Friday, August 30, 2019

Buttermilk Syrup

Oh Buttermilk Syrup. I love this stuff. It makes such a great addition to the Buttermilk Pancake recipe I shared earlier. I first had this recipe at my sisters house and instantly fell in love with it. We make this every time we have extra buttermilk sitting in the fridge, and never regret it. The flavor of this syrup is way different then that of regular maple syrup. It almost has a bit of a caramel(ish) flavor, and is very rich...and heavenly.
If you are looking for something different to try on your waffles or pancakes, give this a try. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Buttermilk Pancakes

We love breakfast food at our house so I like to have an assortment of different recipes on hand at all times for those mornings or nights when we need something full of carbs and sugar :)
This is BY FAR the best buttermilk pancake recipe I have ever had. I tend to like buttermilk pancakes better then plain ol' pancakes because you get that different flavor from the milk, which shakes things up a bit.
What I like to do with these is make a triple batch and store them in our freezer for quick breakfasts for my kids. 
These babies go AMAZINGLY well with Buttermilk Syrup. Which is great because you can use up your extra buttermilk making this.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Pulled Pork Tacos

OH MY GOODNESS! I don't know why I don't make these more often! Not only are these ridiculously easy but they are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!
This is a recipe that my mom had started making during my teenage years and I fell in love with them. These flavors in the cooking liquid is amazing that you don't even need to top your tacos with anything, unless of course you want to. The flavors remind me of a classic Mexican taco wagon. You know the ones I am talking about!
Cooking the meat in the slow cooker allows the flavors to really develop in the meat while making the meat nice and tender, also making it easy to shred.
One thing I love about shredding meat is that it makes it go a long way. I did a pretty small roast and we will be eating this for leftovers for at least a few days. This is also a meal that warms up fantastic.
You will not be mad you tried this one out.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls

These little guys won't disappoint! I promise you that. They taste as good as they look, maybe even better because I am not the best photographer.
These little roll ups do require a little bit of work so this one will need to be saved for a day when you just feel like being in the kitchen for a little while. BUT I love the fact that there are tons of veggies rolled up into the meat, so I don't personally feel like I need to cook an additional vegetable side. I think these rolls are great with or without the balsamic sauce, and sometimes I even cheat a little and just buy some balsamic glaze from the grocery store just to save some time and effort.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Chicken Enchiladas

Okay guys...this recipe A-MAZE-ING!! I thought I liked enchiladas before, but after having this recipe I literally don't know if I can go back to my other recipes. This is by far the BEST wet, red, chicken enchilada recipe I have ever come across.
The reason this recipe is so different from others I have tried is the sauce.
THIS ENCHILADA SAUCE is to die for! It's homemade, so yes, it takes a little more effort then just dumping the red deliciousness out of a store-bought can, BUT, it is absolutely worth every additional second it takes to make it.
*Quick tip* I will usually make a double or triple batch of the enchilada sauce alone and freeze it in recipe sized portions so that I don't have to make it from scratch every time. This way you only have to go to the effort of making it from scratch once every few times.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Drunken Italian Noodles

This recipe is AMAZING! It is fast and easy to make which is great for a weeknight or weekend meal. The longest part is prepping your vegetables.This recipe has all your veggies, meat, and carbs all in one dish so really you can't beat that. One of my favorite parts about this dish is using fresh noodles and herbs. I never realized just how much better fresh noodles are vs. boxed dried noodles from the store are until I had this dish. BIG DIFFERENCE!
Now I've never been to Italy so I cannot verify if this truly is "Italian" but it has good flavors nonetheless.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Panzanella Style Salad

Okay I know this doesn't look like your typical Panzanella because I didn't slice up the stale bread and incorporate it into the salad, but I've adapted this recipe to how we like it and called it Panzanella for so long now that I don't know what else to call it. So please don't criticize the name if you know your stuff. You can still chop up your bread and put it in the salad so it is traditional, I just don't like to because I like having leftovers.
This recipe we have been using for YEARS! At first, this was a "branching out of our comfort zone" recipe, but now it is a staple at our house.
One thing I like about this recipe is if you have leftovers (the main reason I don't like adding the bread to the salad) is that it tastes great the next day cold or slightly warmed up.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sweet Coleslaw

This coleslaw is fan freakin' tastic! Definitely my go to recipe.
This is a sweet coleslaw, which I personally like a lot better then those hard core coleslaws you buy at the store.
I have made this recipe many many times now and love it just as much as I did the first time. This is a great side dish that takes very little time to pull together (as long as you let it sit in the fridge) and goes with just about everything! My personal favorite thing to serve this with is my Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches.

Monday, August 12, 2019

BBQ Shredded Chicken Sandwich

This is a super easy recipe. Some of the ingredients are a little weird for a typical BBQ, but I'll tell you what....THEY WORK! Shred the chicken and put on sandwiches, serve it over a salad, or leave it whole! It's good no matter how you eat it. Just get it in your belly!!!
I have made this recipe many times for family and friends whenever they have stayed with us, and every time I have been asked for the recipe. The best part about it is that it's made in the slow cooker, so you don't have to spend a lot of time at dinner getting it ready. I like to pair my meat up with my favorite Sweet Coleslaw recipe. Enjoy!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Lettuce Wraps

You know that you have made a good meal when your spouse says (after taking it for leftovers the next day) that this recipe should make it into our regular rotation. Yep, its that good. Not only does my husband love it but the kids gobble it up as well so WIN.
It's crunchy and flavor packed, and healthy! How much more do you need really?!
This dish came together extremely fast. Seriously, it took maybe 15 minutes from the minute I started chopping up ingredients till the time it was done! That's my kind of weeknight meal.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Coconut & Tomato Shrimp

I made this recipe the other week and it was absolutely fantastic. It tasted just like something you would get at an Asian inspired restaurant. The sauce consists of coconut milk and canned tomatoes with the addition of fresh herbs and peppers which makes for a flavor explosion. This recipe is very light and refreshing, which I love for those nights when I feel like I need a little extra bit of healthiness.
Besides tasting absolutely fantastic, this dish really doesn't take long at all to put together. I think the longest thing for me was cooking the rice and prepping the ingredients. So, again, a great weeknight meal because rice and ingredient prepping can be done ahead of time if needed.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Banana Nut Buckwheat

My families favorite meal of the day is breakfast. Especially my kids. They love everything carb related; Waffles, Pancakes, German Pancakes, etc. I personally cannot handle having a lot of carbs in the morning because it makes me bloat super bad for the rest of the day, so I usually try fix myself something a little less carb heavy. If you like to eat oatmeal, then this is a recipe you need to try. I had never had much buckwheat until I went on an Anti-Inflammatory diet and found that it is very similar to steel cut oats, but cooks faster! This recipe is great for those mornings when you are looking for something that is healthy, not to time consuming, and tastes great.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Lemon Butter Rice

I don't know about you guys but we eat rice 2-3 times a week. It's one of those sides that goes good with literally everything AND fills you up AND is versatile in flavor. This recipe is one that I created because I didn't want to serve just plain old rice with all of the different Greek/Mediterranean dishes I do. I tried so many different recipes for lemon rice on Pinterest and they were just WAY to powerhouse in lemon flavor for my liking. This rice side dish, I feel, has the perfect blend of butter and lemon to add just a bit of freshness to your average rice, but isn't soaked in so much flavor that you gag.

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