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Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

The Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh! These original glazed donuts are light and chewy and a good way to get anyone out of bed in the morning.

Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

 

Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts are the original glazed yeast raised doughnut that made Krispy Kreme famous. I’ve been known to make the detour when the “HOT” sign is on at Krispy Kreme but since I can make them at home I’ve become immune to the pull of the brightly lit signs.

This donut recipe is going to take you straight to that feeling you get, the moment walk into a Krispy Kreme shop and the “HOT NOW” neon light is on, telling you a fresh batch of chewy donuts has just been pulled out of the oven.

Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

Imagine, when you first open the door, you’re hit by the smell of sugar caramelizing. The sweet smell of the donuts frying is almost reminiscent of a county fair. But underneath the sweetness, you find the scent of fresh yeast that has been working hard at putting pockets of air in the donuts so they are perfectly puffy and chewy.

EACH BITE IS SWEET, CHEWY AND INCREDIBLY IRRESISTIBLE

Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

You might next see the counter lined with donuts — some proofed and ready to be added into the fryer, others on the cooling rack having just been transformed into a glistening golden color, and others shiny from the glaze as it hardens and sets.

I suspect you’ll reach for a donut next, and at that point, the glaze will stick to your fingers, tempting you to take a bite of the fresh donut. Once you take a bite, you’ll revel in the chewiness of the donut, as it compresses with each bite you take.

In between bites, you might just smack your lips to lick the glaze off, and when you’re done with the last bite, I’m sure I’ll hear you licking the last remnants of the glaze off your fingers.

Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

 

It works! With just a couple of adjustments, these Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts are a GREAT copycat, not perfect mind you as part of the magic lies in their air pressurized extruders, but if you are looking to make this recipe at home, you need to go no further. These doughnuts are best right after the glaze dries!

Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

Original Glazed Donuts (Krispy Kreme Recipe Copycat)

The Original Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts you know and love and now you can make them at home and eat them fresh! These original glazed donuts are light and chewy and a good way to get anyone out of bed in the morning.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Donut
Cuisine American
Servings 18 donuts
Calories 292 kcal

Ingredients
  

FOR THE DONUTS

  • 4 1/4 cups bread flour 535 grams (plus more for rolling out the dough)
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon instant quick-rise yeast (7 grams) (one packet)
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk 300 milliliters
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter 113 grams - melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar 50g
  • oil for frying

FOR THE GLAZE

  • 1/2 cup milk 120 milliliters
  • 4 cups powdered sugar 500 grams
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

TO MAKE THE DONUTS

  • In a medium bowl, heat the milk in the microwave until it is warm to the touch, about 45 seconds. Add in the yeast and give it gentle stir. Let the mixture sit until there is some foam on top, about 5 minutes.
  • Using a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, beat together the yeast mixture, the eggs, butter, sugar and salt until combined. Add in about half of the flour and mix until combined. Add in the remaining flour and mix until combined. During the mixing process, you may need to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. If the dough is too wet to handle, add in flour 1 tablespoon at a time. Cover the bowl with a large kitchen towel, and leave it in a warm place to let it rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  • When the dough is done rising, pour it onto a well-floured surface and roll it to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut the donuts with a donut cutter, or with 2 different sized round cookie cutters (the large cutter should be about 3-inches in diameter). Save the donut holes. Knead scraps together, being careful not to overwork the dough, and repeat the process of rolling it out and cutting the donuts.
  • Place the cut donuts on parchment paper, leaving room to rise between each one. (TIP: I place each donut on an individual piece of parchment paper, so it is easy to transfer into the hot oil for frying. See picture.) Cover the donuts with a kitchen towel and let them rise in a warm place until they are puffed up, about 45 minutes.
  • About 15 minutes before the donuts are done rising, heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy-bottomed pot to 375°F/190°C. Place cooling racks on top of sheets of paper towels parchment paper, or line plates with paper towels.
  • When the donuts are ready and the oil is hot, carefully add the donuts to the oil, a few at a time without overcrowding your deep-fryer or pot. (TIP: I find that it is easier to place the entire parchment paper in the oil with the donuts, so I don't accidentally "stretch" out the donuts. Once the donuts are in the oil, you can easily remove the parchment paper with tongs.) When the bottom of the donuts are golden, about 45 seconds, flip the donuts over using a spatula. Cook until the other side is also golden. Donut holes will cook quicker. Remove donuts with a tong or slotted spatula, and place on the prepared racks or plates. Repeat with the remaining donuts, making sure to keep the oil at the right temperature.

