Category: recipes

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Ok, I am not really good at writing recipes. I apologize!!! I just wing it in the kitchen, I put things together that I think will taste good! The other day I was at a farmer’s market and picked up some broccoli rabe and provolone sausage. YUM! So this meal was created with the sausage as the inspiration!

Cook the sausage in the over. I take the casing off and cut them in half. Cook until they are fully cooked. Cut into small pieces.

Cut the really thick pieces off the bottoms of the broccoli rabe. You can leave most of the stems, they soften when cooked. To make the broccoli rabe, simply boil water and add the broccoli rabe. Boil for about 1 minute, take it out and put it into an ice bath. You don’t want to over cook it. Drain.

Saute garlic in olive oil with parsley. Add the broccoli rabe and sausage. Let simmer for a few minutes. Cut 1 lemon and squeeze the whole lemon over the entire mixture. Stir and serve! I add shaved Parmesan to mine! YUMMY!

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Mini Meatloaf with Carrot Puree

This is a great recipe to try if your kids aren’t really fans of vegetables. The carrots add moister to the meatloaf. I also got to try out my VenBaby Silicone Tray in a baking capacity. I was nervous about putting it in the oven, but it says oven safe so I went for it! I really don’t know why I haven’t cooked with silicone before! These came out great! They were super easy to POP out to serve too! The VenBaby Tray really has so many different uses!! Click here to check it out! (more…)

Gluten Free Pasta and Veggies in a White Wine Sauce

IMG_9612One of my good friends is gluten free because of having Ciliac Disease. She comes over once a week with her girls and we have a dinner play date. I try so hard to make sure that I have yummy stuff for her to eat! I recently found (after trying several) Ronzoni Gluten Free Pasta. The first time I served it to her, she spit it out and said “are you sure this is gluten free??” I handed her the box and she was shocked!! It really tastes great!

I came up with this dinner because I didn’t have a lot of time or ingredients in the house but she was coming over with her girls in 20 minutes and I needed to pull something together! (more…)

Chocolate Covered Coconut Marshmallows

I had no idea…I really had no idea!!! Marshmallows come in a coconut flavor! Yes, that is right. They took 2 of my favorite things and made them into 1 glorious creation! And then of course, I took it a step further and covered them in chocolate!

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This is a SUPER easy and fun dessert to serve!!
All you need is a bag of coconut marshmallows, chocolate wafers (I used dark chocolate), and parchment paper!

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Simply melt the chocolate wafers in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for increments of 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted and smooth. Then dip the marshmallows in the melted chocolate and place on parchment paper. Wait about 5 minutes and the chocolate will harden.

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Best Damn Chili Recipe

IMG_9584It has taken me years to perfect this recipe. I am not exaggerating…years! The first few times I made chili for events, it sat there and no one except me ate it. I started researching various chili recipes and developed my own. I made it several times over the years and finally have perfected it! I share it with you now…enjoy!! (more…)

Easy Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? My girls love them…so do my husband and I! There are a few brands that I like but homemade are so much better! They are pretty easy to make too.

 Ingredients:
3 or 4 Chicken Breasts
2 cups seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
Cooking Oil (I use peanut oil, but olive oil will do) Enough to line the bottom of the skillet.

Directions:
Heat oil in a skillet. I love using my cast iron skillet.
Cut the chicken breasts into chunks (about 1 by 1 inch cubes)
In one bowl mix the egg and milk together. Beat until they are completely blended.
In a different bowl mix the bread crumbs and cheese
Once the oil is heated, dip the chicken chunks into the egg/milk mixture. Fully coat and then dip in the bread crumbs mix, fully coat. Add to the hot oil.
Cook for a few minutes on each side. About 3 minutes for each piece. Make sure the outside is golden brown and crispy. Make sure the inside is not pink.
You can keep leftovers in the fridge. I put a paper towel at the bottom of a Tupperware container. To heat, just bake in the over at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. You can even freeze and serve at a later date!

My girls like to dip in ketchup or tomato sauce. My husband and I add them to salads!

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Make a great salad…today!

IMG_9206I love salad! There is a gif circulating the internet right now of a woman that is grossed out by the salad she is eating. I was shocked by this and by how many people do not like salad. Salad needs a better reputation…it is a freedom meal! You can make a salad how ever you want. No matter your mood, you can create a salad to fit how you’re feeling.

Here are some tips to creating a delicious salad every time. (more…)

Easy Chicken Broccoli Pasta

I try and make one meal for everyone. It is hard enough to get dinner on the table…let alone separate meals for the kids. I have been trying to make a meal that everyone likes BUT that can be switched up!

Last night I made this quick, easy meal! The girls loved it, and then I added a few things to my husband’s and mine…it was a hit all around!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups of frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 pound pasta (I used cut pasta)
  • Fresh lemon, chopped tomatoes, and grated cheese (Use these as ad ons)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Once finished cooking, drain and toss with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile saute onion in 2 table spoons of olive oil. Cook on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, add chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add frozen broccoli and put the lid on. Cook for about 5 – 8 minutes (until broccoli is cooked)
  3. I took my broccoli out and cut it into little pieces and then returned it to the pan.
  4. Toss the pasta and the broccoli mixture
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese and enjoy!
  6. For a more adult meal…once I served the girls, I made a bowl for my husband and myself. Then I took half of a lemon and squeezed the juice on both bowls. Once I finished, I tossed each bowl of pasta. I also cut up tomatoes and roasted them in the broiler (on high for about 8 – 10 mins). I added the tomatoes and some crushed red pepper to our bowls. It was so yummy! The lemon really added a good flavor!
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I love this pasta! Spaghetti that is already cut up…thank you!
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Get florets! Broccoli pieces have a lot of end pieces that are tough or little ones to chew!
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This was the kid version of the pasta before I added to it for me and my husband
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I added lemon, roasted tomatoes, and red pepper flakes to my husband’s and mine! YUMMY!!