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Bacon, Havarti and Arugula Quiche

With Easter right around the corner, I’ve been starting to think of some tasty brunch items to include on my menu. This quiche is somewhat unique because it uses phyllo dough for the crust instead of pastry dough, providing a wonderful flaky texture. The creamy and slightly sweet Havarti cheese pairs beautifully with the salty Bacon, Havarti and Arugula Quiche

Jalapeno Cheese Grits

Grits are one of my favorite side dishes because they are super creamy and comforting. This side dish is ready in under 10 minutes and packs huge flavor! Serve this with shrimp or sausage and dinner is ready in no time. Boil milk in a medium saucepan. Slowly stir in grits, salt and pepper. 2. Jalapeno Cheese Grits

Mediterranean Baked Chicken

Chicken can be quite boring, but this is definitely an exception. This chicken is marinated with an abundance of flavors and baked to a beautiful golden brown. Serve this with farro, quinoa or pasta. This dish is great for a weeknight meal, but would also be great for entertaining! Pair with a crisp white wine Mediterranean Baked Chicken

Cardamom Orange Rice Pudding

Rice pudding was one of my Grandma’s favorite desserts, so I always love making it. It’s creamy and comforting and super simple to make. The cardamom adds a wonderful depth of flavor and the orange zest adds brightness. I used golden raisins, pistachios and shredded coconut as my add-ins, but any dried fruit or nuts Cardamom Orange Rice Pudding

Pineapple Ginger Meatballs

Meatballs are one of my favorite meal prep items because they are super flavorful and reheat well. These meatballs are the perfect combo of sweet, sour and spicy. I recommend serving this over rice or rice noodles if you’re having it as a meal, but you could also serve this as a fun appetizer on Pineapple Ginger Meatballs

Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a favorite snack in our household. They are so flavorful and it’s easy to make them in a variety of ways. Sometimes I’ll set up a deviled egg bar where friends can garnish their eggs with a variety of toppings like capers, sundried tomatoes, fresh herbs, smoked salmon, crumbled cheeses, etc. These Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs

Shrimp Creole

With the holidays behind us, I’m ready to incorporate some lighter meals into our weekly routine. This dish is on the table in less than 30 minutes, but tastes like it’s been stewing for hours. I served mine with white rice, but this would also be good with grits or zucchini noodles. Heat butter in Shrimp Creole