Month: May 2020



It’s 5 O’clock somewhere!  Reason enough to kick back and relax with this sweet and spicy cocktail.  Sweet guava juice and homemade, a spicy citrus/jalapeno simple syrup pair with tequila for one of the tastiest margaritas around.  Make it a cocktail party by serving these…



This is a vintage recipe that is as tasty today as it was decades ago.  Pickling the eggs gives them a tangy, sweet flavor that goes so well with the creamy, deviled yolks.  It’s subtle and so delicious. Back in the day, this was an…

Meal Prep and Save Time: Things to Last You All Week

Meal Prep and Save Time: Things to Last You All Week

If you’re the only one who cooks for the family, social distancing with the rest of your household might be bringing you to the edge!

Mostly because your whole day is spent preparing and serving food, and then cleaning it all up, you’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to cook food, just to enjoy the process.

So, why not find a way to reduce this wasted time with a little meal prep? Here are some tips I follow when meal prepping, so you can have the rest of the week all to yourself.

Save It For The Weekend

Meal Prep and Save Time

Decide on the recipes you’ll follow and set aside a couple of hours before the weekend to buy all the groceries you’ll need. Start early afternoon and store all your meals in Tupperware. The prepared meals should last you a week and should only require heating or some last-minute additions before you serve them.

Don’t Make Things Complicated

Meal Prep and Save Time

Meal prep is not an opportunity for you to try complicated recipes with too many ingredients. Stick to the old tried-and-tested methods and choose recipes that you know everyone will like. For example, if your family has a preference for chicken, prep for something like homemade chicken Caesar salad or Moist boneless skinless chicken breast recipe. It’s delicious and light, yet fulfilling too.

Invest in Fresh Ingredients

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Pre-cut produce, whole chicken—whatever you need, don’t waste time in getting bits and pieces or bringing in the veggies so you can cut them later. With something like cilantro or potatoes, it’s simpler just to cut them. But for any difficult-to-prepare veggies and fruits like mango or butternut squash, I’d recommend buying the pre-cut product. It’s still cheaper and more accessible.

Buy Clear Containers

Meal Prep and Save Time


“High-quality and BPA-free,” that’s what you need. With such containers, you’ll also get the option to have clear lids. Shop for those in multiple sizes, and add in a few glass containers while you’re at it. Having a clear view of how much food there is will prevent you from mindlessly gobbling down mouthfuls of the food.

Invest in a Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are a lifesaver, especially for large families. There are plenty of recipes available online for slow cooking (some I’m experimenting with as well), so you should have no problem cooking up a double batch for the next week while you prepare the other meals.

Stick to a Routine

Meal Prep and Save Time: Things to Last You All Week

Like I said, make things easy.

If your family loved the Classic patty melt recipe, make it a staple for every other week. You don’t need to stick to the same seven recipes, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t limit yourself to cooking the top fourteen things your family likes and switching the menu up now and then. This way, nothing will go to waste!

Stay Strong!

Do what you can to ease the burden off you. These are uncertain times, so everyone is feeling a little on edge. So, lighten the load by meal prepping for the week ahead. And use this free time to meditate and have some fun family time!


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This old-fashioned Southern salad is surprisingly delicious and veggie-filled.  It’s a dish that you would expect to see at a barbecue, family reunion, or a potluck dinner – homey and satisfying.  You know, the one you find yourself craving for days to come.  I like…



This Southern dessert recipe is a tender, buttery pound cake with a luscious caramel flavor from the brown sugar.  Serve it with ice cream, or fresh fruit, whipped cream, or caramel sauce for a homey and satisfying dessert. Growing up, Sundays were filled with family,…

Indulge in these 4 Guilt-Free Healthy Recipes for Your At-Home Cravings

Indulge in these 4 Guilt-Free Healthy Recipes for Your At-Home Cravings

Living through a pandemic is stressful. So, if you’ve been reaching for that bag of chips and cookies more than once a day, I won’t blame you.

