French Onion Steak

This is so easy and delicious. Not the healthiest thing you can make but sometimes you just have to dump some stuff in a crockpot and hit the easy button, ya know? I did not make up this recipe, someone posted it on a dinner group I created on Facebook. Kids loved it! 

French onion Steak
2-3lb chuck roast
2 packets French onion soup mix
2 tbsp butter on top (looking at the pic I think i did more than 2. Don’t judge lol)
2 sliced onions
Low 8 hours 
Served over rice but would also make great French dip sammies

Well it’s been a minute!

I kind of forgot about this blog until I got a notification that the domain was set to autopay. I almost canceled it but then I thought to myself…I really used to enjoy posting recipes here. But then also thought well I also don’t really cook that much anymore so should I bother? Hmm….let’s see what happens shall we?

I’m going to post a recipe that was recommended to me but I haven’t tried yet. My dear friend and colleague from my office, Sandra, and I love to share recipes. So if she tells me this is good I’m definitely going to make it and so should you!

Chinese Style Chicken Salad with Ginger Dressing is just one of those salads that is so delicious it’s almost like eating junk food. Can’t wait to make this one! THANK YOU SANDRA FOR EVERYTHING!!

Balsamic Onion Pot Roast

I wasn’t really sure how this recipe was going to turn out. It didn’t have a ton of ingredients…but most importantly they were all ingredients I had in my fridge or freezer! So voila…a pot roast was born! I have to say this is the BEST pot roast recipe that I’ve ever used. And my kids gobbled it UP! Now my five year old keeps asking me if I’m going to “boil the steak” which is five-year old speak for put the meat in the crockpot. They just keep it real, y’all! If you don’t have a five-year old…you are missing out on all the truths. They will tell if you your breath smells or if you packed them the worst lunch ever because they do not like pita chips. But I digress…let’s get back to the beef. Ok so I loved this pot roast, kids ate and I’m making it again for company tomorrow. I like to make things when we are having people over that don’t require me to be rushing around the kitchen like a sweaty lunatic just as they are walking in the door. When you have company over, it is important to look like your house is always this clean, your kids are always in matching clean clothes and that you just threw a little something super tasty together for dinner and it was super easy.

You guys that was a test…if you have to trick your friends into thinking your house is always clean then you need to get new friends! I like to have friends that expect me in yoga pants with kid crap all over the place. If you are reading my little blog, you are probably one of those people!

So make this amazing pot roast and impress the heck out of who ever is lucky enough to have you cook for them!

Til next time…if Cam can cook then so can you! xoxo

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Instant Pot Turkey Butternut Squash Chili (no beans)

It’s been way too long since my last post! For those of you who have an Instant Pot, you know how awesome it is. For those of you who still just use a crockpot, this recipe can easily be adapted and I’ll give you some tips on that below.

I’m starting a Whole 30 on Jan. 2nd. I’ve been trying out some recipes so it is not a total shock to my system when I really get started. I came up with this chili because I had these ingredients in my fridge. Bean free chili without sour cream and cheese as toppings is a little bit out of my comfort zone…but I think this one is so flavorful that you won’t miss those things. (This is what I tell myself anyways!)


1 lb ground turkey

1/2 onion

1 tsp Wildtree Rancher Steak Rub

3 cups butternut squash (or diced sweet potato)

2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatos

1 8oz can tomato sauce

1 4 oz can diced mild green chiles

1 TBSP Wildtree Fajita seasoning (2-3 TBSP if you like it HOT)

3 tsp Wildtree Garlic Galore

(if you want to add beans to this, 1 can of black beans would be delicious)


  1. Sauce the turkey, onion, and rancher steak rub on the saute function until meat is no longer pink.
  2. add all of the other ingredients
  3. hit the “beans/chili” button
  4. when done, quick release and enjoy

For crockpot: saute your turkey, onion, and rancher steak rub and then cook this chili on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.


Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I’ve been following the Trim Healthy Mama diet lately and it has been working for me. I also use my Wildtree spices to make this diet work for me and the two go together perfectly!! Last night I was really craving pizza so I made a cauliflower crust pizza. I wish I could tell my kids thought this was the best pizza ever. I wish I could tell you my five year old didn’t gag the entire time he was eating it. I cannot. But guess what…more pizza for me. And I thought it was awesome. The 5 yo can detect a vegetable from like ten miles away and will avoid it at all costs. His loss!

