Chicken Ranch Lasagna

Shredded chicken, a white cheese sauce with ranch seasonings, and lots of veggies?  Oh, yes, please!   Mr. O was nice and is helping me out a bit again this week.  I got the idea for this while trying to put together a meal using as much as possible from the pantry and freezer.  All I had to buy was milk and mushrooms.  Yay for … Continue reading Chicken Ranch Lasagna

Patatas Alioli aka Aioli Potatoes

Potatoes are roasted for a slight twist on this Spanish side dish or tapas where cooled potatoes, which are traditionally boiled, are tossed with homemade aioli.   Happy Secret Recipe Day! This month I was assigned Manu’s Menu which made me excited.  I already had a ton of her recipes in my Recipes to Try notebook and that was before I even knew she was … Continue reading Patatas Alioli aka Aioli Potatoes

Chicken Noodle Soup (Made from scratch!)

When it comes to simple, healthy AND comforting, soup is a go-to for a lot of people.  Here, the broth is made while cooking the chicken so no worries about the high sodium you get in the canned versions.   Remember when I told you about the amazing deal I got on some whole chickens?  This is what I did with the other one that … Continue reading Chicken Noodle Soup (Made from scratch!)

Crunchy Baked Green Beans

Simple green greens go from boring to fun with just a little panko (Japanese style breadcrumbs), oil and seasonings and a few minutes in the oven.   Remember the Pork & Pepper Burgers I made a couple of weeks ago?  These beans are the side dish I made to go with those and it really was a good pairing as these brought a salty crunch … Continue reading Crunchy Baked Green Beans

Italian Zucchini & Tomatoes

My favorite summer vegetables come together again in the slow cooker, this time with an Italian flair and lots of cheese!   I think I could eat zucchini with tomatoes just about every day, especially since cooking them in the slow cooker makes it such an easy and inexpensive side dish.  Using a mandolin makes slicing the zucchini go a lot more quickly; I got … Continue reading Italian Zucchini & Tomatoes

Enchilada Nachos

The flavor of enchiladas served nacho-style… it’s a Tex-Mex/Tex-Mex infusion! 🙂   I am really super ready for summer to be over.  Unfortunately, however, I live in the south where summer lasts from March though October so I’ve got a while for this heat wave to pass.  Because our electric company raises their rates in the summer and because I am in an older apartment … Continue reading Enchilada Nachos

Provencal Vegetable Casserole (slow cooker)

Summer vegetables are layered in a slow cooker with just a little seasoning and a bit of Parmesan as a satisfying side or filling vegetarian entree that doesn’t heat up your kitchen.   When I bought my veggies for the ratatouille I showed you on Monday, I may have been so excited by the cheap prices that I may have purchased more than I really … Continue reading Provencal Vegetable Casserole (slow cooker)

Ratatouille (from the slow cooker)

Ratatouille is a simple summer dish with a fancy name made even easier using the slow cooker!   In the spirit of honesty, I never had ratatouille before I made this but I knew I would love it because it already had 3 of my favorite vegetables in it: tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant.  And since they are all in season and super cheap in the … Continue reading Ratatouille (from the slow cooker)

Broccoli & Pasta with Pepper Jack Cheese

This quick and bold play on macaroni & cheese comes with a bit of health from the broccoli florets.   After making the black bean burgers last week, I still had a large chunk of pepper jack cheese to use.  I could say that the main reason I still had so much in the fridge is because it was actually cheaper to buy the 16 … Continue reading Broccoli & Pasta with Pepper Jack Cheese