How to Get Out of a Cooking Rut – 19 Expert Tips




Whether you were an experienced cook or an absolute beginner before the Great Pause of 2020, most of us have spent more time than ever in the kitchen. And why not? It’s a great place to be when the world is out of order.

You get to be creative with different recipes, craft delicious meals for yourself or loved ones, and spend time doing something that benefits your mental health. However, as with anything that you do too much of, you can risk getting burnt out. (Above photo by Jason Briscoe on Unsplash)



Regardless of how much or little you enjoy cooking, it’s normal to experience periods when it feels more like a chore than a hobby. If you’re finding yourself in a cooking rut, it can help to (literally) stir things up a bit! Check out some of these expert tips to find new cooking inspiration.

Meal prepping is one of the easiest ways to alleviate stress and workload during the week. Whether you’re a busy athlete, a parent, or someone who struggles to find the motivation to cook after a long day, this technique may be able to save you some money and help you serve up healthy, delicious meals!

Grace Woinicz is the CEO of The Brilliant Kitchen and advises that “you can also prepare meals in bulk and freeze them for later use to save time and avoid cooking repeatedly.”

If you don’t mind cooking every day or multiple times a week, maybe you’re just lacking inspiration for new recipes! There are so many different ways to find new recipes these days (like this delicious and easy one pan meal) but sometimes it can be nice to simply open a cookbook or go to the farmer’s market for inspiration. 


Your kitchen itself can be another great source of inspiration. Raid the pantry for ingredients that are about to expire and explore recipe options, dig through your cabinets to uncover forgotten kitchen gadgets, or splurge on a new tool that will motivate you to cook. 

Finally, involve your friends and family! You can host a little cooking contest (virtually or in-person), exchange family recipes, or invite your besties over for a pizza night. Cooking with company makes this task a lot more fun.

If you have kids, you can involve them in meal planning by asking them to assist you in writing down your shopping list and delegating easier tasks to them like measuring ingredients or chopping vegetables. Lisa Richards is a nutritionist and author of The Candida Diet and knows that “involving children in the cooking process can help them feel ownership over the meal, which can lead to improved eating habits.” It’s a win-win for everyone!


Happy Cooking!


Delicious Roast Beef Recipes Perfect for a Weekend Dinner




As an Englishman, Corrie knows there is nothing quite as delicious as a roast beef dinner on a Sunday afternoon. In this article, I am going to present to you four of his favorite roast beef-related recipes. Remember, however, roast beef can be bad for you if consumed all the time, and while it is tempting, it’s a good idea to limit beef consumption and enjoy it in moderation. Be sure to eat lots of veggies with your roast beef, too!

Here are four delicious roast beef recipes, perfect for a weekend supper.


Roast Beef and All the Trimmings

Roast beef with all the trimmings – how could I start anywhere else? This is not so much a recipe, as directions you can change according to your personal taste. The one thing you can’t change is the beef, though! You need perfectly cooked tender and juicy instant pot roast beef, combined with a delicious gravy, and vegetables of your choice. In my house, we have carrots, turnips, swede or rutabaga, pigs in blankets (not vegetables!), gravy, and a delicious trifle afterward. Everyone has their own variation, but of course, I am bias to my own!


Beef Wellington

Now, Beef Wellington is a steak dish, though the steak is roasted. In Beef Wellington, the beef is covered in a pastry that is finely made and decorated. Beef Wellington is one of the most famous dishes in Europe and rightly so. To make it, you need to first prepare your cut of meat, smother it in duxelles and pate, then bake the pastry around it. It is quite a complex dish, requiring practice and careful consideration. There have been many failed Beef Wellington’s made in my kitchen, I assure you, and there probably will be in yours, too! Do not give up.



Beef Fillet with Horseradish

Horseradish is a classic pairing with beef, and rightly so, because it compliments it perfectly and adds a nice tang. Beef fillet and horseradish are absolutely delicious and easily made. Simply roast your beef as you ordinarily would, but use horseradish to season and smother it. You can make your own horseradish sauce, or you can buy it at the store. If you enjoy shortcuts like me, then you will opt for the latter, but you can always make it. Beef fillet and horseradish are best paired with a plate full of veggies!


