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Enchilada Recipes – Easy & Flavorful Recipes Featuring Enchiladas

Spicy and flavorful fillings wrapped in a corn tortilla and drizzled with a savory sauce – everyone loves enchiladas. These tasty enchilada recipes are easy to make and will have your family asking for them again and again., Enchilada recipes for dinner anyone? When I go to our favorite Mexican restaurant, I almost always choose…

Pizza Stuffed Peppers

Pizza stuffed peppers

One of my favorite week night hearty meals, when I feel like spending a bit of time on a recipe is stuffed peppers. This recipe for pizza stuffed peppers takes a normal meat stuffing to a new level by mixing in your favorite pizza toppings to the stuffing mixture. One of the great things about…

Garlic Lemon Roasted Shrimp

Garlic Lemon Roasted Shrimp

This recipe for garlic lemon roasted shrimp could not be easier to make. The flavor is tart and refreshing and it’s a quick and easy meal that will become a family favorite. My husband and daughter love shrimp recipes and like to eat them often.  I am always looking for new and (hopefully) easy appetizers.…

PALEO MONGOLIAN BEEF

Paleo Mongolian Beef

If you follow a Paleo diet and like Asian foods, this Paleo Mongolian Beef recipe is the perfect choice.  It features thin strips of beef in a deliciously tasty sauce that will become an often cooked recipe and one of your family’s favorites. Best of all? It’s one of my 30 minute meals! Paleo Mongolian…

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Easy Beef Stroganoff, on the table in 30 minutes!

Looking for 30 minute meals that just scream comfort food?  I have you covered! This 30 minute easy beef stroganoff recipe is a real favorite with my family.  It is rich and hearty and perfect for a night when the days begin to get shorter and are much cooler. I love it because it only takes…

Bistro Style French Potatoes Gratin Dauphinois

Bistro Style French Potatoes Gratin Dauphinois

We are having oven baked lamb chops tonight for my husband’s birthday and I decided to make this dish to go along with the chops.  The recipe is a French classic called French Potatoes Gratin Dauphinois. Gratin Potatoes is a simple recipe but getting the flavors and textures, as well as the rich sauce just…

Mild chicken curry

Easy and delicious mild chicken curry

My husband is a huge fan of Indian curries and I am as well.  But when we go to our local restaurant, it’s hard for us to share dishes because he loves quite spicy Indian foods and I love them mild. This recipe is a compromise. It is mild which pleases me, but the delicious…

Easy Pizza Pasta Casserole

Easy Pizza Pasta Casserole

This easy pizza pasta casserole recipe is one that will have the whole family come running.  The spicy sliced pepperoni provides the zip in this casserole and also gives it the pizza name.  Perfect for busy week nights, this recipe is so easy to do and comes together quickly.  It’s almost as fast as making…

Delicious Potato Cheddar Soup with Bacon

Rich and Cfreamy Bacon Cheddar Potato Soup

This hearty potato and cheddar soup is a perfect choice for cool fall evenings.  Be sure to use a good quality cheese.  It is important for the dish’s full bodied flavor. This soup is one of my favorite one pot meals. I like chunks of potato in my soup. For a creamier soup, puree the…

Honey Mustard Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast

Pecan Crusted Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts

We have chicken several times a week and I am always looking for new and different ways to prepare it.  This recipe for honey mustard pecan crusted chicken breasts if full of flavor and baked in the oven so the fat content is lower than if you had prepared it on the stove top. The…

Curried Chicken Shepherd’s Pie

Curried Chicken Shepherd's Pie

It is going to be cold here in Raleigh overnight.  We even got some snow, yesterday which is rare for here.  When the weather is cool like this, I am in the mood for hearty food. And nothing says homemade and hearty like a good shepherd’s pie. And add some curry to the ingredients and…

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Applesauce & Vegetables

The veggies browned beautifully!

