Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole

With fish being a popular menu choice at this time of the year, I thought it would be fun to bring this recipe to the front again.  I would like to note that it also freezes quite well!

Tuna and noodle casserole is one of those dishes that can be… let’s face it… boring.  However, I think this version of the classic recipe is punched up a bit by the red peppers and artichokes.  It’s also quite versatile, so feel free to make it your own.  I can imagine the addition of several different ingredients (such as Kalamata olives!) that would further enhance this dish.

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Chicago Seven Calzones

Chicago Seven Calzones are like a supreme pizza in a portable pocket form.  This particular combination of ingredients was inspired by one of our favorite pizzas, “The Chicago 7”  at the Old Chicago restaurant chain.  They no longer have a restaurant in our area, so of course I had to figure out how to make it myself!  Of course, like many recipes I make, these are customizable.  Notice that some of the calzones have three slits in the top instead of two?  Those have no green pepper, just for my husband 😉

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No Bake Peanut Butter Squares

Do you have an oven that heats up your entire kitchen (or house?!) when you use it?  I do.  I try hard to keep it turned off during the hot summer months, but sometimes the craving for a cookie/sweet is just too much!  However, with no-bake recipes like these No Bake Peanut Butter Squares, you’ll forget about running your oven for at least 30 minutes to bake cookies.  My favorite thing about these squares is that they taste so similar to Reese’s cups.  Trust me… You have got to try these peanut butter and chocolate treats soon!

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Simple Baked Meatballs

First of all, Happy Birthday, Mom!  I hope you’re having a great day, and we all love you so much 🙂

One of my favorite things to keep on hand in my freezer is a giant bag full of meatballs.  They are so versatile.  You can add them to a spaghetti sauce and have spaghetti & meatballs, or Italian meatball subs.  You can add them to barbecue sauce and have barbecue meatballs.  You can make Swedish Meatballs.  This baked meatballs recipe doesn’t rely too much on one flavor, so they can be used for just about anything you’d like to use meatballs in.  You can even throw frozen meatballs in sauces while they are cooking for a super quick meal.  I think you’ll like having the convenience of meatballs at the ready!

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Beef, Bean, & Cheese Taquitos

Taquitos are a fun food for appetizers, or even a main dish.  They are great for the whole family, and perfect finger food for dipping in a side of salsa or cheese dip.  This simple recipe is also freezer friendly.  So, whip up a double batch and throw half in the freezer for a quick meal in the future!

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Grandma Carol’s Chili

First of all, Happy Birthday to my little sister!  We love you lots and hope your day has been amazing 🙂

On a cold winter’s day, there’s not much like a pot of chili simmering away for dinner.  Add a side of corn bread, and you’ve got a meal!  It’s an easy soup to toss together, and the longer it cooks, the better it tastes.

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Sweet Potato Pancakes

We love pancakes in this house.  Especially with lots of butter and syrup.  I love hearing my son ask for syrup; not because he needs lots of sugar or anything, but because of the way he says syrup.  It’s not “sear-up”.  It’s “sur-up”.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

But when I feel deviating from our usual recipe, I like to try things with different flavors.  These sweet potato pancakes fit the bill.  They are delicious, and as a bonus, sweet potatoes contain a lot of stuff that’s good for you!

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