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chicken veggie rice bowl

Leftover chicken thighs in the fridge led me to cook up a quick rice bowl. This is pretty versatile and you can also decide if you want to use, or have, fresh veggies instead of frozen. I also want you to trust your own senses. Don’t worry about getting the measuring spoons out and add what you like. Once the chicken is cooked, taste it and see if you need to add more seasoning.

Also, I only had some quick cook jasmine rice in my pantry so no judgement here. This is all about getting a meal put together quickly. This makes 2 servings, but next day leftovers are the best!

Serves 2

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mac + cheese


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macaroni and cheese

Mac + cheese. I remember it as one of the only things I would eat as a picky kid. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you just need a box of the blue for nostalgia’s sake. That being said, I’ve been testing any and every recipe that I could, searching for the one to call the créme de la créme of homemade mac but they only led to a lot of ‘meh’. This recipe is a gem.

You grater and your favorite hot sauce will be key for this dish. If you’re not a fan of heat or spice, trust me and invest in some Cholula Hot Sauce. It doesn’t necessarily add heat, but lends some amazing flavor that takes this mac to another level.

I also had a zucchini in my fridge that needed to be used up so I grated it and squeezed most of the liquid out of the zuc to add later to the mac. You can feel free to omit it or add whatever you like in the final steps of this dish but I prefer a green veggie with my mac. I also recommend that one of the two cheeses you use be an extra sharp cheddar and that you grate all the cheese on the smaller set of grates for easier melting.

I used my beloved cast iron skillet that’s mostly used for cooking up bacon but it also transitions easily from stove top to the oven (there may have had some bacon fat left over from my last cooking session…even better!). Feel free to use whatever you have for your stove top and transition the mac to a baking dish for the last step.

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I have a confession. Fans + lovers of ricotta cheese look away because you will not find any in this lasagna recipe (sorry not sorry).

When I think of lasagna, a huge pan full of pasta, marinara and lots and lots of cheese come to mind. But honestly it’s just as easy to make for one or two people. Your best friend in this one will be a bread loaf pan.

For whatever reason when I was grabbing ingredients I needed for this recipe, I could only find no-cook lasagna noodles that were gluten free and made from rice. I decided to go for it.

I promise you won’t know the difference in texture or even taste so give it a try if you can find them! The noodles didn’t cook in certain areas around the edges but I’m certain that’s a quick fix with a hot water bath for 15 minutes before I assemble (the instructions on the rice noodles said not to soak in a bath before…perhaps another lesson in listening to my gut!).

As with most of my recipes, I’ll note a few spots where your differences in taste could replace what I’ve used. This is not baking folks! If you must have ricotta, use it! Vegetarian? No problem! Skip the ground turkey + use sliced mushrooms + ground carrots instead! Just don’t skimp on the cheese + do not use the fake stuff. Please!

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orzo + mushrooms

Yikes. It’s been a bit since my last post and honestly, I haven’t been cooking or experimenting in the kitchen much these last few months. Tonight involved digging through the fridge to find what produce needed to be used up and about a ½ cup of orzo left in the box. Now that it’s getting hot out, I’ll definitely be relying on some lighter pasta dishes to get by this summer! Meat lovers, add grilled chicken or sausage to this dish! This serves 1 with enough for next day leftovers. I served mine with some steamed green beans to add color + crunch. || Read more

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Funfetti cupcakes

My friend Hayley requested Funfetti cake for her birthday a few weeks ago. Normally you’d go out, buy a box of cake mix and a tub of frosting and call it a day. I wanted to make the whole thing from scratch so I went searching through a bunch blogs and found this perfect little recipe. The result is a balance between a not too sweet, slightly dense cupcake and a delicious, light frosting to top it all off! Besides, life is more fun when you’re buying a tube of jimmie sprinkles! The cake recipe makes a little over a dozen cupcakes!

The frosting will make a lot. I stored half in a freezer baggie in the freezer for another time.

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oatmeal scotchies


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Oatmeal scotchies

When I started transitioning my recipe book from high plains to high altitude, my mother’s oatmeal scotchies were high on the list to be converted first.

The recipe below is simple and works great whether you’re somewhere in the Midwest or living high in the Rockies.

More brown sugar than white sugar keeps them soft and a little bit more flour allows for them to rise and stay even after they’ve cooled. The combo of cinnamon and butterscotch is simply perfection but feel free to get adventurous and mix half butterscotch, half chocolate chips and maybe even some dried cranberries! || Read more

steak chili


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steak chili with cheese and sour cream

All I can say is this recipe is damn good, not to mention it doesn’t take all day in a slow cooker. My new puppy was up at 5 AM on Super Bowl Sunday so I had plenty of time and feel like slow cooking this recipe in my dutch oven only lead to perfection. Don’t have a nice big dutch oven to cook on your stovetop with? Sear the meat first in a pan and then throw everything in your crockpot but do NOT use a mini crock like my fave 2.5 qt. This makes enough chili to feed 4-6 people. || Read more

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