Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Week of November 30th, 2015

Angela and I had one of our menu swaps this week which is always such an awesomely fun thing- to pick for the other friend and to eat recipes that are hand-picked deliciousness!

Apple Squash Bacon Pizza- Mark's favorite and definitely 5 stars!

Lemon Chicken with Leeks and Croutons- The kids thought the lemon flavor was a bit too much. Perhaps I shouldn't have squeezed the cooked lemons over the dish after it was cooked...

Chicken Avocado Taquito- You can always count me in for taquitos and these were sooooo easy

Couscous Chicken Salad- Next time you make food for a shower or ladies night, make this! I promise you will be asked for the recipe. This was my favorite

Potato Cream Cheese Soup- Similar to the other baked potato soup I have on the blog but the addition of dill and the fun toppings made this a hit with all of us

Maple Bourbon Crockpot Chicken- The adventure of taking 4 kids under 3 (we had a little friend with us) to the liquor store to buy bourbon was worth it for this recipe. My crockpot dried the chicken out a little bit but with the addition of the apple broccoli slaw and the delicious flavors, this was still a 4+ star recipe.

Coconut Cream Baked Oatmeal

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

Both of those were awesome!!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Week of November 23rd, 2015

Friendsgiving with community group

*Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya- mild flavors which made it easy to serve to kids (I used diced tomatoes instead of rotel)

*Autumn Pear Salad with maple balsamic dressing- such a lovely holiday salad



Frozen greek dinner from the freezer

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week of October 19th, 2015

Best Baked Manicotti- This uses no-bake lasagna sheets instead of manicotti shells. Easier than stuffing the shells, but still a time-consuming meal to make

Chili Verde- We served this for company and we all went back for seconds. Perfect to throw into the crockpot on high before church and having friends over for lunch!

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps- perfect meal to wrap up for a picnic in a corn maze!

Queso Turkey Burgers- yep these were reeeeeeeeeeeeally good

Panzanella Salad

Chicken Bacon Ranch Panini- Mark's birthday lunch

My favorite fall salad at my sister's

Kale pesto pizza
1 lb. refrigerated pizza dough (TJs dough is always awesome!)
1 t olive oil
1/8 t sea salt
1 (8 oz) package sliced fresh mozzarella
2 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced
4-6 fresh basil leaves

For the Kale pesto:
1.5 c chopped Kale
1/2 c raw almonds
1 to 2 cloves
1/4 t sea salt
juice from 1/2 lemon
3T extra virgin olive oil
(process until smooth)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Get pizza dough to room temperature (about 20 minutes on counter). Roll out dough to a flat circle or oval. Place the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
Spread the pesto sauce evenly on the pizza, leave a border for the crust. Top with the mozzarella and tomato slices. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and top with the fresh basil and more sea salt, if desired.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Week of October 12, 2015

Fig, Hazelnut, goat cheese Salad- my birthday dinner request. We doubled it and I ate it for lunch all week. (Central market had the fresh figs)

Simple Sesame Noodles- for James' ninja party!

Salmon and asparagus- thank you Laramas for the salmon!

Steak burgers

Cowboy pasta

Salmon Quiche

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Week of September 21st, 2015

Huevos Rancheros- Me encantan los huevos fritos y queso

*Chicken Pot Pie Crumble- made this two weeks in a row- very easy to double for a crowd

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup- I am willing fall to come with this soup

*Firecracker Chicken- double next time....so good!

*Philly cheesesteak calzone- we had to rock paper scissors over the leftovers on this one

*= new recipe

Week of October 5th, 2015

Easy meals on vacation!

Potstickers and edemame


Out to eat for Pizza

Cheeseburger Soup


Creamy Fettucini with ham and peas

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Week of August 31st, 2015

Pomegranate Beef in the Crockpot- such a great recipe to make for company. Serving over mashed potatoes is a must!

Homemade Mac and Cheese for Saisha's birthday

*Baked Orange-Glazed Meatballs- super easy- will make again

*Sweet Paprika Skillet Chicken with Cilantro Lime Rice- everything's in the house kind of meal

*Shrimp and Mango Lettuce Wraps and Brazilian Cheese Bread- this is an awesome restaurant quality meal

*Grilled Steak Burgers with homemade A1 sauce.

