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30 Minute Back-to-School Meals

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30 Minute Back-to-School Meals – Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

30 Minute Back-to-School Meals - Over 25 mouthwatering recipes that you can cook up in less than 30 minutes!

It is that time of year again. The kids are back in school.  Time when everything seems busier, and you just need to get dinner on the table fast.  So today I am here to help.  I have over 25 dinner recipes that are ready in 30 minutes or less.  So you can still feed your family a home cooked meal, and get everyone where they need to be.  My son started school on Monday, and all of us are already exhausted.  It is amazing what a full day of of work, school, and just being “on” can do to you.

Thankfully my son hasn’t started any of his sports or other activities yet, so we have a little more time before the real crazy starts.  Sunday we have our first Lego Robotics meeting, so it is only a matter of time before lots of our time is taken up with practices and meetings for that.  I know I will be trying quite a few of these 30 minute meals over the next few months!  I hope you find a few of these back to school dinner ideas that you want to try as well.
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Weekly Meal Plan Week 4

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 4 - 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts for a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 4 – 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make a quick, easy, and delicious week!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 4 - 8 Top bloggers brining you 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts to make your week easy!

I am so happy the weekend is here!  This has been a really busy week for some reason.  I am really looking forward to just relaxing this weekend.  There is a lot around the house that needs to get done, but hopefully everyone will help out, and we can spend lots of time just hanging out.  One thing we are going to be doing is using my new smoker!  I am so beyond excited to try it out at home.  My husband picked up a tri-tip that we are going to start with.  When I visited Certified Angus Beef Brand in June they showed us how to do it, so I am hoping without professional supervision I can pull it off.  Stay tuned, because if it turns out you will see it here, as well as a chance to win lots of beef and your own smoker!

So the weekly meal plan…how are you liking it?  I have heard from a few of you that you love it.  So we are going to keep going.  We are going to be added a couple more bloggers so we can share some side dish recipes too. I know I struggle with those the most, so I hope to get some great ideas!  So sit back, relax, grab your notepad and pen and check out this weeks line up.

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Shrimp Summer Rolls

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Shrimp Summer Rolls {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce – a super refreshing, cool, crisp and great dinner to have this summer.  Works as an appetizer or a meal.

Shrimp Summer Rolls with Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce - a super refreshing, cool, crisp and great dinner to have this summer.  Works as an appetizer or a meal.

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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Weekly Meal Plan Week 3

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 3 - quick, easy and delicious recipes for your week.

Weekly Meal Plan Week 3 – 8 top bloggers bringing you 6 dinner recipes, and 2 desserts to make your week quick, easy, and delicious!

Weekly Meal Plan Week 3: 6 dinner recipes and 2 desserts from 8 top bloggers!

 

Another week down, another weekly meal plan for you!!  I hope you are loving these as much as I do.  I am getting so many great meal ideas each week, just from putting this together to share with you.  I can not wait to make the chicken with asparagus and the Cuban pork.  My family will love both of them, and they look incredible.

So do you have plans this weekend?  Hopefully they involve something fun in this great weather.  We should be headed up to the mountains early Saturday morning for a great hike.  Now that the snow has melted off the trails, we will be heading up there as much as we can.  If I had my way, it would be every weekend.  But it isn’t only up to me.  After working out of the house all week, sometimes my husband wants to relax on the weekend.  I on the other hand work all week, but it is from home.  So when the weekend comes I want to get out of the house!  It is a never ending battle.

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Weekly Meal Plan Week 2

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Weekly Meal Plan brought to you by 8 top bloggers

Weekly Meal Plan - 8 top bloggers are making your week easy!!  6 main dishes and 2 dessert recipes take the guess work out of planning!

So are you a fan of the new Weekly Meal Plan feature?  I have heard some good things from readers, so I hope you enjoy it.  The whole goal is to make life easier on you with quick and easy dinner recipes for your whole week.  Make it a habit each Saturday morning to sit down and come up with a meal plan for your week.  Your whole family will then know what is happening each night, and there will be less complaints and questions!

