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Friday, November 11, 2016

Quick Chicken Thai Zoodle Skillet

Quick and Easy Chicken Thai Zoodle Skillet

This quick and easy skillet meal is infused with thai flavors and lots of veggies! The whole family will love it! 

Ok, I will admit it - I'm totally jumping on the zoodle bandwagon! I was definitely skeptical at first, I mean - I love me some carb-alicious noodles, and I wasn't really looking for a replacement. Because, hello! I heart pasta!! And I was pretty sure that there would be no way in hell my kids would eat a green vegetable based noodle. And I kind of thought that making these on an average weeknight would be too hard and time consuming to attempt.

Thai Chicken Zoodles

But you know what? All those thoughts are totally false! Zoodles end up being just as filling as normal pasta, and I LOVE them! AND my kids love them, too. AND they were actually really simple to make. Mind blow, guys.

Chicken Thai Zoodles

This quick meal is perfect for those busy weeknights where you want fresh and flavor without sacrificing time.You can even make this meal even easier by using pre-shredded carrots and cabbage you can find in the grocery produce section and by making the zoodles the morning of or even the night before. The zoodles do have to sit for 20 minutes, but if you do this step first, then start cooking the chicken, and then mix the sauce together, by the time you are ready to add the zoodles to the skillet they are done draining and you only need 3 minutes more to toss everything together. 

How to make Zoodles

I loved how easy and quick this meal was to put together! Basically the only measuring you need to do is to mix the sauce ingredients together. The rest of it is throwing in veggies and sautéing up some chicken. Its SUPER easy, even

Easy, healthy, and fast chicken thai noodle skillet meal

Tips on How to Make Zoodles

  1. Use medium sized zucchini for best results - large ones tend to have too many seeds and the inner portion tends to have a really high water content.
  2. Zucchini has a high water content - so try to remove as much excess water as you can before cooking by sprinkling with a little salt and allowing to sit for 15-20 minutes in between paper towels. This will help your noodles not to get mushy.
  3. You don't want to actually COOK your noodles, just warm them up a little. 
  4. Pre-made zoodles will store in the fridge for about 3 days. Store in a glass container lined with paper towels.
  5. Don't heat the zoodles until you are ready to eat - if they sit for too long they kind of turn to mush. And don't cook them for too long or they will release too much water and turn mushy as well. This should be the last step before you eat.
  6. Don't even attempt to reheat leftovers. It won't turn out well. 

Skillet Meal - Zoodles with Chicken and Thai flavors

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yield: 4 servingsprint recipe

Quick Chicken Thai Zoodle Skillet

prep time: 10 MINScook time: 25 MINStotal time: 35 mins
This easy weeknight meal is full of veggies and flavor, but low on prep! The whole family will love it!


  • 2 TBSP sesame oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TBSP peeled minced ginger
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 TBSP rice vinegar
  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts


  1. Line a sheet pan with paper towels. Wash the zucchini and cut off the ends. Spiralize the zucchini and then place on a sheet pan. Sprinkle with salt and then place more paper towels and allow to sit.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with the sesame oil. Cook chicken breasts for 4 minutes per side, or until no longer pink in the middle. Remove from skillet and keep warm.
  3. In a glass, mix together the sauce. To the skillet, add the shredded carrots, cabbage, green onions, ginger and garlic and sauce. Sautee for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Chop the chicken into bite sized pieces and toss it and the zoodles into the skillet with the veggies, tossing to coat and allowing everything to heat back up for 3 minutes. Serve immediately, sprinkling sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Easy Chicken Chili

** This slow cooker chicken chili is full of flavor, but easy on prep-time! 

It seems like there are a lot of women around me that are having new babies lately, and that always brings forth memories of when your own children were teeny tiny newborns. 

Chicken Chili Recipe

I think the first time I ever had White Chicken Chili was just after I brought my second baby home from the hospital. Some ladies from church came over with a giant pot of it, along with all the toppings, and served me up a giant bowl while I laid out on the couch. They then proceeded to snuggle my daughter, wash my dishes, fold some laundry, and helped me feel just a little bit more human again. 

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

I don't know if it was the exhaustion or what, but it was the most magical soup I have ever tasted and I have thought about it for the past three years. It only seemed fitting that I finally recreate it and take it to some of the mamas around me who are just bringing their own babies home. 

