Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting!  Smooth and creamy, perfect on carrot cake, banana cake, red velvet and so much more!

Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting!  Smooth and creamy, perfect on carrot cake, banana cake, red velvet and so much more!

Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

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I absolutely love Cream Cheese frosting..  it’s completely perfect on carrot cake or banana bread or a spoon.

This is literally the Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting… so smooth and creamy.  Adding of just a touch of lemon juice makes this recipe amazing.  If you don’t have lemon juice (or you prefer a more classic flavor) vanilla in place of the lemon juice is equally wonderful.  Either way, get a spoon ready because you’re going to want to dig into this!

This frosting will hold it’s shape well on cupcakes, just be sure not to use light or spreadable cream cheese, they don’t produce the same results.

Items you’ll need for this recipe

* powdered sugar * cream cheese * mixer *

Best Ever Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating 

Serves: 2½ cups

Ingredients
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  • 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or vanilla)
Instructions
  1. Combine cream cheese and butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add in remaining ingredients and continue beating until light and fluffy.
  3. Store in the refrigerator.

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Avocado Dressing & Dip

Avocado Dressing and Dip

This  Avocado Dressing recipe is not only delicious, it's super easy to make!  Adjust the liquid to adjust the consistency and make a perfect dip for chips!

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This is one of my favorite homemade dressings!  Not only is it healthy and full of flavor, it just takes a couple of minutes to prepare.   This is the perfect dressing for a taco salad or tossed with crispy romaine, cucumbers and croutons (it’s amazing on top of any sort of Mexican dish too)!

If you reduce the liquid, this makes an amazing Avocado Dip for chips or veggies and I even spread it on sandwiches in place of mayo for a healthy kick!

Avocados are a true super food containing tons of nutrients, fibre and healthy fats!  Here are just a few of the benefits of enjoying Avocados:

    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Packed with vitamins including potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin B6
    • Contain Fiber (keeps you feeling full)
    • Tastes delicious

Avocado Dressing and Dip!

Rating 

Serves: 1½ cups

Ingredients
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  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • ½ fresh Lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • seasoning salt to taste
For dressing
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk (see note below for substitution)
For dip
  • ¼ Cup Buttermilk or Soured Milk (see note below)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Adjust the amount of buttermilk to get desired consistency.
Notes
*NOTE: If you do not have buttermilk you can easily substitute it with soured milk.

Place ½ Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar into a ½ cup measuring cup. Top with milk and let sit 5 minutes. Use to replace buttermilk in any recipe!

 

 

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SWP Caramel Apple Dip

Caramel Apple Dip

If you love caramel apples, you'll go crazy for this quick and easy Caramel Apple Dip!  Rich creamy layers loaded up with caramel; this is the perfect appetizer, snack or dessert!

Caramel Apple Dip

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If you love caramel apples, you will definitely go crazy for this dip!  Rich creamy layers topped with gooey caramel is the perfect dip for apples (not to mention other fruit and even graham crackers)!

I first had Caramel Apple Dip when one of my besties brought it over… and no matter what the occasion is, it’s gone every single time!  Even better, it’s super simple to prepare.

If you love caramel apples, you'll go crazy for this quick and easy Caramel Apple Dip!  Rich creamy layers loaded up with caramel makes the perfect appetizer, snack or dessert!

If you prefer, you can use reduced free and sugar free products when making this!  The last time we had this I used fat free greek yogurt and light cream cheese and it was just as delicious… nobody could tell the difference!

Things you’ll need for this recipe

* lemon juice * caramel sauce * english toffee bits *

Caramel Apple Dip

Rating 

Ingredients
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  • 1 cup cream cheese (regular or light)
  • 1 cup greek yogurt (regular or light)
  • caramel ice cream topping
  • Skor bits, Heath Bits or other english toffee bits
  • Apples, your favorite variety
  • Lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Mix cream cheese and greek yogurt until completely combined.
  2. Spread a thin layer of the cream cheese mixture in a small bowl. Cover with caramel sauce and a sprinkle of english toffee bits. Repeat layers using the remaining ingredients. (You may not use all of the caramel sauce).
  3. Slice apples and toss with a touch of lemon juice to prevent browning.
  4. Serve the dip with apple slices.

