Mealtime Monday: Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

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Happy Monday everyone!  We had a busy weekend here, busting out a bunch of projects around the house with the help of my parents.  We were able to paint the living room, hallway, dining room ceiling and master bedroom.  Plus fix the garage door and winterize the dog house partially. It was a whirlwind and I am exhausted!  This week I am sharing a simple recipe of lemon garlic chicken thighs made out of items we had on hand.  I did not follow a recipe for this one so you have to bear with me on a few vague measurements.

Baked lemon garlic chicken thighs recipe


  • 6 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1-2 T butter
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • Parsley
  • Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  In a glass baking dish, place you chicken thighs.  Pour lemon juice over the thighs.  Cut butter into small pieces and distribute throughout the baking dish.  Mince garlic over the chicken thighs.  Season with salt and pepper and top with fresh parsley.

Baked lemon garlic chicken thighs

Bake for 25-40 minutes, or until cooked through fully.  Serve and enjoy!  We have ours with foil packet steamed broccoli (recipe coming soon).  These thighs were delightfully juicy and very flavorful.  Definitely a a hit we will be making again!

Yummy Baked lemon garlic chicken thighs

Mealtime Monday: Baked Asian Chicken Wings

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This mealtime monday is all about wings; crispy baked asian chicken wings.  I found the recipe a while back on Pinterest from Just a Taste and we finally got around to giving it a try.  I love chicken wings and 99% of the time we do buffalo wings with Frank’s Red Hot.  YUM!  So this was a nice change of pace.

Asian wings


1 package Chicken Wings
1 T Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Blackberry Jam
1/3 cup Hoisin Sauce
Chinese 5-spice or Asian spice blend*

*I am not a fan of Chinese 5-Spice because of the Anise in it, so I made my own blend of spices including a little 5-spice, ginger, garlic powder, chili  powder and sesame seeds. I did not measure, just kept adding a dash here and there until I thought it looked good.

Asian spice rub for wings

Starting off with this recipe, preheat your oven to 400º F.  Next wash and pat dry your chicken wings.

Baked asian wings

In a mixing bowl, combine the chicken wings, vegetable oil and your spice mixture. Stir to coat evenly.

Asian inspired wings

Space the wings out over an oven safe rack.  I used a baking sheet lined with foil under by cookie cooling grate.  It worked perfectly and the foil made clean up of the baking sheet easy.  The cookie grate took more work to get clean with the chicken cooked on it.

Asian spice rub wings

Bake for 45-50 minutes (or until fully cooked), rotating the pan halfway through.

Baked asian spiced wings

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the blackberry jam and hoisin sauce.

Sauce for asian style wings

Whisk together until fully melted and warm through.

Asian inspired wings sauce

Toss your crispy wings and the sauce together to evenly coat.

Asian wings being sauced

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Asian wings

Mealtime Monday: Pesto Sausage Flatbread Pizza

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Back again for another mealtime monday!  This week I am sharing a simple recipe that we like to bring in the mix from time to time.  Back when we lived in San Francisco, our favorite pizza was the pesto sausage from Amici’s.  Now that we can’t walk over and pick one up, we came up with an easy recipe for a pesto sausage flatbread pizza.

Pesto sausage flatbread pizza recipe


Preheat oven to 400°.  Roll out your pizza dough on a greased baking sheet.  Pop into the oven and bake for 7 minutes.  By partially baking the dough before topping you will get a crisper crust.

Making pesto sausage flatbread pizza

Meanwhile, cook sausage in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Sausage pesto homemade pizza

Remove pizza crust from the oven.  Spread a thin layer of homemade pesto over the entire surface.

Sausage pesto homemade flatbread

Top with cooked sausage and grated cheeses.

Pesto sausage flatbread pizza

Return to the oven and bake for an additional 7-9 minutes or until browned and crisp.

Homemade pesto sausage flatbread

Cut into pieces and serve.  So simple and delicious; a great weeknight meal!

