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Baked Zucchini Fries

Baked Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

So my Grandma always used to make breaded zucchini that she would fry up on the stove as a side dish with our dinners growing up. And yeah, it was fried, so not such a healthy side, but goodness, was it yummy!

These baked zucchini fries are my updated and healthier alternative to that beloved fried zucchini that my grandma used to make. Coated in panko and Parmesan, the fries get all nice and crispy in the oven. And in fact, I seriously would happily eat these over regular fries. Not even kidding! It might also have something to do with the spicy chipotle mayo I like to make with the fries for dipping, but whatever. Since these fries are a vegetable and baked instead of fried, I can dip them in copious amounts of chipotle mayo, right?!

Baked Zucchini Fries with Chipotle Mayo

Nibblies

1. It has been 10,000 years since my last Nibblies post. I’m sorry. Let’s get these going again!

2. Please tell me that I am not the only one that is watching Vanderpump Rules. I know, it’s almost embarrassing to even admit to watching it. But, it’s so good. All these damn kids cheating on each other. It’s like a train wreck and I can’t look away.

3. RE: Above. My husband keeps telling me that our daughter is not allowed to be present while I watch “such filth”. Whatever.

4. Maddie will be 2 months old this weekend. Two months! How did that happen?! I will post a 2-month update for you guys next week.

Nibblies

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna is one of those special dishes in our house. I typically make it for a nice Sunday dinner or for a holiday. While I love how filling and comforting it is, it can take some time to prepare between cooking the meat, boiling the noodles, mixing up the cheese mixture, and then baking the lasagna for a good 40 minutes. I always end up with a huge mess in my kitchen.

Skillet Lasagna

Enter Skillet Lasagna. One pan. That’s it. No bowls, no other pots or pans required here. You’re welcome.

Skillet Lasagna

Skillet Lasagna

Honey Lime Chicken Bowls

Honey Lime Chicken Bowls

So I love Chipotle, like a lot. We get it almost weekly because it’s quick and well, it’s stinking delicious! It’s one of those places where I can keep eating there and never feel like total crap afterwards. I always get a chicken bowl and mix up the toppings to keep things interesting.

Making your own Chipotle-like bowls at home is pretty simple though it does require a few steps to get all of the components together. Really though, it’s just about cooking the chicken, beans, and quinoa (or rice if you prefer) and then the rest of the toppings you can just throw on top without much effort. This is a great dinner to make for family or friends because you can set up a “DIY Bowl” bar with lots of toppings like corn, salsa or pico de gallo, guacamole or sliced avocado, cheese, sour cream…you get my point. All of the good stuff!

I would happily stuff my face with these bowls for lunch or dinner and any day of the week!

Honey Lime Chicken Bowls

Berry and Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie

Berry and Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie

Back to work. I can’t believe my maternity leave is over. It just flew by and now I want to cry my eyes out at even just the thought of leaving my sweet baby girl. I know we will all be fine, but I also know it’s going to be a huge adjustment for all three of us. My husband will be staying with the baby at home during the day since he works from home, which is really great as I know she is in good hands and they will be having fun and bonding, but I know it will be exhausting for him, yet also tiring for me having to work all day and come home to make dinner and take care of her. Cooking meals has become progressively easier for us these past few weeks, but going back to work is going to throw things off again.

Berry and Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie

Cheesy Olive Toasts

Cheesy Olive Toasts

Happy New Year, my friends! It’s 2015 and just like that, the holiday season is over. Truthfully, I sometimes get a little depressed when the holidays are over because my husband and I love decorations, holiday movies, and just that feeling of the fun and excitement of the holidays. But, we must move on!

Once the holidays are over, my mind always shifts to the Super Bowl in terms of what to make for the blog. It’s all about the appetizers if you ask me! Standard football fare is always wings, nachos, etc., but who says you can’t make something a little more fancy? These Cheesy Olive Toasts are the perfect snack to serve!

Cheesy Olive Toasts