Category Archives: Main Dishes: Chicken, Turkey & Seafood

This Shrimp Noodle Stir Fry is full of veggies and done in under 30 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! For the past few months, my kids have had a major bee in their bonnets about ramen noodles. On different occasions they tried them at friends’ houses and decided that they need those simple little noodles in their life. Ramen is something that I stopped buying years ago when we stopped eating things with MSG in them. When it came to cleaning up our diet, I would generally replace a store-bought item with ingredients I didn’t want with a Continue Reading →

Shrimp Noodle Stir Fry

This Classic Chicken Noodle Soup comes together in just 30 minutes. It is warm and comforting, and the whole family will love it!  Welcome welcome, January! This is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the fresh start – I’m putting away my Christmas decor and decluttering/purging/organizing, it’s my birthday month, and it’s a natural season of renewal for most of us (me included!). I love setting down the cookies, candies, and party food, picking up my meal plan with my favorite healthy dinners, and moving a little more. Long live January. I think 2016 was rough for Continue Reading →

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

This Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake comes together quickly when you use leftover shredded meat and extra homemade green enchilada sauce. I love cooking a big batch of meat in the slow cooker, pulling it apart while it’s warm and tender, and then using the meat throughout the week. Cook once and eat on it all week is my kind of meal prep! This recipe is just perfect for any kind of meat that you have already shredded and in the fridge. You can use shredded beef, pork, chicken, or even lamb. You can’t really go wrong with any of Continue Reading →

Easy Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

This is your go-to guide for cooking the best chicken legs. You have three options for cooking methods, and eight different sauces to choose from! Years ago, I published this Caramelized Chicken Legs recipe, and today it is one of the most popular recipes on my site. So many people make it and love it. I wanted to further share my love of all things chicken legs with you so that you too can make a simple dish that you family will love. I’ve made literally hundreds of chicken leg recipes, and today I’m sharing all of my tips, tricks, Continue Reading →

8 Must-Make Recipes for Chicken Legs

This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is a healthy and colorful way to eat the rainbow. Few things are more exciting to me than a meal that is healthy, quick, and so colorful! This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is going to become a quick favorite in your house because it fits the bill for all of those things. This would be a perfect main dish salad for any busy weekend. You could also serve it as a side if main dish salads aren’t your jam. I made a big pot of simple fried rice (with lots Continue Reading →

Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

15 One Skillet Dinners

Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You’ll cut back on dishes and save yourself time! My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven’t gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I’m sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome: When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make Continue Reading →

15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

Few things are more delicious than a slice of chicken pot pie on a cool fall day. This hearty one dish meal is one of our favorites. I have made a few changes to this great classic and you are going to love it. Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie is a fun fall dish because it uses pumpkin cubes in place of the traditional potatoes and puff pastry in place of the pie crust. These two little changes make the dish prettier (hello, orange pumpkin) and easier (hello, store-bought frozen puff pastry). This dish only took me about 20 minutes Continue Reading →

Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie

Welcome to PUMPKIN WEEK! These amazing Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas are going to change the way you think about pumpkin. Cassie from Wholefully and I have been planning this week for months, and I’m so excited that it is finally here. We are sharing 7 full days of new pumpkin recipes on our blog,s and then we’ll share one massive round-up of all the pumpkin recipes we have on our sites. There are so many delicious things coming your way. Be excited! Today Cassie is sharing a recipe for perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles. These freeze great so make a double batch Continue Reading →

Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas

This baked pasta has been one of my favorite meals since I was newly married. I got the recipe from my Aunt RaNae and have been adapting, enjoying, and making it in all kinds of variations for years. This recipe is simple tried and true deliciousness that you are going to make over and over again. It’s super versatile and fool-proof. I like to make the sauce the same every time because that’s the backbone of this dish. You have a lot of options when it comes to the kinds of pasta you use (you can use lots of different shapes Continue Reading →

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Baked Pasta

When you make and blog about 9 staple salad dressing you should know how to make, you suddenly have a fridge full of dressing, which means you need to make some perfect salads to use up that dressing. That’s why we eat salad, right? To have a medium with which to eat salad dressing? This Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad is a simple delicious meal that can be the host to just about any of the dressings I love. If you need a serving suggestion, I’d try this salad with the honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese. Grilled chicken salads are one Continue Reading →

Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What Continue Reading →

8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

The busyness of the end of the school year has got me running around like a mad woman most days and only continues on through the evening. May is a crazy month because everything is wrapping up or just beginning. We have baseball, t-ball, recitals, field trips, parties, practices, plays, dances, and more. I know that I’m not alone in all the going and coming either. I have a delicious quick and easy dinner for you today that will be on the table in less than 30 minutes. Skip the drive-through one night this week and enjoy this amazing weeknight chicken Continue Reading →

Weeknight Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Pineapple Salsa (30 Minute Meal)

Today is the day! The book I’ve been writing, testing, and getting ready for you since last September is LIVE! Get all the details here. I started this massive project of learning about and creating the very best healthy freezer to slow cooker recipes last September. I had a big prep day with my sister and my freezer was full. I started eating my way through each recipe and trying them again and again. Little did I know that in October, my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we’d be horribly ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner Continue Reading →

14 Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes (NO cooking on prep day!)

Today I’m sharing the easiest healthy meal around, simple oven roasted tilapia with vegetables. You can make this meal all on one sheet pan too which I love. I’m working with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today and I’m really really excited about it. I am super picky about who I work with on the blog because I have to love their product, and even more, you have to love them too. I work for you, so I only work with companies that I know you are going to love. I choose to work with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today for a couple Continue Reading →

Simple Roasted Tilapia and Vegetables (easy 20 minute sheet pan dinner)

Chicken breast are one of our country’s most popular meats but so often they are dry, tasteless, hunks of protein that just aren’t worth eating! I’m here to solve the problem of the dry chicken breast forever. Everyone needs to know the best way to cook chicken breast and I’m here to let you in on the secret. This post is going to change the way that you cook chicken breast. There’s one simple method to prepping the chicken and then I’m going to tell you four (yes, four!) different ways to cook that chicken breast. This is going to change Continue Reading →

The 4 Best Ways to Cook a Chicken Breast that Everyone Should Know

Shrimp Fajitas are one of my favorite super quick meals to make. Shrimp is a bit of a splurge but it’s so very good once in a while. I love it because it does cook up fast and that means dinner is done in a hurry. If I forget to thaw the shrimp in the afternoon I’ll just put the frozen shrimp in a colander and run them under cold water for a minute and then changes the water temperature to just tepid. They thaw in just a few minutes and I’m ready to roll. I like to make this Continue Reading →

Simple Shrimp Fajitas

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos are as tasty as the pictures look friends! I am working with Sabra (you know, the hummus folks) today and I’m so excited! I made this recipe with football, parties, and entertaining in mind. I love these easy skillet nachos for a few reasons. One, they are delicious and they look fabulous. Two, they take very little time to make which makes them perfect for a party. Three, who doesn’t love nachos!?! They are a total crowd pleaser. Making a huge batch of nachos in a skillet means that you can serve Continue Reading →

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili is the best of so many worlds. Slow cooker meal? Check. Healthy? Check. Use some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Check (but not necessary if you don’t have it, see the notes on the recipe). This recipe is also part of the November #eatseasonal group, which means other bloggers have made delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients and you can find links to all of their dishes down below! This group of bloggers has been a huge treat for me to work with this year, and this month is no different. Here’s what a Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

I have been using my slow cooker like a crazy person these last few week, and this slow cooker chicken pot pie is one of the meals that I made and we loved. I love soups and stews, but my family can get tired of them after a while. I really liked this slow cooker chicken pot pie recipe because you add a homemade element (the biscuits) that isn’t made in the slow cooker; that little extra step really makes everyone happy. I’m happy because I can still get the bulk of dinner prepped and going during the middle of Continue Reading →

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

Welcome October! I feel like October is the official start of the fun, busy, and some days a little crazy holiday season. We start off with a family birthday, then Halloween, another birthday, another birthday, Thanksgiving, our anniversary, Christmas, then my birthday. In less than 3 months we celebrate so many different things. Throw in family parties, community events, school functions, church, and other general life-business and you have yourself one very busy season without even trying. This is the perfect time of year to use those slow cookers to make life easier. Don’t let the convenience of eating out Continue Reading →