Homemade pesto sausage flatbread pizza

Apricot Glazed Ham with Asparagus & Potatoes

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I know…I missed last week’s Mealtime Monday, but that is because I had a great weekend celebrating the marriage of two fantastic people in Carmel/Monterey. So, skipping a post seems acceptable :) Today I am sharing a recipe from Real Simple, an easy & delicious glazed ham dinner. I follow the recipe for the ham, but I have adapted the potatoes and asparagus recipe to be more like how my mom makes red potatoes.

Easy apricot glazed ham with potatoes & asaparagus

Ingredients (for 2 people with leftover ham):

1 Boneless Ham
3-4 Red Potatoes
10 Asparagus Stalks
1/4 Cup Apricot Preserve
2 T Olive Oil
2 T Dried Onion Flakes
1 T Powdered Garlic
1 t Dried Thyme
1 t Dried Rosemary


Preheat oven to 350°. Foil line a baking sheet and place your ham on it.  (The foil is going to be really necessary later when you add your preserves so they don’t bake directly to the pan.) Cook ham for 30 minutes to start warming through.

Glazed ham for dinner

Meanwhile chop up the red potatoes & asparagus and place into a large Ziploc bag.

Herb red potatoes and asparagus

Add to the bag olive oil, onion flakes, powdered garlic, thyme, rosemary salt & pepper.

Herb red potatoes & asparagus

Mix together to thoroughly coat.

Herbed potatoes and asparagus

Pour into a foil lined Pyrex baking dish.  Spread out into a thin layer and pop into the oven.

Oven baked herb potatoes and asparagus

Once the ham has cooked for 30 minutes, take out and cover with apricot preserves.

Easy apricot glazed ham weeknight meal

Pop it back into the over for 25 more minutes.

Easy apricot glazed ham

After 25 minutes are up, removed ham from the oven.  The preserves should have melted and turned into a great sticky coating.

Easy apricot glazed ham for dinner

Turn the oven up to 450° to brown the potatoes and asparagus.  This should only take 5 minutes or so and needs to be watched closely.  Remove and serve once desired crispness is achieved.

Herb potatoes and asparagus

Serve and enjoy!  Since we make this for only 2 people we end up with extra ham for breakfast, ham paninis or other ham meals.

Apricot glazed ham with potatoes & asaparagus

Mealtime Monday: Pesto Sliders

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Happy Monday!  For this week’s Mealtime Monday, I am sharing some great and simple tomato, Parmesan pesto sliders with a recipe from Cooking Light.  YUM!

Pesto parmesan sliders


  • Ground beef
  • Tomatoes
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Pesto (I like using homemade)
  • Slider Bun ( I used King’s Hawaiian rolls)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 1: Start off with placing your raw ground beef into a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper an mix together.

Pesto sliders

Step 2: Roll meat into small balls.  I was using 1/2 a package of ground beef and wanted to make 6 sliders, so I simply divided my meat into 6 balls and the size worked out perfectly.

Cooking pesto sliders

Step 3: Flatten the balls to make slider meat patties.  Place into a skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until desired done-ness.

Making sliders

Step 4:  Prepare rolls (aka cut in half).

Using hawaiian rolls for slider buns

Step 5: Slather on a nice dollop of pesto to the bottom of each bun.

Making pesto sliders

Step 6: Top with a slice of a nice juicy red tomato.

Pesto, parmesan, tomato sliders recipe

Step 7: Now top that with the meat patty and a couple slices of Parmesan cheese.

Pesto sliders for dinner

Step 8: Enjoy.  Great for dinner or as an appetizer for a get-together.

Pesto sliders recipe

Mealtime Monday: Sesame Chicken Tenders

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Happy Mealtime Monday! It has been a busy couple of weeks!  Spent a week in South Lake Tahoe, went back to work for a couple days, flew out to Indianapolis for a conference and then went to a co-workers wedding last night.  Talk about two exhausting weeks!  I’ll try my best to get a few pics up of the trips this week. Today I am sharing a great Rachel Ray recipe, honey mustard sesame chicken tenders.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders with mustard dipping sauce


  • 1/2 cup dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 1tablespoon Sriracha hot sauce
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 pounds of chicken breast tenders
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • Vegetable oil

Seasame Chicken Tenders ingredients

Preheat over to 275 degrees.  Place baking sheet in oven.  In a bowl mix together mustard, honey, chives and hot sauce.  Split the sauce in half between two bowls. Set one bowl aside to be the dipping sauce.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders dipping sauce

With the other half of the mixture, add two eggs.  Beat to combine.

