Year in Review

The next time you read one of my blog posts I will be one year older. Yep, my “day of me” is 4/18 and I will be thirty eight years young. Hard to believe, honestly. As of now, numbers don’t bother me so much. As long as I’m alive and kicking I’ll take it. I’m trying to think back to this time last year and to tell you the truth, I can’t really remember much up until I started the blog. Not sure what that says about my 37th year from April – August but oh well. Now from August to current, that I remember. I was gifted two huge surprises during my 37th year – my blog and my family. Let’s start with the blog. I can not put into words, although I will certainly try, how exhilarating, terrifying, frustrating, time-consuming, rewarding and powerful Dinner with the Duffys has been for me. I never in a million years would have imagined I would have the courage to put my thoughts on paper for all of you to read. A gift I hadn’t realized I so badly needed. Something just for me. Something that was only mine. And not a new dress or a piece of jewelry, no. Something to help me grow from the inside out. Blogging has been such an adventure and it will most definitely go down as my number two all time from my 37th year. On to number one – family. My family grew quite a bit during my 37th year. As most of you know, I located and connected with my biological family a few months back. Hands down the best thing that happened to me this year. I started my 37th as an only child, not knowing a thing about myself, biologically, but will close with three half siblings, more familial knowledge than I could have dreamed of and a family that has welcomed me with open arms. What a gift. Love. I was gifted additional love this year, y’all. For those dying to know, I have made a real connection with my maternal fam and we are all meeting up this summer. Wild, right? You just never know. #1 thing I learned in my 37th year – you have to learn to leap if you really want to live. I’m so damn glad I leaped.

365 days y’all. Each year we are gifted 365 days of wonder. How spectacular. What will you do with yours? I plan to challenge myself a bit in my 38th year. I want to be bolder, stronger, less concerned with what people think – hell, not concerned at ALL about what people think. I want to take more risks. Live in the moment. Dance in the rain…all of that stuff. My birthday wishes for myself. Let’s just hope I can blow out all of the candles!

MEAL PLAN FOR THE WEEK OF 4/14

Sunday, April 14th – Mediterranean Tuna Salad – My mom broker her back last week – she’s OK now, thank God, but I need to make her something that will travel well and please a crowd. Enter this recipe! I have been waiting for a good reason to make this – awesome twist on your typical tuna noodle cass.

Monday, April 15th – Pepper Steak Stir-Fry – Perfect Monday meal. Crazy easy to throw together and NO marinating necessary. My favorite kind of meat dish. Serve with brown rice!

Tuesday, April 16th – Mediterranean Grilled Chicken + Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce – I love dill. Weird because I don’t love pickles. Go figure. This recipe does require you to marinate – sorry. Try to do it the night before and make the sauce too. I’ll serve ours over lettuce!

Wednesday, April 17th – Skinnytaste Turkey Meatloaf – Skinnytaste does everything delicious. Honestly. Gina Homolka is a genius. Great family friendly option here. Serve with a veg and call it a day.

Thursday, APRIL 18TH – (AKA -BEST DAY OF THE YEAR) – Cajun Asparagus and Sausage Skillet – No, I’m not cooking tonight. My friends are taking me out for a night on the town. P will be home cooking and enjoying this healthy and hearty dish!

Friday, April 19th – Chopped Turkey Burger with Thousand Island Dressing – I can’t get that light Caesar, from last week, off of the brain, y’all. It was bananas good. I’m giving this burger salad a try – will sub greek yogurt for mayo.

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends. Cheers to you!

XO ~ Kelly D.


Out of Time

Well, unlike the past few posts, this weeks will be short and sweet. I have a HUGE work event this weekend and ALL of my focus needs to live there. I feel like the Super bowl is a party planned just for me for surviving this event. I guess I must survive first. Note to self : survive. Got it. I almost decided to just can this weeks post but then I realized I would have nothing to eat next week. My lunch choices for today showed me this is not an option. Left to my own devices, i.e., no meal plan, I eat like a mad woman. Today’s lunch – chicken sausage, ice cream with chocolate sauce, tortilla chips, salsa and potato chips. No lie. And not in that order. So, here’s the meal plan for the week of 2/3!!!

