to being as pretty as they are delicious.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Italian Favorites!

Tasty Tuesday: Italian Favorites!

Many of my favorite foods are Italian dishes and I’m super excited to share these Italian classics with you. All of these mouthwatering Italian recipes are easy to make and cover everything from appetizers to dessert. Perfect for date night or for the whole family, everyone is sure to love these easy Italian recipes!

1) Pancetta Wrapped Stuffed Chicken

These Pancetta Wrapped Stuffed Chicken Rolls from Italian Food Forever are stuffed with spinach and Romano cheese and look absolutely scrumptious. You can wrap them in Pancetta or thin bacon and I can’t wait to try this recipe!

2) Sweet Pepper Roll Ups

Make these Sweet Pepper Roll Ups from Cook Italy for your main course or as an appetizer, the presentation is beautiful and they are bursting with flavor.

3) Pollo del Borgo

This simple chicken recipe, Pollo del Borgo from Venice Italy Veneto, is an Italian family favorite that you finish up in the oven, leaving you free to work on some of these other dishes or visit with your loved ones.

4) Chicken Piccata

Veal Piccata is my all-time favorite Italian entree but it can hard to find veal at the store and this Chicken Piccata recipe from Chew Nibble Nosh is an excellent and delicious alternative.

5) Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo, as made here by Average Betty, is an Italian meal staple that is so easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Wonderful as a side dish, you can also top it off with grilled chicken, shrimp or sausage and serve it as the main course.

6) Fresh Tomato Bruschetta

Commonly used as an appetizer, this Fresh Tomato Bruschetta from Taste of Home can be made with any of your favorite ingredients.

7) Hazelnut Rainwater Madeira Tiramisu

Of course no Italian meal would be complete without some yummy Tiramisu for dessert and this Hazelnut Rainwater Madeira Tiramisu recipe from Food 52 is a perfect end to any meal.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Fun and Healthy School Lunches

Tasty Tuesday: Fun and Healthy School Lunches

One of my kids’ favorite things to shop for during back to school season is a new lunch box. Well making their lunches fun too is a great way to keep them from trading it for somebody else’s goodies. These fabulous lunch box ideas are fun, delicious and healthy at the same time, plus they’re easy to put together and your kiddos are sure to love them!

1) PB&J Chick Rollups

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a classic lunch box staple but these cute PB&J Chick Rollups from Bentology are a beautiful way to present an old favorite.

2) Lady Bug Pasta

Use a theme for your kids’ lunch boxes or give old favorites new names like this Lady Bug Pasta Salad from Momables that features black olives and cherry tomatoes.

3) Banana Dog Bites

A new twist on a peanut butter and banana sandwich, these Banana Dog Bites from Weelicious are fast and easy to make and will please even the pickiest eaters.

4) Waffle Sandwiches

Something as simple as using novel ingredients instead of bread, like these Waffle Sandwiches from Huffington Post, will keep your kids lunches from becoming boring and monotonous.

5) Pizza Muffins

Using refrigerated pizza dough makes these Pizza Muffins from Really From Pinterest super fast and easy to make. They’re also very portable and a batch is enough for a couple of kids.

6) Lunch Box Figures

This photo gallery of adorable lunch box figures from Boing Boing includes a Goofy Sandwich, a Swiss cheese Sponge Bob, Snoopy, Angry Birds and bunch more characters to entertain your kiddos.

7) Healthy Lunch Ideas

The Organic Kitchen shares several healthy lunch box ideas as well as creative ways to use leftovers. The variety presented will keep your kids happy and you’ll be pleased to know they’re eating a lunch that’s both healthy and delicious.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Summer Salads

Tasty Tuesday: Summer Salads

During the hot summer months some days I just don’t feel like cooking a big meal or even turning the oven on because it’s so hot. These delicious summer salads are super easy to make and help us keep our cool.

