Spring

Pesto yogurt roasted chicken drumsticks close up

Pesto-Yogurt Roasted Chicken Drumsticks

I love chicken recipes like this where all you have to do is throw together a few simple ingredients and then let the chicken sit and marinate all day. This is the perfect weeknight meal because it can be assembled ahead of time and only take 30 minutes to cook up. You have flexibility here, you can either throw together the marinade the night before, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, and then when you get home from work or running the kids around, you just throw it in the oven to roast for 30 minutes. While the chicken is roasting, you can assemble the rest of the meal. Now, how easy is that?

Asparagus and gruyere cheese pizza

Asparagus and Gruyere Cheese Pizza

We’re bringing back pizza Friday in the Grandy house, at least for the summer anyway. I just love pizza Fridays. We all hang in the kitchen, I make a big salad while the kid’s roll out the dough and assemble their pizza while talking about their week. I unwind with a glass of wine and watch them (just kidding, I do help). The kids usually create their own pizza, usually just a jar of Trader Joe’s red sauce, some pepperoni and some mozzarella cheese, easy peasy and kid friendly. John and I like a more adult pizza so I like to experiment with different combinations. I created this one night as I had tons of asparagus in the house and thought to myself, why not throw this on a pizza. I added a bit of garlic to some olive oil, threw in some gruyere cheese along with the mozzarella, just to jazz things up, and voila, a delicious pizza was created. I love when that happens. Pizza is pizza, and I love that you can just throw anything on it and have it turn out great, (well, most of the time). My next pizza idea involves some heirloom tomatoes, that is when their prices comes down of course.

Chicken enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas with Tomatillo Salsa

I’m so excited to share these enchiladas with you. I made these up last week and my family LOVED them.  I mean John kept exclaiming to me how good they were. These are truly the perfect spring or summer enchilada, because they’re filled with chicken and fresh vegetables and topped with a light tomatillo salsa. The tomatillo salsa is a light and refreshing change from the normal heavy enchilada sauce that you think of when you hear the word enchiladas. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good enchilada sauce, especially the pumpkin sauce I use on our pumpkin enchiladas, but this is a nice change and flavor for spring.  These enchiladias are so light and refreshing that we each ate two!  Yes, we were piggies, but we didn’t feel bad at all. Sometimes you just have to savor the moment and savor the food.

Thai style chicken burger

Thai Style Chicken Burgers

Burgers are a staple in our house come spring and summer. To me, burgers say spring is here, and summer is around the corner. They make such an easy weeknight meal because all you have to do is pair them up with a side salad or vegetable, and voila, dinner is served. We love all types of burgers from turkey, chicken, to buffalo and veggie. I’m always on the hunt for a new burger recipe to add to our recipe box. I’m currently in the process of testing some new veggie burgers, so for you vegetarians, stay tuned.

Deep dish pepperoni piza

Deep-Dish Pepperoni Pizza

his pizza was rated by John as the BEST PIZZA EVER! His words I quote, “Honey, you can make this pizza anytime, it’s honestly the best pizza you’ve ever made!” To hear that praise from my hubby, who can be a bit of a foodie at times, was a great compliment.

Garlic Bread slices on a cutting board

Crispy & Easy Garlic Bread

This garlic bread is easy, crispy and tastes so darn good. Garlic bread is the perfect accompaniment to any pasta, especially a saucy one. If you want to stretch a pasta meal into two nights, garlic bread helps you do that.

Curried chicken salad sandwich

Curried Chicken Salad

Want an easy, tasty, family friendly summer meal that can be made ahead of time? Look no further because this recipe has it all. This is one of our favorite summer meals (well any time of year meal). Its chock full of flavor and can be served up in so many ways that you’ll never get bored.

Turkey burger

Favorite Turkey Burgers

These turkey burgers rock and they’re one of the kids’ favorite dishes now (ranked in the top 5). My kids loved them so much that they asked for them again last night. I happily obliged, as I loved these burgers as well.

Miso kale with roasted tofu

Miso Kale Salad with Miso Roasted Tofu

I’m so excited because I’ve found another kale salad that I love just as much as my lacinato kale salad. This is going to be another weekly go-to salad for me. I love this salad so much that I ate a whole head of kale on Friday as well as made a fresh batch up for dinner on Saturday, and had leftovers for lunch on Sunday.

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