Pasta Primavera

Pasta Primavera

Did you know April is peak season for asparagus?  If you want that crispy bright green with no signs of shriveling, the time is now!  There’s nothing worse than stringy or even worse, soggy asparagus.  On the other hand, there’s nothing more enjoyable than having it crisp and perfectly cooked.  Well, I have the recipe.  You just need the asparagus. Okay, pasta primavera is pretty popular.  AND it should be.  Twirling your fork in a heap of quality pasta, fresh vegetables, and juicy chicken would get anyone’s mouth watering.  However… you know the dream can’t all be true since most primavera sauces are loaded with unhealthy ingredients.  Not here, my friends.  You know I love my healthy substitutes and have created a creamy, tangy sauce which compliments all our lovely vegetables. Also, this dish was so quick to make!  If you’re loving the quick-and-pasta combination, check out my Chicken Spaghetti and Spinach Alfredo. I just wanted to give a shout out to Garofalo pasta.  Love ya!  Remember how I refuse to play yo-yo with your brain and talk about products that I don’t literally have in my kitchen?  Well, trust me.  I found this pasta at Costco and have not turned back.  It’s a ‘product of Italy’ and I’m pretty sure this is what Venice tastes like.  Strongly recommend you trying it.  You can purchase it in bulk through Amazon (link below) or Costco. Happy Pasta Primavera Day!  Well… that’s not really a thing, but when you make this pasta it will make you feel like celebrating.  Mangia! Print Fettuccine Primavera Ingredients 8 oz uncooked whole wheat fettuccine 1 Tbs Olive oil 3 large chicken...
Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Am I the only one who dreads making dinner some evenings?  Don’t be fooled.  Even though I love cooking and live for making a healthy meal for my family, some days I’m just not in the mood.  Between grocery shopping, cleaning, reading books, time outs, scrubbing little messy hands, and MOST important of all… spending lots of quality time with my kiddos, dinner time sometimes sneaks up and I’m just not prepared.  Well, this chicken spaghetti recipe is proof that you don’t need much planning or preparation to pull off a delicious, healthy meal. I was reading a blog the other day where every product discussed had a lengthy disclaimer.  It was distracting as she flip flopped between products in which she personally endorsed and then the products she was paid to endorsed.  I don’t want to put you on that roller coaster ride.  I will not and DO not promote ingredients or products that you cannot find in my very own kitchen. I hope you’ve tried some of my favorite products like Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour and Nutiva coconut oil in recipes like my Miracle Whole Wheat Bread and Blueberry Waffles to know they are AMAZING!  If you stop by my house, you will find all the products I endorse in my kitchen.  Well, unless I need to go grocery shopping. In that case, still come stop by and you can watch my kids which will reduce my grocery shopping time in half.  Okay… back to this easy chicken spaghetti recipe.   I’m falling more and more in love with food photography.  Thanks to the Tasty Food Photography eBook from Pinch of...
Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

Here’s how I usually celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m out running errands with my kids.  As I push my cart down an aisle at Target, I notice a little girl with an adorable green outfit.  While passing, I smile and compliment her cute green hair bow.  I keep shopping and stop by a woman who has on some lavish green nail polish.  I naively continue on my way until a boy runs pass me with a green shirt on.  I stop.  It’s St. Patrick’s Day!  I quickly scan myself and my kids searching for any sign of green.  Nope.  No green.  Since I want to spare my kids from a pinch-happy child at our library class, I head to find some green stickers or green ribbon or green face paint.  Just something GREEN, people!  I’m usually unsuccessful and decide to take the risk and head to the library anyway despite being green-less.  We get home, a few pinches later, and I promise myself to remember next year’s St. Patrick’s Day.   Am I the only mama out here forgetting the green?  Well, whether you remember or not, at least you can sneak some green into your day by making this quick and easy Broccoli, Cheese, and Rice Casserole.         I love cooking with fresh vegetables.  Not only do they have a bold dynamic flavor, but the colors pop.  Especially broccoli!  I mean look at how beautiful and bright the green is!  What?  Doesn’t everyone get giddy over the vibrant colors in their food?  Apparently, neither does my husband.  Whenever I cooked with broccoli, I started noticing that...
Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry

