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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
asian recipes/ dinner recipes

Sweet and Spicy Asian Noodles

These Sweet and Spicy Noodles are a Thai inspired fast, easy weeknight dinner that can be ready and on the table in just 20 minutes!It’s the best quick noodle bowl.

Sweet and Spicy Asian Noodles

How about a dinner that is super easy, super quick AND will leave you wanting to lick the pan clean? You’ve got to try these Sweet & Spicy Asian Noodles! I love any dinner that incorporates veggies and still has the kids gobbling it up! This is so versatile, you can just add so many different veggies that you either A. know your family will love or B. that you want to get them to eat so you add them to this super amazing sauce.

I’m not usually much into noodles, but I really loved this meal. I think the sauce won me over plus I packed it full of zucchini which I happen to love.

Sweet and Spicy Asian Noodles

Sweet and Spicy Asian Noodles

I also love things like this that have the competing flavors that offset each other so well. If this was just spicy or just sweet there’s not way it would work (isn’t there a commercial about that?). Anyway, I just love the pineapple juice/Sriracha combo. I’m going to be putting this idea to work on some other dishes as well.

The longest part of this recipe is waiting for the water to boil to cook the noodles. Then it’s just heating some oil in a pan, tossing in your sauce to give the garlic a quick cook, and then adding your cooked noodles and then the cilantro, peanuts, green onions, and carrots. You could also add a protein like chicken or shrimp!

Sweet and Spicy Asian Noodles

 

I usually gauge how good a meal is by how long the leftovers last. When my husband said they don’t last past breakfast the next day, I knew they were really freakin’ good. These are right up there with our 15 minute Garlic Fried Noodles and now that I know my family has a deep love for Sriracha like her parents, we’ll definitely be making these noodles on the regular. I’m sure it’ll be on my list this week as I get back home and back into the regular routine!

Sweet and Spicy Noodles

These Sweet and Spicy Noodles are a Thai inspired fast, easy weeknight dinner that can be ready and on the table in just 20 minutes!It’s the best quick noodle bowl.
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 16 oz linguine rice noodles or regular pasta
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 cups shredded carrots approximately 2 large
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons green onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts
  • Sriracha to taste

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook noodles until al dente, approximately 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, prep your veggies / garnishes. In a small bowl mix soy sauce, hoisin, honey, chili garlic paste, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
  • A couple of minutes before the noodles are done, in a large saute pan, heat sesame oil over medium heat and add sauce and stir, cooking garlic.
  • When noodles are done, drain and add immediately to pan with sauce and stir until the noodles are well coated.
  • Top with carrots, peanuts, cilantro, green onion, and Sriracha. Mix and serve!
Keyword noodles, sweet and spicy asian noodles
asian recipes/ dinner recipes

Steamed Dumplings Recipe

Delicious Chinese dumplings steamed at home. Just like you would find at dim sum!

Steamed Dumplings Recipe

Steamed Dumplings – The tastiest morsels of pork and shrimp steamed in a bamboo steamer. Learn how to make the best Chinese dumplings just like Chinatown!

PERFECT STEAMED DUMPLINGS

There is no secret that I love not only steamed dumplings, but all kinds of dumplings—such as potstickers, pork and leeks dumplings, pan-fried dumplings, or xiao long bao.

Steamed Dumplings Recipe

HOW TO MAKE STEAMED DUMPLINGS

Making dumplings is really not so hard and you can get all the ingredients from regular stores: dumpling wrappers, ground pork, etc.

To me, the slightly difficult part is the folding or pleating of dumplings, an easy skill that just requires some practices and training.

Steamed Dumplings Recipe

 

If you are new to making homemade dumplings, you can just fold the dumplings into half moon shape. Soon enough, you will become more comfortable with the folding.

Don’t forget, practice makes perfect for folding these dumplings.

THE BEST FILLING FOR STEAMED DUMPLINGS

I love my dumplings filled with ground pork and some shrimp. If you don’t eat shrimp, you can always make the dumplings with ground pork only.

Steamed Dumplings Recipe

Most Chinese dumplings are made with pork only, but since I love shrimp, I added some shrimp. However, not everyone eats shrimp dumplings so feel free to add the protein of your choice!

