Megan Miller

I’m a mom of two, food and wine lover, and recipe creation enthusiast. Good food brings families together. Which is why I’m devoted to sharing my best recipes that are simple enough for even the beginner cook that your family will love!

Craving Chinese takeout? You might just be better off making it yourself. A stir fry recipe is one of the easiest things you can ever make and is one of my families favorites. And it’s likely you’ve got what you need in your kitchen to make it ready to go. Even the kids don’t fuss over this dish, eating up every last bit. Make some steamed white rice with it and it’s the perfect wholesome meal with all the goodies and none of the bad stuff!

Best stir fry recipe

Best Stir Fry Recipe

The best chicken stir fry recipe is colorful and visually appealing while brimming with a bounty of fresh ingredients. Believe it or not, it’s ready from start to finish faster than any takeout place can deliver to your door!

Ingredients to make stir fry

Homemade Stir Fry Ingredients

  • Chicken – the perfect stir fry protein (though you can omit it or sub in something else like shrimp, beef, or even tofu!). For vegetarians you can leave out the chicken and simply stir fry veggies for a simply yet delicious vegetable stir fry recipe.
  • Fresh veggies – this healthy chicken stir fry recipe makes use of plenty of fresh veggies including broccoli, red and yellow bell peppers, carrots, and sugar snap peas (or snow peas). I also love adding mushrooms and green onions to stir fry.
  • Sauce – that signature easy stir fry sauce is a combination of chicken broth, soy sauce (regular or low-sodium), oyster sauce, sesame oil, and cornstarch. You can be creative here to add sauces that are more sweet or spicy. Honey is a great addition for sweetness to any homemade stir fry sauce!
  • Red pepper flakes – an excellent stir fry seasoning that gives it a slight kick (and more or less to adjust to your level of spice).

Easy stir fry recipe

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

Yes, there are a number of ingredients in this list, but this easy stir fry recipe assures you have restaurant-quality stir fry in 20 minutes right onto your table. Make it yourself faster than you can run out to pick up your order or have it delivered.

Stir frys are a great way to introduce a vegetables to kids because they have so many bright shapes and colors.


How do you make stir fry from scratch

How do you Make Chicken Stir Fry from Scratch?

Even if you’ve never attempted stir fry before, it’s so easy. In college, my roommate and I used the stuff in the bag. Yuck! I can’t believe we ate that junk! All you do is make the stir fry sauce, cook the chicken, set it aside and cook the veggies, and then combine it all together. Chicken vegetable stir fry is best over steamed white rice so make your stove top rice or use a rice cooker while you’re getting the stir fry going to have it all finish at the same time.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Stir Fry Every Time

  • Make sure your wok is super-hot. This is the secret to the most delicious veggie stir fry recipe and why it cooks so quickly.
  • Cook the meat in batches. Depending on the size of your wok, you may need to cook the chicken in batches to assure it gets the right attention.
  • Yes, you can use a skillet for stir fry. Just make sure it’s deep enough!
  • Don’t throw your meat in there ice cold. If you let it sit out during the prep time, that should be long enough to get the chill out of it so it cooks to perfection.

How to cook stir fry

How to Cook Stir Fry

Cooking stir fry requires either a wok or a deep skillet. While a wok is the best way, a skillet can work just as well to stir fry chicken and vegetables to perfection!

How do you make a good stir fry?

Good stir fry depends on the ingredients you use. Fresh veggies and chicken are great options to get the best taste.

How do you make good stir fry

Can you make stir fry in a frying pan?

Yes. While a wok is the traditional way, a frying pan can be used to make stir fry.

What oil should you use for stir fry?

Vegetable oil is the best oil when it comes to making stir fry.

What do you put in stir fry

What do you put in stir fry?

This recipe calls for chicken breast to be used with an array of veggies. You can swap out the chicken for another protein or make it simply a veggie stir fry.

Do you cook chicken or vegetables first in stir fry?

Typically, veggies can go into the wok or pan after cooking the meat as the protein typically takes longer to cook. It won’t take long for vegetables to become fork-tender.

Can you make stir fry in a frying pan

Can you stir fry raw chicken and vegetables together?

No, it is not recommended. Chicken needs to cook to the proper temperature. As it does, your veggies will become too soggy.

How do you stir fry vegetables without getting soggy?

Cook the chicken first, remove it, then cook the veggies and add the chicken and sauce. This prevents sogginess.

What can I add to stir fry for flavor

What can I add to stir fry for flavor?

Stir fry needs the right level of seasoning. Adding a good blend of seasonings or sauces will add great flavor to your stir fry recipe.

What to Serve with Stir Fry

Chicken stir fry with rice is always a good option. I always serve my stir fry with rice. We love how the sauce tastes all soaked into it. You can keep the sides Asian in style with dumplings or eggrolls, or even add an Asian salad with ginger dressing to boost your veggie intake. Not a fan of rice? You can also add it atop noodles to make a noodle bowl.

What vegetables to cook first in a stir fry

How to Store Stir Fry

Should any remain after your stir fry dinner, make sure you pack it up in airtight containers promptly. It will be a great lunch to take to the office the next day too!

How Long Does Stir Fry Last?

In your fridge, you can count on that stir fry lasting about 3 to 4 days. In my house, it’s gone long before then!

Homemade stir fry recipe

Can You Freeze Stir Fry?

Stir fry is great to freeze, though when I do it, I have to make a much bigger batch. I fill up freezer-safe plastic bags and lay them flat in my freezer. I don’t like to let it go for longer than a month though because it loses its flavor, but it’s a wonderful solution for meal prep.

How to Reheat Stir Fry?

Let it thaw in your fridge, then pour it into a skillet on the stove and heat through!

Easy Stir Fry Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 335
This delicious easy stir fry recipe is packed with fresh ingredients and a tasty homemade stir fry sauce that has an outstanding flavor. Stir fry is fast and easy to make at home and makes excellent leftovers. Plus its an easy way to get kids to eat vegetables because of the tasty sauce and bright colors!


  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil (divided)
  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup red and yellow bell peppers (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste


  • Whisk together the corn starch and water in a medium sized bowl. Then, add in the chicken broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes and set aside.
  • Then, add one tablespoon of oil to a wok over medium high heat. Once the oil has heated through, add in the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Once the chicken is cooked through, remove from the wok and set the chicken aside in a small bowl and reduce the heat to medium.
  • Add in the broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, and ginger garlic paste to the wok and cook until fork tender. Once the veggies are fork tender, add the chicken back in and stir. Pour the stir fry sauce over the chicken and vegetable mixture and stir to combine. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for one minute. Serve over rice immediately.
Calories: 335kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese


Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 2528mg | Potassium: 709mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 4296IU | Vitamin C: 79mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 2mg

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There’s nothing like homemade fried chicken! And this Southern fried chicken recipe assures you’ll have that crispy, crunchy texture outside with tender, juicy meat inside. While you’ll need to be patient during the fridge time, you’ll be rewarded with the best fried chicken ever!

Best fried chicken recipe

Best Fried Chicken Recipe

I used to think the best fried chicken came in a bucket. Silly me! One day, I wondered if I couldn’t recreate it in my kitchen and now here we are. You just never know what’s in foods you buy ready-made. Preservatives, artificial colors and flavors…yuck. But with this Southern fried chicken recipe, you can see all the ingredients are wholesome.

