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Meatless Meals: 15 Hearty Options

Meatless meals that won't leave you hungry
While I seriously enjoy a good hamburger or salami sandwich, I wasn't always a big meat lover. I lived a strict vegetarian lifestyle for 13 years. During that time I built up an intensive repertoire of favorite meatless meals. This pregnancy I've developed a pretty severe aversion to certain meats, running Nate out of the house in search of his usual chicken and fish...

Loaded Mostaccioli Casserole

Loaded mostaccioli casserole tastes like lasagna, but WAY easier to make
Pizza, spaghetti, lasagna, cheesy garlic bread and all things Italian, my family loves! There is not a food I adore much more than a big dish of loaded mostaccioli casserole. Its soft pasta, creamy cheeses and the tang of zesty tomato sauce are - in my opinion - a heavenly Italian trio.I found a similar recipe to this mostaccioli...

Orange Ginger Honey Chicken Wings

Honey chicken wings made with fresh oranges and ginger
There is a Chinese saying that you first eat with your eyes, then your nose, then your mouth. In the case of these savory and sweet honey chicken wings it will be the smell of them cooking in the oven that will grab you around the taste buds and drag you into the the kitchen.The smell of orange mixed with the sweetness...

Creamy Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto sauce with garden fresh ingredients (the secret is heavy cream)
When I think of summertime, my mind goes to family days filled with long afternoons in the pool, of wet grassy ankles after running through the sprinklers on a fresh cut lawn, the unmistakable crack heard when ice cubes are released from their tray, homemade pesto and the anticipation of savory delights puffing out smoke from the old BBQ.Food...

Cheeseburger Pie

Cheeseburger pie - perfect option for when you're craving cheeseburgers but don't have buns or are trying to cut out carbs
I have a handful of favorite foods, things that make the rotation of my monthly dinner menu and cheeseburgers are most definitely towards the top of the list. When I have not planned properly or left an essential item off my grocery list to prepare my perfect homemade cheeseburgers (hello buns, why are you so hard to remember?) we...

Loaded Louisiana Quesadillas

Loaded Louisiana Quesadilla with sausage, shrimp, okra
I love sausage...it's the best. I mean, where or how else can you get so much flavor packed into such a small eating device?From an early age I learned that sausage improves just about any meal. Macaroni and cheese...and hot dogs. I also learned they can be the cornerstone to a great meal, especially when the sausage becomes a bit more...

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan

Last week was hot. Like over 100 degrees, raging fires all over the city, cant go out of the house or else you'll melt hot. So cooking was far from my mind. As was turning on the stove. But since my kids still depend on my to feed them (yeah... the husband does too) I got smart and busted...

Easy Crock Pot Carnitas

Things have been super busy already this year. Do you agree? I feel like we have been non-stop with activities, work, events and holidays. One of the easiest time savers for me is to get dinner done in the morning. I love super easy and fun crock pot meals. One of my absolute favorites is my "Easy Crock Pot...

Cabbage + Beef + Seasonings = Crack Slaw

Cabbage + Beef + Seasonings = Crack Slaw
So, crack slaw is not the most attractive dish on the planet, but it's one of the tastiest. And it's paleo. And it's easy. Doesn't get any better than that.Cabbage + Beef + Seasonings = Crack Slaw 1 pound ground beef1 cabbage (chopped)2 Tbsp sesame oil2 Tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce, if you must substitute)1 Tbsp garlic...

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha Gai
Tom Kha Gai (Thai Coconut Soup) is one of those recipes that requires a dedicated search through Whole Foods for all the specialty ingredients. A lot of people think that cooking creatively with fancy-named ethnic cuisine is expensive. It really just takes a few key fresh, flavorful ingredients and you can make an entire meal for a family for...