Mustard Beef and Yorkshires

Mustard beef with Yorkshire pudding is another favorite of mine. Now, this dish is made more or less the same as the horseradish dish that we previously mentioned. The only addition to this one is another personal favorite, Yorkshire puddings. You simply cannot have beef without Yorkies; it is practically a sin.

Now, with Yorkshire puddings, you can buy them whole, though that might not be possible outside of the United Kingdom. Otherwise, you can make them very simple. If you’re into making Yorkies, you can make toad ‘n’ the hole, too! It’s just a giant Yorkshire pudding stuffed with sausage.

Beef is a versatile, delicious, and awesome meat to cook with in moderation. We hope that you have enjoyed our list of recipes, and remember, you can pair beef with almost anything and it will be delicious. Heck, you can even pair beef with beef!


One Pan Roasted Chicken Tenders and Vegetables



One pan dinners are one of my favorite types of dinners to prepare since they usually require little preparation ahead of time and are super easy to clean up afterwards.

Additionally, one pan meals are perfect regardless of the size of your group, because you simply pick a different size pan to best fit the group size – from 2 to 10 – or multiple pans if you have a larger group.

Pick favorite vegetables and a protein and you’re off to the races with a one-pan dinner, ready to roast it up and serve a healthy meal for the whole family. Today we’re making One Pan Roasted Balsamic Chicken and Veggies.

Before prepping veggies, let’s marinate some chicken tenders or thighs in some balsamic vinaigrette OR olive oil with white wine and Italian or fajita seasoning; toss the tenders with marinade and place them in a plastic bag or a covered container at room temperature until ready to cook. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Other good protein sources for this dish include fish such as tilapia, mahi mahi, salmon and cod, or sausage links.

For this particular one pan recipe, I chose broccoli, cauliflower and carrots for the vegetables. Prep these veggies by washing, cutting the florets from the base of the broccoli and cauliflower, and slicing or dicing the carrots into one-inch thick pieces. Toss with a little vegetable oil and salt and pepper.

Alternatively, other fresh veggies that work well with this type of meal are sweet or bell peppers, onion, zucchini or yellow squash, potatoes or sweet potatoes, mushrooms, cherry or grape tomatoes, asparagus, green beans and brussels sprouts.

Prepare a large or small baking sheet pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying lightly with some cooking oil. Spread the prepped vegetables in a single layer across the prepared pan. However, if using cherry or grape tomatoes, wait to add those to the pan until 10 minutes after the dish has started to cook. I like to also sprinkle the vegetables with a little bit of Greek, Italian, fajita or Mrs. Dash seasoning for added flavor.

Layer the marinated chicken tenders – or another choice of protein – atop the vegetables.

Place the pan in the preheated oven and roast for 10 minutes. If adding tomatoes, add those now and stir the vegetables around lightly before placing pan back in the oven for another 8-10 minutes (or a little longer, depending on the size of the chicken pieces) until meat and vegetables are cooked through and slightly browned.

Serve with some crusty bread or dinner rolls, if desired. To make the food go farther for a larger group, consider serving with seasoned rice, couscous or quinoa.

What are your favorite vegetables and proteins for this type of dinner? Do you have variations or recommendations for us for next time? Please leave us a comment with your ideas.


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Healthy Food Substitutions for a Diabetic Diet


Healthy eating can seem like a chore when managing a diabetes diet. The good news is you don’t have to give up your favorite foods – knowing which healthy alternatives are available can make being on a diabetes-friendly diet a lot easier.

Learning about the foods that have the greatest impact on your blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels and blood pressure levels will help you make better grocery shopping decisions and will help build better habits for a healthier, happier lifestyle.

As always, it’s important to keep serving sizes in mind to make sure an appropriate number of calories are being consumed as part of your meal plan.

Eat More Whole Grains Instead of Refined Grains

Refined grains have been modified to remove one or more of their three key parts (bran, germ, or endosperm). During the refining process, texture and longevity of the grain improves, but the grain is often stripped of its dietary fiber, iron, and B vitamins. Common examples of refined grain products include white rice, pasta, white bread, and white flour. Whole grains retain all their vitamins and minerals and are high in fiber – high-fiber diets slow the digestion process and the absorption of nutrients which helps keep blood sugar levels stable.