Ingredients for making fried chicken

Homemade Fried Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken – yes, that’s obvious. Drumsticks and chicken thighs are the best though you can use any other part like the chicken wings or chicken breast to fry.
  • Buttermilk – this is for soaking the chicken prior to frying, a crucial step for making buttermilk fried chicken.
  • Hot sauce – you’ll add this to the buttermilk to give your chicken a nice spice.
  • Flour and cornstarch – these create the signature texture for your buttermilk crispy chicken.
  • Seasonings – when it comes to selecting the best fried chicken seasoning, garlic powder, oregano, white pepper, basil, and smoked paprika are just a few of your spice rack staples you’ll need to flavor up this fried chicken to perfection.

Easy fried chicken recipe

Easy Fried Chicken Recipe

While the time on this recipe is over 4 hours, that’s mainly because you’ve got to let it sit in buttermilk and tenderize so you get nice, juicy meat inside. After that, your buttermilk fried chicken recipe is easy! Just shake the coating on and fry it up to perfection!

Girls, if he only wants your breasts, legs, and thighs, send him to KFC.

How do you make fried chicken from scratch

How do you Make Fried Chicken from Scratch?

Crispy fried chicken from scratch is so easy. Sure, the ingredient list looks long, but that’s a whole lotta spices you’ve already got in your kitchen. You’ll make the buttermilk mixture, soak the chicken and let it sit in the fridge, then coat it and deep fry it. Yum!

Expert tips and tricks for cooking fried chicken

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fried Chicken Every Time

  • Don’t skip the buttermilk. Buttermilk marinade tenderizes your chicken meat. This step is so important! If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make buttermilk by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar to one cup of whole milk. Buttermilk chicken is a game changer!
  • Use cornstarch in the dredge. I think the thing most people skip is adding both flour and cornstarch to the fried chicken batter. Cornstarch helps get it nice and crispy.
  • Gluten-free – This recipe isn’t gluten-free, but if you swap in your gluten-free flour, it can be!

How to cook fried chicken

How to Cook Fried Chicken?

Once you’ve prepped your chicken, you’ll fry it in your deep fryer (or a deep stock pot filled with enough oil) for 7 minutes per side. You should also check the internal temperature and make sure it’s at 165F.

If you have an air fryer, you can do it in there too at 400F and then flip the pieces after 5 to 6 minutes before cooking on the other side. For both styles of frying, you’ll need to flip the pieces to cook them evenly.

What is the secret to fried chicken?

The secret is absolutely the buttermilk soak. If you’ve tried to make fried chicken before and it just felt dry inside, try this crispy fried chicken batter and you’ll see the difference!

What is the secret to fried chicken

Should you soak chicken in milk before frying?

Yes. That’s the key to getting the perfect tender texture inside of the crispy coating.

Should you soak chicken in milk before frying

What type of flour should I use when making fried chicken?

All-purpose flour always works the best in your fried chicken batter recipe when deep frying chicken. You can use a gluten-free version of it too.

Should you dip chicken in egg before frying?

This crispy chicken recipe doesn’t call for eggs because the buttermilk soak will keep it moist enough to dredge successfully into the coating. However, other recipes may use an egg wash to get the coating to stick.

How do you get the perfect crust on fried chicken

How do you get perfectly crusted fried chicken?

The perfect crust for fried chicken is made with a mixture of flour, cornstarch, and seasonings. Using cornstarch with the flour ensures a crispy coating.

Why is my fried chicken not crispy?

It’s a problem with your heat. If it’s too high or too low, you will not get the texture you’re trying to achieve.

Why do you dip chicken in egg before frying

How to keep fried chicken crispy?

For a crispy fried chicken recipe, after you finish frying each piece, you’ll want to soak up the excess oil from the frying process. That should prevent your fried chicken breading from getting soggy.

What to Serve with Fried Chicken

Round out your crispy fried chicken dinner with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, a beautiful garden salad, okra and stewed tomatoes, potato salad, or any number of things. You can even make chicken and waffles if you wish. There are so many ways to make a great meal with deep fried chicken.

Why is my fried chicken not crispy

How to Store Fried Chicken

After it’s cooled, assuming there’s any leftovers, you’ll want to refrigerate your chicken promptly in airtight containers or on a dish wrapped in aluminum foil.

How Long Does Fried Chicken Last?

Fried chicken will keep well in your fridge for up to 4 days. Obviously, it will taste the best when it’s fresh though.

Homemade fried chicken recipe

Can You Freeze Fried Chicken?

Yes! If you make a big batch and everyone is getting tired of it by day #2, wrap it well and freeze it. It will last for up to 4 months this way.

How to Reheat Fried Chicken?

If it’s frozen, let it thaw overnight in your fridge. Then heat your oven to 400F and place your chicken on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes and it should be hot and crispy.

The Perfect Fried Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 456
The perfect Fried Chicken recipe is crispy on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. This is a family favorite fried chicken recipe that always has people asking for the recipe. From my family to yours, enjoy!


  • 3 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 4 chicken drumsticks (with skin)
  • 4 chicken thighs (with skin)
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp white pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper ( )
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried basil


  • Whisk together buttermilk, hot sauce, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add in the chicken pieces, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • After the chicken has finished refrigerating, turn on your deep fryer and heat the oil to 350F. Use a kitchen thermometer to make sure your vegetable oil reaches the correct temperature. While the oil heats up, prepare your dredging mixture. In a gallon sized resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, cornstarch, onion powder, oregano, basil, white pepper, cayenne, smoked paprika, and salt.
  • Take the chicken out of the refrigerator and let it warm up to room temperature. Remove chicken pieces from the buttermilk mixture, shaking to remove any excess. Place it in the flour mixture breading and coat thoroughly. Once every piece of chicken has been thoroughly coated, fry 2-3 pieces at a time in the deep fryer, about 7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165F (use a kitchen thermometer) and they are golden brown.
  • Once cooked through, place the chicken on a baking sheet pan lined with paper towels or a wire rack to drain. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Calories: 456kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 456kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 2520mg | Potassium: 462mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 833IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 4mg

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My kids call falafel “balls of yum” and I think that sums it up quite nicely! If you’re looking to try something new or want a fun meatless meal, look no further than this homemade falafel recipe!

Best falafel recipe

Best Falafel Recipe

I used to stop in this one Middle Eastern place in the mall to get my falafel fix. But once I figured out how to make them myself, it was a game-changer. These are so delicious and wonderful on their own and in pitas too. You’ll see!

Easy Falafel Recipe

I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too. Falafel only looks hard because it’s not in your typical cuisine. It’s funny how we seem apprehensive about trying to cook something from another culture. Rest assured, falafel only has 4 easy steps and you will love it all the more because you made it yourself.

