Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice

Simple and healthy cilantro lime brown rice.

Rice | March 22, 2017 | By

My family absolutely loves copy-cat Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice. I serve it in tacos, burritos, or as a side dish with enchiladas or empanadas. In fact, lately we’ve been eating it so often lately that I figured I should find a way to make it at least a little more healthy. Using brown rice only takes about 20 extra minutes and I was worried my picky eaters would scoff at the change but they ate it up!

If you are looking for a vegetarian version of this recipe just substitute the chicken stock for veggie stock or water. You can use bottled lime juice instead of fresh if you’d like, but I really think the fresh lime juice makes a big difference in this recipe!

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Strawberry Rice Krispie Treats

Enjoy this Valentine's Day twist on a classic treat any time!

Desserts and Treats | February 14, 2017 | By

Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you love Valentine’s Day? Are you maybe a V-Day hater? I find myself kind of in the middle. Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge deal in our house. My husband and I have our wedding anniversary a few days before and my kids are not yet school age, so we don’t make a big fuss over the holiday. I didn’t want to overlook it completely though, so this morning we’ll have our own Valentine’s Day breakfast and we also made these heart shaped Strawberry Rice Krispie treats for a few friends in the neighborhood. 

This recipe is just as quick and easy as regular Rice Krispie treats, and my 3 year old had a blast helping me make them. If you’re short on time today but still want to munch on something sweet or make something yummy with your kids, try these out. You might already have the ingredients in your cupboard! 

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How To: Make Easy Freezer Pancakes

How to make homemade freezer pancakes for a quick and easy weekday breakfast.

Freezer Meals | January 13, 2017 | By

This week I’m sharing one of my favorite quick and easy breakfast ideas: freezer pancakes. My preschooler loves pancakes and often asks for them for breakfast, but I pretty much never have time to stand in front of a skillet and cook fresh pancakes while we’re trying to get ready for the day and get out the door. That’s why I always try to have a bag of freezer pancakes ready to go.

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How To: Cook a Turkey in a Turkey Roaster

How to cook a turkey in an electric turkey roaster.

Recipes, Turkey | December 22, 2016 | By

We’re deep into the holiday season; the season of cookies, eggnog, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pies, and, of course, roast turkey. I always end up making a few roast turkeys between November and December and there is one trick I absolutely swear by: cooking my turkey in an electric turkey roaster oven. Before I got married, I had never heard of a electric turkey roaster, but when I got one as a wedding gift I was intrigued. I tried it once, and I’ve never cooked a turkey in a traditional oven since!

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Caramel Apple Pie Cookies

Made with flaky pie crust, filled with pie filling, and topped with streusel topping and caramel, these Caramel Apple Pie Cookies are a perfect fall treat.

Caramel. Apple Pie. Cookies. Truth be told, I had a hard time naming these. Are they cookies? Are they mini pies? Are they cobbler bites? I settled on Caramel Apple Pie Cookies but you could also think of these as apple pie bites.  With the combination of apple, cinnamon, caramel, and pie crust these smell heavenly and they taste even better.

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Freezer Friendly Apple Pie Filling

Making you're own apple pie filling is so easy! Freezing is so much easier than canning, and you'll have apple pie filling all year long.

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but in ours it is really starting to feel like fall. Last weekend my family and I went to a local orchard and picked our own apples.  We came home with way more apples than we expected, and I knew that making a few batches of apple pie filling was the perfect solution. I love all pie, of course, but apple is one of my favorites and it’s the perfect way to get into the fall spirit.

The best part of making multiple batches of apple pie filling was that I was able to put a few of the batches in the freezer for later in the season. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, and it’s nice to have some at least one thing that’s already prepared.

Making you're own apple pie filling is so easy! Freezing is so much easier than canning, and you'll have apple pie filling all year long.

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Homemade Sweet Chili Sauce

Homemade sweet chili sauce is sweet, spicy, and simple - perfect on chicken, shrimp, rice, or egg rolls.

Homemade sweet chili sauce: it’s sweet, spicy, simple, and delicious on pretty much anything. I’ve been buying sweet chili sauce for years, and I always wondered if I could make it better myself. I tried a few different methods, some more successful than others, and finally landed on this one as my favorite. I like this method because the consistency is great; not too syrupy or too watery. 

Sweet, spicy, and simple - this sauce is perfect on chicken, shrimp, rice, or egg rolls.

If you’ve never tried sweet chili sauce before, you are really missing out. My favorite way to eat it as a dipping sauce for veggie spring rolls. But it’s great on chicken, shrimp, salmon, rice, or almost anything. Today I was so excited to eat it that I mixed it in with some quinoa and ate it as a snack.

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Raspberry Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon cupcakes filled with raspberry jam and topped with raspberry buttercream - a perfect summertime dessert!

For the past few weeks we’ve had some pretty rainy weather in Utah, but it’s finally starting to feel like summer. This weekend I wanted to celebrate by making a summery dessert so I whipped up some raspberry lemon cupcakes. Lemon cake always reminds me of summer, I had a delicious pack of fresh raspberries, and a jar of home-made raspberry jam from my mom so it was the perfect combination. 

Lemon cupcakes filled with raspberry jam and topped with raspberry buttercream - a perfect summertime dessert!

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Avocado Green Rice

This Avocado Green Rice (Arroz Verde) is full of flavor and color. It's simple to make, and is perfect for burritos, tacos, salads, or on it's own.

If you’ve spent much time on our blog, you know we love rice and Mexican food. 5-Ingredient Spanish Rice is our most popular recipe, and Mexican or Southwest recipes always seem to be our favorites. This week I’m making another rice recipe that I absolutely love – Avocado Green Rice. If you’ve never had Green Rice (or Arroz Verde) before, you’re missing out, and the avocado just takes it to the next level.

This Avocado Green Rice (Arroz Verde) is full of flavor and color. It's simple to make and is perfect for burritos, tacos, salads, or as a side dish.

This recipe gets its fresh flavor and touch of spice from cilantro, parsley, jalapeno, lime and garlic. I’ll be honest – this rice is actually great before you even add the avocado, but adding the avocado just gives it an extra kick. It adds a creamy texture that is so satisfying, and the avocado flavor complements the basic green rice perfectly.


Add this rice to tacos, use it in burritos or salads, or (if you’re me) eat it on its own. It’s so good, I could eat a big bowlful all by itself.

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Baked Caprese Tortellini

Baked Caprese Tortellini - you're only 6 ingredients and 30 minutes away from your new favorite pasta recipe.

Ok folks, I just might have a new favorite pasta recipe. This Baked Caprese Tortellini is super cheesy, delicious, and simple. Caprese and tortellini are two of my favorite things, so it just makes sense to bring them together into one cheesy skillet of deliciousness.  It only requires 6 ingredients and can be made start to finish in about 30 minutes.

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