Saturday, June 2, 2018

Chicken Pesto Pasta- Instapot

This was so good! 
  • 4 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 to 3 cups dry Penne pasta
  • 1 and 1/4 cup pesto
  • 1 28-ounce can tomatoes (diced or crushed)
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated Parmesan, if desired
Combine all ingredients in pressure cooker. Stir to combine. Cook on 10 minutes high pressure or 11 minutes if chicken is frozen. Top with grated Parmesan, if desired.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

One Skillet Sun Dried Tomato Chicken & Gnocchi

Another WIN!  I tried this new recipe and loved it!

This EASY One Skillet Sun Dried Tomato Chicken and Gnocchi is the perfect weeknight dish that is tossed together with spinach, garlic and shredded asiago cheese and made in under 30 minutes!
I found this recipe HERE.  Its a must try for sure! I don't like baking anything in the oven when it gets warm - so this spoke to me.  Easy, yummy, a sure thing here!

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp garlic
  • 12 oz. Alessi gluten-free gnocchi
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup half and half (or heavy cream)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (or any other cooked chicken)
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • ½ cup freshly grated Asiago cheese
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, drizzle olive oil and saute sun dried tomatoes and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add uncooked gnocchi, breaking apart any that are stuck together, then mix in chicken broth, half and half and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes, until gnocchi are cooked through and fluffy.
  3. Remove cover and mix in shredded chicken and spinach leaves, cooking an additional 3 to 5 minutes until spinach is wilted.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and cook until melted, serve and enjoy!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sun-dried tomato Fettuccine Alfredo

I made this for the first time tonight and it was all eaten up.  They all loved it!  One child even asked if we could eat it again next week. Winner winner pasta dinner.
20 Minute Creamy, Lightened Up Sun-dried Tomato Fettuccine Alfredo smothered in a flavorful velvety sauce with a fraction of the calories! A great go-to dinner and totally customizable with chicken veggies, etc.

I searched for pasta recipes on Pinterest and came across this.  It's a winner!  The recipe can be found HERE.
  • 16 oz fettuccine noodles
  • 2 tablespoons oil from sundried tomatoes in oil jar
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomato halves , drained and finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I use lowfat)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp EACH dried basil, dried parsley, onion pwdr, salt
  • 1/4 tsp EACH dried oregano, pepper
  • 2 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella
Garnish (optional)
  • freshly grated Parmesan
  • fresh basil

  1. Cook fettuccine in salted water according to package directions. Strain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons sundried tomato oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add sundried tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes and saute for one minute. Sprinkle in flour and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Turn heat to low and stir in chicken broth. Whisk cornstarch with milk and add to pan along with tomato paste, basil, parsley, onion powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring sauce to a simmer and continue to cook and stir until sauce is thickened (but not overly thick), approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cream cheese until melted, followed by Parmesan cheese until melted. Keep heat on low until fettuccine is done cooking, then stir in mozzarella cheese until melted then fettuccine until evenly coated.
  5. Taste and season with additional salt, pepper and/or red pepper flakes to taste. Garnish with freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, and fresh basil if desired (optional).

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies

I made this last week and it was delicious and EASY!! I found the recipe on Damn Delicious right HERE

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies - The easiest one pot recipe ever. Simply throw everything in and that's it! No cooking, no sauteeing. SO EASY!


  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts instead)
  • 16 ounces baby red potatoes, halved
  • 16 ounces baby carrots
  • 16 ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  • 1/2 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, honey, ketchup, garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes and pepper.
  2. Place chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and soy sauce mixture into a 6-qt slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours, basting every hour. Add green beans during the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
  3. OPTIONAL: Preheat oven to broil. Place chicken 
**I had it in the crock pot for 7 hours and the chicken was dry..maybe because it was really thin chicken breasts.  Next time I will do 5-6 hours max!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Baked Pumpkin Donut Holes

I made these as an after school snack and kids LOVED them.  But they didn't turn out as cute as these, but they tasted great! You can find the recipe HERE

For the donuts:
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk

  • For the cinnamon sugar coating:
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease a 24-cup mini muffin pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Sift flour into medium mixing bowl, add in baking powder, salt, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. In a separate large bowl, scoop in the pumpkin puree and mix in brown sugar.
  4. Mix in the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and add an egg. Pour in milk, and mix until smooth.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  6. Scoop the batter into a 24-cup mini muffin pan, about ¾ full each cup, and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Remove the donuts from the oven and allow to cool just enough to handle.
  8. Place melted butter in one bowl and the sugar and cinnamon in another.
  9. Dip the donuts into the melted butter, and coat, coat, coat in cinnamon sugar.
  10. Serve warm, and enjoy

** I used pureed squash and you couldn't even tell!  Mini-muffins are next I'm just making them into big muffins without the cinnamon sugar.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

When I am all out of my pancake mix...and powdered milk to make it, I have made this recipe and the kids LOVED it! (We have to double the recipe for my family) The pancakes are very light and fluffy!  You can find the recipe HERE.

