Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

Classic Bread Stuffing Recipe

This savory classic stuffing recipe will be the perfect compliment to your Thanksgiving Turkey.  The combination of just a few seasonings creates a flavorful, easy to prepare bread stuffing recipe. Full disclosure here:  I have not always been the biggest fan of stuffing at Thanksgiving.  It’s a staple though.  Stuffing must accompany turkey at Thanksgiving.  It’s a tradition! SO after several years of experimenting with stuffing, I discovered I like mine a little more crispy rather than moist and soft.  In order to create more of a crunchy texture, I bake my stuffing instead of stuffing the turkey with my bread stuffing.  Also, it’s pretty simple to adjust the texture of this recipe by adjusting how long you bake the stuffing uncovered.  For softer more moist stuffing, bake uncovered for a shorter amount of time.  For more crisp, crunchy stuffing, bake uncovered for a little longer time.  No worries… I provide exact times and instructions in the recipe. When I was hunting for fresh bread crumbs, I asked one of the bakery employees at my local grocery store for help with my search.  She was so kind to walk me directly over to the bakery and instruct the lady behind the counter to slice a fresh loaf of bread two ways!  I had my choice of whole wheat, white, sour dough, and asiago loaves.  The kind lady grabbed my whole wheat loaf, sliced that baby two ways, and made my fresh bread cubes!  I’m excited to try the sour dough and asiago bread next. Most traditional stuffing recipes instruct you to use stale bread or to dry or lightly...
Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

You guys, I love chicken! I think it gets a bad rap because it doesn’t have a ton of flavor, but I think that’s one of its best qualities! You can season this high protein and rather inexpensive meat any way you like it! I’ll admit, it did take me a while to learn how to cook chicken without drying it out but since then I’ve never looked back! What are some of your favorite chicken recipes?   For my birthday a few years ago, my sweet husband got me a cookbook that is based off of one of my favorite book series. It’s called the Mitford Cookbook and Kitchen Reader and is so much fun to read through! The Mitford series is amazing too and they always cook up delicious meals in every book and I always imagine myself getting to try the savory treats!   The books are about a little town called Mitford and it focuses on Father Tim who is the local priest. The series is all about living in a small town and the interactions with all the different people. I felt I could relate to the characters super well. The book makes you want to pack up and go live in the quaint little community. Just thinking about it makes me want to go reread the series! Seriously, you’ve got to go read it! Back to this recipe, it may not be fried but it sure is delicious and super simple! The smell coming from the crockpot is amazing and both my husband and I love eating chicken this way. The honey garlic...
Coconut Chicken Curry

Coconut Chicken Curry

We have a fabulous little hole-in-the-wall Thai place right around the corner from our home.  I’m embarrassed to admit how often I think of their coconut chicken curry.  I want to call up and request just a tall glass of their coconut curry sauce.  Mmmmm Mmm.  I could just drink it! Since I can only tame that temptation for so long, I have been in the kitchen tweaking and playing with this coconut chicken curry recipe for awhile now.  FINALLY I can now daydream about my own coconut curry recipe. One of the most common questions I get about coconut milk is whether I use the canned or carton kind.  Well… it depends on the recipe, and I’ll make sure to specify when I mean the canned coconut milk.  For coconut chicken curry, definitely use the canned kind. Coconut milk is loaded with fat!  Don’t be scared though, my friend, this fat actually helps with weight loss, reduces heart disease, and does many many more wonderful things for you.  When purchasing coconut milk, purchase the full fat and NOT the light.  The only difference is light canned coconut milk has added water which dilutes the coconut meat.  It’s a waste of money, doesn’t taste as great, and this is one cream you can totally indulge in.   I have 2 kids.  I have busy days.  Some days I don’t want to cook.  Am I alone? I’m betting not.  This is now one of my quick, go-to dinners.  I start preparing the dish while the rice is cooking and everything is usually done at the same time.  30 minutes in.  30 minutes out. I have lots...
Garlic Chicken Pasta