 

caramel apple dip

 

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Delicious and easy cauliflower soup loaded up with cheese and fresh cauliflower. This cheesy velvety soup makes the perfect lunch or dinner!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Delicious and easy cauliflower soup loaded up with cheese and fresh cauliflower.  This cheesy velvety soup makes the perfect lunch or dinner!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

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Delicious and easy cauliflower soup loaded up with cheese and fresh cauliflower.  This cheesy velvety soup makes the perfect lunch or dinner!

There is just something about a rich creamy velvety soup at the end of a long day!

My family loves this soup, it’s like a big ol’ bowl of comfort food just showed up at your door.  I am seriously waiting for spring to show up at my door, but since it hasn’t yet…  I’ll take a bowl of this instead.  This cauliflower soup is so deliciously velvety and creamy and loaded up with cauliflower and cheese, it’s the perfect meal!

I use a combination of parmesan and cheddar but I’ve also made this soup using gruyere for a fantastic flavor.

 Things you might need for this recipe

* vegetable steamer or saucepan * hand blender or food processor * 

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Rating 

Serves: 4 servings

Ingredients
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  • 8 cups fresh cauliflower
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ teaspoon celery seed
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1¼ cups light cream or Half & Half
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cups cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Steam or boil cauliflower until softened and drain well.
  2. Coarsely chop 2 cups of cauliflower and set aside. Puree remaining cauliflower with ½ cup broth until smooth.
  3. Cook onion in olive oil over medium heat until softened but not browned.
  4. Add butter and seasonings, stir in flour. Add cream & remaining broth all at once. Cook while stirring over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Stir in cauliflower puree and chopped cauliflower and stir until heated through.
  5. Remove from heat, add cheese and stir until melted.

 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

Slow Cooker Enchiladas Recipe...  tender seasoned shredded chicken wrapped  in tortillas and cooked in the crock pot is the perfect weeknight meal!

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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This Slow Cooker Enchiladas Recipe is one of my favorite meals ever!  There is just something so comforting about the saucy cheesy deliciousness of this dish!

This recipe calls for cooked chicken, you can cook your own or use rotisserie chicken to make it extra quick!  One whole rotisserie chicken should give you about 3 cups of chicken, perfect for this recipe!

Slow Cooker Enchiladas Recipe. Shredded chicken wrapped in tortillas, smothered in sauce and cooked in the crock pot is the perfect weeknight meal!

If you have a little extra time, making homemade enchilada sauce is not only easy, it’s so much tastier than store bought!  Once you have your chicken & sauce ready, these take just a few minutes to roll up and pop into the slow cooker.

Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you may get 2 or 3 layers of enchiladas.  My slow cooker is 6 quarts and I was able to put 6 enchiladas per layer with 2 layers.

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Once I cook these up I love to have a plate of toppings out for everyone to dress up their own enchiladas with their favorite toppings!  Of course I add fresh jalapeños to mine because I’m a total spice freak  but we also love tomatoes, olives, sour cream, avocado and cilantro!

Things you’ll need for this recipe

* slow cooker * enchilada sauce (or homemade) * mild green chiles * 6-inch tortillas *

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

Rating 

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
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  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 12 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cans (10 oz) enchilada sauce or 3 cups homemade sauce
  • 1 (4oz) can mild green chiles
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (or your favorite blend)
Instructions
  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with no stick spray.
  2. Combine shredded chicken, salsa and about ½ cup of the enchilada sauce.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine remaining enchilada sauce and chiles, set aside.
  4. Divide the chicken mixture over the tortillas (approx. ¼ cupeach). Roll each tortilla and place seam side down in your slow cooker (I was able to fit 6 per layer) topping each layer with enchilada sauce.
  5. Top with cheese. Cook on low 3-4 hours

Here are a few more recipes you’ll love

* taco stuffed shells * Layered Doritos Casserole *  Slow Cooker Shredded Beef for Tacos *

Layered Doritos Casserole!  Doritos layered with a sour cream, beef & salsa mixture!  Amazing!

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12 Romantic Dinner Ideas

Great Romantic Dinner Tips and Ideas!

12 Romantic Dinner Ideas!  It doesn't take a lot to turn ordinary into extraordinary!  Here are some great tips and recipes for the perfect romantic dinner!

Great Romantic Dinner Ideas!  

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A romantic dinner usually consists of great food, great wine and great conversation!

It really doesn’t take a lot to make an ordinary night into an extraordinary night.  A few things that can make your everyday dinner special:

Place Settings:   Take the time to set the table well ahead of time with a table cloth, placemats, napkins and water glasses. 

