Month: January 2020

Cheesy Pesto Bread

Cheesy Pesto Bread

Simple yet so delicious, our Cheesy Pesto Bread has minimal steps, a super easy process, and a fantastic outcome! The combination of the Texas Toast with the pesto and artichoke makes this seem so much more fancy than it actually is. A great appetizer or […]

Heath Bar Trifle

Heath Bar Trifle

You are only 4 ingredients away from one of the best desserts you have ever had! This Heath Bar Trifle is chocolatey, creamy, crunchy perfection. The best part- it is VERY easy to make and looks like you have been baking all day! A friend […]

Loaded Potato Bites

Loaded Potato Bites

These Loaded Potato Bites are a simple and delicious addition to any meal! Using ingredients you probably already have around the house, you can easily make these amazing bites any night of the week. I especially love this side dish because the kids can help me throw these together! Also, who doesn’t love miniature sized food?!?!

Loaded Potato Bites on a plate with more in the background.

Sometimes I don’t want all of the carbs of an entire baked potato, so putting a couple of these on my dinner plate gives me that taste I am craving with a lot less guilt! Another great reason to love this dish- it can also make an amazing appetizer or plate to bring to parties and gatherings! Not to mention, anytime bacon is an ingredient, you know it will taste good. A total win all around!

What should I serve with Loaded Potato Bites?

The fun thing about this recipe is you can serve them beside a delicious steak, flavorful apple butter chicken, or even our 3 ingredient pork chops, or you can treat them like an appetizer and serve them on their own with your favorite party foods! Just like a Reese’s cup, there’s no wrong way to eat them!

What other toppings could I add to these potatoes?

We made these loaded potato bites using traditional baked potato toppings. You can add anything you like to make these your own! Some ingredients we would suggest are:

  • Broccoli and Cheese
  • Chili
  • Onions
  • Salsa
  • Taco Meat

Can I save the leftovers?

Absolutely! We recommend that if you plan to save any extras (if there are any!) just simply leave off the sour cream and place them in a covered container in the refrigerator. When you are ready to re-serve, either pop them in a warm oven for a few minutes or a microwave for 30 seconds and then add your sour cream! My daughter especially loves these packed in a thermos in her lunchbox!

Ingredients for loaded potato bites.

Ingredients for Loaded Potato Bites

  • 1 bag Baby Dutch Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Bacon, chopped (about 4 slices)
  • 1/2 Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 stick of Butter
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream

How to make our Loaded Potato Bites

Preheat oven to 400. Wash and dry potatoes. Place potatoes on lined cookie sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.

Baby potatoes on a baking sheet.

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare your bacon according to package instructions. If you want to make the prep work a little easier, try this fully cooked bacon that just needs a few seconds in the microwave!

Once potatoes are baked, using a fork, smash and add 1 tsp butter to each potato.

Potatoes smashed with butter on a baking sheet.

Next, add 1 TBS shredded cheddar cheese and 1 tsp of bacon to top of potato and place back in the oven for an additional 2-3 minutes (to melt the butter cheese).

Loaded Potato Bites with toppings on a baking sheet.

Remove from oven and add a dollop of sour cream to each potato. Feel free to garnish with green onions or salt and pepper.

Loaded Potato Bites with toppings on a baking sheet.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Loaded Potato Bites on a platter

These tasty little bites are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Add any toppings you like and make these your signature party “go-to” bring along. We know they will be a hit every time!

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Yield: about 24 bites

Loaded Potato Bites

Loaded Potato Bites
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 bag Baby Dutch Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Bacon, chopped (about 4 slices)
  • 1/2 Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 stick of Butter
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400.
    2. Wash and dry potatoes.
    3. Place potatoes on lined cookie sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
    4. Once baked, using a fork, smash each potato and add 1 tsp butter, 1 TBS shredded cheddar cheese and 1 tsp of bacon to top of potato.
    5. Place back in the oven for an additional 2-3 minutes (to melt the butter cheese)
    6. Remove from oven and add a dollop of sour cream.
    7. Serve immediately!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 34Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Quick Shrimp Chowder

Quick Shrimp Chowder

Looking for something quick and easy to warm you up after a long night of sitting at the ball fields? This Quick Shrimp Chowder is where it’s at! With only a few ingredients and minimal prep and cook time, you can have a bowl of […]

Cheesy Refried Beans

Cheesy Refried Beans

So simple, yet so delicious! With only 3 ingredients, our Cheesy Refried Beans are creamy, flavorful, and super quick to make. When time is something you don’t have a lot of, these are a go-to side! So incredibly easy and so tasty – you can’t […]

Quick Broccoli

Quick Broccoli

The exact definition of fast food! Our Quick Broccoli takes just 1 minute in the Instant Pot and it is ready to go. With shredded carrot to give it a little sweetness and chicken broth to enhance the flavors, this side is a great and easy option on a busy week-day night. Fresh and healthy, our broccoli is a great accent to any entree this week.