TO MAKE THE GLAZE

  • In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, milk and salt until smooth. If you prefer a thinner glaze on the donuts, add in more milk one teaspoon at a time.

TO SERVE

  • Place a cooling rack on top of paper towels or parchment paper for easy clean up.
  • Dip one side of the fried donuts into the glaze. Flip the donut over using a fork. Carefully transfer the glazed donut to the prepared cooking rack. The glaze will slowly drip off the donuts as it sets. Repeat with remaining donuts.

Notes

Donut recipe adapted from Mark Bittman on The New York Times.
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asian recipes/ chicken recipes/ dinner recipes

Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are perfectly sweet and savory at the same time! Better than take-out, try this dish for a finger-licking good meal! Everything you’d ever want in a chicken wing, plus they’re baked, not fried!

Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

They are my guilty pleasure! They are flavorful, fun to eat, and they make for a good appetizer, just like Crispy Potato Wedges, BLT Potato Salad, and Pear Salad! Serve this dish along with these other recipes and you get yourself a nice quick meal!

This Honey Garlic Chicken Wings recipe requires no frying, unlike other recipes. In this recipe, the chicken wings are seasoned and baked to perfection, then, tossed in a sweet and savory sauce.

 

What comes out are tender pieces that are moist on the inside and perfectly caramelized and sticky on the outside. They make for a great finger food which you can snack on or turn into a complete meal by pairing with carbs and fiber.

Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

Unlike breasts, this part of the chicken is easier to cook as it dries out much slower. Also, though the breasts have fewer calories, the wings have more flavor, thanks to the fat content. A piece has roughly around 43 calories, with 36% attributed to fat.

Aside from that, it contains zero carbs and the rest of the calories are attributed to protein.

How to make honey garlic sauce:

This is quite easy! All you need to do is combine all the sauce ingredients in a pan. Allow the mixture to boil and then, let it simmer steadily over lower heat for about 10 minutes until it thickens.

Remove it from the heat when it starts to coat the back of a spoon. Set it aside until later use.

How to make honey garlic chicken wings

Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

  • Prep the oven: Preheat it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperature is needed to crisp up the chicken.
  • Season: Get the wings and pat them dry completely. Season them with the spices and seasonings listed in the
  • recipe card below, then, brush them with olive oil.
  • Bake: Bake them for about 35 minutes, turning them at the 20th-minute mark to cook evenly on both sides.
  • Toss: Prepare the sauce and toss each piece in it until fully coated.
  • Bake again: Put them in the oven again for 10 minutes, turning at the 5th-minute mark to cook evenly on both sides.
  • Serve: Allow the dish to cool, tossing from time to time to coat each piece with the sauce that starts to thicken as it cools. Then, serve with your favorite dip.

How long to bake honey garlic chicken wings?
This recipe prescribes that the oven be set at 425 degrees Fahrenheit and baking will take roughly around 25 to 30 minutes. The skin will crisp up in this setting.

 

But if you want to bake with a sauce, then, you can lower the temperature to 350- or 375-degrees Fahrenheit. In these settings, the baking will be longer at around 50 to 70 minutes.

Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

Recipe tips:

Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

  • When reheating, simply bake them again using the original recipe settings. The only requirement is that the thickest part of the meat must reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit for it to be safe for consumption. If you are reheating frozen ones, thaw them first and allow them to rest at room temperature for about 15 minutes before baking again.
  • Serve them with oven-roasted sweet potato fries, mashed potatoes, or brown sugar roasted carrots for a complete meal.
  • If you want the skin to crisp up when you make this dish, make sure to dry the pieces. Aside from patting them dry and salting them, refrigerate the meat overnight in the fridge to further allow any moisture to dissipate.
Amazing Honey Garlic Chicken Wings Recipe

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings

Honey Garlic Chicken Wings are perfectly sweet and savory at the same time! Better than take-out, try this dish for a finger-licking good meal! Everything you’d ever want in a chicken wing, plus they’re baked, not fried!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Servings 6 Servings of 5 Wings
Calories 710 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 30 chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Rub:

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Honey Garlic Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Mirin
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Garnish:

  • Sesame seeds

Instructions
 

Wings:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Pat dry wings with paper towels until completely dry.
  • Combine all the rub ingredients in a large bowl, add the wings and toss to combine. Brush with olive oil.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and then place parchment paper on top, arrange chicken wings in one layer, if needed use two baking sheets. Bake for 35 minutes turning at 20 minutes on the other side.

