Cream of Mushroom Chicken and Rice

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This recipe is one of my all-time go to for a simple and easy dinner. It is filling and delicious. 

Ingredients: 

1lb of chicken breast

1 cup of rice

1 handful of asparagus

1 can of cream of mushroom/chicken

Shredded Parmesan

Juice from half a lemon

Salt & Pepper for taste

Garlic powder

2 tablespoons of Olive Oil

 

Depending on if you have a rice cooker or if you just cook yours on the stove top you'll want to put one cup of rice with two cups of water to boil or in your rice cooker per the instructions.

Then season your chicken breast to your liking, I usually use a Tone's seasoning in combination with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. 

Once the chicken is seasoned. In a large skillet heat up the olive oil on medium heat, once oil is hot put in the chicken cook until both sides are golden brown.  

Transfer the chicken to a plate, then put the cream of chicken/mushroom into the skillet. I typically leave all of the seasoning and oil from the chicken so that it seasons the cream of chicken/mushroom if you are doing this as well, make sure to pick up the low sodium version of the cream of mushroom/chicken.  

Mix the cream into the drippings of the chicken and keep warm you can start on your asparagus with a little salt and pepper then before serving you’ll want to squeeze the lemon juice and sprinkle the parm. 

You can transfer the chicken back into the cream of chicken/mushroom or you can just pour the mixture on top of your chicken totally up to you.  

Plate, Serve + Enjoy!  

 

Tip: You can also use cauliflower rice to make this gluten free!  

 

 

Pork Chop with Asparagus and Mash potatoes

I made the dinner the other night and it was pretty simple and delicious. I have been messing around lately with some fancier dinner ideas but I kept it pretty simple with this one. 

You can totally use thicker chops if you like, if you do just factor in a longer cook time.  

For this meal, I prepped my asparagus as normal lemon juice salt and pepper and before I plate it I’ll add some grated Parmesan for little extra umph.  

I cut the red potatoes into quarters boiled with some salted water, once they were soft enough for a fork to go through without too much pressure, I added a tablespoon of butter, salt and some Italian season [not too much I’d say about 1 teaspoon because it is strong].  

Before seasoning the pork I put a gracious amount of olive oil then I seasoned the pork with salt & pepper, thyme and garlic powder. When you use a dry ingredient like oregano, Italian seasoning, rosemary, or thyme a good rule of thumb is to put olive oil or a good cooking oil in order to not have the seasoning burn quickly. Keep the heat at medium/high temperature. 

It went over well with the husband so I will probably try it again but we aren’t huge pork eaters besides bacon so it will be a few months. 

Thanks for stopping by love, I’ll have my post about a bold red lip up tomorrow! ♥️ 

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Baked Garlic Parmesean Chicken Wings with French Fries

Okay if you are anything like myself you like crispy wings and fries but as I have aged, I feel like I can't handle all the fried foods like I used to.

Plus it's just not really healthy and with J starting to eat the food we are eating I'd rather do it as healthier as possible.  

The other night E and I were craving wings but I wanted to try to make wings in the oven because it is really tough to hold J in one hand and then fry wings and fries in the other. 

I found this recipe from evolving table and I doubled it because I had two packages of wings that I picked up from Costco [the pieces are already separated and took a lot of work out of cutting up wings].

I would also recommend grated Parmesan after the wings are fresh out the oven, and less black pepper. 

Also the As Seen on TV baking dish did well with the fries but you have to put it on broil for about 6 minutes after you make them for an extra crisp. I'll use it for fries in the future but probably not anything else besides that.  

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Ricotta Stuffed Salmon with Asparagus and Quinoa

Alright y'all, so I have been hearing about this new diet that is all the rave.  Now you guys know how I feel about diets, they aren't really my thing.  

But I don't mind finding recipes within a specific diet regime that works and taste delicious, especially if they are simple and easy to make.

Currently I have been hearing a ton of things about this "Ketogenic" diet, it is a low carb, appropriate protein, high fat diet that is beneficial for people with diabetes or a history of family diabetes, especially with me having gestational diabetes during pregnancy if we ever decide to have another one it is probably a great diet for me to be on. 

You can read more about it here

I found this recipe via a pin, of course 😉 and  it was easy, delicious and sister in law approved. 😉

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Mozzarella Chicken with Avocado Brushetta

The other night I was looking for a really easy recipe but didn't want to really follow instructions, I just needed food inspo. 

When I used to live with E's grandma she had this habit of making simple fruit and cheese plates and on occasion cutting tomatoes, slicing cucumbers and having it for a snack or even sometimes dinner. 

She is an amazing cook but I can imagine after the many, many years of cooking [she would always tell us about the days when she worked as a line cook at a diner] one can grow a little tired of the over the top, sprinkle some love on it type of meal. 

So sometimes [more often than not] I much rather the simplicity and freshness of a dinner than the eccentric over the top ones, I found this recipe on Pinterest and ran with it. 

I seasoned the chicken the way I like to sprinkle some salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.  Heat your olive oil in a pan, place chicken in pan and let it cook. 

