Pasta, Rice, and Grains

Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella

August 22, 2011
Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Mozzarella

I frequently get requests for toddler- and kid-friendly food ideas and I struggle with how to respond. I know how other family and friends have struggled with picky eaters and I don’t want to meet that frustration with a smug, “my kid eats everything,” response. But the truth is, we lucked out. Our toddler eats [...]

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Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

June 15, 2011
Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls

One of the biggest lessons learned from our vegetable garden this year is that we are never going to be as big a fan of salad greens as I want us to be. Another big lesson? Squirrels are crafty little bastards that will get any tomato that they want, regardless of how hard you try [...]

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Zucchini Carbonara

May 19, 2011
Penne & Zucchini Carbonara

Tell me we’re not alone. You know what? You don’t even have to reassure me. I know we’re not alone. I know we’re not the only ones who became completely enamored by the idea of growing our own produce. With the vision of walking into the backyard, sun shining & birds chirping, with a pair [...]

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Grilled Corn and Poblano Rice

March 29, 2011
Roasted Corn and Poblano Rice

I’m a brown rice girl. I’m not crazy about white rice. I also don’t like most restaurant versions of Spanish/Mexican rice – I’m all about getting an extra order of pinto beans instead! The Foodie Groom is a white rice kind of guy. He’s not crazy about brown rice. He is all about the rice [...]

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Dirty Quinoa

March 11, 2011
Dirty Quinoa

“Let’s do something with ground beef. We almost never eat it.” And he’s right. Recipes using ground beef are few and far between around here. We almost exclusively use ground beef for burgers. I grew up eating it several times a week so I got my fill for a long while. Jason never tires of [...]

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Artichoke Lemon & Chicken Pasta

January 12, 2011
Creamy Lemon Artichoke Pasta

This dish from So Tasty So Yummy is one of our new favorite discoveries. It has all the goodies: chicken, bacon, pasta, artichokes, lemon, and just a little cream. It’s hearty enough to be a one-bowl meal… but you’re gonna make a veggie or side salad because it is still January I made it right [...]

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Quick Chicken Tortellini Soup

December 31, 2010

Tortellini soup is one of our go-to quickie weeknight dinners. It takes about 15 minutes from the time I crack open the fridge with that puzzled, “what can I make” look on my face to setting bowls on the table. And now that my dishwasher is broken, any meal I can make that doesn’t leave [...]

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese

December 14, 2010
Baked Macaroni and Cheese

‘Tis the season for comfort food! Finally. It was 86 degrees the day before Thanksgiving. We swam and had hot dogs for dinner. 24 hours later, we were eating turkey and all the fixins with the air conditioner on. But not anymore! Nothing says comfort like a bowl full of creamy, buttery carbs. The kind [...]

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