Chicken Florentine Bundles


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.

Za’atar Salmon with Vegetables and Couscous

Za'atar Salmon with Vegetables and Couscous - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the greatest things I’ve learned along my food blogging journey is that there are some spectacular cooks floating out there on the interwebs.  I’m thankful that my platform here has connected me with many of these talented folks, and in turn, they inspire me to bring some of their amazing creations into my own kitchen.

My friend, Peter, posted this salmon recipe on his beautiful blog, Feed Your Soul Too, and as soon as I saw it, I knew I needed to try it out. (Thanks, Peter!!)  Over the past couple of years, I have easily fallen in love with Za’atar.  Za’atar is a flavorful, Middle Eastern spice blend.  It lends so much vibrant flavor to everything I’ve managed to sprinkle it on.  Everything from simple hummus to this tasty salmon.

Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side

Chicken Marsala on the Lighter Side - Chew Nibble Nosh

I’ve recently come across a pretty spectacular cookbook find.  It’s so great, in fact, that I could probably cook from it every night of the week and be perfectly content.  When I first look through a cookbook, I dog ear the pages of recipes I’d like to make.  After I closed this book, almost every page corner was turned down.  Which book, you ask?  The Skinnytaste Cookbook, by Gina Homolka.  I’ve been a fan of Gina’s blog for years, and I’d heard that she’d put out a cookbook, but I hadn’t gotten my hands on it until a couple of weeks ago.

One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice

One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice - Chew Nibble Nosh

And just like that, it’s September and I’m back to playing extracurricular taxi driver after school. Wow, that was fast.

Getting back into the swing of things always takes some adjustment.  We’re all going through that transition now, and one of the ways I can help navigate the crazy is with some simple meals to throw together come dinnertime.  Plus, if I can work it so clean up time is minimal, that’s a huge bonus.

Roasted Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Pancetta

Roasted Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Pancetta - Chew Nibble Nosh

Roasted chicken is quintessential comfort food on a chilly night, and it also happens to be something my kids will eat without complaining.  So, it’s a win-win.  Usually, though, roasting a chicken takes a little more time than I usually have to spend on dinner during the week, so we don’t have it as often as my kids would like.

I was so excited when I ran across this recipe.  Not only did it involve a quick-roast method that I was interested in trying, it also features a delicious, quick side dish of sautéed artichoke hearts and pancetta, mixed with fresh thyme, garlic and lemon.  How could that possibly be bad, right?

Easy Tandoori Spiced Chicken

Easy Tandoori Spiced Chicken - Chew Nibble Nosh

OK, I’ll say it.  Right off the bat, this isn’t the most exciting looking chicken dish.  However, if you’re a fan of Indian food, and want to enjoy a delicious meal of  savory spiced Tandoori chicken now and then, but don’t want to run out to an Indian restaurant for carry-out, this is a pretty easy way to curb that craving.

Slow Cooker Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Slow Cooker Vegetable and Chickpea Curry - Chew Nibble Nosh

I wish I’d thought to take a video of my family having this for dinner.  Aaron will pretty much eat anything, but if he told me once during this meal, he told me twenty times “I really like this.” or “This is really, really good.” in between bites.  Emily, my oldest, went up for seconds…and thirds.  (If you know Emily, you know she eats like a bird, so this is kind of a big deal.)  Avery, well…Avery took a few bites and didn’t moan about it too much, so I’m looking at that as a win.

Poblanos Stuffed with Cheddar and Chicken

Poblanos Stuffed with Cheddar and Chicken - Chew Nibble Nosh

 There’s something about stuffed peppers that makes me happy.  I’m not sure what it is, whether it’s the comfort food aspect or the fact that digging into one is like breaking into a pretty little package.  Whatever it is, I like ’em.  A lot.

I was really excited when I ran across this recipe from Fine Cooking magazine.  The peppers are easy enough to throw together on a weeknight, but also fun, and different enough, to serve when friends are heading over for dinner.  Sounds just about perfect, to me.

Five-Spice Glazed Salmon with Roasted Sesame Green Beans

It’s so nice when things work out just the way they are supposed to, isn’t it?  It seems like our lives have been in warp speed lately between holiday prep, trips, school, after-school activity overload, homework, projects, meetings, deadlines, etc. etc…  The few months that the girls have been back in school have been a whirlwind, and the next few months, as we prepare to move, are going to be just as crazy, if not crazier.

So, it’s always nice when I’ve planned something simple, and it works out to actually be…simple.

Lightened Up Sweet & Sour Chicken

This is a recipe that I’ve been making for years.  It’s simple, and quick, and perfect for a crazy weeknight.  Plus, anytime I make a lighter version of a traditional recipe and it manages to hold on to some of the integrity of the original, I’m a happy girl.  Come to think of it, this may have a little more integrity than the original, if the original you’re thinking of is the day-glo red/orange stuff they serve at fast food Chinese restaurants.  How do you make a sauce that color?  I mean, really.  There’s something about that sauce that kind of creeps me out.