15 Make-your-life-easier Chicken Slow Cooker Recipes

Bring on all the grilled things! Southern Utah is HOT right now, and I don’t even live in the hottest part of this region. The thermometer has been breaking 100 degrees plus every day and this very pregnant mom is hot. We have a swamp cooler, but it can only cool a house down by about 20 degrees (which is still so much better than no cooler!) but by the time dinner rolls around, I’m a toasty mess with no desire to turn on the oven or stand over the stove. We spend almost every afternoon at the pool and Continue Reading →

Honey Glazed Chicken Skewers

Welcome summer! When you combine a few pounds of beautiful fish fillets, amazing seasonal produce, and the grill, you are in for one simple yet perfect dinner. My desert-dwelling family loves all things seafood and I have such a hard time finding a good source for it here in Southern Utah. I jumped at the chance to work with Louisiana Seafood and I’m so excited to tell you about them today! Plus this recipe for simple grilled fish fillets is amazing. It takes about 5 minutes to prep, 7 minutes on the grill, and you are done. I can’t wait for Continue Reading →

Perfect and Simple Grilled Fish Fillets

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite Mexican meals – Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny. Have you all been introduced to the Food Nanny? She’s fabulous! Her name is Liz Edmunds and she does a cooking show where she bring family meals back into people’s lives. She loves the idea of family dinner, is a great meal planner, and her recipes are tried and true. You can watch her show here. I’ve been a fan for a few years now and this is my favorite recipes of hers. Tomatillo Ranch Burritos use my Simple Santa Fe Rice with Continue Reading →

Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad is one of my favorite dishes to throw together in a hurry and eat for the next few days. My kids and husband love this chicken salad and I love all the great flavors and vegetables it has. The best part? You can eat it however you see fit. I like to use mini bell peppers, celery, and cucumber to dip into the chicken salad. My kids liked it served on top of cracker, and my husband likes it on toasted whole grain bread with extra mayo on the bread. No matter how you Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Summer Chicken Salad

30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp was a huge hit with my family and it will be with yours too. Here’s a little secret though, it’s super easy! I saved myself a whole lot of time and effort by using frozen SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp. It’s super nice to have a few things in the freezer like this for busy nights. A rice cooker takes all the work out of making rice, Meal Prep Monday takes all the work out of the stir fry, throwing everything in a jar and giving it a shake takes all the work out of the Continue Reading →

30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp plus this Week’s Meal Plan

20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

In 2012 the average American ate 54.1 pounds of poultry. The bulk majority of that poultry was enjoyed in the form of chicken breasts. I am no master meat cooker and I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken. I’m sure that I’m not alone in this fact so I thought a round up of 20 different ways to use chicken breast would be a great dinner time inspiration for you this week. That Copycat Chick-fil-a sandwich is calling my name!! Whether you like your chicken chopped up in a casserole, served by itself, or somewhere in the middle, I’m Continue Reading →

20 Amazing Chicken Breast Recipes

Christmas Eve is all about the appetizers and finger foods in our family. It’s a fun and easy way for everyone to bring a few little things and no one to be stuck in the kitchen all day. When your family owns the grocery store in town (and lots of them work there too), days like Christmas Eve are busy at the store. No one has time to make a huge formal Christmas Eve dinner. Plus, when you have a bunch of different dishes, there’s something everyone loves and eats. That’s a nice perk when you have a lot of Continue Reading →

Leftover Turkey Taquitos

My mom made a chicken and rice dish that she baked in the oven when I was a kid, and I just did not like it. I have no idea why; I’m sure it was fine, but every time I think of chicken and rice I don’t get the best mental picture. I decided it was high time to change that mentality and make a chicken and rice dish that not only would cure my mental dislike, but also become a simple meal to feed my family. Rice is one of my kids’ very favorite foods. Stove Top Chicken and Continue Reading →

Stove Top Chicken and Rice

One Pot Wonders make my world a happy place and my friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing an amazing looking dish, just in time for cool fall weather! Take it away girl! ‘Tis the season friends! No, sorry, not THAT season. ‘Tis the season for stews, soups, and one pot meals. We didn’t have it often growing up, but some Sundays my mom would put together a pan of chicken baked over rice. I remember feeling a bit weird that the chicken had bones in it (oh, the horror!), but I also remember LOVING the rice. There’s just Continue Reading →

