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While going out every night of the week and trying new restaurants and dishes sounds fun, it’s not a realistic option for everyone. Sometimes, you have to take a break from it all, bust out your pots and pans, and make yourself a home-cooked meal. Not only can it be fun, cooking at home is so much better for you in the big scheme of things because you know exactly what’s going into each meal. You can still indulge in what you like, but you can also make ingredient adjustments when needed to keep things as healthy as possible. Plus, if you’re on a budget, it allows you to still enjoy foods that you love, but not go broke while doing so.

One dish meals (not to be confused with crock-pot meals, though they can be included) are all the rage right now-look on Pinterest and you can find a recipe for almost everything. You can create so many different dishes, and thankfully, you don’t have to use a ton of ingredients with these dishes unless you want to. The next time you find yourself staring into your pantry wondering what you should eat, considering making one of these one dish recipes.

Tuscan White Bean SkilletTuscan White Bean Skillet

Sweet and Spicy Baked CauliflowerSweet and Spicy Baked Cauliflower

Sheet Pan Gnocchi with Summer VegetablesSheet Pan Gnocchi with Summer Vegetables

One Pot Pasta with ChickenOne Pot Pasta with Chicken

Healthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-FryHealthy Sesame-Orange Ginger Chickpea Stir-Fry

Roasted Rosemary ChickenRoasted Rosemary Chicken

One Pan PastaOne Pan Pasta

One Skillet Mexican Rice CasseroleOne Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

 

The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate. We get to spend time with friends and family, but also we get to nosh on so much yummy food! Whether you’ll be grilling out for a crowd or chilling on your patio with just a friend or two, here are a few easy recipes to add to your lineup (cocktails included!):

GRILLED HONEY LIME CILANTRO CHICKEN

Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken

grilled-corn-tomato-avocado-salad

Grilled Corn Tomato Avocado Salad

Parmesan-Garlic-Grilled-Corn

Parmesan Garlic Grilled Corn

Sunrise Piña Colada

Grilled-Watermelon-Feta-Stacked-Salad

Grilled Watermelon Feta Stacked Salad

Smores

S’mores

Summer Berry Sangria

Summer Berry Sangria

Patriotic Pretzel Bites

Patriotic Pretzel Bites

 

Keep the patriotic vibe going with these great tablescape finds from Sur La Table:

Stars + Stripes 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set

Stars + Stripes 12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set, $24.96

American Flag Napkins, Set of 4

American Flag Napkins, Set of 4, $14.96

American Flag Melamine Rectangular Tray, $7.46

Stars + Stripes Melamine Servers, Set of 2

Stars & Stripes Melamine Servers, Set of 2, $2.96

 

To shop these items, be sure to visit Sur La Table in The Shops of Saddle Creek!