Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burgers

I see you, temperatures above 60 degrees… I’m here for you random daffodils popping up on the corner… And I am living for you, flip flops! It’s springtime! Fire up the grill, give me an icy cocktail, and turn the music up, pleeeeeaaazzze! We’re putting the bacon on the mushrooms on the swiss on the burgers today. Specifically, a bacon/mushroom/onion/beer reduction. Mouth: watering. And guess what? It’s super simple. Cook bacon, sizzle mushrooms and onions in the fat, slosh in some beer and let it bubble for a minute or two. Ta da: the best burger topping you’ve had all year. 2019 is still young, there may be some legendary burgers yet to come, but today – this one’s it for me.

chopped bacon, mushrooms, and onions in a cast iron pan with a wooden spoon
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Vegetable Samosas

Vegetable Samosas: the result of a hungry prowl around the kitchen. Scratch that – the flaky, spicy, delicious, veggie-packed result of a hungry prowl. Mashed red potatoes, sweet peas that were on the verge of frostbite in my freezer, and spinach. And the requisite (for me) sauteed onions, garlic, ginger, serrano peppers, and spices. (OMG -the spices, you guys… this is the best use of cumin seed I’ve found in a long, long time. We’ll get there in a sec.) The flavors in this recipe are a total win for me but you could really, truly, probably work any vegetables (or meat) into these bewitching little hand pies. Basically, use this recipe as a guide, blend in whatever you have on hand, love yourself, and eat some samosas.

vegetable samosas cooked, on a baking sheet with parchment paper
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Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars

Woot! Sharing some delicious snacky-snacks with you guys today! I feel a little shady calling these “peanut butter” and jelly bars because there is a negligible amount of actual peanut butter and a lot of peanuts, oats, coconut oil, and honey all pulsed together to make a magical crust and crumble topping. Are you picking up what I’m putting down here, though? The oat/honey/coconut oil combo means these are healthier than traditional peanut butter and jelly bars and still duh-lish-us. No added refined sugar… no butter… no flour. You could even make them gluten free if you buy GF oats. It’s spring, you guys, and my bathing suit and I need to be friends by summer, but I still need sweet things for my 3:00 snack attacks. So, here we go: Healthy Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars!

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Meatball Banh Mi

This Meatball Banh Mi is a FIYACRACKER 💥 I mean, pickled carrots and onions, cilantro and mint, jalapenos and cucumber? Juicy meatballs, soft bread, creamy sriracha mayo, and salty peanuts? Come on, now… Gimme 30 minutes of your time and make this sandwich so we can be Bahn Mi Besties.

meatball banh mi math

When I made this the other night, I had everything except for, ahh, the main ingredient… pork. But, I did have hot Italian sausage. And I had mushrooms. So here’s my banh mi math:

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Chicken Shawarma Nachos

Sunshine, lollipops, rainbows, and Chicken Shawarma Nachos! So excited to bring these to light today, guys. Along with this recipe, comes to light my love of couch-eating off a big platter or, in this case, sheet pan. There are other ways to eat nachos but they’re no good, I promise. The best way is seated on the couch, with the coffee table pulled up to your knees, hunched over a hot pan of colorful, crispy Chicken Shawarma Nachos, devouring them with your husband/partner/best friend/imaginary friend (the extra body there helps you feel like it’s a super fun thing you’re doing and not just a weird, messy, stuff-your-face session). So now you know what Joey and I did on Saturday night while we caught up on TV. This is pretty much an ideal night for me.

colorful chicken shawarma nachos on a sheet pan with a glass of wine and a hand grabbing a chip
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Goat Cheese Sweet Potato Empanadas

The universe has been speaking to me in empanadas lately. My mom and I discovered 2 amazing empanada places on our road trip to Greensboro the other week. I have zero problems with eating empanadas two lunches in a row, so, I definitely did that. Cut to this week, we’re organizing our plans for a Cinco de Mayo cooking class for the shop and we decided on an empanada class to fit the theme. Then yesterday, I see a picture of some empanadas from Topolobampo, the Rick Bayless restaurant, where the filling was this yummy-sounding white sweet potato with the flavors of chorizo. Ok, you don’t have to tell me 4 times, I’m making empanadas.

Didya see me make these on my instagram story this week? We have some stuff to break down here, empanadas from scratch are slightly involved… but guess what your reward is? Perfect little hand pies of spicy/sweet nutty goodness dipped in a chipotle crema. Mmmmkayyy? Worth it! You can do this! We can do this! Let’s do this!

baked empanadas on a baking sheet with parchment paper and a lttle owl of chipotle crema
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Easy Beef Enchiladas

Ease is the name of the enchilada game here. I need a lot of food with minimal effort, like now. To that end, I’ve shimmied this recipe down to the most basic steps: Brown some beef, combine canned enchilada sauce with salsa and sour cream, layer it all with corn tortillas and cheese and bake. 30 minutes later, locate a fork and a couch.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Sometimes, chili is just a vehicle for the toppings. The cheese, the avocado, the sour cream… all the things! Let’s get one thing straight: This chili is not that. It’s a flavor bomb of tender sweet potatoes, black beans, and (optional) beef suspended in a deep, tangy, chipotle, tomato, beer sauce-like-broth. Oh, and it’s yum x10 because of my current best friend: roasted garlic. We’ve been over the undeniable splendor of roasted garlic. If you’re not on the train yet, please hop on. It’s so good and there’s such satisfaction in just squeezing the rich, golden, caramelized paste into whatever you’re making.

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Fried Chicken and Waffles

This is it, guys. We’re getting messy today. There’s going to be some dirty dishes, hot oil, maybe some spilled flour and sticky maple syrup rings on your table. If you’re making this for brunch on New Year’s Day and you had a big time the night before, maybe you’re extra messy. It’s fine! We’re having fried chicken and waffles!

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Easy Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce

‘Tis the season for party food! Let’s be real, New Year’s Eve is a long night. Midnight? That is more than a couple hours past my bedtime… We need a lot of food to keep that party going! I am so ready to ring in 2019 with friends, family, a glass of champagne in one hand, and a meatball in the other. These Easy Meatballs with Chimichurri Sauce are a snap to make and that bright, herby sauce paired with juicy, roasted meatballs might just be the best bite of food ever.

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