Last weekend, I had a birthday party on my agenda. Not for anyone my age, but a little princess that turned one! Aside from the sweet treats all over the place (that I literally indulged in after… why are cake pops the best things ever?!), there was taco salad to munch on. It’s been a while since I’ve had it and I totally forgot how much I’ve missed it. Since I vow for one meatless meal a week, I thought this would be the perfect dish to mix it up a bit. You know, sub a little tofu for ground beef? And it’s a plus when my boyfriend totally digs it too!
This season has given me a case of the winter blues… lack of sunlight and lack of warmth. Luckily, flavor isn’t lacking in any department. Cue the salivating right… now.
I love fajitas – they’re definitely one of my go-tos when I’m out at a Mexican restaurant. I mean, really good fajitas. Fresh veggies, flavorful chicken and… you know. But, what ultimately makes a good fajita great? Spice, and lots of it! I’m convinced that my taste buds are on another level where they simply cannot detect if something is hot vs mild, which means I am not the person to ask if a dish is “too spicy” or not. Sorry babe. A couple months ago, I invested in a cast iron skillet. Ideally it was for one specific recipe, but in reality it’s an essential kitchen piece. The best part about it is the versatility and convenience of going straight from the stove top to the oven – and that’s what this Spicy Chicken Fajita Skillet is all about!
I don’t know about you, but creamy + any type of pasta is an absolute indulgence on a frigid cold night. The temperatures have been climbing down the ladder lately, and it leaves me wanting to curl up in a pile of blankets… and do nothing. Unfortunately, it’s back to reality! The past two days have been moving in slow motion so the last thing I wanted to do was slave away in the kitchen. Luckily, this Creamy Mushroom Alfredo comes together pretty quickly; and effortlessly, I might add.
Sometimes you’re just over the entire day, and all you really want to do is go home and indulge; am I right? I’ve been getting that feeling a lot lately. I’ve also been eating a lot of pasta lately, too! So, Lasagna isn’t really one of my go-tos… not really a favorite of mine. But this creamy lasagna soup seriously hit it out of the ball park! I don’t think I’ll ever make layered lasagna ever again. But really…
Wow, first let me say that I sincerely apologize for being M.I.A. for the past couple of weeks! Seriously though, the holidays have been in and out and back in again like crazy. Post Thanksgiving dinner, my cousin, brother and I rampaged out and about to get some Black Friday steals… and I’m pretty happy with my purchases! Since then, I’ve been spending like crazy for the upcoming holiday season. But even more, I’ve been running around like a little elf and wrapping presents like I have my own workshop. Luckily, I’ve still had some time to make a delicious meal.
Thanksgiving is one of my most favorite holidays of the year – literally top three! I mean, who doesn’t love spending time with family, loved ones and… lots of food. And as much as I love shopping, the whole Black Friday starting as early as 5pm on Thanksgiving day is NOT something I approve. It just takes away from the true meaning of the holiday, and has everyone preoccupied on the wrong things. Mini rant over. A couple weeks ago, I was watching the Food Network (best channel ever) and just so happens it was A Barefoot Thanksgiving with Ina Garten and Bobby Flay! Can you imagine the feast you’d indulge in having those two at your dinner party?
So, you know what happened today? It snowed. Okay, light drizzle of snow or sleet – but I’m still considering it snow. WHY? Does that mean that winter is upon us? Not a happy camper over here… The other day I made this super warm, comforting and yummy veggie quinoa bake that just hunkered in my stomach like my body is with blankets right now! With the week I’ve had, a super easy casserole dish was on the top of my list. A colorful dish is always my favorite dish because that means it’s loaded with veggies (my favorite). And, green is totally the way to go!
This weekend took a toll on my body – from food to festivities! Yeah… pizza, jalapeño poppers, hash browns, and ice cream – among many others! That said, I truly had a lazy Sunday filled with a lot of lounging around and cooking up a nice blend of flavors in the kitchen. But instead of slaving away all day, I went with one of my favorite Sunday bites: soup.
Did you know that I gave up red meat? Yep, a new thing I’m trying. It’s not that hard because I really don’t eat it much in the first place; and burgers I’m usually a turkey gal. But to be honest, veggie burgers of any sort are actually my favorite! Some people don’t like them because of the texture – that’s actually what I really like about them.