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Spiced Apple Rings- the perfect easy fall snack that takes less than 20 minutes to prep and will leave your home smelling of apple cider! |wordslikehoneycomb.com

Welcome to Monday everyone!

I know we are all happy to be here...because we are all morning people that sing while they grab their coffee and leave 5 minutes early just to see the sun rising while off to work!

Well, we could pretend I guess.

Fall is in full swing around our house and we are getting outdoors every chance we get to enjoy the slightly cooler temperatures and already changing colors.  As you probably know from your own schedule, things are getting busy!  But I wanted to drop by briefly this morning to share those little spiced apples with you as my way of forcing you into fall-like things. 😀

Those little rings will cook in your oven on a low temp for hours and have your house completely filled with spicy apple things and you won't believe there isn't apple cider cooking!  Throw in some burning candles and I am a goner folks!

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Crock Pot Pear and Cranberries Dessert- the perfect all naturally sweetened dessert topping for everything! Try on yogurt with some granola, toast, oatmeal or even ice cream!

Oh hi there sweet yumminess of caramelized everything 💚💛💙

I am speaking to the food…fyi..

Hi to ya’ll too 😉

And that up there is DELISH and leftovers are calling my name in the fridge. Because they taste good on…oh, everything.

Before we talk about their all-naturally sweetened selves with like 10% effort on your part and the other 90% by that good old crock pot…A story!

Gather ‘round friends. *pushes glasses up on nose*

A couple of weekends ago we hopped in the ole sedan and headed to the hills of Tennessee to partake in some big family celebrations. Not only was Steven’s grandma turning 80 years old, but she and her hubs’ were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. Cute right?!

Steven and I had to take a second to think about the fact that two people could actually BE together that long…it is quite inspiring! We are still marriage babies (1 year almost here we come!) and seeing long time love stories like this are the best encouragement ever!

Hashtag honeymoonersforeva!

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Mexican Chili Chowder- traditional mexican flavors with chili beans and cozy chowder texture

There is a battle going on in our home.

A Battle of Opinions that just so happens to center around that bowl of goodness right up there.

If I were to tell state that title again in our home, you would hear the same argument. BEEF STEW.

Steven: ‘This is the best beef stew I have had.’

Brittany: ‘Thanks Hun, I am glad you like it, but it is most definitely Mexican Chili Chowder…don’t you see the Cilantro?”

Steven: ‘Ha! Nope. It tastes just like beef stew.’

Brittany: -_-

Steven: ‘It’s really good…but it is beef stew.’

Brittany: ‘Well, that’s funny since there ISN'T ANY BEEF IN IT!’

*ahem*

We get a bit passionate about dinner titles and discussion wherever food is involved. We are happily married. But let the record show…this is DEFINITELY without-a-doubt Mexican Chili Chowder.

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Italian Vegetable Frittata - a quick easy meal anytime and a great meal for all those fresh ingredients in your produce drawer. 30 minute meal by Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb

Welcome to Meatless Monday!

It's not too often we can say that around these parts, so I am taking full advantage.

Not to mention, Frittata?!  I mean heyyy FANCY.  But while we can all feel sophisticated by making things such as Frittatas and participating in trendy things such as 'meatless Monday' that doesn't mean we have to work for it.

No, my friends, a frittata is a glorified omelette without the tricky flipping action, so really all this fancy translates to -lazy. 😮

But I won't tell anyone if you won't.

Italian Vegetable Frittata - a quick easy meal anytime and a great meal for all those fresh ingredients in your produce drawer. 30 minute meal by Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb (2)

Frittata is Italian and translates as "fried" so...that pretty much decided the fact that I would be experimenting with this lovely egg dish where you throw in-all-the-things.

And that is truly what it is all about.

A simple bit of chopping up veggies and shredding of cheese and you are well over half way there to your Italian breakfast dinner!

I sort of emptied the produce drawer in my fridge for this one, and it worked out GREAT.  So, feel free to do the same with your own...and get creative with it!  Think omelette but easier and bigger and get to chopping 🙂

Once you have prepped your veggies, you will just add it to a medium-hot skillet (that is oven safe) and saute them a bit.  They will get all tender and delicious and all those flavors will just begin to meld together.

