Pepperoni Pizza for your Loves

Who said pizza can’t be romantic?! This pizza is adorned with heart shaped pepperoni’s to make your heart skip a beat. Which makes it one of the best Valentine’s Day dinners for your family!

We use this pizza crust recipe all the time! It’s simple to throw together. It doesn’t take that long to make on a weeknight. And who doesn’t love pizza night?!

You can enjoy this special Valentine’s Day pizza with a simple cookie cutter to shape your pepperoni’s into hearts. Your kids will go crazy over helping, well at least Kelsie did.

My husband is definitely the pizza maker in our home and this is the dough recipe that he uses.  It turns out perfect every single time.

Pepperoni Pizza for your Loves
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Time Saving Game Day Recipes

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and these 6 time saving recipes are sure to be crowd pleasers!

We watched the Florida Gators play when Tim Tebow was on the team and Urban Myer was coaching. We watch the Super Bowl….because of the commericals. Yea, there, I admitted it.  As you can see we don’t watch much sports, but who doesn’t love all the yummy game day food?!

Time Saving Game Day Recipes

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Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Who said that you can’t enjoy Chicken and Dressing year round? This simple dish combines all of your favorite flavors from a classic southern Thanksgiving and Christmas dish for a family pleasing weeknight meal!

Chicken and dressing was something we ate every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas. My mother made the best and just so happened to have shared her recipe with me long before she passed away. It’s a dish that I prepare every year for my family, just as she did when I was growing up.

Although a few times throughout the year we can a hankering for some chicken and dressing! I don’t want to pull out all the stops to recreate a holiday dish, it just takes to much time and effort for a normal day of the year. However, this casserole hits the spot! It brings all the classic chicken and dressing flavors together in a casserole to enjoy any day of of the week.

Chicken and Dressing Casserole

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Chicken Quesadillas with a Spicy Jalapeno Sauce

Chicken Quesadillas kicked up with a spicy jalapeno sauce are the simplest, yet tastiest dinner recipe you can throw together in little to no time at all.

We used to be huge Taco Bell fans. I know, I know, we used to eat out there about once a month and the girls and I would always get the chicken quesadillas. We tried to replicate them at home, but at the time we weren’t aware of Kelsie’s food allergies so it was no big deal if I couldn’t get them to taste similar or not. Now, it’s a different story. That sauce on their quesadillas make them what they are. It’s not just chicken and cheese thrown together in a flour tortilla. It’s that sauce! I went on a quest hunting down recipes for the sauce. I found a couple, but nothing compared, until I started changing ingredients and playing with the measurements. That is when flavors melded together in an almost magical way.

Chicken Quesadillas with a Spicy Jalapeno Sauce

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Recipe Round Up – Our Favorites, From Others

Recipe Round Up - Our Favorites , From OthersI love browsing Pinterest and other websites for new recipes. I am constantly pinning something new to try out and even though many of you are on Pinterest, some of you may not be. That is where I thought my recipe round up could help you find new recipes from my favorites.  Each Friday I will share with you a few of my favorites that I’ve ran across for the week, as well as one from my archives. If you would like your recipe featured for free, please get in touch with me at thissoutherngirlsnest@gmail.com. These recipes do not have to be allergy friendly. I cook allergy friendly foods from time to time, just not very often.

From our archives, this has always been a favorite and we need to make this again soon! Vegan Adaptable Homemade Oreos.

Homemade

I discovered the best looking bread I’ve seen in a very long time, Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread from Mom on Time Out.  Doesn’t it look amazingly delicious and healthy?  Wonder how many kids would eat this bread that is jam packed with veggies?! I know mine would!

Carrot Zucchini Apple Bread | MomOnTimeout.com Delicious AND healthy! #zucchini #bread #recipe

I love a good pasta, and this one is unique and if it weren’t for the pineapple and tomato (Kelsie’s allergens) I would have made it this week. Hawaiian One Pan Pasta from Taste and Tell looks like it’s a Hawaiian pizza in pasta form! Yum!

You only need one pan to make this Hawaiian pizza inspired Hawaiian One Pan Pasta.

I grew up munching on sliced apples dipped in peanut butter all the time. I still eat them from time to time today. There is just something about the fresh crunch of an apple with the creaminess of the peanut butter. I ran across this recipe one day on Pinterest and it’s been sitting in my recipes-to-try-out pile ever since. Apple Peanut Butter Muffins with Cinnamon Glaze from Culinary Couture,  sound like they would make the perfect breakfast or snack!