Swap out:

•  White rice with brown rice or quinoa

•  White pasta with whole-grain pasta or lentil pasta

•  White bread with whole-grain bread

•  Rolled oats with steel-cut oats

Eat More Vegetables Instead of More Carbs

Lower your carbohydrate intake by consuming more vegetables, berries, nuts, and seeds. These low carb, high fiber options can effectively help manage your blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full longer. Choose less starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and zucchini instead of corns, peas, and potatoes. Dark leafy greens such as kale or spinach can provide more antioxidants and a boost of protein as well. Swap out convenient snacks like cookies and candies with protein-rich trail mix or an apple paired with nut butter.

Swap out:

•  White pasta with zucchini spirals or spaghetti squash noodles

•  Mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower

•  Potato chips with string cheese and cherry tomatoes

•  Cookies with trail mix (pumpkin seeds, dried berries, and almonds)



Use More Spices Instead of Salt

Salt may not directly impact blood glucose levels, but too much sodium can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. Reduce your sodium intake by using less salt in recipes and by experimenting with different spices to boost your dish’s flavor. Salt substitutes may be a good option for some but may present complications for those who also follow a kidney diet since salt substitutes can be high in potassium. Check nutrition labels of pre-made spice mixes, sauces, and condiments to make sure you’re not consuming any additional salt. (Above photo by Tijana Drndarski on Unsplash)

Swap out salt with:

•  Spices like cinnamon, cumin, paprika, turmeric, and chili powder

•  Fresh or dried garlic

•  Fresh or dried herbs like sage, thyme, rosemary, and basil

•  Freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice

Healthy and Balanced Eating to Manage Your Diabetes

Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help manage your diabetes and reduce the risk of further complications, including:

•  Heart disease

•  Kidney disease

•  Eye damage

•  Nerve damage

Help control your blood sugar levels and reduce inflammation by swapping out unhealthy and processed foods for nutrient-rich, high protein options given in the lists above.

Making healthier lifestyle options can even increase your energy levels and help you maintain or lose weight.

By guest writer Jenny Hart

Related posts:

Diabetic Friendly Recipes and Tips for Creating Healthy Balanced Meals

Ten Diabetic Diet, Recipe and Lifestyle Ideas to Share with Friends 

Other Diabetic Friendly Recipes


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How to Bake with Sugar Substitutes + Printables

It’s no secret that sugar is hard to avoid — it’s in almost every baked good and processed food out there.
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While we all love sugary sweets from time to time, sugar can start to have a negative impact on our health. Those with health conditions like diabetes have to be extra cautious of their sugar intake to manage their glucose and blood sugar levels. 

Luckily there are many sugar substitutes that can help satisfy your sweet tooth while reducing the risk of health complications. Some of these healthy sugar alternatives include: 

Xylitol: a sugar alcohol extracted from corn and found in many fruits and vegetables

Stevia: a plant-based sweetener pulled from the leaves of a South-American plant, Stevia rebaudiana 

Whole fruit: unprocessed whole fruits that are not sweetened with added sugars 

Erythritol: a sugar alcohol found in grapes, peaches, watermelons and mushrooms

Monk fruit: extract from monk fruit or luohan guo, which is in the gourd family

Sugar substitute printables make it easy for you to cook and bake some of your favorite recipes without the added sugar! Keep the printables handy to reduce the stress of figuring out how much sugar substitute to use in your old favorite recipes or for the next new recipe you decide to try.

Download these printable recipe cards; print, cut them out and fill them in with your favorite recipes (and sugar substitutions). You can also add these recipes to your Dish Dish digital recipe box and edit them any time to update the ingredients or substitutes at your convenience.



Be sure to download and reference the printable kitchen conversion chart to make sure you’re accurately measuring out your sugar substitutes.



With the holidays right around the corner, you won’t have to miss out on your favorite sweet treats! 

Leave us a comment below with your thoughts, suggestions or ideas around using sugar substitutes. We love hearing your stories!

4 Best Barbecue Sauce Recipes to Try



Just like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, burger and fries, barbecue works best with BBQ sauce.

It also doesn’t hurt that barbecue sauces are available in all kinds of flavors, colors, and styles to complement a stack of amazing ribs or grilled chicken.

We’ve scoured through various BBQ cookbooks and the internet, in general, to bring you some of the most popular BBQ sauce recipes you can try.

