Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

These Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls, filled with shredded boneless chicken breast, carrots, scallions, hot sauce and blue cheese make the perfect appetizer! Bake them in the oven or air fryer!

These Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls, filled with shredded boneless chicken breast, carrots, scallions, hot sauce and blue cheese make the perfect appetizer! Bake them in the oven or air fryer!
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls

For the filling, I took inspiration from my Buffalo Chicken Dip and added some cream cheese to the mix to make them creamy, moist and flavorful! You can see more Super Bowl Recipes here.

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Fresh Pasta Primavera!

Delicious pasta primavera on a green plate with a gold fork

Pasta Primavera: This pasta primavera is the best! It is so easy to make and is loaded with fresh vegetables in a parmesan sauce.

Cheese tortellini is used in place of traditional primavera pasta choices as they’re the perfect accompaniment with a rainbow of veggies.

Delicious pasta primavera on a green plate with a gold fork

This pasta primavera recipe is an easy one pot dish, as the pasta is cooked in the same skillet you cook the rest of the meal in. I love skillet dishes, like this skillet teriyaki chicken. Just like orange chicken, this pasta primavera is quick, simple, and absolutely delicious.

We are obsessed with tortellini over here. This Greek Tortellini Salad is like this Greek Cucumber Salad, but with delicious tortellini. I think tortellini makes everything better, which is why I love adding it to pasta primavera.

Cheese pillows are how I describe tortellini to my kiddos. They get so excited about this creamy pasta primavera bulked up with warm vegetables and parmesan cheese. The taste delights them, the beautiful veggies delight me, and remind me of Spring.

But don’t worry, it is hearty and filling enough for the cold winter, but light and fresh enough for the heat of summer. This dish is so yummy you won’t want to wait until the equinoccio de primavera as they say in Italian. You ‘ll eat this all year round.

Pasta primavera with a white and green napkin and parmesan chunks

What Does Pasta Primavera Mean?

Let’s get a little 🎵linguistical, linguistical 🎵.  In Italian, “primavera” means spring. Literally it means the first “prima” green “vera.” Throw a little pasta in the mix and you’ve got the first greens and pasta.  A spring like pasta.

What is Pasta Primavera Sauce?

Every cook has their opinion about what should go into a pasta primavera sauce.  Some are purists and like to keep things to only spring veggies like broccoli and peas, others don’t mind adding in tomatoes or zucchini. Some think it should be angel hair pasta used, some say it’s not that important.

What it boils down to is there’s a load of veggies, a cream and butter based sauce with your favorite hard cheese–parmesan– and spices. As long as it’s a delicious and it’s a good primavera pasta recipe.

A green plate with pasta primavera and a gold fork

What Vegetables are in Pasta Primavera?

Commonly you’ll find broccoli, bell peppers, summer squash, peas and carrots. But the list doesn’t stop there. Add in any other veggie that you enjoy and make it your own!

I love my pasta primavera to be vegetarian, but one of the wonderful things about this recipe is you can easily add whatever protein you want.

Adding a little protein to this primavera pasta balances it out nicely.  We enjoy pasta primavera with chicken or shrimp. To make pasta primavera with shrimp, just add the shrimp to the skillet right from frozen! It cooks quickly.

This pasta is excellent served with cheesy garlic breadsticks and a Classic Wedge Salad or Easy Kale Salad.

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Pasta Primavera

Delicious pasta primavera filled with spring vegetables and a parmesan cream sauce. Made in a single skillet!

  • 16 ounces cheese tortellini (cooked)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup zucchini (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup asparagus (trimmed)
  • 1/2 cup red pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (diced)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup petite peas
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Cook pre-made cheese tortellini according to package directions and set aside. 

  2. In a large skillet add butter, and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for a minute.

  3. Add zucchini and water.  Stir it all together, let cook for 1 minute. 

  4. Add broccoli, asparagus, red pepper, and carrots, and cover, and steam for 3-4 minutes. 

  5. When veggies are cooked, and tender, but still crisp, remove the lid and add chicken stock, and heavy cream.  Leave on the heat.

