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Coconut Curry Chicken

When I go out for Thai food, there are two buzzwords that usually draw me in to trying a new dish…coconut and curry.

While I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, there are times when I just need a hot bowl of curry in my life…and even better when it’s seasoned with creamy coconut milk.

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This amazing chicken recipe is the best of both worlds.  It has delicious curry flavor and a creamy coconut tomato sauce, and the heat can be adjusted to your liking.  The recipe as is has practically no heat from spices, but you can easily add Thai chilies or chili paste to up the heat of this curry dish.

Serve it with rice or a big ol’ slice of naan for a delicious meal that’s perfect for this cool pre-winter weather!

Coconut Curry Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 1 package chicken tenders (about 6-8 tenders should work)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 onion, chopped and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions:

Cut chicken tenders into small bite-sized chunks.  Season with salt and pepper.  I also added a little curry powder to the chicken, just because I love it!

Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat.  Add oil and curry powder.  Heat curry oil for 1 minute.

Add chicken to oil, followed by onions.  Cook 7-10 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and the juices run clear.  Add chopped garlic.  Cook an additional 1-2 minutes.

ENJOY THE SMELLS.  This dish smells AMAZING as it cooks.

Add the coconut milk, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar.  Stir to combine.  Turn the heat down to medium low and cover the pot.  Let simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30-40 minutes.

Serve as is or over a bowl of rice.

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Gnocchi with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

You want to know the secret to amazing Brussels Sprouts?  A CAST IRON SKILLET.

And bacon…bacon always…but cast iron for sure!

This Gnocchi with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts dish is so rich and creamy and perfect for a cool fall or winter night.  It truly can be made and ready to go in about 30 – 45 minutes, so it’s great for a last-minute weeknight dinner (and tastes even better for lunch!).

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I used those little frozen Brussels Sprouts for this recipe because they’re much smaller than the fresh ones, but you can easily use fresh sprouts, too.  Just cut them into smaller pieces before putting them in the skillet.

Gnocchi with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 1 package gnocchi, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups frozen Brussels sprouts, cut in half (you can also use fresh!)
  • 5 strips bacon, diced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white cheddar cheese, grated
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions:

Place bacon, onions, and Brussels sprouts in cast iron skillet and heat over medium low heat.  Continue cooking until onions turn translucent and sprouts start to caramelize.

Look at this deliciousness.

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Add garlic and continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes.

In a saucepan, add cheese, milk, butter, flour, and nutmeg with the cooked gnocchi and heat on medium low heat until all ingredients combine and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.  Fold in bacon-sprouts mix and serve!  Season with salt and pepper to taste and top with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Meanwhile, add cheese, milk, butter, flour & nutmeg to the pot with the cooked gnocchi and heat on medium-low until the cheese melts. Then fold bacon-veggie sauté mixture into the pasta. Enjoy!

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Hygge Week: Danish Curried Meatballs

Happy Hygge Week!

It’s time to get cozy…time to forget about the fact that it’s Monday and to just find your happy place.  It’s time to dig out your woolen socks, wrap yourself in that thick-knit blanket you bought on Etsy when those were a thing, and sip a hot cup of tea, coffee, milk chocolate or cider as you read or listen to your favorite jazz record.  It’s time to hygge.

I first heard about hygge on NPR when the author of The Little Book of Hygge, Meik Wiking, was interviewed after the word “hygge” was named the Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2016.  He spent about 10 minutes trying to explain how to say “hygge” (it’s pronounced HOO-gah), then went into explaining the idea behind this Danish lifestyle.

Roughly translated to mean “cozy”, hygge is a lifestyle concept.  It’s about making your atmosphere cozy, about building in elements of togetherness, savoring simple pleasures, and encouraging yourself to embrace relaxation.

Think about the ultimate cozy afternoon…a storm brewing outside…a big blanket on your feet…a fire raging while you read your favorite murder mystery book…this is all hygge…and it’s amazing.

After hearing about hygge on NPR, I stored it away in my brain and meant to come back to it, but honestly totally and completely forgot about it…that is until one of my dear friends suggested I read this book called, The Little Book of Hygge and write about it on The Hobbee Hive…and here we are!  Thanks, Bridget!! ❤

My husband read The Little Book of Hygge first and was instantly hooked.  I read it after him and also fell in love with this lifestyle.  We immediately began incorporating hygge into our life…being more present at home, cooking delicious meals together while listening to jazz music, even removing the TV from our living room to encourage more discussion and togetherness with friends and family.

Hygge has become such an important part of our lives that I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!  I wanted to wait until the fall/winter to make it easier to embrace hygge, as it is harder (but not impossible) to be hygge in the warmer months.

And there’s no better way to experience a full hygge experience than with a rich, delicious, stick-to-your-ribs comfort meal!

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Pulled right from The Little Book of Hygge, this meatballs recipe is so delicious and will make your home smell AMAZING.  Turn on some Sarah Vaughn and let yourself embrace the night with this tasty and comforting hygge recipe!