Sauce:

  • In the meantime, combine sauce ingredients in a small pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until slightly thickened and sauce coats the back of a spoon.

Combine Wings with the Sauce:

  • Take wings from the oven, toss with sauce and return to the oven for another 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes on the other side.
  • Broil for a few minutes.
  • Allow cooling for 10 minutes. As the sauce cools, it thickens. Stir the wings every few minutes to coat in the sauce as it thickens.
  • Serve the wings with your favorite dipping sauce and garnished with sesame seeds.
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beef recipes/ dinner recipes/ pasta recipes

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups combine the best of classic Lasagna but are much easier to serve, bake faster and can be enjoyed right away – no resting time required! Rolled lasagna noodles are filled with a flavorful spinach and ricotta mixture and baked with a quick homemade meat sauce.

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

We love comforting pasta dishes like Chicken Tetrazzini, traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs and Mom’s Chicken Alfredo. These are among the most requested meals in our family. Try this Lasagna Roll-Ups recipe and you will make it over and over.

Lasagna Roll-Ups:

We love lasagna in all forms including Skillet Lasagna, make-ahead Slow Cooker Lasagna, and of course Classic Lasagna. These Lasagna Roll-ups are beefy, saucy, cheesy and definitely satisfy the craving for lasagna, but they are way easier to serve. No more messy lasagna squares sliding apart as you struggle to remove them from the pan.

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

The Ultimate Cheese Sauce:

We make a 3-cheese sauce with ricotta cheese, shredded mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Once the sauce is baked, it tastes almost like an alfredo sauce – rich, creamy, and cheesy.

Beefy Lasagna Meat Sauce:

The best meat sauce for lasagna is essentially a ragu – a meat sauce with ground beef, onion, seasonings, and marinara. We don’t skimp on the meat and use a full pound of ground beef which makes this lasagna supremely satisfying. You can use homemade marinara or your favorite store-bought marinara.

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Can I Substitute the Ground Beef?
You can swap out the ground beef for Italian sausage or use ground turkey or ground chicken if you want a leaner lasagna.

How to Make Lasagna Rolls:
The process here is simple and you have all the elements of a classic lasagna but they are rolled rather than layered. This results in 12 perfectly portioned servings of lasagna. It’s brilliant for parties! The process for lasagna rolls is simple:

Cook the noodles
Make the meat sauce and spread 1/2 cup in a 9×13 casserole
Make the cheese sauce
Spread cheese sauce and meat sauce on each noodle.
Roll up noodles, transfer to the casserole dish, spread with remaining meat sauce and mozzarella, then cover and bake.

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Tips for Assembling Lasagna Roll-Ups

Cook 2-3 extra noodles as some may break while boiling.
Cook noodles according to package instructions in salted water until al-dente (do not over-cook). We use about 3 Tbsp salt for a large soup pot of water.
Drain cooked noodles then cover them with cold water until ready to use so they don’t stick together.
To contain the mess, arrange the noodles 6 at a time on a rimmed non-stick baking sheet (keeping remaining noodles in cold water until ready to use).

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups Recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups combine the best of classic Lasagna but are much easier to serve, bake faster and can be enjoyed right away – no resting time required! Rolled lasagna noodles are filled with a flavorful spinach and ricotta mixture and baked with a quick homemade meat sauce.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 42 mins
Total Time 1 hr 12 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 lasagna roll ups
Calories 333 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 12 lasagna noodles cooked to package instructions
  • 24 oz marinara sauce
  • 16 oz ground beef 85% lean
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste for red sauce
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese shredded
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped plus more to garnish
  • 3 cups mozzarella cheese shredded divided

