This simple and elegant pasta dish can be on the table in less than 30 minutes. It’s full of creamy luxuriousness and has a deep flavor. Trying to keep this dish a bit lighter I added 2% milk instead of full fat cream. I added some nutritional value and color with the addition of spinach. This not only adds flavor, color but a wonderful texture as well.
The punch of garlic and parmesan cheese are a must. I wouldn’t suggest adding to much salt and pepper in the beginning of making this dish. Let the ingredients mingle and then test, adding more seasoning if needed.
If you are looking for an elegant dish that is fool proof to impress your next dinner guests this is the one for your.
Noodle bowls have become increasingly popular. They make for a delicious quick and easy meal. I love the versatility of them. You can throw anything you desire or have on hand in them. The creative possibilities are endless. Best of all, noodle bowls are totally inexpensive.
I love how simple this version is of the noodle bowl. There are some pretty wild and fancy recipes out there but this one is no fuss. Full of all the goodness you crave when you think of a noodle bowl. It has the components of ramen, fresh vegetables and a light sauce to coat it all. It’s not overly greasy or salty.
If you are craving a good noodle bowl give this one a try. It will be your new go to 20-minute meal and be sure to add veggies you love to the mix.
I love wondering around my grocery store. I always find so many fun ingredients to play with. Lately though, my usual grocer has been pretty dull. So I switched things up and went to a new store last week. I was so surprised to find some seriously stunning Swiss chard leaves. The vibrancy of their stalks had me swooning all over myself. They were so full of life and gorgeousness. I grabbed the biggest bunch I could find.
I came home and sautéd a big batch of balsamic Swiss chard and mushrooms. Half of the batch went into these delicious calzones and the other half I enjoyed all week long over wild rice.
These calzones are full of the most delicious ingredients. Ricotta and mozzarella perfectly add a creamy texture to the Swiss chard and mushroom mixture. It also tones down the prominent balsamic flavor. I wrapped them up in the perfect Pizza Crust. If you do not have any garlic oil just add one clove of minced garlic to the olive oil and saute until tender before adding the Swiss chard and mushrooms.
I could quite possibly eat these every day and die happily.
This refreshing cocktail is sure to brighten your Valentine’s Day. These cocktails are light and full of exotic flavor.
The sweet lemon simple syrup adds a xylophone of depth. The hibiscus tea takes you to your favorite warm tropical destination. The distinct gin flavor adds warmth and complexity to this one of a kind cocktail.
Treat the one you love on Valentine’s Day with this hibiscus tea and gin cocktail.
Over Christmas break I finally got to catch up on some leisurely reading. These books were some of my favorites. You must read these in 2015 if you have not yet.
It was me all along – I loved every word in this book. Andie is such an inspiration. If you read one book this year make sure it is this one.
One Thousand Gifts – This book is beautifully written. Now I know why it was so wildly popular. It truly makes you so grateful for everything.
What I know for sure- I never wanted this book to end. It was so fun to read. There were parts that were lighthearted, carefree, sad, hilarious and serious. It was a great book to start the New Year reading.
Invention of Wings- Anything by Sue Monk Kidd is sure to make my must read list. A wonderful novel.
I received It was Me all Along from Crown Publishing to review. I was not compensated for any of the other books.
These cookies are light and refreshing with a hit of richness. The lemon adds a wonderful flavor to this classic sugar cookie recipe. Don’t you dare leave out the lemon zest. The little flakes of lemon zest adds flavor and vibrant yellow flakes that sprinkle throughout the cookies. Strawberry cream cheese frosting is the way to go. The strawberry jam adds a beautiful light pink hue.
These cookies are the perfect touch for Valentine’s Day. Ava took a few of these cookies last week in her lunch and came home saying all her friends were dying to have one. She had to sneak bites by the end of the week because everyone wanted her share.
I guess I know what her class will be getting for their Valentine’s Day party. :)
Need a delicious salad to brighten up your winter days? This vibrant spinach salad is not only super healthy but so filling and delicious.
I haven’t always been a spinach fan. It’s something that I have taught myself to like. The texture used to really put me off. But the more times I tried the better I liked it. I hear so many people say I don’t like this vegetable or that vegetable. I cringe every time I hear it. Sometimes you just have to teach your taste buds to like new vegetables. Just like you teach your children sometimes you have to teach yourself to keep trying and soon you will grow to enjoy vegetables that are loaded with nutrients and give you variety.
I love this salad because its full of a variety of textures and tastes. The cabbage is important because it adds a great crunch and balances out the sweetness of the apple, tomatoes and red pepper.
Use your favorite balsamic vinaigrette to top this salad off. My mom sent me this luscious balsamic vinegar from Branch & Vine that I pair with a rich olive oil. It’s so simple, sweet and adds the perfect touch to this salad.
Yogurt and granola has always been my go to breakfast. It is fast, portable and always keeps me full until lunch.
There are a million varieties of granola out there. But this one happens to be one of my favorites, a close second to this Coconut Lime Granola. I love that the oats and quinoa are coated with this luscious blanket of honey and peanut butter. It’s hearty and so delicious.
Store-bought granolas can be convenient. But the tiff I have with them is that they are very expensive and way too sweet for my liking. I adore making my own granolas because I can control the sweetness and I like to choose the ad-ins. The possibilities are endless and you can use whatever you have on hand. Affordable and tasty-just the way I like it.
If you’ve got a hectic week planned I highly suggest you make this quinoa granola to keep you going.
I started the year off with a delicious and moist lemon blueberry bread. This is one of those go-to classic recipes. A solid recipe that can be used for any occasion and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand.
The colors of the lemon and blueberries that make this bread so vibrant have me longing for spring already.
If you are looking for a way to get your kiddos loving blueberries this refreshing lemon blueberry bread is sure to reel them in. The sweet lemon glaze on top adds a thin crunchy crust and sweetness to get the taste buds percolating.
This is one recipe that will have a permanent place in your recipe box.
These Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls are a must to start the New Year. Bursting with tangy and sweet flavor they are sure to liven up your New Year’s morning.
The gorgeous pop of red cranberries rolled up tightly in a warm sweet bread and covered with a decadent cream cheese frosting. Both kids and grown-up go wild for these sweet rolls.
If you are looking to revamp your classic cinnamon roll this is the recipe that you need. The tanginess of the cranberries takes these sweet rolls to the next level. The sweet creamy blanket of frosting brings all the flavors together and sends you swooning over these cranberries orange cinnamon rolls. Honestly, I’m not sure we can go back to the same old classic cinnamon rolls for a while.