Chicken Florentine Bundles

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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.

Lightened Up Ham & Spinach Quiche

Lightened Up Ham & Spinach Quiche -  Chew Nibble Nosh

What have we got?  We’ve got HAM!

Every year after Easter, I run into the same predicament…what to do with all of this leftover ham?  This deliciously light and fluffy quiche took care of a bit of it last night. This may be my new go-to quiche base as it baked up so nice and light. My girls, who are admittedly quiche-wary, even gobbled up their slices and openly discussed how much they were enjoying it.  What’s up with that?  It seems the copious amounts of chocolate eggs and jelly beans put them in a good mood.

Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers

Middle Eastern Chickpea Burgers - Chew Nibble Nosh

My husband is not a veggie burger guy…at all.  I can’t keep track of how many times he’s given me that “Why would you do that?” look in a restaurant as I order a veggie burger over something else, anything else, on the menu.  I love a good veggie burger, but have found that really good veggie burgers are like finding a needle in a haystack. The restaurant burgers I’ve tried run the gamut from delicious and hearty to mushy and meh.  It’s hard to find a really, really good one.   I’ve tried a few different versions at home, and I’m pleased to announce that this is the first one we all went nuts over, my husband included.

BLT Macaroni Salad

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With the 4th of July right around the corner, I’m pretty sure a lot of you are in BBQ menu planning mode. If you’re thinking of throwing a macaroni salad into the mix, this is your guy.  This salad is delicious, and fresh, and so easy to throw together.  There’s something about a good BLT that just makes people’s hearts sing.  So, turn that sandwich favorite into a scoopable summer salad, and you’ve got a winner!

First, I cooked a pound of macaroni noodles in a big pot of salted water.

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Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs - Chew Nibble Nosh

Ooooh, I loved this soup.

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!

Creamy Green Gazpacho

Creamy Green Gazpacho - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of my favorite summer soups is cool, fresh Gazpacho. It really may be the most refreshing summer food out there, and the fact that it’s good for you certainly doesn’t hurt.  I try to make a batch at least once a summer, and this summer had gotten away from me before I’d had a chance to!  Last summer, I experimented with a Southwestern Gazpacho (click here for the recipe), and it was delicious.  In fact, just rereading the post has made me think I need to whip up another batch of that soon.  This summer, however, I ran across a new recipe for a different twist on my usual summer favorite.  As you know, I like twists, so I gave it a go.

Grilled Mozzarella and Spinach BLTs

Grilled Mozzarella and Spinach BLTs - Chew Nibble NoshThis, my friends, is a really good sandwich.

I’m a sucker for a good BLT, and summertime is the perfect time to make them.  It’s such a simple sandwich, but there may be nothing finer than a BLT on a warm, summer day, made with fresh tomatoes from the garden.  (In our case, the tomatoes always come from someone else’s garden because I have a bit of a brown thumb.)

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

Slow Cooker Tortellini and Sausage Soup

 Continuing with this week’s theme of “I Just Don’t Have Enough Time in the Day, so Let’s Make Something Easy”, I offer you this crazy good, super simple Crock Pot meal.  It’s another Pinterest find, and the original recipe is over at the blog Little Fellows.  I’ve tweaked the recipe just a bit, but didn’t touch how simple it is.  My family loved it, and I hope yours does too.

I started by browning up a pound of Italian turkey sausage.  You could use whatever sausage sounds good to you.  I went with turkey to try and lighten things up a bit.

Lightened Up Pastitiso

I know what’s happening right now.  I have some Greek friends.  They are looking at this picture and saying, “That’s not Pastitiso!”  OK, I get that.  It’s not traditional Pastitiso, but it works!

Pastitiso is a hearty, comforting, Greek dish which, I guess, could be considered a Greek version of lasagna.  A thick meat and tomato sauce is layered with pasta, onions and a thick, butter and cheese filled cream sauce.  It’s pretty good stuff, but not exactly something I add to our weekly menu often.  It’s very rich, and the butter and cheese help load up the calories.  My hips certainly can’t handle that often.

Ribollita with Spaghetti

What a strange winter we’ve had so far!  I know, I know…I live in Georgia.  “Winter”, in the true sense of the word, doesn’t really exist here.  From what I’ve gathered, though, it’s been pretty calm all over.  That’s all well and good, but one of my favorite things about chilly winter nights is being able to make a big pot of soup for dinner.  Since we haven’t had many cold nights this year, my soup making has hit a bit of an inspiration road block.  Then…last weekend happened.  Last weekend was MISERABLE! Not snowy, winter weather, but rainy, gray and gross all weekend long.  Sunday called for soup.  No, it begged for soup.  So, I complied.