One of my favorite dinners to cook in the summer is grill packets! They are super easy to make, can be prepared in advance, and give you a great excuse to sit around the fire pit at the end of the night. You don’t even have to get any plates dirty if you don’t want to. These Pesto Chicken Grill Packets are great to take along on a picnic or camping or even just to have in your own back yard. They can also be cooked on a regular gas grill or in the oven. My 9-year-old loved these and has already asked me to make them again. Enjoy! Pesto Chicken Grill Packets Course: Main Course Cuisine: American Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 Print Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs boneless and skinless, cut into 1 1/2 or 2 inch dice (or use chicken breasts) 2 zucchini cut into 1 inch dice 1 pint cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes 8 ounces mushrooms baby bella or shiitake 1 cup basil just the leaves, fresh 1 cup spinach just the leaves, fresh 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated 1/2 cup pine nuts raw 2 cloves garlic crushed 1/2 cup olive oil salt to taste pepper to taste Instructions Cut foil into eight large pieces (about 14 – 16 inches long) and start four grill packets by laying them out double stacked in a plus sign shape. At this point, you can line them with parchment paper, if desired, by simply putting a single layer just on top of the foil. Evenly distribute the chunks of chicken, zucchini, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Set aside. To make the pesto, combine the basil, spinach, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil in a small food processor and process until […]
This recipe for Wild Mushroom and Brussels Sprouts Quesadillas is such a perfect one-dish healthy meal for fall! And if you’re feeling up to it, double the recipe because the leftovers make a pretty awesome lunch.
After a couple attempts, my husband – and the kids too – have given this Creamy Lentil Lasagna two thumbs up, and I’m excited to share it with you today. My 4th grader even ate the leftovers for breakfast if that tells you anything.
Tacos are a big favorite at my house, so I love it when I can cut the meat with a can of beans and make it last longer. But what’s better (I’ve learned) is adding in some mushrooms in addition to the beans to stretch things even further.
Take advantage of fresh corn available in summer months and throw together this simple corn salad for a light dinner (or lunch) side item!
Funny enough, egg noodles are what inspired this beef stroganoff recipe today. I have not had a single egg noodle since we cut out processed food almost 6 years ago!
Oh, how I love hearty real food slow cooker recipes that don’t require any advance cooking! So here’s another one to add to your repertoire. And my kids especially loved it when I packed this chicken and wild rice soup in their school lunch, so be sure to freeze the leftovers in individual portions, making it easy for you to do the same.
Also, this recipe is one of those that is rather flexible, so here are some variations to meet your needs:
Don’t like celery? Substitute carrots.
Don’t like mushrooms? Omit them from the recipe.
On a tight budget? Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts.
Short on time? Buy pre-sliced mushrooms.
Like being thrifty? Make and use homemade stock.
Too busy to cook during the week? Make this over the weekend and you can count on leftovers.
How about warming yourself up on this cold winter day with some hearty, rich mushroom vegetable soup? There are three reasons I love this recipe. (1) If you buy fresh mushrooms already sliced, it’s as “easy as pie” to make. (2) The pearl barley that’s added turns this soup into a filling, one dish meal that you can eat for dinner without having to make anything else. (3) It’s just plain delicious!
This is one of those dishes where my 6-year-old will yell from upstairs, “Mommy, what are you making?!? It smells sooooo good down there!” That girl loves to eat good food, and I love to make it, which makes us a perfect match. This recipe is also the only time I’ve ever seen my 8-year-old actually eat mushrooms and somewhat enjoy them. See, even though I know she “doesn’t like” mushrooms, I make them anyway and just try to serve them different ways in different dishes. And once in a blue moon, all that hard work pays off when they eat (and enjoy) something new – score!
This is the stuffing of my childhood – minus the store bought boxed croutons and canned condensed soup that is. Before I knew better I used to absolutely love this stuff and crave it every Thanksgiving (and would be outright upset if for some reason it was left off the menu)! So I just had to sit down and figure out how to “real foodinize” this recipe so I could bring it back to our Thanksgiving table and also share it with all of you of course! And just like with any “made over” recipe that no longer contains processed ingredients or unwanted additives – it’s even better than the original. :)
It’s totally possible to have a real food Thanksgiving dinner, and this recipe is here to help. I took the standard Green Bean Casserole recipe and “real foodinized” it for you, and the outcome is just delicious! I am not going to promise it will taste exactly like the original you’ve made in years past, because I think this one will actually be even better than before.
It’s really hard to beat wholesome, pure ingredients that are lovingly put together in a homemade dish like this one. And just for the record, this is now one of my 6-year-old’s favorite vegetable recipes. She gave it a huge thumbs up and has already asked me to make it again! So holidays aside, this may very well be our new standard way to eat green beans.