Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Blog, Recipes | 0 comments

dinner3

Work­ing in the food blog­ging indus­try, I’m sur­rounded by images of food all day long.  And yup, I’m tempted on a reg­u­lar basis by totally amaz­ing, drool-worthy desserts.  But what really gets my atten­tion are quick, healthy din­ner recipes.  I’m still stumped by the “what’s for din­ner” ques­tion.  I have my reg­u­lar go-to bur­ri­tos and pasta, but I try to throw in a few new recipes every week (err, that may be an exag­ger­a­tion).  I’m only going to post links to recipes that we’ve tried and liked.  There have been more than a few recipes that come with incred­i­ble, beau­ti­ful food images only to be ho-hum, needs way more spice, needs a ton more salt, etc.   I’ve made each of the four recipes in this roundup more than once, and they’ve earned a per­ma­nent spot in my recipe folder in Ever­note.  I’ve made notes for the small changes I’ve made, so read on if you want some new din­ner menu ideas that are fairly easy to make and totally tasty:

HerbCitrusRoastedChicken

I subbed in skin­less chicken thighs for the drum­sticks in this Sheet Pan Herb and Cit­rus Roasted Chicken, but oth­er­wise fol­lowed the recipe.  If you like chicken, add this fla­vor­ful dish to your menu.  Find the recipe at THE COMFORT OF COOKING.

Bangkok-Coconut-Curry-Noodle-Bowls

Even if you’re not a Thai food fanatic like I am, you may just fall in love with this incred­i­ble recipe.  The sauce is dreamy, and I could eat this Bangkok Coconut Curry Noo­dle Bowl every night.  Use what­ever veg­gies you have on hand (we didn’t have pur­ple cab­bage and all was well).  My only sug­ges­tion is to cut the sugar from 3 table­spoons to 1 (it is plenty sweet with­out the extra sugar).  Learn how to make this deli­cious Thai bowl at PINCH OF YUM.

skilletporkchops

My hus­band has made these Skil­let Pork Chops in Mush­room Sauce a few times (he’s on week­end duty), and they’re pretty amaz­ing.  If you’re a glut­ton, serve with mashed pota­toes.  All healthy eaters can serve with cau­li­flower mash (I’ve never tried it, but am totally curi­ous).  Head to SIMPLY GLORIA for the recipe.

Crock-Pot-Tikka-Masala

This Slow Cooker Tikka Masala is a reg­u­lar on our menu dur­ing soc­cer sea­son.  It’s made in the slow cooker, so we get home after prac­tice and eat.  That’s why I bought this big mon­stros­ity of a slow cooker, but it totally works.  This recipe calls for 2 pounds of chicken– I use 1 pound and replace the rest with a small head of cau­li­flower for extra veg­gies.  I also use only half the cin­na­mon the recipe calls for.  I don’t love Indian food, but this recipe has made me a con­vert, and I look for­ward to left­overs.  Get instruc­tions for this recipe at THE IRON YOU.

Out On The Town Bibs and White Chocolate Chip Scones

Posted by on January 30, 2015 in Blog, KIDS, Recipes | 0 comments

Out On The Town Bibs and White Chocolate Chip Scones

2015 is going to be a cre­ative year.  I feel like I dropped off the planet for a while, but I’ve got the cre­ative bug back, and I’m tak­ing full advan­tage of it.  I just ordered some home dec fab­ric for a very old, sad-looking foot­stool.  If you sew, check out Tonic Liv­ing- they have great fab­ric, and right now they’re offer­ing free ship­ping to the states.  A friend of mine just had a baby (well, tech­ni­cally he can now walk), and I wanted an extra spe­cial present for her new babe.  The prob­lem was that...

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Crafty Birthday Party

Posted by on July 21, 2014 in Blog, KIDS | 0 comments

Crafty Birthday Party

Hi– it feels so good to be back!  I man­aged to jam May and June full work projects, so July is all about less work and more fun with the kids.  I’m so excited that I fin­ished a head­board for my daughter’s room, and will share the tuto­r­ial soon.  Her room is really com­ing together, and my younger daugh­ter is beg­ging to have her room redone too– this means many DIY projects in my future.  My older daugh­ter turned 10 this month (yikes, is she a tween?), and I needed birth­day party activ­i­ties to keep kids of...