Side note: I wanted my potatoes soft, so I threw them in the microwave for a minute or two so they were already prepped for the frittata.  This helped cut out time for sauteing...feel free to use your own discretion on that though!

Whisk all the eggs in a bowl with a dash of milk and add to the skillet, covering all the veggies in your skillet.  Pop the skillet in the oven for a few minutes and then add the cheese.

In no time you will have this colorful egg-pie-skillet-fluffy dinner with a blanket of cheesy goodness on top ready for slicing!

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Each slice is loaded with staying power, veggies and cheese to make this breakfast/brunch/dinner all kinds of levels of comfort.  I hope you will try this!

Cleaning out the produce drawer never looked so sophisticated 😉

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Italian Vegetable Frittata - a quick easy meal anytime and a great meal for all those fresh ingredients in your produce drawer. 30 minute meal by Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb label

Italian Vegetable Frittata
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup skim milk
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 yellow pepper (diced)
  • 1 cup spinach (chopped)
  • 5 fingerling potatoes (diced)
  • 1 medium onion (diced)
  • 2 green onions (chopped)
  • ¾ cup smoked gouda (shredded)
  • Olive oil spray
  • Cilantro
Instructions
  1. Prep all vegetable ingredients, microwave potatoes for 1-2 minutes until tender, shred cheese and add to a hot skillet with olive oil spray. Whisk eggs and milk and set aside.
  2. Saute ingredients until tender, about 3-4 minutes and pour egg mixture over veggies. Add to a 350 degree oven for 3-4 minutes or until eggs have set. To test, slice the center, if no egg runs, the frittata is done, if eggs are not done, continue to cook.
  3. Remove from oven sprinkle with the smoked gouda and allow to set for 5 minutes. Slice and serve with desired toppings.
Notes
Optional Toppings: Cilantro, green onion, avocado

 

 

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Cheddar Pepper Pimento Boats-A quick under 80 calorie (for TWO) Game Day snack. The pimento creamy cheese filling can also easily stand alone as a dip when you are in a pinch! Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb

Try saying that 5x fast HA!

These little guys are in honor of GAAAAME DAY, which I know you love as much as I do! And then we are all honest with ourselves and confess our support is only as strong as the snack selection. Guilty.

But no guilt here! I am so with you on that one! I have had my seasons where I paid attention to all the little uniforms running around after a ball and I was appropriately dressed in team colors with my mega-sized sweet tea (because South y’all…) and cheered with the best of them.

I had my bouts with those sports but I came to grips with reality and self-nominated myself as a more devout follower of Snack Providers or Game Day Chef.

It fits me.

I like it.

It just…works.

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Fall Harvest Chicken Pasta- Vegetable Noodles with roasted red pepper cream sauce, sauteed onions and vegetables and quick sauteed chicken! 30 Minute meal for a cozy fall dinner. http://www.wordslikehoneycomb.com -Brittany

Umm…YES. I am claiming fall…even in Georgia.

It is a beautiful 74 degrees outside and we actually ate on the back porch without sweating last night. In the South, that is the equivalent of the fall in September.

So ‘HI’ fall colors in my bowl! 😀

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After some unfortunate sickness, in which I will leave out ALL details -because this is a food blog and that would be the opposite of anything you wanted to read on a food blog-I was left craving nutrition for ma’self!

Thus all those veggies, and chicken and HAAALLOOOO veggie noodles?! These may have been around for YEARS, but naturally I hadn’t heard of them until a friend mentioned them the other day. When I spotted them in the store shortly after, I had to give them a go.

There was NOT a taste difference, which had me shocked! And the texture was spot on. These will definitely be reappearing in our kitchen soon.

As my first official fall dish, I wanted this pasta to be full of fall colors, which began my quest in our semi-empty, only-random-half-eaten-containers-left fridge to make this pasta…something! I found that jar of roasted red peppers that I knew would come in handy and decided to blend it up for some sauce action. Turns out, it worked like a DREAM, guys.

[Reminds self to blend more veggies into saucy deliciousness all the time.]

Not that it is meatless Monday or anything, but I almost didn’t add chicken to this pasta.

Fall Harvest Chicken Pasta- Vegetable Noodles with roasted red pepper cream sauce, sauteed onions and vegetables and quick sauteed chicken! 30 Minute meal for a cozy fall dinner. http://www.wordslikehoneycomb.com -Brittany_4

Because…lazy. Hashtag food blogger fail.

