One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hey everyone! My name is Jani and I run a blog called My Life in Med School. I write about a bunch of different things, but I focus more of recipes and beauty, all the foods and makeup. I am a second year medical student from Puerto Rico and I was in desperate need of a hobby to escape my endless hours of studying, hence my blog and channel were born.

Kelsey’s blog was one of the first blogs I followed when I began my journey, and when she posted about doing a guest post, I jumped right at the opportunity. After brainstorming for a while she told me she liked my recipe’s and if I could do one for the guest post it would be awesome. So without further ado today I am going to be sharing with you a favorite of mine and my husband’s, a super easy one pot pasta.

When you are a full time graduate student, have a full time job, have a family, etc. spending a few hours cooking dinner can be a nightmare. If like me, your time is precious and you get tired of traditional bolognese or Alfredo pasta then one pot pastas will be your new best friend.

There are several reasons why one pot meals are a wonderful part of life. First easy cleanup, second combination of flavors, third lots of room for creativity, and fourth no going crazy with a million things on the stove. I especially love how simple they are and the little amount of cleanup.

So let us go back to fall of 2014 and I was feeling like I wanted to try something new and different using lemons for a pasta sauce. Of course first thing I did was log into my trusty friend Pinterest and looked for recipes.

I found one that I liked but since doing it the first time I have modified it and basically made it my own recipe. I love doing this recipe both with chicken and with pork, I usually prefer boneless pork chops.

This One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is one of me and my husband’s favorite dishes and I hope you enjoy it!

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

First take about 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and ½ tbs butter over medium heat in a deep skillet or a wok, which is what we use.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

In the meantime, season your meat using salt and pepper or good old adobo and once the oil is hot, add the meat.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Cook it on both side for 5-7 minutes if it is thin or until mostly cooked, add half of the lemon juice. Set aside so it finishes cooking in its own juice.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Add the chopped onion, garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until onion is starting to clear.

Add the pasta of your preference, I usually go for spaghetti or linguine, and bathe in the onion garlic and add the chicken stock. Add basil, and any other spice you wish to add.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Let simmer until pasta is cooked and most of the liquid is evaporated. Add milk or heavy cream, chopped parsley, and grated cheeses.

Add meat back into skillet and let sit for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley. Serve and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for my One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta, and I would love to hear feedback on it and if you have tried anything like it before.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts cut into tenders
2 servings of pasta of choice
½ medium onion
6 garlic cloves
2 cups of chicken stock (or you can use 2 cups of water and 1 cube of chicken bouillon)
1 big lemon or lime juiced
¼-½ cup of milk or heavy cream to desired consistency
1 ½ TBS fresh parsley
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
½ tbs butter
Adobo
¼ cup or 1 handful of grated parmesan
¼ cup or 1 handful of grated mozzarella
¼ tsp of basil

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Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini

This delicious, sweet and chocolaty Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini is perfect for Valentine's Day, or just anyone with a sweet tooth! Feel like a bartender with this super simple, but delicious drink. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hello, Candidly Kelsey readers! My name is Michelle, but you can call me Elle. Who needs all those extra letters anyways? I run a blog over at www.ElleTalk.com where I talk about living a positive lifestyle, DIYs, and how to create killer cocktails.

Something a lot of people may not know about me is that I’m a choc-o-holic. I blame it on being born 2 days after Valentine’s Day and being gifted the left over candy. I love chocolate in popcorn, chocolate shakes, and chocolate covered fruit. I’ve even been known to dabble in my own chocolate making for Valentine’s Day gifts. Just call me Elly Wonka. For me this makes this time of year one of my favorites. Not only is Valentine’s Day a completely acceptable DIY holiday, but it also gives in to my love of all things sweet.

This delicious, sweet and chocolaty Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini is perfect for Valentine's Day, or just anyone with a sweet tooth! Feel like a bartender with this super simple, but delicious drink. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

That’s why today I wanted to create you a cocktail that the chocolate lover in you could fully indulge on. We’re going to shake up a Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini! We’re taking one of the best treats for Valentine’s Day and making it into the perfect after dinner cocktail. Shake it up for your significant other, for a Galentine party, or to just treat yo’ self! It’s super easy, and no prior cocktail knowledge is necessary.

In this take on a chocolate martini I use chocolate liqueur, strawberry vodka, creme de cacao, and half and half (or soy creamer if you’re LI). I prefer Godiva’s dark chocolate liqueur but I’d be willing to bet white chocolate would be delicious too. All of these ingredients are shaken over ice in a cocktail shaker then strained into a martini glass. I love adding chocolate sauce designs into the glass for a fun garnish. All you need to do is tilt your glass to a 45 degree angle, and twist the glass as you let the sauce fall into it. Then it’s time to drink it! Cheers!

This delicious, sweet and chocolaty Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini is perfect for Valentine's Day, or just anyone with a sweet tooth! Feel like a bartender with this super simple, but delicious drink. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

I hope you enjoy this Valentine’s Day cocktail and if you make it send me a photo at the social links down below! I’d adore to see your creations. In the comments let me know, what is your favorite Valentine’s Day treat?

Want more from Elle, join her over at Elle Talk for more cocktails, stories, and how tos. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini

Yields: 2
Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients:
3 shots of Dark Chocolate Liqueur
1 shot of Strawberry Vodka
3 shots of Creme De Cacao
5 shots of Half & Half
Chocolate Sauce for garnish

Tools:
Cocktail shaker
Martini glass

Directions:
Fill a shaker with ice. Pour your ingredients over the ice, and shake for 10 seconds. Swirl your martini glass with chocolate sauce, and strain your martini into the glass. Serve immediately.

