Category Archives: In the Kitchen

Weekly meal plans and recipes.

10 Kid-Friendly Back to School Weeknight Dinners

10 kid friendly weeknight dinnersSorry folks, but I had to do it. I had to tell you school is coming.

For some of you it may already be here, which is why I feel okay with posting this today! You need me! You need this list to help you through your crazy week, right?! I know I would. If we were back to school. Which we aren’t.

But we will be…ugh. Knowing we are late in getting back still doesn’t help me. I feel overcome with organizational challenges! And still so many summer projects that I want to do! Well, fine. At the very least, my menu plan will be in order! Here it goes and chock full of lots of great ideas  that are tried and true by me, for kid-friendly meals to go along with it! You are welcome! {wink}

Cola Marinated Steak Tips with Baked Potato Fries {grill night}

Cola Marinated Steak Tips | Hardly A Goddess

Sweet Potato & Corn Chowder with Popovers {comfort food}

sweet potato corn chowder

Easy Weeknight Sheet-pan Pork Loin with veggies {easy}

pork loin filet

Spaghetti & Meatballs {crowd-pleaser}

Healthier baked italian meatballs

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops with Mashed Potatoes {easy}

Oven Baked & Breaded Pork Chops

Game Day Crockpot Chili  and Grilled Cheeses {crock pot}

Crockpot Chili

Barbecue Chicken Mini-Meatloaves with Roasted Sweet Potatoes {cute-food}

BBQ chicken mini meatloaf

Homemade Chicken Nuggets & Vegetable Platter Dippers {classic kid-food}

Crispy chicken nuggets

Homemade French Toast Sticks & Oven Baked Bacon {Breakfast for dinner}

freezer french toast sticks

Stovetop Double Peppered Pork Chops with buttered noodles {stove top skillet dinner}

Double-Pepper Pork Chop

So that should help, right? I hope so! We need all the help we can get around here anyway! Some of these are recipes that I literally make every week! And most are in a regular rotation, so I know we can either adapt them to what each kid likes or we all enjoy them together. Enjoy and best of luck as you get your people off to school now or later!

Weeknight Chicken Parmesan Burgers

weeknight chicken parm burgers

So I have been grilling a super ton this summer. So many burgers.

And burgers, fresh corn, and tomatoes are probably one of my favorite  meals- but it feels like it’s been a long summer of burgers and to be honest, I am getting a bit sick of them. My other favorite food is Chicken Parmesan. But it feels heavy for a summer night. Making it into a sandwich though…Is just perfect.

weeknight chicken parm burgers

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Yep. You know you’d love this. Your favorite Italian food made into a healthy chicken burger for any ol’ weeknight! Boom!! You are welcome.

Chicken Parmesan Burgers

Makes 4 burgers
1 lb. ground chicken
1/2 cup italian bread crumbs
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg white
1/4 each of dried basil, oregano, garlic powder, pepper
2 Tbsp. fresh basil
marinara sauce
mozzarela cheese slices

Directions: Mix the chicken, bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, and spices together. Form into 4 patties. Grill or pan-fry over medium heat until no longer pink and totally cooked in the center. Top each burger with marinara sauce, fresh basil and cheese. Place back on the turned off grill or if you are pan-frying, leave them in the pan, and cover. Burgers are done when the cheese is melted completely.

See?! Aren’t these easy?! Perfect for a weeknight dinner that is different enough to make it interesting and not the same old grill night, but easy enough to make in a pinch. If your kids don’t love this idea, just give them pasta. Again. This one is for you too, my friends. Enjoy it!

weeknight chicken parm burgers

My pictures just don’t do this justice! These were a new recipe that I created and now we LOVE them and this will definitely be in my rotation on the grill (or grill pan- this is the one that I use) year-round!

Happy Weeknight!

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Peach Sorbet #FoodieExtravaganza

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!Oh yum. This is no-fat, yummy eating for you all! And…it couldn’t be easier as far as making a frozen dessert. And if you love peaches, you will ADORE this.

August is National Peach month and peaches are in an abundance right now so all of the #FoodieExtravanza bloggers are sharing our favorite Peach recipes. This is mine, and I am loving it. I hope you will too!

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

Just look at these beauties! I have a whole zip lock filled and ready for my next batch!

Peach Sorbet


4 cups of sliced peaches (see step one)*
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
pinch of salt

Here is the process:

  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Gently lower the peach into the boiling water. Leave it there for 30 seconds.Use a spoon to remove the peach from the hot water, and plunge it into a large bowl of ice water.After 10 seconds or so, grab the peach, and pinch a piece of skin to get started; then simply peel. The skin will slip off easily. If it doesn’t, peel peaches the normal way, with a knife;  Slice in half, remove the pit and slice each half into slices or chunks.*Measure out 4 cups (You can use the rest, if there are leftovers, for smoothies).
  2. Prepare a simple syrup with the water and sugar by
    combining both in a medium saucepan set over
    medium-low heat. Cook mixture until the sugar is
    fully dissolved.
  3. Once the simple syrup is ready, add the salt and the
    peaches. Using an immersion blender, blend the
    mixture until smooth. In batches, push mixture through a mesh sieve (I use my metal strainer) helping it a bit with a rubber spatula. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours, or
  4. When ready to make the sorbet,  process according to the ice cream manufacturer instructions for 15-20 minutes (Since I have a Cuisinart ice-cream maker,
    I turn it on and pour the mixture into the frozen bowl). Serve now for a soft sorbet, or freeze in a container until it’s a firmer consistency- usually
    about 2 hours or so. Let it sit out for 15 minutes to soften before you serve it again.

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

Just saying, if you served a scoop of this in a champagne glass with some Prosecco over it…yes, I would drink that!

I would also eat this on a stick. So if you have a popsicle maker, the puree would do well in that kind of situation too- and the kiddos would LOVE it!

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!

IF you want some more peach-loving ideas for recipes, check out these great ideas!

Peach Sorbet is non-fat and delicious!