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I love a good sheet pan bake… the fewer dishes, the better, especially when you can make a huge batch of something and call it a day for meal prepping. Whether it’s lunch or dinner, having something in the fridge that you can quickly heat up is so nice. Especially when that something is an actual meal, unlike a veggie burger that I’ve recently been frequenting. Don’t get me wrong, love my veggie burgers, but this sheet pan bake is way more filling.

I decided to use andouille chicken sausage since I was baking with kale & sweet potatoes… needed to give the bake a little sumthin sumthin. The spicy sausage + sweet potato + super crispy kale (I almost just spelled crispy “krispy”… donuts on my mind) make for a perfect combination for this one pan bake.

I’ve previously posted this one pan greek chicken dinner that is amaaaaaaazing, and I highly suggest it. (like totally not super biased or anything)

Since I’m really into one pan bakes at the moment, I’m sharing some more Pinterest finds for everyone to enjoy:

One Pan Baked Teriyaki Salmon & Vegetables – Creme de la Crumb

One Pan Baked Lemon Parmesan Chicken and Broccoli – Gimme Delicious

Spring Sheet Pan Chicken – The Inspired Home

With having absolutely 0 motivation to make meals by the time dinner rolls around, even having the premade turkey, chicken, or whatever sausage, it is so easy to make this meal… and also sit on the couch while it’s cooking. Like, the best of both worlds.

Find the recipe for this sheet pan bake below!

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Sheet Pan Sausage and Sweet Potato Bake
This chicken sausage, kale and sweet potato sheet pan bake is ideal for meal prep or even making dinner for a crowd.
Course low carb, lunch, Main Course, meal prep
Cuisine American
Keyword lunch ideas, lunch recipes, meal prep recipes, one pan bake, sheet pan, sheet pan bake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Potato Sliced
  • 2 cups Chopped Kale
  • 4 links Andouille Sausage Sliced
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 375F
  • Slice your sweet potatoes about 1/4 inch thick. Once sliced, place in large mixing bowl. Chop you kale into bite sized pieces, pour into the large mixing bowl with the sweet potatoes.
  • Drizzle your 2 tbsp of olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper over your sweet potatoes and kale, mix well
  • Spread the sweet potatoes and kale mix evenly across the sheet pan, set aside.
  • Slice your 4 andouille sausage links and place evenly on top of your sweet potatoes and kale.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until your sweet potatoes are done
  • Allow to cool, eat right then and there or pack your favorite tupperware for meal prep!

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Just in time for spring & Easter Brunch, these Rosemary Pear Mimosas are an A+ twist on your traditional mimosa. The pear juice, in my opinion, is far less sweet than orange juice plus you get the rosemary in there that not only makes for a ~super cute garnish but also gives the cocktail an herby, non-sweet flavor.

I’ve posted Christmas Mimosa Bar essentials before, so adding pear juice + springs of rosemary are great additions for your springtime brunches. I always prefer my champagne to juice ratio basically 99% champagne and 1% juice, just to get a hint of the juice/flavor, and with this white pear juice, it’s legit juice (not like the BS juice) so you truly don’t need all that much and it tastes SO GOOD.

I used R.W Knudsen Organic Pear Juice mainly because of the ingredients. It’s basically legit all juice pears and that’s why it tastes so good. As for the champagne, I prefer all my cocktails to be super dry, not sweet, so I always go for the dry champagne to make my mimosa with.

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Rosemary Pear Mimosas
Servings 1 Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 2 Parts Champagne
  • 1 Part Pear Juice
  • 1 Sprig Rosemary to garnish
  • 1 Slice Pear to garnish

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All. Green. Everything… minus the red onions. Needed to add those in there, for some color and some additional flavor. I didn’t really realize how many green vegetables I liked up until this salad? I feel like not all made the cut and then naturally I forgot to put the avocado in there. Regardless, this Spring Greens Salad will definitley be a new favorite.

