Favorite Meals pt3

The new addition to this littler series I have going is forย side dishes. Why, you ask? Well because I’d rather have a side for dinner or lunch than to actually have a meal. I know, it’s insane, but that’s just how my brain works. If something takes around 10 minutes to make, it’s my kind of meal.

I love cooking side dishes. We went to my sister in laws house last night for Mother’s Day, and we had to make a side dish. I made corn casserole that I got off of allrecipes.com, which this side will be featured down below.

Let’s just go ahead and get started.

 

CORN CASSEROLE
I told you this was going to be featured, haha! I love making this. It’s quick and simple. It takes no longer than 5 – 10 minutes to prep, and 45 minutes to bake in the oven to golden brown perfection. I can’t really explain the goodness of this side dish. It’s just amazing, and I love it!

SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE
I love this side dish, as well. It’s more for Thanksgiving and Christmas around my family, but it’s just so good! I’ve been eating this for as long as I can remember. It’s got just the right amount of sweetness. Now, I’m not sure if it’s a southern thing or not, but it’s really popular down here in the south, I know that much.

SPANISH RICE
If you’ve never had spanish rice before…. what are you even doing with your side dish life? It’s amazing. I can/could eat a whole bag of it by myself. I like the Knorr Fiesta Sides one. Again, it’s quick and easy to make. Just follow the instructions accordingly on the package, and you have a heavenly goodness Mexican side dish.

RICE PILAF
I also like this one from Knorr. It’s the Rice Pilaf one, obviously. It’s just like the rice dish above, so just follow the instructions accordingly on the package, and you have a nice side dish. You can basically pair this with any main course meal you’re having.

AU GRATIN POTATOES
I haven’t had this in forever, but it’s still my favorite. My mother in law makes this as a main course meal. She puts a cubed ham pack in with it, and it’s divine! But growing up, my dad made it as a side dish. We would have it with some sort of chicken.ย 

 

There’s my 5 of my favorite side dishes! I can make a slow cooker (or crock pot, as some like to call it) post, after I make some, haha!

Thanks for reading! <3

Favorite Meals pt 2

So, a couple of weeks ago, I posted about my favorite meals as a child. Well, today I’m going to tell you about my favorite meals…. to cook.

I love cooking. I think it’s so therapeutic. I used to help my dad make a few meals when I was little, like I stated in my last post. Now, I won’t be sharing the recipes in this post for these meals. I might do that in a different post a little later down the line, but not today. These meals… are from boxes, ha ha!

I’m going to be sharing with you 5 meals again because I think it’s a good number, and plus I like the number five for some reason… I also like the number three, but that’s a different story for later. Anyway, let’s see what meals I like cooking!
*Disclaimer: This post isn’t sponsored by the brands mentioned. I just really like these brands.*

ENCHILADAS
I love enchiladas! So, does my husband. The first time I cooked enchiladas, my husband was hooked! I always get an enchilada meal when we go eat Mexican food at one of our local restaurants. We use the Old El Paso brand. We love Mexican food, as well as Chinese, but I don’t cook it. I should, though!

TACOS
This meal is super-duper easy, but I love cooking it. I’m actually cooking it for dinner tonight. I like using the Taco Bell brand. Just something about using this brand makes me feel like I’m eating at the restaurant.

HOMEMADE ZAXBY’S HOUSE ZALAD
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Jess. That’s not cooking. It’s just throwing stuff in salad mix.” Exactly. In my mind, if you’re throwing stuff together.. it’s cooking! We love Zaxby’s house salad, but we don’t always go to there. I don’t think there’s a Zaxby’s near us. We just don’t use chicken. If we do, it’s with the Tyson Honey Battered Chicken Tenders… which I have in the oven right now, as I’m typing this, ha ha!

