Here is my go-to recipe for pizza dough. Each batch can make 2 large pizzas or 4 small, besides being good for Strombolis, Calzones, or a loaf of Italian bread. Update: Can also be used for Bread Bowls!
I recently saw a recipe like this from OAMM that has you cook it overnight in the crockpot, but that's just too much trouble for oatmeal ;), so I adapted it for soaked oats (that sit in your fridge overnight), added in some molasses, and it gets zapped in the microwave in the morning. Easy! I made them for the kids and they're so yummy!
Years ago I had a dish like the above photo at a restaurant and fell in love! I could taste mayo, and sweetness, and some kind of chilis, but I couldn't figure out how to duplicate it. I searched the internet and found a million ratios of the same 3 or so ingredients, so this is mine. You can batter and fry, or bake the protein of your choice (we've had this sauce on shrimp and chicken), or you can buy pre-made battered shrimp or chicken for a quick weeknight meal. This sauce takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and it is amazing!
Our family has a Family Game Night every Friday (followed by Family Movie Night on Saturdays), and I always make a pizza on Fridays. I'd be lying if I said it was always homemade, but those are always the family's favorites.
Nothing says comfort like the dishes you remember from your childhood. One of my favorites was my Mom's Tuna Noodle Casserole. Cheesy and creamy and just homey. Well, I grew up and developed my own version, which is just as comforting, but includes a crunchy Panko topping and more veggies. Not many, but some ;)
Alright y'all. Another Friday, another pizza. This one has no redeeming veggies. There is no pretense at "healthy". This pizza laughs while it attaches itself firmly to your backside. Pure evil. Pure, delicious evil...
This week's pizza is full of amazing Mediterranean flavors. If you like Feta, this one is for you. And the addition of green things can help convince your brain that this is a healthy pizza. Mmmm...Convinced.
This is the ultimate favorite in our house. Also with most of our guests who have had it. Take the best of pizza and tacos, put it all together and what do you get? A delicious mess. Delicious.
They are crunchy rolls of savory spiced chicken, beans, corn, spinach, onions, and bell peppers with melty, gooey cheese. They're fabulous as an appet
Any Brussels Sprouts fans here? Me neither. At first, anyway. I grew up hating the "Tiny Cabbages", and refused to eat them. When I married my husband, he begged me to try them, which is strange because he isn't a big veggie lover, so I thought I would give them a go. We had them steamed in a butter sauce and how wrong I was! They were delicious! To me, anyway. I was still trying to find ways to get my kids to like them. I ran across a recipe for Buccatini with Brussels Sprouts, Sausage, & Gorgonzola Cheese on Italian Food Forever, so I adapted it for the tastes of my family and it was a success! I had to change it up for two reasons: 1, Availability of ingredients in our small city and 2, No way would I get anyone to eat chopped nuts on a dish. I know, crazy right? I have to choose my battles. My daughter loves it and at least my son doesn't actively complain when he eats it, which is still a win. Husband loves it as well. So whether you love them or hate them, you might like this dish. Try it out and tell me what you think! If you have access to Buccatini & Gorgonzola, you can go and try the original too.
Summer is here and yellow squash are in high season! This dish is a great Southern classic. Don't let its looks fool you; it is delicious! The eggs and cheese form a more substantial layer in between the soft squash and crunchy crackers.
With Back To School in full swing, I wanted to share a healthy breakfast shake recipe with you. This doesn't taste "healthy", and if the kids don't watch you make it, they won't even know that there's spinach in it!
This recipe for a sweet and creamy Cole Slaw is about as Southern as it gets. It's excellent as a side for pork, brisket, smoked sausage-dogs, chicken, burgers, and sandwiches, or right on top of a pulled-pork BBQ sandwich, Memphis-style. It tastes very similar to the slaw of a certain three-letter chicken place, but I like my version so much better because I know exactly what's in it. ;)
Baked Potatoes can be a boring main meal, and are usually relegated to a side dish in favor of something more exciting front-and-center. These potatoes though, oh man, are so delicious, and can be the perfect main attraction. My mother taught me how to make them and once you've tasted them, you'll never go back. They are coated in olive oil and a heavy layer of sea salt before baking. The sea salt soaks through the skins and imparts a wonderful flavor. The skins are completely edible, and so delicious, that every time I make these, there are clean plates all around. And if you have kids, you know what a feat that is!
