Tailgate Treats

 

 

Slowcooker Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

If there are two things we love to do it’s eat and have fun.

So when football season comes around, that’s why we’re all excited and wearing the same “lucky” shirt every Friday in the office – how many more fun things are there than the camaraderie of your fellow fans, eating delicious food at a tailgate party, and spending the next day recovering and refueling so you can do it all over again the following week?

If you’re tired of the same foods every season, let us help. Check out these recipes for some fun food inspiration for your next tailgate!

Spicy Vegan Pimento Cheese Ball

Cheese balls are an awesome addition to any party. This pimento cheese ball recipe is easy to travel so you make it ahead of time and won’t hassle with a bunch of prep while you’re just trying to party. This delicious vegan option is one that everyone will love – serve with pita chips or anything else you wish and enjoy!

Taco Chicken Bowls

This taco bowl recipe is perfect because it satisfies your party-taco cravings without the inevitable mess of an actual taco! Try it with chicken or sub for any other meat you like (or none at all if you prefer). An additional perk: the ingredients are pretty inexpensive, too!

Ham & Cheese Tailgate Sliders

As always, sliders are a great option for times like these! These ham and cheese sliders are the right amount of savory and gooey and are bound to be a hit.

Broccoli Cheddar Baked Potatoes

Have a grill handy? Make up some of these potatoes for a quick and easy snack or side!

Looking for more winning recipes?. This collection has a variety of tailgate foods that are definitely worth trying. And if you have any other great ideas be sure to send them our way!

Happy cooking!

 

 

Back to School

 

 

Health-ified Pizza Lunchboxables with Tempeh Pepperoni

It’s time to head back to school! It’s these coming months of the year that parents weigh their bouts of relief to have a quiet house against ironically feeling sad there won’t be loud afternoons with messes to clean up constantly. Oh, the bittersweetness as we enjoy the last days of summer and get ready to plan for the return to school.

Now whether we want to or not, we have to accept that it’s time to start preparing for what our young ones will be taking along in their lunchboxes when it’s time to send them off.

Typically it’s a hassle to think about all of the planning involved, and finding new ideas that stray away from the ordinary sandwich and yogurt pack seem unattainable. If your kids won’t eat boring foods at home, they certainly won’t eat them at school. What kind of fun options are there that will make them too cool for school and you a winner in their eyes? Check out these recipes:

Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers

Basically, this is one of the easiest and quickest lunchbox filler you can find. It’s a pastry recipe with 6 simple ingredients and practically takes no time. You can make these poppers ahead of time to enjoy all week. It’s the perfect snack addition to make any lunchbox pop. (We love puns, btw!)

Fruit Roll Ups

What kid doesn’t love the fight of tearing away the sugary, sticky goodness from the plastic of a Fruit Roll Up wrapper? There’s actually a much healthier version of these that are made with real fruits and honey for the right amount of sticky and chewy (with no annoying wrapper constraint). This recipe does require some time, though. About 6-8 hours of low heat in the oven is what you need, but the prep time is just a few minutes. Don’t rush this recipe and enjoy it!

Corn Dog Muffins

Dont be thrown off by the name. Muffins and corn dogs together may not sound appealing at first, but this is a neat combination and is always a hit. It’s essentially just a stick-less corn dog that’s shaped like a muffin. Make a batch and freeze them for later and don’t forget the ketchup.

Cookie Dough Hummus Lunchables

If you’re looking for a healthier lunch kit option than what the typical grocery store has to offer, try this cookie dough hummus. It’s packed with protein from the chickpeas but fun enough to make any kid smile and want more. Plus you can package it to make it look super cute! Serve in reusable mason jars (simply rinse out baby food jars, etc.) and add some fruit or graham crackers on the side for dipping.

Planning back to school meals doesn’t have to be stressful. And it doesn’t have to be hard or boring, either. Find recipes you can make ahead and don’t forget about simple ideas like soups that can be stored in a Thermos.

Here’s a collection with some other recipes to help you prepare. Don’t forget to share if you have great ideas of your own!

Happy planning!

 

 

Nuts about Nuts!

 

 

Coconut Macadamia Nut Granola

We’re going nuts over nuts here! Well, some of us are anyway. Our office is pretty divided when it comes to loving tree nuts vs. not really being a fan. And of course, we have to be aware and remain conscious of those with allergies.

In the past we’ve created recipe collections and offered suggestions for those seeking completely nut-free recipes. Now we’ve made a collection for those who love nuts and are also looking for non-traditional ideas.