Ingredients for making falafel

Falafel Ingredients

  • Chickpeas – falafel with canned chickpeas helps save you time over dried chickpeas as you do not need to soak them (and yes, they work!). If you need to substitute out chickpeas, you can use fava beans in their place.
  • Fresh cilantro and parsley – nothing beats fresh herbs to brighten up any recipe.
  • Red onion – gives it some color and that signature onion flavor.
  • Garlic cloves – makes every recipe better.
  • Whole wheat flour – this one works best for me, but you can use any type you wish (even gluten-free!).
  • Baking powder – it gives falafel a lighter texture that you’ll love.
  • Seasonings – ground cumin plus a dash of salt and pepper,  are the falafel ingredients that provide the perfect well-rounded flavor.
  • Lemon juice – use fresh-squeezed to give it that Middle Eastern flair.

Easy falafel recipe

How do you Make Falafel from Scratch

It all starts with adding everything into your food processor. Once it has a coarse texture, you’ll roll it into balls. Place them on a baking sheet and let them chill for a couple hours, then get ready to fry them up in your deep fryer. That’s all there is to it!

You’re the hummus to my falafel.

How do you make falafel from scratch

How to Cook Falafel

An authentic falafel recipe is best when you cook it in oil. If you’re not a fan of all that oil, baking or air frying is always an option. The tips mentioned above can help you use those methods instead of frying.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Falafel Every Time

  • Not a fan of deep frying? Bake that falafel! Preheat your oven to 375F, then bake falafel balls of deliciousness up for 30 minutes.
  • Stock pot is ok – If you don’t have a deep fryer, you can simply use a stockpot.
  • Or use an air fryer! Heat it to 350F and cook for 8 minutes. Flip then cook for 6 more minutes.
  • Don’t skip the chill time. I know you want to eat them right now, but they need time to form together or they won’t stay intact during the frying process.

How do you make falafels more moist

What is falafel?

Falafel is a Middle Eastern deep-fried ball that is made with a mixture of ground chickpeas and seasonings that are commonly served in Israel and Egypt. There are no eggs or animal products in it so it is a vegan-friendly dish.

Are all falafels vegan?

Yes they are, so feel free to make this vegan falafel recipe for a meatless night or your favorite vegan friends!

Why can’t you use canned chickpeas for falafel?

You can use canned chickpeas. It saves you time and if you rinse and drain them correctly, it will work just as well. Especially when deep frying them.

How to cook falafel

How do you make falafels more moist?

Serving falafel with sauce is a must to keep them moist. We use hummus but feel free to have tahini or even tzatziki with it.

How do you get a falafel to stick together?

Falafel will stick together when you follow the recipe and make sure they chill long enough. You should also scoop the balls of dough tightly and that will keep them in one piece.

Why does my falafel fall apart when I fry it?

If the dough mixture is too wet, it will fall apart. Take the time to really drain those chickpeas and follow the other steps and they will stay together.

What to serve with falafel

What is a good side dish for Falafel?

You can make a Lebanese falafel plate with hummus and tahini sauce, stuff falafel into pita (they make gluten-free pitas too) with onion, tomato, lettuce coriander, cucumbers and yogurt sacue if you prefer something similar to a sandwich, add them to a salad, top them on rice, make a falafel wrap recipe, or simply serve as a dipper to dunk in tahini or tzatziki sauce.

How do you fry falafel without it falling apart

How to Store Falafel

Falafel need to be refrigerated so don’t leave them out. Keep them covered and eat them quickly. They’re best when they’re fresh.

How Long Does Falafel Last?

You’ll have about 4 days to eat that falafel up when it’s in the fridge. Anything after that, I’d toss out.

How do you get a falafel to stick together

Can You Freeze Falafel?

Yes, which is perfect for a quick bite. Cooked falafel will keep in a sealed container for as long as 3 months. However, it’s best to make extra falafel dough and freeze that. It too will keep for 3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat Falafel?

You will want to thaw out that dough first and then follow the remaining steps. But if you have cooked falafel, simply warm it in the oven until it’s heated and enjoy!

The BEST Falafel Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 71
Authentic falafel is so unique and delicious! This is the best falafel recipe that I've been perfecting for my family. Simple ingredients are key to any easy falafel recipe. Chickpeas, fresh herbs, and spices keep this moist falafel recipe packed with flavor!



  • 1 16oz can of chickpeas ((garbanzo beans))
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro ((coriander))
  • 1 cup fresh parsley
  • 1 red onion (quartered)
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 1/2 tbsp garlic (minced)

For serving as a Pita

  • pita bread
  • chopped lettuce
  • red onion (sliced)
  • tomatoes (sliced)
  • hummus


  • Add chickpeas, cilantro, parsley, onion, flour, lemon juice, baking powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until the mixture becomes a coarse texture.
  • From your mixing bowl, measure out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into patties or balls. Place the balls on a baking sheet pan lined with parchment paper and chill for 2 hours. While the falafels chill, heat up the oil in deep fryer.
  • Once the falafels are chilled, transfer 2-4 falafels to the oil and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Once cooked, remove the falafels from the deep fryer with a slotted spoon and place on a plate lined with paper towels and allow them to drain. Serve the falafels with hummus or inside a warm pita pocket.
Calories: 71kcal
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 780mg | Potassium: 234mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1430IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 164mg | Iron: 3mg

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For Super Bowl or any other gathering, I’m always asked if I’m serving my homemade pico de gallo recipe. I have to double it or else it’s gone within the first 15 to 30 minutes of serving. Everyone loves it, and when you make fresh salsa like this you will never get that jarred junk again.

Best pico de gallo recipe

Best Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de gallo salsa is a type of salsa fresca but it’s chunkier. The key to the best pico de gallo is using super-fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong with that, and while it tastes so good, it has plenty of good-for-you nutrients too!

Easy Pico de Gallo Recipe

This authentic pico de gallo recipe is so easy, you can make it just minutes before guests arrive and they’d never know. In only 10 minutes from start to finish, you’ll have fresh pico de gallo that no one can resist. Plus its very versatile making it the perfect condiment.

Ingredients for making pico de gallo from scratch

Pico de Gallo Ingredients

  • Fresh tomatoes – use the reddest and ripest ones you can find!
  • Onion – white onions give the best, most authentic flavor over red onion.
  • Jalapeño – gives it a little kick. If you don’t have jalapeno pepper you can substitute a serrano pepper.
  • Cilantro – fresh is best though dried will do in a pinch.
  • Lime juice – squeeze it fresh for the best taste.
  • Salt – just a little bit unites all the fresh flavors.

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo?

Basically, it comes down to the texture. Traditional pico de gallo is chunkier than tomato salsa though they do share the same ingredients.

Easy pico de gallo recipe

How do you Make Pico de Gallo from Scratch

All it takes is a food processor! Add all the ingredients, turn it on and chop! That’s it!

I seriously could have chips and salsa for dinner everyday.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Pico de Gallo Every Time

  • Fresher is better. The fresher your ingredients, the better the taste will be.
  • Use white onions. They have a sharp flavor but it works so well with the citrusy lime and tomatoes for perfect contrast.
  • Red tomatoes are a must. Don’t settle for pink tomatoes in this recipe! They should be as red as possible.
  • Skip the garlic – Fresh garlic is great in guacamole. But for pico de gallo, skip it.
  • Mango is a great addition – if you’ve never had mango salsa, you have to try it. Simply add in fresh diced mango to the recipe. It adds a delicious sweetness!

How do you make pico de gallo from scratch

What Tomatoes are Best for Pico de Gallo?