Photo Cred to my food blogger favorite @The Modern Proper

Sunday 2/3 – Sausage, Parmesan Cream Cheese Soup – Most peeps will be eating appetizers with friends and family so I get this might be a waste. We will definitely spend some time hanging out with friends, but I will make my way back home in time to eat this delicious soup. It’s basically rotel dip in soup form, but so much better than I just made it sound.

Monday 2/4 – Apple Crunch Salad with Rotisserie Chicken – I need a serious re-set y’all. I meant to do this in January but then January got really crazy and I kind of forgot. I’m hoping life calms down and I can refocus. Thinking this easy, healthy, salad will steer me in the right direction. Top with whatever you want – I prefer less work, hence the rotisserie chicken.

Tuesday 2/5 – Quinoa and Black Beans – Healthy, cheap and quick. I mean, come on y’all. This ones a beaut.

Wednesday 2/6 – Fish Florentine – I have been craving white fish ever since I ate that delicious dill fish we made the other night. Great day that was easy and good. If you haven’t made it, make it. So, here’s the thing. I love fresh spinach, but not a huge fan of wilted spinach. I don’t like cooked lettuce. BUT, with the half and half, cream cheese etc. for 351 calories, I think I’ll survive.

Thursday 2/7 – Creamy Sausage Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash – Stay with me – don’t roll your eyes. I have not made this recipe BUT, it looks tasty and pretty easy BECAUSE we will use frozen, spiralized, spaghetti squash. Just thaw the squash the day of – leave it on your counter. No need to roast and scrape. The reviews are great so let’s give it a try!!

Friday 2/8 – Green Chicken Enchilada Soup – You are gonna need TWO rotisseries this week! This makes me happy. REMEMBER – pick your chicks while they are warm. SO MUCH EASIER. I kick myself when I wait to pick those things. Not a crock pot. Just a simmer soup. Perfect for a February Friday.

I need to apologize to the kind follower who I met last Saturday night. It was loud, I couldn’t hear and I had been dancing for God knows how long. BUT, thank you for coming up to me and thank you for following along. I think I told you but you made my year!!!!

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!

XO ~ Kelly D.


