Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake

Cheesy Southwestern Spaghetti Squash Bake - Chew Nibble Nosh

Every time I have spaghetti squash, I say to myself, “Self, we need to have spaghetti squash more often.” It’s such a great, healthy vehicle for so many things, and this latest creation, a deliciously cheesy southwestern inspired cozy casserole of sorts, was a dinner highlight last week. It was fresh and good for us, and surprisingly filling.  A little went a long way, and after a summer of indulgences, I need a few more meals like this one.

Sweet Corn, Tomato & Pesto Pizza

Sweet Corn, Tomato and Pesto Pizza - Chew Nibble Nosh

You guys.  This pizza…

Wow.

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?

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet with Zucchini, Chickpeas, Olives and Tomatoes

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet with Zucchini, Chickpeas, Olives and Tomatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Fast, fresh, and healthy.

That’s exactly what this meal is, and I love that something so colorful and fresh can come together this quickly and taste so darn good.

I’d made this meal before, and we’d really enjoyed it, so I decided to make it again and actually remember to take pictures (#foodbloggerproblems) so that I could share it with you.  As I was getting my ingredients together, I quickly realised that I was in a bit of a pickle.

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.

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Feta

Cauliflower Gratin with Tomatoes and Feta - Chew Nibble Nosh

In this house, the side dishes generally play second fiddle to the entrée.  I’m usually spending so much time with the main part of the meal that the side dishes are pretty simple, or sometimes, even an afterthought.  THIS side dish, however, takes center stage, and it was absolutely the most exciting thing we had at dinner that night.

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.

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh - Chew Nibble Nosh.I think I found my new favorite salad for spring and summer.  I’ve always been a fan of classic, light, Middle-Eastern flavors like lemon, olive oil, garlic, and herbs.  So, keeping that in mind, I’ve always loved Tabbouleh.  The salad is traditionally made with bulger, tomatoes, olive oil, lemon, mint, and lots of parsley.  I’ve even had it with couscous before, but I loved the idea of mixing it with protein packed quinoa and crisp, cool, cucumbers.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup - Chew Nibble Nosh.

It’s almost time for Cinco de Mayo!  Yay!  But, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Tuesday this year.  Boo.

Mid-week celebrations can definitely throw a wrench in your plans, especially when those plans include eating and drinking.  Luckily, you can celebrate with this simple, healthy, family friendly, weeknight-friendly, Cinco de Mayo-friendly soup!

I love tortilla soup, and one of my favorite soup recipes of all time can be found here.  I do love that recipe, but when I came across this one, I was struck by how fresh and light it looked.  I’m all about fresh and light these days.  I loved that it was chock full of veggies, and super colorful.  It looked like it could balance out a margarita or two and a piece of Tres Leches cake quite well.  (Everything in moderation, right?  It is Cinco de Mayo, after all.)

Herb Roasted Pork Primavera

Herb Roasted Pork Primavera - Chew Nibble Nosh

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!

Braised Carrots with Crisp Sage

Braised Carrots with Crisp Sage - Chew Nibble Nosh 6

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail, and what does he find?  Someone who can’t believe that Easter is right around the corner.  Unbelievable!

If you need a festive, Spring side dish to share on Easter Sunday, I’ve got your back.  These carrots are delicious, beautifully springy, and they can be made ahead of time and reheated before serving, which is a standard qualification to reach Treasured Holiday Recipe Status in my book.

To begin, you’ll need to quickly fry up a handful of sage leaves in a few tablespoons of olive oil.  The crispy sage serves as wonderful contrast to the savory, tender carrots in the finished product, but it serves double duty here.