Lightened Up Kung Pao Chicken

Lightened Up Kung Pao Chicken - Chew Nibble Nosh

Have you ever had one of those nights when dinner just completely sneaks up on you?  That was last night for me.  I’d had a busy day, and was a little drained.  The kids were home from school, homework was done, I had a half an hour until my husband would be on his way home, and we needed to eat on the early side of the evening because Avery had to be somewhere.  I told myself that I’d sit down for a half an hour and just take a breather.

Just about an hour later…

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh .

This winter has been so weird.  Balmy on Christmas, then a three-day monsoon and flooded roads, and now we’ve finally reached “kind of chilly”.  This soup is the perfect thing for those crummy days when all you want to do is snuggle under a blanket, read a good book, and watch the weather do strange things.  It takes all of the flavors I love from my favorite lasagna recipe and puts them right into the middle of a creamy, cozy, bowl of soup.

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - Chew Nibble Nosh.

I’m not usually a big preparer of “copycat” meals, because in my experience, they’re never quite as good as the original.  That said, I’ve had this one in my files for a while now, and I figured that I should give it a try.  Why this one?  Well, there was nothing scary involved (Why do so many copycat recipes include canned “cream of somethings” soups?), it’s ridiculously simple, and the Number One reason:  I was pretty sure that even if it didn’t taste like the original, it would be tasty enough because I liked everything involved.

Chicken with Potatoes, Peas & Coconut Curry Sauce

Chicken with Potatoes, Peas & Coconut Curry Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is a great recipe to have on hand when you really want to go out to your favorite Indian restaurant for dinner, or grab carry-out from them, but it’s too darn cold to go and you’d rather just stay home, put on your pajamas and slippers, and stay warm.

It’s really a simple dish to throw together, and for you curry naysayers out there…my kids even liked this.  It is warm and cozy, with just enough heat to put us in a warmer frame of mind on a cold, winter night.

Slow Cooker Mediterranean Succotash

 Slow Cooker Mediterranean SuccotashI just love it when simple and healthy come together just right to create the perfect meal for a busy night.  This is one of those recipes.  It couldn’t be simpler, even for a slow cooker recipe, and is perfect for those nights when you’re playing taxi driver all night long and have to catch a meal somewhere in between trips.

Traditional succotash is a stewed combination of lima beans, corn, and tomatoes.  It’s a cozy, home-cooking type dish, and is often served as a side.  This version features more Mediterranean flavors, and creamy white beans in place of the lima beans.  And when it’s served over some couscous, it makes for a hearty, healthy meal.

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup with Rosemary

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup with Rosemary 7 - Chew Nibble Nosh

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.

Sesame Chicken Stir Fry: Cooking with McCormick Skillet Sauces

Sesame Chicken Stir Fry - Cooking with McCormick Skillet Sauces  - Chew Nibble Nosh

It took a little while this year, but our after school craziness is officially in full swing.  I remember when my kids were younger, and parents of older kids were always telling me, “Just you wait.” when I’d remark on how busy their afternoons were.  Well, that time is here for me now, and it seems like I spend at least a chunk of many afternoons running someone around town.

On nights like that, I’m eager to find solutions to help ease the craziness, and help dinner get to the table quickly…because I know my busy bunch is hungry.

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili and a Red Gold Giveaway!

Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili - Chew Nibble Nosh

While I use my slow cooker all year long, it seems like I manage to bring it out more often in the fall and winter months.  On a day when the air is crisp, and my day is busy, there’s nothing more comforting than something cozy from the slow cooker.  My friends at Red Gold agree, and they are launching an amazing giveaway on their Facebook page.  From September 17th to October 8th, they’ll be giving away 2 Crock-Pots a day!  That’s 44 Crock Pots!  They are going to make a lot of homes and bellies very happy in the coming months!  Make sure you check it out, and enter often!

Slow Cooker Beef Goulash

Slow Cooker Beef Goulash - Chew Nibble Nosh

My slow cooker has been kicked into high gear lately.  Based on my blog’s stats, you guys love a good slow cooker meal, and for that, I’m thankful…because I feel like I’m throwing a lot of them at you!!

With two active girls at home, our pre-dinner time of day is pretty busy shuttling them around to different activities.  We like to keep a pretty strict schedule around here while we still can.  I’m realistic and know that, at some point, their schedules will be so out of sync with each other that things will fall apart in that regard, but we keep things stable while we can.  Bedtimes for the kids are still at a reasonable time, so dinner needs to be too.  It’s nice to walk in from picking the kids up and have dinner pretty much ready to serve up as we walk in the door.

Quick and Easy Citrus Garlic Tilapia

Quick and Easy Citrus Garlic Tilapia - Chew Nibble Nosh

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.

Quick and Easy Citrus Garlic Tilapia 1 - Chew Nibble Nosh