Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie. The End. I'm definitely resisting the urge to add 27 more descriptors to the name of this recipe. Perfect Baked Spaghetti Pie // Sticky Spaghetti Pie with Marinara // Garlic Marinara Spaghetti Pie with Pan Sauteed Vegetables and Fresh Herbs. ... Read More →

Chopped Watermelon Chicken Salad - blue cheese, watermelon, almonds, spinach, chicken, and a balsamic reduction. Like summer on a plate! 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Balsamic Watermelon Chicken Salad

Watermelon on a salad like what is going on. I've had this idea written up on my nice little kitchen chalkboard for at least three weeks now. The name "Watermelon Chicken Salad" sat there happily on the board right next to all my other random ideas, most of ... Read More →

Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadilla - quick, easy, and colorful! Hits the spot every. single. time. | pinchofyum.com

Smoked Gouda Mushroom Quesadillas

It's like this: I ❤ Tex-Mex. I've always loved Mexican food (read: an excuse to douse food in salsa) and my food senses will always steer me in the direction of a Mexican restaurant when it's that glorious time to do my favorite thing of all time which is ... Read More →

Black Pepper Stir Fried Noodles - this simple 30 minute stir fry is packed with AMAZING flavor! | pinchofyum.com

Black Pepper Stir Fried Noodles

I mean, why not greet you with a big plate of this right in your face? WHY. NOT. You guys, I know I say this a lot, but I really love this one. Noodles just speak to me. Something about all the twirling of the forks and the soakage of the sauces... it's ... Read More →

Poached Egg and Avocado Toast - this creamy, filling, real food breakfast just takes less than 10 minutes to prep! | pinchofyum.com

Simple Poached Egg and Avocado Toast

Good morning, egg lovers! Guess what though. I'm not actually an egg lover! HA-HA. Joke's on me. And that's why I love this creamy anytime egg and avocado toast combo instead. Let me just explain. Lately I've been trying to eat less refined sugar, and my ... Read More →

Herbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad

Herbed Quinoa Garden Veggie Salad

Happy Fourth of July Week! Because I'm a big believer in making holidays last all week whenever possible. PS. Hot, steamy, summery wonderful July coming at us in T-1 day. How. This morning I'm writing on-location in a little porch with arched doors and ... Read More →

Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken

Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken

A lot of people ask me where I learned to cook. Food blogs generate these types of Q's, ya know? I never really have a good answer to that questions because it's not like I grew up around gourmet food with the exception of mom's amazing reuben casserole ... Read More →

Emerald Isle, NC

12 Fresh Recipes for your Summer Vacation

Greetings from beach-land! I've been on family vacation this week, and this experience, first of all, has been amazing. North Carolina has just blown my mind with its Nicholas-Sparks-esque beachy beauty and I'm all wahhhh about going home tomorrow. I love ... Read More →

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad - my new favorite! takes 15 minutes to prep + full of flavor and crunch. | pinchofyum.com

Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad with Roasted Asparagus

Reporting live from vacay! And breaking news: as of our arrival yesterday, the beaches of North Carolina have re-invented my ideal vacation. Right now I'm gazing out the wrap-around bank of picture windows in this big ol' beach house, taking in the long ... Read More →

Creamy Potato Kale Soup

Creamy Potato Kale Soup

This soup be like yummaayyyy. You can expect to see many-a-more bowl o' Creamy Potato Kale Soup around our house in the next 10 or so years. Bjork (moderate liker of vegetables) and I (major liker of vegetables) both declared this a new favorite. For him, ... Read More →

5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken and Asparagus | pinchofyum.com

5 Ingredient Lemon Chicken with Asparagus

Easiest meal of all time, right here, right now. It's no secret that I love really simple recipes *cheers and applause* and one of my favorite things is making a recipe that doesn't require a massive trip to the grocery store for 80 million ... Read More →

Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs - this is my new thing. SO good! | pinchofyum.com

Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs

Mmk, so here's the thing. Poached eggs on spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce issss basically the best thing ever. And I've been eating it all week. Just try to stop that dinner train, I dare you. Either move outta the way or jump on this one because here ... Read More →

Green Mexican Rice with Corn - the perfect simple summer side! 240 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Green Mexican Rice with Corn

