Monday, December 29, 2014

Chicken Fajita Soup

I can't complain about the weather in Charleston this winter. Today was 65 degrees and sunny. While it's been beautiful, it doesn't take away my cravings for hot steamy soups. This fajita soup is so comforting and so easy to make.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Healthy Chicken with Brown Rice, Quinoa, and Cucumber Salad

Healthy. Flavorful. Addicting. Scrumptious. Chicken. Brown Rice. Quinoa. Love.

Mexican Chicken Soup

Soup. Soup. Soup. I love Soup.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tuscan Chicken over Fettuccine

Tuscan Chicken over Fettuccine

1 Lb Chicken Breasts
2 Carrots, diced
1 Celery Stalk, diced
1 Onion, diced
1 Can Crushed Tomatoes (14.5 oz)
1/2 C Parmesan Cheese, shredded
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, cut into thin strips
2 Tbsp Basil, chopped
Salt and Pepper
Olive Oil


Heat olive oil in a skillet and add the diced onion. Cook for 5 minutes and add celery and carrots. Sauté for 20 minutes, or until your veggies are soft.

Meanwhile, cut your chicken into strips and season with salt and pepper. Once your veggies are soft, add the chicken to your skillet. Cook for 5 minutes, flip over strips and cook another 5 minutes (until chicken is no longer pink). 

Stir in crushed tomatoes, parmesan, mozzarella, basil, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

Once flavors have melded and chicken is fully cooked, dish your delicious sauce over your favorite pasta.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Honey Lemon Chicken Tenders

We eat chicken a lot yet I have never tossed pan seared chicken in sauce before... so I decided to try it tonight. oh my, was it delicious!!! This meal is SO simple, yet so delicious. 

Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Mexican Rice Bowls with Chicken and Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing


I want to apologize for my absence, the past few months have been crazy to say the least.  In a little over a month I will be getting married, which is definitely exciting but also very time consuming. I have been cooking lots but haven't had time to take photos or post recipes. I have just a few recipes to share with you tonight so I figured I would share them now,apologize for my absence, and let you know hopefully I will be back in November (after the wedding and honeymoon).

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Beef Taco Rice Bowl

Who needs the shell anyway? All the best part of a taco - in a bowl.

Chicken Quinoa Bowls

 Grilled chicken, fresh lemons, ripe avocados, and a quinoa salad with corn, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, cucumber, cilantro, and onion- a.k.a Chicken Quinoa Bowl. This is the perfect summer dish that everyone will enjoy. 

Slow Cooker Chicken-Sausage Stew

 Chicken and Kielbasa go together like "lamb and tuna fish... maybe you like spaghetti and meatball? You more comfortable with that analogy?" (Gotta love Big Daddy.) I made this dish but lightened it up by using brown rice and low-fat ingredients. You can enjoy this dish even on a diet...right? It's pretty awesome. With our wedding coming up, Ivan has been trying to trim-down. I figured I would try my best to cook my normal meals but lighten them up so he doesn't feel guilty if he has seconds. And he always goes for seconds.

Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta Bake

This dish is perfect when you're strapped for time but still want a delicious, healthy, and hearty meal. You won't guess what "secret" ingredient makes this dish ahhmazing!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Spinach and Ricotta Egg Bake

Spinach, cheese, and veggies? Yep- I love them all individually. Put them together and top it off with puff pastry, I might just be in breakfast heaven. This meal is great for brunch and even better for breakfast for dinner!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Greek Turkey Burgers

Olives. Feta. Spinach. These burgers are flavor packed and are a quick 30 minute meal that will leave you wondering why you haven't made these before. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chicken Makhani served with Jasmine Rice and Naan

This recipe is So Easy. So Delicious. If you like Indian food, then I highly suggest you making this for dinner tonight! The flavors are dynamic, yet the preparation is so simple. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

