I’ve shared a lot of main dishes here on my site, such as slow cooker pork tenderloin and steak fajitas… And even a few cozy drink recipes like my hot apple cider. I’d say it’s about time to serve up a side dish to pair with all your fall comfort foods. It’s easy to load up on buttery biscuits and mashed potatoes this time of year, but if you’re trying to opt for something healthier, those might not be your go-to. This zucchini bake is quick and easy (only a few ingredients) and it doesn’t feel like a health food, it’s actually yummy and satisfying.
This recipe feeds two, so double or bake two for a family of four.
First, preheat the oven to 425 F.
Using a peeler, peel one zucchini and one Gold Rush squash lengthwise. Then place those slivers in a large bowl and toss with salt and pepper and 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.
Next, line a nonstick baking pan (the dimensions of this dish are 5×7”) with alternate layers of zucchini and then squash until all slices are in dish. Bake for 20 minutes.
When the twenty minutes are almost up, shred 1/2 cup of gruyere cheese. Remove pan and sprinkle on top. Then, sprinkle 1/3 cup of panko crumbs on top of that; bake for an additional 10 minutes.
Once done, let cool and serve! Seriously the best healthy side dish ever.
What would you serve this dish with?
Are you ready for a season of hot drinks and comfort foods? Can’t wait to bring you as many recipes as I possibly can for you to share with friends and fam. That’s why I’m kicking things off with a classic hot apple cider recipe. This one is for all you that want to try your hand at homemade treats—it’s super easy! And for you more advanced hostesses, it’s easy to dress up gorgeously for serving to a crowd.
Homemade Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon
The title says it all, here’s what you need…
4 cups apple juice or cider
1 tablespoon honey (more or less depending on whether juice is already sweetened)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (can warm up with a cinnamon stick if you don’t like the powder)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Add juice/cider to a small pot over medium heat. Stir in cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. Serve warm.
Serve garnished with a cinnamon stick and apple slice, if you’d like!
What’s your go-to fall drink?
It’s almost officially fall, which means breaking out the slow cooker for the yummiest comfort foods and coziest meals to make as the temps outside get cooler and we spend more time indoors with our families. This slow cooker pork tenderloin is also a great way to switch up your slow cooker meals, if you’re used to a lot of chicken or beef recipes. Now, what to do…
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Recipe
1 pork tenderloin
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon rosemary
½ tablespoon red chili flakes
1. Turn slow cooker on low, add chicken broth and pork tenderloin.
2. In small bowl, mix together balsamic vinegar, honey, soy sauce, garlic, salt, thyme, rosemary, and red chili flakes.
3. Pour over meat in slow cooker.
4. Cover, cook on low for 6-8 hours.
5. Remove pork and serve with remaining sauce.
The warm temps may be here for another month (at least), but that doesn’t mean I’m going to swap the red wine for white. Actually, it means I’m going to find a summery way to incorporate red into my entertaining menu! You won’t find anything like this sangria, which uses a medley of fresh fruits (that can easily be swapped for whatever you have on hand) and Grand Marnier rather than brandy.
Here’s what you need to make a pitcher:
1 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon
½ cup sugar
1/2-3/4 cup Grand Marnier
3 juiced oranges
As far as the fruit goes, you can really mix in as little or as much as you’d like! Pour the liquids in, stir in the sugar, and add the fruits to your liking. Refrigerate overnight for strongest flavor and add ice before serving.
Garnish with blueberries and a strawberry if you like!
Until you have a slow cooker, you never know how truly simple and flavorful all your favorite meals can be. It’s life changing! Take these steak fajitas – a classic dish that so many of us would prefer to order out rather than try to perfect at home. But once you try this slow cooker version, you’ll be able to enjoy the yummiest steak from the comfort of your kitchen. Here’s the recipe:
Slow Cooker Steak Fajitas
1lb sirloin cut into strips
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 garlic clove, mincedå
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp steak seasoning
½ tsp chili powder
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 medium onion, sliced
small flour tortillas
- Brown the meat on the stovetop; remove and add to slow cooker
- Add lime juice, garlic, and seasonings/spices
- Cook on high for about three hours, adding the onion and bell pepper after two
- Serve on a tortilla topped with salsa, sour cream, and cilantro
Recipe adapted from Food.com.
Don’t get me wrong, we grill at every possible opportunity in the summer, but sometimes you just want something to pop in the oven and pair with a light side. Chicken wings are delicious, but if fried up they can get unhealthy quickly. Luckily, these oven baked hot wings won’t throw your health goals off!
For this you’ll need chicken wings, seasoning, Frank’s original RedHot sauce, and butter. Yum!
Prepare your chicken and pop it in the oven (on a greased or non-stick pan). Bake at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes, turning them halfway through.
Meanwhile, heat up the hot sauce in a saucepan. Mix in ½ stick of butter and whatever seasonings you’d like.
Now it’s time to brush the sauce onto the warm chicken. You can also toss the wings in the sauce.
Feel free to add extra seasonings or garnishes like bleu cheese crumbles or green onions, too!
What are your favorite summer meals?