Decor:  This doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate…  a few beautiful flowers or petals on the table, some glass beads or even a shallow bowl or plate with sand and seashells can make for a beautiful table depending on the meal and occasion.

Lighting:  This is a very easy way to set the mood for a romantic dinner!  If you have a dimmer, lower the light…  if not, stock up on a few inexpensive candles!  (Note:  When setting a dinner table always ensure that your candles are unscented.)

Music:  This is another great way to set the mood.  Playing some soft romantic music will add to the ambience.

Dress up:  If you’re having dinner at home, you don’t necessarily have to dress up to the nines but putting on something nice makes it feel like a special occasion…  and it is!

I’d love to hear your suggestions, ideas and tips for a perfect romantic night!

On to the food!  Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, Valentine’s day or even just a romantic Saturday night once the kids are in bed, here are some amazing recipes to enjoy!  These recipes are simple to prepare and really amazing.  There is something for everyone in this list!

Pasta

Linguine Carbonara

A simple pasta, a couple of glasses of wine…  the perfect romantic dinner!  This amazing Linguine Carbonara is rich and  creamy yet it’s so easy to make!  You can have this on the table in 15 minutes start to finish!

Maria at Two Peas & Their Pod has a fabulous recipe for Cheese Ravioli with Lemon Basil Butter Sauce!  This dish is not only quick and easy, it looks completely irresistible!

Italian Sausage Pasta with Roasted Tomato Sauce is perfect paired with a tossed salad, a loaf of crust bread and a bottle of red!

Steak

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Head on over and visit An Edible Mosaic for a fabulous romantic menu for two!  A lovely bean and barley salad starts off this meal..  followed by a delicious steak and potato entree.  Faith shares her special technique to create a tender and flavorful steak!  Of course this meal finishes off with something sweet & special!

 Taylor at Food Faith Fitness shares a deliciously succulent Chocolate Coffee Rubbed Steak!  Of course chocolate is a perfect addition to any romantic meal!  The best part is that this fancy dish comes together in just 15 minutes!

Fish & Seafood

Parmesan Broiled Tilapia Recipe. This is a great and quick recipe it's so light and flaky and the best part it's on the table in 10 minutes start to finish!

Parmesan Broiled Tilapia is one of my absolute favorite fish dishes! This takes about 10 minutes to make and tastes wonderful!  You can use any type of white fish for this recipe!

Dessert for Two has shared an amazing dinner for two to precede those fabulous desserts…  Lemon Risotto with Shrimp!  This dish has a lovely lemony risotto topped with simple spiced shrimp skewers!

If you’re looking for something amazingly special, you’ll want to check out Mussels Marinra or Fra Diavolo (you can choose to add a little spice or not) from Taste Love & Nourish.  This dish would be perfect paired with a couple of glasses of wine and a loaf of bread!

Yummy Healthy Easy has shared an amazing Salmon Dish perfect for a romantic dinner in!  Pecan Crusted Honey-Mustard Salmon is ready in just about 30 minutes yet it’s full of flavor.  You won’t believe you can easily make a dish this delicious at home!

Chicken

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Holy Yum Chicken over at Table for Two combines some of my favorite flavors of all time!  Deliciously tender and juicy chicken with an incredible yet easy-to-make sauce!   I am dying to make this delicious dish!

Engagement Roasted Chicken … does the name not speak for itself?  Head on over to The Food Network for a roasted chicken recipe that is juicy, succulent and sure to impress!  It’s easier than you’d think!

Pork
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 Pork

Pork tenderloin is one of my personal favorites!  It’s lean and delicious.  I’ve got a fabulous recipe perfect for  a romantic dinner for two…  Mushroom Bacon Stuffed Pork Tenderloin is easy and so flavorful yet it looks impressive!

Very Culinary has shared a fabulous pork tenderloin dish with a unique twist!  Raisin Pine Nut relish tops this tender and juicy pork dish for a fabulous entree!

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These Mini Jalapeno Egg Rolls are the perfect snack! Crispy, cheesy, creamy & spicy... totally irresistible!

Mini Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

These Mini Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls are the perfect snack!  If you love Jalapeno Poppers, you'll love these... crispy, cheesy, creamy & spicy!

Mini Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

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If you love Jalapeno poppers.. you are going to go crazy for these!  Crispy, creamy, cheesy and spicy…  pretty much everything you need to concoct the perfect bite!

