How to Cook the Best Filet Mignon

Learn how to cook the best filet mignon using a cast iron skillet and oven. This easy recipe will give you a perfect steak every time. Sponsored by Iowa Corn How to Cook the Best Filet Mignon A filet mignon is one of my favorite cuts of meat. It’s also one of the most expensive […]

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Easy Sausage Potato Soup – Visiting Iowa

Easy Sausage Potato Soup Recipe along with a visit to Iowa to get your farming, food and environmental questions answered. A recap of the Iowa Corn Quest food blogger tour with answers to many of today’s concerns about our food and environment. Sponsored by Iowa Corn – All opinions my own Easy Sausage Potato Soup […]

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Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe

With only 5 minutes of prep time and a pressure cooker, this easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe makes the best BBQ sandwiches! Easy Instant Pot Pulled Pork Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Pulled Pork makes dinner a breeze! When you don’t have time to make dinner, this Instant Pot Pulled Pork recipe will come to […]

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Easy Baked Shrimp

This delicious baked shrimp with lemon, garlic and butter is a a quick and easy oven-roasted shrimp recipe perfect for a quick dinner. How to Make the Best Baked Shrimp This mouth-watering baked shrimp is on of my go-to recipes when I need a super easy homemade dinner fast! There is nothing easier than making […]

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Creamy Shrimp Pasta

This amazing creamy shrimp pasta is an easy recipe with garlic butter and spinach sauce. Flavorful spices, tomatoes and cream cheese makes this rich dish irresistible! Easy Creamy Shrimp Pasta When it comes to shrimp pasta, this Creamy Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta Recipe is about as good as it gets! I have been making this […]

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Hawaiian Sliders Recipe

Easy Hawaiian sliders recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce. Delicious juicy bite sized burgers for a crowd.

Easy Hawaiian sliders recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce. Delicious juicy bite sized burgers!

Easy Hawaiian Sliders Recipe

Hawaiian sliders are savory and sweet bite-sized burgers perfect for a quick dinner, game day or party. After visiting Hawaii for a few weeks, I’m obsessed with anything pineapple. We visited the Dole Pineapple Plantation and I can still smell the sweet scent of fresh pineapples in the air!  If you love tropical drinks and dishes, then you’ll enjoy this simple recipe.

I’m excited to have updated this simple slider recipe that has been on the blog for a while now. I can’t wait to make these burgers again. Bite-sized recipes are always fun. I think you’ll enjoy these tasty burgers!

Hawaiian sliders recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce.

 

My Favorite Pineapple Recipes

Speaking of yummy pineapple recipes, here are a few of my favorite ones that you might enjoy!

 

How to Make Easy Sliders for a Crowd

Need to make dinner for a crowd? Things just got easier with these easy sliders, that are just the right size you need to make many of them to be able to feed a large group for a party. Made in the oven, it’s easy to whip up a batch of sliders for a party. This recipe makes a dozen burgers, so if you have a larger crowd, be sure to double this slider recipe.

Hawaiian sliders recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce. Easy Burgers recipe.

Mouthwatering Sliders Recipe with Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

I had the opportunity to meet the great people from Txbeef.org and we cooked these amazing Hawaiian themed sliders. I can assure you that they will make your mouth water. So delicious!

What You’ll Need for Hawaiian Sliders

It’s super easy to make these delicious mini burgers. All you need is ground beef, Worcestershire sauce pineapple slices, lettuce and sweet Hawaiian rolls. Such a fun dish for a party.

Easy Hawaiian Sauce For Burgers

The sauce is what makes sliders extra juicy with a hint of sweet pineapples. All you have to do is mix barbecue sauce, pineapple preserves and brown sugar together for a tasty sauce!

Originally published on October 10, 2010

Hawaiian Sliders Recipe

Easy slider recipe with Hawaiian rolls, pineapple and special barbecue sauce. Delicious juicy bite sized burgers!

Burgers

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 pineapple slices, canned
  • 12 Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • lettuce

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple preserves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  1. In a medium bowl, combine ground beef and Worcestershire sauce. Shape into twelve half inch thick patties. Set aside.

