Crispy Baked Cheeseburger Tacos with How Sweet Eats House Sauce.

We love these crispy baked cheeseburger tacos! It’s like cheeseburger meets crunchy taco, drizzled in my delicious house sauce. You have to try it! Today we’re putting a burger in a taco and eating it! Please forgive me.  This is another easy and delish weeknight meal that is a big hit in our house. With […]

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We love these crispy baked cheeseburger tacos! It’s like cheeseburger meets crunchy taco, drizzled in my delicious house sauce. You have to try it!

Today we’re putting a burger in a taco and eating it!

crispy baked cheeseburger tacos

Please forgive me. 

This is another easy and delish weeknight meal that is a big hit in our house. With everyone! It’s like a cheesy burger meets taco in a crispy shell. It’s simple to eat, you can make a bunch at once on a sheet pan and they are dippable too.

Yes dippable. Let’s make that a new word. Dippable foods are the best foods!

how sweet eats house sauce

Have you made my cheeseburger tostadas yet?! Oh they are SO so good. Crunchy tortillas, flavorful beef/ground turkey, my house sauce – they’re dreamy!

These are kind of like those, but made into tacos. A mash of of the cheeseburger tostadas and my crispy baked chicken tacos that we love so much. Lots of flavor, lots of texture and the best part is that they are BAKED. 

ground turkey with ketchup and mustard

The tacos get SO crunchy and crispy in the oven. Especially when the cheese oozes out of the tortilla onto the baking sheet, and also gets crispy and crunchy… oh my word. 

LOVE.IT.

That’s easily my favorite part. I will always steal all the burnt, bubbly cheese off of any dish.

baked burger tortilla on a sheet pan

This is why I love them so much:

They are fully customizable. I like to use ground turkey or ground beef. You could even use the impossible beef or something similar.to make it plant based.

Add WHATEVER ingredients you like! Yes yes yes. You can throw in some mushrooms and onions. Maybe some diced green chiles. Whatever sounds good to you and whatever you like.

Same with the cheese. Go traditional with cheddar or try blue cheese (maybe add bacon!?) or even swiss cheese (definitely do the mushrooms then!). Options are endless. Especially if you’re a cheese lover. Also known as the best kind of person. 

Add all the fixings to serve! Same as above – use what you love here. Different sauces. My house sauce!! Different toppings or vegetables. Anything extra to make it more of a “meal” – you know what I’m saying?

crispy baked cheeseburger tacos

Here’s how the baked cheeseburger tacos go down:

My preference is ground turkey most of the time. Whether using ground beef or ground turkey, be sure to season it with salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard. 

OH YES. I said ketchup and mustard. I’ve talked about this in my other burger-ish recipes (like my cheeseburger chopped salad!), but adding these gives it a true burger flavor. It doesn’t taste like mustard, I promise.

The filling is just the ground beef mixture and cheese. If you add anything else, add it to the skillet with the beef. 

Make sure your tortillas are warm! This helps them fold without breaking. You also don’t want to overstuff said tortillas.

Get some olive oil spray. I use this daily. Spray the sheet pan and outsides of the tortillas help them get so super crispy and delicious. The crunch is unreal!

Then it’s time to bake. And wait! While you wait, chop some tomatoes, lettuce and definitely get out the pickled onions in your fridge because I know you have them! They are life giving. Make the house sauce. Also life giving. 

Serve it all up and ENJOY.

crispy baked cheeseburger tacos with house sauce

These are something the whole family absolutely loves. They have so much texture and crunch, are loaded with flavor, are fun to eat and are super satisfying too. (more…)

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Vodka Sauce Chicken Parmesan.

This vodka sauce chicken parmesan is a fun spin on the classic! Crispy chicken, rich vodka sauce and melty mozzarella cheese. It’s so good! When dinner has a blanket of cheese on it, you know it’s going to be delish. We love absolutely everything about this chicken parmesan with vodka sauce. It is SO flavorful, […]

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This vodka sauce chicken parmesan is a fun spin on the classic! Crispy chicken, rich vodka sauce and melty mozzarella cheese. It’s so good!

When dinner has a blanket of cheese on it, you know it’s going to be delish.

vodka sauce chicken parmesan

We love absolutely everything about this chicken parmesan with vodka sauce. It is SO flavorful, so satisfying, one of our ultimate comforting dinners that everyone freaks over. Really! 

And can you blame us? Just look at it.

vodka sauce chicken parmesan

Chicken parm is easily one of Eddie’s favorite dishes. I love to surprise him with it! Since I grew up not loving tomato sauce, chicken parm was never a dish I cared about. I probably didn’t even truly eat it until my 20s. 