Chicken and broccoli in a bowl

What can be added to broccoli to make it taste better?

There are several option out there that you can put on your broccoli. We like adding cheese to give it a little something better, and also we steam it with broth instead of water to add to the flavors. You can also top it with onions, garlic, butter, melted cheese, or bacon bits.

Is broccoli good for you?

Broccoli is high in many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. It also contains more protein than most other vegetables. This green machine can be enjoyed both raw and cooked, but recent research shows that gentle steaming provides the most health benefits.

Ingredients for Quick Broccoli

Ingredients for our Quick Broccoli:

  • 1 pound of broccoli
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

How to make our Quick Broccoli:

The first step is to chop the broccoli into florets. Next, add all the chicken broth to the Instant Pot. Follow with the broccoli. Shred the carrot on top of the broccoli. Put the lid on and place the pressure seal lever to “seal”.

Broccoli florets and shredded carrots in a Instant Pot

Next, you will need to press “Manual” and make sure it’s on “High.” Set the time to just 1 minute. (For crunchier broccoli, set the time to 0 minutes.) It will take approximately 5-8 minutes for the Instant Pot to come to pressure. Once it has, the time will start to count down.

Once the timer beeps, vent the remaining steam from the Instant Pot right away by moving the pressure release lever to “Venting”. You will need to be really careful on this step so you don’t burn your hand or face. We typically use a long spoon to vent while being sure to lean away from the steam.

Once all the steam is released, open the pressure cooker lid slowly. Carefully remove the broccoli to a bowl using a large spoon. Drizzle the broccoli with olive oil, kosher salt, and cheese.

Serve and enjoy!

I have found, with my kids especially, there is really no way to make my family beg for broccoli. Never the less, it’s something I try to put on their plates at least once a week. This recipe simplifies how i’m going to get it on their plates with the limited time I typically have. Minimal ingredients + minimal cook time = maximum taste and ease! That combo is a win for mom every time.

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Yield: 4 servings

Quick Broccoli

Quick Broccoli
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound broccoli florets
  • 1/2 Cup chicken broth
  • 1 carrots, shredded
  • Paresan cheese for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli into florets.
  2. Place broccoli, chicken broth and shredded carrots in the Instant Pot.
  3. Place lid on and lock in place. Press "manual" and set for 1 minute.
  4. Once timer beeps, release pressure immediately. Be very careful so you don't get hurt from the steam.
  5. Place in a bowl and top with shredded cheese.
  6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 74Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 214mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Sweet fresh apples, yummy cinnamon and a touch of syrup combine with steel cut oats to make our delicious Instant Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. We love this because it’s awesome for a family gathering, brunch, or for meal prepping for the week. Don’t need that […]

Simple Southwest Black Beans

Simple Southwest Black Beans

Smoky flavors mixed with zesty undertones make this side dish a must try. Our Simple Southwest Black Beans are super simple to make, offer a great portion size and are a fantastic compliment to so many entrees. This throw- and-go recipe is great to put […]

BBQ Mayo

BBQ Mayo

This tangy, zesty BBQ Mayo has a hint of heat and loads of flavor! We love to drizzle this over our BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos and just about everything else! This is a great sauce for chicken nuggets too. With ingredients you probably already have on hand, this easy to make sauce will soon become a household staple.

Ingredients mixed in glass bowl

We initially decided to make this sauce to “heat up” our taco Tuesdays. We kept the leftovers in the fridge and soon discovered that this stuff needs to used to it full potential! Dipping sauce for French fries, Chicken Nuggets, used as an amazing bbq pizza sauce- the possibilities are endless!

Is this considered an Alabama white BBQ sauce?

You could say this is our take on it!  This is just a fun little mix we came up with to add a little kick to our tacos!  The Alabama white sauce usually has vinegar and horseradish.

How long will it keep and how do I store it?

This sauce will keep for up to 2 weeks in your refrigerator (if it lasts that long!) Make sure you store it in a covered container.

Ingredients for BBQ Mayo

Ingredients for BBQ Mayo

  • 1/3 cup Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBS Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 TBS Texas Pete

How to make BBQ Mayo

Combine barbecue sauce, mayonnaise, brown mustard, and Texas Pete into a bowl.

BBQ Mayo ingredients in a bowl

Stir well and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.

BBQ Mayo on table with BBQ Pork Tacos and Pulled pork with cole slaw

This sauce is such an easy way to add a little extra flavor to your favorite foods. The 4 ingredients are easy to keep on hand so you can whip up this zesty mayo anytime you want!

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Yield: 1/2 cup

BBQ Mayo

BBQ Mayo
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup Kraft Original Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 TBS Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 TBS Texas Pete

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Mix well and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 601mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g

(Nutritional information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Simple Cole Slaw

Simple Cole Slaw

Only 3 ingredients make this Simple Cole Slaw as delicious as it is easy to make! This easy side dish is on the “must have” list when serving BBQ around our house. It also makes a wonderful last minute make and take for parties or […]