  2. Combine sauce ingredients in small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

  3. Place pineapple slices on rack in broiler and brush with sauce. Put pan in oven so the pineapples are 3 to 4 inches from the heat. Broil 4 minutes, turning once and brushing with more sauce. Remove pineapple and keep warm.

  4. Place burgers on a rack in broiler pan so surface of beef is 3-4 inches from the heat. Broil 7 to 8 minutes to medium (160°F) well, until beef is not pink in center and juices show no pink color. Turn once and brush burgers with remaining sauce after turning.

  5. Cut each pineapple slice into thirds. Line bottom of each Hawaiian sweet roll with lettuce, top with a burger, then with a pineapple piece.

Find more amazing burger recipes here.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken is a delicious family dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread make a flavorful combination!

Slow Cooker Chicken dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious family dinner, this Slow Cooker Chicken recipe is definitely worth trying! I love easy chicken recipes and this Crockpot Barbecue Chicken is certainly one of our family’s favorite dishes.

As a busy mom, I enjoy using my free weekly meal plans for quick dinner ideas. I’m definitely loving the slow cooker recipes on the list. This simple chicken recipe is adapted from week 7 in the meal plans. I’m always looking for a new idea for my Crockpot and this chicken hits the spot!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken dinner - Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe

 

CrockPot Barbecue Chicken is a simple weeknight meal!

I’m not a big barbecue chicken fan, but this blend of vegetables and chicken with the cornbread is rather addicting. Because it’s such an easy recipe, that makes me like it even more!

Serve this simple Crockpot barbecue chicken and cornbread with a salad for a fast and easy comforting meal. The chicken turns out very moist and it’s hard to stop eating. Even my kids like it! That’s kind of a miracle these days. ha!

Delicious Sweet Potatoes

I’m always looking for ways to hide healthy sweet potatoes into my meals for the kids. They are full of vitamins, but if I told my kids I was cooking them, there is no way they would eat them. Well, this recipe certainly does the trick if you mash the potatoes. Your kids will never know!

Slow Cooker Chicken dinner. Easy Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe from Living Locurto

 

More easy chicken recipes you might like:

Speaking of easy chicken recipes, here are some of my favorites that you might like to try as well.

Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken

Get out your slow cooker and enjoy making this easy Crockpot barbecue chicken recipe!

Originally published January 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken is a delicious family dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread make a flavorful combination!

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 small red onion (diced)
  • 1 small sweet potato (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and place in the slow cooker.

  2. Top with the corn, diced onion, sweet potato and barbecue sauce. Toss together until chicken is coated.
  3. Add the water, a dash of salt and pepper then stir.
  4. Prepare Jiffy cornbread mix as directed on box and spread over the top of the chicken mixture.
  5. Cook for 6 hours on low.
  6. When cooked, remove the cornbread in sections and serve on top of the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parsley.

You can also use 1 box of cornbread if you like less bread.

Recipe adapted from $5 Dinners.

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One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese

This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

Simple One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese Recipe

This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is an easy recipe to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes! Dinnertime at my house can be quite hectic. I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are easy to prepare and will win rave reviews from my harshest critics-my family. This one pot enchilada mac and cheese recipes is definitely one of my favorite fast and easy week night meals

Slow cooker meals are great if you’re gone all day and have little time to cook. But if I have a little time at the end of the day, I love to prepare something fresh for my kids and husband. On those days, I turn to my one pot meal recipes.

This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

 

I created this one pot recipe when I had some leftover ground beef and a can of enchilada sauce. I threw it together with some pasta and shredded cheese and “Enchilada Mac and Cheese” was born! This is my family’s favorite one pot meal. I’m asked to make this at least once a week and I don’t mind, because it’s easy and delicious and only takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

 This One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe!

Best Pots for One Pan Meals

A one pot meal is an entire meal in one pan, which means minimal cleanup and less time in the kitchen. Along with my cast iron skillet (perfect for oven and stove top use), I also have a 6 quart sauté pan that I absolutely love!

