Recipe: 3-Step Garlic and Butter Broccoli

Happy August!

I can’t believe we’re already getting close to the end of Summer…time flies when you’re crazy busy.

Because I’ve got so much going on, it’s hard to plan ahead for dinner on weeknights.

Sometimes my husband and I will tag-team the cooking, with him handling the main protein and me doing the sides.

One of my favorite sides is steamed broccoli with garlic and butter, so I wanted to share that super simple recipe with you today!

I’m rather picky when it comes to food, but I really like broccoli and I can have this side over and over without getting tired of it.

I tend to make it a lot because I want to make sure I get my veggies, plus it only takes about five minutes to cook.

If you’re looking for a quick, healthy dish that you can add to almost any dinner, this is a great one for you!

  • What you’ll need
  • 1 head of raw broccoli
  • • Water for boiling
  • • 2 teaspoons butter
  • • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Step 1: Steam the Broccoli

    Fill a medium-sized pot about halfway with water. Salt the water and heat on high until boiling.

    Cut up the head of broccoli and place the florets into the boiling water. I try to place them in stems-down since the stems take a bit longer to steam.

    Cover the pot and let the broccoli cook in the boiling water for 3-4 minutes. Be sure to check on the broccoli periodically to ensure it doesn’t get too soft for your liking.

    If you have a vegetable steamer, feel free to use that! I personally prefer to just boil water stovetop.

    Step 2: Add Some Flavor

    Once the broccoli is tender enough, strain it and let it sit in the strainer.

    Return the empty pot back to the stove, turning the heat down to low. Melt the butter in the pot.

    Add in the garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix it around in the melted butter to create a garlic and butter sauce.

    Add in the broccoli and continue to mix until the broccoli gets a nice garlic and butter coating on it.

    Step 3: Serve and Enjoy!

    Once the broccoli and sauce are mixed, remove it from the heat and serve immediately.

    Try not to keep it on the heat for too long or the broccoli may get a bit mushy.

    That’s it! Just three simple steps to a delicious, healthy, and convenient side dish.

    What are some of your own favorite simple recipes? I’m always looking for more ideas to spice up my weekly menu.

    Hope you all have a great rest of your day and weekend! I’ll be back soon with some great haul pieces to share. 😊💕


    Recipe: Easy One Pan Salmon Dinner

    Hi friends,

    What a week…who else is pumped that it’s Friday?

    Friday is a popular night for eating out, whether it’s for date night, a special occasion, drinks, or just being too tired from the week to cook.

    I actually tend to want to stay in on Friday nights, especially when I’ve had a busy week, but that leaves the options of spending time cooking or ordering take-out.

    I try to avoid take-out (or at least keep it to only a few times each month) because I feel like I eat healthier when I’m eating at home, so that’s why I think it’s so important to have some quick, easy dinners in the arsenal for times like this!

    This salmon recipe only includes a few ingredients, you only need to use one pan, and it’s ready fairly quickly.

    Those are all signs of a great option for a lazy Friday night, in my opinion!

    Alright, so let’s get into the recipe.

    1. 2 salmon fillets (0.5 lb each)
    2. 1 heads of raw broccoli
    3. Butter for cooking
    4. Basmati rice (or any rice of your choosing) – I use the Uncle Ben’s microwaveable rice
    5. 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
    6. Salt, pepper, Old Bay or any other seasoning of your choice

    Step 1: Season

    The first step is deciding what type of salmon you’d like to have, because you can use this cooking method regardless! For this specific recipe, add salt, pepper, and Old Bay to the top side of your fillets.

    Step 2: Stove Top

    Melt a thin pad of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, add the garlic, followed by the salmon fillets, skin side up.

    Cut up the broccoli and add it to the pan, around and on top of the salmon fillets. Add some salt and pepper to the broccoli if you wish.

    Cook for 5-10 minutes on medium heat. When the salmon is ready to flip, you’ll start to see little white bits trickling in from the sides.

    If you wish, you can turn the heat up to high for one additional minute before flipping the fillets. This creates a sear on the outside and helps to lock in flavor.

    Step 3: In the Oven

    Flip your fish over so that the skin side is down. Sprinkle some additional garlic on top if you wish.

    Put the skillet directly into the oven and bake at 425˚F for an additional 5-10 minutes.

    Step 4: Serve

    Serve the fish over rice and drizzle any additional juices from the bottom of the skillet over the top of your meal.

    That’s it! It really is that easy to make this Salmon dinner, and the fish and broccoli come out great every time!

    If you want, feel free to try this with different veggies and seasonings, or with a favorite sauce.

    Hope you enjoy! Be on the lookout for my next post, which will cover the super fun activities I’m doing this weekend! ❤ 🙂


    Recipe: Butter Chicken

    Hey friends,

    I’m a pretty picky eater, especially when it comes to foods from other cultures or with ingredients I’m not used to eating.

    I tried Indian food for the first time about five years ago, and the spices were so foreign to my taste buds that I was completely turned off.

    However, my husband has been easing me into broadening my food horizons for a while now, and he got me hooked on a mild but classic dish: butter chicken.

    We have this recipe for dinner almost every week, and I’ve really come to love it.

    If you’re a fan of butter chicken, you should definitely check this one out; and if you’re new to Indian food, this is a great gateway dish because it’s flavorful and different but doesn’t have a super strong spicy taste to it.

