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I love going to Pinterest to find tasty and easy recipes to make when I'm in a rut! Since it's the new year, I've been looking for easy, but delicious week night meals to make! I want to be able to feed our entire family great and healthy meals - even when we are on a time crunch. 

Chicken Fajitas Bake from Seeking Good Eats

Ingredients: 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 (4 to 6 oz ) boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts,  1" to 2" pieces. If using pre-cooked chicken, you will need about 5 to 6 cups.
  • 4 bell peppers, sliced (vary the colors to make it pretty! I used green, yellow, red, and orange)
  • small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 recipe of Fajita Seasoning Recipe or Copycat Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe (feel free to use store-bought packets if you're short on time)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
  • optional: sour cream, avocado slices or guacamole, cilantro, and salsa. Don't forget hot sauce for the spicy lovers!

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In an oven proof skillet, over medium heat, saute the chicken in olive oil until the chicken is done. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add onions and peppers and saute until tender, (approximately 3 to 5 minutes depending upon your preference). 
  3. Add chicken back to the pan and stir in the fajita seasoning, sour cream, and cream cheese. Mix well.
  4. Sprinkle the top with cheese and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. 

This recipe + picture are from Seeking Good Eats. 

 

Taco Lasagna Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 green pepper finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups tomato sauce plain, no salt added (400ml)
  • 1 3/4 cups mild chunky salsa (400ml) or hot
  • 12 Catelli Express Lasagne Noodles
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sour cream, avocado, tomatoes, lettuce, etc, for serving as desired

Instructions

  • In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef, green pepper and onion until beef is browned and vegetables have softened (10-15 minutes).
  • Add the taco seasoning, garlic and salt and cook 1 minute.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce and salsa, and cook over medium-heat for 3-4 minutes. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9×13″ pan. Spread a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of the pan, then top with 3 lasagna noodles. Top with ¼ of the remaining sauce, and 1 cup of cheese. 
  • Repeat layers 3 more times for 4 layers total. End with remaining sauce and cheese on top.
  • Just before baking, carefully pour ¼ cup water around the edges of the noodles in the pan (not on top of the cheese) — this will help to cook the noodles and keep the lasagna moist! Spray a piece of tin foil with non stick spray and place (spray side down) on the lasagna. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
  • Uncover the lasagna and bake 8-10 more minutes, until thickened and bubbly and cheese has browned slightly. Let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

This recipe + picture are from The Recipe Rebel.

Mediterranean Nachos

Ingredients:

  • 4 pita pocket bread sliced into 8 triangles each
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas drained and rinsed, pat dry
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil + more for drizzle
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 medium cucumber diced small
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes julienned (I like the ones in oil and I just dab off the oil before using)
  • 1/2 cup banana peppers sliced
  • 1 small shallot thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup feta crumbles
  • 2-3 green onions sliced for garnish (I use white and green parts)
  • 2-3 Tablespoon fresh parsley chopped for garnish
  • Hummus & Tazatziki Sauce for serving 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line one baking sheet with parchment paper and spread pita triangles across. Drizzle olive oil lightly across the pita bread, along with salt and pepper, and toss to coat evenly. 
  • On a second baking sheet, spread out the rinsed and dried chickpeas. Toss with 1 teaspoon olive oil, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Place both sheets in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, tossing each halfway through.  Check for desired crispiness and remove from oven.
  • Meanwhile, prepare toppings and dips, if making homemade.
  • When the pita chips come out of the oven, transfer them to a serving tray/plate (or just leave them on the tray!). Top pita slices with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, banana peppers, shallot slices, and feta crumbles.
  • If desired, put the nachos back in the oven for 3-5 minutes if you want the toppings to be warm, too. Garnish with green onion and chopped parsley. Serve immediately with hummus and/or tzatziki sauce.

This Recipe + Picture are from Fork in the Kitchen

It’s a new year and I’m sure you’re craving some healthier newer dishes! I hope you enjoy these meals. Let me know what you think! 

