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! Read more...(658 words, 9 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
Roasted chicken is quintessential comfort food on a chilly night, and it also happens to be something my kids will eat without complaining. So, it’s a win-win. Usually, though, roasting a chicken takes a little more time than I usually have to spend on dinner during the week, so we don’t have it as often as my kids would like.
I was so excited when I ran across this recipe. Not only did it involve a quick-roast method that I was interested in trying, it also features a delicious, quick side dish of sautéed artichoke hearts and pancetta, mixed with fresh thyme, garlic and lemon. How could that possibly be bad, right? Read more...(906 words, 9 images, estimated 3:37 mins reading time)
I love it when I run across a meal that my whole family enjoys, is easily adaptable, AND I can throw together at a moment’s notice with stuff you can always find in my pantry and fridge. This is one of those meals. This sauce is incredible, so deliciously tasty that you’d think someone had spent hours on it. In reality, it takes just a few minutes of prep time, and a little bit of slow cooking in the oven. Read more...(755 words, 9 images, estimated 3:01 mins reading time)
Before I start, I know that writing about kale has become almost as cliché as posting about pumpkin spiced things during fall in the food blogging world. It’s kale this, kale that, kale is so good for you, kale smoothies, kale stew, we love kale, kale will fix all that ails you…yada, yada, yada. I get it. The problem arises in that I really do honestly like kale. I like it a lot. And so, by default, since I write this blog about the real food I make in my real kitchen, YOU, my lucky friend, get another kale recipe. Read more...(721 words, 9 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
This has certainly been “one of those weeks”. Every night this week has been a little bit crazy, and when nights are a little bit crazy, I need dinners like this.
Stir fries are a great way to throw together a complete meal in a hurry, and this one was really tasty. There are a couple of extra steps with this one, but it’s still a really simple meal to throw together when time is short and life is nuts. Read more...(827 words, 11 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
I was feeling kind of gross. That gross kind of feeling you get when you’ve eaten your way through a weekend (er…summer), and know that you need to kick good habits back into gear. Not that I didn’t have fun doing it, I had a great time, but it’s time to get serious again. So, when it was time for me to make up my weekly grocery list and plan out my meals for the week I started to look for some meals to get me back on track this week. Read more...(682 words, 9 images, estimated 2:44 mins reading time)
There are certain flavors that pair well with certain seasons. When I think Spring, I think fresh flavors like lemon and dill. This dinner is the perfect meal to kick off the Springiest month with. It’s easy to put together, and both the chicken dish and the pilaf call for a few of the same ingredients, so as you prep, make sure you prep enough for both…which will save you time in the long run.
First, I prepped everything. I had every lemon zested, every asparagus stalk cut into pieces, my dill minced, my garlic sliced, my green onions chopped, my chicken breasts pounded. Read more...(1069 words, 11 images, estimated 4:17 mins reading time)
This is one of those recipes that I really enjoyed while we were eating it for dinner, but I’ve kept thinking about it since we had it. It’s stuck with me. Actually, what’s stuck with me more than anything are the wonderful little garlic-chicken meatballs that float around this perfectly Springy soup. Just knowing that I get to write about them today is making me wish I had some leftovers to munch on.
With that, let’s get this Spring soup party started! Read more...(714 words, 9 images, estimated 2:51 mins reading time)
As we get into the increasingly busy holiday season, it’s really nice to have a few go-to meals on hand that can be whipped up in a flash. I don’t know about you, but our running around schedule increases by tenfold this time of year. I need all the help I can get.
This is one of those recipes to keep in your back pocket for crazy days. It comes together in an instant, and is a delicious, and healthy, way to treat your family to dinner.
Start by mixing up a quick marinade.
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