Look.  There are several nights I’m scrambling to figure out what I’m going to make for dinner.  The day got busy, dinner time comes speeding up, and need something quick because people are starting to salivate (hungry tummies bring lots of grumpiness in my house).  Am I alone?  I’ll give you a couple tips so you can have all the ingredients to throw something together like this juicy and savory Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry.         There are some constants when you look in my freezer and refrigerator… a large bag of organic carrots, sweet onions (refrigerate to last longer), frozen organic sweet corn, frozen organic sweet baby peas, and frozen organic broccoli florets.   HIGHLY  recommend you adding them on your shopping list (I purchase mine from Costco).  When you’re in a rush, I have several quick and healthy recipes that will use at least one like my Chicken and Broccoli Pasta, Classic Spaghetti, or my Not-Yo-Mama’s Shepard’s Pie.     I got spoiled when living in Hong Kong and Taiwan.  The food is incredible… especially the rice, fresh fruits and vegetables.  Oh, how I miss it!  You wouldn’t think the rice would be so much different in the States, but rice is definitely not created equal.  I’ve tried lots of brands but love love Lundberg Farms Brown Rice.  It reminds me of rice from Taiwan.  Keep rice in a large airtight container which makes it handy to make recipes like this rice stir fry and my Yellow Chicken Coconut Curry.     Teriyaki sauce is also something not created equal.  Read the ingredients!  Whenever purchasing something prepackaged, read the...
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I’m not sure where you live, but our Utah weather is crazy.  Last week, we had a foot of snow dump in the morning and by the afternoon it was melted.  Since Utah can’t decide whether it’s winter or spring, I’m taking advantage of these last few cold days by spoiling myself with this creamy chicken noodle soup.  I made it again tonight and literally want to drink the broth from a glass.  It’s creamy, comforting, and heavenly.  Am I the only one who consumed over soup recipes during cold weather?       I’m a big believer in tweaking recipes to make them healthier.  If you can’t taste a difference, why not make it healthier?  Creamy soups 90% of the time call for heavy whipping cream.  There are two types of fats: ones that cause health issues and ones that fight health issues.  Heavy whipping cream is a low nutrition, artery-clogging fat which nominates it as a bad fat.  Coconut milk’s fatty acids, on the other hand, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, improve skin and hair… blah, blah, blah.  You get the picture.  You won’t be able to taste a difference, but your body will thank you for substituting heavy whipping cream with coconut milk.   If you want to try out coconut milk in a couple more recipes, check out my Healthy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana or my Yellow Coconut Chicken Curry. You won’t regret it.       I don’t purchase everything organic because it can start getting pretty pricey.  However, there are some things that must be an organic purchase.  Carrots are one of them.  I was...
Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Who knew you could substitute heavy whipping cream and butter in alfredo sauce with cauliflower?  When I mentioned it to one of my friends, she emphatically told me not to try it because she made a cauliflower alfredo recipe from Pinterest and it failed miserably.  Her husband made her promise, swear, and crosse-her-heart to never try it again.  Well, you know how I love a challenge.   I’ve had a couple recipe fails too.  The sauce wasn’t creamy enough or too thick or not flavorful enough.  However with a little tweaking and determination, by George I think she’s got it! I love LoVe LOVE making recipes taste so delicious that no one will believe how healthy it is.  This, my friends, is a keeper.  I tested it out on my husband, his brother, and close friend without telling them the ingredients.  After they cleaned their plates and dishing up seconds, I told them the sauce was cauliflower!  They didn’t believe me and neither will you.  I can’t wait to hear what you think of this creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce!     Since I want you to skip all the fails and jump straight to success with this recipe, let me share a couple things I’ve learned.  A quality, good blender is a must!  I feel like I’m a broken record now, but I really do use my Vitamix daily.  I mention it frequently in my recipes because it makes healthy living so much easier and healthy eating so much tastier.  Whether you’re Team Vitamix, Team Blendtec, or Team Ninja, it’s time to invest or you’ll continue to miss out on...

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