If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you have probably noticed by now that I like to keep things simple. I’m not a frilly cook. Maybe I would be if I had more time and energy, but my three kids, dog, and cat do an excellent job of using up these commodities. I typically like to spend about 45 minutes or less when preparing dinner. Stir-fries are a great way to speed up the cooking process and they are typically on the healthier side as well. This teriyaki pork chop stir-fry is a no-brainer recipe and only takes about 20 minutes. I also like that the teriyaki sauce is homemade, without all the preservatives and additives. Dinner can be on your table in 3 easy steps: [Read more…] about 3 Step Teriyaki Pork Chop Stir-fry
School is back in session here in Knoxville, but it is still very much summer. I wanted to do something fun with the kids before plunging back into our school routine, so I decided to take them peach picking at our local orchard. There were tons of peaches just begging to be picked and we came home with half a bushel. I froze a bunch, canned some in light syrup, and decided to use the rest for this Easy Cinnamon Oatmeal Peach Crisp. Let me show you how easy it is: [Read more…] about Easy Cinnamon Oatmeal Peach Crisp
How much do you love Iced Coffee? I’m not going to lie, I pretty much live on it during the summer months. Come mid-April I’m ready to trade my hot caramel macchiato for an iced coffee until about October when I can resist the pull of a pumpkin spiced latte no longer. But let’s be real, I can’t afford to go to Starbucks everyday. So I set out to find a cheaper way to have my favorite drink. Since I used to work at Starbucks, I can honestly tell you that this tastes like the real thing for a fraction of the price. You need a whooping 3 ingredients for this dream come true, so hold onto your hats while I show you how amazing this is.
What is the meal you find yourself cooking the most often? Spaghetti? Hamburgers? Mac and Cheese? For my family, it is Chicken and Black Bean Fajitas. I don’t do the weekly Taco Tuesday thing (though I have eaten many a taco on a tuesday!), but we probably have some form of these chicken and black bean fajitas every week to 10 days. The reason why is because they are super easy, they take only 30 minutes, and you can serve them in a variety of ways. One week we’ll have classic fajitas, the next we’ll eat it in a tostada bowl, the following week over salad…you catch my drift. And the added plus is that they make great leftovers! In fact, they might even taste better the second day when all the flavors have had a chance to meld. [Read more…] about 30 Minute Chicken and Black Bean Fajitas
I have been using the Crockpot a lot this summer, probably because it is hot outside and I have been running around like a busy bee. One of the recipes I have been working on is this Crockpot White Wine Chicken and Mushrooms. It is very similar to chicken marsala but with a sweeter twist. The star of the show is the white wine I use, though it can easily be substituted for a more robust Port or Merlot. And if you don’t want to use wine, chicken broth tastes just lovely and gives this dish a nice balance. Either way, the chicken comes out tender and the sauce is silky smooth. Plus, you only have to throw the ingredients in the pot! [Read more…] about Crockpot White Wine Chicken and Mushrooms