Pasta Dishes

This is where you find any savory pasta dish. I try not to eat pasta a lot because of the carbs and well, I have a problem with carbs, so I try to only serve one pasta dish a week, but over time I’m learning to make the dishes more healthy my pairing it with healthy carbs!

Healthy Chicken Tetrazzini for #Choosedreams

Healthy Chicken Tetrazzini for #Choosedreams

I know I've shared this recipe before but it's one of my old time favorites and I'm a big fan of American Family Insurance and their #Choosedreams campaign. In May my #SundaySupper family and AmFam gathered to bring you recipes Fresh from the Garden!!!  I shared my recipe for Herbed Chicken Kabobs, I've only made them 3 times so far since grilling season has been upon us. So today I'd like to invite you all to join me in the fun as we Celebrate Healthy Recipes the Family Will Love!! Everyone's invited to join in the fun as we share recipes, stories and images of our Families Favorite Healthy Dishes! At 2 PM EST we will be having a Live HOA  with Isabel and Chef Dennis and a few of other friends to talk about Healthy Eating and sharing some of our tips, tricks and favorite recipes to have your family and friends eating better without noticing any change in the delciousness! So today I am sharing this dish that also includes a recipe for homemade cream of mushroom soup! Trust me you'll never buy canned soup again! Now this is a dish that is sure to please anyone in the family. It's healthy yet hearty. Has your vegetables already in it for a one dish meal!

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Farmer’s Market Pasta for #WeekdaySupper & #ChooseDreams

Farmer’s Market Pasta for #WeekdaySupper & #ChooseDreams

One quick trip to any Farmer’s Market or ingredients from your own garden and you’ll have a fresh and delicious meal prepared in minutes. This dish comes together including fresh herbs and veggies finished off with a creamy yet healthy sauce. A restaurant up the street from our Summer camp has always been a go-to place for my husband and I for a night out. Lucky for us when we moved last year it was close enough to our summer camp that now we get to enjoy this restaurant year round. It's a Pasta place and I always get the same dish whenever we go.  It's a dish full of vegetables, fresh herbs, mixed with a light sauce topped with shaved Parmesan cheese.  I had to guess what the ingredients were. I know it's not exactly the same, but I did well because I've made this dish three times now and it's a new hit with the husband and both kids! Yes even my picky eater! I love that I got to partner with American Family Insurance and #SundaySupper again this month to talk about gardening for their #Choosedream campaign.  Encouraging any child to be involved in knowing where our food comes from is so important to me. I didn't realize just how important it was until this year

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Beef Penne Skillet Style

Beef Penne Skillet Style

This dish was so good it was hard to imagine that it was Weight Watchers. My husband and I have really tried to stick to a portion size that is more healthy for us. I've been able to maintain my weight since having my son and having my surgery. Now I only have 10 more lbs to go to get to that weight I've been wanting to be at for YEARS!! If it's one thing I've been trying to work on it's accepting the fact that life is too busy to have a workout schedule. So I'm not on a diet, I even said forget it to calorie counting because it stressed me out! Instead of a diet plan I just eat high protein dishes, hearty whole grains and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. When I eat out I am more aware of what I'm ordering and I still allow myself some snacking here and there, my new favorite is this low fat/low calorie popcorn my husband found! I just can't have the planned schedule of what days I get to the gym and what days I will work on legs and arms, nope no more time for that kind of schedule. It's OK though, now I use working out as a de-stresser if anything. When I'm having a bad day or my son is more cranky than usual because of teething and won't nap (nap time is usually when I

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5 Ingredients or Less for #SundaySupper

5 Ingredients or Less for #SundaySupper

Who doesn't love cooking with just five ingredients!! We are busy busy running around all week, have to get the kids to practices, games and groups of some sorts, or how about some of my other friends who don't really enjoy cooking like I do but still need to get a decent yet hearty dish on the table for your family?? Come on I know your out there! Well this is the theme for you then. Today's event is being hosted by Alice of Hip Foodie Mom. Thank you for hosting this fabulous event Alice! Who out there likes spaghetti squash?? Well yes that's me in the front row waving my hand all around yelling "me, me, me!!" A dish I never had growing up, a vegetable that I just never tried until I started to eat more healthy. I'm pretty sure I made it for my husband once and he wasn't happy that "that dish" replaced his starch of choice for the evening. Yes he's a meat and potatoes kind of guy so I'm not going to push him when he eats so many other things I put in front of him! Now that I think of it, I've yet to try and fool my picky toddler with this dish too, I can see the look on her face when I try telling her it's "Spaghetti". Hey I'm not lying it is! I buy one every few weeks to make

