Healthy Zucchini Pizza Bites

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Love pizza but not the fat and how unhealthy it can be? Make these Zucchini Pizza Bites instead - and get all the flavor with less guilt!


One of my favorite foods is pizza.  I am not ashamed to admit it.  Of course, pizza is not a food that we consider healthy.  However, there is a way to turn this junk food into a healthy one  — that you and your kids will love!  These healthy zucchini pizza bites combine the love of pizza with a bit if healthy eating making the perfect combination!


Zucchini Pizza Bites
This is a KID FRIENDLY yet HEALTHY version of pizzas!!!
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Dinner
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  • 2 large zucchini, cut into ¼" rounds
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • ¼ cup marina sauce
  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozarella cheese
  • ¼ cup mini pepperoni pieces (optional)
  • Italian seasoning (for sprinkling)
  1. Lightly mist both sides of zucchini rounds lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Broil or grill the zucchini rounds (I used a grill pan set to medium-high) for 2 minutes on each side.
  2. Place cooked zucchini rounds on a large lined baking sheet. Top with small amounts of sauce, cheese and pepperoni pieces. (Optional).
  3. Broil on low for 1-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and serve warm.
  4. Enjoy!!!

Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

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These Creamy Chicken Enchiladas are amazing!!  They take just a few ingredients (which you may even find right in your fridge and pantry).  When we make them, there are never any left overs!  Click over to get this must have recipe!!!

This is one of my favorite go to meals!  It takes just a few simple ingredients to transform themselves into flavorful, creamy enchiladas!  They are honestly one of my favorite dishes to make as it is about 45 minutes from start to finish (and that includes baking time)!

Easy Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Super easy dinner meal -- that takes just 45 minutes from start to finish!
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Dinner Entree
Serves: 6
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  • 2 cups of cubed chicken (I buy Tyson as it is already cut up for me)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup of sour cream (divided)
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
  • 5 - 6 Tbs freshly chopped cilantro (divided)
  • 6 8" flour or whole wheat tortilla shells
  • Salsa (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pan.
  2. Cook chicken thoroughly. Add soup, 1 cup of sour cream, 1 cup of cheese and 3 tablespoons of cilantro to the pan. Stir until well mixed and cheese is melted.
  3. Use ¼ or ⅓ measuring cup and scoop onto tortilla shell. Fold down top and bottom of shell and then roll until closed. Place in pan, seam side down.
  4. Spread remaining sour cream across the top of the shells. Add additional cheese and cilantro across the top. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Top with additional sour cream or salsa (as desired). Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Tortilla



Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars (Perfect Fall Pumpkin Dessert)

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Fall means cooler weather, apples.....and pumpkins!!! Check out this awesome recipe to make these melt in your mouth pumpkin cheesecake bars. Just a word of can't eat just one!

It is that time of the year…..PUMPKIN TREATS!!  These Pumpkin Cheescake Bars are fun to make and will satisfy two cravings at once!

They look like they are difficult to make, but they really are not.  So, you can make them for any gathering and your family and friends will be not only impressed at how they taste, but that you worked so hard to make them.  (Don’t worry – it will be our secret that they were easy to make!).

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
  • 1 cup gingersnap crumbs
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • Rectangular springform pan
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 cups finely chopped pecans
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray springform pan with cooking spray.
  2. Pulse the gingersnap crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, cinnamon and sugar until mixed into fine crumbs. Add butter and pulse more to blend together.
  3. Press evenly into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before adding filling.
  1. Mix cream cheese and brown sugar on medium speed - until smooth and creamy.
  2. Slowly mix in pumpkin until blended.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well mixed.
  4. Finally, pour in milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Stir in cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt (or mix on low).
  5. Pour pnto crust. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes.
  1. Combine all items in a bowl until well mixed.
  2. Spread on top of bars.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before cutting and serving.
Store in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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Homemade Biscuits and Gravy Recipe

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Everyone once in a while I just wake up craving biscuits and gravy! I am not sure if this happens to anyone else, but I can tell you that making it from home really doesn’t take very long. Plus let’s all just agree that homemade tastes a million times better! Furthermore, I have noticed that the prices at our favorite breakfast restaurants are going up and honestly homemade biscuits and gravy really doesn’t cost much to make!  This recipe takes no more than 10 minutes to make start to finish and costs less than $5 total (while serving 2-4 people).


