Baked Three Cheese Mac and Cheese

There’s nothing that beats homemade mac and cheese. If you have never made it before, once you do you will never be able to go back to the boxed kind. I’m telling you, THIS is the cheesiest. My mom makes fantastic homemade mac and cheese. Of course she does not use a recipe. Of course I compare everyone else’s to hers. A couple of years ago we were making mac and cheese for Thanksgiving and I asked if I added enough cheese. Her response? “You can never have too much cheese.” So true. I’ve really abided by that for this baked mac and cheese recipe. Minnesota is close enough to Wisconsin that I think I inherited a love for cheese from them.

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’m posting roasted brussels sprouts for Meatless Monday. Before you grumble about how much you hate brussels sprouts (I’m looking at you, mom!), just hear me out. I used to dislike them as well.  However, once I started roasting them and realizing how flavorful they could be, I started to develop an affinity for them. So, maybe give them another shot by trying this recipe!  If you still don’t like them, I’ll never tell you to eat them again.  I promise.

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Quinoa Salad with Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

I can’t believe it is already Labor Day. This summer flew by. However, that means more of my favorite food. No, not pumpkin, although I will share some pumpkin recipes this fall. I mean sweet potatoes! I think I’ve mentioned that sweet potatoes are my favorite food, but if I haven’t, I’m saying it now. Sweet potatoes are my favorite food. I make them sweet or savory depending on my mood.  When I’m feeling savory (and healthy), I make this quinoa salad. I like the versatility of the dish because it is filling enough that a bowl of it is a satisfying meal for lunch or dinner, but you could also use it as a side dish.  After a trip to the Minnesota State Fair this weekend, I may need a detox with this healthy salad. No regrets.

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Arepas Stuffed with Corn and Peppers

Hola! Bienvenidos a Meatless Monday! I received another Summerland LA vegetable delivery yesterday, so decided to use some of the goods for the Meatless Monday recipe. We got some amazing Hungarian Peppers and I wanted to cook some of those first. I used the peppers as a filling for these arepas and they add just enough spice, but these aren’t spicy by any means.  You could top these with spicy salsa to add some heat.  They’re also great with fresh tomatoes or greens.

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Vegetable Stir Fry

We’re back at it with Meatless Monday! I love cooking stir fry because it has lots of veggies, is easy to make in big portions, and makes for great leftovers.  This vegetable stir fry is a go-to with me and I put in all of my favorite vegetables.  You can add or remove vegetables depending on what you like, making it completely customizable.  You’re going to want to make this ASAP.

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Zesty Black Bean Burgers

After Minnesota defrosts from the winter, people are outside all the time during the summer. Summer was always a time for lakes, grilling, and burgers.  Summer is almost over [what? How is it August?] and we can’t let the summer pass by without a burger recipe! I love a good burger, but I am not into those frozen store bought burgers.  I wouldn’t mind trying a veggie burger, but the frozen varieties don’t look appetizing to me.  I will never choose those over a real burger.  These black bean burgers, however, are filling, healthy, and flavorful.  Like many of my recipes, they’re also easy! You can make these in a skillet, bake them in the oven, or cook them on the grill. So, try these black bean burgers for Meatless Monday. Or any day.

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