I hereby declare that soup season is here. Well, not really, but it’s mid-September so it has to be close, no?! I love making homemade soup over lazy weekends this time of year. They are so comforting and make you feel all nice and cozy.
I’ve been hearing about Zuppa Toscana for years now from people all over, but I never really knew what it was. Zuppa Toscana is actually just a broad term for Tuscan soup and usually contains veggies like kale, beans, zucchini, and potatoes. Zuppa Toscana has become popular here in the United States thanks to the Olive Garden which is how many of you may be familiar with it. To be honest though, I haven’t been to the OG in many years and have never had their Zuppa Toscana, but it sounded pretty good so I wanted to make my own version at home!
This version contains ground sausage, potatoes, and kale. You can certainly add in cannellini beans or other veggies if you desire. I’m fairly certain the OG version also contains a good amount of heavy cream, but this recipe only uses skim milk and a touch of half and half. A bit of flour also thickens it a bit. Then there’s the bacon. Obviously, you want to add the bacon on top because…bacon. But, hey, at least there is kale too!
Football season is here! It’s yet one of the many wonderful things about this time of year. Even if you aren’t a big football fan, you at least have to be a fan of all the game day eats, right?! While I enjoy college football a lot, my husband basically wants to structure our weekends around certain games and he almost always requests some good football snacks. I wouldn’t dare leave him hanging so I’ve been trying to come up with some new game day eats and we voted this one to be a total winner! What’s not to love about a creamy and cheesy dip mixed with tasty enchilada sauce!
I based this Chicken Enchilada Dip off my Buffalo Chicken Dip (which is another game day favorite on this blog!). In this dip, we use cream cheese, shredded chicken, enchilada sauce, and of course, cheese!
You can customize this dip in a number of ways too. First, any canned enchilada sauce will do, but I highly recommend my homemade enchilada sauce because it tastes so much better than most store-bought sauces I’ve had! The second way you can change things up is with add-ins. Green chilis or diced jalapeno would be fabulous in this dip as would pretty much any other traditional Mexican-food topping like avocados, green onions, cilantro, or even salsa! If you are serving a group, I’d be careful about adding too much heat though. Lastly, I like to use a combo of sharp cheddar and jack cheese, but any Mexican blend or pepper jack would also be perfect in this recipe so customize away!
‘Tis the season, my friends! Yes, it’s September and it’s time to bust out ALL of the pumpkin. Those of you who live in colder areas are like, “OMG! Stooooopp!” and for those in the warmer temps like myself, I can’t wait for it to get cooler outside. All the Halloween decor is up at Target. Gah! This is truly my favorite time of year! Maddie is already asking for us to put up the decorations so I’m thinking that is totally going to happen soon.
We are kicking off the unofficial start to fall and pumpkin season with these amazing Skinny Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars! First, they are just over 100 calories per square which is a total win and obviously means you can eat like 10 of them at once…or not…
I based this recipe off some other skinny cheesecake bars I’ve made on this blog and really just added pumpkin puree and some spices. One mistake I realized after cutting into these was that I totally forgot to add the flour. Even though it’s just a couple of tablespoons, the flour really helps stabilize these bars so don’t forget it!
Feel free to experiment with the cinnamon and nutmeg in this recipe. You can add more or less depending on your tastes! Happy Pumpkin Season!
It’s been forever since I last pulled out my spiralizer. In fact, I don’t think I’ve used it since I moved to California last year and that is quite sad because I adore spiralizing. It’s so simple and I love trying to find good substitutes for carb-heavy pasta dishes. While I think my favorite veggie to spiralize is zucchini (I know, how basic of me!), my second favorite is sweet potatoes!
I bought a huge container of arugula on sale a few weeks ago and didn’t want to let any go to waste so I threw it in my food processor and made some fresh pesto! I adore using arugula in pesto. It adds a nice peppery flavor. I also throw in basil because it balances out the arugula perfectly. And then I add in toasted walnuts instead of the more traditional pine nut.
The pesto pairs perfectly with the sweet potato noodles for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. And while I often like to suggest beefing up these types of dishes with grilled chicken, fish, etc., I have to say I like this dish just as is. Obviously, if you are feeling lazy, you can just use store-bought regular pesto, but I highly recommend trying this arugula pesto!
It’s September! Fall is upon us, but it’s been hotter here in Orange County than it has the rest of the year so it’s still feeling like summer to me! Summer always makes me want all things coconut. for breakfast, drinks, dessert, you name it!
Ever since I was pregnant the second time around, I’ve been on a solid oatmeal kick. I just love how comforting and filling a bowl of oats can be. I like to do big batches of steel cut oats in the Instant Pot, but overnight oats are my favorite way to change up my oatmeal game!
While I wait a bit longer for more fall-like weather to arrive, these blueberry coconut oats will keep me satisfied. These oats are pretty similar to my coconut cream pie overnight oats, which funnily enough has been the most popular recipes on my blog over the past year. I’ve made a few tweaks to change up the flavor profile. I like to use blueberry Greek yogurt with coconut milk with these oats, but you can change this up if you’d rather use plain or vanilla Greek yogurt. You can use canned coconut milk or from a carton. I typically use lite coconut milk or from the carton.
This four month update is a bit late! This girl is already going to be 5 months next week! Oops.
Things for the most part seem “mostly normal” for us now, but we often feel overwhelmed. Things just always seem chaotic in our house. There is just crap everywhere, it’s like a bomb went off and we just feel so tired by the time we finally get them in bed and have zero energy to clean up the house. When I get home from work, it’s just craziness trying to get dinner ready quickly, giving one or both girls a bath, and then getting them to bed. Natalie basically goes to sleep between 8-8:30 and sleeps all night. She could wake as early as 6am, but typically sleeps until around 7:30am which is amazing. She’s getting a bit big for her rock and play though and I think it’s about time to switch her to crib, which was not the easiest transition for us when Maddie was 5 months old. I’m kind of dreading this change!
In the last week, she has finally figured out rolling over! She was able to go from her tummy to her back pretty easily, but now she is able to roll from back to tummy. Whenever we put her on the floor, she immediately starts to roll over. It’s weird though because she does not like being on her stomach unless she is trying to nap. Her tummy is pretty sensitive and she spits up a lot so even though she keeps rolling to her stomach, she gets mad after a minute or so.
Welcome to Eat. Drink. Love.! My name is Stephanie. Here you will find healthy and easy recipes with a few indulgences thrown in for good measure! Why the name Eat. Drink. Love.? Well, I think this is what life is all about!