grilled cheese with roasted broccoli

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, meatless meals, sandwiches, vegetarian, Veggies 15 Comments

grilled cheese with roasted broccoli

This is the BEST grilled cheese sandwich EVER, at least that’s what Zoe and I said as we devoured this sandwich. Adding roasted broccoli to a grilled cheese sandwich is genius, as it adds an extra punch of flavor and texture, and honestly makes you feel less guilty about eating a grilled cheese.  As one of my readers Samantha says, “can’t go wrong with grilled cheese, but when you add a green- it takes it to a whole new level.”  Samantha, I totally agree with you girl!  Tossing some brocoli into a grilled cheese is also a great way to sneak some veggies into your little ones, so for those of you that have some picky veggie eaters, you may want to …

roasted broccoli

Marin Mama family favorites, how to, side dishes, Veggies 20 Comments

roasted broccoli

I thought instead of showing you all some fancy staged photo of a bowl of roasted broccoli, that I would show you my kids actually eating and liking it!  I know that if I hear about someone’s kids digging a veggie then I’m more inclined to make it up for my kids.  So, hopefully by seeing my kids enjoying this super healthy veggie, some of you may be more inclined to make this up for your troops!  I’m also letting you all know that this is not going to be a fancy post with jaw dropping photos, but instead it’s going to be a quick and simple post showing you all a quick and simple family approved recipe.  That’s how Marin …

ham and gruyere stuffed french toast

Marin Mama breads and grains, breakfast, dinner, family favorites, lunch, weeknight dinners 11 Comments

ham and gruyere stuffed french toast

Easter is just around the corner and this ham and gruyere stuffed french toast is the perfect entrée for Easter brunch or dinner.  Actually in my opinion, this stuffed toast is good anytime of year and anytime of day. I baked this up the other night for dinner and it was amazing, and needless to say it got the double thumbs up from both of the kids. Eli was literally licking his plate, of course he slathered his piece with maple syrup, but he was still licking his plate, and that makes any mom happy. Sometimes breakfast for dinner is the best!  This french toast is perfect for those that like a sweet and savory combination. To get the sweet, …

rosemary skillet chicken

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites, weeknight dinners 19 Comments

rosemary skillet chicken

Ok, here’s a recipe for all of my chicken loving readers out there, and I know there are quite a few of you. You guys have been so patient with my quinoa craziness lately, so I found this recipe just for you, and I guess selfishly for me, because my family and I do love chicken.   This is the perfect weeknight chicken recipe folks.  The marinade comes together in a flash and can be made ahead in the morning, so when you get home from work or just from a long busy day, all you have to do is roast up the chicken.  Yippee! The chicken takes under 30 minutes to roast up to perfection, but tastes like a chicken …

simple weeknight chicken soup

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites, Soups, weeknight dinners 79 Comments

simple weeknight chicken soup

So, I’m back, well sort of. I’ve realized during this brief hiatus that I really missed my blog and I really missed all of you.  This blog is a part of me and a part of me that I don’t want to quit or give up on just yet.  I’m a person who loves to share with people, sharing just makes me happy, so I’m going to keep sharing with you all my recipes as well as my journey. There are a lot of changes going on in my life right now, some changes that are amazing and others that are difficult, so I don’t know the frequency of how often I will post, it may just be two times a …

Barefoot’s weeknight bolognese

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, Pastas, sauces, weeknight dinners 17 Comments

Barefoot's weeknight bolognese

Ok, so maybe this isn’t the best recipe to post the week after Thanksgiving since we’re all pretty much fooded out, but I’m posting it now because I know there are a lot of you who love and need easy family approved weeknight dinners. December is all about indulgence to me, so let’s go ahead and indulge, celebrate and eat to our hearts content!  Doesn’t that sound fun?  This is the perfect bolognese for those busy weeknights, as it only takes 45 minutes to pull together, and the sauce tastes like a sauce that’s been cooking on your stove top all day, not for just 30 minutes. This is a great winter pasta because you don’t need any fresh vegetables, …

pasta with kale, lemon and toasted walnuts

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, kale, meatless meals, most popular recipes, Pastas, vegetarian, weeknight dinners 36 Comments

pasta with kale, lemon and toasted walnuts

Today I’m giving you all a tasty, healthy, easy, family approved and under 30 minute weeknight pasta (whew, that was a mouthful)! I mean who doesn’t love that! This pasta is a basically a cross between my broccoli lemon pasta and lacinato kale salad.  It incorporates the best of both recipes. The pasta literally take no time to put together, (under 30 minutes) thus making it perfect for those busy Meatless Mondays, or any busy weeknight. If you have your kale de-stemmed and ready to go, then this will take even less time.  All you’re basically doing is zesting and juicing a lemon, mincing some garlic, and then sautéing all of the ingredients together while the pasta cooks.  You then toss them all …

popovers with rosemary and sea salt

Marin Mama breads and grains, breads and muffins, family favorites, popovers, side dishes 49 Comments

