Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi

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Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi - You can not get any easier than this shrimp scampi recipe. Ready in minutes, perfect dinner for any night of the week or even for entertaining!

I officially have an 11 year old.  My little guy had a birthday earlier this week.  Peanut Butter Crunch Brownies were what he wanted for dessert, and they have been wrecking my diet all week!  Instead of a party this year he opted for a day of fun with the family.  So we went to Denver and played game at Dave & Busters and then did an escape room (Escape Works Denver). I think it was my sons dream day!

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Chicken Yakitori

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Chicken Yakitori - super fast chicken dinner recipe with lots of Asian flavors. On the table in minutes! Great over rice or even as chicken skewers.

No school here today!!  My 10 year old and I are going out to lunch, going to a movie, and just hanging out!  Should be a relaxing and nice day.  Tomorrow we are headed up to go skiing, so we could use a relaxing day first.  My husband wasn’t a huge fan last time we went, so this time my brother is going to join us.  He used to be a ski instructor and taught my son how to ski.  But now that he has improved so much, I am hoping he can teach him some new skills!  Any fun plans for you this weekend?

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We are finally getting back into a routine and back to normal life around here.  Amazing how 2 weeks off can really mess with things.  Bedtime is back to normal, real dinners are a thing again, and getting up early to get a jump on the day is back in place.  I have to admit, I am a creature of habit, so I am happy to have it all back….even if a want to throw the alarm clock across the room when it goes off. Are you back into your routine?  Do you have a new routine that involves going to the gym these days?

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My 10 year old has off school today.  I have to say, I am actually kind of excited about it.  It has been awhile since we have just spent the day together.  I am trying to plan some of our favorite things to do together today.  After he does his chores that is.  I made the mistake of going into his room today.  The boy has a list of chores waiting for him when he gets home tonight.  I go in there every day, but for some reason today it was over the top a mess.   Hopefully he will be motivated to get it done so we have a fun day together! Complete with his favorite Street Tacos for dinner.

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Walnuts

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Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Walnuts - roasted butternut squash that is tossed with butter, sage and toasted walnuts. Great side dish for fall.

Well it is officially fall in Colorado.  We were close to 80 last week, and this week we had a couple days that barely hit 50.  And it was rainy and cloudy. So fall is here.  And that means time for comfort food, the crock pot, squash, pumpkin and anything else fall related.  As I type this I am cuddled up on the coach under a blanket wearing my new comfy flannel shirt, so I think I am fulling embracing the new season.  Time to break out the skinny jeans and the boots!  Now if I only liked coffee, I could complete the picture with a pumpkin spiced latte.  But I just can’t do it!

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Hasselback Apples

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I can’t believe that apple season is here.  It is still so hot out, I am having a hard time thinking that fall is right around the corner.  Although it is getting much cooler at night here, the days are still in the 80’s.  But it is only a matter of time!  What is your favorite way to enjoy apples.  I love caramel apple pie bars, apple crisp, apple bars, and pretty much any other way I can have them.  My family isn’t a huge fan though, so I don’t often get them.

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Shrimp Summer Rolls

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Today I am surprising my 10 year old by taking him to a Colorado Rockies game.  I try to take him to one game a season, but he already went to a couple with my parents, so he really isn’t expecting it.  Plus I scored a great deal on tickets, so he is going to be so excited when he sees how good our seats are.  I am excited because our seats are in the shade, and it is supposed to be HOT today.  Maybe his dream of catching a foul ball will actually happen….probably not, but the kid can dream!  We actually caught a foul ball at a baseball game when I was a kid, so I guess it does happen.

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Corn and Radish Salad

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What a busy weekend!  It was our first weekend in forever that we didn’t have plans.  But it turned into a busy and exhausting weekend! We wen up to Rocky Mountain National Park and went on a beautiful hike.  It was almost 9 miles long. Then we met up with friends who were camping in the park.  We haven’t seen them in almost a year, so it was good to catch up.  At least we got to hang out at home on Sunday for most of the day (my son talked us into playing tennis).  So after a long hike on Saturday and hiking with my son on Thursday (pictures on Instagram) I was kind of tired!

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Watermelon Soda

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Summer break is officially here!!  Well, at least in Colorado.  And according to Facebook, many other parts of the country are done as well.  So that means playing outside, trips to the pool, and lots of playing with friends.  And if you are my kid, you then have to spend 1 hour a day working on math and reading.  I am apparently the meanest mom out there.  Did you know summer break is for playing, and not school work?  Yeah, well deal with it.  I am mean and want you to keep up some of the stuff you learned this year.  So I require 30 minutes of math and 30 minutes of reading a day.  So if you do less with your kids, and they complain, you can tell them you know someone how is meaner than you are!

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Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza

There are a lot of new readers around here lately, so I wanted to make sure that no one missed this great recipe.  This White Chicken Pizza has been the most popular recipe on this site, since the day it was posted. People love roasted garlic, chicken and pizza.  You put them all together in one dish, and you have the best white pizza ever!  Plus it is super easy, and pretty quick too, and it is lightened up, so it is a win all around!  Trust me your family will never know you are giving them a healthy white pizza, it is still creamy, and delicious!

Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Herb White Pizza - a lightened up white pizza with tons of flavor!  MUST MAKE!!!

The name of this pizza is kind of a mouthful, but I just didn’t want to leave anything out.  This week for #SundaySupper we are going skinny!  That is right, we are bringing you TONS of recipes that are all good for you!  Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is hosting this fun event.

Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Herb White Pizza

You may think it is strange that we are doing a skinny event, and I am making pizza.  But I am a firm believer of “all things in moderation”.  And just because you are trying to eat healthier, doesn’t mean you can’t have good tasting food. And trust me, this tastes incredible.  I brought this to cooking club a few weeks ago, and everyone loved it.  They requested I bring some kind of pizza every month.

Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Herb White Pizza
To make this pizza a little healthier I cut down on the cheese by quite a bit.  You don’t want to cover up the flavor of the roasted garlic, so you only need a little.  To make the cream sauce, I used a mixture of skim milk and half and half.  Roasted garlic has so much flavor, you want to let it shine through.  The red onions and the herbs give it a fresh and bright flavor.  Serve this with a side salad, and you have a healthy and delicious dinner.

Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza

Yields 6

Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza - super easy and lightened up white pizza. The roasted garlic white sauce has tons of flavor.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 1 Tbls butter
  • 8 cloves roasted garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbls all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 11/2 cup boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbls fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a siplat liner, or grease and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Saute roasted garlic for 1 minute.
  3. Add flour, and mix until well blended. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Slowly whisk in the milk and half and half. Mix in the pepper.
  5. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until it starts to thicken. Remove from heat, and stir in Parmesan cheese.
  6. Spread dough into roughly a 12 inch circle on prepared baking sheet. Spread white cause over the dough. Top with chicken, red onions and cheese.
  7. Bake for 17 minutes, or until the crust is golden, and the cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with herbs. Cut and serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe Adapted from Cooking Light

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