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Our Everyday Dinners » Main Dishes http://www.oureverydaydinners.com Thu, 21 May 2015 16:15:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.6 Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/03/chicken-and-sweet-potato-hash.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/03/chicken-and-sweet-potato-hash.html#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:26:39 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4464 Read more »]]>  

I threw this dish together last night because I was in a huge hurry and hadn’t planned my meals for the week.  I’m a big advocate for meal planning, but I’ve gotten a little lazy this week before Spring Break… Anyway, I was completely surprised that the kids loved it!  I’ve now got this recipe in my back pocket for busy weeknights or lazy Sunday nights. And hash is always perfect for brunch.


Chicken and Sweet Potato Hash


serves 4-5


1-2 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, diced

3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

about 1 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (rotisserie works well for this)

4-5 eggs (depending on how many people you are serving, one egg for each person)

salt and pepper to taste

chopped green onion for garnish, optional



Preheat oven to 450.



Toss potatoes with about 1 tablespoon olive oil and roast for 10-15 minutes or until tender and brown.


In a large nonstick skillet, heat 3 teaspoons olive oil over medium heat.  Add onion, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add sweet potatoes and shredded chicken.  Cook over medium high heat until everything is warm, just a couple of minutes.


For serving, you can fry or poach the eggs and just add them to the hash.  Or you can break the eggs directly into the skillet and put the whole pan under the broiler until the eggs are cooked through (yolks should be runny, but warm, and the white should be fully cooked).

Sprinkle the dish with salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with green onions.

Sweet Potato Hash


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White Beans with Parmesan Breadcrumbs (slow cooker) http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/02/white-beans-with-parmesan-breadcrumbs-slow-cooker.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/02/white-beans-with-parmesan-breadcrumbs-slow-cooker.html#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 15:28:39 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4412 Read more »]]> I’ll tell anyone who will listen about my love for beans.  I actually high-fived a friend at dinner the other night when she said she liked to cook beans for her large family.   If you are on a budget and you have a lot of people to feed, beans are the ticket.  And they are so good for you.  But I will confess that we are growing tired of our standard beans, which I often use as a stand-in for chili.


These rosemary scented soft white beans, topped with salty and cheesy breadcrumbs, left under the broiler just until bubbly and crispy are great on a cold winter night.


White Beans with Parmesan Breadcrumbs


1 pound dry navy beans, great Northern beans, or cannellini beans

1- 32 ounce box beef stock (I prefer the meaty flavor of beef stock, but water, vegetable stock, chicken stock, or bone broth are fine)

2 cups water (or enough water to cover the beans by at least 2 inches)

1 whole onion cut in half

1 spring fresh rosemary

Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, Kosher salt, olive oil, for serving



Rinse beans and discard any rocks.  Place beans in slow cooker, cover with stock plus water.  Add whole peeled onion and spring of rosemary.  Cook on low for 8-10 hours.


When beans are soft, discard onion and rosemary (some leaves will fall off and that’s fine).  Place beans in a  9×12 baking dish and top with equal parts Panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese, sprinkle with Kosher salt, and drizzle with olive oil.   You can also use individual ramekins for each serving like I did.  Place beans under the broiler for about 10 seconds, or until the topping is crispy and browned.


Serve immediately.







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Chicken Parmesan Casserole http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/02/chicken-parmesan-casserole.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/02/chicken-parmesan-casserole.html#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 23:13:27 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4403 Read more »]]> This recipe has moved directly into regular rotation in our house.  I used leftover chicken (actually I grilled extra chicken the night before), but you could certainly use any kind of cooked chicken you like.  You can also assemble this casserole up to 3 days before (minus the breadcrumbs), and hold it in the fridge until you are ready to eat.


This recipe for Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a little different from others because I omitted the pasta, cut the cheese in half, and only added a couple of handfuls of breadcrumbs. You can feel good about feeding your family this one, and you won’t even miss all that extra cheese and pasta.


Chicken Parm Casserole

feeds 4-6


4-6 cups cooked chicken, cubed

1 jar (24-25 ounces) high quality marinara

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

olive oil spray

salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 400°.  Spray a 9×12 baking dish with cooking spray.


Layer the chicken, then marinara, and then the mozzarella cheese.  Sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top, just in the middle section.  Spray the breadcrumbs with olive oil spray, and add a pinch of salt and pepper.


