Archive for the ‘Quick 'n Easy’ Category


Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs

June 26, 2020

This is comforting and one of the easiest meals to put together. Just about everything is pantry/freezer friendly, which also makes it relatively easy to always have ingredients on hand.

You will need:

  • 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed mushroom soup
  • 1 can (10.75 oz) condensed cauliflower soup
  • 1 packet dried brown gravy mix
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 2 c low sodium beef stock
  • 12 oz egg noodles
  • 14-16 oz frozen meatballs
  • 1 – 1.5 c sour cream

Then you will…

  1. In your instant pot, mix together the soups with the gravy mix, parsley and beef stock.
  2. Stir in the egg noodles.
  3. Top with the frozen meatballs.
  4. Seal the instant pot and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes.
  5. Wait 5-8 minutes before doing a quick release on the pressure.
  6. Open your instant pot carefully.
  7. Stir in one cup of the sour cream and check the taste, adding a little more if needed.
  8. Serve while warm.

Toasted Mexican Corn

June 18, 2020

This is so simple to make but packs HUGE flavor. We love it as a side dish or on top of tacos. You could also serve it inside burritos or quesadillas, or go wild and add it to your favorite salad.

You will need:

  • 2 T butter
  • 1 can (14 oz) corn kernels, drained and rinsed
    • OR you could substitute 3-4 fresh cobs with the corn cut off
  • 1/2 t chili powder
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 2 T chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 c grated Cotija cheese

Then you will…

  • In a medium nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat.
  • Stir in the corn, chili powder and cumin.
  • Spread into roughy one layer and allow to heat in the pan, undisturbed, for 4 minutes to gently sear some of the corn.
  • Remove from the heat.
  • Mix in the lime zest, juice, cilantro and cheese.
  • Serve!

Cinnamon Monkey Bread

March 26, 2020

This cinnamon monkey bread is scrumptious! My kids kept calling it doughnut cake, but either way it was gone before we could lick our fingers clean. It’s also simple with only¬† 5 ingredients and a perfect recipe for kids to help prep. We served for a holiday brunch treat along with fresh berries and whipped cream.

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You will need:

  • ~20 oz buttermilk biscuit dough (I used Pillsbury homestyle), cut into quarters
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 T ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 8 T unsalted butter, melted

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan.
  2. In a gallon Ziploc bag, combine the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Add the biscuit pieces to the bag.
  4. Close the bag and toss to coat the biscuit pieces.
  5. Spread the biscuit pieces in the prepared pan.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together any leftover sugar with the melted butter.
  7. Pour the butter mixture over the biscuit pieces.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
  9. Remove from the oven and wait 5 minutes, before you invert the monkey bread onto a plate.
  10. Allow to cool at least another 5 minutes before serving, as the caramel sauce will be very hot.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

October 28, 2019

Game night? Movie marathon? Potluck party? This dip won’t last long. If you manage to have a little leftover, spread it on some pizza dough for a white pizza treat.

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You will need:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c hot sauce
  • 1/2 c ranch dressing
  • 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, pulled off the bone and shredded
  • 1 small bunch scallions, trimmed and chopped

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine everything but the scallions.
  3. Spread the mixture into a pie plate, 8×8 baking dish, or 9×9 baking dish.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes. The dip should be hot throughout and slightly bubbly.
  5. Stir and sprinkle the scallions on top before serving.

Note: you could heat this up in a crock pot instead. It would take about 2-3 hours on low. You could also transfer the dip to a crock pot after the oven, if you wanted to keep it warm during a party.


Pumpkin Cake

October 21, 2019

The weather has turned crisp. The leaves are changing colors, and pumpkins keep popping up on front steps. It’s perfect weather for ooey, gooey desserts.

You will need:

  • 7.5 oz (1/2 can) canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1/4 c butter, melted
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 c flour
  • 2/3 + 1/2 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1 c chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 c boiling water

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9×9 baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, milk, butter, vanilla, 2 teaspoons of the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and salt.
  3. Mix in flour, 2/3 cup of the brown sugar, and the baking soda.
  4. Spread in the prepared pan.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 t of cinnamon, 1/2 c brown sugar, and the pecans.
  6. Sprinkle the pecan mixture on top of the batter.
  7. Pour the boiling water on top.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes. The center will be set, but there should be a softer layer underneath.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. This softer layer will make a delicious sauce for the cake when you scoop it out.

