Cheesy chicken and potato casserole made WITHOUT any canned condensed soups! Really easy and super delicious weeknight dinner idea!

Cheesy Chicken and Potato Casserole

You can’t beat the convenience of a good casserole.  They’re fast, they’re tasty, and they can make a lot of food all at once.  I’d been shying away from most casseroles recently because so many of the recipes called for adding a can of gloopy condensed soup.  But then I discovered this perfect substitute that…

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Ham and Bean Stew Cassoulet with Cornmeal Dumplings. This is so easy to make, yields a TON of food, and is SO SO SO GOOD!

Ham and Bean Cassoulet with Cornmeal Dumplings

I’m not sure how cassoulet, which is basically a fancy term for a slow-cooked stew made with meat and beans, has evaded me for my entire life.  Now that I’ve had it, my life will never be the same. My husband has already requested (insisted?) that I make this dinner again, and soon.  It’s thick,…

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Grilled Nutella and gouda cheese sandwich - yes, really. Apparently this is a thing in Germany?

Grilled Nutella and Gouda Cheese Sandwich

It has recently come to my attention that eating Nutella and cheese sandwiches is a thing, particular in Germany.  I will try anything once, so when this interesting combination of flavors and textures ended up in my crosshairs, I knew I had to make it.  Gouda is the type of cheese recommended for this unconventional…

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Lightened up beef stroganoff - this uses lean beef, yolk-free noodles, and Greek yogurt! Great make ahead meal because it tastes the best the second day!

Lightened Up Ground Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff is a meal I forgot existed.  I recall eating it on occasion throughout my formative years and remember that I liked it, yet I’ve never thought to make it during my adult life until now. A traditional stroganoff is prepared with a heavy sour cream sauce.  To lighten things up a bit, I…

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Pumpkin Pie Pancakes with Cream Cheese Drizzle + Giveaway

This quick and easy recipe contains 3 of my favorite things:  pumpkin, breakfast for dinner, and a doctored mix. Eating breakfast food for dinner is a comforting treat and there’s a vast number of dishes available for such a meal.  You can go savory with bacon, eggs, and tall buttermilk biscuits, or you can go sweet…

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Lighter Chicken Penne Alla Vodka

Pronto by Barilla is a brand new kind of pasta that helps you make “one pot” pasta dishes without having to wait for the water to boil before adding the pasta.  You can either use water to cook the pasta (no draining required) or cook it directly in whatever sauce you are preparing.  There are five different…

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Crock Pot Lemon Chicken, Green Beans, and Sweet Potatoes

A green vegetable, a lean protein, and a complex carbohydrate.  It doesn’t get much more balanced than that!  I made this incredibly easy dinner last week as an experiment and didn’t plan on blogging it at the time, but after it turned out so tasty I compiled the very few photos I snapped with my…

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Lower Carb Ground Turkey Fettuccine

I’m so excited about this meal I couldn’t wait to share it with you all.  This big serving of delicious pasta is less than 300 calories for the ground turkey marinara sauce AND the noodles.  Better yet, each serving only has 21 carbs!  I was recently asked to try a variety of ThinSlim Foods products and included…

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light chicken and rice soup

Lighter Chicken and Rice Soup

This is a recipe that was thrown together when I found myself with a kitchen full of little this ‘n that ingredients leftover from various other meals throughout the week.  I love lightened up versions of cream-based soups and this one has all of the flavor as its higher fat and calorie cousin but is…

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