Search Angel

Hi everyone. SO, when I sat down to write this week’s post, a few days ago, it was going to be all about my frustration with the summer camp process. Well, summer in general. But then something really unbelievable happened and I can’t imagine not sharing it. It’s a bit personal but what the hell. It’s just me and my computer screen, right? For those of you who are not my lifelong besties, you would have no reason to know I’m adopted. Yep, I’m adopted. I was adopted when I was something like a day old so basically from birth. Mine is a really interesting story, involving a huge LSU football fan, but it’s a little long. Another story for another time. Any who, so I’m adopted and have always been so incredibly grateful to the stranger who decided to give me a chance. Seems so insignificant, saying it that way, when in actuality it’s the most precious gift. Life. Can’t imagine anything topping that one. I have only ever felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to this selfless human being who made the ultimate sacrifice to give me a shot. How powerful is that? Gets me every time.
So, rewind to October. My hair dresser was talking to me about how she helped a friend find her biological family and referenced this group, Search Angels. What is “Search Angels” you ask? Well they are a non-profit organization that helps you unravel your DNA testing results if you’ve done an Ancestry or a 23 and me. Side note – if you are looking for your biological family, this is the best place to start. Only, it’s not as simple as sending in your spit. I did the Ancestry test two years ago, learned a lot about my ancestors place of origin and had a cousin contact me, but that was as far as I got. BUT, that was then. Wait, let me back up just a wee bit. SO, hairdresser tells me about Search Angels and I think, why not? It’s free. So, I sat down and filled out the form. But then I started to second guess this whole thing. If I send in this email I am opening Pandora’s Box, plain and simple. I am putting myself out there to accept all the things, good and bad, that could come with finding out the answers. I’ve always struggled with this. Do I really want to know? Will it change me? What if they are horrible people? What if they say “no” and on and on and on. But, I had a pep talk, with myself, singing my favorite song lyrics ever, “I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I’m meant to be. This is me.” I can do this. I’m strong enough to survive whatever answers, or lack there of, come my way. I am not only me because of my DNA. I am me because of my parents, my aunts, uncles, cousins and Lord knows, my friends. Nothing can change who I am. So, I hit send. It was the most terrifying moment of my life. Honest to God. Until my search angel was assigned to me two days ago. Then things got real, crazy fast. Y’all, in less than three hours he had already uncovered great grandparents, and great great grandparents. Information just started flowing. There are no words to describe the power of a name. Just one family name. It literally took me down. I ugly cried in my car for what felt like an hour. And this wasn’t even necessarily the name, name, but it was the name of a person who shares my blood. There I go again. Waterworks. Daniel, my incredible Search Angel is on to something. He and Ancestry are building out my family tree and I know in my gut he’s going to find even more. I think next week is going to be huge. The only thing Daniel, my for real angel, asked of me was to pay it forward. Part of me feels like by sharing my story, I am honoring his request. If one person finds comfort or encouragement from this post then I’ve done my job. Being adopted is the greatest gift but it can be a lonely one at times. I hope putting this out into the blogosphere helps at least one person. Feel free to reach out to me. I’d love to hear from you!

P.S. My childhood best friends have been on this journey with me since I can remember. I want to thank them, here, for loving me so deeply and truly. They are ready to jump on the next plan, to God knows where, just to be present if/when there is ever a meeting. If I had one wish in life it would be for every single person to have this same family of friends. They are unstoppable. Thank you Boones Farm.

It’s hard to go from adoption to food but I know it’s what you are really here for!! So, meal plan for the week of 1/20!

Sunday, January 20th – ONE POT Italian Chicken and Orzo – ONE POT. ORZO. PESTO. CHEESE. Do I need to say anything else? Oh, yes. Purchase a good loaf of bread. That is all.

Monday, January 21st – Veggie Packed Hamburger Soup – It’s supposed to be bananas cold here on Monday. Like in the 30’s which is ridiculous for Charleston. I’m making this delicious Whole 30 soup and I’m going to park my tush in front of the fire.

Tuesday, January 22nd – Sizzlin Spicy Szechaun Stir-Fry – I have three flank steaks in my freezer from Costco that I totally forgot about so I’m putting those babies to use. This a gussied up stir fry but loaded with yummy flavors. You can purchase the szechaun sauce, or make it from the recipe!

Wednesday, January 23rd – Classic Egg Salad – I’ve shared a number of egg salad recipes and this is a favorite of mine. This Skinnytaste dish calls for mayo and not greek yogurt but feel free to sub if you prefer greek yogurt. I may do a slice of sourdough with mine, depending on what else I’ve inhaled this day!!

Thursday, January 24th – Taco Salad – This is similar to some others but it’s hard to pass these up. Flavorful, healthy, filling and low calorie. Checks all of the boxes. And it’s family friendly!

Friday, January 25th – Greek Chicken Bake – A one pan’er here y’all. I love a sheet dinner. And this one is full of veggies and goodness. Except I will not eat the olives. I do not do olives. Feel free to add artichokes if you are feeling silly!!

Happy Healthy Eating Friends!

XO ~ Kelly


Hello Newbies!

