Grilled Chicken and Corn Summer Salad

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Good afternoon and Happy Friday everyone!!! I have been so darn busy and have neglected my blog as of late and I apologize for that. With summer just around the corner, we are all wanting those bikini bod’s 😉 so I am posting a delicious, filling, and healthy salad that I made. Skinnytaste is one of my favorite places to pull recipes from because they are delicious yet healthy. I followed this recipe pretty closely, but decided to grill the corn to make it a little more ‘summer-esque’ if you will. I grilled the corn about 15 minutes (until it was charred on all sides) and then cut it off the cob into the salad. You could really make this recipe your own- whether you sub black beans for chick peas, add cucumber, scrap the onion if you have a hot date- the skies the limit on this salad!

I paired our salad with an artichoke because how can you not? They are in season, at the farmers market every Saturday, healthy, and delicious 🙂 Maybe enjoy it with a nice glass of white wine? I didn’t have any on hand so yes, that is a cider beer in a wine glass.

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Quinoa Chicken Enchilada Bake- DO NOT HIT BACK

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Good afternoon all! If I saw the words ‘Quinoa Bake’ a month ago, I most likely would have just exited and moved on, but I am TELLING YOU this is the most delicious quinoa bake I have ever had. My husband, who absolutely despises quinoa loved this recipe, so you should definitely give it a go. There are many different recipes out there for this type of bake, but I followed a recipe (thanks Betty Crocker) that I personally think is full of flavor and easy. If you are cooking for 2-4 people you are sure to have leftovers, and lots of them!

I will say this- I substituted the shredded chicken for grilled chicken that I chopped. I marinaded the chicken for two hours, then just grilled it, chopped it, and added it to the recipe above. I think it helped this recipe drastically texturally. The red enchilada sauce is probably good too, however, I put in the Hatch Green Chili enchilada sauce for a bit extra spice and tang. You can find it in a can in any grocery store- pictured below so you know what to look for 😉

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The best enchilada sauce you will ever have

This recipe is too tasty and too easy to pass up- I hope you like it!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Chicken Tikka Masala

Hello everyone- for those that follow my Instagram you saw that I made Chicken Tikka Masala for the first time on Sunday evening. I wanted to let you all know it was a huge success and I will definitely be making the recipe again!

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I followed this recipe exactly and it turned out great! I have heard of people substituting the cream for yogurt for a little healthier version (which I might try next time). If you like it a little more spicy, I added Cayenne pepper to mine to add that extra kick.

What I think helped allow my dish to have more of that true Tikka Masala flavor and to also find Basmati Rice, I shopped at a local Middle Eastern market to get my ingredients and spices- which it was also very inexpensive. If you can shop locally, I would- I think it will make for a much better tasting dish.

I did Basmati rice in place of Naan, but either would be delicious. Just as a heads up, you need to soak the Basmati rice for 30 minutes before cooking it so take that into account! Fairly easy dish, lots of flavor, and a happy household 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

5 Ingredient Lo Mein Recipe- Quick and Easy

TGIF everyone! I wanted to share a VERY easy and quick recipe that I have been making a few times over the past week 🙂

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Tasty beef lo mein- can be made with chicken too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Makoto Ginger dressing
  • 3-4 cups frozen stir-fry vegetable mix
  • 1-1.5 lbs chicken or beef
  • 2 packages ramen noodles (no seasoning packets)
  • 1.5 cups chicken or beef broth
  • Scallions and Sriracha for topping
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This is the dressing I use- found at Safeway or King Soopers

Instructions:

  1. Cut chicken or steak into bite-sized cubes
  2. Marinade chicken or beef with ginger dressing (at least one hour, up to overnight).
  3. Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add in meat and marinade and cook thoroughly.
  4. Remove meat to plate once cooked.
  5. Add frozen veggies to the skillet with the leftover marinade- add more if need be.
  6. Cook veggies until fully thawed.
  7. Add in two ramen noodle packages (no seasoning) and cover them with cooked veggies.
  8. Add 1.5 cups chicken or beef broth. Cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes.
  9. Add back in meat and combine until everything is hot.
  10. Top with scallions and Sriracha and enjoy!