  6. Make a slurry by combining one tbsp of cornstarch with some of the liquid from the pan. Add the liquid to the corn starch in a small bowl, and mix together. 

  7. Pour slurry into skillet, and add the two kinds of peas. Add parmesan, and stir it all up. 

  8. Add your pre-cooked cheese tortellini, and stir it all together. Leave on heat until sauce reaches your desired thickness, about a minute.  Serve immediately. 

 

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This pasta primavera is a delicious and simple one skillet dish that combines cheese tortellini, a rainbow of veggies and a delicious parmesan sauce. #spendwithpennies #pastaprimavera #easyrecipe #easypastarecipe #pasta #cheesetortellini #onepanmeal #easyskilletrecipe #withveggies

Philly Cheese Steak Dip

Hot Cheesy Philly Cheesesteak Dip is a crowd pleasing appetizer that is easy to make, cheesy and so delicious! Inspired by the classic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, this cheesesteak dip served with tortilla chips or bread slices, will definitely be the winner at your next party!

Perfectly cooked ribeye steak (medium rare), sauteed onions and green peppers are smothered in a smooth and creamy cheese sauce then baked till golden and bubbly. All those wonderful philly cheesesteak flavors and textures we love so much are found in this delicious hot cheesy dip recipe!

A tortilla chip scooping a hot cheesy dip with cheesesteak additions

Easy Cheesy Dips for Game Day

Hot dips are a great addition to any playoff party menu and this cheesesteak dip is no exception! Serve it alongside Baked Buffalo Wings, Crispy Oven Baked Potato Skins, Pigs in a Blanket and a 7 Layer Dip for a perfect party menu your guests will remember!

The most important tip for this recipe is to slightly undercook your steak as it will cook more while the dip bakes and you don’t want it overcooked or chewy!

How to make Hot Cheesy Philly Cheesesteak Dip.

  1. Season and cook steak, remove and set aside.
    • Remember to remove steak once it reaches medium rare temperature of 135˚- 140˚F since it will cook further when it is assembled and baked.
    • It is important to allow the steak to rest before cutting, this keeps the meat extra juicy and delicious
  2. In the same pan that the steak was cooked in, saute onion and green pepper in butter till tender. 
  3. Add the steak, peppers and lots of provolone cheese to the creamy base and top with shredded cheese.
  4. Bake until golden brown and bubbly

This dip can easily be assembled ahead of time and baked just before serving. Leftovers can be reheated in the oven at 325°F until warm and melted.

Chopped steak on a cutting board for making Philly cheesesteak dip

What cut of meat is best for Philly Cheesesteak Dip?

The ultimate cut of beef for a Philly Cheesesteak is a ribeye, it really is the king of steaks! I love using ribeye for this cheesesteak dip, but you can also use any steak. Sirloin is flavorful and will work well but you can also leftover steak or even leftover roast beef!

In a pinch? Use deli roast beef, chopped up (or Steakums) for a quick version. Even ground beef with onions and green peppers (like I use in my Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes) would work!  Just be sure to keep that beautiful beef, onion and green pepper flavor combination and top it with loads of luscious cheese; you won’t go wrong!

A bowl with the ingredients to make the best cheesy dip recipe - our favorite Cheesesteak Dip!What Goes in a Cheesesteak?

Cheesesteaks have different ingredients depending who you ask so, like most recipes, add what you love! Top it with pepperoncinis, add cheese whiz, chop up some mushrooms, swap the provolone for your own favorite.

You won’t have to call an audible at the line of scrimmage with this Philly Cheesesteak in your playbook! This delicious hot dip is the perfectly executed game play that will make you the big winner this playoff season!

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Philly Cheese Steak Dip

Hot Cheesy Philly Cheesesteak Dip is a crowd pleasing appetizer that is easy to make, cheesy and so delicious!