It’s Thursday, y’all. One more day.  One. I believe I can make it but I’m not 100% certain. I’m exhausted. I must have some kind of deficiency because I sleep for eight + hours a night.  Eight.  Some nights more.  It is not rare for me to be in bed by 8:45 and asleep by 9 but when my alarm goes off, 8.5 hours later, I can barely get out of bed.  Well, Sunday – Friday that is.  Come Saturday morning my lids pop open like champagne corks and then my eyes start darting around like laser beams.  And then my brain takes off:

“Laundry? Activities today? Groceries? I’m hungry. What should I eat? Have the girls eaten? Coffee. Dog needs to go out.  What should I cook for dinner? Exercise? Is it cold? Sunny? Do I have food for lunch? What day is it?”

Its bananas.  I try my hardest to shut it down but it’s no use.  If only my brain would function this way during the week. Can you imagine what I would accomplish? Eyelids open, brain moving at the speed of sound, jumping out of bed to do all of the things and crushing it. But alas, not my life. Not sure when my brain got the signals mixed up but if one of you has a solution, hit me up.  The funny thing is, my husband doesn’t seem to share my week/weekend sleep issues.  Don’t get me wrong, he struggles to get out of bed, during the week, just as much as I do but come the weekend his brain doesn’t switch from comatose to firecracker.  Nope.  He just sleeps, and sleeps and sleeps. At 11 AM last weekend I was literally vacuuming in the same room he was sleeping in and he never woke up.  Didn’t even roll over.  I had to put my hand on his chest to see if he was breathing.  He was.  No words.  If one of my girls sneezes, in the middle of the night, I sit straight up as if a UFO has just crash landed into my living room. Patrick, out like a light. Mars and Venus I tell ya.  And it’s not just the sleep thing.  Have you ever noticed how your husband/significant other, if he/she is a sports fan, can recall the first and last name of every single player that has ever played the sport going back to the inception of said sport? My husband knows the full name, height, weight, eye color and hobbies of every single person who has ever played Clemson football.  Ever.  He can sit there and rattle off useless information for hours on end.  BUT, when I ask him to grab milk and bread from the grocery store he tells me he needs to make a list?  What is that? Sports information goes into his brain, gets processed and filed neatly away.  Things to be done as told from his wife don’t make it down the ear canal. Sigh.  It’s a good thing he’s cute.

I’d like to say a quick “welcome” to all the new DwtD followers. There are so many of you since the 1st of the year. Thank you for following along. I have made a few adjustments, to the site, that I hope will help everyone. The weekly meal plan will be posted, same as always, under “blog” but I’ve organized past recipes by main ingredient. I hope this will make it easier to go back and find one of your favorites. It’s not perfect, or pretty, and I hope to add pics and make it even more flawless at some point. When Dinner with the Duffys really takes off, and I’m solely focused on this endeavor, I will create a much prettier site but until then, I think this will suffice.  Keep sharing and our dreams will come true y’all!! P.S – To those of you are new, go back and read my first post. So much of my meal planning success has to do with Harris Teeter Home Shop.

Meal Plan for the Week of 1/13/19

Sunday, January 13th – Baked Chicken Quesadillas – You all know I have a love affair with @themodernproper so it’s no surprise I use their recipes whenever I can. This is the perfect cheat Sunday meal because it’s really adaptable and super easy to whip together. I plan on being super lazy this Sunday so this dish will fit right in. Plus, Ava LOVES guac, as do I, so any excuse to make the fresh stuff is good with me. Love this Guacamole recipe.

Monday, January 14th Cauliflower Rice Chicken Biryani – Apologies if you are screaming “enough with the cauli rice already” but I’m kind of addicted at the moment. I have been noticing more of a cauli taste recently but I keep eating it. The key is to make sure you really incorporate the flavors, of whatever you are cooking, into the “rice.” If you are way over it, just sub your fav. It’s been a while since I’ve made an Indian dish so I’m craving the flavors!!

Tuesday, January 15thBaked Beef and Cheese Manicotti (Cannelloni) – OK, this will be an experience for all of us. Super easy ingredient list here and it’s pasta for under 450 calories a serving. But, we are going to have to pipe the ricotta into the shells. We can do this and it will not take long. After we’ve completed this task we can all switch out our middle names out to “Martha.”

