Articles Tagged family meals

Orange Chicken

Orange Broccoli Chicken

0 | March 2, 2014

Sometimes we need an easy and simple weeknight meal. Especially on those days that the dog has chewed up my favorite set of slippers, the child is in one of those moods that nothing will please her, laundry has miraculously and spontaneously exploded in every room of the house, I missed a deadline, and I think that might have been a hairball that I just stepped on. It’s days like today that I just go for a classic meal that everyone will enjoy or at least keep them quite for 15 minutes. Tender bites of chicken and broccoli coated with

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Lemon Ginger Pork Medallions

5 | January 22, 2014

The fact that my job keeps me busy is an understatement. I’ve got to juggle being a mom, wife, photographer, recipe developer, food blogger, maid, and dog wrangler to the labradork. My office is stacked high with props, boards, camera equipment, product for upcoming shoots/projects, and glitter sticky hearts that I swear are parasites or an alien race that duplicates every second— I just can’t seem to get rid of them. In all this hustle and bustle, I’ve still got to put dinner on the table. Thankfully, we can eat my job and the other night, this recipe developed for

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Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

1 | April 24, 2013

A slow-cooker meal is a relief to come home to and realize dinner is one step away from being on the table, especially when you realize your child has just created a wonderful attempt at a Picasso on your couch. But what bothers me about slow cooker recipes is that they are almost always made with a “a can of this” and a “can of that.” Have you ever read the ingredient list in a can of mushroom soup? It should be mushrooms, broth, flour, cream, salt and pepper. Instead it’s a long list of chemicals and preservatives that I’m

Baked Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Who doesn’t love Chicken Parmesan? Crispy chicken slathered with tangy marinara sauce and covered with a gooey blanket of cheese. This retro dish has always been one of my favorites and a “go to” meal when it comes to needing a meal I know everyone young and old will eat. Simple, delicious, and certainly cheesy, this recipe will be on your family’s favorite list for a long time.

Delicious and garlicky hummus flat bread!

I’m not going to give you a story that normally accompanies a post today because I want to get to this recipe as fast as possible. We’ll talk about the fact later that my daughter just walked in covered head-to-toe with rhinestones and asked where the hot glue gun is.

tex mex taco salad

The taco salad: what you order at a Tex-Mex restaurant when you’re trying to find the skinniest meal on the menu… or so you think. In my experience a taco salad is nothing but greasy taco meat piled high on nutritionally void iceberg lettuce and a pound of cheese for garnish — oh and you can’t forget the truck load of fried tortilla chips that come with it as well. All-in-all your left with a tasty bowl of empty calories and fat. Now back in my college days this would be a good cure for the previous nights excursions—if you

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I live in Texas and just like 99.9% of Texans, I love it here. Our music is just as good as our food and when spring hits the first thing we do is fire up the grills and guitars. That’s exactly what the family and I did this weekend. There’s just something about friends, music, food, and good weather that make a weekend. Here’s a recipe to try on your grill. Bright and tangy this dipping sauce combined with sweet grilled shrimp is an explosive pairing and I promise it will be everyone’s favorite! Grilled Shrimp with Lemon Parmesan Aioli serves

simple and delicious - how to make polenta

how to make polenta

1 | March 18, 2013

One of my favorite side dishes is polenta. Incredibly simple, inexpensive, versatile, and amazingly delicious, there are never any leftovers. The best thing about this cheesy side is that it can be served along with meat, chicken, shrimp, steamed or grilled vegetables and in just 15 minutes you have the perfect meal! View Recipe This recipe was written for Disney’s Spoonful.com. See all of my recipes here.

proscuitto wrapped chicken

Are you ready for the easiest way to make bland baked chicken taste absolutely, amazingly, over-the-top, fantastic? All you need is a few ingredients and an oven. Here’s how… Prosciutto Wrapped Dijon Chicken serves 4 4 chicken breasts 1/4 cup dijon mustard (1 tablespoon per breast) salt and pepper 4 basil leaves 4 thinly sliced prosciutto slices (about 1/4 pound) Preheat oven to 425°F. Spread each chicken breast evenly with 1 tablespoon of mustard. Place a basil leaf on top of each chicken breast and lightly season each breast with a pinch of salt and pepper. Wrap each chicken breast

Spinach and Ricotta Turkey Meatloaf via insockmonkeyslippers.com

Meatloaf. I can still taste my grandmother’s recipe with the sweet brown sugar ketchup on top. It’s just one of those homey meals that says comfort food. Unfortunately, the words comfort food don’t really relay lean, do they? Trying to keep things leaner, I’ve made meatloaves with ground turkey and to be honest they were so hard you could use it as a home defense weapon when it came out of the oven. Side Story: When I was first married, my mother-in-law (for some reason) gave me a frozen roast. This wasn’t just any roast but a massive piece of

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Every Valentine’s Day I stay home and cook. Don’t feel sorry for me because I love it. It’s actually a gift. I get cook whatever I choose to and The Husband watches Mia while I belt out some Memphis Minnie or James McMurtry, drink wine, and cook up a storm. This year The Husband will most likely be out of town on the special day so while Mia was taking an extra long nap I took it as a sign from above that this was my Valentine’s Day present and cooked myself up a meal fitting for Cupid himself. It

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There are days when you just need a cheesy, creamy, crunchy, fall on the floor fast comfort meal or a quick snack for game day. This is one of those days and this is one of those meals. It’s simply pure awesomeness on a piece of toast. Chicken Artichoke and Spinach French Bread Pizza makes 4 servings 2 Tablespoons butter 1 Tablespoon all purpose flour 1 cup milk 1 cup grated parmesan cheese 1/4 teaspoon salt pinch of fresh grated nutmeg pinch of fresh ground black pepper 1 loaf French bread 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese cooked chicken (grilled, broiled,