Air Fryer Grilled Pineapple

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Air frying pineapple spears glazed in a buttery brown sugar and cinnamon coating results in caramelized Air Fryer “Grilled” Pineapple without the grill!

Ever been to a restaurant where they make grilled pineapple? If you haven’t, it is so DANG good! Thankfully, it’s just as easy to do at home! Plus, it’s way less expensive to make it at home.

I should preface this post by saying this is not true “grilled” pineapple since it’s cooked with an air fryer. Although, that’s the beauty of this recipe. No grill is required! However, if you don’t have an air fryer, I provide grilling instructions too.

Another great thing about this recipe is it only requires 4 ingredients! I don’t know about you, but I’m all for recipes with few ingredients.

When pineapple grills, the sugars caramelize and the sweet flavors intensify. Plus, I find cooking in an air fryer keeps the pineapple juicy. This is such a yummy air fryer dessert or snack!

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Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

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Making grilled, sweet, and sticky Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs at home, just like those found at your favorite restaurant, is simple and totally doable!

Let’s just get this out there. Why is teriyaki so hard to spell?! No matter how hard I try, the spell checker is correcting me. Please tell me it’s not just me! Even though I struggle spelling it, teriyaki sauce tastes so delicious! So, I’m pushing through this for you!

Nothing quite compares to the taste of authentic Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs! As it grills, the sticky and sweet marinade caramelizes and intensifies in flavor. You would never guess how simple it is to make at home.

At least, the toughest part of this recipe is waiting for the chicken to marinate. Though, once that’s done, dinner can be on the table in about 15 minutes! This recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Thighs is bound to be your new family favorite!

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One Bowl Banana Bread {Better than Starbucks}

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One Bowl Banana Bread Slices with Cream Cheese

Make easy one bowl banana bread with butter, instead of oil, to provide better flavor. Top with walnuts and sugar to mimic the yummy topping from Starbucks.

Ever had overripe bananas sitting on your counter and wondered what to do with them? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Instead of throwing those browned or blacked bananas away, make this One Bowl Banana Bread!

In the process of finding my favorite banana bread, I have made many, and this is my favorite one! Here’s a few reasons why:

  • It is made with a quick bread method meaning you only need one bowl, no mixer, and no yeast! Additionally, the ingredients are simple, and I usually always have them on hand.
  • The flavor of this banana bread is so much better because it uses butter instead of oil. I also love the hint of cinnamon.
  • If you decide to add the sugar and walnut topping, it tastes better than Starbuck’s Banana Bread. Plus, it’s a whole lot less expensive!

When I was in school, I made this one bowl banana bread on the weekends. That way, I would have a quick and easy breakfast during the week.

I still love making this for breakfast meal prep. And, I will often double the recipe, and freeze and save one loaf for later use!

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Best Frosted Mint Brownies

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Best Frosted Mint Brownies

The BEST Frosted Mint Brownies I have ever made or tasted! Made with a fudgy brownie topped with whipped mint buttercream and a dreamy chocolate glaze!

So, what makes me qualified to say these are the best frosted mint brownies? Well, frosted mint brownies are one of my favorite desserts. Ever! Over the years, I have made (and eaten) my fair share of them in search of the perfect one.

While boxed brownies can be tasty, fast, and convenient, homemade brownies can really take mint brownies to a new level! Consequently, the brownies in this recipe are the perfect complement to the whipped mint frosting and dreamy chocolate glaze.

In Utah, I frequent a little bakery named Schmidt’s Pastry Cottage. They have the BEST eclairs and mint brownies. Not only do these homemade brownies taste like the brownies from Schimdt’s, but they might be even better because they can be made at home!

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Copycat Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta

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Copycat Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta Table Spread

Copycat Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta is made by combining penne pasta and Cajun chicken in a rich and flavorful cream sauce and topped with fresh tomatoes!

Have you ever been to a restaurant and ordered something so delicious, you knew you had to create it at home? That is the way I feel about Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta. The first time I ever had it, I was addicted. I knew I would never be able to rest until I learned how to make it at home.

I don’t remember where I found the starting recipe, but I have refined it over the years. Once I made it for my family, they also fell in love with it. To this day, they often request it for dinner!

Even though, I have given the recipe to my family, they claim it never tastes the same unless I make it. So, in an effort to set the record straight, I am sharing all my “secrets” to make my yummy, signature dish.

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Low-Carb Copycat Wingers Wings

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Low-Carb Copycat Wingers Wings

Family favorite, crave-worthy, finger-licking, sweet and spicy, Copycat Wingers Wings can be made low-carb at home with only 3-5 ingredients! Try ’em today!

Wingers is a restaurant franchise located in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon. They are most famous for their Wingers Original Amazing Sauce and their Asphalt Pie.