Garlic Chicken Pasta

Sometimes I want something light for dinner.  And by light, I mean no heavy sauce but still rockin’ with flavor and satisfying.  I played around with this light olive oil sauce a couple times until my husband actually requested it!  Totally caught me by surprise since my steak-and-potato man usually doesn’t enjoy lighter dishes…. shows how amazingly tasty my garlic chicken pasta recipe turned out. Have you heard about the controversy between real and fake olive oil?  Apparently the Mob or some really scary rich people have been producing olive oil for 20 plus years with less quality oils (canola, sunflower seed, etc.) and claiming it’s 100% olive oil.  They might as well take out their huge wallets and smack us across the face! There are home taste tests, refrigerator tests, and other purity tests which can help you determine whether or not the brand of olive oil you’re using is the real deal.  AND there’s also controversy within the controversy.  So… what do I do with all the conflicting info?  My best research and stick with a brand I feel is legit. Unless you want to spend $54 for a small bottle of the most expensive pure olive oil (I looked it up), here are four brands that have passed the standards established by the International Olive Council.  Since I love my Costco, I usually go with Kirkland. You may have noticed that I’m a big fan of dinners that combine chicken and vegetables like my Chicken Fiesta Soup, Pineapple Chicken Fried Rice, and my Pasta Primivera recipes.  I’m not against side dishes.  Especially if the side dish is asparagus with coconut oil.  However, I love the combination...
Healthy Nachos

Healthy Nachos

Yes. I realize these healthy nachos are missing a fundamental ingredient… cheese. However, just because your eyes are missing it doesn’t mean your mouth will.  The juicy chicken, soft avocado, cherry tomatoes, and black beans combined with crunchy tortilla chips will make you wonder why we even add cheese to begin with! Do you remember me sharing my sad, sad story about getting migraines from dairy in my 3 ingredient ice cream post?  Well, there’s nothing that makes you take a good look at life like ripping away one of your favorite food groups.  However, let’s be honest.  Us Americans eat WAY too much dairy.  We throw butter, cheese, and milk in everything.  It’s the American way.  Let me grab your hand and walk you in a healthier direction… like straight towards these cheese-less healthy nachos. Come on.  I know you want to ask.  What’s my source of calcium if I don’t eat dairy?  I’m pretty sure my mother has lost sleep over this very question. Since I’m the one cookin’, my family is mostly dairy-free now. My husband cannot abandon his lifelong relationship with cheese though.  It’s just too painful to say good-bye.  Since I love my family and their bones, I have found several ways to make sure we have plenty of calcium. First, I’m the daily vitamin tyrant.  You know the crazy wife in pajamas running down the street with no shoes or makeup on?  It was probably me running after my husband trying to catch him before he left without his vitamin.  If somehow I forget, my 3 year is on it.  She asks for her vitamin at...
Mango Chicken Tacos

Mango Chicken Tacos

If you need a guaranteed recipe that will be loved by all, Mango Chicken Tacos are THE only way to go (well, my Baked Burritos are similar and pretty awesome too).  They are quick, healthy, SUPER tasty, and foolproof.  People rave about this recipe each time and make me feel like a celebrity chef!  I really should feel guilty about all the praise since the hardest part is putting the lid on the slow cooker.  BUT who am I to correct someone when the juicy mango chicken DOES taste like I’ve slaved away for hours in the kitchen?  #lovemyslowcooker  Last weekend, My husband and I went shopping with our kids.  The Nike Outlet had a 30% off your total purchase coupon that could NOT be passed up.  Anyway, we spent too much time oohing and aahing over sale prices and needed to grab something to eat quick since bedtime was rapidly approaching. We quickly scanned the restaurant options and chose a random Mexican place.  When I say it was the worst Mexican we’ve ever eaten, I seriously mean Taco Bell is gourmet compared to this place.  From rubber tortillas, shredded chicken from a can, and mystery guacamole, it was disgusting! When we left, I almost felt it my civic duty to camp outside and warn fellow innocent families of the horrifying food that waited them inside.  Well, I had to make these mango chicken tacos within a couple days to remind us how great Mexican can taste. Come close.  I’m going to share my secret on how to make each healthy recipe a yummy success.  Ready?  Purchase quality ingredients!  When you have quality ingredients, the flavors automatically make everything taste exceptional.  Quality...

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