Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Noodles

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Noodles. The chicken and noodles cook right in the sauce in this flavorful crock pot dish! | hostthetoast.com

When I was in college, if you asked me what I’d like to eat, the answer was always “Thai food”.

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken and Noodles. The chicken and noodles cook right in the sauce in this flavorful crock pot dish! | hostthetoast.com

There was a little restaurant in the corner of a strip mall that was tucked behind the highway, with a big sign on the front window that boasted “The Best Thai Cuisine in Town”– rightfully so, I might add. I don’t remember how found out about it, but that hidden gem became my obsession for the 3 remaining years I lived in the area. I loved the bowls brimming with jasmine rice, the savory peanut sauces, and the spicy dishes that had so much heat that it made your nose run. I loved the music they played that sounded like a mix between Thai pop and elevator music. I loved the mismatched decor, and the waiter who topped off my water every few minutes despite being the only waiter who was ever on-shift. But most of all, I loved their chicken and rice noodles.

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Sofritas Tofu Burrito Bowls

Sofritas #Tofu Burrito Bowls. Even better than the ones at #Chipotle, and easy/cheap to make at home! | hostthetoast.com

As a lover of bacon, pulled pork, and burgers, a lot of people find it surprising when I say that I also adore tofu. Or maybe I should say I adore good tofu. Tofu gets a bad wrap from the many people who don’t know how to properly prepare the wiggly soybean curd, leaving a lot of people to think of it as bland, boring, and mushy. Bleh. But the thing is, when done correctly, tofu should be the opposite! It should be super flavorful (it takes on the flavor of anything you cook it with), it should be soft and bouncy inside, and it should have a nice crisp exterior. Tofu can be good. Tofu can be amazing.

Sofritas Tofu Burrito Bowls. Even better than the ones at Chipotle, and easy/cheap to make at home! | hostthetoast.com

For example, when you cook tofu in a mixture of spices, smoky peppers, and fresh tomatoes, you get ultimate bliss.

Ultimate bliss which, by the way, is chock full of protein and pretty inexpensive! Oh tofu, I love you, and I don’t care what anyone thinks!

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Mexican Turkey Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Pesto

Typical Turkey Burgers have never really been my thing, despite my mom’s best efforts to get me to enjoy them.  Save for the rare exception, they usually seem dry and unbelievably boring.  I’ll just have a hamburger, thanks.

But I’ve been trying to eat a bit less red meat lately (I’d been downing blue cheese burgers with a vengeance for a few weeks before that), so I decided to give turkey burgers another shot.

Mexican Turkey Burgers with Cilantro-Lime Pesto. These are the tastiest turkey burgers out there! | hostthetoast.com

With the help of the right spices, jalapenos, and a wonderful condiment I call Cilantro-Lime Pesto, I came up with a recipe that was not just delicious for a turkey burger, but a delicious burger without any qualifiers.

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Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Pull-Apart Garlic Knots

It’s 2015, so I finally decided I should start using that personal twitter account I created 4 years ago.  Now I’m sucked in– I think it was the Foodie Band Name hashtag that sealed my fate.  I used to tell everyone that I didn’t use twitter because I just didn’t get it, but I’m starting to catch on, guys.  I’m finally catching on.

Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Pull-Apart Garlic Knots.  Frozen bread dough makes them easy to prepare.  The toppings make them easy to devour. | hostthetoast.com

In the spirit of keeping up with the times, I decided that my social media presence wasn’t the only thing that needed an update.  Some of my favorite recipes could use a fresh change as well.  For example, I’d been making super simple Garlic Knots for years, to the point that they were beginning to get boring.  Garlic Knots!  Boring!  I know, it’s crazy!

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One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Popper Chicken and Rice

A lot of my recipes are born out of laziness.  Laziness or resourcefulness, depending on how you look at it.

When I made this recipe, I was too resourceful to wash a ton of dishes.

I was also too resourceful to drag myself out to the grocery store.

One Pot Creamy Jalapeno Popper Chicken and Rice.  I could eat this forever. | hostthetoast.com

I had a serious craving for One Pot Cheesy Chicken Taco Rice last week, but I found myself without most of the ingredients.  Rather than go out, I decided to majorly improvise.

What I thought would wind up as a sad attempt at Taco Rice actually wound up being a killer, creamy, cheesy chicken and rice dish all on its own that I couldn’t wait to share with you.  I dinner-ified Jalapeno Poppers!

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