Dinner

Let’s Get Cookin’: Savory Baked French Toast Casserole

July 20, 2015
Savory Baked French Toast Casserole - a quick and easy one-dish dinner for busy nights that comes packed with flavor from goat cheese, pesto, and veggies galore, plus an awesome use for a stale loaf of bread! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Mondays always seem to call for anything that makes life a little easier, which is exactly where quick one-dish dinners come into play.  This casserole is precisely that kind of dish – a super-simple meal you can prep in minutes and have ready to throw in the oven when dinner time rolls around. It might not […]

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Cheddar & Chive Cornbread Waffles + a Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

June 24, 2015
Cheddar & Chive Cornbread Waffles -  an extra-cheesy, savory spin on waffles - think breakfast for dinner! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

This is monumental you guys. Today, after just about 4(!!!) years of blogging, I finally get to add a waffle section to the site. French toast has been around here for a while, pancakes have yet to make an appearance, and for the very first time we have a waffle recipe! It’s exciting stuff. Of […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Grilled Chicken Fusilli Pasta

June 3, 2015
Grilled Chicken Fusilli Pasta {with sun-dried tomatoes and capers} - an easy summer-inspired Italian dish! | www.brighteyedbaker.com #GrillwithColavita

This post is sponsored by Colavita as part of their Italian Summer Grilling campaign. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make this blog possible! I spent the past 2 1/2 weeks traipsing across Europe, seeing some pretty freakin’ fantastic sights, and eating all kinds of amazing food. More on that coming soon (I promise!), but I […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: One-Pot Chile & Carrot Lentils {Vegan}

February 23, 2015

I am ALL for easy meals. I’ll go all-out for a stunner cake every once in a while, but when it comes to actual food – like the stuff we survive on ;) – easy is pretty much the only language I speak. The truth is, I’ll be more than happy if you want to cook […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Spinach & Tomato Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce

January 17, 2015
Spinach & Tomato Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m admitting it right here, right now: this is a little bit of a cheater’s pizza and I don’t care at all. The side of me that would usually insist on doing things from scratch got squashed by the temptation to make things quick and easy, and this one time, I just don’t feel guilty about […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Lightened-Up Shrimp and Grits Casserole

January 8, 2015
Lightened-Up Shrimp and Grits Casserole - total comfort food for all year round - with less guilt! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I haven’t really made any “official” resolutions this year, but I’m trying to treat it like a blank canvas and start better habits that will make life in general easier. The thing is that while in some ways I’m a pretty organized person, I also tend to be all over the place; it’s a bit […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Cheesy Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower

November 26, 2014
Cheesy Smoked Paprika Roasted Cauliflower - an easy, healthy, and flavor-packed vegetarian side dish. | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Like WOAH. How did it get to be the day before Thanksgiving already?? I feel like September blurred into October and then November before I even realized what was going on. Am I the only one who watched the last two months flash before their eyes? Please tell me I’m not. Maybe we can all […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Healthy Southwestern Quinoa {GF, Vegan}

September 5, 2014
Healthy Southwestern Quinoa - a quick and easy dish packed with veggies that's anything but boring!| www.brighteyedbaker.com

I’m just now realizing that it evidently looks like all the savory foods I eat involve corn, black beans, jalapeño peppers, and/or anything remotely Mexican-inspired. It’s obviously something I gravitate towards when I cook, mostly because when you’re not cooking with meat (which I don’t do often), you need to make things interesting in a different […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Spicy Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers

June 30, 2014
Black Bean and Corn Quinoa Burgers - these healthy, flavor-packed veggie burgers are a perfect meat-less option for summer barbecues. | brighteyedbaker.com

I feel like I should preface today’s post by saying this: I’m not a typical veggie-burger-eater. I love veggies of all sorts, but when I crave a cheeseburger, I crave one made with meat, thankyouverymuch. That said, these black bean burgers aren’t about being a meat-substitute; they’re just about being 100% DELISH. I’ve had a […]

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Let’s Get Cookin’: Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

November 15, 2013
Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts - an easy and healthy vegetarian side dish that you'll actually WANT to eat! - brighteyedbaker.com

Am I the only one who finds it weird that “brussels sprouts” has an ‘s’ after the ‘l’? I grew up calling them “brussel sprouts”, so that extra ‘s’ just trips me up every time. Thoughts like these are how I wind up googling things like “brussels sprouts name origin”, because apparently that’s what I […]

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