Trust us, try any one of these sauces, and you won’t be bothered to use a store-bought bottle again.

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce

If you know anything about barbecue sauces, you might already be aware of how the ketchup-based Kansas City sauces are one of the most popular ones on the market. This type of sauce has the perfect combination of sweet and tangy, and you can increase the heat if that’s how you want it.


1 1/4 cup ketchup

1/4 cup ​dark brown sugar

1/3 cup cider vinegar

1 cup of water

2 tbsp molasses

1 tsp celery salt

1 tsp allspice

1 tsp cayenne (adjust the amount according to your taste)

1 tbsp onion powder

1 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp black pepper


1. After gathering all the ingredients, combine them in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Stir the ingredients constantly for approximately five minutes.

3. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for another 20 minutes. Stir it occasionally to make sure the sauce has a thick consistency.

4. Once done, remove the saucepan from heat and allow the sauce to cool for around 12 to 15 minutes.

If you don’t have to serve immediately, we would recommend letting the sauce sit for at least half an hour and then storing it in an airtight container.

Berry BBQ Sauce

This sauce is perfect for basting as well as saucing back BBQ ribs. If you don’t mind a burst of blackberry and blueberry flavors, this might become one of your all-time favorites. It’s super easy since you’re adding the berries to your favorite starter or bottled barbecue sauce.


1 to 2 cups barbecue sauce

2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water


1. Take a large saucepan and add the blackberries, blueberries, sugar, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil.

2. Reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer – uncovered – for about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened.

3. Add your desired amount of barbecue sauce, and cook for another 15 minutes or until the mixture thickens and it’ll be done.

You can store this in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Asian Style BBQ Sauce

The recipe for Asian style BBQ sauce is a classic that combines sweet and salty flavors. It’s also very easy to make and quick, taking just about 20 minutes. Team this up with an Asian Kale Salad, and you’ll have a hearty dinner ready in no time.


1 medium or large-sized white onion

2 garlic cloves

3/4 cup soy sauce

1 tbsp dry or fresh ginger

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup white wine (any brand)

1/4 cup apricot preserves (or cherry, apple, or blackberry preserves)


1. Take out your blender. Add the onion (peeled and sliced in half), soy sauce, and ginger. You can increase the amount of ginger if you prefer a heavier spicy flavor.

2. Next add the ketchup, brown sugar, white wine, garlic, and the preserves to the blender.

3. Blend the sauce on high until the ingredients are pureed completely. You should have a thick, medium brown color sauce. Taste to understand whether it’s how you want it.

4. Transfer the sauce to a saucepan, and cook over low heat for about 5 to 10 minutes. Once the sauce simmers down and thickens, it’ll be ready to use.

You can store this in the refrigerator for around three weeks. However, if you put it in the freezer, the BBQ sauce will stay fresh for up to six months!

North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce

An incredibly simple BBQ sauce recipe, this one uses two kinds of vinegar to add some serious flavor to old-fashioned barbecue meals.


1/2 cup ketchup

2/3 cup white vinegar

2/3 cup cider vinegar

3 tbsp brown sugar, packed

1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce

1/4 tsp salt for taste

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, crushed

1/8 tsp pepper


1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring them to a boil.

2. Reduce the heat, and let the mixture simmer – uncovered – for about 15 to 20 minutes. The idea here is to blend the flavors together.

Heads up: The North Carolina-Style BBQ Sauce isn’t a sauce in the traditional sense and should be treated as more of a dip. The recipe uses two different kinds of vinegar as its base, which makes it a little runny.



About the author: Bella Short is an experienced writer, editor, proofreader, blogger, teacher and photographer based in NY. She likes to cook, sew, and she’s very passionate about healthy food that tastes delicious. She’s a big fan of a keto diet and sees it as a life-long style of eating.

What You Should Know About Cacao Tea




Have you been looking for a coffee alternative or a healthy way to enjoy chocolate?

I recently discovered Cacao Tea – chocolate tea – and found it to be a delightful enjoyable drink with breakfast, as a mid-afternoon healthy refresher or after-dinner soothing treat. You should definitely give it a try if you like chocolate!

What do I love about it? I enjoy it’s flavor similar to hot chocolate without the rich creaminess. If you prefer to add a little milk for a creamier texture, it would be similar to chai. The simple chocolate flavor provides a sense of indulging in a treat without feeling guilty.

