Balsamic Roasted Vegetables Recipe

What would a meatless dinner party be without some roasted veggies?! There’s something about roasted veggies that can get very boring very quickly, but I am totally loving these balsamic roasted veggies – they are so easy!

These literally require 2 ingredients. Okay four, because you’ll want to salt and pepper to taste. Can you even believe that these veggies only require a few ingredients and they are so, so good!

I opted to garnish this dish with parmesan and balsamic glaze, but you can totally forgo a garnish and just get straight to it. Honestly, if you use a good mixture of vegetables it will be so colorful you won’t even really need a garnish. But, this year I put finishing dishes off with fresh herbs and citrus on my bucket list – I’ve been so good about it! I chop up a little parsley and squeeze lemon or lime on almost all our dinners. It really does up the ante – but, I digress.

How to Roast Shishito Peppers with 3 Ingredients

I’ll be honest with you – I’ve never noticed shishito peppers in the grocery store before. Then, hubby and I went out with friends to a ramen place and we had blistered shishito peppers for an appetizer – I’ve been hooked ever since! And I’ve been actually noticing the peppers at the farmer’s market and Trader Joe’s.

 

Did you know: 1 in 10 shishito peppers are very spicy? The rest are just warm. And when they’re blistered, they make the most excellent vehicle for salt. Yep, these little guys are just an excuse for me to eat some salt. Because if you follow me on the ‘gram, you know I’m 100% obsessed with salt. In fact, I’ve got about 10 or 11 types of salt in my cabinet. #psycho

These cook up super fast – they puff, blister, and deflate. You can eat it in one bite and really do you here! You can season it up with anything! I used a Mexican spiced salt that I bought when I was in Mexico last year, and unfortunately it doesn’t have the ingredients in it. I’ve grabbed a few options for different salts I would try on these below.

How to Make Stove Top Popcorn

News Alert: We don’t own a microwave. When we bought our house four years ago, we never got ourselves a microwave. A few years later, we still don’t have a microwave and either enjoy left overs cold or just use the stove top or oven. So needless to say, popcorn isn’t necessarily a go-to around our house. Recently, I’ve started making popcorn on the stove top, and let me tell you – it’s wonderful!

Stove top popcorn is really quite easy and doesn’t require anything fancy, although you could get a popcorn pot. I love making popcorn myself because I can control all the ingredients plus I can make whatever flavor I want. And, it really does come together quickly!

All you need is a lightweight pot that you can easily shake, which needs to have a lid; popcorn kernels; olive oil or butter; salt. That’s it!

Sheet Pan Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I love a quick recipe. One that’s good, quick, but still really good. Not really the ones that I end up with lunch where it’s basically 5 random ingredients thrown into a bowl that we call a “salad.” This is coming from a place of complete dissatisfaction with my salad I had while writing this. It wasn’t good.

But this salad, this salad is good. And if you wanna be a little lazy and call it rustic, it’s perfection.

Once you’ve roasted the sweet potatoes and allowed them to cool just a bit, this salad comes together so fast. And it’s yet another you-do-you-boo recipe! Of course, any salad can be adjusted to your liking. And I will always recommend more cheese than is actually necessary.

Sauteed String Beans with Everything Bagel Seasoning

Beyond the obvious avocado toast or scrambled eggs, have you ever wondered how to use Trader Joe’s Everything Bagel Seasoning? I was in the store recently, buying yet another bottle of the stuff, and the cashier told me she makes string beans with lemon and tops it with the seasoning. Brilliant!

I have to admit, there are only a few ways that I really enjoy string beans. Okay, honestly, there’s 2. This way and when my mother in law makes them with mashed potatoes – like, straight up mixed in with the mashed potatoes, it’s my favorite.

Easy & Fragrant Roasted Potatoes Recipe

Are you thinking, “Hailey, do I really need a recipe to roast potatoes?” Uh, yes. Yes, you do. This roasted potato side dish will fill your house with the most amazing scent. Think, melted butter and garlic and herbs and just straight up deliciousness.

The secret? Melted butter, red onions, a lot of garlic, and parmesan. I could make this every single night and be perfectly content with my life.

The Greatest Cornbread Recipe of All Time

I’m not one to tout anything I make as the greatest anything of all time. Okay, maybe I’ll say “the greatest something or other I’ve ever made ever.” That I’ll do. However, this is going to be that one time exception. You’re going to want this recipe forever and ever and it will be the greatest cornbread you ever have until you go to Founding Farmers. And then it’ll be the greatest cornbread recipe you’ve ever made of all time.

I wish you could scratch and sniff your screen. I wish you could just reach in and grab this little slice of heaven.

An Easy Kale Salad for Christmas Eve

Getting the menu right for a holiday is all about balance. I try not to, for example, have too many carb-heavy dishes because you don’t want your guests to feel bloated. Plus, I’m really all about the sides. Plus, the sides can be so colorful! I love the sweetness and the crunchieness of this salad paired with the creamy bolognese pasta I’m serving up on Christmas Eve.

Can I let you guys in on a little secret? I don’t like kale. Well, I didn’t. And I was like, “you have to massage your kale? Too much work.” This coming from the girl who goes to 4 grocery stores every weekend just to shop for the week. I mean, really? So anyway, I made this salad, and I massaged the kale, because nobody has time for bitter kale, and I actually apparently really like it!