{One Pot} Pesto Chicken Tortellini

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

A thirty-minute, one pot, simple dinner. Pesto chicken and sun-dried tomatoes tossed with tortellini and fresh basil.

An easy one pot pesto chicken tortellini

My sister recently graduated from high school (WAHOO!) and came over one afternoon to play with Grey and hang out for a bit. Naturally, I had to make sure she was well fed and so I made her this dish for lunch.

Let me just tell you, I’ve never seen her eat so much in one sitting. Ever. And a direct quote from this sister: “This is the best thing you’ve ever made!” Bold words, but man this dish is good!

Since there weren’t any leftovers from that lunch, I had to make sure to make it for the husband and he too went nuts over it. A meal that can be made in one pot, under thirty minutes, and make a crowd go crazy? Yes, this is the dish!… 

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Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa Bake

Cheddar Ranch Chicken Quinoa and Veggies! Everything gets cooked together!

This post brought to you by Hidden Valley Ranch. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Chelsea’s Messy Apron. This cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake is loaded with good-for-you ingredients plus lots of veggies. A simple casserole where the chicken and quinoa get baked in the same dish!

Secretly healthy cheddar ranch chicken quinoa bake - the creamy flavor comes from Greek yogurt!

Okay so you know how creamy foods are usually loaded with butter or high fat milk or heavy cream? Well, welcome to a whole lot healthier with this creamy dish. I’m talking chicken broth, low-fat milk, and a little bit of flour. And the cheddar ranch part? Well of course there is cheddar cheese, but I used reduced-fat (and couldn’t even tell a difference!), then GREEK YOGURT, and the newest, latest, and greatest Greek yogurt ranch mix.

It’s kind of crazy all of the healthier swaps I made in this recipe when it doesn’t even taste lower fat or calorie. It tastes like the real-deal, ultra-creamy, delicious comfort food. I’m trying to convince myself it is not in fact magical, because it kinda sorta does seem magical.

Are you freaking out yet about this recipe? Clearly I am…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

The quinoa, chicken, and veggies are all cooked in ONE dish – the crockpot makes this dinner incredibly simple to make!

Crockpot Chicken Teriyaki, Quinoa, and Veggies - ALL thrown in the crockpot and dinner is ready!

This is seriously one of the easiest teriyaki chicken recipes ever. On this site, there does happen to be a very simple oven baked teriyaki dish which my family seriously loves, but as far as getting some veggies, grains, and fruit all cooked and ready in one dish? Well, this is the winner.

The chicken, quinoa, peppers, and pineapple are all cooked together in the crockpot so you don’t have to waste extra pans cooking up things separately. And the result is a flavorful, healthy, and delicious dish with incredibly little prep time!… 

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Mandarin Chicken Pasta Salad

The best mandarin chicken pasta salad!

Pasta is tossed with spinach, mandarin oranges, lots of veggies, and deliciously flavored chicken pieces all topped with sliced almonds and drizzled with a flavorful dressing.

The best mandarin chicken pasta salad!

Pasta salads are pretty much a staple at my home during the Spring and Summer. Our all-time favorites (featured on the blog) are this pesto pasta and tortellini salad, this chicken taco pasta salad with a catalina dressing, and my personal favorite this Greek pasta salad.

However, after making this salad (and subsequently making it twice more in the same week), I think it’s safe to say we have a new “family favorite pasta salad.” This salad is packed with flavor, extremely filling, has all the right textures, and, honestly, it just feels plain good eating all the vegetables/healthy ingredients while absolutely loving it…. 

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Simple Mexican Chicken {30 minute meal}

The easiest 6-ingredient Mexican chicken over cilantro-lime couscous

A simple 6-ingredient Mexican salsa chicken served over a quick cilantro-lime couscous.

The easiest 6-ingredient Mexican chicken

This is quite possibly one of the EASIEST dinners to throw together. Ever. I’m talking SIX ingredients for the chicken portion!  Just chicken, taco seasoning, salsa, corn, black beans, and cheese.

