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Thai Yellow Curry

Thai Yellow Curry is easy to make at home in only 20 minutes! This recipe is made with chicken, but extra veggies can be swapped in for a vegetarian curry. The sauce is so delicious, you’ll feel like you’re eating at your favorite Thai restaurant!

Overhead shot of yellow curry in bowl with chopsticks on the side

Are you constantly dreaming that Thai food takeout will magically appear in your kitchen for dinner? No, just me? Either way, this recipe for Thai Yellow Curry will give you that delicious, straight-from-your-favorite-Thai-restaurant taste without ever leaving your kitchen! The best news is, it’s made in just 20 minutes!

For a few years now, I’ve been working on perfecting my favorite Thai recipes at home. I successfully created amazing versions of my favorite noodle dishes, Spicy Vegetable Pad Thai and Drunken Noodles. Now it was time to recreate my favorite curry dish!

Yellow Thai Curry is slightly sweet and mild in flavor, but can be kicked up to your desired spice level with the addition of Thai chilies. I use Mae Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste, which can be found at some grocery stores, Asian markets or online. I purchase a large container of it, as it will keep in the fridge sealed and covered for up to 2 years.

Out of all the pre-made curry pastes I’ve tried, this one definitely has the best flavor and the most similar taste to what you’d get at a Thai restaurant. It’s also vegan and gluten free, so it’s great for making vegan and vegetarian curries! Using a pre-made curry paste makes this recipe so simple and easy to toss together any night of the week!

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Drunken Noodles

Learn how to make THE BEST Drunken Noodles with chicken! This homemade recipe for the spicy Thai restaurant favorite is easy to make in just 20 minutes!

Overhead shot of Drunken Noodles on white plate with brown chopsticks on the side

I was originally inspired to make this dish after my favorite Thai restaurant in San Diego closed. I was a loyal customer and totally addicted to their Drunken Noodles, Yellow Curry and Pan Fried Roti Bread!

Since they closed their doors a few years ago, I’ve been perfecting my own versions of their classic Thai recipes. After dozens of recreations of their Drunken Noodles, I’ve finally made the perfect recipe for Drunken Noodles!

While the recipe is quite simple, getting the perfect Drunken Noodles sauce is really the key to this noodle dish. The sauce is so flavorful and slightly spicy. In this recipe, I’ll share how to adjust the spice to your preference!

If you’ve been looking for the best drunken noodles recipe, you just found it! And luckily, it’s made in less time than it will take you to order Thai food on an app!

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Cheesy Basil Pesto Pasta

Deliciously flavorful basil pesto, ricotta cheese & cream cheese are combined to make a creamy, cheesy sauce. The sauce is tossed with pasta shells in this easy 20 minute pesto pasta recipe!

Cheesy pesto pasta shells in large white bowl with copper forks in the bowl

To say that I’m a big fan of pesto would be the understatement of the century!

I make half a dozen different types of homemade pesto and use them in tons of different recipes! Basil Pesto is delicious on Baked Salmon. And Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is perfect in this One Pot Vegetarian Tortellini dish!

Pesto can be used on everything from sandwiches to pizza to grilled chicken. But its most popular use is tossed with pasta!

Instead of simply tossing pasta with pesto, in this recipe I made a creamy, cheesy pesto sauce. It’s rich, creamy and decadent! It can be served as a side dish with an entree like Italian Meatloaf or Bruschetta Chicken Parmesan.

It can also be served as a main dish. If you want a more complete meal, add a protein like grilled chicken or steak to this delicious Pesto Pasta!

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BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese

BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese is an easy recipe made in 29 minutes. It combines the delicious flavors of BBQ chicken with creamy mac and cheese! This family friendly dish is sure to be a hit with everyone at the dinner table!

BBQ Chicken mac and cheese in large oval casserole dish topped with fresh chopped cilantro

When it comes to creating new recipes for the blog, I love putting creative new twists on classic blog favorites.

The most popular recipe on the blog is Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne. I created this recipe in my first 6 months of blogging and it’s been a hit every year since! It’s simple, cheesy, pasta deliciousness. What’s not to love?