The recipe calls for 4 chicken breast I just took two and sliced them in half, I already did my arm work out and didn't really feel like beating some chicken into it's second death so slicing them in half did the trick. 

Once the chicken was in the pan cooking, I chopped my tomatoes and tossed it with the semi dried basil [the recipe calls for fresh basil but my grocery store didn't have it], I then added in salt and pepper plus lime juice and waited to cut the avocado until it was time to top the chicken with the mozzarella. 

I paired the dish with quinoa and some left over avocado.

If you have leftovers make sure you put the leftover brushetta in a separate container unless you are cool with hot tomatoes and avocados, I am not a fan of it. 

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If you decide to use a grain whether it is rice or quinoa be sure to put that on prior to starting your chicken. 

Slice 2 chicken breast in half and sprinkle salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder on each side of sliced chicken breast. 

Pour about 2 - 3 tablespoons of olive oil into saucepan [depending on size I just try to have an even coat of olive oil on the bottom of the pan. 

Put your heat on medium heat for your stove. Once your oil is heated then place your chicken in the saucepan or skillet. 

Let that cook depending on the thickness of your chicken breast, I always like a little crispness to my chicken so I kind of pan fry it.  

While all that goodness is going on start your brushetta, just wait to add the avocado so it doesn't brown to quickly. The lime juice will help it but I like to keep my avocado as fresh as possible. 

 

 

Panko Crusted Salmon with Asparagus + Wild Rice

You guys! You guys!  If you need an easy dinner recipe to impress someone and you don't cook much, this is IT!

Last weeks dinner was the bomb.com E actually complimented me without me having to fish for a compliment.  I found this on Pinterest of course, Cooking Classy had the recipe and I feel like she knocked it out of the park with this one. 

Seriously, next time my parent's are coming over I am making this definitely.  They will think that I took cooking classes and it is so easy and doesn't require a ton of ingredients.

I am doing my best to eat better because I don't want to waste my work outs on calories I am eating during the day.  I am working on giving up the creamer in my coffee or coffee all together 🙁.

So besides this wonderful recipe, what do you do to eat healthier rather than indulge? 

 

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Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner

I am a lover of staying in, especially when it comes down to celebrating those overly celebrated holidays like Valentine's Day.  I also know it takes much more work to prep a meal at home than it is to book a reservation.  

Of course, I know everyone is super busy with kids, work, and life in general, so this isn't me judging the way you celebrate going out to eat.  The good part about booking a reservation at your favorite restaurant is all the work is done for you, dishes are washed, food is cooked, and your kitchen stays clean for once. 

Since having Jaxon and not being able to leave the house, this Valentine's Day like many others we will be spending it at home with our little bundle of joy. It has kind of become a thing for E and I that we spend time in the kitchen together cooking and taking pictures for this blog and instagram.  Before I use to get are you seriously taking pictures right now, and now I hear aren't you going to take a picture of this?

The other night I made dinner and it had to be in a flash, E was still at work and Jaxon doesn't wait for his bottles.  

I picked up a packet of Pork, I'd rather Pork Chops but this will suffice as well.
I seasoned it with Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, and Salt. I added 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil to the skillet and waited for them to turn a nice crisp brown color. 

We had some leftover Bella Mushrooms from a previous dinner so I chopped those up with some onions and tossed them into a skillet with a tablespoon of Olive Oil until the mushrooms softened and the onions were transparent.  You may want to salt and pepper these to taste. 

After the Pork was crisp brown to my liking I wanted to add in a cream of mushroom to have a gravy instead of the typical "dry" Pork.  You can remove the chops from the pot and let the cream of mushroom soak up the seasoning from the chops and then return the chops back in with the cream of mushroom once it is warm.  

You can add any sides you want I just tossed a can of corn and a can of french style green beans in a pot, and added salt, pepper and garlic powder.  And you are done.

You can also pair this with some white rice if you like the cream of mushroom goes well over the top.  If you don't like mushrooms you can always use cream of chicken.  If you use either with the salt be careful of the salt you season your pork or chicken with.  

Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.
Quick and Easy Valentine's Dinner | Hello There Love, Blog.

Superbowl Turkey Chili

I'm sure by now you watched the big game, and that half time show.  The game was great, I was rooting for Atlanta but it just didn't happen and as E says you can't ever count out Tom Brady.  The half time show I think was pumped up a little too much for the performance that was given, just my opinion and I like Lady Gaga. It started strong! Still very happy that it was in our hometown! 💕

We had planned for my parents to come over and my mom isn't a fan of beef so we decided to make a turkey chili which yesterday was one of the warmer days in Houston, of course.  But we just beefed up the A/C and enjoyed our turkey chili.  

As usual I find all of my recipe on Pinterest and I stumbled across this recipe from the Ambitious Kitchen and it was so delicious.  It had a little bit of everything and was so easy to make which I notice now with a newborn is something you definitely want. 

I'm so excited that we had leftovers because I plan to pair it up with some Fritos and have an easy lunch because I literally only get 5 minutes to eat before mommy duty kicks back in. 

Any recipes you want E and I to try, send them our way and we will!  

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