Chicken-Avocado Salad Sandwiches

Chicken-Avocado Salad Sandwiches - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Today is the last day of school.  HOW?   I know the teachers may not be in agreement with me, but this year simply flew by.  It seems like every year moves faster and faster, and my mommy heart is on the verge of a breakdown.  Make it stop!  At the end of the day, I’ll have a 7th grader and a 4th grader.

I can’t handle it.

~sigh~

Raspberry Charlotte Russe – #RaspberryDessert with Driscoll’s

Raspberry Charlotte Russe - Chew Nibble Nosh

It’s that time of year again!  Berry season!  My fridge is consistently stocked with fresh berries this time of year.  So, when The Daily Meal asked me if I’d like to enter their Driscoll’s Berries #RaspberryDessert recipe contest, I figured there couldn’t be a better time!  Last year, they had a Strawberry Shortcake contest, and my entry was this delectable Lemon Poppyseed Strawberry Shortcake with Lemon Devonshire Cream.  This year, we’re talking raspberries, my all time favorite berry, and it didn’t take long for me to figure out the dessert I was going to try.

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sometimes, even though the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you break a sweat when you walk outside, you just need some good, old-fashioned comfort food.  This was the case for me this past week, as my allergies have been giving me a serious run for my money.  I heard on the news that they are calling this year’s pollen forecast a “POLLEN TSUNAMI”.  It’s official, everything is way too dramatic.

That said, I have been awfully sniffly lately, and feeling kind of crummy, so when I ran across this recipe from Eating Well, I knew it would hit the spot.

Rainbow Slaw with Sesame Honey Lime Dressing – #PlateProud Contest with Green BEAN Delivery

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This is my favorite time of year.  The trees are blooming, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and we all would rather spend time outside than in.  Springtime always seems like a wonderful gift, after a long, chilly winter, and this beautiful weather we’re having is no exception.

And, like clockwork, the warmer weather gets my husband’s grill-sense going.  I had a funny feeling when I saw the weekend’s forecast that he’d want to kick his grill into gear for the season.  I was right!

Tres Leches Cake with Berries

Tres Leches Cake with Berries - Chew Nibble Nosh

Tres Leches Cake is one of those recipes that I feel has been haunting me for a while.  I’d never made it before this, but I kept seeing it…everywhere.  The idea intrigued me, a simple vanilla cake soaked in a creamy concoction of Tres Leches (Three milks, if I remember correctly from high school Spanish).  It seemed more like a pudding than a cake, but more cake-like than a bread pudding.  I wanted to make one, but none of the recipes jumped out at me.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh - Chew Nibble Nosh.I think I found my new favorite salad for spring and summer.  I’ve always been a fan of classic, light, Middle-Eastern flavors like lemon, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  So, keeping that in mind, I’ve always loved Tabbouleh.  The salad is traditionally made with bulger, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon, mint, and lots of parsley.  I’ve even had it with couscous before, but I loved the idea of mixing it with protein packed quinoa and crisp, cool, cucumbers.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh.

It’s almost time for Cinco de Mayo!  Yay!  But, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year.  Boo.

Mid-week celebrations can definitely throw a wrench in your plans, especially when those plans include eating and drinking.  Luckily, you can celebrate with this simple, healthy, family friendly, weeknight-friendly, Cinco de Mayo-friendly soup!

I love tortilla soup, and one of my favorite soup recipes of all time can be found here.  I do love that recipe, but when I came across this one, I was struck by how fresh and light it looked.  I’m all about fresh and light these days.  I loved that it was chock full of veggies, and super colorful.  It looked like it could balance out a margarita or two and a piece of Tres Leches cake quite well.  (Everything in moderation, right?  It is Cinco de Mayo, after all.)

Steak Tips with Feta Roasted Potatoes

Steak Tips with Feta Roasted Potatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

My two daughters have played the texture card at dinner since the dawn of (their) time.  I can’t tell you how many times they’ve put a bite of something perfectly wonderful in their mouths, not even given it the slightest chew, and instantly spit it out because they “don’t like the texture”.  In some respects, I get it.  There are some foods that I’m not into strictly due to their mouthfeel.  There are certain foods that feel funny, take a bit longer to chew, or are just plain weird.  I am not a big fan of cooked mushrooms (I think they’re slimy), oysters (Again, slimy), or softshell crab (Not slimy, but weirdly crunchy).  I get the texture issue.

Herb Roasted Pork Primavera

Herb Roasted Pork Primavera - Chew Nibble Nosh

It seemed to take a while, but spring has officially sprung here in Indianapolis.  We returned home from our Spring Break vacation to find that the grass was a whole lot greener, the birds were a whole lot chirpier, and the trees were starting to bud.  Aaaaahhhhh…it feels good!

This delicious spring dish may rank as the tastiest pork roast I’ve ever made, and with all of the vegetables and potatoes roasted in the same pan, it also ranks as super simple and a new go-to meal for our busy family.  Plus, it’s Weight Watchers-friendly!  Bonus!

Orange Glazed Bunny Buns

Orange Glazed Bunny Buns - Chew Nibble Nosh

Seriously, aren’t these little guys just too cute?

They are the perfect addition to your Easter table, be it brunch or dinner.  They are deliciously tender, and flavored with just a hint of warm spices and orange zest, and then glazed with a simple, sweet orange glaze to finish them off.

And…they are super cute.

They really aren’t difficult to put together, but as with any yeast bread, they do take a little bit of time.

I started by mixing together some flour, yeast, and allspice in my mixing bowl.

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