If you love BBQ Chicken Pizza (which, come on, who doesn’t?!) you’re going to love this BBQ Chicken Mac and Cheese!

The combination of creamy mozzarella cheese with BBQ chicken, equals winner, winner chicken mac and cheese for dinner! If you’re looking for a big bowl of comfort food, you’ve come to the right place!

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Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp Scampi

Lemon butter garlic shrimp scampi is easy to make in only 15 minutes! Serve this delicious recipe over pasta, or with zoodles for a healthy, keto meal!

Shrimp scampi on top of bucatini pasta on white plate

Shrimp is one of my favorite proteins to make easy weeknight dinners. It cooks up so quickly. It’s easy to make a recipe in 29 minutes or less!

Buffalo Shrimp Tacos are made in just 15 minutes and a favorite on Taco Tuesday. Chimichurri Shrimp Skewers are a deliciously easy recipe to toss on the grill and only take 29 minutes to make!

One of my favorite shrimp recipes is Chili Lime Garlic Grilled Shrimp. It’s delicious served over rice or in tacos and made in just 26 minutes!

When it comes to Italian style shrimp, classic shrimp scampi is where it’s at! There really is nothing better than warm garlic butter sauce poured over succulent shrimp with a fresh zest of lemon!

Shrimp scampi is traditionally served over a plate of cooked spaghetti or bucatini pasta. (My personal favorite!) But you can also mix things up and serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash for a low carb meal.

No matter how you serve it, you’re going to fall in love with the lemony, buttery goodness of this dish!

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Buffalo Chicken Wrap

In just 5 minutes, toss together this easy buffalo chicken wrap recipe, filled with shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, veggies & cheese! These wraps can be served cold or gilled & served warm!

Buffalo chicken wrap cut in half and leaning on each other on green plate with potato chips

My love of buffalo chicken runs deep! So deep that I devote part of each Sunday evening to making a big batch of Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken. I use this chicken in recipes throughout the week.

To make shredded buffalo chicken, simply add chicken breasts and buffalo wing sauce to an Instant Pot or slow cooker. Let the device do the work for you! After the chicken is cooked through, shred it apart and use it in a variety of recipes throughout the week. It’s seriously that easy!

Picked up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store over the weekend? You can also shred up the leftovers and use it in this recipe.

Start this wrap with shredded, cooked chicken and the rest of the recipe only takes 5 minutes to make! All of the delicious flavors of buffalo wings in a quick and simple lunch recipe? Yes, please!

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Taco Pasta Bake with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Taco seasoned ground beef, black beans and cherry tomatoes are tossed with ziti pasta & creamy avocado sauce in this easy, cheesy Taco Pasta Bake! It’s made in just 35 minutes for a quick and easy dinner recipe!

Taco pasta in a large oval casserole dish topped with cherry tomatoes and cilantro

If you’ve ever thought, ” I really love pasta and I really love tacos. I just can’t decide which one I love more!” Well, you don’t have to choose between the two anymore!

That’s right, I took the delicious flavors of tacos and incorporated them into this pasta bake recipe. It’s not only totally scrumptious, it’s totally easy too and perfect for weeknight meals!

The Creamy Avocado Sauce makes this pasta recipe unique and adds so much flavor to the dish! I’ve been using this avocado sauce in recipes for years. It first appeared on the blog in this recipe for Mexican Stuffed Shells.

These recipes are very similar, but in this Taco Pasta recipe I decided to simplify things. Instead of stuffing the ingredients into individual pasta shells, I simply tossed all of the ingredients together.

I’ve also used this avocado sauce to make the most delicious Chicken Enchiladas and Creamy Avocado & Corn Vegetarian Enchiladas.

The combination of flavors in this Baked Taco Recipe are fantastic! From the light and creamy avocado sauce, to the taco seasoned ground beef. I could eat this dish for every meal for a week.. and I have!

I promise, you want to make this recipe for dinner tonight!

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Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan

Baked gluten free chicken parmesan is an easy recipe, made in just 29 minutes! Serve it with spaghetti squash for a healthy, low carb option, or with gluten free pasta.

