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 Florentine Bundles

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It isn’t often around here that we have the same thing for dinner two weeks in a row.  But, after I made these awesome little Chicken Florentine Bundles one night, and watched my family devour them in a matter of minutes, I knew I was onto something.  So, on another crazy night the following week, I made them again. And they devoured them again. And nobody complained. Children smiled, angels sang, and all was right with the world.

OK, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic, but you know what I mean. It’s good stuff all around.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.