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One Pot Chicken n’ Potatoes with Maple Mustard Sauce

Can I just take a moment and share my love of one-pot meals?  Less dishes, less prep…just chop, drop and plop it in the oven and, in about an hour, you have a delicious meal ready to go.

Usually my one-pot meal consists of throwing everything in my fridge in the slow cooker and hoping for some type of chili or soup to magically create itself, but the other week it was just too hot to have the slow cooker going all day…so I had to resort to the roasting pan.

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I had some chicken thighs that were pushing their “good-by” date, so I grabbed some potatoes and tried to whip up a honey-mustard sauce…but I was out of honey.

So, maple syrup it was!  The sauce for this chicken turned out to be a little sweet, but I still really liked it!  You can use whatever mustard combination you’d like…I literally grabbed all the mustards in my fridge and said, “to hell with it!”.

This is a really good recipe for dark chicken on the bone, as the rich flavors of the dark meat pair really well with the bright flavors of the sauce…but if you’re not a dark meat fan, I’m sure this would be equally as tasty with white meat, too!

One Pot Chicken n’ Potatoes with Maple Mustard Sauce

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Ingredients:

  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs (I used thighs with the skin still on for added flavor, but skinless also works)
  • 1 lb. small red potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • Dried parsley
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown mustard
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Season chicken to taste (I used a little salt and pepper on each side).  Transfer to glass casserole dish or skillet.  Set aside.*
  2. Season potatoes with parsley, paprika, salt, pepper and olive oil.  Toss to coat.  Pour into casserole dish with chicken.
    In small bowl, combine Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, brown mustard and maple syrup.  Whisk until combined.  Pour mustard mix over chicken and potatoes.  Toss to coat (I got in there with my hands and just mixed everything together).
  3. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until chicken registers done on the meat thermometer.

*If you’re using skin-on chicken thighs and want to sear the skin side before adding to the casserole dish, I highly recommend doing that.  I didn’t do that for this dish, but I’ve done it for other one-pot dishes and it’s so delicious!

 

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6 Recipes Inspired by FRIENDS

Any fan will tell you…some of the best moments on FRIENDS center around food.  Ross’s famed turkey sandwich, Rachel and Chandler’s stolen cheesecakes, basically any and every Thanksgiving episode, ALL THE PIZZA…

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I have never craved pizza as much as I do watching this show.

On May 6, 2004, the last episode of FRIENDS aired on NBC.  For many fans, it was the end of an era.  More than 52 million people tuned in to watch “The Last One”, making it the sixth most watched television series finale in US history.  To celebrate the anniversary of the show that forever changed the TV sitcom, we will be celebrating FRIENDS all week this week!

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And, really, what better way to celebrate than with food?  I mean, I know Joey would agree…

 friends joey joey tribbiani matt leblanc friends tv GIFPS – Joey is, and forever will remain, my favorite FRIEND.  Am I the only one in the universe who was KIIIIINDA pushing for him and Rachel to work out?  Probably…I’m also probably the only one who hated Ross.  HATED HIM.  HATE HIM. 

ANYWAY – back to food!

Here are six amazing recipes inspired by great moments on FRIENDS.  From Ross’s turkey sandwich to Phoebe’s “secret” cookie recipe, here are six great recipes to make for your next binge watch!  Not feeling creative?  You could always put an order in for the “Joey Special”!

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6 Recipes Inspired by FRIENDS

Chandler and Rachel’s Creamy New York Cheesecake
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When Rachel and Chandler receive a cheesecake that was supposed to go to someone else in their building, they decide to eat it rather than return it.  In a battle of honesty and control, they both power through not one, but two fluffy creamy cheesecakes…which, ironically, were made in Chicago!

Ross’s Turkey Sandwich – “The Moist Maker”
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Ross looks forward to his leftover Thanksgiving sandwich every year…but when someone at his office eats his “Moist Maker” on accident, there begins a wrath that rattles all the bones in the museum!

Phoebe’s Grandma’s Cookies
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After Phoebe’s grandma dies, she realizes that she never got her grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Her and Monica embark on a quest to re-create the recipe by eating her grandma’s last batch of cookies, only to discover the recipe is printed right on the back of the Nestle chocolate chip bag.