Seasame Chicken Tenders

So now you should have one bowl of sauce, one reserved for later and the other (with eggs) to use to coat the chicken breasts for breading.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders for dinner

In a food processor or blender, grind the almonds.

Making seasame breaded chicken tenders

You want to make sure that there are no larger almond pieces so that it works as breading.

Baked breaded chicken tenders for dinner

Now mix together the ground almonds, panko crumbs and sesame seeds. This will be the breading for the chicken tenders.

Baked seasame breaded chicken tenders

Toss the chicken tenders into the mixture with egg in it.

Seasame breaded chicken dippers

Stir around to make sure the are coated well.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders with dipping sauce

One by one, bread the chicken tenders in the nut-breadcrumb mixture.

Seasame Chicken Tenders-Yum!

Continue until all chicken tenders are coated.

Seasame panko breaded chicken tenders

Heat a layer of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add some chicken tenders to the pan.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders

Continue frying in batches until all your chicken tenders are nicely browned on both sides.

Seasame Chicken Tenders Recipe

Place chicken tenders on the heated baking sheet and pop into the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

Baked seasame breaded chicken tenders for dinner

Serve with the honey mustard dipping sauce reserved from the beginning of this recipe and enjoy!  We ate them as a dinner with a side of fruit, but they are also a great served as an appetizer.

Seasame breaded chicken tenders with mustard dipping sauce

Mealtime Monday: Chicken Florentine

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Happy Mealtime Monday everyone!  This week I am sharing a recipe from Cooking Light.  This grilled chicken florentine recipe is a great meal and tastes a lot more rich than it’s fat content.  It is excellent paired with a side of spicy broccoli (recipe coming soon). Here we go…

Light Spinach Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe


  • 10-12 ounces cooked chicken breast
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces uncooked linguine
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2-4 cups spinach leaves (based on personal preference)

Light Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe

1.  I already had some chicken that I had boiled for meals this week, so I used one of the larger breasts for this meal.  I cut my chicken into small pieces and sautéed them over medium-high heat in a skillet coated with cooking spray.  Season with salt and pepper.  If you do not have cooked chicken, you can use raw and just make sure it gets cooked through.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

2. Cook pasta according to the package.  Meanwhile, add 2 T canola oil to a heated skillet over medium-high heat.  Add minced garlic to the heated oil.

Garlic Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce

3. Next add 3 T flour to the pan an cook until garlic is browned, about 2 minutes.  Make sure to stir constantly to prevent burning.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe

4. Add milk and broth, stirring with a whisk.  Bring it to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes or until thickened.

Making Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo

5. Add cheese, stirring until cheese is fully melted.

Lighter Fettuccini Alfredo Recipe

6. You should now have a thick consistency.  Add 1/2 t salt & 1/2 t pepper.

Light Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce

7. Add your spinach to the mixture, and stir until the spinach wilts.  Remove from heat.

Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce

8. Add cooked pasta and chicken to the pan.  Stir to combine and serve.

Light Fettuccini Alfredo

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Mealtime Monday: Delicious Fried Raviolis

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Welcome back to Mealtime Monday!  Today we have a really quick and easy meal that can be made as part of a dinner or as an appetizer.  I figured it made since to post an easy meal this week while we are enjoying vacation in South Lake Tahoe.

Delicious Fried Ravioli Recipe

All you will need for ingredients are:

  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian bread crumbs
  • 1-2 eggs
  • Ravioli (preferably larger sized ones)

Making Yummy Fried Raviolis

Crack your eggs into one bowl and whip.  Pour a nice heap of bread crumbs in another bowl and add about 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.  Mix together.

How to Make Yummy Fried Raviolis

Dip each ravioli into the egg…

How to Make Fried Raviolis

then into the breadcrumb mixture to coat.

Fried Raviolis

Heat cooking oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the breaded raviolis.

Making Fried Raviolis

Cook until brown, then flip to other side and repeat.  Remove from pan onto a paper towel to soak up excess oil.  Serve and enjoy.  I had pesto and a roasted tomato sauce and thought they made great dipping sides.