The type matters a bit less than what they look like. I recommend choosing what’s seasonally fresh by you. Vine-ripened and heirloom are great summer options but even Roma tomatoes are a go. They just need to be as red as can be for any tomato you use.

What onion is best for Pico de Gallo?

White onions make for the best pico de gallo. They have a sharp taste but that is tamed by the other ingredients for a perfect pairing.

What can I add to Pico de Gallo to make it better?

It’s all in the lime juice and cilantro. Make sure they’re fresh, and that your tomatoes are fresh too. Even if you hate spicy things, don’t skip the jalapeno. Adding just a little bit in will round out the flavor.

How do you make homemade Pico de Gallo spicier?

Add more jalapeno! This will definitely kick it up in heat. However, do taste it first as-is before adding more jalapeno in there.

What to Serve with Pico de Gallo

The options are endless! Put it on the table next to guacamole, cheese dip, or avocado salsa with tortilla chips as a snack. Serve it with any Mexican food main dish like tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, burrito bowls, and quesadillas. Stir it in scrambled eggs or an omelet. Top off burgers with it too!

What is the difference between salsa and pico de gallo

How to Store Pico de Gallo

A pico de gallo salsa recipe needs to be kept in the fridge in an airtight container. Don’t let it sit out too long!

How Long Does Homemade Pico de Gallo Last?

It’s best to eat your pico de gallo in the same day. It’s rare I’ve had any leftover after making it because it’s so good. You can make it ahead of a party too, but it needs to be used before 3 days are up.

Can You Freeze Pico de Gallo?

Technically, you can freeze pico de gallo. You’ll have a different texture though from the tomatoes and cilantro. Be sure to drain any excess juice before freezing. It should keep up to 3 months.

How to Thaw Frozen Pico de Gallo?

Simply put it in the fridge to thaw. It should be ready to dig into the next day.

Easy Pico De Gallo Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 48
This super easy Pico De Gallo recipe is perfect for a chips and salsa appetizer or used as a topping for your favorite taco or burrito dish. This is the same fresh quality of our local Mexican restaurant that helped me perfect this recipe!


  • 1 1/2 lbs tomatoes (roughly chopped)
  • 1 white onion (roughly chopped)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (roughly chopped)
  • 2/3 cup fresh cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp salt


  • Combine all ingredients into a food processor until finely chopped and thoroughly combined. Serve immediately.
Calories: 48kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 48kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1174mg | Potassium: 492mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1672IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

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Love chicken noodle soup but want something a little different? This homemade chicken soup recipe is perfect for those chilly nights when you want something a little more exotic. With bold aromatics, fresh chicken, vegetables, herbs, and rice, it’s something everyone will want to fill their bowl up with again and again!

Best chicken soup recipe

Best Chicken Soup Recipe

If you love chicken, this is the best chicken soup recipe for you. It’s made with wholesome ingredients and comes together with ease. Even on a busy night, you can give your family the best!

Ingredients for making chicken soup

Homemade Chicken Soup Ingredients

  • Chicken breast – use fresh, boneless, and skinless, though if you have other fresh chicken you want to use like boneless, skinless chicken thighs, go for it!
  • Chicken broth – this creates the base of the soup with more flavor than just water
  • Celery, carrots, onions, and garlic cloves – these veggies flavor the broth and add more nutrients
  • Fresh herbs and aromatics – fresh rosemary and thyme plus ginger garlic paste are the secret to a sublime flavor. Sometimes I also like to add a bay leaf or two and sprinkle fresh parsley on top. You’ll notice I do not include oregano on this recipe. I find the blend between rosemary and thyme with the ginger garlic paste to be perfect!
  • Ground turmeric – gives it a bright color and more antioxidants
  • Frozen peas – gives it more veggie protein
  • Basmati rice – for a soup that really eats like a meal. Can substitute short pasta noodles, egg noodles, zucchini noodles, or even potatoes.

Easy chicken soup recipe

Easy Chicken Soup Recipe

I know the ingredient list is a little long, but it’s all stuff you should have around your kitchen. And guess what? It only takes 10 minutes to put this soup together. The rest of the time, it’s simmering on the stovetop. Ready in just 45 minutes from start to finish, it doesn’t get easier than this simple chicken soup recipe!

Happiness is hot soup on a cold day.

How do you make chicken soup from scratch

How do you Make Chicken Soup from Scratch?

My mom has always said that everyone should know how to make chicken soup from scratch. Once you do, you’ll never open another can of it (unless there’s a storm that wipes out your power and you have no choice). In one pot, you heat oil and then add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Then you’ll add ginger paste and turmeric. After that, everything but the rice and peas goes in. Let it boil, then add the rice. In the last few minutes, the frozen peas go in and voila! Chicken soup from scratch!

Tips and tricks for making chicken soup

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Soup Every Time

  • Don’t use water. Chicken broth adds much more flavor!
  • Low Sodium – Cut down on sodium by using a reduced sodium broth or one with no added salt. You can add salt to taste without going overboard.
  • Save time by using cooked chicken. If you have rotisserie chicken leftover, there’s no reason why you can’t use it in this recipe. Just be sure to add it at the end rather than at the beginning.
  • Excess foam – feel free to skim any excess foam off of the top.

How long to store chicken soup

What kind of chicken makes the best soup?

Some say thighs and bone-in chicken is best, but I love using chicken breast. It makes it easier to shred into bite-size pieces and there’s no worry about errant pieces of bone.

What can I add to my chicken soup to give it flavor

What can I add to my chicken soup for more flavor?

Herbs, spices, and aromatics given chicken soup flavor. This recipe includes plenty of fresh veggies, herbs, and seasonings so it won’t come out bland. The ginger garlic paste really takes it to the next level.

What can I add to bland soup?

If your soup still tastes bland to you, add a pinch or two more of salt to taste. The goal is to bring out the flavor rather than make it overly salty.

How do I make chicken soup better

How do I make chicken soup better?

Be sure you cook the carrots, onions, celery, and garlic in the same pot. Sauté them first in oil which gives them more flavor than simply tossing them into broth.

What kind of chicken makes the best soup

What to Serve with Chicken Soup

A hearty bread goes great on the side of chicken soup. Sandwiches and salads are also a nice option. As there’s a bit of ginger garlic paste in here and the rice, anything with an Asian flavor will pair nicely like sticky Asian wings.

What can I add to bland soup

How to Store Chicken Soup

Chicken soup should be cooled completely before storing. Stick it in airtight containers or plastic zippered bags.

How Long Does Chicken Soup Last?

Chicken soup lasts in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. You should make sure you store it properly to get the most out of it.

Homemade chicken soup recipe

Can You Freeze Chicken Soup?

Chicken soup freezes quite nicely. When properly confined in containers or bags, it will last up to 6 months in your freezer.

How to Reheat Chicken Soup

When it’s frozen, set it in your fridge overnight to thaw. By the next day, it’s easy to add to a pot and heat over the stove.

