lemony basil chicken pasta

IMG_0655I’m not one to get mushy and make cards, but now that we have a daughter, I find myself making cards and doing a lot more handmade projects for presents. Valentine’s Day was no exception. Daddy got a homemade heart card using lots of tape as our little one loves tape. Apparently, tape can fix anything that’s broken.

After a nap and the rain settling down a bit in the afternoon, I whipped up this really great pasta dish for dinner. It was really fast too. I marinated the chicken breasts the night before, so all I had to do was boil the pasta and make the sauce. I also steamed some asparagus cause I’m crazy like that.

The original recipe calls for cream and half and half, but since I made cinnamon buns for breakfast, I thought we’d cool it slightly with the calories, so I made the sauce with about 1/3 cup of half and half and 0% plain greek yogourt. My husband said that this meal was a keeper and to keep it in the rotation. My daughter ate a lot of the chicken too. Wasn’t a fan of the lemony pasta, so she got plain pasta with butter on it, snooze! Continue reading

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peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns

peanutee buckwheat noodle bowl

I had a hankering for buckwheat soba noodles, so along came this recipe. I wanted some tofu, but I also wanted prawns, so why not combine both. If you are vegetarian, feel free to omit the prawns of course.

This recipe looks like there’s lots of steps, but if you do some prep in the morning like I do since I have a toddler running around and she’s not one to entertain herself yet for hours by herself, jeez, she’s so selfish. For this reason, I tend to do a lot of prep in the morning, so that when we get back from our afternoon outing after her nap, I can quickly whip up dinner while she plays or hangs off my leg. Continue reading

ground beef kebobs

ground beef kebabs at the experimentalhousewife.com

It’s now October and my crockpot is in more rotation than the bbq outside, but sometimes, you just gotta put your parka on and heat up the grill.

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crockpot french onion soup

crockpot french onion soup

crockpot french onion soup

I woke up last Saturday morning to gray, overcast skies, so thought it was as good a time as any to grab the crockpot and make some french onion soup.

By about 2pm, the sun was shining and it was really warm out, but by dinner time it was beginning to cool down again, and having been out all day shopping for new jeans for my husband, it was nice to come home to dinner pretty much ready. This is why I love the crockpot.

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chicken gyros

IMG_1138I had a craving for greek/mediterrean food, so along came chicken gyros last weekend. Easy to make and again, allows my husband to use the bbq, but could also be done in a pan on the stove.

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buttermilk chicken drumsticks

My husband loves to bbq, enough said! If there’s a way he can make a meal onto the grill, then he’s happy. Summer pretty much means at least one meal a week is bbq’d. Pretty soon this will be at least one crockpot meal a week.

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Smoky Corn Chowder

Last weekend while I was perusing the farm market, I grabbed 6 ears of fresh corn on the cob from the local farm behind the market. 3 for $1 so why not. In a few weeks, it’ll soon be 10 for $1, and then I go corny for corn.

I had this recipe on my pinterest board, so decided I’d try it. I made a few alterations, which I’ve marked below.

Smoky Corn Chowder with Shrimp

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chicken burgers with strawberry sauce

IMG_1036I know, chicken and strawberries together on a bun, sounds weird, but once you bite into it, it’s delicious. I found the recipe amongst a few other burger ideas on pinterest from Women’s Health Magazine.

I had freshly picked strawberries in my fridge from the farm market and ground chicken in my freezer, so came together pretty easily.

They were really good, but next time, I think they need a bit of a kick in the actual patty, ie. red pepper flakes, cumin or a combination.

I really liked the mint combination with strawberries and balsamic. I used a balsamic reduction I had in the cupboard instead of just balsamic vinegar.  Continue reading