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8.29.2014

Friday Faves: New Recipe Favorites

Here's the final round-up of my new recipe "keepers." Last week I shared my new favorite fish recipes, and before that I shared my new favorite salad recipes.  Today I am sharing a bunch of others, including some for chicken, beef, and even a meatless recipe.  Don't forget to follow Everyday Fabulous on Facebook for your nightly recipe inspiration with my #DinnerTonight posts.

Chicken with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes
From Allrecipes.com


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This was soooo good.  As we are controlling our portion sizes, we did not toss this with the pasta, and instead measured out 1/2 cup of the angel hair apiece, then topped with lots of the other yummy ingredients.

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can quartered artichoke hearts, undrained
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and cut into quarters
  • 1 (4 ounce) can sliced olives, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (12 ounce) package angel hair pasta
  • 1 (8 ounce) package crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Restaurant-Style Chicken Scampi
From Allrecipes.com


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This is a lovely, colorful dish with lots of veggies.  Like the above recipe, I served this with angel hair (instead of spaghetti) and limited the portion-size of the pasta to 1/2 cup each.  I also used this homemade alfredo sauce recipe instead of jarred sauce.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound raw chicken tenders or strips
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
  • 1 yellow bell peppers, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups four cheese Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken
From Allrecipes.com


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Fuss-free and delicious.  Serve as a taco in tortillas with sour cream, salsa, and cheese.

Ingredients:
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) package dry taco seasoning mix
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Restaurant Style Beef with Broccoli
From Allrecipes.com


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No joke, this is as good (or better) than what you'd get for take-out.  Yum.

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup oyster sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Asian (toasted) sesame oil
  • 1/3 cup sherry
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 pound beef round steak, cut into 1/8-inch thick strips
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more if needed
  • 1 thin slice of fresh ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1 pound broccoli, cut into florets

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Black Bean and Salsa Soup
From Allrecipes.com


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Quick, easy, and hearty meatless dish.  Cumin is key, and I also add garlic powder.

Ingredients:
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.

Jerk Chicken Casserole
From Betty Crocker

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If you are looking for something different, you must try this!  I added cumin and garlic powder to the layer of black beans.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 oz) Progresso™ black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 large sweet potato (1 lb), peeled, cubed (3 cups)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions (2 medium)

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Grilled Cheese Italiano
From Betty Crocker

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This has become a regular request in our household. Great way to step-up your weekend lunch.

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 slices whole-grain bread
  • 8 oz fontina or Swiss cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto or ham
  • 24 fresh basil leaves
  • 8 slices (1/4 inch) ripe tomatoes (about 2 medium)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.

8.26.2014

Create a Kids' Dress-Up Closet on a Budget

 
Last week I showed you how I put together our cute, organized costume closet.  This week I want to share how you can put together a kid's dress-up closet on a budget.
 
Tip 1: Thrift Store Shopping. 
 
 
You'd be surprised how many things you can find at the thrift store for dress-up play.  The kids have such great imaginations, that possibilities are endless.  Above, you can see the pieces we found to make a Woody costume (or cowboy, sheriff, etc.).
 
 
This winter jacket and boots have been a space man, Buzz Lightyear, Iron Man, Batman, and more.  The boots have even contributed to Puss in Boots.
 
 
Sports pieces and toys from the thrift store can also be costume pieces.  In addition to being a baseball player, the red batting helmet can also be Iron Man's helmet.  We have also picked up jerseys there.
 
Tip 2: Dollar Store Shopping.

 
 
The toy section of the dollar store (especially at our local Dollar Tree) has a lot of items and accessories for your dress-up collection.  The selection gets even better around Halloween.



 

 
Tip 3: Save Party Favors and Old Costume Accessories.

 
Many party favors can be saved for costume pieces.  Above is a dinosaur mask from Sawyer's dinosaur-themed birthday party.
 

 
Another tip is to save the accessories from past year's Halloween costumes.
 
Tip 4: After Halloween Sales.
 
 In addition to saving your old Halloween costumes and accessories, don't forget that retailers put costumes on close-out sales after Halloween.  This is a great time to stock up at a fraction of the price.
 
Let their imaginations run wild!

8.22.2014

Friday Faves: New Recipe Favorites - Fish

Continuing to round up my new recipe "keepers," here are some amazing, tried-and-true fish recipes we have found over the last few months.  Click here to see more of my favorite recipes, and don't forget to follow Everyday Fabulous on Facebook for your nightly recipe inspiration with my #DinnerTonight posts.

Baked Tilapia with Fresh Herbs
From Martha Stewart


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Light, quick, only a few ingredients, and majorly delicious.  This has earned itself a regular spot on our dinner rotation.

Ingredients:
  • 4 (6 to 8 ounces each) skinless tilapia fillets 
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper 
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise 
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped parsley 
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill 
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Broiled Tilapia Parmesan
From Allrecipes.com


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A simple tilapia recipe using mostly ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 pounds tilapia fillets


Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Jeannie's Kickin' Fried Fish
From Allrecipes.com


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Another simple tilapia recipe, with just the right amount of kick and crunch.

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (such as Progresso®)
  • 2 teaspoons roasted onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon blackened seasoning (such as Old Bay®)
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter


Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.

8.19.2014

Organized Costume Closet

 
Our boys, like all other kids, love to play dress-up.  We have kept their dress-up costumes in a built-in cabinet in our living room, but without any organization, it was becoming a messy pile of costumes shoved into a cabinet. 
 
