Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

You know when you feel so successful because you wake up Monday morning, make it to your 7:40 appointment on time, survive getting 57 vials of blood drawn, and then even manage to get your car’s oil changed? All before 10 am?

And you tweet 15 times about HOW ADULT you are and now you’re killing Monday?

And then you go home, change into your PJs, and sleep until you have to pick your kids up from school?

My life, yesterday.

Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

Thankfully, I had this Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese in the fridge so I didn’t have to worry about cooking dinner.

I don’t know what possessed me to make this. The whole time I was cooking it, I was thinking, “The kids are never going to eat this.”

“Tomatoes? NOPE. Green chiles? NOPE.”

They loved it! Asked for more. Yesterday I gave them the option between this and Trader Joe’s orange chicken and they picked this!

Seriously! Tomatoes and all!

(Also, baseball’s back! If you’re a Braves fan, tweet with me! Better yet, snap me! Username: amandalivesay)

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Heeeeeey guys! Happy almost Friday!

I cooked dinner last night. Like, a real dinner. Not putting random blog things on a plate and calling it dinner.

And then I went to Whataburger after the kids were in bed because I am 100% totally absolutely going to eat healthy starting today and I had to have one more burger. And fries. And maybe some Cadbury Crunchie Biscuits. Now I’m ready to be healthy!

I give it 3 days before I’m in the In-N-Out drive thru at midnight.

But whatever.

So anyway, dinner! I made this Cashew Chicken Cassrole for the kids and they loved it! (I had a few bites too and it was definitely delicious.)

Cashew chicken was my go-to Chinese food order in Colorado and I think I had it at least once a month for all 4 years we were there. It was so good there. Packed full of veggies – I mean, zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, celery, peppers, and even water chestnuts.

I wanted to make something kind of like that but a little more kid-friendly so I left out the mushrooms and the zucchini (because my kids won’t eat them) but feel free to add them or any other veggie! The sauce is delicious and tastes just like the one from my fave restaurant and my kids loved all the crunchy chow mein noodles and cashews on top.

This is a easy, healthy meal that the whole family will love.

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We are officially two days away from one of the biggest grilling holidays. How excited are you? Hopefully as excited as I am.

We’ve already talked about how much I love the 4th of July but what I haven’t told you is that I’m approaching the holiday with a game plan. Because I have s’mores on my brain and I cannot even wait to roast a million marshmallows over the grill and then smush them in between graham crackers with all sorts of chocolate.

The best.

So my game plan is to cook healthy for our cookout to save calories/stomach space for the s’mores.

Enter this salad. I’ll be making this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad because it’s healthy and filling and it has tons of flavors, textures, and basically all my favorite things.

So the base is quinoa and it’s tossed with a cilantro lime dressing. And then on top of that you put your Blackened Chicken. This grilled chicken is SO perfect. I used thighs because we prefer it over breasts but use what you like. The chicken is rubbed with a delicious mixture of spices and herbs and then it’s grilled until blackened. We’ve been grilling thighs like this every weekend to throw over salads and such during the week.

And then on top of the chicken, you layer avocado slices, mango, grilled corn, blueberries, feta, and more cilantro. I’m telling you, so much flavor going on here.

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Let it be known that I have officially failed Paleo Week. 

Guys, I hate to be a Debbie Downer but I am so frustrated. I’ve been throwing myself pity parties and the best way to do that is with pizza, wine, and a giant bag of Sour Patch Kids. 

My allergies have just been awful since we got here. I lived all my life with horrible allergies so when we moved to Colorado and they disappeared, it was the best thing ever. And now they’re back and worse than ever. And I hate everything. 

My husband thinks I’m nuts because I cry at least once a day because omg, my eyes won’t stop itching. And the Zyrtec stops working about the time I have to pick the kids up from school so I talk to their teachers as a big snotty mess.

TMI?

Yep.

Anyway, I’m blaming allergies for my Paleo-fail. If you see me this summer sitting by the pool in jeans and a sweatshirt, it’s the allergies fault.

That’s the official story.

I made these Crockpot Pesto Ranch Chicken Thighs recently after seeing them go around the interwebs for years. I don’t even like pesto that much but one of my favorite Youtubers raved about the recipe so I had to try it. 

I  was shocked by how much my family loved this one. I will definitely be making it frequently. Feel free to use whatever chicken pieces you like – we pretty only eat thighs these days so I used those but breasts would work as well. 

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Sesame Chicken - better than takeout! And so easy!

Happy Tuesday! 

Moving day is fast approaching. We have less than a week left in our current house which is exciting and terrifying. Exciting because, well, moving is exciting. Terrifying because we’re less than a week out and we still don’t have movers scheduled. Like, we have carpet cleaners scheduled and all our stuff has to be out by that day but the dang Army is totally dragging you-know-what on their part in this.

Also, yesterday my husband was randomly all, “Maybe we should live on post” after YEARS of complaining about living on post here in Colorado. 

So we have no movers and are currently undecided on where to live. 

But the kids have been withdrawn from school (they’ll still be going until the day we leave though), the house has been purged of all crap, and we’re almost out of here. For real. 

I’ve been trying to work my way through the food in the freezer and pantry but it’s sooo hard. There’s only so much you can do with a container of oats, some frozen salmon, and a 3 bags of Cheetos. But I’m trying. 

I did have all the ingredients for my favorite Chinese takeout: Sesame Chicken! This recipe is a favorite of all 3 of the kids and we never have even a single bite of chicken left over. And it’s really easy! There’s no batter, no deep frying, just a simple chicken recipe! 

Sesame Chicken - better than takeout! And so easy!

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