Italian Salad

As I’m sure I’ve shared with you before, my house is full of ranch dressing lovers. Ranch with their salad, ranch with their pizza, ranch with their vegetables, and my personal favorite, cheesy, creamy ranch bread. It’s true… these boys don’t often stray from their beloved salad dressing of choice, but the other day I served them a yummy Italian Salad for lunch and got quite a few compliments on the dish.

It started off as a… “You know, Mom, this salad isn’t that bad.”

Then it moved to a… “Actually, it’s really good!”

I watched them all clean up their bowl full of crisp lettuce, spicy pepperoni, juicy tomatoes, and the perfect Italian dressing with big smiles on their faces, and I knew this recipe was a winner. It’s a great quick meal when you’re short on time and the simple, nutritious ingredients make this a meal you can feel good about feeding your family!

A simple, fresh Italian Salad is a great healthy meal idea! Crisp lettuce, spicy pepperoni, juicy tomatoes, and the perfect Italian dressing! |

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Pumpkin Protein Shake

After a long summer of indulgent eating, I’m trying hard to get back into a workout routine and fit back into my favorite pair of skinny jeans. It was like one day they decided to shrink about 2 sizes, and it now takes a small army to help zip me into them. Not cool! One side of my brain is saying, “It’s all the dryer’s fault. The dumb dryer shrunk them into child size skinny jeans!” The other smarter, more practical side of my brain is saying, “Get your lazy behind out of bed and dust off the workout DVDs. And for Heaven’s sake, stop eating so much pumpkin bread!”

That bread is gooood. Now that fall (a.k.a. pumpkin-flavored everything season) is here, I can’t get enough of sweet pumpkin treats. But in an effort to conquer those shrunken skinny jeans, I came up with this recipe to satisfy my pumpkin craving without breaking the calorie bank… a healthy, delicious Pumpkin Protein Shake!

Turn your protein shake into a delicious pumpkin treat! Healthy, satisfying, and super tasty! |

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Beef and Bacon Baked Beans

Apparently, all I can think about lately is hearty, beefy comfort food! Last week was my special ingredient meatloaf recipe, and now I have an extra meaty baked beans recipe for you today! Maybe it’s the cooler weather. Maybe it’s my husband’s beef-loving ways starting to rub off on me. Or maybe it’s just because being a carnivore is so utterly delicious! Sorry vegetarians… just look away this week!

Okay… let’s talk baked beans. Do you love ‘em or hate ‘em? If we’re talking about the straight out of a can, plain jane baked beans, you can count me out. I’ll save room on my plate for something else! But if we’re talking about good baked beans with beef and bacon and barbecue sauce and brown sugar and bacon and oh, did I mention bacon? Yeah, I’m in!

This meaty baked beans recipe is easy and inexpensive to make and happens to be the perfect side dish for parties, cookouts, or tailgating. With options for baking in the oven OR using your slow cooker, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite!

Perfect baked beans made extra meaty with ground beef and bacon! Full of flavor, easy to make, and a great side for parties, cookouts, or tailgating! |
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Extra Beefy Meatloaf

Cooler weather is on its way, and I am BEYOND ready for some delicious comfort food! This Extra Beefy Meatloaf is classic comfort food at its finest, and my special secret ingredient takes this recipe from so-so to truly spectacular! This ain’t your momma’s meatloaf, and I promise after one bite of this saucy, beefy dish, you’ll never try another meatloaf recipe again!

This easy meatloaf recipe is extra beefy with the addition of one delicious secret ingredient! Find out how to make the best meatloaf you have ever eaten! |

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Pumpkin Bread

This post is brought to you by Silk // Throw the confetti and blow those party horns… it’s the first pumpkin recipe of the season! I’m one of those people that gets ridiculously giddy this time of year when the heat of summer starts to die down and the cool, cozy feeling of fall begins to sneak in. Get ready for lots of soup and slow cooker recipes plus plenty of pumpkin and caramel apple thrown in… It’s time to start celebrating fall!

Of all the fall flavors, I have to say that pumpkin is probably my favorite. Totally cliché, I know. But the sweet aroma of pumpkin mixed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves… it gets me every time. So naturally, I’m currently trying to eat just about anything and everything I can put pumpkin into. I have a few fun ideas coming up on the blog soon, but one of my favorite, go-to recipes when I need a pumpkin fix is this sweet, moist, and oh-so-delicious Pumpkin Bread!

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Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers

This recipe has rocked our dinner menu lately, and I’ve been dying to share it with you! Today is all about these amazing Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers… sound familiar? Easy baked chicken tenders smothered in a sweet and tangy honey chipotle sauce for a dinner that the whole family will love!

Easy baked chicken tenders smothered in a sweet, tangy honey chipotle sauce! Simply delicious! |

If you’ve ever been to a Chili’s restaurant, I’m sure you’ve heard of this recipe before! The first time I ever went to a Chili’s, I ordered these sticky-sweet chicken crispers, and it’s been my go-to favorite ever since. If this is your favorite menu item too, you are going to be SO happy when I teach you how to make them at home! (happy dance)

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No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream

Okay, I know it’s nearing the end of summer, and I’m sharing an ice cream recipe. Great timing, right? But the truth is I crave ice cream all year long, whether it’s 100 degrees in the middle of July or 3 degrees in the middle of January. There’s no wrong time to devour a couple scoops. And when we’re talking about a 3-ingredient, no-machine-needed, super creamy and delicious Vanilla Ice Cream recipe… every day is a good day to celebrate with ice cream!

No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe - perfectly creamy vanilla ice cream made without a machine! So easy and only 3 ingredients! |
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