Balsamic Chicken and Pear Salad

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Main dish salad…it’s what’s for dinner.  Does that go over well at your house?  For my husband, a main dish salad has to include protein, fruits/veggies and be full of flavor or else it may not be considered ‘dinner’.    This is an ideal meal for busy nights because all you’re doing is a little chopping, tossing together and before you know it a nutritious meal is ready…. 

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Cheesy Mexican Rice Skillet

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 This easy, weeknight meal is brought to you by Uncle Ben’s.

I confess…weeknight dinner is sometimes a thorn in my side. My kids are not the most agreeable eaters, but they also know that I do not run a short order kitchen. Our house rule is – you eat what’s on the table for dinner or you can wait until breakfast to eat again. ‘Not liking’ what’s on your plate is not grounds for eating something different. That being said, there are nights that I know everyone will eat what I have planned and I mix up those nights with days where we try new recipes. It all evens out.


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Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders with Asian Slaw

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken Sliders topped with Asian Slaw – an easy meal that perfect for any weeknight or football party.

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Genius marketing…Lay’s Potato Chips has it figured out.  Opening up a contest where people suggest flavors for new chips and then creating them and narrowing it down to four finalists…is a super idea.  I then I ‘have‘ to buy 4 bags of chips to ‘see‘ what I like the best.  Well, except for Cappucino (could that actually be a serious contender?!)…my personal favorite are definitely the kettle cooked Wasabi Ginger. #notsponsored

If you’re looking for an easy and flavorful meal that makes dinner easy or game day delicious, these sliders are it.  The work is minimal and the results are intensely flavorful.  I served them alongside my favorite new chips and cucumber slices, but they’d be tasty with Potatoes Au Gratin too!… 

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Pulled Pork: 1 Ingredient, 5 Ways

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Leftovers…let’s discuss.  I LOVE them – it’s one less dinner to actually cook from start to finish.  But I know people who aren’t big fans of any kind of leftovers, I seriously can’t understand that because I love them all.  I do think 4 days of the same exact meal gets a little boring, so I try to make leftovers into a ‘new’ meal when I can.  It keeps things exciting and cuts back on waste.  It takes a little planning initially, but you’ll be rewarded with a tasty dish several nights in a row without much effort.

Last month I mentioned Project Sunlight and a Summer Sunlight Activity, we chose to do One Ingredient, Five Ways.  Decreasing food waste is an important part of Project Sunlight and it’s easily done with a little planning ahead…even better when you find a great sale on meat and you’re able to stock up :) While completing this activity, my kids were able to see all that goes into creating a meal plan and how 1 main ingredient can be made into 5 delectable dishes.

Tips for creating a meal plan around 1 main ingredient…

  • choose meals that use similar garnish (i.e. cilantro, green onion, etc.) that way you’ll end up using it all instead of just a little bit
  • choose a protein that freezes well (like pulled pork), that way if you’re not feeding as big of a crowd you can freeze some for a meal later in the month
  • include pizza night and taco night – both are super kid friendly and you can put almost anything in a taco ;)

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Start with slow cooked pork shoulder (recipes for slow cooker or stove top)

Then make…

BBQ Pork Pizza (pictured at the top of this post) – Top pita bread or pizza dough with BBQ sauce, shredded pork, shredded cheese (monterrey or pepper jack, cheddar) and sauteed mushrooms.  Bake at 400° until cheese is melted.  Top with chopped green onions and cilantro.

BBQ Pork Sandwiches – Serve shredded and sauced pork on a hearty bun with cheesy potatoes and coleslaw.

Crispy Pork Tacos – Nestle crispy pieces of pork inside flour or corn tortillas and top with your fave taco toppings.

Twice Baked Potatoes - Combine pork with baked potato chunks and cheese.  Bake again and drizzle with BBQ sauce before serving.

Pork Chili Verde – This soup is so full of flavor, you’ll be fighting over the leftover pork so you can make this!  Serve with cornbread.

*While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own.

Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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That’s right, THE Best Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, you only need 3 ingredients to make this mouthwatering meat for sandwiches, tacos and more!

