Recipe: Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken

This Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken dinner is another super easy one that will have your house smelling amazing by the end of the day. And there’s nothing wrong with getting out of your dinner rut with these tasty Moroccan flavors. This dish has been a family favorite of ours for many years, so I’m excited to share it with you today! Enjoy :)

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Recipe: Peanut Butter Brownie Bars

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I’ve got the perfect homemade treat for you (and the one you love)! These Peanut Butter Brownie Bars would also make a fun little treat to share with teachers and neighbors in honor of the upcoming “day of love,” especially if you’re me and you’ve made this recipe three times in the last week in order to get it just right. :) I can assure you though, the final outcome was worth the wait. It’s hard to beat that perfect combination of sweet chocolate and salty peanut butter! (Oh, and if you’re new here, FYI, the refined sugar in this recipe does break the rules, but it’s something we don’t mind in an occasional homemade treat now that our official 100-day pledge is over.)

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Recipe: The Best Oven Baked Chicken Wings!

So, I was working on a recipe for chicken wings when not long after I started, my husband basically took over. Just for the record my husband CAN cook, and I love it when he does – it just doesn’t happen all that often anymore! So I did not argue and said, “Yes, I’d love for you to take a shot at developing this wing recipe” (i.e. make dinner tonight – wink wink). And I must say they turned out to be the best oven baked chicken wings I’ve had and definitely rival the smoked chicken wings we recently fell in love with at one of our favorite Charlotte restaurants, Rooster’s.

Baking this knock-off version at home by emulating the flavor of their wood burning fire with smoked salt makes our house smell almost as good as their amazing restaurant, and it only takes 45 minutes to bake (instead of hours to smoke…not to mention you don’t have to tend a fire!). So, just in time for the Super Bowl – enjoy!

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Recipe: Creamy Queso Dip (with Veggies!)

I told my husband I wanted to make queso dip, and he said, “how are you going to make a cheese dip ‘healthy?'” Well, here’s the answer! Along with all the flavorful spices you simply add peppers, tomatoes and spinach to the mix AND offer veggies on the side for dipping in addition to the chips. So just in time for Super Bowl – give it a go and let me know what you think! :) Oh, and if you are going to serve this on Sunday I would highly recommend trying to keep it warm in something like this.

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Recipe: Whole-Wheat Blueberry Scones

If you’re even remotely a fan of muffins and biscuits, then you’re gonna love these Whole-Wheat Blueberry Scones. And they’re not just for breakfast. We’ve been eating these for snacks, and I’ve also been putting them in my kids’ lunches. The possibilities are endless! Plus they’re freezer friendly too, so go for it. :)

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Recipe: Shrimp and Grits (+ our holiday team dinner!)

If you’ve never had (or heard of) Shrimp and Grits, it’s one you’ve gotta try! It’s most definitely a southern dish that’s pretty common around here in the Carolinas, but what I’ve found is there are all different ways to make it. Some add flour and broth to the shrimp to make more of sauce, some add all sorts of accompaniments like bell peppers and mushrooms, and some kick things up a notch by using sausage instead of bacon. Now I’m not sure I’ve ever met a Shrimp & Grits dish I didn’t like, but inspired by my friend Valerie’s recipe and after some trial and error I’ve settled on this simple – yet delicious – version below. And by the way, we do think of this dish as a special meal at our house – last year I served it on Christmas Eve, and Valerie often serves it on New Year’s Eve. So hopefully you can find a way to add this recipe to your holiday table as well.

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