If you thought I was done with pizza recipes, we're not even close. ;) If you remember the Super Supreme Pizza recipe I shared, this is similar, but in a deep dish crust. You can really put anything you want on this pizza because the star is the crust; It's easy to whip up with no waiting time for rising. You put it in a cold oven and the crust rises and cooks while the oven pre-heats. So if you're in a hurry and you don't have a batch of this Easy Freezable Pizza Dough thawed, a quick deep dish pizza might be just what you need.
I just made these creamy tomato curry meatballs for dinner last week and they were phenomenal! A little bit spicy (or not, to your taste), a lot creamy, and such a difference from a traditional tomato-based meatball sauce. I got the idea for these from an Indian restaurant staple that I adore: Curried Lamb Balls. But since lamb is not something that I can just pick up from the grocery store in my area, I had to make some substitutions; I used shortcut ingredients and a quickie sauce base that will get these on the table in no time! Since these are not exactly a low-cal choice, I tried to balance it out by serving with a seven whole grain rice and some steamed veggies. You can make sub sandwiches with these, serve them over egg noodles or rice, or add in a sneaky veggie like Cauliflower; The options are endless!
My family loves Chicken and Dumplings...from other places. I've made it a few times, but it was never just right; always too thick or the dumplings just weren't right, so I decided not to overthink it. I was not going to do this totally from scratch again to lackluster reviews, so I used quick, on-hand ingredients, and it turned out wonderfully! Feel free to sub your fresh ingredients; I'll bet it tastes even better.
Easter is a time for family; A time for gathering with the people you love and making memories that will last through the years. In our house, it was always my mother that hosted the holidays. She made sure that our family gathered for every one, that my brothers and our families would always stay close, and we're forever grateful for that. It taught us the importance of family, and of tradition. When she passed, that task fell to me. I can't say that I relish the task of planning and hosting every gathering the way she did. It's a lot of work planning a menu, shopping, cooking for days sometimes, polishing silver, and making sure everything is ready at the same time. Add that to everyday chores, meals, and work, and it sometimes feels impossible. I miss the days when I was a guest, and could just hang out with my siblings, being seated when I was told that everything was ready. I would help clean up when it was over, and that was the extent of my involvement in the holiday meal. I want my guests to feel just as relaxed without leaving me feeling overwhelmed, so over the years I've come up with a few tips and shortcuts to help get the meal on the table without being trapped in the kitchen for days, and I want to share them with you.
One of our favorite dips is a hot and creamy Spinach Artichoke dip served with tortilla chips. I make it pretty often for special nights like movie night or when we have guests come to hang out. I guess I feel like since it's packed with veggies, it's semi-healthy despite all the cheese! This dish just wouldn't be the same without it's topping of Progresso Italian Bread Crumbs. They turn a so-so dish into a winner by giving it an added crumbly texture and and a taste you wouldn't believe! Try the recipe yourself the next time you need a quick and tasty dip, and don't forget to use your coupon for Progresso Bread Crumbs at Publix for a bonus discount on your meal prep!
This is another one of my favorites that my mother used to make, or something like this, and it makes the perfect brunch or lunch dish, as well as a meat-free dinner. She never measured anything, so when I went out on my own, I received loose directions about cooking times, and developed this version by trial and error. This quiche is crumbly, and stuffed to the gills with spinach, tangy Feta, gooey Mozzarella, caramelized onions, garlic, and salty Parmesan. You can also add bacon, chopped ham, sausage, or chicken for a savory kick if you want to change it up.