Toasted Chili Cheese Bread

Need a quick and easy appetizer? Try this Toasted Chili Cheese Bread with tons of gooey cheese and a spicy kick of chili! This post is brought to you by our friends at EVITE® and HORMEL®.

This Toasted Chili Cheese Bread is the perfect quick appetizer and SO delicious! Tons of gooey cheese with a spicy kick of chili! Recipe at

I have to be honest, guys. I’m kind of kicking myself with this recipe because it would have been PERFECT for the big game last month. A hot, crusty loaf of bread smothered in spicy chili and two types of ooey gooey cheese melted over top… now does that sound like football food or what? Regardless, this recipe is really delicious, and I think you’re going to love it!

The idea for this recipe came to me as a play on my boys’ favorite dip in the entire world… Chili Cheese Dip. I posted the recipe for it years ago, and despite the fact that the photos are horrendously ugly (seriously, go look at how bad they are!), that chili cheese dip has almost become my most popular recipe of all time! And really, it doesn’t surprise me… just 3 ingredients and a couple minutes in the microwave gives you the most addictive appetizer your taste buds have ever experienced. So naturally, I wanted to revamp the recipe for you a bit and combine it with another popular Love Grows Wild recipeRanch Bread.

The result is a toasted cheesy bread made with my beloved chili cheese dip ingredients: cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and HORMEL® Chili No Beans. The chili is super convenient for quick and easy recipes like this and adds a great spicy kick to the bread. My family doesn’t do overly spicy foods, so the subtle heat in the HORMEL® Chili No Beans is perfect for us. Now that the kitchen remodel is finished (hallelujah!), I thought I’d give you a little play-by-play on how I make this recipe:

This Toasted Chili Cheese Bread is the perfect quick appetizer and SO delicious! Tons of gooey cheese with a spicy kick of chili! Recipe at [Read more…]

Chocolate Chip Turtle Cookies

There’s nothing better than the smell of freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies coming out of the oven, but these soft and chewy cookies are made extra delicious with the addition of caramel bits and pecans!

Soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies baked with caramel bits and pecans inside! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.comSoft, chewy chocolate chip cookies baked with caramel bits and pecans inside! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.comSoft, chewy chocolate chip cookies baked with caramel bits and pecans inside! Get the recipe at

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Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s winter. It’s cold. It’s comfort food season, folks! And to me, there is just about nothing more comforting than a big bowl of steaming hot soup to warm the body and soul. My family loves when they smell a big pot of my chicken noodle soup cooking away on the stove, and as much as I adore that quick and easy classic recipe, this winter I’ve turned things up a notch. Instead of a BROTHY chicken noodle soup, this version is THICK and CREAMY and even more comforting than the original!

This homemade Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup is easy to make and so comforting! Get the recipe for this super creamy homemade soup at

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Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Today sounds like the perfect day to share a new smoothie with you guys! I mean, it’s still January, right? So we’re all still trying to hold onto our healthy diet resolutions, and I don’t know about you, but the easiest way for me to commit to better eating is to include a healthy shake or smoothie into my daily routine. It’s a no brainer… pop some yummy ingredients into a blender, and in just a few seconds I have a nutritious, protein-packed breakfast or post-workout snack that keeps my energy tank full for the day.

This quick and easy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie makes a great healthy breakfast or snack! Peanut butter lovers... this is the smoothie for you! |

And I have to be honest with you guys… with the book deadline just over a month away, I need all the energy I can get right now! I’m finishing up the last 8 or 9 projects for the book this week, and then I have many, many hours of writing and editing ahead of me. Rather than sitting with my manuscript binging on potato chips or chocolate, it’s probably a much better idea to sip on a sweet smoothie while I work!

So let’s talk about this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, shall we? First of all, peanut butter lovers… this one’s for you! This has been my go-to smoothie for months now, and I think it’s because even though I LOVE making super sweet, fruit-filled smoothies like my Strawberry Banana or Tropical versions, sometimes I want something that tastes a little less fruity and a lot more like… I don’t know… a peanut butter cookie. Ha!