*Spinach Salad with spicy nuts, apples feta and bacon- perfect for a jetty island picnic

Friday, August 28, 2015

Week of August 24th, 2015

THIS WEEK! MMMMMMMMMMM Now this was some good food! Please do yourself a favor and just make this entire menu next week. It seriously will not disappoint.

Slow Cooker Ribs

*Skillet lemon chicken with broccoli- easy peasy

*Grilled Asian Chicken with Cucumber Sambal- 5 star

*Creamy black bean taco soup (doubled to have enough for leftovers) and the best cornbread- 5 star

*Shepherd's Pie- 5 star

*Chicken Pot Pie Baked Potato- 5 star

*Blender Rollup Pancakes
*Blueberry and Almond Baked Oatmeal

* = new recipe

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Week of August 10th, 2015

*Baked penne with Chicken, Broccoli and smoked mozzarella- a hit with the kids and felt fancy with the smoked mozz

Asian Noodle Salad- I had almost forgotten about this gem of a salad. So good!

*Zucchini Lasagna- I liked that this had lasagna noodles as well as zucchini layers

*Sweet potato burritos- super easy to throw together for a beach picnic

Southwestern Cobb Salad- an AMAZING salad that only takes 345645 dishes and 345 hours to prepare. Please only make this salad if you have help in the kitchen but be prepared to wow some company

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Week of August 3rd

Pizza and Caesar salad

Grilled Haloumi Sandwiches

*Taco Salad Dippers + steamed asparagus- this made a lot and we ate the leftovers a few days later in grilled burritos.

*Creamy Garlic Alfredo + peas- easy to double and bring a meal to a friend

BBQ pulled pork sandwiches + beans + watermelon

*= new recipe

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Week of July 20th

Halloumi Pita Wraps

Cowboy Spaghetti- doubled the sauce on this one for a freezer meal

*Smoked Turkey Cobb Wraps- easy peasy

*Summer Garden Vegetable Soup- Mark said, "Why do you sometimes pick recipes you know the kids won't eat?" Apparently this was one of them...

Red Mill Burgers

*Southwestern Turkey Burgers- these held together pretty well on my indoor grill pan. I served them on rosemary rolls from TJs

*= new recipe

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Week of July 13, 2015

Ham, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Calzones- So awesome to come home from a trip and pull these out of the freezer for a fast dinner. We baked them straight from frozen and it worked great. Thanks again Heidi for the recipe!

Spicy Pork Nachos

*Korean Beef and Rice - the kids ate this up very easily- no leftovers on this one!

*Skillet Chili Mac- a non-processed version of Hamburger Helper- definitely kid friendly

*Chopped Cashew Salad- my favorite salad of the summer so far

* = new recipe

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Week of July 6th , 2015

Black Bean Burgers (from Costco)

Spinach Orzo Salad

Thai Chicken Pizza

Dinner out with Mark at Epulo happy hour

Copycat Chipotle burritos


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Week of June 29th, 2015

*Crockpot Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup- This is the best recipe I've had ALL year. AMAZING! Thank you Kryssa for the recipe!

Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad- perfect hot summer weather recipe

Slow Cooker Ribs- always a favorite summer recipe for us!

Breakfast for dinner

Zeek's Pizza

Dinner at Becky's

*= new recipe

Week of June 22, 2015

*Ham, Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomato Calzones- doubled and froze a second batch

*Epicurean Chicken Salad- VERY interesting/weird combination of flavors but I liked it!

*Chicken Taco Casserole- Thank you Jane for the simple delicious recipe!
15 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 c water or broth
package taco seasoning
chili powder to taste
cooked, shredded chicken (2 breasts)
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 c sour cream
shredded mexican cheese
1 8.5 oz Jiffy corn bread mix

Mix all, then top with jiffy. Bake at 350 for 30-35min

Dinner at the Laramas

*Skillet Taco Pasta Shells

Dinner at my mom's

*- new recipe

Week of June 15, 2015

It's summer!! Time for simple meals out on the deck!

Grilled salmon, Crack broccoli



Baked Potato Soup

Biscuits and Gravy for Father's Day

Dinner at my brother's

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Week of June 8th, 2015

Thank you friends for the recipes for doubling and freezing. My freezer is starting to get full of these delicious recipes!