Wednesday – January 16th – Turkey Burgers with a simple Arugula Salad – I’m going back to basics. Frozen basics that is. I have gotten away from my “easy peasy hump days” so I’m bringing them back . I use Bubba Burger frozen turkey burgers and they are perfect. Incorporating a “down day” makes the week that much easier to survive.

Thursday, January 17th Italian Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes and Mushrooms – I love all the things this dish is made of. Tomatoes, chicken and wine. It doesn’t get any better. Oh wait, it does because it’s only 218 calories a serving. Silly me. You can serve this over cauli rice, orzo…whatever floats your boat!

Friday, January 18th – Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup This may not be everyone’s fav – no hurt feelings if you bypass this guy. I on the other hand get giddy about tomato soup – especially when you serve it with orzo. Low calorie & comforting seems like the perfect combo for a chilly Friday night in!

There you have it. Meal plan for the week of 1/13. Bananas how time flies. PLEASE follow my crazy on Instagram – @dinnerwiththeduffys – for pics and more tips as I cook along with you!

Happy, Healthy Eating Friends.

XO ~ Kelly D


BE PREPARED!

Photo Cred ~ Physical Kitchness

For those of you who follow along on Instagram, you know I’m really trying to watch what I’m putting into my mouth for the next two weeks.  I have seriously overindulged and my body has started to revolt.  The other night I thought I was having chest pains but turns out it was only indigestion. Holy moly indigestion is painful – like ranks up there with childbirth. My husband was worried and that’s saying a lot. A horn could start growing, out of the top of my head, and he would calmly tell me everything’s alright.  SO this past Sunday I decided to make some changes.  As you know,  I am pretty good when it comes to dinner and I’m really good, if not better, for breakfast and lunch. Well, minus my cup of coffee.  I prefer cream and sugar – like too much cream and sugar – but coffee by itself is just nasty, y’all.  What gets me is the weekly vino and overindulging on the weekends.  I have to pat myself on the back because it’s Thursday and not a drop of wine has entered my body! Go ahead, be impressed. I certainly am.  But, tomorrow is Friday and there is no way I’m not partaking in the weekend spirits. My hope is my choice to slow down Monday – Thursday will help me to be more mindful of my weekend choices. Oh, and the decision to go back to a “cheat day” and not a “cheat 72 hours.” 72 hours of eating what I crave will wreck havoc on anyone – I’m a serious junk food lover at heart . Let me also say there is absolutely NO WAY this plan will have any chance of surviving from December 20th to Jan. 2nd and that’s OK. Christmas is a time for indulging and I will happily indulge. I will continue to try and exercise daily but be realistic about that expectation. Plus, the requisite “New Year’s Diet” is right around the corner so load up while you can!!! Just don’t leave home without the Tums in tow!!! 

Tip of the Week: Be prepared!!  During the Holidays, family and friends will most definitely be stopping by so you should always be prepared to entertain.  This doesn’t have to be difficult.  Just keep a few of the below on hand and you will never be caught off guard!! 

Photo Cred ~ Big T Coastal Provisions
  • Big T Crab Dip – this dip is dynamite.  We are super picky about crab dip, living on the coast, and this dip does not disappoint.  Try the jalapeno version too – perfect kick!
  • Scalloped Crackers – The perfect assortment of crackers. 
  • An Assortment of Cheese – Trader Joe’s has the most delicious cheese on the planet and their prices are unbeatable.  You can’t go wrong with any of them, but these are some of my favs – Cranberry Chevre Goat Cheese, St. Illtyd Cheddar with Garlic White Wine & Parsley, Unexpected Cheddar, a Manchego, a Blue and a Gruyere.
  • Charcuterie – Whatever you like is fine.  I happen to like 
    capocollo, prosciutto and salami. You can find these at your local Harris Teeter or, Trader Joes
  • Nuts, Pretzels, etc. – In my family, we go for cashews and peanut butter filled pretzels but any will do. If you are feeling spunky, grab wasabi peas or Marcona almonds (SO GOOD).
  • Sweets – Always a good idea to have something sweet. I LOVE the candied walnuts and peppermint pretzels from Trader Joes. 
  • Pimento Cheese – Or a hummus. Here in the south, pimento cheese is king! I LOVE My Three Sons spicy white cheddar!!
  • Alcohol – Dear Lord, please do not forget to stock your bar at Christmas time.  White & Red wine, Prosecco, Vodka and a Whiskey should do. Plus soda, tonic, cranberry and beer.