HOW TO TELL WHEN DUMPLINGS ARE FINISHED?

If you need a way to test if your dumplings are done, run a toothpick through one. If it comes out clean, your healthy dumplings are ready to be eaten!

Steamed Dumplings Recipe

Do try out my Asian dumpling recipe. These dumplings make a great and refreshing lunch or afternoon snack, especially with Chinese tea. Enjoy!

Steamed Dumplings Recipe

STEAMED DUMPLINGS RECIPE

Delicious Chinese dumplings steamed at home. Just like you would find at dim sum!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 people
Calories 332 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8-10 medium-sized shrimp peeled, deveined, and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 stalk scallion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Shaoxing wine or sherry (optional)
  • 3 dashes white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 inch ginger peeled and grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 pack pot sticker/ dumpling wrappers

Instructions
 

  • Combine the ground pork, shrimp, chopped scallions, ginger, and all the seasonings together. Mix well and set aside.
  • To make dumplings, place a small spoonful of the filling in the center of a wrapper. Dab a little water with your finger and circle around the edge of the skin, and then fold and pleat the dumpling accordingly. Repeat the same for the rest. (Please refer to this video to learn how to fold/pleat dumplings.
  • Arrange the dumplings in a bamboo steamer (lined with parchment paper at the bottom) and steam for 8-10 minutes. Serve immediately with black vinegar dipping sauce.
Keyword steamed dumplings
breakfast recipes/ easy recipes/ salad recipe

Perfect Rainbow Fruit Salad

My rainbow fruit salad is a cool and refreshing dessert to indulge in, and a sweet and juicy side to serve with any meal. It’s an incredibly refreshing, must have side dish that’s made with beautiful blend of delicious fruits and a simple dressing to compliment it. This is always sure to be a crowd favorite!

Perfect Rainbow Fruit Salad

Rainbow Fruit Salad, Nature’s Beautiful Dessert

Gorgeous and juicy fresh fruit with all of its amazing colors, various textures, and distinctly nuanced flavors, is available to us in sweet abundance during these warmer seasons.

Fruit possesses an aroma that intoxicates and beckons from whatever little bowl it sits in, or whatever chilled drawer in the fridge it’s housed in, perfectly satisfying that craving for something sweet-yet-healthy like nothing else quite can.

Perfect Rainbow Fruit Salad

Preparing a cool and delicious rainbow fruit salad tossed with a sweet, citrus dressing is one of my favorite things to do during the sunnier months.

This simple, fruity side dish brings more color to any meal, and packs a natural source of sweet energy that refreshes with each bite. It’s truly nature’s beautiful dessert!

How to Make Rainbow Fruit Salad with Citrus-Honey Dressing

I call my fruit salad recipe a “rainbow” fruit salad because I love to fill it with all sorts of fruit. I use fresh pineapple, peach, mango, nectarine, strawberries and nectarines—this makes for a super colorful and tangy mix!

Perfect Rainbow Fruit Salad

As if the delicious fruit wasn’t enough, I like to make my fruit salad just a little extra special and flavorful by preparing a refreshing citrus-honey dressing to toss the freshly-cut fruit with.

Perfect Rainbow Fruit Salad

To make this sweet and flavorful fruit salad dressing, I combine tangy, aromatic citrus juice with a kiss of honey and a whisper of citrus zest. It’s really that simple, yet it takes this fruity side over the top and makes it completely irresistible!

 

Rainbow Fruit Salad

This refreshing rainbow fruit salad tossed with beautiful blend of delicious fruits and a simple dressing to compliment it. This is always sure to be a crowd favorite!
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

Rainbow Fruit Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 mango peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 small fresh pineapple or 1/2 large one, cored and cut into small wedges/pieces
  • 1/2 pound strawberries hulled and quartered
  • 1 peach sliced and cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 medium-size package about 11 ounces fresh blueberries
  • 1 nectarine sliced and cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped or julienned fresh mint leaves

Citrus-Honey Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions
 

  • Add all the cut fruit to a large bowl, and if not cold already, chill for about 30 minutes.
  • Prepare the citrus-honey dressing by adding all of the ingredients to a small bowl and whisking them together until well-combined; use immediately, or keep covered and refrigerated until ready to use. (Best used as soon as possible after being prepared for best flavor.)
  • To assemble the fruit salad, pour the dressing over the fruit, and sprinkle in the julienned/chopped mint; toss everything together, and serve immediately. (If making slightly ahead, you can just keep the cut fruit in a bowl in the fridge, and when ready to serve, toss with the citrus-honey dressing and the mint, and serve.)

