Cover Reveal for Eat at Home Tonight Cookbook!

I’m so excited to show you the cover for Eat at Home Tonight!

I’ve been working on this cookbook for a very long time now and it’s getting so close to moving from my kitchen into your kitchen!  Each chapter is designed to solve a different dilemma surrounding family dinner.  You’ll find recipes for when you only have fifteen minutes, you’ve got no time for dishes, the pantry is empty, everyone needs to eat on a different schedule and more.

The thing about dinner is that we all want to eat it, but finding the time to cook it when we’ve got a million other things to do can be hard.  In fact, sometimes it feels impossible!  How to make dinner when we aren’t in the kitchen, but are driving a pre-teen across town to soccer practice instead?

This book has the solution for that!

The book releases on September 11, but it’s available for pre-order now on:

If you know you’d like a copy, pre-ordering is a great way to go. It’s like sending a gift to your future self. And it makes a big difference in how many actual books will be stocked in stores too.

I truly hope you love the book as much as I loved writing it! I’ve found myself turning to these recipes a lot for our family dinners and I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’d love nothing more than for your copy to be dog-eared, flour dusted, marked in and used!

No matter how you get dinner on the table, you’re part of a tribe of women who value family and connecting at the end of the day.  I don’t know about you, but that fills me with hope in this crazy world!

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The Basic Chicken Skillet – Seven ways

A few years ago I shared a recipe for a basic Chicken Skillet. It’s the dinner equivalent to the little black dress at the most affordable of prices. And you know how you can dress up a LBD with pearls and heels or go casual with a jean jacket & sandals? Chicken Skillets are just as versatile. You can dress it up with some feta a black olives for a swanky Mediterranean dinner or add rice and just the rice for a more casual Cajun flavor. You can even mix in corn, beans and some serious spices for a lively fiesta. It’s the perfect go-to dish for those evenings when you want something familiar with the possibility of exotic.

The Basic Chicken Skillet

It won’t take long at all for you to toss together the Basic Chicken Skillet, but to get you started I’ve included the ingredients and directions for you. And from there, it’s kind of like a culinary world tour. And this month on Facebook Live we’re doing just that – a little world tour Chicken Skillet style!

Want to make your own dinner, starting with the Basic Chicken Skillet

Click here to grab your FREE eBook 7 Skillet Dinners

All the recipes start with the Basic Chicken Skillet and go from there.  You’ll find 7 recipes to try, plus get encouragement and inspiration to find your own combos!  Enter your email over here to grab your own copy.

 

basic chicken skillet

Be sure to catch me on the Eat at Home Facebook page on Wednesday mornings around 10 am for some Basic Chicken Skillet recipes in the coming weeks and you can add lots of new twists to this go-to recipe.

And in the meantime, I’m curious as to which skillet recipe you’ll start with?

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Join the Countertop Cooking Challenge 2018!

Get your slow cooker ready!  Pull that new Instant Pot that you aren’t sure what to do with out of the box, because we’re going to be using both of these appliances this month!

I’m really excited to partner with Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher to bring you Countertop Cooking Challenge.  Laurie and I are both going to be cooking from Eat at Home Meal Plans (you don’t have to be a member to follow along though).  The Countertop Cooking Challenge officially starts Feb. 26!

She’s going to be focusing on the slow cooker recipes and I’m going to be cooking Instant Pot recipes.  You can catch both of us cooking on Facebook Live videos.  Laurie will be on the Passionate Penny Pincher page and I’ll be on the Eat at Home page.  Be sure to go like both of our pages.

All of the Eat at Home Meal Plans feature some Instant Pot and Slow Cooker recipes.   You’ll find both types of recipes in Traditional, Wholesome Traditional, No Flour/No Sugar and Slow Cooker plans.