Let’s get to what will surely be the last full week of cooking for a while! Meal Plan for the week of 12/16!

Sunday, December 16th – Tomato Basil Bisque with Italian Meatballs – Sunday supper recipes make me happy and this one does not disappoint.  You can sub frozen meatballs but since it’s Sunday, I’ll be putting my kids to work making them.  I rarely look forward to Sundays but thoughts of eating this dish have me excited!!

Monday, December 17th – Thai Basil Ground Beef Bowl – We can do this people.  Last week before Christmas.  This recipe is loaded with flavor but really, very easy to make.  I will skip the cauliflower rice and sub basmati or quinoa.  

Tuesday, December 18th – One Sheet Pan Herb Crusted Salmon – This is a one pan dish of all of my favorite things – tomatoes, balsamic, green beans….delicious. Don’t feel like you have to purchase parsley, thyme, oregano, basil and rosemary – a mix of a few will do.  

Wednesday, December 19th – One Pot 30 Minute Zoodles and Meatballs  – I thought about just putting down “lean cuisine of your choice” for this day but decided against it when I stumbled across this beauty.  Store bought sauce, check.  Store bought  (frozen) meatballs, check.  You can even purchase spiralized zucchini.  Hands on prep time for this dish is five minutes.  FIVE!!!

Thursday, December 20th – Mustardy Quinoa with Sausage, Potato and Tarragon – Wait, don’t scroll by this one. I get that “mustardy quinoa” doesn’t make you want to drool BUT, I promise, it’s delicious. The mix of flavors in this dish are to die for.  You won’t be disappointed!!

Friday, December 21st – Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa – People, the Duffy fam is officially off for the next 13 days! I’m so excited I could burst. This recipe isn’t difficult but has a few more steps than most of the recipes I share. BUT, it’s Friday and you might have a little more time.  If not, make this tomorrow!! 

That’s all she wrote.  Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!

XO ~ Kelly D. 


Keeping Up with the Christmas Joneses

Photo Cred ~ @SkinnyTaste

Well, it’s official y’all. The Holidays are upon us. I seriously love the Christmas Season; Christmas cards, wrapping presents, Christmas music on the radio, decorating the house, decorating the tree, taking kids to see all the lights, parades, being off of work for an extended period of time – I love it all. Unfortunately, you have to be Wonder Woman in order to do it all.   Just for giggles I researched “Christmas To-Do List” and was FLOORED with all of the results Google came up with. Honestly, I thought one might pop up but oh, no. There were SO many and the number of things you needed “to-do” went on forever. At first I got all panicky, reading all of the things, but then I quickly reminded myself I didn’t actually need to complete any of them. For example, item #3 – Purchase Plane Tickets. For a second I convinced myself I needed to do this – wth? My family lives ten minutes away. And it gets better. #15 – Have all your Christmas cards labeled and ready to send by Dec. 2. NOPE. # 21 – Make a homemade gift. DEFINITELY NOPE. # 5021 – Go to a local Christmas Festival. Maybe. Chances go up if they serve food and wine. My point here is to simply say the expectations surrounding the holidays are just bananas. And you know what? Up until three years ago, I was that insane person trying to complete all the wacky Christmas “to-do’s” on that wacky “to-do” list. For whatever reason I made myself believe Christmas would not be complete or “merry” if I didn’t bake homemade cookies with my children, take them to see The Nutcracker, do the gingerbread house, send out the most perfect photo of our “perfect” family by the 1st of Dec., have all the gifts ordered, wrapped and under the tree by the 5th and on and on and on. The worst part was I did this to myself. My kids and hubs weren’t asking to do all of these things. Nope, this was all on me. I was trying to keep up with the Christmas Joneses and I was losing my mind because of it. But then something awful happened and my world flipped upside down and I no longer had the time to try to be the Pinterest version of Mrs. Claus. And you know what? I like this me SO much better. Now, I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that I still struggle to say “no thank you” to invites and quiet the “guilty mom” chorus in my head. I’m a work in progress. But, I absolutely know I’m a much better wife, mother and friend because I was forced to let go of the things that just don’t matter. And Christmas is merrier in my house because the only people I’m trying to impress are the people that live there. So friends, don’t get offended when our four Duffy faces don’t show up on a Christmas card, in your mailbox, this Christmas. I’m not sending one this year – it didn’t make MY “to-do” list!!!

