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Lucky Charms Bars

Lucky Charms is probably one of those cereals you only spring for occasionally — like around St. Patrick’s Day when that devilish little leprechaun gets the best of your diet. But we must admit, the luck-themed sugary marshmallow shapes do add a fun flair to the holiday. This year, upgrade your classic Rice Krispie squares to these Lucky Charms bars. You basically just swap out the cereal in your favorite Rice Krispie recipe. Lucky Charms bars Makes 16 squares Ingredients 6 cups Lucky Charms 4 tbsp butter 1 (10-ounce) package of mini marshmallows Cooking spray Directions Line an 8×8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. (This will help you remove squares and cut them later.) On low heat, melt butter in a large saucepan. Add marshmallows and stir constantly until everything is melted. Pour in cereal and fold until cereal is completely coated with melted marshmallow. Transfer cereal…

Super Simple Shepherd’s Pie

A 20-minute dinner doesn’t get much better than this classic Irish comfort food. It’s perfect for your St. Paddy’s Day celebration, but it’s plenty delicious enough to make all year long. Shepherd’s Pie is one of those foods you’ll find on any March 17 restaurant menu. You’re practically required to eat it at some point in the month of March. It has become as synonymous with the St. Patrick’s Day celebration as pints of green beer — which is to say, that neither the green-dyed drinks nor this beef-based dinner are exactly Irish. Traditional Shepherd’s Pie uses lamb or mutton (It’s Cottage Pie that uses beef). But here in the U.S., we’ve definitely put our own spin on the holiday, so I think this dish gets a pass, too. I like to cut corners with this recipe and get everything pre-chopped so all I have to do is brown some…

10 recipes with beer you need to make for St. Patrick’s Day

You may like to crack open a cold one while you’re cooking, but on March 17, beer is the celebrated drink of the day. Let it inspire your cooking. Enjoy the distinct flavor of your favorite Irish brew at mealtime with one of these popular beer-infused dishes. And don’t worry, the alcohol is cooked out of the recipe, so you’re still free to cheers to St. Paddy with a few extra pints. Also, learn to make the original Irish Coffee. Beer and honey BBQ Chicken Skewers Let these beer beauties marinated overnight, then grill the next day. Recipe here.  Irish BeeF and Guinness Stew Guinness stew is traditionally made with lamb, but you’ll love this delicious big, chunky beef version. Check out the recipe. Slow Cooker Beer Mac & Cheese How do you improve upon mac and cheese? Beer, of course! Get the recipe here. Beer butter mushrooms These smooth and…

Weeknight broccoli chicken divan casserole

Retro dinners are making a comeback. That’s because so many of them were quick, easy, and tasted great. While some recipes will never make it to our tables again, others fell out of favor but are coming back in a big way — just reimagined a bit. Chicken Divan is one of those dishes. It has all of the earmarks of coming from a mid-century Southern housewife — except it originated in New York City! That’s right. The meal was created at the Divan Parisienne Restaurant at the Chatham Hotel in NYC in the early twentieth century, but it’s back and more popular than ever. Classic Chicken Divan is served with broccoli, almonds, and Mornay sauce (a béchamel sauce with shredded cheese). This casserole brings all of the flavors together in a quick and easy weeknight-approved recipe. Broccoli Chicken Divan casserole Ingredients 4 cups fresh broccoli florets 2 cups cooked, cubed…

Quick and easy Indian mango lassi recipe

If you’ve ever gone out to eat at an Indian restaurant and didn’t order a mango lassi, you’re seriously missing out! The mango lassi is a popular Indian drink made by combining yogurt with mangos and milk. This cool, creamy drink is the perfect accompaniment to spicy Indian food and the subcontinent’s hot weather, yet, it’s so good, you’ll want one all of the time no matter where you live. It’s like the most delicious milkshake you’ve ever had, but so much healthier! Here’s an easy recipe that will take you 5 minutes or less. Mango Lassi Ingredients 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and diced 5 tbsp honey (or agave nectar) 1 heaping cup plain yogurt 1/4 cup milk (whole, 2%, 1%, or skim — your choice!) 1 cup ice (optional) Directions Add all ingredients into blender and blend well. Scrape down sides if ingredients are getting stuck. Sample, and adjust…

