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?

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.

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!

Braised Carrots with Crisp Sage

Braised Carrots with Crisp Sage - Chew Nibble Nosh 6

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, and what does he find?  Someone who can’t believe that Easter is right around the corner.  Unbelievable!

If you need a festive, Spring side dish to share on Easter Sunday, I’ve got your back.  These carrots are delicious, beautifully springy, and they can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving, which is a standard qualification to reach Treasured Holiday Recipe Status in my book.

To begin, you’ll need to quickly fry up a handful of sage leaves in a few tablespoons of olive oil.  The crispy sage serves as wonderful contrast to the savory, tender carrots in the finished product, but it serves double duty here.

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast - Chew Nibble Nosh

Yep.  We have officially reached what I like to refer to as the “Pot Roast Weather” time of year.  When there’s a chill in the air, and my toes are cold, there’s nothing better than a cozy, warm plate of comfort food to make the world right again.

This is an Italian inspired spin on traditional pot roast that my family really enjoyed, and the fact that it is a simple slow cooker meal helped me to enjoy it even more.

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots

Lentils with Smoked Sausage and Carrots  - Chew Nibble Nosh

Picture it:  “Sicily, 1922…”  I’m kidding.  I couldn’t resist.

Let’s start again.  Picture it:  It’s a cold, dreary day.  That icky, gross, rainy, cold, mucky, windy, ick kind of day that we all hate going out in.  That was my yesterday.  When a truly gross day rolls around, I usually want comfort food for dinner.  Preferably, something warm and cozy.  This dinner was exactly that.  It’s not the prettiest meal to look at, I fully recognize that, but it sure was tasty.  Simple, homey, good for you…and both of my kids gobbled it up. (Which, if you’re a parent, you know is a miracle in itself.)

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup with Rosemary

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I’ve made quite a few slow cooker meals over the years, and have found some pretty great ones (Chicken Tikka Masala and Chinese Pork being two of our favorites).  I’ve found some pretty awful ones too…which we will leave unnamed.  Sometimes, though, those great slow cooker meals take a few extra steps to make them that good.  I love when I run across one that consists of nothing more than throwing a bunch of good stuff in a slow cooker, walking away for a day, and coming home to a satisfying dinner.

Roasted Apple, Vegetable and Kielbasa Bake – #CookForHealthSeptember

Roasted Apple, Vegetable and Kielbasa Bake #CookForHealthSeptember - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know it’s just under the wire, but I wanted to sneak this post in before the month, and the contest, were up!  If you’ve been following my Facebook feed, you may have noticed a contest I spoke about called Cook For Health September.  It’s the brainchild of Alex and Sonja Overhiser, over at the amazing A Couple Cooks.  They’ve partnered up with Green BEAN Delivery, my favorite organic produce delivery group, to help promote healthy eating and meals made with healthy, seasonal, unprocessed foods…especially in their home state, and my home state, of Indiana.

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Pork and Mushroom Stew with Apple-Potato Mash

Pork and Mushroom Stew with Apple-Potato Mash - Chew Nibble Nosh

When my mom came to me about this recipe, and told me how good it was, I was a little bit skeptical.  I’m not a huge mushroom fan, but I’m learning to accept them and, even better, eat them without gagging.  So, when she told me about this amazing, and different, pork and mushroom stew, I was a little leery.

But, as usual…she was right.

Always listen to your Mama.

This dish is actually quite simple to throw together, and the result is pretty spectacular.  It’s not your everyday meat and potatoes dish, and is the perfect thing to warm you up when the Winter wind is (still…) howling.

Chicken Noodle Soup, from Scratch

It’s that time of the year again.  No, I’m not talking about “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, I’m talking cold and flu season.  We’ve already had a nasty bug roll through the house, and I’m hoping that we’re spared the others.  No fun at all!

When the girls and I were under the weather, I decided to make up a big pot of homemade chicken noodle soup.  Nothing tastes better on a sniffly, sulky day, than a big steamy bowl of chicken noodle soup…and I just can’t do the stuff in a can.  It goes back to my innate fear of “meat in a can”.  It just creeps me out, and the noodles are usually slimy, so I just make it myself.