But even if you aren’t a meal plan member, you’ll want to join us in this challenge.  We’re going to making dinner simple and delicious using both the slow cooker and Instant Pot.  You’ll get new recipes and cooking tips and have your dinner done too!  (If you are interested in becoming a member, you can use the code COUNTERTOP at check out to get a discounted price.)

You’ll also want to sign up for the Countertop Cooking Challenge emails.  I’ll be sending out links to the FB live videos and other tips for you through email.

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I’m so excited to have you join us for this Countertop Cooking Challenge!

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Make Your Own Pizza – It’s easier than you think!

Ever wished that making pizza was as easy as picking it up from your local pizza joint? Well, it takes a little more forethought but it really is much easier than you might have imagined. I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite family foods and tell you some of the tricks I’ve learned along the way while making lots of yummy pizzas for my family’s pizza night each week over the years.

First, let’s just talk about pizza for a minute. It’s an all-American nod to a classic (though not quite the same) Italian dish. And one of my favorite things about it is that there are a million ways to make it, so it’s a great way to make everyone happy. I love that you can go savory, and never run out of different ways to top it. And you can go sweet, and make a treat that will be a massive hit with everyone too.

To me, pizza night is one of the easiest, most fun nights of the week. But to make pizza night easy, you do need to plan ahead a little. I make up my dough in batches. I freeze portions of it so I can pop it out an hour or so before dinner and let it thaw on the counter. That saves me so much time since I don’t have to make the dough from scratch every time we want pizza. Plus the extra rise helps give the dough an even better texture!

I like to make my own sauce, but you don’t have to. And you can go as elaborate or as easy as you want on the toppings. One of my favorites is the chicken alfredo pizza on the blog. It’s delicious and easy, and it is a great option if you don’t like or want all tomato sauces on your pizzas, too.

 

Tricks and Tips for Making Your Own Pizza

Some of Our Favorite Pizzas

  1. Need a gluten-free option for pizza night? We love this fun BLT Pizza!
  2. This homemade alfredo sauce is SO easy to make and it’s delicious on this alfredo chicken pizza. This is a huge favorite of mine!
  3. These mini deep dish pizzas are a fun take on personal pizzas. Lots of cheese!
  4. Here’s another fun take on chicken pizza. Good way to get some spinach in. You’ll really like Chicken Florentine Pizza!
  5. Don’t have time for a crust? French bread makes a fun, crispy alternative in this French Bread Pizza.
  6. Here’s a tex-mex way to make some pizza. Try out Cornbread Pizza!
  7. Who else loves pesto? I love this  Pesto Tomato Pizza!
  8. Need a little heat? Try this Spicy Garlic Chicken Pizza!
  9. This is not a pizza. But it’s another fun way to enjoy those pizza-y, cheesy flavors we love in pizza. You’ll love this Sausage Mozzarella Calzones
  10. Does anyone lovee a deep dish Chicago style pizza? This pizza pot pie was SO good!

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The Simple Recipes You Need to Master for Easy Dinners + Free Download!

I’ve got a new video for you and a free download too!  In the video I share about four types of meals you need to learn if you want to have simple, easy weeknight dinners.

And I’ve given you recipes for 8 dinners that fit those categories!

I think you’re going to love these recipes and I promise if you use these types of meals, dinner will be a cinch!

To see the video go to this page and enter your email address.  Once you do that, you’ll be taken to a page with links to the first and second videos in this series, along with the downloads for each.

And be on the lookout tomorrow for a GREAT deal!

Watch the Video and Get Your Copy of Let’s Eat! by clicking here

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Free Download! 85 Easy No Sugar/No Flour Snacks!

I’ve got a lot of good stuff for you in the next few days, including this free download of 85 Easy No Flour/No Sugar Snacks!

We’ve put together simple ideas to solve the question of what snacks you can eat and still be healthy.  I think you’ll love these ideas.

I’ve also got a new video series for you and the first video released today.  I cover how to overcome the dread of cooking, cleanup and complaints from family members.  These were some of the most common things people say they dread about weeknight dinners.  If you deal with these too, be sure to check out the video series.

