Mediterranean Chicken Skillet – A Variation of Basic Chicken Skillet

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet - Basic Chicken Skillet variation

 

This easy Mediterranean Chicken Skillet starts with the Basic Chicken Skillet:

Basic Chicken Skillet. Start here to create many meals.

 

To the basic skillet we add tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese.  Serve it over couscous cooked in chicken broth and you have a very easy weeknight dinner.

I took the idea for this dish from Mediterranean Chicken in the Slow Cooker.   This quick version is a little different.  Instead of the whole garlic cloves in the slow cooker version, the skillet method uses crushed garlic.  There are a few other differences too, the biggest being the cooking method and time.

I’ve made several variations on the Basic Chicken Skillet and I’m amazed at how different they all are.  It’s been fun and easy to “accessorize” the basic skillet in different ways.  And we really enjoyed this Mediterranean version.

Here’s what you’ll need (minus the onion, which didn’t make it into the photo):   [Read more...]

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Basic Chicken Skillet – The Foundation for Lots of Meal Possibilities

Basic Chicken Skillet. Start here to create many meals.

 

You know how you can create a lot of outfits if you start with a few basic pieces and add in accessories?

You can do the same thing with food.

If you start with a skillet of chicken, onions, garlic and green pepper you can create all kinds of fantastic meals.

Accessorize with tomatoes, basil, oregano and parmesan and have Italian chicken over pasta.

Embellish with Greek seasoning and serve it in a pita.

Accent with white wine, cream cheese, chicken broth and serve it over steamed spinach.

The possibilities are endless!  I’ve got several recipes ready to share that start with this skillet.  This is going to be a series of sorts, but I’m not going to tie it to one day of the week or give it a specific ending date.

I love the idea of starting with a few simple ingredients and creating meals from there.  And I’d love to hear your ideas too!  This is the kind of thing that you can start with the basics and add what you find in your kitchen.  No recipe needed.

Here’s what you’ll need for the Basic Chicken Skillet:   [Read more...]

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Asian Glazed Oven Fried Chicken

These sweet, savory Oven Fried Chicken breasts will become an instant family favorite! Packed full of delicious Asian flavors & easy to make, there will be no need to hang on to those take out menus!

Asian Glazed Oven Fried ChickenI absolutely love fried chicken. One of my all time favorite comfort foods! But I hate going through the process of frying it up. It’s time consuming, messy & normally ends up with me injured. Which is exactly why I have grown to love oven fried chicken. You get all of the breaded goodness you love from traditional fried chicken in a whole lot easier version.   [Read more...]

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Tomato Basil Parmesan Tilapia – 15 Minute Meal

Tomato Basil Parmesan Tilapia 15 minute meal

 

A lot of people eat fish during Lent.  If that describes your family, you may be looking for some new recipes to try.  And even if you don’t eat fish on Fridays during Lent, you will want to make this quick meal.

For this recipe I used tilapia and a McCormick Tomato Basil Recipe and Seasoning Mix packet that was meant for salmon.  I know.  I’m a rebel swapping out the fish like that.

The Tomato Basil Recipe and Seasoning Mix is both full of flavor and full of crunch.  The kids love having a crunchy coating on their fish.  They really eat up the fish I make if it’s both crunchy and has good flavor.  If I leave it fairly plain, only using salt and pepper to season, they’re less likely to eat it.

Tomato Basil Recipe and Seasoning Mix was a hit with all of us.  And since I had some Parmesan in the fridge too, I added some of that to the top.

This meal is very easy to put together.  Once the fish is thawed, you can have dinner ready in about 15 minutes.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

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Migas – My new favorite way to eat scrambled eggs

Migas my favorite egg dish

 

When I was in Boston in February (hint: Boston has terrible weather in February!), I had Migas for the first time ever.

Oh my!  This scrambled egg dish is the perfect comfort food.  It helps that I associate it with having lunch with Jim in a very, very small corner deli.  While the snow piled up outside, we were warm and cozy sharing lunch together.

I’ve made Migas several times since returning from Boston.  It’s a very easy recipe to make.  In fact, you really don’t need a recipe at all.  There are a million ways to make it.  I’ve cooked giant skillet-fulls for lots of people.  And I’ve made it just for one for my own lunch.

Migas consists of scrambled eggs, tomatoes, onion, peppers, corn tortillas and cheese.  I did a little searching online and found that you can either fry the tortillas to make them crisp or leave them soft.  I chose the soft method for two reasons.  First, that’s the way I had them in Boston.  Second, it’s easier and quicker.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

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Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf – a Freezer Friendly Meal

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I am so excited to be partnering with ALDI this year.  On a recent trip to ALDI, I picked up all the ingredients for this Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf.

