Shrimp scampi is quick, easy, and so good! Talk about addictive food!

Quick Shrimp Scampi

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You know that moment when its 5 o’clock and you don’t know what to cook for dinner?

I hate those evenings. What in the world am I going to cook? 

That moment happened to me. I knew we had shrimp, which meant there were some tasty options to choose from, but I hadn’t picked a recipe and was blanking in the moment.

On a whim, I decide to look up shrimp scampi, because who doesn’t love pasta and garlic  with their shrimp?

Shrimp scampi is quick, easy, and so good! Talk about addictive food!

Turns out, shrimp scampi is really easy to make!! 

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Can dinner get easier than crockpot chicken tacos?

Crock pot chicken tacos

Today I’m sharing with you my favorite crock pot meal of all time!!

We eat Mexican food at least once a week. It’s our go-to food, its ingredients we already keep in the house, and you can mix it up enough to never get tired of it.

Best of all, this dish is absurdly easy. When I need an easy meal to throw together for friends over, or I know we have a busy week ahead, I pull out the slow cooker and make these crock pot chicken tacos.

Can dinner get easier than crockpot chicken tacos?

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These mozzarella-stuffed meatballs are a killer dinner option!

Mozzarella-stuffed meatballs

Happy Tuesday folks!! Today I’m sharing a killer meatball recipe that will please even the pickiest eaters.

Is it just me, or do people fall in one of two camps when it comes to spaghetti? Most of my friends are either “marinara and meatball” people or “bolognese” people. I grew up happily in the latter category and never missed meatballs, especially given my addiction to my mom’s spaghetti sauce. But one day, my husband came home on a tear for us to try to make meatballs. He’d seen the idea of stuffed meatballs on the internet and after doing some testing, this is what we created!

For some reason, I always thought of meatballs as being a lot of work. I’m not sure where I picked this us, but this recipe reminded me just how wrong that was! Even with the added step of “stuffing” the meatballs, the prepwork for this dish is only about 20 minutes.

These mozzarella-stuffed meatballs are a killer dinner option!

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This chicken pot pie hits the spot for hearty, warming comfort food!

Chicken Pot Pie

Growing up, chicken pot pie was one of my favorite foods. It’s warming and rich without being too much, you know? So when I started cooking for myself, it was high on the priority list. Then I realized how processed most recipes are! Meaning: nearly all of them involve “cream of” something to give it’s signature texture. This is okay in moderation, but when making it for just two people to eat all week, that’s a lot of processed food.

So I kept looking, and finally came across this recipe! I based it on a blog that’s no longer in existence, so I can’t credit it. But the joy of chicken pot pie is after you’ve got the basics down, you can personalize the vegetables and spices you like most!

This recipe is ADDICTING. For two people, it’s hard to not eat half of it in one sitting! Consider yourself warned. It’s not difficult but it does take a couple hours start to finish, so this isn’t a weeknight meal. The positive of that is that it makes enough for three pies, so the extra labor pays off!

This chicken pot pie hits the spot for hearty, warming comfort food!

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Hearty, filling, and easy: baked bean casserole

Baked Bean Casserole

Sometimes you need uncomplicated food. A meal that’s tasty and not elaborate, that warms you up from the inside. That’s the strength of the baked bean casserole. Ground beef and baked beans with an almost barbecue sauce, dotted with bacon. While it’s not the most Pinterest perfect of dishes, it’s hearty and filling and irresistably good. This casserole is simple, good food.

Hearty, filling, and easy: baked bean casserole

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Sauteed green beans on a holiday plate

Sauteed Green Beans

These green beans are some of my favorite things in a dish: easy to make, healthy to eat, tastes amazing, and ready in less than 30 minutes. What more can you ask for of a side dish??

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Sauteed green beans on a holiday plate

They’re a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for all kinds of meals. If I ever need a veggie for a dinner party, this is an easy win. They make a perfect holiday side dish – I’ve made it for Thanksgiving the past two years. Bonus because they add a little bit of healthiness to your plate!

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Curried sweet potato soup covers all the bases: easy, healthy, fast, and tasty!

Curried Sweet Potato Soup

This hearty soup is perfect for a winter weeknight dinner! The rich sweet potatoes combine with traditional Thai flavors for a soup that’s a little surprising and always irresistible.

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This dish hits most of my favorite things in a recipe: it’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s actually really healthy, but still tastes rich and filling. It’s ready in about 30 minutes. It keeps well. You can make it early and leave it simmering if you need to.

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Getting classic Napoli pizza at IP3!

Italian Pizzeria 3

Do you want really good pizza? As in classic Napoli-style cheesy goodness?

When Logan and I made our final list of the last few Triangle Bucket List places to visit one more time before we move, IP3 hit the top of his list.

Getting classic Napoli pizza at IP3!

Getting classic Napoli pizza at IP3!

Yes, it’s name is Italian Pizzeria 3. I have no idea where Italian Pizzerias 1 and 2 are, but they’re not in Chapel Hill.

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Chowing down on sweet potato fries at my favorite Chapel Hill burger joint: Buns!

Getting off campus with Buns!

Every college needs a place right next door where you can get a good burger and fries. Preferably milkshakes also. For UNC, that’s Buns. It opened my sophomore year and I’ve never gone anywhere else for burgers on Franklin Street!

It’s right off the intersection of Franklin and Columbia, so an easy walk from campus. It’s also open late and quickly became my preferred late night grease-stop as a student.

Chowing down on sweet potato fries at my favorite Chapel Hill burger joint: Buns!

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Shiki sushi for the win!

Addicted to Shiki

Today I’m sharing one of those restaurants that I adore and eat at regularly, yet somehow never got around to sharing with you! It’s the type of place I’m equally likely to go for a nice work lunch or for a date night – any excuse to eat my favorite sushi!

Shiki sushi for the win!

Shiki Sushi is around the corner from Southpoint mall, within 10 minutes of Chapel Hill, and Shiki sushi for the win!only 10 minutes from my house. One of those places that feels close to everything.

It’s also a very popular place. Any given weekend night, you’d better make reservations or be prepared to wait 30+ minutes. It’s worth the wait though!

Everyone has a slightly different take on sushi, but there’s something to fit every taste. If you want the classic flavors, they’ve got it. If you want creative twists, there’s something for you. If you want rolls stuffed to the brim with as much seafood as possible, you’re covered too. Tempura fried roll? Check. Sushi run under the broiler just before serving? Done.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

  • Tokyo Sunrise roll: Start with a classic California roll, but with piles of salmon, crab, and roe. So good. I pretty much ALWAYS pick this one.
  • Fabulous roll: Great subtle fish flavors, topped with a kick of Sriracha!
  • Sumo roll: Not for the faint of heart. It’s tempura fried and a bit of sweet eel sauce. Very rich.
  • Blue Devil roll: Much as it pains me to order something Duke-themed, its a great roll with spicy tuna and a touch of wasabi.
  • Volcano roll: Most unusual of my favorites – it’s  baked! I’m not entirely sure on the exact compilation, but it’s a roll topped with scallops and spicy mayo and served warm. An unusual preparation, and I’m in love with it.

Shiki sushi for the win!

There are a TON of other choices, those are the ones I typically land on. Bonus: grab 3 friends and order the boat! We did that for my birthday and it made my WEEK. So fun.

Shiki sushi for the win!

Forgive the blurriness, there’s only so long you can hold people up from digging into sushi.

They serve other non-sushi dishes, but no one should be surprised that I’ve stuck to sushi. I could eat sushi twice a week and not get tired of it.

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