Yield: Approximately 4-6 large servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
I love making chili for many reasons 1. It reminds me of my dad a.k.a Pops. 2. The amount of variety that ensues my kitchen table on chili night will bring a tear to any food lovers eyes. 3. You can have this bad boy on your table in 40 minutes tops.
Yield: 3.5 cups
Prep time: 20 minutes
This recipe is a fantastically light dish that will help you squeeze back into your favorite pair of pants after all that Thanksgiving Day goodness! If you’re not a fan of lettuce cups enjoy this treat on crackers or your favorite bread, but hurry find something because this turkey salad will go quickly however, whenever you serve it!
Yield: 6-8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 50 minutes
Growing up we called this Polish Lasagna, it was a recipe that was introduced to us later in our childhood and to this day I’m still upset that I was not eating all this potatoey goodness after all my dental surgeries! Blast you M and P for not discovering this sooner! Yes, I was shaking my fist while typing that line…. Now that I got that out of the way let’s chat about this super easy, super quick and super delicious recipe. This is a great way to use up those leftover mashed potatoes that have been chillin in the frig, if you don’t have leftover, do what you have to do to get some m.pots because you don’t want to forget about this perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers! Here are a few more pointers…
*Make sure you warm up your taters-they will spread much easier
*Swiss cheese can release a good amount of fat- if your lasagna is too greasy after you melt that top layer of cheese simply use a paper towel to gently absorb some of the liquid.
*The milk seems weird, but it is necessary to cook the noodles.
*Have fun with the toppings, put out as much variety as you can and watch the kiddo’s/kids at heart culinary artistry come to life!! This recipe is super versatile and can be topped with anything from sausage to roasted veggies (my fave is sour cream and chives!)
Yield: 3-6 servings
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
This is a little twist on your basic holiday turkey. All the classic flavors are still present in this dish, but the bacon and herb butter add a huge amount of WOW! It is impossible to dry this turkey out and you can have it on your table in about an hour leaving you with plenty of opportunity to keep your side dishes piping hot!
A few pointers for success:
-Purchase your turkey breast directly from your favorite butcher, ask for bone out.
-Don’t let tying the turkey intimidate you. If this is your first time playing with twine I recommend preparing your turkey to cook the night before so you can take your time. You can wrap in plastic wrap and cook the next day. Watch the video (the link is in the recipes), but you can skip the part at the end where the Chef weaves the string to make the final tie. For this recipe you can simply tie the string ends together.
-Read all instructions first, there are a few pointers to help you along the way.
-Taste your sauce as you prepare. All stocks are different and all palates are different. Don’t hesitate to adjust the recipe as needed.
-HAVE FUN! When bacon is involved any recipe is hard to screw up!
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Yield: 6-8 servings
Cook time: 25-30 mins
Prep time: quick version - 20 minutes
scratch version - 2.5 hours
This recipe is my man’s fave and I can say with confidence that this is one of the top five reasons he decided to finally propose. I’ll spare you the details of my love life and so we can start chatting about this amazing fall/winter dish. This is a semi-low fat version of the ultimate comfort food, classic chicken pie. I use olive oil and butter to saute the veggies and totally eliminate the heavy cream in order to keep the dish herbaceous and full of roasted chicken wonderment. Using pre-made pie dough and a rotisserie chicken from your favorite grocery store is totally OK. No judgement here. If you are in the mood for a culinary marathon and want to make your pie totally from scratch my recommendations for a pie dough recipe and roasted chicken recipe are included in the ingredient list. Serve a slice or two of this soul warming pie with a light mixed green salad and you have yourself a winner winner chick..I’ll stop there. This recipe is a true family gem that even the pickiest of eaters will L-O-V-E! I highly recommend doubling the recipe and freezing one (uncooked) for a snowy day or better yet, share the love and give one to your neighbor. Enjoy!
Ingredients: (in order of appearance)