Monthly Archives: October 2014

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Shepherds Pie

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Shepherds Pie

You know when you’re about to leave on vacation and you pretty much have no ambition to do anything except for leave on vacation?

Me. Right now.

I’m heading to Arizona tonight for a mini-vaca to celebrate a friends birthday and Halloween. I love my weekends in AZ because I get to see great friends, relax and most importantly, eat Jimmy & Joes Pizza. If you live in the Phoenix area and haven’t been yet, run, don’t walk to JJP and get a serious slice.  If you’re there this weekend you’ll probably see me. I’ll be the little girl, hiding in the corner surrounded by pizza and boneless wings 😉

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Chili Lime Chicken Taco Lettuce Cups

Chili Lime Chicken Taco Lettuce Cups

It’s been 6 weeks since I started going to the gym on a daily basis (sometimes even two-a-days) so I’m just wondering why I don’t have JLo’s abs yet? Um, what’s up? Maybe it has something to do with my obsession with tacos, cheese and delicious craft beers during football games 🙂

Let’s be honest, I work out, so that I can continue to enjoy these delicious treats of life and keep a somewhat JLo-esque figure!

While I’m not willing to give up my favorite foods, such as tacos, I am willing to make them a little healthier, and that’s where I came up with this idea for chicken tacos in lettuce wraps.

All of the delicious taco filling without the extra carbs from the tortilla!

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Slow Cooked Beef Ragu

This slow cooked gluten free beef ragu recipe has a ton of flavor with only a few, simple ingredients, perfect served with pasta or polenta!

Slow Cooked Beef Ragu

I’ve been quite excited to make this recipe for some time now and last week it finally happened!

And O-M-G was it worth the wait! Literally top 5 recipes I’ve ever made (and that’s saying a lot since there are over 600 recipes on the blog!!)

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Buffalo Chicken Chili

Buffalo Chicken Chili

With fall in full swing and crock pots full of deliciousness on my mind, I decided to re-create one of the most popular recipes from my cookbook, Buffalo Turkey Chili.

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Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Baked Mac And Cheese

Roasted Red Pepper Chorizo Mac and Cheese

This dish is dedicated to my Facebook friends.

A couple of weeks back as I was planning out new recipe ideas for October, I asked my Facebook friends which new recipe they would like to see on LLB and there was an overwhelming response for Red Pepper Chorizo Mac and Cheese.

And I can’t say I blame them, it’s super flavorful cheesy pasta deliciousness, what’s not to love?

Roasted red peppers, good, chorizo, good, mac and cheese, good!

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Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Jalapeno Poppers

What’s better than a delicious jalapeño popper as a party appetizer? Maybe a jalapeño popper filled with creamy sweet potato, wrapped in bacon and made with only 6 ingredients & one awesome kitchen hack!

For this recipe I partnered up with Fresh & Easy to show you my favorite kitchen hack for removing the seeds from a jalapeño, just before turning it into a jalapeño popper!

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Cheesy Baked Taco Dip

Cheesy Baked Taco Dip

Hello Taco Tuesday!  What a fabulous weekend I had! One of my best friends came to visit spur-of-the-moment from Arizona and we spent the entire weekend watching football and eating. I mean, does it get any better than that?

Oh yes it does, it gets much better when both of your teams win over their biggest rivals! My Sooners defeated Texas on Saturday… and we celebrated!  My Chargers defeated the Raiders on Sunday… and we celebrated some more!

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Jalapeño Popper Spaghetti Squash

Jalapeño Popper Spaghetti Squash

Are you in the market for creamy, cheesy, spicy, goodness, that’s also gluten free and vegetarian? Well, let me introduce you to Jalapeño Popper Spaghetti Squash!

All the goodness of a jalapeño popper tossed with squash!

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Mushroom Squash Vegetarian Enchiladas

Baby bella mushrooms, winter squash, cheddar cheese & homemade red sauce fill these gluten free & vegetarian mushroom enchiladas with tons of flavor.

Mushroom Squash Vegetarian Enchiladas

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted a new farmers-market-inspired recipe, so I decided that this week I’d share a new, delicious veggie filled dish with ingredients inspired by my latest farmers market finds!

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3 Recipes for a Delicious Gluten Free Pasta Party

It’s “Wheatless Wednesday” which means gluten free pasta party time!

And I have a special treat for you today because I’m sharing not only one, but THREE delicious new gluten free recipes!

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Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip Tacos

Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip Tacos

For my annual Superbowl Party this year, I decided to make a taco bar with three different slow cooked meats & one slow cooker full of fajita veggies (for my vegetarian friends!) so that people could make their own tacos anytime during the big game.

For the meats, I knew I wanted a pork, chicken and beef, so I made my famous Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork Tenderloin, Buffalo Chicken & this Pineapple Sriracha Tri Tip.

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Chipotle Stout Crock Pot Chili

Chipotle Stout Chili Recipe

Is October “National Chili Month” because if it isn’t, I think it should be!

Ok, just verified, Food.com says National Chili Month is October 14th… um what?  Wait, isn’t that a day, not a month? I’m a little confused, so I’m just going to use the powers vested in me (AKA my magical imaginary food blogging powers) to pronounce October, National Chili Month!

Yay, there we go, all settled 😉

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Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia Bread

Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia Bread

Last week I made the most tasty Greek Turkey Soup, and while I loved every bite of it, I was wishing I had some of my Rosemary Focaccia Bread to dip in the soup and soak up all the deliciousness.

I didn’t want to run into that problem again this week when I made my Chipotle Stout Chili, so I decided to make this Jalapeño Cheddar Focaccia Bread to dip up all that chili goodness!

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