Meal Plans Made Simple #14

Somehow we got to Easter weekend already. I have no idea how that happened. I snagged you seven really fun recipes this week – a nice change from all your Easter food fare, plus a way to use up leftover ham. Oh! And dessert? Scroll down to see the dessert. In fact, I’ll probably make that first.

Remember you can easily save all these recipes to your free recipe box, make shopping lists (this is my new way not to forget my grocery list when I leave the house you guys — try it), and plan meals. You can grab recipes from here (obviously that makes me happy), but also anywhere around the web!


Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder via Chocolate Moosey; Meal Plans Made Simple

Jalapeno Popper Corn Chowder via Chocolate Moosey - Soooooo… I went looking for a corn chowder recipe because they usually call for a ham bone and the day after Easter lots of people have those, right? But this is the recipe I found. It does not use a ham bone but it has BACON. And jalapenos. So give the ham bone to your dog and make this soup.

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112 Awesome Brunch Recipes

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So I guess I’ve been working up to this for about a month now. My brunch obsession has finally peaked. Easter brunch is amazing, but Mother’s Day is right around the corner too, so I have compiled 112+ (‘+’ because I found more and added them; I stopped counting at 112… it’s a sickness) Awesome Brunch Recipes from here, there, and everywhere. There are casseroles and muffins, steak, cake, french toast, boozy fruit drinks, tarts, quiche… I mean really. There is some of everything.

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Cadbury Candy Egg Brownies

Thick fudgey brownies with a perfect crackley wisp of brownie crust on top, stuffed with pretty pastel Cadbury Candy Eggs. A perfect Easter treat!
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 I get on these kicks and it’s like my brain can’t shift gears. Brunch, for example. I have been cooking and photographing an endless string of brunch recipes lately. And while brunch is, in my opinion, basically a perfect meal, I decided to take a minute to interrupt my regularly scheduled programming with BROWNIES.

P.S. You can totally have brownies at brunch, too.

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Easy Satay Chicken

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Tender chicken in a delicious sauce with creamy garlic, peanut, soy, and ginger. This Easy Satay Chicken is a fast and fresh complete meal idea that will satisfy the whole family.

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Things have gotten a little bit bananas around here lately.

School activities and family plans are popping up all over the place. Our weekends have been filled with too many trips to the old home improvement store, with a few sprinkles of appliance shopping, and a trip or two to the local plant nursery.

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Coffee Rubbed Steak and Eggs

A simple flank steak rubbed with coffee, a little sweet, and a little spice. Served over a poached egg, warm herbed potatoes, and fresh greens, these coffee rubbed steak and eggs are the perfect hearty brunch dish.
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Could there BE a meal any better than brunch? (<<– bonus points if you got my 90′s sitcom reference)

I am usually the biggest champion of breakfast, but brunch is actually where it’s at. You can have all the good foods, PLUS it is completely acceptable to order a drink. And espresso. You can have an omelet followed by coffee cake for dessert. It’s basically a mid-morning excuse for total gluttony.

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Meal Plans Made Simple #12

This first week of April has shaped up to be a pretty good one over here! The sun has been shining. I paraded around in flip flops for most of the week. A nice lady gave me her cart at the grocery store, and when I tried to give her my quarter (I was at Aldi, in case this sounds confusing) she said to pay it forward. It’s definitely the little things. Also — I found like 3456787654 amazing recipes!!! So to get your dinner ideas rolling, here are my favorite seven.

Zesty Sriracha Quinoa Shrimp via Julie's Eats and Treats; Meal Plans Made Simple

Zesty Sriracha Shrimp & Quinoa via Julie’s Eats and Treats - Um… this meal is a total drool-fest for me. I’ve really been into the shrimp vibe lately and this one, all glaze-ey with SRIRACHA?! It pretty much made my heart skip a beat.

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Trail Mix Cookies

A secret ingredient gives these Trail Mix Cookies, loaded with pretzels, M & M’s, cashews, coconut, oats, and chocolate chips, the perfect cookie texture of soft with a little bite.
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Sometimes I think that homemade cookies might just be my very favorite dessert.

I know that with all the ice cream, and pies, and brownies happening in the world, not to mention cake, that seems like an extreme exclamation, but hear me out ya’ll <<<—- Side Note: I have lived in the south most of my life, like since I was 2,  and still can’t deliver the word ‘ya’ll’ without feeling like a fraud.

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Pesto Chicken and Provolone Sandwiches

Simple creamy pesto tossed with cooked chicken and cashews is spread on thick sourdough and then toasted with provolone cheese and mushrooms for a crunchy, melty, warm, and delicious sandwich.
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Sandwiches have become a serious staple around here.

Our house is packed chest-high with moving boxes right now and I have whittled my kitchen down to the very bare minimum.

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