Hearty Tuscan Beef and Red Wine Stew

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Delicious and rich tuscan stew for a chilly evening

Happy mid-week! With the chillier temperatures rolling in and out this week I wanted to provide a hearty stew to enjoy before we get to summer and all the grilling weather. I learned how to make this recipe in a cooking class with my mom and sister 🙂

It is a super rich stew so you definitely would want a salad or some side to break up the richness.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 lbs boneless beef chuck, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces, tossed in flour
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 large celery ribs, trimmed and cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary leaves (1 tablespoon if you do dried)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bottle fruity, dry red wine, Chianti or Merlot
  • 2 cups low-sodium beef broth (more as needed)
  • 1 (28 oz) can diced Italian plum tomatoes
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 6 tablespoons minced fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Place pancetta in a large dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until fat is rendered and pancetta is crispy (6-8 minutes). Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to a paper towel lined plate.
  2. Add 2 tbsp. oil to dutch oven and heat over medium-high heat until hot. Season beef generously on all sides with salt and pepper and add some flour to the beef. Place in Dutch oven and cook until beef is well browned on all sides (7-9 minutes). Transfer beef to mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Add 2 tbsp. oil to dutch oven. Add onion, carrot, and celery, cooking and stirring occasionally until golden brown (8-10 minutes).
  4. Add garlic and rosemary and cook stirring often for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle vegetables with flour and cook stirring often for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add tomato paste, stir often for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. Add wine, beef broth, tomatoes, bay leaves, 3 tbsp. parsley, and meat stirring well to combine.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover Dutch oven and simmer until meat is tender (about 2.5-3 hours adding 1/4 cups of additional beef broth if stew becomes dry.
  8. Divide stew into bowls, top with reserved pancetta, and parsley. Serve immediately and enjoy!

I really enjoyed the wine I used as it made a great tasting soup, but is also a nice sipping wine 😉

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Fattoria il Palagio wine for the stew

Bachelor Watch Party: Success

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Bachelor Night Watch Party

Yep, this is happening. I am going to go full on nerd here. I have a friend from High School who has hosted a bachelor watch party for 4 or 5 years now which is 8 or 10 seasons of the bachelor/bachelorette. There is a group of about 10 or so girls that get together every Monday to have dinner together and watch it. It makes watching the show so much more fun when we can chat about all the drama and pick who we think will win, who we like best, etc. The finale of Nick’s season of the bachelor is premiering next week and I am so sad because it gives me something to look forward to every Monday. Anyways, my friend Rachel is on a beach vacation (lucky gal) with her family and her five-month-old son so I hosted the event for this week. 

It was the fantasy suite date episode, the final 3 women, and also women-tell-all (3 hours of show). For those of you who watch, you know that Chris Harrison tells us it’s the ‘most dramatic episode yet’. Well, us girls popped a few bottles of wine, had a nice dinner, and snuggled in to watch the show and holy drama! The girls on the show are so catty and pick fights with each other and its extremely entertaining to watch. My favorite part about last night was we all kept coming up with hysterical memes throughout the entire show of certain girls facial expressions and what the best/funniest verbiage would be.

If you and your friends have a favorite show, I highly suggest having someone host at their house each week so you can watch and gossip about it all together (or maybe you pick up the Bachelor because there is so much fun drama). It makes it so much more fun! For anyone who watches the bachelor, you should make these cute rose apple puff pasty desserts I made last night maybe for next weeks finale- they are so darn cute! Also, that E wine was delish- we drank every last drop 🙂 My mom actually suggested that wine, and everyone really enjoyed it! Have you noticed the theme? Red wine, red glasses, red apple dessert, we had spaghetti with red sauce, the list goes on, haha!

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Will you accept this rose? Apple and cinnamon desserts 

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Brunching it Up

Hellooooooo Friday! It’s felt so long since I last saw you 😉

I made an incredible French Toast Bake last weekend and thought I would share the wealth.

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The more the merrier- Feeds many or makes for lots of leftovers 🙂

Again, it is so easy to make and you can prep everything the night before so all you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning! Whether you are going out this weekend and want an easy hangover cure for the am, or wanting something easy to make for your family- this recipe is a slam dunk.

Serving it with fruit helps cut the richness and add some tasty flavors, as well as maybe a mimosa or orange julius!