Do you have any fun plans this weekend?  I think this might be our first weekend in almost 6 weeks that we are all home and have nothing planned.  It think it is going to be wonderful to just sit and relax as a family.  I am sure we will end up doing something, but it will be what we want and when we want.  It is going to be amazing!  My son starts tennis lessons on Monday, and is super excited.  So I can guarantee that he is going to be asking to play this weekend.  I think he wants to be the star of his class :)

Have a great weekend!

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Southwestern Cobb Salad

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Southwestern Cobb Salad {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Southwestern Cobb Salad – A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

Southwestern Cobb Salad - A classic Cobb salad with a Southwestern, tex-mex twist!  Topped with a creamy cilantro lime dressing for a hearty, filling, and delicious salad.

 

Summer is all about eating better and not trying to heat up your house. Thankfully, you can use the grill and achieve both of these goals at one time. Ok, so there may be more to summer like friends, family, vacations, getting outside, swimming, sun, baseball etc…but this is a food blog, so I am here to solve your summer food goals. Today I have you more than covered with eating a little better and keeping the air conditioning from working over-time with this incredible Cobb Salad.

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Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza

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Roasted Garlic, Chicken and Herb White 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.

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
 
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Roasted Garlic White Chicken Pizza - super easy and lightened up white pizza. The roasted garlic white sauce has tons of flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 pound pizza dough
  • 1 Tbls butter
  • 8 cloves roasted garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbls all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1½ cup boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • ¾ cup Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ 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

Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza

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Spaghetti & Meatballs Pizza {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza – turn pizza night into something new by topping it with spaghetti and meatballs!  

Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza - turn pizza night into something new by topping it with spaghetti and meatballs!

Do you ever get stuck in a rut with dinner? You have tacos one night, spaghetti one night, pizza one night and so on. You know what your family will like, you are short on time, and you just keep repeating the same things week after week. Well, it is time to switch things up! I was inspired by Ragú® to put an awesome twist on their classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe by turning it into a pizza! Definitely a #saucesome twist the whole family is going to go crazy for! What is Saucesome? Saucesome is like mealtime magic!

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Southwestern Chicken Pasta

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Southwestern Chicken Pasta - A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor. All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).

Southwestern Chicken Pasta – A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor.  All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).  

Southwestern Chicken Pasta - A creamy southwestern style pasta with black beans, corn, chicken and tons of flavor.  All made with a gluten-free pasta (trust me, you would never know).

I think things are finally back to normal around here, after being gone for 6 weeks.  The hardest part of me is getting back into meal planning. Seriously, planning what groceries to buy, and what I am going to make each day for the week has gotten nearly impossible.  I have no idea why!  I am usually pretty good at it, but I think I went to the store 5 out of 7 days last week.  Hoping this week is better, but considering I don’t have a menu written down, I don’t have my fingers crossed.  Baby steps, I guess.

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Oven Roasted Potatoes and Sausage

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Oven Roasted Potatoes and Sausage - Crispy oven roasted potatoes, peppers and onions, with your favorite sausage. Great one pan meal for any night of the week.

Oven Roasted Potatoes and Sausage – Crispy oven roasted potatoes, peppers and onions, with your favorite sausage.  Great one pan meal for any night of the week.

Oven Roasted Potatoes and Sausage - Crispy oven roasted potatoes, peppers and onions, with your favorite sausage.  Great one pan meal for any night of the week.

We are back!  All the way from New Zealand, we made it!  It was an amazing 6 weeks, and I love that my husband’s company has the sabbatical program it does.  Going to make it hard to ever want to find a different job, that is for sure.  Now it is time to get back into real life.  Laundry, cleaning, going through the mail…That might be a full time job itself.  Fortunately my parents were here the entire time we were gone, so lots of things are already taken care of.  But we are all back at work and school today, and I have a feeling it will be a crazy, busy day for all of us!

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