Red spatula holding a piece of chicken parmesan out of a large blue skillet

Chicken parmesan has always been one of my favorite Italian dishes. And that’s saying a lot, because I love Italian food!  It’s cheesy, saucy and easy to make!

Creating gluten free chicken parmesan is as easy as swapping out traditional breadcrumbs for gluten free breadcrumbs. And serving the dish with gluten free pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.

This isn’t the first Italian recipe I’ve made gluten free. These Bruschetta Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls are a wonderfully healthy, gluten free Italian recipe. And this Gluten Free Pasta Fagioli Soup is a gluten-free spin on the popular Olive Garden recipe. It’s easy to make in an Instant Pot or slow cooker!

My family loves this Gluten Free Chicken Parmesan recipe, and I love to make it! It’s made in only 29 minutes, it’s so easy & the result is totally delicious!

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Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto is delicious on pizza, pasta, a sandwich or chicken. This easy recipe is filled with flavor, healthy and gluten free!

Sun dried tomato pesto in small white bowl with gold spoon in bowl and sun dried tomatoes on the side

I love making my own pesto at home. From Walnut Sage to traditional Basil to Kale Pesto, I’m kind of a pesto fanatic!

Homemade pesto is so much better than store bought and it’s easy to make in just 5 minutes. It’s so incredibly flavorful, I promise after one bite you’ll be hooked on making your own pesto too!

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto has a sweeter taste than pesto made from greens. I love this recipe on a variety of dishes. Try it on a sandwich or panini! Add it to this Portobello Caprese Sandwich for a fun low carb meal.

It’s also great on pizza or pasta. I’ve used it in these recipes for Mini Polenta Pizzas and Vegetarian Pesto Tortellini.

It’s flavorful enough, that you can simply toss it with penne pasta and top it with a little fresh grated parmesan cheese for an easy meal, made in less than 15 minutes!

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Kale Pesto

Homemade kale pesto is an easy, healthy, gluten free recipe, made with 7 simple ingredients. It’s perfect for tossing on pasta, pizza or grilled chicken!

Kale pesto in white bowl with copper spoon in the bowl

I love pesto!

I love it so much that I’ve made 8 different varieties of pesto on the blog!

  1. Basil Pesto
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
  3. Spinach Pesto
  4. Vegan Pesto
  5. Cilantro Lime Pesto
  6. Paleo Walnut Sage Pesto
  7. Arugula Blue Cheese Pesto
  8. Kale Pesto

One of my favorite things about pesto is it’s versatility. You can easily toss it on a pizza, pasta or eggs. Add it to a sandwich, grilled chicken or a salad.

Toss it in risotto or spread it on baked salmon. The options really are endless!

My other favorite thing about pesto is how easy it is to make. Toss all of the ingredients in a food processor and you’ve got delicious homemade pesto in just 5 minutes!

This kale pesto is not only easy, delicious and versatile, it’s also packed with health benefits!

Kale helps with cancer prevention, lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium. It also contains 15% vitamin B6, 40% magnesium, 180% vitamin A, 200% vitamin C and 1,020% vitamin K.

It is also a good source of five minerals, copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

This recipe has 4 cups of kale in it. That’s a lot of vitamins!

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Gluten Free Orange Chicken

Gluten free orange chicken is a quick & easy recipe with the most delicious sauce! It’s healthy & more delicious than Chinese restaurant take out!

Gluten free orange chicken in bowl with diced scallions and chopsticks

My obsession with making Chinese food favorites gluten free started with this Gluten Free General Tso’s Chicken recipe. It then continued on to Gluten Free Chinese Honey Chicken and this Gluten Free Orange Chicken.

Needless to say, if you’re gluten free, you don’t have to miss out on your favorite Chinese restaurant favorites anymore!

Instead of battering the chicken in flour, I batter it in cornstarch. And instead of deep frying the chicken, I stir fry it on the stove. I use gluten free soy sauce to make the best orange sauce ever!

Out of all the recipes I’ve ever made on the blog, this is my brothers favorite recipe! The best part is, it’s made in just 29 minutes. It’s easy enough to whip up for dinner tonight!

