Chicken and Gravy

Even though I love to eat and prepare all types of food, I am a southern girl at heart.  Since the cookbook I am writing for Thomas Nelson has a southern theme, I have fallen in love with this cuisine more than ever.  To me, southern food is comforting and simple, but it doesn’t always have to be heavy.  This easy chicken and gravy recipe is sure to be a family favorite that will take you about 15 minutes to prepare, and even though it looks decadent it’s actually pretty light.  Watch the video to see how you can make this in a snap with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!


Date posted: March 27, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Main Dish Poultry

lettuce wraps

Have you ever had the lettuce wraps at PF Changs or Pei Wei?!  They are my absolute favorite!  I usually get them as a meal instead of an appetizer because I love them so much, and I don’t want to share :)  Since I am such a fan of these lettuce wraps, I came up with my own version at home that literally takes about 15 minutes to make.  This is actually a healthy way to eat Chinese food, but it still has all of the yummy flavor without the overload oil, sugar, and salt.

So, if you’re looking to change things up for weeknight dinners give these a try, and serve them with my Quinoa Fried Rice for a really delicious and healthy Chinese meal at home!


Date posted: March 20, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Main Dish Poultry

chicken and waffles

It seems like most upscale Southern-style restaurants nowadays are doing version of down-home chicken and waffles, and who can blame them? Crispy fried chicken served over delicious waffles, and then drizzled with maple syrup, it’s just heavenly! Since the chicken and waffles craze began, my husband has taken it upon himself to become a professional taste tester of the dish; if it’s on the menu he orders it practically every time we go out! I, on the other hand, try to resist this comfort food classic because, let’s face it, carbs and deep-fried chicken aren’t exactly waistline friendly.

However, since I do love this combination, I decided to lighten it up a bit, and put a twist one of our favorite chicken and waffle dishes. I used my “go-to” baked chicken tender recipe that I have been making for years, and I gave it a Cajun kick for this recipe.  I also came up with a savory waffle recipe using some sharp cheddar cheese—don’t knock it til you try it!  And, of course, I do drizzle on the maple syrup because you just have to have it for this dish to really shine.

This recipe can be served for brunch or dinner. I like to pair it with something light, just some fresh watermelon for brunch or some sort of green for dinner. Even though it is a lightened-up version of the classic, it’s still very satisfying and filling. Oh, and don’t worry, Zach gave this one his seal of approval. He is a pro at chicken and waffle taste testing, after all!

Date posted: March 13, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Main Dish Poultry

meatloaf muffins

These adorable mini meatloaves are packed with delicious flavor, and a definite family favorite.  They are even easy to prepare ahead of time, just store them in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them up!


Date posted: March 4, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Main Dish Poultry


weeknight tacos

I announced this week that my husband and I are expecting a baby in early October! We are so excited, but along with this pregnancy, I ‘ve already experienced some cravings and food aversions.  So this recipe is actually a product of one of my cravings, which was tacos like my mom used to make for us when we were growing up.

I recreated the recipe without a using a seasoning packet and I made a fresh guacmole topping that gives it a more grown up, fresh flavor.  They turned out delicious, this will defnintely be a regular meal for us again!


Date posted: March 3, 2014 | Author: | No Comments »

Categories: Beef Main Dish