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Saucy Turkey Burger with Pico

Saucy Turkey Burger with Pico | Mini Van Dreams

Oh my!  You have to try this Saucy Turkey Burger with Pico.  This delicious burger is on the table as quick as it takes you to cook the turkey burger!  Really.  I was walking through the grocery store and stumbled across a bottle of chili sauce in the condiment aisle.  I had never had it before, and it was on sale… so I thought “why not?”  My next thought was “what can I make?”  I came up with this saucy turkey burger with pico.  This one comes in at 445 calories per burger (with bun and toppings).  You could lower these totals by using 93% fat-free ground turkey and low or no-fat Swiss cheese… However, the deliciousness of this burger made those calories worth it in my book.  Pair it with some delicious broccoli or cauliflower, and you are good to go.  Oh my.  Enjoy.


Turkey Panini Rustico

Turkey Panini Rustico | Mini Van Dreams

Recently, I tried the turkey panini at a local coffeehouse chain.  Loved it and wanted to try to recreate it at home.  With some trial and error, I created my Turkey Panini Rustico.  This delicious panini can easily be made in a skillet or in a panini maker.  The best part – you probably have most, if not all, these ingredients on hand!  Feel free to customize the toppings – I am not a big spinach-on-sandwiches fan, so I left mine off.  But, pile it in on yours if you like! Don’t like onions or tomatoes?  Leave them off!   This quick and delicious panini will definitely become a family favorite!


Carnitas with a Twist

Carnitas with a Twist | Mini Van Dreams

A couple of weeks ago, I was cleaning out my recipe box and came across a handwritten recipe for carnitas.  I am not sure who gave it to me or where it came from.  But, I had a frozen pork loin in the freezer and thought “what the heck!”  It was a rather odd mix of ingredients, as you will see… I threw everything in the Crockpot and hoped for the best.  Oh my.  Best.  Carnitas.  Ever.  So moist and delicious… we ate them as soft tacos with homemade pico and then made rice bowls with them a few days later.  They are even delicious just on a bun!  Enjoy!


Italian Stromboli Pocket

Italian Stromboli Pocket | Mini Van Dreams

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s recipe for an Italian Stromboli Pocket is delicious and super simple!  Feel free to use whatever ingredients you want inside… the sky is the limit!  Enjoy!


Easy Patty Melt

Easy Patty Melts | Mini Van Dreams

Grab your lemon-lime phosphates, Cats… we are are sharing a retro favorite today – patty melts!  These ooey, gooey burgers are amazingly delicious and so easy to make!  You can even sing along to Frankie Avalon while wearing your poodle skirt as you make them!   (more…)

Easy and Quick Shredded Beef Melt

Easy and Quick Shredded Beef Melt | Mini Van Dreams

Our delicious shredded beef melt is an amazing mix of Swiss cheese and roast beef with au jus.  The flavors combine into an amazing, gooey mix of beef and cheese.  It’s comfort food in your hand in less than 10 minutes. (more…)

Baked Cuban Sliders

Baked Cuban Sliders | Mini Van Dreams

These baked Cuban sliders are amazing!  Especially since they feature Hawaiian-style rolls.  You can throw these together in just a few minutes and have dinner on the table in less than 20!  Toss in some store-bought potato salad or pasta salad and you have a filling, delicious meal that is perfect for those busy nights! (more…)

Philly Cheesesteak Burgers

These Philly cheesesteak burgers are amazing and an interesting twist on boring old burgers.  We made ours on the stove but they’d be delicious on the grill too!  Enjoy!

Bacon and Bleu Burger

Bacon and Bleu Burger | Mini Van Dreams

For lunch, my bestie and I sometimes go to a local wing place.  A few weeks ago, I tried out their new bacon and bleu burger and said to myself, “Self, I need to recreate this.”  So, here it is for your dining pleasure!  It is not two flavors I would immediately put together but with everything piled onto a brioche bun it is the most amazing burger in the world!  Don’t scrimp and make sure you buy good bleu cheese dressing though… life is too short to not get the real stuff!  Enjoy!


Shredded Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches

Shredded Teriyaki Chicken Sandwiches | Mini Van Dreams

When my boss comes into town, occassionally over lunch we will begin talking about the blog.  She will ask where I get my ideas for the various recipes…  I laugh and say, “Well, most of them are mistakes that taste good…”  That’s what today’s recipe for Shredded Chicken Teriyaki Sandwiches was… a mistake.  But a delicious, yummy mistake that I plan on making again soon.  Enjoy!