Big A$$ Bakery Style Muffins

I don’t know what it is, but my breakfast kryptonite appears to be chocolate chip muffins. Put one in front of me and I. Will. DEVOUR IT. My son seems to have inherited my affinity for them. “Jack, buddy, what do you want for breakfast?” “Uuuuuum, chawcwat chip muffins? *devilish grin on adorable stinker toddler face*” Okaaaay, okay. 😉 He gets to help mix these up too, so it’s a fun kitchen exercise for us both.  

 That being said, you could totally mix other things into this muffin base. But really, chocolate chip is the way to go here!

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs, room temperature preferred
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil/melted coconut oil)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups  semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks; or dark chocolate; or milk chocolate- you get the picture.)

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a jumbo muffin tin, either with liners or coating lightly with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. In a medium bowl/large measuring cup, whisk together your eggs and sugar until combined. Mix in milk, oil, and vanilla.  

 

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing just until combined. The batter is going to be suuuuuper thick and slightly lumpy- this is good!  

 
Now fold in your chocolate chips, giving the batter just a few good turns.  

 
Divide the batter into your muffin tin, filling almost to the top. I get exactly 6 big ass muffins out of this recipe!  

 
Then pop ’em in the oven at 425 for 5 minutes, then drop the temperature to 375. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes depending on your oven… Just give it the toothpick taste and watch for lightly golden tops, like this!  

 
Allow to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes before enjoying. One of these with a big glass of cold milk (or coffee if you’re like me!) is a wonderful treat for breakfast and destined to be repeated many times, at least in our house. 😀 Enjoy! 

Recipe slightly adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili

How have I never shared this recipe until now? Since I found this on Pinterest years ago, this chili has been in heavy rotation at our house during chilly weather. First of all, it’s STUPID easy. Dump everything in the crockpot when you get up in the morning and you’re set. Second, it’s actually somewhat healthy- it’s originally a Weight Watchers recipe. Last, and most important- it’s incredibly tasty.  Put this on your menu to make on your busiest day this week! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I always use frozen.. Even easier, right?! Simply subtract from your cooking time if using fresh/thawed.)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilis, drained 
  • 1 can yellow corn, drained 
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • Garnishes (sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro, crackers, etc) optional 

Directions:

Line crockpot with disposable liner if using (seriously, those things are life changing). Add all of your ingredients to the crockpot.  

 Give it all a good stir, then set to low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Just before serving, shred the chicken breasts and stir until evenly mixed into chili.

 
Ladle into bowls and garnish as you please.  

 
Boom! So easy it’s almost embarrassing. Hope you enjoy as much as we do! 

Recipe from Skinnytaste.

Sun-dried Tomato, Kale, & Chicken Sausage Quinoa Bake

Ok guys, I don’t think it’s a secret… I love quinoa. And I love chicken sausage. While the combination of flavors in this dish aren’t necessarily something I’d salivate over, I found it intriguing enough to give it a try. And then I made it again a couple of days later! This bake is super flavorful but is also really light, so you don’t feel disgusting after a big ol bowl of it. Mark’s not a huge fan of kale, so next time I think I’ll try spinach in it’s place. I froze several batches for work lunches and it holds up beautifully. Plus it’s pretty healthy, so if you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or something you can make ahead and still feel good about eating, give this a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (I used the olive oil from the sun-dried tomato jar)
  • 2 stalks of kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 5 chicken sausages, fully cooked and sliced into coins (try Trader Joe’s fontina, spinach and garlic variety… Yum!)
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Sprinkle of Italian cheese (optional)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a 9×13 baking dish, add the quinoa and chicken broth, spreading evenly along the bottom.  

 

Spread the chopped kale over the top of the quinoa/broth mixture.  

 

Next, spread the sun-dried tomatoes and sprinkle the shallots on top of the kale. Drizzle on the olive oil.  

 

Season with some salt, pepper, and the garlic salt. Finally, layer the chicken sausage and top with sprinkling of cheese, if using.  

  

Pop the whole blessed pan into the oven for an hour, or until the quinoa is cooked.  

 

I failed to get a photo of my bowl because it was devoured by so quickly! Hope you enjoy and thanks for stopping by. 😋🍴

Recipe adapted slightly from Fit Foodie Finds.

Texas Sheet Cake Cookies

Guys, fair warning- these may be the simplest cookies ever. So stinkin easy, and I’d be willing to bet you have everything in your pantry to make them RIGHT NOW. They’re so easy, I made them twice in one week after my mother-in-law posted the recipe. My husband greatly appreciated this as Texas sheet cake is his all-time favorite. 😉 The cookies are soft, almost brownie-like in texture; the icing literally melts in your mouth. Just chocolatey enough without being overwhelming. You’ve been warned. 

