One of my family's favorite cusines is Mexican food, and we really enjoy a good enchilada. The corn tortillas, the spicy sauce, the melty cheese... what's not to love? Well, sometimes it's the assembly of the enchiladas that I'd like to pass on. Most of the time I don't mind it, but if I'm in a hurry I surely don't want to fuss with dipping, filling, and rolling tortillas. That's where these stacked chicken enchiladas come in. To make these, I simply layer the ingredients in a baking dish, bake, and serve. Easy peasy!
Now I know it may sound like I'm contradicting myself here, since I just wrote about how these stacked enchiladas save you time and effort, but I'm going to highly ... [Continue Reading]
Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite meats to cook with. It stays moist, the kids love it, and there are so many simple ways to prepare it. It's an especially good option when we are tired of the old standby, chicken. We have a few favorite ways to prepare pork tenderloin, and I'm glad to add this recipe to our rotation.
This roast pork tenderloin could even be made on a weeknight after work- it's that easy and doesn't require any marinating time beforehand. You first sear the pork on the stovetop. Then while the pork finishes cooking in the oven, you cook some pears in the skillet and make a quick sauce with shallots and cider. All you need to add to make a complete meal is a salad or ... [Continue Reading]
The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I love the lights, the decorations, and the cozy times spent by the tree with a cup of tea or hot cocoa. Along with those quiet moments, though, there are plenty of times when it is all too easy to be overwhelmed by long to do lists. I'd like to help you take care of one item on your list- the question of what's for dinner.
Today I'm sharing some of my tried and true favorite meals that are quick and easy to make. Plus, most of these are healthy meals, so you can balance out all of those cookies that you just might be snacking on. Add some of these recipes to your menu plan, and save your energy for that holiday shopping! Plus ... [Continue Reading]
This Saturday we had our family over for lunch following William's baptism. The baptism service was very nice, and it was wonderful to get together to celebrate as a family. For lunch we made this Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and it was a huge hit. Most everyone asked for the recipe, and here it is!
When I say “we” made this soup, I really mean Brad. Having a lunch party at our house on Saturday isn't easy when we both work Fridays because there is not much time to prepare. I did my best to clean the house earlier in the week, and then Friday night after the kids went to bed there were only a few last minute things we needed to do. I worked on picking up the house and setting the tables (with ... [Continue Reading]
This summer flew by, probably because the kids and I were so busy. Between swimming lessons, My Gym classes, more swimming, and running errands, we had someplace to be pretty much every day. Sometimes when the kids and I are out and about, I like to treat us by going out to lunch or for a morning snack. Often we'll choose to eat at Panera, because it's kid-friendly and we love the menu of bagels, sandwiches, and salads. If it's lunchtime, Julia always orders the mac and cheese and (not always willingly) shares some with her little brother.
I was excited to find that Panera's mac and cheese recipe is available on their website, so that we can enjoy it at home as well. Julia loved the ... [Continue Reading]
Hummus is a healthy snack, high in protein and a great dip for fresh veggies. Lately I've been making a batch of hummus to enjoy as an easy, healthy dinner too. I serve it with a variety of fresh cut vegetables and homemade whole-wheat pita wedges, and we have a casual, balanced meal that includes protein, veggies, and whole grains. The kids love both the hummus (they are partial to the roasted red pepper one) and the pita, and we round out their meal with some fresh fruit. (We're still working on getting them to enjoy veggies other than broccoli and the occasional slice of cucumber.)
I've read in a few different places about a secret to making perfectly smooth hummus: peeling the ... [Continue Reading]
My recent posts have been full of sweet treats, so I thought it was time to share something healthy to start the week off on the right foot. Healthy certainly doesn't mean that you won't be excited to dig in to this Southwest Quinoa Salad, though. It's full of good for you ingredients that are also full of flavor. I used red quinoa for the first time in this salad, and love the added color that it brings to the dish. Quinoa is a great base for the salad because it soaks up the flavors of the seasonings, and some red bell pepper balances out the textures by adding some crunch.
Be sure to mix up the easy guacamole to add to your bowl- it will only take a minute and is delicious with the ... [Continue Reading]
Summer is here! The season officially began last Friday, and what better way to celebrate than with some fish tacos? (For some reason we currently have rainy weather here, which is strange for this time of year and not fish taco weather at all, but the heat is supposed to return on Wednesday!) Fish tacos with fruit salsa are one of our favorite meals to enjoy on warm, relaxed summer days. You can easily change up the flavors by using different fruits in the salsa, choosing what looks best at the store or farmer's market that day.
These fish tacos with pineapple-peach salsa are an easy meal that you can have on your table in no time... so you can get right to relaxing with a cold drink and ... [Continue Reading]
I've mentioned before that we make pizza at home about every other week. It's much healthier (especially with whole wheat crust) and more budget-friendly than ordering out. We've gotten pretty good at putting together a homemade pizza around here, and it really doesn't take long at all. Last time, I happened to have some BBQ sauce and Gouda cheese in the fridge that needed using up, as well as leftover grilled chicken from the previous night's dinner. While I hadn't had it on the meal plan, I think this BBQ chicken pizza was meant to be!
If you haven't tried making your own pizza crust yet, don't be intimidated by the thought of it. It is so easy! I use my stand mixer and the dough comes ... [Continue Reading]
You have to try this recipe. Unless you don't like salmon, in which case you probably wouldn't enjoy this so much. Or just maybe this Asian grilled salmon might help you discover that you can in fact enjoy salmon. It is really that good.
This is one of the easiest ways I've ever prepared salmon, and I have to say that it is also my favorite. I cook it in my grill pan on the stove, and it turns out beautifully. (Just be sure to then clean the grill pan really well when you're done, and even rub a lemon over it, or the next day's grilled cheese sandwich will taste a little fishy. No matter how much you like salmon, this is not a good thing.)
Thank you to my sister for sharing this recipe ... [Continue Reading]
Why is it that around one year of age kids suddenly start to get picky about their food? There are those few months before the one year mark where little ones are open to trying (and usually liking) just about anything, and then all of a sudden that all changes. You put some broccoli or scrambled eggs on the high chair tray and are thanked with a face that says, “Really, this is what you expect me to eat?” If you're a parent, I'm pretty sure you know what face I'm talking about. William, as was Julia, is all about the bread, fruit, and dairy when it comes to eating, with a little meat thrown in for good measure.
Still, I make sure to offer him a variety of foods, and we all eat the same ... [Continue Reading]
These days I'm all about getting the most out of my cooking. I love it when I find a recipe that not only feeds us for two nights in a row, but also freezes well. Investing time in the kitchen is even more rewarding when there is a big payoff, and in my world a quick meal that just needs heating up on a busy weeknight is a pretty big payoff. This cheesy spinach stuffed shells recipe makes a lot, plus it's hard to go wrong with cheesy pasta. I don't make special “kid meals” for Julia and William- they either eat what we're eating as a family or they don't. But it is nice when dinner is something that they love and enjoy, and these were enjoyed by all.
If you love cheese, then these shells ... [Continue Reading]