March 20, 2017

Maple Butter Carrots

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce!

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

My husband and I have been hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house for years and years.  One year, we hosted over thirty of our friends and family in our tiny little house.  Talk about a full house!  The living room was full of nothing but tables and chairs and there was literally no room to move around.  Like, at all.

It was over the top, crowded, and crazy, but in spite of it all, it was a great, memorable holiday filled with people I love!

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

Now, I'm sure you've probably guessed by now that this Maple Butter Carrots recipe might have something to do with that Thanksgiving.  You're right!  Naturally, with that many people for dinner, we went the potluck route.  Everyone brought a dish so that there was plenty of food to go around.  And so that I didn't pull my hair out trying to feed that many people Thanksgiving dinner.

My brother-in-law's mother was one of our guests that year and she brought these amazing carrots swimming in a delish butter sauce.  It was her carrots that inspired this recipe!

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

This recipe is a little different than hers.  Instead of being sweet, her carrots were all savory with a garlic butter sauce.  I am totally in love with that, but I decided to put a sweet twist on mine because I knew my kiddos would adore them that much more!  And I was right.  My daughter was begging to eat the sauce by the spoonful!

I sliced my carrots super duper thin as a matter of preference using my mandolin slicer.  If you don't have a mandolin, you can slice them with a knife, but it will be a bit harder to get evenly thick slices.  If you go a little thicker than in the pictures, you'll have to simply cook them a little bit longer until they are tender.

Maple Butter Carrots is an easy to make, four-ingredient, kid approved recipe featuring thinly sliced carrots in a sweet buttery sauce! #feastndevour

Now, just because I keep talking about these carrots in reference to Thanksgiving, don't think they are a Thanksgiving only side dish.  These carrots would be great alongside your ham on Easter, too!  Heck, they would be good on a weeknight served with just about any protein.

All of my friend in the Feast and Devour Cooking Club are cooking with carrots this month, too.  Check out their tasty carrot creations!



Homemade Carrot Cake from Bread Booze Bacon
Carrot Cake Pancakes from White Lights on Wednesday
Blue Ribbon Carrot Sheet Cake from I Heart Eating
Paleo Maple Carrot Cupcakes from Cooking with Curls
Carrot Orzo from Home.Made.Interest.
Carrot Orange Punch from Sugar & Soul
Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies from Celebrating Sweets
Maple Butter Carrots from The Two Bite Club
Mini Carrot Cake Loaves from It Bakes Me Happy




And just for fun, here's a quick look back at what was on the blog around this time:
One Year Ago: Summer Squash Pasta with Tomatoes & Herbs
Two Years Ago: Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs with Blistered Tomatoes
Three Years Ago: Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon


Maple Butter Carrots

Yield: 4-6 servings

Ingredients
  • 5-6 large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup orange juice

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place butter into a 2-quart glass baking dish.  Place the dish into the hot oven for 5 minutes to melt the butter.  Stir the maple syrup and orange juice into the melted butter.  Add the sliced carrots to the dish and stir to coat.
  2. Bake for 40 minutes or until carrots are tender, stirring at least twice during the cook time. 

Notes
  • Using a mandolin slicer makes quick work of slicing the carrots!  
  • This dish can also be prepared on the stove top.  Simmer over medium heat stirring often until carrots are tender.


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March 17, 2017

Aunt Karen's Potato Chip Cookies

Golden, buttery, and deliciously crisp, these Potato Chip Cookies are made from a family recipe that has been passed down from my aunt!

Golden, buttery, and deliciously crisp, these Potato Chip Cookies are made from a family recipe that has been passed down from my aunt!

If you've been following along for a while, you may have heard me talk about the family recipe book that was given to me by my older sister as a wedding gift.  She collected two recipes each from close family members and compiled them into a book with everyone's personal recipe favorites.  So, so awesome, right?

I've shared lots of recipes from my family on the blog, like my sister Kari's Simple Stuffed Peppers, my Momma's Baked Macaroni & Cheese, and my great-Aunt Betty Lou's Best Ever Sticky Buns.  Family recipes are the best.  <3
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March 15, 2017

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt is a think outside the box way to prepare your carrots!  You won't want to stop eating these sweet roasted carrots that are perfectly paired with smoky seasonings and a dollop of cool yogurt.