You can sign up for the free download of 85 No Flour/No Sugar Snacks and the video series by clicking here.

Sign up here!

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17 Autumn Desserts to Welcome the Season!

I just love fall. The cool crisp air. The gorgeous vibrant colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. This collection of 17 Autumn Desserts is proof of my love for baking treats with these ingredients.

17 Autumn Desserts

 

 

Pumpkins are for more than Decorating!

1) This Caramel Pumpkin Cake is one of those that quickly jumped to the top [Read more…]

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Over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts

The past few weeks I’ve shared some great picnic ideas to keep your outside dining more interesting than the usual stand-by items. We’ve enjoyed Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food and 40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this collection could never be complete without a round-up of picnic dessert recipes! So today I’m sharing over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts, from those that are lighter and almost snack-like to the more decadent treats.

Muffins – they aren’t just for breakfast!

Muffins aren’t just for breakfast anymore! They make a nice sweet treat after a meal without being too sweet and heavy to toss a frisbee or hike or enjoy whatever adventure you have planned as part of your picnic. Try some of these on your next picnic, and if somehow you have a few leftover, then you have breakfast started for the next day!

Snickerdoodle Muffins

 Bars and Brownies for quick treats that travel way

Bars and brownies are perfect picnic treat because they can be made fairly quickly, spread into a pan, baked and you’re ready for your adventure!

Cookies are always a hit – picnic or no picnic!

Personally, cookies are one of my favorite desserts to pack for a picnic, trip or even a lunch. Many cookies can even be baked ahead of time and frozen so you could grab a dozen of several different types and bring a nice variety on your picnic!

Snacks and Mixes to please every crowd

And a few other treats just because they’re that good!

And just because they’re always favorites, why not whip up some cupcakes? Or bring a small cooler with some fudge in it for a decadent finale to your picnic!

With almost 100 picnic recipes including a nice collection of main dishes, sides and desserts, you should be more than ready to head outdoors and enjoy some great food and time with your family and friends. Why not start a picnic tradition? It may be weekly or the first Friday of each month or the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Which time or specific location isn’t as important as taking the time to gather with your people and enjoying dinner in a slightly new and different way. Somehow a change of venue and a new menu can create memories that last a lifetime.

And let us know what your favorite picnic dishes are in the comments below. Even with all the recipes included in this little series it never hurts to have a few more new ideas. Happy picnicking!

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Over 30 Easy Recipes for Delicious Picnic Food

Did you know that April 23 happens to be National Picnic Day? It seems fitting that it would fall just about the time when we’re all quite ready to get outside and enjoy a bit of warm sunshine and a slower pace. And, let’s be honest, pretty much any day without rain or freezing temperatures ia a good day for some al fresco dining! I’m not sure what your picnic traditions include, or if you even have any but, there’s just something special about a picnic. It’s not that the food is fancier than most days, it’s the change of scenery and being in the middle of the budding and blooming color all around us. Just to make it easier for you to celebrate, I’ve gathered up over 30 recipes for delicious (and easy!) picnic food for you to try with your family.

To get you started, you’ll find 6 Tips and Menu Ideas for a Day at the Zoo or Park that may include several picnic opportunities. If you are traveling and need some ideas for picnicking on the road, this post could help, too!  Some of these sandwiches are often served hot, but I think they’d be fine cold, or the meat could be put in a thermal container to keep it warm. Others could be made at home and wrapped up to take with you, like the Hawaiian BBQ or Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches.