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F. Cook noodles in a large pot of salted water according to package instructions then drain and fill pot with cold water to stop the cooking process and keep noodles from sticking together.
  • In a deep pan or dutch oven, over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking up with a spatula (2 min). Add onion and cook until softened (3 minutes). Add garlic, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp oregano and sautee another minute. Add marinara, bring to a simmer and turn off the heat. Spread 1/2 cup meat sauce over the bottom of a casserole dish
  • In a large bowl, stir together: ricotta, 1 egg, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup parsley.
  • To contain messiness, arrange noodles over a large baking sheet in a single layer. Spread 1/4 cup (1 scant ice cream scoop) of cheese mixture over the top of each noodle. Add a heaping Tbsp of meat sauce in a strip down the center of the noodle. Roll noodles up and arrange in the prepared casserole dish.
  • Spread remaining meat sauce over the tops of roll-ups and sprinkle on the remaining 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil, making sure foil isn't touching cheese (if your pan is on the shallow side, you can put toothpicks into rolls to keep the foil away from cheese.
  • Bake covered at 375˚F for 40 minutes. Remove foil and broil another 2-3 minutes or until cheese is lightly golden. Garnish with parsley to serve.
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appetizer recipe/ dinner recipes

Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

Learn how to make Seared Scallops with a perfectly golden brown crust, just like at the restaurants! They’re incredibly simple to make at home and much cheaper than dining out.

Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

Learn how to make perfectly seared scallops with this easy recipe! You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this impressive recipe. Follow this foolproof method for perfectly seared scallops to nail the technique.

How to cook Scallops

Scallops are one of those things that are SO simple to cook, and yet, so simple to screw up. I have to admit I botched a few batches myself back in the day (it was like eating rubber!), but with their hefty price tag, I quickly made it my mission to learn the key to a perfectly seared scallop. And by perfect, I mean a scallop with a flavorful crust and an interior so tender it basically melts in your mouth. That’s perfection!The good thing about this whole post is that perfectly seared scallops are easy as 1-2-3. I totally was going to type “easy as pie”, but ya know, these little guys are so much easier than that whole situation.

Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

The first thing you want to do is make sure you have good quality scallops. I know they’re pricey, but I think that if you’re going to put in the effort – especially with seafood – freshness and quality are always key. So get the best you can.

Once you’ve selected your scallops, all you need to do is pat them dry, sprinkle them well with salt and pepper (freshly grated is always the best!), and toss them in a buttered hot skillet.

Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

Now! Here’s where you need to pay attention – do not over cook these babies! I repeat: DO NOT OVERCOOK. Pardon the yelling; but that part is so crucial!!!

Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

Oh, and serve these sensational scallops right away!!! They shouldn’t wait more than a few minutes before entering a mouth. And just a heads up – they always taste best fresh from the skillet, so I’d suggest stealing one or two straight from the pan before serving.

Perfectly Seared Pan Scallops

Learn how to make Seared Scallops with a perfectly golden brown crust, just like at the restaurants! They’re incredibly simple to make at home and much cheaper than dining out.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Seafood
Servings 4 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound sea scallops patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly ground sea salt
  • Lemon for squeezing optional

Instructions
 

  • Remove tiny side muscle from the scallops if they have them, then rinse with cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Add the butter and oil to a large saute pan over high heat.
  • Generously salt and pepper the scallops. Once the butter/oil combo begins to smoke, gently add the scallops, making sure they are not touching. Sear scallops for 1 1/2 minutes on each side - not touching them at all while they're searing. The scallops should have a nice golden crust on each side and be translucent in the center. Serve right away!!!
Keyword scallops, seared scallops
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Cinnamon Roll Crescents

Make-shift cinnamon rolls made the easy way and you will not believe how amazing these are! Easy yummy treats.

Cinnamon Roll Crescents

Before we get into how ridiculously EASY and delicious these cinnamon roll crescents are, we need to discuss the weather we’ve been having here lately in New Jersey. I’m so not complaining though because we are LOVING it! When it’s nice out, I really try to take advantage of it.

During the nice weather, it’s always good to have a little trick up your sleeve for yummy treat ideas that take only minutes to prepare so you’re in and out of the kitchen in no time! If you know me, you know how much I adore cinnamon rolls and now that I came up with this method, I don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen rising dough! And neither do you.