  • 8-10 oz rib eye steak (* see note)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion (finely diced)
  • 1 green pepper (finely diced)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups provolone cheese (shredded, divided)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Preheat a cast iron pan to medium high heat. Season steaks with salt and pepper. Sear steak to medium rare, about 3 minutes per side. Set steak aside to rest.

  3. Reduce heat on the pan to medium-low. Add butter, onions and green peppers to pan. Cook until tender and onions are cooked through, about 5 minutes. Cool.

  4. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and salt and pepper to taste. Mix until combined with a hand mixer.

  5. Remove any fat and dice steak. Fold in onions & peppers and 2 cups of cheese. Place into a greased 2 QT dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.

  6. Serve with bread, sliced hoagie rolls or tortilla chips.

Using steak (or leftover steak if you have any) adds the best flavor to this dip. If you’re short on time or would like to make this recipe easier, you can substitute 6oz deli roast beef.

 

 

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This Philly cheesesteak dip is perfect for game day. It's cheesy, and filled with beef and other delicious additions. We can't get enough of it! #spendwithpennies #cheeseteakdip #phillycheesesteakdip #dip #cheesedip #phillydip

Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball Recipe

Cheese ball recipe

This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party.  A creamy base is loaded with crispy smoky bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

Making a cheese ball recipe is easy and best when made ahead of time. This is perfect for any party!

A Cheese Ball Recipe with crackers on a plate

Store Bought Just Does Not Compare

Cheese balls have been a classic appetizer at parties for as long as I can remember!  I always tend to move towards the savory snacks at a party and cheese is at the top of my list.

If I see a cheese ball, you can pretty much guarantee I’m somewhere nearby with a glass of wine sneaking way more bites of cheese than I would care to admit.  There’s just something so irresistible about that rich creamy cheese and with this recipe adding in crispy bacon and a little heat makes it totally irresistible!

Believe it or not, for years I bought cheese balls to serve at parties. I actually had no idea that they were so easy to make!

 

A Favorite Recipe Transformed

Jalapeno Popper Dip is one of the most popular recipes on my site (there’s a good reason it’s been pinned over a million times) so I decided to take those same delicious flavors and use them in this cheese ball recipe… and add some bacon.  You’re welcome!

This is the perfect cheese ball recipe with a rich creamy base and lots of sharp cheddar to add that delicious cheesy flavor we all love.  The canned jalapenos add a pop of spice while the bacon adds a smoky salty flavor.

Ingredients to make a cheese ball recipe with bacon and jalapenos.

Mixing & Storing

When making a homemade cheese ball, I mix the cream cheese and seasonings with a hand mixer until fluffy as I find this makes the best consistency and softens the cream cheese. Once you stir your other ingredients in, you’re going to wrap your cheese ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.

At this point, you can actually leave this cheese ball in the fridge for up to 4 days making it the perfect choice for your weekday potluck!  You’ll want to roll the cheese ball in the topping on the day of serving.

We serve this with crackers, crostini or fresh veggies as dippers!

Jalapeno bacon cheese ball with Ritz crackers

Got Leftover Cheese Ball?

I love leftover cheese balls, they can be used for so many things!  Of course you can freeze it and serve it again for another party.

I love to put the leftovers in a pan and melt them to add to Roasted Broccoli or pour over Grilled Asparagus. I also add a bit of heavy cream and melt the cheese ball down for super easy mac and cheese or pasta sauce!

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Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball

This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is loaded with crispy smoky bacon, jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons green onion (finely sliced)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped bacon
  • 1/3 cup canned jalapenos (diced)

Topping

  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped bacon
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and finely diced)
  1. Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, paprika and Worcestershire sauce with a mixer until fluffy.
  2. Stir in cheese, bacon, green onion and jalapenos. Place mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll into a ball. Refrigerate at least one hour.

