Rosemary-citrus Turkey

This is my thanksgiving turkey recipe. It is easy, delicious, and makes it so moist. Everything you want in a turkey!


2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh or dried orange peel
1-1/2 teaspoons grated fresh or dried lemon peel
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

In a small bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Place turkey, breast side up, on a rack in a roasting pan; pat dry. Brush with oil; rub rosemary mixture over turkey.
Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2-3/4 to 3-1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 180°, basting occasionally with pan drippings. (Cover loosely with foil if turkey browns too quickly.) Cover and let stand for 20 minutes before carving. Yield: 13-15 servings.

From Taste of Home magazine

Cheesy Brown Beef and Rice Casserole



This is so good. I used reduced fat cheese and sour cream and still thought it was creamy and delicious.

original recipe

What you need:
1 lbs ground beef
2 onions, diced
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 small can tomato sauce
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese
salt, pepper, oregano
1 cup frozen peas

How you make it:
Preheat oven to 350° F
Spray a skillet with cooking spray and turn on the heat to high.
Roast the onions for a few minutes
Add ground beef and garlic, brown the ground beef completely, turn heat to medium.
Spice with salt, pepper and oregano how you like it.
Add rice, peas tomato sauce, 1 cup cheese and broth, and let simmer for 3 minutes.
Transfer everything into a casserole dish and bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile combine the rest of the cheese with the sour cream.
After 15 minutes put the cheese/sour cream mixture on top of your casserole and bake for another 15 minutes.

One Pan Chicken Alfredo

This was absurdly easy. It was also crazy delicious. I forgot to add the parsley and I doubled the pasta and liquid to make a bigger batch.


One Pan Chicken Alfredo
Author: Melissa @ No. 2 Pencil
Recipe type: Dinner
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 30 mins
Serves: 4

An easy, One Pan Chicken Alfredo Pasta dish.
3 tablespoon of olive oil
1¼ pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cups of low sodium chicken broth
1 cup of heavy cream
½ a pound of penne pasta, or any bite-sized shape pasta, uncooked
2 cups of freshly shredded real parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Flat leaf parsley for garnish
Start by cutting chicken breasts into 1 inch pieces. Season with ½ a teaspoon of kosher salt and a few turns of pepper.
Brown chicken in olive oil over medium high heat.
It does not need to be cooked through at this point, it will continue cooking as it simmers.
Once chicken is browned, add minced garlic and saute for about one minute.
Add chicken broth, cream, and uncooked pasta to pan and stir.
Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender.
Remove from heat and stir in shredded parmesan cheese.
Season with salt and pepper as needed.
Note: Keep pan covered while pasta and chicken simmer.

Chicken and Black Bean Casserole


This was easy to assemble and had great flavor. I used a rotisserie chicken because I was low on time.

2 cups diced or shredded chicken breast meat (or for extra lazy days use a rotisserie chicken)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon garlic powder
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chili peppers, drained
1 (10 oz) can red enchilada sauce
8 (6 inch) corn tortillas
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 (8 oz) container sour cream
Preheat the oven to 375°. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Sauté chicken with cumin, garlic powder and coriander until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the cilantro, black beans, and green chili peppers.
Spread half of the enchilada sauce over the bottom of an 11×7 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Place 4 tortillas over the sauce, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas, and sprinkle with half of the cheese and half of the sour cream.
Spoon the remaining enchilada sauce over the cheese, and make another layer of tortillas. Layer the remaining chicken mixture over the tortillas.
Cover dish with a lid or aluminum foil. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven.
Remove the cover, and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and dot with sour cream. Continue cooking, uncovered, for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

By The Girl Who Ate Everything

Garlic Roasted Shrimp

I loved this, it was really easy and scrumptious. I bet even non-shrimp lovers would find this good.


