6 Recipes I’d Recommend

January 6, 2015

I’m trying something revolutionary over here (starting. . .  yesterday) which is not letting Ella snack her way through the day. It helps when your snack options are basically zero, thanks to the fact that when you’re buying up an entire fridge and pantry worth of supplies, you feel way too poor to buy extra fun foods.

And, imagine this. She actually eats her entire lunch and dinner. And there aren’t massive amounts of whining. It’s basically like heaven (if heaven is a place where you eat dinner on your spinning desk chair pulled up to the kitchen table).

I’m waiting for my parenting book offer any day now.

Anyway, in celebration of the fact that she ate three servings of dinner last night, here are five dinner hits we’ve had in the last few months, plus a dessert for good measure.

And if you have recipes you’ve loved lately, please share the wealth!

1. Chicken Curry in a Hurry: This is the recipe we had last night. Ella generally just wants to eat plain rice, but when I assured her there were no other options for dinner, she ate two plain bowls of rice and then another two bowls with sauce on it. And Bart and I kept saying, “THIS IS SO GOOD.” Also, super easy. I used dried cranberries instead of raisins because that’s what I had. And I did half sour cream and half plain yogurt.

2. Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes: I spent much of this pregnancy craving pasta like crazy. I’ve never even really loved pasta, but suddenly I wanted to make it for dinner every night. This was a big hit with the whole family.

3. Creamy Pesto Tortellini: I told you. Pasta. I used regular milk instead of almond milk. Also, this reminded me that the sausage I bought in London had these enormous hard chunks of something unidentifiable in the mix, which was not delightful. And we STILL liked this recipe, so you know it’s good.

4. Chicken, Spinach, and Cream Cheese Tortilla Wrap: When my mom came out to visit us in London, I made these for lunch one day and they were delicious. I skipped the alfalfa sprouts because weirdly it’s one of those things you aren’t supposed to eat when you are pregnant. Don’t tell my mom that usually we just have peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch.

5. Texas-Style Blueberry Cobbler: I’ve made this a couple of times and it’s so easy and so delicious. Sadly, when I made it last time, I didn’t have an ice cream. It was kind of a tragedy or something.

6. Spicy Lemon Chicken Wraps: These were super delicious (in fact, we’re having them again this week). I simmered the leftover marinade until it was thick and we drizzled it on our wraps when we assembled them. And I used spinach instead of watercress and didn’t roast my tomatoes.

(P.S. Other recommended recipes!)

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  • Reply Kristin @ Going Country January 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Cobbler (or crisp) without ice cream IS a tragedy. Unless you're eating it for breakfast, in which case, plain yogurt is an acceptable alternative.

  • Reply Ashley January 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I'd read a parenting book by you!

    You're not supposed to eat alfalfa sprouts when you're pregnant?!?! I made these wraps a few months ago, and gobbled those up. Aah!

  • Reply rebeccalately January 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Yum! Those all look so good!

  • Reply MommySizedHeart January 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    We are loving a pioneer woman's chicken quesidillas! If you're feeling bold, you can actually YouTube a video of it. 16 minute meal? Yes, please!

  • Reply Betsy January 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    We love the skillet chicken and ravioli, a 30 minute meal from the Food Network. Super easy, super delicious!

  • Reply Jenn January 6, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    I'm going to try that chicken curry immediately!

    Have you ever tries Pioneer Woman's blackberry cobbler? I love it because the recipe is so easy you can memorize it. 1 c sugar, 1 cup self-rising flour, 1 stick butter, 1 c milk, 2 cups berries.

  • Reply Nicki January 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Smitten Kitchen's lentil soup with sausage, chard, and garlic is even better served with broccolini and mozzarella grilled cheese:, I could eat these turkey and tomato paninis everyday :, and these chicken and dumplings are the best comfort food ever and so incredibly easy:

  • Reply Natalie January 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I wrote this super-awesome comment and then it disappeared. Basically, this is one of our favorites lately. I like it because it's just really good and super easy. And the fact that the husband will eat seconds of it and the leftovers is a pretty big deal at my house. A few changes I made this last time … I cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and tossed them in the seasoning before frying them in the pan, I used penne pasta instead of spaghetti noodles, and I just tossed everything together in one pan. Let me know what you think!

  • Reply Daveana January 6, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    Everything looks so good! I've been meaning to make the Chicken Mozzarella Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes for a while now. Glad to know it's worth it.

  • Reply Zandria January 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I recently posted my top 20 CrockPot meals ( and my top 25 weeknight dinners (, all of which I've made many times. I hope you find something you like!

  • Reply Maggie January 7, 2015 at 6:43 am

    This definitely sounds like the pinnacle of exhaustion. Here's to the epilogue of your great traveling adventure!

  • Reply Jodi January 8, 2015 at 3:07 am

    Yum! I'm going to try all of those. We also love all of the recipes of yours that we try.

  • Reply Shelly January 8, 2015 at 5:21 am

    They all sound delicious! My sister-in-law sometimes creates her own recipes and puts them on a blog so friends and family can see them. I love both of these recipes that she posted: and

  • Reply Carole January 8, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Lou, I made the Chicken Mozzarella Pasta and sun-dried tomatoes (which I did include) dish last night for Dad and me. Easy, Beautiful and absolutely delicious! Just wanted to let you know.

  • Reply Laura {a spoonful of joy} January 10, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I'm with you on limiting my kids' snacks! Such a simple concept and amazingly effective!

    All those recipes look amazing especially the wraps!

  • Reply Allison January 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    What kind of curry did you use in the Curry in a Hurry? Just yellow curry powder?

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