Ingredients:

For the cookies:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 and 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

For the icing:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsps cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsps milk
  • 2 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper (you’ll end up with about 2 dozen cookies). In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about a minute or two. Add the egg and vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Put chocolate chips in a small, microwaveable bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until completely melted. Add melted chocolate to the stand mixer bowl and blend well.  

  

I think the dough ends up looking like chocolate ice cream! 😋

 

Use a measuring tablespoon to scoop dough and roll into small balls. These don’t puff up too much so don’t worry about putting them too close together!  

 

Bake for about 7 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. They make still look shiny and not baked through- this is ok! You don’t want to over-bake them and the baking sheet will finish them nicely while they’re cooling.  

 

While your cookies are cooling, whip up the icing. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, cocoa powder, and milk.  

 

Mix together on medium heat until butter is completely melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the powdered sugar.  

 

Use a spoon to drizzle icing generously on top of the the cookies…  

   

Then attempt to wait a while for the icing to completely set before eating. I don’t think we’ve made it more than 15 minutes without taste testing and they’re fine… Just a bit messy. 😊  

 

Stupid easy, amirite? Enjoy with a cold glass of milk or a cup of coffee, or standing over your kitchen sink before your toddler comes in demanding a cookie for himself… What? 😜 

Recipe adapted slightly from Kylee’s Kitchen.

*I apologize for the abysmal quality of the photos. It was dark, rainy, and generally gross when I made these!

Chicken Tortilla Casserole Skillet

Remember that one time when I told you I love an easy, fast, flavorful dinner? Aka most recipes I’ve shared with you? 😜 This one is no exception. Minimal prep work, and about 30 minutes til you’ve got dinner on the table. For some reason we always forget about this skillet until I flip through my recipe book, and then go “MAN we should make this more often!” once we’ve eaten. Adjust the seasonings to make it as spicy or mild as you like and serve with a frosty margarita for a fun Mexican night at home!

 Ingredients: 

  • 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth 
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups broken tortilla chips
  • 1/2 cup salsa 
  • 1/4 cup cheddar Jack cheese

Directions:

First, take your chips…

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And smash them to bits. Great exercise for getting rid of frustrations. 😉

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Next, season your chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a teaspoon of the oil in a medium, oven safe skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken til golden brown, then remove from skillet and set aside.

Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil to the skillet. Toss in your garlic, cayenne, and salt, cooking until fragrant.  Add the broth and scrape up the browned bits, then bring to a simmer.

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Stir in about half the broken chips…

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And add the salsa, beans, corn, and cheese. 

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Nestle the chicken pieces back into the broth and cook over medium low heat until cooked through.

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Top with the remaining chips and sprinkle with some more cheese.

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Stick under your broiler for a couple of minutes until golden brown, bubbly, and awesome.

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Dig in! Splendid with a margarita on the rocks. 😄

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Recipe adapted from Branny Boils Over.

Crockpot Beer Chicken

Guys, this is hands down the easiest Crockpot recipe you’ll ever make. 7 ingredients, most of which are spices, and I’ll put good money on you having all of them in your kitchen right now. You can even through the chicken in frozen, so it’s a perfect choice if you’re strapped for dinner ideas and need something to throw together quickly. In my experience making this meal, using a lighter beer produces a juicier, more flavorful chicken than a darker beer. And as for the spices? Again- these are the ones I used, but use whatever you have on hand and it should turn out pretty well. 😊

Ingredients:
4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or less if you don’t want leftovers)
1 can/bottle of beer
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp powdered garlic
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Directions:
Arrange the chicken breasts along the bottom of the Crockpot. Add spices.
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Pour beer over the top of the chicken and spices, and stir if you wish. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours, turning at least once during cooking time.
Remove chicken from liquid, plate, and serve with sides of your choice.

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Recipe from Pinterest.

Herbed Pork Tenderloin

This is one of those dinners that, plated right, can look super fancy with minimal effort. Plus pork tenderloin is pretty lean, so you don’t have to feel guilty about devouring it. The herbs de Provence lend just enough savory flavor without being overwhelming. Put this on the menu for your next dinner party!

Ingredients:
1 pork tenderloin
3-4 tbsps herbs de Provence
Salt
Pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking dish or sheet with foil. Lay pork tenderloin out in foil and season with salt and pepper.
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Then take your herbs de Provence and rub aaaaall over your tenderloin. Mmmm mmmm good!
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Bake for about 18-20, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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The easiest, prettiest pork dinner you ever did see!
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Recipe from Pioneer Woman.