Loaded Baked Potato Casserole | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole turns a steak house classic into a delicious side dish for the whole family. We’re mixing in all the good stuff like cheese and bacon and leaving out those gross potato skins. You’ll want to make this way too often.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

My darling husband has a cold. Bless him. This means he’s going to spend the entire weekend on the couch playing video games surrounded by an ever-growing pile of used tissues and half empty cups of team and orange juice. It’s fine. Being sick is the worst. You should get to do whatever you want. I’ve brought him a bag for his tissues, so at least that problem is contained. Now I just have to find a way to keep him from breathing on me.

Luckily for my husband, my dinner plans were thwarted last night. That means he got to order a takeaway. In his opinion, the ultimate comfort food is Chicken Tikka Masala. He simply had to have it. So that’s what he got.

This highlights yet another perfect example of the difference between Brits and Americans. I only eat Indian food under the most dire of circumstances. I’m a very boring, very picky eater with the palate of a 12-year-old. This is no secret. Just leave me alone with my PB&J. He, on the other hand, could eat curry every day.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

As far as I’m concerned, this Loaded Baked Potato Casserole ticks all the comfort food boxes. There’s fluffy mashed potatoes with all their carby goodness, obviously. There’s also plenty of cheese because what’s life without it. And of course, there’s lots of crispy bacon. It’s the source of all our power.

Regular baked potatoes are great, and yes the skin is good for you, but it’s practically impossible to get all the different elements together in the right amount. That’s why Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is superior. Everything is pre-mixed, so you get the perfect bite every time. You don’t have to make a mess trying to do batle with your baked potato. It’s genius. Take this to your next potluck and watch people line up for the recipe.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Next time you need a comforting side dish, make this Loaded Baked Potato Casserole. Eat it every day. Bring it to parties. Share it with friends. The more the awesomer.

Recipe adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff.

If you like this recipe, you might also dig my Twice Baked Potatoes.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi

This Parmesan Fried Gnocchi is a totally delicious side dish that’s ready in minutes. Serve it alongside grilled chicken or fish with a salad or veggies for an unbelievable dinner.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Given that I spend large portions of my day thinking about food, I’m always surprised by how many people I know who don’t cook. Maybe they never learned how because there’s always been someone in their house to cook for them. A parent and then a partner usually. It’s not that they aren’t interested in food, but they just have no intention of making anything for themselves. I do not understand these people.

There’s another group of people who tell me they don’t cook very much because they just don’t have time. This I can relate to. There are so many evenings when time just gets away from me. If I cooked dinner, it would be about 10 pm before we actually ate. Thank goodness for Just Eat. If I want to be able to make dinner every day, I find that I really need to set myself up for success.

Trying to make every single thing from scratch on a Monday night is a sure way to end up hating yourself. In my opinion, there’s absolutely no shame in taking a little help from the grocery store. Use your favorite bottled salad dressing as a marinade for chicken, for example. Or dress up some microwavable steamed veg with some dried herbs from your pantry.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If your meal needs a quick carby side dish, this Parmesan Fried Gnocchi will be your new go to. It’s the perfect substitute for roasted potatoes which would take ages to chop and cook. Use your favorite store bought gnocchi, and add flavor with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and dried herbs. People will forget about everything else on their plate.

All you have to do is heat a skillet and drizzle in some oil. I used garlic oil for a little extra hit of flavor, but use whatever you have on hand. Then add the gnocchi straight from the package and keep tossing it in the hot oil until it starts to get crispy. Grate over some parm and sprinkle in some dried thyme and oregano, or just use Italian seasoning if you have it. That’s all there is to it.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life gets crazy, but you are totally worth the effort. Take it easy on yourself. Make something simple like Parmesan Fried Gnocchi. Put your feet up and be awesome.

Recipe adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson.

Looking for more kitchen shortcuts? Set your week up for success with Transformer Chicken that you can prep ahead of time at the weekend.

Fiery Halloumi Salad | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Fiery Halloumi Salad

Fiery Halloumi Salad | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This Fiery Halloumi Salad is an easy, healthyish dinner with homemade sweet chili sauce. Pan-fried halloumi makes a bed of greens so much more awesome. Go on, eat a salad, and actually enjoy it.

As you read this, I will be heading back to work after a little over two weeks off. It’s never easy to get back into the swing of things. I know I’m lucky because my husband’s been back in work since last week, but still, it’s hard not to feel a bit mopey.

Fiery Halloumi Salad | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s been two glorious weeks of not being stuck behind a desk. Of staying in my pajamas as long as I want. Having plenty of time for all the things I really want to do, like take pictures of my food and share it with you. Two glorious weeks without whining teenagers or late trains or having to wear high heels.

I’m grateful to have a job because it allows me to help people. It also allows me to buy all the food I want and travel from time to time. I’m very lucky in many ways, and I don’t want to forget that. But just a few more days of peace and quiet would be nice.

Fiery Halloumi Salad | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Being back at work means we all need more quick and simple dinner ideas, and this time I’m even giving you leafy greens. Of course, it wouldn’t be awesome on 20 if I didn’t somehow also ruin the health factor by adding something delicious. This Fiery Halloumi Salad is awesome because it’s easily just as much cheese as it is salad. You know you can’t stay mad at me for long.

We’re making up a simple homemade sweet chili sauce with sliced red chilies, honey, and lime juice. We slice up a block of halloumi and fry it in a hot, dry pan. We drizzle our favorite salad leaves with a bit of nice olive oil, lay on the hot cheese, and drizzle over some heat with our sweet chili sauce. Then we eat, feel smug about having a salad, but actually enjoy it because cheese.

Fiery Halloumi Salad | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your transition back to work has been smooth and as stress-free as possible. I hope you’re having something awesome for dinner tonight, like maybe this Fiery Halloumi Salad. It’s gonna be awesome.

This recipe is adapted from Simply Nigella by Nigella Lawson.

And just in case you can’t get enough salad, maybe try this Bacon & Egg Salad.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread is fiery and filling.With just five-ingredients, it’s great for any time of day. Quick homemade flatbread is combined with creamy yogurt, perfectly fried eggs, sweet mango chutney and spicy red chili. This combination is totally awesome.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Are you on a new year’s resolution healthy eating kick right now? I probably should be, but I’ve had enough failure at this to know better. I’m learning to accept that I eat what I eat. I don’t have time for all the guilt that comes with dieting. You know I’m feeling guilty about plenty of other things. I’m letting this one go.

At the same time, I’m very pro fresh start. January is such a great opportunity to dig deep and make changes. One of the things I’ve been trying to change lately is the impact I make on the environment. I’m trying to waste less and also to consume more mindfully. I think we’ll be trying to eat less meat this year. But as a pathological vegetable hater, that can be tough.

Eggs are a great way to get your protein and also eat something really really good. Is there anything more dreamy than an oozing egg yolk. It’s like the most primordial indulgence.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

This simple Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread is adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe from his book 5 Ingredients. This book is nothing but super simple recipes, and the layout is gorgeous. I can’t wait to cook through some of these recipes.

We start by making a simple flatbread with self-rising flour and yogurt, working in a bit of oil if needed. Just mix everything together in a bowl, give it a few smooshes on the counter to bring it all together, roll it out and whack it in a hot pan. It cooks up in about three minutes.

I also prefer this dish when everything is warm, so I fried my eggs. Additionally, I microwaved the yogurt and mango chutney just for a few seconds so they weren’t fridge cold. But that’s totally up to you.

If you want some extra heat, bring the fire with some sliced red chili. Go for as much or as little as you can handle.

Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

There are lots of different textures and flavors going on here. We couldn’t decide whether this dish was more breakfast or dinner, which says to me that you should eat it whenever the hell you want.

Here’s to a delicious year, friends.

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Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Top 19 of 2019

Top 19 of 2019 | How to Be Aweome on $20 a Day

I’m so excited to share the top 19 recipes of 2019. You know how much I love a list, so I always look forward to this. Let’s see what you’ve been cooking up this year.

Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

19. Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf – I hope my Thanksgiving tradition is finally starting to find it’s way into other people’s homes.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

18. Spaghetti Quesadilla – I haven’t eaten this in forever, and that’s making me sad because this is my favorite way to use up leftover spaghetti bolognese.

Frito Chili Cheese Wrap from Awesome on 20

17. Frito Chili Cheese Wrap – Another delicious thing I’m sad I haven’t eaten lately. Someone send me some Fritos from America so I can remedy this.

Chili with Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

16. Chili with Gnocchi – It’s the perfect time of year for this big pot of goodness.

Buttery Nipple Milkshake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

15. Buttery Nipple Milkshake – Perfect for when you can’t decide if you want a cocktail or dessert.

14. Spam Mac & Cheese – I was surprised to see this one on the list. I was also surprised by how much I still liked this when I made it recently.

13. Mint Brownies – Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with the pop of minty green in these fudgy brownies.

Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

12. Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta – This recipe makes a huge batch of pasta, so perfect for feeding a crowd.

Chicken Parmesan from Awesome on 20

11. Chicken Parmesan – I still remember when my husband said this was the best chicken he’d ever had.

Passion Fruit Green Tea | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

10. Passion Fruit Green Tea – Takes me back to Taiwan every time.

Brown Elephant Cocktail from Awesome on 20

9. Brown Elephant Cocktail – If you’ve never tried Amarula, you definitely need to change that in 2020.

White Cheddar Fondue | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

8. White Cheddar Fondue – You can’t go wrong with a big bowl of melty cheese.

Amaretto Sour | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

7. Amaretto Sour – I love that this doesn’t need a store-bought sour mix.

Parmesan Fried Gnocchi from Awesome on 20

6. Parmesan Fried Gnocchi – The best five-minute side dish ever.

Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

5. Poinsettia Champagne Cocktail – Another one of my holiday traditions conquering the world.

Whipped Ricotta | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

4. Whipped Ricotta – I love how you guys are as crazy about cheese as I am.

Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

3. Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels – Party food extraordinaire.

Peanut Butter Fudge from Awesome on 20

2. Peanut Butter Fudge – Always a favorite.

Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
  1. Classic Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies – Another classic recipe that reminds me of my mom.

This list is making me so hungry for 2020. Let me know what kind of recipes and posts you’d like to see more of in the comments. And don’t forget to tag me in your creations on Instagram or use #awesomeon20.

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