I’m kind of addicted to spice..  I use Sriracha like ketchup and can’t really eat anything without adding some sort of heat to it.  One of the all time favorite recipes on this site is Jalapeno Popper Dip so I know you guys like it a little spicy too!

This appetizer is easy to make, you’ll want to make sure the cheese is really well sealed so it doesn’t leak into the oil causing splatters.  These egg rolls are mini (about 2″ long) so they use wonton wrappers and not egg roll wrappers.  Wonton wrappers can be found in most grocery stores in the produce area (or near the tofu).  If you don’t see them, be sure to ask because most stores do have them!

Things you’ll need for this recipe

* canned/jarred jalapeno peppers * deep fryer or frying pan * 

Mini Jalapeno Popper Egg Rolls

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Ingredients
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  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz canned jalapeño peppers, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 package wonton wrappers
  • vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Preheat oil to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the cream cheese, cheddar, jalapeño peppers, garlic powder and green onions.
  3. Place each wonton wrapper diagonally and add 1 tablespoon of filling. Brush a little bit of water on the edge of the wrapper and fold in half pinching to seal. Fold the sides in and roll the egg roll ensuring it is completely sealed.
  4. Drop each egg roll into the hot oil for about 3 minutes or until brown and crispy.
  5. Caution: the filling will be hot! Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Other recipes you’ll love:

Jalapeno Popper Dip * Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken Breasts * Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Poppers *

 

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Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies .

Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies

Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies are the perfect treat!  Inexpensive, yummy and super easy to make...  change up the sprinkles for any occasion from birthday to baby shower!

Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies

Chocolate covered fortune cookies are such an easy holiday treat!  I love these and they are just SO quick to make and so cute that I just had to share them with you!  It took me about 10 minutes to make a whole batch of these!!

Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies are the perfect treat!  Inexpensive, yummy and super easy to make...  change up the sprinkles for any occasion from birthday to baby shower!

Not only does everyone love them, they are so easy to make for ANY occasion!  Just change up the colors of the candy melts or the sprinkles …  pink and blue for baby showers, rainbow sprinkles for birthday treats!

These were perfect for my girls to give out to their friends, fun to make and super inexpensive!  To pack them up, I found a little clear treat bags at Michael’s!  For the topper I cut pink paper 4″x4″ and folded it in half.  I stapled it over the end of the bag and glued on foam hearts I found at the dollar store!  If you head to the Asian food aisle, you will find boxes of fortune cookies.  I got 25 for approx. $3.50 so they are not expensive.

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Chocolate Covered Fortune Cookies are the perfect treat!  Inexpensive, yummy and super easy to make...  change up the sprinkles for any occasion from birthday to baby shower!

Item’s You’ll Need for this recipe

Fortune Cookies * Chocolate Melts * Sprinkles * Parchment Paper

 

Chocolate Dipped Fortune Cookies

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Ingredients
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  • 1 Box of Fortune Cookies (25pcs)
  • 1 Package of White Melts
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips or chocolate melts
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Place white chocolate melts in a small bowl and microwave on 50% power. Check and stir every 30 seconds until melted.
  2. Dip each fortune cookie into the melted chocolate letting any excess chocolate drip off.
  3. Lightly sprinkle with sprinkles in any color and place on parchment paper to cool!

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Apple Pie French Toast Casserole .

Overnight Apple Pie French Toast Casserole

Apple Pie French Toast Casserole is a delicious overnight breakfast recipe. If you're looking for the perfect make ahead breakfast to serve for a holiday breakfast this is it!

Overnight Apple Pie French Toast Casserole

I love waking up to a ready breakfast…  and this Apple Pie French Toast Casserole is one of my faves!

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If you’ve never made a french toast casserole before, you’re going to love it!  The best part of this dish is that is is an overnight breakfast casserole, meaning all of the work is done the night before and then you just pop it in the oven!

Being able to prepare this easy breakfast beforehand makes it the perfect dish to serve for a holiday breakfast (think Easter or Christmas) but it’s also fabulous if you have overnight guests (or even a kids slumber party)!

Apple Pie French Toast Casserole is a delicious overnight breakfast recipe. If you're looking for the perfect make ahead breakfast to serve for a holiday breakfast this is it!

Apple Pie French Toast Casserole is a delicious overnight breakfast recipe. If you're looking for the perfect make ahead breakfast to serve for a holiday breakfast this is it!

The apples in this recipe are tart and delicious.  I prefer to use granny smith because I find they hold their shape best and don’t get mushy!  You can substitute your favorite type or what you have on hand but keep in mind the sweetness and shape may vary!