    Ingredients (serves 2-3 people):
    1. 1 lb chicken breast, cut into cubes
    2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
    3. 2 tablespoons butter
    4. 1 medium onion, chopped finely
    5. 2 teaspoons turmeric
    6. 1 teaspoon red pepper
    7. 1 teaspoon paprika
    8. 1 teaspoon garam masala
    9. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    10. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    11. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
    12. Salt and pepper to taste
    13. 1 15-oz can of tomato sauce
    14. 1/2 cup heavy cream

    Step 1: Cook the chicken stove top using one tablespoon of the olive oil. It should be cooked through but not browned on the outside. Set aside the chicken once it’s done.

    Step 2: Heat the butter stove top over medium heat with the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the onion, stirring frequently, until it turns transparent.

    Step 3: Add the cooked chicken back into the mixture; add all of the spices, the sugar, and the tomato sauce

    Step 4: Simmer over low heat, covered, for about 15 minutes. This will help ensure the chicken is cooked all the way through.

    Step 5: Add the heavy cream while stirring, and simmer for an additional 10 minutes uncovered. The sauce should start to thicken.

    Step 6: Plate over rice (I prefer basmati) and enjoy

    What are some of your favorite Indian food recipes?

    Comment below with the one you think I should try next time I’m feeling adventurous.

    And definitely let me know if you make this butter chicken.

    Hope you enjoy! See you tomorrow ❤ 🙂


    Four Delicious Comfort Foods

    Hi all,

    I’m on my way to a late lunch, so thought I’d make today’s post about some of my favorite comfort foods!

    I think there are different things that can make something qualify as a comfort food.

    It’s not only about the taste or the ingredients; for me, it’s also about the feeling I associate with a certain dish or the memories that arise when I’m eating, or even smelling, it.

    Here are four my favorite comfort foods, with some of the best recipes I’ve found linked.

    Macaroni and cheese

    I think this is a comfort food for most people. I love the five-cheese variation of the recipe linked here.

    It’s so gooey, warm, and delicious. My husband requested that I make this for his birthday this year, which was just a couple of weeks ago, and it was just as good as the first time we made it together.

    Beef stew

    My cousin makes a great stovetop beef stew, but I also love the slow cooker version. This stew reminds me of snow days, and of long afternoons spent at home with the slow cooker on and this cooking in the background. Even though I’ve eaten it on many other occasions, this stew always reminds me of lazy days and the contentment of not having to go anywhere or do anything besides relax and enjoy a good meal.

    Loaded potato soup

    This is one of my favorite winter meals, but I’ll eat it without a single complaint in the warmer months, too! I love making this at home and it’s just a hearty, tasty meal. I always feel satisfied and the perfect level of full after having this soup.

    Penne vodka

    This will always be one of my favorite meals.

    The best version I’ve had was at a restaurant in the town where my parents live, but sadly it closed a few years ago.

    Being Italian and having a former chef as a mother, penne vodka brings back a lot of happy memories for me, and I’m reminded of my family every time I eat it.

    I do have my own family vodka sauce recipe, which I will probably post at some point in the future.

    Would you be interested in seeing some of my own variations of these yummy comfort foods?

    Comment below to let me know what you think.

    And I hope you all enjoy this sunny Spring Saturday! 😊☀️♥️

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    Recipe: Game Day Guac

    Not sure what to bring to this year’s Super Bowl celebration? Fresh guacamole is always a crowd pleaser!

    It’s easy to make, doesn’t require an oven, and is fairly inexpensive. I make it for my parents’ Super Bowl party every year and it is always a crowd favorite.

    It all started with a basic guacamole recipe I found online years ago. I made a few tweaks and improvements along the way, and it evolved into my own unique recipe.

    This dip is perfect for game day, but it’s also great at any holiday party, home gathering, or for adding a fresh touch to taco night.

    Before we get started, here are a few useful tips:

    1. To save time, complete Step 1 the night before and leave in the fridge, covered, overnight. Since avocados turn brown so quickly, I like to complete Steps 2 and 3 as late as possible (for this weekend I’ll bring the avocados to my parents’ house and just mash them there) to keep the guac as fresh as possible.
    2. If you are completing all steps in advance, smooth out the stop of the guacamole and add a thin layer of water. The water serves as a barrier to oxygen and will prevent browning for a few hours. When it’s time to serve, pour out the water and re-stir your guac.
    3. Feel free to add in 2 teaspoons of freshly-chopped cilantro along with your salt and pepper. I personally don’t like cilantro, so I don’t include it in my recipe, but you can certainly add it here if you wish to do so!

    Okay, now let’s get to the recipe.


    (Serves 2-3 people; double or triple the recipe as needed)

    • 3 fresh avocados
    • 2 plum tomatoes (chopped)
    • 1/2 white onion (chopped)
    • 1/2 lime (juiced)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional, depending on how spicy you like it)

    Step 1: Chop and Combine

    Chop up the tomatoes. onion, and garlic, and combine in a bowl or Tupperware container.

    Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice from each size into the bowl (watch out for the seeds!).

    Stir together and set the wet mixture aside.

    Step 2: Mash

    In a separate bowl, add the avocados (I typically cut them in half, cutting around the seed in the middle, pull out the seed, and then use a spoon to scoop the meat out of the skin. Scrape the sides to make sure you don’t leave any of the green goodness behind!

    For larger serving sizes, add 2-3 avocados, mash them, and then repeat. Otherwise, it gets a little tough mashing up so many avocados at once. I like to use a potato masher, but the back of a large spoon or fork will also work just fine.

    Step 3: Mix it All Up

    Once the avocados are mashed to a consistency you like, gradually stir in the wet mixture.

    Stir in the salt, pepper, and cayenne.

    That’s it! You’re ready to dig in with some chips of your choice.

    Drop a comment below to let me know if you try this recipe, or to share some of your other favorite football-watching snacks!