Recipe Index

Appetizer/Side

Easy Party Dip

Although it’s still pretty darn cold in Virginia, I just KNOW Spring has to be right around the corner. Right? RIGHT?! Seriously though, you can go now, Winter; the first official day of Spring is just a few short weeks away and I’d like to get that party started early, ok? Now that we haveRead more

Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin

I’ve droned on and on about my love for potatoes in past blogs….especially when talking about my favorite Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes or these irresistible Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. What can I say, potatoes just get me. You know what I mean? So for this holiday season I’ve come up with yet another way to indulge inRead more

Healthier Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip

We’re just 16 days away from Christmas, can you believe it?! So exciting :) And to help you plan for any upcoming holiday parties, I’m bringing you a quick and relatively healthy dish: my Healthier Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip! I love the creamy, cheesy, buttery dips you can find at most restaurants, but theyRead more
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Asian

Arroz Caldo

It’s cold and rainy again here in Virginia (where are you, Spring??) and I’ve got the perfect recipe for this crummy weather….or for when you’re sick and need something light, yet hearty, to soothe your soul :)  Arroz Caldo is Filipino chicken and rice soup, made with the simplest ingredients that pack a serious flavorRead more

Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

The first day of Spring was just a couple days ago, but it sure doesn’t feel like it here in Virginia! Because of that I’m still craving warm, hearty meals. And anytime I can get dinner ready with minimal effort, I’m all about it! Drum roll please…..enter this amazingly fragrant and delicious Slow Cooker ChickenRead more

Filipino Chicken Adobo

If you’re from the Philippines or know someone from the Philippines, then you know all about Chicken Adobo! The term adobo comes from the Spanish word adobar, meaning marinade. And this marinade is always made with soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic. Simple, yet scrumptious.  What I love so much about Chicken Adobo isn’t just the fact that it was my favoriteRead more
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Breakfast

Pumpkin Veggie Muffins

“Well, well, well…..look who it is!” Nice to see you again. It’s me, Nikki. I know it’s been a while….a solid eighteen months since my last blog post, to be exact. How do I know it’s been that long? Well, because I have an eighteen month old toddler, and he sort of takes up allRead more

Easy Sticky Buns

Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! Sorry I wasn’t around last week, but I am totally making up for it with a ridiculously easy recipe today that is so delicious it’ll blow your mind! Plus, I have a good reason for missing last week’s post – the hubby and I were busy eating our way through Charleston,Read more

Cinnamon Belgian Waffles

Long before I started this food blog, I’ve always been the “cook” between my husband and I. The exceptions to that rule are: 1. all matters of the grill; and 2. breakfast. His breakfast skills are legendary (seriously, ask any of our friends and family) and that includes his famous Belgian Waffles. He’s done different variationsRead more
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Dessert

Easy Sticky Buns

Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! Sorry I wasn’t around last week, but I am totally making up for it with a ridiculously easy recipe today that is so delicious it’ll blow your mind! Plus, I have a good reason for missing last week’s post – the hubby and I were busy eating our way through Charleston,Read more

Mixed Berry Cobbler

Happy May, everyone! Here we are again, on the brink of summer and it’s about time I share a seasonal dessert favorite of mine that combines all the best things that life has to offer: Mixed Berry Cobbler! Ugh, it’s so beautiful and delicious I can barely contain myself!! What’s not to love….gorgeous, in-season berries,Read more

Easy Christmas Cookies

This is it! Christmas is THIS weekend and I can hardly believe this holiday season is almost over….sad face!! To round out my holiday menu ideas this year, I’m sharing these super duper Easy Christmas Cookies! I can barely call this a recipe and it almost doesn’t even count as cooking if I’m being honest.Read more
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Drinks

Mint Lemonade

How’s everyone doing this week?? We’ve had a couple cold & rainy days this week in Virginia, which is a total bummer. But I’m just happy the weekend is almost here. And the weather is looking sunny and hot most of next week – yay!! In anticipation of being able to actually enjoy the outdoors soon, today I’mRead more

Grapefruit Moscow Mule

How in the world is it almost 2017?? This year has been full of ups and downs and I am grateful for all it has offered. But I’m ready to move forward and embrace all the possibilities and adventures that await me in 2017! It’s been my absolute pleasure bringing you fun, festive, and deliciousRead more