Topping

  1. Combine Panko bread crumbs and butter in a small pan. Heat over medium heat, stirring until lightly browned. Cool completely.
  2. Combine all topping ingredients. Roll chilled cheese ball in topping pressing to stick.
  3. Serve with crackers, tortilla chips or vegetables for dipping.

Adapted from Instructables.

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 This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party. A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.
 This Bacon Jalapeño Cheese Ball recipe is easy to make and a hit at every party. A creamy base is loaded with crispy smokey bacon, spicy jalapenos and sharp cheddar for a perfect party snack.

Refreshing Mixed Berry Smoothie

This Berry Smoothie Recipe is one of my all time favorite easy breakfasts. Fresh berries are blended with milk, yogurt, and chia seeds to create a healthy, on the go meal or snack for any palate.

We love smoothies from strawberry banana to uber healthy green smoothies, they are the perfect meal prep and an easy way to keep our mornings on track!

A mixed berry smoothie topped with fresh berries surrounded by even more berries.

Mixed Berry Smoothie

We know breakfast is important but I skip it so many times! Portable breakfasts make life easy. From egg muffins to overnight oats, I love being able to get something together in 3 minutes while we are getting out the door. Cue: this mixed berry smoothie!

Not only is it packed with antioxidants (like Slimming Detox Water), but it tastes delicious, almost dessert like! Plus, you can meal prep these easy smoothies. What’s better than that?

Berries in a bowl next to milk to make mixed berry smoothies.

How To Make A Berry Smoothie

Berry smoothies are super easy to make, just toss your ingredients in a blender and give it a whirl!

If you have fresh berries, they are the perfect addition to this berry smoothie recipe as are frozen berries. Frozen berries will make it thicker so it depends if you’d like your smoothie to have the texture of a drink or thicker like a milkshake.

Chia seeds add a health kick to this berry smoothie recipe, they’re full of omega-3s, fiber and antioxidants. Healthy, portable, and delicious? Count me in! I like to use my insulated to-go mug for this mixed berry smoothie because it keeps it cold for hours in case I get busy!

Ingredients for mixed berry smoothies in a blender.

How To Make A Smoothie With Frozen Fruit

To make a mixed berry smoothie with frozen fruit, the only difference is using frozen fruit!  Using frozen berries makes the smoothie thicker so if you need to, you can add a bit of milk to thin it out. If you’re using frozen fruit, just blend it as normal and everything will come together perfectly. 

How To Make A Smoothie Thicker

I love using frozen fruit to make my smoothies thick and delicious. If your smoothie is too thin, add some more fruit or even ice!

Bananas can help make it thicker (they’re even better if they’re frozen). To keep it thick, I try to add as many frozen items as I can (berries, bananas etc). If we have yogurt near the expiry date, I freeze it into cubes as well.  

2 mixed berry smoothies topped with fresh berries ready to drink.

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Easy Berry Smoothie

This mixed berry smoothie is the perfect way to start the day. Delicious berries are blended with yogurt, milk, and chia seeds to give you a healthy start to the busy day ahead. 

  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 2 cups mixed berries (frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk
  1. Add yogurt, berries, chia seeds and milk to blender. 

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Serve immediately.

How much do you love mixed berry smoothies? They are my favorite start to the morning! #spendwithpennies #mixedberrysmoothies #smoothie #smoothies #smoothierecipe #berrysmoothie
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Jalapeno Popper “Nachos”

Jalapeno Poppers meet Nachos in this fun, low-carb twist on two classic appetizers, perfect for sharing with your friends this SUPERBOWL!

Jalapeno Poppers meet Nachos in this fun, low-carb twist on two classic appetizers, perfect for sharing with your friends this SUPERBOWL!

Inspire by my Loaded Mini Bell Pepper Nachos, I spiced things up using jalapeno peppers filled with cream cheese and cheddar instead, before loading on all the toppings!