We had never heard of Pine Nut Breadsticks before so when we did, we immediately had to find out how to make them!

Pine Nut Breadsticks

Sometimes bread recipes can seem intimidating-it might look there are too many ingredients…too many steps…but that’s not always the case. These breadsticks are actually relatively easy. In just a few hours you’ll be able to dip these yummy sticks in your favorite soup or serve as an appetizer.

Pistachio Fluff

The name might sound off-putting (can you eat fluff?), but we promise this “fluff” is edible, delicious, and practically takes no time to make. All you need is some pistachio pudding, chopped nuts, whipped topping, fruit (we prefer pineapple), marshmallows, and about an hour’s worth of chilling in the fridge and you’ve got a lovely dessert salad dish!

Cashew Bread

This cashew bread recipe calls for cashew butter and non-dairy milk and makes for a grain-free, moist loaf. It’s simple recipe that also freezes well, so double the ingredients and enjoy one for later, too.

Did you know you can also make cashew butter and pine nut sour cream? It’s true! Check out our entire collection of other creative recipes to enjoy.

Happy cooking!

 

 

Fun & Creative Independence Day Recipes

 

 

Patriotic Bundt Cake

It’s that time of year again: the time where Americans prepare to stock up on tons of sunscreen for outdoor activities, find their most patriotic clothing, and of course, get excited for all the good food Independence Day seems to provide every year.

There are so many food traditions revolving around the 4thof July that food creativity can seem hard to achieve. Although burgers, BBQ, and beer are certainly some of the most enjoyable of them all, there are other ways to get creative with your recipes this July 4th.

Here are 4 fun ideas that will inspire you to get creative and colorful with simple ingredients you may not have thought of before!

Patriotic Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppyseed Dressing 

Celebrating doesn’t always have to mean being unhealthy. You can easily enjoy this healthy fruit salad AND be able to scream “Merica” at the same time. All you need are the right colored fruits, a star-shaped cookie cutter, and you’re set. Red and blue berries, apples, and just a few other ingredients and you’ve got healthy, creative 4th of July dish.

Patriotic Potatoes with Mustard Sauce 

This is such a simple idea that also makes complete sense! Show your spirit with red, white, and blue potatoes. This recipe is really easy plus the sauce has bacon and sour cream…Boom!

Cookie Dough Truffles 

There are several reasons why these truffles should absolutely be on your food list. For starters, there are only 3 ingredients and these can be made so quickly. And these “cookie dough” truffles aren’t real cookie dough FYI, so no need to worry about consuming raw foods-these are actually made from a cake mix and butter mixture. Add some red, white, and blue sprinkles, chill for 30 minutes and you’re ready to chow.

Cupcakes in a Jar

Talk about a great idea. This recipe is like having both a cupcake and a pie at the same time. There are so many flavors and each bite tastes like something different (and better) than the last. Check this recipe’s ingredients out and find out how to assemble it into the jar properly so things don’t get messy. Although, it would be a beautiful, tasty mess.

See? The limit for creativity this Independence Day expands much further than you may have realized.

Get creative with your food choices this year. There are a ton of ideas, but we’ve created an Independence Day Collection to help you get more inspired and excited to celebrate.

Happy cooking!

 

 

Perfect Picnic Foods

 

 

Food to bring on a perfect picnic
Homemade Potato Chips

 

The ice and snow have finally decided to move along and allow us to enjoy the sunshine and warmer weather.

If you’re anything like us, you’re itching to be outside as much as possible before the brutal heat of summer arrives. We’re yearning to fill our evenings and weekends enjoying the great outdoors as much as possible.

This is the perfect time for planning a picnic to connect with family, friends, or a loved one. When was the last time you got to relax and enjoy the outdoors with great company? And no need to stress about the planning- it can be easier than you think. Just choose a nice location and let us help with your food prepping.

If you’re wondering what food you should pack for a picnic, remember to think about goodies that can be made ahead, don’t require too much refrigeration, and are light to carry. Here are a few food ideas to get you started:

Homemade Ranch Zucchini Chips

These zucchini chips are really easy to make at home and can travel well, of course. Plus, it’s a healthier alternative for greasy, salty store-bought chip brands.

Chicken and Smoke Gouda Wrap

Typically picnics and sandwiches are associated with one another, but eventually you’ll bored with sandwiches, right? A wrap is a great spin on the traditional picnic sandwich and this chicken and smoked gouda is a fantastic recipe to try.

