The creamy butternut filling for these stuffed pasta shells is lightened up with a secret ingredient. Plus, brown butter alfredo sauce! Need I say more?
It's the middle of October, and I am ready for the fall season. This past week it was in the high 80's most days, and I know I shouldn't be complaining about this. California weather is certainly nothing to complain about. But I'm ready to feel a chill in the air, ready to wear boots and sweaters, ready to spend afternoons snuggling in and drinking hot cocoa with the kids.
This weekend was a tiny bit better, as there was a breeze in the air and our high temperatures were in the 70's rather than the 80's. I've been craving soup lately, ... [Continue Reading]
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This One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac is a family-friendly dinner that you can have on your table with very little time and effort! You will love this cheesy, spicy skillet meal!
What is dinner prep time like in your house? If it's anything like my house it's a bit of a crazy time. I never know what to expect when trying to cook dinner with three kids underfoot. Some nights things go smoothly and some not so much. Between helping Julia with her homework, keeping William busy with his toys, and making sure Hannah's not getting into something she shouldn't, there ... [Continue Reading]
This is a healthy, meatless pasta dish that's packed with flavors. This Roasted Sweet Potato and Arugula Pasta with Chickpeas is ready in just 30 minutes!
Sweet potatoes are one of those foods that don't get enough credit. I know everyone's going crazy for all things pumpkin and apple right now, and believe me I am too. Just take a look at my recent posts for evidence. But sweet potatoes? Here's a food that's naturally sweet and healthy at the same time? A vegetable that's simple to prepare and almost tastes like dessert? (Am I the only one who tries to convince my children of this?)
Lately we've been eating roasted sweet potato rounds like crazy. Even the kids love them. Julia loves ... [Continue Reading]
This Spinach Pesto Pasta with Fresh Green Beans and Chicken is a delicious way to enjoy fresh vegetables. Made with whole wheat pasta, it's a light and healthy summer meal!
Last week I wasn't feeling the whole meal planning thing. I'm usually really good about planning out our dinners for each night of the week, but I needed a break. So I just added a few staple foods like chicken, tortillas and cheese to our grocery list and decided to figure the rest out later. Most weeks it works best for me and my family to have a menu plan, but it was refreshing to take a break for a week and it actually inspired some new recipes!
I had to get creative with what we had in our refrigerator and ... [Continue Reading]
This Caprese Pasta is full of fresh ingredients and so easy to make. A light tomato sauce coats whole wheat pasta, plus fresh mozzarella and basil add tons of flavor!
Which summer produce are you most excited about? I love summer fruits, including peaches, strawberries, and blueberries. But I think I'm most excited about juicy summer tomatoes, especially cherry tomatoes. We are growing some in our garden and while none are ripe yet, there are lots of little green tomatoes growing on our plants. We can never grow enough, though, so I always end up buying more at the farmer's market. I love the variety of cherry and grape tomato colors – red, orange, yellow, and even purple. The yellow ... [Continue Reading]
This Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus is an easy, one-pot meal with light and bright flavors for Spring.
Are you tired of hearing about the one-pot meal yet? Never, you say? I thought so. The quick and easy meal will never go out of style, in my house at least! I'll never get tired of meals that dirty less pots and pans either. I love to cook, but washing dishes? Not so much.
Another perk to one-pot cooking is that, since everything cooks together in one pot, the flavors have plenty of time to meld together. Take this Creamy, Lemony Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus, for example. The pasta cooks in the same skillet where you browned the chicken. And the chicken continues ... [Continue Reading]
Kale plays a starring role in this Kale Pesto Pasta. A flavor-packed, creamy pesto sauce coats whole wheat linguine pasta for a satisfying and healthy meatless meal.
Today I've got another easy meal to add to your repertoire. Because who doesn't love a recipe that's quick to make on a weeknight, yet so good that you will look forward to dinner time all day? All it takes to get this Kale Pesto Pasta on the table is: (1) mix up the pesto sauce, which is takes just minutes in the food processor, and (2) boil some pasta. Add in a salad and some bread to make a complete meal.
Brad and I couldn't stop raving about this Kale Pesto Pasta as we were eating it. The pesto is packed with ... [Continue Reading]
This crock pot lasagna is possibly the easiest lasagna you will ever make. A few minutes of stovetop cooking for the meat and onions, and then into your slow cooker everything goes. Dinner will be ready when you are!
Not to state the obvious or anything, but it's January. Which for many of us means we are in full-on winter. No, I don't live where it snows or gets below zero or anything, but temperatures still drop and we have our share of rainy, windy weather here.
What's more comforting on a cold winter day than knowing your dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker, and making your house smell amazing at the same time? Not much, except maybe the fact that when dinnertime does ... [Continue Reading]
A steaming bowl of macaroni and cheese is pure comfort food. Mix in some cooked chicken and broccoli, and you have a complete meal. These Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken are creamy, cheesy pasta at its best.
Macaroni and Cheese. The ultimate comfort food. When it's cold outside, there's nothing better than sitting down to a bowl full of warm, cheesy pasta. The only problem is that on it's own, mac and cheese doesn't make much of a balanced meal. Sure, you can roast some broccoli or make a salad to go alongside, but how about instead boosting the nutrition of the mac and cheese itself?
