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Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew #SundaySupper

No browning of the beef is required for this easy Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew recipe. Simple, healthy comfort food that the whole family will love! {gluten free, dairy free} 

Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #beef #SundaySupper

This Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew is my absolute favorite beef recipe.  It is a simple recipe made with wholesome ingredients that is pure, healthy comfort food. Pop-in-the-Oven Beef Stew  is packed with beef, lots of vegetables, is easy to make and is just delicious.  What could be better?   Well, my friends, it gets better.  What if I told you that all that you need to do is mix up a simple sauce, cut the vegetables, cube the meat, and that’s it.  There is no browning of the meat required…just put everything in the pot and then pop it in the oven!  A few hours later you will have perfectly browned and tender beef and vegetables….

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Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies are chewy, fruit-filled cookies made without any added sugar or butter.  They are vegan, nut free and can be gluten free.   

Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies | alidaskitchen.com

This recipe for Healthy Coconut Banana Cookies recipe is inspired by one of my favorite healthy cookie recipes – Healthy Banana Cookies.  These cookies are naturally sweetened with dates and bananas, which is always a delicious combination.  I decided to give that recipe a coconut twist by using coconut oil and adding some coconut.  Coconut was such a tasty addition that goes so well with the banana.  …

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Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies | the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! #SundaySupper

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies #SundaySupper

 Chewy, chocolaty and delicious, these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies | the BEST chocolate chip cookies I've ever had! #SundaySupper

I have tried many different chocolate chip cookie recipes  in my day.  There was a fantastic recipe I used to make when I was a kid,  and then my grandma’s recipe, plus many others in between.  There were pros and cons to each recipe, but in the end they were chocolate chip cookies and therefore delicious, right?  Then one day we had our real estate agent, and dear friend, over for a visit.  She generously brought us an oven mitt, a bag of chocolate chips and a recipe.  The recipe was for these Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies, which ended up being the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever had in my life!  

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Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos are an easy recipe for a healthier beef taco. {Gluten Free}

Lighter Chipotle Beef Tacos #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Back when Mike and I were first married, I tried to cook dinner every night.  At the time, I was still working and often ended up at the office much later than he was. He could tell how tired I was after working 10+ hour days and wanted to help with dinner.  He has always made a mean frozen pizza and used to cook a lot during his bachelor days. He told me he used to make tacos all of the time – meat plus a seasoning kit.  Oy!  I was excited for tacos, but my first thought was…where are the vegetables?  He is very good at following a recipe, so we decided that I needed to come up with a healthier beef taco recipe that is easy to make….

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Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles | easy to make dark chocolate truffles infused with Pinot Noir wine #SundaySupper

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles #SundaySupper

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles are easy, decadent homemade truffles,infused with Pinot Noir wine that melt in your mouth and are made on the lighter side!  

Pinot Noir Dark Chocolate Truffles | easy to make dark chocolate truffles infused with Pinot Noir wine #SundaySupper

Every holiday, or any occasion really, Mike surprises me with truffles. He insists the truffles are for me and usually refuses when I offer to share.  With both Father’s Day and his birthday coming up, I wanted to make something to surprise him (early because, well…I know he reads the blog regularly.  Hi Honey!)  I have had a ‘healthified’ dark chocolate truffle recipe bookmarked for years, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it….

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Buffalo Aioli | An easy recipe for aioli with a buffalo sauce twist!

Buffalo Aioli #SundaySupper

Buffalo Aioli takes a basic aioli recipe and transforms it into something extraordinary…buffalo style!  A bowl, a whisk, a few simple ingredients, and 5 minutes are all you need to make this easy recipe.

Buffalo Aioli | An easy recipe for buffalo aioli

Aioli is one of those accompaniments that I always enjoy at restaurants. It puts an upscale twist on the simplest sandwiches, burgers, vegetables and has the ability to turn a simple plate of fries into frites!  For whatever reason, it never occurred to me how easy aioli is to make at home.  Then one night, we were making oven fries, and I wanted to do something to dress them up. I had an egg yolk leftover from another recipe, we are crazy for anything buffalo, and from there it was a natural progression to become Buffalo Aioli!

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Rosemary Cornbread from Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Rosemary Cornbread #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Cornbread made with buttermilk is given a sophisticated twist with fresh rosemary in this Rosemary CornbreadThis recipe is lightened up and always a favorite!

