Posole with Chilies & Pork Recipe

Oh, y’all. If you’ve never had posole, you’ve gotta make this posole recipe with chilis and pork ribs! I will be making chili a whole lot less now that I know how to make posole. It’s like a chili in terms of flavor and like a bowl of ramen in terms of toppings, and if you didn’t know this about me, I’m all for lots of toppings and condiments.

Now, I want to tell you – I like a quick and easy recipe as much as the next gal, but this one is a project recipe. Most of your time is hands off, but, it’s a project. And you gotta know that going in. But it can be made ahead, which is super helpful for when you make this for your cinco de mayo party!

Steak Quesadillas Recipe for Cinco de Mayo

This year, we’re not doing the whole taco bar thing. In fact, there are. no. tacos. on this year’s cinco de mayo menu! But, there are steak quesadillas! I’ll be honest with you – when I was thinking about the menu and I put steak quesadillas on, I thought, “Hailey, nobody needs a recipe for steak quesadillas! It’s steak and cheese and tortillas!” But, I actually really loved how the steak came out and 100% need to share this recipe!

Now, the good news is: steak quesadillas are so super easy to make. The even better news: They’re delicious. It’s really a win-win, isn’t it?

Citrus Roasted Salmon with Jalapenos Recipe

Guys! I forgot to share this recipe a few weeks ago when blood oranges were in season (read: were my obsession). With or without them, this citrus roasted salmon with jalapenos is hands down my new go-to recipe for roasted salmon. There’s so much flavor you can totally make it for dinner guests, but also really makes a weeknight dinner feel special. We can’t eat plain chicken and broccoli every night, right?

I mean, doesn’t that just look amazing?! I think I’ll have to make it again tonight since it’s Good Friday – no meat! But really. This is basically the equivalent of plain chicken and broccoli just actually good with a lot of flavor. But there’s practically nothing to this!

Strawberry Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

What comes to mind when you think of an Easter main dish? I was honestly st-rug-gl-ing with this year’s menu because I thought lamb (did that last year) or ham. And I don’t like ham (only in a croque monsieur, and only in a croque in Paris). So, I thought, let’s dress up some pork tenderloin! And then, this strawberry chipotle glazed pork tenderloin was born. And y’all. It’s SO easy.

I wanted to showcase strawberries in the dish to really bring the whole #springtime vibe to the table, and I wanted to keep everything feeling light and fresh. This pork went perfectly with the braised artichokes and burrata salad from earlier in the week. And, the dessert you’ll see tomorrow….went perfectly with this, too!

Go-To for any Meal: Shakshuka with Feta & Olives

I think it’s important to have a few reliable go-to recipes you can make for any meal of the day, from breakfast to brunch to dinner or a snack. You all already know how much I love a you-do-you-boo recipe, and this is definitely one of those. A Shahshuka is easy, simple, quick and totally customizable to your preferences. Don’t like feta or olives? Leave them out. Not feeling cumin? Skip it. Don’t like it spicy? Totally fine!

A Shakshuka is traditionally an African dish with eggs baked into a seasoned tomato sauce. You’ll see so many different varieties of shakshuka, even green shakshukas. You’ll see it with different spices, with or without red peppers, with or without feta and olives. This is just my favorite way to make it. Once you master the basics, you’ll be able to whip this up in no time with a few ingredients you likely always have on hand.

You don’t need anything fancy to make shakshuka, either! Just a nice big skillet. And hey, you could even make this smaller! Use a few ramekins or a smaller baking dish and a smaller can of tomatoes – shakshuka for one? Yes, please!

Couldn’t-Get-Lobster Shrimp Mac ‘n Cheese

Sometimes, things just don’t go as planned. Sometimes, you just gotta roll with it and adjust and make it work. So this mac ‘n cheese was supposed to have lobster and I couldn’t get my hands on tails, so, here we are with shrimp mac ‘n cheese. But not just any shrimp. The Argentinian shrimp from Trader Joe’s. It’s sweet and meaty and very lobster-y.

The key to a baller mac ‘n cheese is 100% the cheese. Using good quality white cheddar and gouda gives the flavor a little tang and a lot of creaminess. And if you’re on a diet, just avert your eyes. There’s nothing light about this recipe and I mean, if you’re going to go for mac ‘n cheese, let’s just really go for it, right?

Dinner Salads with Marinated Chickpeas & Cilantro Vinaigrette

For some reason, when I think about dinner I rarely consider salads. I think I have this idea in my head that when I’m making dinner for my husband it has to be a “thing” and a salad isn’t a “thing.” I usually think of it as needing to make a protein and a vegetable – but hello! Dinner salads are a protein and a vegetable!

I made this salad to be served along side the Turkey & Candied Bacon Paninis from yesterday, so I opted to use marinated chickpeas instead of a steak, chicken or shrimp. You can totally add an animal or fish protein to this salad to up the ante for an actual dinner salad! You do you boo, right?!

It’s hard to keep things fresh and new, especially when you’re talking about weekday cooking. Usually, I go to my go-to vinaigrette recipe, but it really can get a little old. There’s only so many times I can eat salad without getting bored, let alone salad with the same mustard-vinegar-lemon-olive-oil combo. So, for this salad I whipped up a cilantro vinaigrette (which I served with roasted potatoes, too!) – and I’m a better woman for it.

Corned Beef Brisket Braised in Guinness

You need to know something about me as we start talking about how to make this corned beef brisket. I do not like corned beef brisket! Blasphemy, I know. But. Then I made this corned beef brisket and I’m into it.

This recipe actually happened by accident – well, kind of. I wanted to braise a brisket in Guinness, not a corned beef brisket because, ya know, didn’t think I liked it. But, Wegman’s was all out of brisket and the only option I had was corned beef, and this being a St. Paddy’s day-appropriate post, I said, heck with it let’s see what happens.

You know what happened? Freaking magic. Guys, this is so damn good. Like. SO GOOD. I was so excited about this I forgot to make mashed potatoes to serve it with, ended up making fries, and it was excellent. I mean, look at that sauce.

Shepherd’s Pie with Red Wine Slow Cooked Beef & Gruyere Potatoes

Oh guys, I really do love chicken pot pie’s rustic little sister. Or big sister. Or cousin. Whatever. I’m v much into the shepherd’s pie this year! And how fitting it is for a St. Paddy’s celebration.

To really develop the flavors in the beef and the saucey filling, I slow cooked the chuck steak in the crockpot for 8 hours with beef stock, tomatoes and red wine. The red wine deepens the whole flavor and really ups the ante on how freaking amazing your house smells when you make this! Plus, a whole bunch of cheese in the potatoes doesn’t hurt, either.

Hummus Crusted Chicken

Since we first were married, this crusted hummus chicken recipe has been on of my go-to weeknight meals. It’s satisfying, quick when you use a thin chicken breast, and feels like you actually took some effort to get dinner on the table. And I say this wanting you to know that most weeknights in our house is a protein and a vegetable sauteed in a pan together for dinner. So this always feels like, wow you made dinner!

This time, I topped 2 breasts with paprika and 2 with the Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning. Because it literally tastes great on everything. I made roasted garlic hummus for this recipe, but you can use absolutely any flavor and you can use store bought!