Lazy Day Chicken Tacos with Guacamole

Lazy Day Meals // Quick and Easy Chicken Guacamole Tacos

These chicken tacos come together in about 15 minutes. They’re tasty, healthy and can be in your belly in less time than it would take to order some takeout. Topped with some creamy guacamole, they’re hard to beat in the taste + convenience department. We’re relying on some convenient freezer and pantry staples to make this happen. No shame from this corner of the internet. It doesn’t have to be gourmet all the time people. Let’s make this happen.

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Asian Style Marinated Green Bean Salad

Today I have a great summertime recipe for you! Green bean salad is a great alternative to a hot side dish on a summer day, and so much more fun than a bowl of lettuce! It’s crunchy, tangy and packed full of flavor thanks to a blend of sesame and soy.

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Grilled Miso Marinated Chicken Thighs

Tender skinless chicken thighs are marinated in a complexly flavored miso mix and grilled to juicy perfection on the grill in just about 10 minutes plus marinating time. Mix up the marinade and enjoy some tiny umbrella adorned beverages as you soak up the summer sun. The perfect summer time scenario. Barbecue, drinks, and lounging. Make it happen! Continue reading

Lemon Garlic Linguine with Almonds and Peas

This simple, vegetarian weeknight meal is just bursting with flavor! Even better, it will come together for you in about 20 minutes, most of which is waiting for pasta to boil. Hurrah! Bright and fresh lemon pair beautifully with basil, nutty Parmesan and the crunch of almonds. The peas add a touch of sweetness that just completes the flavor party perfectly. Pretty good for 20 minutes. Weeknight hero status. Wear your apron backwards. Bam. Cape.

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Chana Masala with Cucumber Raita- Vegetarian Chickpea Curry

This chana masala is a traditional North Indian dish. You’ll always find it with tomatoes and chickpeas, but the spice mix will vary depending on who is preparing it for you. It’s rich, intensely spiced, fragrant and has a note of tang that I find irresistible in nicely layered curries. The cucumber raita adds a lovely, fresh, cooling element that acts as a perfect foil for the bold stew. It can be mild, or it can be as spicy as you can handle. It’s all up to you, and the goodies you have stashed in your pantry. If you have some chickpeas and diced tomatoes in your pantry, you’re 20 minutes from a perfect weeknight meal.

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Herbed Turkey Meatloaf with Caramelized Onions

Meatloaf is a perfect food. It’s like a giant meatball, shaped like bread. I mean, on a yumminess scale from overcooked-brussel-sprout to 10, meatloaf is a 10. It’s packed full of flavor from the herbs and veggies, and stays moist and delicious in the oven. It’s firm enough for clean slices, and removal from the loaf pan, but keeps a light and tender middle – pretty much the holy grail of meatloaf textures. The caramelized onions make a good thing even better, and seriously take things up a notch. No ketchup necessary. This recipe is my favorite meatloaf! It’s a great way to sneak some veggies in to your diet, and is a serious wallet-friendly, crowd pleaser. Continue reading

Miso Glazed Salmon

This tender flaky fillet is topped with a sweet and savory miso glaze that caramelizes under the broiler. It comes together quickly, and totally fits the bill for a healthy week night meal.

Do you ever make something and it totally tastes about 1,000,000 times better than it looks? That’s exactly what happened with this salmon. Actually, I hesitated on sharing these photos with you guys because they look a little odd. Let me tell you though, miso glaze and salmon were just meant to be together. They’re food soul mates. Pair that salmon with some sesame kale, and you have a delicious weeknight meal that will come together for you in about 15 minutes!

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White Beans with Sausage and Kale

I think if I were to ask Ovi what his favorite dish that I make is, this one would be really high on the list. We almost always have the ingredients in the pantry/fridge to throw this one together, and it’s enjoyed immensely every time. Whenever the question of “what should we make for dinner?” is asked, this one is usually thrown out there as a suggestion. White beans with sausage and kale is a rustic and nutritious dish that requires only one pan. Plus, it’s packed with flavor. Definite favorite.

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Classic French Onion Soup with Gruyere Gratin

I had my very own Julie and Julia moment this week via her often imitated French Onion Soup recipe. I love instant gratification as much as the next girl, but this soup was worth every single stir, every tear and sniffle, and most certainly worth dragging the big soup pot out from the back of the cupboard. It’s rare that I will follow a recipe to the letter, but there are a few exceptions. Julia Child definitely gets first chair in my symphony of culinary heroes, and the respect of a mostly unadulterated recipe preparation.

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Shepherd’s Pie with Buttermilk Mash

Shepherd’s Pie is one of those dishes that just screams comfort food. It’s hearty, delicious and family friendly. The rich and savory sauce-coated filling is topped with a beautiful potato mash that is sent for a trip in the oven to get browned and crisped on top. Sometimes, simple really is best.

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