It looks impressive, but it’s so easy to put together.  And it freezes great too, so you can assemble it ahead of time, but wait to bake until you’re ready.

Fresh mozzarella, pepperoni and marinara sauce bring a twist to the traditional meatloaf.  And because all the ingredients are found at ALDI, it makes it affordable too.

Click here to see the recipe and more photos of the assembly process on the ALDI Simply Smarter Living Blog.

Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Meatloaf whole baked1

 

Disclosure:  I am partnering with ALDI and have been compensated, but all opinions are my own.

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15 Minute Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole

15 Minute Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole

The story of this recipe creation comes with a little confession.

I wasn’t really paying as much attention to the beginning of the sermon on Sunday as I should have been.  Instead, I was thinking of the plate of leftover chicken in the fridge and wondering how I could turn it into a quick lunch.

I promise I did try to pay attention to the preacher.  Truly.  I even know how the sermon ended and what the point was.  One of my kids said it could all have been summed up in the phrase I say to them whenever they leave the house:

“Remember who you are and make good choices.”

But for the front part of the sermon, I was only remembering that chicken and trying to match it with things in the pantry.

And I have to admit, it was time well spent, because the end product of my imagination was this quick version of Chicken and Dressing Casserole.

Because you just don’t always have time for a meal to hang out in the oven for an hour before you eat it.

I only have the one photo of this.  No ingredient photo either.  We were hungry!

But here’s the nitty gritty of how you make it:   [Read more...]

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches
When we have Italian Sausage, I usually serve it over pasta. Ragú recently asked me to give a twist on a traditional dish, so I decided to serve the Italian sausage and peppers on buns instead. And I wanted to use the slow cooker for the recipe too. I love my slow cooker!

The Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce made it a cinch to prep this meal. And it tasted fantastic!

I toasted the buns in the oven, then topped them with the Italian sausage and peppers in rich tomato sauce, covering it all with slices of provolone cheese.

The boys in my house especially loved this meal. The leftovers got finished off as a night time snack. Anyone else have teenage sons who eat two dinners?

Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches:

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low
Ready In: 5-8 hours

  • 2 lbs. sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 jar Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 8 hoagie rolls, toasted
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese
  1. In a skillet, brown the sausage on all sides.
  2. Place sausge, onion, peppers, Ragu and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
  4. Serve sausage and peppers on hoagie rolls, topped with cheese.

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Chicken Tortellini with Kale – a 15 minute recipe

This Chicken Tortellini with Kale has been made twice in our house so far.  Once by me and once by Jim.  He got home before I did the other night and texted asking if there was anything he could do.  I suggested he could make dinner.  I knew we had the ingredients for this recipe in the fridge and the recipe notes were still sitting on the counter.

Chicken Tortellini with Kale 15 minute meal

 

When I walked in the door, he had this dinner on the table.  I love that!

He doesn’t cook very often, but he was able to follow this easy recipe.  Actually, he was able to follow the notes, which aren’t as complete as the full recipe when I type it here.  So this is a very easy recipe.

And it’s also really good.  I wasn’t sure how my kids would react to the kale.  They love kale chips, but cooked kale is a different thing.  I didn’t need to worry though, because they loved it!

The dark, leafy kale contrasted in taste, texture and color to the pasta, cheese and chicken.  A little bit of red pepper flakes added even more flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this 15 minute dish:   [Read more...]

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Easy Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

 

This is the final recipe in our Slow Cooker Soup series.  I have loved this series!

My goal with each recipe I’ve shared has been to put the ingredients in the crockpot and let them cook.  I didn’t want to have to pre-cook any meats for this series.  That’s the one step that will stop me from making something if I’m in a big hurry.

I stumbled on a method of cooking meat with bones in it right in the soups.  This has worked for several ham based soups and also chicken soups.  And it’s the method I used for this soup too.

Cooking the chicken with bones right in the soup gives the broth a rich flavor.  It also simplifies the recipe too.

The original recipe for this soup comes from Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne is one of my favorite bloggers to read.  She blogs on all kinds of interesting topics and she’s a fellow Kentuckian too.

I changed up the soup recipe from the way Anne fixed it.  She made a homemade broth (great idea, but one I rarely take time for).  She also used chicken that had been pre-cooked and took time to sauté the vegetables.  All of those steps make wonderful soup, but I wanted a simpler version.

And I think I found success!  A simple Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup with homemade taste that only takes 10 minutes to prep.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

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