Monthly Archives: October 2018

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

Homemade pumpkin pie spice is easy to make in just 5 minutes! It’s gluten free, low carb & can be added to desserts, drinks, chili recipes, Thanksgiving pies & so much more!

Homemade pumpkin pie spice in an orange pumpkin bowl with a small gold spoon and two small ceramic pumpkins

There’s no denying my love for pumpkin spice in the fall, but did you know that pumpkin spice doesn’t actually contain any real pumpkin?!

That’s right, most of your beloved pumpkin spice treats are simply flavored with pumpkin pie spice, not actual pumpkin.

In some cases, both pumpkin spice and real pumpkin are added to recipes together, like in this Pumpkin Chili and these Pumpkin Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel Filling.

You can purchase a tiny little 1 oz container of Pumpkin Pie Spice at the grocery store for $5 or you can mix up a mason jar full of it at home for a fraction of the price!

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Crock Pot Chicken Nachos

The best Chicken Nachos are loaded up with shredded chicken, tomatoes, chilies, beans & spices all cooked together in an easy crockpot recipe!

Chicken Nachos on sheet pan topped with jalapenos, red onions, tomatoes and cheese, on red and white striped towel

Nachos are my jam! They combine crispy tortilla chips, with delicious toppings and lots of cheese, what’s not to love?!

Nachos are the perfect appetizer to share with all of your friends on game day, but can also be made for a Mexican Fiesta dinner during the week.

I’ve become known for my supremely loaded nachos at parties. It all started with these Ultimate Pulled Pork Nachos. I then made the Ultimate Low Carb Nachos on mini peppers instead of tortilla chips for all of my friends looking for a healthier nacho option.

Today I present Crockpot Chicken Nachos. Another totally loaded nacho recipe, made with scrumptious, slow cooked nacho chicken!

The chicken couldn’t be easier to make in a crock pot. It only takes 5 minutes ahead of time to prep, then the slow cooker does the rest of the work!

Read the full recipe here!

French Onion Dip Tacos

Creamy French onion dip adds a delicious twist to these ground beef tacos! The entire recipe is made in just 20 minutes, for an easy dinner!

Ground beef tacos in crispy shells with shredded lettuce and french onion dip on plate with bowl of french onion dip

In our house, French Onion Dip and chips are always a requirement on the menu for NFL Sundays!  So like any good food blogger, I made my own French Onion Dip Mix and started making homemade dip every Sunday.

Since I now had this delicious French Onion Dip Mix sitting in the pantry, I decided to try it out on other recipes, instead of just dip!

I first tried it out on pot roast and the result was AMAZING! Seriously, French Onion Pot Roast is the best pot roast ever! It was so good, I made it both in a pressure cooker and in a slow cooker.

Next up, I made these French Onion Dip Tacos. The perfect game day food that combines easy ground beef tacos with a seriously delicious dip!

We ate them on game day in crispy shells, then I made them again for dinner during the week and served them on flour tortillas. Both totally tasty options for this seriously easy taco recipe!

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Pressure Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken Noodles

Pressure Cooker Chicken Noodles are made with just 4 ingredients, chicken breasts, chicken broth, Thai peanut sauce and rice noodles. It’s an easy recipe, made in under an hour!

Pressure cooker chicken noodles with thai peanut sauce in bowl with chopsticks, next to Crock Pot Express Crock machine

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends from the Crock-Pot ® brand!

I seriously can’t get enough Thai Peanut Sauce in my life! Whether it’s cooked with Turkey Meatballs in the Crock-Pot, drizzled on Sweet Potato Buddha Bowls or used to top Naan Pizza, I could seriously eat this peanut sauce for dinner every night!

Since pressure cooking is all the rage these days, I wanted to incorporate my favorite sauce into a new pressure cooker recipe.

I used the Crock-Pot® Express Crock Multi-Cooker to pressure cook chicken breasts in the peanut sauce, then tossed the chicken with rice noodles. Easy as that, I had one delicious new recipe for dinner!

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Honey Bunches of Oats Chicken Strips

Honey Bunches of Oats Chicken Strips are deliciously sweet & crispy! They can be baked in the oven or fried on the stove for an easy dinner recipe!