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Apple Pie Overnight Breakfast Bake

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Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients
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  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 5 large granny smith apples (approx. 8 cups peeled and sliced)
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 14 slices white bread, crusts removed
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine eggs, milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Peel & slice apples approximately ¼" thick.
  3. Melt the butter in a frying pan and add apples,brown sugar, cinnamon and water. Cook on medium heat for about 8 minutes or until apples are slightly softened. In a separate bowl, combine 1 tablespoon corn starch and 1 tablespoon water to create a slurry.
  4. Push the apples over to one side of the pan, turn the heat up to medium high and pour some of the corn starch mixture into the boiling liquid until it thickens. Depending on how much liquid was in your apples, you may not need all of the slurry.
  5. Spread apple mixture into a 9x13 pan. Top with ½ of the bread slices and spoon ½ of the egg mixture over the bread. Top with a second layer of bread slices and remaining egg mixture. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
In the morning
  1. Remove the pan from the refrigerator while preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bake covered for 35 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10-15 minutes or until bread is firm. Remove from the oven and let cool 10 minutes. Invert into a pan.

More apple recipes you’ll love:

* Apple Pie Tacos * Oven Baked Apple Pie Roll Ups * Apple Pie Egg Rolls *  2 Ingredient Apple Pie Dumplings *

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Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

I've made these Crockpot Chicken Tacos so many times!  These are the most delicious tacos and SUPER easy to make!

Taco Tuesdays just got easier!  These Crockpot Chicken Tacos are such a snap to put together and always come out amazing!

I have to tell you that do this is one of those recipes that my whole family truly loves!  I use low sodium tomatoes and homemade taco seasoning to control the salt in this recipe.  While the ingredients call for boneless chicken breasts,  you can certainly use bone in chicken as well (just make sure it’s skinless).  Once shredded, this freezes perfectly making for a super fast weeknight dinner!

I’ve used this for making chicken tacos, chicken salads and even spicy chicken pizzas!  Pile on your favorite toppings for a fabulous dinner loaded with flavor!

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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Crockpot Chicken Tacos are SO easy to put together...  perfect in taco shells, on salad or rice or even on pizza!

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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Ingredients
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  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • 1 package taco seasoning (or homemade taco seasoning)
  • ½ onion, diced
Instructions
  1. Combine salsa, canned tomatoes and taco seasoning.
  2. Place onions & chicken in the slow cooker and top with tomato mixture.
  3. Cook on low 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred. Return to slow cooker and stir in juices.
  5. Serve in taco shells, on salads, pizzas or in bowls over rice!

 


 

If you like Crockpot chicken tacos, here are a few more recipes you might enjoy!

Tater Tot Taco Casserole

Layered Doritos Casserole

Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Crockpot Shredded Beef for Tacos

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Broccoli Rice Casserole with Cheese

Broccoli Rice Casserole from Scratch

Broccoli Rice Casserole from Scratch!!  This delicious side is easy to make.. and if you add chicken or ham it makes a great main dish!

Broccoli and rice in a an easy  cheesy home-made sauce!  Perfect as a side or simple dinner.

Broccoli Rice Casserole from Scratch

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This is a delicious comfort dish that the whole family loves!  Broccoli and rice in a creamy cheesy home-made sauce!  Don’t let the sauce scare you away from this recipe.  While it does take a little bit of extra time , it’s actually really easy to make and just tastes so much better than adding in a can of soup!

The great thing about this casserole is that it’s extremely versatile!  Don’t have cheddar?  Use swiss…  you can easily add ham or chicken or whatever other veggies you have on hand to turn it from a side into a meal!

Broccoli and rice in a an easy  cheesy home-made sauce!  Perfect as a side or add in some cooked chicken for a  simple dinner.

Broccoli Rice Casserole from Scratch

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Serves: 8 servings

Ingredients
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  • 6 cups fresh broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 cups cooked white rice
Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ cup onion, diced (about 1 small)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic & black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook onion and butter on medium-low heat until softened and translucent. Stir in flour, garlic powder and pepper. Cook an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Gradually pour in milk while whisking. Continue whisking over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and add dry mustard, paprika, cream cheese and 1½ cups cheddar cheese. Stir until melted.
  4. Place broccoli in boiling water for about 2 minutes. You still want it slightly crisp as it cooks more in the oven.
  5. Stir together rice, broccoli and cheese sauce. Place in a greased 2 qt casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake 35 minutes or until bubbly and cheese lightly browned.

