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.

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…

Five-Spice Orange Beef and Broccoli

Five-Spice Orange Beef and Broccoli - Chew Nibble Nosh

Got a busy night?  Stir-fries are a quick solution for a night when dinner prep just can’t be time-consuming.  My biggest beef (no pun intended) with stir fries, though, is that the meat involved can often end up cooked to death.  Even though it’s quick and easy, the thinly sliced meat that facilitates that quick cooking time can sometimes end up rubbery and just plain overdone.

Chicken Primavera

Chicken Primavera - Chew Nibble Nosh

I made this Primavera dish to usher in the springtime.  After all, the birds were tweeting, the sun was shining on my girls as they laughed and played outside with their friends, and all was right with the springtime world as I threw together this dinner last week.  It was the perfect spring afternoon.

Fast forward to today, and I’d love a little of that sunshine.  What a crummy day! It’s pouring here.  Not just a picturesque spring rain shower, either.  We’re talking downright miserable, muddy puddles, road flooding, lightning strikes, gloomy-gray pouring here.  All day.  My backyard is a swamp, and I’m pretty sure I just saw an ark float down my street.

Broccoli and Bow Ties

Broccoli and Bowties - Chew Nibble Nosh

 I’m whooped.

This getting ready to move thing is exhausting.  Actually, it’s not the getting ready to move that’s tiring me out, it’s more the getting the house ready to sell.  I feel like I’ve been packing, hauling, pitching, cleaning, buffing, and shining for months…and my house wasn’t that messy to begin with.  I’m to the point where having the house on the market will actually be a welcome relief, because then all I’ll have to do is tidy it up each day.  At least, that’s what I’m telling myself.

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon & Garlic

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic - Chew Nibble NoshJust when you think I can’t possibly roast another vegetable…it’s happened again!  This is yet another example of how roasting makes all veggies better.  Really.  Incredibly good.  So good, that Emily’s eyes rolled back in her head when she tried it.

This time, it’s broccoli.  I know, I know.  I never would have thought broccoli would be a good candidate for roasting either, but then I ran across a roasted broccoli recipe in Ina Garten’s cookbook Back to Basics.  There, she tossed the roasted broccoli and garlic with lemon, Parmesan  pine nuts, and basil. Looked good to me!  I figured I’d give it a try that night with dinner.

Recipe Double Whammy! Cream of Anything Soup Substitute & Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa Casserole

We are a casserole lovin’ country, aren’t we?  I don’t make casseroles often, but every once in a while, I really just want something warm and comforting for dinner, even in the summer.  If I’m being completely honest, one of the main reasons I don’t make a lot of casseroles is because canned condensed “Cream of ___” soups give me the heebie jeebies, and it seems like they always pop up in a casserole recipe.  I know, that’s not normal, but it’s the truth.  There’s something about dumping out a cold can of gelatinous, slimy goo, with little chunks of “meat” in it that just creeps me out.

Rotini with Sauteed Chicken Sausage and Vegetables

It may only be the first week of August, but summer is officially over at the Carlisle house.  My girls went back to school yesterday!  Part of me is having a really hard time believing that summer vacation is already over.  It sped by with lightning speed this year because we were busier than we’ve ever been during the summer months.  We had a lot of fun together, but another part of me was quite ready to get the girls on the bus yesterday morning.  If you’re a parent, you know what I mean.  I love them more than life itself, but when it’s time, it’s time.

Chicken, Broccoli and Cashew Stir Fry

In a never-ending attempt to get my youngest to “eat more green”, I decided to crack open my old Noteworthy cookbook again and stir up a quick and easy stir-fry that my Mom used to make when I lived at home.  I don’t think I’d eaten it since I lived at home (and that was a looooooong time ago), but for some reason, it popped into my head the other day!  Thankfully, once I looked at the recipe, I realized that it was quick, easy, and definitely something I could throw together on one of our busiest nights.