Yet, even in these days of uncertainty, we mustn’t forget that this isn’t a vacation. Even at home, we must maintain a proper routine. Following your daily workout, sleeping 8 hours a day, and eating healthy!

For that last part, here are some recipes on offer to help you indulge when times get tough, without letting you worry about your waistline.

1. Strawberries Romanoff

A bowl of Strawberries romanoff recipe packs a whopping 140 calories, so you can happily indulge in a serving without stressing out about the extra sweetness. Light and creamy with a subtle hint of tart and sugar from these strawberries, this recipe is an early morning treat that’ll have you energized for the day ahead.

Strawberries Romanoff

2. Crispy Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

Chickpeas are a popular healthy snack, so you’re safe here. The recipe only uses four ingredients, including chickpeas, and takes about 5 – 10 minutes, making it a perfect midnight snack or just something to snack on while working from home.

Crispy Spicy Roasted Chickpeas

3. Sweet Green Smoothie

Sweet Green Smoothie

Never tried one? Start with this delicious smoothie that’s made using a combination of fruits and vegetables. Using apples, kiwi, avocado, mint, almond milk, and a bunch of other ingredients, I was able to come up with a healthy morning smoothie that slides down smooth and doesn’t taste too much like kale or spinach, just fresh deliciousness!

4. Vegetarian Migas Tacos

Vegetarian Migas Tacos

This recipe is a vegetarian variation of the classic meaty taco. But be warned, this also uses one tablespoon of cream and Monterey Jack Cheese. So, you may want to skip having this delicious feast at one in the morning. Instead, make a bunch for dinner and freeze the mixture, so you can munch on one in the days to come. This recipe uses onions, avocadoes, jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, and eggs to give it that satisfying, fulfilling taste, so you can be sure you won’t get tired of them any time soon.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy!

A report by the BBC on lockdown eating recommends eating food that’s high in fiber and protein and emphasizes on veggies and fruits.

So, make the recipes above for yourself and your household, and let us know how you like them!

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This easy grilled side dish is so full of flavor and ready in about 30 minutes.  The best part of the recipe is how easily it can be customized to your family’s favorite veggies.  I like to serve this with an Ultimate Tomahawk Steak, some…



This Barbecue Bloody Mary recipe is a tangy vodka cocktail with a surprising punch of flavor from the addition of barbecue sauce.  This lovely libation is the perfect blend of salty, savory, smoky, and tangy.  What could be a better way to start off brunch,…

Stressed Spelt Backward is Desserts! Melt Away All Your Exhaustion with These Simple Recipes!

Stressed Spelt Backward is Desserts! Melt Away All Your Exhaustion with These Simple Recipes!

You’re home for the foreseeable future because you’re practicing . And slowly but surely, the panic is starting setting in.

Being someone who likes to be productive with their time, having too much of it is making you run out of things to stay busy, even though you’d initially planned a jam-packed schedule.

So, what do you do?

As someone who loves food, I always turn to cooking to de-stress. And what better way to let the exhaustion of the day melt off, then by making some sweet treats! Here are some of my picks for simple, easy treats you can make with the family.

Whip them up and make a day of cooking some stress-relieving delicacies that’ll hit that sweet spot!

Strawberries Romanoff

Strawberries Romanoff

This is a simple and easy recipe you can easily make with the kiddies. Although it’s a typical breakfast recipe, there’s no reason why you can’t have this refreshing dessert at any time of day. It’s light, creamy and sweet, but not heavy on the palette. So, you won’t feel overwhelmed with the flavor after the first two bites.

The Ultimate Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

These Mexican hot chocolate cookies recipe with a twist will leave you wanting more!

Soft inside with a crispy outside, these cookies are made using spices and cacao so that you won’t have any added sugars and fats intruding the flavor profile. My recipe uses cinnamon, chili and cayenne to kick things up a notch. But if you have a sensitive palette, don’t worry. The recipe doesn’t call for heaping helpings of the spice.

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp

We could all use a little bit of comfort right about now, so why not try a good old fashioned apple crisp, like nana used to make!

