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Faster than take-out – this Kung Pao Chicken recipe is spicy and full of flavor. Simple ingredients come together to make this easy weeknight dinner recipe.

Make your own take out - Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

Photos Updated November 2014

 
 


Originally posted February 12, 2010 – We love make your own take out night at my house. Which usually means some sort of Chinese food. This Kung Pao Chicken recipe is one of my favorites. The first time I made it and blogged about it, I said that it wasn’t very spicy. But I have found that if I split open a chile or two, that definitely adds to the heat level. If I’m making this for the kids, I like to keep it on the mild side, but if it’s just for the adults, you can bet I’ll be breaking apart some chiles! This is a super easy recipe – and way better than take out!!
 
 
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This Creamy One Pot Spaghetti is an easy weeknight dinner that the whole family will go crazy for. Less than 40 minutes until dinner is on the table!

Creamy One Pot Spaghetti with Meatballs recipe on www.tasteandtellblog.com

Don’t miss the giveaway at the bottom of the post!!

 
 



We have made it through half of January. I can’t even believe how time flies now that I’m an adult. I swear just yesterday we were yelling happy new year, and then I’m probably going to blink and it’s going to be Halloween again. Can I get a slo-mo button, please??

But halfway through January. This is usually the time that the New Year’s resolutions start to fade. How are you doing on yours??

I am a person who could sit down and list a hundred things that I want to improve/change/transform. Not that I’m not happy with where I am, (because really, for the most part, I am happy living in the now), but I’m always looking for ways to make myself and the things around me better. But I didn’t make a laundry list of New Year’s resolutions this year.

Instead I made one.
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These family friendly Crispy Fish Sticks will be a hit with both the kids and the adults. This recipe is a hit with only 5 ingredients and only 210 calories per serving.

Crispy Fish Sticks Recipe on Taste and Tell
 
 



Looking at my cookbook collection, you would definitely think that my tastes in cooking are quite eclectic. I have pretty much everything. From small batch baking to cooking for a crowd. More formal (aka fancy) food cookbooks, to everyday recipes cookbooks. Super indulgent cookbooks to lighter cooking cookbooks. And at the rate I’ve been adding cookbooks to my collection lately, that wide variety of topics is only going to grow.
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A childhood comfort food – made lighter! This Lighter Chili Mac Recipe takes a favorite from everyone’s childhood and turns it into a delicious dinner.

A childhood comfort food - made lighter! This Lighter Chili Mac Recipe takes a favorite from everyone’s childhood and turns it into a delicious dinner.
 
 



For some reason, ever since 2015 started, I feel like I can’t even keep track of the days. Like most of the time, I honestly don’t even know what day it is. I sat in the parking lot at Target the other day for several minutes, trying to figure out if it was Monday or Tuesday. (And I must have been really tired because it didn’t even occur to me to check my phone!)
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Fit for a king, this Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips is a fun take on Elvis’ favorite flavor combination – peanut butter and bananas.

Fit for a king, this Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips is a fun take on Elvis’ favorite flavor combination - peanut butter and bananas.
 
 



Last September, for my birthday, I asked for a FitBit, and my husband got me one. Since then, I have been pretty good about wearing it religiously. (Except for a few weeks where I was having issues with the battery, and the company was wonderful and replaced my FitBit.) I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the best about getting in my 10,000 steps a day, but it is a great gauge for me to know when I need to get up and get moving.
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A healthier alternative to the well known fried Chicken Parmesan, this Baked Chicken Parmesan is crispy and juicy and will leave you just as satisfied!

A healthier alternative to the well known fried Chicken Parmesan, this Baked Chicken Parmesan is crispy and juicy and will leave you just as satisfied!

Photos Updated October 2014

 
 


Originally posted December 5, 2007 – It’s amazing how far I have come since I started Taste and Tell. When this post was originally written, when my blog was less than a year old, I had never had spaghetti squash. Now I eat it all the time! And this is the first recipe where I used the technique of baking on a cooling rack to keep the food crispy. I have quite a few recipes here on Taste and Tell now that use that same technique. It’s fun to see how much I have learned and experienced in these last few years!!

I actually remade this a few months ago, but since eating healthy is on the lips of a lot of people, I knew I needed to re-share this recipe. This is a satisfying meal that is low in calories. Healthy and satisfying – I’ll take it!

This dish has a couple of things going for it.

1 – It’s healthy
2 – It tastes good!

I went to an aerobics class on Thanksgiving morning, and for getting up and going to the gym on Thanksgiving, the instructor gave us each some of her favorite healthy recipes. This was one of them. (She also included some recipes for different protein shakes, so I’m thinking of doing a little series on protein shakes – would anyone be interested? That’s my breakfast just about every weekday.)
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