Pita Pockets Make Perfect Picnic Food

One of the best perks of these recipes is that the meats can be cooked in the crock pot and they all freeze well, which means if you make up an extra large batch now, you’ll be ready for weeks of impromptu picnics. And let’s face it, there are literally endless ways to fill pita pockets

  • Greek Chicken Pitas from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.
  • These Greek Pita Sandwiches start with meatballs and just get better and better from there.
  • Chicken Gyros from Kate’s Recipe Box.
  • Beef Gyros are a great way to serve steak on a picnic.
  • We enjoy serving our Beef Shwarma with a cucumber-yogurt sauce instead of the traditional tahini sauce.
  • You can prep and freeze the meat for these Chicken Broccoli Picnic Pitas and add all the veggies to be served in the pita as a chicken salad. A perfectly tasty and tidy picnic option.

Shredded Meat Sandwiches are easy to make ahead and so filling

Chicken Salads & Sandwiches are always a hit

  • My Peach Chutney Chicken Salad Sandwich uses cooked chicken and a delightful combination of ingredients that taste great and come together quickly.

Summer Picnic Classics never fail to impress

  • Slow Cooker Beer Brats are a classic summer grill idea with only 2 ingredients that can actually be made in the slow cooker.
  • 70s Fried Baloney Sandwich and other such sandwiches are sure to make the kids happy with their classic simplicity.
  • Gina’s Club Sandwiches were named for my sister, and as you would imagine, it’s a tasty club sandwich for any day of the week, especially if a picnic is involved.
  • Tomato Sandwiches are perfect when those fresh tomatoes start showing up in the garden or your local farmer’s market. Nothing says summer like a thick sliced juicy fresh tomato.
  • The secret to these PBJ on Depression Era Bread is the tasty Depression Era Bread. It just takes the classic PBJ up a notch or two.
  • These Egg Salad Sandwiches are a classic recipe that includes how to boil the eggs, and a great little item to have the kids help whip up.

  • Loaded Hot Dogs can be made with 3-ingredient “Cheater Chili” and a little slaw.

Classics with a Twist keep things fun and interesting

Roulades, Frittata Bites & Chicken Legs are too good to pass up

  • These Ham & Swiss Roulades from Carmella at Assortment Blog are made using handmade or store-bought pizza dough and can be filled with a variety of meats and cheeses based on what sort of mood you’re in.
  • This Bacon Spinach Frittata Bites recipe from Jessica at Life as a Mom would be perfect for a breakfast picnic with some fresh fruit because picnics aren’t just for lunch and dinner!
  • Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a tasty warm option that is easy to eat and slightly messy in a good way, making them perfect picnic food.

And there you have it, over 30 recipes for celebrating National Picnic Day on April 23 or any day you like!

Do you have a favorite picnic food? What about a favorite picnic spot, whether it’s one you go to now or one you enjoyed as a child?

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What to do with leftover Ham

Easter is just around the corner. That means many of us are thinking about all those delicious things we’ll be cooking and eating for Easter Dinner. But after Easter is over, if you are lucky you’ll have the awesome bonus of some delightful leftovers. If you are really lucky (or get a great deal at the store on extra!) you’ll have a nice little stash of leftover ham. I love leftover meats because it jumpstarts my meal planning and makes prep so much easier on super-busy days.

Turkey and Chicken aren’t the only meats that you can turn leftovers into lots of wonderful meals with! There are dozens of ways to take that bit of extra ham and turn it into meals your family will love–and ask for more of!

In this post you’ll find 14 of our family favorites. These are almost all super easy to make. Some of them take just 15 minutes from prep to setting it on the table. Others are true comfort foods, and all of them are absolutely delicious.

14 Ways to Use Leftover Ham

1. Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

2. Ham Asparagus Swiss Quiche

3. Sausage Ham Cheese Quiche

4. Western Omelette Casserole

5. Ham and Bean Soup

6. Quick Ham and Pineapple over couscous

7. Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes

8. Ham and Vegetable Soup

9. Potatoes and Ham

10. Ham Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

11. Scrambled Egg-wiches

12. Red Beans and Rice with Ham

13. Ham Potato Chowder

14. Breakfast Casserole

I’d be thrilled if you took a moment and dropped me a comment telling me what you do with your holiday ham leftovers!

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