This Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew is full of healthy vegetables and flavor! It cooks all day in your crock pot, so it's perfect for busy workdays.
When you look at my top 10 most popular recipes, three of them are slow cooker recipes. Surprised? I can't say that I am. I know how much I love to use my slow cooker, so it makes sense that you do too.
So what's a girl to do? Bring you more crock pot recipes of course! Today we've got this Slow Cooker Maple Chicken Stew, and I won't stop there. I've got plenty more ideas for slow cooker recipes to test and send your way as soon as they've proven their worth. ;)
And just in case your curiosity is getting the best of you... those top 3 slow ... [Continue Reading]
These Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Orange-Ginger Sauce are a light and healthy 30 minute meal that's packed with flavor!
I'm so glad that this first week of the new year includes 30 Minute Thursday! Creating these 30 minute recipes is a challenge for me, but it's one that I'm completely enjoying. Mostly for selfish reasons. :) Cooking for my family these days has to be quick, so having a repertoire of healthy dinners that I can make in just 30 minutes is so handy.
If you're new here and wondering what this 30 Minute Thursday business is all about, let me explain. On the first Thursday of every month, a few of my best blogging friends and I each share a dinner recipe that can be made ... [Continue Reading]
Ready in 30 minutes, these Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Easy Tomato Sauce are a healthy meal the whole family will love!
I have something to confess to you. It actually took me 35 minutes to make this meal. Buuuut, before you run away in search of another 30 minute meal, let me tell you that I was also taking care of my three kids while I made this. So let's just say that my cooking was not uninterrupted as I prepared these meatballs. Cooking without also making sure three kids ages 6 and under get along? This dinner is totally doable in 30. ... [Continue Reading]
These BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cheddar and Spinach are one of my family's favorite easy meals. The combination of tangy BBQ sauce, gooey cheddar and chicken makes for one tasty little sandwich!
I'm SO excited to introduce you to a new series of recipes starting today, Thirty Minute Thursdays! I'm teaming up with some of my very favorite bloggers to bring you recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights. On the first Thursday of every month, we'll each share an easy main dish recipe that can be made in 30 minutes (or less). At the bottom of this post you'll find links to the other amazing Thirty Minute Thursday recipes that are being shared today. I've already bookmarked them all to try ... [Continue Reading]
This Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken is a delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Made with whole wheat pasta, it's a light and healthy summer meal!
Last week I wasn't feeling the whole meal planning thing. I'm usually really good about planning out our dinners for each night of the week, but I needed a break. So I just added a few staple foods like chicken, tortillas and cheese to our grocery list and decided to figure the rest out later. Most weeks it works best for me and my family to have a menu plan, but it was refreshing to take a break for a week and it actually inspired some new recipes!
I had to get creative with what we had in our refrigerator and ... [Continue Reading]
This Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus is an easy, one-pot meal with light and bright flavors for Spring.
Are you tired of hearing about the one-pot meal yet? Never, you say? I thought so. The quick and easy meal will never go out of style, in my house at least! I'll never get tired of meals that dirty less pots and pans either. I love to cook, but washing dishes? Not so much.
Another perk to one-pot cooking is that, since everything cooks together in one pot, the flavors have plenty of time to meld together. Take this Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus, for example. The pasta cooks in the same skillet where you browned the chicken. And the chicken continues ... [Continue Reading]
These Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Tenders will quickly become a favorite of both the adults and kids in your home. They are baked, freezer-friendly, and delicious with my Greek yogurt honey mustard dipping sauce!
Before we had kids, Brad and I used to go out to eat at a certain neighborhood restaurant once a week. It was a causal place, and they served foods like burgers, sandwiches, and salads. For my order, I would alternate between the cheeseburger and the chicken tenders. Their chicken tenders are the best I've had at any restaurant, and I'd ask for both bbq and honey mustard dipping sauces. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them now!
My eating habits have changed considerably ... [Continue Reading]
Looking for the easiest chicken taco recipe? This easiest ever 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Taco Chicken is it! Three ingredients, your crock pot, and 10 minutes are all you need. Now grab those tortillas and enjoy!
Any day now I will be mom to a 5-year-old, a 2-year-old, and a newborn. Which is completely exciting and also somewhat terrifying at the same time. I'm telling myself that planning ahead and simplifying things at home will make all the difference between feeling overwhelmed versus relaxed in parenting my three little ones.
I know I'll be anxious to get back into the kitchen soon after baby girl arrives, but I also know that cooking dinner while taking care of two kids and a ... [Continue Reading]
A steaming bowl of macaroni and cheese is pure comfort food. Mix in some cooked chicken and broccoli, and you have a complete meal. These Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken are creamy, cheesy pasta at its best.
Macaroni and Cheese. The ultimate comfort food. When it's cold outside, there's nothing better than sitting down to a bowl full of warm, cheesy pasta. The only problem is that on it's own, mac and cheese doesn't make much of a balanced meal. Sure, you can roast some broccoli or make a salad to go alongside, but how about instead boosting the nutrition of the mac and cheese itself?
