Monthly Archives: February 2016

8 Crock Pot Recipes To Satisfy Your Taco Cravings

Taco Crock Pot Recipes

If your most-used emoji is the taco, your favorite day of the week is Taco Tuesday and you’ve ever used the phrase “tacos are bae”, this post is for you!

These 8 tasty crock pot recipes will feed your taco cravings while also making it possible to live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday!

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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs & Marinara

Delicious Italian meatballs are slow cooked in a homemade marinara sauce with pasta for a scrumptious dinner that can easily feed the whole family!

Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs & Marinara Recipe

If you regularly shop at Trader Joe’s, then I’m sure you have your favorite (or list of favorite) Trader Joe’s products. We all have them! My list includes their apricot stilton cheese, peanut butter granola bars and soy chorizo.

I recently found out that Kurt’s favorite item is their Mini Raviolis. Unlike most packaged raviolis that you find in the refrigerator section of the grocery store, Trader Joe’s sells theirs in the dry packaged pasta section.

The first time we ate them for dinner, I couldn’t help but thinking of Chef Boyardee cans of mini raviolis with meatballs, so I decided to recreate this childhood favorite. This slow cooker recipe that takes the dish out of the can and into a fresh, flavorful recipe that’s  easy to make and sure to be a favorite for the whole family!

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Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry

Homemade Thai peanut sauce is tossed with chicken and rice noodles in this quick and easy chicken stir fry recipe!

Thai Peanut Chicken Stir Fry

This peanut sauce is everything!!!

It’s deliciously creamy, sweet with a little bit of spice, and seriously scrumptious in tons of different recipes!

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Israeli Couscous & Avocado Salad

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base for this delicious, vegetarian salad filled with fresh veggies & creamy avocado cilantro dressing!

Couscous Avocado Salad Recipe

Today’s post is sponsored by Litehouse!

With spring right around the corner, I’m so excited to share this yummy new salad recipe that’s full of bright, delicious flavors!

Israeli couscous provides a healthy, high fiber base to the salad, while vitamin packed pomegranate seeds add a sweet and tart burst on top!

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Food Bloggers Guide To New Orleans: Where To Eat, Stay & Play

Food Bloggers Guide to New Orleans

As much as I love sharing my recipes with the world (and I do, so much!!) I’ve also developed a love of sharing my travels with the world as well!

Instagram has been an amazing platform to share my journeys around the US, but now I’m excited to expand the sharing of my travel journeys to!

Almost a year ago I took my first trip to New Orleans and immediately fell in love with the city, the food, the music and the people!

I went with two of my best friends, AKA The Traveling Trio, and visited classic establishments like Cafe Du Monde, held baby alligators, took part in the city’s annual St Patricks Day festivities, and of course, ate lots and lots of great food!

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One Pot Eggplant Parmesan

In one pot and less than 30 minutes, you can whip up this easy Eggplant Parmesan recipe for a delicious vegetarian meal, perfect for Meatless Monday!

One Pot Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

When I mentioned that I was on a “one pot recipe kick” earlier this week, I wasn’t kidding!

From One Pot Beef Stroganoff to One Pot Buffalo Taco Spaghetti to One Pot Italian Sausage Shells & Cheese, I just can’t get enough of these easy one pot recipes!

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Italian Turkey & Egg Breakfast Skillet

Turkey sausage, fresh veggies & eggs are combined in this gluten free, protein packed, Italian Breakfast Skillet recipe, made in one pan in 20 minutes!

Italian Turkey Breakfast Skillet Recipe

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it also happens to be my favorite meal of the day!

The problem is, I don’t always make time to cook and eat breakfast every day.

You too? That’s kind of what I thought, so today I’m sharing a breakfast recipe that is so quick and easy to whip up, you’ll have no excuse for skipping the most important meal of the day!