*Chiles Relleno Casserole- I accidentally bought diced green chilis but it still turned out great. Mark loved this!

*Spicy Pork Tacos- This pork was so ridiculously good. It knocked off my favorite Dr. Pepper pork down to second place. I bought a huge 14 pound shoulder from Costco and split it and put half in the freezer for another time. This was so good that 3 days later I was thawing the second half so I could make it again for family.

*Layered BBQ Chicken and sweet potato enchilada- I roasted the sweet potatoes in olive oil prior to adding them to the casserole. I doubled it and brought the second half to a gluten free momma.

Chicken, dill, lemon and orzo

*Homemade Refried Beans- These are insane. My friend Josie is an amazing cook (think Pioneer Woman) and she is right that the addition of bacon grease and jalapeno juice puts these beans at a whole new level.

Peanut Butter Cookies- AMAZING!!! Add 1/4 c extra flour AND peanut butter to the recipe for perfection
* = new recipe

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Week of April 27th, 2015

*Slow Cooker Honey pulled pork- this was as good as Angela said they would be. I made these cornmeal pancakes and left out the vanilla

Balsamic Chicken Goat Cheese- a Heaviland favorite!

Chicken under a brick- a Heaviland favorite!

Mulligatawny Soup- I had to fit one more soup in before it warmed up :)

Pizza Pull Apart Rolls- I usually am afraid of working with yeast but this one was pretty simple

Friday, May 8, 2015

Week of April 20th, 2015

Poor Man's Stroganoff- If you think you don't like stroganoff give this one a try. It's sooo good!

Coconut Shrimp Curry- this was spiiiiiicy. Half the pepper!

Honey Lime Enchiladas- AMAZING. 5 stars

Teriyaki bowls

BBQ Chili


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week of April 13, 2015

*Coconut chicken with coconut rice

Creamy Chicken Taquitos- one of our favorite recipes ever

*Meatball Sub Casserole- kid-friendly for sure!

*Winter Minestrone- We really liked this but next time would use half the pepper because it was a bit spicy for the kids

Hively Stack Up

*= new recipe

Week of April 6, 2015

Chicken Cesear Salad

*Swedish Meatball- made enough for leftovers.

*Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup- big hit with the kids

*Baked Chicken Chimichangas- yum!

*Barley Pilaf and Broiled Lemon Parmesean Chicken- very easy for a week night (the barley takes awhile to cook but little prep time)

Progressive Dinner with friends

*Blueberry and Cream Angel Dessert

*= new recipe

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Week of March 30, 2015

*Turkey Burgers with Romaine and Carrot Slaw- I really have found a love for turkey burgers


*Orange Beef and Veggie Stir Fry- quick and easy

Community Group

*Lasagna Cordon Bleu- a fun dish to serve to company

*Southwest Rice and Bean Salad- similar flavors to this quinoa salad but went over better with my kids

Easter at mom's

*= new recipe

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Week of March 23, 2015

I am getting tired of never having enough food for my always hungry family. So you will notice a lot of casseroles on the menu this week. (Besides the crispy black bean tacos which I have been craving for weeks)

Crispy Black Bean Tacos

Cajun Chicken Pasta- always a go-to recipe for tastiness

*Breadstick and Pizza Casserole- you would think this would go over well but James says he doesn't like onions and Harper would barely take two bites. Crazy I tell you!

*Wild Rice Hot Dish- Also not a big hit with the littles. I admit, it's a little on the odd side but the twins and I devoured it :)

Breakfast for dinner

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Week of March 16, 2015

*Smoked Salmon Chowder- TJs sells smoked salmon! The whole family gobbled it up

Sloppy Joes

*Slow Cooker Southwest Chicken Stacks- a VERY simple crockpot recipe for taco salad

*Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili- I only used one jalapeno so my kids wouldn't think it was too spicy and it was a hit! The bacon crumbles take it over the top

Pasta, Kielbasa, asparagus skillet delivered by Cari. "Can I cook a delicious dinner and bring it over to your house?" "Um, yes."

