Here’s a glimpse of some dishes I made during this past December. Lots of keeper recipes!!!
spiced pumpkin cake | Another successful recipe from the Real Simple cookbook. You know I’m not much of a baker but this cake was simple and delicious. Plus it looks pretty.
almond bark with pretzels, M&Ms, & craisins | There is no recipe required for almond bark. It’s as easy as hitting start on your microwave. I melted vanilla almond bark until it was spreadable and smooth, then I dropped a fun collection of goodies on top. Make sure to put down wax paper and I topped with wax paper so I could push the goodies into the bark. Refrigerate to set the bark and break into pieces for serving. This combo was pretty delicious… salty and sweet, my favorite!
sesame noodles | These noodles are a perfect compliment to any meal or as a meal themselves. I like to make it when I have leftover steak or chicken to put on top. I use whole wheat spaghetti to make it a little healthier. These noddles are good hot or cold too. I love them!
slow-cooker lemon garlic chicken | This is hands down the EASIEST slow cooker meal I’ve ever made. I made this for a work potluck so I used all chicken legs rather than a whole chicken for easier serving. The results were so so good especially for how easy it was to put together. I highly recommend this recipe. On a side note, it will make your house smell DELICIOUS.
roasted garlic-parmigiano broccoli | This recipe was a quick favorite at my house (and on pinterest). The butter alone is worth saving this recipe. I think it’d be good on anything: rolls, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower, the possibilities are endless.
everything hummus | I’ve made this a few times now because it’s so ridiculously good and easy. If you’re in a time pinch, just buy store bought hummus and top it with this “everything” topping and it’s still ridiculously good. I love everything bagels and I love hummus, so putting the two together is simply delicious. One of those things that I’m mad I didn’t think of it myself!
pears with blue cheese & walnuts | Super easy appetizer that looks pretty fancy. I made this for a girls night and for Christmas dinner and it was a hit both times. Just be sure to buy block blue cheese rather than crumbled (like me) so that it will stick to the pear!
slow-cooker chicken and biscuits | This is a recipe from my Real Simple cookbook (which is our cookbook club book this year). Everything I’ve tried from this cookbook has been , as promised, easy and delicious. This slow-cooker meal was very good and a hearty meal especially paired with the homemade biscuits.
minestrone with chicken meatballs | In December two of my favorite friends came down with a nasty cold and I wanted to get them well before our New Years party! I offered to make some soup and simultaneously opened my Bon Appetit magazine and found this chicken meatball minestrone. It was a unique take on chicken and noodles and I thought it’d be a good “feel better” soup. It was really tasty and packed full of veggies. I will definitely be making this again!