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Super Easy Chicken Cacciatore 🍝

My daughter and I could both live on pasta if the rest of the family would allow it! Unfortunately they aren’t huge pasta lovers like we are but they do pretty much eat whatever I make without complaining. Tonight I made one of our favorite dishes, Chicken Cacciatore. If you do a quick google you’ll find tons of recipes that are all over the board. Some call for wine or broth, while others throw in capers or carrots, but the way I’ve made it for the last ten or so years is super easy and so good!

In a large sauté pan I start with about 3 tablespoons of butter, we use Olivio olive oil alternative because it’s ❤️ healthy. Then I toss in chicken thighs. I always try to cut as much fat off as possible and I do cut the thighs up into halves or thirds. It cooks better/quicker and my kids like the smaller pieces . Just cook until browned on the outside, don’t worry about cooking through. Remove them from the pan. Then I toss cut up mushrooms, onions, peppers (I use all colors) and garlic into the same pan. Cook just until they start to soften. Normally I make my own tomato sauce or use sauce I’ve previously made and frozen, but on occasion I just use a jar of store bought sauce. Pour the sauce into the pan with the veggies, toss the chicken back in and let it simmer for about 15-20 mins. In the meantime make your pasta, we use spaghetti or linguine most often. That’s it! How easy was that?? Now toss it all together. We had ours with garlic bread and of course my kids love to hand grate their own Parmesan cheese 🧀

I don’t even have a written recipe for this it’s so easy. Try it out and tell me what you think!!

~Elena

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Recipe Review: One-pan Chicken and Potatoes with Snap Peas…..except I used green beans.

Hopefully all of you mamas out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day and didn’t have to do any cooking! I didn’t and it was awesome. That was my one Mother’s Day request, I did not want to cook all day. We went out for brunch after church and had Chinese takeout for dinner…..no cooking or dishes! But Saturday evening I decided to try a new recipe and it was so delicious!

There aren’t many magazines I love and will read from cover to cover. And I often rip out recipes here and there but rarely ever make them. I seriously have a box of recipes I’ve torn from magazines/newspapers or off of food boxes and just never get around to them. One day I’ll go through them, after I finish updating the baby books and photo albums, lol!!😜
But I’ve subscribed to Kraft Food & Family for years and absolutely love it! The recipes are realistic with ingredients you can easily get at your regular grocery store and they always offer suggestions for what you can serve with or ways you can alter the recipe. I actually just keep the entire magazine instead of ripping recipes out because there are just so many good ones in each issue.

The recipe I tried is called One-Pan Chicken and Potatoes with Snap peas. I didn’t have snap peas on hand but had just purchased fresh green beans so I decided to substitute rather than run to the store. I used a store brand Italian dressing I had in my pantry and golden potatoes instead of fingerling. I followed the recipe and tossed the green beans in for about the last 15 minutes of cooking time, they came out perfect! No joke, I was trying to clean up the kitchen when the kids kept running back in to grab every last green bean off the pan. It really was so easy and delicious. This ones a keeper!!

-Elena🌸

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Recipe Review: Ground Turkey Bolognese

At least once a week we have one of those crazy, busy days that ends in a super, busy night. I’m not one to always revert to drive through food or ordering pizza too often, and my kids love homemade leftovers in their lunch boxes. So I’m always looking for something quick with items I already have in the pantry. Like many families an easy spaghetti night is usually in order, but that can also get boring and repetitive. So I try to change it up once in a while with a green or red pesto, vodka sauce…. something. In the last year our family has made a lot of changes in our diet, one being switching ground beef with ground turkey. So I always have a pound of ground turkey in the freezer. I did a quick search for pasta meals with turkey and Delish did not disappoint with their Ground Turkey Bolognese recipe!🍝

It’s funny that with all of the different pastas and sauces I’ve made, I’ve never done a Bolognese with veggies before. I think the thought of the carrots and celery in my sauce was always a little crazy to me. But I followed this recipe exactly, except that I had to use dry parsley because I didn’t have any fresh. I also used an open bottle of dry white wine in the sauce and poured a tad more than half a cup.

This was a definite dinner success for my family. I ate early with my girls since the boys were at baseball, and they loved it . I had a late meeting so my husband and son reheated and ate later. Whenever I’m leaving a meal for my husband or a babysitter to heat up, I like it to be an easy one dish meal. Save them the work of having a bunch of different things to reheat. Everyone seemed to love it and the little ones may not of even noticed all the veggies that were snuck in there!

https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50639/ground-turkey-bolognese-recipe/

~Elena