Cozy Chicken Soup Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 386
This is the BEST Chicken Soup recipe I've made and is a family favorite that I've been perfecting. A warm, cozy, chicken soup is absolutely perfect on a cold day to warm your body and soul. This one is full of flavor and healthy nutrients. Enjoy!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 4 carrots (chopped)
  • 2 yellow medium onions (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme (chopped)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas


  • In a large soup pot or stock over medium high heat, heat the oil. Once the oil is hot add in the onion, carrots, and celery and garlic. Cook until the onion is translucent.
  • Then, add in the 2 tablespoons of ginger garlic paste and teaspoon of turmeric. Next, add in the chicken broth, chicken breast, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, then add in the rice. Reduce to medium low and simmer uncovered until the chicken is fully cooked. Once the chicken is fully cooked, stir in the frozen peas and cook an additional five minutes.
Calories: 386kcal
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American


Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1476mg | Potassium: 1146mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10637IU | Vitamin C: 53mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 3mg

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Delicious, wholesome, and simple, egg salad sandwich recipe is a favorite in our home. And it’s just so simple to make. Use the perfect hard boiled egg recipe I posted recently and you’ll be on your way to making this spectacularly simple egg salad recipe in no time!

Best egg salad recipe

Best Egg Salad Recipe

Have you ever bought egg salad ready-made? Yeah, it’s just not that good. Fortunately, the best egg salad recipe takes just minutes to make once you hard boil the eggs. With simple ingredients you’ve got in your kitchen, you’ll get the most flavorful egg salad of all.

Easy Egg Salad Recipe

Why order egg salad at the deli or pick up a container? You can make it yourself fresher, better, and healthier in only a few minutes with a few ingredients. It doesn’t get more wonderful than that! I have to give him credit because he helped me create it, but my husband calls this the best egg salad sandwich recipe ever!

Ingredients for making egg salad

Egg Salad Ingredients

  • Hard boiled eggs – follow the recipe I posted about how to get them boiled to perfection!
  • Mayonnaise – this gives your egg salad a creamy texture.
  • Scallions – egg salad needs a bit of pungent contrast to really pop.
  • Smoked paprika – just like with deviled eggs, this seasoning adds a delightful flavor. If you do note like paprika you can sprinkle fresh dill instead.
  • Salt and pepper – adjust it to your liking to get the perfect taste.
  • Mustard – adds a tangy flavor pop. This egg sandwich recipe calls for yellow mustard but dijon mustard works well too.

Easy egg salad recipe

How do you Make Egg Salad from Scratch?

To make this classic egg salad recipe from scratch, you will need to hard boil eggs and then allow them time to cool. Check out our PERFECT hard boiled egg recipe here using a cold water trick. From there, it’s super-quick. Chop them up along with the scallions and add the mayo and seasonings. Mix it up and then dish it out!

Have an egg-cellent day!

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Egg Salad Every Time

  • Cook the eggs right. Yes, there’s a trick to perfect hard boiled eggs. My other post details exactly how to get them perfect every single time you make them.
  • You may even want to go for a shorter boil time. At about 9 minutes, the centers are done but slightly creamy so you get a creamier egg salad from them without having to use too much mayo (and hence, less calories).
  • Dislike mayo? Swap in an avocado for creaminess but it will change the color and flavor a bit.

What does egg salad go good with

What can I use in place of mayo in egg salad?

If you dislike mayonnaise, you can try plain Greek yogurt instead. It’s also a great way to reduce calories and fat. Avocados can be used but they will change the flavor and color a bit.

Why does my egg salad get watery?

Salt naturally draws water out of foods. Egg salad will get more watery the longer it’s around, which is why it’s best to make it in small batches and eat it quickly to enjoy it at its prime.

How do you thicken egg salad?

Simply adding more hard boiled eggs to your egg salad can help. If you don’t have any more on hand, you can pop it back in the fridge. The colder temperature should firm up the mayo.

How do you make egg salad from scratch

What to Serve with Egg Salad

Egg salad is great on top of a bed of lettuce, in between slices of your favorite bread, or in a wrap. We love having it with soup, or if we fill breads and wraps with it, a big garden salad on the side is always a nice match.

What does egg salad go with?

Egg salad is great with other picnic and barbecue foods like macaroni salad, potato salad, and burgers. It’s also a stellar option for a light lunch as a salad, sandwich, or wrap. Fresh fruit also goes well on the side of a serving of egg salad.

Is eating egg salad good for you?

That really depends. Eggs are high in cholesterol and with mayonnaise added in, it ups the calorie and fat intake. But this recipe calls for a little less mayo. And if you hard boil your eggs just a little shorter in duration, the yolks are creamier which means you’ll need even less mayo to get that signature texture.

Homemade egg salad recipe

How to Store Egg Salad

Egg salad MUST be kept in the fridge. An airtight container will keep it fresh while it’s in there. As soon as you’re done making it, get it in the fridge or serve it to be eaten immediately.

How Long Does Egg Salad Last in the Fridge?

When stored the right way in your fridge, you can enjoy that egg salad for 3 to 4 days.

Can You Freeze Egg Salad?

Most things you can freeze. And sure, you can freeze egg salad but I really don’t recommend it. It will not have the same wonderful texture it did when it was fresh and could come out a bit watery after thawing.

How to Thaw Frozen Egg Salad?

Should you choose to go against the grain and freeze your egg salad, only thaw it in your fridge overnight. Don’t say you weren’t warned about the flavors and textures changing though!

The Perfect Egg Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 247
This easy Egg Salad recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients and comes our perfect every time! The best egg salad is refreshing and packed with flavor. It is great on its own or to make egg salad sandwiches!


  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup scallions (green onion) (chopped (can substitute chives))
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard


  • Hard boil 8 eggs and allow to cool. Once cooled, peel, chop and place into a large mixing bowl. Add in the mayonnaise, mustard, green onion, and smoked paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve on fresh rye bread.
Calories: 247kcal
Course: Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American


Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 379mg | Sodium: 694mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

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One of the soups that brings me the most comfort when the weather is cold is classic French onion soup. It’s a favorite in this house too, despite the onions which are normally a turnoff for the kids. Tender in the soup, the hunks of baguette soaking underneath the layer of melted cheese are just too irresistible to anyone. It’s a soup I’ll make any day of the week yet is perfectly fit for company too!

Best french onion soup recipe

Best French Onion Soup Recipe

If you long for French onion soup but don’t want to go out to eat, you’ve got to make this recipe. With authentic flavors and fresh ingredients, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make it sooner. Say goodbye to the canned variety and see how easy it is to make yourself!

Ingredients for making french onion soup

Homemade French Onion Soup Ingredients

  • Onions – the star of the soup. Use whatever you have though yellow onions are the traditional ones to use for this soup
  • Beef stock – this helps form the base (can be replaced with veggie stock for a vegetarian version)
  • Butter – so you can caramelize the onions
  • Flour – this thickens up your soup (you can swap in gluten-free flour too!)
  • Dry white wine – you need this to deglaze the pan and add that signature flavor
  • Seasonings – it takes a little Worcestershire sauce, fresh thyme, garlic, and bay leaves to give French onion soup that wonderful taste
  • Toasted French bread – you’ll add this to the top just before the cheese
  • Swiss cheese – The pièce de resistance that completes your bowl of French onion soup

Easy french onion soup recipe

One day I’m gonna make the onions cry.

