After taking a short break from blogging for personal reasons,  I'm officially back with new recipes to share.
I'm kicking off my comeback week with a recipe that puts a lighter twist on two delectable favorites -- fried chicken and mashed potatoes.  These comfort classics can be lightened up quickly and easily without sacrificing taste.  So toss your fryer aside and get cookin' the light way. 

Not So Fried Chicken

Total Time: 50 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes

What you'll need
2 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
2. In a medium mixing bowl, toss chicken in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
3. Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet; bake for 45 minutes or until chicken is browned, crispy and cooked through. 

Recipe adapted from ABC's The Chew

Skinny Garlic Mashed Potatoes 
Total Time: 35 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes 
Cook: 30 minutes

What you'll need
2 medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
2 tablespoons light sour cream
2 tablespoons chicken broth
1 tablespoon skim milk
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons optional herb (parsley, thyme, tarragon)

1. In a medium saucepan, add potatoes, garlic, a pinch of salt and enough water to cover potatoes; bring to a boil. 
2. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain.  Return potatoes are garlic to pan.
3. Add sour cream, chicken broth, milk and butter.  
4. Using a potato masher, mash until smooth.  You may need to add more chicken broth if potatoes seem dry. 
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Mix in desired herb.  Serve and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from

08/24/2013 08:12

Yay! Im glad you are going to be back and posting new recipes. Can't wait for more weekly dinner menu's. My husband and I have been using it on and off for over a year now. Love your website :)

08/25/2013 18:22

Thanks Kaycee! I hope to post a new weekly menu in the near future. I know it's been awhile! I'm so glad you and your husband are enjoying my site.

Pam R Ferguson
08/24/2013 11:20

I would like weekly emails of your recipes

08/25/2013 18:23

Hi Pam! I'd love to be able to provide weekly emails. Unfortunately, my host site does not offer it, so I've been trying to find an alternative option. I hope to have a solution soon.

08/25/2013 15:28

So glad you're back :)

08/25/2013 18:25

Thanks Meredith! I'm glad to be back in the kitchen and on the blog. A large part of my absence was due to a jaw related injury, which put me on a soft food diet for about 9 months, so I'm glad to be -- almost -- eating back to normal as well.

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