Category Archives: Dinner

Cajun Pasta Alfredo 2 Ways

This recipe is one of my favorite pasta dishes. Most of the year I make it as a freezer meal with smoked turkey sausage, however, during the summer it’s devine with fresh local shrimp. 

Begin by melting 4 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat. Add in a large chopped onion and sauté until it becomes soft. 

Now add a container of chopped baby bella mushrooms, a large chopped red pepper, and a teaspoon of minced garlic. Cook 2-3 minutes. 

Add in either your sliced kielbasa or a pound of uncooked fresh shrimp. Cook until the shrimp turns pink or about 4-5 minutes for the sausage. 

Add 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/2 cup heavy cream, and a jar of Alfredo sauce. Stir to combine. Add 1/2-1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like it) and salt & pepper to taste. Let simmer for 5 minutes.

Stir in 12oz penne, rotini, or any pasta of your choice. Top with shredded parmesan and chopped fresh parsley before serving. Pairs perfectly with a mixed green salad and crusty bread. 

Crispy Filet Tacos

We happened to have some leftover steak from a couple of nights ago (doesn’t happen very often). However, when this does happen, we either turn it into amazing steak sandwiches or tacos. 

Begin by chopping off any excess fat and then dicing your steak into small pieces. Dice an onion and a handful of cilantro. 

Add in a bit of cracked pepper and sea salt. Then stir to combine. 

Warm about 1/4C of EVOO over medium heat in a large saucepan. Place cooked corn tortillas into oil and add a couple spoonfuls of your meat mixture and spicy shredded cheese (this variety is pretty tasty). 


Use the back of your spatula to fold the tacos over and cook for ~3 minutes per side until they begin to brown. 

Combine ingredients for your pico (recipe also on blog). 

Serve and enjoy!

Epic Fish Tacos

These tacos can be made with a variety of fish and with a variety of different seasonings. This is how I make our white fish tacos (and will share my red snapper seasoning in another post). 

These are made with tilapia. I season the loins with garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and dried parsley. Warm a couple tablespoons of EVOO over medium heat until the oil begins to ripple. Cook the fish for 4 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and place on a paper towel lined plate. 

I serve these with my 234 sauce (2tbl mayo, 3tbl Greek yogurt, & 4tbl Franks hot sauce) and pico (recipe on blog). As a side I like either my Best Black Beans, Mexican Corn Salad, or Mexican Street Corn (all on blog).

Warm raw corn tortillas (Tortilla Land are awesome) and serve immediately. So, so good. 

Roasted Poblano & Chicken Enchiladas

We love enchiladas in my house. LOVE. These were so amazing that my husband insisted we put them into our regular rotation. 

Begin by rinsing and drying 3 poblano peppers. Brush them lightly with EVOO and place them on a lined baking sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 35-45 minutes until the skin is dark and the outer lining is wrinkled. Let stand for 30 minutes. 

Salt & pepper 1.25lbs of chicken tenders and cook them over medium heat in a sauce pan with 1tbl of EVOO.Set aside. Add into the same pan 1 sliced green pepper and 1 small sliced yellow onion. Cook until soft. Dice the cooked chicken and place into a large mixing bowl. 

Add the cooked onions and green pepper into the mixing bowl. Now skin and seed the poblanos and add them to your mixing bowl. Your filling is complete. 

In the same saucepan, melt 1tbl of butter and then add 2tsp minced garlic. Once garlic becomes fragrant (1 minute), add 1tbl flour and whisk to combine. Slowly add 1.25C of whole milk and then 1/2C sour cream. Whisk until it becomes thick and then stir in 1/2tsp cumin and 1/2tsp chili powder. Continue stiring until sauce thickens and warms through. 

Lay a couple spoonfuls of the sauce into the bottom of a baking dish. Using freshly cooked flour tortillas, roll approximately 1/2 cup of the chicken mix into each tortilla. Top chicken with shredded pepper jack cheese and place into baking dish. Now cover with remaining sauce. 

Top with more pepper jack and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Top with avocado and enjoy!

Adapted from: Will Cook For Smiles

CB’s Ridiculous Shrimp & Grits

I could eat shrimp every day. I know I’m being redundant, but it’s so true. We try and stock up at the end of the season from the Shrimp Lady up the street who sells the best fresh shrimp on the planet for a song. This year we bought 30lbs before she closed and I’ve decided it wasn’t enough. Next year we will buy more. 

This recipe is my cousin’s. She made it for us a couple of months ago and it was immediately the best Shrimp & Grits I’ve ever had. She literally nailed it – cheesy, creamy, buttery, savory, with BACON. Enough said. 

Begin with stone ground grits (I like yellow) and cook them according to the package directions. Once the water has absorbed, add in salt & pepper, 3tbl of butter and 2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar. Set aside. 

Chop 6 slices of good bacon and cook in a large skillet until it begins to brown. Remove bacon bits with tongs and place on a paper towel lined plate. Add 1-1.5lbs peeled and deveined shrimp to bacon grease and cook through. Add back in the cooked bacon, 1 cup chopped scallions, 2tbl chopped fresh parsley, 1tsp minced garlic, and 4tsp lemon juice. Combine with grits and serve with a mixed green salad and fresh, crusty bread. Enjoy!

The most EPIC Mac & Cheese

This is not an over statement – it really is the best Mac I’ve ever had, and my friends and family would agree. It’s a bit tedious, but WELL worth the effort!

Begin by shredding 8oz of gruyere, 10oz of white cheddar, and 10oz of yellow cheddar. 

