Tag Archives: dinner ideas

Simple Dinners: Chili dogs for a Crowd

We are at the end of Baseball season at our house, and we are just getting really busy with Football. So i try to incorporate simple meals that will keep my family happy, and keep me from extra work (and DISHES since my dishwasher recently decided to DIE!) So I have been very careful to choose dishes that did not require a lot of extra work. This fun recipe is delicious, simple, and is always a crowd pleaser at our house.

Thank you to Valerie’s Kitchen for a delicious and simple way to cook Chili dogs for a Crowd. You can check out the full recipe now. Be sure to check out the other awesome food ideas when you’re there.

Now I can make a simple a delicious dinner without the added dishes. Valerie even suggests lining the pan with aluminum foil for less mess. That’s a dream come true for this broken dishwasher momma.  You never realize how important those modern conveniences are until they are gone. Its been nearly two weeks waiting for the broken part. Who knew that I would need to arrange meals around not wanting to do dishes? Well thank you Valerie for saving me time, frustrations, and dried out hands!

Be sure to see Valerie’s other amazing recipes when you visit her site. I am already compiling a list of recipes to try at home! Enjoy!

 

Simple Dinners: BBQ Chicken Tostadas

We are back at school, back at sports, back at work. And I am back at being so busy and so crazy that I can barely get through my day let alone think about preparing a healthy and delicious dinner. Do all you other parents feel me? I have zero energy, zero ideas, and zero time.

My schedule has gone from laid back and easy to run, run, run. But as much as I hate being that busy I enjoy that my kids are in sports, at school, and in school groups that give them joy and teach them about the world. So I am going to suck it, buttercup — and find a way to make dinner happen.

If you are regular readers you will know that I like to think ahead. So I got out my planner and I searched Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook and collected as many ideas as I could. This one was so much fun and so quick I decided to share it with all of you. BBQ Chicken Tostadas.

Now our household loves all things Mexican — tacos, burritos, enchiladas, etc. Since we do have some young ones that do not enjoy spicy foods, we tend to tone it down when things are really spicy. This fun recipe is not full of spices and is sweet enough that the kids love it.

Thank you to Cupcakes and Kale Chips for a meal that will please the masses in my household! Head on over there now for the full recipe and tutorial. it was definitely one recipe that required very little from me. Which is always a blessing.

So make sure you have your ingredients and head on over for the full recipe, while you are there check out the rest of her amazing ideas! I know I will.

Ingredients

  • 8 tostada shells or 8 corn tortillas
  • shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 3 green onions, very thinly sliced (optional)

Recipes to Try: Spaghetti Squash

We promised you 12 new ideas for fun recipes this year. Last month we tried Chicken and waffles. This month we want to try something a little healthier. Spaghetti Squash.

Spaghetti squash is a vegetable, sort of like a gourd or pumpkin, that when cooked properly can create the most perfect vegetable spaghetti. It creates such a perfect noodle-like strand that many don’t even realize it isn’t real spaghetti. This lighter fare option is not only delicious, it can also be used in virtually any recipe that calls for noodles. It is also very simple to make.

spaghetti squashWhat You Will Need:

spaghetti squash

olive oil

salt

pepper

What You Will Do:

  1. preheat oven to 375f.
  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise.
  3. Drizzle fleshy side with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place flesh side down on cookie sheet and place in oven for 45 minutes.
  5. Use fork to scrape flesh away, it will come apart in perfect noodle strands. Add this to sauce for a perfect meal!