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.

Mujaddara: Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions

Mujaddara Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those meals that, ever since I made it, I’ve wished I hadn’t run out of leftovers.  It’s that good.  I first tried Mujaddara, basically the Middle Eastern version of beans and rice, when I was visiting family in Michigan.  Friends owned a wonderful little Lebanese restaurant, and we made sure to grab a meal there every time we were in town.  I remember my sister-in-law ordering Mujaddara, and telling me it was her favorite.  I thought, “Lentils and rice?  OK…” and I ordered some other delicious, meaty, item off the menu.  My dinner was perfect, but Kelly offered me a bite of hers, and I realized I should never doubt the power of a simple beans and rice dish.

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce – Red Gold Summer Grilling Giveaway

Grilled Steak with Chimichurri Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Summertime means grilling time, and my friends at Red Gold Tomatoes have come up with a giveaway that I’m sure will make many grilling aficionados pretty darn excited.  From now until July 22, Red Gold will be giving away a large Big Green Egg each week!  A Big Green Egg!

That’s huge!

I can’t begin to tell you how an Egg will change the way you grill.  We’ve had one for the past couple of years, and trust me when I say that it does some pretty spectacular things for grilled food.  My husband’s eyes light up every time I ask him to grill something, and our eyes light up every time he brings in dinner!

Shrimp Arrabbiata Pasta

Shrimp Arrabbiata - Chew Nibble Nosh

Gosh, I love shrimp.  You know that scene in Forrest Gump, where Bubba goes on and on, and on, about everything you can do with shrimp?

I never saw anything wrong with Bubba’s passion.  If anything, it made me hungry.

Having lived in the South for a good number of years, I was used to being able to get fresh, wonderful, reasonably priced shrimp at every restaurant, and every market.  Heck, sometimes the shrimp even came to me.  When we lived in New Orleans, the wonderfully sweet man who was the custodian at the school I taught in would go out on his shrimp boat on the weekends and bring his delicious haul back in for me on Monday!  Talk about spoiled!  Being back in the landlocked Midwest has stifled our constant shrimpiness a bit, but I still try to cook it up often.

Roasted Vegetable Sauce – Celebrate the Sauce Giveaway with Tuttorosso!

Roasted Vegetable Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

I was so excited when my friends at Tuttorosso got in touch with me about their holiday promotion this year.  In the spirit of the season, they are “Celebrating the Sauce”, with amazing Sunday-dinner-type special recipes, as well as the most important ingredient needed for dinner…YOU!

Tuttorosso has recently launched a beautiful new website, full of ideas and recipes to inspire all of us year round, not just during the holiday season.  As a special gift to their Facebook fans, they are hosting a month-long Facebook promotion called “Celebrate the Sauce”.  Everyone who enters will have a chance to win one of 1,000 Tuttorosso aprons, heirloom wooden spoons and one fabulous grand prize, a Martha Stewart Cookware set!  Just head over to Tuttorosso’s contest page to check out the details.

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Cream

Baked Honey Lime Chicken Taquitos with Cilantro Lime Cream - Chew Nibble Nosh

In my few short years as a food blogger, it’s become commonplace to discuss the “Blogability” of the recipes I make for my family.  I’ve had plenty of people over the years ask me how I manage to pick out so many great recipes to make.  Well, the fact of the matter is, I don’t always pick great recipes.  Sometimes, I screw up.  Big time.  There have been plenty of nights where we take a bite, make icky faces, and I swear never to make that meal again.  I just don’t share those with you. (You’re welcome.)

(My Favorite) Mac & Cheese

My Favorite Mac and Cheese - Chew Nibble Nosh

Is there anyone out there who doesn’t like macaroni and cheese?  I don’t think I’ve ever met that someone.  If there is someone out there who doesn’t like it, I don’t think they’ve tried one like this.  This is my all time favorite Mac & Cheese recipe.  It’s a little more “grown up” than the usual, I guess.  Not that the kids seem to mind.  They usually dive right in too.

With loads of cheese, butter and pasta, it’s definitely a splurge, but it’s a splurge worth splurging on.

Turkey Veronique with Thyme Butter Sauce

Turkey Veronique with Thyme Butter Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

Don’t let that pretty plate fool you.

This dinner was delicious, and so simple to throw together that we had it on a weeknight!  From start to finish, it can be done in less than thirty minutes.

This also means that this would be a great Fall dish to entertain with, because you could spend most of your entertaining time with the people you’re entertaining!  Just make sure to have the turkey prepped and everything measured out beforehand, and it would make things super simple.  It would even make a great Thanksgiving dinner for a smaller crowd.  It’s turkey, right?  Throw some Thanksgiving-ish sides in with it, and you’re good to go!

Chicken with Herb Roasted Tomato Sauce

Chicken with Herb Roasted Tomato Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

The sauce on this chicken was so incredibly good, that I’ve been thinking of other ways to use it ever since I first tried it.  It would be wonderful tossed with pasta, amazing as a layer on a basil-tomato-mozzarella panini because it’s nice and thick, or heck, I could just eat it with a spoon.

It’s that good.

It’s always nice when something that tasty turns out to be really simple too!  Yay for simple goodness!

I started by tossing some grape tomatoes with some olive oil, kosher salt, and a hefty dose of Herbes de Provence.

Angel Hair Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Angel Hair Pasta with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce - Chew Nibble Nosh

Simplicity is bliss, when it comes to weeknight cooking.  So is ignorance.

My girls never would have eaten this pasta if I’d told them it was a red pepper sauce.  Thankfully, they were out of the kitchen as I was putting the simple sauce together, so they just assumed it was tomato based and they gobbled it up!  HA!  Take that, picky eaters!

This pasta was so nice and fresh, and perfectly simple to put together.  We are a meat-eating family, but I like to try to throw some satisfying, meatless entrees our way at least once a week.  This one’s a keeper.  If you must have some meat, grilled chicken or steak would work alongside this nicely.