Now warm 3.5 cups of whole milk and 2 cups of heavy cream together over medium heat in a saucepan. 

In a large saucepan melt 6 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter bubbles, whisk in 1/2 cup of flour. Whisk for about a minute until it combines and thickens. 

Slowly add in your warm milk/cream mixture whisking continuously until sauce thickens and bubbles. 

Remove from heat and add 2tsp salt, 1/4tsp nutmeg, 1/4tsp cayenne pepper, & 1/4tsp black pepper. 

Stir in grated cheeses. 

Now add 2lbs cooked elbow macaroni. 

Prepare 6 slices good white bread, crust removed and ripped into 1/2inch size pieces. Pour 3-4 tablespoons of melted butter over the breadcrumbs and toss to combine. Cover your pot of macaroni with breadcrumbs and bake at 375 for approximately 30 minutes until top begins to brown. Enjoy!😋

Adapted from: Eat Drink Smile

The BEST Beef Enchiladas

The search is over. These are the best beef Enchiladas I have ever tasted. I’d even venture to say this is my husband’s favorite dish that I make. They are melt in your mouth, cheesy, full of flavor, worth every delicious bite, shear perfection. 

Begin with 4lbs of pot roast style beef, excess fat trimmed off. Coat all sides of the meat generously with cracked salt and pepper. Heat a couple tablespoons of EVOO in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sear it quickly on all sides until it has a beautiful brownish black color. Now put it in your crockpot. 

Cover with 1 large chopped onion, 20oz diced green chiles, 2tbl chili powder, 2tbl cumin, 2tbl garlic powder, 5oz Franks Hot Sauce, and 1/4c of water. Cook on low for 8-9 hours or until beef shreds easily with 4 forks. 

For the enchilada sauce (which is different from my normal variety) – Heat a tablespoon of EVOO in a medium saucepan and sauté 1/2c minced onions until soft. Stir in 24oz tomato sauce, 8oz diced green chiles, 2tbl chili powder, 1tbl cumin, and a few dashes of hot sauce. 

Cover the bottom of a baking dish with your enchilada sauce. Prepare fresh flour tortillas and spoon in your meat (which now looks like this).

Top meat with Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack cheese. Roll up and place in baking dish. When you have finished rolling up all the meat, cover completely with the remaining enchilada sauce and top with more cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until cheese is melty and bubbly. Top with avocado, jalapeño, hot sauce, etc. Enjoy!!

Adapted From: Mrs. Happy Homemaker

Easiest “Lobstah” Rolls

I haven’t had a decent lobster roll in a million years. Not since my last trip to Maine with my family over 6 years ago where I had more than one a day at each of the local eateries (when in Rome…). It’s one of the sweetest, most decadent indulgences on the planet.

Fast forward to yesterday when my most awesome neighbors hosted a group of us for a New Year’s Day “lobstah bake”. They are northerners and wonderful, beautiful friends who included us in our first ever divergence from collards and black eyed peas on the first day of the year. Not only were we included in the festivities, we were blessed to score some leftover lobster! Without wanting it to sit for one more day (aka we had zero self control knowing it was in the fridge), I decided to attempt my own lobster rolls. It took 10 minutes, seriously…and my husband ate FOUR! (Our new year diet starts tomorrow!)

~Whisk together 2 tablespoons of GOOD mayo (navy Hellmans) and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Fold into chopped lobster meat (2-3 cups) and crack salt and pepper over the mixture. 

~Warm 2-3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Place center sliced buns (I like Sara Lee) in pan and brown on each side. Stuff mixture into buns, drizzle with additional melted butter, and top with with chives or parsley. Be still my happy heart.❤️

White Chicken Chili with just FIVE ingredients

I love soup and am especially a fan of all chili varieties. Nothing says comfort like a lit fireplace, cozy pjs, and a warm bowl of soup (and also a favorite DVR show to watch – lately This Is Us).

This is a fix it and forget it soup for the crockpot. Throw in 3 chicken breasts, 2 cans of great northern beans (drained), 2 cups of salsa verde, 2tsp cumin, and 6 cups of chicken broth (or bone broth, my latest obsession). 

That’s it! Cook on low for 5-6 hours until chicken shreds easily with a fork. Serve with your favorite toppings. We LOVE Greek yogurt, jalapeños, cilantro, avocado, and hot sauce. I also make homemade tortilla chips to accompany this. Simply cut thin tortillas into pieces with a pizza cutter, brush both sides with olive oil, lightly salt, and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350. Enjoy!!

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

This is such an awesome chili variety. The spice is complemented perfectly with the sweet potatoes and hint of molasses. I can’t wait to make it again!

Heat 3tbl EVOO in a heavy stockpot or Dutch oven. Add 1 diced sweet onion and 2 peeled and cubed sweet potatoes. Once the onions become translucent, remove both from your pot and set aside. 

Add 1lb lean ground beef and cook through. Once browned, add 1tsp salt, 2tbl chili powder, and 1tbl cumin. 

Stir in a can of diced tomatoes, 2tbl tomato paste, 2tbl molasses, and 2 cups of bone broth (or chicken broth if you prefer). Cook uncovered over medium heat for 10 minutes. 

Add in a rinsed and drained can of black beans, sweet potatoes, sautéed onion, and 1/2tsp cayenne pepper. Simmer 10-15 minutes until potatoes are soft but not mushy. Top with Greek yogurt and green onions. Enjoy!🍲

Adapted from: Our State Magazine