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Stovetop Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese #WeekdaySupper

 Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is an easy mac ‘n cheese from scratch made on the lighter side with the healthy addition of spinach and without any butter.  {can be gluten free)

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

This Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorite go-to recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals.  The kids love pasta and cheese, I love that it is made on the lighter side (without any butter) and takes less than 20 minutes to make.  …

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Strawberry Banana Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

Strawberry Banana Smoothie


For a quick and healthy breakfast, this easy Strawberry Banana Smoothie recipe is thick, creamy and delicious! {gluten free}  

Strawberry Banana Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

This Strawberry Banana Smoothie has been my little taste of sunshine this winter.   Bursting with juicy fresh strawberries, bananas and a protein boost from Greek yogurt, it is easy to make and always delicious!   The strawberry and banana combination is always a favorite and when whipped into a smoothie, becomes perfect for busy mornings, any time on-the-go or for an afternoon snack pick-me-up!…

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake is an easy Italian-inspired casserole that the whole family will love, featuring Greek yogurt, chicken breast, and lots of cheese!

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com

This Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake was made inspired by the “Chopped at Home” challenge with Sargento® cheese.  For the challenge, at-home cooks are asked to get creative in the kitchen with your best dish, that must include the following ingredients: …

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Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Mexican Quinoa Skillet is an easy, one-pot meal using common pantry ingredients, made in less than 30 minutes.  {vegan, gluten free}  Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Move over frozen pizza, pasta and take-out!  We have a new easy weeknight dinner solution that is delicious, quick to make and healthy too. This Mexican Quinoa Skillet has become my new go-to dinner for busy nights,…or lunches or any time really, because it’s just so good and my kids love it!…

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Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a lighter buttermilk cornbread muffin made delicious with the additions of cheddar cheese and garlic. Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

When in doubt, add cheese.  This so true when it comes to many recipes, like baked chicken, quinoa bites, even scrambled eggs.  We always keep of plenty of cheese on hand.  No matter the variety, cheese just makes everything extra delicious!  So when my family was craving cornbread (Rosemary Cornbread to be specific) and our rosemary plant happens to be currently buried under snow outside on the deck,…it was time to come up with something new.  After using the Rosemary Cornbread recipe as a starting point, and of course adding cheese and other tasty goodness, I present to you an easy recipe for Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!…

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Uncrustables French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

Uncrustables French Toast

Uncrustables French Toast turns the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a tasty breakfast treat!  Plus find out how to enter for a 5-day/4-night Disney Parks vacation package for four, courtesy of Smucker’s® Uncrustables®!  Thank you to Smucker’s Uncrustables, through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network, for sponsoring this post.

Uncrustables French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

We are big fans of breakfast for dinner!  Waffles, pancakes, scrambled eggs, it’s all good.  As I was inspired by learning about the exciting Disney Parks vacation package giveaway from Smucker’s® Uncrustables®, I thought it would be fun to create a recipe using those tasty peanut butter and jelly Uncrustables sandwiches!  I had everything on hand to transform those little PB&Js into another family favorite breakfast for dinner…Uncrustables French Toast!…

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Mocha Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

Mocha Fudge #SundaySupper

Mocha Fudge is a simple, delicious chocolate fudge recipe made in less than 10 minutes using only 3 ingredients!

Mocha Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

Before I tell you about this Mocha Fudge recipe, I have to tell you about the first Valentine’s Day that Mike and I celebrated together.  I had the day off of work, so I planned to make a special dinner.  Artichoke Crostini, filet mignon with a red wine sauce, salad with homemade vinaigrette and chocolate mousse were on the menu.  I had the entire day to shop, cook and get everything ready.  Easy right?  Well, I should also mention that it happened to be my first time making all of the recipes (except for the vinaigrette, which is an original)….

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Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins

An easy recipe for Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins made with buttermilk, brown sugar, cinnamon and crushed pineapple.

Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Mornings just got more tasty thanks to these Pineapple Oatmeal Muffins!  This is a simple muffin recipe featuring oats and buttermilk, which are always sure to make baked goods delicious. Made with real chunks of pineapple and pineapple juice, these muffins have a wonderful, light pineapple flavor.  Combine pineapple with brown sugar and cinnamon, and the result is a wonderful breakfast treat.  Even better, these muffins take about 10 minutes to mix together and then bake to tasty breakfast perfection!