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I love the holiday season! 🎄 One of my favorite parts is the holiday appetizers! I'm highlighting some of my favorite on this week's blog. Check out these amazing apps here:
This recipe from Joanna Gaines Pretzels and Cheese Dip is just amazing! I love that you have the option to make them savory or sweet (by adding some cinnamon sugar)! Picture from KendellKreations.
 
The Cookie Rookie makes an incredible 7 Layer Greek Dip and everyone loves a good 7 Layer Dip! I love that you can make this recipe beforehand and that it doesn't have to go into the oven, since there is always limited space in the oven. Picture from The Cookie Rookie.
The Chunky Chef makes Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies. Everyone loves them - even the kids! They are sweet and smokey, and my mouth is watering just thinking about making them! Picture from The Chunky Chef.
Women's Day complied a list of 65 Christmas Appetizers that are all great ideas for serving your family and friends during the holiday season! I love the wide range of ideas that they give! Picture from Women's Day.
The holiday season is the happiest time of the year! 🎄 I'm excited to spend the holidays with friends and family, making delicious appetizers for everyone to enjoy! I'd love to hear what you are making this holiday season - let me know! 
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I love snack time after school with the boys! It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. I love seeing the boys and having them tell me all about their days! They also love it when I have delicious snacks and treats waiting for them!  Here are some new delicious after school snacks that I plan on incorporating into our after-school routine this fall.

Apple Nachos from Good Cook

  Shot from Good Cook. Grab apples, peanut butter, Nutella and some fun sprinkles to make this nutritious and fun snack! 


Critter Crudites from Good Housekeeping

Shot from Good Housekeeping

Grab some apples, blueberries, peanut butter cream cheese and other fruit to make some delicious and healthy veggies friends! 


Grilled Cheese Roll Ups form Brit + Co.
Shot from Brit + Co

Grab some bread, sharp cheddar cheese and make these tasty little treats for an afternoon snack! 

These are some of the new recipes that I’m adding to our after school snack rotation! For more fun recipes, visit my Pinterest here for more ideas! 

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Photo Courtesy: Cafe Delites

There’s no better feeling than knowing at the end of a long, busy day (when you’re going 100 different directions in a limited number of hours) coming home and knowing that you have one of your favorites on the menu for dinner! This family favorite is easy and perfect for the mid-week stressful days.
I make Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken often in our home. Almost all the boys love it (minus one slightly picky eater!) and best of all, it’s quick and easy! Seriously, it takes only 25 minutes total. Additionally, it’s a healthy option that the entire family will enjoy. I found this recipe from Café Delites, via Pinterest. To view more of my favorite recipes on Pinterest, visit here! 
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Photo Courtesy: Cafe Delites

Without further ado, Italian Herb Bruschetta Chicken:

Ingredients:

Chicken: 

  • (2) large boneless, skinless chicken breasts halved to make 4 fillets
  • (3) teaspoons of Italian seasoning or Italian herbs
  • (2) teaspoons minced garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • (1) tablespoon olive oil, for cooking

Topping:

  • (4) Roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • (1/4) cup red onion finely chopped
  • (4) tablespoons of fresh basil, shredded
  • (2) tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • (1/2) cup of freshly shaved parmesan cheese

Balsamic Glaze:

  • (1/2) cup balsamic vinegar
  • (2) teaspoons brown sugar 

Instructions:

  1. Season chicken with Italian seasoning, garlic and salt. Heat oil in a grill pan or skillet, and sear chicken breasts over medium-high heat until browned on both sides and cooked through (about 6 minutes each side). Remove from pan; set aside and allow to rest.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, red onion, basil, olive oil in a bowl. Season with salt. Top each chicken breast with the tomato mixture and parmesan cheese.
  3. Serve immediately with balsamic glaze (optional).

 

Balsamic Glaze: 

  1. (If making from scratch, prepare while chicken is cooking.) Combine sugar (if using) and vinegar in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes or until mixture has thickened and reduced to a glaze. (If not using sugar, allow to reduce for 12-15 minutes on low heat).

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