Perfect for weeknight suppers, this Skillet Baked Penne has all of the comfort of baked pasta without all of the fuss.
Baked Penne is comfort food at it's best. Pasta, sausage, a tomato cream sauce, and gooey cheese all combine into one satisfying dish. The only problem? Typical baked pasta recipes are hardly practical on a weeknight. This Skillet Baked Penne recipe, however, can be made from start to finish in less than an hour. Plus, you will only have one pan to clean at the end. And, it makes a generous amount of food, so you will likely have leftovers (in other words, a night off from cooking!). Triple win!
To make this, you start by browning some Italian sausage in an oven-safe ... [Continue Reading]
A delicious way to eat your vegetables, this Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette makes a great healthy lunch. Or, enjoy it as a side dish with grilled chicken.
I am always trying to work more vegetables into my diet. I tend to eat plenty of fresh fruits, but I know that I can do better with the vegetables. Green salads and carrot sticks can get boring quickly, but roasted vegetables? I can eat roasted vegetables day after day and never tire of them.
In this roasted vegetable quinoa salad, I've taken a sweet onion, red bell peppers, and an eggplant and roasted them until they are soft and caramelized. I combined the vegetables with some quinoa and a sprinkling ... [Continue Reading]
This Hearty Vegetable Chowder is filled with leeks, carrots, celery, and potatoes. A scoop of tangy Greek yogurt and some Cajun spice give it plenty of flavor and a little kick to warm you up from the inside.
Our temperatures are dropping here in California, and yesterday we got some much-needed rain. While our cold temperatures are certainly nothing extreme, I was looking to warm up with a comforting bowl of soup once dinner time rolled around. This hearty vegetable chowder was perfect to fill our tummies and warm us up, especially since we gave it a little kick with an extra pinch of cayenne pepper!
There are two key steps that give this soup it's hearty, smooth broth. First, ... [Continue Reading]
A healthy vegetarian take on stuffed peppers, these Stuffed Red Bell Peppers with Couscous and Avocado Sauce are full of flavor and a great make-ahead dish.
Stuffed bell peppers... there are the traditional recipes with meat, rice, and sauce, and then there are the more unique flavor combinations to spice things up and offer variety. These couscous-stuffed peppers fall into the latter category. Anything but boring and usual, they are packed with flavor!
When I first saw this recipe while flipping through one of my cookbooks I bookmarked it and added it to our weekly menu plan. The night before I planned to make these, I read through the recipe to see what was involved in preparing ... [Continue Reading]
This baked pasta is full of yumminess. There's artichoke hearts, spinach, cheese, chicken, and sun-dried tomatoes. And pasta, of course. I used whole-wheat, because it's my favorite, and good for you too.
Do you need a meal to bring to a new neighbor or a friend with a new baby? This pasta bake is the perfect meal for gifting. After William was born, a good friend brought us a big dish of this and it fed us for days. It was wonderful. The leftovers reheat well, and it's full of protein, carbs, and veggies, which is just what you need when you're putting all of your energy into taking care of a newborn. ... [Continue Reading]
One of my family's favorite cusines is Mexican food, and we really enjoy a good enchilada. The corn tortillas, the spicy sauce, the melty cheese... what's not to love? Well, sometimes it's the assembly of the enchiladas that I'd like to pass on. Most of the time I don't mind it, but if I'm in a hurry I surely don't want to fuss with dipping, filling, and rolling tortillas. That's where these stacked chicken enchiladas come in. To make these, I simply layer the ingredients in a baking dish, bake, and serve. Easy peasy!
Now I know it may sound like I'm contradicting myself here, since I just wrote about how these stacked enchiladas save you time and effort, but I'm going to highly ... [Continue Reading]
Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite meats to cook with. It stays moist, the kids love it, and there are so many simple ways to prepare it. It's an especially good option when we are tired of the old standby, chicken. We have a few favorite ways to prepare pork tenderloin, and I'm glad to add this recipe to our rotation.
This roast pork tenderloin could even be made on a weeknight after work- it's that easy and doesn't require any marinating time beforehand. You first sear the pork on the stovetop. Then while the pork finishes cooking in the oven, you cook some pears in the skillet and make a quick sauce with shallots and cider. All you need to add to make a complete meal is a salad or ... [Continue Reading]
The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I love the lights, the decorations, and the cozy times spent by the tree with a cup of tea or hot cocoa. Along with those quiet moments, though, there are plenty of times when it is all too easy to be overwhelmed by long to do lists. I'd like to help you take care of one item on your list- the question of what's for dinner.
Today I'm sharing some of my tried and true favorite meals that are quick and easy to make. Plus, most of these are healthy meals, so you can balance out all of those cookies that you just might be snacking on. Add some of these recipes to your menu plan, and save your energy for that holiday shopping! Plus ... [Continue Reading]
Sometimes (well, pretty much a great deal of the time), my kids surprise me. Take these stuffed peppers, for instance. Quinoa combined with tons of veggies doesn't necessarily make me think kid-friendly meal. I suppose I didn't give Julia and William enough credit, though, because both of them really enjoyed this. Even with a cold, Julia ate plenty of her stuffed pepper half. We're finally at a stage with her where she will at least try a bite of most anything that I cook, and she's starting (slowly) to enjoy a greater variety of foods, including a few more vegetables. And William? These days he's not much of an eater at dinner time, so the fact that he had multiple bites of his quinoa ... [Continue Reading]
This Saturday we had our family over for lunch following William's baptism. The baptism service was very nice, and it was wonderful to get together to celebrate as a family. For lunch we made this Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and it was a huge hit. Most everyone asked for the recipe, and here it is!
When I say “we” made this soup, I really mean Brad. Having a lunch party at our house on Saturday isn't easy when we both work Fridays because there is not much time to prepare. I did my best to clean the house earlier in the week, and then Friday night after the kids went to bed there were only a few last minute things we needed to do. I worked on picking up the house and setting the tables (with ... [Continue Reading]
I love cooking with butternut squash this time of year. One of our favorite fall meals is butternut squash soup, homemade rolls, and a green salad. Roasted butternut squash, though, is hard to resist, especially when it's combined with a bechamel sauce and three cheeses in a lasagna. This lasagna reminded me of one of my other favorite butternut squash meals- butternut squash ravioli. It has all of the flavors of the ravioli, but is much easier to put together. The roasted squash, cheese, sage, and pasta, it's all there.
The lasagna requires minimal prep time, especially since it takes advantage of no-boil lasagna noodles. Plus, I always enjoy adding new and flavorful vegetarian meals to ... [Continue Reading]
This summer flew by, probably because the kids and I were so busy. Between swimming lessons, My Gym classes, more swimming, and running errands, we had someplace to be pretty much every day. Sometimes when the kids and I are out and about, I like to treat us by going out to lunch or for a morning snack. Often we'll choose to eat at Panera, because it's kid-friendly and we love the menu of bagels, sandwiches, and salads. If it's lunchtime, Julia always orders the mac and cheese and (not always willingly) shares some with her little brother.
I was excited to find that Panera's mac and cheese recipe is available on their website, so that we can enjoy it at home as well. Julia loved the ... [Continue Reading]