It’s also a dish that Max has always loved to help me make. He loves dredging the chicken in the flour, dipping it, cooking it, covering it with sauce and cheese – you name it. He asks to make it all the time and it’s so cute.

crispy chicken with vodka sauce

And why not make it with vodka sauce all the time?! Only the best sauce ever. So much better than marinara!

Now that I’ve shared my favorite vodka sauce pasta and my vodka sauce pizza recipe, I’ve got one more dish here for you that uses the fantastic sauce. 

I mean, you can have a week of vodka sauce meals! I wouldn’t complain.

vodka sauce chicken parmesan

This is how the deliciousness goes down:

The vodka sauce is decadent and creamy. I use a base of tomato pasta, shallots and garlic then bring it together with starchy pasta water and cream. Oh and parmesan. Of course!

P.S. I offer a great substitution below in the recipe if you aren’t making pasta – you don’t need the starchy water. 

Our favorite chicken cutlets are lightly breaded with the perfect amount of crisp. We love thin-sliced chicken breasts with just a spoonful of the sauce on top!

I tend to use seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan cheese because the flavor is incredible.

Then finish everything off with sliced fresh mozzarella that gets bubbly and melty in the oven.

vodka sauce chicken parmesan

Because the vodka sauce is so rich, I knew I wanted to do a lighter breading on the chicken. The flour + egg + breadcrumb combo just seemed too heavy for this, plus I knew it wouldn’t stay as crunchy either with the vodka sauce. 

So I used the method of butter + breadcrumbs here and we are obsessed. I love how the chicken turns out. You lightly brush the butter all over the chicken breast so the bread crumbs have something to adhere to. Then dip the chicken in the breadcrumbs and you’re good to go! 

vodka sauce chicken parmesan

A quick pan-fry in the skillet to get the chicken crispy happens next. Then I top with some of the vodka sauce, some fresh mozzarella, and bake just until the chicken is cooked through. It’s juicy and tender and ridiculously flavorful. 

It’s so versatile too! Eat it with pasta, on a salad, in a wrap, with a side.  (more…)

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BAKED DUCK LEGS WITH POTATOES, ONIONS, AND PEARS

There’s a magical combination of spices here. You get a full, complex flavor and aroma in an oriental style. Anise, rosemary, cinnamon, and onion combine and dance for your receptors.

I already have a great recipe for Christmas-flavored duck legs. It’s popular and everyone likes it. That’s Duck legs baked with tangerines, apples, and Chinese five-spice powder.  Check out both of these duck leg and thigh recipes.

This recipe for duck legs is very quick and easy. You just need to put them in a baking dish, just don’t forget to flip them. If you don’t have pears, you can replace them with apples or don’t use any fruit at all. 

There’s a magical combination of spices here. You get a full, complex flavor and aroma in an oriental style. Anise, rosemary, cinnamon, and onion combine and dance for your receptors.

Ок, How to cook a duck leg?

Baked duck leg with potato, onions, and pears

Recipe

duck legs with potatoes, onions, and pears
Baked duck legs with potato, onions, and pears
PREP TIME COOK TIME MAKES
3 minutes 90 minutes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

  • 2 duck legs
  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 medium pears
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2 stars of Chinese anise (badian)
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1-2 pinches chili pepper (flakes or regular)
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ⅔ tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F.
  2. Mix together the oil, soy sauce, honey, salt, pepper, chili, cinnamon, and rosemary leaves.
  3. Place the duck legs in a large, deep baking dish. Brush them liberally with the marinade on both sides. Place the Chinese anise stars.
  1. Bake for 1 hour. Turn the duck every 20 minutes. 
  2. When the marinade begins to scorch (in about 20-30 minutes), add 2 tbsp water to the baking dish.
  3. Peel the potatoes. Cut into halves. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil, and cook until half-cooked, 10 minutes. Drain the water and lightly salt.
  4. Peel the onion and cut it into four pieces.

After an hour, go back to the duck. Check its readiness with a wooden skewer or toothpick. The duck should pierce and fall off the toothpick easily. If the duck is still tough, continue to cook it at the same temperature, turning it over and don’t add the vegetables yet.

  1. After one hour, increase the temperature to 210°C / 410°F. Add the potatoes and onions to the duck in the baking dish. Spread the gravy over the vegetables and bake for 15-20 minutes. Don’t forget to flip the duck!
  1. Cut the pear into 4 pieces (into 6 pieces if the pear is large). Cut out the core with a knife.
  1. Add the pear to the baking dish. Put the duck skin side up. Coat all the vegetables and duck with the gravy with a cooking brush. Bake until the pears are cooked through, about 10 minutes.

