What’s for Dinner? Pampered Chef Lemon Pasta Chicken Toss & Black Bean Pumpkin Chili by Kitchen Treaty

Summertime is full of vacations, staycations, running around and general busyness and can feel like we lose touch with each other, but with all of the parties, BBQs, picnics, pool parties etc.  It provides us with so many different ways to connect. So while summer is different from the rest of the year I encourage you to take advantage of the chance to connect, reconnect and just hang out with one another and build relationships as well as memories, so while this is a busy time remember you are still “Bringing Back Dinner”; food is the tool that gathers us.  Have fun and laugh a lot!

Pampered Chef – Lemon Pasta Chicken Toss

pampered chef chicken pasta

Time: 30 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Review:  I really do like Pampered Chef recipes, they are easy and always look like you worked much harder than y ou did.  This recipe is no different.  It was a quick and easy but still tasty meal.  We made an exchange though; spinach for broccoli.  You could use either vegetable or add something new.  This dish would be easy to play around with.

 

MEATLESS MONDAY – Kitchen Treaty – Slow Cooker Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

black bean and pumpkin chili

Time: 6-8 hours on low

Ease: Simple

Review:  This dish sounds weird, I’ll just say it, but it is really very good!  My family loved it and one of them even tweeted about it  “Let’s just make a deal to put pumpkin in everything. It makes food ten times better.”  You can’t get a much better review!  We were divided on one aspect of this dish – heat.  That is why they make Sriracha sauce.  Just serve hot sauce on the side for those who want a little heat.  Otherwise a perfect meal.

We often think of the slow cooker as a winter cooking device, but it is a great for the summer.  It doesn’t heat up the kitchen and frees you up to run around town all day and not worry about dinner.  Pull out your crockpot and have a great day at the pool!  Dinner will be waiting for you.

 

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What’s for Dinner? Pampered Chef’s BLT Ranch Salad Pizza & Vegetarian Lasagna

I have had several people talk to me about ways that their family connect and I want to take the time to say that my suggestions are just that, suggestions.  Please do not feel judged by me or unable to reach the bar etc.  The important thing is that you bring dinner back or breakfast into your lives and by this I mean take time around your meals to set aside the business of life and re-connect, get to know each other and share life.  However you do this I am rooting for you!  Relationships are an important part of life and making safe places is invaluable.  I’d love to hear from some of you about how you create such a place in your home.  Share through the comments section, on facebook or twitter and use #bringingbackdinner

This week we had several dishes with leftovers that were less exciting, but I think you will enjoy the two meals below.

Meatless Monday:

Asparagus-Mushroom Mini Lasagnas – Eating well Magazine

Asparagus Mushroom mini lasagna

I’ve made this dish before, but had a friend who was interested in it, so here you go!

Time:  1 Hour 25 Minutes

Ease: Moderate to Simple

Review: this is really a great dish.  It is a nice dish for your family and would make a great dish for company.  You could try using different ingredients and use the same method to have a little fun with this!

BLT Ranch Salad Pizza – Pampered Chef

blt ranch pizzae

Time: About 30 Minutes

Ease: Simple

Review:  Pampered Chef recipes are simple, tasty and always look like you worked harder than you did.  They are not the healthiest, but good.  My family like this, over all.  My husband loved it and the kids thought it needed a little less cream cheese.  I have to agree.  I think the amount of cream cheese depends on what you like, so just adjust for your family.  When I make this again I will probably put half the amount of cream cheese on half of the pizza and the normal amount on the rest.  Keep everybody happy!

Leftovers Redone

This week we also turned leftover steak into fajitas.  I know, it sounds like a crime.  Otherwise there was not enough to share.  I also freeze any leftover spaghetti sauce and pulled some out for dinner this week.  Try making your leftovers into something else, but shhhhh don’t tell them, they will never know it.

Have a great week and I’ll see you in 2 weeks when I return from vacation.

Reviews: Giada, Pampered Chef, Ellie Krieger & Fresh Market

merry christmas

I hope you have been enjoying this new blog, I’d love to have your feedback.  What would you like to see?  What would make it easier for you to use? Ideas?  I may not take every suggestion, but will take them all into consideration.

This has been an adventure for me, one I am completely loving!  I thought, “hmmm, I’ll just write a little blog” and found there is a lot more to it than that.  I wrote about it in another blog I have called Never Thought I’d Blog: Cultivating Thoughts; Yielding Action, feel free to check it out.

This week’s Reviews:

Giada:Grilled Lamb Chops with Grilled Tuna Steaks by Ina Garten

Pampered Chef: Family Burrito Bake

Ellie Krieger: Oven Fried Chicken

Fresh Market: Curried Sweet Potato and Pear Soup

The Process: For a full explanation visit this page

1. Sit down, relax and plan 4-5 meals (or pick some meals from here)

2. Make a grocery list and stick to it!!!! This saves time and money

3. Do the shopping-aim for one trip

4. Bring Back Dinner and enjoy

The Meals:

Giada: Grilled Lamb Chops with Grilled Tuna Steaks by Ina Garten
lamb & fish

Time: 30 minutes

Ease: Simple

Review: We visited Wales in April and I discovered that my family really likes lamb.  I had no idea.  This dish was very good and simple.  I added Tuna steaks because the meat was small and it seemed like a good combo.  Both were very good.

Tip: Look for the meat and fish on sale.  I found the lamb on sale, but in small pieces which made it a nice combo dish.

Pampered Chef: Family Burrito Bakeburrito bake

Time: 30 minutes in the microwave  1 hour in the oven

Ease: Simple

Review: I am a huge fan of Pampered Chef products and I enjoy the recipes because they are quick and often look like you put much more time into them than you actually did.  My family liked this meal and it was ready in minutes.

Tip: You can make this in any casserole dish and do not need the Deep Dish Baker by Pampered Chef.  Although it is a nice thing to have.  just make sure you have room to layer.

Ellie Krieger: Oven Fried Chickenchicken tenders

Time: 30-45 minutes

Ease: Simple

Review:  This is a family favorite.  We will never buy store bought chicken nuggets or tenders again.  It is fresh and healthy and just plain good.

Tip: I alter this to make it in to nuggets or tenders rather than use the bone in chicken thighs.  The basic recipe works with any type of chicken I’ve tried.

Fresh Market: Curried Sweet Potato and Pear Soup
sweet potato pear soup

Time: 30 minutes

Ease: Simple

Review:  Wow, this was so simple and so good.  Everyone enjoyed it even though it has neither cheese nor cream in it! But you would never know.  We served it with Goat cheese on toasted bread instead of Roquefort Cheese as suggested. Ok-there still must be cheese somewhere!

Tip: You can use chicken broth in place of wine if you prefer

With the holiday season in full swing life is pretty crazy and I caved, don’t feel bad if you have to sometimes too.  I bought frozen lasagna one night, but when you have been eating nice fresh, homemade meals frozen just can’t compare and they are loaded with extra sodium and preservatives.  But sometimes….

Restaurant Review: Josephine’s Bistro Greensboro, NC

We had a lovely date night this week and visited one of our favorite restaurants, Josephine’s Bistro.  If you get the chance to go here you should!  The food has been consistently good.  I find most places are too heavy on the salt, but Josephine s has a delicate hand with seasoning allowing you to experience the most from the flavors.  The wait staff is helpful and courteous and they have a great wine selection.

Have a wonderful Christmas week!

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