This recipe can be served with homemade whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. However you want it, just be sure to use the right apples, so the flavors don’t clash. My preference is Granny Smith Apples, although you can also go with Macintosh or Gala.

Creamy Matcha Lychee Ice Cream

Creamy Matcha Lychee Ice Cream

The Matcha-lychee combination might catch you by surprise. But if you think about it, it’s a match made in heaven. Pairing the sweet, delicious nectar of lychee with the subtle tropical hit of Matcha—this ice cream is creamy and light, and one you’ll want to have another bowlful of.

The great thing about this ice cream recipe is that though I use an ice cream maker for it, you can also make this without one. So, don’t lose hope!

Mousse Au Chocolate

Mousse Au Chocolate

Can you have a dessert blog without talking about chocolate?

The Mousse Au Chocolat is a delicious, smooth, airy, but creamy chocolate dessert that delivers depth in flavor without overdoing the sweetness. With the mousse recipe, I’ve experimented a bit with the ingredient consistency to bring it to the flavors I once had in Paris. So, you can be sure this classic recipe will hit that spot just right!

Say goodbye to the monotony of staying at home, and add some sweetness to your life with these recipes. Be sure to let me know how you like them!

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If you have never had a Japanese pancake, then you’re in for a treat.  They are sweet, tender, and almost souffle-like.  They’re not as ‘eggy’ as a Dutch Baby pancake and more light and fluffy than traditional pancakes.  They’re worth the extra effort and are…

Cheer up Your Kids With These Scrumptious Dessert Recipes

Cheer up Your Kids With These Scrumptious Dessert Recipes

Making desserts with your little ones can be a great bonding experience. If your kids get all excited with the idea of soft cakes, crispy light cookies, and delish frozen treats, make them a part of your baking time! While it’s fair for mothers to…



These loaded smashed potatoes are a perfect side dish or appetizer!  Potatoes that are crispy on the edges and fluffy inside then topped with all the goodness of a loaded baked potato.

I seem to always be looking for a new and different side dish.  Meal boredom is real.  Well, no worries because we can relieve that boredom and tantalize your family’s tastebuds with this recipe.

Each little smashed potato has just the right ratio of topping to potato.  Loaded potato skins have way too much topping and loaded baked potatoes are just too filling for a side dish.


First, you are going to boil small potatoes.

Then those potatoes are going to be tossed in melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper.

Next, ya smash them and bake them.

Top with cheese and bacon and return to the oven to melt the cheese.

Top with sour cream and green onions.

Then sit back and enjoy the praise from your family.

A plate with a baked, smashed baby potato waiting to be topped with cheddar cheese and bacon.

Smashed potatoes with melted cheese and crispy bacon, waiting to be garnished with sour cream and chopped green onions.


  • Make a Tex-Mex version.  Add a teaspoon of taco seasoning to the melted butter instead of the garlic, salt, and pepper.  Use Monterey Jack cheese instead of the cheddar, and top with a jalapeno slice.
  • Go Greek!  A teaspoon of Greek seasoning in the butter and top with sliced olives and feta.
  • Do a pizza potato by using Italian seasoning in the butter, diced pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese.

While these loaded smashed potatoes g.o with any type of meat, I like serving them with Copycat Old Bay Hot Sauce and Maryland Hot Wings or Perfectly Moist Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.  If I’m doing heavy appetizers, these go great alongside a bowl of Crispy Spicy Chickpeas, cool Shrimp Cocktail, and a Vodka Collins to wash it all down.

A plate with a baby potato that has been boiled, smashed into a patty and then browned in garlic butter. It's then baked with cheddar cheese and bacon, then garnished with sour cream and chopped green onion. This loaded smashed potato has all the flavors of your favorite loaded baked potato.

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A plate with a baby potato that has been boiled, smashed into a patty and then browned in garlic butter. It's then baked with cheddar cheese and bacon, then garnished with sour cream and chopped green onion. This loaded smashed potato has all the flavors of your favorite loaded baked potato.


  • Author: Eats By The Beach
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 4 - 6 1x


These loaded smashed potatoes have all the flavors and textures of your favorite loaded baked potato.  They make a great side dish and a hearty appetizer.