I cook pork shoulder at least once a month.  It’s super versatile and a main dish that our family loves.  I own a smoker, which I love, but I don’t always have time to babysit the meat while it cooks.  But I have finally found a pulled pork recipe that is made in the slow cooker that tastes like it was made in the oven or maybe even the smoker.  My husband is partial to the smoked meat – who wouldn’t be?!  So the first time I made this, I didn’t tell him it I made it in the crock pot because I didn’t want him to judge the taste based on that.  He really liked it and gave it a thumbs up.  I think I’ve made it twice since then.

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There’s a tiny bit of science behind the prep to this recipe.  When I smoke meat in the smoker, I brine it in a salt water brine to add flavor and make the meat more tender.  Since we’re cooking this in the crock pot, we don’t have to worry about losing moisture, but we want to enhance the flavor.  To do that, we’re going to salt the entire piece of meat and wrap it up for several hours before we cook it.  I know, I know – it takes a little bit of planning ahead, but nothing is difficult about the actual process.  After it’s been salted and sits awhile, throw it in the slow cooker with a little more salt and liquid smoke and your work is done.  8 to 10 hours later, you’re ready to pull the pork and serve it with BBQ sauce on buns, in a taco or however you like…. 

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pita Pizza

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Three cheers for easy dinner recipes that will be on the table in no time!  This simple recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Pita Pizza is brought to you as part of an ongoing partnership with Kraft.

While enjoying the warmer months, easy recipes are in high demand. They are called the lazy days of summer for a reason. Plenty of long days at the park, the pool or the ball field call for not spending an hour (or more!) in the kitchen making dinner in the evening. Skillet recipes keep you from having 14 pans to wash and kabobs don’t heat up the kitchen if it’s an unbearably hot day. Having a well stocked fridge and pantry makes putting dinner together quickly an easy task…. 

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Garlic-Artichoke Turkey Sandwich

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This mouthwatering sandwich is brought to you by Mezzetta®​.

It’s time for a sandwich upgrade. The beauty of any sandwich is that there are endless combinations and ways to make one, in fact you could make a new one every single day.  Bread, meat, cheese, veggies – all the base upon which a sandwich is built…condiments – the fun and flavorful additions that make every sandwich unique…. 

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Seriously…. around here I have been on a pesto kick!  Not too long ago you may have seen that I posted Pesto Parmesan Baked Eggs. Well today I have a different approach to using pesto.  It is a little more traditional, as it is served on pasta as usual, except with a interesting twist.  The twist is roasted red peppers.  It’s not an ingredient that I use frequently because it’s one that my husband “doesn’t care for”.  So if anyone talks to him, don’t mention that this recipe, which he ate and approved of, contains roasted red peppers! :)  This recipe is easy to begin with but I used the jarred pesto as my base so it was even easier.  Just the addition of the peppers and some heavy cream.  Then toss with warm pasta and there you have it.  A wonderful weeknight meal!  As my preschooler would say… Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey.  My favorite part was that it was approved by the whole family.  It kind of reads as a red sauce, so even my picky eater ate it!

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Roasted Red Pepper Pesto
A delicious twist on traditional pesto. This Roasted Red Pepper Pesto is a quick and easy weeknight meal.
  • 1 cup ROASTED RED PEPPERS (fresh or jarred)
  • 1 jar PESTO SAUCE
  • ¼ cup HEAVY CREAM
  1. Place red peppers in food processor until smooth. Then combine with pesto. Set aside. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot. Add the sauce to the noodles and stir to combine. Stir in heavy cream for a creamier sauce. Heat until warmed through. Serve immediately. ENJOY!


Recipe source: Annie’s Eats


Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich

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This Spicy Chicken Salad Sandwich is just right for quick lunch or a light dinner.

Lately, I’ve really been in love with two things…

jalapeño cream cheese spread on anything and everything


cucumber infused water ( it’s absolutely refreshing!)

The jalapeño cream cheese makes an incredible grilled cheese sandwich and is amazing on a stacked enchilada, not to mention a bagel sandwich :)  But the day I added it to the quick chicken salad I was making for lunch, it made me seriously happy.  The addition of tart cherries and almonds is a great complement to the kick of the jalapeño cream cheese.  If spicy cream cheese isn’t your thing, feel free to use regular cream cheese for one of the creamiest chicken salad sandwiches you’ve ever had…. 

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BBQ Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes

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May seems like such a busy month. End of the school year events, field trips, graduations and all the rest keep us running from one thing to the next. Easy meals are in order to keep the household running smoothly.  I’m talking 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to make these BBQ Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes.… 

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