Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole | PALEO, Whole30

You all know by now that comfort food is the name of my game.  I have always been a "good eater" and have gotten so much joy out of food.  

But when my metabolism basically hit the breaks in high school, I realized that as much as I loved to indulge, I had to get control of my over-eating.  At first, for me, this meant denying myself of all things delicious and cutting my calories to an extreme deficit (plus over-exercising, and just overall obsessing about anything I put in my mouth).  

Baked Apple Cinnamon N'Oatmeal

All through my childhood I seemed to go through a series of phases, and I guess I still do in some ways.  Then it was mainly with my food- and especially when it came to breakfast.

There was a frozen waffle phase (maybe a few of those phases, actually- with different flavors), a crispy potatoes with cheese phase, a toasted English muffin with PB&J phase (then awhile of just plain butter).  I guess you could say I liked my carbs!

Oven Baked BBQ Ribs | PALEO, Whole30

I've always felt like ribs are one of those things that should be left to the pros.  Grilling pros.  Like the chefs at Famous Dave's, Food Network stars, and my dad.  But I decided to take a meat I was afraid of, and prepare it in a way that takes the guess work out of it and doesn't leave your hair smelling like charcoal or grill smoke.  (Also I don't have a grill, so...)  These ribs slow BAKE in the oven, and they're the best I've ever had!

Buffalo Chicken Chowder | PALEO, Whole30

Spicy Buffalo chicken wings meet rich & creamy potato soup for the ultimate tastebud-blasting chowder.  This will warm you up on the coldest of days, and leave your mouth watering for more!

We're in the full swing of football & fall entertaining season, and it always gets me craving a certain sort of dish.  You know that body-warming, bell-filling, ultra satisfying sort of meal?  This is what I'm talking about.

Italian Crustless Quiche with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Prosciutto | Whole30

I love quiches & breakfast casseroles equally.  But the high school cooking class student in me is also super aware that they are just not the same thing!  

(PS I really do recommend a high school cooking class if you have kids out there considering one as an elective... that's where I learned all of the basics.  And I probably wouldn't be a food blogger today if it wasn't for my grumpy ol' high school cooking teacher!)