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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. We do have some young ones that do not enjoy the spice though, so we tend to tone it down when things are too spicy. This fun recipe does not have a lot of spice and is sweet enough that the kids loved 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)

Summer Meals to Beat the Heat!

Here on the west coast, we are in the middle of a heat wave. Triple Digit temperatures are keeping us all inside enjoying our AC, and dreading the moment we have to heat the house by cooking a hot meal.

I scoured my meal ideas for something simple that wouldn’t require me to turn the oven on or brave the triple-digit heat outside to BBQ. I finally found this fun recipe from Lemon Tree Dwelling. BLT Chicken Salad Sandwiches to the rescue! Summer meals

We almost always have leftover Bacon on hand since my husband loves to have it for breakfast on the weekend. So in order to prepare this meal, I made sure I had already cooked bacon, and a rotisserie chicken on hand so that I didn’t have to heat the oven. You can get rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store, and they are usually inexpensive. I love that they sometimes have deals to buy two for one, or buy one get one half off. Then I stock up and use them for multiple summer meals.

Lemon Tree Dwelling has the full recipe available now. Just head on over, be sure to check out the other awesome summer meals recipes available. I found several to help keep me from turning on my oven for the rest of the week!

Simple dinners: Sliders!

Baseball season is in full swing here at my house. This means late nights and long days. We rush home three nights a week in an attempt to feed and get kids ready for bed and ready for school the next day. I like to try and keep dinners simple and fast on those nights, and if possible I prep them the day before. That way we can come home, toss them in the oven or microwave and eat.

I try to keep a list of great meals on hand that the kids love. This one fell into my lap a couple of weeks ago, and it was a HUGE hit. We love burgers, but the kids are young and can’t always eat a whole one alone, and I hate to go out and grill on these already busy nights. This recipe allows me to bake everything fairly quickly, and it freezes well.

Simple dinners sliders

Check out this simple and delicious recipe for sliders from Slick Housewives.  It really is a great way to make things fast that will undoubtedly please everyone. And my family said they were way better than store bought and restaurant sliders.