It's green magic! This week I found a treasure in my school mailbox --> a collection of recipes clipped out from a magazine with a little stickie note from a friend next to one of the recipes that said: green rice? Thank you, food blog, for letting every ... Read More →

Spring Quinoa Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette - peas, bacon, fresh herbs, almonds. Serve on spinach for fresh take-to-work lunches! | pinchofyum.com

Spring Quinoa Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette

Freshy fresh in my mouth! Sometimes salads can be so so good. This week it was my birthday! Wait, did I already say that? I think I might have also already mentioned that special love that I have for pressies and gifts and pretty things with bows on them. I ... Read More →

Creamy Poblano Mushrooms with Polenta - a simple, unique vegetarian dish with spicy, warm, spoon-licking flavors. 350 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Creamy Poblano Mushrooms with Polenta

Just go ahead and just laugh. I can take it. This is SUCH a weird looking recipe. I almost didn't share it because I was too, um, shy. I mean, shy about how it looks. As I blissfully ate every last bite from the big bowl sitting on my lap on the couch in ... Read More →

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake - a quick layered casserole-style recipe with simple ingredients and YUMMY garlic parm flavor. 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna Bake

This. I've made it twice in the last two days, once for bringing life to the original recipe concept and taking some photos, and once for "recipe testing". Aka licking the sauce. Again. More. Spoonfuls. In my mouth. Garlic Parmesan creaminess. I like this ... Read More →

30 Minute Healthy Broccoli Cheese Rice - just like broccoli cheese soup, but more filling and nutritious! 320 calories. | pinchofyum.com

30 Minute Healthy Broccoli Cheese Rice

  For my food self, this is a yummy yummy good good week. Mostly because I have a little collection of leftover containers holding what's left of this delicious homemade Rice-A-Roni-esque meal. Two options right now: 1) judge the fact that I just likened this ... Read More →

Ham and Sausage Hashbrown Egg Bake

Ham and Sausage Hash Brown Egg Bake

This post is sponsored by Smithfield Ham: provider of deliciously sweet glazed hams for all your springy Easter ham needs. Oh, yes. More on that in just a minute.Follow my blog with Bloglovin Raise your hand if you love egg bakes! Wait, though, are egg ... Read More →

Orange Brown Butter Shrimp - a 15 minute, 6 ingredient meal that's nice enough for company! | pinchofyum.com

Spicy Shrimp with Orange Brown Butter Sauce + Vacation Pics

First things first: IT'S FRIDAY. Do you love Fridays or what?! Gee whiz gosh golly gee, I can't get enough of them. I still work all weekend (bloggity blogga), but Friday nights are always my most favorite time of the whole week. I have always loved the ... Read More →

20 Minute Lemon Pesto Penne - baby broccoli, oven roasted tomatoes, pesto, fresh lemon, feta, and basil. My husband says it's his new favorite. | pinchofyum.com

20-Minute Lemon Pesto Penne

Sometimes my favorite blog recipes are the ones that I don't make for the blog. This is one of those times. The tang of the tomatoes, the chewy whole wheat pasta, the tender-crisp baby broccoli, the creamy melted feta + the firm crumbly feta, plus the ... Read More →

Crockpot Creole Chicken and Sausage - 10 minute prep for this hearty dinner, made healthier with beans and peppers. 300 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Slow Cooker Creole Chicken and Sausage

I don't really know how to explain it, but it's a like whoa yummy combo we have going on upinhere. This idea originated as a simple shredded Creole chicken kind of thing made in the slow cooker so my cooking life could be awesomely easy and full of mouth ... Read More →

Sticky Bourbon Chicken with Rice - simple ingredients, extremely easy prep, WOWZA good. | pinchofyum.com

Sticky Bourbon Chicken with Rice

Hiiii. That? That's my life right there. That sticky bourbon chicken with rice on a blue plate/bowl basically sums it all up. No further comment. See it and believe it. Mardi Gras? Um, didn't even know it was, like, now. Or yesterday. When was it again? ... Read More →

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad wth Miso Dressing - fresh, green, crunchy-delicious. | pinchofyum.com

Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Miso Dressing

One thing about this Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Salad with Creamy Miso Dressing: must. eat. now. One thing about me at a restaurant: I'm an obsessive pre-orderer. The beautiful thing about the fancy techno world of today is that menus are available online, ... Read More →

Quick Homemade Ramen - dried ramen comes to life with fresh vegetables, herbs, and homemade stock in just in 20 minutes! | pinchofyum.com

Quick Homemade Ramen

Truth: I went to an adorbale Japanese bistro last weekend. I ordered (a long name that I don't remember) udon noodles. Mind: blown. I couldn't stop thinking about that delicate broth and those golden crunchy tempura flakes on top, not to mention the thick, ... Read More →

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Healthy Mac and Cheese

No, really. I mean it. Healthy Mac and Cheeeeeese. Like mac and cheese that is healthy. Noodles with sauce that will secretly give you vegetables. Creamy sauce without boatloads of butter and flour. Favorite comfort food that packs a little ... Read More →

Simple Caramelized Brussels Sprouts - golden brown, just crispy enough, 20 minutes to make. | pinchofyum.com

Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Maple Orange Glaze

The thing about caramelized brussels sprouts is that they are a) adorable, b) delicious, and c) healthy, because they're like baby cabbages disguised as beautiful food. On our Washington, D.C. weekend getaway, I found various forms of brussels sprouts on ... Read More →

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

Creamy Chicken Quinoa and Broccoli Casserole

Well don't cha know. This is soo tummy-rumbly-I'm-goonna-eat-the-whoole-thing good, ya shure you betcha. Being from Minnesota, I feel the need to represent my Midwestern culture here on the blog with things like casseroles. Or more accurately: express my ... Read More →

Super Easy Crockpot Shredded Pork - and a trick for getting those deliciously golden crispy bits! | pinchofyum.com

Super Easy Slow Cooker Pork

This post is a part of a Marzetti® ambassador program. It is sponsored by Marzetti and product (specifically the yummy balsamic dressing) has been provided by them. Pork in the crockpot is a totally foolproof win. Exhibit A: I am not much a meat-maker, ... Read More →

Skinny Crab and Artichoke Dip - just 75 calories for this creamy, delicious appetizer! | pinchofyum.com

Skinny Crab and Artichoke Dip with Jalapeño

Forget the game; I'll be neck-deep in the mini crockpot. Except true thing --> we actually don't really watch the Superbowl. Not that we're anti or anything, and we love to go to Superbowl parties (not saying, just saying), but we just don't have a TV. ... Read More →

Thai Curry Sauce - super simple, extremely versatile, and so addicting. I have this one memorized! | pinchofyum.com

Red Thai Curry Sauce

Alternate titles for this post: I Am Dying of Happiness. The Sauce To End All Sauces. Just Try To Control Yourself. Curry In A Hurry. How To Crave Vegetables 24/7. Deliciously Spicy Stuff. But Not Spicy-spicy. But Spicy. Flavor ... Read More →

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa- a simple 30 minute dinner that is elegant and full of flavor. | pinchofyum.com

Garlic Butter Shrimp and Quinoa

I'm in tender, juicy, light and buttery seafood heaven. Because ---> THIS. But also because I'm in Washington, D.C., and after spending a weekend eating some reallyreallyreally awesome seafood, for example, shrimp (with pineapple salsa and guac), lobster ... Read More →

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Rainbow Chicken Salad with Almond Honey Mustard Dressing

One thing I love: this dressing, which I am still licking off my fingers as I type this. TMI? One thing I Do Not Like: when I have to stay home alone. Example --> when Bjork goes on work trips. He got invited to go to an affiliate conference with a ... Read More →

Simple Garlic Butter Mushroom & Provolone Melts | pinchofyum.com

Simple Garlic Butter Mushroom & Provolone Melts

Hiya team. Team MUSHROOM. You're on that team, right? If you're not, let me attempt to hypnotize you in three two one zero ... Read More →

Stir Fried Singapore Noodles - fresh, simple, delish. | pinchofyum.com

Stir Fried Singapore Noodles with Garlic Ginger Sauce

True confession: I think I've been living the life of 13-year-old for the last, um, 17 days. If I had to guess the average time that I've been waking up over this beautiful time called winter break, I'd say 10am. Which pushes back my average lunchtime to 3pm ... Read More →

