Recipe Round-Up

What We’ve Been Eating Lately

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I may not be developing as many recipes these days as I used to, but we are definitely still eating over here! I’m just enjoying cooking other people’s recipes for a little change.

I had some requests for a post dedicated to what we’re eating now so here it is! Evenings are getting easier and a little less chaotic now as Grayson is just about four months old. I mean, don’t get me wrong — we still have a witching hour {or, as my mom likes to call it “arsenic hour” haha} — but Adam has been taking over the bedtime routine lately and it’s helped me so much! He’s been giving Grayson a bottle and putting him to bed while I make dinner. So, instead of wolfing down a meal while our baby wails from the swing, we eat a little later and get to enjoy it a bit more. Can anyone relate?!

So here’s what I’ve been cooking a ton of lately:

Chicken Spaghetti! Y’all, this is THE dish to make a new mom!!! I am about to cook one up for a friend due at the end of this month. It’s so, so, so delicious and comforting postpartum. Heck, I’m not postpartum anymore but we are still loving every bite, every time.

Heather Christo’s Greek Chicken and Potatoes

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

White Chicken Chili

Steak Fajitas using this marinade with corn tortillas, bell peppers, onion, guacamole and cowboy candy

This easy and yummy chicken with mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and green beans

Pork chops in the crock pot! Always a winner.

This steak salad. Nom nom nom.

Two Pan Roast Chicken out of this cookbook

These pork chops. <—Adam’s number one requested dinner right now and SO easy! I serve them with packaged gnocchi from Trader Joe’s. To die for.

Grilled salmon and veggies

and…some top secret recipes I’ve been working on for Green Giant that I will share with you guys soon!



This guy had his eye on my enchiladas last weekend! We got the green light from our pediatrician to try some solids with Grayson in the next few weeks and I am SO excited. I’ve already made a bunch of veggie purees and frozen them for him. More on all that coming soon!

I owe y’all a recipe and a life update…coming soon!









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  • Rebecca {foodie with family}
    September 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    I’m so glad I’m sitting at your table even if it is by way of candied jalapenos! πŸ˜€ Your little man is gorgeous and you look like you’re glowing! Motherhood suits you, darling!

    • jenna
      September 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm


  • Lindy
    September 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    That chicken spaghetti looks amazing! I’m almost 5 months pregnant and have been looking for easy meals to make for the Hubby and I. However, that chicken spaghetti looks amazing but I am avoiding processed foods. Can you suggest a substitute for the cream of mushroom/chicken soups?


  • Kristin
    September 8, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Jenna, have you thought about publishing all of your recipes into a book? I access them often from your website but I would definitely love to have them all in one place, bound together in a pretty little book πŸ™‚ just curious if it is in the works?! Say yes! πŸ™‚

    • Danielle
      September 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      YES! I’m with Kristin!! Would be so nice to have a book of all your fabulous recipes and whatever else!! Omg! I’d be in like flin! Sign me up…..I’d be the first in line to buy! LOL!! ; )

      • Colleen
        September 9, 2014 at 7:29 am

        You guys have read White Jacket Required, right? Memoir but A TON of recipes in there, including some great cakes.

        • Danielle
          September 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm

          Thanks, Colleen!! Did Not know that!! I thought it was just a straight up memoir! I am gonna order ASAP! Thanks, again. ; )

        • Barbara
          September 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm

          Yeah, really good recipes!

          • Danielle
            September 10, 2014 at 5:16 pm

            Thank, Barbara! Ordered book on amazon! Super duper excited for it to get here! I can’t wait to dive in. It looks like not only a great read, but loaded with delicious recipes too. Bonus! Score!! ; )

  • Bri | Bites of Bri
    September 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I love this post because I love hearing what other people’s go to dishes are. Baby G is getting so big and those cheeks! I hope they never go away πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn
    September 8, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    What recipe is the pesto-looking pasta photo at top? Looks delish!

  • Liz S.
    September 8, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Delicious eats for you and your family!

  • Dishing up the dirt
    September 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I’m all about simple pasta dishes when we’re strapped for time in the kitchen! Our fall broccoli plantings are making their seasonal debut and pasta is on the list!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run
    September 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I am so craving pesto broccoli pasta for dinner now, yum!

  • Maggie
    September 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    A Montessori teacher friend of mine mentioned the other day that they aren’t giving their baby purΓ©es. She said they are more inclined to have issues with food texture later on in life. I haven’t done any research into it on my own but thought it was a very interesting idea. :)All that side, What’s the top photo of? It. Looks. Amazing!! πŸ˜€

    • Gretchen
      September 9, 2014 at 5:29 am

      Seriously?? My parents apparently fed me whatever they were eating put through a tiny baby food processor thing instead of jarred baby food, and I always thought that maybe that was the reason for my weird aversion to random foods because of their textures…but I’ve NEVER heard anyone else say anything like that!

