Pasta is the ultimate comfort food to me. I could eat it all day everyday. Obviously I shouldn’t do that, but I sure could. I love quick and easy pasta recipes because most people love them, and they can feed a crowd without a ton of work. This Oven Baked Mozzarella Topped Tortellini recipe has a homemade tomato sauce to make things a little healthier, and it requires only a mixing bowl, spatula, baking dish and just 5 minutes of prep time. This would be great with a fresh salad and some warm bread!
My husband travels pretty often for work, and I really think the worst part of him being gone (other than missing him, obviously) is dishes. Let me explain – at the end of a long day of school and 5 million other activities, getting 4 young kids fed, bathed and to bed is pretty much like running a marathon. Because our house is pretty much 100% chaos between the hours of 5-8, I usually focus all of my energy on getting the kids to bed, and the dishes become an after thought. It never fails – I finally get the last kid to bed and breathe a sigh of relief. Then I walk downstairs and back into the kitchen and want to run far, far away. Finding the strength to get those dishes done at that point is next to impossible. That’s why recipes like this One Pot Lasagna Soup are perfect for me. There is SO MUCH less clean-up!
There is something so comforting about a big bowl of hot soup after a long cold day. Tomato soup is great all on it’s own, but I decided to jazz it up just a little by creating this Tomato Basil Tortellini Soup. This soup is very easy to make and ready in only 30 minutes, so it is a great simple weeknight dinner that you can feel good about serving to your family. Serve this up with a fresh salad, grilled cheese or some crusty bread and enjoy!
As much as I love to cook (and I really do!) I really have a problem taking the time to prepare myself a decent lunch most days. Honestly I often fail to even eat a decent meal until dinnertime. Don’t get me wrong, I always manage to eat during the day. Too often though, I find myself grabbing something quick (like a bunch of cookies from a recipe I was testing – don’t judge me!) to hold me over. Recipes like this Easy Avocado Chicken Salad are perfect for me, because I can make it one day, and have a healthy lunch all ready to go for a couple more days. It is loaded with chicken, bacon, avocado, tomatoes, red onion and a simple light dressing and it is delicious!
I went out to lunch a couple days ago and when I was looking through the menu I came across a pasta with arrabbiata sauce. I had forgotten how much I loved this simple, spicy tomato sauce and I was determined to make it for myself when I got home! It took a little trial and error, but I finally came up with (in my opinion) the perfect balance of garlic, spice and basil flavors. This Easy, Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce would be delicious served with pasta, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash or with any meat. I hope you love it!
Finding a recipe that is quick, easy, healthy, delicious AND low carb can seem almost impossible at times. This Easy Caprese Stuffed Chicken is all of those things! Making this is as simple as cutting a pocket in a few chicken breasts, stuffing them with some fresh ingredients, seasoning them and baking them. This chicken pairs well with some fresh vegetables, a salad, rice or fresh pasta.
Pesto is one of those things that tastes remarkably better when made from scratch rather than a store bought version. It is also a super easy thing to make, so why not?! I decided to change it up a bit with this recipe and make a Sun Dried Tomato Basil Pesto. Don’t get me wrong, I love a traditional pesto, but this one is just different enough to keep things exciting. Making this pesto takes just a few minutes, and it is delicious when served with so many different things. I like to perk up a basic piece of chicken with this pesto, toss it with some fresh pasta and even slather it on a piece of toast with some avocado and mozzarella. No matter what you do with it, you will be glad you have this pesto on hand!
Pasta salad is one of those classic side dishes that you can find at almost any summer cook-out or get together. The traditional version is great, but I always like to do things just a little different and come up with a new version. This Creamy Southwest Pasta Salad is loaded with corn, black beans, tomatoes, red onion and a chipotle ranch. It is super quick and easy to make, loaded with flavor and is sure to be a hit with all of your friends and family! Making this is as simple as tossing the cooked pasta with the rest of the ingredients, letting it chill and then serving. It is the perfect recipe for hot summer days when you want to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.
Cucumber, Tomato and Onion salad is one of my favorite quick and easy summer recipes. It is always so nice to be able to head out to the garden, grab some fresh vegetables and throw a delicious dish together in just a few minutes. This healthy salad uses fresh cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, and a vinaigrette dressing to create the perfect side dish for those hot summer days when no one wants to heat the kitchen up by using the stove. You can toss this together early in the day, stick it in the fridge and have a delicious “salad” ready at dinner time. A serving of this comes in at only 133 calories and 9 net carbs, so this is one flavorful recipe that you won’t feel bad about enjoying! Try it out today!
One of the best things about summer is all of the fresh garden vegetables. This Spicy Zucchini, Corn and Tomato salad is a great way to use those vegetables in a delicious recipe. This side dish is full of flavor and easy to make. A delicious vinaigrette dressing that you will whisk together in just a few seconds will add just what these fresh veggies need to take them to the next level. Enjoy this dish hot or chilled. This would be excellent served with some simple grilled meat, as a side with tacos or double the recipe or even more and serve it at your next summer gathering.