Homemade Biscuits and Gravy Recipe
This is a southern style dish that you can make - no matter where you live!!!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2-4 servings
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  • 16 oz Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage
  • 2 Tbp. butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups of miilk
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Turn stovetop to high and preheat your skillet/saute pan.
  2. In the large preheated skillet/saute pan cook off sausage until browned all the way through. Make sure to keep the sausage crumbly while cooking, as to prevent too big of chucks in your gravy.
  3. Once sausage is fully cooked, add butter and stir until melted. Add flour to mixture to create a rue.
  4. Once your sausage/butter mixture looks like a thick paste slowly add milk while stirring.
  5. Continue to add milk until you get the constancy your desire for your gravy.
  6. Serve over biscuits or your choice and enjoy!
You will need biscuits for this gravy. It is simple to just purchase those in the can or freezer, or make your own using your favorite recipe.

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Copycat Olive Garden® Toasted Ravioli

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You can make Olive Garden's Toasted Ravioli right at home -- with just a few simple ingredients! No need to pay big bucks for an amazing dish!!

I am a huge fan of so many things on the Olive Garden® menu.  Lasagne, salad, breadsticks….it is all delicious!  However, one of my favorites is the Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli!    Nom. Nom. Nom.   You can actually make this at home yourself  in just a matter of minutes!


Copycat Olive Garden® Toasted Ravioli
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Appetizer
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  • 16 oz package thawed Ravioli (Meat or Cheese)
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 ½ cup Breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup Flour
  • Vegetable oil (about 1 " deep in skillet or can use deep fryer)
  • Grated Parmesan (optional for garnish)
  • Marinara Sauce (use your favorite brand or homemade dish)
  1. Heat oil to 350.
  2. Beat water and eggs together.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine garlic salt, oregano basil and bread crumbs.
  4. Place flour into a third bowl.
  5. Dip ravioli into flour, then egg mixture and then breadcrumbs.  Set aside on a plate for 5 minutes (in order to set the coating). Carefully fry in oil until golden brown (should take just 2 - 3 minutes).  Place on rack or paper towel to drain.
  6. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese (if desired) and serve with your favorite marinara sauce!

Copycat Homemade Nesquik Mix

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Why buy Nesquick wwhen you can make it a home for a LOT less!!!! Get this awesome copycat recipe!!!

You are going to laugh when you realize how simple it is to make your very own Copycat Nesquick Mix!!  Not only is it easy, but it is less expensive than purchasing the name brand.

You will need 3 ingredients, which you may even already have in your pantry.  Then, add them to your air tight container and you are set!  Best of all, it has no additives or unpronounceable ingredients!

Copycat Nesquik Mix
Recipe type: Beverage
  • 1⅓ cup Sugar
  • ⅔ cup Cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Simply combine all three ingredients together in an air tight container and store in your cabinet for up to 3 months.
  2. Make the perfect cup of milk: Mix 2 TBSP of the Nesquik Copycat mix with 1 cup of milk and enjoy!
If you see clumps, use blender or shaker.

**Add 3-4 scoops of vanilla protein powder and turn your Nesquik mix into a Copycat Carnation Instant Breakfast!

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Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

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This simple no churn Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is the perfect summertime treat. No ice cream maker needed - just a few ingredients and your mixer!

Summer is in full swing.  What is better on a hot summer afternoon than ice cream!  I’ve got an amazing and SIMPLE recipe you can make yourself at home.  This Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is amazing!

The best thing about this recipe (besides it being very simple) is that you don’t even need an ice cream maker!  Just use yoru own mixer to create this yummy refreshing treat!

Homemade Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
No ice cream maker is needed for this sweet treat!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp Mint Extract (do NOT use peppermint)
  • Green Food coloring
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, food coloring an mint.
  2. Next, add in heavy cream and mix on high speed until soft peaks form.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips and spread into a plan (loaf pan works best).
  4. Cover with foil and freeze until firm (may take overnight).
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Semi Homemade Classic Lasagna

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Make your own lasagna with this simple recipe! It is almost completely homemade -- which means less time for you in the kitchen but still leaves your family with a happy tummy!