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes


1- 1/2 cups flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar

Then add these and mix:

1- 1/4 cups milk
1 egg
3 Tablespoons butter, melted

The batter is a little too thick for me, so I add some water in it until the desired consistency.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

I got this recipe from my sister-in-law, Cheryl. It is easy and yummy!

2 lb pork shoulder or butt
12 ounce can root beer
18 ounce bottle barbecue sauce
8 hamburger buns

1.  Place the pork in the slow cooker and pour the root beer over the meat. Cover and cook for 6 hours or until the pork shreds easily.

2.  After the pork has cooked, drain and discard the root beer. Shred the pork and pour barbecue sauce over the pork and stir to combine. Serve immediately or keep warm until served. Serve on hamburger buns.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Real Homemade Soft Pretzels

At the many baseball games we have gone to this kids spend most of their money on snacks including pretzels.  So one day I decided we should just make them at home for a after-school snack.  They were in LOVE with these pretzels!  I made some with salt and some with cinnamon sugar.  I found the recipe HERE.  They are time consuming but not hard to make.  My boys loved helping me shape them, boil them and of course eat them!


1 TBS yeast
1 TBS sugar
2 cups warm water
1 cup flour
4 cups flour, mixed with
1 TBS salt, more flour if needed
1 egg
1 TBS water
coarse salt


1. In a large bowl, stir yeast, sugar and warm water.  Let rest until yeast is dissolved and is a little foamy.

2.  Stir in 1 cup flour.  Then add rest of flour mixed with the 1 TBS of salt.

3.  Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth.  Place in a oiled bowl, rolling around until all oiled.  Cover and let rise until doubled in size.

4.  Remove and knead again just a little bit, gently.  Cut into 16 pieces, roll each piece into 14" ropes, shape into pretzels and place on a greased cookie sheet.

5.  Cover and let rise 15 minutes.

6.  Drop each one or 2 at a time into a small pot of boiling water, boiling each 1 minute, and replace back onto greased cookie sheet.

7.  Brush each with eggwash (1 egg beaten with 1 TBS water), sprinkle with coarse salt.  Bake in preheated 450 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Country gravy

Here is simple country gravy recipe...which is a must on Saturday morning at our house!  I found the recipe HERE on Betty Crocker website. 

1 TBS vegetable oil
2 TBS flour
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper


  • 1
    After removing cooked meat from skillet or pan, add oil to drippings in skillet. Stir in flour, scraping up brown particles. Cook over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture is light golden brown.
  • 2
    Stir in milk. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is boiling and thickened. If gravy is too thick, stir in more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency. Stir in salt and pepper.  Add sausage.

Chicken Parmigiana

This is simply delicious recipe by Pionner Woman. I've made this a few times already and love it! HERE is the recipe.


  • 4 whole (up To 6) Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts, Trimmed And Pounded Flat
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose Flour
  •  Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 3/4 cups Wine (white Or Red Is Fine)
  • 3 cans (14.5 Oz.) Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/4 cube Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 pound Thin Linguine

Mix flour, salt, and pepper together on a large plate.
Dredge flattened chicken breasts in flour mixture. Set aside.

At this time, you can start a pot of water for your pasta. Cook linguine until al dente.

Heat olive oil and butter together in a large skillet over medium heat. When butter is melted and oil/butter mixture is hot, fry chicken breasts until nice and golden brown on each side, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
Remove chicken breasts from the skillet and keep warm.

Without cleaning skillet, add onions and garlic and gently stir for 2 minutes. Pour in wine and scrape the bottom of the pan, getting all the flavorful bits off the bottom. Allow wine to cook down until reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
Pour in crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Add sugar and more salt and pepper to taste. Allow to cook for 30 minutes. Toward the end of cooking time, add chopped parsley and give sauce a final stir.

Carefully lay chicken breasts on top of the sauce and completely cover them in grated Parmesan. Place lid on skillet and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer until cheese is melted and chicken is thoroughly heated. Add more cheese to taste.

Place cooked noodles on a plate and cover with sauce. Place chicken breast on top and sprinkle with more parsley. Serve immediately.