FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE

FLAKY MINI CHICKEN POT PIES

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HEALTHY, LUNCH, QUICK MEAL

This fall weather has me feeling all sorts of good feelings these days. It’s now the end of summer, school began last week and the weather has been getting a bit chilly in the mornings. These flaky mini chicken pot pies have me thinking of cozying up by the fire, wearing sweaters and boots and watching the leaves change outside.FLAKY MINI CHICKEN POT PIESOne of the best things about fall coming is turning on the oven to cook our dinners at home to make the house smell good and feel cozy too. I’m kind of obsessed with these mini chicken pot pies. They taste like the ultimate comfort food and are the perfect meal to have on-hand when you only need one serving at a time or you are feeding your family.

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SWEET & SAVORY RICE CAKES

| FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, SNACK

Who said rice cakes were boring? Not me! Especially as there are so many ways to dress them up! Rice cakes are a staple in our pantry. These sweet & savory rice cakes are the perfect after-school kid friendly snack. To me they’re far from boring and bland.sweet & savory rice cakesEver since my kids started school, they always ask for an after-school snack. My sweet & savory rice cakes make the perfect easy and flexible snack for any child or adult. Plus these are Gluten Free and healthy, win win!

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CAPRESE SALAD BURGER ON PRETZEL BUN

| BREAD, BURGER, DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, ITALIAN, LUNCH, QUICK MEAL

Who is excited for SUMMER? Me, me, me. You know why? Because soon, it will be tomato season, grilling season, berry season and that means we will be eating caprese salads on repeat in our house. Something about the freshness of the salad from the tomatoes and basil and the creaminess of the buffalo mozzarella has me all sorts of giddy. When I was thinking of what to make next to share with you guys, I was in the store brainstorming and the idea came in my head to make burgers.
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BEST SMOKEY 30 MINUTE TURKEY QUINOA CHILI

| CHILI, DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HEALTHY, QUICK MEAL

I have no idea why I have never made chili before? Maybe because I have tried some before and since I am not a big fan of beans, I tend to avoid eating them. But this chili, OMG it’s the best accidental chili I’ve ever had/made. The first time I experimented with this a few days ago, I was looking for that nice smokey flavor bacon gives and when I was getting the bacon, I saw a nice piece of ham hog and decided to add it in for more of that flavor, match made in heaven. Adding in the organic ground turkey meat and quinoa adds a good healthy option to the chili instead of using beef. Also, adding smoked gouda to top off the chili adds more of that smokey flavor I was going for. (more…)

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HEALTHY, EASY, CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, MEXICAN, QUICK MEAL, SOUPS

I don’t know about you guys, but we do taco Tuesday’s at our house often, because we just love them. But, sometimes on a cold winter evening I change it up and make my super easy tortilla soup instead. Soup is one of my favorite winter meals. With this soup you get the same great Mexican flavors as if you would if having tacos, but in a soup form. It’s the perfect soup to warm up around the table with my family. It takes me about 30 minutes, if that to make this.
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crispy smashed potatoes with roasted garlic, parmesan & balsamic shallots

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HOLIDAY, POTATOES, SIDE, THANKSGIVING

lenaskitchen_smashed-potatoes_finalI could never turn down a crispy potato, friends. These are so delicious! I’m assuming you don’t have leftover potatoes in your fridge right now so I wrote this recipe starting with raw yukon gold baby potatoes. So excited to share this recipe with you for these crispy smashed potatoes topped with roasted garlic, balsamic shallots, freshly grated parmesan, lemon zest and green onions! These are heavenly and are sure to please all your guests. (more…)

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Easy Browned Butter & Sage Gnocchi

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, LUNCH, POTATOES, QUICK MEAL, SIDE, VEGETARIAN

lenaskitchen gnocchi finalEasy meals have been my go to lately with school starting up again. I like to keep a few packages of the Private Selection Gnocchi in my pasta drawer, you can find them in the pasta isle at Fred Meyers. I used one of my new favorite non stick pans for this recipe, Calphalon 3-Quart Saute Pan, recently got this as part of a complete set for a steal from my local Kroger store, Fred Meyer.

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