Honey bunches of oats fried chicken strips on plate with a ramekin of honey mustard dressing on yellow and white striped towel

For this recipe, I took my Dad’s Famous Captain Crunch Fried Chicken and gave it a twist by using Honey Bunches of Oats cereal instead of Captain Crunch cereal and baking the chicken instead of frying it.

Well, I actually baked half and fried half, because I like options! 😉

Our house was divided on their favorites between the fried and the baked. My Mom liked the fried better, Kurt liked the baked better and I just couldn’t chose, they’re both so good!

Baking the chicken brings out more of the Honey Bunches of Oats flavor, while frying it gives it that crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside deliciousness that we all know and love!

Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Heck, bake half and fry half like I did and do the taste test yourself!

Read the full recipe here!

French Onion Pot Roast

French Onion Pot Roast is THE BEST pot roast you’ll ever eat! The recipe can be made in a slow cooker or pressure cooker for an easy, delicious meal!

Shredded pot roast with onions on top of mashed potatoes on white plate with gold fork and red and white striped towel

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at the California Beef Council!

On this week’s episode of the “Feed Me” Podcast, we’re talking all about “One Pot Wonders” for fall. From recipes made in one pot on the stove, like Buffalo Taco Spaghetti, to recipes made in a slow cooker, like Pumpkin Chili, to recipes made in a pressure cooker, like Beef Ragu.

Fall is the perfect time to reach for one pot recipes to cook up something warm and delicious! And today I have the most amazing new one pot wonder to share!

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Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Butternut Squash & Crispy Kale

Vegan baked gnocchi is tossed with delicious fall spices, butternut squash and crispy kale for an easy, healthy, sheet pan recipe made in just 25 minutes!

Gnocchi, butternut squash and kale in bowl with wooden spoons

Butternut squash is my favorite fall vegetable! It can be turned into an appetizer with this Roasted Butternut Squash Apple Bruschetta Recipe, a taco with this Vegan Butternut Squash Taco Recipe or a soup with this Chai Spiced Butternut Squash Soup Recipe. It’s so versatile and so delicious!

A few weeks ago I had a bag of diced up butternut squash in the fridge and a package of gnocchi in the pantry, I decided to experiment putting the two together in an easy sheet pan recipe for dinner.

That dinner turned out so delicious that I turned around and made it again the next day for the blog!

The crispy kale, paired with the tender gnocchi and creamy butternut squash creates the perfect trifecta of textures. And all of the fall spices really take the flavor of this recipe over the top!

Read the full recipe here!

Cheesy Taco Meatballs

Cheesy Taco Meatballs are great as an easy appetizer recipe, or add them to tortillas for a fun twist on tacos! They’re also low carb & gluten free!

Taco meatballs on plate with small wooden bowl filled with hot sauce

If there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s how to throw one heck of a party!

Whether it’s my annual Superbowl Party, Christmas/Birthday Cocktail Party, or just a random football watch party, I go all out on the food and fun!

The weekend before Halloween I threw a pumpkin carving party, complete with tons of new dishes for my friends to try!

The boyfriend requested meatballs, so I came up with these Cheesy Taco Meatballs.  Buffalo Cheesy Sausage BallsGluten Free Sweet Potato Sausage Balls and Sausage Stuffing Balls have been some of the most requested recipes for parties in the past, so I decided to stick with the sausage ball trend in this new, fun, spicy recipe!

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Buffalo Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole

This easy, cheesy Buffalo Cheeseburger Tater Tot Casserole is seriously the best! It’s made with ground beef, buffalo sauce and cheddar cheese, all in one pot, for a quick and simple recipe!

Buffalo cheeseburger tater tot casserole in blue cast iron skillet with red spatula lifting casserole out of skillet

I’ve come to the conclusion that I need more tater tots in my life. They’re delicious, crispy little bites of potato goodness that make you feel like a kid again, what’s not to love?!

Of course, I decided to make my first tater tot casserole with buffalo sauce and cheese, because buffalo cheesiness is my favorite!

Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne, Buffalo Cheesy Sausage Balls, Buffalo Cheesy Tortellini and Buffalo Cheesy Pizza Bread, just a few examples of my love for all things buffalo cheesy!

Read the full recipe here!

