This week’s meal plan and recipes are below. Have a great week!
Crockpot chicken tikka masala
Copycat KFC bowls – This was a recommendation from my friend Shannon. Ultimate comfort food!
Crockpot beef short ribs with roasted root vegetables
I have been on a soup kick lately and this is one of my family’s favorites! Creamy tomato spinach tortellini soup is warm and comforting and perfect served with a big crusty piece of bread. Plus, I love the leftovers the next day for lunch! (Tip – for leftovers, add a little more broth as the pasta soaks up much of the liquid).
I never measure when I cook, so I tried my best to get you guys the correct measurements 🙂
Nicolle’s creamy tomato spinach tortellini soup
- 1 white onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 can of crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- 4 cups of baby spinach
- 2 bags of frozen cheese tortellini
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp fresh basil chopped
- Crushed red pepper, to taste
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to taste
- In a large pot, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil. Add garlic and onions, cooking down until the onions are translucent.
- Stir in crushed tomatoes and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.
- Add spinach and tortellini, stirring until combined. Reduce to a simmer until tortellini cooked through.
- Top with heavy cream and stir until combined. Season with salt, pepper, fresh basil and crushed red pepper.
- Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and serve.
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I’m sharing my recipe for the BEST homemade banana bread. Or as Maxwell likes to call it – “Oompa bread” after his grandpa who always comes over with a sweet tooth. I usually always have some type of baked treat in the ktichen and one day I had just made a fresh loaf of banana bread. My dad had come over to watch Maxwell while I ran out quick and when I came home I said to Maxwell “where did all the banana bread go?” He was quick to throw Oompa right under the bus and said “Oompa ate it!”. So now it’s called Oompa bread 🙂
I have tried several different recipes and this one is my favorite. It’s a great way to use up those brown, overripe bananas, and the riper the better. This bread also freezes really well. Below is my recipe for the best homemade banana bread.
The Best Homemade Banana Bread
3-5 overripe bananas (the riper the better)
3/4 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
Optional – chocolate chips and walnuts
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease or butter an 8.5×4.5 inch loaf pan
- In a large bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid), mash together your bananas
- Mix in the sugar, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla extract.
- Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Optional – mix in some chocolate chips and walnuts to make it even more of a treat and give it some texture.
- Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
- Bake in the oven for approximately 35 minutes until the center is done. (I like to insert a bread knife to check. When the knife comes out clean you know it’s done).
- Let cool on a cooling rack before serving.
Be sure to check out some of my other favorite recipes
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Starbucks recently released their new holiday beverage – the Irish Cream Cold Brew. Being a coffee junkie and lover of Irish Cream I obviously had to run out and try it. It is pure magic in a cup. Without the booze of course. However, at about $4.50 a cup, not so magical on the wallet. I’ve created my own Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew recipe so that you can make your own. And I’ve also included a boozy edition for when you want to be a little extra 😉
Copycat Starbucks Irish Cream Cold Brew
- 1 cup of cold coffee (I usually just make a cup, refrigerate for a bit and then add some ice)
- 2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- cocoa powder (for dusting)
- First you’ll need to make your Irish Cream. (I made this ahead of time in a larger quantity and stored in the fridge in a mason jar). Mix together 1 3/4 cups of heavy whipping cream, 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of almond extract. Stir together.
- Next make a cup of coffee, chill and then pour over ice.
- Add some of your Irish Cream to your coffee, as much as you want.
- In a bowl, add the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Whip or use an immersion blender until the mixture is frothy.
- Top your coffee with the cream foam and a dusting of cocoa powder.
To make my boozy adults only edition:
- Make a batch of my Homemade Irish Cream. (Recipe here)
- Pour into your iced coffee
- Sip and get happy 🙂
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