Ever want a homemade lasagna without all the work? Looking for a delicious “homemade” recipe that can be assembled in 15 minutes or less and taste like you have been cooking all day? I’ve got the perfect Semi Homemade Classic Lasagna recipe for you! It is sure to make jaws drop and leave tummies begging for more!


Semi Homemade Classic Lasagna
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Entree
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 package of pre-cooked lasagna noodles (found in the refrigerated section)
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 cups Ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup onions, diced
  • 2 clove garlic, diced
  • Salt, pepper and garlic powder
  1. Pre-heat oven to 425.
  2. In a large pan, brown ground beef. When about half way cooked, add onions, garlic and seasonings.
  3. Once ground beef is fully cooked, drain excess liquid and add 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce and allow to simmer for at least 5 minutes.
  4. While the sauce is simmering. In a large bowl combine Ricotta, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Stir well.
  5. In a well greased 9 x 13 dish begin to assemble lasagna.
    First pour half of the sauce in the bottom of the casserole dish, then add one layer of pre-cooked lasagna noodles, next add half of the cheese mixture, another layer of noodles, add the remaining sauce and finish the top off with the rest of the cheese mixture.
  6. Cover with a lid or foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese is brown and/or bubbly.

BBQ Cheddar Bacon Turkey Burgers (Turn Ordinary Into Extarodinary)

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Looking for something new to try on the grill? You've got to give these BBQ Cheddar Bacon Turkey Burgers a try - they are lean and still have so much flavor!!!


We love to grill.  It doesn’t matter the temp outside, we will still fire up the grill.  In fact, we’ve been known to put on a winter coat and head out for a freshly grilled steak in the middle of winter!

We do our best to make sure that what we eat is healthy, so we don’t always use beef on the grill.  Of course, that can be tough if you want a burger.  Another option is to use turkey.  However, a turkey burger is sooooo boring!   I mean, a plain old turkey burger isn’t fun – is it?

However, that isn’t the case if you make it this way!  Turn a simple turkey burger into an amazing BBQ Cheddar Bacon Turkey Burger that you’ll be making time and time again!!

BBQ Cheddar Bacon Turkey Burgers
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: BBQ
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  • 1 lb Ground Turkey
  • ¼ cup Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • ⅓ cup finely diced green onions
  • ⅓ cup chopped bacon
  • Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, McCormicks Montreal Steak Seasoning, Johnny's (your choice, use one or all)
  1. Add all ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Using your hand mix well. Roll mixture into handful size balls, flatten into patties. Season.
  3. Place on hot grill and cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side, until cooked all the way through.
  4. Serve on a bun or over a bed of lettuce.

S’Mores Stay At Home Dip

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Have you tried this S'mores dip? It is DIVINE!!!!!! It is super simple to make and you're family will be coming back for 2nds, 3rds.......

S’mores Dip Recipe

My most favorite summertime dessert is definitely S’more! Unfortunately with the responsibilities of work, kids and life we just can’t find a way to go camping, or set up a campfire often enough to enjoy this sweet gooey treat.

That’s why I have decided that this Stay At Home S’mores Dip is the most amazing alternative. Even better is perfect for family get together’s, parties or just a fun treat to finish off a fun day in the sun.

Whenever we make this, it turns our ordinary afternoon into something special.  We don’t make super sweet treats very often, so this is something that my kids look forward to sharing together when we can.


S'Mores Stay At Home Dip
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  • Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Graham Crackers
  • Cast Iron Pan (approx 6-8 inches in diameter)
  • 2 TBSP oil (vegetable, canola, olive or even coconut oil will work)
  1. Preheat your oven to 450.
  2. Place the cast iron pan in the oven and let heat (empty) for 5-10 minutes
  3. Using an oven mitt, remove the pan from the oven and pour in oil.
  4. Sprinkle chocolate chips in the pan next and gently mix them around in the oil. The chocolate chips should begin to soften and melt.
  5. Add marshmallows one at a time on top of the softened chocolate chips, until the entire pan is filled with marshmallows.
  6. Place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
  7. Serve with graham crackers!

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