Balsamic Chicken and Potatoes (Sheet Pan Meal)

This sheet pan was so yummy!  The leftovers were even better the next day.

These past few weeks have been off and on with great meals.  I’ve been so busy writing Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), teaching, and being sick that I’ve cooked meals that haven’t been stellar.

Last Wednesday, I left work on time and got home in time to make a more involved meal.  Actually this was very involved.  The rolls I made were more involved then this dish.

This meal is easy to put together.  I think it took me 10 minutes tops to get it into the oven once I got home.  It takes 30 – 40 minutes to bake.

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Balsamic Chicken and Potatoes (Sheet Pan Meal)

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 pound of chicken breasts or tenders (The chicken I used was a huge breast.  I cut it into smaller pieces.)
  • 1 pound of potatoes, cubed (I peeled mine)
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning (Add if desired.)
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.  Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, place the cubed potatoes.  Pour EVOO over the potatoes.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning.  Mix until all the potatoes are coated.  Place the potatoes on half of the cookie sheet.
  3. On the other half of the cookie sheet, place the chicken.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour the balsamic vinegar over the chicken.  Turn to coat both sides of the chicken.
  4. Cook at 425 for 15 minutes.  Flip the chicken and potatoes.
  5. Cook for an additional 15 to 25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees and the potatoes are fork tender.
  6. Remove from oven and allow the chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

Happy eating,
Traci

Ten Quick and Easy Meals for Busy Families

As a busy family, I often have a difficult time trying to figure out what to feed the family.  So I came up with a list of possible meals that are easy to put together.

On days the Wee One or the Imaginative One asks me what’s for supper, I can show them this list.  Then then can chose a meal from the list.

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7 up Pork Chops

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I originally posted this recipe in September of 2010.  However, I did not have a picture of the pork chops.  Since we had them for dinner tonight, I made sure to take a picture of the chops.

Last night I baked these pork chops.  Hubby ended up being called into work early so he came back to get the food during his break.  The manager where he works saw his dinner and asked if there were any pork chops left over.  It so happened that the Wee One did not want his chop because it was too big.  Hubby made a detour to our house and got his manager the remaining chop.  The manager loved the chop!  Score!

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7-up pork chops

Stars of the recipe:

  • 4 to 6 pork chops
  • 12 oz. can 7 up, Sprite, or lemon lime soda
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix

Steps:

  1. Place chops in baking dish.
  2. Pour soda over chops and sprinkle with dry soup mix.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

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Happy eating,
Traci

Mom, What’s For Dinner? – February 15, 2016

This week’s a weird week for us.

I was suppose to have parent teachers’ conferences last Tuesday.  We ended up with a snow day on Tuesday so we had to reschedule the conferences until this Tuesday.  Hubby is in charge of dinner.  I put sausage on the menu but more than likely he’s going to serve them the remainder of the chicken from Sunday night’s dinner.  My principal feeds us dinner so I only need to worry about lunch for myself.

Then we have Lenten day soup supper on Wednesday.  I’m in charge of the dessert so I’m baking/ making the dessert today.

Friday is the Sweetheart Dance at my school.  Hubby is going to bring the boys out to my school.  We are going to hit one of the fast food places close to my house for dinner.

Week of Feb. 14

Have a great week!

For more menus please visit Menu Plan Monday at I’m An Organizing Junkie and At Home With Mrs. M.

Happy Eating,
Traci

Cherry Cake with Cherry Buttercream Frosting

I have another Valentine’s Day recipe.  This one is for a dessert.  If you have the ingredients on hand, it’s easy to put this cake together.

Warning:  It has a very cherry flavor especially in the frosting.  If you don’t want that much cherry flavor, don’t use the Kool-Aid in the buttercream frosting.  Instead use red food dye to make it a pinkish color.

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Cherry Cake

adapted from Mix and Match Mama

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 yellow or white cake mix plus the ingredients needed to make the cake batter
  • 2 packages of cherry Kool-Aid powder

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a 9 by 13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Set aside.
  3. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box.
  4. Sprinkle the Kool-Aid powder over the prepared batter.  Mix until well combined.
  5. Pour into prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake according to the directions on the box.

Alternatives:

  • Use strawberry flavored Kool-Aid instead of cherry.
  • Add chocolate chips to the batter.  Fold into the batter.

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Cherry Buttercream Frosting

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Stars of the recipe:

  • 3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c. butter, softened
  • 1 package of cherry Kool-Aid
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. milk

Steps:

  1. Whip or mix together the powdered sugar, butter, and Kool-Aid.
  2. Stir in the vanilla extract and a 1 Tbsp. of the milk.
  3. Gradually add the milk until the frosting is spreadable.
  4. After the cake has cooled, spread the frosting over the cake.
  5. Decorate with sprinkles, conversation hearts, or mini chocolate chips.

Adaptation:

  • If you are using strawberry in the cake instead of cherry, change the Kool-Aid flavor to strawberry.

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Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Eating,
Traci

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Granola

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’ve been in the mood for homemade granola so I decided to experiment.  With Valentine’s Day approaching, I thought chocolate covered strawberry granola would be a great version.

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A Week of Meals – Slow Cooker Version

I have a Valentine’s Day present for you. I’m giving you a free slow cooker menu plan. All of the recipes are from this blog or from my slow cooker blog.

I know I have problems menu planning at times so I thought this would help you.  If you click on the menu, it will take you to a Google doc of the menu.  Then you can click on the meals in blue to get the recipe from my blog.

This menu has two main protein sources – a whole chicken and ground beef. The ground beef will be used to make tacos and baked potatoes topped with leftover taco meat. The chicken will be used for sweet and sour chicken and quesadillas plus as meat course on Sunday.

Four of the meals utilize the slow cooker.  Three of the recipes utilize leftovers.  Actually there is a fourth if you count the salad at the end of the week.

A Week of Slow Cooker Meals

So what about breakfast and lunches?  For breakfasts, I have two great resources on my blog.  You can visit 6 Easy Breakfast ideas or DIY Breakfast Edition.  If that doesn’t appeal to you, then toast and cereal are great options.

Lunch can be left overs or sandwiches such as peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese.

What about dessert or a sweet treat for this week’s menu?  How about homemade brownies.  That seems like it would be complicated to put together.  But they don’t take long.  These brownies are one of our family’s favorite treats.

If you like this menu, please let me know.  I can then create more of them.

I’ve already have some ideas for other menus.

Happy Eating,
Traci

P.S.  Here is a blank grocery list.  Click on it to get a Google doc of the list.

Grocery List