The great news is not only is it super easy, the taste is incredible. Like no one would know it only took an easy six ingredients to get that flavor. Tender chicken with a little bit of a kick and tons of cheesy goodness. Of course, the “kick” part can totally be adapted to your preference – you pick the level of salsa and you can always make your own taco seasoning to give it more or less spice…. 

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5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper Chicken

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Amazing, lemon pepper chicken made with fresh lemon juice for a nice citrus burst by Layers of Happiness.

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Good Morning! I’m Emily from Layers of Happiness – food blog where I share easy, drool-worthy recipes with my mom. I’m so happy to be here with you this morning to share one amazing, quick and easy recipe: 5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper ChickenThis is such a simple and quick light dinner to make… and it has so much citrus flavor packed in!

We have been all about quick and easy dinners at our house lately. Especially now that the weather is warmer and we can finnaalllllyyy dust of the grill!

This chicken can be made on a skillet or on the grilled. What makes this chicken so simple is that there is only 5-ingredients (only 4 if you grill the chicken) and it’s so quick because there is no marinading time is required…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Delicious and easy sweet honey chipotle chicken tacos made easy with a slow cooker. You can control the level of spice in these tacos very easily!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Today is moving day!! We signed the papers over the weekend and will be moving into our place all day tomorrow. And probably throughout the next couple of weeks of course. Unfortunately, moving with a kiddo and lots of furniture isn’t like the good ole college days where I could switch apartments and be moved in within a couple of hours.

The husband and I were talking about that. What happens when you get married?! We both remember being able to move ALL of our stuff from one apartment to the next by just using the trunk and backseat of our cars. And now WHOMP a 16-foot moving truck is packed full of stuff.

And the boxes. Oh my word. So many boxes! So wish me luck and hopefully I’ll have some more recipes for you all later this week, but if the blog is quiet, you know I’m buried in those boxes wishing I were cooking up yummy food for us all!… 

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Easy Chicken Curry and Rice {One Skillet}

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An incredibly simple chicken curry and rice dish with fresh vegetables. This dish is all made in one pot (even the rice) and can easily be customized to personal preference. One Pot Chicken Curry

I’ve had quite a few comments and e-mails asking for some Australian-inspired food! I can’t even begin to explain how inspired I’ve been with food and recipes since being here, but it’s hard to put a finger on what “Australian” food is.

We’ve eaten out A LOT. And I say that feeling like the caps are still an understatement. We want to really take advantage of being here and trying all the new places. So although I’ve been so inspired by all types of foods and tried many different things that I typically wouldn’t, I don’t know that I really have an “Australian dish” for you all. At least, not yet.

I can tell you what seems to be very popular here – meat pies (still can’t find that appetizing, but I’m not a huge “meat” person), lots of muesli, tons of pastries (different from America and YUM), vegemite on toast (definitely an acquired taste in my opinion – it tastes like straight iron), and biscuits which are basically unique types of cookies.  Oh yeah, and I even saw kangeroo meat at the local market!… 

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Cream Cheese Chicken Tortellini Bake

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A delicious cream cheese and Parmesan chicken bake with broccoli and tortellini. This delicious casserole is comfort food at its best!

EASY Cream Cheese Chicken Tortellini Bake - all put in one casserole dish (even the unbaked tortellini) and baked! #dinner #chicken #casserole #tortellini

Aaaand it’s Monday! How was everyone’s weekend? Ours is pretty much a blur already; they go by too quickly! But I will tell you one thing, I worked super hard on an exciting thing coming to the blog soon… I am so excited!!