White Chicken Chili

Normally when it comes to making chili, I just dump things into the pot - it always turns out a little different, but its always good. I like that this white chicken chili is also good for just dumping - its very easy and mindless to prep, and the crock pot does all the work for you! 

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

yield: 8 servingsprint recipe

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

prep time: 10 MINScook time: total time: 10 mins


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 oz can chopped green chilies
  • 30 oz great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup frozen white and yellow sweet corn
  • toppings: sliced green onions, shredded monterrey jack cheese, tortilla strips, sour cream, avocado


  1. In a crock pot, add the chicken, green chilis, rinsed beans, shallot, spices, garlic, lime juice and broth into the crock pot. Secure the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 30 minutes before serving, mix the flour and milk into a paste, and add it with the corn into the crock pot. Shred the chicken with a fork and allow to cook for an additional 30 minutes. Serve with toppings!
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Friday, November 4, 2016

French Toast Bake

Cinnamon Roll Casserole

This decadent yet easy French Toast Casserole is a lovely way to breakfast on a special holiday. It's custardy, filled with cinnamon and toasted pecans, and a gorgeously easy recipe.

Without a doubt, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. And I love it when its really special and decadent and we can take the time to savor it. Most of the time, breakfast is a rushed get-out-the-door-as-quickly-as-possible experience (especially with two young girls in school now), and more often than not I am grabbing a protein shake on my way out the door. For a breakfast lover, its the worst, but its better than nothing, right? But on those special days when we can stay home as a family and enjoy the experience of breakfast, I want those meals to be memorable and delicious.

Immaculate Baking French Toast Bake

Giving gifts is my love language, and to me, there is no better gift than that of food that has been prepared with love and joy. It's no secret that I prefer baking and cooking from scratch.  I just imagine pouring all that care and passion into my food as I create something amazing for my friends and family to enjoy - something that will nourish them both body and soul. But its also no secret that as a busy mom, sometimes I just don't have the time or energy to make every single thing from scratch. Especially during the holiday season - when I want to be everything, do everything, and make it the most special time of all for my family. I think any mom can agree here - you just can't do everything and stay sane. So when I find ways to make a few shortcuts on time without sacrificing the quality of the food I serve, I totally take it!

Easy Holiday Breakfast

The Immaculate Baking Company is a great way to take some baking shortcuts - whether or not it is the holiday season. The founder, Scott Blackwell, has had a sweet tooth since the moment his grandmother taught him the ways of home baking - and from there his love of baked goods grew from baking pie to pay his way through college, to winning the Most Outstanding Cookie in America Award, to owning a company that has serious passion in baked goods. They have an great line of organic and gluten free baking mixes, refrigerated cookie doughs and pie crusts. And when I need to take shortcuts, I want to know that the companies I use have a serious integrity for the quality of ingredients and taste of their product. I love when a grass roots company can maintain its heart and soul, don't you?

Cinnamon Roll Bake

This baked French Toast Casserole is the perfect treat for a busy holiday morning. By using Immaculate Baking Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls, you can quickly and easily create a decadent way to enjoy a special breakfast as a family. It's easy enough that your children can help you prepare it, and quick enough that you can sleep in and still enjoy a decadent breakfast!

French Toast Casserole

I am excited to be able to share with you an Immaculate Baking $1 off coupon!  I was able to find products at my local Whole Foods, Hy-Vee and Target, but you can find out where to find products locally using their product locator.

Easy Cinnamon Roll Casserole

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French Toast Bake

prep time: 15 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 50 mins
This decadent yet easy French Toast Casserole is a lovely way to breakfast on a special holiday. It's custardy, filled with cinnamon and toasted pecans, and a gorgeously easy recipe.


  • 2 cans of Immaculate Baking Refrigerated Cinnamon Rolls
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (whole is best, but any kind will do fine)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. Cut each cinnamon roll into 6-8 pieces and place evenly in the bottom of the greased pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Pour evenly over the cinnamon roll pieces.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Using your fingers or two forks, rub the butter into the dry ingredients until you get pea sized pieces of butter. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the dish. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the casserole is golden brown and the mixture doesn't giggle too much when you shake it. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
  5. **Note: You can drizzle the frosting pouches from the cinnamon rolls over the casserole or serve it with warmed maple syrup. I found one pouch to be plenty, but if you want it super sweet you can add both. The choice is yours!
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Gift Guide for the Nerdy Foodie

Buying gifts is my love language. I seriously enjoy the process of finding that PERFECT gift (errr.... gifts... sometimes I can't control myself) for someone - something that really speaks to who they are, that they will cherish and love forever and ever. Especially if its something utterly geeky and nerdy and totally different than random things you can find at any regular department store.

