Lemon Chicken Skillet with Artichokes and Olives

Lemon Chicken Skillet with Artichokes and Olives – a complete chicken dinner in one pan.  Chicken thighs in a lemony sauce with artichokes and green olives.

Lemon Chicken Skillet with Artichokes and Olives - a complete chicken dinner in one pan. Chicken thighs in a lemony sauce with artichokes and green olives.

I am pretty sure that chicken is the most eaten protein in the US.  At let’s face it, it can get boring.  When I am not sure what is for dinner, I always grab chicken out the freezer to start thawing.  I figure by the end of the day I will figure out something to do with it. But today, I am super excited about this recipe.  It is just your basic chicken with vegetables, but not at all what you would normally expect.  Artichokes and green olives make up the vegetable part, and they pretty much make the dinner. Definitely not your average chicken dinner!

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Creamy Sausage & Artichoke Pasta

Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy weeknight dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

Creamy sausage & artichoke pasta makes an easy after-practice dinner. A one-skillet meal the whole family will devour.

We spent the weekend visiting friends who live in the mountains.  They live in the highest incorporated municipality in the US, which means that winter has started up there.  The two hour drive up was gorgeous seeing all of the snow capped mountains.  On Sunday when we went to leave, part of the interstate was closed because of accidents and ice on the road.  We were fortunate enough for it to open up for 45 minutes, and we were able to get home without a long detour.  As gorgeous as the drive was, I am so NOT ready for winter.  Only 2 hours away at our house it is supposed to get up to near 80 this week, so I think we have awhile before it gets too cold, but this weekend was a reminder it is just around the corner.

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Artichoke Jalapeno Dip

Artichoke Jalapeno Dip - a homemade version of a  store bought favorite {Dinners, Dishes & Desserts}

I trust that all the mom’s out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  We had a very relaxing day here.  After being gone for three days last week, it was nice to be able to just sit and spend time with my guys.  Not to mention we had a freak snow storm come through, so our options were limited.  Thankfully, none of the snow stuck to the roads, so it should be gone by Tuesday.  My husband planned a fun outing of riding our bikes to a French bakery in town, but guess we will have to do that another weekend.  Maybe I will just steal that idea for Father’s Day :)

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Artichoke Dip

I have a fun announcement for you today.  I am excited to now be a part of the Cooking Light Blogger’s Connection!  I have always been a big fan of their magazine, so it was a huge honor when they asked me to be a part of this group.  You can click on the little badge to your right, and it will take you to their page with a little blurb about me (don’t mind the unflattering picture), and you can see the other bloggers who are in this group.  Seriously, not sure how they found me, when you look at who else is in the group, but I will take it :)

So, what does this means to you?  Not a whole lot.  I share Cooking Light recipes fairly frequently anyway, but now you will get at least 2 a month.  The first one is this Artichoke Dip.  We made this for New Year’s Day, along with a few other appetizers for watching all of the bowl games.  And by all, I really do mean all that were on that day.  My husband, 7 year old, and Dad are all huge football fans, it doesn’t really matter who is playing.  My mom and I were lucky to have escaped for a little while to go shopping.

This dip is a warm dip that is great with crackers, but veggies would also be great to pair it with.  My husband actually made this dip.  It was my birthday, and he was nice enough to help out as much as he could.  He mixed everything together, in under 10 minutes, at about 8:00 am.  We put it in the fridge, and then just warmed it in the oven when it was time to serve.  It was creamy, and a great guilt free snack to have.  This would be a perfect one to have for the Super Bowl!

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