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Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken
Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken

The ingredients must have come to me in my sleep. The more I use my slow cooker, the more I love it.

Cedar Planked Salmon with Cayenne Lime Butter

Cedar Planked Salmon with Cayenne Lime Butter

This salmon is so delicious on it's own. I decided to cedar plank the salmon on the grill, and drizzle it with some cayenne lime butter.

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

After having a bite of the Chipotle Chicken Tacos my coworker brought for lunch a couple of weeks ago, this was my dinner two days later.

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich
Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich

If you know me you know I am a sucker for avocado and chipotle. I used a rotisserie chicken so it's super easy to make.

Egg, Prosciutto & Tomato Muffins
Sriracha Meatballs

I'm a big fan of savory muffins. These are pretty much mini omelettes in a cup. They are perfect for weekend brunch, and even better to make ahead for the week and then pop them in the microwave.

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Quick & Easy Mustard Pork Chops with Gnocchi

Mustard Pork Chops

You guys! These are so easy, so quick and so delicious! They are going to be a definite staple in my weeknight cooking rotation. We just had them last night, and I had to share the recipe with you all, I felt it was too selfish not to. It literally took 15 minutes to make.

I felt I was so put together last night, came home from work, worked out, fed Baby KMW, was making dinner with some wine in hand and was ready to pat myself in the back when I realized I absolutely forgot to put a vegetable on the table...FAIL! I gave myself the excuse that I was supposed to travel to Boston this week for work (which didn't happen because of the snowstorm Juno), and I know Mr. KMW is not eating fresh veggies when I'm out of town. I'm pretty sure his thought is, who needs fresh veggies when you can eat Spam? Then I thought maybe I should pat myself on the back, I was supposed to travel for work, grocery shopped accordingly and we were not eating Spam for dinner!

Anyway, I made very few changes to the recipe, but did take a couple of short cuts. Also, next time I'm making this with bone in pork chops. So the cooking time will be a little longer, but the juiciness of bone in...totally worth it.

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Creamy Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Creamy Hungarian Mushroom Soup

I'm generally not a New Years resolution type of person, but the past couple of years I've tried to set some goals for myself. This year I have a couple of food related goals.

The first one is to cook out of all of my cookbooks. I have a cookbook obsession, and where I love flipping through them, I'm not great at actually making meals with them. The second one is to do a little bit better job of meal planning now that I'm back at work, and have pretty much figured out the daycare drop off, go to work, daycare pick up, come home and wash and prep a million bottles routine (boy am I regretting Dr. Browns...SO MANY PARTS!). My main goal is to cook 2-3 dinners a week, that will last us most of the week, and make some lunches. My approach is to make a big pot of something on Sunday; Stew, Soup, Short Ribs, Ragu, etc., a slow cooker meal and one quick and easy weeknight dinner. Last weeks meal plan is below. I also made chicken salad for sandwiches during the week, lets just say when the Seahawks aren't on, I have a much more productive weekend.

Sunday - Creamy Hungarian Mushroom Soup from my Moosewood Restaurant Favorites Cookbook
Monday - Leftover Soup
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken Tacos
Wednesday - Leftover Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, this time in Taco/Burrito Bowl form 
Thursday - My Grandpa sent us an Omaha Steak Package for Christmas so we tapped into that
Friday - Dinner out on the town!

I don't have a goal to blog more, if it happens it happens and if it doesn't, it doesn't. I've always told myself that I would just blog how ever frequent or infrequent I want to...it's for fun. Maybe I'll try to keep you up to date on my meal planning and share recipes I'm trying.

So this soup, it starts with creamy so it has to be good.

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Chipotle BBQ Chicken Sliders

Chipotle BBQ Chicken Sliders

To say it has been awhile is an understatement. The last time we spoke I was ready to pop, and a few days later Baby KMW was born! That means I've been soaking up all of the time I can with him while I'm on maternity leave.

I have still been cooking, although not as much as I did before, and the slow cooker continues to be my friend. I now have a really adorable sous chef, and while making this recipe I learned that his favorite ingredient is arugula, but only if pronounced ARUUUUUUUUUGULA!


As I just mentioned, I've already learned that the slow cooker is perfect for a new mom. I generally try to prep the food in the morning when Baby KMW is pretty happy and then we're free to gallivant around the rest of the day and hang in the evening with Mr. KMW. 

This slow cooker recipe is a result of a Twitter rant of mine about why the Chipotle in Adobo cans are so big, as I never use recipes that need the entire can. Yes, I can freeze it, but I of course don't label it well and have that debate of is that chipotle in adobo or tomato paste in that frozen cube? Then the Twitter universe, aka Amanda came to the rescue and sent me a recipe for Chipotle Chicken and Cheese sliders that used the ENTIRE CAN! I saw that I could easily transition it to a slow cooker and it was on our dinner table the next week. And you know how I never go small when it comes to my slow cooker batches, so we had it for several dinners and lunches that week. And it was delicious, I'll be making it again. 

It's also perfect for Football Season. If you are a fan of my Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken or Slow Cooker Pulled Pork, definitely add this one to the rotation.

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Chorizo & Cornbread Taco Salad

Chorizo & Cornbread Taco Salad


One of our go to quick dinners is some form of taco salad or burrito bowls. There are enough meat, veggie and bean combinations, it adds enough variety for me...I get bored easily. They're quick to throw together, usually don't dirty too many dishes, can use staples you have on hand and are filling...making everyone happy! One of my go to Taco Seasonings when making the salads or the bowls is the Trader Joe's brand, it has a nice kick. This is the perfect I just got home from work at 7:30, am ravaged and my pregnancy bedtime is 9pm type of dinner. 

I had some leftover cornbread (I used this Skillet Cornbread from the Pioneer Woman) and was on a chorizo kick, which is how this not so pretty...but oh so delicious dinner came together. I mean, can you really go wrong with chorizo? I didn't use the Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning on this one because there were too many other flavors coming together. 

Chorizo & Cornbread Taco Salad 2

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Creamy Skillet Mac & Cheese with Broccoli

Creamy Mac & Cheese with Broccoli

You all have probably been wondering what I've been doing other than eating Brussels Sprouts and Strawberries. Well I've been busy showering, nope, I'm not talking about personal hygiene here, but we hosted a Jack and Jill Pig Roast Wedding Shower for our friends and then my friend threw me a 'Ready to Pop' themed baby shower. After a couple of food recipes for you all, I'll have posts on those, because they were pretty darn fun...and maybe I'll even have a baby in between.

And by the way, Strawberries may be out, Peaches and Rainier Cherries are hitting the spot these days. The Peaches coming from Central California right now are so juicy and sweet, I can't get enough. Needless to say, this Peach and Tomato Salad has been showing up at our dinner table a lot lately. 

Now on to the good stuff...mac and cheese! You all know I love my macaroni and cheese (see evidence here, here, here and here). So when I saw this easy, creamy stove top version over at Spoon, Fork, Bacon, I knew I had to try it. I mean an entire block of Brie and Camembert were involved! And then I made it a health food by adding broccoli. That counts, right? 

I would go on further, but Mr. KMW is holding off on scooping me up some ice cream until this post is finished. So I got to go get some ice cream...with peaches on top, of course!

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