Italian Teriyaki Grilled Chicken, Sweet Green Beans & Salad.

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No matter where you go out to eat, home cooked meals are so much better. Why? They’re healthier, they’re cheaper, and they taste better. Last night, Nick and I made dinner. We never got to our Christmas puzzles because we had to go on a road trip to pick up dog food, but we can make up for that tonight. The darker nights are killin’ me.

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I’m obsessed with cold macaroni in salads.  I mixed salad dressing with the cold pasta and added it to a bowl of spinach. I added diced tomatoes, craisins, American cheese, and fried onion rings to the mix.

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I haven’t made my sweet green beans in a while and so I whipped these up!

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The chicken was my favorite part. I marinated chicken in italian dressing, teriyaki sauce, and chicken seasoning for about eight hours. Nick grilled them on a charcoal grill and they were perfectly cooked! Sometimes grilled chicken can get dry if you don’t marinate it or cook it right. He did well!

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What is your favorite thing to cook for dinner? Share your recipes!

Comments

  • Jessica

    That chicken sounds delicious – I’ll have to try it out. I love marinading meats – they turn out so tender & juicy! I love trying new recipes and I recently came across one for Lemon Garlic Shrimp. I modified the recipe some and it was so quick & easy and delicious!

    http://www.mymidwestexistence.com/lemon-garlic-shrimp

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  • Becky

    I’ve completely fallen in love with baked butternut squash this fall. I tried it for the first time and now I can’t stop eating it. I simply wash the whole squash, cut it in large pieces and bake them in the oven at 175C (350F) for 45-60 minutes (depending on the size and whether I want them more potato-like or more mushy). The squash starts caramelizing and sometimes the sweet and sticky juice oozes out 😀

    I love to pair my squash with pulled chicken breast (discovered a super quick and easy method online! http://www.melskitchencafe.com/how-to-simple-shredded-chicken-and-another-recipe-collage/) that I toss in low sodium soy sauce which makes it juicy and salty. Then I usually add some greens – your sesame green beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts, peas, spinach…

    One of my favorite dinner combos and super filling cause the squash actually fills you like potatoes while being a lot lower in calories (which means that I usually eat a ton :D)!

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  • Alena

    Ohhhh that whole meal looked fantastic! 2014 has been the year of learning in the kitchen for me! I like to make stuffed chicken (usually with spinach and a light cheese). I also like making a fiesta salad with shredded chicken, tomatoes, corn, beans, tortilla strips, and a home made taco ranch sauce

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  • Chelsea

    My favorite food (of the moment…changes all the time) to cook for dinner right now is crockpot sweet potatoes. Super easy, but the recipe I started with is here: http://wellnessmama.com/3272/slow-cooker-sweet-potatoes/ They are sooo much sweeter for some reason and so delicious.

    The last I made them I served green beans and baked garlic tofu as well! I’m vegan so this was a nice complete meal for us 🙂

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    • Heather

      Hi Chelsea!
      Do you have a recipe for the baked garlic tofu as well? Sounds delicious! I will definitely try the sweet potatoes in the crockpot!

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      • Chelsea

        Hi Heather! I don’t follow any particular recipe actually, just toss tofu cubes in olive oil, salt, pepper and minced garlic. I buy the little jar of minced garlic at the store because I’m lazy 🙂 I bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, then pan-fry until it turns crispy. I read about that little trick somewhere else so can’t credit myself for that!

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        • EVA

          Actually, you can save an extra dish to wash and just broil the tofu cubes for about three minutes. I do it every time and it has yet to fail me!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      yum! thanks for sharing!

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  • Linda @ TheFitty

    Home cooked food does. tste better, but sometimes doesn’t seem as appealing as outside food, you know? Maybe because you’re in a different environment or the very fact that someone else cooked the meal makes it appealing.:)

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