Ground Chicken Tacos

I’ve found lately that I rarely cook with ground meat. I’m not sure why to be honest. But while strolling through the grocery store with my 16 month old, I found tortillas were on sale and that made me crave tacos. I’m pretty bad at meal planning; but I do enjoy grocery shopping daily though. It’s not great on the budget, but at least I don’t buy a whole weeks worth of groceries and end up tossing out old produce or wasted ingredients, so in a sense, I’m saving myself…

Easy and healthy Paella

I just want to start off by saying that I may be taking some short cuts here. I don’t believe I’m making true paella, but sometimes when it’s late in the afternoon and trying to get dinner on the table for 2 hangry toddlers, short cuts come in handy! And in attempt to cut out some carbs, I’m forgoing the rice and using quinoa instead. I feel that the smoky sweet paprika and saffron will still give this dish a paella feel, but I won’t have to wait to get…

Orecchiette pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

I haven’t made pasta recently, with the exception of spaghetti and meatballs. And with the temperatures getting warmer, I wanted to find a dish that wasn’t too heavy, but filling at the same time. I remember my sister making an orecchiette pasta with sausage dish, so I decided to take that as an inspiration and use the chicken breast I already had on hand, instead of sausage. Serving Size: 4 Cook Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 broccoli crowns, cut into florets Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup…

Chicken Lettuce Wraps for a Quick Dinner

I received a head of bib lettuce in my CSA box and I was at a lost for what to do with them. I normally use them as part of a salad or for tacos and wraps. But I needed a quick meal tonight. Work has been pretty hectic and I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. I was looking forward to some relaxation time on the couch with a nice glass of wine. So in my attempt to make something quick and easy, I’ve made…

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

On days I’m at home, for some strange reason I feel compelled to make an elaborate meal. Maybe it’s cause I have extra time on my hands? I don’t know, but I feel I owe it to myself to make something extra delicious. And since my husband and I recently decided to do a strict Paleo way of eating for a month, I need to clear out my pantry of non-Paleo approved items. So I found a big jar of sriracha in my pantry and just looked at it longingly.…

Roast Chicken in a Dutch Oven

I love getting weekly deliveries from Washington’s Green Grocer! Not only am I getting fresh, natural and organic products, but I’m also supporting local farmers and their craft. Another bonus is that it’s teaching me to cook with what I have on hand. So whatever comes in my box that week is what I’ll be using to prepare meals. This week, I added a pasture-raised, free range whole chicken to my delivery. It took me a few days to figure out what to make with it; then it dawned on…

Coconut Chicken to Start of the Grilling Season

I was looking through some recipes I had pinned on Pinterest and my husband happened to be looking over my shoulder and he expressed a lot of interest in a picture of some grilled chicken. The recipe was for Hawaiian grilled chicken and it looked extremely simple. And what made me want to make it was that surprisingly I had all the ingredients already on hand! I thought the name of the recipe was a little bit of a misnomer though. I had expected to incorporate pineapple, either fresh or…

Embracing the Flavors of the Caribbean with Jerk Chicken

Looking through my pantry, I noticed how I just have a lot of spices laying around. I find that I’ll buy a jar and only use it once or twice. This is especially true with my large jar of coconut oil. Since I’ve been trying to make more Paleo friendly recipes, I went and bought a huge jar. Now in an attempt to make the most of what I have, I needed to make something for dinner using the ingredients I already have on hand. And of course I went…

Cambodian Ratatouille (Samlaw Koko)

Since having our son, my husband and I have made it a point to introduce him to both of our cuisines, Vietnamese and Cambodian. And since my mom lives 2 hours from us, it’s really hard for me to learn recipes directly from her. But I am very nostalgic and miss the flavors of home and really want to give it a good effort to make traditional Cambodian cuisine in my own kitchen! So with a combination of searching for recipes online and calling my mom to get her version,…

Chicken, Spinach and Cannellini Bean Quesadillas

Sometimes I find it very hard to incorporate a good variety of food into our dinners. I tend to either make an Asian or pasta dish. I really haven’t ventured out of my comfort zone too often when it comes to cooking. So one of my goals is to try and make more a range of cuisine, cause variety is the spice of life! I’m really particular when it comes to Mexican food and can never find anything that I feel is healthy and won’t feel like I packed on…