 

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30+ Amazing Ooey Gooey Cheese Appetizer Recipes

Cheese recipes

30+  Amazing Ooey Gooey Cheese Appetizer Recipes

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Few things are greater than ooey gooey melty cheese!  If I’m having a snack I can pretty much guarantee it’s got cheese in it.

Perfect for game day or after school, this collection of appetizers is loaded up with all kinds of cheese…  from cheddar to brie to mozzarella.

 

Crab Rangoon Dip (with wonton chips!).  This is probably the best dip on the whole planet!

Crab Rangoon Dip with Wonton Chips from Spend with Pennies


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Baked Cheese from The View from Great Island


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Lasagna Dip from I Heart Eating


Garlic Cheese Bombs!  These are the most amazing ooey gooey cheese buns ever!

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Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake

This is one of the easiest Red Velvet Cheesecake recipes you'll find! A simple Red Velvet cake topped with a deliciously quick no-bake cheesecake!

EASIEST EVER RED VELVET CHEESECAKE!  This is one of the easiest Red Velvet Cheesecake recipes you'll find! A simple Red Velvet cake topped with a deliciously quick no-bake cheesecake!

Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake

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Red Velvet Cake is something that my Mom always made when we were kids…  and it was always my sister’s favorite (while cheesecake was always my favorite!).

This simple recipe combines the two for an impressive looking dessert that is super easy to make! A simple Red Velvet cake layer is topped with a deliciously quick and rich no bake cheesecake layer!  This no bake cheesecake is one of my favorites because it’s so quick to make yet it is fluffy and rich at the same time!

Do not follow the directions on the box for the red velvet cake, you want this layer a little bit more sturdy than a typical cake so it will hold up the cheesecake layer! EASIEST EVER RED VELVET CHEESECAKE!  This is one of the easiest Red Velvet Cheesecake recipes you'll find! A simple Red Velvet cake topped with a deliciously quick no-bake cheesecake!

Items you’ll need for this recipe

* 10″ Springform pan * Red Velvet Cake Mix * Mixer *

Easy Red Velvet Cheesecake

Rating 

Serves: 12 servings

Ingredients
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Red Velvet Cake
  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ⅓ cup milk
No Bake Cheesecake
  • 12 oz Cream Cheese
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional
  • Whipped Cream & raspberries for decorating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 10" springform pan.
  2. Combine dry cake mix, egg, oil and milk. Mix on medium 2 minutes or until smooth.
  3. Spread into prepared pan and bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  4. Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until fluffy. Add in heavy cream and continue beating until thick and creamy and stiff peaks form.
  5. Run a butter knife around the edges of the red velvet cake to loosen it. Spread cheesecake mixture over the cooled red velvet cake. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  6. Decorate as desired.

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The Best Crescent Roll Recipes

Top 30 Crescent Roll Recipes! Sweet, savory and everything in between!

Top 30 Crescent Roll Recipes!  Sweet, savory and everything in between, crescent rolls are perfect for appetizers, snacks and meals!

Top 30 Crescent Roll Recipes!  Sweet, savory and everything in between!

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Crescent Rolls are one of my favorite ingredients to cook with!  There are countless ways you can use them both savory and sweet!  They’re perfect for appetizers and stuffing with ingredients!  They can easily be fried, baked and wrapped making the possibilities endless!

If you’re not familiar with Crescent Rolls, you can usually find them in the refrigerator section near the butter!  My favorite is Pillsbury, I always seem to get the best flavor and texture from the Pillsbury crescent rolls!

I’ve made so many recipes using Crescent Rolls…

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Cheddar Meatball Poppers.

Cheddar Meatball Poppers

Cheddar Meatball Poppers! These yummy little snacks are quick to put together and perfect for the kids or to serve during a game!

Cheddar Meatball Poppers

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These are easy to make and everyone loves them!  Whether it’s hungry kids after school or unexpected neighbors popping by to say hello, these are the perfect snack to serve!

Cheddar Meatball Poppers start with pre-cooked meatballs (store bought or your own) and are loaded up with cheddar cheese and wrapped in a nice crispy crust.  If you use premade meatballs, these will be on the table in about 15 minutes!  We usually serve them with warm tomato sauce but they’re great with ketchup  too!

