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Sunday dinners hold a special place in both my husband and my hearts. Memories of dining at our grandparents homes, surrounded by lots of family members; tables stuffed with so much good food it was certain no one left hungry or without leftovers!  Even though time and distance keeps us from having Sunday dinners with our extended families often;  we preserve these family traditions and pass them on to our daughters with home-cooked Sunday dinners. Thanks to today’s post sponsor: Publix #PublixVivaItaliaSale, I whipped up my tasty take of Chicken Cacciatore last night and my family loved it!

Sunday dinner: Chicken Cacciatore w/veggies and french bread

Let me say right up front- this is not a traditional Italian Chicken Cacciatore recipe. This is one I’ve changed and perfected over the years using as many ingredients as I have on hand. For instance, in summer, I’m looking for dishes to use up my zucchini and yellow squash so there would be no need for me to use frozen bagged vegetables like Green Giant's in my Cacciatore dish.  

Raid your pantry for Sunday dinner ingredients

Sunday dinners are perfect for “raid your pantry” type meals, so don’t be afraid to try out new flavors or products in a dish. That’s how I found out that adding Progresso reduced sodium creamy tomato with Basil soup to my sauce imparts a light and flavorful creaminess my family enjoys with less calories and sodium! To make this an even healthier dish, I use chicken breasts rather than skinned chicken thighs.

Serves 6
  • 2 cups dried pasta of choice (I used Farfalle)
  • 4 medium to large boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups fresh zucchini, squash, cauliflower chopped (use 2 bags frozen veggies if you don’t have fresh)
  •  ½ to 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ½ yellow or white onion
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans Hunts Diced Basil, Garlic & Oregano Tomatoes (use juice)
  • 1 19 oz. can Progresso reduced sodium creamy tomato with Basil soup
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • Grated Parmesan cheese to garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In large, lightly oiled skillet brown salt and peppered chicken breasts till cooked. I cut my chicken into medium bite size pieces for faster cooking time.  
While chicken is cooking, chop up mushrooms, garlic and onion.
Once chicken breasts are cooked, pull from pan and set aside. Deglaze pan with red wine, then add onions, garlic and mushrooms. Lightly brown.
Next add fresh or frozen veggies to pan, sauté till al dente, about 10 minutes.
Put water with a bit of oil and salt on to boil.

Simmer Chicken Cacciatore veggie sauce till bubbly

Now that veggies are mostly cooked, add to pan tomatoes with juice, Progresso creamy Tomato and Basil soup.
Add chicken back to sauce. Stir until well covered.
Add Rosemary and any additional salt and pepper needed.
Simmer sauce for 15 minutes while pasta cooks.
Drain pasta, drizzle with olive oil. Cover.
Plate pasta, cover with Chicken Cacciatore Sauce.


This hearty Italian style Chicken Cacciatore dish is a delightful Sunday family style meal! I served a loaf of Pillsbury French bread with our dinner that I’d picked up while shopping at Publix. You can save a $1.00 off any 3 Pillsbury breads and $2.00 off Publix fresh chicken and more when you shop the #PublixVivaItaliaSale in store and by visiting to download coupons. Be sure to check out their great recipes while you are there too and you’ll be serving up smiles with your Sunday dinners as well.

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Sunday Roast Chicken Recipe

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, September 19, 2014

In a recent post featuring my new Roaster pan, I said I would share this recipe and I’m happy I’ve found time to today. Maybe it will inspire your Sunday meal plans. Speaking of inspired, my take on this recipe came after I was flipping through an old Bon Appetit magazine. We didn’t have most of their ingredients, but that didn’t stop us! We used what we had on hand and loved the results. Feel free to add your own flair and substitute ingredients as needed.

Sunday Roast Chicken #recipe #homecooked meals

Sunday Roast Chicken – serves 4


  • 8-10) small red potatoes- well scrubbed and pierced with knife to allow steaming during cooking.
  • 2-4) medium Parsnips- well scrubbed, quartered lengthwise.  
  • 5-6) medium carrots- well scrubbed, quartered lengthwise.  
  • 1-2) medium onions- peeled, quartered.
  • 5-6) Creamini Mushrooms, washed, dried.
  • 2) tablespoons cooking oil of choice to coat pan and rack.
  • 3) tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature.
  • 2) tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage or 1 tablespoon dried sage.
  • 7) sprigs fresh Rosemary, dried.
  • 1) 4-5 pound whole organic (if possible) chicken- patted dry.
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt or salt of choice (we used fresh ground pink Himalayan rock salt).
  • 1 tablespoon dried Sage.
  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried Thyme.
  • ¼ teaspoon ground dried Marjoram.
  • ¼ cup water or dry white wine.