1) Amagansett Corn Salad

This Amagansett Corn Salad from Food 52 epitomizes the freshness of summer with the combination of corn, cherry tomatoes and sugar snap peas. Those are three of my favorite summer crops and I love how they’ve combined them in this salad.

2) Mediterranean Summer Salad

Not your typical Greek salad, the blend of orzo pasta, pine nuts, Greek olives, feta cheese and spinach in this Mediterranean Summer Salad from My Recipes makes for a scrumptious light lunch or dinner.

3) Grilled Flank Steak Salad with Goat Cheese

Simply delicious – this Grilled Flank Steak Salad from Victory or Death in the Kitchen is both easy to make and very filling. I love the addition of the goat cheese and the ease of marinating the meat overnight then throwing it on the grill for a few minutes.

4) Triple Berry Summer Salad

My kids and I all love berries of any variety and this Triple Berry Summer Salad from Iowa Girl Eats is a great way to also get my kids to eat spinach. The almonds and goat cheese really complement this salad nicely.

5) Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing

We can’t seem to get enough fruit or berries during the summer months and I love the addition of quinoa to this Quinoa Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Dressing from Two Peas & Their Pod.  This light and refreshing salad is perfect for those hot summer days.

6) Strawberry, Quinoa and Spinach Caprese Salad

Strawberries seem to be on my grocery list every week during the summer and this Strawberry Quinoa and Spinach Caprese Salad from Closet Cooking is a great way to add some variety to our strawberry dishes.

7) Cuban Avocado, Watercress and Pineapple Salad

The caramelized pineapple in this Cuban Avocado, Watercress and Pineapple Salad from Food 52 makes for an absolutely gorgeous presentation and the caramelization process is super easy. Whip up this salad for company and you’re sure to impress!

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Refreshing Summer Drinks

Tasty Tuesday: Refreshing Summer Drinks

We haven’t had any relief from the heat here in northwest Florida for weeks so we’ve been looking for all kinds of ways to try and stay cool. These fabulous cold and refreshing summer drinks will do the trick – mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate or fruity summer drink and get cool!

1) Cantaloupe Sangria

This delicious white wine Cantaloupe Sangria from Fast Drink Recipes is super simple to make with frozen grapes, pureed cantaloupe and lemon slices with your favorite chilled Pinot Grigio. I think I’m going to have to make a pitcher for myself this weekend!

2) Watermelon Frosty

Grab some fresh, juicy watermelon and you could make this scrumptious Watermelon Frosty from Lunch Box Bunch! If you’d like a more adult type version you could turn yours into a Watermelon Margarita.

3) Orange Julius

This Orange Julius knockoff recipe is inspired by one of my all time favorite drinks, I have fond memories of hanging out at the mall with my friends and drinking these delicious orange smoothies. Apparently Orange Julius stores still exist, just sadly none in my area anymore, who knew?

4) Layered Fruit Gazpacho

Gaia Health Blog’s Layered Fruit Gazpacho is almost too pretty to drink but the mix of raspberries, cantaloupe and kiwi sounds just as mouth watering as it is healthy. I can’t wait to try this one!

5) Raspberry Cordial

Mix up a big pitcher of these Raspberry Cordials from BBC Good Food for your next summer gathering and you’re sure to have a hit on your hands. Just three simple ingredients and this refreshing drink will even keep for a few months in a sealed container in the fridge.

6) Frozen Hot Chocolate

All you need are a few simple ingredients and a blender to make this delicious Frozen Hot Chocolate from Girl Cooks World and it’s sure to help cool you down on a hot summer day! My kids really love this one and they tell me it’s better than ice cream.

7) Caramel, Peach & Berry Knickerbocker

For an adult summer beverage this Caramel, Peach & Berry Knickerbocker from BBC Good Food has quite a few ingredients but it seems pretty easy to put together and looks absolutely gorgeous.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Mardi Gras Recipes

Mardi Gras Tuesday Recipes

Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and refers to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. This year Fat Tuesday falls on March 4th and the parades have already kicked off in our area so I thought it would be nice to do a roundup of Mardi Gras inspired dishes.

