Simple Slow Cooker Creamed Corn

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THANKSGIVING IS ON THURSDAY, PEOPLE!!

Anyone else caught off guard with how quickly the holidays popped up this year?  Anyone?  Just me?  I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, which I love to do, but at three days out, I’m still a little mystified that I’m going to be cooking up a turkey on Thursday.  I wrote out my game plan and grocery list over the weekend, laying out exactly what I need to make, so I guess it’s slowly sinking in, but I really need to get a move-on.

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.

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Mexican Street Corn Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh

Every time we head to the beach with our family, one of our favorite traditions is stopping in at a local spot on the beach strip called Taco Boy.  Taco Boy is an eclectic, colorful, Mexican taqueria and cantina.  Their tacos and nachos pair wonderfully with their Frozen Screwdrivers and Margaritas, but honestly, the thing that gets us every single time we visit is their Mexican Street Corn.

Chilled Summer Veggie Salad

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When it comes to summer food, what do you look for?

I look for light, crisp, clean, fresh, and flavorful.  In the sticky summer heat, I don’t want food that will weigh me down.  I crave tastes that will refresh me, enlighten me, and that take advantage of the bounty that summer markets have to offer.

This salad is EXACTLY what I look for.

This quick and easy summer salad is the perfect summer picnic recipe go-to.  You can make it up ahead of time, and the longer it rests, the more the flavors mingle.  It was terrific the night we had it, alongside grilled steak, but even better the next day when I grabbed a bowlful for lunch.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh.

It’s almost time for Cinco de Mayo!  Yay!  But, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year.  Boo.

Mid-week celebrations can definitely throw a wrench in your plans, especially when those plans include eating and drinking.  Luckily, you can celebrate with this simple, healthy, family friendly, weeknight-friendly, Cinco de Mayo-friendly soup!

I love tortilla soup, and one of my favorite soup recipes of all time can be found here.  I do love that recipe, but when I came across this one, I was struck by how fresh and light it looked.  I’m all about fresh and light these days.  I loved that it was chock full of veggies, and super colorful.  It looked like it could balance out a margarita or two and a piece of Tres Leches cake quite well.  (Everything in moderation, right?  It is Cinco de Mayo, after all.)

Brunswick Stew

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I’d never had Brunswick Stew until we’d moved down South, so I’m assuming that a lot of you haven’t heard of it either.  I’m here to enlighten you! I noticed it on menus in a few places when we lived in Virginia, and then saw it more often when we lived in Georgia.  As I was looking at the history of Brunswick Stew when I was prepping for this post, I realized that I am absolutely no help in solving the mystery of where exactly Brunswick Stew began.  You see, Brunswick County, Virginia AND Brunswick, Georgia both claim to have originated the amazing concoction we now know as Brunswick Stew.  My confusion lies in that I first ate Brunswick Stew in Virginia, but at that time, it was cooked for me by someone who was originally from Georgia.

Chicken Paillards with Tomato, Basil and Roasted Corn Relish

Chicken Paillards with Tomato, Basil and Roasted Corn Relish - Chew Nibble Nosh

Labor Day weekend is over, so everyone is moaning today about how summer is over.  It’s not over, in my opinion, until the fat lady sings about all things pumpkin spiced and I have to put on a sweatshirt!  There is still a lot of summer goodness to be found, and this is a great meal you can make that helps take advantage of amazing summer produce.

I love how colorful this dish is, and the fact that it tastes as good as it looks just makes me love it even more.

Tomato and Corn Custard Pie

Tomato and Corn Custard Pie - Chew Nibble NoshAs I was getting ready to begin this post, it dawned on me that I seem to have a thing for tomato pies in the summertime.  I’ve posted a couple of different versions, and here is yet another.  I can honestly say that this one, right here, may be my favorite…so far, at least.  Not that the others aren’t delicious, but this one was really something special.

There is nothing like summer sweet corn, and no tomato ever tastes as good as a homegrown, summer tomato.  Put both of those together, and you’ve got some summer magic!

Skillet Summer Vegetable Tamale Pie

Skillet Summer Vegetable Tamale Pie - Chew Nibble Nosh

It was Monday, and I had a problem.  I was craving Mexican food.  The problem with that was twofold.  Our evening was busy enough that we couldn’t spend time going out for dinner.  Plus there was the fact that we’re leaving for a beach trip in a little over a week, so binging on tortilla chips and queso dip while sipping on a margarita, and then chasing it with enchiladas isn’t exactly what I need to be doing a week before I spend a few days in nothing but a swim suit.

Black Bean and Corn Topped Potatoes

Black Bean and Corn Topped Potatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

I always underestimate the power of a baked potato at dinner.  We don’t have them often, but when we do, the kids are thrilled, and we make it through dinner moan free.  If I were smart, we’d have baked potatoes every night.  But, I’m not often that smart.

These Mexi-topped baked potatoes are a deliciously filling alternative to your typical weeknight entree.  Serve them alongside a salad and you’ve got yourself a simple weeknight dinner.