fresh vegetables and Rosemary


  • Preheat oven to 400° F
  • Layer bottom of rack with sprigs of fresh Rosemary if desired. Layer cut vegetables on rack.
  • (insert veggie rack pic)
  • Pour ¼ cup water in bottom of roaster.
  • Place chicken in center of vegetables.
  • Mix butter and sage together in small bowl. (micro-wave butter to soften as needed.)
  • Using a basting brush or fingertips, rub sage butter over chicken. Pull skin off breast meat and spread sage butter there if desired. 
  • Use the rest of the sage butter on vegetables.
  • Sprinkle salt, pepper and other dried herbs over chicken.
  • Roast chicken and vegetables in 400 ° F oven for 15 minutes. 
  • Reduce oven temperature to 375 ° F, continue roasting until thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165 ° F and veggies are tender. 
  • Stir and baste once. 
  • Add Creamini mushrooms after 45 minutes cooking time. 
  • Cook for approximately an hour and 15 minutes. Check chicken for doneness right before the hour mark and plan cooking time accordingly.
  • Once chicken and vegetables are done, transfer vegetables to serving bowl, cover to keep warm. 
  • Tilt chicken allowing juices to flow from chicken, 
  • Put chicken on cutting surface. 
  • Cut chicken and serve with vegetables.

plated Sunday Roast Chicken meal

Enjoy your family meal! If you struggle with getting your kids to eat different vegetables, you should try these. My daughters love them!

Please share in comments- what is your favorite chicken dish?

My family will be gathering around the dinner table tonight tired but happy to have our first full week of school over and done.  Even though we started practicing our back to school schedules ahead of time, it still shocked our systems to get up so early, so I plan on hitting the easy button tonight for dinner. That means it time to visit Papa Murphy’s pizza.

Papa Murphy's take N Bake Pizzas #PapaMurphy'sMom

Long before I became a Papa Murphy’s Mom, I enjoyed the convenience of being able to pick up one of their made to order, take and bake pizzas, through together a quick garden salad and have a wholesome dinner on the table in no time. If I am really time crunched, I can pick up a pre-made salad at Papa Murphy's, right at the check out line.

I’m relying on Papa Murphy’s again tonight and I know their pizzas won’t disappoint us. The hardest part is deciding what to order! 

While all Papa Murphy’s Pizzas are tasty, our family has clear favorites like the classic Pepperoni. You can’t go wrong with this for a quick dinner, especially if your teen or tween is having guests over. Pepperoni Pizza is like a whole food group to them and their top pick is always Papa Murphy’s.

Papa Murphy's Pepperoni Pizza #dinner

Quick health tip: Press a napkin or paper towel on your slice of Pepperoni Pizza to blot off excess oils. Depending on the size of your slice, you could save yourself and your family up to 50 calories a slice.

You can use the blotting technique on Papa Murphy’s Cowboy Pizza too. This pie is one of my husband’s favorites!

Papa Murphy's Cowboy Pizza #meatlovers

Followed closely by the Papa Murphy’s meat lover’s pan pizza. Make no mistake; this is a loaded, man fuel pizza pie sure to please your hungriest bunch! I can eat one slice and I'm done.

Papa Murphy's Pan Pizza #manfuel

Quick cooking tip: Even though Papa Murphy’s cooking instructions say to wipe off the bottom of the pan and to check for holes before baking the Pan Pizza, I still wound up with baked on grease on the bottom of my oven the first time we got this pie. I suggest you always cook this pizza on a pizza pan just to be on the safe side because it does have a fair amount of grease.

I’ve saved my personal favorite for last, This is by far one of the  healthiest pizzas I've had in a long time. I LOVE Papa Murphy’s Herb Chicken Mediterranean Delite Pizza. 

Papa Murphy's Herb Chicken Mediterranean #Delite Pizza

From its flavorful chicken, Feta cheese, fresh spinach and sun-dried tomatoes to its thin, crispy crust, this pizza is just delicious. Made with olive oil and a zesty herb blend, it is a light pizza that never makes me feel like I ate a heavy meal.

Papa Murphy's thin crust Herb Chicken Med. Delite #Pizza

Have I made you hungry for pizza now? I invite you to learn more about Papa Murphy’s Pizza by visiting their website and following them on Facebook and Twitter

Please share in comments: What is your family’s favorite kind of pizza? Would your family like one of the pizzas I shared today?

Disclosure: As part of the Papa Murphy's Mom group, I receive promotional and educational items occasionally to use and share my thoughts. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hellmann's Chicken Challenge

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, September 29, 2011

When I received this invitation from One2One Network, I immediately signed up. I cook alot of chicken and just like most Moms I know, I love discovering new and tasty ways to serve chicken. While Mayo is not my favorite cooking ingredient, the rest of my family likes it, so these recipes would be easy for me to use in my weekly menu's.

Doesn't this Parmesan Crusted Chicken look good?

Hellmann's is on a mission to help moms break out of their dinner menu monotony by offering such easy, delicious and family-friendly recipes as Parmesan Crusted Chicken.  With only four ingredients and four simple steps, it's on of most popular recipe.

Join in the Hellmann’s Chicken Challenge each week at as Parmesan Crusted Chicken goes head-to-head with other tasty, juicy chicken recipes.

Cast your vote for your favorite and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards each week. Click HERE to vote now.  For more information on the Chicken Challenge or Hellmann’s products and recipes, visit .

Please stop back by and let me know what recipe you voted for. Do you share recipes on your blog? I follow several, so please feel free to add yours in the comment section below, I'd love to visit.

Thanks as always for reading and good luck on winning the grocery gift card.
Speaking of winning, by sharing this with you, my partner One2One network will enter me in their drawing for a $ 50 dollar gift card.