1 lb. raw shrimp, deveined and peeled (I pull the tails off beforehand too) 4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. white wine
salt and pepper
1/4 cup (4 Tbsp.) melted butter
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 Tbsp. fresh Italian-leaf parsley, chopped half of a lemon (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine the shrimp, garlic, and white wine. Stir to combine, then pour into a baking dish. Spread out evenly, and then season with salt and pepper.
In another bowl, use a fork to mix melted butter, Panko, and parsley until well combined. With your fingers, sprinkle the mixture evenly in the baking dish over the shrimp.
Transfer dish to oven and bake until the shrimp are pink and opaque, about 15-18 minutes.


Chicken Piccata

This was yummy. I didn’t end up using the honey or capers, and it still turned out great. I doubled the recipe which worked just fine.


2 chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 lemon, juice
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
Heat the oil and butter in a pan over medium heat.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper and fry until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side and set aside.
Add the garlic to the pan and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
Add the wine to the pan and deglaze it.
Add the broth, lemon juice, honey and capers in the pan and simmer until the liquids have reduce by half, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in the butter, season with salt and pepper, mix in the parsley, return chicken to pan and toss to coat.

From Closet Cooking recipes

Chicken and Rice


This is a dish my mom taught me to make years ago. It’s great for Sunday mornings when you want something quick to assemble but will be ready when you get home. This recipe is for a 9×13 pan.
2 cans French onion soup
1 and 1/2 cups rice (brown or white, but if you use brown use 3x the amount of liquid to rice ratio)
1.5 cups water
Chicken to fill the pan (I always use drumsticks, they’re cheap and we love dark meat in this house, I used about 2 regular sized packages of drumsticks in my pan)
Lawry’s seasoned salt to taste
Small pats of butter

Line the bottom of your pan with the rice. Lay your chicken on top. Spread the butter all around the pan. Sprinkle liberal amounts of the seasoned salt on top of the chicken. Dump the French onion soup evenly over the chicken, followed by the water. Cover with foil and bake at 300 degrees for 4 hours.

Baked Meatballs (Subs)

These were really easy and really yummy. I put them into subs with some mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce, my husband inhaled them!



1 lb hamburger
2 eggs, beaten with 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup bread crumbs
1 small onion, minced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
Ground pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Mix all ingredients. Form into golfball sized meatballs. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 mins.

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

This was so good, I can’t put it into words. Creamy and delicious is all I will say. Also, I didn’t use the red pepper flakes because I didn’t have any. I used regular pepper instead, just a light dusting of it. I also used less lemon juice than called for, approximately 1 tsp.



1 12-oz box pasta (I used bowties)
1 tsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 8 oz package reduced fat cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 14 oz can artichoke hearts (packed in water), drained and chopped
10 oz chopped, frozen spinach, thawed, with as much excess water squeezed out as possible
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
Additional Parmesan for serving
Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and add garlic. Cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Slowly stir in milk, then add sour cream, lemon juice, salt and red pepper flakes. Stir in artichoke hearts, spinach, and parmesan cheese.

Drain pasta and add to artichoke mix. Toss and season to taste with salt and additional lemon juice as needed. Serve with additional shredded Parmesan.

Herbed-Cheese Stuffed Salmon

The easiest recipe ever. The least fishy tasting fish dish ever. It’s rich, moist, and 100% delectable.


1 lemon
1 5.2-oz. container semisoft cheese with garlic and herbs
Sea salt or salt
1 cup soft bread crumbs (about 1-1/2 slices)
1/3 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese (1-1/2 oz.)
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 Tbsp. pine nuts, toasted

1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse fish; pat dry. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Finely shred enough peel from lemon to make 2 teaspoons; cut lemon in wedges and set aside. In small bowl combine semisoft cheese and lemon peel. In top of each fillet, from about 1/2 inch from one edge, cut a pocket taking care not to cut all the way through the fish. (If fillet is thin, cut into the fish at an angle.) Spoon cheese mixture into pockets. Season fish with salt. Place in shallow baking pan. Set aside.
2. In small bowl combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, butter, and pine nuts; sprinkle over fillets, pressing lightly. Bake, uncovered, about 14 minutes or until salmon flakes when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 6 servings.