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Wonderful Chicken

This was a go-to dish in my husband’s household when he was growing up, and now it is in ours as well. It’s ridiculously easy– only 4 ingredients, including the chicken– and (this is the key part, is it not?) delicious. It was also the first dish my husband made for me, so you know … Continue reading

Béchamel sauce

Bechamel Sauce I’ve always been more of a red sauce kind of gal, but my sister inspired me to explore new pasta-drenching strategies. I didn’t do the “warm the milk up separately” part and it probably would have helped, but I tossed this with zucchini and chicken-apple-sausage from Trader Joe’s and it was tasty.

Red beans and rice

Snowy afternoon + empty frig = this recipe (from my sister). 1) Cook instant brown rice in chicken broth. 2) Bust open a can of red beans, kidney beans, and diced tomatoes. 3) Heat up with olive oil and seasonings of choice (she used Lawry’s and chili powder). Add a little chicken broth if you … Continue reading

Half-ass (third? quarter?) chicken parm

I don’t even know if this qualifies as half-ass, it’s so easy. – Trader Joe’s frozen chicken tenders – spaghetti – Trader Joe’s marinara sauce (in a can) – shredded mozzarella, Italian herbs, parm, salt and pepper Bake the chicken tenders at 350 for 20 minutes, then add mozzarella, herbs, and parm (though it probably … Continue reading

Winging Eggplant Parmesan

Dinner at my house takes form in one of two ways: 1. Things in the fridge that need to be eaten. NOW! 2. Things that I purchased without much rhyme or reason because they were either on sale or I was hungry and they looked good to me. This dish was created out of the … Continue reading

Making breakfast for company? Make this.

I consider a bowl of cereal and some toast “making myself breakfast.” When company is over, though, I feel compelled to up my game (tough to do from that very high standard, I know).  So I get my ham and egg cup on. Super easy, super satisfying, super delish. Also, leftovers work just fine for … Continue reading

Vegetable samosa burgers

I love Trader Joe’s. And one of the reasons for my affection is their most excellent selection of frozen entrees. I discovered the veggie samosa burgers during a traffic jam in front of the frig at work, where they were endorsed by an Indian woman who was heating one up for lunch. Grill them, nuke … Continue reading

Breakfast of self-appointed champions.

I don’t know what it’s like for you when the alarm goes off, but for me, most mornings are crazy. But a girl has to eat breakfast, even if that girl has to head to the office early and work on a presentation, but not before getting a little dude ready for his day and … Continue reading

Pasta with prosciutto and peas

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pasta-with-prosciutto-peas-10000000226527/ Again, apart from the fresh parsley, this is mostly stuff you’d have on hand, and the basic components (pasta, prosciutto, peas) can live in your frig/pantry for long periods of time.  It’s not the most filling (this is from Cooking Light, for goodness sakes), but it is easy, tasty, and good for groups.

Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Soup

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/moroccan-spiced-chickpea-soup-recipe/index.html Maybe not great for summer, but cheap, easy, and most of the stuff is on hand (if you regularly have spinach on hand, kudos to you). Great for groups, too.