Meals I Make: Recent Winning Recipes

It’s summer! I’m soaking it up, because fall may be my favorite season, but summer is pretty hard to beat. Plus, this is the last summer where I’ll be off school and work, so I’ve been enjoying the free time. We got all moved in to our new place and I’ve been walking my dog Jade every day! We took an hour long walk this morning while it was still cool outside. The weather has been amazing lately!
I’ve been inspired to make some tropical-themed suppers lately. Fruit is delicious right now, and I got a perfect pineapple and mango. I thought I’d share some of my favorite meals from this week. I’m sorry that I don’t have photos of them all, but the original posts have awesome photos if you need to see them. By the time I get supper made, we just dive in without snapping photos first. I honestly don’t know how food bloggers do it! Desserts are so much easier to capture for me.

These Crock Pot Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Slaw are our favorite new tacos, and I loved that I didn’t have to heat up the kitchen to make them! I left out the sriracha and the brown sugar and we ended up with crunchy, sweet, spicy tacos. It was the perfect blend of flavors and textures!

These Margarita Enchiladas are more complicated, but so worth it. I used this marinade (without the tequila) to make the chicken, then mixed up some homemade enchilada sauce (with half the oil) to make these enchiladas (without the onions, olives, and chilies). I added some sautéed onions and bell peppers.

These Mango BBQ Quesadillas also took three separate recipes, but they’re incredibly simple. I think when you start with fresh ingredients, and even though they take more time to prep, the end results are worth it! These were juicy, full of flavor, plus you can make the sauce and salsa in a blender or Ninja to make it go faster.

If you want a true midwest meal, just make some really excellent steak like these Pan-Seared Riby-Eye Filets and Cheesy Roasted Garlic Corn on the Cob. Maybe throw in some sautéed peppers, fresh tomatoes, or grilled zucchini to balance things out. I have more, but I’ll stop for now. I’m hungry!

Meals I Make: Italian Sausage Pasta

This pasta comes together in a few minutes and tastes like a bite of Italy!

I’ve been on the hunt lately for easy summer meals that won’t require turning on the oven. Once that oven is on for 30 minutes, our little apartment becomes suffocatingly warm. Since our weather forecast here is in the upper 80s all week, I’m trying to avoid that. Michael suggested a pasta dish, so I bought a few ingredients and whipped this up. It tasted so good, I had to share!

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Top 10 Pinterest Recipes I’ve Tried


Dessert, breakfast, and a meal are all covered in this list of 10 Pinterest recipes I love

Dessert, breakfast, and a meal are all covered in this list of 10 Pinterest recipes I love

I use Pinterest as a tool for finding new recipes, mostly. I can’t make a recipe unless I can see a picture of it, so Pinterest is like a lovely internet image search of fabulous recipes. Naturally, of the many I try, not all are winners. I adjust recipes all the time to suit what I have on hand or my personal preferences. I know I haven’t been blogging for very long (not on a consistent basis, at least), but here are my 10 favorite Pinterest recipes that I tried and enjoyed so much that I blogged about them! Follow me on Pinterest and I’ll let you know what recipes are actually worth making!

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Meals I Make: Parmesan Tilapia and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I know this blog is full of recipes that people might feel guilty about eating. Just remember it’s all about enjoying life and being healthy and happy! I’m not healthy unless I get in some homemade treats now and then. To balance that out, I tend to cook on the light side and we rarely eat out. I sometimes have lots of time to prepare detailed meals, but mostly I’m tired and just want supper to be ready in less than an hour (or less that 15 minutes…). I’m a quick cook, aka impatient, so I tend to cut down on prep work and find ways around things like thawing and multiple bowls. The microwave is my best friend!

Parmesan Tilapia

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