Cinnamon Roll Crescents

 

The famously versatile and convenient refrigerated crescent roll dough has done it again folks! This dough can be used all kinds of ways and even substituted for other types of dough. Personally, I get a little bit intimidated when it comes to making dough from scratch because you have to use yeast and then you have to knead and let the dough rest, etcetera… so this little tube of dough saves me a lot of time. Plus, the crescent rolls were on sale (again) so you know I had to get them. I can’t resist a sale.

In this post I’m going to show you a really easy and delicious way to use Pillsbury crescent rolls. And if you’ve never tried crescent rolls with cinnamon before you are in for a treat!

Cinnamon Roll Crescents

Cinnamon Roll Crescents

You get the iconic gooey center, a fluffy dough and the glaze on top just seals the deal for these babies! To prepare them, you’ll separate all of the dough triangles and a brown sugar/cinnamon mixture is packed on top. They’re rolled up and baked to perfection! When they’re done, they’re drizzled with the glaze and you’ve got yourself a make-shift cinnamon roll that took no time at all to make. They’re amazing.

Cinnamon Roll Crescents

In this post I’m going to show you a really easy and delicious way to use Pillsbury crescent rolls. And if you’ve never tried crescent rolls with cinnamon before you are in for a treat!

Cinnamon Roll Crescents

Cinnamon Roll Crescents

Make-shift cinnamon rolls made the easy way and you will not believe how amazing these are! Easy yummy treats.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 8 oz can Pillsbury® Crescents®
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 2-3 tbs heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll crescent dough on a large, ungreased baking sheet and separate triangles.
  • In a small bow, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Spread mixture on top of each triangle of dough. Roll up the triangles on an angle and position them on the baking sheet 1" apart. Bake for 9-12 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden brown.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioner's sugar and heavy cream together until combined. I like a thick glaze but you can add as much or as little cream as you'd like to get your desired consistency.
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easy recipes/ pasta recipes

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

The best homemade cheesy garlic bread you ever tried. With lots of mozzarella and parmesan your bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve alongside pasta, soup or salad as an easy, delicious side dish.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Easy cheesy garlic bread is the best bread you ever tasted.
It has everything soft chewy bread on the inside with sharp garlic and cheese, cheese and more cheese! Eat it as a side dish with a bowl of soup or as a starter. Take a bite in this crispy pull-apart garlic bread that is warm and soft on the inside. You will make it every time. Are you ready to learn how to make homemade cheesy garlic bread? Let’s get started!

This is really the superlative of garlic bread. It is better than any garlic bread you have eaten in a restaurant.
Why? Because it is the perfect mix of a number of individual parts.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Garlic bread secrets

Let me tell you some simple garlic bread secrets:

  • Fresh bread – garlic bread should be made using fresh bread. This may be obvious but I can’t count the number of times we got old stale bread in a restaurant they tried to revive in the oven.
  • Fresh butter – the same applies to the garlic butter. Get fresh butter and let it go soft outside of the fridge.
  • Crushed garlic – when using garlic do not mince it with a knife but crush the garlic with a pestle and mortar. This will release some oil but also takes away the sharpness of the garlic.
  • Cheese mix – use a mix of cheese like mozzarella and parmesan that work together perfectly. The Mozzarella will go soft and bubbly with the parmesan adds some salty taste.
  • Bake and broil – you not only bake the bread in the oven but you also put the bread under the broiler

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Garlic bread ingredients

To make this cheesy garlic bread you need just a couple of ingredients:

  • Crusty white bread.
  • Shredded hard mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  • Unsalted butter
  • Garlic
  • Fresh parsley

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

How to make homemade garlic bread with cheese

Start this recipe with the garlic butter. Let the butter go soft and crush the garlic in a pestle and mortar. Then mince the fresh parsley.

Then add the garlic and finely chopped parsley to the butter. Stir the garlic and parsley until you have a well-combined butter.

Cut the loaf of bread in half, length way and spread the garlic butter on the inside of the bread. Preheat the oven to 350℉/175℃.

Put the halved bread on a baking tray buttered side up. Bake the bread in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes. Take the bread out of the oven.

Turn the oven to broil. Then first sprinkle the parmesan on the bread. Then cover all of the bread with the hard mozzarella including the edges.

Return the baking tray under the broiler for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and has brown patches.