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The Law Student’s Wife – Featured Friday

The Law Student’s Wife – Featured Friday

Happy Friday! Did you miss me last week? Well the truth is I'm beyond a busy bee. I don't write half as much as I'd like to, I may cook every night and 4 out of the 7 nights it's usually something different so I have my camera on my shoulder, my iphone on the counter as I cook, however I never get to sharing these awesome dishes I'm making! Some of them I'm duplicating from foodie friends, hey what's the point of having foodie friends if your not going to try their dish! I'm also experimenting in the kitchen these days myself and adding my own spin to recipes I've made in the past. I don't have any new Featured Friday's lined up after today, I know I can get them, I have pretty awesome foodie friends and who wouldn't want to be featured!!?? I may have to start doing them every other week however because Spring is coming, my babies are dying to get outside and this Momma is dying to hit the track and loose the last ten pounds of this Momma weight!! Don't worry though, I'll have plenty to share with you. Guess what else is new?? I'll be sending out newsletters weekly!! Well I'll start weekly but it may end up being monthly because it took more work than I thought.....but we

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Meal Diva – Featured Friday

Meal Diva – Featured Friday

Happy Friday!! Yahoo! Another Friday closer to Spring right???? Right?? Anyone?? I know I'm not the only one who is dying to take out the flip flops and open up some windows! Maybe even just a hint of it would be nice, like warmer temps or a peak or two of some flowers. Hey I did notice the snow is melting! However I'm not paying attention to the few more inches that are in our near future! So let me introduce to you today's Co-Host. Her name is Jen and she is another #SundaySupper member that I've gotten to know these past few weeks. She is the blogger, chef, wife, momma, and writer behind MealDiva. As I was reading her About Me section and navigating around her site (which I love by the way!) I realized we have a lot in common. She too used to stock her fridge with frozen french fries and bagged salads. She came into the job of cooking the same way I did. Her family. She was raised in Ontario Canada until she was in highschool when her family moved to California. Then from California they moved to New Jersey where she now resides with her husband and three children. She calls her children and husband her reason for learning to cook, they are her critics and her cheerleaders.

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Healthy Green Pasta for #SundaySupper

Healthy Green Pasta for #SundaySupper

This is the time of year where we are all thinking GREEN! For a few reasons. One because it's almost St. Patrick's Day and two because who isn't dying for Spring right about now? Sprouting plants, flowers peaking up over the recently mowed grass, the bright sunshine, shall I go on?? Maybe I should since we are expecting another storm in a few days here. I don' t know how much more cold and snow I can take so for now I'll just keep dreaming of GREEN things. As I'm dreaming of GREEN things you can check out the list below of all the wonderful green dishes the #SundaySupper has whipped up for this weeks "Eat Your Greens" theme. Thank you Foodie Stuntman for hosting this great event! When choosing a dish for this theme I had to think long and hard, I eat a lot of greens on a daily basis but I wanted to go a "different" route. I've been experimenting a lot lately with making my own sauces and dressings so I thought why not make some pasta fun for my daughter. She's three and a half and is like every other toddler out there, picky!! She loves pasta so since I've been trying to get myself and my family to eat "cleaner" so to speak, I'm trying to limit canned and processed foods. Don't

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The Texan New Yorker – Featured Friday

The Texan New Yorker – Featured Friday

Happy Friday folks!! Man oh Man I feel like this week was the length of a month! I'm so behind with my blogging world, I was so ahead for so long then my second surgery sent me into a whirlwind, but I'm here! Even if it is me typing the night before (so unlike me!) I actually cooked my first real dinner in over two weeks last night! Never thought I'd get sick of casseroles, sandwiches and take out but I am! So another Feature upon us! I'm super excited to introduce you to Julie over at The Texan New Yorker. She is a fellow #SundaySupper friend of mine who has some pretty amazing dishes on her site. She also has a list of her 200 Culinary Goals, I value this, goals are a great thing to have and Julie has plenty of them, and has also crossed off plenty too! Someday when my kids are older I am going to have a goal list to Julie! Anywho let's get to know this fabulous lady shall we. She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas but then about 8 years ago she went off to New York! Living in Newark, NJ, Long Island and Queens. Julie started her blog to document her journey from being a picky eater with no food conscious to a big girl who loves cooking, adventurous eating and actually