How do you make french onion soup

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

Traditional French onion soup is so easy to make. It only tastes complex, as it should. A quick French onion soup recipe should take only about 10 minutes of prepping and the rest of the time, your soup is simmering to perfection. At the end you’ll do some toasting and broiling but it comes together so easily you’ll be a master in no time!

Expert tips for making french onion soup

How do you Make French Onion Soup from Scratch

Simply caramelize the onions in butter, add garlic and flour, deglaze the pan with white wine, add the stock and the other seasonings and simmer it up. Once it’s ready, toast slices of the French bread and place on top of each bowl of soup. Put the cheese on top and broil it just for a few minutes to get that signature bubbling going on.

How to cook french onion soup

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect French Onion Soup Every Time

  • Don’t skimp – Add more wine while deglazing if you can’t get up all the brown bits. It won’t ruin your soup.
  • Gluten Free and Vegetarian options – You can easily customize this recipe for vegetarians or those with gluten sensitivities by swapping the stock for veggie and the flour for gluten-free, respectively. Gluten-free bread can also be used!
  • Cheese options – While Gruyere cheese is the traditional cheese to use, this recipe uses Swiss which is easier to find (and probably in your fridge!). You can also use gouda, mozzarella, or even provolone!
  • No bread? Use croutons!
  • Get the perfect top – Use your broiler to melt the sprinkling of cheese to make the perfect topping to your soup.

What to serve with french onion soup

How to Cook French Onion Soup

Once you deglaze the pan after caramelizing the onions, it’s all about adding the stock and the seasonings to simmer up the broth. When it’s simmered enough, you’ll toast the bread slices, top the soup, and then broil (don’t bake) the cheese on top to finish it off.

How to store french onion soup

What onions are best for French onion soup?

You can use any kind of onions in a classic French onion soup recipe, though the best are the yellow onions sliced thinly. This is the traditional way to make french onion soup.

What are the best onions to use for french onion soup

How do I thicken French onion soup?

Flour is used to thicken traditional French onion soup right after you caramelize the onions. You can use gluten-free flour in this step as well.

How long does french onion soup last

What cheese can replace Gruyere in French onion soup?

This recipe uses Swiss instead of Gruyere. They’re very similar and it’s much easier to find. For French onion soup cheese, you can use Swiss, Gruyere, mozzarella, provolone, or even gouda.

Can you freeze french onion soup

Is there a difference between onion soup and French onion soup?

Onion soup usually requires a combination of a variety of onions. French onion soup is traditionally made with yellow onions. Also, French onion soup is always made with beef stock while onion soup uses any type of stock or broth.

How to reheat french onion soup

What to Serve with French Onion Soup

A nice panini would be a great match with a simple French onion soup. Fresh green salads with vinaigrette dressing, baked salmon, steak, or even a pasta dish will all be wonderful options to go with this delicious soup.

Is there a difference between onion soup and french onion soup

How to Store French Onion Soup

I like making a big batch of French onion soup to enjoy later on. It’s even easier to get on the table when it’s already ready. You will need to let it cool completely and then store just the soup itself in airtight containers.

How to thicken french onion soup

How long does French Onion Soup Last?

In your fridge, French onion soup is good for 3 days. If there’s no way you can possibly eat it all by then, turn to your freezer!

Can I use gruyere cheese in french onion soup

Homemade french onion soup

Can You Freeze French Onion Soup?

You bet you can freeze it! Choose airtight containers or freezer bags and put the cooled soup in there. It will be good for up to 3 months. Make sure you portion it out so it’s easier to use when you’re ready for it.

Best recipe for french onion soup

Homemade french onion soup recipe

How to Reheat French Onion Soup?

When you have it in the freezer, take it out and let it defrost in your fridge overnight. Then you can warm it on the stovetop until it’s nice and hot.

The BEST French Onion Soup Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 459
This is the BEST French Onion Soup recipe I've been perfecting for my family. It has the rich flavor of caramelized onions along with beef stock and of course topped with fresh baguette and Swiss cheese. Perfect to warm you up on a cold day!



  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 lbs yellow onions (thinly chopped)
  • 8 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cups swiss cheese (grated)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 French bread or baguette loaf


  • In a large stockpot or soup pot, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat.
  • Once the butter is melted, add the onions and cover with lid for 20 minutes or until they are fully caramelized. Add in the garlic and stir, then the flour. Use the white wine to deglaze the pan then add the stock, Worcestershire, bay leaf, rosemary and thyme. Stir to combine. Allow the soup to reach a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes on medium-low heat.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of grated Swiss cheese and a 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper while the soup continues to simmer. While the soup simmers, slice the baguette into 1-2 inch pieces and toast until golden brown around the edges.
  • Once the soup has finished, ladle soup into oven-safe bowls on a baking sheet. Top the bowls with a baguette slice and a generous amount of shredded Swiss cheese about 1/2 cup. Broil for 3-4 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Top with fresh thyme and serve soup immediately.
Calories: 459kcal
Course: Soup
Cuisine: French


Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 1383mg | Potassium: 986mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 544mg | Iron: 3mg

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One of my favorite vegetables by far has to be asparagus. This oven roasted asparagus recipe is so easy to prepare, and takes very little to make it taste amazing. It complements so many meals so if you’re wondering what to do with fresh asparagus, you’re in the right place for a quick, easy, and absolutely delicious side!

Best asparagus recipe

Best Asparagus Recipe

The best asparagus recipe lets the freshness of this veggie shine. Plus, instead of slaving over the stove, baked asparagus goes in the oven so you can free up your time to finish off the rest of your meal or simply sit down and relax for a few!

Easy Asparagus Recipe

Fresh asparagus really doesn’t need much to make it taste amazing. A little garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and a touch of salt and pepper, and that’s it! You only need a few minutes to prep this oven baked asparagus recipe, then it goes in the oven. You’ll be ready to serve it from start to finish in 15 minutes.

Asparagus ingredients

Roasted Asparagus Ingredients

  • Asparagus – fresh is always best when it comes to this veggie.
  • Garlic – mince fresh cloves yourself for the best taste.
  • Olive oil – this adds moisture when cooking asparagus in the oven. For asparagus, I prefer cooking with olive oil over butter.
  • Lemon juice – again, use fresh to give it just a pop of citrus to unite the flavors.

Easy asparagus recipe

How do you Make Asparagus from Scratch?

Making baked asparagus from scratch is as simple as can be! You’ll clean the asparagus well, trim off the tough ends, then coat it with the olive oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, and salt and pepper. You’ll lay it all out in a single layer on your baking sheet and let the oven do the cooking for tender and delightful asparagus.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Baked Asparagus

  • Choose locally-grown whenever possible – The less time your asparagus has been in storage, the better it will be. Wherever you get it though, eat it within a few days of buying.
  • Give it a proper cleaning – Clean it really well or else you’ll find grit in the tips.
  • Snap, don’t cut – Bend the stalk at the end to feel where to break off those tough ends. Asparagus has tough woody ends so you can simply bend the root side and they will snap off where the tough part stops.
  • Peel if necessary – For larger, fatter stalks, you can use your peeler to get rid of the stringy texture.
  • Fun addition: If you Parmesan fan, top your finished asparagus with a sprinkle of fresh shredded Parmesan cheese at the end. Its delicious!

How do you make asparagus from scratch

How to roast asparagus?

