Cold Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Onions

You can either use regular store bought italian dressing, or you can make your own, which I did include the recipe below.  Ingredients shown in picture does not have everything – it’s missing the pasta used, tomatoes, onions and other spices for the italian dressing recipe because I ended up combining two different recipes together…

Chicken, Shrimp, Kielbasa Alfredo Pasta

I am a huge alfredo fan – however, I am not a fan of the canned sauces.  The more you add to the sauce, the more preparation you need – keep that in mind!  For this recipe, I only did a single batch of sauce and split it amongst the two noodles separately once they…

Homemade Taco Sauce

If you are like me, you try to make anything you can, at home.  This helps control what actually goes into the food you eat!  Original recipe is at the bottom.  I did modify it since I didn’t have cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes and ended up leaving the water out. Ingredients: 1-15oz. can…

Sloppy Joes – a ‘meatless’ and meat version!

We love having sloppy joes for dinner and I grew up with my parents always using the mix out of a can.  When I moved out, I learned of a homemade version and that’s what I use now.  The original recipe I’ll share at the bottom, since I did modify that one to fit the…

Egg & Vegetable Casserole

With trying to eat healthier breakfasts, I decided to make an egg and vegetable casserole.  This recipe inspiration came from a couple different recipes.  Grab any other vegetables that you’d like!  I would have added mushrooms if we had some at the house. You’ll need a 2 quart baking dish for this. Time to cook…

Greek Yogurt Mac & Cheese

I love mac & cheese – however, I am not a fan of all the calories.  I was looking more so for a higher protein style to make, which the original recipe will be at the bottom since I did modify this one a little.  Next time, I’ll most likely boil the full box and…

Smothered Crockpot Pork Chops

If you love pork chops, especially if they are tender, this is a great recipe to make in the crockpot with either boneless or bone-in pork chops!  Original recipe is linked at the bottom. Depending on the thickness of the pork chops, it could take anywhere from 4-6 hours on low. Ingredients: 1 oz. packet…

Healthier Spinach Artichoke Dip

I’ve always been a fan of spinach artichoke dip, but have not ever made it myself… until now!  I’ll post the original recipe at the bottom, since I did modify a couple ingredients. Ingredients: 8 oz low fat cream cheese (softened at room temperature) 1 frozen bag of spinach (what you see in the picture…

Homemade Hamburger Helper

I was asked last night if we could do hamburger helper.  Since I am trying to limit the amount of processed foods, there was none of that in our pantry… so I found a recipe that I modified a bit to make our own.  Original recipe is at the bottom.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 lb burger…

Black Bean Burgers/Meatballs

I am not one that likes black beans – however, I was looking for recipes with the excess cans I have.  With the meat prices going up, I wanted to find another alternative as well.  I absolutely love this recipe though and wanted to share! One part I want to note is that it’s best…

Venison Bourbon Bites

If you are a fan of venison and love bourbon, this is a great recipe to try! Ingredients:  Venison steak/roast  (ours was maybe 1 1/2 lbs)  1/2 cup Bourbon (any kind)  1 TBSP maple syrup  2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar  2 TBSP butter  1/4 tsp red pepper flakes  1 TBSP chives (optional)  1 small onion…

Rice Supreme

If you love rice and want to try a different recipe, this is definitely a good one to make.  I used basmati rice, but you can use jasmine rice instead.  I’m not sure how this would turn out with brown rice or any other type of rice. Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef 1 lb sausage…