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Bruschetta Chicken Bake for #WeekdaySupper

Bruschetta Chicken Bake for #WeekdaySupper

Boy oh boy do I have another #WeekdaySupper to share with you guys! Who doesn't love a good Bruschetta??!! Something about seeing Bruschetta on a menu under the appetizer section that just makes my mouth water when I'm deciding on what to order! I don't know why but the idea of fresh diced tomatoes, oil, fresh basil and garlic all served on top of a toasted piece of bread....Mmmmm....Yummy. So originally I wanted to incorporate some chicken into this dish I was thinking of, then I imagined some stuffing would make this dish complete. We all need fast and easy dishes to make during the week for those crazy hectic nights. Well this one will not disappoint your family. I actually made it during the day while my kids napped and was able to keep it on the stove top until my husband came home from work. I served it with some brown sugar glazed carrots (my daughters favorite of the month) and it made one great meal! Another plus to this dish, well it was made in one pot! Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. Serves: 4-6 1 & 1/3 Cups Ea. What you'll need: 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes (basil and garlic), undrained 1 5 oz pkg of Stove Top stuffing mix, whole wheat 1/2 cup of

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One Pot Pasta for #WeekdaySupper

One Pot Pasta for #WeekdaySupper

Well it's that time again!! #WeekdaySupper, and this month I'm bringing you a dish that is not only SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE, but also creamy and delicious! I originally found this recipe on Pinterest, however as I was searching into it I realized many foodies have made and posted this recipe! So I guess it's out there in foodie land so I thought I'd give it a shot and share it with my fellow foodie followers! Wow that was a mouthful! It's the perfect dish to have on a busy weeknight so I thought it was perfect for #WeekdaySupper. It's the perfect definition of a One Pot meal. Literally all you do is take the ingredients, throw them in a pot, light the stove and let that very pot do it's job. No seriously. That's all. Really. I have to admit it didn't turn out the way that I had envisioned, but honestly that's the beauty of trying a new recipe, that's the joy I find in cooking. When you start a new recipe you never really know how it's going to turn out. You follow the directions and sometimes it's a flop, I swear and stomp my feet like a little kid saying, "Why??? What did I do, I followed the directions!!" If it's one thing I've realized it's that's really the "Joy" in cooking, you

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Maple Syrup Spaghetti for #SundaySupper

Maple Syrup Spaghetti for #SundaySupper

Happy Sunday everyone!!! It's so exciting to be hosting this weeks #SundaySupper event! I've come to realize over the years that family is family however they don't have to be blood to be family. I have best friends who have been a part of my ups and downs and have celebrated such amazing milestones with my husband and I, I have friends I've met since I've had children, and for the past two years I've found some pretty amazing friends through the blogging world, foodie friends are friends that just "get me". So I'm honored to be around the table this week hosting recipes inspired by our favorite holiday movie and/or songs! How fun huh! I have to be honest, for a better part of eight years the holidays were lost to me. I lost my dad at 22 and I never thought my holidays would ever be the same, and they weren't. However over the years as I healed and the void in my heart from losing him was filled, I slowly looked forward to the holidays again. Since having my daughter three years ago, each year just gets more and more exciting! This year I have a new home to celebrate in, new traditions have started and my sweet baby boy will have his very first Christmas. Growing up my sister

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Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sausage #WeekdaySupper

Creamy Tomato Pasta with Sausage #WeekdaySupper

I have another WeekdaySupper here for you folks!! Let this creamy 5 ingredient dish be on your list next week! Or this week, if you are anything like me these ingredients are usually in my house all the time, feel free to substitute the kale with spinach, I like changing it up every now and again. Super easy and even a kiddo pleaser because what toddler doesn't like ravioli's??! I know some days mine doesn't either (insert eye roll here) It's hit or miss I guess but it will please you for three reasons, it's tasty, quick and EASY! We also have added red pepper flakes to kick it up, we've added broccoli to it for more veggies, you can play with the serving sizes by adding the ingredients if your serving more people, it's really a very flexible dish, just go with it and you won't be disappointed! The best part is you don't have to cook the ravioli's a head of time if you buy the kind that cooks in a few minutes! Serves: 4 Ingredients: 1 pkg. of 5 chicken sausages (use whatever kind your family enjoys) 1 14 oz can of oregano and basil diced tomatoes, slightly drained 1 bunch of kale (or spinach, use what you like) 1/2 cup of light cream cheese 1 14 oz pkg of