Green Glow Detox Juice

After multiple Thanksgiving meals and all of the leftovers, it’s time for a serious time out :) My body has been craving greens, and I needed to step up my game from my usual Easy Green Smoothie. So I came up with this Green Glow Detox Juice! This isn’t your typical smoothie, since it isn’t as thick andRead more
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Game Day

Super Crispy Baked Wings

I can’t believe half of summer has come and gone! Who else is obsessed with the sun shining until 8pm?! My favorite part of the day is the after-dinner stroll with my little family. My son, Rowan, turned two a few weeks ago and it’s been so entertaining watching him grow and change – heRead more

DIY Taco Bar

Hello, friends! Today’s post is less of an actual “recipe” and more of a “do what you feel/use what you have on hand” situation. Aren’t things more fun that way?? I also think people enjoy building their own meal (I mean helloooo, how popular are the Chipotles and Cavas of the world?), which is whyRead more

Slow Cooker Carnitas

It feels like we just wrapped up the holidays, and here we are halfway through January already! That means football season is almost over, but not before the Big Game in early February, which is just a few weeks away! I looooooove me some good eats while watching football from the couch :) Check outRead more
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Holiday

Easy Christmas Cookies

This is it! Christmas is THIS weekend and I can hardly believe this holiday season is almost over….sad face!! To round out my holiday menu ideas this year, I’m sharing these super duper Easy Christmas Cookies! I can barely call this a recipe and it almost doesn’t even count as cooking if I’m being honest.Read more

Cheesy Potatoes Au Gratin

I’ve droned on and on about my love for potatoes in past blogs….especially when talking about my favorite Creamy Parmesan Mashed Potatoes or these irresistible Parmesan Smashed Potatoes. What can I say, potatoes just get me. You know what I mean? So for this holiday season I’ve come up with yet another way to indulge inRead more

Simple Shepherd’s Pie

Last year I shared an easy, yet very special, Herb Roasted Filet of Beef that is perfect for your holiday menu. But if you’re looking for something a little more affordable and casual, I’ve got you covered with this Simple Shepherd’s Pie! I’ve always wanted to try making this dish, but for some reason have alwaysRead more
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Meat

Super Crispy Baked Wings

I can’t believe half of summer has come and gone! Who else is obsessed with the sun shining until 8pm?! My favorite part of the day is the after-dinner stroll with my little family. My son, Rowan, turned two a few weeks ago and it’s been so entertaining watching him grow and change – heRead more

Weeknight Enchiladas

It’s Fridaaaaay, can I get an amen?! These warm temps and longer days got me looking forward to spending quality time with family on the weekends. I really love casual dinners this time of year when you can leave the doors or windows open, breeze drifting in, cold rosé in hand….ahhhh, what a perfect scene!!Read more

Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Raise your hand if you need a new go-to chicken dish! I. HAVE. GOT. YOU. COVERED. This Creamy Tuscan Chicken is the newest favorite at our house, and it happened by accident. I was looking at ingredients in the fridge that had been there for a while and decided to search online for recipes toRead more
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Pasta

Simple Shrimp Linguine

Let me start by saying, this recipe was 100% inspired by the witty, beautiful, incomparable, Chrissy Teigen. Well, to be completely accurate, it’s actually inspired by her mom whose recipe for “Pepper’s Spicy Clams” graced our presence in Chrissy’s first cookbook, Cravings. The recipe is simple, yet brilliant. But I gotta take a time outRead more

Creamy Lemon and Chicken Pasta

Summertime always makes me think of lemons for some reason. I love them year round, but the bright color and freshness is the perfect ingredient to add to any meal to keep it light and refreshing. Even when that meal includes pasta :) In last week’s Easy Sticky Buns recipe I shared that I’m expectingRead more

Easy Beef Lo Mein

HAPPY NEW YEAR, friends! Did you have an amazing holiday season? I sincerely hope the answer is a resounding yes! I’m a huge fan of new years: fresh starts, brand new opportunities, a time to reset. No matter what happened last year, you have 361 days ahead of you to do it the way youRead more
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Salad