There are several different ways to cook asparagus, but I’ve found the best way to cook asparagus is by roasting it. Some people cook their asparagus on the stove-top, but I’m a fan of roasting asparagus in the oven. Oven roasted asparagus cooks perfectly so it has just the right amount of firmness and never come out mushy. Once you’ve learned how to cook asparagus in the oven it’ll quickly become your new favorite side dish!

Do you wash asparagus before roasting?

Some people give their asparagus a quick bath before cooking though I find it unnecessary. You will definitely need to clean them well and remove the grit, but beyond that, a soaking isn’t needed.

How do you not overcook asparagus?

My trick for not overcooking asparagus is by using the oven. It times it out just right at the perfect temperature, yielding utterly delicious results.

How to cook asparagus

What does asparagus pair well with?

Asparagus is a splendid side with so many things. I love serving it with steaks, roast chicken, pork chops, lamb chops to name a few. It’s a wonderful and easy way to add a fresh green side dish to any meal, plus it has that kind of easy elegance that’s fit for a fancy dinner or something more casual. Add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese if you are a fellow cheese lover!

How do you asparagus so it’s not chewy?

Overcooking it is the most common reason asparagus can get chewy. On the stove-top, you want to keep a close eye on it as it can overcook fast.

Do you soak asparagus before cooking

How to Store Asparagus

When you buy your asparagus, you should remove the rubber bands confining it. These rubber bands can bruise it and leave it with a rubbery texture. Move it to a produce bag in your fridge.

How Long Does Asparagus Last?

If you store the asparagus properly as mentioned above, it should last about 3 to 5 days in your fridge. Ideally, you should use it immediately for the best flavors.

Homemade asparagus

Can You Freeze Asparagus?

You sure can, though you’ll have to blanch it first so it stays green and crispy. Doing so and then freezing in a single layer in a freezer bag can make your bounty of fresh asparagus last for up to a year.

How to Reheat Asparagus

With tender veggies like asparagus, reheating is very tricky. You can pop them in some foil and broil for just a couple minutes to warm them up. This should prevent them from getting soggy and sullen.

The Best Asparagus Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 141
Easy roasted asparagus recipe that comes out perfectly every time! Asparagus makes the perfect side dish for so many meat dishes and this one is super simple and delicious. This is my families favorite asparagus recipe that even the kids love!


  • 2 bunches asparagus spears
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • black pepper (to taste)


  • Preheat the oven to 400F. In large mixing bowl, toss the asparagus with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic then place in single layer on a baking sheet. Bake the asparagus until tender and drizzle the lemon juice on just before serving.
Calories: 141kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 464mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1701IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 5mg

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Everyone loves this homemade pancake recipe for breakfast, especially kids! My kids always request this easy pancake recipe that uses real ingredients and none of that weird boxed stuff that I’m not even sure what it’s made from.

Best pancake recipe

Best Pancake Recipe

The best fluffy pancake recipe uses eggs differently than the others. I like to separate my yolks and my whites to give the texture the kind you find when you go out for a mega-brunch with those heavenly stacks of homemade pancakes.

Ingredients for making pancakes

Pancake Ingredients

This easy old fashioned pancake recipe calls for basic ingredients you likely already have in your cupboard.

  • Eggs – when learning how to make homemade pancakes, the best way to get perfect fluffy pancakes is to separate the yolks from the whites.
  • Baking powder – when making the best pancake mix, baking powder helps the flour rise so your pancakes have the same fluffy texture you crave from the pancake house.
  • Butter – melt it so it mixes in with that rich taste.
  • Sugar – any pancake batter recipe needs sugar to have that nice, sweet flavor you love.

Easy pancake recipe step-by-step

How do you Make Pancakes from Scratch

Making a pancake recipe from scratch is just as easy as making them from a box, but they taste better and are better for you because they’re made from wholesome ingredients. You’ll mix the yolks in with sugar and melted butter, then add milk. You’ll then sift in the dry ingredients and stir it together.

Then with your hand-mixer, you’ll whip up the egg whites and fold that into your other mixture. The key is to mix it well but not so much that there are no lumps. Lumpy pancake batter = the best pancakes from scratch!

How to make pancakes

How do you make pancake mix from scratch?

If you want to make old fashioned pancakes from scratch even easier, you can always prep your dry ingredients in advance. This way, when you and your crew want fluffy pancakes from scratch, you can simply mix in the wet ingredients. Make sure you store the dry ingredients of your homemade pancake mix recipe in an airtight container to keep it fresh.

How to make fluff pancakes from scratch

Easy Pancake Recipe

If you’re a beginner, this is an easy pancake recipe with step by step instructions to get you started. Just because the eggs are separated doesn’t make it anymore complex. In fact, you’ll have it ready to cook in 10 minutes. From there, it’s another 10 minutes of cooking and you’ll soon have gorgeous stacks of easy homemade pancakes for the whole family to enjoy.

How to make fluffy pancakes

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Pancakes

  • Check the baking powder – most people never think to check the expiration date on their baking powder. If your baking powder is old or expired, you will find that your pancakes will come out flat instead of fluffy.
  • Sift your dry ingredients – by sifting or whisking your dry ingredients you will avoid getting lumps in your pancakes and will end up with a deliciously smooth texture to your pancakes.
  • Do not overmix – when learning how to make pancake batter, avoid over-mixing the batter as it will change the texture of the pancakes.
  • Use oil – use oil or oil cooking spray over butter when cooking pancakes. Butter can brown and burn more easily than oil. Oil will give you even brown crispy edges without burning them.
  • Go big – when learning how to cook pancakes, use a large skillet. Pancakes spread in the skillet and small skillets make it very difficult to flip the pancake properly. I prefer my large 12 inch skillet as it gives you much more room to get all the way under the pancake with the spatula.

How to make pancake mix

Are Pancakes Gluten-free?

No, but with a few simple tweaks, you can make them gluten-free by using gluten-free flour.

Are Pancakes Vegan?

Because pancakes use eggs, butter, and milk, they are not vegan. But you can make vegan pancakes by subbing vegetable oil for butter, omitting the eggs, and using soy milk instead of dairy milk.

Toppings for pancakes

I’m going to have pancakes with a side of pancakes.

How to store leftover pancakes

How to Make Fluffy Pancakes

If you want fluffy pancakes, this is an important step to follow in the recipe. The secret is in the eggs. Separating them is the key to these fluffy results and it takes no extra time or stress. Once you do it this way, you’ll never go back to simply chucking eggs into your mix.

Folding in egg whites into pancake mix

Different Toppings for Pancakes

The old tried and true pat of butter and maple syrup is always a classic, though you can use different toppings:

  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips
  • Flavored syrups (like blueberry or boysenberry)
  • Jam
  • Nutella

Can you freeze pancakes

How to Store Leftover Pancakes

Leftover pancakes are so easy to store. If you somehow find yourself with extras, you can seal them in an airtight container for up to 3 days. They’ll make a perfect quick breakfast on school days too.

How to reheat pancakes

Can You Freeze Pancakes?

Yes! That’s the best part! Again, airtight is the key. Seal those babies up and pop them in the freezer. They’ll be good for up to 3 months.