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Cheddar Meatball Poppers

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Ingredients
  • 16 small meatballs, cooked and cooled (about 1")
  • 1 roll Crescent dough
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • italian seasoning
  • tomato sauce for serving
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Unroll crescent dough and cut each triangle in half. You should have 16 halves.
  3. Place about ½ tablespoon of shredded cheese into one of the triangles. Top with a meatball. Wrap the dough around the meatball gently stretching as needed. Pinch the seams closed and roll into a ball in your hands.
  4. Roll the wrapped meatballs into the remaining cheese and roll in your hands to smooth and help cheese stick. Sprinkle each with a pinch of italian seasoning.
  5. Place on a parchment lined pan and bake 12-14 minutes or until browned. Serve hot with tomato sauce.

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Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers! These deliciously easy stuffed peppers are the perfect meal to come home to!

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers!  These are deliciously easy to make!

  Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers!  These deliciously easy stuffed peppers are the perfect meal to come home to!

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

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I love using my slow cooker, especially in the fall and winter months.  I mean, what’s better than coming home to dinner waiting for you?  I sometimes get tired of the same ol’ ho-hum going into the slow cooker…  and this recipe was a delicious change from the usual!

My whole family loved this..  not only is it delicious, it’s so easy to put together!  You can use ground beef or turkey in this recipe…  and if you have other veggies in the fridge you’d like to use up, just chop them up with the meat and add them in!  Any type of rice works will with this recipe too, I’ve used white, brown and even wild!  They key is making sure your rice is slightly undercooked before it goes into the slow cooker so it doesn’t turn mushy.

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers!  These deliciously easy stuffed peppers are the perfect meal to come home to!

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* Slow Cooker (this is my personal favorite) * frying pan * small saucepan *

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

Rating 

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients
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  • ⅔ cup long grain white rice
  • 1½ lbs lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ tablespoon italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon chili flakes
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 6 bell peppers (red, green, yellow or orange)
Instructions
  1. Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil. Stir in rice, cover and reduce heat to low. Cook 15-18 minutes or just until water is evaporated. (Rice should be slightly underdone).
  2. Brown beef, onion and garlic over medium high heat until no pink remains. Drain any fat.
  3. Stir in ⅔ of the can of tomatoes, seasoning, chili flakes, tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce until mixed. Add cooked rice and remove from heat.
  4. Cut the tops off of your peppers and place in your slow cooker. Fill each ½ way with the rice mixture add ¼ cup cheese and top with the rice mixture (it's ok if they overflow a little bit).
  5. Spoon remaining tomatoes and broth over top of peppers and cook on high about 3 hours or until soft. 5 minutes before serving, place remaining cheese on top of peppers and close the lid until cheese melts.
Notes
This recipe works wonderfully with brown rice or wild rice. You'll want to make sure your rice is slightly undercooked to make sure it doesn't get mushy.

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Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes!  These easy delicious potatoes make the perfect side or snack!
Crispy Parmesan Potatoes!  These easy delicious potatoes make the perfect side or snack!

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes!  These easy delicious potatoes make the perfect side or snack!

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

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These delicious Crispy Parmesan Potatoes make the perfect snack or side!  My girls love dipping them in sour cream or ketchup!

You can use pretty much any seasonings and any type of potatoes!  I love fresh garlic but it’s not a great fit in this recipe as the high temperature causes it to burn.  Garlic Powder adds lots of great flavor without burning.

To make the potatoes nice and crispy, you’ll want to make sure they are cut nice and thin.  I use a  Mandoline slicer to make this task extra quick.

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes!  These easy delicious potatoes make the perfect side or snack!

Items you’ll need for this recipe

* parchment paper * Mandoline slicer/sharp knife * baking pans *

Crispy Garlic Parmesan Potatoes

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Ingredients
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  • 4 medium potatoes, scrubbed (not peeled)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, onion powder & pepper
  • ½ teaspoon parsley
  • salt to taste
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parmesan cheese, divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and line a pan with parchment paper.
  2. Slice potatoes ¼" thick and toss with olive oil seasoning and 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake in a single layer about 30 minutes or until browned, flipping potatoes after 15 minutes.
  4. Once browned, top with remaining 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese bubbles and browns.

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25+ Must Try Pecan Recipes

25+ MUST TRY Pecan Recipes!

 

25+ Must Try Pecan Recipes! Pecans are one of my favorite ingredients... they're amazing in pecan pie but there are so many other delicious things you can do with them!

