One dinner my kids can always agree on not pouting over is Chicken Parmesan. Who doesn’t love Chicken Parmesan? Breaded chicken, rich tomato sauce, pasta, and cheese? It’s a carb lovers dream. When I saw these little stuffed zucchini boats, though, filled with all of the flavors of our favorite chicken parm but in a slightly-less-calorie-packed frame, I decided to give it a whirl. After all, this time of year, I’m saving all of my calorie splurges for cookies and party food. Dinner needs to keep me satisfied, but in the month of many splurges, I really don’t need it to weigh me down. Read more...(663 words, 10 images, estimated 2:39 mins reading time)
I’m all for elaborate holiday recipes, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes life gets in the way and you want to have something special for, oh let’s say, Halloween, but you’re short on time and energy. That’s when adding a simple touch to a familiar favorite can make all the difference. Fun? Check. Sanity in place after not having to deal with five dozen meticulously decorated Candy Corn cookies? Check. Read more...(849 words, 10 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
I love lasagna, but it’s not something I make often. It can be time consuming, depending on the recipe, and unless I have a large chunk of time to play around with in the kitchen (which doesn’t happen often), it’s just not on my recipe radar.
This version, however, changed all of that.
This Skillet Lasagna is so good that two days later, I’m still thinking about how good it was. The more I ate, the more I enjoyed it, and I can safely say that THIS lasagna will be making multiple appearances at our dinner table. It’s simple, perfect, delicious comfort food, and just the right thing as the air starts to crisp up and the leaves begin to turn. Read more...(955 words, 12 images, estimated 3:49 mins reading time)
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. Read more...(701 words, 9 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
Back to school, back to crazy, back to my assignment as a personal Uber for my kids. Everything has kicked back into gear here and we are officially back in the swing. During the craziest nights, I rely heavily on my slow cooker. I have a ton of slow cooker recipes on this blog, with good reason. I use it a lot. I remember a time when I rarely used my slow cooker at all, and it sat collecting dust in my pantry. No more! I break it out at least once a week. And you should too! It makes dinner time a whole lot easier. Read more...(721 words, 11 images, estimated 2:53 mins reading time)
Remember that outdoor concert I went to? The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes? Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too. My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since. Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe. Read more...(589 words, 10 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
This Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto pizza is everything wonderful about summer…on a crust.
It’s crisp, fresh sweet corn and bright summer tomatoes, viibrant fresh basil, and zesty garden fresh pesto. It’s packed with flavor, ridiculously easy to throw together, and on the dinner table (…lunch table, snack table, coffee table. The pizza’s not picky.) in virtually no time at all. It’s just perfect.
I could eat it every day and probably be pretty happy.
Have I pumped it up enough?
Ready to give it a try? Read more...(652 words, 10 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
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? Read more...(680 words, 9 images, estimated 2:43 mins reading time)
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! Read more...(970 words, 9 images, estimated 3:53 mins reading time)