There is technically still fruit in this recipe, but the banana adds just a little bit of sweetness in the background while the peanut butter remains the star of the show. You can use any kind of milk you prefer… dairy, almond, soy, etc. And even though this recipe already has a good amount of protein from the Greek yogurt and peanut butter, if you’re looking to add a little extra kick of protein, go ahead and throw a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder into the blender. It’s totally optional though! One last side note… You can use regular creamy peanut butter for this recipe, but lately I’ve been using PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter. Have you guys tried this stuff yet? It gives you the same peanut butter taste with 85% less fat and calories, if I remember correctly. Either way, this smoothie is sure to satisfy all the peanut butter fans out there!

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Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal

Wake up to a bowl of this warm and delicious Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal for breakfast! It is easy to put together, can serve a crowd, and reheats beautifully!

We are now on day 16 of our kitchen renovation, and as excited as I am to see all the changes happening to our little farmhouse kitchen, I am NOT so crazy about living without a kitchen for 3 or 4 weeks. We were able to put our refrigerator in the living room (which is actually highly convenient but pretty ugly to look at), but other than that, all we have is a tiny table in my office with a microwave and a coffee pot. I don’t think I could survive this reno without my morning cup of caffeine, so the coffee pot heading down to the basement for a month was NOT happening.

We’re all growing pretty tired of eating bowls of cereal for breakfast every morning, but luckily I was smart enough to make a big batch of this Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal before our kitchen demo started! This is why I love baked oatmeal so much… you can whip up a batch on the weekend and have a hearty, homemade breakfast all week long. Just store leftovers in the fridge and reheat when you need it! I’ve shared a few of my favorite baked oatmeals here on the blog before… apple cinnamon, banana bread, cinnamon roll, and blueberry lemon, to name a few. I think you guys are going to love this wholesome, fruit-filled, warm and satisfying oatmeal recipe!

P.S. You can use fresh or frozen berries for this recipe, but I like to pick up a bag of frozen mixed berries from the store to save a little time and money. Also, as the berries bake and release their juices, the oatmeal will still look a little runny at the end of the cook time, but it will set up more once it cools for a few minutes!

Enjoy a bowl of this warm, delicious Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal for breakfast! Easy to make and baked right in the oven... perfect for serving a crowd! | [Read more…]

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Right about now, we’re all pushing the reset button on our diets and starting the new year with a resolution to eat healthier… am I right? Good, I’m glad we’re all in the same boat! This recipe is my all-time favorite chicken salad loaded with goodies like crunchy pecans, fresh dill, sweet grapes, and a hint of lemon juice. You can customize the ingredients however you like to suit your tastebuds, but instead of serving the chicken salad on bread or tortillas (like I did here), this time I’m serving it in adorable, little lettuce leaves! Major points for cuteness AND carb-savings with this recipe, guys!

I use this recipe quite often when I want a quick and easy lunch throughout the week or especially in the summertime when it’s too hot outside to eat a steaming hot meal. It’s light, lean, easy, super tasty, and perfect for your New Year’s diet resolutions! So put down those leftover cookies and candy from the holidays and go grab yourself some healthy groceries. We’re making chicken salad today!

P.S. I like to use butter lettuce when I can find it at the store because it’s the perfect size for making little boats of chicken salad, but romaine works well too! Enjoy, sweet friends!

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Top 10 Recipes of 2015

I’m sitting here in my post-Christmas coma looking back on the year, and I honestly can’t believe 2015 is almost gone. It has been full of exciting highs and a few unexpected lows, but the endless love and support from you guys has been such a blessing in my life this year. Seriously, I read all of your sweet comments here on the blog and over on Instagram, and they mean the world to me!

To thank you for being part of my extended Love Grows Wild family, I wanted to count down the top 10 recipe posts from 2015 so that you can find our most delicious, most pinned, and highest rated recipes from the entire year all in one place!

Your feedback is super important and helps me decide what to put up on the blog, so please feel free to leave a shout-out in the comments with what types of recipes YOU want to see in 2016! Tell me which recipe was YOUR favorite from the year too!

And now, let’s kick-off this count down!

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