One Pot Pastalaya

Pastalaya pronounced pasta-lie-a (like jambalaya) is a cross between a pasta dish and jambalaya (the Cajun sausage and rice dish). Is that confusing enough? No matter Pastalaya is delicious! My family devours it, even in its whole food incarnation with whole wheat penne pasta. Pastalaya (slightly adapted from Budget Bytes) Ingredients: 1 tablespoon canola oil 12-ounce package Andouille … Continue reading One Pot Pastalaya

Tikka Masala with Naan Bread

I have been making this curry for several years. At first, only my youngest son and I were fans, but as time has passed this meal with homemade Naan bread has become a family favorite. Tikka Masala Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of canola oil, divided 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts or thighs, cubed into 3/4 inch … Continue reading Tikka Masala with Naan Bread

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry

Our family loves Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry. It has taken me years to find a recipe that can rival Chinese take-out; this recipe does! Give it a try, and I think you'll like it. Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry (adapted from Natasha's Kitchen) Ingredients: Sauce: 1 cup chicken broth 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup soy sauce … Continue reading Chicken and Broccoli Stir-fry

Two-Ingredient Barbecue Chicken

This recipe is straight from a food blog I love - Bowl of Delicious!. Elizabeth is a whole-foods cook. All of her recipes are from scratch and most of the time very healthy. Hey, it called balance! When I first glanced at this recipe I thought, crispy chicken from the oven? I gave it a … Continue reading Two-Ingredient Barbecue Chicken

One Pot Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

My fellas love this "from scratch" version of Cheeseburger Helper. No canned soups, no ingredients you can't pronounce and ready from start to finish in about 30 minutes plus you dirty only one skillet. I'll take that and call it a great recipe any day! Homemade Cheeseburger Helper (slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats) Ingredients: … Continue reading One Pot Homemade Cheeseburger Helper

One Pot Taco Skillet

This is a great one pot meal. Brown your ground beef and onions, and then throw everything else in. It's that simple and your husband and kids will love it. One Pot Taco Skillet (slightly adapted from Iowa Girl Eats) Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef 1/4 cup onion, chopped 1 taco seasoning packet, don't add … Continue reading One Pot Taco Skillet

Red Beans and Rice

I have been making Red Beans and Rice since I got married 30+ years ago. It is delicious, economical, and all ages love it. An adaptation of a Cajun classic! Red Beans and Rice Ingredients: 1 pound red kidney beans 4 cups water 4 cups chicken stock 24 ounces (Two 12-ounce packages) Andouille sausage (I use Sam's … Continue reading Red Beans and Rice

Grilled Turkey Breast

I always serve a baked turkey breast at Thanksgiving. A few weeks ago, one of our local grocery stores had them on sale, and I picked one up. I spoke to my husband about smoking it on our grill, and he decided to give it a try. It was delicious! I was able to freeze the … Continue reading Grilled Turkey Breast

One Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Skillet

  Today, I am introducing you to One Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Skillet. It's delicious and you can load up with your preferred toppings on your individual plate. One Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Skillet (Iowa Girl Eats) Ingredients: 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces 1/4 cup … Continue reading One Pot Southwestern Chicken and Rice Skillet

Shrimp Etouffee

Shrimp Etouffee has been a special occasion meal in our home forever. My husband requests it each year on his birthday and Father's Day. I think this recipe originated from a Baton Rouge Junior League cookbook from the 1980's. Shrimp Etouffee (An adaptation of a Cajun classic) Ingredients: 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter 1 … Continue reading Shrimp Etouffee