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This chicken soup risotto is sponsored by ALDI! This chicken soup risotto is the ultimate comfort food. All the flavors of chicken noodle soup in a creamy parmesan risotto. It’s a serious hug in a bowl. 

Chicken soup risotto is on the menu tonight!

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Oh YES. We have a creamy, dreamy risotto that is loaded with chicken and vegetables, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and served with so much love. It’s the ultimate fall comfort food and I can’t wait for you to try it! 

chopped carrots and celery

I’m so excited to be partnering with ALDI again today to bring you this delicious chicken soup risotto! Right now, I’m all about the cozy flavors and comforting meals. ALDI is my go-to for high-quality and affordable ingredients and seasonal eats, which is fantastic because there is one right in my backyard.

We can always find everything we need at ALDI, from snacks for school, to dinner ingredients and seasonal treats. In fact, there are lots of things that we can only find at ALDI, some of our tried and true favorites like cheese, olive oil, organic chicken and produce. You just can’t beat the prices and the quality.

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I always get SO excited in the fall to see all the seasonal eats that ALDI has released. Shopping there is so efficient and it’s so easy for me to find what I need. When it comes to a meal like this, I can grab all the ingredients I need quickly and have dinner on the table in a little over 30 minutes!

Today, it’s allll about the coziest bowl of risotto – that tastes just like chicken soup! I call it chicken soup risotto because it technically has all the flavor of soup… without the soup part. Instead of noodles, we have rice! And instead of it being a super brothy soup, we cook the rice in the stock until it’s creamy and rich and spoonable. 

Basically, it’s fantastic.

chicken soup risotto

I’m also thrilled to tell you that you can make fabulous risotto with long grain white rice. 

Yes!! 

It works so well – is so easy – and super affordable. You can make a fancy risotto dish using the Earthly Grains Long Grain White Rice and it will be absolutely delicious. 

We want all the flavors of chicken soup here, so I start with the basics: onions, carrots and celery. I’m not the biggest fan of celery, but I never leave it out of my chicken soup. So we’re keeping it in here too. Those three ingredients are the building blocks of flavor for this risotto.

chicken soup risotto

I’m also using the Simply Nature Organic Chicken Breasts. This is a great weeknight meal because you need cooked chicken, meaning you can use leftover chicken! Whether it’s grilled or roasted or seared, you need some shredded or cubed cooked chicken to make this whole thing come together.

Now the secret to really wonderful risotto is toasting the rice in butter. This adds an incredible depth of flavor – a nutty almost brown butter-ish taste that will make the dish shine. So you toast the rice with some onions and garlic, then throw in the celery and carrots. 

chicken soup risotto

Next, I warm up some Simply Nature Organic Chicken Broth. The key is to slowly stir the warm broth into the rice and vegetables, adding a few ladles at a time. 

Risotto has a reputation of being high maintenance, and well – that isn’t untrue. You do need to stir the stock into your risotto while it cooks to develop the creamy rice texture and rich flavor, so it takes a bit of hands-on time. But it’s totally worth it! 

Once the risotto is ready, I stir in the chicken and some parmesan cheese. This flavor is spot on, because I usually use a rind of parmesan cheese in my chicken soup! Spritz in a bit of lemon for brightness, toss in some parsley and it’s ready!  (more…)

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These pesto meatball melts are a satisfying weeknight meal! Pesto turkey meatballs on a toasty baguette with lots of cheese. Delish!

Have a ton of garden basil hanging around? I’ve got you covered!

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These pesto meatball melts make for the most satisfying weeknight meal. They are super versatile and a great way to utilize some pesto you may have at the end of the summer season! 

pesto on a baguette

This is one of those meals that I *thought* would be good, but didn’t realize just HOW good it would be until I started making it regularly. 

Oh my word. 

We LOVE this dish. It’s so flavorful and a different way to enjoy meatballs.

turkey pesto meatballs

I got the idea of the melt from my french onion meatballs. Love serving those on top of sourdough. I didn’t want to make a full blown meatball sub with these, but I knew I wanted to do something cheesy and sandwichy.

Sandwichy. I guess that’s a word now. 

So meatball melts were born! 

pesto meatball melts

I like using sliced baguettes here, but of course you could use toast or even a bun if it’s what you have on hand. And my preference is to use ground turkey, but of course you can use ground chicken or beef too!

