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Summer Goodies: Summer Eats

Summer means a lot of simple yet super meals. We love to cook out in the summer, which means a lot of chicken, and a lot of beef. So the recipes can get pretty boring and bland after a while. So I love finding new and different ways to fix chicken and beef.

This fun recipe from Carlsbad Cravings creator Jen is a fabulous summer meal. It is sweet and savory all in one. Brown Sugar Pineapple Chicken is so easy to make and will impress just a bout everyone in the house. It has quickly become a favorite amongst my kiddos. We make it out on the grill, but it can be made on the stove top as well. Thank you to Carlsbad Cravings for creating such a fun and simple summer meal.

So far we have paired this fun dish with grilled potatoes, pasta salad, grilled veggies, homemade french fries, and even rice. It is one of those fun dishes that really does go well with just about everything. We love to cook a lot of it at once because we can use it again during the week, or freeze it and use it later. I have done this and shredded the chicken and put it over rice for an easy meal that travels with us to swim lessons and swim team meets. Check out Carlsbad Cravings now for some awesome eats, and be sure to try this fabulous recipe soon!

Simple Dinners: Breakfast for Dinner

With Baseball season in full swing, we are always on the lookout for quick and simple dinners. Preferably ones that give us incredible nutrition on the ball field, don’t slow us down, and are simple, simple, simple. Because the days are long, and they are crazy. My go to has been crock-pot meals. But there are only so many times a week I can eat from my crock-pot. So I have been on the lookout for more.

We love tacos. We love breakfast. So when I saw this incredibly easy and fun recipe I knew it was one we just had to try.

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Tostadas. Its simple. Its fun. Its real food.

Breakfast for dinner

Thank you so much to Shawn at I wash you Dry. Her recipe is so simple to follow. It is easy to knockout quickly. And everyone loved it. How can you go wrong with Mexican food and breakfast?

For the full tutorial and recipe had to I wash you Dry. While you are there give a once over to Shawn’s other ideas. I promise, you won’t be disappointed. In the meantime I am running off to baseball once again. But at least I know dinner is handled.

Zuppa Toscana Soup: Copy Cat Recipe

We love soup in our house. Especially during those early spring late winter months. So now is the perfect time. I also love it because on nights like tonight when I have two kids at baseball practice (yes outside in the cold after 4 pm) I can come home and enjoy something warm and hearty with very little extra work. I can even prepare the sausage the night before and set all of this up in the crock-pot and have it ready for when we come home. GENIUS! It is a rather simple recipe to follow, and my kids love that it is just like the soup we all enjoy at Olive Garden when we go as a family. Here is a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for at home. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Zuppa Toscana

What You Will Need:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage (casings removed if necessary)
  • 4 oz bacon (about 4 slices), diced into small pieces*
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed then sliced into halves, halves diced into 1/6-inch slices
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, slightly crushed**
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups packed chopped kale
  • Finely shredded Romano cheese for serving, optional

What You Will Do:

  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into 1-inch pieces and add to saucepan. Cook sausage, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Drain sausage onto a plate or baking dish lined with paper towels, set sausage aside. Add diced bacon to saucepan, return to heat and saute 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced onions to bacon in saucepan and saute mixture until bacon is cooked through and onions are translucent, about 3 – 5 minutes longer.
  • Add chicken broth, water, sliced potatoes, sugar, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Bring soup just to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and stir in cooked sausage. Cover saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are nearly tender, about 10 – 15 minutes. Add in kale then simmer until potatoes are soft and kale is tender, about 5 – 10 minutes longer. Stir in half and half and warm through. Use a spoon or ladle to remove excess fat from top of soup if desired. Serve warm topped with Romano cheese.