Pizza Delivery (when dad's out of town, momma's callin' pizza)

*= new recipe

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week of March 9th, 2015

*Barbacoa Pork Tacos- James LOVES barbacoa from Chipotle so I tried this one out for him. I was actually nervous that it wouldn't live up to Chipotle and be a disappointment. But it was AWESOME with a capital A. Everyone loved it and we will make it again soon. 5 stars

*Roasted Cauliflower and White Cheddar Soup- as I expected, everyone in the family hated it but I enjoyed it

*Cajun Shrimp Tacos- Another bomb this week because it was way too spicy for the kids. Mark and I loved them but the meal was tainted by all the desperate pleas for MORE MILK

*Creamy Chicken and Quinoa Cordon Bleu- this is a casserole that was VERY easy to throw together and got rave reviews from the company we served it to. My kids affectionately referred to it as, "Mom- I like this mush!" I tried out the homemade cream of chicken soup recipe to use in it and will definitely use that again.

*Pesto and Sausage Baked Ziti- great for a large family. We actually had leftovers!

*Thai style fish and Creamy Couscous Packets- I loved this make-ahead meal. We used Mahi-Mahi from TJs

* = new recipe

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Week of February 23rd, 2015

*Basil Chicken in Coconut Curry Sauce- a very mild curry sauce and delicious with naan

*Stuffed Zucchini Enchilada Boats- I used ground turkey in this and would love to repeat it this summer if we can grow any zucchini in our first attempt at a garden (odds are nothing will grow with my track record of keeping plants alive)

Honey chipotle Chicken Bowls- We just had this the other week but I had to repeat for my mother-in-laws visit because I knew she would love it

Crockpot Chicken with Black Beans- a 5 star oldie but goodie. We brought this in a ziplock bag and our crockpot to the Great Wolf Lodge for a delicious home-cooked inexpensive dinner.

Shrimp Salad with Lime Buttermilk Dressing- another oldie but goodie

*=new recipe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Week of February 9, 2015

Slow Cooker Chicken Philly Sandwiches- always a hit

*BBQ Macaroni Salad- great for a bbq potluck side

*Baked Ham and Swiss Malibu Chicken with Green Bean Salad- the chicken was so moist!

*Amazing Romaine Salad

Baked potatoes

*Chicken and Vegetable Dumpling Soup- the kids DEVOURED this and I made it again 2 nights later it was so popular!

January 25th, 2015

This was an awesome week of meals!

*Skillet Creamy Lemon Chicken- love those one pot meals

*Chopped Thai Crunch Salad- 5 stars

*Tex Mex Enchilada Casserole

*Overnight Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancakes (breakfast for dinner)

*Honey Chipotle Chicken Bowls-  5 stars

*Chicken Tikka Pizzas- 5 stars

* = new recipe

Week of January 19th, 2015

*Chicken, Bacon, Cheddar Sandwiches- thanks for the recommendation Kelsey! 5 stars!

*Creamy Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup- very yummy

*Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet

*Vegetable Pad Thai- the flavors were really close to traditional pad thai

*Spinach Salad with Avocado and Chicken and Goat Cheese- this turned into another salad bar night with the kids. I used sunflower seeds instead of pine nuts

*Sweet and Sour Meatballs- this made a lot!

*Whole Grain Honey Bran Muffins
NO Bake Energy Balls

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Week of January 12th, 2015

One Skillet Spicy Ranch Chicken- this was a very easy "throw everything in" type of meal

Burrito Pie- this recipe dates back to the beginning of our marriage

Grilled Pizza

Zucchini Bacon Quiche- I always wish there were leftovers of this quiche...

Monday, January 12, 2015

Week of December 29th, 2014

*One Pot Mexican Skillet Pasta- This was AWESOME. Every family should make this :)

Copy Cat Orange Chicken- Mark picked this week of recipes and I have to admit I wasn't excited about this recipe. I couldn't remember it and it didn't sound that great. But then we made it. And I remembered why I originally rated it 5 stars. SOOOO yummy.

Wet Burritos- A Mark menu wouldn't be complete without something beany and cheesy

Baked Potato Soup- Don't make this without doubling or tripling. You will not have enough. It's that good.

Balsalmic Grilled Chicken Salad- We did salad bar with the kids this night and I put out a ton of toppings in little bowls- carrots, snap peas, tomatoes, corn, sunflower seeds, chow mein noodles, etc. I thought it would be funny to put mini marshmallows out as a joke. The kids did not know it was a joke and when I told them I was just being silly and they couldn't actually put them on their salad, my oldest child started crying. Joke Fail.

*=new recipe


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