Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winner, winner, delicious dinner on the fly!

I am a Pinterest addict & refer to it anytime I need a recipe for dinner, an appetizer, football Sunday, whatever.  I wanted to highlight some recent recipes that have been a definite hit in our house.

This crockpot brown sugar, roasted garlic pulled pot roast was an awesome addition to a Sunday Bears get together with our friends.  The Bears certainly didn't win, but this recipe absolutely did.  Since we knew our Sunday morning was going to be busy, we roasted & smashed the garlic the day before.  Come game day, it took minutes to throw together & I was free to hang out with my friends & watch the game without worrying about dinner.

If you like Panera's broccoli cheddar soup, you will love this copycat recipe we made this past Sunday.

I've made many broccoli cheese soup recipes but none have been this spot on to the real deal.

This crispy cheddar chicken is a cinch to throw together & delicious even without the sauce.

I toss any veggies I have on hand with salt, pepper & olive oil, roast for 20-30 minutes while this is cooking & dinner is ready from start to finish in less than 45 minutes.

On a recent Saturday night, we whipped up this quick homemade pumpkin ricotta gnocchi. 

If you've never made gnocchi before, it's a yummy way to make fresh pasta without any special tools.  You just roll out the dough, cut & boil for a few minutes.  While the gnocchi is boiling the sauce can be quickly made in less than ten minutes.

During the week when evenings are rushed, I tend to make quick chicken recipes that contain only a few ingredients.  I've been buying boneless, skinless chicken thighs since it's a lot cheaper than the breasts.  A large pack at Target is around $10 & I easily get 2 meals for the four of us, plus leftovers.  I'll make 1/2 the pack & freeze the rest for the following week.

Melt in your mouth chicken is 6 ingredients that takes about five minutes to assemble & 30-45 minutes to bake.  Again, I serve it with roasted veggies.  Most of our dinners are a protein & veggies, not usually a starchy side.

Equally as easy is this "man pleasing chicken."  You see a lot of this recipe on Pinterest & it is again only a few ingredients.

I'm not a huge fan of the name, but Mike is a man & this dish definitely pleases him, so I suppose it's accurate.  I just use the knock-off pancake syrup since I'm too much of a cheapskate to buy the real deal.  Most of the time I forget the fresh rosemary that's growing in a pot in our backyard & it's perfectly fine without it.

Since I'm on my own with the kids in the hectic evenings, I have to be prepared with a plan going into the week as far as our meals our concerned.  We use a lot of frozen leftovers like meat sauce I've made in big batches or the leftover chicken with simple ingredients I mentioned above.  Not only do I hate to grocery shop but we're also on a tight budget.  With a good plan in mind, weekday meals don't have to be a stress!  It seems that with Cam in kindergarten & Reese in daycare, there's a million things to remember & I'm not always on the ball.  Last week, I filled out Cam's flu vaccine report for school & today I got a letter back saying he wasn't vaccinated since I forgot to circle one of the questions.  Did I mention that I kept him home from school on Columbus Day thinking he had off?  Um yeah, he didn't & he missed an unnecessary day of school.  Who does that?!?!?  Me.  Yeah, this gal.
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  1. The link for the soup isn't linking up to the correct recipe. Can you please let me know what the correct link is in the comments? Looks delish! I am going to try the chicken dish tonight....can't wait!

    1. Oops, sorry about that, thanks for catching that! I fixed it & attached the correct link. Hope you enjoy it!!