Grasshopper brownies

These easy Grasshopper brownies are super chocolatey, minty, and ridiculously delicious! A fudgey brownie base is topped with a thick layer of mint frosting, and a thin layer of dark chocolate on top. The flavor combo is inspired by the famous vintage “grasshopper” cocktail made with crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and fresh cream — It’s definitely one decadent drink. And this is one decadent dessert! Chocolate mint fans will find a new favorite in this dreamy recipe. Make it for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration or any time you crave a taste of cool, creamy mint and rich dark chocolate. Grasshopper brownies Ingredients 1 box brownie mix (Also usually calls for water, vegetable oil, eggs, and water) Mint Cream  1/4 cup butter, softened 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream 4 cups powdered sugar about 1/2 tsp mint extract 3-4 drops green food coloring Chocolate ganache…

How to make homemade chili seasoning

Skip the store-bought packets and make your own chili seasoning from scratch with spices you already have in your pantry. There’s a little game in my kitchen I like to play called, “How many tiny bottles of spices can I squeeze onto the shelf.” I have dried spices for all sorts of meals that I made once, needed a specific spice blend, and never made again. Thus, the spice just sits there with others that suffered the same fate, taking up valuable space in my tiny kitchen. Chili powder isn’t one of those. It’s so versatile, I’m actually happy to lend my leftover mix some shelf space. It’s great on everything from chili to tacos to roasted veggies. Put it on potatoes or even on top of mac and cheese or corn on the cob. What can’t you put chili powder on? Here is a spice blend that I want to…

Easy, sweet and tangy Crock Pot honey mustard chicken

Sweet and tangy flavors are so on trend this year. Everywhere you look, popular chefs and major food companies are coming out with incredible new items  inspired by the combo: Think Sriracha honey or sweet chipotle. This honey mustard chicken recipe is right on the mark. It’s a delicious combination of sweet honey and tangy mustard, with just a touch of heat. Choose either boneless chicken breasts or chicken thighs, but whatever you choose, it’s probably going to fall apart in the Crock-Pot — it’s just that moist. Serve with rice, pasta, on a sandwich, or with steamed veggies if you’re all about the low carb life. This chicken and this sauce will taste great no matter how you eat it. Actually this sauce was so fantastic with shrimp, I needed something else to put it on! Try one when you have time to set a Crock-Pot, and the other when…

How to make bone broth

What’s all the fuss about bone broth?  In just a few years, bone broth has gone from specialty shop item to supermarket staple. Stocks and broths have always been available, but only recently has bone broth been sold along side them in the soup aisle, let alone at coffee counters and trendy cafés. Bone broth is a deeper beef stock made by simmering roasted collagen-rich bones in water with a bit of onion, ginger, or other vegetables (optional) for more flavor. After hours of cooking, you’ll get a nutritious, savory broth that can be sipped slowly from your favorite mug or added to other recipes for a nutritious punch. Is bone broth as healthy as people claim?  It is healthy, yes, but beware of anything that claims to be a magical potion. While supporters claim it can help you sleep, reduce joint pain, aid in digestion, and even extend your…

Easy Tomato Basil and Gnocchi soup

Need to thaw out from the winter weather? This recipe combines two of the most delicious cold weather comfort foods on the planet — pasta and soup. A big bowl of this filling soup and you’ll be toasty for hours. What’s even better? It’s ready in less than a half hour. Seriously. A food this delicious that’s also ready in about 25 minutes — you’re going to fall in love with this recipe. If you’re not familiar with gnocchi, you can usually find them in the pasta section at any well-stocked grocery store. They’re often vacuumed-packaged and sold next to the boxed pastas. They might also be in the frozen foods aisle near the ravioli and stuffed shells. So what are they? Confession, this description might be a bit biased because I LOVE gnocchi. They’re these pillowy puffs of pasta with a slightly chewy texture, never tough, always just the…