Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).

Balsamic chicken is an easy crockpot meal in a tangy tomato sauce!

**This post is brought to you by my sister, Laurie…with occasional interjections by me, so I can brag about my Instant Pot.**

Laurie: I’ve made this balsamic chicken several times now and it’s not a fluke. We really like it! That’s basically all the reason I need to add it to our regular rotation. But there are so many other good reasons! Continue reading “Balsamic Chicken in the Crockpot (or Instant Pot).”

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Shortcut Burrito Bowls.

Shortcut burrito bowls are great for busy weeknights, since they can be on the table in minutes thanks to some easy time-savers!

I really wanted to name these “shorty-shorty-shortcut burrito bowls” or something that more eloquently celebrates how many corners you can cut and still have a really good, healthy dinner. We’re trying to plan ahead for quality family time since Jay’s schedule gets a little crazy this time of year, and we decided that Wednesdays we’ll do an easy, early dinner and the beach. This was the perfect meal to get us out the door in record time! (Okay, that’s a lie, it still took us 100 years to get out the door, but that wasn’t dinner’s fault. It was more the putting on of suits and changing of diapers and forgetting of sunglasses and searching for flip-flops and general disorganized corralling of excited kids. Maybe I need some sort of sheepdog to help with this process?) Continue reading “Shortcut Burrito Bowls.”

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Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.

Quick and full of summer flavor, pesto pasta with burst tomatoes is easy and delicious.

The irony of this post is that it has taken me a Whole Lot Longer to find time (and, you know, 2 hands) to type it than it did to actually make and consume. Pesto pasta is a great summer meal since it’s ready in the time it takes to cook the noodles, which is a plus in my book (even when I’m not holding/wearing/feeding a newborn)! Continue reading “Pesto Pasta with Burst Tomatoes.”

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Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.

This simple basil marinara has just a few ingredients, takes about 20 minutes to make, and is the perfect thing to stash in the freezer!

I’m successfully growing basil! (By this I mean I haven’t killed the lone basil plant I bought a few weeks ago. Because my mom waters it for me.) I needed to cut it back a bit, and it was the perfect excuse to make a batch of this simple basil marinara sauce. It’s just a few ingredients, it only takes about 20 minutes, and it’s the perfect thing to stash in the freezer if you don’t need it right away. It’s got a good garlicky kick without being overwhelming, sweetness and acidity from the tomatoes, and that irreplaceable bright, green basil flavor. Continue reading “Simple Basil Marinara Sauce.”

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One-Pan Chicken Fajitas.

One skillet, less than 30 minutes, and no seasoning packet required, these chicken fajitas are a great, easy weeknight meal.

I hope your Cinco de Mayo involves a Mexican restaurant and enough chips + salsa + queso to make your jaw ache and your actual meal unnecessary. But if you’re cooking a Mexican feast at home – or you just need an easy weeknight meal – these chicken fajitas are for you, since you only need one skillet and less than 30 minutes to get it on the table! Continue reading “One-Pan Chicken Fajitas.”

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Quick & Easy Pan-Seared Chicken.

This quick and easy pan-seared chicken takes less than 15 minutes from fridge to plate. It's juicy, with a salty-seared exterior, and endlessly versatile!

I’m a meal planner, but I’ve tried and failed to be a meal prepper – taking a chunk of time on the weekend to chop veggies, cook a couple things, and set myself up for success during the week. (If you want to be inspired to do this, check out Shutterbean’s meal prep posts.) Mostly if I have a chunk of time on the weekend, I like to do something lazy and/or selfish. ;o) I’ve been loving having citrus kale salad components ready to go, though, and the idea of having some other healthy things available is super appealing. Continue reading “Quick & Easy Pan-Seared Chicken.”

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Bacon Grilled Cheese.

Bacon grilled cheese is a faster than fast food meal that makes an ordinary grilled cheese sandwich extra special!

My Nana (you know her – potato soup, spaghetti sauce, and gingersnaps, to name a few) has a few stories that I’ve heard her tell lots of times, but they never get old. One of them is the tale of ordering BLTs at a restaurant. She and her lunch companions asked for the bacon to be extra crispy, and when the BLTs came out, they were perfect. They thanked the waitress and told her the bacon had come out just right, so crisp – and she replied, “Oh, yeah, I just told the kitchen to kill it.” Then Nana makes a little mock-miffed face, like, hmph! Well! And then she chuckles her Nana chuckle. And I just love it. And that’s how I like my bacon, too. Kill it. Continue reading “Bacon Grilled Cheese.”

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Easy Roasted Apple Grilled Pork Chops.

Roasted apple grilled pork chops make use of a delicious marinade and sauce that's made from real ingredients.

Grilling season never really ends here in NC, if you have/are a committed griller who doesn’t mind bundling up and braving the cold and dark through the winter – and thankfully, Jay is willing. And although I’ve internally cursed and externally whined about DST and the we-still-haven’t-recovered havoc it wreaks on my children’s sleep habits, I do love how the sunlight in the evenings is like an invitation to fire up the grill. As I’ve probably said an annoying number of times, moving as much dinner preparation outside to the grill as possible is my favorite! Continue reading “Easy Roasted Apple Grilled Pork Chops.”

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