Mini Sweet Potato Pies

You can’t forget the picnic sweets, but sometimes it’s too much of a pain to 1) make a whole pie and 2) make sure there’s enough room for it in the basket. These mini sweet potato pies are perfect for picnicking and not to mention, they’re adorable.

Roasted Rosemary and Cayenne Nuts

Nuts are an often overlooked, but convenient choice for events like this. They don’t require refrigeration, they’re light, and can be made ahead of time. Fancy them up with spices and you’re set.

Wash it all down with a yummy lemonade or refreshing cocktail and enjoy! It really is that simple.

Get creative most importantly, have fun. Here’s a whole list of more recipes to help with your food planning if you’re looking for more ideas. Feel free to share your favorites as well!

Happy cooking!

 

 

Father’s Day Recipe Ideas

 

 

Grilled Ribeye Steak and more Father's Day recipe ideas
Grilled Ribeye Steak

 

 

Father. Papa. Dad. Pops.

No matter what you call him, it’s time to celebrate! What better way to make the special man in your life feel appreciated than a homecooked meal?

When we asked the dads here in our office what their favorite part of Father’s Day was, the majority of the answers included spending time with family and eating good food.

When we asked others how they liked to celebrate Father’s Day with the dads in their life, most people mentioned visiting favorite restaurants or hosting a party.

Notice a common theme here? Most everyone chooses to fill the day with FOOD!

And of course, right? Food is one of the best parts of a celebration! Memories, laughs, comradery, love…all these are shared around the table (or wherever you enjoy eating).

This Father’s Day we’ve pulled together a variety of recipe ideas that will truly be loved. Get prepared for a day filled with good times and be ready for the possibility of the stretchy pants coming out.

Cheddar Bacon Waffles

Cheese. Bacon. Waffles. This is a perfect brunch recipe to set the mood right for an awesome day of celebrating!

Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheddar Dipping Sauce

These pretzel bites and beer cheese are great for snacking on throughout the day or before dinner. Add beer to the sauce mix and you’re sure to bring a smile to his face!

Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes…Tex Mex style! The only way a Sloppy Joe can taste better is by adding some spice and serving with guacamole on top. Who couldn’t love this combination?

Butter Pecan Frosted Fudge Brownies

Adding something on top of an already super tasty brownie is always a great idea. This butter pecan frosting is just the right amount of sweet and there’s no doubt there won’t be a single crumb left once these are ready to serve.

 

 

Looking for more inspiration? See our the complete collection of Father’s Day recipe ideas.

 

Recipes for Camping

 

 

Peach-Blackberry Camp Cake and more camping recipes
Peach-Blackberry Camp Cake

 

There’s only one word for describing camping: MEMORIES. 

Ah, memories. Both good and bad. Memories of setting up the campsite and trying to evenly spear the hotdog so it wouldn’t fall in the campfire. Remember all the stories and countless amounts of roasted marshmallows? What great times.

Whether it’s good ol’ tent camping or RV’ing you prefer, a camping trip isn’t a camping trip without a campfire. And with a campfire comes a number of clever (and super tasty) food options.

If you’re ready to try something new besides the traditional hotdog and s’mores recipes, here are a few suggestions that will make you want to pack your bags and head to the woods ASAP.

Try these suggestions from some of our BigOven staff:

S’mores Campfire Cones

I love this Campfire Cone recipe because it’s a fun twist on a classic camping treat! You can also mix up the variety of candy you add in with the marshmallows. My favorite add on: Reese’s! – Kathryn, Support

Grilled Rosemary Potatoes

The familiar smell of baked potatoes reminds me of camping trips as a kid. We used to wrap potatoes in aluminum foil and burry them under the hot ash of  the campfire, then it was served with a pinch of salt and some butter. Yum, yum, yum!  – Kaya, Graphic Design

Skillet Mummy Dogs

Substituting crescent rolls for hotdog buns is the best way to enjoy a hotdog, no doubt. – Jordan, Marketing

Bailey’s Marshmallows

I LOVE Bailey’s and I love roasting marshmallows, so this is a perfect combination. They taste great in coffee, too. – Chelsey, Marketing

Looking for more recipes? See our the complete collection of camping ideas.

 

Grilling Season Recipes

 

Grilled Shrimp Tacos and more grilled recipes
Zesty Grilled Shrimp Tacos with South of the Border Corn and Cotija Salsa

Hey there, everyone! 

Boy have we been exhausted lately. As some of you already know, BigOven has undergone a few changes recently. But don’t worry, they’re all exciting!

