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Creamy BLT + Wilted Spinach Pasta

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This is something that I started to type up the other day but my WiFi was in and out at the house on top of having a rough day.. so forgive me for giving up and building a fort out of blankets. Yes, you heard right… a fort out of blankets.

DTBBF (Down To Build Blanket Forts)

I have learned that when things get a bit out of whack and you need to take a step back, just remember you are queen of your own domain and no one can judge you for being DTBBF [down to build blanket forts]. Blanket forts are a no fail way for making even your darkest of days that much brighter- so long as you have a string of Christmas lights hanging around at least.

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Anyways, when I was making this dish I honestly had not gone grocery shopping in 2 weeks due to a crazy business/personal schedule so it was made up of what I had hanging around in my pantry which is pretty majestical in itself! It was inspired from multiple different Pins on Pinterest but I took some from this recipe and took some from that recipe, so needless to say it was my own Frankenstein of sorts.

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Ingredients

1 Pkg Fettuccine; cooked al dente

1/2 Cup Heavy Cream

1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese; shredded

1/2 Lb Bacon; cut into 1″ pieces and cooked

3/4 Cup Fresh Spinach; chopped

1/2 Cup Cherry/Grape Tomatoes; quareterd

4 Garlic Cloves; smashed and minced

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1 Tsp Kosher Salt

1/2 Tsp Black Pepper

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Firstly, cook your bacon… I do mine the water method because I am weird but hey, cant argue with perfection!

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Next drink a beer because your feeling are showing and you need to make them go away! Just kidding, its yummy- so drink!

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Look at that crispy perfection! This is exactly why I love the water method! Transfer your cooked bacon to a paper towel lined plate and reserve 1 Tbsp of the bacon fat for the next step.

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Using the same skillet and the reserved bacon fat, saute your garlic over medium heat for 1 minute or until tender.

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Add tomatoes and lemon juice, cooking for 1 minute longer.

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Reduce heat to low and slowly whisk in your cream, carefully though so that it does not curdle.

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Then whisk in your parmesan cheese…

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And then add your spinach. Cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally.

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Look at that happiness!

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Lastly, add bacon and stir to combine.

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Look at that skillet full of magic! Admit it, you want to just eat it like that… Well at least wait until you combine it with the cooked pasta!

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Toss your cooked pasta with your skillet sauce well to combine.

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Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley because you are fancy as fuck and dont let anyone tell you differently!

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Finally, plate and serve.

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Meatloaf Cups

Meatloaf Cups

Some nights when you get out of work, the last thing you really want to do is cook. With that being said, I try to find easy and hassle free ways to make this happen with out risking taste and quality… which is how I found out about this different method for meat loaf! Not only does it satisfy the pickiest of eaters, but it is also bursting with our favorite flavors while staying as simple to execute as possible!

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Basically, the gist of this is to make your meatloaf as you normally would then divide it among a muffin pan. I cant argue with that, everyone fights over the end pieces and this is a great way to ensure that EVERY PIECE is an end piece!

You can cue the weeping angels and heavenly choir now!

But really, most recipes for a regular meatloaf calls for baking your dish for at least an 1 hour – 1 1/2 hours! Well not with this little gem… It is practically cut in half at a respectable 35-40 minutes at 350F. YAY for earlier dinners!

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But this is crucial… before you even start to prep, you must arm yourselves with a glass of wine or a wine glass filled with good beer, because we are fancy like that! (Just kidding…)

Preheat your oven to 350F.

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Ingredients

1 Lb Ground Hamburger

1 Cup Plain Breadcrumbs

1 Egg

1/2 Onion; finely chopped

2 Garlic Cloves; smashed and minced

1 Tbsp Parsley; finely chopped

1/2 Tbsp Garlic Powder

1/2 Tbsp Onion Powder

1 Tsp Kosher Salt

1/2 Tsp Ground Black Pepper

For the glaze

3 Tbsp Ketchup

3 Tbsp Dijon Mustard

3 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

**Or whatever method for the glaze you like best, this is where everyone really differs**

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Initially you want to soften your onion and garlic in 1 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat until tender (about 3-5 minutes).

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Once they are nice and tender, allow them to cool for a few minutes so you dont burn yourself while combining the ingredients.

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In the same bowl as your ground hamburger, add your breadcrumbs, egg, onion and garlic, both onion and garlic powders, salt, pepper, and chopped parsley.

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Roll your sleeves up and put on your big girl panties because that meatloaf is not going to mix itself! Just kidding, but really, making a meatloaf you must have expected you were going to get dirty…

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Once your meat is nice and combined, divide them into balls about the size of a cue ball (pool or billiards ball if you will).

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Next, smush them into the muffin tins and set aside.

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I got about 10 out of the pound of beef I used, you can make them bigger or smaller depending on your own likes. Also just in case you were wondering, no you didn’t need to grease the pan either… the hamburger will do that on its own. 😀

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Next we make our glaze by combining the remaining ingredients (ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and worcestershire sauce) in a small bowl until nice and smooth.

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As always, feel free to make any adjustments based on your and your families taste… everyone has their own favorites for this part!

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Spoon glaze evenly amongst your mini meat loafs and bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

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Finally top with extra chopped parsley and serve!

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This method is really universal for any of your favorite meatloaf recipes, either the traditional Italian seasoned, Cajun, Mexican, etc.. they all taste amazing and every piece once again is an end piece! Also if you want, feel free to share your favorite meatloaf recipe… I am always looking for new and exciting ways to shake it up!

(Its the little things in life)

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Happy – happy!