There's a lot going on. I can't wait to share details but, for now, lets just say that I'm busy. Very busy. And lets also say that winter has been hard on my waistline. That's right: I'm saying it because it's true. With spring finally here (kind of, sort of), I'm making some changes. I need to run more, which is to say that I need to run, period. And I'm swapping hearty stews and—oh, lets be honest—desserts for light, healthy meals. Oh, and remember that busy part? These light, healthy meals have to be quick and easy to make, like this Slow Cooker Chicken Ropa Vieja. We're going to be eating this a lot over the next few months. No one's complaining. (more after the jump)
You know when a recipe is good? When it's delicious, fast, and endlessly adaptable, like this Skinny Alfredo Sauce. Adaptable may not have been on your list of recipe virtues, but here are a couple of important reasons why it should be. First, learning how to make one easily adapted dinner recipe actually means learning how to make several of them. Following a fast recipe is a time-saver, but knowing it like the back of your hand and being able to bang it out without thought or much effort takes things to another level. And relieves stress. We like things that relieve stress. Another reason that I love adaptable recipes is because you can keep the ingredients for it on hand with a higher likelihood that you'll actually use them. So lets say that you buy the broth, milk, cheese and pasta to make Skinny Fettucini Alfredo, but end up deciding that you don't feel like eating that. No problem! Add a bunch of frozen veggies for creamy pasta primavera or steam some chicken, red pepper and onion with cajun spices and make this Skinny Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta. Dinner—and your ingredients—saved without waste or take out. It's a beautiful thing. (more after the jump)
I don't think that there's anything more I can say about meatballs. Over the years, I've covered all the reasons why I believe they are the ultimate family food. They are easy to make! You can make them in big batches and freeze them! Kids love meatballs! Grown-ups do, too! They're versatile! You can make Turkey Meatballs, Thai Chicken Meatballs, Indian Spiced Meatballs, Greek Meatballs and, now, these BBQ Chicken Meatballs. You can throw them in a hearty Meatball and White Bean Escarole Soup! You can pack them for school lunch! They make an awesome early finger food! You get the point. These super easy BBQ Chicken Meatballs are the latest addition to my meatball recipe collection. The mixture, which is nothing more than ground chicken, breadcrumbs, eggs, spices, and (yum) cheddar cheese, comes together in a a single bowl. Then roll, pan fry, sauce, and serve. It's so easy that I was able to make them for you in this short 3 minute video. And, honestly, there's very little that isn't captured in real time—just a little cooking. (more after the jump)
I know. The big game is over and I'm posting a recipe for stuffed potato skins. I know! But who says that potato skins have to be about watching football? I mean, I never really watch football and, yet, I love potato skins. As it turns out, so do my boys. So why should I have to make them only during football season? Sure, the Super Bowl was my inspiration for these, but the recipe is going to feed us all year long because what's the difference between this and a big bowl of chili over rice with the fixings? Nothing. Plus—hold on to your hats—potatoes are nutritious. So, yea, stuffed potato skins are our new jam. For dinner. Any night of the week. (more after the jump)
A healthy, slow-cooker version of BBQ chicken that is perfect all-year long, whether just for the family or a get-together with family and friends.
A recipe discovery that should find it's place in your weeknight dinner rotation.
