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Daily Family Kitchen Inspiration

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Daily Family Kitchen Inspiration

Posted on 27 April 2012 by noelskitchen

“Laughter is brightest where food is best.” ~Irish Proverb

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Daily Family Kitchen Inspiration: Be A Positive Role Model

Posted on 16 April 2012 by noelskitchen

Today’s Daily Family Kitchen Inspiration can also be a great Family Table Talk subject.

As parents, we are our children’s most powerful role-models.  We can help empower them by using positive self-talk  about ourselves and others.  Using positive words that reflect self-confidence, love, trust, and abundance to create our own reality is the best example we can give our children.  It is up to us to provide our children with the tools they can use to empower themselves and counteract the negative and self-limiting thoughts that bombard them on a daily basis.

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Simple Jambalaya

Posted on 14 February 2012 by noelskitchen


I made this Simple Jambalaya for dinner last night, and it was yummy. Nothing fancy. But, delicious, nonetheless.

Simple Jambalaya

Serves: 4-6



  • 1/4 cup onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 can (14 1/2-ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup kielbasa sausage, sliced
  • 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (14 1/2-ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coarsely chop onion and add to baking dish. Add pressed garlic, tomatoes, sausage, rice and seasonings; stir.
  3. Pour broth over rice mixture; cover.
  4. Bake 55-60 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid has absorbed. Carefully removed baking dish. Stir in corn; cover. Let stand 8-10 minutes.



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Week 2 of the Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge

Posted on 07 February 2012 by noelskitchen

Sunday, I was a little laid back in writing out our weekly meal plan for Week 2 of our Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge.  It was Super Bowl Sunday as you all know and although we’re not die hard sports fans, I enjoy watching who’s going to sing our national anthem and watch the halftime show. Even some of the commercials are a little entertaining.

I was putting off writing out the weekly meal plan I was thinking about until Monday morning. Little did I know that I was going to be blasted with a crazy day at the office on Monday. I only give myself one hour to read and answer emails and write my posts in the morning before heading to the office. I simple just ran out of time yesterday. Yes, it does happen. I’m only human after all.

For ideas in the weekly meal plan, I’m listing meals I can make or prep on one day to have another day during the week. Some of the recipes you’ll find on my Recipe Index page with grocery list included.

My Weekly Meal Plan

Having a well stocked freezer from the BOGO sale in the meat department at the grocery store helps out the weekly meal plan a lot, so most of my meal plan will be using those items. At the end of the week, I’ll probably make a quick trip to the store to grab any great stock ahead deals for the pantry and replenish any produce or dairy needs we might have.

Sunday: Game Day Favorites–basically any finger foods like chicken wings, hot dogs, chips and salsa with guacamole dip, etc. ( Apple Crumb Top Baked Oatmeal for breakfast).

Monday: Bacon Guacamole Burgers on Homemade Wheat Rolls, steak fries and veggies. (I’ll season the beef rib roast and place it in the crock pot for tomorrow night’s dinner.)

Tuesday: Beef and Bean Burritos Tacos (using the shredded beef  filling I cooked in the crock pot and crock pot pinto beans from the freezer. New recipe for cooking the beef roast in the crock pot later in the week–it’s so simple!). Will freezer any leftovers for lunches or a future dinner.

Wednesday: Crock Pot Roasted Chicken, roasted potatoes and steamed veggies.

Thursday: Pasta Bar, (Homemade Foccacia Bread-a recipe I’m still trying to perfect).

Friday: Family Pizza Night

Saturday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, cheese bread (hope to post this one too later this week too!) I’ll be using Homemade Chicken Stock from the freezer adding leftover Crock Pot Roasted Chicken from Wednesday night, adding noodles on hand in the pantry, carrots, celery, leeks, onions, etc.)

What is on your weekly meal plan this week? I’d love to hear your ideas!

Plan Your Meal By What’s On Sale!

As you’re writing out your weekly meal plan, remember that there are some items that are always going to be on sale at the grocery store. This past week, seasonal items on sale were: avacados, spinach and cabbage. Remember to keep an eye out for cold weather fixings for chili, soups and stews.

*Click on the links below to go directly to recipes for each item!

To catch up on previous week’s in the challenge, click on the links below:


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BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cole Slaw

Posted on 31 January 2012 by noelskitchen



BBQ Chicken Sliders with Cole Slaw




  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce can or bottle) beer
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Frank’s hot sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, bring all sauce ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. Add shredded chicken to crock pot. Pour sauce over chicken and stir until combined. Cook on low heat for 4 hours.
  3. Spoon bbq chicken mixture on rolls and top with cole slaw (recipe below)

Cole Slaw for BBQ Chicken Sliders


  • 1/2 green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 red cabbage, chopped


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper


  1. In a small bowl, mix dressing ingredients together. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill. (Do this while the BBQ Chicken is in the crock pot.
  2. Keep cabbage wrap in plastic wrap or zip loc bag until ready to use.
  3. When ready to serve, add cabbage to a medium to large bowl. Pour just enough dressing to lightly coat the cabbage.
  4. Top BBQ Chicken with cole slaw and serve.

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