Winger’s covers their hand-battered wings, naked wings, and sticky fingers in their Winger’s Original Amazing Sauce. If you’ve never tried them, they are similar to sweetened buffalo wings. They are absolutely addicting! If you’re like me, you’ll find yourself craving the sweet and spicy sticky fingers often!

Just because you may be eating a low-carb diet doesn’t mean you still can’t indulge in your favorite foods. Thankfully, the original Wingers recipe is easy to make low-carb!

In this post, I am providing three different low-carb cooking methods to replicate the hand-battered wings, the naked wings, and the sticky fingers.

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Taco Bell Pina Colada Frutista Freeze Copycat

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Taco Bell Pina Colada Frutista Freeze Copycat is a quick, easy, and refreshing frozen drink that is especially satisfying during the hot summer months!

To celebrate completing the first month of Mexican May recipes, I’m sharing a quick, easy, and refreshing copycat recipe for Taco Bell’s Pina Colada Frutista Freeze!

While this particular flavor of Frutisa Freeze is not currently available at Taco Bell, it is still one of my favorites! The pina colada freeze combines flavors of pineapple, coconut, lemon, and lime, and in less than 5 minutes, you can be sipping on your own creamy, tropical concoction.

If it were possible, this Pina Colada Fruitisa Freeze tastes like summer in a glass. When you sip this yummy, frozen, mixed drink, it’s easy to let the cares of the day melt away and imagine you are on the beach! Cheers!

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(Better Than) Del Taco Carnitas Loaded Fries

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Copycat Del Taco Carnitas Loaded Fries tastes better homemade and can be made whenever the craving hits! Don’t forget the secret sauce!

To this day, my husband fondly describes the summer when he discovered Del Taco’s Carnitas Loaded Fries. For him, it was one of the worst summers he ever had. However, those fries were one of the things that helped him get through the hard times.

My husband also still remembers the devastation when he went to Del Taco after the summer was over, and Del Taco no longer carried his beloved fries. He learned Del Taco only carries Carnitas Loaded Fries for a limited time!

The following summer he anxiously looked forward to the return of the Carnitas Loaded Fries, but they never returned. They didn’t return the summer after that, and the summer after that, and the summer after that! My husband began to wonder if the fries would ever come back. He even reached out to Del Taco on Twitter asking about when they would return, and he received a response that they might never come back.

That’s where I come in. My husband related his history with Del Taco’s Carnitas Loaded Fries to me, and I set out to find what was in them and how to make them.

So, without ever trying Del Taco’s Loaded Carnitas Fries, I developed this recipe my husband and I can make whenever the craving hits!

In the summer of 2018, Del Taco brought back their Loaded Carnitas Fries, and I was finally able to try them. I have to say my version is better than theirs, and my husband agrees!

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Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos

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Plate of Crisp Bean Burritos and Side of Mexican Ranch Dressing
Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos (Baked) with Easy Mexican Ranch Dressing

Copycat Taco Time Crisp Bean Burritos are a quick, inexpensive, and satisfying meatless meal that can be made any night of the week. They are also great to make for meal prep and for those nights you don’t want to make anything. Mix together an easy bean filling, roll inside flour tortillas, and bake for 15 minutes. And you’ll have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Growing up, it was a common occurrence for my parents to take advantage of Taco Time’s 4 for 5 deal to feed our family quickly and inexpensively. Although, my parents never ordered anything other than Taco Time’s Crisp Bean Burritos. Sometimes, it took longer than expected to get our order because we were the family ordering 16-20 crisp bean burritos at a time. I always loved those nights because we inevitably had leftovers, and I could enjoy eating crisp bean burritos again the next day too.

Now, you can make them at home instead of spending time in the drive-thru line. I love baking or air-frying the crisp bean burritos to save on calories.

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Quick and Easy Air Fryer Turnovers (Apple)

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Make quick and easy flaky, crispy, and gooey air fryer turnovers at home using any pie filling or additional add-ins (like nuts or Nutella)!

Confession: my husband and I have a serious addiction to Arby’s! We seriously can’t get enough! With our meal, each of us will get a turnover as a snack for later. Jonny’s turnover of choice is the apple turnover and mine is the cherry turnover. Here’s the thing though… I don’t like fruit pies. But, there’s something about those turnovers that have my heart. I think I like them so much more because they are not made with traditional pie crusts.

Since our addiction is reaching ridiculous proportions, I attempted to make the turnovers at home. I am so happy with how they turned out! To make a basic turnover, you really only need two ingredients (pie filling and pastry dough). Below, I explain how to make apple turnovers, but you can use this recipe with any pie filling or additional add-ins (like nuts or the Nutella I used in a few turnovers)!

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