Monday, July 14, 2014

We've moved!

It's official! Messy Kitchen, Happy Belly has a brand new home! Come visit at the new fancy website, messykitchenhappybelly.com
See you there!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Chicken Pot Pie

I had been looking for a great chicken pot pie recipe for a while and I think I've finally found it! This recipe has all the creamy goodness you want out of chicken pot pie and is loaded with veggies, lean white meat chicken and low sodium chicken broth. This pot pie is yummy comfort food you can feel great about!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Homemade Pizza



Here's an easy homemade pizza that brings together all your favorite flavors of spring! Add an egg on top like I did, or go without for a more traditional pizza experience. Either way, this is sure to be a new favorite!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lobster Eggs Benedict

 
I love all things lobster, so when I read this recipe I knew it was right up my alley. This benedict is a great, special treat and has a light, favorable sauce that offers a refreshing alternative to the traditional gloppy, fatty benedict sauce. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Stop everything! Go here: Grappa Italian Bistro


We made our first trip to Grappa Italian Bistro in Belmar last night. Grappa was a great mix incredible food, relaxing atmosphere and engaging and interesting people. This is sure to be a new favorite.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese


Here's a lightened up version of a classic favorite. I made it with veggie pasta (believe me, it's tasty) and lighter cheese. The result is a mac and cheese that maintains its cheesy goodness without being dense or heavy.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Flattened, Roasted Chicken with Baby Potatoes

Flattening this roasted chicken takes the scary out of dealing with a whole bird. The chicken cooks faster than it would if it were whole but stays very juicy. The baby potatoes tucked under the bird take on a lovely salty, bacon-y flavor, and who doesn't love that???


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Triple Chocolate Cake

Every once in a while I really enjoy baking something sweet and a little different. I usually don't like chocolate cake, it has a tendency to be dry and can just be overwhelming. This cake gave me a new perspective on chocolate cakes everywhere. The glaze "icing" on this cake is a nice alternative to the same old chocolate icing and the fluffy inner layer keeps this cake light and moist.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chicken Fricassee

This dish was originally inspired by a Robert Irvine recipe that used all sorts of heavy cream and butter to create a wonderfully indulgent and guilt-ridden chicken dinner. I decided that it could be lightened up and be just as enjoyable. Because the chicken cooks in its own sauce full of rosemary and thyme, the meat stays incredibly tender and falls off the bone. This time around I also added some pancetta to the mix for a salty counterpoint to the roasted chicken flavor...oh my!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Baked Veggie Fries

This winter I have been trying new ways of cooking root vegetables. Trying to cook with local, in-season veggies has led me to roasting and a couple purees, and this simple recipe for veggie fries made from carrots and sweet potatoes. These fries are a great mix of sweet, salty and crunchy and make a nice sidekick to many a scrumptious dinner.