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Meal Idea Monday: Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Sausage and Kale

11 Nov

Hi there! I have a beautiful meal idea for you today that comes from one of my fave recipe sites, Simply Recipes. It’s Roasted Spaghetti Squash Wish Sausage and Kale. What a delicious meal this would be to bring someone this week!

I just absolutely love spaghetti squash. It’s so delicious, and so filling. Plus, bonus: it’s gluten free and if you omit the parmesan cheese, it’s dairy free. Gotta love that! Enjoy!!


(See the pic of this meal on our Pinterest Boards… and many more great meal ideas and fun things you can do for those you love!)


Meal Idea Monday: Baked Chicken With Honey Soy Sauce

21 Oct

My family and I recently started having Shabbat dinner together as a family on Friday evenings. It’s a beautiful way to welcome the Sabbath, and it’s just great family time for us that we look forward to each week.

I have a dear friend who shared this recipe with me, and it’s so easy to make and it’s absolutely DELICIOUS! I have made it three times now (twice for Shabbat and once just because), and each time my kids just gobble it up. Let me tell you, that is a nice feeling! 

This is a beautiful meal to bring someone who is going through a transitional time in their life, so what are you waiting for? Head to the store and get the ingredients! 🙂


Recipe adapted from

4 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (I get the package from Costco, and that can make two batches of this or I use the whole package and double the marinade when we have friends over)

1/3 cup honey

3 tbs soy sauce

3 tbs mustard

Directions: Mix honey, soy sauce, and mustard together really well in a bowl. Place chicken thighs spread out in greased baking dish, and then pour sauce all over the chicken.

Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour. Check on it from time to time. Once it’s golden brown, you know it’s ready. If you’re doubling the recipe, it may take a little longer to bake.

The chicken pairs really well with green beans and/or mashed potatoes. I’m all about easy, so I get the already prepared mashed potatoes from Costco, and they’re REALLY good! They’ll think you slaved over the hot stove all day to prepare this wonderful meal!


Meal Idea Monday: Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs

26 Aug

Well, it’s that time again- how does Monday keep on happening so quickly? Anyone else feel that way? Lately, time seems to be flying.

I, for one, am ready for the summer to be over here in Arizona. We’re almost through August, so that’s a good thing. But really, it’s not until like Halloween that things start to cool down for us. Halloween is my mental marker… if I can make it to the end of October, I’m golden…. and much cooler! Which I know, to many of you that sounds CRAZY since the cool weather and even cold weather comes WAY before the end of October…. 🙂

Seeing that it’s still summer here, I’m thinking grill still. So, here’s a fabulous meal idea that comes from Annie’s Eats. Love that site! It’s for Garlic Lemon Chicken Kabobs. She serves them with tzatziki sauce as well, and boy just looking at them is making my mouth water.

I’m bringing dinner to some good friends of ours whose wife is battling cancer, and these may be the answer to my “what in the world will I bring them?” question that I always have just before I bring a dinner. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s true! I never know what to bring. Yes, I know- if I’m the one doing all these Meal Idea Mondays, it shouldn’t be a problem right?! True, it shouldn’t be a problem. But alas, I still hem and haw until the day before or even the day of about wanting to bring the “perfect” meal.

The truth is… any meal I bring that I make with love is the perfect meal! I’m telling myself this as much as I’m telling anyone who is reading. Grateful to have written this post to be reminded that it’s not about what you bring, it’s that you’re bringing it at all. It’s the love and support that the food shows when you walk up to the door, knock, hand over the food and give them a great big hug. That right there is what this is all about.

Have a fantastic week.


Meal Idea Monday: Paleo Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups

24 Jun
Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups. Image from

Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups. Image from

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! I have a wonderful meal idea for you that would be a beautiful meal to bring someone this week. It’s paleo as well as gluten free (so it’s great for those with food allergies, etc), and super healthy and delicious…. Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups from Paleo Girl’s Kitchen.

This is going to be a new favorite recipe idea site for me, I can tell! I’m ready for my family and I to really start eating healthier… hence the paleo and gluten free meal idea! 🙂

My sister in law is amazingly fit and super healthy, and she is a trainer full time at a cross fit gym in Colorado. She has eaten Paleo for some time now, and swears by it. She says it has helped her feel so much better in so many ways. Now it’s a lifestyle for her, and she enjoys it so much! I have to say I’m intrigued for sure, and am heavily considering trying this out. Clean eating can’t hurt anything… it can only help!