Notes

Fruit that’s ripe but not mushy: Be sure to choose fruit that is ripe and has a slight “give”, but is not mushy. If it’s overly ripe, it will be hard to cut and will lose it’s shape and texture.
Dress just before serving: While you can certainly cut up your fruit a day or so ahead of time, and keep it in a covered container, don’t drizzle the dressing over until just before you’re ready to serve it. And it’s best to keep the dressing cold in the fridge, if making ahead.
Chop and add the mint at the last minute: Mint tends to discolor and turn a bit black once it’s chopped, so wait until you’re ready to serve before chopping and adding to the salad.
Keyword fruit salad
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
casserole recipe/ easy recipes

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

A classic Chicken Divan Casserole with broccoli, chicken, cheese and a crunchy topping. This classic, creamy dish has been loved for decades for both its ease of preparation and rich flavor.

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

Chicken Casserole is one of my family’s favorite dishes, they love the cheese, and I love the protein and greens – so we all win! It’s so very easy to make, even without my suggested shortcuts!

This recipe is a classic with one of my favorite flavor combos… chicken, broccoli and cheddar cheese. It is definitely no surprise that this Chicken Divan recipe has been enjoyed by so many families for decades!

Why is this called Chicken Divan?

The original Chicken Divan recipe was named after the restaurant it was created in – the Divan Parisienne Restaurant in New York City.

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

How to make Broccoli Chicken Divan

If you are starting out with precooked chicken, skip that step!

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

  • Begin by dicing up the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces,
  • Cut your fresh broccoli into florets. Florets are just the green top part of the broccoli, cut into small pieces, with
  • the majority of the stalk removed.
  • In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and melted butter.
  • In a medium bowl combine the soup and milk.
  • In a large skillet, heat some olive oil and cook the chicken until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Add the chicken and broccoli to the baking dish.
  • Pour over the soup/milk mixture.
  • Top with cheddar cheese.
  • Add the bread crumb mixture, and bake for 20 minutes at 450 degrees F.
  • Season with salt and black pepper, if needed.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes.

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

If you don’t eat the whole casserole (which we usually do around here, it’s SO good), it reheats perfectly. Simply place the Chicken Divan in the microwave, or reheat it in the oven or on the stovetop. Before reheating, I usually add a splash of milk to keep it nice and creamy.

Easy Chicken Divan Casserole

Chicken Divan Casserole

A classic Chicken Divan Casserole with broccoli, chicken, cheese and a crunchy topping. This classic, creamy dish has been loved for decades for both its ease of preparation and rich flavor.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 235 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups uncooked broccoli
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 can Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 3 Tbs butter melted
  • ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Dice the chicken. Combine the soup and milk in a medium bowl, and the breadcrumbs and butter in a small bowl.
  • COOK THE CHICKEN
  • Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook until until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Add the chicken and broccoli to an 8×8 baking dish, and pour the soup/milk mixture over the top.
  • Sprinkle with the cheddar cheese and pour over the breadcrumbs/butter mixture.
  • Bake at 450 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

Notes

SUBSTITUTIONS:
You can use any kind of condensed soup – I recommend Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Celery or just plain Cheddar Soup. You can make your own Cream of Chicken Soup too!
SHORTCUTS:
Want to take a shortcut or 2? Use precooked rotisserie chicken or buy fully cooked chicken from the grocery store. Buy broccoli that is already cut into florets, or use frozen broccoli.
Keyword casserole, chicken divan
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
dessert recipes/ easy recipes

Simple Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Tacos

These Apple Pie Tacos a delicious cinnamon-sugar apple filling in a crispy taco that’s drizzled with caramel sauce and filled with cheesecake filling are simply perfect! This very tasty dessert is ideal for upcoming fall days.

