Peanut Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Stir-Fry

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Peanut Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Stir-Fry

Winter break is over and it’s back to the grind of busy days at work and trying to get dinner on the table in a timely manner before bedtime! And as always during this time of year, I’m in serious holiday detox mode. I want nothing but veggies lately and a quick stir-fry is the perfect way to pack them in!

My friends at Libby’s® recently sent me some of their new Vegetable Pouches to try out in a recipe and the timing couldn’t be more perfect! They sent me pouches of Sweet Peas, Cut Green Beans, Sliced Carrots, Whole Kernel Sweet Corn and Mixed Vegetables. I’m really loving them because they are microwavable and cook in less than 60 seconds, are grown and packed in the US, and are also shelf stable!

Peanut Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Stir-Fry

Peanut Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Stir-Fry

The other thing I love about Libby’s® Vegetable Pouches is how fresh the vegetables taste. The corn still had that fresh crispy texture like it came right off the cob! These pouches are the perfect way to easily incorporate fresh vegetables into family meals.

Peanut Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Stir Fry

I decided to make a big stir-fry loaded with vegetables, chicken, and a quick homemade peanut sauce. This meal comes together in 30 minutes or less. You can prepare the quinoa in advance to save time if needed. For the chicken, I like to use rotisserie chicken or you can also use any leftover cooked chicken that you may want to use up! This stir-fry is packed with flavor and I love the slight crunch from the corn and chopped peanuts. If quinoa isn’t your thing, feel free to use white or brown rice instead.

Peanut Chicken and Veggie Quinoa Stir-Fry

Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup

It’s been so nice outside lately and we’ve had some pretty chilly days and nights which I love. This obviously means that I can’t stop making soup. I’ve been wanting to try making lasagna soup for a long time and finally made it a top priority!

Lasagna soup is nothing new around the interwebs and frankly, I was really unsure if I was going to like it or not. I love lasagna and I love tomato soup, but I was worried lasagna soup would taste like thinned out tomato juice with some noodles and meat thrown in. I’m happy to report that I was wrong! This soup is really very simple to make too! All you have to do is brown some ground beef and then everything else is just thrown into the pot, including the lasagna noodles which cook in the same pot. You have to love any recipe where you only have to pull out one pot!

My favorite part of this soup was piling on copious amounts of ricotta and shredded mozzarella on top of my bowl. It may or may not have been kind of an embarrassing amount, but whatever, the baby likes cheese, so it’s all good!

Lasagna Soup

Winter Salad

Winter Salad

Happy 2017, my friends! I can’t believe the holidays are already over and it’s time to get back to regular life. I always have mixed emotions when the new year hits. A part of me can’t wait to clear away all of the holiday decor and move on, and the other part feels a bit sad to say goodbye to the holidays and spending so much time off with family. This year, however, I am okay and ready to move on. I want to de-clutter and now that 2017 is here, it’s time to seriously get ready for baby #2 to arrive!

I’m also totally ready to stop eating carbs and sugar. Seriously. This baby has been giving me a sweet tooth that I didn’t have with Madeline. I’m also craving more carbs which isn’t so good. It’s time to say goodbye to all the holiday indulges and to go back to lots of salads and veggies!

This Winter Salad is the perfect way to kick off your new year. I’ve topped this salad with pomegranate seeds, clementines, avocado, chicken, and ripe pears. Lots of good winter produce in this salad! I skipped the cheese, but crumbled goat cheese would be kind of amazing. For the dressing, I made a homemade creamy pomegranate dressing with yogurt. The dressing is so yummy, I could just eat it with a spoon!

I hope you all have a healthy and fantastic 2017!

Winter Salad

Pear and Brie Crostini

Pear and Brie Crostini

Happy Holidays, friends! I decided to take a week off from blogging to enjoy time with the family and it was so needed! We had such a fun Christmas with Maddie. We are always traveling for Christmas, but now that we live in California and are close to my in-laws, for the first time in a very long time, we woke up in our own home on Christmas morning. With Maddie being two, this was really the first Christmas she really seemed to understand what was going on. She was so excited to get downstairs to see all the presents! Being a parent truly puts some magic back into Christmas!

Ok, but now it’s over and we’ve got a few days until New Years Eve! This pear and brie crostini would be perfect to serve!

Pear and Brie Crostini

This appetizer really works well starting in the fall and through the holiday season. It starts with toasted baguette topped with glorious melted brie cheese and then is topped with soft pears tossed in a bit of cinnamon and some toasted walnuts! It’s seriously dreamy! I think I could live off brie, no joke! I couldn’t stop eating this crostini while taking the photos. Your party guests will love munching on this warm appetizer while sipping champagne!

Pear and Brie Crostini

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole

Christmas morning breakfast is a big deal in my house. It’s always such a busy morning with opening gifts and getting ready for the day, but a nice breakfast is important! Opening gifts with our loved ones is always a special time and I think it’s important to savor each and every moment of it so having a nice (but easy!) breakfast is an integral part of the holiday to enjoy after or while opening gifts. This breakfast casserole definitely fits the bill!

Breakfast Casserole

While I feel like I often do sweeter holiday breakfasts, this year I’m going savory with this breakfast casserole! It’s loaded with sausage, hash browns, eggs, and cheese! What’s not to love about that?! Although it may seem like a lot of steps, this casserole is really very simple to prepare. If you want to do any prep the night before, you can cook the sausage. You can also save time the morning of by just using thawed hash browns, but I really prefer to cook them a bit before as they get a bit of a crunch to them as they brown. I recommend prepping the casserole early in the morning and then let it cook while opening gifts so it’s ready to go when you are done!

Breakfast Casserole

Magic Bars

Magic Bars

If I had to rank my favorite Christmas cookies, Magic Bars would definitely be towards the very top of my list. They are so simple to make, but I just adore that graham cracker crust topped with sweetened condensed milk, coconut, and chocolate chips. It’s just a dreamy combo!

I’m really excited about baking this holiday season because I now have a little 2 year-old girl who wants to help me in the kitchen and it’s my dream come true! It’s been years since I put together a cookie tray, but I’m determined to do it this year. Madeline made me drag out a stool so she could see what I was doing on the counter. She helped me spread the graham cracker crumbs and with sprinkling all the coconut, half of which really ended up on the floor each time she reached for a handful. She also enjoyed eating the chocolate chips and M&M’s. The mess on the floor after we got the bars into the oven was laughable, but so worth it!

Magic Bars

I made this particular batch for a holiday cookie party, so I opted for the colored chocolate chips, but regular chocolate chips are just fine! Because I don’t know when to stop, I also threw on some festive M&M’s on half after they came out of the oven for even more holiday fun and deliciousness!

Magic Bars