We received a free sample of the tea from the Cacao Tea Company, and are pleased to share with you how much we enjoyed it. We always enjoy supporting other women-owned businesses.

Here are a few things you should know about cacao or cocoa tea besides the fact that it tastes amazing.

Cacao Tea is Calorie-Free 

Perhaps you find yourself, like me, looking forward to enjoying a chocolate treat here and there and also wanting to avoid adding a heap of calories to your day. Chocolate tea is the perfect solution.

Seriously! This fabulous tasting tea is calorie-free, so you can enjoy the savory chocolate flavor without any guilt whatsoever. The tea is made from cacao husks, providing a hint of natural sweetness along with the soothing cocoa taste.

Of course, you could always add some sweetener if you prefer,  but I found it delicious and satisfying all on its own. You will need a tea infuser as the tea comes loose leaf, ready for you to brew as much or as little at a time as you like.

Cacao Tea is Caffeine-Free

If you have been a coffee drinker, but are looking for caffeine-free options for your hot drink choices, cacao tea makes a great addition to your pantry. With no caffeine, the warm beverage is enjoyable and doesn’t leave you with negative caffeine effects.

The natural theobromine in the cacao husks helps provide a slight boost in energy and mental clarity without the harsh effects of caffeine. Interestingly enough, this same theobromine can help reduce blood pressure, too.

Sip it in the evening – with or without your favorite dessert – on the back patio with your feet propped up with no worries about going to sleep later.

Cacao Tea is Rich in Antioxidants and Flavonoids

As if the taste and calorie-free status isn’t enough, the tea is full of healthy antioxidants and flavonoids that we all know can help our bodies with everything from enhancing memory and mood, fighting damage from free radicals and promoting healthy blood flow to improving cognitive function.

Cacao Tea is a Coffee Substitute in Recipes

I have to confess, I actually do not like the taste of coffee at all; the aroma doesn’t bother me, but I’ve never acquired a taste for the beverage.

However, I have run across several chocolate cake recipes that include coffee as a liquid ingredient, for which I usually substitute water. Now I have the perfect substitute ingredient of cacao tea, providing even more chocolate flavor depth to an already enticing dessert.



What do you think? Have you tried cacao tea made with cacao husks before? Did you love it or not? We love to hear your thoughts and ideas!




May Giveaway Hop | Farmhouse Centerpiece Tray




We are delighted to be part of the May Life’s a Beach Giveaway Hop with a host of other bloggers.

This month we are giving away a beautiful tulip design farmhouse decor galvanized tray. It makes a fabulous centerpiece for the dining table.

Fill it with your favorite candles, fresh sprigs of flowers, dried greenery or miniature vases with fairy lights for a whimsical centerpiece that is sure to keep you smiling all summer long.



Centerpieces do not have to be complicated or time-consuming to put together.

I am not one of those people with the creative bend to assemble fanciful decor usually, so I rely heavily on pictures of things other people have created and then try to make the best use of things already around my home or that can be purchased economically.

This way we have something fun or elegant on the dinner table that invites family to gather and enjoy without being stressful.

Of course, if you are a creative and love making fanciful creations, I applaud you and hope you will share images of your centerpieces with us in the comments or on our social media pages so we can all see and enjoy.



I love the simplicity and flexibility of this galvanized tray since even with the tulip design, it will be easy to change up the piece to work all spring and summer long with different color flowers, candles, greenery, ribbon or even lights.

What do you think of it? Are you into the farmhouse decor theme around your house? If not, this would make a perfect gift for a friend – so be sure to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!



Now please take a few moments to check out the wonderful giveaways being offered on other blogs in this giveaway hop. We are so glad you stopped by today!


Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday Recipe Ideas



Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday are here and we are excited to bring a fabulous array of recipe ideas your way; whether you are throwing a full-blown party or looking for a simple dinner idea, we have you covered. (Above photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash)

Regardless of your comfort level in the kitchen, there are dishes in this list you can make and enjoy with the whole family.

So grab your sombrero and let’s get started! If you need some taco seasoning, feel free to make your own with this easy recipe first.

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Starter and Sauce Recipe Ideas

In case you’re wanting to start off your party with some chips and fresh salsa, guacamole, or queso, here are a few recipes to get you started. We threw in the tortilla recipe just because – they’re so good!

