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Chicken Apple Salad

Apple chicken salad

Date: December 7th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/10/02/harvest-apple-salad-with-grilled-chicken-and-candied-pecans/

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: Dinner for all of us, lunch for me for 2 more days (depends on the amount of greens you have I guess)

Modifications: Feeling lazy tonight after getting our Christmas tree, so we just got a rotisserie chicken.

Ben: Like

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like (did not like the nuts, weirdly)

Notes: I’m always surprised how well the kids eat chicken salads. The candied pecans made the salad for me – loved them! I basically love all salads with fruit, candied nuts of some sort, and feta cheese. We had a huge heavy lunch out today so needed a lighter dinner! Although I was still a bit hungry and had some crackers and cheese later – I think serving this with a baguette would accomplish the same thing. Basically I need carbs.

Apple chicken salad

Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Casserole

Salsa Verde Rice and Chickn

Date: November 17th, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/11/03/salsa-verde-chicken-and-rice-casserole/

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: Dinner + lunch leftovers

Modifications: I used two cups of dry rice, the recipe didn’t specify if you should start with two cups, or end up with two cups, but I had way more than we needed. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Dislike

Luke: Dislike

Notes: Not sure why the kids didn’t like cheesy rice with chicken, but who knows what goes on in their heads. This was good, but I’d be hesitant to make it again because of their reaction to it.

Dinner

Dinner

Tomato Meatball Soup

Chicken Meatball Tomato Soup

Date: October 30, 2014

Recipe: http://ellysaysopa.com/2014/09/24/tomato-soup-with-chicken-pesto-meatballs-and-pasta/

Time to table: 1 hour

Servings: 6 adults

Modifications: I used a very large onion, 2 carrots, and 3 stalks celery, and I think we also had more meatballs because I just used some pesto from the freezer and the package of ground chicken was .8lbs. Oh, also used crushed tomatoes instead of diced.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Luke: Love

Notes: Everyone was really happy with this meal! It was almost like spaghetti and meatballs because I think our soup wasn’t as brothy with the added veggies. We made bread on the side but didn’t even really need it. Definitely a satisfying meal on it’s own! (I said love for the kids, while they did not RAVE over this meal, I’d still say it was a solid hit with them and they were happy to eat it, so that counts as a love in my book). I was a bit skeptical about the meatballs and pasta cooking in the soup itself but hey, it worked.

Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli

Mac and Cheese
Not exactly the most appealing picture, forgot to take one before dinner was completely over.

Date: October 9, 2014

Recipe: http://www.pink-parsley.com/2014/09/cheesy-baked-shells-with-broccoli-and.html

Time to table: 30 minutes prep, 30 minutes baking

Servings: 8-10 adults

Modifications: None

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: Definitely loved this dish, had our new-ish neighbors over for dinner and it served our 2 families easily with leftovers! The amount of cheese in this is borderline absurd but it does make a HUGE amount and the pasta finishes cooking in the oven. I’ll definitely make this again but split the recipe and bake half and the freeze the rest prior to baking. Also love that this is a complete meal! I’m going to call this “triple love” because I THINK the kids would love this if they weren’t so distracted with new friends around.

Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Bowls

Peanut Quinoa

Date: September 9th, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2014/01/06/thai-peanut-chicken-quinoa-bowls/

Time to table: 45 minutes

Servings: One dinner and an adult lunch

Modifications: Substituted peas for the edamame because it was easier and used cashews instead of peanuts because we already had some.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Dislike

Luke: Dislike

Notes: We loved this, kids hated it, not too surprising. We don’t cook Asian food too often, so we kind of knew they would be skeptical and that was correct. This was relatively easy and healthy though, so it’ll be happening again, especially because the parents liked it, and that’s what really counts.

Peanut Quinoa

jalapeño cheddar chicken burgers with guacamole

Chicken burgers

Date: August 5th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/07/10/jalapeno-cheddar-chicken-burgers-with-guacamole/

Time to table: 60 minutes

Servings: Four burgers

Modifications: Nothing, actually, I followed the recipe rather closely for once.

Ben: Like

Erin: Like

Annie: Like, eventually

Luke: Dislike

Notes: Once Annie actually tried these, she liked them, but both kids were turned off by the fact that they didn’t look like beef burgers. My attempt at tricking Luke by saying the refried beans were chocolate yogurt failed.

Chicken burgers

Barbecued Chicken

Barbequed chicken

Date: June 8th, 2014

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2013/08/07/barbecued-chicken/

Time to table: 90 minutes

Servings: two adults, two toddlers + left over chicken

Modifications: I used a package of thighs and a package of  drum sticks, since they didn’t have a whole cut up chicken. Both skin-on and with bones. I didn’t use the water in the grill, cause that seemed unnecessary to me and the chicken cooked faster than the recipe indicated, but I might have had a hotter grill.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Luke: Love

Notes: Both kids crushed the chicken, which is always satisfying to see. They must have been hungry because the got after the green beans and potatoes too. The chicken was really, really, good. We usually either roast a whole chicken, or I cook chicken wings, we don’t usually grill thighs and drum sticks, but these have made me a convert.

Barbequed Chicken

Barbequed Chicken

Barbequed Chicken

Key West Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Key West Grilled Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

Date: May 27th, 2014

Recipe: http://iowagirleats.com/2012/06/25/key-west-grilled-chicken-with-cilantro-lime-cauliflower-rice/

Time to table: 60 minutes

Servings: two adults, two toddlers

Modifications: None, actually

Ben: Love

Erin: Like

Annie: Like

Luke: Like

Notes: A little time consuming for a weeknight meal, but I made the mango salsa a little earlier, so that saved some time. Would definitely make it again as it ended up being a rather healthy meal and the kids liked it.

Luke at dinner

Chicken Taco Salad

Chicken Salad

Date: May 5th, 2014

Recipe: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2013/07/chicken-taco-salad/

Time to table: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 salads

Modifications: Lots – I knew the kids wouldn’t eat plain avocado and tomatoes, so I made guacamole instead (just avocado, red onion, tomatoes, cilantro). We used chicken thighs. Just sauteed some frozen corn instead of ears. Didn’t use cheese (very odd for us!). Kids salads were very deconstructed.

Ben: Love

Erin: Love

Annie: Love

Luke: Love (kept asking for MORE CHIPS though, obviously)

Notes: Oh hey! The elusive QUADRUPLE LOVE!! That really will happen anytime guacamole is involved, especially with Luke. He did really eat most everything else though, except that pesky corn. Even the lettuce though. Annie cleaned her plate! First family meal on the deck, a beautiful spring night!

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad

Dinner on the deck

Brie and Blackberry Grilled Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken Sandwiches with Blackerries and Brie

Recipe: http://www.annies-eats.com/2014/03/17/brie-blackberry-grilled-chicken-sandwiches/

Time to table: 30 mintues

Servings: However many you want to make :)

Modifications: Yeah didn’t really follow the directions here :) Used pretzel buns from whole foods (were too tough, but delicious), didn’t butterfly the chicken. The brie we got was delicious, but was more of a spread so didn’t really melt.

Ben: Dislike (was surprised he agreed to this, not a fan of fruit really…. any time)

Erin: Like

Luke & Annie: We didn’t serve this to them as sandwiches, but they seemed fine with the combination although neither seems to like blackberries that much, maybe it’s the seeds.

Notes: This was good and I’d like to try again with a softer bun and different brie that melts (as in, as the recipe is written :)

Chicken Sandwiches with Blackerries and Brie