April 30, 2018

Italian sausage, potato, & pepper sheet pan dinner

Sheet pan dinners are all the rage these days and for very good reasons. They are super easy to make, eat, and clean-up! One of my favorites is this Kielbasa, cabbage, & potato version. We have that one relatively frequently. This one with Italian sausage reminds me of foil packets we sometimes make for camping - full of sausages, potatoes, and peppers (sometimes onions, too). We have had such a very long and cold winter this year. It even snowed a little this morning again and it's almost May! I'm ready for things that make me think of warmer weather and this type of dish reminds me of campfires and grilling. It makes for a simple yet flavorful dinner or lunch for about two to three people, but can easily be adjusted for more just by adding more of what you like. I like to use two sheet pans to help everything brown up nicely instead of steaming. However, you can try to put everything on one if you prefer.

April 16, 2018

Chicken Tinga {Secret Recipe Club Reunion}

Tacos - who can ask for more than tacos?! Everyone loves tacos, right? Chicken and onions cooked in a spicy fresh tomato sauce make for an extra yummy taco! This post is part of the Secret Recipe Club Reunion! Man I have really missed this event! I always looked forward to getting my blog assignment every month. I have so much fun perusing other people's food blogs and picking recipes to try! This time was no exception. I was given Shockingly Delicious as my blog assignment and really enjoyed looking through Dorothy's extensive collection of recipes. Before I decided on the Chicken Tinga, I was also thinking of making her Mac n' Cheese Impossible Pie, Cherry Chipotle Meatloaf Cupcakes, or her Scotch Tea Cookies (I'm still going to make these sometime soon). We were not at all disappointed in these tacos - they were delicious! I had never even heard of Chicken Tinga before finding it on Dorothy's blog. I love trying out dishes that are completely new to me. These tacos were easy to make and very flavorful with a kick from the chipotle. We topped ours with sour cream, crisp shredded lettuce, cheddar cheese, and avocado. This dish will serve about four people. The only changes I made to this recipe was the addition of some salt and slightly more chicken.

April 5, 2018

Whole wheat kale applesauce toddler muffins

Kale, applesauce, and whole wheat flour are blender together in these green-hued muffins perfect for getting toddlers (or others) to eat some greens. Please don't let the kale scare you if you are not a fan. It's barely detectable (and I'm not a huge kale fan either)! I'm now considering myself the unofficial muffins queen because my muffin creations apparently know no bounds these days. I love finding new ways to get my toddlers to eat some vegetables and some whole grains in a way that they actually enjoy! They love muffins so as long as that continues, so will the recipes. Don't forget I (and others) share lots of terrific baby/toddler recipes and ideas at my Facebook group Baby & Toddler Food Recipe Share - so come join us!

These muffins are a twist on a favorite of ours: Banana Spinach Oat Blender Muffins. I bought a giant bag of kale that I've been using in our morning smoothies (follow me on Instagram where I post our morning smoothies almost daily in my stories). But, I just knew when I grabbed it that I'd be finding a way to get it into a muffin as well. My kids like them for a snack or I will give them one along with scrambled eggs or plain yogurt for breakfast. This recipe will make one dozen muffins.