I made this salad as a meal prep and ate nothing but this salad for lunch and dinner for like 3 days. And if we’re being honest, I wasn’t sick of it. You can pair it with whatever dressing you want, balsamic, ranch, bleu cheese. I paired it with a mix of balsamic and fat free bleu cheese… 5/5 star pairing.

I put Parmesan on top of this salad, but honestly bleu cheese or goat cheese would be phenomenal too. Basically any cheese. Cause, ya know, cheese.

For some more veggie inspiration, you can take a look to see what’s in season during the spring. That always helps me when making salad, trying to figure out what recipes to make, etc.

Need more salad inspiration? Find all my salad recipes & start mixing in this Greens Salad into your salad rotation.

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Spring Greens Salad
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Mixed Greens
  • 1/2 cup Cucumber diced
  • 1/2 cup Aparagus steamed & diced
  • 1/2 cup Green Beans diced
  • 1/2 cup Peas
  • 1/2 cup Sugar Snap Peas diced
  • 1/4 whole Red Onion sliced
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan to top

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This skillet monkey bread is currently like my favorite thing that I’ve made at the moment. It’s super easy and fool proof, thaaaaank you premade cinnamon rolls + icing. I don’t know why but yeast and making my own bread ALWAYS intimidates me. It’s a fear that I need to face, yes. I know. I’m being dramatic.

I topped this skillet monkey bread with heart shaped sprinkles, because I LOVE a good festive breakfast on any holiday. When we were growing up our mom used to make us heart-shaped belgian waffles every Valentine’s Day. It just starts off the day on such a great note and puts you in the best mood. Well, at least it put me in the best mood, and I am NOT a morning person, so that’s a very difficult thing to do.

So, if you don’t want to make this for Valentine’s Day, I do hiiiiighly suggest adding sprinkles on top. 1. everything (mostly everything) is better with sprinkles and 2. it does add a very necessary crunch component. If you don’t want to go the sprinkles route you can always go the “chopped nuts” route and throw some pecans or walnuts on there.

Also, disclaimer, there IS icing on this. HOWEVER… I accidentally microwaved it for like a long time. Ya, sometimes my brain like super malfunctions. SO to avoid being like Katie, I would take a spoon and just evenly spread the prepackaged icing across the top of the skillet monkey bread as soon as it comes out of the oven.

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Skillet Monkey Bread
This is going to be your new favorite way to eat cinnamon rolls.
Ingredients
  • 1 12.5 in. Cast Iron Skillet
  • 1 17.5 oz. Jar of Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls with Icing or a similar brand/product
  • 4.5 tbsp Melted Butter
  • 2 tbsp Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sprinkes to top
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 350 and with 1/2 tbsp of butter, coat your cast iron skillet. Set aside.
  • Take your cinnamon rolls and cut them into quarters. I cut some pieces even smaller to give a range of sizes if you feel like cutting into 1/6ths. 
  • Place your cut cinnamon rolls in your cast iron skillet, be sure to leave about 1/2 an inch from the edge of the skillet. The cinnamon rolls will expand to reach the whole skillet.
  • Once all your cinnamon rolls are in the skillet, mix together your 4 tbsp of melted butter with your 2 tbsp of packed light brown sugar and pour it over the top of your cinnamon rolls.
  • Bake your cinnamon rolls for 25 minutes, or until golden brown. As soon as you take them out of the oven, spread the prepackaged icing on top and top with sprinkles. Enjoy!

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This 30 minutes easy Bolognese sauce has been one of my favorite things to make this winter… I almost typed summer… is it almost summer? Anyways, this sauce just takes simple, jarred marinara sauce, adds in your favorite ground Italian Sausage, and allows it to all simmer together for 20 minutes. I mean, I’ll give you more direction below as to how really to cook it

I’ve made this pasta bake a few Sundays, it’s the perfect easy Sunday night dinner for when I’m not in the suburbs to partake in my dad’s elaborate Sunday night dinners. Plus it makes for great leftovers for when you come home on Monday and want to do nothing but come home and sit on the couch.

