• 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…

  • Shrimp, Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry

    Shrimp, beef and broccoli stir fry has officially become one of my husband’s favorite dinners and has become a staple on our dinner table. It cooks up quickly, can be served over rice, noodles, or by itself, and tastes absolutely amazing! I would probably eat this every day of the week if I had the choice. In fact, maybe we’ll have it tonight… I came up with the recipe when trying to use up some frozen shrimp we had leftover from New Year’s Eve. Beef and broccoli stir fry has always been a favorite of mine so I would have never thought to mess with such a great dish, however sometimes trying something…

  • 2017: New Year, New Direction

    Wow, 2016 sure went by quickly! With the new year always comes new ideas, dreams, and hopes for an even better upcoming year. Better health, improved lifestyle, new opportunities and more. For my blog, my outlet, this year will be a change for Kinda Sorta Simple as well. I am excited to add things to my blog that I have been getting into over the past year, things like natural living, sewing, minimalism, different recipes, and a more simple way of life. 2016 was a year of changes for us. One major change is that we welcomed a new baby boy named Kyu in April and I have been blessed and fortunate to be…

  • Spicy Korean Wings

    With the Super Bowl fast approaching thoughts always travel to food.  Who will bring what?  Will it be the usual shrimp with cocktail sauce and spinach artichoke dip?  Will someone venture out and try something new risking the world of unfamiliarity with a different appetizer? I wanted to jump head first into the realm of something new with wings that are spicy yet incredibly tasty and are not your run-of-the-mill buffalo wings.  Behold Spicy Korean Wings. Sauce incredibly simple yet flavors that leave your mouth begging for more. The star ingredient in this wing sauce is the kochujang, which is a Korean hot chili paste made from red chilies and fermented soy beans…

  • Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

    As Christmas season comes to a close and New Years is just around the corner, craziness continues to ensue at our house. However, I am always excited to slow down to make a nice warm dinner for myself, the Mr., and the kids.  What better dinner to have than a combination of macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and chicken on a cold December night. A winner with the kids as well as adults, this recipe is will serve up enough for dinner tonight as wells as lunch for tomorrow! The addition of the crumbled bacon on top pushes this dish over the edge. So delicious! A whole lot of cheesy goodness is always a plus…

  • Easy Green Beans

    Green beans are a favorite side dish of mine for every holiday, season, and event.  It is a food that always makes an appearance in some form whether it is in a casserole, is steamed, or mixed with a vinaigrette.  This recipe is simple and easy, uses ingredients that I often already have in my fridge, and because it takes about 25 minutes to cook down on the stove, I can walk away and tend to other things while the green beans soak in some amazing flavor. In the end the green beans still have a slight crispness to them with a wonderful aromatic flavor that keeps you wanting to eat more. And the kids?…

  • Rolos, Hugs, and Kisses Pretzel Cookies

    Ready for an oldie but goodie?  You know, those recipes that you almost forget about because you are so busy trying to plan your next new and exciting Pinterest recipe that you ignore the tried and true cookies?  The cookies that you just can’t stop eating?  That’s the pretzel cookies for me, specifically the Rolos, Hugs, and Kisses pretzel cookies.  Super inexpensive, so easy, a combination of sweet and salty, and only takes a handful of minutes to make. The best part is how these little goodies taste.  No matter how large of a batch we make, they always run out very quickly. I went with three different kinds of pretzel cookies with this batch: Rolos,…

  • Strawberry Crinkle Cookies

    Hello, ready for some yummy and easy cookies? Today I wanted to share one of the desserts  I had baked for my daughter’s birthday Dol (a Korean 1st birthday party) called Strawberry Crinkle Cookies.   These are by far one of my favorite and easiest cookie recipes! Only 4 ingredients needed, super easy and quick to put together, and the kids love helping with this sweet treat. One reason I love these cookies is it is easy to change up the flavor and color of the cookies based on what flavor of cake mix you use.  Yes, I said cake mix!  The only ingredients for this cookie recipe are cake mix, 2 eggs,…

  • Italian Sausage and Cheese Manicotti

    I don’t know what it is about this colder weather that has me on an Italian food kick lately! Perhaps its the hardiness of the pasta and sauce or the warmth that emanates from the casserole dish.  Either way I am here to present a dish that is also Italian in origin and tastes like it was delivered to your table at a restaurant. Introducing Italian Sausage and Cheese Manicotti. I am a cheese fanatic as it is.  Pasta stuffed with cheese with more cheese on top?  A resounding yes please!  This amazing recipe does take a bit of extra prep work with stuffing the pasta shells but I promise you it is worth the…

  • Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

    There are nights when you want to cook a dish that is enough to feed a crowd but doesn’t keep you in the kitchen all day.  Enter Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake.  You can cut down on the time for this classic dish by using either rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or canned chicken meaning all you are really left to do is cook the pasta, combine all the ingredients, and let the oven do the rest.  The result? I meal that tastes great and looks like you spent the entire afternoon cooking. This is also very kid friendly in that my kids not only love eating it but also enjoy helping to prepare it.…