Easy Falafel Sandwich Recipe

After the amount of meat I have eaten in the last couple of weeks, I was craving a vegetarian dinner this weekend and whipped up this easy falafel sandwich recipe. My family just got back from a 2-week road trip to visit family up north.  What do you do when you get a bazillion people together to eat in the summer?  You fire up the grill. And my family is not known for grilling portobello mushrooms and veggie skewers.  Nope.  They are meat eaters and grilling means burgers, hot dogs, steaks and whatever other kinds of animal that can be cooked … [Read more...]

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

When I think of summer recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is pasta salad.  I whipped up this orzo pasta salad recipe this weekend and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.  What I really love about it is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool.  Then just stick it in the refrigerator and pull out to serve at dinner time.  Not heating up the oven in the late afternoon … [Read more...]

Creamy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

This Creamy Tomato Macaroni and Cheese Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.There is an argument that occurs in my house every time I serve pasta.  Half the people in my family like a red sauce on their noodles.  The other half like a cream or cheese based sauce covering their pasta.  What is a mom to do?  Some nights I do regular Italian style spaghetti and other nights we enjoy a delicious macaroni and cheese recipe. Tonight, I decided to create a recipe that combined the sharpness of my favorite cheddar cheese with the … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Quiche Recipe

This Loaded Baked Potato Quiche Recipe has been sponsored but all opinions are my own.One of my all time favorite meals is a loaded baked potato.   In my mind, the potato is really nothing more than a vessel to get all the other delicious goodness into my mouth.  My  favorite toppings include cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions and broccoli.  It may sound a bit odd but I love broccoli on my loaded baked potato and I feel a tad less guilty about my dollop or two of sour cream if there is a vegetable on my plate with it!  So, when I was sent … [Read more...]

30 Minute Meals: Teriyaki Beef and Broccoli with Brown Rice

This 30 minute meals recipe is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice. #MinuteMealsThere are some areas of my life that I am flexible about.  I may or may not dust in any given month.  My teenagers have way more screen time than I know they probably should.  But, one thing I will NOT budge on is eating dinner together as a family.  I don't care if we have to eat at 4 PM or if dinner happens to be scrambled eggs and toast.  We are sitting down together as a family and eating it at the kitchen table and there are no … [Read more...]

Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe with Rice Chex™ cereal

This Buttermilk Ranch Chicken Tenders Recipe is brought to you by CafeMom and Chex™.  All opinions expressed here are my own.Children are a wonderful gift, however they can also be incredibly frustrating to feed. I have always been a 'cook from scratch' kind of mom.  The idea of feeding kids neon orange boxed macaroni and cheese and premade, frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is rather appalling.  A walk down the frozen food aisle will showcase a number of 'kid friendly premade food products'.  Most of them are loaded with food … [Read more...]

Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe and #PublixVivaItalia Night

The information, products and giveaway prize in this Homemade Meatball Sub Recipe were provided by General Mills through Linqia.Some nights I have plenty of time to sit around while a whole chicken roasts in the oven and some nights I barely have time to throw a bowl of cereal down in front of a hungry kid.  While I love to cook from scratch, a busy schedule with two active teens doesn't always make that possible.  I have found, however, that the key to getting a healthy, homemade meal on the table every night of the week is GOOD … [Read more...]

Tarragon Chicken Recipe with a White Wine Cream Sauce #CKMondaviHeroes

This tarragon chicken recipe has been sponsored by CK Mondavi and Clever Girls. All opinions expressed are my own. #CKMondaviHeroesSummertime for me means a return to using fresh herbs in my cooking.  I don't grow any herbs in my house over the winter so as soon as the weather starts to warm up, I head to the nursery and grab as many varieties as I can find.  Having fresh herbs in my recipes gives them a wonderful flavor and complexity.  This chicken recipe could have been just like any other chicken I stuck in the oven but … [Read more...]

Spicy Chipotle Chicken and Ranch Grilled Cheese Recipe

This spicy chipotle chicken and ranch grilled cheese recipe has been sponsored by Cabot but all opinions expressed are my own.When I was a kid, my favorite place in the entire world to eat was Friendly's.  Every time I would go out to eat with my family, my mom teased me because I ALWAYS got the same exact thing.  Grilled Cheese.  Good old American bread with fake, orange processed cheese food on it.  I will be honest and tell you that whenever I am back up in New England I try to find a Friendly's so I can have one again!  It is certainly … [Read more...]

Chicken and Broccoli Tortellini in Basil Cream Sauce

Basil is one of my all time favorite herbs to grow in the garden.  As long as it gets plenty of sun and water I am left with more basil than I know what to do with!  I have yet to discover a single pest that eats it and other than a sensitivity to cold, it is extremely hardy.  So, what does one do with an abundance of basil?  You can make pesto or add it to a fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwich but this basil cream sauce is simple to make and can be used in an assortment of easy dinner recipes.  I like to buy the fresh tortellini from the … [Read more...]