Rosemary Cornbread from Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

A couple weeks ago, my family paid a visit to the local nursery to pick up some herbs to plant in a container garden on our deck.  The deck is just off the kitchen, and walking out the patio door to pick fresh herbs for my recipes is one of the many things I look forward to each spring.  I’m not the only one who looks forward to ‘herb season.’  Adam not only loves the recipes, but he loves to care for the herbs too!  Ever since he could walk, he has helped watering. Now with a few years of experience under his 4 year old belt, he has taken over (most) responsibility and really does a great job!

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Parsley Pesto Potato Salad | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad #SundaySupper

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad puts a fun, picnic spin on parsley potatoes.  It is a healthier potato salad, made with roasted yellow Idaho® potatoes and tossed in a lighter parsley pesto sauce.  

Parsley Pesto Potato Salad

Potatoes are such a great and versatile vegetable that can be served up in many ways that my whole family will eat it (score!)  Baked, mashed, whipped, ‘fried,’ or in a salad, it’s all good.  This Parsley Pesto Potato Salad uses delicious yellow Idaho® potatoes cooked using my favorite method – roasted!  Add in a fresh and vibrant parsley pesto sauce to drizzle and toss with the potatoes, and you’ve got a rock star party Parsley Pesto Potato Salad that everybody will love!…

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Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #moscato

Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees #SundaySupper

Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #moscato

Mixed Berry Moscato Gelees are a sophisticated gelatin dessert featuring sweet, flavorful Moscato wine, studded with juicy fresh berries and topped with whipped cream.  This dessert is very easy to make and a fun way to celebrate and highlight the delicious flavors of the Moscato wine. …

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Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge #SundaySupper

Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge is a vanilla flavored fudge studded with chunks of cream-filled chocolate sandwiches cookies made in less than 10 minutes.  

Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

This past winter I made an easy White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge recipe and have since had visions of other varieties dancing in my head ~ this Oreo Cookies and Cream Fudge being the front runner.  From cupcakes to cookie balls to muffins, we love our cookies and cream desserts!  …

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Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl #SundaySupper

Nothing says Springtime (or Easter) quite like a carrot cake, and this Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl is no exception.  The cake is a classic, moist and delicious carrot cake, and inside is a beautiful swirl of sweetened cream cheese.

Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Swirl | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

I wanted to make a new carrot cake-inspired recipe this year and was deciding between waffles and this cake.  Then Adam chimed in with a suggestion for carrot muffins. He claimed to have a good recipe and assured me ‘they are very easy to make.’   I was definitely intrigued by this good and easy recipe by my 4 year old, so asked how to make them.  Here is his recipe:

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Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies #SundaySupper

A chewy, chocolate cookie filled with a chocolate covered caramel candy and sprinkled with sea salt, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine the popular salty-sweet combo into a delicious cookie!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #cookies #SundaySupper

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cookies combine two of my favorite flavors, caramel and chocolate, into a tasty, gooey caramel-filled chocolate cookie.  Plus a little sprinkle of sea salt gives it that salty-sweet combination that is so wonderful.  These tasty little cookies are also very easy to make!  …

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Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #grilledcheese #SundaySupper

Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese is a simple grilled cheese sandwich sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and then baked to crunchy, melty, cheesy perfection.

Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #grilledcheese #SundaySupper

After many experiments (and many nights in a row) of making grilled cheese sandwiches, I developed an appreciation for the art of the baked grilled cheese.  In fact, it has revolutionized my grilled cheese making endeavors – so much so that I may never use a skillet again!   The key to what makes this sandwich amazing is the Parmesan cheese topping that encrusts the bread when it bakes.  Parmesan cheese brings out the amazing flavors in the grilled cheese sandwich (kind of like salt when cooking or baking – inexplicable, but necessary)….

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Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #lemon #cookies #SundaySupper

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies #SundaySupper

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies are the ultimate chewy sugar cookie with a lemon twist.  These are a perfect Springtime treat to welcome the season!   

Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #cookies #SundaySupper

While it may technically be spring, Minnesota temperatures remain chilly (think single digits, brr!)  It is this time of year, the transition from winter to spring, that lemon desserts are wonderful.  Berries are not quite in season, and lemon is like a bite of sunshine, all bright and cheery.  Add lemon to the ultimate chewy sugar cookie, and it’s Springtime perfection in cookie form….

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Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast #SundaySupper

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #brunch

Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is made with custard soaked French bread cubes and studded with juicy fresh blueberries and cream cheese throughout.  This dish is perfect for brunch, but I love it for breakfast for dinner because it is so easy.  It takes minutes to prepare, can be made ahead, and then just bake in the oven until golden and delicious.  The result is decadent, yet made on the lighter side using a ‘secret’ ingredient….