Bake for 20 minutes, or until the casserole is bubbly, and the breadcrumbs are brown.

Chicken Parm Casserole

]]> http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/02/chicken-parmesan-casserole.html/feed 1 Classic Lasagna http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/02/classic-lasagna.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/02/classic-lasagna.html#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 14:20:07 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4373 Read more »]]> I made my Classic Lasagna this weekend and I realized I have never shared the recipe with you!  I make this Lasagna recipe for friends having babies, for new neighbors, or anytime I need to take food to someone.  I take a shortcut with jarred marinara, but I use a high quality one with all natural ingredients and no sugar. This lasagna has a secret ingredient that really gives it that little something extra.   Well, actually, 2 secret ingredients, see if you can find them.



For the sauce:


1 lb ground beef (I use ground chuck for best flavor)

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend (dried basil, parsley, thyme, rosemary, sage)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 jars marinara sauce (look for a high quality brand with fewer than 5 ingredients, no sugar)

¼ cup red wine



For the lasagna:


1/2 pound lasagna noodles

15 ounces ricotta cheese

4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

1 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning blend

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 pound fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.


Cook ground beef over high heat until cooked through.  If there is a lot of fat, drain the fat.  Add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to the ground beef.   Add marinara, and stir. Add wine. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Cook over low for 30 minutes.


Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with the hottest tap water. Add the noodles and allow them to sit in the water for 20 minutes. Drain.


In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, goat cheese, 1 cup of Parmesan, the egg, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Set aside.


Ladle 1/3 of the sauce into a 9×12 rectangular baking dish, spreading the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Then add the layers as follows: half the pasta, half the ricotta, half the mozzarella, and 1/3 of the sauce. For the next layer, add the rest of the pasta, ricotta, sauce, then mozzarella last for best looking presentation. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of Parmesan. Bake for 30 minutes, covered with foil, until the sauce is bubbling.  Remove the foil, turn up the oven to broil, and broil lasagna until cheese begins to brown (about 2 minutes, watch it very closely). Let the lasagna cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into it.



Did you notice the secret ingredients? Adding red wine to the sauce really changes the jarred sauce, and the goat cheese in the lasagna gives it a lovely flavor.


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Slow Cooker Pumpkin and Coconut Black Beans http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/01/slowcooker-pumpkin-and-coconut-curried-black-beans.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2015/01/slowcooker-pumpkin-and-coconut-curried-black-beans.html#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 01:58:03 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4376 Read more »]]> I just love a good slow cooker recipe. And by “good”, I mean the kind where you dump everything into the slow cooker, come home at the end of the day, and eat.


I actually put all the ingredients into the slow cooker the night before and stored it in the fridge.  That way, in the morning all I had to do was plug it in .  And I used the kind of rice you just heat up in the microwave, so dinner was served in less than 5 minutes.  Love that.  I also got to use up a can of that pumpkin I bought back in October…


Pumpkin and Coconut Curried Black Beans and Rice (from Get Along Home)


1 pound dry black beans, rinsed

1 large yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1- 15 ounce can pumpkin puree

1- 6 ounce can tomato paste

1 tablespoon red curry powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 can coconut milk

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1-32 ounce box chicken broth


plain yogurt, cilantro, chopped red peppers, and a sprinkle of Tony’s for serving
Add onion, garlic, beans, pumpkin, tomato paste, curry powder, cumin, coconut milk, salt, and chicken broth to the slow cooker. Stir well.  Cook on low for 8 hours.


For serving, add hot rice to a bowl and top with beans.  Garnish with a dollop of plain yogurt, cilantro, and chopped red peppers.


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Oven Roasted Turkey Breast http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/11/oven-roasted-turkey-breast.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/11/oven-roasted-turkey-breast.html#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:05:41 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4330 Read more »]]>  

If you are hosting a small group for Thanksgiving, you might consider roasting a full turkey breast instead of a whole turkey.  Or if you have a really big group, throw on another turkey breast to ensure you have enough.    It really couldn’t be easier to roast a turkey breast, and if you have white meat lovers in your family, they will be thrilled!   I like to keep the recipe simple with just salt and pepper as the seasonings.  But you can, by all means, add any seasonal herbs you like.


To roast the turkey breasts properly, you need a sturdy roasting pan with a rack.  I like this Stainless Steel Ceramic Nonstick Roasting pan from Zwilling Henckels.  You know the knife people?  They have wonderful cookware as well!