Delicious Fried Ravioli

Such a quick and easy meal or fantastic appetizer.  Now, back to vacation.  Check out the beauty of South Lake Tahoe by following me on instagram :)

Mealtime Monday: Wedding Meatball Soup

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Mealtime Monday is back again!  I am so ready for fall to be here; ready to wear boots with sweaters, carve pumpkins and enjoy some delicious soups!  To get into the swing of fall, here is a delicious soup I love to make, slightly adapted from Skinny Taste!

Skinny Italian Wedding Soup Recipe


  • 1/2 package ground turkey
  • 1/8-1/4 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 8-12 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo


1. In a medium size bowl, mix together your ground turkey, diced onions, dried parsley, egg, minced garlic, Parmesan & 1/8 cup of breadcrumbs.

Italian Wedding Soup-YUM!

2. Mix together, adding more breadcrumbs as needed to get to meatball consistency.  You want the mixture to be sticky to hold together well, not too wet or too dry.

Italian Wedding Soup

3. Form into small meatballs.  You want the meatballs to be miniature so that they can easily be eaten in the soups without having to be cut up, about 1 tablespoon each.

Making Italian Wedding Soup at Home

**When I made it I forgot to add my Parmesan at first, so I had to go back and reform all my meatballs with parm…oops!

Easy Turkey Meatball Soup Recipe

4. Now it is time to start the soup base.  In a large pot over medium-high heat, bring your chicken broth to a boil.  I like a broth-y soup, so I tend to add a bit more broth than called for.

Making Italian Wedding Soup

5. Once the broth is brought to a boil, add in the uncooked orzo, spinach and raw meatballs.  Boil for about 10 minutes or until orzo is done and meatballs are cooked through.

Homemade wedding soup

6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Serve and enjoy!

How to Make Italian Wedding Soup

Mealtime Monday: Mu Shu Pork Wraps

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Back again with another Mealtime Monday.  Last week I was on my way back from Carmel on Labor Day Monday, heading home from a Bachelorette party, so please forgive the lapse in posts.  Carmel was beautiful and we had a great long weekend celebrating.  Now back to food…this mealtime monday features a delicious recipe from Cooking Light, Mu Shu Pork Wraps.  I LOVE the flavor of the sauce in this meal.  Pretty easy and a nice light summer meal.

Mu Shu Pork wraps recipe


2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon cornstarch

2 cups shredded cabbage
6-8 cabbage leaves
8 ounce boneless porkloin, trimmed & cut into small pieces
1/2 cup thin carrot sticks
2 tablespoons canola oil
3/4 cups diced green onions
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons minced garlic

Mu Shu Pork wraps ingredients

1. Mix together soy sauce, dark sesame oil & hoisin sauce in a small bowl.

Yummy sauce for mu shu pork

2. Add cornstarch and whisk to combine.

sauce for mu shu pork

3. Toss in your small pieces of pork and thin carrot slices.  Mix around to thoroughly coat with sauce.  Set aside.

Mu Shu Pork-Yum!

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add 1/4 of the diced green onions.  Sauté for 30 seconds-1 minutes.

Sauted green onions for mu shu pork

5. Add shredded cabbage and water, sauté for about 2 minutes.

Sauted cabbage for mu shu pork

6. The cabbage should wilt but still keep some crunch.  Remove cabbage from pan and set aside.

Cooking Cabbage for Mu Shu Pork

7.  Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 cup diced green onions and garlic to your pan.  Sauté for about 30 seconds.

Cooking Mu Shu Pork

8. Add pork & carrot mixture to the pan.  Cook for 3 minutes or until pork is cooked through and carrots softened.  Sauce will thicken during this process as well.

Make at home Mu Shu Pork recipe

9. Add wilted cabbage back to the pan.

Cooking Mu Shu Pork Wraps

9. Turn off heat and toss together.

Mu Shu Pork wraps

10. Scoop pork and cabbage mixture into each cabbage leaf and enjoy!  This meal can also be made with left over pork roast, making it even easier.

Make at home Mu Shu Pork wraps recipe