cooking a turkey

Week Night All Star: Vol 4

Cooking is my most favorite past time. When I have infinite time to do it, it’s even more enjoyable. The time you invest prepping your staple ingredients, always pays off. What I mean is this, if fresh vegetables are washed, peeled/trimmed and stored at eye level in the fridge you’re more likely to incorporate them in your dishes. When eggs are hard boiled and shelled, I’m apt to reach for one as a quick snack in a pinch. Anytime I’ve boiled or roasted chicken, I make homemade chicken salad. By simply adding salt, pepper, freshly chopped parsley and scallions, you’ve dressed up an otherwise boring dish. I’m not a fan of eating the same meal on repeat throughout the week. With a little planning, I can assemble healthy meals from the bits and bobs that have been prepared in advance. In my opinion, nobody does this better than Lisa Bryan from Downshiftology.

Roasted cauliflower, carrots, red onion and sweet potatoes
Ground turkey with sautéed broccolini, yellow peppers and carrots
Shredded chicken breasts with parsley
Roasted celery, carrots, sweet potatoes and red onion with scallions and parsley

In each of the pictures above, the meals came together in minutes because I invested time on the front end. By prepping my ingredients before hand, i.e. – chopping vegetables and herbs, that’s one less thing to do when my boys are T-Minus from eating the house down.

Week Night Dinner Inspiration

BOOM! Sometimes the stars align and the universe roots for you. This evening was one of those magical evenings. This parmesan encrusted chicken is a very hands on kind of meal. I thrive on dishes that require you to get a little dirty. You all know by now how I feel about roasted carrots…LOVE! I can and do eat them all the time. And how much cuter are they when sliced on the diagonal?! Check out the Barefoot Contessa for her recipe on the afore mentioned messy chicken. Dazzle your family with this simple and delicious week night dinner!

chocolate chip cookie

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

I’m known to have some dough in my freezer, cookie dough that is. Years ago I was pinning away on Pinterest, and I stumbled upon the PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE! Friends, please believe me when I tell you, they were not lying. These crowd pleasers are a staple at every party I attend or host…like my mom and her broccoli rice casserole. And can we discuss their size??? Mmmmmm HHHMMMMM!

I’m a big fond fan of mixing Toll House morsels with the chocolate chunks. Variety is the spice of my life, ya’ll!

Week Night Dinner Inspiration

A friend of mine could use a helping hand, and while we independent women NEVER ask for help, I’m making her family dinner this week. I’m not even kidding, I LOVE cooking for my friends! I seriously dream of starting a food truck business. #MealsOnWheels

Turn up the volume on roasted chicken by dredging it in a simple marinade over night. I tossed the split chicken breasts with ribs in a zip top bag and poured an herby garlic salad dressing to coat. Bake at 375 degrees F on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for an hour. #Voila

Roasted Split Chicken Breasts
Power greens salad with red onion, orange & yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes, Sartori balsamic bellavitano cheese, and hard boiled eggs
Roasted carrots and red potatoes garnished with curly parsley
New York Times Best Chocolate Chip Cookie