Archive for the ‘Main Dishes’ Category

Sister’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Everyone has his/her favorite Thanksgiving dish, and while my dad’s deep-fried, cajun-seasoned turkey is heavenly, I do love a good sweet potato casserole.  For this Thanksgiving, I switched up my usual sweet potato casserole and tried a version found in Southern Living.  Usually, I don’t like anything crunchy on my casserole (certainly no nuts; I HATE NUTS!), but this casserole has both marshmallows and a brown sugar-cornflake mixture.

Recipe Ingredients (for sweet potato mixture):

  • about 5 lbs of sweet potatoes

Chunky Tomato and Beef Penne


Well, Thanksgiving is upon us, and that means LOTS of yummy, seasonal, and rather unhealthy food galore!  Because I knew I would be spending lots of time and money this week preparing different holiday meals for various events, my wallet (and my belly!) needed to take it easy last week.  Therefore, on Monday, I made this healthy baked pasta which will feed my husband and me through Wednesday.  With tomatoes, whole wheat pasta, and lean ground beef, this dish is not only healthy, but hearty and flavorful.

Chicken Quesadillas

Chicken Quesadillas


One of my favorite items we got as a wedding present was our griddler.  It makes pancakes and is also great for eggs and bacon.   You can also flip the plates over and use the grill to cook chicken or use it as a panini press.  Since I was born in the 80’s I also like things that transform.

Caribbean Jerk Chicken Pizza

Chicken Taco Soup


Chicken Taco Soup Recipe


Don’t you just love your crock pot? You can’t tell me I’m the only one! What could be better than throwing some ingredients in a slow cooker and returning several hours later to a delicious warm meal?

Pot Roast


Pot roast: one of my ultimate comfort foods.  I believe there are probably a million pot roast recipes out there, and for this particular recipe, I combined some of my favorites to create a tender, flavorful roast.  I like to cook roasts in my slow cooker, but on this particular night, I was cooking for my family and didn’t have the 7-8 hours that I prefer to have when cooking a roast, so I used my dutch oven instead.

Creamy Tomato Soup I

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas


I love different versions of enchiladas.  Throw some good stuff into a tortilla, smother it in sauce and cheese, and voila! Lots of deliciousness ensues.  Now, Mister Spice and I usually have some kind of poultry or beef for dinner every night, so I am constantly looking for yummy, hearty, meatless recipes that Mister Spice will enjoy.  This is one of those recipes!

Cast Iron Blackened Catfish


My husband’s family is full of wonderful cooks, and one such cook is his Aunt Shari, whose Cajun roots are conveyed in her unique dishes. One dish she made for Mister Spice and me one summer was blackened tilapia; I am pretty picky (surprise, surprise) when it comes to fish, but I loved this recipe! The recipe is originally by Pat O’Carroll of Pat O’Carroll’s in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Aunt Shari sent me home with the recipe and instructions, and I decided to try it out on catfish this time!

Herb’s Special Spaghetti


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