Dinner

Veggie Chili

When the weather gets chilly, it’s time for chili!

This Veggie Chili is exactly what you are craving this fall. It’s full of veggies and beans and all that chili goodness. Steven Michael will make a pot on Sunday and we’ll eat it all week in different forms. It’s more than enough to feed a family! With this pot, we had the chili by itself, chili dogs (with vegan sausages), and chili cheese dip. The possibilities are endless!

He usually makes it as outlined in this recipe, but occasionally he’ll add ground turkey and that’s fantastic too! You can even pair it with his SUPER AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS Cornbread recipe that we posted last week!

What is your favorite fall food that warms you from the inside? Share in the comments below!

Bread

Cornbread

I am writing this from the audience of a very special wrestling show in my living room. Ellis, a.k.a. Crazy Master has been putting on quite a show against the formidable giant Peep stuffed animal. His special moves are Lightening Shots and the Peep Crasher!

This particular arena has some really excellent ring side snacks, my personal favorite being the cornbread. Steven Michael’s cornbread recipe is so easy to make, and so easy to eat an entire pan of in one sitting. You have been warned!

You just might need to pay Crazy Master to come over and put you in the Peep Crasher when you try to go back for your fourth or fifth piece!

What would your wrestling name/special moves be? Let us know in the comments below!

Dinner

Grilled Salmon on Coconut Rice

As promised, here is a great meal that is only made greater with the addition of Mango Tango Sauce! This has a little bit of everything – savory, sweet, protein, carbs and even fruit!

Even though coconut isn’t my favorite, I still enjoyed eating this (but don’t tell Steven Michael because I don’t want to give him any coco-nutty ideas 🤐). Coconut is tricky for me. Generally speaking, I don’t like it at all. But there have been a few things, usually mixed with a ton of sugar a la coconut cream pie, that make it bearable. Apparently, this rice joins the list as well.

What’s something that you don’t typically enjoy eating but you’ve found okay in some cases – a.k.a. What’s your coconut? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Burrito Fresco

Mango Tango – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

The peaches are here! When we had our restaurant, peach season meant it was time to offer our very popular seasonal sauce, Mango Tango.

This sweet sauce goes really well with fish, pork, or your open mouth and a squeeze bottle. Stay tuned for our next blog showing how to pair this sauce with a delicious meal!

Dinner

Spinach Ricotta Grilled Cheese

You may notice a theme in the next few weeks of our blog – FAST! As I mentioned last week, back to school season has us busy busy busy with little time to plan and execute elaborate meals.

Sometimes, the simplest meals are the best anyway! The recipe this week is a great example of just that. You really can’t go wrong with any form of grilled cheese, and this Spinach Ricotta version did NOT disappoint!

The recipe is written per sandwich, so make sure to gather enough ingredients for however many you plan to eat. Full disclosure, we each ate two of these bad boys because they were truly that good!

TIP – Get a good sourdough bread from a local bakery. It will make alllllll the difference! We got ours from Amazing Grains Bread Co.

What’s your favorite way to dress up a grilled cheese? Let us know in the comments below!

Dinner

Thai Peanut Bowls with Tofu

It’s official, we have a Kindergartener! Ellis started school last week, and is LOVING it so far. He is especially fond of the bus, and has been known to give high fives all the way up the aisle on his way out the door. In other words, Ellis gonna Ellis. 🤷‍♀️

The school year brings us more consistency in our schedule, and therefore, more at home dinners that we can turn into blogs. Lucky you! This week, we’re sharing Thai Peanut Bowls with Tofu that were fantastic! Steven Michael actually tried this a while ago and it wasn’t quite right. So, he took some notes, made some changes and really nailed it!

These were quick to make after a long day, and exceptionally tasty. It has a little bit of everything that you need – fat from the peanut butter, carbs from the noodles, and a load of veggies. It’s also a much better use of Peanut Butter than the Peanut Stew Incident of 2021. Trust me.

