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bacon + garlic pasta

When you crave a nice, starchy + cheesy pasta, this should be your only go to.

There’s no cute and clever story behind this recipe. I received my latest copy of Bon Apetit and the cover had been screaming pasta! pasta! pasta! at me all week long.

Previously baked bacon slices, a block of parmesan and garlic from my dad’s garden back in Nebraska was all I needed to make the best pasta. Ever. Makes one serving.  || Read more

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BBQ shredded chicken

On this fine Labor Day Monday all any girl wants is a delicious, BBQ shredded chicken sandwich. I mean, right?

This homemade BBQ sauce is quick to put together + makes about 2 cups that you can store in the fridge and use on whatever you’d like. When all is said and done, the shredded chicken will make about 2 sandwiches. Or just 1, piled high with a little bit leftover. No judging.  || Read more

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Lo Mein and Roasted Veggies

At this point, it seems like all I’ve been writing about is how I have need-to-use-before-it-goes-bad type of recipes, but honestly? They’re the best. End of a crazy week or strapped for time all you need is whatever you already have.

Roasted veggies (recipe below) consisting of potatoes, carrots + cauliflower, fresh spinach, lo mein noodles + a girl’s best friend, Sriracha and pulling together a delicious + quick dinner was done in a snap! As always, if you must have meat, add whatever you’d like! Sausage, shrimp or chicken would be great in this dish! Serves 1 || Read more

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Final Casserole

My cookbooks have unfortunately been left untouched for these past few months but today I picked up my “Healthy Cooking For Two (Or Just You)” cookbook by Frances Price, RD and started flipping through the pages.

FOUND: Carolina Casserole.

SERVINGS: 1-2 people.

Perfect. || Read more

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spicy noodles, garlic shrimp + broccoli

I’m certain that I am on some sort of mission to prove to myself that I can truly make dinner night by night using what I’ve got in my fridge, freezer, pantry and without going to the store or market. Seriously. It’s been days, weeks even, since I’ve gone to grab groceries. Blame it on the heat starting to turn up here in the desert or my lack of time to get creative in the kitchen. Tonight, I’m all of a sudden not feeling well and I need a quick fix before bed. || Read more

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vegetarian lo mein

I am going to be very honest right now. I’ve had zero interest in grocery shopping lately and if you know me, I love shopping for veggies and other groceries. There’s just no time or energy.

In cases such as these, I rely on recipes exactly like this one. What’s already in my pantry? What veggies do I need to use up before they go bad? You get the drift.

With just a few simple staples you should already have in your pantry, this recipe is a quick and delicious dinner for 1 and takes very little effort. I’m all about cooking vegetarian when I’m in a bind or nothing sounds good to eat. Meat is expensive and takes time to cook, but feel free to add grilled chicken, shrimp, steak… Really, whatever you crave, into this dish to add some protein.

Same goes for the veggies. Don’t skip cooking the noodles in broth. Whatever you throw into your skillet to sauté? That’s up to you!

I literally had half of a zucchini and 3 mushrooms in my vegetable drawer that needed to be used up. I could have easily added some more veggies from my freezer but opted to keep it simple.

It’s all about using what you’ve got (and using that $$ you spent on said food).

Use what you’ve got and eat happy!

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chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

These delicious, easy to make cookies went over so well with friends + family that there was zero time to grab a just-out-of-the-oven shot! This makes about 3 dozen cookies but if you’re a huge fan of fresh baked goodness, make up the cookie balls ahead of time and freeze. When you’re craving a cookie, set out a few cookie balls on a baking sheet to thaw, preheat your oven + bake!

Another reason I love this recipe? It’s all about the ½ (for the most part) + it uses only one bowl! || Read more

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