This easy bolognese sauce is also one of my new favorite things to make. Our family has this staple Italian restaurant in the suburbs, and my littlest brother always orders bow-tie pasta with marinara sauce but requests crumbled sausage in the sauce. So, the sauce is thicker and the crumbled sausage is a more prominent part… like this is a MEAT sauce…

You can also swap my spicy lemon orecchiette pasta in my At-Home Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas post for this pasta bake, if you want a pasta dish with marinara sauce.

If you’re looking to get really homemade, then you can go ahead and follow Fox and Briar’s Easy Twenty Minute Classic Marinara Sauce.

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Easy Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Bake
This easy bolognese sauce will be your new go-to if you’re ever craving something more than just a normal marina sauce, plus this pasta bake is so great to make and cozy up with allllll winter long. 
Course dinner, pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword dinner recipes, easy dinners, easy italian dinners, pasta dinner, pasta recipes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Ground Italian Sausage I normally buy Hot Italian Sausage
  • 2-3 cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1 24 oz Jarred Marinara Sauce
  • 1 16 oz Box of Rigatoni
  • 2 cups Shredded Mozzarella or Italian Blend Cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried Oregano to top, optional
Instructions
  • In a medium to large frying pan, over medium-high heat, pour your 2 tbsp of oil into the pan with your 2-3 minced garlic cloves. Ground and half-way cook your sausage for about 10 minutes, until half-way cooked.
  • Pour your entire jar of Marinara Sauce over the sausage, mix well and bring the bolognese to a simmer. Reduce your heat to medium-low and allow the sausage and sauce to simmer together for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. 
  • While your bolognese sauce is simmering, preheat your oven to 350 and bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, pour in your noodles and cook until Al Dente, about 7 minutes.
  • Drain your noodles and run cold water over them to avoid them sticking while waiting for your sauce to be done.
  • Once the 20 minutes is done and your sauce is cooked, transfer your pasta and sauce to a large bowl, mix the sauce and pasta together.
  • In a 9×11 (or 9×13) pan, pour your mixed pasta and sauce into the pan. Top with 2 cups shredded cheese and 2 tbsp oregano.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, and then after 20 minutes, broil on high for 5 minutes.
  • Let it cool enough to eat and enjoy!

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As much as I enjoy eating out… the majority of the week you can catch me eating at home. Especially on holidays or occasions where restaurants will be super crowded, sometimes it’s best to make a nice at-home cooked meal and then binge watch your latest Netflix series. Liiiiiike Ted Bundy Tapes, cause that screams Valentine’s Day… right? These are three of my favorite at-home Valentine’s Day dinner for two menus.

Pasta Dinner for Two
Course 1: Chopped Italian Antipasto Salad
Course 2: Lemon Chicken Orecchiette Pasta
Course 3: Raspberry Lemon Mini Cheesecakes
Pair with your favorite white wine, cheers!

Mexican Dinner for Two
Course 1: The Best Salsa Ever, Seriously + Loaded Guacamole
Course 2: Enchiladas
Course 3: Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cakes
Cocktails: Grapefruit + Jalapeno Margarita or Smoky Mexican Shandy

Breakfast for Dinner for Two
Course 1: Brown Sugar Blueberry Muffins
Course 2: Breakfast Skillet
Course 3: Jumbo Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cocktail: Mimosas

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This slow cooker tikka masala is one of the best no-recipe recipes. AKA everything is store bought, all you have to do is combine the ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a meal. 2019 is going to be the year of no recipe recipes and it’s going to be amaaaaaazing.

As literally everyone has heard (seriously even people in Belgium were texting me about the weather in Chicago) the weather today in Chicago feels like -50… then Sunday it’s going to be like 45 (positive 45… we need to specify that now)… so I don’t plan on leaving the house. I’m throwing on the slow cooker and making myself a batch of this slow cooker tikka masala.

