Cabbage Roll Casserole

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is the ultimate comfort food, and it’s easy to make so you can enjoy it during the week. Loaded with sauteed cabbage, ground beef, basmatti rice and a delicious tomato sauce, it is a family favorite that will never go out of style. 

There is something about cool weather and casseroles that just go together in my opinion. This Cabbage Roll casserole is the perfect balance of healthy and tummy satisfying comfort, and it is so much easier to make than a traditional cabbage roll where you have to spend hours assembling. With our version of this classic cabbage recipe you simply prepare your ingredients and then layer them in your favorite casserole dish to bake. Then you can sit back with a glass of wine while your oven does all the hard work.

Cooked Cabbage Roll Casserole in white casserole dish

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Simple Coconut Rice Recipe

This Coconut Rice is simple; full of fresh coconut flavor as well as shavings of unsweetened coconut which makes it a perfect side dish to many of your favorite meals. Basmati rice is used in our version to give it a nice texture that doesn’t take hours to achieve. Fragrant, flavorful, and perfectly creamy, this will be your new go-to side dish! 

A good meal is made better when you serve it alongside this simple Coconut Rice. You can make it to go with Indian dishes, Thai dishes and even your weeknight chicken too. The flavor from the coconut compliments a slightly spicy meat dish by taming the heat with its subtle sweetness and luscious creaminess.

Ingredients needed to make this recipe: Basmati Rice, Coconut Milk, Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, Salt, Butter Parsley/Cilantro (as garnish).

Coconut Rice in pot

 

 

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Easy Tuna Cakes – A Family Favorite

Tuna Cakes are a delicious way to do meat free during the week! They have a crispy outside and nice flaky middle filled with red onion, jalapeno and spices to make them so flavorful you won’t even miss the meat. 

These tuna cakes come together quickly and are enough to feed a family of 4 easily. You can have them made and on the table in under 20 minutes making them perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal you won’t have to feel guilty about. 

Tuna Cakes on top of a bed of lettuce on white platter

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No Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies

Chocolate Haystack Cookies are one of the easiest no-bake cookies you can make! Loaded with chocolate, peanut butter and chow mein noodles, they are perfect for lunchboxes and after school treats!

First Published: October 19,2018… Last Updated: September 05, 2019

I am so excited to share these cookies with you guys today! They are another part of my contribution to #Choctoberfest and I just know you will love them as much as  I do.

If you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter and don’t like to turn the oven on every time you want a sweet treat than this cookie recipe is for you. The fact that they are no-bake is a bonus in my opinion, it really can’t get any easier than this. Melt in your mouth chocolate, creamy peanut butter and fresh peanuts all mixed with chow mein noodles to make a one of a kind, delicious cookie you will love.

No bake chocolate haystack cookies stacked in hand

So, what are haystack cookies?

Simply put a Haystack Cookie is a no-bake cookie using chocolate and chow mein noodles along with other ingredients to create a one of a kind treat that both kids and adults will love! Their “haystack” shape once set is what gives them their unique name, and you can make them as big or small as you would like. We prefer to make them two bite cookies, but have made them as big as our hands in the past!

My Grandmother introduced me to these many years ago when I was just a little girl with a big chocolate craving after a long day of grade school (pfft if only we knew how much longer the days would get as we got older right?!). We created timeless memories in her kitchen together baking and whipping up goodies, and I was often allowed to lick the spoon when it was all said and done so I think it was a pretty sweet deal.

Chocolate Haystacks on baking sheet with parchment paper

frequently asked questions for haystack cookies

what ingredients are in haystack cookies?

There are 3 main ingredients in Chocolate Haystack Cookies. As you can see above, they consist of chocolate and chow mein noodles and we added in some crunchy peanut butter to ours! This makes them Chocolate Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter… everything is truly better with peanut butter!

how do you make chocolate haystack cookies?

Are you ready for how easy this is!? Melt your chocolate, either using the microwave or a double broiler method. If using the double broiler method you will need a pot and a glass bowl. You want to ensure the bowl does not touch the bottom of the pot when placed over top, it should hover just above your water line. Fill pot about 2″ with water and simmer over medium heat, you do not want a rapid boil! As the bowl heats up it will gently melt your chocolate without burning or seizing. It is my favorite way to melt any kind of chocolate.

Melted Chocolate and Peanut Butter using double broiler method

No Bake Chocolate Haystack Cookies

Chocolate Haystack Cookies are one of the easiest no-bake cookies you can make! They are perfect for lunchboxes and after school treats! #nobakehaystackcookies #nobakecookies #peanutbutterhaystackcookies #cookies

Once your chocolate is smooth you simply add in your peanut butter and stir to combine and then add in your noodles and whatever other ingredients you choose to incorporate into your Chocolate Haystack Cookies! EASY RIGHT?!