This slow cooker pork roast with applesauce and vegetables is a very easy recipe that tastes just amazing.  The pork has a sweet rosemary mustard sauce that compliments the applesauce beautifully for a wonderful fall meal Ahh…the wonders of crock pot recipes.  No other kitchen appliance can make a dinner with hardly any preparation at all…

Cabbage Wraps with Cranberries & Chicken

Cabbage wraps with Cranberries and Chicken

This is the time of the year when cranberries are so readily available.  It’s the perfect time to put them to good use with these cabbage wraps with cranberries and chicken. These wraps are light, tasty and one of my favorite 30 minute meals. (or less!) Even though I love these wraps, for the times when…

French Bread Pizzas

French bread pizzas

Brrrr…it’s cold here in Raleigh. Time for one of my 30 minute meals that will hit the spot. The temps are down to about 9 degrees overnight and that is nothing whatsoever like normal for us here.  So, I need something filling and warm and comforting.  I decided to make corn chowder but wanted a…

Salisbury Steak – Easy Beefy Comfort Food Amish Recipe

Amish Salisbury Steak

This Amish Salisbury steak recipe is inexpensive and easy to prepare.  A simple herb gravy tops patties of ground beef for a week night comfort food meal. This classic Amish country meal idea is an oldie but goodie at our house. The traditional Salisbury steak recipe, done Amish style.  Delicious flavor!  What is not to…

Slow Cooker Herbed Apricot Pork Loin Roast

This slow cooker herbed apricot pork loin roast tastes like you spent hours tending it, when the crock pot really did all the work for you. Short on time in the morning but want to use your slow cooker?  Just 5 minutes of preparation is all you need for this delicious pork roast. Just mix…

Ziti Pasta with Asparagus & Mushrooms

Ziti Pasta with Mushrooms & Asparagus

My daughter visited for the Christmas holidays this year and she is a vegan. We were planning on having ham for Christmas dinner, and she could not eat this, so I wanted some tasty side dishes that she could enjoy.   This recipe for Ziti Pasta with Asparagus and Mushrooms was her favorite.  She said “I…

Beef Broccoli & Couscous Stir Fry

Beef Broccoli & Spinach Stir fry

This beef broccoli stir fry is a great way to use up left over steak or roast beef.  It is a tasty 30 minute meal that will make you think you are at your favorite Chinese restaurant. It is rare for me to make steak or roast beef without having some left over beef.  I’m…

Shrimp Pasta with Broccoli and Mushrooms

This tasty shrimp pasta recipe has a healthy does of broccoli and mushrooms to add flavor and keep the calories down.Recipe from The Gardening Cook Ingredients 2 tsp olive oil 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 2 tbsp Earth Balance Buttery spread ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper 3 cups vegetable stock ½ lb…

Chicken Thighs in Honey wine Sauce

Chicken Thighs in a honey wine sauce

This recipe for Chicken Thighs in Red Wine Sauce has one of the tastiest sauces that I have ever eaten with Chicken.  It is just full of flavor and the honey is just a touch, so it is not too sweet. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Chicken Thighs in Honey wine Sauce The recipe is fairly…

Grilled Rosemary Balsamic Steak Recipe

Grilled Rosemary Balsamic Steak

We barbecue every Saturday night at our house, rain or shine, summer or winter.  My husband does the grill and I prepare the side dishes.  (easy ones – it gives me a sort of night off from cooking once a week.) This week grilled balsamic steak with fresh rosemary is going on the grill. Be…

Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Eggplant parmesan

Ingredients   1 large eggplant (1-1/2 lb.), ends trimmed, peeled and cut crosswise into 6 slices 1 tsp salt 1 egg, beaten 1 pkg. (6 oz.) Fresh Take Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Recipe Cheese Breadcrumb Mix 1 jar (24 oz.) Newman’s own marinara sauce 1/2 lb. spaghetti, uncooked

Easy Shrimp Alfredo with Spinach & Tomatoes

This Easy Shrimp Alfredo is perfect for the busiest of busy nights. It’s ready in about 15 minutes and looks as though you spent hours on it.  Since it is a busy time of the year for me with all the Christmas things that need doing, I love a tasty meal that looks and tastes…

Easy Baked Salmon Recipe

Easy Baked Salmon Recipe

I have to admit it.  I am not much of a fish person.  I’ve tried almost every variety and just don’t find them that appealing.  My exceptions are salmon, swordfish and any fish that is freshly caught. (then I love it!) Printable Recipe:  Easy Baked Salmon This recipe for grilled salmon is easy to do,…