Weeknight Meals

Here is a collection of our “go-to” recipes for those crazy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Some are family favorites handed down, some are new favorites we’ve just discovered. Enjoy!

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Chicken and Black Bean Chilaquiles

So, I may not be able to pronounce Chilaquiles, but I can tell you they are delicious! The rest of  my family, especially my seven year old agree. After a couple bites of this casserole he says, “Mom, next time you make this you need to make it in front of some judges ’cause I […]

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Creamy Stove Top Lemon Chicken

Anytime there is lemon in a chicken recipe you know it is going to be good. The two ingredients were meant for each other! This creamy lemon infused dish, won’t disappoint. It is perfect for cool fall nights. You don’t have to heat your oven, but you still get a home style comfort food. Bone-in […]

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12 Simple Ideas For Topping Tosadas (and why they’re a staple in my home)

About a year ago I made some fish tacos that called for tostadas as the shell.  Crazy as it sounds this was my first time buying tostadas. We had the “fish tostadas” and they were delicious but then I was left with 25 more shells to use up. Every day I started topping them with […]

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Smoked Salmon BLT With Avocado Cream Cheese Spread

It’s the time of year when tomatoes are making their final appearances at the local farmers market, and I can think of no better way to savor the last of the season than with a BLT.  I have had all sorts of variations on the traditional favorite, but when it comes down to it I […]

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Garlic Lime Shrimp in Coconut Tomato Sauce

My kids love shrimp and when I saw this simple recipe for Garlic Lime Shrimp in Coconut Tomato Sauce on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe and Skinny Taste, I knew I had to give it a try. I made a couple slight adjustments that suited my families taste and what I had on hand. That is the […]

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Albacore Tuna Salad with Apples, Celery and Onions

When I got married there were three things my husband informed me he didn’t eat. Raisins, coconut and TUNA. Well guess what? He eats this Tuna and he LOVES IT! I on the other hand have always loved a good tuna sandwich, and this one makes me extra happy! It only takes a few minutes to […]

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Antipasto Salad Recipe

I have a handful of things that I’ve ate in years past that have never left my mind-you know the ones you can taste (and crave!) just thinking about them.  This Antipasto Salad is one of them.  I worked by a little pizza joint when I was hairstylist, and I had their version of this […]

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No Boil Veggie Lasagna

I love lasagna, but I hate having to boil the noodles and dirty one more pot just to make it. It is so time consuming that way. My sister-in-law changed my life when I saw her making lasagna with uncooked  noodles. She said that as long as you only do two layers of noodles and they are […]

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Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry {Budget Friendly}

{This post is part of a series called, “Maria’s Dine-In Challenge.” For more details on the challenge click here. Don’t forget to stop by later today for a chance to enter our Pampered Chef Giveaway.} If you are looking to cut your grocery budget, you need to make stir fry a permenant resident on your weekly […]

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Twenty Minute Chicken Chili

{This recipe is part of a series called “Maria’s Dine-In Challenge.” Get all the details on the challenge here.} This weeks focus for the Dine-In Challenge is eating dinner together as a family each night. Having the goal to eat dinner every night as a family motivates me to make sure there is something ready […]

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