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Easy One Pot Beef Stroganoff

This made-from-scratch Beef Stroganoff recipe is so easy to make, it only requires one pot and 40 minutes to prepare, for one delicious dinner!

Easy One Pot Beef Stroganoff Recipe

My love for one pot meals runs deep!

I love the delicious flavors that develop from cooking everything together, and even more, I love the fact that you only have to wash one pot when the meal is over!

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Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria

Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria is a light and refreshing cocktail, perfect for a warm summer day or holidays, like Valentine’s Day or 4th of July!

Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria Recipe

This morning I went to visit my friends at CW 6 San Diego, to show them how to cook up a few of my favorite recipes for Valentine’s Day!

I shared my Heart Shaped Strawberry Cheesecake Puff Pastry Pies, Red Velvet Brookies and Heart Shaped Pizza, but I also thought the segment could use a sparkling Valentine’s Day beverage, so I came up with this Sparkling Grapefruit Watermelon Sangria recipe!

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Roasted Garlic & Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Soy milk and olive oil add a delicious creaminess to this recipe for Vegan Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic & Kale!

Garlic Kale Vegan Mashed Potatoes

When thinking about mashed potatoes, the words cream and butter are usually the first to come to mind, but for those that are dairy-free or vegan, that means no mashed potatoes in their life. Until now that is!

By cooking the potatoes in soy milk, they keep their nice creamy mashed potato texture, while remaining dairy-free and vegan!

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Sriracha Steak Fried Rice

This quick and easy Sriracha Steak Fried Rice recipe is made in one pot, in under 30 minutes, perfect for weeknight dinners in a hurry!

Sriracha Steak Fried Rice Recipe

Yesterday marked the first day of the Chinese New Year. I celebrated by whipping up this Sriracha Steak Fried Rice recipe!

It’s everything you want in a Chinese recipe at home, quick, easy and delicious! The entire recipe is made in one pan, and in only 15 minutes!

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Heart Shaped Strawberry Cheesecake Puff Pastry Pies

Strawberry cheesecake filling is wrapped up in heart shaped puff pastry dough in this mini strawberry cheesecake pie recipe, perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Heart Shaped Strawberry Cheesecake Puff Pastry Pies

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, and whether you’re making treats for your sweetheart, friends or family, this Heart Shaped Puff Pastry Strawberry Cheesecake Pie recipe is sure to be a hit!

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Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

This Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf recipe is easy enough to cook up for weeknight dinners, but also impressive enough for a dinner party!

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf Recipe

Last night at 6 PM:  I decide to make a bacon wrapped meatloaf for dinner, not for the blog, just to try something new.

This morning at 8 AM: At the grocery store buying the ingredients to make another bacon wrapped meatloaf, because I had to photograph it & share it on the blog ASAP, like today ASAP!

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Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya

This easy, toss everything in the crock pot, Jambalaya recipe is filled with delicious spices, veggies, chicken and sausage!

Slow Cooker Jambalaya Recipe

Mardi Gras is coming up in less than a week, and all I can think about is jambalaya, beignets and gumbo!

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Buffalo Cheddar Biscuits

In this scrumptious, easy biscuit recipe, everyone’s favorite garlic cheddar biscuits are given a spicy twist with the addition of buffalo sauce!

Buffalo Cheddar Biscuit Recipe

Since I released my cookbook Buffalo Style over 2 years ago, one of the most requested recipes by my friends, from the book, is this Buffalo Cheddar Biscuit Recipe!

If you love Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, then you’re really going to love this biscuit recipe with a Buffalo Style Twist!

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General Tso’s Chicken Wings

General Tso Chicken Wings are a delicious twist on the Chinese favorite, they’re the perfect appetizer for game day or parties!

General Tso Chicken Wings Recipe

Happy Monday everyone! I’m about to head over to see my friends at San Diego 6 News to host a live cooking segment all about Chinese appetizer recipes that are perfect for celebrating Super Bowl & the Chinese New Year!

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