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Creamy Vegetarian Tortellini Soup

Creamy vegetarian Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup is made with refrigerated cheese tortellini cooked in a creamy, cheesy tomato sauce. It’s made in just 15 minutes for a quick and easy Italian soup recipe!

Creamy tomato tortellini soup in white bowl with fresh parsley and diced tomatoes

One of the things you’ll always find in my freezer is a bag of refrigerated cheese tortellini. It can be cooked straight out of the freezer in just a few minutes and turned into an easy weeknight meal!

I’ve used this cheese tortellini over the years to make Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini. I’ve also used it to make One Pot Vegetarian Pesto Tortellini. Both are easy meals made in 29 minutes or less!

Today I’m incorporating the delicious tortellini into a new scrumptious soup recipe that’s made in just 15 minutes! That’s right creamy, cheesy tomato basil tortellini soup is made from start to finish in under 30 minutes.

That’s less time than watching an episode of Friends on Netflix! And it’s so easy, you can totally catch up with Ross, Rachel and the whole gang while preparing this soup!

My family loved this soup recipe so much. Kurt has already requested I make it again this week! I know you’re family is going to love this great recipe too!

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Bacon Wrapped Dates

Sweet, delicious dates are stuffed with flavorful blue cheese, wrapped in smokey bacon & baked in the oven. This quick & easy 3 ingredient recipe for Bacon Wrapped Dates is perfect as an appetizer or party snack!

Bacon wrapped dates piled up on white plate on top of wood cutting board

There’s no denying my love of wrapping things in bacon. This Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast is the most popular recipe on the blog every Thanksgiving.

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf is hands down, the best meatloaf you’ll ever eat! And this Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin is one of the most popular recipes of all time on the blog!

These bacon wrapped main courses are super delicious and you should definitely try them all! But if you’re looking for a bacon wrapped party app, look no further than these Bacon Wrapped Dates.

These little “parties on a stick” make an appearance at every cocktail party I throw! They are easy enough to make a dozen for a dinner party or make 100 for a holiday party. They’re sweet and salty and so delicious!

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Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos

Pressure cooker chicken tacos are made in an Instant Pot with just 4 ingredients in only 29 minutes! This quick & easy gluten free recipe is perfect for meal prep or easy weeknight dinners!

Overhead shot of shredded chicken tacos in corn tortillas on white plate with cilantro and limes

If there’s one thing you’ll never find a lack of on this blog it’s tacos! They’re one of my favorite foods and I love to find various cooking methods and ingredients to make tacos.

I use the slow cooker to make Beef Barbacoa Tacos and Chipotle Honey Pulled Pork Tacos.

I use the grill to make Carne Asada Tacos and Grilled Veggie Chimichurri Tacos.

Now I’m busting out my Instant Pot to make Pressure Cooker Chicken Tacos!

These tacos are seriously easy to make and you can serve them a variety of different ways. Keep it traditional and serve them in corn or flour tortillas or crispy taco shells. Serve the chicken over rice for taco bowls or lettuce for taco salads. For a whole30 and low carb option, serve the chicken in lettuce wraps with sliced avocado.

No matter how you serve them, you’re going to love the simplicity and deliciousness of these pressure cooker chicken tacos!

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Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

Pan fried Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls are the ultimate Super Bowl snack! They’re easy to make in less than 30 minutes and perfect for parties!

Buffalo chicken egg rolls piled up on a green plate with one egg roll cut in half on top, with cheddar cheese and a cheese grater in the background

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Cabot!

The big game is right around the corner and you know what that means! I’m pulling out all of the stops to make the ultimate buffalo cheesy menu for game day!

My friends at Cabot Cheese have helped me make recipes deliciously cheesy for several years now! From their shredded Fiery Jack cheese on top of this Cheesy Baked Taco Dip to their Garlic Herb Cheddar in this popular Cheesy Mushroom Spinach Puff Pastry recipe, their naturally aged cheddar cheeses are always a hit in recipes!

Cabot is a co-operative owned by 1,000 farm families throughout New England & New York. That means 100% of their profits go back to the farmers! This year Cabot is celebrating their 100th year as a co-operative.

