Cheddar Ranch Chicken Thighs

These days, I perpetually feel like I’m out of time when dinner comes. It was bad before social distancing and now I feel like the kids are attached to me 24/7. What’s a cook to do?

Prep the quickest dinner possible, of course. These cheddar ranch chicken thighs are ready for the oven in under ten minutes – which is just about the amount of time I can distract the kids for.

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Steak & Guinness Pie

Happy Pi Day!

This week has been incredibly stressful and having something fun to focus on today is a blessing.

Today, I’m sharing my new favorite savory pie – steak and vegetables simmered in Guinness and wrapped in a cheddar pie crust.

Yes, it’s as good as it sounds!

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Mexican Potato Skins

Friday nights have become family movie night here. It’s a chance to hunker down after a busy week – usually with something on Disney+ and some fun eats.

Being meatless on Fridays for Lent has forced me to be a little more creative with our movie menus. This snacky-style dish is a great light option that’s also meatless.

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Greek Cauliflower Rice & Chickpeas

We have hit the point of the winter when veggies are no longer exciting.

During the summer and fall, we have a CSA share that loads us up with fresh vegetables weekly and inspires me to cook them creatively. Once the CSA ends? It becomes a regular rotation of bagged salad, roasted broccoli, and roasted green beans.

I recently discovered the kids like cauliflower rice, so I’ve been playing with different ways to dress it up. This Greek-style version was a huge hit. So huge that we ended up fighting over the leftovers!

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken in the Air Fryer

Do you have an air fryer? I was a hold out for so long – I just didn’t think it would be as amazing as everyone was saying. And then I got one.

Reader, I’m eating my words. I love it.

The ability to make food that tastes fried without actually having to bust out the oil is a game changer for me!

This pretzel-crusted chicken is a dream topped off with a cheddar-mustard sauce and chopped pickles.

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Grilled Vegetable Chili

We’ve had a relatively mild winter here with plenty of warm days scattered in. I feel like, in a way, it makes the cold days worse. Today it’s chilly and rainy and suddenly feels like arctic tundra.

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What does that mean? Comfort food, of course. This veggie-loaded chili is just perfect for a rainy Lenten Friday.

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Chicken Alfredo Ravioli

Does anyone else feel like February went by at warp speed? I don’t know what happened, but I feel like I blinked and it was over. I feel like so many nights I was scrambling at dinner time – where did my day go?! – so quick and easy was definitely the name of the game.

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This easy casserole is just perfect for busy nights – and a really kid-pleaser.

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Cauliflower Bahn Mi Sandwiches

It’s the first Friday of Lent which means I’m kicking off my annual meatless meal series today! Over the next seven weeks, I’ll be sharing new meatless meals every Friday.

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First up is this Cauliflower Bahn Mi and, guys, it’s a good one.

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12 More Meatless Meals for Lent

Today is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of Lent – and the return of my annual Lenten dinner series!

12 More Meatless Meals for Lent

As Catholics, we abstain from meat each Friday during the Lenten season, and the Lenten Dinner series was born out of desire to make our meatless Friday more creative.

To kick things off, I’m highlighting 12 meatless meals that I’ve shared on the blog in the last year that would be perfect options for Lenten Fridays!

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PB&J Stuffed Pancakes

Can we talk for a second about how parenthood is a marathon? I swear it’s always something. I really thought we were on the upswing this week: everyone’s been healthy, we’re doing better with school anxiety… and then Jake fell out of bed Tuesday night. Hard enough that it warranted a trip to the ER. For real.

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It’s seasons like this that I’m so grateful for prep-ahead recipes – like these kid-approved PB&J Stuffed Pancakes.

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