Melissa

cheesy lentil & brown rice casserole {vegetarian}

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As August winds down I start thinking about back to school, autumn and cozy comfort food. Here’s a healthy, delicious dish that you can serve as a side dish or as a main course. Your vegetarian friends will be sure to ask for the recipe! It’s sort of magical how the ingredients for this dish…

chilled tomato avocado soup + cucumber relish

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Another lovely way to prepare fresh garden tomatoes! Chilled soup is such a refreshing treat this time of year. Serve it in lieu of salad as the first course to a more elaborate meal, or as part of a light luncheon or tea gathering. It’s so pretty when served in clear canning jars, stemless wine…

easy caprese chicken bake

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I’ve been getting into making easy, chicken bake recipes! It’s so fun to come up with new and exciting ways to serve chicken to my family. Chicken is such a versatile, low fat, high protein staple. It’s no wonder so many people cook with it several times a week. Here’s a wonderful dish that showcases…

cheddar broccoli omelette

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Another awesome, enticing omelette recipe! We like them for brekky, lunch or dinner. Or snacks. Don’t forget snacks. Assemble all of your ingredients before you start so you’re not running around the kitchen like a cra cra looking for ingredients while the omelette is cooking (burning). Use two eggs for a single serving omelette or…

2 ingredient cinnamon roll apple cobbler

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Here’s a super easy way to make a fast dessert at the last minute. It also works well for impromptu coffee dates. I’ve made these for brunch gatherings and they were a hit. The refrigerated cinnamon rolls I buy come with a little container of icing, so I use it to make the cobbler look…

feta bruschetta

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We were craving bruschetta something fierce a couple days ago, so I went out to get the ingredients and made it for our lunch. I happened to have a block of feta in the fridge, and at the last minute decided to crumble some over the top. Oh my GOSH! I’m sure I’m not the…

“secret ingredient” bbq ranch cheeseburger

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Are you ready to take cheeseburgers to a whole new level? The one, simple, *secret ingredient I’m about to reveal will help you make the juiciest hamburger patty imaginable. You’re not going to believe how easy it is! Because the meat you’ll be forming into patties is so moist and loose, you may want to…

ranch BLT wedge salad

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The middle of August calls for crispy, fresh, cold salads with tons of garden tomatoes! Here’s a simple one that I like to make when I don’t have a lot of time. Feel free to use your favorite buttermilk ranch dressing, or follow the link provided below and make up a batch of my Parmesan…

mashed potato bar {in a slow cooker}

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This is such a fun way to serve decadent, warm comfort food at a cool weather gathering in the autumn or winter. Guests can serve themselves and make their mashed potato “parfaits” any way they like. This time my toppings were pretty standard but you can get really creative with the toppings if you like.…

cherry cheesecake pocket pies

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We love these little, portable “pocket” pies for picnics! Just put them in a container that seals well, and place the container in a cooler filled with ice. The sweetened “cheesecake” component of these yummy pies make them a good breakfast or brunch offering too. They sort of remind me of a cross between a…