Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette

Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad

Healthy, fresh and simple, Grilled Chicken Peach and Quinoa Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette is loaded with summer flavors.  Sweet peaches pair perfectly with grilled chicken and are topped with a zippy raspberry vinaigrette that's super easy to make in the blender. I know I keep talking about "fall is coming" and school busses barreling down the road but the fact is...summer isn't over yet.  Who's happy to hear that?  Actually, we have about a month left of summer and, to me, this is the … [Read more...]

Italian Pressed Picnic Sandwich

Pressed Italian Sandwich

No worries about smashing this sandwich, pack it at the bottom of the cooler and load it up.  This Italian Pressed Picnic Sandwich is stuffed with italian meats, cheeses and spreads.  Held together by a crusty Ciabatta loaf, this is a definite crowd pleaser. You know what I despise?  A crushed beyond recognition sandwich.  I try my best to pack things in lunches that can take a bit of a beating.  PB&J on white bread? No go, they always end up a sticky, gooey mess if it's not stowed in … [Read more...]

Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant with Maple Dijon Sauce

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A zesty twist on a classic breakfast sandwich. This Sausage Egg and Cheese Croissant with Maple Dijon Sauce is a great way to start your day, packed with flavor and will quickly become a family breakfast staple. Bonus…the Maple Dijon Sauce doubles as a savory dip for an after-school snack! I am not a planner….it's just not in me. I'm more of a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal and that doesn't really bode well when the school year begins. Kids running around the house begging for food … [Read more...]

Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Scalloped Potatoes

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This one-pot dish is loaded with cheesy potatoes and juicy chicken thighs topped with a buttery, crispy crust.  Ready in under 30 minutes, Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Scalloped Potatoes will soon be a regular in your weeknight dinner rotation. I remember….a long, long time ago….when I was a wee one….I used to tote a giant accordion file to school with me filled with box tops.  I didn’t know what they were for or why my mom went through all the trouble to cut the little squares off … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich

Mediterranean Pita

Soft pita bread stuffed with marinated artichokes, black olives, sun-dried tomatoes and mushrooms make this Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich the perfect vegetarian meal.  A great option for on-the-go lunches and beach side picnics. Seagulls hate fruits and veggies.  That's my fun fact for the day.  How do I know this?  Well, in all the time I've been hanging out on the beach this summer....I've never been attacked for a peach...or a grape...or a carrot.  Anytime I've had a sandwich with … [Read more...]

Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet

Taco Pasta Skillet

Creamy, cheesy pasta bursting with taco flavors and made in just one skillet. Cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet is the best weeknight dinner because everything cooks in one pot, even the pasta.  Loaded with taco flavors, this is a healthy and fun way to surprise your family on Taco Tuesday! Who's doing the happy dance because the kids are back in school?  Our area hasn't shipped out the big yellow buses yet but I've seen several of my southern friends posting their kids first day of school pics … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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Marinated chicken breasts, peppers and onions, grilled quickly and served with corn tortillas make a great weeknight dinner option.  So easy to make and with minimal mess, they are simply the BEST chicken fajitas ever. Have you seen them?  The back to school commercials?  They're starting to pop up here and there during your weekly binge-watching sessions of all things Bravo TV.  Everyone's talking about it and it's going to happen soon...kids everywhere are going back to school and I can … [Read more...]

Easy Seafood Cioppino

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Loaded with fresh seafood and swimming in a mildly spicy tomato broth, Easy Seafood Cioppino is healthy meal that's easy to prepare.  A perfect alternative to a calorie laden chowder and ready in under 30 minutes. How's everyone's summer so far?  Hopefully it's as fun as mine and everyone has their toes in the sand pretty regularly.  I've been hopping back and forth between the suburbs and the shore for most of the season with frequent visits to all the farm stands in between.  It's my … [Read more...]

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken

Ranch Grilled Chicken

Country Style Ranch Grilled Chicken will soon become a dinnertime staple for easy dinners on busy summer nights. Skinless chicken thighs are marinaded in tangy ranch seasoning and then tossed on the grill for an easy weeknight meal. Minimal cleanup, maximum flavor. We’re beaching it this week.  I can’t wait.  We’ll be heading down in a few days…for a few days and I’m looking forward to no messes in the kitchen for a bit.  I’ll still be working but dinners need to be quick and easy so I’ve … [Read more...]

Grilled Fajita Nachos

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by VELVEETA®.  All opinions are my own. Smokey cedar planks are the perfect backdrop for these easy Grilled Fajita Nachos.  Chicken, steak, peppers and onions are all piled onto crisp tortilla chips and topped with creamy, melty VELVEETA®.  The perfect snack for summer and tailgating season.   Nachos for dinner.  It’s pretty simple.  I have had a pile of nachos for dinner countless times.  My obsession began when I lived in a tiny suburban … [Read more...]