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Easy Meals: One Pan Crispy Parmesan Garlic Chicken

I love it when a meal comes together. When you have two working parents in one household it can make for a crazy schedule, which will lead to even crazier nights. I try to make sure that my family eats well. But that can be a struggle. I try to stick to simple ideas during the week. This week it is all about one pan or one dish recipes. The less clean up the better, the less work the better, and the less time to worry about it all the better!

Chicken is a simple fix. It can be made in so many unique and special ways, you can literally eat chicken every day of the week and never eat it the same way twice. I recently wanted to branch out with my chicken meals so I did a deep Pinterest dive, and I have found gold!

Thank you to The Recipe Critic for such a delicious and easy idea: one pan crispy parmesan garlic chicken and veggies. This dish has been a hit and I am loving it. The recipe is so fantastic it is hard to make it better. I simply switched out the parmesan bread crumbs for a gluten free version, because hello allergies, and the dish was still a huge hit. It also is a great meal for lunch at work the next day!

So be sure to head on over to The Recipe Critic for the full tutorial. You will be glad you did!

Copycat Recipes at Home: Cheesecake Factory Southwest Eggrolls

I love to eat out, but with my allergies and two small children it is often more than I am willing to endure for a good meal. Instead, I choose to make my own food at home and try to copy my favorite recipes. I love being able to not only know what is in my food but also to be able to make more than one meal and freeze half.

This month I am craving the Southwest eggrolls from the Cheesecake factory. I hate traveling with my caravan of chaos to enjoy my delicious eggrolls though, so instead I will be making them at home and enjoying them while my caravan of chaos sits at the dining room table and then as soon as they are finished I can pretend to enjoy a meal with my husband while they run around the table enjoying their pre-bath fun.

Working parents have it hard. We have to be both at home for the kids, and at work for our boss. I try to find a balance between the two, and that often means making things ahead of time so that we can enjoy a few stolen moments to help with homework or listen to a story about the news around 2nd grade. One reason I enjoy making meals like this is that I can double the recipe and make things on a day I have time, and freeze them for later when I do not have as much time.

Thank you to great blogs like Dinner and Dessert that help me to find fun and exciting recipes I can enjoy with my family. The full tutorial is on their site and can be accessed by the link. It is simple to follow and can be altered to fit your family. For example, we are gluten-free and I simply pre-purchase gluten free eggroll wraps that I can use for meals like this one. I also double the recipe so that I can save half for another day. Do not be afraid to alter recipes, sometimes it is best if you can follow it exactly, but sometimes a little customization is the best way to live.

Back-to-School Lunches

Children everywhere are back to school this month. That means parents everywhere are back to making lunches and arguing over homework. We may not be able to help with the homework, but we can help you come up with some new ideas that will make lunch-packing a little less stressful.

PBJ Burrito: My son loves PBJ. He even does a little song and dance about it when he opens his lunch every day. I love giving him what he wants, but I hate to give him the same thing every day. This option makes his lunch a little different, but it still supplies his favorite ingredients.

Homemade Lunchable: My daughter loves lunchables, but I hate buying them. This option allows me to place items in her lunch that are a little healthier, but still caters to the types of food she likes.

Mac n Cheese: Since I am gluten-free we do not consume Mac n Cheese much at home. By making a box and packing it in thermoses for my kids they can still enjoy their favorite without it interfering too much in my meals. It also packs easily and tastes good whether it is warm or cold.