Chipotle Bourbon Barbecue Pulled Pork Sliders ~ Savory Simple

Do you have any guilty pleasures television shows? I don’t watch nearly as much tv as I used to but there are one or two shows that I’m embarrassed to admit I love. I guess it’s time for me to come clean (well, at least about one). [Read more...]

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Valentine's Day Recipe Roundup - @SavorySimple


I never considered Valentine’s Day to be the most romantic of holidays when I was younger.  You see, February 14th happens to be both my mother and my brother’s birthday.  Now that I’m no longer living with my parents and am, you know, married, I like to do something small to celebrate the holiday aside from calling my family.  Maybe it’s a romantic dinner for two at home, maybe we go out, maybe Jeff (cough cough) brings me some flowers.

This year we’re dining in and I’ve compiled a Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundup with over 60 options for your entire meal.  Enjoy!

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French Onion Soup Mac and CheeseSometimes when life gets incredibly hectic there’s nothing to do but call in for back up support.  So I’ve lined up a few guest posts from some of my dear friends to help get me through January!  Please give a warm welcome to Carrie from Bakeaholic Mama.  Carrie and I got to spend some time together (not nearly enough) at Mixed Conference and I just adore her.  I’m so excited to be spotlighting her delicious food today.  Take it away, Carrie!

Macaroni and cheese is a meal we all grew up eating. Whether it was from the blue box, or a mom’s best ever baked version. We all love it. Over the years I have made many many versions incorporating any and every cheese I can get my hands on. From time to time I like to switch it up and add some of my favorite adult flavors to make my kid friendly meal more grown up. Like this Buffalo Chicken Mac n’ Cheese, or one of my latest favorites, Jalapeno Popper Macaroni and Cheese. There are so many variations you can try with a meal as versatile as just pasta and cheese sauce.

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Sweet and Spicy Asian Tofu (Weight Watchers) ~ Savory Simple

For those of you who follow my site regularly, you might have noticed a slight decrease in recipe posts over the past few weeks.  The truth is that I’ve been insanely busy and I have terrible time management skills.  I’ve been trying various methods to improve my productivity but nothing seems to stick.  I know social media is a big part of the problem.  Recipes must be pinned!  Tweets must be tweeted!  Hey, what’s happening on Facebook? Also, this is my first year shooting food photography in natural light and I am not adjusting well to the shorter days and general lack of quality sunlight.  So to those of you who are good at multi-tasking and handling endless to-do lists, I must ask a very important question:

What are your best time management tips?  

Seriously, I could really use any and all advice so don’t hold back.  There are just never enough hours in the day to get it all done!  I find myself working in the evenings and on weekends and I’m still always behind. Someone suggested only checking my email three times per day.  I tried that for a week and was twitching the entire time as I waited for my next fix.  I will freely admit that I’m an internet junkie but I see plenty of other junkies online getting oodles of work done.

There’s been another downside to the hectic schedule; I’ve let my eating habits slip a bit and have put on some weight.  After contemplating a few options I’ve decided to return to my old standby, Weight Watchers.  Paleo sounded very interesting but in the end it’s just too restrictive for me.  I really do think Weight Watchers is a great program. It has the flexibility to let me eat what I want within reason and test recipes for the blog.  I’ve always been an online member but I’ve started going to meetings for the first time and I really love the support and accountability.

Today I’m sharing the first of what I hope will be many delicious Weight Watchers recipes (and don’t worry, there will still be plenty of the normal goodies). This sweet and spicy Asian tofu has been an obsession for me lately and since I love it so much I figured it was worth sharing.  I swear I’ve been eating it almost every day.  I crave it. It has everything I want in a weekday recipe- flavor, texture and it’s incredibly fast and easy to make.  I can have a home cooked lunch ready in less than 10 minutes and it scales up very easily for two when making dinner.  I buy fresh, pre-cut stir fry veggie mixes to save time.  If you’re not sure how you feel about tofu, try this. It’s pan-fried and I honestly feel like I’m eating fried cheese.  It soaks up the delicious sauce and is filling without being overly heavy.  It’s also very budget friendly!

Side note: I’m only focused on points but if there’s enough interest I’d be happy to calculate the nutritional values of my Weight Watchers recipes. Just let me know!

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How do you do it? How is it possible to interweave a recipe about duck with the horrors of cancer? I’ve lost loved ones to the disease and nearly everyone has or will at some point. I was recently asked to join several other bloggers this week in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer. My mind immediately went to two strong women who lost their battles; a coworker and a good friend. In 2006, my friend died from Leukemia, a form of blood cancer. She was 24 years old. Is her story even appropriate this week? There is no such thing actually is a Leukemia Awareness Month but it gets no publicity. I think every story is worth telling, whether it’s breast cancer, lung cancer or leukemia.

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