Melissa

river valley pasta

rivervalleypasta

This festive dish celebrates the fresh flavors of summer. Feel free to use zucchini ribbons in place of all the pasta, or vice versa, if you wish. I like this hot or cold. It tastes wonderful either way! for 4 servings: 2 cups fettuccine pasta cooked until al dente 2 small unpeeled zucchinis “ribboned” using…

{slow cooker} black eyed peas & bacon

blackeyedpeas

What could be more satisfying than a bowl of black eyed peas, with bacon and buttermilk cornbread biscuits? Not many meals come to mind. Black eyed peas are so easy to prepare in your slow cooker, and it’s the perfect appliance for making beans. They come out perfect every time. This makes a big batch…

easy buttermilk cornbread drop biscuits

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Here’s a delicious, super simple recipe for cornbread biscuits that go wonderfully with chili, ham, soup, salad, or black eyed peas! The recipe only calls for 4 ingredients, and it takes less that 30 minutes to prepare and bake the biscuits. PS… They’re also delicious as a breakfast treat. Split them while they’re hot and…

chicken zoodle pho

zoodlepho

Pho is such a simple, beautiful, healthy dish. Eat this for lunch or dinner every day for a week and you’ll lose weight, feel amazing, and detoxify without sacrificing satisfaction or flavor. Feel free to use the traditional rice noodles in place of the zoodles (zucchini noodles) if you wish. I made this with spiralized…

refrigerator zucchini pickles

zucchinipickles

Yet another way to use all of those zucchinis that are taking over your garden! This is so easy! You can use zucchini pickles on sandwiches, tacos, salads and, of course, wherever you’d usually use pickles or relish. I’ve even chopped them up and put them in tuna salad and egg salad. makes 2 (1…

grilled cheese sandwich taco

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What? A grilled cheese sandwich TACO? Yup! And, it’s incredible! The best of both worlds, mashed together in a stunning taco configuration. Just when you thought I was done posting taco recipes for awhile, BAM! 😉 The only trick is to cut very soft, French bread on the diagonal so you get two long, pieces…

cream cheese lasagna

cclasagna

Before I made a pan of this creamy, cheesy, delicious lasagna, I wondered what could be better than the classic version I grew up with. When I took my first bite of this, I answered my own question. Oh, man. This is so good. I love how easy it is to prepare, and how cream…

scenes from summer

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Can you believe we’re already in the throes of August and talking about the kids going back to school? The summers always seem to scurry by in a flash, and I just go with the flow. Adding stuff on top of stuff to our calendar until it looks like a complicated math problem. We say…

mama’s easy hamburger spaghetti

mamaspaghetti

Some days you just need to get dinner on the table fast. No need to skimp on flavor while doing so. Just make up a batch of my go-to hamburger spaghetti sauce. No muss, no fuss. A tasty, healthy dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes! 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion,…