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Summer Pesto Pasta

August 27, 2019

This is another amazing summer recipe, perfect for lunches and picnics and family dinners. It is great warm or cold. We swapped in feta for Parmesan and walnuts for pine nuts for a fun, updated pesto.

You will need:

  • 1 c fresh basil
  • 1/3 c walnuts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 c feta
  • 1/3 c olive oil
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 lb of your favorite shaped noodles, cooked to al dente (we used some twisty cavatappi)
  • 4 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off the cob
  • 1 c cherry tomatoes, cut in quarters or halves
  • Optional: 1/4 c light cream

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Then you will…

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the fresh basil with the walnuts and garlic until roughly chopped.
  2. Add the feta, olive oil, pepper and salt and blend until smooth.
  3. If the pesto feels thick, add more olive oil a little at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  4. Mix together the cooked noodles with the corn, tomatoes, and pesto. (Optional: slightly warm the cream and mix in for a richer dish).
  5. Serve for happy tummies!

Fig, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Sandwich

August 19, 2019

We were looking for a new sandwich around our house: one that would be yummy in our work lunches and excellent for summer picnics. This one is great and holds up well when transported. Try mixing and matching cheese and meats to find your favorite combination.

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You will need:

  • One baguette, cut in three pieces and then sliced in half
  • Fig preserves
  • Your favorite soft goat cheese (we used an herbed goat cheese)
  • 6 oz prosciutto
  • Arugula

Then you will…

  1. Spread a thin layer of fig preserves on the top half of the baguette.
  2. Spread goat cheese on the bottom half of the baguette.
  3. Lay some of the prosciutto on top of the goat cheese.
  4. Add a handful of arugula.
  5. Wrap up the sandwich and enjoy!

Chili Lime Rubbed Steak

July 28, 2019

This is a simple wet rub that makes a delicious glaze when you sear the steak. It would also be wonderful with pork or chicken. Try them all!

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You will need:

  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 t olive oil
  • 3 T chili powder
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • Your favorite steaks

Then you will…

  1. Pulse together everything but the steak in a small food processor.
  2. Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons on each side of your steak. Allow to rest on the counter 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cook your steak your favorite way!

S’mores Cookie Bars

May 23, 2019

What’s not to love about graham crackers, chocolate and gooey marshmallow? These are simply delicious cookie bars that come together quickly and disappear almost as fast.

You will need:

  • 1 c unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 7 oz container marshmallow fluff
  • 1 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and lightly grease with nonstick cooking spray or vegetable oil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until smooth and integrated.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and eggs.
  4. Mix in the cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  5. Mix in the graham cracker crumbs and flour.
  6. Spread a touch more than half of the dough in the prepared pan.
  7. Spoon drops of fluff on top of the dough; try to spread as much as possible given the stickiness.
  8. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the fluff.
  9. Spread the remaining dough on top.
  10. Bake 35-45 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the bars are set.
  11. Allow to cool in the pan.

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Party Rolls

April 2, 2019

These are so easy and perfect for a gathering. You can prep everything in advance and then pop these in the oven until they are toasty, while you are having fun with your guests. I challenge you to only eat one.

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You will need:

  • 6 oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 packet Ranch seasoning powder
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 package 15-oz slider rolls
  • 7-8 oz sliced cheese, like a colby jack or provolone or cheddar
  • 1 precooked rotisserie chicken, picked from the bones and lightly shredded
  • 1/2 lb bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 1 small bunch scallions, chopped
  • 4 T butter
  • 2 t garlic powder
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t pepper
  • 1/4 t paprika
  • 1/4 t salt

Then you will…

  1. In a small mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt with the Ranch seasoning powder and milk. Set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment paper.
  3. Place the bottom halves of the rolls in the baking dish.
  4. Spread half of the cheese on the rolls.
  5. Top with the chicken.
  6. Top with the bacon.
  7. Top with the scallions.
  8. Place dollops of the Greek yogurt on top.
  9. Cover with the remaining half of the cheese.
  10. In a small bowl, melt the butter.
  11. Mix the garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, paprika, and salt into the butter.
  12. Spread a little of the butter on top of the final layer of cheese.
  13. Cover the sandwiches with the top halves of the rolls.
  14. Brush more butter on top of the rolls.
  15. Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  16. Bake 15-20 minutes or until warm and melty.


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