Garlic Honey Mustard Chicken & Veggie Tray Bake

I am a really REALLY big fan of one dish meals – in fact a recent Christmas present was a cookbook of one-pan dinners – from slow cookers to sheet trays and dutch ovens.  Really great for weeknight meals and easy clean up when you’re not really into doing a bunch of dishes.  This chicken veggie tray bake recipe if definitely one to put in your repertoire.

I generally get 2 chicken breasts and butterfly into thinner pieces – they cook faster and it’s more of a realistic portion size.  You can do fresh green beans, cauliflower or broccoli if you want in place of the Brussels sprouts – we like Brussels sprouts though.  I also use russet potatoes, but halved baby reds work too… really this chicken veggie tray bake recipe can be whatever you have in the fridge.  If you use broccoli or cauliflower, add it in the last 15-20 minutes of cooking because they cook faster than Brussels sprouts do.

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

This is another one of my recipes that has been posted on Food.com for years.  It has over 50 reviews and a 5-star rating.  I’m adding it here because I like to have everything in one spot – and who knows, someday I might actually get around to that Cookbook I’ve always dreamed of writing 🙂

You can use ham bone, smoked ham shanks, smoked turkey wings, or no meat at all – its a pretty forgiving recipe.  If you’ve only ever had split pea from a can, and think you hate it, I’d recommend trying this one – its REALLY tasty and filling on a cold winter day.

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Chorizo, Potato & Green Chile Breakfast Burritos

It’s hunting season again, and the guys asked for breakfast burritos they can heat up on the camp stove griddle or right over the campfire for breakfast, lunch or dinner while they’re in camp.  I cobbled together some ingredients and was pleased to hear that they are EXCELLENT additions to their camp staples of hamburgers and hot dogs.  There are different kinds of chorizo you can buy.  Some is cheap and breaks down into very finely ground sausage when you cook it – some is more expensive and browns more like regular sausage.  I’ve used both types – its all to your personal preference.

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One Pot Gnocchi with Kale and Chicken

I LOVE me a one-pot meal – from stovetop to oven to table – not too many dishes, easy-peasy and quick.  I am not much of a fan of the oven in the summer – but every once in awhile we get an afternoon rainstorm that makes turning it on bearable – today was no different.  Our storm is pretty fierce right now – lightning about 3 miles away and that rumbling thunder that makes the chandelir shake!  Dinner is in the oven and I’ve got time to blog – that’s how fast this recipe is.

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Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice

I have posted previously about my dislike for fruit and meat combos, and I’ll stick to that in MOST cases – but last night I made a mango salsa that was amazing with grilled chicken.  Coconut rice was the perfect accompaniment – its not overpowering, and it was really tasty on a piece of Naan Bread with the salsa and chicken.

I bet this salsa would be good with fish, too.  I’m not a huge fish fan – but if I get some nice Cod, Halibut or something else I’ll try it grilled with this salsa.

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Beef and Snow Peas Recipe

beef with snow peas recipe

I have never made it a secret.  I love Asian food.  Stir fry, dumplings, rice – pretty much any kind that is not fish or seafood, I’ll try.  I like making it at home rather than buying it.  It tastes better, costs less, and you can make a small, inexpensive cut of meat stretch a long way.

A wok and a super burner on your gas stove makes this go really well – but if you have a regular skillet and an electric cooktop, you can accomplish the same – just get your pan screaming hot and cook things in batches.  Veggie options are flexible – you don’t have to add the cabbage – I like to because it stretches the recipe.  You could double up the snow peas and leave it out.  I also love to stir fry longer pieces of scallion for this, getting a bit of a char on them.  They taste great.

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