Quick Korean Beef

Quick Korean Beef - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know, I know.  My Korean friends are probably rolling their eyes and looking at this like I’m crazy.  But, hear me out.

May is what’s CRAZY.  I have yet to talk to one parent of school aged children this month who isn’t completely bogged down with school projects, after school activities, end of the year recitals and concerts, class trips, sporting events, etc. etc. etc.  May is just nuts.

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet with Zucchini, Chickpeas, Olives and Tomatoes

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet with Zucchini, Chickpeas, Olives and Tomatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Fast, fresh, and healthy.

That’s exactly what this meal is, and I love that something so colorful and fresh can come together this quickly and taste so darn good.

I’d made this meal before, and we’d really enjoyed it, so I decided to make it again and actually remember to take pictures (#foodbloggerproblems) so that I could share it with you.  As I was getting my ingredients together, I quickly realised that I was in a bit of a pickle.

Spring Pea Soup

Spring Pea Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh

I think it’s here, folks. For real this time.  I think we can (finally) safely say that Spring has arrived and won’t take off again.  I know it’s a risky statement, given the crazy weather we’ve had, but I feel good about saying that this time.  I really do.

(Fingers crossed.)

A couple of days ago, I met my beautiful sister-in-law, Karin, for lunch at one of my favorite local spots.  The restaurant changes their menu monthly based on what’s seasonally available.  It’s very much farm-to-table, homegrown, and delicious.  They were featuring a spring pea and mint soup that day, and as the sun was shining (finally!) and the birds chirping, I figured I had to give it a try.

Lightened Up Kung Pao Chicken

Lightened Up Kung Pao Chicken - Chew Nibble Nosh

Have you ever had one of those nights when dinner just completely sneaks up on you?  That was last night for me.  I’d had a busy day, and was a little drained.  The kids were home from school, homework was done, I had a half an hour until my husband would be on his way home, and we needed to eat on the early side of the evening because Avery had to be somewhere.  I told myself that I’d sit down for a half an hour and just take a breather.

Just about an hour later…

Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pulled Pork with Avocado Relish

Slow Cooker Honey-Balsamic Pulled Pork with Avocado Relish - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’m pretty sure that when people come into my kitchen, they might look in one corner of it and think I have a problem with hoarding.  You see, in one corner of my kitchen, there’s a stack of cooking magazines. It’s a pretty large stack, if I’m being completely honest. Magazines I can’t quite bear to part with yet, but that I also haven’t had the time to dig through.  So they sit, in the corner, next to my cookbook cabinet (that hopefully makes my cookbook addiction look less hoarder-esque.)

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops with Zucchini and Tomatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Thursday nights have become increasingly busy around here, so I’ve now dubbed them Slow Cooker Thursdays.  There’s no way I’m going to be able to cook a dinner in between shuttle stops, so I’m thankful I have a good number of tasty slow cooker meals in my back pocket.  This one can now be added to the list.

I honestly can’t remember a time where I’ve cooked whole, bone-in pork chops in the slow cooker, and I was pretty happy with how they turned out.  The pork was fall-off-the-bone tender, and had a ton of flavor from a delicious herb-garlic rub.  It was topped with tomatoes, zucchini, and a speedy quick gravy that I made from the leftover juices after cooking.

Za’atar Salmon with Vegetables and Couscous

Za'atar Salmon with Vegetables and Couscous - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the greatest things I’ve learned along my food blogging journey is that there are some spectacular cooks floating out there on the interwebs.  I’m thankful that my platform here has connected me with many of these talented folks, and in turn, they inspire me to bring some of their amazing creations into my own kitchen.

My friend, Peter, posted this salmon recipe on his beautiful blog, Feed Your Soul Too, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to try it out. (Thanks, Peter!!)  Over the past couple of years, I have easily fallen in love with Za’atar.  Za’atar is a flavorful, Middle Eastern spice blend.  It lends so much vibrant flavor to everything I’ve managed to sprinkle it on.  Everything from simple hummus to this tasty salmon.

Roasted Beets with Horseradish Vinaigrette

Roasted Beets with Horseradish Vinaigrette - Chew Nibble Nosh

I don’t know about you, but this week is a pretty busy one for me.  So busy, in fact, that I contemplated just letting the ol’ blog go this week and not adding anything into the mix until after Christmas.  Then, looking through the leftovers in the fridge, I was reminded that I really should share this one special recipe with you before Christmas hits.  Not only is it beautifully festive for the holiday table, it’s unbelievably delicious, and became an instant hit in our household.  Don’t like beets?  You may change your mind once you try them this way.

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Feta

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

In this house, the side dishes generally play second fiddle to the entrée.  I’m usually spending so much time with the main part of the meal that the side dishes are pretty simple, or sometimes, even an afterthought.  THIS side dish, however, takes center stage, and it was absolutely the most exciting thing we had at dinner that night.

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos with Caribbean Salsa

Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Tacos with Caribbean Salsa - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sometimes, a recipe comes along and stops us all in our tracks.  This is one of those recipes.  I grabbed this recipe from my Skinnytaste cookbook, whipped it up for dinner, and my husband couldn’t stop talking about it.  There are a lot of slow-cooker-taco-filling recipes out there, but this one holds a special place in our hearts, and now, our recipe box.  It’s really, really tasty, and when you feel like you need to lighten up, and freshen up, your fall meal routine, this is a great place to start.