When it comes to that special someone in your life who is a huge nerd, in every fandom you know, totally walks on the geek side of life, AND loves spending time in the kitchen, then finding the perfect gift just got so easy!

I've rounded up all the best cookbooks, kitchen gadgets and coffee mugs I can find from all around the internet, for every fandom I could find and placed them into one awesome spot for you! Check it out, and share it around! Who knows, maybe you will get something you love this year!

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Fandom Cookbooks

Cookbooks for Fandom Foodies Gifts

Geeky Glassware

Geeky Glassware - Gits for Geeks

Gadgets and Utensils

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Weeknight Beef Hand Pies

Ground Beef Hand Pies

These easy weeknight hand pies are the perfect tasty meal  - and a great way to use any leftovers you have on hand! Best of all, they only take 30 minutes to make and the whole family will love them!

I wanted to join in with the Fandom Foodies once again this month - I just can't help but continue my love of combining my love of books and movies with my love of food. #cantstopwontstop This month they were giving a nod to both Halloween and Tim Burton with Burtoween!

Mrs Lovetts Meat Pies

I have always enjoyed the quirky fun movies that Tim Burton makes, but I have definitely never made any recipes inspired by him. In fact, I had to really do some thinking on what I wanted to make.  But in the end, I could not Mrs Lovett's Meat Pies from Sweeney Todd out of my mind. Not only are Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp some of my favorite actors, but I love the dark yet fun mood that Sweeney Tood Portrays. But, meat pies are not really your typical weeknight fare. They often take several hours - the time you sear and braise the meat, make the perfect gravy, and make the pie crust from scratch - these delicious treats are totally not meant for the average Tuesday night.

Quick Weeknight Hand Pies

My solution to making these quick and easy is to use ground meat instead of chunks. This seriously reduces the cooking time, and doesn't require you to braise (and therefore) tenderize pieces of meat. This is also a PERFECT way to use any leftovers you happen to have on hand! Just dice anything leftover meat into small pieces and mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Easy and Quick Beef Meat Pies

These meat pies are also a great way to use leftover veggies you have on hand! Add in any extra veggies you have on hand - frozen, shredded, diced, even baby food works (I won't tell if you don't). I also find that using ready made puff pastry here is totally key. Yes, I know, I run a "from scratch" food blog - but, don't judge me here, I find that store bought puff pastry is actually pretty good. Its easy, its cheap, and it does a decent job, especially when its a weeknight and you want a good meal on the table RIGHT NOW. So.... I am ok using it in the recipe. It's either that or make a 30 minute recipe an hour long recipe, or wake up at 5 am to make your puff pastry dough in the morning. I know which one I would choose...

I think Mrs. Lovett would be proud of these - just use whatever you have laying around and make it work! They are the best pies this side of.. anywhere! Check out the other awesome Tim Burton inspired recipes.

Tim Burton Recipe

yield: 4-6 servingsprint recipe

Weeknight Beef Hand Pies

prep time: 20 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 30 mins
These hand pies are an easy and tasty way to re-use leftovers! Use whatever meat and veggies you have on hand.


  • 1 lb ground beef (or 2 cups of whatever leftover meat you have on hand)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 oz mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/3 cup frozen peas
  • 4 slices applewood smoked bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 TBSP tomato puree
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup beef stock or ale
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 box (2 sheets) puff pastry
  • course salt and eggs white for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Grease a muffin pan and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté mushrooms and onions until the onions are translucent.
  3. Add in the ground beef, and cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink.
  4. Add in the salt, pepper, sage, time, and tomato puree. Stir to combine. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, milk, and stock/ale to form a thin paste. Add to the skillet and stir. Allow to simmer for a few minutes while you prepare the pan.
  5. Using a circle cookie cutter slightly bigger than your muffin pan, cut 24 circles. Line all your muffin wells with half of the circles. Fill the muffin wells evenly with your mixture. Top with remixing circles, and use a fork to tuck and press the edges of the puff pastry together. Brush the tops with egg white and sprinkle with course salt. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
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