Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

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One dinner my kids can always agree on not pouting over is Chicken Parmesan.  Who doesn’t love Chicken Parmesan?  Breaded chicken, rich tomato sauce, pasta, and cheese?  It’s a carb lovers dream.  When I saw these little stuffed zucchini boats, though, filled with all of the flavors of our favorite chicken parm but in a slightly-less-calorie-packed frame, I decided to give it a whirl.  After all, this time of year, I’m saving all of my calorie splurges for cookies and party food.  Dinner needs to keep me satisfied, but in the month of many splurges, I really don’t need it to weigh me down.

Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables

Chicken with Quinoa and Vegetables - Chew Nibble Nosh

THIS WAS SO GOOD.

Ok, I got that out there.  I was trying to think about what I could say about this dish to draw you guys in, and that’s what I came up with.  (It’s one of those days…)

This simple, healthy mash-up of chicken, veggies, and quinoa was the perfect weeknight dinner for us the other night.  We all enjoyed it, and it will definitely be thrown into the regular dinner rotation around here.  I couldn’t ask for more from a dinner, really.  It’s simple, fresh, healthy, filling, and my kids gobbled it up.  Mom – 1, Picky People – 0.

One Pot Italian Chicken & Orzo Stew

One Pot Chicken & Orzo Stew - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know what you’re thinking.  Stew in July?  Stew is a misleading name for this.  It’s light and summery, and chock full of crisp summer veggies, but consistency wise…yes, it’s right up there with a stew.  It’s a really tasty way to bring dinner to the table any night of the week, and it all comes together in one pan, so clean up is a breeze.  Pair it with a loaf of good, crusty bread and you have an easy, delicious meal in no time.

Ready to give it a try yet?

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.

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops with Zucchini and Tomatoes

Slow Cooker Italian Pork Chops with Zucchini and Tomatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

Thursday nights have become increasingly busy around here, so I’ve now dubbed them Slow Cooker Thursdays.  There’s no way I’m going to be able to cook a dinner in between shuttle stops, so I’m thankful I have a good number of tasty slow cooker meals in my back pocket.  This one can now be added to the list.

I honestly can’t remember a time where I’ve cooked whole, bone-in pork chops in the slow cooker, and I was pretty happy with how they turned out.  The pork was fall-off-the-bone tender, and had a ton of flavor from a delicious herb-garlic rub.  It was topped with tomatoes, zucchini, and a speedy quick gravy that I made from the leftover juices after cooking.

Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini

Cheesy Bacon and Corn Stuffed Zucchini - Chew Nibble Nosh

Yep.  This was good.  A little too good, but that isn’t surprising when you see what goes into it.  If you’re looking for a way to use up some more of the summer zucchini from your garden, this recipe is for you.  Or, if you’re like me and don’t have a summer garden, but you have a grocery store or farmers market that sells zucchini grown by people who are much better gardeners than you are, well…then it’s for you too.

Spiralized Italian Pasta Salad

Spiralized Italian Pasta Salad - Chew Nibble Nosh.

Zucchini noodles seem to be all the rage right now and spiralizers are moving from a fancy garnish tool to an everyday kitchen gadget. My friends at OXO asked me to try out their new Hand Held Spiralizer, and of course, I told them I’d love to give it a try!

What to make, though?  As I was trying to figure out what to tackle first with my new gadget, I ran across an old recipe, written on a postcard, from my mother.  I have no idea where this recipe came from.  Probably from the pages of an old, yellowed cooking magazine or from one of her gazillion cookbooks (I come by my book hoarding tendencies honestly).  It’s simply written on a notecard, and this delicious, blast-from-the-past spaghetti salad struck me as the perfect thing to modernize with a little spiralize.

Rich and Fudgy Zucchini Brownies

Rich and Fudgy Zucchini Brownies - Chew Nibble Nosh

When I was young, my mother had this wonderful little garden on the side of our house.  I used to love watching the garden grow each summer, and daily trips out to pick fresh tomatoes, snap peas and zucchini were a highlight.  I remember spending my summer days outside, playing with friends, and we’d snack on sugar snap peas, fresh from the garden, as we played. The zucchini always fascinated me, though, because there were some years when nothing would grow, and others when we’d end up with zucchini as long as our arms, that seemed to weigh as much as a small child.  My mom would make zucchini bread after zucchini bread after zucchini bread, and we’d laugh at the size of our ginormous zucchini.  They were like veggie snacks for giants.

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.

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu with Lemon Zucchini Rice

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu with Zucchini Lemon Rice  - Chew Nibble Nosh

This is one of those meals that I’ve made often over the years, but whenever I make it, I wonder why I don’t make it more often.  It’s an oldie, but a goodie, coming from a cookbook I’ve had since I got married.  My mom had the cookbook, made this meal and many others from it, and then got the cookbook for me before we moved into our first apartment.  I just looked at the copyright date and it came out the year after I graduated from high school.

Yikes.