Pumpkin Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel Filling

Delicious little pumpkin cookies are baked into mini cookie cups and filled with an easy homemade salted caramel sauce for a melt-in-your-mouth fall dessert recipe!

Pumpkin cookie cups filled with salted caramel on black wire baking rack with orange striped towel

I’m so excited to share these little bites of salted caramel pumpkin heaven!

Inspired by my Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups and Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookie Cups, I made these Pumpkin Cookie Cups with Salted Caramel to celebrate the arrival of fall!

After Kurt took his first bite, his response was “you could open a bakery that just sells these!” They’re seriously that good, they can stand on their own up against any other fall dessert.

They’re the perfect little snack to serve at Halloween parties or to bring to a Friendsgiving celebration. I can definitely tell you that this will not be the only time I make these pumpkin cookies this fall!

Read the full recipe here!

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

Vegan Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos are a healthy, easy recipe for dinner! The buffalo cauliflower is baked, then broiled for a crispy texture. It’s then wrapped up in corn tortillas, topped with a dairy free avocado sauce and jalapeno carrot slaw, creating a totally delicious & gluten free taco recipe!

Buffalo cauliflower tacos on corn tortillas with jalapeno carrot slaw and fresh cilantro on plate with small bowl of buffalo sauce

I’m never one to shy away from tacos! Breakfast Tacos, Pulled Pork Tacos or Greek Pita Tacos, there’s no such thing as “too many tacos” in my world!

When it comes to making vegan tacos, I love Butternut Squash Tacos in the fall, Grilled Veggie Chimichurri Tacos in the summer and these Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos year-round!

These tacos seriously couldn’t be easier to make!

Toss some cauliflower with buffalo sauce and roast in the oven. While the cauliflower is roasting, mix up a little jalapeno carrot slaw and blend together the avocado sauce. Once the buffalo cauliflower comes out of the oven, toss it all on a tortilla and you have one seriously scrumptious vegan taco recipe!

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Slow Cooker Black Pepper Beef and Broccoli

The best black pepper beef and broccoli recipe is made in a crockpot with a delicious Chinese black pepper sauce, then tossed with noodles for a simple slow cooker meal that only takes 10 minutes of prep time!

Black Pepper Beef and Broccoli with rice noodles and scallions on plate with chopsticks

It’s hard to pick the best dish at Tasty Noodle House, our favorite Chinese restaurant in San Diego, but their Black Pepper Beef & Noodles is definitely in the top 3!

While I’ve already recreated some of our favorite Chinese chicken dishes, like Orange Chicken, Honey Chicken and Chinese Lettuce Wraps, it was about time I recreated our favorite Chinese beef dish!

I decided to slow cook the beef in the Chinese black pepper sauce, so that the beef would be extremely tender, with a deep, rich flavor. There’s also no need to marinate the meat, as it cooks in the sauce for hours, so it soaks in all of the sauce!

The great thing is, you can set it and forget it, then toss the noodles and broccoli in at the end.

The sauce will cook the noodles right in the crock pot and the broccoli will be steamed in the slow cooker, so there’s no need for extra pots or pans!

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Pressure Cooker Breakfast Tacos

Pressure Cooker Breakfast Tacos are an easy way to make brunch for a crowd, or make ahead for breakfast throughout the week. They can be made with meat, or meatless, for a vegetarian recipe. Serve them in corn tortillas for a delicious gluten free way to start the day!

Egg, veggie, cheese breakfast tacos with sliced avocado, jalapeno and small cup of salsa

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends from the Crock-Pot® brand!

Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I always make sure I have plenty of delicious breakfast recipes to choose from!

From sweet fan favorites, like Macadamia Nut French Toast Sticks and Salted Caramel Cinnamon Rolls, to the always popular savory recipes for Greek Eggs Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole and Stuffing Biscuits, if you’re looking for an awesome new breakfast idea, I’ve got you covered!

But what about breakfast in a pressure cooker? This method of cooking has become so popular over the last couple of years, but mainly for easy dinner recipes. But what about breakfast, the most important meal of the day!

Never fear, I’m here to show you just how easy it is to make a big batch of eggs in a pressure cooker for breakfast tacos. You can make the eggs ahead of time and eat the tacos for breakfast throughout the week, or make them for brunch to serve a crowd!

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