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...
Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Chicken, broccoli, and pasta just belong together.  You can’t go wrong with combining these three ingredients.  On those busy ‘it’s 5 and I have no idea what I’m making for dinner’ days, I recommend having these ingredients on hand.  It will become one of your favorite easy go-to dinners.  It’s quick, flavorful, and healthy.  Your family will love it too.   For my gluten-free friends, I think the hardest part would be giving up pasta!  I’ve tried a few gluten-free pastas and think they’re pretty tasty.  My husband, however, does not agree.  So… you know I don’t give up easily.  My goal with anything healthy my husband dislikes is trial and error until something sticks.  I snuck Goldbaum’s Brown Rice Pasta into this dish and he cleaned his plate.  That’s code for he liked it!   For a whole wheat pasta option, I’m a fan of Garofalo pasta.  It tastes like Italy (prego… that’s Italian for ‘you’re welcome’).  It’s high quality with great texture and taste.  I can really tell a difference between this pasta and cheaper options.       Print Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Ingredients 3 Tbs olive oil 1 small sweet onion diced 1 Tbs minced garlic 2 14.5 oz canned organic diced tomatoes, 1 can drained and 1 can with juices 4 cups fresh broccoli cut into florets 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 2 Tbs Italian seasoning 3 large chicken breasts thawed and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 lbs dry whole wheat or gluten-free brown rice penne pasta prepared according to package directions 2 Tbs fresh grated Parmesan cheese Instructions In a large skillet...
Chicken Tortellini Soup

Chicken Tortellini Soup

I have several go-to, under-30-minutes healthy and delicious dinner recipes.  This fabulous Chicken Tortellini Soup definitely makes the cut along with my Baked Burritos, Stuffed Zucchini, and Simple Turkey Chili.  My talented friend, Erin, inspired this recipe.  She made a similar soup for us once, and my family fell in love with it!  Be prepared to have your family instantly hooked too!       I recently was fully converted to organic carrots.  I was snacking on a raw carrot until I realized my tongue start tingling along with a horrible aftertaste.  Pesticides?  Chemicals?  Who knows… but it was disgusting.  I only purchase organic carrots now.  They have been surprisingly cheap too!  I get a 2 lb bag for under $2.  No more tingling tongue.   Also, I’m a huge advocate for washing your vegetables.  Are you one to just rinse them under water and think you’re good?  Well, read this post where you can visibly see the difference between rinsing and washing.  I’ve tried numerous of washing methods and keep coming back to Fit: Vegetable Wash.  I’ve only been able to find it on Amazon or at Walmart.  I dilute it 50:50 with water and use it on everything without a thick skin or peel that’s not edible (bananas, avocados, etc.).  Completely worth the investment.  You’ll never be able to eat grapes without it again.     Don’t you love the vibrant colors of this soup?  Huge fan of recipes with several different natural colors.  Not only is it nice on the eyes, but also nice to your stomach and body.  Enjoy your quick, easy chicken tortellini soup.  Let me...
Classic Spaghetti

Classic Spaghetti

My family is hooked on this chunky, full of flavor healthy spaghetti sauce.  Whether it’s for my small family of 3 or for large family gatherings of 40, this spaghetti sauce is loved by all and quickly devoured.  Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to eat like a soup instead of spaghetti sauce.     Since this sauce is overloaded with lots of fresh vegetables, it’s essential to take a couple extra seconds and wash them.  No, I don’t mean rinse with water… I mean scrub those babies.  My most beloved wash is Fit: Fruit and Vegetable Wash.  Skeptical of veggie washes?  Check out this post where you can see the difference before and after washing.  You’ll never look back.         You’ll need at least a 6-quart slow cooker to comfortably fit all these delicious ingredients.  Also, I enjoy substituting pasta with spaghetti squash.  I know it sounds a little bizarre if you’ve never tried it.  However, it’s adds a pop of flavor which compliments this pasta sauce and also a healthy, gluten-free option.  You can either roast or steam the spaghetti squash in the oven.  It takes about an hour to prepare and bake and you can time it perfectly to be done with your sauce.     If you’re preparing this for smaller numbers, don’t worry about having leftovers!  It’s great for next day’s lunch or refrigerate and use for dinner next week or freeze it up to 3 months.  You’ll be grateful there are seconds.  Enjoy, my friends! Print Classic Spaghetti Ingredients 3 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey browned and excess liquid drained 1 large...
Ground Turkey Lasagna

Ground Turkey Lasagna

My man loves this lasagna.  He loves the small chunks of chicken sausage in the rich sauce topped with a variety of cheeses.  Although I like to make it for him on those rainy days, he also usually requests this for special occasions like his birthday.  Whether you need some comfort food or a recipe to feed many, this ground turkey lasagna recipe will be the hit of the night!     This recipe makes a very full lasagna.  You’ll need a lasagna pan instead of a casserole dish or it will overflow.  I bought my deep lasagna dish with some wedding money long ago and have not regretted it once.  Love it!  I wish I could find a link to my exact lasagna pan, but I found this reasonably priced with high reviews lasagna pan for you instead.  Once you taste this flavorful turkey lasagna, you’ll be using your lasagna pan frequently.  Promise.       This recipe can feed up to 12 to 15 people although my husband gets a little sad if I offer to share any.  Remember… we’re only a family of 3 right now so that leaves plenty of leftovers.  He loves it so much that he eats it for lunch the following few days until it exists no more.  Enjoy my friends!   Print Ground Turkey Lasagna Ingredients 1 lb ground turkey browned and drained 12 oz chicken or turkey linked sausage diced (I love the brand Al fresco) 3 15 oz cans of organic tomato sauce 1 15 oz can of organic diced tomatoes, drained 2 6 oz cans organic tomato paste...
Cheesecake Factory Cajun Jambalaya Pasta Copycat

Cheesecake Factory Cajun Jambalaya Pasta Copycat

We love The Cheesecake Factory!  My husband’s most favorite dish is Cajun Jambalaya Pasta.  Have you had it?  Juicy chicken.  Tender shrimp. Crisp vegetables. Slight spice from the seasoning.  Is your mouth watering yet?!?!  It’s really to die for.   I’ve tweaked and played around with this recipe for quite awhile and think I’ve finally nailed it!   The Cheesecake Factory Jambalaya needs to watch out for this copycat.  You won’t need to order it again when you can make this healthier, more delicious version at home.     Cajun Seasoning can sometimes be tricky to find.  I have two brands that I love: McCormick and Tony Chachere’s.  Don’t be afraid to buy large amounts because you’ll be making this dish often.  Also, you can use Cajun Seasoning in scrambled eggs or for my Breakfast Quiches (warning: you’ll become totally addicted to them like many before you).  Either way, Cajun Seasoning should be a stable in your spice drawer.     Without further ado, my friends, prepare to fall in love with this Cheesecake Factory Cajun Jambalaya Pasta.   Print Cajun Jambalaya Pasta Ingredients 10 lean chicken tenders 1 lb raw uncooked shrimp peeled and de-veined 3 Tbs Cajun seasoning divided 4 Tbs Oil split into 2 Tbs 1 Tbs minced garlic 1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips 1 green bell pepper cut into thin strips 1 small sweet or red onion cut into thin strips 3 Roma tomatoes diced 2 Tbs dried or fresh chopped parsley 1 lb whole wheat linguini pasta even better if it's fresh pasta Olive oil cooking spray Instructions Preheat oven to 375....

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