  • Stacy
    September 8, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    What’s the pasta dish that you have as the main picture? That looks really yummy as well.

    • jenna
      September 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      That is one of the dishes I made for Green Giant. I will be sharing the recipe soon!

  • AshleyL
    September 8, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    I can’t wait for your four month post I love them and retread them all the time. I have a two month old little girl and it’s so fun to read the comparison. I’d love for you to include more about how you’re doing and what you’re doing for yourself that’s working. It’s so hard to find time to take care of ourselves as new moms.
    I am in love with trader joes even more now as a new mom.
    Try their jarred bruschetta mixed with a packaged of feta and their cooked lentils. Cold or warmed. It’s great leftover for lunch picnics and with blue corn chips
    Their artichoke bruschetta is great poured over chicken breasts and baked. I also add feta sometimes! Over their mixed pilaf from the frozen section.
    I also have been making garlic chicken using their garlic simmer sauce. Sooo garlicky and delicious.
    Lastly their ricotta chicken usually located by the chicken breasts is amazing. All you do is stick it in the oven. I’m not usually a fan of ready made dinners as I love the taste of homemade but this is so fresh tasting.
    I love that all these recipes are healthy and cheap but also super fast. I usually have to make dinner with my baby in her solly wrap since my husband doesn’t get home until almost 8.
    Ps email me if you ever want to chat about babies.

    • jenna
      September 8, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Thats SO good to know re: ricotta chicken. I’m sitting here trying to figure out what we are going to eat tonight and may just run over to TJs right now and get THAT! It sounds really yummy and easy πŸ™‚

  • Laura
    September 8, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    omg, that greek chicken and potatoes dish looks SO good. and yes to the late dinner time. we do the same thing, because it is so much more enjoyable to eat without passing the baby back and forth (that sounds heartless, but i mean it very lovingly!).

    also, i left a comment a couple posts back about dreading the 4-6 month routine with moms on call, but it is amazing! i made the switch a few days before she actually turned 4 months and i can’t believe how much i love it. we can do so much more out of the house now that she is awake for 2 hour increments and i can also leave her with my husband without feeling super rushed to get home for her next feeding. have you guys made the switch?

    • jenna
      September 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      hey, that is SO great to know! We are making the switch this weekend and I am nervous. Did you start the new schedule before starting solids? Do you give a “snack bottle” like the book says?

      • Laura
        September 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        Yes, I am waiting until she is 6 months before starting solids. I had to go grab the book and read up on the snack bottle and honestly I’ve just been nursing her every 4 hours (7, 11, 3, and then the pumped bottle at 7) and it’s worked out fine. I’m sort of confused on why they say to substitute a small bottle for the feedings when the schedule has you doing the solids an hour after bottle feeding. It’s too much for my sleep deprived brain to figure out right now, haha.

  • Emily @ Fit as a Mother...
    September 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Wow – looks like you’re finding time to cook and eat well! Great!

  • Anne Y
    September 8, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Great dinner ideas! I’ve added a few to my menu this week. I have a 3 month old baby boy and I’m always looking for not-too-complicated recipes. One question, what does Nigella mean by cider and double cream? Apple cider vinegar and heavy cream?

    • jenna
      September 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      hard cider (like the alcoholic kind) and yes, heavy cream πŸ™‚

      • Anne Y
        September 9, 2014 at 4:54 am

        Thank you! Sounds like a winning combination, I can’t wait to make it πŸ™‚

  • Heather || Heather's Dish
    September 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I love reading what people actually eat! And I have SO MANY friends having babies right now, that chicken spaghetti will DEFINITELY be on the list for meal trains πŸ˜‰

  • Heater Christo
    September 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for the Greek Chicken and Potatoes love Jenna! Boy is he a cutie….

  • Alexandra
    September 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    It sounds like you are still eating REMARKABLY well for a busy new mom πŸ™‚ Recipes look delicious, too. Especially the pasta! I think that may end up inspiring my dinner tonight…

    — Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

  • Whitney
    September 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    What is the dish in the picture…did I miss that?! Looks delish!!

  • susan
    September 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    My kids had that crazy hour where they cried too at 6:00. I finally realized they were tired and I put them to bed! They would sleep from 6:00 to 1:00, wake up and eat and go back to sleep until 6:30 to 7:00. It was a rough few months until I found out they wanted to go to sleep. I was putting them to bed at 8:00 and it was TO late.

  • Haylie
    September 8, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I really want to check out the chicken spaghetti recipe, however when I click on the link it says that it’s not available. πŸ™ would you be able to let me now what blog you got this from? Maybe if I search it up it will come up.

    And I can’t wait to see the recipe of the picture featured above! Looks delicious!!