One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice

Some people get excited about new movie releases or album debuts, but what gets this girl is new America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks, and boy do they have a new cookbook! I’ve been a longtime fan of America’s Test Kitchen. My husband got me two of their books back in 2010 for Mother’s Day and I’ve been hooked ever since; I’ve been adding to my ATK (America’s Test Kitchen) collection for years and I have to tell you about their newest book that just came out yesterday! And because I like you, you can win a copy for yourself. Keep reading! I Continue Reading →

Healthy Homemade Frozen Chicken Nuggets from America’s Test Kitchen

Hey friends! Life is so crazy right now. We are literally a day or two away from opening the hardware store that we’ve been working on for almost 2 years. We are waiting for the building inspector to come one last time and issue our occupancy permit. While we are knee-deep in the final stages of cleaning and general business I have my friend Emily here to share a great recipe for Ranch Chicken Bake (no ranch packet included! Yay!). By the end of the week I should have a post on the hardware store for you as well as Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Ranch Chicken Bake

You guys! It’s already JUNE. How did that happen?! Our weekend was busy at the farmer’s market (I added rhubarb lemonade and raspberry lemonade to the line up this week and they were big hits), planting potatoes and pumpkins in the garden, and other general family work/fun (because work is fun!). A great weekend all together. Now that we’ve had 2 weeks of summer merriment and freedom I’m ready to figure out some kind of schedule. A very loose schedule, but something. I need ideas on chore charts for young kids and I’m thinking about doing some kind of Mom Continue Reading →

Bacon, Chicken, and Sweet Corn Quesadillas

Grilled brown sugar bacon wrapped chicken skewers is a recipe title that pretty much tells it all. But in case you have any questions, let me explain. Wrapping things in bacon is great, except for when it isn’t. Bacon is meant to be crispy and delicious but way too often the wrap-job turns bacon into a chewy and overly flexible piece of salty fat. No thanks! But when you grill bacon, it crisps up nicely and keeps the chicken moist while giving it a just the right amount of bacon flavor. Add just a touch of brown sugar that caramelizes a Continue Reading →

Grilled Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers

My in-laws own the grocery store here in town. We moved home to this tiny town almost a year ago so that my husband could start working with his dad, build and open a hardware store that is connected to the current grocery store (should be done and open this June!), and to be closer to family. There are a few perks to owning a grocery store and one of my favorites is the gifts that my mother-in-law gives me. For Christmas she gives all of her kids 10-15 cases of whatever they want from the grocery store. I love Continue Reading →

Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta

Happy Weekend to you! This year I’m trying a few new things when it comes to posting! One is being a part of a group of bloggers who are doing fun things together monthly, and today is one such post! This group of ladies is the creation of the beautiful Wendy from Around my Family Table. She came up with the idea of finding 12 bloggers who share 12 recipes on the 12th of each month with 12 ingredients or less. Each blogger is taking a turn coming up with the theme for the month and January happens to be Continue Reading →

Quick, Easy, and Healthy White Chicken Enchilada Soup

Eating Clean isn’t rocket science, it’s planning! If you want to feed your family well but aren’t sure where to start, this is the post for you. I have a whole food approach to eating that the whole family will love, no health food store needed. This meal plan is something that I cycle through. We try to eat by my 80/20 rule (more on that at the bottom of the post) but when I feel like we are getting lazy or have had too many treats and cheat meals (read long weekends, holidays, vacations,and birthday parties) then I’ll stick to Continue Reading →

Eating Clean Meal Plan: Spring/Summer Menu

Hello all! After a long holiday weekend filled with family reunions, swimming parties, and a birthday party, I’m feeling super ready to eat well again. I love to enjoy party food but I also love to get back into a healthier routine once the parties are over. And there’s no better time to start than today. Here’s a great recipe for healthy tetrazzini with chicken and broccoli for you to make tonight. It’s quick, easy, delicious, and healthy! The bones of this healthy tetrazzini recipe come from my Aunt RaNae out of our family cookbook that my sister and I Continue Reading →

Healthy Tetrazzini with chicken and broccoli

  I love this quick and easy stir-fry recipe! I got this recipe from my sister (Hi, Lachelle!). The idea is that you cook up a little chicken, throw all of the ingredients for the sauce in a mason jar and give it a shake, add the sauce and cook, add some frozen veggies (Costco has a fabulous organic frozen stri-fry vegetable medley that we love), and then serve it all over hot rice. It takes less than a half hour to throw together and the whole family loves it. It’s always a winner and one that will go in Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Stir-fry

