I’ve been meaning to make a breakfast casserole recently, so I pinned a few on Pinterest for inspiration and a fabulous reader named Lisa linked me to the original recipe for Cooking Light’s Cheesy Brunch Casserole - thanks, Lisa! I was immediately sold after reading through the ingredients list; Italian sausage (love), sharp cheddar (my favorite), STUFFING (OMG, yes please). The egg substitute pulls it all together and makes it breakfast worthy and the hearty hot sausage and herb seasoned stuffing give it tons of flavor and bring it into brunch territory (or lunch or dinner or any time you like).
I used a little less stuffing and cheese than the original recipe (don’t worry, there’s still plenty) and added in onions, garlic and mushrooms for additional volume and flavor. You can definitely customize it to your preferences; my fiancé hates mushrooms so he said he’d add bell pepper instead – feel free to get creative! The portion size for this is very large and filling and it makes great leftovers. Cook it on the weekend and save it for breakfasts or lunches all week long!
It was a cold, blustery day and I knew I wanted to make a warm, hearty, comforting dish. I also knew I had a lot planned for the day and not too much time to spend in the kitchen. This beef stew was the ideal meal to meet all my needs. There’s no pre-cooking, you basically just chop everything, toss it in the slow cooker and let it do all the work for you. I love meals like that! The beef and vegetables cook to tender perfection and one serving is super filling. You can even cook this overnight! How easy is that?
Cookies are one of the most difficult things to lighten up. They need butter or else they take on a cakey texture. Now, I don’t have anything against “cakies,” but sometimes you just want a real, authentic cookie: crispy around the edges and soft in the middle with gooey pockets of chocolate scattered throughout. Yum.
My fiancé actually makes the original version of this recipe all the time (though he doubles the recipe and the chocolate chips and still has it make 24 cookies, so his are huge), and since they always turn out delicious I wanted to take a stab at making them a little lighter. I think they turned out great – perfect cookie texture and warm gooey chocolate. This recipe can easily be doubled or halved, so make as many as you need. Cookies also hold up well in the freezer so if you worry that you’ll end up gobbling up all 24 at once, freeze some for later!
This is a great entrée because it’s easy to make and sure to be popular with adults and children alike. Cheese, pepperoni and sauce all wrapped up in a hearty chicken breast and coated with crunchy bread crumbs? Sign me up! It’s even easy to customize. If you’re not a pepperoni fan then feel free to replace it with your own favorite pizza topping. Like things extra saucy? Serve it with some extra pizza sauce for dipping. It’s also simple to double or triple this recipe if you’re serving more than two.
Since my Pizza Logs were a huge hit, I thought it would be fun to apply the same concept to another one of my favorite foods, enchiladas. These fun rolls of saucy, cheesy, beany goodness are incredibly fast and easy to throw together and they make a filling snack, main course or appetizer. You can make as many or as few as you’d like – the recipe is super easy to halve or even quadruple if needed. You can even customize the flavor! Like a little kick? Use spicy enchilada sauce or toss in some diced green chilies.
These rolls are perfectly satisfying comfort food all on their own, but feel free to experiment with different dipping sauces: guacamole (pictured – Wholly Guacamole spicy variety), salsa, queso, additional enchilada sauce, sour cream. There are tons of possibilities!
My sister-in-law, Julia, cooked this Food & Wine dish for our family when she and my brother were in town for the holidays and it was a huge hit with everyone who tried it. It has a little something for everyone – creamy wine sauce, spicy little kick from the sausage and crushed red pepper flakes, tangy twist from the mustard, sweet herb flavor from the basil and heartiness from the pasta. What’s not to love?
Besides being delicious, this dish comes together surprisingly quickly, making it an ideal weeknight dinner option or a great entree idea for company. Toss together a side salad and your meal is served! I added some fresh spinach I had on hand to the mix, but feel free to add more to your liking – I probably will next time I make it (and I will definitely be making it again)!