Enter these Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken. Here we have four food groups all ... [Continue Reading]
With a ginger, sesame, and lime dressing, this colorful salad is packed with flavor! Enjoy it for an easy dinner or lunch.
As I type this, it's Thursday night, and can I just say how glad I am that tomorrow's Friday? As you read this, it will be Friday, so happy almost weekend to you! I don't know about you, but I am t.i.r.e.d. by the end of the week. My Friday night routine these days consists of (1) an easy dinner, (2) bathe the kids, read stories, and put them to bed, and (3) relax on the couch with the latest episode of Parenthood and a bowl of ice cream. (If I wasn't pregnant, there would be wine. Ice cream works for now, though!) Then I'm off to bed by about 9:30, which ... [Continue Reading]
This Chicken Tortilla Casserole is a one-dish skillet meal that you can have on your dinner table in no time. It's a little spicy, a lot cheesy, and full of crushed tortilla chips!
I know I'm stating the obvious here, but just about everyone (those with young children, at least) is busy adjusting to the back to school routine. That means your mind is likely on early bedtimes and early wake-ups, packing lunches, homework, and keeping schedules straight. What you're probably not too interested in at the moment are complicated dinner recipes. I know I'm not.
I've got your dinner needs covered with this Chicken Tortilla Casserole. You can have this skillet casserole on your table ... [Continue Reading]
This BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad is full of black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and grilled chicken. It's tossed in a tangy cilantro-lime dressing and drizzled with BBQ sauce. Shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips are a perfect finishing touch!
Hi, Friends! I hope you enjoyed the 4th of July weekend! We did some swimming, some relaxing, and lots of visiting with family. Now it's time to gear up for another week...
One thing that helps me feel prepared heading into the week is a menu plan. I always plan my meals on the weekend, do the grocery shopping, and then there's (usually) never the question of what's for dinner.
This BBQ Chopped Chicken Salad is the perfect thing ... [Continue Reading]
Grilled chicken tacos with a refreshing and flavorful cucumber-avocado salsa.
This recipe is one of the very first that I shared after starting this blog- over four years ago now. It had gotten lost in the archives and desperately needed a little updating and a new photo. This is one of our favorite meals to make during grilling season, and a friend recently found the recipe on my site and reminded me of it. While we used to make these tacos all the time, I had forgotten about them. Well, now that I've been reminded, we've made these three times in the span of two weeks.
There is so much to love about this recipe. The marinade for the chicken is simple, just lime juice, garlic, and ... [Continue Reading]
This Parmesan Chicken and Rice Casserole is a perfect dinner to make on a busy weeknight.
Most nights when I come home from work, cooking anything but the simplest dinner is hard to manage. Please don't let the fact that I write a food blog lead you to believe that I make a gourmet meal every night. Just like everyone else, I'm doing my best to balance my kids and family, work, household chores, and taking care of myself (by exercising or reading, for example). On my days off from teaching I have a little more time to devote to the kitchen, but the days I work it's go, go, go from the minute I wake up until bedtime.
I'm lucky in that I only teach part time right now, so there are ... [Continue Reading]
This baked pasta is full of yumminess. There's artichoke hearts, spinach, cheese, chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes. And pasta, of course. I used whole-wheat, because it's my favorite, and good for you too.
Do you need a meal to bring to a new neighbor or a friend with a new baby? This pasta bake is the perfect meal for gifting. After William was born, a good friend brought us a big dish of this and it fed us for days. It was wonderful. The leftovers reheat well, and it's full of protein, carbs, and veggies, which is just what you need when you're putting all of your energy into taking care of a newborn. ... [Continue Reading]
These Stacked Chicken Enchiladas are super easy to make! Instead of rolling the filling in tortillas, layer everything in a casserole dish to make this favorite Mexican dinner!
One of my family's favorite cuisines 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 ... [Continue Reading]
At first glance, I wasn't too sure about this recipe. But then I realized this is a burger... with cheese inside of it. Melty cheese throughout a chicken burger patty, plus guacamole? That was enough to convince me to give these a try, and I'm so glad I did. I made these chicken burgers twice in just over two weeks, because I couldn't wait to eat them a second time. Besides the cheddar, the burger patties are seasoned with lots of other great things- including onion, jalapeno, cilantro, and lime juice.
These burgers are jazzed up with tons of flavor, but the meal still comes together easily. If you have time, bake some homemade buns to serve these on. A great burger is made even better ... [Continue Reading]
Grilled chicken is one of those meals that can be easily added to the weekly meal plan when you're feeling stuck in indecisiveness about what's for dinner. Most of the time, I really enjoy planning out our weekly menu. Sometimes, though, meal planning can become overwhelming- there are just so many recipes from so many different sources that I don't know where to start. There is my cookbook collection, recipes I've torn out from magazines, plus those that I've saved to my Pinterest boards. (You can follow me here if you like!) When all of this is a little much, I remind myself to keep things simple and go back to old favorites. This blog is a handy little recipe collection that I often turn ... [Continue Reading]