Posts Tagged ‘pasta’

Zucchini Pasta w/ Chicken

January 25, 2013 Leave a comment


So being on Ideal Protein you learn veggies can turn into lots of different things!  Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”, Cauliflower “Rice” and now Zucchini Pasta!  Sure I have heard of spaghetti squash, but WHY make it out of veggies when there is the nice carb-y (word right?) version?

Welllll now that I can’t really have carbs I decided to try it out!  And let me tell you, SO having it again!

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Sausage Pasta

November 26, 2010 Leave a comment

It was another one of those, send Mike to the store and see what he brings home, kind of adventures.  So what did he bring me?  Some Johnsonville Four Cheese Italian Sausages, Wal-Mart had marked them down a couple bucks and he decided we could try something different with them.  On the front is a picture of them with pasta, so we thought, okay let’s try it.

But instead of using the recipe inside the package we went online and found one at to try.  Not that I don’t trust Johnsonville’s recipe, but I would much rather go with a place I know and can read reviews!  We tweaked it a bit to fit what we had.  But I have to tell you… I was IMPRESSED!  This was actually really good.  Something I will make again!  The kids liked it but they have issue with sausages, they think all are too spicy.  But they did like the pasta and sauce and tried a couple of the sausages.

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Pasta Bake

November 13, 2010 1 comment

1st thing… I am sorry there are not many pictures of putting it together, I had to throw this together in 20 min before we had to run off to Connor’s 3rd grade concert.  I am lucky I remembered to take pictures before we ate it!  We were hungry by the time we got home!

Spaghetti is a favorite in this house and sometimes I just get tired of it.  But I love pasta.  So when I am tired of spaghetti but still want pasta and have a little extra time I make Pasta Bake.  Which is a lot like spaghetti except I put it in the oven and it has CHEESE melted all over it.  gooey, yummy cheese!

There really is no recipe for this, take your favorite pasta, take your favorite sauce throw in some meat if you want or don’t if you don’t want it.  You can use different cheeses if you want too.  Make it your own and change it until you find one that is divine to you!  Mine has lots of cheese on it!  Oh and yes…. it’s a lot like Lasagna but faster.  That is my absolute favorite thing on this planet (close second is Salmon) I use to have lasagna every year for my birthday and if I could get my mom to make it for me now on my birthday I would.  But I don’t think begging works much with her anymore now that I cook myself.  But I can’t make it like her.  Her’s is the BEST to me.  Maybe next year I will try since I will be 35… 35!!!  OMG… 35…. I guess I better because saying I am going to have my mom make it for my 40th just sounds…. wrong!

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Spaghetti Sauce

October 12, 2010 Leave a comment

Yes I am back!  Found my camera… which was where I thought it was but for some reason the men/boys in my family couldn’t find it.  Oh well, I know next time to look myself!

So Spaghetti sauce, seems like a simple thing.  I know a lot of people who use the kind out of a jar, actually I think a lot of people I know use it out of a jar.  And I am talking about Prego, Ragu… you know what I mean.  I have tried to use them and my kids hate them, I don’t even really like them.  I am not sure what it is about them I don’t like, maybe I am just used to my mom’s?

I know some people get really into their spaghetti sauce and use real tomatoes, I just don’t have the time or patience to do that or to can it!  So here is my basic recipe, it’s nice because by itself it’s good or you can add things to it that cater to YOUR tastes!  You can add fresh veggies to it, no problem!

I use Hunts products and love them, if you like a different tomato sauce/paste use that, if you want more spice throw more in.  This is just somewhere to start, tweak it to what you like.  But I have been eating this sauce for 30+ years and always go back to it.  I even had my kids not eating my spaghetti because they didn’t like the sauce until I finally called my mom and asked her for her “recipe”

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Sweet and Sour Slow Cooker Chicken W/Orzo

September 25, 2010 2 comments

Just saw this on one of my favorite food blogs beginning of the week and knew I had to make it this weekend!  I love crockpot recipes.  I of course tweaked this one a bit and I will be making it again.

The recipe calls for 4-6 chicken breasts, well I only had 3 and I thought it would be enough.  I really didn’t want to make Mike run to the store for more.  It was good with the 3 but I am going to use more for sure next time and it will be REALLY good.  The picture above is with extra “sauce” on it, the kids and I didn’t add the extra sauce to ours and it was still really flavorful.  I couldn’t believe how good the chicken itself was.

Also, you could use white rice instead of orzo pasta but I didn’t think I had enough rice on hand so I opted for the orzo.  I have put the recipe below for the orzo as I didn’t just use water.
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Spinach Orzo

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Orzo is a new pasta to me.  I made a dish last year using it but for the life of me I can’t remember what it was!  Well I was watching Food Network on Monday and saw Sandra Lee making an Orzo side dish and thought it sounded like something to try.

Tonight we had some really nice butterfly pork chops that we were going to cook on our electric skillet (which I can’t live without) and I decided that the orzo sounded like a good side dish.  I tweaked a few different spinach orzo recipes and came up with one that the kids really seemed to enjoy tonight.
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No fuss Tuna and Noodles

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

What is so special about Tuna and Noodles you may ask?  Well if you ask me it’s the crunchy noodles on top, but my children would disagree on that point!  But really?  It’s cheap, fast and easy to make!  Sure you have to cook the noodles ahead of time, but once that is done you can forget about it.  There have been many a times on the way home I call Mike and ask him to start the water boiling and even sometimes have him start the noodles.

Everyone seems to have a different tuna and noodle recipe, some are fancy and some are very basic.  Mine I like to think of as very basic.  I got adventurous once and put sweet corn nibblets in it, you know the really sweet, small pale corn.  5 out of 6 of us loved it, wasn’t a whole lot different but gave it a sweet taste.  The other one?  He swore all he could taste was the corn.  So now sometimes we have it with corn in it and sometimes we don’t.  Reason I picked corn was it was the same color as the noodles, less chance of someone picking it out!

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