Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

Creamy Green Bean Casserole From Scratch, with fresh baby bella mushrooms and a cheesy breadcrumb topping. This casserole is made with real ingredients (no canned soup here) and is a delicious addition to your holiday meal. I've never been much of a green bean casserole person. The green bean filling, the crispy fried onion topping... none of it really appealed to me. I much prefer broccoli casserole when it comes to vegetable side dishes at holiday meals. Last year, I shared my recipe for Broccoli Casserole From Scratch. The recipe quickly became a reader favorite, which got me thinking. If people are looking for a from scratch, no canned soup broccoli casserole recipe, maybe you'd like ... [Continue Reading]

Classic Pumpkin Pie

An easy recipe for Classic Pumpkin Pie. Even with a homemade pie crust, this holiday pie takes just 30 minutes to prep! Over the years, I've made many a pumpkin pie recipe. I used to follow a recipe where you had to beat the egg whites separately from the yolks and then carefully fold them into the filling. It was delicious, but a lot of work. I've made recipes where you cook the filling on the stove and then cook it again in the pie crust in the oven. These same recipes also call for prebaking the pie crust with pie weights before baking it again with the pumpkin filling. You know what? None of that is really necessary when it comes to baking a pumpkin pie worthy of your holiday table. ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Garlic Salmon and Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

This 30 minute meal is about as easy as it gets! Delicious roasted vegetables and honey garlic salmon all cook together on one pan! We are getting into what is, for many, one of the busiest times of year. When I think about all of the holiday preparations that are do be done in the next two months, I mostly feel excited because I love this time of year. But I do feel a little overwhelmed when I think about shopping for gifts. Choosing the perfect present for everyone on my list stresses me out! I'm determined to get my shopping done early this year... but I say that most years and so far it has yet to happen. ;) With all of the holiday festivities (and food!) that are to come, easy and ... [Continue Reading]

Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

This Healthy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole is made in the crock pot, saving you valuable oven space. A secret ingredient and a little honey sweeten this side dish, making it much healthier than the traditional version! November is officially here which means... Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! I love Thanksgiving. This time of year brings so many of my favorite things: time with family, crisp afternoon walks, colorful leaves, hot spiced tea, and, of course, comforting favorite foods. When it comes to our Thanksgiving meal, my family has our traditional favorites that we make every year. We'll sometimes try a variation on our favorite recipes or add in a new side dish or ... [Continue Reading]

Quinoa Enchilada Stuffed Delicata Squash

Raise your hand if you love easy, healthy dinner recipes, especially with an enchilada twist. Me too! This Quinoa Enchilada Stuffed Delicata Squash is a dinnertime favorite! Black beans and quinoa provide lots of protein in this meatless meal. One of my personal favorite recipes is my Quinoa and Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole. Judging by its popularity, it's a reader favorite too. I guess you guys love healthy takes on enchiladas as much as I do! After our recent farm box delivery, we found ourselves with an abundance of squash. The butternut squash is destined for this Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, but the delicata squash? After eating a ton of it simply roasted as a side ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Pecan Baked Oatmeal

This Pumpkin Pecan Baked Oatmeal is a healthy and delicious way to eat your oats!  It's a great make-ahead breakfast and keeps well for a few days in the refrigerator. What are your feelings about leftovers? Me? I'm a big fan. I'm happy to eat the same thing three days in a row if it means I get a break from cooking. I love to cook – you wouldn't be reading this if I didn't – but it's not like cooking is the only thing I have to do, you know? When dinner time is near and my kids are hungry and asking for attention I'd rather focus my energy on them. Especially on weeknights when we get home from work and school and head straight into homework, dinner, bath, books, and bed. Usually when I ... [Continue Reading]

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

This Slow Cooker Apple Crisp is cooked entirely in the crock pot! This easy dessert is bursting with juicy apples, brown sugar, and a buttery oat crumble topping. My slow cooker has been working overtime lately. On Tuesday, I used it to make my third batch (in two weeks!) of this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp. As soon as that was done, I washed out my slow cooker insert and immediately got started on a batch of slow cooker turkey chili. Tuesday was a day full of delicious food, with lots of leftovers to get us through the rest of the week! I'm embracing fall flavors in my kitchen, even though the fall weather I've requested hasn't arrived quite yet. :) I'm always amazed at the variety of ... [Continue Reading]

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells with Brown Butter Alfredo Sauce

The creamy butternut filling for these stuffed pasta shells is lightened up with a secret ingredient.  Plus, brown butter alfredo sauce!  Need I say more? It's the middle of October, and I am ready for the fall season. This past week it was in the high 80's most days, and I know I shouldn't be complaining about this. California weather is certainly nothing to complain about. But I'm ready to feel a chill in the air, ready to wear boots and sweaters, ready to spend afternoons snuggling in and drinking hot cocoa with the kids. This weekend was a tiny bit better, as there was a breeze in the air and our high temperatures were in the 70's rather than the 80's. I've been craving soup lately, ... [Continue Reading]