I love adding the pesto to meatballs because it’s like the pesto is working overtime for you. The pesto is already loaded with basil and garlic and parmesan. Adding that to the meatballs means it’s almost all we have to add – no need for a ton of stuff! I do this in my mini pesto meatball soup and it’s perfect.

pesto meatball melts

After testing these a few times, I decided that I do like a little extra parmesan. I know, shocking. But other than that, it’s really just the pesto, some breadcrumbs and eggs to bring it all together. So super simple and such a great way to use up basil from the garden or another kind of pesto you may have.

I love making fresh pesto – I make a batch almost every single week. I also will freeze it at the end of the summer season so I always have it on hand. However! If you’re in a pinch and want to bring a flavorful meal together, you can always use your favorite store-bought pesto. It really is that easy.

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So back to the melts.

I like to spread pesto on the baguette too. Yes, if you haven’t figured this out by now, it is for pesto lovers! Top pesto-covered baguettes with meatballs, top with cheese and throw in the oven for a few minutes. 

This is heavenly!

pesto meatball melts

You can serve them for dinner, of course. You could also make them a game day snack by slicing the baguette into bite-size squares and topping with just one meatball. So like little meatball melt squares. Really the options are endless.

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These smoky grilled chicken nachos are thrown on the grill with lots of melty cheddar, to-die-for chipotle ranch and toppings galore. My faves are quick pico de gallo, guacamole and pickled onions. Perfect snack food!

Nachos for Friday is just what we all need! 

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These are so easy, so delicious, covered in all the toppings and perfect for a crowd or just… yourself! 

tortilla chips with cheese and chipotle ranch

I love a good weekend easy dinner. Eddie and I would call this one of my cop-out dinners. Like I just don’t feel like throwing some huge together, and maybe we aren’t super hungry or we would rather have a snacky dinner. So I make sheet pan nachos. 

But they aren’t on a sheet pan.

They’re on the grill! 

Why haven’t I been grilling nachos my entire life? Someone please tell me. Throw some chips on a pan, cover in cheese, then top with allllll the favorite things.

Also, ideal for game day!

quick guacamole

This isn’t necessarily a RECIPE per se. I’m sure you’ve figured that out by now. It’s more so a method, and I guess the chipotle ranch is the real recipe because it’s fantastic and a staple in my fridge.

Oh and the chicken!! I have to tell you about the chicken. 

P.S. doesn’t the nacho picture above give you a major microwaved-nachos vibe or what? Not that these are microwaved, but oh my gosh tortilla chips and cheese, microwaved, was my love language growing up,

Not going to lie, sometimes I’ll still do it. Maybe like once a year, when I’m desperate. It definitely tastes like 1995. 

melty cheddar chip nacho

Okay so the major secret to this smoky chicken is how I flavor it. It’s TOTALLY a cheater’s version of smoky chicken, but I’ve been doing it for years. 

I’ve made it this way for sheet pan nachos forever now and everyone always flips over how delicious it is. It could NOT be easier.

First, all you need is a rotisserie chicken! That’s it. No big deal. Keep it simple. 

Then, toss that with some smoky spices (paprika! cumin!) as well as a drop of liquid smoke. I find the liquid smoke in the spice aisle of my local grocery store and have it on hand at all times. If you want to make chicken or pork in the slow cooker, it’s also GREAT to use in there. Just remember that a drop or two is enough!

smoky grilled chicken nachos

So see? Total cheater’s version. It’s not real smoked chicken, even though we do have a smoker and love it. But this is the insanely easy way out. Try it!  (more…)

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Grilled Chimichurri Chicken with Couscous Salad.

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This chimichurri grilled chicken is charred and smoky and served with a refreshing couscous salad with feta and tomatoes. Delicious!

Say hello to your new favorite dinner!

chimichurri grilled chicken with couscous salad

OH MY WORD.

This chicken is tender and delicious. The couscous salad is refreshing and complements the chicken perfectly. It’s such a wonderful summer meal to make!

We can’t get enough.

chicken marinated in chimichurri

Just look at that vibrant green! Now this is how I like to eat color.

couscous with chimichurri

I love how this recipe does double duty.

You make the chimichurri and use it for both the chicken and the couscous, adding so much ridiculous flavor. You can make the chimichurri ahead of time too, so this can come together super fast.

So easy too!

chimichurri grilled chicken

This chimichurri is one I’ve shared on the blog for ages! I first made this flank steak with chimichurri years ago and it’s a huge favorite. I use the chimichurri all the time for all sorts of recipes, and it’s fantastic on grilled chicken.