Enter these Cheesy Shells with Broccoli and Chicken. Here we have four food groups all ... [Continue Reading]
This pasta skillet is a one-pot meal that the whole family will love. The pasta cooks right in the tomato meat sauce, soaking up tons of flavor!
Hey there. How was your weekend? We've had gorgeous weather here, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70's. It's so beautiful outside this time of year with all of the fall colors. Brad took the kids to the park on Saturday while I got my hair done (I was way overdue!), and then Julia and I went out for a walk and some fresh air on Sunday.
Saturday night about 12:30 we woke up to the sound of the signature barky cough of croup. William apparently is prone to getting croup, as this was the third time he's had it. The past two ... [Continue Reading]
Zucchini, crimini mushrooms, and three cheeses fill these Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna Rolls. These are easier to make than traditional lasagna, and just as satisfying!
This third pregnancy is starting to slow me down, guys. I'm still in the second trimester - 24 weeks now - but I am definitely noticing a change in my energy levels the past two weeks. I feel like there is always so much to get done, and I'm finding that I need to sit down and rest more often than I used to. The upside is that with each week I'm feeling my baby girl move more and more. Those tiny kicks and wiggles are a precious reminder that there's really a little person growing in there.
A challenge right now is ... [Continue Reading]
Need another easy summer meal in your rotation? You will love this Summer Vegetable Skillet Lasagna, full of fire-roasted tomatoes and summer squash!
I'm all about the easy meals these days. You too? When dinnertime nears, I just don't have the motivation or desire to make a complicated meal. And, let's be realistic, even easy meals take longer than they should when you're also supervising 5- and 2-year old siblings. Julia and William have actually been wonderful about playing together nicely lately, but, you know, sharing is hard!
Most often, I'm having to stop them from having so much fun that someone's going to accidentally get hurt. Like when they decide to ... [Continue Reading]
This simple pasta dish is full of cheesy tortellini, healthy spinach, and crunchy pine nuts. It's a delicious easy dinner, and is also great as a cold pasta salad for lunch.
Today's recipe is an old favorite from the early days of the blog (July 2010!) that deserved an updated photo and repost to highlight it once again. I've been making this Tortellini with Spinach, Onion, and Pine Nuts for years, and it's still a family favorite!
Are any of you feeling a little lazy lately? I certainly am, especially when it comes to cooking dinner. I want a homecooked meal most nights, but don't want to put in a whole lot of effort to get it! I'd much rather spend my time outdoors or relaxing ... [Continue Reading]
Make a batch of this Easy Two Cheese Pasta with Chickpeas and you'll have a healthy lunch ready for yourself or the kids in no time!
This recipe is part of my Healthy Bites for Kids series, featuring easy recipes for breakfasts, lunches and snacks. While I’ve designed these recipes to be enjoyed by kids, adults will love them too!
Do you get crazy hungry super fast when lunch time nears? Like, so hungry you need to eat something right now or those around you better watch out? I, unfortunately have this problem. And my kids do too. (Uh oh.) Julia especially, but William's extreme hunger grumpiness came out the other day as well. Three people in one house who all get crazy hungry at ... [Continue Reading]
Full of all of the southwestern flavors that you love, this Southwestern Pasta Salad with a spicy chili-lime dressing is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
Pretty much everyone is a fan of pasta salad, right? It's a great crowd-pleasing dish that's easy to make and share at BBQ's and potlucks.
The best pasta salads are full of pasta (of course) and veggies, all coated in a flavorful dressing. I've made all sorts of varieties of pasta salads, including this flavorful Greek pasta salad, an amazing pesto pasta salad, and one with orzo, tomatoes, and mint.
I know I'm not alone in my love of southwestern flavors, and I thought they would make an awesome pasta salad. And was I ever right! ... [Continue Reading]
This macaroni and cheese-style pasta bake is made even better with roasted broccoli, roasted tomatoes, and whole grain pasta.
The other day, the infamous “What's for dinner?” question came up in my house. I had a plan (as I usually do) but didn't feel like eating what I'd planned for. What's a busy mom of two to do? Make macaroni and cheese, of course!
Mac and cheese is always a winner with the kids, and this time I upped the nutritional value by adding some roasted broccoli and roasted tomatoes. My whole family loves roasted vegetables, and who can resist broccoli coated in a creamy, cheesy sauce? Not I.
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Who knew that a meatless lasagna made with kale and baby bella mushrooms could be this good?
We don't follow a strict meatless Monday rule in our house, but we do eat meatless meals most nights both for food budget and health reasons. On the nights when our meals are based around vegetables and proteins such as beans, eggs, or cheese (yes, cheese counts as a protein in my book!), we never miss the meat. Take this lasagna for example. I've been wanting to make a kale lasagna for a while, and I decided to add baby bella, or crimini, mushrooms to it because mushrooms tend to add some heartiness to a dish. Between the whole wheat lasagna noodles, cheeses, sauce, and vegetables, this ... [Continue Reading]
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]