Sprinkle some finely chopped fresh parsley on top and serve straight away.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

See how to make cheesy garlic bread

Want to see how you can make this cheesy garlic bread? Take a look at the instruction video with step by step instructions of this recipe so you can follow along.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

It is really easy to make from scratch.

I hope you love this bread recipe as much as I do. Try this cheesy garlic bread.

Easy Cheesy Garlic Bread

Easy Cheesy garlic bread

The best homemade cheesy garlic bread you ever tried. With lots of mozzarella and parmesan your bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Serve alongside pasta, soup or salad as an easy, delicious side dish.
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8
Calories 192 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 fresh loaf of white bread
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 cup shredded hard mozzarella
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Combine the soft butter with crushed (pestle and mortar) garlic and parsley. Stir until a well-combined butter appears
  • Cut bread in half lengthways and spread the butter on the inside of the bread
  • Preheat oven at 350℉/175℃ and bake the bread in the oven for 15 minutes
  • Take the bread out of the oven and turn the oven to broil
  • First, sprinkle the grated parmesan on the bread. Then cover the bread with the hard shredded mozzarella including the edges
  • Put the bread under the broiler for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and has brown patches Sprinkle some finely chopped fresh parsley on top
  • Ready to serve
Keyword cheesy garlic bread, garlic bread
breakfast recipes/ dessert recipes/ easy recipes

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe

This is a simple, foolproof, and tasty Sweet Crepes recipe. Making Crepes is faster, simpler and way easier than you think!

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe

 

Crepes are a versatile and fancy breakfast, brunch, dinner or dessert but couldn’t be easier. With this tried and true crepe recipe, you can make crepes at home with simple pantry ingredients in just a few minutes with no special cooking equipment required. Enjoy savory or sweet; crepes are the ultimate customizable meal.

I make these Sweet Crepes for breakfast every Sunday. They are so easy to make (Yes, EASY!) and so versatile. My husband loves these stuffed with Nutella, strawberries, and banana, and my toddler and I enjoy them as is.

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe

WHAT FILLINGS CAN YOU PUT IN SWEET CREPES?

Nutella + banana + your favorite berries
Your favorite jam/jelly
Cannoli filling
Ricotta filling
Honey
Cream cheese + your favorite jam + fruits
Strawberry cream cheese

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe

HOW TO MAKE SWEET CREPES

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe
1. Mix well (or blend) all the ingredients together, excluding the butter.
2. Heat a lightly-buttered frying pan over medium-high heat.
3. Pour the batter onto the pan, using about 1/4 of a cup for each scoop.
4. Tilt the pan and rotate it with a circular motion to help the batter spread evenly.
5. Cook for about 1 minute per side on medium heat. Repeat until the batter is finished.

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe
NOTE: While cooking crepes, you don’t have to grease the pan with butter for every single one. Grease it once just before cooking the first crepe and this should be enough. Use just a little bit of butter to prevent sticking. You may also choose to substitute butter with coconut oil.

SWEET CREPE TIPS:

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe
Use a non-stick skillet to fry the pancakes! If your non-stick skillet has a lot of scratches, you might have trouble flipping the crepes.
Don’t be afraid to use your hands to help flip the pancakes, if necessary. The best indicator that a crepe needs to be flipped is when the batter looks completely set, and no liquid remains.

Basic Sweet Crepes recipe

This is a simple, foolproof, and tasty Sweet Crepes recipe. Making Crepes is faster, simpler and way easier than you think!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine French
Servings 12 servings
Calories 101 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 cups milk non-fat reduced fat or whole milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • butter for greasing the pan

Instructions
 

  • Mix well (or blend) all the ingredients together, excluding the butter.
  • Heat a lightly-buttered frying pan over a medium-high heat.
  • Pour the batter onto the pan, using about 1/4 of a cup for each scoop.
  • Tilt the pan and rotate it with a circular motion to help the batter spread evenly.
  • Cook for about 1 minute per side on medium heat. Repeat until the batter is finished.

Notes

While cooking crepes, you don’t have to grease the pan with butter for every single one. Grease it once just before cooking the first crepe and this should be enough. Use just a little bit of butter to prevent sticking. You may also choose to substitute butter with coconut oil.
Keyword crepes
dessert recipes/ easy recipes

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

This Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe is the perfect berry pie for summer. The fresh berries taste so good with the pie crust and fresh whipped cream on top! Nothing says summer like this dessert!

