Let’s Talk Tacos

American style tacos, that is. Don’t get me wrong; more traditional tacos are a gift to the world and deserve a moment of appreciation. ((bows head in silence)) But that isn’t what I’m referring to. Instead, I want to talk about the proudly American, fast food-level grub food that keeps every single college student alive…

Chicken Alfredo with Brussels Sprouts

Ever substituted Brussels Sprouts for pasta? I know zucchini noodles are popular, but they’re too wet for me. Blech. So I was intrigued when I saw someone use Brussels Sprouts. I gave it a shot, and YUM! I may have licked the plate clean. Chicken Alfredo with Brussels Sprouts Original recipe: Healthy Fitness Meals 1-2…

Low Sugar Eggnog Rice Pudding

This afternoon, I realized the quart of eggnog in my fridge was close to going off (my local dairy sells it for the Easter season). But when you combine my adoration of eggnog with the rarity of finding it on store shelves, I physically cannot pour it down the drain. I needed a way to…

Lemon herb chicken thighs

Hear ye, hear ye: I have a new favorite marinade for chicken! If you’re new to cooking, I have one word for you: MARINADES. They are very forgiving and cover a multitude of sins! There are two keys to this recipe. 1) Use chicken thighs. They’re more moist, and in my opinion, they have better…

The best rub for roasted lamb

I have finally found the best rosemary and garlic rub for lamb. Loin, chop, leg; the cut doesn’t matter. This rub will take it to the next level. I’ve been roasting lamb for years, and while it has always been tasty, this made it phenomenal! The secret? Mince that garlic to within an inch of its…

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Before I pass along this recipe, I want to wholeheartedly recommend the entirety of The Prairie Homestead Cookbook. If you aren’t familiar with Jill at The Prairie Homestead, you might want to acquaint yourself. Her no-nonsense recipes are consistent and delicious, and I love her views on whole, clean foods, even for those of us…

Cleaned-Up Cheeseburger Macaroni

Another successful cleaned up version of a boxed meal from my childhood! If you sometimes crave Hamburger Helper the way I do, while still wanting to eat clean ingredients, this recipe is for you. This is delicious, cheesy comfort food 101!   Cleaned-Up Cheeseburger Macaroni (Original Recipe: The Cozy Cook) 2 cups shredded extra-sharp cheddar…

Cookies with fall flavors

Every fall, I challenge myself to try at least one new cookie recipe. This year, however, Pinterest’s overabundance of delicious-looking options inspired me to try two! The first is an Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal cookie. They celebrate that apple-y goodness you want in the fall. And with less than one cup of brown sugar, you can…

Chicken Fricassee

This just looks like some chicken and mushrooms, huh? Believe me when I tell you this particular plate of chicken and mushrooms is creamy and delicious and has shot up to the top of my meal plan list. Even my hard-to-impress husband requested these leftovers in his work lunch the next day. A fricassee refers…

Ten years of learning to cook

“Yeah, but I can’t cook like you.” Quite a few people have said that to me lately, and it always makes me smile. It was ten years ago that a light bulb went on in my head. Amidst growing health concerns, I knew I was going to have to start eating primarily homemade food in…