Loaded Guacamole – fresh avocados are ready for guacamole when they can just be pressed in a little bit when squeezing; mash and mix with your favorite seasoning.

Salsa – fresh fire-roasted salsa similar to Pappasito’s salsa is easy with just 4 or 5 basic ingredients, oven-roasted and then mixed in a blender for quick fresh salsa.

Tortillas – this basic flour tortilla recipe makes amazingly delicious tortillas; just mix, roll out, toss each on the skillet for a turn or two, and serve up hot and fresh.

White Queso melted cheesy goodness.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa – a salsa dip best mixed up the night before or first thing in the morning to allow the flavors to meld all day.


Taco or Burrito Recipe Ideas

Tacos or burritos are a simple mainstay recipe for Taco Tuesday or Cinco de Mayo. Grab some taco shells or soft flour or corn tortillas from your local store – or make some from scratch, make your preferred taco or burrito filling, and you are ready to serve.

Shrimp Tacos – white corn tortillas wrapped around sauteed shrimp with coleslaw and sriracha aioli sauce.

Fish Tacos made with Tilapia – pan-fried tilapia served in corn tortillas with slaw, avocado, and queso fresco.

Chipotle Chicken Lime Tacos – start these the night before and marinade the chicken overnight or at least all day before cooking and preparing to fill tacos. Delish!

Traditional Beef Tacos – simply cook up a pound of ground beef and season with homemade or packaged taco seasoning mix. Serve the beef with crunchy or soft taco shells, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, sour cream, salsa, and avocado slices or guacamole.


Recipes with Ground Beef | Beef Enchiladas Recipe

Enchilada Recipe Ideas

Enchiladas are a basic dish with filling variations wrapped in corn or flour tortillas, covered with a favorite sauce – red, green, mole, sour cream – and cheese and baked before serving.

Beef Enchiladas – flour tortillas wrapped around beef and cheese filling, topped with red sauce and shredded cheese and then baked to perfection.

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas – poached, pan-fried or grilled chicken is shredded and tossed with shredded cheese and green enchilada sauce for filling flour or corn tortillas. Roll up tortillas and top with more green enchilada sauce and grated cheese before baking for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Creamy Seafood Enchiladas – stuffed with shrimp and crab, these enchiladas are covered in a mild creamy sauce; it’s a perfect dish that is not too spicy.

Vegetarian Spinach Enchiladas – spinach, chipotle chiles, tomatoes and Monterey Jack cheese fill up tortillas rolled and topped with the spicy tomato sauce and more cheese.

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Nacho or Quesadilla Recipe Ideas

We love nachos or quesadillas either as starters before the main meal or as a simple meal all by themselves. It is so nice that either can be filled or topped with whatever favorite ingredients you desire, so the sky is the limit!

Black Bean Quesadillas – flour tortillas sandwiched around a mixture of black beans, cheese and salsa and pan-toasted.

Shrimp Quesadillas – simple quesadillas filled with shrimp, sweet peppers, and cheese.

Loaded Nachos – a layered dish of tortilla chips with taco seasoned beef and beans, cheese, tomatoes, and cilantro, topped with homemade pico de gallo and diced avocado.

Kickin’ Grilled Nachos – serve up these tortilla chips with cheese, onion and peppers, toasted over the grill for a smoke-fired taste.

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Dessert Recipe Ideas

We love serving dessert on special occasions and these two dessert recipes are sweet and delicious. Both require a bit of work ahead time, but take your time and enjoy the process. It is definitely worth it.

Sweet Fruit-Filled Empanadas – buttery dough filled with your favorite fruit filling and baked for a warm delicious dessert; optional glaze topping or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Strawberry Tres Leches Cake – a creamy white cake with strawberries, this dessert needs to be prepared the night before or started in the morning if serving that evening.

Does your family have traditions around Cinco de Mayo celebrations? Do you have favorite dishes to serve different than the ones we have shared? Please take a moment and share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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The Pizza Recipe Ideas You Need to Know

Pizza Recipes for Family Pizza Night

These amazing pizza recipes for your next family pizza night are going to make you ready to do a happy dance. Whether you are planning a week ahead, a day ahead, or deciding at the last minute to have pizza for dinner, we have got you covered with pizza dough recipes and options for each scenario.