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt is a think outside the box way to prepare your carrots!  You won't want to stop eating the sweet roasted carrots that are perfectly paired with smoky seasonings and a dollop of cool yogurt.

Do you eat lots of carrots in your house?  When I was growing up, we didn't eat a ton of carrots.  I ate the occasional raw carrot sticks with dip or carrots mixed in with canned or frozen mixed veggies, but carrots on their own as a side dish didn't happen too often.

Now that I'm an adult and I'm the one making decisions about what my family eats, I try to get in way more carrots than I did when I was a kid!

I still like dipping raw carrots in cold dips, especially my White Bean Dip.  Y'all have got to check that one out.  It's made with cannellini beans, garlic and pecorino romano and it's so, so amazing.

Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt is a think outside the box way to prepare your carrots!  You won't want to stop eating the sweet roasted carrots that are perfectly paired with smoky seasonings and a dollop of cool yogurt.

Other than that, I reeeeaaaallllly like roasting my carrots.  Roasting vegetables is my all time favorite way to prepare the, and yes, I mean pretty much all vegetables.  Carrots, though?  Roasted carrots are nice and sweet when the get all of that gorgeous caramelization and they are unbelievably tasty.

I paired these roasted carrots with smoked paprika, which was a match made in heaven.  Add a little bit of cool greek yogurt mixed with lime juice and some chili powder, and POW!  Flavor explosion!

See the notes below for some helpful tips when preparing this recipe.  Adjustments can easily be made depending on how many carrots you have and how you are slicing them.  I used my spiralizer, but they came out more like little shoestring pieces, hence the recipe name!  Just make sure you slice your carrots nice and thin.

If you are craving more carrots in your life, this is totes the recipe to start with,  You will love them!

For more roasted veggie side dish inspiration, here are a few of my favorite from the archives:

Roasted Asparagus Garlic & Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes Hummus Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

From left:
Roasted Asparagus
Garlic & Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Hummus Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

And here's a quick look back at what was on the blog around this time:
One Year Ago: Hearty Lentil Soup
Two Years Ago: Peanut Butter Raisin Cookies
Three Years Ago: Sausage, Peppers, and Onions Stuffed Shells




Roasted Shoestring Carrots with Chili Lime Yogurt

Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients
  • 4-5 carrots, spiralized or cut into 1/8-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 lime, juiced

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.  
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.  Toss the carrots with the oil mixture until coated.  
  3. Spread the carrots onto a baking sheet in a single layer.  Roast for 10 minutes, stir, and continue roasting for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cooked through.

Notes
  • Cook time will depend on the side of your carrot pieces.  Olive oil amount may also be adjusted according to your amount of carrots.  Use 1/4 cup for a full sheet pan of carrots.
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March 1, 2017

Meal Prep Parmesan Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous

This Parmesan Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous that comes together in just 30 minutes is perfect for meal prepping!  By prepping four lunch-sized portions in advance, you are setting yourself up for success by making it easy to make a healthy choice.

This Parmesan Chicken and Cauliflower Couscous that comes together in just 30 minutes is perfect for meal prepping!  By prepping four lunch-sized portions in advance, you are setting yourself up for success by making it easy to make a healthy choice.

The other day, a friend of mine on Facebook messaged me asking if I had any recipes on the blog that would be good for meal prepping.

You're familiar with meal prepping right?

It's where you do a little bit of cooking at the start of the week and then portion out your meals so that's it's easy to make a healthy choice.  You can do this for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, but I prefer to focus on lunch.  That's when I will usually find myself reaching for a bag of chips instead of something better for me.  I'll end up mindlessly munching on chips, which is obviously less than smart.
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February 22, 2017

5 Ways to Transform Your Kitchen on a Budget

This post is sponsored by Lowe's.  Thank you for supporting the brands that help to make The Two Bite Club possible!

