Quick and Cheap Cheesy Pepperoni Rigatoni Bake


Most of my weeknight dinners need to happen really quickly.  By the end of the day, I’m basically too exhausted to do anything fancy and complicated.  This is my vamped up pasta dinner that I make instead of just pouring jarred spaghetti sauce over noodles and calling it dinner.  It’s easier and cheaper than homemade lasagna […]

The Easiest Roast Chicken


I have always been afraid of chicken with bones.  Not because I’m afraid of choking, but because I just find them intimidating.  Boneless skinless chicken breast is what I usually buy, but they have been so expensive in the store recently.  Last week, my grocery store had bone-in chicken breast on sale for $.99 a […]

Albondigas Soup

Albondigas Soup

Once again I was on a quest to stretch a pound of ground beef and fill my kids with veggies.  This is basically the story of my life in the kitchen.  Well, that, and just one time I would like an oven that doesn’t burn the bottom of everything I bake while leaving the center […]

Crispy Baked Chicken Strips


Like most kids in America, my kids love chicken strips. Who am I kidding I love them too. I don’t buy them pre-made, those are gross. I do cheat a little and use Bisquick. Fast food at home, what’s better than that? I like to serve the chicken strips with bar-b-que sauce and honey mustard. […]

Vegan Black Bean and Corn Burritos


My family is not vegan, but I try to make at least 1 or 2 meat free meals every week. As an annoying teenager, I decided to be a vegetarian. My mom scrambled to make meals I would eat, and did her best to ensure there was protein included. Black bean burritos have been one […]

Creamy Mac and Cheese with Bacon and Peas


This creamy mac and cheese with bacon and peas is a delicious casserole. The peas don’t really add a whole serving of veggies per person, but it’s a good start. Plus there’s bacon, it makes everything amazing.

Citrus Cilantro Grilled Chicken


For years we lived without a grill. I had a little grill pan and that got us by, but I have to side with Hank Hill about the virtues of propane. It’s just so easy to cook with our propane grill. Citrus cilantro grilled chicken is so flavorful, and the marinade really helps keep the […]

Super Easy Oven Baked BBQ Ribs


I have been terrified to make ribs for years. I would watch these shows on Food Network and all these BBQ experts would smoke ribs for 8 hours, they had all these dry rubs with 35 ingredients, and there was a constant debate between dry and wet BBQ. I thought it was all way too […]

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Garlic and Kale


I had some wine left over from when my friend came over to visit yesterday. I know, it’s shocking. But I didn’t want to let it go to waste. Wine never tastes quite as good the next day, so I decided I needed to use it in a recipe. I’m really into kale these days. […]