• My Fave Instant Pot Recipes

    One of the best recent additions to my kitchen has been the ever popular Instant Pot. I know a lot of people received one for Christmas and are either overwhelmed with the amount of recipes available or are unsure of where to start in their pressure cooker journey. Once you start using the Instant Pot though, it is hard to stop! Easy, fast, and less clean up? Yes please! I usually share recipes on here that are my own, however because I have not been using an Instant Pot for very long, I have not yet created my own recipes. Thankfully there is a plethora of Instant Pot recipes online that others have…

  • 4th of July Desserts Roundup

    Every summer I look forward to the 4th of July: BBQ, warm weather, friends and family gathering together, and of course fireworks to celebrate America. Each year my husband’s family throws a big bash that includes an annual Rib Cook Off, trophy and all, and everyone brings food to share. I thought it would be fun to compile the desserts I have served up in the past on Independence Day, as well as some good food inspiration from others. Lemon Berry Trifle Last year I served up my first trifle and it was a huge hit! The colors fit right into the red, white, and blue theme by using three kinds of berries…

  • Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

    Today is Valentine’s Day and I know that means different things for a lot of people. Maybe it is a special day for you and your significant other to proclaim your love to each other with chocolates and flowers, maybe it is a perfect day for you and a group of friends to indulge in a grand dinner and dessert at a fancy restaurant, or maybe it is a love-filled day spending time with your kids baking cookies and cuddling in pajamas. Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, it can only be even better with a slice or two or five of warm, delicious, out of the oven Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! It is simple,…

  • Lemon Berry Trifle

    The 4th of July was an absolutely perfect day of ribs, fireworks, and great company with weather that was warm and comforting. It was one of those parties where everything came together and conversation flowed well into the night after the fireworks were done and the tiki torches had burnt out. I had found a lemon berry trifle recipe online that I was excited to try out and figured it would be a great dish to change up and make variations of in the future. More about the dessert and the recipe below. We hosted the celebration this year at our house even with our siding looking like swiss cheese from a recent…

  • 4th of July is Almost Here!

    With the 4th of July right around the corner I thought I’d take a look back into Kinda Sorta Simple’s 4th of July archives and see what ideas are there to use for this year’s festivities. Our family typically has a rib cook off, lots of food, and of course lounging in the back yard, and then finishing off the night with sparklers for the kids and the local fireworks show. I try to include at least a few activities and recipes the kids can help with to get them involved in celebrating Independence Day. Thanks to Pinterest the kids have a long laundry list of crafts and activities they want to work…

  • No Meat May Final Thoughts and Suggestions

    Well, it is now June which means No Meat May has officially come to an end. I wanted to share my final thoughts, experiences, and some suggestions as I know there are a number of you out there that have been following my husband and I on our no meat for a month journey. What is amazing is that although many people were joking with us about how we were going to indulge in large amounts of meat come June 1st, both Phil and I weren’t really counting down the days. In fact, when June 1st came around we both independently chose to eat black bean burgers for dinner and continued to not…

  • Spicy Korean Tilapia

    This Spicy Korean Tilapia dish is so easy and quick that it is perfect for a weeknight dinner, yet tastes ah-may-zing. The sweet and tangy spiciness of the sauce balances well with the mild tilapia and if the heat is too much you can always pair it with white rice. However, if you are anything like my husband and I, we like to add even more of the sauce on top of the fish with each spoonful, making each bite incredibly flavorful, spicy, and addicting. Making the spicy Korean tilapia is simple and takes no more than 10 minutes start to finish with all the prep work going into making the sauce. You…

  • Shrimp Pad Thai

    We are midway through our No Meat May and I am excited to share with you this amazing dish that packs tons of flavor and is actually quite quick to prepare, cook, and put on the table. What better dish to eat with summer coming up than a refreshing bowl of Shrimp Pad Thai? I love that you can customize the toppings to your taste and change up the protein with chicken or tofu, or even omit the shrimp all together. The flavor of the Shrimp Pad Thai packs a punch but adding a squirt of lime puts it over the edge. We already had all of the ingredients on hand, however if you…

  • What, No Meat?!

    My husband and I are definitely what you would call meat eaters. We love our steaks, bulgogi (Korean BBQ), chicken wings, and typically have some sort of meat at every evening meal. Shoot, our family even hosts a rib cooking contest every 4th of July to put our meat eating into perspective. So why am I talking about our indulgence of meat and the glory of us being proud carnivores? Because the hubby and I have decided to forgo meat for the month of May. Yes, I said it. NO MEAT. What? WHY?! Are you CRAZY?! I had no idea that sharing our decision with some friends and family would be faced with so…

  • Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

    If your kids are anything like mine macaroni and cheese is a food that is always at the top of their dinner or lunch request list. Unfortunately, although the boxed version is incredibly convenient and fast to make, it is full of preservatives whereas the baked version tastes amazing but can take about an hour to make. I wanted to figure out a version of macaroni and cheese that combined the best of both versions, something that was fast, easy to make, and tasted great. Introducing my version of stovetop macaroni and cheese! This recipe took as long as it took to boil the pasta making it about a 25 minute meal start…