Breathe new life into your kitchen with these five transformative projects that won't break the bank!
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When I think of my dream kitchen, I think bright beautiful white.  Like, white on white on white.  There's something about a kitchen with white cabinets, white countertops, and white appliances that just feels beautiful and airy to me!  That wasn't always my opinion, though.  Nope, I used to prefer a more rustic, moody look complete with dark cabinets, rich wood floors, and an earthy paint color on the walls.

I did a lot of dreaming about what my dream kitchen would look like for many years.  Finally, just over a year and a half ago, my husband and I bought our forever home and I couldn't wait to stop dreaming and start doing!  Exciting, right?
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February 17, 2017

Mexican Slaw

Mexican Slaw is a light and healthy Tex-Mex twist on traditional coleslaw that is great served as a side dish or as a taco topper!

Mexican Slaw is a light and healthy tex-mex twist on traditional coleslaw that is great served as a side dish or as a taco topper!  #feastndevour

I am a Mexican food fanatic.  You can put a Mexican twist on just about anything and I'd be happy! Coleslaw and Mexican though?  I honestly never really considered that one until I was flipping through one of my cookbooks and saw a Tex-Mex inspired slaw.  I'm not usually one to go for coleslaw in general, but with a Mexican twist?  You bet I want to try it!

Then, I found out that this month's highlighted ingredient in Feast & Devour, a cooking club I'm a part of, was cabbage!  It was kismet.  Mexican Slaw was a go!
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February 13, 2017

What Are You Hungry For?

Learn how you can become a part of Team No Kid Hungry and join the movement that is committed to ensuring every kid in America has access to healthy food so that they can focus on what they are really hungry for, living a full and happy life!


As we make our way through life, we will all eventually come across the opportunity to participate in a project that can make a difference, to be a part of something really good.  When life presents you with the chance to join a group of like-minded people with a common goal that, together, are making a real difference in people's lives, you get this gut feeling, this pull in the center of your being that says, "You should do this. You too can help."

That intuitive feeling came for me a few years back when I decided to take the pledge to support a cause that I am now passionate about.  When I received an invitation to become a No Kid Hungry Blogger, I immediately knew that it was right for me.  Rallying behind this cause allowed me to be a part of a movement that is doing real good and helping real people, but more importantly, real kids.  As a mom and a lover of all things food, this cause spoke to my soul.
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January 24, 2017

Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Meatloaf Muffins

Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Meatloaf Muffins are a pizza-fied twist on my family's favorite meatloaf muffin recipe, complete with a cheese stuffed center, cute mini pepperonis, and RAGÚ® Homestyle Sauce.  They will be a meal your whole family will love!

Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Meatloaf Muffins are a pizza-fied twist on my family's favorite meatloaf muffin recipe, complete with cheesy stuffed centers, cute mini pepperonis, and RAGÚ®  Homestyle Sauce.  They will be a hit with your whole family will love! #SimmeredinTradition #Ragu #ad @RaguSauce


Did you grow up in a meatloaf loving family?  Meatloaf is one of those homestyle, comfort food dinners that was made in the homes of pretty much everyone I knew when I was growing up.  And you know what?  Pretty much everyone loved it.

That is until I met my husband.  When we were dating and eventually ended up living together, I took the reins in the kitchen.  Naturally, meatloaf came up in my meal rotation and, to my complete surprise, my man wasn't a fan.  Not a fan of meatloaf?  Like, for real?  How could that be possible?

It totally threw me for a loop and honestly bummed me out a little.  How was I going to go on not ever eating meatloaf again?  I mean, I could make two meals, one for him and one for me, but my momma taught me that you prepare one meal for the family and whoever doesn't like it, doesn't eat.
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January 23, 2017

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies are a 3-ingredient appetizer that's always the first to disappear!  If you're making them for a party, I suggest a double batch.

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies are a 3-ingredient appetizer that's always the first to disappear!  If you're making them for a party, I suggest a double batch.

If you have been looking for the perfect appetizer recipe for when you have parties, look no further!  These bacon wrapped smokies are going to knock your socks off and everyone loves them!

Let me tell you about why they're so awesome.  First, there's the fact that these little bites of deliciousness are a finger food.  Everyone loves little nibbles to pick on at parties, am I right?  Put out a big plate of these sweet, sticky, smoky sausages and watch your guests flock to them.
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