Confession: as much as I try to make things from scratch, tortillas are one thing that I don’t make regularly. Sure I’ll make a batch of homemade here and there but we eat way more tortillas than I make by hand. We are Mexican crazy and tortillas are just a store-bought staple in my life. The other day I picked up a bag of the new Mission Super Soft Tortillas because they happened to be on sale and we really liked them. Later that week someone pointed a recipe contest using those same tortillas! I contacted the right people and Continue Reading →

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Green Thai Chicken Coconut Curry is one of my very favorite meals. Sweet and creamy, spicy to taste, and pungent with just the right amount of salt… it’s a recipe that you’ve got to try. Thomas and I had a best friend couple in college (and we still love them though they live way too far from us). It was one of those relationships that you just cherish. They were our next door neighbors, we were both newly weds, our husbands were both in the Engineering program and studied constantly together, and we ate dinner at our place 3-5 nights Continue Reading →

Green Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

Are you ready for a nontraditional knock-your-socks-off dinner? Ok, good. I present to you – Curried Coconut Chicken with Squash and Dried Cherries. The name is a mouthful and so are the flavors. The sweet and creamy coconut pairs perfectly with all those spices. The sweet squash cooks up nice and soft and then you bite into little tart yet sweet pops of dried cherries that have started to come back to life from simmering in the dish. Mmmmm. I have half of this recipe hiding in my freezer for an easy meal later and I may just have to Continue Reading →

Curried Coconut Chicken with Squash and Dried Cherries

Delicious caramelized baked chicken legs are the best way to make make baked chicken legs in the oven, and requires only whole food ingredients! Guys, you will love this. We are chicken leg lovers and I make them often; this is one of the best recipes that I’ve made! Chicken legs are cheap and everything in this recipe is probably already in your kitchen, plus it is easy! We all need some easy meals this week while we are preparing to enjoy a holiday weekend. Sweet and salty baked chicken legs with a hint of garlic and a sticky gooey Continue Reading →

The Best Baked Chicken Legs

Posting this recipe today is so bitter-sweet for me. I want to share delicious things with you and I know this one is just that, but part of me is sad that yesterday’s post about the death of my beloved hens won’t be the first thing on the blog. Once a post moves slowly down the home page and into the archives, it is essentially lost to the world. The death of my birds will be forgotten, except by me, and right now that’s hard to swallow. I was crying on the phone about the whole thing to my mom Continue Reading →

Orange Chicken with Stir-Fry Veggies

Remember that washi tape giveaway? I feel like it was ages ago. Well, the original winner hasn’t contacted me, so it’s time to pick another. Donna O’Neil, you are the new woman of the hour! Please email me so that I can get a mailing address from you; ten rolls of washi tape are on the way. Congrats to you. And again, a big thank you to everyone who entered. The last days of summer are here, and I’m clinging to my grill for dear life. Oh how sad I’ll be to put it away for winter. Here is my favorite grilled chicken Continue Reading →

Grilled Honey Lime Chicken Breast

Confession #1: I tried BBQ ranch for the first time last month. The combo just sounded gross to me; why would you ever put barbecue sauce on a salad? I tried a bite of my cousin’s salad while we were out and loved it (thanks Brandy!). The sweet smokey with all that cool goodness of vegetables paired much better than I expected. How have I been living without this for so long? Confession #2: I have never served a salad as a main dish to my family for dinner before this very recipe graced our table. My kids don’t eat lettuce Continue Reading →

Barbecue Ranch Chicken Salad

It’s no secret that we love pizza! I also love spinach. I was pondering how to mix the two when I had a vision of chicken Alfredo pizza with spinach hiding in the creamy Alfredo sauce! It turned out amazing. Husband told me more than once it was “the best pizza ever”. He might have been extra hungry that night so it tasted especially good; it was pretty fantastic in my opinion, too, though! I doubled the sauce as written which left me with enough for 2 pizzas, dipping sauce for breadsticks, and enough to pour over a pound of hot cooked pasta with Continue Reading →

Chicken Bacon Mushroom Pizza with a Creamy Spinach Sauce