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Christmas Countdown: 3 Last-Minute (Super Easy!) Holiday Desserts + A GIVEWAY!

It’s no secret that I am Queen of Procrastination, sitting on her Royal Throne of “I Can Do It Later”. I’m really good at waiting until the very last moment to get things done, usually to my own detriment.  I can only imagine that others are also in my camp.

And as the holidays can be hella stressful, I thought I’d give you something I know everyone needs this holiday season: a few super quick and easy last-minute holiday dessert recipes!  Convince your friends and family that you totally planned ahead with these easy to throw together sweets.  Nobody has to know you bought the ingredients two hours before the party.

3 Last Minute and SUPER Easy Holiday Desserts

You’re welcome!

1.  These delicious sugar cookies from Katrina’s Kitchen that I’ve become obsessed with.  They’re super easy to prepare and the dough doesn’t need to be chilled for hours like other sugar cookie recipes, so you really can make them in a snap! And, if you’re really pressed for time and don’t have time to decorate, they’re moist and flavorful enough without icing,  Just skip the cute cut-out designs, form them into flat cookie shapes and sprinkle on some sugar before you bake.  Nobody will be the wiser!

I’ve made them twice in the past two weeks, and my mom made them once this week.  It’s replaced our old favorite sugar cookie recipe.

2.  This Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Fudge recipe from Cookie + Kate.  It’s freezer fudge, so it whips up super quickly. And who doesn’t love chocolate and peanut butter together? Awful people, probably.

Honestly, I have yet to try this recipe, but it’s book-marked for the dessert I plan on bringing to my dad’s house on Christmas Eve! I really don’t see how you can go wrong when the ingredients are chocolate and peanut butter.

3. If you want to really wow them, try some S’mores Bark.  This is a great basic recipe, but it’s so simple you really can’t go wrong.  My mom and I made this all the time when I still loved at home.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, lay down an even layer of melted chocolate, toss on some broken up graham crackers, and mini marshmallows.  If you want to get super fancy, add some melted white chocolate, almonds, or caramel.  Whatever you’re feeling, go for it! Let it cool and harden, then break into coarse pieces.  Serve with a smile and enjoy the compliments. You’re such an amazing chef!

And to reward yourself after rounding up an awesome dessert, how about another kind of little treat? I’ve teamed up with Jessica and a few others over at SomethingWhimsy.com and we’re giving away a $300 Target gift card! Enter on her blog here!

And now that I am super craving something sweet, it’s a good thing I’m on my way home to Ohio for the holiday where there will be plenty to go around. Anyone else been dreaming of holiday food for the past week or so?

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Homemade (Spirited!) Peppermint Hot Cocoa

What’s the best thing ever to have in the winter? Hot chocolate.  What is even better? Peppermint hot chocolate.  And how can you make that even better? If it was just a tad bit boozy.

Spiked Peppermint Hot Chocolate; A Boozy Cold Weather Cocktail

Thanks to the leftovers in my cabinet from the beautiful lady I am subletting my apartment from, I found myself with all the ingredients to create some delicious spirited hot cocoa.   Not so surprising, it’s super easy but SO delicious.

This is the perfect amount of boozy goodness to warm you up, but not make you afraid of walking a straight line from couch back your kitchen to get more. Though, you could always help it get to that level with just a splash of vodka.  I recommend vanilla-flavors.

I made mine originally with almond milk, and it was tasty; very rich.  I later tried it with regular milk, and it was equally as good.  I think pretty much any milk substitute will work for this.  Probably any sugar substitute as well, I just happen to like raw sugar more.  (I know, I hate me too.)

Enjoy!

 

Homemade (Spirited!) Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Milk, or milk substitute of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 cup Raw Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 shot Peppermint Schnapps

Cooking Directions

  1. In a small pot, slowly heat milk. Add cocoa and sugar, stir until combined, then add vanilla extract and Schnapps. Add to giant, winter-themed mug and add a candy cane for garnish!
  2. Makes 1 large mug of delicious, minty (and slightly tingly!) hot chocolate!

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever

The best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe ever! No finicky instructions and so easy to make! / www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

 

I consider myself an authority on chocolate.

If it comes in a cookie, cake, cupcake, pastry, drinkable form, or spread, you can pretty much bet I have tried it and can tell you how it stacks up against other chocolates.  It’s a talent, you see? It doesn’t take a trained dessert expert.  It just takes a girl from the Midwest with a tongue, and a deep passion for greatness. And chocolate chip cookies recipes.

So I can say on pretty good authority that this chocolate chip cookie recipe from Pinch of Yum that I tried two weeks ago was the best cookie I’ve ever had. Even with my mediocre baking skills, and very limited resources, they were so delicious that I never want to taste another cookie ever again.

And even though they came out a little f*cked up thanks to using my microwave convection oven (because my shoebox apartment doesn’t have a real oven LOL), it still kicked every other cookie’s ass.  This is a powerful damn cookie. Super Cookie. It deserves it’s own movie franchise, I’m telling you.

For the most part, the recipe is not too finicky, not too many crazy ingredients or directions, just a good cookie recipe. This is my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and it has been officially taped to the fridge. I’ve already made it twice, and used all of my chocolate chips. Which may actually be a blessing in surprise because cookies for 2/3 meals of the day probably isn’t the healthiest.  I’m kind of grateful I’ve been momentarily cut off.

Have at it, friends.  Go forth and make these, dunk them in milk, and rejoice.  You are welcome.

P.S. While you’re taking a look at this recipe, check out Pinch Of Yum‘s other foodie delights.  Her recipes are bomb.

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