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Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

Posts will probably sneak down to only two a week here on Baking with Blondie for a while - we are only about 8 weeks away from baby time! My pregnancies (well, the first and only prior to this one) have been super mild in the first trimester, but SUPER insane the last trimester. So things will definitely slow down, but I promise I'm still here, still trying new recipes for this little food blog of mine! 
Easy dinner recipes have been my middle name throughout this entire pregnancy. I love being able to enjoy something quick and easy, without having to be in the kitchen standing for too long. Meals like this one have been my complete go-to sanity, and my family eats them up quickly, so I'd say we've found something we're going to stick to for now.

Oven-Baked Teriyaki Salmon

Guys. I did it. 
I made fish. 
I HATE HATE HATE HATE fish. With a passion. 
But decided to make it for a good reason; the best reason, in fact: my husband's favorite food on the planet is fish. Whenever we go out to eat, he'll order something with fish in it. He LOVES fish. And I never ever cook it because, well, it's fish. It smells like fish. It looks like fish. It tastes like fish. And this preggo Momma can't handle it. 
But I decided to brave the unknown. Ryan helped me make the sauce, and I braved the fish. Something awesome happened...

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta

I'm not usually a fan at all of lemon in pasta. Countless of recipes have been tried where lemon is the star of the pasta dish or the chicken dish, and after trying the recipe, there was always what I felt was too much lemon. It was completely overpowering, and I would have to spend the next 10 minutes or so trying to figure out how to bring everything back in balance. I bomb recipes all the time, and figuring out how to save it is just part of the game at dinnertime! 
This recipe, however, has completely changed my mind. I wanted to give lemon pasta one more go, and was happily proven wrong! THIS IS AMAZING STUFF, folks. Let's jump right in, shall we?

Croissant French Toast

We are a firm believer in brinner. Usually once a week, one of our dinners is planned out to be omelets, pancakes, a breakfast casserole, or french toast. French toast is definitely one that we come back to very often - mostly because we almost always have all the ingredients for it (bread, eggs, milk, etc). It's also super cheap to make! Talk about a super-inexpensive and easy way to get dinner on the table, and fast. However, I always, against my husband's raised eyebrow, try to serve a green smoothie along with it to my boys; because, veggies always, always, always need to happen (especially at dinnertime). A little bit of bacon, shredded fresh hash browns, or a veggie scramble, would go lovely next to these lovely buttery bites of heaven, too. 
So why croissants? Well... 
I usually buy two large loaves of bread at Costco every two weeks. Sometimes every three, depending on how quickly the boys go through them. But a couple weeks ago, I found myself on a Thursday night (ni…

Baked Honey Garlic Chicken

With my first pregnancy (our now 4 year-old son), I craved one thing, and one thing only: Chinese food. Not the classy, upscale, good stuff (not sure where that exists, but I'm sure it does somewhere). I wanted the trashy am-I-eating-cat-or-what-the-heck-is-this Chinese food from the random food court in a shady strip mall. Orange chicken. Fried Rice. All of it. I wanted it. I craved it all the time.

Chicken Avocado Grilled Wrap

There are weeks when we try new recipes for dinner almost every single night, and then there are weeks like a couple weeks ago when we just chug along with the usual tacos, spaghetti, etc. And hey! There's nothing wrong with that, friends. 
Unless you're a food blogger...

Baby Greens and Blackberry Salad with Candied Walnuts and Blackberry Vinaigrette

Ever since spring has begin to peek it's way lovingly through our windows, I've been craving the sweet bursting flavors of fresh berries. Thankfully, now that they are beginning to be in season (strawberries especially), I've been able to toss them into our salads without spending a pretty penny at the grocery store. 
I've received a lot of fun and positive feedback from you fine people about my Berry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Lime Vinaigrette - thank you!!! I've even gone to a friend's house and it's what she had just barely served her family along with dinner. It was so fun to see, and I LOVE hearing about how the recipes I've shared have been working beautifully in your homes. That's such a fun part of food blogging, and kind of my favorite part, actually. 
Anyway, I thought we should try another salad recipe involving those gorgeous berries, and this time, I wanted to focus on one of my favorite berries in particular: blackberries! I used i…

BLT Egg Salad Sandwich

We are HUGE fans of the classic BLT sandwich. Each week we have a sandwich night, and BLT's are definitely our go-to. Lately, though, we've been having just simple egg-salad sandwiches instead. It's easy, simple, and takes almost no effort to throw between a couple slices of bread. So one night, we decided it would be fun to just combine them both, and make a mega BLT Egg Salad Sandwich. Two in one. I mean, why didn't we do this before? 
I thought I'd share this recipe right before Easter because the #1 thing we'll all have lying around the house after the holiday is either a pile of candy, or lots of leftover dyed eggs. Well, this recipe calls for a bunch of the latter, so definitely put it on the list for next week's dinners!