For some families having pizza night may consist of game night or movie night as well, a time for the whole family to schedule to be at home together and enjoy spending time with each other. If your family is small or you are single, consider hosting one of these nights with friends at your place on a regular basis.

If you are looking for easier options for the pizza crust, grab a pre-made crust at the grocery store or a pizza crust mix in the baking aisle.

Now let’s move on to the pizza recipes, though.

Recipes for Pizza Dough

We have a few favorite recipes for pizza dough. One of them requires starting the day before, one is better for grilling, and another works great for last-minute pizza night. Gluten-free pizza dough?

30 Minute Pizza Crust

2 cups flour, plus a little more as needed for best consistency
1 package Rapid Rise yeast
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoons salt
2/3 cups very warm water (very warm, but not scalding – that will kill the yeast)
3 tablespoons oil
sauce and toppings as desired

In a large bowl stir together half of flour with yeast, sugar and salt. Add warm water and oil and mix until well blended. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring until dough forms a ball. Spoon dough onto floured surface and knead until it smooth and elastic (about 4 minutes). Cover with a towel and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll out dough onto greased pizza pan; top with pizza sauce, cheese and desired toppings, and bake at 425 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes until crust browns.

2 Hour Pizza Crust

1 package dry yeast
1 cup very warm water (not hot)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cornmeal (optional)

Dissolve yeast in warm water; add salt, olive oil and half of flour. If using mixer bowl, attach bowl and use dough hook to mix at speed 2 for about 1 minute – or stir by hand until thoroughly combined. Continuing on speed 2 in mixer, add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing for 1-2 minutes or until dough pulls away from bowl sides; or mix by hand until elastic dough is formed. Knead in mixer for 2 minutes longer, or place dough onto floured surface and knead by hand 4-5 minutes until smooth.

Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top of dough; cover and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Punch dough down, roll out onto pizza pan or brick brushed with oil and sprinkled with cornmeal. Press dough across pan, forming a collar around edge to hold toppings. Brush a little olive oil over the dough and sprinkle with Italian seasoning blend and/or garlic powder as desired. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sauce, cheese and desired toppings. Return to oven to bake 6-8 minutes longer until starting to brown and baked through.

Grilled Pizza Recipe

Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Recipe

24 to 48 Hour Pizza Crust Recipe

Pizza Topping Ideas

We are pretty traditional pizza lovers at my house and primarily use a simple pizza or marinara sauce for our pizzas. However, you could choose your favorite jarred sauce or make some homemade sauce or use an alfredo, salsa, or BBQ sauce depending on the type of toppings you plan to add.

If your house is vegetarian, load that pizza up with sliced mushrooms, black or green olives, sliced pickled or fresh jalapenos, colorful bell peppers, green onion, sauteed onion, fresh tomatoes, basil, or spinach. Some people also enjoy having artichoke hearts or asparagus as toppings.

There are also lots of options for meat toppings including but not limited to cooked ground beef, crumbled cooked sausage, sliced canadian bacon, crispy bacon pieces, ham, cooked chopped chicken, taco meat, prosciutto, and pepperoni. We have switched to using turkey pepperoni for ours since it has tremendous flavor still with a lot less grease.

Do you like pizza with more variety? Try one of these unique pizza recipes:

Breakfast Pizza
Fruit Pizza
Grilled Chicken Spinach Pizza
Mexican Pizza

Other Related Pizza Recipes

If you love having pizza, there are lots of other recipes to enjoy that make good appetizers, finger-foods, or snacks if you don’t have time or the setting for full pizza making.

Pizza Dip
Pizza Rolls
Pizza in a Mug
Pizza Knots
Pepperoni Pizza Bites

Tools of the Trade

We thought we would round things up with a few suggestions for kitchen items that will make things easier for you to prepare and enjoy your family pizza night. (Disclosure: the below links are affiliate links which support our service without costing you anything extra.)

We love using a pizza stone for baking pizzas, though you would definitely need to use a pan if you prefer thicker or deep dish pizza. A sturdy pizza cutter is very nice to have, and works well for lots of other dough-cutting activities. Last but not least, use a sturdy spatula for dishing up your pizza slices. For prepping ingredients, remember to have on hand a good cutting board, knife set, and box grater.

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