What are some of your favorite quick meals during the back to school craziness? Share in the comments below!

Baking, Bread

Pepperoni Bread

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, how can I eat as many carbs as humanly possible today? Just me? Ok then ….

Well, if you ever do happen to have that particular craving, look no further than Steven Michael’s Pepperoni Bread! We used turkey pepperoni because we’re awesome or lame depending on who you’re asking.

After downing a loaf each, Steven Michael and I sat in our Pepperoni Bread comas watching Dawson’s Creek. Fun fact, we met when a mutual friend discovered our shared love for the Creek and brought us together. Though we’ll never agree on who should have ended up with Joey (clearly Pacey and I won’t hear any of this Dawson nonsense), we like to watch reruns on our date nights and fight about it. True Love (if you get that reference, you’re our kind of people). Steven Michael even proposed to me on the actual creek in Wilmington, NC while we were on a road trip down to Disney. Yes, I was being a jerk about making the extra out of the way stop, and yes, I swiftly put my foot in my mouth.

How did you meet your significant other or best friend? Did you almost ruin your own proposal by being a jerk? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Burrito Fresco, Sides

Mild/Hot Salsa – A Burrito Fresco Recipe

Hello, friends! Summer is winding down, but we’re not quite ready to let go of those summertime vibes. To fully take advantage of the last few weeks of sunshine, we’re sharing the recipe that started it all – The Burrito Fresco Salsa.

For those that don’t know, Steven Michael and I used to own the best restaurant in the world (not at all a biased opinion), Burrito Fresco. We served fresh home made food all day and long into the night from 2012-2016, and this salsa is what ultimately made us decide to open a Burrito Shop.

So here is it for all of you to enjoy! Whether you were a regular customer or are new to our blog, this FRESH salsa will not disappoint!

What is your favorite thing to make with fresh veggies? Let us know in the comments below!

Breakfast

Tater Tot Breakfast Bowls

Sometimes you stumble upon greatness when you least expect it. That’s what happened over the weekend as Steven Michael was cooking us breakfast. What was going to be eggs and tater tots (because they are essentially hash browns) turned into something else entirely. Before we knew it, we were feasting on a bowl of tots, eggs, gravy, cheese and veggies. HECK YES!

We weren’t planning to use this for a blog post, but it was SO GOOD that we just had to share it with you! I’m sorry that we don’t have our usual pictures to accompany the recipe steps, but I promise it will be worth it if you decide to give it a try!

Have you ever discovered something amazing by accident? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Dinner

Cheesy Spinach Pasta

I grew up in a Yankees house. My dad and brother watched all of the games, and even had a friendly rivalry going with some of our Mets fan relatives. My sports relationship has always been kind of like my cooking relationship. If it’s on, I’ll watch – but I won’t participate.

Fast forward to 2021 and I’m a full fledged Phoenix Suns fan, enthusiastically watching every game and rooting for the players by name. Before you accuse me of jumping on the bandwagon of a winning team, let me give you some background. Steven Michael has always been a Suns fan. In fact, every single picture that I’ve ever seen of him as a teenager has him clad in one or more pieces of Suns clothing. So I guess I did jump on a bandwagon of sorts, but when I jumped on, they were losing – bad. As I’ve explained to Steven over the course of this year, clearly my tuning in changed the tides and I am the sole source of luck for the Phoenix Suns. You’re welcome.

Ellis has also caught the basketball bug. He’s taking lessons every weekend, and loves nothing more than going to the park to play S-H-O-T with Mom and Dad. Last weekend, we got a free broken hoop from a neighbor, and after we fixed it up he was finally able to play on it today! I see many hours of driveway hoops in our future.

It’s totally going in …

We have found ourselves in need of a quick meal a few times this summer. With work, our rehearsal/practice schedules and Ellis’ activities, there are times when we just need something fast and satisfying. This Cheesy Spinach Pasta is tasty AND fast. Winner!

What’s your team? Let us know in the comments below!