Shepard’s Pie with Mashed Cauliflower

Hi friends! About ten years ago, my mom and I took a spectacular two week trip to Ireland. I loved everything about the country; the scenery was gorgeous, the villages were quaint and the people were so charming and friendly! I also really enjoyed their rustic, homey approach to cooking. My favorite meal from our

Hearty Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

Hi friends! I don’t know about you but I love, love, love Mexican food! I like the freshness of the ingredients, how quick it is to make and the diversity of it. I typically make lots of taco bowls at my house but with the arrival of cooler weather, I’ve been craving a comforting and

Turkey Filled Acorn Squash

Hi friends! This turkey filled acorn squash is one of my all time favorite recipes and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you! This rustic and flavorful dish will leave you feeling satisfied without a lot of fuss. The combination of raisins, apples and sage lend a delightful sweetness to the turkey that

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Hi friends! Ropa vieja is shredded beef and vegetables that look like a pile of old rags. In Spanish ropa vieja means “old clothes”, so it makes sense that the dish actually looks like a pile of  colorful, old clothes! It’s traditionally made with flank or skirt steak that once cooked, is shredded. It’s a

Zucchini Pizza Crust

Hi friends! When it comes to dinner on a Friday, I always end up wanting pizza! It’s such a fun laid back meal and I love that you can customize homemade pizza however you want. In a continued effort to increase my veggie consumption I typically make a zucchini pizza crust for our Friday pizza

Turmeric Meatloaf

Hi Friends! Growing up I never really liked meatloaf. I don’t know when that changed but now as an adult I love it! I find meatloaf to be comforting. Just the word conjures up images of a 1950’s Donna Reed type housewife in her apron, and since becoming a stay at home mom, I guess

Easy Whole Roast Chicken

A Life of Happenstance is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. True confession…I despise touching raw chicken. Like REALLY, REALLY despise it! Beef and seafood don’t bother me at all, but

Picadillo

Whenever I’m in a time crunch for dinner, this is my go to dish. It’s super fast to make, incredibly flavorful and we almost always have enough for leftovers! Picadillo is a Cuban dish that is traditionally served over white rice. Growing up, it was my FAVORITE meal! When it comes to the olives, make

Tuna Cakes with Remoulade Sauce

I was faced with a situation the other night that I’m sure we’ve all been in at some point…I had almost no food in the house and three people staring at me wanting to eat dinner. Then, in the deepest darkest corner of my pantry I saw it, tins of tuna! We were saved from