When I was googling recipes for this, I couldn’t find anything quite like this- so if you follow me on Instagram and if you watched my story last week, I kinda just dumped all these ingredients into the slow cooker and hoped for the best. Also, note to everyone, don’t start a slow cooker recipe at 7:30 at night…….. even if you put it on high. Cause that’s going to be the night that you all of a sudden get the urge to fall asleep at 9pm. But ya can’t. Cause you’ve got a slow cooker meal going.

Also, this slow cooker tikka masala meal is beyond monochromatic, so if you want to add some flare, add a bit of cilantro on top. Isn’t there a saying that your eyes eat before your stomach? May as well make it pretty.

Also whatever you do, do not add any water to this… the first time I made this, I made the mistake of doing so, and it was sooooo watery. Big mistake.

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Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
this slow cooker tikka masala is everything you need to stay warm this winter
Course dinner, lunch, meal prep
Cuisine Indian
Keyword crockpot, easy dinners, indian recipes, meal prep recipes, slow cooker recipes, tikka masala
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Katie Kelly
Ingredients
  • 1 sweet potato diced
  • 1 sweet onion diced
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms this is the size of the container
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 12.5 oz jar of Tikka Masala simmer sauce
  • 4 cups brown rice cooked, to pair with the tikka masla
Instructions
  • in your slow cooker, pour half your jar of Tikka Masala into your slow cooker. place your chicken breasts, diced sweet potato, diced sweet onion and sliced mushrooms over the sauce. pour the rest of your sauce over your chicken + veggies.
  • cook on high for 3 hours, or cook on low for 7. once done, remove the lid, turn off the slow cooker and allow to cool. enjoy a spoonful or two over 1 cup of brown rice and enjoy!

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UltimateHomegating #CollectiveBias

Back in 2016, when I lived with 3 of my best friends at the apartment we refer to as Cornelia (we lived on Cornelia Ave.) we would have the best Sundays. We would walk to the Jewel-Osco down the street, go right to their deli section and pick up alllllllllll the snacks. Seriously… our apartment was known by everyone to at least always have Jewel-Osco chips + guac. It was a staple.

Anyways, we would walk down, get so many snacks and lay around the apartment all day. Recapping the weekend, watching the latest movie or show that everyone was raving about, or to be honest, watching sports. It was all so easy to have an insane spread without doing any work. Walk to the store, buy amazing dips + homemade chips + other goodies and have ourselves a Sunday? Consider us sold.

Now that we’re done walking down memory lane, let’s bring it back to 2019. Sundays are still pretty much the same, a smorgasbord of food, laying around, watching sports and doing minimal work. AKA a home-gate. Get it? A tailgate, but in the comfort of your own home. Jewel-Osco is legit a life saver when it comes to hosting your own homegate. Whether you’re just hanging out with a few people or a lot of people, I’m giving you all my tips + tricks to hosting the best homegate, especially so you can gear up for the Big Game.

  1. ICE. Don’t forget the ice. Even if you have a fridge that has an ice machine, that doesn’t always mean it’s going to produce ice faster than the ice is being used. Always have backup ice.
  2. Use disposable containers. Now, I am trying to be more eco-friendly in 2019, but… if you’re hosting a party, you want to make things as easy as possible. So, have red plastic cups out for guests to make drinks in, use paper plates, even serve your food in disposable containers… which is possible when you’re out buying all your food at Jewel-Osco. To still be eco-friendly during your homegating experience, you can always set out a separate recycling bin + be sure to recycle when you’re cleaning up.
  3. Finger Foods. Sliders, wings, dips, skewer foods of some sort. All the best can be found at the deli section in your local Jewel-Osco. This is so much easier to eat, to snack on, and it’s easy on you because you can just set out all the food at once and let your guests eat as they please. No big meal, no prep (thanks Jewel-Osco) and hopefully all the food will be eaten so it’ll be very minimal cleanup.
  1. Beverages. Be sure to have an array of mixers, along with alcohol. Beer, wine, a clear liquor (play it safe with vodka) and a dark liquor (I would vote whiskey, but that’s up to you + your guests)… then mixers. It’s the worst when you go somewhere and they either have 1 mixer or the options are just terrible. My “strategy” is always one Coca-Cola Classic (Coke Red), one no-sugar and/or no-cal which would be either Diet Coke or Coke Zero, then one non-caffeinated which is normally Sprite. I buy the 1.25L bottles because I’ve found that the huge 2L bottles don’t stay as crisp throughout the homegating experience.
  2. Decor, have fun! Whether it’s just buying themed napkins + cups or buying a bit more decorations, set the scene and have some fun decorating your apt for the Big Game.