Joey’s Meatball Sub
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During a police ride-along with Phoebe’s boyfriend, Chandler and Joey get into some trouble.  Joey dives to save his meatball sub, much to Chandler’s dismay.  

Monica’s Homemade Christmas Candy
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In an effort to get to know her neighbors, Monica puts out some homemade candy during the Christmas holiday.  However, her plan backfires and the neighbors become hostile when the candy starts to run out.

Chandler’s Favorite Mac n’ Cheese
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When Monica forgets her anniversary gift for Chandler, she recreates all of Chandler’s favorite meals, including mac n’ cheese with cut up hotdogs.

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Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

I am one of probably a handful of people who actually loves Brussels sprouts. I LOVE them. Blanched, grilled, roasted…I’ll eat them however…and they’re even better if combined with pancetta or bacon…

I mean, what’s not instantly improved with bacon, really?

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Anyway, in an effort to eat more veggies, I’ve been keeping Brussels sprouts in my fridge for last-minute side dish ideas. And since I absolutely HATE grocery shopping, these particular sprouts would have actually started sprouting something if I didn’t use them ASAP…

So I scoured my fridge and pantry for ingredients I could throw together for dinner…and as luck would have it, I happened to have everything I needed to create this tasty rigatoni pasta dish with bacon and Brussels sprouts!

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This pasta dish made WAAAAY too much pasta (not a bad thing, just a forewarning!), so you could easily cut it in half for a more manageable amount. I think next time I might add some grilled chicken, since this dish is a bit lacking on the protein.

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Served alongside a side salad, this Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon will force even the pickiest of eaters to widen their palette.

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Rigatoni with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. rigatoni noodles
  • 5-6 large fresh Brussels sprouts, sliced and chopped thin
  • 8-10 slices bacon, diced into small pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook rigatoni noodles according to package instructions.
  2. While your pasta cooks, cook bacon in large skillet.  Once crisp, remove from pan.
  3. Drain bacon grease, leaving enough to coat the bottom of the pan, about 2 tablespoons.
  4. Add chopped Brussels sprouts to the skillet, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.  Add garlic, bread crumbs, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.  Cook until sprouts soften a bit, about 8 minutes.
  5. Once pasta is done cooking, drain and return to pan.  Add Brussels sprouts mixture to pasta, along with Parmesan cheese and cooked bacon.  Mix to combine.
  6. Drizzle olive oil over pasta.  Add oil to your liking.  Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve immediately and top with remaining cheese.

 

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Arroz con Pollo with Cilantro and Jalapenos

For the past two years, I’ve hosted a little Oscar viewing party, complete with themed foods and a comfy-clothes-only policy…it’s a very exclusive shin-dig 😉

I try to serve foods themed around the Best Picture nominees, and for the amazing film, Moonlight, I decided to create my own version of Kevin’s (Andre Holland) chef special, Chicken and Rice.

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Served with fresh cilantro and black beans, this Arroz con Pollo recipe is a light and refreshing dish that has a bright burst of citrus flavor.  You can use brown or white rice (make sure to cook it ahead of time!) and you can add a deeper chicken flavor to this dish by using chicken thighs and legs instead of breasts.

A spicy and tasty dinner that’s big enough to feed 6-8 hungry mouths, this Arroz con Pollo recipe is a great one to have in your back pocket for last-minute dinner parties or gatherings.

Arroz con Pollo with Cilantro and Jalapenos

Ingredients:

  • 2 chicken breasts, skinless
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • 1 white or sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice
  • 2 limes, zest and juice
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 bag frozen corn (or canned corn)
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced (for garnish)

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into 1 in. cubes.  Heat oil in pan and cook chicken on all sides until lightly browned.
  2. Add onion and garlic; stir until fragrant and onions have softened.  Add chopped jalapeno, chicken broth, chopped cilantro, lemon zest and juice of lemons, and lime zest and juice of limes.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Add cooked rice; mix to combine.  Add corn and beans.  Reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Serve in pot or transfer to casserole dish.  Garnish with additional chopped cilantro and sliced jalapeno.

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30 Classic Recipes You Need in Your Wheelhouse

I think it’s fair to say that everyone has a chocolate chip cookie recipe or a pancakes recipe tucked away in their recipe binder.  Maybe it was mom’s or grandma’s…or maybe it’s just a recipe from Pinterest that ACTUALLY WORKED.  Regardless of where it came from, having a few classic recipes in your wheelhouse is never a bad idea.