Back in 2015, I flew back east and visited a Cabot farm. I got to meet the cows and ran a race as part of the “Cabot Fit Team”. You can read all about it in this post for Chipotle Maple Chicken SlidersAnd check out pictures of the totally cute baby cows!

In this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls, I use Cabot’s Vermont Sharp Cheddar cheese. It is the perfect complement to the buffalo chicken.

These egg rolls really are the perfect appetizer, crispy on the outside, saucy & cheesy on the inside!

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Thai Coconut Soup with Potstickers

Thai coconut soup is deliciously flavorful & easy to make in just 29 minutes! In this recipe, I added chicken potstickers for a fun twist on classic Tom Kha soup!

Thai coconut soup with potstickers in bowl, garnished with fresh lime wedge, green onions and cilantro, with copper spoon in bowl and fresh cilantro behind bowl

I’m all about combining two things I love into one dish!

Thai peanut sauce and roasted sweet potatoes, tomato basil bruschetta and grilled chicken, and now Thai coconut soup and potstickers!

Whenever we go out for dinner, there’s an 8 out of 10 chance I’m going to try to convince Kurt to go to Koon Thai. It’s my favorite Thai restaurant and one of my overall favorite restaurants in San Diego!

They make the most delicious pan fried roti bread, curries and noodle dishes. They also make the best Tom Kha soup I’ve ever had! After our last visit, I decided it was time to try making my own Tom Kha soup at home.

What is Tom Kha Soup?

Tom Kha soup is a Thai coconut soup. It’s made with coconut milk, lemongrass, Thai chili peppers, cilantro, mushrooms, fish sauce and lime juice. While it’s typically made with chicken, you can also find versions with shrimp, pork or tofu.

What is the difference between Tom Kha and Tom Yum Soup?

Tom Yum Soup is made with a base of boiled meat, such as shrimp or pork, water and herbs. It is sour and spicy in flavor. Tom Kha Soup is made with a coconut milk base and is more sweet and spicy in flavor, than sour.

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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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One Pot Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini

Looking for delicious tortellini recipes? Look no further than this buffalo chicken and cheese tortellini recipe with a cheesy buffalo sauce, made in one pot in only 20 minutes!

Buffalo chicken and cheese tortellini are cooked in one pot in a cheesy buffalo sauce for a seriously delicious meal made in only 20 minutes!

I’ve been on a real buffalo sauce kick lately! From Buffalo Frito Chili Pie to Buffalo Shrimp Tacos to this scrumptious Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Tortellini, I just can’t get enough of my favorite sauce lately!

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Fig & Jalapeno Grilled Cheese

Roasted jalapeños, dried figs and spicy cheddar cheese are combined in this delicious, sweet and spicy, vegetarian jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich recipe!

Roasted jalapeños, dried figs and spicy cheddar cheese are combined in this delicious, sweet and spicy, vegetarian jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich recipe!

This coming Wednesday, April 12 is National Grilled Cheese Day! What a time we live in where cheesy deliciousness sandwiched between buttery bread gets its own day of celebration! 😉

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Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ground beef, bacon, avocado cream sauce, red onions and jalapeños top these simple, delicious and gluten free mini tacos made in only 15 minutes!

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

It’s Taco Tuesday and only two days away from the blogs 2 year blogiversary party where these delicious Mini Tacos will be served!

Fernanda Peimbert, the chef at Bailiwick where the party will be hosted, asked what kind of hors d’oeuvres I’d like served at the event.  I told her light, fresh and gluten free!

This is the first of four recipes she created for the party that I’ll be sharing with all of you!

Mini Baja Tacos at Bailiwick San Diego

I shot the images above during a tasting last week at Bailwick, then I came home and re-created the dish.

While Fernanda used pickled red onions, I used raw red onions and pickled jalapeños instead.

To be completely honest, I liked her pickled red onions better than my raw red onions, but I did like the addition of pickled jalapeños on mine!

For those of you making the dish at home, you can try either the raw or pickled red onions and decide for yourself which you like best!

Mini Beef and Bacon Taco Ingredients

Mini Tacos Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon (approximately 4 slices)
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (raw or pickled)
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños (diced)
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley

Avocado Cream Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Depending how crispy you want the bacon cook for 2-5 minutes, then add the ground beef.