Best Ever Egg Salad

Due to popular demand I am finally posting my Best Ever Egg Salad recipe!! A little while ago I shared photos of me making a batch on my Instagram stories, but I didn’t share the actual recipe….mainly because I didn’t have exact measurements of anything haha, but now I do and it’s just as goodRead more

Spring Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Happy April, my foodies! Temperatures are starting to warm up around these parts and I can only hope they’re here to stay :) This time of year puts me in such a good mood: sunshine, greener grass, warmth, and longer days….what’s not to love?? All this talk of Spring has me craving something light, fresh,Read more

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

I don’t know about you, but I try to pack my lunch as much as possible when going in to the office. And because of that I’m always looking for new lunch ideas to keep it fresh. Ryan and I actually eat tuna salad fairly regularly but I wanted to come up with a newRead more
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Seafood

Roasted Gambas al ajillo (Garlic Shrimp)

Let’s get straight down to business today! You know when you come home from a long day and you actually want to eat homemade food, but you JUST CAN’T EVEN. I know that feeling all too well, and my solution is to have recipes like this that take under half an hour from start toRead more

Simple Shrimp Linguine

Let me start by saying, this recipe was 100% inspired by the witty, beautiful, incomparable, Chrissy Teigen. Well, to be completely accurate, it’s actually inspired by her mom whose recipe for “Pepper’s Spicy Clams” graced our presence in Chrissy’s first cookbook, Cravings. The recipe is simple, yet brilliant. But I gotta take a time outRead more

Easy Salmon Kebabs

It’s Friiiiidaaaaaaaay! To make things even better, it appears Spring has finally sprung (knock on wood); and this warmth and sunshine puts me in the mood to grill! I really love grilling because it’s a healthy way to cook and it usually makes for a fast and delicious meal. And besides burgers and hot dogs,Read more
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Soup

Gazpacho

Happy first week of summer, guys! The heat (and humidity) has definitely hit Virginia. One of my favorite things to eat during the summer is Gazpacho! If you’ve never even heard of gazpacho, it’s a soup that originated in the south of Spain (in Anadalusia, to be exact). It’s made with raw vegetables (usually tomatoRead more

Red Pepper Soup with Parmesan Toasts

Years ago, my sister-in-law had me over to her place for a Christmas card party. Along with her best friend and my mother-in-law, we spent the afternoon writing Christmas cards for friends and family. It was a really fun idea, especially since my Belgian brother-in-law cooked for us :) I can’t remember everything we ate thatRead more

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

We’ve had a super mild winter in Virginia thus far, but temps took a big dip this past weekend. All I could think about was eating something that would be nice and hot in my belly. Enter this easy, satisfying, and hearty Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup. That’s a mouthful.  Let me tellRead more
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Toddler

Best Ever Egg Salad

Due to popular demand I am finally posting my Best Ever Egg Salad recipe!! A little while ago I shared photos of me making a batch on my Instagram stories, but I didn’t share the actual recipe….mainly because I didn’t have exact measurements of anything haha, but now I do and it’s just as goodRead more

Pumpkin Veggie Muffins

“Well, well, well…..look who it is!” Nice to see you again. It’s me, Nikki. I know it’s been a while….a solid eighteen months since my last blog post, to be exact. How do I know it’s been that long? Well, because I have an eighteen month old toddler, and he sort of takes up allRead more
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Vegetarian

Best Ever Egg Salad

Due to popular demand I am finally posting my Best Ever Egg Salad recipe!! A little while ago I shared photos of me making a batch on my Instagram stories, but I didn’t share the actual recipe….mainly because I didn’t have exact measurements of anything haha, but now I do and it’s just as goodRead more

Easy Party Dip

Although it’s still pretty darn cold in Virginia, I just KNOW Spring has to be right around the corner. Right? RIGHT?! Seriously though, you can go now, Winter; the first official day of Spring is just a few short weeks away and I’d like to get that party started early, ok? Now that we haveRead more

Spring Green Salad with Green Goddess Dressing

Happy April, my foodies! Temperatures are starting to warm up around these parts and I can only hope they’re here to stay :) This time of year puts me in such a good mood: sunshine, greener grass, warmth, and longer days….what’s not to love?? All this talk of Spring has me craving something light, fresh,Read more
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