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Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

Pizza Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Pizza Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy mini pizza muffins made with quinoa and your favorite pizza toppings.  Perfect for a healthy appetizer, snack or light dinner! {gluten free}

Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

One of my most requested party recipes are quinoa bites.  From the Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites to the Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, quinoa bites are always a fan favorite!  They make great finger food appetizers, which is especially perfect this time of year for game day parties.  While I am not necessarily a football fan, I am a football party food fan!  So in preparation for the big game, I thought it would be fun to channel one of my favorite game day foods (pizza) into a fun little bit-sized treat that is a little healthier ~ Pizza Quinoa Bites!…

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Spinach Pesto Pasta | alidaskitchen.com

Spinach Pesto Pasta #WeekdaySupper

Spinach Pesto Pasta is an easy vegetable and cheese pesto pasta recipe made lighter using Greek yogurt. {nut free, can be gluten free}

Spinach Pesto Pasta | alidaskitchen.com

This Spinach Pesto Pasta recipe was inspired by two of our favorite dinners – this Roasted Red Pepper Pasta and Broccoli Pea Pesto Pasta.  I make one of these recipes at least once a week, at the request of my kids.  They are all quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight.  Besides, with all of the vegetables and Greek yogurt, who am I to say no when they ask for such an easy, healthy dinner!  …

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Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake #SundaySupper

This easy recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake makes a delicious lemony cake that can be enjoyed for breakfast or served with ice cream for a light dessert.

Lemon Buttermilk Bundt Cake | alidaskitchen.com

The theme for Sunday Supper this week is Hometown Foods, hosted by Coleen of The Redhead Baker. As I was coming up with my hometown recipe, I had visions of recipes for Juicy Lucys, wild rice or a healthier tater tot casserole dancing in my head.  But as I was doing this recipe during my morning commute, I drove past a large sign that inspired me……

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Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake #SundaySupper

For a cheesy, healthy casserole that is easy to make, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake is sure to become a family favorite! {gluten free, kid friendly}

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

After making Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake last summer, I have been looking forward to making more quinoa casserole recipes. While I am excited to share many of them with you soon, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake recipe is one of my kids’ favorite meals. They get so excited,  you would think I’m serving cookies for dinner!   But alas, it’s just a deliciously cheesy, tomato-ey chicken quinoa casserole that is so simple, delicious and healthy too!  …

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Easy Skillet Granola | alidaskitchen.com

Easy Skillet Granola

This recipe for Easy Skillet Granola is a delicious way to start the day…and takes minutes to make!  It is also vegan and can be nut free and gluten free.

Easy Skillet Granola | alidaskitchen.com

As much as we love granola, it is not something that we buy very often.  It is challenging to find granola made without nuts, and with nut allergies at home…well it just makes sense to find something else.  I actually never realized how easy it is to make granola at home until making this Easy Skillet Granola recipe!…

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Skinny Fried Chicken | alidaskitchen.com

Skinny Fried Chicken

An easy recipe for Skinny Fried Chicken that is baked, not fried.  The result is a flavorful, moist and crispy chicken that will have your family running back around the table!

Skinny Fried Chicken | alidaskitchen.com

Baked chicken dishes are one of my favorite recipes to make because they are typically quick and easy, healthier and perfect for a weeknight.  So when I received a copy of Back Around the Table: An “In the Kitchen with David” Cookbook from QVC’s Resident Foodie David Venable, his recipe for Skinny Fried Chicken recipe was right up my alley.  This Skinny Fried Chicken is baked, not fried, is easy to make and tastes incredible!…

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Red Wine Chocolate Cookie Cups | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Red Wine Chocolate Cookie Cups #SundaySupper

Red Wine Chocolate Cookie Cups are made with a chewy chocolate chocolate chip cookie cup base and filled chocolate frosting with a hint red wine. 

Red Wine Chocolate Cookie Cups | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Red Wine Chocolate Cookie Cups put a fun twist on traditional holiday cookies.  They are perfect for any upcoming holiday festivities, parties, or any time you want an extra special treat!  These frosted cookie cups are a delicious bite-sized dessert that look adorable on any dessert platter…plus they are simple to make!…

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Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread | alidaskitchen.com

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread + DOLE Garden Soup

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is pizza dough wrapped around a cube of cheese, brushed with garlic butter and baked in a Bundt pan.  Fun to serve to a crowd and perfect to enjoy with your favorite soup!

Thank you to DOLE (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread | alidaskitchen.com

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is small pieces of pizza dough wrapped around a cube of cheese and brushed with melted garlic butter.  In other words, made from some of the tastiest foods ever!  It is not overly dough-y or overly cheesy, but a nice balance of the two.  And the garlic butter really makes it special. The result is a cheese filled garlic mini pizza bread that is made for dipping.  Pizza sauce seemed like an obvious dipper, until I realized this Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is quite similar to mini grilled cheese.  What goes best with grilled cheese, but soup of course!