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Easy Mini Burritos

Easy Mini Burritos are packed with ground chicken, pinto beans, Pico de Gallo and flavorful Mexican rice. A classic burrito that is ready to show your tastebuds the next level. These Mini Burritos will leave you wanting more!  

Easy Mini Burritos

I am a lover of all things flavorful and adding the extra ingredients for these Mini Burritos just makes them even better for everyone to enjoy! Reynolds Wrap is my very best friend when I am in the kitchen. I love that it can be warmed up or cooled down in temperature depending on what I am using it for. It is perfect for covering dishes, lining baking pans, storing leftover foods in the refrigerator or freezer and baking at high temperatures. I love how it molds to any shape I am using it for. It has made my life easier in the preparing, cooking and storing of our meals. The box is easy to use with a simple glide that makes a perfect cut every time. When not in use there is a stay closed tab that locks in the wrap and avoids any mess when being stored.

Reynolds Wrap is just what I needed when baking these Mini Burritos. I used the standard foil for a multiple purpose function from preparing the burritos to rolling them up and finishing them by shaping them with the foil around each burrito to hold them in place and  lock in the flavors. No burrito can be left without the cheese and with this baking method the cheese adds the perfect warm touch that leaves your mouth enjoying bite after bite. These are best served warm with the Reynolds Wrap around them. This will maintain the warm, melted cheese and comfort of a Mini Burrito. You will not want to make a burrito any other way after this!

How do you make Easy Mini Burritos?

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground chicken along with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Once cooked remove from heat and set aside.

  • Working with one tortilla at a top fill center with cooked rice, prepared chicken, cheddar cheese, beans, pico de gallo and sour cream. Fold in sides and tightly roll burrito. Follow by wrapping burrito in a similar manner with a 10 inch piece of Reynolds Wrap Aluminum foil.

  • Repeat the above steps with remaining ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange aluminum wrapped burritos on a baking sheet and bake on center rack for 20 minutes.

  • Serve cut in half along with extra salsa and sour cream.

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT REYNOLDS KITCHENS WRAP:

  • It locks in flavor: Use foil packets for delicious, easy meals in the oven that stay moist and flavorful.
  • Keeps Food Fresh: Wrap and store leftovers in foil to lock in freshness in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Prevent Burning and Splattering: Use foil to cover pans when cooking in the oven or on stovetop.
  • Used For: Lining baking pans and covering dishes, making packets for the grill or oven, and storing leftover foods in the refrigerator or freezer.
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  • It provides easy clean up!

Can you Freeze Mini Burritos? 

Yes, you can! It is perfect for meal prep too. Double your recipe and make a batch just for freezing. Prepare them the same with the Reynolds Wrap and store in the freezer for up to 1 month. Aluminum foil has the lowest moisture-vapor transfer rate of all wrapping materials. This means that it is the most effective in preventing the loss of moisture and vapor from the food. This is the reason why foil is preferred over plastic wrap for long-term food storage or freezing. Heavy duty foil is also recommended when freezing meals.  This kind of foil offers extra protection from freezer burn when wrapping foods for freezer storage.

Week nights can be busy with your family. With these Mini Burritos your family can enjoy a sit down meal together or grab-n-go while walking out the door for your next activity. I understand juggling kids, work and extra curricular activities on a weekly basis is hard. I am here to help you during dinner time to make it easy, flavorful and your family requesting it over and over again! That is why I made these mini burritos to fill your tastebuds with flavor but also make it easy for you to do the things that need to get done.

For even more recipes and tips and tricks using Reynolds, be sure to visit their website here!

