Peanut Butter without the Peanuts

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Two things happened this past week that nearly knocked me over, gave me great relief, and renewed my excitement for this little blog of mine.

What were those things you ask?

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Spicy Pop Pulled Pork & Onions

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Whether you’re having a huge gathering at your house, taking a dish to someone else’s gathering, or just making dinner for your family, then it’s time to make Spicy Pop Pulled Pork.

Some pulled pork recipes take a bit to get together… even the slow cooker ones… but this one is not one of them.

In fact, I would challenge you to see just how fast you can get this in the pot. Next time I make it I’m setting a stopwatch and I plan to keep track so I know if I break my record. It’s just that fast!

The recipe is for cooking it in the oven but I made it in the slow cooker to save on energy and heat… 6 hours with the oven on in the middle of the day means an air conditioner that has to work DOUBLE time… not an option for our budget right now!

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Pinstripes, Picnics, Porsche, & Pie

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Okay so actually not pin stripes… (though I often like the look)

or Picnics… (fun, but not so much in Arizona in July)

or Porsche… (pretty, but expensive)

Just PIE! (good anytime!!)

You have to promise me something before I tell you the recipe.

Are you ready?

PROMISE you will enjoy this pie with a scoop (or TWO) of your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Do you promise?

No, seriously.

Okay, I trust you… so much so that I’ll give you the RECIPE now… not just at the end of the post.

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Pork & Nectarine Salad with Creamy Feta Dressing

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Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. You know this when the temperature breaks 115°F… funny enough, a 101°F day is mild and yes, you can tell the difference. In the midst of these weeks of extreme heat we stay inside more often than not, meaning that I can indulge in my official state of “nesting”.

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Honey and Chocolate???

The combination of honey and chocolate did not strike me as an obvious one, but the resulting dessert convinced me they’re a match!

This couldn’t be simpler…

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That is probably why it is called… Simplest Chocolate Honey Mousse

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F is for Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes

Yet another recipe of mine made with ingredients I had on hand…

My husband said this is one of his favorite things I’ve made thus far!….

AND this is him eating it RE-heated, 3 hours after it was originally made! I assured him it was even better served hot right out of the oven and with the salad alongside… needless to say… this recipe will DEFINITELY be making an appearance again in the near future at our house!

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Here is your RECIPE Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipe and your SHOPPING LIST Feta-Stuffed Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes Shopping List!

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E is for Egg Burrito (Healthy Style)

Looking for something filling, delicious, and good for you? Look no further!

I discovered this recipe during my second pregnancy and have been making it ever since. If I’m making the recipe for just me (which is often the case), I will make a recipe for four and just add the eggs when ever I’m in the mood for eggs throughout the week. Making it for more than one person is simple too, AND, of course, it’s budget-friendly!

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The hot sauce is optional but I like a little kick now and again with my eggs 🙂

SHOPPING LIST: 1 red onion, 1 red bell pepper, 1 can black beans (low-sodium, if possible), 8 eggs, 1/3 cup pepper jack cheese (or cheddar if you don’t like it spicy), 1 large tomato (or two small ones), 1 small avocado, tortillas (recipe calls for 10-inch, burrito size)

Stapes to be sure you have: Canola oil, Chili flakes, Cooking Spray, Salt & Pepper

Some optional items: sour cream, salsa, hot sauce

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E is for Easy Quiche

Easy, DELICIOUS quiche that is… 🙂

I thought about titling this post “E is for Egg Quiche”, but a quiche by definition is made with eggs, so I decided the “egg” part was obvious.

This recipe is my own. I only had one meat, one cheese and one type of herb on hand so that is what was added. I read through over 50 quiche recipes to see how other people made their quiche (ratios, ingredients, etc.) They ranged from fairly simple and a few ingredients to very involved and heavy with ingredients. Since I was going for a budget-friendly recipe, I needed something simple with just a few ingredients. This made TWO meals for my little family, but we are about the equivalent of 3 people (almost). You may easily be able to finish it off in one sitting! I would say it feeds four adults. Possibly more if it is served with a salad and/ or fruit on the side.

I love to get my stomach rumbling and my mouth watering to jump start menu planning, so here’s the shot of the final product:

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So eggy…. so creamy… a little crunch from that crust on top… DELICIOUS

Is your mouth watering?? If not, it will be when you see how easy this is to make…

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D is for Dorito Sandwich

A quick, low-cost sandwich for lunch!

It is almost silly to have a recipe for such a simple sandwich, but here is the recipe nonetheless: Dorito Sandwich!

You start much as you would making any other deli sandwich for yourself at lunch.

Here is everything you’ll need:

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D is for Dorito-Goat Cheese Salad

This salad can be made into a meal by adding some grilled chicken and fruit. You can grill your own chicken or buy the packaged chicken strips (heated or unheated) to use to make this a meal!

It’s super-simple and budget friendly! Here’s the full recipe: Dorito Goat Cheese Salad Recipe.

When I served it I did so with the Dorito Chicken. If you love Doritos then this meal is for you! Click here for the Dorito Chicken Recipe!

Here’s a final shot of the meal to get you inspired:

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D is for Dorito Chicken

After making this for my family I experimented a bit more with the recipe to come up with the tastiest, crispiest product possible. Baking the chicken in the oven makes it much healthier than fried chicken. The challenge is that mixing chips with egg wash proves tricky when attempting to come up with a crispy final product! I believe I’ve come up with the Doritos recipe to give you great flavor and the crispiness you desire! The pictures taken reflect my first attempt at this recipe. My final written recipe will give you all the updates to make your Dorito Chicken the best (crispiest) it can be.

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This recipe is SUPER easy and SUPER cheap! It fits right into my need for budget-friendly recipes.

Here is the full Dorito Chicken Recipe!

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