I hope you have a fantastic week, and remember to be someone’s reason to smile!

If you know of anyone who is going through a transitional time in their life, and could use some cheer from friends and family in the form of meals (and smiles!), you can help! Create a meal schedule for them today…. then invite friends and family to sign up to bring them a meal. It’s simple and can make such a difference!


Meal Idea Monday: Easy Agave And Lime Salmon

20 May
Agave And Lime Salmon. Image from

Agave And Lime Salmon. Image from

It’s Monday! I know I say this a lot, but how is it that Monday seems to creep up on me like this? Time flies when you’re having fun I guess! 😉

I have a wonderfully delicious meal idea for you today that I discovered on the amazing site Gluten Free Goddess. This recipe site has all things gluten free, and it is a GREAT go to site! The recipe I found is for Easy Agave and Lime Salmon. This would be perfect to bring someone this week… so get the ingredients and get cookin!

Have a fantastic week, and remember that you’re someone’s reason to smile! 🙂


Meal Idea Monday: Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps

18 Feb
Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps. Image from

Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps. Image from

It’s a beautiful Monday here in Arizona, and I have a fantastic meal idea for you! It’s Chicken Mango Lettuce Wraps from Simply Recipes, which is an amazing recipe site. These would be a perfect meal to bring someone this week.

I’m scheduled to bring dinner to a friend I went to school with, and their family is gluten free and dairy free. I think this might be the winner recipe to bring them!

Have a fantastic week, and be sure to bring joy to others simply by sharing a smile. It doesn’t take much to make a difference! 🙂

Meal Idea Monday: Acorn Squash and Apple Soup

1 Oct


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Here’s a fantastic Fall Recipe for you to bring a friend this week… Acorn Squash and Apple Soup from The Happy Herbivore. The author of this recipe site, Lindsay, is dedicated to showing her readers that food should be just as delicious as nutritious. Her recipes are plant based, low fat, and easy to make. Sounds good to me!

CLICK HERE for the ingredients and directions. Enjoy and have a wonderful week!

Meal Idea Monday: Chicken Fajitas

6 Aug

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Good morning, everyone! It’s a beautiful Monday, and there are many things to be thankful for!

I have a great recipe idea for you today: Chicken Fajitas from the always amazing Simply Recipes. You can substitute corn tortillas for flour and make it gluten free as well. This meal would be perfect to bring a family this week, so be sure to put all the ingredients on your shopping list!

CLICK HERE for ingredients and directions for Chicken Fajitas…have a fantastic day, and remember to smile!!!

Meal Idea Monday: Beef Stroganoff

14 May

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Today’s recipe for Beef Stroganoff comes to you from one of our favorite websites, Simply Recipes. It is a gluten free recipe (as long as you serve it over gluten free pasta, potatoes, or rice.) I don’t know about you, but I’m meeting more and more people who are going gluten free. There are many benefits!

We just received word from my husband’s endocrinologist that his bloodwork showed that his hyperthyroid is almost completely back to normal (praise the Lord!), but he does show signs of possible celiac disease. Now he will see a GI Dr. to find out if that’s what’s up.

Sooo, it looks like the next step may be for our family to go gluten free. I’m a little nervous about it, because it seems hard. But that’s because I’ve never done it, and I don’t even know where to begin. But the good news is that with the technology we have, there are a TON of amazing resources online to help on our gluten free adventure!

CLICK HERE for the link to the ingredients and directions for Simply Recipe’s Beef Stroganoff. Enjoy!

Meal Idea Monday: Introducing Perry’s Plate and Pesto Zucchini “Spaghetti”

5 Mar

Pesto Zucchini "Spaghetti" Photo from

Hi there, my friends! I am excited to share with you a new resource I found on Pinterest. It’s called Perry’s Plate, and I know it’s going to be an AWESOME recipe resource for you. The recipe for today is Pesto Zucchini “Spaghetti”, and it’s a super healthy alternative to pasta. If you skip the bacon in this recipe, you’ve got a great vegetarian recipe!

Have a fantastic week, and thank you for using Food Tidings! More than that though, thank you for helping out your friends by bringing them a meal during their time of need. It’s such a beautiful way to show you care!

CLICK HERE for the ingredients and directions. Remember, it’s only a vegetarian recipe if you don’t add the bacon. 🙂