Zwilling Henckels


Oven Roasted Turkey Breast 



olive oil

salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.


Drizzle turkey breast with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.


Place in a roasting pan with a rack and roast according to time chart below.  The weight of the turkey will be listed on the tag on the bag.


3-4 pound turkey breast: 1-1.5 hours

4 to 5 pound turkey breast: 1.5-2 hours

5-6 pound turkey breast: 2-2.5 hours

6-7 pound turkey breast: 2.5-3 hours

Using a meat thermometer, check for internal temperature of 165 to ensure the turkey is thoroughly cooked.  


Allow the turkey to rest for at least 15 minutes before carving.



It’s important to carve the turkey breasts properly to ensure the most tender and juicy turkey.


First, using a sharp knife (again, I have a preference for this one from Zwilling Henckels), cut along each side of the breastbone.


Oven Roasted Turkey Breast


Remove the turkey breasts from the bone and slice them against the grain (horizontally).



Oven Roasted Turkey Breast


Serve immediately.


Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

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Thai Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/11/thai-rice-with-ginger-peanut-sauce.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/11/thai-rice-with-ginger-peanut-sauce.html#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:06:33 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4300 Read more »]]> As the holidays approach, I’m always looking for a recipe that is figure friendly, can be made in advance, feeds a crowd, and isn’t turkey. Thai Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce fits the bill!   And it can be served hot, cold, or room temperature, which is great for the busy holiday season.  Add some chicken or shrimp if you want to up the protein, but it is great as a vegetarian dish.


This recipe has a lot of steps, but don’t let it intimidate you.  It doesn’t take long, and everything can be done in advance.  In fact, this dish is even better the next day.


Thai Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce


Thai Rice with Ginger Peanut Sauce (adapted from Toast the Host)


For the rice:


1 ½ cups dry white rice

1 (13.5 oz) can unsweetened coconut milk

1 teaspoon salt

1 ¼ cup water


For the salad:


2 bell peppers, chopped (red, yellow or orange)

½ red cabbage, shredded

1 cup shredded carrots

1 small red onion, finely diced

1 cup arugula


For the sauce:


⅓ cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons honey

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

1 clove garlic

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil



Garnish: cilantro, toasted cashews, Sriracha sauce, lime wedges


In a medium saucepan, mix together the rice, coconut milk, salt, and water.  Bring pot to a boil, reduce heat, and cover.  Cook on low for 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.  Allow rice to cool while preparing sauce and salad.


In a blender, combine the peanut butter, honey, ginger, garlic, vinegar, and toasted sesame oil.  Add water until mixture is a pourable consistency.


In a large bowl, combine the chopped peppers, cabbage, carrots, onion, and arugula.  Add in the cooled rice (doesn’t have to be cold, but if it’s too hot it will soften the veggies).  Add about ½ cup of the dressing and stir the salad.


Thai Rice


Serve the salad in a big bowl with extra dressing on the side.  Garnish with cilantro, cashews, lime wedges, and Sriracha.

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/10/slow-cooker-beef-stew-2.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/10/slow-cooker-beef-stew-2.html#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:28:38 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4231 Read more »]]> I’ve just discovered something! Did you know you can cook a roast FROM FROZEN in the slow cooker?  This is a game changer for me. Because, I don’t know about you, but I never remember to thaw frozen foods. That’s your helpful tip for today!


This recipe will work for frozen or thawed roast.  You can use beef stew meat or a whole chuck roast (which is what I had).  If you use a whole roast, just pull it out right before serving and remove all the fat. Pull the meat apart (it will probably just fall apart) and return it to the slow cooker and discard the fat. Wanna see what that looks like? It’s not pretty, but here ya go.




Slow Cooker Roast Beef


2 pound chuck roast (or alternately, 1-2 pounds stew meat), can use frozen

4 large carrots, cut into chunks, no need to peel carrots

4-5 potatoes, cut into similar sized hunks as carrots, I leave the leave the skins on

about 2 teaspoons salt, more or less to taste

1 teaspoon ground oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon paprika

1/2 tablespoon onion powder

1/2 tablespoon garlic powder

1/4 cup tomato paste

beef stock to almost cover (or chicken stock, whatever you have)


Salt both sides of the roast (or sprinkle salt all over the stew meat).  Add the beef, carrots, and potatoes to the slow cooker.  Spread the tomato paste on the roast, and add the spices and beef stock to the slow cooker.  Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or longer if necessary).  Before serving, remove roast and shred meat, discarding fat, and add beef back to slow cooker.  Combine 2 tablespoons cornstarch and 1/4 cup water.  Add mixture to slow cooker to thicken the sauce.  Stir well and let it cook for 5 minutes with the lid off.  Serve stew with crusty bread.