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

There is nothing that screams summer more to me than those luscious red strawberries that are everywhere. When I see those popping up in the grocery stores I know it’s time for summer!

Whenever I think of fresh strawberries, I think of Disneyland (and vice versa). Food and memories are so intertwined that way; when something sticks in your head just the thought of the food brings the memory to the forefront.

Strawberry pie is perfect for using up that supermarket haul or just because you love the flavor of fresh strawberry pie. This one is perfect and works every time!

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

About Fresh Strawberries

Do you wonder how many strawberries do you need for a pie?

The rule of thumb is that 2 cups of berries is about 3/4 of a pound, also called a pint. A quart of berries is about 2 pounds (or around 2 pints) depending on the size of the berries.

For this recipe you need 5-6 cups of berries, which is about 2 pounds. Buy 2 pounds of berries, just to be safe.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

How to make Strawberry Pie without Jello or gelatin

You can easily make a strawberry pie without jello or gelatin.

When you’re making a fresh strawberry pie filling, you cook some of the fruit like you would jam. The pectin in the fruit gels it enough when mixed with sugar and cornstarch that you don’t need the gelatin for it to solidify.

It’s almost like you’re making an apple pie filling, but with strawberries, and then you mix the filling with more fresh berries to take the shape of the pie. That makes it super simple and such a fresh and delicious pie recipe.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

What crust goes best with a strawberry pie?

Traditionally I think you see pastry crusts with strawberry pie, but you can really use any pie crust recipe.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

For this recipe I used my all butter pie crust but you can also use a graham cracker crust, shortbread crust or Oreo crust if you want this to be a no bake pie. If you’re using a pastry crust, you’ll want to blind bake it before filling.

 

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

Fresh Strawberry Pie

This Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe is the perfect berry pie for summer. The fresh berries taste so good with the pie crust and fresh whipped cream on top! Nothing says summer like this dessert!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 Servings

Ingredients
  

  • 5-6 cups fresh strawberries about 2 pounds
  • 1 All Butter Pie Crust pre-baked and cooled
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Blind Bake your crust according to package or recipe directions.
  • Measure out two cups of berries, wash and hull them, then crush them with a potato masher.
  • Add the crushed strawberries, sugar, water, and cornstarch to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until it boils. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Cool completely before continuing. (You can also make this the day before.)
  • To assemble the pie, hull and slice the remaining strawberries and place them in a bowl. Pour the cooled strawberry filling over the top and stir. Place in pie crust. Chill for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving. Top with fresh whipped cream before serving.
  • This pie is best eaten the same day its made. It will get weepy if refrigerated overnight.

Notes

Feel free to use a refrigerated or frozen pie crust instead of my recipe.
Learn how to blind bake your crust here.
Want a completely no bake pie? Use a graham cracker crust instead.
Keyword pie, strawberry
breakfast recipes/ easy recipes/ healthy recipe

Easy Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Just imagine taking all the sweet, sticky, spicy indulgence of a fresh-baked cinnamon roll and cramming it into a glass. Incredibly healthy and delicious, this smoothie is the perfect breakfast to start off the day!

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Oats are a breakfast staple for me. Whether I’m enjoying overnight oats, a no-bake breakfast cookie or this cinnamon roll smoothie, they are usually always included in my morning meal. They help keep me fuller for longer!

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

One of the best things about smoothies is that there really are no limits to what you can do with them. From light and fruity to rich and creamy, the variations are absolutely endless. Another great thing about them is that they’re like dessert, but much healthier.

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

This delicious smoothie has a warm flavor from the cinnamon, which really makes you feel like you are eating cinnamon rolls for breakfast, and the oats and nuts will keep you full and powered up for any hectic day ahead of you. You can also choose whether you want to make it with brown sugar, or the slightly healthier version which is coconut sugar.

The thing I love most about smoothies is that they only take two minutes to make and you can pretty much put anything into your blender and it always tastes good. This is great because the mornings are often a big rush and I don’t always have the time create an amazing healthy breakfast. Which means I often end up eating a sugary breakfast bar.

