Slow Cooker Chana Masala

Here we are.  We made it!  It’s 2017.  We’re right at the start of another new year, and if you’re anything like me, you’re looking back on the last month of food you consumed and are thinking “Wow. That was a lot of cheese.”  Not that there’s anything wrong with cheese, but you know what I mean.  The new year has arrived, and it’s time to step away from the gluttony of the holidays for a bit!

Instant Pot Loaded Potato-Cauliflower Soup

So, I am not a big Black Friday shopper.  I have never been out to the stores to grab a deal early in the morning.  I’m usually kitchen-hungover the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy every last-minute of staying cuddled and warm under the duvet when Friday rolls around. The idea of storming my local mall with millions of other shoppers the day after Thanksgiving, and battling other bleary eyed moms for the last Hatchimal is my personal version of hell.  And for that reason, it just doesn’t happen.

Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

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One dinner my kids can always agree on not pouting over is Chicken Parmesan.  Who doesn’t love Chicken Parmesan?  Breaded chicken, rich tomato sauce, pasta, and cheese?  It’s a carb lovers dream.  When I saw these little stuffed zucchini boats, though, filled with all of the flavors of our favorite chicken parm but in a slightly-less-calorie-packed frame, I decided to give it a whirl.  After all, this time of year, I’m saving all of my calorie splurges for cookies and party food.  Dinner needs to keep me satisfied, but in the month of many splurges, I really don’t need it to weigh me down.

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Top Ten Recipes for a Delicious Thanksgiving

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Tis the season to start stuffing ourselves, and our turkeys.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  I am.  And you know what?  I love cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  Sure, it’s stressful and there’s a lot going on, but it’s absolutely my favorite meal of the year.  I’ve tried a lot of Thanksgiving recipes in my day, and there are a few favorites I always return to.  The Herb Buttered and Brined Turkey recipe featured in this roundup is always my go-to Thanksgiving turkey, and my husband’s favorite “Thanksgiving in a Dish” dressing will make an appearance again this year as well…because if I didn’t make it, husband would be sad, and nobody wants a pouty husband at the Thanksgiving table.

Old Fashioned Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

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Is anyone else out there having a rough time getting into fall this year?  Fall is my favorite season, and I’m just not feeling it yet.  I’m usually one of those stereotypical Pumpkin Spice loving, boot wearing, sweater snugly people, and I’m just having the toughest time getting in the fall mood.  It could be that it’s still pretty warm and the trees haven’t really started changing yet. I don’t know.  I just know I’m not feeling it, and my not feeling it is annoying me.

*Insert Grumpy Cat picture here.*

Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables

Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables - Chew Nibble Nosh

THIS WAS SO GOOD.

Ok, I got that out there.  I was trying to think about what I could say about this dish to draw you guys in, and that’s what I came up with.  (It’s one of those days…)

This simple, healthy mash-up of chicken, veggies, and quinoa was the perfect weeknight dinner for us the other night.  We all enjoyed it, and it will definitely be thrown into the regular dinner rotation around here.  I couldn’t ask for more from a dinner, really.  It’s simple, fresh, healthy, filling, and my kids gobbled it up.  Mom – 1, Picky People – 0.

Summer Gazpacho

Summer Gazpacho - Chew Nibble Nosh

I love gazpacho in the summertime.  And every year, I don’t make it nearly often enough.  This year, I somehow made it all the way to August before diving in to a big bowl of it, and I’m already kicking myself.

I ran across this recipe online. In fact, it popped up in my Facebook feed, screaming “Make me!”. Never one to argue with a recipe, I figured I better get on it quickly. It’s different from a traditional, chunky gazpacho, but I loved its creaminess and delicious fresh flavor.  It’s creamy without a drop of cream, and so refreshing. I will say that the recipe serves four exactly.  So, if you’re hankering for leftovers, or a second bowl, and you’re serving your family, you might want to double up on things.  That’s not hard, though, because it’s, by far, the simplest gazpacho I’ve ever made.

Lemon Garlic Chicken Pasta with Broccoli

Garlic Lemon Chicken Pasta with Broccoli - Chew Nibble Nosh

Some of the best recipes don’t come from cookbooks, or generation after generation of family, time-tested tweaks.  Sometimes, the recipes on the back of a grocery store package are pretty darn good.  (Toll House cookies, anyone?)  This recipe, for our family, quickly became one of those back-of-the-box favorites after I found it on a box of pasta that I’d grabbed at Publix when we lived in Georgia.  I’ve tweaked it a bit from the original, but the ease, simplicity and taste of the one I found on the back of the box are still front and center.  It’s an easy weeknight meal, and perfect for those first few days back at school when everyone is trying to get back in the swing of a routine.

Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake

Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake - Chew Nibble Nosh

Every time I have spaghetti squash, I say to myself, “Self, we need to have spaghetti squash more often.” It’s such a great, healthy vehicle for so many things, and this latest creation, a deliciously cheesy southwestern inspired cozy casserole of sorts, was a dinner highlight last week. It was fresh and good for us, and surprisingly filling.  A little went a long way, and after a summer of indulgences, I need a few more meals like this one.

One Pot Italian Chicken & Orzo Stew

One Pot Chicken & Orzo Stew - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know what you’re thinking.  Stew in July?  Stew is a misleading name for this.  It’s light and summery, and chock full of crisp summer veggies, but consistency wise…yes, it’s right up there with a stew.  It’s a really tasty way to bring dinner to the table any night of the week, and it all comes together in one pan, so clean up is a breeze.  Pair it with a loaf of good, crusty bread and you have an easy, delicious meal in no time.

Ready to give it a try yet?