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Tasty Tuesday: Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow Cooker Recipes

The slow cooker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances since it makes dinner time a breeze for our busy family.  It is so versatile and there are so many dishes you can make in it, everything from appetizers to dessert, and it’s fabulous to be able to throw in the ingredients in the morning and come home after work to a nice hot home cooked meal. These are just a few scrumptious recipes that you can whip up in your slow cooker!

1) Black Bean Enchiladas

The tortillas get soft and chewy during cooking, absorbing some of the salsa and providing the perfect vehicle for lots of oozy cheese in these Black Bean Enchiladas from The Kitchn.

2) Honey Sesame Chicken

My family absolutely loves Asian food and this Honey Sesame Chicken dish from Six Sisters Stuff is delicious. The honey gives it just the right amount of sweetness, not overly so, and you can even sprinkle more red pepper flakes on if you like it a little spicier.

3) Spinach Lasagna

This classic family favorite Spinach Lasagna from Unilever has all the flavor without slaving over a hot stove and it tastes even better the next day.

4) Spicy Barbecue Chicken

The kids all love drumsticks and its such an inexpensive meal and this Spicy Barbecue Chicken recipe from Skinny Ms has the right amount of spicy sweetness. Of course you could use thighs or a whole chicken if you’d prefer.

5) Sausage and Lentil Stew

This is the perfect time of year for homemade soups and stew and this hearty Sausage and Lentil Stew from Stephanie O’Dea has lots of meat and veggies in to make a nutritiously sound meal that the whole family will love.

6) Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes

These Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes from The Recipe Critic are perfectly tender and packed with flavor.  All of the flavors combined with cheese and bacon create a delicious side dish for any meal.

7) Macaroni and Cheese

There’s just nothing like homemade macaroni and cheese and this slow cooker version from Moms With Crockpots is outstanding and so easy to make! Everybody loves this dish and it takes so little effort that I love it too.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.


Tasty Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Recipes for Your Sweetheart

Valentines Day Recipes

Love is in the air and I’m really looking forward to Valentine’s Day next weekend so I went hunting for some “sweet” recipes to make for the big day. Some of these ideas would make great gifts and I think the heart shaped pizza is a terrific idea for the family for dinner.

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Ease Through the Week With Easy Casseroles

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

Few things say home cooking like the casserole. Casseroles are a staple of American cooking. They are what we pass at potlucks. They are the comfort food we bring to friends who are going through a rough time. They are the welcome we offer to new neighbors. In addition, they can also be a lifesaver when you need a hearty meal. Prepare a few of these on the weekend, minus the baking step, and you have home cooked meals you can pop in the oven on a rushed weeknight…and what weeknight ISN’T rushed? The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can do with casseroles. Here are a few to get you started.

Mexican Lasagna
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp seasoned salt
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 116 oz carton cottage cheese
  • 4 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  1. Brown ground beef in skillet and drain. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and spices. Heat through.
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan. Layer ingredients in pan as follows: ⅓ of the meat mixture, 2 tortillas, ⅓ of the sauce, cottage cheese and shredded cheese. Repeat twice.
  3. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Cheesy Ham and Rice Casseroles
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1-1/2 cups instant rice, cooked
  • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped or cubed
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup crushed crackers, your choice of flavor
  1. Mix all ingredients except cracker crumbs.
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Transfer ham mixture to dish. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs just before baking.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Chicken Bake
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  1. Grease a 9x13 pan. Place chicken breasts in pan.
  2. In a saucepan, combine, soup, ¾ cup cheddar cheese and milk. Heat over medium heat, constantly stirring, until cheese melts.
  3. Pour over chicken breasts. Just before baking, place uncooked crescent rolls over top. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until crescent rolls begin to brown.

I highly recommend Plan to Eat for a great place to store all your favorite recipes! Check it out with a free trial and see how easy it is to add recipes from the Internet, plan meals for your family and even print out a handy grocery list.

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