Beef and Bacon Taco Meat

While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.

Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos!

How to make mini tacos

Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Mini Beef and Bacon Tacos

Voila “Mini Taco Tuesday” is born!

Baja Mini Tacos

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Mini Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Ground beef, bacon, avocado cream sauce, red onions and jalapeños top these simple, delicious and gluten free mini tacos made in only 15 minutes!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 mini tacos
Calories 169 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

Mini Tacos

  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon approximately 4 slices
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups round corn tortilla chips
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion raw or pickled
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeños diced
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley

Avocado Cream Sauce

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add the bacon to a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook for 3-4 minutes, then add the ground beef.

  3. While the meat is cooking prepare the avocado cream sauce by adding the avocado, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and 1 tbsp parsley to a blender or food processor and puree.
  4. Once the meat is cooked, drain the grease and get ready to prepare the mini tacos.
  5. Place the ground beef bacon mixture onto the corn tortilla chips then top with the chopped red onion, jalapeño, avocado cream sauce and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Pepper Jack Cheese adds the perfect amount of flavor and spice to this Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese recipe, easy to make in just 10 minutes!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

The grilled cheese is a classic sandwich that has been enjoyed in the US for almost 100 years! Throw in some buffalo chicken and you have a new favorite version of the all American dish!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Pepper jack cheese adds the perfect extra kick of spice and flavor to this delicious sandwich that can be tossed together in 10 minutes for a quick and easy lunch or weeknight dinner!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked & shredded chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 loaf french bread (cut into 12 slices)
  • 12 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Instructions

Combine the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce in a medium bowl.

Spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter on each slice of bread.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Flip the bread over and top each piece with a slice of pepper jack cheese.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Next, top half of the slices of cheese topped bread with a spoonful of buffalo chicken.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Place the other cheese topped slices of bread onto the buffalo chicken, then grill the sandwiches for 3-5 minutes per side.

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese Recipe

Serve with veggies and blue cheese dressing for a complete meal of deliciousness!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe

This Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese holds a tie for best grilled cheese sandwich ever with this Caramelized Pear and Brie Grilled Cheese!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Recipe

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Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Grilled Cheese

Pepper Jack Cheese adds the perfect amount of flavor and spice to this Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese recipe, easy to make in just 10 minutes!

Course Main Course, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 581 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked chicken shredded
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 loaf french bread cut into 12 slices
  • 12 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 6 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Combine the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce in a medium bowl.

  2.  Spread 1/2 tablespoon of butter on each slice of bread.

  3. Flip the bread over and top each piece with a slice of pepper jack cheese.
  4. Top half of the slices of cheese topped bread with a spoonful of buffalo chicken.

  5. Place the other cheese topped slices of bread onto the buffalo chicken.

  6. Grill the sandwiches for 3-5 minutes per side in an oiled skillet on the stove over medium heat.

Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Chicken Tacos are topped with cilantro lime sauce, pepper jack cheese, fresh cilantro and lime for a simple, gluten free, delicious taco recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

Since I’ve put Buffalo Chicken in virtually everything else, I figured it was about time I put it in a taco!

Buffalo Chicken Pepper Jack Tacos

I also just received these adorable and amazingly practical taco holders in the mail, I mean seriously, how cute are these?

And they keep all that yummy buffalo chicken right in your taco instead of falling out on a plate!

Spicy Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Instead of using blue cheese traditionally served with buffalo chicken, I kicked these babies up a notch with some pepper jack cheese, then added a cool cilantro lime dip on top!

The result was one seriously delicious taco!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Ingredients

Buffalo Chicken Tacos Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts (app 1 lb)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas (corn for gluten-free)
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1 cup cilantro lime dip (click link for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime (sliced into 8 small wedges)

Buffalo Chicken Tacos Instructions

Begin by pressure cooking or boiling the 2 chicken breasts.  Once cooked through, shred the chicken with a knife and fork.

Next, add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add the jalapeño and onion.