BigOven is now under ownership of Aisle Ahead, Inc. and with this new transition comes the new home of the BigOven headquarters! The headquarters now resides in cozy Knoxville, TN. With the office being in the heart of downtown, it’s the perfect combination of southern comfort and trendy city vibes.

Anyway, as mentioned, it’s been tiring going through the changes and getting organized, but we’ve had a blast settling in and planning! We’ve survived solely by having fun while being productive and working hard and the plans we have for the future have us excitingly impatient. That’s why we’re ecstatic over the fact that it’s grilling season!

There’s nothing like being outside and suddenly getting hit with that smell of burgers and BBQ in the air. One of our favorite ways to relax is with good company, plenty of food & drink, and lots of laughs.

We can’t wait to light the flame on the grill and unwind until the sun goes down. Here are some really great recipes on our menu (thanks to our crew’s suggestions) that we encourage you to try out and enjoy this grilling season, too!

Grilled Corn on the Cob

Honestly, I look forward to grilling season every year only because of the grilled corn on the cob. – Chelsey, Marketing

Grilled Bourbon and Cherry Pork Chops

You can’t beat a bourbon and pork chop recipe, period. – John, Development

Grilled Bean Burger

I love this alternative for a traditional meat burger. – Kaya, Graphic Design

Grilled Dessert Pizza

All pizza is good pizza, especially a sweet dessert pizza that’s easy to make. – Jordan, Marketing

Looking for more recipes? See our the complete collection of grilling season favorites.

*Don’t forget: Safety First!*

Grilling and gatherings can certainly make for fun times, but never forget to always be safe. Here are tips on how to remain safe and still have the best time while making memories.

Game Day Recipes

Turkey Sliders plus more game day recipes and tips
Turkey Sliders

 

We’ve got some super recipes for The Big Game.

Score!

 

Starters:

Start off strong with these tasty bites. Just be sure to save room for the main event and something sweet!

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

You can prepare the flavorful taquito filling in advance. Simply store the mixture in your fridge until you’re ready to assemble and bake… crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.

Mini Caprese Deep Dish Pizzas

Gooey, melty cheese is always a win. Allow these mini pizzas to cool for a few minutes before removing them from the pan and inhaling. Careful, molten cheese coming in hot!

 

Stars:

These delicious dishes won’t let the team down.

Loaded Nachos

Loaded nachos are the ultimate finger food. Sub in ground turkey or chicken for the beef if you like! Or bench the meat for a vegetarian meal. Your nachos, your call.

White Chicken Chili

Serve this spicy chili with cooling sour cream and fresh guacamole. (Guac always deserves some playing time.)

 

Tight Ends:

End your game day feast strong.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tartlets

Chocolate pb tartlets may be small, but they sure pack a hefty punch! (A little salty, a little sweet, and extremely irresistible.) Yep, we’re picking favorites.

Mocha Brownies with Coffee Frosting and Oreos

These decadent brownies will surely hold your attention. Be sure to allow the brownies to cool down before topping or the frosting will slide out of bounds.

 

Looking for more winners? See our complete collection of game day recipes.

 

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One-Pot Wonders

One-Pot Chili Mac + more one-pot recipes and tips
One-Pot Chili Mac

 

You only need one pot

and your appetite of course.

Hooray for fewer dishes and full bellies!

 

Chicken:

It’s hard to go wrong with one-pot chicken dishes during busy weeknights.

Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes

This simple yet satisfying dish requires just a handful of common ingredients (that you might already have hanging around at home). Squeeze fresh lemon juice on the chicken and potatoes right before serving for an extra pop of zesty flavor.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

A good excuse to nosh on chips for dinner. Not a fan of spice? Leave out the jalapeño and go easy on the chili powder.

 

Healthy:

You’ll feel just peachy after enjoying these healthy meals.

Mexican Quinoa

Protein-packed (vegan and gluten-free) quinoa is perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Serve it up hot, room temp or chilled… and don’t forget those creamy avocado slices!

Tilapia Caponata

This bright dish is full of fresh flavors. Mop up all that extra delicious sauce with warm bread.

 

Comfort Food:

Everyone needs a little comfort, especially this time of year.

Tuscan Pork Chops

Serve the pork over zucchini noodles or your favorite pasta for a complete meal. Don’t skimp on the herbs! They add another dimension to the simple dish.

Italian Sausage & Veggies

If you’re into meal prep, this recipe works out just dandy. Simply throw your seasoned veggies and sausage on the same pan and roast away.

 

Looking for more one-pot wonders? We’ve got 40 tasty recipes just for you.

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