25+ Must Try Pecan Recipes! Pecans are one of my favorite ingredients… they’re amazing in pecan pie but there are so many other delicious things you can do with them!

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Pecans are one of my favorite ingredients…  and I know you guys love them too!  There is just something about a pecans that makes me feel the need to dive right in!

We’ve all had (and enjoyed) Pecan Pie….  but there are so many other delicious ways to enjoy pecans!  Have you ever tried Pecan Pie Cookies?  How about Pecan Pie Cake or even Candied Pecan Bacon Brussels Sprouts?? The possibilities are endless!  Below are some of my absolute top picks from some of my favorite bloggers!  Click any of the photos or links below to enjoy these great recipes!

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Linguine Carbonara

Linguine Carbonara

Linguine Carbonara!  This is the perfect weeknight meal...  takes only 15 minutes start to finish!

Linguine Carbonara!  This delicious meal is perfect for a busy weeknight... it takes only 15 minutes start to finish!

Linguine Carbonara 

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If you’ve never had carbonara before, it’s such a deliciously rich and creamy pasta…  and SO easy to make!  Typically carbonara contains an Italian style bacon such as pancetta however, my kids love it with diced ham so that’s how I usually make it…  the perfect way to use leftover ham!

The best part about this delicious creamy dish is that it’s on the table in less than 15 minutes start to finish!  The sauce doesn’t require cooking and if you use fresh linguine it usually takes about 3-4 minutes to cook making this the perfect weeknight meal!

Linguine Carbonara!  This delicious meal is perfect for a busy weeknight... it takes only 15 minutes start to finish! 

Linguine Carbonara

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Ingredients
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  • 1 lb. fresh linguine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil and cook ham, garlic and onions over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add wine and let reduce until almost evaporated.
  2. Stir together egg yolks, eggs and parmesan cheese. Set aside.
  3. Cook pasta & peas together in a large pot of salted water just until pasta is al dente. Drain pasta ensuring that you reserve 1½ cups of the cooking liquid.
  4. Immediately toss pasta with the egg mixture and ham (you must do this right away to ensure the hot pasta cooks the egg). Add reserved cooking liquid a little at a time to get desired consistency (I usually use about ¾ cup). Stir in parsley and serve.

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Gooey Pecan Pie Cheese Ball!

Gooey Pecan Pie Cheese Ball

Gooey Pecan Pie Cheese Ball!  This is incredibly delicious and simple to make!

Gooey Pecan Pie Cheese Ball!  This is incredibly delicious and simple to make!

Gooey Pecan Pie Cheese Ball

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If you are looking for the ooiest gooiest yummyiest cheese ball out there, this is it…  it’s kind of like Cheesecake meets Pecan Pie!

This is actually very simple to make and tastes completely delicious!  Start by making a gooey homemade Pecan Pie filling on the stove top and wrap it up in a slightly sweetened cream cheese mixture.  Finally you will roll the whole thing in pecans and voila..  a totally irresistible dessert inspired cheese ball!

This can be served with ‘Nilla Wafer Cookies, graham crackers or..  just spoons!

Gooey Pecan Pie Cheese Ball

Items you’ll need for this recipe:

parchment paper * chopped pecans * graham crackers *

Gooey Pecan Pie Cheese Ball

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Ingredients
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  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Pecan Filling
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Using a mixer, combine cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar with a on medium speed until fluffy. Spread onto a parchment lined pan and place in the freezer while making the pecan filling.
Filling
  1. In a large non-stick pan, combine butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and eggs. Cook on the stove top stirring constantly over medium-low heat until thickened and the mixture begins to bubble. Reduce heat slightly and let cook while stirring one minute more. Remove from heat, stir in pecans and cool slightly (about 5 minutes).
  2. Remove cream cheese mixture from the freezer and spread the pecan mixture overtop ensuring you leave about ½" on the sides. Return to the freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place the remaining ½ cup pecans in a non-stick frying pan over medium low heat to toast. Stir every couple of minutes until pecans are lightly toasted and fragrant. Set aside to cool.
  4. Remove the mixture from the freezer and working quickly to keep it cold, fold each side of the cream cheese/pecan mixture into the middle trying to keep most of the pecan mixture on the inside while gently removing the cream cheese from the parchment paper. Wet your hands and gently roll into a ball. Roll the ball into the toasted pecans and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

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Pecan Pie Cookies! These have a deliciously sweet, caramel-y, nutty filling with a flaky pastry! Easy to make, easier to eat!

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