Simple Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Tacos

Instead of homemade apple filling, ready – made apple pie filling can be used. However, I recommend homemade apple sauce.

Shells are made from tortillas, they´re fried in deep oil and coated in the mixture of brown sugar and cinnamon. Cheesecake filling is made of cream cheese, heavy cream, vanilla and powdered sugar.

Simple Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Tacos

Homemade apple sauce is so aromatic, since it´s made of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, corn starch, water and vanilla.

It´s a perfect combination, crunchy tortilla shells, creamy cheesecake filling and aromatic homemade apple sauce – three different tastes combined in a perfect dessert.

HOW TO PREPARE APPLE CHEESECAKE TACOS?

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. Using 3.5 – 4 inch circle cutter, cut circles from tortillas. Heat 1 inch oil in a pan, the temperature should be medium. Put tortilla circles, using tongs, in the oil and fry for about 10-15 seconds, then turn the circles on the other side, fold them in half and fry until they become golden brown.

Simple Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Tacos

Take them out of the pan and wait for a couple of seconds for the extra oil to drain, then immediately put in the bowl with sugar and cinnamon. Cover the shells completely with this mixture. Put some of the mixture inside of the shell, as well.

Finally, place them on the upside down muffin tin. Repeat the same procedure with the rest of the circles. In a medium size dish, pour water, add cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cook for about 2-3 minutes, at medium heat, until it thickens, stirring from time to time. Add apples and vanila extra T and cook for 10 minutes, or until the apples soften.

Simple Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Tacos

Remove from heat and let cool at a room temperature. Beat cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract for 2 minutes, using medium speed, until it thickens. Put the mixture into a piping bag and cut off the peak. Fill the shells with cream cheese filling and put apple pie filling on top of it.

Simple Apple Cinnamon Cheesecake Tacos

These Apple Pie Tacos a delicious cinnamon-sugar apple filling in a crispy taco that’s drizzled with caramel sauce and filled with cheesecake filling are simply perfect! This very tasty dessert is ideal for upcoming fall days.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 tacos
Calories 160 kcal

Ingredients
  

CINNAMON SUGAR TORTILLA SHELLS

  • 6 Large Flour tortillas
  • teaspoon Cinnamon
  • Oil for frying
  • ½ Cup Brown sugar

CREAM CHEESE FILLING

  • 1 Cup Heavy cream
  • 8 oz Cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • ¼ Cup Powdered sugar

HOMEMADE APPLE PIE FILLING

  • 2 large Apples diced
  • cup cornstarch
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup water
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • tsp nutmeg

Instructions
 

TO MAKE CINNAMON SUGAR TORTILLA SHELLS -

  • Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside. Using 3.5-4 inch circle cutter, cut circles from tortillas.
  • Heat 1 inch oil in a pan, the temperature should be medium. Put tortilla circles, using tongs, in the oil and fry for about 10-15 seconds, then turn the circles on the other side, fold them in half and fry until they become golden brown. Take them out of the pan and wait for a couple of seconds for the extra oil to drain, then immediately put in the bowl with sugar and cinnamon. Cover the shells completely with this mixture. Put some of the mixture inside of the shell, as well.
  • Finally, place them on the upside down muffin tin. Repeat the same procedure with the rest of the circles.

TO MAKE HOMEMADE APPLE PIE FILLING -

  • In a medium size dish, pour water, add cornstarch, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cook for about 2-3 minutes, at medium heat, until it thickens, stirring from time to time.
  • Add apples and vanilla extract and cook for 10 minutes, or until the apples soften. Remove from heat and let cool at a room temperature.

TO MAKE CHEESECAKE FILLING -

  • Beat cream cheese, heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract for 2 minutes, using medium speed, until it thickens.
  • Put the mixture into a piping bag and cut off the peak. Fill the shells with cream cheese filling and put apple pie filling on top of it.

Notes

Keep refrigerated up to 3 days.
Keyword apple cheesecake tacos, apple pie tacos