• Creamy Penne With Seared Chicken Sausage: easy weeknight pasta dish full of mushrooms, spinach, onions and a savory creamy chicken sauce using ricotta!

    Creamy Penne With Spinach, Mushrooms, And Seared Chicken Sausage

    I like to make a game out of leftover or partially used ingredients in my fridge and pantry. Like, how can half a lemon, six ounces of chicken stock, and sour cream be repurposed into some sort of delectable savory sauce to brush over a lightly salted grilled chicken breast? Hmmm… Or, maybe a handful of berries, a bruised pear, and a mostly used carton of half-n-half can be whipped into one of the best cobblers on the planet. Not only is that “game” fun, it’s also practical. Like the companion piece to eating dinner leftovers at work the next day. This week I stared into the refrigerator, puzzled about what to make…

  • Italian Caprese Pasta Salad

    Italian Caprese Pasta Salad

    This caprese pasta salad is the perfect lunch for a busy work day, and you can make it the night before! Even though I love eating out, I’ve really grown to enjoy bringing my lunch to work (including leftovers — yum!). Some might say you know you’re getting older when “Leftovers for lunch!” is exciting and something to look forward to. Perhaps. Though, I’d argue those of you who refuse those lunch leftovers are sorely missing out (so long as you have a microwave). In addition to feasting on leftovers, I like to whip together stand-alone lunches, too. Meals that balance protein and flavor with all the goodness of salad.…

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Holiday Stress: Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie!

    Simple Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PotPiePlease #CollectiveBias As we charge forward into the holiday season, I try to remind myself that holidays are supposed to be enjoyable — not stressful. Easier said than done, right? Well, sometimes. Little things like easy dinners (this post has one of my favorite 5-minute salad dressing recipes), knowing when to say No, and staying well-rested can have a big impact on your attitude. If you enter the season with a mindset of calm, and genuinely try to keep your head in the right place, then chances are you can have a stress-free, enjoyable…

  • Cheesy Barbecue Chicken Enchiladas!

    Cheesy Barbecue Chicken Enchiladas

    This shop about making a simple meal (with loads of cheese!) during the busy fall season has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NaturallyCheesy #CollectiveBias I don’t know about you, but fall around here is BUSY with getting back into the swing of school schedules and the associated after-school activities. Dinners that can be made and/or reheated quickly are a must. As are meals that taste super yummy, and that also can be delicious lunch leftovers for yours truly. Because, of course. We love enchiladas over here (and tacos and fajitas, too, for that matter). They’re so easy to make, and they freeze…

  • Sauteed chicken sausage, apples and peppers in a pan.

    Chicken Sausage and Apple Rigatoni

    Chicken sausage and apple rigatoni takes about thirty minutes from start to finish, which means it’s a snap to pull together on a busy weeknight! Fall is right around the corner, and apple everything is going to be in the air—apple scented candles, apple cider, homemade slow cooker applesauce, apple pie. Evenings are crisp and cool, and the sun is still warm throughout the day. It’s a phenomenal time of year; one of my absolute favorites! Though many of the recipes I make with apples are sweet (like apple cinnamon cheesecake bars or apple bread), apples also make a great addition to savory meals and they pair wonderfully with meats like…

  • Homemade chicken nuggets in less than 30 minutes!

    Homemade Chicken Nuggets

    When you have thirty minutes to cook, homemade chicken nuggets are the way to go! We’re big fans of chicken over here, especially my kids. And double-especially when it involves words like “fingers” and “nuggets.” Basically, they’re all about the crunchy breaded coating, and the dip-ability factor. Also. I make a lot of things from scratch. I really do. That said, I’ll admit that we have bags of nuggets and chicken fingers in the freezer, too. We’re a normal human family whose kids sometimes need food items that can be ready to eat in ten minutes after school, and before the next activity. But, when I have twenty to thirty minutes…

  • Chicken Fried Rice

    Chicken Fried Rice

    Sometimes dinner takes hours to prepare, with meticulous mis en place, fifteen different steps, more pots than burners, and ingredients so expensive you wince at the check-out. Other times, it’s the exact opposite. Like one of our weeknight must haves. A favorite of both my husband and my youngest: homemade chicken fried rice. Its presentation? Messy. Its ingredients? Cheap. Its difficulty level? Easy. Bonus: my chicken fried rice is often made from leftovers. LEFTOVERS. Chicken from a couple nights ago, rice from Sunday dinner, the odd green onion or two left in the crisper drawer. Chicken fried rice is like the “kitchen sink” of dinners, and I love it for that!

  • Queso Couscous with Cheesy Panko Crusted Chicken Tenders

    This fun Chopped at Home Challenge™ recipe is sponsored by Sargento®and their Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican. When I’m presented with a challenge, it’s hard not to accept. In this case, the challenge from Sargento was to create a recipe using four ingredients to mimic the Chopped challenge. I’m a big fan of Chopped, Ted Allen, and the infamous cast of rotating Food Network chef judges. Chopped at Home Challenge? You’re ON. Open Your Basket The meal? Dinner. The ingredients? Sargento Off the Block 4 Cheese Mexican, couscous, salsa, and boneless chicken tenders. Time? 30 minutes. The ingredients in my “virtual basket” don’t seem too daunting, but it still took…