So here is the recipe I made up based on some ones I read on the internet:

1 head cauliflower

2 tsp Wildtree Pizza Sauce Blend

1 tsp Wildtree Garlic Galore

1 egg

1/4 cup mozzarella

1/4 cup parmesan


Preheat oven to 450 degrees

  1. process the cauliflower in your food processor until is resembles flour.
  2. microwave cauliflower for 6 minutes and then lay out on a kitchen towel. When cool enough, squeeze as much water as you can from the cauliflower.
  3. In a bowl, mix together thoroughly cauliflower, mozzarella, parmesan, Wildtree Pizza Sauce Blend, Wildtree Garlic Galore, and egg.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Pour cauliflower mixture onto parchment paper and pat into a pizza crust shape making crust pretty thin.
  6. Bake crust for 8-10 minutes or until slightly browned.
  7. top with your favorite toppings and then bake again for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Power Protein Pancakes

My four year old has declared a war on eggs. No egg shall grace his plate without monumental amounts of whining and complaining. So what’s a mom to do? Make some freaking sneaky egg hiding pancakes, that’s what!  So these pancakes are also gluten free so that’s a win for us too.

Hope you enjoy!

Power Protein Pancakes

Makes approx 12 pancakes

3 bananas

3 eggs

1 cup almond flour

add a little bit of almond milk if the mixture is not liquid-y enough. Or you can also add another egg.

Mash everything together and then you have a wonderful pancake batter with which to deceive your children with. 🙂 Go forth and be smug!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Who doesn’t love taco night??  If you want to kick it up a notch, try making your own taco seasoning!

I’m not a big fan of pre-packaged taco seasoning. I just don’t really like the taste. Although I have used the stuff for years and years. Lately, I’ve been trying to explore some homemade taco seasonings and came across this one that I really like. The cinnamon gives it a very interesting taste. And I mean interesting in a good way.

Here’s where I found this delicious spice mix that makes the equivalent of one packet of taco seasoning:


Mexican Rice

I’m a big fan of Pioneer Woman’s recipes. She is my go to for a lot of recipes including this one for Mexican rice. I have made this many times to serve with fajitas or tacos.  It’s really easy and makes up a big batch and it is very good heated up for lunch the next day, and the next day and maybe even the next night. Like I said, it makes a lot!



Kale Caesar Salad

Want to hear the silliest reason why I haven’t written a blog post lately? Well it’s not because I haven’t been cooking anything. It’s because I forgot my blog password and was too annoyed to reset it. So I got over myself and now here I am!! HI!!!

This recipe is one that I found on I love that magazine. Not the part that talks about organization because seriously I couldn’t organize a shoe box. But the recipes are always so awesome and simple. So I knew when I saw this recipe that it would be pretty kickass. And I was right!

Kale is so good for you! If you haven’t tried it yet…you should. And I highly recommend you start here:

I think with some grilled chicken or shrimp this would make a fantastic meal on it’s own.


Cheesy Baked Spaghetti Squash

First, a PSA regarding tomato paste.  It annoys me to no end when I open a can of tomato paste and then a recipe only calls for a teaspoon or a tablespoon. What are you supposed to do with the whole rest of the can? So I read somewhere you can freeze it in ice cube trays, which I think is a great idea…I just don’t have that kind of real estate in my freezer. It’s like Manahattan in there. Space is precious and it is crowded!

So this is what I do with my leftover tomato paste. I freeze it in 1 tablespoon sized splotches (for lack of a better word!) in a Ziploc bag.  Then I lay it flat in the freezer, usually on top of a pile of other stuff. It looks like this:

tomato paste

Now for the main event:

I got this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers. If I were a real grown up with a real grown up blog it would look like hers!! I used chicken sausage, shredded Italian Cheese and ricotta. I didn’t change anything so here is the link:

This was really yummy! Spaghetti squash doesn’t sit in your stomach like a ball of heavy carbs. We have been eating it a lot lately!