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Cindy’s Recipes & Writings – Featured Friday

Cindy’s Recipes & Writings – Featured Friday

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! I love me my Friday's! This week I'm featuring a pretty special lady I've known since I joined the #SundaySupper team. Lets give a warm welcome to Cindy!! Applause applause.........Cindy is the blogger, writer and chef behind Cindy's Recipes & Writings. The name may sound familiar because she helped this Momma out last summer and did a guest post for me!! Read it here.  Maybe I should have emphasized writer because this gal is a writer! She shares a few of her samples on her blog too! I've always known Cindy for her awesome contributions to our #SundaySupper table but it's been nice reading some of her writings this past week as I got to know her and her blog as well! The poem she wrote To My Granddaughter, just beautiful and it was a Blue Mountain poetry winner!! Have you ever read a Blue Mountain Greeting Card? I love them!! Cindy's Poem was one of 100 selected from 100,000 resulting in this very greeting card, how cool is that??!! So this lovely resides in PA and is also an avid gardener, professional cook, environmentalist, mother and grandmother. So how about some recipes I want to try of Cindy's that I know myself or my family would love,

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Saucing it up for #SundaySupper!!

Saucing it up for #SundaySupper!!

Happy Sunday everyone!! When I read what the theme was for this weeks #SundaySupper I jumped up and down and did a dance.......Yes I did, really!! My new favorite thing is making my own sauces, gravies and dressings, it's just so easy, they always taste better and usually they are way  more healthier for you too!! I'm totally going to be going back to this list a lot in the future. There are Savory Sauces, Sweet Sauces, Sauces for your main dish and even sauces for your dessert!! This weeks even is being hosted by Crazy Foodie Stunts. Love that name don't you! So grab a cup of coffee, or drink of choice, pull up a chair and get pinning these gorgeous homemade Sauces! Your going to love what I prepared for you today because, well who doesn't love Chicken Broccoli Ziti when we are out at our favorite restaurant? I do I do!! But I quickly pass it and move on to the next dish. Yes I move onto the next dish when this is being offered at a family function or buffet line. I even pass by it on a menu when I've decided to Splurge and and say the heck with it.............Well no more passing by this dish because I made a version that is WAY MORE healthier and I added whole wheat pasta to

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Cheeseburger Casserole Mini’s

Cheeseburger Casserole Mini’s

I was on the hunt for something that would peak my daughters interest. Her food groups these days consist of pizza, mac n cheese and pasta roni's, that's pretty much any kind of pasta, penne, rotini, elbows, shells, if a dish is made with that kind of pasta, it's a sure thing she would eat it. Or so I thought. Let me introduce to you these little casseroles of goodness. I love making our very own dishes with some recipes I find. I happened to find this one over at Skinnytaste and decided to separate them out and make them individual little casseroles for us. I thought it would make it a little more fun for my daughter. Wrong again. Even though MM didn't like this dish, Daddy and I did so of course I'm sharing it with my readers! I made a few changes to it but not much! Serves: 4-6 Serving Size:1-1 1/2 Cups Recipe Inspired by: Skinnytaste Ingredients: 2 cups (6 oz) uncooked whole wheat rotini pasta 2 tsp oil 1 1/2 cups onions, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 lb lean ground turkey 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 2 tbsp tomato paste 28 oz diced tomatoes with seasonings 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard 2 cups reduced fat grated cheddar

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Pesto Pasta w/Chicken Sausage for #WeekdaySupper

Pesto Pasta w/Chicken Sausage for #WeekdaySupper

I'm so happy to be participating in  #WeekdaySupper again!! I love checking out all of the dishes each week because they have such awesome idea's for those busy week nights, for me those nights are Tuesdays and Thursdays, that's when I have very minimum time to prepare a meal for my family so I usually turn to a CrockPot Dish or something quick and easy, the WeekdaySupper team helps me out at least once a month on a new creative quick and healthy dish for my family! Go check out the new layout over at Family Foodie, it's pretty neat folks! I whipped this one up one night this past summer. It's so easy and I tried to make it healthy by adding tons of veggies, using chicken sausage and whole grain pasta! For the pesto sauce I used a batch I had previously made and froze earlier this summer. I buy a seasoning packet, make it, divide it into two batches, one for that night and I freeze the other, it was super easy to take it out of the freezer that morning and just go! I cup up my veggies, boiled the pasta, and put it aside while my kiddo's napped. When dinner time came around I needed 20 minutes to throw it together in a saute pan and wala, dinner was ready! Ingredients: 1