Watch a video on how to make Easy Mini Burritos here:


Easy Mini Burritos
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 12 10-12” flour tortillas
  • 2 lbs ground chicken
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 package boxed mexican rice (made according to package instructions)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 13 oz can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 cup Pico de gallo
  • 1 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground chicken along with chilli powder, cumin, garlic powder and salt. Once cooked remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Working with one tortilla at a top fill center with cooked rice, prepared chicken, cheddar cheese, beans, pico de gallo and sour cream. Fold in sides and tightly roll burrito. Follow by wrapping burrito in a similar manner with a 10 inch piece of Reynolds Wrap Aluminum foil.
  3. Repeat the above steps with remaining ingredients.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange aluminum wrapped burritos on a baking sheet and bake on center rack for 20 minutes.
  5. Serve cut in half along with extra salsa and sour cream.
Notes
These burritos can be made a day ahead. Once baked, foil will keep the burritos warm for much longer, so don’t unwrap them!

 

 

Super Creamy Zucchini Noodles

Zoodles – (or zucchini noodles) are healthy and low carb while being rich and creamy. Best of all, these zucchini noodles are ready in about 3 minutes! They make the perfect easy snack or meal. We love serving them alongside a juicy slice of meatloaf or Oven Baked Chicken Breasts!

What are Zoodles? Zoodles are a simple keto side dish made using a spiralizer to create ribbons or noodles out of zucchini. They are easy to make (you can use a vegetable peeler if you don’t have a spiralizer) and are ready in no time flat.

A simple creamy sauce (that is not loaded with fat or heavy cream) is the perfect way to dress these for a healthy yet decadent dish!

Creamy zoodles on a white plate with a fork.

How To Make Zoodles

You don’t need to worry about peeling the zucchini before you spiralize it for this recipe. The skin softens up when it is cooked and adds a ton of color and of course nutrients to the dish!

Zoodle Maker

Zoodles are super easy, simply place your zucchini on a spiralizer and spin it to make noodles! If you don’t have one handy, peel thin strips of zucchini using a veggie peeler. You can get a spiralizer for about $20 on Amazon so they’re pretty affordable.

Keep in mind, zucchini is 96% water, so if zoodles get overcooked, they can become watery. You can find tips to make the best ever Zucchini Noodles here.

A pan of creamy zoodles (zucchini noodles) being sauteed.

How To Cook Zoodles

You can decide which method you’d like to use to cook zoodles but to be honest, a quick cook in a hot skillet/frying pan is my favorite! They only take a few minutes, when cooking zoodles you more want to think of it as “wilting” instead of cooking them.

If you don’t have access to the stove top (for an office lunch for example), you can microwave zoodles in the microwave for 2-3 minutes covered. You’ll want to add all ingredients at the beginning to allow the cream cheese to melt.

This method is great if you need to save stovetop space but keep in mind you just want to soften them, not necessarily cook them through.

Creamy zoodles on a plate covered in fresh parmesan cheese and pepper.

Can You Freeze Zoodles

Kind of.

You can easily Freeze Zucchini for use in baking or casseroles.

Zoodles will change in texture and get a bit soggy when frozen. If I freeze zoodles, I tend to chop them up and use them in soups, stews or casseroles instead of as “noodles”.

Store them in the freezer for up to a year in a sealed freezer bag or container. If you’ve already added them to the cream sauce, no worries, the cream cheese also freezes well.

Creamy zoodles with fresh parmesan cheese on a white plate.

This zoodle recipe is so easy to get creative with! You can add whatever you’d like into them or replace the pasta in your favorite pasta in dishes like roasted cherry tomato pasta. Zucchini noodles have a mild flavor so they make a great base for Easy Chicken Parmesan too!

Zucchini noodles with shrimp is one of my favorites, but mushrooms, chili flakes, pesto, tomatoes, and grilled chicken are all great add ins. In just a couple minutes, these zoodles are ready to eat!

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Easy Zoodles

These creamy zucchini noodles are ready in just 3 minutes, making them the perfect healthy snack. 