Yes, it would have still been tasty and full of vegetable love, but that chicken…I kinda forgot how good sautéed chicken can be! The chicken added that extra flavor that really put this pasta dish into the winner column!

Fall Harvest Chicken Pasta- Vegetable Noodles with roasted red pepper cream sauce, sauteed onions and vegetables and quick sauteed chicken! 30 Minute meal for a cozy fall dinner. http://www.wordslikehoneycomb.com -Brittany_5

Drum roll…30-minute meal!

BONUS.

Just thought I would throw that in there for you guys that have begun your school/all-the-ball-practices/Just-don’t-want-to-cook fall routines (hand raising emojis x 1000)

Hey, I get you friend.

It better be in a crockpot or less than 30 minutes or it’s not happening. And this meal is my hug to you for not grabbing fast food on the way home!

I may even be so bold as to say you have most of the ingredients already at home!

[Side Note-Steven is explaining gears and grid lock tech terms to me about his remote control car while I’m talking veggie noodles.   I just need you guys to understand the level of focus it takes to switch between 30-minute dinners and little loud cars rolling over my toes. That is all -_-]

Fall Harvest Chicken Pasta- Vegetable Noodles with roasted red pepper cream sauce, sauteed onions and vegetables and quick sauteed chicken! 30 Minute meal for a cozy fall dinner. http://www.wordslikehoneycomb.com -Brittany_6

All in a day's work folks... 😉

Fall Harvest Chicken Pasta- Vegetable Noodles with roasted red pepper cream sauce, sauteed onions and vegetables and quick sauteed chicken! 30 Minute meal for a cozy fall dinner. http://www.wordslikehoneycomb.com -Brittany_7

P.S. Look at me getting all techy...aka copying this nifty little nutrition label right there into my blog site...so you can have those facts in your face like you like 'em!  Or maybe you don't...if that's the case just scroll quickly over the next picture and right down to the recipe where you like to hang out 😉

What are your fall favorites that you would like to see come from my kitchen?

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Fall Harvest Chicken Pasta
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 6 oz vegetable pasta penne
  • 7 oz roasted red peppers
  • 4 oz spinach leaves
  • 1½ cup corn
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 oz ⅓ less fat cream cheese
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • Parmesan (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook noodles according to box. While cooking, cube chicken and add to a large saute pan with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper heat until cooked through and golden brown and set aside.
  2. Add garlic, roasted peppers, water and Italian seasoning to a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.
  3. Add 1 tbsp butter to the same saute pan used for the chicken and add onions. Cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes and add pepper sauce to pan with milk and cream cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Add corn, chicken and spinach to sauce and stir to combine.
  5. Fold in drained pasta and serve immediately.
Notes
Nutritional Facts are for 1 cup serving size.
Sprinkle Parmesan for added salty flavor.
Parmesan was not included in the nutritional facts.

 

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Spicy Cheesy Sneaky Quesadillas with cilantro and avocado main

So that…

Pretty much the best quesadilla that has come from my kitchen. And those are Steven’s words, not mine. This combo is spicy meets crunchy meets chewy in the best friendly way!

Spicy Cheesy Sneaky Quesadillas with cilantro and avocado-pepper and cilantro close up

We have the yellow peppers …again…(sorry, I’m obsessed) and their sweet wonderful crunch, sauteed with onions that create that warm delicious scent we have all come to love…and spicy smokey Tex-mex inspired tofu, topped with extra sharp cheddar (because…the BEST) and little salty bits of bacon all melted together between that lovely tortilla fold!

Oh…hey tofu…yes, I hoped you would read right over that word because I know you want to click that red x at the corner of your screen, but, since we are friends I know..KNOW…you will hear me out on this one.

PLEEEAASSSEEE!!

Okay, now let’s have an honest discussion about tofu because I need you to walk away WANTING it because it makes these quesadillas! (Did you just say that in your mind like kae-su-dill-uz?...just wondering.)

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protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion.

I actually LOVE when I get to the point that I crave healthy food.

Sometimes I forget that I love healthy so much when a too-big juicy hamburger is placed before me not once…but twice this weekend 0_0

It was birthday weekend week around our household and that means repeated unhealthy offenses in the best…err…worst way [torn].

Mine and Steven’s birthdays are a mere 4 days a part so we get quite caught up in the birthday celebration Part….37… and one bad meal turns into two…which turns into my-birthday-is-two-days-away-so-i-don’t-want-to-cook…and my sweet husband humors me. And somehow (not a clue how) we get to the end of the celebratory days and we have eaten out practically every meal and all we want is to drown in greens and all.the.vegetables.

Today is certainly no exception.

protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion. 2

Although not the most photogenic (hi, ugly green soup-like sauce that was actually delicious) this bowl of eggy sunshine and saucy grain goodness was perfectly filling and loaded with flavor!

In the spirt of healthy, let’s ignore bad soupy greenness and embrace lovely eggs and creamy avocado because they are our favorite.

The first of this bowl involved my favorite superfood: Quinoa.

On its own…I mean I hate judgin’ but it’s just plain ole bland.

Solution: chicken broth and green chiles! I always try to cook any grains in chicken or vegetable broth since it truly adds so many flavors, but I added a small can of green chiles on a whim this time and WOW. I kept opening the lid and just snacking on the delicious fragrance that is this chicken broth and chile action!

protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion. 3

Besides drinking in fragrances and weird food blogger things, you are going to love how simple this recipe is. Sometimes I can’t even handle some of my long involved recipes. Knowing they are satisfying to all my taste buds just isn’t enough to make me put the effort in some days. But, 30 minutes? Yes, I can handle 30 minutes and let’s be honest; I was snacking on this bowl way before it hit 30 minutes.

Just like other bowls, this recipe is a great clean-out-your-fridge opportunity and that is just what I did!

A little chopping and sauteing and mixing= DINNER.

If you are one of those cool prepared people with cooked rice/quinoa ready and refrigerated you could throw it in the sauté pan and knock that time down to 15 minutes.

And that little bowl looks even better now, doesn’t it? 🙂

protein packed vegetable bowl-sauted vegetables over green chile quinoa with light havarti cheese sauce and avocado. The over-easy egg completes the dish with creamy yolk and diced green onion. 4

Well, here’s to a Tuesday that felt like Monday and a Friday that can’t get here fast enough!

Have a happy QUICK week!

Protein Veggie Bowl with Quinoa
 
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa (or 1 cup cooked)
  • 1 cup + 2 tbsp. chicken broth (divided)
  • 4oz can of green chiles
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 8oz spinach leaves
  • 2 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 green onions
  • 4 very large mushrooms (sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2oz Havarti (I used jalapeno Havarti)
  • ½ avocado
  • Salt + Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on bag, substituting water for 1 cup chicken broth and adding chiles.
  2. Add sliced mushrooms and minced garlic to skillet with melted butter and allow to cook until tender.
  3. Add spinach and stir until wilted and season heavily with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in cubed Havarti with remaining chicken broth and stir until cheese has melted.
  5. Add cooked quinoa to two bowls and top with cheesy sautéed veggies.
  6. Return skillet to heat and fry two eggs over easy and place on veggie bowls.
  7. Add toppings (chopped green onion and avocado) and enjoy!

 

three cheese spicy chicken panini with mushrooms main

Its PANINI time again!!!

And it semi-features a particular ingredient that I have been fighting with myself about-for years.

Dose ‘shrooms, guys.

Me + mushrooms = not friends

I have been known to ‘sneak’ them into meals to fool myself. And mince them to oblivion and add to ground meats. And I would be lying if I said I didn’t kinda get the bad chills when their freaky little selves end up on my pizza at a restaurant.

Even with all this resistance, I still try to incorporate them as much as I can because…well…healthy. And maybe it’s that inner foodie in me that knows I should like a healthy, nutrient packed nat-uraaal ingredient.

In the past, I have always grabbed Portobello mushrooms, but the day I found a two pound package of white mushrooms, was the day I decided I needed to try again with mushrooms.

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overnight oats and oatmeal with banana cinnamon dried fruit main

Yep.

That is a picture of oatmeal.

Exciting, right?

I know I know…you are doubting my credibility on this blog right about now…like, really, Brittany?!

I get it. I don’t blame you…but don’t blame the little oaty guys because they are pretty darn precious in that little bowl, and you know it.

….and they only took 3 minutes to make.

You got it!

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