Old-Fashioned Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Old-Fashioned Turkey Meatloaf Muffins are everything you love about meatloaf, without the messy slicing! These single serving meatloaf muffins are super simple to prepare and taste just like grandma used to make.

Old-Fashioned Turkey Meatloaf Muffins

Can we all agree that meatloaf is one of the weirdest yet most delicious meals around? My mom used to make loaves of meat growing up, and although it is one of America’s favorite comfort foods, I would cringe at the thought of slicing ground beef like bread.

Now, although the premise still kind of weirds me out, I dig it. It’s a classic meal that just reminds you of your childhood. Or of your grandparents.

This recipe for Old-Fashioned Turkey Meatloaf Muffins is a classic recipe for old-fashioned meatloaf, except ground turkey is used in place of ground beef and the “loaf” is actually prepared in a muffin tin.

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French Onion Soup with Gruyere Toast

This classic recipe for French Onion Soup with Gruyere Toast is the perfect side dish to any meal or main dish for a cold night. 

French Onion Soup

It’s my sister’s birthday!!!! And she’s pretty much Smile Sandwich’s #1 fan so I just have to give her a shout out. She’ll probably read this when she’s home from her romantic California weekend trip her boyfriend planned for her, and although that’s nice, I think a blog shout out is even nicer. ;) Well, at least I tried. And I got her the best gift ever. I’ll tell you after I give it to her.

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Lightened Up Spinach Lasagna Rolls with Meat Sauce

These Lightened Up Spinach Lasagna Rolls with Meat Sauce are the perfect individually portioned combination of lasagna noodles, cheese, spinach, and meat sauce. 

Lightened Up Spinach Lasagna Rolls with Meat Sauce

 

Do you want to know the worst thing about having a crush on a guy whose favorite food is lasagna?

You have to make lasagna.

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Slow Cooker Chinese Chicken Quinoa Bowls

These Slow Cooker Chinese Chicken Quinoa Bowls are the perfect easy lunch recipe to pack for work. The chicken itself is so easy to make and delicious no matter how you serve it. 

Slow Cooker Chinese Chicken Quinoa Bowls

My sister told me I need to make more bowls. So bowls I did make. And she was quite right … quinoa bowls are a work of genius. They’re healthy, easy to make, easy to prepare in advance, and perfect for packing for lunch.

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Stupidly Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

No, I’m not calling you stupid. I’m calling how easy these slow cooker chicken tacos are to make … STUPID! It’s a 3-ingredient slow cooker recipe that you’ll want to keep forever and ever. 

Stupidly Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

 

In the spirit of my least favorite holiday, I’ve been thinking a lot about being single. And in an effort to be more positive, I’ve been thinking about what’s great about being single. So here’s a mini list … just in case you need some reminding too.

10 Reasons Why Being Single Kicks Ass

1. You can get away with not shaving your legs for …. well, we don’t need to get specific. ;)

2. More time to spend with your girlfriends. And watching Netflix. And reading. And doing everything else you like to do.

3. You don’t have anyone to worry about. Whats He doing, where’s He going, who’s He talking to? Really doesn’t matter when there’s no “He.” (Or She)

4. You’re freeeee … to do what you want. All the time. Nobody to answer to, ever.

5. Three words: Bed. To. Yourself.

6. You don’t have to use “girls night” as an excuse to get away from him. Girls night is every night.

7. You can date. Because how else are you going to pay for dinners?

8. You can learn to be independent. Shovel that snow. Hang those curtains. Clean out that clogged drain. Rawr.

9. More time to hit the gym. Plus more motivation if you’re not in the “well he’s stuck with me regardless” mindset.

10. Last, but definitely not least … Nobody will ever put a “Stop pooping. I miss you.” sign underneath the bathroom door.

Can I get an amen?

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2-Ingredient Homemade Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Need a super duper easy appetizer recipe that will impress your friends? Look no further. These 2-Ingredient Homemade Baked Mozzarella Sticks are a skinny version of the American fried food favorite. 

2-Ingredient Homemade Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Whenever I think about mozzarella sticks, I think about my rebellious middle school days.

When you grow up in a small farm town, you have to create your own ways to entertain yourself. And when you’re in middle school and boy crazy like I was, that typically involves following your “crush” around where he and his friends went. I digress.

There was a small drive-in a couple blocks from the middle school, and all the “cool kids” would walk there to order mozzarella sticks. Well, the only problem was that my mom knew that I mainly wanted to go there for the boys and not the fried cheese (man how things have changed), so she didn’t let me go!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Black Bean Brownies

These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Black Bean Brownies are a guilt-free way to satisfy your chocolate craving! The fudgy brownies are super easy to make and taste similar to the real deal – yet they’re made with no flour!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Black Bean Brownies

What do you think about dining out at a restaurant alone?

Most my friends were busy this weekend, which meant I took the opportunity for “me” time. I got my hair done, spent enough money shopping to make me cringe at my credit card statement, made these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Black Bean Brownies, and finished rewatching all 7 episodes of Sex and the City.

A combination of watching SATC and wanting to avoid company got me thinking about dining alone. I think New York City might be the only city where it’s 100% socially acceptable for a young, single woman to go to a restaurant and enjoy a nice meal plus wine … completely alone.

Is it just me, or are other Chicagoans afraid of going to nice restaurants alone for fear of people thinking you simply don’t have any friends/boyfriend/acquaintances/Tinder dates to come with you? Perhaps I’ll do a social experiment and dine alone next weekend.

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13 Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cookers are magical tools. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. What other kitchen utensil basically cooks your dinner for you? These clean eating slow cooker recipes are pretty much your personal nutritionist/meal plan coach.

Clean eating recipes are a great way to rid your body of all the processed junk of the world. But, the only problem with them is that they require a lot of planning. You’re not going to find clean food at McDonald’s, so planning your meals and packing your lunch are key to maintaining the clean eating diet.

13 Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes

That’s where these clean eating slow cooker recipes come in. Many of them can be thrown in the slow cooker in the morning and left to cook all day. Or, prepare it on a Sunday morning and you’ll have healthy meals to eat all week.

These 13 Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes are as delicious as they are easy to prepare. Make the slow cooker your new best friend. Your body will thank you for it.

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