Greek Salad with Grilled Lemon Chicken

So I did this thing last week that I’m not at all regretting. It involved ordering a half sheet of prepared lasagna from a local Italian market. And let me just say they do not shy away from cheese. What’s hilarious is that this half tray of lasagna was marketed as ’6 portions’. We’re just over halfway through and have already had three meals each for two adults and two meals for the kiddos. So… yes. We’re up to our elbows in lasagna. Anyway, this recent influx in carbs and dairy has left me wanting something a little lighter and perhaps a bit more green mixed into our diets. Which is perfect because I have been craving Greek salad for weeks. I think it’s the olives and feta that are calling my name. I could eat salty, briny foods all day every day.

Anyway, my love for this salad runs deep. If you don’t normally make dressing yourself, go out on a limb and give this one a try. The homemade Greek dressing is unbelievably delicious, and honestly if you’re looking for some lighter fare, this is your meal.

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Asparagus and Ricotta Tart

Spring means one thing: fresh asparagus. Okay fine, it also means flowers and rainy days and the beginning of grilling season. But mostly, it’s about fresh local asparagus popping up in markets again. So when I came across this recipe for an asparagus and ricotta pizza last week, I could not resist. I mean hello, don’t you sound absolutely delicious?

I’m trying hard to use up leftovers and clean out the freezer every now and again, so this white pizza quickly transformed into a white tart (I always make more than one tart dough at a time, and lo and behold, there was one waiting to be used up in the freezer), and man am I glad it did.

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Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have always wanted to love those recipes for cookies, cakes, brownies, etc. in a mug. The idea is genius. Whip ingredients in a small, microwaveable mug or bowl, wasting no more than three minutes to bring it all together, zap in the microwave for another couple of minutes, and voila! Dessert for one. The sad truth is that they’re just not very good. At least none of the recipes I’ve tried (and I’ve attempted maybe a dozen or so variations). When you want warm, gooey cookies (or brownies, or cake, whatever it is), most of those quick-fix mug desserts are just… not satisfying.

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So today I branched out. Instead of a three minute microwaveable fix, I tried a single serving, fresh, hot out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie recipe. And the results? Pretty damn good. Continue reading Single Serving Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bacon, Onion, Apple Pizza with Smoked Gouda and Sage

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Before you say anything, I know what you’re thinking. This pizza totally does not belong in spring. And you’re right. This has ‘fall’ written all over it. But I was digging through an embarrassing amount of uploaded photos from the last few months and BAM. There this was. Fall and winter were so crazy for us that I left the blog sad, lonely, and covered in dust. I meant to post this — it’s so worth it, even if I’m a few months late — if for no other reason than so I remember to make this again and again and again. Continue reading Bacon, Onion, Apple Pizza with Smoked Gouda and Sage

Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Roasted Red Peppers

Happy Monday! I was lying on the couch under a blanket while my 2.5 year old son used one of his Hot Wheels cars to drive up the ‘mommy mountain’ (his code for my knees when they’re raised and covered by a quilt) looking through some old food photos when I realized I’ve never posted about our favorite stuffed chicken. And by ‘favorite’ I mean I can’t even count how many times this has appeared on our plates. You can stuff chicken with just about anything you like, but this combination of spinach, feta, and roasted red peppers is pretty spot on.

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This is the perfect Monday night meal. Or Wednesday night. Or Sunday. Really, any day ending in -y. The point is, I used to be a little weary of making stuffed chicken of any sort, but this recipe is so foolproof that I’d let my toddlers make it, using the chef’s knife and all. Continue reading Chicken Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Roasted Red Peppers

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Rosemary

I understand why people go carb-free to quickly drop weight. I’ve tried it before — it works. What I don’t understand is giving up carbs entirely if you don’t have a gluten allergy. I mean, life without pasta? Basically not worth living. (If you are actively gluten-intolerant, I apologize and hope you can find comfort in gluten-free substitutes!)

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Salmon Florentine

I adore salmon. Like, I could eat it every day.

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Spring, are you there?

I can almost detect a few blossoms on the trees in our yard, which can only mean one thing: we’ve survived winter. This has been one of the worst winters I’ve experienced up north. Scratch that. This has been the worst winter since I’ve moved up from Florida. The snow was relentless, the days were short on sunlight, and the hours passed far too slowly. With spring and summer finally approaching (hello, 60-degree weather! I’ve missed you!) I can almost taste the fresh fruits, grilled veggies, and lighter fare that’s within our reach. This is the first year that we’ve signed up for a CSA and I can hardly contain my excitement! I think we’re set up for five or six months, and mostly I’m looking forward to the challenge of basing our weekly meals around fresh, locally grown, seasonal ingredients.

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Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Hello, melted cheese!

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Alright, guys. If you’ve been looking for the perfect chicken parmesan recipe, the search is over. There is not one single thing I’d change about this recipe. The chicken is crispy, moist, and oh my god, the cheese. It’s heaven. If you’re not licking your plate clean after this, well, I’m not sure we can be friends. Continue reading Skillet Chicken Parmesan

Chili Garlic Chicken Stir Fry with Coconut Jasmine Rice

I know what you’re thinking: this can’t possibly be very good because it’s ‘just stir fry’. Guess again. This is seriously delish.

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