Tip of the Week:  I know I said I’m not sending X-Mas cards but please, don’t stop sending them to me!! In years past, I struggled with what to do with all of the cute cards as you hate to just throw them away.  And putting them in a pile on your kitchen counter is no good either.  Then I found this easy idea on Pinterest that took me all of five minutes to engineer.  Cut as many pieces of ribbon as you have kitchen cabinets, long enough to run the length of the door. Open the cabinet, slap some tape at the top and some tape at the bottom – scotch tape will do!When cards come in just clothespin those babies to the ribbon.  See my empty ribbons above. By the end of Dec. they will be full of all the faces I love. Such a fun way to display the cards, keep the clutter off your counter and add a simple decoration to your kitchen. Make sure to save the ribbon – I’m going on four years with the same pieces!!

There you have it peeps.  My thoughts for the week of 12/2!!! Now, let’s talk food!!

Meal Plan for the Week of 12/2

  • Sunday December 2nd – Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole: I’m excited about this dish peeps.  I have like ten cans of tuna in my cabinet, taking up way too much space.  Simple to throw together and super family friendly.  Should have leftovers unless you are married to my husband who eats eighteen servings and never gains a pound – what is up with that? 
  • Monday December 3rd – Walk Away Chickpea Tomato and Spinach Curry :  Yes, this is a vegan recipe but it will not leave you hangry – it’s super filling.  If you can’t get behind a chickpea, just sub chicken.  I will use olive oil, not coconut, and lite coconut milk.  
  • Tuesday December 4th – One Skillet Chicken with Bacon & Green Beans – Y’all know I love any excuse to use my Costco green beans and this one is well worth it.  Healthy, Delicious & Quick all in one pan.  If you are out of GB’s just sub peppers, asparagus – whatever you have in your veggie bin! Super adaptable.
  • Wednesday, December 5th – Pollo in Potacchio (Italian Braised Chicken with Tomatoes for those of us who don’t speak Italian) – Yum Yum Yum.  I love love love this dish.  I want to eat this curled up under a cozy blanket, sitting by the fire. The reality is I will be standing in my kitchen, eating this out of the pot. To each her own.
  • Thursday, December 6th – Sheet Pan Lemon Herb Tuna Steaks & Potatoes – Another sheet pan wonder, folks.  Nothing tricky here – just good old fashioned flavor. I will throw in some asparagus to add some color!! Basically you just toss this in the oven and walk away – pretty hands off! 
  • Friday, December 7th – Spicy Turkey and Zucchini Burgers – Get excited people.  It’s Friday. And burgers are on the menu. I love this turkey burger recipe – super moist and full of spice. This is not your normal boring turkey burger. Make the sour cream “sauce” – too good not to. I plan to  serve this with a side salad unless my kids talk me into French fries!!!

And that was all she wrote. I hope everyone has a fabulous first week of December.  Cheers to food, family & friends. 

XO ~ Kelly D.