Simple Dinner Recipes for March

It’s been crockpot central in my new apartment! Between the ribs we loved last month and the recipes I have to share this month, it seems like that’s all we’ve been doing! 

But seriously, crock pot meals are just so simple! Most take 15 minutes or less to prep and then they cook while you work, do your errands, clean the house, etc. I love it! 

I have two recipes to share this month that were very easy but with delicious results. Check them out and let me know what you think!

Easy Crockpot Carnitas – Or as my boyfriend calls them “real tacos”. (Apparently to him, ground beef doesn’t constitute real tacos. Pshaw). But I will say these were so yummy! A nice citrus flavor that’s filling and refreshing. There were no good avocados at the store so we swapped it out for corn and shredded cheese. I’d also suggest squeezing a little extra lime juice when assembling your taco – a great kick of flavor! 

Cider Soaked Pulled Chicken – We’ve been on a cider kick lately so I was really excited when I found a recipe that incorporates the delicious crisp flavor. We used a more watery BBQ sauce than recommended so ours came out a little soggy, but we’re excited to try it again with a little less sauce! 

What recipes have you all tried lately? I’ll be sharing one of my own soon! 🙂 

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Favorite Recipe Sites

As I mentioned earlier this week, we’ve been cooking at home a lot lately. One thing I’ve been having lots of fun doing is looking up new and interesting recipes to try. I’m not the bravest when it comes to trying new things, but there are so many free recipes available that there’s something for everyone!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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AllRecipes has lots of great ideas, most of which have been reviewed by users. The comments are a great way to find twists and changes to the recipes that might make it more appealing to you.

Cooking Light has long been a favorite of my mom’s. While they do have a magazine you can purchase, there are also lots of free recipes on their site.

Taste of Home is a user based website, which is great because the recipes come from people like you and me. None of that fancy chef talk you don’t understand!

Pinterest is a favorite of mine, as always. I love the ease of searching the boards and the visuals are always great. Plus they have suggestions to fine tune your search and help you find exactly what you’re looking for!

What are some of your favorite recipe sites? There are so many out there. I can’t wait to try more!

Simple Dinner Recipes

Sorry for the inconsistency in posting lately, friends! Moving, unpacking and shoveling have taken over my life these past few weeks!

Speaking of moving, one of the goals my boyfriend and I have in living together is to limit how often we eat out and to eat dinner together several times a week. He works a strange schedule, so we each eat alone a few nights a week. So we have been making recipes with 4 servings and eating the leftovers for lunch at work or dinner when we’re home alone. So far, so good!

I thought it would be fun to share a few recipes we’ve liked so far and I’m hoping to share a few each month. Since it’s still early in the month, I only have two to share right now, but I’ll have more next month!

1. Shrimp Cobb Salad – this was our first recipe in our new home! The shrimp is absolutely delicious and I found the dressing to be really refreshing.

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2. Paleo Stuffed Green Peppers – one thing I’m trying to cut down on is carbs, so this recipe which uses vegetables instead of rice is a great alternative. We also sprinkled a bit of shredded cheese on the top. This was filling and delicious!

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Anyone else have recipes to share? We’re looking to build our own little recipe book to try!

Triple Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

I tried a new cookie recipe, suggested by a coworker, this New Year’s Eve and they were a big hit! Of course, I forgot to take a picture of them but I promise they are delicious 🙂 /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/60f/60067433/files/2015/01/img_2810.jpg

Ingredients
1 box of Devil’s Food cake mix
1/3 cup oil
2 large eggs
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350° F. Simply mix all of the ingredients by hand. I found it easier to mix the cake mix, oil and eggs together first then add in the chocolate chips.

Scoop in one inch balls onto lined cookie sheets. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Recipe makes between two and three dozen cookies.

If you want, you could change up the ingredients and use peanut butter chips, mint chips, white chocolate chips, nuts, etc.

