Dinners Recently

With my travel slowing down for the rest of the year, I've loved having a little more time in the kitchen!

Ian even commented last night that I was on a roll of creating great dinner after great dinner after great dinner.  Hearing that definitely never gets old.

And for me, cooking never gets old!  I am definitely in my element in the kitchen with some music playing and an apron on.

Here's a little peek at some of our dinners recently.

Moroccan chicken tagine with onions and dried apricots (made using this spice base)
Chickpea salad (rinsed can of chickpeas, kalamatas, parsley, s&p, olive oil, red wine vinegar)
Broiled tomatoes with basil chiffonade, olive oil, parmesan cheese

This dinner packed quite a punch!  The entree was pretty spicy for me.  The chickpea salad is so easy and good, and we love the tomato side as well.  I got about 75% done with my entree and then had to throw in the towel because it was so spicy.

Grilled chicken with cold goat cheese sauce (crumbled goat cheese, olive oil, dill, parsley, s&p)
Mushrooms sauteed in olive oil with s&p
Broiled avocados with parmesan cheese, oregano, and kosher salt

An all-around easy but yummy meal.  I used the grill pan indoors since it was chilly outside.  The herbed feta topping for the grilled chicken was delicious.  And while I used to hate mushrooms with a passion, I love them sauteed now with a good dose of EVOO and seasonings.

Pepperoncini beef (1-2 lbs chuck roast, jar of pepperoncinis + their juice, crockpot on low for 8-11 hrs)
Greek salad with kalamatas, feta, onion

I can't say enough good things about this meal.  Honestly -- it was divine.  I'm not normally a beef lover ... I'd rather have fish or chicken over beef any day.  But the flavors in this and the tenderness took it to a new level.  I've seen where people shred the beef and serve it hoagie-style with melted provelone on top.  We just had ours in a bowl with a side salad to keep the carb count low.  I'll be making this again very soon.  Plus, the long cooking time allows me to put it in the Crockpot when I leave the house at 8am and have it cook all day without fear of overcooking.

Sauteed baby bok choy
Roasted broccoli

I cooked this meal last night and our house smelled amazing.  The chicken is one of the very first recipes I pinned on Pinterest.  I'm not sure what took me so long to make it, but I'll definitely be making it again soon.  I cut my chicken breasts in half lengthwise so it would cook quicker, and it only took about 2-2.5 hours on high in the Crockpot, which meant that I didn't have to start it until I got home from work yesterday.

What have you cooked recently that you have loved?


  1. Love all of your creations! Your descriptions make it all very gourmet and it looks like it is too!

  2. I love making sauteed mushrooms as well. I always add a little bit of white wine to the pan to give it extra flavor.

  3. I definitely want to try the beef dish! Looks fantastic and easy :)

  4. That goat cheese topped chicken looks divine. Yum I love the sesame chicken!

  5. I'm going to try that beef recipe for sure! I love the idea of crock pot cooking, but its very rare when I find a recipe that actually works with my schedule - a.k.a. leave at 7am and dinner at 7:30-8pm. I have a crock pot with a timer but still, if something cooks and just sits in a warmer several hours it ruins the whole dish! So thanks!

  6. Glad to hear your travel is slowing down! I hope mine does soon. Matt is so sick of eating frozen pizzas. I can't wait to try some of these recipes this weekend. One of my all time favorite recipes of yours is still the steak marinade. In fact, it deserves a re-post. :)

  7. These meals sound divine! Definitely going to try the crockpot beef! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I love that beef recipe, it's a staple in our house. I thrown in a can of beef stock or beer and a packet of Italian seasoning.

    I made southwest turkey burgers last night that were pretty yummy!

  9. I haven't cooked a real meal in months. Brad is pretty high maintenance and for the rest of this pregnancy the agreement is that we decide together what to cook and he cooks it.
    I get tired of his -- oh, this could have been better with this or that..
    He can do it!! LOL!!
    Yours look delish except that beef. Just not a fan of beef like taht :(

  10. Yum! That beef dish looks like the perfect comfort dish!

  11. we need to be friends in the REAL city...these dinners look delish my dear!!! so impressive and i love that you wear aprons (i totally do too)


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