1 pound baby potatoes

¼ cup melted butter

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon Kosher salt 

1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

10 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

Sour cream

Chopped green onion, use the green tops only


Place the potatoes into a large pot and cover with water.  Add a healthy handful of salt.  The water should have enough salt to taste like the ocean.

Bring the potatoes to a boil and allow to cook until tender when pierced with a knife – about 15 minutes.

Drain the potatoes in a colander and allow to cool.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Set aside.

In a large bowl, add the melted butter, garlic, Kosher salt, and black pepper.  Stir to combine.

Slide the cooled potatoes into the bowl and toss to coat them with the butter mixture.

Dump the potatoes and butter mixture onto the prepared pan.

Use the bottom of a glass to smash the potatoes into a flattened round.  Don’t flatten them too much.

Bake the potatoes until they are crispy around the edges, about 20 minutes.  Remove the pan from the oven.

Top with the cheddar and bacon.  Return the pan to the oven and bake another 3 -5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Remove the potatoes from the oven.

Carefully top each one with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped green onion.

Serve hot.

  • Category: Side Dish or Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: side dish recipe, side dish, appetizer, appetizer recipe, loaded baked potato recipe, loaded smashed potatoes, potato recipes, cheesy recipes

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This Mexican dessert is a moist, dense chocolate cake, scented with cinnamon and cayenne layered with a creamy vanilla flan and a goat’s milk caramel sauce.  It’s like two desserts in one. As we all #stayathometogether, comfort food takes on a whole new meaning.  I…

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Boost Your Appetite With These Flavor Bursting Jalapeno Poppers

Boost Your Appetite With These Flavor Bursting Jalapeno Poppers

Delicious and aromatic appetizers have the power to wake you up and dive in for a hearty meal with friends or set you in the mood for a dinner date. If you’re looking for an appetizer that delivers a burst of flavor in your mouth, here’s our all-time favorite extra flavorful jalapeno poppers recipe just for you!

What You’ll Need

  • Fresh jalapenos: 10 – 12, halved vertically, and seeded
  • Cream cheese: 8 ounces, softened
  • cheddar cheese: 1 cup, shredded
  • Monterey Jack cheese: 1 cup, shredded
  • Green onions: 1, finely chopped
  • Salt: ¼ tsp
  • Garlic powder: ¼ tsp
  • Chili powder: ¼ tsp
  • Cumin: ¼ tsp
  • Bacon: 10 – 12, thin sliced
  • Brown sugar: 3 tbsp
  • Ranch dressing for the dip

Boost Your Appetite With These Flavor Bursting Jalapeno Poppers 2

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Put the jalapenos on a cutting board and cut them into halves vertically. Cut off the stem, and spoon out any veins and seeds inside the jalapenos.
  2. Place a piece of foil on to a large baking pan and keep it aside.
  3. Allow the oven preheat at 400 Fahrenheit.
  4. Take a large mixing bowl and add cheddar cheese, cream cheese, Monterey jack cheese, green onions, garlic powder and other spices in it. When the cheese filling is mixed well, start with filling process.
  5. Take one jalapeno half, fill it with the delicious cheese filling, and wrap the juicy pink bacon slice around it. Repeat this with all other jalapeno halves. If you feel like the bacon wrap will come off or it’s loose, poke each jalapeño with a toothpick to secure the bacon slice.
  6. Take another bowl and combine brown sugar and ¼ tsp of chili powder. Mix it well and coat a layer of this mixture on each cheese filled bacon wrapped jalapeno. Keep arranging the jalapenos on the foil-lined baking pan one by one.
  7. Place the pan in the preheated oven and let the jalapenos bake for no more than 20 to 25 minutes. When the jalapenos begin to look soft and bacon looks crispy and brown on its edges, take the pan out of the oven, and let the poppers rest on it in room temperature for ten minutes.
  8. Serve them on a beautiful platter and you’re done!

That was quick and easy, right? Read more on how you can pick the best jalapenos to make these jalapenos extra flavorful!

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