Easy Weeknight Dinner – Chicken Wings

Sometimes our week gets crazy busy and we need a quick yet healthy dinner. Brandon and I never turn to fast food on those nights but we will go to our local Whole Foods to pick up dinner. It could either be their hot bar, sushi, shrimp cocktail (my favorite) or chicken wings from the meat counter. For $4/lb we can purchase perfectly marinated buffalo chicken wings. Once we get home, we bake them at 415 for about 30 minutes and voila dinner is served. We love that the wings are so flavorful and we don’t

miss them being battered and fried.

A few tips

Buy more than you think you need. We used to buy 1.5lbs but that only gave us 7 wings each. Last night I bought 2lbs and we had about 10 each. They taste so good you will want more
I’m a ranch girl when it comes to wings so I put some in a small bowl so I can dip but you can use whichever sauce is your favorite
Broil the wings on high for a few minutes before you serve, it helps to crisp the skin

I’m going to start on Thursday’s post tomorrow, is there anything in particular you want me to share? I can share a sweet, a savory, or a fall cocktail. Let me know in the comments!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

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Cast Iron Skillet Pizza

Growing up pizza was a staple in our house. We had our favorite pizza place on Long Island (Gino’s in Ronkonkoma. . . yes that is the name of the town I grew up in) and then when we moved to Plano it took us years to find a pizza place that reminded us of home. During the dark years when we couldn’t find a pizza place my mom got really good at making homemade pizza. My family would have pizza every Friday night during Lent since we are Catholic and you abstain from meat every Friday during that time.

I’ve tried making homemade pizza a few times but it never turned out right. The crust would be too hard but the middle would be too soft. It just never came out right until I found a pizza recipe that is cooked in a cast iron skillet. It is a serious GAME CHANGER. Whenever I make it, I pick up dough from Trader Joe’s but you can go to your local pizza place and they usually sell raw dough. Brandon and I pick out the usual suspect of toppings; good mozzarella, sauce, prosciutto or some other type of meat. We don’t get too creative because why change a good thing?

A few tips:

Make sure your cast iron skillet is properly seasoned so your pizza slides out easily
Once you start seeing the dough bubble, it’s time to put your toppings on
Have a few oven mitts handy, as the cast iron skillet gets extremely hot in a 500 degree oven
Have a large appetite as the pizza is very filling and tastes so good that you don’t want to stop eating it.

  You can find the recipe I used here.

Now after seeing these pictures, I might have to make this pizza again over the weekend. At least the Sunday morning spin class will help balance it out right? At least that is what I’m going to tell myself.

Have a great weekend and thank you for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Red Lentil Pasta with Kale Pesto

One of my favorite things to do is find new food Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration. A few months ago I stumbled upon @playswellwithbutter, her Instagram handle alone made me want to look at every one of her posts. The one that intrigued me the most was kale pesto. I fell in love with pesto while on my honeymoon in Antigua so I wanted to give kale pesto a try even though my Italian family probably thought I was nuts. This is the dish that made me fall in love with pesto. . . I might have had it twice during our 6 day stay.

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I was so surprised after making it that you can’t taste the kale AT ALL. It tastes like traditional pesto with the basil, the richness from the cheese and the brightness from the lemon juice yet a lot healthier. I was blown away by how much Brandon and I loved it. Kale pesto is now a staple in our fridge because you can put it on everything. You can find her recipe here.

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Now for the pasta, I’ve heard rave reviews about Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta. It is gluten free and each serving has 13g of protein. We liked it, but wasn’t in love with it. The pasta was a little too tough for my taste. If I want a gluten free pasta, I’ll stick with Trader Joe’s brown rice pasta.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

Easy Weeknight Meal – Butter Garlic & Thyme Chicken

Happy Friday Eve! I swear this has been the longest week ever. I know for most of us balancing it all when it comes to work, life, and food can be difficult during the week. You have to stay at the office late, traffic is terrible, you want to get a workout in, you want to make dinner, you want to relax, so on and so on. This is why I love a quick dinner that can be made using two pans and doesn’t require a lot a fuss. This is where this meal will help you out. It’s simple, delicious and quick.

A few tips:

The original recipe calls for rosemary, I went with thyme due to personal preference. I’ve been on a thyme kick lately. You can use rosemary, thyme or sage to keep the dish savory
You can use any cut of chicken you prefer; I used bone in chicken breasts because Whole Foods had them on sale. I would just make sure it is a thicker cut of chicken to keep the flavor and juiciness so no thin cut chicken breasts.
If you slightly overcook the garlic, that’s ok it actually tastes really good with a little bit of crunch

You can find the recipe here.

What are your weekend plans? Tomorrow Brandon and I are going to the Tim McGraw & Faith Hill concert then the rest of the weekend will consist of football and baking.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Xo, Heather

S’Mores Hand Pies

First of all, I want to take a moment to say how saddened I am about the recent events in Las Vegas. I can’t imagine what everyone was going through in the moments of terror. Why does our world have to be so sad sometimes?

A few months ago, I got the itch to bake something simple, full of flavor aka CHOCOLATE and without destroying my kitchen. Who else loves to bake but hates the aftermath of flour everywhere?? After searching Pinterest, I found a recipe of s’mores pie pops which fit the bill for simple, full of flavor and minimal mess. I decided that I wanted them to be hand pies because I’m not a fan when a treat is supposed to be on a stick and it constantly falls off. I ran into this issue on my one and only attempt at cake pops. These could be perfect for a cool fall night and pairs well with a nice red wine.

A few tips:

I prefer dark chocolate but you can use milk chocolate if you like. I knew the mix of chocolate, marshmallows and pie crust would be very sweet which is why I chose dark chocolate.

I used mini marshmallows but I wish I used the regular sized ones. The smaller ones were more difficult to place inside the hand pie and it was harder to gauge how many marshmallows were the correct amount to achieve the flavor.

Don’t overfill the hand pie because the seal won’t stay as tight

These can be made in a matter of minutes which is always a win in my book. You can find the recipe here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Come back on Thursday for a quick weekday meal with items you probably have in your pantry!

Xo, Heather