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Hello from Switzerland! My name is Thanh and I am the author and photographer of the blog, Eat, Little Bird. The recipes I love to cook are inspired by my Vietnamese heritage, my childhood in Australia, my husband’s French background, and our love for our new homeland in Switzerland.

Every winter, we like to make the most of the snowy European winter and spend as much time as possible in the Swiss Alps. After a long day on the slopes (or even just a few hours!), I always look forward to the classic après-ski dishes like Goulash Soup, Schnitzel with Warm Potato Salad, and this Swiss Macaroni & Cheese.

When BHG asked me to adapt one of their recipes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce a Swiss adaptation to an American classic – macaroni and cheese.

Similar to a traditional American-style macaroni and cheese, the Swiss version (called Älplermagronen) is punchy with strong Gruyère cheese and is often garnished with fried onions and lots of crispy bacon. Some versions even include diced boiled potatoes for extra carbohydrate fuel. But what makes the Swiss version unique is that it is always served with a small bowl of warmed applesauce (or apple compote) on the side.

The recipe I have adapted from BHG is a simple Macaroni and Cheese which uses a classic white sauce with cheese. In place of American cheese, I used instead Swiss Gruyère cheese which is a bit stronger and saltier in taste. I also love the crunch and sweetness of fried onions which are easily made by slicing brown onions and frying them in hot vegetable oil over medium-high heat until they are golden and crispy. Meat lovers would also appreciate a generous sprinkle of hot, crispy bacon.

Making your own applesauce (or apple compote or purée) is also very easy. Simply peel, core and dice four eating apples (such as Braeburn or Pink Lady), and place them in a large saucepan with 1/4 cup of water. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon, until the apples have cooked and softened. You should be able to beat them into a purée with a wooden spoon. Add some more water if the purée looks too thick, and taste to check if you need to add any sugar. If you like your applesauce to be really smooth, you can blitz it in a blender or use a soup blender.

The Swiss tend to serve the applesauce in a small bowl on the side, which can be either eaten together with the macaroni and cheese, or afterwards as a light dessert.

I hope you will enjoy this Swiss Macaroni and Cheese!


Hey there! I’m Chelsea, and I blog over at Gal on a Mission. All of my recipes are simple to make, delicious, and family-approved! We actually love one-pot dishes and this One-Pot Chicken & Vegetable Three-Cheese Mac and Cheese is perfect and also a mouthful to say.

I was super excited that BHG asked me to adapt a recipe to share with you! As always, the hardest part is trying to decide which recipe I wanted to make. Isn’t that always the issue when dinner time rolls around, too? It is for me! So after searching for a little bit, I decided to adapt this Chicken-Vegetable Mac and Cheese because it sounded so interesting. – tomato paste in mac and cheese?

Oh yeah! I was a little skeptical at first but it truly makes the flavors shine through. Don’t skip it because you will certainly miss out.

CLICK HERE FOR THE ORIGINAL CHICKEN-VEGETABLE MAC & CHEESE RECIPE.

There were a few changes I made to the initial recipe. I started off by making the entire dish in one pot and only one-pot. I boiled the penne pasta first, drained the water and left the pasta in the strainer (hello, fewer dishes!). Once the pasta was al dente, I  cooked the mushrooms, red bell peppers, and the chicken in the same pot and placed them on top of the pasta noodles. Then I started on the sauce, which is the best part of the mac and cheese! The second thing I changed in this recipe was the cheeses. It originally only called for two kinds of cheese – cheddar or swiss and America. I decided to use all three listed in the recipe and used 1 cup of cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup of swiss cheese, and left the American cheese the same quantity.

After trying this dish, I immediately fell in love! So good!


Well, hello! I am Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST), and I just made these amazing Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mushroom Sauce – a super easy recipe – perfect for busy weeknights! It takes only 35 minutes from start to finish, and you’ll love moist and juicy chicken thighs (with crispy skin!) infused with herbal flavors in a creamy deliciousness! To make this chicken dinner, I followed this recipe on Better Homes & Gardens!

Baked chicken thighs with three herb creamy mushroom sauce

I’ve made 2 small changes. First, I doubled the creamy sauce. And, second, I made this recipe gluten free by using gluten free flour (the recipe calls for only 1 tablespoon of flour).

creamy mushrooms with baked chicken thighs, easy weeknight dinner recipe

The recipe is made in just a few simple steps. First, brown the chicken thighs, the skin side down, in a skillet, until golden brown:

browning chicken thighs in a skillet

Then, remove the chicken from the skillet, and cook the mushrooms, in the same skillet:

cooking mushrooms in a skillet

Add the rest of the ingredients to the mushrooms to make the delicious creamy sauce (while the chicken thighs are baked in the oven):

creamy mushroom sauce with herbs and mustard

Spoon the sauce over the chicken (after it’s been completely cooked through in the oven), and your dish is ready!

baked chicken thighs with creamy mushroom sauce and herbs

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FULL RECIPE

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

- I used only 4 chicken thighs and kept the amounts of the sauce ingredients the same. So, if I were to make 8 chicken thighs, I would double the sauce!

- When it was time to bake the chicken, I transferred chicken thighs to foil-lined baking pan and baked the chicken like that (not in the skillet). In the mean time, while chicken was baking in the oven, I made the mushroom sauce in the same skillet where I first browned the chicken – it definitely saved me a lot of time, and made it a truly 30-minute dinner!

- Finally, I made this recipe gluten free by using gluten free flour (the recipe calls for only 1 tablespoon of flour – the flour is needed just to thicken the sauce).