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Red ripe strawberries and powdered sugar completed this meal

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Steak Chimichurri Recipe

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Steak & Chimichurri with seasoned veggies on the grill

Hey everyone! Thank goodness it’s our last evening before the weekend. I found this awesome and easy recipe on Food Network that I made for dinner and obviously you can too. It requires minimal ingredients and is so delicious! If you need an idea for tonights dinner, this is a good one! I paired it with a delicious red wine, but any drink would do 😉

A couple ingredients I added to the recipe was to the veggies- half of a white onion, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, and a garlic and wine seasoning from The Melting Pot and I would say they were game changers! (This seasoning is also a great host or housewarming gift). When you are tossing the veggies in olive oil, salt, and pepper, just add in onion with the tomatoes and green beans, and then toss them with red wine vinegar and the seasoning and it adds so much flavor! The flavors of the veggies with these additions go great with the chimichurri sauce too.

What kind of sauce do you prefer on your steaks? I am always looking for either a good marinade or a good sauce 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

 

Chicken Bake- Weeknight Cooking

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Easy, delicious, and healthy chicken bake

This recipe is very easy to make which is great for weeknight cooking. This is another good recipe for any meal trains you may have joined 🙂 Plus, it looks pretty before and after baking with all of the bright ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1.5-2 lbs chicken (I used thighs and seasoned with salt and pepper on both sides)

  • 1/2 lb baby red potatoes (halved or quartered)

  • 1/2 container of white mushrooms (whole or halved)

  • 1/2 red onion (wedged, or large chunks)

  • 2 lemons (1 juiced, and 1 sliced)

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar

  • 3-4 garlic cloves (minced)

  • 2 sprigs rosemary

  • 2 sprigs thyme

  • 2 sprigs sage

  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Use nonstick spray on a 9”x 13” dish. Place chicken, potatoes, mushrooms, onion and lemon slices in the dish.

  3. Mix together olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper in a bowl.

  4. Pour mixture over the chicken and vegetables.

  5. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 1 hour, or until the chicken is cooked through and potatoes are fork tender.

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Friday Family Fun Night

Hey there, happy Friday everyone! We all made it through another week and most of us have a long weekend to look forward to! My husband and I are typically so exhausted come Fridays that we like to stay in and relax for the evening. 

When I was a kid, we used to have Friday Family Fun nights- feasting in front of the fire! 🙂 I remember always looking forward to being able to hang out with my brother, sister, mom and dad and it was extra special to be able to sit and eat dinner in the family room, in front of the tv next to a blazing fire. Well, that tradition has continued on to now be a tradition with my little family. We cozy up to watch a movie every Friday with a fun meal. If you are looking for an easy, fun, and interactive dinner for tonight, try making your own pizzas! 

Pre-baked crust made for a crispier crust- we used mozzarella and Parmesan, but use any cheese you like!

This pizza peel is a life savor for keeping your pizza together when taking it in and out of the oven


We typically buy our ingredients at Whole Foods, but this sauce pictured above I picked up at Tuesday Morning. 

I have been to cooking class to learn the best techniques for making your own pizzas and if you like your crust a little crispy, roll and toss your dough to your liking, and pre-bake the dough at 450 degrees for ten minutes. Then top with your favorite pizza sauce, cheeses, and toppings and throw it back in the oven until your cheese melts (about 15 minutes). If you prefer your crust softer don’t pre-bake, however, toss your dough then add your toppings and bake it all together for 15-20 minutes. I really like putting a coat of garlic olive oil on the dough to add a little extra flavor before putting sauce on- so if you like garlic, I highly recommend trying that. Also, if you like sausage we have tried both ground sausage that we cook on the stove top, and also grilling sausage links and cutting them up. I prefer sausage on the grill as it adds a nice texture for your pizza!

Another tactic that I have learned is that a pizza stone makes a world of difference when you are baking the crust. We preheat the stone so that it is nice and warm and helps cook the crust equally from all sides. All of my pizza making tools have been purchased at Sur la Table where I also took my classes. For starters, I would pick up a pizza stone, a pizza cutter, and the utinsil to take the pizza in and out of the oven (pictured above). They do have starter kits too that would be helpful.

The final product- colorful and delish!

I hope you enjoy make-your-own pizza nights as much as we do! It’s fun, easy, and tastes incredible!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie