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Bacon Chicken Pasta

It’s summer time! And we’ve got the heat wave to prove it. It’s been in the upper 80’s here, and we’ve had the air going nonstop. The last thing I want is to turn on the oven or eat heavy foods! I’m moving slow enough as it is!!

Bacon Chicken Pasta

This dish is a great way to lighten up pasta for these warmer months. No heavy creams, sauces, or butter to load you down. Nope! Just some bacon fat, but bacon is awesome. I very very rarely buy bacon (mostly because it’s not the best thing for you) but I had a craving for it…so I picked up a pack at Costco. Yeah, you read that right. I never buy bacon so I decided to buy it at Costco (where you get ridiculous amounts of food when only two people live together) rather than the regular store (which would’ve been plenty for a meal or two). I went all out and bought bacon at Costco. And I don’t care because this dish is amazing!

Bacon Chicken Pasta

You cook the bacon first so everything that comes after gets nice and flavorful from the bacon fat. Then you add some white wine to give it some pizazz and a bit of red pepper flakes for some heat and BAM! You’ve got yourself a delicious dinner that looks like it took you waaaaay longer to put together than it really did.

Bacon Chicken Pasta

This dish heats up very nicely, and I’ve been taking it to work all week; mostly because we get about 6 serving per recipe. This means that I don’t need to worry about what we’re taking for lunches to work!! Anything that helps me get out of the door faster always makes me happy.

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 Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

I’ve got some World Cup fever going on. I liked soccer before the World Cup started, but it’s too difficult to follow on American television. I don’t know who any of the players are, but that’s not what matters. What matters is that, when I’m home I’m watching the games, and if I want to eat before 9 o’clock, then I need to make something during half time to avoid missing any action.

Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

This sandwich is perfect! It’s quick, filling, and easy to eat while cheering on your favorite team. I start with a bagel because really…bagels make for amazing sandwiches. They have that crunch on the outside, while being soft on the inside. Add some smoked sausage that was cooked on my new cast iron griddle (you can use any pan), a slice of cheese, and some sauce and you end up with heaven.

Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

Start to finish, this sandwich takes about 10 minutes to make. I began cooking the sausage first and then placed the bagel in the toaster oven. Once the bagels are finished, I’m done with the sausage and all that’s left is to put it all together. Use whatever toppings you like! I like to melt some cheese on top just to add that something extra. Lately, I’ve been adding some BBQ sauce that I made, but I’ve also just put sriracha sauce on it as well. My boyfriend likes to add mustard to his. Play around and have fun with this! It’s a fun sandwich!!

Smoked Sausage Bagel Sandwich

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Whisky Burger

You know what season we just entered? Burger season! Do you know what I thought I couldn’t have living in an apartment?? Homemade grilled burgers!! Well, I just found this cast iron grill skillet and the burgers tasted just like they were cooked outside. Let me tell you, these burgers are amazing!

Whisky Burger

The burgers are incredibly juicy and flavorful! I may never order burgers when I go out again. The oats really help to lock in the juices and keep the burger from drying out. I also added a little bit of whisky to the meat which just added a nice subtle flavor.

Whisky Burger

Now that I have this skillet, I can’t wait to try out other grilling ideas indoors! Maybe there’ll be some nice BBQ chicken breasts in the future, but for now all I’m seeing are burgers. I topped this with a tangy BBQ sauce, butter lettuce, and Havarti cheese. You can use your favorite cheese, but the nice creamy, mellow flavor of Havarti just pushed this over the top. It’s a good thing I picked up a block from Costco because now I have an excuse to use it in everything!

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Bibimbap

So you might’ve been wondering where all these Korean dishes are that I’ve been making. Well, I still have a ways to go, but this is one of my favorite. It’s entirely customizable and very easy to put together. The hardest part will be to find the red pepper paste that’s needed for the sauce. I’ve seen this at quite a few Asian grocery stores. If you don't have access to an Asian grocery that sells this paste, you can also find it on Amazon.  Just search for gochujang.

Bibimbap

Bibimbap is a bunch of vegetables, rice, meat (if desired), and an egg. The egg (and rice) is the only non-negotiable ingredient. You can add meat, not add meat, use whatever veggies you like, but do NOT leave out the egg…and the egg has to be runny. There is nothing better than mixing the runny yolk in with everything else. In fact, the egg is so important to this dish that my friend always makes two for herself!

Bibimbap

While there isn’t much actual cook time, it does take some time to prepare. So I take a couple of short cuts, like buying shredded carrots. We like to make extra veggies, so all that's needed for leftovers is to heat it in the microwave and cook up a fresh batch of eggs. If I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life, this would be it. It is the ultimate Korean comfort food!

Bibimbap

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Pasta Bake

This pasta bake comes together super easy and makes for a great week night meal. It might be a little misleading since you don’t actually need to put this dish in the oven. You’ll love it anyways since it uses only one pot! You just add the noodles right into the sauce and then it’s all set.

Pasta Bake

I’ve used ground beef with this, but you could make this with a different type of meat or even meatless. It has also crossed my mind that if you didn’t add in the pasta, this would make a good sauce base for other pasta dishes.

I would actually recommend making this the night before and the flavors seem to blend together and become more pronounced the next day. I usually dish out a couple of lunches worth and take it with me to work. It heats up very nicely in the microwave.

Pasta Bake

We like spice over here, so we’ve added just enough cayenne that you notice it, but not too much that you’ll need to keep an entire box of tissues by your side. That being said, if you don’t like spice, it will taste just as good leaving the cayenne out of it. I would say that the cheese is optional as well…but cheese in my world cheese is always a required ingredient.   This dish lasts for about a week in an airtight container stored in the refrigerator.

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