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Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad

Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad is a little spicy, packed with vegetables and protein, and tastes delicious!  Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post as part of the Pantry Insiders program.  Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad | alidaskitchen.com

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I like to have healthy, easy recipes on hand for easy lunches and quick weeknight dinners.  This Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad is made with simple, wholesome ingredients that are naturally flavorful.   This salad is delicious for a light meal yet can be made heartier with the addition of cooked quinoa (I use 2 cups cooked for this recipe) or shredded rotisserie chicken. This salad recipe is very flexible and the ingredients can be adjusted to taste….

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Oatmeal Cranberry Snack Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Oatmeal Cranberry Snack Bars

Oatmeal Cranberry Snack Bars are packed with wholesome oats, tangy cranberries and very easy to make!  They are perfect for a quick snack, a healthier dessert, or even as a breakfast treat. Oatmeal Cranberry Snack Bars | alidaskitchen.com

Cranberries are a wonderful flavor of the holidays.  From cranberry sauce to cranberry white chocolate desserts, the taste of cranberries conjures up memories of Thanksgiving, winter holidays and everything in between. To celebrate the season, I wanted to come up with something using cranberries that is easy to make, on the healthier side and would be as suitable as an after school snack with my best buddy to a quick breakfast on the go for Mike.  These Oatmeal Cranberry Snack Bars, made with wholesome oats and studded with tart dried cranberries throughout, fit that bill perfectly!…

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Chocolate Coconut Brownies | alidaskitchen.com

Chocolate Coconut Brownies


Chocolate Coconut Brownies | alidaskitchen.com

‘Tis the season for holiday treats!  Chocolate Coconut Brownies are a wonderfully fudgy brownie with flaked coconut throughout.  This recipe combine two delicious flavors – chocolate and coconut – into an easy to make brownie.  There is a double dose of coconut with sweetened flaked coconut and coconut oil (though you could use regular butter if you do not have coconut oil).  Plus Chocolate Coconut Brownies are always especially cute for the holidays because the coconut reminds me of a tasty dusting of snow over the chocolate brownies. …

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Heavenly Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Heavenly Chocolate Cake

Transform your every day chocolate cake into something special with this Heavenly Chocolate Cake.   Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.

Heavenly Chocolate Cake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

We are already starting to think of holiday eats and treats (and gifts, if you talk to Adam).  And of course the holiday season is not complete without delicious desserts.  As much as I love to bake, after busy days of being mommy taxi, taking care of the kids, exercising and working, I find myself with little extra time (and energy) to devote to making our favorite desserts. That is where quick and easy desserts, like this Heavenly Chocolate Cake, come to the rescue.  With just a few simple ingredients, this delicious cake can be made in minutes!

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Roasted Garlic Hummus | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #Halloween #glutenfree

Roasted Garlic Hummus #SundaySupper

Roasted Garlic Hummus is a healthy dip (or spread) made with roasted garlic, and other simple ingredients, that takes only minutes to prepare. {vegan, gluten free}

Roasted Garlic Hummus | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #Halloween #glutenfree

With Halloween just around the corner, there are visions of candy corns and chocolate bars dancing in my head.  While sweet recipes are always a favorite of mine to make (and eat!), this year I am feeling the need to balance the sweet with some healthier savory, ghoulish delights, such as this Roasted Garlic Hummus.  Roasted Garlic Hummus is a perfect accompaniment for dipping veggies, crackers, or pita chips during your Halloween celebration,…with enough garlic to ward off those vampires!…

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Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar | alidaskitchen.com

Slow Cooker Applesauce {no added sugar} + #Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Applesauce with no added sugar is a healthy household staple that is simple, delicious and easy to make homemade!  {gluten free, vegan}

Slow Cooker Applesauce with No Added Sugar | alidaskitchen.com

Lately I have been experimenting with slow cooker recipes.  I love the ease of using the slow cooker for busy weeknight meals, waking up to a warm breakfast and even for desserts!  While a slow cooker is a time saver in the kitchen for cooking easy recipes, it is also key for cooking household basics.  A slow cooker offers an easy option for cooking simple pantry staples, such as beans, steel cut oatmeal, and applesauce, all from scratch with very little effort.    Don’t have a slow cooker at home?  Looking to upgrade your slow cooker?  No problem! Today I’m giving one away to a lucky reader…see below for entry details! 

This apple season, our slow cooker has been getting quite a workout making all natural Slow Cooker Applesauce from scratch!  This is one of the easiest recipes that yields such an amazing and delicious result.

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Oatmeal Raisin Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins are a wholesome snack, or breakfast on-the-go, made delicious with raisins, oats, buttermilk and brown sugar.   