If you’re looking to add a bit of homemade flare to your party, but don’t want all the work of a dish being fully “homemade”… you need to try these Buffalo Chicken Sliders. They take a total of 25-30 minutes to make, and 20 of those minutes involves them cooking in the oven. So, like when I say they’re super easy using Jewel-Osco’s Buffalo Chicken Dip… they’re like super easy.

The Buffalo Chicken Dip from Jewel-Osco isn’t too spicy either, so no matter the range of heat tolerance in the group, everyone will looooove these. Plus they’re topped with melted butter + garlic. Honestly, need I say more?

Thankfully there are Jewel-Osco stores all around the Chicagoland area, so your homegating experience just got a whole lot easier. Find your nearest store through this link here, and find the recipe for these Buffalo Chicken Sliders below!

Buffalo Chicken Sliders
These Buffalo Chicken Sliders couldn’t be easier with Jewel-Osco’s premade Buffalo Chicken Dip.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizers, at home tailgate, buffalo chicken, easy appetzer, easy recipes, football tailgate recipes, sliders
Ingredients
  • 12 Slider Rolls
  • 3 cups Buffalo Chicken Dip already made
  • 6 slices Mozzarella Cheese
  • 3 tbsp Butter melted
  • 2 tbsp garlic
Instructions
  • Preheat your oven to 350. Slice your slider rolls in half and place in the middle of a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread your premade Buffalo Chicken Dip across the bread, top with Mozz cheese + the other half of your slider rolls.
  • In a separate, smaller bowl, melt your 3 tbsp butter in the microwave for 20 seconds. Once melted, mix in your garlic. Evenly spread the melted butter + garlic mixture on top of your sliders. Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool and enjoy!

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Korbel sent me over some bottles of their champagne to celebrate the holiday season. So, naturally, I put together all the necessities for a Christmas morning mimosa bar.

Every Christmas morning, our family has Christmas brunch after opening presents. Year after year, the time of brunch has been pushed back later and later… due to needing to sleep off the Christmas Eve celebrations. Last year, I decided we were all old enough to spice up the Christmas morning celebrations, so I went and bought some bottles of champagne to pop. This year, I’m stepping the game up with this mimosa bar.

Considering there is only 5 of us and the youngest doesn’t drink champagne, this is a fairly small mimosa bar. If you’re looking to keep it small, I’d opt for 2 juices (I have OJ and cranberry juice), 2 bottles of champagne, and 2 fruits. Just 2 of everything. If you’re putting together a Christmas mimossa bar for more people, I’d include more items… like some of the below

If you’re looking for some more holiday cocktail inspiration, look no further. Find some of my favorite Christmas cocktails!

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Chambord sent over a bottle of their raspberry liquor to create something fun for the holiday season. Wanting to put a winter twist on a summer favorite (the Aperol Spritz), I decided to create my own version of the Chambord Spritz. 

I decided to omit the ice from my Spritz (what on EARTH is the plural of Spritz???? Asking for a friend…) and I decided to add in cocktail cherries. It gave the Spritz a nice, sweet yet subtle cherry flavor. Which cherry raspberry… such a great combination. 

You all probably know this for being used in the typical French Martini, butttttttt this liquor can be used in so so so many other cocktails. You can find all their cocktail recipes here. As for this recipe? Find it below.

1½ oz Chambord Liqueur
4 oz dry white wine
Splash of Grenadine
Soda water
Maraschino Cherry

Grab some more holiday cocktail inspiration here.

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