With one pot meals, size is important because you need to accommodate for your cooking liquid and other ingredients. My favorite pan has a glass lid, which makes it perfect for keeping a close eye on the food while it’s cooking.

I also recommend using silicone spatulas because they are heat resistant and will allow you to rest your utensil in the pan while you are preparing the meal, leaving less mess on the countertops.

How to Make One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese

Simple One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese Recipe. Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) beef broth
  • 1 can (15 oz) red enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ lb elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 stalks green onions, chopped

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sauté the onion in a large (5.5 qt) sauté pan with lid until translucent and fragrant.
  2. Add ground beef and brown, breaking it up with the silicone spatula.
  3. Once browned, stir in black beans and taco seasoning.
  4. Add the beef broth, the enchilada sauce, and the diced tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Stir in the dried pasta and return to boiling.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. When liquid is gone, uncover and stir in the cheddar cheese until melted.
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately.

One Pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese

This one pot Enchilada Mac and Cheese is simple to make and always a winning recipe! Have dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

  • 1 medium yellow onion (chopped)
  • ½ lb ground beef
  • 1 15 oz can black beans (drained)
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 14.5 oz cans beef broth
  • 1 15 oz can red enchilada sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • ½ lb elbow pasta
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onion (chopped)
  1. Saute the onion in a large sauté pan with lid until translucent and fragrant.

  2. Add ground beef and brown, breaking it up with the silicone spatula.
  3. Once browned, stir in black beans and taco seasoning.
  4. Add the beef broth, the enchilada sauce, and the diced tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Stir in the dried pasta and return to boiling.
  6. Cover and cook on low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. When liquid is gone, uncover and stir in the cheddar cheese until melted.
  7. Garnish with chopped green onions and serve immediately.

You might also love these simple one pot recipes!

Cheesy Instant Pot Chicken Tetrazzini

Easy Instant Pot Chicken Tetrazzini. Cheesy pasta recipe made in a pressure cooker.

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EASY Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Fast and easy Chicken Tikka Masala made in the Instant Pot. This spicy, creamy tomato Indian dish is an easy pressure cooker recipe.

EASY Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

EASY Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

This three ingredient Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the simple dishes I love to whip up for dinner! My husband loves spicy Indian food, me not so much. But once I discovered masala sauce, I changed my tune. If you like creamy tomato soup and a small hint of spices, then you’ll enjoy this easy chicken recipe.

The best part about making it in an Instant Pot is the guaranteed tenderness of the chicken. I love Instant Pot recipes and this Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala will melt in your mouth. Served with jasmine rice, it’s a wonderful quick and easy meal. In other words, I highly recommend trying this recipe if you’ve never tried tikka masala!

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

More chicken recipes you might enjoy:

 

Fast and easy Chicken Tikka Masala made in the Instant Pot. This spicy, creamy tomato Indian dish is an easy pressure cooker recipe.

Not From Scratch

If you are looking for a Chicken Tikka Masala recipe made from scratch, this is not for you. I’m a busy mom and only sharing my technique for how I make this dish in my Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Tikka Masala Sauce

Chicken tikka is an Indian dish. The masala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British people to have their meat served in gravy. Chicken tikka masala sauce usually includes tomato purée, cream, coconut cream and spices. The sauce is orange because of the turmeric and paprika spices.

You can make your own sauce from scratch, but to save time for this dish, I’ve found some great flavorful tikka masala sauces.  The brand pictured below is what I like to use for my dinners. I like this brand because it’s not overly spicy and perfect for my personal tastes. You can find a lot of great sauces on Amazon as well.

Tikka Masala Sauce


How to make Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

This chicken only takes 8 minutes to cook, but it will take 10 -12 minutes for your Instant Pot to pre-heat. For a total of about 18-20 minutes of hands free cooking, you can’t beat it!

Pour a few tablespoons of sauce into the Instant Pot pan and add boneless skinless chicken thighs. Cover the chicken with more sauce and add a small amount of water. I used coconut water to give it a sweeter flavor.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

You’ll have plenty of sauce when it’s done which is perfect for spooning over rice.