popovers with rosemary and sea salt

We’re a total popover loving family. We love the traditional popovers, sugar-crusted popovers and now these rosemary and sea salt popovers. Popovers are my carb of choice because they’re SO easy to make up and require a few simple pantry ingredients.  They may look all fancy and formal with their big puffy tops and seem difficult to make, but let me tell you, they’re one of the easiest recipes to make. They even have an exact cooking time which makes them even easier to make up. I came up with the idea for these popovers after Zoe showed me a picture of some dinner rolls topped with rosemary and sea salt. The rolls look fabulous, and I’m going to give …

pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

Marin Mama cakes and cupcakes, Desserts, family favorite desserts, family favorites, most popular recipes 20 Comments

pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

Thanks to everyone for voting this week on which recipe you wanted to see posted next.  As you can see from the comments, this pumpkin cake won hands down.  I’m totally not surprised because it’s fall and everyone has pumpkin and cake on their minds. It really wasn’t a fair competition, was it?  I mean salad vs cake?  I knew who the winner was before I finished the post, but I just wanted to double-check and make sure that’s what you all wanted.  So thanks 🙂 My friend Amanda, or as we like to call her, Baker mama, sent me this recipe.  Amanda and I love food, all types of food, from healthy to not so healthy (like dessert).  We both …

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaise

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, lunch, meatless meals, salsas and dips, sandwiches, sauces, vegetarian 31 Comments

vegetarian banh mi sandwich with sriracha mayonnaise

I’m sure there are those of you that have never heard of a banh mi sandwich before, am I right?  You’re probably thinking what the heck is a banh mi sandwich.  Well, I didn’t know what one was either until this past spring when my friend Carolyn showed some photos on Instagram of her fixings for a banh mi sandwich.  Since then, I’ve seen these sandwiches popping up everywhere, it’s like my eyes were opened.  Banh mi is the perfect combination of french bread combined with Vietnamese ingredients like cilantro, pickled vegetables, and chilies.  Banh mi’s can be made with chicken, pork, beef, tofu, eggs and salmon and the sauces or spreads vary with each sandwich.  I chose to make …

avocado-tahini dip

Marin Mama after school snacks, dressings, family favorites, Marin mama's favorite things, salsas, salsas and dips, sauces, side dishes 35 Comments

avocado-tahini dip

This is the tale of the salad dressing that transformed into a dip.  It sounds like the start of a fairy tale don’t you think?   Except turning from a salad dressing into a dip doesn’t sound like a great transformation, (kind of like a prince turning into a frog) but it is, so it’s a story with a happy ending. It all began one afternoon when I was looking for a new salad dressing to massage into my kale.  I wanted to see if I could find another pantry staple dressing that I loved as much as my lacinato kale salad and my ricotta salata dressings.  I made up this dressing and tried it with the kale, but it was …

parmesan-crusted pork chops

Marin Mama dinner, family favorites, meats, most popular recipes, pork, weeknight dinners 20 Comments

parmesan-crusted pork chops

It’s back to school time everyone and fall is just around the corner and nothing says fall cooking like skillet pork chops. These pork chops are crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside, just like you want a pork chop to be.  So basically, if you like pork chops, then you’re going to love these.  I made these up a couple of weeks ago because I realized I didn’t have any pork recipes on my blog, gasp.  We tend to lean more towards chicken and buffalo and I completely forgot about the other white meat, pork, so I decided to whip up one of our favorite pork chop recipes.

citrus-marinated chicken

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites, most popular recipes, weeknight dinners 49 Comments

citrus-marinated chicken

Ok, I have to say that this is one of my favorite chicken recipes ever, and Zoe and Eli both agree with me. We tried this the other night, gave each other the thumbs up, and said that this chicken was totally blog worthy and need to be posted sooner than later. The chicken is SO moist and full of flavor from the citrus marinade, and the skin gets all crispy and yummy from cooking under the broiler. This is seriously going to be one of my new go-to recipes for chicken, and the best part is that it can be made year round because it’s cooked under the broiler. Yippee! You could also grill it up, or even sear it …

chocolate Oreo ice cream

Marin Mama chocolate, Desserts, family favorite desserts, family favorites, ice cream, most popular recipes 25 Comments

chocolate Oreo ice cream

This chocolate Oreo ice cream tastes like my favorite ice cream from Sebastian Joe’s in Minneapolis. It’s pure, creamy, full of big chunks of Oreo cookie, and it’s oh so chocolaty.  It’s not too rich tasting nor too bland, it’s just perfect.  I know some of you are intimated by the thought of making homemade ice cream, but please don’t be, it’s seriously one of the easiest desserts to make. You just stir a few simple ingredients together over the stove top, let it come to a boil and then whisk in the rest, throw it in a blender for 30 seconds, let it chill for a bit and then let your ice cream maker churn it into ice cream. …

pesto-yogurt roasted chicken drumsticks

Marin Mama chicken, dinner, family favorites, most popular recipes, weeknight dinners 33 Comments

pesto-yogurt roasted chicken drumsticks

I love chicken recipes like this where all you have to do is throw together a few simple ingredients and then let the chicken sit and marinate all day. This is the perfect weeknight meal because it can be assembled ahead of time and only take 30 minutes to cook up. You have flexibility here, you can either throw together the marinade the night before, early in the morning or late in the afternoon, and then when you get home from work or running the kids around, you just throw it in the oven to roast for 30 minutes. While the chicken is roasting, you can assemble the rest of the meal. Now, how easy is that? We love chicken …