Easy step-by-step pancakes recipe

How to Reheat Pancakes

The fastest and easiest way to reheat your pancakes is in the microwave. It takes about 20 to 30 seconds depending on the wattage of your microwave to heat up one serving of pancakes.

You can also use your toaster, but if you have a large batch of them to heat up, use your oven. Simply preheat to 350F, then put your pancakes in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Cover the pancakes securely with foil and bake it for up to 10 minutes or until they’re all hot and ready.

Best Homemade Pancake Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 460
Tried and true family favorite pancake recipe. If you're looking for an easy fluffy pancake recipe this is it. Perfectly soft and fluffy pancakes every time!


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp white sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups flour (all purpose)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 egg whites


  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and melted butter until smooth. Add in the milk and then whisk again.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet as smooth as possible.
  • In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites into stiff peaks with an electric hand mixer, then gently fold them into the cake batter until just combined.
  • In a small skillet, on low medium heat setting melt butter until bubbling or use non-stick cooking spray. Add your pancake batter, flipping when bubbles form over the surface of the pancake. Cook for 1 minute on the other side.
  • Serve and top with your favorite toppings. Butter, maple syrup, honey, ice cream, yogurt all make this classic delicious!
Calories: 460kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American


Calories: 460kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 901mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 264mg | Iron: 4mg


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If you love chicken pot pie but think it’s too difficult, think again! This old fashioned chicken pot pie recipe comes together quick and easy with fresh ingredients. You’ll never buy a frozen one ever again once you taste this!

Best chicken pot pie recipe

Best Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

My husband will tell you this is absolutely the best chicken pot pie recipe in the world. I used to buy frozen ones for us until I looked at the ingredients and saw preservatives and artificial colors. Gross! There’s nothing artificial here so you can feel safe letting you family dig right in.

Chicken pot pie ingredients

Chicken Pot Pie Ingredients

  • Chicken – With rotisserie chicken ready to go, you’ll make chicken pot pie even easier! Otherwise, cooked chicken breasts work perfect.
  • Frozen peas and carrots – Frozen veggies have the same nutrients as fresh but peas and carrots are so much easier to work with frozen.
  • Pie crust – A ready-made chicken pot pie crust or even puff pastry makes it even faster to get dinner on the table. Read the ingredients and you’ll see ones that are fresh and free of artificial ingredients. If you have some time, use this homemade chicken pot pie crust recipe.

Easy chicken pot pie

Easy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Chicken pot pie looks difficult to make, but in just 20 minutes, you’ll be done and you can either go put up your feet (DO IT!) or get busy with something else until this comfort food is ready. To make it even faster, make this easy chicken pot pie recipe with pie crust that is store bought.

You can’t be sad when you’re holding chicken pot pie.

How to make chicken pot pie

How Do You Make Chicken Pot Pie from Scratch?

It’s very easy to make the ultimate in country comfort from scratch. All you need to do is cook everything together on your stove top, let it cool, fill the pie crust, and bake. My steps below will walk you through it. It’s so easy you will wonder why you didn’t do this sooner. Start practicing now so you have the perfect warm and satisfying meal on those chilly nights!

How long to bake chicken pot pie

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chicken Pot Pie

  • Use cream or half-and-half – This gives the chicken pot pie filling a lovely, rich and creamy texture.
  • Poke holes in the pie crust top – You can’t just put the top part of the pie crust on, crimp the edges, and call it a day. Poke holes to let the steam escape!
  • Make mini pot pies – You can also do mini-personal sizes for a cute appetizer at a holiday dinner which will make it easier to serve too.

Easy chicken pot pie filling

How to Cook Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie starts out on the stove. You’ll cook up the filling, let it cool, and then fill up the pie crust. It takes just 20 minutes and then, baking it will require another 35 minutes. You’ll want to let it cool about 30 minutes before you plan to serve it.

Best chicken pot pie crust

Is there a difference between chicken pie and chicken pot pie?

Often referred to as a chicken and pastry, chicken pies have a crust and no veggies, or at least very few of them. Meanwhile, chicken pot pies include more veggies, particularly peas and carrots.

How do you make pot pie crust from scratch?

While my recipe for chicken pot pie uses a store bought pie crust, you can make your own if you have the time for it. My buttery flaky pie crust recipe can help you make one from scratch if you’d prefer.

How do you thicken chicken pot pie filling?

You thicken chicken pot pie filling by adding the flour in gradually to your butter and veggie mixture. When it bakes it will thicken up even more.

Can you freeze chicken pot pie

How long do you cook a chicken pot pie?

Once you’ve made the filling and let it cool, you’ll assemble the pot pie and bake for 30 to 35 minutes at 425F.

How do you know when chicken pot pie is done?

Once the crust is golden brown, it’s a surefire sign that your chicken pot pie is ready. If it starts getting too dark too early on before the cook time is up, you can cover it will foil around the edges to keep them from burning.

How do you keep a pot pie crust from getting soggy?

One great step to take to ensure your pot pie stays nice and crisp and free of sogginess is by pre-baking the crust. Just a little pre-baking lets it crisp up slightly so that the wet filling doesn’t bog it down.

What to serve with chicken pot pie?

Salad is also a nice contrast for the richness of chicken pot pie. I also serve corn on the cob, roasted veggies, and sweet potatoes. Even a simple tray of crudites will work too.

How to reheat chicken pot pie

Can You Freeze Chicken Pot Pie?

You have a couple options here. You can freeze the filling itself and trot it out when you want to make chicken pot pie. Or you can make an entire chicken pot pie and freeze it whole. Just let it cool first. When you’re ready to make it, you should defrost in your fridge the night before and just follow the baking instructions below.

Homemade chicken pot pie

How to Reheat Chicken Pot Pie Leftovers

If you’re in a hurry, you can microwave your chicken pot pie. However, it can leave you with a soggy crust. Instead, I recommend you heat it in the oven until it’s heated through.

Best Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cool Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 485
The perfect blend of chicken and vegetables in a creamy broth and baked to perfection. Great for groups and always a family favorite!


  • 5 tbsp butter ((salted))
  • 3 garlic cloves ((minced))
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken ( (rotisserie, shredded))
  • 1 cup celery ((chopped))
  • 2 cups frozen peas and carrots
  • 1 cup yellow onion ((chopped))
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 cup chicken broth (chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups half & Half (or heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup parsley ((chopped))
  • 1 pie crust ((store bought))


  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • In a large saucepan, at medium heat add 5 tablespoons of butter until melted. Once the butter is melted, sauté the minced garlic. Add in the onion, stirring until just caramelized. Then add the chicken, celery, peas and carrots, salt, black pepper thyme. Stir until entire mixture is coated in butter. Slowly add in the flour, then the broth, then the cream. Stir until the sauce thickens. Once the sauce has thickened, stir in the parsley. Set the mixture aside and allow to cool for 25-30 minutes.
  • Once cooled, spoon the mixture into the prepared pie shell, spreading evenly. Place the pie crust on top of the mixture. Using your thumb and forefinger, pinch the edge of the top crust all the way around the edge of the bottom crust. With a sharp knife, cut four slits into the center of the pie.
  • Bake in the oven on a baking sheet at 425F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 30 minutes before serving.
Calories: 485kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 764mg | Potassium: 461mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5064IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 3mg

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