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons spreadable cream cheese (plain or herb & garlic flavor)
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parmesan cheese (grated)
  • parsley and parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)
  1. Run a veggie peeler down the length of the zucchini creating thin strips of zucchini. Continue until you reach the core where the seeds are. Discard the core or save it for another use (I toss mine in soup).
  2. Turn the stove onto medium high and place the zucchini strips in a non-stick pan with the chicken broth or water. Cook for about 3 minutes or just until heated through.
  3. Move the zucchini strips over to one side of the pan and add the cream cheese & garlic powder to the empty side. Turn the heat down to low and stir the cream cheese just till melted.
  4. Toss the cream cheese, parmesan cheese & zucchini until well mixed and heated through. Serve immediately.
  5. Cut the ends of the zucchini and spiralize using the medium noodle blade (not the smallest noodle).

  6. Preheat olive oil over medium high heat. Add zucchini noodles and garlic powder (no salt). Cook 3-5 minutes, stirring tongs until slightly softened/wilted.

  7. Move noodles to one side and add cream cheese, stirring until melted.  Toss with zoodles and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  8. Stir in grated parmesan cheese. Garnish and serve.

Do not add salt to the zoodles before or during cooking.

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Skillet Garlic Butter Steak and Shrimp

Skillet Garlic Butter Steak and Shrimp is pan seared to tender and juicy perfection with shrimp and slathered in a garlic herb butter.  This will be the best steak and shrimp that you EVER make!  

There are so many amazing steak recipes on the site.  Be sure to also try Garlic Herb Steak and Potatoes,  Creamy Garlic Steak Bites, or this Lemon Garlic Herb Flank Steak!

Skillet Garlic Butter Steak and Shrimp

You can always count on a good steak recipe here on the blog.  You can thank my steak loving son for that.  We have it just about every single week.  I love it because it is so easy to make.  The steak only takes about 10 minutes and its on the dinner table.  I love cooking steak and shrimp because it gives something for everyone.  I have perfected the garlic herb butter sauce and I am here to tell you…  this will be the best steak and shrimp you EVER eat!

What is the best pan for steaks?

A cast iron pan is recommended for steaks.  Make sure the cast iron pan is well oiled and seasoned.  You can also use a cast iron grill pan.

What is the best steak for pan frying?

  • New York Steak
  • Rib-Eye Steak
  • Sirloin Steaks
  • Rump Steaks
  • Filet Steaks

How do you make skillet steak and shrimp?

  • Liberally season your steak of choice with salt and pepper.

  • Turn a medium sized skillet to high heat. Add the olive oil and butter. Add the steaks. Cook on each side for 3 minutes or until outside is browned. Reduce heat to medium high. Cook the steaks to desired doneness. Mine took about 8 minutes flipping 3 times to get a medium. Remove and set aside on a plate to rest.

  • Reduce the skillet heat to medium. Add the shrimp and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until opaque.

  • Add the steaks back to the skillet. Make the garlic butter compound. Mix the butter, garlic and fresh chopped herbs. Slather on top of steaks.

Cooking Temperatures for Steak:

  • Rare: Temperature: 115°F; Remove when it reaches 110°F
  • Medium-Rare: Temperature: 125°F; Remove when it reaches 120°F
  • Medium: Temperature: 135°F; Remove when it reaches 130°F
  • Medium-Well: Temperature: 140°F; Remove when it reaches 135°F
  • Well Done: Temperature: 150°F; Remove when it reaches 145°F

What should I serve with steak?

Skillet Garlic Butter Steak and Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 lean New York Steak strip steaks, or steak of choice
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • salt and pepper
  • Garlic Butter Compound:
  • ¼ cup softened butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, chopped
Instructions
  1. Turn a medium sized skillet to high heat. Add the olive oil and butter. Add the steaks. Cook on each side for 3 minutes or until outside is browned. Reduce heat to medium high. Cook the steaks to desired doneness. Mine took about 8 minutes flipping 3 times to get a medium. Remove and set aside on a plate.
  2. Reduce the skillet heat to medium. Add the shrimp and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes until opaque. Add the steaks back to the skillet. Make the garlic butter compound. Mix the butter, garlic and fresh chopped herbs. Slather on top of steaks.