Out of the Box Chocolate Chip Cupcakes

Easy chocolate chip cupcakes are full of chocolatey goodness, just like your favorite cookie!

Recently, a dear friend asked me to bring cupcakes to a women’s event, and I started thinking about a cupcake recipe that would appeal to almost anyone. Chocolate chip is the most popular cookie flavor, I thought, so why not chocolate chip cupcakes? A few hours later I had 48 of these cute chocolate chip cupcakes – some for the event, some for neighbors, and a few to keep for myself and my family.

Cupcakes can be a lot of work, so I decided to use a “doctored up” cake mix recipe, spiked with decadent chocolate chips and piled high with vanilla buttercream. I love recipes that take a plain old cake mix and make it special. One of my favorite cookbooks is The Cake Mix Doctor, and I’ve made lots of fun desserts from it over the years. This recipe is not from that book, but it could be. 

It's hard to believe these delectable chocolate chip cupcakes come from a boxed cake mix!

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5 Ingredient Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos

These chicken and black bean taquitos are quick and simple. Only 5 ingredients and dinner is ready!

Mexican | April 1, 2017 | By

I don’t know about you but I’m always on the hunt for quick and easy weeknight dinners. Things can get so crazy on weekdays in our house that I try to plan simple meals, otherwise I know I’ll feel burned out at the end of the day and I’ll be about 200% more likely to just order pizza. My family  loves all things Mexican food – tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc., but I never really had a good taquito recipe I could throw into my dinner rotation. These Chicken and Black Bean Taquitos require only 5 ingredients (yay!) and they’re great for dipping in your favorite salsa or sauce. 

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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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Crazy Mixed-Up Oven Fried Chicken Fingers

A secret mix of ingredients forms a crunchy crust for crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers.

Chicken | March 15, 2017 | By

Who doesn’t love chicken fingers? I guess technically they’re considered kid food, but adults love them too. I’ve been testing and perfecting this recipe for crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers for a few weeks now, and I don’t think my family was the least bit upset that they had to try several different versions before I got them just the way I wanted.

Crazy mixed-up oven fried chicken fingers are crispy, crunchy and crazy delicious!

Oven fried chicken fingers are a little tricky, because deep frying is what makes restaurant chicken fingers so tasty. It takes the right combination of flavorful marinade, crunchy crumb coating and a light oil spray to create crispy, delicious chicken fingers without a deep fryer.

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Green Beans with Breadcrumbs, Garlic and Almonds

Easy green beans with breadcrumbs, almonds and garlic come together in 15 minutes with just a few basic ingredients.

Is it weird that I love, love, love veggie side dishes? Plain veggies are good for you, but dressing them up makes them a lot more appealing. I’m seriously excited about these green beans with breadcrumbs, almonds and garlic, a recipe I’ve been perfecting for several months now. This recipe comes together in just 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients from the freezer and pantry. I usually have the ingredients for this recipe on hand, so I can whip it up on short notice.

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup for the Instant Pot

Easy, inexpensive creamy tomato-basil soup will be your new favorite recipe for the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker.

If you read this blog regularly, you might have noticed that we make a lot of soup, especially tomato soup! Is there anything better than a hot mug of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter day? One of my favorite recipes is this creamy tomato basil soup for the Instant Pot. My family loves this soup, and I love it because it’s easy and inexpensive to make.

I got my Instant Pot electric pressure cooker more than a year ago, and it’s become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets. The thing I use it for the most is making soup. It has a pre-programmed soup setting, so cooking the soup is automatic.

This creamy tomato basil soup is packed with flavor, and with healthy veggies. Just a touch of heavy cream gives the soup richness without too many calories.

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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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Greek Yogurt Key Lime Pudding

Greek yogurt key lime pudding is a healthier dessert with the bright, creamy flavor of key lime pie.

Ahh, key lime pie – it’s a dessert that always reminds me of a beautiful trip my husband and I took to the Carolina coast. I’m pretty sure we ate key lime pie every day while we were there. Beach vacation memories are especially appealing right now, as I’m looking out my window at February drizzle. I’m craving the tastes of summer, like this Greek yogurt key lime pudding – a recipe I contributed recently to the SoFab Food blog. 

Greek yogurt key lime pudding is a healthier dessert you can have any time of year. It brings the sweet-tart taste of summer along with probiotics, protein and calcium, and it takes only a few minutes to make. It’s an American twist on an authentic Greek yogurt lemon pudding recipe.

If you love a simple dessert recipe with healthy ingredients, give it a try. You can get the recipe for Greek Yogurt key lime pudding now from SoFab Food.


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Greek yogurt key lime pudding is a healthier dessert option that takes only minutes to make. Enjoy the taste of summer any time with this easy recipe.

Our Best Recipes for Game Day

I’ll be honest and say that my favorite thing about Sunday’s “Big Game” is the food! I love college football, but I’m not so much into the NFL. Still, who’s going to say no to an excuse to bring out a bunch of party food and spend time socializing?

What are you planning to make for Game Day? I’ve put together a list of some of our favorite party recipes to give you some inspiration.

Easy Baked Buffalo Wings

Dive into these amazing Baked Buffalo Wings - perfect for Game Day or for an easy weeknight dinner!


Classic football food, crispy and delicious with no deep fryer in sight! Serve these with carrot and celery sticks plus an easy blue cheese dip.

Easy Baked Barbecue Wings

These Baked Honey Barbecue wings are crispy and delicious with no deep frying! The sauce is addictively sweet with a little bit of spice!

Are you Team Buffalo or Team Barbecue? I can’t quite decide, so usually I serve both. These barbecue wings are crispy, sweet and smoky, and taste great with a simple ranch dip.

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce: a quick and easy vegetarian meal, loaded with flavor.

This crispy black bean taco recipe is by far our most popular! Our readers love them, and so do we! You can easily cut these small tacos in half or thirds to make them into finger food. Don’t skip the avocado lime sauce – it’s to die for!

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Crock-Pot Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks

Sweet and spicy chili chicken drumsticks cook up melt-in-your-mouth tender in the crock pot.

Everyone loves a great Crock-Pot or slow cooker recipe, and if it’s cheap and easy, that’s even better! I’ve made these Crock-Pot sweet chili chicken drumsticks several times in the last few weeks, and they’ve been a hit with our family. This recipe is one of my “Costco hacks,” because the main ingredients are a bargain at Costco.

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