Shred or slice the chicken and place onto a serving plate, spoon more sauce over the top of the chicken and serve with jasmine rice and warm naan.

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

 

This Chicken Tikka Masala is one of my favorite things to make in my Instant Pot. It’s so simple!

Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala easy recipe.

 

EASY Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

Fast and easy Chicken Tikka Masala made in the Instant Pot. This spicy, creamy tomato Indian dish is an easy pressure cooker recipe.

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 16 oz Tikka Masala Sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut water (or regular water)
  1. Preheat Instant Pot by pressing the sauté button.
  2. Pour a few tablespoons of sauce into the instant pot pan and add chicken thighs.
  3. Turn off the sauté feature.
  4. Pour half of the sauce left in the jar over the chicken, then add water. Make sure the chicken is fully covered. Set the rest of the sauce aside.
  5. Close the Instant Pot lid and make sure the pressure release valve is turned to sealing.
  6. Press manual, high pressure for 8 minutes.
  7. It will take 10 -12 minutes for your instant pot to pre-heat. Then it will start pressure cooking for 8 minutes.
  8. When it’s done cooking, turn the valve to released the pressure. Carefully remove the lid.
  9. Heat remaining sauce in the microwave.
  10. Shred or slice the chicken and place onto a serving plate, spoon the heated sauce over the top of the chicken.
  11. Serve with Jasmine Rice and warm Naan (flat bread).

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BLT Wraps with Homemade Guacamole

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or a quick dinner.

BLT wrap with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or a quick dinner.

Easy BLT Wraps with Homemade Guacamole

These tasty BLT wraps are perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or quick lunch.  Enjoy this easy homemade guacamole recipe and bacon, lettuce and tomato wrap recipe.

Dinner doesn’t have to be super fancy and wraps are always a favorite in my family. I’m happy to have Divian Connor, our amazing contributor, back with another quick and easy recipe idea!

We have had numerous wraps for lunch lately, as I am always stocked with flour tortillas. Seriously, you can make any sandwich combination and use a tortilla. I was hankering for a BLT sandwich, but my kids had used the last of the loaf of bread the day before on peanut butter sandwiches… but hey, I had flour tortillas, avocados and lemons. I decided to give it a go and really, this BLT wrap was so yummy! And bonus, my kids loved it.

Originally published July 23, 2013

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe.

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Quick and Easy Homemade Guacamole

I have a new-found love of avocado and each time I head to the grocery store, I am buying four or five at a time. I love the creaminess of avocados. They are just so refreshing!

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps.

For the easy chunky homemade guacamole, I used one avocado, the juice from one lemon, two tablespoons of sour cream and a little salt and pepper to taste.

Using a spoon, mash and mix everything together. I like mine chunky, and really, the avocado is so creamy, the chunks melt in your mouth.

How to make BLT Wraps

For the wrap, cook a few slices of bacon and cut into chunks or crumble. Slice fresh tomato and cut up a bit of lettuce. I love lettuce with color and texture, so I purchased a small package called Artisan Lettuce I got at the grocery.

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or dinner.

 

Simply layer your guacamole on your flour tortilla, then add lettuce, tomato and bacon pieces. Wrap by taking one side of the wrap and tucking it under the ingredients and roll.

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe.

Super easy, but so simple and so good. My kids ate their entire wrap!

BLT wraps with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or a quick dinner. #bacon #recipe #blt

BLT Wraps with Homemade Guacamole Recipe

BLT wrap with easy homemade guacamole recipe. Bacon, lettuce and tomato wraps are a delicious idea for lunch or a quick dinner.

  • 4 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 4 flour tortillas

Homemade Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch black pepper

Guacamole

  1. Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado into a medium bowl. Then add the juice from a lemon, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mash and mix with a fork, set aside.

  2. Cook a few slices of bacon and cut into chunks or crumble.
  3. Slice a fresh tomato and cut up a bit of lettuce.

  4. Layer the guacamole on your flour tortilla, then add lettuce, tomato and bacon pieces.
  5. Wrap by taking one side of the wrap and tucking it under the ingredients and roll.

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