I love cake mix cookie recipes and I can’t wait to try more. They’re so simple and delicious!

Easy Dessert Recipes

The holiday season is a season of baking for me. I love trying out new recipes but I have a few simple go-to’s that are always a hit. If you’re scrambling to find a good cookie recipe, check out my favorites: /home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/60f/60067433/files/2014/12/img_2759.jpg
Chocolate Chip Cookies – You can never go wrong with these. They’re a classic recipe that just about everyone loves.

Funfetti Cookies – A super simple recipe that makes about two dozen cookies. You can even see if they have the “holiday” cake mix!

Red Velvet Cookies (pictured above) – Festive, right? You can also change up the toppings to include your favorites!

If none of these tickle your fancy, check out this list from AllRecipes.com or these 5 ingredients or less recipes on Food.com. There are few on each that are on my to-try-soon list!

Happy baking and merry Christmas, friends!

NutriBullet – Initial Review

I have never been a huge health nut but I’ve been trying to make small but impactful lifestyle changes on the road to living a healthier life. One of my biggest struggles lately is that I definitely don’t get enough fruits (or veggies) on a daily basis. After trying out different ideas and talking to friends, I decided to take a step in the right direction by purchasing a personal sized blender.

I did a lot of research on blenders, looking at the Magic Bullet, NutriBullet and Vitamix. After comparing prices and all the available options, I made a decision – the NutriBullet!

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I’ve had my NutriBullet for a little over a month now, and while I’m still getting used to it, I am really liking it so far. Here are some of my thoughts:

Pros
• Easy to Clean – one of the things I hated about my previous traditional blender was that it was very difficult to get clean. With the NutriBullet, everything washes very easily and all of the pieces (except the blades) are dishwasher safe.
• Size – I’ve read some complaints about not being able to make multiple smoothies with the NutriBullet. Which is true, you can’t. But I purchased this as a personal sized blender since I’m almost always making one just for myself. I love that I only make one serving at a time so I don’t have to worry about wasting ingredients or storing mixed smoothies.

Cons
• Frozen Fruit – whenever I try to use fruit right out of the freezer, the blade gets stuck and nothing blends. I’ve taken to running the fruit under warm water beforehand and that seems to work.
• Cups – the normal package only comes with two small cups and one tall cup. When you’re making a smoothie every day, this can get frustrating because you’re constantly cleaning the cups. I know I can buy more, but they’re pretty expensive!

IMG_2400.JPGA berry smoothie – yum!

Overall I’m very happy with my purchase. I feel like the price was right on point and I’m excited to use it more and see what else it can do!

Do you have a NutriBullet? What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?

Candy Corn Cookies

Believe it or not, Halloween is just over a week away! Check out this festive cookie recipe I recently came up with using a fall classic – candy corn!

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FYI – this recipe is almost identical to my chocolate chip cookie recipe. Only difference? Replace chocolate chips with a mixture of white chocolate chips and candy corn!

Ingredients:
3/4 c – granulated sugar
3/4 c – brown sugar, packed
2 sticks – butter, softened
1 tsp – vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cup – white flour
1 tsp – salt
1 tsp – baking soda
1/2 c white chocolate chips
Bag of candy corn

Steps:
*Preheat oven to 375°F
1. Add sugar, brown sugar and butter. Beat well.
2. Add vanilla. Beat well.
3. While beating, add each egg separately.
4. While still beating, add flour, salt and baking soda. Be sure to add the flour slowly so it doesn’t explode back at you!
5. Add white chocolate chips
6. Scoop the dough in small 1-inch balls onto lined cookie sheets. You should end up with 3-4 dozen cookies. Be sure to keep them away from the edges, in case the candy melts (see next step!)
7. Add 2-5 candy corn pieces to the top of each cookie dough ball. Try to keep them towards the middle, as the candy tends to melt and make a mess!
8. Bake at 375°F for about ten minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Happy (almost) Halloween! 👻🎃🍫