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Creamy Carrot Soup

Creamy Carrot Soup

Experimenting with food gives me a chance to learn something new every day. I’ve been playing around with a carrot soup recipe for over a year, adding or taking away ingredients each time I whipped up a batch. The goal was to come up with…

Basic Guacamole

Basic Guacamole

On a busy week, my quest for the perfect avocados usually begins with a quick search for a ready-to-eat selection from an online grocery service. I don’t get my hopes up when my food delivery arrives. I know ripe avocados are hard to come by,…

Turkey Burgers

Turkey Burgers

Nothing can replace a good old-fashioned burger but for those looking to cut back on red meat, turkey is a good substitute. There are two tricks to this recipe: Worcestershire sauce and flipping only once to avoid dry patties. Adding a mild cheese like Monterey Jack…

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread Cookies

The shortbread cookie has a history dating back to medieval times, when leftover dough from bread making dried out in a low oven until it hardened and was called biscuit bread, or “twice cooked” bread. Today there are a few variations of the shortbread and…

Stuffed Dates

Stuffed Dates

My recipe for stuffed dates is so effortless you’ll want to make them over and over again. The recipe consists of three simple ingredients: dates, crumbles feta, and wildflower honey. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice dates…

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

A long time ago in a memory far, far away… My mom preheated the oven. She cut into a yellow tube containing cookie dough, sliced through the dough with a knife, arranged on a baking sheet, and baked the dough. She placed a plate of…

Butternut Squash and Orange Salad

Butternut Squash and Orange Salad

Recipe testing has it’s good and bad days. On a good day, a dish will turn out exactly the way I want. On a bad day, I’ll forget to buy the one ingredient needed to make the dish extra special. I’ve learned not to stress…

Baked Honey Chicken with Brussel Sprouts

Baked Honey Chicken with Brussel Sprouts

Hey everyone! First and foremost, thank goodness for IG! I deleted all my meal prep photos by accident, but you can find my step-by-step instructions on how to make many of my dishes on my Instagram account, @melsdishes! Baked honey chicken is my all-time favorite healthy guilty…

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

Crispy Oven Baked Chicken

Over the years I’ve learned to make fried chicken a couple of different ways, but there is only one recipe I seem to get right all the time, no complicated batters or deep fryer required. With fifteen minutes prep time and about 35-40 baking time,…

Chicken & Pineapple Lo Mein

Chicken & Pineapple Lo Mein

Pineapples can be intimidating. I almost sliced my thumb off the first time I tried to cut a pineapple, and have an amazing scar to prove it. I blame a dull knife and lack of pineapple experience. That was ages ago. Since then, I found that showing…