Jalapeño Lime Chicken Soup - so many bright, fresh flavors in this quick and easy recipe. | pinchofyum.com

Jalapeño Lime Chicken Soup

Aaand we're back in business. I did a ton of cooking over this nice little holiday break, you know, the one where your kids and I get to stay home and never change out of their pajamas for two weeks because there's no school? I'm only half sorry that I ... Read More →

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna - a handful of simple ingredients for a healthy family dinner. | http://pinchofyum.com

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

Yesterday I saw the movie Frozen. This is going to really date this post for future readers, but worth it. Because I have to talk about how cute it was. If you're not familiar, Frozen is a Disney movie, um excuse me, musical. A Disney musical. All about ... Read More →

Garlic Tostones: Puerto Rican Fried Plantains perfect with rice and beans. Simple and so addicting. | pinchofyum.com

Garlic Tostones: Puerto Rican Fried Plantains with Rice and Beans

Today I'm answering your Top Five Burning Questions about Garlic Tostones aka Puerto Rican Fried Plantains. Cause you wake up wondering about things like fried plantains, right? Yeah, that's why we go together. 1. What are they? And why are you making Puerto ... Read More →

Crockpot Queso Chicken Chili with Roasted Corn and Jalapeño - loaded with veggies, super flavorful, perfect for chip dippin'. | pinchofyum.com

Queso Crockpot Chicken Chili with Roasted Corn and Jalapeño

Howdy hey! It's Monday and I have a load of Queso Crockpot Chicken Chili with Roasted Corn and Jalapeño leftovers waiting for me in the fridge, brought to my by a weekend of relaxing. I think we've already talked about this (Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice ... Read More →

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup - cozy homemade soup with hardly any prep. | pinchofyum.com

Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

I adore this soup. It's not really a secret because a) I'm from Minnesota, the homeland of things like creamy delicious Wild Rice Soup, b) I've only posted it at least seventeen other times on the blog, and c) WILD RICE. So this time the thing that makes ... Read More →

Chopped Brussels Sprout Salad - always requested by my family at holiday meals! | pinchofyum.com

Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad with Creamy Shallot Dressing

So this is the part where you ask me if I'm just repeating recipes on you. And then I answer: ummm, lemme think. Yes. Okay, no, not really, but I still have the taste of this pomegranate wild rice salad in my mouth and dreams of the bacon and brussels ... Read More →

Corn Pudding with Crispy Onions and Herbs

Creamy Corn Pudding with Crispy Onions and Herbs

I'm going to talk to you about corn. I am. But there’s so much else to say today. This life is some kinda crazy. It's complicated, busy, hard, and then the clouds clear and the sun comes out, until it swings back the other way again. It’s always a ... Read More →

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread - perfect for making ahead and freezing so you can make individual servings later. Lots of veggies, kid-friendly, total comfort food, 375 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Quick and Easy Pizza Bread

Today I'm bringing one of my favorite Grandma recipes to the blog. I mean that literally this a real recipe, from my very real and wonderful Grandma, adapted a weensy bit and now being formally presented to you, blog friends. We got together with my ... Read More →

Shrimp and Garlic Rice Stuffed Peppers: simple, full of flavor, and 260 calories | pinchofyum.com

Shrimp and Garlic Rice Stuffed Peppers + eCookbook Sale

I love this day. Today I'm sharing with you a "new" recipe that's not actually new - I made it back in August when I was creating all those creamy cauliflower sauce recipes for the The Creamy Cauliflower Sauce eCookbook. I love this day because I love ... Read More →

Harvest Wild Rice Skillet: a 30-minute vegetarian dinner featuring the best foods of fall. 230 calories. | pinchofyum.com

Harvest Wild Rice Skillet

Har-vest. Meaning (in my world) produce of the fall that makes you feel warm, fuzzy, and cozy, like crispy juicy apples and delicate buttery squash. And that's exactly what we have going on here, with some onions and butter (always, you guys. always.), a ... Read More →

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs | pinchofyum.com

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is my love language. Everything good (in this case: lean turkey veggie meatballs and smooth, tangy tomato sauce with fresh green herbs) tangled up in hot pasta and just exploding with color and texture. *closes eyes and purrs* I seriously love it. I ... Read More →