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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe (Oven and Slow Cooker)

This is the easy and traditional stuffing recipe everyone has come to love as a Thanksgiving side dish. It’s a tried and true classic recipe that uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now! In fact, stuffing – or dressing – is made with bread (obviously), some aromatic vegetables, chicken broth and seasoning. …

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Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

These easy Roasted Sweet Potatoes are drizzled with pure maple syrup and savory seasonings, then roasted until they caramelize. The result is a simple side dish that’s family friendly and suitable for a weeknight dinner or alongside a special holiday meal. Maple roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect blend of smoky, salty, savory and sweet. …

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Cranberry Apple Chutney (Cranberry Sauce Alternative)

Cranberry Apple Chutney is a tart cranberry condiment filled with fresh cranberries, juicy apple and warm spices. It’s a delicious spread to use to add flavor to meats and cheeses or as a side at your Thanksgiving table! Why I love cranberry chutney: This gorgeous chutney is almost too good to eat! Almost. I mean, …

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Recipe

This Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon recipe takes delicious and healthy Brussels sprouts and matches them with bacon, for a side dish match that’s meant to be! I happen to love a good Brussels sprouts recipe. Shred them for a salad, bake them, roast them…I will eat Brussels sprouts every week when I have them around! …

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Coleslaw with Apples, Cranberries, Almonds & Maple Vinaigrette

If you’re looking for a healthy side dish or easy lunch that’s healthy without sacrificing flavor, this Coleslaw with Apples is for you. Made with a traditional coleslaw mix, this apple coleslaw adds juicy apple, tart cranberries, crunchy almost and is topped with a maple syrup dressing you’ll want to devour! Why I love coleslaw …

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Spiced Pear Applesauce | Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipe

If you’re looking for a cozy recipe to cook that will make your house smell amazing, it’s time to bring on the love with spiced Pear Applesauce! There are so many reasons to love this applesauce with a twist. Let’s talk about just a few scenarios that may speak to your foodie love… Have you …

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Quick Marinated Cucumbers and Onions

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing summer side dish, I’d like to introduce you to hot weather’s best friend – marinated cucumbers and onions. How to Make Marinated Cucumbers My grandma used to make these cucumbers marinated in vinegar and they’re a summer staple around here. The cool and crisp cucumber are the …

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Chinese Cabbage Salad with Ramen Noodles

I took the Chinese Cabbage Salad with Ramen Noodles we grew up with and made it just a tad bit healthier. Don’t worry, it’s still big on taste! This crunchy cabbage salad recipe was served at every picnic we attended growing up. Lately, it’s been making a resurgence which has me completely thrilled. I mean, …

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Grilled Corn Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

Grilled Corn Salad is made with seasonal sweet corn, ripe cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado and zesty lime juice. It’s the perfect summer dish for any backyard barbecue or summer meal! Summer here in Illinois practically screams sweet corn season! Whether you boil your corn, cook corn in your Instant Pot, or cook it on the …

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Oven Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

Oven Roasted Parmesan Asparagus is a delicious and tasty side. Made with simple ingredients, this healthy recipe uses seasoned asparagus and a sprinkle of Parmesan Cheese! Roasted asparagus is a family favorite at our house. We love serving this asparagus alongside burgers, grilled chicken, or as a green side alongside mashed potatoes, too! Easy Roasted …

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Easy Restaurant Style Salsa Recipe | No Cooking Required

This restaurant-style salsa recipe is wonderfully fresh, easy to make at home, and easy on the budget! Ahhhhh, Mexican food. You have my heart! There’s nothing like sitting around the table with a cold drink and a bowl of chips and salsa. Dunk, crunch, munch, munch, munch. And repeat! But you don’t need to head …

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Mexican Fiesta Menu – Perfect for Cinco de Mayo at Home!

What time it is? It’s Mexican FIESTA TIME!!!! We are celebrating Cinco de Mayo from home this year and I bet you are too! Check out my Mexican fiesta menu for delicious recipes to make at home! Unlike mu Taco Bar Checklist, which is fabulous for big get togethers, these are all family sized recipes …

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Asian Cabbage Salad with Warm Spicy Peanut Dressing 


This Asian Cabbage Salad with Warm Spicy Peanut Dressing is a Thai inspired side dish, perfect for lunch or as a light side dish.  It’s mid April as I write this and I think Mother Nature has finally stopped ordering snow for us here in Illinois. We’ve been hunkered down with midwest comfort foods all …

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Vegetarian Refried Beans {Easy Recipe Using Canned Beans}

Vegetarian refried beans are perfect for busy weeknight meals or when you want a healthy, meatless side dish for your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex entrees. Y’all if you’ve tried ready to eat canned refried beans, you may know they’re not the tastiest refried beans. It’s time to make refried beans on a healthier scale, while …

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Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes {One Pot Healthier Recipe}

A healthier take on sweet potato casserole, these sweet potatoes are cooked in the Instant Pot, then easily mashed for a versatile side dish. They’re a creamy, vitamin packed comfort food! I love these Instant Pot sweet potatoes as an alternative to sweet potato casserole, or even a change from Instant Pot mashed potatoes. They …

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Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cranberries | Healthier Version

Broccoli salad with cranberries and bacon uses greek yogurt, honey and a variety of ingredients to make the same crunchy, hearty salad you’ve loved. It’s just a little bit healthier and still 100 times as tasty! I am always looking for cold lunch ideas. And while this recipe is most certainly a summertime salad that’s …

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