Casseroles, Sides

Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin

March 20, 2017
Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe

When you take an innocent potato and add serious levels of pepper jack cheese, bacon, and jalapenos, you end up with a crave-worthy side dish. Jacked Up Potatoes Au Gratin recipe just might be the best thing since…well…potatoes au gratin.

Let me repeat. Potatoes.  Pepper jack cheese.  Bacon.  Jalapenos. 

My advice? Put on your fat pants.

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30 Minute or Less, Amie Jo's Choice, Breakfast, Desserts

Fresh Strawberry Tarts

March 18, 2017
Fresh Strawberry Tarts

This by far has been one of our favorite desserts to make. These Fresh Strawberry Tarts are made with quality store-bought puff pastry and ripe and sweet strawberries. Maybe one day we will try to make our own puff pastry, but when we weighed out our time vs the tasty store bought one…we went with the pre-made variety.

There is no shame in taking a short cut every now and then.

Oh, and home-made freezer jam. (Courtesy of my super sweet mother in law, Pattie.). These personal sized tarts are a tasty sweet-treat for dessert or breakfast.

Ready in less than 30 minutes. 🙂

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30 Minute or Less, Sides

Black Pepper and Soy Sauteed Mushrooms

March 17, 2017

Mushrooms are one of those side dishes I sometimes forget. When you are trying to pull together weeknight meals, though, these tasty little Black Pepper and Soy Sauteed Mushrooms are a great addition.

So keep your eyes peeled at the grocery store.  When mushrooms go on sale, grab some. This simple and flavorful recipe is perfect with steak, chicken, or veggies.

p.s. this recipe is super easy!

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30 Minute or Less, Desserts

Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies

March 12, 2017
Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies

Peanut Butter Cocoa Cookies. Is this the perfect combination in a cookie or what?

This easy cookie recipe is perfect for impatient people. Why? Less than 10 minutes of preparation. Less than 10 minutes to bake.

You can go from zero to snack-happy in less than 20 minutes!

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Beef, Main Dishes

Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers

March 11, 2017
Sweet and tangy Sloppy Joes stuffed in sweet bell peppers and topped with cheese. This easy stuffed peppers recipe will be a family hit!

I am always on the lookout for easy dinner recipes that use ground beef. So think sweet and tangy sloppy joes stuffed in sweet bell peppers and topped with cheese. Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers…a major mom moment.

This easy stuffed peppers recipe will be a family hit! And you don’t really have to think about ’em. Just throw together, bake and eat.

Plus, you’ve got two options to make this recipe: The Easy Way or The Easier Way.

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Essentials, One Pan, Sides

Baked Lemon Rice

February 23, 2017
Baked Lemon Rice

Rice is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to stretch out any meal. Budget hero ingredient!  If you love tender, perfectly fluffy rice with zero effort, you have to try this Baked Lemon Rice.

Throw together this simple side dish recipe in about five minutes with just a few basic ingredients. Then kick back brothers and sisters, and let the oven do all of the work.

Plus, the fragrant smell of Jasmine rice, lemon zest, and garlic will make your kitchen smell amazing!


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Chicken, Grilled, Main Dishes

Grilled Apricot Chicken

February 21, 2017
Grilled Apricot Chicken

Perfectly grilled moist chicken is one of my favorite things ever. Especially when basted with a sweet and tangy sauce. There is something about classic smoky flavor and caramelized sauce that hits all of the food high notes for me. This Grilled Apricot Chicken is no exception.

Thick apricot preserves and dried apricots are the sweet base of our tasty sauce. To get the wow factor, we added some spicy and savory flavors. What did we add? Lemon zest, a little bit of soy sauce, and a few other surprises.

Be sure to see how fast we turned our left over basting glaze into a yummy serving sauce.

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