Hello! I have been slacking lately! Life has been busy the past month. I’ve been cleaning our house like crazy getting it ready for showings (it finally sold last week, yay!), holiday gatherings and getting ready for baby #2! We just found out last week we are having a BOY!! Noelle will just love being a big sister. I don’t think she quite understands it yet, but she knows theres talk about a “baby brudder”. 🙂
We decided to surprise everyone by announcing the gender on Easter. I made a coconut cream cake and filled it with blue jelly beans. Such a fun way to announce and the cake was sooo yummmy. I’m not much of a cake person, but home made cake is just so amazing!! Especially this recipe.
This is by far one of the tastiest salads I have made. I love southwestern flavors on just about anything! When I saw the Recipe ReDux theme for January is “Start Smoking in the New Year”, I knew I wanted to do another recipe using my beloved chipotle peppers ! So here I bring you…Southwestern Cobb Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing!
Back in September I posted my Smoky Chipotle Sweet Potato Salad (click to check it out!) where I gave some tips on pureeing and freezing a whole batch of chipotle peppers for future use. Well to make this awesome Chipotle Ranch Dressing, all I had to do was grab a cube out of my frozen stash. Easy!
Everyone have a nice Thanksgiving? We had a good time going to my parents’ house in Fountain Hills for the parade and then Thanksgiving meal later in the day. So yummy. My parents are great cooks! It was also nice for Noelle to have both of her great grandpa’s there!
Now we are on to Christmas…I can’t believe it!
Now that we are in full holiday mode, I’m sure we are all feeling really busy and a bit stressed! The recipe I am sharing today is perfect for those days when you need a meal that is delicious and requires very little thought, prep and extra ingredients. I have made this plenty of times when I didn’t get around to making dinner plans or grocery shopping. It tastes like you went the extra mile, but really its super simple to make. Pretty much zero cooking skills needed.
This recipe is another unique way to incorporate pasta, like the Easy Thai Peanut Noodles I posted a few days ago which uses spaghetti noodles. Instead of filling these peppers with rice, I decided to stuff them with orzo! And if you haven’t noticed by now, I have a thing for southwestern food and cilantro So here is my take on Mexican inspired orzo stuffed bell peppers.
“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the National Pasta Association and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”
Happy NationalPastaMonth! I was presented with the opportunity to participate in a recipe challenge contest put on for Recipe Redux members by the National Pasta Association to share some pasta dishes that fit into my healthy lifestyle. So for the next week I will be sharing a few mouthwatering and nutritious recipes using pasta.
Today I’m excited to share my Easy Thai Peanut Noodles, one of our new favorite meals! For awhile now I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a tasty pad thai but with out the fish sauce, rice noodles and less common ingredients that I’d have to buy and probably use only once. Finally I came across this version I have adapted, which uses spaghetti noodles and other ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen. It is seriously so simple to make and is ultra flavorful. It is also a great dish for the little ones to try. Our little Noelle can easily pick it up as a finger food and its not too saucy/messy. Win-win!
I am so addicted to these no bake energy bites! Imagine being able to eat peanut butter cookie dough without all the guilt 😉 Well this isn’t exactly cookie dough (no flour here), but they do have a similar nutty, sweet and scrumptious taste. These energy bites require no baking, can be made in minutes and put in the freezer for a quick snack when needed (or to help satisfy that sweet tooth). There’s just enough healthy fat, protein and fiber to give you long lasting “energy” and help curb your appetite.
They also make a great and healthy snack for your kids or babies. Our little Noelle just loves munching on them. 🙂 I typically give her some that are easier for her to chew with less nuts and she does great with them. Easy to pack up in a snack bag and go! They’re also perfect for the lunch box and much cheaper than packaged bars. What makes them fun is how versatile they can be with whatever flavors and fillings you like. Get creative! I’ve seen some other recipes for Nutella, Almond Joy or Trail Mix energy bites. Yum yum!
Happy Labor Day! We are enjoying our weekend so far just relaxing around the house, visiting with family, playing outside in the pool and eating lots of yummy food. I love to cook on the weekends, especially big breakfasts. This morning we had whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes. (yes I’m already getting my pumpkin fix- hah) Mmmm.
For dinner last night I made Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa. We’ve had this meal plenty of times not only because it’s tasty and healthy, but also I can usually get little Noelle to eat it! It’s always a win when I can find a healthy vegetable dish she likes. It has just enough homemade cheese sauce and crunchy toasted breadcrumbs on top to make this a mouth watering yet nutritious comfort food.
Spaghetti squash has been one of my favorite meals to make lately. This Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash recipe, which was adapted from Closet Cooking, was a big hit in my house and very simple to make.
So what’s the big deal with spaghetti squash? Well….