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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more