Breakfast/ Dessert

Croissant Bread Pudding with Bourbon Butter Sauce

First things first. If you are currently eating light or on a no-carb kick, allow me to apologize in advance. However, if you are looking something indulgent and delicious that’s also a showstopper, this is it.

So, this recipe came about because I bought an insane amount of croissants at one of those big box stores. The thought was that I would make breakfast sandwiches out of them for the boys, because they love them. Well a week and a half of busy mornings that didn’t lend itself to making said sandwiches, left me with a bunch of croissants that were about to go stale. What’s a mom to do? Eat all of them myself? (I considered that) but the better answer was to repurpose them.

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Arroz con Pollo (Spanish Rice with Chicken)

Arroz con pollo. Rice with Chicken. Either way you say it, it is GOOD. This is a traditional Puerto Rican dish and something I ate often growing up.  This is a good one to add to you weekly meals for a few reasons. It gives some new flavor updating to your traditional chicken dish. It’s a one-pot wonder (the less dishes the better, amirite?) and lastly it comes together pretty quickly which is perfect when you come home from work and don’t wish to spend the majority of your evening in the kitchen.

I don’t know about you, but I have episodes of Parks and Recreation and Modern Family I need to sit and watch for the millionth time. (Priorities!)

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Mussels in Garlic Butter & Wine Sauce | Mussels

Happy Saturday everyone!  So today I wanted to share a recipe that I have been kind of obsessed with lately.  A month or so ago a friend of mine took me to one of their favorite seafood restaurants.  Since it was his choice I let him order all of our food.  One of the dishes on the menu that he was adamant I try was the steamed mussels.  Now…I consider myself a pretty adventurous person when it comes to food, I’ll try most things at least once.  However, up until now I couldn’t bring myself to eat a mussel.  There is a quote that goes, “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster” I mean…look at them? I think the same thing can be said for mussels, let’s be honest, they’re not very visually appealing but listen…looks can be oh so deceiving.

So, my friend orders this mussels dish I try one and I immediately go from someone who was apprehensive about eating mussels to being utterly obsessed with them! Lol, no joke. I am not ashamed to say (well, maybe I’m a little ashamed to say) that after that meal, I went back to the restaurant three times within two weeks just to have them. They were that good.

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Toasted Coconut Pancakes

Toasted coconut pancakes

Cheers to the weekend! I love Saturday mornings, well I love the ones when I don’t have much to do. This particular morning we’re taking it easy at my house and enjoying that fall is finally peeking its head out here in “Hotlanta”.

With crisp fall air come a cozy morning indoors enjoying a delicious breakfast of hot coffee and pancakes from scratch. These pancakes have a little extra something with toasted coconut. Now I know coconut is something that make most people feel warm and tropical, but to be fair, here in Atlanta it’s cool in the mornings, but still 80 degrees by the afternoon, so I feel this hybrid is totally appropriate.

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Dinner/ Vegetarian

Simple Chickpea Curry | Vegan

On this episode of Meatless Monday, I have a meal that’s not only vegetarian, but vegan too. Over the summer, I tried veganism for a few weeks, and this was one of my favorite go-to recipes.  Although it is a major readjustment, I didn’t mind the completely plant-based diet. As someone who loves vegetables anyway, I enjoyed the challenge of being creative and discovering new ways to prepare them.

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Dinner/ Vegetarian

Easy Baked Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan

In an effort to eat more vegetable based meals, I have decided to make at least one vegetarian meal a week for dinner. A “Meatless Monday” if you will. So, naturally to start this new endeavor I decided to make my inaugural Meatless Monday a vegetarian dish that is coated in crunchy breadcrumbs and smothered in delicious marinara sauce and completely covered in gooey mozzarella cheese. Baby steps.

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Soups & Stews

Broccoli & Cheddar Cheese Soup

So, summer is officially over (well, technically the last day of summer is September 22nd) but after Labor Day I think its safe to say that we fold up our swimsuits, throw on a turtleneck and dive into a big pool of pumpkin spice. Or, in other words, accept it’s time for fall.

My form of acceptance is kicking of the start of the season with a big pot of soup. I love soup and one of my favorites is this Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Soup. It’s thick and creamy with a hint of nutmeg, perfect for a lazy weekend and even better to bring for lunch the next day.

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Lunch/ Vegetarian

Sweet Potato Fries with Cajun Fry Sauce

French fries are one of my favorite foods. I mean, it may border on addiction but that’s a conversation for another day. So, keeping to the old adage “all things in moderation” I try to find better alternatives for my beloved french fried potatoes whenever I can.

That’s where these sweet little darlings come in. Starting with sweet potatoes that are a great source of vitamin C as well as other nutrients. We’re also gonna skip the oil and grease by baking these without losing any of the flavor.

But wait, there’s more!

Let’s add a kicked up fry sauce with a little cajun spice for good measure.

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