You guys, I'm freaking out. These Thai Chicken Burgers with Quick Pickled Carrots are so good. Like eat them for dinner once a week good. And they are quick and easy, too. Tasty, quick, and easy: the family dinner trifecta. The flavors in these chicken burgers are quintessentially Thai—especially paired with my Thai-Style Quick Pickled Carrots (recipe below, too)—but mild enough that the kids loved them. Even my picky eater. I just skipped the carrots for the boys and served them on a potato roll with nothing more than a little mayo. In addition to a pile of tangy pickled carrots, I served the grown up burgers with Sriracha mayo. Perfect. (more after the jump)
Growing up in New Jersey, I developed a taste for classic Italian-American dishes like cheesy eggplant parmigiana, baked ziti and, my favorite, chicken marsala. I rarely make these dishes at home because, well, they aren't the healthiest and I like saving them for when I go to old school, red sauce Italian restaurants. I recently had a hankering for marsala, though, and couldn't wait to get myself to a restaurant. So, for the first time, I made Chicken Marsala at home and, oh boy, was it good! Making chicken marsala at home may be a new thing, but cooking with marsala wine isn't. I make a marsala sauce for my Shrimp Marsala and even riff on the classic for this Pappardelle with Sausage Marsala. But there's something about making restaurant-style chicken marsala that is so satisfying. This dish takes me back. (more after the jump)
Monday is Cinco de Mayo and, if you've been following for a while, you know that means I'll be celebrating this weekend. It's one of my favorite holidays though, I have to admit, for no other reason than I love Mexican culture, food, and drink. Any excuse to celebrate the three is a treat for me. With these Cinco de Mayo recipes and family activities, it can be a treat for you, too. Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that gifts us an opportunity to use food and drink to explore culture with our kids. Yes, our my interest in the holiday started with guacamole and my favorite drink—rocks, no salt—but all's not lost in margaritaville. Give the holiday meaning by using delicious Mexican food and drink to learn more about Mexico and Mexican culture with your kids. Read up on Cinco de Mayo, doll up your digs, whip up a festive meal, and do a fun project (ideas for all of this below!). Eat, celebrate and learn. It's a beautiful combination. (so much more after the jump)
You guys, I can't kick it. I'm still in vacation mode. I'm moving as slow as molasses and am ready for that mojito anytime now. I sit at my desk all day, but am still falling behind on work. It takes everything in me to keep from running a Shahs of Sunset marathon and, though I've managed to control myself, it hasn't helped my productivity. Normally, these are the times when even I fall off of the cooking wagon. But the one thing I've managed to do well this week is get easy, homemade dinners on the table. I forced myself to scratch together a meal plan on Monday, the day after we returned from our trip, and went shopping that afternoon. I stuck to simple meals that I know I can count on like these Asian Pork Sliders from the Keepers cookbook. And even came up with a new one: these quick and tasty Honey Mustard Chicken Cutlets. (more after the jump)
Awesome family food find alert! I recently found a recipe for Broiled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple-Cucumber Salad in the May 2012 issue of Everyday Food. Being the devoted reader that I am, I must have seen this recipe before, but this time it caught my eye as an alternative to my easiest Chili Rubbed Steak, another quick dish where you rub meat with practicaly nothing more than chili powder. Given how delicious the steak comes out, I knew that the same approach would make a delicious chicken dish. And with pineapple-cucumber salad? Yes, please! (more after the jump)
If you've been following One Hungry Mama for a while, you know that I'm the queen of tacos. If you haven't been following One Hungry Mama for a while, you're about to see how I've earned the crown. Tacos are a family cook's dream meal. Cook a protein, chop some veggies for on top, and mash or slice avocado: dinner's done. Tacos come together quickly and with whatever you have on hand, from leftover chicken to a stray can of beans. And don't think that you have to stick strictly to a Mexican or even Latin flavor profile. As you'll see, in my world, tacos are pretty much any protein and veggies stuffed into a folded flat bread. Greek, Caribbean, whatever goes! Oh, yea, and the best part? Kids. Love. Tacos. Grownups do, too. They make a beloved weeknight meal that can easily be on your meal plan in some form week after week. These recipes are proof. Check them out for some healthy taco inspiration! (more after the jump)
Buffalo Chicken Pizza Rolls. Ever thought you'd see a recipe like that on One Hungry Mama? Well, friends, I'm coming clean: I have a serious appetite for bar food and Super Bowl weekend brings it out. Big time. My love of bar food dates back to childhood when my father, a restaurateur, ran a pub/steak house. Prime rib steaks in the dining room, mozzarella sticks at the bar. Just a regular Saturday hanging with my dad at the restaurant. While my diet has changed quite a bit from those days, the thought of jalapeño poppers still makes me warm and cozy. (Yea, you read that correctly.) So every once and a while I whip up a homemade bar food treat for myself. And Super Bowl Sunday is always the perfect excuse. There's no quinoa or kale in these. These are not even a healthier take on anything. That said, there's also nothing artificial about these babies. Real chicken. Real pizza dough. Real cheese. (Mmmm, cheese.) Real butter. And real Frank's Hot Sauce. As in skip the imitations. This is just a straight forward football snack that allows me to indulge a annual hankering for buffalo chicken without inhaling an ungodly number of fried wings. Plus cheese. All good bar food must have cheese. (more after the jump)