Kelsey created healthy, quick and easy recipes for her husband and her 8-month-old son.

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Kelsey makes two pasta salad versions: one for herself and one for Oliver.

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Fruit Skewers with Chile-Lime Salt and Baby Fruit Cup

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Grown-up Granola and Toddler Trail Mix

Grown-up Banana Split Sundae and One-Ingredient Banana Soft Serve

Caramelized Banana Pancakes and Baby Banana Pancakes

Carrot Cookies with Orange Buttercream Icing and Bite-Size Carrot Cookies

Lean Mean Green Smoothie and Baby's First Smoothie

Veggie Pasta Salad and Pint-Sized Pasta Salad

Marinated Veggie Kabobs with Spicy Avocado Dill Dip and Baby BBQ Veggies

Shredded Chicken Tostada and Chicken Cheese Quesadilla

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Kelsey has a gift for sharing simple, approachable recipes that wow the taste buds.

Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Kelsey's slow-cooked pork is the perfect recipe for the busy professional or mom on the go. Set it in the morning, forget it all day and come home in the evening to a flavorful, fork-tender meal that melts in your mouth.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kelsey strikes the perfect cookie balance with this chewy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside recipe.

French Onion Soup

Kelsey speeds up the cooking process for this rich onion soup by using crisped croutons under a blanket of nutty Gruyere cheese. 

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Crispy, chocolatey, salty caramel goodness — it's hard to overstate how addictive these sweet treats are. It's love at first bite, and her name is Carmelita.

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Lemon-Basil Orzotto

By substituting orzo for Arborio rice, Kelsey's lemon-basil orzotto cooks in just a fraction of the time compared with a traditional risotto. It's a tried-and-true fan favorite that's easy to make and even easier to enjoy.

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Sugar Cookie Crust Fruit Pizza

Kelsey decorates a sweet cream cheese spread atop a crunchy cookie crust with a kaleidoscope of colorful fruit for a dessert that's as stunning as it is scrumptious.

Homemade French Baguettes

Nothing beats the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. Turn your kitchen into your own private French bakery with this surprisingly simple recipe.

Salted Caramel Sauce

This salted caramel sauce is pure yumminess, and it can be enjoyed as a dip with fruit and pretzels or as a topping for cakes and ice cream. Placed in individual jars, this sauce makes perfect party favors or holiday gifts.

Buttery Garlic Herb Knots

This recipe shows you how to use pizza dough to make pizzeria-style ooey gooey garlic knots with herbed compound butter.

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Charred Corn Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

This summer salad is easy to make and explodes with a combination of zesty and char-grilled flavor. It's the perfect side for a summer barbecue.

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Turkey Roast Dip with Melted Gruyere

Top a baguette with herb-roasted turkey breast and Gruyere cheese, then toast it under the broiler until melted and bubbly.

Apple Crisp

Kelsey's apple crisp is our pick for the classic undone dessert. Her topping of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts is perfectly sweet, crumbly and crunchy, especially when paired with vanilla ice cream.

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Deviled Eggs with Candied Bacon

Crowd-pleasing deviled eggs become salty, sweet and indulgent with the addition of crunchy candied bacon.

Skillet Bacon Mac and Cheese

This mac and cheese, topped with crispy bacon and fresh parsley, is cooked in a cast-iron skillet for an all-over crispy crust and an oozing cheesy center.

Chocolate Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Making a sheet cake is the best bang for your buck when it comes to dessert for a group. To vamp it up, take small biscuit cutters and create tiered cakes that can be dusted with powdered sugar.

Ratatouille Tart with Caramelized Onion-Tomato Jam

Ratatouille is a traditional French dish made of stewed vegetables, including tomatoes, onions, zucchini, squash and eggplant, and it's the inspiration for Kelsey's rustic tart. This dish is topped with goat cheese and fresh oregano, and some might argue Kelsey's improved upon the classic.

Stone Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

Apricots, cherries, peaches and plums are called stone fruit due to their stone-like pits, but it's the juicy texture of the fruit itself that makes them so perfect in this salsa.

Rapid Rolls

Think you don't possibly have the time that baking fresh bread requires? Kelsey's rapid rolls take less than an hour to prepare and will use up only 20 minutes of your oven time.

Tres Leches Bread Pudding

Three kinds of milk and a generous amount of egg yolks create a custardlike consistency while toasted almonds provide the perfect amount of crunch in this extremely rich pudding.

Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote

By baking salmon in parchment paper with just a couple tablespoons of an Asian-style marinade and crispy vegetables, Kelsey renders the fish extremely flavorful and moist.

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Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce

The perfect remedy for a long day? A fresh and flavorful meat sauce that's been slow-simmering for hours to top quickly boiled pasta.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Empanadas

Kelsey envelopes a spice-studded filling with a tender dough to ensure her make-ahead empanadas retain their vivid flavors even after days in the freezer.

Cumin Scented Oven-Baked Ribs with Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce

Kelsey's oven-baked ribs are a total mess to eat, but they're totally worth it. The secret is in her spicy rub; we recommend making extra and storing it an airtight container.

Sweet and Spicy Shredded Pork

Kelsey's sweet and spicy shredded pork recipe is comfort food that is easy to serve and pleases the masses. Plus it's extremely versatile: Try it in a salad, on a sandwich or add a little guac and salsa for shredded pork tacos.

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Lemon-Scented Crispy Chicken Thighs with Potatoes and Baby Carrots

The key to getting these chicken thighs extra crispy is putting a nice sear on them in the pan before placing them in the oven.

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Kelsey Nixon

Kelsey Nixon began teaching others to cook in college when she created her own cooking show, Kelsey's Kitchen, emphasizing fast, fun and affordable meals.