TURKEY BURGERS
I’ve only cooked turkey burgers once or twice since being married to my husband, but I like cooking them. I mentioned this meal in my last post. I love turkey meat. It’s healthier for you than regular beef. I read that somewhere, and went with it. Seems like a meal I need to make one of these days, lol.

HAMBURGER HELPER MEALS
This is another meal I loved a child, and still do to this day, so I like to cook it. I like the Potato Stroganoff, the regular Stroganoff, and another one that I can’t think of at the moment. I grew up on these meals, and I want my daughter and future children to love these meals just as much as my husband and I do.

 

Again, this post is short like my last one, but that’s all the meals I have today! Let me know what your favorite meals are, and I’ll try them out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Favorite Meals pt1

I’ve been at a road block for quite some time now with writing. Since I’m just now about to breakfast (at 11:51am which is lunch for others), I figured I would share some of my favorite meals. I’m hoping that my daughter will love these meals as well when she’s old enough to real food.

The meals listed below are the ones I love/loved as a child.

Let’s get started ๐Ÿ™‚

 

MEATLOAF
The first on this list is meatloaf. My daddy used to/still makes the best meatloaf. I have the cookbook that he got the recipe from. I haven’t used it yet, but I will! I just won’t use beef. Instead, I’ll use turkey meat. We’ve been eating turkey meat for past 3 years, and I won’t go back to regular meat!
When I was little, I used to help my dad in the kitchen all the time! I guess that’s why I love being in the kitchen as much as I do. It’s one of my favorite rooms in a house. When my husband and I move into a new home, the kitchen has to be the best seller for me. Anyway. When my dad would tell us that we’re having meatloaf for dinner, my hands would be washed, and my bottom would be sitting on the counter because I was too short to stand. I would help him mix everything in the bowl by hand. I loved it. I plan on making meatloaf one of these days. I just need to get the ingredients together and make it, haha!

CHICKEN POT PIE
Where do I even begin with this meal? So many memories just from my dad’s good sense of humor. He would randomly call me out of my bedroom just as me to make him a chicken pot pie. I think this meal is more my dads favorite, but I believe it’s an equal tie. Since we live 45 minutes away from each other now, he’s always saying that when he makes his chicken pot pie, he’s gonna make a big batch and give us some. It’s so good!

BEEF STEW
Again, where do I begin with this one?! I absolutely love my dads beef stew. I don’t know where he got the recipe from, but it’s just delicious. Every winter, I ask him to make us some beef stew when he’s making some, just so that I’ll have some to eat the next day or that night for dinner. “Why don’t you just make your own?” I will…. when I get around to it during Winter.

TURKEY BURGERS
Now, this one is very simple, but like all the other meals above, my dad made the best turkey burgers ever! He’ll either buy the burgers pre-made to save time, or he’ll buy turkey meat, and shape the burgers himself. Either way, they were good! I’ve made my own turkey burgers I got from Pinterest. My husband loved it, but I wasn’t too sure about them. They had yellow bell peppers in them, and I’m not the biggest fan of bell peppers. The only way I’ll eat them is in chicken fajita at my favorite Mexican restaurant. That’s a different post for a different day.

SPINACH STUFFED CHICKEN
I never ate the spinach in the Spinach Stuffed Chicken. I didn’t like the taste of it. My dad either found this recipe somewhere or he made it up, but either way we would have it. I think this meal is a close second for my dad as far as his favorite meals. I would ask him for this recipe if I wasn’t so scared to cook with chicken. Yes, you read that right. I’m scared to cook with chicken. Why? I have anxiety, so it gives me anxiety when I attempt to cook with it. I think it’s gonna either be undercooked or way overcooked. Different post, different day.

 

Well, that’s my Top 5 meals I love/loved as a child. I think this is gonna be a reoccurring series on my blog. I like sharing this stuff with you guys! Oh, if you’re wondering where my dad the meatloaf recipe, he got it from the Mr. Cook Cookbook. That’s the cookbook I have/stole from my dad ;P

Thanks for reading!