A few months back I took a poll about new content you guys wanted to see here, and I got a big response to one of my ideas: Trader Joe’s hacks. I shared my first one (sheet pan cauliflower gnocchi!) and was amazed by the response — holy moly did people love it! It was one of my most shared posts ever (in 10 years of blogging!), so I’m back today with another recipe that makes use of some tasty Trader Joe’s ingredients for a quick-fix dinner. read more

We are going to talk all-things Instant Pot today! I have been meaning to write this post for a while now because every time I share a recipe that involves my Instant Pot I get tons of questions like: “is it worth it?” and comments like: “I have one and I’m scared to use it!”  We bought ours more than a year ago and have made dozens of recipes in it, so I thought I’d share an honest review of what I like about it, what I don’t, and our go-to meals we use it for! read more

When we went to London last spring we had an amazing champagne tea service at Sketch and I’ve been dreaming about the coronation chicken salad sandwiches we had there ever since! I’ve been experimenting with this recipe — my own variation of the curry chicken salad — for weeks now and can’t stop eating it for lunch. It’s so tasty that I actually just eat a scoop of it in a bowl — no bread or wraps needed! I even made a triple batch to serve in mini roll-ups at my mom’s 60th birthday brunch we hosted a few weeks ago — (I added a bit more greek yogurt and mayonnaise to the party-sized serving) and it was a fan-favorite at the party. Most importantly, it’s very easy to make which is perfect for meal-prepping so that I always have a healthyish lunch to grab in the fridge during the week. I have made it with chopped up rotisserie chicken, or leftover poached chicken (I actually make mine in the Instant Pot with just a little bit of salt, pepper, and chicken stock) — use whatever you have on hand! Get the full recipe below: read more

One-pan meals are my savior for quick weeknight dinners when I’m trying to wrap up work and wrangle a toddler during the dreaded 5:00 meltdown hour. It’s an added bonus if I can prep everything during Jane’s nap time, toss it together in a pan, and leave it in the fridge until it’s ready to roast in the evening. This recipe is one of those meals that is key for a busy week! Three main ingredients get added to the pan — chicken breast, red onion slices and carrot medallions. Then everything gets coated in a simple sauce made of butter, dijon mustard, maple syrup and honey and seasoned with chili powder. The flavors come together when roasting as the carrots and onions caramelize and the sauce gives the chicken a sweet and tangy flavor with a touch of spice! I ate this on its own for lunch when I first made it, and then served the leftovers (which reheated very well!) over some rice pilaf the next day. Get the full recipe below: read more

I’ve got a few parties on the calendar this season that include birthdays, brunches and showers, so adding some new appetizer recipes to my repertoire have been on my mind.  I’ve been testing the recipe for these Goat Cheese and Walnut Tarts to have on the menu for all that upcoming spring entertaining! read more

I took a little poll recently on my instagram about some new blog post ideas, and one that got resounding positive feedback was Trader Joe’s hack recipes! I love Trader Joe’s and I rely on so many of their frozen foods, great sauces and specialty items for making quick and easy dinners at home. This recipe is one of those fast-fix meals, and the best part is that it can be made in one-pan for minimal clean-up. It starts with their popular cauliflower gnocchi, which gets added to the pan while still frozen and tossed with tomatoes, olive oil, herbs and seasonings. It roasts for about 30 minutes and tossing the ingredients once or twice mid-cooking helps everything get coated in the blistered tomato juices and ensures the gnocchi has a perfectly crisped outside and fluffy texture inside. It’s so simple to make I even had time to make it for a lunch last week! Get the full recipe below: read more

I have been really good lately with my healthy-eating since kicking off the new year with some goals around losing weight (gotta slim down for my Maid of Honor duties when my sister gets married this fall!). But gosh, sometimes you just need a good bowl of pasta and have to break the healthy streak. Last week was one of those times, I was desperately craving some al dente noodles and decided to make a quick dish for lunch while my mom was visiting. This pasta recipe hit the spot — the sauce comes together with butter and garlic, white wine and reserved pasta water. The warm pasta gets tossed into the pan with parmesan cheese, lemon zest and parsley for tons of flavor.  Bright green steamed asparagus and broccolini give the dish color and texture, and the veggies make me feel a tiny bit better about inhaling all of that pappardelle! Get the full recipe below and save it for when you’re ready for your own emergency pasta-fix:
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One of my favorite parts of this time of year is kicking off grilling season; there is no better way to quickly pull together a tasty dinner or quick appetizer! My friends at Martha Stewart Living challenged me this grilling season to think beyond the cheese board and create a delicious grilling recipe with one of my favorite entertaining staples: Boursin® Cheese. With Memorial Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about tasty party dishes that bring in bright fresh ingredients, and this was the perfect opportunity to create a new recipe for my holiday weekend menu. read more

If there is one must-have on my menu for an Oscars viewing party (or really, just for sitting at home and watching the red carpet alone in my jammies) it’s a fabulous cocktail. I’m a fan of a batch cocktail like a punch so you can prep everything in a pitcher and bring it with your snacks to have in front of the tv — no running into the kitchen for refills during commercial breaks! This punch recipe was actually what I served at Jane’s birthday party and it was a hit with my friends. It’s since been rebranded from the Curious George-themed “georgie juice for moms” to an Oscars-appropriate: Ruby Red Carpet Champagne Punch. The flavors are the same though: tart grapefruit juice, orange notes from Aperol, and a splash of red from the grenadine. The whole thing is topped off with a bottle of champagne for that bubbly touch you need to watch the most star-studded night of television — get the recipe below to make your own batch!  read more

Recently I made a big batch of roasted chickpeas using this peppery new seasoning I got for my birthday and served them on top of a chicken and rice dish. Since then I’ve been dreaming up ways to add them to other meals. My newfound love for these spicy little legumes inspired a pretty appetizer idea that is a perfect addition to my Oscars viewing party menu: Roasted Chickpea and Hummus Cups.  read more