I hope that you enjoyed this weeks Recipe Round Up! Be sure to come back next Friday to see our favorites. Get all of our favorites everyday by following Everyday Made Fresh on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

 

 

Egg Free French Toast Casserole – Vegan Adaptable

We have a long time tradition of french toast casserole for breakfast on Christmas morning. I usually prep it the night before and have it ready to go so when I turn the coffee pot on, I can pop this in the oven and by the time we are finished opening part of the gifts, we can take a break and have breakfast.

Our recipes have always included eggs until this year. I was terrified thinking about Christmas morning without our annual french toast casserole. I started frantically searching the internet over for egg free french toasts and found lots of different ideas that I took and compiled, crossed my fingers as I prepped it the night before, and said a prayer that Christmas morning breakfast would not end in disaster. I did buy sausage, bacon, and the fixings to make biscuits if it did end in failure. Lucky for me, prayers were answered and this turned out delicious and nobody even missed the eggs. So folks, french toast casserole IS possible without eggs!

Egg Free French Toast Casserole - Vegan Adaptable

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Pizza Pasta Bake without Tomato Sauce

Pizza is traditionally done up al a pie style with a tomato sauce and loads of your favorite toppings. This however is outside the ordinary.  This is done in casserole form, with your toppings and sauce incorporated and topped your favorite pasta. We like to mix it up and use whatever pasta we have on hand. We’ve used elbow, spirals, ziti noodles, etc. This time we had loads of spaghetti noodles on hand thanks to our trips to all the big organic stores while on vacation over Thanksgiving break.

This pasta bake can be made your own, with your favorite sauces, from red, white, or like we used a garlic infused olive oil. Kelsie as I have mentioned before is allergic tomatoes and at first we thought that was the end of pizza as we knew it until we were at Whole Foods in Mountain Brook, Alabama, where they suggested we use a garlic infused olive oil. Genius!  We were also lucky enough to find a local place that sales exactly that, and it’s delicious. Of course I could have made my own, but sometimes when you already make most everything from scratch, it’s nice to buy something that is pre-made. If your in the Panama City area and are looking for excellent olive oil blends for cooking or bread dipping you need to check out Emerald Coast Olive Oil, located in Pier Park.

As I said, you can make this your own, use whatever pasta you have on hand. Use your favorite pizza sauce and toppings and you have an instant meal that your whole family will love! Serve it along side a salad and garlic bread and you have a complete meal.

Pizza Pasta Bake without Tomato Sauce

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Chicken Spaghetti with Creamy Garlic Sauce

I think this is one of our favorite spaghetti sauce replacements that I’ve ever made. It’s creamy, garlicky, and it pairs perfect with spinach and little tomatoes. (leave the tomatoes out if there is an allergy. we always plate kelsie’s up first, without the tomatoes)

This recipe may sound like it’s complicated but it’s quite the opposite. I make it on weeknights all the time and we all love it! Throw together some garlic bread and you have a full meal. Of course you can add a side salad if you’d like, but hey, I throw spinach in the sauce so I think that’s plenty of green for one night. :-)

Chicken Spaghetti with Creamy Garlic Sauce

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North Pole Breakfast 2014 – Our Elf Brought Breakfast!

Every year since the arrival of our elf, Mr. Sweets, in 2012, he has brought us breakfast upon his first day. This year was a tad different. We were out of town the week of Thanksgiving. We came home and Kelsie got very sick with Bronchitis and missed the entire week of school, and even though our elf showed up, with the food allergies this year, I didn’t have time to come up and prepare anything.

The North Pole breakfast was late. Better late then never! His normal fare includes a lot of overly processed sweet treats. After all, that is exactly what his diet in the North Pole consists of. I had to get creative and make stuff from scratch. Zack, who happens to be the best husband and father in the world, laid down with her on Saturday night and let me get everything cooked up.  This was to ensure that my banging of pots and pans at midnight wouldn’t get her up and creeping in the kitchen to see what all the shenanigans was about.

North Pole Breakfast 2014 - Our Elf Brought Breakfast!

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The Best Tuna Patties Ever

My mother used to make some sort of patty from a canned fish when I was growing up and it just looked  gross.  Of course back then I was picky and would only eat peanut butter and cheese. Not together, of course! I bet had I taken the time to give them a taste they would have been quite yummy. Of course she didn’t add this secret weapon to hers that makes them jam packed with flavor. No I believe hers consisted of crushed saltine crackers. And that’s ok too, as long as you season those bad boys up!

My version is slammed with flavor and even my kids eat these up as fast as they get on the plate.

The Best Tuna Patties Ever

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