Hi! I am Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also find me on PINTEREST), bringing you today a delicious Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables – a delicious way to utilize lots of veggies in a healthy, satisfying main dish! For the list of the ingredients and instructions, follow this Better Homes and Gardens’ recipe. Bell pepper, zucchini, red onion, and asparagus can be grilled, or roasted on high heat in the oven or on the stove top – I love that this recipe is so easy to adjust!

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

I pretty much followed the recipe instructions, except that I did not want to use the grill, so I roasted the vegetables in the skillet on the stove top instead. I sliced all the veggies and roasted them, in two batches, in a large skillet on high heat, using the same amount of olive oil as the recipe calls for. Then, I mixed everything up with the cooked pasta in the same skillet. The presentation was so pretty, with so many colorful and vibrant veggies:

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

The recipe is super easy. First, slice the veggies into smaller pieces:

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

Then, roast them, in two batches, on the stove top, until just softened:

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

Finally, mix the roasted veggies with the cooked pasta, balsamic vinegar, season with salt and pepper, and add a sprinkling of fresh or dry oregano (optional), and serve:

Healthy Pasta Salad with Roasted Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Zucchini, Asparagus

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FULL RECIPE

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

- The recipe calls for grilling the vegetables. You can grill them or, instead, you can pan-roast them on the stove top like I did – the result is pretty much the same! Here is how to pan-roast the veggies: heat up 1.5 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet, slice the vegetables into smaller chunks, and roast them in a large skillet on high heat, in 2 batches, using 1.5 tablespoon of olive oil for each batch of vegetables. You will use a total of 3 tablespoons of olive oil for both batches.

- I used at least 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, doubling the amount in the recipe. Use more salt, to your taste.

- The recipe calls for 4 cups cooked rotini pasta – that’s 2 cups of uncooked, dry pasta. I used 2 cups of uncooked, dry penne pasta, which I cooked, drained and mixed in with the rest of the ingredients. This recipe easily converts to gluten free – just use gluten-free pasta.


Hello! This is Julia from the food blog JuliasAlbum.com (you can also ALWAYS find me on PINTEREST), and today I am sharing with you a delicious recipe for Balsamic Chicken with Asparagus and Tomatoes – healthy, low fat, low cholesterol, low calorie meal, packed with fiber (vegetables) and protein (chicken). It’s so delicious, you will wish all your healthy food tasted like it!

healthy chicken dinner, chicken and vegetables, italian chicken dinner

This dish has a Mediterranean AND Italian flare about it, as it is packed with colorful veggies, and the ingredients include both olive oil and balsamic vinegar! This recipe is lean, healthy, yet will not leave you hungry thanks to all the protein and fiber!

balsamic chicken coated in a delicious Mediterranean sauce made with Italian salad dressing and balsamic vinegar

If you’re trying to incorporate more healthy delicious meals into your diet – this is the recipe to add to your recipe rotation list!

And, it takes only 30 minutes to make, from start to finish! Start by preparing all the veggies:

sliced veggies, slice carrots, asparagus, chopped tomato

Then, cook the chicken and mix it with the half of the balsamic vinegar mixture:

cooking chicken in balsamic sauce

Then, cook the vegetables (in the same pan – so you will only have to wash one pan!):

chicken and vegetables, Mediterranean recipe, Italian comfort food

Finally, combine everything for a delicious meal and beautiful presentation:

healthy dinner, easy chicken dinner, chicken and vegetables, Mediterranean recipe

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FULL RECIPE

And, here are the changes I made to the original BHG recipe:

1) The recipe is very good as is. I would double the sauce as I always love to have lots of sauce! You can use leftover sauce as a salad dressing.

2) If you’re using a different cut of chicken (I actually did – I mistakenly bought boneless, skinless chicken thighs and not chicken breast tenderloins) – make sure to drain all the liquid that the chicken releases after being cooked, before you add the balsamic sauce. That way, the balsamic sauce will not be thinned out by the chicken juices (if you use skinless, boneless chicken thighs like I did). With leaner meat, such as chicken breast, this should not be a problem.

 

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Peach season is my absolute favorite season. Ripe peaches remind me of a simpler time when I was back in Mississippi with my grandparents surrounded by fresh peach pie. Recently I cruised my local farmers’ market and saw the most stunning peaches that brought me right back to those days. I originally wanted to make something sweet but decided something savory would be a bit different and fun too.

Maple Peach Pork Chops

I happened upon this incredible Maple Pork and Apples recipe on BHG and knew it would taste so fantastic with peaches for a delicious summer twist. Pork is definitely a meat that really takes on sweet flavor super well. Allowing the peaches to caramelize and meld with the chops created such a wonderful flavor. A bit of bourbon also kicked it up a notch too!

Maple Peach Pork Chops

I made the following changes to the original dish:

  • I thinly sliced two medium sized sweet potatoes and added them to the bottom of the dish for a more complete meal.
  • I replaced the apple slices with peach slices.
  • I added 1/2 chopped onion for some additional texture.
  • I also combined 2 tablespoons of bourbon with the maple syrup to deepen the flavor.
  • I tried this dish later in the week baked at 425 for an hour and also loved it though you still might want to reduce the liquid a bit to thicken it.
  • Lastly I garnished with a bit of thyme for some beautiful color.

Maple Peach Pork Chops

The results were perfection. I can’t wait to combine fresh peaches in more of my savory dishes over the summers. It is a great way to use them up and get a sweet kick in your dinner. I know I will definitely be making this a few more times before my precious peaches are long gone.


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