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Black Bean Spinach Quinoa Burritos | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #meatless #SundaySupper

Black Bean Spinach Quinoa Burritos #SundaySupper

Black Bean Spinach Quinoa Burritos are protein-packed with black beans and quinoa, and healthy vegetables.  Easy to whip together and then baked to perfection!  {great for the freezer}

Black Bean Spinach Quinoa Burritos | alidaskitchen.com

We eat meatless several times a week, and one of our favorite meatless staples is black beans.  Whether they are in tacos, burgerschili, enchiladas, even brownies, we can’t get enough!  While we have several recipes the we love, it is fun to try  something new – especially when that something new involves two other favorites – spinach and quinoa.  While they may not be your typical addition to a burrito, spinach and quinoa…well, it just works!  Combined with black beans, cheese, onion, chili powder, and more, wrapped in a tortilla, Black Bean Spinach Quinoa Burritos are not only delicious, but they are super easy to make too!…

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Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna #SundaySupper

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna is filled with layers of three cheeses, kale and a hearty mushroom Bolognese sauce, creating a rustic, earthy pasta dish perfect for a special occasion!

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

This week the Sunday Supper Movement is joining Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate an incredible milestone.  Their Hearty Burgundy wine is celebrating its 50th birthday this year!  Today we are sharing ways to pair, cook and entertain with Hearty Burgundy.  For this celebration, I wanted to create something extra special.  While the Hearty Burgundy pairs well with chili, Italian meat sauces and grilled sausages, I thought mushrooms would also pair beautifully with this flavorful wine.

The inspiration for Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna started with a mushroom Bolognese sauce.  It is a chunky sauce made with dried porcini and baby bella mushrooms, carrots, red peppers, red wine and rounded out with mascarpone cheese.   The sauce is wonderful simply served over pasta, but I wanted use it to create something fit for a special celebration.  Something special, like Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna!  This lasagna is filled with layers of ricotta and Parmesan cheeses mixed with kale, mozzarella and the rustic, earthy mushroom Bolognese.  A little extra work goes into making this dish, but it is a labor of love and a delightful way to celebrate the Hearty Burgundy….

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Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups | alidaskitchen.com

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups #SundaySupper

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

After making the Spinach Lasagna Cups recipe for last Sunday, I had another tasty idea pop into my head that I had to make right away – Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups.  I don’t typically like to share similar recipes back-to-back, but these were so good, they simply could not wait.

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna Cups are made with layers of cheese, veggies, spicy, buffalo-sauce soaked shredded chicken and more cheese.  In other words, they combine some of the most delicious game day foods (or any day foods, duh!)  into a  wonderful, bite-sized lasagna. The concept is the same as the Spinach Lasagna Cups, with lasagna-style layering, using wonton wrappers in place of noodles.   They are quick and easy to make, and bake up in a snap!…

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White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge #SundaySupper

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge is a wonderful, festive fudge recipe that is super easy to make with no candy thermometer required!

White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge | alidaskitchen.com

Over the summer I found a fudge recipe that has now been sitting in my ‘to-make’ pile for months.  It’s for Pumpkin Pie Fudge, looks fabulous, but requires a candy thermometer.  Having to use a candy thermometer was just a little too high maintenance for what I had in mind, so the recipe sits.  Then I found a fudge recipe that requires no candy thermometer, and I was intrigued.  White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge that is super easy to make?  This could be wonderful (and dangerous!)

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Cocoa Crispy Sunbutter Bars {Alida's Kitchen}

Cocoa Crispy Sunbutter Bars #SundaySupper

Cocoa Crispy Sunbutter Bars {Alida's Kitchen} Cocoa Crispy Sunbutter Bars are easy, no-bake bars made nut-free with sunflower seed butter, and topped with a layer of semi-sweet chocolate. They are also gluten-free.  

With back-to-school just around the corner, we are starting to think about ideas for what to pack for school lunch.  Something nutritious, delicious and easy isn’t too much to ask, right?  A little variety might be nice too.  Fortunately, today I am joining the Sunday Supper Movement, and the theme is ‘lunch box.’  Several wonderful bloggers have come up with fantastic recipes and ideas to help solve the lunchbox dilemma.  These are recipes are helpful when packing your own lunch to bring to work!  You can find links to all of the wonderful recipes at the bottom of this post.  But first, let’s talk about these Cocoa Crispy Sunbutter Bars!    

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