Chicken Curry

This is another fantastic recipe by The Naptime Chef. The curry is savory with some sweetness from the coconut and raisins while remaining mild enough for kids. This recipe seems like a lot of work, but it was very easy.

Grilled Filet Mignon with Caramelized Shallot Popovers and Green Beans

This recipe is undoubtably a comfort food recipe for fall, but when I ran across the recipe for Caramelized Shallot Popovers, I couldn’t resist trying it out. I am glad I did. These are fantastic.

Italian Paella

We love Paella in our house. I love it because it is a whole meal made in one pot. In this recipe, I take the best parts of Spanish Paella and give them an Italian twist using Arborio rice and Italian sausage. This quick and easy recipe is made in no time and if you don’t eat shrimp, chicken is a fantastic substitute.

Building a Fun Lunch Box – Chicken Parmesan Fingers with Tomato Dipping Sauce

Building a Fun Lunch Box – Chicken Parmesan Fingers with Tomato Dipping Sauce

Chicken Nuggets are a kid’s favorite. In this recipe, I have spiced up chicken by making Chicken Parmesan using chicken tenders. Instead of ketchup, we use a simple tomato sauce for dipping. Make this as dinner the night before and you have dinner and lunch taken care of! How easy is that?

How to build a fun lunch box that your kids will love! – Homemade Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard

Most kids love chicken nuggets. I am not preferential to store bought nuggets for a multitude of reasons but I think they are great when homemade. Here is a quick and easy recipe for chicken nuggets that your kids will love. My son couldn’t stop telling everyone at school how his mom made him chicken nuggets. He was so proud and I am sure yours will be too!

Best Lunch Box Recipes – Mini build your own Tacos

Best Lunch Box Recipes - Build your own Tacos

It’s back to school time again. As buy and we go out all the prerequisite back to school supplies, lunch is always at the top of the list. We are all looking for easy and creative ways to fill our kid’s lunch boxes so that they will eat everything. This year, I wanted to create some fun lunch box ideas that are built on some kid favorite foods. So, this week’s feature is a simple build your own taco lunch. In this recipe, I use beef but these tacos can easily be made with chicken, turkey or tofu. To make it even easier on you, I recommend making the taco meat the night before for dinner and use it to feed your family tacos, burritos or taco salad and then use the leftovers for lunch the next day. I bet even the adults will want to take this to work!

Rotisserie Chicken Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi)

I was taken with the July 2012 cover of Sunset Magazine for Northern California. It pictured a Grilled Chicken Banh Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich), which looked divine not to mention perfect for a warm summer night’s dinner. Thinking that this one might be a tricky one to get my son to eat, I thought about all the fun and interesting ingredients, which make up the sandwich and realized that by serving the sandwich deconstructed, he could choose, what he would eat and then maybe, just maybe he would like it.

Voila! It worked. To make meal prep much easier on myself, I used some left over rotisserie chicken instead of grilling some new chicken. When all was said and done, this meal comes together in 15 minutes. Pretty crazy don’t you think for something so exotic?

Chicken Pot Pie

chicken pot pie

I have fond memories of Chicken Pot Pie as a child. My mom would buy them from this fabulous bakery when she didn’t have time to cook after work. There was something about getting my own individual pie that was so exciting and comforting to me as a kid. I have spent many years perfecting this recipe while also making it a more contemporary take on chicken pot pie with fresh organic ingredients. Make this as a whole pie or follow my recipe for four individual pies. Just use 4-inch ramekins or mini pie dishes.

Healthy Eggplant Parmesan

I grew up eating Eggplant Parmesan. This is my Mother’s recipe but with my twist to make it healthier. In my version of Eggplant Parmesan, I bake my eggplant instead of frying it. By doing this it gives the eggplant the same consistency without all the fat. As with any Eggplant Parmesan recipe, it can be repetitive and time consuming but also by baking it, the time is cut in half.

Building a Fun Lunch Box – Chicken Teriyaki Skewers

Teriyaki Chicken Lunch

I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love the sweet and salty taste of Teriyaki. So, this week, we will focus on an Asian inspired lunch box with fun to eat and dip skewers, sweet and tangy fruit and salty Japanese rice sticks. To make your life easy, make the chicken using my Ginger Soy Chicken Thigh recipe the day before and eat it for dinner while reserving some as leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Both parents and kids will love this lunch the next day.

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