Cooked Jalapeno and Onion

Sauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the shredded chicken and buffalo sauce, mix together, turn the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

Add the chicken mixture to the tortillas, then top with pepper jack cheese, cilantro lime dip, fresh cilantro and one lime wedge to squeeze over the taco.

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

The balance of spiciness from the buffalo chicken and creaminess from the cilantro lime dip is perfection!

Buffalo Chicken Taco Recipe

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Buffalo Chicken Tacos

Buffalo Chicken Tacos are topped with cilantro lime sauce, pepper jack cheese, fresh cilantro and lime for a simple, gluten free, delicious taco recipe!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 29 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 8 tacos
Calories 241 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts app 1 lb
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 jalapeño seeded and minced
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 1/2 cup buffalo sauce
  • 8 small corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 cup pepper jack cheese shredded
  • 1 cup cilantro lime dip click link for recipe
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 lime sliced into 8 small wedges

Instructions

  1. Pressure cook or boil the 2 chicken breasts.

  2. Once cooked through, shred the chicken with two forks.

  3. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat.

  4. Once heated, add the jalapeño and onion.
  5. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, then add the shredded chicken.
  6. Add the buffalo sauce, mix together, turn the heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes.

  7. Add the chicken mixture to the tortillas, then top with pepper jack cheese, cilantro lime dip, fresh cilantro and one lime wedge to squeeze over the taco.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

These Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets are low sodium, dairy free and vegan. The recipe is made in 10 minutes with only 8 ingredients!

Dairy Free Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

For the third and final dish of my low-sodium series for the San Diego 6 Morning Show, I chose to make my famous tomato basil bruschetta recipe.

I skipped the cheese and replaced the baguette it’s traditionally served on for fillo baskets!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Recipe

One small slice of a baguette can cost you almost 400 mg of sodium, where as one fillo basket has only 10 mg, talk about a super swap!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Basket Ingredients

Low Sodium Bruschetta Baskets Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 red onion (chopped)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo baskets

Low Sodium Bruschetta Baskets Instructions

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.

Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Yes, it’s really that easy!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

I love using fillo baskets for everything from these delicious Black Bean and Chorizo Appetizers to scrumptious Mini Dessert Cannoli’s!

They are healthy, vegan and perfect for parties!

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Fillo Baskets
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Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets

These Tomato Basil Bruschetta Baskets are low sodium, dairy free and vegan. The recipe is made in 10 minutes with only 8 ingredients!

Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 15 baskets
Calories 35 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 4 roma tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 15 fillo shells

Instructions

  1. Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Spoon the bruschetta into the fillo baskets and serve.

Nutella Cheesecake Bites

Nutella cheesecake bites are a delicious no bake treat that’s easy to make in only 10 minutes and sure to be loved by everyone!

Nutella Cheesecake Bites

The inspiration for this dessert came last week while studying for finals. I was rummaging through my cabinets looking for a sweet snack and stumbled upon the vanilla wafers I had purchased to dip in my Birthday Cake Hummus.

Then I spied that little jar of hazelnut goodness sitting on the shelf above. My vanilla wafers all the sudden started screaming, “dip me in hazelnut goodness, dip me in hazelnut goodness”, and since talking cookies freak me out, I obeyed.

Pretty much the greatest combination ever.

Now I thought, I could just spread some Nutella on vanilla wafers and serve them at my Christmas Cocktail Party, but that just wasn’t quite inventive enough for the blog, so I whipped some cream cheese into the Nutella and replaced a graham cracker crust with vanilla wafers to make mini Nutella cheesecake bites!

Mini Nutella Cheesecakes

As I prepared these little bite-sized desserts for my party, I had to make a separate plate for my roommate and I to snack on so that we didn’t eat all of the bites reserved for the guests before the party!

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Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup nutella
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 box vanilla wafers

Blend together the nutella and cream cheese. Mix in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.

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Place the Nutella cheesecake mixture into a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the corner.

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Pipe the cheesecake onto the vanilla wafers.

Optional: top with some chocolate shavings for a little extra “oomph!”

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Bada bing, bada boom, Nutella Cheesecake Delectable Town awaits you!

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Simple, delicious, crowd-pleasing desserts are pretty much my favorite thing ever!