Though I love cookbooks and collecting recipes, I actually really like to be creative in the kitchen.  A dash of something here, a sprinkle there…you never know what just might work!

I know this can be stressful for some folks…but seriously, if you have the staples down pat, you really can have fun adding in different textures and flavors…I mean the worst thing that happens is you just order Chinese, right?

So, as my mother would say, “put on your big girl pants!”.  These classic recipes are great to have in your back pocket in case you find yourself entertaining a crowd or needing to cook up a last-minute meal.

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30 Classic Recipes You Need in Your Wheelhouse

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Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Chicken Pot Pie
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Garlic Bread
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Frittata
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Fried Chicken
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Brownies
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Buttermilk Pancakes
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Mac n’ Cheese
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Chicken Noodle Soup
dabblesandbabbles.com
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Potato Salad
cookingclassy.com
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Lasagna
greatgrubdelicioustreats.com
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French Toast
bbritnell.com
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Roasted Chicken
thecafesucrefarine.com
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Mashed Potatoes
couponclippingcook.com
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Mussels
thehappyfoodie.co.uk
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Pot Roast
noshon.it
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Chili
stuckonsweet.com
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Grilled Salmon
letsdishrecipes.com
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Beef Stew
lifemadesweeter.com
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Hamburger
thefoodieaffair.com
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Grilled Cheese
bonappetit.com
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Basic Vinaigrette
littlebroken.com
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Pizza
thekitchn.com
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Pesto
primaverakitchen.com
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Bloody Mary
girladulting.com
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Apple Pie
thegraciouswife.com
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Buttercream Frosting
savorysweetlife.com
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Omelette
monpetitfour.com
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Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
cookingclassy.com
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10 Delicious Chicken Recipes

Whether you’re just getting started in the kitchen or you’ve been cooking for several years now, I think we can all agree that one of the greatest canvases for experimenting with flavors is the good ol’ fashioned chicken.

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If you get your chicken from a local farm or market, a little salt and pepper is really all you need to season your meat. However, not all of us have that luxury…at least not at all times of the year…so we’re stuck with buying flavorless bland chicken that begs to be seasoned, brined, and fried. But not all hope is lost!

If you’re on the hunt for recipes to help liven up your dinner line-up, here are 10 of my favorite chicken recipes. Packed with flavor, texture, and amazing color, these easy dinner recipes are great for weeknight meals for two, four, or ten!

Pinterest Top 10:  Delicious Chicken Recipes

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Coconut Curry Chicken

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Coconut Lime Skillet Chicken

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Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken

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Baked Paprika Parmesan Chicken

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Cranberry and Rosemary Chicken

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Copycat KFC Chicken

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Crispy Coconut Chicken Bites

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Nashville Hot Chicken

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

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Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken

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Check out more of my favorite chicken and dinner recipes on my Pinterest board, Favorite Recipes!

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5 Beautiful Winter Salads

Oh salad…how I love and hate you.

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I know they’re health and all that, but seriously…WHERE’S THE FLAVOR??  Salads often come drenched in dressing and are packed with veggies that are bland and water-logged.  No. Thanks.

If I’m gonna jump aboard the salad train, I’m making it myself…and these five stunningly beautiful winter salads are just the ticket!

Packed with flavor, color, and nutrients, these salads make great lunches or dinners…or could even be served alongside a chicken breast or pork chop.

The great thing about these winter salads is that they’re packed with seasonal ingredients…no where will you find meely tomatoes and soggy cucumbers that are all out of season…these salads feature bright and juicy pomegranate seeds, seasonal nuts and berries, Brussels sprouts, kale, and a whole slew of other vegetables that you can easily find at the store during these cold winter months.

So keep in mind that not all salad is created alike.  You CAN have a healthy salad that actually tastes GOOD with these tasty and easy winter salad recipes!

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Warm Brussels Sprouts and Pear Saladsalad1

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad
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Butternut Squash and Bacon Salad
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Mandarin Pomegranate Spinach Saladsalad4

Pomegranate Pecan Salad with Cinnamon Applessalad5

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