Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

I put this together before church one Sunday morning.  It smelled (and tasted!) fantastic when we got home.  If you have garden fresh tomatoes, they make a wonderful side dish.  A simple tossed salad would be good too.

I don’t have an ingredient picture this time.  I think I was too busy getting ready for church, cooking as fast as I could.  I forgot to snap the photo.

I did use frozen chicken tenders and skipped thawing them.  They cooked just fine.  You can also save time by estimating the herb measurements instead of measuring.

Here’s the how-to:  [Read more...]

Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes

Roasted potatoes (or nearly any kind of veggie) is a favorite side dish around here.  The other night, I decided to toss two sweet potatoes into the mix.  We ate this with Garlic Lime Tilapia.  There’s something about eating sweet potatoes with fish that makes me feel really healthy.  If that’s an illusion, please let me live in my happy ignorance. [Read more...]

Honey Mustard Grilled Pork Chops

honey mustard grilled pork chops done

Please excuse the charred spots.  I’m not an expert griller.  These still tasted great though.

A few weeks ago, I shared on Facebook that I had totally ruined Jim’s birthday dinner of grilled pork chops.  That time I set the whole grill on fire.  Flames were shooting from the grill, black smoke billowed into the yard and children were screaming.  We ended up with pizza for dinner.

I did better this time though.  The honey mustard is easy to stir together and gave the meat a nice flavor.  You could do the same thing with chicken instead.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Gravy over Rice

Chicken and Rice slow cooker done

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Some foods just aren’t photogenic.  Please forgive me for this photo.

Thankfully, it tastes great.  Kid-pleasing comfort food.  And it’s a slow cooker meal, which is perfect for busy school days.  I adapted it from Mandarin Chicken and Rice Bake from the More with Less Cookbook.  I wanted something similar that could be fixed in the slow cooker.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

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Scrambled Eggs and Peppers

scrambled eggs and peppers done

This is more of a method than a recipe.  We ate it for dinner, but if you like a big breakfast, this would be great in the morning.

I used red and yellow bell peppers, onions and Italian blend cheese.  It paired up perfectly with biscuits.

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Ravioli with Red Onion, White Wine, and Asiago

ravioli with red onion, white wine and asiago done

This tasted like something from a good restaurant.  It can be made in the time it takes to boil water and cook the ravioli.

I found the Asiago cheese in the cheese case near the deli.  It was the same price as Parmesan, which can be substituted if you can’t find it.  The label states that Asiago has a “mild and nutty” flavor.

Oh, I’m detecting nuttiness.

Name that movie.

I’m pretty sure Remy and Gusteau would approve of this dish.

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Sweet Potato Fries

sweet potato fries done

I have wanted to make these for a long time.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for.  They are delicious!

We ate them alongside grilled hamburgers with plenty of bbq sauce dripping off the burgers.  Yum!

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad

broccoli tomato tortellini salad done

It’s hot outside.  Super hot and humid.

If you’re looking for a cool dinner idea, this is your recipe.

I wish I could say that I had garden fresh tomatoes for this dish, but my plants have yet to decide to really produce tomatoes.  All I have are a few small green maters that taunt and torment me because they haven’t changed in size or color for weeks.

I’m a gardening failure.  But that’s a whole ‘nuther post.  For this dish I used a couple of store bought tomatoes and grape tomatoes (tragic because this is August) and 3 delicious cherry tomatoes from my garden.

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Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper

 

roasted red pepper and broccoli done

Roasting broccoli in the oven gives a new dimension to the flavor.  It brings out a nutty taste in the broccoli and enhances the sweetness of the red pepper.  You can vary the seasonings using seasoned salt, grill seasoning or lemon pepper, but I chose to go simple with Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper.

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Seasoned Salt – Make Your Own

I decided one day to make my own seasoned salt.  I started grabbing spices and seasonings from my pantry and began to mix them together in amounts I thought sounded good.  Then I used the mixture on oven roasted potatoes.  So good!

A few days later, I mixed up a larger amount.  I’ve used it in all kinds of recipes, including the pasta that I will share tomorrow.  Here’s what you’ll need to make your own: [Read more...]

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