    • Laura
      September 9, 2014 at 7:04 am

      I think is a pioneer woman recipe. πŸ™‚

  • Mish @ Eatingjourney
    September 8, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    man, it does get easier…doesn’t it? Thank goodness! xo

  • Kat
    September 9, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I love that last photo of you and your little man πŸ™‚

    My baby boy is turning 8 months next week and I can totally relate to eating a later dinner just so that we didn’t have to inhale it while listening to fussy, sleepy cries.
    Since he has started eating solids now too, we include him in dinner time and it has made a world of difference. We still get some cries when we aren’t feeding him fast enough but otherwise it’s been a lot of fun!

  • Sarah @ KS Runner
    September 9, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Oh my! The Chicken Spaghetti looks so good! I think that’ll be going on our dinner menu for this week!

    I can’t wait to see the new recipes! And more pictures, Grayson is adorable!

  • Stefanie
    September 9, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Is it weird to say that I love following your blog and instagram even more than I used to? My son was born on May 19th, so it has been so fun to follow your posts throughout your pregnancy and now the first four months of babyhood. I can really relate to so much of what you have written πŸ™‚

    I can’t wait to start my little guy on solids!!

  • Carrie
    September 9, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I’ve been following along with your blog a lot more regularly lately because I have a five month old daughter (born 4/6/14). I’ve felt and experienced so many of the exact same things that you have – the birth experience that didn’t go exactly as planned, those crazy newborn days, the profound life changes that take awhile to sink in, the constant breastfeeding/pumping, trying to work out, the travel, the products, etc. I’ve really been enjoying your blog:-)

    I’m excited to read your upcoming baby food posts, but I admit that I’m a little surprised, based on what I’ve read about your parenting style, that you are going to be starting your son on solids so young. I don’t quite understand why drs. tell patients it’s okay to start babies under 6 months on solids when the American Academy of Pediatrics states that babies up to 6 months old should be exclusively breastfed (or, formula fed, if that’s the case). Their little tummies and guts just aren’t developed enough for food and they don’t need nutrition from it. Up until they turn one, solid food is just teaching them how to eat. Their nutrition is still coming from you (since you breastfeed). It’s exciting to think about the next steps with our babies and the fun developmental advancements that are in their near futures, but holding off on solids until your son is at least six months old might be something that you want to research further.

    • Jessica
      September 13, 2014 at 7:25 am

      I was hoping someone would comment about this! The research is actually pretty solid about waiting to introduce solids until 6-months. It’s so frustrating that pediatrician’s are still recommending the 4-month mark! It’s very outdated. They’ll catch up at some point. Remember – they have the rest of their lives to eat solids! No need to rush πŸ™‚

  • Nic G
    September 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I can relate to dinnertime with babies. I have 4 month old twins and my husband and I usually silently eat dinner together while the girls are in their swings/bouncy seat crying/babbling/singing. Although its sometimes entertaining, your approach sounds better!

  • Gabrielle
    September 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    So impressive you’re able to eat so well with a baby! I try to utilize nap times to cook dinner which might mean some nights dinner is cold! But it’s better than eating take out πŸ™‚ can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

  • Tracy @ sprinklesandsquats
    September 9, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    My dinner routine has become so boring and routine, so I’m going to have to try a few of these recipes out soon!

    I don’t have any kids of my own yet, but I have so many nieces and nephews… and I always loved watching them try solid foods for the first time! It’s so cute to see what they like and dislike at such a young age – so adorable!

  • Heather Mason
    September 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Oh man, that pesto pasta looks so good! I can’t wait for the recipe! It is amazing that you are even able to cook at all with a little baby at home. I’m impressed!

  • Meg
    September 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Any thoughts on how the chicken spaghetti would work with brown rice pasta? My husband has a gluten intolerance, but this recipe looks delicious and I want to make it!

  • Lisa
    September 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Thanks for the recipes I have been in a cooking rut! But, last night had grilled steak, twice baked potatoes, and harvest salad. Making seafood salad tonight.
    Love seeing your updates and recpes!!

  • Kate @ Β‘Hola! JalapeΓ±o
    September 11, 2014 at 4:32 am

    I love your recipes but its also nice to know what you’ve made and loved! Great post! PS Your baby just keeps getting cuter by the minute!

  • Joelle @ on a pink typewriter
    September 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

    All of those sound so yummy! I don’t have a baby, but I work fulltime and it’s tough to find quick recipes that don’t TASTE quick, you know?

  • Cara
    September 12, 2014 at 11:35 am

    It’s of course up to you, but agreeing with other commenters. Pediatricians still say start your baby young (4 months) with solids, but the American Academy of Pediatrics and many others say 6 months now. No rush on starting solids, they have a whole lifetime to enjoy food. πŸ™‚ BTW, loved this site when starting solids with my baby.