Danish Curried Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup breadcrumbs or 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 finely chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4½ lbs. ground pork
  • 4 cups beef stock

For Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 heaping tablespoons mild yellow curry powder
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 large chopped leek
  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Place the breadcrumbs or flour with the egg, onions, garlic, salt and pepper in a big bowl and mix well. Add the pork, mix it again and leave in the fridge for one hour.

Using a spoon, form the mixture into the meatballs. Boil a pan of water, add the beef stock and the meatballs and let it simmer for five to ten minutes (depending on the size of the meatballs). Remove the meatballs from the liquid, but retain it.

Melt the butter in a pot, add the curry powder and let it brown for a couple of minutes.

Add the chopped onion and leek and let them, too, brown for a couple of minutes. Add flour, and mix well. Then add some of the cooking liquid, little by little, stirring until the sauce thickens. Add the cream and the meatballs and simmer for about 12 minutes.

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Garnish with parsley and serve with rice, noodles, or garlic mashed potatoes, like I did!

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12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

When the wild fall winds blow and the rain pelts your window, there’s nothing better than sinking into your couch with a hot bowl of something tasty from the slow cooker.  I love using the slow cooker in the fall.  When I get home at 5:00 pm and it’s already pitch black outside, there’s absolutely no part of me that wants to cook dinner…so having dinner cook as I work throughout the day is the perfect solution!

This is a collection of some of my favorite slow cooker recipes.  Great for fall and winter, these slow cooker recipes are sure to become seasonal staples you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again!

12 Cozy Slow Cooker Recipes

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  1. Slow Cooker Steak Diane
  2. Slow Cooker Apricot Chicken
  3. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  4. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
  5. Slow Cooker Apple Rhubarb Crisp
  6. Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy
  7. Slow Cooker 5-Cheese Macaroni
  8. Slow Cooker Ramen Bowl
  9. Slow Cooker Lasagna
  10. Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff
  11. Slow Cooker Thai Beef Stew
  12. Slow Cooker Homemade Apple Cider

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12 Soul-Satisfying Chili Recipes

Sometimes nothing warms your soul like a big ol’ bowl of chili.  Whether you’re a lover of veggie, turkey, chicken, or beef chili, these 12 Soul-Satisfying Chili Recipes are sure to warm your soul (and your kitchen!) with absolute deliciousness.

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12 Soul-Satisfying Chili Recipes

Cajun Instant Pot Chili

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Three-Bean Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

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Crockpot Chili with Peanut Butter Sandwich Croutons

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Spicy Korean Chili with Kimchi

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Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Chili

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White Bean Chicken Chili

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Pumpkin Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Chili

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Easy Ground Beef Chili

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Fall Pumpkin Chili

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Chipotle Pumpkin Turkey Chili

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

So it seems that watermelon was the new cupcake…and now pineapple is the new watermelon.  There’s pineapple stuff everywhere!

But, IMHO, the most important place for pineapple to be is in my face.

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And if you’re a fellow pineapple lover, here are 12 scrumptious and delicious pineapple recipes to get you through the rest of summer!

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12 Pineapple Recipes for Summer

Pineapple Salsa
The Gunny Sack
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Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken
Carlsbad Cravings
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Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Delish D’Lites
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Pineapple Bars
Mandy’s Recipe Box
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Pineapple Popsicle
Mama Loves Food!
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Pineapple Fluff Salad
The Country Cook
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Pineapple Pancakes
The Stay at Home Chef
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Pineapple Cooler
Pizzazzerie
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Pineapple Chicken Salad
The Kitchen is my Playground
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Pineapple Coconut Thumbrint Cookies
Cooking Classy
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Pineapple Empanadas
Kitchen Gadget
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Pineapple Upside Down Doughnuts
Baker by Nature
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Chopped Greek Salad Recipe

It almost hit 100 degrees F in Chicago last week.  100 DEGREES.  My car was 99 degrees at the end of the day…When I got home, my apartment was 85 degrees.  My face was melting.  I was hangry and hot and not even about to turn the oven on to make dinner.

I could have just bitten the bullet and gone to Chipotle on the way home like I actually wanted to, but I decided to be good and make a salad instead.

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This chopped Greek salad was actually really refreshing and tasty, and if you’re from the Chicagoland area, is a pretty close copycat recipe of the Portillo’s Greek Salad.

I also added a slice of olive focaccia bread, which was a delicious addition to this light dinner.

Another little tip…I also season my tomatoes before adding them to basically anything.  Just a little salt and pepper makes them even better on a sandwich or in a salad.  You’re welcome. 🙂

Chopped Greek Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 chicken tenders, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 handfuls Kalamata olives, pitted
  • 2-3 handfuls orange or red cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Feta cheese, crumbled

Instructions:

Once your chicken is cooked (I seasoned mine with salt and pepper), set it aside to cool completely, then cut it into bite-sized pieces.

Then just toss together the rest of the ingredients and top the salad with additional feta cheese and cooked chicken!  I served mine with a store-bought Greek dressing, but you can use whatever vinaigrette or lemon-based dressing you like!

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