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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cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

cuban chicken bowl

It’s been quite a long time since we were in Cuba, but from what I remember there wasn’t that much seasoning on the food. There were lots of beans and pork and plantains, and oh ya, mojitos. How I miss thee! So when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it looked really tasty and flavourful, so obviously, I made it.

I prepped the chicken the night before to marinate and chopped up and put into bowls most of the other things the morning of, so that I could get it all ready for dinner once my daughter and I got back from the park.

Recipe adapted from half baked harvest Just want to mention that I’ve made a lot of recipes from this site, and they are to die for. Continue reading

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner(s)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! 2 Meals, 1 Bird! Roast Chicken in the crock pot, and Tuscan Chicken Stew at the experimentalhousewife.comWe know we’ve been a bit behind on the posts lately, blame it on the chaos around Christmas and the regular ebb and flow of life. But I haven’t forgotten you, I’ve been snapping pictures and logging them for just this moment when I could get back, so stay tuned for some frequent posts my friends!

This one is fresh though, just finished the final recipe yesterday and I must say I’m proud! I thought ‘What if I blogged two recipes around the evolution of one whole chicken?’ Now stay with me here… what I mean is, I bought a whole chicken, made a dinner with it, and from the remains, made another different dinner. Not revolutionary, I know, but quite fun.

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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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taco stuffed peppers

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It’s the last long weekend of the summer and after my husband and his friend attended the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game, I had a few friends, plus my husband and our friend Mike, over for mexican style stuffed peppers.

A great week night dinner as well as they are simple and delicious and can be easily adapted to fit what’s in your cupboards.

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Avocado Tzatziki

Sundays in the winter often call for roast dinners and cozy meals – but this summer has been busy and lazy, and most Sundays we feed ourselves by indulging in takeout. Greek is always a healthy option, so it’s usually that or sushi that makes the Sunday delivery order.avocado tzatziki

Unfortunate for him (but great for me since I get two helpings of tzatziki) the boyfriend can’t have dairy – so we make him this version with avocado: Continue reading

Olé, Steak Taco Night

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I was in LA a few months ago, and got on a huge mexican food  thing. One might say you can
actually eat too much mexican food, but my husband and I can prove you wrong.

To top the tacos off, they suggested homemade pickles which were delicious. I’ve never made
homemade pickles before, but they were super easy. I don’t think they are authentic or anything,
but now I’m thinking I could pickle just about anything.

For you cilantro haters, you could top with parsley, but I think that’s sacrilege.
Cilantro is great, so eat it NOW!

Find the recipe here, http://www.feastingathome.com/2013/05/grilled-steak-tacos-with-cilantro.html#.UYV0yCvF3T9

~ Charity

lettuce wraps

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This is the only way I make them! I know it’s not entirely healthy, but it’s worth it. My boyfriend loves them and they make the perfect “Friday night in” treat.

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