Finished Haystack Cookies on white serving plate with sprinkles

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When making your Haystack Cookies it is so important to have nice sturdy Baking Sheets that you can line with parchment paper to ensure they don’t get stuck.


no bake chocolate haystack cookie recipe

Chocolate Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter

Melt in your mouth chocolate, creamy peanut butter and fresh peanuts all mixed with chow mein noodles to make a one of a kind, delicious cookie you will love.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Refrigerate20 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Holiday Treats, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Haystack Cookies, No Bake Cookies
Servings: 24 Cookies
Author: Melissa

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter we used Crunchy
  • 3 cups Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1 cup Peanuts

Instructions

  • Begin by lining 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, or silicone baking mats and set aside.
  • Melt chocolate chips using the double broiler over medium heat. You can use the microwave as well but be sure to do it in 15 second increments so you don't burn the chocolate. 
  • Once chocolate is melted turn the heat off and stir in the peanut butter. Mix until well combined and creamy.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in your peanuts and chow mein noodles. I like to give the noodles a little "force" to break some of them into smaller pieces.
    *you can add in any other mix-ins you like but remember to increase chocolate amount to ensure proper coverage*
  • Use a spoon to scoop and drop your chocolate noodle mixture onto your prepared baking sheets. You can make them as big or as small as you like.
  • Allow to set in the fridge for at least 20 minutes before devouring!

Notes

You can make these cookies FAR in advance, just ensure you place them in a sealed container in the fridge. We have had them up to 4 weeks and they still tasted as if they were just made! 

Variations to the traditional haystack cookie

Now the thing I love with this cookie is how creative you can get with it. You could stop with 3 ingredients and you would have a great cookie…OR you could add in some salted peanuts and sprinkles like we did and take your cookie over the top!

You could even add in a nice chopped dried fruit mix with sunflower seeds or oats to add another flavor dimension. We also have a delicious White Chocolate Haystack Cookie that you might want to check out, especially if your kiddos LOVE all things Elf on the Shelf!  Play around with them and make them your own by starting with our base recipe! Just remember, if you are adding in more “toppings” you will need to increase your chocolate amount as well so there is enough to coat the goodness.

 

Chocolate Haystack Cookies with Peanut Butter

 

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Be sure to check out the other Popular Chocolate Recipes from #CHOCTOBERFEST below!


Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

This Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of our go-to meals for during the week…especially when we don’t have anything thawed and ready to go! It is a super quick, 30 minute meal (including your prep) and is loaded with flavor to satisfy your deepest comfort food cravings. Just take a look at the cheesy goodness this Tuna Casserole offers:

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

 

The secret to our Tuna Noodle Casserole is the sauce you make to mix with the noodles before putting it into the oven. It is where all the flavor lies, and really makes the difference between a delicious casserole and a dry one. Every single noodle gets coated in the sauce, and because we like to use rigatoni, the sauce gets inside the tubes so every bite is bursting with flavor!

Sauce for Tuna Casserole

 

This is the perfect comfort dish for the cooler Fall days ahead, and it pairs perfectly with a simple salad or steamed veggies. Want to know what else is awesome about it?! You can prepare up to the step where you would put it in the oven and FREEZE it for later! Yep, I am all about meals I can grab and cook while I do the million other things that need tending in my house during the week. If you are one of those people who preps your meals ahead of time, take this recipe and double it. Pop one in the oven tonight and freeze one for a night when you just want to hit “bake” on your oven, you will thank me later.

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole - A quick and easy weeknight meal, bursting with flavor. Classic flavors everyone in the family will love. #TunaCasserole #CheesyTunaNoodleCasserole #TunaRecipes

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole – A quick and easy weeknight meal, bursting with flavor. Classic flavors everyone in the family will love. #TunaCasserole #CheesyTunaNoodleCasserole #TunaRecipes

Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole

This Cheesy Tuna Noodle Casserole is one of our go-to meals for during the week. It is a super quick 30 minute meal that is loaded with flavor!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, Comfort Food
Keyword: Tuna Noodle Casserole
Author: Melissa ~ The Olive Blogger

Ingredients

  • 2 cans Flaked White Tuna
  • 1 medium Onion diced
  • 3 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 cup Frozen Peas
  • 2 cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • 1.5 cups Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 package Rigatoni Pasta or any type you prefer
  • 1/4 cup Italian Breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Cold Water
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add in your pasta and cook until al dente (see package for timing) Reserve 1 cup of pasta water in case you need to thin out your sauce. Continue steps below while pasta cooks.
  • In a medium sauce pan heat olive oil over high heat and saute onions until translucent (about 5 minutes) add in minced garlic and cook until fragrant. Add both cans of tuna and cook on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  • Pour broth into tuna mixture and add frozen peas. Continue to cook at a low simmer until pasta is finished. Strain pasta and transfer to a 9"x 13" casserole dish.
  • In a small bowl mix together cold water with cornstarch and add to your tuna mixture, allow to simmer for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  • Stir in the grated parmesan cheese and then pour half of the mixture over your pasta. Stir to mix and then top the pasta with remaining sauce. Sprinkle top with breadcrumbs, fresh pepper and grated cheddar cheese.
  • Cook in preheated oven for 10 minutes, until the top is brown and cheese is melted.

Tips and tricks for your Cheesy Tuna noodle Casserole

  • If you don’t have Italian Breadcrumbs you can make them yourself! Using regular bread crumbs, add in a pinch of dried basil, oregano and parsley, as well as a handful of finely grated Parmesan cheese.
  • We like to use Flaked White Tuna but you can use your favorite tuna
  • No frozen peas? That’s ok! You can substitute with fresh ones, or use edamame (shelled) or chopped fresh/frozen greens (kale, swiss chard etc)
  • Want it a little spicy? Add in a tbsp of chili pepper flakes, or top with your favorite hot sauce!


If you are looking for more delicious Comfort Foods like this tuna noodle casserole, check these out:

  1. Twenty Minute Beef Stroganoff 
  2. Classic Comfort Foods – BHG
  3. Lemon Chicken Picatta 
  4. Easy Italian Stuffed Peppers