Friday Night Nachos

Here’s an idea for a quick, end of the week meal. Leftovers in the fridge come together to create a “better for you than ordering out” nacho dinner. I used leftover roasted chicken, half a can of whole tomatoes, a package of mushrooms, black beans, chili spices and frozen edamame. Served it with whole grain…

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Dates, Onions and Tomatoes

While traveling in Greece a few summers ago, I enjoyed the simple convenience of souvlaki. A Greek version of fast food. Souvlaki is meat or chicken marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and herbs, skewered, grilled and served with pita bread and tzatziki (a yogurt and cucumber sauce). This December Redux Recipe (Recipe Redux is…

Chicken Pot Pie Bundles

These little bundles are a fun twist on this comfort food classic. Your kids will not only love to eat them, they’ll have fun helping to make them. This recipe is fast enough for a quick weeknight meal and once these chicken pot pie packages are made, they can be reheated for an on-the-go lunch…

20 Minutes to Get Dinner on the Table Veggie Pasta Bowl

It’s been a long day at work and even though you have food in the refrigerator, you don’t feel like cooking.  Plus, you have to run to a baseball game after dinner so there’s not much time to put dinner on the table. Do you pick something up on your way home or order out?…

Light and Creamy Pesto Chicken Salad

Whenever you have leftover chicken, make chicken salad.  I had some leftover chicken after making chicken souvlaki (see Chicken Souvlaki post) so I combined it with mayo, plain yogurt, a tablespoon of jarred pesto and a sprinkle of scallions. You can make chicken salad in a multitude of ways, mixing and matching most vegetables and…

Friday Night Taco Pizzas with Zucchini Ribbons

These little pizzas make for a fun Friday or Saturday night dinner with the kids.  The “crust” is a whole grain corn tortilla which makes a perfect serving size for young children.  They are topped with a homemade spicy bean spread, seasoned ground turkey, a sprinkle of cheddar cheese and plain yogurt.  You could create…

Chicken Souvlaki Pockets

This is a family favorite and very easy to make.  Marinate a pound of chicken tenders in 2 tablespoons olive oil, juice from ½ a lemon, minced garlic clove, salt and pepper.  Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 4 hours. Meanwhile, mix together the delicious tzatziki sauce using plain low-fat Greek…

Meatloaf Veggie Sliders

Here’s a great way to cook meatloaf fast. Dividing the meatloaf into muffin cups slashes cooking time to less than 20 minutes and allows for better portion control. For this recipe, I used an assortment of sautéed vegetables and ground turkey breast (not regular ground turkey which is higher in saturated fat). The vegetables lighten-up the…

Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Since I had buttermilk leftover from the other night’s dinner, I used it to marinate chicken tenders.  I added some hot sauce (about 1/4 cup) to the buttermilk and let the chicken marinate in the buttermilk sauce for 30 minutes.  I coated the chicken in bread crumbs (panko, whole wheat or regular bread crumbs seasoned…

Buttermilk Rosemary Chicken

Nigella Lawson is a very entertaining cookbook author and frequent contributor to the food section of the New York Times.  I love to read her stories about the recipes she’s preparing.  This one is a favorite of my husbands.  I love it because everything goes into a plastic bag (no mess) and you bake it…