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CrockPot Mac N Cheese For a Crowd

CrockPot Mac N Cheese For a Crowd

I recently made this dish for our housewarming party we had last weekend. I looked at a bunch of different recipes and kind of just ended up with this. I thought it was great, I also got a lot of compliments on it and it's an awesome way to make a large amount of Mac N Cheese. If your serving it at a party, this is the easiest, quickest yummiest recipe for you. Or make a big batch of it some cold winter day and freeze half of it. The reason why I wanted to make it in the crock even though I was serving it in pans was because I wanted something that was easy and no fuss, something I could make the day before while I was getting ready for my party. I didn't want to stand at a stove mixing and melting cheese! I was a bit nervous  because I couldn't find the quantity or measurements in any other recipe so I kind of just guessed! I should guess more often because I was impressed. After it cooked in the crockpot, I put it into two separate half pan dishes (The aluminum dishes that you can just throw away, they make full sheets and half sheets) I chose the half sheets because I wanted to be able to put them on the upper rack of our grill while the party was going on. I also didn't pack

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Southwest Mac-N-Cheese Healthy Girl Style

Southwest Mac-N-Cheese Healthy Girl Style

I'm back to watching my cooking shows faithfully again, which means this Momma is back in her kitchen whipping up some meals for the fam! I can't dedicate as much time as I used to, but it's OK, as my husband has said in the past "Can't we have the same thing more than once?" Well hunny, now you get your wish, My goal is to try to cook one or two new things a week, which will include getting back to #SundaySupper each week and making a few things ahead of time on the weekends to make my week go a little more smoother. I'm trying to eat healthier these days, actually I'm trying to get my whole family to eat healthier these days. I have some great new healthy meals to try out on you all! This one comes from The Hungry Girl. She takes the traditional gut loving dishes and makes them healthier, that's my kind of gal! I've watched her show plenty of times and when I went on her website, this dish stuck out to me! I'm glad I tried it because I was NOT disappointed. I didn't change too many things, however I did use bow tie pasta because it's what I had on hand, it's the kind with the "built" in veggies because my daughter some nights doesn't eat veggies so this is the choice of

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Featured Friday – The Redhead Baker

Featured Friday – The Redhead Baker

Happy Friday!! I can't believe it's Friday yet again! Time is flying by and Summer is itching to get here for us. We've had a full week of beautiful warm but cool weather, a whole week of rain, a few days of bitter cold and now a few days of HOT HOT HOT baby!! My Featured Friday's are limited as I plan to take some time off to be with my son once he is born, but don't fret, I have some great Guest Posts scheduled, some new recipes to throw at you and of course some other interesting articles..........but for now, let's talk about today's Co-Host because she has quite the Recipe Index friends!! From Appetizers and Beverages to Sweets and Healthy Recipes. Meet Coleen, she is the Momma, food blogger, wife and baker behind The Redhead Baker! Thanks so much for Co-Hosting with me this week Coleen! I don't even remember how I came across your blog, it's the fun in this little project I call "Featured Friday". Researching and checking out other blogs is fun. I love how people's photo's can reel me in, how the recipes can make me drool and how the styles of writing can be so unique! Coleen is all of this rolled into one blog! Coleen is a graphic designer by day, a Momma and Wife

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Featured Friday – Foxes Love Lemons

Featured Friday – Foxes Love Lemons

Happy Friday Folks! Another one upon us! Which to me means another week closer to delivering my son! Six more weeks and counting! When do I get to start counting days?? Well since it's another Friday that means I have another Co-Host to introduce you all to!!!!!!!!! My favorite time of the week! I found this lovely lady over at my #SundaySupper group, the name of her blog stood out to me because it's super cute and we all know how I feel about blog names......I love to know where they came from, mine got stuck with a boring name because I didn't think too much about it, but the more I think about it the more I like it because I'm Momma in this house so it fits well for me. Well Lori over at Foxes Love Lemons has a simple story behind her blog name. Her maiden name plus the girl loves lemons, who doesn't! Wala! Like me, Lori grew up in a home where they sat as a family 6 nights a week and had dinner. Though it wasn't gourmet it was dinner and it was together and Kraft Mac & Cheese was her favorite!! It's still my favorite Lori!! :) While earning her college degree in Communications Lori cooked meals with her roommates using something called "The College Cookbook" given to

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