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Nutella Cheesecake Bites

Nutella cheesecake bites are a delicious no bake treat that’s easy to make in only 10 minutes and sure to be loved by everyone!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 80 cheesecake bites
Calories 61 kcal
Author Whitney Bond

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 cup nutella
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 11 oz box nilla wafers

Instructions

  1. Blend together the nutella and cream cheese.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.
  3. Place the Nutella cheesecake mixture into a Ziploc bag and cut a small hole in the corner.
  4. Pipe the cheesecake onto the nilla wafers.

Lemon Rosemary Basil Chicken

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This chicken recipe is so easy, yet so delicious!  A 15-minute marinade of lemon and herbs packs this grilled chicken dish with tons of flavor and is ready start-to-finish in 30 minutes!

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Prep & Marinade Time:  15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon (zested and juiced)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp steak seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 lbs chicken

Begin by zesting one large lemon, then slicing the lemon open and squeezing the juice into a medium bowl. Next, add the olive oil and crushed garlic to the zest and juice.

Next, add the steak seasoning, basil and rosemary.  Combine well.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

Last week I took a night off from cooking dinner and was treated to a delicious meal at my friend Crystals house. Of course I couldn’t show up empty-handed so I offered to bring dessert!

I had phyllo dough in my fridge and white chocolate chips in my pantry so I decided to bring them together with tart raspberries.

White chocolate and raspberry are a perfect combination in this delicious dessert pastry.  Flakey phyllo dough encompasses the tasty pair for sweet perfection.

Raspberry White Chocolate Fillo Roll Ingredients

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (makes 10 phyllo rolls)

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 10 sheets phyllo dough
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips

Start by combining the raspberries, cornstarch, lemon juice and sugar in a small bowl.

Sweet Raspberries

Lay out the phyllo dough and spray the top sheet with cooking spray.

How to oil phyllo dough

Start from the top and fold the phyllo dough in half.

Phyllo Dough

Next, place the raspberries 1 inch from the edge.

Sweet Red Raspberries in Phyllo Dough

Place the white chocolate chips on top.

White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

Next, fold in the sides of the phyllo dough.

How to roll phyllo dough

Then roll the dough into a cylinder shape and spray the top with cooking spray. Repeat the above steps 9 times.

Phyllo Rolls

Place the phyllo rolls in a 400° oven for 10-12 minutes.

Baked Raspberry Chocolate Fillo Rolls

Remove from the baking stone and serve.

White Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Rolls

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Fillo Rolls

These are a quick and simple dessert with minimal ingredients that are perfect for taking to parties or serving as a weeknight after-dinner dessert!

White Chocolate Raspberry Phyllo Rolls

Now it’s time to dig in!

Dessert Phyllo Rolls

 

Tiramisu Tart

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This recipe was inspired by my original plan to make a layered Tiramisu dip for my Housewarming Party.  That never happened.

I’ve learned after throwing dozens upon dozens of parties that sometimes I just have to throw in the towel on a couple planned menu items. Sometimes it all comes together and sometimes it doesn’t.

I always start with the party “must haves” and then leave the rest up to fate. As fate would have it, the Tiramisu dip was not made, but two days later this delicious Tiramisu Tart came into my life!

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I knew I had to use the Mascarpone and Ricotta Cheese before they went bad but I scratched my original dip recipe. I felt like a dip was more party dessert then “have a slice after work/school” kind of dessert.

I decided on a Tart simply because I had a new tart dish sitting on a shelf begging to be used!  I had originally planned to use Ginger Snap cookies for dipping, so I simply ground them up in my food processor and made them into the crust, then filled it with the dip. This made for a great evening treat all week!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups ginger snap crumbs
  • 4 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup coffee syrup
  • 2 tbsp marsala wine
  • 1 tsbp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp chocolate shavings

Start making the crust by combining the ginger snap crumbs, butter and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Next, press the mixture into a tart pan.

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Start the filling by creaming together the mascarpone, ricotta and sour cream.

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Torani Syrups can be purchased a lot of places such as World Market or Smart and Final.

If you prefer not to use the syrup, you can replace it with 2 shots of espresso.