Oatmeal Raisin Muffins | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

The other day after school, while Greta was napping, Adam presented me with a cookbook.  A cookbook that was all about muffins. That’s my kind of cookbook!  He proceeded to point out several recipes that we should make…now!  I was inspired by an Oatmeal Breakfast Muffin, but needed to switch up the ingredients to use up what we had on hand (no way am I waking the baby to go to the store!)   After a quick peek in the pantry, I found oatmeal, brown sugar, buttermilk and California Raisins.  Sounds like the makings of a tasty Oatmeal Raisin Muffin!…

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Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #WeekdaySupper

Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon #WeekdaySupper

Give your weeknight supper an upscale twist with this Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon cooked to perfection, covered with a simple honey balsamic glaze. Who knew a fancy meal could be so simple, easy and delicious!

Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon | alidaskitchen.com  #recipes #WeekdaySupper

I always say a birthday isn’t a birthday unless there is cake. Well, today is my birthday, but I have no cake to share with you.  Instead, I have one of my favorite birthday meals to share. Whenever we go out to eat for special occasions, I almost always get a filet.  For years I tried to achieve restaurant perfection at home, but my steaks never measured up…until now.  After a little persistence and experimentation, this Balsamic Glazed Filet Mignon satisfies all of my steak cravings at a fraction of the cost.  It is fancy yet simple and quick to make on this weeknight birthday.

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Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites are healthy, spicy little mini muffins made with quinoa, cheese, vegetables, and shredded chicken soaked in a lighter, seasoned buffalo sauce. {gluten free}

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

With tailgating season upon us, bring on the tasty munchies!  While I am not necessarily a game watching fan, I am definitely a fun food fan! I especially love coming up with bite-sized finger foods that are a bit healthier yet super tasty (like these Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites)  With this in mind, I wanted to come up with a fun recipe combining another tailgating favorite, buffalo chicken.  As always, it was a natural transition to come up with Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.

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Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap

For a healthy, protein-packed lunch for back to school, try this Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap featuring an avocado and Greek yogurt spread, your favorite vegetables, cheese and slow roasted turkey breast.  Thank you to Hillshire Farms (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post!  #HillshireNaturals

Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #backtoschool #hillshirenaturals

As we are getting into the swing the new school year, we are developing many favorites throughout the day.  While playing in the sandbox at recess or nature walks for science time would seem to be obvious choices, it was fun to learn that my preschooler’s favorite thing about school is LUNCH!  This Creamy Avocado Turkey Wrap has become a recent lunch time favorite.  It is easy to make, packed with protein, and just plain delicious! …

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Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie is an easy recipe for a delicious smoothie that tastes like a berries and cream dessert.  This is one of my favorite smoothies! {vegan, gluten free}

Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie | alidaskitchen.com

With school in full swing, to say that mornings are hectic is an understatement.  I wake up before the crack of dawn to get in a quick workout before the kids are awake.  Then I get home, hop in the shower, get the kids fed, dressed and we’re out the door.  Sitting down for a leisurely breakfast is definitely not in my future for the next…15+ years?  Healthy, easy breakfast recipes are key, like this Vanilla Mixed Berry Smoothie!

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Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip | alidaskitchen.com

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Transform a classic dip into a bold and zesty party favorite with this easy to make Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip!  Thank you to MIRACLE WHIP (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.  

Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip | alidaskitchen.com

Many, many years ago, I was asked to bring appetizers to a Labor Day party. I chopped some veggies, concocted a couple dips on the fly and was good to go.  The dips were a ranch dill and a spinach artichoke.  They were both creamy, easy to make, and used the same secret ingredient.  …

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Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken | alidaskitchen.com

Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken is an easy recipe to transform those plain chicken breasts into a healthier garlic cheddar cheesy family favorite made in less than 30 minutes!

When it comes to feeding my family, there are two things guaranteed to be winners at our table – chicken and cheddar cheese.  Bonus points if it can also be something healthy, fast and easy. Sound familiar?  I know how popular chicken and cheese can be, especially with kids, so I have been on a mission to combine the two into a healthier recipe.  Most recipes I found use way too much butter for my liking, so I looked through the some of my healthier baked chicken recipes to come up with a lighter version of Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken. …

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Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brownies #SundaySupper

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies #SundaySupper

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies are an easy recipe for a fudgy brownie mixed with chocolate sandwich cookies topped with cheesecake and then more cookies!

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brownies #SundaySupper

I can’t believe Labor Day is just around the corner!  While much of our menu is typically centered around the grill, I love to make special desserts to share.  Last year I made S’mores Brownies. What could possibly top those?  Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies of course!

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