My latest home DIY project was to create a cute, organized space in the costume cabinet so that the boys could easily access their costumes, and have a place to put everything when it is time to clean up.  This was a relatively quick project, just taking an afternoon.
 
What I used:
 
 
Devine Color self-adhesive striped wallpaper and a media organization box from Target. Small tension rod, rod socket, and hooks from Home Depot.
 
 
I measured and cut the wallpaper to size before applying it inside the cabinet.  Luckily the wallpaper is repositionable, because it took me several tries to get it straight.

 
After installing the wallpaper, I added the metal rod socket (to support the tension rod - key with two kids who will be not-so-gently tugging on the costumes hanging on the rod), tension rod, and hooks.

 
I used the box to hold small accessories, belts, and other items that did not fit on the hangers or hooks.

 
I hung hats on the hooks, and shirts and full costumes on hangers.




 Now the boys have a cute and organized space for their dress-up clothes!

8.15.2014

Friday Faves: New Recipe Favorites - Salads

If you follow Everyday Fabulous on Facebook, then you see how much I cook with my #DinnerTonight posts.  Since I cook for my family every night, I am always on the lookout for new recipes so we can keep things spicy (pun intended).  Over the last few months I have found several new recipe "keepers," and will share them here over the next few weeks.

Today, I want to share a few new salad recipe favorites that are tried and true in our house.

Grilled Steak Salad with Asian Dressing
From Allrecipes.com


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This is a savory salad that includes a homemade Asian dressing and is topped with a grilled, marinated steak.  I added some soy sauce to the dressing as well (because that's how I roll).

Ingredients:
  • 1 (12 ounce) rib eye steak
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Montreal steak seasoning, or to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 pinches red pepper flakes
  • 10 leaves romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 large English cucumber, cubed
  • 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 tomato, cut into wedges
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 4 thin slices red onion
  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Steak Salad with Goat Cheese
From Martha Stewart


Image source: MarthaStewart.com

This salad was seriously hearty... filled us up!

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard 
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar 
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • coarse salt and ground pepper 
  • 1 pound skirt steak, cut crosswise into 2 equal pieces 
  • 1/2 pound green beans, trimmed 
  • 2 medium heads red-leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces 
  • 2 plum tomatoes, halved and thinly sliced 
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.


Chicken Salad with Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato
From Allrecipes.com


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This is a delicious chicken salad recipe that includes bacon.  I served the chicken salad over romaine lettuce and added sliced avocado, so this is really a BLTA chicken salad.

Ingredients:
  • 5 slices bacon
  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1 large avocado, sliced

Directions:

Click here for the full recipe.

8.08.2014

Product Review: Spicy Shelf Space-Saving Cabinet Spice Organizer

 
Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

I only share my product reviews and Friday Faves for products that I truly love, and find useful to me in my everyday life.  So when I had the opportunity to try a product that would solve another actual everyday problem I have, I jumped at the chance. 

You all know that I cook.  A lot.  So naturally, I have quite a collection of spices in my cabinet.  The problem is that their organization was totally lacking function (see details on my spice situation below).  In came Spicy Shelf, a spice organizer that not only saves space, but allows you to see and access all of your spices.

Guess what?  Everyday Fabulous readers can take advantage of a special discount on your own Spicy Shelf spice cabinet organizer!  Just go to http://www.spicyshelf.com/ and enter promo code SPICE5 (with a "5" not an "S") to get $5 off!

Here's my full review.

The before:



Here is how I had my spices organized before.  The top shelf actually had no organization to speak of.  The bottom shelf consisted of my DIY organization tactic using canned good organizing racks.  This was not effective at all, I am sorry to say.  While it did allow me to see most of the spices, it did not do much on saving space, and worse, it was not secure at all.



Spices would not sit steadily on these racks, and would often fall out onto my counter, causing broken lids and spilled spices.  Not to mention my need to stack the small ones in order to accommodate everything space-wise.

The set of Spicy Shelf I received came with two racks that could be stacked or placed side-by-side.  Assembly and installation took maybe 5 minutes.

You have multiple options in both height and width.  With the two racks I received, I was surprised to find that I could fit almost everything from both shelves (including the contents of all racks that were on the bottom shelf). 

Here is my new, organized spice cabinet thanks to Spicy Shelf:



The width of my cabinet was too large to extend a single shelf the full way, and I didn't want to try the side-by-side method (I wanted to stack them). Even without the rack reaching both side cabinet walls, it is very, very secure (I even tried shaking and jiggling it to see if spices would fall off the racks, and they did not).
 

Here you can see how all the spices along the sides and back of the rack are visible and accessible.

 
One drawback is that the tallest of my spices did not fun under the rack at it's highest (though you can put them on your top rack if there is space).  Since I still had a few more spices than rack space would accommodate, I decided to just keep these in the very middle of the cabinet between the shelf (which is fine, since these are my most frequently accessed spices anyway, hence why I purchase them in such large sizes). 
 
 
As I mentioned above, the shelves come with multiple sizes of stabilizers for different shelve widths, extra legs of each size, and instructions that include options for multiple heights and configurations. Even with all of the options, it took only minutes to assemble and install.


Weeks of use later with daily use, I am still very pleased with Spicy Shelf.  I love seeing and being able to easily grab everything.  The stability is great; I haven't had a single spice fall off the rack.  I would happily recommend this solution to others, and can't believe I went so long without a solution like this.

If you want a Spicy Shelf of your own, get yours here, and don't forget to use the discount code SPICE5 (with a "5" not an "S") for Everyday Fabulous readers to get $5 off!

Thank you, Spicy Shelf for providing this product for my review.