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

This cinnamon roll smoothie is great when you are trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. Every morning I quickly pop all the ingredients into my blender, give it a quick whizz and then my breakfast is done! That doesn’t sound too difficult right?

TIPS + SUBSTITUTIONS
Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder for extra protein.
Use coconut sugar instead of brown sugar for a healthier alternative.
My milk preference is almond milk, but feel free to use milk of choice.
I love adding in chopped pecans for more flavor and fiber, however you can leave them out if preferred.
If you’re a cinnamon lover like me, add a sprinkle of cinnamon on top before enjoying!

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

 

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie

Easy Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe

Just imagine taking all the sweet, sticky, spicy indulgence of a fresh-baked cinnamon roll and cramming it into a glass. Incredibly healthy and delicious, this smoothie is the perfect breakfast to start off the day!
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 220 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar/coconut sugar
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • PECAN NUTS OPTIONAL

Instructions
 

  • Place all the ingredients into your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Notes

Add a scoop of vanilla protein powder for extra protein.
Keyword cinnamon smoothie
chicken recipes/ dinner recipes/ low carb recipe/ salad recipe

Simple Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies

This Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Vegetables is a complete one pan meal that is super quick and simple. Perfect recipe for your Sunday meal prep too!

Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies

You’re going to love this all-in-one meal that cooks in a single pan. It’s not only tender and flavorful but clean-up is effortless. Sheet pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies is a wonderful way to serve your family a wholesome dinner in under an hour.

I know that most of you can relate, especially those that have kids, so having the convenience of throwing a complete dinner all on one pan definitely makes life much more bearable. Easy clean up, delicious flavor and so many leftovers that you won’t even need to worry about what to eat for lunch the next day!

Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies

You can easily prep this the day before too by chopping up all your veggies and marinating the chicken, but if this is a last minute recipe you decided to throw together in a pinch then that’s okay too. Prep time takes just a few minutes and the sauce only requires 5 simple ingredients so it really is that easy! Then just toss everything together on the pan and you are good to go.

For this recipe I basically just tossed the chicken and veggies together on a baking sheet, seasoned with salt and pepper then drizzled everything with the sauce. THAT’S IT! Now if you like your veggies crunchier, I would cook the chicken first halfway through then add your veggies to the pan so that they won’t cook as long, but that’s completely up to you. Either way this dish will taste delicious!

Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies

You could also easily turn this recipe into a stir fry if you wanted! Rather than cooking everything in the oven, simply toss the chicken and veggies into a skillet, drizzle with the sauce and cook this meal that way. Like I said before, this recipe is simple, delicious and created for convenience for those busy weeknights so feel free to cook this how YOU prefer!

You can customize this dinner however you’d like to too! Try using green beans or asparagus in place of the broccoli or throw in some chopped onions or even sweet potatoes. Trust me this sauce tastes great on EVERYTHING so go crazy and make this to your liking! Serve this over brown rice or some quinoa for a complete meal that is delicious and much healthier than ordering take-out in the middle of the week.

Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies

Oh and this sauce?? Yes it is to DIE for. A simple combination of soy sauce, honey, garlic, fresh ginger and a drizzle of sweet chili sauce make this meal super flavorful and only uses 5 ingredients! I topped everything off with a sprinkle of sesame seeds and some chopped green onions and then proceeded to devour my plate. Literally.

Simple Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Veggies

This Sheet Pan Sesame Chicken and Vegetables is a complete one pan meal that is super quick and simple. Perfect recipe for your Sunday meal prep too!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 294 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium red bell peppers cut into chunks
  • 1 large head of broccoli chopped (about 2 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup snap peas
  • Optional toppings: sesame seeds and green onions

For the sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp sweet chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp honey

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • To make the sauce: In a small saucepan, heat soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, honey, garlic and ginger on medium heat and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and allow sauce to simmer, whisking occasionally, until sauce is thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.
  • Spread chicken and chopped veggies on a baking sheet sprayed with PAM cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle half the sauce over the chicken and veggies (reserving the other half for later) and toss to combine. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, tossing halfway through, and continue cooking until veggies are tender and chicken is cooked through.
  • Drizzle remaining sauce over top and sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve over brown rice or quinoa and enjoy!
Keyword chicken, sheet pan sesasme chicken and veggies