7 Meals Baked in the Oven- A Week’s Worth of Dinners!

Before the weather gets too hot to fire up the oven, I'm going to share with y'all some of my favorite baked meals. This weeks dinners? They are planned! 1.) Cheesy Broccoli and Rice Casserole from What's Cookin' Chicago. 2.) Baked Gnocchi with Pesto from Easy Living. 3.) Cheesy Basil Stuffed Chicken Breasts from Mel's Kitchen Cafe. 1.)  Calzones (you can make them and freeze for later!) from the Kitchen for prepare-ahead meals. 2.)  Bubble-Up Enchiladas from Recipe Diaries for a scrumptious twist on a Mexican dinner classic.  3.)  Macaroni and Cheese from Ellie's New England Kitchen for the ultimate comfort food.  4.) Orzo-Stuffed Peppers from Handle the Heat for garden-fresh deliciousness. I'd love to see your fave oven-baked meals. Share them with us over on our … [Read more...]

10 Pureed Soups that You Will Love

Soup's on! The weather is chilly; for some reason that makes me crave yummy soups. Curling up with a steaming mug of soup, a snuggly blanket, and a good book...sounds pretty inviting, no? Let's make it even easier; pureed soup. Skip the silly spoon if you like, and just drink up your soup. Simpler clean-up, too! Look at that orange yumminess. Carrots and sweet potatoes? YES, please. In her recipe, Emma Eats suggests garnishing with bacon. BACON, y'all. *wipes away tear* She also has a cinnamon and maple syrup version. A girl after my own heart. Asparagus + potatoes + a few spices + milk = GET IN MAH BELLY. :) You can find the recipe here, over at Key Ingredient. Carrot ginger soup. It looks almost too pretty to eat, doesn't it? It's vegan, too...so you can feel … [Read more...]

Chicken and Dumplings

The weather outside is frightful, but a hot bowl of comfort food is so delightful and down South, there are few things for comforting than a steaming bowl of Chicken and Dumplings. Chicken and Dumplings, is one of those recipes that is practically synonymous with southern hospitality, homemade and comfort food. Warm, fluffy, doughy dumplings topping, hot delicious flavor packed chicken and vegetables. Chicken and Dumplings made with love can soothe the savage beast and warm up the coldest noses and toes(es). This delicious recipe is easy to follow and simple to make, but packed with flavor and goodness. Chicken & Dumplings 3 tablespoons oil, divided 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed Salt to taste Pepper to taste 1 onion 1 stalk celery, … [Read more...]

Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Fall begs for pot roast, and a busy kitchen begs for the slow cooker.  This Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe will keep your family and your kitchen very happy as we slip into the brisk autumn evenings full of homework and after-school activities. Try the delicious pot roast recipe as-is, or mix it up with by adding your family's personal favorite veggies like green beans, mushrooms, celery or fresh garlic!  Serve with some crusty french bread and simple gravy for a complete healthy and memorable family meal. Simple Slow Cooker Pot Roast Ingredients: 4 - 5 pounds beef oven roast (I used tip roast), cut into large chunks 3 pounds red potatoes, quartered 1 & 1/2 pounds baby carrots 1 large yellow (sweet) onion, cut in large chunks 3 packets dry ranch dressing mix (1 … [Read more...]

Top Fantastic Recipes for Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are a budget lifesaver for busy families. However certain people, and I'm looking straight into the mirror on this one, don't care for dark meat. What do you do when you have white meat tastes and a dark meat budget? That's easy. You find recipes that dial the flavor up. Way up... 1. Caramelized Garlic and Brown Sugar Chicken Thighs 2. Easy Chili Honey Chicken Thigh Recipe The next one is written for chicken pieces, but it's a simple swap to use only chicken thighs. 3. Chicken Thighs Marinated in Balsamic and Roasted - Alternatively try this Peach and Basil Chicken Recipe for a fruit-wine flavor! 4. Fried Chicken Thighs Marinated in Homemade Italian Dressing (this has a bonus recipe for Italian Dressing) 5. Boneless Chicken Thighs with Shallots and Garlic 6. … [Read more...]

White Chicken Chili, A Classic Recipe and a New Twist

White chicken chili is not an unusual recipe, but as with anything on the Internet, it can be a little intimidating trying to find a version that looks promising. After a while a cook develops a sense of who they can trust as a resource. One of my favorite recipe resources is Jo-Lynne, author of Musings of  Housewife. I tried her white chicken chili recipe and because I am who I am, I made a few changes. Her recipe calls for soaked Northern beans, I didn't have any ready and substituted canned, hers called for two 4oz cans of chopped green chilies, I roasted two poblano peppers, since they were on sale. If you have never roasted your own peppers, it's a very simple process and Rachel of A Southern Fairytale has an excellent tutorial for roasting peppers. Additionally, I reduced the … [Read more...]