To start, I marinate the chicken (I like to use thighs, but you can use breasts or a mix!) in a bit of the chimichurri for at least 30 minutes or so. This adds LOTS of flavor. 

couscous salad

While that marinates, I cook the couscous and stir some chimichurri into that too! How fun, right?

Much like I do with these garden quinoa bowls.

The rest of the couscous salad comes together easily. Think tomatoes, feta and chives for lots of fresh, summer taste that is bright and crispy. This is one of those grain salads that is delicious eaten right away and may get better as it sits in the fridge overnight too. Leftovers for the win!

Side note: I make the couscous part of this constantly. Like CONSTANTLY. Sometimes I make the couscous for lunches throughout the week!

chimichurri grilled chicken with couscous salad

Then it comes to grilling the chicken. Which is so easy. Just… toss it on the grill! Grill it for five or so minutes per side. Let it rest, then slice!

So easy, so simple and so incredible! 

chimichurri grilled chicken with couscous salad

I like to use the extra chimichurri for drizzling and dipping when serving the dish. I also love to grill some sourdough on the side here – or just grill sourdough a few days later to soak up the extra chimichurri. 

YES PLEASE.

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The Summer Rotisserie Chicken Salad That We Can’t Stop Making!

This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl! I’ve got dinner tonight! Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken […]

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This rotisserie chicken salad may be my favorite greens salad ever! Loaded with flavor and crunch and drizzled with hot bacon dressing, it’s a serious dream. Super satisfying and lots of sweet & savory in this bowl!

I’ve got dinner tonight!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you I made two incredible chicken salads to serve this summer?! The first was my grilled chicken blueberry salad. The second is this one! 

It.is.a.dream. 

I realize that it may not look like anything special, but it’s the combination of ingredients that makes this one flavor bomb salad. I could eat it every single day.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

In fact, I can’t even explain my obsession with this salad. The flavors! 

The FLAVORS!

We have crunchy things, sweet things, savory things, creamy things. You can’t go wrong!

A few months ago, one of my friends came over for lunch and we had plans to get take out, but she showed up with this amazing salad that she made. I mean, it was the best salad I had in ages. SO SO GOOD.

And you know how salads in restaurants always tend to taste better than salads you make at home? This here is an exception. It’s phenomenal. It’s restaurant worthy. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad ingredients

Oh, and of course, it has hot bacon dressing. I MEAN. We can probably attribute most of the deliciousness to that. 

I’ve loved hot bacon dressing long before I loved salads. Totally makes sense. But as I’ve rambled before, hot bacon dressing was mother lovett’s favorite – and it is my mom’s too – and even as kid, when I loathed vegetables I would order a salad with hot bacon dressing.

YES. 

Not saying I would eat entire said salad, but that hot bacon dressing would certainly make me eat a few green leaves. More than I was used to!

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Okay let’s get to it.

Here’s what you need!

First up, we have our spring greens. You can use whatever lettuce or greens you like best. I love a good spring mix! Be sure to toss the greens with a big pinch of salt and pepper.

Next, rotisserie chicken. This is why it’s so super easy. Just buy it, because we’re making some other fancy things for this salad. Get one fresh, pull it apart and chop it into cubes. It’s warm and ready to go. Now of course, you could always grill your own chicken. If you want to do that, I suggest making it like I do for this grilled chicken blueberry salad.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

Grilled corn is next! Corn is key – so use it however you’d like. A steamfresh bag, grilled like I did or even cut fresh from the cob (it’s so sweet and crisp!). 

I use pickled onions, which are something that I always have in the fridge. The truly do elevate every day meals. Also, dates! I love dates (but hate when they are used in desserts, claiming to taste like cookie dough, you feel me?) and they give the best shock of sweet here against the savory flavors.

Finally, goat cheese and avocado. For creamy, buttery tang. Use another cheese if you’re not into goat! Leave the avocado out if you want to make this ahead of time. No biggie.

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

This salad is inspired by one from a local restaurant, and there’s only one part I left off. It may be the best part, but it’s also a little high maintenance.

Traditionally, this is served with cornbread croutons. I’ve made those before and we love them. You could also just make classic cornbread to serve on the side, which is what my friend did when she brought it over. It was perfect. 

our favorite rotisserie chicken salad

We absolutely LOVE this salad for lunch or dinner. It’s not exactly simple and it’s not a fancy theme, but all of the ingredients together are just wonderful. They make such an impact and the dish is incredibly satisfying. You will not be disappointed!  (more…)

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