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Mushroom Risotto http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/09/lazy-mushroom-risotto.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/09/lazy-mushroom-risotto.html#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=3288 Read more »]]> **This post originally ran last year, but I made the Mushroom Risotto again today, and it was just as lovely as I remembered it, so I wanted to re-post it.  And as a sidenote, this Mushroom Risotto reheats beautifully, so it’s great to take to a friend who just had a baby, or just a friend you like a lot (I delivered it to both!).


Also, I should point out the the technique used in this recipe is different than traditional risotto.  It’s so easy! No babysitting the pot while you ladle in chicken stock. **


Original Post:


So Le Creuset sent me this gorgeous French Oven in the mail a few months ago, and after I jumped up and down like a little girl, I got right to cooking! I mean, this color is beautiful…it’s called Fennel.


Le Creuset asked me to take a photo of myself with the French Oven, but because no one was home except Alex, I had to do a selfie (I don’t own a tripod…blogger fail).  And I got photobombed by a turtle, who happens to also be a ninja, a mutant, and a teenager.  I was in a rush, so I had to just go with it.



Here’s the recipe:

Lazy Mushroom Risotto


serves 4


2 tablespoons olive oil

1 yellow onion

3 cloves garlic

1 pound mushrooms (baby bella or crimini)

1 sprig fresh rosemary

1 cup Arborio rice

½ cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

3 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

¼ cup goat cheese, for serving

caramelized onions, for serving (recipe follows)


Preheat oven to 300°F.   Rinse the mushrooms (don’t soak) and dry thoroughly with paper towels. Slice the mushrooms into bite sized pieces.


In a Le Creuset French Oven, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Finely dice the yellow onion and garlic, and add it to the hot oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Add the mushrooms to the pan, turn up the heat to medium high, stir, and cook for about 8-10 minutes or until the mushrooms are brown and the liquid has evaporated.



Add the rice and rosemary, stir well, and cook for about 3 minutes.



Turn the heat to high and add the white wine, balsamic vinegar, and chicken stock to deglaze the pan. With a wooden spoon, scrape the bottom of pan to loosen any bits stuck to the bottom. Stir in the salt and pepper and bring the mixture to a boil.



Cover the French Oven with the lid and bake in the oven for 35 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the Caramelized Onions.


Top each serving with caramelized onions (recipe below) and goat cheese.




Caramelized Onions


2 large sweet onions (Vidalia is my preference)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon sugar

salt and pepper, to taste


Slice onion in half, and then thinly slice each half into semicircles. Heat olive oil and butter over medium heat in a Dutch oven until butter is melted. Add the onions, and cook over low to medium heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are very soft and sweet.  If you see dark spots on the bottom of the pan, add a little water and scrape up the browned bits.  



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Honey Ham Biscuits http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/09/honey-ham-biscuits.html http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/2014/09/honey-ham-biscuits.html#comments Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:59:50 +0000 http://www.oureverydaydinners.com/?p=4200 Read more »]]> Serve these mouth-watering salty and sweet biscuits for breakfast with extra honey, or for dinner with a green salad.  They really couldn’t be easier, and the addition of the coarse salt on top gives them an extra crunch.


Just cut open some “whomp’em” biscuits (you know, you gotta “whomp’em” on the counter to open the can), add some swiss cheese and smoked ham.  Drizzle with honey, press the biscuits together, sprinkle with salt, and bake.


Honey Ham Biscuits


1 can flaky layers biscuits

1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham

1/2 pound thinly sliced swiss cheese

about 1/4 cup honey (more or less to taste)

sprinkle of coarse salt (fleur de sel or other sea salt)

extra honey for serving


Preheat oven to 350°F.


Cut open biscuits and add honey, cheese, and a drizzle of honey.


Honey Ham Biscuits


Seal the biscuits closed and drizzle with honey.  Sprinkle with coarse salt.


Honey Ham Biscuits


Bake for 15-17 minutes at 350°, or according to package directions, until golden brown. Serve with additional honey.


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