It’s not as big as the book I wrote about starting a blog, but it’s going to be pretty great :)

I’ll give you some hints, but don’t hate me for saying these things already… First, it has to do with Christmas. (I know, I know….). Second, it has to do with Christmas gift giving. Since running a blog, I’ve come to understand (at least a little bit) why stores bring out holiday (and particularly Christmas) stuff so early. It’s for planners like me. So I can buy the things, create stuff with those things, and post it giving you all plenty of time to plan for and then replicate it before the holiday has already come and gone.

I like to be way planned out and have everything done in advance. You remember when I had pumpkin recipes and it was still about 90 degrees outside, right? :)… 

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{One Pot} Chicken, Rice, & Veggie Fajita Bowls

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This one pot dish tastes just like fajitas without the tortilla! (But you can definitely use them if you want!) This meal takes less than 30 minutes, is all made in one pot, and is full of flavor while keeping the ingredients to a minimum.

One Pot Chicken & Rice Fajita Bowls I via chelseasmessyapron.com I #fajita #onepot #under30minutes #easy

Two one-pot meals two posts in a row?! You can probably guess that someone is getting molars right now. Hint: I’ve already got mine. Yeah, the little guy hasn’t been feeling the greatest in these parts and we can feel one poking through in the back. (Poor little guy!)

And since he doesn’t take teething too well… there’s been a lot of tears, a few tantrums (okay maybe more than a few), some mega-clinginess, and lots of snuggles/back-scratches (<–he loves those). Which means, when I go into the kitchen to make food, he’s not loving that. Chopping vegetables with a baby on my hip? I’m pretty sure I look really awesome in the attempt. (Read: not so awesome.)

So these one pot meals are seriously a lifesaver. Which, P.S., I see a lot more coming in the future of CMA since, well, he’s got a lot more teeth that need to come in. The great news is, this meal definitely made him feel much better; he absolutely loved it. Which, I have to admit, with all the veggies, I was skeptical how much he would like it. But, seeing as he ate pretty much the same portion that I did, this recipe is a keeper!… 

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{One Pot} Creamy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Divan

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This delicious and lightened up creamy chicken, broccoli, and rice divan can all be made in one pot and in under 30 minutes. It’s filled with flavor and keeps the ingredients to a minimum!

Easy, 30 minute, ONE POT Chicken divine with broccoli! #dinner #chicken #onepot #easy

I have been completely overwhelmed with the awesome responses on the reader survey. Seriously, you guys are the best <3! Thank you!! Oh, and then there’s my mom who specifically requested that my blog include pictures of her grandson in every post ha! Yes, I know that is you mom! :) (And if you haven’t taken it, I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

I’ll let you all know the results when it’s all finished up. But for now, I’ve got some more yummy one-pot goodness. Plus I healthified it a bit – a lightened up creamy chicken, broccoli, and rice divan in one pot and thirty minutes. Oh yeah!

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Baked Teriyaki Chicken with a Sriracha Cream Sauce

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A delicious and simply baked teriyaki chicken over rice and covered in a spicy 3-ingredient sriracha cream sauce. This dinner takes minimal preparation time and is healthier since the chicken isn’t fried.

Easy baked teriyaki chicken with a 3-ingredient sriracha cream sauce.

Not too far from our house there is a massive mall. One that we frequent far too often.

There’s a puppy slash animal shop that we spend way too long in and talk about all the dogs we are going to buy, but then end up not buying any said dogs because the baby is a terror to dogs. He has no concept of being gentle, and well, we don’t feel ready to have a tiny little puppy with him being so rough. Did I tell you about how he practically ripped the lips off my dog when we were in Utah? Yeah. That was bad.

Then there’s my favorite shop that the husband dreads me going into because he can’t get me to leave. Ever. It’s called Williams Sonoma. And P.S. this past weekend they were baking pumpkin bread in their store and have all the pumpkin candles lit, and being there feels like my happy place. I mean, it’s got to be my happy place because I can’t stop smiling. And touching all of the dishes and wishing I could just move into the store and smell the bread and candles and bake in all the dishes and cut with all those knives all day long.

It’s definitely my happy place.

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