McCrady's Review

Ivan and I used to love going to McCrady's. We would go on special occasions to enjoy a bottle of good wine and a cheese plate. Most recently, Ivan and I went the week before Valentine’s Day. Because of our experience, I thought it important to put it in my blog. When you go to a restaurant, whether its casual or fine dining, the one thing you expect is consistency. Our latest experience with McCrady's had us more than disappointed. It appears they have made huge cutbacks on portions, therefore leaving you with a large check and an empty stomach. For example- their cheese plate used to be our favorite. 3 Cheeses set up on a butcher block accompanied by dried fruit, olive oil, nuts, and fresh bread. You couldn't beat it, the plate was amazing. When we went back this past February we ordered the cheese plate only to find out that is has drastically changed. Now the 3 cheeses are set on a slate board. There is only one small slice of each cheese and the accompaniments are just flavored jelly. The bread reminds me of wheat thins. For the same price and the same description, the two cheese plates couldn't be more different. Here are some photos to show you.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Tortilla Soup

 I am always looking for new ways to spice tortilla soup up- I finally found a way to make it that I LOVE. The dish is so simple and quick to make- yet the different dimensions of flavor make this meal one of my favorites to not only eat but make.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BBQ Chicken Grilled Cheese

These sandwiches taste sinful, they are that good! The melted cheese, BBQ chicken, and avocado just  melt in your mouth. I am getting hungry just thinking about these sandwiches.:)

Lemon and Herb Roasted Chicken served over Mashed Potatoes

I rarely eat chicken off the bone. There is something about picking out bones while I eat that doesn't always sit well with me. When I saw these huge split chicken breasts at the store, I just knew I could make it work. I thought that roasting the chicken with lemon and herbs and serving it over mashed potatoes would be a yummy and hearty dinner. With some spanish flare (sazon), this chicken was moist when I cut into it yet the skin had the perfect crunch.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Spaghetti Squash Pesto Pasta

I apologize for the lack of photos. I made this for friends and forgot to take pictures. If you trust me- you really need to make this dish! You can serve it vegetarian or add some kielbasa or shrimp to the dish. This is a healthy yet hearty dinner. If you are cooking for more than 2- you can just cook 2 spaghetti squash (instead of 1) but keep the rest of the recipe the same.

Italian Wedding Soup

I have made Italian Wedding Soup many different ways. Tonight I wanted to use beef meatballs instead of chicken and pancetta meatballs.Always good to switch things up! 
Anyway- they turned out perfect. The cheesy beef was such a compliment to this soup and I will definitely make this variation again. Two thumbs up!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Chicken Bog

Ivan's first memories of chicken bog (which I had never even heard before I met him) was as a child. His best friend's mother would make the boys chicken bog when he would stay over for dinner. When I did some research on how to prepare it, I thought to myself... well this is not a pretty meal. It reminds me a lot of gumbo. I really like a good gumbo- but it is not the most beautiful dish to look at. Chicken bog is the same.. It is so simple to make, yet extremely flavorful. Because you cook the rice in the same water as you previously cooked the chicken, the flavors absorb throughout the entire dish. If you have not made this before- I highly recommend you try it. You  will not be disappointed, I promise!

Copycat Chick Fil A Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Sundried Tomato Mac and Cheese

I don't like eating fast food for many reasons. I do however like to eat fried food, you could fry about anything and I will eat it. I like to take meals that I enjoy either ordering for delivery or at the drive-thru and making them my own. Usually when making fried chicken you have to marinade the chicken in seasoning for 4+ hours before cooking. With this recipe, you don't have to think ahead. When your ready all you have to do is coat the chicken and fry it. This is by far one of my favorite fried chicken recipes (obviously why Chick Fil A is so sucesseful!)

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Bocadillos are such a simple yet delicious snack or meal. Today I made some for lunch for Ivan and I with my new lens I got for Christmas!  All you need is fresh bread (I used a french baguette), ham, cheese of your choice (I used swiss), mayo, and some butter. I pressed them on my panini press and wahlah!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Punta Cana

My family went on a week long vacation to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. The trip was amazing and we had a blast relaxing, drinking pina coladas, tanning, snorkeling, and of course eating. not only that but Ivan and I got engaged! Here are some photos. Additionally, I now have a wedding blog ( ) that you can check out for updates on our wedding.