Quick & Easy Grilled Marinated Chicken – Guest Post

I am all about quick and delicious meals, and grilled chicken is one of the easiest to make. Pair that with colorful veggies and you have a dish that is not only healthy but looks great too. This grilled chicken is quick to prepare, packed with protein and nutrients, and will become one of your…

Easy Crockpot Beef Stew – and yes you can

Like a bunch of people in the country – it’s been SUPER hot in the Chicagoland area. I’ve been unimaginative in the kitchen, trying to make things that don’t involve turning on the stove – eating on paper plates – to make life a little easier. Over the weekend I got stuff to make my…

Ham-mac-n-cheese with roasted broccoli

I make macaroni and cheese a lot you would say. One reason is because I love it so much, the other reason is you can always switch it up. Change the pasta type, change the cheeses, add meat, no meat, make it spicy – you get the idea. The funny thing is you don’t even…

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups!

My daughter Claire has been asking me for the longest time to make homemade fruit roll ups and I’ve been putting it of because I thought it was a complicated process – but it turns out – it’s super easy and only 3 ingredients! I went on Tastespotting and read a few different versions and…

Happy Friday! Sandwich king inspired lunch by my son Paul

Another week went flying by – I can’t believe it’s Friday again! We’ve had some gorgeous weather this week, a few days making it into the 60’s – so Happy Spring is around the corner. So as you can imagine over the years I have subjected my family to watching many hours of cooking shows…

Breakfast hash and deluxe salad club

I normally make my breakfast at home and just bring it to work to eat. It takes me a long time to eat so I like not to be rushed. More than not, I prefer a savory breakfast over sweet and if I can add some veggies in the mix even better. As I was…

I asked for sun….

Before I get started in today’s post I found out over the weekend that my e-mail was hacked – so if you got a mysterious e-mail from slim-shoppin@comcast.net DO NOT open the link – it’s probably a virus – so sorry about that! I had dozens of people e-mail me telling me so thanks for…

Stir fry with peanut sauce for 1

So my plan this week is to make great food so I’m not tempted by all the treats at work. I love making food that is filling and a good serving size but still watching calories and I always go to a stir fry for that. I normally buy House of Tsang brand peanut sauce…

Mark’s Deluxe Lunch

I think the biggest benefit of me cooking all these years and my kids being in the kitchen with me is that I am teaching them such a great life skill. I know lots of people who don’t cook at all and have to rely on packaged meals, cans, and take out to survive. Since…

Taco Rice Bowl

One thing I have realized over the years that for me to stay on track trying to lose weight, I HAVE to bring my lunch and it has to be deluxe. If it sucks, I may be tempted to stray outside my office to find food. Which is not good, since within walking distance from…