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4 Totally Tasty Green Salads

Posted by on April 22, 2014 in Blog, Recipes | 0 comments

4 Totally Tasty Green Salads

Happy Earth Day!  Make your­self and your fam­ily a gor­geous, deli­cious, healthy salad tonight to cel­e­brate the day.  Also check out Danny Seo’s blog, and visit his Do Just One Thing archive– there are plenty of great ideas to help you green up.  Spring makes me start crav­ing healthy eat­ing, and these four green salad recipes are ones that you’ll want to make over and over again (seri­ously, they’re all really good)! 1.  Ina Garten’s Tab­bouleh Recipe from Kitchen Parade 2.  Keeper Greek Salad from Pop­pytalk...

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Non-Candy Easter Gifts For Kids

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Blog, KIDS | 0 comments

Non-Candy Easter Gifts For Kids

It’s been a while since I’ve posted– some good fam­ily friends got some bad news, and it hit me hard. For now, on to Easter… it’s my favorite hol­i­day– I love the col­ors, cute bun­nies, and egg hunts.  Our neigh­bor­hood has a yearly egg hunt the day before Easter, and the kids get loads and loads of candy. They get home and imme­di­ately stuff as much sugar into them­selves as they can pos­si­bly man­age. Because of this Sat­ur­day sugar-fest, I tend to go easy on the candy in the Easter bas­kets.  I’ve...

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Spring Fever Tutorials I Want To Try

Posted by on February 18, 2014 in Blog, DIY | 0 comments

Spring Fever Tutorials I Want To Try

Do the days seem longer lately?  I think I’ve got a case of spring fever, and these tuto­ri­als would be per­fect spring home improve­ment projects.  Hope­fully I’m not bit­ing off more than I can chew! 1.  DIY Float­ing Shelves in the laun­dry room.  Our laun­dry room is con­fig­ured a lit­tle dif­fer­ently, but I love the float­ing shelves.  It would be nice to feel good about that clut­tered, catch-all space. 2.  Tufted Head­board.  I’m so close to fin­ish­ing my older daughter’s bed­room, and this is...

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Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Blog, Health | 0 comments

Health Benefits Of Dark Chocolate

Have you made the switch to dark choco­late?  If you’re a milk choco­late junkie like I was, it seems seri­ously impos­si­ble.  When­ever I used to taste dark choco­late, I had to choke it down– bit­ter and dis­gust­ing were two words I used to describe it.  I kept read­ing about the health ben­e­fits of dark choco­late, and I couldn’t ignore the facts.  I started cut­ting back on sugar in gen­eral, and began the process of taste-testing dif­fer­ent brands of dark choco­late.  All of the nutri­tion experts...

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Whole Foods Facial Care Product Sale

Posted by on February 7, 2014 in Beauty, Blog | 0 comments

Whole Foods Facial Care Product Sale

If you live any­where near a Whole Foods, you’ll want to stock up this week­end on facial care prod­ucts (25% off Feb­ru­ary 7–9, 2014).  This is a great deal, and they have some fan­tas­tic skin­care lines that are worth check­ing out.  Here are some of the brands they carry: Mychelle-  I love the Sun Shield SPF 28 Sun­screen (this is com­ing from some­one who has tested every sun­screen under the sun, includ­ing the expen­sive derm brands like Skinceu­ti­cals).  It has a very high con­cen­tra­tion of clear zinc...

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Valentine’s Day Bracelets

Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Blog, DIY, KIDS | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day Bracelets

Every year I make my kids some­thing hand­made for Christ­mas (usu­ally some­thing I sew).  This year they’re get­ting bathrobes– I know, I haven’t made them yet, which is why I thought I’d bet­ter get some­thing hand­made to them before the Fourth of July!  These bracelets are rather easy to make once you get started, and so cute!  I found the extra wide rub­ber bands in the tie-dye sec­tion of the craft store, and they fit the girls’ wrists per­fectly.  I stiff­ened up the fab­ric with adhe­sive fusible web...

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Affordable Nordic Neutral Decor

Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Blog, Decor | 0 comments

Affordable Nordic Neutral Decor

I’d love to infuse my home with these earthy, calm­ing neu­trals– it makes me want to plan a trip to Scandinavia! 1.  Peb­bles Are Great Colour Series 2 by Tessa Horrocks 2.  Grey Trail Pil­low -$39.95 from CB2 and Lap­pljung Ruta Pil­low -$10 from Ikea 3.  Vari­gated Grey Pouf -$99 from Land of Nod 4.  Belly Bas­kets –set of 2 for $48 from Ser­ena and Lily   5.  Eco Cross Baby Blan­ket -$80 from Spearmint 6.  Mali Camel Indoor/Outdoor Rug -$83 for 2′ X 3′ from Dash and...

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