Easy Chicken Tacos with Fresh Watermelon Salsa

Easy Chicken Tacos with Fresh Watermelon Salsa - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ah, well.  Vacation is over.  I’m back from the beach.  This was the first time I’ve left on vacation since I started this blog and I didn’t bring my computer along with me.  As any blogger knows, staying in touch is a key to successful blogging, but I needed to check out for a bit.  So, I did.  And now, I’m refreshed and revived, and back.  Thanks for sticking around!

Sweet and Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple and Peppers

Sweet and Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple and Peppers - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sorry, guys.  I know I’ve been a little lax lately in sharing new recipes with you.  Summer is TOUGH, though!  I’d love to say our summer schedule is nothing but laziness, pool days, and endless time, but anyone with kids knows that it just isn’t. We’re having a great summer so far, but it’s keeping me on my toes, and unfortunately, not in the kitchen (or at the computer) as often as the obsessive-compulsive blogger part of me would like. I know you’re busy too, so I’m sure you understand. Don’t give up on me.  I’m still here!  Just making my way through the season.

Chicken Bolognese with Crispy Oregano

Chicken Bolognese with Crispy Oregano - Chew Nibble Nosh

If you were to ask me what my all time favorite pasta sauce is, I would answer, without hesitation, that it is THIS Bolognese sauce.  I posted that recipe a few years ago, and things haven’t changed.  It’s still my all time favorite.

That said, it’s a time-consuming sauce.  One that’s meant for a day when I have time to spend in the kitchen.  On days when I don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, this lightened up, chicken-based Bolognese sauce is a fantastic alternative.  It came together in minutes, and my family devoured it in just a few as well.  It’s fresh and light, and great for a night when you’re craving comfort food, but not so much craving the work involved.

Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola

Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola - Chew Nibble Nosh

After being married for close to nineteen years (next week!) to my husband, I’ve gotten to know him and his tastes pretty well.  I have to admit, he’s very polite when it comes to dinner time.  He never complains, even if what I’m serving for dinner isn’t exactly what he was in the mood for. It doesn’t matter if we’re having cereal or a four course meal, he’ll eat it with a smile on his face.  Although, with the cereal, he probably sneaks back into the pantry after dinner. And he’s very patient as I snap picture after picture of dinner, trying to get the right shot, before serving it up.  I know that’s not a common problem in most households, but in our house, it’s a “thing”. He’s a trooper, and always has been, even before I started this blogging gig.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas - Chew Nibble Nosh

We’re in the home stretch!  At the close of the school day tomorrow, it’s officially summer here in the Carlisle household.  Every school year seems to fly by faster than the last, and this year, even the kids have noticed.  It’s been a great year, and I’m having one of those Mommy moments as we finish things up.  After tomorrow, my girls will officially be fifth and eighth graders.  One will be on her way to her last year in elementary school, while the other will be moving into her last year of middle school. What was I thinking when I spaced my children out this way?  This is too much parental emotion to take on in one year.  I don’t feel fully prepared to have a high schooler yet.  After all, I was changing her diapers and feeding her smashed peas just yesterday, it seems.  And the youngest moving out of elementary school?  Ugh…I’m not ready to throw my baby to the wolves quite yet.

Skillet Chicken Parmesan with Artichokes

Skillet Chicken Parmesan with Artichokes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Well, this worked out nicely.  I received my latest issue of Food Network Magazine
in the mail last week, and I opened it right up to this recipe. I made it, loved it, and now you get to have it. Let’s hear it for efficiency!

My family loved this simple take on traditional Chicken Parmesan.  This is a one skillet dish, and with the added artichokes and chunky breadcrumbs, there’s really no need for pasta.  It’s filling and hearty enough to go on its own.  I paired it with a simple salad, and we were ready to go.

Simple Pepper Jelly Pork Chops

Simple Pepper Jelly Pork Chops - Chew Nibble Nosh

Back when my husband and I were first married, I remember buying a cookbook that boasted “Four Ingredient Meals”. I made a few things out of it, and then, somehow, the book disappeared.  I either threw it away out of frustration or sold it in a garage sale.  I honestly can’t remember.  What I do remember is the recipes I made from that cookbook were all so horrible, it was almost comical.

THIS four ingredient entrée, however, is worth keeping.  It’s so simple, coming together in minutes, and was really, really tasty.

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…